July 8th, 2012
06:19 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Lawmakers gone wild

In the U.S., there's a time on the political calendar pundits like to call "the silly season;" it's when the debate can get out of hand, and the weapons can come out, figuratively of course.  In some countries things get way out of hand, real weapons come out, and the only thing you can call is security.

Recently, a lawmaker in Jordan took such offense at accusations thrown at him by a rival, he threw his shoe, then pulled a gun, during a televised debate.  That's not the first time politicians have let the discourse turn from verbal blows, to physical ones.


Jordanian MP pulls his gun on TV

A current member of Jordan's parliament pulled a gun on a former member during a live televised discussion. The MP was upset by accusations of corruption.


Ukraine leaders brawl over language bill

Ukrainian lawmakers threw punches during a debate over making Russian the official second language. One ended up in the hospital.


Parliament gone wild

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Mary

    Where did the "Bull Moose Party" come from?

    July 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. salinesolution

    It takes two wings for a bird to fly, a right wing and a left wing. If both wings try to take control then the bird goes nowhere. if both wings work together then there's no limit on where we could go.

    July 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Perfectly stated! 🙂

      July 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Excellent analogy!

      July 8, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes Scott

      Well stated! The bird that best symbolizes our current Congress is the loon! (with apologies to the bird for insulting it!)

      July 9, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Brad


    The Bull Moose Party was named for Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, whom, after surviving an assassination attempt where he was shot in the chest near his heart on his way to giving a speech (the folded speech was in his breast pocket and saved his life, and he went on to give the speech before going to the hospital), he was described as being as strong as a bull moose.

    July 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gerry Hintlian

    II guess politicians are a step up from a used car salesman, but not a big step by any means!!!

    July 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bleak81

    what's ironic about the third video is that in spite of the childish behavior, Taiwan's government still manages to get a lot more done than our congress.

    July 8, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lady Vee

    Let's see... LoL!! (Tap'n toes, waiting)

    July 9, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. manyote

    Why do I have the feeling that this is in our future?

    July 9, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. question

    Where did Log Cabin republicans get their name. What does a brown log have to do with politics?

    July 9, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Highland

      The same place a donkey and an elephant come from. ?????

      July 9, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      LCR are a group of gay conservatives...and the implication of your second question is ugly.
      Is this ridiculous history Q and A over now?

      July 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rjp34652

    It has often been said that there are two things one ought witness being made; sausages & laws.

    but that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...

    July 9, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gambi

    Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

    "I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just
    pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more
    than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.
    Pass a law now!

    July 9, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Great quote...would love to see a law such as this implemented...but the guilty are the ones who would be voting on it...hardly good for their job security, lol!

      July 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. question

    You didn't answer the question. You simply acknowledged that it seems that there is a clog cabin thaat takes brown logs.
    They named themselves after Abe Lincolns cabin. (the ones who aren't ashamed of being gay like .those still in closets) And why don't the rest of US have a closet we can hide in if we want?

    July 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Answer

    What dif does it make? Who cares? Come out of the closet, then! What is your POINT? All you're doing is pointing out that the GOP was members who are gay...and proud of it! SOOOOOOOOOOOOO?????

    July 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |