The Watering Hole, Wednesday, 3/4/15: War of Words

Yesterday saw Boehner playing presidential vis-a-vis Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, at Boehner’s invitation. You see, the Constitution, ya know, that document that conservatives love to waive around when it comes to original intent and proving we’re a Christian Nation, says that the President has the power to make treaties, not the Speaker of the House.

The Executive Branch, not Congress, takes the lead on foreign relations. Netanyahu just gave the Jewish stamp of approval to Congress going behind the President’s back. The phrase “be careful of what you wish for” comes to mind.

For Article Two of the Constitution also gives the President the power to convene both Houses of Congress, or either of them. It’s high time the President exercised his power to keep Congress in session until they pass legislation to help we, the people, instead of catering to the wishes of the 1%. It’s time for Congress to give up its spring breaks, holidays, vacations and campaign season until we have full employment, tuition-free college, universal health care, equal pay for women, marriage equality, etc., etc., etc.

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44 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Wednesday, 3/4/15: War of Words

  1. I can just imagine the Fox talking heads if Obama convened Congress during their breaks…

    “Enslaving Congress”
    “Taking Congress Hostage”
    “Attempting to be the Master of Congress”
    “Getting Uppity With Congress”

    etc.

  2. I’ve been trying to remember if I’ve ever in my life run across any Republican anywhere that has ever read or studied or even looked at a copy of the Constitution. So far the answer is Nope. Explains a lot.

  3. NTSB to re-open the investigation of the Buddy Holly plane crash. CNN salivates at ratings bonanza.

      • There is the rub. Pilots have to be the one that says “We ain’t flying in that shit”. But pressures can be overwhelming to maintain schedules and such. The question is, who pressured the pilot into flying when the pilot knew better.

        • IIRC, some of the folks involved in the show took a bus. They all could have done that, of course, but Holly, the Big Bopper, and Richie Valens took the plane. I rather doubt that ‘pressure’ on the pilot had much to do with it, but he definitely made the wrong choice in any case.

          I was a HS junior at the time, lived in a small town in S Minnesota about 50-60 miles from Clear Lake Iowa. I remember well the absolutely crap weather the morning I got to school and several of the girls in my class were crying. That was the first I heard about the crash, but even though I was just a dumb kid my reaction was ‘why the hell were they flying in this weather’? I think they were heading for someplace in S. Dakota, a place not all that far away but most likely further into the storm.

          • And I thought you were just a lonely teenage broncin buck with a pink carnation and a pickup truck…

      • Was going to go with, “NTSB considers re-opening the investigation of the Buddy Holly plane crash. CNN says oh boy, and that’ll be the day, hopes this story will not fade away.” Well, alright.

        • The Bonanzas’ nickname is fork tailed doctor killer.
          It’s aerodynamically very slippery and when it departs controlled flight the results are usually very predictable.

  4. GOP Presidential Hopeful Says Homosexuality Is A Choice, Cites Prison Rape As Proof

    Carson, who announced the first step toward a presidential bid Tuesday, told CNN that he “absolutely” believes homosexuality is optional. He said, “[A lot] of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.” He also maintained that states should be responsible for implementing same-sex marriage laws, as opposed to the federal government.

    Carson just may prove himself to be stupid enough to garner huge Republican backing. I myself am waiting patiently to see if he EVER happens to say something that isn’t completely wrong and completely idiotic. Nothing so far.

    On the matter of gayness being “a choice” I’m reminded of a remark a gay friend once made on that subject. He said, “Right. Homosexuality is a choice. I made that choice because I’ve always wanted to be hated and despised by millions of people.”

  5. If only AIPAC would do their job and convince all of those darn Jews to accept Jesus Christ as their personal lord and savior, we could nip all of this mucky-muck in the bud and bring about the Second Coming.

    • If god really wants that, why the hell doesn’t he just do it and get it the hell over with?

      Yeah, I know. Problem obvious. God’s created in human’s image, not the reverse. And since human has descended from the higher animals, well, problem obvious.

    • Well heck yeah, I thought that Bibi needs to get a bloody move on reclaiming the parts of Jerusalem he hasn’t already built condos on and then we need someone to start Armageddon right? Isn’t that it – before the oil runs out though, don’t fancy that middle ages, pre-combustion engine stuff…

      .. oh and that’s Jesus *H* Christ dontchaknow?

    • Well maybe its like he’s killed everyone he thinks needs killing? That could be it.

    • Or maybe he’s only going to kill the ones he’s not ashamed of killing?

  6. U.S. Running Out of Room to Store Oil; Price Collapse Seen

    The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it — and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

    For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is consuming. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the country’s main trading hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years, the Energy Department reported last week. If this keeps up, storage tanks could approach their operational limits, known in the industry as “tank tops,” by mid-April and send the price of crude — and probably gasoline, too — plummeting.

    • Well, we better all go out and keep our cars running 24/7 so this problem goes away.

    • and is the SPR full?

      Boom and bust baby….. only the Norwegians know how to manage their resource, the US just drills like coke addict that finds a kilo on the street.

  7. Yay rah rah Boner!

    GOP Rep: John Boehner ‘Surrendered’ The Constitution ‘To The Left’

    Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., is none too pleased that the House GOP leadership allowed members to vote on a clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, avoiding a department shutdown over President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. While speaking yesterday with conservative talk show host Steve Deace, Huelskamp said that grassroots Republicans have been “double-crossed by the establishment.”

    “How can we trust them when on one hand they say they’re going to fight and on the other hand they always lose?” Huelskamp said. “I know some of my colleagues have been fond of saying, ‘Our leadership keeps fighting the same way and expecting different results.’ I don’t think that’s accurate. They keep fighting the same way and expecting the same result. Which is a lot: a loss of liberty, a loss to Obama and let Pelosi and Reid run the House and the Senate, they’re now the de factor leaders.”

    He said that the GOP leadership betrayed the will of “conservative grassroots activists” and “average, ordinary Republicans.”

  8. After six years in Congress, most members look fat, rosy, and prosperous, while six years as President has aged Obama at least 20 years. If any member of Congress ever works hard enough to look the least bit tired, then they can think about pissing and moaning about Obama.

    • They say the presidency does age you.
      Clinton came out looking prematurely aged.
      Chimpy wasn’t there even when he was there physically so, he kind of skated on that one.
      Boehner on the other hand, has become more orange.
      If that’s at all possible.

    • From the BBC News article:

      “The attack happened at about 07:40 (22:40 GMT Wednesday), as the ambassador was entering a lecture hall in central Seoul, South Koran police were quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency.”

      And I thought the fanatical ones were in North Koran.

    • That sort of makes sense, given that I can’t stand the sight or sound of Walker about the same as I couldn’t stand the sight or sound or Raygun.

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