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Of False Senators and their wrasses

May 4, 2017: Now that the Republican health insurance plan has passed the House and heads for the US Senate, I’m taking a moment to appreciate that famously deliberative body of government which We The People must now depend upon to do the right thing in spite of the Ayn-Randian notion of survival of the fittest.

To me there seems to be something fishy about the entire GOP plan especially considering the anti-government infiltrators of Washington though naturally you may choose to disagree.

So are you, dear reader, one of those “good people” Republicans favor who are in perfect health and (preferably) have boo koodles of money? Of course, Washington politicians don’t have to worry a moment about their own medical coverage but we must wonder how pleasant their breaks to go home will turn out once the wider public realizes what Republicans have done to millions of Americans while giving the wealthy classes huge tax breaks!

How will they manage to cover their wrasses?

False senator wrasse of Western Australia; a pencil portrait by Jude Cowell.

Written by Jude Cowell

May 5, 2017 at 1:24 am

A Message for Labor Day 2010 – from 1908

Here’s a quote this dissenting American is directing toward her fellow citizens in general and at Capitol Hill politicians in particular, from 1908 to 2010:

“Now my friends, I am opposed to the system of society in which we live today, not because I lack the natural equipment to do for myself but because I am not satisfied to make myself comfortable knowing that there are thousands of my fellow men who suffer for the barest necessities of life. We were taught under the old ethic that man’s business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Thousands of years ago the question was asked; ”Am I my brother’s keeper?” That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society. Yes, I am my brother’s keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher duty I owe myself. What would you think me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death?”

Eugene V. Debs 1908 speech


Above quote compliments of Information Clearing House.

Capping wells but not liability for spills

Yesterday the Democrats gave up on passing before their break a bill which would establish unlimited liability for corporate oil spills.

Meanwhile, BP says their current efforts to cap and stop the Gulf Gusher have proved successful – mud has saved the day, say they. Yet this assurance comes from a disengenuous corporation that also says that most of the ‘spilled’ oil has mysteriously disappeared!

Putting on my thinking cap, this can hardly be the case, now can it? ‘Look within the marshes and the water columns’ would be the first suggestion on my list.

What’s on yours?

How odd that these experts can leak oil in massive amounts but have trouble finding it not 4 months later! Why, it’s almost as if the carcenogenic dispersants BP used have affected their eyesight and they’re hoping that mass hypnosis saves them further trouble and expense.

Meanwhiler, Capitol Hill can’t get its act together before the break so the concept of justice for the people and for an injured environment will be going on vacation as well…and until further notice.

Isn’t It Rich? New Democrat Coalition in Bed w Wall St

When it comes to financial reform in America, derivatives will be in no danger of regulation or oversight if the New Democrat Coalition members in Congress join Republicans to block or vote against legislation on behalf of their Sugar Daddies on Wall Street.

Wonder who gets to fluff their silky pillows on the bedside by the panoramic Pent House window? It’s prime real estate because I think that’s the spot where the remote control nestles, too…and it’s powerful enough to reach from NYC to DC.

A tasteless GOP

When it comes to Speaker of the House Nency Pelosi, the Republic Party (not a typo) has stooped to a new low and is demeaning itself more ingloriously than it’s demeaning the intended political target, Pelosi.

As far as her looks go, I’d thought this week when I saw Nancy Pelosi on TV that she’d Finally Stopped cutting her own hair, and had had a little sumpin’ sumpin’ done to uplift her visage. But maybe it was from cleaning the dust off my TV screen.

Nope. Couldn’t be that. Because Newt Gingrich looked worse than ever.

No end to earmark era

In spite of what dissemblers (whose job it is to muddy political waters)  may say, in the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama promised to reform the earmark process, not end it entirely.


Did you hear that Rush Limbaugh is challenging Pres. Obama to a debate on Rush’s radio show? As if.

Why would any president waste his breath on a self-named “lovable little fuzzball”?

Written by Jude Cowell

March 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Ds trick Rs into voting pay raise freeze 2010

Har har, this is hilarious! Apparently the Democrats in Congress  learned a trick or two from the high-handed Republican tenure as top dogs, and they demonstrated it perfectly today:


But now is your chance to share a little fiscal suffering, Mr. Boehner. It seems that those ‘after-midnight’ pay raises you fellas passed under the people’s table with the lights turned down are only nostalgia from the past.

And did you think ahead and get the president’s autograph last evening? It’s worth much more $ than your own, so stock up while ye may.

Perhaps a congressional pay freeze will help you learn to manage your personal budget a lot better than you and your colleagues ‘managed’ ours.

Stanford, the SEC, Blago, Abramoff, and Madoff

Termites attack Capitol Hill! Their destructive job almost done….

If you’re attempting to keep up with the dance cards of the crooks in and about Washington and Wall Street, you can hardly do better than Zachary Roth’s outing today of the connections between Allen Stanford, the SEC (and their belated filing against him), jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, ex-governor Ron Blagojevich, top Rs (including Feeney, Sweeney, Ney, and Katharine Harris and her mascara), along with Dems Chuck Schumer, Charlie Rangel, Chris Dodd – and then-chair of the Senate Banking Committee, Paul Sarbanes, whose conscience came cheap at only $1,000:


Apparently Sarbanes’ wasn’t much of a conscience to begin with or had been worn to tatters by years on Capitol Hill as one of the pocket-liners we’ve come to know and despise.

This revelation by TPM on the matter is a good example of why I began my Political Astrology blog, Stars Over Washington, in Oct 2005…blog description: ‘astrological comments on America, on Washington DC, and on the politicians who infest them.’


‘Plot Thickens ‘ Update 6:24 pm est: from Bloomberg News comes this:


Ted Kennedy smarter than Republicans

Even the ailing Senator Ted Kennedy – with a cancerous tumor in his venerable head – has the brains to vote for the economic stimulus package on the off-chance it might help the American people mired in the financial swamp which Republicans (and most of the Democrats) engineered under George W. Bush:


Bravo, Senator!

There is no love in Politics, Pres. Obama!

Over at Intrepid Liberal Journal, we find that ‘There is no love in Politics’ which may be a lesson learned the last few days by Pres. Obama concerning the passage of his economic stimulus package which, in spite of cocktails and canapes, necessitated taking off the velvet ‘bipartisan’ gloves:


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