Archive for January 23, 2009

Can we cover ourselves? Yes we can!

Posted: January 23, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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The word on everyone’s lips these days is “bi-partisan”. Bi-partisan this and bi-partisan that. The word from the administration is Bi-partisan, it seems to be coming out of everyone mouths.

On all the mainstream networks we hear bi-partisan over and over. On the cable networks particularly on CNN and MSNBC that is the word of the day/week/month. All the MSNBC promos we see the question; Will Obama be able to generate republican support? Will the house republicans play ball? Can they get republican support in the Senate? What will the republicans do? When I see these questions I ask Why?

Unless I can’t count the current congress has a large Democratic Majority in both houses. In the house; 257 seats. Since all spending bills must under the constitution come from the house that means that no republican votes are necessary period.

In the Senate the current tally is 57-41. It will shortly be 58-41 since NY will appoint a Democratic Senator in the Senate. After Minnesota it may well be 59-41.

(Sanders always votes with the Democrats, as does Lieberman on any issue not concerning the war)

There is nothing to stop any bill from coming out of committee for a vote as the Democrats will have at least a 2-4 vote edge on every committee. Any bill they want will be able to make it to the floor.

You might cry FILIBUSTER but the idea that the president is totally inhibited by those one or two votes is nonsense. Particularly when two of those seats are the rather liberal Senators for Maine and one Maverick from Arizona dying to get the approval of the mainstream media once more.

The question then is why? Why make the big deal, and why the big fuss over republican votes when the democrats have the power and the votes? Easy.

They want cover, they want power but not responsibility. They want someone to blame. They remember 1994 and the Clinton Tax increase. They also know that this country is still a 51-49 country and that the blue dogs in the house are not going to keep their seats if they go too far left.

Mark my words when things get worse (they will) the congress will get worried. In 2010 with the recovery hasn’t taken place (much too soon) Democrats in congress will be trying to deflect blame and ask for patience. In 2012 if recovery hasn’t taken place (unlikely; particularly with Democratic business unfriendly programs ) the administration will be dying to say it isn’t their fault.

This is what is happening , the ground is being prepared not for the recovery of the county’s economy but for the retention of power. If the economy recovers all well and good but if not they are going to be damn sure that they keep their majorities.

First things first after all.

Smoke and Mirrors

Posted: January 23, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news

It’s has been said that the President’s Past record and accomplishments were practically non-existent. That there was no reality there.

Apparently this carried over to the inauguration as the performances were actually recorded:

Well, if it’s not Milli Vanilli, it’s at least Ashlee Simpson. Either way, they faked a live performance. No one doubts that Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma can perform the piece, but it shouldn’t have been presented as a live performance if it wasn’t. It’s dishonest. Doesn’t anyone on the CCIC know that, or does the word Congressional automatically disable that knowledge?

Let’s hope the lack of reality doesn’t carry over to other things but people are what they are.

They can’t help themselves

Posted: January 23, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news

I guess the age of bi-partianship will still hasn’t arrived:

An inaugural ball honoring U.S. military veterans ended in a kerfluffle as several veterans walked out when a musical act’s attempt at humor backfired.

During the Heroes Red, White & Blue Inaugural Ball honoring the nation’s veterans, a vocalist with George Clinton and the P. Funk All-Stars held up a white towel with large block letters saying “[Expletive] GEORGE,” perturbing many audience members who walked out after the display, interpreting it as a jab at the outgoing commander-in-chief, George W. Bush.

These vets might be wounded in body but they are not wounded in honor. Unfortunately that can’t be said for the performers.

So what was the reaction of the organizers?

A spokeswoman for the ball’s organizers said the sign was inappropriate.

Well DUH!

As I’ve said before time doesn’t change what people are. The angry left were angry before they were left and someone without class won’t get any just because their candidate wins.

Dr. Who The Vengeance of Morbius Review

Posted: January 23, 2009 by datechguy in doctor who
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My review of the Big Finish adventure Dr. Who The Vengeance of Morbius is now available at Amazon here.

This is the 2nd part of a two part story so you will want to listen to Sisters of the Flame first.

This one was as exciting as Phobos was blah.