Monday, May 18, 2015

The Circus Train Has Arrived

...and the GOP stretch clown car has left the station. There are too many lunatics to fit into a regular clown car and beside, when you take up that much of the national GNP, why not treat yourself and your friends to an even more ridiculous clown car. You can afford it.

As for the clowns themselves, there's no end to the endless array of brainlessness on parade. So much wacko wording that one suspects they've signed up for Idiocy 101: How to Sound Egregiously Stupid on Camera. This is a true art form, and I am afraid, Gentle Readers, they have just begun to pontificate. 

This week's episode of HTSESOC was dedicated to the idea that Iraq is still open for discussion. The clown car comrades are being confronted on the topic of whether or not we should've gone into Iraq. Li'l Bro Jeb flubbed the entire topic and came off looking pretty braindead, but the Outstanding Moron o'the Week prize must go to Marco Rubio, who demonstrated that he really did not understand English. As much as I detest Faux News, this clip (posted by Media Matters) sorta sums it all up.

Paul Krugman's column in the New York Time's Monday morning, Errors and Lies opened thusly:
Surprise! It turns out that there’s something to be said for having the brother of a failed president make his own run for the White House. Thanks to Jeb Bush, we may finally have the frank discussion of the Iraq invasion we should have had a decade ago.
I have to disagree with this statement right off the bat. There will never be a frank discussion about the Iraq invasion, and what's more important, the time for such a conversation passed up long ago. Asking the clowns if they would, knowing what they know now, go into Iraq is stupid and a grand waste of precious oxygen. And while I thought Dr. K made some good points along the way, he was still wrong.

The question every single journalist should be asking the clown brigade is about Iran. Specifically: 
If Iran walks away from the negotiating table, what happens next?
Now, this is a very open ended question. This gives each one the opportunity to share his/her thoughts, however cogent or feeble they may be, with the We, the People, giving us an inkling about how that presidency might handle foreign policy. A very specific avenue of foreign policy. A sticky area of foreign policy. Yet, it's like the tell-tale heart; it beats in the shell of your ear until you cannot possibly escape the sound. 

So here's what I'm thinking: ask the question. It's not simply a foreign policy question, it's just as much an economic question. Trillion$ and trillion$ of dollar$ were wasted on what? ISIS taking Ramadi after all? What a crock of malarkey. 

As we approach Memorial Day, the greatest disservice you can do for the men and women who have served our country these last 15 years is to support someone who places no value whatsoever on their lives, their well being, the welfare of their families, and the condition of the nation who sent them to war in the first place. 

Start asking about Iran and what happens next. The WP predicts that will be the best indicator as to what kind of government your elected officials are going to provide.

The Wifely Person's Tip o'the Week
It's not really about Iran at all. It's about spending our capital...
and not just our tax dollar$, either.


  1. What would you TWP do?
    It's common sense. Increase the sanctions. Make any "deal" with Iran public on the WWW so all can see what was promised and what wasn't. Don't release economic sanctions and impounded funds until the Iranians have proved they are complying with the "deal". Then release it in stages with only the US having the power over US sanctions and US funds. "Sunlight is the best disinfectant" [Justice L. Brandeis]
    Don't repeat in Iran the previous screw-ups keeping North Korea from getting nuclear weapons. [oops]
    Don't repeat the previous misinformation about a red line in Syria over chemical weapons [oops]
    Don't repeat the previous misinformation about enhanced US border security before a safe haven for anyone who can sneak into the country illegally [oops]
    Our neighbors and our adversaries are not stupid. They know the politicians that run the country will back down when pushed. They have in the past and they will in the future.

    1. I would want to keep the Iranians at the table. And Justice Brandeis was right: sunlight is the best disinfectant.

      The last thing we want is regime change and to be dragged into another war.

      The WP

  2. Sorry if a duplicate post.

    I think Obama and Kerry are doing their best to look like a couple of old hookers, cheap polyester, lipstick askew, globs of blue eyeshadow on sad eyes, legs spread in a very unladylike fashion, begging the Iranian's to do, just as they want with them. "Oh baby please don't go, we have more to give...sooo mush more", the smell of cheap wine on their breath, competing with lavish amounts of dollar store perfume.

    The Iranian diplomats smugly threatening to walk away from the deal of a lifetime, Kerry now attempting to hold Obama up, as his own pantyhose has fallen to his ankles. "Yes FREE Netflix and Amazon Prime for life" they offer. With that latest gimme, the Diplomats adjourn for a week to mull the new offer. Again playing hard to get.

    The Iranian's have not allowed, or consented to inspections, even at this level of negotiations. Why would anyone expect that to change, and how could that ever be enforced?

    I'm not by any measure a right winger, but I feel that we appear weak throughout the world, by our overly generous offers made to Iran. We are trying to be all things to all nations, and I feel we're being perceived as nothing to many. That is not a good bargaining position. I've been told that in a successful negotiation, both parties should feel a bit disappointed. There seems to be a will for a win-win on our part. That ain't gonna happen.

    Our misguided State Department has left a mess in its wake, more often than not. Our foreign policy should always protect us first and foremost, and I just don't see that happening here. They're playing out think tank strategy with our armed forces. How many more lives will be laid to waste, as these games are played out.

    They sit together in opulence, in the finest hotels that Geneva has to offer, hard to see the bloodshed and battlefields from that vantage point. Seems like a present day war zone would be a more conducive to a real meaningful conversation.

    In closing, I really like your blog(s), and especially your writing. Good luck with your Mom and Dad! I know it ain't easy. But as my Bubbie used to say, "the hard way, is the good way, the easy way, is the bad way". And she was never wrong.

    Go well, with peace.
    Stay thirsty my friend.


    1. I would've liked your Bubbie.

      You comments are well taken, and there are a number of points on which we actually do agree, And understanding this is a mess and that the Iranians have been intractable, I would still want to keep them at the table. You know...."keep your friends close, your enemies closer."

      If they walk, it's a far bigger risk than keeping them talking.

      And thank you for your kind words; they are much appreciated. Of course, the night before my Ziggy's (z"l) birthday, your moniker took me by surprise.

      The WP