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Monday, June 09, 2008

Boucher Is Part Of The Problem

A quote from our 9th District Congressman on why he participates - with gusto - in the shameful practice of earmarking:

"I frankly think the members of Congress are far better situated to understand the priorities of their districts."

So we end up spending federal transportation department money that could have gone toward repair of that bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed, killing seven people, instead on a horseback riding trail in Buchanan County, Rick? What exactly was it that you were better situated to understand about that particular embarrassment that the New York Times failed to grasp when it referred to your highway bill funding of a trail - for horses! - in a highway bill! - as your "brainchild"?

Better to understand what exactly? Let me shed some light on that which you and your pals in Washington "understand":

"An Obama Earmark Quid Pro Quo? "

"Coburn wants investigation of Young's dirty Coconut Road earmark"

"Hillary Clinton's Quid Pro Quo Mess over Earmark for Woodstock Museum"

"Public service or quid pro quo?"

"Landrieu accused of taking bribe; No donation-earmark quid pro quo, she says."

"Big donors get big earmarks"

"Watchdog alleges Louisiana Dem was bribed for earmark"

"Schumer, Clinton Earmark Funds For Contributors"

"Obama’s 2006 Earmarks & the Crown Family"

"One of Obama's Earmark Requests Was for the Hospital That Employs Michelle Obama"

"Special interests still hold sway in D.C."

"Congressional Earmarks and Corruption"

"Omaha Company's Windfall, Hiring of Lawmaker's Son Irks Senator"

"GOP Corruption Found in Financial Link to Contractor"

"Congressman's Favors for Friend Include Help in Secret Budget"

"Millions Of Your Tax Dollars Fund A Reading Program, But One Senator Gets A Big Profit"

Oh, and we end up with a $250 million dollar budget deficit in fiscal 2008.

Now, what was that bullshit about earmarks being a good thing, Congressman Boucher?

Warner Can Retire Now

What's noteworthy about this article in the Wall Street Journal - "Cap and Burn" - about the collapse of the Senate's global warming cap-and-trade bill (the one that Harry Reid said was linked to "the most critical issue of our time" just before he flushed it down the crapper) is that the Republican co-sponsor of the misguided and hopelessly flawed legislation never gets a mention.

A fitting end to John Warner's career.

What Have We Been Telling You For 20 Years?

Sooner or later those on the left - you know the ones, the guys who are absolutely certain that they are right and we are wrong - admit that they are wrong. In every instance. Always.

The latest:

Threat of world Aids pandemic among heterosexuals is over, report admits
By Jeremy Laurance, The Independent

A quarter of a century after the outbreak of Aids, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has accepted that the threat of a global heterosexual pandemic has disappeared.

In the first official admission that the universal prevention strategy promoted by the major Aids organisations may have been misdirected, Kevin de Cock, the head of the WHO's department of HIV/Aids said there will be no generalised epidemic of Aids in the heterosexual population outside Africa.

Dr De Cock, an epidemiologist who has spent much of his career leading the battle against the disease, said understanding of the threat posed by the virus had changed. Whereas once it was seen as a risk to populations everywhere, it was now recognised that, outside sub-Saharan Africa, it was confined to high-risk groups including men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, and sex workers and their clients. (link)
This is so aggravating. For decades now we've been making the point that one needn't fear getting AIDS if one didn't sleep around nor share needles with others. Liberals - and their willing accomplices in the media - pooh poohed the notion, trying to tell a gullible nation that "it can happen to anyone." Well, it can't. It never could. But the numbskulls wouldn't listen.

A pity.

So what will they be apologizing for next? That global warming nonsense. Then Iraq. Followed closely by an apology for thinking that there can be such a thing as quality, affordable health care for all.

If only they had the capacity to listen to their betters.

On The Media's Love Affair With Obama

Mark Steyn:

The short version of the Democratic Party primary campaign is that the media fell in love with Barack Obama but the Democratic electorate declined to.

"I felt this thrill going up my leg," said MSNBC's Chris Matthews after one of the senator's speeches. "I mean, I don't have that too often." Au contraire, Chris and the rest of the gang seem to be getting the old tingle up the thigh hairs on a nightly basis. If Obama is political Viagra, the media are at that stage in the ad where the announcer warns that, if leg tingles persist for more than six months, see your doctor.

Out there in the voting booths, however, Democrat legs stayed admirably unthrilled. The more the media told Hillary she was toast, and she should get the hell out of it and let Obama romp to victory, the more Democrats insisted on voting for her. The more the media insisted Barack was inevitable, the less inclined the voters were to get with the program. On the strength of Chris Matthews' vibrating calves, Sen. Obama raised a ton of money – over $300 million – and massively outspent Sen. Clinton, but he didn't really get any bang for his buck. In the end, he crawled over the finish line. The Obama Express came a-hurtlin' down the track at 2 miles an hour. (link)


"Obama The Humble Savior," The Orange County Register, June 7, 2008

My Kinda Woman

Badrose to MSNBC talking head Andrea Mitchell:

"Andrea probably best keep her bony ass out of the Bristol Mall."

Never known to mince words ...

The World According To Krugman

Conservatives like me who believe in smaller, more effective government are racists.

For the love of God.