Conservative Wanderer

“A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.” — Ronald Wilson Reagan

Guess Who Obama’s First Official TV Interview As POTUS Will Be With?

ABC? Nope.

CBS? Sorry.

NBC? No… not even MS-National-Barack-Channel.

PBS? Wrong again.

CNN? Someone tell Larry King he’s not Obama’s first choice.

And the winner is…

Al-Arabiya.

Bump: Since this thread is generating a good discussion, I’m bumping it back to the front page.

Oops! Another Obama Cabinet Nominee Has Tax Problems!

Gee, one wonders if Obama’s cabinet vetting team was looking for tax cheats:

During the vetting process to become HHS secretary, Daschle corrected the tax violation, voluntarily paying $101,943 in back taxes plus interest, working with his accountant to amend his tax returns for 2005 through 2007.

(Mr. Daschle reimbursed the IRS $31,462 in taxes and interest for tax year 2005; $35,546 for 2006; and $34,935, a Daschle spokesperson said, adding that Daschle had asked his accountant to look into the tax implications of the car and driver five months before Mr. Obama won the presidency.)

What is it with rich lefties not paying the taxes they want to impose on the rest of us?

Bye-Bye, Blago

Blago got a double whammy today.

First, the Illinois State Senate unanimously ousted him from the Governor’s Office.

Then, they pass–again unanimously–a law that forbids him from ever holding office in that state again.

Next up, the criminal trial. And we will soon see if Blago is gonna start talking to prosecutors, dropping names of those that he feels “betrayed” him by not coming to his rescue. Perhaps names like Rezko and Emanuel.

Should be interesting.

Talking to Iran: More of the Same, Masquerading as Change

More false “Change” from the Obama camp… this time it’s talking to Iran. As this page documents, there were plenty of talks with Iran during the Bush administration.

Sorry, Obamamaniacs (you know who you are)… Obama isn’t really Changing anything except the outer wrapping… the same old same old is inside.

Nuclear Books?

Truth is stranger than fiction:

Berkeley’s public library will face a showdown with the city’s Peace and Justice Commission tonight over whether a service contract for the book check-out system violates the city’s nuclear-free ordinance.

The dispute centers on a five-year, $63,000 contract the library wants to sign with 3M, an international technology company based in Minnesota, to service five scanner machines library patrons use to check out books.

But 3M, a company with operations in 60 countries, refused to sign Berkeley’s nuclear-free disclosure form as required by the Nuclear Free Berkeley Act passed by voters in 1986.

As a result, the library’s self-checkout machines have not been serviced in about six months. Library officials say 3M is the only company authorized by the manufacturer to fix the machines, which were purchased in 2004.

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“We really mean it when we say we don’t want to be part of the nuclear machinery,” said commission member George Lippman. “The act is meant to be a blow against nuclear war. We’re serious about upholding that.”

The crazy part is, these Berzerkley nitwits can’t see that causing problems for the library also makes it harder for people to read lefty books like, say, Earth in the Balance, for free.

In other words, political correctness is standing in the way of people reading about political correctness. There’s a certain irony there.

A Surprising Source Says FDR’s New Deal Didn’t Work

“We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work.”

The gentleman who said that wasn’t a conservative Republican… it was none other than Henry Morgenthau Jr.

Who’s Morgenthau? Oh, just a former Secretary of the Treasury. Under FDR.

In short, one of the key players in FDR’s New Deal. And he admitted that it didn’t work.

He also said:

“I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started. … And an enormous debt to boot!”

Gee, didn’t someone recently promise us trillion dollar deficits?

Learn How the Reid-Pelosi Congress is Spending Your Tax Dollars

If you’re wondering what’s in the so-called “stimulus” bill, there’s a site that has a searchable version, appropriately named ReadTheStimulus.org.

Jim Geraghty points out the following items in the so-called “stimulus” bill:

An additional $300 million for roads on Indian reservations.

An additional $100 million for the Lead Hazard Reduction Program.

An additional $44 million for “construction, repair, and improvement” of Department of Agriculture buildings, and an additional amount for “Buildings and Facilities” and an additional $209 million for work on “deferred maintenance at Agricultural Research Service facilities.

An additional $245 million to “maintain and modernize the information technology system at the Farm Service Agency.”

An additional $1 billion (with a B) to the Census Bureau for “Periodic Censuses and Programs.”

An additional $650 million for the Department of Commerce’s Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Program, to be used for “coupons and related activities, including but not limited to education, consumer support and outreach, as deemed appropriate and necessary to ensure a timely conversion of analog to digital television.”

An additional $400 million to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for “operations, research and facilities.”

An additional $150 million to NASA for “aeronautics.”

An additional $4.5 billion (with a B) to improve, repair and modernize Department of Defense facilities, restore and modernize Army barracks, and invest in the energy efficiency of Department of Defense facilities.

An additional $1.7 billion (with a B) for projects to address critical deferred maintenance needs within the National Park System.

An additional $50 million to the National Endowment for the Arts “to be distributed in direct grants to fund arts projects and activities which preserve jobs in the non-profit arts sector threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn.”

Please remember, the word “additional” means that this is on top of what each of these agencies got in the last budget.

This should be called the “full employment for government bureaucrats” bill.

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