Congress Gridlocks Over Completely Blank Bill

Tired of Congressional gridlock?

So long as partisan ambitions to get and keep power outweigh concerns for the good of this country and its people, there is no end in sight.

We might as well laugh.

This just in from The Onion:

Congress Fiercely Divided Over Completely

Blank Bill That Says And Does Nothing

 Jul 25, 2013
Congressional leaders in both parties have failed to find common ground on the completely text-free bill.

WASHINGTON—A blank piece of legislation that says nothing, does nothing, and contains no text whatsoever has been the source of heated debate in Washington this week, and has sharply divided Congress along partisan lines, Beltway sources confirmed Thursday.

Known as S.0000, the bill, which doesn’t have sponsors, co-sponsors, or an author, has reportedly drawn starkly contrasting opinions from legislators in both the Senate and House of Representatives, and has paved the way for a major legislative battle in coming months.

“At a time when millions of Americans are still struggling, we simply cannot afford this kind of devil-may-care federal policy,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), angrily waving the blank stack of papers in front of reporters. “We will not risk leading the American people into further hardship simply so the Obama administration can once again do whatever they please, regardless of the consequences. As it is now, the bill is both short-sighted and utterly irresponsible.”

Bill S.0000, which has sharply divided lawmakers.

“Frankly, we need to get back to the negotiating table and make some major changes before members of my party would even consider putting this up for a vote,” McConnell continued. “And if my friends on the other side of the aisle try push it through, well, they’ll pay the consequences at the ballot box.”

According to reports, 45 Democratic senators are in favor of the bill—which contains no text whatsoever—while 41 Republicans are staunchly opposed. At least three Republicans, including Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), David Vitter (R-LA), and Susan Collins (R-ME), have said they would consider crossing the aisle and backing the bill, an announcement that drew fierce criticism from GOP leadership and primary threats from members within their own party. (Read the rest here.)

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Convos With My Two-Year-Old: The Pants

 

I love Convos with My Two-Year-Old.

These are the continuing episodes, 6 & 7, titled The Pants.

Enjoy.

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Conversations with My Two-Year-Old

 

It’s Saturday. I’m going to enjoy my day and I hope you do, too.

Here are three quick videos to help you get started.

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Our Holy Rolling Pope

There’s a new Harley motto: Never go faster than your guardian angel.

I don’t know what is more fun: The Pope blessing Harleys, the many accents talking about Harleys, or the image of the Holy Father smokin’ down the road, wearing his leather jacket, riding his hog.

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Conversion Story

And oldie, but a goodie.

Enjoy.

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The Holy Father and the Children: Ask Me Anything You Want (And They Did)

Pope Francis tossed away his prepared remarks at an audience this week because, he said, they were boring. Rather than making a speech to the group of children who were on stage with him, he let them ask him unrehearsed, unedited, questions.

The result is one of the most charming — and revealing — exchanges I’ve ever seen with any pope. One little girl asked the Holy Father if he had wanted to be pope. He said no, he hadn’t wanted to be pope. Another asked him if is was hard to move to Italy and leave his family and friends behind.

He answered all of these questions in his usual open way.

Pope Francis is the real deal. He’s so in the bag for Jesus that he’s past the constraints of that inhibit most public people. He has the ability to reach right through the trappings of office and power and into our hearts.

The video below offers a look at this wonderful exchange between the Holy Father and the children.

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Things You Don’t Say to Your Wife

Men: Take notes!

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Things Moms Say

Hey moms: How many of these have you said to your kids?

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Mom: Slightly More than Half of Me

The genetics of Momhood.

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Is Government Intelligence a Contradiction in Terms?

Is government intelligence a contradiction in terms?

The reason I ask is because an 83-year-old nun and her two not-so-Rambo-esq buddies managed to break into the Y-12 National Security Complex last July and spend two hours putzing around hanging banners and putting up crime scene tape before anybody noticed.

They also sprayed baby bottles filled with human blood on the walls.

Now think about this. An 83-year-old nun breaks into our nation’s top nuclear weapons manufacturing facility and doo-dahs around the missiles for two hours before somebody asks her what she’s doing there. 

If that isn’t enough to make you question the intelligence of our intelligence people, consider this. The laff-alot boys put her on trial. And the equally glum jury found her guilty.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll sleep a lot better knowing that Sister Megan Rice of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus is behind bars. Of course, the fact that she managed to do this at our nation’s top nuclear weapons manufacturing facility may still have me tossing and turning a bit.

After all, if an 83-year-old nun can do it, there’s a slight possibility that someone who wants to do more than hang banners and splash blood on the missiles might get in there. We’ve already seen what mass murderers with initiative can do with fertilizer and ball bearings. Do we really want a demonstration of what they can do with nukes?

Putting this elderly nun in jail does not make us safer. In fact, it probably makes us less safe. I regard the whole trial as the brain flab of a bunch of government bureaucrats who got their pants pulled down in public and are angry about it. People like this act like embarrassed cats when their stupidity gets paraded around. That, and not national security, or some slavish devotion to “the law” is the reason for the trial.

If they gave two flips about keeping this country safe, Sister Rice and her elderly cohorts would never have been able to pull this off. Let’s face it. We aren’t safe. And Sister Rice proved it to us. 

Instead of sending her to jail, they should pin a medal on her for making the rest of us aware of the scandalous lack of security at this facility — a lack of security that endangers every man, woman and child in this nation. I do think it would be a good idea to delay the medal-pinning ceremony until after they sit the Sister down and ask her how she did it. That might be nice to know.

As for sending people to jail, maybe we should look at whoever is in charge of security at this plant. It sounds like they are guilty of gross negligence and dereliction of duty. Of course, that is the real reason Sister Rice will be snoozing in the big house. These cats are covering their litter with a stupid trial and conviction.

I just hope the security is better at the prison than it is at our nuclear weapons facilities. It’s terrifying to think what might happen if Sister Megan busts out.

From CNA:

.- Sister Megan Rice of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus was convicted May 8 for breaking into and causing damage at a Tennessee nuclear weapons manufacturing facility.

The 83-year-old nun was accompanied in the July break-in by Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, all of whom are members of Transform Now Plowshares. The three were convicted after two-and-a-half hours of jury deliberation.

On May 4, Sr. Mary Ann Buckley, head of the American Province of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, said the order “would like to express our deep concern” over the trial.

“It should be noted that Sr. Megan was arrested as she and two others engaged in a peaceful protest, offering prayer for the thousands who have lost their lives as a result of nuclear weapons,” Sr. Buckley, representing the Society, said.

On July 28, the three protestors cut through security fences to enter the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, which enriches and stores uranium for nuclear weapons.

They hung banners and crime-scene tape, and hammered small chunks off a wall, spending about two hours in the complex before being approached by a guard. (Read more here.)

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