The Watering Hole; Thursday March 6 2014; Travesty

Travesty: farcical or grotesque imitation; mockery; parody.

I know, the World English Dictionary doesn’t specifically include the word “Congress” in its definition, but what the heck, farcical or grotesque imitation; mockery; parody” is close enough for government work . . . or for a government that does NOT work. Such as ours. Evidence two events from just yesterday:

1. Senate rejects nominee to head Civil Rights Division

Mitch McConnell was gloating over the fact that seven Democrats sided with the Republicans to reject cloture and block the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Why the gloat? Because Adegbile was, first of all, an Obama nominee; second, because Adegbile is, in McConnell’s words, grossly incompetent. Why? Because several years ago Adegbile, at the time an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, managed to get the death sentence of a Black Nationalist commuted. The Black Nationalist was convicted in 1982 of slaying a white police officer. The commutation was, at the time, clearly a legal accomplishment . . . but one which today brands Adegbile as incompetent to head the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. President Obama described the nominee’s appointment blockage by the Senate as a travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks.” I couldn’t agree more; in fact, the words farcical or grotesque imitation; mockery; parody” perfectly describe and define both Mitch McConnell and the 51 additional Senators who blocked Adegbile’s nomination. 

2. House Republicans reach pathetic milestone

The milestone reached was pathetic, yes indeed; it was indeed also farcical or grotesque imitation; mockery; parody” — it was the fiftieth attempt by House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The estimated cost of those fifty repeal efforts made in the last three years is some $72,000.000 — another way to spell Travesty, seems to me.

And of course those two examples of political stupidity are only one pair — shreds — of the myriad of never-ending nonsense emanating these day from Washington. One has to begin to wonder just how long a nation governed by farcical or grotesque imitation; mockery; parody” can endure.

Sometimes I think Emily Dickinson, 150 years ago, summed up the consequences of this day’s congressional bastion of political stupidity and irreverent chicanery when she wrote:

Whoever disenchants
A single Human soul
By failure of irreverence
Is guilty of the whole.

As guileless as a Bird
As graphic as a star
Till the suggestion sinister
Things are not what they are —

Sadly for all of us, the chance that things in Washington will ever rise above that failure of irreverence, that suggestion sinister, seems so remote as to be virtually impossible. And:



51 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday March 6 2014; Travesty

  1. Another way to spell ‘travesty’: ISSA.

    Check out Lawrence’s expose of the Issa-Cummings “exchange” when Issa adjourned his committee meeting and shut off Cummings’ microphone in attempt to disallow him to speak, to make his point.

    Issa=Travesty=“farcical or grotesque imitation; mockery; parody”

    • Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), not Cunningham. I saw that yesterday right after it happened, on MSNBC. Issa has no courtesy at all. He doesn’t possess the decorum that should be a prerequisite of his office.

    • great to have all that hatred and contempt on video tape for a nation to see. i’ll be looking forward to the Sunday morning blather….

      • The blather from Issa would be something like this I reckon:

        “Look we have to get past this partisan bickering and do what’s right for the American people. [Insert talking point here.] That’s how I’d rather spend my time rather than on political grandstanding. [Insert Obama complaint here.]”


      • Issa was on last Sunday, in the relative safety of Fox News Sunday. I don’t see him being on ABC, NBC, or CBS though.

  2. “I’ve seen the light. I’m going to join with my brothers in the NRA in protesting this nation’s most egregious violation of Second Amendment rights — the fact that citizens are not permitted to carry concealed weapons into courthouses and state and federal legislative buildings. We must petition to end this injustice at once! After all, if lots and lots of unregulated guns serve to protect everyone from small schoolchildren to drunken barflies, as the NRA boasts, then I see no reason why that same comforting protection should not be extended to judges and lawmakers.”

    ~Dan Hagen~

    • Her voice really cracked near the end of the song. I’m sure she’s glad people are talking about Travolta than that. Her face looked like she was upset with her performance when she finished.

      • It was her first time at the Oscars, she got short-shrifted on the production, and she just heard her name completely mangled. I STILL am pissed that Marvin Inhe butchered my last name at Niles East HS graduation — even though he read my brother and sister’s same last name in previous years.

  3. Callers and guests have been trying for over a week to convince Ed Schultz the KXL is a bad idea. He finally gets it!

    • Still plenty of other misinformed people need to take that Koch out of their mouths.

    • I wish Ed would do his own homework. Actually I wish he’d be replaced with somebody like Mike Papantonio.

      • Ditto Shayne…….the “lets get to work” has been on vacation way too long

      • Actually, I think he finally did enough homework to understand the downside. Pap can school him on the lack of corporate accountability of moving oil/bitumen by pipeline.
        His original position was that the pipeline was safer than rail tank cars. The trouble was he was comparing the newest pipeline technology to the oldest rail tank cars still being used to transport oil.
        He is also better informed about the pipeline route, and the Ogalalla Aquifer it would put at risk.

    • he and the DICK need to be locked in a padded room together and given nothing but FrootLoops and water…

    • I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if some RWers accuse Joan Walsh of hurling racial epithets at Issa. It would confirm, for me, that they view the word “thug” as a substitute for the n-word.

      • Good point Wayne. Only Republicans would vote for a known criminal as long as he’s a Republican.

      • the truth huts….

        “Issa showed remarkable contempt for Cummings on Wednesday, but he also showed contempt for the American people. Issa’s investigation has cost at least $14 million, and eaten up 97,542 hours of IRS staffers’ time. The agency has coughed up more than 500,000 pages of documents; 35 former and current IRS employees have sat for interviews. Treasury and IRS officials have testified at 15 separate congressional hearings. After all of that, a leader who wanted the truth would have listened to what Lerner had to say through her attorney. That’s not what Issa’s after. He’s trying to shame the White House, and Cummings makes a great stand-in.”

  4. Leslie Marshall is subbing today for Thom Hartmann. She has a Progressive talk show, which is on Progressive Voices on Tune In from 7pm to 10pm eastern.

    She’s a little too hyper for me. I listen slower than she speaks.

  5. 06 March 1857

    In Dred Scott vs Sandford, the
    Supreme Court ruled that African Americans
    are not U.S. citizens and cannot sue in federal court.

    My how times change: It only took 151 years before an African American became President!

    • 151 years, a bloody war, and a whole lot of pain for a whole lot of folks.

  6. [CNN host Kate] Bolduan pressed Paul Ryan on what Congress could do in response to international crisis. Your gob will be smacked:

    ‘ “Well, I think we should move forward on natural gas exports very quickly,” the former GOP vice presidential nominee insisted. “I think we should approve an LNG terminal in the east coast to go to Europe. I think we should approve the Keystone Pipeline. And I think we should show that the U.S. is going to be moving forward on becoming energy independent.”

    “Moving forward with the Keystone pipeline!” Bolduan exclaimed. “That development would take years, though, to actually make that happen.”

    Ryan argued that the controversial pipeline would be a “signal” to Russia.’

    Cuz if there’s one thing that will strike fear into Putin, it’s if Obama decides to pipe some Canadian fossil fuels through Nebraska to Gulf Coast posts.

    • Yeah, that’ll work Reckon Ayn Ryan will force those benevolent american energy companies to sell to Europe if China will pay more?

    • Oh just fook off, Eddie – surprised he took that Koch out of his mouth long enough to say that.

  7. Donald Trump remembered the “late, great Jimmy Carter” during his speech at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference today.

    We need a sharp mind like that in government.

  8. The latest PPP poll in Arizona finds the following results for McCain:

    “John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike and has now become the least popular Senator in the country. Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove. There isn’t much variability in his numbers by party – he’s at 35/55 with Republicans, 29/53 with Democrats, and 25/55 with independents, suggesting he could be vulnerable to challenges in both the primary and general elections the next time he’s up.

    He is the least popular Senator in the country and the most popular among Beltway hacks and TV producers. Imagine that.

      • Hey Ebb! I miss my computer, and laying down the grooves on Friday nights with you, TtT, et al.. I’m at my local library, so I am confined to time and lack privacy.

  9. oh, and fuck McCain, that priggish sociopath who will never live down his time at the Hanoi Hilton, and wants the rest of us to get in line with his rapacious nature to lie for his bloodlust.

  10. Young Turks’ host Ana Kasparian destroys ‘ignorant,’ breast-obsessed birther pastor

    …“This is not me trying to do a humble brag, this is me trying to point out your misogyny because instead of doing a little research on me and determining whether I really am ignorant or stupid, you decided to point to the fact that I’m a woman and criticized me for the size of my boobs,” Kasparian said. “Now I love that you showed a picture of me with my boobs a couple times in your program because you just couldn’t seem to get enough. You just absolutely loved it, but you know what? I’m not mad at you, it’s totally fine.”

    “You had absolutely no evidence of that, but you decided to broadcast that bullshit anyway,” she said. “So my friend, you are the ignorant one. You’re the one who got a PhD from an unaccredited institution that you founded yourself. So do a little bit of self-reflection before you turn around and criticize others.”

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