Archive for August, 2009

Wrangling Charlie the Tax Cheat

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | August 25th, 2009

As surely as the Earth revolves the sun, you will have liberals, leftists and elitists flaunting the very laws and regulations that they want to impose on we, the unwashed.

State’s Evidence #1:

From CQ Politics:

House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel , already beset by a series of ethics investigations, has disclosed more than $500,000 in previously unreported assets.

Among the new items on Rangel’s amended 2007 financial disclosure report were an account at the Congressional Federal Credit Union worth at least $250,000, an investment account with at least $250,000, land in southern New Jersey and stock in PepsiCo and fast food conglomerate Yum! Brands. None of those investments appeared on the original report, which was filled out by hand and filed in May 2008.

According to the original report, Rangel’s net worth was between $516,015 and $1,316,000, while the amended report showed his net worth, as of Dec. 31, 2007, roughly double that amount — at least $1,028,024 and as much as $2,495,000.

Now, if you, me or our next door neighbor were short even 250 pennies, we would receive threatening mails from IRS, demanding an audit, our house and probably our first-born to boot. But since it is 1) a member of Congress 2) a Dem and 3) the House Ways and Means Chairman, whose committee actually writes the nation’s tax laws, it is to be swept under the rug. Maybe a little embarrassment that lasts 5 minutes, in between chuckles and suckup interviews by our Concubine Media. “Wink, Wink, Nudge, Nudge.”

In the past, Rangel and his staff have acknowledged errors and carelessness in completing his financial disclosure forms.

“While over the years, I delegated to my staff the completion of my annual House financial disclosure statements, I had the ultimate responsibility,” Rangel said in a statement in September. “I owed my colleagues and the public adherence to a higher standard of care.”

Then do the honorable thing Congressman and resign. Stat.


Filed Under: Congress

A Lesson In Civil Discourse: Marine Dresses Down Dems and Congressman Baird

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | August 23rd, 2009

This pretty much speaks for itself. (Hat Tip ColonialMarine0431 at Free Conservatives)

We need to bring back the Secretary of War post and install this guy in it.


Filed Under: Health Care

Obama Adminstration Shoring Up Soros Stocks With Your Money?

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | August 18th, 2009

Well, this is rich. And by rich, I do not just mean the portfolio of that currency-crashing, drug-running, illegal-campaign-financier and wanted criminal, George Soros.

It now appears that the Dem’s Darth Vader Moneybags has been investing heavily in energy stocks. In particular, oil stocks. And your tax money is helping to finance and prop up those investments.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Obama Underwrites Offshore Drilling

You read that headline correctly. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is financing oil exploration off Brazil.

The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan.

The U.S. Export-Import Bank tells us it has issued a “preliminary commitment” letter to Petrobras in the amount of $2 billion and has discussed with Brazil the possibility of increasing that amount. Ex-Im Bank says it has not decided whether the money will come in the form of a direct loan or loan guarantees. Either way, this corporate foreign aid may strike some readers as odd, given that the U.S. Treasury seems desperate for cash and Petrobras is one of the largest corporations in the Americas.

But look on the bright side. If President Obama has embraced offshore drilling in Brazil, why not in the old U.S.A.? The land of the sorta free and the home of the heavily indebted has enormous offshore oil deposits, and last year ahead of the November elections, with gasoline at $4 a gallon, Congress let a ban on offshore drilling expire.

From Guru Focus:

George Soros must be very bullish on stocks, he bought a lot, espeically oil. He was already heavily invested in energy stocks, and he bought more. Petroleo Brasileiro alone is accounted for more than 22% of his fund. Soros Fund Management LLC. George Soros owns 211 stocks with a total value of $2.6 billion as of 06/30/2009. These are the details of the buys and sells.

…snip…

These are the top 5 holdings of George Soros

1. Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.Petrobras (PBR) – 9,818,323 shares, 15.42% of the total portfolio
2. Hess Corp. (HES) – 5,123,198 shares, 10.56% of the total portfolio
3. Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.Petrobras (PBR-A) – 5,884,700 shares, 7.53% of the total portfolio
4. Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (POT) – 1,978,053 shares, 7.06% of the total portfolio
5. Plains Exploration & Production Company (PXP) – 6,526,400 shares, 6.84% of the total portfolio

Meanwhile, the administration continues to support and accelerate the long-term Enviromarxist Stalinist Famine Policy to starve this country of tapping into its vast oil, coal, natural gas and shale coal reserves. But don’t worry, when that brownout happens in the middle of August when it is 99 degrees out and you have no AC, you can feel tingly all over knowing that money that could have gone into buying a new car or have been put in your kid’s college fund is instead going into George Soros’ pocket, so he can fund more ACORN, MoveOn.org and Daily Kos type of projects.


Rep. Eric Massa Tells Nutroots: ‘I Will Vote Adamantly Against the Interests of My District ‘

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | August 17th, 2009

And you, Balding Combover Fish! (With apologies to Tom Servo over at MST3K)

In a fit of political epileptic honesty, Rep. Eric Massa, addressing a recent Nutroots convention (those meetings made up of geeky, fuzzy pizza eating Kos Kiddies and DuHers who are so annoying that they were even kicked out of Klingon Language camps) on the subject of health care had the following, absolutely asinine things to say. Asinine in that he just handed whoever is going to run against him a perfect campaign ad.

First he bloviates that he detests his constituents by first calling them the liberal bogeyman phrase “right-wingers” and after a followup question re: the public option that ‘I will vote adamantly against the interests of my district.”

Hat Tip to The Common Sense Citizens Network via Jawa:

Jim Jones Political theory at work here.


Filed Under: Congress, Health Care

Beaned: Rep. Bean’s Phony “Town Hall” Exposed

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | August 17th, 2009

As reported here a few days ago, some funny business seemed to be going on with Rep. Melissa Bean’s (D-IL) upcoming “Town Hall”.

Originally, the event was touted as “Town Hall Breakfast” and asked people to RSVP and pay a $25 registration fee. After Michelle Malkin posted a story about this, within a matter of 90 minutes or so a new invitation was posted on the Zurich Chamber of Commerce site, so as to cover the embarrassment of the news actually getting out that a representative was charging people for a “Town Hall” meeting.

The Original Invitation: (Thanks to Michelle Malkin for obtaining a screencap)

The Revised Invitation:

Also, someone either on Ms Bean’s or the LZCOC staff needs to do some serious proofreading before publishing something as embarrassingly slipshod as that invitation reads. The typos and poor grammar would make a rap star blanch.


Filed Under: Congress, Health Care

Snakes in a Union Hall – Dem Congress Cowards Hide From Constituents

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | August 17th, 2009

As the pressure from angry constituents, Republican, Democrat and Independent alike over ObamaCare continues to ratchet up, many Congress Cowards are finding political safehouses in the friendly confines in the halls of their union masters. No muss, no fuss. (unless someone actually wants a non-scripted answer from their representative about the subject. And this assumes they even have access to a microphone)

A few examples:

Rep. Alan Grayson:

From WDBO.com (Hat Tip: Jammie Wearing Fool)

Congressman Alan Grayson will hold a town hall meeting on health care in Orlando Monday night.

In a release sent exactly 24 hours before the town hall meeting, the freshman Democrat’s office says Grayson “intends for and expects this event to be a respectful and productive session.”

Grayson says he wants to “discuss the need for health care reform, listen to concerns or answer questions from the constituents he serves, and debunk many myths being circulated.”

The meeting will be at 7:45 p.m. Monday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 606 Union Hall at 820 Virginia Drive.

Rep. Tim Bishop: (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin via Moe Lane)

Tim Bishop (D, NY-01) is having something called a “health care reform rally” on Thursday, at (of all things) SEIU’s Hicksville NY offices (1199 Duffy Ave, starts at 1 PM). This is otherwise known as “over twenty miles outside the borders of NY-01.” Bishop is of course one of the first Democrats holding down a Red district (NY-01 is a R+0) to discover that his constituents are paying attention to his votes: he rather famously canceled his future in-district meetings. Presumably he assumes that his constituents won’t drive twenty miles to complain.

Also, Ed Morrisey has a great list of what he calls Milk Carton Politicians:

It seems to me that we need to start a list of Milk Carton Politicians — members of the House and Senate who go MIA when they should be meeting with their constituents to hear their concerns over the health-care overhaul, cap-and-trade, the failure of the stimulus package, and the exploding federal deficit. Who else belongs on a milk carton? Be sure to list them in the comments or send us e-mails so that we can ask the national media to find these lost souls.

Is your Congress Coward on this list?


Filed Under: Congress, Health Care

Bean Counting: Rep. Bean Wants You to Pay to Hear Her Healthcare Views

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | August 14th, 2009

Well, I suppose open prostitution (aka fund raising) was bound to be the next step in the Dems campaign of dodging, weaving and hiding when it comes to actually facing their own constituents about ObamaCare.

Via Chambermaster.com: (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin)

Town Hall Breakfast meeting with Congresswoman Melissa Bean. Hear her positions on Healthcare, Railroads, Taxes and more. Questions and answers following. Multi-Chamber event.

Includes Full Breakfast. Advance registration required. $25 per person. Includes full breakfast. RSVP required by August 24.

Interestingly enough, I just checked over there and when you click to Register Online it reports that the event has been disabled. Nor is there any mention of it over on the home page of the Lake Zurich COC site.

Also interesting is that the block text that is reported on Michelle’s site differs from what is now on the Lake Zurich COC registration page. Looks like that once it got out that they were going to charge for the event, they changed the opening from “Town Hall Meeting” to “Breakfast Meeting” so as to make it look like an official COC meeting. Not to mention that the date has been changed from August 24th to September 2nd.

Lame.


Filed Under: Congress, Health Care