Uniquely among the broadcast network evening newscasts, the NBC Nightly News, not only ran a full report on the House of Representatives vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, but the network also noted that some Democrats joined Republicans on the vote.
“Good news! You don’t have to buy health care, but they will tax you if you don’t. And you don’t have to pay taxes, but they will throw you in a cage if you don’t. And you don’t have to go to the cage, but they will shoot you in the head if you don’t. It is all voluntary!”—Todd Hollenbeck
“When great political parties begin to cool in their attachments without softening their hatreds, and at last reach the point of wishing less to succeed than to prevent the success of their opponents, one should prepare for servitude—the master is near.”—
The ever-prescient Alexis de Tocqueville predicting one way that party politics in America might crumble.
In other words, when political parties start arguing for their supremacy based on the opposing parties faults trouble is near. Oh wait, we are already there. How many times have you heard someone say, “Yeah, Obama isn’t great, but I really don’t like Romney. Obama is the lesser of two evils!”?
“She didn’t apologize. She started laughing. I was on my hands and knees picking up bone fragments. I couldn’t pick up all, everything that was lost. I mean, there was a long line behind me.”—Traveler John Goss, relating how a TSA agent opened and spilled a container marked “Human Remains” that contained the ashes of his Sicilian grandfather. (via barticles)
“We had thought, or our forefathers had, that modern liberal democracy would be spared the kind of erosion and decay that both Plato and Aristotle declared endemic in all forms of state. Now we are not so sure.”—Robert Nisbet
“He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. When you gaze long in to the abyss, the abyss also gazes in to you.”—Freidrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (via thevocalibertarian)
A House panel voted Wednesday to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with a subpoena, defying an assertion of executive privilege from President Obama.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Republican Chairman Darrell Issa (Calif.), approved a resolution along party lines to place Holder in contempt after battling him for months over access to internal agency documents about the gun-tracking operation Fast and Furious.
The vote came after Obama escalated the conflict by sending a letter to the committee claiming executive privilege over the documents that the panel had sought.
All 23 Republicans on the committee voted for the contempt resolution, while all 17 Democrats voted against it. Every member of the panel was present for the vote.
“I know I have talents and a good heart, but why am I not handsome? Why have I not every acquirement that can embellish human nature? Why have I not fortune, that I might hereafter have more leisure than I shall have to cultivate those improvements for which I am not entirely unfit?”—
Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth
To paraphrase: ‘I mean, I know I’m awesome…by why aren’t I AMAZING?’
The exact question asked was “Do individual states have the right to leave the United States and form an independent country?”, which seems pretty straightforward. Twenty four percent answered in the affirmative.
It’s also interesting to note that this is a 10% increase over two years.
“You may have been taught to believe… that he eats little children; but I assure you he is a man of humanity and candor as well as integrity.”—President John Adams, defending the honor of his second cousin and Founding Father Samuel Adams to Richard Oswald