Mar 29, 2007

Only 36% of Democrats would vote for Hillary

Nearly half of the respondents in a recent poll said they dislike Hillary Clinton’s political opinions and Clinton as a person and that she does not appear to connect with people on a personal level.

More than one in five Democrats that participated in the survey said they would not vote for Clinton. Overall, 36 percent said they would vote for the former first lady.

This is not good news for Democrats because Hillary will probably be the standard bearer for the Party in 2008.


Mar 28, 2007

Washington lawmakers feasting on pork

Washington politicians have been accustomed to adding their favorite pork projects to bills they think the president will sign because of the importance of the main portion of the bill.

When such a bill reaches the president, he must sign it, in spite of the pork, or veto the entire bill. He does not have the ability to veto parts of a bill.

The president should be given ‘line item’ veto power but such a bill would never pass the House and Senate.

The House bill, which passed last week, exceeded the administration’s request by $21 billion and included money for spinach growers, peanut storage and citrus farmers.

If the Senate bill goes to conference committee as written, the two chambers may find themselves fighting over the best cuts of pork.

Washington lawmakers try to hide some of their pet projects as they are doing with the $100 million for the political party conventions. $50 million for the Democratic convention in Denver, Colorado and $50 million for the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The $100 million for the political conventions is included in a section described as “Katrina recovery, veterans’ care and for other purposes.”

Senate Appropriations Chairman Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., Monday defended the extra spending, describing it as “common sense and good economics.”

Senator Byrd (pictured), former Ku Klux Klan member, is the king of the pork-barrelers.

A good portion of $20 million is for insect infestation control in Nevada, thanks to Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Politicians love to take big chunks of federal money back to their home state to help insure their re-election.

With no term-limits and no line-item veto, Washington lawmakers feast on pork year after year.

Partial list of pork projects by Sen. Byrd:
(paid for by Federal tax dollars)

Robert C. Byrd Drive, from Beckley to Sophia (Byrd's hometown)
Robert C. Byrd Highway
Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam
Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope
Robert C. Byrd Federal Correctional Institution
Robert C. Byrd Freeway
Robert C. Byrd Center for Hospitality and Tourism
Robert C. Byrd Technology Center at Alderson-Broaddus College
Robert C. Byrd Hardwood Technologies Center, near Princeton
Robert C. Byrd Bridge between Huntington and Chesapeake, Ohio
Robert C. Byrd addition to the lodge at Oglebay Park, Wheeling
Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Pine Grove
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships
Robert C. Byrd Expressway, U.S. 52 near Weirton
Robert C. Byrd Institute in Charleston
Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing
Robert C. Byrd Visitor Center at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Robert C. Byrd United Technical Center
Robert C. Byrd Federal Building (there are two)
Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex
Robert C. Byrd Industrial Park, Hardy County
Robert C. Byrd Scholastic Recognition Award
Robert C. Byrd Community Center in the naval station, Sugar Grove

Senator Byrd is never questioned about his pork spending by the ruling left-wing of the Democratic Party in Washington or by the liberal media because he dutifully votes with Ted Kennedy, Chuck Schumer John Kerry, etc.

Link here and here.

Mar 27, 2007

Aide to Sen. Webb arrested for gun possession

An aide to Jim Webb, Democratic Senator from Virginia, was arrested Monday when he entered a Senate office building with a loaded pistol belonging to the senator.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said the aide was charged with carrying a pistol without a license and possessing an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition.

Sen. Webb’s office said it was an oversight. Carrying an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition was an oversight?


Newspapers hurting as advertising revenue drops

Big city newspapers continue to stumble financially.

Although advertising revenue increased on newspaper web sites, ad income dropped in the printed version keeps dropping.

Revenue from advertising was in striking decline last month, compared with February a year ago, and were generally weaker than analysts had expected.

What will big city dwellers use to wrap fish if newspapers go the way of the dodo bird? They’ll have to find something else to line the birdcage.

As politically irresponsible as big city newspapers are, I can’t say as I’ll mourn their passing -- if it comes to that.

A link to the New York Times article is here. Some day they may print their own obituary.

Turnout low at immigrant rallies

Pro-immigration activists were disappointed last weekend by paltry rally participation.

Tens of thousands were expected in Washington but fewer than 5,000 showed up.

Some said it was because the movement's national organizers in Washington have lost touch with the people.

Not mentioned in the article is what could be the main reason for the lower than expected turnout -- a feeling of complacency on the part of the immigrants.

Many of the immigrants have everything they want now so why bother with demonstrating?

They earn a lot more than they did where they came from and they get free medical care for their families. If they are ill or injured, they are treated at most clinics and hospitals. Most have no insurance so U.S. taxpayers end up paying.


Mar 26, 2007

Give Gore a dunce cap instead of honorary degree

The University of Minnesota is considering giving AL Gore (pictured) an honorary doctorate in climatology for his 2006 movie, "An Inconvenient Truth."

Considering the multitude of misleading and inaccurate assertions Gore delivered in the film, Gore is better fitted for a dunce cap.

Inaccuracy is the norm rather than the exception in Gore's movie. He would receive no better than an "F" in any serious course on climatology. The question is, given the current crisis in our public schools, does giving a bad scientist an honorary degree really send the right message?

A complete list of Gore's false and misleading statements would fill an entire book.

Some of the highlights can be found here.

Mar 25, 2007

Democrats 0 for 6 in Congress

The Democrats have been sidetracked by the war in Iraq and by their own “get Bush” agenda.

None of the elements of the newly minted Democrats' congressional agenda have made it to President Bush's desk, and the prospects of signature bills such as federal funding for stem-cell research or homeland-security improvements becoming law any time soon are doubtful.

Much of the Democratic agenda -- dubbed "Six for '06" -- sailed out of the House with bipartisan support, but all of it has stalled in the Senate as leaders scramble to deal with the Iraq war.

"I don't think they've gotten anything done," House Minority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio said of the Democrats. "How many bills have they sent to the president? None? Somewhere around there."