Monday, 02 March 2009
THE GLOBAL BLIZZAR...ER, WARMING PROTEST
I post this from Raleigh, North Carolina's WRAL- TV web site, www.wral.com without further
comment; it stands pretty well just by itself:
global warming d.c. protest cancelled due to
masive snowstorm ?
Published Mar. 1 10:40
Not again! Big DC March
Snowstorm Set to Greet 'Largest public protest of global warming ever in U.S.!'
1 Foot of Snow Possible, Bitter Cold, Blowing and drifting snow!
DC under Winter Storm Warning: DC faces up to 1
foot of snow, bitter cold, blowing and drifting snow
'Largest public protest of global warming ever in
U.S.' set for Monday March 2, 2009 at U.S. Capitol w/ NASAs James Hansen Fox
News Feb. 27, 2009
Excerpt: NASA's chief climate scientist is in hot
water with colleagues and at least one lawmaker after calling on citizens to
engage in civil disobedience at what is being billed as the largest public
protest of global warming ever in the United States. In a video on
capitolclimateaction.org, Dr. James Hansen is seen urging
Americans to "take a stand on global warming" during the March 2 protest at the
Capitol Power Plant in Southeast Washington, D.C. "We need to send a message to
Congress and the president that we want them to take the actions that are needed
to preserve climate for young people and future generations and all life on the
planet," says Hansen, who has likened coal-fired power plants to "factories of
death" and claims he was muzzled by the Bush administration when he warned of
drastic climate changes.  But critics say Hansen's latest call to action
blurs the line between astronomer and activist and may violate the Hatch Act,
which prohibits federal employees from participating in partisan political
activity. "Oh my goodness," one of Hansen's former supervisors, Dr. John Theon,
told FOXNews.com when informed of the video. "I'm not surprised ... The fact
that Jim Hansen has gone off the deep end here is sad because he's a good
fellow." Why he has not been fired I do not understand," Theon said.
Tracking 'The Gore Effect' Politico November ,
[Note: The Gore Effect has a long and storied
history. What follows is a sampling of how Mother Nature enjoys mocking global
warming fear promoters.
1) First October snow since 1922 blankets London
as global warming bill debated October 2008
2) Global Warming Vote on Snowy Day in Washington
- Senate committee debates expensive climate change bill snow blanket D.C.
3) HOUSE HEARING ON 'WARMING OF THE PLANET'
CANCELED AFTER SNOW/ICE STORM February 2007
4) NOT AGAIN! DC 'Snow Advisory' Issued on Day of
Congressional Global Warming Hearing March 2007
5) Gore decries 'global warming' in bitterly cold
NYC December 2006 #
6) Gore delivers environmental message at Harvard
- ...with near 125-year record breaking low temps October 2008
7) Global warming activists urged to focus on
Earth Day rallies and ignore snow as it 'piles up outside our windows' April
8) No Joke! Cyclists 'braved freezing cold temps'
to promote global warming awareness in New York - October 22, 2008
9) Global warming protest in Maryland frosted with
snow January 2008
10) Global warming rally in the snow April
11) Snow won't dampen global-warming rallies
12) Brrr. - Obama to global warming demonstrators:
'This is probably not the weather to hold up those signs...it's a little chilly
today' - October 28, 2008
13) Global Warming Awareness Walk Braves Snow
Storm March 2007
14) The Gore Effect, Cont. - Gore speaks in Italy
during 'rare' cold and snow
15) Tracking 'The Gore Effect Politico November
16) Climate protest cancelled 'due to rain
and cold' Nov. 23, 2008
UPDATE: This comes to us from CNS News....and I'm sure
you join me in wondering if Ms. Pelosi, who is fabulously wealthy and no
stranger at all to living on the highest side of things, was attempting to fly
in by charter.
Pelosi Snowed-Out of Global Warming
Monday, March 02,
By Josiah Ryan and Ryan
(CNSNews.com) Speaker of the
House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had to cancel an appearance Monday at a global
warming rally in Washington, D.C., that was hit by a snowstorm because
her flight was delayed, her office told
Brianna Cayo-Cotter, the spokesman for the
Energy Action Coalition that held the rally, told a group of
reporters that she had been in contact with Pelosi and that her flight had
been delayed because of inclement weather.
A blizzard Sunday night
and early Monday morning blanketed the nations capital with snow, causing
events to be cancelled and delayed across the city.
Energy Independence and Global Warming Chairman Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who was
scheduled to speak at the global warming event, also canceled his appearance
because of the inclement weather, a spokesman from his committees office told
CNSNews.com on Monday.
Speaker Pelosis office confirmed to
CNSNews.com that her flight had been delayed, but they could not say where the
flight was coming from or whether she was flying commercial or charter.
THE CARRION REVERSE EPONYM
(kr-n) n. Dead and decaying flesh. adj. 1. Of
or similar to dead and decaying flesh. 2. Feeding on such
(p-nm) n. 1. A person whose name is or is thought to
be the source of the name of something, such as a city, country, or era. For
example, Romulus is the eponym of Rome.
Now there's a combination most of us would prefer not to see
in politics. But, thanks to the Obama administration,
we apparently have one now.
New York Daily News writers Benjamin Lesser and Greg B. Smith provide the
Buildings sprang up as donations rained
down on Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion
Updated Sunday, March 1st 2009,
Bronx Boro President
Adolfo Carrion on the roof of the Bronx Courthouse with the old and the new
Yankee Stadium behind him.
The man who is President Obama's newly minted
urban czar pocketed thousands of dollars in campaign cash from city developers
whose projects he approved or funded with taxpayers' money, a Daily News probe
Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion
often received contributions just before or after he sponsored money for
projects or approved important zoning changes, records show.
Most donations were organized and
In one case, a developer became a Carrion
fund-raiser two months before the borough president signed off on his project,
raising more than $6,000 in campaign cash.
In another, eight Boricua College officials came up
with $8,000 on the same day for Carrion three weeks before the school filed
plans to build a new tower. Carrion ultimately approved the project and
sponsored millions in taxpayer funds for it.
Carrion resigned as borough president effective
Sunday and begins his new job as director of the White House Office on Urban Policy Monday.
Saturday Carrion declined to answer written
questions about his receipt of timely campaign contributions. Instead, he issued
a terse statement:
"Thousands of people who share the Borough
President's vision for building a stronger Bronx and a stronger city have
contributed to Carrion NYC. Teachers, parents, police
officers, firefighters, members of the business community and concerned citizens
have all contributed to the borough president's efforts to strengthen the Bronx
and stimulate the local economy and he is proud to have such wide-ranging
Here's a look at some of his donors:
Last year Jonathan Coren and a partner wanted
to build 166 units of affordable housing in Parkchester.
Coren, for the first time in his life, became a
registered fund-raiser - for Carrion. He raised $2,577 from multiple donors in
the three weeks before Carrion approved the project on March 26.
On a single day - April 12 - he raised another
$1,255, less than a month before the Planning Commission, which includes a
Carrion appointee, approved Idle LLC's project.
Coren raised $6,532 for Carrion from 43 donors.
The developers are awaiting funding from the city.
Asked about the purpose of fund-raising for
Carrion just before he reviewed the project, Coren replied, "None, other than,
to be perfectly honest with you, at that time I became aware of his campaign. It
is what it is."
Coren says he never spoke "directly" with Carrion
about campaign donations.
A top source for Carrion's campaign cash comes
from a publicly funded project to build 679 units of housing and a 14-story
college tower in Melrose.
Top officials at the Atlantic Development Group, the project's developer, and Boricua College contributed nearly $70,000
to Carrion during the time the project, called Boricua Village, moved through
Atlantic needed Carrion and his planning
commission rep to approve zoning changes and lift height restrictions for the
The first application for the project was filed
March 28, 2006. Less than a month later, Carrion got eight donations on the same
day for $8,750, records show.
They all came from Boricua College administrators,
including a $4,000 check from President Victor Alicea. Alicea has
been a fund-raiser for Carrion.
On March 26, 2007, Carrion approved the
The grand total for Boricua donations was $17,512,
while Atlantic owner Peter Fine and his employees came
up with $52,400 - the largest single source of donations for Carrion.
In July, Carrion announced he was sponsoring $3
million in taxpayer funds for the project. Records show he has since sponsored
another $4.5 million for the college part of the project.
Alicea insisted all Boricua donations came from
"individuals," not the college. "We're very careful about anything that could be
construed as a tradeoff or a quid pro quo."
A spokesman for Atlantic said Fine believes
Carrion "is an outstanding public servant, and for that reason alone is happy to
give financial support to his political endeavors."
JACKSON DEVELOPMENT GROUP
In 2004, a real estate group moved to build
affordable housing on the site of an old Mott Haven brewery on St. Ann's
Ave. The project stalled.
In April 2007, dozens of employees of Jackson
Development Group started donating to Carrion. There were 23 contributions in
two months, including $1,000 from a construction worker.
By November 2007, 41 donations from Jackson
employees to Carrion totaled $35,650. In May 2008, Carrion approved the project.
Two months later, he announced he was sponsoring $3 million in taxpayer funds
for the project.
Jackson did not return a call seeking
One of Carrion's largest donors and fund-raisers
is Jose Velazquez, owner of Tri-Line Contracting Inc. of Manhattan. Between his employees
and developers and other donors, he has raised $83,700 for Carrion.
Tri-Line is working at two of the biggest
developments Carrion has championed, including the new Yankee Stadium.
Carrion signed off on it in 2005 with the caveat
that the Yanks hire a big percentage of local contractors and workers. One of
the contractors was Tri-Line, which is building a conference center and museum
in the stadium.
Velazquez said he raised money for Carrion because
he supported him as a fellow Hispanic and felt that "this is the guy to lead
Carrion "has never ever equated raising money with
giving us work," Velazquez said, adding that Carrion did not help get him the
Tri-Line is also building a Staples store in a
new mall a block from the stadium called Gateway at Bronx Terminal Market.
Velazquez said he got the job through competitive bidding.
Developer Related Companies' subsidiary, BTM Development Partners, needed Carrion and the city Planning Commission to change zoning,
modify height restrictions and approve permits for parking spaces.
As the project moved forward, the neighborhood
railed about increased traffic and the impact the chain stores would have on
local businesses. All the while Related executives wrote campaign checks to
On March 10, 2005, five $1,000 donations from
Related executives arrived. On June 20, 2005, the company notified the city it
planned to build a 1 million-square-foot retail center with 2,610 parking
spaces and a 250-room hotel.
On Oct. 19, 2005, Carrion approved the project,
with his office monitoring local hiring. Since 2003, Carrion has received
$39,100 from 24 Gateway-related donations.
Related declined to answer questions.
THE ADER GROUP
In March 2008, Carrion sponsored $1 million in
public funds for the Ader Group's plan to build 177 low-income rental units. On
June 17, owner Israel Neiman gave Carrion $4,950,
a donation Neiman said was "just coincidental."
Neiman said the taxpayer money has not been spent
and the project is on hold due to the collapse of the economy.
Personally, I would love to be an eponym.
Sometimes when I sit back, close my eyes and visit la-la-land for a few
minutes, I fantasize a cabinet post called the Department of Berwitz, with a presidentially appointed Secretary
who dispenses justice to all, fairness to
all, and tells corrupt frauds to take a
hike as only a Berwitz can. I then come back to reality, knowing it will never happen.
By contrast, I think Adolfo Carrion might become a reverse eponym of sorts
(i.e. the word becomes synonymous with his name), in the sense that - if
there is any fairness left in the Obama administration and/or
enough media accountability to embarrass the President - carrion will either have to
resign in disgrace or be tossed out on his ear.
Based on what Mr. Lesser and Mr. Smith have uncovered, that day can't come
Unhappily, however, since this is contingent on our wonderful
"neutral" media picking up on their investigative reporting and telling
non-Daily News readers about Carrion, it may never happen at
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN THE MIDDLE EAST
That title is the name of a video, which is based on the pamphlet "Why
Israel Is The Victim", written by David
Horowitz. My good friend Bob e-mailed it to me, and I am passing it along
It takes maybe ten minutes to watch. This may well be the most enightening ten minutes
you'll ever spend learning about the true story of how the country of Israel came
into existence and the potential country of Palestine did not. It is worth
every second of your time.
And I guarantee that once you have seen it, like the wedding guest in Colreridge's
Rime of the Ancient Mariner, you will be a sadder and a wiser person.
Watch it by clicking
THE DETROIT CITY COUNCIL BURLESQUE
Are you aware of how Detroit is run?
If you read this blog you're certainly aware of how completely corrupt its
previous mayor, kwame kilpatrick, was. But do you have any idea about the
Detroit City Council?
Read this, from Nolan Finley of the Detroit News, and prepare to be
amazed. The bold print is mine:
Commentary: Elect a crazy council, get crazy
Nowhere is Michigan's brain drain on greater
display than in the Detroit City Council chambers.
My hopes for Detroit's future faded as I watched
the tape of last Tuesday's council meeting, the one that considered the Cobo
Center expansion deal.
It was a tragic circus, a festival of
ignorance that confirmed the No. 1 obstacle to Detroit's progress is the bargain
basement leaders that city voters elect. The black nationalism that is now the
dominant ideology of the council was on proud display, both at the table and in
Speakers advocating for the deal were
taunted by the crowd and cut short by Council President Monica Conyers, who
presided over the hearing like an angry bulldog; whites were advised by the
citizens to, "Go home."
Opponents were allowed to rant and ramble on
uninterrupted about "those people" who want to steal Detroit's assets and profit
from the city's labors.
A pitiful Teamster official who
practically crawled to the table on his knees expressing profuse respect for
this disrespectful body was battered by both the crowd and the
When he dared suggest that an improved
Cobo Center would create more good-paying jobs for union workers, Conyers
reminded him, "Those workers look like you; they don't look like
Desperate, he invoked President Barack
Obama's message of unity and was angrily warned, "Don't you say
his name here."
Juxtapose the place and the faces and imagine a
white Livonia City Council treating a black union representative with such overt
racial hostility. The Justice Department would swoop down like a hawk, and the
Rev. Al Sharpton would clog Five Mile Road with protesters.
But in Detroit, dealing with the council's
bigotry is part of the cost of doing business. As is dealing with its
incompetence. (I'll pause here and excuse from that indictment Sheila
Cockrel and Brenda Jones, who supported the Cobo deal, as did Kwame Kenyatta,
who although he's an avowed nationalist, most often votes in the city's best
Emmet Moten, the developer who just opened the
Fort Shelby Hotel downtown, was at the meeting and found it appalling. Moten
went to Lansing in 1983 on behalf of Mayor Coleman Young to successfully lobby
for a regional tax to support Cobo.
"And now we're saying, 'We don't want your
money,'" Moten says. "If Coleman were alive today, he'd be outraged. It hurts,
it really hurts."
Now, Moten says, "we Detroiters gotta be
Outraged enough to go to the polls in November and
elect a brighter, more responsible council. Moten and others I talked with this
week are encouraged that mayoral primary voters picked Dave Bing and Ken Cockrel
Jr., the two most rational candidates on the ballot.
The test now will be whether it's those primary
voters or the angry council crowd who represent the real Detroit.
As Moten notes, "You can't fix this for us. We
have to fix it ourselves."
Nobody can help Detroit if voters again elect a
City Council composed of separatists, clueless dowagers and the apparently
Nolan Finley is editorial page editor of The
News. Reach him at email@example.com or (313) 222-2064. Watch him at 8:30 p.m. Fridays on "Am I
Right?" on Detroit Public TV, Channel 56.
Can you believe it?
Can you even begin to imagine what we would be hearing about this racist
burlesque show if it were White supremacists instead of Black supremacists?
What you just read about is taking place in one of the major cities of
the United States. It is pure, undbridled racism from the seat of
power. It is racists behaving as if there are no rules, no norms
and no chance that any of them will be called into account for their
And why not? Why should this collection of racist scum think
WHERE ARE THE NATIONAL MEDIA?
Will you be reading about this in the New York Times tomorrow? If it is
there at all it, will be buried deep in the middle of the news section.
Will the Today show or CBS Early Show or Good Morning America be reporting on
A dying society allows this to occur. A dying society ignores this
catastrophic situation on the theory that racism is ok if the
"acceptable" racists are perpetrating it.
Will we learn before it is too late? Or is it already too
TAKING A CHANCE
I know I'm supposed to be impressed by this. But I'm not.
First the story, which come to us from Kyle Smith of the New York Post:
TAKING A CHANCE
HOLLYWOOD FINALLY DOES IRAQ RIGHT - AND
(SURPRISE) GETS THE RATINGS
updated: 4:29 am
March 1, 2009
Posted: 2:01 am
For two and a half minutes near the end of "Taking Chance," the new
HBO movie about the body of a young
Marine returned home for burial, there is no sound except for the salute of the
riflemen and the Wyoming wind battering the flags that stand at half mast as the
shattered remains of PFC Chance Phelps are placed at rest. The silence amounts
to perhaps the most eloquent statement Hollywood has yet made about the Iraq
Its main competition is
an earlier scene in the same movie. Driving along a country road behind an SUV
carrying the casket, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl finds other motorists forming an
impromptu funeral cortege out of respect for the departed.
"Taking Chance," which is the only Iraq movie to show the troops in a
wholly positive way, is also the only one people are watching. The film industry
has reduced our troops to dupes, dopes, deserters and losers in an insane clown
posse of laughably bad films like "Stop-Loss," "In the Valley of Elah," "Lions
for Lambs," "Home of the Brave" and "The Lucky Ones." To say that these
relentlessly skewed movies, made by people innocent of any knowledge of the
military, are flops would be an understatement: "The Lucky Ones," for instance,
which starred Tim Robbins and Rachel McAdams as
desperate and moronic vets on leave, last fall grossed $267,000, a figure that
wouldn't even cover the cost of advertising. It was yanked from screens after a
"Taking Chance," though, a work of transcendent sorrow and infinite
dignity, was watched by two million viewers on its first HBO showing last
Saturday, the best figure for an HBO original movie in five years. Though the
violent death of a serviceman informs every frame, it is also a powerful
statement about duty and honor as embodied in the stark face of USMC Lt. Col.
Michael Strobl, nobly portrayed by Kevin Bacon with a chesty military
bearing and a hidden well of resolve. The film is based on Strobl's experience
escorting the remains of Phelps, who was killed in action in 2004 and who
inspired Strobl to keep a journal published on blogs such as
To show the fallen as
heroes is too much for some to bear. "There is surely an edge of propaganda to
the unfailing grace and dignity of the process showcased in 'Taking Chance,' "
snarked Ray Richmond in The Hollywood Reporter. " 'Taking Chance' is saved from
patriotic sentimentality by its attention to detail and Bacon's performance,"
said Mary McNamara in the Los Angeles Times. Saved! Whew. That was a close
In the New York Times,
Ginia Bellafante ruled that "Taking Chance" contained "a flatness that made me
feel unpatriotic for being bored." She needn't worry. Finding this stately but
cathartic film boring isn't unpatriotic. It's merely cloddish.
Taking the Silver Star
for snark was Jeffrey Wells of the popular movie blog Hollywood Elsewhere. If
you have ever served in the military, I advise you to skip the next paragraph.
Especially if you are armed.
Wells says that "Taking
Chance" "sells the honor and glory of combat death in a 'sensitive' way that is
not only cloying but borders on the hucksterish. Which I feel is a kind of
obscenity . . . It may be one of the most inspired con jobs of all time in the
way it walks, talks and acts apolitical . . . and yet deep down, it's a film
that will warm the cockles of Dick Cheney's heart. 'Taking Chance' is about
simple sadness and dignity in the same way that Scientologists offering free
stress tests are just trying to make your day go a little smoother."
Since Wells apparently
scorns all "combat death," not just those in Iraq, I wonder whether he is a
local pacifist as well. Maybe if there were no ceremonies to honor fallen police
officers, the force would be unable to recruit new talent and disband. Then
criminals, unprovoked by the presence of law enforcement, would simply
"Taking Chance" makes no
case for the Iraq War. It asks merely for understanding and respect of those who
sacrifice. The pain etched in Bacon's face is so profound that by the end of the
film, you feel why he says, "I should have been over there. I was trained to
fight. If I'm not over there, what am I?" Then he delivers his highest praise:
"Those guys - guys like Chance - they're Marines."
Yes HBO made a for-cable movie about Iraq. Yes it cast our troops in a
positive light. And, yes, it got terrific ratings.
No, no other mainstream venue I am aware of has done this, not in the almost
6 years we have been in Iraq.
No, they didn't do it even after every expensive anti-Iraq movie flopped
(Smith notes this in his article, I chronicled each flop in this blog as they
No, HBO didn't do it either - until it could be released after President Bush
Ok, I admit I have a good feeling about how this turned out in the end,
and that it is very edifying for the ratings of "Taking Chance" to be so
high But can you look me in the eye and honestly tell me that
this project was created without a one-sided political bias?
I didn't think so.
PETER MORICI, UNLEASHED
From Mark Finkelstein, formerly of www.newsbusters.org and now of www.finkelblog.com, comes a slim ray of
illumination from one of the morning shows:
On Early Show, Economist Rips
Poorly-Structured Obama Plan
Man, am I glad to be wrong. When economist
Peter Morici, appearing on the Early Show in December, placed much of the blame
for the automakers woes on the UAW, I imagined that we
might have seen the last of him on CBS. Im happy to report that my fears
Morici was back with a vengeance this morning,
absolutely shredding Pres. Obamas plans for the economy.
- Theres no end in sight to bailout billions,
given the wrong-headed policies the Obama admin is pursuing.
- Until a bad bank of bad assets is created,
the one-off bailouts of individual institutions will fail.
- Theres no light at end of tunnel because
stimulus package is poorly structured.
- Obamas plans to raise taxes is very
wrong-headed at this time.
- Geithners financial stability plan, Obamas
stimulus plan and Obamas budget all scared the market. The Obama admin
should learn to listen to the market.
Ouch! Interestingly, Smith didnt protest any of
Moricis criticisms. To the contrary, in introducing the subject, Smith
plaintively asked $30 billion more for AIG on top of $150 billion. TARP money
by the billions and billions and hundreds of billions. Is there any end to
the amount of money these financial institutions are going to need to stay
Kudos to CBS: looks like a dose of realism might
be creeeping in at Black Rock.
I agree with Mark. Knowing the political skew of The Early Show, it is
something of a pleasant surprise that this guy still has his job.
Regardless, it is a breath of fresh air when someone on any of the three
morning shows provides balance to what otherwise is the prevailing "wisdom"
(those quotation marks are very deliberate, I assure you).
I hope Mr. Morici's leash stays off. We need something besides
Obamadoration on our airwaves.
It's almost enough to demand that they reinstitute the Fairness Doctr...er, never
WHY WE HAVE GUANTANAMO
Why is there a Guantanamo? How come, once he became President, Barack
Obama suddently found it more than a little diffifcult to just summarily close
I'll let Charles Johnson of www.littlegreenfootballs.com take
Another Guantanamo Detainee Becomes Suicide
World | Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 8:09:46 am
Another prisoner released from Guantanamo turns
suicide bomber, and the Washington Post finds a way to blame it on the US:
A Ticking Time Bomb Goes
But there is also a view in some quarters of the
U.S. government that cases such as Ajmis are the inevitable
result of locking up 779 foreigners in an austere military prison,
without access to courts or consular representation, and subjecting them to
interrogation techniques that detainees say amount to torture. Some of them
are bound to seek revenge, these officials believe. The challenge is figuring
out which ones.
Although U.S. intelligence agencies are
monitoring some former Guantanamo detainees, the government lacks the
resources to track everyone who has been through the prison. The Defense
Intelligence Agency recently stated that as many as 60 other ex-inmates may
have returned to the fight, but it has not released a list of names or
In Ajmis case, however, his behavior at
Guantanamo his refusal to obey orders, his repeated throwing of his
excrement, his hostility toward his attorneys struck his American
lawyers as a sign of potential danger. But there is no indication in his court
file here, which Kuwaiti legal officials deem a complete repository of the
material provided by the United States, that U.S. authorities relayed any
As many as 60 other ex-inmates are fighting us again? Delightful.
But why stop there? Let's release them all and see how many go back to
why they were detained in the first place. We can keep a count of
how many US soldiers they kill or maim, and blame it on President Bush.
Oh, wait, he's not in office any more.
But not to worry. We can still blame it on President
Bush. If he hadn't allowed these fine young men to be held at
Guantanamo they would all be benign shopkeepers and university students
Wow, this is easy. All we need is for our media to pretend this makes
any sense at all and we're home free.
OBAMA AND THE EARMARKS LIE
When your approval ratings are high you can blatantly lie. As
they lower, and people are more willing to pay attention to what you
say without reflexively swooning at the sound of your name, they become more aware of
how badly they're being suckered.
That, I suspect, is the path that President Obama is in the process of
taking. But he's still at the point where there is enough swooning for him
to lie to our faces and get away with it.
This brings me to Mr. Obama's comments about the 410 billion dollar spending bill that his
Democratic congress quietly approved last week, on top of the 800 billion dollar
stealfromu..er, stimulus package.
Exasperatingly, many people don't even know about this additional 410 billion. Ask
around and you'll be appalled to find out how true this is; I guarantee it.
So how is Barack Obama lying about the spending bill? Jake Tapper of
ABC News (a man I increasingly rely on for fairness in reporting), assisted by
Sunlen Miller, has the particulars:
President Obama to Sign Pork-Laden Omnibus
March 02, 2009 8:29 AM
Obama administration officials Sunday announced
that despite expressed "concerns" with the billions in earmarks contained in the
$410 billion omnibus spending bill -- and campaign pledges to "slash earmarks by
more than half" -- the President would sign the bill.
Taxpayers for Common Sense says the bill contains
8,570 earmarks at a cost of $7.7 billion. An estimated 60% of the earmarks are
from Democrats, while Republicans requested the remaining 40%.
In his list of the Top Ten Porkiest projects that he tweeted on his Twitter page
last week, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. -- who is urging President
Obama to veto the bill -- cited both the $300,000 earmark for a Montana World
Trade Center from GOP Rep. Dennis Rehberg of Montana, and a $1.8 million pig
odor and manure management program from Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.
"This last year's business," said Office of
Management and Budget director Peter Orszag on "This Week with George
Stephanopoulos. "We want to just move on. Let's get this bill done,
get it into law and move forward."
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel noted on Face
the Nation that when "President
Obama came to office, two major bills were passed without earmarks. The
major economic recovery act -- earmark-free; the children's health care bill --
earmark-free. He has said clearly his policies about earmarks, which is you've
got to be -- more accountability, more transparency, and a
Host Bob Schieffer asked "why didn't he just tell
the Senate, 'Look, take these things out of here; I've told people we were not
going to have these earmarks; then send it back to me'?" which prompted Emanuel
to repeat the exact same talking points he'd just given, in more bullet-pointy
"What he's clear is, again, the economic recovery
act, earmark-free, a major bill," Emanuel said. "Second, this is last year's
business. And third most importantly, we're going to have to make some
other changes, going forward, to reduce and bring more -- reduce the ultimate
number and bring the transparency."
On the campaign trail, then-Sen. Obama sounded far
less accepting of earmarks.
In Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Sept 22, 2008, he
said, "the truth is, our earmark system -- whats called pork-barrel spending in
Washington -- is fraught with abuse. It badly needs reform -- which is why
I didnt request a single earmark last year, why Ive released all my previous
requests for the public to see, why Ive pledged to slash earmarks by more than
half when I am President of the United States."
In February 2008, in Bangor, Maine, Mr. Obama said
that McCain "complains about earmarks, but it was his party, the Republican
party under George Bush and a Republican Congress that presided on the biggest
increase in pork barrel spending that America has ever seen and that is what
we're going to change when I'm President of the United States." In July 2008,
the President started talking about returning earmarks to their 2001 levels.
After McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his
running mate, Obama criticized her for having been of two minds on earmarks.
"When you been taking all these earmarks when it
is convenient and then suddenly you are the champion anti-earmark person," Obama
said, "that is not change, come on. I mean, words mean something."
Members of Obama's cabinet who were until recently
in Congress -- including Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood,
and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis -- all have their names attached to various
earmarks in the omnibus spending bill. Emanuel's name is attached to an earmark
The President's assertion that he hadn't requested
any earmarks in his previous two years in the Senate seemed under question last
week when his name turned up attached to an earmark along with three dozen other
senators who wrote a letter advocating a vocational training program for native
Americans in North Dakota and New Mexico. White House press secretary Robert
Gibbs said that there was "no funding level" mentioned in the letter, so the
president's name should not have been cited as an earmark sponsor.
"The President, as a senator, did not request
earmarks for the final two years he was in the Senate," Gibbs
A spokesman for the Senate Appropriations
Committee Thursday said the president's name would be excised from the
congressional report identifying earmarks and their sponsors, Congressional Quarterly
- Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller
In other words, President Obama is absolutely against earmarks. And
that is why he is going to sign a gargantuan spending bill that is loaded with a
tidal wave of 8,570 of them.
Could he have warned his Democratic congress that this kind of atrocity
would be vetoed, so they better remove those earmarks? Yes.
Could he veto the atrocity they put together and handed to him?
Is he going to do so? No.
So the staggering total of almost 8,600 earmarks will be signed into law by a
man who campaigned that he would make sure there wouldn't be any of
And we deserve this liar, too. We elected him knowing that his
entire history is one of spending virtually unlimited sums of other
people's money without ever creating any revenue on his own. Shame on
Now, what are we going to do about it in the next national