Tea Party Upset With Republican’s Pledge On America

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.   After, all the teabaggers have nowhere else to go except into the arms of the Republicans, the ones that created the Tea Party in the first place.

Whaaaw, Whaaaw, Whaaaw.

Among some tea partiers, there was disappointment that the Republicans’ recently released agenda doesn’t go far enough. There also were expressions of outright disgust at what some saw as a transparent ploy to quell tea partiers’ anger with the Republican establishment just long enough to get their votes Nov. 2.

“It’s a mealy-mouthed sop to the tea party movement that is rife with platitudes and little on substance,” e-mailed Andrew Ian Dodge, the Maine state coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots national coalition of local groups. “I have yet to see one person who is wholly impressed with it.”

Judson Phillips, founder of the tea party Nation online social network, called it “a nice PR piece, but I don’t think it is even showing up on our radar.” Most tea partiers, he said, “are skeptical.”

Republican Paladino Fathered Child To Woman Other Than Wife

Family Values, 101.

It was just about a year ago, hours after the death of her son in a car crash, that Cathy Paladino’s husband told her he was the father of a 10-year-old girl with another woman — and that all their children and most of their friends already knew.

Pictures: Wacky Wheel On Willy Street Wows Youngsters

First you need one kid.

Then you need a second kid…and even a third.

(If you know these kids let them know they are posted here…I was only able to give my business card to one of them, but I know they all will want to see these photos.)


Bring in the Wacky Wheel.

A Driver……

Some forward motion…..

You can hear the giggles from the kids even in these pictures.

And when all is done three kids are going to have one heck of  a story to tell their buddies tomorrow at school.

Willy Street Parade Is A Real Neighborhood Event

There is no other parade that can compare in simplicity to the Willy Street Parade.  Each year as the warm summer memories fade and the cool breezes start to blow off Lake Monona a random group of local neighbors take to the streets for a parade.  The event celebrates both the diversity of the neighborhood, and also the ever-popular Willy Street Fair.

While many come out to parade in the streets there are still more that follow another ritual each year.  With cups of hot coffee homeowners and friends gather on lawns and front stoops to wave and applaud.   With temperatures especially chilly today many were wearing sweaters and clasping the coffee mug to keep hands warm.

The nice thing about this small parade is that everyone knows everyone.   It is just one big community.  So when Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin walks to cheers and genuine support from friends and neighbors it is not surprising to hear the same greeting for the guy dressed like Elvis.  Or the man who has converted a car into a ‘bubble-mobile.’  If you took the time to get into the parade and march down the streets you were certain to get applause.  Though in a few cases today I think the participants would have settled for a cup of hot coffee instead of a hand-clap.

This neighborhood is the kind where you not only know who your immediate neighbors are, but also know and talk with folks who live two or three blocks down.  As it is a walking neighborhood it is not uncommon any time of the year to start out for an  evening stroll only to find 30 minutes later you only made it to the next block as you ran into someone you know.  In time one gets to know just about everyone in the area.  That is the charm of a real neighborhood.

It is that true sense of community that makes days such as this so pleasurable.    After all a parade is great.  But a parade made up of folks we know and care about is even better.

All parades, as we know, have one thing in common.  That is young boys looking for candy.  I thought these two were the best examples of many that I saw today.

Everyone loves the ‘bubble-mobile’!

In the end the Willy Street Fair and Parade is all about folks coming together. I think the next pictures make that point.

Will Middle East Peace Talks Continue?

With over 430,000 Jews living on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, and the Israeli government not certain if they will continue a moratorium on new housing in the occupied territories, it is easy to see why Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is upset.

But according to press reports early today Abbas is also trying to keep his understandably upset Arab League forum united for continued efforts at the negotiating table.   In addition, those who elected Abbas are upset, and rightfully so.  Palestinians should not accept further building on their lands.

Asked in an interview with the pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat whether he would declare an end to the negotiations if the freeze did not continue, Abbas said: “No, we will go back to the Palestinian institutions, to the Arab follow-up committee.”

He was referring to an Arab League forum that gave him the go-ahead to pursue U.S.-brokered direct peace talks with Israel that began in Washington on September 2.

Nabil Abu Radainah, an Abbas spokesman, told the Palestinian newspaper al-Ayyam that Abbas had called for a meeting of the follow-up committee “within days” in Cairo.

Fifty Years Ago Today Presidential Campaign History Was Made

On 26 September 1960, 70 million U.S. viewers tuned in to watch Senator John Kennedy of Massachusetts and Vice President Richard Nixon in the first-ever televised presidential debate. It was the first of four televised “Great Debates” between Kennedy and Nixon. The first debate centered on domestic issues.  Perhaps as no other single event, the Great Debates forced us to ponder the role of television in democratic life.

Sunday Echoes: Debbie Reynolds And Eddie Fisher

This was an easy selection for this week.

How Did Meriwether Lewis Die?

Everyone has always thought that Meriwether Lewis died as the result of suicide.  

But lately a growing number of people are questioning that idea, and want to have his body exhumed in an attempt to answer the lingering questions.  However, exhumation is not an easy process to undertake.

Many historians believe Mr. Lewis, who was governor of the Louisiana Territory at the time of his death, committed suicide after wrestling with depression, drug addiction or some other malady. Others have speculated that he was murdered.

About 200 descendants have petitioned the federal government to dig Mr. Lewis up, hoping that modern science will exonerate a historical figure whose legacy they believe was tarnished by his ambiguous death.

“He could very well have become presidential material,” asserts Howell Bowen, a 75-year-old nephew four generations removed, who grew up and lives in Mr. Lewis’s hometown of Ivy, Va. He calls the suicide hypothesis preposterous.

A recent letter from the U.S. Department of the Interior turning down the exhumation request is just the latest in a string of rejections handed down to the Lewis family—all distant relatives of Mr. Lewis’s sister Jane, because the explorer didn’t marry or have children.

Digging up notable Americans to solve mysteries isn’t without precedent. President Zachary Taylor was exhumed in 1991, nearly 150 years after his death, to determine whether he had been poisoned. He wasn’t. A soldier at the Tomb of the Unknowns was disinterred and identified through his DNA in 1998. In June, former chess champion Bobby Fischer was exhumed in Iceland in a paternity suit.

But none were dug up on land controlled by the National Park Service, whose policy prohibits exhumations unless burial sites are “threatened with destruction by park development, operational activities or natural forces.”