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No Dorothy Yet, In Our Land of Oz

Last week, a friend sent me a fun bit of political humor (h/t S. Moss):

The movie Wizard of Oz is 72 years old.

Today, if Dorothy were to encounter Men
with no brains, no hearts, and no courage
She wouldn’t be in Oz …

She’d be in Congress!

I immediately wanted to add “Or in the White house!”

Dorothy would just as easily find men without brains, hearts and courage in there.  But then I caught myself.  Dorothy may be qualified to be in the White House, but the American people have yet to elect a woman to our highest public office, so poor Dorothy would have to settle for being a visitor for the day.

And, I have to say, as I thought about that visitor status it kind of stuck in my craw.  How can we be the most democratic republic in the world and still manage to not inaugurate a Madam President in our 235 year history.  As a country, we flaunt our equal rights around the globe.  Yet, in a 2008 Pew Poll, the major reason given for women not being elected as leaders of our nation was that the American people were not ready yet.

Seriously?  What is there to ready?

We are historically decades behind the record makers when it comes to women leaders worldwide:

In 1960 Sirivamo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka became the world’s first female elected Premier Minister and in 1974 Isabel Perón of Argentina became the first woman President

1999 Sweden became the first country to have more female ministers than male … and in 2007 the Finish government had 60% women.

Currently there are 30 female leaders in 29 different countries including:

The 12 female Presidents are in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Finland, India, Ireland, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Lithuania, San Marino and Switzerland.

And 12 woman Prime Ministers; in Australia, Bangladesh, Croatia, Germany, Iceland, Mali, Slovakia, Thailand, and Trinidad and Tobago and in the self-governing territories of Bermuda, Sint Maartin and the Åland Islands.

So how could a woman president still seem too radical a concept for the US, the most advance country in the world, to accept?

It just doesn’t hold water.

Even The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book on which the movie was based, was written over a hundred and eleven years ago.  Apparently, back then, the idea of a young spunky girl leading a band of misfit men and a dog on a successful mission was not only accepted but celebrated enough to become a beloved classic, and cherished enough by the many generations that followed to become immortalized in a movie.

Women Rule

Just to show how seriously feeble “Not ready” is as an excuse.  Those same 2008 Pew Poll respondents, who perceived Americans were not yet ready for a woman president also perceived that women’s leadership traits met or exceeded men’s leadership traits in seven out of eight categories and women absolutely blew away men in the two most important leadership traits — Honesty and Intelligence.

And still in February 2008 as Hillary Clinton battled Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination only 71% of likely voters said they were willing to vote for a woman president.

So here we are, more than three years later, with a lot of water under the bridge.  Last month, a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 82% of Likely U.S. Voters say they are willing to vote for a woman president.

Sounds like progress.

Except, that once again we are facing a presidential election with only one woman in the running against a legion of men.  How can that be?  Women have moved into every area of management and executive leadership positions in the US and throughout the world.  The US has one of the highest, if not the highest, educated female population on the planet.

And still we can only produce one female presidential candidate at a time?

For all practical purposes this makes optimists out of the Nearly three-out-of-four voters (73%) now think it’s at least somewhat likely that a woman will be elected president in the next 10 years, although that includes just 26% who say it is Very Likely.

All of this seemed depressing enough for anyone middle-aged that is hoping to see a woman president in their life time.  But the worst was yet to come.  I caught an interview of Dr. Nassir Ghaemi on the Dylan Ratigan show.  Dr. Ghaemi, author of  “A First-Rate Madness” researched the connection between mental health and great leaders and what leadership characteristics were historically needed in times of crisis.  His conclusion?  The greatest crisis leaders had mental health issues and it was their illness that made them great crisis leaders.

From A First-Rate Madness:

… the theme of this book can be stated this way: “The best crisis leaders are mentally ill or mentally abnormal; the worst crisis leaders are mentally normal.”

Why?  Because mental illness made these leaders more realistic, empathetic, creative, and resilient.

I don’t claim depression invariably leads to realism, nor that mania always enhances creativity, nor that depression on every occasion increases empathy, nor that hyperthymiainevitably promotes resilience.  Rather, I argue that, on the whole, more often than not, those mental illnesses enhance or promote those qualities more frequently than is the case in the absence of those mental illnesses.

Without blinking an eye, the panel on the Ratigan show (including one woman) then proceeded to discuss how someone with mental health issues could realistically navigate the political process.  Not one person bothered to point out that if the leadership characteristics that are most needed in times of crisis are those listed above, wouldn’t it seem reasonable to look to see who else in the general population has those characteristics without the baggage and complexities involved with mental illness.  Because it seems to me the answer is glaringly obvious.

Look again at that leadership traits chart above.  Men barely registered while women soared on honesty, compassion and creativity.

Or go back through history and read not just the standard male based text books, but the likes of Resilience and Courage: Women, Men, and the Holocaust by Nechama Tec and Making do: women, family, and home in Montreal during the Great Depression by Denyse Baillargeon and Yvonne Klein.  When you look at each of these moments of great crisis — the Great Depression, the Holocaust, World War I and II — the group in the affected population that best met the tests of those times with the most realism, empathy, creativity and resilience was –

WOMEN!!

And yet, which segment of the population has been mostly excluded from leadership positions?

WOMEN!!

And yet, now we are willing to seriously consider insane men over sane women to lead our country?

Even Dr. Ghaemi points out in his book:

Some people with manic-depressive illness are unrealistic (even psychotic), unempathic, and unresilient.  We shouldn’t romanticize this condition; in its most extreme forms, it is highly disabling and dangerous.

We are truly living in the land of Oz.

Better start looking for a pair of ruby slippers!

Wizard_of_oz_00

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  • Anonymous

    BO and MO eking out their existence

    • Scottymac54

      I used to be nauseated.  Now it just leaves me empty inside.

  • Anonymous

    Lost picture..above

  • Anonymous

    Ruby slippers…sigh. Great read Linda.

  • HELENK

    stolen from a commenter at  crawfish hole.

    http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/

  • yttik

    Bizarre, isn’t it? We’d rather elect mentally ill men rather than sane women.

    That 72% or 82% is even worse than it looks. That doesn’t take in to account the horrendous double standard. Our expectations of women are so much higher than our expectations of men, and “she” really simply cannot be perfect enough. So 72% believe we should elect a woman…..just not that woman. That woman is too cold, that one is too hot, that one is not experienced enough, that one has too much experience. That one is too old, that one is too young, and they’re all pretty much too c-r-a-z-y. Meanwhile we go right on electing men who go toe tapping in the restroom for male prostitutes, who dress up in tiger costumes, who email photos of their privates to constituents. Oh yeah, none of that stuff is “crazy.” Sarah Palin’s toenail paint is “crazy”, Bachmann’s eyes are “crazy.”

    • Ferd_Berfle

      I agree. That being said, Keli Carender organized the first Tea Party in Seattle in 2009. Moreover, the Tea Party’s favorite go-to politician is Sarah Palin. Women do seem to be the driving and uniting force behind this movement. You know, if things get any worse in DC and That One has his meltdown, we could see a woman in the WH in ’12. The “macho” Republicans just need to get out of the way.

  • HELENK

    Maxine Waters tell the tea party to ” go to hell”.
    Doesn’t make you feel warm and fuzzy to see a tax payer paid official tell American citizens who pay those taxes to go to hell?
    Doesn’t make you want to run right out and join the obama party?

    I guess the time of
    I do not agree with someone’s ideas, but I will defend their right to speak out on them is going away.

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/21/maxine-waters-the-tea-party-can-go-straight-to-hell/

    unemployment needs to start in DC asap

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS, EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  • HELENK

    Maxine Waters tell the tea party to ” go to hell”.
    Doesn’t make you feel warm and fuzzy to see a tax payer paid official tell American citizens who pay those taxes to go to hell?
    Doesn’t make you want to run right out and join the obama party?

    I guess the time of
    I do not agree with someone’s ideas, but I will defend their right to speak out on them is going away.

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/21/maxine-waters-the-tea-party-can-go-straight-to-hell/

    unemployment needs to start in DC asap

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS, EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

    • Scottymac54

      “Maxine Waters tell the tea party to ” go to hell”.Doesn’t make you feel warm and fuzzy to see a tax payer paid official tell American citizens who pay those taxes to go to hell?”

      Well, TBH…..I’m glad she came out and said it.

      She’s taking her own life into her hands by saying it.

      “Doesn’t make you want to run right out and join the obama party?”

      Does he HAVE his own party now?  Or did he just hijack the Democratic one?

      Your reasoning of “their right to speak out on them” is exactly why I distanced myself from the “Tea Partiers”, after initially being open to their ideas.

      Too many of them remind me of Obamabots.  They overtalk, take over every group or discussion and shout everyone else down, brag, and are generally obnoxious to others not EXACTLY in line with their views.

      The views themselves are stale.  Nothing productive grows out of rehashing the same old stupidities, and it always gets ugly.  Even the Reagan Dems did not have anywhere near the same pigheadedness and willingness to make irrelevant issues into mountains.

      Their political leadership is constantly making intemperate, immature statements, off the cuff.Their candidates suck in general, inexperienced, inarticulate, unable to govern.

      I’m finding it difficult to forgive them for causing the downgrade.  I think they’re causing a level of public instability throughout the world that is having a negative effect on foreign trade.

      I resent this “peek-a-boo” attitude from Sarah.  I understand the need to save money, but it looks like-just like with Obama-there will be a long learning curve, in terms of her formulating coherent policies and perspectives (I’ve read every word she has written, and it is all movement and blur, no substance, just like Barky’s books).

      The Tea Party is NOT free and open to various ideas….it’s straight across the board Republicanism, with even more limited thought on social issues (they weren’t supposed to be about that), foreign policy (total Islamaphobia, 24/7), child welfare and eldercare (non-existent, starve), etc.

      Too much emphasis on “leaders” taken from corrupt organizations (i.e., Glenn Beck on Fox News)

      An overemphasis on “American Exceptionalism”, when the fact is, we aren’t anymore.

      Too much “as we would have it, not as it is”.

      Histrionics, paranoia, flat-out embarassment to the world.

      • Ferd_Berfle

        You’ve never even been to a meeting otherwise you wouldn’t be making such statements. The local parties here are open to various people from different walks of life but who are united by two main concerns, which are the over-taxation of citizens and the bloated federal government. Some members may have other views as well, but they do not constitute the focus of the movement which is taxation and federal spending. We’re not going away.

        • Geoff C. The saltine

          Amen Ferd.  And as to 54′s comment that she is taking her life in her own hands by saying it, I have to say that I feel safer at a Tea Party rally than any of the “new dems events”. I can not think of one act of violence at a Tea Party. But now those civil libs they bite, scratch, push, curse us, and throw things. The difference between the two groups is we think and they just follow along blindly.

          • ~JustMe~

            Exactly, Geoff….and….

            We not gonna take it anymore!

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n923CvPWEV0

            • ~JustMe~

              Opps, format freezing up!

              We’re Not Gonna Take It~

          • Scottymac54

            Right, geoff.

            Every “Tea Partier” is this open free thinker, and every Democrat who passes on the Kool-Aid is an unwashed commie pinko hipster or a black nationalist.

            It’s your attitude toward your fellow Americans that will more or less wind up ceding 2012 to Barky.

            Thanks in advance for that, really.

            • Geoff C. The saltine

              Uh, I was not talking to you.

            • Ferd_Berfle

              Uh, I was not talking to you.
              ============
              LMAO. Yeah Geoff, these new concern trolls are even worse than the drive-by ones.

            • Scottymac54

              Who cares, geoff?

              I respond to whomever I decide to respond to.  It’s an open blog, you don’t determine my levels of free expression, and if you don’t want feedback, don’t open your trap in the first place!

          • Ferd_Berfle

            I can not think of one act of violence at a Tea Party.
            ==============
            Indeed, Geoff. Those in attendance are there for a reason, one that does not include violence, that’s for sure. They are actually quite civil in a raucous sort of way. Those who denigrate the Tea Party and its participants are bereft of any real ideas and only have distortion, misdirection, hyperbole, and lies left in their bag of tricks. I would feel sorry for the twerps but they’ve richly earned the drubbing they’re going to get in ’12. I will laugh in their general direction.

        • Scottymac54

          You have no idea what you are talking about, you tired, useless jar.

          The Northeast is not the same as “East Tennessee” in mentality….for instance, in NJ, before the Tea Party was usurped by garden-variety Republicans looking to reassert themselves, the focus was far more on the immigration crisis, and that was when they drew on a tremendous groundswell of support.

          That was when there was far more of a sense of conviviality and an honest sense of cooperation between different factions, an earnestness to work together and find solutions to problems the entrenched interests either fouled up or chose to ignore.

          And then the midterms hit and the covert leadership realized their goals when Christie got in, and that was the end of any good will as the union tensions grew, the factions began infighting, and the Republican establishment stepped into the void.

          And the “Tea Party” movement stopped representing what it had, and began to become more or less a caricature of the “teabagger” image set by Anderson Cooper and the like.

          The independents fled, and only the far-right and various associated troublemakers and paid operatives of special interest groups remained, because the budget battles had begun and NJ’s Republican leadership in the most heavily taxed state, had always used taxation as their cornerstone.

          So don’t tell me where I’ve been and where I haven’t.

          And, by all means, don’t “go away” if these groups are reflective of your deeply held principles.  Just spare us the relentless whining over your personal tax burden and oppressive government domination, because you don’t KNOW from oppressive government if those are your issues.

          The “tax victim” meme is pretty played out to those of us who really are, and manage to make coherent political choices without our personal finances dictating every single one.

          • Ferd_Berfle

            I know a lot more than you do, punk. For starters, I know you’re a fucking troll. Now buzz off.

            • Geoff C. The saltine

              Ferd this is the worst kind of troll, they want to start off playing nice then their true colors come out. 54 has insulted many of the posters here thats why I have nothing to say to 54. I hope that you and your family is having a great time now that your son is home. Best wishes G.

            • Scottymac54

              I used the term as a point of reference, not as a perjorative, although, if there ever were a worthy recipient.

              You have no sway over my right to free expression, so, if you have any influence whatsoever, contact whomever you have to, and request that they ask me to leave.

              Otherwise, mind your own business about my choices to post where I want.

              The way I see it, you’ve BEEN on the dole, most of your adult life.  And, America has never been in such peril because of it.

              When will YOU pay back what you have stolen?

              You get no “entitlement of respect” from me.

            • Docelder

              Ferd, this is just another concern troll. Pulling out the teabags… now we see the true nature of this one. I am visualizing a thirty something living in their mothers basement because of the republicans. Life is so unfair for bots.

            • Scottymac54

              Docelder, I guess you can live off your own excuses indefinitely…the truth is, you’re the one who’s failed to articulate your own ideas.

              I’ve laid my cards on the the table….not one “concern” has yet to be addressed, however.

              Since when did healthy cynicism towards an emerging political candidate become a liability?

              Incidentally, you should only live as well as I do.

              I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask you to pay your fair share to live in a society that has given you the same opportunities as everyone else, is it?

              You’re projecting your frustrations and, when you get right down to it, isn’t that really a waste of your time and mine?

      • Anonymous

        Scottymac—-After reading your comment, I expected you to say “Take me to your leader”  because IMO you sound like you’re from another planet—–not from around here.
        There is no way one can be intellectually honest and describe the fine people in the Tea Party in the way you did—-Again, just my opinion.

        • Scottymac54

          Part of it may be regional….I’m sensing you’re not from the Northeast and might be unaware that the dynamic is radically different here than anywhere else in the nation.

          Also, here, the “Tea Party” initially had much more of a libertarian bent.

          Cindy, let me ask you something.  If I rejected Barky’s fringe as too activist for the Democratic party, why would I turn around and espouse an equally meaningless “activist” version of Republican ideology?

          Just to “get back” at “progressives”?

          Let’s be real.

          And thank you for your respectful demeanor.

          • Ferd_Berfle

            Cindy, let me ask you something.  If I rejected Barky’s fringe as too
            activist for the Democratic party, why would I turn around and espouse
            an equally meaningless “activist” version of Republican ideology?
            ===============
            Because the first is a given and the second is only in your head. The Tea Party is NOT Republican no matter how much you might bray otherwise. The repetitive drivel you spew only works on the shallow like those who voted for barky. You should really peddle your lousy wares someplace else as no one here is buying them, sparky.

            • Scottymac54

              You are entitled to your opinion, regardless of how ignorant and backwater it may be.

              If you don’t like what you see, don’t look.

          • Docelder

            I am thinking of Viceroy Ted Kennedy as I read that… The original Tea Party was in Boston. They were your original tea baggers. But that was centuries ago. 

            • Scottymac54

              And, inadvertantly, you may have hit the nail on the head, because, when I hear “Tea Party” rhetoric, and by that I mean the synchophant’s kind, not the original version, why does it all sound like yesterday’s answers to tomorrow’s problems?

              I’d always underestimated the nostalgia so many Americans had for the way things used to me.

              I’d even underestimated it in myself!

              But, we’re in the here and now….and, face it, Ryan screwed the pooch.

              The “Tea Partiers” will never wield the same power again, no matter how bad Barky gets.

            • Docelder

              Actually, the feelings that gave rise to the TEA party are as strong as ever… government no longer represents middle class America… we pay for social services that we find harder to afford for our own families… and the corporations continue to own congress… so we are left with statutory representation… but no effective representation. Sure the republicans want to grab onto the TEA party and to claim it… but they don’t represent actual people right now either… yet. Maybe they will… maybe not. But you talk of the Northeast as though none of us understand it… I understand it well… I just could give a rats ass what they think. This is America… not New York and not Massachusetts… America. Flyover people have a say… and they are going to exercise that right… welcome to the TEA party of 2012. It doesn’t surprise me you don’t have the first clue what is behind it. Use the homophobic slang in a feeble attempt to denigrate the TEA party people… go ahead. See what that gets you… more TEA people so belly laugh and call them teabaggers again… go ahead… it just pisses TEA people off more… all of which is good. So have fun.

            • Scottymac54

              Docelder, do you suffer from an intractable reading comprehension problem?

              I repeat, I used the “teabagger” term as a reference to the Anderson Cooper outbursts, NOT as a perjorative.

              Besides, what exactly are you saying?  That the “Tea Partiers” themselves are above ridicule, another protected class?

              You don’t have to look far to see the type of invective hurled my way, so forgive me if I don’t feel predisposed to give an barely formed political movement preferential treatment!

              If anyone seems hostile, overly sensitive, and incapable of civil discourse, it is you, so don’t go thinking you’ve been empowered in any way.

              Because, when Barky is reelected due to your “movement”‘s overexuberance and poor political judgement, who do you think everyone else will hold responsible?

  • Wbboe

    I have gone to the usual blogs and nobody that I can see is talking about who is on Meet The Press, Face The Nation or what passes for serious political analysis on CNN which is of course an oxymoron.  The only thing more dishonest that messiah obama is the CNN pollster who is joined at the hip to the admistration judging by the polls he comes out with. 

    Yes, I realize that it is August. Historically, August is a slow month. Today that is more true than ever because even though the world is embroiled in political, economic and military crises, the supposed leader of the world is hiding on the secluded shores of Martha’s Vinyard and indulging in the fine things in life at taxpayer expense. This is hardly unprecedented however.  Religious people–those who Matthews scorns for not believing in religion, will readily concede that the Lord himself rested after the Seventh Day.

    The only difference between the Lord and the Messiah is the Lord spent the prior six days creating the world, whereas Messiah Obama spent the prior six days destroying it–or sitting idly by dithering and partying and plotting with his banking cronies–including Soros lieutenant Wolfe of UBC–he who pays the piper calls the tune.  

    It is my earnest hope that the American People will connect the dots and realize that big media is corrupt and not give their eyeballs in the upcoming election. 
     

    • Scottymac54

      Oh, they’ll connect the dots, all right.  Sooner or later, anyway.

      The point is, is it already too late?

      Is the die already cast, the future already written?

      • ~JustMe~

         
        The point
        is, is it already too late?

        NO! That’s
        tantamount for “We The People” allowing the country to mirror what is going on
        throughout the rest of the world!

        It’s about
        time we all woke up, joined together to make sure we correct the failures the
        government has inflicted upon us all! Otherwise the country we leave behind will
        be grim for our children. Americans have a fighting spirit, 2012, is when we
        stand together to make sure we rectify the situation going on within this great
        country!

    • Docelder

      Big media are corporations… corrupt presupposes some sort of a morality to corporations… which they are incapable of because they are not people. The leaders of the corporations are people… but the biggest corporations would not appoint somebody with an actual overt conscience or soul to that top spot. 

      I still think we are in uncharted territory here with this evolving government corporate partnership we are seeing. It reminds  of Italian Fascism… but is different. It reminds of new Communism from China… but is again something different. One thing is for certain… it is not free market American capitalism. I realize we haven’t seen that in it’s pure form for a long, long time in this country. I just hope we haven’t forgotten what that is… or who we are as Americans… or what it is that made us great to begin with. Big media can’t take that from us by force… but we can certainly just piss it all away.

  • Anonymous

    I have to laugh on this one. We had something going on another thread about Obama getting a brain from the Wizard but he was stuck in the poppies…
    Obama was probably smoking the poppies LOL

  • Baldwin

    Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

    • Anonymous

      LOL Baldwin—The shower curtain? Anthony Perkins, per chance?

  • Ferd_Berfle

    I’m beginning to wonder if we’re beyond OZ and are through the looking glass.

    • Linda Anselmi

      I was just thinking that myself Ferd.  Great minds …

  • Anonymous

    Linda, I’d like to add my thanks. I would like to say Canada was in there – it had a Prime Minister that was a woman but it was the shortest PM ever. I think she lasted a few months. Parliament can be tough.

    • Linda Anselmi

      Thanks EllenD!

      Was Canada’s woman PM an interim PM?  I can’t remember the circumstances.  

  • Anonymous

    Yup, there’s some good ones’

  • Anonymous

    Linda—You put alot of work into this post tonight—Thanks!

    • Linda Anselmi

      Appreciate it Cindyindie!

  • Anonymous

    “h/t S. Moss”

    I personally would like to see Seattle Moss and Oa and OiAF, and all the other commenters who were once on NQ reappear.  I miss them all.

    • Ferd_Berfle

      Yeah, I miss creeper. and of course some of them I don’t miss like KelvinHeartsPumas, Francis, and (Little) Debbie.

      BTW, where is Carol Haka?

      • Anonymous

        And Sarah in Italy, BuzzeLatte, and Noogan.

        • Anonymous

          yes, and greenlantern….

          • Anonymous

            Yes–greenlantern–we had some great hootenannies . . .

            • Anonymous

              “hootenannies”?? How old ARE you..LOL!!
              You’re a riot.
              I do miss the “battle of the bands” we’d have late at night—-everybody playing their fave groups. And greenlantern usually was the instigator-in-chief!

            • Anonymous

              I’m as old as dirt, Cindy….

            • Ferd_Berfle

              I’m as old as dirt, Cindy….
              ================
              I was there when it was delivered.

            • Anonymous

              “I’m as old as dirt, Cindy….”

              in other words, you’re my age—LOL 

            • Anonymous

              I’m as old as dirt, Cindy….
              ================
              I was there when it was delivered.
              +++++++++++++++++++++

              I drove the truck.

            • Anonymous

              I’m as old as dirt, Cindy….
              ================
              I was there when it was delivered.
              +++++++++++++++++++++

              I drove the truck.

            • Anonymous

              sows– I ORDERED the truck–LOL

          • Ferd_Berfle

            This all seemed to be around the time NQ went to Diss-Cuss.

            • Anonymous

              I can’t imagine trying to manage NQ.  That Larry has kept up this long is surprising.  Every host has had its problems.  Remember the Almighty Spam Filter on the first system?  I would not want to start a blog like this and try to please everybody….

            • Ferd_Berfle

              Remember the Almighty Spam Filter on the first system?
              ==============
              Oh, drat. I had forgotten that awful monstrosity. You would have to put spaces in words, e.g., i d i o t, to get something to post.

            • Scottymac54

              It’s “Maggy”, you know.

              She’s Cointelpro.

              She organized the migration.

              I keep trying to find her….

          • ~JustMe~

            I miss Creeper too!

        • Anonymous

          Buzz has been here very recently.  Noogan?  Definitely.  Sarah in Italy is much missed.

      • Anonymous

        Ferd–I wondered about Carol H., also.
         I tell ya, the Texas weather is killing us down here—no rain, over 100 degrees everyday…This drought is playing havoc with our psyches. It’s beyond depressing. 
         Cattle is so cheap right now, but who wants to buy any? No grass…no hay. And that AIN’T hay! :)

        • Anonymous

          The poor thirsty animals . . .

        • Ferd_Berfle

          We’re hot and dry here, too. Got about a 5-minute thunderstorm on Thursday, which gave us all a free sauna.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think the trolls ever really disappear, Ferd.  They just reappear under different blognames.

      • Anonymous

        Okay, Ferd.  Just for you I fought Disgust for my login.  But I swear, if this thing wipes out my “likes” one more time you’ll see smoke coming out of your screen.

        Carol Haka is AWOL?  Not good.  Let’s hope it’s because she’s busy working.

    • Anonymous

      Even Justme only shows up once in a while because she doesn’t like the new format.
      I don’t  like running out of “replies”
      Hi everybody! Nice seeing more of Cindy. I am up to my eyeballs trying to keep my companies on track so I’m working 7 days a week.
      But my heart is at NQ even when my brain is engaged elsewhere.
      But what happened to Carol?

      • Anonymous

        EllenD—Hey there! Thought of you last Sunday–Hubby and I were having lunch in a diner in Johnson City Texas and guess who was sitting across the room from us? Shirley Knight, 2 time Academy Award nominee!
        I thought gee, EllenD has these sightings daily….LOL—really did think of you.

        • Anonymous

          Not daily, Cindy. Don’t much like the “in” places and quite frankly if I saw one of the newbie teen stars I wouldn’t recognize them anyway.
          Guess mine are dying off – Robert Redford is 75 but I’d still grab him in a minute :)

          • Anonymous

            EllenD—I was so happy to know that Shirley Knight was still alive…and still working! She’s almost 80, but was a lovely-acting woman…LOL abt. Redford!

      • Ferd_Berfle

        I don’t  like running out of “replies”
        ===============
        That happened when DisQus was first rolled out on NQ because OA responded to himself so many times that the text columns were 1 letter wide. It was actually funny as hell and made the page about 5 miles long.

        • Anonymous

          Luv it!!!

      • ~JustMe~

        Hi Ellen,

        I don’t like
        running out of “replies”

        As far as I
        am aware the DISQUS format can be set to “flat “so it eliminates running
        out of replies!

        BUT it’s
        like talking to a brick wall when you offer advice regards the set up.
        Reflecting, back I seem to remember it was stated we’d work through the
        glitches together?? Whatever~

        NQ, used to
        be a great place to hang out, exchange views, share links offering a general community/family
        atmosphere. Now everyone seems to be lacking in the humor dept! Yea even me~
        I’m on top of the list……Everything is a little crazy these days~

        However it’s
        good to see Sassy is back even if she’s ticked!!! Welcome back ~Sassy~

         

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgxpDgSjxkA
         

        • ~JustMe~

          Oh and BTW the format drives me crazy too!!

    • ~JustMe~

      Yea, its about time Onofre’s arm, got that arm back out there.

      Come out, come out…….. where ever you are Oa!

    • Ferd_Berfle

      I’m also curious as to what happened to DianaLC, Dawnelle, and Obamasgumslooksick.

    • Ferd_Berfle

      I’m also curious as to what happened to DianaLC, Dawnelle, and Obamasgumslooksick.

      • Anonymous

        and what about the “pizzaria” guy?? Galt?!

        • Ferd_Berfle

          Yeah, Galt came back once about a year ago and then vanished again. He ought to come back, too.

        • Anonymous

          I think I saw Galt somewhere lately…I’ll look for him

    • Anonymous

      I liked Yesterfest,  I miss Onofre’s arm too.

    • Anonymous

      I liked Yesterfest,  I miss Onofre’s arm too.

  • Anonymous

    Frixckin cowards

  • Anonymous

    Nice to see you AC-Note the new avatar-little one greeting Daddy last week; sorry for the off topic but wanted to update.

    • Anonymous

      Kat—That is a precious picture! We thought about ya’ll, bless your hearts!

    • AC

      Nice picture indeed.

  • Anonymous

    Linda what a fantastic piece, and so timely. the metaphors from The Land of Oz, and the political lay of the land we cope with are in-sync. Now if we, each individual can only realize and appreciate our metaphors for leadership, home and what we truly value as an individual. then and only then when we knowingly, willingly initiate a self evisceration of our conditioned beliefs will we be able to participate and choose in a political process, a candidate that serves, the greatest amount of the people, regardless of sex of the candidate. 

    • Linda Anselmi

      Thank you Katmoon.  

      There really is so much of the Wizard of Oz that would apply to today.  And plenty of lesson that we could and should learn from it.

  • Anonymous

    It will once again be, “We’ll vote for a woman for president…just not THIS woman.”

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, but Lana, who are WE  to question a 235 yr.-old tradition?! Git a grip, girl! (LOL)

      • Anonymous

        Whoa–you’re right! I just got a little crazy there for a minute! :)

  • Anonymous

    (“system error” on open thread and difficulty posting here, too.)

    Facebook removed Jan Brewer’s post criticizing Obama on his recent immigration fiat:

    http://www.kfyi.com/pages/broomhead.html?article=8998081

    • Ferd_Berfle

      So Facebook is now judge, jury, and executioner. So much for the freedom to opine. I may cancel my Facebook account with extreme prejudice.

      • Anonymous

        If you cancel, there goes 20% of my “friends”!

        • Anonymous

          Not going to cancel, it is a media we need to keep intact for the next election.

          • Anonymous

            If Facebook is censoring posts that they do not agree with, how are they going to be useful to us?

        • Ferd_Berfle

          Nah, I won’t cancel. It is rather disconcerting, though, not using oowawa/Ferd. I sometimes forget who I am.

        • Anonymous

          I cancelled when they were giving out personal info that they were collecting..I keep warning my children that they and their children shouldn’t be posting there, but as usual I’m just talking to the wind. (They say they are keeping tabs on what the children post..).

          • Anonymous

            It’s useful to me because–how would I get word out to the NQ community if I suddenly dropped dead?  Oh, never mind . . .

            • Anonymous

              Dropping dead isn’t allowed … at least until after the election.
              We need all of the good “guys” to stick around.

            • Anonymous

              oowawa—-What sowsear said! None of this “Hare today—-gone tomorrow”  OK, pinkie?

            • ~JustMe~

              Dropping dead isn’t allowed … at least until after the election.

              Ummmmm, dead people voted in 2008!

    • Anonymous

      I liked the story to my facebook page- MWahhhhhahha

      • Anonymous

        I did as well, along with 28,000 others.  I came unglued on the news of this backdoor amnesty.  When the White House is retaken in 2012, should they govern via executive fiat, the takers will be in the streets.  War was bad under Bush, signing statements were bad under Bush (I didn’t like them either), executive orders were bad under Bush, but, now they are somehow justified.  Makes me sick. 

    • Ferd_Berfle

      Here’s the “offending” picture.

      • Ferd_Berfle

        Trying again

        • Anonymous

          LOVE it, FERD! Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    “the theme of this book can be stated this way: “The best crisis leaders
    are mentally ill or mentally abnormal; the worst crisis leaders are
    mentally normal.”

    This is absolute bullshit.  Mentally ill people are exactly that–mentally ill, and they cannot be trusted to make rational decisions.  Of course, there is a difference between organically mentally ill people–schizophrenics and bipolar folks who have organic disorders–and people with run-of-the-mill personality disorders–and everyone’s got him a few….  Anyway, this kind of crap reasoning goes back to R. D. Liang, and Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”–the concept of “mental illness” is just another way that society uses to oppress, confine, and control the populace.  Anyone who has ever lived with a mentally ill person knows better.

    What kind of mental illness qualifies Barack Obama for the highest office in the land?  I don’t know–but I wouldn ‘t invite him to my house….

    • Anonymous

      Geat comment, oowawa—-So you’re saying, when you sing “We’re off to see the Wizard”—-you don’t mean that literally—like we’re “OFF” mentally, right?!  LOL
      Seriously, i totally concur with your comment.

      • Anonymous

        LOL Cindy–it was fun back in the 60′s, and I bought into it too.  We made mutual vows to break each other out of the mental institutions where we were sure to wind up–but nowadays, in my cranky old age, I don’t want to be led by a lunatic . . .

        • Anonymous

          I bought into for a period of tim as well, until I recognized there were what I call”favored qualifiers”-if you were chic and cool you were part of the groove, no matter what kind of a-hole you really were. i have met very, few genuine humans(other than children) that were kind and decent, as their first choice. Many people have learned to be a walking disorder in order to get their own way. And I mean their own way, no matter whom else it hurt or caused problems for. The only focus they had was on themselves-and then I walked away from it all. I am not saying I am one of the decent folks, I have my peccadilloes, but I will admit to them, that helps keep me a bit more cogent, a bit more aware, at least for the one and only thing I have a true responsibility for, my own behavior. Kind of in line, have you seen the adjustment bureau Oowawa, Cindy? Kind of speaks to this.

          • Anonymous

            I haven’t seen “The Adjustment Bureau,” Katmoon.  But I’ll be looking for it.  I love Philip K. Dick’s writing, and the films based upon it (such as “Blade Runner”).

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adjustment_Bureau

            • Anonymous

              Ferd and I watched it last night, and it is still on my mind. Yes, I recall Blade Runner as well. I will have to check out the writings of Phillip K Dick. Now a warning- Matt Damon is in the Adjustment Bureau, I set aside my political piss off with him, and just enjoyed the actor he is. I tell you it really gave the mind a whole bunch to consider. Seems we have been fortunate lately with movie choices; oh great i just jinxed myself!

            • Anonymous

              PKD was always interested in  the relationship between consciousness and reality (as indicated by the title of the work upon which “Blade Runner” was based: “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep.”  I met him when I was a little Jehovah’s Witness going door-to-door, about 12 or so, out at Point Reyes Station, CA.  I was used to getting doors slammed in my face, but he was very courteous.  He was young, then.  Had a beard.

            • Anonymous

              Wow, oowawa, that you got to personally meet him. Great story.

            • Anonymous

              I met him when I was a little Jehovah’s Witness going door-to-door, about 12 or so, out at Point Reyes Station,
              CA.
              ———————-
              Oowawa, Did you go out alone, with adults, with other children? I hope you didn’t face all those slammed doors alone….
              How did you find out who the  courteous man was?  Did you know of him at age 12. Maybe, as a novelist, he was gathering information from you. Have you seen yourself in anything he’s written?

            • Anonymous

              Sowsear, as I remember it, I was with another boy about my age.  Actually, this must have been 1958, when I was 14.  Adults were always nearby, keeping an eye on us.  His name was on the mailbox and I knew he lived in that little town.  I was a fan, and had recently read the extremely wild sci-fi novel “Eye in the Sky.”  I only remember one thing he said: “I’ve always respected the Witnesses.” 

          • Anonymous

            Kat—good comment! And absolutely, IMO, we are responsible for our own actions, and our own addictions.
            No, haven’t seen “Adjustment Bureau” but we’ll Netflix it. Thanks!

            • Anonymous

              So glad to see you Cindy!

            • Anonymous

              I bought it, watched it and didn’t like it. Maybe it’s just me but the concept of the movie seemed to be that “God” is a bad guy. If someone else saw it and got another idea of the concept let me know.

              I also used to be a Damon fan. I try to separate their “work” from their opinions. Can’t always do that.

              And after spending good money for the “Adjustment  Bureau” I am not as much of a fan as I once was.

               Ditto my stupid purchase of “The Season of The Witch.” Big waste of money IMO.

            • Ferd_Berfle

              I bought it, watched it and didn’t like it. Maybe it’s just me but the
              concept of the movie seemed to be that “God” is a bad guy.
              ==============
              Perhaps. But then I remembered that one of the characters said something akin to “mysterious ways”. It wasn’t that God was bad but that we aren’t equipped to understand. Or not.

          • Linda Anselmi

            Thanks for the recommend on “the adjustment bureau”.  Will add it to my must watch list.  I too have tended to bypass Damon’s work since his vile video assassination of Palin during 2008.  He used to be one of my favorite actors.

      • Anonymous

        Cindy—since you were in the teaching profession, does my comment to oowawa reflect your views on young people today? My grand-daughters are goal -oriented and focused, and I hope there are more like them!

        • Anonymous

          Sassy—I haven’t taught since 1974, but I’ll say this…..IMO, the “messages” (via media, friends, society in general) being sent to girls nowadays are far more damaging than those of 40 years ago. Girls are being force-fed the “be skinny and be sexy—-and above all, be available to men if you want to survive” mantra.
          It’s so depressing, but you are wise, and their parents seem to be—-and I’m sure y’all are a good positive force in your grand-daughters’ lives. They’re lucky to have you.

    • Anonymous

      no kidding oowawa, organic, versus learned behavior. Some of us manage to survive without trying to stand on someone else’s shoulders and without proclaiming that we have a right to do so!

    • Ferd_Berfle

      What kind of mental illness qualifies Barack Obama for the highest office in the land?
      =======================
      I’d be guessing delusions of grandeur or megalomania.

    • Anonymous

      oowawa,
      Like you, my grand-daughter graduated from high school in June, so I’ll bring the discussion back to gender. I was totally surprised by my observations of both genders during the ceremony.
      Out of 320 graduates in a fairly affluent area, 85% of the young men did a credible to good job of a crisp extension of the right hand for the handshake, receiving their diploma with the left, while looking slightly left for the photographer.
      Unfortunately, 85% of the young women cast their head and eyes downward and only managed awkward hand contact. Additionally, for safety the rules designated sensible, close-toed shoes, but stiletto sandals were the norm. Bless their hearts, one young woman landed a solid 10 split, another barely recovered her footing before toppling into the orchestra pit, and another nearly gave seated officials a lap-dance.
      The pool of female politicians in this country will always be smaller than their male counterparts, which reduces the odds of a woman president.

      • M

        I guess I just don’t understand what you’re
        driving at.  Are you suggesting that the
        girls are somehow disqualified or incapable because they wore open toed
        shoes?  I think that what you may be
        picking up on is the fact that the girls are not as invested in or
        nurtured.   In my newspaper the picture
        of the graduating class at the christian school was 2:1 boys to girls.  The montessori school had some girls but
        they were mostly Indian.  Aborted over
        there, encouraged over here.  Let me offer
        a few more random thoughts.  My friend
        in college said she wished that as a girl her mother would have just taken her
        shopping once in a while.  I
        agreed.  I think there was a sense that
        our mothers really didn’t care to pass anything on to us or teach us
        anything.  There was no tradition that
        we were receiving.  I’ve felt I was left
        to toss in the breeze.  My brother is in
        his 40’s and still gets birthday presents from my parents and probably his ass
        wiped.  When I visit I get preserves of
        a questionable vintage.  There was an
        article recently that said that the bones of prehistoric women showed that they
        wandered far from their place of birth. 
        To the scientists this proved some sort of wanderlust.  I think that maybe these prehistoric women
        picked up on some subtle hints that they were no longer welcome–maybe when
        they started menstruating.  My husband
        teaches at the college level and always hears other professors calling girls
        dingy or ditzy.  One even said that
        because a student was knitting that she needed to be at home having babies
        instead.  Maybe these girls that you
        witnessed have gotten the hint.  They
        feel damned if they do, damned if they don’t. 
        Perhaps I’m not disagreeing with you. 
        I just feel that we need to address why this exists.  In fact I think you are right.  The boys can shake a mean hand.  That will take them far. 

        • ~JustMe~

          Well I tend to
          disagree with you here.

          I think
          there was a sense that our mothers really didn’t care to pass anything on to us
          or teach us anything……

          My
          mother was determined to make sure that I made use of every advantage put before
          me. Regardless how tough it was. Nurturing in all realms of possibility. When
          adversity hits you in the face to make sure I was strong enough to get up and
          continue forward. One thing that sticks out over many values and morals she
          offered so freely, was the “World” was my Oyster…..Use it to your advantage, to
          strike when the iron is hot…..not forgetting to leave an impression at all times I intend to do just that……. ….and pass on these
          qualities to my daughter! To stand on her own two feet through life and be
          independent……..!!!!!!

          Oh and BTW I sew and knit and I’ll be damed if I’d allow a man to tell me to go home and make babies!

          • Ferd_Berfle

            Thanks, ~~JustMe~~. Apparently we have yet another drive-by troller.

            • M

              I’m sorry. 
              I didn’t know the comment section was reserved for members only.  I’m a frequent reader of NQ but a very
              infrequent commenter.  Oddly I usually
              find myself in agreement with you Ferd. 
              I guess you shouldn’t make snap judgements of someone based on the
              comments they leave on a blog.  I think
              its wonderful that justme had a different life experience.  I’m not sure that means we are antithetical
              to one another. 

            • Ferd_Berfle

              Ferd. 
              I guess you shouldn’t make snap judgements of someone based on the
              comments they leave on a blog.
              =============
              Then you should at least post such that the rest of us can “see” who you really are. My history is here for all to see and I don’t hide any of it. I am very wary of people who come here lacking any sort of history both on the site and within DisQus. For example, there are several trolls who post here that are actually alter egos of a woman named Maggy. It was quite easy to discern once I got a handle on her writing style, atrocious grammar, and spelling, not to mention plagiarized and retrogressive content.

              We have more than our fair share of miscreants who wreak havoc here on a regular basis.

        • Scottymac54

          LOL, interesting post!  Welcome!

        • Anonymous

          M, I apologize for the delayed response, but I’m an infrequent blogger.
          This particular highschool has high standards, so graduates do well or very well academically.
          I was attempting to express disappointment that young women may still be reluctant to appear “aggressive” if they put their best foot forward, so to speak.
          The reference to shoes was prompted by the ruby red slippers above. Graduation was held in a convention center with theater seating, with the processional beginning at the projection booth level with a lot of steps downward.
          Rules usually have validity, and in life, carelessness or lack of good judgement can lead to serious consequences.
          Nice talking to you, so visit again!

    • Docelder

      The best crisis leaders think out of the box… but that would in no way mean they had some sort of a mental disorder diagnosed or not… Good job Oowawa… I think many people misunderstand the great people… the people who are see the resolution of problems in their minds before ever addressing them… the people who are slow to change decisions once they have been made… the people who can actually make decisions when there seems to not be a solution at hand at all… but these are the qualities of leadership. Narcissism is not among the qualities of great leaders from history… unless you include the notorious failed leaders. I wouldn’t call any of them great… because in the end they led their people into desolation and despair. This is starting to sound familiar as I type.

  • Anonymous

    So who did you say, you think should be the 1st U.S. woman president ?

    I see you Only mentioned, Hillary’s name, in the article.

    • AC

      I like some of your other comments Quagmire2000

    • Anonymous

      You first, can you think of a woman you would like to see as President? Looking forward to your share.

      • Anonymous

        Condoleezza Rice, Maria Barrtiromo come to mind among too many others too mention at this time.

        • Ferd_Berfle

          Condoleezza Rice
          =================
          Well, were it not for the “we couldn’t have imagined jets being flown into buildings” comment of hers, I might have agreed. That sort of rationalization started us all on on this highway directly to hell paved with an inability to imagine that they were being paid by the taxpayer to imagine.

        • Ferd_Berfle

          Condoleezza Rice
          =================
          Well, were it not for the “we couldn’t have imagined jets being flown into buildings” comment of hers, I might have agreed. That sort of rationalization started us all on on this highway directly to hell paved with an inability to imagine that they were being paid by the taxpayer to imagine.

          • Anonymous

            Who’s ” sort of rationalization started us all on this highway to hell ” are you talking about ? And who “screwed the pooch” ?

            I remember Hillary on the taxpayers payroll in:
            World Trade Center bombings 1993
            Khobar Towers 1996
            U.S.S. Cole 2000

            • Ferd_Berfle

              I wasn’t discussing HRC but I’ll respond–how do you figure SHE was on the government payroll? She was First Lady–a ceremonial position. She had no Constitutional or legal authority to do anything.

              Now to the gist of this–the topic was Condoleeza Rice as I recall and not HRC. Thanks for playing.

            • Anonymous

              No, she was First Lady at the time of those incidents, and guess what… the First Lady has no salary and no actual job. So she wasn’t on the “taxpayers payroll” on those dates.

            • Anonymous

              No, she was First Lady at the time of those incidents, and guess what… the First Lady has no salary and no actual job. So she wasn’t on the “taxpayers payroll” on those dates.

            • Anonymous

              Before I go to work;

              I almost forgot:

              Bin Laden August 1996 fatwā is entitled “Declaration of War against the Americans ”

              Bin Ladens  February 1998 fatwa purports to provide religious authorization for indiscriminate killing of Americans and Jews everywhere

               These fatwās received relatively little attention until after the August 1998 United States embassy bombings, for which bin Laden was indicted.

              And after August 1998, Hilliary was baking cookies in the White House Kitchen planning her run for U.S.Senator 2000, and we all know what Bill was up too ?

              Yup, 911 was all Bush  & Rice’s fault ?

          • Anonymous

            “Had they fucking imagined it, the WTC might still be standing.”

            What kind of logic is that ?

            • Ferd_Berfle

              They were caught with their pants down. Tell me how hard is that to figure out. They didn’t take bin Laden seriously allowing him to come in under the radar, as it were. Rice was an expert on the Soviet Union and not Islamic extremists so she can be forgiven the incompetence on that one. However, because they got caught with their pants down, we now have a diminished Constitution with the passage of the Last Refuge of Scoundrels Act. Rice could have said something other than that appeal to a non sequitur rationalization. Imagine, my ass. I stand by my comment that we were paying them to think outside the box–not be defined by it.

              And they never admitted those failures, trying instead to blame Clinton and everything else under the sun, which is the same sort of bullshit that the current president is doing with the blame Bush crap. Sorry, but I’m no ideologue and I will lay the blame where it appears to be manifested. You can’t have it both ways

              Just because I dislike this administration and its incompetence doesn’t mean that I like the previous one’s incompetence.

          • Anonymous

            Blaming the Bush administration for 911, because
            “Had they fucking imagined it, the WTC might still be standing.”

            That’s some radical thinking on your part, Ferd_Berfle

            A little TOO much Moonshine ther,
            partner ?

            • Ferd_Berfle

              A little TOO much Moonshine ther,
              partner ?
              ================
              Nope. I think clearly. You’re obviously a bushbot, which is just as annoying and ignorant as an obamabot. You might get away with pissing on other’s legs while insisting it’s raining. I don’t fall for that line.

          • Anonymous

            Especially since she and Bush got a memo saying that Bin Ladin was planning something with airplanes, possibly hijacking. That was the August memo that Bush handed back saying to the person who gave it to him, “Well, you’ve covered your ass on this.” Too bad he hadn’t covered his own, and Condi’s, by paying attention to the memo. No effing way Condi gets a pass for ignoring intelligence. No way!!

            • Ferd_Berfle

              Too bad he hadn’t covered his own, and Condi’s, by paying attention to the memo.
              ============
              And covered ours and our Constitution’s. How different would things be now IF SOMEONE had listened and performed even the most rudimentary of due diligence? What about the FBI agent who reported to his superiors that there was an Arab man who was practicing only take-offs (and no landings)? There are serious issue that were never dealt with because of all the self-serving ass-covering. And there is still no accountability.

        • Anonymous

          Just curious. I’m thinking of a few picks.

          • Anonymous

            Sarah Palin
            Jan Brewer
            Mary Fallin
            Irene Rosenfeld

            • Anonymous

              Kat— I have every reason to believe that I was Mary Fallin’s Jr. High School music teacher, in that I was the only public school music teacher in the entire town of Tecumseh, Okla. and I taught K-12.
              She’s in one of the school annuals I’ve kept, but can’t say I remember too much about her—–there were so many students.
              But, I’m very very proud of her, and impressed with her!

            • Copediamond

              Those are good ones too

            • Anonymous

              Good Ones

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for this Linda.  In order to understand what has happened to us, we need to venture into Fantasyland.
    The Wizard of Oz has been a very rich source of metaphors and analogies for the O administration.  Just a couple of days ago, I wrote this:

    Now how would the Wizard of Oz handle this?  Thee One already has a
    diploma (and the Nobel Peace Prize, to boot); a gold Rolex pocket watch
    in lieu of a heart (so he can listen to it tick)–naw, he’s probably
    already got that; a medal to show he has courage?  Well, that might
    work!  Can civilians be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor?  Just
    click your heels together 3 times, Barack, and you will wake up back in
    the Chicago Cesspool that spawned you .

    • Ferd_Berfle

      Well, since Baracula is a wannabe despot, he could simply click his sandals together 3 times and say, “there’s no place like Rome”.

      • AC

        We don’t want that wannabe in Rome either.

        • Ferd_Berfle

          Sorry, AC.

          • AC

            You never need to apologize to me Ferd, your on the money!

    • Anonymous

      Once again riffing on this “Wizard of Oz” analogy makes me realize that all of the characters in the Wizard of Oz epitomize aspects of Thee One’s enigmatic lack-of-character:

      The Wizard who operates behind a curtain and has the entire land bamboozled–check; the brainless scarecrow, the heartless tin-man, the cowardly lion–check; Dorothy who has been blown by a storm  “over the rainbow” into a place where she just doesn’t belong–check.  And, oh yes, we have the crowds of obot munchkins who will mourn to see Him go home….

    • Linda Anselmi

      oowawa - 

      Thanks for reposting your excellent W of O re: O comment.  I missed it the first time.  

      Yes “The wizard of oz” has a long and interesting history of being a parable for our political and economic system – much of which I didn’t know and almost got side-tracked into writing about that instead.  

      This article gives an nice analysis - 

      Behind the Wizard of Oz Story | Pakalert Press

      • Anonymous

        Behind the Wizard of Oz Story | Pakalert Press

  • Ferd_Berfle

    Men barely registered while women soared on honesty, compassion and creativity.
    ======================
    Well now we can’t have honesty, compassion, and creativity in government–we might actually get a functioning bureaucracy working for the general good as in, “We the People”. Nope, we can’t have a woman leading this country because all the vested interests from obamabots to neoconpoops in government and outside it would be barred from gorging themselves sick at the public trough.

    Nicely done, Linda.

    We are collectively in desperate need of a tough-minded woman to captain our ship of state who knows how to formulate and use the word “no” and we need her now.

  • Ferd_Berfle

    Men barely registered while women soared on honesty, compassion and creativity.
    ======================
    Well now we can’t have honesty, compassion, and creativity in government–we might actually get a functioning bureaucracy working for the general good as in, “We the People”. Nope, we can’t have a woman leading this country because all the vested interests from obamabots to neoconpoops in government and outside it would be barred from gorging themselves sick at the public trough.

    Nicely done, Linda.

    We are collectively in desperate need of a tough-minded woman to captain our ship of state who knows how to formulate and use the word “no” and we need her now.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Ferd!

      I just don’t understand this deep rooted fear Americans seem to have about women leaders. Or where it comes from.   

      • AC

        Tiny peckers’ syndrome.

        • Anonymous

          I’ve heard about that . . .

          • Ferd_Berfle

            Indeed.

      • Anonymous

        “I just don’t understand this deep rooted fear Americans seem to have about women leaders. Or where it comes from”
        —————————————————————-
        Linda,
        Allow me to explain: Women leaders would have to stay vertical for long periods of time.
        This is not acceptable in the United States of Man Caves (America). They likes the wiminfolks horizontal. Just ask Stokely Carmichael.
        Hope that clears it up for ya   :)

        • AC

          Cindyindie, You go girl!

          • Anonymous

            Thanks AC!
            I’m goin’ as fast as i can, but not gettin’ too far! LOL

            • Anonymous

              Love Note to an Old Man:The Carousel.

              What is it about a carousel?
              Is it the music or the painted horses,
              The motion, the whirling through the air,
              (Albeit going nowhere)
              I loved the carousel
              When I was young,
              When the rides were free,
              When I never feared to fall off,
              When the brass rings
              Were within my grasp.
              It was then that I loved you
              too,
              When both of us held on to the wildest horses,
              Around and around and around,
              When both of us reached
              For all  of the things that
              Were within our grasp,
              And more….

            • Anonymous

              Love Note to an Old Man:The Carousel.

              What is it about a carousel?
              Is it the music or the painted horses,
              The motion, the whirling through the air,
              (Albeit going nowhere)
              I loved the carousel
              When I was young,
              When the rides were free,
              When I never feared to fall off,
              When the brass rings
              Were within my grasp.
              It was then that I loved you
              too,
              When both of us held on to the wildest horses,
              Around and around and around,
              When both of us reached
              For all  of the things that
              Were within our grasp,
              And more….

        • Anonymous

          I’ve heard that most women have round heels..

        • Anonymous

          I’ve heard that most wimmins have round heels…doncha know?