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The Limits of Embracing the Suck

Embracing the suck is a military term now going viral as jargon, meaning that we have reached the end of a time of passionate defense, as Placemakers puts it. That is how the recent turn of Mr. Boehner, seeming to skewer the so-called far right, those who loved the shut-down, is being taken. And that is also how progressives led by Nancy Pelosi are characterizing the compromise, which will seemingly protect us from more of the same from the GOP. But this turn to military jargon, this active embrace, merely affirms the binary nature of thinking in a world that calls out for triadic values and triadic thought. Triadic philosophy is all about building a future that does not suck. The reality we need to transcend is the suck that exists. The ethic that must modify that reality is tolerance of on-the-ground diversity, creation of a fair floor for all and local leadership that enlivens community. This leads to acts and expressions that explicitly alter the the suck we are embracing. That suck is the oil-automobile stranglehold on everyone. That is what the military defends. That is what our dysfunctional society is built on. We live in a world still dominated by a binary code. My way or the highway. And the highway we are on is literally made of Koch asphalt and Koch concrete and navigated by Koch oil. Triadic thinking moves past either-or. The fruit of triadic thinking is what does not suck, something better than what we have now. So suck is transformed by encounter with ethics into aesthetic intent. Truth and beauty lie in a world that has begun the slow, caring creation of communities of the future, beyond the domination of oil and the automobile. A future based on tolerance, helpfulness and democracy. A future where idols are less in control. And conscious triadic thinking has put the binary in its place.

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Obama Posts at Short Form Content

Jul 24, 2011
Obama needs to treat them just the way he treated Wright in his Philly speech. In other words he has to talk about them and him. He has been the target all along. The GOP doesn’t give squat for anything but throwing 
Jul 26, 2011
Devastating Comparison of Bush and Obama Fiscal Records. The Chart That Should Accompany All Discussions of the Debt Ceiling – James Fallows – Politics – The Atlantic: “It’s based on data from the Congressional Budget 
Jul 23, 2011
Pelosi has it right, Obama has it right. We the electorate? Not so much. Newsvine – Nancy Pelosi on the the 200th Day of the GOP House Majority: Where are the jobs bills?: “‘Republicans have spent 200 days ignoring jobs 
Jul 25, 2011
As Ken Wilber made clear more than thirty years ago. Barack Obama is an imperfect person like the rest of us. But he seems to have been tapped for the job of midwifing the change I am talking about. 
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Scary John Boehner

In laughter there is sometimes a trace of fear. For those on the receiving end of Boehner’s draconian polities, fear is no laughing matter.

These posts were written in anticipation of disasters to come.

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Boehner: Chain Smoking, High Living, National Menace

Boehner: Chain Smoker, Deluxe Traveler, National Menace. If I was central casting, I would not think twice. Boehner fills the bill for a chain-smoking, high living national menace. And it isn’t funny. It’s scary
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Boehner’s Disaster of a Plan – a Recipe for Democratic Victory in November

Boehner’s Disaster of a Plan – A Recipe for Democratic Victory in November. If Boehner’s disaster of a plan is enacted, we will face massive increases in unemployment and further bleeding of the middle class.
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Bachmann Boehner Ryan

Bachmann Boehner Ryan – three who have come out for privatizing social security
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John Boehner Is A Piece of Work

Politics is rough. Those who survive have thick skin and can drink more than others without falling down. I have been observing the Speaker for a while. As per the following.

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Quiz John Boehner

See how many poems you can identify in this accompaniment to the post “More Poetic Palaver for John Boehner” The captions are hints. It’s pretty easy.
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Palaver 4 Boehner

Good John. Nice John. We want you to be a happy camper as you preside over the suicide of your party and we agree with you that spontaneous coverage of their agony would be cruel if not unusual.
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Dear John Letter to John Boehner on His Caving in to the NRA

Dear John Letter To John Boehner on his apparent cave-in to the NRA when the Lord is speaking for peace and a roll-back of stupidity
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MSNBC’s Slippery Fishing Expedition

I have to assume that MSNBC is following someone’s lead in trying to gin up a Pelosi coup story. It is the sort of thing that makes watching this once promising channel not merely a chore but an impossibility. When you are online and aware of what is going on, TV such as MSNBC and its Pelosi fishing expedition is too pathetic for more than an epitaph.

Here is what is happening. Pelosi will be Majority Leader much longer than MSNBC will be around in its present configuration.

Any channel that cares so little for news that it does not even run it on Sundays, that stacks its shows with stables of talking heads whose main qualification seems to be that they appear on all their programs and that insists on reporting events in progress before they have any understanding of what the event is, is going down.

Pelosi from strength to strength.

MSNBC, for taking a tempest in a teapot and trying to gin up a coup, a further slide down an already slippery slope.

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Stupidity Ascendant Pelosi & Press

Pelosi says she was not informed by the CIA. I have little doubt that she will win this stupid waste of the press’s time. She knew that the CIA was waterboarding. But not because the CIA briefed her.  DUH and double DUH.

If the issue is important, it comes down to he said, she said, unless the CIA can produce proof that she was indeed briefed by them about active waterboarding activities and that her memory to the contrary  is faulty.

Otherwise, this is the media’s slavish effort to provide the GOP with a platform for the making of charges that are irrelevant. My devout hope is that the American people, minus hopeless wingnuts, will not be fooled.

SOME CORROBORATION OF THE PELOSI RENDITION FROM FORMER SENATOR BOB GRAHAM, ALSO NOT BRIEFED

And I recall my classmate Sen. Rockefeller at our 50th Exeter reunion — he was on the Intelligence Committee — telling us with assurance that neither political convention in the summer of ’04 would be free from terrorist attack. Wonder whose briefing he was echoing? And whether whoever they were would admit their false anticipation now.

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Pelosi Comes Up With A Zinger

I was going to call this Maddow and Pelosi since it is a brief video of an interview Maddow did with Pelosi. But as Pelosi explained why health care reform is the priority, she said something obvious but I believe important:

Health care reform IS entitlement reform.

It was a throwaway line, but it is on the money, literally.


SEE THE MADDOW PELOSI VIDEO

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