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Navy yard shooter – Aaron Alexis

For those who like the creepy or macabre, there’s video of Aaron Alexis walking around the Navy Yard with a Remington 870 shotgun.

I don’t see how we avoid a government shutdown. The Democrats are not going to negotiate on a bill that’s already passed Congress and has already been verified by the Supreme Court. ObamaCare is the law of the land. The Democrats are not going to back down or cave on this issue. President Barack Obama said that he is not going to negotiate with the good faith and credit of the American government. I think this is the stance he should’ve taken years ago. Instead, he capitulated, waffled and negotiated. I believe this has emboldened Republicans to believe that they only need to bluster in order for Democrats to go and cower in the corner. This time, it looks to me like Democrats are going to hold strong. There’s a significant fraction of the Republicans in the House who don’t believe in negotiation. Therein lies the impasse. There was a ridiculously cute story in the Washington Post this morning. Some reporter went to Westchester, Ohio, which is in John Boehner’s district. The reporter walked around and talked to a bunch of his constituents about the imminent government shutdown. Nobody knew anything. It seemed as if nobody knew that there was an imminent government shutdown. One gentleman said, “they’ll work it out – they always do.” I think this guy is 100% wrong. I think we are in for some significant badness.

By the way, in case anybody was noticing, the Senate voted to restore funding to ObamaCare. Is anyone surprised? (more…)

Tuesday Night News Roundup

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Do you remember that song by a group called The Sylvers? Boogie Fever?It was a perfectly forgettable song from the mid-1970s. It also proved that disco was clearly not going to last. 🙂 It seems to me that Washington has developed sequester fever. In every newspaper you pick up there’s a large story on the sequester and what it means to you and me. Every political blog has taken a stance on the sequester. Congress has until Friday to come up with some solution or we will all face the sequester consequences. In my mind, we’ve come to a clash of ideologies. We’ve come to an impasse. We’ve come to the exact same type of deal that we had back in 1994 when the Republicans decided it was a great idea to shut down the government. That didn’t work out very well for the Republicans. As a matter of fact, that didn’t work out so well for the country. Democrats are powerless to stop it. All I know is that we need jobs. We need to put people back to work. Polls show that Americans aren’t really interested in cutting anything.

Former Surgeon General C Everett Koop has died.

So, help me understand, what was all the bluster over Senator Chuck Hagel? As I recall, he was nominated by President Barack Obama to be Secretary of Defense. The Republicans jumped up and down, held their breath, turned blue and then said okay. Chuck Hagel passed a basically party-line vote earlier today.

Speaking of Republicans flailing around for no particularly good reason, what about the Violence Against Women Act? Remember some House Republicans had “serious reservations” and therefore drafted their own Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act. I really don’t understand. It looks like the legislation is slated to pass over the next several days. The Republican form of the bill is predicted to fail, spectacularly.

Today is the first anniversary of the shooting of Trayvon Martin. I wish I could tell you I had some great insight, some nugget of information that is new and exciting. I don’t. It is a year later and I find the whole ordeal to be sad and depressing. I have written extensively about Trayvon – here, here, here and here. This prompted a week-long discussion about race – here, here and here.

In the Republican version of déjà vu all over again, a Michigan State Senator has publicly stated that he’s not sure if President Obama was born in the  United States. He was just wondering why the press didn’t push that issue any further. I have no comment.

A Texas man admits that he shot his girlfriend while they were playing a game of “Quick Draw.” Remember, guns don’t kill people.

A sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill is having a complaint filed against her because she accused another student of rape. He and his friends are stating that they feel intimidated. Every now and then, I feel the world is getting crazier and crazier.

The absolute best story that I’ve read in the last couple of days has to do with the paranoid delusion that some far-right conservatives have. They have this theory that President Barack Obama is developing a Black Army designed to wipe out the White race. Please take off your tin helmet. It isn’t helping.

By |2013-02-27T20:25:37-04:00February 26th, 2013|Party Politics, Race|Comments Off on Tuesday Night News Roundup

Obama's budget passes

Republicans are mad. Really mad. After all of their bluster, the Democrats manage to stay together and pass a budget. Again, not one Republican vote.  It seems to me that this is a remarkable feat. Democrats don’t seem to stick together on much of anything, but somehow they managed to stick together on the budget.  President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi are to be congratulated for guiding this through.  All of the talk of the Blue Dog (fiscal conservative) Democrats in the Senate and House went nowhere, I guess.  Maybe they were just puffed up by the media.  I don’t know.  All I know is that there wasn’t the fierce hand-to-hand combat that some had predicted.

From NYT:

The House and Senate approved budgets of about $3.5 trillion for the government on Thursday with no Republican support, a sign of deep partisan tensions likely to color Congressional efforts to enact major policy initiatives sought by President Obama.

On the heels of House approval of its spending plan for 2010, the Senate voted 55 to 43 shortly before midnight to adopt a similar budget after a day spent laboring over politically tinged amendments that did little to change a fiscal blueprint generally in keeping with Mr. Obama’s ambitious agenda.

Democrats said the two budgets, which will have to be reconciled after a two-week Congressional recess, cleared the way for health care, energy and education overhauls pushed by the new president. The Democrats said the budgets reversed what they portrayed as the failed economic approach of the Bush administration and Republican-led Congresses. (more… )

By |2009-04-03T04:24:51-04:00April 3rd, 2009|Budget|Comments Off on Obama's budget passes
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