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Senate Introduces New Parliamentary Rule

March 2, 2005

WASHINGTON DC (APUPI) Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) announced today that, as part of the ongoing modernization of Senate procedures, it will be instituting a new rule of debate, to be known as the Byrd Rule.

"Standards of debate have evolved rapidly in the Internet age, with the plethora of on-line discussion over the past couple decades," he explained. "On Usenet, there is a seemingly immutable law that any discussion that goes on sufficiently long will eventually introduce some reference or comparison to Adolf Hitler or his political party. Many newsgroups have an unwritten tradition that, at this point, the discussion can be considered to be over, with the person who made the introduction having lost the debate."

"Accordingly," he went on, "we are going to make such a rule explicit in the Senate, apply it retroactively to the recent peculiar remarks of the most distinguished and eloquent senior Senator from West Virginia, of whom my esteem is so high as to not be able to find the words to express it, and honor him in perpetuity by naming it after him."

It's believed to be the first time that this rule has been applied to a legislative body, though it has long been usefully applied in on-line discussion groups on topics as diverse as geology, meteorology, antique car collecting, and ferret breeding.

Not all were pleased with the new rule. Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) expressed great disappointment at the proposed change, and promised to filibuster against it.

"This is a destruction of the long Senatorial tradition of free expression, and give and take," he declared, angrily.

"The next thing you know, they'll be declaring the battle won when an aging and senile Senator rambles on about his little dog Billy. Put simply, it is a blatant attempt by these new Nazis, these little Goebbels, who have taken over our august body, to stifle debate," he proclaimed.

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Ole embarrasment was a 'Kleagle' or the Chief Legal Counsel for the Klan in WV.

Now he is just an old 'Kuzzard'.

I frequently drive past the hollow where he was born when I am working in the field. I sometimes drive up it and urinate.

Don't worry, I am saving some for Proxmire's grave when the old sumbitch croaks.

Anybody up for a road trip to Wisconsin sometine in the next few years? There will be lots of beer!

Posted by Mike Puckett at March 2, 2005 03:35 PM

"Put simply, it is a blatant attempt by these new Nazis, these little Goebbels, who have taken over our august body, to stifle debate," he proclaimed.

To bring his comment more in line with current Democratic thinking, perhaps Senator Reid should have said ". . ., these little Eichmanns, . . ."

Posted by Bruce Lagasse at March 2, 2005 07:58 PM

How is it that the ones who are constantly nibbling away at our freedoms, especially the 1st and 2nd Ammendments, and always in the name of protecting us from ourselves, are the ones playing the Nazi card?

Lets look at what the Nazis actually did. The first thing you do when you want to take over a country is, remove the guns. Then you remove free speech. (Guns were already being outlawed early in Hitlers reign, by the old Weimar Republic.) Then you build some national foundation/ideology and tell the people its the best for all. (Hitler used his racial superiority movement.) And you must have a scape goat to blame all the worlds ills upon. (Hitler used the Jews.) Then you use propoganda to rule the roost. We won't even go into how much and how long Hitler lied to the German people.

So how does this work here and now?

Guns? The Democrats have been after our guns for decades.

Free Speech? The Democrats use Political Correctness as an excuse to shut down any kind of political voice they don't want heard. Its best for all of us if we just "understand" the other guys around us. We can't point it out when someone of a racial group does something wrong, unless that group is WHITE, and CONSERVATIVE.

Scape Goat? By there own twisted rules they can't blame a "race" of people for any of our current ills. So the Democrats have used wealth as the bad guy. If you have money, you are wrong and evil. Unless you are RICH and LIBERAL and willing to say so. The solution, take MY wealth and give it to some POOR PEPOLE who I am somehow "keeping down". The Dems primarily use the Right to blame the worlds ills upon.

Propoganda/Lies? The CONSERVATIVES hold most of the wealth. Look up the tax records of the Senators and Congressmen now sitting. The ones who yell the loudest about the inequities of wealth, are the ricjest ones in power. How many times have Kennedy, Kerry, Gore etc. spoken about the poor, the homeless, the down trodden. And its always the fault of the "system", read that as CONSERVATIVES. The Dems tell us everyday its the Right that wants to starve old people and pollute the air children breath.

It all looks very familiar to me. I understand how the German people were coopted into this after WWI. They were poor and their countries economy was left in a shambles by the edicts of their surrender.

How the people in our country have been sold this bill of goods during the last 60 years is beyond me.

Posted by Steve at March 3, 2005 04:52 AM

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