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Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
As my long time readers will know I have been saying for a while now that the Republican Party is dead. Just last night in fact I heard Chris Matthews of "Hardball" compare them to the Whigs. I must say got a chuckle out of that. Over the past few months I have tried to stay away from the political rants and focus more on futurism and personal stuff. However, occasionally one of my readers will submit something that I think bears posting, as is the case today.
The rest of this post is the opinion of one Brigid Fitch.
The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Elysian Visions, Inc. or it's subsidiaries.
Just think—150 years ago, the Republican Party was anti-slavery and for high taxes in order to help the poor. We are now witnessing a dramatic shift in ideology of that same party. I’m oversimplifying here, but basically the Democrats & Republicans flipped ideals during the Lincoln years and solidified their stance in the Truman administration. If you require evidence of this fact, just look at any Blue Dog Democrat right now. Those so-called Democrats are the remnants of days gone by—fiscally & socially conservative, traits now attached to the current GOP. So here we are in the 21st century, watching history repeat itself.
Welcome to 2009, where we can witness the implosion of the so-called Republican Party. A Party that is embracing social conservatism at an unprecedented rate. They literally have no clue as to why they lost the 2008 elections. They’re so entrenched in their ideology that they believe a more conservative bent is the way to win over the American people. In the face of a 55% mandate, they maintain that their way—that of “Real America” (whatever that is)--is best. They sideline conservatives like Specter (who has already decided to switch parties), Collins, and Snowe. They advocate the “Tea Parties” as a way to show their dissatisfaction when they fail to do the same in Congress. They have become the Party of “No” simply because they can’t understand why they lost on Nov 4th.
My friends, I invite you to witness the death of the Republican Party as we know it. I voted Republican in 1988. At that time, Reagan stood for something that I felt our country was lacking. However, when I looked at the broader scope of things (WTF—you’re cutting the education budget WHY??), I learned my lesson. 20+ years later, you’re experiencing the fall-out of that era. The GOP is nothing like it was 30 or even 25 years ago. Back then, it represented American strength against opposition in any form. Reagan made plenty of missteps during his administration, but I’ll give credit where it’s due: He knew when diplomacy was the better course of action. The USSR became a thing of the past (See his letters to Gorbachev as citations).
But again I invite you to look at the GOP as it is today: A political party so myopic in its vision that its main focus is anti-gay marriage legislation, Hell-bent on being the party of “No”, and so ridiculously hypocritical as to be laughable. This is not the GOP that our fathers knew. No, this is a GOP that is kowtowing to a Fundie base, working towards a socially conservative lifestyle. One that embraces Big Oil, denounces any study that uses the term “carbon footprint”, and espouses the way of the Bible in the face of anything even remotely related to equal rights for gays.
My point is that they’re so out of touch, it’s only a matter of time before the GOP becomes irrelevant.
- Brigid Fitch
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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Friday, April 24, 2009
Posted by Frank J. Hernandez at 4:16 PM
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Warning Video Flashback
Here they are from way back in the early 1990’s, one of the best bands you never even came close to hearing of.
I used to love these guys.
If you don't know who they are - you don't deserve to know.
Nah, just kidding, I'll share, Wikipedia entry here.
Still, I never knew there were videos.
How cool is that?
"There was one repressed do good-er
and a few who still believe
Yes, I think there were five good men here yesterday
But they were asked to leave.
So we've kept the good old vices
and labored to invent a few
With cake in vulgar surplus
we can have it
and eat it too!”
I'd tell you where I got this - but then a sniper would kill us both. You know, I have no problem with the proper application of American military might and expertise. For instance, using it to protect American lives from criminals. What I object to is any improper or wasteful use of it.
Posted by Frank J. Hernandez at 8:07 AM
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Posted by Frank J. Hernandez at 1:34 PM
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Sit down. Put aside any food or drinks.
Place your tray in the upright position.
Take a deep breath.
NOW, check this out.
I'm not talking to or about my right leaning friends (Yes, I still have some) who favor smaller Government, lower taxes, a strong military and Capitalism.
I talking to the ignorant racist morons who think this is a good idea.
WE'RE LAUGHING AT YOU!!!
The entire universe is LAUGHING AT YOU!!
That is all.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
This is really, really . . . you know what? I'm running out of terms for this stuff . . .
This is really pretty wild though.
A $500.00 dollar self replicating 3D fabrication printer.
Available in the distant . . . um Right NOW!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
"To sail away to half discovered places,
To see the secrets so few eyes have seen
To see moments of enchantment on our faces,
The moments when we smile, and those between."
“There'll be no ties of time and space to bind us,
And no horizon we shall not pursue,
We'll leave the world's misfortunes far behind us,
And I will put my faith and trust . . . in you”
Not quite a quote but strung together it sums up this morning's moment of Zen.
Posted by Frank J. Hernandez at 9:12 AM
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Gina and I are home, safe and sound.
I picked up some gourmet food at a local shop.
I have the stereo, fire-pit and grill all going.
- Baron Munchausen
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
We are getting on the road again headed from Sarasota, FL to Jacksonville, NC. to see the grandkids. Also have just found out that we are expecting. Our first together!!! Turns out we'll be picking up as many baby things as we drop off.
Come on guys, I won't even let her get another DOG. Any more kids are right out.