Heat

July 23rd, 2011 → 7:08 am

“Why, this is very midsummer madness.” – Twelfth Night

I couldn’t decide this morning whether I wanted to write about the Midwest’s record-breaking heat wave, or the incomprehensible budget talks in Washington.  And then, I came across this quote that applied equally well to both!  I can’t believe this unyielding 100+ degree heat, and as well, I can’t believe the infantile behavior of our politicians in Washington.  Sigh.  I pray both trends break soon…

Filed under: Blog & Other & Politics/Politicians

Elizabeth Warren

July 19th, 2011 → 7:28 am

    “The poor wren,
    The most diminutive of birds, will fight,
    Her young ones in her nest, against the owl.” - Macbeth

Elizabeth Warren was passed over to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  That is a shame.  Warren would have fought, and hard, to protect U.S. consumers from abusive financial practices.  Here’s hoping former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray has the fight in him as well.

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Debt Crisis Back-up Plan

July 16th, 2011 → 6:54 am

“A thought which, quarter’d, hath but one part wisdom and ever three parts coward.” – Hamlet

I hear that President Obama is taking Mitch McConnell’s back-up plan for raising the debt ceiling seriously.  Bummer.  The plan is only one part wisdom (the avoiding default part), and three parts coward by the Republicans.

Filed under: Blog & Economics/Money & Politics/Politicians

Debt Talks / Al Pacino

July 12th, 2011 → 7:16 am

“Talkers are no good doers.” – Richard III

Last night I watched a great documentary by Al Pacino on playing Shakespeare’s Richard III.  It was great fun watching him dissect some of the famous lines and scenes, as well as try to get teenagers in Central Park to go and see a Shakespeare play.  I was watching it, thinking, what quote could I use for today’s blog post?  And then, lo and behold, this one came up, which also perfectly described the posturing budget talks currently taking place in Washington, D.C.  If all the craziness on Capitol Hill is driving you insane, rent Pacino’s movie, it’ll at least take your mind off things for a little while…

Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art & Politics/Politicians

Debt Ceiling

June 30th, 2011 → 6:44 am

“In a false quarrel there is no true valor.” – Much Ado About Nothing

The Republicans and Democrats in Congress are posturing over raising the debt ceiling, when they both know it has to be done.  It’s a false quarrel and I’m sick of all their political posturing.  Get over it, compromise, and raise the debt ceiling already!!

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Rod Blagojevich

June 28th, 2011 → 6:53 am

“Oh, I have lost my reputation!  I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.” – Othello

Rod Blagojevich was convicted on 17 of 20 counts in his retrial yesterday.  They say he was “stunned.”  I imagine he is still more concerned with himself and with his reputation, than with what he did (or didn’t do for) the state of Illinois.  Uch.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians & Stupid/Evil People

Anthony Weiner

June 23rd, 2011 → 7:04 am

“Small things make base men proud.” — King Henry VI, Part II

Shakespeare’s commentary on Anthony Weiner.

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