Well another week has come to an end. Here’s a look at some of the highlights.
Congress adjourned for the fall break with a week of legislative achievement that is sure to make you want to re-elect each and every one of them, Notably, the Senate failed to pass a bill aimed at eliminating tax incentives for corporations who ship jobs oversees. Every Republican and 4 “business-friendly” Democrats voted against the bill. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Democrats were just trying to score political points and the Senate should be focusing its final days focusing on jobs by extending the Bush tax cuts. Apparently tax cuts equals jobs, while trying to keep jobs in the U.S. is political posturing. This leads us to my favorite quote of the week from Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone :
“With his needle nose, pursed lips and prim reading glasses, he’s a proud wearer of the “I’m an intellectual, but I’m also a narrow-minded prick” look made famous by George Will.”
The House, it turns out, fared much better. For the second time they voted on a bill aimed at providing healthcare for first responders on 9/11 who still have health problems from that event. The first time it did not pass, because Democrats didn’t have the balls for a straight majority vote( due to fear of Republican amendments) and because Republicans don’t think corporations should have to pay taxes if they keep a monkey and a phone in the Cayman’s. This time was different.The Democrats went with a majority vote and it passed 268-160. At least this seems like a good sign.
Elsewhere, attorney Gloria Allred is stirring up news in California. Representing Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s former maid, an illegal immigrant. If you read the right-wing media Allred will do anything to get herself in front of a camera and just wants to smear Whitman in hopes she will lose this election. The crazy thing is that the normally crazy online right-wing community appears to be completely right. This stunt is eerily familiar to one pulled by Allred during one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaigns in which she represented a stuntwoman who said Schwarzenegger had groped her, but when he won the election Allred quit jumping in front of the T.V. because apparently their was no evidence of anything. Our opinion, networks need to stop giving this woman any attention at all.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg is donating 100 million dollars to Newark, New Jersey schools. This amazing gift comes shortly before the premiere of the “The Social Network” in which the 26-year-old billionaire is apparently not portrayed well. Wonder if that’s a coincidence.
And finally, Rahm Emmanuel is leaving the White House. Sarah Palin is apparently taking credit because long ago she called for his resignation. When questioned about how long it took him to follow her wishes she said, “Golly gee, I guess he musta just forgotten how to ya’know spell his name. That’s why I keep mine written right here on my hand.”
That’s the news from the week of Sept. 26th.
(Okay, maybe I made a bit of that last one up, but come on, writing stuff on her hand is part of her folksy charm. I can’t deal with that.)