Who Says Republicans Don’t Know How to Party?

There’s a story at the Daily Caller which focuses on GOP Chairman Michael Steele once mentioning the possibility of using party funds to buy a private jet for his travel.

Read on in the story though and you’ll find a real gem about Steele’s travel expenses:

Once on the ground, FEC filings suggest, Steele travels in style. A February RNC trip to California, for example, included a $9,099 stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the nearby Four Seasons, and $1,620.71 spent [update: the amount is actually $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.

RNC trips to other cities produced bills from a long list of chic and costly hotels such as the Venetian and the M Resort in Las Vegas, and the W (for a total of $19,443) in Washington. A midwinter trip to Hawaii cost the RNC $43,828, not including airfare.

If GOP donors question these kinds of ridiculous expenses, Steele can claim that $2,000 for women imitating lesbian sex is fiscally responsible, because the party could have paid $4,000 to see women actually having lesbian sex. We Republicans know where to draw the fiscal responsibility line!

By the way, is it safe to assume that Steele visited Voyeur West Hollywood with the Minority Whip in tow? Nobody at the GOP front office could be reached for comment, possibly because they haven’t taken out the ball-gags yet. (incidentally, the GOP is denying Steele was at the bondage club)

No wonder the Republicans have had trouble winning elections in the past few years — if they’d put some of that bondage club dues and trip to Hawaii cash into somebody’s political campaign they might get somewhere.

And if Democrats question or mock Steele’s spending, as Treacher points out, that means they’re racist.

Government’s Case Against 3 Navy SEALs Accused of Giving Terrorist a Boo-Boo May Be Falling Apart

The good news is that the case seems to be falling apart — the bad news is that this is happening in the first place:

Cracks are beginning to appear in the military’s prosecution of three Navy SEALs accused of striking a most-wanted terrorism suspect they had captured in Iraq.

Maj. Gen. Charles Cleveland last week signed grants of immunity for five Navy colleagues of the accused.

Some of those five, three enlisted men and two officers, are expected at trial to flatly contradict the prosecution’s key witness, according to a Navy source close to the case, which centers on the September 2009 capture of Ahmed Hashim Abed.

The witness, the master-at-arms at the base in Anbar province where the captured terrorist was brought, told investigators that he saw Abed being struck by one SEAL. One of the immunized witnesses identified by the master-at-arms for corroboration is not expected to support his testimony. The military has not released witness statements.

More information on how to contribute to a legal defense fund for these men is here. They put their lives on the line for us to protect us from enemies foreign, so we need to aggressively show our appreciation by helping protect them from enemies domestic.

Anti-Capitalist Capitalist Michael Moore Thinks Obamacare Bill Still Too Capitalist

Millionaire anti-capitalist hypocrite Michael Moore has castigated Obamacare as “a victory for capitalism”:

Well, I mean, to me, it all comes back to this issue of an economic system that is truly evil. And the healthcare bill that was passed ultimately will be seen as a victory for capitalism, because it protected the capitalist model of providing healthcare for people. In other words, we’re not to help people unless there’s money to be made from it. That is so patently disgusting and immoral, but that’s the system. That’s where we live.

But Michael, you’ve praised Cuba’s health care system, and Fidel Castro recently applauded Obamacare. What gives?

We only help people if there’s money to be made from it? Good luck getting people to go to medical school with the promise of little to no pay awaiting them on the other side. And convincing people to spend years researching treatment drugs in return for nothing but peace-of-mind would be a real easy sell, as would expecting anybody to make state-of-the-art body scanners when it’s illegal for them to do anything more than break even on what they put into it.

Countries where people don’t capitalize on health care don’t have health care. Maybe Michael’s doctor works for free though. Seriously, if we can’t get a Marxist/Capitalist film-maker to not capitalize on his work, how are we to expect people who devoted a good portion of their lives to getting any variety of medical training to do the same?

Bangladesh doesn’t have any evil private health insurance or pharmaceutical companies profitting wildly from that country’s health care system — or lack thereof — but that doesn’t mean that the lack of capitalism has led to better health care.

I can’t believe Moore still allows himself to live in such a horrid country. But we’re headed in a direction he likes though. You’ll know when the U.S. has gotten everything just the way Michael Moore wants it, because that’s when he’ll move somewhere else.

Palin Stumps for McCain, But Free to Be Herself This Time

This is the Sarah Palin everybody knew was there during the 2008 campaign, but who the McCain campaign tried to keep harnessed.

Now McCain can do nothing but nod and appreciate the endorsement from the woman his campaign tried to keep partly muzzled. It’s funny how the current public sentiment toward entrenched politicians can make one of the biggest proponents of some of the policies that caused the formation of the Tea Parties that oppose those policies suddenly applaud Sarah’s shout-out to the Tea Partiers.

In essence, out of a sense of loyalty and in appreciation for the national stage McCain provided her, Sarah Palin rode into town to help rescue John McCain from himself:

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Patrick Kennedy: Abortion Not About Morality

I think Patrick Kennedy’s father used “It wasn’t a question of morality but rather a matter of public health” as the reason he didn’t risk a nasty head cold by jumping in the chilly water to save Mary Jo Kopechne, so we’ll forgive Pat for being born without a needle on his moral compass.

Patrick’s family in general wasn’t exactly beacons of morality when he was growing up, so there are certain lessons he was obviously never taught, but even still, this is a stretch:

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), a professed Roman Catholic, told CNSNews.com Wednesday that federal funding of health plans that cover elective abortions is “not a question of morality” but “a matter of health — public health.”

“Obviously there’s going to be some legal decisions that are going to be coming forward, I’m sure, that are going to adjudicate this,” Kennedy said at the Capitol. “But obviously, we’ve got to protect women’s health. Half of our population are women, and — this is a matter of public health.

He added: “It’s not a question of morality or anything; it’s a matter of health — public health. Our mothers, our sisters, our spouses, I mean, this is a simple issue. It’s not making any judgment on people. It’s just a matter of providing — making sure that they’re safe. And there’s only one way to make sure they’re safe, and that’s making sure that it’s legal.”

That’s what I’m all about, too — making sure they’re safe. The “they” being the unborn. But Patrick’s not considering them in his equation. After all, one of those kids might grow up and construct a wind farm and obstruct the view from the Kennedy compound, and we can’t have that.

Remember, this is coming from a man who claims to be a Roman Catholic (Roman Catholics deny the claim, by the way). Imagine what his view of morality would be if he wasn’t so God-fearing!

I’m reminded of the old t-shirt: “If abortions are outlawed, only outlaws will be allowed to be a Kennedy mistress.”

Farm Equipment Manufacturers Aren’t Feeling the Hope & Change

Via HotAir, here’s President Obama speaking to employees at Caterpillar and reminding everyone that they can measure America’s bottom line by looking at Caterpillar’s bottom line:

Okay, so let’s do what Obama says and look at Caterpillar’s bottom line these days:

Caterpillar Inc. said Wednesday it will take a $100 million charge to earnings this quarter to reflect additional taxes stemming from newly enacted U.S. health-care legislation.

The world’s largest construction equipment manufacturer by sales, warned last week that provisions in the legislation would subject the company to federal income taxes on the subsidies it receives for providing prescription drug benefits for its retirees and their spouses.
The charge is expected to be a one-time cost, but Caterpillar has argued that higher taxes and other potential cost increases related to insurance coverage mandates in the legislation will hinder the company’s recovery this year after a 75% plunge in income during 2009.

“From our point of view, a tax increase like this cannot come at a worse time,” said Jim Dugan, a Caterpillar spokesman.

John Deere announced a Hopenchange induced kick to the balls of their bottom line as well.

Are we liking our free health care yet?

Rumor has it that the president will sign an executive order this afternoon making it illegal to now look at Caterpillar’s bottom line. Problem solved.

(h/t Ace)

Obamacare Support Plunging So Fast You’d Think a Kennedy Was at the Helm

President Obama is in Iowa today continuing to sell us on something the Democrats have already forced us to buy, and the more he talks, the more people don’t want it:

A CBS News poll released Wednesday finds that nearly two in three Americans want Republicans in Congress to continue to challenge parts of the health care reform bill.
The poll finds that 62 percent want Congressional Republicans to keep challenging the bill, while 33 percent say they should not do so. Nearly nine in ten Republicans and two in three independents want the GOP to keep challenging. Even 41 percent of Democrats support continued challenges.

And the support keeps dropping even though the taxes to pay for it haven’t mostly kicked in. Just wait.

Obama is now coming across to America like that car salesman in National Lampoon’s Vacation who showed Clark Griswold a hideously ugly vehicle and said, “You think you hate it now, but wait ’til you drive it!”

I’m no poll analyst, but I don’t think these are the kinds of numbers the Democrats like to see heading into an election season:


Health Bill Written to Stop Evil Insurance Companies From Denying Kids With Preexisting Conditions Doesn’t Exactly Do That

Wasn’t the entire stated point of Obamacare from the git-go that it was “for the children,” and was desperately needed to stop evil insurance companies from denying coverage to kids with preexisting conditions?

This kind of thing “slipping through the cracks” is proof-positive (as if we needed more proof) that this bill was designed with other intentions:

Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children.

Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be shut out of coverage.

Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill Obama signed into law Tuesday.

Rep. Clyburn called the Obamacare bill the “Civil Rights Act of the 21st century.” Well, that comparison would only be valid if the original Civil Rights Act forgot to provide civil rights to anybody.

You Make the Call

Still filling in a little for Michelle Malkin, but I ran across this hunk of video of Bush and Clinton in Haiti that provides an opportunity to play “You Make the Call.”

Did Bush wipe his hand on Clinton’s shirt on purpose after shaking somebody’s hand, or is he just kind of patting him on the back? If it’s the former, it’s about time somebody smeared something on Bubba’s shirt. Usually it’s vice-versa.

You make the call: