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What if . . . . .

What if . . . . .

What if we stopped one day, looked at all the work we had done to try to make the world a better place than we found it, and instead realized despite all of our efforts, we had failed?

What if we supported political candidates, helped to get them into office, only to find many of them, far too many of them, coopted by the perquisites of office, concern for reelection, or wanting to be "players" and abandoned what we thought they had promised us?

What if we devoted our energy and our time and our passion to trying to make the government more responsive to we the people and less responsive to those who already have power and money, only to find economic inequality becoming ever more severe, and decreasing numbers of people retaining any hope for a better future for themselves or their posterity?

Would we feel like fools?

Or might we wonder how much worse it might already be had we not tried?



Boehner on Cocaine: One Law For Us, Another For Them

Boehner on Cocaine: One Law For Us, Another For Them
By: DSWright Wednesday November 20, 2013 5:58 am
File:Trey Radel, Official Portrait, 113th Congress.jpg

If there were any group of Americans who were supposed to be for the tragically ridiculous “War on Drugs” it would be Republicans in Congress right?

Apparently not. Not only was GOP Congressman Trey Radel arrested for cocaine possession, the Republican Speaker of the House can not even bring himself to condemn him.

Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), said the matter will be dealt with outside the halls of Congress.

“Members of Congress should be held to the highest standards, and the alleged crime will be handled by the courts,” Steel said. “Beyond that, this is between Representative Radel, his family and his constituents.”

You have to be kidding.


Not to mention the charges are pretty solid as he bought the drugs from a DEA agent.

A Drug Enforcement Administration official said Radel allegedly bought cocaine from an undercover agent in Dupont Circle, the Associated Press reported. Later that night, federal authorities went to Radel’s apartment and informed him that he would be facing criminal charges related to the purchase, AP said.


If Speaker Boehner has such a blase attitude towards the use of cocaine perhaps it is time to reexamine federal drug laws, otherwise he risks looking like an amazing hypocrite and moral coward.


MORE (incl links):

Paul wants people to dream again” - “You don’t dream when you’ve got food stamps" (WRONG!)

NY Mag:

The substance of Ryan’s anti-poverty agenda remains yet to be announced, but the general spirit of the endeavor can already be discerned from Ryan’s previous remarks, and those of the allies helping him formulate it. Ryan believes that the main impediment facing poor people is the existence of government programs that give them money and health care – a problem his budget rectifies by cutting subsidies to the poor. Those subsidies, Ryan has said, amount to “a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency, that drains them of their will and their incentive to make the most of their lives.”

Ryan’s new line seems similar to the old one:

“Paul wants people to dream again,” Holloway said of Ryan. “You don’t dream when you’ve got food stamps.”

In fact, lots of people who survived on food stamps — like J.K. Rowling — went on to achieve great things.

The other emerging element of Ryan’s anti-poverty agenda is Jesus:

“You cure poverty eye to eye, soul to soul,”
he said last week at the Heritage forum. “Spiritual redemption: That’s what saves people.”


You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one


(mr. pete and i were on food stamps for 2 years when we first started out - 30 years ago,

If this really comes to pass, it will be a major defeat for the Republicans in the short-term.

* HARRY REID SET TO GO NUCLEAR THIS WEEK: I reported yesterday that the Senate Majority Leader was set to change the Senate rules by simple majority this week

“If the votes are there, we will probably do it this week,” the aide said, speaking anonymously to divulge internal plans. A second Democratic aide said Mr. Reid would go ahead once the Senate had wrapped up debate on a contentious proposal to combat sexual assault in the military.

I suppose it is possible that Greg Sargent is being used as a conduit to issue a credible threat, but the threat (and the reasoning behind the threat) seems credible to me. Harry Reid intends to "go nuclear" before Thanksgiving. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/11/19/harry-reid-is-set-to-go-nuclear/ According to Sargent's reporting, Reid will change the rules of the Senate in such a way that the filibuster will be unavailable to the Republicans for all but Supreme Court nominations.

If this really comes to pass, it will be a major defeat for the Republicans in the short-term. To see why, look at how many vacancies there on the federal courts of appeal (the numbers on senior judges is a best-estimate).

1st Circuit: Active judges: 3 DEM, 2 GOP. Senior Judges: 1 DEM, 5 GOP. One vacancy, David Jeremiah Barron nominated on September 24, 2013.
2nd Circuit: Active judges: 8 DEM, 5 GOP. Senior Judges: 6 DEM, 3 GOP. No vacancies.
3rd Circuit: Active judges: 7 DEM, 5 GOP. Senior Judges: 3 DEM, 9 GOP. Two vacancies.
4th Circuit: Active judges: 9.5 DEM, 5.5* GOP. Senior Judges: 0 DEM, 1 GOP. No vacancies.
5th Circuit: Active judges: 5 DEM, 10 GOP. Senior Judges: 2 DEM, 6 GOP. Three vacancies.
6th Circuit: Active judges: 5 DEM, 10 GOP. Senior Judges: 5 DEM, 8 GOP. One vacancy.
7th Circuit: Active judges: 3 DEM, 7 GOP. Senior Judges: 1 DEM, 3 GOP. One vacancy.
8th Circuit: Active judges: 3 DEM, 7 GOP. Senior Judges: 1 DEM, 8 GOP. No vacancies.
9th Circuit: Active judges: 18 DEM, 9 GOP. Senior Judges: 9 DEM, 7 GOP. Two vacancies, John B. Owens and Michelle T. Friedland nominated on August 1st, 2013.
10th Circuit: Active judges: 5 DEM, 5 GOP. Senior Judges: 4 DEM, 6 GOP. Two vacancies, Carolyn B. McHugh nominated on May 16th, 2013 and Nancy Moritz nominated on August 1st, 2013
11th Circuit: Active judges: 5 DEM, 3 GOP. Senior Judges: 2 DEM, 6 GOP. Four vacancies. Jill A. Pryor nominated on February 16, 2012 and Robin S. Rosenbaum nominated on November 7, 2013.
DC Circuit: Active judges: 4 DEM, 4 GOP. Senior Judges: 1 DEM, 5 GOP. Three vacancies: Patricia Millett, Nina Pillard, and Robert L. Wilkins nominated on June 4th, 2013.
Federal Circuit: Active judges: 7 DEM, 5 GOP. Senior Judges: 2 DEM, 4 GOP. No vacancies.
*judge was nominated by Clinton and renominated by Bush.

There are 19 total vacancies, all of which would be filled within a year. You can figure which courts would be the most important on your own. Just keep in mind that Senior Judges do hear cases. Their presence on the court helps determine the ideological makeup of the court. That's one reason why the Republicans have fought so hard against the three DC Circuit judges.


The Republican Party = the tea party. Basically.

The Republican Party is the Tea Party

The Fix notes that "views of the Republican Party's ideological leaning are essentially the same as the tea party... Views of the GOP and the tea party are virtually the same across all demographics."

"In other words, if the tea party has moved the GOP to the right -- and it has -- it has done so to such an extent they are now viewed as ideologically very similar."


Forty percent say the tea party is too conservative — about the same number as say the Republican Party is too conservative (43 percent). While 36 percent of Americans say the views of the GOP are “about right,” 35 percent say the same of the tea party.

Views of the GOP and the tea party are virtually the same across all demographics. Fifty-five percent of moderates say the GOP is too conservative, versus 52 percent who say the same of the tea party.


Harry Reid is set to go nuclear(as early as this week)

Source: Washington Post

Senator Harry Reid appears set to go nuclear — before Thanksgiving.

With Senate Republicans blocking a third Obama nomination to the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide tells me Reid is now all but certain to move to change the Senate rules by simple majority — doing away with the filibuster on executive and judicial nominations, with the exception of the Supreme Court – as early as this week.

At a presser today, Reid told reporters he was taking another look at rules reform, but didn’t give a timeline. The senior leadership aide goes further, saying it’s hard to envision circumstances under which Reid doesn’t act.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/11/19/harry-reid-is-set-to-go-nuclear/

OBAMACARE: The Real Victims


Christie caught consorting with the devil

Backstage at the WSJ CEO Council, Rupert and Governor Christie have a quiet conversation.

Washington DC

November 18, 2013
via: ttp://www.esquire.com/archives/blogs/politics/by_author/68/15;1

"George W. Bush: Building The Keystone XL Pipeline Is A ‘No-Brainer’" (well, he should know)

Bush’s comments, courtesy of DeSmogBlog, explained his reasoning for why the Obama administration should approve the Keystone XL pipeline:

“I do think we’re underperforming economically. And I think the reason why is there’s not enough focus on private-sector growth. I think the goal of the country ought to be ‘how do we grow the private sector? That ought to be the laser-focus of any administration. And therefore, once that’s the goal, an issue like Keystone pipeline becomes a no-brainer. If private-sector growth is the goal, and Keystone pipeline creates 20,000 new jobs, build the damn thing.”


Cheney Family Thanksgiving

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