This iris has nothing to do with my rant below, but it sure makes me calm!
Let me begin by saying, I don't care how big it is! Congressman Weiner's "junk" story show us all just how low we've sunk as a nation. I sat slack-jawed watching this non-news event this week on MSNBC and then the little Weiner came on and in all seriousness talked about this SERIOUSLY. Typical poll. He wouldn't say that was his wiener and he wouldn't say it wasn't. Rachel Maddow plowed ahead with her questions, looking only slightly queasy. And today we have stories by the media about the media frenzy this story has created. Are we kidding??? Thank god for Jon Stewart, who did a funny riff on the whole story (Weiner is supposed to be a friend, but Stewart is an equal opportunity satirist and he had a small field day with the whole thing).
Later this week I open The Daily Beast to find a story that wonders if Weiner might be a serious contender for Mayor of New York!!!! Maybe I should be thrilled to have left the Big Apple!
Which brings me to my next political WHO CARES.
In this case, WTFC? Here is every media outlet in the country running after Bimbo Palin's "America" bus tour. She has said nothing of substance (DUH!). Put a microphone in front of her and she's still spouting nothing. She criticizes President Obama and anyone who is keeping score can simply refute all her made-p facts (well...actually they are facts, they are Repug-speak BIG WHITE LIES). But there is the media, shallow as always, chasing after her every utterance. Sarah is just trailing ahead of them, and without any effort whatsoever, she makes them look like the pack of overpaid dummies they are.
Jon Stewart did an insanely funny riff on The Donald taking The Bimbo out to lunch at a tacky chain pizza parlor in New York. I'm sure it's on YouTube. Check it out. Stewart did a hilarious Italian tough guy, shaming Donald for taking Palin out to a crappy chain pizza joint and then made fun of him while he stacked two slices of pizza and ate with a fork! Only in America, folks. MSNBC is wondering if Sarah is going to run at all! It might be just an elaborate ruse to raise her profile for her Fox series. You can't stoop any lower--there's no way to go.
And if my blood pressure wasn't in the stratosphere, there was the sight of all those Repugnicans marching to the White House to demand that the President give up Medicare in exchange for lifting the debt ceiling. The gall of the jackasses is breathtaking. We sit in front our our news shows night after night as we're told that America's corporations are not paying their fair share of taxes, which means, $billions are not being collected by the IRS. The rich are not paying their fair share of taxes. But the value of homeowners homes has plummeted 33% in the past three years. Individuals and corporations can no longer afford to pay the outrageous sums demanded by the greedy and cash-soaked medical insurers. Wake up Repugnicans--America has shut its consumer pocketbook up. You've shipped all the jobs overseas and you continue to squeeze more out of us. So what do you do? You get all drama on us, march on the White House (let's not get into the arrogance of your racism and lack of respect for the President) as though anyone but you is responsible for the disaster and horrific expense of two wars that are inconclusive at best. You are responsible for letting banks and investment houses run amok and ignore regulation. You are responsible for the holes in our borders. You are responsible for the disintegration of our infrastructure, and now you want to take away Medicare?
NOT GOING TO HAPPEN and you will go down in flames, my fellow Repugnicans. You are now going to try to take away our last safety nets--Medicare and Social Security. Time you sent the Tea Party back to their birthing wombs cause you're going to get your asses kicked in the next election if you keep going down this insane path. You can fix the tax situation fare less painlessly. Tax the corporations and be as punitive with them as you are with ordinary tax payers. Restore the cuts you have given the rich. It's an easy fix.
Final weird political mess this week is the news that John Edwards has been indicted for illegally using campaign funds to hide his mistress, Rielle Hunter and their love child and pay her living and medical bills while under deep cover, and then lying about it. Of course, Edwards' lawyer is trying to hang his client's case on a slender thread--that being Senator Edwards wasn't misappropriating or illegally using campaign funds to protect his presidential campaign, he was covering it up to protect his wife from finding out what a sorry ass MF he is. I would say it's technically both and therefore the bastard should go to jail and lose his license to practice law. And what of Miss Hunter herself? Talk about manipulative. She bears some responsibility here, no? And that former aide of his, plea bargaining his way out of this mess by testifying against his boss. He shouldn't have agreed to this elaborate and ultimately uncoverable ruse to begin with. I say lock'em all up together.
And Repugnicans thought Bill Clinton was bad. We've gone way beyond that!
Maybe I should react the same way Shirley Maclaine claims she acts about the outrageous things she encounters in this day and age in newest book: I'M OVER ALL THAT.
Wish I could truly capture this iris' true black velvet purple and periwinkle colors.
It has to be seen to be believed.
On a less serious, but far more relaxing vein, I purchased a new iris at the Beaverton Farmer's Market a few weeks ago. The color of this flower took my breath away. And old-fashioned bearded iris called "World Premier," the top petals are a brilliant periwinkle blue (my camera cannot truly capture the color accurately). The bottom petals are a spectacular black velvet purple. It's a seriously gorgeous flower, and I've been holding off on planting it because of the heavy rains here which are pounding blooming iris all over town. This plant is protected by my balcony. I'll plant it after it has bloomed.