Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) described working with Republicans as wrestling a “greasy little pig.”
In a speech opening up the Senate Tuesday morning, Reid described rural Nevada rodeos where organizers cover a piglet in grease and send children out to grab it. “The organizers get a little pig, piglet, and they cover this little animal with tons of grease. It’s a greasy little pig,” Reid said.”
“Pigs are a little slippery to begin with, but when you cover it in grease they are really slippery,” Reid explained, noting that it was “a painless ordeal for the pig but it’s a lot of fun.”
“Mr. President, the reason I mention this, ofttimes working with my Senate Republican colleagues reminds me of chasing one of these little pigs in a greased pig contest,” Reid continued. “Regardless of all of our efforts, any time we get close to making progress, it seems as though we watch it slip out of our hands, and the Republicans scamper away.”
Americans now are being blasted as “racist” for the simple act of waving an American flag.
It happened Monday in California to a small group of protesters who waved U.S. flags in front of a school where officials had banned the practice to avoid violence threatened by Hispanic students celebrating Cinco de Mayo.
The controversy developed in 2010, when school officials ordered students not to wear U.S. flag-themed shirts on the Mexican holiday. The ban has been upheld by a federal appeals court.
The controversy brought a small group of protesters out Monday, and the community reacted immediately.
“What’s wrong with these white people holding up American flags in Morgan hill??? Racist a–holes,” wrote Gia Lee in a feed monitored by Twitchy.
Since Governor Rick Perry signed a major anti-abortion law in 2013, half of the Lone Star State’s abortion clinics have permanently shut down. Although that law may eventually be ruled on by the Supreme Court, it has already had such a significant impact on Texas that the court’s final say likely won’t matter much.
In 2011, Texas was reportedly home to over 40 abortion clinics. Over the last three years, however, that number has been cut in half; there are now only 20 open, according to a report by the National Journal.
Mile for mile, there are almost as many earthquakes rattling Oklahoma as California this year. This major increase in seismic shaking led to a rare earthquake warning today (May 5) from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey.
In a joint statement, the agencies said the risk of a damaging earthquake — one larger than magnitude 5.0 — has significantly increased in central Oklahoma.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said House Republicans on Cinco de Mayo should be as courageous as the Mexican militia that defeated the French army in the Battle of Puebla to pass amnesty legislation.
Pelosi, who has said that passing amnesty legislation would be more important to her than becoming Speaker again, said “the time is now for comprehensive immigration reform” and for “House Republicans to emulate the bravery demonstrated in the Battle of Puebla, recognize the importance of immigrants and family unification, and give us a vote on a comprehensive bill that reforms our broken immigration system.”
Had you noticed we were enjoying a “Year of Action”? Are you enjoying it?
On Saturday President Obama enjoyed his 11th golf outing of the year before heading off to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Today the president meets with President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti and then hosts a Cinco de Mayo reception in the Rose Garden. Later this week, the President will attend four Democratic fundraisers in California.
But perhaps the clearest sign of the “Year of Action” is in the results.
Odessa’s Jews are prepared to evacuate should the violence in the western Ukrainian city get significantly worse, several community leaders told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
Odessa’s Jewish community numbers some 30,000, down from nearly 40 percent of the city’s population before the Holocaust.
Running street battles between pro-Russian and nationalist forces claimed dozens of lives in the Black Sea port this weekend, culminating in the burning of dozens of pro-Russian protesters in the city’s trade union building on Friday evening.