My that was one quick honeymoon. Less than 24 hours after both Obama and the GOP said they looked forward to working together did the bomb throwing begin with each side threatening the other with executive actions, legislative gridlock and even, and I cannot believe that this is back already, a government shutdown. Let's see those runner ups.
9)Westminster, MA- Sticking to MA news still, this one went international. I used to work up in this area doing ad sales and know the people. It is a blue collar, right leaning group that was also one of the nicer places to do business. Which is why I was so baffled by the local government's idea to ban all tobacco products within town. This was met with a huge, and I do mean huge, protests that the town seemed totally unprepared for. Really? If you couldn't see this coming, you should NOT be in office because this could not have been more obvious. Many gave the same statement I would have which is I don't smoke but if someone wants to, let them. It was only going to drive people out of business, cost jobs and not stop one smoker from getting his cigarettes in the next town over. This is why our government at all levels seems broken. We only seem to get the stupidest people in charge. When the local school gym was used to voice protest, the whole thing devolved into a lynch mob and the city council had to be escorted outside with the State Police nearby. I double dog dare this town to go through with this idea because it certainly seems that the general populace is sharpening their pitchforks and readying their torches.
8)Bill Cosby and his many accusers- Bill Cosby is being accused of rape by a woman from his past that has me scratching my head in disbelief. The woman is dredging up old stories from decades ago claiming Cosby drugged and raped her. Barbara Bowman is the one who has come forward and I can't help but wonder if this is about fame, money or both. I always have a hard time believing anyone whose allegations are decades old and her story seem somewhat contrived as, according to her, she kept going back to be raped again and again. Could she be that delusional to think the man who was raping her would make her famous as he promised? Maybe, and then again this story could be true. I don't know. But allegations from the eighties, where NO charges have been filed make me very suspicious as this type of behavior happens a lot more in Hollywood than you think and a lot of time, there is no truth to it. Take Michael Jackson. A lot of you out there probably think he is a convicted pedophile when in reality he was sued twice for unfounded allegations. The first, which he unwisely settled out of court, was revealed to be a scam when the father of the alleged victim wrote in his suicide letter that he made the whole thing up and it ruined his life and that of his son. The second one was thrown out of court because the woman suing him provably made the whole thing up. But perception matters and that's why Jackson is synonymous with kiddie rape. Cosby's inability to see the same thing is happening right now by not talking about it, is making things worse. There have been countless mistresses in Cosby's life, but rape charges by at least 14 woman, not one with any proof that it happened, is suspect for both. I hope it's not true as Bill Cosby is one of my favorite comedians and someone I grew up with. If he turns out to be a monster as well, there goes yet another piece of my childhood, not to mention what's left of his career.
6)The economy- We keep hearing how great the stock market is, how unemployment is down and why Christmas this year is going to be the best ever. Unlikely that all three will keep going that direction after the new year. Stocks will continue to rise until January when a big slide may occur when stock buybacks, which is the only thing keeping the market afloat, drops drastically as it always does. New stats show that up to 50% of the general public is hurting in states like CT, NJ and FL. My former home state of CT is now officially the worst place to live if you are poor in the country with the highest percentage of people below the poverty line with one of the highest costs of living. It's why I, and almost everyone I know, do not live there anymore. The new data also shows the poor getting way poorer, the middle class nonexistent and the people doing the best are the top 1/100 of 1%. I could fit that amount of people into my house and still have room for a band and catering table But you think the GOP will fix that. Talk about naivety.
4)The Supreme Court- These nine idiots lately are making Rush Limbaugh look like a genius in comparison. Their idiotic decisions have ruined this country with bad drug laws, no labor protections and a give away to the rich at every instance. Even the left has been a mess. They upheld, over the conservatives objections about a decade ago, that corporations could use eminent domain to grab property they wanted for whatever reason. Now we have Judge Sotomayor striking down gay marriage in Kansas for no apparent reason. A lower court ruled it could go through and that the Kansas law preventing that was unconstitutional. The Attorney General there wants the right to appeal and thinks gay people should just wait. This is something the courts should have taken up a decade ago but now just seems like kicking he can down the road. Gay people are people and deserve the same rights as all of us. Just rule on it already and let's see how conservative this court really is.
2)Democrats- Obama, in what can only be described as the strangest way to lose an election, waited until afterward to do things that the general public approved of, raising his popularity by ten points. Way to wait until far too late, loser! The Democrats of course have ignored this huge populist movement and are actually debating the way forward between the right leaning, big business democrats and the more liberal side joining with rising force Liz Warren. Which side is more popular schmucks? The right, especially with Rand Paul, may be a major thorn in the democrats side because he is already signaling a center position on many topics that may get him a lot of votes from independents if he can survive a brutal primary run by loons that is. The democrats are also for some inane reason going along with the Keystone Pipeline which does nothing for this country other than occupy space and even clears the Canadians of liability when the thing breaks, which it will because we use the shittiest materials known to man. Obama may or may not veto it, but I hope he does, and the 13 democrat traitors supporting this awful bill should see the back of our hand in the next election.