Worldwide Misery Wednesday

Today is worldwide misery Wednesday.

Normally I would be dissecting President Obama’s decision to unilaterally reduce America’s nuclear arsenal, but at the rate the world is going, in a few years it will not matter.

I have always been optimistic about the world, even through the horrors of 9/11. Yet the last few weeks it has been all bad news all the time.

In West Virginia, at least 25 coal miners are dead.

In Indonesia, a 7.8 Earthquake rocked the land only days after a 7.2 temblor hit Baja, California.

Enough already.

It is like God has looked at the planet, declared that we screwed it up, and is violently taking it back.

For the love of all things holy, can we get some good news?

Where is the next Sully Sullenberger? Heck, I would settle for Batman or Jack Bauer.

When does the bad news stop?

I have always believed in the American spirit, that Americans dig down deep and reach for their inner greatness to improve the world.

Today I just feel like the entire world is made of quicksand.

Maybe a bunch of West Virginia coal miners will turn up safely. Maybe Indonesia will rebound quickly. We will read about tales of heroism and goodness amidst the sadness. As awful as 9/11 was, Todd Beamer rallied us just before he died, saving the White House in the process.

I pray that Thursday brings better news. It has to. To combat this awful Wednesday, the only alternative to giving in and giving up is to roll up our sleeves.

People from West Virginia to Indonesia need us. Let’s help them.

We are Americans. We can do this.

Let’s roll.


19 Responses to “Worldwide Misery Wednesday”

  1. Micky 2 says:

    Yeah its been pretty brutal lately and its probably going to be that way (in Washington at least) until this next election. As far as the rest of the world goes and even here things go in cycles. It seems were just at a coincidental period of negativity and I have faith that soon we’ll start hearing a few more enlightening things.
    The people are as fighting mad as they’ve ever been in centuries Eric. And the last time that happened the country took its turn for the best.
    Were both of different faiths but each of those faiths believes that good prevails and says that were allowed to roll up our sleeves.
    Thats being done as we speak.

  2. Is “good prevail(ing)” in Virginia, Micky, where it’s governor decided to bring back Confederate History Month? “The people” who are “fighting mad” are not going to bring any “turn for the best.” These people are nothing but trouble and nothing good will come from them. Expect things to get much worse. These are bad people up to bad things.


  3. Micky 2 says:

    Jersey, you’re bashing on the tea party is old and predictable, get a new gig already.
    All these claims of racism and violence against the tea partiers have all turned out to bs and speculative.

    I was talking about the country Jersey, not some singular state issue.
    All the crap thats going on and the issues I was refering to and you brought up this ?,0,2067635.story

    I understand the outrage, but its hardly an indicator of the national sentiment

  4. Speculative??? Rick Perry, Paul Braun, Robert McDonnell, Tim Corbett – these guys, all teabagging the “Tea Party,” are bringing up the friggin’ Civil War all over again! Can it be any more friggin’ obvious? And no, you’re right, it’s not national – it’s the South and Flyoverland. Urbane, intelligent people see this racist rhetoic for what it is. It sure ain’t them! The true sentiments of the teabaggers will come to bare itself to the rest of the country, and we will recoil from them. Next up? Immigration reform. I can’t wait to see the teabagger reaction – and GOP lowbrow pandering to that reaction – to that!


  5. Micky 2 says:

    “Gallup Poll shows the Tea Party is not all wealthy Republicans, with 49% Republican but 51% Independents or Democrats and 45% making $50,000 or less. ”

    “Rasmussen, showed more Americans – 48% – identify more with the Tea Party than with Obama, with 44% identifying with Obama. ”

    Nancy Pelosi crsing thru the rally holding her oversized gavel the media was reprting that racial slurs were being directed at blacks

    Thats a pretty serious charge. But with all the media and recording devices in that rally nobody can come up with a single peice of evidence to back up that BS.

    Get a new gig already Jersey

  6. I never said the teabaggers were all wealthy! Heck, I never imagined it! I would imagine most if them are working-to-middle class, with not to much education. It’s their attitudes that give it away. Some educated people may pander to these folks, but no educated person truly believes the nonsense these people believe.

    Only 13% of voters identify themselves as Tea Party people, and considering their silly positions, they really have no choice but to vote GOP. They could split off, but it would only take votes from the GOP and everyone knows it. So you can spin the polling data however you want, but the “Tea Party” vote belongs to the GOP and always will.

    And let’s get real here. If we didn’t have a black president, I doubt the “Tea Party” would ever have happened.


  7. Micky 2 says:

    “And let’s get real here. If we didn’t have a black president, I doubt the “Tea Party” would ever have happened.’

    This is where the debate ends because your just using the typical liberal tactic of crying racism when I just made it clear to you that of all the claims of racism have been disproven and exposed for the BS it was.

    “you can spin the polling data however you want, but the “Tea Party” vote belongs to the GOP and always will.’

    I didnt spin anything. How does reporting the numbers from the countrys two most trusted polling establishments constitute me “SPINNING” anything ?

    Its happening, they’re going to organize.

    — A broad coalition of national and regional Tea Party groups have announced the formation of the National Tea Party Federation (NTPF). The NTPF is established to create a unified message and media response amongst key leadership and their affiliates. At the same time, the NTPF will act as a clearinghouse and to promote the Tea Party movement’s objectives of:

    Fiscal Responsibility
    Constitutionally Limited Government
    Free Markets

    The federation includes key organizations and leadership and is committed to changing the dynamics of communicating clearly to its membership while supporting the aforementioned principles. The approach will allow for clarity of message, rapid response to media misinformation while continuing to build the brand equity of the Tea Party movement. The NTPF will act in unison without a central leadership or overhead yet collaborate through a common set of principles.

    The founders of the National Tea Party Federation include the following Tea Party groups:

    American Grassroots Coalition
    Arkansas Unite
    Cincinnati Tea Party
    Constitutional TEA Party
    DC Works For Us
    Illinois Tea Party
    Lynchburg Tea Party
    New Jersey Tea Party Coalition
    New Mexico Patriots
    Orlando Tea Party
    Pittsburgh Tea Party
    Richmond Tea Party
    Santee East County TEA Party
    Take the Town Halls to Washington
    Tea Party Express
    Tea Party Nation
    The Heart of Texas Tea Party
    The Memphis TEA Party
    The Mississippi Tea Party
    Tupelo Tea Party
    Waco Tea Party
    We The People of Pennsylvania”

    Give it up Jersey, they’re not the tothless hood wearing idiots you’d like them to be.
    My concern is that if they actually do end up on the ballot a 3 way split could give the left more benefit than they deserve for these last 3 years

  8. Micky 2 says:

    Its about money and rights Jersey, not the mans color.
    Grow up

  9. Oh please. Where were these shmucks 5 years ago? 10 yeards ago? 30 years ago? They’re a bunch of phonies. I stand by what I said. They’re like the Confederacy all over again. And anyone who thinks the Confederacy wasn’t all about race is a liar, an idiot, or both.


  10. Micky 2 says:

    Great case and point Jersey.
    You speak of tolerance for the left but if its not leftist crap you wont tolerate it.
    Did ya catch the part where only 1/2 of them are coservatives ?
    You just want to jump to another irrelevant topic.

    5-10 years ago people were beginning to get fed up.
    Thanks to your Rainbow Ranger They’re now officially fed up.

    Once again, your empty, no instances of racism have been proven amongst these people yet. The more you say it, the dumber you sound.

    I’ve given you reputable sources and numbers. Once again, all you got is your insistance that your opinion dictates a higher intellect than most. And that frankly makes you not all that bright.

    Heres the whole scoop.

    And you’re a student of history huh ?

    Let me see…
    Boston tea party-


    Boston tea party


    Boston tea party….

    Nah, I cant find the connection yet other than the lame predictable liberal race cardbeing tossed in again

  11. Micky, I don’t trust any poll that asks the teabaggers to describe themselves. Here’s a poll of registered voters:

    Of the teabaggers,…

    •74 percent are Republicans or independent voters leaning Republican;
    •16 percent are Democrats or independent voters leaning Democratic;
    •5 percent are solidly independent;
    •45 percent are men;
    •55 percent are women;
    •88 percent are white;
    •77 percent voted for Sen. John McCain in 2008;
    •15 percent voted for President Barack Obama.

    Get real.

    The teabaggers are mostly a bunch of disgruntled, white, republican,. racist idiots. They’re pathetic.


  12. Micky 2 says:

    Oh look !
    Heres what else Quininpiac had to say

    Obama’s approval rating falls below 50% in Quinnipiac Poll and to 26% (strongly approve) in Rasmussen poll for first time
    Slip slidin’ away. Obama’s approval rating has fallen below 50% for the first time in polling and stands at 48% from the Quinnipiac University poll as U.S. voter discontent grows Bloomberg calls it because of the war in Afghanistan, while ignoring everything else Obama has pulled such as this whole healthcare debacle, the stimulus thats “Creating or saving” jobs in districts that don’t exist, bowing to the Japan Emperor, the way he has handled the jihadist Hasan etc. At Rasmussen, Obama’s “Strongly approve” rating has fallen to 26%, its lowest level to date, and -14 and the PSI which has tied the lowest level ever. After claiming the poll numbers are dropping because of only Afghanistan, Bloomberg goes on to list other parts of his approval ratings drops, such as his handling of the economy.

    “Micky, I don’t trust any poll that asks the teabaggers to describe themselves. ‘

    How convenient and childishly selective that you want to use a poll reflecting registered voters and not trust Rasmussen or Gallup.

    Its real, its happening, its growing and you can scream racist like every typical lame liberal loosing an arguement all you want but as usual, you cant prove it and have still presented nothing to back it up.


  13. Don’t forget, Micky, lots of liberals are very disappointed with Obama too (unlike me, who always knew he wasn’t some liberal savior). This is going to be the political status quo for the foreseeable future. As long as the country keeps sliding down, people are going to blame whoever’s in power. If McCain had won in ’08, I guarantee his approval numbers would be about the same as Obama’s today, if not much worse.

    I trust the Gallup polsters. I think they’re very good at what they do. I don’t trust the teabaggers, and the difference between the two polls reinforces my opinion. That particular Gallup poll asked the teabaggers to describe themselves. That particular Quinnipiac poll asked registered voters what they thought about the “Tea Party” movement. Note the huge difference! Ask the teabaggers and they’ll tell you one thing, ask all registered voters and bango, different result. What these two polls together prove is that honesty is not a virtue of the teabaggers.


  14. Micky 2 says:

    Jersey, nice try.
    But the issue was what that you’re calling them phony racist.

    You have nothing to back that up.
    On the other topics,Rasmussen and Gallup both show that above 40% of Americans reflect Tea Party values.
    More people align with Tea party values than they do the democrats.
    You’re loosing states that have beeb traditionally, consistently democratic for years.
    This congress has the lowest approval ratings ever.
    On ten major issues according to Rasmussen the people trust the right more on 9 out of the ten.
    Unemployment has been higher than ever sincethe 30s
    and the list goes on and on and on.
    Put that in alignment with Obamas failing popularity and you’ve got a scenario that a 12 year old could figure out.
    You guys are blowin it.
    The majority of the country is not happy with the direction its going in.

    Tea Partiers are not at a point where they are a 33.3% section of the voting public.
    But they’re real, they’re going federal.

    Now, prove to me that they’re racist or I’m done with you on this one

  15. Micky 2 says:

    “If McCain had won in ‘08, I guarantee his approval numbers would be about the same as Obama’s today, if not much worse.”

    Even if that were true at least he wouldnt be blaming everyone else but himself.
    The guys a first class schmuck, he really is.
    Bush may not of come off as more intelligent, be he sure was a hell of a lot smarter, and humble.

  16. LOL! I don’t even know what to say about all that… Bush, McCain, Obama.

    The whole teabag thing will die down eventually. They’ll realize the futility of their efforts, and many of them will just just embarrassed away. Look at the way they lie about political affiliation. Look at the silliness of some of thier “issues.” These people are a joke. Even if they form their own party, they’ll just lose, and the GOP will lose, and then their real colors will show when they en masse turn back to the GOP. Why do you think these GOP Confederate-mongers having been acting up lately? they know what they’re playing to. Perry, McDonnell, et al – these sleazebags are pandering to what you refuse to see: the whole teabagger movement is a racist, xenophobic, jingoist, nasty nationalistic movement, fed their nasty tripe by the sleazybags at Fox “News” and guys like Dick Armey. These are disaffected white people feeling left behind in a modern world. I’d feel sorry for them if they weren’t so hateful.


  17. Micky 2 says:

    CBO director just announced that the current fiscal policy is unsustainable.

    “Look at the way they lie about political affiliation. ”

    Got anything to back that up ?

    FOX had nothing at all to do with the origins of thr
    tea party and theres nothing to prove it.

    You’re just a spitefull liberal in denial that mixed batch of Americans coming from all political affiliations arefinally fed up.
    They’re against everything you’re a proponent for so all you can do is launch a bunch of unsubstantial accusations that you’ve yet to prove.
    You’re opinion is not worth squat compared to the real numbers and facts I’ve shown you so you’ve reduced yourself to even more name calling andl abeling that you cant prove.

    “The whole teabag thing will die down eventually. ”

    Yeah, Americans will finally accept our corporations and banksrun by the fed, states rights being ignored, unconstitutional bills being shoved down their throats with fines if they dont comply.

  18. Micky 2 says:

    “Hateful” ?

    Pot…. meet Kettle

    Its hateful to call people things when you cant proveit.
    Its just as hateful to call some a racist when you cant prove it as it is to call someone a child molester with no proof.
    You’re branding that person in hopes they’ll recieve some form of rejection.

    So dont talk to me about hate

  19. Micky 2 says:

    And even if the tea party does fizzle out before they do they’ll of made the country aware of just how corrupt our government has become. The point is that these sentiments havent been displayed by such a large diverse group until this latest so called president came along.

    You guys are blowin it, big time

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