Daily Archives: March 3, 2010

What I said, but said here, better

Roger Simon, on Pete Stark replacing Charlie the Tuna.

Other controversies include singling out “Jew colleagues” for blame for the Persian Gulf War and referring to Congressman Stephen Solarz of New York (who co-sponsored the Gulf War Authorization Act) as “Field Marshal Solarz in the pro-Israel forces.” in 1991.[16] In 1995, during a private meeting with Congresswoman Nancy Johnson of Connecticut, he called Johnson a “whore for the insurance industry” and suggested that her knowledge of health care came solely from “pillow talk” with her husband, a physician. His press secretary, Caleb Marshall, defended him in saying, “He didn’t call her a ‘whore,’ he called her a ‘whore of the insurance industry.’”[16]

In 1999, he said to former California State Welfare Director Eloise Anderson, herself a former welfare mother, that she would “kill children if she had her way” for her advocacy of welfare reform.[7]

In a 2001 Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health hearing on abstinence promotion, he referred to Congressman J. C. Watts of Oklahoma, an African American, as “the current Republican Conference Chairman, whose children were all born out of wedlock.”[16]

In 2003, when Stark was told to “shut up” by Congressman Scott McInnis of Colorado during a Ways and Means Committee meeting due to Stark’s belittling of the chairman, Bill Thomas of California, he replied, “You think you are big enough to make me, you little wimp? Come on. Come over here and make me, I dare you. You little fruitcake.”[16]

(that’s only a taste – there’s plenty more at the Wikipedia link)

Do these Democrats have a death wish? Have they gone completely bonkers? Or did Nancy Pelosi’s plastic surgeon misfire and accidentally inject the Botox into her brain? Whatever the case, this an extraordinary gift to the Republican Party. It’s unclear at this point whether they will use it well, but it still constitutes an amazing opportunity. On the other hand, it is a huge insult to the American people. To appoint a man of Stark’s character – a complete and utter nut job- as the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee at a moment of national economic near-catastophe is about as cynical act as I have ever seen a modern American politician perform. Since it’s Oscar season, I think we can channel Sally Field and safely say this of Pelosi: “She hates us, she really hates us!”

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D’uh

Clinton fails to gain Brazil’s support for sanctions against Iran. If a dullard like me can see this, why can’t a Yale-educated lawyer? Iran wants to exterminate Israel and the rest of the world supports that goal. Is Hillary this stupid or just disingenuous? I can’t decide, but friends of Israel should start praying for a tsunami in this fall’s elections.

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Glenn Reynolds is hiding under his desk

Ah tol' you, Mr. Reynolds, I wan my degree!

University of Tennessee will award Al Gore an honorary doctorate in lying and the conservative world’s most famous blogger is cringing in shame!

I want to know, is Gore going to show up with his eco-friendly, 110′ house boat that’s ready to run on bio-fuel if it’s ever produced?

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The latest threat to our country: Libertarians!

That’s what’s got the Left worked up today, but as Instapundit points out, “we want to take over the government and leave you alone”. Scary.

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Vermont: “Never mind, we’ll just sit in the dark.”

NYTimes

State votes to shut down source of 1/3 its electricity. Home town of nuke plant displeased, rest of state is clapping its Birkenstocks in approval. Screw ’em.

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Global warming – there’s nothing it can’t do!

Cracking house foundations caused by global warming, New York Times says. Uh huh. Hurricanes, earthquakes, dead polar bears and prostitution have all been cited as effects of the phenomenon, so why not improperly built foundations?

There’s always this, though, buried in the story:

Compounding the problem is that, during the recent housing boom in the United States, houses were built in areas where the soil was particularly prone to shift. “If you think about it, the best ground in cities is usually taken early on, so the builders and developers have often been expanding into less desirable areas, and in their rush to make money, may not have designed structures to deal with it,” said David Lourie, a geotechnical engineer in New Orleans.

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Russian forfeits $53 million deposit on house deal gone sour

Geeze, for that kind of money he could have bought Leona’s and Mel’s places, combined.

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I don’t believe this for one second

10 customers claim they experienced sudden acceleration in their Toyotas after gas pedals were “fixed”. Pure bullshit. With a touch of trial lawyer sprinkled on top.

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What was Eliot doing in Devon?

I had an appointment, damn it!

Sex bondage/dungeon found, plus one very determined customer.

“They invited him in but then several officers followed him in and carried out the search and found the dungeon. While we were conducting a search one gentleman arrived.

“He walked straight passed police vans and cars and several officers and rang the bell inquiring about an appointment. We had to have a word with him.”

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Wait a minute, I just saw this movie!

Pilot with fake license arrested, removed from plane in Amsterdam. Great Good film,* by the way.

*per FWIW’s film critic, Walter Noel

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Christie in New Jersey, a Nutter in Philly. Lucky New Jersey

Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia claims he’ll balance the budget by taxing soda pop and garbage. If a city’s problems are so easily solved, where’s the problem? More lies.

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Someone still has money

17 Hill Road

I really liked this house on Hill Road and mentioned that back in September when it was listed. Just a couple of years old, beautifully made and with great views, it asked $10.9 million, went to contract in December and sold today for $10.2. I think it was worth it; more important, so did the buyer.

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Don’t ask, he’ll tell

New York congressman will retire after one term because of allegations he sexually harassed male staffer. Fortunately for him, he’s a liberal Democrat and will thus be spared the attention of the mainstream media.

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Yeah, I was wondering about this too

But I play one on TV!

Obama uses white jackets as props for his ObamaCare speech.

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I think critics are missing the point here about “secret”

Responding to complaints that Bush’s secret cyber-security plan was uh, secret, Obama releases a few details. I don’t think we need to help hackers and our enemies shut down our economy and I’m relieved that Obama apparently doesn’t think so either. Damn, it must have been more fun and easier criticizing Bush when the Professor didn’t have responsibility for running the country!

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Rogue wave kills two on cruise liner

Duck duck duck, goose!

These things are weird, and definitely occupy at least a small portion of the brain when sailing offshore.

Wikipedia, of course, has good stuff on them.


Rogue waves (also known as freak waves, monster waves, killer waves, and extreme waves) are relatively large and spontaneous ocean surface waves that are a threat even to large ships and ocean liners.[1] In oceanography, they are more precisely defined as waves whose height is more than twice the significant wave height (SWH), which is itself defined as the mean of the largest third of waves in a wave record. Therefore rogue waves are not necessarily the biggest waves found at sea; they are, rather, surprisingly large waves for a given sea state. “Rogue waves are not tsunamis, which are set in motion by earthquakes [and] travel at high speed, building up as they approach the shore. Rogue waves seem to occur in deep water or where a number of physical factors such as strong winds and fast currents converge. This may have a focusing effect, which can cause a number of waves to join together.”[1]

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Well maybe if their community didn’t keep reelecting crooks, this wouldn’t happen

First Rangel, now Paterson – New York black politicians smell a racist conspiracy!

Meanwhile, New York’s leading black Democrats grappled with what they said felt like twin calamities: the temporary withdrawal of Rep. Charles Rangel of Harlem as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, and Mr. Paterson’s ongoing travails.

“There’s a real sense of shock right now regarding the governor and regarding the congressman,” said Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright, an ally of the governor and the Manhattan Democratic chairman, in a telephone interview. “Some people might say there are conspiratorial theories moving around. People have to catch their breath.” He added, “People are saying there is no way, no how, that this is an accident that people are trying to get rid of our governor and trying to get rid of our congressman.”

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Free baseball tickets aren’t necessarily fatal, but lying about them might be

New York Governor Paterson solicited free World Series tickets and then lied about doing so. He’s not covering himself in glory these days.

In addition to violating the state’s ban on gifts to public officials, the commission found that Mr. Paterson falsely testified under oath that he had intended to pay for the tickets for his son and his son’s friend. The commission determined that Mr. Paterson had never intended to pay for the tickets and only did so after inquiries from the media, after which he submitted a backdated check as payment.

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Careful what we ask for

Criminal and traitor Pete Stark will replace Rangel as House Ways and Means Committee chairman. We were probably better off with Charlie there, too busy covering his fat ass to accomplish more mischief to our country. But Stark will be an amusing distraction from our country’s woes.

POLITICO reported earlier this week that officials found Stark “extremely belligerent” toward investigators from the Office of Congressional Ethics and used a semi-hidden video camera to tape his interview during a probe of whether he improperly applied for a homestead tax exemption in Maryland even though his official residence is in California.

The incident is just one in a series of stranger-than-fiction episodes featuring the tart-tongued Stark.

He once accused a former Republican Ways and Means colleague, Nancy Johnson of Connecticut, of getting her information from “pillow talk,” and called another, Scott McInnis of Colorado, a “fruitcake.”

In 2007, he accused Republicans of sending soldiers to Iraq “to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement.”

Passing over Stark, a 37-year veteran of the House, could have created a series of new headaches for House Speaker  — and fellow Californian — Nancy Pelosi.

Stark’s ascension as chairman does make sense from a policy standpoint: The biggest item on the committee’s plate right now is the president’s health care overhaul, and Stark has been chairman of the panel’s subcommittee on health.

If Pelosi hopes to keep Stark in place until the end of this Congress, there’s little that critics could do other than complain.

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Another sterotype shattered

Israeli Army has to cancel raid after soldier posts about it on FaceBook. So they’re not all smart!

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