Paul Ryan’s Photo Op

H/T Democrumudgeon! Speaking of things that need to be shared, this definitely qualifies!

Paul Ryan (R – Wall St.) had his 42nd birthday and his many admirers at Fox “news” could not let the occasion go by without letting the congressman ( who used to live in Janesville) know how much they love him.

I am not very sure how to take this:

* is it a sign of respect for how much of a fan of Wall St. that Paul Ryan is?

* Is the fact that he wont eat it a sign that he is truly living up the the saying “Let them eat cake!”?

* Did Fox put the dollar sign on it because that is the only way to get his attention?

* Is he so arrogant that he does not think he will ever lose so photo ops like this will not matter?

* Except for eating a corn dog at the county fair, Ryan could not have had a worse picture taken.

* Does Chris Wallace have a neutral bone in his body? His father must be so ashamed!


* Does Ryan “not eat sweets” because they interfere with the taste of a $350 bottle of wine?

* Here is the perfect campaign picture for Paul Ryan this year:

Serial adulterer Newt Gingrich gains endorsement of alleged adulterer Herman Cain

The “party of family values,” dontcha know?

Businessman Herman Cain threw his support to Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich late Saturday.

The move by the former GOP candidate and tea-party favorite comes three days before the Florida primary, at a moment when Gingrich is badly in need of something to rekindle the momentum he gained in the wake of his South Carolina primary victory.

No doubt Herman Cain’s endorsement of Newt Gingrich will help Gingrich shore up his support among adulterers, which had been softening over the past couple of weeks.

Tim Russell hired to work for Scott Walker despite termination from state job for “gross misconduct”

It appears the sordid saga that is Tim Russell’s tenure as one of then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s closest aides and confidants isn’t over.

reported by Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
Russell was hired to work in Scott Walker’s County Executive administration despite having been fired from his state job for “gross misconduct” relating to Russell’s misuse of public money and lying about that misuse. In 1993 Russell was fired from his job with the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) after it was discovered in the spring of 1993 that he had improperly billed $1,123 in hotel stays to the agency. According to Russell’s termination letter, he was fired not only for improperly billing WHEDA for the $1,123 in personal hotel stays, but also because he “provided false or misleading information” to those investigating his improper billing of the hotel stays.

Despite having been fired from his state job for lying and misuse of agency funding, Tim Russell certainly landed on his feet, thanks to Scott Walker.

Who hired Kelly Rindfleisch to work in Scott Walker’s County Executive office?

Among the revelations that came out of the multiple felony charges filed against former Scott Walker aide Kelly Rindfleisch was the assertion by Tom Nardelli, then-Milwaukee County Executive Walker’s chief of staff, that he didn’t even know Rindfleisch was hired to work in Walker’s office or for what reason she was hired until she showed up for work.

So if Tom Nardelli, who in his role as chief of staff would have been County Executive Scott Walker’s right hand man, didn’t hire Kelly Rindfleisch and wasn’t aware she was hired to work for Walker, then who the h-e-double hockeysticks hired Kelly Rindfleisch?

The question of who hired Kelly Rindfleisch to work for County Executive Scott Walker is a question that needs answering, because that answer will shed a lot of light on why Kelly Rindfleisch was hired to work for Walker.

Two more Walker aides indicted – how many more will follow?

Another week, another set of indictments of aides to Scott Walker…

Two staffers who worked directly for Gov. Scott Walker while he was county executive were charged Thursday with illegally doing extensive political work while being paid by taxpayers to do county jobs.

One of the two, Darlene Wink, cut a deal with prosecutors under which she agreed to provide information in a related investigation about the destruction of digital evidence and to aid in further prosecutions. This is the first indication that the multifaceted John Doe investigation may be pursuing charges of evidence tampering.

Milwaukee County prosecutors also made the surprising disclosure that top Walker aides set up a private Internet network to allow them to communicate with one another by email about campaign as well as county government work without the public or co-workers’ knowledge.

Thus far we’ve seen two former Deputy Chiefs of Staff to Walker while he was Milwaukee County Executive be indicted, along with his Director of Constituent Services, leaving me to wonder who’s next to be indicted from Scott Walker’s inner circle during his tenure as Milwaukee County Executive.

What’s more, I can’t help but wonder what crimes will be uncovered next by the John Doe investigation in Milwaukee County. Will we finally see charges related to long-rumored allegations of “pay to play” in Walker’s County Executive administration? If I were a betting man, that’d be where my money would be.

The Pentagon Wars: A-10 v F-35 Edition

The Pentagon is famous for overpriced and underperforming weapons systems.  There was a hilarious film about it with Carey Elwes as an Air Force Lt. Colonel serving as a Pentagon watchdog and Kelsey Grammar as the program manager for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Caspar Weinberger: Please be seated. This will be brief, as I’m needed at the Oval Office. I’d like to call your attention to this morning’s New York Times. If you’ll turn to the editorial page? It essentially says that every weapon we produce is an over-priced piece of junk. Now, that’s not news, critics have said it for years. What was news to me touched on our supposedly “spectacular” Sergeant York Anti-Aircraft Gun. It says there that when the Sergeant York proved incapable of hitting airplanes, we test-fired it at hovering helicopters. When it failed to hit hovering helicopters, we test-fired it at stationary targets, and it missed those. Now is this possible, General Keane?
General Keane: There was a problem with the proximity fusing. 
Caspar Weinberger: According to this, one missile locked on to a ventilation fan in the latrine, and destroyed the latrine! Were we test-firing at latrines that day?

The film was an amusing inside look at how large programs are run at the Pentagon.  It was based on a true story, too.


What the film shows is how so many of the decisions around big weapons systems are based on the politics of Capitol Hill.  The current aircraft conflict is no different.  And it’s costing us a fortune.

According to the Federation of American Scientists, an average A-10 cost $13 million in 1994 dollars, when production was at its peak; at the same time, the F-35 program, which hadn’t yet built a single jet, already cost between $28 and $38 million per jet. (More recently, investigators pegged the F-35’s cost as closer to $110 million to $150 million per plane, not including weapons systems, which cost another $184 million per unit [PDF]. In other words, the cost of one F-35 is roughly twice what the federal government spends on NPR and Planned Parenthood in a year. And the military wants roughly 2,500 of these planes.)

Twice the cost of NPR?  Twice the cost of Planned Parenthood???  WTF????

The real driver in this decision is political: A relatively cheap and low-tech aircraft doesn’t help the Air Force justify

huge future budgets; the luxury price tag of the F-35 does. And Congress wants the F-35, like, really bad. So bad that “budget hawk” congressmen like John Boehner were stepping over each other to get funding for an alternative engine the plane doesn’t even need.

Our national priorities catastrophically screwed up.  How can we possibly justify this weapons system when we’re facing such challenging economic times?