Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sequestering the Filibuster

Have you been devastated by the sequester yet? Maybe not, butt you will be, just like I was.

The sequester horror stories just keep streaming in. This just in from American Digest’s sidebar: Sequester Cuts Force Obama to Kick Mother-in-Law Out of White House!


I know what you’re wondering. Are they sending GrannyR back to the murder capital of “gun free zones,” Chicagoland?

No. Don’t worry. We’re putting her in a public housing project not far from Big White. My biggest concern was how we would get Lady M’s frocks altered, butt it looks like GrannyR has already got her Singer set up in her new digs. 

If you think that’s bad, butt you don’t hate the R-words yet, have a look at this from a bunch of 6th graders in Iowa:

A group of sixth graders from St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa has turned to the internet to save their school trip to the White House. The children were scheduled to tour the White House on March 16, but their visit was cancelled yesterday along with all other tours of the presidential residence due to “staffing reductions” caused by the so-called “sequester” budget cuts that took effect last Friday after lawmakers failed to make a deficit reduction deal. In an effort to muster support and salvage their trip, the school posted a brief video on Facebook featuring a plea from the children.

According to Christi Line, the principal of St. Paul’s Lutheran, the trip is a “big event” for the children, who are in their final year at the private, Christian school. Well, Ms. Line, I don’t see how your class would get a tour even if we were open for business. Have you ever heard of a little Constitutional principle called “separation of church and state?” Oh, you have? I see. So it doesn’t mean we have to keep the faithful out of our government facilities? I’ll have to check with Ricky on that. Damn private schools!

Despite the fact that Big Guy typically is guided by the Zen wisdom of children, in this case he thinks they are just to young to understand why he must take this action. In a “random act of journalism” (H/T: El Rushbo), ABC news rooted out the answers:

"Republicans accuse the White House of playing politics," reports ABC. "But the White House says it is canceling the tours because sequester spending cuts have sliced $84 million out of the Secret Service's $1.6 billion budget. And they are the ones who secure the tours. They wouldn't say how much this saves, so, we did some math. Tours are open 20 hours a week and use 30 uniformed Secret Service officers at about $30 an hour. Total saved? Approximately $18,000 a week."

Speaking of El Rushbo, he’s becoming one of the prickliest burrs under Big Guy’s sequester saddle. Now, he viciously attacking our plan to double the length of time it takes you potential domestic terrorists travelers to get through our airport Kabuki theater child  touching stations  granny groping stations security checkpoints. Rush “claims” that Big Sis is increasing your travel pains, just so she can spend $50 million on snappy new uniform for our TSA agents. Nothing could be further from the truth. Bruno had nothing to do with the new uniform decision.

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And we are making sure you have to wait in line longer so you will hate the R-words. After all, the R-words agreed to accept Big Guy’s sequester plan and then refused to replace it with higher taxes when he ordered them to do so. I think you can see why we have to make these particular sequester cuts. As Big Guy says, “No pain, no gain.”

Besides, when you think about it, it’s another of Big Guy’s masterful “nothing up my sleeve” MSM diversions. If our lapdogs didn’t have an endless stream of disasters caused by the R-words sequester, they might, just out of curiosity or boredom, start thinking about Big Guy’s new found authority to kill Americans, in the privacy of their bedrooms, with drone strikes.


At the very least, somebody besides FOX would be talking about how Sen. Rand Paul and a small contingent of young Turks took to the senate floor to filibuster Big Guy’s kill list and Drone Czar, John Brennan for 13 hours.

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"I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan's nomination for the CIA I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court. That Americans could be killed in a cafe in San Francisco or in a restaurant in Houston or at their home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is an abomination."

If you didn’t see it live I recommend you read the Atlantic’s summary (When did they decide to go rogue?). It presents an uncharacteristically objective and accurate summary of Sen. Paul’s filibuster. Now do you see why we need our lapdogs concentrating on the 6th graders who can’t tour the Big White?

Thankfully our Journ-o-lists have learned their roles well and even if they had succumbed  to the temptation to actually do their job, their take away would probably have been that Sen. Paul took a Milky Way for nourishment during his marathon session. That would smoothly segue into a State approved discussion of Lady M’s Healthy Eating and her No Child’s Fat Behind initiatives. Otherwise, they might be tempted to note that Rand’s effort (officially 12 hours and 52 minutes) fell short of then Democrat Sen. Strom Thurmond’s historic, filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

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In fact, Sen. Paul’s effort only comes in 9th in the list of record filibusters trailing:

  1. Sen. Thurmond (D-SC): 24 hour and 18 minute filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1957
  2. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY): 23 hours and 30 minute filibuster of an amendment that would cut funding for a military jet trainer
  3. Sen. Wayne Morse (I/D-OR): 22 hours and 6 minute filibuster of Pres. Eisenhower's Submerged Lands Act of 1953 which restored tidal lands to state control.
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  8. Sen. Robert Byrd (D/WV): 14 hours and 13 minute filibuster of Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  9. Sen. Rand Paul

All I can say is thank goodness for R-words like Johnny McCain and Lindsey Grahnmesty, who condemned Sen. Paul’s filibuster and said they support the president’s right to use deadly force — including drones — against U.S. citizens on U.S. soil. Sen. Grahmnesty even said that Sen. Paul’s filibuster had convinced him to vote for confirmation of Brennan. Johnny tweeted:

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After his fun boyz night out with Big Guy, Johnny McCain  returned to the fold and the Senate floor to “drone” on about how the young turk, R-word whippersnappers had better mind their Ps & Qs, roll over and let Big Guy rule as he sees fit:

Me, I don’t have time to watch it right now. Apparently I’ve been assigned dusting duties until we get past this whole sequester mess. Hey! Maybe we can sequester the filibuster!

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