Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Full disclosure before I start. "Benedict Arlen" is not something I came up with - it is pretty good, and appeared in many sources this morning.
Democrats are howling over their coup in getting Arlen Spector (ex-R-PA) to defect to the Democrat Party. Many Republicans are crying over the continuing downward spiral of their party.
Here's my take on this, for what little it is worth ...
Good ridance. Spector spit in the face of the party that gave him a Senate seat for 28 years. Always known as a moderate, if not downright liberal, Republican, he is one of the RINOs (Republicans In Name Only). In spite of this, he had repeatedly said to the media he would not change parties, up to about three weeks ago. What changed?
Spector stated that he spent the last several months visiting with the people he represents, and their stories and needs convinced him to change to a Dem. Bullshit ...
Spector made his decision after meeting with the Pennsylvania state Republican Party leadership, and found out they were not going to endorse him in his next reelection bid. Conservative Republican Pat Toomey was going to challenge Spector in the Republican primary, and apparently the PA GOP was going to throw in behind him. The PA GOP was infuriated with Spector for voting for Obama's stimulus bill, against all reason.
So Spector changed parties for one reason, and one reason only - to save his political skin. The only way he can be reelected is as a Democrat. The only problem is that the people of PA may very well see this defection for what it is, and decide that this man cannot be trusted. His reelection is by no means a given.
Spector is a gift for Obama. If that maniac Franken manages to steal the Minnesota seat, the Dems will have a fillibuster proof 60 seats in the Senate, meaning that Republicans cannot stop any legislature or any appointments put forth by the Dems.
I see Spector as a gift for Republicans, though not in the conventional sense. With the Dems in complete control of Washington, they will be responsible for everything that happens. They will not be able to blame "Republican obstructionism", or lack of "Republican bipartisan cooperation" for anything. When their policies and agenda crash and burn, there will be no way to hide or push blame on someone else.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
GM's restructuring deal, approved by Obama, gives 50% ownership of the company to the federal government. 39% of the company will be owned by the UAW. Current GM stockholders will be allotted less than 1% of the company.
The Chrysler restructuring deal, to be approved by Obama, will give 59% of the company to the UAW, with the federal government getting 30%.
Think of that for a moment ....
Obama and his far left kook fringe will be determining what vehicles these companies will build. The EPA will decide what a large segment of the American car buying public will be offered - what that car buying public wants will be irrelevant.
The biggest problem these companies have had is the high cost of manufacturing vehicles, due directly to high labor costs and bloated union contracts. With the UAW running the companies, do you think the labor costs wil become more reasonable?
If the companies continue to have problems (as they surely will with these clowns in charge), the taxpayers are going to be on the hook for additional bailout money - Obama cannot allow a company failure after His vision has been implemented.
Anyone wanting one of those great looking Challengers or Camaros, a full size GM or Dodge pickup, or a SUV from these companies better go out any buy them now. V-8s will be a thing of the past. All of that is going to be phased out in favor of 3 cylinder plastic econo-boxes running on AA batteries.
Ford's choice to not take bailout money was a great move by farsighted management - they knew what hooks the money would come with. I believe that Ford will prosper in this environment, because they will be free to produce vehicles that the public actually wants to buy. If you have GM or Chrysler stock, dump it quickly. You might want to buy some Ford instead.
This is also going to force far more Americans into the showrooms of foreign car manufacturers.
Monday, April 27, 2009
This video was purportedly shot about 6 months ago in Iraq. It has been viewed almost 600,000 times on youtube. The soldier has not been identified. The US Army is distancing itself from this, stating that it is not the way the Army feels about its Iraqi allies.
This guy tells it like it is, how he sees it as someone who is risking his life everyday for people who may be happy to see him dead. I am sure he meant it as motivational, but more than likely it just pissed them off.
If coarse language offends you, don't watch it ...
Now, for comparison, a truly outstanding motivational speech from history ...
Saturday, April 25, 2009
In this clip, Dingell outs it as a tax (even though no one in the administration is allowed to call it a tax), and then asks Algore whether he thought cap and trade or a straight carbon tax is better. Algore, not surprisingly, wants both. More taxes, more taxes, more taxes...
The scam of cap and trade is that the energy producers and users are supposed to pay the taxes to the government, which in turn will return it to the users to offset the much increased energy costs that will result from the taxes in the first place. What horsecrap. Does anyone in their right mind actually believe that Obama's government will give back tax money? Cap and trade is designed to punish energy producers and users financially, to hurt them so bad that it will force them to quit producing and using conventional energy sources. The far left hopes to use it to force the USA to develop and use more green energy sources.
The estimates I have seen show that cap and trade will double the costs of conventional energy - gasoline, heating oil, coal, electricity will all be twice as expensive as they are now, with all of the additional costs being in the form of taxes paid to the government.
The far left, as represented by Algore, wants even more carbon taxes heaped on our citizens, above and beyond cap and trade.
These people have no shame - they will not quit until everyone is turning 75% of their paychecks over to the government.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Meet Henry Waxman (D-CA), member of the House of Representatives from the 30th District of California (Beverly Hills, West Hollywood).
When the Democrats won control of the House in 2006, Waxman wormed his way into powerful committee leadership posts, with the considerable help of his mentor - Nancy Pelosi. He immediately started using his positions to attack the Bush administration, Republicans in general, and any form of conservatism he could reach out and punish.
Waxman's latest attack on the Constitution is this: His House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment is holding four days of hearings on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. His star witness today, to wrap up the session: Algore, the biggest eco-whore the world has ever known.
Republicans on the committee invited Lord Christopher Monckton, former science advisor to UK's Prime Minister, to appear beside Algore, to provide a balance in testimony. Lord Monckton has long been a critic of the scam science of global warming, and unlike Algore, has scientific credentials to back up his arguments. Lord Monckton has tried unsuccessfully several times to get Algore to debate him on the subject.
Upon learning that Lord Monckton was the Republican's witness, Waxman refused to allow him into the hearing, mush less testify.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
This woman is an idiot.
Meet Janet Napolitano, our Secretary of Homeland Security, a cabinet post that she holds absolutely no qualifications for.
Only a hermit would not know of the storm of controversy that she has started with her alert to law enforcement agencies all over the country citing threats to homeland security they should be on the look out for. In that report, she pretty much targeted everyone who calls themselves a conservative, Republican, or member of our military as right wing extremists who should be closely monitored for militia like activities.
I am honored, Ms. Napolitano, that you think that I, and the millions of other folks who are pissed off at our government, are a threat to Obama's USSA. We are. We want the USA back, and are not going to be silenced by your threats. No matter how many regulations you put out, no matter how hard you try to destroy the First Amendment, no matter how much you use the Federal government to harass and attack ordinary citizens, you will not silence us.
For the DHS to send out a threat update to law enforcement is perfectly acceptable, and expected. However, the report is a hatchet job directed at the right. It purposely does not make mention of far left nutjobs, like moveon.org, dailykos, environmental terrorists, PETA, etc. Any group or pseudo-group that leans left is conveniently left out. Instead, it singles out everyday citizens who don't agree with far left's ideas.
This report was not supposed to be made public. In fact, it specifically states on the cover sheet that it is not to be released to the press. The report is over an inch thick in its entirety.
Shameful. Embarrassing. A window into the soul of the far left.
Several Republicans in Congress are calling for her resignation. Obama the Immaculate should dump her immediately, but he won't. She's a kindred spirit to him.
Can you imagine what the left would be doing if Secretary Chertoff had released a report like this, only targeting the left instead of the right?
(USSA - United Socialist States of America)
As I read the article this morning, it was mildly amusing, until I ran across a WTF?
A woman interviewed for the article, Bernice W., had just applied for a job as a topless dancer. The rep of the club she interviewed with said she would get a followup audition. Bernice W. is unmarried, 22, and has an infant child. She spent 3 years in prison for aggrevated assault with a deadly weapon. She hasn't held a steady job since her release from prison 2 years ago. Her last job was in a fried chicken greasy spoon, where she made $139 a week, barely enough to cover her cell phone bill. Her CELL PHONE BILL???
What's wrong with this picture? She has no money, an infant child, is not married, no job ... and she's worried about her cell phone bill ..... her child goes hungy while she yacks on the phone to her friends about nothing.
This says so many things about our society, especially the less fortunate members of our society.
Other gems from the article:
Rakesha M., 22 year old mother of two, currently unemployed and unmarried, applied for a waitress position.
Aequila R., 20 year old, was recruiting for her club. She's been dancing a year, and makes enough to support her young daughter and have plenty left over to go shopping. "I keep up with a pretty lavish life style". Again, unmarried, with no thoughts of the future.
Kawanna W., 28, applied for a hostess position. Unmarried, with five kids, she wants enough money to not have to shop at Family Dollar.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) asked her specifically about Vice President Dick Cheney's request that more CIA documents and reports be declassified and released, so that the American public can have a complete picture of CIA interrogation techniques - a request that the Obama regime has so far ignored.
Clinton used the question as a chance to take a stab at the Vice President, garnering laughter from Democrat members of the committee.
Rep. Rohrabacher verbally bitch slapped her, shaking her right down to her fat ass.
This is great, and well worth the view. THIS is how Republicans should deal with the Obama regime - don't try and go with the flow, don't try and get along - fight for what you believe in, and let America know you are fighting.
Rep. Rohrabacher has been in the House since 1989, and represents a large portion of Orange County. He is my hero of the day!
By the way - Clinton never did answer the question, and the Democrat committee chairman cut Rep. Rohrabacher off before he could press her again.
Thought you Clinton haters out there might enjoy a laugh ..... they're hard to come by these days!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
A good friend and co-worker plays in a band down in the Orlando area. The band is made up of a bunch of middle aged white guys (imagine that!), and is called The New Minority.
The Sax player with the light up TShirt is my friend. You will see him in future videos dressed up in his best pimping outfit, courtesy of Freeman's in Richmond. Too bad he passed on the yellow hat.
I've placed a link to their website to the right - worth a look .....
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Here's our President, Obama the Immaculate, having a brotherly shake with a self described enemy of the United States, Hugo Chavez. This took place today at the Summit of the Americas.
Chavez reportedly said to Obama "I'd like to be your friend".
Wow, I can't tell you how proud that makes me feel of our wonderful President and the image he is portraying to the world.
Two America hating peas in a socialist pod. Gives you the warm and fuzzies, doesn't it?
Coleman heard an egg hit the house, walked outside, and the man on abike threw another egg at him, and cussed him out. Coleman, using the class he has shown throughtout this whole horrid Democrat attempt to steal his Senate seat, dodged the egg.
Police have not arrested the assailant, who was caught on security cameras pedaling away as fast as his short little legs would move. A nearby surveillance camera provided an image, and police are asking for help apprehending this man, considered mentally ill, armed, and extremely dangerous:
One of the aircraft types they use is the Dassault Super Etentard attack aircraft. This jet is known for carrying the Exocet anti-ship missile.
Here is one that has a less than successful launch. Fortunately, it appears that the guy got out OK.
Some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed!
I had heard about this video on the news, but it took me a while to get around to looking at it. Wish I hadn't. I used to order from Domino's when on the road on business, not sure I can anymore.
While I am sure this kind of crap takes place in many food outlets, for some stupid crack headed idiots to film themselves doing it and posting it is absolutely insane. These folks have been fired, I am sure - I guess they thought that little of their jobs that they didn't care if they had them or not.
This is disgusting. The lack of respect shown by these idiots towards their employer and their customers is amazing. I hope these bastards never find another job ....
“It's damaging because these are techniques that work, and by Obama's action today, we are telling the terrorists what they are. We have laid it all out for our enemies. This is totally unnecessary. … Publicizing the techniques does grave damage to our national security by ensuring they can never be used again — even in a ticking-time- bomb scenario where thousands or even millions of American lives are at stake."
“I don't believe Obama would intentionally endanger the nation, so it must be that he thinks either 1. the previous administration, including the CIA professionals who have defended this program, is lying about its importance and effectiveness, or 2. he believes we are no longer really at war and no longer face the kind of grave threat to our national security this program has protected against.” - A former top Bush administration official's comments on release of the memos
The memos are now posted on multiple news and political web sites, where any jerk who hates America can study them - and these are classified memos?????
We know the Obama administration believes there is no War on Terror - they have said as much. But to go out and give aid and comfort to the enemy in this fashion, simply to try and embarrass President Bush? That's criminal.
Update - Dick Cheney yesterday called upon the Obama administration and the CIA to declassify reports detailing the information that was gathered from terrorists who were subjected to waterboarding and other enhanced techniques. The Obama regime only wants one side of the story told - not wanting the actual results of the interrogations to be made public. From what I have heard about the intel gathered, it will surprise the American people at how much was gained, and how it produced tangible, verifiable results in preventing terrorist attackes on US soil.
I hope Obama has the decency to do this, though I doubt it. I predict that he will announce that the information in those reports is too sensitive to be released.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Update - In her parting column for the LA Times, dated April 9, Brooks called for direct government (financial) support for public media, and government licensing of news services. She wants to give the government the same control over news media that Geithner now has over the CEOs and companies he has forced bailout money on.
Suppose someone in the Obama administration, presumably the FCC, decides that they're not going to give Rush Limbaugh a license to broadcast, for whatever reason. Suppose the Treasury decides to remove the CEO of Fox News and replace him with someone they prefer, like the head of NBC?
Almost every aspect of the First Amendment is under vicious attack by the left nutjobs, and our Democrat controlled federal government.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The La Cumbre vocano, located in the Galapagos Islands, was seen spewing gas, ash, and lava on Saturday, after 4 years of inactivity. No human life is in danger, but several species of unique life forms are at risk.
Obama Administration officials announced they would take swift, decisive action to address the situation:
Secretary of State Clinton's office announced she would seek a UN resolution condeming the eruption as a defiance of international law and agreements. China and Russia may block strong language, and it is expected to be several weeks before a joint statement can be released.
Secretary of the Treasury Geithner announced that due to the volcano CEO's mismanagement, Geithner would fire the CEO and appoint a US Government blue ribbon panel to run the volcano, along with plans to force the volcano to take $100,000,000,000 in bailout dollars to help it recover.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar anounced plans to sue the volcano for wasting critical geothermal energy without his department's permission.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said her agency would pursue legal action against the volcano's unregulated pollution of the atmosphere, and to make sure the volcano paid all applicable carbon taxes and fees.
Leader of the Senate Harry Reid (D-NV) said on the floor of a special emergency session of the Senate "The war against this eruption is lost".
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pledged a bi-partisan effort to legalize eruption in all 50 states.
Vice President Joe Biden, addressing the situation on CNN this morning, said "I told that damn volcano it better not erupt ...".
President Obama was unavailable for comment. His press secretary, Robert Gibbs, told reporters that he wanted to study the situation for several days, to make sure he knew all sides of the issue and how all the other world powers would respond before committing himself to any kind of statement.
This man has a history of speech gaffes that is second to none in the modern political era:
"Look, John's last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs." - Joe Biden
"A man I'm proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States - Barack America!" - Joe Biden, at his first campaign rally with Barack Obama
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man." - Joe Biden on Barack Obama before being named his VP candidate
"I got tested for AIDS. I know Barack got tested for AIDS. There's no shame in being tested for AIDS. It's an important thing." - Joe Biden
"You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking." - Joe Biden
Since Biden is a Democrat, he gets a pass on saying these stupid, offensive things. If he was a Republican and said exactly the same things, the main stream press would crucify him.
Biden also has a habit of out and out lying to the press and public. Some press idiots call it exaggerating. He was caught many times during the campaign saying things that were proven to not be true, just plain lies.
His claim last week to have scolded President Bush in the White House last year is his latest, proven lie to the American public:
"I remember President Bush saying to me one time in the Oval Office, "Well, Joe,' he said, 'I'm a leader.' And I said: 'Mr. President, turn and around look behind you. No one is following.'" - Joe Biden, CNN interview April 7
The only problem is it never happened.
President Bush never met with any single member of Congress in the Oval Office. It was his policy to always have at least one member of each House in any meeting, in order not to show favortism. Biden's name does not appear on the White House sign in log at any time by himself, with no other members of Congress present. Karl Rove and all other members of Bush's staff assert that no such meeting or exchange ever took place, and there is always a Presidential advisor with the President during meetings.
Biden sticks by his story, even though it is proven to be a lie.
This is the number two man in the country. Fits in perfect with Obama the Immaculate, and the Deomcrat leadership in the House and Senate. God, these idots are an embarassment ....
Ok, I make no apologies for being a Clinton hater. However, it sure would be nice to have Hillary's makeup concession these days. The company that does has to be getting rich. Above, a photo of her at a recent press conference, all made up and primped for the cameras. Below, caught by cameras without the benefit of hours in the makeup chair .....
Both of these photos were shot within the past six months ...
What surprises me is that the pounds of plaster they apply to her face as makeup doesn't crack and fall off under camera lights, or when she's out in the weather. I wonder how many makeup artists travel with her (at taxpayer's expense, of course) when she goes out on the road to impress all those foreign dignitaries.
Looking at this, I really don't blame Bill for cruising for interns ....
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
The Ballpark in Arlington is home to the Texas Rangers baseball team. A beautiful stadium, it is a peasure to see a ballgame there.
The outfield wall has become home to a number of sponsor signs, as it has in many stadiums. One of the Rangers' sponsors this month is 'The Dump', a furniture liquidation store. Someone in the Rangers' organization, either by chance or on purpose, located 'The Dump' signage on the wall right in front of the Rangers' bullpen. Now, with the horrid performance of Rangers' pitching over the years, one would consider this truth in advertising.
In any case, after this gaffe was noted on the opening day broadcast by the play by play announcers, the Rangers quickly and quietly moved the sign. 'The Dump' is now located by the first base line foul pole. I haven't heard anything else said about it, just noticed the move as I watch today's game telecast.
I hope someone got pictures.
Nick Adenhart, number three starter for the LA Angels, was killed early Thursday morning by a drunk driver. He had just pitched in his first game of the season. The 'allegedly' drunk driver has a history of drunk driving convictions, had a suspended license, and ran from the scene of the accident. Police apprehended him.
Adenhart died shortly after undergoing emergency surgery. Two others in the car were killed instantly, and a fourth person is in critical condition.
It's a terrible way for MLB to start the season. It is horrible blow to his family and his teammates.
Andrew Gallo, the drunk, should have been in jail. Now, he will go to jail for three counts of murder, unless the people who allowed him to still be on the street in the first place plea bargain down the charges.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
“The fifty-year embargo just hasn’t worked ... it was quite a moment to behold.” - CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-CA)
“It was almost like listening to an old friend.” - Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL)
"He looked right into my eyes and he said, 'How can we help? How can we help President Obama?'" - Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
There is nothing I can add, these jackasses said it all themselves.
F***ing Traitors .....
"In nearly 25 years on the bench, I've never seen anything approaching the mishandling and misconduct that I've seen in this case." - U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan
Sullivan appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the Justice Department lawyers who handled the prosecution, which may lead to criminal charges, fines, and jail time. The persons to be investigated include the top two officials in the Department's Public Corruption Unit.
Despite calls from Gov. Pailin and others in the State of Alaska, there is almost no chance of the Democrat who won Stevens' seat after his conviction last fall will step down and allow a special election to be held to fill the Senate seat. Although that would be the right thing to do, does anyone actually believe the Democrats would give up that seat?
Monday, April 6, 2009
President Bush threw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers' home opener this afternoon.
TV imagery captured a standing ovation from the crowd and players, with not a single boo or protester to be seen. Josh Hamilton caught his pitch, which by the way did go over the plate. Josh proudly displayed the signed ball for reporters after the game.
For those who don't know, President Bush was the Rangers' managing general partner from 1989 to 1994, a period that saw him frequently sitting behind the first base dugout during games. He then went on to two terms as Texas Governor, then to the White House.
This was the third time a president has thrown out the first pitch on Ranger's opening day: Gerald Ford in 1976, George H.W. Bush in 1991, and now George W.
A 100x300ft American flag was displayed across the outfield by members of the 4thID out of Ft. Hood.
The Rangers won, by the way, 9-1 over the Cleveland Indians. Hopefully MLB will call the season right now - it's the only chance the Rangers have of producing a winning season!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
A large part of the team's success was with Alan Johnson, the crew chief, and the crew members. They made up what was perhaps the strongest drag race team in history. They were so dominant and hated by their peers that they were referred to as DSR (Dark Side Racing), rather than Don Schumacher Racing.
At the end of the 2008 season, a new owner came to NHRA. Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Thani, a member of the ruling family of Qatar, came storming into the sport, establishing Top Fuel and Funny Car teams with unlimited financial resources. The sheikh made Alan Johnson an offer he could not refuse to run his two teams. Johnson took all of his Army team with him - no telling how much cash it took.
So, we have Tony, the defending champ, with a car and no team. Picking up the pieces, DSR hired a new crew chief and crew, and in less than two months, were back at the races for the 2009 season.
All the pundits in the racing world had predicted that Schumacher would fall on his face, since Johnson had been seen as the reason for the success of the team. Well ... not quite ....
Tony and the US Army dragster won the NHRA event in Las Vegas today. Coupled with their win two weeks ago in Houston, he has now won 2 of the first 5 events. Will Tony be as dominant this year as in the past - I don't know. But it is good to know that American pride, driven by US Army principals and sponsorship, are whupping up on the best that foreign dollars can buy.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Free Reign is a Heavy Metal band consisting of Dallas Cowboy linemen Leonard Davis (bass) Cory Proctor (drums), Marc Columbo (lead guitar and vocals), along with friend Justin Chapman. They had their first public performance last night at the Grenada Theater in Dallas, a 6 song set. This video is pretty crappy, but you can hear them.
I'm not a huge Heavy Metal fan, but I'm pretty sure that these guys aren't going to displace Metallica on top of the charts any time soon.
In any case, this truly is Heavy Metal - the four of them combined weigh more than 1200 pounds. I just can't believe that if Dallas Cowboys are involved, that they've not howling out Gangsta Rap.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Michele put her arm around the Queen of England and hugged her. That is an absolute no-no. No one ever touches the Queen for any reason.
Obama's gift to the Queen was an iPod, loaded with show tunes and excerpts from Obama campaign speeches. Besides the fact that she's already received one as a gift, how arrogant is that? He believes the Queen actually wants to hear his bullshit speeches?
Obama bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, another big time no-no. No one bows to a King except his subjects. I am sure he meant it as a sign of respect, but it will come across as a sign of subservience in the Arab world. I would imagine Al Jazeera is playing the tape of this and laughing their asses off. The Arab world has certainly got the US President they were hoping for!
All administrations have protocol officers, professionals whose job it is to make certain that our officials do not commit gaffes like these. If those officers did their job, and the Obamas ignored them, then shame on the Obamas. If the officers did not do their jobs, and the Obamas did these stupid things out of ignorance, they should throw the officers out of the plane over the Atlantic on the trip back. In either case, it shows how ignorant and self absorbed this administration is.
"The (Obama) administration has stopped using the phrase and I think that speaks for itself. Obviously." - Hillary Clinton, Mar.31 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch is back for its fifth season, beginning April 14. Now I don't care for crab, and would get very ill just at the sight of a crab fishing boat, but I've been hooked on this series since back before it was a series (just an hour long documentary). I am really looking forward to seeing how the Harris clan is doing, how the Hanson's are, and what kind of hellish weather they're going to have to fight through for this year's crab seasons.
"I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." - Obama, Sep. 12 2008
"You will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime." - Obama line, frequently stated during campaign
As of April 1, the federal tax on a pack of cigarettes rises .62 cents, to $1.01 per pack.
Smoking is prevalent in people of lower incomes. It is a sad fact that the people who can afford to smoke the least, are the ones who generally do it the most. So, the first people to feel the brunt of Obama's tax wrath are the very people he promised repeatedly he wouldn't attack.
I told you so seems to be so inadequate .....
The Justice Department is now seeking to throw out the convictions, with Attorney General Eric Holder citing gross misconduct by the prosecutors in the case.
"After careful review, I have concluded that certain information should have been provided to the defense for use at trial," - Eric Holder, Attorney General
"... justified by the extraordinary evidence of government corruption in the prosecution of Sen. Stevens... a sad story and a warning to everyone. Any citizen can be convicted if prosecutors are hell-bent on ignoring the Constitution and willing to present false evidence." - Brendan Sullivan and Robert Cary, Stevens' attorneys
Apparently, the prosecutors and FBI witnesses lied during the trial, and hid evidence from the defense.
I don't have much use for Eric Holder. However, he is doing the right thing here. Unfortunately, it is too late for the people of Alaska and the US Congress - the election was irrevocably tainted by the timing of the prosecution, and the apparently illegal actions of the office of the prosecutor. Democrats had targeted Sen. Stevens' seat as one they wanted badly in this past election, and they got it. I guess the ends justify the means, any means, for the Democrat Party.