Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Go West, Old Man

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(BIG H/T to Oregon Beer Snob for allowing me to use his rendition of Guardian of the Republic)

Back in Autumn, before Marco Rubio’s career flat-lined,  Allen West thought that he, Allen West, would make the perfect replacement to fill Marco Rubio’s tiny shoes, if Rubio decides to run for president.  [Under Florida law, Rubio can only run for one federal office at a time.]

Despite the fact that West’s first term in the House turned into a TEA Party sideshow attraction and his bid for re-election was fraught with melodrama, culminating in a loss to a Democrat in a red district and a protracted tantrum over recounts, West appeared to be quite confident about his chances of winning a statewide election for the Senate:

If that became an open seat, of course I would run. I have a good statewide appeal and a lot of people would like me to get back on Capitol Hill.

Whatever . . . people can and do learn and change and just because Allen West came across as a narcissistic case of arrested development, more of a shouter than a doer, committed to the shock value of extreme rhetoric rather than diplomacy doesn’t mean he’ll always be that way.  Maybe he’ll grow up and actually contribute something . . . ?

To that end, West has kept his profile as high as possible contributing frequently to Fox News and other conserv-o-media outlets, writing his biography Guardian of the Republic, due out in April, 2014, and blogging away.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 12/03/13 at 01:32 PM
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Monday, December 02, 2013

Postcards From the Conserv-o-sphere

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Anyone who worked in business during the ‘90s is probably over-familiar with Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  It was a thing for a while and transformed regular workers all up and down the ladder into pioneering Paradigm Shifters.

The world of business is particularly susceptible to pop psychology fads, ideally presented at a fourth-grade level, that promise to revolutionize the work environment in ways that just happen to flow right to the bottom line.  The book also happened to spawn a cottage industry of workshops, book sequels, videos and probably action figures that made the highly effective Mr Covey quite wealthy, indeed.

Covey’s 7 Habits for those who don’t have them tattooed on their inner arm, are:

Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Easy enough?  Well, lately I’ve been noticing traces of a deviant strain that appear to have infiltrated the 21st century Republican Mind.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 12/02/13 at 10:42 AM
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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Gay Thuggery Ruining Everything For Florida TEA Party

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Meet Danita Kilcullen, founder of the TEA Party Fort Lauderdale—America’s Longest Running Tea Party, or so they claim.  Danita calls herself “a natural-born TEA Partier” which appears to be an accurate statement from my perspective.  But, lest my own jaundiced perception of the TEA Party poison the well, so to speak, I offer up several definitions of the TEA Party from the Urban Dictionary which I find to be a fairly apt barometer of contemporary thought on contemporary issues.

To wit:

TEA Party—

1. white trash identity politics, circa 2009-2010. This movement features the isolated and ignorant boldly and proudly acting as vassals for a small group of cynical thieves, like the Koch brothers.

2. another bunch of useful idiots who believe that a government is “small” when it wastes squillions of dollars on wars but lets poor citizens croak instead of helping them with medicare.

3. a wing of the Republican party dedicated to getting Obama out of office, while conveniently living in denial about the abuses of the Bush years and the Wall Street origins of the Great Recession (2007-present).

4. a group of obese, undereducated hicks who worship the 2nd Amendment, think Obama is a Muslim solely because of his name and skin color, call anyone to the left of Hitler a communist and a socialist, and would rather see Americans starve and die in the streets by the millions than see a Democrat in the White House.

Well, there’s lots more but you get the idea and, getting back to “natural-born” TEA-tastic, Danita Kilcullen, there’s plenty of evidence that she embraces all of the above.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 12/01/13 at 12:28 PM
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