Those of you familiar with this scribe know that I follow the news diligently. Some stories in particular caught my attention this week so I now present to you Patrick’s Friday News Roundup. Authorities rescued a 7-foot alligator found in an Ohio man’s basement. The alligator is malnourished, has bone disease from a lack of sun for 15 years and, thanks to teenagers taunting him, hates teenagers. You know my mother went through five teenagers and she hated them too, but she still loved us and she wasn’t an alligator. But I digress, if people can’t be nice to animals, who can they be nice to?
We have the Wall Street Journal encouraging Republican obstructionism. In an editorial, the Wall Street Journal called on the GOP to filibuster President Obama’s nominees for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit. The WSJ (Fox News?) ignored the fact that GOP obstructionism has caused judicial emergencies. The WSJ also claims that Obama is trying to “pack” the court. Ah, where has the WSJ been? Every president “packs” the courts with people who favor the administration point of view (liberal, conservative, etc.).
We also learned that Congress is still full of meatheads. Only one percent of Americans think Congress is doing an excellent job. Who are these one percenters? I think they are congressional aids, politicians’ family members, and “paid” respondents.
We found out that a culture exists in our military about rape where sexual assault and rape are severely under-reported. Gee, ya’ think? The year 2012 saw an estimated 26,000 incidents with only about 3,300 reported and investigated. It seems that the armed services aren’t doing enough to prevent sexual assaults against both men and women in its ranks. Enter Sen. Chambliss (R-GA) who blames hormones and pornographic materials for the sexual assaults. But, he did have a change of heart when he said that congress and the military aren’t doing enough, aren’t doing their job. Think about this for a minute. The people who can make a difference are the high-ranking commanding officers. How many of them are guilty of the same thing? Some have to be…it’s in the numbers. I said in a post about that sexual assault and prevention should have a prominent place in annual reviews. If service members (officers and enlisted alike) know that promotions won’t be forth coming if the policy isn’t enforced, if sexual assaults aren’t properly investigated, if sexual assaults aren’t prosecuted when warranted, then you’ll have a change. Until that happens, the mindset will stay the same and Sen. Chambliss can blame Sponge Bob and magazines like Good Housekeeping next year.
In another waste of legislative time, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) took to the House floor and said, “Mr. Speaker, the President’s dishonesty, incompetence, vengefulness and lack of moral compass lead many to suggest that he is not fit to lead. The only problem is that his vice president is equally unfit and even more embarrassing.” The voice of the party of obstruction should have called on his fellow Republicans to legislate, because isn’t that what they were elected to do? And, legislate in ways that help people, not using what little brain power they have to protect businesses or wealthy people, etc.
Anomaly of FreakOutNation.com tells us (and I believe her) that “Republicans have a direct pipeline to God — or perhaps they have a super-secret phone line. The GOP God has endorsed quite a few candidates, all of which lost. And now we learn that God told them to spare House Speaker John Boehner. Amen”. Invoking God again, well God must have a great sense of humor to put up with the Republican Party.
Last, but certainly not least, the National Rifle Association can add three more notches to it’s “only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun” stock. Three more children died from gunfire. A ten year old boy and two 13 year old girls (ironically, on their birthdays) died in tragic, negligent actions.
Have a great weekend!