Monday, October 27, 2014

Got Privilege, Senator McConnell? And generic response letter from Senator McConnell

Dear McConnell:
What a day! My granddaughters went to the Pete Seeger: A Call to Action event at Bellermine University yesterday. As we entered the parking lot, I told them you lived right around the corner and asked if they thought I should drive them over to read the fantastic Affordable Care Act (ridiculously known as Obamacare disaster to you and your allies) to you. Remember all those times you whined that it was too much for anyone to read and I volunteered the grandkids to read and explain it to you because, at their young ages, they could have? They said no thanks, even though it would be fun to knock on your door and be rejected face-to-face. 

At ages eleven and thirteen, this Call to Action event wasn't the most exciting way to spend a Sunday afternoon but I am very proud of them for knowing it was important and agreeing to go. They attended an ending racism and profiling class, visited each booth, picked up literature that caught their interest, asked appropriate questions, and listened to explanations. I know they gained even more from the experience than they realized. 

The younger one chose this postcard as her favorite take-away from the event.

I'm not sure why this has such a strong impact on her but I can tell you that the look in her eyes when she spotted it, when she tucked it in her bag, and again when I asked her about it told this grandmother (as if I didn't already know) that she has a very special granddaughter, even if she wasn't ready to verbalize the obvious emotions she was experiencing. 

I would love to be in your head, McConnell, and learn how these two words impact you. 

As we arrived back at my place, the older granddaughter offered to get the mail that I didn't remove from my box on Saturday. There was a letter from you, proving timing can be on my side once in awhile. She enjoys the Life With McConnell blog and used to look forward to reading your ridiculous form-letter responses to my letters. I commented just recently that you had stopped responding, and wondered if that meant your staff tosses my letters without even pretending to read them any more. 

And there was, in all it's nothingness.

This is, without a doubt, the most generic form-letter ever written. Anyone who reads my blog sees the letters I send to you, and that each of them expresses an opinion about or request for information about something. Yet, your response is about absolutely nothing. You are running for re-election, in a race tighter than your – well, the kids might be reading so you can fill in the blank – and this is the best you can do? 

How insulting. I do thank you, however, for telling me once again how much you appreciate my taking the time to share my concerns and inviting me to your Facebook page. I will link to the published version of this letter when your bought-and-paid-for-fans call me a troll – again, and again, and again.

Looking forward to your retirement,



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dissecting Mitch McConnell and Alison Grimes Debate via Michael LaRosa


Because I wanted to shout at the computer screen while reading Michael LaRosa's article, titled Grimes doubles down on the "Obama" question, dated 10/14/14, same as I do at the television screen if I accidentally forget how much I dislike Chris Matthews and turn to MSNBC while he's on, I decided to have a little fun with it here. And since McConnell (who will never get a title from me again until he starts using President in front of Obama) doesn't respond to my letters anymore, giving me a chance to do my line-by-line dissections, this will have to satisfy my sick need to parse and snark. LaRosa's words will be in black and mine will be in green.


Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes doubled down on her refusal to say who she voted for in 2008 and 2012 for President, citing her role as the chief elections officer in the state and privacy at the ballot box as her reason. Thanks for reminding everyone that her job as Secretary of State does make her refusal to answer relevant. Although I think it was a ridiculous question to ask, I was disappointed in her response. I wished she had said, "I care about my country, my world, people, and survival so of course I wouldn't vote for McCain or Romney, whose party has consistently proven they will destroy everything that is dear to every living being on the planet." But, you remind me to see this from her position as Secretary of State and that eases my disappointment a bit.


"This is a matter of principle," Grimes said. "Our Constitution grants, here in Kentucky, the constitutional right for privacy at the ballot box for a secret ballot." She is correct. And, regardless of my disappointment in her answer, she still gets my vote. However, I believe that protection is meant to assist people who might lose a job or be harmed in some way by exposing their vote. If she is asking to represent me, and vote for me on things that matter greatly in my life, I think I deserve to know how she votes. (I would never vote for anyone I was ashamed to admit I had voted for.)


"You have the right, Senator McConnell has that right, every Kentuckian has that right," Grimes continued. "As Secretary of State, the chief election official, I'm tasked with overseeing and enforcing all of our election laws." Just realized LaRosa still uses two spaces between sentences. I didn't know anyone did that anymore. I wish everyone did. Okay, my emotions have swung a little closer to agreeing with Secretary Grimes.


Grimes tried (tried? I think she was successful.) to paint herself as a senator of the future versus a senator of the past, casting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as the master of partisan gridlock who has lost his effectiveness in Washington. Grimes doesn't get a title but McConnell does? Grimes didn't cast McConnell in that role; he did that all by himself. So, she 'tried' to do what she has effectively done, and 'cast' him in the position that he has bragged about being in? Biased much, LaRosa?


Sen. McConnell accused Grimes of trying to deceive the people of Kentucky about who she is. Again, McConnell gets a title but Grimes doesn't.


"My opponent has spent most of her time trying to deceive Kentuckians about her own views," he said. Where's the McConnell 'tried' to 'cast' Grimes as being as deceptive as he is?


When Grimes was asked about the difference between a "Clinton Democrat" and an "Obama Democrat", Grimes explained that it was about growing and expanding the middle class… which drew a sharp response from McConnell. Darn. You didn't need those erroneous periods. We already knew your target audience was right-winged.


"There's not a dimes worth of difference between a Clinton Democrat and an Obama Democrat," he said. Just like McConnell to skirt depth and go with money, even if it's only a dime.


McConnell (Finally, he is on the same level, as far as titles are concerned.) answered, without hesitation, that he had supported Trey Grayson over Rand Paul in the 2010 Kentucky Republican Senate Primary. (Same as Grimes stated, without hesitation, that she supported Hillary Clinton in the primary?) He was also asked about the difference between a Tea Party Republican and an establishment Republican. McConnell acknowledging [sic] that the Tea Party movement was spawned from a popular uprising motivated by the tax and spend policies of the Obama administration,[which is total bushit because they were around before President Obama was elected] producing enthusiasm in the Republican Party
(read: racists and haters). McConnell also said that intra-party contests have led to a stronger Republican Party in the general election. (Please, don't remind me that I had to root for McConnell for a few months.)

"I had a primary myself this season," he said. "I don't own this seat, I have to earn it." He hasn't earned the seat but he has earned the ugly, nasty, horrid legacy that his children and grandchildren will have to live with.


When the subject turned to health care, McConnell said the Affordable Care Act is the worst piece of legislation passed in over half a century and that "the best interest of the country would be achieved by pulling out Obamacare root and branch." There you go. The feeble fossil is clueless.


The moderator pressed the Senate Republican leader on whether he would like to see Kentucky's statewide exchange called KY-Connect, (It's actually called Kynect.) "Well it's fine, yeah, I think it's fine to have a website," he conceded. Worse than clueless – deceptive.


"Well, it also insured over 580,00 people," the moderator responded. The comma is where it belongs. There should be another zero on the end. 580,000.


Grimes said there is work to do to improve the Affordable Care Act but doesn't want to rip insurance out the hands of people who now have access to it.Thank you, Alison Grimes!


"Governor Beshear has demonstrated great courage, and over half a million Kentuckian's lives are better because of the expansion of Medicaid and KY-Connect," Grimes said.

p.s. If anyone were to ask Chris Matthews who he voted for in 2008 and 2012, I'm sure the answer would be that he wrote in Ronald Reagan.


Watch the debate here

Saturday, October 11, 2014

First-name Basis Now, Senator McConnell?

Dear McConnell:

I've noticed in your television commercials that the stupid female doctor with the diabetic son and absolutely no idea what the ACA means, and your black female friend
(Three birds with one stone? Way to go Team Mitch.) whose husband obviously didn't have a right to take his son to his home country both call you Mitch. Never, in my wildest nightmares, did I think that when you make your last minute photo-op tour, hoping we'll be fooled into thinking maybe you do care a teeny tiny bit about Kentucky and the people in it, you would welcome us to call you by your first name. Yet, not only are you standing in front of placards that contain the word friend (nice use of subliminal staging although a bit too overt and over-the-top to be anything more than silly and desperate), people who would generally be more respectful are calling you Mitch.

Does that mean the two women who made the ads for your campaign are close, personal friends of yours? If so, that would make most people decide that they aren't exactly objective, or that they might say whatever you want them to say for political reasons. Or, are you trying to give the appearance of being an approachable guy?

Not going to happen.


If you look back over this collection of correspondence and the many comments I leave on your Facebook page (at your urging, which is also verified on this blog) you'll see that, even though I have no respect for you, I usually address you as Senator McConnell, out of respect for the office you hold. I have, at times, called you Ofkock and Ofturdblossom, hoping it would prompt people to give The Handmaid's Tale a second look. I cringe every time I see people call you turtle or Miss McConnell because I wish people would stick to your actions instead of your appearance or sexual orientation.

These Mitch ads sorta made my head spin. I considered addressing this to Dear Mitch but remembered the many times that you and your allies, hand-puppets, and assorted uneducated fans refer to our President by his last name only and decided to go with Dear McConnell. On second thought, I deleted the dear.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mitch McConnell In a Nutshell

If you haven't read Get Mitch, by Jason Zengerte, it's too good to miss. Please read and share.

Mitch McConnell's Promises In the Dark (note: I do not like that the author lumped all politicians into the liars category but do agree with him that Senator McConnell--as well as most in his party--is a liar and not good for Kentucky.)

If you are working to defeat Mitch McConnell in November, and would like to mix with others who are doing the same to share information and links, keep the momentum going, etc., join No More Life With Mitch McConnell (closed group) on Facebook.

Donate to the Alison Grimes campaign here.

Want to watch what Senator McConnell shares on Facebook, clear up the misinformation, see how desperately his fans need education? Follow his FB page here.