Saw him a number of years ago at the Piggery theatre in North Hatley, Quebec. Wonderful show and a delight to see how the show is done in person compared to listening to the Vinyl Café on the radio. RIP Stuart McLean 1948-2017
Such a wonderful voice and talent. RIP Al Jarreau 1940-2017
“I’m so good I impress even myself”
Here they go with judicial nominations again. Not a single statesmen among the lot of them just a bunch of politicians doing what they do best in Washington DC.
As I posted earlier have 5 set days on which the nomination is brought to a confirmation vote; 20 days after, 40 days, 60 days, 90 days, and 120 days. It is automatically brought to a vote the first sitting of the Senate 60 days after the nomination. The Senate by 75 votes can bring it to a vote 20 days after the nomination, by 67 votes 40 days after, by 34 votes 90 days after, and by 50 votes delay the confirmation vote till 120 days after appointment. Super majorities can bring a nomination forward in time and minorities can delay the confirmation vote. Majorities can not suppress the minority and the minorities can not block the majority. The Senate has every right to confirm and every right to reject but no right to do this routine they do for everything now. Congress has become not just dysfunctional but almost inoperable.
I would change the vote needed to confirm judicial appointments. For the lower courts and appeal courts a 2/3 majority of those senators present and voting with at least 51 senators voting. For all Supreme court appointments an absolute 2/3 majority or 67 votes for confirmation.
What can one say but “Toss the hat one last time”
RIP Mary Tyler Moore 1936-2017
“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
“No strategist worth anything builds on anything other then a solid foundation of facts.” Barry Aulis
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” Winston Churchill
Don’t remember Star Wars coming out but certainly remember Empire strikes back. Saw that 5-6 times in the summer of 80. Not that many years older either and it’s the youngest that goes first. A sad goodbye to a courageous princess. RIP Carrie Fisher 1956-2016.
Someone my own age going from a heart attack. He’s just 5 months older. Remember Wham very well from back in our youth and his first couple of solo albums. Too young and condolences to his family and friends. RIP George Michael 1963-2016.