Nancy Pelosi's Official Calendar for Dems: Don't Forget Dick Cheney's Hunting Accident

It’s so nice to see the new Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, taking the high road as promised.

The Speaker emailed the official House Democrats 2007 Calendar, and with it a note:

“Attached is a calendar for 2007 that has been prepared by Speaker Pelosi’s office. It was originally e-mailed out to Democratic offices in mid-December, but we wanted to e-mail it out again to ensure that all offices had seen it. We hope this calendar helps Democratic offices to plan press events and other activities for their member throughout the year.”

The calendar includes dates to remember such as the House vote schedule, holidays, and — the anniversary of Dick Cheney’s hunting accident?

Yes indeed, mark your calendars, Democrats, because February 11th marks the one-year anniversary of the day that will live in infamy. The day the Vice President of the United States accidentally shot his hunting partner, Harry Whittington.

Other important information probably not on the calendar would include:

March 12: William Jefferson “frozen asset” Day — Put all your cash in the freezer to show solidarity with our railroaded comrade.

March 31: Barney Frank’s birthday. Join us for cake and games. Come on, it’s not every day you get to meet Clay Aiken, Liza and Harvey Firestein.

April 1: April Fools Day. No jokes please. We’ve got plenty.

May 6: Installation and dedication of the Patrick Kennedy Capitol Hill Memorial Barricade, on behalf of the memory of the old barricade, may it rest in pieces.

July 16: Bracing facelift/eyelid restoration day. Ignore scaffolding around Mrs. Speaker’s head. No eye contact please.

September 11: Never forget. Never forget the horror. Never forget the misery. Never forget the pain. Never forget the senseless destruction and death. Yes my friends, this is the day in history that George W. Bush began his illegal and immoral war based on lies and deceptions.

October 30: Mark Foley commemorative Precious Moments figurine sale/DNC fundraiser. Remind voters about dirty Republicans by offering these darling porcelain dolls depicting former Rep. Mark Foley at his computer emailing a perverted note to a 16-year-old boy.

November 23: Celebrate Thanksgiving by informing everyone that their turkey was probably accidentally shot by Dick Cheney.

December 25: Announcement of Democrats’ “holiday gift to the country” — No days off until new legislative agenda is pushed through the House.

December 27-January 8, 2008: No sessions scheduled so some of us can attend or watch college bowl games.

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Nancy Pelosi’s Official Calendar for Dems: Don’t Forget Dick Cheney’s Hunting Accident

It’s so nice to see the new Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, taking the high road as promised.

The Speaker emailed the official House Democrats 2007 Calendar, and with it a note:

“Attached is a calendar for 2007 that has been prepared by Speaker Pelosi’s office. It was originally e-mailed out to Democratic offices in mid-December, but we wanted to e-mail it out again to ensure that all offices had seen it. We hope this calendar helps Democratic offices to plan press events and other activities for their member throughout the year.”

The calendar includes dates to remember such as the House vote schedule, holidays, and — the anniversary of Dick Cheney’s hunting accident?

Yes indeed, mark your calendars, Democrats, because February 11th marks the one-year anniversary of the day that will live in infamy. The day the Vice President of the United States accidentally shot his hunting partner, Harry Whittington.

Other important information probably not on the calendar would include:

March 12: William Jefferson “frozen asset” Day — Put all your cash in the freezer to show solidarity with our railroaded comrade.

March 31: Barney Frank’s birthday. Join us for cake and games. Come on, it’s not every day you get to meet Clay Aiken, Liza and Harvey Firestein.

April 1: April Fools Day. No jokes please. We’ve got plenty.

May 6: Installation and dedication of the Patrick Kennedy Capitol Hill Memorial Barricade, on behalf of the memory of the old barricade, may it rest in pieces.

July 16: Bracing facelift/eyelid restoration day. Ignore scaffolding around Mrs. Speaker’s head. No eye contact please.

September 11: Never forget. Never forget the horror. Never forget the misery. Never forget the pain. Never forget the senseless destruction and death. Yes my friends, this is the day in history that George W. Bush began his illegal and immoral war based on lies and deceptions.

October 30: Mark Foley commemorative Precious Moments figurine sale/DNC fundraiser. Remind voters about dirty Republicans by offering these darling porcelain dolls depicting former Rep. Mark Foley at his computer emailing a perverted note to a 16-year-old boy.

November 23: Celebrate Thanksgiving by informing everyone that their turkey was probably accidentally shot by Dick Cheney.

December 25: Announcement of Democrats’ “holiday gift to the country” — No days off until new legislative agenda is pushed through the House.

December 27-January 8, 2008: No sessions scheduled so some of us can attend or watch college bowl games.

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Climatologist: Global Warming is the Greatest Deception in the History of Science

Climatologist Timothy Ball has a good essay here about the man-made global warming theory, which he calls “the greatest deception in the history of science.”

For those who believe that the earth is flat, make that the second greatest deception in the history of science. For those who believe that the earth is flat and that Barbra Streisand is helping combat global warming and corporate greed, make that the third greatest deception.

Happy Birthday: The Gipper Remembered

President Ronald Reagan, who died in 2004, would have been 96 years old today.

A statement released by Nancy Reagan sums it up her feelings, not to mention many of ours.

I’ve often reflected upon the man that is Ronald Reagan and attempted to figure out exactly why I loved the guy so much. After all, I never met him, but there’s something special about Reagan that continues on even after his death.

It really struck me during Reagan’s funeral in 2004. Not the ceremony in California, but the silent lengthy memorial in Washington, DC. I was glued to the television that day. In literal essence, I was watching little, but in abstract fact, I was watching everything.

C-Span was airing coverage of people silently filing past President Reagan’s flag draped casket. That’s it. No bands, no marching, no dignitaries, no commentary, no sound — and yet it was the fullest, most interesting and memorable programming I’ve ever witnessed.

The scene was eerily silent, but the respect displayed by the military guards and those slowly walking by was deafening. There was not a peep to be heard. I was awestruck by the utter stealth of the continuous stream of thousands and thousands. A pin drop would have sounded like a firecracker. Somehow, even children knew to be quiet, which is a magical atmosphere indeed, and one I’d thought impossible until that evening.

But that was Reagan — the successful combination of a reach for the seemingly unattainable, with the pursuit of goals that may have been deemed as unrealistic – was his successful recipe for whipping up a fresh batch of America.

I first voted for Ronald Reagan in 1984 (a small part of the reason I did is that I didn’t want to be known for the rest of my life as, “That one guy who voted for Mondale”). Reagan got my vote because he came across, at least to me as an 18-year-old, as the father figure to a nation that had spent the better part of a decade as orphans, abandoned and left for dead by Vietnam, Watergate, malaise, stagflation and disco.

Sure, his presidential years had some setbacks. Reagan was shot for nothing more than some unbalanced bubble-wrap brained, uber-nerd’s attempt to impress Jodie Foster. Reagan lived, Hinckley was sent off to Our Lady of Swatting at Imaginary Flies Hospital for a few decades, and Foster never called him. Another evil plan thwarted by Reagan.

There were some down times, but even more successes, culminating with what Reagan will be remembered for best in the history books.

The Great Communicator headed up “Extreme Makeover: Eastern Bloc Edition,” and presided over the collapse of the Berlin Wall — a demolition which rippled right on through to Moscow, ending in the implosion of the Soviet Union.

What Reagan left behind for us pales in comparison to what he didn’t leave behind.

When remembering Ronald Reagan, whether we’re conservative or liberal, there’s one label that is never used: Negative. Reagan was ever the optimist, and he made his points not by bashing the opposition, but by selling the virtues of his ideas. Ronald Reagan was a good lesson not only for every day Americans, but he was an example of how to be a politician – a model that, regrettably, is rarely followed these days.

Some people think that conservatism died when Reagan died, but I tend to disagree. As Ronald Reagan wanted America to be a “shining city on a hill,” I believe that Reagan himself remains a bright beacon for not only conservatives and republicans, but also all Americans. Reagan’s light is still shining out there, we just need to follow it.

Happy birthday, Mr. President. Salute!

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Spending Some Time in the Clooney Bin

Actor George Clooney said some things in a recent interview that are typical confusing liberal tripe, but I thought I’d quickly point out a couple of items he said to use as specific examples. 

The first thing the American left often opines is something along the line of what Clooney said in this interview: 

“It is probably the worst time ever for us (the US) internationally. When you go to Europe, for the most part, they just hate us. Not individually, but they think we are just like these big bullies—and quite honestly, we have acted like that. That has been the most unusual twist in the last few years, having to defend being an American.” 

Defend being an American? Speak for yourself, George. I for one don’t defend being an American as much as I apologize for sharing the same turf with vacuous leftist actors. 

But as we read on about Americans who think America is the problem, as usual and oddly enough, all the specific examples of world misery are things that don’t happen in the United States.  

Clooney believes the rest of the world thinks we’re bullies, but then says, “We didn’t do anything about Rwanda.” The fact that this inaction or botched action took place under the watch of the left’s hero, Bill Clinton, aside, if we did take action, we’d have been “bullies” to Clooney and his foreign pals. 

Clooney is billed as “an outspoken critic of the genocide currently taking place in western Sudan” (as if the rest of us are proponents) and speaks of “hundreds and hundreds of people dying in vicious attacks in places all around the world.” Unless George considers our national defense part the creation of this problem, which he may, again, the U.S. is one of the few places where these things don’t happen. 

The left, as always, wants it both ways. They join hands and call for the United States to help in all areas of the world where misery exists. Then, when and if that “help” takes place in whatever form, they call the United States “bullies.” 

You can’t have it both ways, George. “Suspension of disbelief” only works in movies. The tactic many American liberals use is similar to Clooney’s. They hide behind “somebody else’s” opinion to give their own: “Europeans believe that we’re _____.” These are the people who go to a shrink to get advice “for a friend.” 

By the way, my wife just said, “Clooney’s so good looking that a lot of women don’t care if he doesn’t make sense.” I guess that about says it all, eh?

Can a man who lives like this have a firm grip on reality? I mean, seriously.

"Poor Hardest Hit" Headline of the Day: Global Warming Threatens to Make Africa Miserable

This morning I ran across something that we see almost every day in the news — the “poor hardest hit” headline, or “Duh!” as they’re known among followers of current events. 

The story quotes U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at least the U.N. finally got it right and hired a buy with the word “Ban” right there in his name), who says, in essence, that if we don’t curb global warming by capping industrialized nations – and faster than a Reuters writer can apply “poor hardest hit” to any situation – that Africa is in danger of being miserable. 

Does this mean that we should immediately halt any fossil fuel burning vehicle that happens to be carrying aid to Africa? I’m guessing not, but that boat or plane should certainly drop off some cash to the United Nations on the way over. 

That’s right. According to the U.N. global warmists, the capitalistic lifestyle of the United States is polluting the air, where it wafts over and heats up the nirvanic Shangri-Las of Kenya, Somalia, Darfur and many other areas of paradise, making their lives miserable. It’s getting so a continent can’t have a famine, AIDS epidemic and various plagues without some industrialized punks ruining it all from afar. 

Here’s a bit of the story: 

“But it is the poor, in Africa and developing small island states and elsewhere, who will suffer the most, even though they are the least responsible for global warming.” 

Experts say Africa is the lowest emitter of the greenhouse gases blamed for rising temperatures, but due to its poverty, under-development and geography, has the most to lose under dire predictions of wrenching change in weather patterns. 

What’s the answer? First, Madonna had better pick up the adoption rate and get them out of there. The second answer is a conundrum. The U.N. “fix” to Africa’s impending global warming misery will be to get rid of, or vastly reduce, industrialization in first-world societies. Oddly enough, these are the very reasons other areas of the world are not starving and plagued with disease. It’s an idea so good it could only come from the United Nations. 

I once heard Wayne Dyer say, “I can’t get sick enough to make one person who is ill get well.” The U.N. and other global warming alarmists disagree with you, Dr. Dyer. 

Africa needs exactly what they’re being told by U.N. environmentalist ne’er-do-wells is their greatest enemy. A capitalist environment is needed in Africa. But this can only be done after getting rid of despots, warlords, crooked leaders and U.N. pinheads who panic at the thought of parts of Africa starving and dying of AIDS in extreme heat, preferring that the same thing happen when it’s 1.8 degrees cooler and you’re sharing in the misery. 

Some of the performers in the Live8 concert, which took place in the summer of 2005, asked, “If we can spend billions of dollars to kill people, why can’t we spend billions of dollars to feed people?” The sad reality is that sometimes you have to do that first part in order to make the last part possible. You also have to first have billions of dollars, and that’s not going to happen if everybody lives in caves and desert lean-tos while basking in Mother Nature’s arms because the only thing they’re polluting the environment with are the dead bodies of the victims of famine, disease and despotism (biodegradable, thankfully). No SUV’s and no factories though. Heaven. 

I’m one of those people who believe that most of the “man made global warming” theory is a giant power and money grab, and little more, but for a moment let’s assume that the theory is fact. In that case, we should still work to bring capitalism to Africa, and not push the rest of the world into a hole so everybody can empathize. 

Sure, a capitalist Africa would be on the “enemies list” of Al Gore and U.N. Sec-Gen Ban Ki-moon because they’d be “contributing to global warming,” but they’d be freer from disease, have plenty to eat, and have ready access to a neat little invention called “air conditioning.” At least most of them would — the poor would, of course, be “hardest hit.”

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“Poor Hardest Hit” Headline of the Day: Global Warming Threatens to Make Africa Miserable

This morning I ran across something that we see almost every day in the news — the “poor hardest hit” headline, or “Duh!” as they’re known among followers of current events. 

The story quotes U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at least the U.N. finally got it right and hired a buy with the word “Ban” right there in his name), who says, in essence, that if we don’t curb global warming by capping industrialized nations – and faster than a Reuters writer can apply “poor hardest hit” to any situation – that Africa is in danger of being miserable. 

Does this mean that we should immediately halt any fossil fuel burning vehicle that happens to be carrying aid to Africa? I’m guessing not, but that boat or plane should certainly drop off some cash to the United Nations on the way over. 

That’s right. According to the U.N. global warmists, the capitalistic lifestyle of the United States is polluting the air, where it wafts over and heats up the nirvanic Shangri-Las of Kenya, Somalia, Darfur and many other areas of paradise, making their lives miserable. It’s getting so a continent can’t have a famine, AIDS epidemic and various plagues without some industrialized punks ruining it all from afar. 

Here’s a bit of the story: 

“But it is the poor, in Africa and developing small island states and elsewhere, who will suffer the most, even though they are the least responsible for global warming.” 

Experts say Africa is the lowest emitter of the greenhouse gases blamed for rising temperatures, but due to its poverty, under-development and geography, has the most to lose under dire predictions of wrenching change in weather patterns. 

What’s the answer? First, Madonna had better pick up the adoption rate and get them out of there. The second answer is a conundrum. The U.N. “fix” to Africa’s impending global warming misery will be to get rid of, or vastly reduce, industrialization in first-world societies. Oddly enough, these are the very reasons other areas of the world are not starving and plagued with disease. It’s an idea so good it could only come from the United Nations. 

I once heard Wayne Dyer say, “I can’t get sick enough to make one person who is ill get well.” The U.N. and other global warming alarmists disagree with you, Dr. Dyer. 

Africa needs exactly what they’re being told by U.N. environmentalist ne’er-do-wells is their greatest enemy. A capitalist environment is needed in Africa. But this can only be done after getting rid of despots, warlords, crooked leaders and U.N. pinheads who panic at the thought of parts of Africa starving and dying of AIDS in extreme heat, preferring that the same thing happen when it’s 1.8 degrees cooler and you’re sharing in the misery. 

Some of the performers in the Live8 concert, which took place in the summer of 2005, asked, “If we can spend billions of dollars to kill people, why can’t we spend billions of dollars to feed people?” The sad reality is that sometimes you have to do that first part in order to make the last part possible. You also have to first have billions of dollars, and that’s not going to happen if everybody lives in caves and desert lean-tos while basking in Mother Nature’s arms because the only thing they’re polluting the environment with are the dead bodies of the victims of famine, disease and despotism (biodegradable, thankfully). No SUV’s and no factories though. Heaven. 

I’m one of those people who believe that most of the “man made global warming” theory is a giant power and money grab, and little more, but for a moment let’s assume that the theory is fact. In that case, we should still work to bring capitalism to Africa, and not push the rest of the world into a hole so everybody can empathize. 

Sure, a capitalist Africa would be on the “enemies list” of Al Gore and U.N. Sec-Gen Ban Ki-moon because they’d be “contributing to global warming,” but they’d be freer from disease, have plenty to eat, and have ready access to a neat little invention called “air conditioning.” At least most of them would — the poor would, of course, be “hardest hit.”

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Hillary Goes After "Obscene Profits" — Cattle Futures Investment and Book Sales Windfall Oddly Excluded

Another liberal is trying to get her hands on somebody else’s money. This is nothing new, but with Hillary Clinton now running for president and Bill in tow, we’d better get used to it and keep one eye on our wallets and the other on our wives.

In the wake of the announcement of Exxon’s record setting profits in ’06, Hillary Clinton is seeking, yet again, what amounts to a “windfall profits tax” on big oil, though I’ve noticed they’ve tried to avoid using that term this time around. She says the money would go to — well, does it really matter? The government would have it. You know what happens after that. The next time we see the cash is on the back of a milk carton.

The big stink really started back in 2005, when the price of a gallon of gas was as high as a mouse trapped in Willie Nelson’s tour bus. A congressional committee was formed to grill big oil execs. The panel was headed up in part by the Massachusetts duet of Kennedy and Kerry — respectively, a former admiral in the Olds Navy whose family made their fortune running rum during prohibition, and a gigolo – and they somehow managed to sit in judgment of what constitutes “profiteering” without compunction-induced blushing, though the gin blossoms on Teddy did brighten a bit.

At the November 2005 hearings, California Sen. Barbara Boxer was so up in arms that you’d have though those oil execs were trying to talk somebody out of a late-term abortion. Robert Byrd was shocked because he hadn’t squared off with such greedy white men since the time he was in arrears on his Klan dues.

Even “Republicans,” such as Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter — who makes watching paint dry seem like it should be a sport in the X-Games, but nevertheless manages to exude split-atom energy when it comes to cheerleading for bad ideas — called for a windfall profits tax on the oil companies.

And now it’s 2007, the election season is heating up, and it’s candidate Hillary’s turn to shine by wowing voters with her pickpocket skills.

I wish everybody would have been in the “tax big profits” mood back when Hillary Clinton put merely $1,000 into cattle futures, and magically turned it into $100,000. I’d be willing to bet that’s a bigger return on investment than even Exxon could pull off. And how much did Hillary make off her book, “It takes a village to indoctrinate a child”? How much did Bill make off “My Life,” the first book in history to weigh more than its readers. 

How about a “windfall profits tax” on the Clintons? If anybody ever proposes this in proximity to the Clintons, I’d suggest they be wearing a helmet.

All I can say in defense of big oil profits is this: The big oil folks must be doing some hard work to earn all that money. What makes me say this? Because if there were that much money in it, and it was easy, Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer and John Kerry would be in the oil business instead of politics – in that case we’d all win.

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