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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

While I am away, an excerpt from that awesome blog, Flopping Aces

Posted by: Mike's America @ 8:39 pm in Uncategorized

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Olympian Michael Phelps to join Obama Cabinet?
After the photo at right was printed in a British tabloid showing the Olympic superstar smoking pot in a bong Michael Phelps acted quickly to stem the damage to his reputation:

“I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment,” Phelps said. “I’m 23 years old and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.” -Michael Phelps

With Democrats rushing to excuse tax cheats like Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Dashcle I’m left wondering when Phelps might be asked to join the Obama cabinet despite the photo showing him enjoying his ‘pot of gold?’

White House Defends Daschle: “Nobody’s perfect”
Writing at, WH reporter Mark Knoller:

It sounds like a sequel to the movie “Dumb and Dumber.” But it’s actually part of the White House defense of Health and Human Services nominee Tom Daschle: “nobody’s perfect.”

Peppered with questions today about Daschle’s acknowledgment that he failed to pay more than $120,000 in taxes between 2005 and 2007, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs argued that the problem does not come close to disqualifying the former Senator from serving as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Of course it doesn’t come close to disqualifying Daschle. That would only happen if Daschle were a Republican appointed to serve in a GOP Administration.

And as for the “nobody’s perfect” defense: you just try giving that excuse to the IRS when they discover you didn’t pay your taxes!

Six More Weeks of Winter?

Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, winter to continue
Feb 2, 2009

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) - The world’s most famous groundhog saw his shadow Monday morning, predicting this already long winter will last for six more weeks.

Punxsutawney Phil emerged just after dawn in front of an estimated 13,000 witnesses, many dressed in black-and-gold to celebrate the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl victory the night before.

The annual ritual takes place on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill in Punxsutawney, a borough of about 6,100 residents some 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club announced the forecast in a short proclamation, in which Phil acknowledged the Steelers’ 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

According to German superstition, if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2 - the Christian holiday of Candlemas - winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early.

Since 1887, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, hasn’t seen it 15 times, and there are no records for nine years, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

Biggest Snow in 20 Years Cripples London
This is global warming?

Troopers of the Blues and Royals, mounted division, brave the weather during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in London on February 2, 2009. Much of the south of England has been blanketed in snow bringing chaos to the transport system.

Snow covers tree branches in front of the Houses of Parliament , in central London February 2, 2009.

A woman walks past telephone boxes during snow fall in Cambridge, eastern England February 2, 2009.

Obama Calls for 10% Cut in Defense
Meanwhile, billions more in the stimulus bill to reward his ACORN supporters!

Fox News: The Obama administration has asked the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff to cut the Pentagon’s budget request for the fiscal year 2010 by more than 10 percent — about $55 billion — a senior U.S. defense official tells FOX News.

Last year’s defense budget was $512 billion. Service chiefs and planners will be spending the weekend “burning the midnight oil” looking at ways to cut the budget — looking especially at weapons programs, the defense official said.

Some overall budget figures are expected to be announced Monday.

Obama met Friday at the White House with a small group of military advisers, including Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman, and Gen. Jim Jones, National Security Council chairman.

So much for assuring conservatives uneasy with Obama’s national security policy. And of course the cuts will impact our troops ability to perform their mission, keep themselves safe and reduce civilian casualties. What a liberal wet dream!

Do You Miss Bush Yet?
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Everybody's favorite, a cut and paste! I am on a project until Thursday, enjoy!


highboy said...

That cut in defense spending has recently been justified to me from another blogger with the argument that with the extra money now we can afford to make sure children have healthcare, and women have prenatal care and access to food stamps and WIC. This is a laughable justification since not one single child in the U.S. is being denied healthcare anywhere, nor are women in crisis not getting access to the prenatal care and food stamps they need.

chaos_engineer said...

This is a laughable justification since not one single child in the U.S. is being denied healthcare anywhere, nor are women in crisis not getting access to the prenatal care and food stamps they need.

Well, it depends on what quality of healthcare you're talking about. If take a child to a hospital emergency room, then the hospital is legally required to provide emergency care as soon as they can get around to it. But they're not required to provide non-emergency care or preventative care. (The stuff that you'd normally see your family doctor about; emergency rooms aren't even set up to do a good job of that.)

Children from very poor families can get that sort of care through Medicaid, but there are a lot of other children who fall through the cracks...their parents are the "working poor", and make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford health insurance. (If you've been following the newspapers, you might have read something about the "SCHIP program". This is the problem that SCHIP is supposed to help with.)

Off the top of my head, I'm not sure how women in crisis are doing. If it turns out that all their programs are fully-funded, then I'm sure we can come up with other things to do with the money. We really need to do something about our crumbling infrastructure, and some more job-training programs might be useful in the current economic climate. And we could give the SEC whatever resources they need to start doing their job, so that the Lehman Brothers and Bernie Madoffs of the world can't wreck the economy again. (A good first step would be to swap the budgets and armaments of the Department of Defense and the SEC.)

What would you like to do with the money? Do you think we should keep spending it on Iraq in hopes that we'll get a good return on our investment someday? Or can you think of even better ways to use the money?

radar said...

I think Obama should quit giving my tax money to crooked organizations like ACORN. That is an insult to the majority of Americans. ACORN is devoted to voter fraud in favor of Democrats. Hope and change...and Bill Clinton never had sex with that woman, either. Obama may be worse than I imagined.

On the other hand, Obama is increasing the tax revenue stream by tentatively appointing Democrats to the cabinet, because then they are immediately forced to apologize for "forgetting" to pay like a hundred grand in back taxes as soon as their name comes up for discussion. I think he should name every top Democrat in the land as a candidate for a cabinet position, maybe we could recoup a few million more dollars in tax revenue that way.

highboy said...

CE: the Chip program covers families, even those families making well above the "working poor". I make very good money and even have great insurance through my employer and it doesn't compare to the CHIP program, which covers even families making nearly 60,000$ per year. Every child receives full healthcare in this country. The only way a child does not have healthcare in this country is if their parents didn't fill out the paper work.

As for women in crisis, WIC covers even middle class women, and nearly anyone who applies can get government funded birth control pills through their local welfare agency. Any single mother who applies in any state receive full benefits, which includes cash assistance, money for a car, food stamps, full medical coverage for her and her child, and even the daycare of her choice, fully funded by the welfare program. This is in every single state.

What to do with the money? Obama isn't just taking it out of Iraq, he's taking it out of defense as a whole. As far as the investment, we've already had a good return, and even Obama had to acknowledge that. Defense spending is the government's job. Providing abortions and national healthcare is not.