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Abdication of Responsibility

Dear Congress:

If you fail to act, you are choosing yourselves over your constituents. If you fail to make a choice to benefit voters and tax payers, you are abdicating your responsibility to guide this country.

Set aside your agendas, set aside your egos. You stand on the precipice of a tremendous decision. But failure to decide for whatever reason is a decision. Failure to reach an agreement, to find middle ground, will torpedo the already struggling economy.

While you sit in your fancy offices and argue over line items, understand that those of us on the outside looking into the beltway do not like what we see. We see men and women that we trusted with the future of this country paralyzed by the fear of decision making and governing.

Instead of statesmen & stateswomen choosing well and making the decision you are each pontificating and posturing to cover your fear with mindless speech. You fear that you will choose poorly and it will be held against you by voters.

Guess what?!? Your failure to choose is a decision and a vote for yourself and against your constituents. You best hope they don’t remember that!

Get off your asses and fix this, NOW.

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July 20, 2011: Random News

Georgia’s Death Penalty Controversy Continues, Randy Quaid dodges arrest, fashionable perp walk. In non-court related news, new Harvard weight-loss study with significant diet research.

Death Penalty Debate Rages On. As the drugs used for execution shift and change, the impact and “humaneness” of the acts is subject under increased scrutiny. I understand that Judge Tipton Lane wants to be able to review the process, nothing good can come from a video recording of the death chamber process. Digital media proliferates too quickly and is inherently uncontrollable int he wrong hands. I hope Judge Tipton Lane can control this media. Otherwise, we will return to the days of public hangings.

Sleep and dash? Randy Quaid and his wife are now officially on the lam. Currently, they are in Canada. No Christmas Vacation reunion movie in his future.

Court dates are important. If you’re dodging the police, be careful who you trust. One woman was arrested in her weeding dress for failing to appear in court. Boy, that jail probably wasn’t her favorite honeymoon suite. Proving a case may present challenges but finding people and using human information sources to find folks is a whole lot easier.

Budget cuts delay court appearances. How do the budget cut affect justice? People sit in jail longer. Why should you care? The longer a minor scofflaw spends in jail, the more food, amenities and supervision is required. Instead of funding the smooth justice system, the public spends more money on necessities. When will government discover the wisdom of a fully funded justice system.

Careful who you hire…This article highlights something I’d never thought about who is your locksmith?

When the facts and rules are against you attack the investigators. Congresswoman Maxine Waters is attacking the Congressional committee staff who investigated her corruption charges. What will come of this I wonder.

New Weightloss Advice. “The beauty of the new study is its ability to show, based on real-life experience, how small changes in eating, exercise and other habits can result in large changes in body weight over the years.” Further, “The foods that contributed to the greatest weight gain were not surprising. French fries led the list: Increased consumption of this food alone was linked to an average weight gain of 3.4 pounds in each four-year period. Other important contributors were potato chips (1.7 pounds), sugar-sweetened drinks (1 pound), red meats and processed meats (0.95 and 0.93 pound, respectively), other forms of potatoes (0.57 pound), sweets and desserts (0.41 pound), refined grains (0.39 pound), other fried foods (0.32 pound), 100-percent fruit juice (0.31 pound) and butter (0.3 pound).”

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Political Trouble: Fewer Distracting Circuses

As the government shuts down in Minnesota and Congress stalls on the issue of raising the debt limit, the typical vulgate distractions remain locked out. The NBA yesterday joined the NFL in locking players out of their work environment. Fortunately, college football can’t lock out players but the increasing amount of abuse within the NCAA may place a damper on the enthusiasm of devotees.

Why should Congress and state legislators, perhaps even local legislators, be concerned? Fewer distractions for the voting population means more focus on the acts that impact their day to day lives. The vigor and activity involved with viewing and/or attending professional sports, the circuses of Rome of old, will now be seeking a new outlet.

Be careful, politicos, you may not like where the laser focus lands.

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Random New: June 15, 2011

Stories I find interesting.

Economic Indicator to Worry About! If Congress doesn’t raise the debt limit, the U.S. will go into default on loans. Seriously, why is it that I heard this only the BBC this morning. I saw no other reports. This economic indicator should be cause for great concern. And yet NO ONE is paying attention.

Historic Markers Made Naturally. How did the native Creek and Cherokee find their way such long distances that history shows that they traveled? Apparently, the trail was marked with intentionally crooked trees. How interesting is that? Check out the website of the Mountain Stewards, the group compiling a list of these trees.

Palin isn’t the only one…U.S. students don’t about the history of their country. Schools should do a better job of creating well-rounded students instead of test taking automatons.

Economic Food for Thought. How do you gauge how the economy is doing? Look at all the signs. Small businesses are generally not expanding and perhaps shrinking the size of business. Is this caution or an indicator? You decide.

The Problem with the Politics & Politicos Today.  The NY Times editorial hit the nose on the head, though I would expand this to all politicians NOT just the Elephants. The politicians are not talking about substance, they are sound and fury signifying nothing. But people are buying their hot air.

Legalize small amounts of Marijuana? New York is considering it. The other interesting point in this article is a discussion of how these “crime prevention” arrests affect the lives and futures of the folks who perhaps were NOT bent on other crimes.

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Not clear cut

CIA Director Leon Panetta issued a memo contradicting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s allegations that the CIA lied to her and others in Congress. Speaker Pelosi’s account of the events has shifted from day to day and week to week. NPR however reported yesterday that former Senator Bob Graham’s review of his notes on CIA briefings showed erroneous information being distributed by the CIA. Graham asked the CIA for dates of his briefings, reviewed his famous notes for those dates, and discovered that of the CIA’s alleged briefing dates he had only been briefed once not four times.

So, I am curious why no one is exploring Senator Graham’s claim, regardless of the machinations of Speaker Pelosi. I’m no fan of the Speaker and will probably be the last to speak up on her behalf but what of the discrepancy Senator Graham found. The CIA admitted that their records were erroneous. Who will explain this? Does this impact Speaker Pelosi’s statement(s)? Also, Panetta’s memo directly contradicts Pelosi. Is the administration setting Pelosi up for the fall? Or is she simply a casualty of her own brash, outspoken personality?

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Why Tax Day?

All of these people united today to protest increased taxes or increased spending or a disheveled  policy from the Obama administration. Where were all these complainers when Congress passed a spending bill without actually reading it? Where were all these people when the bailout passed?

Seriously, did any of these people pick up a phone or a piece of paper and notify their elected officials before these votes? No. Somehow the safety of the mob provides cover to those who cannot speak out alone.

Use your email, low-tech pen and paper, a telephone-with a cord if necessary, speak out to the idiots who we elected. Don’t stand out in the wind and the cold!

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Bipartisanship or Selling a Soul?

President Barack Obama promised bipartisanship in his administration. Perhaps the President’s definition of bipartisanship does not match the definition to which the Republicans ascribe. Based on the reports from Washington and beyond, the President’s idea of bipartisanship is to use his charisma to convince Republicans that he is right instead of listening to what the Republicans have to say. The times when bipartisan agreements are achieved include some give and take by both parties not the wholesale purchase of the other side’s idea. In order for “bipartisanship” to work, the President and his sycophants need to be open to changing their positions as they are so eager for Republicans to do. Basic tenets of mediation and negotiation require some exchange.

If not, the President will find there will be little “Bipartisanship” whatever the definition. Republicans are finding traction with now skeptical voters who see the massive waste of TARP money by people who receive annual salaries that far exceed the income of some local communities. How can legislators support a bill they haven’t even read? How will those legislators who did justify that vote to taxpayers who now carry the burden of the sinking economy and fear that their personal economy will be impacted more severely? 

A vote in favor of the bill without some give by the Democrats would be like selling one’s soul without any benefit whatsoever. Why would Republicans do that?

Bipartisanship implies some agreement between the parties or members of two parties. Unfortunately, the Democrats behave now like a “ruling party” of parliamentary governments instead of like a majority party of U.S. legislative history. So long as the Democrats maintain an attitude of supremacy, the Republicans will have little choice but to question the new establishment and fight the Democrat party line. Until the ruling party finds some humility, the news out of Washington will continue to ponder, as a New Times article today, the challenges of “bipartisanship.”

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