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Thursday News Roundup

From Steve:

* The Senate’s task of the day: trying to save the U.S. Postal Service.

* The Secret Service’s Colombia scandal has led to the departure of three employees, with more expected to go fairly soon.

* Speaking of the Secret Service, Ted Nugent is apparently in the clear.

* If we can avoid manmade earthquakes, we should: “The number of earthquakes in the central United States rose ‘spectacularly’ near where oil and gas drillers disposed of wastewater underground, a process that may have caused geologic faults to slip, U.S. government geologists report.”

* Ohio Republicans move to defund Planned Parenthood.

* And putting aside politics, party, and/or ideology, there’s just something amazing about seeing President Obama on the Rosa Parks bus.

By |2013-11-03T17:16:03-04:00April 19th, 2012|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Thursday News Roundup

Sunday Evening News Roundup – Update

(I’m going to the OR. I’ll add the links in a sec.)

I’m currently watching Slavery by Another Name. So sad.

Rick Santorum, God love him, is on a roll. He was on This Week with George Stephanopoulos whining about college students being ridiculed for being conservative. All I know is that when I went to college students were ridiculed for being morons. If you weren’t a moron, you weren’t ridiculed. There are multiple religious groups on campus. There are multiple political groups on campus. There was no tension or hazing between the groups. Maybe it’s just Rick Santorum who was ridiculed when he was on campus. Of course, this is part of the conservative culture, seeing themselves as downtrodden and oppressed. The only place that they are downtrodden and oppressed are in their minds.

So, let me get this straight. Going to college is bad, according to Rick Santorum? College is a place we go to get brainwashed? Really? Didn’t Rick Santorum go to college? Penn State? Then more schooling with an MBA from University of Pittsburgh? Then decided to go get a law degree at Dickinson University? How did he avoid getting brainwashed? Did he have some sort of super repellent? Perhaps he’s simply lying to get votes and attention.

Finally, in my Rick Santorum trifecta, the president should not have apologized over the burning of a Koran? Really? This guy is really depressing me. Let me move onto another subject.

Bernie Sanders is going to try to save the U.S. Postal Service. Personally, I think the U.S. Postal Service is in deep trouble. It has to be radically changed. We just do things much differently today than we did 30 or 40 years ago. When I’m having a party, I go to eVite and send invitations. When I’m paying my bills, I pay online. When I want to catch up with a friend, I send an e-mail. If I have a letter that I really want to get somewhere, I send it FedEx. I simply don’t use the Postal Service that much anymore. It used to be that I was down there every week. That was 25 years ago. We’ve changed. The post office needs to change. At the same time, small communities desperately need their post offices. Those post offices continue to be their lifeline to the outside world.

Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker has appropriately labeled Mitt Romney as a dork. I can’t argue with that.

Syria continues to be a disaster. The International Red Cross is still trying to negotiate with Syrian officials to try to get aid to those people who need it.

I love the new rule that the House GOP has enacted in which you are supposed to state what part of the Constitution gives you your authority for that bill. Like, for some reason, that’s going to change the legislative process. Legislators will do exactly what they’ve done for the past 250 years. If they don’t know what part of the Constitution applies, they will make something up.

On a related note, House Bill 358 (the Protect Life Act) does not cite constitutional authority that the new House Rule asks for.

Update: George Will points to some of the craziness over gas prices. I think it’s funny. On one hand, Republicans embrace the free market, yet, as Newt said, we have a right to $2.50/gallon gas? How does that happen?

By |2012-02-26T21:59:14-04:00February 26th, 2012|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Sunday Evening News Roundup – Update

Friday Grab bag

Kind of trying to get a few other things done. The blog isn’t getting my full attention. Sorry.

From Political Animal:

  • A new domestic threat? “A piece of mail addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ignited Friday at a U.S. Postal Service facility in Washington, a day after suspicious letters ‘flared up’ at state government buildings in neighboring Maryland, authorities said…. FBI spokeswoman Lindsay Godwin said initial information indicated the parcel that ignited in northeast Washington about 2:45 p.m. was similar to the two packages opened in Maryland on Thursday.”
  • Bernanke breathes a little easier: “The Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, told senators on Friday that he expected the recovery to be ‘moderately stronger’ this year…. ‘We have seen increased evidence that a self-sustaining recovery in consumer and business spending may be taking hold,’ Mr. Bernanke told the Senate Budget Committee.”
  • The apology: “In a letter to be distributed Friday night, Reps. Pete Sessions and Mike Fitzpatrick apologize to all 433 of their House colleagues for voting after missing out on taking their official oath of office during Wednesday’s opening ceremonies of the 112th Congress.”
  • Popular or not, the Recovery Act kept 4.5 million Americans out of poverty.
  • Jay Newton-Small notices that the new House Republican majority is off to “a rocky start.” That’s certainly true.
  • On a related note, the Democratic National Committee seems to enjoy going on the offensive, hammering the new GOP majority for abandoning its own spending-cut promise.
  • Anti-immigrant Republicans have come up with a new idea, being explored at the state level: two-tiered birth certificates, guaranteeing literal second-class citizens based on the immigration status of one’s parents.
  • Undermining the very idea behind a counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan.
  • Dick Morris still doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
  • We reported over the summer that community colleges needed to do a better job with the speed at which students can complete programs, and explained the benefits of accelerating existing programs with some federal labor funds. The Obama administration appears to agree with us.
  • Rush Limbaugh, still racist.
  • By now, just about everyone in America has seen or heard about Ted Williams, the homeless man with the extraordinary radio voice. A Columbus Dispatch videographer posted the extraordinary clip to YouTube, watched it get 12 million hits, and created one of the greatest social media stories ever. And then the Columbus Dispatch decided to yank it from YouTube. I really wish more outlets understood the Internet better. (Ed. note: Although Political Animal is right this is a great story. I’m not really all that interested in one guy getting a job. I’m gong to get all warm and fuzzy when the unemployment rate is under 5%. I’m going to get all misty eyed when millions of eager men and women can and do get jobs in this country.)
By |2011-01-07T22:15:46-04:00January 7th, 2011|Congress, Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Friday Grab bag
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