to motivate Congress’ mind wonderfully…

There hasn’t been any significant progress in resolving the Congressional impasse on the manufactured shutdown crisis. Not good. Not good at all.

Today is the 13th day of this crisis, and the 14th day is just hours away. The implications for America brings up dark thoughts, especially when I recall this famous Samuel Johnson quote:

~ from Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson

~ from Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson

I suggest that is just one of many wonderful possibilities, but I offer the following to help you help Congress focus their minds wonderfully.

Mark your choice with a Nr. 2 pencil, and send it to your representatives in Congress. They seem hell-bent to destroy this country and the world for some obscure “principle”, i.e. saving their butts, though that is very unlikely to happen after this ordeal!

I hear finger-pointing on the television...! Hope this ends your blanking about, Congressman! Whine, whine, whine!

I hear finger-pointing on the television…! Hope this ends your blanking about, Congressman! Whine, whine, whine!

If they blow it and the country defaults on its debts, my choice for them is Seppuku. How about you?!

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a bedtime story…


Congressional Loyalty Test

Lots of nasty, disparaging comments flying around just now…!

The loyalty of the various factions within the US Congress is a concern for Wee [sic] the People. Who the blank do these characters represent anyway? Where are their loyalties? Can we trust them?

Below, my Congressional Loyalty Test can sort out the backdoor agents, the patriots, the wackos, the poseurs. It is direct. It is simple. All each member of Congress needs do is match the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America to, erm, the correct flag of the United States of America.

This test isn’t be too hard, and it will show their constituents where their Congressman sleeps and with whom.

Please wait till the proctor gives you the signal to start. Mark the box next to your answer with a No. 2 pencil. For those of you voting in Florida, the answer box is on the left side of the flag image.

loyalty test

p = .125 (That is, if a Congressman or Senator takes a wild guess, he or she has one chance in eight of getting it right. I think that’s fair enough, eh?! Yes, there is one trick answer.)

anarchy and revolution

I turned off the television news and went to bed early last night. My headed pounded. My anger at what a handful of congressmen and one senator were doing to our country was just too much. There are ways to get your way in our system of government. Forty-three votes proved now is not the time; win the hearts and minds of the voters in 2014, and try again.

I slept well. Exhausted by the hate and anger building, poisoning my system, I slept the sleep of the dead.

Then I woke up, a smile on my face and with a memory of a dream I’d just had. I dream, I know, but I rarely remember them. This one was different. This one was in response to characterizations of the behavior of the Tea Party faction as being a revolution, of the participants being anarchists, not legislators, let alone statesmen! (I steamed up and bubbled over at the time, and knew it was bed time or a heart attack!)

The best way to handle revolutionaries and anarchists is to put them in front of a wall, and shoot them! Well, guillotines work, too.

The best way to handle revolutionaries and anarchists is to put them in front of a wall, and shoot them! Well, guillotines work, too.

WHAT! I know I’m upset when I start thinking in extreme ways. Remember my “radioactive glass” post? This is not the person I am, nor is it the person I want to be.

I sat on the edge of my bed. Andy and Dougy watched me, anxious for breakfast. Dougy jumped on my bed: “Get up, human! I’m hungry!” Andy sat in the next room, grooming and washing the sleep out of his eyes. Domesticity! Cute fuzzy cats! Aw! Dougy purred in anticipation of yummy catfood.,

The image of Ted Cruz and the errant congressmen standing in front of a wall faded, and this came back to mind:


Thank you, pastor. This isn’t the only time this quote got me through all-consuming hate and anger. It isn’t the first time it helped me feel whole again.