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Current location: Oregon
Member since: 2001
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About Me

Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

Journal Archives

WANT!!! My dog does, too!

Dirty pool? They have to understand - they MUST be willing to play dirty.

I hope our Dems are not naive anymore about how hard and ruthless and, okay, yeah, DIRTY, they're going to have to fight to prevail against these bastards. We have to meet them, dirty for dirty. Preferably MORE dirty for dirty (the MORE part being from OUR side).

We continue playing nice guy - and WE WILL GET ROLLED.

Works for me as well! No more sanitizing. If they want war so badly,

I think they shouldn't ONLY bet their kids' lives on it. THEY THEMSELVES should go enlist, suit up, and step to the front of the deployment line.

Hey chickenhawks (especially the rich, coddled dilettante types) - you want that war so badly? Well, lead the way, then. Let's see what you got. You want that war so damn badly? Put your money where your mouth is, suit up, and go fight the damn thing. Go put your own ass on the line.

That works too!

HRH - Her Royal Haughtiness.

Soitenly! Thank you, MarianJack!

Yes, by all means use it and enjoy! And yeah, I bet if President Obama's wife was involved in one of the Olympic events, he'd know which day, time, and place, and he'd be there with their daughters to watch and cheer.

LOVED this comment:

9 hours ago

Coward, wimp, hiding in France to avoid Vietnam, spineless, lacking in moral courage...

But has the nerve to accuse Obama of appeasement. The same president who got Bin Ladin, two Somali pirates, the entire leadership of Al Queda and stare down Putin to pull back Russian ship bringing helicopters to Assad...

Let's see, is there even a comparison?

Good reminder!!! Don't forget the Somali pirates that he dispensed with, early in his first year.

Welcome to DU!

This was AWESOME:

“He’s like Reagan.” Please. You would no more cast Romney as Reagan than you would Pee-wee Herman as James Bond.

Excruciatingly delicious! Now doesn't that just sound Presidential as all-get-out?

Let's all remember, too, the GOP fancies itself as the he-man, macho, stern-father (as opposed to nurturing-mother) party. They're the ones who rattle sabers all the time, and talk tough and swagger around and bluster and make like John Wayne. WE'RE the ones who've got foreign policy! WE'RE the tough-guy party! So how come OUR guy is the guy who got bin Laden? And just a few years after their LAST loudmouth, phony-cowboy swaggerin' "tough-guy" failed completely on that score. Too busy was he, leading our country into two dead-end wars, after all.

This is a nasty thing to have following you around when you're campaigning to be the New-and-Improved Mr. America and you're already famous for being a cold fish and wooden as hell. That's not good to have dragging behind you as you try to convince people you deserve their vote for President. Image counts. A LOT. You don't want to have the words "weenie," "lame," "he whines," "nervous - terrified about looking weak," "weaker," attached to you or used to describe you, not to mention your being compared to Pee-wee Herman, forcryingoutloud!

This is pretty horrible, too:

And speaking of Ann—did you notice that she was the one driving the Jet Ski on their recent vacation, while Mitt rode on the back, hanging on, as Paul Begala put it to me last week, “like a helpless papoose”?

"Helpless papoose"? Oh. My. God.

Hey teabaggers - you ready to vote for Pee-wee Herman, your "helpless papoose," for President? Post-modern "macho" I guess. That's the best the GOP can do. Pity.

Oh Dear God, I'm so sorry, Heddi!

That's got to be the worst set of feelings imaginable. I'm so sorry.

It's so awful when trust is gone. And I can see how it would still hurt long after the marks of the abuse may have faded. Damn. That you're still sane and circumspect says a lot about you. Damn. CRIMINAL, BOTH WAYS, what happened to you.

And yeah. Sure. "Everything is okay in the end."

True enough, but that's another manifestation of the CEO mindset.

He actually may be smart, at least in some respects. Street smart as in WALL Street smart. But I've known people like that, some of my friends had fathers like that and there were people in my industry (when I was still working) like that. And as smart as they are in that regard, they are hopeless in others - like, especially, character issues. Character pertaining to how they treat the people whom they supposedly love, and certainly how they treat people in general. Are they basically predatory or aren't they? Is the hunt the most important thing of all? Are they altruistic in nature, and more into sharing than dominating? Or not?

The dominance thing, the alpha male thing, is what the CEO mindset is. Business is in business to do one thing: make a profit. That's all he knows. In "Bonfire of the Vanities" Tom Wolfe talked about the guys at the top of the various financial zigurrats. They were masters of the universe. When you're on top of the zigurrat, that thereby means that everyone else you're involved with is below you. You outrank everyone as far as your corporate eye can see. That's the CEO thing. You're up, in a class by yourself in the rarefied air, answerable to no one. They in the great underneath all bow and scrape and say only "yes" to you. No one dares challenge, argue, rebel. In the world of the CEO, that's called insubordination, and violating the chain of command of which the CEO is king, and it's easily dealt with. You simply enjoy firing the people who serve you, as some wannabe president has said!

So THIS is the universe romney's used to, and comfortable with, and experienced in (as I dare end a sentence with a preposition...). This is the world in which he's come of age and scored his successes and made himself lavishly comfortable for life. It's all he knows. And he will by nature and necessity bring that mindset into the Oval Office if, I dread the very thought, he actually wins in November. He's the vulture and the predator and the pirate, fattening his belly on the carcasses of others. And it's somehow his entitlement. After all, didn't Her Ladyship ann of dressage point out that "it's our turn." Again, that's all he knows. That's how it's always been for him and he's used to it, which makes him maybe just a little too comfy. You get used to looking down on other people when you're up that high in rank.

What that means in this instance here is - I don't think he realizes that, out in THIS world, not his cushy sultan's universe that is all he knows, there ARE things he doesn't realize. Simply because the game is played differently here and if he's gonna get to the top of THIS zigurrat he's gonna have to earn every step the hard way. He was born to it and moved into it in the private sector, and he's had so many "yes" men and "yes" women around him that he evidently thinks his word is holy writ. After all, as CEO it certainly can't be challenged, since it's all powerful.

I don't think he knows he can't just decree and dictate. He HAS to start considering other viewpoints beyond his kingly CEO pronouncements. Hey mitt, this isn't your brand of Kansas anymore. This is wholly different. You HAVE to listen to your advisors and do what they tell you, not so much always that YOU tell THEM. And you have to pick DECENT advisors who'll steer you with wisdom and not encourage you in the wrong directions. Unfortunately he's got a bunch of dubya PNAC retreads as foreign policy advisors. But he probably genuinely didn't think he needed any help. He's the CEO. Nobody tells him what to do and this is a no-brainer, 'eh? He's got this. Well, guess what? Welcome to the deep end of the pool, mitty-boy. And you not only can't swim well, you didn't think you were even gonna need those water wings, didja?

That was an "attack" on romney? A "public attack"?

All he did was address a crowd, telling them (paraphrasing) "there's someone here named mitt romney who wonders if we're ready. He's asking if we're ready. Are we ready?" And the crowd went wild.

So THAT constitutes an "attack"? Pretty thin skin if you ask me.

Hell, an attack is what they're pounding Obama with as often as they breathe, in carpet-bombed commercials talking about how lousy he is and how naive he is and how he broke promises and Obama's this and Obama's that all over the proverbial map. Mayor Boris Johnson merely made a statement - this fellow said this. Are we ready? That's no "attack." That's a question. Just because it might be an uncomfortable or inconvenient question, it doesn't qualify as an "attack." Blowing things out of proportion much, mittwits?
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