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Obligatory “Pelosi Flight Number 000” is ready for takeoff post – Update Video

There is a tremendous amount of blog traffic this afternoon regarding Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on communications between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) and the Department of Defense concerning aircraft requests. Here’s a wrap-up for you.  (Video below)

I’m going to preface my comments with some thoughts.  Moving the third in line to the Oval Office command of the United States has a certain level of responsibility and risk. The House speaker can not easily travel on commercial aircraft with security concerns. That said, I do not think it would be impossible for her to travel on commercial flights. I’m certain she can quietly be assigned seats on commercial flights and be completely safe.

A good question to ask how Dennis Hastert traveled after Sept. 11. With security concerns in mind, Hastert was provided access to a small commuter jet, but his “commute” was only to Illinois and the aircraft seated a dozen passengers. Previous speakers traveled pretty much exclusively on commercial flights.

So, has Pelosi’s office gotten a bit elitist concerning aircraft selection and availability? You be the judge. Here are some highlights from Judicial Watch. Links to PDF scans of e-mail communications are available.

  • In response to a series of requests for military aircraft, one Defense Department official wrote, “Any chance of politely querying [Pelosi’s team] if they really intend to do all of these or are they just picking every weekend?…[T]here’s no need to block every weekend ‘just in case’…” The email also notes that Pelosi’s office had, “a history of canceling many of their past requests.”
  • One DOD official complained about the “hidden costs” associated with the speaker’s last minute changes and cancellations. “We have…folks prepping the jets and crews driving in (not a short drive for some), cooking meals and preflighting the jets etc.”
  • The documents include a discussion of House Ethics rules and Defense Department policies as they apply to the speaker’s requests for staff, spouses and extended family to accompany her on military aircraft. In May 2008, for example, Pelosi requested that her husband join her on a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) into Iraq. The DOD explained to Pelosi that the agency has a written policy prohibiting spouses from joining CODEL’s into combat zones.
  • Documents obtained from the U.S. Army include correspondence from Speaker Pelosi’s office requesting an Army escort and three military planes to transport Pelosi and other members of Congress to Cleveland, Ohio, for the funeral services of the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Pelosi noted in her letter of August 22, 2008, that such a request, labeled “Operation Tribute” was an “exception to standard policy.”
  • The documents also detail correspondence from intermediaries for Speaker Pelosi issuing demands for certain aircraft and expressing outrage when requested military planes were not available. “It is my understanding there are no G5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable…The speaker will want to know where the planes are…” wrote Kay King, Director of the House Office of Interparliamentary Affairs. In a separate email, when told a certain type of aircraft would not be available, King writes, “This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset [s]peaker.”
  • During another email exchange DOD staff advised Kay King that one Pelosi military aircraft request could not be met because of “crew rest requirements” and offered to help secure commercial travel. Kay King responded: “We appreciate the efforts to help the codel [sic] fly commercially but you know the problem that creates with spouses. If we can find another way to assist with military assets, we would like to do that.”

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Malkin, HotAir and Fox News also have the story. DrewM over at Ace of Spades wonders if the Air Force flies her to her botox appointments. Man, those other blogs get a lot of comments. We love comments… (hint, hint…)

Malkin’s column today (March 11) is on the subject.

Documents courtesy Judicial Watch – thanks for all the hard work guys…

Update (Jim): Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, appeared on Your World this afternoon. I think the bigger story here is how the Democrats are using the Air Force as a chauffeur service for themselves and family.



Good for thee … but not for me

Just remember when you watch this … the political powers in Communist countries always told people what they could and could not do … and then reserved the very best for themselves. I’m not saying we’re headed in that direction, or that Congress reminds me of the Kremlin … I’m just saying that’s what the Commies did, that’s all. Two videos.

First … here’s what Congress told corporations what they could not do if they BORROWED government money.

Now here’s the blockbuster CNN report on how our Congresspeople, the very ones who are driving the country into bankruptcy, treat themselves.

I must admit it takes cashews to pull this off … but these are members of Congress … and it’s not your money anyway.

Pelosi says yes to sex as a stimulus – Update: Plan dropped, women protest!

Come on … this has to make even you folks on the left laugh. She’s justifying hundreds of million of dollars to expand family planning services as stimulus in the $825 billion dollar package.

Congressman John Boehner, the Minority Leader, disagrees making this is a great companion video to Nancy above. She wants a bigger package and Boehner says there’s no stimulation in condoms. Sounds to me like there’s a separation in the works. Come on kids … remember when you loved each other?

Hey wait just a minute here … condoms, package, stimulus … is it me or is it getting hot in here?

UPDATE: Earlier this morning Obama sent the message to Madam Speaker Pelosi to pull the condom funding (saving hundreds of millions of dollars). Well it didn’t take long for woman’s groups to jump in and protest … no seriously.

That has set women’s groups off. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America called the measure a “victim of misleading attacks and partisan politics.”

Mary Jane Gallagher, president of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, said: “Family planners are devastated that President Obama and Congress have decided to take funding for critical family planning services out of the stimulus. Their willingness to abandon the millions of families across the country who are in need is devastating.”

We like Mary Jane … she has been on the show before .. let’s see if she will come on again and explain herself.

Hope and Change Scorecard – Video Added

First Madam Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised us the most honest and ethical Congress (video below) in history. Since then William Jefferson (D-LA) was found with cash in the freezer, Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangle (D-NY) laden with tax problems, a major benefactor of Jack Murtha (D-PA) gets raided by the Feds, not to mention Chris Dodd (D-Countrywide) still hasn’t quite explained his relationship with failed lender Countrywide.

The Obama administration promised us a new direction. He promised us a new way of doing business in Washington. He promised an open and honest Government.

Since then his Secretary of Commerce nominee Bill Richardson (D-NM) withdraws his name from consideration as the Feds investigate what role he may have played in a pay for play scandal. His new Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner, the man who overseas the IRS, slides through on party lines, even though its learned he failed to pay his taxes in 2001 … oh and 2002, 2003,2004,2005 … well you get the idea. His Attorney General, the law man in chief, the man who recommended Bill Clinton pardon 12 Puerto Rican terrorists and the FBI’s most wanted arms merchant, will be asked to investigate the Bush Administration on … ummm … the war on terror. And after telling the world no lobbyists in his administration … he quickly appoints two lobbyists to … his administration.

Here’s the latest in our roundup of ethical Democrats.

Feel free to add anything. Oh … and before you think of adding any Republicans … they didn’t make the promise … and we have already given them their comeuppance.

And just to remind you … remember what she said in 2006. The relevant portion starts at :53. Try not to gag.

It’s not pork … it’s an investment.

Red State does a great job of drawing out the pork in a 825 billion dollar “must have right away or the nation will sink into a depression like you have never seen before” stimulus package.

Are you curious about what’s in the stimulus bill? We’ve put it online at ReadTheStimulus.org, and have even parsed the 334-page document on this spreadsheet, line by line and page by page, to reveal the hundreds of billions in new spending that this monstrosity authorizes.

Go check it out for yourself — then call your Congressman and Senator, and let them know that things like $1,000,000,000 for new Censuses$400,000,000 for “habitat restoration and migration activities,” $150,000,000 for “bridge removal,” $800,000,000 more for Amtrak, and $200,000,000 for the “leaking underground storage tank trust fund” aren’t what you want your tax dollars spent on, especially in a supposed effort to “stimulate” the economy, which these programs (and so many others in the bill) decidedly will not do.

One woman’s pork is another’s investment … in this case I guess Pelosi has her own definition of pork.

I wish I could tell you how these loathsome human beings get away with this kind of speak time after time … I just don’t know … but they do. This is the same woman who had the cashews to try to redefine Catholic theology in her own image. She is a particularly despicable person on that count alone.

Pelosi displays she is not a leader

Talk about throwing a hissy fit and showing zero leadership. According to Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), none of the current financial problems are the fault of Democrats. None. Is she kidding me? This is like the coach of the team loosing a game and saying that the offensive coaching staff had nothing to do with the loss – putting all of the blame on the defense.

Wah, wah, wah. … Take your damn game ball and go home Pelosi.

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Peliosi describes Catholic Church position on when life begins – attempt fails

During the Aug. 24 “Meet the Press” show on NBC, Tom Brokaw asked Nancy Pelosi – the Democrat leader of the U.S. House of Representatives from San Francisco – when life begins. Her answer was political of course, as she tried to cover all bases.

The discussion for conservatives is not necessarily if life begins at conception, but why Roe versus Wade is bad law. Don’t be afraid of the topic; you can be pro-life or pro-abortion and still believe that the Supreme Court got it wrong, and probably should have refused to hear the case. Read more

China Falls Short of Expectations

Yeah of course, but what the heck did you expect? China was in the running for the Olympics to get world-wide acceptance. Once the International Olympic Committee (IOC) gave it to them, they got what they wanted. Of course, the IOC said China promised that winning the right to host the Olympics would result in improved human rights for everyone in China. I’m not seeing the cause and effect relationship there at all.

Of course, the corporate sponsors saw a huge market, so they wanted to get into China to sell stuff. I’m wondering how they will feel when their corporate sponsorship of the games in Beijing leads to product boycotts. I definitely see that cause and effect relationship. Read more