Uncategorized – Barton Stone http://www.bartonstone.com Mon, 15 Feb 2016 23:28:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 test post http://www.bartonstone.com/2016/02/test-post/ Mon, 15 Feb 2016 23:28:52 +0000 http://www.bartonstone.com/?p=232 we are testing where this goes.

Help me with this one. http://www.bartonstone.com/2010/04/2/ Fri, 02 Apr 2010 10:47:46 +0000 http://www.bartonstone.com/?p=46 I’m trying to figure out what Barack Obama is thinking with this opening to coastal oil drilling.  Over kitchen table discussions, my house mate thinks he is a shrewd politician, a strong environmentalist, able to disarm his opposition by throwing them some cheap bones as he readies his big energy legislation.

Let’s see.  He has already endorsed the contradictory PR concept of clean coal, and offered public support for new nuclear plants which are much safer now, though apparently not enough safer that they can get insurers to cover them on the open market.  Now a bone to the “Drill, Baby, Drill” folks may bring some Republicans along and insure oil industry campaign funds for mid-term Democrats?

My house mate says he is working skillfully within the constraints of the hand he was dealt, in favor of our shared values.

After the bank bailout, the Afghan war escalation, rejection of the land-mine treaty, the health insurance mandated give-away, failure to prosecute Bush era war criminals, support for continued domestic surveillance, rejection of habeus corpus, weasling on gay marriage and women’s rights, I don’t think so.

I get the feeling that he doesn’t really care about me or the things that are important to me.  I get the feeling that the corporate “people” are his real constituents, and that he is protecting their interests more effectively and skillfully than Bush or McCain ever could.

I hope my housemate is right.  Obama’s speech on racism 2 years ago was remarkable.  He looks so good and talks so good, and I want to believe that he is good person.  But even if he is a good person, doing the best he can, is this good enough?

We may see more when his deficit reduction commission begins work, and who they propose to hurt with reductions.

I didn’t mean to start off this new blog so political on such a beautiful rainy northern California day, but that’s what’s up for me today.

http://www.bartonstone.com/2010/03/85/ Wed, 24 Mar 2010 16:32:10 +0000 http://www.bartonstone.com/?p=85 It’s going to take a while for me to learn to move smoothly in this new website, so please be patient.