One must writhe in envy over Rep. Henry Waxman, while at the same time feeling the deepest pity at the Herculean task which lies before him. We all know the swamp must be drained, but he's the guy who has to suck on the hose to get the siphon started. As he put it:
"'I'm going to have an interesting time because the Government Reform Committee has jurisdiction over everything,' Waxman said Friday, three days after his party's capture of Congress put him in line to chair the panel. 'The most difficult thing will be to pick and choose.'"
Let's help. Just this once let's SKIP the obvious choices of Iraq and associated thievery, Katrina and the ripoffs, and even K Street's bribeola enterprise. It takes all of us villagers to raise the child of cleaned-up government, to wildly overstrain a paraphrase. Read more about Waxman On, Waxman Off
[Editorial Note: The eleventh hour of the eleven day of the eleventh month has passed, and our war is still with us, at the center of a dramatic shift in power brought about by an election, its continuance at the center of an organized resistence to the implications of that election, bolstered by a compliant, brain-dead media. For that reason we're keeping this meditation by MJS at the top of the blog for today. Read more about Killed by Roadside Bomb
More rapid fire posting and then I'm really outta here. But you've got to read this interview with a very savvy and organized seeming member of the Taliban. Registan has some good stuff too. Also, did you notice? US and Iran are going to talk about Iraq. You can hear the wingnut heads exploding a hundred miles away. Read more about Love Your Enemies
I've got to run, so short version: is this a good thing? Bloggers love Murtha, but in truth, he's a rather conservative, pro-big budgets for the DoD kind of guy. What makes him a better choice over the folks Rahm likes? I honestly don't know, and would love to hear from you. Read more about Pelosi Hearts Murtha
Despite all of that, when Feingold stood up and advocated censure -- based on the truly radical and crazy, far leftist premise that when the President is caught red-handed breaking the law, the Congress should actually do something about that -- the soul-less, oh-so-sophisticated Beltway geniuses could not even contemplate the possibility that he was doing that because he believed what he was saying. Beltway pundits and the leaders of the Beltway political and consulting classes all, in unison, immediately began casting aspersions on Feingold's motives and laughed away -- really never considered -- the idea that he was motivated by actual belief, let alone the merits of his proposal.
How does it feel to be so wise
To see through eyes that only see what's real?
"From my point of view, I would ban religion completely. Organized religion doesn't seem to work. It turns people into really hateful lemmings and it's not really compassionate."
Add this is the fucking 100 hours, Nancy. I draw the line at paying for incest. Read more about Purity Balls: You're Paying for Them
Nearly two years ago, Rev. Haggard began his earth campaign as he threatened the Republican U.S. Senate, stating that he would turn the evangelicals against them if they refused to ratify global warming laws.
I'm not watching, but the word is that the Bobbleheads this morning are busy spinning away, and that Joe is joining them, constructing the meme that the election was a "victory for moderates" and a "centrist mandate" is the will of the electorate. Let's slap that bullshit down hard, right now.
Let's start with the actual makeup of the Democratic caucus. Boo's got the choice goodies, be sure to read the whole thing for a complete list to save and smack centrist memers with:
Read more about Countering the "Centrism Mandate" BS
He is the only man to hold the office of president who never ran for national elective office. We all know that being President ages the holder of the position at a rate comparable to suddenly living by dog years (7 x normal human years.) What if it isn't holding the job, but running for the office that causes this effect? Read more about Is there a lesson here?
It's Armistice Day * -- and it's time to remember who WE are.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. John F. Kennedy Read more about Sentiments for Veterans' Day