Thursday, February 23, 2017

Red Herrings

Congress.org presents MEGAVOTE February 13, 2017 for Georgia's 13th Congressional District.
Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Prohibit Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Speak on Senate Floor When Debating Sen. Sessions Nomination to be U.S. Attorney General
  • Senate: Confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General
  • Senate: Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • House: Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule
  • House: Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule
  • House: Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule 

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury
  • Senate: Nomination of David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • House: Texas-Oklahoma Border Lands
  • House: Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule
  • House: Disapprove State Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule
  • House: Disapprove Local Government Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule
  • House: Disapprove Alaska Predator Control Rule
  • House: Disapprove HHS Planned Parenthood Funding Rule

Recent Senate Votes:

Prohibit Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Speak on Senate Floor When Debating Sen. Sessions Nomination to be U.S. Attorney General Vote Sustained (49-43, 8 Not Voting)
The Senate voted to sustain the ruling of the presiding officer (Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines) in which he prohibited Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren from speaking on the Senate floor for the remainder of the debate concerning Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination to be U.S. attorney general. The presiding officer ruled that Sen. Warren violated Senate rule 19 prohibiting senators from "imputing" one another.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted Not Voting
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
Happy to see McConnell stand, or in this case not stand, for something. Basically I believe all politicians suck, Elizabeth Warren was doing something that we see many Senators do during confirmation hearings. Either by party orders, or by having a bug up their ass, they circumvent the purpose of the hearings which is to vet nominees for appropriateness to office. 
Confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General Vote Confirmed (52-47, 1 Present)
The Senate confirmed Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. attorney general.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
A just decision and shame on the Democrats for a month of red herrings.
Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services Vote Confirmed (52-47, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price to be secretary of Health and Human Services.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
Just like to Sessions, red herring complaints. The stock issue was obvious to anyone as a minor portion of a balance trade. This as a complaint will be revisited because the next association will be that to own a stock infers an approval of all the things that that corporation does. All politicians are vulnerable on this mode of attack.
Recent House Votes:
Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule Vote Passed (234-186, 12 Not Voting)
The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec. 12, 2016, which modified the process under which BLM develops plans for the use of the public lands it manages, including by considering a wider variety of issues and possible impacts.
Rep. David Scott voted NO
David Scott wants to continue the practices of liberal policy promotion by unaccountable bureaucrats. Lucky he is in the wrong camp.
Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule Vote Passed (234-190, 8 Not Voting)
The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Nov. 29, 2016 which addresses implementation of a state's accountability systems when receiving federal education funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA). Among other things, the rule requires states to identify low-performing schools for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement, and requires that each state's statewide plan use multiple indicators of student success that are the same for all public schools (including charter schools).
Rep. David Scott voted NO
These were all obvious in the expected outcome, The Republicans want to slash, at least appear to slash regulations that take priority over local school administration. One thing is clear; Federal leadership on school curricula is an abject failure; more money and more administration does not make the teacher to student teaching effectiveness improve.
Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule Vote Passed (240-181, 11 Not Voting)
The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Oct. 31, 2016, relating to teacher preparation programs that require states to annually evaluate the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education and to publicly report this information, including the job placement and retention rates of graduates.
Rep. David Scott voted Not Voting
Same point made above.
Upcoming Votes:
Nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury - PN26 The Senate is expected to take up the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be secretary of the Treasury.
Owing to my delay, he got it, confirmed 53–47.
Nomination of David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs - PN39 The Senate is expected to take up the nomination of David Shulkin to be secretary of Veterans Affairs.
This post must be one the Democrats do not care about because on February 13th, Shulkin was unanimously confirmed . More accurately, Shulkin was first posted by President Obama.
Texas-Oklahoma Border Lands - HR428
The bill would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to pay for a private survey to identify the south boundary line along the Red River separating Texas and Oklahoma with regards to land title and ownership, with the states of Texas and Oklahoma to determine which lands are federal lands and which are private.
More BLM bullshit, if they see an opportunity to set aside more land, they do it, every time.
Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule - HJRes42 The resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 1, 2016, that defines the occupations for which states can require individuals applying for unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing.
Reeling in the liberal bureaucrats and their circumvention of Congress.
Disapprove State Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule - HJRes66 The measure would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 30, 2016, that exempts state-administered retirement plans for workers at private sector businesses and nonprofit entities that don't offer retirement plans from certain restrictions and requirements under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
The Department of Labor should feel lucky that Congress isn't taking their preferred course, to wipe it from the face of the earth. 
Disapprove Local Government Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule - HJRes67 The measure would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Dec. 20, 2016, that exempts local government-administered retirement plans for workers at private sector businesses and nonprofit entities from certain restrictions and requirements under ERISA.
See comments above, not many people benefit by the actions of this department today. Like unions, it has outlived its purpose.
Disapprove Alaska Predator Control Rule - HJRes69 The resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Interior Department on Aug. 5, 2016, that prohibits certain predator control practices in national wildlife refuges in Alaska (such as the taking of mother bears and their cubs, the killing of wolves and their pups at den sites, and aerial shooting).
If licensing is controlled in an objective manner, the focused energy on predator eradication particular areas  needs to be as efficient as possible.
Disapprove HHS Planned Parenthood Funding Rule - HJRes43 The resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) on Dec. 19, 2016, that modifies eligibility requirements for Title X grants for family planning services to specify that states awarding funds cannot prohibit a health care provider from participating for reasons other than its ability to provide Title X services.
Watch the hair on the back of their necks go up. 
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Self Evaluation

Can be extremely difficult, but the process of stripping down to purpose, cause and effect can be liberating.

CBS Anchor Dickerson Says Media Ruined Its Own Reputation, Not Trump

The American public, consumers of news, does not have the attention span or the patience to labor over the minutia that many stories focus on. They do however assemble news through unsophisticated personal filters. The overarching media business understands this limitation and has allowed itself to slip into playing on the biases created by these filters. To sell, news is offered in a format the business has elected to sell to its target market. The combination of an uneducated market, liberally trained journalists and market focused product has evolved into a media system that has myopic view of the world.
Many consumers of journalism have training and belief sets that do not align with liberal dogma. These folks have, over the years, sloughed out the major media market consumption and sought alternative sources that, also focused, cater to their preferences.
Recently the more trusting followers of liberal based journalism, have been exposed to evidence, some real, some exaggerated, but evidence of journalistic deception and journalistic alignment with one party over another. These biased predilections, by way deductive reasoning, had been suspected by conservative consumers over many years. In the last presidential election, facts were exposed that confirmed said suspicions.
Forty years ago, a man I greatly respected, an educated well learned man, described Dan Rather, of CBS, as "Dan Smather", railing on and on about what liar the newsman was, This was the beginning of my doubt in network new anchors positions and willingness to tell the truth. Later Rather was exposed has creating fake news about G. W. Bush.
Here we have CBS host John Dickerson admitting to culpability in the ruination of its reputation. Should the networks go through the cathartic process and reshape purpose, the benefit could be for everyone.

Harold Gregory Moore, Jr.

Like most working folks, the personal email accounts are not read as often as they should be.
This weekend via Patriot Guard Riders, I learned too late to participate in a ride for a departed hero of the United States Army.
Retired Lieutenant General Hal Moore passed away in in Auburn Alabama. He was 94 years old and much beloved by his family, church and brothers in arms.
Harold Moore started his 32 years of service as a Cadet at West Point during World War II, fighting in Korea and with distinction in Vietnam, ending as Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Department of the Army.
The movie "We Were Soldiers" is an account of the the lead up to the start of the Vietnam war and the early 1965 Battle of la Drang. Moore was instrumental in developing the application of helicopters for Army troop deployment. At la Drang commanded 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division which was George Custer's command  when he was killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.
Hal Moore preached the credo "there is always one more thing you can do to increase your odds of success". This I wholeheartedly agree with.
Moore's awards of service include:
Some of his awards are:
DSC, DSM, ,LM (2 OLC), BSM (3 OLC) w V device, AM(8 OLC) , JSCMARCOM (2 OLC) PH, ACM, APAMWWIIVM, AOM, NDSM (1 OLC), KSM, AFSM, VSM, UNSM, CIB (2Awd), Mastprchtbad, ARavBad, GLiBad, VCofGwP (3 Awd), RVNCCUCwP, ROKPOC (2 Awd), OrderofNatSctyMeritGut-SeonMd1,ROK, VNArmyprcBad, PUC
Hal Moore was two week shy of his 95th birthday.
I regret missing the opportunity to pay this man respect and offer this as token of same.
In the future I will try to read my mail sooner.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Big Pants


Congress.org presents MEGAVOTE for February 8, 2017 and Georgia's 13th Congressional District.

Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Confirmation of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation
  • Senate: Confirmation of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State
  • Senate: Disapprove Stream Buffer Rule
  • Senate: Disapprove Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule
  • Senate: Confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education
  • House: Disapprove Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule
  • House: Disapprove Stream Buffer Rule
  • House: Disapprove Labor Law Rule
  • House: Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule
  • House: Disapprove BLM Methane Rule
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General
  • Senate: Nomination of Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Senate: Nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury
  • House: Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule
  • House: Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule
  • House: Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule
Recent Senate Votes:
Confirmation of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation Vote Confirmed (93-6, 1 Present)
The Senate voted to confirm Elaine Chao to be secretary of Transportation.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
Mitch McConnell's wife, yuck. Caio baby!
Confirmation of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State Vote Confirmed (56-43, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate voted to confirm Rex Tillerson to be secretary of State.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
Tillerson, from my perspective is a choice that reflects the need to change foreign policy dynamics. Undoubtedly, the bureaucrats at state are going to passively resist change, t they always have. Descriptions of this institutional inertia are explained in The Best and the Brightest and the John Bolton book that I am about half the way through. This explains why countries like Iran and North Korea are consistently allowed to extort position acceptance in Europe and the United States. In the case of both of these countries, aggressive postures have nuclear standing that is difficult to unseat.  If a new tact works, great, the businessman Trump knows not to repeat policies that are not effective.
Disapprove Stream Buffer Rule Vote Passed (54-45, 1 Not Voting)
The bill would disapprove the Interior Department's Stream Buffer Rule requiring that surface coal mining operations be designed to minimize the amount of waste placed outside the mined-out area, thus minimizing the amount of land disturbed.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
The jargon of the bill description belies the position of the author. For myself, poisonous water contamination should be prohibited in all forms, where the border for containment is should be the property lines.  If aquifer contamination is a risk then proper precautions should be employed.
Disapprove Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule Vote Passed (52-47, 1 Not Voting)
The measure would disapprove of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule issued in July 2016 that requires resource extraction issuers (companies that extract oil, natural gas or minerals) that are registered in the United States to provide detailed, public reporting of certain payments to governments that equal or exceed $100,000 per project annually.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
A department imposing rules on its governing body, do I read that correctly. Someones pants have gotten a little big.
Confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education Vote Confirmed (51-50)
The Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos to be secretary of Education. The tie-breaking yes vote was cast by Vice President Mike Pence.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
Pence.........scores!
Recent House Votes:
Disapprove Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule Vote Passed (235-187, 10 Not Voting)
The measure would disapprove of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule issued in July 2016 that requires resource extraction issuers (companies that extract oil, natural gas or minerals) that are registered in the United States to provide detailed, public reporting of certain payments to governments that equal or exceed $100,000 per project annually.
Rep. David Scott voted NO
See above comments.
Disapprove Stream Buffer Rule Vote Passed (228-194, 10 Not Voting)
The bill would disapprove the Interior Department's Stream Buffer Rule requiring that surface coal mining operations be designed to minimize the amount of waste placed outside the mined-out area, thus minimizing the amount of land disturbed.
Rep. David Scott voted NO
See above, not sure how I feel about the vote.
Disapprove Labor Law Rule Vote Passed (236-187, 9 Not Voting)
The bill would disapprove a Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA rule that requires federal contractors to self-certify violations of 14 specified federal labor laws and equivalent state laws. The laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, among others.
Rep. David Scott voted NO
Absolutely right, self-certification is costly and ridden with temptation to cheat.
Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule Vote Passed (235-180, 17 Not Voting)
The bill would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, a December 2016 Social Security Administration rule that could make it easier for certain mentally challenged individuals to be placed on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Rep. David Scott voted NO
Throwing traction on a slippery slope.
Disapprove BLM Methane Rule Vote Passed (221-191, 20 Not Voting)
The bill would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule issued last November that requires oil and gas producers to implement measures that reduce natural gas waste.
Rep. David Scott voted NO
The Bureau has been overstepping for years, it is time to have their balls cut off.
Upcoming Votes:
Nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General - PN30 The Senate is expected to take up the nomination of Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General.
He made it, now all the talk about rescuing himself from votes is moot. Watch Elizabeth Warren, aka Fauxahontas, get her ass sat down was worth delay, the only thing in the last 6 years that McConnell has done worth complimenting.
Nomination of Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services - PN33 The Senate is expected to take up the nomination of Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price to be secretary of Health and Human Services.
After a lot of haranguing, Tom Price was voted into the post. Looking into the details of the stock buying issue was Democratic hyperbole.
Nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury - PN26 The Senate is expected to take up the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be secretary of the Treasury.
Late is this post is, here is the news, he was accepted. Steven Mnuchin is a Yale man and basically an investment banker. The Democrats continue to be a pack of bitchy obstructionists, voting as a group against everyone.  
Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule - HJRes44 The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec. 12, 2016, which modified the process under which BLM develops plans for the use of the public lands it manages, including by considering a wider variety of issues and possible impacts.
Anything that fucks with the BLM, I am for.
Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule - HJRes58 The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Oct. 31, 2016, relating to teacher preparation programs that require states to annually evaluate the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education and to publicly report this information, including the job placement and retention rates of graduates.
What goes for the BLM goes goes double for the DOE.
Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule - HJRes57 The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Nov. 29, 2016, which addresses implementation of a state's accountability systems when receiving federal education funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA). Among other things, the rule requires states to identify low-performing schools for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement, and requires that each state's statewide plan use multiple indicators of student success that are the same for all public schools (including charter schools).
Government control of education is the problem. Americans spend more money per student than any other country in industrial world, and the returns are diminishing. The answer is not money, more programs or more administration. When something is out of control, simplify by removing complicating factors. The corrective path should be reduce the number Federal rules, if not all, allow local school boards to shape curricula appropriate to local needs, then focus as much money as possible on teaching.
Congress could be helpful by figuring out how to restrict the courts from imposing policies that are unimaginably inefficient.  
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Gangs All Here, Let's Have a Party

Congress.org presents MEGAVOTE for January 30, 2017 and Georgia's 13th Congressional District.

Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: GAO Access and Oversight Act
  • Senate: Confirmation of Gen. James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense
  • Senate: Confirmation of Gen. John Kelly to be secretary of Homeland Security
  • Senate: Confirmation of Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Senate: Confirmation of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be ambassador to the United Nations
  • House: Abortion Funding
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Nomination of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State
  • Senate: Nomination of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation
  • House: Disapprove Interior DepartmentÂ’s Stream Buffer Rule
  • House: Disapprove SEC Oil and Gas Anti-Bribery Rule
  • House: Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule
  • House: Disapprove Labor Law Rule
  • House: Disapprove Venting and Flaring Rule
Recent Senate Votes:
GAO Access and Oversight Act Vote Passed (99-0, 1 Not Voting)
The bill would grant the Government Accountability Office access to the National Directory of New Hires. The directory contains information from states about new employees.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
Unanimous, enough said.
Confirmation of Gen. James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense Vote Confirmed (98-1, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed Gen. James Mattis to be secretary of Defense.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
There was some strutting about on he Democrats part, but in the end most nominees are skating through the approval process. Having reusable soundbites on the news is the objective for being whining bitches.  
Confirmation of Gen. John Kelly to be secretary of Homeland Security Vote Confirmed (88-11, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed Gen. John Kelly to be secretary of Homeland Security.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
There are a few more folks here that object but the result is the same.
Confirmation of Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Vote Confirmed (66-32, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
A close vote, an interesting topic. Typically, Republicans support intelligence funding but the President has sent mixed signals in terms of respect for the department.
Confirmation of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be ambassador to the United Nations Vote Confirmed (96-4)
The Senate confirmed South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki R. Haley to be the representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of ambassador, and the representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
Another pass with flying colors. Those against were, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.).
Recent House Votes:
Abortion Funding Vote Passed (238-183, 11 Not Voting)
The bill would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for abortion or abortion coverage. It also would not allow federal medical facilities and health professionals from providing abortion services, and prohibit individuals and small businesses from receiving federal subsidies and tax credits under the 2010 health overhaul law to purchase health care plans that cover abortions.
Rep. David Scott voted NO
This is going to have trouble in the Senate, possibly with the President as well, if it gets that far. Watch the press apply lots of pressure while ignoring the evidence of malfeasance on the part of Planned Parenthood.
Upcoming Votes:
Nomination of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State - PN25 The Senate is expected to take up the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be secretary of State.
Here's a hint, he is in, this is a late report.
Nomination of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation - PN35 The Senate is expected to take up the nomination of Elaine Chao to be secretary of Transportation.
Chao baby was approved on the 31st. This is Mitch McConnell's wife so her judgement is suspect. Six Dems voted against Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Cory Booker (N.J.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.).
Disapprove Interior Department’s Stream Buffer Rule -  This measure would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the Interior Department's Stream Buffer Rule requiring that surface coal mining operations be designed to minimize the amount of waste placed outside the mined-out area, thus minimizing the amount of land disturbed.
Regulation easing.
Disapprove SEC Oil and Gas Anti-Bribery Rule - The measure would disapprove, under terms of the CRA, a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule issued in July 2016 that requires resource extraction issuers (companies that extract oil, natural gas or minerals) that are registered in the United States to provide detailed, public reporting of certain payments to governments that equal or exceed $100,000 per project annually.
Regulation easing.
Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule -  The measure would disapprove, under terms of the CRA, a December 2016 Social Security Administration rule that could make it easier for certain mentally challenged individuals to be placed on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), thereby restricting them from purchasing firearms.
Regulation easing.
Disapprove Labor Law Rule
The measure would disapprove, under terms of the CRA, a Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA rule that requires federal contractors to self-certify violations of 14 specified federal labor laws and equivalent state laws. The laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, among others.
Regulation easing.
Disapprove Venting and Flaring Rule - The measure would disapprove, under terms of the CRA, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule issued in November 2016 that requires oil and gas producers to implement measures that reduce natural gas waste.
Regulation easing. Do it.
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Gene Tierney


Actress  Gene Tierney, has been gone for over 25 years, but in her prime attracted the likes of Howard Hughes, John Kennedy, Kirk Douglas Spencer Tracy and Tyrone Power.

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Mad Dog Gets the Nod

Congress.org presents MEGAVOTE for January 18, 2017 and Georgia's 13th Congressional District.

Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution-Klobuchar Amendment Concerning Drug Importation
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution
  • Senate: Gen. James Mattis Secretary of Defense Waiver
  • House: Private Market Investors
  • House: Regulatory Accountability
  • House: SEC Cost-Benefit Analyses
  • House: CFTC Reauthorization
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution
  • House: Gen. James Mattis Secretary of Defense Waiver
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: GAO Access and Oversight
The House is out of session until Jan. 20 when they will meet for a pro forma session.

Recent Senate Votes:
Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution-Klobuchar Amendment Concerning Drug Importation
Vote Rejected (46-52, 2 Not Voting)
The amendment would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to lower prescription drug prices for Americans by importing drugs from Canada.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted NO
Sen. David Perdue voted NO
These are votes that I agree with and am glad that vote ended the way it did. Our government having a vote to decide whether or not to leverage another country's program rather than fix the situation here in the United States. Hell, if Congress wants to have citizens reap the benefits of Canada's largess, just change the laws that restrict Americans from purchasing drugs on-line from foreign businesses. But NO, there is an underlying business support objective.  Let markets be truly free and legislation is not required.
Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution Vote Agreed to (51-48, 1 Not Voting)
The concurrent resolution would trigger the budget reconciliation process and enable the subsequent consideration of reconciliation legislation to repeal major portions of the 2010 health law. The measure would provide instructions to two Senate and two House committees to cut a minimum of $1 billion each during the next 10 years as part of budget reconciliation.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
Have said it before, budget cuts projected over a future plan, are effectively, lies. The actual reconciliation points are normal business, paying the bills for commitments.
Gen. James Mattis Secretary of Defense Waiver Vote Passed (81-17, 2 Not Voting)
The bill would provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
Why waive a rule that is easily bypassed with a vote. The rule is meaningless, shit-can it.
Recent House Votes:
Private Market Investors Vote Passed (344-73, 17 Not Voting)
The bill would expand the circumstances under which events where businesses offer unregistered securities in the private market would not be considered "general solicitations" that otherwise require the issuer to verify that the individuals attending the events are accredited investors.
Rep. David Scott voted YES
Open markets up.
Regulatory Accountability Vote Passed (238-183, 13 Not Voting)
The bill would modify the federal rule-making process with a focus on reducing the possible economic costs of federal regulations, allowing more legal challenges to rules and increasing transparency. Among its provisions, it would require agencies to estimate the cost of proposed regulations and consider lower-cost alternatives, creating additional steps that agencies must follow when proposing "major" or "high impact" rules, including an opportunity for the public to challenge agency justifications and findings. It also automatically would postpone the implementation of new federal rules costing $1 billion or more until all legal challenges are resolved, and it effectively would overturn two Supreme Court decisions that require courts to give substantial deference to an agency's interpretation of a rule or underlying law.
Rep. David Scott voted NO
Why should Congress give deferential treatment to regulatory agencies. The regulatory agencies service the wishes of the president and are both authorized and funded by Congress. This attempted reversal of this earlier ruling is proper as the directed predisposition toward approval resulted in significant abuse by the executive branch. The agency would do what the President directed and Congress had been given advice that these were to be accepted before serious Congressional review. Time will tell if SCOTUS reasserts itself, I suspect with new members the ruling may be different.
SEC Cost-Benefit Analyses Vote Passed (243-184, 7 Not Voting)
The bill would require the Securities and Exchange Commission to conduct cost-benefit analyses of new regulatory proposals and existing rules, and to modify or rescind those found to have a negative impact.
Rep. David Scott voted NO
Same deal as just above. Why a district representative would vote to play second fiddle to a bureaucrat is a curious choice.

CFTC Reauthorization Vote Passed (239-182, 13 Not Voting)
The bill would reauthorize operations of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through fiscal 2021 and amend the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul law to modify and clarify how the CFTC is to regulate derivatives and swaps. Among its provisions, it would ease certain regulatory requirements to ensure that some "end users" of derivatives are not regulated as swaps dealers, require the CFTC to conduct cost-benefit analyses of its proposed rules and allow for the development of rules regarding the interaction of U.S. swaps rules to international requirements.
Rep. David Scott voted YES
Derivatives are dangerous vehicles, I am for open markets but buyer beware.
Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution Vote Passed (227-198, 10 Not Voting)
The concurrent resolution would trigger the budget reconciliation process and enable the subsequent consideration of reconciliation legislation to repeal major portions of the 2010 health law. The measure would provide instructions to two Senate and two House committees to cut a minimum of $1 billion each during the next 10 years as part of budget reconciliation.
Rep. David Scott voted NO

Gen. James Mattis Secretary of Defense Waiver Vote Passed (268-151, 1 Present, 14 Not Voting)
The bill that would provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces.
Rep. David Scott voted YES
Apparently he does not like to nickname "Mad Dog", but I am guessing that when he was an active Marine he was proud of that moniker.
Upcoming Votes:
GAO Access and Oversight - HR72
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Maudlin

Merriam-Webster defines the word as: weakly and overly sentimental

At the moment, I would use that word to describe myself. The woman who gave birth to me died yesterday evening. For only one weekend in the last 56 years was she in the same room as I. Undoubtedly her absence explains my persistent need for security.
There was no void though, my father remarried, to a wonderful woman who treated me so well that I did not learn was not my birth mother until I was a teenager.
Knowing what I do, having learned from my new brothers and sisters, this was a bargain that fell in my favor.
It feels wrong, to loose a person I should love, but don't.
My maudlin mood is more about what what we both missed.
Good bye MaryAnn, I wish I knew you.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anita Ekberg

Another voluptuous Nordic actress, Anita Ekberg was Miss Sweden in 1950, and sixth in the Miss Universe pageant of 1951



Her best movie role was in La Dolce Vita, directed by Federico Fellini, in which she played the part of Sylvia. Most of her career was spent on little known films. Ekberg was almost picked for the part of Honey Ryder in the James Bond movie Dr. No, but the opportunity was given to Ursula Andress. This is a lady that most people have not heard of, for myself not until she was old woman. Unfortunately she passed in 2015 at the age of 83.