Archive for ‘Politicrap’

September 17, 2015

From the Desk of James Madison

by Janie Jones

So today is Constitution Day.

I didn’t know such a holiday existed.  But it does, and today Stickittoyou U was handing out free copies of the constitution.  Surprisingly, or not depending on your point of view, most of my colleagues I mentioned this to seemed not very interested.  I, on the other hand, was pretty excited to get a free copy of the constitution.

Also, as part of Constitution Day, the U provided a link to Constitution.com where you can read up on facts about the Constitution.  You can also take a quiz to find out what founding father you would be.

Apparently, I am James Madison.James Madison

Go to Consitution.com and take the quiz.  Let’s see how many founding fathers are reading my blog…

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August 27, 2015

Spudisims #21: Some people are different

by Janie Jones

The spud’s dad was telling me this story last night.

He’s a history buff, and collects figurines of the American Presidents.  He apparently has them all. The spud was looking at them the other day and apparently picked up Obama and said, “Daddy, you know, this President is different from the others.”

He apparently replied, “Yes, yes he is.”

“Daddy, why is he sooooo skinny?”

November 6, 2014

Thursday Quote Du Jour #17: On politics, of course

by Janie Jones

From the musical 1776:

I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a disgrace, that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a Congress!

-John Adams

November 4, 2014

Tuesday Titters: we interrupt this normal broadcast for polictical activism and a dissertation on responsibility. It’s Election Day, that’s a joke in itself…

by Janie Jones

PSA:  Janie doesn’t like to engage in the political, but there are some duties we have to do whether we like them or not.  It’s election day today, and I feel it my responsibility to say just a few things.

Americans everywhere with an eye to the future have the opportunity to vote today.  There is much to be discontent about, and it seems more and more Americans are waking up from their oblivious contentment and realizing the Administration is not making life better.  A growing segment of the population is actually seeing clearly that if something doesn’t drastically change soon, American life will be less and less about freedom and more and more about government dishonesty and oppression.  Today is a chance to make some changes.  In order for that to happen, the votes must be counted honestly, and people need to start taking responsibility.

The Big R.  Responsibility.  We don’t have enough of that flowing through our nation these days.  There is a cold, dark side to responsibility.  It’s not always pretty, but it’s the true measure of a person’s or an entity’s worth.

Wake up fellow Americans.  Only you can be responsible for you.  When you give your government responsibility for yourself, whether you think you’re doing it for the greater good, for convenience, or for practicality, ultimately all you are doing is giving up your FREEDOM and that of your children, your grandchildren and your community.

Get responsible.  Go vote today and vote for less government, truly free markets, and less taxation.  Vote for candidates that vow to get rid of Obamacare and get rid of political support of big business and agriculture.  Our government has no business telling us how to educate our children, what to eat, how to provide our health care, how to drive, whether we can have marijuana or prostitutes, whether we can have abortions, whether we can defend ourselves or hunt, and it should never, ever, take away our right to think and provide for ourselves, much less express our discontent.  Be wary of programs that can hinder these rights.  Be wary of politicians who promise you higher minimum wage, debt forgiveness, redistribution of wealth and more government oversight.  Be wary of programs and politicians that offer to support and protect you so that you don’t have to do it yourself and who suggest they know better what’s best for you.

Redefine responsible.  Being responsible isn’t driving a Prius, buying carbon credits and getting your kids to soccer on time.  It’s not blindly following the rules and believing everything you’re told because someone else must know better and you’re just too damned busy and that’s why we have governments anyway.  Being responsible isn’t accepting a system that encourages militant police to harass citizens with impunity.  It’s not siding with your favorite actor du jour and moms against guns who work tirelessly to take away your right to bear arms.  It’s not blanket amnesty for illegals.  It’s not political leaders who use Washington as a country club or an Administration that spends more and more money on programs that only take away your rights.

Responsibility is, however, not ignoring the obvious when it’s inconvenient and messy.  Responsibility is not kow-towing to the popular party line.  Responsibility is standing up, drawing a line in the sand and saying, “I didn’t make this mess, but I’m going to clean it up and you’re going to help or you can get the Hell out of the way.”

Be responsible.  It’s not easy bearing the weight of moral and ethical decisions.  It’s not easy to take responsibility for unpopular beliefs or actions.  But if you don’t take that responsibility, someone else will, and if you give that responsibility to a politician, they might not exercise that responsibility in the manner truly favorable to you and the masses.  Chances are good they will make choices which will make them and their ilk more powerful and untouchable.

History has shown time and time again that it is bad juju to blindly follow your political machine.  This country was founded in a unique way.  We were born from people who were tired of being told how to live their life and being beholden to religious and political tyrants.  These forefathers gave up comforts and family and took responsibility.  They drew that line in the sand and they created something truly amazing:  a country founded on the premise that all people have inalienable rights, chiefly centered around personal freedoms.  But in order to hold freedom within your grasp you must carry responsibility before you.

So take responsibility.  Read, think and act for yourself.  Get mad when others try to do it for you.  Demand accountability from yourself and those you elect.  Vote responsibly.  Vote so that you can hold on to your responsibility, and demand that the people you vote for are held responsible.  Go to the polls today, fellow Americans, and vote for candidates who support your freedom to be responsible for yourself, to maintain your full rights and freedoms secured 200+ years ago by our forefathers.  Go with hope that voting is still enough to protect your rights from seizure by a corrupt government and that the system isn’t so broken that the votes of the real people, not phantom voters, will still actually count for something.

And if it doesn’t, be prepared to shoulder a new responsibility.

 

June 24, 2013

Good grief, was I giving away something for free and no one told me?!?

by Janie Jones

I have a rather humble blog in terms of followers.

I like having followers, and those I have I consider more like modern pen-pals, like friends.  But, I only have a handful, and I’m okay with that.

Still, it is kind of flattering and exciting to see my hit counter make a big jump.  Who has been reading me?  Have I got any new fans?  Did any new people find my mixture of snark, bitching and whining and general weirdness interesting enough to come back?

Mostly the answer is no.  And the huge jumps are probably spambots or something.  But, one does have to wonder why last Thursday, June 20th I got 47 hits.  Which is about 37 more than my average.  Considering I’m able to really only boast a regular readership of 6-8 blog friends, and even my spam queue can go weeks without anything in it, that’s a pretty huge jump.

Maybe I was being snooped.  Maybe the NSA is on to me.  Maybe a brooding, sunflower munching, Mulder-esque G-Man is cruising my blog in search of possible anti-establishment sentiments, dissent, corruption, zombie preparedness and bad grammar.  Once upon a time that might have seemed paranoid.  Nowadays, no so much.

November 7, 2012

Apparently there will be no change, and no hope either

by Janie Jones

So it would seem life in America will remain an Obamination.

I seriously doubt I have anything elegant, witty, or snarky to say today.  I’m just rambling, feeling lost, and am not even sure this post can qualify as a rant.  The gray, bleak November Great White North landscape is a perfect illustration of my inner sensations.  I am vaguely aware of being disappointed at not being able to say I was wrong in predicting this particular outcome, but I really, really wanted to wake up pleasantly surprised to be wrong and have a better outcome than I had faith in.  That said, mostly I just feel like the end of a worn out, tired fall.  The end of the golden days is upon us and a long hard winter is coming.  Buckle down and prepare for the worst.  What is left to do or say?

Okay, I confess, I do have something else to say:  I voted.  I didn’t have much confidence it would do any real good, but it was my duty to do so and at least give a show of faith in what is left of the democratic process.  So I did.  But the cold, dark side of democracy that no one talks about is the side that doesn’t win.  It doesn’t talk about how miserable it feels knowing you are mostly likely going to lose, and then actually losing and knowing in the pit of your gut that the “winning side” is against everything you believe in, yet you have to lump it and accept it.  Losing is a part of the deal, but it seems the older I get the more losing is happening and there is absolutely nothing good coming of the “winning side” to make any kind of consolation possible.  Compounding the frustration is the complete feeling of helplessness to do anything to improve the situation but cast a useless vote.

What do I, simple Janie Jones, know about government and politics?  Nothing.  I just have a feeling.  Apparently, however, just enough more Americans think my POV is crap (or at least enough are willing to be dishonest about the election process), than agree or we wouldn’t be in this situation.  It would seem to be a distasteful truth then, that according to the way our democratic republic is run, if you lose, then your beliefs about what should happen in your country suddenly don’t matter and you are ignored at best and demonized at worst.

So, what am I left with?  Well, if nothing else I can always say that by casting my vote and not seeing the results I wished for, I at the very least earned the right to complain about the crappy hand we’ve been dealt.  But I won’t complain.  At least not today.  At least not much.  And, besides, I’m sure there’s zillions of other prolific political bloggers more eloquent in their soliloquies than I could ever be, so why add more hot air when I could be stocking up on toilet paper and food to get me through what promises to be a long, dark winter.

November 6, 2012

Hope for change, not Hope and Change

by Janie Jones

 

So the deed is done for better or for worse, as they say.  Perhaps it seems odd to my dear readers, but I am reminded of my favorite movie, Joe vs. the Volcano and the end sequence when Joe and Patricia come on the edge of the volcano; they have faced their fears, declared their love and reconciled themselves to the whim of fate and Heaven.  I can’t find the exact quote I’m thinking of, and it’s been a while since I’ve watched the movie, but I think it goes something like this:

Joe (standing on the brink of jumping into a fiery volcano takes Patricia’s hand):  So, what are we hoping for here?

Patricia:  A miracle.