It was the best of times – wasn’t it?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
English novelist (1812 – 1870)


51 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 07:43:50

    Our world is coming apart. The reactions to this are daily becoming more ridiculous. The reactions to this are daily becoming more serious. Are we in a repeat of the dichotomy once summarized “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”?


    • Kim
      Oct 27, 2011 @ 07:44:11

      Like this opening to the famous tale about the French Revolution with its anarchist extremes and brutal bloodletting, the world is reaching a crisis, and the world’s people are confused and angry. The dichotomies identified in that opening paragraph are being repeated today, “… it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity.[.]” The rich are adamant that the world is perfect as it is. The poor are adamant that the world must be torn apart. Neither is right. Neither is wrong.


      • Kim
        Oct 27, 2011 @ 07:46:09

        With all these crises around the globe and here at home, the campaign for the Republican primary is superficial and irrational. What political party of sanity can leap from Donald Trump to Mitt Romney to Michele Bachmann to Rick Perry to Herman Cain to whoever is the next hero of the moment and pretend that it is going to unite to win an election? Each candidate in turn has temporarily led by large margins. Huge numbers of the Republican base still support Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, two narcissists who have long since proved that their shortcomings are incompatible with governing our nation. Clarity remains elusive, while rage continues to grow.

  2. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 07:47:41

    While OccupyOakland gets violent and ugly, we see more Jew-hatred from Obama-endorsed Occupy Chicago (where he cut his teeth as a “community organizer”). The anti-American party is campaigning on this hate.


    • Kim
      Oct 27, 2011 @ 07:48:54

      The speakers were given two minutes to rant, Betty, who didn’t give here last name, took three minutes and forty seconds. “The city of Chicago is guilty of supporting the Israelis.” She is referring to Israel’s “occupation of the Palestinian lands.” I don’t quite follow how Chicago is “guilty” here. And just what does this have to do with Wall Street bankers?


    • Sherry
      Oct 27, 2011 @ 10:21:01

      I find it interesting that there is Jew hatred because it was the liberal Jews who voted in Obama. If he is going to side with the OWS-ers, he risks losing a large voting bloc. Maybe not. The American made liberal Jews have a faction within their numbers that hate Israel. Those be the ones to cast their votes for Obama and support the OWS-ers.

      LOL! A tale of Two Cities is my next classic to read. Although I have a set of classic literature (including the Koran-one of the many versions allowed for infidels to see) you can also find these wonderful works online if you google “classic literature”.


      • Kim
        Oct 27, 2011 @ 10:24:26

        My reading list grows daily and I just never have time!!! Ugh!!

        I may have to renew my library card and get to it!!

      • Kim
        Oct 27, 2011 @ 10:25:54

        I have been reading up on the prejudice against Jews because it baffles me. Nothing I have found so far gives an explanation of it, just excuses which don’t answer the real question. At least not for me

    • Sherry
      Oct 27, 2011 @ 10:22:09

      “community Organizer”…I thought it read “communist organizer”… 😯


  3. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 08:10:10


  4. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 08:18:20

    Romney will lose to Obama. That is the plan.

    We CAN NOT allow this!


  5. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 08:25:13

    Today Occupy Chicago protesters stormed City Hall to let Mayor Rahm Emanuel know their displeasure in the recent arrests of the Occupy campers at Grant Park on Michigan Avenue.

    They were lead by radical anti-war activists Joe Iosbaker and Andy Thayer, who we have reported on in the past for their ongoing investigations by the FBI. In September of 2010 they were targeted for suspicion of providing material support to Hamas, the F.A.R.C. and other terrorist organizations.


  6. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 08:28:34

    I think Mrs. Leno needs a reality check. She needs to go on over to a muslim country and see for herself how women are treated.


  7. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 09:11:03

    Guess all the government housing and student loan candy President Obama is handing out isn’t enough.


  8. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 10:10:52

    What a surprise – sharing is only fun when it’s someone else’s stuff


  9. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 10:19:18

    But when protesters were held at bay by cops, “that’s when everything broke loose,” Rose said.

    At least 10 people were arrested as the wild mob took to the streets towards Union Square chanting, “Oakland to NYC, stop police brutality.”


  10. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 10:34:55

    Paul Ryan rocks

    just sayin


  11. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 10:38:02


  12. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 10:40:29

    Early this morning, a little after midnight, the Occupy DC protesters hung an “Occupy DC” flag on the statue in McPherson Square. US Park Police, DC Police and DC Fire responded and the police moved the crowd of aggressive leftists and dirty hippies back so that the firefighters could put up a ladder and remove the flag.


  13. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 10:42:29

    Poor? But yet they both attended Ivy league schools – hmmmmm


  14. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 10:53:30

    Obama was out of the office three days this week and three the week before. His excursion out West this week, from which he returned Wednesday afternoon, included six fundraisers in Las Vegas, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    The president last week took a three-day bus tour through the key battleground states of North Carolina and Virginia. While supposedly a trip to promote his jobs plan, many saw the barnstorming as an obvious de facto campaign swing.


    • Kim
      Oct 27, 2011 @ 11:04:29

      According CBS Radio News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, Obama has staged 60 campaign fundraisers this year compared to only 28 by Bush by this time in 2003.

      And yet, Obama in the first two quarters of his campaign – the second and third quarters of the year – has raised $86.2 million for his campaign compared to $104.2 million for Bush in inflation-adjusted dollars. Bush’s nominal total was $84.5 million.


  15. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 11:23:26


  16. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 11:38:21

    Ahem. But that is precisely what Obama is talking about doing in his current jaunt around the country at our expense, trying to get back the 20-somethings who have become disenchanted with The One. But it is not just at our financial expense, but at the expense of our Constitution. There is a reason we have checks and balances, and it is precisely to keep the president from acting as King. But that is not stopping the so-called Constitutional Scholar in Chief. No sirree. His claims belittling Republicans and Congress have gotten out of hand, and his rhetoric is negative, to put it mildly.


  17. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 11:43:56


  18. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 11:54:26


    • Kim
      Oct 27, 2011 @ 11:58:15

      like this

      Witnesses said mobs of anti-riot police and plainclothes Basij militia lined the streets and on several occasions fired directly into the crowd and beat protesters with steel batons. In one neighborhood, the Basij took over a commercial building and dropped tear gas canisters from the roof onto the protesters, witnesses said.

      Basij militia dressed in black shot and killed two young men in Tehran’s Vanak and Vali Asr squares, according to witness accounts posted on opposition websites. The victims haven’t been identified. Dozens have been injured and arrested, according to witnesses.


  19. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 13:02:07

    Anyone hear anything about this? I sure haven’t!


  20. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 13:15:29

    Why did Kevin O’Reilly suddenly get sent to Iraq for the Director, INL-Iraq position when another employee was widely considered the most-qualified person for the job?


  21. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 13:24:42


  22. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 13:39:00

    This is how it is done, you see. The go to a school or business and once included there they complain about discrimination – whether it is the clothes they wear, the amount of praying they need to be paid to do or where they need to pray at. Then they sue. And sue and sue and sue

    It is past time we turn the tables and begin doing the same to them. Go to their businesses and demand a job – or their worship and demand they pray in your language


  23. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 15:51:25


  24. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 16:15:42

    More Peter Schiff Vs. The Barbarians


    • Sherry
      Oct 27, 2011 @ 17:44:33

      fantastic video! But The logic is lost on these idiots.


      • Sherry
        Oct 27, 2011 @ 17:48:17

        Wallmart…sweatshop-type conditions…slavery…race card…and the ass won’t STHU so Schiff can explain things to him and these indoctrinated fools.

        Sigh. Casting pearls before the swine.

      • Kim
        Oct 27, 2011 @ 18:08:36

        Yelling their talking points is all they have. When he almost had one young man convinced the kid resorted to calling him names to deflect it aand his confusion with the truth.
        The woman who claimed to be an entrepreneur like him had to shut up as well when she had no answer to give him as to why she isn’t out growing her business instead of demanding things she hasn’t earned

        He is a classy dude

  25. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 16:45:12


  26. Kim
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 18:06:05

    They knew

    That is why I stopped supporting them 3 years ago


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