Tag: knee jerk reaction

News Roundup – Government Shutdown, Aaron Alexis, Economic Austerity

My barber for the last seven years has died. Mr. Willie L. Shivers was a wonderful man. He was 93!! He was still very active. Hell, he was more active that I am. If you have seen the movie Barbershop… that was Mr. Shivers. He always had something to say. He was thoughtful and kind. He didn’t mention the fact that he was a World War II veteran. When you think about it, is that all you want from someone? Mr. Shivers will be missed. He is survived by two children, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Government shutdown – well, here

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Grab Bag

I’m going to work. More later – From Political Animal: Mexico: “President Barack Obama is ‘deeply saddened and outraged’ at news of the murders of a federal employee and two relatives of workers at the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, an administration spokesman said.” Netanyahu is sorry U.S. officials are upset, but Israel isn’t changing course: “In the face of sharp American disapproval of an Israeli plan for an East Jerusalem building project, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu firmly rejected Monday any curbs on new Jewish settlements in and around Jerusalem.” (ed. This is a big deal. This is a very big

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Don't look now but Czars violate the constitution

Republicans are always trying to get us up in arms over something. They don’t want us to sit down and calmly think about things. Instead they want to hit that nerve. They want us to have the knee-jerk reaction. They want us to be outraged, fearful and moved to action. Yesterday, it was death panels. Today, Czars. From The Political Animal: The right-wing drive to target the Obama administration’s use of “czars” seems to be catching on among Republican lawmakers. On Fox News yesterday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the president’s use of czars is “an affront to the Constitution.” I

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