Fox News and MSNBC talent together…

Here’s the question of the day…

If you could put the best of talent from MSNBC and Fox News together on another channel, who would you pair up for 3 separate shows, each show having two hosts?

My picks?  I’d love to see O’Reilly and Olbermann on one show… Then Chris Matthews and Sean Hannity on another show.  My last one would be Glenn Beck and Rachel Maddow

What would happen? Would the earth implode?  What say you?

New Post coming soon.. Are progressives truly progressive?

Wanted to let everyone know that tomorrow, I plan to release a thought piece. You’ll see a new page appearing next to “About me” at the top of the site. I plan to write one or two thought and commentary pieces a week to give you some material to think about.

So, tomorrow’s topic will be exposing the gaps in modern progressive politics. It turns out that everything the Obama administration ran on, and is currently doing has been done before. So, their claim to be true progressives really rings hollow…

I hope you’ll come back to read the post. Thanks for dropping by and don’t forget to offer comments. The more readers we get on here, the more fun we can have sharing opinions.

Katia’s look back and ahead – June 12

Since there is a whole universe of information out there on current events, one could wonder what things went on this week and what might happen next week.

So, here’s my take on the important things of the past week that mainstream media outlets might not tell you about

Things that happened this week which you should know…

  1. The American Medical Association came out against one key provision in Obama’s healthcare bill, which is the creation of a government run medical plan (public option) that would have the power to drive private insurers out of business.  Why? The government is going to cap the profits of the private insurers and undercut their prices with the public plan.  This essentially drives the private insurers out of business. The impact of this decision by the AMA is unknown, but it certainly indicates that all the support the President counted on from the medical interests may not be so easy to come by. Click here to read Hot Air’s analysis
  2. The US government released some terrorists from Gitmo to Bermuda and it appears as though Palau might be another destination.  Guess if we can’t expect the Europeans to take them and we’re committed to closing Gitmo AND they can’t come here, we’re stuck with this option of dumping them into third countries that no one cares about.  Uhhh… Wait a minute.  Is that a terrorist from Gitmo that appeared in a New York courtroom??
  3. I’ll leave the reader to find the articles over at Hot Air about Sarah Palin and her dustup with David Letterman, but the latest on this certainly indicates to me that the guy doesn’t have a clue. Click here for the non-apology by Letterman.  He basically used his Top 10 list on Monday to make a joke about Palin’s daughter being knocked up by A-Rod, a player for the New York Yankees.  What he didn’t realize is Sarah Palin had her 14 year old daughter with her at the game.  Bristol Palin, the 19 year old daughter of Sarah Palin, who has a son, was probably the intended object of the joke, but she wasn’t even in New York!  Geez Dave… Get your facts straight, and might I suggest that the daughters and sons of politicians be off limits to your just below third grade level humor…
  4. The government printed more money this week.  There’s a good explanation of the Laffer “inflation” curve, showing the spike in money supply.  What that means to you and I is more inflation in the future.  If the government issues debt and no one buys it, we buy it, meaning the Federal Reserve buys the Treasury notes that are issued by the US Treasury. It’s just like the left hand paying the right hand 10 bucks and saying you now have 10 new dollars to spend.  Read this to get the details, but watching the upcoming T-bill auctions to find out who is (or is not) buying our debt is a good idea.

What to look for next week

  1. Watch what happens to the healthcare bill and whether the AMA’s decision starts to imperil its support
  2. See if the cap and trade bill remains dead
  3. The guy who is now running GM admits he knows nothing about cars.  If the company comes out of bankruptcy, wonder if anyone will be buying GM stock.  Uhhh… wait. The government and unions own most of the stock anyway, so why bother…
  4. If yet another explanation comes out for the Air France jet disaster.  First it was lightning, then electrical problems, then pitot-static sensor issues, and now they tell us terrorism may be potentially in the mix. C’mon guys… Next time, get the story straight!  The families deserve better than this!

Grrrr…. This makes me really mad…

I have believed since the beginning that Tim Geithner is an idiot. The real power at Treasury is Larry Summers and Rahm Emanuel. The guy who said never let a good crisis go to waste has his fingerprints all over this.

So, sure, the banks can repay the TARP money, which should (in theory) discharge their obligations to the government, so they are free and clear… Right?

Not so fast..

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Katia the Conservative Dachshund

Hello to all…

This is my opening post.  First a bit about me.  I’m an 11 year old dachshund living in the Minneapolis suburbs. I reside with my two dachshund cousins, Tobias and Peaches. All three of us live with my human Mom and Dad.

My parents often argue and debate politics. All the years I’ve lived with them, debating the current events of the day has been a blood sport. As I’m the thinking dog in the family, I often like to ponder life’s questions over a nice bone as I sit in my bed in the corner. Though, as you’ll see in the picture below, I’ve been known to pick up an erudite publication from time to time to browse through.

So, after all the debates… My dad said to my mom one day, why don’t we consider losing political party labels? My ears perked up at that one.  Apparently, my human parents, who have always been loyal Republicans have had it with the narrow politics that define both that party and the Democrats.  According to them, Political beliefs have to come from a set of principles that can stand the test of time and place.  So, they are reading and thinking about what it means to be a libertarian and conservative.  Somewhere along the way, those two terms gained a pejorative meaning among the mass media in this country, but I digress…

Being a dog, political parties don’t matter that much to me either. But, some truths about life do matter. Let me put some ideas on paper here. Call them guiding principles of how I see the world and politics. Maybe in these ideas, we can find some places to begin thinking constructively about what our world and country should be.

Katia’s Observations…

  1. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a liberal or a conservative. Our democracy flourishes when we have opposing points of view, BUT, the key is we all must be informed about our viewpoints and those of the opposition.  This means that one HAS to get news and information from a variety of sources.  It can be a great struggle to arrive at your own views, but active citizenship demands that you do so.  Therefore, read something new each day.  Go read blogs and websites from your political opposition.  Absorb their views and test your own principles against those ideas.
  2. Our Founding Fathers wanted a Republic where vigorous public debate was the norm of the day, and people could speak freely because each side had principles that they held dear.  Sure, many fisticuffs and duels resulted, but back then, one could be reasonably sure that if someone said something, it was what he/she believed.  Furthermore, those statements would be defended, tooth and nail. Personal honor is a noble thing, and defending it upon the altar of a strongly held belief is something that should be respected.  When it is not, the whole system of give and take in modern politics begins to break down irretrievably.
  3. Our political system today is broken and has been in a state of disrepair for many decades. I hope to explore with you why that came about, but let us all recognize that the failures come about because of a LACK of active, informed citizenship.  As I said in the items above, we all have to come to views that we can hold passionately and defend with thoughtful insights.  That only comes from research, thinking and learning from history.  Accepting the line you hear on CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News or any of the big 3 each day isn’t the approach to take if well-informed ideas are to make it to the forefront of public debate.
  4. The deplorable state of politics today (and for the last generation, approximately) reflects a political class in Washington that does not really care about the country’s well-being in the long-term.  We as citizens do not do enough to demand that they do so.  Many solutions can be devised to force this, and we can debate those solutions in this space.
  5. We need to be unafraid to test our ideas by debating them with others.  The Founding Fathers were famous for debating issues, sometimes to the point of blows or duels. While no violence is required, we all lose something when we verbally spar with someone who just walks away.  Defense of well-held ideas that you possess is no vice.  Just ask Tobias and Peaches when they come and try to get my bone at night…
  6. It is important to know who you are, and where your history as a family and culture comes from.  My parents have my breeding papers and I can be traced back through many generations of dachshunds.  They’ve even gone to Gergweis, Germany where the modern dachshund was bred almost 150 years ago.  My point is that knowledge of your own personal past grounds you and teaches you truths about yourself that can withstand anything that life or anyone else throws at you.  The old saying about us stand on the shoulders of others is true…
  7. Being a liberal at its root is NOT about large government or progressive traditions.  Early liberalism was actually based on some things that Republicans/conservatives believe today.  I’ll leave the reader to research and discover that for yourselves.
  8. As we go through this journey on this blog… I’ll post one or two must read items each day with comments.  I encourage you to do the same. Most of all, bring your friends and let’s have good debates on here. If there are links you want me to post or highlight, I’m happy to do so.
  9. All I ask is that you respect others on here. I will report abusers to (the owner of this site) for removal. That means that personal attacks of any kind will not be tolerated.
  10. Thanks for starting this journey with me.  Now, back to my bed in the corner for a nap…