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The Latest Episodes Of Lawlessness And Disorder (Doink, Doink)

30 June 2011 @ 09:39

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― Room 216, Hart Building, Washington, DC [doink doink] ―

From Human Events, Audrey Hudson reporting, we learn:

It’s not unusual for politicians on Capitol Hill to recognize citizens during hearings on legislation that would have a positive or negative impact on their lives.

But that tactic took a different turn this week when hundreds of illegal immigrants filled the largest hearing room in the Senate to openly participate in the proceedings.

And they did so without threat of arrest from the nation’s chief immigration law enforcement official who was sitting in the front row: Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Many of the illegal immigrants were recognized by name by Sen. Dick Durbin (D. –Ill.) who led the panel, and commended by Obama administration officials who want to give them legal status under sweeping legislation called the DREAM Act.

Napolitano told this subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee that although the large group gathered was part of the population that is subject to deportation; there was no enforcement of the law that morning.

JURY FOREMAN: We find the defendants, Senator Dick ‘Head’ Durbin and Janet Napolitano of Moronia, guilty of failure to carry out their oaths of office and guilty of the charge of premeditated disregard of the law of the land.

JUDGE: I sentence both of you to continue being your cretinous selves for the rest of your natural and unnatural lives – so ordered.

DEFENSE ATTORNEY: I object! That is cruel and unusual punishment!

JUDGE: Payback’s a bitch, eh counsel?

― State House, Sacramento, California [doink doink] ―

From John Fund, we learn:

California Democratic leaders, frustrated by the refusal of Republican state legislators to go along with tax increases to close the state’s $15.4 billion deficit, are threatening to focus budget cuts on the districts those Republicans represent.

“You don’t want to pay for government, well then, you get less of it,” Senate president pro tem Darrell Steinberg told reporters in late April. Steinberg echoed comments made by Treasurer Bill Lockyer, who told reporters that budget cuts should be targeted at the districts of lawmakers who oppose putting $11 billion in tax increases before the state’s voters in a referendum.

“When it comes to kids or the vulnerable, I wouldn’t want to make distinctions between who lives in a Democratic district and who lives in a Republican district, but when it comes to sort of basic services, convenience services that affect adults…I have an open mind,” Steinberg told reporters.

A spokeswoman for Bob Dutton, the Senate’s Republican leader, reacted quickly to the bully-boy tactics. “It only means Democrats are unwilling to stand up to public employee unions,” said Jann Taber. “They’d rather cut services to Californians than fix bloated public employee pension systems. Clearly this isn’t an attempt to craft a true bipartisan budget solution.”

Local officials in districts represented by Republicans called the tactic completely counterproductive.

“That is shameless extortion,” Butte County supervisor Larry Wahl told the Sacramento Bee.

“He’s trying to get me to call [Assemblyman Dan] Logue and [state Sen.] Doug LaMalfa and say ‘Raise our taxes.’ I’m not going to do that.”

But Democrats aren’t backing down from their threat. “It’s really a simple concept,” said Lockyer spokesman Tom Dresslar. “If we have to adopt an all-cuts budget because voters aren’t even given the chance to decide the tax issue, then we engage in another democratic process. The folks who want less government get less government. It’s not vindictive, it’s democracy in action.”

Actually, there’s another name for it. Targeting the constituents of elected representatives for budget cuts is a tactic worthy of a banana republic, which California is in danger of resembling as it refuses to deal with its budget realities in a serious way.

JURY FOREMAN: We, the jury, find the defendents…

JUDGE: Screw it: I, the jury, say, hang ’em high!

-I have a dream.

-Something’s gotta give…

  1. Adobe Walls permalink
    30 June 2011 @ 16:08 16:08

    We are going to need alot more Adobe Walls.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      30 June 2011 @ 17:08 17:08

      Adobe: Can we manufacture them using modular home methods? If so, we may have hit upon a way to make some cash off the coming doom!

  2. Adobe Walls permalink
    30 June 2011 @ 20:12 20:12

    Keep in mind they don’t have to be part of a “building” but can be freestanding structures. And yes they could be precast concrete with a mud brick veneer. This would also make repairing pockmarks easier. The ftg could also be precast or even cast monolithic with the wall. The disadvantages are mud bricks are cheaper than concrete especially when the mud bricks are made from local materials on site. Also installing precast requires a crane the size of which increase with the size of individual pieces for instance casting the ftg with the stem element.

    That was just a brief overview I would be glad to respond in depth if you have any more questions.

  3. bobbelvedere permalink*
    02 July 2011 @ 13:43 13:43

    Adobe: Your work on this is much appeciated. Well…I like the idea of leaving the pockmarks in place – makes the pictures on the deed more dramatic and are one last bit of torture to the shootee. What if, instead of a fully-built structure, we devise a mudbrick kit? In all these matters, I, of course, defer to your experience and judgement.

  4. Adobe Walls permalink
    03 July 2011 @ 18:23 18:23

    Actually an instructional video and some molds would require considerably less start up capital

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