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  • texan99 commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 21st, 2015

    2015-01-22 08:12:54View | Delete

    The Logan Act is for little people.

    Well, it’s not for Congress. “In 1975, Senators John Sparkman and George McGovern were accused of violating the Logan Act when they traveled to Cuba and met with officials there. In considering that case, the U.S. Department of State concluded:

    “The clear intent of this provision [Logan Act] is to prohibit unauthorized persons from intervening in disputes between the United States and foreign governments. Nothing in section 953 [Logan Act], however, would appear to restrict members of the Congress from engaging in discussions with foreign officials in pursuance of their legislative duties under the Constitution.”

  • texan99 commented on the blog post Tsarnaev Voir Dire: This is my friend Dzhokhar

    2015-01-16 21:48:26View | Delete

    As you say, it’s defense counsel’s job to humanize his client. However, it’s not a journalist’s job to be defense counsel. There’s nothing wrong with a reporter describing a defendant as a defendant. That’s what he is: someone defending himself against charges brought by the state.

  • This is just like a beheading!

  • texan99 commented on the blog post Sunday Food: Sick as The Poop

    2014-12-07 11:56:11View | Delete

    And why waste the schmaltz on the dogs when you can use it to fry the vegs for the soup? Or for anything else you’d normally use shortening or cooking oil for. Not that the dogs don’t love it, of course.

    About the wine, yes, I did mean to keep it in a bottle on the countertop! We don’t normally leave our bottles undrunk, either, but there may be a bit left in the bottom, or left in a glass, which can be poured into the keeper bottle. It adds up. In a few weeks or months, it’s better-tasting wine vinegar than the stuff in the grocery store aisle. Cheaper, too. But even the most boring distilled white vinegar will brighten the taste of a soup if you add a judicious spoonful.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post Meaningless Human Life in Neoliberal America

    2014-12-07 11:43:46View | Delete

    It’s not that you shouldn’t harm property when you’re justifiably angry. It’s that you shouldn’t ruin the livelihood of very poor and vulnerable people, your neighbors, who didn’t do anything wrong even by your standards.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post Sunday Food: Sick as The Poop

    2014-12-07 06:13:23View | Delete

    Things to add a dash of to make soup even greater:

    (1) Pickapeppa sauce, available in lots of grocery stores.

    (2) Vietnamese fish sauce.

    (3) Anchovy or tomato paste–if you buy it in tubes, you can use a tsp at a time and it won’t go bad.

    (4) Wine, sherry, or vinegar, including leftover bits of wine you collect on the countertop with a gauze top secured by a rubber band.

    If you buy chickens whole, they’re a lot cheaper, and then you can make your own stock with the carcasses. You can cook it way down to reduce volume for storage, and it freezes well. So do the dribs and drabs of carcass, while you’re waiting to make stock one day in the crockpot. Your dog or cat will love the cooked-to-pieces meat you pull off the bones.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post The Nuclear Option Catch-22 for Republicans

    2014-11-22 15:09:11View | Delete

    I’m not seeing the dilemma. It’s the newly-minoritized Dems who will be eager to bring the filibuster back to executive appointments sometime during the next two years, if they fear losing the White House in 2016. In the meantime, the Republicans will easily be able to muster a simple majority down-vote for any controversial appointments.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post Louisiana Senate: Mary Landrieu Way Behind in New Poll

    2014-11-19 17:08:22View | Delete

    She may have been a DINO, but she took orders faithfully from Harry Reid, which Cassidy will not do.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post Approval of Obamacare Hits a New Low

    2014-11-17 09:41:04View | Delete

    The Democrats missed their chance to fix it; the voters threw them out. If it’s fixed now, it will be the Republicans that do it. More likely just repealed, or at least I hope so.

  • texan99 commented on the diary post The politics of #shirtstorm: Don’t wear it or get over it? by danps.

    2014-11-16 19:55:15View | Delete

    –yes, and humorless, and controlling.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post The Roundup for November 14th, 2014

    2014-11-15 06:52:52View | Delete

    I, too, would prefer that Mexicans protesting the Mexican government continue to do so in Mexico.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post President Obama Failed

    2014-11-10 13:13:23View | Delete

    Isn’t it possible that people rather like minimum-wage hikes and legalized pot and gay marriage, and are prepared to vote for them a la carte, but they don’t care as much about those issues as they care about IS, border security, Obamacare, jobs, an arrogant IRS, etc. (name your scandal), so they’re not willing to cast a vote for the Dem prix-fixe menu?

  • texan99 commented on the blog post It is the Policy, not the Messaging

    2014-11-10 13:02:29View | Delete

    They make the same mistake with people like me, on the right: they assume the problem is messaging. We just hate their policies. It’s not personal, and it’s not confusion. We don’t need them to be “explained” better. We just intend to crush them if we can. Obviously, their lying doesn’t help anything; even assuming we believed them from the start, we always find out before too long.

  • Local elections will be nationalized as long as federal representatives vote in lockstep with their party. Harry Reid achieved an iron control over his Senate caucus, but the cost was that every Dem senator was strongly identified with Harry Reid’s agenda, with almost no ability to claim he or she had bucked orders to do something favorable for the voters at home. Voters at home who didn’t happen to love Harry Reid’s agenda were turned off.

    The alternative is a fractious party, which has its own problems.

  • I liked how he represents the 2/3 of people who couldn’t be bothered to vote.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post Climate Change Policies Dead In The Water With New Congress

    2014-11-06 13:56:22View | Delete

    It’s going to be a tough two years for the climate.

    As tough as the last 18 years?

  • You say “welfare states” like it’s a bad thing.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post The Media Has Failed the Public on Ebola

    2014-10-30 06:53:13View | Delete

    I’d be sorry to have to conclude that people who were otherwise willing to risk their lives to help people in a horrifying situation in West Africa would down tools merely because they were miffed about having to observe a 21-day quarantine on their return. I think you’re selling these people short. They have a spirit of self-sacrifice that most of us can scarcely imagine.

  • texan99 commented on the diary post It Seems To Never End by Isaiah 88.

    2014-10-30 06:45:47View | Delete

    Whether Hickox is contagious has little to do with whether she was a generous and caring person for traveling to Africa to fight Ebola. I think she was generous and caring, too. Now I think she should keep to herself for a few weeks out of common courtesy, if not loving concern for her neighbors. [...]

  • texan99 commented on the blog post Voters Like Democrats But Think They Are Incompetent

    2014-10-23 17:51:15View | Delete

    Blanket obstructionism did make the Republican party look bad, appear uncaring, and got them labeled uncooperative. It also, though, made the President look incompetent

    You think it’s legislation he couldn’t shepherd through a divided Congress that made the President look incompetent? You don’t think the PR battle was lost with the Obamacare rollout, followed by the IRS scandal, the VA scandal, the ISIS disaster, and the Ebola whiff? You don’t have to agree with the voters’ judgment of those affairs to see that that’s what’s holding their attention. I’m leaving out things like Fast & Furious and Benghazi, which the average voter never really heard or cared about.

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