A Place for Cafe Refugees and Others Like Them


There is confusion at times:

It was inevitable. A millionaire Russian politician who claims to have been abducted by aliens, and also happens to be president of the World Chess Federation, has offered $10 million to buy the site of the proposed Cordoba House Muslim cultural center in downtown Manhattan. Like we said, inevitable. …

“I believe that religious conflicts are extremely dangerous in complex times such as ours,” Ilyumzhinov wrote in his letter to Bloomberg.”

There is obfuscation most of the time:

We have all had a taste of this Christine O’Donnell and her insanity:

Meanwhile, reporters are still combing through Lexis-Nexis. O’Donnell thinks of homosexuality as an identity disorder. Homosexuals are “getting away with nudity.” And, yes, she once warned Bill O’Reilly about mad scientists creating human-mice hybrids.


Yeah? Well her web site has vanished

She has ‘matured’ and all those crazy things she said ‘years ago in my twenties’ have gone by the wayside:

Oh, and don’t worry about Big Brother monitoring what you do alone in bed. O’Donnell, who is on videotape denouncing masturbation, cleared that up in response to this question: “You have taken a strong stance as to people’s private sexual behavior. What do you think is the role of government in regulating that?”

“It’s personal,” a woman in the audience called out. “I agree, it’s personal,” O’Donnell said. She said her 1996 comments on the issue came when she was in her 20s and excited about her “newfound” faith. “But I assure you my faith has matured,” she said. “And when I go to Washington, D.C., it’ll be the Constitution on which I base all of my decisions, not my personal beliefs.”


But once in a great while there is clarity. A repub actually stands up and says exactly what is on his mind:

It sounds so good, and it’s such a warm message to say we’re not gonna deny anyone from a preexisting condition,” Huckabee explained at the Value Voters Summit today. “Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I want to ask you something from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied that principle [to] our property insurance. And you can call your insurance agent and say, “I’d like to buy some insurance for my house.” He’d say, “Tell me about your house.” “Well sir, it burned down yesterday, but I’d like to insure it today.” And he’ll say “I’m sorry, but we can’t insure it after it’s already burned.” Well, no preexisting conditions.”

A moment of candor from the evangelical former Arkansas governor. Hard to say how that comports with voting on values, though.

It’s worth pointing out, too, that the health care law’s individual mandate is in large part meant to make sure people don’t wait until they get ill until they buy insurance. But Republicans want to do away with that part of reform as well.

Now maybe Ducky can chime in here with about 50 links on this subject since I have been reading his health care blogs for two years now. He has enlightened me on this subject more than any other writer, professional or not.

But I will wing it for this short rant.

First, repubs do not give one goddamn about humanity. They have not since about 1980 and never will in the future. That is my bet.

Huckleberry will be standing there along with eight to twelve right wing nuts in 2012 for the first of twenty debates no doubt—because the RNC will wish to steal about a thousand hours of free advertising.

He will go on and on about how the Theory of Evilution is destroying our family values and about how only Christ can save you and our nation must become a Christian nation once again (although other repubs obfuscate by talking trash about a Judeo-Christian tradition so as to not piss off the big Jewish repub contributors).

Huckleberry will go on and on about family values and probably get into how Social Security and Medicare and all government programs interfere with family values and blah blah blah. He is not as bad as Gary Bauer, but he is bad enough.

This statement using a property metaphor to describe human suffering really clarifies what it means to be a repub; at least in my mind.

I gotta go back to Christine O’Donnell again to contrast Huckleberry’s position on such matters.

Christine O’Donnell is against all abortions with one exception. If a pregnant woman is dying and there is a choice as to whether or not to save the live of the woman or her fetus, the woman’s family should make that decision. She wont even allow the woman to decide on her own.

See, there is real religion at work here. All life is sacred and blah blah blah….

If a woman is raped and becomes pregnant as a result of that rape, the fetus should never be aborted because it was God’s wish that the woman bear a child. Get it?

So as George Carlin might put it, Christine O’Donnell believes that there is a gray haired and bearded old man up in the clouds somewhere who watches every goddamn thing every human being does on this planet; this gray haired bearded old man tells 7 billion human beings what is right, what is wrong and it is up to us to listen to HIM at all times whether we are working, at rest or in the rest room. Even fantasizing about having carnal knowledge is a sin, a mortal sin and just fantasizing about it shall doom any and all human beings to hell for ever and ever and ever.

I grew up with this Catholic nonsense and made sure my children did not do so. But I UNDERSTAND THIS FROM A PHILOSOPHICAL STANDPOINT.

Normally puberty dispels this type of silly thinking, but people like Christine O’Donnell are so very mentally ill that they never reach the normal state of adulthood.

Huckleberry represents the true evil in my mind. He grew up. He knows it is all bullshit as Al D’Amatto might put it.

Huckleberry will sermonize (since he is an ordained minister, whateverthehell that means) about the sanctity of life; the evils of abortion; and the importance of recognizing that a cell inside of a uterus that has divided into two cells is a human being and that human being has rights.

Then he will turn around and tell us that human beings are like buildings. We depreciate over time. And if there is some defect, preexisting in that building, insurers should not have to pay for losses experienced by the owner of that building.

So, if the water pipes in your home burst, and your castle is destroyed through flooding; and your pipes were not up to par when you purchased the home and purchased your insurance policy on that house; YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO RECEIVE ANY REMUNERATION FOR THAT LOSS!!!

Now assume you and your spouse are twenty five years of age and each of you just achieved your first employment position in the ‘real world’. And with these employments, came a health insurance policy partially paid by the employees and partially paid by the employers.

Assume further that your spouse, a year later experiences a viral infection that causes a heart attack. Further assume that there is a medical record documenting that your spouse had a heart murmur in her teens.

An insurance company will argue that the previous medical record demonstrates a preexisting cardiac condition that was a substantial contributing factor to her current condition and therefore THE INSURER WILL NOT COVER MEDICAL COSTS RELATED TO THIS PREVIOUS CONDITION.

Now, following a year or two of litigation the insurance company loses because your brother in law is an attorney in a big law firm and pursues the company to the ends of the earth. The insurance company appeals and it takes another year to reach the same decision.

Or assume, there is no brother- in-law attorney and the entire matter is dropped; and you and your spouse are SOL.

As another example, assume your 9 year old daughter is in a bicycle accident and suffers injury to her back. Your health insurance policy is three years old. But your daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 4.

You see how this works? And going back to my first example, the health insurance policy might call for mandatory arbitration and you CANNOT EVEN GET INTO COURT TO CLAIM ATTORNEY FEES AND COURT EXPENSES.

This is the real problem with all politicians.

Huckleberry will never be cross examined by a competent attorney for five hours to demonstrate what a goddamnable hypocritical prick he really is.

And you will never see Huckleberry receive 10 good minutes of cross examination by a competent reporter on this issue concerning pre existing conditions and health insurers.


But, you have to admit this much, for one brief shining moment, Huckleberry demonstrated clarity.

We all know now which side he is on!!!



  1. By your examples Dick you illustrate exactly the limitations of Ms. O’Donnell’s and tea partiers arguments. They fail, or more precisely, refuse to accommodate the infinite variables of our existence. This is effectively a denunciation of America. This country requires of our lawmakers that they honor each of us as Americans and each of us in our individual uniqueness. Our national failures have a great deal to do with coming up short on this idea and the aforementioned individuals would have us moving further into that restrictive social ideology.

    You can do all the above. No problem. But know that it closes the door on the possible and is very much responsible for why we are losing out to the world of ideas and opportunities which we once pursued with abandon.

    • It occurs to me that we still have the possibility for individuals to hit one out of the park. But the nation as a whole is stuck on first base. In this sense we’ve tailored the system to achieve inequality. And made a grand success of it.

      • OPC (Where’s TPC? HA) this is probably the best metaphor yet. Stuck on first. ha

        I would wager ten million people in the country alone believe exactly what O’Donnell preaches and that there are another thirty million who would feign to believe what she preaches.

        Because of this fact alone, we are indeed losing out to the world of ideas and opportunities.

        • ‘the nation as a whole is stuck on first.’

          I go back and forth between anger and sadness at the reality that there are people working to make sure most of us never even get to second.

          But that metaphor reminds me of a song lyric:

          “Born on third, thinks he got a triple.” – Bushleager, Pearl Jam.

  2. God, I love your mind, DD! This is OUTSTANDING! So well done! I like it rare. And this is RARE!

    Now… you’ve given me an idea. If a wealthy Russian can buy our way out of controversy… when is he gonna buy this dame? And a few others? Because if his offer is legit, then he’s stuck with making other offers too! Otherwise… his offer looks awfully suspicious. Or so I think.

    Your ability to brand this dame’s remark, I’m sorry she has lost the term “lady” in my book, about healthcare as of a piece with the repub view of everything as related to economics, finance, real estate… you nailed it, buddy!

    As for the existence of God, of course there’s no such thing as the guy with the long beard and the book of sins or good deeds, like Santa in the Sky. However…. all I can DD is why does it have to be ME God seizes. And not you?

    See here: http://wisdom4nothing.blogspot.com/2010/09/nailed-to-present-moment.html

    • …why does it have to be ME God seizes?

      As is written, we are made in his image. So if you need an explanation for our all too quixotic state you better ask him.

      I’ve always found wonder in the infinite complexity of his plan. I’m content to work on the puzzle he made for us. Even though it doesn’t look as if he intended for us to solve it. Were it not for that this’d be an awful drag.

  3. I just read your link to your blog. I like this Claire who seems to understand where you are going with all of this.

    I am sitting here looking out my window and we have quite an autumnal breeze this morning. The movement of the leaves and branches of all these trees makes it appear they are all dancing to the same music but in different manners.

    Huckabee is so cruel and yet he claims to have sensed the voice of God sending him to the ministry.

    What he refuses to admit is that WE ALL SUFFER FROM PREEXISTING CONDITIONS.

    That is because it is part and parcel of the human condition.

    • Amen, DD! The leaves outside your window love that insight into the human condition! Holy Mystery – waving to you in those leaves. And when the leaves fall, you’ll see those dark branches, like the soul of the tree being revealed.

      Claire is a very interesting person. She’s French. She’s very atypical for a French person, I think, in her having been seized by God. (which she spells Godde… now maybe that’s ok for a French person.. but it doesn’t grab me!)

      And yes… I agree that she seems to understand where I’m going with this… even if I’m not sure myself! 😉

      Once again, great blog! One of your best ever!!! Course you’ll outdo that…

  4. another trope said:

    The scariest clip about O’Donnell (someone even Joe Scarborough mocks and is trying to delegitimize by continuing to call her McDonnell) was the one on Politically Incorrect when questioned by Eddie Izzard about whether she would lie to the Nazis if she was harboring Jews in her house. And she refused to say she would, because to lie is ALWAYS WRONG, it is denying (God’s) reality. And rather than say that maybe life has shades of gray, she said God would intervene so she wouldn’t have to make such a difficult choice.

    I saw the clip on Morning Joe, a good old Pat Buchanan jumped to her defense (probably because he has the hots for her like he does for Palin), saying she was young. But she was definitely in her twenties, and I can tell you at age fourteen I would have been able to grapple with a question about moral ambiguous situations. She was an adult when she made those comments, and regardless of the content of her comment (would she have a different answer if there was Christians instead of Jews hiding from the Nazis?) it showed someone who believes in absolutes. That there are no shades of gray. Kind of like the Taliban. This is the most dangerous kind of person to have their hands on the levers of power. Huckabee I believe sees them, but manipulates people like O’Donnell who don’t.

    • No shades of gray… like the Taliban leader we had named bush…

      Kudos! Great comment!

    • What I find most frightening is the certainty of her convictions. Has she never ever made a mistake in her entire life? Nobody could be this certain except by refusing to ever admit to a mistake. Look at the mess of her life. She lays the blame for her failures everywhere except where they belong. She is a very dangerous person. I mean scary sending shivers up my spine, creep me out scary. I don’t think I could actually be face to face with a person like this. My fear might make me do something socially unacceptable.

  5. They keep focusing upon christine’s victory lap speech.

    But she was a disaster in the debate with the Del dem. There is no depth of knowledge here. Not even the faintest curiosity about how the world actually works.

    She still is 14 emotionally and intellectually Camus.

    And I cannot help my reaction. Angle and O’Donnell and Palin are IDIOTS and you cannot reason with idiots.

    Huckleberry is just your regular repub prick!!

  6. Fell asleep way too late last night. Was reading Markos Moulitsas’ new book American Taliban (which he could have doubled in length had Chrissy O shown up sooner.) Dreamt about Woodie Guthrie and his Fascist-killing machine, and just read this thread over coffee.

    Mr. Day and this whole lot are doing old Woodie proud. Every new blog that speaks the truth kills another one of the American Taliban’s dreams for this nation. We don’t have to turn into Wingnutistan.

    Thank you all.

    • FIGHT THE CRAZY!! That’s Synch’s new motto. I like it, don’t you?

      • I probably missed out on somethings the last two years but MSNY really seems vibrant at this new place.

        Do you not think?

        • Yes, I do think. I’m very glad MSNY joined us.

          • Thank you both. I’ve felt very welcomed by everyone at the Cafe.

            I find the the quality and creativity of the community to be very inspiring. I’d like to think I’ve got some things to say too. Plus I think places like this are good Fascist killing machines . I’m glad just to be included.

            And, it’s better than ranting alone. I promise to try to keep up.

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