More Fuel In The Fire

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I inserted the above vid so you guys can remember Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).  She and Rep Charlie Rangel (D-NY) are the two latest poster-children of Democrat corruption in DC.  We’ve followed Rangel’s corruption lately, but Waters is next in line.

A second House Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, could face an ethics trial this fall, further complicating the election outlook for the party as it battles to retain its majority.People familiar with the investigation, who were not authorized to be quoted about charges before they are made public, say the allegations could be announced next week. The House ethics committee declined Friday to make any public statement on the matter.

Waters, 71, has been under investigation for a possible conflict of interest involving a bank that was seeking federal aid. Her husband owned stock in the bank and had served on its board……

Waters came under scrutiny after former Treasury Department officials said she helped arrange a meeting between regulators and executives at Boston-based OneUnited Bank without mentioning her husband’s financial ties to the institution.

Democrats mercilessly used US Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) and his scandal involving his pursuit of male Congressional pages as an issue in the 2006 Congressional elections.  Nevermind that Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) was chasing male aide ass.  That was glossed over, and he resigned.  Now Pelosi has Waters and Rangel. Nancy Pelosi swore that she would guide the most ethical congress in memory when she took over after those 2006 elections.  She was going to “drain the swamps.”  Yeah right!  There is so much ethically wrong about her boys and girls in Congress.  The question is – will the GOPers use this against her in the same manner that Foley was used against Republicans in 2006?

Congressional scandal has a major impact.  Rep. Dan Rostenkowsi (D-IL) and his bunch were riddled with scandal and were exposed.  That led to the 1994 GOP takeover in Congress.  Foley’s indiscretion coupled with Bush fatigue led to the Dem takeover in 2006.  Now we have the likes of Massa, Waters and Rangel (not to mention Sen. Roland Burris D-IL) on top of voter anger concerning Obama’s inept, criminal handling of this nation’s governance. This could be a tipping-point.

How Much Did Sarah Palin Spend on Per-Diem?

POLITICO

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spent $2,993 in taxpayer money on flowers between June and October. House Majority Whip James Clyburn has a thing for Chantilly Donuts, spending about $265 at the Virginia shop in the past quarter. And Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), a fiscal conservative, decided to give about $2,000 in unused office funds back to the government to help reduce the deficit…..

Pelosi, who has come under fire in the past for spending on flowers, also spent roughly $30,610 in food and beverage and about $2,740 on bottled water, contributing to the nearly $120,531 total from all congressional leadership accounts.

The Shoe is on The Other Foot

I had originally told Steve I was going to post about Carrie Prejean today, but I wanna save that for a vidblog. I have to do a quick post while I have time about a couple of things that are directly linked, both of which having to do with “enhanced interrogation techniques” and flip-flops. After agreeing to release photos taken of terror suspects being waterboarded during interrogation, Obama has now recanted on his promise. He’s suddenly decided that it would pose a grave threat to our troops to release the photos. I wonder if he thought about this BEFORE seeing them–or AFTER being warned by his military advisors that this was a no-no after all.

And Nasty Pelosi (er…ah…NANCY) suddenly decided a full week after her initial reaction to declare that the CIA lied to her about waterboarding. If you’ll recall, a week ago her spokesman reacted almost blankly to the CIA memos released that showed Pelosi was, in fact, informed in 2002 of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques, saying merely that Pelosi had a “different recollection.” It took a week to get pissed off and start banging fists on the table. I don’t know ’bout ya’ll, but if it had been me, and I really didn’t know about it, I’d have been adamant about being left out of the loop from the get-go. It took the Pelosi camp an entire week to get indignant, claiming that the CIA lied about telling her that they were using specific techniques during interrogation.

Bit of a delayed reaction, don’t you think?

Now, as for Barkey’s flip-flop on the photos, I’m not upset that they’re not being released. I didn’t think they should be in the first place, any more than I thought Cheney should be calling for the release of classified CIA documents about the attacks that we managed to thwart. The war on terror isn’t over by a longshot. There are still many in the extremist Muslim world calling for America to be destroyed. Those photos and the documents that accompany them should, at least for now, remain classified. This is what a complete lack of executive experience does to you–you start making promises that you either can’t or should never keep. I promise that’s a concept that Sarah Palin understands, because she does (contrary to popular belief) have the executive experience that Obama doesn’t. Even suggesting that the photos be released was a bad idea, because he’s whet the appetite of the anti-war crowd and now the ACLU is going to tie up precious court resources trying to force Obama to publish them.

And Nancy…oh, Nancy. All of a sudden, the entire CIA and most of Congress is lying. They’re all out to get her. It’s all the fault of that vast right-wing conspiracy, too. I find it interesting that now Harry Reid and other Democrats aren’t so interested in this “truth commission” that everyone was calling for about these enhanced interrogation techniques. They’re all backtracking. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, they can’t claim that they didn’t know anything. If they didn’t agree with it back then, they could have spoken up and stopped it. They didn’t because everyone wanted to avoid the next 9/11. But now that the next disaster has been averted, and we don’t have any concrete reason for the EIT’s (at least none that can be unclassified), everyone’s up in arms about waterboarding–and the Democrats are singing “plausible deniability” in their best operatic vibrato.

I seem to recall Democrats flaying Reagan for saying “I don’t recall.” The shoe is now on the other foot. I hope it blisters like hell.

The Ruling Class

I have to build on Philip’s post about the $410 billion porkulus spending bill. Obama, having sworn during the campaign to cut wasteful spending, has reneged on his vow to sign the bill in the quiet of night–where the public couldn’t see it. No cameras, no news about it. He’s just trying to downplay it by making the excuse that they absolutely HAVE to have a spending bill right now, this minute, or the lights go off in government buildings.

Horsehockey.

Obama just doesn’t want to ruffle the feathers of major political contributors right now. The problem, however, is that after more than doubling the national deficit, he’s not addressing the serious problem of spending money on things that we don’t need right now. We should be going in a more fiscally responsible direction. We should be putting non-essential projects on a back burner while we take care of the situation at hand. But Democrats (and Republicans alike in the case of earmarks) don’t know how to lay off the taxpayers’ buck.

Let’s talk about some of the more eggregious dipping being committed right now. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) has secured $125 million in earmarked funds. One out of every five dollars in the bill is going directly to the Kennedy legacy, including $5.8 million for the “Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate” and $22 million for upgrades at the JFK Memorial Library. This ranks right up there with people on welfare complaining that they need more food stamps while they buy new rims and loud stereos for their flashy cars.

Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY) doesn’t know how to cut back, either. While his personal net worth is around $1.2 million, he’s charging us upwards of $777 a month for a 17-foot, 300-horsepower Cadillac DeVille. He also–in direct violation of New York law–snapped up four rent-stabilized apartments that the owner gave him a 50% below-market discount for. He uses one of the apartments as an election office. According to Jason Mattera, the owner of the complex received permits to expand the complex in return. Rangel also shorted the Dominican Republic taxes on his half-a-million-dollar villa to the tune of about $75,000.

(And if anyone can help me find more information on the other 125 House Representatives who dip into the public coffers for their personal transportation, regardless of party affiliation, I’ll be happy to post it.)

Nancy Pelosi seems to think the Air Force is her personal escort service. She makes unreasonable demands for large, exorbitant aircraft to shuttle her, her co-workers and relatives all over the globe, even asking for one to take her husband on a trip that he was not authorized to go on. Department of Defense officials have been at a loss as to how to deal with Madame Speaker, as her demands have been draining and have included multiple last-minute cancels (which are costly). Staffers have harrassed DoD officials upon finding that specific aircraft would not be available at the Speaker’s request, and Pelosi had the temerity to request that a jet be repositioned for her personal use–something the DoD was completely unwilling to do and had to fight tooth and nail to avoid.

All this from a House Speaker insisting that we all do our part to reduce our so-called “carbon footprint.” Do as I say, not as I do.

In a day and age when we’re all tightening our belts and learning to save more than we spend, lawmakers are too busy making sure they get what they want (including their lavish lifestyles) at our expense. With unemployment skyrocketing, we cannot afford anything that isn’t necessary for the upkeep of our economy. Yet we have Congressmen travelling first class and living even better at no cost to themselves.

The ruling class owns us. And we’re happy to oblige.

Another Call For Action

Another week and another call.  Sorry folks.  Right now, I’m dedicated to keep the GOP honest and in line.

The Senate is prepared to consider the latest piece of spending garbage.

Senate Democrats are expected to win over just enough Republicans to move forward on a controversial $410 billion spending bill by the end of the night Tuesday. 

But it may come as no surprise that almost all of the Republican senators who are expected to support the bill or are considering supporting it have billions of dollars worth of earmarks in the package. 

The earmark-mania is not unique to either party — both Democrats and Republicans contributed to what Taxpayers for Common Sense estimates is 8,570 disclosed earmarks worth $7.7 billion in the bill that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. 

So, once again – we have GOP turncoats prepared to endorse this wasteful piece of legislation littered with nearly 9000 earmarks.  But don’t get ahead of me.  It’s not exactly the same three who supported the sham-of-a-stimulus bill that recently passed.  Yes, there is Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine.  There’s really nothing that can be done about her.  She is not philosophically a Republican and could care less about either the reprecussions of her votes or the concerns coming from the GOP grassroots.  I will point out, however, that Snowe has no earmarks.  Strange. The other two Senators, however, are suprising.  Quite frankly – I am extremely disappointed and somewhat disillusioned.

Senators Richard Shelby (Alabama) and Thad Cochran (Mississippi) are the latest Senate GOP members to break ranks and show their lack of fiscal discipline.  Both men are individuals that I previously held in high-regard.  So I’m not sure what to think here.  Shelby, in defense of his 64 earmarks, says that “any earmark you have, it ought to have merit, or we shouldn’t do it.”  OH REALLY, Senator Shelby?

Shelby’s earmarks span the gamut, from $800,000 for oyster rehabilitation at the University of South Alabama, to $380,000 to the city of Tarrant, Ala., for streetscaping and walkways. 

Yeah.  Ok. Cochran has 65 earmarks in the bill and apparently has decided to forgo common sense as well.  Then there are three other GOP Senators who, by virtue of their earmarks, are possible supporters of this bill.

Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., for instance, has $86 million in earmarks; Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has $74 million; and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., has $25 million.

There is little sense in taking on Specter again.  He went live on Hannity’s radio show before the vote on the “stimulus” bill and told Sean that supporting that bill was “better than doing nothing.”  Hannity and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum stuck out their necks as conservatives and supported Specter in his last GOP primary against ex-Rep. Pat Toomey.  Now as rumors swirl that Toomey will seek a rematch in the upcoming primary – things are different.  Hannity said today that he would endorse Toomey.  And Santorum refused to say he would not endorse Toomey.

And just to be fair, let me also call out sixteen House Republicans who joined hands with Nancy Pelosi in support of their version of the Omnibus bill.  They are as follows:

  • Mary Bono-Mack (CA)
  • Ginny Brown-Waite (FL)
  • Ahn Cao (LA)
  • Shelly Moore Capito (WV)
  • Michael Castle (DE)
  • Charles Dent (PA)
  • JoAnn Emerson (MO)
  • Jim Gerlach (IA)
  • Frank LoBiondo (NJ)
  • John McHugh (NY)
  • Candice Miller (MI)
  • Tim Murphy (PA)
  • David Reichert (WA)
  • Fred Upton (MI)
  • Ed Whitfield (KY)
  • Don Young (AK)

If anyone cares to contact these 20 principled House Republicans to “thank” them for their undying support of Nancy Pelosi’s agenda, you could send them an email.  Unfortunately, the house.gov website does not give you direct email links to House members.  You can write your own congressional representative if you enter your own zipcode.  Quaint.  Also be sure to contact Sens. Shelby and Cochran to let them know how you feel about their evident support of Harry’s version of the bill and the ridiculous earmarks.

Just a side note – 20 Dems opposed the HR1105 Omnibus Bill including, once again, Rep. Gene Taylor (MS).  Pelosi must have some disturbing pictures of Mr. Taylor.  He is more of a Republican that half of the House GOP.

UPDATE:  The vote passed the Senate 62-35.  The roll call hasn’t been posted yet.  I will post the name of the GOP traitors as soon as I have them.

It Wasn’t A Twist On Words…

During the Presidential campaign last year, a lot of people derided Sarah Palin for supposedly saying “I can see Russia from my house!” Trouble was, she didn’t say any such thing; Tina Fey did on Saturday Night Live:

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And when I pointed out Barack Obama claiming he’d visited 57 states, someone tried to claim it was a play on words.  They said he was making a reference to the primaries.  Here we have it, from the horse’s mouth, AFTER he thinks before speaking:

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We just elected this guy to be our President.  Obama and the Democrats are talking about universal government-run health care, such as they have in Japan, Canada, Great Britain and Spain.  Ask some of the people there what they think.  You have regular chances if you live up North–Canadians come into the US regularly for health care that they can’t get in their country’s universal health care system.  Need a transplant?  You’re screwed.  Just this week, a man on a bicycle was badly injured in an accident in Japan.  When paramedics arrived, they were able to stabilize him, but they spent an hour sitting at the scene trying to haggle with hospitals on who would take him.  Fourteen different hospitals turned them down, and by the time they got the victim to a hospital, he had deteriorated to the point that he couldn’t be resuscitated.  Is that the kind of situation we want here in America?

I also gotta ask, if paying taxes is so patriotic, then why are so many of Obama’s cabinet nominees being challenged on the basis that they were caught NOT paying their taxes?  First, Tom Daschle was nominated for secretary of health and human services, despite the fact that he’d accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from healthcare industry bigwigs who stand to profit from the right person in that position.  Then it comes out that he failed to pay taxes for a car and personal chauffeur that were donated to him by a political supporter.  THEN, when he came out and said, “sorry, it was a flub and I’ve paid it,” it comes out that there were MORE taxes he skipped out on, so to avoid any further microscoping of his finances he backed down from the nomination.  Tim Geithner, Obama’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, was so meticulous he “flubbed” to the tune of $43,000 on his self-employment taxes.  He finally coughed up about $25,000 of it after his nomination.  Where was the Republican party when he was being voted on?  Oh, yeah, they were drooling over him.  NOW, Nancy Killefer, Obama’s nominee for Chief Performance Officer, has withdrawn from her nomination after it’s been discovered that she had been slapped with a tax lien on her home for failure to pay taxes for unemployment compensation–for her maids.  I love elite Democrat patriotism.

And today, via Michelle Malkin, we have Nancy Pelosi, the beloved Democrat Speaker of the House, giving us the most depressing news ever:

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Wow.  Way to Know Your Power, Nancy.  Five hundred million jobs a month?  That comes out to six billion jobs lost annually.  Trouble is, there’s only two billion people in the United States–that includes the disabled and children who don’t work.  Oops.  They’re just numbers, right?

Don’t forget, according to Joe Biden, JOBS is a three-letter word.

The Language of Insanity

Here’s another one from the world of the absurd in Washington, DC. Apparently Nancy Pelosi and her cohorts have made a bargain with the House Hispanic Caucus (read – liberal Hispanic Democrats) that would kill a provision that would allow the Salvation Army to insist that its employees speak English.

It’s been less than a week since New York’s Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Eliot Spitzer had to climb down from their support of driver’s licenses for illegal aliens. Now House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has moved to kill an amendment that would protect employers from federal lawsuits for requiring their workers to speak English. Among the employers targeted by such lawsuits: the Salvation Army.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, a moderate Republican from Tennessee, is dumbstruck that legislation he views as simple common sense would be blocked. He noted that the full Senate passed his amendment to shield the Salvation Army by 75-19 last month, and the House followed suit with a 218-186 vote just this month. “I cannot imagine that the framers of the 1964 Civil Rights Act intended to say that it’s discrimination for a shoe shop owner to say to his or her employee, ‘I want you to be able to speak America’s common language on the job,’ ” he told the Senate last Thursday.

Seems pretty cut-and-dry.  Common-sense stuff, right?  Not if you are a Dem.  All hell broke loose, and the House Democrat leadership was forced to abdicate any support of the position after the Hispanic Caucus threatened one of their efforts to overtax Americans.  Amazing!

After testy negotiations, the Hispanic Caucus finally agreed to let the tax bill proceed after extracting a promise from Ms. Pelosi that the House will not vote on the bill funding the Justice and Commerce Departments unless the English-only protection language is dropped. “There ain’t going to be a bill” with the Alexander language, Mr. Baca has told reporters.

Don’t bother telling Mr. Baca that “ain’t” isn’t proper grammar.  Hell, he doesn’t even care if a company wants its employees to speak the English language.  Grammar be damned!  Basically it’s insanity like this that gives me hope that the GOP may actually be back in 2008.

Repulsive!

I just found this statement by Nancy Pelosi to be ironic and repulsive. 

 “First of all, I pray for President Bush all the time, and I pray especially hard that he would sign the children’s health bill because it’s so important for America’s children,” she said on Fox News Sunday. “I pray that he makes the right decisions for the American people.”

But she added she doesn’t pray specifically “for a political outcome.”

“We just pray that God’s will be done. We pray for the children, we pray for poor people, we pray for people who need help,” she said. “And we always, always, always pray for our men and women in uniform who make our freedom to pray possible.”

Nancy Pelosi prays for President Bush?  Priceless.  But read further.  She prays for Bush to approve the Dem version of the SCHIP legislation (or their bloating of the program) – a legislative boondoggle that would extend health insurance to kids even if their parents make up to $80K a year.  I could go on about the fact that this extension of SCHIP would cause people to drop private insurance for their kids even if they could afford it.  I could also note that SCHIP is meant to apply for kids who are in a marginal sector of society – their parents make just enough to be above poverty but not enough to afford decent health insurance coverage. We could have SCHIP as it is meant to be, but the Dems are determined to overextend the program at your expense. I could go on and on about the Dem attempts to extend SCHIP.

But I won’t.  This post is not about SCHIP.  This post is about someone as vile as Nancy Pelosi having the audacity to say that she prays for our President.  She doesn’t pray for W.  She has done everything in her power to tear the man down.  She could care less about him or his governance.  She is only focused on herself, her party and her base.

I could go on and on from here – and I will.  Nancy Pelosi and her minions have no reverance for religion in politics.  For her to imply otherwise if the height of hypocrisy.  Her use of this religious metaphor is sacreligious and abhorrent.  I can honestly say that I have never been so offended.

Pelosi makes this out to be about the kids as if GW is a child hater.  WRONG!!!  For the first time in awhile, George has finally stood up to wasteful spending and an overextension of a government program that uses taxpayer dollars.  Good for him!  It sux for us that he waited until now and with this program to display some fiscal cajones.

And what is this bullshit about the troops?  That makes me madder than hell.  Ms. Pelosi, you and your party have done everything in your power to destroy the morale of our troops.  You shouldn’t pray for our troops.  Our troops should pray for you.  They should pray that you stop denigrating their mission and contributing to their loss of morale.  They should pray that you and yours don’t stop funding their valiant efforts and deny them the body armour, weapons and resources that they need to protect your asses from another 9/11.

Ms. Pelosi – stop pretending that you give a damn or that you pray for anyone. Your patronizing use of religion to make a political statement is pathetic.  If you do happen by a place of worship, stop by and pray for your own soul and those of your cohorts who are determined to run this nation into the ground.  Pray hard and pray often.

I, for one, will pray that God have mercy on your souls. Lay off the religious imagery, Nancy.

To Liberals, 9/11 Victims Are Just as Dispensable as Cindy Sheehan

The funny blog, News Hounds wrote a whine-fest in response to Ward Churchill for finally getting his ass sacked and decided to draw a parallel between Ann Coulter and Ward Churchill.

Let me make the distinction for them — Ward Churchill actually INSULTED 9/11 victims as a whole.  Ann Coulter on the other hand spotlighted FOUR WOMEN from New Jersey who were using their husbands’ deaths to get rich and promote the same half-baked liberal ideology that someone like Churchill promotes.

News Hounds (We Watch Fox, So you Don’t Have To Because MSNBC is Boring), in their article draw the real parallel for what is acceptable to liberals.  You ready?  Whichever one is promoting their insane agenda is the one they are sticking up for. 

Liberals once again make me sick to the point of upchuck with their phony compassion for the troops, for 9/11 widows, and for Cindy Sheehan.

It’s no secret that when Cindy Sheehan was running around as the anti-war spokesperson, the left gave up on reasoned debate immediately and latched onto Sheehan as their terrority (just like they claim possession of the blacks and the gays).  Once Sheehan started to hold Democrats responsible as well, suddenly the left-wing blogs wanted nothing to do with her, even going so far as calling her an “attention whore” and threatening to remove her from their blogs if indeed she chose to run against Nancy Pelosi.

Liberals really are stupid and inconsistent in times like this.  See, we Republicans have always been happy to call the Jersey Girls “harpies,”  we have always been happy to call Sheehan an “attention whore.”  Our positions have never changed unlike those of the Democrats that shift weekly based upon who the victim is and what political position of the left’s can be supported by exploiting their pain.  It’s sick, like making a deal with Satan.

When Coulter factually points out how four women from New Jersey are harpies, liberals are outraged, not because they care about the Jersey Girls, but because Coulter just happens to be on the right side of the political debate.  When Churchill actually insults ALL 9/11 victims and blames 9/11 on his own country, it’s free speech and supported by the Constitution.

Laughable to say the least.  Churchill was fired because he was uninspiring, a plagiarist, a phony, and another “attention whore” used by the left long enough to promote their idiocy. 

Comparing this burnout to someone as intelligent as Ann Coulter is hilarious in and of itself.  But what’s even funnier is how apparent it is that Churchill and his attorney have now sold their souls to the left.  

My advice to him based on what happened to Cindy Sheehan: NEVER TURN ON THEM, WARD.