Everyone in the media is jerking off over the new “information” that has come to light…….the Left is in the corner pouting and the Right has their joint (the member not the smoke) in their hands waiting for the other shoe to fall….
And then there are all the Right wing blogs….most of them have NO knowledge other than what Drudge tells them is fact……they ask questions but never the right ones….just the ones that feed into their moronic political agenda……
Questions need to be asked…..but try asking the ones that could put all this into some sort of perspective……
The story so far….the ambassador was concerned that they were under manned in security and he was concerned…..then he goes to the consulate in Benghazi where his team was attacked and the ambassador and 3 others are killed in an attack…that is the short version for those with limited attention….and then the stories of those concerned trying to explain what happened and why is being called into account……now we have some hidden sources that are saying that they were told to stand down when the attack was going on and the Congress is doing what they always do…..hold hearings.
The hearings will consist of each Rep or senator having his/her chance to ask questions and pat the whistle blowers on the back for coming forward……..and in the end no real questions will be asked….only questions that feed a certain political agenda….nothing else. The question will be who knew what, who said what and so on and on and on…….
It is a shame that any ambassador has to die on anyone’s watch……but the biggest question that should be asked if these witnesses are truly in the know is…….if the situation was as dangerous as all claim….why would the ambassador leave the security of the embassy and travel to a dangerous spot like Benghazi with a small detail? Why would he go in light if he was aware of how dangerous it was to be there?
I am sure that in the effort to discover the “truth” none of this will be asked or seem important……like I said these hearings are theater….political theater…..
Justice or Truth will not be served by these comical antics or absurd people trying to look effective…….
I believe it was Conan O’Brien that said, “LaPierre is the executive VP of the NRA…..just fucking crazy do you have to be to be the President?”
College of Political Knowledge
I have been watching the actions of our Congress both Senate and House, since the Clinton days and have seen just how dysfunctional the institution really is, at least in the near past…….the partisanship has made the organization a non-workable endeavor……its approval rating is dismal…..its bill success rate is in the toilet…….and most of the players appear to be nothing short of clowns in a circus……..
The next question should be….how can we as a nation find a way for our legislative branch to function more efficiently? Or is it possible at all to make it an institution worth saving?
One idea that was floated during the founding era, especially by Franklin, was a unicameral legislative system as opposed to what we have now, bicameral……
Franklin wrote Queries and Remarks Respecting Alterations in the Constitution of Pennsylvania to record his opposition to bicameralism.
The Combinations of Civil Society are not like those of a Set of Merchants, who club [combine] their Property in different Proportions for Building and Freighting a Ship, and may therefore have some Right to vote in the Disposition of the Voyage in greater or less Degree according to their respective Contributions; but the important ends of Civil Society, and the personal Securities of Life and Liberty, these remain the same in every Member of the society; and the poorest continues to have an equal Claim to them with the most opulent [wealthy], whatever Difference Time, Chance, or Industry may occasion in their Circumstances. On these Considerations, I am sorry to See the Signs this Paper I have been considering [the proposed Pennsylvania Constitution] affords, of a Disposition among some of our People to commence an Aristocracy, by giving the Rich a predominancy [superior power] in Government, a Choice peculiar to themselves in one half the Legislature to be proudly called the UPPER House, and the other Branch, chosen by the Majority of the People, degraded by the denomination [name] of the LOWER; and giving to this Upper a Permanency of four Years, and but two to the lower.
Franklin felt that every member of society should have an equal say in the legislative branch of government. He disagreed with the theory of bicameralism that favored one chamber for the wealthy and another chamber for the rest of society. (version can be found on Yahoo Answers)……….
There are benefits to unicameralism…..can almost hear the butts slamming shut!
1. No Duplication of Work-
Law making is done through a process. If there is one house the process is followed once only. There is no repetition of the same process. So time is saved, money is saved and energy as well.
2. No Hindrance-
The people’s will is reflected in the single chamber and there is no check on progressive legislation by any reactionary or conservative second chamber. If the legislature is bicameral in nature there will be differences in the outlook of the two houses.
3. Singleness of Purpose-
When the legislature consists of only one house, singleness of purpose will be maintained. Hence, there will be no confusion in the law making process. Benjamin Franklin said: “Legislative body divided into two branches is like a carriage drawn by one horse in front and one behind pulling in opposite direction.”
4. No Divided Responsibility-
It adds to the quality and dignity of the legislators by avoiding conflict between two chambers. The single chamber is responsible for all legislative matters. There is no divided responsibility as is found in a bicameral legislature.
5. More Representative and less Expensive-
The unicameral legislature can be composed of members who are the true representatives of the people. The composition can be simple. Because it is unicameral, double expenditure for maintenance of two houses is not necessary.
The benefits sound too good to be true…….it would streamline the process and as stated it would be less expensive, something we all should aspire to in these days of looming austerity……so I return to the beginning question……Could one house be better than two?
While you were distracted with the bombing in Boston there was an issue in the Congress…..so in case you may have missed it….allow me to help….
I fully intended to move on from this absurd issue….but…….
Oh goody…..two senators, one from each party, have come to an amazing point in the gun debate…..Manchin of West Virginia and Toomey of PA have stepped up and thrown their weight behind the idea of background checks…….the media is all bound up with joy about this amazing piece of bi-partisan BS. I mean listen to the media and these guys sound like they have discovered a cure of the Eboli virus……this new found optimism is refreshing but a bit naive….at best.
Realistically….it is two guys with a proposal…..a proposal! It will have to be debated and altered by the various senators……and then….
The Senate’s firearms bill would subject nearly all gun buyers to background checks, add muscle to federal laws barring illicit firearm sales and provide slightly more money for school safety measures.
Excluded and facing near-certain defeat in upcoming votes were proposals to ban military-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines _ factors in the Newtown killings some other recent mass shootings. But keeping those provisions out of the current legislation did not mollify critics.
Opponents said the remaining proposals were unwarranted intrusions on the Second Amendment right to bear arms, would be ignored by criminals and would do little to prevent future Newtowns. Obama’s plans have received scant support from Republicans and many moderate Democrats, with many saying they prefer improvements in dealing with the mentally ill and stronger enforcement of existing laws.
Gun-control groups have embraced the Manchin-Toomey compromise with varying degrees of enthusiasm, and they continued to applaud it on Thursday while also expressing concerns about some provisions.
Besides the exemption for private sales, gun control advocates expressed displeasure with language letting gun dealers sell handguns to out-of-state customers, exempting some holders of permits for concealed weapons from background checks and shielding individuals who sell guns from some negligence lawsuits.
And then there is the part where once the background check had been performed it would be a felony to keep a record of it……here something to think about……ATF form 4473 Part B questions 21-23 are a background check and the form once completed must be kept on file…..so how will they handle this? When the dealer files the form he will be committing a felony according to these people…..
Ler us be optimistic……say the Senate does something unheard of and passes this bill and it goes to the House…….does anyone really for a moment believe it will make it through the House?
This whole debate/issue is a dead bill….but just suppose it makes it out of the House (pause here for raucous laughter)………it will be something the NRA wants and if that is the case it will be a toothless, impotent bill……just a reflection of the Congress we elect.
With an outside chance that I am mistaken I will post a complete apology here in this blog…….but I am not holding my breath…..
A question for the ages…….seers will be contemplating this when the rapture (if you believe in that sort of thing) occurs………personally, I think it is because we elect morons, amateurs and douche bags…….we have not had a statesman in 50 years……but what really makes them suck the “Big One”?
I have heard many theories….the media would have you believe one thing and bloggers another….but just what makes them so impotent?
Now hear is a theory……
Newser) – File this one at the opposite end of the spectrum as “throw the bums out.” Daniel Schuman argues at Slate that we need to give Congress a hefty raise. The workload is way up thanks to slashed staffing levels, while salaries are way down relative to previous decades. What’s more, the work environment is “poisonous,” and lucrative pay awaits in the lobbying industry. No wonder we can’t keep good lawmakers. “We get what we pay for, and there’s no question we are not paying enough to keep the best people on the job,” writes Schuman.
Members of Congress make a base salary of $174,000, which is nothing to sneeze at, but those in office 20 years ago would have made $214,000 in today’s dollars. Singapore provides a model: It has an uber-efficient government in part because it pays top government ministers seven-figure salaries. “If we want our representatives to work for us, we must pay them well enough to stay focused on the people’s business,” writes Schuman. The same applies to their staff. “Right now we aren’t paying for quality work, and it shows.” Click for Schuman’s full column.
What complete crap! The Congress works 3 days a week….and that is on a busy week……..and for every holiday they take a month off……..and then this dipstick thinks they need more money…….what they need is to be paid piece work or pay them for part time employment……personally, I think they are over paid for the work we get out of them……..
Surely, there are some thoughts on this?
(Insert raucous laughter)……or a cheesy laugh track……….
Remember those children that some dipstick felt he had to murder before taking the coward’s way out and killing himself? And do you remember all the chatter about how the liberals were coming for your guns? (Only a mental midget would have believed those BS stories) And do you recall all the optimism after the attack that we could get commonsense gun violence laws? Does anyone remember this?
The one that always comes to light in any debate on gun rights is that the government is trying to find where the guns are so they can come and get them……again….only someone with the IQ of a rotted cucumber would believe that……..but beyond that……has anyone bought a gun in the last 20 or 30 years? Did you fill out all the paperwork of a legal purchase? If so, they already have a list…..so please stop using that MORONIC argument.
Slowly but slowly all that optimism was replaced with the realization that background checks would be the best that we could do as a nation…….and now I get to do one of my favorite things……next to sex and good food…..I do so enjoy telling people…..that I told them so!
When all this pretend outrage, both sides, was at its height I told my readers to chill……that NOTHING would change….that all the ‘debate’ and I use the term loosely……was for naught……….and guess what? It was all for naught!
In the end there will be nothing new in the land of gun rights……..any thing that they may all agree on will be a worthless lump of horse fecal matter. In the end children will not grow to adult and for what? Little boys wanting to play Army! So with all the emotional crap about rights, you were losing rights….but somehow that does not matter……as long as we can go about pretending to be Rambo and saving the world from whatever bad guy were have today.