I love Bennett’s clean lines, and acid commentary.
You can’t, Charlie Pierce says.
In fact, he makes a great case that some of the stuff Members of Congress say is crazier than what appears to be rantings of a disturbed staff person.
At his blog at Esquire.
You see, my dear young people, impromptu outbursts of the crazy cannot be allowed. If you insist on loudly making the crazy talk, you have to be elected by the citizens of Texas, and you have to be invited to speak at events like the Values Voters Summit, where well-dressed and well-organized insanity is encouraged. For example:
“The media wants America to give up and allow this country to keep sliding off the edge of the cliff.” “This is an administration that seems bound and determine to violate every single one of our bill of rights. I don’t know that they have yet violated the Third Amendment, but I expect them to start quartering soldiers in peoples’ homes soon.”
“How scared is the President? What a statement of fear, what a statement of fear. Oh, they don’t want the truth to be heard. They definitely don’t want the truth to be heard.”
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Go visit. The rest of it is well worth the minute it will take you to read it.
But these days, who can tell?
You know those guys running around screaming about Obama establishing tyranny?
I think they’re providing cover for the real tyrants.
This video is pretty amazing: Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) in the Speaker’s chair, announcing that the GOP sneaked through a rule change so that no Democrat, no Republican, can bring up any issue of the American people in the House of Representatives, if Emperor Boehner does not approve and do it himself.
Quick, call the Ladies at Mt. Vernon. This is the sort of tyranny that is liable to bring George Washington out of his tomb. Is the bell ringing?
Late in the evening on September 30, 2013, the House Rules Committee Republicans changed the Rules of the House so that the ONLY Member allowed to call up the Senate’s clean CR for a vote was Majority Leader Eric Cantor or his designee — all but guaranteeing the government would shut down a few hours later and would stay shut down. Previously, any Member would have had the right to bring the CR up for a vote. Democracy has been suspended in the House of Representatives.
(Oddly enough, via Mia Farrow)
It’s a lot of inside baseball, but not so much that you can’t understand it.
Unlike the Senate, where the rules say anyone can propose just about anything at any time, the House has too many members to allow for such free-for-alls on legislation. Under House rules, most bills come to the floor with a special rule about how it will be discussed, whether it can can be amended, how it can be amended, and by whom. These rules get created by the House Committee on Rules. There should be a specific rule on every bill. When the bill is brought up, the rules on how that bill can be discussed are proposed, and usually accepted by the majority without much fuss.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, found some difficulties in the rule on the CR, and the way the GOP leadership interprets it to mean that no other Member of the House of Representatives counts for anything. Unfortunately for U.S., Jason Chaffetz for the GOP confirmed that House is cut out of key parts of process for funding government — probably contrary to Constitution, but who could enforce the Constitution on the GOP?
Weird. Troubling. Not productive.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) summoned Ronald Reagan’s ghost to visit the Tea Party:
Published on Sep 27, 2013
Former President Ronald Reagan explaining the importance to American jobs and businesses of Congress living up to its financial obligations and paying the country’s bills.
(Hey, are Congress people getting the hang of internet video, finally? Could teachers be far behind?)
Who? He’s the patron saint of Paris (and France, by some accounts), and possessed people. Take a look at this statue, from the “left door” of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris: portail de gauche). He was martyred by beheading, in about 250 C.E.
Our trusty friend Wikipedia explains:
According to the Golden Legend, after his head was chopped off, Denis picked it up and walked two miles, preaching a sermon the entire way. The site where he stopped preaching and actually died was made into a small shrine that developed into the Saint Denis Basilica, which became the burial place for the kings of France. Another account has his corpse being thrown in the Seine, but recovered and buried later that night by his converts.
Clearly, he is the guy to pray to about Michelle Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh, Todd Akin, Paul Ryan, intelligent design, and the Texas State Board of Education, no? In 2013, you can add Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louis Gohmert, the entire Tea Party, and the entire GOP crew of the House of Representatives. You catch my drift.
Perhaps you can use this factoid to some advantage, enlightenment, and perhaps humor. In Catholic lore, St. Denis is one of the “14 Holy Helpers,” and his aid is sought to help people with headaches, or who have been possessed.
Crazy GOP members who I suspect of having been possessed give me and America a headache. St. Denis seems to be our man.
Who else do you know of in this modern, vexatious time, who keeps talking after losing his/her head?
As Rod Stewart sang, just “let your imagination run wild.” Maybe St. Denis is listening.
Yes, this is mostly an encore post. I had hoped to have to retire this post someday. I still hope. Perhaps this will be the last year we’ll have so many wackaloons running loose. Pray to St. Denis.
In stark contrast to Greg Abbott‘s “Texas is for white people with guns” advertisement (addressed here yesterday), Wendy Davis‘s get-to-know-me ad paints a vision of a better Texas to be had, even if in a too-long four-and-a-half minutes:
The ad was released yesterday at Davis’s campaign website, “Are you with Wendy?”
I imagine the GOP will jump on the ad, complaining that it doesn’t show enough guns (are there any?). But it does several things the next Texas governor needs to do:
Davis’s ad does a lot of things a pitch for Texas’s next governor needs to do, on issues that we hope the next governor is way ahead of the rest of us on — but which are wholly missing from Abbott’s first non-negative ad effort.
What do you think?
I was thinking this cartoon shades a great deal toward the too brutal side; but then I pondered just what Cruz proposes, which is to finish the work Osama bin Laden couldn’t finish himself.
Then someone referred this article to me today; one might wonder if Sen. Cruz’s idea is, indeed, to bring down our nation, or at least, to plunder the government and those Cruz considers “beneath” him.
What do you think? Too brutal, or too close to the truth?
For three days after Fort Worth State Sen. Wendy Davis announced her candidacy for the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor, the Republican front-runner, Greg Abbott, seemed off-balance, first going to negative campaigning about Davis.
Some Texans wondered whether Abbott had a good idea about what the role of governor is, which could form a basis for his candidacy. Why does Abbott want to be governor, and what would he do?
Today Abbott released an almost-90-second advertisement. The ad reveals Abbott doesn’t have a vision for Texas in the future, and the ad suggests Abbott will rely heavily on trying to scare white Texans to outvote everybody else.
Here are my observations about Abbott’s ad as it came to me on Facebook, and the ad, below.
Greg Abbott first went negative when State Sen. Wendy Davis announced her campaign for governor last week.
He’s having difficulty finding a reason to run for governor, demonstrated by his video, below.
The video is impressive:
- Not a single Hispanic shown out of several dozen people. In fact, there appears to be only one, lonely woman of color in the entire thing. Texas is for white people, Abbott appears to be saying.
- Those white people in Texas need guns. It’s not like Texas has any shortage of guns, nor has the Obama administration done anything to restrict gun ownership or use, nor is it even an issue in Texas — but watch the video, you understand that the Texas white people shown in it, need guns. (Why? you may ask?)
- Abbott is all for low-wage, service industry jobs. When he talks about jobs in Texas, the ad shows a rickety, ramshackle BBQ joint. You may like BBQ more than Greg Abbott, but if you’re an aerospace worker, or you work for American Airlines, you would do well to question why Abbott worked so hard to kill American Airlines before Sen. Davis made it a campaign issue. (Abbott belatedly dropped his suit challenging the American/USAir merger, last week. Less than a week in the campaign and Wendy Davis is already improving Texas government . . .)
Faced with a pro-business Democrat with a proven record of making things work for business and Texas, Abbott is adrift. These appear to be issues he hasn’t pondered much, other than to reduce regulations on businesses that injure people.
- Not a word about education. Where will all those gun-wielding white people send their kids to school?
- When he mentions water policy, something that comes far behind guns, BBQ, and the Tea Party in Greg Abbott’s Texas, he shows footage of Interstate 35 in Austin. One of Texas’s greatest problems (on the ballot in November with a Constitutional Amendment), but to Abbot it’s an afterthought. Maybe he thinks he can shotgun a few clouds to resolve the issues?
- Not a word about farming, nor ranching. Texas’s lack of a water policy, and inadequate work to mitigate global warming, pushed about 50% of Texas’s cattle and beef operations out of business on the GOP watch, just in the last four years. In Greg Abbott’s Texas, land is for shooting quail for rich folk, all you hamburger eaters can take a hike.
- Not a word about oil or gas, nor fracking, nor the abuse of eminent domain to ram a pipeline through Texas ranches and farms, killing the ranches and farms.
You’d think after two decades in state office, Mr. Abbott would have a better idea about Texas and Texas problems, and would run a campaign on how to improve things for Texans, not just out of state pipeline companies.
- Abbott is running against Barack Obama, and he hates California. No good reason, but those are probably the only applause lines in his bereft-of-Texas stump speech.
You’d think some of those Million-Dollar-A-Year consultants would have worried a bit about Texas in setting up these ads. They must think their only chance is to scare their supporters out to the polls. They may be right.
Abbott’s campaign said:
Preserve Texas as the land of liberty. Watch my video below, and donate here: http://bit.ly/18UKBnr
What do you think, America? See any reason for anyone other than a paranoid white guy to vote for Abbott?
Conflict of interest note: Abbott is a Duncanville boy, a favorite of most residents of Duncanville we know.
Upworthy reposted this little movie today, which reminded me that nothing good has changed since last March. Looks like there’s not much chance of saving America soon, either, with the way things are going in the Capitol.
Is it time to really write the obituaries for America? I hope not.
Watch it again:
What happens when a lot of money — I mean, a lot of money — is concentrated in a few hands?
The nation runs the risk of economic failure.
This short video says that more money is concentrated in fewer hands than we think.
Description from the maker, Politizane:
Infographics on the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.in America, highlighting both the
This is just one facet of the figures necessary for having rational discussions about tax reform, federal budget and deficit cutting, tax policy, and economic and monetary policy.
But it’s an ugly portrait, isn’t it? How much does it differ from the France of Marie Antoinette? How much does it differ from the going-to-hell-in-an-accelerating-handbasket U.S. of 1929? Wealth’s concentration in the hands of a tiny few literally crowds out hundreds of millions of Americans from the ability to successfully accumulate modest nest eggs.and
What do you think?
I wish the film’s creator had provided citations.
Have things improved since 2007? Look at this chart based on Institute for Policy Studies figures:
More, since the original posting:
Update March 9, 2013: This is funny, to me: Some people think just talking about this stuff is “class warfare.” How are they so familiar with class warfare, you wonder? That’s a self-answering question, isn’t it?
Sen. Claire McCaskill gets Tweets on the government shutdown, sometimes from people who appear unfamiliar with major concepts of civilized life.
Some of today's hate:"shut the f* up you baby killing,veteran disrespecting,butt ugly sack of shit bitch”His profile says he's a Christian.—
Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) October 04, 2013
[Here's the text, in case Twitter isn't displaying properly for you: (quote)Some of today's hate: "shut the f* up you baby killing, veteran disrespecting, butt ugly sack of shit bitch.” His profile says he's a Christian. (end quote)]
The old hymn says,
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love,
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.
Worse, or better if the Tweeter tries to live up to it, is verse three:
We will work with each other, we will work side by side,
We will work with each other, we will work side by side,
And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride.
Two years ago this ad helped push Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis to victory in a district stacked against her. I think it’s one of the more powerful political advertisements done in the last decade at least, considering the target audience.
Today Sen. Davis will announce she’s running for Governor of Texas. Regardless the outcome of the race, it’s still a remarkable life story.
Polls show Davis only 8 points behind Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, who usually enjoys an 80%-20% advantage in elections. Davis is good enough to essentially wipe out the name identification, party identification and money advantage Abbott has, before she announces.
It could be a very exciting political year in Texas. Stay tuned.
Details: The entire conversation between Texas Senator Wendy Davis and James Henson, Director of the Texas Politics Project at UT Austin. Senator Davis discussed a range of topics including education, budget priorities in the 82nd Legislature, her filibuster in the final hours of the 82nd lege, and the future of the Democratic Party in Texas.
Recorded Dec 1, 2011 at The University of Texas at Austin.
Wholly apart from the two guys in Michigan who shot each other to death yesterday.
ABC News ran some tests. People with concealed carry permits — how would they help in mass shooting situations?
Liberals Unite commented on these videos:
The controlled study documented in these videos show that concealed carry permit holders are fooling themselves if they think they will be able to react effectively to armed aggressors. Most CCW holders won’t even be able to un-holster their gun. They will more likely be killed themselves or kill innocent bystanders than stop the aggressor.
For more details, see “Unintended Consequences: Pro-Handgun Experts Prove That Handguns Are a Dangerous Choice for Self-Defense.” http://www.vpc.org/studies/unincont.htm.
CCW permit holders don’t protect innocent people. They kill them.
Perhaps we should discuss preventing these cases altogether. Discuss politely.
You’d forgotten there’s another war going on in South Sudan?