Archive for March, 2007

"This is outrageous"

March 31, 2007

Senator Joe Lieberman writes the Truth in an USA Today editorial:

“Two months ago, the Senate voted unanimously to confirm one of our most decorated generals, David Petraeus, to take command in Iraq. Gen. Petraeus promised a fundamental overhaul of U.S. strategy — with a new plan that would at last correct the many mistakes we have made in this long and difficult war.
Since taking command, Gen. Petraeus has been true to his word. The result? Sectarian violence is down in Baghdad. The radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has fled. The Mahdi Army, which terrorized Baghdad last year, appears to be splintering. And the Iraqi government — its spine stiffened thanks to our renewed support — is taking the critical steps for political reconciliation.
Amazingly, however, just at the moment things are at last beginning to look up in Iraq, a narrow majority in Congress has decided that it’s time to force our military to retreat. Rather than supporting Gen. Petraeus, they are threatening to strip him of the troops he says he needs and sabotage his strategy.
“This is outrageous. The deadline for retreat that Congress wants to impose is both arbitrary and inflexible. American troops would be forced to begin withdrawing regardless of conditions in Iraq, regardless of the recommendations of our military commanders and regardless of what impact a hasty retreat would have on America’s security and credibility — in short, regardless of reality.”

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More Moonbats spouting nonsense

March 31, 2007

By way of Screw Loose Change, comes Moonbats spouting FUD about the US Government, the UN & a Military takeover.
These people are complete out of touch with reality! If one thing is completely clear, it’s that the Bush 43 Administration is not all touchy feeling with the UN.

Reality vs. Rosie

March 31, 2007

As Bernard Goldberg so accurately described Rosie O’Donnells rant, “…the real danger is that they’re mainstreaming this hateful nonsense.”

The apolitical folks at Popular Mechanics inject reality into the bizarre, far left extremist rants of the Uber-Moonbat Rosie

HT to Doug Ross, who has a good summary:

In other words, there’s no credible evidence that the U.S. Government — which has proven itself incapable of fixing the Alternative Minimum Tax or illegal immigration — orchestrated a conspiracy of epic proportions. There’s a word for folks who believe in this stuff, but I’m not allowed to say it in mixed company.

And consider the fact that Rosie O’Donnell is offered a forum on a major network to excrete these despicable concepts. And that such a venue provides these outrageous blatherings with a tenuous currency.

Fox guarding the henhouse…democrat style!

March 30, 2007

It seems while far left extremist liberal democrat Diane Feinstein, Senator from California was micromanaging Defense projects assigned to her husband’s company, she was also a member of the Senate committee responsible for “ethics reform.”

How convenient!

HT to Ms. Malkin

democrat Culture of Corruption continues…

March 29, 2007

This time it’s HCI‘s own Senator Diane Feinstein, hard far left extremist liberal democrat from California.
The JawaReport had the following commentary:

According to MetroActive, she resigned quietly (where was the MSM?) in January from a Military Construction Appropriations committee over a conflict of interest involving her husband, tens of millions of dollars in defense and construction contracts, etc.

MetroActive speculates that the resignation was due to the impending release of a scathing expose (funded by The Nation) that threatened to blow the lid off the air-tight kettledrum of ethical problems

Here are the details from MetroActive:

SEN. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum’s ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein.

As MILCON leader, Feinstein relished the details of military construction, even micromanaging one project at the level of its sewer design. She regularly took junkets to military bases around the world to inspect construction projects, some of which were contracted to her husband’s companies, Perini Corp. and URS Corp.

Perhaps she resigned from MILCON because she could not take the heat generated by Metro’s expose of her ethics (which was partially funded by the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute). Or was her work on the subcommittee finished because Blum divested ownership of his military construction and advanced weapons manufacturing firms in late 2005?

The nice folk at the Jawa Report point out the reality of the matter:

This is genuine news. Political corruption on a scale as big as Duke Cunningham, and the mainstream press is worried about 8 US attorneys losing their jobs in a completely legal hard-ball political axing-session.

Votes for Sale!

March 29, 2007

democrat Votes for Sale!
KCCI-TV has the story.

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack gave Sen. Hillary Clinton his endorsement for her presidential campaign.

The Clinton campaign has promised Vilsack to help pay off a $400,000 campaign debt he built up during his run for the White House. . . .

HT to Best of the Web.

No surprise here…

March 29, 2007

democrats To Propose Largest Tax Hike In History.

Gee…democrats raising taxes. At least some things are consistent..

Robert Novak reports:

The new Democratic majority begins dancing the next phase of the tax-and-spend minuet in the House of Representatives today. Following the example set by their Senate brethren last Friday, House Democrats will adopt a budget resolution containing the largest tax increase in U.S. history amid massive national inattention.

It had been assumed that the new Democratic majority would end President Bush’s relief in capital gains, dividend and estate taxation. The simultaneous rollback of Bush-sponsored income tax cuts was a surprise. This reflects Democrats’ belief that they can survive a long-term commitment to bigger government. Here is an audacious effort to raise the banner of fiscal responsibility while increasing spending and taxes.

This Democratic strategy is encapsulated in what Harry Hopkins, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s main man, is alleged to have told a friend at New York’s Empire City race track in August 1938: “We will spend and spend, and tax and tax, and elect and elect.” While Hopkins denied ever saying those words, they represented successful Democratic government and political strategy for the next two decades.

Captain Ed continues:

…the nation gave the Democrats the majority in both chambers of Congress. What did we get? No decrease in federal spending; the Democrats want to grow the government by 2.4% each year, which would mean adding close to $100 billion in spending each year. In order to do that, they want to increase taxes across the board, choking off economic growth and making people even more dependent on the government.

By 2011, the added tax burden on every taxpayer would be over $1100 dollars. Twenty-six million small businesses would have to pay almost $4,000 in extra taxes. More than five million Americans whose incomes are too low to pay taxes now would have to start paying in 2011, making the Democratic plan more regressive than what it seeks to replace.

What has become of this noble dream?

March 28, 2007

That is the question Hillel Neuer, executive director of the UN Watch asks the “UN Human Rights Council”

What is particularly telling is the reaction of the Chairman of the Council when some one dares to Speak Truth To Power.

Meanwhile, in France…

March 28, 2007

Civilization continues its downward slide…

PARIS – Riot police firing tear gas and brandishing batons clashed Tuesday with bands of youths who shattered windows and looted shops at a major Paris train station, and officials said seven people were arrested.

Officers and police dogs charged at groups of marauding youths, some of them wearing hoods, who mingled with commuters and travelers at the Gare du Nord — one of Paris’ most important transport hubs.

Some of the youths threw trash cans and other objects at the officers, who responded by firing tear gas.

28 years of Dollar Coins

March 28, 2007

28 years of US Dollar Coins, obverse view.

Back in 1979, we got the Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coin.
Another legacy of the Carter Administration, a dollar that looks and feels like a quarter. Thanks Jimmy

In 2000, the Sacagawea Dollar Coin was released. This intelligent redesign kept the same size and weight (making it vending machine compatible with the Susie B.), but was made with a distinctive Golden color and removed the edge milling (making it feel different than a Quarter).

Now we have the first in the Presidential Series of US Dollar Coins, featuring the first US President, George Washington.