Archive for January, 2009

11 Democrats

Posted in Politics on January 29th, 2009

The US House of Representatives passed House Resolution 1 (HR 1), Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. aka The Stimulus Package. The $819 billion stimulus bill passed the House 244 to 188.

Not one single Republican voted for it. The Republicans in the US House of Representatives stood strong and unified in the face of the Liberal opposition and voted in a block against HR 1. They chose to resist Obama’s will and the Democrats’ plan for the largest increase in government bureaucracy in American history.

To paraphrase King Leonidas of Sparta in 300 when he was told that his nation must submit, “This is America!”

There was no pass to defend, no cliffs, no burning sands, no crashing surf below as there had been at Thermopylae in August, 480 BCE; no one would lay dead and torn at the end of the day. Yet, even so, there was the same doomed courage and love of honor, duty and country as House Republican Leader, John Boehner led his 177 Republicans into Hall of the House Of Representatives to make their stand.

Like Leonidas and his 300 Spartans, Rep. John Boehner and his 177 were not alone when they made their stand;  a contingent Thespian and Theban volunteers stood beside the Spartans at the end in 480 BCE, and 11 Democrats crossed party lines to stand with the Republicans in January, 2009 CE.

Those Thespians and Thebans who stood beside the Spartans have gotten little notice from history. Let us not repeat that dishonorable mistake; let us honor these heroes for what they have done.

  1. Bobby Bright – Alabama’s 2nd district
  2. Parker Griffith – Alabama’s 5th district
  3. Allen Boyd – Florida’s 2nd district
  4. Walt Minnick – Idaho’s 1st district
  5. Brad Ellsworth – Indiana’s 8th district
  6. Frank Kratovil – Maryland’s 1st district
  7. Collin Peterson – Minnesota’s 7th district
  8. Gene Taylor – Mississippi’s 4th district
  9. Heath Shuler – North Carolina’s 11th district
  10. Paul Kanjorski – Pennsylvania’s 11th district
  11. Jim Cooper – Tennessee’s 5th district

These 11 Democrats crossed party lines in open defiance of the Democratic leadership in order to defend America against the ill-thought plans of Obama and the Liberals. Honor them as you would those those 177 Republicans who put their careers on the lines for all of our sakes.

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The Rangel Rule

Posted in Politics on January 29th, 2009

US Representative John Carter (R-TX)U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-TX) will introduce new legislation to Congress today, Thursday January 29, 2009, to eliminate all penalty and interest charges imposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) against U.S. citizens who have failed to properly pay their federal income tax correctly and on time.

The bill is designed to provide the same treatment for all U.S. taxpayers owing back taxes as that enjoyed by House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY).

Carter’s bill, known as the Rangel Rule, draws attention to the recent legal issues of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel, (D-NY), and would enable citizens who fail to pay taxes on time to do so later with no additional fees or interest.

Rangel, who writes America’s federal tax policies, finally admitted last fall that he failed to pay thousands in real estate taxes for rental income he earned from a property in the Dominican Republic. Yet, as of September 2008 the Harlem Democrat reportedly had paid back more than $10,000 in taxes but that did not include any IRS penalties.

Your [Rangel] citizens back home should have the same rights and benefits that come to you as a member of congress. You shouldn’t be treated any differently under the law than your citizens back home.

— Rep. John Carter

Carter also added that normal American citizens should receive the “same courtesy” that the IRS is supposedly granting to Rangel and Obama’s incoming Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who was also recently exposed as having failed to pay his taxes.

I absolutely adore it when someone takes filthy, puling racist thugs like Rangel to task for their misdeeds. After all, there is a precedent; the IRS was used to break up the KKK in the 1944.

It gets better though. Apparently Rep. John Carter wrote to Rangel earlier in January and said that Rangel should either pay the IRS fees he should owe or join Carter in co-sponsoring the legislation establishing the law that such fees are no longer acceptable.

Is There Any Point?

Is there any point to Rep. John Carter’s introduction of the Rangel Rule bill to Congress? If one is solely concerned with getting legislation passed, then there was no point to Carter’s doing this; there is no chance at all that the Rangel Rule will be passed – or even voted upon. Carter knows this.

I am raising this issue not so much to just push the issue but to open the discussion. I don’t think it’s wrong for us to start having a free discussion in congress and with a certain amount of humor in it about how should people be treated in Congress.

— Rep. John Carter

I think it’s time – in fact, past time by a long margin – for such a discussion to happen. The people in Congress need to be held accountable for the actions instead of being granted special privileges and considerations because of the offices that they hold.

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You Might Be Taliban If…

Posted in Humor, Politics on January 28th, 2009

In the US we don’t talk that much about our ongoing efforts against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Our media has spent years concentrating on defining our efforts in Iraq as unmitigated failures instead. I find this sad on many levels; putting patriotism, journalistic ethics, and morality aside – as our media has done – there’s still the incredible source of humor that is being overlooked.

So – to help correct society’s gross oversight in the matter:

You Might Be Taliban If…

You refine heroin for a living, but you have a moral objection to beer.

You own a  $15,000 rocket launcher, but you can’t afford shoes.

You have more wives than teeth.

You think vests come in two styles: bullet-proof and suicide.

You’ve ever opened a can of falafel with a mortar round.

You used a Stinger missile given to you by George Bush Sr. to shoot at a helicopter sent by George Bush Jr.

You’ve ever had your camel repossessed.

You can’t think of anyone you HAVEN’T declared Jihad against.

You consider television dangerous, but routinely carry ammunition in your robe.

You get really excited by the idea of a goat beauty pageant.

You’ve ever been asked, “Does this burka make my ass look fat?”

You think “The Kite Runner” is the funniest book you ever read.

You’ve felt the urge to rub one out after seeing a woman’s exposed ankle.

You were amazed to discover that cell phones have uses other than setting off roadside bombs.

You’ve ever uttered the phrase, “I love what you’ve done with your cave.”

You wipe your ass with your bare left hand, but consider bacon “unclean.”

You have nothing against women and think every man should own at least one.

You believe rape is a crime punishable by death – for the victim.

You bathe at least monthly whether necessary or not.

You’ve ever had a crush on your neighbor’s goat.

You’ve ever executed a goat for being sexually provocative.

You think homosexuals should be killed but see nothing wrong with molesting boys under 11 years of age.

You think there is nothing wrong with forcing 9 year old girls into marriage with 50 year old men.

Come on, people. Terrorism relies on terror in order to be even marginally successful. You defeat things like Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Hamas by ridiculing them and laughing at them. Then shoot them, strip their corpses naked, and leave them unshriven on the ground for the vultures and jackals to feast upon. But the ridicule and laughing should come first. 😉

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