Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Pomp & Circumstance

Congress is having it's regularly scheduled picnic today,for the eleventy-first time in our nation's history!

Newly elected,and re-elected members of The House and Senate are crossing their hearts and hoping to die,lest they suffer the consequence of having a thousand needles stuck in their eye, to uphold the Constitution of the United States,even as we speak.
(Sadly,the practice of spitting on the ground afterward to seal the deal has fallen by the wayside in recent years).

Hey!..You ever watch those British kids on C-Span holding their Parliamentary free-for-alls,with great amounts of 'Harrumphing!' and 'Hear! Hearing!',..all the while casting thinly veiled doubts upon the legitimacy of the opposition's birth?..

Well,ours isn't as much fun as all that (due,in large part,to the absence of powdered wigs I suspect) BUT!,.. we do get the occasional party crasher!

It seems that the Senate's designated bouncer has 86'd Roland Burris from the Grand Soiree.
Apparently his paperwork,sans the signature of the Secretary of State, wasn't deemed in proper order,and we all know that a bureaucracy can't very well be expected to function without reams of forms-in-triplicate,wrapped oh-so-prettily in miles of red tape.

Follows the list of things I think about that,..in alphabetical order;

A) Illinois governor Blagojavitch may be the scoundrel he's accused of being,but a fellow is presumed innocent until proven guilty,and until such time as that might transpire he has the right,if not the obligation,to appoint a replacement to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Barack Obama.

B) The good folks of the great State of Illinois are entitled to full representation
in the Senate...That means two Senators.

C) Roland Burris himself is not under any cloud of suspicion.
Should any transgressions come to light in the future,there is already a mechanism in place to remove him after he takes his Senate seat.

D) Just who the hell does the Illinois Secretary of State think he is,to 'veto' the sitting Governor's appointment of anyone under that state's Constitution??
..By Cracky!

I personally believe that our Senate Democrats have bitten off a little bit more than they can ultimately choke down with this one.

Still,and because it is more properly left to the people being represented,I would defer to the the fine folks that actually reside in Illinois,should they hold an opinion contrary to my own.



At 2:45 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

I've been to Illinois once, so I have an opinion...this whole thing is stupid..let Roland do the senate gig take the guy with the fluffy hair and let him go to trial and Jail..(the media has already made him guilty) although we have seen plenty of guilty people walk free.

At 2:56 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Sage- This is what I'm saying!..It's called 'Due process',and works itself out pretty well in most cases.

At 3:20 PM , Blogger yellowdog granny said...

what pisses me off is it takes away from the glorious moment of :george fucking bush is leaving and obama is coming...sigh*

At 3:26 PM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

our prime minister just appointed 18 senators. they don't do much tho.

i understand you guys have an alcoholic senator from mass. who drove into a river killing a woman but continues to sit in the senate.

so it goes.

At 4:32 PM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

Well, I'm not from Illinois but I do have an opinion. Politicians just can't help themselves when the press is around. The camera flashes make their heads all spinny.

"I'd like to order today's special please. Heavy on the public relations and go easy on the legal advice."

At 4:53 PM , Blogger austexgrl said...

The senator from Mass. ....despite all that many years ago.......is an excellent senator..." Also, if we started censoring alcoholics, well.....

Illinois has the cleanest roadside bathrooms in their roadside parks that I have EVER seen in all the states
I have ever travelled, for what it's worth!

At 7:05 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Yellerdawg- No shit!..Why they gotta ruin a perfectly good high like that?

Billy P.- We cherish our alcoholic,socially entitled political icons!
The pay for players,..not so much.

Thinker- I think an extra narsism chromosome is pretty much required in a politico.

austexgrl- If we started censoring alcoholics,I'd never be able to blog!
..They should put 'Land of the cleanest public restrooms' on their liscence plates.

At 7:09 PM , Blogger austexgrl said...

BTW, Sling: what words of wisdom do you have of late...For all of us with broken and/ or forlorn hearts?
You always have some special words, something to say....some song? . Perhaps, "What becomes of the broken hearted" by Jimmy Ruffin?

At 9:37 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

By Cracky! (Kraky? Kracky? Crackie?...gotta get that worked out). I've been to Illinois. Specifically Chicago. They make a mighty fine hot dog there. Deep dish pizza is pretty rockin', too. What was the que...?

Right! Buris, by Krakie! Seat the crazy dude. What the hell.

I love Ted Kennedy, by Crakey!

At 10:06 PM , Blogger Mom said...

I predict that Senator Burris will soon join the hallowed halls of those morally upright senators and the other 95 senators too.

At 8:18 AM , Blogger booda baby said...

Oooh, this is my favorite post of yours so far for this year. Born in Iowa, raised in Chicago, educated in the pair of them, I am pretty sure I know enough to have an opinion despite most of it being the stuff of distant memories (and memoirs). No, it really means that I feel obliged to pay some attention to stuff, even if I don't have any opinion at all. (And yet, who knew? An opinion forms anyway ...)

In an effort to be all fair and stuff, I'd be inclined to agree with A-D, except for all the updates and reflections sent to me by Illinois friends. I just got a jpg sent of a license plate - the motto reads 'Where Our Governors Make our License Plates'. This is amusing to peeps who live far, far away. But it would be the stuff of 'FUCK YOU, get out of the business of governing!!' if I lived there. (Yes, it would, I don't care how harsh that sounds.)

At 10:14 AM , Blogger Sling said...

austexgrl- Well,I don't know how much wisdom is involved,but here is my advice;
Don't be afraid of heartache,it's what living,breathing people do.
Grab yourself a box of tissue,go here,


,and listen to Dusty Springfield's impassioned plea to her lost love,'You don't have to say you love me'..
Get to own it..Make it your friend.

Rainey- By Cracky!..I buried that in there just for you kid! :)

mom- I have no doubt that after a suitable amount of political posturing,that's exactly what's gonna happen!

Booda Babe- Maybe I should quit while I'm ahead!..prolly not.
You know,I had visions of Illinoisians flooding me with e-mails demanding I stay the fuck outta their sandbox.

At 5:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Powdered wigs. That would make everything better.

At 10:54 PM , Blogger Mimi's Pa said...

Wow, a Mary Jo Kapeckne reference. You know she was about to spill the beans about how the Freemasons actually buried Paul, faked the moon landing and made Engelbert Hunmperdink a star.

As for our lack of hurrumphing and hoozahs as per British parliament--just you wait till Al Franken is sworn in.

At 8:52 AM , Blogger Sling said...

Citizen- This is what I'm sayin'!..
We can't expect our politician's to perform to their full potential if they don't feel pretty.

Mimi's Pa- Mary Jo had to go..No doubt.
Maybe now that Al is going to Washington,we'll finally be able to get some decent parodies of Jay Leno on the Senate floor!

At 3:52 PM , Blogger cs said...

May they all find their pic-a-nic baskets Yogi!

At 4:06 PM , Blogger Sling said...

CS- ..and may they be filled with jelly sammiches boo-boo!


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