Friday, April 20, 2012

Late Start

***I'm a little late getting to my blog this morning. I had some reports that had to be taken care of immediately, so of course that took precedence. :-)

***The Senate's refusal to put forth a budget in compliance with Constitutional law is a blatant act of partisanship at best, criminality at worst. Senator Harry Reid (thank you, Nevada!) is blocking any budgetary responsibility in order to shield Democrat senators from having to vote on unpopular legislation in an election year. Wow, what transparency! And where is Barack Obama in all this? Fundraising!

Here is Yuval Levin on the Conrad Fiasco.

Imagine if Paul Ryan had produced his budget proposal and put it before his committee, but then John Boehner killed it, insisting that the House should not pass a budget of any kind so that his members could be spared a difficult vote in an election year. Surely had any such thing happened it would have been treated as a monumental leadership crisis among House Republicans and a sign of gross dereliction and disorder.
Well that is exactly what has happened among Senate Democrats this week. Budget Committee chairman Kent Conrad proposed a version of the Bowles-Simpson plan as a draft Democratic budget and said he would bring it up for markup and eventually a vote in his committee—which would be the first time the Senate Democrats have actually bothered to propose a budget in nearly three years. But then Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid stepped in and killed the idea, insisting that no budget was necessary and forcing Conrad into a bizarre farce in yesterday’s committee markup—which involved no votes, and consisted largely of pleading by the chairman directed implicitly against his own leader.

Here is Rich Lowry's take.

Conrad has occasionally gone wobbly. Sometimes he has sounded dangerously close to betraying the cause that his party has entrusted to him. A couple of weeks ago, the senator went on national TV to say he was going to have his committee “mark up” what he called a “ten-year plan” — i.e., a budget. After briefly flirting with this treachery, Conrad came back to his senses and recommitted himself to his duty to remain resolutely budgetless.
In the end, he didn’t hold a markup, which is the time-honored process by which a bill is debated, amended, and voted on. Conrad dispensed with all such fluff and minutiae. He offered his own plan, loosely based on the work of the Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction commission, shot down any foolishness about amending or voting, and pronounced himself well-pleased. Despite the angst he had caused with his loose talk, Conrad had delivered yet again — by not delivering a budget.

Shout it out, Republicans. The media is not going to report this, so it's up to you, and the rest of us, to inform Americans of the worms now occupying the Senate.

***This is great: Romney visits empty factory to mock Obama. Keep it up, Mitt, and you'll get conservatives behind you.

***Food stamp fraud is all the rage on Twitter.

***GOP pushes business tax cut through House. Keep it up, guys. Make Obama veto stuff like this in an election year.


***MSNBC: We Reserve the Right to Lie About You.

***"You want to close up the enthusiasm gap? You want enthusiasm? There's one human being on the face of this earth that can end this presidency. One. It is Willard 'Mitt' Romney. He's the guy we have to get behind." -Mark Davis

He's right.

***These Students Need Prayer

Thousands of high school and college students in approximately 40 states are preparing to engage their peers in discussions about sexuality and God’s love today, as part of the annual Focus on the Family-sponsored Day of Dialogue.
“This event helps students have an equal opportunity and a safe space to express a faith-based point of view in a loving and respectful way,” said Candi Cushman, Focus on the Family’s education analyst and Day of Dialogue director. “It equips the next generation of Christian leaders with confidence that the Gospel of Christ speaks into even the most sensitive cultural issues.”

***   Um...I'll just let this speak for itself...

***How social media saved a Hollywood landmark.


If grief for grief can touch thee,
If answering woe for woe,
If any ruth can melt thee,
Come to me now!
I cannot be more lonely,
More drear I cannot be!
My worn heart throbs so wildly
‘Twill break for thee.
And when the world despises-
When heaven repels my prayer,
Will not mine angel comfort?
Mine idol hear?
Yes by the tears I’ve poured,
My all my hours of pain,
O I shall surely win thee
Beloved, again! 

Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights and Poems, 325)

Academy Award-winning songwriter Keith Carradine wrote the song for this patriotic music-video, "Born Again American." It took 16 performers and two choruses to bring Keith’s song to life in 14 iconic locations around the USA. The singers and musicians, non-professionals all, were chosen because they are living the lyrics in these troubled times, not just performing them. 

"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
~ Helen Keller

***Have a great day!

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