Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Maybe No Endorsement of McCain from King?

Well, McCain did say in the past that King was just a blow-hard making provacative statements so Kings recent statement about McCain isn't suprising. But how does King suck it up if McCain is the nominee?
Here is King attacking McCain on torture - "The way Senator McCain has equated waterboarding with torture, the way he seems to equate it with what was done to him in the Hanoi Hilton - to me, it hurts us in the eyes of the world... It shows, really, a lack of familiarity with just how tough this enemy is.”
“I strongly supported John McCain in 2000,” adds the House Homeland Security Committee's ranking Republican. But “what John McCain has said about Guantanamo and waterboarding made me stand with Rudy Giuliani.”

Nice. Tell a guy who was tortured that he doesn't know much about torture and what can be done with torture.
Is King saying that the terrorists (lumping them all in as one) can withstand waterboarding?
If waterboarding is no big deal, maybe King should be strapped down and have water poured into his mouth and then tell us that it isn't torture.

King is far removed from reality and needs to be kicked out of office.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

How Does King Spin the HUGE Giuliani Loss in Florida

So far it looks like most republican voters want "America's mayor" to just be the ex-mayor of NYC.
Giuliani losses Florida big tonight after King and his other minions praised the strategy to concentrate on Florida. How will King explain this away? We'll see later tonight or tomorrow morning.
So for now it's Bye, Bye Rudy.
I guess King goes to his old nemesis John McCain who once said of King "..there is little in Mr. King’s singularly unimpressive legislative record to suggest that he is motivated by anything other than a compulsion to utter provocative sound bites... "
"...Indeed, the only ‘Republican’ organization I have ever noticed Mr. King represent is the Irish Republican Army."

BFF for sure.

Monday, January 28, 2008

King in Florida to Help Giuliani Lose Republican Primary

From the NY Observer Politicker:
"Rudy Giuliani's heavy hitters have arrived to help his make-or-break effort to win the Florida primary.

Getting off the plane here, I just ran into Representative Peter King of Long Island and Giuliani inner-sanctum stalwarts Randy Levine and Denny Young."

King Makes List of Top Ten Mailers

According to the Quarterly Statement of Disbursements of the House for 2006 Congress sends mail to the tune of $20.3 million in 2006 alone.
We've all gotten the glossy full-color PR photo-op mailing from Peter King. King spent $164,156 taxpayer dollars on 733,005 pieces of junk mail to constituents.
That's alot of mailings.
To be fair, Rep. Tim Bishop from Suffolk spent $131,979 but sent out 26,000 more pieces than King.
How is Bishop getting more for less?
So much for King the fiscal watchdog.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, of North Carolina got 52,000 more pieces of mail for the same price of King's mailings.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Kool-Aid Kid King Spins Guiliani

After getting his ass handed to him in the first couple of rounds of the primary season, King insists that Rudy is "well positioned" to win in Florida and that it is a smart move to concentrate on Florida.
I'm not sure what King means because Guiliani is slipping in the polls all over the place. Including Florida. Guiliani has been alone on Florida for a couple of weeks but a recent poll puts him in 2nd behind McCain.
If the rationale is that there are alot of New York transplants in Florida to boost Rudy, then he will definately lose. New Yorkers who left for Florida don't like Rudy much.

Here is the video of King spinning wildly..

King and Guiliani Co-Chair Two Peas in a Archie Bunker Pod

Remember when King said that there are too many Mosques in this country? Well, he has found his soul-mate in John Deady, co-chair of 'New Hampshire Veterans for Rudy Giuliani, who wants to "get rid of" Muslims.
Deady doesn't stop there "We need to...keep pressing these people until we defeat or chase them back to their caves or in other words get rid of them." (video here via TPM)
Oh wait, he could just be talking about the terrorists right?
"I am talking about the Muslims in general. I don’t subscribe to the principle that there are good Muslims and bad Muslims. They’re all Muslims."
"When I say get rid of them, I wasn't necessarily referring to genocide,"
Well thank goodness for small favors.
Although the "wasn't necessarily" isn't a complete disqualifier.

King Gets called Out by Fellow Republican

King went after an amendment by Texas Sen. Hutchison that would give residents and local law enforcement a voice in where the fence is needed.
From the Star-Telegram.. "In an uncharacteristic display of public frustration with party colleagues, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Friday sharply criticized two Republican congressmen who accused her of a stealth effort to derail the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Conservative blogs and pundits have attacked Hutchison since Reps. Peter King of New York and Duncan Hunter of California accused the Texas Republican of essentially repealing Congress' mandate to build 700 miles of fencing. "This was a midnight massacre," King said of an amendment Hutchison shepherded into law last month. "It was absolutely disgraceful."
After being labeled "Panderer to the Criminal Invader" and called a traitor to border security, Hutchison fought back Friday.
"There is misinformation, and I think the congressmen who should know better exactly what has happened have been a little loose with the facts," she said in an interview."

What the new law does, Hutchison said, is require that the government consult with landowners and local elected officials, many of whom have felt bulldozed and ignored by the federal government.

The Department of Homeland Security echoed Hutchison's view that her language does not put the fence in jeopardy. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's pledge to build 370 miles by year's end is "full steam ahead," spokeswoman Laura Keehner said."

Hutchison tells the San Antonio Express-News "Border patrol agents reported that coyotes and drug-runners were altering their routes as fencing was deployed, so the amendment gives our agents discretion to locate the fence where necessary to achieve operational control of our border,"

An editorial from the Houston Chronicle "In attacking Hutchison, conservative U.S. Reps. Peter King of New York and Duncan Hunter of California have joined columnist Michelle Malkin in misstating the facts. Rather than gutting the border fence, the amendment maintains a requirement for 700 miles of barrier, but allows law enforcement to decide what works best and where.
Rather than being slipped in the back door and catching lawmakers unaware, the legislation was approved in four different votes in the Senate and is backed by the eight senators who represent the four border states. In fact, before Democrats won control of the House in 2006, then-Speaker Dennis Hastert sent four committee chairmen, including King, a letter explaining that an amendment was necessary to provide more flexibility and discussion with locals in constructing the fence.
According to a statement from Hutchison's office, the senator found it troubling and unsettling that King claimed to be unfamiliar with language in the omnibus bill for which he voted. Hutchison told the Chronicle, "I think the congressmen who should know better exactly what has happened have been a little loose with the facts."
The original legislation was a billion-dollar boondoggle that would have taken decision-making authority from border security officials and stifled input from local authorities and landowners.
The fence legislation still has major flaws, but it is a much better law because of Hutchison's efforts."

So King once again gets exposed for lying. It's too bad we don't hear about all his actions in our local news.

The so-called border fence is a contentious issue for the country but a more important issue for land-owners and residents in South Texas. I covered the Texan response to Kings wall here.
Yes there is a need for real border security but the idea of a wall along our southern border being effective is a pipe dream. The Berlin Wall was only 96 miles in length. On that 96 miles, there were 302 watchtowers and 20 bunkers. That is one watchtower every half mile. Plus there were roaming patrols, land mines and traps. With all that, almost 5000 determined East Germans escaped. The fence King wants is 700 miles long. The southern border is 1,950 miles long. What I am saying is that the fence will be about as secure as the Maginot Line.