Wow, can you believe that we are now writing 2012? Time flies when you are having fun.
Of course the news shows today were obsessed with the Iowa caucases, which are going to held Tuesday. The Democrats don't have a race become they have an incumbent running for his second term. But the republican race for who will get on the ballot to challenge incumbent Obama is hot and heavy, and this is what everyone was talking about. Well, the McLaughlin group had part 2 of their annual awards for this and that in the political realm.
Romney is now playing the "inevitability" card in the Iowa republican primary race. It remains to be seen whether or not it will work. But the mainstream media is definitely picking up on it. It goes something like "I have the best chance to beat Obama, and therefore, I'm going to be the nominee, better get behind me."
I previously wrote a few days ago about stumbling on the drawdown of Lake Glendale in the Shawnee National Forest on Christmas Day when we decided to take a walk around the reservoir - an about 3 1/2 mile walk.
It was obvious that much of the lake had been drained. We thought it was curious, because we have had the all time record annual rainfall year this year, and the ponds on our place are full. Why should Lake Glendale be really drawn down?
I have to say that although I definitely do not agree with Ron Paul on a number of issues, there are some issues that I definitely relate to what he says. And, I, like many others in the US, have thought that Paul was a straight shooter - having a fundamental sense of integrity and of himself.
Way back in what seems like another lifetime, I was a central part - not the leader, but right in the center of things - of a movement to try and close Liquid Waste Disposal (LWD), a hazardous waste incinerator that was operating in the middle of a major chemical manufacturing complex in Calvert City, Kentucky, not that far from where I live.
Christmas day here was a beautiful day. It was sunny and the afternoon high was over 50. That makes for a great winter day here. So, we decided to celebrate Christmas by a nature walk, so we decided to go walk the 3 mile plus trail around Lake Glendale. Lake Glendale is really a small reservoir of under 40 acres that was created by the U.S. Forest Service back about 75 or more years ago. It is pretty developed for southern Illinois, which means an artificially created beach where the public can swim (for a fee to a concessionaire), camp, picnic, and hike. It's a nice area.
About 5pm today Central time I heard on NPR that the house republicans had caved in on their stance to hold out for a full year of the middle class tax cut. Everyone who knew anything about politics knew that Boehner's position was a sham. The house wasn't just holding out for a year long tax, they were adding all these other controversial things to it - like gutting the EPA, labor laws, permanent tax cuts for the rich, and on and on.
Well, I have to say that the republicans made the biggest news today in my opinion. And both of the statements that caught my ear were made on Meet the Press by John Boehner and Michelle Bachman. Boehner said - "And we all know, when it comes to legislating, there are two things that people should never watch, sausage being made and laws being made."
I haven't had a chance for many weeks to watch the McLaughlin Group live on a Friday night. I did tonight, and I really enjoyed it. And while one of the major reasons that I like McLaughlin is that he veers from the mainstream media train of thought, I am always pleased when he surprises me. And he did again tonight when his lead story was about how well Ron Paul was doing in Iowa.
Donald Trump has cancelled his so-called presidential forum in Iowa. He now says it is because he may get back into the race for president as a 3rd party candidate. Who is he kidding? The guy is so full of himself and for dubious reasons. He should remember that the it is the meek that will inherit the earth, or so we have been taught. His boasting and egotism are not the way that most people think is the right way to act.
It's really hard to believe how the politics in our country is going - especially considering how close we are to the republican's first presidential primary in Iowa - just a few weeks away. If the republicans are down to nominating Gingrich, that doesn't say a lot for the party. As some of the pundits have said, he "has more baggage than United Airlines."
The one thing I would say about Herman Cain that seems amazing to me is that, if it comes out being true about the so-called "affair" with an "other" woman, he has to be one of the dumbest people around if he thought he could run a serious presidential candidacy and not have this come out. We'll see. More to come.
When I was a kid we used to say to each other from time to time, "You'd screw up a soup sandwich." I have no idea what that really means, but we used to say it when someone messed up something that should have been easy.
I watched the news shows as usual. I have to say that the thing that caught my attention the most was Donna Groves, news director of WKWX-WKYQ radio stations in Paducah, was once again on the Comment on Kentucky commonwealth political talking heads show.
Isn't it ironic that as the US tries to stand up to regimes like in Syria, Iran, and North Korea, among other countries, by calling them "dictatorial" and crushing of basic human rights, our own streets are filled with police crushing grassroots protests against basic and obvious injustices in our society.
It's such an obvious bit of being two faced that it damages the U.S. credibility as a legitimate voice for peaceful, human rights based democracy.