Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Headlines - Wednesday

Everyone seems to be getting handouts but me.
People too rich to get farm subsidies are collecting payments anyway because of the Agriculture Department's lax oversight, government investigators say.

The founder of an insurance company collected more than $300,000 a year in farm subsidies from 2003 through 2006 despite exceeding a $2.5 million income eligibility limit. The part-owner of a professional sports franchise got more than $200,000 a year.

They were among 2,702 rich individuals who collected $49 million in farm subsidies over the four-year period in apparent violation of the income limit, according to the Government Accountability Office, the watchdog arm of Congress.
The Ministry of Truth is busy altering Iraq war history on White House website. 

Conservative Our Country PAC has put out a new TV ad, just in time for Thanksgiving, thanking Governor Sarah Palin for running for vice-president and representing their conservative point of view. Liberal version - which is not suitable for work:

A new report by the Commerce Department shows the economy is even worse than they thought!
I can't wait for the update the day after Obama is sworn in. It's gonna be a doozy.

"Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative  
exists constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil." Father Jay Scott Newman, a Catholic Priest in Carolina

I'm getting tired of these dorks who confuse their politics with "God's orders." Besides, the "plausible pro-life alternative" was a war-mongering old fool.

Does God not care about Muslim children having their arms & legs blown off? 
"Vote for Palin in 2012!"


Obama stalker keeps on stalking Link

You've got to hand it to Philip J. Berg: he doesn't give up easily. You might recall that Philadelphia attorney Berg tried, and failed, to halt the presidential election of Barack Obama on the grounds that he is not a 
native-born citizen. Game over, right? Wrong.

Berg filed a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in late October, asking that the highest court review the decision of the U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania. His writ, he says, requires Obama and the Democratic 
National Council to respond by December 1. Also, he has another arrow in his quiver. He's filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., under the False Claims Act, which is often used in Medicaid fraud. "I am basing this on the fact that as a U.S. senator (Obama) is collecting money illegally because he is not a citizen of this country," he says.

Hawaii's Sec of State has certified Obama's birth certificate as real.
How many times does a man have to prove where he was born?

And remember, it was illegal for two Texas oil men to run on the same ticket in 2000. But as always, the Democrats looked the other way when the Bush bastards ran afoul of the Constitution and allowed Cheney to pull that that I'm-really-from-Wyoming horseshit when he clearly lived and worked in Dallas. 


"I don't want to have to drive one of these little pea-brain cars that Obama thinks everybody ought to be in, nor do I want to drive one of these newfangled electric things. No, not in the land of the free and the home of the brave -- where we have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." - the vulgar Pigboy, willing to let thousands of soldiers die for more SUV's.


Citibank: Back for Seconds

People can go hungry, die in the streets, have no health care, and be thrown out of their homes by crooked lenders, and the Bush Administration sees no reason to intervene. It is "the Free Market" or "we're too broke" or even, as in one memorable speech everyone would like to forget, "We can't allow the government to insure children because that would endanger the health insurance companies' profits." But when a bank that has been buying acres of suspect mortgage loans and handing out $3000 pre-approved credit lines to dogs and 10-year-old boys finds itself in hot water, suddenly all Mr Bush's vaunted "Free Market/we can't afford it/it's socialism" is history and the Treasury doors are flung open.

Apparently, as a "compassionate conservative" Mr Bush's compassion only becomes energized when the rich start to whine. The rest of us would do him a favor if we would just go someplace invisible and die.

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Pardon me?

The presidential pardon has been a controversial matter since day one. Virginian George Mason would've been one of the signatories to the new constitution of the United States of America, but disagreed with basic ideas in the document - including the pardon - and refused to sign. On the power of the pardon, Mason worried that a president who had "secretly instigated to commit crimes" with others might use it to prevent "a discovery of his own guilt."

But it was Alexander Hamilton (my relative!) who prevailed in that debate. "The principal argument for reposing the power of pardoning in the chief magistrate is this: In seasons of insurrection or rebellion, there are often critical moments when a well-timed offer of pardon to the insurgents or rebels may restore the tranquillity of the commonwealth," he wrote in the Federalist Papers. Unfortunately, Hamilton only foresaw the presidency as a position held by "a single man of prudence and good sense."

Which recent resident of the White House doesn't that sound like to you? Mason's argument is starting to look better.

And speaking of pardons, The Decider just demonstrated his love of the environment by pardoning Leslie Owen Collier of Charleston, Mo., who pleaded guilty in 1995 to unlawfully killing three bald eagles in southeast Missouri. And another guy that was illegally dumping hazardous waste.

Awesome, Chimpy.


John Cole has a very good point:

Shouldn't they have to give me the 15 bucks back for checking my luggage, since they lost it? And why are they still charging me anyway, now that prices for fuel are back to normal and they are still running smaller jam packed planes with not so much as one empty seat and a skeleton crew of aggravated flight attendants? Bastards.

Crude oil has dropped to a few bucks over $50 a barrel.

The airlines' excuse for charging for checked bags was rising fuel prices. well, the prices ain't rising no more; in fact, they are dropping. and consumers are not so stupid as to not notice.


Leggy Reactionary Breaks Jaw While Skinning Mink with Her Bare Teeth

The New York Post reports the rather bizarre news that Ann Coulter has had her jaw wired shut: 


Results from the Republican economic policies continues to arrive and we're a nation of Katrina now. The compassionate conservatism was only compassion for the richest of the rich who still line up for handouts from their old friend Hank Paulson. If you don't happen to be in that elite club, it's nothing other than old fashioned, traditional, brutal conservatism that kicks you when you're down. Which is why food stamps are set to hit a new high: over 30 million.


The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Mormons around the country are now being forced to deal with the fall-out from their ill-fated decision to become hate's banker.  


A historical perspective on the mind-blowing use of your and my tax dollars in this bailout.


OMG, another leak: Barack Obama will keep Defense Secretary Robert Gates in that job - if only temporarily - and he has chosen a retired Marine general to be his national security adviser, officials said Tuesday.

And John Brennan won't be CIA Director of DNI. This is really exceptional news on multiple levels. 


Doing a Maliki, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called for a timetable to end the occupation of Afghanistan by Western forces or if not, said that the West must accept negotiations with the Taliban to end bloodshed there.

Spencer Ackerman has the essential analysis, as usual. Although he thinks that Karzai is indeed trying to box the US and its allies into accepting a negotiated settlement with the Taliban, Spencer also writes:

My first instinct is that this is a measure to shore up Karzai's waning support among war-weary Pashtuns. But could he really mean there ought to be a set date on ending the Afghanistan war? One thing that's been entirely missing from the policy debate on Afghanistan — in the U.S., in NATO, in Afghanistan — is that no one even pretends to think about how the war is supposed to end. No one knows the endgame, and no one even proposes endgames.


Iraq delays the vote on a proposed security agreement with the United States AGAIN.


4,207 soldiers killed in Iraq; 627 in Afghanistan.

Supporting the troops

In a little-noticed regulation change, the Pentagon's definition of combat-related disabilities is narrowed, costing some wounded veterans thousands of dollars in lost benefits.
If you are injured because you were blown up by an IED or you were hurt dodging mortar fire, you didn't suffer a "combat related" injury. Basically, you have to be shot in order for it to be "combat related" and they'll probably find a way to weasel out of that.
Grover ("I don't want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.") Norquist blames the economy on the fact that Democrats took control of Congress in 2006.
Here's GOP precinct delegate Randy Gray of Midland, Mich. dressed in his KKK robe protesting the election of Barack Obama:
GOP precinct delegate Randy Gray of Midland, Mich. (photo:
Obama is calling on banking executives to forgo their bonuses this year. "I think that if you are already worth tens of millions of dollars, and you are having to lay off workers, the least you can do is say, 'I'm willing to make some sacrifice as well," Obama said in an interview with ABC News that will air this evening.  
Wow. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Michael Mullen and his wife decided to forego their their holiday reception this year due to "trying financial times."

An online petition seeking to rally support for a presidential pardon for convicted Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA) has 13 signatures - after three years.


                         Displaced Congolese Woman Indifferent to Outcome
of Coleman/Franken Recount Process in Minnesota;
Claims She Has Never Heard of Nate Silver

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