Big government is where nations go to die

January 31, 2009

Mark Steyn riffs on the stimulus bill as a STD:

The more interviews Speaker Pelosi gives explaining how vital the STD industry is to restarting the U.S. economy, the more I find myself hearing "syphilis" every time she says "stimulus." In late September, America was showing the first signs of "primary stimulus" – a few billion lesions popping up on the rarely glimpsed naughty bits of the economy: the subprime mortgage racket, the leverage kings. Now, the condition has metastasized in a mere four months into the advanced stages of "tertiary stimulus," with trillions of hideous, ever more inflamed pustules sprouting in every nook and cranny as the central nervous system of the body politic crumbles into total insanity – until it seems entirely normal for the second in line of presidential succession to be on TV gibbering away about how vital the federalization of condom distribution is to economic recovery.

Read the whole thing. Why can’t we have people like Steyn in the Senate, instead of hacks like Harry Reid (D-Stinky Tourists) and Barbara Boxer (D-Moron)? Praying

(hat tip: Blue Crab Boulevard)

 


Heckuva job, Nancy!

January 31, 2009

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, President Bush was roundly criticized for FEMA’s poor response and mocked when he defended FEMA head Michael Brown with the now infamous words, "Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job." Some of the criticism was surely justified, though I think a fair review shows the New Orleans and Louisiana state governments were far more incompetent.

Regardless, the inauguration of President Obama was supposed to bring a new age of competence to government. After all, Progressives are always more competent. Just ask them. Obama himself made Katrina and disaster response a featured part of his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. So, naturally, FEMA’s response to natural disasters should be far better under PBO and his new FEMA head, Nancy Ward, right?

Oh, yeah.

“In some parts of rural Kentucky, they’re getting water the old-fashioned way — with pails from a creek,” writes Associated Press reporter Bruce Schreiner. “There’s not room for one more sleeping bag on the shelter floor. The creative are flushing their toilets with melted snow.”

Schreiner continues:

  • Local officials were growing angry with what they said was a lack of help from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In Grayson County, about 80 miles southwest of Louisville, Emergency Management Director Randell Smith said the 25 National Guardsmen who have responded have no chain saws to clear fallen trees.
  • “We’ve got people out in some areas we haven’t even visited yet,” Smith said. “We don’t even know that they’re alive.”
  • Smith said FEMA has been a no-show so far.

I imagine we’ll be hearing pretty soon about how this is more complicated than people think, too.

Funny how that works, ain’t it? Raised Eyebrow

(hat tip: Infidels Are Cool via Twitter)

 


Saturday morning satire

January 31, 2009

NewsBusted, with Jodi Miller:

Hee hee

 


Tax-cheat watch

January 31, 2009

Following up on this post, it looks like tax-dodger former Senator (and current Barack Obama appointee) Tom Daschle forgot to pay other taxes, beside those he owed for the loan of a car and driver. Fancy that. NewsBusters, quoting ABC’s Jake Tapper, reports the following:

Mr. Daschle also didn’t report $83,333 in consulting income in 2007.

The Senate Finance Committee Report also notes that during the vetting process, President Obama’s Transition Team "identified certain donations that did not qualify as charitable deductions because they were not paid to qualifying organizations. Daschle adjusted his contribution deductions on his amended returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007 to remove these amounts and add additional contributions." This adjustment meant a reduction in the amount he contributed to charitable foundations of $14,963 from 2005 through 2007.

With the unreported income from the use of a car service in the amounts of $73,031 in 2005, $89,129 in 2006 and $93,096 in 2007; the unreported consulting income of $83,333 in 2007; and the adjusted reductions in charitable contributions, Daschle adds a total of $353,552 in additional income and reduced donations, meaning an additional tax payment of $128,203, in addition to $11,964 in interest.

On January 2 of this year, Daschle filed amended tax returns to pay the $140,167 in unpaid taxes.

The Finance Committee staff still is reviewing whether travel and entertainment services provided Tom and Linda Daschle by EduCap, Inc., Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation, Academy Achievement, and Loan to Learn should be reported as income. Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Daschle made use of the jet belonging to EduCap, a non-profit student loan organization.

(Emphasis added.)

That Rangel rule is looking better and better all the time.

 


It’s going to be a long four years

January 31, 2009

President Obama’s national penury and debt peonage stimulus package contains, among other fatty, juicy pieces of pork, the following:

• $83 billion in welfare payments (the earned income credit for people who don’t pay income tax)
• $81 billion for Medicaid
• $66 billion on "education", more than the entire Department of Education required just ten years ago
• $36 billion for expanded unemployment benefits
• $20 billion for food stamps
• $8 billion on "renewable energy" projects, which have a low or negative return
• $7 billion for "modernizing federal buildings and facilities"
• $6 billion on urban transit systems, dominated by unions and which, almost universally, lose money
• $2.4 billion for "carbon-capture demonstration projects"
• $2 billion for child-care subsidies
• $1 billion for Amtrak, the federal railroad that’s run in the red for 40 years
• $650 million for "digital TV conversion coupons" (on top of billions already spent)
• $600 million on new cars for government (added to the $3 billion already spent each year)
• $400 million for "global-warming research"
• $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts

So, at a time when we’re in a global war with mass-murdering jihadist Muslims and engaged on two major fronts (Iraq and Afghanistan), when we’re facing strategic challenges from Russia and China as well as possible regional security problems in Mexico and Venezuela, what does this trillion-dollar borrowing spree contain for our national security?

A ten-percent cut in defense spending. At wits end

Hey, I’m not saying there’s no waste or fat in defense spending. We all remember $640 toilet seats. But the Obama-Pelosi-Reid stimulus bill, which is supposed to cure the recession by spending our way out of it to create jobs, contains just twelve cents per dollar that’s spent on anything that could be arguably called "stimulating." Fully 88% of every dollar spent is wasted on a Democratic wish-list of pet projects. At $880 billion, just the waste in the Generational Theft Act of 2009 is 35% larger than the entire US defense budget, base and emergency spending combined. And, as Ed at Hot Air points out, this proposed cut will cost jobs.

Anyone else think this is nuts?  Silly

Of course, it’s not as if they didn’t tell us they were going to pay for the New New Deal by gutting defense spending. I think it’s safe to assume this is the first step in a return to the halcyon days of Jimmy Carter. Doh

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss:

barack obama capitol   Jimmy Carter

 

UPDATE: Not so fast.

 


Job requirement: tax cheat

January 31, 2009

What is it with Democrats and paying taxes? First, then-Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner was revealed to have failed to pay taxes on his income from the IMF, yet somehow remembered to claim reimbursement for those same taxes. This, by the way, is the man who now supervises the IRS.Raised Eyebrow

Now there’s another: HHS Secretary-designate Tom Daschle, former Democratic senator from South Dakota, forgot to pay taxes on a car and driver he had been loaned:

The Senate Finance committee will meet Monday to review the tax records of former Sen. Tom Daschle, President Obama’s nominee for secretary of health and human services who, according to sources, didn’t pay taxes on a car and driver he had been loaned.

A Democratic source told CNN that Daschle was loaned a car and driver by a wealthy friend and failed to disclose it on his income taxes, as he should have.

Daschle has since paid what he owed, the source said.

Oddly, Senator Daschle remembered to pay those taxes only after he had been nominated. Rolling Eyes

So, does it say somewhere in the Democratic version of Executive Branch job descriptions that employees must be tax dodgers? I’ve been a registered voter since 1976, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen an administration have so many key appointees under an ethical cloud so early into its term.

I hate to think what the next four years will reveal. Waiting

LINKS: Ed Morrissey also notes the number of former lobbyists who have been granted appointed by the Obama Administration and had to be granted waivers from the president’s own executive order barring lobbyists from government jobs. Tigerhawk doubts this was accidental and points out that Daschle signed his tax forms under penalty of perjury. Yuval Levin wonders if Daschle will slide through on senatorial courtesy. Blue Crab Boulevard calls this representation without taxation.

 


Job requirement: tax cheat

January 30, 2009

What is it with Democrats and paying taxes? First, then-Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner was revealed to have failed to pay taxes on his income from the IMF, yet somehow remembered to claim reimbursement for those same taxes. This, by the way, is the man who now supervises the IRS.Raised Eyebrow

Now there's another: HHS Secretary-designate Tom Daschle, former Democratic senator from South Dakota, forgot to pay taxes on a car and driver he had been loaned:

The Senate Finance committee will meet Monday to review the tax records of former Sen. Tom Daschle, President Obama's nominee for secretary of health and human services who, according to sources, didn't pay taxes on a car and driver he had been loaned.

A Democratic source told CNN that Daschle was loaned a car and driver by a wealthy friend and failed to disclose it on his income taxes, as he should have.

Daschle has since paid what he owed, the source said.

Oddly, Senator Daschle remembered to pay those taxes only after he had been nominated. Rolling Eyes

So, does it say somewhere in the Democratic version of Executive Branch job descriptions that employees must be tax dodgers? I've been a registered voter since 1976, and I don't think I've ever seen an administration have so many key appointees under an ethical cloud so early into its term.

I hate to think what the next four years will reveal. Waiting

LINKS: Ed Morrissey also notes the number of former lobbyists who have been granted appointed by the Obama Administration and had to be granted waivers from the president's own executive order barring lobbyists from government jobs. Tigerhawk doubts this was accidental and points out that Daschle signed his tax forms under penalty of perjury. Yuval Levin wonders if Daschle will slide through on senatorial courtesy.


He tried to tell him

January 30, 2009

You should have listened to Jack, Mr. President:

Hee hee

(h/t Right Wing Video)

 

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Say "thanks"

January 30, 2009

However History judges George W. Bush, he liberated two oppressed nations and kept us from being attacked again in the years since 9-11. That’s one Hell of an accomplishment. If you agree, here’s your chance to leave him a note of thanks.

(h/t Tigerhawk)

 

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Link fiesta: global warming and mocking the Goracle

January 29, 2009

Things have been really busy lately, so I haven’t had time to write about current events the way I’d like. And yet, I hate to pass up any chance to mock the pseudoscientific Cult of Anthropogenic Global Warming, so I’m posting this to provide you with some informative links — and your own chance to ridicule Al Gore, himself. Come on, you know you want to do it! Blasphemy can feel so good, especially when directed at gods (in their own minds). Let’s get started:

First, via Power Line, doesn’t this birdbrain know the Goracle has proclaimed the world shall get warmer? Pay no attention to the dropping temperatures, the science is settled. (More at Blue Crab Boulevard)

NASA scientist James Hansen has been one of the key voices in the scientific community arguing for the reality of Man-caused global warming. He’s also been a high-powered adviser to Al Gore himself. (Kind of like being a cardinal to the Pope, I guess.) He’s also an embarrassment, according to his former boss, Dr. John Theon. Theon also said, and I quote: climate models are useless. (More at Tigerhawk, Sister Toldjah, and Blue Crab Boulevard)

At The Strata-Sphere, AJ is aghast at the poor science and fudged* data, and takes note of a prominent left-liberal who thinks most of the environmentalist movement is a scam.

*(And that’s a polite word to use for it.)

Even on Capitol Hill and in the press, the Goracle is finding it harder and harder to get fawning worship respect: Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) called him desperate, while the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, who’s hardly been an enemy of the cult and its profit Prophet, is rolling his eyes. (via Power Line)

Finally, a bit of fun. Sister Toldjah has posted a photo from the Goracle’s recent visit to Washington and declared a caption contest.

Have at! Dancing

 


Oh, really…..

January 29, 2009

Muslims claim that Muhammad is the Perfect Man, a model for the rest of us to emulate.

I guess we'll have to ignore that part about him being a cross-dresser and having fantasies of making Mary, the Mother of Jesus, his wife.

Hey, don't take my word for it: it's in the hadiths.


Remember when Sarah Palin’s church burned?

January 29, 2009

It was attempted murder.

(hat tip: Jon Gabriel via Twitter)

 


Scary thought

January 29, 2009

President Obama thinks the only problem with FDR’s handling of the Great Depression is that he didn’t do enough stimulus spending. Yikes!

Um… Mr. President-Messiah, sir? Maybe you should watch this.

The real problem was that both Hoover and Roosevelt interfered too much.

 


A dark hour for Holland

January 29, 2009

The great Pat Condell on the Netherlands’ persecution of Geert Wilders and its submission to Islam:

One of his best. Go, Pat! Not worthy

 


So that’s how he’ll do it!

January 28, 2009

President Obama has a plan to get his perpetual debt national penury stimulus package through Congress: he’s going to get everyone drunk!

Meet the new Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees:

WC Fields   Dean Martin

 

They should get along fine with Chris Dodd.

Make mine a double. For the next four years. Party

UPDATE: Apparently the President and I have one thing in common: we both enjoy a good vodka martini. Make mine with Ketel One, very dry, two olives. Oh, and in these difficult economic times, I’m glad to see he showed his solidarity with struggling Americans by sticking to the cheap cuts of steak. Must have been leftovers from the $160,000,000 inauguration. Rolling Eyes

 


The British people would like their guns back, please

January 28, 2009

It’s not just about guns, but about individual liberty vs. dependence on the state.

(hat tip: Instapundit)

 


Death Society watch

January 27, 2009

This is how Palestinians in Gaza teach their children:

In one classroom Saturday, when UNRWA schools reopened, a Palestinian teacher was filmed asking children about their trauma during the war. The unidentified teacher then told the children that Palestinians have to "wage war against them (Israelis) until they leave their land," and asked her students, aged about 8, how they should react.

Two children in the class suggested hurling stones or rockets back at Israel. "Okay," the teacher said, apparently summing up her class’ position. "We throw rockets at them, we throw stones at them," she said.

Ging said such behavior is "completely unacceptable," and will be "dealt with in the most severest of fashions." He said the teacher would likely be removed once identified. Teachers have been fired from UNRWA in the past for incitement.

And note that the UN official said this "teacher" was only "likely" to be fired for encouraging children to place themselves in the line of fire. Gotta like that firm reaction. Raised Eyebrow

As the then-chief Islamic cleric of the Palestinian authority, Mufti Sheikh Ikrimeh Sabri, said in 2004:

"We tell them, in as much as you love life, the Muslim loves death and martyrdom. There is a great difference between he who loves the hereafter and he who loves this world. The Muslim loves death and [strives for] martyrdom."

And they pass this nihilist perversion on to their children. Palestinian society is sick, and in no way are they ready to join the community of nations. Not until Hamas and the jihadist ideology that fires it are broken.

(hat tip: LGF)

 


God has a sense of humor

January 27, 2009

The Gore Effect strikes again.

 


How celebrities can save the planet

January 27, 2009

Iowahawk has ten tips for the glitterati about things they can do to heal Mother Gaea. I think many should start with number five:

5. Don’t Reproduce. Many people are shocked when they learn that fewer than 25% of the Screen Actors Guild have been spayed or neutered. Sure, babies make great fashion accessories and it’s fun to give them awesome names, like Kumquat Wildebeest Paltrow and Toploader Enchilada Cage. But these miniature humans will eventually grow up and begin ravenously eating up the Earth’s depleted reserves of aux pairs and psychotherapists.

Hee hee

 


Global warming alert

January 26, 2009

It snowed in the United Arab Emirates for only the second time in recorded history. The locals don’t even have a word for it in their language!

It’s a good thing the Goracle is here to set us straight. I’d hate to have the inconvenient truth upset by inconvenient facts.

AlGore

(hat tip: Tigerhawk)