Take a deep breath. Breathe in....hold it.....exhale. Breathe in..... hold it....exhale. Ommmmmmmm.
It will all be ok.
Before we begin, lets take a minute to remember our colleague Sy Gaer. His birthday was November 7. Happy Birthday SY. Have one on us. For you newbies, go to the second floor, face the elevators, turn 180 degrees. Look up and read the wonderful words written by Judge Milt Hirsch.
So where are we today?
1. No marijuana in Florida (sorry Jeff Felier).
2. No civil courthouse. (Sorry Bertie).
3. Four more years of Rick Scott. Can't say Governor Scott has done a bad job on judicial appointments. He hasn't. He hasn't stuck to the playbook of always elevating a county Judge to give him a second appointment, and he has appointed many fair judges from both sides (prosecution and defense) of the aisle.
4. But no more federal judges. It's hard to think the Senate would appoint Judge Scalia today if Obama nominated him. Mark our words, the Senate is going to shut down the judicial appointment process. Beth Bloom and Darrin Gayles should close the door behind them, because they just made it.
So what do the Republicans intend to do? Easy: shut down the government, cut taxes, expect the CDC to cure Ebola (while shut down and bankrupt) and blame Obama if they don't. Seal the border from Ebola infected ISIS fighters streaming in from Mexico, pass numerous laws absolutely forbidding the use of Sharia law in US cases (because that happens all the time, right?), and blame the extremely slight, barely undetectable elevation of global temperatures on the increased use of lights at the White House during the current administration.
Abortions will be outlawed.
Homosexuals condemned and tarred and feathered.
The flag will be protected while stem cells (that could cure disease if the CDC was open and funded) will be outlawed.
Immigrants will be forced to wear a large yellow "I" and their attempts to attend school, go to the hospital, drive, eat and breathe will be criminalized.
Iraq will be invaded agains just because it's a good way to divert attention and get money into defense contractors, while grants to poor families and hungry children will be cut, because you get what you deserve damn-it.
Taxes for hard working Americans earning over a million dollars a year will be cut, because it takes a lot of work to earn that money, while taxes will be raised on single working mothers earning less than fifty-thousand dollars a year, because no one forced them to be single, a parent and poor.
And just because they can, that damned health care law will be repealed because it has wrecked the economy (not) and cost Americans jobs (double not).
Bridges and roads and infrastructure will be repaired through prayer, because taxes must be cut. And when tunnels collapse and bridges crumble, Obama will be blamed because it happened on his watch.
And most importantly, most critically, government will get the hell out of the way of Wall Street and the Koch Brothers, because that's all that matters. Regulations will be repealed. Clean coal (no such thing) will save the day, the pipeline from Canada will be built because global warming is a Chinese conspiracy to spread drugs, homosexuality, and godless communism in the free world.
And finally- we will stop listening to the so called experts and scientists on things like disease, global warming, science, health care, and ecology - because they are all in Putin's pocket- and get back to what made this country great: prayer and hard work and no taxes.
We are praying. That's for sure.
See you in court.
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