November 8th, 2006


On Art, and Nursing, and the Price of a Cup of Coffee

I've about decided to blame all this on the Man With No Name, kenshusei. Yes, this is a gentle, friendly nudge here, and make no mistake it is friendly. I am rather amused to be able to claim that I know a Man With No Name. He wrote something yesterday about bereavement, which I didn't answer despite my extensive personal and professional experience in this area, partially because others already said much of what I'd say. And partially because, unless my professional judgement leads me to start pushing on the topic, I've come to the position that the best one may say to the bereaved is Silent Action.

What the Man With No Name did say got me to thinking, as it so often does, though not necessarily about bereavement. Unless one accepts that as being part of life. No, I got to thinking about the similarities and differences between two parts of Who I Am, and What I Do.

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So there. Oh, and here; here's a couple bucks. With all of that you can go buy a cup of coffee.

OK Then

Most of the brou-ha-ha is over. The Democrats now hold a controlling majority in the House. This means that the Chairs of the various Committees will be held by Democrats. It also means that day-to-day operations are more or less under Democrat control. OK.

The Senate is still a bit up in the air, but will essentially be a dead heat. Yah, the Democrats could claim '51' seats; but even given a Democratic victory in VA, the actual numbers are 49 Democrats, 49 Republicans, and 2 Independants. I'll stipulate (for arguement) that those 2 Independants 'vote Democrat' as is reported in the news media. It still remains, given Democratic victory in VA those are the numbers.

So what we have, folks, is indeed a functional stalemate. No overwhelming majority in either House, so no sure way to over-ride a Presidential Veto. Still and all, as I've seen mentioned elsewheres, this is all good. It's a step in a good direction, and you may have noticed I don't much talk politics here.

That being said, it appears my dogs, the Border Collie Bros, learned how to hire a lobbyist. That's right, I got a message today from the bordercolliebrs to go follow a scent in wedschilde's place... scroll down on that link above to catch the scent Houdini is talking about.

And just what did you have to do with this, wedschilde>
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