Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (Open Thread)

May the Luck of the Irish be Yours Today!

Did you know that  the St. Patrick’s Day custom came to America in 1737 and was first celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts?  That’s  274 years of  major celebrating and beer drinking!   Today, people celebrate the day with parades, wearing of the green, and drinking beer.    So lads and lasses have a bit o’ the Irish on us!    Cheers!

259 responses to “Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (Open Thread)

  1. Gaddafi makes fool out of BO, defies bo and attacks Rebels again. And BO COWARD that he is heads off to Rio.


    President Obama said “Gaddafi must stop his troops from advancing on Benghazi, pull them back from Ajdabiya, Misrata and Zawiyah, and establish water, electricity and gas supplies to all areas. Humanitarian assistance must be allowed to reach the people of Libya …”

    “Let me be clear, these terms are not negotiable … If Gaddafi does not comply … the resolution will be enforced through military action.”

    Regardless of the Security Councils resolution it is said that Gaddafi troops are still advancing towards the rebel stronghold at Benghazi . Residents in rebel held Misrata said they faced heavy bombardment on Friday

  2. Media Blackout: Protesters Firebomb US Consulate in Brazil Ahead of Obama Trip

    Police fired rubber bullets and used tear gas to break up a demonstration outside the US consulate in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, as US President Barack Obama prepares to visit the country, AFP reports.

    Some 300 people had gathered at the site when Brazilian Military Police showed up and tried to break up the demonstration.


    • http://blogs.forbes.com/kenrapoza/2011/03/18/rubber-bullets-fly-at-anti-obama-protest-in-rio-o-globo-reports/?+news

      What is most ironic about the Brazil protests is that the PSTU is a hard core socialist party in Brazil. While anti-Obama protests in the US consider Obama a socialist, the socialists in Brazil consider him a yankee capitalist, the bane of the Latin American left.

      PSTU said on its website that protests will also take place in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte cities around 19:00 local time. More were planned for Saturday morning in the nation’s capital, Brasilia, and a final protest was being organized by PSTU adherents for Sunday morning, the day of Obama’s speech.

  3. Trump on the Somali Pirates: “I Would Wipe Them Off the Face of the Earth.”

    If we had real leadership in the Oval Office currently, there’s no way Somali pirates would be hijacking American vessels or murdering American citizens—the limbs of those high-seas thugs would be floating around Indian Ocean by now.

    And that’s exactly how Donald Trump wants to solve the piracy problem: Total annihilation.

    “Give me one good admiral and a few ships, and I will wipe them out so fast,” he told HUMAN EVENTS. “Can you believe that these guys are taking tankers that are a thousand feet long and cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and just taking them with rowboats? It’s hard to believe. One good admiral, that’s all I want.”

    “It’s a total lack of respect for this country.”


  4. Obama Copies Bush Speech
    March 18, 2011 Snips

    The senior White House official said “any similarity is coincidence,” adding that neither Obama nor his speechwriters reviewed Bush’s remarks from Oct. 7, 2001.


    • All they know HOW to do is copy and plagiarize others. These are children. Nothing more.

      Gateway Pundit expresses my feelings perfectly:

      Barack Obama bombs Libya — Where Are the Libs? Where are the peaceniks?

      Obama bombed Libya 8 years to the day that the US bombed Baghdad.”

      Where, may I ask, are the peaceniks (didn’t this include Kerry?) who excoriated our brave troops (believe it was Maher) for being cowards that bombed from 30,000 feet or lobbed cruise missiles at children from offshore? What do they say now? Why is THIS war, this interference in a “sovereign” MUSLIM nation fine? Why won’t this make the Muslims hate us more? Did they kill innocent civilians? What’s your guess? Where are the asshats who decried the cost of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, when children here were starving and our economy was tanking? How much to 100 cruise missiles cost, do you think? Barry says the Europeans and Arabs will foot their share of the bill. It’s in their backyard and, excuse me, the Frogs are the ones dependent upon Libyan oil, so they should do ALL the grunt work and bear all the costs. And excuse me, weren’t the very selfsame Frogs the ones criticizing us over Iraq? One resolution, one day, Barry bombs. Decades, 17 resolutions, GWB bombs and the libs go insane. Why are we not NOW imperialists? Oh, I get it. We pitch out Gaddafi and ENSURE an Islamic Marxist state, part of the NWO. We’re on the side of the Shiites now. And IRAN.

      • btw, did he get permission from Congress?

        Wag the dog? Does he really think this is going to buy him votes from GWB supporters, especially when he STEALS his speeches? I seem to remember GWB going out into the middle of a stadium and throwing out a pitch, right after 9/11. Where’s Barry today? Is he speaking in public? In a huge place with thousands of spectators?

        • BO is afraid to appear outside in public now. Sounds like Farrakhan has made a Death Threat against him.


          FARRAKHAN: “I warn my brother do you let these wicked demons move you in a direction that will absolutely ruin your future with your people in Africa and throughout the world…Why don’t you organize a group of respected Americans and ask for a meeting with Qaddafi, you can’t order him to step down and get out, who the hell do you think you are?

  5. Trump Would Bag Billions From China to Fund U.S. Entitlement Programs
    by Jason Mattera

    If he decides to run for president, cutting government spending or reforming our insolvent entitlement programs won’t be at the top of Donald Trump’s list. In fact, he intends to keep the government gravy train running by squeezing billions of dollars from other countries, The Donald told Human Events in an exclusive interview.

    “[Candidates] aren’t talking about entitlements; they’re not talking about it because they’re afraid to talk about it for political reasons,” Trump explained. “I wouldn’t talk about it because I’ll be able to get so much money” from China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and other nations who are treating America as a “whipping post for the world.”

    “I would strongly be in favor of having countries that are ripping us off contribute hundreds of billions of dollars back into this economy,” he added.

    The real estate tycoon also unloaded on Russia for what he regards as that country’s ongoing disrespect of the United States. “I see us being totally manipulated and controlled by Russia telling us how many missiles to make and when to make them. Since when does Russia start telling this country what we can produce in terms of the military?”


    • He has alot of good ideas. Would he follow thru ?

    • Did we talk yet about the FACT that China is getting away with not paying duties on goods they “dump” unfairly into our markets? When it was ruled that duties were required to level the playing field, they blatantly did an end run around the rules by shipping first to another country, where the goods were simply relabeled as coming from that country, and then sent on to the US. American workers still losing their jobs and the Customs Service claims they can’t enforce the rules.


      Unfortunately, it’s shaping up to be one of their typical boosts for a Democrat. This is a habit with them. Here’s the response to the setup:


      Like with the Journolist, I suspect the Dem politicos feed the reporters the “scoop” so shortly thereafter, the politco can “act”. Do note how the Claire Witch demands answers from Barry’s administration. Riiiight.

      This isn’t to help in her re-election campaign, is it? And she’s distancing herself from Barry. Riiiiight.

      • Just another update on the AirClaire fiasco: Claire owes roughly $320,000 in taxes on that airplane. Another $32,000 over and above what she voluntarily coughed up upon being caught. So maybe she can save yet another job in that county. A third of a cool million would probably pay for 2 firefighters, 2 law enforcement officers, and maybe more than 2 teachers, depending upon the pay scale. Way to go, Claire! Saving jobs.

        On a similar note, the NY Times reports that GE didn’t pay taxes: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/business/economy/25tax.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

        Oh, those rascally Barry associates. Geithner, Claire, GE! Taxes are for you and me, not for the likes of them. Isn’t that special?

  6. The “difficulties” are that BO does not want to go against his musbro TERRORIST Pal Gaddafi who gave BO millions in illegal foreign contributions in 2008.


  7. http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/34589

    Obama Dithered, People Withered

    His Plan? Transfer the intensely hot potato to the United Nations, the Arab League, France, England, and others in a tight little group of “willing” nations, not including the United States.

  8. A Schedule Rundown..1,000 people went with him on this trip? 1,000? Plus family and grandma Robinson! And how many planes were sent along with Air Force One? Imagine the cost of this trip.

    Obama and Family in Brazil: Lots of Ceremony, Little Else Snips

    The first image was that of a smiling president of the United States, waving as he rapidly descended from Air Force One at 7:45 am this morning at the Brasília airport. Beside him, his oldest daughter, Malia, 10, followed by his wife, Michelle, and the youngest daughter, Sasha, 7. Bringing up the rear, Obama’s mother-in-law, Marian Robinson. Greetings were exchanged on the tarmac, more smiles and waving. Then everybody climbed aboard the presidential car, known as “the beast,” and drove off to the GoldenTulip Hotel.

    With American president Barack Obama and his family aboard, Air Force One touched down at exactly 7:31 this morning in Brasília. Obama and his committee (estimated to be a total of one thousand) will spend the day in the capital of Brazil and leave for Rio de Janeiro this evening around 6:30 pm.

    A Taste of Brazilian Food

    Special attention is being paid to the culinary arts as Brazil prepares for the visit by the president of the United States, his family, plus some one thousand aides, assistants, business leaders and security personnel.


    • What does Brazil want?

      The Brazilian government is in a state of anxiety. One question overshadows president Barack Obama’s visit: will he or will he not come out publicly in favor of a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for Brazil? Some Brazilian authorities have said that the answer will determine whether the visit is considered a success or a failure. It is that important.

      The governments of Brazil and the United States will sign ten documents – agreements, treaties and memorandums – as a result of the visit of Barack Obama. The ten documents cover trade and economic cooperation (setting up a high-level commission on economic and commercial cooperation), air transportation, peaceful use of outer space, support for large sports events (the World Soccer Cup and the Olympic Games), research in biodiversity, development of a biofuel for aviation and technical cooperation with other countries. Agreements on patents, duplicate social security contributions and the end of visa requirements for Brazilian travelers to the US will have to await further negotiations.

      • They do not want him there!

        Violent Protests Erupt, US Consulate Firebombed Ahead of Obama’s Brazil Visit

        Protesters urging “Obama Go Home” staged a violent protest in Rio de Janiero Friday ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to Brazil. According to AFP, police fired rubber bullets and used tear gas to break up a demonstration outside the US consulate after protesters firebombed the building.


        • I don’t get it..I thought it was supposed to be “Workers of the World Unite!” It appears the Red carpet treatment turned into a Black and White carpet with the words, “Obama Go Home!”

          Why do these Leftist people always destroy things? I guess we could ask the Union members who destroyed the Capitol in Wisconsin.

      • Aren’t they currently cutting down the rainforest to plant vegetation for biofuel? How “green” of them.

    • We all have to sacrifice.

  9. Hordes of Angry Brazilian Citizens shout “obama GO HOME!

  10. It’s 3 A.M. Do you know where your President is?
    3-19 Snips


    Barack Obama finally got around to taking a position. Now that the dust is settling in Libya, Barack Obama is taking a position. This is exactly the same as he’s done for his entire career.

    And the position he’s finally gotten around to taking is Sarah Palin’s. She got there on February 23.

    Now, as Gaddafi is mopping up, Barack the Bold appears on the horizon.

    In the Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama voted present 128 times. He would often use it to duck the tough issues. ….

    The world called the US at 3 AM and there was no one to answer. The world was looking for a leader and none was to be found.


  11. Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media
    Military’s ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda
    17 March 2011 Snips

    The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

    A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an “online persona management service” that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world. Centcom spokesman Commander Bill Speaks said: “The technology supports classified blogging activities on foreign-language websites to enable Centcom to counter violent extremist and enemy propaganda outside the US.”

    He said none of the interventions would be in English, as it would be unlawful to “address US audiences” with such technology, and any English-language use of social media by Centcom was always clearly attributed. The languages in which the interventions are conducted include Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Pashto.


  12. http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/03/15/obamas-presidency-hangs-by-a-thread/

    Obama’s Presidency Hangs by a Thread

    Japan may be on the verge of an unprecedented catastrophe. Saudi Arabia is all but colonizing Bahrain. Qaddafi is close to retaking Libya, with bloodbath to follow. And, as Jim Geraghty notes, the president of the United States is going on ESPN to talk about the NCAA and delivering speeches today on his rather dull plan to replace No Child Left Behind with No Teenager Left Behind, or something like that.

    It’s hard to overstate how poorly Barack Obama is doing in the face of these crises — and I don’t even mean how he’s doing substantively, which is a scandal in itself. I mean how he’s doing politically.

    Recall how much hay Michael Moore made of the fact that George W. Bush read My Pet Goat for nine minutes in that Florida classroom on 9/11 after being informed that the first plane had struck.

    We’re going on four weeks now, or more, that Barack Obama has been reading My Pet Goat.

  13. You bet this is an OUTRAGE !!

    By Dr. Richard Swier (Scribe) on March 19th, 2011
    Outrage: Florida Judge Orders islamic Sharia Law be Used to Settle Dispute

    Judge Richard A. Nielsen, Circuit Court of Hillsborough County, FL has ordered, “Ecclesiastical Islamic Law, pursuant to the Qur’an” be used to settle a civil dispute among Muslim Brothers.

    In Florida we now have two laws – American and Sharia Islamic.

    As I have stated before you cannot have two sets of laws in any nation. Americans, whether native born or naturalized, are subject to our Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land. Sharia Law is incompatible with our Constitution. However, Judge Nielsen does not think so and stated in his order that if the Muslim Brothers cannot reach a resolution then, “the dispute is to be presented to an Islamic judge for determination, and that is or can be an A’lim [a Muslim learned in Sharia Law]”. [My emphasis]

    Now we have two sets of judges in Florida – one who understands the Constitution and one who understands the Qur’an.


  14. Please link articles about Gadaffi and Libya Articles to the following.

    Obama-Chrysler- Fiat and Gaddafi


  15. Where are they getting those polls? Fox is the showing the Lemon’s approval rating at 49%! There is no way he could have that high of a rating. Did they poll today when people would be glad that he finally did something regarding Libya? Were they giving a sign of support for our troops with their poll vote? He hasn’t done zip on the budget, was low key on Japan, and has been campaigning since Tucson. I want to see the stats of those who were polled. There is no way that this sour Lemon is holding near 50%.

  16. Savage: Look who’s traveling with Obama
    ‘Why are they hiding who’s going with him to Brazil’?


    CEOs Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric, Aris Candris of Westinghouse, James T. Hackett of Anadarko Petroleum, John V. Faraci of International Paper and Anthony S. Harrington of Albright Stonebridge Group went to Brazil with the president, Savage reported on his website.

    “If this list were not so incendiary, why would it not be published as a matter of fact in the newspapers in America?” Savage asked his radio audience. “Why are they hiding who is going there?”

  17. Uninformed protesters? I guess they didn’t get the news that Obama was bombing Libya! They support the treasonous actions of Bradley Manning for leaking military documents..tells you a lot about their lack of morals and ability to discern right from wrong.

    Anti-War Protesters Arrested Near White House
    March 19, 2011

    More than 100 anti-war protesters, including the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers, were arrested outside the White House on Saturday in demonstrations marking the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

    Similar protests marking the start of the Iraq war were also planned Saturday in Chicago, San Francisco and other cities.

    The demonstration in Washington on Saturday merged varied causes, including protesters demanding a U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as those supporting Bradley Manning, the jailed Army private suspected of giving classified documents to the website Wikileaks.


  18. Our BRAVE Sarah Palin is where? In Israel, while Barry whiles away the hours down in Rio:


  19. And here’s another reason why it sometimes pains me to agree with Bill Maher (as I did when he opined about Islam):


    “Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a “dumb twat” on his comedy show last night.
    His far left audience loved it.”

    Sorry for the obscenity, but it’s what he said. The total asshat. SEXIST PIG. He’s SO funny that I forgot to laugh.

    And now I recall that it was he who implied that our brave troops were cowards because they bombed from 30,000 feet. Now that his POTUS is POTUS, will he repeat that slander? Will he, btw, use that same epithet against she who picks at her t**t in public?

  20. http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/03/rifqa-barys-saviors-escape-prosecution-sharia-law-did-not-prevail-in-columbus-.html
    The good news story,
    Little islamic girl converts out of islam, and survives,
    thanks to Pamela Geller,
    no thanks to Obsama

  21. Oh great, just what we needed again.

    Not Again, Another Oil Spill reported Near BP Explosion Site in Gulf


  22. Do you believe this one ?

    Vanity Fair: Conservatives only praised Japanese people because they are racist!

    A contributing editor at Vanity Fair believes he’s uncovered the real reason why conservatives like Glenn Beck are praising how the Japanese are handling a devastating crisis: “And the real message of those tributes was, There’s been no looting in Japan because they don’t have black people running amuck and ransacking.”


  23. Newsweek is a total Leftist magazine! I wonder how they are still in business.

    Can You Name the VP? 38% Fail Citizenship Test — Blame Capitalism
    Mar. 21

    According to a recent citizenship test conducted by Newsweek, 38 percent of those asked similar questions got them wrong. Depressing. But here’s whats even more depressing: in its write-up on the test results, Newsweek just happens to blame states’ sovereignty and capitalism.


  24. Allen West’s Call to Action!
    Mar 20, 2011

    Allen West speaks at the South Florida 9-12 org’s 2 year anniversary picnic. Insufficient, gutless leaders and their tactics were called out, and standing orders to vote for principled candidates and hold them accountable were reinforced.

    “We will not become part of the ‘Cult of Personality’ style of leadership which we saw the other side become a part of in 2008. It is so important that I get up there and prove myself as a statesman, as a legislator and as a political leader.”

    The American People are not going away!

  25. http://connect.freedomworks.org/

    If you are fed up with waiting for congress to get a clue, then here’s how to LEGALLY REMOVE bo NOW! without waiting around for the rinos and demRats to get their acts together.

    All congressmen co-conspirators who aided and abetted bo in his crimes must also be INDICTED by State Court Grand Juries.


  26. No jail for Claire! Another TAX EVADING DEMOCRAT CAUGHT!! This is Strike 2

    strong>Breaking: Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Failed to Pay $287,000 in Property Taxes on Aircraft
    Mar 21, 2011 SNIPS

    In a conference call with reporters, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill just disclosed that she failed to pay $287,000 in property taxes related to her co-ownership of a private aircraft. This scandal comes quickly on the heels of recent revelations that McCaskill improperly billed taxpayers for use of the same private aircraft, for which McCaskill reimbursed the Treasury $88,000:

    Sen. Claire McCaskill is selling the personal plane that has caused her turbulence in recent weeks after POLITICO revealed she used taxpayer money to cover the cost of political travel.

    The first-term Democrat said she was very happy she was able to convince her husband to “sell the damn plane.”

    In a conference call Monday afternoon, McCaskill revealed that after her own review of the plane’s records, she had not paid personal property taxes on the aircraft over the past four years.

    “This was a mistake, It should have been reported in Missouri. It will be paid in Missouri today,” she said.

    McCaskill said she would be sending a check for $287,273 to St. Louis County Monday for the back taxes she owed between 2007 and 2010.


    • Oh, thanks for that. It’s hilarious. That writer is quite the card: “caused her turbulence!” Good one. She was in the news for flying around MO, Pelosi like, in “hubby’s” plane. How rich. (Hubby’s exceedingly rich, too.)

      She’s the former MO state AUDITOR. And for how long did she NOT pay personal property taxes on that plane? How’d they get away with that?

      The poor and middle class, the honest ones, pay every year for the “privilege” of keeping their cars that they NEED to get to WORK, while millionaires like the Claire Witch evade taxes. I still can’t figure how she pulled this off. Every year, the state sends out a form to taxpayers and they have to declare, under penalty, WHAT personal property they own. I guess the hired help just forgot all about that expensive plane, while at the same time they were probably accompanying the Claire Witch on her jaunts around the state.

      Yes, the rich are different. At least the Democratic rich. How many is this now? Geithner, McCaskill, I know there are more. We need to keep a list. You’d think a professional auditor would know better.

      btw, I’m still waiting to hear that they solved the murder of hubby #1.

      • Different state, but John Kerry dd the same thing. ..his boat.

      • I was going to write a post about this today, but events got ahead of that. An update: Today’s news reveals that not only did Claire use the plane for junkets and reimburse herself (and hubby) from her Senate office funds (aka taxpayer monies), at least ONE trip was totally political, which means she broke the rules if not the law. She can’t use Senate office money for political appearances.

        Second, today’s story reveals that her previous plane was hangared (is that a word?) in ILLINOIS. However, she moved this new plane to Missouri recently. She claims to be paying the sales tax on this plane on what sounds like an installment plan (do regular taxpayers have this option)? But she appears to blame her hubby (“sell the damn plane”) for the “mistake”.

        But here’s the deal, like Russ Carnahan’s yacht, she first had the plane in ILLINOIS, when she’s a MO senator. Coincidentally, IL hasn’t a personal property tax. She lives in MO, though, of course.

        Every year a taxpayer is supposed to declare ALL personal property. There are boxes on the form delineating all types of personal property. There’s apparently a section for aircraft, which even includes hot air balloons! People even have to declare livestock.

        So even if Claire registered a plane with the FAA, originally in Delaware, as Gateway Pundit says (http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/03/good-grief-air-claire-registered-her-plane-in-delaware-to-avoid-paying-taxes-before-she-moved-it-to-missouri-where-she-didnt-pay-taxes/) she still must declare all her OTHER personal property every year–that means CARS. Surely Claire and hubby have one or more cars?

        So when they get that registration form every year, surely they notice that the plane that’s now residing in MISSOURI should have been declared. The reason one must declare every year, under PENALTY, is in case somebody bought new property or sold old property. This can be no mistake.

        Back to the line about “damned plane”. I don’t think she’s blaming hubby. I think she’s showing her EXASPERATION about having to answer questions from the media. Democrats like her are unaccustomed to be treated the way the lamestream ordinarily treats ALL Republicans, but especially conservatives who are “enemies” of Barry and peeps like Claire. Her cursing reveals how they behave when they’re in the “crosshairs” of the media.

        Why, in this particular case, she’s actually being hounded by the media, is a good question; but the stories mostly give excuses for her and try to downplay the reality and the seriousness of what she’s done and not done.

        For one thing, I never before today heard about the fact that one trip was a political trip. A huge no-no. This was an update at Politico.

        The fact that she registered a plane in IL before, was eventually reported, but not on the front page–buried within the continuation of the story in the back. It seems to have slipped by the media, how this perfectly resembles Carnahan’s docking his yacht in IL.

        Can you imaging how much this plane must be worth, if yearly personal property tax on it amounts to roughly $72 grand? The paper does put her net worth around 15 to 25 million bucks. It further obfuscates by saying her hubby got rich in the “affordable housing” business. Is that a euphemism for slumlord? btw, it was nursing homes, too, and he got in trouble for the conditions in some of them.

        The story at Gateway Pundit implies it was the same plane in Delaware (no taxes there, either), then IL, then MO. But the Post story said the plane in IL was the old plane and when they bought this new one, it got put in a hangar in MO.

        Remember she was the former auditor of the state of MO, so she knows all about things like taxes. In the Senate, she sets herself up to be a fiscal watchdog of the taxpayers money.

        One thing to Claire’s credit. Maybe she did “SAVE” a job–in MO. They didn’t expect this windfall of over a quarter of a million bucks, upon which she may owe 18% interest (like the little guy must pay).

        Maybe Claire’s “contribution“, “sacrifice“, or “investment” will save the job of at least one cop, teacher, or fireman in MO. 🙂

        • Sen. McCaskill: “We have paid every dime of our taxes.”
          March 22nd

          That is, McCaskill said that she did, back in 2006 (via Hot Air Headlines): video

          For those who don’t remember the initial controversy mentioned in the ad, McCaskill’s husband was linked to some extraordinarily poorly-operated Missouri nursing homes at the same time that McCaskill herself had oversight over Missouri nursing homes as Missouri State Auditor. As you can see, back in 2006 McCaskill vehemently denied any wrongdoing, just before she declared that she paid her taxes.


          • They’re calling this scandal “AirClaire”. 🙂 Today’s news on this front: The media is covering for Claire, as expected. They give her credit for coming clean and owning up. What else was she going to do? She can’t pull off outright lies like her messiah can. In her case, the media will call her on it.

            She knew the story was coming out. No doubt, somebody in the media gave her a heads up so she hurried up and called a news conference in which to confess and “out” herself. As if. Kabuki theatre all the way.

            There’s a website where, if you know the tail number of a plane, you can follow every place that plane has gone. The media have the number of Claire’s plane. But wait! The website allows someone to “opt out.” Guess who opted out? You got it. Claire’s plane is not listed. And all her records on this are sealed. Sound familiar? Maybe bugs ate them.

            It’s being spun in the media that the evil Republicans are gleefully jumping on this oversight on her part and preparing ads to use against poor Claire in 2012. The Dems hope she can survive. They’re on the ropes because they might lose the Senate. Gasp! We know whose side the lamestream is on.

          • Bridgette: Did you read the story that’s linked from that page? http://www.redstate.com/bs/2011/03/21/claireair-crash-lands-in-missouri/
            Has some great quotes where Claire says people who don’t pay their taxes should be fired. 🙂 Here’s a great link from there:


            Shows that her hubby did pay her personal property taxes on his two cars. So the question is: HOW, when he declared that property, did he miss looking at the box for aircraft or looking on the back, where it explains all the types of property that must be declared? This is typical diffusion of responsibility (did she learn this from Barry?): They co-own the plane with other “investors”. So it’s the investor group that has to declare the plane and pay the taxes on it. No individual “investor” then can be held accountable if they all “forget” to declare the plane and pay the taxes. Just like in Libya, if nobody’s in charge, when it goes sideways, nobody can be blamed.

            Note: I can’t get that link to work with the equal sign at the end. When you click it, go add the = sign at the end and hit enter and it should work. Otherwise, go to this site: http://revenue.stlouisco.com/Collection/ppInfo/ And enter I00160541 in the account number.

          • Love the “AirClaire Scandal”! The other investors might have opted out of letting it be known where the plane was flying. Who are the other investors?

            • They don’t say and the records are apparently sealed. A radio host says he’s trying to track down whether or not they really paid the sales tax on that plane. He says it sounds as if Claire might lease it from herself. Makes no sense to me, but then I’m not rich so I don’t know the ins and outs of tax dodges the way people like Claire and Geithner do. Who are “investors”, anyway. Investing in the plane? That’s what they say, though: Investors.

      • I am surprised that the plane is in her name and not the name of her husband’s business. I wonder if Senator’s and Rep’s have to show all financial information including business information of a spouse. Hillary had to, but Nancy Pelosi did not. What I am saying is if the plane was in her husband’s business, it shouldn’t be coming back on her in the same way.

        • It may be in the name of her husband’s business. When she spoke about paying the sales tax, she said that some entity (forget the name) pays it on a regular basis. So now I’m wondering if she pays personal property taxes on their cars? It doesn’t even sound as if the business used it. She flew on it a lot. She’s out there accepting blame, so maybe there’s more to the story than meets the eye and she’s trying to get it to blow over. She said that henceforth she’ll fly coach on commercial airlines. She used this plane for junkets within the state of MO, apparently. So probably when home. I think she does fly commercial to DC. Within the state, maybe she preferred her own plane than using the smaller chartered flights or small airlines. It’s unclear if it WAS her husband’s business. She reimbursed them for a political trip out of her Senate office money, so that’s not something she can evade, no matter who owns the plane.

          So I wonder will Claire fit in the seats? The WSJ had an amusing etiquette article about that: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704396504576204442583904246.html?KEYWORDS=armrest

          “Where else but on an airplane are people jammed into limited space and forced to share re-circulated air, not to mention bad behavior? One person leans back and encroaches on another. A neighbor’s large belly or long legs extend into the space you paid for. One passenger’s onion rings are polluting an entire row.”

          Or a neighbor’s big bum?

        • http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51334.html

          The Republicans filed an ethics complaint against her. I don’t recall this being reported in the local paper.

          “McCaskill, who is up for reelection in 2012, paid more than $88,000 to the Treasury Department last week after a POLITICO report that she had used taxpayer funds from her Senate office account to repay nearly 90 flights on a private plane that she co-owned with her husband and other investors.

          While McCaskill and her aides adamantly denied any ethical violations despite the payment to Treasury, POLITICO later reported that at least one of the flights was purely political in nature.

          On Saturday, March 3, 2007, McCaskill flew from St. Louis to Hannibal, Mo., and back, for the local Democratic Party’s annual Hannibal Days. McCaskill billed taxpayers $1,220.44 for the trip, according to public records. McCaskill aides have acknowledged that the event was only political in nature, not an official function for a senator. Congressional ethics rules and federal law bar the use of taxpayer funds to cover the cost of political events.”

  27. Herman Cain: Obama’s scrubbing Christian heritage ‘intentional’
    ‘The majority of people do not want God to be taken out of our culture’

    March 18

    Businessman Herman Cain, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, has criticized Barack Obama for disregarding America’s Christian heritage, stating he believes the president’s repeated omission of the phrase “endowed by their Creator” is “intentional.”

    “I believe it was intentional because he did it three times, two of which I know about, and a friend of mine actually knows of a third one,” Cain answered. “With all of his teleprompters, how could you not put that in there? No. I believe it was intentional.”

    In his criticism of the sitting president, Cain recalled Obama stating, “Whatever we once were, we’re no longer a Christian nation,” a phrase Obama used repeatedly, both before and after his election.

    “Here’s another example: When [Obama] first became president and he went to Turkey to give a speech and declared that we were not a Christian nation,” Cain told Brody. “Well I got news for the president. We are a Judeo-Christian nation, and a lot of people want to keep it that way.”


    • OT: Sgt. J. D. Williams — Another true American hero willing to give his life for freedom and his fellow soldiers !!!!

      God Bless the United States of America, Israel and others around this evil world who truly treasure living free !!!

    • Thanks, Bridgette. I am really interested (and hope others are also) in hearing more of what Mr. Herman Cain has to say. I watched his interview with C-Span a couple of nights ago and he truly reminds me of Sarah and Lt. Col. West……plain-spoken, real COMMON SENSE, and he talks TO us; not down to us “little people”!
      **(off topic)…not sure how my link to Sgt. Williams bravery and sacrifice ended up under your Cain link, just long day I suppose!
      Love to All Patriots !!!!!!

      • You know that they are starting to consider Herman Cain seriously because the Dem. talking points are starting to address him. Some woman on FOX last night said it was “unpresidential” for him to say that the goal of Muslims in the US is not to convert everyone else but to exercise their freedom of religion like everyone else. The woman said that was as slam on other religions, like Baptists, who believe they should convert others. However, there’s a huge difference: Other religions seek to convert others to their way of believing, they don’t seek to make others SUBMIT OR DIE. Other religions aren’t bound up with installing a religious state that makes everyone of any other religion a second class citizen. My real point, though, is that if they’re already slamming Cain for anything he says, he’s on their radar screen. And he should be. He would have my vote.

    • He is right.

  28. And the obots say MO is beautiful??? (U Decide–Photo)


    Vision-Impaired Chilean President Says Michelle Obama Is “Very Good Looking”…

    • Sounds like a lot of sucking up to me! Beautiful as compared to a what? I agree with Lame Cherry’s assessment.

  29. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1368633/Libya-war-US-chopper-shoots-6-villagers-welcomed-Air-Force-F-15-crash-pilots.html

    U.S. rescue chopper shoots six Libyan villagers as they welcome pilots of downed Air Force jet

    Six Libyan villagers are recovering in hospital after being shot by American soldiers coming in to rescue the U.S. pilots whose plane crash-landed in a field.

    The helicopter strafed the ground as it landed in a field outside Benghazi beside the downed U.S. Air Force F-15E Eagle which ran into trouble during bombing raid last night.

    And a handful of locals who had come to greet the pilots were hit – among them a young boy who may have to have a leg amputated because of injuries caused by a bullet wound.

  30. Mad magazine dishes on Obama’s birthplace
    Lampoons eligibility, Teleprompters, middle name, bust lip, Jeremiah Wright

    March 22, 2011

    Lawsuits have claimed Barack Obama fails the Constitution’s eligibility test for presidents because his father was a Kenyan, because he was born overseas and because his original long-form birth certificate has been withheld. Mad magazine, now, has released its solution: His birthplace is “wherever it was he was born.” The magazine, in an article “How Barack Obama stacks up to the other 42 presidents,” also takes jabs at Obama’s dependence on Teleprompters, his middle name (Hussein), his busted lip and his onetime pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

    While George Washington’s “head was carved into Mt. Rushmore, Obama’s head was sculpted into a Chia Pet,” the article starts. Then, John Adams “got lost on his way to go live in the White House. Obama successfully reached the White House, but has been lost every since.”

    It’s when the list gets to Andrew Jackson the magazine explains, “Before Jackson, there had never been a president born west of the Appalachian Mountains. Before Obama, there had never been a president born … wherever it was he was born.”

    About James Madison, Mad wrote, “Madison’s wife introduced ice cream to the White House. Obama’s wife introduced a vegetable garden. Seriously? Come on … “

    Obama’s campaign slogan of “Yes We Can” also was in the bull’s-eye: About John Tyler, Mad said, “The campaign phrase ‘Tippecanoe and Tyler Too’ is every bit as vague and irrelevant as ‘Yes We Can.'”

    More one liners..

  31. My Working Theory on Obama in Libya
    Posted by Erick Erickson
    March 22nd

    Barack Obama wants to be re-elected. The best playbook for his re-election is that of Bill Clinton. But Clinton had a government shutdown and Kosovo. In the absence of either, Barack Obama must manufacture them.

    And he has.


  32. I just liked this headline!

    One-year-old Health Care Law probably should have received more prenatal care!

  33. Foreign leaders are calling for Obama to give back his Nobel Peace prize!

    It was premature and ridiculous when it was awarded after 12 days in office in the first place! It was then that the Prize lost its significance (if not before). Giving the Prize to someone that had done nothing to earn it was ludicrous.

    • Throw it back
      Calls for return of Obama’s Nobel


      “Barack Obama has now fired more cruise missiles than all other Nobel Peace prize winners combined.” Exactly who said that first is unclear, but at some point over the weekend, the line began circulating around Twitter.

      Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the vice chairman of the Russian legislature’s lower house, released a statement on Monday titled “Deny Obama the Nobel Prize!” In the letter, Zhirinovsky argues that Obama was given the Nobel for his “contribution to the struggle for nonproliferation of nuclear weapons in the world.”

      Bolivian President Evo Morales has also called for Obama’s honor to be taken back, telling reporters: “How is it possible to give the Nobel Peace Prize to someone who has launched an invasion, a bombing? It’s a violation, an assault, an aggression.”


      • A noble defense
        Obama is keeping his peace prize


        President Obama defended his Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday, saying that Americans “don’t see any contradiction” in him ordering an attack on Libya to make sure “people aren’t butchered because of a dictator who wants to cling to power.”


        • We don’t? We don’t even understand how a person who has never accomplished anything in his life (including writing an autobiography) can get a Nobel Prize in the first place. It was given to him in hopes of what he might do. Based upon what he says he would do. But didn’t. And wouldn’t. It has now become nothing more than a popularity prize. Meaningless.

  34. http://drudgereport.com/

    Germans pull forces out of NATO; Libyan coalition falls apart…

    Allies in disarray…

    OBAMA: No ground troops, no matter what happens…

    French PM: ‘We are not at war’…

    Costs, mission unclear…

    Also backing the rebels — al Qaeda…

    • http://www.prisonplanet.com/

      Hypocrite Biden Threatened Bush Impeachment Over Unconstitutional War

      How things change. In 2007, then presidential hopeful Biden stated unequivocally that he would work to impeach Bush if he bombed Iran without first gaining congressional approval. Now Biden is dutifully ringing up the royalty in United Arab Emirates and cajoling them to support Obama’s unconstitutional war waged on Libya and kicked off without congressional approval.

      National Guard Called Up for Libyan Intervention

      Once again, the professional war-makers are taking you to the cleaners. So far, according to Fox News, Obama’s little excursion into Libya has cost you millions. Fox cites a Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments analysis estimating that the Libyan no-fly zone may cost $100 million to $300 million per week.

      ‘Fukushima flawed from start, 24 such plants online in US’

      David Lindorff, investigative journalist and founding editor of the online newspaper This Can’t Be Happening explains why it is still impossible to prevent disasters like Fukushima, with all the work that is going into the development of peaceful nuclear energy:

      Fukushima Smoking Gun Emerges: Founding Engineer Says Reactor 4 Has Always Been A “Time Bomb”, Exposes Criminal Cover Up

      It was only a matter of time before someone grew a conscience, and disclosed to the world that in addition to the massive cover up currently going on with respect to the true extent of the Fukushima catastrophe, the actual plant itself, in borrowing from the BP playbook, was built in a hurried way, using cost and labor-cutting shortcuts, and the end result was a true “time

      Radiation Level At Fukushima Reactor No. 2 At Its Highest Level Recorded So Far, Neutron Beam Observed 13 Times

      Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it has observed a neutron beam, a kind of radioactive ray, 13 times on the premises of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after it was crippled by the massive March 11 quake-tsunami disaster.

      Corporate Media Ignores Astronomical Fukushima Radiation Levels

      The Kyodo News Agency reports that radiation around the hobbled Fukushima nuclear plant is 1,600 times the normal level. The astounding figure was released to the media by the International Atomic Energy Agency officials on Monday.

  35. This is the whack-job that loves the One Payer System of healthcare like they have in Europe.

    Democrats Tell Obama They’re Ready to Bail on Berwick

    Monday, 21 March 2011 snips

    Forty-two Republican senators sent a letter to President Obama asking him to withdraw his nomination of Donald Berwick to continue as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

    In light of the letter sent by GOP lawmakers, Democrats see there is no possible way that Berwick’s nomination could garner the 60 votes needed for confirmation by the Senate. Should Berwick’s appointment not receive the necessary Senate approval, he would have until the end of the year to vacate his office.

    Now, barring any Chicago-style misdirection and sleight of hand, or osteoporosis in the legislative backbone, Donald Berwick’s time at the CMS, as well as his quest to import British medical mismanagement and death panels to the United States, is all but dead and buried.


  36. http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/parenting/high-bmi-what-it-means-for-your-child-and-what-you-can-do-about-it-2467662/

    They’re rolling out MO again, to help get positive attention for the lovely First Family. Using the kids to humiliate them on the national stage. The BMI of one or both (not clear) of the Obama girls is going up. What a wake-up call!

    BMI in MO’s case means Bum Mass Index, and it’s exceedingly high.

    • Can you imagine the pressure on that teenager who is in her growth spurt years! Good grief.

      • Yes, but they’re such sensitive people, you know. Actually just perfection itself. I do feel sorry for the poor kid or kids. It’s baby fat. All kids that age get chubby, in preparation for the growth spurts. Nothing like being on the world stage and have your mother talking about your weight. Almost sounds like bullying, to me. Bad enough being who she is, now she has to go to school and face peers who were just told her mom and doctor think she’s too fat.

    • You know, isn’t this an old story? Didn’t we hear this about BMI before? Am I dreaming? What’s the name of that publication?

  37. We All Need to Laugh Sometimes!
    Jay Leno Monologue (3/16/11)

    Obama told his teacher his dog ate his birth certificate (:


  38. Black Market 100 Watt Bulbs? Stock up now!

    Banning the Bulb
    Thursday, 24 March 2011

    Americans have nine months left in which they can purchase 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. As of the first of 2011, no new 100-watt incandescent light bulbs (except for those left in the store’s inventory) can be sold to the American consumer. The last factory manufacturing the 100-watt incandescent light bulb was has been closed and shuttered. The incandescent light bulb manufacturing business has moved the China.

    The US manufacturers of light bulbs in America will make only fluorescent bulbs. You’d never guess, would you, that manufacturers will make more profit off the fluorescent bulbs than they did on the old incandescent bulbs?

    Did you know it required a special exemption from the Environmental Protection Agency of the US government to allow fluorescent lamp bulbs to be sold to the pubic in the US in the first place? Why? Mercury, that’s why


    • But will we still be able to buy the Chinese bulbs at the dollar store?

      I’m stocking up. So far as I know, they still don’t have a CFL that works with timers or dimmers. How’s that going to work for people who use timers for security to make their home look occupied?

      I don’t mind the CFL’s, if they weren’t lying about how long they last (they don’t), if they didn’t cost so much compared to incandescents, if there weren’t the timer/dimmer issue, and if they weren’t so ugly. Don’t even get me started on the mercury.

      I’m really not very afraid of it; we’re not all going to end up like the Mad Hatter, but IF realtors end up forcing people to have “mercury inspections” and then making them pay thousands to clean up a “spill” where somebody broke a CFL (as with lead or asbestos abatement), that’s getting even more onerous and ridiculous. However, it will enrich the minority-contracting abatement “professionals”, inspectors, and lawyers.

      LCDs are goood, but even more expensive.

      My biggest objection is the government, yet again, interfering in the free market and mucking everything up with unintended consequences. And the Chinese will make a fortune in the black market, of course. The nanny state “helps” you by making your life miserable and costing you far more money in the long run for poorer results. Why don’t they just make us go back to candles? Oh, I know–fire danger. Maybe we should use lightning bugs in a jar. NO! Animal cruelty. Maybe we should all just be exterminated for the good of the planet.

      Here’s another example: The new energy efficient washing machines are crap. That includes the newly (forceably) redesigned top loaders as well as the front loaders, all courtesy of the busybodies in Congress.

      “[F]or decades the top-loading laundry machine was the most affordable and dependable. Now it’s ruined—and Americans have politics to thank.

      In 1996, top-loaders were pretty much the only type of washer around, and they were uniformly high quality. When Consumer Reports tested 18 models, 13 were “excellent” and five were “very good.” By 2007, though, not one was excellent and seven out of 21 were “fair” or “poor.” This month came the death knell: Consumer Reports simply dismissed all conventional top-loaders as “often mediocre or worse.” … [I]n their quiet destruction of a highly affordable, perfectly satisfactory appliance, washer standards demonstrate the harmfulness of the ever-growing body of efficiency mandates. … Front-loaders meet federal standards more easily than top-loaders. Because they don’t fully immerse their laundry loads, they use less hot water and therefore less energy. But, as Americans are increasingly learning, front-loaders are expensive, often have mold problems, and don’t let you toss in a wayward sock after they’ve started. … [E]ven though these newer types of washers cost about twice as much as conventional top-loaders, overall they didn’t clean as well as the 1996 models.”

      So there you have it. Take a perfectly good technology and destroy it. Make the “new” but not better technology cost twice as much as what it replaces and make sure it’s nowhere near as good. That’s government for you and now they will do to our health care what they’ve done to our toilets, washing machines, and lightbulbs.

      • What happened to the Magtag Repairman? He’s back and working!

        My old repairman came to fix my old washing machine (23 yrs) and said they don’t make them like this anymore! He had to replace some “doggies.” I don’t know what the heck a doggie is..but it stopped the leak under the machine. He said if you have to get a new one don’t get the ones with the computers. That is 95% of his business..for machines of any kind (dishwashers, refrigerators, etc.) Steam, water, heat ruin the computers panels and they do it quickly.

        • Keep those old machines running because, like I said, the new ones are crap.

          • Our Kenmore lasted 23 years, but our Maytag needed repairs 3x in two years!

            Our Kenmore dryer is now 31 years old, and I don’t want to give it up!

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