November, 2013 archive
Noz points reasons MADly. A nugget:
The reason it was called “the nuclear option” is because people believed that if the majority party took away the minority’s ability to filibuster, the minority would retaliate using every method it had to gum up the works and it would become impossible for the Senate to get anything done. . . .
. . . (but) the Republicans have already gummed up the works of the Senate. The Republicans were already doing just about everything that they could do as a minority party to stop the Democrats from passing anything.
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Warning: No taste at all, but the bit about Rob Ford swayed me to post it.
There are lap dogs, there are service dogs, there are hunting dogs, and then there are twerking dogs . . .
Via Cowgirl Up.
La Politesse sur le Market-Frankford El.
A woman sitting on a nearby bench suffered a graze wound to her right cheek and a bruise on an arm from an impact projectile, said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams.
The projectile “hits the metal bench, bounces off [a] wall, through the trash can, and strikes her,” Stanford said.
Of course, had the lady been packin’, she could have offed the sonuvabitch right then and there. She would have just been standing her ground.
That is civilized society, NRA style.
Dick Polman comments on the Senate’s rule change on the filibuster.
I didn’t believe it was biologically possible for the Senate Democrats to grow a spine, but as we saw when the Boston Red Sox catapulted from worst to first, miracles do happen. And so, as of today, Senate Republicans no longer have the clout to sabotage President Obama’s judicial and executive nominees.
And nowhere in the Constitution – not in a phrase, not in a syllable, not even implicitly – does it empower a Senate minority to block those nominees. In fact, founding fathers James Madison and Alexander Hamilton specifically warned in the Federalist Papers that tyranny of the minority would be a bad thing. They said that requiring a Senate supermajority (anything more than 51 votes) should be limited to the real big stuff, like ratifying a treaty or convicting an impeached president or ousting an elected official for criminal behavior.
As Polman points out elsewhere in the column, the Republicans own obstructionism made this happen.
Fifty years ago today at about this time, I was in last-period gym class showering up and rushing to make the school bus. Some of the kids had heard a rumor that something had happened to President Kennedy.
As we were immature white students in a segregated school system in the Jim Crow South, we had little love or respect for that n****r lovin’ Yankee, so joking was taking place.
Then Coach Young, he of the piercing light-blue eyes who could see right through you (who also gave me my first baseball glove years earlier, as he and my father were friends) came into the locker room. His look stilled the room . . . .
I remember watching the funeral and the cortège on television.
I’m not sure, but I think school was closed for a couple of days.
As I’ve said before, I’m not a big fan of Al Sharpton, but sometimes he’s right.
The generations raised to accept racism as normal and right, as, indeed, the will of Republican Jesus, are indeed shrinking, but they are not going out without a fight. If you doubt me, read today’s paper.
Heaven forbid I should ever live in a place like this.
The culture of big-time football, that is, the players, the coaches, the conferences, the leagues, the universities, the owners, the whole ball of wax, but especially the fans who enable and tolerate it.
The teachings of Republican St. Paul Ryan:
Via Escape from Whitemanistan. Follow the link for commentary.
Email to George Zimmerman from his lawyer surface in an unexpected place.
Dick Polman on the latest wingnut tizzy in a teapot:
That was William Howard Taft, in 1909.
And it bears noting that a goodly part of the Republican Party wishes that the other side had won the Battle of Gettysburg anyhoo.
More tales to tantrums at the link.