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The B.O. Republicans who voted for Geithner

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Michelle Malkin provides us with this list of Republican senators who voted FOR Timothy Franz (call me Tim) Geithner.

Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Ensign (R-NV)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Voinovich (R-OH)

We’re not surprised that Robert Phillips (call me Bob) Corker, Jr. voted for Geithner.  He has proven to be less interested in doing what Tennesseans hired him to do, represent us in congress, and more inclined to do what is best for Bob.

Another Republican from Tennessee recently did the same thing.  David Davis was elected to the House of Representatives in 2006 and was defeated in the 2008 primary.

Given the strong showing by Democrat Harold Ford in the last senate class I election (Corker only won by 2.7%, compared to a 33% margin of victory for Lamar Alexander in the 2008 election), it is logical to assume that Corker is playing politics to win support from those Ford voters; However, by doing so he is disenchanting conservative voters in Tennessee.

Had Corker and his ilk been willing to stand up for what’s right, we wouldn’t now have a Treasury Secretary who likes to cheat on paying his taxes.

Given that Corker likes to cheat on his business conflicts of interest, he may have made a deal with Geithner to get in on the action.

UPDATE: When The Student Is The Teacher

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Mad Dog clued us in to an update on the previous post.  The coach of the team that beat their opponents 100-0 has been fired.

Recap:  “On its Web site last week, Covenant, a private Christian school, posted a statement regretting the outcome of its Jan. 13 shutout win over Dallas Academy. “It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christlike and honorable approach to competition,” said the statement, signed by Queal and board chair Todd Doshier.”

That statement was made after The Covenant School girls’ basketball coach ran up the score on the woefully unmatched Dallas Academy.

Coach Micah Grimes, in response to his school’s statement, is quoted as saying: “In response to the statement posted on The Covenant School Web site, I do not agree with the apology or the notion that the Covenant School girls basketball team should feel embarrassed or ashamed.  We played the game as it was meant to be played. My values and my beliefs would not allow me to run up the score on any opponent, and it will not allow me to apologize for a wide-margin victory when my girls played with honor and integrity.”

Given Micah Grimes uncanny ability to justify slime, he will be immediately hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs.  He is widely believed to be the heir apparent to Everett (call me Ev) Chasen of the now infamous “Shhh…” emails.

Story is here at the Dallas Morning News.

When The Student Is The Teacher

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Caught a snippet on ESPN this morning about a girls high school basketball game that ended with the score 100 to 0.  True story.  The final score was 100 to 0.

The Sporting News has a story online:  “High school wants to forfeit 100-0 girls hoops victory”.  The winning team, The Covenant School, wants to forfeit the game because, according to principal Kyle Queal: “It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened, a victory without honor is a great loss.”

We agree with Queal.  His entire school should be racked with shame.  In an interesting twist, one of the students from the losing team, Freshman Shelby Hyatt, said about her teams effort to keep playing against the odds: “Even if you are losing, you might as well keep playing. Keep trying, and it’s going to be OK.”

The coach from the winning team, Micah Grimes, had no comment.

So today we are proud to call Shelby Hyatt and her teammates Heroes,  and assign Micah Grimes and her lot the title of Villians.  We would also like to remind Kyle Queal, and the rest of The Covenant School, that some sins are unforgivable.

Civil Defense Corps

Friday, November 14th, 2008

He Who Must Not Be Named has made it clear, as has his Chief of Staff, Peter Pettigrew, that there will be a Civil Defense Force and will include conscripted service for all residents 18-25 years old.  Here is a glimpse if what that Civil Defense Force will look like.

Is This Same Thing Happening To Your Grade School Student?

Friday, November 7th, 2008

This video shows a grade school teacher, Diantha Harris, bullying a student who said she supported The McCain.

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Which Obama Supporters Are Guilty? (Ohio Democrats Delivering the State to Obama)

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

*Edited on 28/10/08 to add that at least one Obama supporter is guilty.  The Ohio Director of Child Support Enforcement, Helen Jones-Kelley, a Democrat who has maxed out ($2,300.00) in contributions to Obama, authorized her department to use their computers to dig up dirt on Joe Wurzelbacher.  Story here.*

An article from The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reports that an investigation is underway over illelgal access to government computers looking for information on Joe Wurzelbacher.  They will no doubt drag the investigation out until after the election so it won’t look bad for Obama.

From the article:  “It has not been determined who checked on Wurzelbacher, or why. Direct access to driver’s license and vehicle registration information from BMV computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business.”

It really is hard for me to comprehend why so many people would work so hard to destroy someone.  Joe Wurzelbacher should be held up as an American HERO.  Instead, it’s the Ivy League educated lawyer who they hold up as the hero and Joe is pilloried.

That doesn’t happen in my America.  In my America Joe is the hero and the corrupt politician is the criminal.

Putin Is The New Stalin

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Although GWB seems to be OK with Putin’s soul, we’re a bit uncertain.

Magomed Yevloev  meet Alexander Litvinenko.

Opponents carry injured home run hitter around the bases

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. – With two runners on base and a strike against her, Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon University uncorked her best swing and did something she had never done, in high school or college. Her first home run cleared the center-field fence.But it appeared to be the shortest of dreams come true when she missed first base, started back to tag it and collapsed with a knee injury.

She crawled back to first but could do no more. The first-base coach said she would be called out if her teammates tried to help her. Or, the umpire said, a pinch runner could be called in, and the homer would count as a single.

Then, members of the Central Washington University softball team stunned spectators by carrying Tucholsky around the bases Saturday so the three-run homer would count – an act that contributed to their own elimination from the playoffs.

Central Washington first baseman Mallory Holtman, the career home run leader in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, asked the umpire if she and her teammates could help Tucholsky.

The umpire said there was no rule against it.

So Holtman and shortstop Liz Wallace put their arms under Tucholsky’s legs, and she put her arms over their shoulders. The three headed around the base paths, stopping to let Tucholsky touch each base with her good leg.

“The only thing I remember is that Mallory asked me which leg was the one that hurt,” Tucholsky said. “I told her it was my right leg and she said, ‘OK, we’re going to drop you down gently and you need to touch it with your left leg,’ and I said ‘OK, thank you very much.’”

“She said, ‘You deserve it, you hit it over the fence,’ and we all kind of just laughed.”

“We started laughing when we touched second base,” Holtman said. “I said, ‘I wonder what this must look like to other people.’”

“We didn’t know that she was a senior or that this was her first home run,” Wallace said Wednesday. “That makes the story more touching than it was. We just wanted to help her.”

Holtman said she and Wallace weren’t thinking about the playoff spot, and didn’t consider the gesture something others wouldn’t do.

As for Tucholsky, the 5-foot-2 right fielder was focused on her pain.

“I really didn’t say too much. I was trying to breathe,” she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday.

“I didn’t realize what was going on until I had time to sit down and let the pain relax a little bit,” she said. “Then I realized the extent of what I actually did.”

“I hope I would do the same for her in the same situation,” Tucholsky added.

As the trio reached home plate, Tucholsky said, the entire Western Oregon team was in tears.

Central Washington coach Gary Frederick, a 14-year coaching veteran, called the act of sportsmanship “unbelievable.”

For Western Oregon coach Pam Knox, the gesture resolved the dilemma Tucholsky’s injury presented.

“She was going to kill me if we sub and take (the home run) away. But at the same time I was concerned for her. I didn’t know what to do,” Knox said.

Tucholsky’s injury is a possible torn ligament that will sideline her for the rest of the season, and she plans to graduate in the spring with a degree in business. Her home run sent Western Oregon to a 4-2 victory, ending Central Washington’s chances of winning the conference and advancing to the playoffs.

“In the end, it is not about winning and losing so much,” Holtman said. “It was about this girl. She hit it over the fence and was in pain, and she deserved a home run.”

Will You Believe Me Now?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

You may have heard about the lawsuit.  Evidence presented includes emails from Ira Katz.  He is the main mental health bureaucrat at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

In this email Katz tells Everett (Call me Ev) Chasen to keep quiet about internal numbers on Veterans suicides.

In this email Katz acknowledges what is being widely reported that there are 120 Veterans per week committing suicide.  In that same email, the Under Secretary for Health at the VA, Michael Kussman, states that 120 Veterans per week committing suicide “Sounds awful but if one is considering 24 million veterans.”

So the Under Secretary for Health at the VA, who is an Army Veteran, believes that 120 Veterans committing suicide per week is OK because there are “24 million”.

Since these emails became public, politicians were quick to jump on the bandwagon and feign righteous indignation.

Message to politicians:  Too Little, Too Late.

These same politicians who are now feigning righteous indignation are the same politicians who have heaped praise on these VA bureaucrats for “Doing the right thing for Veterans”.

We have been telling these politicians for a long time that their praise is misguided.  we have been telling them that there is a culture in the VA bureaucracy of Obfuscate, Deny, Manipulate, Lie, Spin, and apply the full weight of the VA propaganda machine to make sure that the VA “message” is one that disparages critics and buries bad press.

These emails are the absolute best evidence to completely obliterate the rosy facade the VA propaganda machine has built to mislead the public.

Our heartfelt thanks go to CBS News, Armen Keteyian, Pia Malbran, and the rest of the crew that worked so hard on the exhaustive investigation into the epidemic of Veterans suicides.

Our heartfelt thanks also go to all of the good people involved in the lawsuit.  Godspeed.

Please join us in telling Congress that we expect that these VA bureaucrats who have lied to Congress, under oath, will be prosecuted for that felony.

Maybe if one or two dozen of the most heinous of these people are given a perp walk, the rest of the VA bureaucrats will take notice and straighten up their act.

 

 

 

 

$8,519,708.00

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Committee Staffers Salaries

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The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will pay $8,519,708.00 in salary to committee staffers this year.

The highest paid staffer on the committee, Philip Barnett, receives a salary of  $164,000. 

 We’re talking just salaries now and that amount does not include any fringe benefits.

Based on our interactions with the committee between December 13th 07, and up until a week ago, and the hearing yesterday, the second hearing regarding Veterans Charities, we believe they overspent by about 8 million on salaries for staffers.

The hearing was reduced to nothing but ad-hominem arguments, mud slinging, and hyperbole.  Now, that is true of almost every Congressional hearing, but this one really stood out.

At the first hearing on Veterans Charities, Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton stated that Members of Congress receive “modest” salaries.  In this hearing she said she was all about disclosure.  When we tried to get clarification of her “modest salaries” remark we received no response.  No disclosure whatsoever.  Hypocrisy by a Politician? Surely not!

It turns out that we were not the only ones denied requested information by the committee staffers.  According to one of the Republican committee members, his staff wasn’t given any preliminary information on the hearing until Wednesday night. The night before the hearing.

One question that we asked the committee over-and-over was why none of the “Big” Veterans Charities like VFW, DAV, PVA, AMVETS, and American Legion were not hauled before the committee like so many “little” Veterans Charities were.  We never received an explanation.  What we suspect is that the “Big 5” Veterans Charities have amassed so much political power that they are considered “off limits” by the Congressional Investigators.

It also happens that the “Big 5” are all Chartered by Congress, which seems to mean that they are above reproach.  As a result of the amassed political power and the chartered status, these organizations are now able to collude with impunity and actually are allowed to submit what is called an “Independent Budget” to Congress in special hearings held annually for that sole purpose.

Despite that these groups combined only represent about 1.2 million of the total Veteran population of about 20 million, they drive the entire Congressional agenda on Veterans Affairs.

As a result of their collusion among themselves and the “joined at the hip” status these groups have with the VA, most of their recommendations will inevitably include giving the VA more money.

Despite a growing amount of evidence that the VA is one of the most poorly managed bureaucracies ever created and the amount of Fraud, Waste and Abuse of the taxpayers money the VA receives is incomprehensible, the VA propaganda machine has successfully integrated these big charities into their spin and rotation machine.

One Media Rep from the VFW stated on CNN: “All 238,000 employees of the VA are Miracle Workers.”

That statement speaks volumes about how well that VA has seamlessly integrated these groups into the quid pro quo network of self-serving criminals.

We digress.

Until the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform calls some of the most egregious offenders of the Public Trust in front of the committee, takes testimony under oath, and then prosecutes the ones who lie while under oath, it will simply be more posturing and pandering for votes.

It probably wouldn’t hurt to cut some of the fat from the committee staff either.