Sunday, July 1, 2012

Diggaweek in Review

1)      Egypt is now likely on the Turkey glide path.  Islamist civilian control versus secular military control.  This will play out over years until Egypt finds its Erdogan.

2)      The Republicans keep saying they will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  Well on July 11th, the GOP-controlled House will take up its 31st vote to repeal the constitutional  landmark legislation, while not offering a credible alternative.  You see Boehner, replace means provide or find a substitute. 

3)      Nora O’Donnell did a masterful job hosting Face The Nation today.  I have been a big fan of hers since her days on MSNBC, but her interview of Speaker Boehner was a text book example of how to be firm and fair while not accepting the canned answers.

4)      Jan Brewer’s Political Action Committee, JanPAC, has raised $50,000, most of it spent on her buying copies of her book and running advertisements about how President Obama told Arizona to ‘drop dead’ (Her words).  Keeping it classy you irrelevant incompetent.

5)      The best chance for a peaceful (hopefully) settlement to the horrors in Syria will require Russian influence perhaps guaranteeing a safe transition for al-Assad out of power without getting Mubaraked.  Yes, sometimes you have to work with your adversaries to accomplish a greater goal; it’s called diplomacy.

6)      Justice Scalia is not just a conservative justice, he is a politically right of the tea party and may actually think the Articles of Confederation were a good idea.  Sadly, such a mean-spirited hating bully of a political hack sits on the highest court of the land.  Here is his dissent in last week’s immigration ruling: In the first 100 years of the Republic, the States enacted numerous laws restricting the immigration of certain classes of aliens, including convicted criminals, indigents, persons with contagious diseases, and (in Southern States) freed blacks. State laws not only provided for the removal of unwanted immigrants but also imposed penalties on unlawfully present aliens and those who aided their immigration.  He is referring to slavery, and while not supporting slavery, he is sending a signal that he probably would have been BFF’s with Chief Justice Taney during Dred Scot deliberations.

7)      Sticking with the Supreme Court, the hypocrisy of Justices Alito, Thomas, and Scalia was clearly evident when the trio spoke of preserving states’ rights for Arizona immigration enforcement but ruling against Montana’s election finance restrictions.  It is blatant politically motivated partisanship.  A sad trio they are.

8)      Darrell Issa’s attack on AG Holder is 100% political.  Because if he really cared about getting answers as to how US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in Arizona, he would be asking about the 68,000 straw purchased guns ended up in Mexico to begin with, not the 2,000 from Fast and Furious.  If he really cared about the family of Agent Terry, he would have called in Bush Administration officials to talk about their gun walking program.  If he really wanted to uncover the truth, he would have questioned whether liberal gun control laws in Arizona led to the arms race on the border.  Instead, Issa simply followed the marching orders of his masters at the NRA to attack President Obama and AG Holder and whip up that tried bullshit story that the President will take away weapons in his 2nd term.

9)      Stockton, California became the largest US city to file bankruptcy.  In spite of cutting $90Million in spending since 2009, including 25% of its police force, 30% of its fire department, and 40% of other city workforce.  I guess this proves that austerity is not a path to economic recovery.  Hope the Europeans were paying attention.

10)   Congratulations to Mary Cheney (daughter of Dick) and her longtime partner Heather Pike on their recent marriage in Washington DC.  Perhaps someday, the Virginia, where the couple resides, will be less interested in vaginal probes and more interested in same sex marriage so their marriage can be recognized.

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