FEMA’s Odyssey of the $100mil Ice

melting iceIt’s really FEMA-tastic how the deer in the headlights, say-anything-to-placate-the-masses mentality of FEMA leads to the Keystone Kops arriving and running up a hefty tab of stupidity:

Finally, 10 days after he started, the driver was told to take the ice to storage in Bettendorf, Iowa, Mr. Hohnstein said. The truck had traveled 3,282 miles, but not a cube of ice had reached a hurricane victim.

“Well,” Mr. Hohnstein said, “the driver got to see the country.”

His company’s bill to the government will exceed $15,000, he said, but the ice was worth less than $5,000. “It seemed like an incredible waste of money,” he said.

Multiply that by about 4,000 drivers… a lot of whom unwittingly donated their own time, gas money and patience, and you have a trucking industry that suddenly isn’t a big fan of big government.

Ironically, even Micheal Brown isn’t a fan of his own incompetence:

“I feebly attempted to get FEMA out of the business of ice,” Mr. Brown told a House panel this week. “I don’t think that’s a federal government responsibility to provide ice to keep my hamburger meat in my freezer or refrigerator fresh.”

Uh, yeah except it’s not used to chill your daiquiri, schmuck. It’s for hospitals to keep patients from dying of heat stroke in baking hospitals.

But let’s focus here on the truckers, and the political opportunity they represent (and the potential advertising on the backs of semi-trailers). Hell, a website calling itself The Trucker’s Report even has a manifesto of sorts:

Our goal is to help provide a voice to all people involved in the trucking industry in one form or another and to the motoring public as well whose lives are in jeopardy daily. Many of us are in an utter state of consternation as to why nothing is ever done or ever changes.

The only way things are to change is if we actually do something instead of just talking. We absolutely must have the motoring public’s support in achieving these goals. […]

[…] Yet the Democrats and others, who say they are for the working man, turn a blind eye to this because there is a lot of money involved and a lot of it shows up in their coffers at election time !

Seriously, any organization who’s motto is Hammer Down gets a thumbs up from us.


Join The Military For Free Music

They must really need some help so I encourage everyone to take advantage of this offer. If you are a supporter of President Bush, and the War in Iraq please sign up today so people like myself are never drafted. So hurry up download some free Green Day anti-war songs and then sign up for the military. Click here to sign up for this offer. Or you can click here to join the Libertarian Party but sorry no free downloads.

Receive 3 FREE iTunes music downloads when you sign up to be contacted by the Army National Guard!

Read more about this exciting offer.

Thanks to Crooks and Liars for the link.


Tom Delay Is The Federal Government

And that is what scares me. I have decided with all this talk about Tom Delay the Hammer of Truth should provide some quotes by our friend and political hero, God bless him.

“I AM the federal government.” — Tom DeLay, to the owner of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, after being told to put out his cigar because of federal government regulations banning smoking in the building, May 14, 2003

“So many minority youths had volunteered… that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like myself.” –Tom DeLay, explaining at the 1988 GOP convention why he and vice presidential nominee Dan Quayle did not fight in the Vietnam War.

“Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?” — Tom Delay, to three young hurricane evacuees from New Orleans at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 9, 2005.

Click here for more quotes.


Katrina Reconstruction Contracts – $2480 for 2 Hours of Roofing

Certainly, if there was competition for these contracts, the home repairs in New Orleans could be done MUCH cheaper than these inflated prices. I’m sure some of new 200,000 unemployed members of this community have the skills required to do this, and at a fraction of the cost.

No wonder government cost estimates are 200 billion. It’s so easy to be generous with the taxpayer’s money.

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Plamegate: Judy Miller Released

Karl Rove thumbing noseHot on the heels of the Tom DeLay indictment, it appears progress may be happening with the Valerie Plame CIA outing by Karl Rove.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Another indictment by an upper level member in Bush’s camp would be another nail in coffin for the 2006 elections. Face it, the GOP is definitely hitting rock bottom. Approval ratings are down, the war in Iraq has lost support, the economy is tanking, the Katrina response was abysmal… the LP has been handed a golden opportunity to make some headway. Instead, we hear very little.

I have this fear of Hillary in 2008. This after 4 years of GHW Bush, 8 years of Bill, and 8 years of GW Bush… shoot me now.

Update: Sweet, she is going to testify. Let’s see if she really brings the hammer down on the people responsible, and not just a lowly intern.


Judge Orders Release of Abu Ghraib Photos

No no, this is not Playboy Shoot ( “The Women of Abu Ghraib – Ready to Whip You Into Action”). A District Judge has ordered the next round of Abu Ghraib photos to be released to the public. I’m sure this year’s calendar of photos will be just as exciting as last years edition.

The army didn’t want these photos released for fear of the safety of the troops. And I personally don’t blame them for trying. I imagine the public outcry will be fierce and violence in Iraq will stir up considerably.

So do I support the release of the photos? Absolutely.

This is not a case of accidents or mistake. This was just torture. This was just boredom. As one soldier put it, it ‘was sport’. Though, I imagine we won that game, despite being the visiting team. The ACLU fought for their release, and it looks promising that they’ll get their way.

Look, war is hell, that’s for sure. But our soldiers shouldn’t be involved or condone the raping of little boys. I know I’m old fashion, but these types of torture chambers are so middle ages.

But we’ve learned a lot of good intelligence on where Osama is… we’ll find him any day now.

Update: This article helps shed light on one soldier’s attempts at going through the standard chain of command to end the abuse. He described the mentality of the abuse as the following:

“They wanted intel,” said a sergeant, one of the ordinary, untrained grunts pressed into duty as interrogation muscle. “As long as no [captives] came up dead, it happened. We kept it to broken arms and legs” — sometimes with baseball bats, and occasionally augmented by scalding naked prisoners with burning chemicals. The soldiers learned their “stress techniques” from CIA interrogators, dropping into Iraq from their “unleashed” torture centers in Afghanistan, Diego Garcia and points unknown.

But of course they didn’t always “keep it” to broken arms and legs. Fishback, who had been trying desperately to get his superiors to act on the atrocities he’d witnessed himself, discovered that a captive had been “interrogated” to death.

So apparently the detainees have important information, but not so important that killing them and losing this intel forever is a big deal.


DeLay Indicted; Successor just as Corrupt

DeLay indictedRep. Tom DeLay is no longer the House majority speaker, due to a pesky fundraising fuckup that might land his ass in jail:

The grand jury accused the men of conspiring to route corporate donations from DeLay’s Texas committee to the Republican Party in Washington, then returning the money back to Texas legislative candidates. It was a scheme intended to evade a state law outlawing corporate donations going to candidates, the indictment said.

Criminal conspiracy is a Texas felony punishable by six months to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000. The potential two-year sentence forced DeLay to step down under House Republican rules.

Of course, his replacement as speaker — Rep. Roy Blunt — might as well toss the gavel in the air and hope a decent Republican catches it (*cough* Ron Paul *cough*), because he’s just as mired in the corruption:

A consultant under indictment with Rep. Tom DeLay has been paid roughly $88,000 in fees by the political committee of Rep. Roy Blunt, who is temporarily replacing DeLay as House majority leader, according to federal records.

Records on file with the Federal Election Commission show the fund linked to Blunt retains Ellis’ firm, J.W. Ellis Co., and has made periodic payments for services. Political Money Line, a nonpartisan Internet tracking service, places the total at about $88,000.

Ellis is one of three political associates of DeLay, R-Texas, who have been indicted in an alleged scheme to use corporate political donations illegally to support candidates in state elections. Ellis also runs DeLay’s national political action committee, Americans for a Republican Majority.

Face it, Democrats and Republicans are both corrupt, the Libertarian Party can’t stop acting like a debate club, and we’re stuck in the middle, fucked.

Update: Bill Frist is also under investigation for insider trading. From IO Error:

Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Frist is being accused of insider trading for divesting himself of Hospital Corporation of America stock just before the company announced its second quarter earnings were less than expected, resulting in a drop in the stock price. Frist claims he sold the stock to eliminate a potential conflict of interest, as his father is one of the company’s founders and his brother one of the company’s board of directors.


Update on Operation Clean Sweep

clean sweep pigAs previously covered here at the Hammer of Truth, Pennsylvania residents are pissed off with their state legislators… and they are not going to just sit back and take it this time.

They recently organized a ‘Rock the Capital’ rally to protest the exorbitant pay raise that the officials gave themselves at 2 a.m. on the last day they were in session, right before they left on vacation. Well do you like that? It’s funny how tax cuts can take years of debate before implementing, but a pay raise can be done in a single day!

Anyway, the protest drew in approximately 1500 people and of course, a 25 foot tall pig. They served a 129,000 signature petition to repeal the pay raises, which ranged from 18 to 54 percent and made them the second highest paid state legislators in the country (behind California).

Kudos to all of those that made it happen. It looks like the campaign to vote out every incumbent has been started quite successfully… I wish them the best of luck and applaud their activism.

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The Snuff for Porn Photo Trade

Soldier SnuffDespite what others may say, I’m generally very supportive of our troops but not the Iraq war (there’s a difference between supporting our own people and supporting our cause). But it’s this kind of activity which makes it harder to sympathize for SOME of our troops.

NOTE: I know this is probably the exception and not the rule, but it’s still despicable . Basically, here’s what happened in a nutshell. US Soldier kills insurgent and leaves him extra crispy. Soldier then decides to photo op with his kill, as if he was big game hunting. He then shows it to a friend who says “wow, now that’s fucked up.com (and NSFW). A small deal is then made to trade more of these “prize shots” for access to a site with “money shots” of barely legal teens.

Now, I’m all for capitalism. And certainly, these soldiers are providing some gruesome pictures for a company that needs them for their customer base (aka sick fucks). But, shouldn’t the army not condone such behavior? I know these guys are under a bit of stress, but come on. And besides, it’s not like it’s hard to find free porn on the web.

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NASA Admits They Blew It

The MoonNASA chief Michael Griffin recently admitted that the change of direction from lunar missions to international space stations was a bad idea.

So what’s the cost of this mistake? Well, from the article.

“It is now commonly accepted that was not the right path,” Griffin said. “We are now trying to change the path while doing as little damage as we can.”

The shuttle has cost the lives of 14 astronauts since the first flight in 1982. Roger Pielke Jr., a space policy expert at the University of Colorado, estimates that NASA has spent about $150 billion on the program since its inception in 1971. The total cost of the space station by the time it’s finished — in 2010 or later — may exceed $100 billion, though other nations will bear some of that.

To be fair, the results aren’t all bad. Sure, 150 billion is a big kick in the pants, but at least we got some cool technologies out of it. My favorite, is my tempur-pedic pillow. Shit, this thing has cured all my neck problems. So I guess all was not lost.

And why is the next moon mission being planned for 2018? Considering how much farther we are technologically, why the hell is it going to take 13 years to plan how to get back there? Shit, we seemed to get their quite quickly in the 60’s.


$1,000 And 90 Days For Sitting

What the hell!! Yes it is true you can’t even make a mistake without getting a fine unless of course you are Michael Brown.

The Rivington Playground on Manhattan’s East Side has a small sign at the entrance that says adults are prohibited unless they are accompanied by a child. Forty-seven-year-old Sandra Catena says she didn’t see the sign when she sat down to wait for an arts festival to start. Two New York City police officers asked her if she was with a child. When she said no, they gave her a ticket that could bring a one thousand dollar fine and 90 days in jail.

Read full story.

Thanks to Rick Rajter for the link.

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Dude Where’s My Rights

In this post 9/11 world the government has been very eager to take our rights and the sad thing is many Americans are very eager to give up their rights for this so called security.

Read this article to see how the Patriot Act is still around and will be for a long time. And then read about the government terrorizing nuns. We now are going to have the Real ID in 2008.

Has it now became apparent to you that the Democrats and Republicans aren’t for smaller government and they don’t give a damn about your rights.

The government works for us, we created the government, we can take it out. They have privileges granted by the people not rights from God. So stop voting for someone (democrats and republicans) who are going to violate you rights you were born with.

Why don’t they just make this change.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Changed to

“The right of the government to use unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no lawsuits shall be issued against the government.”

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Liberty Films: Good Idea or Pipe Dream?

When I first received the e-mail from Bernard Von NotHaus, the founder of the liberty dollar, I thought this was a joke. From the e-mail:

Dear Fellow Liberty Dollar Supporters,

Swwooosh. During the 60s, Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and his crew took many of us to the “final frontier” to “explore new worlds” as they sought out new civilizations and developed deep thought-provoking plots. You didn’t have to be a “trekkie” to enjoy “the voyages of the starship Enterprise.” Now, Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Chekov (Walter Koenig) and members of the various Star Trek crews will star in Liberty Films, a new venture launched by the Liberty Institute and will feature Liberty Dollars!

Can you imagine, liberty themed movies using Liberty Dollars? Can you see yourself in such a movie? Can you contemplate the enormous impact when liberty based concepts are presented in a hip entertaining media like movies? While the message can be subtle, the impact is very strong. That is exactly what is happening.

Now, I’m a proud user of The Liberty Dollar and I was certainly a fan of Star Trek back in the day, but I’m a little skeptical for now. However, feel free to check out their website, Liberty Films and see what you think. They have a lot of actors from the old Star Trek series and they are already in production.


Greenspan: Holy Crap, We’re Freagin Doomed!

In a rare moment of honesty, the monetary maestro, Mr. Greenspan himself, declared triumphantly in front of millions that the “US lost deficit control”.

Well, actually that’s not quite the case. If by millions of people, I meant France’s Finance minister and by triumphantly I meant in private away from cameras and reporters, then yes – Greenspan finally said what we all knew. Deficits have been appalling. 2005 is looking to put us 781 billion more in the hole. No worries though, they’ll get the budget balanced next year, they swear!

If I were you, and you’re probably glad you’re not, I would start stocking up on all the essentials (tuna, doritos, beer), because when the FED finally starts admitting that they are up shit creek, they start tightening monetary policy to end the party. But it was fun while it lasted.

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Bush’s Plea for Cash to Rebuild Iraq Nets $600

You know support is low for your cause when a girl scout bake sale could pull in a larger hunk of cash. Obviously, the administration didn’t really push this, so it’s no surprise few donated. But still. 600 dollars? Sure, that’s enough to have a few fun days in vegas, but it’s certainly not enough to stop ‘insurgents’.

I personally thought it was a stupid plea to begin with (and this has nothing to do with being for or against the war). The spending in Iraq is on the order of 100’s of billions. What sort of cash was Bush expecting the people to donate? Even if it was on the order of millions, that’s still dwarfs the billions of dollars that were somehow got “lost” on the balance sheets.

However, people poured out their hearts and wallets to help for Katrina, Rita, and many other natural disasters in recent years. And it’s not that Americans don’t care about the lives of the Iraqis or any other group of people. It’s just that we’ve seen little to no results from the government’s billions. Throwing more money at the problem is unlikely to solve it (just like the war on drugs, the war on poverty, etc).

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Your Advice, Please

We hit our first two debates in the Birmingham race I am managing last night. Bodenhausen did fairly well in the first one, and significantly better in the second one. It was mostly an issue of the candidate getting over the jitters and regaining that competitive campaign composure in the first debate. In the second debate, he did well except for one blown answer opportunity — but we have that problem fixed now.

There are six candidates in the race. The incumbent has used eminent domain to bring a new Wal-Mart to town in the very same district in which we are campaigning. We managed to turn a general debate into one primarily about eminent domain.

In debate one, Bodenhausen spoke first, and in his first three minute block he hammered away on eminent domain. Following Bodenhausen was the most conservative of the remaining candidates. Although we have inside information to the contrary, this forced that candidate to join the “Yea, Me Too!” club. The conservative-leaning candidate stated, “I absolutely agree with Bodenhausen on using eminent domain to the benefit of private developement.”

The topic came up a few more times in the first debate. During the second debate, it came up more often, and was used to some degree by all the candidates there to challenge the incumbent’s record. Responding to the applause we drew, even the most liberal of our opposition saw and seized upon the opportunity to torment the incumbent on this issue.

The problem is that the incumbent drew applause, too. She has a great, snappy response to the issue — which we need to overcome. She used it both times to great effect, improving upon it the second time. It goes something like this: “… [same old blah, blah, blah lines about economic development and job creation you’ve certainly heard countless times]. I’m proud of what I have accomplished and stand on my record. Anyway, we only used eminent domain one time, against a bookstore selling pornography.”

Both times she used this line, she drew a lot of applause. She doesn’t have to use her remaining time after that line, and promptly sits down.

To the best of my knowledge, she is technically correct. Most of the businesses that were relocated did so “voluntarily” because they were forced to do so. An article pertaining to this same case provides:

“Chris Curran, owner of Spuds Pub, told the newspaper that the city has put a gun to owners’ heads. “Anybody who has been signing contracts with Wal-Mart is signing under duress,” Curran said. “That means: Here’s our contract, sign it and if you don’t sign it, we’ll take it. … They (city officials) just want a trophy, and they don’t mind pushing us out of the way to have that trophy.”

I don’t normally cross-post blog entries on the various sites where I write, but in this case, I’m going to make an exception. We have another debate in just a few hours, and I’d like to get as many ideas as possible on how to defeat the incumbent’s most effective line. Especially a sound-byte which combines brevity and impact. Ideas?


Busy day…

I’ve been pretty busy lately, and not had much time to rant at HoT. As I just blogged a couple of my recent activities on other sites, I’d thought I’d link them here to catch y’all up with some political activities in Alabama.

The first event on Saturday was a peace rally in Birmingham. I was able to arrange to have Lew Rockwell added to the speaker line up. Lew’s speech is here. There was a fair amount of libertarian participation, good press, and the event went very well. My blog entry at LFS, which includes a lot of neat pictures of hard working activists, is here.

From the speech:

The US believes it can starve foreign countries such as Iraq by imposing killer sanctions that a high US official said were worth the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.

The US believes that it can use its weapons of mass destruction to threaten any country in the world on the very suspicion that it might be trying to defend itself. The US can then phony up intelligence, overthrow a leader, and install a regime of its choosing. Not to worry: its magical military Midas touch will transform that country into a paragon of democratic freedom – just as soon as all political opposition is silenced or destroyed.

In short, the US government believes that it operates under a different moral standard, not only from the moral standard that regular people apply to their own affairs, but even different from the moral standard that the US applies to other states.

And who pays the price for this moral hypocrisy? The victims of war.

Although wearing a sweaty t-shirt, I had another event immediately following the rally. I managed to take a quick shower, slap on some cologne, and put on a suit and drive to the other event in less than an hour. I met Mark “Bo” Bodenhausen along with some of his staffers at the 40th Anniversary Banquet for the Alabama ACLU. National ACLU Executive Director Anthory Romero was the key note speaker, and I managed to snap this shot of Bodenhausen and Romero waiting for the valets to return their vehicles.

Romero gave a good speech. I agreed most of it — especially on voting rights and civil liberties. As he only spewed collectivist swill in my direction a bare few times and made a lot of very valid points, my applause at the end of his talk was actually heartfelt, and not the pertunctory clapping expected at a social event like that.


CNN Rita Coverage: It is Windy and Rainy

CNN\'s Rita team coverage

It takes three on-location reporters to tell you that a hurricane blows wind and rain. At the same time.

They don’t call it team coverage for nothing, folks.

Call me morbid, but the odds of flying debris decapitating one of these guys live just went up threefold (red rover, red rover, send a chunk of fencing right over…. AAAAAAAAAH!).

Guess who had the most informative news. The interviewee at NOAA sitting at his desk in a shirt and tie with a computer behind him. Sensationalism whaaaa….?

Previously: Hurricane Katrina Spares Sensationalist Media


Rita: Don’t You Try and Run Away From Me!

Rita Bus BlastIn one of those “damned if you do, damned if you don’t moments,” 45 elderly evacuees died in a bus explosion. And this wasn’t just any explosion, I mean look at the picture. We’re talking nothing but the frame left.

The weird part is the bus apparently pulled over before “explosions” went off. From the article

The bus, carrying about 45 elderly evacuees, burst into flames on Interstate 45 south of Dallas. It pulled over and people were getting off when a series of explosions ripped through the bus.

Peritz said the fire was believed to have started in the bus’s brake system and may have caused oxygen canisters on the bus to explode.

So let this be a lesson to everyone out there. When fleeing from a Cat-4 hurricane, do not take your oxygen tanks when riding on a greyhound. It’s a rookie mistake.

And no, I’m not giddy from this misfortune. Fate just had their numbers apparently. It was either drowned in Rita or burn in transit. Luckily, the other 1.8 million probably got out OK.

Update: I should also have stated, “don’t you New Orleans residents come back!” There are new breaks and water is already going over the levees again. Guess they’ll have to leave again.

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States To Avoid

Now we all know the Lew Rockwell can be dull and boring, but this one article caught my attention – “States to Avoid” by Al Doyle. Basically, it’s a list of 8 states that were voted “most likely to become annexed with China” in the US yearbook.

Obviously, living in Tax-achusetts, I knew what was coming. Still, I hoped that just maybe it didn’t make the list.

The author used only one criteria. Strictness of gun control/confiscation laws. The reason is simple, the more the government fucks you over, the more they want to ensure you won’t be able to fight back. I mean, all the great societies of the 20th century had strict gun laws! That is, before there was some form mass revolt and/or genocide.

I won’t spoil the results (for what’s the fun in that). But I can tell you right now, owning a gun in Massachusetts is next to impossible, so don’t be surprised.

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Operation Clean Sweep: Kick the Bastards Out

clean sweep pigThe people of Pennsylvania are pissed. And rather than just take it, a group of citizens have formed Operation Clean Sweep. There goal: To get rid of EVERY single incumbent legislator in the next election.

So why the anger? Well, the legislators, in an 11th hour move, decided to give themselves a large pay raise just before leaving office and before anyone could catch them on it. These pay raises were as large as 54 percent.

The response from the lawmakers is downright hysterical. One lawmaker, Angel Cruz, admitted the following in front of reporters when questioned:

Cruz: (Regarding the Pennsylvania Constitution) “I’ve never read it. I’d be lying to you if I said I’d read it”

So, you took an oath of office, to “support, obey and defend,” a document you claimed to have never read. Congratulations, you just gave yourself a pay raise.

Fortunately, this is an organization with teeth. They have already got funding, as well as 27 candidates. Support is growing. Perhaps it’s a pipe dream, but these people seem damn ready to go.

The picture is of the 25 foot inflatable pig that sits in front of the legislative building in Harrisburg, PA.

Hat tip to WING TV (link to thursday’s episode) for the interview with the founder of Operation Clean Sweep.


Libertarian Party should endorse PorkBusters

PorkBustersThe blogosphere is ablaze over the somehow recent news that — oh noes — the Republican led government isn’t fiscally conservative by a long shot. There’s this sentiment that the blame rests with Katrina ushering in big government, but come the fuck on. When someone like majority speaker Tom DeLay declares an “ongoing victory,” and says there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget — the shit has to hit the fan as the conservative base speaks up.

And they have. Glenn Reynolds and The Truth Laid Bear have teamed up and unveiled PorkBusters, a project to get the congresscritters to cough up all the bacon they brought home and slim down the federal budget. And it’s a great idea, because it’s going to bitchslap the bloated government right upside its fat head.

Which is why I’m surprised that once again, the Libertarian Party is silent. Hell, there should be a gigantic splash image right next to pledge image endorsing PorkBusters. Show some balls and jump feet first into the biggest conservative backlash against Republicans and ride the wave into 2006. Hell, every Libertarian candidate should endorse PorkBusters too, but that’s getting ahead of ourselves.

Come on Libertarian Party, do it.

Just fucking do it.

(They’re not going to do it, are they?)

Update: I would be remiss not to mention the Republican’s attempt to reel the budget in with their “Operation Offset” (because a war on accountants deserves a cool name, you dig?). With a deft knife, it appears they are ready to thinly slice the fat from the top ($5.2 billion in reduced corporate welfare) and work hard to get to those tendons holding the meat to the bone. Total FY2006 savings: $139 billion.

I await a smart juxtaposition of this document with any of the taxpayer pork groups’ proposals.

Another Update: From TownHall.com (a very conservative news outlet) [via Instapundit]:

What happens here is important, not just for recovery efforts in the Gulf, but for the future of conservatism and the relationship of fiscal conservatives with the GOP. If the Republican majority can’t prioritize spending now, there is no reason to believe it ever will.

Uh, earth to national LP… the true conservatives are restless, where are your open arms?


Spreading Democracy, Embracing Hypocrisy

You gotta wonder if the Bush administration thinks people won’t notice it when they do stuff like this:

President Bush decided Wednesday to waive any financial sanctions on Saudi Arabia, Washington’s closest Arab ally in the war on terrorism, for failing to do enough to stop the modern-day slave trade in prostitutes, child sex workers and forced laborers.

In June, the State Department listed 14 countries as failing to adequately address trafficking problems, subjecting them all to possible sanctions if they did not crack down.

You know, if you’re gonna have a ideology of spreading democracy and freedom, it’s pretty damned duplicitous to create different standards of conduct based on how much money money is changed hands by private business.

Entangling alliance indeed.