Key Lime Pie, Congressional Investigations, and Memories
Last night, I made a key lime pie. The worst part of making a pie is the wait. So, we were able to enjoy it today. Next time, more graham cracker crust on the bottom.
My Country – How Congress Can Investigate
No one who has paid attention to the news in the past year can pretend to not understand the power that Congress has to investigate. On January 21, 1881, An Almanac of Liberty tells a Supreme Court decision regarding the story of a member of a real estate pool that refused to answer questions propounded by the committee. The Court ruled that “the investigation was ‘into the private affairs of individuals who hold no office under the government,’ as as respects which Congress could pass ‘no valid legislation.'” Outside of this ruling, the power of Congress to make investigations has seldom been curbed for absence of constitutional power.
Today, we have one main worry: Congress will not investigate due to partisanship. It will take a major event for today’s Congress to investigate anything the administration does. Similarly to Watergate, a massive movement will need to occur to bring anything that the current administration does to light. Partisanship is a nasty pill.
- Shocking that an insane campaign would lead to an insane administration. Of course, they won, so it probably means they will succeed at everything they want to do.
- You mean conservatives, especially religious conservatives, only really care about hatred? The shining city on the hill means some sort of laser designed to poison free-thinking people. You are welcome, Romania!
- “Maybe you’ll have another chance.” – flippant statements where thousands died. I’m wondering if he knew anyone who died there. As Friedersdorf wrote, “He could’ve talked about anything under the sun, and he chose to return to his inane, ignorant hobbyhorse about how we should steal Iraq’s oil—an agenda he perhaps doesn’t even intend to pursue, in which case America took the security and P.R. hit for naught.”
- Hope you didn’t expect any money to clean up any environmental disasters. $4 billion that go to jobs – gone.
- I’m trying to build traffic to this site.
- To build off of yesterday’s free trade bonanza, Vox published a long-form defense of NAFTA. Read this now! I also love the phrase “Second Gilded Age”.
- When you cut public funds, you get more problems: HIV, heroin, guns…
- Do they really care about budgets or deficit? I guess no.
- TPP will get done. Just not with us.
Who’s Not Allowed to Talk Today?
- Department of Agriculture – “Starting immediately and until further notice” the department’s main research division “will not release any public-facing documents,” according to an internal memo.
- EPA – “a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants.”
- National Park Service – “Please ensure all scheduled posts are deleted and automated cross-platform social media connections to your twitter accounts are severed.”
Daily Distraction – What the Key Lime Pie Photo Made Me Realize
Over the course of my life, I have spent a lot of time with my family. We visited my grandparents often, spent a lot of time with aunts and uncles, and played with our cousins on a regular basis to the point where we still get along fairly well. And all of that is captured by photographs that my Grandmother took. In today’s world, everything is a photograph. You don’t have to be selective regarding what photos you take. You can take six of a key lime pie to try to get the right angle. But the photos live on your phone; they live on a hard drive.
Twenty years from now, I wonder if people will look at these photos that they took. Outside of apps reminding us of the photos that we took seven years ago, will we be showing photo albums to our children the way that our parents and grandparents showed us? As we move to a digital world with way too much data and information, I worry that we will not have time to recollect and remember good memories because we always move forward and send things to the cloud.
I may not need to look back at the key lime pie photos, but there are many photos that I want to look back on fondly. Something special exists when you had only 24 shots to take before you needed to get them developed. And you create something very special in a photo album for the future to enjoy them.
One Sentence Story
I heard the soft sounds of a record as only a sprite could because the amplifier had no electricity.