An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 15 October 2009
Actually, there are a LOT of original ‘toons over there at Christmas Ghost that should be swiped, but I do refrain. But this one? No restraint.
When no one is watching you on the idjit box, you can say the most ridiculous, and offensive, things possible, but it does get out.
After the story of the little boy came out, we’ve all heard about another school district that has gone off the deep end. It’s quite obvious that sanity is no longer needed to go into public education.
Once more, someone is taking the word of an alarmist as fact, even if there are no real facts to back them up. What would be so wrong with a warmer planet? Longer growing seasons come to mind.
And of course, now there is this:
Republicans in the House have lost a bid to block the transfer of any detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay prison to the United States.
Instead, the House stood by a Democratic plan to allow suspected enemy combatants held at Guantanamo to be shipped to U.S. soil only to be prosecuted for their suspected crimes. President Obama has ordered the facility closed in January but has yet to offer a plan to accomplish that.
Democratic leaders had to push hard to win the 193-24 vote because many lawmakers see political danger in voting to move detainees from Guantanamo.
The Guantanamo restrictions were attached by House-Senate negotiators on a $42.8 billion homeland security appropriations bill.
There are 435 members of the House. Where were the other 218???
…..the next time you decide to have “just ONE more”!
H/T: Richie via FB
I’m not a one issue voter. I tried to look at ALL issues that are of concern to me, but I gotta tell ya, abortion is one of those issues that is right at the top of my list. The Foundry has been covering it fairly well with regards to the so called ‘health care reform’ fiasco. This morning is no exception.
But what about the Hyde amendment mentioned by the White House reporter? Is the Hyde amendment not the law of the land? No, it is not even a statute. First passed in 1976 by Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL) as a rider to the Health and Human Services appropriations bill, the Hyde amendment must be passed again every year as part of the HHS appropriations bill and even then it only applies to current HHS programs. The Hyde amendment would do nothing to stop Obamacare from funding abortions and all the versions of Obamacare passed by Congressional committees so far do exactly that.
Conservatives introduced amendments in all five committee markups (three in the House and two in the Senate) that would have specifically prohibited federal funds from being used to cover abortion. None of them passed. Worse, the “compromise” the White House has adopted is an amendment sponsored by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) who has a 100% pro-abortion voting record according to the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL). Not only does the Capps amendment allow for federal money to subsidize abortions in private plans and mandate federal funding for abortions in the public option (this according to FactCheck.org), it also requires that at least one insurance plan cover abortion in every geographical region in the country.
It’s fairly safe to say, if Gibbs is burbling, he’s gargling male bovine excrement. And when he’s repeating Obamanisms, it’s a sure bet!
I’m not doing a copy and paste this morning. Go, read the entire thing for yourselves, plus all the links and ‘quick hits’.
I cannot even begin to tell you how much this pisses me off.
Senators diverted $2.6 billion in funds in a defense spending bill to pet projects largely at the expense of accounts that pay for fuel, ammunition and training for U.S. troops, including those fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an analysis.
Among the 778 such projects, known as earmarks, packed into the bill: $25 million for a new World War II museum at the University of New Orleans and $20 million to launch an educational institute named after the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.
While earmarks are hardly new in Washington, “in 30 years on Capitol Hill, I never saw Congress mangle the defense budget as badly as this year,” said Winslow Wheeler, a former Senate staffer who worked on defense funding and oversight for both Republicans and Democrats. He is now a senior fellow at the Center for Defense Information, an independent research organization.
Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, called the transfer of funds from Pentagon operations and maintenance “a disgrace.”
“The Senate is putting favorable headlines back home above our men and women fighting on the front lines,” he said in a statement.
Mr. Wheeler said that senators took most of the cash for the projects from the “operations and maintenance” or O&M accounts.
“These are the accounts that pay for troop training, repairs, spares and supplies for vehicles, weapons, ships and planes, food and fuel,” Mr. Wheeler said.
Excuse me??? Are they serious?? Soooo…lemme get this straight. They are taking funds away from the men and women who are proudly serving this great country, and using them for pet projects so they can get headlines and pat themselves on the back? Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
I simply don’t understand what is happening to this country. We have elected officials who are so far in their own little world, they are putting our troops at risk. This is not the country I grew up in, nor is it the country I want my child to grow up in. 2010 cannot come soon enough for me…we need to get these POS OUT!!!