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This appears to be what is left for us, to die. With no apparent representation in the halls of power, our choice is to die – literally or symbolically.
We are wild about calling ourselves and our country “free.” Have you been to a football or baseball game lately? They have become nauseating exercises in self-congratulations over our great freedoms. But what are we really free from? Are we free from debt? Probably not. Are we free from being beaten or killed by cops? Are we free from anxiety? Hardly. Free from the indignity of institutionalized injustices?
We have never been less free then we are today. When the majority of Americans are not represented by a political party, inch by inch, drop by drop freedom wanes.
Sens. Tom Coburn and Mary Landrieu gave their farewell addresses on the Senate floor Thursday and were praised by colleagues. Coburn gave an emotional address about the power of individual senators and the importance of compromise and oversight. He praised Sen. Tom Carper, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee where Coburn is ranking member. “He has been a phenomenal chairman. … We do not agree on everything, but the one thing we agreed on was that we were going to work together to solve problems.”
Carper returned the praise, citing the movement of cyber bills and others as a testament to his work. “Legislation is moving through this body and through the House this week — it is pretty amazing, — to strengthen our cyber defenses,” Carper said.
A woman charged with shooting and killing her ex-husband and stepdaughter has strong connections to groups advocating for expanding open carry gun laws in Texas.
Veronica Dunnachie was arrested and charged with shooting and killing her ex-husband and step daughter. Dunnachie’s Facebook page includes photos of her engaged in open carry firearm advocacy activities.
Tom Carper spent a lot of time campaigning form Mary Landrieu. Has his hard work purchased any goodwill? I doubt it. My bet is that Carper was duped, but that appears to be his thing.
“Senate Democrats plan to squeeze every last drop out of their majority, threatening to extend the lame duck to approve key nominees of President Barack Obama before turning over Senate control to Republicans in January. If they hold their caucus together, Democrats can unilaterally prevail and approve Vivek Murthy to be surgeon general, Sarah Saldana to lead Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and Carolyn Colvin to be Social Security administrator, as well as nine judicial nominees … Democrats may need all their members to stick around to win tough votes, including Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who lost her seat on Saturday and has missed all of this week’s votes so far.”
Because the Keystone XL pipeline failed to pass, and because contraception is now the same thing as abortion in the deranged minds of Republicans, House GOPers pushed to attach a provision to the government funding bill that would let some employers opt out of covering contraception for employees.
Senator for Life, Tom Carper took this move as a positive step toward Republican “reciprocity” and a demonstration of the GOP’s willingness to be bipartisan.
Recently freed up from campaigning on behalf of Mary Landrieu by her predictable loss, Tom Carper had time to comment on the current lack of “reciprocity” gripping the congress, but was confident that in 2015 reciprocity and bipartisanship would reign resplendent.
From TEDDY WAYNE:
Voting against your own self-interest
US employers added 321,000 new jobs in November and the the DJIA and SP500 both smashed records.
If only the Keystone XL pipeline would stop screwing up the traditional comity in the Senate and creating gridlock throughout the government. Oh, what a bipartisan paradise of “reciprocity” we’d be enjoying right now.
First the accusation, then the shockingly candid DOE response below the fold.
Delaware’s charter schools are causing resegregation and discrimination against minorities and students with disabilities, the ACLU and Community Legal Aid Society are arguing in a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
The groups say that, especially in the City of Wilmington, most charters are easily racially identifiable as either mostly white or mostly minority schools, with those serving minority students vastly underperforming those serving more affluent white students.
The complaint is filed against the State Department of Education and the Red Clay School District, which authorize all of the state’s charters.
We can do this. It will not stop all incidences of undue and unlawful police violence, but it will make violent and unhinged cops think twice before they start blasting away.
It will also provide future grand juries with some objective evidence with which to evaluate police claims of being in life or death situations. You can also make the case that is will help honest and decent police (and I’m sure there are some out there) defend themselves against spurious charges.
Today’s inane op-ed by Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart perfectly exemplifies why even the Libertarian idea of voting for “none of the above” and leaving the office empty would be better than having her in power. “OMG … look at the time! I’m late for my morning meeting with my corporate overlords to rubber-stamp […]
Robert V. Stachnik, age 67, of Newark, DE, passed away on November 29, 2014. Bob was a founding member of the Howard Dean meetup in Newark. A member of the original core of 8 to 10, Bob saw early on that the Dean campaign was about more than simply promoting Howard Dean for the Democratic nomination. It was about reinvigorating and refocusing a political party around a simple ideal; that being a Democrat means you look out for the little guy.
Later a founding member of Progressive Democrats for Delaware, Bob provided quiet but determined leadership as we attempted to get the Delaware Democratic Party to try and claw back some of its historic identity. This blog, in fact, is a testament to, and artifact of his leadership style. As the Dean campaign built momentum and the meetups grew from week to week, Bob spread the word, “If you have an idea, do it.” We all did whatever suited our personalities and as spastic, loud and obnoxious as I was (am), Bob was diplomatic and calm. You could even say that he was thoughtful, scientific and plodding to a fault at times.
I once made fun of him at a meeting by putting together a parody power point presentation called. “What to Have for Dinner.” The comic pretense was that he used no fewer than 30 slides to convince his wife that roasted chicken and green beans would be a good choice for dinner.
It was fun. Changing the Democratic Party seemed possible back then. We were insurgents. Now we are all scattered a bit. Demoralized, no doubt, by these times and this untimely loss. I miss him. His kind nature and full on nerdyness. I don’t know now what I can do to honor this man whose loss will be felt by people who never knew him or never knew he ever lived. I’ll have to think of something though.
What stupid shit did Senator for Life, Tom Carper, say today? Well, while campaigning for “dead woman walking” Mary Landrieu, a fake Republican about to lose to a real Republican, Carper said that he still expects his show of bipartisanship to be “reciprocated” by grateful Republicans. Also, the Keystone Pipeline is still the root cause of all DC dysfunction (in-case you were wondering).
Happy Thanksgiving and peace out for a while from your buddy Jason330. Blogging is 50% commenting, so we wouldn’t be here without you guys. Even though I’ve been pretty pissed off this year, you all are keeping the spark of liberalism alive in your own way. When we are at our best, our comments and posts are poignant, thought provoking and well argued. When we are at our worst, we are basically full of it.
And yet, it is always heartfelt, so thank you (in no particular order) Andy, puck, SussexAnon, All you Anonymous SOBs, LeBay, Unintended Consequences, Tom Hawk,bamboozer, teddy, ben, Another Mike, Geezer, Dorian Gray, Bane, Pine View Farm, rustydils, Aint’s Taking it Any More, AQC, Nuttingham, Walt, John Manifold, Plexing, Russ, Dave, Tom Kline. Republican David, stan merriman, fightingbluehen, Joanne Christian, Steve Newton auntiedem, Kavips, and MikeM2784.
Also, all you regular lurkers who read everyday, but don’t jump in. We see you in the stats and it is meaningful to us that you stop by. Thank you. Have a great Holiday. Fight with your crazy racist father-in-law and GO EAGLES!
I teach my organizational behavior students that, in their relationships, there is a difference between power and authority. Power is the ability to influence behavior, while authority is the right to influence behavior.
Authority is derived from some level of mutual agreement within the relationship. In America we give police departments the authority to pull us over if we appear to be speeding. We grant that lifeguards on the beach, and cops on the highways enforcing the rules that we’ve established redounds to the general benefit of society. Social scientists call the extent to which we accept authority as legitimate as the “zone of indifference.” When a cop, a lifeguard, or even our fast food managers go beyond what we perceive as their authority, we seem to know it intuitively. We all have a highly tuned sense of our personal zone of indifference.
Unlike authority, power does not depend on a relationship. The lunchroom bully can influence behavior, but there is no consent given or implied when he takes the weaker kid’s lunch money. Power is as power does. The bully has the ability to take the lunch money based on his strength, so he takes it.
Now we have a class of citizens, police, who have abused their authority and have only power left. One cop murdering an unarmed kid and getting away with it doesn’t simply diminish his own authority. That injustice drains authority out of the entire system. And once gone – authority does not come back. Once the mutual agreement that we’ve entered into in order to establish lines of civil authority has been broken, power is the tool remaining in the state’s tool box. We call that a police state.
There have been more deaths caused by police shootings than by gang members, drug dealers or from child abuse in the past five years in Utah, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
This year alone, the Tribune reported, police shootings have claimed more lives than violence between spouses or partners, for a total of 13 deaths. A toll, which includes 22-year-old Darrien Hunt who was fatally shot by police in September.
It was a very eventful week. The House is suing President Obamain order to look tough to the Heritage Foundation which is basically running the GOP now. The lawsuit is nominally over Obamacare, but really because the President has yet to honor the GOP’s request that he quit being President.
In a brazen show of not quitting, President Obama announced this week that due to the fact that the Keystone XL pipeline is jamming up everything in Congress, he is going to stop deporting so many browns. That made the Heritage Foundation (and by extension the GOP) even angrier than they already were, and made Tom Carper lament the fact that the Keystone XL Pipeline is the root cause of all gridlock in DC.
“Given Congress’ inability to act (on the Keystone XL Pipeline) it is understandable for the President to examine ways the Administration can legally address the current needs of our country and the realities of the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the shadows.”
Carper added that while he supports the President, his first choice is to have a permanent, (bipartisan passage of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will allow for) solution to the immigration system.
While some conservatives are still in the grip of impeachment fever (see below), for the most part Jeff Sessions of Alambama, a man nobody can call a RINO, appears to be speaking on behalf of the GOP in general when he categorically rules out impeachment as a remedy for conservative’s hurt feelings over immigration.
“No, we are not going to impeach or have a move to impeach. The president has certain powers. We truly believe, and I think it’s accurate to say he abused those powers,” Sessions said.
It is noteworthy that Sessions was speaking at the Heritage Foundation which has been at the forefront of pushing GOP politicos into unalterably insane positions on immigration.
[An Aside: It is also worth noting that TOM CARPER was dead wrong. As you may recall, Carper supported the GOP's protest over the looming immigration executive order and wanted the announcement delayed. Basing his position on the delusional notion that a show of comity would be reciprocated by a grateful GOP, Carper continued to show he is bipartisan to the point of lunacy.]
I love how conservatives blame immigrants for America’s immigration “problems” and rail against President Obama as he attempts to nudge the country toward taking advantage of the desperation of immigrants in a slightly more transparent way. Conservatives hysterically claim that our porous southern border is the problem. It isn’t. The problem is the greedy farmer. The problem is the unethical food processing company that doesn’t want to pay a living wage or be bound by even the most minimal standards of workplace safety. That’s what they found out in Alabama when they really cracked down on the people who employ illegal immigrant labor.
Yesterday Tom Carper heaped praise on his GOP buddy Tom Coburm of Oklahoma. After praising Coburn, he handed over the gavel of an Ebola hearing to the nutbag:
“I don’t want to chair this hearing today. I want Tom Coburn to chair it,” Mr. Carper said from the dais on Wednesday. “So I’m going to pass tho gavel over to him and put him in charge, and I’m going to try to be a good wingman. All right, Thomas, it’s all yours.”
What did the grand gesture of bipartisanship get Carper? Well, LATER THE SAME DAY Coburn predicted “anarchy” and “violence” will be the result of any executive order on immigration.
In an attempt to justify his execrable vote in favor of the environmental catastrophe known as the Keystone XL pipeline, Tom Carper’s office released a statement which blames the Keystone pipeline for Congressional gridlock. That’s right. It is the Keystone Pipeline, and not the whack-ass GOP that is fucking up everything in DC, according to Carper.
I know it seems like I’m harping on Tom Carper’s unholy sucki-tude, but when Democratic economic polices LOSE OUT to Republican policies that have done nothing but fail for the past twenty years, you have to realize that Democratic turncoats and traitors to the middle class like Tom Carper are having a pretty big impact.
I should never be surprised. I should just assume that Carper agrees with the Republicans on any given issue. And yet, he continues to surprise me.
(Tom Carper), said Obama should wait until next year.