It was a touching announcement. It was full of dignity. It was full of memory. It was disgusting. We’re talking about Charlie Rangel’s conviction today.
Whatever Rangel did or did not do is almost beside the point. The point is that his trail was held yesterday and his conviction announced today – all after the November elections. Whether Rangel would have been re-elected or not is irrelevant. The voters had a right to know before the elections – in Rangel’s district and in every other district and state.
If anyone wants to know why the American people are so angry, if anyone wants to know where Tea Party activists and the Left and the Right should come together, it is on this. Why is it that the majority in the House of Representatives thought more of themselves than the people they are supposed to represent?
The House of Representatives majority party cared more about their own fate than providing a full accounting to the people who voted in November. The People’s House acted more like a Royalist party than the democratic institution it is supposed to be. And we are sure that if the Republicans were the majority party they likely would have done the same.
I like Charlie Rangel. He was found guilty of misconduct by a House panel. He states he is innocent. The full House now hears the charges (I think tomorrow) and works on a punishment. While I like Rangel, I happen to agree that the results should have been determined some time ago. I can understand not wanting to release results a week or two ahead of elections because that would be harmful (to anyone, I believe the full House vote is the determing one -- by what punishment they impose, they should be sending a message as to how much faith they have in the charges against Charlie Rangel). But the American people didn't bring these charges, the House did. Once they decided to bring charges, it was incumbent upon them to get this out and get it aired well before the election.
Okay, TV time. First, CBS is screwing over actresses yet again. They're set to cancel Medium. Because having two dramas starring women is one to many for CBS. They can have hundreds and hundreds of men but two women? Ooooh, scary. You can sign this petition to try to save the show.
Now for Desperate Housewives on ABC Sunday nights. Vanessa Williams' character is Renee. See, I'm learning.
Okay, Hulu had a thing for the episode -- caption -- where it hinted that Renee and Tom were flirting or something. Tom is married to Lynette.
I watched the episode and saw nothing suggesting that.
Lynette said some nice things about Tom to Tom but she wasn't flirting with him. We've seen her flirt (with Brian Austin Green) and what she did wasn't flirting.
Lynette's getting on my nerves. It would take her two seconds to tell Susan (Terri Hatcher), "Hey, be a partner with us in the design firm." Instead, she only offers Susan work as a nanny, repeatedly tells Susan it has to be done her way and that she (Lynette's) the boss an dthen she repeatedly wants to pretend like, "Oh, Susan, I'm sorry and don't know why you don't feel my equal." It's really rude.
If you're new to my site. I relocated to California sometime ago due to a work promotion. I was nervous about coming out here and C.I. opened her home to me and my kids. I've stated many times since that I can get a place of my own and C.I. insists that I stay unless I just need more space. (C.I.'s home is HUGE.) So I know what it's like to have a friend help you out in a big way. But C.I.'s not like Lynette. She never brings things up -- let alone, the way Lynette does, over and over and over.
I know Susan doesn't feel she can quit (her family needs money) but I do think Lynette's taking advantage of her and, honestly, if Renee does go for sad sack Tom, good. Let Lynette suffer. She deserves to.
Good Lord. So she and Carlos are having their birth daughter and their birth daughter's family over. (If you missed it, first episode this season, Carlos learned that there was a chance that Juanita wasn't his and Gabby's daughter, that their baby was switched with another one -- that turned out to be true. Or at least everyone assumes it is. I'm not sure that Juanita isn't Gabby's, by the way.) So Carlos has done all the cooking and it was Gabby's job to get the pies. (She gave herself the job of making margaritas.) So she's already drinking and the other couple is there when Carlos asks where are the pies?
Turns out she forgot. She says she has leftover Halloween candy. And pudding! Everyone likes pudding! Carlos is not impressed. He tells her to go get the pies. She states that she's already been drinking so she can't.
The other man tells her he'll take her in his pickup. The bakery's closing and there's a traffic jam. Gabby insists he drive on the shoulder. He does . . . right past the police. They're pulled over. She's asking the police for an escort to the bakery so they can get the pies. They're asking the man for his driver's license. He doesn't have one. They're asking him if he's a citizen. He's not. He's carted off in handcuffs.
Gabby drives his pickup (standard) back to her house and reworks the story so that she told the man not to drive on the shoulder. The woman says she and Grace (who is supposed to be Gabby and Carlos' natural daughter) have to leave and go back to Mexico.
Wrapping this up quickly, Gabby pretends worry about the woman and Grace but she's all eager to keep Grace and dropping hints of that to Grace. You get the feeling that Gabby's next going to call the police and report the woman's in her house.
I don't know how we're supposed to enjoy this. Or maybe we're supposed to sympathize with Carlos. Who knows?
Bree and Brian Austin Green. His mother apologized to Bree and told Bree about all the marital problems she was having. Then, at Thanksgiving dinner, the mother announces she wants a divorce. Brian had a ring and the implication was that it was an engagement ring and he planned to propose to Bree but that spoiled everything. On top of that, after they split, the father (John Schnieder) appeared to make a pass at Bree while he was staying with his son.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):