Well, I'm glad to see that all this sequester nonsense has finally been exposed for what it was- a straw man in sheep's clothing, and it was President Obama who started yanking on the loose threads.
The supposedly inescapable package of across the board spending cuts had been so contentious that our already glacier-slow Congress ground to a complete halt, other than to yeshole away on all the news shows, like a boxer bragging about being undefeated even though he has yet to throw a single punch.
One would imagine the surprise then from Democrats in Washington when White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced Friday the President would be open to fixing the sequestration's effects on air travel, namely the furlough of air traffic controllers. What is anyone paying attention to the situation supposed to think, now that we have been made aware the sequester is inescapable, that is except for the parts to be cherry-picked later?
Not long after Carney's statement, the House passed a bill to correct the problems with air traffic controllers 361-41, a total which obviously contained a large chunk of Democrat votes.
The complaint from Democrats is that President Obama put them in a position to either stand their ground and try to make Republicans own their insistence on the sequester in the next election cycle, or look like they were more worried about the airlines and the inconvenience to air travelers than more socially relevant programs.
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) called it a bad vote, setting a precedent that air passenger inconvenience is of greater priority than programs like Pell Grants or Head Start. That may very well be, but it does absolutely nothing by Rep. Grijalva to explain why then he joined in on that bad precedent by casting a vote in favor of the furlough compromise.
Naturally, when hit with questions as to why the White House would fix air travel and not other problems like Head Start, Carney naturally replied that the White House would like to see that kind of funding restored as well, as blamed the Republicans for it not happening.
"We call on Congress to show as much concern for others who are being harmed. Other Americans, hard-working, middle-class families who are being hurt by this. Hard-working communities that depend on defense industries and should not have been dealt this blow of arbitrary cuts that cause furloughs and and layoffs and job terminations because Congress decided- the Republicans decided and they said it publicly 'You know what? Everything we said about how terrible the sequester's going to be? Never mind. It's a victory. It's a tea party victory.'" - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney
Rep. Raul Grijalva
That's rich. If Congress- Democrat, Republican, Independent, whatever, were more concerned about anything at all, they they wouldn't have spent the past five years engaging in a non-stop territorial pissing match. Wasn't that supposed to be the entire point of the damn sequester, to force both sides to do something, or face spending cuts that would "hurt" enough to spur some sort of action?
"I think when you begin to take away some of the chokehold pieces of it that are publicly difficult, you start whittling away at this and sequestration becomes less onerous. You never address the parts that aren't seen like the Head Start kids" - House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Joe Crowley, one of the few 'NO' votes on the air traffic controller compromise.
Crowley is correct, of course, but thankfully those of us who pay attention could have already told you the sequestration was the worst kind of political theater- the kind the actors thought was real once the curtain went up. Maybe they really thought Dastardly Dan had tied the damsel in distress to the tracks, but we at home could clearly see the wires, the smoke, and the mirrors. It was barely a spending cut to begin with, and now that efforts are well under way to strike the set, so to speak, in the final wind-up not only does our Congress and the current administration look even more worthless, but they look like the idiot kids who wear band-aids for attention. They made a bigger deal out of what required a band-aid, when the only real pain they are going to suffer is ripping the band-aid away to expose the scam beneath.
Yes, indeed. It was one of those weeks where there was slightly more politics than dumbass criminal or freak ass news stories like the voodoo mind hump. Actually kinda of cool to rant on politics again, especially since idiocy is replacing efficiency at an alarming rate.
Another thing I have been meaning to do for years is actually writing up the stuff that didn't make it onto Probably Uncalled For as a weekly column, but it usually wound up being one-off columns about one or two topics, whatever I could wring at least 300 words out of. Having said that, this is what slipped through the cracks in terms of time this week...
Goddamn it, Hollywood. I mean, more than usual, what the fuck? Somewhere in the year 2013, the damn present, there are forces conspiring to bring about a sequel to Dodgeball: Who care what the rest of the title is? Why can't they just stay semi-current and give us Sex and the City 3: Sisterhood of the Traveling Diaphragm, or some shit?
Meanwhile, in other crimes of taste and common sense, a bottle of scotch valued at $26,000 was walked out of a liquor store in Toronto. Police there were asking for the public's help after the uber high-end Glenfiddich Single Malt was taken from the store on April 7. Hate to break it to you, Toronto Police, but if it is taking this long for the news to come out online, I'm pretty willing to bet that scotch is long, LONG gone. And the fuckwit probably mixed it with Sprite, to boot.
Finally, yes...you read that right. Vanilla Ice (above, with thine Amish), who has been hosting The Vanilla Ice Project, a home renovation show on the DIY network since 2010, is getting another show to boot: Vanilla Ice Goes Amish. While I'm sure you thought about the same wacky hi-jinx goin on over in Amish country that I did initially, the show is going to follow Ice as he lives in an Ohio Amish community to learn how they the secrets of Amish construction. Or, as I tweeted:
The messed up part? In addition to two shows starring Vanilla Ice, DIY is also shooting series with Reverend Run from Run-DMC and Daryl Hall. So let me get this straight...reality shows knocked the musicians from MTV, so now the musicians are migrating to DIY. Where are the home improvement hosts going to wind up, C-SPAN?
And with that, welcome to the rest of your week...
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Sitting here with my last fat bowl of the evening, using the excuse of finally trying out the Weebly app for the iPhone to justify not getting much done while catching up on The Borgias. Not an exact match for The Walking Dead, but it will do. I had been waiting to see what happened since the Pope was poisoned in the season two finale.
Granted, guess I could've checked out a Cubs game or two, but the way they've started the season out, watching someone recover from a poisoning is a little more entertaining.
Well, crap...I have made it through The Borgias, and now it's onto a Law & Order rerun. It's from 1993, which guarantees I have seen it roughly thirty times. Now i guess I have no excuse not to get something done before calling it a night.
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