The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals.

We are all familiar with a Herd of cows, a Flock of chickens, a School of fish and a Gaggle of geese.

However, less widely known is a Pride of lions, a Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an Exaltation of doves and, presumably because they look so wise, a Parliament of owls.

Now consider a group of Baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates. And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?

Believe it or not . . . . . . . a Congress!


Huh..? Huh Huh…?

Adam Serwer covering for Greg Sargent at The Plumline:

It’s sort of odd that in an election where Democrats are doing badly because they failed to do more to revive the economy, they’re foundering for a message while facing opponents who are promising to do even less. Not that a strong message would override the underlying fundamentals.

Really, really, Adam Democrats failed to do more to revive the economy? Define ‘more’ will you, please?

Shame On You, President Obama!

I find it very, very depressing to read about Shirley Sherrod’s recent ‘moment of realisation’….

Crooks And Liars reports:

Shirley Sherrod was an employee of the USDA; specifically, the USDA Georgia director of rural development. In a speech to the Georgia chapter of the NAACP, she tells a story that appears to indicate she prefers to put black folks ahead of white folks.

Here is the full video:

But one stupid, malicious wingnut named Breibart, posts an edited video of this speech, which makes it appear like she is deliberately discriminating against white farmers and  conservative media-nuts sing loud and blood-seeking  crazy song and dance. What does the White House do?  President Obama’s Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, promptly fires this lady in what seems to be a very hasty, knee-jerking, un-informed and a totally wrong manner!

Huffington Post reports:

Sherrod said she was on the road Monday when USDA deputy undersecretary Cheryl Cook called her and told her the White House wanted her to resign because her comments were generating a cable news controversy.

White House proudly proclaims that they stand behind their man, who spinelessly did not stand behind his Director but unjustly threw her under the bus and ran over her just for some good measure! Shame on Tom Vilsack and shame on the White House!

But most importantly……

……………………President Obama, Shame On You Sir!!!

Update: Now, some people seem to comment that Sherrod could have phrased her speech in a different way, a  better way. My response is, why should she? What did she have to hide? She is talking very candidly about her real life situation in a very honest way. She is recounting her story, her personal journey about how she personally overcame her own beliefs and what is the need to ‘dress up her own moment of realisation’?

No matter what President Obama  and his White House say, TDPP considers Sherrod  a hero and salutes her!!

Update 2: Here is what AJC reports:

The wife of a white Georgia farmer on Tuesday defended a federal agriculture official who lost her job for saying she once withheld help to the couple on the basis of race. The former official, Shirley Sherrod, “kept us out of bankruptcy,” said Eloise Spooner, 82, of Iron City in southwest Georgia. Spooner, in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, added she considers Sherrod a “friend for life.” She and her husband, Roger Spooner, approached Sherrod for help in 1986 when Sherrod worked for a nonprofit that assisted farmers.

Shame on you, President Obama, shame on you, Sir !!

Update 3: This rabid wingnut Breibart, posted the ‘edited’ video he received from his source, without even seeing the full video and created all this ruckus. Karma is a bad bitch, Breibart, I can’t wait to post on your karmic reconciliation!

Why Progressives Eviserate POTUS?

I have been following several progressives like G3, express their utter disbelief and disappointment with President Obama. I  have been  trying to understand their point of view and I must admit they have me totally confused at their rationale!!

In my opinion:

1: By 2008, economy was tanking like crazy, jobs were melting like ice-cream on a hot day, banks were falling like flies into an oil pot.

2: By 2008, most Americans  other than some self-centred politicians, high-stake military contractors and allied resources had all lost their patriotic flavour for war.

3: By 2008, most Americans whether progressives or conservatives were ready for a change.

and that was why, USA created history in 2008 and Barack Obama stepped up to bat! And bat he did with full gusto!!

On September 8, 2009, I posted, “Are You Fired Up Yet?”?  and outlined a list of all important things achieved by President Obama.

For those not keen on reading, do check out Rachel Maddow’s excellent compilation, which I posted on June 27, 2010 on what President Obama has achieved thus far here.

Just this week the historical Financial Reform has passed. Even the smuggest, hypocritical wingnut (in my opinion), Charles Krauthhammer is freaking out.

Why then do the progressives continue to eviserate President Obama? Why does G3 feel this way even as early as September 2009?

Boy, he (President Obama) doesn’t miss a chance to take a jab at the left , with some false equivalences with republicans. We are only demanding what he promised on the campaign trail. And I don’t understand why he is hell-bent on preserving those insurance industry jobs (that is his excuse for not going the sibngle payer way) while he didn’t hesitate a bit to ruthlessly cut those auto industry jobs (who were one of the few groups making “real” things). He didn’t even demand that those companies keep all the remaining jobs here (GM might even move HQ to Mexico I understand).
He is forgetting that it is the left which put him on top over Hillary. And he is due for a royal smackdown sometime. I think he gave way too much credit for the lunatic repugs. Some people refuse to learn.

.I am one of those on the left who can’t be pleased easily any more by platitudes ((Matt Taibbi ‘s phrase: “I am for Sunshine & puppy” platitudes). Bill Maher pointed out Bush was very good at gettin things done even if he had crappy ideas. And here we have someone who is so dragging his feet unable to channel the anger against insurance companies, wall street etc after coming into office similar to Reagan with people longing for change. . He bizarrely praised Reagan way back in 2008 but if there is one lesson he can take from Reagan, it is not to act like the nice girl but use the mood for change to transform. He seems pretty inept still mooning on repug support…..

Now, I am not naive to state that President Obama and his administration did not make any mistake thus far. Of course they did! And they probably will do so in the days to come too. I also understand that even President Obama’s feet should be held to fire, that is the purpose of checks and balances of a democracy!

But, I also feel that every day these progressives screech and freak at President Obama, calling him incompetent, inept or whatever is a day missed in highlighting to the public what has been achieved so far and what more can be done. If the advance public opinion-trends of the upcoming 2010 election is not reason enough for these progressives to get their act together, they may very well get their wish of seeing President Obama losing in 2012. Is that really a win-win situation for these progressives? Is that really what they want? Do they really think that they have a chance at getting any more done with someone other than President Obama? If they say yes, man they must have one hell of a hallucination south of the border!!

“Always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics”

BARACK OBAMA, MSNBC interview, Sep. 25, 2006


I feel think progressives must not………..

Update: Word-police points out that the last sentence should read, “I think” and not “I feel”. Ok, boss, corrected!!

Yard Chores All Lined Up

Oh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh..mower ready, chicken-wire (to wrap around some plants as bunny-deterrent) ready, bird-feed ready, tomato-cages ready, miracle-grow soil ready, lawn grass seed & fertiliser ready………….

Phone rings……oops…. got to go out to see some cars that my son has lined up…ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!! So much for some grand planning!! All chores moved to Sunday!!

Hey you, bald patch in my lawn, I am coming, I am coming after you tomorrow!!

Let Me Be The First To Ask

…’s day three, even Jon Stewart ran two days of McChrysbacle and it makes me wonder which bunker did the Cheneys hunker into with W’square (Wasilla Wackjob)?

Update: Looky here, W’square emerges through cronies touting in her facebook that:

She has bigger battles to fight, battles to restore our strength internationally and stand by our allies, battles to stop the downward slide of our economy, and battles to take back control of Congress.

oh my, oh my, restore our strengths internationally, stop the downward slide of our economy and battles to take control of Congress???

Hey wacky, how about trying to restore your own reputation, stop the downward slide or your family finances and battle to take control of your name…oh wait, I forget she resides in an alternate universe keenly awaiting her devotees to bail her out, never mind, what was I thinking anyway..??

Start lining up folks, your hero needs you or rather your $$$$