There is an Indian restaurant in Ventura, California named Bollywood after the film capital of India located in Bombay, combined with Hollywood. Since Bombay is now named Mumbai, shouldn’t the Indian film industry be now referred to as Mollywood?
If you are a Republican lawmaker or a GOP talking head, the following is a list of key words to use as much as possible. The more of these words you can cram into your talking points, the better. You don’t need to make sense or tell the truth, just move your lips and make sounds. No one will notice that your thoughts are nonsense.
- Train wreck
- Founding fathers
- Union thugs
- Welfare cheats
- Job creators
- Fast and furious
- ABC Parrots Obama: Government Shutdown Would Cripple ‘Weak’ GOP for a ‘Generation’ (newsbusters.org)
- The Morning Plum: Republicans may need Nancy Pelosi to bail them out (washingtonpost.com)
- Dying California GOP: Pass Amnesty, It’s Our Only Hope! (pjmedia.com)
The US Senate requires reform; it does not represent the people of the US. I would prefer to reform the Senate by increasing the number of Senators so that half of them represent their states’ populations, but that would require a Constitutional amendment. We may be required to use the nuclear option, which is the elimination of the filibuster. However, there is another method of reform which retains the filibuster and does not require a Constitutional amendment, changing state boundaries.
The western interior of the US is overrepresented in the Senate, at least in the number of Senators representing very small populations. If we merged five pairs of two small states into one larger state, that would reduce the number of Senators from 100 to 90 and reduce votes needed for cloture from 60 to 54. Merging 10 states into 5 would have a small effect on the House of Representatives, but a much greater impact on the Senate. The same effect approximately could be achieved by splitting California into 5 or more states. Either option or a combination of both is possible under the Constitution as written, no amendment required.
This is my list of states to be merged with a possible name for the combined state:
Arizona and New Mexico into Alto Mexico or Upper Mexico
Nevada and Utah into Utada or Greater Deseret
Idaho and Montana into Idana or Blue Skies
Wyoming and Colorado into Coloradoming or Mountain
North Dakota and South Dakota into Dakota
- Reid issues more filibuster reform threats (dailykos.com)
- Maher Rants Against Constitution, Founders: Filibuster Is ‘Silent Coup,’ Tiny States Don’t Deserve Two Senators (mediaite.com)
I love California but a recent visit reminded of some of the things I don’t like, like all the signs that say no.
No roller blades
No left turns
Seems like the signs could be fewer and smaller if they just listed what is permitted, rather than what is prohibited.
Driving through LA yesterday, my car’s thermometer registered 85 degrees Fahrenheit. When I reached my destination in Ventura on the coast the temperature was 78 degrees F. In summer in California, the coast is usually cooler and inland is warmer. In winter, it is usually reversed with the coast warmer than the interior. 85 degrees is unusually warm for January. One week ago below freezing temperatures were threatening citrus crops as far south as San Diego. An erratic jet stream is blamed for the wild swings in temperature.
- Yup, it’s cold but it’ll ease this week (sfgate.com)