I didn't really have anything new to talk about, I was just kinda tired of seeing my mug up at the top of the page.
I saw a report a few days ago that has bugged the hell out of me ever since. It was Speaker of The House Dennis Hastert giving a quick rundown on how many days Congress is in session now as compared to 30 years ago. I tracked this down...

Congress 1969-1999
Days in Session
108th (2003-05) 243
107th (2001-03) 265
106th (1999-01) 274
105th (1997-98) 251
104th (1995-96) 290
103rd (1993-94) 265
102nd (1991-92) 277
101st (1989-90) 281
100th (1987-88) 298
99th (1985-86) 281
98th (1983-84) 266
97th (1981-82) 303
96th (1979-80) 326
95th (1977-78) 323
94th (1975-76) 311
93rd (1973-74) 334
92nd (1971-72) 298
91st (1969-70) 350
This is how many days The House meets per Congress. That's every two years. So you can divide the number in half more or less to see how many days your paid representative actually worked per year. Nice huh? See how that number is steadily declining? Hastert described how The Speaker of The House is under tremendous pressure from the various state Reps to not have votes (or important debates) on Fridays or Mondays since everyone wants their 4 day weekend.
It's been some 20 years since the minumum wage was increased but every Congress manages a pay raise for itself.
And get this! Years ago a congressman had the bright idea that it looked bad when they voted to give themselves a pay raise so they passed a bill that changed the way they vote for that. A non-vote counts as a vote for the raise. That way, everyone can be absent for that vote (and they always are!) and unless 51% of the Reps are present to vote 'no' then the pay riase is passed and it doesn't look bad on anyone's record.
Nice huh?
Just thought you'ld like to know.