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December 31, 2012

Another take on the Congressional pay raise thing

kohenari:

A lot of people have been complaining about President Obama’s recent executive order, which will raise salaries of members of Congress by a pretty small amount next year. Technically, it’s probably better not to think of it as a pay raise but rather an end to a pay freeze for federal employees that has been in effect since 2010. (Members of Congress actually haven’t seen a raise since 2009.) And so it isn’t simply a pay raise for Congress; it also impacts all federal employees and that was seemingly the main motivation for the executive order.

Was it a not-so-subtle gambit in the fiscal cliff negotiations? Perhaps. Did it fail to make any difference? Perhaps.

This is, of course, the least productive Congress since the 1940s so I’d be happier if they actually had to start paying us instead of the other way around. But one way to deal with such historically bad legislating is to vote them out of office next time you have an opportunity rather than to keep voting for people who claim obstructionism as their primary legislative goal.

HT: Anonymous Question Asker

FWIW, $900 a year is $17 a week, before taxes. With the federal pay freeze lifted, Obama gave members of Congress enough money for a weekly meal at Chipotle. (Biden’s salary increase was a bit more dramatic, obviously.) For most people, that’s a cost of living increase. Members of Congress probably don’t care too much. Federal workers might, though. — Ernie @ SFB

21:19 // 1 year ago

Hillary, Conspiracy, and Blood Clots

kohenari:

From Reuters:

FLASH: Secretary Clinton suffered blood clot between brain and skull, behind right ear, doctors say. Clinton did not suffer stroke or neurological damage according to doctors.

From a million idiots all over the country:

So, then, when is she going to testify about Benghazi? #tcot #faker #conspiracy #foxnews

First we had truthers. Then we had birthers. Now we have clotters.

(Source: reuters)

17:03 // 1 year ago
reuters:

The State Department made a “grievous mistake” in keeping the U.S. mission in Benghazi open despite inadequate security and increasingly alarming threat assessments in the weeks before a deadly attack by militants, a Senate committee said on Monday.
A report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee on the September 11 attacks on the U.S. mission and a nearby CIA annex, in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans died, faulted intelligence agencies for not focusing tightly enough on Libyan extremists.
It also faulted the State Department for waiting for specific warnings instead of improving security.
READ ON: Senate report finds State Dept made “grievous mistake” over Benghazi

What lessons can be applied here that weren’t in Benghazi?

reuters:

The State Department made a “grievous mistake” in keeping the U.S. mission in Benghazi open despite inadequate security and increasingly alarming threat assessments in the weeks before a deadly attack by militants, a Senate committee said on Monday.

A report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee on the September 11 attacks on the U.S. mission and a nearby CIA annex, in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans died, faulted intelligence agencies for not focusing tightly enough on Libyan extremists.

It also faulted the State Department for waiting for specific warnings instead of improving security.

READ ON: Senate report finds State Dept made “grievous mistake” over Benghazi

What lessons can be applied here that weren’t in Benghazi?

14:56 // 1 year ago
December 30, 2012
20:57 // 1 year ago
December 28, 2012
I just had a good and constructive discussion here at the White House with Senate and House leadership about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. And I’m optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that could pass both houses (of Congress) on time; Senators Reid and Connell are working on such an agreement as we speak. But if an agreement isn’t reached in time between Senator Reid and Senator McConnell, then I will urge Senator Reid to bring, to the floor, a basic package for an up-or-down vote — one that protects the middle class from an income tax hike; extends the vital lifeline of unemployment insurance to two million Americans looking for a job; and lays the groundwork for future cooperation on more economic growth and deficit reduction.
PRESIDENT OBAMA, updating the nation on the fiscal cliff talks. (via inothernews)

So basically, if you’re looking to see a ball drop on New Year’s Eve, forget Times Square. Look to Capitol Hill.
18:44 // 1 year ago
December 26, 2012
It’s no secret that I don’t like guns. But neither am I someone who thinks gun owners are all wingnuts who are stockpiling guns to protect themselves against the government (which is why I frequently lampoon those who are doing this) or to murder their neighbors. If you want to think seriously about ways to put a brake on gun deaths in our country — apart from arming everyone, which is the NRA position — simply publishing a list of (some) (potential) gun owners isn’t going to help.
Ari Kohen • Offering an effective bit of commentary regarding the gun registry map put online by a New York-based newspaper. What benefit does posting public information about people who have guns offer? Not a lot, honestly. It doesn’t add much to the gun control debate, it shames and endangers people who don’t necessarily deserve either shaming or endangerment, and it gets away from the actual issue at hand. Yes, it’s public data. No, it doesn’t really shine a light on anything, other than that this is a really effective way of pissing people off.
18:38 // 1 year ago
December 21, 2012
usatoday:

What is possibly the strangest thing about this blank front page is that the managing editor said, “We haven’t heard from readers about it yet.” See more: Weatherford Daily News staff apparently went home early to deal with the end of the world

Daily newspapers as vessels for comedy. 

usatoday:

What is possibly the strangest thing about this blank front page is that the managing editor said, “We haven’t heard from readers about it yet.”

See more: Weatherford Daily News staff apparently went home early to deal with the end of the world

Daily newspapers as vessels for comedy. 

18:33 // 1 year ago
December 17, 2012

nationalpost:

‘We can’t tolerate this anymore’: Obama signals action over gun laws

He spoke for a nation in sorrow, but the slaughter of all those little boys and girls left President Barack Obama, like so many others, reaching for words. Alone on a spare stage after the worst single day of his presidency, the commander in chief was a parent in grief.

“I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depth of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts,” Obama said at an evening vigil in the grieving community of Newtown, Conn. “I can only hope that it helps for you to know that you are not alone in your grief.”

The massacre of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday elicited horror around the world, soul-searching in the United States, fresh political debate about gun control and questions about the incomprehensible — what drove the suspect to act.

“Can say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose? I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days,” Obama said, somber and steady as some in the audience wept.

“If we’re honest without ourselves, the answer is no. And we will have to change.” (Olivier Douliery/Getty Images; Evan Vucci/The Associated Press; Jason DeCrow/The Associated Press)

The next few weeks are going to be interesting, with Obama playing the comforter-in-chief.

8:48 // 1 year ago
December 14, 2012
19:46 // 1 year ago
digg:

reuterspictures:

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin
Elementary school shooting
Dozens of people, including children, are reported killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

This is such a tragedy.

Who would do this? Why? What reasons?

digg:

reuterspictures:

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

Elementary school shooting

Dozens of people, including children, are reported killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

This is such a tragedy.

Who would do this? Why? What reasons?

13:40 // 1 year ago