December 14, 2010

“The Senate Omnibus Is Out”

And it’s porktacular!

It’s nearly 2,000 pages, and even the tables summarizing its thousands of earmarks are a sight to behold.

The AP is rightly portraying the bill as the porkers’ last hurrah, a kind of monster’s ball for old-guard appropriators — Republican and Democratic alike — “seeking one last victory before tea party-backed GOP insurgents storm Congress intent on ending the good old days of pork-barrel politics.”

[...]

[...] Sen. John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) tells National Review Online that while he hasn’t had a chance to review the package, it “sounds like a last gasp effort of a congress that spends too much.”

Indeed, the Senate bill has more pork fat than the House counterpart passed last week, and far worse, it contains funding for Obamacare implementation.

Democrats are already actively courting the handful of Republican votes that will be necessary to overcome the promised filibuster. Retiring Sen. Bob Bennett (R., Utah) has already said he will support it, and Sens. Kit Bond (R., Mo.), George Voinovich (R., Ohio) and Susan Collins (R., Maine) have said they are thinking about doing the same.

Just enough of those GOP “pragmatists” to give the $1.1 trillion bill the veneer of bi-partisanship.

Go team!

(h/t newrouter and BBH)

More here, including this heartening bit:

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, has vowed to force a reading on the Senate floor of all 1,924 pages of the bill. And Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has filed an amendment to eliminate all funding for earmarks in it.

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  1. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, has vowed to force a reading on the Senate floor of all 1,924 pages of the bill.

    This is way better than the often-ignored 72 review period. If we have to live with the consequences of all this garbage, then at the very least, those bastards in Washington should have to live through a reading of it all. Rub their noses in it!

  2. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) called the bill “inappropriate” and said the situation was “eerily reminiscent of last year,” when Democrats introduced a 2,700-page bill spending late in the session that few members had seen, much less had time to review. “This is exactly what the American people said on November 2 they did not want us to do,” he said. “This bill should not go forward.”

    McConnell said there was broad consensus among Senate Republicans in opposition to both the omnibus package and a smaller continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government through the end of 2011. He said he favored a short-term CR that would fund the government “probably till next February,” allowing the new Congress to proceed from there.

    link

  3. And this news came just as I was hearing about the last of my 5 (count ‘em 5!) audits/screw-ups the IRS performed on my account over the past 6 months. I was shocked, shocked! to learn that I owe a butt-load more money to our, er, their federal government. Grrrr…

  4. Will the Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010 apply to Meghan McCain?

  5. light:black hole :: twinkie:meghan mccain

  6. Wonder what goodies Sen. Bennett larded it up with, as his own little golden parachute and big middle finger to the voters.

    Some people just need to be taken out and horsewhipped.

  7. fuck this..
    i’m going to haiti

  8. Meghan McCain ate all the twinkies in Haiti. Please, save the twinkies.

  9. - Harry isn’t giving up his poker nights without a fight!

  10. Washington (Dec 14)

    House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement urging President Obama to oppose a $1.1-trillion, pork-laden Senate omnibus spending bill:

    “If President Obama is truly serious about ending earmarks, he should oppose Senate Democrats’ pork-laden omnibus spending bill and announce he will veto it if necessary. This bill represents exactly what the American people have rejected: more spending, more earmarks, and more big government. Republicans strongly oppose this last-ditch spending spree, a smack in the face to taxpayers at a time when we’re borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend. Senate Democrats even go so far as to plow more than $1 billion into implementing ObamaCare, despite a growing national revolt against this job-killing health care law.

    “The need to stop Washington’s job-killing spending binge may be lost on Senate Democrats, but it will be a top priority for the new Republican majority in the House. We have already banned earmarks and made a pledge to America to end the practice of omnibus bills like this disgrace and cut spending to pre-‘stimulus,’ pre-bailout levels. Instead of making reckless spending decisions in the waning days of the lame-duck session, Senate Democrats should stand down so we can get to work on cleaning up Washington’s fiscal mess.

    link

  11. Short of nominating literal, diagnosed psychopaths to Congress in 2012 I’m all tapped out of idears.

  12. dingy harry

    PACIFIC COASTAL SALMON RECOVERY

    For necessary expenses associated with the restoration of Pacific salmon populations, $80,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2012: Provided, That of the funds provided herein the Secretary of Commerce may issue grants to the States of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada,

    link

  13. I got a big ham mark the occasion. Seemed appropriate.

  14. I have the Bobby Orr image for you pdbuttons, but I think I like your avatar a lot more than Bobby.

  15. Salmon, the other other pink meat.

  16. “In the short time I’ve had to review this massive piece of legislation – I’ve identified approximately 6,488 earmarks totaling nearly $8.3 billion. Here is a small sample:

    $277,000 for potato pest management in Wisconsin
    $246,000 for bovine tuberculosis in Michigan and Minnesota
    $522,000 for cranberry and blueberry disease and breeding in New Jersey
    $500,000 for oyster safety in Florida
    $349,000 for swine waste management in North Carolina
    $413,000 for peanut research in Alabama
    $247,000 for virus free wine grapes in Washington
    $208,000 beaver management in North Carolina
    $94,000 for blackbird management in Louisiana
    $165,000 for maple syrup research in Vermont
    $235,000 for noxious weed management in Nevada
    $100,000 for the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage Visitor’s Center in New York
    $300,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii
    $400,000 for solar parking canopies and plug-in electric stations in Kansas

    “Additionally, the bill earmarks $727,000 to compensate ranchers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan whenever endangered wolves eat their cattle. As my colleagues know, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Gray Wolf program is under intense scrutiny for wasting millions of taxpayer dollars every year to ‘recover’ endangered wolves that are now overpopulating the West and Midwest. My State of Arizona has a similar wolf program but ranchers in my state aren’t getting $727,000 in this bill.

    link

  17. There’s also $4 million sought by Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell for the Kentucky National Guard’s marijuana eradication efforts

    Remember me again? Isn’t this the same double-chinned fuckhole what led Team R into the wilderness last time round?

  18. $208,000 beaver management in North Carolina

    Beaver management? Is that like a pimp?

  19. Remember me again? Isn’t this the same double-chinned fuckhole what led Team R into the wilderness last time round?

    This is a serious problem. Haven’t you ever watched Justified?

  20. I only saw the first episode I think. Maybe the first one and also the second one. It didn’t have any vampires or talking dogs or space adventures.

  21. Kentucky is crawling with white supremacists what dabble in drug running and Jesus. I saw it on the TV. US Marshall Raylan Givens can’t fight em’ all without some beefy earmarks.

  22. I used to want Bob Bennett to go home and do some fishing. Now, I want him to drop dead, ASAP.

  23. newest no labels member bob bennet

  24. or sodomy

    i luv happfeet/ got the best curveball
    bend ur knees-
    strike three!

  25. There are a large number of Democrat Senators up come next election. The RINOs in office right now need to think seriously about scuttling a filibuster. We might not be able to successfully elect an alternative in their place, but would I be willing to dump someone like Collins and let a Dem take that seat, knowing we’ll still come out ahead in the pickup tally?

    Damn skippy.

    Same goes for the lot of them. New set of rules, you fuck me I fuck you.

  26. This 2,000 page monstrosity stuffed down the country’s throat in the last moment of the 111th Congress would be the epitome of everything the voters rejected. Is this the first major piece of legislation President Obama wants to sign after the election? Is this how the Senate Democrats who are up in 2012 want to start their reelection cycles? Republicans need to make it very clear to those Senate Democrats that this vote will not be forgotten: it will serve as a symbol of the old way, and together with the 2009 stimulus bill and the health-care bill will hang around the neck of every member of Congress who supports it.

    link

  27. the sad fact- is i just orderd chinese food[need veggies] and as i gave him a tip- and as he was strolling out my yard..
    i thought him say
    ‘we will rule you”
    fucking moon face d boy..
    he said it!i heard him
    he said-we will rule u..
    i understand the english..
    ahh-so,sew what..
    no labels

  28. The earmarks in this bill are like the magician’s handkerchief – designed to draw the eye away from the magician jamming his fist up your ass.

  29. hey joe/ where u going with that gun in ur hand”
    i’m going down
    to shoot my old lady..

    it’s a half white thang

  30. the earmarks are the early warning sign that the other 1500 pages sux big time

  31. I do not like these people. Not one little bit.

  32. I am quite sure Raylan would know what to do with these people and be completely justified.

  33. Amen, geoffb. A fucking men.

  34. - Yeah, maybe so, but until G_d gets around 2uit, we better do it ourselves.

  35. Thank you for a most excellent link, geoffb.

  36. it “sounds like a last gasp effort of a congress that spends too much.”

    One for the road.

  37. Pingback: The Democrat $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Bill … Here Piggy, Piggy, Piggy … Enough is Enough!!! | Scared Monkeys

  38. Somehow this just seems appropriate for this thread …

  39. Thank you JD, you’re the reason I started watching it.

    Late reply. Plumbing problems. Main drain line plugged. Christmas present from Murphy.

  40. Shit, that sucks, Geoff. Hope it isn’t too much of a nightmare with tree roots and all that.

    Towards the topic: this constant bullshit is just stiffening my resolve. I worked, roughly, a billion and a half hours last cycle and by all indications, that needs to be doubled in ’12.

    Fine, assholes. Thanks for the motivation. You’re like shitty fighters that are only good at pissing off non-shitty fighters.

  41. - Off with their heads….

    OUTLAW VIOLENCE!™

  42. Waaay OT, but…This seems appropriate. Can’t blame the dad, really. There’s no limit to the protection a father desires to extend. Or remove, as the case may be.

  43. what do you mean can’t blame the dad he just landed his ass in jail leaving some nutless kraut to diddle his daughter sunup to sundown

    that’s just retarded

  44. my avatar has never been more inappropriate I don’t think

  45. Do nutless krauts want to diddle daughters sunup to sundown anymore?

    Not rhetorical. Germans are just plain weird so you never know.

    (It’s at times like these, when the devilish part of my brain thinks the nutless kraut was maybe a legend for pulling ass decades younger than himself, that I must remember that she’s almost definitely ugly. Which might just be a competing devilish part of my brain talking.)

  46. speaking of jail Cathy Young got linked by Mr. Instapundit tonight

    I can’t remember the last time I saw her name on my screen

    I think we were talking about… Beauchamp?

  47. Were there any earmarks in the omnibus bill for fighting manure fires?

  48. nutless krauts have been the future for high on 70 years

    they’re like Amway

  49. that was opposed to be nigh

  50. remember cannibal German dude?

    he was pretty classic he has a very middle-aged post-career Christian Slater vibe

  51. I do recall reading that eunuchs in middle eastern harems were still able to partake of the available resources, and often did so. Of course they did not produce any offspring, which I suppose was the primary purpose for the eunuchification.

  52. man that’s end-times shit right there

    Germans rock at that

  53. I used to think it was funny to accuse people of engaging in FRIVOLOUS ESCHATOLOGY.

    Just seems out of place when we’re speaking of German cannibals though. They’re sorta… freighted with apparent importance.

  54. when I think of eunuchs I always picture that one chick in bananarama

    you guess which one

    hint: it’s not the Shakespeare’s sister one what married the eurhythmic

    hah!

  55. what do you mean can’t blame the dad he just landed his ass in jail leaving some nutless kraut to diddle his daughter sunup to sundown

    He’s out on bail, and the knutless kraut is probably several dozens of furloughs away from any bread knife, licking his wounds.

    I guess this story appeals to me because I’ve a daughter. I’ll definitely bookmark it to show to any less-than-worthy kraut who might comes calling.

  56. I did not know this about eunuchs, g.

    If I lost my balls I think I would focus on my work more and maybe buy some of those candles that make your bathroom smell like apple pies.

  57. eunuchs deserve an anthem

  58. We must cleanse our palette from Avril.

    Here. (Catch that bass line.)

    If I was older I’d have grown up with better music. But then I’d be dying sooner. I think this is what academics call a trade-off.

  59. I’m going on a pretenders bender right after I wrap up my year at work thank you for that

    is she still alive?

  60. Wiki seems to think Chrissie Hynde is still alive and they’d probably know.

  61. yes … this is a mostest wonderful sentence courtesy of our friends at wikipedia one of whom is named Jimmy:

    Hynde went back to France in 1976 to try to form a band, but it did not work out.*

  62. This is a tremendously fucked up German dude, but I think he speaks Austrian or something.

  63. omfg did we know this?

    Hynde had a daughter, Natalie Rae Hynde, in 1983 with Ray Davies of The Kinks.

    that’s pretty fucking glorious

  64. oh. here’s her kid with the simple minds guy (picture)

    If you read the first link you learn Chrissie cheated on Mr. Davies for to make Yasmin

    You know who are cool?

    Rock stars.

    Go figure.

  65. Stopped reading that about a paragraph in, Pablo. I shouldn’t encourage any murderous thoughts so soon before Christmas.

    Weren’t the Kinks like forever and ever before the Pretenders? We’re lucky Chrissie’s dad didn’t take his nuts. These things happen, it turns out. In today’s hint that evolution might be onto something, female rock stars don’t bang teenage groupies. Which make them seem a bit adult contemporary if we’re truly honest with ourselves.

  66. Which makes them

  67. here’s how I think of Mr. Ray Davies

    be patient with that is very rewarding I think

  68. There’s a comment I should write involving the use of synthesizers and how they seem weird to my age group’s ear until they change into NIN’s Pretty Hate Machine.

    But I can’t write it because somehow disparate bands from The Cars to Joy Division somehow avoid the sound even while using the instrument. The early solo Phil Collins stuff too. It’s sorta there but not really.

    But, no, that’s silly talk, it’s there, you know what I mean? A few degrees louder than background noise. From Michael Mann movies to the music montages for 80′s TV crap.

    You know what I’m saying? It’s a weird timestamp from the time. Sounds like aerobics and leg warmers and makes me feel needlessly cynical and flannel/grunge when I’m trying to appreciate that stuff.

  69. synthesizers! in the 90s

    here is mores

    (those are for reals moog ones)

    and this is brilliant and sweet and synthy I think and kinda new mostly

  70. oops I forgot 2010 synth orgasm

    brb

  71. I have more of a problem with the scoring of 80′s movies than the music of the era in general. Strangely enough, a lot of the music I actively chose back then – for example The Replacements, I find utterly fucking unlistenable now – but the stuff that was the ubiquitous soundtrack of life still puts a smile on my face.

  72. here and also here but mostly the first one

    she’s stunning her mom is on British TV, which still counts for something in some circles

    and then this guy here and here

  73. While I know nothing about it, yes, so many movies sounded messed up back then.

    You know that generic hot guitar lick that sorta characterized all crap for awhile? They did that with synthesizers all the time back then when it just didn’t fit. (And then saxophones for awhile. WTF?) The character is supposed to be depressed walking to work or a bar and for some reason they decide to go all Flash Dance.

    I’m not even sure how to interpret that stuff. My base inclination is to read it as ironic because I’m from a shallow, dickheadish generation but that simply can’t be right.

  74. I’ve been emailed the La Roux lots and lots lately, ‘feets. Just can’t get into it.

  75. I heard she (they) was hitting in Chicago really big – Los Angeles tried but she didn’t really have any luck here

  76. - Once you’ve heard Beverly Hills cop, and suffered the way too long Disco age, synthesizer manic grunge is one of those “on three, everybody run” sorts of bad karma.

    - Something like 3D.

  77. Something I’ve learned — and this is real, not a joke — Chicago is the exact opposite of New York when it comes to music. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. If you can make it in Chicago, you’ll maybe sell two dozen albums out of your trunk.

  78. Later, guys.

  79. - Na,na,na-nah-nah…..I can’t hear yoooooou…

  80. I believe in de-nottink!

  81. Back on topic: What this omnibus bill really needs is a kraut with a bread knife.

    Hairy may not want to stand too close to it, either.

  82. Read the greed of Congressman Chris Van Hollen and his colleagues as he “explains” the Democrats’ stance complaining of the “tax compromise” a day after these very same Democrats have introduced their grotesque spending omnibus: see whether he makes any mention of Democrat moves to make spending cuts to the budget?

    With Washington Republicans sharpening their budget knives to cut spending on national priorities such as education, border security and public safety, it is hard to believe they think it’s wise to give a windfall to heirs such as Paris Hilton.

    Well, no, but he does manage to get in a plug for more wasteful and uneconomic subsidy spending on “clean” energy production. And holds up Paris Hilton as exemplary of American wealth. What with Nancy Pelosi hailing from Baltimore, Steny Hoyer from PG and Van Hollen from Montgomery Co., we might nearly conclude the state of Maryland has it in for the federal government.

  83. In December 2007, Hilton’s grandfather Barron Hilton pledged 97 percent of his estate to a charitable organization founded by his father, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. An immediate pledge of $1.2 billion was made, with a further $1.1 billion due after his death. He cited his father’s actions as the motivation for his pledge. According to reports, the potential inheritance of his grandchildren is sharply diminished.*

  84. The top two earmarkers are Reps, the next 17 are Dems. Time for those two to find jobs in the private sector. The top 20:

    Cochran (R-MS) 230
    Wicker (R-MS) 199
    Murray (D-WA) 172
    Harkin (D-IA) 152
    Reid (D-NV) 129
    Menendez (D-NJ) 123
    Feinstein (D-CA) 121
    Lautenberg (D-NJ) 120
    Lincoln (D-AR) 114
    Inouye (D-HI) 113
    Schumer (D-NY) 106
    Johnson (D-SD) 105
    Landrieu (D-LA) 104
    Specter (D-PA) 103
    Pryor (D-AR) 96
    Levin (D-MI) 93
    Stabenow (D-MI) 91
    Boxer (D-CA) 90
    Brown (D-OH) 87
    Grassley (R-IA) 86

  85. when some piss-ant reporter asked ray davies what he thought of bruce springsteen
    he said- i don’t drive

  86. i remeber seeing the kinks
    one time and they opened with ‘destroyer’
    dave davies just so totally ruled!
    i also remembger them doing a god-awful version of lola..where they-he,pointed to one side lo-la? it went on for 20 minutes!
    it’s like when u go to a stones cash cow
    mega thing..
    and mick says-”keith will now sing for ya!’
    and u thinks- i gotta pee

  87. how many perps-who’ve been to a stones concert..
    have got up-and went to the johhny-when keith sang a song?
    yes..put ya hands up..

  88. Levin (D-MI) 93
    Stabenow (D-MI) 91

    YEA MICHIGAN!!!!

  89. From Bill Kristol:

    I can’t believe the Democratic Congress will be foolish and hubristic enough to go ahead and jam though the omnibus appropriations bill with its 6,488 earmarks totaling nearly $8.3 billion.

    While the $8.3 Billion in earmarks are atrocious and getting everyone fired up, it is a distraction from the true tax-payer beatdown: the other $1193 Billion in this bill. The Democrats couldn’t be bothered to do their job during the fiscal year. Fine, just pass some continuing resolution to keep the government open until February and let the new Congress decide how the money will be spent.

    I’m making phone calls today.

  90. omething I’ve learned — and this is real, not a joke — Chicago is the exact opposite of New York when it comes to music. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. If you can make it in Chicago, you’ll maybe sell two dozen albums out of your trunk.

    Ha.

    Of course, I tend to prefer bands out of Chicago. Chevelle comes to mind. I know there are a few more that hail from there.

    New York – I can think of Interpol as a band I like from there.

  91. weren’t the smashing pumpkin’s from chicago?
    and the smoking popes?
    dunno-don’t care[well i care-a little]

  92. . . . let the new Congress decide how the money will be spent.

    motionview, might we not prefer and say rather “how the money won’t be spent”, or at least some significant portion of it?

  93. oh it looks like piece of shit government titsucker Jeffy Immelt did go to bumblefuck’s get-together with a select group of fascist pussy ceo monkeys from google and such

    but here’s the explainy part

    Obama said he wanted ideas on tax reform, a “balanced approach to regulation” and “ideas that will help businesses to invest in America and American jobs, at a time when they are holding nearly $2 trillion on their books.”

    having bankrupted our failshit little country bumblefuck needs his ceo pussy pals to spend spend spend from now through 2012

    He’s begging.

    link

  94. My favorite Chicago band is Chicago. But as a grade-school trumpeter who knew he didn’t have the talent to stay with it, I’ve always had a soft spot for any band with a horn section. Their joint concert tours with Earth, Wind & Fire are epic for the extra horneyness.

  95. I wonder if they’re holding that 2 trillion hostage.

    I bet they are.

  96. Absolutely right sdferr.

  97. “$208,000 beaver management in North Carolina”

    Wait.

    Let’s think about this.

  98. i’d gladly pay you tuesday,for a hamburgher today

  99. New York doesn’t produce very many successful bands, and it has an unseemly habit of taking credit for ones that are already a little successful or at least fully formed before they move there. The cost of living just isn’t conducive to earning a living, spending countless hours practicing and also paying for rehearsal space unless you’re little rich kids like The Strokes.

  100. The Pork Omnibus would be a good rock band name.

  101. 7,000,000 to buy property next to the dunes on Lake Michigan.

  102. i think the ramones were from forrest hills
    which is kinda ny-not the city-but..
    patti smith was a jersey girl..
    so-we give her a pass..
    telivision?…
    velvet underground?[they were from all over..]
    but the funniest thing i said-no,read
    was lou reeds girlfriend..at a dinner
    and some lesbian college proffessor- was invited
    and she was all wet! i got invited to a ny townhouse dinner

    with lou reed,,and..his electric violin plating hump..
    and they had placemats on the table..
    and lou’s wife started banging her placecard on the table/and pointed at the muff
    and the lesbo got all in a twist
    and thought-laurie.. noticed me!
    me! she noticed me!
    a lesbian prof..! lil old me
    so lou’s dyke says..
    ‘pass me the wine”

  103. Madonna basically did her thing from the ground up all in NY

    and at kind of a late age

  104. Yea, but my point was that I (personally) don’t necessarily like the commercially successful acts.

    I guess I prefer bands that sell their CDs out of the trunk.

  105. John used to sell his vinyls out of his car trunk. Waddn’t much of a band though.

  106. My favorite Chicago band is

    Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

    My favorite performer would be Muddy Waters.

  107. Madonna basically did her thing from the ground up all in NY

    New York was a shithole then. It was a lot easier – Blondie, The Talking Heads, The Ramones, New York Dolls, etc. – for acts to eek out an existence before becoming successful.

  108. …Talking Heads…

    Poor, struggling Talking Heads. I’m sure they attended RISD on hardship scholarships.

  109. West Side Soul – the best album ever waxed in Chicago, or anywhere else.

  110. Poor, struggling Talking Heads. I’m sure they attended RISD on hardship scholarships.

    Really not the point.

  111. “$208,000 beaver management in North Carolina”

    Wait.

    Let’s think about this.

    They pay for that!!!!

    I’da done it fer nothin’

  112. Really not the point.

    Well, forgive me for straying from the topic of punk/new wave bands and their effect on the Senate Omnibus Spending Bill.

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