29 November 2013
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26 November 2013
Just thought I would share this for all my friends that think the answer to all our problems is austerity……personally, I think that type of solution is just pure BS……the economy must be stimulated and austerity does nothing but hurt middle class and the poor……and making the wealthy richer…..
But let us look at other countries that have tried the unthinkable…….
26 November 2013
26 November 2013
Well we could talk about the deal, tentative deal, that has been seemingly agreed to between the world and Iran on the nuke thingy……but I did that yesterday and redundancy has not been my thing lately….nope today’s nuke post is about the Dems going “nuclear” on the Senate filibuster rule, the 60 vote super majority…….is this worthy of labeling it a success?
(Newser) – Today’s vote in the Senate to curb the use of the filibuster has turned what was shaping up to be an “inconsequential” Congress into exactly the opposite, writes Ezra Klein at the Washington Post. “Indeed, this might prove to be one of the most significant congresses in modern times,” he argues. “Today, the political system changed its rules to work more smoothly in an age of sharply polarized parties.” If our political system is to avoid “complete dysfunction,” we’ll need more changes like it. Speaking of polarized parties, the move is generally getting rave reviews on the left and slams on the right:
- Boo: “If Republicans went nuclear first in order to ‘ram through right-wing judges,’ how would breaking the rules have played in the media?” tweeted Matt Lewis.
- Blame Mitch: “Any claim that the Senate’s current minority is simply following past practices is not credible,” writes Ian Millhiser at ThinkProgress. “The filibuster existed before the Age of McConnell, but McConnell made them commonplace.” (He’s got a chart to make the point.)
- Risky precedent: Democrats allowed the filibuster to remain in effect for legislation and Supreme Court nominees, notes Allahpundit at Hot Air. “The possibility of a Republican president and a Republican Senate pushing through pro-life justices is too horrifying to the left for them to risk changing the rules on SCOTUS appointments too.” Of course, now that the precedent of weakening the filibuster has been set, that might change, too.
- Good move: “There is ample precedent for this kind of change, though it should be used judiciously,” write the editors at the New York Times. “Today’s vote was an appropriate use of that power, and it was necessary to turn the Senate back into a functioning legislative body.”
And now the Dems are celebrating quietly….HA…I lied….they are walking around like the cat that ate the mouse…..so the question now is….is this a good thing?
Best answer is yes and no…..a bit of a cop out I know but we have to look at bother sides of this thing…….it is good for Obama and his nominating process…..but keep in mind that eventually the GOP will return to prominence in the Senate and this will come back to bite the Dems in the ass……but for now they, the Dems, can strut around like they have accomplished something…..but personally, I think it will be more harmful than good…..but we shall see…..right?
I am positive that some of my readers will have an opinion….voice it!
25 November 2013
Since we have a tenative deal with Iran on their nuke production…..and since I have already posted the screaming diatribe by Neta….whatever his name is……..I thought I would wait and see how our elected officials in Congress would react……it did not take long at all………
These are quotes by Congress people during the last couple of news cycles…..
“This is in essence it, and the deal has been made,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R- Tenn., the senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, implying that Congress really couldn’t undo the accord at this point.
Still, Corker warned that the Iranian regime “has consolidated their gains” and was now “spiking the football in the end zone” and claiming that it has the right to keep enriching uranium.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D- N.Y., said he was “disappointed” by the interim agreement “because it does not seem proportional. Iran simply freezes its nuclear capabilities while we reduce the sanctions…. This disproportionality…makes it more likely that Democrats and Republicans will join together and pass additional sanctions when we return in December.”
Senate Relations Committee chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, D- N.J. signaled in a statement Sunday that the Senate is likely to “provide for a six month window to reach a final agreement before imposing new sanctions on Iran,” even though sanctions would be “immediately available should the talks falter or Iran fail to implement or breach the interim agreement.”
Rep. Elliot Engel, D- N.Y., the senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a strong supporter of Israel which has been sharply critical of the deal, said the accord “makes it very difficult to continue the sanctions” against Iran and indicated that Congress was unlikely to pass new sanctions at this point.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R- Va., said the interim deal was a mistake because it “explicitly and dangerously recognizes that Iran will be allowed to enrich uranium.”
House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement Sunday that unless Obama and his international partners press ahead to a final accord that dismantles Iran’s uranium and plutonium programs, then “we will look back on the interim deal as a remarkably clever Iranian move to dismantle the international sanctions regime” while maintaining its ability to pursue nuclear weapons.
Sen. Ben Cardin, D- Md., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that “progress must be made during the next six months to have a more permanent elimination of Iran’s capacity to produce a nuclear weapon. If not, the sanctions are re-imposed. And I think Congress will be watching this very closely…. We will not stand by and just let this be the final deal.”
House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R- Mich., said on CNN’s State of the Union, “We have just rewarded very bad and dangerous behavior. Think about what this agreement does. It says ‘you can continue to enrich.’ That’s what the Iranians believe and they have made no changes – no changes — in the development of their nuclear weapon program….”
In a statement early Sunday morning, Sen. Marco Rubio, R – Fla., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a potential contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, blasted the agreement.
Rubio argued that it “makes a nuclear Iran more likely. There is now an even more urgent need for Congress to increase sanctions until Iran completely abandons its enrichment and reprocessing capabilities.”
“The administration has gotten it backwards and it is time to reverse course before any further damage is done,” Cruz said in a statement.
Just a few of the notable comments from the talking heads in DC…….and since the militant ass PM of Israel has thumped his chest I was thinking that AIPAC would get its lackeys to do the same……
I got to thinking….maybe it would be interesting to see how much cash was paid to these people by the AIPAC (American Israel Political Action Comm)…….I went to the website Maplight, which tracks money in politics to see if they could help me with my search………and they were extremely helpful……..and here is what I found about our Congress people in order of the above comments……
Sen. Rubio–?…..could not find a total but if he runs for prez he will be on their payroll soon enough
Sen. Cruz–$39,354…2016 is coming…he will get more….
As you can see their money is well spent…..and their lackeys do their job well…..
In case you have not understood the deal with Iran….a very short synopsis…..
Without going into a lot of technical detail (which can be read here), the point is this: The agreement makes it impossible for the Iranians to make any further progress toward making a nuclear weapon in the next six months—and, if the talks break down after that, and the Iranians decide at that point to start building a nuclear arsenal, it will take them much longer to do so.
In exchange for these restraints, the P5+1 nations agree to free up about $6 billion of Iran’s long-frozen foreign assets. This amounts to a very small percentage of the sanctions imposed on Iran’s energy and financial sectors. Meanwhile, all other sanctions will remain in place and continue to be vigorously enforced; the agreement doesn’t affect those sanctions at all. The U.S. Congress does have to agree not to impose additional sanctions in the next six months. If it imposes them anyway, they must know that this agreement—and the international coalition holding the sanctions in place—will collapse. Even this Congress is likely to hold off. If it does go ahead and passes a bill imposing new sanctions, Obama will certainly veto it.
And this post is………… WHY I AM HERE!
22 November 2013
If you want to know how well the money is spent…take a look at the sponsors and co-signers of bills that deal with Fracking……see how well their money works in DC…..
courtesy of center for responsibility and ethics in Washington
20 November 2013
More commentary from the brilliant mind of Chuq….(LOL)
Good God! We get it…finally….we get it! You guys know you can ride a dead horse for only so long before it comes pathetic act, right? Guess what…….you a/holes have ridden and whipped this dead horse long enough…..oh sorry, in case you are confused…I am talking about the ACA….Obamacare for those who cannot remember ACA…….
Believe me when I tell you that there is nobody in this country that is NOT aware of the shortcomings in the law……if they do not then they are morons and we will talk around them….the world is going to crap around us and you perverts cannot seem to stop the redundancy on the health care problems……..sorry but the country is sliding into a pile of manure and NO one seems to care…if they would demand that more be done to help the country and its people…instead of focusing on make believe scandals….wasting time and money……we might save the middle class…..but that may be asking too much…….
The country? Yea, you know that place that you elected bimbos take an other to protect and serve…….you do not take your pledge seriously but you want me to mandatory pledge allegiance….tell you what douche bags…I will hold up my end of that bargain when you pricks get for the floor from in front of donors and start working for the country NOT yourself….
Let’s look back a few decades….in my younger years I was a hard core radical…..in my protests and such I was called many things….but I was accused of wanting to disrupt and destroy the American way of life…..Now look at today…….some of the mental midgets you elected are doing what I was accused of wanting to do….and you let them get away with it……So worried about us radicals back in the day that you are allowing these excuses for representatives to do more damage to the country than any of us radicals ever did…….your paranoid delusion back in the day has set the stage for the pathetic attempts being made today to ruin this country…..
You should be so PROUD!
18 November 2013
For all my readers that enjoy my cartoon posts I need to let you know that as of today I will be suspending the ‘toons for awhile…..I do not know how much more crap can be said on either side about Obamacare…..personally, I will move on post on the news of the world….so much more is happening and we are suck in He said they say…..I am disgusted with the whole affair…..
The ‘toons will be back once America returns to sanity, well as close to sanity as they can get……
Opinion: Declassify Senate torture report – Ret. Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton and Ret. Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba – POLITICO.com
15 November 2013
Today’s subject for the Professor’s Classroom is TORTURE……
This is a great idea….but only if the redaction is limited…..