April 21, 2009

Did I miss anything?

Scattered pictures,
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were
Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time re-written every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? could we?
Memories, may be beautiful and yet
What's too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget

Since Mike has been raggng at me and taunting me as usual about the lack of updates here (and I'm STILL getting comments trying to buy me off) I thought I'd oblige with this misty water-colored memory of the way they were.

Despite appearances, I'm still alive and kickin' and hoping to get back to this god-forsaken blog sometime soon.

Other matters of a quite pleasant nature have intruded and it was all too easy to let this become less of a priority. I can't say I missed all the dullards and haters who seemed to be the only one's still motivated to contribute anything, though it was their usual dull and juvenile attacks that they've managed to continue for years now without let up, even when there was nothing posted here for weeks.

Odd that their obsession with my blog and myself doesn't diminish with time or even if there's any new content at all.

Thanks to all who have written and indicated that you missed the blog. Maybe the rest will have lost interest and moved on, with any luck.

There's been not much I wanted to tackle in the past couple months. The economic recovery mess/plan is far too complex and when no one, even those who concocted it to begin with, has any clue if it will work, I didn't feel the urge to wade in. I, like most people I imagine, am simply crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

The Republicans have provided a lot of material.

As I predicted even before the election, they've gone absolutely mad. Once their house of cards collapsed, as I knew it inevitably would, they'd be left with nothing but their need to act barking mad and angry about things that don't exist or that they don't understand in the slightest. (witness the witless staging protests against a tax plan which will benefit every one of them.)

Where's my vociferous Republican ideologues when I need 'em? Where's old Mowen, that stalwart of Bush Republicanism and fundementalism? Is he in therapy, having witnessed every goofy ideological belief he held with religious fervor go crashing down into the dust heap of history, from social issues to economic dogma?

What's become of those true believers who held on to discredited and utterly failed notions and policies far past the point of no return, with the zealotry of religious kooks, willingly ignoring reality itself in their attempts to justify and defend the indefensible?

Should we herd them all into Texas and cut the damn place loose? (After we build a border fence along Oklahoma?)


At 4/21/2009 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come no commentary about the local elections? Rock Island mayoral race split down the middle, the future of the former mayor now involved in Illinois politics, etc...

At 4/21/2009 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Was this photo taken before or after Jacobs "called on Blagojevich to resign"?

If nothing else Dope, Mikey proved to posses razor sharp political instincts.

At 4/21/2009 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like Big MikeJacobs is ready to kick your good friends tail end right there right then.

I know you were against Jacobs calling out your friend Governor Blago but It seems that Jacobs might have been ahead of the curve

It is good to see you back to work.

At 4/22/2009 9:07 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

By all means feel free to add your thoughts on the recent elections.

I was busy elsewhere, but sorely disappointed that the 1% School tax measure went down in flames.

Don't know anything about either of the candidates in the R.I mayoral race, though it was incredibly close.

What do you think?

At 4/22/2009 9:11 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 12:30..

More like sharp as a marble.

Anon 6:55

You're delusional. And give the Mike Jacobs as some punch drunk bar fly a rest. People don't want someone who can't think well enough to have to resort to punching people out every time they have a disagreement.

And not sure where you get the idea I'm friends with Blaogjevich. Well, yes I do. You pulled it out of your ass where you get all the rest of your stuff.

You're doing a bit better, but really, try to wean yourself off the lies and exagerations.

At 4/24/2009 12:24 AM, Blogger trish in SW FL said...

Hey there Dope! Welcome bck! And, now I have that song stuck in my head for the night! Ok, I'll admit it: I actually LIKE it! :)

At 4/26/2009 6:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remind the commenter who thinks Jacobs is some sort of shrewd politician that it doesn't take a genious to position yourself against perhaps the most unpopular governor in IL history.

That, my friend, is not exactly a profile in courage. Just junior politician 101.

At 4/29/2009 9:56 PM, Anonymous tiger said...

Just got done watching Obama-rama's 100-day Press Conference.

He really has his tights in a wad over 'torture.'

I don't understand...

The guy is aggresively pro-abortion, even spoke out aggresively to allow a baby that is born via a botched abortion to be killed (a BORN and LIVE baby to be killed), yet gets his panties in a wad over specific interegation methods of an enemy terrorist.


At 4/29/2009 9:59 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You might have a point if you had your facts straight, but of course you don't, and are still relying on the horsecrap you're fed by your ringleaders on the right. (they've sure served you well, haven't they?)

Obama never signed or supported anything close to what you state. The facts were reported at the time, but of course, you wouldn't know because you don't watch or read the news. You watch Fox and listen to Hannity and Limbaugh.

At 4/29/2009 11:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tiger, your feelings about abortion have nothing to do with the torture of prisoners of war. Don't you remember what it was like the first time we fought Iraq? The Iraqis were practically fighting each other to be the first to surrender. That's because they were sure they would be treated decently if they surrendered to Americans.

What's even worse than the fact that torturing POWs is illegal and immoral is that the Bush 43 administration has squandered an extremely valuable military advantage. It's gonna take us decades to get that back. We would've still kicked the Iraqis out of Kuwait if they were afraid to surrender to us, But there would've been a lot more dead Americans on the road to that victory.

Another reason not to use torture is that it doesn't work. Sure, people will talk if you torture them, but what they tell you isn't reliable info. The commies tortured John McCain and asked for the names of the other pilots on his ship. He gave them the offensive line of the Green Bay Packers.

The Bush 43 torture policies weakened us militarily and Obama strengthened us by ending them.

At 4/30/2009 9:20 PM, Anonymous tiger said...

I would expect no less from you TID - deny, deny, deny. Say it enough and even you believe it. It was clearly documented and it is in the record.

Amazing what one misses when one's head is in the sand...

At 5/01/2009 7:16 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And Tiger, I would expect such meaningless bullshit from you.

If it's so well documented, then cite your sources. Is that so hard?

You know it's right wing tripe and you'll never do it.

I suppose you still think he's a Muslim too? Or have you now switched to thinking he's a fascist or islamocomunist or whatever demented thing your right wing blowhard masters have fed you recently?

Aren't you just embarassed at all the crap you've actually swallowed all these years?

And aren't you PISSED that you and those like you have been taken for chumps and fools and used like rented mules for decades now by the very people you worship, Limbaugh, Hannity, Fox, et. al?

You're been made fools of, and the Republicans haven't done a damn thing you supported them to get done.

When are you going to wise up?

At 5/02/2009 8:47 AM, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Not to go all Gabe Kaplan on you, but welcome back.

If nothing else, your return has caused Eldrick to three putt reality.

At 5/02/2009 9:11 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

UMR.... HA! It's good to see you back too.... what a classic! ha!!

At 6/17/2009 1:27 PM, Blogger A Bishops Wife said...

What does the state think it is going to do with out proper social service? What?

People who do not even use it will be begging for it. It will be a nightmare. I know because I am out in the field doing this stuff. Are they crazy? Crime rate will go way UP and squallor and homelessness will be every where. What are they thinking? They have no idea what we see or do, NONE! Most other people do not either.

Many compare survival to the depression era. They can not be compared. The demographic was entirely different then. Those folks had self sustaining family farms. They planned, canned, slautered and grew their food. They were able to sell or barter surplus. Now days, it can be difficult to have a garden without regulation. Forget raising chickens or anything else. We need social services.

Where will we house everyone?

For the most part, the self sustaining family farm is GONE, a relic of the past. People do not know how to be self sustaining. They get prepared foods at supermarkets.

One of my clients, this morning, was lamenting the loss of Bloggo.

Most would disagree with me...I suppose. It is just being out in the field and working with people gives me a different perspective. I will be very sad if my clients can not recieve services they need.

I am not talking about $$$$$, but child care so they can work, GEDs to get a job and a roof over the heads of children.

I do not know what anyone can do. I am just really frightened of the consequences, intended or not.

At 7/20/2009 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheriff's race is heating up in Rock Island County. The incumbent seems to be doing a good job, but I think there are a couple of people running against him in the primary.

Do you know anything about this or any upcoming races in February?


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