I’m sitting here listening to Sean Hannity interview a Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania, Joe Sestak.  Now I’m no big fan of Sean Hannity.  He’s boring, repetitive, and argues for the sake of arguing many times.  However, he’s not a “hater” like many mindless myrmidons on the left would have you believe.

Regardless, Sestak is repeating the mantra that there were no earmarks in last week’s “stimulus” bill.  Umm…Yeah, right!  No earmarks, huh?  Pigs must now be flying overhead because that’s a flat-out lie.

Another example…Hannity brought up the fact that there was $30  million to save the harvest mouse, an animal that is native to wetlands in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district.  Sestak corrected Hannity by saying that those specific words were not in the stimulus bill.  Sestak is technically correct but he’s not telling the whole truth, something that is native to most of our politicians, unfortunately.  The bill actually says the money is to go to save the wetlands area in Pelosi’s district.  However, upon further research, you find that this is the same wetlands area that is home to this harvest mouse, a cause which Pelosi has previously championed.  In other words, the term “harvest mouse” never appears in the bill.  It’s pretty convenient and clever, actually, that it was worded the way it was.  The Democrats can claim that “those exact words” don’t appear in the bill and they can feel all tingly inside (or perhaps have a “thrill” running up their leg ala Chris Matthews) that they’ve told the “truth”.  When pressed that the money is actually to save this harvest mouse, Congressman Sestak  would not directly answer the question that the money would not go to help this creature.  Wonderful.

It’s funny how the libs screeched for eight years during the Bush administration about how he was a liar but when the time comes for them to step up to the plate and prove that they are better people than those they complained about, they fall flat on their face.  We saw the same kind of moral relativism after the lefties took control of Congress.  They complained endlessly about the corruption of the Bush White House and the Republican-led Congress before them, but they followed the same path once they took the reigns.

Let’s face it folks, the Democrats are no better and possibly worse than the Republicans before them.  To borrow from AC/DC, if this is the “Highway to Hell”, the Republicans were driving a Cadillac down that road.  They got a flat tire and then thumbed a ride in the Porsche being driven by the Democrats.  Both parties are taking us to the same place, it’s just that one of them is going to get us there a little faster.


I Wish Microsoft Products Worked This Way


Everyone knows the economy isn’t doing well right now.  The unemployment rate is at its highest since the 70s, companies are going in the tank, and people are genuinely feeling stressed about their jobs if they are so lucky as to still be employed.

At least some companies like Microsoft give their employees a severance package when they have to lay them off.  However, Microsoft apparently made a small mistake in some of the severance pay they gave employees.  Here’s the text of a letter that they sent to some ex-employees:

This letter is to inform you that an inadvertent administrative error occurred that resulted in an overpayment in severance pay by Microsoft,” reads a letter sent to an unnamed employee and posted on the TechCrunch blog. “We ask that you repay the overpayment and sincerely apologize for any overpayment to you.

Considering how some Microsoft products function, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few former employees fail to return the money because of a virus, blue screen of death, or some other unrecoverable program error.  You know, because that’s just the way they roll.

Liar, Liar… Redux

As a follow-up to my earlier post on Al Gore and his man-made global warming religion, I found the following quotes from today’s Chuck Colson piece quite interesting:

Less comical but no less telling are the stories about the “disappearing” Arctic ice. A year ago, we were told that the Arctic had reached a “tipping point” and that Arctic ice could be “completely” gone, with dire consequences for polar bears and Santa Claus, within five years.

What you probably haven’t heard is that, by October, that same Arctic ice covered 29 percent more area than it did the year before and that by the end of the year, it was approaching its greatest mass since 1979. And it’s still growing.

There are countless other examples of where real-world facts conflict with global warming theory, not the least of which is that the Earth has been cooling since at least 2003 and arguably since 1998.

As the chairman of the International Geological Congress has asked, “For how many years must the planet cool before we begin to understand that the planet is not warming?”

Those of us shivering this winter have been asking the same question.

How many pillars of the man made global warming temple have to fall before it’s obvious to the masses that we’ve been duped?

To read the article in its entirety, please go to “Global Warming and the Media“.

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!


Way back near the beginning of my blogging days, I wrote an entry about the cult-like approach of those that are really pushing the man-made global warming agenda (“Who Are the Real Flat-Earthers?“).  The biggest proponent of this is none other than Al Gore.

Well, Mr. Global Warming himself has been at it again recently, telling our youngsters that those parents and adults just don’t know what they are talking about if they don’t fall for Gore’s man-made global warming hysteria.  He told a group of 12 year-olds that “There are some things about our world that you know that older people don’t know.”  He then went on to compare the civil rights struggle and the bigots who fought against it to those that don’t believe in man-made global warming.  Now, isn’t that nice?

What Señor Gore failed to tell them is that the wheels are starting to fall off the rickety cart that he’s been toting his global warming garbage around on.  What he failed to tell them is that it has not only not been warming for nearly the last decade but that it’s actually been cooling.  He tells them the “science is settled” on one hand but neglects to mention that hundreds, if not thousands, of scientists disagree with much of the man-made global warming agenda that he peddles.  What he failed to tell them was that some scenes from his movie, “An Inconvenient Truth“, were ripped straight from another movie, “The Day After Tomorrow“.  What he failed to tell them was that scientists who do support his agenda are just as tied to government grants and gifts from environmental organizations, perhaps more so, than scientists who disagree are to money from energy-producing companies.  What he failed to tell them was that he stands to make loads of change off such things as that sham called “carbon credits“.

You know what they say about those who don’t tell the truth, don’t you?  Liar, liar, pants on fire!  Only since it’s been cooling down recently, it’s no longer hot enough for spontaneous combustion to do its work on Gore’s khakis.

We May Never Recover


It seems that fear mongering is the latest tactic being used by the left to cram the now famous stimulus bill down our throats.  President Obama is telling us that we may never recover if the stimulus bill is not passed.  It seems like, not long ago, that we were sold the same bill of goods on the bailout bill and that, if it wasn’t passed immediately, the economy would collapse.  Well, the bill eventually passed but not right away and the economy certainly didn’t collapse as the doomsday prophets had predicted.

In my opinion, the passage of this bill would make it MORE likely, not less, that the recession we are currently in will be prolongued.  Here are some of the provisions in this bill (taken from

  1. A $2 billion earmark to restart FutureGen, a low emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Department of Engery defunded last year because it was deemed inefficient.
  2. A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.
  3. $88 million for a new icebreaker for the Coast Guard.
  4. $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters.
  5. $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees.
  6. $400 million for the Centers for Disease Control to screen and prevent STD’s.
  7. $1.4 billion for rural waste disposal programs.
  8. $125 million for the Washington sewer system.
  9. $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities.
  10. $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion.
  11. $75 million for smoking cessation.
  12. $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges.
  13. $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI.
  14. $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.
  15. $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River.
  16. $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas.
  17. $6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings.
  18. $500 million for state and local fire stations.
  19. $650 million for wildland fire management on forest service lands.
  20. $1.2 billion for “youth activities,” including youth summer job programs.
  21. $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service.
  22. $412 million for CDC buildings and property.
  23. $500 million for building and repairing National Institutes of Health facilities in Bethesda, Maryland.
  24. $160 million for “paid volunteers” at the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  25. $5.5 million for “energy efficiency initiatives” at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.
  26. $850 million for Amtrak.
  27. $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint.
  28. $75 million to construct a “security training” facility for State Department Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies.
  29. $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems.
  30. $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations.

Now some of these may indeed be important items.  However, someone please explain to me why these things are being included in an ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE??!!

The reason, in my opinion, is because Democrats feel entitled to pour tons of OUR money into their liberal pet projects.  If they want to try that, that’s all well and good.  They have the ability to offer bills that do just that.  However, how about putting them in their own separate bills instead of loading the pork into the stimulus bill as a trojan horse way of getting the money they lust for?

I’m glad all Republicans and a few Democrats in the House of Representatives voted down this piece of crap legislation and I’m hoping that the Senate follows suit, with hopefully even a larger percentage of Dems voting against it.

Tom Daschle Withdraws Nomination

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination for the Health and Human Services Secretary position.  To his credit, he said “my personal tax issue of D.C. unemployment tax could be used to create exactly the kind of distraction and delay those duties must avoid.”  It’s too bad that Timothy Geithner didn’t have the same epiphany before he was voted into the Secretary of the Treasury position.

…And Then There Were Two

Daschle Health Care

Perhaps my favorite all-time political moment was the day Tom Daschle was  defeated in his attempt at re-election in November 2004.  One of the Senate’s all-time biggest obstructionists was defeated and fortunately out of a job for awhile.

Unfortunately for all Americans, he’s BAAAAAACK!!!!!  He is President Obama’s nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary.  The problem is that he dodged paying approximately $128,000 in taxes until after he was nominated for the position.  Predictably, he claims it was just an “error” and that he is really, really sorry, man!

Unfortunately, he’s probably going to be confirmed if recent confirmation history has any bearing here.  Timothy Geithner was just confirmed last week as the Secretary of the Treasury after revelations that he had failed to pay nearly four year’s worth of taxes.

This, along with the Obama administration’s flouting of its new “no lobbyist” rule doesn’t give me any confidence that he is setting any better an example than the Bush administration did.  It’s noteworthy that the Bush administration has been publicly ripped to shreds over these kinds of indiscretions but little has been made in the mainstream media about the cracks in the ethical foundation that are already appearing in Obama’s presidency.  Where’s the accountability being demanded from the same media that seemed to go into an orgasmic frenzy whenever something like this came out of the Bush administration?  Perhaps it’s hiding in Chris Matthews’ pants?