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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Political Potpourri

Good job, Nancy!

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi squashed a proposal yesterday that would have pre-empted California’s exemplar attempt to reduce carbon emissions (i.e., pretty much telling carmakers “if you want to sell cars in California, better make ‘em more fuel-efficient). The proposal, cooked up by Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., both leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee (and proof that Republicans aren’t the only idiots around) would have expressly prohibited the EPA from granting the great state of California (and any other enlightened state for that matter) from enacting emission rules more stringent than those currently if effect by the Feds.

More atta-girls for Pelosi and the Dems: William Jefferson (recently arrested on corruption charges) was removed from his place on the Ways and Means Committee and the House is moving rapidly to investigate. My, what a contrast this is to how the Repubs handled DeLay (for whom they changed the rules to protect). Hopefully, the Dems will continue to show their integrity, and unlike the Repubs (who worked mightily to protect DeLay), will not shelter Jefferson from the consequences of his actions.

In the meantime, anyone as colossally bored as I am with the weak, tepid, juvenile, and less than intellectually rigorous Republican and Democratic “debates”? What’s with this trend of discussing complicated issues with a mere “showing of hands” that indicate a yes/no response, instead of a reasoned debate that explores the issues, if not fully, at least with some attempt to dive below the surface? These debates are (as they have been for quite some time) so light, they could float off into the atmosphere and with their blather and bluster – truly nothin’ but a blast of hot air – contribute mightily to the greenhouse effect. These debates may just accelerate Greenland’s rapidly melting ice (which of course, will mightily effect the East Coast, possibly requiring New Hampshirians to pull up to the polling places in boats come January).

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Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Bird, lets start a new party. We really need one.

June 07, 2007 6:13 AM  
Blogger Mrs. B said...

Hear, hear! Why is it that we--educated, logical, rational, inquisitive--citizens are the ones that "choose" our leaders, yet the leaders abandon us for some bizarre "job opportunity" that mystically awaits their term-ination? I am always perplexed by the insanity of the "leadership" in this country, as well as the media "coverage" of it. We want more, they give us less. I am proud that investigations are afoot, but I am also ashamed that I have to be proud. That should be going on anyway, it should not be new to us. How depressing. I agree that the "debates" are nothing more than a joke. That is partially because of the ridicously long election "season" and the seemingly unending list of candidates. God help us, I fear who might be "weeded in."

June 07, 2007 2:15 PM  
Blogger onandon said...

It is great that if I want to catch up on what is really going on in the USA government, I jsut read Bird's blog.
We are travelling at no great speed right behind the US ( as usual) in the area of climate change.
Our PM is a climate change 'skeptic' turned convert.
Ho hum...can't wait for the end of the year when hopefully we will be rid of this old and failing so called 'servant of the people'.

June 07, 2007 5:19 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Hey Bird Beauty! I'se been flyin' about meself, an' is behind on mah readin...

so I'se passin' yore nest and read about the culling of males in yore last post--well, now, lemme help that researcher out--it ain't no mystery why boys is droppin' lower in the ratios of girl ter boy births. It is estrogen pollution.

No foolin'. We got the same trouble down heah wif gators in a certain lake whar' the growers been usin' estrogen spray to neuter male bugs so the bug population will die off and leave the spinach alone.

That bug spray wif estrogen runs off into the lake, and now the lake is lady gators and dern few gentlemen gators. What boy gators they is,is deformed in the genitals.

In Holland they studdies this--why so many boy chillen's is born with undecended testicles--too much estrogen in cows milk that mama drak when she was pregnant.

Now Bird, think on it--why our cheese and milk and yoghurt and cream and ice cream--all estrogen laced--on account of estrogen fed cows make more milk than their sisters what is natural.

Give your kids organic estrogen free dairy foods.

Bird, I'se still miffed wif' ya--why ya didn't flap on doawn heah fer the summit?

June 08, 2007 11:06 AM  
Blogger Crashtest Comic said...

fuck nancy

June 09, 2007 7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey there, CT, nice to see you.

but really now, CT, you cannot just blithely say "fuck nancy." in what sense do you mean "fuck"? if you mean to fuck nancy in the sexual sense, then you should comment elsewhere (i will entertain no pornorgaphy or erotic here other than my own!). if you mean "fuck nancy" in the sense that you ardently disagree with something (everything) she's done or stands for, then you must present some sort of cogent, rational claim and support it with evidence, so that intelligent readers might understand just exactly what you mean.


June 09, 2007 7:41 PM  
Blogger boneman said...

alas, but your dream is not truth...


As for the integrity....
in any group of people there are bad guys.
Let me put that differently....

in any group of people there are bad people.
stupid jerks that have one aim and no other...re-election....is NOT integrity.

Unfortunately, this is the one area of non-patisanship that will exist for as long as we let them weild their power over us.

And Nancy, I'm sorry to say, is probably as big a re-election whore as the rest of them.
THAT'S why she hits hard and fast and in as many places as possible...
except where her supporting money is and her party in general.

Again, and I'm serious about this.
I'm sorry to be the one to tell you.

June 11, 2007 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah, boneman - nice to see you (i do so owe you a visit).

i have no illusions about nancy. she is, like all other polticians, a whore.

but she is my whore. and by and large, she represents me well. and i have no problem calling her on the carpet - not too pleased with her and the dems on the war bill. chicken shit, i say (think i did in a previous post).

and of course, people, and politicians, are a mixture - most are not all good and not all bad - it's more complicated than just a simple good/bad.

but i do think that if we had serious and bold campaign finance reform, we would eliminate a lot of the bad - the system reinforces the election-whore mentality - in all of our politicans.

it sucks - our current campagin/election system is one of the greatest deterrants to democracy our nation has. (the bush administration, IMO, is the second greatest deterrant to democracy in our country).


June 11, 2007 8:14 AM  

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