AlanD2

AlanD2

  • Commented on WTF
    Context: U.S. House Umair Haque's take on Kevin McCarthy's concessions to the Freedom Caucus extremists: What Just Happened to American Democracy? Another Insurrection, Only This One Was Successful TL;DR January 6th wasn’t successful. The attempts leading up to it weren’t...
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    To the best of my knowledge they're only allowed to write the rules for the 118th Congress ... they'll have to wait until 2163 to write the rules for the 188th ... 🙃 I always try to take the long...
  • Commented on WTF
    For some reason, the song 16 Tons popped up in my mind today. Its lyrics seem to be highly relevant to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's situation with regard to his crazy caucus. You load sixteen tons, what do you get...
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    The first thing to consider is whether the House rules will be negotiated with the Republican crazies or the Democrats. A decent set of House rules will do a lot to restrain the crazies. I doubt Democrats will be consulted....
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    Now they could write a law that says the Treasury can borrow "as needed without limit" but that's just not going to happen. A little too much freedom, in my opinion. A better fix is Congress passing a law that...
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    One assumes, per AlanD2 again, that K McC has - effectively - conceded all control to the fascist crazies, which means no actual government will get done between now & 2024? Pretty good assumption, Greg. We'll likely find out on...
  • Commented on WTF
    Context: U.S. House McCarthy lost the 14th vote for House Speaker by one vote during the 10 pm ET session of the House. But it looks like he cut a deal on the House floor to switch one Republican vote,...
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    Where "congress" must pass a "budget" to allow for yearly Federal spending & - of course the "Welfare Queen" spending to all the "red" states that hate the Feds? Congress passed a bill just before Christmas that funds the Federal...
  • Commented on WTF
    Another interesting opinion: Kevin McCarthy is only proving what Josh Hawley said: The Republican Party is dead TL;DR What happened in the House on Tuesday is exactly what you would expect from a party that has no platform. For a...
  • Commented on WTF
    Umair Haque's take on things like America's House Speaker debacle and the breakdown of Britain's National Health Service: Why Democracy’s Broken in America (and Britain) TL;DR "America’s GOP and Britain’s Tories have made their societies ungovernable." https://eand.co/why-democracys-broken-in-america-and-britain-5582ab57afd5...
  • Commented on WTF
    The 117th U.S. Congress (which just ended), Democrats had a knife-edge margin in the Senate, which allowed Democratic Senators Manchin and Sinema to wreak havoc. In the new 118th Congress, the Republican's knife-edge margin in the House will allow the...
  • Commented on WTF
    HINT: Buy popcorn stock. The House Speaker vote continues tomorrow and every day for the foreseeable future... By the way, if the GOP can't elect a Speaker, how in h--- do they expect to help run this country? [/sarcasm] :-)...
  • Commented on WTF
    And if he [McCarthy] DID offer concessions and the Democrats DID help him get elected Speaker, what guarantee do they have he'd keep his promises? None. And given that McCarthy's fellow Republicans don't trust his promises, I see no reason...
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    Which is precisely why the previous house, with bipartisan support, as one of the last acts, raised the debt ceiling preemptively As best as I can tell, the $1.7 trillion appropriations bill Congress passed just before Christmas did not raise...
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    »I think it is safe to say that any House Republican voting for a Democrat « They would not, they would just have to stay away, since the threshold is half of those /present. I doubt Republican voters would be...
  • Commented on WTF
    If more than six Republicans do a "frack it" and vote with the dems so that they can deal with hurricane season or whatever, Jeffries will be the speaker. I think it is safe to say that any House Republican...
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    The rules for this a fuzzy to say the least. Basically until a new speaker is elected the House runs on inertia unider the previous decided House rules under control of the un-elected (by citizens voting) clerk. The current clerk...
  • Commented on WTF
    Even well intentioned people would get bound up in the disconnect between top and bottom. And that doesn't even consider the corruption which this system enabled....
  • Commented on WTF
    Looks like political suicide long term... That's where the Republican Party is headed, regardless of what happens in the House. I saw an article earlier today (couldn't find it again) showing that young Americans are abandoning the GOP. (Smart kids!)...
  • Commented on WTF
    More from Umair Haque: Britain’s Finally Figuring Out Brexit (Really) Was the Biggest Mistake in Modern History https://eand.co/britains-finally-figuring-out-brexit-really-was-the-biggest-mistake-in-modern-history-8419a8b940c6...
  • Commented on WTF
    By the way, the longest and most contentious Speaker election in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives took place in 1856. It took 133 votes over nearly two months to elect a Speaker. Republican Kevin McCarthy has already...
  • Commented on WTF
    I assume that the US "R's" will spend the entire next 2 years ... Both fighting amongst themselves & making 100% futile "legal" attacks on Biden J & Biden H without getting anywhere ... Unfortunately, House Republicans will have the...
  • Commented on WTF
    Context: U.S. For the first time in the last 100 years, the Republican-majority U.S. House of Representatives has failed to elect a Speaker of the House on the first vote. Long live Republican disunity! :-)...
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    ... crack wouldn't be treated more harshly than cocaine, etc. Garland moves to end disparities in crack cocaine sentencing "Attorney General Merrick Garland has taken action to end sentencing disparities that have imposed harsher penalties for different forms of cocaine...
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    By the way, I've previously seen videos of ice circles rotating on rivers, but they've always been much bigger and solitary. See below for an example. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSfDQyf-sw8...
  • Commented on WTF
    Stunning 'ice pancakes' swirl on the surface of Scottish river Perhaps OGH can check out these discs of frozen slush on the River Bladnoch... :-) https://www.livescience.com/ice-pancakes-scotland...
  • Commented on WTF
    I think you might be more correct to say that the Republicans have moved right since Johnson and Nixon. It's also correct to say that the Democrats have moved right since Johnson and Nixon. For example, the Affordable Care Act...
  • Commented on WTF
    After the next Labour government, though, all bets are off, because that Labour government will have to bite the bullet and admit Brexit failed, and the Brexiteer wing of the Tory party will be livid. Umair Haque wrote about this...
  • Commented on WTF
    Fusion announcement cold-water bucket The Daily Beast reports even more cold water: Kim Budil, director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, noted that the test took “300 megajoules from the wall for 2 megajoules of laser.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-fusion-energy-breakthrough-owes-a-debt-to-nuclear-weapons-research...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    That was circa 1950, by the way....
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