Thursday, January 24, 2013

Filibuster Rules II

Well Senator Reid, you failed. Miserably, but not completely miserably. You’ve been in the Senate too long and are too conventional, too traditional, and you’re simply too rigid to gamble on the rules, so you caved to minority leader McConnell not to change anything but a few provisions.

What you did was to change the interior upholstry and call it a new car. It drives the same, handles the same and works the same. Any bets the Republicans already have plans to subvert and work around the new rules to still stymie legislation?

You had the chance to make real change and you were conned into a cosmetic changes. And you expect us to think that’s good and you’re worth being a leader? If it works, you’re right, but if it doesn’t we’ll have you to blame this time, not the Republicans.

You missed in January 2011 and again now. Any bets on the old adage about three strikes?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Filibuster Rules

Senator Reid, if you don’t change the filibuster rules to make it better for the Senate to debate and vote on bills in the Senate you will have shown the American people that you don’t have the balls to support the people and either you fear the Republicans or are in cahoots with the Republicans not to help the American people.

You are the majority leader of the Senate and the Democratic party in the Senate. What don’t you understand to get change in the filibuster rules and not cave to the Republicans? We don’t want you to be a friend to minority leader Senator McConnell. We want you to be a Democrat and a leader.

Do that! Change the fucking filibuster rules!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Guns & Australia

This is the link to the letter to the editor of the New York Times today (1/17/2013) about the gun laws in Australia after a 1996 mass shooting of 35 people in Tasmania. His points are both relevant and salient to the discussion we're having now.

And remember John Howard, leader of Australia 1996-2007, was a conservative as was and are many of the people of Australia then and was the individual state and national governments then too. If they could and did regulate guns, then we can too.

It is time for America to bring the violence and guns themselves under control, as he says, "The fundamental problem was the ready availability of high-powered weapons, which enabled people to convert their murderous impulses into mass killing. Certainly, shortcomings in treating mental illness and the harmful influence of violent video games and movies may have played a role. But nothing trumps easy access to a gun. It is easier to kill 10 people with a gun than with a knife."

The editorial says it all doesn't it? Guns kill people because anyone can get one in the US. It is about people, access to guns and guns themselves. President Obama has it right, now it's time Congress do it right.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Not really on hiatus

I would appear from the lack of recent posts I've been on hiatus for the Christmas and New Year's holidays and the new year. Not really. I've been posting on my original blog at wsrphoto and on my new Tumblr accounts. Still the same outrage at the world and stupid politicians, just different places.

I'll be back here now and then since I use this blog for the more outragous thoughts, views, rants and vents. It's that sometimes you have to try new places to see how it works and Tumblr is full of young people to see a different world and perspective. It's better than TV.