Posts in category "government"

Thoughts on the upcoming Papal Visit

  Pope Francis is headed our way. He’ll speak in September they say. If Republicans listen, They’ll learn  what they’re missin’. Why they should do more than just pray.

Epistolary wisdom from Thomas Jefferson to mark the 4th of July

  To Patrick Henry, March 27, 1779: “But is an enemy so execrable, that, though in captivity, his wishes and comforts are to be disregarded and even crossed? I think not. It is for the benefit of mankind to mitigate the horrors of war as much as possible.” To Peter Carr, August 19, 1785: “It... Read more »

Twitter brings Queen Elizabeth II back from the dead

  At the BBC someone had tweeted That the Queen the Grim Reaper has greeted. But Her Majesty lives. So for God’s  sake what gives? Not the Queen,  but the tweet was  deleted.

The First Tweet isn't sweet on the Cubs

Barack Obama joins Twitter, follows every Chicago sports team except the Cubs By Nate Scott May 18, 2015 12:58 pm ET The president’s given  his favorite clubs On Twitter; and somehow omitted the Cubs. Of course some will view it As shocking he’d  do it, Especially in partisan pubs.

Accounting for Moody's downgrade of Chicago's bonds

  Moody has rated Chicago debt  ‘junk’— Which should put us all in a real deep  funk. Sure, the pols are to blame. But ourselves just the same, For we haven’t stopped  drinking their Kool-Aid we’ve  drunk.  

Should chimpanzees enjoy some human rights?

      “According to a New York judge, two chimpanzees now have a right that until Monday was reserved for humans. The chimps, used in research at Stony Brook University, may never actually be released, but the court’s move represents a historic change in thinking about animal rights. Here’s what happened: In December 2013,... Read more »

Louie Gohmert: The goofiest person in Congress

  ”I don’t think we ought to put Israel in position of having to save both themselves and the United States. I think it’s time to bomb Iran — anything that resembles a nuclear facility.” [Louie Gohmert, quoted on]   Says Congressman Gohmert of Texas, it’s time To bomb nuclear plants in Iranian clime.... Read more »

Mike Pence is doubling down on the RFRA.

    Taken at his word,  Governor Pence Has befriended gay ladies and gents. “Our law was designed With no bias in mind. The  problem is  ambivalence.”

Sharing the wisdom of what I have read: Installment #3

  Here is a passage from my commonplace book entered on 2-20-09.  Little  has changed in Congress. “No one today seriously believes that the actions of the legislative branch are informed by a collective determination to promote the common good. For this reason, periodic  Congressional efforts to curb presidential power are mostly for show and... Read more »

The Signature of Senator McCain

  “I saw the letter, I saw that it looked reasonable to me and I signed it, that’s all. I sign lots of letters.” [Senator John McCain explaining to Politico why he was one of the 47 Republicans to sign the letter to Iran]   Why sign that  letter To the leaders Iranian? “I sign... Read more »