In My Orbit…

30 03 2011

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Girl has come up for air from her Yogically-concentrated path of Teacher Training to actually write a blog post. Can you believe it? Just three more weeks of training to go, then we’ll see where the path continues to takes me–I’m actually kind of excited!

I’m also excited about the series I am writing for my Faith & Community Page on Examiner.com called “Yogis of Faith”. Do pop by and check out Part 1: Transformation, and Part 2: Devotion. As soon as I finish this blog post I’ll get to working on Part 3: Application.

As always, that coming up for air includes checking back in with the political scene. Scary Brown is doing what I pretty much suspected, breaking off budget negotiations with the GOP. The Republicans have effectively put the kabosh on Brown’s plan to mount a special election in June to ask voters to decide whether tax increases should be extended.

The Christian Science Monitor forecasts the future in  California budget: Have Republicans outfoxed Jerry Brown? Lara Brown, a political scientist at Villanova University in Pennsylvania paints a not so pretty picture of gridlock:

“‘What he fails to understand is that in today’s highly polarized political arena, ideologically extreme position-takers consistently beat old-school partisan compromisers,

“‘[…]This generation of politicians understands that Democrats “are better off fighting and standing their ground – showing the liberal Democratic base in California that they are principled, than they are in giving into the demands from what is – and has been for some time – the minority party in the state,’

“The Republicans, meanwhile, ‘would also rather fight it out, because it allows them to cast the Democrats as extremist incumbents who are letting the state slip into insolvency, which then helps them in their attempt to recruit moderates and Independents,’ she adds. ‘Governor Brown, who came into politics in a different era, has yet to realize that he, like [former gov. Arnold] Schwarzenegger, will likely be the one to sustain the mortal wounds in this partisan duel.'”

In the meantime, California continues its fast slide into insolvency and is quickly losing its taxpayer base. The 2010 Census numbers are bearing that out. Thomas Sowell, sagacious and experienced in these matters, hits it right between the eyes:

“In general, people are voting with their feet against places where the liberal, welfare-state policies favored by the intelligentsia are most deeply entrenched.”

Give it a read. Voting with Their Feet.

 

 

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Illustrating Absurdity: Or, lack of planning on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part…

27 05 2010
Illustrating Absurdity

Chicken crossing by Peter Griffin

Looks like the O-Administration is taking lessons from the L.A. Clown Posse, otherwise known as the City Council.  The BP oil spill gets increasingly worse by the day, Obama and his administration try to place blame, yet they are the ones with oil on their faces.   James Carville, famed Clintonista and Louisianan, is going all over talk shows screaming for the administration to do something.  Kirsten Powers of the New York Post (and a Democrat supporter) mentions Carville’s comments in her article: “He urged it [the administration] to rapidly ‘move to Plan B.'” But she goes further, hitting the nail on the head to ask: Where was Obama’s Plan A on the Oil Spill? A pull quote:

“It also shouldn’t be a secret that no matter how many inspections and safety requirements you have, you can’t ever completely prevent disasters like this one. If you’re going to permit offshore drilling, be prepared to respond to a spill.”

Now pundits are starting to call this “Obama’s Katrina“, but I think it’s far worse.  The supposed sins of George W. Bush’s inaction on Katrina occurred in his second term.  Obama is still out of the box of his first term, and save for a rosy few months, he and his administration have been stumbling and bumbling on every national and international issue and crisis.  We have a nationalized health care package very few people want to see enacted, Iran is still building nuclear weapons and thumbing their nose at us, Korea is on meltdown, and let’s not even talk about the Panty-Bomber, the Times Square Bomber, Jihad Jane and the Arizona-Mexico border.

So, I think a more apt term would be “Obama’s Iran Hostage Crisis”–but anyone born after 1970 who is not a political junkie wouldn’t get the reference.  “Katrina” is more immediate, sound-bitey and invokes a certain imagery; much of it manufactured by our own news media, but imagery nonetheless.  Haven’t seen as much non-stop imagery of oil-caked wildlife, have we?  Now with Louisiana’s fragile coast being destroyed, methinks that’s about to change.  And he’s not helping matters by headlining fundraising dinners for Barbara Boxer in San Francisco.  From the Mercury News:

“Obama attended a series of fundraisers for Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is facing a fierce battle in the fall to win a fourth term. It was his second trip to California in as many months to assist the liberal Democrat.  ‘We’ve got a lot on our plate right now, so I don’t travel for just anybody,’ Obama told Democratic donors Tuesday night at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel.  ‘But when it comes to Barbara Boxer, I’m a lot like you: When she calls and says she needs help, we’re gonna give her some help.'” (emphasis mine)

Ouch!  That soundbite is going to boomerang on him big time–if it hasn’t already.  Should have used the teleprompter.

And the New York Post is on fire this morning.  Writer John Crudele already interviewed Naomi Cohn, unemployed lawyer and 2010 Census worker, who blew the whistle on how the Census is cooking statistics to make the job numbers look good.  Well, Crudele brings us more good news on just how wasteful, disorgananized and corrupt this Census go-round is turning out to be.  Two more Census workers blow the whistle…  The anonymous Census worker writes:

“‘John: I am on my fourth rehire with the 2010 Census.

“‘I have been hired, trained for a week, given a few hours of work, then laid off. So my unemployed self now counts for four new jobs.

‘I have been paid more to train all four times than I have been paid to actually produce results. These are my tax dollars and your tax dollars at work.'”

Yours, maybe.  Like Naomi, the legal profession decided to cut me from their fat rolls two years ago, and I have not found a replacement full-time gig.  And just for your information, because I choose to work even part-time, they cut my unemployment benefits last year.

So like any hard-working American, I applied to work for the 2010 Census, as did a number of my friends, but we were never called–now I know why…

And what’s that phrase, “It’s not the crime, it’s the cover up?”  Well, in the case of Joe Sestak, it may be a bit of both.  Now that Sestak has won the Democrat party nomination for the Senate in Pennsylvania, he is trying to play footsie with allegations he repeatedly made that the Obama Administration offered him a job if he would drop his primary challenge against Republica–Democrat Arlen Specter.  “Benedict Arlen,” as he is affectionately known by right-wing pundits.  The L.A. Times, no less, has an opinion on this: Joe Sestak and the phantom–or was it?

Even his own party claims to be interested in hearing what was said, and the GOP is calling for an independent counsel investigation.  Both parties want answers about Sestak.

I was six-years old during the Watergate hearings, so it wasn’t even a blip on my radar.  However, almost every presidency since then has been plagued by its own version of an embarrassing scandal: From Iran-Contra to Monica-gate.   Will this be Obama-gate?  From all indications, it appears that obfuscating, manufactured rhetoric, and finger-pointing are not making this go away.








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