Posts tagged ‘liberal’

April 23, 2011

No one to read?

by thoughtfulconservative

Want to guess who said this?

“Some have asked if there aren’t liberal sites I read regularly. Well, no. I will read anything I’ve been informed about that’s either interesting or revealing; but I don’t know of any economics or politics sites on that side that regularly provide analysis or information I need to take seriously. I know we’re supposed to pretend that both sides always have a point; but the truth is that most of the time they don’t.”


Answer later.

January 11, 2011

I Wonder…

by thoughtfulconservative

I wonder sometimes…

Only those on a desert island (who wouldn’t be reading this anyway) haven’t heard about the tragic shooting of many people including the serious wounding of a US Congresswoman and the killing of a Federal judge.

The shooter by all appearances is a troubled young such as those who have dotted the American landscape, pretty much since the republic was founded.

Recriminations began. Those on the left blamed inflamed political rhetoric centering on a well-know few. Concerns about gun violence were aired as well, citing the right’s continued insistence on 2nd amendment rights.

One network even talked about such words as “campaign,” “war room,” and “target” used in a political sense.

Conservatives (and others) responded by saying that the shooter had no political beliefs, and that controls on speech and guns is a typical knee-jerk reaction.

Who’s right?

I wish I knew.


Gun violence appalls me. Yes, I still support 2nd amendment rights because it’s in the Constitution. But I wonder if we could still do something beyond the laws on the books.

I’m not much into over-the-top rhetoric either. It’s not that I don’t think Coulter, Beck, Limbaugh, Sykes, Belling, McKenna don’t say good things. It’s just the way they say them sometimes turns me off. The same with the bastions of liberal thought.

I just wonder what it would be like if they toned it down sometimes.

I’m not naive. Both sides hold their positions and think they are right. Strong political rhetoric has been a feature of the American political scene many times over the years. And both sides are guilty of it. Don’t make me link to them; I can.

But I just wonder, what it would be like.

Not that I think it will happen or even should happen. I certainly value my 1st amendment rights too highly to listen to any proposal to limit that, even for the biggest jerk IMHO, of this whole mess, Fred Phelps, who is planning on demonstrating at some of the funerals.

But I do wonder what it would be like, if we really believed that the other side loved their country just as much as we do and just have different ideas than we do about how to make our country great.

Yeah, we differ, sometimes vehemently, and I’m no different than anyone else.

I just wonder…

January 11, 2010

Is left vs. right becoming archaic in political thought?

by thoughtfulconservative

Arianna Huffington says so in this welcome letter to the newly launched The Daily Caller.

Anyone looking at today’s political landscape with clear eyes can see that on issue after issue — the war in Afghanistan, the bailout, health care, the war on drugs, etc., etc. — the binary division of the debate into right vs. left obscures more than it reveals.

John McCain and Maria Cantwell are joining forces to bring back Glass-Steagall-type banking regulations. Ron Paul and Alan Grayson are pushing through legislation to audit the Fed. George Will agrees with Russ Feingold that we should not escalate in Afghanistan. Howard Dean and Michael Bloomberg are both down on the health care bill. And on and on it goes.

The outrageous news last week that the New York Fed under Tim Geithner told AIG to withhold from the public key details about payments that put billions of dollars into the coffers of major Wall Street players, including Goldman Sachs, offers a perfect example of just how archaic the right vs. left framing is.

Hmmm. There are areas where some on the right and some on the left agree, but for different reasons. For example, the right trumpeted Dean’s call to start over on health care because we don’t like the present bill. But we would like Dean’s version even less, I suspect.

I would suspect that Will’s and Feingold’s reasons against escalation in Afghanistan would be different though the result is the same.

Maybe. Maybe not. Time will tell. There’s more. Read the whole thing and see what you think.

October 19, 2008

Waukesha Carnival

by thoughtfulconservative

Welcome to this week’s edition, the thirty-eighth dating back to September 16 of last year. This is where I share the links of noteworthy posts of the preceding week. Feel free to share other posts in the comments.

Let’s see what we have locally.

OK, this has nothing to do with the free mug I got at Drinking Right, but those of you who have met or read JJ Gravelle at The Daily Scoff, just knew that he would deal with the New Berlin-Pewaukee urination bruhaha in a tasteful and sensitive way.

Continuing in the sports vein, Dan at Skeptics Anonymous thinks last season was a pretty good one for the Brewers.

Scott Berg at his blog 359 Degrees talks about the Brookfield city Finance Committee meeting.

Josh at Blog Waukesha wonders Is there competition to Kramer? as he blogs on the race for the 97th district of the Wisconsin Assembly.

If you don’t go to Spring City Chronicle for Huckleberry Dumbell’s daily news summaries or his Sunday Scans, you should at least go for his ghost blogging and poetry which he combines here. And it’s annotated!

James Wigderson blogs at Wigderson Library & Pub about his weekly column in the Waukesha Freeman (always worth the 50 cents) where he blogs about free speech.

silent E speaks about a great piece by Michelle Malkin he read concerning Joe the plumber.

Cindy Kilkenny at Fairly Conservative fact checks the factcheckers in her post Why you should never trust CNN.

Alex at Hobo Springs is relieved McCain is finally saying he’s not George Bush.

And Kyle Prast maintains at Practically Speaking that the presidential election is not over yet.

MommaBlogger shares a recipe for Apple Grilled Cheese at Homemaker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

State Sen. Mary Lazich (aide Kevin Fischer?) compares abortion to light bulbs in this post, Pro-choice, but not about light bulbs at Conservatively Speaking.

Similarly, at Common Sense Waukesha, Dean Culver posts his thoughts on Liberal Hypocrites.

Finally, to post only on gloom is just not right. Dad29 cures that with some bank humor.

That concludes this week’s edition. You can always submit your favorite post of the week using this submission form. Or you can e-mail it directly to me at thoughtfulconsevative [at] yahoo [dot] com. Or put it in the comments of this post.

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September 29, 2008

Waukesha Carnival 09-28-2008

by thoughtfulconservative

Welcome to this week’s edition.

After this past week’s ups and downs, we could all use some humor. Tim at The Other Side of My Mouth asks “What is a Liberal?” No, you have to go find the answer yourself. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Welcome back. What? Well, I thought it was funny, but I have a strange sense of humor.

A poke at the right, a poke at the left, fair and balanced this week. So would Obama do anything to get elected? silent e says “Yes,” and provides a picture. Of course, now that even Republicans are saying Palin is not qualified, Obama might not go for that look. I have become convinced that Republicans don’t deserve to rule because they don’t know how. Do you think the Democrats would be doing this stuff?

Well, I better stop that rant and get back to the carnival.

The bailout was big news nationally and it engendered many posts locally. The Asian Badger shared his thoughts about what he thinks the agreement should look like.

Tom Gehl at Brookfield Basics wrote about what he felt were even more basic causes of the financial crisis.

Dad29 considers Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan and sees stuff he likes. He also gives us some things to consider as we consider the bailout.

Huckleberry Dumbell at Spring City Chronicle gives us a segue between the bailout and the first debate when he says,

Two senators more or less will have no effect on the success or failure of the bailout plan. All they do is talk anyway. It is more important that the person who will be the next POTUS be at the debate. If the vote, for some reason, looks like it will go down to two votes (the final vote count is almost always known well before the vote is taken) then they can be in Washington in two hours. I don’t like this move at all, you don’t suspend your campaign less than eight weeks from the finish line.

Speaking of the debate, James Wigderson of Wigderson’s Library & Pub was on UPFRONT with Mike Gousha on Sunday with Renee Crawford of Crawford’s Takes. James shares some behind the scenes stuff. You can see the video here.

Posts concerning Wisconsin news included Linda Richter’s post on Van Hollen’s suit being voter suppression posted at Inside New Berlin and how the issue affects voters in Brookfield as reported by Cindy Kilkenny at Fairly Conservative and The Asian Badger.

Locally, Bryon Houlgrave gives us some photos of local high school girls volleyball and discusses some photo related issues he had to solve to get those shots.

Jeff at Five Points sweeps the streets of Waukesha and gives us his views of local topics.

Fox Head is ceasing posting at his blog although he will still post at Hobo Springs.

And speaking of the Springs, Alexander gives us a heads-up about the Blog ‘n’ Grog coming up at The House of Guiness on September 30. That’s Tuesday. See you there. Bloggers and readers of blogs no matter what their persuasion are welcome.

Curt Otto informs us that “no snakes were harmed” in this post at Maple & Main about the new Wal-Mart that was approved for the corner of Hwy. 59 and west Avenue.

Back to Brookfield, Kyle Prast at Practically Speaking thanked the school board for their action on 4K.

A little bit further afield, JJ Gravelle writes at The Daily Scoff about public school math.

In general topics, Dave at Yorick’s Persiflage ponders politics and the workplace.

Finally, Lisa at Sequentially Speaking updates us on what DC comics is doing to prevent further occurrences of profanity making its way into their comic books.

That’s it for this week. If you’d like to take part, whether you’re a blog reader or a blogger, you can either submit your post using this handy form or by sending the link to me at thoughtfulconservative [at] yahoo [dot] com. The only requirement is that the post is by Waukesha bloggers or about Waukesha.

Past posts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

September 7, 2008

Waukesha Carnival – Palinsanity edition

by thoughtfulconservative

Well, it’s been far too long since my last round-up of Waukesha-related bloggings, so here, finally, is edition 38. So let’s get started.

The buzz was over the Republican National Convention and John McCain’s inspired pick of Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate.

Fox Head is one of many conservatives who are excited about the ticket after being “Eh!” about McCain. The difference? Sarah Palin, of course.

Dean Culver at Common Sense Waukesha calls it The Libs New Low! but the Right does it too.

Dan Diebert comments on a Waukesha “hate crime” against Obama. Darryl Enriquez covered it also, but he works for the Journal Sentinel so is not allowed to be funny. 🙂

Cindy Kilkenny at Fairly Conservative hit blog paydirt with two posts on Anne Kilkenny (no relation).

Tim at The Other Side of My Mouth, said we should declare wild speculations of her family and her daughter’s pregnancy to be off limits–one of the few on the left (Obama was another, to his credit also) to do so.

Kyle Prast from Practically Speaking and a friend went to see McCain/Palin at Cedarburg.

Scott Feldstein had a thoughtful review of McCain’s acceptance speech.

Troy Fullerton at Rendevous with Destiny has a crush on Sarah.

Silent e shared a cartoon from Michael Ramirez that says it all for some Republicans.

For those who believe the Republicans didn’t deal with the issues in their acceptance speeches, Spring City Chronicle posts a relevant part of Gov. Palin’s speech.

And we all know football season is here. Bryon Houlgrave gives us two posts with pictures from area high school games.

Within Wisconsin, Dad29 quoting from Patrick McIlheran reminds us that the minimum mark-up law is not dead.

The Daily Scoff tackles the Government Accountability Board.

James Wigderson looks at some state campaign financing.

Hungry? MommaBlogger at Homemaker’s Guide to the Galaxy baked you a pie. Now, go get a snack. You’ll need one.

Or maybe you want to try one of these weird foods given to us by Dan at Skeptics Anonymous and Eat Wisconsin. They’ve eaten more on the list than I have (I don’t even know what some of them are!) but two that neither have eaten, I have–whole insects, if you count larvae, and snake. Which reminds me of the old line, “I like cats–they taste like chicken!”

Locally, Jeff at Five Points labels Weekend in Waukesha a great success. I would agree.

Lisa from Sequentially Speaking shares that Neptune Comics is moving to the Westbrook Shopping Center on Moreland (Kohl’s).

James Rowan does his usual criticism of sprawl. But I did learn a new phrase–bread and circuses.

In other political posts, Sen. Mary Lasich (aide Kevin Fischer?) tells us the federal government wants to regulate our lawn mowers.

Josh at Blog Waukesha tried to educate a tax-increaser on economics, but couldn’t seem to get through to him.

Finally, Hurricane Gustav caused Tom Gehl to recall Miss Molly.

That concludes this edition. You can always submit a post (even if it isn’t yours) to the next edition by using this convenient form. Or you can e-mail the link to me at thoughtfulconservative [at] yahoo [dot] com. Past posts can be found here.