John Boehner certainly had some big things planned for today: First coffee, then breakfast, then resign his position as Speaker of The House – Wait, what? Yes, that’s right, John Boehner has resigned as Speaker as well as vacated his congressional seat, effective October 30. As keeper of an out of control zoo, I can’t say as I blame him. Who wants to be in charge of a monkey house when all the monkeys want to do is bite the shit out of him and shut the whole thing down? For the entire time of his run as keeper of the gavel, Boehner has had shit thrown at him from every direction. When Boehner was first chosen to be Speaker, he wanted to watch over a Congress that would go on to do historic things, which would glorify his 35 year career in politics. If by historical, he meant historically inept and dysfunctional, he hit the nail on the head.
I don’t know that you can blame Boehner as much as you should blame the Tea Party. In my opinion, Boehner is a moderate by today’s standards: A moderate who is clueless as to how to interact with and negotiate with today’s rabidly conservative Republican. I honestly get the impression that he dislikes the far right as much as the far right dislikes him. The enthusiasm never seemed to be there, when he lip synced to the public about any of the far right talking points. At any rate, he will be gone at the end of the month, and if I had to guess, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) is going to replace him. I don’t know much about McCarthy, other that the fact that he was tight with Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan, and that he has less than ten years of experience as a congressman (he was elected in 2006).
Whoever gets the nod, it’s going to feel like swimming upstream in a raging torrent of rapids right away. The new speaker will be facing the immediate threat of yet another government shutdown, as well as default. Things are going to have to come together fast, and nothing comes together fast in Washington.
I can only surmise that with a new and improved (for the Tea Party) Speaker, things are only going to get worse for the rest of us. I just can’t help but feel that with Boehner’s resignation, the GOP leadership just took another gigantic step to the right.
Get your popcorn folks.
If you live in South Florida, you may want to check out this article: Why the City of Miami Is Doomed to Drown | Politics News | Rolling Stone. It’s scary as hell. With sea waters rising due to climate change, it’s likely that South Florida is going to sink rather rapidly into the sea as early as 2030. Miami will be gone, the Everglades will be gone, and the Turkey Point nuclear power plant is likely to become another Fukushima. Florida is currently a Tea Party state, and warnings from climatologists are going largely ignored down there. Little is being done to prepare for the rising seas, other than throwing good money after bad in efforts to update decades old pumping and desalinization systems. Miami and the resort towns around it will sink, and within decades become a new age Atlantis. The article poses some realistically scary scenarios for Miami, as well as challenges that other low lying coastal cities such as Washington DC, New York City, and Boston are currently facing now, as well as in the future. If you believe in global warming, this article is a sobering must read.
- Rolling Stone says Goodbye, Miami (bizjournals.com)
- A vision of Miami’s impending underwater apocalypse (theverge.com)
- Sea level rise will turn Miami into American Atlantis (treehugger.com)
- American Atlantis: Sea-level rise means Miami is doomed (grist.org)
There’s more to ending gun violence than repeating “they deserve a vote” over and over again. The measures on this graphic must be taken. It’s that simple. Nobody’s 2nd Amendment rights are in danger here. The government is well within it’s constitutional realm to determine what types of weapons and ammo we own and use. Furthermore, the government is not stepping on our rights by dictating the terms of how we come to own guns and ammo.
Don’t take my word for it though: ask Tea Party favorite Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
I believe in the 2nd Amendment as much as the next person, unless that next person happens to be Ted Nugent or Wayne Lapierre. I own a weapon for home protection, and I know how to use it. However, I don’t see the need to own a weapon that the police don’t even have access to. It’s ridiculous to own such a weapon, and I’m a firm believer that the government should ban the hell out of these types of guns, along with their insidious buddy, the hollow point bullet.
There is probably very little chance that these regulations are going to be passed. I would encourage you though, to contact your congressman or senator, and give them your opinion. If we put enough pressure on them, then maybe, just maybe we can make this happen.
- Justice Scalia on the Second Amendment (philebersole.wordpress.com)
Um Secede perhaps? How serious are we to take these people? Self deportation is an option you know. Unless you can’t spell passport. Or Mexico. Or Canada, etc,etc. Hell, they couldn’t even spell cat if we spotted them the c and the a.
Tammy Duckworth has my utmost admiration and respect. It doesn’t matter what party she belongs to. She is a fabulous role model for all of us. We should all aspire to have her courage and resolve: Maybe our country wouldn’t be so fucked up if we did.
How could any self respecting conservative argue with Ayn Rand or Jesus? Maybe you should rethink your theocratic, capitalistic outlook on life. A tip of the tin foil hat to Being Liberal for sharing.
Those crazy Tea Baggers are at it once again: They are putting pressure on Tennessee state legislators to actually remove all references to slavery in relation to our founding fathers from American History text books.
It’s horrific enough that the oppression of so many is woven into the fabric of our history: to completely white wash their story and only portray American History from the white elitist point of view, only adds insult to the morally reprehensible enslavement of a whole race of people.
I can only say this to Tennessee Tea Baggers. When you push to take any reference to slavery out of the text books, you might want to push to have the Scopes Monkey Trial out as well. You’re less intelligent than the apes you claim not to have evolved from, and the apes have better morals. The history of that trial in your state might portray you in a bad light, so take that out with all the other stuff you want to deny.
Stop fucking with our history!
Posted from my piece of crap Blackberry
- First Tucson, now this: Tennessee Tea Party ‘Demands’ That References To Slavery Be Removed From History Textbooks (classroomconscious.wordpress.com)
- Teabaggers Want To Remove Slavery From School Texbooks (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- Tennessee Tea Party Wants To Whitewash History (ken_ashford.typepad.com)
- Tennessee Tea Party Calls Barney Frank ‘Perverted Sodomite POS’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Rep. Steve King Would Repeat Slavery Era, Says There’s Nothing He Would Change About American History (thinkprogress.org)
- Bryan Fischer Claims Tea Party Ended Slavery- 150 Years Later? (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Tea for Lou and Lou for Tea (politics.nashvillepost.com)