Senate rejects bid to overturn net-neutrality rules

News from The Hill:

Senate rejects bid to overturn net-neutrality rules
By Brendan Sasso

The Senate rejected a bid to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules on Thursday.

The measure passed the House in April, but failed in the Senate on a vote of 52 to 46. It needed 51 votes to pass and was not subject to a filibuster.

President Obama had promised to veto the measure if it had cleared the Senate.

The FCC’s net-neutrality regulations prevent Internet service providers from slowing down or speeding up access to websites. Wireless carriers are banned from blocking lawful websites or applications that compete with their services.

Read the complete story here.

Bachmann & Gingrich Really Piss Me Off

It’s a small issue, but, in the GOP debates Congressman Bachmann is constantly allowed to rag on President Obama instead of giving a specific answer to the question posed.  Also, Newt Gingrich‘s arrogance is so superior that he insults debate hosts and the debate process showing the old mean Newt Gingrich.  Who wants a mean President?

I wonder how much the American people got from last night’s debate with its 30 second responses.  It was impossible to follow each solution to resolution in our minds.  The result is to come off having to decide which candidate seemed like they knew what they were saying or giving a canned responseRick Perry‘s gaffe, was a lost of memory from his preparation sessions that all the candidates have.  Eight candidates debating is too much! I can’t waiting for a thinning out of the herd.

Tonight’s winner? Mitt Romney. Loser? Rick Perry.

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French Revolution. “Deja-vu?” (image)

Grover Norquist and His Empire 3

Grover Norquist, Lobbyist

We’ve mentioned Grover Norquist before and talking the power he wields in Washington over those you have elected to represent you.  We have come down on lobbyists in general as a political function that needs to die a quick death.  Grover has signed pledges from those you have sent to Washington to never raise taxes in their lifetime. Politico has a new article on Grover Norquist that you will find interesting.



By GINGER GIBSON | 11/8/11 7:06 PM EST Updated: 11/9/11 5:03 AM EST

Democrats claimed victories in a number of races Tuesday, including in Kentucky, Ohio and Mississippi, where voters sided with their candidates or ballot initiatives backed by the party.

The off-year election saw voters in a handful of states weigh in on governors, state lawmakers, mayors and ballot measures that will be scoured for clues into next year’s presidential contest.

Democrats took the Kentucky governor’s race and won a controversial ballot initiative in Ohio to undo a restriction on collective bargaining, and another in Mississippi that would have redefined “personhood.”

Republicans notched their own wins, holding on to the governor’s office in Mississippi and passing a measure in Ohio designed as a public referendum on President Obama’s health care law. READ MORE.

Humor While We Await Herman Cain’s Next Accuser (video)





I Recommend “Marat/Sade” to the Occupy Movement 1

Jean-Paul Marat in His Tub (skin disease)

The “occupy” movements are an exciting development: Grassroots beginnings of social change. It reminds of the British film “Marat/Sade” which I recommend highly. I am reminded of this ‘music/drama play on the screen’ when I enjoy Judy Collins sing the song “Marat/Sade.” Marat is Jean-Paul Marat from the French revolution. Here are the lyrics to the song. Below Judy Collins sings it.

While the French Revolution was violent, I do hope that the “occupy” demonstrations will be peaceful as Jesse Jackson recommends. Of course there will be some violence. History teaches us that. But, we won’t “String up all the aristocrats.” Once the movement has the full attention of the nation, we can talk of instituting necessary reforms.  Leaders will emerge to guide us.

Herman Cain at His Press Conference

Herman Cain hired a Georgia lawyer to begin his conference.  The lawyer thumped his chest with his personal resume and the began to discredit Miss Bialek mispronouncing her name.  When he began his part, Herman tried to wrap himself in the flag and his campaign to distract from the specific claim of sexual harassment. Mr. Cain thinks that this is about his campaign and not about his alleged actions.  He appeals to common sense as his evidence. Cain wants us to think the he is the victim.  He quoted statements from his wife who is still missing from the campaign. It is inconceivable that Mr. Cain thinks that when one runs for national office, his family is not part of the process.  That is why candidates make the decision to run a family decision.

Candidate Cain said that he did not act inappropriately. He referred to one of his accusers as “the one.” Women are not objects!  He did not see that it is ludicrous to claim that complaints against him are “baseless” even though they were settled with an agreement and large sums of money. How can he remain blameless? How can he think that we can ignore the growing number of women who have stories to tell? Mr. Cain said the American people were on his side but give no factual basis for that claim.  He said that he racked his brain trying to remember Miss Bialek but could not. [A video might surface to refute his claim.]  Cain admitted that his memory might improve later. When given the opportunity to tell exactly what led to charges against him, Cain repeated his innocuous story of comparing a co-worker and underling to his wife in height with an innocent gesture.  Herman Cain said nothing to clear up the matter and allow us to move on. He did say that he would take a lie detector test in these matters but then sort of took it back. He would have to “have a good reason to do so.”  He is still losing in the court of public opinion!  This press conference was a waste of time. I HOPE THAT ALL WOMEN WHO HAVE CLAIMS AGAINST THIS CANDIDATE COME FORTH.  From the careful parsing of his past actions with women, I fear that more complaints against Cain  are in the offing.

THIS HE-SAID-SHE-SAID SAGA WILL CONTINUE. Another woman enters the story tonight and tomorrow. She is known by name and will come before the public.


Herman Cain keeps making a distinction between the words “agreement” and “settlement.”  I turn to Websters:

Definition of SETTLEMENT

1: the act or process of settling
2a : an act of bestowing or giving possession under legal sanction b : the sum, estate, or income secured to one by such a settlement

Definition of AGREEMENT

1a : the act or fact of agreeing b : harmony of opinion, action, or character : concord
2a : an arrangement as to a course of action b : compact, treaty
3a : a contract duly executed and legally binding b : the language or instrument embodying such a contract

Tea Party, Must We Pull the Trigger? It Surely Will Happen!

The Tea Party was so stubborn in its allegiance to ideology that it brought The United States of America to the brink of default [according to Standard & Poor’s] and was the major cause of a download by one credit rating agency of “the full faith and credit of The United States.” Read this excerpt from The Economist:

This is crucial. Sovereigns aren’t like companies. They can’t go bankrupt, and creditors can’t seize their assets. Their creditworthiness depends as much on their willingness as their ability to pay. As  Felix Salmon presciently noted before the announcement was made, it’s not our ability to pay that’s in doubt:

“America’s ability to pay is neither here nor there: the problem is its willingness to pay. And there’s a serious constituency of powerful people in Congress who are perfectly willing and even eager to drive the US into default. The Tea Party is fully cognizant that it has been given a bazooka, and it’s just itching to pull the trigger. There’s no good reason to believe that won’t happen at some point.”

Tea Party, read the Deal that The Congress and The President finally agreed to.  It includes a trigger that will force cuts and revenue raises, etc., that is if you pull your sh*t again! [I think the “S” word is appropriate here.]  DON’T FORCE US TO GO THROUGH UGLY GOVERNANCE EVER AGAIN. Many of you were in state government or are students of civics.  You know that to get something done in a legislative body, you have to use the currency of compromise…and deals!  How long is your term of service? Do you really want to be a one term legislator?

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Republicans Try to Escape Blame for S&P Downgrade (image)