JJ’s Vote: Musical Theatre as Very Model of Modern Meaning (in) General

16 10 2010

Toe-tapping cock of the snook to fellow “musical theatre as unschooling” mom Pam Sorooshian, for this:

Eliminate Filibuster Right Now and Change the World

12 02 2010

The case made:

So, why not recognize the inevitable?
Eliminate the filibuster right now.

Then, the Republicans’ pompous posturing will dissipate after a couple of months now, not near the election, and the Democrats will have a chance to do a “First Hundred Days” of year 2, to pass a robust agenda that will indeed have brought about change . . .

Today, the world is disintegrating. Republicans fear the president’s success, both at home and abroad. So does al-Qaeda and Ahmadinejad. They are all reveling in his troubles, because his capacity to force change abroad is limited by his inability to do it at home.

A majority of “real Americans” including swelling ranks of southern Republican voters, seem to get the sense of this, according to new polling:

Four out of five voters thought Congress was more interested in serving special interests than voters.

“I think Congress and the Senate need to be completely revamped,” said Michael Wish, 30, a Democrat from Medina, Ohio. He added, “The old way of doing things is no longer working.”

Americans appear hungry for an end to partisan infighting in Washington, so much so that half of respondents said the Senate should change the filibuster rules that Republicans have [ab]used to block Mr. Obama’s agenda. Almost 60 percent said both Mr. Obama and Congressional Republicans should compromise in the interest of consensus . . . 62 percent said Mr. Obama was trying to work with Congressional Republicans, while the same percentage said that Republicans were not trying to work with Mr. Obama.

Harry Reid of course says it can’t be done — like everything else in the Senate, it won’t work. (Trivia stumper for a trivial politician: what was the last thing this majority leader DID do successfully, anyone, anyone, Bueller? Was it before Obama? Does this unprecedented Senate majority even manage to pay its own staff anymore, get the offices and chamber cleaned, keep the lights on?)

. . .it would so tear away at the framework of the Senate for the last 150 years. . . Reid fiercely defended the minority’s right to filibuster and argued that the Senate was bound by its past rules until the supermajority acted to change them.

But this rationale about conserving and revering America’s institutional traditions isn’t stopping a supposedly conservative and reverential Senate-confirmed chief justice from leading his Supremes into uncharted, earthshaking “nuclear” repudiation of a century’s worth of Constitutional rules protecting the majority of Americans from corporate bullying, not just some school playground code Reid desperately clings to hoping it might protect him from even worse bullying than the pummeling underway (could it be worse?)

We could just eliminate all the current members of Congress and a supermajority of Americans, 92 per cent in fact, see the sense of that!

But the evidence is overwhelming now: that won’t fix what’s broken, only who we’re maddest at next . . .

Old Question Rears Its Head AGAIN: What’s in a Name?

3 02 2009

Or in a title.

Poor Doctor Jill Biden.
Stupid editorialists.

More posturing about “respect” from people who clearly just don’t get it. Words matter, and more than clothes make the man, words make his meaning.

This is the dawning of the Age of Intelligence, hopefully replacing the ages of class warfare, male dominion and blind faith doctoring up freedom. Surely working journalists noticed the presidential campaign and the election results? The literate, thoughtful professor types won and the tacky, simplistic-minded, drivel-spouting, action-craving, fighter-pilot, shotgun-shooting, megalomaniacal good-versus-evil ol’ boys (including Sarah Palin) lost.

And the title “doctor” applies to ALL fields and types of minds; even the best students aren’t all alike.

I’ve always lived in college towns where the title “doctor” conveyed Read the rest of this entry »

Lipsticked Kiss of the Spiderwoman?

19 09 2008

All very interesting but I probably didn’t respond to this study the way the researcher intended. I was trying to figure out which politician best fit his various threat pictures. Who would be the dazed and bloodied guy as president, who would be the spiderwoman? 😉

Politics & Society
Could Political Views Be Driven By Biology?
by Nell Greenfieldboyce

Morning Edition, September 19, 2008 · In a recent television interview, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin stressed that she did not blink when Sen. John McCain asked her to be his running mate. But a new study suggests that people with conservative views on certain political issues may be more likely to blink hard when startled.

John Hibbing, a researcher at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been studying whether people’s political beliefs might be linked to biological traits such as their startle reflex.

. . .The volunteers sat in front of a computer with sensors on their fingers, to measure skin moisture — that’s a kind of stress test. They also had sensors under their eyes, to measure how hard they blinked. The researchers told them to watch as some images flashed on the computer screen.

“Some of these pictures are very soothing, like a sunset or a bunny rabbit,” says Hibbing, “and others are quite threatening.”

The threatening pictures included a dazed man covered with blood, an open wound with maggots, and a large spider crawling across someone’s face. . .

Non-Partisan Commission Announces Debate Details

5 09 2008

My favorite part is that the veep debate October 2 will be DURING Banned Books Week! So we should lobby to get a question about that to Gwen Ifill, seriously, wanna help?


August 5, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Paul G. Kirk, Jr. and Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., co-chairmen of the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), today announced the moderators for the 2008 general election presidential and vice presidential debates.
The moderators, and the schedule and locations for the debates (as announced on November 21, 2007), are as follows:

First presidential debate
Friday, September 26
The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss.
Jim Lehrer
Executive Editor and Anchor, The NewsHour, PBS

Vice presidential debate
Thursday, October 2
Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
Gwen Ifill
Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour, and Moderator and Managing Editor, Washington Week, PBS

Second presidential debate (town meeting)
Tuesday, October 7
Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn.
Tom Brokaw
Special Correspondent, NBC News

Third presidential debate
Wednesday, October 15
Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.
Bob Schieffer
CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent, and Host, Face the Nation

Each debate will begin at 9:00 p.m. EST.


The format for the debates, announced on November 21, 2007, will be: Read the rest of this entry »