Today I have this article and one other to post before leaving for my Cardiologist appointment, but I will have no time to distribute the links. I will catch up on on replies to comments, if I can, but it’s doubtful today. Tomorrow is up in the air, because the heat returns today,
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 4:08 (average 5:34). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From MoveOn: What’s The Difference Between ‘Liberal’ And ‘Conservative’?
Put another way, unlike today’s conservatives, liberals strive to conserve America. Ironic, isn’t it?
From The Nation: Grand, lobbyist-funded bashes used to be a staple of the political convention scene—in 2004, for example, Senator John Breaux threw a huge Mardi Gras–themed party at the New England aquarium during the Democratic National Convention in Boston, complete with performances by Ziggy Marley and Buckwheat Zydeco and a half-million-dollar price tag.
But in 2007, as the Jack Abramoff scandal enveloped Washington, Congress passed reforms that banned, among other things, lobbyist-funded parties at the national conventions to “honor” lawmakers.
So in Tampa Bay and Charlotte this year, the party’s off right? Not so fast.
Recently, ethics committees in the House and Senate have interpreted the law differently. While the Senate views it strictly, the House has determined that the law does not apply to parties that honor a group of members, a committee, or a caucus—only individual members. So under the House interpretation, bank lobbyists could throw lavish parties in Tampa Bay for Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee, for example, and it wouldn’t violate the guidelines.
That shows Senate Democrats are more ethical than House Republicans. No doubt, the bogus House interpretation will be a real boon to Tampa Bay hookers, entertaining family values Republicans on lobbyists’ tabs.
From WGGB: Republican Senator Scott Brown is criticizing state leaders for sending out voter registration letters to nearly half a million welfare recipients.
Of course he objects. If he had his way, no poor people at all would be allowed to vote.
Who will stand against today’s tyrants?