Bat-Shit Crazy- Going Network

Howard Beale’s rant on the Movie “Network News” is apropos for the current bat-shit craziness we are seeing in the news coming out of Washington.  I’ve modified the rant to fit my own purpose:

“I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad…Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter….. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV‘s while some local newscaster tells us that today” [the Republican Party won’t budge in the interest of the American People], “as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms…Just leave us alone.’

Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot …All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!’ So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’ I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!… You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!‘ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the”[Republican Party’s failure to protect the American PEOPLE.]  “But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

Ref:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074958/quotes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_qgVn-Op7Q

Network (1976) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Can’t We All Just Get Along, DAMN IT!

Rodney King‘s famous plea, “Can’t we all just get along “during the LA riots is still as relevant today, as it was back in 1992. I find myself asking the same question, over and over again. Why can’t we (as a Nation) all just get along? Why must it always be the Democrats against the Republicans, the tea party against the Liberals, the conservative Christians against gay rights, Muslims against Christians (you get my point). Even a rogue scholar can point out the obvious: we are all in this together. We must learn the art of compromise to solve the nation’s problems.

Achieving a political utopia where the warring parties compromise to achieve goals is not impossible. Compromise in favor of the American people is not a concession of personal convictions, per se.  Simply put, when two or more parties reach a compromise, they personify mutual respect. Having a mutual respect for each other includes giving credence to opposing views. We may both concede that the sky is blue. We may, however, differ in opinion of what shade of blue the sky is. For once I’d love to hear our leaders’ say that while they don’t agree on all of the issues, they are willing to compromise in order to do what is best for the American PEOPLE.

Sometimes you have to give a little to get a lot, and vice-versa. Compromise means that while the parties can agree to disagree, they are at least willing to move beyond the barriers of selfishness and consider other factors.

The few who are willing to brave the shark infested waters  of postured arrogance will reach the welcoming shores of compromise. And, maybe, just maybe Americans will rise to the occasion and mirror the same behavior.

TOP 10 REASONS NOT TO VOTE FOR PERRY

WHY TRICKY RICK PERRY IS BAD FOR TEXAS AND EVEN WORSE FOR AMERICA

Here’s what the Republican Party

is NOT TELLING YOU ABOUT TRICKY RICK:

1) Tricky Rick’s all about “big government” –a career politician.

2) Total Government spending in Texas has doubled since TRICKY RICK took office in 2000.

2) TEXAS DEBT IS OUT-OF-CONTROL! http://www.usdebtclock.org/state-debt-clocks/state-of-texas-debt-clock.html

3) TRICKY RICK wanted to lease Texas roadways (that were already free to drive on) and turn them into toll roads by developing the Trans-Texas Corridor (part of the planned NAFTA superhighway system).

4) TRICKY RICK HAS REPEATEDLY RAISED TAXES AS GOVERNOR!

5) TEXAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS CURRENTLY 8%-THAT’S 23RD IN THE NATION. http://www.bls.gov/lau/

6) TRICKY RICK KEEPS TEXAS WAGES LOW! Between December 2007 and April 2011, weekly wages in the U.S. increased by about 5 percent. In the state of Texas they increased by just 0.6% .

7) TRICKY RICK HAS DEMOLISHED OUR public education system:

36th in the nation in high school graduation rates;

An estimated 3.8 million Texans do not have a high school diploma;

49th in verbal SAT scores,

47th in literacy;

46th in average math SAT scores; and

33rd in the nation on teacher salaries.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=263189

8.   Texas has the highest percentage of workers making minimum wage out of all 50 states.

In 2007, 221,000 residents of Texas were making minimum wage or less. By 2010, that number had risen to 550,000.

9) TRICKY RICK PRAISES HIS efforts to fight ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WITHOUT THE HELP OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT… BUT TAKES 125 MILLION ANNUALLY IN FEDERAL (DHS) FUNDS to “help out.”

10) TRICKY RICK SIGNED EXECUTIVE ORDER (2007) TO FORCE EVERY SINGLE GIRL IN TEXAS TO TAKE THE GARDASIL VACCINE BEFORE THE 6TH GRADE. Since then, very serious safety issues regarding this vaccine have come to light. THANKFULLY, lawmakers in Texas blocked TRICKY RICK. Sources cite issues with “apparent financial connections between Merck and Perry to news outlets, such as a $ 6,000 campaign contribution and Merck’s hiring of former Perry Chief of Staff Mike Toomey to handle its Texas lobbying work.”

CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE-FULL TEXT

H.R.2560 — Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011 (Introduced in House – IH) 

HR 2560 IH

112th CONGRESS1st SessionH. R. 2560To cut, cap, and balance the Federal budget.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESJuly 15, 2011Mr. CHAFFETZ (for himself, Mr. MULVANEY, Mr. RIBBLE, Mr. JORDAN, Mr. PENCE, Mr. GRAVES of Georgia, Mr. RIGELL, Mrs. MCMORRIS RODGERS, Mr. HENSARLING, Mr. MCKINLEY, Mr. STIVERS, Mr. BROOKS, Mr. ROSS of Florida, Mr. CULBERSON, Mr. HUIZENGA of Michigan, Mr. HUNTER, Mr. LAMBORN, Mrs. MYRICK, Mr. PITTS, Mr. HULTGREN, Mr. BENISHEK, Mr. WEST, Mr. HARPER, Mrs. BLACKBURN, Ms. JENKINS, Mr. ROKITA, Mr. GOWDY, Mr. WOMACK, Mr. TIPTON, Mr. SCHWEIKERT, Mr. WALSH of Illinois, Mr. WALBERG, Mr. NUNNELEE, Mr. STUTZMAN, Mr. FLORES, Mr. BUCSHON, Mr. GIBBS, Mr. FLAKE, Mr. SOUTHERLAND, Mr. SCOTT of South Carolina, Mr. PRICE of Georgia, Mr. GOODLATTE, Mr. ROSKAM, Mr. CAMP, Mr. AMASH, Mr. HUELSKAMP, Mrs. HARTZLER, Mr. ROONEY, Mr. REED, Mr. DAVIS of Kentucky, Mr. RENACCI, Mr. MCCLINTOCK, Mr. BOUSTANY, Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, Mrs. ELLMERS, Mr. GOSAR, Mr. AKIN, Mr. QUAYLE, Mr. WOODALL, Mr. WEBSTER, Mr. HARRIS, Mr. LANDRY, Mr. LONG, Mr. NEUGEBAUER, Mr. BISHOP of Utah, Mr. HERGER, Mr. LUETKEMEYER, Mr. MCCOTTER, Mr. SCHILLING, Ms. GRANGER, Mr. AUSTRIA, Mr. JOHNSON of Ohio, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. AUSTIN SCOTT of Georgia, Mr. BACHUS, Mr. GINGREY of Georgia, Mr. YODER, Mr. LATHAM, Mrs. ADAMS, Mr. FRANKS of Arizona, Mr. PALAZZO, Mr. ISSA, Mr. NUGENT, Mr. POMPEO, Mrs. BLACK, Mr. GRIFFIN of Arkansas, Mr. GARRETT, and Mr. KELLY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Budget, and in addition to the Committees on Rules and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILLTo cut, cap, and balance the Federal budget.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011′.

TITLE I–CUT 

SEC. 101. MODIFICATION OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT.

      Title III of the

Congressional Budget Act of 1974

    is amended by inserting at the end the following:

`SEC. 316. DISCRETIONARY SPENDING LIMITS.

    `(a) In General- It shall not be in order in the House of Representatives or the Senate to consider any bill, joint resolution, amendment, or conference report that would cause the discretionary spending limits as set forth in this section to be exceeded.
    `(b) Limits- In this section, the term `discretionary spending limits’ means for fiscal year 2012: for the discretionary category, $1,019,402,000,000 in new budget authority and $1,224,568,000,000 in outlays.
    `(c) Adjustments- After the reporting of a bill or joint resolution relating to the global war on terrorism described in subsection (d), or the offering of an amendment thereto or the submission of a conference report thereon–
        `(1) the chair of the House or

Senate Committee on the Budget

      may adjust the discretionary spending limits provided in this section for purposes of congressional enforcement, the budgetary aggregates in the concurrent resolution on the budget most recently adopted by the Senate and the House of Representatives, and allocations pursuant to section 302(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, by the amount of new budget authority in that measure for that purpose and the outlays flowing therefrom; and
        `(2) following any adjustment under paragraph (1), the House or

Senate Committee on Appropriations

      may report appropriately revised suballocations pursuant to section 302(b) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to carry out this subsection.
      `(d)

Global War on Terrorism

    – If a bill or joint resolution is reported making appropriations for fiscal year 2012 that provides funding for the global war on terrorism, the allowable adjustments provided for in subsection (c) for fiscal year 2012 shall not exceed $126,544,000,000 in budget authority and the outlays flowing therefrom.

`SEC. 317. CERTAIN DIRECT SPENDING LIMITS.

    `(a) In General- It shall not be in order in the House of Representatives or the Senate to consider any bill, joint resolution, amendment, or conference report that includes any provision that would cause total direct spending, except as excluded in subsection (b), to exceed the limits specified in subsection (c).
    `(b) Exempt From Direct Spending Limits- Direct spending for the following functions is exempt from the limits specified in subsection (c):
      `(1) Social Security, function 650.
      `(2) Medicare, function 570.
      `(3) Veterans Benefits and Services, function 700.
      `(4) Net Interest, function 900.
    `(c) Limits on Other Direct Spending- The total combined outlays for all direct spending not exempted in subsection (b) for fiscal year 2012 shall not exceed $680,730,000,000.’.

SEC. 102. STATUTORY ENFORCEMENT OF SPENDING CAPS THROUGH SEQUESTRATION.

    Title III of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 is amended by inserting after section 317 the following new section:

`SEC. 318. ENFORCEMENT OF DISCRETIONARY AND DIRECT SPENDING CAPS.

    `(a) Implementation- The sequesters shall be implemented as follows:
        `(1) DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IMPLEMENTATION- For the discretionary limits in section 316 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, pursuant to section 251(a) of the

Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act

      of 1985 with each category sequestered separately.
      `(2) DIRECT SPENDING IMPLEMENTATION- (A) The sequestration to enforce this section for direct spending shall be implemented pursuant to section 254 of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
        `(B) Section 255 of the

Balanced Budget

      and Control Act of 1985 shall not apply to this section, except that payments for military personnel accounts (within subfunctional category 051), TRICARE for Life, Medicare (functional category 570), military retirement, Social Security (functional category 650), veterans (functional category 700), net interest (functional category 900), and discretionary appropriations shall be exempt.
    `(b) Modification of Presidential Order-
      `(1) IN GENERAL- At any time after the Director of OMB issues a sequestration report under subsection (a) and section 319(c) the provisions of section 258A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 shall apply to the consideration in the House of Representatives and the Senate of a bill or joint resolution to override the order if the bill or joint resolution, as enacted, would achieve the same level of reductions in new budget authority and outlays for the applicable fiscal year as set forth in the order.
        `(2)

POINT OF ORDER

      – In the House of Representatives or Senate, it shall not be in order to consider a bill or joint resolution which waives, modifies, or in any way alters a sequestration order unless the chair of the House or Senate Committee on the Budget certifies that the measure achieves the same levels of reductions in new budget authority and outlays for the applicable year as set forth in the order.’.

TITLE II–CAP 

SEC. 201. LIMIT ON TOTAL SPENDING.

    (a) Definitions- Section 250(c) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 is amended by striking paragraph (4), redesignating the succeeding paragraphs accordingly, and adding the following new paragraph:
      `(19) The term `GDP’, for any fiscal year, means the gross domestic product during such fiscal year consistent with Department of Commerce definitions.’.
    (b) Caps- The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 is amended by inserting after section 318 the following new section:

`SEC. 319. ENFORCING GDP OUTLAY LIMITS.

    `(a) Enforcing GDP Outlay Limits- In this section, the term `GDP outlay limit’ means an amount, as estimated by OMB, equal to–
      `(1) projected GDP for that fiscal year as estimated by OMB, multiplied by
      `(2) 21.7 percent for fiscal year 2013; 20.8 percent for fiscal year 2014; 20.2 percent for fiscal year 2015; 20.1 percent for fiscal year 2016; 19.9 percent for fiscal year 2017; 19.7 percent for fiscal year 2018; 19.9 percent for fiscal year 2019; 19.9 percent for fiscal year 2020; and 19.9 percent for fiscal year 2021.
    `(b) GDP Outlay Limit and Outlays-
      `(1) DETERMINING THE GDP OUTLAY LIMIT- The Office of Management and Budget shall establish in the President’s budget the GDP outlay limit for the budget year.
      `(2) TOTAL FEDERAL OUTLAYS- In this section, total Federal outlays shall include all on-budget and off-budget outlays.
    `(c) Sequestration- The sequestration to enforce this section shall be implemented pursuant to section 254 of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
    `(d) Exempt Programs- Section 255 of the Balanced Budget and Control Act of 1985 shall not apply to this section, except that payments for military personnel accounts (within subfunctional category 051), TRICARE for Life, Medicare (functional category 570), military retirement, Social Security (functional category 650), veterans (functional category 700), and net interest (functional category 900) shall be exempt.’.

SEC. 202. ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES UNDER THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT OF 1974.

    (a) Enforcement- Title III of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 is amended by adding after section 319 the following new section:

`SEC. 320. ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES.

    `It shall not be in order in the House of Representatives or the Senate to consider any bill, joint resolution, amendment, or conference report that would cause the most recently reported current GDP outlay limits set forth in section 319 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to be exceeded.’.
    (b) Table of Contents- The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 315 the following new items:
      `Sec. 316. Discretionary spending limits.
      `Sec. 317. Certain direct spending limits.
      `Sec. 318. Enforcement of discretionary and direct spending caps.
      `Sec. 319. Enforcing GDP outlay limits.
      `Sec. 320. Enforcement procedures.’.

TITLE III–BALANCE 

SEC. 301. REQUIREMENT THAT A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT BE SUBMITTED TO STATES.

    (a) In General- The Secretary of the Treasury shall not exercise the additional borrowing authority provided under subsection (b) until the Archivist of the United States transmits to the States H.J. Res. 1 in the form reported on June 23, 2011, S.J. Res. 10 in the form introduced on March 31, 2011, or H.J. Res. 56 in the form introduced on April 7, 2011, a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, or a similar amendment if it requires that total outlays not exceed total receipts, that contains a spending limitation as a percentage of GDP, and requires that tax increases be approved by a two-thirds vote in both Houses of Congress for their ratification.
    (b) Amendment to Title 31- Effective on the date the Archivist of the United States transmits to the States H.J. Res 1 in the form reported, S.J. Res. 10 in the form introduced, or H.J. Res. 56 in the form introduced, a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, or a similar amendment if it requires that total outlays not exceed total receipts, contains a spending limitation as a percentage of GDP, and requires tax increases be approved by a two-thirds vote in both Houses of Congress for their ratification, section 3101(b) of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking the dollar limitation contained in such subsection and inserting $16,700,000,000,000.

via Bill Text – 112th Congress (2011-2012) – THOMAS (Library of Congress).

BACHMANN “PINGS” GAYDAR

The Daily Beast printed a story about Mr. Michelle and it compelled me to share my thoughts. My Gay-Dar pinged the first time I saw a photo of  Marcus. And, as I read the Daily Beast article, my suspicions were somewhat validated (or, at least supported) by the fact that I am  not alone!  

We’ve all heard the clichés: “where there’s smoke there’s fire”and “the guilty dog barks first” which  begs the question is Marcus supressing the urge to live true to his nature by vicariously “curing gays” (sarcasm implied) because of his current locale (the proverbial closet)? 

Here’s the token Seinfeld disclaimer you were waiting for: “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”  I will validate and take ownership of this disclaimer by adding that some of my best friends are gay. And, yes, they were born that way and I LOVE THEM!

The Gay-Dar is a fabulous thing. The ability to hone in on the ever-so- subtle quantum waves of the homosexual pheromone is unprecedented (for those of us who possess a finely tuned instrument.) Moreover, I never lack for fashion, art, or philosophy critiques and, I always have a shopping partner!  All kidding aside, my friends (gay or straight) are the same-equal (not constitutionally, as we all know) but to me, they’re just people, my friends, my family, and of course, human beings. I don’t differentiate. Yes, I do have a Gay-Dar . Does that make me insensitive to the plight of the LGBT community? On the contrary, it helps me recognize potential friends, potential targets of oppression, and potential hypocrites. Is Mr. Michelle gay? The jury is still out, but I’m betting the farm that he is…

For all the closet dwellers out there who feel the need to hide behind ancient doctrines of exclusionary dogma, come out, be loved for who you are, open that bible instead of using it as a coaster: The truth shall set you free, John 8:32.

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UNAPOLOGETIC LIBERAL!

Liberal is something I am and I wear it as a badge of honor. In the words of George Lakoff-“Liberty-loving liberals founded our country and enshrined its freedoms. Dedicated, fair-minded liberals ended slavery and brought women the vote. Hardworking liberals fought the goon squads and won workers’ rights: the eight-hour day, the weekend, health plans, and pensions. Courageous liberals risked their lives to win civil rights. Caring liberals have made the vulnerable elderly secure with Social Security and healthy with Medicare. Forward-looking liberals have extended education to everyone. Liberals who love the land have been preserving our environment so you can enjoy it. Nobody loves liberty and life more than a liberal. When conservatives say you’re on your own, we liberals know we’re all in this together.”