The last Republican Congress — officially known as the One Hundred Ninth United States Congress — was a disasterous embarrassment that fully deserved its divine obliteration.
As if criminalizing horse-steak was not bad enough, the so-called conservatives decided to bend time itself to the government’s will. Except for a few misled libertarians, few were happy with this arbitrary and capricious, not to mention pointless, exercise of legislative power. And pointless. Did I say pointless?:
Results from energy companies are coming in, and the word is that moving Daylight Saving Time forward three weeks had no measurable impact on power consumption. The attempt by the US Congress to make it look like they were doing something about the energy crisis has been exposed as the waste it is.”
I regret that Pelosi became speaker. And not at all sorry that Hastert lost the job.
I’m currently reading Dr. Barnett’s Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating and finishing up a literature review. While Mark’s got that done already and has moved on to other books, some of us are slower… So expect light blogging for the next few days. In the meantime…
End Of Daily Savings Blogospheric Links
Marc Shulman’s American Future looks at British moral weakness, (perhaps self-hate?), Andrew Sullivan‘s Iraq War jubilation, and the New York Times acting like the State Department (they’ve done this before).
Simon notes that Chinese Communists weren’t that kind to Korean War POWs. At least they are now vowing to crush the Maoists. Also some fear-mongering about a Chinese economic crash I criticized elsewhere.
TavoLoco, who along with Stuart Berman has been active in tdaxp‘s “Acquiring Network Address” thread, expands his GeoCities presence.
Slashdot links to Forbes‘ attack on blog swarming (hat-tip to Boing Boing, Zombie attacks (a type of net attack, like Hastert’s), as well as the most ignorant criticism of Creationism I have ever heard: “Among the most significant forces is the rising tide of anti-science sentiment that seems to have its nucleus in Washington but which extends throughout the nation”. (Creationism is a mass movement, not one of the political elite). I have done some work in evolutionary science, by the way.
MyDD continues the netroot response to Beinart’s A Fighting Faith. Somewhat relatedly, Daily Kos celebrates Bill Clinton’s “fight or find something else to do” comment, and misses the point completely. It’s about ideas.