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May 21, 2010

Carr On Blumenthal

Howie Carr, columnist for the Boston Herald, wrote a hillarious piece on war hero and Senate
It began:

This Dick Blumenthal even looks a little like Eliot Spitzer.

And now it turns out, as somebody said yesterday, even Jane Fonda spent more time in Vietnam than he did.

You can read the entire piece here. You will not be disappointed.

Posted by Rick | May 21, 2010 01:30 AM | Political Science

May 19, 2010

Richard Blumentahl - Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) has, over the years, repeatedly stated that he was stationed in Vietnam during the Vietnam war. Unfortunately, after receiving 5 deferments, he finally joined the Marine Corps Reserve never serving in Vietnam.

He had this to say when he finally admitted his lies:

I never had sexual relations with that woman oops, wrong liar.

Here is what he actually said:

Now on a few occasions, I have misspoken about my service and I regret that and I take full responsibility, but, I will not allow...I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of service to our country.

I'm surprised he didn't claim he received the Congressional Medal Of Honor while fighting in Vietnam. And just how is he taking responsibility for his "misplaced words?" Blumenthal is running for the United States Senate, attempting to replace another liar, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, who claims that he was unaware he received any sweetheart mortgages from his buddy at Countrywide Financial, Angelo Mozilo.

From the Wall Street Journal:

In response to the charge that he knew he was getting favors, Mr. Dodd at first issued a strong denial: "This suggestion is outrageous and contrary to my entire career in public service. When my wife and I refinanced our loans in 2003, we did not seek or expect any favorable treatment. Just like millions of other Americans, we shopped around and received competitive rates." Less than a week later he acknowledged he was part of Countrywide's VIP program but claimed he thought it was "more of a courtesy."

Just a few more "misplaced words."

Can't the Democrats find anyone in Connecticut who can tell the truth?

Posted by Rick | May 19, 2010 02:57 PM | Political Science

May 14, 2010

When Adults Ruled The World

Whenever I hear Carl Rove comment on the political events of the day, I get a little melancholy remembering the days when common-sense adults like him, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush strolled the halls of the White House.

Whenever I think about the current occupants of the White House, I yearn back to the days of Senator Joseph McCarthy. McCarthy, who was unable to substantiate his claims that there were a number of Communists and Communist sympathizers in the federal government during hearings in the early days of the 1950's, would certainly not have that problem today. Really a shame...

Posted by Rick | May 14, 2010 11:16 AM | Political Science

May 8, 2010

Desperation Mode - McCain Will Say Anything

John McCain has decided that he was against reading the Miranda warning to the Times Square firecracker bomber, Faisal Shahzad, who is a citizen, albeit naturalized, of these United States, unlike many of the other wacko Islamic jihadists. This is the same John McCain who doesn't want anyone to be questioned using motivational interrogation techniques. In other words, name, rank and serial number...would you like cream and one or two lumps with your tea...and perhaps another scone?

First of all John, if you don't read someone their Miranda warning, it doesn't mean they don't have those rights enumerated in the warning. They can invoke their right to silence and request an attorney at any time.

The point of McCain's stance is 100% politically motivated. He knows the handwriting is on his wall...he is gone come the Republican primary unless he turns to the right in an effort to attract some of those right-wing Astroturf tea party whackos he wouldn't be caught dead pandering to in a non-election year. He wants us to believe that he is tough on terror. Remember, McCain thinks he is a maverick and mavericks don't always toe the line when it comes to party politics. Remember, McCain voted for the TARP even though it had billions of dollars of earmarks and pork in it. Remember, McCain was against water boarding, but I'll bet you he'd let himself be water boarded right now if it meant he would beat J.D. Hayworth. Remember, McCain was a co-sponsor of McCain-Feingold which limited free speech in elections. Remember, McCain was for a path to citizenship for illegals until recently, pandering to the Hispanic vote during the presidential campaign, but as soon as he lost and knew he had to run for reelection, he came out for troops on the border.

I also heard McCain try to link Hayworth to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and that may be the case. Wasn't McCain the unindicted coconspirator and the only Republican involved in the 'Keating Five' saving and loan scandal? From a National Review column written by Mark Levin:

In its final report (November 20, 1991), here is what the Senate Select Committee on Ethics concluded about McCain's conduct:

"Mr. Keating, his associates, and his friends contributed $56,000 for Senator McCain's two House races in 1982 and 1984, and $54,000 for his 1986 Senate race. Mr. Keating also provided his corporate plane and/or arranged for payment for the use of commercial or private aircraft on several occasions for travel by Senator McCain and his family, for which Senator McCain ultimately provided reimbursement when called upon to do so. Mr. Keating also allowed Senator McCain and his family to vacation with Mr. Keating and his family, at a home provided by Mr. Keating in the Bahamas, in each of the calendar years 1983 through 1986.

"…[F]rom 1984 to 1987, Senator McCain took actions on Mr. Keating's behalf or at his request. The Committee finds that Senator McCain had a basis for each of these actions independent of the contributions and benefits he received from Mr. Keating, his associates and friends.

"Based on the evidence available to it, the Committee has given consideration to Senator McCain's actions on behalf of Lincoln. The Committee concludes that, given the personal benefits and campaign contributions he had received from Mr. Keating, Senator McCain exercised poor judgment in intervening with the regulators without first inquiring as to the Bank Board's position in the case in a more routine manner. The Committee concludes that Senator McCain's actions were not improper nor attended with gross negligence and did not reach the level of requiring institutional action against him. The Committee finds that Senator McCain took no further action after the April 9, 1987 meeting when he learned of a criminal referral.

"The Committee reaffirms its prior decision that it does not have jurisdiction to determine the issues of disclosure or reimbursement pertaining to flights provided by American Continental Corporation while Senator McCain was a Member of the House of Representatives. The Committee did consider the effect of such on his state of mind and judgment in taking steps to assist Lincoln.

"Senator McCain has violated no law of the United States or specific Rule of the United States Senate; therefore, the Committee concludes that no further action is warranted with respect to Senator McCain on the matters investigated during the preliminary inquiry."

McCain was the only Republican implicated in the Keating Five scandal, yet today he lectures his party and his president about "the corrupting influence" of money in politics. He rails against the so-called "wealthy special interests" and their ability to buy access to elected officials, yet this is precisely what the Keating Five scandal was all about. And, of course, under McCain's current standard, a politician who takes a principled position that may benefit a donor is corrupt, even if no law has been violated.

The John McCain of old should be thankful that his political fate wasn't determined by John McCain the reformer.

McCain is nothing more than a sleazy, slimy windbag who will say or do anything to beat J.D. Hayworth.

Posted by Rick | May 8, 2010 05:36 PM | Political Science

May 4, 2010

Oil Disaster Brings Joy To Left

The glee was palpable at MSNBC over the ecological disaster in the gulf coast. Ed Schultz, host of the Ed Show, was grinning from ear to ear and could barely contain himself as he interviewed comrades about the thousands of barrels of oil about to make their way onto the shores of Louisiana and Mississippi.

This is merely another example of the left rooting for America to fail in order to spread their left wing agenda. The left is going to find out just how effective their scheme to ween us off oil is when gas goes to $5 a gallon. The real losers are going to be the poor and lower middle-class who will have to leave their cars at home and will get to take the bus to work and to shop. I must admit I will enjoy the less crowded streets and parking lots.

Posted by Rick | May 4, 2010 10:17 AM | Social Studies

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