A Message From Lucianne  







S-G1




























ST-GC


   
 
Home Page | Latest Posts | Links | Must Reads | Update Profile | RSS | Contribute | Register | Rules & FAQs
Privacy Policy | Search | Post | Contact | Logout | Forgot Password | Search Using Google


How to Clean Up
the Senate’s Nuclear Fallout

American Magazine, by Michael M. Rosen

Original Article

Posted By:eagleblurst, 12/12/2013 3:20:09 AM

The Senate was no longer functioning properly, a member of the majority party leadership argued on the floor of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body, as a prickly minority single-mindedly thwarted the president’s appointment powers, thus abusing its role of advising on and consenting to White House nominations. “To correct this abuse,” the member went on, “the majority in the Senate is prepared to restore the Senate’s traditions and precedents to ensure that regardless of party, any president’s judicial nominees, after full and fair debate, receive a simple up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. It is time to move away from

      


Post Reply  

Reply 1 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/12/2013 4:05:16 AM     (No. 9650471)

Hey, democrats, the founders set the Senate up to protect minority rights. They understood the dangers of democracy, and tyranny over the minority. Unfortunate, democrats don´t, and have suspended the Constitution of the U.S. Democrats should pay, and heavy, for this.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    9 persons like this.


Reply 2 - Posted by: mws50, 12/12/2013 6:34:05 AM     (No. 9650544)

Defeat the anti-Americans infesting our US Senate, from Reid to Schumer to Boxer and all points in between these three imbeciles.

Problem solved.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    11 persons like this.


   

 

R-G1
  
R-VAR_AD


 
Reply 3 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/12/2013 3:24:49 PM     (No. 9651308)

Knowing how wimpy the Republicans are, probably what will happen if the Republicans win back the Senate majority in the 2014 election, is that Reid and the majority Democrats as one of their last acts before turning over the Senate to the new Republican majority will reinstate the Senate rules back to where they were before the so-called "nuclear option" was instituted by the Democrats, both to empower the new incoming Senate Democrat majority, and because they know that a gang of the Republican senators would be pleased as punch to accept that, in that it would make it much easier for them to cross the aisle and again be able to essentially go along to get along with the Democrats as they had done for so long.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    3 persons like this.



Post Reply   Close thread 764406




Below, you will find ...

Most Recent Articles posted by "eagleblurst"

and

Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)




Most Recent Articles posted by "eagleblurst"



Germany´s Energy Goals Backfire
American Magazine, by Vaclav Smil    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 2/14/2014 9:41:32 AM     Post Reply
I recently had an interesting opportunity to spend a week in Berlin talking to many people about Energiewende, one of the most radical and far-reaching initiatives any affluent economy has undertaken in recent years. The term Die Wende has a gradation of meanings, from a gradual turnaround to a sudden U-turn, and before it became associated with energy, its most common use in German conversations was in reference to the demise of East Germany in 1989. That was, of course, a true U-turn, from dogmatic communism to absorption by liberal Germany. [Snip]

The Playing Fields of Suburbia
American Magazine, by Joseph Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 2/12/2014 10:09:04 AM     Post Reply
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal was headlined “Youth Participation Weakens in Basketball, Football, Baseball, and Soccer.” In solid journalistic fashion, the article went on to document the decrease in sales in sports equipment, the many new interests competing for the time and attention of the young, and the opinions of various experts in health and physical education. A girl from an athletic family gives her reason for abandoning the track team in her high school in Ohio — too time-consuming — and high-school athletic directors blame video games for the decreasing participation in sports.

Could Computers Get Too Smart?
American Magazine, by Edward Tenner    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 2/7/2014 12:22:40 PM     Post Reply
As technological enhancement of our bodies and minds progresses, there is increasing concern about the potential negative consequences. Some optimists believe that human life will be transformed for the better and that we can address any risks successfully as they arise, but for other believers in accelerating progress, hope turns to fear.

   

 

  


 
The Fact-free Opposition to Keystone XL
American Magazine, by Benjamin Zycher    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 2/5/2014 6:48:36 PM     Post Reply
Now that the State Department has reported the obvious — that the Keystone XL pipeline would have virtually no effect on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or on global temperatures — the opponents of the project are bringing the heat. But in the realm of energy and environmental policy, Pavlov’s dogs are many, loyal, and deeply religious, and unlike Sherlock Holmes’s four-legged friend in Silver Blaze, they decidedly are not silent. One such immediate reaction was offered by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, who informs us modestly that “the future survival and wellbeing of humanity” is at stake.

The Efficiency of a Carbon Tax: Broadly
Accepted and Broadly Wrong
American Magazine, by Benjamin Zycher    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/31/2014 9:44:55 AM     Post Reply
Making an argument broadly accepted among economists, Sita Slavov, my colleague at the American Enterprise Institute, recently wrote that a carbon tax “set to reflect the spillover costs of carbon emissions” would be a policy more efficient than such interventions as light-bulb bans and energy consumption standards for appliances, sometimes called “command-and-control” policies. The tax would allow consumers to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) attendant upon their energy consumption patterns in ways that minimize the costs of doing so. Bans and performance standards, on the other hand, allow for far less flexibility, and thus would achieve a given…

Books vs. Literature
American Magazine, by Robert McHenry    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/22/2014 11:42:49 AM     Post Reply
If you’ve been looking in the right places in the past few years, you’ve encountered fairly regular laments for the death of the humanities, or the liberal arts, or any sort of non-vocational education. And there is much to lament. Recently, Heather Mac Donald, writing in the Wall Street Journal, reminded us that in 2011 the English Department at UCLA decided that their majors no longer need read any Chaucer or Shakespeare or Milton. This is not to say that those writers are not taught; only that they can be sidestepped by the cagey student. The present catalog includes a

California’s Chicken Law
and the Commerce Clause
American Magazine, by Blake Hurst    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/16/2014 11:05:57 AM     Post Reply
In early December, Missouri’s Attorney General Chris Koster told a gathering of farmers that he would soon file suit against the state of California. Recent legislation passed in California limiting out-of-state egg imports has affronted Koster’s conception of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause; he’s headed to court, much to the delight of the Missouri farmers in his audience. To envision a bunch of farmers sitting around hashing out the Commerce Clause is somewhat mind-boggling. Farmers are forced to be competent in a lot of fields—pun fully intended—but expertise in the most thorny and controversial parts of the Constitution would

Europe’s Outlook in 2014
American Magazine, by Desmond Lachman    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/13/2014 11:18:44 AM     Post Reply
An unhealthy sense of complacency about Europe’s economic and political outlook pervades European policymaking circles. It does so despite the fact that the European periphery’s economy is still very depressed, which is driving a disturbing political divide between the euro’s southern and northern member countries. And there are few reasons to expect that the year ahead will bring progress either in reducing Europe’s record unemployment rate or in preventing a further fragmentation of its politics. One of the more striking features of the European political economy over the past three years has been the radicalization of its politics. In Greece,

   

 

B-G1


 
Reagan’s Farewell Address at 25
American Magazine, by Steven F. Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/10/2014 11:14:27 PM     Post Reply
It was sobering to have a student come up to me after class recently and ask, “So, when was Reagan elected president again?” As firsthand memory of Reagan recedes further into the rearview mirror and a new generation with no direct memory of him reaches adulthood, Reagan’s shadow continues to lengthen, especially for conservatives and his would-be Republican successors on the presidential stage. Just about every Republican today likes to claim to be a “Reagan Republican,” which is ironic since so many Republicans—including some leading conservatives—thought he’d be a disaster when he was elected in 1980. Too often

How Teachers Can Best Use Tech
American Magazine, by Frederick Hess*    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/9/2014 11:25:45 AM     Post Reply
Education beats across the country have been speckled with nightmarish headlines about education technology failures in schools: big iPad acquisitions gone awry, melted chargers, broken screens, and students accessing social media on their school-granted devices. It seems like we haven’t had a lot to cheer about when it comes to digital learning. But who is really to blame here? Of course, safety, security, and smooth execution of device roll-outs are important, but implementation glitches are to be expected when a school introduces any new system — both as devices need improving and as students, teachers, and administrators acclimate to using new

50 Years In, War on
Poverty Needs New Strategy
American Magazine, by Josh Good    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/8/2014 10:53:56 AM     Post Reply
Fifty years ago today, Lyndon B. Johnson stood before the U.S. Congress and, in his State of the Union address, declared, “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.” A half-century later, how are we to evaluate the War on Poverty? What are its most decisive victories, its defeats, and its path forward? A Sunday New York Times article paints a reasonably accurate picture, noting that the U.S. poverty rate has fallen from 19 percent to 15 percent in two generations: not a complete failure, but hardly a definitive success. Of course, not only are

A Good Half-Century and a Bad One:
What Will the Next 50 Years Be Like?
American Magazine, by Paul Wolfowitz    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/1/2014 12:51:34 AM     Post Reply
This year we begin to commemorate a series of horrific centennials — anniversaries of one of the great catastrophes of modern history, World War I. Looking back over the century that has passed since then, the world has changed remarkably. World War I was just the first of a series of calamities that made the next 50 years without any doubt the bloodiest half-century in human history. And yet, the last half-century has been a very different story. The world today is more secure, prosperous, and free than it was 50 years ago. In many ways, one could say that the challenge facing the world today is how to avoid the calamities of World War I



Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)



Aspen airport shuts down
for Michelle Obama

52 replie(s)
New York Post, by Emily Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/15/2014 5:00:16 AM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama apparently halted private-jet traffic at Aspen airport as she landed for a weekend of skiing while President Obama headed to California. Michelle, with her daughters, Sasha and Malia, was expected to touch down in Aspen Friday to spend Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend away from her husband, who was meeting late Friday with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Mrs. Obama’s arrival amid tight security was expected to delay the arrival of other wealthy vacationers on private jets at the Colorado ski resort. One source said, “Some of those heading into Aspen were whining that

   

 

R_DBL_B
  


 
Jonathan Turley Says,
´The Thing Speaks for Itself´

50 replie(s)
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: Piercentire- 2/15/2014 5:12:23 AM     Post Reply
Jonathan Turley, faithful Obama supporter and liberal professor of constitutional law at Sandra Fluke´s alma mater, Georgetown University Law School, is sounding the alarm that "a system in which a single individual is allowed to rewrite legislation or ignore legislation is a system that borders on authoritarianism." Question for Mr. Turley: what kind of constitutional law professor votes for an inexperienced community organizer who believes that the U.S. Constitution is "fundamentally flawed" in the first place?

Cruz Senate Stunt Goes Unpunished
as Old Tools Don’t Work

45 replie(s)
Bloomberg News, by Kathleen Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/15/2014 9:53:33 AM     Post Reply
A growing group of Ted Cruz’s Republican Senate colleagues are infuriated with his tactics. So frustrated was Arizona Senator John McCain with the latest, forcing fellow Republicans to take a politically risky vote on lifting the debt ceiling, that yesterday he tweeted a Wall Street Journal editorial accusing the Texas lawmaker of instigating “needless drama that helps to explain why Republicans remain a minority.” (Snip)Cruz’s insistence Feb. 12 on a 60-vote threshold to advance legislation lifting the nation’s borrowing cap foiled his party leadership’s plan to let the measure move forward with only Democratic votes.

VW workers in Tennessee stun UAW,
reject union by 712-626 margin

44 replie(s)
Detroit Free Press, by Brent Snavely    Original Article
Posted By: cThree- 2/14/2014 11:06:30 PM     Post Reply
CHATTANOOGA, TENN. — The UAW suffered a devastating defeat at Volkswagen’s plant here as workers rejected union representation by a 712-626 margin.The defeat, which came despite Volkswagen’s neutrality, tarnishes UAW President Bob King’s legacy and could make it next to impossible for the union to extend its reach beyond domestic automakers.
“While we certainly would have liked a victory for workers here, we deeply respect the Volkswagen Global Group Works Council, Volkswagen management and (German union) IG Metall for doing their best to create a free and open atmosphere for workers to exercise their basic human right to form a union,” King said in a statement.

Staff has added more text.

Hillary Clinton faces new barrage
from the right over Benghazi

39 replie(s)
Reuters, by Mark Hosenball    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/14/2014 11:05:23 AM     Post Reply
Establishment Republicans and a right-wing group of former spies and special forces operatives that says it is nonpartisan but has historical Republican ties are raising a ruckus over Hillary Rodham Clinton´s handling of the 2012 assault on U.S. installations in Benghazi, Libya. The criticism of Clinton over the deadly attacks appears to be a preview of what the former secretary of state can expect should she pursue a presidential bid in 2016.(Snip)At the same time, more personal accusations have been laid against Clinton by OPSEC (military slang for "operational security"), a group of former special forces and intelligence operatives that

One in four Americans ´do not
know the Earth circles the Sun´

31 replie(s)
Telegraph [UK], by Barney Henderson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/15/2014 6:43:33 PM     Post Reply
One in four Americans are completely unfamiliar with Nicolaus Copernicus´s 1543 theory that the Earth circles the Sun, according to a study by the National Science Foundation. (snip) The question - "Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth" - was answered incorrectly by 26 per cent of respondents. Fewer than half of the respondents - 48 per cent - are aware that humans evolved from earlier species of animals and just 39 percent answered correctly that "the universe began with a huge explosion". A total of 42 per cent of Americans said

   

 



 
Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Run?
29 replie(s)
National Journal, by Charlie Cook    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 1:28:30 PM     Post Reply
At least every week now, there is a new story supporting the narrative of an inevitable 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential bid. Indeed, the conventional wisdom is that it is an absolute certainty that she will run. If anyone is currently saying, flat out, that Hillary isn´t running, I haven´t come across them. Is the inevitability of her run really as certain as the conventional wisdom suggests, and further, is it unfolding in an optimal manner for the potential candidate? In all likelihood, Clinton will not make a final, "go-or-no-go" decision until early next year, after the dust has settled from

Obama, childhood buddies
go golfing in California

27 replie(s)
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/15/2014 2:23:07 PM     Post Reply
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — It’s a day of golf in Southern California for President Barack Obama while the nation’s capital recovers from this week’s snowfall. The White House says Obama teed off Saturday at the nine-hole course at the Sunnylands retreat in Rancho Mirage with childhood friends Bobby Titcomb, Greg Orme and Michael Ramos. Obama is spending the weekend at the estate. It used to be the winter home of the late billionaire philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg. On Friday night, Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah II met at Sunnylands for talks largely focused on Syria.

California auto buyers favor Toyota
Prius; rest of U.S. prefers trucks

26 replie(s)
Los Angeles Times, by Jerry Hirsch    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/15/2014 11:43:50 AM     Post Reply
America loves trucks. California? The Prius hybrid. Toyota´s Prius was the best-selling vehicle in the state for the second consecutive year in 2013, highlighting California´s radically different taste in automobiles. Nationally, Ford´s F-Series truck has been the bestselling vehicle for more than three decades. (Snip) The average transaction price of the Prius is higher than what the other passenger cars at the top of California´s list cost, Brauer said. "People are buying the most expensive, the most political and the car with the most identifiable image," he said. "It makes a stronger statement than the other four even though

Shani Davis, no matter where he
finishes, remains an unfortunate
exception at Winter Games

26 replie(s)
Washington Post, by Mike Wise    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/15/2014 11:51:15 AM     Post Reply
Sochi, Russia — Don’t listen to your friends back home saying the Winter Olympics are just for white people who like the cold and vacation in Aspen. This is the most inclusive Winter Games ever. Why, there are Caucasians here from almost 88 different nations. Bada-bing! I’ll be here all week. Actually, I will be here the next 10 days. And in that time, I will encounter no more than a dozen people of African American descent. They are the same ones I see over and over. Speedskater Shani Davis, Lolo Jones and the U.S. women’s bobsled team, NBC correspondent Lewis Johnson and about three other black journalists,

I Still Remember, Senator Cruz
24 replie(s)
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/14/2014 3:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Earlier this week Senator Ted Cruz took to doing what he enjoys most: Lecturing the GOP “establishment” from his moral Mt. Olympus. Speaking critically about the vote to raise the debt limit, Cruz–who insisted on a 60-vote threshold to end debate on the measure–said some lawmakers are “willing to mortgage our children’s future” because they “care so much about being praised by the Washington media” and don’t think voters are paying attention. “But sometimes, come November, the people remember,” the junior senator from Texas declared. Actually, come mid-February, the people still remember. At least I do. I remember that Senator Cruz championed legislative

Rand Paul’s Frivolous NSA Lawsuit
24 replie(s)
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/15/2014 5:39:01 AM     Post Reply
In what looks more like a publicity stunt than a serious legal challenge, Senator Rand Paul has filed a class-action lawsuit against President Obama and other top executive-branch officials, claiming that the National Security Agency’s metadata-collection program violates the Fourth Amendment. The suit is no surprise. I’ve previously noted that, despite his “constitutional conservative” branding, Senator Paul can sound just like a “living Constitution” progressive when it suits him: He finds the data collection offensive, so ipso facto it must be not only unwise policy but a violation of fundamental law. I am surprised, though, to find former Virginia attorney general

   

Post Reply   Close thread 764406





Home Page | Latest Posts | Links | Must Reads | Update Profile | RSS | Contribute | Register | Rules & FAQs
Privacy Policy | Search | Post | Contact | Logout | Forgot Password | Search Using Google



© 2014 Lucianne.com Media Inc.

FS