Upsetment
29.5K views | +0 today
Follow
Upsetment
Want to get upset? Here are some things to help.
Curated by Kenneth Weene
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

Outspoken Nazi Set to Win Republican Nomination in Illinois Congressional Race

Outspoken Nazi Set to Win Republican Nomination in Illinois Congressional Race | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Arthur Jones is running to oppose “organized world Jewry.”
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Once again the Grand Old Party is doing itself proud. While the Democratic party may be lacking in ethics and still being led by the same old-same old; at least they are not the party of hate and concentration camps. I'm sure Ike, Ford, and even Nixon are turning over in their graves. As for George W. Bush, who bravely served in World War 2, I hope this doesn't piece of shit doesn't give the man a stroke. For my part, I wonder how long it will take before the American people wise up, or are we doomed to finding our way to the bottom before we can start turning things around? Sadness overwhelms me. Years ago I met Ike and Barry Goldwater, two great Republicans. I started my political life a Republican. Now, that party is frequently making me sick. So sad.  
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

Head of Congressional Ethics Office Sued for Abusing Position, Accused of Assaulting Women

Head of Congressional Ethics Office Sued for Abusing Position, Accused of Assaulting Women | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A key official involved in House investigations faces a federal lawsuit alleging misconduct.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Wow, this is the kind of nasty stuff that Hedda Hopper and Walter Winchell would have loved. We know there was a fight at a bar in Pennsylvania that Valentine's Day in 2015. We know that Omar Ashmawy was one of the participants and that he was treated as the victim, but was he? Had he abused and physically assaulted women and then used his federal office to pervert justice? Were the other men involved just good guys coming to the defense of those women? Or perhaps, they came to the defense of those women and over-reacted making them not quite the good guys. Seems like maybe we'll now find out "the rest of the story". (Yeah, Paul Harvey) 

Ashmawy says, “To the contrary, I was the victim of a wholly unprovoked assault for which those responsible were investigated, arrested and charged. Any allegation to the contrary is unequivocally false.”

As staff director and chief counsel of the Office of Congressional Ethics, Ashmawy has been in the position to judge the behavior of some of our political leaders. Now, we get to see if we had a trustworthy dog or a fox guarding that chicken coop. (I wasn't going with hen house without recognizing the sexism involved, still this is so begging for tongues in cheeks.)

I love stories like this. They remind me of good fiction like you can find in my books. Don't forget to check them out at 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

TRUMP, DREAMERS, DACA, and CONGRESS - An opinion on doing the right thing.

TRUMP, DREAMERS, DACA, and CONGRESS - An opinion on doing the right thing. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Mr. Trump is giving DACA six months. What happens next? Some thoughts on the process of government. 
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Okay, here I go into troubled waters. The media are suggesting that Mr. Trump has reached a decision about the Dreamers and DACA. His decision is to end the program in a six month period. That time is intended to give congress an opportunity to take action. Those who know me may be surprised to learn that I agree with Mr. Trump. No, not because I want the Dreamers to be deported. Quite the opposite, I want them, at least those who have grown up to be reasonably law-abiding, to become citizens. However, I, like Mr. Trump, believe it is the responsibility of congress to set such policies and to make such laws, not the executive branch. 

Sadly, congress has been derelict in its duty, in large part because of Republican obstructionism during the Obama years. There was no way that congress was going to pass anything like DACA during his presidency so he acted to protect innocent people. Remember, since they were children and were brought here, the Dreamers never had intent to break the law which means they were innocent even if they were in violation of the law. 

Now, Mr. Trump is throwing down the gauntlet to congress to take responsibility. Of course, there are a few differences now than a few years back when Mr. Obama took action. For one, the Dreamers are better organized because they have had a chance to come into the light. For another, certain segments of the economy, most notably the tech sector, have taken a strong stance in favor of the Dreamers. Third, the Democrats in congress still support the Dreamers while the Republicans no longer have a unifying reason for opposing some form of amnesty. While some Republicans certainly represent states in which a vote that might be supportive of a "foreigner" will be seen as treasonous by a large number of constituents, most of the GOP congressional membership come from less racist and bigoted places. 

My guess, although I may be wrong, is that the GOP will encourage a Democrat to introduce legislation which will then be trimmed back by the GOP in committee to give them cover on the right. Such trimming might be to increase the time for a Dreamer to wait before becoming a citizen or some additional requirement such as fees; yes the GOP love fees from the workers as opposed to taxes from the wealthy. 

Then the requisite number of moderate Republicans (moderate being a relative term here) will vote in favor of the new law, which Trump will sign. 

Historians and liberals may scream that the whole process reeks of the racism that underlay so much of the opposition to Obama, but at least the Dreamers will have not just a presidential policy but an actual law protecting them and a pathway to citizenship. 

So, I know that many of my friends think Mr. Trump can do nothing right; but this time, I support him. I just pray that the congress, which truly is filled with some sad specimens, will also figure out how to do what needs doing. If not, well, I guess that will be one more hole in America's moral superiority—like we have such a thing.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

Journalists Face New Limits On Press Access In Covering Congress

Journalists Face New Limits On Press Access In Covering Congress | Upsetment | Scoop.it
And it's the public that will lose out.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Of all the rights guaranteed in the first ten amendments to the constitution, none is more important to our democracy than the right to a free press. Without transparency how can we hope to avoid tyranny? Still, here we are with the GOP once again attacking freedom of the press. How many of those supporting this egregious attack on a basic freedom are staunch supporters of the Second Amendment? I guess they don't really believe in the constitution after all, just in getting their own way. I hope that some of the more independently minded Republicans like McCain, Collins, and Graham will recognize the evil that is rearing its head within their party's smoke-filled rooms. 

I have to question whether patriotism has given way to partisanship. As for my feelings about the press, you should read Times to Try the Soul of Man. Available in print, ebook, and audible. https://www.amazon.com/Times-Try-Soul-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00VYSQ1VO/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

U.S. Navy warns Congress that piecemeal cruiser upgrades costly

U.S. Navy warns Congress that piecemeal cruiser upgrades costly | Upsetment | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) - U.S. Navy Secretary RayMabus on Thursday warned that congressional plans for apiecemeal modernization of 11 cruisers would cost billions ofdollars more than the Navy's
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Why are the members of congress mucking in and trying to  micromanage the Navy. If you read "Queen of the Dew Drop Inne," you might get an idea of how incompetent a bunch this house of representatives really is. That's chapter 3 of the book, and (IMHO) is one of the funnies of the Tales. Meanwhile, as usual the GOP led house is going to cost us hundreds of millions for less result.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

Key House Republican spoke to white nationalist group in 2002: report

Key House Republican spoke to white nationalist group in 2002: report | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, gave a speech at a conference of white nationalists when he was a state lawmaker in 2002, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing his spokeswoman. Spokeswoman Moira Bagley said Scalise, majority whip in the House of Representatives, was not familiar with the ideology of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, or EURO, when he attended the event i
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I know many of my liberal friends might not like my position on this, but I think members of congress have a responsibility to speak to all organized groups that want them. Were I in congress, I would speak to the KKK the Communist League, the Neo-Nazi Party, Future Farmers of America, and everyone in between. It is part of the job to communicate with ones constituency. My problem is when politicians go to meetings and say what the members want to hear instead of being consistent and honest.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

Here's The Simple Reason Congress Hasn't Fixed The VA

Here's The Simple Reason Congress Hasn't Fixed The VA | Upsetment | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- In 2011, a significant chunk of the congressional agenda was taken up by banks and merchants battling over swipe fees -- namely, how much could banks charge Walmart and others to run a debit card. The focus on the penny brawl made no se...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

It is time to remove lobbyists from the congressional agenda. Why don't we have government funding of elections, clear spending limits, and strict penalties for those offering and receiving gifts, perqs, etc. If we don't clean up Washington and the money game, how can we hope to have responsive government?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

Ron Johnson Suing To Cut Health Care Subsidies For Congress, Staff

Ron Johnson Suing To Cut Health Care Subsidies For Congress, Staff | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is expected to file a lawsuit Monday against the Obama administration to prevent members of Congress and their staff from receiving employer contributions to their health care plans.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Personally, I beleive that most members of Congress, while many are wealthy and don't need more, are underpaid. This is another way to cut that remuneration, which I dislike. Worse, their staff, who are often very underpaid for the work and the costs associated with their jobs, will surely suffer. Meanwhile, I am curious to see how the rest of the Congress and their staffs treat this guy and any bills he may introduce. I wouldn't want to be his gopher, who will probably spend a lot of time with doors being slammed in his face.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

Congress Delayed Key Safeguard That May Have Prevented Washington Train Derailment

Congress Delayed Key Safeguard That May Have Prevented Washington Train Derailment | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Amtrak train that crashed Monday was not using a new technology that can stop accidents before they occur.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Once the American railroads were among the best in the world. However, as with so much of our infrastructure, we have been slow to improve, slow to invest in upgrading and rebuilding. After all, railroads don't make money any more than highways of flight control systems. Such infrastructure allows the flow of business which is what makes money. Should corporations be paying more taxes to keep that infrastructure in the best possible shape? Not according to the Republican brain trust. Of course, when we talk about building the best possible infrastructure, that has to include optimizing safety, for example installing "positive train control," which keeps trains from speeding when they should be slower. In its brilliance, congress has put off the installation of that safety device. Shipping companies complained about the cost of installing it. 

All that having been said, the worst thing to me about yesterday's crash in Washington State was that it was a brand new rail line, one that was supposed to be increasing the speed of travel. Yet, that segment in which the derailment happened was only safe for 30 mph travel. I can't imagine the Chinese government saying 30 mph is good. I know in the end this will be called human error and the train's engineer faulted for speeding. However, seriously let's get to work on these high-speed rail lines. Let's get them properly built and let's make sure that our trains have the best safety devices on board. 

What will that mean we have to do? Well, for one thing not cut taxes on the rich and corporations. For another, let's make it clear that every rail line has to be equal to the task of moving military equipment and personnel at high speed. That was the kind of requirement that Ike put into the highway program in the 1950s and we can still see how good those roads were even as we recognize that they, too, need a lot of refurbishing. 

Obviously, the last thing we should be doing is spending billions in Afghanistan on roads, fuel stations, and other infrastructure that will never be used when we have so many things to be doing at home. 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

Conyers Will Leave Congress in Wake of Harassment Claims

Conyers Will Leave Congress in Wake of Harassment Claims | Upsetment | Scoop.it

Representative John Conyers Jr., who faces allegations that he sexually harassed former employees, announced Tuesday that he will leave Congress immediately, and he endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him.

Kenneth Weene's insight:
First, I'm glad to see him or anybody so lacking in respect for others leave office. However, when I saw that he wants his son to replace him, I realized how sick our society has become. 

To those who oppose the estate tax, who say that what a person has acquired should be theirs alone to dispose of, I would ask is this not equally true for Mr. Conyers, whose great accomplishment in life has been to acquire a sinecure in Michigan's Democratic party? Shouldn't he be able to pass that along to his offspring? I mean seriously, how absolutely distorted has the American dream become. Sure, we don't want to confiscate a person's work at the end of their lives or careers, but we do want to make sure that we don't allow the emergence of a royalty of wealth or office. 

That's why I would oppose the younger Conyers being elected to this office and why I support a reasonable estate tax.


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

The cost of running for Congress has risen 500 percent since 1984.

The cost of running for Congress has risen 500 percent since 1984. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The cost of running for Congress has increased more than 500 percent since 1984. Here's an interactive look at how campaign expenditures have outrun inflation, health care, and even the rising cost of college
Kenneth Weene's insight:
In an ideal democracy people should be able to run for office based on their ideas, character, and intelligence not the size of the bankrolls backing them. However in the last 35 years the cost of running for congress has gone up about four times faster than the cost of living, even more than the cost of healthcare. Check out the reality and I'm sure you'll be as horrified as I. How do we change this madness? It seems that advertising, which should IMHO be relatively unimportant, has become the tail that wags the political dog. Are we that unsophisticated and uneducated that ads really have a large effect on how we vote? If so, what does that say about us? 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

Congress leaves town with no Zika resolution, lengthy negotiations ahead

Congress leaves town with no Zika resolution, lengthy negotiations ahead | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Despite warnings from public health officials, Zika deal stuck in budget fight.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
How can we expect a  Republican led Congress to take on trivial matters like public health when they have important things to do like investigating Hillary's emails, forcing the military to buy weapons that are not needed, and of course voting how many times to end Obamacare? Silly Americans, even some of the GOP, like Rubio, are beginning to realize that we need a functioning congress.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

Congress Moves Against Obama on New Iran Sanctions

Congress Moves Against Obama on New Iran Sanctions | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Lawmakers have completed a new bipartisan bill on Iran sanctions. The White House claims it is intended to derail the Geneva talks.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Again proving that when it comes to a clash between good foreign policy and playing politics, in the U.S. Senate the fools gold of politics will always win. They have learned nothing since the League of Nations or the foolishness of forcing Mr. Obama to keep Guantanamo open. So we will never rebuild a relationship with Iran, which was squandered away by our government's propensity for supporting tyranny and working to overthrow populist leaders.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

House Republicans Vote To Deport 550,000 Kids Who Have Spent Much of Their Lives In The US

House Republicans Vote To Deport 550,000 Kids Who Have Spent Much of Their Lives In The US | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In an act of absurd cruelty House Republicans, along with four Democrats, voted to deport 550,000 children who have nothing to do with the crisis on the border.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

This is so against the values of an humanitarian (or Christian) nation as to be mind-boggling. This is the antithesis of the Dream Act, which the vast majority of Americans support. Remember, these people were children when they were brought here. Had no say or (in many cases) knowledge of the laws. They have grown up here, many thinking they were Americans, obeying the law and striving to be part of our society. The ones I know have continued to be good and responsible "Americans" even if that was not their legally accurate status. Are we not a better nation than this?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

Report: Republicans Altered Benghazi Emails

Report: Republicans Altered Benghazi Emails | Upsetment | Scoop.it
One day after The White House released 100 pages of Benghazi emails, a report has surfaced alleging that Republicans released a set with altered text.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Benghazi may now become the Republican party's Benghazi. If they are doctoring emails to prove their political point, they are doing exactly what they have been trying to accuse the White House of doing. I hope my Republican friends will share this information and condemn this kind of dishonesty.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Weene
Scoop.it!

Senate Passes Bill To End Air Traffic Control Furloughs

Senate Passes Bill To End Air Traffic Control Furloughs | Upsetment | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to end furloughs of air traffic controllers and delays for millions of travelers is headed to a House vote after a dark-of-night vote in the Senate that took place after most lawmakers had…...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

So the march to get around sequestration begins. Heck, we can't inconvenience the members of Congress who like to fly to and from their states and districts. I thought the whole idea was to make the cutbacks so unpleasnat that there would have to be a real overall deal. My bad, expecting the United States Congress to take real responsibility and to work with the White House to create a real plan. And POTUS will sign this piece of dreck? Shame on them all.

more...
No comment yet.