Monday, March 13, 2006

The Opposite of Progress

Busy day of potential doucebaggery under both domes today.

Today was "crossover" day in the General Assembly, the designated last day to introduce new legislation for the session (conveniently scheduled on the same day as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Democratic fundraiser). Sonny's "Hope Chest" amendment failed to pass. A bill allowing pharmacists to refuse to fill "morning-after" pill prescriptions stalled. A bill passed the House that will allow physician's assistants to fill prescriptions in certain emergencies. The Senate created a "Newborn Umbilical Cord Blood Commission," which I suppose has something to do with stem cell research.

Meanwhile up in Washington, the Senate continues to work on the Budget Resolution, which in its current form opens ANWAR for drilling and assumes the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts will be continued at least through 2011. Also, Feingold introduced the Censure Resolution against Bush for the wiretapping fiasco.

Now, out of all of that, surely some of you will have comments; go for it.


DoubleDawgDareYa said...

Ok, so I sorta mistated what "Crossover Day" is. It's actually the last day a bill has to pass in one of the houses to stay alive for the rest of the session. But I think you guys got the idea, and evidently no one cares.

On the positive side for Dems, they did defeat two of Sonny's measures, although both of them were proposed constitutional amendments. So apparently the Dems still have enough clout to defeat a Republican measure, so long as that measure requires a 2/3 vote.

hillary said...

I really tried to come up with a comment. I just couldn't. Yay that some crap I didn't like didn't pass!

Dawg Corleone said...

Speaking as a Republican, I'll donate to the Help Give Feingold All The Air Time He Wants fund.

Talk about overplaying a winning hand.

I'm a Realist said...

What's the deal with the attack on the morning after pill? It's just a higher dosage of the same birth control medication that many women take, right?

The morning after pill only benefits women who realize that an unwanted pregnancy could be a possibility after festivities that she may or may not recollect from the night before. This is completely different from any abortion debate, yet pro-lifers jump at these sorts of things. They give those of us with a modicum of intelligence a bad name.

Yay that the idiots under the Dome didn't pass another piece of stupid, backward-thinking legislation!

hillary said...

But, realist, people should never ever have sex unless they want to produce a million babies. Isn't that the way it works?

Dawg Corleone said...

It's being reported today that 3 more Democratic House members--Royal from Camilla, Parrish from Swainsboro, and Channell from Greene Co--are likely to jump to the GOP.

No great loss to Dems in the House--these guys vote with Republicans anyway. But it would be a sizable loss for Cox/Taylor (whoever wins the nomination): more white rural defections from a party that, rightly or wrongly, is increasingly perceived as the "black party" in Ga.

I'm a Realist said...

Well, hillary...No. Even for the most fundamental of fundamentalists, sex is a gift from God, who was quoted as saying, "Hey, enjoy it, man. Life sucks down there, so at least enjoy your wives (or husbands)." It says something to that effect in Ecclesiastes. That doesn't excuse people from taking proper precaution to avoid unwanted thingies, but I feel the morning-after pill is taking proper precautions.