The Circus

7 01 2011

Obviously, with the Republicans taking control of the House we can expect plenty of shenanigans aimed at lining the vaults of the already well-monocled whilst also convincing ordinary Americans that attempts to stop their insurance carriers from dropping them at a moment of dire need or to prevent their mortgage holders from breaking into their houses and stealing their stuff are sure signs of the Republic’s impending doom.  Still—broken-hearted Son of Liberty that I am—even I did not foresee Pete King’s argument that babies tossed into garbage cans were evidence that the ACA should be exempted from the Commerce Clause.

I suppose we’ll be learning lots of new things in the days and weeks ahead, and for a while it’ll be LOLz.  But then I have a feeling that the fun will wear off, and soon and badly too.  The nice thing about the circus is that you can leave when you want.

—Jason

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Friday’s Bounce-Back Random Ten

7 01 2011

Nothing really happens here.

10.  Every Mother’s Son – Traffic

9.  I’ll Take Romance – June Christy

8.  While You Were Asleep – Ok Go

7.  The Talisman – Iron Maiden

6.  Extrasupervery – Frightened Rabbit

5.  Dancing Shoes – Arctic Monkey

4.  Come in Alone – My Bloody Valentine

3.  These Wooden Ideas – Idlewild

2.  S.A.D Light – Glasvegas

1.  Bulletproof – Major Lazer and La Roux

Bonus:

—Jason





Birther Madness

6 01 2011

Gonna be a long two fucking years.

An apparent member of the birther movement seated in the gallery of the House of Representatives on Thursday interrupted a reading of the Constitution. The woman yelled out “Except Obama, except Obama, help us Jesus!” as Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) read the “natural born citizen” clause of the Constitution.

-Ian





President Bachmann?

5 01 2011

It really is a deluded cavalcade of nut jobs thinking about running for POTUS on the Republican side in 2012.

-Ian





Filibuster This!

5 01 2011

Looks like Reid might be serious about reform. This will be an interesting few days to watch.

Reid:

Here’s the bottom line: We may not agree yet on how to fix the problem – but no one can credibly claim problems don’t exist. No one who has watched this body operate since the current minority took office can say it functions just fine. That wouldn’t be true, it would be dishonest. No one can deny that the filibuster has been used for purely political reasons — reasons far beyond those for which this protection was invented and intended.

-Ian





Back At It

5 01 2011

Ok, maybe I have the strength.

-Ian