Archive for June 27, 2009

119chaospoolMy Review of the Big Finish Doctor Who adventure Number 119, The Chaos Pool is available at Amazon.com here.

This is the third part of the 3 part Key 2 Time series featuring Peter Davidson as the doctor. I haven’t reviewed the first two parts although I have reviewed the Companions Chronicles crossover featuring the 7th doctor and Ace.

How things change but stay the same

Posted: June 27, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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One more oddity concerning the rather bad vote yesterday.

Did you note this from Redstate?

His office STILL wouldn’t say which way he was voting on it, so I called them on it, and said that he’s just waiting to see if there are enough votes so he can oppose the bill for political purposes.

This is Rep. Thomas Perriello of Va.

One of the thing that Sam Rayburn used to always say is “A congressman’s first duty is to get re-elected.” There are and were times when a vote that an administration would want or demand might be against the interests of a particular congressman. Rayburn being Rayburn could command a certain amount of votes and loyalty but he never forgot the first duty of a congressman. So he would line up extra votes on controversial measures so he could if necessary release members of his caucus that a particular vote would hurt.

The purpose of those 8 republicans who voted for that bill wasn’t to make it a “bi-partisan” measure. It was to give a large enough margin for Pelosi and company to let a few of their people vote the other way.