Trump Declares GOP Civil War

Trump at CPAC: the Democrats don’t have “grandstanders like Mitt Romney, Little Ben Sasse, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey. And in the House, Tom Rice..Adam Kinzinger, Dan Newhouse, Anthony Gonzalez, that’s another beauty, Fred Upton.. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Peter Meijer, John Katko, David Valadao and of course the war monger..Liz Cheney..hopefully they’ll get rid of her..get rid of them all”


Sunday Serendipity

William Grant Still

Song of a New Race

Even though Still’s Symphony No. 2, (“Song of a New Race” [1937]) is not as well known as his first symphony, its Western-infused-African compositional style helps tell the story of African Americans through the 1900s. This symphony works together with his first, the “Afro-American”, to paint the full picture. While the “Afro-American” symphony used music to show the daily life of African Americans after the Civil War, “Song of a New Race” tells the story of Still’s people in modern times, a new man of various races integrated into American society.

Enjoy, Jack


Who Elected Parliamentarian?

Senate can overrule anything parliamentarian decides. No mention of a parliamentarian in the Constitution.

Senate overruled parliamentarian decades ago to create 60 vote filibuster bust. Parliamentarian had ruled it takes 67 votes to beat filibuster.

Majority vote can set aside any parliamentarian ruling.

Both parties have used parliamentarian rulings to duck for cover. It’s a joke to claim they’re hands are tied.


Hypocrisy is thy name Manchin?

Joe Manchin, effective swing vote in the Senate, is taking a lot of shit over his refusal to approve all of Joe’s opening appointments like Neera Tanden for head of OMB. 

Well, I happen to know Joe. He ain’t perfect, and some could (do) argue that he’s not even a Democrat. I’m not sure that I would disagree with that at this point. However, he voted twice to convict Trump of the charges brought against him in impeachment. And of what I know about him, he tends to do what he believes is in the best interest of West Virginia. That may not always be simpatico with the policies being pushed by the administration or the Democrats and the Senate. Doesn’t help the administration with Democratic Senate, but Joe’s not a bad guy, but he’s not a Republican. I cut him a break.