| A lot has happened since our last check-in: I had a birthday, Christmas came and went, a major winter storm rolled through and a former President went into guarded condition. Hawaii has a new Senator, we have two nominations for Cabinet positions and nothing new has happened to avoid the "fiscal cliff." Whew.
Sen. John Kerry has been nominated to be Secretary of State. Swift boating of Susan Rice was successful when the President bailed on her. This makes Kerry's Senate seat up for grabs which was the objective of the attack on Rice. Former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel is being accused of antisemitism before his hearings to be the new Secretary of Defense over criticism he made of Israel's government policies. If all of us who have been critical of Israel's genocide towards Palestinians were accused of being anti-semitic because of that you'd see how absurd it all is. My questions are these: why are liberals going to bat for a right wing Republican Senator? Why do Democrats feel only Republicans are fit to be Defense Secretary? Doesn't that just play into the meme that Dems are soft on Defense?
George H.W. Bush is in intensive care at a Houston hospital with a persistent fever caused by lung ailments. Coincidentally Houston has the worst air of any American city. Funny how the chickens come home to roost.
House Republicans failed to come to agreement on a deficit package and Speaker Boehner looked weak after failing to gather enough votes to bring his Plan B tot he floor. It was aborted. Now their strategy is to blame the Senate for acting. That takes balls.
A New York newspaper is under fire for printing the names and locations of everyone in two counties holding a gun permit. This is public information and, in the wake of Sandy Hook, important information to have. I'd like to know which of my neighbors is dangerous.
Gov. Gasbag, after campaigning on a promise of open and transparent government, on promises that he'd change the culture in Harrisburg, had a cozy weekend summit with his major donors and contributors last summer. How many palms were greased with no bid contract promises? We'll never know because of the lack of openness and transparency. Corbett is no different from every other corrupt politician who trades campaign cash for business and legislation.
In further news of his corruption the Governor took a vacation paid for by a natural gas businessman. Corruption doesn't get any plainer than this. Corbett campaigned on a platform of refusing to tax energy companies for our natural gas they profit handsomely from while polluting our waterways, air and ground. A nice vacation in Rhode Island was part of his payoff.
Three Pennsylvania State Troopers, including one from the Executive Service Section which provides security for the Governor, were accused with traveling to southeast Asia to hire prostitutes. There didn't appear to be any repercussions for their behavior. This is known as sexual tourism.
There have been so many shootings lately it's difficult to keep up with them. The deranged man who shot several people in western PA was riled up about the Mayan apocalypse predictions. What, he was too stupid to understand that calendars end? It's too easy for idiots to get guns.
Speaking of guns did you hear about the Tea Party shake-up? Former GOP Congressman Dick Armey attempted a coup at Freedom Works including walking in with an armed guard to fire staffers. He wound up getting fired himself at a cost of $8 million to stupid Tea baggers. Is the Tea Party turning into a circular firing squad? With all the guns those crazy people have this could wind up being good for the country assuming no collateral casualties.
Democrats have no accountability for House members who betray one of their own. They named Rep. Thomas Caltagirone to again be Democratic Chair of the Judiciary Committee after he actively worked to defeat fellow Democrat Mark Rozzi.
I still wonder why stupid voters returned so many Members of Congress. Republicans have proven, without a doubt, they are unable and unwilling to govern. Why anyone would re-elect them then complain that nothing gets done is beyond comprehension. The Violence Against Women Act expired because Republicans refuse to protect Native American women. Do they not suffer from abuse too? The Farm Bill also expired and is dormant. Your milk prices will double next week as a result. Republicans, after throwing millions of Americans into poverty with their failed economic and deregulation policies, now want to slash their food stamps. Costing them their jobs, homes and retirements wasn't enough now they also want to starve them. 47% of the country voted for this. Relief for Hurricane Sandy victims is also being held hostage after conservatives spent the past ten years screaming that climate change is all a hoax. After refusing to acknowledge reality we're faced with the devastating consequences and they refuse to pay up.