Another cold and clear morning here on California’s north coast — a Monday, too.
A start to another week of dangerous, crazy life in the nowadays.
One real loony point comes on Thursday with the debt-ceiling deadline, and after a “complete and utter wasted weekend” in the US Congress on trying to get a handle on the fly-by-night US government, the next few hours could be crucial — or maybe not.
At this point — who the fuck knows?
Whatever bubble you’re in, it’s about to pop.
(Illustration found here).
And sometimes people forget all about the bubble — yesterday, former George Jr. front-lady and Claire Danes wanna-be, Dana Perino, blubbered out on Fox News a horribly ironic and back-assward profile: “The Democrats and the liberals live in the biggest mainstream media bubble every created in the history of the universe,” she said. “If you look at Republicans across many of the states, governors, state legislators, Republicans are actually doing really good work, just nationally they’re taking a hit on their reputation.”
How about this batshit-crazy bubble-brained:
Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita (R) reached back further in time to condemn the ACA as “one of the most insidious laws ever created by man,” which prompted Jon Stewart to point out that Rokita was, in effect, “putting Obamacare up with the Nuremberg laws, the Spanish Inquisition and prima nocta — the medieval law where on your wedding night the king gets to sleep with your wife.”
Politics is one thing, bullshit is another. This entire crazy episode is based upon power inside a bubble, so tightly wrapped reality couldn’t breath for a second. And Perino thinks the Dems are in a bubble? Bubble talk inside a bubble looking inward — make sense?
Of course not. Yet does anything have to make sense to the ignorant who don’t want to know better? Yesterday, an example of the gross ignorant happened at the WWII Memorial on the National Mall — a protest there was joined by Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Sara Palin to blow smoke further up the tightly-clinched asses of the ignorant.
Even Cruz had the pure-lying audacity to pose this question to the clueless crowd: “Why is the federal government spending money to erect barricades to keep veterans out of this memorial?”
No one, of course, had the sense to scream back, “You created this mess, you worthless fuck!”
Odd how facts have no play in this whole scenario.
And this whole bullshit plot started before the shutdown began — these guys are trying to pull the bubble over the eyes of the country. This weekend a bit of reality peaked through the shit-stained window.
Via HuffPost yesterday:
In the hours working up to the government shutdown on Sept. 30, Republican members of the House Rules Committee were developing a strategy to keep a clean CR off the floor, guaranteeing the government would remain shut down.
Though at least 28 House Republicans have publicly said they would support a clean CR if it were brought to the floor — enough votes for the government to reopen when combined with Democratic support — a House rule passed just before the shutdown essentially prevents that vote from taking place.
During a floor speech on Saturday, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) drew attention to the quietly passed rule when he attempted to present a motion to accept the Senate’s clean continuing resolution and reopen the government.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), presiding over the chamber, told Van Hollen that the rule he was asking to use had been “altered” and he did not have the privilege of bringing that vote to the floor.
In the ensuing back and forth, Chaffetz said the recently passed House Resolution 368 trumped the standing rules.
Where any member of the House previously could have brought the clean resolution to the floor under House Rule 22, House Resolution 368 — passed on the eve of the shutdown — gave that right exclusively to the House majority leader, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia.
“The Rules Committee, under the rules of the House, changed the standing rules of the House to take away the right of any member to move to vote to open the government, and gave that right exclusively to the Republican Leader,” said Van Hollen.
“Is that right?”
“The House adopted that resolution,” replied Chaffetz.
“I make my motion, Mr. Speaker,” said Van Hollen.
“I renew my motion that under the regular standing rules of the House… that the house take up the Senate amendments and open the government now.”
“Under section 2 of H.R. 368, that motion may be offered only by the majority leader or his designee,” Chaffetz said.
“Mr. Speaker, why were the rules rigged to keep the government shut down?” Van Hollen asked.
“The gentleman will suspend,” Chaffetz interjected.
“Democracy has been suspended, Mr. Speaker.”
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) also highlighted the GOP’s refusal to allow a clean vote on Saturday, using a novel parliamentary maneuver.
Unable to shut Grayson down, Chaffetz postponed a vote on the bill.
“They can’t handle the truth,” Grayson said.
Apparently, these shitheads can’t handle anything — no direction home because there’s no real home.
Toil and trouble inside/outside the bubble.
Of course, when this bubble bursts, as all bubbles do, the ones drenched with the noxious, toxic innards will be all the rest of us Americans — not a pleasant future, even for a Monday.