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June 11, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

No unicorns. No rainbows. Dunders.

Only so much can be tolerated.

(But that one last bite is always stuffed in somehow despite the inevitable bellyache)

Most would learn. But apparently applying acquired knowledge isn’t in the stars these days

Or in the average non-celebrity person either.

Job performance. Lawsuits, Just taxing. Let the insanity commence!

Mary Pickford as Pollyana(1920. US Public domain. expired copyright:commons.wikimedia.org)

Absurd? You ain’t seen nothin’. How could you with all this material? You can just be Pollyanna for so long (1920.US Pd: pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

The Texas GOP has nailed it:  their platform.

(Being “sensitive to cultural differences” things aren’t crossed.)

Endorsing “therapy’ to “reform” gay people.

And the point of this plank in the party’s platform?

Party leadership is quick to point out “the platform is not a statement of what the majority of Republicans believe.”

Party Chairman Munisteri; “I ran on the platform that Republicans don’t have to agree 100 % with the platform”

Again: why bother?

You say it but don’t mean it? (Oh, way to inspire confidence.)

Sounds just like the current administration.

Same behavior. Same verse. Same style.

Same lies.

Quit the word play.

It’s not “you misunderstand, let us explain it to you”. It’s not “best available knowledge”. It’s not “misspoke”, “misrepresentations”, or “untruths”. It’s not lying by omission or “I saw it on the news”.

It’s just flat lies. Call it like it is.

Look. It used to be people wanted to vote for the best person for the job.

The one most qualified.

The one with credible actual experience.

The one with real verifiable references (by actual people willing to stand by their words.)

The one that could and WOULD do the job.

Nothing else mattered.

Angel and the Badman, 1947 (US public domain: date of publication/copyright not renewed/artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Yep, there used to be straight shooters. Now, just shooting: aimlessly and not too sharply. (US PD:pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Listen, don’t care if a person is Chartreuse, 200 years old, or worships gnats.

Want the person best qualified for the job.

How about a candidate who says what he/she believes, what they specifically intended to do, and swears on whatever to find common ground and be a leader representing all citizens not just his/her special little groups:

Willing to listen to the actual majority will,

Willing to go half way and compromise,

Willing to  get up off their tail and walk into congressional offices instead of going for coffee and adoration on the street when there’s serious work to be done.

And willing to be a penny pincher and more frugal with taxpayers’ money than their own.(That means, “Honey, we have already had a vacation.” That means “Honey we can’t take 2 planes – one is expensive enough.” And maybe “Sweetie, we pay that cook downstairs plenty. Let him/her fix it for you.”)

Let the voters decide.

Mud slinging. name calling, personal attacks, demeaning comments – meanness – all that reflects poorly on the candidate/party that says it.

That stuff the sign of poor, weak, devious minds. Understand?

Fed up with the political garbage.

Any wonder why voters are walking away or wanting to scrap the whole bunch?

1922.Broken Chains.Beinecke Lib:Yale:US PD.pub. date:COmmons.wikimedia.org)

Politics these days. Even the caption fits. (1922.Beinecke Lib/US PD.pub. date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Moving on.

Lawsuits. How about a SLAPP?

SLAPP: a strategic lawsuit against public participation.

SLAPP lawsuits are frequently unconstitutional

SLAPP suits are designed to shut up the defendant by running up legal bills so high they have to yell “I’ll stop. I’ll stop”

These lawsuits are so abusive they were banned in Texas in 20011.

But people/companies can still file them in other states.

Why should you care? You blog?

You can tell the truth, but still be pounded into submission if the opposing view has more money than you.

A stay at home dad in Magnolia, TX got chewed up and spit out by a financial expert he irritated. (Scary Big CEO Guy. Oh, my! Why so viciously attack a little nobody?)

Apparently people aren’t allowed to analyze public information and offer their own conclusions and experiences.

Apparently if those with enough money can shove others around despite the facts.

He can’t speak about it, but read.”A SLAPP silences a critic of financial tip service’s track record”/”A SLAPP silences stay-at-hom dad in Magnolia” by Chris Tomlinson (You may have to google the author/article if you can’t gain access through this link)

Big dangers?

Money trumps law?

That little Free Speech thing people talk so much about? (Only if you have money?)

It was supposed to be free, the internet. (Safe keeping. In safe keeping. Keeping you safe.)

Just talk, now.

1913. Lillian Gish. Mothering Heart. Actinograph Corp/US PD: pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

No where to hide. Pointless to try. They are determined you will like them – or else. (1913.Actinograph Corp/US PD: pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Speaking of money and big bullies, the IRS is billing you.

Those warm and fuzzy guys are showcasing a “Bill of Rights” for taxpayers.

Did you know they had congressional powers to make bills? Wonderful revelation!

Oh,it’s just publicity campaign. To make you feel better.

Not really a “Bill of Rights”. Please don’t be confused. Easy, I know.

Actually this is just stuff buried inside the existing huge tax code.

IRS Commissioner Koskinen: “We are not creating new rights here…We are trying to compile them in a simple format for taxpayers”

Of course, there are limitations to this “Bill”

Right to Quality Service includes “Taxpayers have the right to receive prompt, courteous, and professional assistance in their dealings with the IRS.”

Unfortunately Koskinen quickly says “Budget cuts have diminished the agencies ability to answer questions from taxpayers.”

Do we have the right to laugh? (Why does that song “Lying Eyes” keep playing…)

The IRS Taxpayer Bill of Rights is appropriately on the IRS website.

Just to make sure you don’t miss it – and their benevolent efforts to play nice:

It will be posted at all their offices nationwide

It will be mailed to anyone the IRS contacts by mail

It will be included in about 30 million mailings a year.

Of course! (You won’t mind paying/spending a little more tax money for this?) It’s all about rights!

“Rights” are a big thing here.

Ask any new arrival immigrant – or a sullen teenager.

This has nothing to do with all the scandals and controversy about the IRS recently.

Really. It’s just a nice thing they want to do for us.

“To improve taxpayer confidence in the IRS and the law.” according to Koskinen.

Oh. They hired a marketing expert?

You can read more about it here

Oh, far far from the dundering crowd, that where most wish to be.

Bubbling fountains.

Yes. Stock hint.

More bubbling and babbling in the future.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

1959 Rio Bravo trailer.(US PD.pub.date/no cr/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Have a feeling we’re gonna all need a few before all the dust settles. (1959.US PD:pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

 

 

 

 

 

18 Comments

  1. katecrimmins / Jun 11 2014 9:38 pm

    You are on a roll today! Easy to do with this topic.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2014 10:07 pm

      Tried. Tried so hard to enchant and capture some unicorns – dunderheads taking up all the room! Backwards world!
      Now back to the bubbling fountains…ahhhh. Thanks for poking a comment down the rabbit hole.

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  2. Tales and Travels of the Tin Man / Jun 11 2014 10:33 pm

    I hate Texas

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2014 11:45 pm

      Now that’s just sad. Actually everyone feels that way at one point or another…mainly in the summer.
      But never say never – No place has more diversity in geology, people, ideology, or lifestyles. Opportunities for just about anyone if they willing to work and try to get along. Allowances for eccentrics.(Keep Austin weird: motto and reality)
      But none of us shy about confronting elected officials and calling them out. Tradition.The capital steps aren’t that far away.
      Certainly not for faint of heart or anyone who dislikes driving. Vehicles. Cattle drives are only done once a year in Fort Worth for tourists (I think Wyoming still has real ones?) Thanks for the steering a mooooving comment over here.

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    • shoreacres / Jun 12 2014 11:52 am

      Ever been here? Lived here? We do have one great virtue — we can laugh at ourselves.

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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 12 2014 3:43 pm

        Not to mention sun and bright lights dispel rot, bad smells, and gets oozing wounds healing. Agree that laughter is the best medicine for just about whatever pains you.(Apparently that CEO in Connecticut has no sense of humor…he needs to get out more – as the commercial says.)

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  3. bulldog / Jun 12 2014 5:00 am

    Texas always conjures up pictures from yesteryear with John Wayne riding off into the sunset after having solved all the problems,,, are there no more “Johns” in the shadows there… ??

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 12 2014 3:38 pm

      Once an image is established and people determined to hang onto it… (Most of those movies were actually filmed elsewhere – but the perception is apparently everything…used to drive me crazy when we lived back east and other places….finally just gave in and said “yes we did ride horses to school with 6 shooters and buffalo”..which drove my mom crazy.). The sunsets, however are real.
      Have it on good authority that johns are best located in sun…maybe hidden behind bushes, but brush invited snakes and critters. (Which does give tourists something to talk about? Summer is for experiences, right?).
      Thanks for saddlin’ up a comment and herding it over

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  4. shoreacres / Jun 12 2014 11:58 am

    I especially like this:

    “How about a candidate who says what he/she believes, what they specifically intended to do, and swears on whatever to find common ground and be a leader representing all citizens not just his/her special little groups.”

    Agree or disagree with his policies, Ted Cruz has been one who hasn’t been afraid to say exactly what he believes and what he wants to do. And that points to one great problem: fear, or fear combined with a desire to climb the political ladder. Someone (can’t remember who) recently compared D.C. to junior high school, with its in-groups and outgroups, and people desperate for acceptance. Can’t you just hear them saying things like, “Gosh, Mom. I’m wearing this old immigration policy, and all the cool kids are wearing that other one…”

    Speaking of… Get rid of the hashtag-bearing, google-advising, twittering children that sound like they belong in high school, and add a few adults to the mix. You know. People who understand that behavior has consequences. (See: Iraq See: American border See: Veterans’ medical care)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 12 2014 4:12 pm

      Somewhere in the mire, there are men and women willing to step up – and people are going to have to give and take here and there with compromise to support them – the established political machines have gotten too strong with whack-a-mole tactics agains anyone on the outside that threatens their control and power. No longer about serving the country and doing what’s right, all about becoming a career legislator, getting power and becoming a millionaire. Term limits would help a great deal – cut off the pigs at the trough.
      Remember Murphy’s Law: people get shoved up into a position that they are totally unable to deal with/unqualified/ineffective? Political machine did that and now it’s Jr. High all over again: cliques, popularity elections and all.
      Some of the places in the country that have been lucky enough to be sheltered and isolated from big issues are having them delivered to their neighborhoods now. It’s not about immigration, it’s about preteen/teen unaccompanied/no families kids streaming in from Honduras, Guatemala, Central America (not Mexico – so not Mexico). A flood of illiterate (in all languages – verbal in substandard street language – forget any formal schooling) tough kids used to extreme violence and struggling for survival – and they are now shipping them to Mass. and places far from the border. They are OUR kids now and will not be shipped to country of origin. Wait until these kids are shoved in to the schools and neighborhoods. It’s gonna be expensive to “meet all their needs” And that will have to be done. Not an immigration issue – a resettlement of children and child welfare issue. They live here now. Permanently. Get those foster homes and church groups lined up…it’s gonna be some eye opening experiences.
      Nice the border states are finally able to share with the rest of the country. The drug cartels are loving that the border patrol is busy babysitting and not chasing them. Worrisome that temps are now deadly hot. Unless the administration does something, people, small children will die trudging across. How’s that going to look: encouraged to come and encouraged to die on the way. If you can read Spanish, you can see the main Latin American papers are saying anyone with children or unaccompanied children will be given permission to stay if they cross the border before end of June. They are saying the paper they get telling them to return for a hearing is a permit/visa to stay.
      Gonna be a long hot summer. Thanks for rounding up a comment

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  5. jannatwrites / Jun 12 2014 4:38 pm

    Where to begin… so much interesting stuff here! Politicians – the mudslinging irritates me so much I refuse to vote for anyone who does it. I don’t want to read about someone bad-mouthing the opponent… it says nothing of their own abilities. (Makes choices pretty slim, let me tell you…) SLAPP – scary this can happen. If with laws prohibiting it, the cynic in me thinks, ‘yeah, they’ll just find a loophole and do it anyway.’ The IRS will never come off as warm and fuzzy to me. I had to deal with them a few years ago (a glitch happened in my e-file at some point and they didn’t get all the forms.) I didn’t do anything wrong, but I had fears of them taking everything we had 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 12 2014 4:55 pm

      More and more people sound exactly like you – but the political machine doesn’t seem to notice. UGH.
      What’s odd about SLAPP is that it’s obviously abusive with no legal basis. Case such be tossed as nuisance lawsuit without basis – but it’s filed in a state that allows this nonsense. (And lawyers that file cases without legal basis that are only intended to punish into submission…)
      IRS. Fears justified. Plenty of cases. Old timers always warned “It’s bad to cosy up with a snake – even a pretty one.”
      Thanks for skipping over the falls and enjoying the waters here

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  6. Spinster / Jun 12 2014 7:12 pm

    Great description of a ridiculous state (or states?) of affairs.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 13 2014 7:13 pm

      Just when you think it can’t get any more foolish….humans are the universe’s comic relief? Thanks for poking the ant bed

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  7. Paul / Jun 13 2014 4:13 am

    Yeah, there’s lots to improve. We just had a provincial election in Ontario today. The sitting gov’t got back in stronger, mostly because the leader of the opposition acted in stupid ways – he told people that he would laying off 100,000 gov’t employees (who vote in greater numbers than the general population) reduce taxes and create a gazillion jobs while balancing the budget. Which doesn’t add up. Anyway,there were some private organizations who were funding advertizing and they produced mud-slinging posters. This is illegal in Canada – all posters have to be candidate approved and financed. So the officials were driving around pulling posters off lawns and poles and signs – Ha! Looked good on them. Anyway, it all worked out fine – we’re a bit more conservative in campaigns here than in the US.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 13 2014 7:24 pm

      A return to dignity would be welcomed. Sadly, many wouldn’t recognize it if it reappeared – misunderstood as a sign of weakness. No wonder the dolphins refuse any attempt to communicate with humans…afraid the behavior might rub off. Appreciate you voting to stop by and chat. Hope the weekend is terrific

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      • Paul / Jun 15 2014 3:58 am

        But in the end, when push came to shove, the dolphins did leave a note: “So long and thanks for all the fish!”

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