Saturday, June 18, 2005

Off the Top of My Father's Head


His degree is in public administration. Like me, he's an amateur historian, so perhaps we're not the best to ask what it means when someone is called a "fascist", but only the most pedestrian consumer of history instantly equates fascism with Berlin, 1938.
I'd forgotten Peron, but not I'm humming "Don't cry for me, Waukesha" -- I think it's a good fit.

Speak English or Die, Mother F&*(*&er

I cannot stress how difficult it is for me to take anyone seriously when they mangle the language (Cf. when I thought I was telling Japanese people that I was a foreigner but instead was telling them that I was monster -- after that, they switched to English because they couldn't stop laughing at my Japanese).

Than: a word used for comparison

Then: a word to indicate temporal order


"I posted to the blog and THEN went to the circus."
"I belong in a circus more THAN a political discussion."

Now, back to the discussion at large. You now appear to accept "moron" as a description for some Congressmen. This is good -- it shan't be much longer before you're advocating universal health care.

Please explain your differentiation between "political elites" (all of whom you name are wealthy families) and aristocracy in fact if not name. Since you obviously disdain the hereditary elite, why not join me in my Holy War against the rich? I believe even Jesus Christ had a bone to pick with those guys.

Government, as an institution keeping us from killing each other fails miserably. As an institution it seems pretty good about taking care of the hyper-rich. Frankly, I'm not thrilled with any institution that does that -- and I don't think for a second that you are, either.

If Congress is supposed to be in the way -- which I wholeheartedly agree with -- then what's the fuss with the blocks on judicial appointments? They should be stymied; you apparently agree with that.

Wow, only one fascist ever in history. Say, what's that degree in, again? How much did you pay for it?

Au Contriare, Mon petit Anarchist

We Need Congress - we have to have the damn thing. It nicely regulates the relationship between the Kennedys, the Bushes, the Tafts, the Rockefellers and all the other political elites and the electorate (me and you, bub).

It just happens to be staffed with jabbering morons - always has been, always will.
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."

"All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity."

-- Mark Twain

'Government' as broadly defined here is that body which keeps us from killing each other or becoming Canadians. The actual running of that thing is a shared affair where the lowliest bureaucrat has more control over the day to day affairs of 'government' then any given elected official. Thankfully, that bureacrat must answer to that elected official.

I like the tension - I just hold in lowest contempt those that would voluntarily choose to be part of a legislative body. I mean, seriously - committee meetings as a professional endeavour?

In no particular order, my favorite branches are the Judiciary and the Executive - because that's where the actual work gets done. Congress?? Like the governor on a lawn mower engine, it is simple, necessary and damnably in the way when you need to tinker with anything.
Yes, yes, Bush has gone fascist, it's just like Berlin in the 1930s - drink deeply of the Kool Aid, drink very deeply . . .

Where do we go now?

Shall we just discount all of government now? You don't like the Congress, you don't like effective Democrats in the White House, and you don't like activist (i.e., non-Republican) judges. What should we do? Elect a king and rule by fiat? Allow a caste of society to lord over us?

Screw that, man. If we are to descend into chaos, I'll do the class warfare thing.

The Dems are working like a government in exile because Repubs have shut them out of the process. Dems requested the Judiciary Committee hear the witnesses. Sensenbrenner refused, so Conyers was going to hold the testimony at DNC headquarters. Much like the Somalian government forming in Canada, I suppose.

Still, it really pisses me off when those in power go fascist. It makes me want (when the pendulum swings back, and we all acknowledge it will) to drag into the streets the Repubs that are so far to the right that they have lost touch with reality.

I imagine the Imperial governors had better treatment at the end of "Jedi".
What form of government do you like? Theocracy?

Oooooh That!

You're talking about that thing a few days ago where Jimbo walked out of some session becuase it was getting out of hand or was being protested or had gotten too silly. That.

Okay. I'm on board now.

Got it. We post about the antics of Congressmen now. Here's more:
In the Capitol basement yesterday, long-suffering House Democrats took a trip to the land of make-believe.

They pretended a small conference room was the Judiciary Committee hearing room, draping white linens over folding tables to make them look like witness tables and bringing in cardboard name tags and extra flags to make the whole thing look official.

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-My Pants) banged a large wooden gavel and got the other lawmakers to call him "Mr. Chairman." He liked that so much that he started calling himself "the chairman" and spouted other chairmanly phrases, such as "unanimous consent" and "without objection so ordered." The dress-up game looked realistic enough on C-SPAN, so two dozen more Democrats came downstairs to play along.

The session was a mock impeachment inquiry over the Iraq war. As luck would have it, all four of the witnesses agreed that President Bush lied to the nation and was guilty of high crimes -- and that a British memo on "fixed" intelligence that surfaced last month was the smoking gun equivalent to the Watergate tapes. Conyers was having so much fun that he ignored aides' entreaties to end the session.
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Okay, here's my basic rule on Congressmen - all of them. They are idiots. There are many shades of idiocy, but none of them (to my knowledge) rise to the esteemed level of moron.
The nice thing about Congress is that we keep them all in one building. Now only if we could get them to wear little beanies with propellers on them so they'd be more identifiable in their 'home' districts.

How To Tell When You're in Waaaayyyy Too Deep

You post stuff like this:
Ah, Wisconsin's Fifth Congressional District, I mourn for thee. I know you probably thought you were sending a lawyer to Congress, but instead, it turns out he's just an Episcopalian philatelist.

So, who won the bet on how long it would take me to post on this?

I can honestly say that I'm more confused by this post then I was by the plot line of AOTC.

Seriously, what the hell are you talking about? Clue the rest of us in - I mean, I read Drudge, the Washington Post, Instapundit, Tim Blair, and my local Daily and I have no idea what Jimbo did.
Philatelist? Is that what Michael Jackson is or is that someone who collects stamps?

Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man!

May this image haunt you all your days.

Friday, June 17, 2005

What kind of a moron doesn't follow standard procedure when chairing a Congressional hearing?

This kind:

Ah, Wisconsin's Fifth Congressional District, I mourn for thee. I know you probably thought you were sending a lawyer to Congress, but instead, it turns out he's just an Episcopalian philatelist.

So, who won the bet on how long it would take me to post on this?
Points of Order completely ignored and the meeting abandoned without a motion to adjourn... I suppose the meetings still technically in session.