It is possible, even from the great distance of Maine, to hear the DC press corps exhale with a collective “OMiGod” at the remarkably ignorant declaration of Republican Congressman Trent Franks, who [...]
It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
Roll Call shares the news that former congressman Bob Dold will be running to take back the seat he lost to Democrat Brad Schneider in 2012. As a member of Congress, Bob Dold specialized in the filing of bills that would suspend or eliminate fees on for the importation of various foreign chemicals. On just [...]
Ding dong! Ring the bells out!
U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, who has a liberal legislative score of ZERO and a right wing legislative score of 83%, will not be running for re-election in 2014!
Bachmann’s erratic behavior and extremist ideology were a heavy political burden to start with, but she could not keep her wacky [...]
Yesterday, a lone member of the United States Senate introduced legislation that would formally outlaw the already unconstitutional government practice of using aerial drones to spy on Americans without a warrant. The text of S. 1016, the “Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2013,” is not formally available yet, but it corresponds to last [...]
For these seven Republican senators, providing health care for America’s older and impoverished citizens seems to be less important than scoring points with their most fervent anti-Obama constituents. [...]
Last week, Senator Rand Paul “of Kentucky” introduced special legislation, S. 887.
You may notice that I placed “of Kentucky” in quotes in the last paragraph. That’s because, according to Open Secrets’ analysis of Senator Paul’s contributions, he’s not mainly funded by the actual people of Kentucky. In the 2012 election cycle, Rand Paul received [...]
On the one hand, we can see that Senator Mike Enzi has established a network of corporate agents who are willing to provide him with money in exchange for the opportunity to influence Enzi’s legislative work as a federal government official. On the other hand, we can see that what Enzi is doing appears not to violate any laws. [...]
Over a month ago, I noted with eyebrows cocked that only one of the nearly 80 listed members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus had bothered to sign one of four bills dedicated to the task of reigning in surveillance of Americans’ private activities by unmanned flying drones. That congressman, Edward Markey, had to his credit [...]
Yesterday’s mail brought Irregular Times quite a claim: Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is apparently a communist sympathizer! Jack Blackburn writes:
Senator Mitch McConnell is supposed to represent KY. USA in Congress for American Freedom, Idealism, and Capitalism! Does he really do this? He is marrried to the Daughter of a Chinese COMMUNIST Billionaire [...]
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