Bartleby the Congressperson!

This just in from Colombia:

A bill to financially punish chronic absenteeism in the Legislature died due to…….

(wait for it)

…… not enough legislators being in session to debate the bill!!

 

So many ideas here.

  1. Why can’t the US legislature be more like this?
  2. Have they never heard of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?
  3. Bartleby the Congressperson!! (I prefer not to).
  4. Joseph Heller must be laughing his butt off.

 

Kudos, Colombia. Well-played.

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A pox on both your houses

So the “world’s greatest deliberative body” has passed a sanctions bill against Venezuela for human rights violations during the previous election campaign there?

Really?

Really?

And this is in the lame duck session before the Republicans even take over?

After Ferguson and Staten Island, the Feds decide to act against……Venezuela?

Really?

Then of course there’s President Knuckles’ response: “We don’t accept insolent imperialist sanctions”

Ummm, Knucky? That’s not quite how it works, pumpkin.

How sanctions become law, Knuckles Maduro edition: 1. passes both houses of congress. 2. signed by the president. 3 goes to the intended sanctionee for a referendum.

Since Venezuela needs to sell us their crappy low quality oil more than we need to buy it right now, I’m guessing the sanctions will happen, Knuckles will make some political hay, and everything else will be business as usual.

Glad to see the Feds send such a strong message against state sanctioned violence against unarmed citizens though.

Our government makes me sick.

Asia Deja Vu

It’s back to the future in the far east.

First comes word that Kim Jong number Un is partying like it’s 1949, air-brushing his victims out of official photos. Do you think they have photoshop in the Hermit Kingdom?

Second, Singapore flashed back to 1969 with its first riot in over 40 years. Just like the earlier one it was racial/ethnic in origin.