Blacks in Maine

November 16, 2012  |  No Comments

Said the party leader, a Republican of course: “In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day. Everybody has a right to vote, but nobody in (these) towns knows anyone who’s black. How did that happen? I don’t know. We’re going to find out.”

This reminds me of a story told us by a friend here in Connecticut a few years ago, told in that wonderful Maine accent that seldom fades no matter how long someone has been in civilization.

“I got a call from my sister back home. She says the town’s all in a flutter. Seems a black couple has bought a house there. No one knows what to do. It’s not that they’re prejudiced it’s just that they’ve never had any blacks there’bouts and they don’t know how to act, what to say. Everyone’s talkin’ about it. Quite a fuss. But she called last night and says, ‘Oh, no worry. Turns out they’re Italian.’ ”

The Gift of Mitt

November 15, 2012  |  1 Comment

Mitt Romney whines that he lost so tremendously to Barack Obama because the president gave so many “gifts” to voters.
Oh, the voters got gifts all right which lead to Romney’s dismal results but it wasn’t at all that Obama helped the women, the young or Latinos with cheesey benefits. No, the gifts they got were the crystal clear representations of the low quality of Romney’s honesty, the squalid character of his rich guy policies, the sleazey style of the man’s campaigning, the unending disdain for women and those not rich, the groin-kick vision of his running mate.
The poor losers, as usual, are trying to come up with every explanation under the sun for their sweeping failure — except the ones that count: They had a bad candidate whose policies were bad for the country and were rejected. They can never admit that they flat lost but, instead, somehow the thing was stolen from them. As before when Romney & Co. sought to invalidate the president’s very essence — his birth, his faith, his achievements and success –they are now trying to reach around the moon for explanation when what they consider the god-given right to rule over mere mortals failed so miserably. Or wonderfully.
They have no idea about America and still can’t imagine that America so soundly rejects their policies. Some even claim they want to secede when, in fact, they have seceded from America’s values and tolerances long ago.
Gifts? Romney is right that the voters had received gifts: The gifts of clarity and understanding of just what a poor choice Republicans are.

Generally Speaking

November 13, 2012  |  1 Comment

I know I’m certainly sleeping better knowing that absolutely anyone in the land can snap his fingers and the vaunted Federal Bureau of Investigation will put aside everything else to look into frisky private and personal e-mails. We are so crime free that the nation’s premier law enforcement agency has nothing better to do than look into annoying e-mails. What a great country. J. Edgar Hoover would be so proud.
Of course if the investigating happens to hold the potential for embarrassing a rival agency and, much more important, put the smear job on the President in the middle of an election — and be hastened along by top Republican congressional figures like Eric Cantor — well, then that’s just the purest coinicidence in the world.
Now, after shaking the Petreaus tree, the investigators find even newer stuff on the top general in Afghanistan and his own pen pal.
So here’s another general question: How in blazes are we ever going to get out of the war in Afghanistan if the top general there is sending and reading more than 20,000 to 30,000 emails from his gal pal. How long does it take to write and read 20,000 to 30,000 pages of “inappropriate” correspondance? At a five-minutes-a-message (and you’d hope their little billets doux would take that long) that’s about an entire year of doing nothing else, except catnapping.
You could win a war in less time.
Or lose one.

It’s Gitmo Time

November 9, 2012  |  No Comments

Shouldn’t the Federal Bureau of Investigation just go in and arrest someone? Collaring the governor of Florida or the voting officials in Ohio and elsewhere would be exactly the right step to restoring American liberties.
Given that Florida is like some banana republic – a comparison that deeply offends banana republics – with a criminal at its helm, with ineptitude and corruption at its governing core, who could object if the FBI or Homeland Security were to do a Noriega on these enemies of our freedoms.
Isn’t there something in the Voting Rights Act, muscled into law over the opposition of exactly the same mentalities as now seek to suppress American voting rights, that allows for hard prison time for repeat offenders such as those who work to make such a mess of Americans’ ability to vote?
A little Gitmo time for these guys is in order.
The southside of Cuba is where we send the loathsome Al Qaedas whom we have hunted down to the ends of the world because they are so opposed to our basic liberties and way of life, our freedoms. As horrid as they are, though, no Al Qaeda anywhere has caused Americans not to be able to vote the way Republican officials have done in the past election and beyond. The absolute disgrace in Florida and other GOP satraps is an act of terrorism to our rights as bold and as ugly as anything cooked up in the gnarled heart of the poisonous Taliban. In ways it is worse because it is working: Americans are being denied liberties that were hard won.
And it will only get worse:
Soon the plutocrats will recognize the foolishness of being hosed by skimmers like Carl Rove and others and rededicate their billions toward things that actually work. Like getting the right to vote suffocated. Instead of wasting their money as they did this past season they will apply it more efficiently to their greedy ends. They will fund more voter suppression. The ads didn’t work. The impossible voting requirements did. Thousands and thousands of people suffered because of that.
But maybe if the FBI showed up at the door and perp walked Rick Scott et al. to some slammer time, these enemies of our liberties might have some second thoughts on running so far ahead of the other terrorists.

Donde Estan Los Supercuts?

October 29, 2012  |  No Comments

We know we’re on to a good thing but it was so nice to hear from Father Sergio Cabrera, pastor of Iglesia Catolica del Rincon in Havana about how well things are going with our program to collect and ship baseball equipment to the kids of Cuba.
In the sad way of things Cuban it took a full year for Father Cabrera’s letter and pictures to arrive in Connecticut — but it was well worth the wait.
Rev. Cabrera tells us that with the arrival of the first uniforms, gloves, bats, baseballs, etc. they organized a new baseball league there for the children and young people. Immediately some 80 “ninos y adoloscentes” were allowed to play so much better equipped than ever before. They built a new diamond at the church. They also spread some of the materials around to other organizations; and, since so much more has been sent since he wrote us, we know that this is an expanding thing for the benefit of so many youngsters.
How cool to see kids having a good time playing a game they love so much — and how nice that the good work of so many people here and in Massachusetts and Maine are applied so well. Thanks again to all the coaches, parents and friends who gace these kids so much. We’re far from done so consider this a happy update.
I’ve loaded some of Rev. Cabrera’s pictures onto my Facebopok page for all to see. This is only the beginning.