Daily Archives: December 21, 2009

ObamaKare: the bribes keep surfacing

ACORN is re-funded. And, while it’s a moot point, because this is how Congress operates, there is a law against this sort of thing.

§ 201. Bribery of public officials and witnesses

(b) Whoever—

(1) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official or person who has been selected to be a public official, or offers or promises any public official or any person who has been selected to be a public official to give anything of value to any other person or entity, with intent—

(A) to influence any official act; or
(B) to influence such public official or person who has been selected to be a public official to commit or aid in committing, or collude in, or allow, any fraud, or make opportunity for the commission of any fraud, on the United States; or
(C) to induce such public official or such person who has been selected to be a public official to do or omit to do any act in violation of the lawful duty of such official or person;
(2) being a public official or person selected to be a public official, directly or indirectly, corruptly demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value personally or for any other person or entity, in return for:

(A) being influenced in the performance of any official act;
(B) being influenced to commit or aid in committing, or to collude in, or allow, any fraud, or make opportunity for the commission of any fraud, on the United States; or
(C) being induced to do or omit to do any act in violation of the official duty of such official or person;
(3) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers, or promises anything of value to any person, or offers or promises such person to give anything of value to any other person or entity, with intent to influence the testimony under oath or affirmation of such first-mentioned person as a witness upon a trial, hearing, or other proceeding, before any court, any committee of either House or both Houses of Congress, or any agency, commission, or officer authorized by the laws of the United States to hear evidence or take testimony, or with intent to influence such person to absent himself therefrom;
(4) directly or indirectly, corruptly demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value personally or for any other person or entity in return for being influenced in testimony under oath or affirmation as a witness upon any such trial, hearing, or other proceeding, or in return for absenting himself therefrom;

shall be fined under this title or not more than three times the monetary equivalent of the thing of value, whichever is greater, or imprisoned for not more than fifteen years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.

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And don’t eat vegetables, either

Onions have feelings too!

From the NY Times (where else?): Starve, you heartless bastards!

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Thank God, we’re saved!

AIG and the Tax Payer

Greenwich Ex-Pat sends along this WSJ story of the AIG employee who threatened to quit because he was only going to be paid $450,000 this year. His employer appealed, the government saw the logic of that appeal and he’s going to stay after all, with a $3.5 million bonus.

I have a real problem with politicians and bureaucrats dictating private employees’ pay. But I also have a problem with people firmly affixed to the taxpayers’ teat demanding “what they’re worth”. They’re worth nothing, so far as my wallet is concerned.

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Nifty new spy plane can eavesdrop on terrorists’ conversations

But I’d feel better if the manufacturer weren’t owned by Goldman Sachs.

Congress this year approved $950 million to buy as many as 37 aircraft from Wichita, Kansas-based Hawker Beechcraft Corp. The planes can fly as high as 35,000 feet and orbit for as long as five hours. They are modified at L-3 Communication’s Greenville, Texas, facility.

Hawker Beechcraft was bought in 2007 by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. andOnex Corp.

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Our murderous grandfather’s back in Greenwich Time

I missed the old bastard!

STAMFORD — A Pemberwick grandfather charged with killing his ex-daughter-in-law opted to take his case to trial Monday in state Superior Court, nearly a year and a half after his arrest.

Wouldn’t you be more interested in a story about the emergency responder saw the Valbella’s fire but hesitated to call it in from fear of offending the Gambinos, than yet another story about the plea history of this “grandfather” who slaughtered his grandchildren’s mother? I can only tell you that the first incident happened, because I can’t blow a source, but if our local paper can’t investigate that story, the least it could do is to stop affixing an emotional tag to this killer’s story, every time.

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This seems wise

LAPD won’t rule out drugs in actress’s death. Dead in Hollywood at 32? Massive heart attack? Drugs? Say it aint so.

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Okay, you’ve done in Bambi, now what?

I served a venison stew to family members the other night and, because of what I feared might be their sensitivities, neglected to mention that the meat was deer, rather than hormone-stuffed beef. All I got were compliments on how delicious the stew was. So how come you may have encountered gamey deer that tasted rank? It’s all in the care of the meat, I think, so here’s what to do:

1. Kill cleanly. There’s no reason that you can’t pass up bad shots in favor of a good one that ensures an instant kill. If your marksmanship isn’t good enough to accomplish that, practice (with a .22 – very cheap) until you can. I hunted with a fellow for a few years who was mean to me, which I could handle, but also cruel to animals. The day he dragged in a buck he’d shot seven times, starting with running shots and finishing an hour later when he tracked it down, was the end of our trips together. Bet his deer meat sucked too, with all the adrenaline pumped through the poor creature’s body.

2. Field dress immediately. The first time I did this I was alone and acting solely on book learning. It worked. Don’t puncture the intestines, don’t rush the job, and all will be well, but you want that animal gutted and cooling as soon as possible. I like hunting in the snow for many reasons but one is that there’s plenty of material handy for cleaning your hands and cooling your deer. Virginians don’t have that luxury.

3. Hang it? I don’t, because I don’t have the facilities (a meat locker, cooled to 35 degrees). So skin it, butcher it, wrap it and freeze it. Again, all this was available via books for me and is now on videos on the Internet. Lucky you.

4. Before cooking, trim again. Here’s the best cooking tool for venison I’ve found:

That’s right: a Rapala or other inexpensive, super-sharp fish filleting knife, usually around ten bucks at WalMarts. With it you can sit at your kitchen table and do the butchering job you wanted to do originally but didn’t have the time for. Trim off every scrap of fat still on the meat – unlike beef suet, deer fat sucks – and take off the bluish sheathing of whatever it is – membrane? – that is found on some sides of the meat. When you have nothing but clear red meat, you’re ready to cook.

And it will be delicious, as my unsuspecting family just learned.

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