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Comment Re:Not doing his job? (Score 2) 436

instead of spouting typical "literal reading" ignorance

(a) You chastise me about that then provide cut/pasted excerpts from the Constitution - which is *literally* a literal reading? Talk about irony. (b) I know all that, and it was mentioned by another poster (to which I replied as in (c)), so you're late and short. (c) Doesn't change my point that Congress passes the laws in this country - treaties and "recommendations" to Congress not withstanding. (d) You're (obviously) a pedantic dumb-ass.

Cheers, have a nice day! :-)

Comment Re:Not doing his job? (Score 1) 436

Unfortunately, it's not true they just say "no". They say "no" to big stumbling blocks, not everything. In fact, the record shows plenty of laws passed. Somewhere upwards of 95%. But on big issue items, where the two parties have fundamentally different approaches/solutions, there is nothing moved forward. As it should be.

Indeed. On the other hand, of the ~260 "laws" on that list there was plenty of BS (cursory review below). So I'm not saying that what Congress does could be done by semi-trained monkeys, just (at least) 31% of what they do.

  • 63 (24%) - were to name Post Office buildings
  • 10 - were to (re)name other things
  • 5 - to (re)appoint people to the Smithsonian Board of Regents
  • 1 - to "facilitate the hosting in the United States of the 34th America's Cup by authorizing certain eligible vessels to participate in activities related to the competition, and for other purposes"
  • 1 - "Amends the Belarus Democracy Act of 2004 to express the sense of Congress that the President should continue to support radio, television, and Internet broadcasting to the people of Belarus in languages spoken in Belarus"
  • 1 - "To direct the Joint Committee on the Library to accept a statue depicting Frederick Douglass from the District of Columbia and to provide for the permanent display of the statue in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol."

Comment Re:Swallow the Doctor (Score 1) 30

Worst Dr. Who episode ever.

First "track" in TFS, now you with "Dr" ... what's with all the typos, people?!

I've seen it both ways, though, you're right, more often spelled out and I was being lazy. But for you pedants... From 'Doctor Who' or 'Dr. Who'? Experts weigh in on the great name debate (and other links):

It turns out that answer isn’t especially clear-cut. The conflict comes from the fact that the BBC previously credited “Doctor Who” as “Dr. Who” during the first run of the series, and there even was a 1965 movie released called “Dr. Who and the Daleks.”

The BBC, different actors who’ve played the Doctor, and the show’s original creators have all often used ‘Dr. Who’ as an abbreviation for the show. Today more people prefer not to do that because it implies it’s the character’s name, .... I’ve noticed it’s mainly American fans who get angry about it, oddly.”

The proper title for the series is ‘Doctor Who.’ To abbreviate it is not only lazy, but it sort of misses the point. Here’s why: The lead character’s name is ‘The Doctor’ (or at least that’s the only name he goes by). From the earliest episodes back in the ’60s, when he introduced himself as ‘The Doctor,’ he was usually met with the response, ‘Doctor who?’ That’s where the series’ title comes from (as any longtime fan will be happy to tell you). When people abbreviate the title to ‘Dr. Who,’ they’re actually removing his name from the title, adding the abbreviation of a professional occupation that has nothing to do with his adventures in time and space, and suggesting that ‘Who’ is his name. (It’s not.) So it’s wrong on not one, but three, very infuriating levels.

Comment Re:Not doing his job? (Score 1) 436

I would proffer it's even more important for Congress to know when it should NOT pass laws... Often the proper answer is "no", especially when it comes to political winds and short term trends.

Agreed and good point, but I'm pretty sure this Congress has other agendas with their liberal (no pun intended) reliance on "no" as their governing mantra. At least one Republican has been quoted as say they should deny Obama any achievements during his tenure.

Comment Re:Not doing his job? (Score 2, Insightful) 436

You are correct that somebody needs a civics lesson, to learn whose job the U.S. Constitution says is to "recommend to [Congress'] Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient".

Ya, I know that and Obama has "recommended" many things to Congress during his term. How'd that work out for him with this Congress filled with people that don't want to say anything but "no" and, apparently, do little else? In any case, as I said, it's the job of Congress to actually pass laws. Perhaps, *someone* needs a lesson in "reading".

Comment Not doing his job? (Score 5, Insightful) 436

Hmm... I checked The Constitution and it doesn't say anything about it being the President's job to "ditch fossil fuels". Heck, it doesn't even mention "climate change". Perhaps this kid should take a Civics / Government class and learn that it's Congress that passes these things called "laws"...

Comment Re:Important to note (Score 1) 443

I had a high school friend who was a fan of LSD. Saying it isn't addictive is a lie. He was constantly touting the benefits, which I didn't see in his life.

Having a negative impact on your life is not the same as being addictive. Eating candy bars can have a detrimental impact if you do it enough, but that doesn't make them addictive substances. Sounds like your friend was just a big fan.

Things (not just substances) can also be mentally and emotionally addictive, not just physically.

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.