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Parliament of Whores is right. Sadly, oh-so-right.

 

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“The average net worth of a Senator is more than $14 million, and the average net worth of a member of the House of Representatives is nearly $6 million.”

Though this information is a few years old, the numbers are likely to have gotten worse, such is the corruption and cronyism within our government.

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Yeah, when you can’t even get details on key figures right, then it’s hard to take you seriously.

Senator Paul Ryan?

I received this message in my inbox a few minutes ago. I immediately noticed a big mistake.

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Friend —

This ticks me off. Opponents of Obamacare in Congress are reaching new levels of disgrace — all to save face after realizing that repeal isn’t so popular, after all.

On Tuesday, Senator Paul Ryan said this:

“We’re not hatching some bill in a back room and plopping it on the American people’s front door.” –House Speaker Paul Ryan on NBC’s “Today” show

Now, on the face of it, what’s the big deal? So what if Paul Ryan is the Speaker of the House and not a senator?

But such errors portend on bigger, more crucial matters. Such mistakes warn me of a great many things, including:

  1. a lack of professionalism.
  2. not taking the time to look for errors.
  3. a seriously partisan lack of collegiality.
  4. how dangerous and excessively political leftist activists have become.

How about we do some proofreading next time?

Makes ya wonder, mistakes or not, what is in the Obamacare bill, the Affordable Care Act. Of course, I, like so many of us, including many of our politician friends, have not taken the time to read the damn thing. It is thousands of pages! And a bore, no doubt.

Nancy Pelosi infamously said that the legislation need to pass before anyone outside the bureaucracy could know what was in it. Sadly, she’s probably still clueless on it, like everything else. Someone should ask her if she’s ever read it. Reporters, if they actually did their jobs properly, would have already done it.

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If I Had A Hammer

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A statue of slaveholder Jefferson Davis looms large in front of the Alabama capitol, also the first site of the breakaway Confederate government during the Civil War

Well, you don’t see this every day.

A government body, in this case the Alabama State Senate, voting on whether or not to abolish itself. If it actually happens — and I have my doubts despite knowing little about the situation — then Alabama would join Nebraska as the only unicameral legislatures in the United States.

It reminds me of Al Gore and his “streamlining government” propaganda as part of the Clinton administration. It was good optics, an opportunity for photo ops of politicos such as Gore. But, of course, it was a smokescreen to cover for bureaucratic bungling.

Gore would hand out hammers as awards. I remember seeing one at the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Why they were awarded one I don’t recall. But does it really matter? It was awarded by blowhard Gore.

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Pastor Hutch

The news about the Alabama Senate comes from the hometown — Anniston, Alabama — of the late Ken Hutcherson, NFL linebacker and pastor of Antioch Bible Church near Seattle. He died in 2013 from cancer. He was a towering figure and wonderful speaker. I miss him. He had a profound influence on our family, and on me personally.

Learning from Hutch about segregation and racism in the town was revealing. Thankfully, he resolved to not despise every white man, though as a younger man he did.

I’ve made a mental note to keep up on the news from Anniston, to learn more about Hutch’s background. It’s easy to do since I regularly browse the front pages of newspapers via the Newseum, a museum in Washington, DC dedicated to everything news. It’s usually the first paper listed on the museum’s links to the day’s front pages.

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