Nancy Pelosi
Former Speaker of the House

This page contains material about the first female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, her goals and her agenda, and the news and opinion you may have missed if you get all your information from television.

Her main goal, presumably, is the advancement of the Democratic Party Platform, which has a page of its own.

Recently, Ms. Pelosi seems to have come to a fork in the road:  She is a Catholic, but she also is a proponent of abortion, also known as fetal homicide.  This subtopic is now discussed in a subsection of its own, located here.

Another big subtopic that comes and goes from the headlines is Ms. Pelosi's taste for luxurious air travel at the taxpayers' expense.  That topic is discussed here.



Pelosi: Schumer's ObamaCare remarks 'beyond comprehension'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says fellow Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer's (N.Y.) recent comments on ObamaCare are "beyond comprehension."  Schumer caused a stir last month when he said Democrats "blew the opportunity the American people gave them" in 2008 by focusing on healthcare out of the gate instead of on measures to boost the middle class.

Panic play: Pelosi tries to stoke fear of 'another Republican shutdown'.  Democratic leaders in Congress used an upbeat jobs report Friday [12/5/2014] to spread fear about a possible government shutdown next week, pressuring Republicans make concessions in upcoming spending bills.

The beginning of the end for Nancy Pelosi?  Pelosi has worked the new system ably.
  •   She has raised $400 million for her fellow Democrats.  She supported campaign chairman Rahm Emanuel's recruitment of moderates who matched their districts, which gave Democrats a House majority in 2006.
  •   She saw to the ouster in 2008 of Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell, the longest-serving House member ever, in favor of her fellow Californian, Henry Waxman.
  •   She rallied House majorities for the stimulus package in February 2009 and for cap-and-trade (a favorite of Bay Area environmentalists) in June 2009.  She pushed through ObamaCare in March 2010.

Surprise: Pelosi Most Unpopular Member of Congress.  Just when you thought no one could possibly be worse than Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), you remember there is always Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  Fifty-eight percent of likely U.S. voters have an unfavorable opinion of Pelosi, according to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll.  What's more, a whopping 41 percent have a "very unfavorable" view of the Maryland native.

The Democrats' war on women:
Dem anger flares over pregnant lawmaker.  A meeting of House Democrats flared up on Tuesday [11/18/2014] over the increasingly thorny issue of whether a pregnant member should be allowed to vote from afar in the party's leadership elections this week.  Democratic leaders, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), have denied a request from Rep. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), who lost both of her legs in the Iraq War, to waive the Democratic rule barring proxy votes.  Duckworth, 46, is in the last stages of a pregnancy and her doctor won't allow her to travel back to Washington to vote in person.

Nancy Pelosi Defends Blocking Pregnant Lawmaker From Proxy Vote.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended a caucus decision not to allow pregnant Rep. Tammy Duckworth vote by proxy from her home in Illinois in this week's closed-door leadership votes.  The decision has raised eyebrows and drawn criticism from conservative pundits, especially since Democrats are such strong supporters of issues like paid family leave.

Democrats lash out at Nancy Pelosi.  The list of grievances — from the election losses, to routine procedures erupting into nasty fights — has shaken the confidence many Democrats hold in their leader.  So while Pelosi was reelected unanimously by voice vote to the top House Democratic post on Tuesday [11/18/2014] during a closed-door party meeting — with no audible disagreement, according to a source in the room — the incoming minority leader is about to be in the worst position with her caucus since the end of their short-lived majority in 2010.

Confused Elderly Woman Unsure About Which Party Won Election.  Nancy Pelosi thinks the Democrats actually won.  When asked about her vow to win 25 seats back from the Republicans, the elderly lady who has her good moments and her bad moments becomes confused and confuses "winning 25 seats back" with "winning half of the 25 seats in play," almost all of which were Democratic seats.

Politico reports that Democrat Leaders are Lashing Out at "Stretch" Pelosi.  And it seems so disconcerting for Democrat to have lost faith in a pathetic old leftist whose signature achievement is warbling "We have to pass the bill to find out what's in it" like Katherine Hepburn.

Democrats lash out at Pelosi.  The list of grievances — from the election losses, to routine procedures erupting into nasty fights — has shaken the confidence many Democrats hold in their leader.  So while Pelosi will be unchallenged for the top House Democratic post on Tuesday during a closed-door party meeting, the incoming minority leader is about to be in the worst position with her caucus since the end of their short-lived majority in 2010.

Smug Filled Rooms.  [Scroll down]  You see, Gruber's arrogance revealed that the scheme was not only contrary to the clear language of the statute, but as well to the intent of its authors.  He has gravely undercut the administration's argument to look beyond the language to sustain their expansion of it.  While countless Democrats — including especially Nancy Pelosi  — who credited and relied on Gruber's work now act as if they never heard of him, they can't so easily dispose of him and his role in the creation of Obamacare .

Gruber Who?  Jonathan Gruber? "I don't know who he is," Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday.  To jog the former speaker's memory:  Jonathan Gruber is, of course, the MIT economist widely hailed for his work as the "architect" of Obamacare.  His sudden demotion comes after video surfaced over the weekend of a 2013 interview with Gruber at the University of Pennsylvania, where he told listeners that a "lack of transparency" was crucial to passing Obamacare through Congress in 2010, given the "stupidity of the American voter."  Three more videos have followed, all showing Gruber making substantially similar remarks.

Nancy Pelosi Walks into the #Grubergate Buzzsaw.  Pelosi might as well have waved a red flag in front of a target as a starting gun went off.  Gruber "wasn't writing" the health care bill?  No one said he was, only that he helped walk Democrats through the crafting of the various bills that became the Affordable Care Act.  It only made sense; Gruber, an MIT professor, had played a similar role in Massachusetts four years earlier.  As speaker of the House, Pelosi herself had promoted Gruber's analyses of the ACA, much as Democrats promoted the work of economist Mark Zandi to prove that their policies had conservative credibility.

The Strategic Failure of Barack Obama.  "A gaffe," Michael Kinsley once said, "is when a politician tells the truth."  Unfortunately for the Obama administration, Jonathan Gruber, an economist hired to design Obamacare, was fecklessly candid about how the Obama administration misrepresented their flagship program to the rubes.  Nancy Pelosi quickly stepped in to show him how pros do it by denying she ever met Gruber, though the Washington Post produced transcripts of the former speaker copiously buttressing her arguments with references to Gruber

Nancy Pelosi says she doesn't know who Jonathan Gruber is. She touted his work in 2009.  [Scroll down]  Pelosi clearly wants to distance herself and Obamacare from Gruber, given Gruber's controversial comments about "the stupidity of the American voter," and Democrats are going to argue that Gruber wasn't instrumental in the bill.  But, as an architect of the Massachusetts health-care law and a consultant to the White House on Obamacare, he's been regularly cited by Democrats as an authority on this issue — including, apparently, by Pelosi.

Despite Dem claims, trash-talking Gruber was well-paid adviser for ObamaCare and more.  After a string of videos have emerged showing [Jonathan] Gruber gloating about how the law's authors exploited Americans' "stupidity," the White House has distanced itself.  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi even claimed:  "I don't know who he is.  He didn't help write our bill."  But while Jonathan Gruber might not have been a familiar name until this week for many, Pelosi and the rest of the lawmakers who pushed the law certainly knew who he was in 2009 and 2010.  A look at the record shows he was in fact paid to advise the Department of Health and Human Services.

Harry Reid Praised Gruber On The Senate Floor.  Democratic Senate Minority Leader-elect Harry Reid called Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber "one of the most respected economists in the world" on the Senate floor during the 2009 push to pass Obamacare. [...] House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi falsely claimed that she did not know who Gruber was, despite having cited him by name multiple times.

Time for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to go.  In politics, there's nothing harder than realizing that it's time to go.  People who have made their careers as Beltway politicians start to think they've become indispensable to Washington, when in fact it's Washington that has become indispensable to them.  And so they can't or won't recognize when the moment has come to move on to other things.  For Democrats Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, that moment has arrived.  With the Democrats' midterm losses, the two 74-year-olds should announce that when this session of Congress ends, they will relinquish their roles as leaders of their respective Democratic caucuses.

Pelosi vows to stay on as leader.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked her fellow Democrats to keep her on as their leader in the new Congress next year, saying she still has unfinished goals she wants to accomplish.  She said the chief message she took from Tuesday's election, which saw Democrats eviscerated at all levels, is that voter suppression was a problem.

Nancy Pelosi raises over $100 million.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has raised over $100 million for Democrats during this election cycle, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Monday [11/3/2014].  The California Democrat raised $101.3 million for her party, including $65.2 million raised directly for the DCCC — the campaign party arm for House Democrats.

Government Gold-Plating.  Just consider the following: the Speaker of the House currently receives an annual salary of $223,500, and will receive a payment of roughly that amount, depending on the years of service, for life.  An annual payment of this magnitude amounts to about five times the average annual wage in the United States.  But that's not all.  For those who have had different positions in Congress, their retirements can be augmented.  For example, Nancy Pelosi will not receive $223,500 for life, but roughly double that.  Why?  Because she is a member of Congress, currently the House of Representatives' Minority Leader, and a retired Speaker of the House.  For purposes of computing retirement pay, Congress adds and accumulates.  They do not net.

Nancy Pelosi Chides Reporter For Using Term 'Illegal Aliens'.  Reacting to a question from a reporter about whether President Obama's planned executive actions should also deal with Iraqis living illegally in the United States, Pelosi corrected the reporter who used the term "illegal aliens."  "Are you referring to undocumented people who are in the United States?" Pelosi questioned.  "Illegal aliens, yes ma'am," the reporter responded.  "Undocumented people, OK," Pelosi said again.

Beware of False Tears in the Democratic Crying Towel.  I like to think Nancy Pelosi was just joking when she said on Jon Stewart's Daily Show that if Republicans won control of the Senate, it would be "the end of civilization as we know it."  But the power-grabbing progressive from San Francisco is hardly imbued with a subtle, sarcastic wit.  So no doubt she meant every word she crooned to the partisan Stewart audience, as she had a few years earlier when urging her charges in the House to pass the Affordable Health Care bill in order to know what was in it.

Pelosi is furious: 'We never treated President Bush the way they treat President Obama'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said comparing Republican treatment of President Obama to how Democrats handled President George W. Bush is a false equivalence and that Democrats don't bear culpability for the comparatively fewer number of bills being passed by Congress and signed into law.

Pelosi's panic fire: GOP Senate would end 'civilization as we know it'.  House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi told "Real Time" host Bill Maher that Democrats are not "fear-mongers" but in the same breath said civilization is doomed if Republicans manage to take control of the Senate in November.  "It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate," the California Democrat told Mr. Maher on his show Friday night [9/12/2014], which aired live from Washington.  "Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if Republicans win the Senate."

Nancy Pelosi: Civilization 'In Jeopardy' If GOP Takes Senate.  On the one hand, California U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi claims that Democrats are not "fear-mongers;" on the other hand, she believes civilization is doomed if Republicans take control of the Senate from Democrats in November.  The former speaker of the House made those dramatic, incongruous statements on "Real Time with Bill Maher," which aired live from Washington, D.C. Friday [9/12/2014].

Why Republicans Should Never Play Nice with Democrats.  On Friday [9/12/2014], Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stated that Democrats had to retain control of the Senate.  Why?  Because "civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate."  She then claimed that Democrats were not "fear-mongers," but instead "messengers of hope."  TV host Bill Maher listened to this with a straight face.

The End of Civil Rhetoric.  Pelosi's intent in this case, as it often seems to be, is to demonize her political opponents as enemies of civilization.  In other instances she has characterized Republicans as bigots who hate women, gays, immigrants, children, and old people. [...] When one of the highest ranking members of the Democratic Party is willing to compare her political opponents to wife beaters, and another is unwilling to distinguish them from murderous enemies who behead our own citizens, how much more shocking can the rhetoric get?  Where else can we possibly go?

Nancy Pelosi the money juggernaut.  Nancy Pelosi is almost single-handedly keeping House Democrats afloat.  She has raised $80 million for her party this cycle and more than $400 million during her dozen years as party leader.

Pelosi's home city exempted from water restrictions imposed on rural farmers.  [Scroll down]  Craig Manson, who heads the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability (CESAR) in Fresno, said the lawsuit is aimed at addressing the "double standard" that forces farmers to give up water in the name of species conservation — without requiring Bay Area residents to do the same.  Mr. Manson wants the National Park Service to press the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to end the special exemption from the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but "the Park Service just won't do it."  Why not?  Jeffrey Olson, National Park Service spokesman, said the agency cannot comment on ongoing litigation, but critics point out that San Joaquin Valley farmers have nowhere near the political clout of San Francisco's political leadership, which includes Mrs. Pelosi and a good chunk of the state's dominant liberal power structure.

The Rise of Progressive Oligarchy.  In what might have appeared to be a minor political event a few weeks back, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) "insignificant" and "inconsequential" in a debate on the House floor.  Why would the former House Speaker insult a colleague in such a manner?  She didn't count her way to this assessment; Democrats do not hold a majority of the House.  Nor did she reason her way to this position, as there was nothing in Rep. Marino's argument on the immigration issue that raised empirical red flags. [...] But what if Pelosi was simply saying what she believed to be true and acknowledging what ruling class Americans think about their non-ruling class counterparts?

Pelosi Subsidies Benefit Husband's Investment in Dem Mega-Donor's Company.  The top Democrat in the House of Representatives steered more than a billion dollars in subsidies to a light rail project that benefitted a company run by a high-dollar Democratic donor and in which her husband is a major investor.

Nancy Pelosi Spearheads $1B Project Aiding Left-wing Mega Donor Tom Steyer; Networks Ignore.  A new report suggested that liberal billionaire Tom Steyer's hedge fund profited from a $1 billion San Francisco light rail project pushed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.  Steyer was also a big supporter of Pelosi.  Despite being quick to criticize conservative political donors, the morning and evening news shows on ABC, CBS and NBC have all ignored the allegation since the Washington Free Beacon broke the story Aug. 12.

Is Nancy Pelosi About to Break Campaign Fundraising Law?  According to Politico, Nancy Pelosi is holding a meeting in Napa Valley with a number of distressed Democrats.  Heavyweights like Google's Eric Schmidt are also on hand, along with billionaire leftist Tom Steyer.  If they were Republicans, Democrats would accuse Schmidt and Steyer of trying to buy elections. [...] House Majority PAC's presence is problematic.  As a super PAC, the Democrats are legally forbidden from coordinating with them.

Mission Bay Maps.  Brilliant work by Lachlan Markay at the Washington Free Beacon that highlights the corruption of D.C. and the ruling elites, especially the hypocrites in the Democrat Party.  I decided to excerpt some key graphs and illustrate just how diabolical these mega-wealthy oligarchs are, gorging on borrowed money as the federal government sinks into bankruptcy.

Nancy Pelosi Urges Obama To Enact 'Broadest Possible' Executive Amnesty.  On Tuesday [8/12/2014], House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she wanted President Barack Obama to enact the "broadest possible" executive amnesty.  In an interview on Univision radio, Pelosi hoped that Obama would give temporary amnesty to the parents of DREAMers and U.S. citizens.  Obama is reportedly considering giving temporary amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants via executive fiat during the August recess.

The Editor asks...
What is "temporary amnesty?"  Is that like a temporary pardon or temporary parole?  There is no such thing.

Pelosi, too?: Africa a country, she says.  One day after Vice President Joseph R. Biden said he wanted the "nation of Africa" to prosper, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appears to have deleted a tweet that called the continent a country.

Rep. Tom Marino: 'Unhinged' Nancy Pelosi Called Me 'Insignificant' for Fighting Amnesty.  "She was pretty unhinged," Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) told Breitbart News about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in his first print interview since the California Democrat confronted the Republican lawmaker in a startling altercation on the House floor last week.  The incident was so heated that Marino said the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives had to remove Pelosi — with help from others — from the floor.

GOP rep says Pelosi 'visibly shaken' during dust-up on House floor, defends remarks.  A Republican congressman who was confronted on the floor Friday night [8/1/2014] by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi over his immigration comments told Fox News that the former speaker was "visibly shaken" during the encounter — but said he's "not going to put up with this."  Pelosi lashed out at Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., after he accused Democrats of neglecting the immigration issue when they controlled the White House and Congress in 2009 and 2010.  She could be seen walking over to him and pointing her finger at him — he later said Pelosi called him "insignificant."

Pelosi Calls Down the Wrath of Heaven on Conservatives.  Friday, from the floor of the House of Representatives, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi attacked her Republican colleagues for their push of passage of two bills to deal with the ongoing crisis at the U.S. southern border.  Pelosi invoked a letter from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops lobbying against the GOP efforts and urged her Republicans to read the the Parable of the Good Samaritan from the New Testament of the Bible.

When Nancy Pelosi Gets Owned on the House Floor, She Reacts in Unbelievable Way.  Normally, the Congressional votes are about as exciting as watching paint dry on growing grass, but when House Representative Tom Marino accused the Democrats of not being brave enough to pass immigration reform when they controlled the Congress, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi jumped up and came at the guy!

Pelosi Chases Republican Tom Marino Across House Chamber.  In an unusual breach of decorum, even for the divided Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chased Rep. Tom Marino across the House floor, taking offense at comments by the Pennsylvania Republican during debate on the border funding bill Friday night [8/1/2014].

Pelosi to Reporters on Midterm Election: 'We Need You to Be Messengers...'  When asked at a press briefing on Thursday [7/31/2014] why her party's message is "not resonating with the electorate," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told a room full of reporters "we need you to be messengers."

Pelosi: We Must Exploit Border Crisis To "Quickly" Pass Amnesty.  Dems helped foster this mess so they could try and ram amnesty legislation through Congress.

Nancy Pelosi: 'We Cannot Have Deportation without Representation'.  During a hearing with House Democrats on Tuesday [7/29/2014], House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi argued that the bill proposed by Republicans did not have the adequate resources to help unattended minors crossing the border with the immigration court process.  The bill, announced by Republicans on Tuesday, would spend $659 million in new spending in response to the crisis on the border.

Nancy Pelosi on International Crises: "The President's Leadership Has Been Strong".  ["]First of all let me disagree with the — when we were growing up, you after me, but we were in a bipolar word, the Soviet Union and the United States.  It's a much more complicated situation now and the president's leadership has been strong.  And the issues you are dealing with this morning, the president was in the lead on supporting Iron Dome and asking for more resources now to help Israel defend itself, which it has as right to do.["]

Nancy Pelosi: Moses Was a Refugee Too, Just Like Baby Jesus.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi doubled down on her comments that Americans should view the flood of children crossing the border while claiming refugee status just like baby Jesus.  Pelosi reminded reporters that it was the National Conference of Catholic Bishops that used the baby Jesus analogy.  She then suggested that if Moses hadn't have been accepted by the Egyptians, then there wouldn't be the Ten Commandments.

The Editor says...
Nothing is more useless than a sermon about the meaning of the Bible delivered by one of the leaders of the Abortion Party.

Moses: The Unaccompanied Minor And the Ten Plagues.  [House Minority] Leader Pelosi probably views Moses in the Nile as similar to Central Americans being ferried across the Rio Grande by human smugglers.  That's why, to support the refugee argument, the minority leader said, "What would we do if Moses had not been accepted by the pharaoh's family?  We wouldn't have the Ten Commandments, for starters."  So, according to Nancy, if the Egyptians hadn't fished baby Moses out of the Nile the world would never have had the Ten Commandments, one of which is "Thou Shalt Not Kill," a decree neither Mrs. Pelosi nor any of her cohorts consider when butchering unborn babies.

The Editor says...
Ms. Pelosi's understanding of the Bible is so poor that she appears to give credit to Moses as the author of the Ten Commandments.

Liberals and 'the least of these'.  Nancy Pelosi went so far as to lecture us that "every person has a spark of divinity in them, and is therefore worthy of respect — what we saw in those rooms was [a] dazzling, sparkling, array of God's children, worthy of respect."  It is no surprise that the left in America would stoop to using children as pawns in their never-ending quest for political supremacy.  When you are willing to take positions that call for the killing of the most vulnerable among us — those in the womb — are there any depths to which one wouldn't sink?

Megyn Kelly Reacts to Pelosi's Office Saying She "Misspoke" About Hobby Lobby Ruling.  Thursday night [7/10/2014] on The Kelly File, Megyn took on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's comments that the Supreme Court's ruling on Hobby Lobby is "frightening" because it was decided by five men.  Megyn said in reaction, "If Speaker John Boehner made a similar comment about the female Supreme Court justices, Nancy Pelosi would be crying sexism — and that's what she is guilty of here."  Today [7/11/2014], PolitiFact looked into Pelosi's comments and rated it false.  When the fact-checking site called her office, they said Pelosi "misspoke."

Pelosi: Dems Could Have Impeached Bush But Didn't For Good Of Country.  Pelosi accused Bush of being guilty of impeachable offense saying he "sent us into a war based on a false representation of the treat of weapons of mass destruction." [...] Pelosi added that "was not something I wanted to put the country through" although she said the case against Bush sending us into war under a "false premise" was far more serious then anything Clinton had done.

Only after they are born, of course.
Pelosi: 'I'm Like a Lioness' When It Comes to Protecting Children.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) yesterday [7/10/2014] described herself as a "lioness" when it comes to protecting children.

Pelosi on the Border: We Have to Use This 'Crisis' as an 'Opportunity'.  Saturday at a press conference from the Rio Grande Valley, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discussed her tour of a border holding facility and addressed the humanitarian crisis of thousands unaccompanied minors flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border, which she called a "humanitarian opportunity."

Pelosi Visits the Border: 'Dazzling, Sparkling Array of God's Children'.  Despite appalling conditions in the holding pens and warehouses that are now full of Central American children, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she was "dazzled" by what she saw at the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday [6/28/2014]:  "What we just saw was so stunning, if you believe as we do, that every child, every person, has the park [sic] of divinity in them, and is therefore worthy of respect, what we saw in those rooms was (a) dazzling, sparkling array of God's children, worthy of respect."

The Editor says...
Ms. Pelosi does not hold the same view of children who have yet to see the light of day.

Pelosi: We Are All Americans Now!  Nancy Pelosi has no intention of housing thousands of Central American immigrants, legal or illegal, in any of her several neighborhoods.  The consequences of importing tens of millions of new unskilled immigrants to drive down wages and devastate the American working class will be dire, but they won't be felt by the likes of Paul and Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi: Boehner Using Word 'Alien'.  to Describe Illegals is 'Reprehensible'

Archbishop Cordileone Responds to Nancy Pelosi's Assault on March for Marriage.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) joined other California politicians and leading gay rights advocates in harshly criticizing San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for participating in the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., on June 19th.  As SFGate reports, in a letter to Cordileone, Pelosi, a self-proclaimed Catholic who supports abortion on demand and same-sex marriage — both of which are against the teachings of the Catholic Church — described the March for Marriage event as "venom masquerading as virtue" and said the participants show "disdain and hate towards LGBT persons."

Pelosi pulls rank, pressures Catholic archbishop to skip traditional marriage march.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, urging him to cancel his appearance at a march for traditional marriage on the Supreme Court this Thursday.  The National Organization for Marriage plans to march on the Supreme Court in Washington, and Mr. Cordileone is one of the featured speakers, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.  "We share our love of the Catholic faith and our city of San Francisco," Mrs. Pelosi reportedly wrote to Mr. Cordileone, urging him to abandon an event in which some of the participants, she said, show "disdain and hate towards LGBT persons."

The Editor says...
This is exactly what the separation of church and state is supposed to prevent:  Ms. Pelosi is trying to tell Catholic leaders how to practice their religion.

Nancy Pelosi: Iraq Is Not Our Responsibility.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke about the wave of violence hitting Iraq from Islamic militants, asserting that the United States does not have a responsibility to assist the country with military action.  "I don't think this is our responsibility, but I do think we were irresponsible for going into Iraq for a variety of other reasons," she told reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday.  Pelosi called the violence "troubling" but asserted that there was no American appetite for further military action in the country.

Nancy Pelosi flustered by teen's NSA query, blames Bush administration.  An obviously flustered House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tried to field a teenager's blunt question about the National Security Agency — but ultimately wrapped by tossing some of blame for the recent intelligence spy scandals back on the George W. Bush administration.  During a recent meeting with a group of teens, Mrs. Pelosi was asked by Andrew Demeter, who identifies as an investigative journalist with the TeenTake YouTube channel:  "Why do you support the NSA's illegal and ubiquitous data collection?"

The Hidden Cost Chickens in Obamacare Coming Home to Roost.  Labor unions have been reliable supporters of President Obama and his policies.  Their support for Obamacare was critical to its passage in 2010.  Yet they are continuing to learn that their members will be paying more for their healthcare, not less.  One of the selling points of Obamacare was the lowering of health insurance costs.  Nancy Pelosi promised, "Everybody will have lower rates."  President Obama was more specific, telling us that his signature program would "Bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family."  A year later, however, Mrs. Pelosi, in the face of rising premiums for many, forgot her promise of the previous year, "I don't remember saying that everybody in the country would have a lower premium."

Nancy Pelosi uncertain deaths of veterans at VA qualifies as a scandal.  So far, some 23 veterans are known to have died as a result of long wait times for treatment by the Veterans Administration.  Other deaths are believed to have been caused by long wait times, but the connection between those deaths and secret waiting lists have not been officially made. [...] Nevertheless, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dismissed those concerns in an interview with Ezra Klein.  "I think anytime our men and women in uniform are not served in the manner which they deserve could perhaps call it a scandal," she said.

Nancy Pelosi: VA Is A Scandal, Just Maybe Not A Scandal-Scandal.  House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told Vox.com's Ezra Klein that she wasn't sure the Veterans Health Administration (VA) scandal was an actual, you know scandal.  Asked by Klein for her thoughts on the VA scandal, Pelosi said (audible pauses left in), "Well, it, I .. think any time that our, our men and women in uniform are not served in the manner at which they deserve, you could perhaps call it a scandal, because it's scandalous that they're not.  Whether it is a scandal with intention and the rest of that, uh, the evidence remains to be seen.  But the fact is uh, that uh, that eh, they haven't been served worth of their sacrifice or their, uh, role in our country."

Pelosi Calls Obamacare 'Beautiful', Admits She's One Of 'Biggest Fundraisers' In Country.  U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke about a variety of issues in an interview aired Monday [5/26/2014], calling Obamacare "beautiful", characterizing Republicans as being a "triple threat," and bragging that she's one of Washington's "biggest fundraisers."

Nancy Pelosi blames George W. Bush for Veterans Affairs scandal.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., repeatedly put the blame for the Veterans Affairs scandal on former President George W. Bush, while arguing that her party has worked hard for veterans in recent years.  Pelosi took a shot at Bush while saying that the scandal is a high priority for Obama.[...] The Democratic leader never mentioned Bush by name, but she alluded to him early and often in the press briefing.

Sounds like a community organizer.
Pelosi's message to grads: Be disruptors.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) encouraged graduates of the University of California Berkeley to be disruptors, using their knowledge and technology to shake up the economic system.  "Being called a disruptor is a high compliment," Pelosi said in prepared remarks Saturday.  "You here at Berkeley are already disruptors in many ways."  Pelosi's speech came nearly 50 years after students led by Mario Savio occupied a Berkeley building and launched the "free speech movement," which sought to lift university bans on political activities.

Poll: Pelosi Highest Negative Rating of Congressional Leaders — 49% 'Unfavorable'.  Although all four top leaders in the House and the Senate are viewed more negatively than positively by Americans, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was viewed the worst with a 49% "unfavorable" rating, according to a new Gallup survey.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) came in second with a 45% "unfavorable" rank.

Pelosi on Illegals: 'We Cannot Prohibit a Path to Citizenship'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said today that the United States, as a country, "cannot prohibit a pathway to citizenship" for illegal aliens. [...] "I don't think we as a country want to be a country that says, 'You can do our work, but you can't have the rights of a citizen in our country,'" said Pelosi.  "It's more about who we are as a nation."

The mother of all non-sequiturs:
Nancy Pelosi to GOP: Honor Cinco de Mayo by Passing Amnesty.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said House Republicans on Cinco de Mayo should be as courageous as the Mexican militia that defeated the French army in the Battle of Puebla to pass amnesty legislation.

The Editor says...
Oh, yeah.  We owe it to Cinco de Mayo, after all.  Just like we owe it to Kwanzaa to elect only black presidents from now on.

Pelosi says she 'couldn't care less' about Benghazi criticism.  House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said in an interview broadcast Sunday that criticism by conservative lawmakers against herself and the Obama administration only demonstrates that they are suffering from a "poverty of ideas." [...] "It means nothing to me," she said.  "I consider the source and I consider them to be stuck in a poverty of ideas.  They have none, and that's where they had to go."

UC Berkeley students told to pay up for cost of graduation ceremony featuring Nancy Pelosi.  Students who graduate from the University of California-Berkeley can expect to spend roughly $120,000 for a four-year degree.  This year, they still must pay an extra $10 to attend their own graduation ceremony, where they will also listen to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  Students who do not cough up the cash before Wednesday, April 30 for the campus-wide commencement ceremony have been told they will not be able to attend on May 17 at California Memorial Stadium.

Democrats' revolting equal-pay demagoguery.  Since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, it has been illegal for employers to pay women less than men for the same work.  Of course, that wasn't the end of the legislative story.

White House's phony wage gap figures spur a backlash.  I'm betting the White House staffer who thought up the equal pay initiative is getting some fairly icy looks and snippy calls from Democrats.  This has to be the worst idea since a staffer sent Air Force One's backup plane to fly low over Manhattan.  But at least the jet didn't cause grief to fellow Democrats around the country.  Day 2 of the president's equal pay calamity continued today.

Did someone mention the New York City fly-over?

Pelosi: Immigration law like internment of Japanese.  The deportation of foreigners living illegally in the United States is similar to the forced internment of ethnic-Japanese Americans in World War II, according to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  "I'll be very honest with you:  Looking at the numbers at some point, in terms of how people are treated and deported and families separated and the rest, this has a scent of Japanese internment," Pelosi told a Politico reporter.  "It's really a black mark," said Pelosi.  Roughly 110,000 ethnic-Japanese immigrants and their American children were detained during World War II after Japan's sneak attack on Americans in Pearl Harbor.

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It's amusing to hear a politician like Nancy Pelosi begin a sentence with "I'll be very honest with you."  Perhaps she should refrain from using the Japanese roundup as an illustration.  Who was the President when the Japanese were locked up?  That's right, another Democrat.

Has Nancy Pelosi stepped in it again?  She may have done some real damage. President Obama still has a little less than 3 years and now she's saying he now owns the rest of his term.

A Catastrophe Like No Other.  Support it or not, you cannot look at ObamaCare and call it anything but a huge, historic mess.  It is also utterly unique in the annals of American lawmaking and government administration.  Its biggest proponent in Congress, the Democratic speaker of the House, literally said — blithely, mindlessly, but in a way forthcomingly — that we have to pass the bill to find out what's in it.  It is a cliché to note this.  But really, Nancy Pelosi's statement was a historic admission that she was fighting hard for something she herself didn't understand, but she had every confidence regulators and bureaucratic interpreters would tell her in time what she'd done.  This is how we make laws now.

George Washington wanted Obamacare, Pelosi says.  Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi emerged into the sunlight April 1 to applaud a rush of sign-ups for Obamacare, and immediately described it as the long-sought goal of Gen. George Washington and the nation's Founding Fathers in 1787.  "It is really so heart warming for those of us who worked so hard [to make sure] many more people in our country would have access to healthcare," she told reporters at the stakeout position just outside the West Wing portico.

Pelosi won't run on Obamacare: 'While we're proud of the Affordable Care Act, we now pivot to jobs'.  Pelosi appeared in front of the White House to extoll the expected 7 million Obamacare sign-ups the administration reached before the quasi-deadline on March 31.  But when a reporter asked the California congresswoman whether this represented "vindication" and a "turning of the tide" on the unpopular law, she stopped short of declaring Obamacare a winning issue.  "Well let me just say, those of us who fought for this knew what we believed in and really don't think we needed any vindication," she responded.

Pelosi: Don't Measure ACA by How Many Uninsured Get Insurance.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says Democrats passed their health insurance law, not to insure the uninsured, but to give people "quality" health care and "affordable" health care.  "Madam Leader, isn't the real measure of success, not the raw number who signed up, but how many of those who signed up were not insured before?" a reporter asked Pelosi at a news conference on Tuesday.  "No, that's not — the measure is twofold," Pelosi responded.  "The message is how many people have access to health care — quality, affordable health care and insurance."

Bridge(gat)ing the Democrats' Culture of Corruption.  This week the indictment and arrests of leading San Francisco and California Democrat politicians follows a long string of corruption cases involving prominent Democrats.  It brings to mind the ridiculous charges by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (echoing Howard Dean) that the Republicans were responsible for a "culture of corruption" and that she, a woman, was going to sweep the Congress clean of it.

Pelosi Getting Award Named for Woman Who Called Children 'Human Weeds'.  Planned Parenthood on Thursday will give House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) its Margaret Sanger Award, named for a woman who advocated eugenics and who described some children as "human weeds," while arguing that to grow a "beautiful garden of children," you "have got to fight weeds."  In that same speech from 1925, Sanger explained that parenthood should be legal only under certain conditions:  a minimum age for parents of 23 years, a "space out between births," "economic circumstances adequate," and "spiritual harmony between parents."

[Senator] Pelosi [is] Getting [an] Award Named for [a] Woman Who Said [it is] 'Most Merciful' to Kill [an] 'Infant'.  Planned Parenthood on Thursday will give House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) its Margaret Sanger Award, named for a woman who advocated eugenics and who wrote that large families would be doing what was "most merciful" if they killed one of their infants.  "The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it," wrote Sanger.  Planned Parenthood is giving Pelosi, a Catholic, its Margaret Sanger Award because of her "leadership, excellence, and outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement over the course of her career."

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By now, Margaret Sanger's errors have been made abundantly clear to her.

Why Did Nancy Pelosi Accept an Award Named After Sanger?  Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi [...] has accepted an award named for Margaret Sanger.  And Margaret Sanger was definitely a racist monster who advocated murdering live children for the sake of eliminating "undesirables."

A Whole Lotta Democratic Corruption Going On.  Has Nancy Pelosi seen a newspaper lately?  (Pro tip, hon:  Like the Obamacare monstrosity, you have to read it to find out what's in it.)  I'd love to see her face in the wake of the veritable epidemic of Democratic corruption now sweeping the country.  Pelosi's blink count must be off the charts.  I'm going to make it easy on Pelosi and put all of the latest cases in one handy rogue's gallery reference list.

Pelosi chides reporter for referring to ObamaCare: 'It's called the Affordable Care Act'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., chided a reporter on Thursday for referring to President Obama's health care law as "Obamacare."  [Video clip]

Pelosi to Receive Planned Parenthood Award Honoring Eugenicist.  Next week, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America will present House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) with the Margaret Sanger Award.  The award is the group's "highest honor" and is named for a woman who believed in breeding better humans through eugenics.  Planned Parenthood is the nation's leading abortion provider, having performed 327,166 of the procedures in 2012, according to its latest annual report.  Pelosi, a Catholic, will receive the Margaret Sanger Award at the PPFA's annual gala in Washington, D.C. on Mar. 27.

Obama: Nancy Pelosi 'will go down in history as one of the greatest speakers'.  President Obama took the opportunity to flatter House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during a fundraiser Thursday for House Democrats at the Florida home of former NBA star Alonzo Mourning.  Obama said the California Democrat "will go down in history as one of the greatest speakers in our history" and indicated that he was eager to return her to her former position as Speaker of the House.

Pelosi: Health law is a 'winner' for Democrats.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the health care law is a "winner," when asked whether it's a winning or losing issue for Democrats in swing districts this year. [...] Pelosi also emphasized that health law's name, the Affordable Care Act, is important because it describes what the law will do:  lower costs.  She said opponents started using "Obamacare" because they "wanted to get away from the word 'affordable,'" she added.  She said she's made that point to President Barack Obama, who has himself used the term "Obamacare" at times.

Nancy Pelosi is certain: Obama is most 'non-partisan' president.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that President Obama is the least partisan president she has worked with during her extensive time in Washington, and said the problem lies with the GOP.  "This is as non-partisan a president as I've ever served with," the California Democrat said at her weekly press briefing.

Nancy Pelosi Annoyed That People Won't Stop Calling Affordable Care Act 'Obamacare'.  In response to a reporter asking a question about Obamacare being a political winner or loser, Pelosi said, "By the way, it's called the Affordable Care Act.  It's called the Affordable Care Act.  I know you didn't intend any compliment or derogatory — it's called the Affordable Care Act."  She said she would gladly tell Obama the same thing, and continued to repeat herself to hammer the point home.  "There's a reason.  Affordable.  Affordable.  Affordable.  Affordable.  Affordable.  The reason they change the name of it is because they want to get away — the opponents — from the word 'affordable.'"

Pelosi Laughably Claims Democrats Are The Jobs Party.  Former House Speaker Pelosi supposedly had been celebrating the fourth anniversary of the enactment of ObamaCare last week. [...] "We just couldn't be prouder," she said of the health reform that has been separating Americans from their preferred doctors, their health plans and lots more of their money in taxes and higher premiums.  But when a reporter asked if ObamaCare is "a political liability for your party" in an election year, Pelosi gave a jaw-dropping reply:  "We're not running on this," she claimed.  "We're running on what the American people want us to run on, and that is job creation."  Then, as if her party had nothing to do with the economic policies of the last five years that have given the country the worst economic "recovery" of the modern era, Pelosi added:  "Show us the jobs.  Where are the jobs?"  She then asked, as if incredulous, "Why are we not here passing a jobs agenda?"  Excuse us, Congresswoman, but we did pass a "jobs agenda."  Your jobs agenda.

Pelosi Dismisses Family Values: 'Why Would Anybody Get Married?'.  In an interview with Now This News, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discussed marriage, whether it is traditional or same-sex, and seemed to dismiss the sacred tradition.

Failing Liberals Turn To Oppression To Hold On To Power.  If you're a conservative, you don't need to silence the opposition.  In fact, we conservatives want liberals to talk, to make buffoons of themselves, to prove their folly.  We want liberals to expound upon their ridiculous ideas, to show the world exactly what they're about.  Nancy Pelosi?  Give that tiresome woman a microphone.  Chatty liberals are the best advertisement for conservatism.

Pelosi: the Founding Fathers Would Totally Support Obamacare.  America's Founding Fathers fiercely held to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — values which Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed align seamlessly with Obamacare.  Pelosi explained why the law is "very sound policy" during a press conference Friday:  [Pelosi quote omitted for brevity.]  This argument should be added to the montage of lies being promulgated by the Obama administration.

The Editor says...
The Founding Fathers would never have allowed women to run for Congress — or even vote.  Thus the Founding Fathers made no provision for people like Nancy Pelosi to have political power.  I'm a little surprised how proudly (and falsely) she attributes ideas to the Founding Fathers.

Priests for Life African American leader blasts Nancy Pelosi for pro-choice stance.  Dr. Alveda King, director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, based in New Dorp, blasted pro-choice House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is slated to receive the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood.  Ironically, the first recipient of the award, named after a founder of Planned Parenthood, was none other than Dr. King's uncle, the civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Pelosi Deserves Her Planned Parenthood Award.  It's true that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi deserves Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger Award — almost no one has done more to promote the killing of innocent babies in the womb than she has.  If Mrs. Pelosi wants finally to take her role as a public servant seriously, though, she will reject the award named after a racist woman who had no problem speaking to a Ku Klux Klan meeting.

Electing Nancy Pelosi to find out what's in her head.  Thursday night House Minority Leader and former Speaker of the House Rep Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) who represents a district that believes we have to be against income inequality and the one per cent even though our income is unequal because we are part of the one per cent, helped comedian Jon Stewart establish his bi partisan cred.  Appearing on his show, even he laughed at her — not with her — when she repeatedly answered "I don't know" and "It's not my responsibility" to such simple questions as to why the Obamacare website failed.

Pelosi: I Don't Know If Any of My Staffers Have Gone On to Work for Federal Contractors.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) seemed unaware that several of her former staffers have gone on to lobby for big corporations Thursday on The Daily Show. [...] A brief search of Pelosi's revolving door records on Open Secrets reveals 28 records of current and former staffers who have gone through the "revolving door" between Congress, lobbying firms and the private sector.

Will Nancy Pelosi Be the Next to Retire?  With Rep. Henry Waxman's retirement announcement, many of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's top lieutenants are abandoning ship.  Waxman joins his California colleague, Rep. George Miller, and Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia as close Pelosi allies to retire after this Congress.  And after last year's 2012 elections, Pelosi's leading in-house strategist Jen Crider left her office, later announcing she was working for Microsoft.  Their decisions are as strong a signal as any that veteran House Democrats hold little hope of taking the House in 2014, and they probably are pessimistic about their long-term prospects for a congressional majority.

Pelosi to Reporter: Um, Don't Call it "Obamacare".  Names have connotations, so perhaps that's why Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) corrected a reporter Thursday [1/9/2014] for referring to the Affordable Care Act as "Obamacare."

Pelosi: Obamacare will be 'glorious'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday [12/23/2013] defended Obamacare amid fellow Democrats' concerns, saying that while the politics may be tricky right now, eventually having voted for the health care law will be a boon.  "We'll ride this out," the California Democrat said on a conference call with reporters.

A Government of Laws? The ObamaCare Rot.  Nancy Pelosi is off the hook.  Her famous comment that we had to pass ObamaCare to find out what was in it will live on as a shining example of legislative malfeasance and irresponsible governance, of course, but it's no longer operative.  The reason her remark resonated was because it was true:  even the members of Congress who voted for the law seemed to have no idea what much of it said, and therefore they and the public they misled had to find out the hard way.  The reason she is off the hook, however, is that President Obama has now made it clear that it is scarcely relevant what the law says anyway.

Pelosi calls for Obama to halt deportations.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi privately has urged the Obama administration to halt deportations for some illegal immigrants, saying that President Obama needs to use more "discretion" to reduce the number of people he's kicking out of the country.  In an interview with Telemundo over the weekend, Mrs. Pelosi said that just being in the country illegally is not enough of a reason to be deported, and she said illegal immigrants must have something more serious on their records.

The Editor says...
Analogy:  Just breaking into Ms. Pelosi's house should be no reason to call the police, unless she has evidence of some other crime as well.  Why does the US-Mexico border exist, if there is to be no enforcement of it?

Pelosi: GOP Failure to Extend Unemployment Benefits Practically 'Immoral'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the Republican refusal to include unemployment benefits in the Ryan-Murray budget deal is immoral.  "It's interesting to note that they rejected unemployment insurance — this is so unconscionable, it's practically at the level of immoral to do.  The people who work hard, play by the rules, lose their job through no fault of their own, are not able to get — continue to get an unemployment insurance check."

Morality, Anti-Morality, and Socialism.  During the ObamaCare enslavement, Speaker Pelosi made a statement of utmost dopiness, which captures the essence of humanist anti-morality.  She said to the effect that if young people had government healthcare they would be freed to be artists and musicians.  It expresses the delusion that self-actualization means being an artist, and implicitly denigrates most work and the virtue of diligence.  If everyone is to be a government-supported artist, who is left to make things, to raise children, to pay the bills?

Nancy Pelosi Was a Stay-at-Home Mom, Then She "Got a Life".  During Politico's "Women Rule" event this morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined her daughter Alexandra on stage to discuss her former duties as a full-time mom and eventual road to Congress.  Alexandra shared how her mom used to lead carpools, cook and clean all day and even win prizes for her cake baking.  Being defined as domestic clearly made the powerful Minority Leader a bit squeamish.

The Party of Big Lies.  The "big picture" Nancy speaks of was ramming a draconian and expensive government-run health care system down the throats of the American people by any means necessary.  The instrument of this particular coup d'état was not a military faction seizing power on behalf of its fearless leader, merely a big lie.  The lie was the ammunition.  Soft-headed Americans were the weapons.  They elected the liar in the White House twice.  And here is the point:  Obama and Pelosi lie so easily because for them there is but one objective truth — power.

Pelosi Breaks with Reality: Dems 'United' on Obamacare, 'Couldn't be More Thrilled'.  While many Democrats, in an effort to save themselves, have jumped from the Obamacare ship and acknowledged the very-real shortcomings and disastrous effects the law is already having on the American people, Rep. Pelosi remains tone deaf and refuses to acknowledge the realities that remain so obvious to millions of Americans.

House Democratic leaders won't apologize for Obamacare promise.  "There's nothing in the Affordable Care Act that says that your insurance company should cancel you," [Nancy Pelosi] told reporters.  "That's not what the Affordable Care Act is about.  It simply didn't happen."  She continued that she did not make a similar statement to her constituents, noting that she "would have if I ever met anybody that liked his or her plan, but that was not my experience."

Nancy Pelosi Shocked at Obamacare Outrage: I've Never Met Anyone Who Liked Their Insurance Plan.  Democrats are terrified, but Pelosi, an old pro, never wants to let them see her sweat.  To that end, during a press conference with her fellow Democratic leaders on Friday, Pelosi attempted to convince the media that there is very little outrage being directed at the Democrats to begin with.

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Ms. Pelosi is a California leftist.  Thus she has probably never met anybody who goes to church on Sundays, or anybody who has shot a deer, or anybody who can live their lives without help from the government for years at a time.

House Democratic Leaders: We Will Not Apologize to Americans Losing Their Health Insurance.  Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, the top four House Democrats — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Assistant Leader James Clyburn, Whip Steny Hoyer and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra — were asked if they would apologize to any constituents who felt misled by Democrats.  Each declined.

Baltimore's gay community to name Pelosi a 'Hometown Hero'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Baltimore native, will next month receive a "lifetime achievement award for her longtime dedication to LGBT rights and her work to fight HIV/AIDS in Congress," gay leaders in Baltimore said Friday [10/25/2013].  The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore is giving Pelosi the award at its inaugural "Hometown Hero Awards & Champagne Brunch" on Nov. 17 in Baltimore, an event it expects some 500 people to attend.

Nancy Pelosi: Republican 'sabotage' hindering health care law.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi believes the new health care law should move forward without delay and said that "sabotage" by Republicans, and not just computer glitches, is hindering implementation.  Pelosi said the offices of some Republican lawmakers "are not giving information to constituents for how they can avail themselves" of the new program.  Republicans are withholding the information, Pelosi said, "to undermine the Affordable Care Act."  Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the GOP had nothing to do with the troubled rollout.

Pelosi on pork project: 'What difference does it make?'  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday [10/17/2013] said she can't answer for why pork-barrel items snuck into the debt and spending bill that passed Congress late Thursday, but said the press should stop focusing on that and instead look at the broader debt fight.

'What difference does it make?' Pelosi says of extra spending in shutdown deal.  Americans shouldn't think much about the various appropriations in the bill to reopen government, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., even though she wished the spending measures weren't in the bill.  "This was consistent with what would be in a continuing resolution," Pelosi told reporters when asked about extra measures such as a death benefit for the widow of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and earmarked spending for a Kentucky dam.

Nancy Pelosi Flounders When Asked Actual Questions By Press.  You look silly when you don't have good answers to questions being asked.

Shocking! CBS Hounds Pelosi Over Shutdown: 'You've Called Them Arsonists'CBS This Morning has a long established history of conducting softball interviews of liberal/Democratic guests, while unleashing on conservative/liberal ones.  But on Friday [10/4/2013], the morning newscast surprisingly hounded Rep. Nancy Pelosi on the ongoing government shutdown.

Bankrupt ideas lead to bankrupt governments.  There is nothing left to cut," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi last week when referring to the federal budget.  Again, she displayed a complete disconnect with reality — a disconnect reinforced by all those other fantasyland souls who make her their leader. [...] [F]ederal spending is at record levels in nominal terms and near the all-time high as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), except during World War II.

Pelosi: Obama can raise debt limit on his own (an impeachable offense).  Nancy Pelosi wants you to think debating the debt limit is dumb.  From what she knows of the Constitution, Obama can raise the debt limit on his own. [...] Public debt has to be authorized by law, and only Congress can pass laws.  Not complicated.  But, apparently, too complicated for Pelosi.

Vatican official: Pelosi should be denied communion for 'grave sin' on abortion.  A Vatican official in Rome says House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a Catholic, should be denied Communion because she supports abortion rights.  "This is a person who obstinately, after repeated admonitions, persists in a grave sin — cooperating with the crime of procured abortion," Raymond Cardinal Leo Burke said in an interview with Catholic publication The Wanderer.

Nancy Pelosi Confuses Constitution With Declaration of Independence.  Speaking last Wednesday [9/18/2013] at the Center for American Progress (CAP), Democratic Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi became a little confused at one point, stumbling over her words and flipping through her notes while referencing one of the founding documents of the United States.

No communion for Nancy Pelosi: Vatican court head.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has no Catholic right to be granted Communion, said the leading cardinal of the highest court at the Vatican.  Mrs. Pelosi should be denied Communion until she changes her advocacy views on abortion, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke said, according to the Western Center for Journalism.  That's canon law, not opinion, he said.  Canon 915 states that Catholics who are stubbornly contrary "in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion."  And Cardinal Burke said Mrs. Pelosi fits the definition.

Vatican Chief Justice: Nancy Pelosi Must Be Denied Communion.  Because of her longstanding support for abortion, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a Catholic, must be denied Communion under the law of the Catholic Church, said Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the highest court at the Vatican.  Cardinal Burke referenced his remarks about Pelosi to Canon Law — the law governing the Catholic Church — and specifically Canon 915, which says those Catholics who obstinately persevere "in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion."

Pelosi: Let's face it, Republicans hate Obama because he's eloquent and "nonpartisan".  The perfect companion vid to Jay Cost's analysis this morning of how unusually, relentlessly partisan The One's rhetoric has been as president, especially in his weekly YouTube messages.  Oh, and also to Politico's round-up of Democrats wondering why someone who's so often touted as a brilliantly eloquent orator can't seem to sell the public on anything except his own personal awesomeness.

Pelosi: GOP just doesn't like Obama.  Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House, seems to believe that Republicans don't like President Obama because they're jealous.  "You know why it is," Pelosi told Politico in an interview.  "He's brilliant ... He thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done ... and he's completely eloquent.  That's a package that they don't like."  Republicans also don't like what Pelosi called the president's non-partisanship.  Obama has been "open, practically apolitical, certainly non-partisan, in terms of welcoming every idea and solution," Pelosi told Politico[.]

Nancy Pelosi unplugged.  Striking a tone of disgust, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ridicules the GOP as obsessed with its loathing of President Obama and hell-bent on hurting him politically, regardless the cost.  She assigns little to no blame to the president (even though Democrats privately say that's laughable) and instead portrays him as saintly, above reproach and the victim of jealousy or something worse.  After 26 years in the House, she says, "I haven't seen anything like it.  I haven't seen anything like it."

Creative Destruction.  Nancy Pelosi waxed rhapsodic in 2010 as she imagined the benefits of Obamacare:  "Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance."  Well, that was the economy we used to have.  But as Obamacare begins to kick in, artists, photographers, writers, and other members of the "creative class" who have access to health insurance programs through numerous professional organizations will lose that coverage.

Pelosi Signs Letter Urging CA Gov. to Make State Sanctuary for Illegal Immigrants.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signed a letter urging California Governor Jerry Brown (D) to sign into law a bill that would make the state a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants who have not committed felonies or "serious" crimes.  Pelosi joined 27 other California House Democrats in signing the letter.

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Who defines the limits of "serious" crimes?

Bad Lies.  In June, Congressperson Nancy Pelosi described abortion as "sacred ground" to a Catholic. [...] With Pelosi, it is often more obvious that incompetence and dishonesty are not mutually exclusive.  Everyone knows that the Catholic Church condemns abortion as a grave evil and that it advocates for the right to life "from conception to natural death."  It is the least ambiguously held position in the public square.  Also well understood is that Catholicism comes in only one version.  There is no Pelosi Catholicism [...]

Nancy Pelosi, Creep Enabler.  The most powerful female Democrat on Capitol Hill has turned her back on women.  Again.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, entrenched 13-term incumbent, refuses to say whether creepster San Diego Mayor Bob Filner should resign amid an avalanche of longstanding sexual harassment allegations, staff resignations and now a lawsuit.  "What goes on in San Diego is up to the people of San Diego.  I'm not here to make any judgments," declared the very same feminist crusader who has spearheaded unabashedly judgmental nationwide attacks on the so-called "Republican War on Women."

Pelosi: Congress Must Uphold Oath to 'Protect and Defend' Constitution... by Passing Gun Control.  In a press release marking the one-year anniversary of the Aurora, Colorado shootings, the former Speaker of the House said:  "In Congress, there can be no more fitting memorial to the lives lost in Aurora, in Newtown, and across the country than a concerted effort to enact commonsense gun safety legislation.  "We must uphold our oath to 'protect and defend' the constitution and all Americans by expanding background checks and keeping dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands."

High-profile Dems reluctant to weigh in on San Diego mayor groping claims.  Democrats who accused Republicans of being anti-women during last year's campaign are strangely silent now that one of their own — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner — is accused of groping and sexually assaulting women.  "Don't identify him as my former colleague," an agitated House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi reportedly said Thursday night [7/18/2013] when asked about the claims against Filner.  Pelosi worked alongside Filner for 10 years in Congress.

Mrs. Pelosi's Erroneous Ongoing Catechesis.  Overnight I received an e-mail from MSNBC publicity about an interview Andrea Mitchell has done with former speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, airing later today [7/18/2013].  They talk about the Texas bill that will be signed into law today, which puts protections in place for unborn children at 20 weeks and older.  Pelosi, not for the first time, tries to shut down any opposition to her abortion-rights "sacred ground" position by pulling a "mother" and "Catholic" card, somewhat incoherently.

Pelosi On Affordable Care Act: 'Captures the Spirit of our Founders'.  Independence Day is the perfect day to remember that liberal Democrats want Americans to be dependent on government.  Nancy Pelosi reminded Americans of that on June 27 with her remarks to the press about the national holiday, where she essentially argued that the Founding Fathers would have loved ObamaCare.  "[W]hen we celebrate Independence Day we'll also be observing health independence.  This week marks one year since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act.  It captures the spirit of our founders, the spirit they wrote in the Declaration of Independence:  Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," Pelosi said.

Priests Rebuke Nancy Pelosi: Repent or Join a Satanic Church.  I wish the craven evangelical ministers would grow some cojones like "The Priests for Life" obviously have and start rebuking politicians who claim union with Christ while proposing and supporting legislation that's spawned in the abyss.

Priests Tell Pro-Abortion Pelosi to Renounce Catholicism.  Priests for Life slammed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in an open letter this week, telling her to "either exercise [her] duties as a public servant and a Catholic, or have the honesty to formally renounce them."  The harsh words came after Pelosi blasted a reporter for asking the "moral difference" between a late-term abortion and the murder of a viable baby after birth.

Priests to Pelosi: condemn abortion or leave the Church.  A pro-life group called on California Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi to "exercise your duties as a public servant and a Catholic, or have the honesty to formally renounce them," in a widely-circulated open letter Wednesday [6/19/2013].  "Public servants are supposed to be able to tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public.  Apparently, you can't," wrote national director of Priests for Life Father Frank Pavone.

Pelosi: Banning Abortion Post-22 Weeks is 'Disrespectful' to Women.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said a bill to outlaw abortions after 22 weeks (5-and-a-half months) is "disrespectful" to women, adding that "as a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me."  "Yesterday was just really another day in the life of the Republican Congress," Pelosi said during a Thursday press conference on Capitol Hill.  "They passed legislation that was disrespectful of the rights, health and safety of American women."

Pelosi angered by reporter's question about 'moral difference' between Gosnell, other abortions.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accused a reporter of pushing an "agenda" when he asked her to explain the "moral difference" between the murders that Kermit Gosnell was convicted of and elective abortions carried out beyond the 24th week of a pregnancy.  "You're probably enjoying that question a lot, I can see you savoring it," Pelosi replied when The Weekly Standard's John McCormack finished asking the question.  "What was done in Philadelphia was reprehensible," she continued.  And then, referring to a bill that the House Judiciary Committee passed recommending the ban of abortions after 20 weeks, Pelosi said "for them to decide what a women does with her reproductive health is reprehensible."

Top House Democrat stonewalls:  "This is sacred ground."
Pelosi Can't Explain Difference Between Gosnell Slayings and Late-Term Abortions.  At a Thursday [6/13/2013] press conference, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi condemned a bill that would prohibit abortions during the final four months of pregnancy with and exception for when the life and physical health of the mother is at risk.  Asked what the moral difference is between what Dr. Kermit Gosnell did to babies born alive and aborting those same infants moments before birth, Pelosi refused to answer.  "As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this," Pelosi said.  "I don't think it should have anything to do with politics."

Pelosi's wealth falls to $24.4 million.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) substantial personal wealth dropped for the second year in a row after she took on more debt with her husband, according to her latest financial disclosure report.  Pelosi's personal fortune was at least $24.4 million in 2012, according to her financial disclosure statement released on Friday [6/14/2013].  That's an almost 8 percent decline from her minimum net worth of $26.4 million for 2011.

Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are America's great dividers.  This statement appears on the House Minority Leader's web site:  "Democrats are building an economic approach that lifts every American, not just the privileged few.  The average American CEO earns more before lunchtime in one day than a minimum wage worker earns all year.  This is not the kind of America we want our children to grow up in.  Today's economic challenges result from years of Republican inaction and failed policies that have left more and more Americans behind."  In Pelosi's world, Democrats are for "every American," while Republicans favor only "the privileged few."

Pelosi: Role of government is 'fulfillment'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that one of government's functions is to help Americans achieve "fulfillment."  Making a pitch for Congress to pass bills keeping government subsidies in student loans and to pass legislation bolstering federal support for jobs, Mrs Pelosi said there is a fundamental difference between the approach her party brings to legislating.  "To some of us the role of government is about doing things for the American people to help them reach fulfillment," the California Democrat said.

Pelosi: 'You're Mandated to Have Health Insurance, Yes, You Will Have An Increase'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Thursday [6/6/2013] that health insurance premiums will go up under Obamacare because people who did not buy insurance before, and thus had no premium at all, will now be forced to buy insurance.  She also urged people to be "optimistic" about Obamacare.  "You just see," Pelosi said.  "I mean be optimistic about it.  It is a very, very exciting enterprise."

Pelosi: GOP focusing on Bengazi, AP and IRS because Obama 'is a great president'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., charged Republicans with "exploiting" the questions surrounding the Benghazi talking points, the AP phone records seizure and the IRS scandal to attack President Obama because "they fear" his agenda and eloquence.

Pelosi: ObamaCare 'largely responsible' for bringing down deficit.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday [5/13/2013] that President Obama's landmark healthcare reform law is helping to bring down the deficit.  "Many of the initiatives that he passed are what are coming to bear now, including the Affordable Care Act," Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes.  "The Affordable Care Act is bringing the cost of health care in our country down in both the public and private sector.  And that is what is largely responsible for the deficit coming down."

Nancy Pelosi: 'I pray' Hillary Clinton runs for president.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday [5/2/2013] at an event in Little Rock, Ark., that she prays former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run for president, saying it would send a powerful message to women in the world.

Pelosi: 'Unleash' Women Via 'Affordable Quality Childcare for All'.  "What we have to do," said Pelosi, "and not necessarily as, shall we say, as transformative as Social Security and Medicare and the Affordable Care Act for everybody, but I think very important to our country, is to have affordable quality childcare for all of America's children.  If we are going to unleash all that women have to offer we have to really get to this point."

Poll: Nancy Pelosi [is the] least liked Hill leader.  Americans dislike all four of the nation's top congressional leaders, according to a poll released Wednesday, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi leading the way in unpopularity.  Pelosi, the target of extensive GOP attack ads over the years, is viewed unfavorably by 48 percent of Americans in the Gallup poll.  Only 31 percent have a favorable opinion of the former House Speaker.

Pelosi: Obamacare Means 'You Could Be A Photographer or Writer'.  Marking the third anniversary of Obamacare's passage, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the health care law fulfills the promises of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness because it allows people to leave jobs that include health insurance as a benefit:  You can become a "photographer or writer."  "I've always said that the Affordable Care Act is something that was transformative," Pelosi said Wednesday during a press conference on Capitol Hill marking the upcoming anniversary of the law on March 23.

Pelosi Will Balance the Budget Over Her Dead Body.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Thursday that she would like to see a balanced budget, "in a number of decades."  During her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill, CNSNews.com asked Pelosi if she agreed with President Barack Obama's recent remarks that America does not have an "immediate" debt crisis.  The U.S. debt as of Wednesday stands at $16.7 trillion.

Nancy Pelosi: 'I Don't Think Obama Has Ever Done Anything for Political Reasons'.  House Minority Leader Nancy raised some eyebrows and got a few laughs when she said this of President Obama:  "I don't think he's ever done anything for political reasons [...] This has been a president as bipartisan as any that I've seen."

Nancy Pelosi: Obama Has Never Done Anything For Political Reasons.  [Video clip]

Nancy Pelosi demands $10.10 per hour minimum wage.  Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that recent Wall Street gains mean one sure thing:  The minimum wage should be hike to $10.10 per hour.  "This week, we saw something quite remarkable — the stock marking soaring to record heights," she said, Raw Story reported. [...] So, she suggests, why not raise the current minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour — even more than the $9 per hour proposed by the president?

Pelosi: 'Tax Cuts Are Spending'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said today that the government must cut spending, and then explained that:  "Tax cuts are spending."  "Our whole budget is what $3.5 trillion," Pelosi said at a Capitol Hill press conference.  "So, when we talk about reducing spending, we certainly must, and we certainly have — $1.6 trillion in the previous Congress, $1.2 [sic] of it in the Budget Control Act.

Pelosi: Obama can keep drone strikes against Americans a secret.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., believes that President Obama doesn't necessarily have to announce that an American citizen suspected of terrorism has been killed in a drone strike.  "Maybe.  It just depends," Pelosi replied when The Huffington Post asked her if "the administration should acknowledge when it targets a U.S. citizen in a drone strike."

Nancy Pelosi says drone strikes on Americans can stay secret.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the White House doesn't necessarily have to confess to killing American citizens by unarmed drones.  It all depends on the situation, she said in reply to a Huffington Post reporter who asked if President Obama's administration should acknowledge when it targets a U.S. citizen in a drone strike, the Washington Examiner reported.  "Maybe, it just depends," she reportedly said.  "People just want to be protected."  She also said that such disclosure "depends on the timing, because that's right — it's all about the timing."

Nancy Pelosi: Push for Gun Control While We Have the Chance.  The measures, which largely reflect recommendations by President Obama and Vice President Biden, include universal background checks, "high capacity" magazine bans, an "assault weapons" ban, a "crack down on gun trafficking," laws against "straw purchases," and mandatory gun safety training programs.  It should be noted that none of these would have prevented the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Nancy Pelosi To Fox News Sunday: It's A 'False Argument To Say We Have A Spending Problem'.  On Fox News Sunday [2/10/2013], House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace that the ongoing debate about a balanced approach to deficit reduction should not place undue emphasis on spending cuts.  She said that it is "almost a false argument" to say that Washington has a "spending problem."  Pelosi noted that there have been "plenty of spending cuts," and budgetary priorities like education and food safety must be protected.

Pelosi: First Amendment Protects Right To Bear Arms.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on "Fox News Sunday" was confused, claiming it's the first, not second amendment that protects Americans' right to bear arms.  [Video clip]

Nancy Pelosi Meets with Barbra Streisand, Plots Dem House Comeback.  Hollywood Democrats aren't happy that one half of Congress remains out of their control.  So a gaggle of big name celebrity donors, including Barbra Streisand, convened at the home of liberal activist/producer Norman Lear to plot a comeback strategy and watch a little must-see TV.

Nancy Pelosi Meets with Barbra Streisand, Plots Dem House Comeback.  More than 40 Hollywood politicos — including Barbra Streisand, James Brolin and Haim Saban — gathered Thursday night [1/31/2013] at a closed-door meeting at Norman Lear's Westside mansion, where they heard Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lay out the party's plans for recapturing the House in the 2014 mid-terms.

Pelosi: More Gun Control Needed Because 'We Took an Oath to Protect and Defend'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said action must be taken in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School because members of Congress took an oath to "protect and defend," although the actual oath says to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States...."

Nancy Pelosi coins a new term for gun control.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has adopted a new term for gun control, "gun violence prevention," in hopes that the euphemism will make it easier to marshal public opinion in favor of new gun laws as well as other policies designed to prevent shootings.

Where Are The Jobs, Mr. President?  When Nancy Pelosi asked that question in 2003, the unemployment rate was 6.1 percent.  The unemployment rate for blacks was 11 percent.  GDP, however, was growing at a 7.2 percent clip, and barely more than a year later the unemployment rate had fallen to 4.9 percent.  That didn't stop Pelosi and her allies, including many in the news media, from repeatedly asking the above question and proclaiming the jobs picture to be the worst since Herbert Hoover.

Pelosi says upcoming fiscal deals should include greater tax increase.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday [1/6/2013] that recent tax increases are "not enough" to solve the country's fiscal problems and argued that additional hikes should be included in upcoming deficit-reduction deals.

Too bad she's not this enthusiastic about the Second Amendment.
Pelosi urges Obama to sidestep Congress, use 14th Amendment to raise debt ceiling.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shared her own idea Sunday on how to avoid a government shutdown should the Republican House and President Barack Obama find themselves unable to reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling:  invoke the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

Pelosi defends decision to alter congressional class photo.  The Democratic women of the 113th Congress had gathered on the Capitol steps Thursday [1/3/2013] for a picture, snapped by The Associated Press, marking the start of the session.  Four lawmakers, though, were late to the shoot.  So Pelosi's office added their faces after the fact — then emailed that image around to reporters and posted it on her Flickr page.

Nancy Pelosi's photo trickery enhances her caucus.  [Scroll down]  The photos get taken.  Everyone runs to get back inside the Capitol where the hot air is.  But just then here comes Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who's very important, you know. [...] And with her is Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who's loud and one of the few surviving Texas Democrats.  So, she's important and a couple of other nobodies.  Alas, no more group to join.  But wait!  Thanks to the wonders of technology there is a solution.  The photographer takes the four tardy ladies' photo.  And Pelosi's office Photoshops them into the back row.

Kathleen the Terrible.  Among the gifts Nancy Pelosi brings to the House of Representatives is her ability to draw a hearty guffaw from the most jaded observer of American politics.  This talent for comedy was on display last Wednesday [12/12/2012] when she told a group of toadeaters disguised as journalists that she belongs to the anti-corruption party.  The Orwellian absurdity of the claim, combined with her trademark vapid expression, was enough to make a cat laugh.

Nancy Pelosi pushes Democrats as the anti-corruption party.  How well did Pelosi succeed in "ending the culture of corruption"?  Rep. Shelly Berkley, D-Nev., is leaving D.C. after losing a Senate campaign largely because of ethical problems, including how she used her position as lawmaker to prevent the closure of a kidney care center — a kidney care center that paid her husband almost three quarters of a million dollars a year.

Nancy Pelosi supports giving Obama 'unilateral control' to raise debt ceiling.  During a press conference today [11/30/2012], House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi signaled that she supported "unilateral control" for the President over the country's debt limit.  "Do you support President Obama having the power to unilaterally increase the debt limit as Secretary Geithner proposed?" asked a reporter.  "Yes." Pelosi answered shortly.

Pelosi: Give Obama Power to Personally Lift Debt Limit to Infinity.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Friday [11/30/2012] that Congress should hand over to President Barack Obama the power to unilateral increase the limit on the U.S. government's debt.  In effect, under the plan Pelosi is endorsing, the only limit on the national debt would be President Obama's willingness to borrow money in the name of American taxpayers.

Welcome to Obamcare: The United Socialist States of America.  I do realize there are changes that needed to be made in our medical system because it is/was getting so out of hand but did we really need this?  I was really terrified when Pelosi said "well we have to pass it so we can know what's in it."  I can't believe the people in her district are so dumb.  Really?  Are her voters so captivated by her that they don't pay attention to what she is saying?

Pelosi suggests it's sexist to question why she's staying as leader.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced that she will run again for the top position in her conference, but she was offended by the suggestion that she's too old to continue in the post.

Why Nancy Pelosi should step down as House Democratic Leader:  There's little doubt that if Pelosi wants the job, she can keep it.  She remains immensely popular with the liberal wing of the House caucus which, if anything, has grown stronger and more unified in the past two elections.  She is also, without question, the best fundraiser among House Democrats (and maybe the second-best fundraiser in the party).  Since coming into party leadership in 2002, Pelosi has raised $328 million, including $85 million in the 2012 election cycle alone, according to Pelosi aides.

Pelosi: 'Is it the 11th Amendment? 14th? Whatever... I'm With the Constitution'.  House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds her regular weekly press briefing and displays a disturbing lack of knowledge of the constitution she has sworn for decades to protect and defend.

Nancy Pelosi's Secret CAIR Fundraiser.  For Pelosi to appear at a fundraiser with Nihad Awad is as revolting, and should be as newsworthy, as if she had appeared at a fundraiser with David Duke or Bull Connor.  The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department.  CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups.

Pelosi holds secret fundraiser with Islamists, Hamas-linked groups.  Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi headlined a high-dollar fundraiser in May that was attended by U.S.-based Islamist groups and individuals linked by the U.S. government to the Hamas jihad group and to the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood movement.  The donors at the undisclosed May 16 event included Nihad Awad, the co-founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations, according to data provided by the nonpartisan Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Voters don't like Nancy Pelosi.  Only Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a lower favorable rating, 25 percent, but his unfavorables aren't as bad as Pelosi's, at 47 percent.

Nancy Pelosi says she read Obamacare bill.  Problem is, while Pelosi told the Chronicle that there was no bill yet on March 9, 2010, that's not quite accurate.  Congress had not enacted a final measure, although later that month it would do so and Obama would sign the bill.  But the House and Senate passed versions of Obamacare in 2009.  This is a great example of Pelosi's insider-speak and her insistence of arguing a dubious technicality — yes, there was no final bill — making her both unintelligible and open to parody.

Pelosi: "Validation" Of Romney Will "Take Us To A Period Before Lyndon Johnson".  In an interview with former Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.) on her Current TV show, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali) declared President Obama will win the election in November.  The former Speaker of the House went as far to say speculating otherwise is "remote."

Pelosi says GOP has 'nerve' to ask if Americans are better off under Obama.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blasted Republicans on Friday afternoon [9/21/2012] for continuing to assert that Americans are not better off under President Obama's administration, and said every economic indicator shows that the country is in a much better spot today than it was four years ago.  "The Republicans have the nerve to pose that question, when if you look back to four years ago this very week ... you would know that we are indeed fundamentally and unquestionably better off as a country today," Pelosi said on the House floor.

Nancy Pelosi Faults Federal Agents for Enforcing the Law.  Pelosi attributes increased deportation under Obama to federal agents, and see Obama's DREAM Act executive order as the solution to this 'problem.'

America's national security takes a back seat to Obama's political survival.  Even in the face of a plea from Nancy Pelosi, President Obama insisted on subordinating the defense needs of the United States to his reelection efforts.  This is an under-reported lesson from Glenn Thrush's new e-book, Obama's Last Stand. [...] Note that Pelosi's concern was keeping local financial contributors happy.  If she was concerned about the impact of sequestration on our armed services and national security, she did not, according to Thrush's account, make this her pitch to President Obama.

The Pelosis are Who We Thought They Were.  [Scroll down]  The couple has refused to hire unions to work in its vineyard and other business interests, even as Pelosi has collected $365,500 in political contributions from labor groups in 2012.  She has also railed against bankers despite the fact that her husband's colleagues are her staunchest allies, contributing $500,000 in 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.  Hambrecht, Pelosi's UFL partner, is in the latter group.  He has contributed $160,000 to Democratic candidates since 2007, including $22,000 to Pelosi and her Super PAC, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Coach: Pelosis in Breach of Contract.  A new lawsuit brought by a former NFL coach charges the husband of House minority leader Nancy Pelosi with breach of contract.  Dennis Green, former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals, is accusing Paul Pelosi and business partner Bill Hambrecht of failing to honor the $1.5 million contract he signed to coach Pelosi's football team, the Sacramento Mountain Lions.

Pelosi: Civil Contempt Lawsuit Against Holder About Vote Suppression.  Fast & Furious was a gun walking scheme set in place by the government.  It caused numerous guns to walk into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, resulting in the deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and 300+ Mexicans.  There are still 1,000+ guns missing.  They're also linked to numerous other crimes in Mexico.  It has nothing to do with anyone's right to vote.

Whistle-blower, documents: Illinois state workers forced to attend Pelosi, Jesse Jackson Jr. event on taxpayer dime.  Documents and a whistle-blower affidavit obtained by The Daily Caller charge that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., participated in an unethical — and possibly illegal — effort to force 76 employees of an Illinois state agency to engage in political activity on the taxpayers' dime.  According to the whistle-blower, Rev. Jackson also encouraged the government employees to load first-generation and low-income college students up with student loan debt — because Democrats in Congress, he allegedly promised, would eventually pass laws to forgive that debt later.  "[T]hose people will continue to vote Democratic," Jackson Sr. said, according to the whistle-blower.

Nancy Pelosi's greatest "it's a conspiracy" hits.  The lawmaker most prone to imagining shadowy secret cabals influencing our politics is undoubtedly House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Nancy Pelosi accuses Republicans of trying to kill children with E. coli.  Republicans don't want to spend money to protect children from the E. coli bacteria, said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during a campaign event Monday [8/6/2012] in support of a Democrat running for a Florida congressional seat.

Unfit to Govern.  Nancy Pelosi, the leader who warned that we were losing "500 million jobs a month" without the stimulus bill and who said "God bless them" regarding Occupy Wall Street but condemned the tea party as "AstroTurf," has declared that the Republican Party supports E. coli.  True, it's not news when Pelosi mangles the facts.  But until her colleagues demote her, she remains the leader of House Democrats.

Pelosi 'Swears' Spirit of Susan B. Anthony Spoke to Her in White House.  [Scroll down]  "My chair was getting crowded in," said Pelosi.  "I swear this happened, never happened before, it never happened since."  "My chair was getting crowded in and I couldn't figure out what it was, it was like this," she said.  "And then I realized Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, you name it, they were all in that chair, they were," said Pelosi.  "More than I named and I could hear them say:  'At last we have a seat at the table.'  And then they were gone."  This was not the only time Pelosi has told this story.  On June 6 of this year she told it during an event celebrating her 25 years of political service.

Pelosi: Obama Has Created Many "Expansions Of Freedom".  Citing ObamaCare, the Lilly Ledbetter Act and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.) says President Obama has enacted many "expansions of freedom."  In a speech to Campus Progress, where she received an award, Pelosi said the Affordable Care Act is "about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Top 10 most dangerous liberals.  [#10]  Nancy Pelosi:  It will take years, if not decades, to undo the damage done by the spending spree during Pelosi's tenure as speaker of the House.  From 2006 to 2010, the nation racked up trillions of dollars in debt, largely due to spending bills initiated by Pelosi's Democratic House majority.  And without her strong-armed tactics, Obamacare never would have become law.

Welcome to the welfare state: Obama's 'badge of honor'.  Nancy Pelosi says President Obama should embrace the "Food Stamp President" label as a badge of honor — and he has.  Food stamp use has risen 100 percent in three years.  Welfare reform has been rolled back through work requirement waivers.  The USDA holds "food stamp parties" to hook seniors, and Obama's Ag secretary calls welfare "economic stimulus."

Pelosi: Bill That Would Defund Obamacare, Planned Parenthood Is 'An Immorality'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Thursday [7/19/2012] that a Republican appropriations bill that would defund Planned Parenthood and the Patient Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare) is "an immorality."  On Wednesday, Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, introduced legislation for fiscal year 2013 that would cut $6.3 billion and prohibit any further funding to implement Obamcare and would also cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization which says that it did 329,445 abortions in 2010.

The Awakened Giant Likes Tea.  By inexplicably siding with the court's left wing and upholding the president's signature achievement — government-run socialized health care — Roberts has given Democrats a shiny election-year package adorned with a judicial-activist bow.  The excessive celebration has begun.  Nancy Pelosi immediately released a statement gloating, "We made history. ... We completed unfinished business!"

Pelosi whinnies from the pastures.  If so many of today's incumbent politicians are yesterday, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the Day Before.  Surely the icing on the cake in 2010 midterm elections was the end to Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker.  Though she's tried ever since to advance the philosophy that being Minority Leader for the 112th Congress is just as good, Pelosi's clout went out with the tide of 63 lost Dem seats.

Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Part Duh.  Revealing yet another portion of the chamber of horrors that is her power obsessed mind, Pelosi channeled Hillary Clinton, experiencing a vicarious flashback to Clinton's infamous "vast right wing conspiracy" moment.  Never mind that there are hundreds of Mexicans and an American Border Control Agent dead as the result of sophisticated automatic weapons ending up in the hands of known, hardened criminals.  It should not matter to voters that this is a result of the current administration's irresponsible, scandalous Fast and Furious gun walking operation.  Finding out how that happened and who is ultimately responsible for those deaths is not important.

More about the Fast and Furious scandal.

Pelosi: If mandate ruled unconstitutional, rest of health law won't work.  If the Supreme Court rules the individual mandate unconstitutional, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the rest of the health care law wouldn't work from a "financial standpoint."

Rove: Pelosi 'sounds like Mad Red Queen' with arrest threat.  Karl Rove said Rep. Nancy Pelosi was "dead wrong" when she suggested Wednesday that she could have had him arrested.  "The only way I could have been arrested is if the House adopted the resolution, which it did not," the Republican operative and former adviser to President George W. Bush told Fox News on Wednesday night [6/20/2012].

Dems avoid, Republicans slam Pelosi theory on Holder contempt push.  A day after Nancy Pelosi accused Republicans of targeting Attorney General Eric Holder because of his department's crackdown on state voter ID laws, GOP lawmakers dismissed the claim as "hogwash" while Democrats kept their distance.  Asked about Pelosi's claim at Thursday's [6/21/2012] press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would not say that the administration shares her theory.

Pelosi: Justice for Brian Terry Isn't As Important As Jobs.  This morning the buzz about former Speaker Nancy Pelosi revolves around her statement that she could have arrested Karl Rove at any time.  But if you dig deeper into the story, you come across a quote that shows just how heartless this woman really is.

Pelosi Says Contempt Charge a Right-Wing Scheme on Voter Rights.  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi blasted Wednesday's contempt proceedings over the Oversight and Government Reform committee's Fast and Furious investigation as a "shameful display of abuse of power" by House Republicans.  She claims it's part of a right-wing "over-the-edge" scheme to strike back against Attorney General Eric Holder for defending voting rights across the country.

The Editor says...
I hesitate to quote from (or link to) ABC News on this web site, but I do so in this case to illustrate that the article above is a news report with the reporter's opinion seamlessly injected here and there.  The statement that Eric Holder is defending voting rights across the country is a canard, because the right of living U.S. citizens (18 or over) to vote one time in each election are not under attack anywhere, as far as I know, and there is therefore no need for Eric Holder to go on the defense.

No, Ms. Pelosi, We Aren't Suppressing, but Holder is Pushing Fraud.  Among legal voters, the order is a political wash:  It might attract some votes from legal Hispanic citizens, but it also will even further turn off another block of voters who hate amensty or who object to flagrant executive overreacch.  But by providing a sort of documentation to 800,000 new people, it also makes it easier for those 800,000 to vote.  Holder and Obama know this.  They approve of it.  And Pelosi knows it.

Pelosi: Obamacare Is 'A Right'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said at her Thursday [6/7/2012] press briefing that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — AKA Obamacre — is not a privilege but "a right."  At the same time, Pelosi also said Social Security and Medicare are rights.

Pelosi: Obamacare Will Be Upheld 6-3, 'Because I Know the Constitution'.  [Scroll down]  Pelosi, in reference to how the nine-judge court will rule, said, "6-3.  That's it.  6-3."  She was then asked why she was so confident about her prediction, "Do you have a crystal ball or what is your confidence — you wrote the bill but why do you have this confidence?"  Pelosi said:  "Because I know the Constitution.  This bill is ironclad.  It is ironclad."

When Pelosi Says 'Free,' Reach for Your Wallet.  On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi explained to the Commonwealth Club the reason Washington passed Obamacare.  Even if everyone in America "loved" his own health care plan, Pelosi argued, Congress had to pass President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act because American health care was "unsustainable financially."  Yes, Pelosi actually believes Washington had to get involved in health care to reduce its cost.  The Democratic leader then listed some of Obamacare's new benefits:  "free" annual checkups and preventive care and the ability of adult children to stay on their parents' policies until age 26.

San Francisco to rename street after Pelosi.  "Middle Drive East" which connects Martin Luthjer King Jr. Drive and John F Kennedy Drive in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park will now be renamed in honor of Pelosi and her 25 years of service in Congress.  San Francisco is the second city to name a street after Pelosi.

Obama budget defeated 99-0 in Senate.  President Obama's budget suffered a second embarrassing defeat Wednesday, when senators voted 99-0 to reject it.  Coupled with the House's rejection in March, 414-0, that means Mr. Obama's budget has failed to win a single vote in support this year.  Republicans forced the vote by offering the president's plan on the Senate floor.

Reid, Pelosi: America's Least Favorite Politicians.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) may occupy some of the most powerful positions in Congress, but they're also two of the most reviled American politicians, according to a new Rasmussen poll.

Still Clueless: What Is the Tea Party?  For the Obama camp and mainstream media to have the unmitigated gall to say the Occupy movement is equal to the Tea Party makes for off-the-chain arrogance and shameless lying. [...] No one has been raped at a Tea Party.  Rapes are occurring at OWS.  No property, government or private, has been vandalized or destroyed by Tea Party patriots.  OWS has been trashing businesses.  No feces has been thrown or used to make a point at a Tea Party, but OWS dumped a bucket of feces in a public building.  No arrests have been made at a Tea Party, but we have over 7,000 at OWS.  And yet, Democrat Nancy Pelosi said God bless OWS while calling the Tea Party Nazi.

Pelosi: Obama's Gay Marriage Reversal 'Not Political at All,' 'Nothing to Do with Money'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said President Barack Obama's embrace of same-sex "marriage" on Wednesday was not political "at all," nor due to concerns over fundraising from the LGBT community, adding that she's not "big in the bundler crowd."  At her weekly press conference with reporters on Thursday, Pelosi was asked whether fundraising may have affected the president's decision to endorse homosexual "marriage," and if she had spoken to friends, donors and "bundlers" who now are more enthusiastic for Obama because of his apparent "evolution" on the issue.

Nancy Pelosi's top 10 gaffes.  Here are some of the most outrageous claims made by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Did then Speaker of the House Pelosi Lie About Her Knowledge of Waterboarding?  Yes she did, according to a new book by the CIA's former counterterrorism chief, Jose Rodriguez.

Pelosi denies lying about waterboarding.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reiterated that she never received a briefing on waterboarding, contrary to the former CIA counterterrorism head who says he personally briefed her on the interrogation techniques.  "This is once again totally false," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told The Washington Examiner.  "The independent CIA Inspector General conducted a review and the findings are consistent with what Leader Pelosi has maintained all along."  In 2009, Pelosi denied knowing that the CIA waterboarded high-value terrorist detainees.  "We were not — I repeat — were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used," she told reporters.

Nancy Pelosi Seeks To Rewrite First Amendment.  Leave it to Nancy Pelosi, who said we had to pass ObamaCare in order to find out what's in it, to suggest that a document we had well over two centuries to read was misinterpreted by the court in its Citizens United decision wherein it held that corporations and unions can spend unlimited amounts on political advocacy as long as they do not coordinate with candidates or campaigns.

Pelosi: GOP Wants 'Subsidies for Big Oil,' Democrats Want to 'Prevent Breast Cancer'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said women's health care is the "old favorite target" of Republicans when it comes to budget cuts, adding that while the GOP wants "to protect subsidies for big oil," Democrats want to "prevent breast cancer" and "immunize our children."

Keep the First Amendment.  The phrase "stunning development" is used far too often in our politics, but here is an item that can be described in no other way:  Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats, frustrated by the fact that the Bill of Rights interferes with their desire to muzzle their political opponents, have proposed to repeal the First Amendment.  That is precisely what the so-called People's Rights Amendment would do.

Nancy Pelosi's Constitution.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — the speaker of the House when Obamacare was passed — has an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune highlighting her constitutional confusion. [...] Nowhere in her column does Pelosi actually grapple with two issues:  the fact that Article III, giving Congress the power to regulate the jurisdiction of federal courts, is actually in the Constitution; she does not identify the constitutionally enumerated power that gives federal government the authority mandate the purchase of health insurance or otherwise implement Obamacare.

And America's least-liked congressional leader is...  On the other side of the like scale, Pelosi is the easy winner of the most unfavorable rating, pulling away with nearly two-out-of-three (60%), and trailed by, of course, another Democrat, Reid with 48% unfavorable.  Next highest unfavorable is Boehner at 42% with McConnell the winner of sorts of least disliked at 36% unfavorable.  The same surveys found that a depressing 48% of likely voters believe that most of the 435 members of Congress are corrupt.

Pelosi: 'Congress Has Always Been A Mockery'.  "Congress has always been a mockery," Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declared in an interview on "The Charlie Rose Show" Monday night [4/2/2012].  Commenting on the public's current low opinion of Congress, Pelosi said "Congress has always been a mockery since the beginning of our country":  "Congress has always — let`s put this in perspective — Congress has always been a mockery since the beginning of our country and if you looked at the history of it, they`ve always been fighting over one thing or another."

Yes, Nancy Pelosi, We are Serious.  [Scroll down]  She seemed to have been taken by surprise by the question in the chaotic hubbub of the announcement that the Senate might pass its version of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or the ACA, or Obamacare, or Public Law 111-148).  Or at least she was stunned by the idea that anyone would question the government's "right" to conceive of and pass such a law.  No one else was questioning the legality of such a law.  All other questions patronized her alleged wisdom about its necessity.  Her flunky press spokesman (with the ironic title of communications director) simply repeated the answer, and shoed [sic] the annoying reporter away.

Yes, Congresswoman Pelosi, We're Serious: On the Constitutionality of Obamacare.  Several times during the debate and deliberation, my mind harkened back to the words of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.  Remarking on the original Obamacare bill, Pelosi infamously said that first "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."  Even more outrageous was another Pelosi observation, especially given the pivotal role of the Supreme Court.  In October 2009, Pelosi was asked by a reporter if the healthcare legislation was constitutional.

Remembering Nancy Pelosi's Syria Junket.  Five years ago this coming Wednesday, House Majority leader Nancy Pelosi defied President Bush's request and his strategy isolating Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad by going to Damascus.  "We do not encourage and, in fact, we discourage members of Congress to make such visits to Syria," the White House spokesman said.  "This is a country that is a state sponsor of terror."  Pelosi would have none of that.  She had known evil and to her, he resided in the White House.  The Syrian dictator, however, was a reforming, Western educated eye doctor.

Pelosi held over 400 fundraisers in one year.  NPR reporter Andrea Seabrook recently toured with Nancy Pelosi during a fundraising swing through Texas covering two days, five or six events, three cities.  When asked by Seabrook how often she attends fundraisers a week, she replies, "A lot, you know.  They're either on the phone or attending events.  But I think they've said this year I've attended almost 400 fundraisers in nearly 40 cities."

Pelosi: Rush 'Deserves a Great Deal of Credit for the Courage' To Break House Rules.  You would think that Nancy "drain the swamp" Pelosi, the minority leader, would reprimand the Congressman Rush for making a fool of himself and disgracing the Congress.  But no.

Pelosi Has 'No Idea' If Supreme Court Will Hold Individual Mandate Constitutional.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who in 2009 rebuked a reporter for asking her where the Constitution authorized Congress to require people to buy health insurance — "Are you serious? Are you serious?" she said then — now says she has "no idea" if the Supreme Court will rule that the mandate is in fact constitutional.

Pelosi: Food Stamp President 'Badge Of Honor'.  Speaking at Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi addressed recent comments by Newt Ginginch referring to Obama as the "Food Stamp President" because more Americans have fallen into poverty and had to seek government assistance.  According to Ms. Pelosi, this was a "Badge of Honor".

Pelosi: Obamacare Allows You to Quit Your Job and Become 'Whatever'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday [3/22/2012] that Obamacare facilitates the type of "liberation" that the "Founders had in mind" because it allows you to quit your job and become a "photographer," a "writer," a "musician" — or "whatever."  "As you hear from these stories, this is a liberation," Pelosi said at a Capitol Hill news conference Thursday.  "This is what our founders had in mind — ever expanding opportunity for people.

Levin on Pelosi: We're being ruled by the dumbest people in America.  Levin says that when it seems like stuff the Democrats say can't get any stranger, it does.  And this time it's Nancy Pelosi arguing that ObamaCare fulfills the Declaration of Independence.  Yeah, she really said that.

Pelosi: Give Us ObamaCare, Or Give Us Death.  As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the constitutionality of ObamaCare, the former House speaker says its purpose is to guarantee our inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Pelosi is Congress' most unpopular leader.  Just 29 percent give [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi, the former speaker struggling to win back the House majority, a favorable rating.  [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid's favorable rating is lower, at 24 percent.

The Bell Tolls for Breitbart.  The president of NOW, an organization that should have lost all credibility when it continued to support Bill Clinton, announced that the bishops really want the police power of the state to prevent women from taking birth control.  Still, even they must have known that this wasn't winning over a lot of the skeptics, and so Nancy Pelosi offered up space to a Georgetown University Law school student named Sandra Fluke, who whined that because that Catholic university doesn't provide contraceptive coverage in its health care insurance she had to pay $3,000 over a three year period for it.  Representative Pelosi trembled with joy to have a dog and pony show artiste like this to make her point to the low information voters.

Pelosi 2008: Bush to Blame for High Gas Prices; Pelosi 2012: Wall Street to Blame for High Gas Prices.  Obviously the Democrats are worried their golden boy will be taking heat for skyrocketing gas prices so this week they've gone on the offensive.  Their diversionary tactics will probably work since the media will dutifully carry their water.

Nancy Pelosi on Gasoline Prices.  The congresswomen's comments are so cartoonish, I don't even have to comment on them.

Dem leader Pelosi blames Wall Street for spike in gas prices.  Oil speculators, not a lack of domestic drilling, are to blame for the nation's rising gas prices, the top House Democrat argued Wednesday [2/22/2012].

What happened to all that talk about draining the swamp?
Pelosi endorses Rep. Jackson for reelection.  Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has endorsed Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), whose reelection bid has been plagued by an ethics investigation.  Pelosi joins President Obama and several other top Democrats in their endorsement of the Chicago lawmaker as he goes up against former Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson (Ill.) in a fierce primary battle next month.

Pelosi Raises $400k at home of lobbyist for company that booted protesters from Zuccotti Park.
Nancy Pelosi Sells out Occupy.  Politico Influence reports that House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and minority whip Steny Hoyer raised $400,000 last night [2/14/2012] at a fundraiser held at the home of Democratic lobbyists Heather and Tony Podesta.  Heather Podesta runs the firm Heather Podesta and Partners.

Pelosi: Govt. Should Require Church To Pay for Birth Control.  House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday morning [2/16/2012] that the government should require self-insured religious institutions, such as the Catholic church in Washington, D.C., to directly pay for contraception and abortifacients.

Nancy Pelosi: Religious Freedom is an "Excuse" When It Comes to Women's Health.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a press conference Thursday [2/9/2012] that Republicans are using religious freedom as an excuse to change the law in a way that will be harmful to women's health.  This was in regard to the pushback against Catholic employees being required to cover birth control and abortifacients, which violates Church doctrine.

This week's grand prize for doublespeak goes to Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi: 'I am going to stick with fellow Catholics' in supporting Obama birth control mandate.  Even as the United States' Catholic bishops have launched an all-out campaign against the Obama administration's birth control mandate and urged their flocks to resistance, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has invoked the support of "fellow Catholics" to justify her position in favor of the mandate. ... The comment came as at least 164 Catholic bishops across the country, representing over 90% of the country's dioceses, have blasted the mandate, in many cases ensuring that letters were read to the faithful during Sunday Mass calling the mandate unconstitutional and unjust.

Pelosi might have skirted House ethics rules on campaign solicitations.  The Democratic leader was holding a briefing to promote a campaign finance disclosure bill when she said she was "asking people to contribute to us, if they want to elect more reformers to Congress."  House ethics rules prohibit members of Congress from soliciting campaign donations in House office buildings, including the Capitol Visitor Center, where Pelosi was speaking.  A section of the U.S. criminal code also prohibits fund-raising in federal buildings.

Full-of-Pelosi.  While she was discussing Obamacare she said:  "But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."  Unemployment checks create jobs?  Really?  They do according to Nancy:  "It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name."  Fossil fuels make a great alternative to — fossil fuels.  Yes she said this:  "I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels," she said at one point.  Natural gas "is cheap, abundant and clean compared to fossil fuels," she said at another.

Oops, she did it again.  Nancy Pelosi is "glad" that President Obama ignored the Advice and Consent requirement of the Constitution on his recent appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and the new bureaucratic beast, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Ms. Pelosi has shown her contempt for the Constitution before.  When asked where in the Constitution she found the power to pass Obamacare, Pelosi said, "Are you serious?"  President Obama shows a similar contempt about whether the Constitution constrains him.

Throw 'Em All Out... And Good Riddance!  [Scroll down]  Another tool of corruption is the IPO (which, according to [Peter] Schweizer, means "Invest in Politicians Often").  Companies about to go public invite certain strategically-placed politicians to make the first purchases in the offering, before the stockbrokers or anyone else.  You can't really call it a payoff.  Nancy Pelosi is a particularly avid IPO fan.  She and her husband made an incredibly large purchase of the Visa IPO amounting to 10% of their stock portfolio, raking off nearly a 50% profit on the original purchase in only two days.  (Nancy Pelosi also had a station built on a light rail line in San Francisco near one of her office buildings.  Real estate manipulation is yet another tool of the privileged class.)

Did Pelosi Commit Blackmail?  House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi recently said that if Newt Gingrich is the Republican nominee, she will disclose what Americans do not now know about him out of confidential House Ethics Committee investigations.  Newt noted that this was an ethical violation itself, which caused Pelosi to back off her earlier threat, but there is more at issue than just House Ethics Committee rules.  The House Democrat Leader may well have committed blackmail.

Another Load of Trickle-Up Economics.  So... if rich people opening businesses aren't creating jobs in the private sector, then who is?  For the answer, we turn to an even greater economic genius, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, current net worth $35.5 million.)  Yesterday she repeated a theory she made famous some years ago, and which has become one of the bedrock principles of the Obama Administration:  jobs are created by people who don't have jobs, through the magic of unemployment insurance, whose extension will create 600,000 jobs.

Pelosi: Extending Unemployment Benefits Would Create '600,000 Jobs'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that extending unemployment benefits would add "600,000 jobs to our economy."  She also said that the money from unemployment benefits creates a "safety net" for the U.S. economy because it "injects demand into the economy — creating jobs."

Nancy Pelosi, Down and Dirty.  [Scroll down]  Of course, an endless parade of dirty Democratic scandals earlier this year had already completely obliterated what was left of Pelosi's Mop-and-Glo reformer image.  She and other liberal feminists rallied around disgraced Twitter freak and former N.Y. Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner even as evidence mounted that he lied to them.  And used taxpayer resources and government buildings while sexting.  And recklessly neglected to ensure that his Internet paramours were of legal age.

Pelosi Ridicules Catholics' "Conscience Thing" on Abortion Requirement.  Catholics who believe the federal government should not be able to compel healthcare providers to perform abortions "have this conscience thing" that they really need to overcome, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told the Washington Post recently.  Otherwise, she said, women "could die" from a lack of access to abortion services.

Nancy Pelosi Wants A Federal Babysitting Service.  Buried in a Washington Post story about Herman Cain calling Nancy Pelosi, "Princess Nancy" is a new policy idea that Pelosi has been pitching recently during her short tour through California.  "One of the great pieces of unfinished business is high-quality child care; I wonder why we just can't do that," she recently said to a California audience.

Pelosi Leads List Of Conflict Of Interest Dems.  The brewing scandal is complicated, but here's the Reader's Digest version:  After a Pelosi staffer left to lobby on behalf of credit-card giant Visa, Pelosi delayed bringing to the House floor a bill to end lucrative "swipe fees" for Visa and other credit providers.  The bill couldn't have come at a worse time for Visa.  It planned to launch an $18 billion public stock offering, so stalling Hill action became a priority.  The San Francisco-based company curried favor with Pelosi by pumping cash into her re-election efforts, earning its CEO a rare one-on-one meeting with the speaker.  At the same time, Visa offered her husband a VIP cut of the IPO.

'Throw them all out' sounds like a good start.  Hoover Institution scholar Peter Schweizer is making huge waves this week with advance coverage of his book "Throw Them All Out" on "60 Minutes" and in a Newsweek piece by Peter Boyer.  CBS and Newsweek focused on Schweizer's contention that because Congress exempts itself from laws it imposes on the rest of us, senators and representatives can engage in insider stock trading with impunity.  Among the most outrageous examples, according to Schweizer, is that of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who, with her millionaire husband, bought between $1 million and $5 million (members of Congress only have to report such investments in broad categories rather than nickels and dimes like the rest of us) in an initial public offering from Visa.

Pelosi's investments questioned in CBS report.  [Steve] Kroft asked Pelosi why she and her investor husband, Paul Pelosi, bought an initial public offering of stock in Visa, the San Francisco-based credit card company, in March of 2008.  The same month, former House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., introduced the Credit Card Fair Fee Act, which would have given merchants the power to negotiate lower fees with credit card companies.  The bill, hostile to the credit card industry, was passed by the committee but never brought to the floor.  Pelosi was speaker at the time, and controlled which legislation came to a vote.

Pelosi Vs. Boeing — And Jobs.  The ex-House Speaker who promised millions of jobs from ObamaCare says that not creating jobs is better than creating nonunion jobs.  But then she also believes unemployment checks grow the economy.

Top 10 Looniest Liberals:  [#2]  Nancy Pelosi:  She left a legacy of debt and out-of-control spending during her four years as House speaker.  The arrogance of the Left has rarely been more transparent than when Pelosi uttered these infamous words about the pending ObamaCare legislation:  "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy."

Proof that Obama is out of his mind:
Obama: Pelosi was 'one of the best' Speakers, will be back in 2013.  President Obama on Saturday [10/29/2011] said Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was a great House Speaker and that she will get that job back after the 2012 elections.  "I am biased, but I think Nancy was one of the best Speakers of the House this country ever had," Obama said after Pelosi had introduced him at the National Italian American Foundation gala.

Pelosi's disclosure belated in husband's land deal.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's husband, a real estate developer and investment banker, stands to make millions of dollars in a previously undisclosed residential real estate project in California as a partner with the father of a woman Mrs. Pelosi helped become ambassador to Hungary, records show.  Paul F. Pelosi's investment in Russell Ranch is worth at least $5 million and possibly as much as $25 million in a deal put together by his friend and longtime business associate, Angelo Tsakopoulos, patriarch of a multimillion-dollar real estate development firm, according to Mrs. Pelosi's latest personal-disclosure statement.

Pelosi Supports Occupy Wall Street Movement.  House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she supports the growing nationwide Occupy Wall Street movement, which began on the streets of downtown New York City in mid-September. ... Pelosi added that the failure of TARP, commonly known as the bank bailout, to add liquidity to the Main Street marketplace is fueling Americans' animosity towards Wall Street.

The Editor says...
TARP was Obama's idea.  If it's a failure (and it is), your beef is with him, not the banks!

Solargate Opens Wide.  It turns out a recent recipient of the administration's largesse is from the House of Pelosi.  The green energy scandal keeps picking up speed.

$737 Million Green Jobs Loan Given to Nancy Pelosi's Brother-In-Law.  It's increasingly hard to tell the government's green jobs subsidies apart from the Democrats' friends and family rewards program.

Liberals and Magical Math.  Nancy Pelosi has made what could quite possibly be the most imbecilic utterances ... regarding job creation and stimulating the economy:
 •  Unemployment benefits "injects demand into the economy."
 •  Unemployment benefits "is a job creator."
 •  "Unemployment insurance, the economists tell us, return $2 for every $1 that is put out there for unemployment insurance."
 •  It creates jobs to help reduce the deficit.
 •  "This is one of the biggest stimuluses to our economy.  Economists will tell you this money is spent quickly.  It injects demand into the economy, and is job creating."
 •  Unemployment insurance "creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name because, again, it is money that is needed for families to survive, and it is spent.  So it has a double benefit.  It helps those who have lost their jobs, but it also is a job creator."
 •  "It is the biggest bang for the buck when you do food stamps and unemployment insurance.  The biggest bang for the buck."

Nancy Pelosi: 'You can kiss Medicare goodbye'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held a mid-morning press conference Thursday [07/28/2011], sharply denouncing Speaker John Boehner's debt limit plan, which will come up for a vote later in the day.  If Boehner's proposal becomes law, Pelosi said, "You can kiss Medicare goodbye."

'Life on this planet' about to change.  That thoughtful observer of the passing parade, Nancy Pelosi, weighed in on the "debt ceiling" negotiations the other day:  "What we're trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget.  We're trying to save life on this planet as we know it today."  It's always good to have things explained in terms we simpletons can understand.

To [Heck] with You People.  Tom Friedman — who knows a bit about Hezbollah — calls the tea partiers the "Hezbollah faction" of the GOP bent on taking the country on a "suicide mission."  All over the place, conservative Republicans are "hostage takers" and "terrorists," "terrorists" and "traitors."  They want to "end life as we know it on this planet," says Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi's Energy Savings Program Evaporates.  The House Chief Administrative Office announced Thursday [8/4/2011] that the Architect of the Capitol's Office will take over the functions of the program that expanded House recycling and led to thousands of energy-efficient light bulbs being installed on the Hill.

Pelosi's Reactionary Liberalism.  Nancy Pelosi on today's vote:  "What we're trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget.  We're trying to save life on this planet as we know it today."  Why?  What's so great about life on this planet as we know it today?  Let liberals defend the status quo.  We conservatives seek to improve life on this planet.

Pelosi: 'My Work in Politics' Is 'An Extension of My Role as a Mom'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that she views her role in politics as an extension of her role as a mother. ... Pelosi said, "Look, I am a mom and a grandmother.  I view my work in politics as an extension of my role as a mom.  There are things we want to do for our children that are simply beyond us."

An Aristocracy of Incompetence.  [Scroll down]  Consider Nancy Pelosi's explanation of her failure to connect the dots on waterboarding.  Despite other committee members' clear recollections of the disclosure of enhanced interrogation techniques, Ms. Pelosi claims to have heard no such thing at the same meetings.  Deaf, daydreaming, dumb, whatever — incompetence-based explanations are apparently acceptable; just don't call her a liar.  Pelosi was lying, but banking on incompetence, clearly of the opinion that indefensible lying is a disqualifier but incompetence no problem.  Did Pelosi detail her low standards while campaigning?

Pelosi Prediction Backfires? Glitches Arise in Health Law.  Back in March 2010, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, uttered the now-famous words, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."  Pelosi was talking about the health care law, and it appears she was right about the fact that it was full of unknowns.  It turns out that, due to a glitch in the law, roughly three million middle-income Americans could wind up on Medicaid — which was designed to assist the country's poorest citizens.

Pelosi's wealth grows by 62 percent.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saw her net worth rise 62 percent last year, cementing her status as one of the wealthiest members of Congress.  Pelosi was worth at least $35.2 million in the 2010 calendar year, according to a financial disclosure report released Wednesday [6/15/2011].  She reported a minimum of $43.4 million in assets and about $8.2 milion in liabilities.

Rep. Alcee Hastings (Democrat) Faces Sexual Harassment Charges.  I'm sure feminist Nancy Pelosi will jump right in and declare that Hastings should resign for the good of the People.

Pelosi: Obama Doesn't Need Congressional Authorization for Libya Action.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she is "very protective of congressional prerogative" regarding military action but believes that President Barack Obama did not need Congress' authorization to take action against Libya and does not need it today to continue with the operation.

This is the woman who said she was going to "drain the swamp" -- five years ago!
Pelosi declines to call for Weiner's resignation.  Amid increasing calls for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says the decision should be up to the congressman and his New York constituents.

Two days later...
Pelosi and Other Leaders Call on Weiner to Resign.  The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, on Saturday called on Representative Anthony D. Weiner to resign, underscoring the growing concern among Democrats that his online exchanges with women had become a distraction for the party.

The Editor says...
The article above appeared in the New York Times, and -- by the time I looked for it -- was replaced by something less damaging to the Democratic Party.  The excerpt above came from Lucianne dot com.

Capitol Hill's Other Dirty Laundry.  [Democratic New York Rep. Anthony] Weiner's dirty laundry is just the latest addition to a teeming heap of scandal.  To wit:  The committee still hasn't issued a final report into last year's reckless Capitol Hill predator du jour, former Democratic New York Rep. Eric Massa.  He's the notorious creep who serially groped male staffers and subjected interns to "tickle fights" for months while then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi looked the other way.  Then there's Beltway swamp queen Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters.

Nancy Pelosi, ObamaCare Waiver Queen.  Remember when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got all wound up in March 2010 about the passage of ObamaCare and told the assembled conventioneers at the National Association of Counties that the bill's reforms were going to make health care in America "very, very exciting"?  To lift "the fog of controversy" off the legislation, all Congress had to do, she explained, was "pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it." ... In fact, it was the same for the members of Congress.  The marching order from the White House was to pass the bill post-haste without reading it, without finding out "what's in it."

Superficiality: A necessary part of liberal-progressive-socialism.  [Scroll down]  This combination of presumption and superficiality was prominently displayed during the Democrat-Socialist Party's ram-rodding Obamacare through Congress.  Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrat-Socialists were unconcerned that hardly anyone had even read the entire bundle of Obamacare legislation, and that no one could foresee all of its destructive effects.  When asked whether certain aspects of Obamacare are unconstitutional, Mrs. Pelosi said, in effect, that there are no limits on government power; the Federal government (provided that it is in the hands of liberal-progressives) can do whatever it deems desirable.

President Obama's Abuse Of Power.  Example #1:  The Daily Caller last week reported that nearly half of the 204 waivers to the strictures of ObamaCare granted in April were to constituents that generally supported the Democratic Party's push to pass the legislation.  They included the widely reported granting of 38 waivers — 20% of the total — to upscale restaurants, night clubs and hotels in former House Speaker and current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district, including a hotel that advertises itself as "four diamond luxury in the heart of city."  In addition, 31 waivers were granted to unions, and 27 to health care or drug companies.

Waive Me.  Yes, smack dab in the middle of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's congressional district, a cluster of San Francisco small businesses is among the latest recipients of get-out-of-Obamacare passes.  As Jamie Dupree of Cox Media Group and Matthew Boyle of The Daily Caller pointed out this week, there are at least two dozen Bay Area companies — including bars, restaurants, hotels, tourist shops, real estate and auto firms — that have secured temporary, one-year reprieves from the federal law.  It's the San Francisco Treat that voters didn't foresee until after the bill was rammed down their throats.

Pelosi's District Gets 20% of Latest ObamaCare Waivers.  On the federal level, of course, Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi was instrumental in securing ObamaCare's passage.  And now, for a disproportionate number of businesses in Pelosi's San Francisco district, ObamaCare is not their problem, not any more.  As if having entire states get waivers wasn't enough of a debacle, now there's this nonsense.

Obamacare waivers to gourmet restaurants, nightclubs, in Nancy Pelosi's district.  Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama's administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's Northern California district.  That's in addition to the 27 new waivers for health care or drug companies and the 31 new union waivers Obama's Department of Health and Human Services approved.

Restaurants, Cafes in Pelosi's District Eat Up Health Care Law Waivers.  Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district was the hands-down winner in the latest set of health care law waivers announced by the Obama administration.  More than three dozen businesses with locations in Pelosi's district were granted temporary exemptions from the law in April, according to information released by the Department of Health and Human Services.  The businesses — mostly restaurants and cafes, with a few upscale hotels and clubs mixed in — accounted for about 20 percent of all waivers granted last month.

Pelosi Sends Out Pro-Abortion Fundraising Email for Mother's Day.  Nancy Pelosi and democrats are absolutely outraged that Republicans would dare pass legislation that will ban taxpayer funded abortions.  According to democrats, it's the American taxpayer's obligation to pay for abortion.

Pelosi and Progressive Neo-Leninism.  During the healthcare debate, then-Speaker Pelosi urged fellow Democrats to sacrifice their careers for the greater good of voting for a measure considered indispensable to the broader range of party goals.  Which of course is exactly what happened.  In April 2011, the liberal Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) released its report on the 2010 Congressional Voting Record in which it stated that "most of the high-ADA-scoring Democrats (the most enthusiastic backers of a progressive activist agenda) were reelected, whereas low-ADA-scoring 'moderates' were not."

Compare and Contrast.  Nancy Pelosi, press conference, September 7, 2006:  ["][E]ven if [Osama bin Laden] is caught tomorrow, it is five years too late.  He has done more damage the longer he has been out there.  But, in fact, the damage that he has done ... is done.  And even to capture him now I don't think makes us any safer.["]  Nancy Pelosi, earlier today [5/2/2011]:  ["]The death of Osama bin Laden marks the most significant development in our fight against al-Qaida. ...["]

2008: Pelosi blames high gas prices on "oil men in the White House".  Back in 2008 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said, "The price of oil is at the doorstep.  Four dollars plus per gallon for oil is attributed to two oil men in the White House."  Oddly enough, Pelosi is now conspicuously silent about gas prices.  No public comments.  No press conferences.  No interviews.

Pelosi Blamed 'Oil Men in the White House' for Gas Prices in '08, Now Who's To Blame?  Back in 2008 then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) knew where she wanted to place the blame for high gas prices.  "The price of oil is at the doorstep — 4 dollars plus per gallon for oil, is attributed to two oil men in the White House," Pelosi said in a CNN interview on July 17th, 2008.  Now that President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are out of the White House, Pelosi has been silent on the issue.  She has made no public comments on gas prices over the past few months.

Mother Nancy Pelosi.  Many politicians envision themselves in an exalted roll and then act accordingly.  Some imagine themselves as a benevolent father figure, others as a populist folk hero, but the most nausea-inducing usually see themselves as the savior of mankind.  It has become very clear, particularly since she became Speaker of the House, that Nancy Pelosi sees herself as Mother Teresa, obligated by divine decree to take care of every American.

Nancy Calls for Kumbaya.  Pity poor Nancy Pelosi — the House minority leader is stuck in the past.  Speaking to a college crowd last Friday [4/8/2011], she admonished her audience:  "The fact is, is that elections shouldn't matter as much as they do."  Of course not.  She just lost one.

Our Unelected Rulers.  Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi says "elections shouldn't matter as much as they do."  Maybe they don't even matter as much as she thinks they do.  It seems that bureaucrats are making our laws.

Touching Down On Planet Pelosi.  The Pelosi Congress spent all the trillions that America couldn't afford, squandering our children's future on stimulus packages that didn't stimulate and a government takeover of the nation's health insurance system.  Now Pelosi says, "Democrats are in the lead on fiscal soundness" — a statement that would be a real knee-slapper if it weren't so terrifying in what it reveals of the Democratic Party's economic policy psychosis.

Pelosi edits honorary resolution... on Pelosi.  The Democratic National Committee wanted to honor Nancy Pelosi Thursday — but its praise wasn't good enough for the House minority leader.  When the DNC's Resolutions Committee brought up a resolution commemorating Pelosi's years as speaker of the House, Pelosi's daughter sought to alter the proposal at her mother's behest, adding some of the accomplishments that the elder Pelosi felt the committee had overlooked.

Pelosi needles GOP over return of styrofoam cups.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) marked the return of styrofoam cuts in congressional cafeterias by jabbing at the Republican majority in the House.  The top Democrat and former Speaker said that the House will now send 535 more tons of waste to landfills due to a change in policy under the GOP-held House.

The Editor says...
Wow -- 535 tons of styrofoam cups is a lot of cups, considering that they weigh about one gram each.  But really, with all the problems facing this country — many of them caused or exacerbated by Pelosi herself — this is what she spends her time working on?

Dems: Congress's Styrofoam cups could cause cancer.  A group of Democrats complain Styrofoam cups in the House cafeteria could contain carcinogens.

The Editor says...
SO?  If that's what you believe, then don't use those cups.  That will leave more for the rest of us.  But really, styrofoam products have been marketed since 1954*, and if there was anything dangerous about it, we'd all be dead by now.  Lots of things cause cancer, apparently.  Get used to it.

Death Panels And Job Losses.  As the head of Medicaid and Medicare services testifies in favor of ObamaCare, the CBO director says it will destroy 800,000 jobs. ... Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once famously said that we'd have to pass ObamaCare to see what was in it.  She also boasted that the health care bill would create 4 million jobs — "400,000 of them almost immediately."

Exit, Stage Left.  American political junkies have watched with wonder as former Speaker Nancy Pelosi came unglued over the past few days.  It was one of the most unnerving mental deteriorations ever seen in a major political figure.  First there was the unbelievable moment in her farewell press conference when the Speaker who presided over the greatest expansion of our national debt in history claimed that "deficit reduction has always been a high priority for us."  This was followed by her bizarre, rambling introduction of John Boehner as the new Speaker, in which she spent twelve endless minutes praising herself for making history and rattling off ObamaCare talking points.

The anti-Pelosi vote:  When Rep. Nancy Pelosi lost 19 Democrats on Wednesday's [1/5/2011] vote to be House speaker, it marked the worst showing for a party's nominee in more than 80 years.  Mrs. Pelosi won the support of 173 Democrats, but 18 others voted for someone else and one voted "present."  Rep. John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, won the vote with the support of all 241 Republicans who voted.

173 Extremists.  There is a great fuss about the historically high number of House Democrats — 19 — who voted against the discredited Nancy Pelosi for speaker.  More significant are the 173 who voted for her.  You have to go all the way back to the 1910s and 1920s to find so many defections at the beginning of a new Congress on a vote for the election of speaker as was seen on Wednesday [1/5/2011].

Nancy Pelosi makes an ungracious exit.  Watching Nancy Pelosi's startlingly inappropriate farewell as House Speaker, in which she turned what should have been a gracious constitutional ceremony into a blatantly partisan defiance of the electorate's judgement, I wondered whether her fingers were actually going to have to be peeled off the Speaker's gavel.  She really is a piece of work:  unrepentant and self-congatulatory to the end, even in the face of overwhelming repudiation by the voters.

Nancy Pelosi Might Just Be Insane.  Nancy Pelosi gave her farewell press conference as Speaker yesterday [1/4/2011].  It was full of the expected boasting about achievements — it's not as if she was going to admit she was the most catastrophic failure of a Speaker in recent American history, or that her successor faces the incredibly difficult task of repairing the damage she's done.  There wasn't even much chance she would apologize for her dereliction of duty in failing to prepare a budget for 2011, leading us into the lame-duck roller derby in December.  A thank-you to America for paying vast sums of money to transport her royal family in regal splendor aboard Air Force planes would have been nice.

Pelosi, Obama Hawaiian Vacations Come to an End; Taxpayers Left with the Bill.  Nancy Pelosi's final days as Speaker of the House were spent at the exotic Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu in Kona on the island of Hawaii.  Escorted throughout her trip by a mini security motorcade that included Secret Service and Hawaii County Police officers, Pelosi was seen at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Kailua-Kona, where she received Communion.  Parishioners greeted her warmly, Hawaii Reporter was told.  Two police SUVs were on guard outside the hotel during her week long stay.

Nineteen Democrats Scorn Pelosi in Speaker Vote.  The first vote cast by the 110th Congress on January 4, 2007 was for election of Speaker of the House.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) won all 233 Democratic votes (including her own).  All 202 Republicans voted for Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio.  Two years later Pelosi secured 255 (including her own), and there was only one Democrat, one Rep. Gutierrez who did not vote.  Minority Leader Boehner received every Republican vote, save for his own and three other Republicans who didn't vote.  By contrast, yesterday's [1/5/2011] vote for Speaker witnessed a total of 20 Democrats — 10 percent of the party caucus — defecting from the Pelosi line.

Speaker Pelosi Leaves With a Whopper.  At her final press conference as House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, "Deficit reduction has been a high priority for us.  It is our mantra, pay-as-you-go."  The numbers tell a different story.  When the Pelosi Democrats took control of Congress on January 4, 2007, the national debt stood at $8,670,596,242,973.04.  The last day of the 111th Congress and Pelosi's Speakership on December 22, 2010 the national debt was $13,858,529,371,601.09 — a roughly $5.2 trillion increase in just four years.

National debt increased 60% under Speaker Pelosi.  There are lots of reasons I will not miss Nancy Pelosi's extreme left wing speakership.  There's Air Pelosi and radical legislation such Cap and Tax and ObamaCare.  But the biggest reason to cheer the end of the ultra-Liberal/Progressive Pelosi Speakership is the national debt.  In the four years that Pelosi was Speaker the national debt increased an unbelievable 60%.

2010: The Year They Came for the Constitution.  [Scroll down]  Time after time, when asked about the constitutionality of their congressional machinations, Democrat legends had a never-ending outbreak of foot-in-mouth disease.  No human being could possibly ascertain whether a bill could be considered constitutional if he or she had never even read the bill.  Yet, over and over again, Democrat Congress members were caught on tape saying exactly that — that they had not even read the bills they were voting on.  This despicable lackadaisical attitude on the part of our lawmakers came into perfect focus the day a giddy-with-power Nancy Pelosi met with reporters just after she had performed the legislative-blitzkrieg passage of ObamaCare.  Still flush with the thrill of pyrrhic victory, Speaker Pelosi was asked whether the bill, especially the individual mandate, was constitutional.  Her response will be remembered in constitutional infamy:  "Are you serious?  Are you serious?"

To congressional Democrats:  Merry Christmas, and thanks for nothing.  Dear Pelosi/Reid Congress — In the words of the monotonously repetitive holiday song, I want to wish you a merry Christmas.  What a distinguished record you have amassed:  The stimulus, which added, oh, about $1 trillion to the deficit and did not, as heralded, either end the recession or drive down unemployment.  [And] Obamacare, which, if it ever takes full effect, will impersonalize and socialize medicine along the lines of the European model and create government medicine with the regulatory hammer of the Internal Revenue Service and all the efficiencies of the Postal Service.

Nancy Pelosi: A Ruler of Fools.  [Nancy Pelosi] isn't stupid or ignorant.  She is a spin-master, an epic fraud, an insufferable boor, and a pathological liar.  But she isn't dumb.  No one could attain her position while drinking the sociopolitical Kool-Aid she serves up.  No, Pelosi isn't stupid or ignorant.  She does, however, credit those characteristics to her constituents.  Sadly enough, she's correct.  Otherwise, her seat in Congress wouldn't be so secure.  A people's representative respects the intelligence of the people he or she represents.

Nancy Pelosi:  The Girl in the Plastic Bubble.  Being a leftist in America means never needing to actually hear or grasp what conservatives believe.  Many leftists, particularly soon-to-be Minority Leader Pelosi, live in a plastic bubble.

Pelosi's Blame Game.  Nancy Pelosi kept her job as the leader of House Democrats yesterday, but more than a fifth of her colleagues voted for Blue Dog moderate Heath Shuler instead.  At least one Democrat who is leaving office in January privately told me that the support for her reminded him of cult followers refusing to let go of a charismatic but destructive leader.

Pelosi whines: I didn't get enough attention.  As she prepares to relinquish power, Nancy Pelosi believes not enough attention has been paid to her role as the first woman to hold the post of Speaker of the House.  "I was the first woman speaker," Pelosi tells the New York Times.  "It didn't get that much play."

Pelosi Elected As Minority Leader.  Nancy Pelosi has just been re-elected to the House Democrats' top leadership position, which is now Minority Leader.  In retrospect, it seems obvious that the Democrats would want to retain her dazzling leadership, since she had all sorts of accomplishments, and even threw a huge party to celebrate them.

Why Democrats don't dump Nancy Pelosi:  Why would politicians who supposedly care above all about public opinion and their own hides stick with an unpopular leader who just carried them through one of the worst election drubbings in decades?

Pelosi's Troop Defections.  Yesterday [11/10/2010] was an awkward day for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  An advocate of transparency in government, her office had to bat away questions from reporters about who paid for a lavish party on Capitol Hill Wednesday that celebrated the "accomplishments of the 111th Congress."  She also faced a growing revolt from within her caucus about her decision to continue as House Minority Leader after her party's thumping defeat.

Pelosi:  'We Didn't Lose Because of Me'.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has the "overwhelming support" of fellow Democrats in her bid to become minority leader in the next Congress, and says she's not to blame for the Democrats' mid-term debacle.  "We didn't lose the election because of me," Ms. Pelosi told National Public Radio in an interview that aired Friday morning [11/12/2010].

Psycho Pelosi.  The GOP successfully nationalized the election by making Mrs. Pelosi the very symbol of limousine liberalism, a leader who presided over an out-of-control, out-of-touch and arrogant Congress.  The Republican slogan was simple and effective:  "Fire Pelosi."  In the House, she was the spear point in Mr. Obama's assault on Middle America, ramming through legislation such as the stimulus, the health care overhaul, "cap-and-trade," financial regulatory reform and massive spending increases.  On Obamacare, Mrs. Pelosi did the heavy legislative lifting — ensuring that the law established a government-run command-and-control health care economy.  She is the true architect of socialized medicine.

Pelosi Celebrates Accomplishments, Horrified Voters Not Invited?  Nancy Pelosi is having a party to celebrate the accomplishments of the Democrat-controlled Congress.  Although this invitation sounds like a parody from The Onion or the start of a Leno joke, it's actually true. ... The dethroned Speaker of the House, whose liberal agenda led her party straight into the defeat, is seemingly still in denial.

Nancy Pelosi to run for minority leader.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to stay in power as minority leader after losing 60 seats and control of the House — a stunning announcement that sets up combat between her two top lieutenants.

Pelosi says election not a rejection of agenda, Obama will be two-term president.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who saw her powerful position taken from her in Tuesday's landslide election, was adamant the day after Democrats lost 60 seats in the House that the results were not a rejection of the agenda pursued by President Obama and herself.  "Let's understand the message," Pelosi told ABC's Diane Sawyer.  "The message was not, 'I reject the course that you are on.'  The message is it didn't go fast enough to produce jobs."


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Debt Has Increased $5 Trillion Since Speaker Pelosi Vowed, 'No New Deficit Spending'.  When Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave her inaugural address as speaker of the House in 2007, she vowed there would be "no new deficit spending."  Since that day, the national debt has increased by $5 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

She's the Boss — The Disturbing Truth About Nancy Pelosi.  [Scroll down]  In the end we see someone who claims to be motivated by justice, who claims to be doing the "Lord's work," and who claims that she stands for ethics and the rule of law turn out to be a corrupt "ends justify the means" politician who will lie, cheat, and probably worse to get what she wants.  Apparently, because she believes that whatever she is doing is right, anything, regardless of ethical or moral considerations is acceptable where she and her compatriots are concerned.

$200,000 for Capitol Hill Bottled Water?  Since Democrat Nancy Pelosi took over the position of Speaker of the House in January 2007, funding for her office soared 62 percent, from $2.9 million to $4.7 million.  For a single office?!  And taxpayers paid an enormous printing bill of $93.76 million, up 212 percent.  (How many copies of the 1,000-plus-page Obamacare bill do you think that bought the feds?  In a computer age of paperless transactions, don't you think they could save a few dollars here by learning what PDF files are?)

Pelosi Advocates Food Stamps to Help Economy.  Seriously.  There is a great danger here.  What she's talking about is right out of Karl Marx's socialist playbook.  Allegedly a devout Catholic who somehow manages to get around the Church's stand on baby killing via legalized abortion, she has ignored the warnings of numerous popes about socialism.

America's Food Stamp Heroine.  Food stamps can lift our economy right out of recession according to the peculiar thinking of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Next thing you know, she'll believe that unemployment insurance will make our economy boom.  Whoops, she believes that, too.  Speaker — but obviously not thinker — Pelosi provided this bizarre analysis Oct. 6 of what the country needs to pull us back to good times.

Nancy's Swamp.  The House Ethics Committee trial of Rep. Charles Rangel of Harlem — originally scheduled for September — now won't occur until after Election Day ... We're not so naive as to believe that Charlie's going to get anything other than a wrist slap — if that.  But it's pretty clear that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn't going to let this particular pile of dirty laundry be washed in public before Nov. 2.  Her majority is already in dire straits.

Good Riddance to the Pelosi Era.  Speaker Pelosi, more than anyone else, is responsible for the $800 billion stimulus bill.  Placed in charge of boosting the economy by the new president, Pelosi essentially dumped the contents of her "in" box into legislation.  Pretty much everything that any Democratic member of Congress, big city mayor, or liberal governor had ever asked for was enacted.  It was urgent after all.  Pelosi explained that, "Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package, 500 million Americans lose their jobs.  I don't think we can go fast enough to stop that."

Pelosi's Vote to Adjourn Could Be Her Last Hurrah.  It happened late Wednesday night [9/29/2010], so it didn't get much coverage:  Speaker Nancy Pelosi cast the deciding vote when the House voted, 210-209, to adjourn.  That's significant because, by custom, the speaker ordinarily doesn't vote except on issues of special importance.  And because Pelosi, who has shown impressive ability to deliver Democratic majorities on one tough roll call after another for four years, was scrambling to prevail on what is ordinarily a routine vote.

So Much for 'Draining the Swamp'.  If Republicans don't recapture the House, Pelosi will likely run — and win — Speaker again.  Many of the conservative Democrats that she fed to the wolves in order to pass Obamacare will have lost their re-elections and will not be there to oppose her.  Her majority will be slimmer, but more leftist.

The Prosecution of Nancy Pelosi.  Should House Speaker Nancy Pelosi be prosecuted on a Bill of Attainder?

Pelosi ethics pledge falters.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised four years ago that Democrats would lead "the most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history."

Shakedown Street.  Lobbyists all over Washington are privately complaining about getting undue pressure to contribute to House Democrats, who are frantically dialing for dollars to save their House majority.  One of those insiders has now made available a fascinating tape showing how at least one member may be stepping over ethical lines in securing money.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi started the unseemly treasure hunt in August when she and other top leaders wrote members saying:  "We need to know your commitment is to maintaining a strong Democratic majority now" and pleading with them to call "to let us know what you are able to do and when."

Letting Leftists Limit Language.  Make no mistake:  Obama, Pelosi, Reid, et al. believe in nothing but power.  They are not "socialists."  There are no socialists in the world except those in mental institutions or very young children who have never seen modern political debate in action.  The façade of socialism has always been the same — a phony banner for the acquisition of power.  Every brutal thug, every Hitler or Stalin wannabe, first champions the masses against the despised few who exploit them.

Standing for Freedom Against Pelosi.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent threat to "investigate those opposing the mosque" at Ground Zero is indicative of how sick our once-free society has become.  Clearly her remarks were directed at those of us who are leading the opposition to the gross offense and humiliation of the Ground Zero Islamic supremacist mosque.  But more than that, it is a direct threat to the 70% of Americans vehemently opposed to the mosque.

Speaker of the Institutionalized.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a national embarrassment with a long train of gaffes and abuses. ... Pelosi told a San Francisco radio station on Tuesday [8/24/2010] that she wants to know who's funding those opposed (make that nearly 70 percent of Americans) to building a mega mosque at Ground Zero.

Stuck on Stupid.  Aside from their general ineptitude, President Barack Obama, New York City Michael Bloomberg, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, three of the most influential politicians in the country, have something else in common:  they are completely and utterly wrong on the Ground Zero Mosque debate.

Recovery Bummer.  "There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some.  And I join those who have called for looking into how ... this opposition to the mosque is being funded."  -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, weighing in on the proposed Ground Zero mosque.  Boy do I feel silly.  I've made a "political issue" out of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero in two straight columns, and no one has "funded" me a nickel for it.

Pelosi's poison.  The San Francisco Democrat (actually, San Francisco roots explain a lot) wants to form up a posse and set off after the evildoers fomenting opposition to the Ground Zero mosque.  "There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some," she told a hometown radio interview Tuesday. ... Now, if she succeeded in rounding up the obvious suspects, polls suggest she'd have more than 60 percent of the American public in custody.

A speaker, not a listener.  These can't be easy times for Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  But even the prospect of a crushing defeat in November, and the related recriminations from within her caucus (which probably have already commenced), can't explain her call for an investigation regarding protests against the building of the Ground Zero Mosque.

More about the proposed Ground Zero mosque.

Waters charges taint Pelosi's House.  House investigators on Monday [8/9/2010] charged Rep. Maxine Waters with "improperly" exerting influence to help bail out a bank in which her husband held stock, handing more ammunition to Republicans eager to blast House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for overseeing a "House of scandal."

From Cordoba to Marbella.  Last summer's town halls quickly morphed into the Tea Party movement and, in turn, into open rebellion by states and voters alike.  Through all of this, the political class, locked in its parochial self-aggrandizing bubble, sees nothing amiss.  Speaker Pelosi called vacationing Congress back to enact a $26 billion payoff to public service employees and the improvident states, which will enable them to bankrupt us all.

Drain the swamp.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously promised to "drain the swamp" back in 2006 when Democrats successfully campaigned against corruption in the Republican-led Congress.  She formed the Office of Congressional Ethics two years later to show that she meant business.  Now, the charges filed against Reps. Charles Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California are putting her promises to the ultimate test — public ethics trials against members of her own party at a time when the GOP is hoping to recapture control of the House.

Rangel Scandal Reveals the Extent of Capitol Corruption.  Four years ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised to "drain the swamp" of corruption in Washington, D.C., but after failing miserably to do so it now appears she's choosing to ignore it — while letting her colleagues sweep it under the rug.

The Enablers of Charlie Rangel.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the world's worst cleaning lady.  How has she fulfilled her vaunted promise to "drain the swamp" and preside over the "most ethical Congress in history"?  By shrugging her shoulders, downplaying the gravity of myriad ethics charges against corruptocrat Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel and waiting for the "political chips" to "fall where they may."  Imagine a custodial service that fixed toilet clogs by letting the overflowing waste and polluted waters "fall where they may."

"Fruit Loop" Nancy's Stimulus.  Does Nancy Pelosi actually expect Americans to believe extending unemployment insurance is the fastest way to create jobs?  Just a reminder:  This ridiculous woman is two-short-steps from the presidency.  Nancy claims that handing out unemployment checks to the 10% of the jobless labor force is "one of the biggest stimulus' to our economy."  The Speaker supports such an absurd statement by saying "economists will tell you this money is spent quickly."  Nancy can you name the brilliant, and I use this title loosely, economist?  Wait; let me guess, economic genius Paul Krugman?

Speaker Pelosi:  It's The Senate's Fault.  With the Democrats' "recovery summer" not exactly taking off as they planned, the leadership has begun playing one of Washington's favorite games:  finger-pointing.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., did her part by telling reporters today that it's all the Senate's fault for not passing all the legislation that her party had rammed through the House.

Democrats deeming themselves defeated come November.  On the first day of July, the House of Representatives passed a "budget enforcement resolution" that "deemed as passed" a $1.12 trillion budget. ... Pelosi's spineless minions did not dare pass a real budget, for a real budget would have shown in black and white — in red ink, actually — just how wildly mismanaged the federal fisc has become.  The trio of President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Pelosi is putting the finishing touches on a one-year deficit of $1.6 trillion, while setting in motion an expansion of the standing debt to well north of $14 trillion.  This is no mean feat in an era when Democrats themselves denounced George W. Bush's deficit of a mere $160 billion in 2007.

Dems in denial.  The great Democratic revolution of 2008 is entering its pitiful stage.  If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had a guillotine, Robert Gibbs' head would be rolling around in a basket.  His offense?  Uttering perhaps the most unassailably accurate statement of his tenure as White House press secretary:  that there is "no doubt" Republicans might take back the House.  Theories abound for why Gibbs would say such a flatly true thing.  The simplest is that Gibbs was asked whether the House is in play on "Meet the Press" and in the flush of the moment slipped up with an honest answer.

A Hapless Administration.  Last week was extraordinary. ... Nancy Pelosi, known for her innovative solutions such as passing major pieces of legislation without voting on them, announced that the best way to create jobs was to extend unemployment insurance beyond 99 weeks.  The President himself simply reminded the American people that it's all George Bush's fault, and it will take "some time" before things get better.  That should boost the public's confidence in the economy.

Pelosi:  Unemployment benefits create more jobs than any other initiative.  I hear Nancy Pelosi speak, and all around me I can envision a bustling service sector sprouting up, creating new jobs to serve all of the Americans who are receiving their $425/week in unemployment benefits.

Nancy Pelosi's taxpayer-funded, exorbitantly expensive, eco-friendly office space.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., recently moved into a new district office, located in the San Francisco Federal Building.  All sorts of reasons were cited for the move — she'd been in the old office for twenty years; the new office's location is more accessible for her constituents; she needed more space; the new office is in a "green" building.  These explanations seem reasonable, until you find out how much she's paying for them. ... Speaker Pelosi is paying $18,736 a month for her lovely new workspace.

Pelosi's New District Office Costs $18,736 a Month.  San Francisco is a high-rent city.  Just ask Nancy Pelosi.  The House Speaker's district office in the new federal building in San Francisco costs a whopping $18,736 a month — the highest rental paid by any member of the House — or, more precisely, the highest rental paid by taxpayers on behalf of a member of the House.

Pelosi's new office is House's costliest by far.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has more than quadrupled the rent on her San Francisco district office, making the $18,736-a-month cost of her new South of Market space the highest in the House, according to a new report.

Pelosi offers Democratic example of frugality and responsibility.  Roll Call reports on Nancy Pelosi's decision last year to move her San Francisco district offices to a new building, supposedly because she needs more security as Speaker of the House.  However, something doesn't add up, because she had been Speaker for almost three years at the time of the move — and her new offices will cost four times as much as her old suite.

A room with a view.  Pelosi recently moved her office into the new "green" San Francisco federal building, explaining she needed more space.  Why it's an outrage:  The move quadrupled her rent to $18,736 a month, making hers the most expensive congressional district office in America and nearly twice as expensive as any other member's.

Pelosi's Crooked Catholicism.  Few would have guessed it, but Madam Speaker Nancy Pelosi has become quite the outspoken Catholic. ... But Pelosi's legislative record does not suggest there is any truth to this spiritual proclamation.  She has actually been one of the biggest obstacles to the passing of legislation supported by Christian doctrine, and it takes only a brief glance at Pelosi's history to deduce that this speech was just lip service to a group of people that would find such notions agreeable.

Obama and Pelosi Hijack Christianity.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi has decided to follow President Obama's lead in claiming that God directs her lawmaking, invoking the Bible as her legislative roadmap.  If a conservative Republican did this, it would be the top of the news.  Last week, Pelosi made a rambling, redundant, somewhat incoherent monologue in which she claimed that "The Word" directed her. ... We can't imagine what Bible Speaker Pelosi is reading.  The Bible does not sanction gay marriage or abortion.

Constitution of No.  When a reporter asked House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) during a press conference last year where the Constitution granted Congress the authority to enact an individual health-insurance mandate, she answered, "Are you serious?  Are you serious?"  Speaker Pelosi then dismissed the question and moved on to the next reporter.  This exchange illustrates the way "yes we can" liberals treat the Constitution:  They simply ignore it when it gets in the way of their big-government bailouts and takeovers.

Pelosi:  We'll stop blaming Bush when his problems go away.  Democrats will keep blaming George W. Bush until the problems from his administration end, according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  In an interview with MSNBC, Pelosi said congressional Democrats feel justified in blaming the Bush administration because of the problems it left behind for President Barack Obama.  Asked if there was a statute of limitations on blaming Bush, Pelosi said:  "Well, it runs out when the problems go away.

The Editor says...
I hope Speaker Pelosi doesn't mind that she and Obama get the blame for the duration of all the problems they have caused, because that will be a long time.

Are Democrats defecting from Nancy Pelosi?  With 100 seats in play and abysmal congressional approval ratings, Democrats are starting to wonder aloud if they should continue to support Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi blames Bush administration for BP oil spill.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., blamed the Bush administration for any lack of oversight leading up to the Gulf oil spill.  The Obama administration, on the other hand, is blameless.

Marx, Keynes, Pelosi.  [Scroll down]  Keynes has given us a glimpse into the heart of modern progressivism:  For now, progress requires a respect for work, for jobs, for economics.  So the left embraces the use of government for economic ends.  But ultimately all of this is for the sake of transcending "pseudo-moral principles" like precaution.  So the left embraces big government while disdaining the need for self-government.

The Speaker Who Won't Speak with the People.  [Scroll down]  Whether for banking or health care or — if cap-and-trade regulations become law — selling a home or choosing what to eat, these transactions will be subject to a barrage of applications, either filled out by the citizen directly or shuffled upstream to companies supplying the goods and services we use every day.  You like trans fats?  Too bad.  New York's Bloomberg regulations are going national.

How ignorant would you have to be to believe this?
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:  Democrats reduced taxes to historic low.  Congressional Democats are responsible for the lowest U.S. tax bills in a half-century, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday.  Pelosi was responding to a USA Today report that said Americans' tax bills in 2009 were at their lowest point since the Truman presidency.

Where are the "separation of church and state" people now?
Pelosi Told Catholic Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops to Push Immigration Reform.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she has told Catholic cardinals, archbishops and bishops that she wants them to speak from the pulpit for immigration reform and tell Catholics who oppose it that reform "is a manifestation of our living the gospels."

The Gospel According to Nancy.  Despite global warming, hell might be freezing over, because the very liberal Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is apparently encouraging the Catholic clergy to campaign for immigration reform from the pulpit during Sunday mass.  Wow.  Speaking at the Catholic Community Conference in Washington, Pelosi said:  "Cardinals, the Archbishops, the Bishops come to me and say we want you to pass immigration reform.  But I say I want you to speak about it from the pulpit. ... I want you to instruct ... the people (who) oppose immigration reform and are sitting in those pews ... that this is a manifestation of our living the Gospels."

The 'Messiah' swaggers down the aisle of church.  We should have known that the moment the UN became involved that Jesus wouldn't be found in church anymore.  Jesus is being squeezed out of the House of God to make way for global warming/climate change proselytizing.  Indeed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered "Social Justice" as the new message she wants heard from the pulpit.

Pelosi:  It's Cheaper to Treat Teens for Drug Use Than Interdict Drugs at Border.  While pointing out that it is the responsibility of the federal government to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said Thursday [5/6/2010] it is cheaper to treat teens for drug use than it is to interdict drugs being smuggled across the border.

Cover girl Pelosi looking rather ... airy in D.C. glossy.  If Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears get flak for airbrushing their photos, why not the speaker of the House?  If you haven't managed to score a copy of the May/June 2010 edition of Capitol File magazine (typically flanked on every table or bathroom at any D.C. social function) you'll notice the cover girl Nancy Pelosi looking particularly young.

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The article above could easily be dismissed as gossip, were it not for the disingenuousness of it all.  Not only is Ms. Pelosi pretending to be something she is not, this is all just another red herring deployed to divert attention from the underhanded way Obamacare was foisted upon us all.  Keep reading.

Fancy Nancy.  [Scroll down]  It may actually be, if we could measure it, that the photo's impact on the general public is not one of positive approval, but of stunned amazement.  John and Jane Doe, fed up with taxes, unemployment, and Washington double-think, recognize this for what it is — political spin.  We all know Nancy Pelosi has been around the block a few times and has had some "work" done.  So whom do they think they are kidding?  Another new "do" and some pictures are not going to improve her numbers with the public.

Congress Becomes Madison's "Overbearing Majority".  The purpose of this bill is — as Pelosi put it — to "kick through this door" to prepare the way for even further "reform."  But what does this metaphor even suggest?  Who kicks through doors, anyway?  It is ordinarily the police — or even the secret police.  Not a constitutional legislative body of the United States of America.  Pelosi's phrase was profoundly aggressive, although perhaps she used it without complete consciousness of what she might be conveying.  But it was no accident.  This is an extraordinary way for a speaker of the House to talk, congruent with the Democratic Party's newly combative attitude towards the wishes of the American people.

Economics for Dummies.  You probably missed it.  But a new school of economics was unveiled last week shortly after health care reform passed the House of Representatives.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi stepped to the podium in the House chamber and said the legislation will "unleash tremendous entrepreneurial power" and create millions of jobs.  "Our economy needs something new, a jolt," she said.  And she and her Democratic colleagues had just delivered it.

Pelosi Calls Press Conference to Unveil $140,000 Light Fixtures in House Cafeteria.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called a Capitol Hill press conference Wednesday [4/21/2010] to unveil new light fixtures in the House cafeteria.  The light fixtures cost $140,000 and will take almost 10 years to pay off in saved energy.

When the Lights Go Down, It Ain't Pretty.  So how did the fixtures' cost drop so quickly and so dramatically?  Because they were made by Durham, N.C.-based Cree Inc., a company whose LED lighting products are heavily subsidized by the government.

Pelosi sends chill.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered a most disturbing promise to PBS's Jim Lehrer on Wednesday [3/24/2010], proudly announcing that the methods employed and nearly employed to force ObamaCare on the American people (formerly the most free people on the planet) would, from this day forward, serve as her "model for future reforms."  Chilling words, indeed.

The United States Has Been Sold Out And The International Police Have Arrived.  The Tea Party, Patriot and 9/12 movements are supporters of Liberty and the Constitution.  They struggle against Progressive, Social Justice and left-wing ideologues.  They want less government and more individual responsibility without being handicapped by government.  Underlying the Tea Party and Patriot protests is anger against unchecked, corrupt, back-room secret double-dealing government.  Hiding his values and agenda Mr. Obama stealthily campaigned from the center, but he's a full-throated Progressive.  His acolyte Ms. Pelosi mastered triple-speak, a perverse, double-cross form of propaganda.

Coercive Charity Destroys the Human Spirit.  After the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate's health care bill (without changes because they could not craft and pass a bill of their own), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proclaimed that the effort reflected American's founding declaration of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."  Nothing could be farther [sic] from the truth.

An Historic Pelosi?  I suppose one could interpret the health care bill as "Pelosi's historic achievement," as the media has been insisting, but that would also mean that an unpopular President and a more unpopular Congress and a most unpopular Speaker together railroaded through an unpopular, sweeping piece of legislation without a single opposition vote, and through the sort of tawdry legislative bribery and procedural gimmicks we haven't seen since the 19th century.

Poll:  Low Favorability Ratings For Pelosi, Reid.  [Scroll down]  Pelosi and Reid are viewed unfavorably by roughly three times as many people as they are viewed favorably.  Pelosi's favorable rating in the poll stands at 11 percent.  Her unfavorable rating, meanwhile, is 37 percent — meaning that more than one in three views the California Democrat negatively.

Sunday's socialist triumph.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday launched the Democrats' argument for the health care bill, claiming, "This is an American proposal that honors the traditions of our country."  Does that suggest that opposition is un-American?  And what are the traditions that are American that this law fulfills?  The Democrats argue that the bill fulfills the "right" of all Americans to government-assured health care services.  The congressional Democrats claim many other things that a majority of the country believes to be inconsistent with truth and reality.

House Speaker Pelosi is teetering on the edge of a cliff and it's a long way down.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is prepared to sacrifice her members like lambs to the slaughter.  Literally.  Pelosi (D-Calif.) is so desperate to get health care passed this week before members take a break that she will likely employ the "Slaughter Strategy" — a very appropriately named, arrogant abuse of House rules that would allow members of Pelosi's caucus to simply vote on changes to the Senate bill and "deem" the bill passed without a member ever having to choose "aye" or "nay."

Stop kicking in our doors, Madame Speaker.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used an unexpected analogy Monday [3/15/2010] during a conference call with liberal bloggers to discuss Obamacare, saying "once we kick through this door, there'll be more legislation to follow."  At least four things need to be said about Pelosi's braggadocio.

GOP Doc Asks Pelosi:  'Are you so arrogant ... ignorant ... incompetent?'  Democrats might have themselves a health reform bill, but Republicans have doctors — way more doctors in Congress, anyway, than Democrats.  And they're steamed.

Pelosi's Comeuppance:  Why Democrats May Sack the Speaker.  No matter what the outcome of the elections next November, it is time to consider the possibility that the House of Representatives will have a new speaker in January 2011.  Having made heavy-handedness a hallmark of her leadership style, Nancy Pelosi now appears well on the way to receiving her comeuppance, if not from her fellow Democrats then from the American people.

We don't need to pass health care reform to find out what's in it.  As you can see, the Senate's Christmas Eve Bill originated in the House satisfying the Constitutional imperative that tax bills originate there and it gets them around the ex post facto provision of the Constitution; you and I will be retroactively responsible for paying the taxes on Obamacare from the January 1 of 2010.  (Perhaps, as far back as 1/1/2009.)

Pelosi's Arrogance Knows No Bounds.  Arrogance, contempt and obfuscation in the health care debate — that's Speaker Pelosi's idea of transparency.

Pelosi's Republic:  If liberal Boomers such as Nancy Pelosi insist on creating government incentives for a generation of people to be unemployed artists who nonetheless have their health care paid for by productive members of society, there will be fewer productive members of society.

Nancy Pelosi and the CIA:  Who's Lying Now?  Along with her difficulties ramming health care down our throats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has an ugly, slightly "cobwebbed" credibility issue that is about to get dusted off and given full, sunlit exposure due to new documents being pried loose by court order.  Pelosi's "credibility" is under scrutiny due to her unusually harsh criticism of the Central Intelligence Agency last year.

Applying Alinsky:  Why Obamacare Makes No Sense.  [T]he ordinary American can be excused for being confused, frustrated, and angry.  That's exactly where President Obama, the Chicago political mafia around him, Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi want people to be.  At one point in the pointless all-day meeting on Thursday, she even claimed that passing Obamacare would create four million jobs overnight!  Even for Speaker Pelosi, that's a new level of insane babble.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Deficient Cleaning Service:  "Maybe it will take a woman to clean up the House," Nancy Pelosi boasted before the 2006 midterm elections.  Looks like those XX chromosomes didn't give her much advantage over the old cleaning crew.  The swamp she was supposed to drain is overflowing.

Draining the Swamp?  Before Rep. Nancy Pelosi became speaker of the House, she promised during the Bush administration that if voters allowed Democrats to regain a congressional majority Democrats would establish "the most ethical Congress in history."  Pelosi pledged to "drain the swamp" of corruption in Washington.  Not only has the swamp not been drained, Democrats have begun treating it as a hot tub.

Wake Up, Media, Pelosi's Lying About Tea Parties.  Our Speaker of the House has suddenly changed her tune about tea parties.  So why won't the media call her on it?

Nancy's dirty house.  This is a mess ideally suited for Nancy Pelosi's broom — if it weren't stashed in a closet alongside President Obama's promises to curtail earmarks drastically and to broadcast sensitive legislative negotiations.  Pelosi pleads for patience for Rangel, who's still being investigated in many other matters and, after all, has not done "something that jeopardized our country in any way."  This means Rangel will only step down as chairman after exacting the maximum possible political embarrassment.

How Pelosi will game the Stupak 12.  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) has warned that he and other pro-life Democrats are ready to kill health-care legislation unless the pro-abortion provisions enacted by the Senate are removed.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi must win their votes to pass her bill.

Pelosi Says She's Running 'Most Ethical' Congress Ever.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) insisted on Friday that she is running the most ethical and honest Congress in history.  At the same time, however, she indicated she will not ask House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D.-N.Y.) to resign his chairmanship — at least for now.

Charlie Rangel ruling puts Nancy Pelosi in a jam.  The House ethics committee's decision to admonish New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel over improper corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean leaves Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the ethics committee itself facing difficult questions.  When then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) was admonished by the ethics committee in October 2004, Pelosi and other Democratic leaders went on the offensive against him.

The Rangel swamp:  The ethics committee has been investigating [Congressman Charles] Rangel at a glacial pace for numerous ethical violations, but has yet to rule on other, even more serious, charges. ... This ethical cloud has hung over Rangel, who runs one of the most powerful committees in Congress, for 18 months.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who promised to preside over the "most honest and open Congress in history," knows an ethics violation when she sees one.  He's "ethically unfit to lead", she said.  Oh, wait, she didn't say that about Rangel.  She said that about former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay when the House ethics committee admonished the Texas Republican in 2004.

Pelosi Says She's Running Most Ethical Congress Ever, Media Mum.  During a Friday [2/26/2010] press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she was running the most ethical Congress ever. ... Despite the absurdity of this remark, CNSNews.com and Fox News were by themselves amongst major press outlets in finding it newsworthy.

Saying No to Emperor Obama:  It is almost beyond comprehension how Obama could have engineered a failed presidency within the space of just one year.  He got a lot of help from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as mendacious and imperious an individual to have ever held that office.

Our 'agnostic' president.  It's getting crowded under the bus.  Higher income earners need to move over — here comes everyone else as the president reneges on his only tax the rich pledge. ... Its ironic that his phrase of the moment is now agnostic.  While millions of American suffer in the recession, he's agnostic to Speaker Pelosi's spending on air travel, booze and hotel rooms.

Rep. King:  Pelosi should be concerned about upcoming CIA doc dump.  The public interest group Judicial Watch announced on Tuesday [2/2/2010] that a court order issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia states the Central Intelligence Agency must give Judicial Watch documents regarding congressional briefings on "enhanced interrogation techniques" by April 15 of this year.  Judicial Watch is seeking documents detailing CIA briefings involving House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and/or her staff.

The Incredible Deflation of Barack Obama:  [Scroll down]  Who could be surprised that the critical bills — the stimulus program and healthcare — degenerated under a welter of pork and earmarks that had so outraged the American public in the past?  Pelosi benefited from $54 million to relocate a Bay Area wine train, not to speak of a secret deal with the drug industry lobby to preclude negotiations on Medicaid drug prices and exclude drug imports from Canada, concessions that had previously been strongly rejected by Obama.

Obvious Opacity.  According to Nancy Pelosi, campaign promises have one purpose:  getting a candidate elected.  After voting, a candidate's word can be shelved like a magician's prop.  If the Speaker is to be taken seriously, nothing Barack Obama said during the presidential campaign holds weight and should be disregarded as roadside rhetoric.  If Pelosi's ruling versus rhetoric conjecture is correct, then it explains the last twelve months.

The Dog That Was Not Allowed To Bark.  On November 7th, 2009, Speaker Pelosi marched to the podium and paraded her lap dogs to the microphone to proclaim "Victory" for herself, her Democratic House colleagues, and President Obama.  What about every other American?  The "Victory" was the passage of the second part of ObamaCare, "The Health Care Bill."  That's right, the second part of ObamaCare is the 1,990 page bill that created 118 new boards, commissions, offices and bureaus.

Best. Week. Ever.  A supremely aloof and arrogant president whose chief policy idea was to ignore what Americans wanted on nearly every front was humbled if not humiliated.  Nancy Pelosi herself admitted that the Senate health care bill she darkly promised to ram through Congress "one way or another" was, as of a couple days later, resolutely non-rammable.

Hey, Speaker Pelosi, Where Are the Jobs?  In August 2003, then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a press statement demanding to know from President Bush, "Where Are the Jobs"?  The statement was released in response to the monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report, which, at that time showed that over 400,000 Americans had given up looking for work and had left the labor force.  It should be noted that today, every job measurement she cited is worse now than it was in 2003.

No one punished under congressional ethics rules.  Nearly three years after Congress approved sweeping ethics rules to "drain the swamp," as incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it, no member of Congress has been punished for wrongdoing.  In that time, allegations of sexual misconduct and financial impropriety have been lodged against lawmakers.

Pelosi tells C-SPAN:  'There has never been a more open process'.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Congress' work on a healthcare bill Tuesday [01/05/2010] saying the process has displayed historic transparency, just as C-SPAN mounts an effort to open the negotiations. ... "We will do what is necessary to pass the bill," Pelosi said.

A Day Off.  [Scroll down slowly]  Nancy Pelosi's promise to end the "culture of corruption" in Congress and Barack Obama's promise to run the "most transparent administration in history" were unadulterated lies.  An ominous thought:  both of them might actually believe they're doing just that, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.  Such a profound disconnect from reality is making Americans furious.

Little Miss Sunshine.  Days after becoming the nation's first female Speaker of the House in 2006, Nancy Pelosi pledged to create "the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history."  The statement appears ludicrous now given Congress' smarmy image, thanks in large part to Pelosi's theatrics on a host of issues.

A Minority View:  Constitutional Contempt.  At Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Oct. 29th press conference, a CNS News reporter asked, "Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?"  Speaker Pelosi responded, "Are you serious?  Are you serious?"  The reporter said, "Yes, yes, I am."  Not responding further, Pelosi shook her head and took a question from another reporter.

The Death of Deliberative Democracy.  In 2006, the minority party in Congress issued a dire report on the "unprecedented erosion of the democratic process."  Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter, then the ranking member of the House Rules Committee, authored the scathing document.  She blasted the majority Republicans' violations of "procedural fairness," short-circuiting of debate, and late-night meetings "to discourage members and the press from participating" in legislative deliberations.  My, how history repeats itself.

For Their Next Trick...  Look for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to try to circumvent the traditional conference committee process by which the different versions of health care reform passed by each house will be reconciled.  If so, it will be the latest example of violating principles of transparency and accountability in the single-minded pursuit of legislative victory.

Pelosi Pledged to Give Public 'Ample Amount of Time' to Read Final Health Bill.  While Nancy Pelosi is now dodging a request from C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb to open up House-Senate negotiations over the final version of the health-care bill so C-SPAN's cameras can show them to the public, back in July she pledged she would give the public an "ample amount of time" to read the final bill before brining it to a vote.

Four Tactical Steps That Will Defeat Obamacare.  [#1.]  Denounce this bill for the lying fraud scheme it is:  Just as an example:  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) "scored" the Pelosi bill to cost $1.055 trillion — far above Barack Obama's $900 billion ceiling.  Pelosi immediately held a press conference and announced her bill would cost $894 billion — a figure that did not appear in the CBO report and which could be reached only by subtracting projected IRS-administered penalties from the actual cost.

Pelosi says Americans could 'absorb' increased deficit if it means more jobs.  Americans could be ready to "absorb" increases to the deficit if it means higher employment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday [11/24/2009].  As the Congress prepares to put together a new spending package focused on creating new jobs in the U.S., the Speaker said that while it's a "false choice" to pose the situation facing lawmakers as a balance between jobs and increased deficits, Americans would rather have jobs.

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This is right down the middle of the fast track to socialism:  Paying for make-work jobs with money borrowed from future taxpayers.  Exactly the opposite approach would produce more employment — reduce government intervention (and taxes) to zero, and full employment will follow.

Nancy Pelosi spends $2,993 on flowers.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spent $2,993 in taxpayer money on flowers between June and October.  House Majority Whip James Clyburn has a thing for Chantilly Donuts, spending about $265 at the Virginia shop in the past quarter. ... Pelosi, who has come under fire in the past for spending on flowers, also spent roughly $30,610 in food and beverage and about $2,740 on bottled water, contributing to the nearly $120,531 total from all congressional leadership accounts.

The $1.9 Trillion Gimmick.  Any day now, the House is expected to vote on a $210 billion fiscal swindle that will prevent automatic cuts in Medicare payments to doctors. ... The "doc fix" was originally part of ObamaCare, until Mrs. Pelosi realized that adding a quarter-trillion dollars to the total tab made it difficult to pretend the bill would reduce the deficit.

Pelosi was for three-day "read the bill" rule before she forgot it on Obamacare.  There are two ways to view this video of a 2005 floor speech by then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, condemning Republican leaders for not allowing members three days to read "a bill of thousands of pages" before voting on it.  The video is posted on Breitbart TV and is well worth watching in the aftermath of Speaker Pelosi's legislative blitzkreig of the past week to gain passage of her version of Obamacare at all costs.

The Madness of Queen Nancy.  It's one thing to be serene under fire, it's another to be delusional.  More than a few Democrats in Congress are perplexed and worried that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is insisting on ramming through a 1,900-page health care bill on Saturday [11/7/2009], just days after her party took heavy losses in Tuesday's elections.

Pelosi's Suicide Pact.  This is likely to be the high-water mark for liberal Democrats.  They're likely to lose House seats next year anyway, and there's no guarantee President Obama will be re-elected.  At 69, Pelosi stands a good chance of facing a death panel before she leads a majority of this size again.  Besides, her seat is in no jeopardy.  She comes from a safe ultraliberal district.

Pelosi Breaks Pledge to Put Final Health Care Bill Online for 72 Hours Before Vote.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office tells The Weekly Standard that the speaker will not allow the final language of the health care to be posted online for 72 hours before bringing the bill to a vote on the House floor, despite her September 24 statement that she was "absolutely" committed to doing so.

By hook or crook...
More on the post-election ballot question in NY 23.  It appears, though it was not widely reported, that in an effort to prevent Hoffman from being seated should he win, Owens preemptively contested the results, and the ballots were impounded so the New York Board of elections could not — and did not — certify the NY 23 election results.  This the House knew when Pelosi ordered Owens sworn in to vote for the atrocious health care reform bill.

The Pelosi Plan.  With Barack Obama as her front man, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — the real power in the Democratic party — has gone Clinton and Gingrich one better.  Clinton tried to hike taxes.  Gingrich sought to cut Medicare.  Pelosi wants to do both at once.  This is quite a feat:  She's combined the most unpopular Democratic and Republican proposals of the last generation in one piece of legislation.

Pelosi's Kamikazes?  Pelosi is ordering her fearful members to vote for the Obama-cum-Pelosi healthcare "reform" bill that has voters up in arms all over the country.  House Blue Dog "moderates" are already caught in a crossfire between their constituents and their leadership.  The Tea Partyers have been heard, and they are watching carefully.

Old-school corruption.  Before taking control of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history."  However, with dozens of mostly Democratic lawmakers and various staff under investigation by the House's twin ethics bodies, the majority clearly values political power over clean government.

The Worst Bill Ever.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reportedly told fellow Democrats that she's prepared to lose seats in 2010 if that's what it takes to pass ObamaCare, and little wonder.  The health bill she unwrapped last Thursday [10/29/2009], which President Obama hailed as a "critical milestone," may well be the worst piece of post-New Deal legislation ever introduced.  In a rational political world, this 1,990-page runaway train would have been derailed months ago.

Pelosi Rebuffs Constitutional Question.  [Judge Andrew] Napolitano says Congress has conveniently forgotten that the federal government was granted specific enumerated powers, limited by the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.  The power to regulate interstate commerce was intended to keep regular the trade between states and eliminate unfair in-state advantages.  Stretching the interpretation of interstate commerce regulation that Pelosi and others are attempting to do, and applying it to a very intimate matter like health care is far beyond the scope of the Commerce Clause.

VAT's The Matter?  At least twice a decade, it seems, desperate politicians latch on to the idea of a VAT as the best way to raise lots of money for their spending schemes.  No wonder.  Unlike our current system, a VAT would impose a uniform levy at each level of production, from raw materials to finished goods, so the revenue potential is huge.  Which is why it keeps coming up in our free-spending Capital.

Lied To Enough Already?  Individuals nationwide, regardless of political allegiance, have taken to the streets this year in opposition to the radical liberal agenda and assert that we're taxed enough already, but we should also recognize that liberals have lied to us enough already in regards to the further taxes we oppose.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) continued her regularly scheduled display of dishonesty during a recent discussion of the value-added tax.

Mrs. Pelosi's VAT.  Candor about taxes is rare in Washington, so when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admits that Democrats may have to impose a huge new tax on the middle class to fund their spending ambitions, believe her.  Speaking with PBS's Charlie Rose on Monday [10/5/2009], Mrs. Pelosi mused publicly about the rising possibility of enacting a value-added tax, or VAT, as part of broader tax reform.  "Somewhere along the way, a value-added tax plays into this," she said.

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That's a national sales tax, in other words, on top of all our other taxes.

Piracy on Treasure Island.  Politicians with ties to land developers are trying to force the Navy to hand over one of the most valuable pieces of property in the country for free.  The House version of the 2010 Defense authorization bill scheduled for conference today contains language that would speed the transfer of Naval Station Treasure Island to the city of San Francisco at no cost. ... A Pelosi spokesman stressed that she did not author the provision, but her involvement is unmistakable.

Thugs, Tea Parties And Treacle.  The unwillingness of the Democratic establishment to defend free markets emboldens the [Pittsburgh] rioters.  In destroying private property and impeding trade, these anarchists prove their aims aren't democratic.  They resemble the mobs of Castro's Cuba who engage in violence against citizens to enforce conformity.  The outrage of it all raises questions about Pelosi's real agenda in her one-sided criticism of tea partiers.  By criticizing only tea partiers and ignoring rampant thugs, she seeks to repress peaceful dissent.  With that setup, it's no surprise that there's a mudslide of violence now rolling down on us from an energized radical left.

Joe Wilson Raps Pelosi Over Making Bills Available Online.  Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) marshaled his newfound celebrity Friday [9/25/2009] by sending a fundraising letter to Republicans that accuses House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of failing to post all bills online at least 72 hours prior to votes.  Wilson, who rose to notoriety for interrupting President Obama's health-care address to Congress by yelling "You Lie!," charged Friday that Democratic congressional leaders "continue to spin and mislead the public" in the contentious debate over health-care reform.

Pelosi Seeks to Make Health Reform Bill More Liberal.  When House leadership brings a final health care bill to the full House floor, it may be more liberal than moderate House Democrats expected, according to reports.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is planning to include in the bill a tax on wealthy Americans, as well as a more robust government-run health insurance plan (or "public option"), abandoning the compromises leaders in a key committee worked out with the moderate Blue Dog Democrats, according to Roll Call.

The Democrats' Hypocrisy.  But as every San Franciscan knows, Dan White shot Moscone and Milk because Moscone would not give him his supervisor's post back and Milk supported Moscone. ... So it is hysterical and disingenuous for Pelosi to equate tea-party protests with the murders of Moscone and Milk and the riots that followed.  She knows better.  She herself said Thursday that people should take "responsibility" for what they say and any "incitement" their words cause.  She owes lawful protesters an apology.

Still Lying.  The Speaker of the House is right.  The Bay Area was indeed a mecca of political violence during the 1970s.  But the violence exclusively came from people whose outlook more closely resembled Nancy Pelosi's, not Joe Wilson's.

Pelosi's Pretense:  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held an "emotional" press conference to caution the rest of us "about the language" we use. ... It's hard to decide which is more repugnant, her acting ability or her double standard.  Madam Speaker, perhaps you're the one who isn't "balanced."

Pelosi Puts Her Foot In It.  Sorry folks, bigotry is bigotry; doesn't matter if you are white, black, yellow or plaid.  Obama is a bigot, Carter is not only an economic moron, he is also a bigot.  Pelosi is biased against heterosexuals and has a rabid bigotry against Christian white males.  In fact the entire tone of her statement indicates that she believes the greatest danger this country faces is the prototypical angry white male.  She is fearful that one of us who has a platform for our opinion will write or say something derogatory about Obama and one the members of our unstable redneck flock will sally forth to perform a heinous deed.

Speaker Of Lies.  What did the speaker know, and when did she know it? With CIA documents contradicting Nancy Pelosi's claims on classified briefings, will a death watch begin on her leadership?

Doubling Down On A Losing Strategy.  You've likely seen the video of Nancy Pelosi ostensibly choking back tears as she warns that violence is on the way, just as in 1970s San Francisco — one of the oddest analogies we've seen in a long time.  No, she wasn't talking about union thugs, the only people who have actually committed political violence during the current administration.  She was trying to smear and demonize conservatives and others who have rebelled against the Democrats' radical agenda:  government-run health care, bailouts, trillion dollar deficits, and so on.

They Hate the American We Love.  As militant as this president is, he is not alone in his extremism. The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a woman two heartbeats away from the presidency herself, is perhaps even more radical than Obama, if that is possible.  Pelosi and her counterpart in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), have thus far done this president's bidding.  That may change, especially in the Senate, but one thing is clear.  These people hate the America you and I love, and they will do whatever they can to alter it forever.

Nancy's Nazis:  Nancy Pelosi has a very florid imagination.  In her mind's eye she is seeing people "carrying swastikas" at Town Hall meetings to protest Obama's Central Plan for American medicine. ... It's a control freak's dream, after all, and the Nazis were totalitarian control freaks.

Recycling the contempt.  Angry lynch mobs (to hear House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her sidekick Steny Hoyer tell it) of elderly gents on walking sticks and little blue-haired ladies in their 80s have descended on congressmen at town meetings across the country — in California, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Maryland, Ohio, Georgia and other places.  They're taking out their anger and frustration at the Obama health care "reform" in the robust American way, but Mrs. Pelosi professes to see "reform" adrift on a turbulent sea of Nazi swastikas.

Health care outrage is plenty real.  When two of Congress' most powerful Democrats bash disagreeing citizens as "un-American," you know the hinges have fallen off.  Their smug lecture in a USA Today op-ed piece this week radiates the sanctimonious condescension that is dragging down President Barack Obama's suddenly human approval ratings.  "Health care is complex," professors Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer warn.  The attendant message:  Those displeased are stupid; if they were smarter, they would agree with us.  This is an old game for the left.  Only they are the smart, virtuous and responsible stewards of the mountains of taxpayer money that is their lifeblood.

Pelosi:  I'm clueless about cash cut-off.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday [9/16/2009] she is clueless about an amendment to prohibit government funds for embattled ACORN, although it overwhelmingly passed the Senate Monday and the White House is calling for the group to be held accountable.  "I don't even know what they passed," Pelosi told The Post yesterday.  "What did they do?  They defunded it?"

The Theory is Now a Conspiracy — Part II.  The US Constitution has very specific requirements for the office of President and Vice President and NO federal or state statute supersedes those Article II requirements.  The political Parties and each state Elector is charged with the legal responsibility of vetting and certifying that the candidates they nominate meet all necessary legal requirements for the office sought.  The RNC has done that, the DNC has NOT, except in the case of Obama's alleged birth place, Hawaii.  Where does this place Nancy Pelosi?  In a place of knowing, aiding and abetting?

The Opportunity of a Century.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi said one correct thing:  health care legislation is our "opportunity, not of a lifetime, but of the century."  Passage of the bill she supports would put us forever on the road to trillions of dollars in debt, bankruptcy, and European mistakes; defeat of the bill will safeguard the unique American recipe for liberty and prosperity.  Pelosi and her friends would give more control to patients over their medical care IF the liberals really wanted to improve quality and reduce cost.  Instead, they are trying to push our nation in the opposite direction, taking away control from patients over access and choices for medical care.

In Case You Had Any Doubts.  The Wall Street Journal editors in a helpful summary make two key points about the newly released CIA documents.  First, Nancy Pelosi did indeed lie.  She was briefed on the enhanced interrogation techniques ... And second, the interrogation techniques worked.

Are Pelosi's lies impeachable?  It is simply implausible that — in the dark days and weeks and months following 9/11, and the anthrax attacks which actually shut down the Capitol building in which she works — Pelosi remained unaware of the intelligence community's efforts to prevent further attacks.  We are supposed to believe that Pelosi, as ranking member of the Intelligence Committee, showed such disinterest as to fail to ask whether EIT's were actually being used and that, as the leader of the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives, she couldn't find fulfill her responsibilities to discuss such a vital matter with her own top aide.

Pelosi's Swastika Claim Is A Crock.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) proclaimed that those attending health care town hall meetings are "carrying swastikas."

Mr. President, Americans are not an 'angry mob'.  They aren't carrying swastikas, either, contrary to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's rant about the legions of worried citizens who have been standing up in multiple town halls and congressional forums to demand straight answers from their congressmen about what they are doing under the guise of "health-care reform."  Pelosi's attempt to smear honest citizens as Nazis is only the most reprehensible manifestation of a White House-directed propaganda campaign to discredit anyone who disagrees with President Obama's health-care proposal.

'Grassroots' vs. 'Astroturf': A Pitched Battle Over Health Care.  Is the Astroturf always greener on the other side?  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has characterized outspoken protests at town hall meetings on health care as "astroturf" — or disingenuous grassroots organization by conservative opponents of the legislation.  But President Obama is now calling on his online network of supporters, Organizing for America (OFA), to get involved in the debate.

Pelosi's plan: wine, dine big donors.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moves in a rarefied world of high society and high-level politics — and nothing underscores that fact quite like her plans for the August recess.  Pelosi will spend next weekend quietly tending to top party donors and political allies at a series of private events in Northern California.

Cap Taxes, Trade Congress.  While these Roman throwbacks [in Congress] attempt to save the planet, pagan style, so they can set up their Darwinian nirvana on earth, the rest of us have enough sense not to try to make the state our church.  While we, in the other America, use reason to guide our decisions, Nancy Pelosi actually seems to think she's the reincarnation of some pagan goddess on a mission to save the planet. ... Meanwhile, New England has just reported the coldest June on record, while the Global Warming hoax is revealed as a pile of pure poppycock by more real scientists every single day.  This Congress and their pagan-god delusions have got to go.  Has ever a more witless group reigned from on high in such vainglorious fashion?

Spies, lies and Speaker Pelosi.  The latest kerfuffle has Congressional Democrats accusing the Central Intelligence Agency of having a "secret plan" to capture or kill al-Qaida leadership. ... Of course, this whole issue has been constructed to protect Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of the most remarkable moonbats ever to appear in American public life.  Back in May, while attempting to chew her way out of a leg-trap set by her left-wing base as to whether she was aware of waterboarding and enhanced interrogation by the CIA, Pelosi accused the agency of misleading Congress "all the time."

Pelosi v. CIA.  The last time the CIA and Nancy Pelosi were in the news together, the House Speaker was accusing the agency of lying about its briefings to Congress on the interrogation of al Qaeda detainees.  This week, the Speaker's fellow Democrats are set to block public disclosure of what Ms. Pelosi was really told and when.

The Democrats' War on our Spies.  The Democrats' war against our spies has taken two new turns.  In their zeal to punish Bush administration officials — and protect House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) from publication of the facts showing her complicity in then-legal waterboarding of terrorist prisoners — the Democrats have again accused the CIA of lying.

Another Phony Scandal.  With Speaker Pelosi caught in the web of her own deceit over what the CIA told her about "torture," and the Obama administration in the middle of its latest 180-degree reversal over CIA interrogators (Attorney General Holder is now considering prosecutions despite Obama's promise of no prosecutions), Democrats have trumped up a charge that the CIA, on the orders of Vice President Dick Cheney, failed to notify Congress that it was contemplating — not implementing, but essentially brainstorming about — plans to kill or capture top al-Qaeda figures.  This is their most ludicrous gambit in a long time — and that's saying something.

Protecting Pelosi, not America.  President Obama made the hunt for Al-Qaeda a repeated theme of his 2008 election campaign, scolding Bush for diverting resources from the "real" war on terror.  "We will kill bin Laden," he vowed in the second presidential debate in October.  "We will crush Al-Qaeda."  So why the outrage from Schakowsky and her colleagues?  It appears that the controversy has less to do with protecting America than protecting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

ACES Up Her Sleeve.  Well before Barack Obama brought hope to the White House, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was adamant that something new and different and wonderful had arrived.  In 2006, the incoming Speaker pledged that hers would be the "most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history."  At the time, we were skeptical — to say the least.  Our refusal to accept her rhetoric was roundly vindicated last week.  That was when Madam-Speaker used every dirty trick at her disposal to coldly ram a 1,500 page global warming bill through the House of Representatives.

Capping and Trading Away Our Jobs.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says this is a jobs bill, "Jobs, jobs, jobs."  Unfortunately, the jobs created in alternative energy sources will be more than offset by job losses; and the "millions" of jobs that the bill is supposed to create can indeed be outsourced.  In fact, GE is already importing wind turbines from its plants in China, Germany and Spain to supply wind farms in the United States.

Democrats Continue to Protect ACORN.  Abraham Lincoln once remarked that "nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."  This week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her liberal colleagues demonstrated once again that in matters where power may conflict with principle, these liberals will put power first every time.

GOP hits Pelosi for mouse funds.  The tiny mouse that became a hotly disputed symbol of wasteful spending in the $787 billion economic stimulus bill has returned to pester House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  The Obama administration revealed last week that as much as $16.1 million from the stimulus program is going to save the San Francisco Bay Area habitat of, among other things, the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse.

Approval Ratings for Pelosi Hit a New Low.  A month after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's showdown with the CIA over interrogation techniques, just 38 percent of Americans approve of her job performance, while 45 percent disapprove, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released yesterday.  That's the lowest approval rating she has received in the poll.

Pelosi will profit from Obama-Waxman-Markety cap-and-trade energy bill.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has vowed to bring the Obama-Waxman-Markey (OWM) anti-global warming cap-and-trade energy bill to the floor for a final vote Friday [6/26/2009], which raises an interesting question:  How much money will Pelosi make if the measure becomes law, as seems quite likely?  Pelosi, of course, is not the only member of Congress to own significant shares of energy companies. ... But as House Speaker, Pelosi's ownership of an unknown number of shares in the Clean Energy Fuels Corp. valued at between $15,000 and $50,000, may deserve particular attention.

Pelosi's Pork Problem.  Picture a freight train roaring down the tracks.  Picture House Speaker Nancy Pelosi positioning her party on the rails.  Picture a growing stream of nervous souls diving for the weeds.  Picture all this, and you've got a sense of the Democrats' earmark-corruption problem.  This particular choo-choo has the name John Murtha emblazoned on the side, and with each chug is proving that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

Pelosi 'dressed up' as Gore in China.  The trouble has been well publicized.  She was briefed by the CIA on waterboarding when it was first transpiring, did nothing to object and later told various stories meant to deny her tacit complicity.  In short, she lied, and because of witnesses and documentation, got caught.  Reporters loved this story, and it got to where Pelosi had an increasingly hard time revealing how horrible Republicans were.

Pelosi Censors Republicans.  Monday night [7/13/2009] Democrats voted to shut down the U.S. House Representatives rather than allow a handful of Republican Congressmen to speak on the floor.  What could have been so offensive or frightening about our discourse that Speaker Pelosi felt she had to protect her party by gagging free speech in the House?

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We've heard this Washington song before.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history Wednesday [6/17/2009] by barring Republicans from offering any amendments to spending legislation.  This has never been done before in the entire history of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Time for Nancy Pelosi to Resign.  Bush, Cheney and the CIA protected American lives.  Pelosi has attempted to undermine the credibility of those who kept us safe, in order to save her own job and status.  Furthermore, her behavior flies directly in the face of Obama's promise of a new era of integrity in politics, and he shouldn't stand by her while she lies.  Pelosi needs to step down, or the Obama administration and their allies in the House should end Pelosi's disgraceful political career.

Pelosi's Chinese Climate Change.  Back when Mrs. Pelosi was a rising liberal star her signature issue was human rights in China.  In 1991, she famously unfurled a pro-democracy banner in Tiananmen Square. During the Clinton Administration, she argued against normalizing trade relations with China unless linked to human-rights progress.  Yet throughout last week's China tour Mrs. Pelosi said nothing of note about human rights — despite the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre this week.

Speaker Pelosi's Controversial Marxist Connections:  Like the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not have to go through a background investigation in order to get a security clearance.  This loophole in the law enables the president and members of Congress to automatically qualify for security clearances, even if they have controversial backgrounds and associations, by virtue of the fact that they get elected to high office in Washington, D.C.  In the case of Speaker Pelosi, who is second in the line of succession to the presidency after the vice president, there is increasing concern about whether she can be trusted with national security secrets.

Pelosi appeals for China's help on climate change.  U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Beijing on Thursday [5/25/2009] to cooperate on climate change, calling a safe environment a basic human right. ... "We have so much room for improvement," she said.  "Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory ... of how we are taking responsibility."

Pelosi vs. CIA: Why It Matters.  "Bush lied, people died" became a refrain uttered endlessly by Bush haters.  But Bush didn't lie — and the Democrats know it.  Indeed, to extricate herself from Torture-gate, Pelosi now compliments the CIA, the very agency Bush relied on in making the case for war.  But public opinion turned against the war.  Then waterboarding became "torture."

Pelosi's story has lots of holes in it.  This all matters because Pelosi has been leading the charge for a so-called "truth commission" to probe the means by which the Bush administration convinced itself it was within its moral and legal bounds in torturing people.  As Republicans have sensibly pointed out, that becomes problematic if you knew about said torture for seven years and said nothing.

Pelosi's Lies Roil Dem Establishment.  Nancy Pelosi was loudly applauded by the liberal media when she became Speaker of the House.  She is one of their own.  She's a true believer from the pinkest precincts of San Francisco. ... Pelosi is up for reelection next year.  If her San Francisco voters understand that she's been lying to them for eight whole years about waterboarding, furious peasants with pitchforks will be marching up the Castro.

Richard Milhous Pelosi.  Pelosi, like Nixon, is caught in her own web of denials.  She knew waterboarding was being employed and did nothing to stop it.  Her continued denials only dig her hole deeper in a failed Watergate-like cover-up, and she knows it.  Her body language in the May 14 press conference, fumbling with papers and flustered stops and starts all betray her intent to mislead.  Pelosi knew about the waterboarding and did nothing to stop it.  She is caught between the facts and her own radicalism in condemning the CIA.

Nervous Nancy.  Senior House Democrat leadership aides say that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes that members of the Central Intelligence Agency aren't the only people who have been lying to her.  "Since she stepped into the middle of this waterboarding controversy she's become almost paranoid about her own people," says one leadership aide, who has worked with Pelosi, most recently in strategizing about House efforts on health care reform.

Pelosi's chickens home to roost.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi is engaged in the fight of her career.  The embattled speaker has resorted to attacking the credibility of the CIA over the extent of their disclosure of enhanced interrogation tactics, even as her own credibility melts away.  The truth of the matter, though, is that the situation in which Mrs. Pelosi finds herself is one of her own making, and just the latest in a series of irresponsible political moves.

Pelosi bewildered, but unbothered.  OK, fine.  The CIA — gasp! — fibbed, and she fell for it.  To me, that is not the real question, however.  To me, the real question is what on earth Pelosi thought the CIA meant when it said it was using "enhanced interrogation techniques" on detainees.  Did Pelosi think the CIA was sending these men to bed without dinner?

Cheney: Pelosi knew of interrogations.  Accusing President Obama of giving Americans "less than half the truth," former Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday [5/21/2009] tough interrogation tactics worked, and said the tactics had the approval of members of Congress including current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Is Nancy Pelosi a liar or a hypocrite?  If people were legitimately concerned that we were going to be attacked again in 2002, how does Pelosi become absolved of responsibility but Bush lawyers are guilty of war crimes?  We've long known that Pelosi, now calling for a truth commission to investigate the use of interrogation methods she once condoned, is a hypocrite.  The more pertinent question now is whether she's a liar.

Pelosi should 'fess up.  Down deep she has to realize that she's beginning to look not just foolish, but like others before her who have refused to admit they've been caught in a misstatement (Washingtonese for a lie).  To delay the inevitable, she's claiming that everyone around her is lying.

The witch hunt has caught the witch.  It's been fascinating to watch perhaps soon to be former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) dig her political grave.  The first rule of holes is that when you find yourself in one, stop digging.  But for her press conference Thursday, Ms. Pelosi rented a steam shovel.

Pelosi Did Nothing With Knowledge About Enhanced Interrogation Techniques.  Seemingly lost in the dispute over what Speaker Pelosi says she was not told are the implications of what she acknowledges she was told.

Why Liberals Never Lie.  Leon Panetta also made clear that the CIA had truthfully, and fully briefed the speaker as to the techniques used, that she was in attendance, acknowledged the techniques, and had no problem with them at the time.  Thus the history books will say, began the downfall of Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the House.

In Pelosi flap, whoever is lying must pay.  The greatest challenge in absorbing the Nancy Pelosi story is shelving our personal and political feelings about her.  For her supporters, that means suppressing the instinct to defend her at all costs.  For critics, that means suppressing the default setting of despising her.

Why Pelosi must go.  It's obvious that either Leon Panetta, Obama's head of the CIA, or Nancy Pelosi, his party's Speaker of the House, has to go.  No administration can tolerate a permanent, public civil war between two such high-ranking officials.

Why Pelosi Should Step Down:  To test how much damage Speaker Pelosi has done to the defense of our nation, ask yourself this:  If you were a young man or woman just starting out today, would you put on a uniform or become an intelligence officer to defend America, knowing that tomorrow a politician like Nancy Pelosi could decide you were a criminal?  Would you?

Let's Find Out Who's Lying: Pelosi or CIA.  There's nothing to agree or disagree about when it comes to intelligence officials misleading Congress.  Pelosi didn't say she might have misunderstood.  She isn't saying things have changed.  As I understand it, she is claiming that intelligence officials lied to her.  That needs to be investigated.  If Pelosi was misled, those responsible should step aside.  If she wasn't — if she is pointing at others to avoid taking responsibility for herself — then she will face loud calls to do so herself.

Pelosi's accusations against the CIA can no longer be met with silence.  He's the man with the silver tongue, "a gift," as he once called his inspired ability with words.  Yet while a heated battle with national security implications rages around him, President Obama has pushed his mute button.  It's been six days since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went wiggy and accused the Central Intelligence Agency of repeatedly lying to her and others in Congress, saying "they mislead us all the time."

She said, he said.  Both Pelosi and Obama are caught between the political necessity of preventing another 9/11 and losing their jobs or explaining what might have to be done and risk losing their jobs.  Kerry was right:  "torture elicits lies."  But not in the way he meant.

Systemic Democrat Rot:  The systemic rot within the Democrat Party is obvious to anyone other than the 13 million people on Obama's campaign email list. ... We got a more recent look at it during the Lewinski scandal of the Clinton years, but now it has burst upon the political scene again as it is obvious to everyone that the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has been lying about her knowledge and acceptance of "enhanced interrogations."  Calls from any House Democrat that she should step down or be removed are muted or non-existent.

Nancy 'Scooter' Pelosi.  Scooter Libby went to prison for the "outing" of a desk-jockey CIA agent.  He forgot conversations.  Pelosi forgets briefings.  And the outing of our entire intelligence apparatus by Democrats is OK.

Nancy's Versions:  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is almost certainly not telling the truth about her foreknowledge of EITs — what the CIA calls "enhanced interrogation techniques" and critics call "torture."  To answer the inevitable question, we turn to recently released CIA records.

Pelosi Blames Bush for Social Security and Medicare Woes.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, reacting to a dire government report on the solvency of Social Security and Medicare, says it's all the Bush administration's fault.

Pelosi in a Pickle.  CIA Director Leon Panetta yesterday [5/15/2009] let House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a fellow Democrat, have it with both barrels.  Without naming his one-time House colleague — who, a day earlier, had charged that Panetta's agency "mislead[s] us all the time" — the CIA chief sent an agency-wide memo citing "the long tradition in Washington of making political hay out of our business."

Panetta's Pelosi Smackdown.  Our guess is that Nancy Pelosi will come to regret her accusation on Thursday that CIA officials lied to her about their interrogation of terrorists.  It took only a day for the agency to fire back, in the form of a statement from Director Leon Panetta, a Democrat, an Obama appointee and a long-time California Congressional colleague of the House Speaker.

Flailing In Quicksand.  The CIA will bite back after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's wild new allegations of a cover-up on terrorist interrogations.  When that truth comes out, she'll lose big.  It may be the lie that ensnares her.

The truth about Nancy Pelosi's lie:  Three things are now clear about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent comments about what she knew and when she knew it concerning the CIA's use of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs), including water-boarding:  First, it is no longer possible to doubt that Pelosi knew as of September 4, 2002 that the CIA included water-boarding among its tools for interrogating high-value terrorists like al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah.

Lies And Liars.  Last week saw an unusual number of outright lies from our media and political class.  Lies that went virtually unchallenged. ... Lie #2:  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced to the world that she was never told during a congressional briefing in 2002 that waterboarding or other "enhanced" interrogation techniques were being used on terrorism suspects.

Masters of deception.  Students of intelligence-gathering will tell you deception and outright lying are essential to the art.  Having now reviewed the controversy over who in Congress knew what about the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques, I have concluded that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might make a superb intelligence officer.  She claims she was utterly unaware of the CIA's rough treatment of terrorists detained after Sept. 11, 2001.  She says this without betraying a hint of deception or uncertainty.

Dems' effective one-two punch.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) is the most partisan Democrat in the House, while her deputy, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), is one of the most bipartisan lawmakers in the lower chamber, according to a survey conducted by The Hill.  The two Democratic leaders have established a good-cop-bad-cop modus operandi, which may be a key to their effectiveness since taking control in 2007.

Pelosi Briefed on Use of Interrogation Tactics in Sept. 2002.  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed on the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on terrorist suspect Abu Zubaydah in September 2002, according to a report prepared by the Director of National Intelligence's office and obtained by ABC News.

Pelosi lied about interrogation briefing.  If a CIA memorandum obtained by Jed Babbin of Human Events is genuine, then Nancy Pelosi shook her finger in the face of the nation and lied about not being told water boarding was used.

Have You No Sense of Decency, Ms. Pelosi, at Long Last? Have You No Sense of Decency?  The news that Nancy Pelosi was, in fact, briefed on the use of enhanced interrogation techniques as early 2002 should have two repercussions. ... What we are seeing is yet another chicken, albeit a large one, coming home to roost...

Pelosi refutes intelligence memo.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday questioned the accuracy of an intelligence memo that appeared to conflict with her previous statements that she was not told of waterboarding at a classified briefing she attended in 2002 on CIA interrogation techniques.

Probe Yourselves.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants a broad "probe" of Wall Street, much like the 1932 Pecora Commission that led to sweeping bank reforms. ... Why do this now?  Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues are feeling the heat from Tea Party demonstrations and growing voter anger over the massive waste entailed in the $4 trillion (and rising) stimulus-bailout bonanza.  Again, the Democrats created all this spending.  Now, as it proves unpopular, they just walk away from it.

Is Pelosi a War Criminal?  Pelosi is just as guilty as George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, other members of Congress who were briefed in detail on the CIA interrogation program, the Justice Department lawyers who wrote the opinions and the CIA personnel who crafted the interrogation program.  But none is guilty of any crime if, as it appears, they obeyed the law as it was written then.

Pelosi's Library Quarantine:  In February, an overzealous law governing lead in products resulted in toys going from store shelves to the trash heap.  Now, confusion over how the rules affect children's books has led some libraries to rope off kids' sections.  Last summer, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) interpreted the 2008 law to include children's books, though exactly what that means is anyone's guess.

Pelosi Tells Illegal Immigrants That Work Site Raids are Un-American.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently told a group of both legal and illegal immigrants and their families that enforcement of existing immigration laws, as currently practiced, is "un-American."  The speaker, condemning raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, referred to the immigrants she was addressing as "very, very patriotic."

Hillary, Pelosi in la-la-land on immigration.  Last week Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) described the law-enforcement activities of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as "un-American."  Which triggers the question — since when is enforcing federal law by a federal agency "un-American"? ... Pelosi's comments reveal just how out of touch she is — like most of her party's leadership — with most Americans.

Speaker Pelosi's Latest Move to Regulate the News.  While clearly there are serious issues engulfing the newspaper industry, in San Francisco and elsewhere, the problem isn't one of anti-trust violations.  Pelosi has made her feelings known.  She would like a return to the Fairness Doctrine.  This is a nose under the tent.  Yes, the industry is changing.  It has been for years.  But other than perhaps some limits on one company owning too many TV, radio and newspapers in a single market, the government really should have no role in the business of news.

Pelosi dodges chance to end automatic pay raises.  Congress' automatic pay raises are in little immediate danger of being scrapped for good, even with the economy slumping and millions of Americans unemployed.

Liberals and the Stimulus.  Nothing captured quite so perfectly the manic state among those eager for the passage and implementation of the so-called "stimulus" as the wild remark by Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, that "every month we do not have an economic recovery package, 500 million Americans lose their jobs."  There are only 300 million Americans in all, among them 75 million under the age of eighteen and 36 million over the age of sixty-five.  The number of employable Americans is thus somewhere around 190 million.  If one were to calculate using Pelosian math, by the end of this month alone, the United States would be facing an unemployment rate approaching 1,200 percent.

The People Who Can Make or Break Obama.  [#2] Nancy Pelosi:  Almost single-handedly Speaker Nancy Pelosi destroyed President Obama's image as a moderate conciliator.  Her pork-a-thon spending bill dressed up as a stimulus and her decision to exclude Republicans entirely from the legislative process not only revived the Republican opposition, but needlessly sacrificed the Democrats' appeal to moderate swing voters.  Now that her appetite has been whetted (and it is clear the president has no interest or ability in restraining her), there is no telling how far to the left she will leap.

Pelosi throws cold water on weapons ban.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tossed cold water on the prospect of reinstating the assault weapons ban, highlighting Democrats' reluctance to take on gun issues.  Attorney General Eric Holder raised the prospect Wednesday [2/25/2009] that the administration would push to bring back the ban.  But Pelosi (D-Calif.) indicated on Thursday that he never talked to her.  The Speaker gave a flat "no" when asked if she had talked to administration officials about the ban.

'I am the Speaker of the House'.  When the book is written on Nancy Pelosi's reign as speaker of the House, the thinnest chapter just might turn out to be:  "Bipartisanship and the 111th Congress."

Pope tells Nancy Pelosi life must be protected.  Pope Benedict XVI received Nancy Pelosi, one of the most prominent abortion rights politicians in America, and told her Wednesday [2/18/2009] that Catholic politicians have a duty to protect life "at all stages of its development."

Catholic Group Petitions Pope to Excommunicate Nancy Pelosi.  Human Life International (HLI), a Catholic pro-life group based in Front Royal, Va., had a letter from its Rome office delivered to the Vatican this week, in which it called upon Pope Benedict XVI to "formally excommunicate" from the Catholic Church House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  The pope met with Pelosi on Wednesday.

Ten Ways Obama Can Get a Grip:  First, never, ever let Nancy Pelosi carry the ball for the administration.  Her contempt for bipartisanship, political extremism, and inability to defend her own handiwork make her politically toxic.  From here on out President Obama would do well to deliver the legislation he wants, and position himself as a force for moderation, not the lackey of the speaker.

Pelosi Advocates Greater Government Investment in Banks.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, describing the U.S. economy as "dark, darker, darkest," indicated that further nationalization of American banks may be necessary, although she shied away from using the word "nationalization."

'I am the Speaker of the House'.  To hear her aides and associates tell it, Pelosi entered last week on her best bipartisan behavior, hoping that billions in tax cuts would be enough to lure six to 10 Republican House members to vote for the $819 billion stimulus plan.  To Republicans, it was a typical Pelosi pose  — and they accused her of ramming one of the biggest spending bills in history down their throats while scaling back President Barack Obama's tax-cut proposal to fund 40 years' worth of liberal wish-list items.

Pelosi's Abortion Stimulus Package.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) will bring her "Kill the Children" economic stimulus plan to the floor of the House this week for a likely vote on Thursday [1/29/2009].  On ABC's "This Week" last Sunday, Pelosi justified the inclusion of expanded federal funding for abortions as part of an economic stimulus plan on the grounds that reducing the number of children being born would help stimulate the economy.

Nancy Pelosi's neo-eugenics.  Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, is no economist, judging by her comments made to ABC's George Stephanopoulus, in asserting population growth in the US would be a drag on economic growth.  Population growth usually is an economic stimulant, especially in developed countries.  It always is a stimulant in developed democracies with private property rights and free markets.  Otherwise we wouldn't have a consumer society.

Pelosi Open to Prosecution of Bush Administration Officials.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is receptive to the idea of prosecuting some Bush administration officials, while letting others who are accused of misdeeds leave office without prosecution, she told Chris Wallace in an interview on "FOX News Sunday."  "I think you look at each item and see what is a violation of the law and do we even have a right to ignore it," the California Democrat said.

The honeymoon ends promptly at noon.  So far [the Obama] administration looks more like a Clinton Restoration than anything anticipated by the embittered cult on the far fringes of the nutcake left.  That's better than some of us expected.  But Nancy Pelosi, the dowager queen of the San Francisco Democrats, and some of her congressional acolytes still dream of resurrecting Nuremberg and putting George W. and Dick Cheney in the dock, like Hermann Goering.

Pelosi's Toy Story:  Under a new law set to go into effect February 10, unsold toys, along with bikes, books and even children's clothing are destined for the scrap heap due to an overzealous law to increase toy safety.  The damage comes from new rules governing lead in children's products.  After last year's scare over contaminated toys made in China, Congress leapt in to require all products aimed at children under 12 years old to be certified as safe and virtually lead-free by independent testing.

House re-elects Nancy Pelosi as speaker.  The woman who made history two years ago by becoming the first female speaker of the House has been re-elected to that post.  House colleagues today [1/6/2009] chose Nancy Pelosi to continue as speaker.

The Pelosi Doctrine:  What's good for her is good for the U.S.  President-elect Barack Obama meets today with Democratic congressional leaders to discuss their forthcoming economic stimulus package.  On Wednesday a Democrats-only committee hearing will convene to push for congressional action before Obama's January 20 inauguration.  Thus advances a sham economic stimulus bill via a sham legislative process.

Pelosi Erases Gingrich's Long-Standing Fairness Rules.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to re-write House rules today to ensure that the Republican minority is unable to have any influence on legislation.  Pelosi's proposals are so draconian, and will so polarize the Capitol, that any thought President-elect Obama has of bipartisan cooperation will be rendered impossible before he even takes office.

The Pelosi Record:  Ms. Pelosi likes to thunder against "the failures of eight years of the Bush economic policies."  The stock market has collapsed, she hisses, "because of a Republican philosophy of greed, deregulation, and tax cuts."  But almost the entire decline in the economy has come since she picked up the Speaker's gavel.  The stock market has decisively voted thumbs-down on the Pelosi paradigm, with the Dow falling from 12,157 in November 2006 to 8,600 today.  And it's not just the stock market that has imploded.  Let's consider the gale of destruction since the Pelosi era began.

Pelosi Defends Rangel.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told NBC's Meredith Vieira in an interview taped Monday [12/8/2008] that Rep. Charles Rangel should not step down as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.  Pelosi said she didn't see "any reason" that Rangel should step down.

If she needs a few reasons, she should click here.

In Alaska, The Drill Is Gone.  Remember those 68 million acres House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the oil companies had to use or lose?  According to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, they can't drill there either.

Pelosi's Quandary:  Jobs or Cross-eyed Mosquitoes?  Until now, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been adamant in insisting that funds from a $25B package intended for making automobiles more environmentally friendly NOT be used to help bail out the auto industry.  With her crazy liberal perspective, Pelosi has consistently favored the needs of insects and polar bears over hard-working Americans who need jobs.

Nationalizing Detroit:  In the Washington mind, there are two kinds of private companies.  There are successful if "greedy" corporations, which can always afford to pay more taxes and tolerate more regulation.  And then there are the corporate supplicants that need a handout.  As the Detroit auto makers are proving, you can go from being the first to the second in the blink of an election.

The Editor says...
Aren't these corporate bailouts exactly what Obama's supporters thought they were voting against?

Pelosi censors poster of troops.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-S.F., has done something worse than commit a crime against the First Amendment.  The speaker's censorship of nonobtrusive posters featuring men and women who gave that last full measure of devotion in service to their country is a blunder that could alienate 23 million veterans and their families from the Democratic Party.  If she is endowed with a crumb of constitutional or political sense, she will reverse course.

Pelosi paid husband with PAC funds.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed nearly $100,000 from her political action committee to her husband's real estate and investment firm over the past decade, a practice of paying a spouse with political donations that she supported banning last year.  Financial Leasing Services Inc. (FLS), owned by Paul F. Pelosi, has received $99,000 in rent, utilities and accounting fees from the speaker's "PAC to the Future" over the PAC's nine-year history.

House Speaker Pelosi Used Political Donations to Pay Husband's Firm.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid her husband's real estate and investment firm nearly $100,000 from her political action committee over the past decade, a practice that she voted to ban last year and that her party condemned as part of the "culture of corruption" when Republicans did it.

A failure to lead.  "For six years, Pelosi served on the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (the Ethics Committee)."  Six years later, what do we have?  Indicted Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson, who maintains his House seat in the middle of a corruption trial, without so much as a reprimand from Mrs. Pelosi.  Neither did she issue a single admonition to Rep. Charles Rangel, New York Democrat and Ways and Means Committee chairman, for his apparent failure to pay income taxes.

Democrats Fumble Ball On Energy.  In a letter just this week to House Republican leader John Boehner, Pelosi touted an extensive record of energy success.  But a look at Pelosi's "record" shows it to be pretty pathetic.  She and congressional Democrats have pursued energy "price-gougers," even though more than 17 studies have shown the practice is virtually nonexistent; they've punished "Big Oil" with higher taxes, while handing subsidies to alternative energy; and they've sought to punish "market manipulators."  None of these ideas work.

The drilling bill that bans drilling.  This bill permanently bans all drilling within 50 miles of the US coast, which just happens to be where most of the recoverable oil and gas reserves are.  It permits drilling between 50 and 100 miles out only if the adjoining states agree — which they won't, since the bill denies them any share in the royalties the oil companies would have to pay, thereby eliminating any financial incentive for a state to say yes.  Virtually all the oil off the California coast and beneath the Eastern Gulf of Mexico would be locked up for good.

The Glories of Socialism.  Nancy Pelosi said a few weeks ago that we should nationalize the oil companies.  Well, Hugo Chavez has already done that and perhaps we should examine the results.

New Evidence of Nancy Pelosi Associate Supporting Chavez, Marxists, & Terrorists.  A Colombian associate of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is once again linked to FARC terrorists and Marxist Dictator Hugo Chavez with the revelation of damning new messages concerning Colombian Senator Piedad Córdoba that are currently being investigated by Colombian military officials.  Once again we have a powerful American politician, this one the Speaker of the House of Representatives, linked to those attempting to institute Marxist regimes to our South.

Pelosi's Energy Stonewall:  Democrats appear ready to sacrifice their whole agenda, even spending, rather than allow new domestic energy production.  Or even a mere debate about energy.  The Democratic leadership is stonewalling any measure that might possibly relax the Congressional ban on offshore drilling.  Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid know that they would lose if a vote ever came to the floor, and they're desperate to suppress an insurrection among those Democrats who are pragmatic about one of the top economic issues.

The 21st century Boston Tea Party.  On Aug. 1, Speaker Nancy Pelosi — without addressing gas prices that continue to hover near $4 per gallon — adjourned Congress for five weeks, dimmed the lights, turned off the microphones and C-SPAN cameras and attempted to remove the press and visitors from the House chamber.  Republicans refuse to leave the chamber because the issue is about much more than gas prices.  It is about much more than energy.  It is about the U.S. economy, jobs and national security.  It is about who we are as a people.

Where's the Energy?  Locked up, thanks to Speaker Pelosi.  With complete disregard to the rights of the minority party, the Democrat leadership in Congress will not allow a vote on drilling for America's vast domestic resources.  Producers have made great strides in minimizing ecological damage.  Over the past 25 years, 7 billion gallons of oil have been pumped to shore, without a single significant spill.  In fact, the last oil spill of any impact from a drilling rig off our shores occurred 37 years ago.  Yet, congressional Democrats refuse to acknowledge these facts, choosing instead to remain beholden to the fringe environmental extremists who oppose advancement.

Pelosi looks to load up drilling bill.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may be ready to allow a vote on offshore drilling, but that doesn't mean she's going to make it easy on the Republicans who've been goading her for weeks on energy.  As she announced her willingness to hold a drilling vote Monday night, she stressed that it would have to be part of a larger energy package.  And the contents of that package might include some items that would be tough for Republicans and the energy industry to swallow….

Pelosi's Ploy:  It's not that we think Pelosi won't let something with the word "drilling" in it come up for a vote.  It's just that it's likely to be stuck in one of those big omnibus bills with all sorts of pork-barrel spending, new taxes, restrictions on oil use, new economy-damaging limits on global warming gases or plans to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower prices — a silly idea most sensible centrist Democrats are walking away from.

Pelosi's Drilling Ruse:  When Democrats opposed every measure to increase domestic oil production, they angered millions of Americans.  And when they finally tried to claim they were for new drilling by producing two bills that allowed new drilling only where there was little or no oil, Americans quickly picked up on the scam.  On all of the major issues of the past two years, the Democrats chose to play political gotcha instead of actually govern.

Nancy Pelosi's Power Recipe:  Although 73 percent of Americans favor offshore drilling, Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't allow the House of Representatives to vote on the Republican bill to lift the drilling ban.  In a recent CNN interview, Pelosi said she has "no plans" to schedule a vote on it because she opposes drilling in "protected areas."  She is contradicting the pledge she made in 2007 at her swearing-in as speaker:  "I accept this gavel in the spirit of partnership, not partisanship, and I look forward to working with you, [Minority Leader John] Boehner, and the Republicans in Congress for the good of the American people."  What's her excuse for her recent stand?

Pelosi won't limit vote to offshore drilling.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday firmly rejected the idea of a House vote solely on the issue of offshore oil drilling, calling it "a hoax on the American people" backed by oil companies. ... "You want to drill?  We want the royalties for the American people, and we want that to pay for renewable energy resources," the San Francisco Democrat said in an interview for KQED television's weekly news show, "This Week in Northern California."  "We want to connect all that together."

The Editor interjects...
But Ms. Pelosi, those royalties are not yours to give away.

Pelosi's oil slick.  On one hand, what kind of leader would she be if she didn't acknowledge that movement in public opinion? ... But on the other hand, she hails from California where there's long been a "No way, Jose", or better yet "No way, San Jose" attitude about off-shore drilling.  So she can't just give up on opposing such drilling without inviting a severe backlash from her constituency.

Pelosi's top five list for the next president:  When the next U.S. president moves into the White House on January 20, 2009, he shouldn't be surprised to get a call from Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill with a list of legislative demands.  "End the (Iraq) war, expand health care, create jobs through innovation, rebuild infrastructure and ensure our energy independence."  In that order.

The Editor says...
I don't know what the next president will say in reply, but here's what I would say:
  1. We should win the war, not just end it.
  2. Socialized medicine is for socialists.
  3. Private businesses create jobs through innovation — but only
  when they can overcome layers of bureaucratic red tape and huge tax bites.
  4. The Constitution says nothing about "infrastructure", so that is up to the 50 states.
  5. Energy independence is impossible as long as Democrats oppose every practical source of energy.
What are the next five items on your list, Nancy?

Pelosi's spatula:  Americans don't think the 110th Congress — the one under the leadership of Democrats Harry Reid in the Senate and Nancy Pelosi in the House — has much to say for itself.  Regardless of the issue, Americans are clearly of the mind that Congress is shirking its responsibilities.  The energy/oil issue is no exception.  In fact, Republicans are more in sync with voters than Democrats.

What America's Daughters Need To Know About Nancy Pelosi:  The Democratic Speaker of the House and a co-author hired to try to add flavor to bland Beltway establishment oatmeal have penned a self-help book for "America's daughters" to help them "Know Your Power."  It's a dreadfully pedestrian text ("As long as we recognize the power within us, we will continue to have choices, and we will continue to lead."), surpassed in its dreadfulness only by the timing of its publication.

The Imperious Nancy Pelosi.  Power is known to do some mighty strange things to otherwise quite normal people.  At this perilous moment in our history, we have given a great deal of power to a kindly Catholic grandmother named Nancy.  And, unfortunately for us little people, it seems to have gone straight to the little lady's head.

Pelosi:  Drilling in protected areas 'a hoax'.  "This call for drilling in areas that are protected is a hoax, it's an absolute hoax on the part of the Republicans and this administration" Pelosi said at her weekly press conference.  "It's a decoy to punt your attention away from the fact that their policies have produced $4-a-gallon gasoline."

That assertion is easily disproven by looking at the causes of high oil and gas prices.

The Drill-Nothing Congress.  The average price for regular gas hit $4 a gallon over the weekend.  Gas prices have risen 75% since Nancy Pelosi took over.  Where's the energy independence Democrats promised two years ago?

Blame Democrats for high gas prices.  Two years ago then Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi boldly proclaimed, "Democrats have a common-sense plan to help bring down skyrocketing gas prices."  Since she became speaker of the House, gas prices have skyrocketed from about $2.33 per gallon to $3.85 as I write this.

Over to You, Speaker Pelosi.  Gas is still at $4 a gallon, but the good news is there's an emerging consensus on a measure that would help:  Drill for more oil here at home.  President Bush dropped the executive ban on offshore oil and natural gas exploration last week, and House GOP leader John Boehner plans to lead a congressional delegation to Colorado and Alaska to highlight America's abundant energy resources this week.  Polls show more than two-thirds of the public support increased domestic energy exploration and production.  Guess who stands in the way.

Power of one:  Pelosi vows to block offshore drilling vote.  A plan to lift the ban on coastal drilling is stalled on Capitol Hill, for one simple reason: A Californian who opposes President Bush's proposal is calling the shots in the House of Representatives.  Despite growing public support for ending the ban, even in California, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she won't allow a vote.  "I have no plans to do so," Pelosi said Thursday [7/17/2008].

Boehner says majority of Congress wants to drill.  House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Congress is ready to lift the ban on offshore drilling but is being blocked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  "Nancy Pelosi and the liberals here in the Congress, they worship at the altar radical environmentalism.  The last thing that that group wants is more drilling," said Boehner in an interview with Bloomberg TV Saturday.

Pelosi stands firm against offshore drilling.  Her voice carries considerable weight since, as speaker, Pelosi is in a position to prevent a vote on expanded drilling from reaching the floor.  And she and Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, appear intent on holding the line against calls to approve drilling in areas now off limits.

Pelosi blocks vote on Bush request to lift ban on offshore oil drilling.  A plan to lift the ban on coastal drilling is stalled on Capitol Hill, for one simple reason:  A Californian who opposes President Bush's proposal is calling the shots in the House of Representatives.  Despite growing public support for ending the ban, even in California, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco said she won't allow the immediate vote the president wants.

Blunt blasts Pelosi for not allowing drilling vote.  House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) on Sunday [7/20/2008] strongly criticized Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for not allowing a vote on a measure that would allow offshore drilling.  While acknowledging that Pelosi can prevent such a vote, Blunt said the Democratic leader would have to live with that decision, which he argued "does not make sense to the American people."

Democrats target Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California wants President Bush to tap millions of barrels of oil stored in underground salt caverns near Lake Charles and Baton Rouge.  The West Hackberry and Bayou Choctaw storage facilities, and two others on the Texas Gulf Coast, make up the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a federal storage system of more than 706 million gallons of oil to be used in a national emergency.

Feckless To Reckless, Pelosi Should Resign.  Any leader with an energy record as derelict as Speaker Pelosi's ought to step down.  Where she once was just incompetent and irresponsible, she has now — with her latest scheme to fix oil prices — become dangerous.  Despite polls showing Americans in favor of drilling more oil from America's huge untapped supplies, Pelosi won't allow it.  She just wants to empty our Strategic Petroleum Reserve for a short-term fix to get through Election Day.

This is Not a Drill.  [Speaker of the House Nancy] Pelosi announced that the Democrats also plan to push for "an historic investment in biofuels, efficiency, conservation and the rest."  The "rest" is apparently what she called our "important and essential" investment in alternative energy.  That certainly would be historic:  We would make history by throwing our money away on unproven energy boondoggles that have eaten up untold billions since the 1960s without producing a single net kilowatt of power while we all starve to death.

The Democrats' energy policy is hot air.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on "Meet the Press" Sunday morning [8/24/2008].  Pelosi was asked whether it is proper for her to be investing in natural gas at the same time she is pushing for a federal program that would require its use.  "I'm investing in something I believe in," Pelosi replied.  "I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels."  Natural gas cannot be an alternative to fossil fuels for the simple reason that natural gas is a fossil fuel.

Pelosi's failure:  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the pot calling the kettle black.  On Thursday [7/17/2008], she referred to President Bush as a "total failure."  Yet, the Democrat-led Congress that she captains has even lower poll ratings than Mr. Bush.  In fact, according to the latest AP-Ipsos poll, only 18 percent of Americans approve of Congress' performance.  This is the all-time lowest rating for Congress since Gallup began asking voters to rate the institution in 1974.

America's Energy Held Hostage.  A recent CNN poll showed more than 73 percent of Americans in favor of offshore drilling.  But the House Speaker can keep the issue from even reaching a vote, and Pelosi seems bent on just that.  "(In California) We learned the hard way that oil and water do not mix on our coast," she said back in 1996.  Pelosi was referring, of course, to the famous Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969, an event that serves as the Alamo of the anti-drilling cause.

The Editor says...
Nancy Pelosi has gotten a lot of political mileage out of that one oil spill almost 40 years ago.  The Santa Barbara incident was a blowout.  Prior to the development of blow-out preventers, blowouts were common and were referred to as gushers.*  In other words, there's so much oil and gas out there, it can hardly wait to get out of the ground.

Pelosi's Price:  It's bad enough that Rep. Pelosi refuses to embrace reality, evaluate facts and oversee meaningful debate.  But the hissy fits she throws against President Bush and the Republican minority are worse yet.  This is a sad situation.  Pelosi's reaction to Bush's lifting of the ban on offshore drilling is a perfect example.

Pelosi:  'I'm trying to save the planet'.  After promising fairness and open debate, Pelosi has resorted to hard-nosed parliamentary devices that effectively bar any chance for Republicans to offer policy alternatives.  "I'm trying to save the planet; I'm trying to save the planet," she says impatiently when questioned.  "I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy."

Nancy Pelosi Tries to 'Save the Planet'.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will block Republican attempts to lift the moratorium on offshore energy exploration because, "I'm trying to save the planet."  David Rogers at the Politico newspaper reports that Pelosi, who initially promised an open debate, has now resorted to what he calls hard-nosed parliamentary devices to block any Republican proposals on offshore oil and gas exploration.

Pelosi's Planet:  If the San Francisco Democrat's magisterial narcissism isn't off-putting enough, her intent should be.  She's saying that her importance to the survival of Earth transcends our system of open government, elections and power-sharing.  Because she's trying to save the world, she can't be challenged and dissent will not be tolerated.  Pelosi's arrogation of power is not unlike that of the monarchs of old who claimed a divine right to rule.

How's That Minimum Wage Hike Working, Speaker Pelosi?  Since the second leg of the minimum wage hike is about to go into effect, and since we are in the middle of presidential and congressional election season that has to a great extent focused on the state of the economy, one cannot help wondering what Speaker Pelosi and the rest of her Democratic cronies have to say about the success of their "progressive economic agenda."

The Goodwill of Nancy Pelosi:  You'd think after giving credit for American success to America's sworn enemies, the Speaker of the House would back off from flattering the mullahs.  She might even attempt to clarify or correct the record.  A mere "'goodwill' was the wrong term" would have gone a long way.  Yet no clarification or correction was issued.

The Democrats' Fairness Doctrine Dilemma:  Congressional Democrats remain silent, acquiescing in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's determination to prevent legislation to block the reimposition of the so-called Fairness Doctrine.  For all their prattling about protecting civil liberties, none of them — not a single one — has so far signed the discharge petition to allow the Broadcasters' Freedom Act to be wrested from Pelosi's grip to protect our freedom of speech.

How's That Minimum Wage Hike Working, Speaker Pelosi?  Since the second leg of the minimum wage hike is about to go into effect, and since we are in the middle of presidential and congressional election season that has to a great extent focused on the state of the economy, one cannot help wondering what Speaker Pelosi and the rest of her Democratic cronies have to say about the success of their "progressive economic agenda."

Speaker Pelosi in Ethical Hot Water?  Campaign finance experts say Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have violated federal law by appearing in a television commercial advocating a response to global warming.  Cybercast News reports the ad ran nationwide between mid-April and May 6.  The spot was planned and paid for by Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection.  It may be a violation of the McCain-Feingold law that Pelosi enthusiastically supported.

Pelosi's Wealth Greater Than Other Congressional Leaders.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is the wealthiest of the top congressional leaders, with total assets valued at somewhere between $30 million and $131 million, according to federal financial disclosure statements.

Where's the wealth gap?  Try Congress.  Together with her husband, Paul, [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi owns a vineyard in St. Helena, Calif., valued at $5 million - $25 million; a town house in Norden, Calif., valued at $1 million - $5 million; rental property in Napa, Calif., valued at $500,000 - $1 million; and a Wells Fargo bank account containing $100,000 - $250,000.… Rent from the Napa property totaled $15,000 - $50,000; rental income from the vineyard totaled $50,001 - $100,000.

House members doing well despite economic slump.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., one of the wealthiest members of Congress, and her real estate-magnate husband Paul Pelosi spent between $1 million and $5 million to buy the home they'd been living in on San Francisco's Broadway.  They also own a vineyard in St. Helena, Calif., worth between $5 million and $25 million and a town house in Norden, Calif., valued between $1 million and $5 million, according to annual financial disclosures released Monday [6/16/2008].

Madame Speaker has Reality Slap her in the face in Iraq.  It will be hard for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to go back to her Democratic colleagues and keep declaiming on the House floor about how the surge isn't working in Iraq now that she has been there and seen for herself.  What she saw was buried in an AP report on her trip.  Powerline's Paul Mirengoff:  "Buried deep in this AP report, between news of a crackdown on al Qaeda in Mosul and a suicide bombing in Baqouba, is Nancy Pelosi's concession that the surge is succeeding."

Biblical Scholars Challenge Pelosi's 'Scripture' Quote.  In her April 22 Earth Day news release, Pelosi said, "The Bible tells us in the Old Testament, 'To minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship.  To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.' … Claude Mariottini, a professor of Old Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, told Cybercast News Service the passage not only doesn't exist — it's "fictional."  "It is not in the Bible," Mariottini said.  "There is nothing that even approximates that."

Biblical Scholars Challenge Speaker Pelosi's Old Testament Quote.  Biblical scholars are challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's continued use of what she characterizes as a Bible verse to support her push for global warming legislation. … She has quoted the same passage on several other occasions.  But Cybercast News reports several experts say the passage does not exist and does not appear to be a paraphrase of something similar.

Pelosi's War:  The cowardly start more wars than the courageous.  Nancy Pelosi's craven altering of House rules to kill off Colombia's trade pact brings that danger to the Andes.  If war breaks out, her name will be on it.

Derailing the Colombian trade pact was political pandering at its worst.  The Democratic Party pandered the life out of the Colombian Free Trade Agreement this week.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi effectively killed the proposal with a deft parliamentary maneuver that was designed to secure votes from trade protectionists and the executive staff of the AFL-CIO.  The fact that the maneuver may have hurt our relationship with a good trading partner, Colombia, apparently doesn't matter.  Colombians don't vote in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary.

Pelosi plays politics.  Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has done well by her party.  The pact is opposed by unions and therefore is opposed by both Democratic presidential candidates, who are courting labor votes.  But because its economic benefits are plain, a vote would force Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York to choose between politics and the national interest.  Pelosi's solution:  stall.

Petraeus vs. The Party of Defeat:  Thou shalt not speak well of Iraq.  That was the commandment imperiously handed down by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week, in anticipation of General Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker's testimony before Congress.

Liberal Meltdown:  Speaker Pelosi complained that antiwar liberals 1) invaded her private space, 2) ticked off her neighbors, 3) set up "protest camps" outside her home, 4) made her life inconvenient with their antics.  Of course, all of that was fine when they were doing it to President Bush outside his home in Crawford, Texas.

Guns And Butter:  A Primer.  Speaker Pelosi says that for the cost of 41 days in Iraq, 10 million children can receive health insurance for a year.  The Constitution says a lot about national defense.  It says nothing about insurance.  Cut-and run Democrats argue that it's an either/or proposition.

Better SAVE Than Sorry.  Why would nearly 50 Democrats not allow legislation they co-sponsored to get to the House floor for a vote?  Because their boss, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, doesn't want meaningful immigration reform that protects our borders.

Pelosi's Bill Could Benefit Husband's Stock Holding.  On July 27, 2007, 28 executives of the Thousand Oaks, Calif., pharmaceutical firm Amgen contributed more than $20,000 to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) campaign.  On Aug. 2, Pelosi (D-Calif.) reintroduced the Early Treatment for HIV Act, a bill that could boost Medicaid coverage of HIV-related drugs, including Procrit, which is manufactured by Amgen and marketed by a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, a firm in which Pelosi's husband owns at least $250,000 in stock, according to Pelosi's disclosure forms.

Pelosi Won't Divest Drug Stock, Dismisses Conflict Claim.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) dismissed any notion Thursday [3/6/2008] that her sponsorship of Medicaid legislation that would likely help her husband's financial holdings in a pharmaceutical company presented a conflict of interest.

Democrats Ignore Progress in Iraq.  It has been said that there are none so blind as those who will not see. … That's a perfect description of Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid, both of whom disingenuously state that that there has been no sign of progress in Iraq and that we are losing the war there and must pull up stakes and run as fast as we can with our tails between our legs.

Pelosi hits bottom.  Just when you think the dominant left wing of the Democratic Party has hit rock-bottom, one of their partisans reaches new depths in slandering people who have an honest difference with them on policy.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hit the gutter on Thursday [12/13/2007], when she tried to explain why Democrats are losing the budget war to President Bush.

Pelosi-Rangel Really Is "Mother of all Tax Hikes".  The very last thing families need is to see more of their paycheck confiscated by Congress.  Unfortunately, the U.S. House that already has passed $100 billion in tax increases this year to pay for bigger government and wasteful pork thinks otherwise.

Pelosi buys $16,000 worth of flowers.  [Rep. Dennis] Hastert didn't bill much official travel last year, spending only about $1,700, while Pelosi racked up many times that at nearly $60,000 — a figure that does not include her "congressional delegation" journeys to Europe and the Middle East.  It does, however, include many visits to congressional districts.

Lying to voters carries high price.  One California newspaper summed up the Democrat's first session well.  "The D in Democrat stands for Do-Nothing."  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hometown paper joined in the criticism, blasting her for reneging on her party's promise to run a more open Congress.  The San Francisco Chronicle went on to attack Pelosi for forgetting her promises about budget discipline.

Pelosi defends refusal to put "God" on flag certificates.  Dayton-area GOP Rep. Michael Turner and more than 100 of his Republican colleagues sent a letter to Pelosi last week after an Eagle Scout in his district asked that a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol be sent to his grandfather with a certificate inscribed with the message:  "In honor of my grandfather Marcel Larochelle, and his dedication and love of God, country, and family."  The boy and his father contacted Turner's office after noticing the word "God" was left off the certificate included with the flag.

Update:
Teen helps lift ban on 'God' in U.S. flag certificates.  A 17-year-old Eagle scout wanting to honor his grandfather's "love of God, country and family" with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol has helped remove a ban on the word "God" in certificates that accompany these flags.

Democrats Playing With Fire.  Democrats can have any foreign policy they want — if and when they are elected to the White House.  Until Nancy Pelosi came along, it was understood by all that we had only one president at a time and — like him or not — he alone had the Constitutional authority to speak for this country to foreign nations, especially in wartime.  All that Pelosi's trip can accomplish is to advertise American disunity to a terrorist-sponsoring nation in the Middle East while we are in a war there.

Rep. Pelosi criticizes border fence.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called a plan to build fencing along parts of the Mexico border a "terrible idea" that overlooks local communities.  Pelosi made the comments during her trip to the Rio Grande Valley for the annual Hispanic Engineering, Science & Technology Week conference at the University of Texas-Pan American.

Party Like It's 1822.  On becoming Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi said the nation wanted "a new vision, a new America."  "New" apparently includes new taxes — by reverting to rules in force 185 years ago.

Speaker Pelosi sends the wrong message.  One of our endearing traits as Americans is that on most issues we seldom speak with one voice.  On the other hand the Constitution makes it pretty clear who is in charge of what.  The last time anyone looked, foreign policy, with the advice and consent of the Congress on treaty matters and war, is the province of the White House.

Eric The Red Vs. Nancy The Green.  After seeing portions of Greenland's glaciers break off into the North Atlantic, [Nancy] Pelosi opined:  "It wasn't caused by the people of Greenland — it was caused by the behavior of the rest of the world."  Well, judging by the record, she must mean the European Union.  Maybe, just maybe, it was caused by the repeated natural warming and cooling of the earth.  And maybe Greenland isn't melting at all.  Icebergs are not a recent phenomenon.

Pelosi:  Just Forget the Word 'Earmark'.  The more than 32,000 earmarks requested in the Homeland Security spending bill have roiled the House this week, and now Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) wants the word 'earmark' to just go away.  In a Tuesday press conference about appropriation bills, Pelosi said, "Why don't we leave here today forgetting the word earmark?"  She said they should be called "legislative directives" instead.

The Pelosicrats' Coup d'Etat:  By the time Nancy Pelosi left for Syria, she had accumulated a hyper-liberal anti-war track record only Cindy Sheehan could equal.  Syria's leaders sensed that they were dealing with a sucker the likes of whom hadn't been seen in Damascus since Clinton's first Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, visited Daddy Assad.

Pelosi steps out of bounds on ill-conceived trip to Syria.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi crossed a line this week by visiting Syria, where she met with President Bashar Assad.  She violated a long-held understanding that the United States should speak with one official voice abroad — even if the country is deeply divided on foreign policy back home.

Her $an Fran Treat.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used her clout to get lawmakers to back a San Francisco redevelopment project near her multimillion-dollar rental properties, disclosure documents reveal.  Pelosi got House members to authorize $25 million to improve the Embarcadero port area, clearing the way for cruise-ship-dock development and other improvements to aid the neighborhood's comeback.

Pelosi's Waterworks:  Did Nancy Pelosi do anything wrong when she sponsored a $25 million earmark for a waterfront-redevelopment project near several properties in which her husband has a financial stake?  It depends on whether she had any reason to believe that the project would cause the values of her husband's properties to rise.

The Great Cap-And-Trade Scam:  Of all the crazed global warming proposals being put forth by the new masters of Congress, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Barbara Boxer, chairperson of the Public Works Committee, by far the worst would be a mandated cap-and-trade program that would supposedly offset carbon dioxide emissions.

Samoan fish politics:  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's push for ethics reform didn't get very far.  The California Democrat, who said she'd clean house, so to speak, apparently thinks her district is exempted from under-the-table deals and stinky politics.

Nancy Pelosi May Not Be Only Democrat "Tuna Helper".  The largest employer in American Samoa is Del Monte Foods' StarKist Tuna, home to over 75% of the island's workforce.  Del Monte Foods, as it turns out, is headquartered in the District of the new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.  Smelling a whiff of impropriety, House Republicans have thrown up some serious questions about the exemption and who inserted it into the bill.

FNC Reports Speaker Pelosi's Star-Kist Gap in the Minimum Wage Hike.  Over at The Corner*, Kathryn Jean Lopez reported GOP Reps. Eric Cantor and Patrick McHenry have found there's a loophole in the new minimum-wage increase:  no hike for American Samoa.  Why?  Star-Kist Tuna is a major employer there, with its headquarters in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's district.  Will the media notice?

Pelosi Creates Global Warming Committee.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought to create a special committee Thursday [1/18/2007] in an effort to jump-start long-delayed government efforts to deal with global warming and produce a bill by Independence Day.  Pelosi, D-Calif., said the committee would hold hearings and recommend legislation on how to reduce greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide generated by fossil fuels, that most scientists blame for a gradual warming of the earth's climate.

Did someone mention Global Warming?

The Torch Has Been Passed — to America-Hating Anarchists.  After Nancy Pelosi is sworn in as the new Speaker of the U.S. House and Harry Reid as Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, major parts of the American Dream will be shattered.  Some parts of that dream will die.  Among the dead parts:  The part that is committed to a strong national defense and victory in the war on terror.  The part that loves freedom and less government and promotes personal responsibility.  The part that recognizes capitalism as the greatest hope for all peoples to escape the yoke of poverty and oppression.  The part that holds to the beliefs of our forefathers in a divine and omnipotent being knows as God.

Cheney Won't Take Back Pelosi Comment.  Vice President Dick Cheney refused Friday to take back his charge that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's opposition to President Bush's Iraq war buildup is playing into the hands of the al-Qaida terrorist network.  "If you're going to advocate a course of action that basically is withdrawal of our forces from Iraq, then you don't get to just do the fun part of that, that says, 'We'll, we're going to get out,' and appeal to your constituents on that basis," Cheney said.

Cheney Remark Rankles Pelosi.  Speaking with ABC News during a visit to Australia, the vice president addressed the criticism of Pelosi, who earlier this week said that Cheney's remarks were "beneath the dignity of the debate we're engaged in."  She also spoke with White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten to register her complaint.  "She accused me of questioning her patriotism," Cheney said.  "I didn't question her patriotism.  I questioned her judgment."

Enter Pelosi, Stage Left.  This morning it is the Iraq war that is the eight-hundred-pound gorilla, [Tom] Mann says.  And the minute he lets this metaphorical cat out of the bag the other people in the room grab it by the horns and kick it through the goal posts.

Life as normal, &c.  In her opening remarks, Speaker Pelosi said, "This is an historic moment — for the Congress, and for the women of this country.  It is a moment for which we have waited more than 200 years."  Pardon me, but is there a single human being who has been waiting for a woman to be Speaker of the House?  One? … I don't see why Nancy Pelosi's being Speaker helps any woman other than herself, and I don't see why women at large should take pride in her ascendance.

It's estrogen, and plenty of it.  The Democrats finally installed Nancy Pelosi as the speaker of the House yesterday [1/4/2007], and the talk of Capitol Hill was not about what to do about the war in Iraq, the minimum wage, finding that oxymoron quaintly called "congressional ethics," or even the prospect of raising congressional pay.  Yesterday was all about celebrating estrogen. … "This is a historic moment for the Congress, and for the women of this country," Mzz Pelosi told her jubilant partygoers.  "It is a moment for which we have waited for more than 200 years."

[Militant, presumptuous, arrogant feminism has been around for about fifty years, not 200.]

Pelosi Will Bring 'Speaker Pork' to San Francisco.  Tip O'Neill secured down payments for Boston's Big Dig.  Sam Rayburn sent gushers of cash back to Texas, along with tax breaks that helped its oil industry.  Hospitals, schools and nonprofits in Dennis Hastert's hometown of Aurora, Ill., have seen millions roll in during his reign.  Now Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco is poised to follow them as speaker of the House — a perch predecessors used to channel big cash to pet projects back home.

Speaker-to-be is no stranger to earmarking.  When the House passed a massive spending bill last November, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi made sure her constituents knew what they were getting.  "Pelosi Secures $115 Million for San Francisco Transportation, Housing, Science and Arts," she proclaimed in a news release.  It wasn't an unusual announcement.  Like many of her colleagues in Congress, Pelosi for years has celebrated bringing home the bacon to her district.

The Pelosi News Networks.  If we rigidly applied truth-in-advertising laws to the national media in their coverage of the 2006 campaign, we would have first declared that the stuff between the commercials wasn't "news" as much as a boatload of free infomercial advertising for the Democrats.  The news reports should have led with the sentence, "I'm Nancy Pelosi, and I approved this newscast."

Call her 'Nancy Shrew'?  In just a few short days, House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi has turned into a caricature of the shrill, petty woman boss. … So if "Nancy Shrew" becomes the image of the highest-ranking woman ever in American politics — Pelosi will be second in line of succession to the presidency — it'll be a problem for all women politicos, including 2008 prospect Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).

Pelosi's First Flop:  House Democrats have made several correct judgments about their victory.  The first is that Nancy Pelosi was not its architect and requires little or no deference.  If anything, they won in spite of her, not because of her. … There are reasons to question Pelosi's political judgment, as Murtha's bungled majority leader bid demonstrates.  The fact that Democrats did question it and went their own way suggests they're not going to march over a cliff behind Pelosi, whose views constitute almost a caricature of American left-liberalism at its most provincial.

Quo Vadis?  Since the results of Tuesday's election became obvious, Speaker-in-waiting Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly made clear her party's priorities are:  "Jobs, healthcare, education, energy independence, a safer America, a dignified retirement — that's what the Democrats are all about."  What about Iraq?  Answer:  The Democrats don't have an easy answer and they have no prescription.

Nancy Pelosi's "San Francisco Values"

Unindicted co-conspirator as House majority leader?  Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says she will fight for Rep. John Murtha, an unindicted co-conspirator in the FBI sting operation Abscam, as the next House majority leader.

Speaker-to-be is no stranger to earmarking.  When the House passed a massive spending bill last November, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi made sure her constituents knew what they were getting.  "Pelosi Secures $115 Million for San Francisco Transportation, Housing, Science and Arts," she proclaimed in a news release.  It wasn't an unusual announcement.  Like many of her colleagues in Congress, Pelosi for years has celebrated bringing home the bacon to her district.

Desperate Congresswomen of Hysteria Lane.  In the past week, there are 476 documents on Nexis heralding the magnificent achievement of Nancy Pelosi becoming the FIRST WOMAN speaker of the House. … So in addition to bringing back a cut-and-run national security strategy, tax-and-spend domestic policy and a no-enforcement immigration policy, the new Democratic Congress is apparently ushering in a return to feminist milestones.

The Real San Fran Nancy:  When the confetti finally settles at DNC headquarters and the bottles of champagne run dry, Americans will get a good, hard look at their new leaders.  With the House, the Senate, and the statehouses in their grasp, the country has spoken.  But for many voters, lured by the promise of fresh faces and ideas, the reality may be sobering.

How Pelosi cleans the House.  She's conducting Beltway business as usual, just like the good old boys she demonized throughout the campaign.  (Madame Pelosi just happens to do it in an Armani aqua blue-gray pantsuit that gets thumbs-up from obsequious Washington fashion writers.)  Well, a back-scratching corruptocrat in pastel is still a back-scratching corruptocrat.

The Nancy I Knew:  [Scroll down…] Impressive ruthlessness, by my lights.  But I suspect Pelosi would never acknowledge the duplicity.  She was just as committed to the appearance of pristine righteousness as she was to her own political success, and assumed she could have both.

If You Thought Impeaching Bush Was a Dead Issue, Think Again.  Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told other Democrats there will be no talk of efforts to impeach President Bush or anyone else, but that won't stop the anti-war left from clamoring for the President's head this weekend.  The liberal group ImpeachPAC has organized more than 50 protests across the country on Sunday [12/10/2006]….  Democrats as a group may not be pushing the idea but some individual Democrats are.

Update:
Pelosi Slips Impeachment Onto the Table.  As Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich moved a "privileged resolution" to force House to consider the question of whether President Bush should be impeached for lying to Congress and the American people about the reasons for invading and occupying Iraq, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi surprised almost everyone by suggesting that the Judiciary Committee might indeed take up the issue.

Incoming House intelligence chief botches easy intel quiz.  Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, who incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped to head the Intelligence Committee when the Democrats take over in January, failed a quiz of basic questions about al Qaeda and Hezbollah, two of the key terrorist organizations the intelligence community has focused on since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Republicans Name Panel to Investigate 'Stolen House Vote'.  According to House Republican Leader John Boehner, the GOP proposal passed 215-213 on the night of Aug. 2.  But Democratic leaders promptly reopened the vote and allowed several Democrats to change their minds.  When Democratic leaders ordered the vote closed for a second time, the Republican motion was defeated — and taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal immigrants were restored, Boehner said.

The Democrats will take the economy in a new direction.
Down periscope.  What kind of changes does Nancy [Pelosi] have in mind for this engine of prosperity, besides calling it an instrument of the rich and damning those who depend on its positive returns?  Better kill it with taxes, regulations, and lengthy investigations.  Unemployment is at a 25 year low, hovering around 4.5 percent depending on a few seasonal breaks.  How can Nancy and the new Democrats foul this up?

Caught Between Iraq and a Hard Base.  [In late 2006] Democrats had a foolproof plan to gain power:  Use the "disastrous" war in Iraq to split the Republican base off from the center, force Republicans in Congress to desert the president, defund the war effort, and compel withdrawal.  Declaring defeat in advance, and even embracing it, they tried to cripple the surge before it started.  Nancy Pelosi in the House and Harry Reid in the Senate led a chorus of Democrats who declared the war lost.

Congress frets as its ratings plummet.  "Not only does Congress have an approval rating below bubonic plague and head lice, I saw a recent poll that as many as 40 percent of people still believe that Congress is in Republican hands," says Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R) of Texas.  "I wish we could get a little accuracy out there about who is in charge — and let those ratings fall where they may."  A recent Gallup Poll confirms what many lawmakers say they're hearing from their constituents:  that confidence in Congress has never been lower.

Congressional Approval Falls to Single Digits for First Time Ever.  The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits for the first time in Rasmussen Reports tracking history.  This month, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job.  Most voters (52%) say Congress is doing a poor job, which ties the record high in that dubious category.  Last month, 11% of voters gave the legislature good or excellent ratings.  Congress has not received higher than a 15% approval rating since the beginning of 2008.

A job for the right woman.  If there's still room under the bus where Barack Obama throws his discards — his white granny, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, William Ayres, Bernadine Dohrn and even Hillary Clinton — that's the right place for Nancy Pelosi.  The congressional bailout of Wall Street, as unpopular as it is, was nevertheless headed for grudging acceptance Monday until Mzz Pelosi, the dowager queen of the San Francisco Democrats (where there are many queens), killed it with a particularly mean-spirited attack on the Republicans whom the Democrats were counting on to join them for just this one bipartisan vote.

House Republicans Blame Pelosi's Speech.  House Republicans blamed the failure of the $700 billion Wall Street rescue plan Monday on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), saying that Pelosi had been too partisan in a floor speech prior to the vote.

Excerpts from House speaker Pelosi's speech.  Republicans in the US House of Representatives blamed Democratic speaker Nancy Pelosi for the failed bail-out vote, claiming she made a partisan speech near the end of a debate on the rescue plan.



Pelosi, the pro-abortion Catholic

It is not possible to play on both sides of this fence.  Abortion, or fetal homicide, is not an option that is approved by the Catholic church.  Recently Ms. Pelosi tried to assert that only recently has there been any controversy over abortion, but that is not the case.

Pope Pelosi at the Gate.  When Democrats decided they wouldn't let the GOP be "God's Only Party," they weren't kidding.  Thanks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, none other than St. Augustine has been summoned to Denver.  He was resurrected as Pelosi was trying to respond to the question that refuses to die:  When does human life begin?  This time, it was Tom Brokaw asking on Sunday's "Meet the Press."

What Makes a Speaker Catholic?  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, describing herself as an "ardent practicing Catholic," announced that when life begins "shouldn't have an impact on a woman's right to choose."  She explained that "over the history of the church, this is an issue of controversy." Ignoring both embryology and the Vatican, she insisted on giving the impression that abortion is somehow an open, undecided question in the Roman Catholic Church.

Washington archbishop rips Pelosi on abortion.  In a rare public rebuke of a top politician, the archbishop of Washington said Monday [8/25/2008] that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was incorrect when she recently said the moment of conception has long been a matter of controversy within the Catholic Church.

Pelosi stands by abortion comments.  Under fire from U.S. Catholic bishops, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not backing off contentious comments about abortion she made during a weekend television talk show appearance.  Pelosi said Sunday [8/24/2008] on NBC's "Meet the Press" that "doctors of the church" have not been able to define when life begins.  That prompted swift rebukes from Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl and Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput, who said Pelosi was incorrect and that Catholic teaching has consistently condemned abortion.

A Huge Embarrassment.  Pelosi's big mouth has ensnared Obama in Catholic abortion issues, and campaign issues from four years ago that he wanted no part of and wasn't a part of just a week ago.  Further, Pelosi's continued gaffes on the subject have renewed examination of Pelosi's poor standing in the Catholic Church.

Pelosi gets unwanted lesson in Catholic theology.  Politics can be treacherous.  But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked on even riskier ground in a recent TV interview when she attempted a theological defense of her support for abortion rights.  Roman Catholic bishops consider her arguments on St. Augustine and free will so far out of line with church teaching that they have issued a steady stream of statements to correct her.

When does life begin?  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," said "as an ardent, practicing Catholic" and someone who has extensively researched church teachings on this issue, she has found church fathers were unsure when life begins.  She further claimed that the Catholic Church has only during the last 50 years begun to insist that life begins at conception.

Speaker of the House (of God).  As a theologian, Nancy Pelosi is a great politician.  This was evident in her unnecessary foray on "Meet the Press" into the history of Catholic thought about when human life begins.  The San Francisco Democrat's statement "as an ardent, practicing Catholic" that "doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition" was imprecise and impolitic.

Pelosi slapped down by Catholic Church — again.  It appears the Catholic Church is not about to let Nancy Pelosi have the last word on abortion.  As discussed here yesterday, high Church officials rebuked Pelosi for her erroneous statements about Catholic abortion doctrine on a Sunday news show; undeterred, Pelosi had a spokesman announce that she stood by her statements.  Wednesday, the Church made it clear it was standing just as firm.

Catholic lawmakers decry Pelosi 'error'.  Nineteen Roman Catholic Republican members of Congress have written to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging her to "correct the public record" on remarks she made a week ago on NBC's "Meet the Press" about the Catholic Church's teaching on abortion.

18 months earlier...
Pro-Abortion Pelosi Insults the Catholic Faith.  The new speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, is showing what I consider extreme arrogance, even for a pro-abortion figure in public life who claims to be a faithful Catholic.  Her handlers are making it abundantly clear that anything goes in their effort to showcase Pelosi and her life story, including the use of a Catholic Mass to cement her public image as a Catholic mother and grandmother.  That, my friend, is a disgrace that I cannot ignore.

Pelosi's church has not withheld communion.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she, unlike other Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, has not clashed with her church about receiving communion. ... Pelosi, a Roman Catholic whose district includes most of San Francisco, said she has not encountered such difficulties in her church.

Pelosi:  God Bless the Child that's not at Home.  The history-making first Madame of the House marketed her recent three day victory-dance as a celebration of children. … At a trendy afternoon tea with like-minded ladies, Pelosi reiterated her campaign promise that the 110th Congress would be "all about children." … But just how does one of the most outspoken advocates for unrestricted abortion in Congress — with a perfect 100% rating from the radical pro-abortion group NARAL, — maintain a straight face when declaring a concern for children? … Beneath the surface, the Femocrat's broader scheme genuinely is about the children, albeit hardly as advertised.  Rather, it involves the little tykes' removal as obstacles to the empowerment of ambitious liberal-minded women.

Video:  "Catholic Scholar" Nancy Pelosi Lies To Help Obama.

The Gospel, According to the Book of Nancy.  Attempting to defend her support of abortion rights in response to a question posed by Tom Brokaw on "Meet the Press," Pelosi startled everyone who has ever been, is now, or is even considering becoming a Catholic with this comment, in part:  "I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue (abortion) that I have studied for a long time.  And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition."

Congressman Calls Pelosi's Abortion Remarks 'Scandalous'.  Anti-abortion advocate Michigan Rep. Thad McCotter blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday [8/26/2008] for controversial statements she made over the Catholic Church's teaching on abortion.  In an interview with FOX News, McCotter said Pelosi is "free to join other faiths" if she disagrees with the church.

Pelosi 'pastor' asks to meet on abortion.  San Francisco Archbishop George H. Niederauer, home bishop to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, released a letter Friday [9/5/2008] saying that local Catholics are pressuring him to forbid the California Democrat to receive Holy Communion because of her recent televised remarks favoring abortion.



Air Force Three — Nancy Pelosi's gas-guzzling jet

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Nancy Pelosi, as Speaker of the House, is third in line to the Presidency.  In this new position, she has demanded and received a very large Air Force jet to shuttle from Washington to San Francisco without refueling.  (Mustn't stop for fuel — security concerns, you know.)

But isn't that one of the arguments Ms. Pelosi had against Tom Delay — that he flew around the country in a gas-guzzling jet at the government's expense?

And here's a little detail that is left out of the very few news reports about this story:  the Speaker's jet has a military escort.  That means there is at least one more gas-guzzling jet flying alongside Air Force Three as Ms. Pelosi shuttles from coast to coast.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi Gets Big Jet.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have access to an Air Force jet larger than the one used by her predecessor so she can fly nonstop between Washington and her San Francisco district.  Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the speaker — who is second in line for the presidency after the vice president — has been able to use a military aircraft for security reasons.  But the jet used by the previous speaker, Rep. Dennis Hastert of Illinois, was too small to fly to California without refueling.

Pelosi's hard landing.  As this newspaper reported yesterday [2/7/2007], for travels to her home district in San Francisco Mrs. Pelosi wants the best air accommodations the U.S. military can offer.  No wonder:  The craft she has reportedly requested, the Air Force's C-32, seats an entourage of 42, business class, with a state room, entertainment center, private bed and a fully operational communications center.  Its crew numbers 16 and reportedly costs $15,000 per hour to operate.  That's downright presidential.

The Speaker of the House — Her 747 request and competing publicity.  Given that Ms. Pelosi is two heartbeats from the Presidency, I felt perhaps her request was not unreasonable.  That is, until I learned the following:  the plane former Speaker Hastert used is capable of flying 3,700 nautical miles without refueling.  That is well beyond the requirement for a San Francisco to Washington D.C flight.  No, that wasn't good enough.  She wanted the larger aircraft.  Then I learned that the Speaker had sought a change in the rules that govern such trips.  If anyone other than a spouse rides along he must pay commercial rates.  She wanted an exemption so she could take grandchildren and a larger staff and maybe even lobbyists or financial contributors.

Nancy's New Ride?  After cutting $3.1 billion from the President's budget request to pay for military restructuring efforts, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) was exposed trying to commandeer an Air Force jet from the Pentagon for routine trips.  An aide to Pelosi's has confirmed that an inquires were made from her office to the Department of Defense to seek approval for a federally-funded military provided flight approximately 152-miles from Washington, D.C. to Williamsburg, Virginia for House Democrats' February 3 retreat.  The request was made with the intent of making the jet permanently available to ferry her on a regular basis.

CBS Covers Pelosi Jet Controversy Skipped by Other Networks.  On Wednesday evening [2/7/2007], CBS became the first of the broadcast networks to cover the controversy over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's efforts to acquire access to a larger jet than what her predecessor used.  CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric relayed that Pelosi's request for a "big travel upgrade" was coming at a time when "they're cracking down on congressional perks."

Pelosi's push for jet remains up in the air.  Minority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri called it a "flying Lincoln Bedroom," and Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, North Carolina Republican, labeled the speaker's plane "Pelosi One."  "This is a bullet point to a larger value — Pelosi's abuse of power continues," Mr. McHenry said yesterday.  "It began when the speaker denied minority rights to Republicans, continued with her 'TunaGate' scandal, and now she's exploiting America's armed forces and taxpayers for her own personal convenience."

Pentagon limits Pelosi jet size.  The Department of Defense yesterday [2/7/2007] sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that puts limits on the size of the plane she may use to travel across the country and restricts the guests she can bring, The Washington Times has learned.

Speaker's Plane Becomes a Point of Criticism.  Republicans said one plane that might be available for the speaker had a game room, stateroom, entertainment center and bedroom and seated 42 to 50 people.  "I hardly think these amenities help with security, and I personally would describe them as inappropriate and unnecessary extravagances," said Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, chief deputy Republican whip and sponsor of the amendment.

Liberals:  A very modest proposal.  First off, [Nancy Pelosi] insisted on an upgrade to a larger military jet than the one her predecessor had.  She wanted one with a private bedroom, a kitchen, and room for her entire family — second cousins included — on a jet that was capable of flying non-stop from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco.  When some people began to question the need she had for this airborne palace, she insisted that rabble-rousers were only raising a stink because she was a woman.  Poor dear!  She had no sooner lifted that marble ceiling all by her wonderful self, and here it came crashing down on her tiara!

Pelosi's jet request met with partisan bickering.  Most media reports said Pelosi had requested a C-32, a military version of the Boeing 757-200 that seats 45 passengers and has a crew of up to 16, according to an Air Force Web site.  The Los Angeles Times reported that Pelosi had asked for a C-40, a modified Boeing 737-700 that seats at least 26 passengers and has a crew of 10, according to the Air Force.  The C-20 used by Hastert is described by the Air Force as a military version of the Gulfstream III, with seating for 12 passengers and a crew of five.

Photos of the Boeing C-32:  [1] [2] [3] [4]
Photos of the Boeing 757-200:  [1] [2] [3]

Controversy flies around Pelosi's plane request.  "It has nothing to do with family and friends and everything to do about security," Pelosi said yesterday.  Still, it's a potential image problem for the first female speaker — already caricatured for her wealth, love of designer clothes and chocolate obsession — to be portrayed as thinking she deserves her own Air Force Three.  Pelosi and the Defense Department are discussing letting her fly in a C-32 plane, a military version of the Boeing 757-200.

Only the little people fly commercial.
Nancy Pelosi Demands Big Private Jet.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants taxpayers to finance a lavish private jet large enough to ferry her and her entourage — including family members — from coast-to-coast without stopping.  Like all members of Congress, House speakers use commercial flights to travel but Pelosi claims she needs a private U.S. Air Force jet for security reasons, even during personal travel with her family and supporters.

Global Warming:  What Are You Willing to Do?  How can a believer in man-made global warming be so utterly unconcerned about accelerating the coming catastrophe?  Is the convenience of a non-stop flight more important than helping to prevent the rising seas from destroying coastal cities?  Shouldn't she be arguing against a private jet and perhaps closing down one of her homes or moving her family within a few blocks of her office?  She, of course, is perfectly willing to champion regulation of others, but, again, I ask, what is she willing to do personally.

Pelosi flies disputed military jet home.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the subject of Republican criticism for her mode of air travel, flew home nonstop Thursday night [2/8/2007] aboard a 12-seat [C-37A] military aircraft set aside for use by lawmakers.  Republican House members, aided by friendly radio and television talk show hosts, created a political tempest this week, claiming Pelosi was pressuring the Pentagon for the use of an "Air Force Three" and a "flying Lincoln Bedroom."

In D.C., non-stop plane talk.  Pelosi wants to fly non-stop, which means a bigger plane.  Critics have assailed her request, saying she wants the bigger plane solely so she can have parties at 30,000 feet with her family and supporters.  On Thursday, Pelosi announced at a news conference that she would fly commercial if the military could not provide a plane with a cross-country-size fuel tank.

House GOP Blasts Pelosi for Plane Request.  A waste of the taxpayers' money, some said, claiming her trips would cost $15 million a year if she used planes such as the military version of the Boeing 757-200.  In its commercial configuration the 757-200 usually seats 175-190 passengers.  Pelosi should lead by example, argued others, because a bigger plane consumes more fuel and contributes more to the global warming she expresses concern about.  "The jet that Pelosi has produces 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide an hour, far more than the previous speaker used," said Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C.

Jim Webb Pulls a Pelosi.  Shortly after becoming Speaker of the House, Representative Pelosi began a feud with the Pentagon over private air service for her travel needs to San Francisco.  After September 11, 2001, the Department of Defense provided Speaker of the House, Denny Hastert, a Gulfstream jet to fly back and forth to his constituency.  Speaker Pelosi then blindsided the Pentagon with her insistence that she be granted a Boeing 757 to fly her friends, family, and staff with her back and forth to San Francisco.  According to Senate sources, Senator Jim Webb is now staging a similar struggle for family travel.

Pelosi Jets out of Town Leaving Energy Bill Hanging.  As Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats jetted out of town negligently neglecting to deal with the urgent energy situation I'm reminded of the unseemly scandal over her use of military jets that erupted shortly after she was sworn in as Speaker of the House.

Judicial Watch Uncovers Documents Detailing Pelosi's Repeated Requests for Military Travel.  Judicial Watch ... announced today [3/10/2009] that it has obtained documents from the Department of Defense (DOD) detailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's multiple requests for military air travel.  The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), include internal DOD email correspondence detailing attempts by DOD staff to accommodate Pelosi's numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft as well as the speaker's last minute cancellations and changes.

Queen Nancy:  Fly as I Say, Not as I Fly.  Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is the Jennifer Lopez of congressional travel — fickle, demanding and notoriously insensitive to the time, costs and energy needed to accommodate her endless demands. On Tuesday, the indispensable government watchdog Judicial Watch released a trove of public records through the Freedom of Information Act on Pelosi's travel arrangements with the U.S. military.

Revealed:  Pelosi's 'Air Rage'.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has gone from frequent flier to jet-aircraft connoisseur, with aides berating military officials to get the best planes, e-mails revealed yesterday.  Pelosi, who clashed with the military to get nonstop service when she flies home to California with police protection on government planes, revealed a particular fondness for Gulfstream's sleek G-5 — a plane glamorized in Hollywood films and rap videos.

Watchdog Group:  Pelosi Takes More Military Flights Than Hastert.  ABC News' Jonathan Karl and Luis Martinez report:  Which Speaker of the House used military aircraft more frequently:  Nancy Pelosi or Dennis Hastert?  ABC News reported earlier this week that former aides to Hastert say the former Illinois congressman traveled more frequently on military aircraft to his district when he was Speaker than the current House Speaker does, but now the watchdog group Judicial Watch says the records show Pelosi takes more flights.

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2009.  [Including] Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA):  At the heart of the corruption problem in Washington is a sense of entitlement.  Politicians believe laws and rules (even the U.S. Constitution) apply to the rest of us but not to them.  Case in point:  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her excessive and boorish demands for military travel.  Judicial Watch obtained documents from the Pentagon in 2008 that suggest Pelosi has been treating the Air Force like her own personal airline.

Evidently there's a lot of partying on that plane.
Pelosi's Last Hurrah:  San Francisco's congresswoman of 23 years, the daughter of a Baltimore mayor, has a sense of self-entitlement and extravagance unimagined by most public servants and ordinary folk.  Her indulgences charged to American taxpayers are now documented and damning.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has spent or authorized spending at least $3.2 million on trips, hotels, food, high-priced liquor, and military jet rides in the past two years.

The Friendly Skies Of Nancy Pelosi.  Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Judicial Watch show that Pelosi has incurred expenses of $2.1 million for her use of Air Force jets the past two years.  Then there's the matter of the $101,000 tab taxpayers picked up over that period for "in-flight services," including a selection of top-shelf booze.  One receipt for "in-flight services," World Net Daily reports, showed a liquor purchase for one flight that included Maker's Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey's Irish Creme, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewar's scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniel's whiskey and Corona beer.

Congressman to Pelosi:  Give up personal jet.  A Florida congressman plans to offer an amendment to the 2011 Defense Authorization bill that would require House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to fly coach — just as she requires of other Congress members.  The California Democrat commutes across the continent in a jet provided by the military, a policy first authorized for the House speaker following the 9/11 terror attacks.

The latest:
New documents show Pelosi took 85 trips on military aircraft.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and members of her family and staff took 85 tax-paid trips on military aircraft between March 2, 2009, and June 7, 2010, according to new documents uncovered by Judicial Watch.  Pelosi's daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons were on the June 20, 2009, flight from Andrews AFB to San Francisco where Pelosi resides, according to the documents.  On July 2, 2010, Pelosi took a grandson on a flight from Andrews to Travis AFB, north of San Francisco.

Judicial Watch Uncovers New Documents Detailing Pelosi's Use of Air Force Aircraft.  Judicial Watch ... announced today [10/14/2010] that it has obtained new documents from the United States Air Force detailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's repeated use of United States Air Force aircraft.  According to the documents, obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Pelosi used Air Force aircraft on 85 flights from March 2009 through June 2010.  Members of Pelosi's family were guests on at least two flights.

No Gulfstream for Boehner as he promises to fly commercial.  Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the likely incoming speaker of the House, told reporters today he will break with recent tradition and not use a military jet to fly back and forth between Washington D.C. and his district.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., currently travels in an Air Force Gulfstream V, following in the footsteps of her Republican predecessor, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, who used Air Force planes to travel after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Nancy Pelosi to fly commercial.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will give up more than just the majority in the next Congress — she'll be stripped of her right to use military aircraft.

Nancy Pelosi's 'Air Force Fun' Update.  The bills for Pelosi's air escapades have been piling up for quite a while, and some of the final expenses from her tenure as Queen Speaker are starting to come to light.

Pelosi spent $101,000 in two years while travelling with US Air Force.  If the US Airforce did all airline food, it would be strawberries dipped in dark chocolate and grilled chicken salads all round.  Unfortunately this luxury is reserved for top US politicians alone, as new documents detailing Nancy Pelosi's travel expenses reveal.  The former House Speaker was showered with a cornucopia of gourmet food and alcohol as she travelled over 90,000 miles around the world in just nine months last year — all courtesy of the US Airforce (USAF).

Air Force withholds Pelosi flight docs; Judicial Watch appealing.  Activist group Judicial Watch is appealing a decision by the Air Force to withhold documents related to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's use of military airplanes.  Documents released by the Air Force show Pelosi was provided chocolate-covered strawberries on one flight to celebrate the California Democrat's birthday, among other luxuries.  But of 43 flights, only 11 expense reports were provided to the group.

Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2010.  Judicial Watch uncovered documents back in 2009 detailing attempts by Pentagon staff to accommodate [Nancy] Pelosi's numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft for herself and her family as well as the speaker's 11th hour cancellations and changes.  In 2010, Judicial Watch kept the pressure on Pelosi, uncovering documents that demonstrated the Speaker was using U.S. Air Force aircraft as her own personal party planes.  Overall, the Speaker's military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol.

Pelosi gets a Dishonorable Mention.
Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2011.  Despite the media firestorm over her military travel abuses ignited by a Judicial Watch investigation, Nancy Pelosi continued to use the United States Air Force as her own personal travel agency right up until her final days as House Speaker according to documents Judicial Watch uncovered from the Air Force in 2011.

Tom Fitton's Introductory Remarks, CPAC 2012 Ronald Reagan Banquet.  [Scroll down]  And those of you in Congress, we have our eye on you, too!  Nancy Pelosi learned that the hard way.  We exposed Air Pelosi, the scandal of Nancy Pelosi abusing the perk of luxury travel on military jets.  She treated our Air Force like a taxi service to go on junkets far and wide.  Who pays for it?  You do.  I have to hand it Speaker Boehner.  Because of Air Pelosi, he flies commercial back to his district.  Believe me.  We've checked.  Air Pelosi is grounded.  Nancy Pelosi is now in the House minority because she couldn't be bothered to keep her promises for "the most open, most honest, and most ethical Congress in history."



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