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With just ten minutes left for one Senator to possibly scramble upstairs and cast a vote that would not change the outcome, Chuck Hagel’s secretary of defense nomination was sent to the Floor….
One of the more surprising moments was the very Senatorial response given by Mazie Hirono, the replacement for Dan Inouye, who passed away after the election.
In a brief statement she noted (at exactly the 2:00 mark) that the national security need for an immediate Secretary of Defense was necessary, and to abort the process and begin anew was irresponsible, for with sequestration, budget reductions, downsizing after Afghanistan, re-pivoting to the Pacific, challenges of North Korea, Syria, North Africa, cyber attacks to our data systems, power grid, infrastructure, all requiring immediate attention. Chuck Hagel exemplified himself in war, as a CEO, and in the chambers of the Senate itself. That puts him as equally qualified as anyone else in that room. Simply put, we need someone now, this man is capable, he has my vote.
Courtesy of C Span
I guess she hasn’t learned to be long winded yet.
Which brings up the Republicans… What on earth is wrong with them? Are they nuts?
Every unbiased report confirms they are nuts.
Republican foreign policy is farce, not even worthy of Shakespeare.
So Republicans have decided that Afghanistan doesn’t exist. At last summer’s Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney never mentioned the Afghan War (that was left up to Clint Eastwood).
During Hagel’s seven and a half hours of questioning by the Senate Armed Services Committee last month, the country where 66,000 American troops are still fighting, and dying, was mentioned 27 times. How many mentions did it receive from the Armed Service Committee’s 12 Republican members combined? Four.
Drones, Zero mentions.
Cyber warfare, two came from Committee Republicans..
China, only one mention came from a Senate Republican. (and that occured when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz asked Hagel if he had traveled to China with Chas Freeman, a former American diplomat known for critical views toward, you guessed it, Israel.)
Israel (178 Republican mentions)
America must help Israel prevent the development of Iran’s nuclear weapon. (171 mentions)
The GOP campaign against him has descended even deeper into triviality. Republicans on the Armed Services Committee are now refusing to vote on Hagel’s nomination until he provides evidence that no organization he was affiliated with received foreign funding over the past decade? WTF? Every Republican on that committed gets foreign political funding from AIPAC….
His answer: no.
Republicans stoop even lower.
Republicans are demanding that he prove that no company or non-profit he has been involved in has received any foreign funding either!
Chuck Hagel’s answer? “That information…is legally controlled by the individual entities and not mine to disclose.”
This is “unprecedented,” as well as “ridiculous and outrageous,” especially since there’s zero evidence that Hagel—a decorated Vietnam veteran—has ever subverted the interests of the United States in service of a foreign power.
One senses Chuck Hagel’s ridiculous farcical hearing process, brought to its knees by these Republicans, has not one iota of relevance to Mr. Hagel’s qualifications, and every bit of relevancy to fending off a potential evangelical Tea Party primary challenger chomping for a run against these Republicans in the next election season….
It’s from a video spoof called Sheik Fil A….. Delaware Liberal introduced to us a week and a half ago.
A lot of people, especially men have trouble dealing with anal penetration of the buttocks, especially when that anus belongs to another man.
For that reason, their squeamishness causes them to be against da gays. Those most adamant against this act usually come from areas where if that act is done, it is not done in love, but is instead used as a brutal weapon. Bluntly put, it is used in rural America, Arab nations, and areas of the inner city, as rape, … a crime of violence and not mutual respect.
Therefore those from areas where this constantly occurs ( a more violent version of Mitt Romney pinning a boy down and cutting his hair,) tend to be consistently against that act. Ironically, most often none tend to see anything wrong when that practice occurs between heterosexual couples. It is safe. It is harmless. It is exploratory, and it is consensual. Most often, those who are violently against da gays, see nothing wrong with two old ladies living together. They never venture to wonder what goes on in that old house. But they have no problem with them being roomies. Likewise they see old men living together as acceptable. They are old. Surely nothing goes on inside that old house…
Because of the horrible trauma that they have endured, they fail to see that marriage equality is about love… nothing more. People don’t stay together for years just to get off. They stay because that person is who they want to spend their time with. Every day they face a question? Do I want to go to a club and hook up, or do I want to go home to my best friend, and every day they choose to go home to their best friend.
To be fair the same choice exists for hetero-sexual couples. Should I take this easy lay being offered at work, or should I go home to my life-partner… It appears now that 50% of us choose to go home to our spouses. The other 50% take the easy lay. Based on divorce figures that is…
The more you look at it, the more two gays in a relationship appear better if not as good, as a man and a wife in a relationship. It certainly isn’t about sex in a hetero sexual marriage. Those of you who have been married forty years…. how often do you have sex now? How about thirty? Twenty? Sadly there are an awful lot of people out there not having sex these days… despite the invention of viagra…
So why is it “only” about sex in a single sex couple? It isn’t. It is about finding someone you love, and choosing to last long enough together to see what that love will grow…..
So if you are against single sex marriage, you are against love. And in the words of our Lord and Saviour, being against love, is not where you want your heart to be when you pass over to the other side…
So what do you do about Chik Fil A appreciation day. Their chicken is soooo good, like butter… butter it is.. It is the only thing worth waiting for in a Drive Thru line… So how does one balance ones innate desire to support something soo good you can’t do without, versus someone else’s problem with someone expressing their freedom of speech…..
What if instead of gays, Chik Fil A was busting on Christians?.. What if they were busting on Muslims? What if they were busting on Catholics? What if they were busting on Jews? What if they were busting on wet backs? What if they were busting on Spics? What if they were busting on Pollacks? What if they were busting on Talley’s? What if they were busting on Indians? What if they were busting on Mexicans? What if instead of gays, we were in the deep south of the 60′s, and they were busting on blacks, saying blacks shouldn’t get married; saying blacks can’t vote; saying blacks can’t go to restrooms with whites; saying blacks have to sit on the back of the bus; saying blacks can’t sit at the part of the counter that plainly says…. “white’s only”? Would you be one of those southerners laughing it off as something them northern city-fied liberals were instigating, and damn it, someone with southern pride was gonna buy every piece of chicken that Chik Fil A put down in the grease?
If so… I hope you choke on your chicken……..
Image direct result caused by actions of the stupid fools impersonating a US Congress
This Wednesday, on January 18th 2012, we too will be participating in SOPA Blackout Day… I encourage every true American patriot left, to do likewise.
“I’m starting to think we really ticked off Mother Nature somehow, because we’ve been getting spanked by her for about a year now,” he said while grabbing some coffee at a convenience store…..
OF COURSE YOU DID, DUMMY. YOU VOTED FOR REPUBLICANS!
An applicant “will be asked whether or not his vital organ has been enlarged,” said Papua police chief Bekto Suprapto, quoted on local website Kompas.com. “If he has, he will be considered unfit to join the police or the military.”
The ban was applied since the unnatural size causes “hindrance during training,” said police spokesman Zainuri Lubis in Jakarta, quoted by news portal Detik.com.
Indonesia’s remote easternmost province is home to Papuan tribes, many of whom wear penis gourds. To achieve enlargement, they wrap the penis in leaves from the gatal-gatal (itchy) tree so that it swells up “like it has been stung by a bee”, a local sexologist said.