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Wednesday, March 04, 2015
 
Well Thanks for Dropping By Prime Minister Netanyahu...
Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out...thanks for being part and parcel of a New Low in U.S. Politics it's something we will no doubt survive...but it was still a pretty appalling display all in all. It is hilarious though, to recall that Speaker John Boehner has all but abdicated his Leadership in the US House and is now somehow seeking to make his mark in the area of foreign policy much akin to a US President who has been rebuffed in the midterm elections. I'm inclined to think well of Israel (any nation that "puts the man before the dollar" in a democratic framework is aces high with me), but ruthlessly "weaponizing shame" and calling the incumbent US President & the Secretary of State a pair of dupes and impugning their loyalty all to win a election....I mean yipes. There are limits to my regard folks. And I wanna congratulate Secretary Kerry and President Obama, they've had their patriotism questioned by a foreign leader...like I said, a new low.
Monday, March 02, 2015
 
It is one of the Wonders of the Modern World...
that a pathetically weak and indecisive specimen such as John Boehner can somehow perpetuate himself as Speaker of the House given all the sheer needless mishaugas he routinely sires. Last week the poor dumb bastard hit rock goddamn bottom, compelled to go hat in hand to Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in order to pass very temporary funding for the Department of Homeland Security. It would hardly look good for the US House to permit DHS to go unfunded when Israeli PM Netanyahu was about to harangue all and sundry about diresome International Security Threats. So I guess we can thank Bibi for the seven days of funding at least... The Wall Street Journal spells it out in plain english today, by going to Pelosi, Boehner effectively makes the Minority Leader Co-Speaker of the House...and at this point it is well worth remembering that Boehner may well retains his job simply because his most active opposition is too willful and stupid to gin up an alternate and depose The Speaker's Fat Ass. Sheer Obama-hatred, proclaimed by soiled vengeful jobbers elected from classically rotten boroughs, persons who have climbed out too far on the limb to GOVERN effectively are pretty much what has laid the US House Low. And you know what? I'm fine with it. In the absence of an "accountability moment" at the ballot box this is probably the best we can hope for. My only worry at this point is that John Boehner stupidity, ineptitude, cowardice and all is still only two heartbeats away from the Presidency. It is enough to advise that Congress swiftly revisit the terms of the Presidential Succession Act of 1947...or I would if I wasn't sure they'd make a disaster of that as well.

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Friday, February 27, 2015
 
Having been talked out of a Third Presidential Run
no doubt by some timely threats from Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney is now "quietly" assisting the 2024 Summer Olympics Committee...per the Boston Globe of course. Mitt is there is ensure any promises regarding public improvements or desperately needed upgrades to the MBTA WILL NOT be carried out, in the Politics of Evasion at least, Romney is a master. Wealth goes with Hubris the way Peanut Butter goes with Jelly...none of these monied personages can conceive a better use for their money and talents save inflicting a costly global TV broadcast that lasts three weeks on the City of Boston. GOD FREAKIN' FORBID..than any of them, least of all Mitt Romney should apply their resources and abilities to some unheralded task like fixing the MBTA...Nope No Press Releases, Testimonials or Plaques in any of that mishaugas. Indeed has Mitt Romney ever once taken the #74 Bus from Belmont to Harvard Square and strap hung his way in town via the Red Line? Doubtful...so instead he applies himself to the Ultimate Public Private Boondoggle while the rest of us are stuck just outside Porter Square Station while the PA system squawks incoherently. The Rich ARE different from us, they have more money and therefore more time to devote themselves to stupid feckless projects...
Thursday, February 26, 2015
 
Kudos to President Obama
for vetoing the Keystone Pipeline, Canadian Oil pumped thru the USA destined for Chinese Factories..and they won't even build the God Damned Farce out of good US Steel....and the upside to this mishaugas is what exactly?? I am loving this whole Jacksonian Vertical Stroke phenom in the White House, just loving it. DOn't listen to the usual A-holes if this thing was Iranian Oil they'd be calling for Air Strikes, the right money reached the right pockets, at least until Obama got out his Fountain Pen.
Monday, February 23, 2015
 
Columba Bush....
(Wife unto presumptive GOP Presidential Candidate & Former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush) sure loves Her Bling. She famously tried to smuggle $19,000.00 worth of freshly purchased jewelry past customs and subsequently secured a loan to purchase another $45,000.00 worth of expensive baubles later on. Oh and did I mention she didn't live with her husband for the balance of his Governorship? At this point I suppose I SHOULD get all "Maureen Dowd" on that situation (and I'll be interested to see if the NYT Columnista gets all "Maureen Dowd" about it in due course)...but lets face facts we are never gonna know the Real Deal Here, this is the Bush Family After All and their eccentricities, embarrassments and personal flaws never seem to impact the discourse. Can't say the same about their electoral rivals though, funny how that works.

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Friday, February 20, 2015
 
Two Weeks into The "MBTA Crisis"
and the broad parameters are there for all to see: The Governor is gonna rant and rave and rhetorically target the Carmen's Union and the T's Alleged Deadheadery. The Legislature is either gonna do nothing or sit thoughtfully as a few liberals from safe seats ineffectually lobby for increasing the MBTA's budget to meet the current maintenance and upgrade shortfall. This is otherwise a CLASSIC Beacon Hill Win-Win Situation, Both side's base are well secured, so everyone can do nothing and yet claim victory. And this will go on until the Red Line Caves In and your Humble Narrator and numberless others are buried in the rubble, in which case, The Whole Stupid Fandango will Start Up All Over Again. To put it bluntly the "Come to Jesus Moment" has officially come & gone ne'er to return. And I post this, not to wallow in snarkage or blogger outrage but to note that I seriously need to find a job wherein I can walk to work...Anyone Hiring Arlington? Anyone at All??
Monday, February 16, 2015
 
How come there isn't a "Vice President's Day"?
Oh but even now I can hear a chorus of political scientists intoning "Because Every Day is Vice President's Day"... And truly it wouldn't be true if it wasn't a cliche', because every day is fraught with the potential for greatness when one occupies an office noted for it's mirthful superfluity, a nullity, a vacuity awesome, butt of every joke, the first in line at the overseas State Funeral, The Gavel in the US Senate, the Forgotten Office in the West Wing, The National Chamber of Commerce's Featured Speaker and the Great White Father of Counterfactuals. President Humphrey, President Agnew, President Calhoun and who can ever forget, President Curtis?? What Statesman...What Nonsense.

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