Posted: 05 May 2009 09:39 AM PDT
Hundreds of thousands of dollars spent for a photo op of a back up Air Force One jet flying with a view of the New York skyline for publicity, which just happened to send New Yorker into a panic, and those photos will never be shown by the White House.
New York Post reports:
The $328,835 snapshots of an Air Force One backup plane buzzing lower Manhattan last week will not be shown to the public, the White House said yesterday.
CBS Political HotSheet asks "If a 747 and supersonic jet fighter buzz the Manhattan skyline as part of an ill-conceived photo-op, but the pictures are never seen, did it really happen?"
Luckily some photos are already out there, so yes, we know it did happen.
Let us not forget the people that had to evacuate their buildings, just in case...
Question of the day goes to one of Ace of Spades' readers:
Quality comment snark from "C. Jordan"
Ok, that right there is funny!!!
Over three hundred thousand dollars were spent on those photos, supposedly a photo op, although now those photos from said photo op are not being released.
Some are asking if this truly was a photo op or something else and some just think Obama doesn't want to be reminded of how embarrassing this incident was for his administration so they are hoping it just goes away.
Either way it is a lot of tax payer's money for some photos that the White House now refuses to even let the taxpayers that paid for them, see.....
Pretty hard to have sympathy for an administrations that compounds one horrible decision with another, in order to avoid the embarrassment of the first.
Consider this your ridiculous item of the day.....
Posted: 05 May 2009 09:29 AM PDT
New reports show that the court battles int he Norm Coleman/Al Franken senate battle could take years fro all appeals to be exhausted.
ummmmmmm, by that time, wouldn't there have been yet another election?
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has said the court fight could take years, leading Democrats, particularly in light of Specter's defection, to pressure Cornyn and his colleagues to drop the legal challenge.
Should this not be totally resolved by the Minnesota Supreme Court, it could end up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, which could take years to be heard and decided.
If Coleman ultimately loses there, heading into the federal court system on a constitutional challenge will certainly be an option. And though getting to the U.S. Supreme Court is a long shot that could take years, election law analysts say it may be the only way to satisfy all parties.
I guess when the shoe is on the other foot, Democrats don't think the shoe fits all that well...heh.
Previous posts on Coleman/Franken here and here.
Posted: 05 May 2009 09:23 AM PDT
I took a couple of days to make sure I got it right. Below I offer my heartfelt tribute to Jack Kemp. May God bless him in Heaven and his family on Earth always.
eric aka the Tygrrrr Express
Posted: 05 May 2009 08:58 AM PDT
News from Wapo:
Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge (R) is seriously considering a 2010 bid for the Senate seat held by Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter and will make his decision in the next two weeks, according to several sources familiar with his thinking.
If Ridge does decide to run, the initial numbers, with him not even in the race yet, look decent, according to a new Pennsylvania poll.
In an automated poll of 1,019 households of registered voters taken at the end of last week, announced PBC President and CEO David W. Patti, "PEG PAC found that if the election for US Senate were held today, Tom Ridge could defeat Arlen Specter by a margin of 39 percent to 38 percent. The poll also shows Specter would defeat Pat Toomey by a margin of 42 percent to 36 percent." The number of undecided voters in the survey is over 20 percent cautioned Patti, and the margin of error is +/- 2.8 percent, so the association leader said the results are not conclusive.
Also telling is that no matter what party Specter runs as (he was trailing badly behind Toomey before he switched parties) he doesn't top 50 percent:
"What jumps out at me," said Patti "is that Senator Specter doesn't get over 50 percent against either candidate. That's not good for a long-term incumbent no matter what political party he affiliates with."
Tom Ridge needs to be encouraged to run.
Posted: 05 May 2009 08:40 AM PDT
Short and sweet and a perfect example of the type of corruption John Murtha has been allowed to get away with for years.
Yet last year, Murtech received $4 million in Pentagon work, all of it without competition, for a variety of warehousing and engineering services. With its long corridor of sparsely occupied offices and an unmanned reception area, Murtech's most striking feature is its owner -- Robert C. Murtha Jr., 49. He is the nephew of Rep. John P. Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat who has significant sway over the Defense Department's spending as chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.
Read the whole thing.
When are there going to be some serious investigations into members of our congress and their misconduct and appropriation of funds?
Posted: 05 May 2009 06:59 AM PDT
The undersigned, CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO, Attorney General of the State of Nevada, by and through Chief Deputy Attorney General, Conrad Hafen, complains and charges the above named defendants, ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FOR REFORM NOW INC.(ACORN), CHRISTOPHER HOWELL EDWARDS AND AMY ADELE BUSEFINK, with having committed the crimes of COMPENSATION FOR REGISTRATION OF VOTERS (26 Counts), a Category E Felony, in violation of NRS 293.805, and PRINCIPAL TO THE CRIME OF COMPENSATION FOR REGISTRATION OF VOTERS (13 Counts), a category E Felony, in violation of NRS 195.020 and NRS 293.805 in Clark County, State of Nevada as follows;
That is the start of the 18 page, 39 count criminal complaint against ACORN and two of it's employees. (Full PDF file linked at the bottom of this post.)
The Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN) has been in the news consistently for illegal activities.
ACORN was supposed to be a way to help low-income families find a voice, register to vote and become involved and instead, news story after news story showed them registering dead people, children, sending registrations for pets..etc..
People claimed the dead might have been registered, but that didn't mean they actually voted...yet in one case news came out that over 300 of them did.
On and on it went during the each election cycle and now, via the Las Vegas Sun, we see that 26 counts of Compensation for Registration of Voters, and 13 counts of Principle to the Crime of Compensation for Registration of Voters, both of which are felonies in Nevada, have been filed against ACORN and two of it's employees.
The investigation into the scheme stemmed from a complaint filed with Miller's office by Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax. Lomax's office received a significant number of voter registration application forms that appeared to be fraudulent, although none of the irregular forms ended up in the November election.
Review Journal has some of the startling figures:
Larry Lomax, the Clark County registrar of voters, said his office reviewed the 91,002 voter registration forms turned in by ACORN, verifying that information on the form matched information attached to the voter's driver's license number or Social Security number.
Masto identified Edwards as the ACORN Las Vegas office field director in 2008, and said timesheets indicate that ACORN corporate officers were aware of the "blackjack" bonus program and failed to stop it. The attorney general said Busefink was ACORN's deputy regional director.
Nevada is not the only state with investigations into ACORN either. Back in October, the Buckeye Institute, a Columbus-based think tank, filed a Rico action against ACORN and we have previously listed trouble throughout the years with this exact type of behavior throughout the country, showing it is not just individual employees, but a systematic problem with ACORN themselves.
# In Ohio in 2004, four ACORN employees were indicted by a federal grand jury for submitting false voter registration forms.
You can see the 39 count, 18 page complaint for yourself, here. (PDF file)
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