Tuesday, October 27, 2015
We must conserve consumption.
Honorable Men: Jon Boehner and Barak Obama had a secret. For months they, along with Pelosi and McConnell, have been working to avoid a US default in November and a government shutdown in December. It may even have been the impetus for Boehner's retirement – a parting gift to both the Republican party and America, although a lot of Republicans will not see it that way. It is not a done deal yet, it still needs at least some Republican support in the House, but it is as good as it is going to get for both sides. The budget and the debt are removed from political play until after the next election, both sides get a little and give a little. It's called politics, and that's what the far right of the GOP simply doe not understand. The biggest single beneficiary is, of course, Paul Ryan – who will not have those two traps facing him on day one. Details are thin, a lot of feathers have been ruffled, life goes on.
Earth Reportedly Round: The New York AG is mounting an investigation to determine if Internet providers are cheating their customers. Nest up: Bears in the woods.
Merit Badge: Coal-fired power plants be damned, greedy idiots burning off forests in Indonesia are second only to China in greenhouse gas emissions, out-pacing the worst efforts of heedless Americans. Just to grow palm oil for those very same heedless Americans to fatten themselves on.
Infallible, Inc: The voice of God's Earthly Representative has been handed a defeat by bigoted bishops who have no intention of loving their gay brothers. Well, not openly.
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet: The Republican crazies, having pointlessly beaten Benghazi to death, have now set their investigative sights on Planned Parenthood. The lineup is to be led by Marsha Blackburn, Joe Pitts and Diane Black who will examine the fictitious sale of baby parts as documented by the doctored and long since debunked videotapes. With luck it will take less than four years and eight separate pointless hearings.
Shocker: Autism is over-diagnosed. Way, way over-diagnosed.
Self Immunization: Wisconsin's beloved right wing dictator has signed a law designed to prevent prosecutors from investigating him and his staff for any more political crimes.
Voice In The Wilderness: Seven and a half years late, as usual, Obama discovers that our schools have an unhealthy addiction to testing instead of teacher. Would have been nice for him to discover leadership somewhat earlier in his presidency.
Show Me The Money: Over 85% of the money from right wing PACs that flows into the Tea Party Leadership Fund flows right back out to consultants, not to issues and most certainly not to candidates. It is hard to tell which is the bigger con, the Tea Partiers are trying to pull on us, or the one the funding fraudsters are pulling on the politicians.
Porn O'Graph: Shipping Out
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