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Happy New Year! Yes, we went over the Fiscal Thingy, and just like we said, it turns out to have been fixable retroactively all along. Not that the traditional media is giving up on the metaphor, since they're reporting we somehow "averted" turning the calendar over without a deal in place, which we all know was the case. Whatever, Cheeto munchers! Greg Dworkin joined in for the "Republicans in disarray" discussion, noting the abandonment of the "Hastert rule" (which never really was a rule, anyway), not to mention the abandonment of the idea that actually doing something about the defecit is an important issue. Then we took a little look through the news as a way of commenting on the familiar counters in the ongoing gun debate, i.e., that people say they buy guns to protect themselves and their families, and that they are, after all, responsible gun owners. All of which have an element of truth, of course. But if taking a "comprehensive look" at gun issues can be said to necessitate looking at violent video games, then surely a "comprehensive look" must also require acknowledging how often people are shot with their own guns, how often they end up shooting family members or friends with those guns, and how often even responsible gun owners seem to forget that a gun with the magazine out isn't actually a gun that isn't loaded. Finally, we tied up some loose ends with a little technical tour of the mechanics of what made people think there really was a "cliff" involved in the Fiscal Thingy.

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  •  Filibuster Reform.... (0+ / 0-)

    will it or won't it happen and make the Senate look more functional...because there shall be no (good and meaningful) gun safety laws without it.  Also, the House will they be open to it or shall it be ever thus for at least two more years?  Inquiring minds want the Great Kagro predictions along with Armando saying how many ways to Sunday you may be wrong...

    Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up...East Wing Rules

    by Pithy Cherub on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 09:59:29 AM PST

    •  Something will. (0+ / 0-)

      We just don't know what, yet. Or even when, really.

      The latest is that they might put things off until they return for real work on the 22nd. Which has the feel of saying that they're going to end up with some kind of small-bore compromise. Again.

      But these things take time. There's only been a concerted filibuster reform effort on for the last two Congresses right now. It took reformers decades of trying to get the cloture threshold down to 3/5 from 2/3. So in the grand scheme, it'd be extraordinarily fast to record a major victory in just a few years.

  •  Hamilton vs. Jefferson (0+ / 0-)

    The great divide when this country was new was about whether the common people could be trusted with power or whether an elite should guide them.

    Can the common people be trusted to know foundational firearms safety, such as assuming the every gun is loaded unless they personally have opened the action and checked the chamber visually and by touch, and have not put the gun down since doing so? The newspapers are full of evidence that they can't, but also report cases of men biting dogs.

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