Shaffer promotes “Heckle A Democrat” tour

Colorado State Senator Brandon Shaffer was kind enough to fill us in on events around the area reminding us why we should not retain any of his pals in their current elected positions.  Mr. Shaffer, in is eloquent, yet meat-headed, way of speaking reminds us that “We are in the throws of the campaign season“.  Yes, blankets for all – that’s what a “throw” is.  Maybe he meant “throes“.  (Is it just me, or does Mr. Shaffer speak, quite similarly to Michael Bennett, like they’ve taken a 2×4 to the side of the head?  Watch the Bennett commercials closely, they’re on constantly, see what I mean – just an observation) Continue reading…

Local representatives: apologies expected

Oh, the AIG outrage! How could we have been so hoodwinked with these bonuses being paid out? Sounds like some people want blood for this, right?

Well, you don’t have to look far. Look right at your local representatives, that would be Markey, Polis, and Udall. If they went through the trouble to read what they sign they might have noticed this little gem hidden somewhere deep inside. But they or their staffers didn’t apparently, so they just blindly voted along anyway like good little rubber-stamping chimpanzees.

When asked about this, Jared Polis gave some smarmy response that, and I’m paraphrasing “yes, much of this was already looked at prior to vote, we knew for the most part what was in this.” Oh really? Did you know about these bonuses? If so, then your vote approved it, didn’t it? I haven’t heard Markey or Udall’s response to these bonuses or their blind votes; someone may need to wake them up.

Odd how silent many of their supporters are over this nationally and locally. All I’ve heard them complain about lately is lamenting over the signing of contracts (homes, credit cards, cars), not fulfilling them, and those darn consequences of breaking these contracts. Well, Congress just did you one better. They didn’t read these bills and budgets, signed them anyway, and we all pay the price for their (here it comes, these types favorite word) malfeasance!

Perhaps our local representatives, and their ilk who all voted for this fiasco should heed these words:

When you rush these budgets that are a foot high and nobody has any idea what’s in them and nobody’s read them. And it gets rushed through without any clear deliberation or debate, then these kinds of things happen.”

Who said that? Senator Barack Obama November 22, 2004

So go ahead, we’re waiting for your apologies. Better yet, your resignations.
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Had requests for the source of the above Obama quote, I’ll do it one better, here’s the YouTube with the actual audio:

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additional relevant quotes: Jared Polis said this was a “great bill”, and “There’s really no excuse for (members of Congress) not knowing what is in this bill.” During a question-and-answer session with the audience, Polis also addressed concerns that the package contains too much funding, or not enough. “Nobody knows,” Polis said, defending the act-sooner-rather-than-later approach. – from ColoradoDaily.Com
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“We will hunt you down!” thundered Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis during the AIG bonus demagogue-a-thon on the House floor Thursday (3/19/09)
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Pathetic Congress Deserves Its Rating

Historically lowest ratings for Congress, and today further highlighted why. This Democratically controlled excuse for our House of Representatives sent their hapless pack of leaders to the podium today for some of the more pathetic political theater witnessed in quite a while.

Lead by arguably the worst Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who stood up their giving kudos to the very people to blame for this bills failure. I had to laugh when she mentioned the “Whip”, who is supposed to “whip” the vote, and who obviously failed miserably at it. The Democrats have the majority, they don’t need a single Republican vote to do anything except override a veto. No veto was coming.

But this freakshow lead by Pelosi, Emanuel, Hoyer, and Frank (all D-who cares from where) couldn’t restrain themselves attacking those awful Republicans who voted against this. Further proof there never was any deal, and for Pelosi to call the vote was foolhardy at best. This, after ripping into the very Republicans she needed, apparently, to get this passed.

I say apparently because while you listen to these fools rip 133 Republicans who voted NO, they seem to forget the 95 Democrats who also said NO. Colorado Democrats Mark Udall and John Salazar among them, as did Republicans Musgrave and Lamborn. Members of the Colorado delegation voting YES were Degette (D), Perlmutter (D), and Tancredo (R).

Why is this worst rated Congress ever? Does anyone really have to ask that question any more? It all starts at the sad top of the Democratic Party and their inept leadership. Not only can’t they get any consensus from the opposing party, they can’t get it from their own. Representatives from the Democratic Party who voted against this, like Udall and Salazar, need to step forward and not only defend their vote, but give a vote of no confidence (if that matters) in Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, and their whip Clyburn and demand a change in leadership ASAP.

This party wanted their chance and got it in 2006. They’ve made a mockery out of one branch of our government and showed that they are lead by a pack of buffoons. While they don’t deserve to be returned to the majority, they probably will, but at the very least can any of them, say senatorial candidate Mark Udall, show a little spine and leadership? If you stand by this NO vote as a way to stand up for your constituents, stand up against your party leadership and lead or get out of the way. They were insulting you, too, Mark.

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More Dirty Udall Money

A year ago (Sep 8, 2007 YourHub & Wrongmont) I wrote a story called ” Udall’s Dirty Money“, describing U.S. Senatorial candidate Mark Udall‘s ties to disgraced Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, among others. I said then: ” At first glance the $1,000 Udall accepted from Hsu seems fairly small and he’s said he’s going to donate it to the Colorado National Guard Foundation.” Did he?

I added, ” On top of the $1,000 he’s giving back, let’s not forget the $5,000 he got from the Hsu funded “For A Change PAC”, the $10,000 from the Hsu funded “Searchlight Leadership Fund” (Harry Reid’s PAC), and $40,000 from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committees, also recipients of large Hsu donations.”

In the September 19 Rocky Mountain News comes word Mr. Udall accepted campaign donations from New York representative Charles Rangel, the Democratic chair of the House Ways and Means committee. If you you’re not aware of the trouble this disgrace of a congressman is in lately, look it up, but to put it plainly, he’s the taxman caught ” allegedly” (in some cases admittedly) cheating on taxes.

From the RMN: ” Udall, an Eldorado Springs Democrat, received $10,000 of campaign contributions from Rangel’s leadership political action committee this year and $2,000 in 2000. He, like most other members of his party, voted against ordering Rangel to give up his seat.”

Predictably, Udall’s campaign threw out some numbers against his rival candidate Republican Bob Schaffer equaling less than half of the above numbers.

Regardless of the money, once again the judgment comes into question. Last time it was at best a shady character in Hsu, now a convicted felon after being on the run right here in Colorado (well, isn’t that a coincidence?). Now, with a fellow party member who heads the committee with jurisdiction over taxation and a whole lot more in big trouble, not only does he accept and keep his contribution, he votes to keep this dishonorable “member” of congress in his powerful seat.

This Rangel is the same clown who brought forward a bill to re-institute the military draft, then voted against his own bill! In a rare and probably time wasting effort, I actually wrote his office about this, letting him know this is exactly the kind of waste and abuse of office so many people are sick and tired of. But I guess he’s Mark Udall’s kind of guy. Bravo.

Election Prediction Update

Every six weeks or so I like to go back to Intrade (www.intrade.com) and see how people are placing bets on which way the election is heading. The last time I checked it was back in the first week of August, with the Democratic nominee (Intrade just lists DEM and REP in the state-by-state picks) was up 311-227 (Electoral College Votes – need 270 to win). I personally put it closer than that, putting the Democratic candidate up 279-259. Needless to say, a lot has changed since then.

According to the latest numbers, things have tightened up considerably in the race. They have the Democratic nominee winning 273-265, I have the Republican nominee winning 274-264 (for the sake of simplicity, we’ll just say Obama(Dem) and McCain(Rep) from this point on). The difference? One state. Colorado.

Last time around, “Unaffiliated” had the highest amount of registrations in the state. According to a recent AP article, Republicans now hold that edge, which means the majority of those registered in Colorado are either Republicans or Unaffiliated, which could be important swing voters. But on the Democratic side, it shows their Senate candidate (Mark Udall) with a 73-26 advantage over Republican Bob Schaffer. I think it will boil down to how much early voting there is, and the many ballot initiatives and who they bring out to vote. With a glance at some of these (TABOR-killing initiative, definition of a “person”, and ending race preferences) I give the edge to Republicans showing up more, which should amount to more McCain votes. The polls, which had Obama up by as many as 9 points, have gone back and forth on who is leading, amounting an average of an ever shrinking Obama lead that’s less than most margins of error.

Besides Colorado, which is the closest on Intrade (54-45 Obama), there are a couple other states that are close, a couple are surprises and weren’t in this category 6 weeks ago. New Hampshire is the next closest with it now 56-45 Obama. I left this in the Obama category, but there is something for Democrats to be worried about here: the last time I checked registrations, “Unaffiliated” held the lead at 44%, second place was Republicans with 30% and then Democrats with 26%. This was a surprise, and may have changed some since, but these numbers don’t usually jump up or down more than a few percentage points over the span of a few months.

Next is Nevada at 58-45 McCain, where registrations are nearly identical between the two parties, I expect McCain to carry this state. Then New Mexico at 60-45 Obama, which is a 13 point drop in the last 6 weeks, but many more Democratic registrations, so even though this is right in McCain’s backyard, I still give it to Obama. Then Virginia, which shows 61-42 McCain (registration numbers weren’t available), and while this may get close, I still think McCain will carry it. Lastly, Michigan, which I never guessed would make this list, is showing 62-40 Obama. While it may get some attention, the only way I see McCain winning this state is if there’s some unforeseen landslide. The rest of the states have larger spreads than this, including Ohio and Florida (McCain), and Pennsylvania (Obama).

Lastly, Intrade has a Presidential Election Winner betting option. The last contracts were 52.4 McCain to 47.1 Obama. If there truly is a greater than 5% gap in the popular vote like this, there should be an even greater gap in the Electoral College totals. But it’s not all gloom and doom for Democrats: Intrade shows them keeping control of both houses of Congress, and it’s not even all that close.

Udall’s Dirty Money

Most of the time I don’t bother with stories that are national in scale. Plenty of other people better than I can do that. But when an aspect of a national story has a local connection, I think it’s worth reporting. This is especially the case if the Longmont paper barely glosses over it, or as in this case doesn’t mention it at all. Quite often the paper will republish an Associated Press story; I didn’t see that done either.

The story here is disgraced Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu and the connection to Colorado congressman Mark Udall, who also has announced he is running for the U.S. Senate in 2008. At first glance the $1,000 Udall accepted from Hsu seems fairly small and he’s said he’s going to donate it to the Colorado National Guard Foundation. Of course there’s more to this story, there always is.

Anyone with an ounce of brains should be wary of what I’ll call the ” 5 C’s“, The Clinton Chinese Campaign Contributions Connection. Do the names John Huang or Maria Hsia ring a bell? I know some of you would like to forget or sweep this under the rug, but at least 17 people were convicted for fraud and funneling money from Communist China to the Democratic National Committee. Further, Al Gore attended a fund raising event at a Buddhist temple. It is illegal under U.S. law for religious organizations to donate money to politicians or political groups due to their tax-exempt status. The DNC had to return this $100,000.

So, a 15-year Chinese fugitive from the law wants to ” help” out the DNC, any takers? You bet, plenty. Names like Clinton (Hsu’s a ” Hillraiser“), Kerry, Kennedy, Boxer, Feinstein, Franken, and Obama lined up. And of course, Colorado’s own Udall. On top of the $1,000 he’s giving back, let’s not forget the $5,000 he got from the Hsu funded “For A Change PAC”, the $10,000 from the Hsu funded “Searchlight Leadership Fund” (Harry Reid’s PAC), and $40,000 from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committees, also recipients of large Hsu donations.

Given recent history of Chinese contributors (more “Friends of Bill”), wouldn’t you run for the hills if someone like this approached you? This speaks poorly of Congressman Udall and his staff’s judgment at the very least. If accepting these donations were no accident or coincidence, it says much worse. Cunningham and Abramoff better make room for company, and I’m not talking about visitors.

How They Voted: Okinawa Pork aka HR-1591

This is the first of many “How They Voted” editions. It’s an expansion of the limited space the local paper gives to how your local representatives voted in issues of interest. I plan on limiting it just to the Longmont and East Boulder County area representatives at the local, county, state, and federal levels.

First up, HR-1591 “Making emergency supplemental appropriations for fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, and for other purposes”. Others have come up with catchy names for it, I came up with “Okinawa Pork” without putting much time or thought into it. This is the House bill to fund (or defund or underfund) the war in Iraq, but added in are all kinds of things that have nothing to do with it, like spinach, shrimp, peanuts, and shellfish. It’d make me angrier if it didn’t make me so hungry.

My take, and others you’ve probably read as well, is it’s an insult to our troops laden with earmarks (pork) to garner enough votes to pass. A little something for constituents back home, you know, the kind of thing that many congressmen were (rightly) lambasted for prior to the last election. Once again, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

So how did our reps vote? Mark Udall (Dem-Dist2) voted YES. Marilyn Musgrave (Rep-Dist4) voted NO. It passed 218-212 mostly along party lines, far from being veto-proof. I visited both of their websites to see if they had any comments on this bill. Rep Musgrave did not (site could be more current), Rep Udall did, here are some excerpts and some random comments: ” Many Americans are frustrated and angry because we are four years into a war the president assured us would be short and decisive”…I have swampland to sell you if you buy into assurances of ease and timeliness when it comes to wars or police actions.” So long as our troops are in the field, we must provide them what they need”

Apparently, what they need is “… scaling back our military mission in Iraq”. This has been called the “slow bleed” and “redeployment” bill, depending on which side you sit. Now here’s the pork: ” I am pleased that the Colorado delegation was successful in persuading the House leadership to include financial assistance for farmers and ranchers” I’m not sure who was part of the delegation, it doesn’t state, but we at least know Mr. Udall was part of adding unrelated earmarks.

I’m all for helping out those in need, whether it be from blizzards to natural or manmade disasters, but why as part of this bill? These are the kinds of games that tick off the general public. Politicians wonder why there is such disdain and apathy out there, here it is.