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Here is GOP Senator John McCain’s list of the top ten porkiest projects in the Omnibus Spending Bill.
  1. $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa
  2. $2 million “for the promotion of astronomy” in Hawaii – because nothing says new jobs for average Americans like investing in astronomy
  3. $332,000 for the design and construction of a school sidewalk in Franklin, Texas – not enough $ for schools in the stimulus?
  4. $2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York – quick peel me a grape.
  5. $650,000 for beaver management in North Carolina and Mississippi
  6. $1 million for mormon cricket control in Utah – is that the species of cricket or a game played by the brits?
  7. $300,000 for the Montana World Trade Center – enough said
  8. $200,000 “tattoo removal violence outreach program to could help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past” REALLY?
  9. $475,000 to build a parking garage in Provo City, Utah
  10. $1.7M “for a honey bee factory” in Weslaco, TX

Tax and spend = Obama Administration and his Democrat cronies in Congress.

The next time you purchase a gallon of gas or see your paycheck with its witholds of payroll taxes remember all of those tattoos you are helping remove.

How ridiculous is this?

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California GOP Assemblyman Chuck DeVore speaking on the floor of the California Assembly, February 14, 2009

Today, California GOP Assemblyman and U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore addressed a group of energy lawyers in San Francisco. His prescription for increasing California tax revenues: Drill Baby Drill.

Besides slicing and dicing Boxer during a red-meat speech to the California Republican Party convention last weekend, the state senator from Irvine let it be known that he will push a plan to get dollars flowing into California’s coffers without soaking average state taxpayers.

His plan: Drill, baby, drill.

DeVore says there are 9 billion barrels of oil waiting to be had beneath California’s coastal waters. He calls for an aggressive off-shore oil exploitation program, using slant drilling technology. He says tax revenues produced by increased oil operations may well grease the way to balanced state budgets.

“Those are state waters,” he says. “That’s our oil.”

This solution is almost too simple. But, the “Save the Whale” types in Santa Barbara and Monterey will continue to block drilling – even the slant drilling type because they fear oil spill and the despoiling of animal habitats.

Now, new technology may alleviate the concerns for any oil spill mishaps but it will be a hard sell to these environmental zealots.

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California State Senator Tony Strickland, (R- Thousand Oaks) greets community memebers to his citizen outreach event this morning in Camarillo, California

As a part of his community outeach effort, Senator Strickland hosted an informal coffee (at the Camarillo Marie Callender’s restaurant) with a brief speech followed by a question and answer session. The public was invited.

Here is the event in photos. (A reminder to all: these photos were all taken by Flap, are copyrighted, all rights reserved. The Creative Commons License for use is here.)

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Senator Strickland “working the room” – going to every table and meeting every community member

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Senator Strickland talking with Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Chief Deputy Dennis Carpenter who is the Chief of Police for the City of Thousand Oaks

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Senator Strickland discussing an issue with a constituent while his Chief of Staff, Chris Wangsaporn checks his Blackberry

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Senator Tony Strickland makes a point during his brief speech

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Camarillo community members listen to Senator Strickland including @Flap Twitter Follower and Friend @erickbrockway

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The question and answer session: John Zaruka, President of Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center makes the point as to how increasing California taxes is hurting his business.

During the event, Flap sat with Mike Osborn who is the Chairman of the Ventura County Republican Party. We discussed the ongoing technology rebuilding of the county party structure and outreach programs. Flap will have more on this at a later time.

After 90 minutes, the event wrapped up and Senator Strickland was off to his opening of his new California State Senate district office in Santa Barbara later in the day.

Strickland said he will be doing these community events every two weeks or so when the California Legislature is in session.

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Governor Sarah Palin during her visit with the Samaritans Purse relief effort in rural Alaskan villages (Feb. 20, 2009).

The latest CNN poll is out and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is leading but within the margin of error with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

The Poll (The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey was conducted February 18-19, with 429 Republicans questioned by telephone, sampling error = 4.5%):

  • Sarah Palin – 29%
  • Mike Huckabee – 26%
  • Mitt Romney – 21%
  • Bobby Jindal – 9%
  • Someone Else – 10%

Among Republican women, however, Sarah Palin is the clear winner.

“Among GOP men, the same pattern emerges — no clear advantage for Palin, Huckabee or Romney. But among Republican women, it’s a different story. Palin has a 10-point edge among Republican women, winning 32 percent support among them to 22 percent for Huckabee and 20 percent for Romney,” adds Holland. “With the sampling error, that’s not enough to say for sure that Palin is in the lead, but it does indicate that if the primaries were held tomorrow, Palin would have a good chance of being the favorite among GOP women.”

With GOP Presidential primary schedule set to remain the same, Flap anticipates a battle royal in Iowa and South Carolina between Palin and Huckabee.

But, it is very early.

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