David Sirota points to a bit of C-SPAN video showing - during a motion to waive the Budget act concerning the Sanders Amendment vote which would establish a national consumer credit rate, capping credit card rates at 15% - how little has changed in Congress, as too many politicians will do anything to look like they are fighting for you even when they clearly are not:
So, did you hear that he officially has no pulse now?
That doesn't seem to surprise many people, does it?
The official explanation is that a device -- a pump of some type -- was installed into his heart (?!?) after he'd experienced worsening conditions of congestive heart failure (CHF). The truth is, he hasn't ~really~ had a pulse in decades. This is just the best new way to disguise that.
(Make the jump for more heartless cruelty at Dick's expense, but on ePluribus Media's nickle...er, servers.)
The latest KWIN-uh-pe-ack© numbers are out for the CT-Gov race of 2010 and ctblogger looks at the data overall and the questions a bit, while Ct Bob looks at the inside game of the likely voter numbers.
Needless to say, the numbers look good for the Democratic party candidates no matter how it goes down.
When DailyKos publisher and owner Markos Moulitsas demanded that his pollster produce raw data from the polls Moulitsas purchased, he established a principle of election polling transparency that could open up the checkered history of presidential elections in the United States.
The controversy erupted when Moulitsas (kos) fired his polling company. He was unhappy with their results and demanded that his pollster, Research 2000 (R2000), turn over raw data for review. Moulitsas said:
"Early in this process, I asked for and they offered to provide us with their raw data for independent analysis -- which could potentially exculpate them. That was two weeks ago, and despite repeated promises to provide us that data, Research 2000 ultimately refused to do so." kos
Just a very small excerpt from a very long post on the unemployment issue overall. This little part is just to put the size of the problem in perspective:
2,181,500 long-term unemployed Americans have now lost their unemployment benefits.
53,500 more will join them each day, which amounts to more than
350,000 people each week, who will be losing what could be their only source of income for housing, utilities, food and health-care for themselves and their kids.
To put those numbers in perspective...
2,181,500 is slightly more than the population of Chicago.
350,000 is roughly the population of cities like: New Orleans, St. Louis, Tampa, Santa Ana and Cincinnati.
53,000 is approximately the population of places like: Flagstaff, Sarasota, White Plains, Cheyenne and Battle Creek.
And, should the filibuster continue... In one month we're looking at the population of
Manhattan, Philadelphia and Detroit...combined!
There are some suggested actions you can take in ridemybike's diary. There is more open thread after the jump.
I'd still say Bluegal and her own blogging Wonder Woman personae wins hands down and in almost any photoshop contest up. My effort below the fold while Bluegal's vastly superior effort can be found here...
Happy Fourth of July, folks.
"Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?"
"A Republic, if you can keep it."
-- Ben Franklin to an unknown lady,
per the notes of delegate Dr. James McHenry of Maryland.
We've been called worse. A corporatocracy, an oligarchy, a plutocracy...whichever the definition, they seem to be far and away quite different from the initial goal of a republic. But across all forms, regardless, is the ever-present and apparently common denominator of national pride, perversely corrupted and reduced to nationalism and jingoism.
The two should never, ever be mistaken for a true, uniquely American definition of "patriotism" nor should they ever be used to justify war or to quell dissent.
Between stories of skimming party money, expensive charter flights and the orgasm envy of the former Florida GOP Chair comes allegations that "women were involved and paid" on a junket to the Bahamas:
In one case, Greer organized a men-only trip to the Bahamas along with a group of major donors. O'Rourke was forbidden from attending, though Greer brought two male party staffers.
Beth Kigel, a lobbyist, fundraiser and member of the state party executive committee from Palm Beach County, told investigators she also had heard about that men-only trip but that "women were involved and paid."
A bipartisan contingent of freshman and sophomore lawmakers is pushing House appropriators to cut the salaries of lawmakers by $8,700 each next year.
The 5 percent cut would save taxpayers $4.7 million and comes more than a month after Congress voted and President Barack Obama signed a measure to freeze congressional pay for 2011.
Are you holding your breath? Then again... They already do make most of their money when they hit the ground running as lobbyists. So a haircut now wouldn't be unfathomable.
From the Sunday Gazette Mail online:
June 28, 2010
U.S. SEN. ROBERT C. BYRD DIES AT 92
By Greg Moore,
The Charleston Gazette
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Robert Carlyle Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress in United States history, who spent much of his career as a conservative Democrat and ended it by fiercely opposing the war in Iraq and questioning the state's powerful coal industry, died Monday. He was 92.
"I am saddened that the family of U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., tearfully announces the passing" of the senator, Jesse Jacobs, Byrd's press spokesman, said in a statement.
Byrd died at 3 a.m. at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., according to the statement.
Click here for full article.
May he rest in peace.
As Rachel noted, the media and the GOP establishment have been pretty quiet about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan lately but that hasn't stopped some of the more extreme on the right from keeping up the attacks. Kent Jones reports on how the right has been trying to paint her as wanting to put the U.S. under Sharia law.
Right Wing Watch has more on this nonsense.
Very interesting video clip from Rachel Maddow's show:
Maddow touches upon the accomplishments to date of President Barack Obama's first term, referencing an article by Taegan Goddard on the same topic. When she ran down the list of accomplishments, I found myself thinking "That's a lot, in a little time." Certainly not "perfect" but a far cry from what and where the previous Administration and it's congressional majority of Republicans had done with, for and to the nation.
Just think of how much more could have been accomplished, too, if the Republicans in Congress would stop working and praying for failure in order to try and re-seize any kind of political majority and power --you know, if the GOP actually did their jobs, as duly appointed representatives of, by and for the people? Just think of how much better things could be in all sectors, if they'd only work with America, instead of hoping for failure and undermining the nation...
Hat-tip Moby of DelphiForums.