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Friday, October 19, 2007

A Rare Sighting in Congress: Vertebrae

No you aren't hallucinating. “Congress” and “vertebrae” in the same sentence — for this brief moment anyway — is not an oxymoron.

There have actually been two — TWO! — spinal sightings in Congress in the past two days. Enjoy the moment. The one that’s really gotten the wingnuts’ panties in a bunch is Pete Stark’s comment:

“I’m just amazed that the Republicans are worried that we can’t pay for insuring an additional 10 million children. They sure don’t care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq. Where are you going to get that money? You are going to tell us lies like you’re telling us today? Is that how you’re going to fund the war? You don’t have money to fund the war or children, but you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President’s amusement.”

Pow!! You Go Pete! And that’s not all:

“I have nothing but respect for our brave men and women in uniform and wish them the very best. But I respect neither the commander-in-chief who keeps them in harms way nor the chicken-hawks in Congress who vote to deny children health care.”

John Boehner whined: “I’m just a pitiful chickenhawk but I’m supposed to sound manly and come up with a soundbite about ‘our troops’ and ‘al Qaeda’ Our troops in Iraq are fighting against Al Qaeda and other radical jihadists hell-bent on killing the people we are sent here to represent.”

Technically, Boehner isn't a chickenhawk. He spent eight weeks in Navy boot camp and then got released for a “bad back.” How conveeeenient. Pete Stark served in the Air Force from 1955-57.

Mother Superior Nancy Pelosi had to spoil the fun by reprimanding Stark for his outburst. But Stark so far hasn’t apologized, and according to an online poll (not scientific), 88% say he should stand his ground and not apologize.

And now, the other spinal sighting: Sen. Chris Dodd has put a hold on that Godawful bill that pretty much says large telecom companies are above the law. The bill seemed like an unstoppable force plowing through a sea of invertebrates until Dodd put a hold on it. He says he's prepared to filibuster the bill if his hold is not honored.

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Blogger Randal Graves said...

At this point, I don't see how a registered Democrat can vote for anyone other than Chris Dodd in the primaries. And if he filibusters? Shit, I might erect a statue to the dude in my front yard.

October 20, 2007 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

The sad thing is Pelosi chastised Stark along the same lines as her fellow Repugs.

October 20, 2007 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Why are these people so afraid of getting their hands dirty? Everyone but gun-sucking, Jesus-eating, brown-hating wingnuts despise these fuckers. Who, but them, could they possibly offend? Talking hairpieces on TV? Fuck them. Wolf rambled on and on about this while his station's own poll showed 80-some percent were "yay, Stark!"

I hate all these fuckers. Grumble grumble.

October 20, 2007 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: Yeah, this puts Dodd above the rest of the pack, for now at least. The only other thing I knew about him: a few months ago, he and Hillary were both asked if they'd reduce the president's authority for warmaking if they became president. The answer should have been a resounding YES, but they both dodged and ducked and bobbed and weaved and didn't answer the question at all. I did a post about it at the time.

Larry: That really sucks about Pelosi. It's bad enough that she doesn't have a spine; but now she has to squelch somebody else's.

October 20, 2007 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: I know, it's getting more infuriating all the time. The wingnuts have shrunk to such a tiny percentage of the population, and Democrats and talking heads are still tiptoeing around, walking on eggshells so they won't offend them. It's ridiculous.

October 20, 2007 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Good for Stark. Let's make him the House Speaker. He speaks for a lot more Democrats and Americans than Nancy Pelosi does. And as far as Dodd goes, maybe he ought to be made Senate Majority Leader. Enough is enough with the unwillingness (or maybe with being too afraid) to stand up to the fascistic tendencies of the Bush administration.

Bush still has 457 days left, for heaven's sake. It is still plenty of time for his and his sick administration to run even more roughshod over us and the rest of the world. Again, enough is enough. Let's get some people with spine to run the left side of the aisle before it's too late.

October 20, 2007 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: You're right, Reid and Pelosi are too timid and too "go along to get along." We need people like Dodd and Stark in leadership positions. The fact that 88% of the respondents didn't want Stark to retract his statement or apologize -- that should be a clear message to our leaders. We're pissed and we're tired of having to choose between Bush and Bush Lite.

October 20, 2007 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Mile High Pixie said...

Bush and Bush Lite! Baahahaaa!

I want to send Stark a case of beer. Hell, yeah, G! Rock on! Tell you why we need health care for everyone--so Congress can go get spine transplants. Actually, the reason no one on the right wants to fund/support child healthcare is so that they can all grow up to be unhealthy adults who will have to take pills made by Big Pharma and have complicated surgeries that they will pay for until they die of some other cause. It's bullshit on a stick.

Leave No Child Behind? Unless he's limping or coughing. Then it's okay.

October 20, 2007 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mile High Pixie: "health care for everyone--so Congress can go get spine transplants" LOL. The irony of course is that everyone in Congress already has health coverage financed by taxpayers. Socialized medicine for them and free enterprise for the rest of us.

I think you're right -- unhealthy adults will become better customers for the pharmaceutical and health care industries. It sounds like a wacky conspiracy theory but unfortunately it's making more and more sense.

October 20, 2007 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

This is the kind of stuff we've been waiting for!!!

Let's hope more of them find their spines.

October 20, 2007 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lizzy: Yup, it's been a long wait. Hope this leads more Democrats to display similar behavior.

October 20, 2007 at 11:06 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

I applaud both Stark and Dodd, but why don't they filibuster on other, more pressing matters, like, say ... stop funding the fucking war.

Pelosi should resign.

October 22, 2007 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Candace: True, they should show some leadership and bravery more often. Filibustering, stopping the war funding...That's why we elected them. Maybe they forgot about that.

October 22, 2007 at 12:27 PM  

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