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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Ever Wonder Where Your Hard-Earned Money Goes?

I shouldn't find this so amusing. It is actually shameful. But we are so powerless to ever do anything about it, I just shake my head and laugh. That seething, angry kind of laugh. They say it's better to laugh than to lash out.

Citizens Against Government Waste provides awards, or "oinkers," to those projects on which the United States government is spending the tax dollars that I had intended to use for my grandchildrens' college education. They include:

· The Sapping the Taxpayers Award for $6.3 million for wood utilization research.

· The Halls of Shame Award for $1.4 million for various Halls of Fame, including: $75,000 for the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame and $70,000 for the Paper Industry Hall of Fame.

· The Goofy Earmark Award for $300,000 for Anaheim Resort Transit (read: Disneyland) bus and bus facilities in the district of Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).

· La Pork-a-Racha Award for $25,000 for the Clark County School District in Nevada for curriculum development to study mariachi music.

· The Up in Smoke Award for $23.8 million in High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program grants.

· The Fiscal Unfitness Award for $6.7 million in YMCA funding.

· The Hogzilla Award to Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) for his $646 million in pork for Alaska.

· The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Pork Award for $100,000 for the Tiger Woods Foundation.

· The Pirates on the Potomac Award for $2 million for the buyback of the USS Sequoia
Presidential Yacht.

· The Burrowing a Hole in our Wallets Award to Representative John Peterson (R-Pa.) for adding $100,000 for the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center Museum.

· The Pig Dig Award for $3.3 million for start-up operations at the Capitol Visitor Center.

· The Flipping the Byrd at the Taxpayer Award to Senator Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.) for his $399 million in pork for West Virginia.

· The Don’t Step in It Award for $1.7 million for the International Fertilizer Development Association.

· The Hog Heaven Award for $8.2 million for the Fort Lewis Army Chapel, which offers diverse services forChristians, Jews, Muslims, and even Wiccans. (

Drinking water in parts of Wise County, Virginia has human waste floating in it.

People here in Appalachia line up at pipes protruding from the side of cliffs to retrieve potable water in milk jugs.

Folks come from miles around to shovel sweet potatoes out of a nearby parking lot when a truck shows up and dumps the produce out for the impoverished American citizens living in the area.

Unemployment in Danville and Martinsville, Virginia is at depression levels as a result of the closing of too many textile plants to count.

At Christmastime, people came to the local church outreach program to pick up donated gifts so that their children would have gifts under the tree on Christmas morning.

And your government spends money on the above.

For the love of God.

Men Are Back

This is great news.

Hold the quiche: Manly men are back

Women want the "man" back in "manly," a Harris Interactive survey shows. The rough-and-ready attitude is in, women say, while the manicured "metrosexual" look is on the way out.

A full 61 percent of women surveyed said they would rather see a man's hands rough and working hard than well-manicured, a slap in the face to the extreme-makeover, suave-guy crowd.

Ninety-two percent of women said dependability is a desirable characteristic in an ideal mate. Only 16 percent chose "fashionable," and 62 percent chose "strong" as a desirable characteristic. (link)
I can't tell you how exciting this news is. I guess now I can quit telling women that I actually watch Oprah. And I need to go and find that fake chest hair that I used back in the disco days.

This is going to be great.

That's Not Good Enough

The Mexican government is trying to warn migrants heading toward the U.S. border that danger lurks ahead.

Mexican cops warn migrants at border

NACO, Ariz. -- Mexican police, humanitarian workers and military personnel are trying to dissuade migrants from illegally entering the United States until after a monthlong protest here against lax enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Mexicans are telling the prospective border crossers that Minuteman Project protesters will hurt them when they enter Arizona, and also are moving the migrants away from the zone being patrolled by the protesters. (link)
Could I make a suggestion? Perhaps the Mexican police, humanitarian workers and military personnel should devote themselves to creating conditions allowing for economic growth in their abysmally backward country, an effort that will result in increasing prosperity - and the chance for a bright future - for the poor miserable wretches that they are counseling on their way north. After all, the illegal immigrants are trying to escape the country, ya beanbrains.

Instead the government of Mexico hands the impoverished migrants a banana and a bottle of water, and gives them a pep talk before they begin their journey.

I would flee too.

Never Mind

I suggested the other day that it would be appropriate for all 44 Democrats in the United States senate to resign in order to ensure that the author of the infamous Terri Schiavo memo was properly punished.

Well, the author has come forward. And it's a Republican.

Sen. Martinez' Office Source of Schiavo Politics Memo

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Florida Republican Sen. Mel Martinez says an infamous unsigned memo passed around on Capitol Hill emphasizing the politics of the Terri Schiavo case originated in his office.

The memo - first reported by ABC News on March 18 and by The Washington Post and The Associated Press two days later - said the fight going on then over removing Schiavo's feeding tube "is a great political issue ... and a tough issue for Democrats."

This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue," said the memo, which was described at the
time as being circulated among Senate Republicans while legislation was being considered to place the Schiavo case under the jurisdiction of federal courts.
Martinez said in a written statement that he discovered Wednesday that the
memo had been written by an aide in his office.

"It is with profound disappointment and regret that I learned today that a senior member of my staff was unilaterally responsible for this document," Martinez said.
He said he accepted the resignation of the staffer who drafted and circulated the memo.

"This type of behavior and sentiment will not be tolerated in my office," he
said. (