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SUNRISE AT DEATH VALLEY-Photo by Tom Cochrun

Monday, March 5, 2012

LIMBAUGH, SANTORUM & PUTIN-WHO IS THE JERK & WHO IS THE IDIOT? PLUS LOVELY SCENES

RUSH IS THE JERK 
     Advertisers continue to bail out on the gas bag. At his
best Limbaugh was a mildly amusing talker who knew a little
about marketing from his days as a pr flack and baseball pimp.  That he went from a goof ball to a political force is
merely a testament to how low brow American politics has
descended.  But this latest episode of his verbal assault on a woman has caused many to begin to smell the coffee. Why 
anyone took his views as serious is mystifying, maybe now
some of those followers will see him for what he really is.
He is only a performer, a phony, playing to a crowd. He is 
just a talker.
     What he said was wrong by any definition.  He will probably survive this meltdown, but the trash heap of over stuffed egos would be too good a place for the jerk.  He's mean, devious, laughing all the way to the bank and should be water boarded  until Dick Cheney runs to his rescue. That is run, physically, in person.
RICK SANTORUM MUST BE STUPID TOO
     This doofus is the worst thing for Republicans since
since mold on bread.  In this democratic republic even extremists or idiots are entitled to their view, but no one should draw political boundaries or build a following based on the assumption their theology is better than anyone else's. That's the province of the wacko brand of Islamic fundamentalist Imams who train young boys to be bombers.  Santorum is actually dangerous.  His brand Catholicism embarrasses many Roman Catholics and diverges from the church's larger view.
      Why moderate, centrist, intelligent Republicans have not spoken out against him defies explanation. Even the religious right should sanction this fool.
NOW LETS SEE HOW THE STRONG MAN WILL PLAY IT. 
VLADIMIR THAT IS
     Putin, who is light years more intelligent and enlightened than either of the cretins referred to above, now faces a tough spot.  Elected to a 6 year term, to his old post as President of Russia, he will have to confront the rapidly growing opposition movement.  The anti Putin demonstrations were the most significant public outpouring of that kind in decades in Russia.  
     Putin was an unlikely candidate to begin with. Before his earlier rise to political influence he had been one of those gray, faceless, technocrats in the old KGB.  Putin is smart,
has demonstrated he knows how to wield power and he is tough.  But this challenge is something new. Will he result to old Soviet ways of dealing with the growing opposition movement, or will he pushed to find a more rational way? Regardless, it appears he's going to have some homegrown issues to occupy his new Presidency.
DAY BOOK
CALIFORNIA SPRING, GREEN & MORRO ROCK
     An almond tree in March bloom at the Pipestone Vineyard.
     In the distant horizon, the famed Morro Rock. Shot from
Highway 46, Green Valley Road, earning its name.
      Look at the difference of a couple of hours in the frame 
above and below.

   Shadows play nicely on the undulations of the Santa Lucia highlands.
    One more frame of almond blooms.

13 comments:

  1. Well, now, don't hedge your words. (ha)
    I agree most heartily. Ditch all three... Rick, Rush and Putin, Vladimir.

    But you did find fine views of better weather and a great world in your California. Yea Indiana, too. =-w-=

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    1. Hang on. Spring will eventually show its better face to you Hoosiers. But don't blink!

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  2. Speaking of Almonds, our state shipped 163,000,000 lbs of almonds to China and over 100 million pounds each to India, Spain, Germany and Italy. There are currently several billion bees pollinated our almond crop...California is America's number one farm state although if you talk to folks back in the Heartland they won't believe it!

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    1. Jager-
      You amaze me with your knowledge. Thanks for that great tid bit. I'm glad a few of those almonds get over the mountain to the central coast. They are a staple in this house.

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    2. Helps when your good brother in law brokers ag products internationally. Here's a tidbit; the Chinese love North Dakota grown soybeans because it makes out standing tofu. He also says that farmer in ND and Montana are growing brush crops (soybeans, peas, lentils) because they can be harvested, loaded and shipped without a middle man involved. Too bad for Con Agra, Cargill McMillan and the other big boys. Ask me anything I'll be here all week!

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  3. When I taught at Sacramento State while living in the hills around Placerville, a 40-minute drive before Sac started growing like a cancer, I would listen to Rush every morning because his rash rhetoric, bombast, twisted logic, and downright lying would get my blood flowing. I would hit that first class ready to rock and roll. In that way, he was useful. Then, I found it disconcerting all the way to disgusting when he went national and became wildly popular. These days he is a parody of himself, although most of his listeners unfortunately don't know it.

    I take offense, however, at your description of him "pimping" baseball. Baseball don't need no pimping. It is the Great Spirit's gift to humanity (though we don't deserve it). The problems and excesses of the professional game aside, baseball is the calm in the midst of our storms.
    ---SK Figler

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  4. Mr. Figler-
    I love your account of how early Rush fired you up to teach. So there was some redeeming value, back then.

    Didn't mean to offend those of you lovers of the National Past-time. Indeed it is a calming influence. And it gives math another reason to function, ad infinitum.

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  5. I agree that Rush was wrong but you lambaste him for name calling all the while you’re, err, calling him names. So what’s up with that? I’m sure you’ll recall that Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a much worse name. The audience laughed and cheered (low brow?) but the press gave him a pass. Unless we drop the name-calling and get back to rational discussion about the issues we’ll never make any progress in this country.

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    1. You are right of course. My only defense is that Rush is a public figure who has earned a following by making fun of others. His victim in this most recent case was essentially a private citizen and not a public bully like Rush. Still, we need more rational discussion. You are correct.

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  6. Years ago I heard people talking about this Limbaugh fellow on the radio so I tuned in. I certainly didn't accept anything he was saying but I eventually turned him off because he was committing a sin I just can't tolerate in a performer--he was extremely boring and repetitive.

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    1. To quote Rush listeners-"Ditto" that.

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  7. Putin may have been faceless in the KGB, but that is a big part of his persona: How did he get to where he was without being a mover and a shaker in the KGB? Unlike US figures like J Edgar Hoover, the KGB guys labored in the shadows. If they were good they stayed in the shadows, but with a web that resembled a marionette's strings. And that is what we have with Putin. Old KGB in his heart and soul - if he has one

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    1. Indeed. The KGB was a training ground for leadership. Remember Yuri Andropov?
      It will be very interesting to see how both he and the opposition move.

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