April 19, 2009
Quoth Plugs, "The surge has failed."
But, then, after he and Barack ended up winning the election?
Those troops showed admirable restraint in not laughing Pluggy Joe's dumb ass off of the stage.
April 17, 2009
Gee, the people who work for Geithner are pissed because if they screw up on accident they get fired with no chance of appeal while he screws up and he gets a Cabinet position. No one could see that coming!
Then there's this:
Gee, you think?
I think Prof. Reynolds hit the nail on the head, tell them taxes are for little people and they're the little people.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go back to figuring out exactly which FBI watch list all of we Morons are on. I'm holding out for the Bitter Clinger one.
When it comes to the $787 billion in federal stimulus money flowing from Washington to the states, it will cost money to spend money.
Nebraska's governor's office told lawmakers it expects to spend more than $1.2 million over two years to oversee disbursement of about $1.5 billion Nebraska stands to receive in federal stimulus funds.
Other states, including Colorado, are in similar straits. But Washington — at least for now — isn't handing out money for states to hire auditors and accountants, and the stimulus law requires stringent reporting from states to ensure transparency and curb abuses.
Georgetown University hid a religious inscription representing the name of Jesus during President Obama's address there Tuesday, FOXNews.com has confirmed, because White House staff asked the school to cover up all religious symbols and signs while the president was on stage.I'm not sure if this is because Obama might burst into flames from the proximity, or if his tongue-bathing fans might run, screaming, "My eyes!!!!1!" at the sight of viewing something religious. I'm disappointed that Georgetown gave in on this, and I'm hoping that Pope Benedict XVI gives both the university and whoever ends up being the next US ambassador* to the Vatican a good thwacking on the head with a scepter.
*I meant to write this up a few days ago - there was a news article announcing the Vatican had rejected Caroline Kennedy as an ambassador, but the Vatican has since made a statement that it wasn't true. Is anyone else looking forward to when the Pope meets Obama? I'm sure the Pope will be gracious, I'm not sure if Obama can restrain himself enough to keep from giving the Pope a sly middle finger. And I'm sure Obama won't be apologizing for America's arrogance.
How did Pluggy Joe and his wife fare in the generosity comparison? Um, not so well. But they can explain...
Today, the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden released their 2008 federal and state income tax returns. He and Dr. Biden filed their income tax returns jointly and reported an adjusted gross income of $269,256 and an after-tax income of $183,315. The family’s primary sources of income were salaries from the United States Senate, Widener University, Delaware Technical & Community College, as well as royalties from the audio rights to the Vice President’s book. The Bidens paid $46,952 in federal income taxes; $11,164 in Delaware state income taxes; and donated $1,885 to charity. The charitable donations claimed by the Bidens on their tax returns are not the sum of their annual contributions to charity. They donate to their church, and they contribute to their favorite causes with their time, as well as their checkbooks.Well, I guess paying taxes really is a super-patriotic thing, seeing as how they didn't claim any of their donations to their church or their time. Yeah.
Oh, and though I was told there would be no math on this blog, I divided the Bidens' adjusted gross income of $269,256 by the $1,885 they gave to charity (minus the unknown amount they donated in terms of their "time" and the church collection plate) and found a figure of...well, I haven't had to do much math since high school, but that looks like less than one percent to me.
But, then again, who needs to give to charities anymore? Big Daddy Barack is gonna provide everything from now on, right?
Well, lemme dust off the Obsecnity-o-Meter for this one:
April 16, 2009
SHARPTON: You can call me now at 1 877 532 5797, (to say) something about the so-called pirates. They call themselves voluntary Coast Guards in Somalia, which may be more apt. Ah, whatever your view.
"What we're looking for is some signal that there are going to be changes in how Cuba operates that assures that political prisoners are released, that people can speak their minds freely, that they can travel, that they can write and attend church and do the things that people throughout the hemisphere can do and take for granted," he said.Hmmmm...something tells me that even though Obama has made some recent overtures toward Cuba, they're not exactly clamoring to make those changes. What was that something? Oh, yeah. This.
Oh, and I loved this:
Though the U.S. image abroad may have suffered in recent years, "there's a reason why there are consistently so many immigrants to our country from Latin America," he said.Yes, because they're from third-world hellholes whose governments are more than happy to foist off their working poor on us, rather than developing decent economic policies. And why not?
Obama described himself as "a strong proponent of comprehensive immigration reform," and said he has met with the congressional Hispanic Caucus "to try to shape an agenda that can move through Congress."Yeah, that's just awesome. We are so fucked.
April 15, 2009
Maris said Part 1 deals with the history of Detroit and the auto industry, and what making cars meant to African Americans who came from the south for the city’s good pay and relative freedom.
Part 2 will discuss people who are taking the initiative to improve life in the city, including the Motor City Blight Busters in northwest Detroit, the venerable Capuchin Soup Kitchen on the east side and parents in southwest Detroit who have organized to get rid of stray dogs.
“People in Detroit seem very strong and resilient,” Maris said.
Part 3 will tell a more personal story, partly through Xanthopoulos’ photos. Xanthopoulos spent time in Detroit during the winter, exploring the city on foot and met, among other people, a homeless single mother. They will tell of her search for shelter, and they will also discuss their experience of coming face to face with a 9mm pistol.
The carjacking took place in the former Brewster Projects, near Ford Field. Xanthopoulos handed over the keys to two men, one who wore a ski mask. Xanthopoulos and Maris fled; the thieves did not attempt to steal the journalists’ recording equipment or expensive cameras. Maris said Detroit police responded promptly.
Maris, 50, the mother of two sons, said she will use the incident not to illustrate her bad luck, but to tell a bigger story, much as she did when she witnessed atrocities while reporting on the Liberian civil war in 1993.
April 14, 2009
April 13, 2009
But, it's nice to see Katie Couric wants to let Hope And Change get his. And a Learner's Permit to boot.
Politics is a rough and tumble sport. After all, then Senator Joe Biden called Mr. Cheney the worst vice president in history when he was out on the campaign trail.
These barbs sound more like the rhetoric of radio talk show hosts than elder statesman.
We should never shy away from insightful criticism. And in the white hot spotlight of the presidency a fair amount of back seat driving simply comes with the territory.
But it's fair to give the new kids on the block a chance to get their learner's permits first.
That's a page from my notebook.
I mean, if you consider that the NY Times is skulking around Juneau preparing what will undoubtedly be a hit piece on Gov. Palin, you would probably be safe to assume that he will dump his crush on McCain's daughter and become a fanboy of Bill Yardley.
The question asked by Mr. Yardley is very telling as to the intentions of his article. Do not be surprised if the article is similar to that of the anti-Palin piece that appeared in Conde Nast's Portfolio last month. The author of the Portfolio article went out of his way to quote Palin enemies such as Mike Hawker and Andrew Halcro.
A New York Times article centering on Palin's relationship with the legislature will likely be full of quotes from Palin's foes, who include: Jay Ramras, Mike Hawker, Beth Kerttula, Hollis French, Johnny Ellis and others. My prediction is that the article will paint Palin as the villian, while the legislature will be depicted as the victim. We have detailed how some in the Alaska Legislature have attacked Governor Palin for a variety of mundane reasons, including Ramras' recent questioning of Palin's choice for attorney general, Wayne Anthony Ross. Ramras was more focused on Governor Palin wearing an Arctic Cat jacket and potentially writing a book than he was on Ross' legal philosophy. The questioning eventually got so out of hand that Ramras was reminded by Rep. Lynn that this was Ross' confirmation, not Governor Palin's. Ramras has also questioned Palin's commitment to state government by sharing his concerns about a one day trip she will be taking during the last week of the legislative session. Ramras must have forgotten to mention the taxpayer junket he took part in to Washington D.C. that closed down the state capitol for a week. Rep. Les Gara also took part in the trip and was so excited at almost meeting the president that he detailed his experience in a letter. Hollis French was the ringleader of the "Tasergate" investigation, and he even went as far as promising an "October surprise." Looks to me as if the Alaska Democrats were playing politics on behalf of the national party. We've been detailing for weeks Beth Kerttula's involvement with the Juneau political machine. It was also rumored that Senate Majority leader Johnny Ellis bragged that he had an Obama campaign issued Blackberry phone during the presidential campaign.
April 11, 2009
April 10, 2009
April 09, 2009
President Obama is to give the commencement address May 13 at the university's Tempe campus. But he's not going to be given an honorary degree.
"It's our practice to recognize an individual for his body of work, somebody who's been in their position for a long time," Sharon Keeler, an ASU spokeswoman, told The Associated Press. "His body of work is yet to come. That's why we're not recognizing him with a degree at the beginning of his presidency."
In other words, he's, um, not very experienced. Heh.
Needless to say, this has all the right people, including the author of the article and this Huffyposter, chagrined. They both note that the University conferred honorary degrees on Barry Goldwater and Sandra Day O'Connor (the former after "only" eight years—more than a full term, I might add—in the Senate, the latter after "only" three years on the U.S. Supreme Court) without noting that both Goldwater and O'Connor were, uh, Arizonans.
If having hilarious tea bagging parties keeps you guys from shooting people up, then I heartily endorse them.
Hugs and kisses,
So. Not only is the light not as good, not only do they contain mercury, not only do you basically have to call a Hazmat team if you break one, the actual power usage is twice what is claimed. That's just spiffy. Good thing The Government isn't doing anything stupid like outlawing the incandescent bulb based on faulty information.
April 08, 2009
RHODES: They were – I don't know exactly what the plan was, I do now. I didn‘t that day. And all I know is that Ed got up and he made this big presentation. And then they looked at me and I thought was just there to have lunch. And I remember being terrific. I don't like public speaking, all that much. It‘s weird with people, you know, I'm so used to my little cubicle.
And so I remember, I didn't even get up to the front of the room, I was too scared. I was sitting next to Senator Durbin who's very funny. I mean he was – he had me entertained the whole lunch. On the other side of me, I won‘t say who it was, it wasn‘t a politician, there was a man who explaining my lunch to me, like oh you poor sweet little country mouse, you won‘t understand the fancy Washington food. This is squash.
LAMB: In the Senate?
RHODES: No. It wasn't a politician.LAMB: This is Mary Landrieu's house.RHODES: It was at her house. It wasn't a servant either. It was an invited guest. And he was saying OK, this is a squash, and in it is squash soup. And they just serve it in the squash. And I was like, I was so insulted, plus I was nervous. And then all of a sudden I hear my name, and applause, and I‘m like so I put my knee on my chair, and I just – I stood up and I was like I was shaking. I didn't even know what I was supposed to be talking about. And the next thing I know I hear 250, 350. I hear and I think they‘re giving dollars, a silent auction, a charity. You know, they‘re giving to rescue aid. It turns out it was 250,000, 350,000.
LAMB: So these are business people in the…
RHODES: What it was, it was the best donors that the Senate could find for me. And this is the way Washington operates, so they were being kind.
LAMB: Did you like that when you saw that all of that?
RHODES: I hated it. I actually got on the air, and said I feel like I just got off the Amistad. I feel like I‘ve just been on the slave auction block. Now I know what it feels like to be auctioned off.
LAMB: What were they going to do with the money?
RHODES: They were going to start a syndication for us. They were going to give us, you know, the money we needed to start it up.
Look, I am not naive. I know that somebody has to put up the money to get anything published or syndicated, and if those people are deluded private citizens, that's their right. But when a political party openly is funding or connected to the funding to get a show on the air, that's what gets dicey. And the fact that the left, who has accused the Republicans for years of fronting networks and personalities, is the one actually doing the paid fronting for on-air hosts.
April 07, 2009
Boy, we sure dodged a bullet with that uncultured rube from Alaska, didn't we?
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