Crazy like a Weiner dog!

On May 24, 2011 Anthony Weiner rose to speak in the US House of Representatives on the issue of Medicare and was basically told to sit down and shut up by the GOP chair. You can watch the video here on C-SPAN Minute 5:13:40 (I love that site!)

It took me a few days to figure out what he is doing and he is either really dumb or just crazy; crazy like a weiner-dog.

I don’t believe Weiner sent a picture of his crotch on twitter nor do I believe he actually engineered this. But here is what I think occurred to him at some point.

“I can use this thing to suck the oxygen out of the news cycle for a few days. Shut me up, will you GOP? HA!”

So he goes out and says, “I didn’t do it,” “I’ve been hacked,” etc, etc. Then when asked directly if it was a photo of him or not, he drags the media through another cycle by specifically not denying it was him. He knows they will spend a day speculating on why he is being coy. Then, maybe he comes out and says, “Ok, ok, it is me. Sue me, I got a big wiener.” OR he denies it emphatically after the advice of his lawyer.

And the media will spin it up another day, speculating on why a Congressman would take a photo of his own crotch OR why he just didn’t come out and say it wasn’t him.

Clever. Three days minimum of clever.

Or I’m entirely wrong.

Either way, I still like how he fights back!

Senators Jim DeMint and Jon Kyl are no ‘public servants’

Yesterday, Sen Jim DeMint commented on the onerous work schedule Sen Harry Reid is “forcing” the Senate to work.

We shouldn’t be jamming a major arms control treaty up against Christmas; it’s sacrilegious and disrespectful. What’s going on here is just wrong. This is the most sacred holiday for Christians. They did the same thing last year – they kept everybody here until [Christmas Eve] to force something down everybody’s throat. I think Americans are sick of this.

Sen Jon Kyl joined in, saying that meeting Sen Reid’s voting schedule would be impossible “without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians.”

Thousands of firefighters, police and other first-responders work Christmas every year. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailors and others who secure our nation work Christmas every year regardless of their faith. And they do it silently and without a lot of the benefits that Sens. DeMint and Kyl enjoy.

In the private sector, thousands work the restaurant, hospitality, transportation and entertainment industries with far less pay and respect than given a US Senator. And their jobs are far more important in the daily lives of Americans than two Senators. If it’s such an issue for DeMint and Kyl, they should just pack up and leave early, enjoy Christmas with their families and come back to work in January. They can afford to do it without getting fired.

I think Americans may be more sick of the 24/7/365 work culture your policies have forced them into. For some, missing work on Christmas means their families make a choice between paying for food or heat.

Perhaps DeMint and Kyl need to be reminded just what it means to be a “public servant.”

NB: For the record, Easter — not Christmas — has historically been accepted as the holiest day of the year for Christians.

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Congress getting ripped off by relatives

AP Photo: House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel is currently facing four investigations by the House ethics panel for possible misuse of his office.
AP Photo: House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel is currently facing four investigations by the House ethics panel for possible misuse of his office.
According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel paid $57,500 from a campaign account to a Web-design company owned by his son over two years, paying more for Internet services than any other House member during the same period, according to federal records.

My first thought was that perhaps the web site was worth that much and more. I get a bit miffed when people tell me Internet services should be really cheap (including the WSJ!), so I assumed perhaps Rangel’s son put a lot of extra features on the site and the Congressman actually got a lot of value for a little bit of money. After all, $57,500 doesn’t buy a whole lot more than the basics in the private sector.

But then I got a Tweet from the Alltop.com folks, saying the RSS feeds for both the Senate and the House were on line. So, I went there. Nope, no Charlie Rangel site.

Small oversight. Surely, there is an RSS feed.

But, there isn’t. Neenz is just not that sloppy! You can check it out for yourself.

So, it looks like more Congressional nepotism and the taxpayer paying for something that doesn’t quite compete with the private sector. And I like Charlie Rangel.

So, Congressman Rangel, for $57,250, I will rebuild your site and include an RSS feed so you can be on Alltop where you can kick ass with the best of them.

The media is all wrong… again

Once again, the media has gotten it all wrong. I’m going to step out and say that America didn’t vote “the other guy” because they were unhappy about the war in Iraq.

Oh, now don’t get your underwear in a bunch. They are unhappy about the war in Iraq, but that is not why they voted the way they did and why the Democrats are now in control of the House and Senate.

We voted DEMOCRAT because we understand the consequences of the imbalance of power when all three branches are dominated by one party. We voted to have checks and balances restored. The Iraq war, Patriot Act, wiretapping without warrants, run-away spending, etc, etc, are all SYMPTOMS of a single party in power without the checks and balances in place.

Just like we did to the Democratic Congress/White House in 1994, we did with the Republican Congress/White House in 2006. The lesson is no greater than that. Regardless of how stupid you think the American electorate is, elected officials, never forget that we ultimately understand that this government is made up of three branches, all of equal power, all sworn to uphold the principles of check and balances.

America is not a kingdom; it is a republic. That much the common folk know.

The REAL reason that immigration matters

I was reading an article in the WSJ today about how the World Cup is good for Walmart, how they want to market more to the Hispanic community and then it dawned on me –well, hit me square in the face, really. The immigration issue is a contrived marketing plan that has probably been in the works for years, maybe decades.

Ok, I am NOT a conspiracy theorist, but I do believe in the tenacity of the American marketplace. Here’s the skinny in real basic terms.

The two largest sports events that have world-wide reach are the Olympic Games and the World Cup. The Olympic Games have been pretty much marketed to death by American corporations and they are somewhat on the decline as a novelty. But, the World Cup has been out of reach of American corporations in the United States since forever. If you are a Walmart that has millions (maybe billions) of dollars worth of goods to sell and no market, you can either shrug your shoulders and give up OR you can CREATE the market. Since this is America, we’re going to go with the latter.

It may have taken Walmart decades of influence and millions of dollars to position this market, but they now have pushed the immigration issue to a head. They have gotten the media talking about it, they have the Congress talking… they have successfully banded the Hispanic community together under one common cause. NOW they have a market to appeal to!!

Do you doubt this? Then ask yourself: Why the immigration issue? Why now? Does it seem a bit too “pushed”, too contrived? Is the immigration issue REALLY a “make-or-break” issue like out-of-control medical costs, Social Security going broke or terrorism in our peaceful world? Really??

Let’s watch the issue when the World Cup fever is over. Let’s watch who does well in the World Cup and see where Walmart and similar corporations take their marketing.

Lots of walks on this topic. Stay tuned; Rufus has some thoughts as well….