Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Speeches Tonight, Angry Day

Eugene Robinson
Robert Reich
Henry Waxman
"If the federal budget were organized sanely, it would be divided into three parts: (1) Past obligations, (2) Current needs, (3) Future investments." - Robert Reich
"I am a strong believer in oversight. Done correctly, congressional oversight can help all levels of government function better. Midlevel procurement officials are likely to be more vigilant if they know that Congress might challenge the terms of a boondoggle contract. Cabinet secretaries ask more questions and make better decisions if they know that Congress will scrutinize their initiatives. And billions of taxpayer dollars can be saved through exposing wasteful practices." - Henry Waxman

Obama will give his State of the Union speech tonight, the White House has leaked enough so we already know what he will be saying, the only question is, will it be a hit or a miss?

Hamlet: Speak the speech I pray you as I pronounced it to you,
trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it as many of your players
do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines.

Directly followed by the Republican response giver by Paul Ryan:

Oh, there be players that I have seen play, and heard others
praise and that highly, not to speak it profanely, that neither having
the accent of Christians nor the gait of Christian, pagan, nor man,
have so strutted and bellowed that I have thought some of nature's
journeymen had made men, and not made them well, they imitated
humanity so abominably.

Followed on the tea party express website by Michelle Bachman:

Oh reform it altogether. And let those that play your clowns
speak no more than is set down for them, for there be of them that
will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators
to laugh too, though in the meantime some necessary question of
the play be then to be considered. That's villainous, and shows
a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it. Go make you ready.

Who says that you can't inject classical manner into today's rude and blustery politics? After all, all the world's a stage...

Here is the link to al Jazeera's Palestinian Papers. The main papers are under the heading of Key Documents in the right hand column.

This may have proven to be one of the angriest days of the year for the Middle East. Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Egypt, hoping to spark a Tunisian style revolution and toppling of the government. Lots of tear gas and rubber bullets were used... In Lebanon, violence flared as protesters took to the streets against Hezbollah naming a candidate for Prime Minister, after they pulled out of the pact of cooperation that had formed the government of Saad Hariri. This country could erupt into a civil war, but I think that Hezbollah will prevail and their candidate will put a government together... Angry Palestinians took to the streets over al Jazeera's release of the Palestinian Papers, and a crowd invaded their office in Ramallah... If there were justice in this world, Israelis would be taking to the streets and expressing a NO confidence vote in the Netanyahu coalition, resulting in the dissolution of their government, but that has not happened, those old goniffs are too entrenched in charge, kicking back and enjoying the chaos that they have helped cause. May we live in interesting times...

Egyptian protesters


  1. I definitely be watching to hear what he has to say on various topics!

  2. I was only going to use the Hamlet speech for Barack Obama, then other parts of it seemed to fit for Paul and Michele. Good for me, so I didn't have to scour Much Ado About Nothing or venture into the poetry...


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