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The Thursday wrap

Tribune-Review
| Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:00 p.m.

A Democratic Party that midterm-election voters decreed to be increasingly irrelevant just keeps shooting itself in the foot. Witness Tuesday’s Senate filibuster that not only again stalled consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline but also intensified the battle between environmentalists and unionists. And even though the GOP did not prevail, at least for now, the entertainment value of watching two reliably liberal acolytes beat each other up is priceless. … You know the state of “progressivism” (ne “liberalism”) is on the rocks when a quite liberal attorney decides to represent House Republicans in their lawsuit against President Obama for the unconstitutional implementation of ObamaCare. None other than Jonathan Turley has signed on to the effort. The George Washington University professor long has railed against the executive branch’s usurpation of congressional power. As Mr. Turley put it, “in the Madisonian system, it is as important how you do something as what you do.” Hear! Hear! … A British press account notes that former adult movie star Asia Lemmon (real name, Jessica Steinhauser) has, in Utah, become the fourth person in the United States to be allowed to have her driver’s license photo taken while wearing a colander on her head. Why? For religious reasons. Ms. Steinhauser, a self-described “Pastafarian,” claims to be a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Too bad DMV officials didn’t insist she first fill the colander with spaghetti, sauce and meatballs.

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