Do-Nothing Congress?

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Picture This

The federally-funded National Portrait Gallery has been displaying images of an ant-covered Jesus and naked brothers kissing, sparking outrage from top Republicans.

Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor is calling for the exhibit to be pulled -- quote -- "this is an outrageous use of taxpayer money and an obvious attempt to offend Christians during the Christmas season." House Speaker-designate John Boehner called for the museum to "acknowledge the mistake and correct it."

The exhibit also depicts male genitals and Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts among other photos. The museum's co-curator told Cybercast News that the display is consistent with the gallery's mission to show diversity.

But this afternoon, the museum announced it has removed the four-minute video that included the ant-crucifix images saying it did not mean to offend.

Sign Language

New road signs could be coming to a street near you. ABC News reports the Federal Highway Administration is ordering all local governments to buy new signs. The safety-oriented mandate includes increasing the size of the letters by two inches and changing the text to mixed: upper and lower case.

It will cost Milwaukee nearly $2 million -- double the city's entire annual allotment for traffic control.

One study used to justify these changes was provided by the 3M company, which makes the reflective material now required on the signs.

Political Football

And finally, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opened Monday's Senate session with what he thought was a very important message.


SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID, D-NEV.: When you talk about top teams in college football since the start of the century, you have to talk about Boise State University.... I really felt that Nevada was going to win that game because the confidence the coach had and the confidence that great young quarterback had.


Mediaite noted the six-plus minute floor speech with a headline that read -- quote -- "Why Nothing Gets Done? Senator Harry Reid Tells a 5-Minute College Football Story on Senate Floor" going on to say "that's one way to spend a lame-duck session. Please note that they are starting 'morning business' around 2 p.m. That may be the best part."