Friday, May 16, 2014

Pecorino Romano OMG!

Oh My  
I'm eating Pecorino Romano like candy! Help Me!


Airport Channeling

Here Kitty Kitty


Oh don't worry dear, she's just off with some Tom


You do know, don't you, that this type of ship is what nuke sub guys call "targets?"
E. Lowered Stein

Eddie Lowenstein


An Evil Presence


The moment I saw this picture of the Sakurajima Volcano, I knew I was looking at a perfect Obama metaphor.


Tea Party leaders need not apply
in Republican Party of the future

“While the voice of every Republican should be heard, our challenge is to figure out how to be a conservative party, without allowing the most extreme voices of the day to control our party and determine its future direction.”

That was former Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling in the pages of the Washington Post responding to the election of Fred Gruber to head up Virginia’s 7th Congressional District Republican Committee. Bolling called the result “extremely disappointing.”

So, what was it about Gruber that compelled Bolling to refer to him as one of the “most extreme voices” in the Republican Party?

Judging from Gruber’s rather mundane campaign website, it is somewhat hard to say. His biography does state that “Fred believes our Party is on the wrong track, and has been an outspoken advocate for the need to reform.”

Okay, so he’s not an establishment guy, and is not supportive of the current Republican majority in the House, thinks we’re spending too much, and the like.

But so what? Isn’t there room in the Virginia Republican Party for activists like Gruber, who heads the Louisa, Virginia Tea Party and otherwise has spent his career as a financial analyst?

Otherwise, Gruber ran on a rather innocuous platform “to bring in new activists from the Tea Party, the Liberty movement, and pro-Family movement, and unite them with traditional Republicans to build a stronger GOP toward winning elections in our state and nationally.”

Frankly, that’s all pretty standard boilerplate as far as Republican politics goes.

Then again, Bolling’s frustration may have had nothing to do with Gruber’s political beliefs, and everything to do with Gruber’s support of Dave Brat to oppose House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in the upcoming June 10 primary.

Adding insult to injury, Gruber had just defeated Cantor loyalist Linwood Cobb to win the local party election.

That is apparently enough to get smeared by the former Virginia Lt. Governor as one of the GOP’s “most extreme voices” in one of the nation’s most widely read newspapers, rather than congratulating him on a hard-fought victory.

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HELL-OOOO? This isn't news so much as just another bulleted item on a long list.  It's only recently (20 years is my recently) that I became acutely aware of the GOP's resistance to what we all assumed was the GOP's raison d' etre— conservatism.  As indirect opposition to Democrats, which is a healthy political balance.

Then, in 1994 (and again in 2004) the GOP, in the guise of Rick Santorum, supported Arlen Specter against the conservative Pat Toomey.  WTF?  That's when I began looking at things.  Now, of course, the signs were there all the while; that the GOP was the go-along/get-along party.  And this Ronald Reagan moment finally made sense to me.

ASIDE: Pat Toomey Is Becoming the Arlen Specter He Once Destroyed


Res Ipsa Loquitur

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