Drink?

 Posted by at 18:52  Humor, Politics
Apr 292013
 

President Obama cracked a joke at Senator Mitch McConnell’s expense during his remarks at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner this past Saturday evening.

Of course, even after I’ve done all this, some folks still don’t think I spend enough time with Congress. “Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?” they ask. Really? (Laughter.) Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell? (Laughter and applause.) I’m sorry. I get frustrated sometimes.

The McConnell folks tweeted this picture in response…

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Does that picture make you want to have a drink with Mitch McConnell?
 

2013 WHCD

 Posted by at 21:09  Humor, Politics
Apr 282013
 

I don’t think President Obama’s performance at last night’s White House Correspondents Dinner was his best, but he did have a few good lines. Here it is in case you haven’t seen it yet…

Comedian Conan O’Brien followed the president. I think Conan phoned it in. Definitely not up to his usual standard. It’s here if you want to watch.
 

Apr 282013
 

Texas’ Rick Perry (R) has demanded an apology for this cartoon by Jack Ohman of the Sacramento Bee. (Which begs the question: Why is Rick Perry reading the Sacramento Bee?)

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I guess he missed this one by Nick Anderson of the Houston Chronicle (which is actually in Texas)…

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and this one by Pat Bagley of the Salt Lake Tribune…

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or any of the dozens of other editorial cartoons published last week depicting the lack of the oversight and regulation that led to the tragic explosion and loss of life in West, Texas.

The truth hurts, doesn’t it Mr. Perry? Instead of spouting off so much about Second Amendment rights, perhaps you should brush up a bit on the First Amendment.
 

Weekly Address 04-27-13

 Posted by at 09:03  Politics
Apr 272013
 

“Time to Replace the Sequester with a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction”

From the White House weblog:

President Obama says that because Republicans in Congress allowed a series of harmful, automatic budget cuts—called the sequester—to take effect, important programs like Head Start are now forced to reduce their services. After travelers were stuck for hours in airports and on planes this past week, members of Congress passed a temporary band-aid measure to stop the cuts that impact airlines — but they must do more to stop cuts to vital services for the American people. That’s why it’s time for a balanced approach to deficit reduction that makes smarter cuts and reforms in the tax code while creating jobs and strengthening the middle class.

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Weekly Address 04-20-13

 Posted by at 10:55  Politics
Apr 202013
 

“America Stands with the City of Boston”

From the White House weblog:

President Obama speaks to the American people about the act of terror at the Boston Marathon that wounded dozens and killed three innocent people on Monday, and says that through it all, Boston’s spirit remains undaunted and Americans have proven they refuse to be terrorized.

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A shameful day for Washington

 Posted by at 17:20  Politics
Apr 172013
 

Extended background checks for gun purchases is supported by 90% of the American citizenry, including 80% of Republicans. Extended background checks for gun purchases was defeated today in the United States Senate by a vote of 46 to 54; 46 against and 54 in favor. As we all know too well, the minority rules in the democracy that is the United States Senate.

President Obama just completed remarks in the White House Rose Garden. I do not know that I have ever seen him quite so angry. He called today “a shameful day for Washington” and called on Americans to vote the people out of office who will not support their will and to vote people in who will. I will add the video and text of the President’s remarks when they become available. (Update: video added at end of post.)

We all have the right to be very angry and extremely disappointed today, and we should be. Please call your Senators and let them know how disappointed you are in the results of the vote on gun background checks in the Senate today.*

All Republicans except four voted against the background checks. The four Republicans who voted in favor were Senators Toomey of Pennsylvania, McCain of Arizona, Collins of Maine and Kirk of Illinois. All Democrats except four voted in favor of the background checks. The four Democrats who voted against were Senators Baucus of Montana, Begich of Alaska, Heitkamp of North Dakota and Pryor of Arkansas.

*I have already called the offices of both of my senators to express my displeasure at their votes today. You should do the same. When you do, there is no need to be belligerent or rude. Just identify yourself to the staff member who answers the phone and let them know you are calling to express your disappointment (or displeasure) in the senator’s vote on gun purchase background checks today. You will likely be asked for your zip code. Give it, then thank the staff member for their time and politely end the conversation.

Our representatives do not know they are not representing us unless we tell them so.

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SNL Gun Control Debate

 Posted by at 09:32  Humor, Politics
Apr 142013
 

In case you missed Saturday Night Live’s cold opening on gun control last night, have a look…

I realize this was meant as humor, but it really just about summarizes where we are right now in reality. The NRA pretty much has this debate bought and paid for.
 

Weekly Address 04-13-13

 Posted by at 09:33  Politics
Apr 132013
 

“Sandy Hook Victim’s Mother Calls for Commonsense Gun Responsibility Reforms”

From the White House weblog:

This week’s address is delivered by Francine Wheeler, whose six year old son, Ben, was murdered alongside nineteen other children and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut, four months ago. Now, Francine – joined by her husband David – is asking the American people to help prevent this type of tragedy from happening to more families like hers. Since that terrible day in December, thousands more Americans have died, and thousands more families have suffered the pain of losing a loved one to violence.

Now that the Senate has agreed that commonsense gun safety reforms deserve a vote, they must finish the job and pass those reforms to protect our children and our communities. Now is the time for all Americans to help make this a moment of real change.

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