Go Joe

President Joe Biden has ended talks with a group of Republican senators on a big infrastructure package and has started a new push toward bipartisan compromise, setting a summer deadline for Congress to pass his top legislative priority. AP

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  1. Here’s a stick (or carrot) for POTUS Joe  to use:  A presidential commission to investigate Jan 6th.
    Republicans do not want an investigation, so maybe they should play nice when it comes to negotiating the infrastructure package.

    Americans want a big infrastructure package. We want those improvements and we want jobs that pay well. We also want the 1% to pay taxes.

    The domestic terrorists had maps of the tunnels and were sharing them online before the attack. Where was that intel? Would it have been shared between police and feds if they hadn’t been domestic aka white?

    Is there are journalist out there who can crack this open and prove who helped them? No commission needed if our next Woodward or Bernstein is out there.

  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/06/08/white-house-infrastructure-republican/

    Biden shifted gears quickly. He spoke Tuesday afternoon with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who has been part of a bipartisan effort that met Tuesday evening, as well as Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).
    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said the bipartisan group of Senators made “good progress” during Tuesday’s meeting, which lasted nearly three hours. He declined to cite specific figures on spending agreements, but he said the group focused on new spending over a five-year period.
    “We went through line by line and we’ve got pretty good agreement on most of those and went to the pay fors as well and they’re a little less solid,” he said.
    Romney said he expected the group to put forward a public proposal in the coming weeks.

    The new bipartisan talks are expected to focus on a package that would be narrower than what Biden originally proposed, but one of the biggest hurdles will be how to finance it, which is what Romney was referring to when he said “pay fors.”

  3. Did Romney pay income tax?  I need to see who they exposed, but I’d love to see what sitting members of the Senate paid, as well as big donors.

  4. Anniversary of Shirley Temple’s death:

    Two great American talents. the story goes the she was not to hold hands with Mr Bojangles but she insisted. also he was to dance alone she only watched again she put her foot down creating the first time in a film a black man held a white woman’s(girl’s) hand back then.

  5. Why in the world would any non racist ever vote since they are obviously opposed to anyone with a skin color darker than a light tan? Mitch doesn’t seem to think there is any reason.

  6. I remember that Shirley Temple dance scene. As a child it never struck me as odd     It was just a part of a tv show (to my young mind).

  7. another time (2011), another joe:

    Filibuster frustrates Manchin | Charleston Daily Mail | U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia (senate.gov)

    “Unfortunately, the legislative process in Washington has gotten so dysfunctional that it doesn’t even make much sense at all anymore,” Manchin said in a morning conference call with reporters.

    […]

    “We have become paralyzed by the filibuster and an unwillingness to work together at all ….”

    10 years later Manchin Cosponsors ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Legislation, Urges Support for No Labels’ ‘Make Congress Work’ Agenda | U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia (senate.gov)

    The 12 pillars of the “Make Congress Work” agenda are included below:

    Breaking Gridlock

    1.Members of Congress will be docked pay for each day that they fail to pass the budget and all appropriations bills for the next fiscal year before the prior fiscal year ends.

    2.All presidential nominations for executive and judicial positions must be confirmed or rejected within 90 days after the Senate receives the completed nomination.

    3.Fix the filibuster: If senators want to halt action on a bill, they must take to the floor and hold it through sustained debate; end filibusters on motions to proceed to debate.  [emphasis added]

    4.Empower the sensible majority by reforming House and Senate procedures to fast-track legislation with majority support. 

    5.Change the congressional work schedule so that Congress can get the American people’s work done.

    [continues with 6 more points]

    just last sunday Joe Manchin: Why I’m voting against the For the People Act | Op-Ed Commentaries | wvgazettemail.com

     “I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster.”

     

  8. the wva senator’s not the only shapeshifter in the senate, here’s mitch yesterday according to

    Republicans try to remove insurrection label from Jan. 6 – The Washington Post

    Asked about whether the Capitol riot was an insurrection, he demurred, citing his past commentary on the matter and suggesting that should suffice.
    “Look, I’ve said a lot about that already,” McConnell said. “I said it on Jan. 6. I said it on Feb. 13. I’ve covered that comprehensively, and I really don’t think there’s anything I can add.”
    The thing is, McConnell hasweighed in on this. On Jan. 6, he labeled what happened that day a “failed insurrection.” On Feb. 13, he delivered one of the biggest rhetorical rebukes to Trump’s Jan. 6-related actions of any member of Congress (while voting against Trump’s impeachment conviction on procedural grounds).
    But even in those latter remarks, he didn’t use the i-word. And given the report released Tuesday and its conspicuous avoidance of that word, it seems fair to ask whether he and others still regards the Capitol riot as such. He instead punted — signaling, not for the first time, that he would rather not continue to litigate these things, despite his dire past comments about the severity of what transpired that day.

    BTW, mitch in case you’ve forgotten since february,  as aaron pointed out in his piece the dictionary def of “insurrection” is an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government.”

  9. The hew and cry for Manchin’s ass continues to grow, with calls from many for him to step down.  I say ABSOLUTELY not.  NO Democrat would be elected or appointed in WV to replace him.  I’ll take a Senator who supports the Democratic President’s agenda most of the time to one who never does.

  10. The important thing Sen. Manchin does is give the Dems the majority.  Until we break the fifty-one or fifty-two barriers we have to live with him.

  11. Some things could go unnoticed in the kerfuffle over the failure of negotiations on Biden’s larger infrastructure proposal.  For instance, as pointed out by Jennifer Rubin in Wapo today:

    […]
    Meanwhile, by a 68-32 margin the Senate passed the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act. The investment of roughly $250 billion in research and development contains elements that once were part of the American Jobs Plan. Biden will take the win, no matter what the vehicle. In a written statement, he crowed, “It will empower us to discover, build, and enhance tomorrow’s most vital technologies — from artificial intelligence, to computer chips, to the lithium batteries used in smart devices and electric vehicles — right here in the United States. By strengthening our innovation infrastructure, we can lay the foundation for the next generation of American jobs and American leadership in manufacturing and technology.”
    […]

  12. Cicadas ground White House press corps plane (nbcnews.com)

    nbc via msn

    A replacement plane had to be called in, and eventually the press corps took off from Dulles International Airport for the United Kingdom early Wednesday morning after waiting more than six hours to depart.
    […]
    It’s unclear how many cicadas were involved in the plane’s malfunction, but they have been flying around the D.C. area for weeks and are being spotted by Doppler radars that are normally used to track weather.

    President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, meanwhile, are taking off Wednesday morning for the United Kingdom on on Air Force One from Joint Base Andrews. Before he boarded his plane, a cicada flew onto Biden’s neck and he swatted it away.

    “Watch out for the cicadas,” the president jokingly told reporters.

    NBC News foreign correspondent Molly Hunter, based in London, reacted to the delay of the press plane on Twitter, saying: “Good news: no cicadas on this side!”

  13. Pogo

    I’m old enough to remember when the South came totally unglued when Petula Clarke placed her hand on Harry Belafonte’s arm singing On The Path of Glory in 1968.  Sitting in CA, I thought the South was nuts.  At the time we hoped things would change.  Unfortunately,  I still think nothing much has changed.  

  14. https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/09/politics/tiktok-wechat-executive-order/index.html

    “The Biden Administration is committed to promoting an open, interoperable, reliable and secure Internet, protecting human rights online and offline, and supporting a vibrant, global digital economy,” the memo reads. “Certain countries, including the PRC, that do not share these democratic values seek to leverage digital technologies and Americans’ data in ways that present unacceptable national security risks while advancing authoritarian controls and interests.”

  15. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/06/09/texas-1836-project/

    More racist garbage (hiding behind Jesus from Texas.

    “The 1836 Project also requires the promotion of “the Christian heritage of this state.”

    “One controversial aspect of the 1836 Project is its name. Some critics have pointed out that Texas’ independence didn’t apply to all of those living in the state at the time, such as slaves and indigenous groups. The Constitution of the Republic of Texas, passed in 1836, legalized slavery and excluded indigenous groups from gaining independence.“

    I want to move out of this god-forsaken hellhole of a state more with each passing day.

  16. BiD, you got your shots so why not just chuck it, get on I-10 and go west?  only 20 hours 6 minutes to LA from dallas – wave to cbob as you go by

  17. Jamie, I’d say much has changed generally, but there are groups in the south for whom nothing has changed, like the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Russell Moore is either a politically disillusioned troublemaker or a prophet in a time of darkness. In a 4,000-word letter charging the Southern Baptist Convention with racism and sexual abuse, he has single-handedly brought the evangelical Christian world to its knees.

    Moore wrote his hard-charging letter in February 2020, while still serving as president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the influential policy arm of the Southern Baptists. But the letter didn’t become public until it was leaked on June 2, the day after Immanuel Nashville, a church that’s not part of the SBC, announced that Moore would become its pastor in residence and, perhaps not coincidentally, about 10 days before the Convention meets in Nashville to discuss its mission.

    Because this column is only around 800 words, I’ll have to do some considerable summarizing. Suffice to say that Moore’s letter to the ERLC’s board of trustees was an unflinching indictment of the executive committee of the country’s largest Protestant group. The Convention has more than 47,000 churches with some 14 million members.
    The presenting issue here is . . . sexual abuse,” Moore wrote. “This (SBC) Executive Committee, through their bylaws workgroup, ‘exonerated’ churches, in a spur-of-the-moment meeting, from serious charges of sexual abuse cover-up.”


    … In a separate letter several days ago to the outgoing president of the SBC, Moore said that the SBC Executive Committee altered Lyell’s words “to make it seem as though this horrifying experience had been a consensual affair.”

    Lyell, who was a former vice president at the SBC’s publishing arm, Lifeway Christian Resources, told The Post that she had lost her job, her reputation and her health because of bullying and intimidating by the executive committee. In his February letter, Moore wrote with added emphasis: “I am trying to say this as clearly as I can to you, brothers and sisters: These are the tactics that have been used to create a culture where countless children have been torn to shreds, where women have been raped and then ‘broken down.’

    Moore wrote that the other “draining and unrelenting issue” concerned racial reconciliation. Moore said one SBC leader “ripped me to shreds,” when Moore suggested in 2011 that the Southern Baptist Convention should elect an African American president. “This same leader told a gathering that, ‘The Conservative Resurgence is like the Civil War, except this time unlike the last one, the right side won.’ ” Moore claimed that he and his family have been constantly threatened by white nationalists and white supremacists, including some within the convention itself.


    When evangelical Christians threw their support to Trump, many Americans (including yours truly) were perplexed if not shocked. How could they support someone such as Trump, who was willing to divide and conquer through race-baiting and whose misogyny was a sweaty paw on the heart of American womanhood? The overlap between conservative Christianity, especially the Southern Baptist variety, and the Confederate flag-waving constituency has long been apparent and concerning. But the convergence of racist sentiment and Christian leadership is next-level disturbing.

    According to Moore, an SBC leader discussing police violence against Blacks said that “only those with guns would prevent black people from burning down all of our cities.” …

    That by the way was from Kathleen Parker’s article yesterday at Wapo.

  18. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/06/07/texas-vaccine-passports-covid-19/

    Today, on NPR, they said an employer could require employees to be vaccinated if there was a perceived risk to the health of other employees.

    So, of course, Greg Abbott did this:

    “Texas businesses that require customers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will be denied state contracts and could lose their licenses or operating permits under legislation Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Monday.”

    “Texas is open 100%, and we want to make sure you have the freedom to go where you want without limits,” Abbott said before signing the law, in a video he posted Monday on Twitter. “Vaccine passports are now prohibited in the Lone Star State.”

    I would LOVE to see businesses LEAVE TEXAS. I would be really excited if Mark Cuban moved the Mavs franchise elsewhere.

  19. From the funny ole’ dog file –
    My plan to comply with code enforcement  took a new turn  today. 
    May was so wet after years of no May, every living  seed, and root  was primed. 
    So I got the letter , “Clean up your act Bob”.
    Hence the logging operation.  Trying to book a contract mower  now is like the quest for the grail. 
     
    Then  around 4 PM . This fellow  rings my bell .
    He is afoot  and it’s 102 F.  He is canvassing  for jobs  then he comes back with his tools,  we  agree on $50 dollars 
    Sure enough ,  2 hours later  he and his better half  show up , they ask for ice water  , I drive to get the ice and water.  Cold being the word here. 
    As I visited with  the better half , I ask why they are afoot .  A cracked  head  on their car 3 days ago. 
     
    His name is Cory , and he busted his ass to solve my problem. 
    I gave him $80 bucks .  And told him to come back when the yard looks “shaggy”.  
    Last year , “Loaned” my cheap China push mower  and a new gas can ,
    to a man at the end of his rope. 
    He burnt me. 
     

  20. Now to the tree of  Heaven , I bought a new drill .  I am about to drill all the stumps  with large holes. 
    Some will have rock salt , some will have epsomsalts . 
    The idea is to bleed the water out of the roots. 
     
    I beat young invading  elm trees  with rock salt. 
     
    Cut the tree to a stump . Cut  the bottom  out of a plastic water bottle.  Then cut the the top of the bottle  as close as you can to fit the shape of the  stump. 
     
    Add salt , not a lot . , less than a few table spoons. 
    Salt never sleeps. 
    This will draw all the water out of the plant. 
    The plastic water bottle  is a big deal , most of the salt is still right there. 

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