Saturday, December 11, 2010
However, the Senator from Vermont didn't even come close to breaking the top five United States Senate filibusters of all time.
1. Strom Thurmond (D-SC) - 1957 - 24 hours & 18 minutes.
2. Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) - 1986 - 23 hours & 30 minutes.
3. Wayne Morse (I-Oregon) - 1953 - 22 hours & 26 minutes.
4. Robert LaFollette (P-WI) - 1908 - 18 hours & 23 minutes.
5. William Proxmire (D-WI) - 1981 - 16 hours & 12 minutes.
Talk about long winded!
Senator Strom Thurmond's 24 hour filibuster/speech will probably never be surpassed in our lifetime, but then again Senator LaFollette's record breaking speech in the opening decade of the 20th century stood for almost fifty years until Senator Wayne Morse outdid his mentor by over four hours.
What do you think?
Senator Thurmond's filibuster was against the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
Senator Morse grew up in Wisconsin, and deeply respected LaFollette.
Senator D'Amato is both second and seventh for the longest filibusters.
Senator Byrd's historic filibuster lasted only for 14 hours & 13 minutes.
My personal favorite, of course, is Tommy Wiseau's masterpiece The Room. Yet at least The Room has some redeeming features, mainly the fact that it is so bad, it is good. For example, please enjoy this quick summary of the movie:
The soon to premier Yogi Bear, unlike The Room, looks to have absolutely no merit. It looks absolutely atrocious. Dear God, just look at the trailer:
I think my eyes are bleeding.
Friday, December 10, 2010
UPDATE: Senator Sanders filibuster lasted eight and a half hours today.
TALK BERNIE TALK! The more time Bernie talks....The less time the Senate votes!
Bernie Sanders, the self admitted Socialist Senator from Vermont, has been filibustering the tax cut compromise between President Obama and Washington Republicans for over six hours now. The Senator* first launched his filibuster at 10:25 this morning (according to CSPAN), and has been lambasting the wealthy ever since.
The Senator has been the most talked about subject on twitter this afternoon, and his own staff has been using the social media outlet to update his 13,000+ followers since the filibuster started this morning. He also received some help from two fellow Senators - both Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana have filled in for Sanders for over an hour on the Senate floor.
How long can he go? Tune into CSPAN for the free entertainment.
* - Elected in 2006.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
- The United States Army & Marines oppose repealing the law.
- Repealing the law would effect troop morale and unit cohesion.
- 70% of combat Marines: Repeal would have a negative impact.
- The United States Military is not the place for social engineering.
- Don't Ask, Don't Tell has been a resounding success since 1993.
I would rather stand with the United States Marines against homosexuals openly serving in the United States Military* (a policy first implemented by George Washington), along with the Army and Air Force, than with social liberals who believe everyone has a right to serve in the Military, despite an amazing lack of such a right in the Constitution, every day of the week.
One liberal writer with the Washington Post obviously disagrees with me, and his reasoning isn't based on one piece of evidence anchored to reality, or even honesty. Here's what Jonathan Capehart wrote this morning on the subject: "In short, gay men and lesbians serving in silence in the military may have to wait for the courts to liberate them".
You have got to be kidding me. I wonder if Capehart cared about the Iraqi people who needed to be "liberated" from Saddam, or was that just another example of American Imperialism? This is another one of these liberal ploys: If you can't beat them on the facts; beat them on emotions. I don't think Military policy should be based on emotional hogwash, but rather on cold hard facts, and those hard facts oppose repealing the Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on the basis of unit cohesiveness, effectiveness, and morale.
What say you?
* Check out this amazing article by Mackubin Thomas Owens on DADT.
When the United States House of Representatives voted to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens last night, only one foreign-born Congressman stood against the immoral legislation that mocks both natural born and naturalized Citizens. The legislation passed the House 216-198: 38 Democrats voted with House Republicans against it, while 8 Republicans joined House Democrats in voting for it.
So who is this brave foreign-born Representative who places America above all else?
Representative Pete Hoekstra (R) of Michigan's 2nd district, who unlike the rest of his very small yet unique group of Congressmen, was born in Europe. Born as a Dutchman, raised as an American, and votes as Conservatively as anyone can, that is the simplest description of Pete Hoekstra you will ever hear. It is a shame that the rest have not Americanized the same way, especially on immigration.
Representatives Lincoln Diaz-Balart* (R), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R), and Albio Spires (D) of Cuba; Mazie Hirono (D) of Japan; Ciro Rodriguez (D) of Mexico; and Joseph Cao (R) of South Vietnam all voted for the anti-law DREAM Act, while Pete Hoekstra (R) voted against it, and David Wu (D) of Taiwan was not present to vote on it. What a disgrace to all naturalized American citizens who risk it all coming here.
Pete Hoekstra deserves a personal celebration for standing up for America.
* Not to be confused with his American born brother, Mario Diaz-Balart.
Common sense? You betcha! Did it pass? Absolutely not.
61 Senators (40 Republicans, 21 Democrats) supported the amendment, 35 Democrat Senators opposed the amendment, and four Senators were absent (Brownback, Burr, Lieberman, Pryor); three of them would have supported the amendment. It needed 67 yeas to become apart of the legislation.
So what happened this time?
- 31 Senators who opposed the Johanns amendment supported the Baucus amendment, a similar amendment that would have repealed the 1099 requirement for small buisnesses, but would not have paid for it - adding $19 billion to the debt.
- The Johanns amendment would have empowered the OMB Director to slash $39 billion in appropriated spending, while the Baucus amendment did not. Senator Baucus even took to the Senate floor to denouce the Johanns amendment for that very reason.
- It did not pass.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The United States House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 5281 earlier this evening, legislation better known as the pro-illegal alien, pro-amnesty "DREAM Act". 216 Representatives (8 Republicans included) voted for the bill, while 196 Representatives (38 Democrats included) voted against it. The legislation is now heading to the Senate, where it is expected to die a well deserved death.
The 8 Republicans who voted for the pro-illegal alien, pro-amnesty legislation:
According to opinion polls (mainly Public Policy Polling) the race is divided between three main candidates: former Governor Mitt Romney (leading in eleven states), former Governor Mike Huckabee (leading in nine states), and former Governor Sarah Palin (leading in seven states). The most fascinating result is that Mike Huckabee is leading in Sarah Palin's Alaska.
Three other candidacies are limited in their appeal to certain regions: Newt Gingrich (leading in two states), Tim Pawlenty (leading in one state), and Senator DeMint (leading in one state). Three of the four states are their own, and nineteen states have not even been polled on the election, according to a recent review of all available data, which I hope is updated in the near future.
So who is leading?
Each of the three main candidates have huge prizes* in their corner, but that could change as none of the three main candidates, or even the three second level candidates are guaranteed to run for the GOP Nomination. Meaning the above created map (Wikipedia is thanked for their blank map section), could have just been a massive waste of my time. Only time will tell.
* - Romney: California, Florida, and New Hampshire. Huckabee: Iowa, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Palin: Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
|Rest in peace|
"I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he's African American."
But the real question is: is turn-around fair game? This past weekend, President Obama compromised with Republicans in order to secure extra votes for his economic policy. That has led to comments like this on the Huffington Post:
So let's take a look at some of the top pollsters:
“Today’s actions against our editor-in-chief Julian Assange won’t affect our operations: we will release more cables tonight as normal,” a posting on the WikiLeaks Twitteraccount said.
The defiant tone seemed to draw ever clearer battle-lines by supporters of Mr. Assange who cast him as a crusader, and foes, including the Obama administration, who have been infuriated by revelations of sensitive material whose publication, his critics say, could threaten American security interests, alliances and lives.
None of this is surprising, although we'll have to see what happens at the trial.
Liberal Democrats Revolt Over Obama Compromise, Call him a piece of "S**t," Demand Primary Challenge
While President Obama may be trying to give himself a pat on the back now that he has secured more votes, one group of people are furious with the President: his base. Once the compromise was announced, across the internet thousands of liberal democrats took to their keyboards to bash the Commander in Chief they so blindly followed for the last two years.
For example, the liberal site The Huffington Post had over 20,000 comments on their article announcing the deal. The liberal site Daily Kos had nearly 1,000 comments on their article, entitled "President Obama announces deal to continue Bush tax policy." Here are just a few comments from Daily Kos that show the tremendous displeasure that liberals have with their President (with some language cleaned up):
By the way, now that Democrats are harshly criticizing the President, are they racists? Because, according to Jimmy Carter and a slew of other liberal nut-jobs, those who criticize Obama are racists.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Now there's this: according to the newly re-elected Majority Leader, Republicans do not want to give tax cuts to the middle class. According to Reid, Democrats are the ones who wanted tax cuts and it is the Republicans that never really did. Don't believe he could say something so stupid? It's all in his article Reid: Republicans Playing Cynical Games Instead Of Cutting Taxes For The Middle Class on his government website:
“Mr. President, There’s a recurring gag in the comic strip Peanuts that we’re all familiar with. Charlie Brown is getting ready to kick a field goal. Lucy is holding the ball while Charlie runs up to it. But at the last second, Lucy pulls the ball away and Charlie Brown flies up into the air, comes crashing back down and lands flat on his back.Who honestly believes this crap? I can't even believe that Reid believes this because no one can be this stupid and get re-elected, right? Right? But obviously thousands of people in Nevada believe what he is shoveling.
“What made this gag funny is what made it famous. It wasn’t so much that Lucy was tricking Charlie Brown. It was that it kept happening over and over again.
“It’s obvious by now that our Republican friends have drawn their political strategy from this cartoon.
“We’ve all heard Republicans weep for the deficit they say they fear. Democrats agree that we need to do something about it.
“So we have said: OK, how about cutting the deficit by admitting we can’t afford a tax break for millionaires and billionaires? A tax break that would add $4 trillion to the deficit. It’s a tax cut many admit they don’t need – a tax cut billionaires like Warren Buffett say they don’t even want. M. President, when was the last time you heard an investor ask for less money?
“But what did Republicans do? They pulled away the football and said: Rather than reduce the deficit, we’d really rather give an unnecessary, unwanted and unaffordable handout to the richest of the rich."
Speaking of shoveling, here's something Reid recently wrote on Twitter:
White House officials, meanwhile, expressed hope of sealing a deal swiftly, perhaps by midweek, and clearing the Congressional calendar for a long list of other priorities that they aim to accomplish by the end of the year, including ratification of the New Start arms treaty with Russia and the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay service members as part of a wider Pentagon policy bill.
Administration officials said the negotiations were focused on the question of extending the tax rates for one or two years, with a three-year extension highly unlikely, even though that time frame would probably eliminate the tax fight as an urgent issue in the 2012 elections.
Of course, the deal is not final, but it would appear that this is the beginning of the end. But that's been said about a lot of things in politics.
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