Sooner Blue

Mostly politics, a few current events, a squirt of seltzer down yer pants .. a little blog for my rambles and rants.

2010/12/20

The Lame Duck that could fly

@ 12:42 PM (48 months, 26 days ago)

 

Could President Obama end up having one of his most productive months in office? He's certainly prevailed through several cliffhangers in this soon-to-expire Democratic majority in the House. Some people are calling him the "Comeback Kid."

He won passage of most everything he wanted .. several rightie pundits say the $858 billion tax deal that Obama reached with Republicans was only a gigantic stimulus package for the president.

Yes, the DREAM Act failed .. but there's still hope that he'll get new healthcare legislation for 9/11 responders.

Republicans say they won't vote for the New START treaty, but Reid might call their bluff and ask for a vote on it by tomorrow morning. He says, "You either want to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists, or you don't."

The most historic thing was the repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" .. I'm glad that it will forever be linked to President Obama's name.

Obama will be a historical president for many reasons. He tackled and achieved controversial things that Clinton, Bush and others shied away from - HCR, DADT, etc. He seems to act with his values and his heart and not with the next re-election in mind.

Read more here at USA Today.

One odd thing - the Tea Party has sure been quiet during this session. They might be waiting for their supporters to be sworn in .. or maybe they really don't have a leader and aren't organized, which means they might have less impact in 2011.

OR - they're speechless because after all that whining for two years about all of Obama's spending and debt, their newly elected Republicans added almost another trillion overnight.

 

So long to ya 2010!

@ 12:39 PM (48 months, 26 days ago)

Here it is, the latest animated video from the Jib Jab brothers .. they've turned Obama and foul-mouthed Biden into puppets singing a sad duet about everything from the Tea Party, banks crashing, getting shellacked in the midterm elections, to oil spills and WikiLeaks, etc. .. they gladly kick 2010 out the door.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCuoLd0K4lY

I'm glad to see it gone too .. may 2011 be a better year not only for the White House, but for us all.

 

Hooray, no more lead candy!

@ 11:26 AM (48 months, 26 days ago)

 

Sunday evening, in these waning days of the 111th Congress, the Senate approved a sweeping bill to make our food safer - more inspections, tougher standards on imported foods, etc. - passed it unanimously too.

Gee, this Lame Duck session has wings.

See, that's all you have to do to get stuff done in Congress - just lock 'em all up and make 'em work until the last minute before Christmas.

Oh sure, some of them - Kyl and DeMint - run to the microphones and complain that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is "disrespecting" Christians for keeping Congress in session through the holidays .. calling it "sacrilegious" and even questioning Reid's faith.

I guess they forgot about that time in '98 when Republican Christians were all too happy staying to vote for President Clinton's impeachment on Dec 22 ...

 

"It’s disgusting, it’s a national disgrace .."

@ 10:33 AM (48 months, 26 days ago)

 

First Jon Stewart, now Shep Smith.

The day after Stewart aired his program sticking up for Ground Zero workers, Fox News’ Shep Smith took up the banner and blasted the Senators who fought for bills giving "tax cuts for billionaires who don’t need them" .. but couldn’t get healthcare relief passed for 9/11 first responders .. and Fox's Chris Wallace appeared to agree with him. What a sight to see ...

You can see the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixsv9P3UvOw

"How do they sleep at night after this vote on Ground Zero first responders from 9/11? Are they going to get that done, or are we going to leave these American heroes out there to twist in the wind? [...]

Who’s going to hold these people’s feet to the fire? We’re able to put a 52 story building so far down there at Ground Zero, we’re able to pay for tax cuts for billionaires who don’t need them and it’s not going to stimulate the economy. But we can’t give health care to Ground Zero first responders who ran right into the fire? Went down there to save people? Do people know what this city was like that day? People were walking over bridges they were covered in ash they were running for their lives they were crying their family members were dead. And these people ran to Ground Zero to save people’s lives. And we’re not going to even give them medicine for the illnesses they got down there? It’s disgusting, it’s a national disgrace, it’s a shame and everybody who voted against should have to stand up and account for himself or herself."

Good job Shep, you are the only true newsman that Fox has .. but I realize that you still have to be careful .. like not mentioning that it was Republicans who were blocking the bill.

 

Ah well, they already add fake crowd noise

@ 09:33 AM (48 months, 26 days ago)

 

This isn't a joke, it's true - Fox wants to add background music to NFL games. Football fans say it's a terrible idea and are freaking out .. they don't want any cheesy "mood" setting music. They say it's hard enough with all the commercial breaks as it is.

How long before they’ll start sneaking commercials in between plays, and then during plays .. and before you know it there'll be Coca-Cola logos on players jerseys ...

Read about it here in USA Today.