3/30/10

Republicans: the party of Family Values and High Moral Standards

Read the article below. Makes you want to gag, doesn’t it? And these idiots think they can run the country better than the idiots that are in there now?

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee spent $1,946 last month at a sex-themed Hollywood club that features topless dancers and bondage outfits. Now the GOP wants its money back.

Listed in a monthly financial report, the amount is itemized as expenses for meals at Voyeur West Hollywood.

RNC spokesman Doug Heye said Monday the committee doesn’t know the details of how the money was spent, all who may have attended or the nature of the outing, except to say it was an unauthorized event and that the expenditure was inappropriate.

The RNC will be reimbursed by Erik Brown of Orange, Calif., the donor-vendor who billed the committee for the club visit, Heye said.

Brown did not respond to an e-mail and phone message seeking comment. The transaction was first reported by the Daily Caller.

Since November, the RNC has paid Brown’s company, Dynamic Marketing Inc., about $19,000 for printing and direct-mail services, campaign spending reports show. He has contributed several thousand dollars to the party.

The most recent financial disclosure report said the RNC spent more than $17,000 for private planes in February and nearly $13,000 for car services. Heye said such services are used only when needed.

The $1,946 for meals at Voyeur West Hollywood was the most eye-catching item in the monthly report. RNC Chairman Michael Steele, whose spending decisions have angered some donors in this midterm election year, had nothing to do with the nightclub expenditure, Heye said.

The conservative group Concerned Women for America said the RNC should disclose more about the episode.

“Did they really agree to reimburse nearly $2,000 for a bondage-themed night club?” group president Penny Nance asked in a statement. “Why would a staffer believe that this is acceptable, and has this kind of thing been approved in the past?”

Much of the most lavish spending by the major political parties is associated with fundraisers, which often target wealthy people.

The RNC spent $144,549 for rooms at the Four Seasons Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo., in 2009. On March 19, 2009, it spent $31,980 for catering by the Breakers Palm Beach in Florida.

The RNC paid $18,361 over the past several months to the “Tiny Jewel Box” in Washington for “office supplies,” which may have included trinkets or gifts for big donors. It spent $13,622 at Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City.

Some Republican officials and donors have complained about Steele’s spending decisions, saying the party should devote every available dollar to trying to win House and Senate races this fall. He held this year’s four-day winter meeting at a beachfront hotel in Hawaii, although it often takes place in Washington.

Some donors grumbled when Steele spent more than $18,000 to redecorate his office. Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, also has received substantial fees for making speeches, even though the RNC pays him a full-time salary.

Steele’s supporters say he has brought a refreshing frankness and energy to the party’s leadership.

Republicans

Yeah, the GOP continues to demonstrate why we should donate to them:

Steele wanted to buy a private jet with GOP funds

Shades of Al Gore.

The GOP wants us to donate money to them for this?

Or how about this:

GOP pays for LA strip club visit

What a bunch of losers. And they want to run the country.

All you have to do is decide which party is going to do the least damage to the nation. That’s your choice these days.

Speaking of which, and back to Obama … here’s a good one from Chris Muir:

Declarative

The truth leaks out ...

Here’s why Obama has been trying to jam through every tax and spend bill the Democrats can dream up in their crackpot manner:

Redistribution of wealth

Too often, much of late, the last couple three years, the mal-distribution of income in American is gone up way too much, the wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy and the middle income class is left behind,” he said. “Wages have not kept up with increased income of the highest income in America. This legislation will have the effect of addressing that mal-distribution of income in America.”

That contrasted with the arguments Democrats have been making in the past year for reinventing the health care system: to expand health care coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans and tighten regulations on insurance companies while reducing the federal deficit.

That’s from Max Baucus. Max is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

And you thought Barney Frank and Chris Dodd were doozies.

Max is sitting over there in Soddom-on-the-Potomac, along with his accomplices and henchmen like Mike Bennet and Mark Udall in the Senate and Betsey Markey and John Salazar in the House, just dreaming up ways to separate you from whatever it is you make working your backsides off. And then, they all sit there and dream up ways to shovel it into other pockets. Like Native American child molesters and jungle gym construction outfits.

And they not only see nothing wrong with that, they brag about it to the press. And of course, the press – like CNN – either don’t bother to report it, or bury it deep.

Obama's low rent behavior

It’s like watching a spoiled child, a petulant bully:

Obama insults the Israelis

It’s been going on for a week or so.

Obama bows and scrapes to the Saudis; Obama postures and postulates before Iran; Obama cringes before the NORKs.

And then he dumps on the Israelis. It’s easy to crap on your friends. It takes balls to stand up to your enemies. Obama is sorely lacking in the testicular department as well as the foreign policy brains department.

3/27/10

Junior High Wrestling Regionals

The Junior High Wrestling Regionals were held in Swink today. Here is the first of four galleries of images from the tournament:

Mike and Leece’s image galleries

and go to the Sports section.

Michael Lee took 2nd in the 110 pound class.

State is next week up in Denver.

Corporal Jonathan Daniel Porto

On March 14, 2010, Marine Corporal Jonathan Daniel Porto was killed in Afghanistan.

His wife has posted about it at her blog, A Little Pink in a World of Camo.

Her post, I Will Always Be A Marine Wife, is a must read.

A trust fund has been established for their daughter, Ariana:

Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union
ATTN: Collean McKinney for the account of Ariana Ralyn Porto
P.O. Box 1176, Aberdeen, MD 21001

Native American child molesters and jungle gyms

That’s some of what ObamaCare is paying for. I’m not sure how that reduces the deficit, nor am I sure how it really helps overhaul … reform … whatever … the American health care system.

But that’s what is in the bill the Democrats just shoved up our backsides. It’s on page 1950, in section 713, and you can click on this link:

Indian child molesters

to read exactly what’s in it. It’ll take a few seconds to load the text of the bill – it’s huge – and then to go to the paragraph cited. While you are there, take a gander at the stuff before that and after it, and tell me how that is overhauling the American health care system, and how it is bringing health care insurance – at least in the sense that most of us think of health care insurance – to heretofore uninsured Americans.

James Mattera asked CongressClown Grayson about this. Note Grayson’s response:

Grayson has no idea for what he voted … yet he insults Mattera for asking.

Alan Grayson. One of the many jerks who is tossing our tax money down the toilet.

What about “jungle gyms”?

I thought you would never ask. Here ya go:

“Shut up.” Yep. Ask a CongressClown a question about what he’s doing with our tax money, and he tells you to ’shut up’.

What about John Salazar?

Well … Brother John is sending out junk mail telling us all about the “Pay As You Go Law” and telling us how that is already saving us money and reducing the deficit.

Sure. I believe Brother John with all my heart and soul. How could I possibly doubt a Democratic CongressClown, a paragon of virtue, morality, and ethical conduct.

3/22/10

La Junta Fire Department's FARMEDIC Training

La Junta Fire Department has been conducting training under the National FARMEDIC Training Program.

Go to Image Galleries, scroll down to Events, and click on the FarMedic link for a gallery from this afternoon’s training session.

Swink and La Junta Middle School basketball

The La Junta Lady Cubs played the Crowley Lady Chargers, and the Swink Middle School boys played the La Junta Middle School boys. Go to Image Galleries and scroll down to Sports, and click on the game gallery links.

On the Stupak sellout

WASHINGTON, March 21 /Christian Newswire/ — In response to Rep. Bart Stupak’s announcement that he and other self-labeled “pro-life” Democrats will vote in favor of Healthcare reform legislation with the addition of an Executive Order from the White House to address concerns about abortion funding, Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund President Marjorie Dannenfelser offered the following statement:

“This Wednesday night is our third annual Campaign for Life Gala, where we were planning to honor Congressman Stupak for his efforts to keep abortion-funding out of health care reform-we will no longer be doing so. By accepting this deal from the most pro-abortion President in American history, Stupak has not only failed to stand strong for unborn children, but also for his constituents and pro-life voters across the country.

“Let me be clear: any representative, including Rep. Stupak, who votes for this healthcare bill can no longer call themselves ‘pro-life.’ The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund will not endorse, or support in any capacity, any Member of Congress who votes for this bill in any future election. Now through Election Day 2010, these representatives will learn that votes have consequences. The SBA List Candidate Fund will work tirelessly to help defeat Members who support this legislation and make sure their constituents know exactly how they voted. We will actively seek out true pro-life candidates to oppose Members who vote ‘yes’ on this bill, whether it be in general or primary elections. For these Members, it will be a quick downhill slide to defeat in November.

“The executive order on abortion funding does absolutely nothing to fix the problems presented by the health care reform bill that the House will vote on this evening. The very idea should offend all pro-life Members of Congress. An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President’s whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders. Most importantly, pro-abortion Representatives have admitted the executive order is meaningless.”


The photo of Stupak standing there holding up a copy of the ‘executive order’ to be signed by Barack H. Obama reminds me of Neville Chamberlain waving that piece of paper on his return from Germany and the “Munich Agreement” in 1938, telling the British people “I believe this is piece in our time.”

Wayda go, Bart.

All these years I’ve never registered as either Democrat or Republican. In my younger days, I told myself I was voting for the best man – or woman – for the job. In later years, I came to realize I was actually voting for whoever would do the least damage to the country; the lesser of evils.

At this point, I believe I would vote for a poxed Saigon whore before I would ever vote for another Democrat again. The whore has higher moral standards and certainly a better sense of fiscal responsibility.

I’d even vote for Richard Nixon if he were still around.

John Salazar must go.

3/19/10

A childish morality

The Democrats seem to have a very childish view of morality.

Every time they are called on some bit of sleight-of-hand, or caught in a lie, or trim a little fat off the Constitution, we hear “Well, the Republicans did it!” or “Well, Bush did it!” as though this is justification for them.

I thought they were promising Hope and Change. I thought they were going to change things from the way the Republicans and George Bush did things.

It’s kind of like a kid getting bagged for shoplifting, and using as an excuse, “Well, Johnny Doe next door did it!”

Has it occurred to them that the way the Republicans did things is the major reason they no longer occupy a majority in either chamber, or occupy the White House?

Has it occurred to them that the excuse, “Well, the Republicans did it!” is really not setting well with We the People?

Apparently not.

In this Slaughter House Gambit, we’ve heard, “Well, the Republicans did it!” as though that makes it right.

It doesn’t. That the Republicans were wrong is not negated by the Democrats pulling the same stunt. It simply makes the Democrats wrong, too. Perhaps even ‘wronger’, because now it is out in the light of day, and they don’t care. Rather than all of them saying, “Well, it really isn’t right” and doing away with the process altogether … they use one bit of prostitution of the Constitution to justify another.

It’s time for a House cleaning.

And that includes John Salazar, who time and again is showing himself to be part of the problem, and certainly nothing of the solution.

3/18/10

Newspapers: Keeping it in perspective

1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand The New York Times. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.

5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they could find the time - and if they didn't have to leave Southern California to do it.

6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a poor job of it, thank you very much.

7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country and don't really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

8. The New York Post is read by people who don't care who is running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

9. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country but need the baseball scores.

10. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure if there is a country or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are handicapped minority feminist atheist dwarfs who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy, provided of course, that they are not Republicans.

11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.

12. The Seattle Times is read by people who have recently caught a fish and need something to wrap it in.

13. The Key West Citizen is read by people who escaped from the mainland and could give a crap who runs the country as long as they have enough booze to keep themselves going.

"It doesn't worry me ..."

Obama was talking about the ‘procedural debate’ over whether the so-called health care reform bill should be voted on or just ‘deemed to have passed’.

He doesn’t care. By extension, simple extension, an extension not requiring any kind of a conceptual reach … our president doesn’t care about Article 1 of the US Constitution, either.

Chikaga politics seem to be right at home in the White House and in the US Congress. Obama and his accomplices are simply trimming a little fat off the Constitution … they aren’t, like, you know, violating it. Obama says he isn’t, therefore, he isn’t.

The Obamessiah has spoken. All hail The One.

As they try desperately to ram this bit of legislative vomit down our throats, Obama and his accomplices, the Democratic leadership, have not been able to get the votes.

They can’t get the votes on a straight up vote per Article 1; they can’t get the votes via ‘reconciliation’; they so far do not seem to have the votes even through subterfuge and sleight-of-hand via this Slaughter House Gambit … so they continue to bribe, threaten, and browbeat behind the scenes.

Obama managed to get to Dennis Kucinik the other day. It didn’t take much. A ride on Air Force One, a bit of presidential schmoozing, and somewhere in there we’ll find some under the table exchanges of funds … and suddenly, Kucinik was in Obama’s pocket. Or perhaps it was some kind of alien beam into Kucinik’s brain from his pals in the UFO’s. Who knows.

Obama and Pelosi and Reid … and Udall and Bennet and Brother John … they all know what’s best for us, you see. That Constitution and its requirement that all those CongressClowns actually make a public, recorded vote … that’s just a little formality … a procedure … we don’t have to worry about. That Constitution just gets in the way of the government, and especially Le Roi Obama, doing what’s best for us.

Jesus wept.

3/16/10

Grass fire in North La Junta

There was a fairly robust grass fire over in NLJ late this afternoon. Here’s a gallery of images. We were shooting right into the setting sun, through the smoke and water spray. It started as a controlled agricultural burn and then … it wasn’t controlled any more.

Go to:

Image Galleries and scroll down the page to Events. Click on the grass fire link there.

Pelosi's sleight of hand and John Salazar's balls

House may try to pass Senate healthcare bill without voting on it

This article give a pretty good plain language explanation of the Slaughter House Gambit. It also demonstrates the contempt in which Nancy Pelosi holds We the People:

The tactic — known as a “self-executing rule” or a “deem and pass” — has been commonly used, although never to pass legislation as momentous as the $875 billion health-care bill. It is one of three options that Pelosi said she is considering for a late-week House vote, but she added that she prefers it because it would politically protect lawmakers who are reluctant to publicly support the measure.

“It’s more insider and process-oriented than most people want to know,” the speaker said in a roundtable discussion with bloggers Monday. “But I like it,” she said, “because people don’t have to vote on the Senate bill.”

WaPo is correct with the comment that this rule has been ‘commonly used’. Then they drift afield when they say it “… has never been used to pass legislation as momentous …”. That too is true but this statement is a case of using a lesser truth to obfuscate a greater truth: the technique has never been used to deliberately bypass a vote so as to provide a smoke screen for gutless Congressmen. It has never been used to circumvent the Constitutional requirement that bills be voted upon, Yea or Nay, by a sitting and present Congressman, and his or her vote recorded in the written record of the House or Senate.

Pelosi is hoping you and I are too stupid, or too ignorant, or too indifferent, to figure that out.

Note also that she says she prefers this bit of subterfuge because it will politically protect lawmakers who are ‘reluctant’ (I read that as ’spineless’) to publicly support the measure.

Pelosi thinks you and I are too stupid to figure that out. Even after she confesses it herself, she thinks we’re too cow pie stoopid to understand it.

Where is John Salazar in all this? Does Brother John think we’re too cow pie stoopid to figure it out.

We aren’t, John.

Tell me, John, do you like being our CongressCritter?

Do you want to remain our CongressCritter?

Then don’t jump on the Pelosi bandwagon and treat us like idiots, Brother John. You really need to have the balls to stand up and spit it out, up front. We really don’t like sniveling weasels down these parts.

3/15/10

More on the Slaughter House gambit

Here’s a pretty good summation of the Slaughter House Gambit:

Constitutional butchers

and another from The Volokh Conspiracy, which tends to be a bit more … measured … than most of the more polarized among us:

It may be clever but it is not constitutional

Is the Slaughter Solution Constitutional?

ObamaCare

Payoffs and lies: Obama’s healthcare

Obama and his puppetmaster Nancy Pelosi are really pulling out all the stops, as they continue to lie, cheat, manipulate, obfuscate, and otherwise try to round up enough votes to shove their crap sandwich down our throats.

Where is John Salazar in all this?

Is he part of Obama’s fetal murder squad?

Is he part of Louise Slaughter’s scheme to violate the Constitutional requirements for voting on bills?

Is John Salazar part of the Obama Two-step on the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase?

Where is John Salazar in all this? Lurking under his desk? Or snuffling Wagyu steaks with The Obmessiah over at 1600 Pennsylvania?

Where is John Salazar?

Even CNN is telling these clowns how it is … but they aren’t listening:

CNN Polls health care bill



3/14/10

Jumping off Pelosi's and Reid's cliff

If you were confused about Obama’s master plan for health care overhaul before, you should see the scheme these characters have cooked up now:

A faith-based vote

The health care overhaul facing the House this week is being called the biggest faith-based vote ever considered by Congress.

That’s because the White House and Democratic leaders, who express certainty that the House will approve a Senate-passed health care bill, insist the widely-reviled bill won’t become law even though President Obama must sign it into law before changes demanded by House lawmakers can be made.

Say what?

“We had to destroy the village in order to save it” makes about as much sense.

But wait! Like a sales pitch for Ginzu knives … there’s more!

“The alarming thing that I’m hearing now is that (House) Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi is thinking about bending the rules and, frankly, making it so there’s not a direct vote on the Senate health care bill,” Rep. Eric Cantor, D-Va., told “Fox News Sunday.”

“I’ve got the Constitution right here. It’s section one — or Article One, Section 7 that says in all cases the votes of both houses shall be determined by yeas and nays. And right here, we’re seeing a perversion of the rules to go ahead and ram through this … trillion-dollar health care bill,” Cantor said.

Well, the really alarming thing is that the president of the United States, the vice-president, the Speaker of the House, and the Senate Majority leader see nothing wrong with this.

What does John Salazar think of this?

But wait! There is still more!

Even by bending the procedural maneuvers to get the Senate bill through the House, no one can guarantee the Senate will come back and pass “fixes” House Democrats insist be made to win majority support for the Senate bill.

Those fixes include a rescission of amendments like “the cornhusker kickback” or “Louisiana Purchase” — sweeteners that were placed in the Senate legislation to win recalcitrant Democratic senators.

Yep. That’s right. The CongressCritters are going to have to approve a bill that still has The Cornhusker Kickback and The Louisiana Purchase in it. As well as every other bit of backscratching those political whores have managed to stick into it.

“Every member of the House who wants this bill to go forward has to vote for the cornhusker kickback, has to vote for the Louisiana Purchase,” said Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., warning that those who vote for it “will hear from their constituents loudly and clearly.”

“That’s what has to pass the House first,” he said.

and then, David Axelrod chimes in:

President Obama’s senior aide, David Axelrod, on Sunday said the time has come for a vote, regardless of the procedural maneuver used to get the Senate bill through the House.

“We have had a year. Enough game playing, enough maneuvering. Let’s have the up or down vote and give the American people the future they deserve,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”

Yep. Whether we want it or not, they are going to ‘give it to us’.

Yep. I’ll let your wild imaginations figure out just where they’re going to ‘give it to us’.

3/13/10

Growlers' tournament

Image gallery is up:

WritingPlaces Image Galleries

go to the “Sports” section at the bottom of the page, and click on the Growlers link.

3/12/10

Pelosi's arrogance ...

... knows no bounds.

That’s the title of an editorial by Colin Hanna:

Pelosi’s arrogance knows no bounds

An excerpt:

Nothing exemplifies the contempt that Speaker Pelosi has for the public and everyone outside her little circle of intimidated puppets better than her arrogant assertion that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” What she calls the fog of controversy is actually the process of painstakingly deciphering 2,700 pages of arcane obfuscation. The bill contains one simple reality that Pelosi and team desperately want to conceal: it will dramatically expand government’s reach into the private sector of our economy and dramatically reduce individual liberty.

What? We have to go along with these scoundrels passing this piece of porcine crap and then we’ll have the chance to figure out what they passed?

Is that woman living on the same planet as the rest of us? Or has she been at the same stash as has been Sean Penn?

It reminds of that saying stemming from Peter Arnett’s reporting on the battle of Bến Tre, back in ‘68: “We had to destroy the village in order to save it.”

Anyone heard from John Salazar lately?


Obama's Murder Squad

Well … the Dems have pretty much told right-to-lifers they don’t matter:

Dems abandon abortion deal

House Democratic leaders Thursday abandoned a long struggle to strike a compromise on abortion in their ranks, gambling that they can secure the support for President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care legislation with showdown votes looming as early as next week.

“Long struggle to strike a compromise”?

These guys idea of ‘compromise’ is “we’ll make up a crap sandwich, and then we’ll shove it down your throats … in a non-partisan manner, of course”.

And all of that through ‘reconciliation’. A simple majority of the chamber vote – when the majority of Americans don’t want this legislative abortion.

‘Reconciliation’. What an oxymoronic political term.

Pelosi and her henchmen. Obama’s Federally-funded fetal murder squad.

3/10/10

The Johnson Benefit Dinner

As most of us now know, Pastor Rich Johnson and his wife Robin are both suffering from cancer. Both have undergone surgeries and other treatments.

There is a benefit dinner scheduled to help them with their expenses:

March 13, 2010
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
La Junta Senior Center
2nd and Raton, La Junta

Adult meal: Potato burrito, cheese enchilada, beans, vermicelli, cake, and drink.

Adult ticket $7.00

Kids' meal options: Cheese enchilada, beans, vermicelli, cake, and drink; or potato burrito, beans, vermicelli, cake, and drink.

Kid's ticket $4.00

All proceeds go to medical expenses for Pastor Rich and Robin Johnson, First Assembly of God.

Tickets are available at the fire department in the city building at 601 Colorado, as well as many other places in town. And, you can just show up at the door.

Massa's Meltdown

Well ... Eric Massa continues to 'frack' the Democratic Party with his rather bizarre, yet too often believable, tales of confrontation in the Congressional shower room, the drunken come-on to one of his male staffers, more tales of recurring cancer, references to Rahm "The Fish" Emanuel as 'the devil's spawn' ... and other political endearments.

The Massa Meltdown

Every time Massa comes up with a new one, Robert "Giggles" Gibbs two-steps 'round the pressroom podium, tripping over himself in denials.

Nancy Pelosi is claiming complete ignorance of the whole thing, as we see from this excerpt from the article linked above:

This latest drama comes on the heels of a two-week long side show of dysfunction in New York state with scandal embroiled and ethically-challenged Governor David Patterson and New York Congressman Charlie Rangel stepping down from his Ways and Means chairmanship amid scandal.

Despite the dizzying tale of two crazies, Massa and Emanuel, Nancy Pelosi has claimed she didn’t know that any of this – from the sexual allegations to the ethics investigation – was happening.

According to Politico, Pelosi said Thursday that her staff kept her out of the loop about a “rumor” that Massa made unwanted advances on a male staffer, even though Majority Leader Steny Hoyer had known about the allegations for weeks.

Most people have to claim that the dog ate the homework, or somesuch nonsense. Pelosi can simply blame it on her staff.

Massa is raking the Democrats over the coals ... and Pelosi claims to know nothing about it.

And we have this tale of Massa and Emanuel, starkers in the shower room, going at it hammer and tongs ... perhaps 'touseling' each other ...

These are the idiots that are leading the country ... though exactly where, other than down the Primrose Path, is anyone's guess.

How 'bout we spend another few trillion bux to take everyone's mind off these 'issues'?

3/9/10

Good ones from Chris Muir

Of Muir’s latest tidbits, this one is my favorite:

Word

although this one, on Massa’s confrontation with Rahm Emanuel in the shower room, is a close second:

A Stretch

A pathetic presidency

Obama, who promised so much – remember that “Hope and Change”? and who has delivered so little, has sunk to grade school taunts and bullying:

Obama taunts GOP

“You had ten years? What happened?” Obama asks.

What happened? You might ask Bill Clinton that. He had eight years. What happened? Remember HillaryCare?

Yeah, Mr. President … what happened?

And why do you presume to think that the American people are so stupid that they don’t remember all that?

Meanwhile, we have Eric Massa, the crusty retired Navy captain who is, it seems, fed up to the gills, is fightin’ mad, and ain’t takin’ it any more:

Hoyer denies

The more Hoyer and his henchmen deny Massa, the more credence they seem to give him.

When Massa says:

He reserved his most excoriating stuff for Emanuel, whom he called “son of the devil’s spawn” on his weekly radio show Sunday.

“He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote. He would strap his children to a front end of a steam locomotive,” Massa said. Illustrating his point, he told the story of how he winded up in an argument with the chief of staff while they were both naked in the congressional gym showers.

Massa said Emanuel came up to him last year, shortly after he entered Congress, while he was trying to clean up to give him grief about a budget vote.
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“I’m sitting there showering, naked as a jaybird, and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even with a towel wrapped around his tush, poking his finger in my chest, yelling at me because I wasn’t gonna vote for the president’s budget,” Massa said. “Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man? … It’s ridiculous.”

He continued, “By the way, what the heck is he doing in the congressional gym? He goes there to intimidate members of Congress.”

I find it quite believable, even though Massa is backpedaling. Not even the Democrats deny that such behavior is typical of Rahm “The Fish” Emanuel. From sending dead fish (presumably wrapped in the Chicago Tribune) to stabbing at the dinner table shrieking “He’s dead! Dead! Dead!” (in regard to people Emanuel though were ‘traitors’ to Bill Clinton), to his ‘colorful’ language (he has a mouth like a drunken sailor in a Shanghai bordello) … Rahm Emanuel is known as the Democrats’ enforcer. Their Arm Twister-in-Chief.

It’s just more of The Chikaga Way that has come to mark Obama’s administration.

The most pathetic thing about it, is they don’t even see what’s wrong with it. To them, that’s how business is done.

3/7/10

Handbells in Concert 2010

Benefit Ringing for Associated Charities of La Junta.

The “Gloria Bells” of Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Patrick parish; the “Incredi-bells” of the United Methodist Church, and the Special Men’s Ringers from Holy Cross Luther/St. Andrews, Our Lady of Guadalupe/St.Patrick, and United Methodist performed a series of hymns and other selections Sunday afternoon. The concert was held at the Picketwire Playhouse, with free admission – though donations to Associated Charities were accepted.

You can see a gallery of images of the concert here:

Image Galleries

scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on the concert link under Events.

Minot AFB: B-52's on 15 second MITO

Here we have 15 B-52's from the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot AFB launching on a 15 second MITO (Minimum Interval Take Off); June 2009 in support of GLOBAL THUNDER:



Of course, this isn't nearly as dramatic as standing at the end of the runway watching 'em come over. Here's a clip from the flick "A Gathering of Eagles":

3/6/10

Nurturing nature

Sometimes we humans aren’t too good at that nurturing stuff:

Man accused of punching girlfriend’s toddler
The Associated Press
Posted Mar 04, 2010 @ 09:33 AM

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An unemployed roofer is jailed on $500,000 bond in southwestern Illinois after being accused of beating his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter.

Authorities in St. Clair County say the toddler is in critical condition at a hospital, where surgeons have removed a quarter of her intestines. She also has a previously broken leg and is being fed through a tube.

Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Johnson says investigators believe 24-year-old Kraig Monroe was babysitting the girl in his Belleville-area trailer home when he repeatedly punched her in the stomach in hopes of silencing her crying. Monroe is charged with aggravated battery of a child.

Monroe couldn’t be reached for comment. He doesn’t have a listed telephone number, and it isn’t clear if he had an attorney.

That’s part of what I meant when I earlier said that any cop with more than a couple of weeks on the streets understood that the nature of humans to nurture our young is not universal.

Huh. Well, if we are to accept The Reverend Pat Robertson’s reasoning … I wonder what that little girl did to piss God off that much?

A bipartisan activity

Thieving SOB's. Lying, cheating, stealing.

That’s our CongressCritters. CongressClowns. Whatever you want to call that pathetic collection of inept, thieving scoundrels that We the People have elected to ‘govern’ us.

We have several of them pocketing ‘left over’ per diem. You know, the bux we give them when they take off on those Congressional junkets and other ‘work’ efforts.

They’re pocketing per diem funds, and using it for personal items completely unrelated to the trip.

And they think it’s perfectly OK to do that. They are dumbfounded that anyone would see it as wrong doing. Especially since their own rules require them to return left over funds.

CongressCreatures steal per diem from taxpayers

Well. OK, that’s not the official title of the WSJ article, but c’mon … that’s exactly what it is.

If I take a trip having to do with city business, I have to furnish receipts for reimbursement. If for some reason I receive an advance on the money before taking the trip, I still have to furnish receipts, and I have to return that which is not legitimately used. That’s the way it should be.

But Congress? Nah. Got some left overs? Go ahead and use it to buy a painting or some other knickknack for the house.

One Congressman even said, “Well, it’s only 80 or 90 or a hunnert bux …”. You know, like it ain’t real munny.

But it is real money, and it came right out of your pockets, and my pockets. Money that we could have used for our households, for our kids, for our grandkids. Do you look at $100 as ‘chump change’? As ‘nickle and dime’? How many people here in the Smile Hi City and The Holy Land can easily look at a hundred bucks as the difference between real food on the table for the kids, and a diet of Beanie-Weenies so the heating bill can be paid.

They just don’t get it. Both parties. Thievery is one of the very few truly bipartisan activities we see in Congress. Political scum and trash, that’s what they are.

We really need to vote this political scum and trash out of office. We really do. We might just put in new political scum and trash – look at the Oval Office, for example – but if nothing else we at least have something new to bitch about.

3/5/10

Dave Granlund's latest good one

From Dave Granlund:

eBay bid cancellations

Does anyone know how to cancel a bid on eBay?

I put in a bid on a “Mickey Mouse outfit” and now I’m six minutes away from owning Obama and his entire cabinet.

Help!

A slap in the chops for the Republicans

But they may be too politically stupid to get it.

Debbie Medina is a Tea Party candidate down in Texas. In Tuesday’s Republican primary down in Texas, Debbie Medina got nearly 20% of the vote. Hutchinson got 30% and Perry got 51%.

Now, think of how Debbie Medina can affect a general election.

She got about the same percentage of the vote as did Ross Perot way back in ‘92. Remember what happened then? Remember that Texas didn’t go for homeboy G.H.W. Bush? Nope. Texas went for Bill “I did not lie” Clinton.

Still not sinking in there, Michael Steele, ol’ buddy ol’ buddy?

Fast forward to 2000. If Ralphie Nader hadn’t been on the Florida ballot, do you think the election down there, hanging chads or no, would have been even close? Or do you think Al Gore would have clearly been the Floridians’ Clown of Choice?

Independents don’t vote in primaries. But they do vote in general elections. If nearly 20% of registered Republicans who voted, voted for a Tea Party candidate, what do you think is going to happen when the independents get into the act?

That’s what we call in the parlance of the trade a ‘clue’, Michael Steele.

If the Republicans don’t pull their heads out of wherever they have them stuck, and get their political act together, why … sayonara, homedog.

The Republicans need the Independents, and they need the Tea Party. It ain’t the other way around.

Ditto for the Democrats. Colorado’s Three Stooges – Salazar, Udall, and Bennet – had better wake up … or as Rich Galen puts it this morning … “You can start thinking about going back to your day jobs.”

3/3/10

The Great School Board Meeting Part 2

Consolidation of school districts came up. Dave Bomar gave a good short speech on that. He is for district consolidation. He fails utterly to see why we should be funding 6 separate districts all in northern Otero County, with a population in that entire area of less than 20,000 souls.

He is absolutely right. I felt like hollering, “Amen, brother!” and “Preach it, brother!” but for the fact that I might have been mistaken for some kind of fundamentalist.

But that would require some districts to give up their football teams and basketball teams, and that will happen when pigs sprout wings and fly themselves bodily to heaven.

Increasing the property tax came up, too. Jim Sullivan tossed that in toward the end. Such an increase would, of course, require the approval of the voters. Would voters approve a 100% increase in the mill levy? According to Sullivan, that is what it would take to keep the general fund at its current level. I didn’t see anything grossly out of whack with his math. Remember when we first brought that up? You don’t? Well … here it is:

The school finances solution

So the consolidation of resources within the district was examined. All of the options presented involve closing at least one school building.

There seems to be considerable objection to moving middle-schoolers in with the high schoolers. “Pregnancies are likely to increase,” was one comment. There is an implication that the younger kids would be subjected to wholesale thuggery (as though that doesn’t happen now). What does that say about the kids? What does it say about the schools?

Is there so little control and discipline within the schools that middle-schoolers must be isolated from high schoolers, like animals that eat their own young? Do parents have so little faith in the kids that they feel the kids must be isolated in such fashion?

Well … here’s the deal. Humans are by nature a nurturing species. We don’t eat our own young, not as a matter of course. We protect them, sometimes with everything we have. Now, any cop who has worked the streets for more than a couple of weeks can tell you that this is not a universal truth. Any parent who pays attention to the texting and sexting going on over cell phones, and who pays attention to FaceBook and other ’social networks’ can tell you the same. And as we saw from the Koshare hazing incidents, even our most revered sacred cow organizations can not only fail utterly in that respect, but the so-called ‘adults’ responsible for oversight are fully capable of circling the wagons and denying it all … to the detriment of the victims. Pollyanna is long dead and buried. These lackings in social responsibility and limit seem to be the rule.

But are they? Or are they a more superficial trend that can be countered? Are these things an offshoot, even if only partially so, of that ‘isolate and warehouse’ mindset that exists in our society and in our schools?

Paul Jebe made some good points about the differences between the middle-school ‘universe’ and the high school environment. He was for the most part right on the money. But nothing that he said justifies the level of isolation, of separation, that some people seem to want.

What we have here is an opportunity for high school students to learn and practice some of that ‘nurturing’ that is an inherent part of being a member of the human race. High schoolers should serve as mentors to the younger kids. What we have is an opportunity to teach high schoolers how to do that. Some of them may not be suited for it – well, let’s put it straight – some of them are not suited for it; they are damaged goods themselves. So are some of the middle schoolers. So what do we do … operate at the lowest common denominator of dysfunctionality? Some might argue that this sort of ‘mentoring’ preparation and participation is really a parental responsibility. They’d be right to a significant extent. But then a lot of what goes on in the schools these days should be taken care of by parents … but isn’t. That’s a whole ‘nuther story.

I would submit that if the schools are already serving as surrogate parents in so many areas already, what’s one more? Especially if it is an opportunity to actually train and educate the community’s youngest adults in their responsibilities not as ‘good citizens’, but in their basic human responsibilities. What would be the long term benefits to this? Would our young mentors become better parents themselves? Would they develop a more human and humane world view of others? If parents are already doing a good job with this, would a school mentoring program help reinforce that? Would the younger kids do better if brought along ‘gently’ rather than tossed into the deep end of the education system’s social pool?

Or are our educators too incompetent to handle all that? If that’s the case, why do they have our kids and grandkids in their clutches as we speak?

Bringing the middle-schoolers and high schoolers together is an opportunity, not the end of the educational world … though it might be the end of the educational world as we have known it … which is not necessarily a bad thing.

The Great School Board Meeting Part 1

The Otero R-1 school board meeting held up at the high school last evening went very well.

Jim Sullivan gave a good presentation on the funding and options so far formalized, at least formalized enough for presentation, though he emphasized repeatedly that no decisions have been made.

Some teachers offered some ’solutions’ for consideration. Jace Bauserman seemed to target the assistant superintendent position specifically and quite pointedly. We can only wonder at what’s going on behind the scenes there.

None of the teachers, nor the so-called ‘union’ rep, brought up the taxpayer-funded bailouts of PERA as a means of cutting costs. Of course, we are looking at different funding paths, but it all comes out of the taxpayers’ pockets.

Teachers and other PERA employees expect the taxpayers to take up what we can call ‘market slack’. PERA funds are invested, as are … oh … retirement funds for employees of the City of La Junta. PERA employees, like city employees, pay in a contribution to their retirement funds, as do their ‘employers’ (read that ‘taxpayers’). Well, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with that, so long as everyone understands that it is part of a compensation package. Like health insurance. Hold that health insurance thought for a moment and let’s get back to that retirement thing.

City employees’ retirement funds, with the exception of police and fire, are held in Wells Fargo investment portfolios. If the market and the economy are doing well, then city employee retirement funds build up nicely. If the market and the economy don’t do well, then city employee retirement funds tank. Go down the fiscal toilet. That’s just the way it is. You puts yer munny in the pot, and try to do so in reasonably intelligent fashion, and if all works well, you do well. If not, you don’t.

But with PERA, when the market doesn’t do well, PERA employees expect the taxpayers to make up the difference, and keep them funded at a level that will guarantee a specific income level. They want to do well no matter the state of the economy, and they want you and me to pay for it.

That’s a dog that don’t hunt. Or more to the point, that’s a pile of horse crap. PERA is whining that their current retirement checks average ‘only’ about $2800 a month. How many people do you know who would be happy to get a paycheck that size, much less a retirement check in that amount?

Until PERA employees are willing to take a more reasonable position on this, I am not inclined to cut any of them any slack when it comes to cutting positions. And I really am not interested in hearing one PERA employee taking cheap shots at another PERA employee, especially over whose position is more fiscally justified.