The Speaker Wields a Mean Gavel

Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi


As the first term of a female Speaker of the US House of Representatives comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to thank Mrs. Pelosi for her historic and bountiful service. I do so on behalf of all the American people who are quite appreciative.  She has been courageous and indefatigable yet peppered with jokes and put-downs amid many kudos. We all know Speaker Pelosi, but, we don’t know ‘All About Nancy.’ We are comforted by Mrs. Pelosi’s election to be Minority Leader in the new Congress.  We can expect a continued level of devotion to service in her new capacity.  Thank you, Madame Speaker!


VP Biden, Pres. Obama and Speaker Pelosi

Speaker Pelosi and President Obama

Here we see a smiling threesome at the State of the Union given in the House.

Below: Speaker Pelosi and President Obama pose for a photo op.


“I will repeal DADT before I leave office!”

President Obama, you promised the GLBT community, gay members of the military and the whole country that as President, you would repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  Well, all that’s left is for you to sign the bill into law.  “Thanks” seems so inadequate.


With this simple act you will change history and change the lives of thousands  of talented and able young American patriots who just want to serve their country.  Now, let’s re-hire the 14,000 men and women who were unfairly separated from the military just for being gay. 14,000!  That’s a lot of careers that could have been ruined.  Let’s call this an interruption in justice. They deserve to get their careers back. Please make that your mission.

I missed it, but, Rachel Maddow was on TV and she said we should thank you. Thank you, Rachel.

Well, Mr. President, “Change We Can Believe In” has been very hard to accomplish. We had faith when we chanted, “Yes, We Can! Yes, We Can!” Everyone sees now that that faith was justified. A string of successes have been realized: TARP, Stimulus, Bailouts, that car thing, financial reform, Fanny, Freddie et als. You are a modest President who waits for others to toot your horn. Truth be told you have been one of our most innovative and successful Presidents! I, we, thank you!

Mr. President, OFA is a great organization. But, we need it to have the passion and news coverage that the tea-party enjoyed. The press of their zeal has elected their own class of freshmen members of Congress. In our own style let’s play “monkey see, monkey do.” In this world of growing media we must make the Democratic Party as visible and relevant as we can.  Let’s have a big conclave in 2012  in DC to keep the young people who love you, fired up! Let’s get even more votes than we did in 2008!




“We send these young people into combat,” said McCain, R-Ariz. “We think
they’re mature enough to fight and die. I think they’re mature enough to make a
judgment on who they want to serve with and the impact on their battle

“Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use
sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification,
and not to destruction.”2 Corinthians 13:10

“And we know that in
all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called
according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28

Don’t They Know We Are Crying?

2:23am, 12/17/10. I am watching the repeat of “Countdown” on MSNBC after watching “The Last Word.”  For days I have listened to smart men in the media discuss the dysfunction in Congress, especially, The US Senate. It is so sad. Archaic, historical and unfair rules in the Senate allow REPUBLICANS to delay and prevent that body from doing its work. Yes, the Omnibus Bill should not have passed chock full of earmarks. REPUBLICANS VOTED TO BAN EARMARKS…WHICH USED TO BE CALLED BY IT’S MORE DESCRIPTIVE NAME: PORK! Yes, days after making a statement on the awful practice (in many cases), the bill to fund the government got loaded up with heretofore banned earmarks. What is going on?  Is there no honor in this House?  Things got so bad with trying to pass this bill that Senator Reid had to pull the Omnibus Bill from the floor.  Now he has to work with Senator McConnell on a “continuing resolution” which is a band-aid to keep the government from running out of money and coming to a standstill. No one there appreciates the benefits of efficiency when it comes to doing the nation’s business. Speaking of delays, Senator Reid just chided REPUBLICANS with his rant, “Filibuster! Filibuster! Filibuster!” For two years REPUBLICANS have confounded the working of the Obama government with the expressed intention of ‘bringing Obama to his Waterloo.” [SC Senator Jim DeMint, why is SC always in the news for obstruction, poor education, confederate flags, etc.? From where is SC’s power in REPUBLICAN circles derived?  Is South Carolina so repressed that it cannot lead the nation in a good way?]
It came to me: politicians in DC live in a bubble.  They don’t watch television everyday to see how we, the american people, are faring.  We are hungry. We have no jobs. We are being ripped off by unscrupulous business practices. We are being evicted and foreclosed on. We see the rich and privileged thrive! Living in their DC bubble, they cannot hear America crying.  They just want to run home to their warm and secure nests to celebrate a holiday which has lost some of its meaning.
People, at the late date there is little the people can do to affect what is happening in the US Senate.  But, there is something we can do to make our broken government work again.  The situation in the dysfunctional US Senate can be changed on January 5 (only) with a vote to change the rules. Our good fortune is that this can happen with a simple majority vote.  Yes, if you get involved and press your US Senator, we can change the misuse of the filibuster and the ability to secretly stop bills from consideration. No, the filibuster should not be abolished. It should changed to only cut off debate and let bills come up for a vote. And, it is cowardly for a senator to hide from us when he stops the normal working of the Senate through the use of the “secret hold,” if I have the correct term.  In the next Congress Senator Reid will still control the flow of business in the Senate in consultation with Senator McConnell, REPUBLICAN. We should bring pressure to bear on them as well as the senators from our individual states.
CONTACT SEN. REID: Phone: (202) 224-3542  Email: CONTACT SEN. McCONNELL: Phone: (202) 224-2541  Email: See it is easy to be a patriot and fight for better government.  You can find your state US Senator at: Use these easy tools.  It only takes a few minutes of your day to change our future as the continued leader of THE FREE WORLD. Please consider this quotation: 

You’re alive. Do something. The directive in life, the
moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words,
not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act.
Barbara Hall, A
Summons to New Orleans, 2000


An Angry VP Joe Biden Speaks!

TO SENENATORS THUNE & KYL:  “GET OUT OF THE WAY!  THE PEOPLE’S WORK MUST BE DONE!”  The VP said he has been a senator a long time and knows what it’s like in Congress at Christmas.
Senators Thune and Kyl Chided!

The Time Is Here for Another Civil Right


Tweet to Joe Scarborough, “MorningJoe” on MSNBC

Co-Host, Joe Scarborough
JOE SCARBOROUGH, you are fond of saying that Democrats “control Congress.”  They may do so administratively, but, democrats in the Senate have been held hostage by your party, REPUBLICANS, through the use of the vile and notorious FILIBUSTER! You are a fair man and I enjoy watching you each day. But, call a spade a spade. Republicans have broken The Senate.  Did you watch “Rachel Maddow” last night.  It was shown in dramatic fashion how REPUBLICANS are delaying the people’s business and in some cases subverting the will of the people.  This lame duck session in Congress is a pity: a mad rush to get something done with “the devil we know.” [God bless us beginning January 5, 2011.]  The House of Representatives functions and has sent over 400 bills to The Senate which you REPUBLICANS refuse to consider. Please use any leverage you have with REPUBLICANS to change Senate rules on the first day of the new Congress to get rid of or limit the filibuster.  REPUBLICANS have used it 85 times. This, IMHO, is a miscarriage of justice.  How can they feel they are doing the moral thing?  How can they relate this evil back to the November election?  The people voted for an end to such obstruction. Mitch McConnell should be ashamed for using these tactics.  Michelle Bachmann should take a look at him. [She thinks she can teach Constitutional law to y’all.]  So, Joe, let us know how you feel about the use of the filibuster by your party. God, bless America!


REP. BOEHNER, shortly you will be 2nd in line in the presidential succession. Surely, in working your way from janitor to your lofty heights, you had to make compromises. [Full disclosure: I’ve been a janitor twice! No tears.] Mr. Webster defines COMPROMISE: “to adjust or settle by mutual concessions.” To get laws passed y’all engage in high stakes bartering, conceding left in right to get language in bills that will please constituents back home.  Mr. Boehner, you reject the word compromise preferring the phrase “reach common ground.” This is nothing but semantics and bless Leslie Stahl for having the balls to call you out on it on national TV!  Unless your plan is another two years of obstruction, you will have to make compromises or concessions to “reach common ground.”  You insult your own intelligence in playing word games. It is not worthy of you.

You are fond of speaking for the american people and you feel they put you in the high office you’ve reached. But, no. God has elevated you to his good business…the welfare, security and prosperity of the United States of America! I call on the country to pray for you to have a gentle heart and a wise brain. God bless us all!


Did you see the Leslie Stahl’s interview with John Boehner?  Full disclosure: I only saw the clips including the one where Leslie asks, “Does he always cry like this?”  Am I wrong or were those eyes bloodshot?

Well, today’s big vote is scheduled for 3:00pm. I am quite anxious.  Republicans have not changed their iron-fist obstruction: tax cuts for the wealthy 2% of the public. In the past few days I have heard it explained that the Obama/Republican  “framework” is really a great and needed stimulus plan.  That should be  a good thing right? All players have listened to the President, former President Clinton and Austan Goolsbee, Chief Economic Advisor to the President.  We are about to find out who was convinced;who is willing to fight for principle even though everyone’s taxes could go up next year. I doubt that the outcome will bring a tear to Rep. Boehner’s face. He is chomping at the bit to become Speaker and lead us down a scary, dark road. For his part, Senator Mitch McConnell is not heard from much. He seems to smile a lot (like he ate the canary). No tears from this guy!

Rep. Lee, Chairman, PCC

Let’s not forget the progressive caucus.  They have spoken loudest saying that they want more in the bill and the President should have included them in the discussions. They threaten to vote “No” to the measure which leads to increased taxes.  There is nothing in the package for us seniors.

I close with my opinion:  Sometimes to advance a greater good, you have to swallow a bitter pill.  God bless our Congress at this juncture.


US SENATE FIDDLES WHILE THE COUNTRY BURNS! Well, not actually burns. But, there are flames of indignation from how un-democratic and un-american is the United States Senate!  The man on the street is too tired after his labor to be concerned about how the US Senate does it’s business. He would be shocked to learn that one senator can cowardly block bills in secret from coming to the floor for discussion and a vote. How many americans realize that the US Senate still allows the evil practice (rule) of the filibuster which was famously used by prominent racist Strom Thurmond of South Carolina [where Jim DeMint comes from.] Filibuster?  Well, Mr. Webster defines it thusly: “the use of extreme dilatory tactics in an attempt to delay or prevent action especially in a legislative assembly.” The favorite and most effective tool of republicans in the US Senate is the filibuster which allows 1 senator to stop the business of the Senate…even though the bill had enough votes to pass!  The US House has sent over 300 or 400 bills to the US Senate, only to be blocked by Senator John Boehner who filed them away never to see the light of day. Did you know that? It wasn’t on the six o’clock news.  The american people paid good money to have those bills generated and we deserve to have them discussed and voted on in the US Senate!** Senate rules need reform and only the force of will of the american voter will make them change their archaic and un-american rules. Use the INTERNET and contact your two senators and demand reform to make the US Senate work for us and not be an old boys’ club. Only your personal involvement will lead to change. US Senate:

I remember what my teacher, Miss Ross, taught me in Sociology 101: “The main job of a social institution is to survive!” These gray-haired legislators (for the most part) have fixed the game so that they can survive in their jobs until death. We keep voting for them because their seniority is a promise of earmarks which are money for special projects back in the home district. This kind of bill gets special attention while true and good legislation withers on the vine.

I say this in jest, but, the Capitol Police should attach each US Senator to his desk until Congress’s business is concluded! ‘No Christmas for you!’ There is time and, I hear, the votes, to pass the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Every prominent authority on our treaties has approved passage of the START treaty, but, delay, delay, delay. And, isn’t the Defense Appropriations bill in need of passage?

This saying is now a joke: “The US Senate is the world’s greatest deliberative body.”  It’s the 21st Century. You have to work to be a legend. No golf! No drinking Merlot!  Work! Peoples daily lives are affected by what the Senate does.

God bless the teaparty-elected members of the new Congress to be a force for reform to make both houses of Congress work for the people…and not K-Street. (Lobbyists) Let us pray that this happens before they become the “establishment” and have to fight for their survival.

Can you hear the music above the roar of the fire? The US Senate is still fiddling while our “Rome” burns. Congress, do the right thing and stay in session through the holidays and cram in as many votes as you can. Happy Holidays and God bless America! [Please sign this petition.]