Saturday, February 10, 2007

Murtha's Thuggish Threats

Murtha's Thuggish Threats

Perhaps the flap over Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plane wouldn't be so bad - had she and her trusty sidekick, Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Pa.), not reacted so obnoxiously.

When the Pentagon didn't immediately honor the request of the self-proclaimed "most powerful woman in America" for a top-of-the-line Air Force passenger jet, Pelosi deployed the "s"-word: sexism.

"As a woman, as a woman speaker of the House, I don't want any less of an opportunity than male speakers when they have served here," she said.

Pelosi then implied that the Pentagon was getting even with her:

"Why are they [the Pentagon] feeding the flames? Of course, I have been a constant critic - for nearly three years, I've called for the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld, who still has a desk at the Department of Defense . . ."

Then the thuggish, ethically challenged Murtha weighed in - saying it would be a "mistake" to deny her request, "since she decides on the allocations for the Department of Defense."
He'd be the expert.

Murtha's history of manipulating defense appropriations for personal gain is long and distinguished. In a 1989 defense bill, then-Speaker Tom Foley was shamed into redlining a Murtha-authored provision requiring the speaker have a C-20 jet available at all times.
The Pennsylvania Association for Individuals With Disabilities, a charity founded by Murtha's longtime aide, has a board of directors largely made up of lobbyists and contractors who've received millions off Murtha-directed government largesse. In turn, notes The Washington Post, those same officials "have kept Murtha's campaigns flush with cash."

Despite such egregiously hamhanded behavior, Murtha now chairs the House Defense Appropriations Committee, a position he evidently envisions using in the same invidious fashion.

"I don't need to pressure them. I just tell them what they need to do," Murtha said of his efforts to secure from the Pentagon a plane for Pelosi.

Like we said: thuggish.

Was somebody saying something about a "culture of corruption"?


Anonymous tom said...

yes, murtha-the-thug...that's him

9:17 AM  
Anonymous z said...

PELOSI SAID THAT STUFF? It's SEXISM? DOes she know that Hastert's plane is ready for her?

nooooo...she needed a BIGGER plane, a BETTER Plane, did you all hear that? Why is that left out of this article?(Duh)

If it's SEXISM, tell her to stop exhibiting it herself by kissing every damned senator she passes male senators kiss eachother every time they meet.

10:04 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

You're right, ZinLA, you always are... this is nonsense...

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Les Ismore said...

Read this from the House Sergeant at Arms...

For Immediate Release
February 8, 2007

As the Sergeant at Arms, I have the responsibility to ensure the security of the members of the House of Representatives, to include the Speaker of the House. The Speaker requires additional precautions due to her responsibilities as the leader of the House and her Constitutional position as second in the line of succession to the presidency.

In a post 9/11 threat environment, it is reasonable and prudent to provide military aircraft to the Speaker for official travel between Washington and her district. The practice began with Speaker Hastert and I have recommended that it continue with Speaker Pelosi. The fact that Speaker Pelosi lives in California compelled me to request an aircraft that is capable of making non-stop flights for security purposes, unless such an aircraft is unavailable. This will ensure communications capabilities and also enhance security. I made the recommendation to use military aircraft based upon the need to provide necessary levels of security for ranking national leaders, such as the Speaker. I regret that an issue that is exclusively considered and decided in a security context has evolved into a political issue.

1:32 PM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

I would LOOOOOOVE to whip his sorry fat ass! Right after him, maybe Chuck Schumer. Then Alcee Hastings. Followed by the coup de grace Ted "the fat swimmer" Kennedy. Jeez I'd pay large money for the opportunity to unload a few good right hands and left it a contribution to humanity.


3:21 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Les Ismore--The point was--not the rightness or wrongness of the request (I think the request was fine) but how ugly Murtha was when he made it. You people don't have to act like that, like thugs.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous z said...

THE PLANE SHE WANTED WAS BIGGER THAN HASTERT'S...does everyone get that? She wasn't satisified with what Hastert's plane could fly...even though it goes 4000 miles without fueling, which is more than she needs.

This is utter democrat elitist behavior and the sooner the country gets it, the sooner we'll get ourselves out of the morass of their selfishness.

12:18 PM  

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