Resolutions, Racists, Returns, & Remarks

I’ve had a couple of very busy days around here. I am working hard on one large project which is coming along very nicely, and in my spare time I have been fighting a Cisco ASA 5505 router for someone. The battle has been fierce but it looks like I won the battle.

In the evenings this week I will be working on some fixes and other changes for Stuffr, leading up to an update being released in the next couple weeks (before Christmas).

Here are some quick thoughts tonight.

Thought #1

On the local front, Georgia State Representative Austin Scott has an idea for dealing with corruption in government.

Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton), a 2010 candidate for governor, said Tuesday he will renew his push to create a statewide grand jury to investigation corruption in all branches of government.

Early in the 2009 legislative session, Scott introduced House Resolution 75, a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the attorney general to empanel a special grand jury that would fight corruption in the executive, legislative or judicial branch.

If this passes, that grand jury will be the busiest body in the state. I can see the mud slinging already.

Thought #2

There’s a chill in the air in Copenhagen.

The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN’s role in all future climate change negotiations.

The document is also being interpreted by developing countries as setting unequal limits on per capita carbon emissions for developed and developing countries in 2050; meaning that people in rich countries would be permitted to emit nearly twice as much under the proposals.

What? Developing countries wanted any deal reached at Copenhagen to be fair to everyone? Didn’t anyone tell them the world doesn’t work that way? If you aren’t making a deal behind closed doors, you aren’t anybody (just ask Harry Reid).

Thought #3

Speaking of Harry Reid, I wonder if he ever wakes up in the morning and thinks, “Today, I am going to go to work and say something so stupid that it makes everyone’s heads spin”.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took his GOP-blasting rhetoric to a new level Monday, comparing Republicans who oppose health care reform to lawmakers who clung to the institution of slavery more than a century ago.

The Nevada Democrat, in a sweeping set of accusations on the Senate floor, also compared health care foes to those who opposed women’s suffrage and the civil rights movement — even though it was Sen. Strom Thurmond, then a Democrat, who unsuccessfully tried to filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and it was Republicans who led the charge against slavery.

Am I mistaken or did he say those who oppose health care reform are acting like Democrats? What an insult. Harry Reid is a twit who definitely didn’t study his history.

Many Republicans in the Senate were offended and insulted by his comments, but he doesn’t care. The truth of the matter is, you know you’re doing something right when the Senate Majority Leader starts calling you a racist because you don’t support the current health care bill in the Senate. You can always rest assured that you are on the right side of the argument when the other side resorts to name calling.

It is customary, however, for that name calling to have some semblance of truth or at least a grain of honesty behind it. When the Senate was debating the1964 Civil Rights Bill, Southern Democrats (yes, they spelled it the same too, D.E.M.O.C.R.A.T.S.) held an 83 day filibuster of the bill and when the cloture vote came to pass, 80% of those who voted against cloture (allowing the bill to come to a vote) were Democrats (again, D.E.M.O.C.R.A.T.S.).

Harry Reid is once again trying to mislead the American people. Republicans have always been on the fighting edge of freedom. They have, historically speaking, always fought to expand freedom, not restrict it like you know who.

There is no denying which party fights to restrict freedom, and they’re proving themselves again by attempting to shove the 2,074 page bill down America’s throat.

Thought #4

I guess I’m racist.

Thought #5

I can still hear those words like it was yesterday. You remember them don’t you? The auto bailout money was going to be paid back, we were going to make money from that bailout. Yeah, uh huh, and we all believed those words, didn’t we (cough)?

So much for our return on investment

The Obama administration will tell Congress Wednesday that it expects to lose about $30 billion of the $82 billion government bailout of the auto industry, two administration officials familiar with the report said today.

The estimate — the first public accounting of losses connected to the rescue of General Motors and Chrysler — is in line with what the Government Accountability Office, the Troubled Asset Relief Congressional Oversight Panel and former auto czar Steve Rattner have suggested.

Thought #6

For my final thought tonight, I will leave you with this quote of the day from Jeffery Griffiths of the EPA.

“We all know it’s bad to have poop in our drinking water”