The real Nancy Pelosi — multi-millionaire, resort, dining and winery baroness who profits from non-union and illegal labor. Now she pushes more taxes on U.S. oil companies — not OPEC oil producers.

By Mick Gregory

UPDATE: Sept. 21, 2008; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator John Kerry and more than 50 other members of Congress, Bloomberg reports.

Pelosi, in her most recent financial disclosure form, reported that her husband owned between $250,000 and $500,000 of stock in AIG, which ceded majority control to the U.S. government this week in exchange for $85 billion of loans.

Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, disclosed that his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, had more than $2 million of AIG stock at the end of 2007, when shares were worth $58.30. AIG has fallen 85 percent this week to close yesterday at $2.69. The lawmakers’ aides didn’t respond to calls seeking comment.

Did you know that the Obama family had their own private chef for years? Journalists didn’t bother to report that at any time during the past two years. Do you wonder why?

Sam Kass, who cooked for the Obamas in Chicago will now move onto the government payroll as a White House chef. (Ever wary of annoying the feminist base, the Obamas are not firing the very first woman to hold the Chief Chef job, chosen by Laura Bush. They’re just pushing her out of the way.)

Who knew? I believed all that stuff about how Michelle was an overburdened modern working mother, rushing from school dropoff to her high-paying, demanding work at the hospital, to dress fittings, to whatever it was she needed to do to support her husband’s political aspirations, back home to take care of her daughters. Call me naive, but that model usually includes making dinner. And squeezing in a weekly grocery shopping trip. Especially for those fresh, whole foods that don’t keep so long. Now I have to wonder who did the laundry, and the vaccuuming. Sure, granny helped—but I doubt she was the maid. Who was?

In fact, I don’t actually care who did the cooking (or cleaning) in the Obama household. And Chef Sam is fine with me. The orchestrated deception—the pretense that this family did it all themselves, living a low-key life just like most upper middle class Americans, working hard and taking care of the necessary, sometimes tedious requirements of home life as well as they seemed to have done—is a little more troubling. To be sure, a University of Chicago-educated private chef seems a little more indulgent than a nanny who broils the chicken or chops up the broccoli. But that’s their call.  

Didn’t the women at Slate, among others, complain that there was something offensive about Sarah Palin’s apparent ability to raise 5 children, run the state of Alaska, run marathons, and cook those mooseburgers—because it set the bar too high for ordinary women? But they were willing to believe that Michelle could do it all, and keep it all organic and healthy at that—because she has a law degree from Harvard?

This is one of the great gifts that comes with being a Democrat who is so beloved of the media. Instead of the inevitable carping and cries of hypocrisy and elitism, the New York Times food writer just gushes at what a master stroke this appointment is—bringing sustainable food to the White House and inevitable gardens to the grounds.

When you run for president as a community organizer, and a writer, or even a professor of constitutional law, perhaps it’s politic to hide a few salient details about your actual lifestyle that might mess up the “savior of the downtrodden” narrative. It’s important to keep up the fiction that only spoiled, indifferent, wealthy Republicans have personal servants. — Lisa Schiffren

Did you know? CNN’s Democrat cheerleader Anderson Cooper is the son of billionaire heiress Gloria Vanderbilt.

This new tax on oil is not unlike Chavez taking over control of private industries. Even liberal Californians voted down an identical energy tax just last November. So what does Pelosi do? She pushes through a more expensive energy tax in the first 100 hours without debate. This is similar to Hugo Chavez’s progressive politics. You think? What’s the difference?
The millions of dollars that Democrat supporters spent to pass Proposition 87 to promote an increase in the extraction tax on crude pumped from California oil wells wasn’t enough to win over the state’s voters last November.

The hotly contested ballot measure, which proposed to impose a new tax on oil production to fund a range of alternative energy programs, was backed by 45% of the voters, while 55% opposed it, according official returns.

Opponents of the initiative campaigned heavily, arguing the tax would be borne by consumers, who would end up paying even more at the pump.

The proposed Clean Alternative Energy Act sought to raise $4 billion over 10 years through an oil-extraction tax. The funds would be used to sponsor research and projects in alternative energy, including ethanol, solar and wind power.
The initiative, which sought to cut the use of petroleum by 25% over the next decade, drew a massive response from the oil industry and pulled in endorsements from political heavyweights such as former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.

Both sides spent millions of dollars on their campaigns.
Hollywood producer Stephen Bing provided major funding in favor of the measure by pledging about $49 million to the campaign. Other backers include Google Inc. (GOOG

Energy companies calculated the impact of the potential new tax would range from 1.5% to 6%, depending on the price of oil. During its third-quarter earnings conference call, Chevron Chief Financial Officer Steve Crowe said the company could take a $200 million pretax hit on its annual earnings from the proposition.

Facelift? Nancy Pelosi‘s socialist political views are exactly what have kept her elected in San Francisco, along with the flow of union campaign money. The staunch “union supporter” Pelosi has even received the Cesar Chavez Award from the United Farm Workers Union. But her $25 million Napa vineyards and winery, she and her husband own are non-union shops. The extra profit she earns is more than she gets from labor unions. But I don’t think she wants the rank and file to know this. Do you?

The hypocrisy doesn’t stop there. Pelosi has received more money from the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees unions than any other member of Congress in recent election cycles.

The multi-millionaire investors own a large stake in an exclusive resort hotel in Wine Country, the Napa Valley Auberge Du Soleil Resort. It has more than 250 employees. But none of them are in a union, according to Peter Schweizer, author of “Do As I Say, (Not As I Do) – The Hypocrisy of Democrats” and a regular contributor to the New York Times.

Pelosi is also partners in a restaurant chain called Piatti, which has 900 employees. The chain is – you might have guessed — a non-union shop. It is a very high-end restaurant group with locations in Carmel, Sonoma and Danville to name just the locations I dined at. Hardwood-fired ovens, exhibition kitchens, Napa wines, a very nice experience. I did notice some Hispanic kitchen help and busboys. I’m wondering if they are illegal alliens? No, the Speaker of the House wouldn’t hire illegals, would she?

I’m sure The Chronicle’s Herb Caen gave Piatti a big plug every so often.
The 67-68 (?) year-old Pelosi has spent more money on facelifts, cosmetic enhancements, and Armani suits than every one of her union supporters combined, don’t you think?

I heard Chris Mathews of “Hardball” say “what a knockout Pelosi is, “I can’t wait to see her sitting behind President Bush at the next State of the Union speech.”
Mathews actually worked at the The Chronicle and Examiner in San Francisco before his show “Hard Ball” on MSNBC, and before that he was a ‘gofer’ and occasional writer for the Democrat Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill.

I believe that Mathews wasn’t as kind to Kathryn Harris who is young enough to be Pelosi’s daughter and quite attractive without expensive plastic surgery.

No one is taking away Peolosi’s ability to make money, ($55 million) after all her father was a public servant in Balitimore and even became mayor back in the ’40s. You know, the kind of neighborhoods where the Sapranos do business.

But Ms. Pelosi believes we are complete saps. She actually said in a recent interview that she did not have a facelift. Where did you get those eyelids done? At a taxidermist?

I live about eight blocks from Nancy Pelosi in SF and a bit over a year ago, I was buying a sandwich at the corner market… I saw a large government SUV outside, and I saw this vaguely familiar person who looked like a cross between the Joker and my Congresswoman, followed closely by an assistant. I quickly realized that Nancy had recently had a rather severe face lift.
So if she did more recently have her eyes done, I’d be surprised. Because you could have gently set a quarter on that face and it still would have bounced ten feet up in the air. — Wonkette

She lies about her facelifts and her inability to blink. What do you think she means by saying she is a moderate?

She has served on the executive committee of the Progressive Caucus, a socialist organization that, until 1999, was hosted by the Democratic Socialists Of America. They were asked to hide their connection after reviewing focus groups that show Americans still have negative feelings about Socialists. The Democrat leadership distanced themselves on paper to help the Democrats appear mainstream and elect Albert Gore.

In an address she delivered in 2002, she remarked, “We must stand together in a bipartisan way to fight the war against terrorism.” Though she supported the Clinton Administration’s military actions and massive civilian deaths in Haiti, Kosovo, and Bosnia, she has denounced both the 1991-02 and 2004-06 wars in Iraq. Pelosi has also opposed President George W. Bush on most issues of Homeland Security, and has most recently joined the ACLU’s crusade to limit the powers of the Patriot Act.

In 2005 Pelosi voted against barring the issuance of driver’s licenses to illegal aliens and against a requirement that businesses use an electronic system to verify whether new hires have the legal right to work in the U.S.
Nor has Pelosi been a fan of employer sanctions against the hiring of illegal aliens. In 2003, she accused immigration officers of conducting “terrorizing raids” on Wal-Mart stores that led to the arrest of more than 300 illegal aliens.

Loraine Stewart, a farmworker advocate with Napa Valley Community Housing, in a 2004 San Francisco Chronicle article estimated that half of the migrant labor force in the valley consisted of undocumented workers, without whom “not one bottle of wine would get made here.”
–This nice little fact was picked up by Investors Business Daily.

But The Chronicle article didn’t connect the dots to Ms. Pelosi, her holdings, her voting record, or her employment practices.

Ms. Pelosi’s Voting History

Cutting Intelligence $500 million FOR
$87 billion for Iraq and
Afghanistan operations AGAINST
Patriot Act AGAINST

Bush Income Tax Cuts AGAINST
Eliminating Marriage Penalty AGAINST
Capital Gains and
Dividends Tax Cuts AGAINST

Permanent Increased
Child Tax Credit AGAINST

Abolishing the Death Tax AGAINST
Clinton Energy Tax FOR

Allowing New Oil Refineries AGAINST

Oil Drilling in ANWR AGAINST

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban AGAINST

Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act AGAINST

Federal Marriage Amendment AGAINST

Limiting Federal Courts’
Jurisdiction on Defense of
Marriage Act AGAINST

Sensenbrenner Border Protection
and Illegal Immigration Bill AGAINST

700 Miles of Fence on
Mexican Border AGAINST

Source: Human Events.

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Now that Pelosi’s first 100 hours are almost over, (funny it takes the Democrats three weeks to work 100 hours), she pushed through a punishing bill to U.S. oil companies that take away incentives for off shore research and development and charges a hefty tax on Gulf of Mexico production.

The Democrat-controlled House rolled back exploring incentives on only U.S. oil companies Thursday in what left-wing supporters hailed as a new direction in energy policy toward more renewable fuels. Economists said the action would reduce domestic oil production and increase reliance on imports.

The energy legislation was the last of six high-priority issues that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, had pledged to push through during the first 100 hours of Democratic control. The bill passed with the new Democrat majority.

The bill’s prospects are uncertain the Senate, where Democrats hold a narrow majority of just one vote.

The top Republican on the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, said the bill was “another pig in the poke” that targets incentives necessary to promote domestic drilling and rewards OPEC oil such as Citgo.

The legislation would impose a “conservation fee” (that means tax to American Idol rejects) on oil and gas taken from deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico; scrap nearly $6 billion worth of oil industry tax break incentives enacted by Congress in recent years; and seek to recoup royalties lost to the government because of an Interior Department error in leases issued in the late 1990s.

“The oil industry doesn’t need the taxpayers’ help. … There is not an American that goes to a gas pump that doesn’t know that,” said Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (news, bio, voting record), D-Md. Pump prices topped $3 per gallon last year as the oil industry earned record profits.
The bill’s opponents accused the Democratic majority of grandstanding and said the legislation was unnecessary.

“We do not need a tax on domestic energy production and development,” said Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., the former House speaker. “Increasing taxes on our nation’s energy industry means one thing — more reliance on foreign oil and gasoline.”

Added Rep. Don Young (news, bio, voting record), R-Alaska: “If you want to do things right, let’s tax foreign oil.”

Young, who had on a bright red shirt, made reference to it when he said, “It’s the color of this bill we’re debating — Communist red.” The legislation “amounts to a taking of private property” by forcing oil companies to renegotiate leases they view as valid contracts, he said.

The bill would bar companies from future lease sales unless they agree to renegotiate flawed leases issued in 1998-99 for deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

The White House said it strongly opposes the new production fees and future lease bans. Those steps could reduce domestic production, according to the administration. It views the repeal of the tax break for oil companies as unfairly singling out a vital U.S. industry.

That break, aimed at helping U.S. manufacturers compete against imports such as those coming from Marxist Hugo Chavez-owned Citgo.

122 thoughts on “The real Nancy Pelosi — multi-millionaire, resort, dining and winery baroness who profits from non-union and illegal labor. Now she pushes more taxes on U.S. oil companies — not OPEC oil producers.

  1. I’m amazed at how clever the Progressive Democrats are. They pulled off a huge bait and switch by setting up moderate and conservative Democrats against Republicans during a mid-term with low turnout. I think there was a lot of ballot box stuffing too. There will be no investigations. Not from the Republcan Party. They are more refined and play by the rules. The liberals treat this like war. It really is war and all is fair in love and war.

  2. Mick, I don’t see any ‘bait and switch’. The Dems just gave the Reps a lot of rope and they hanged themselves.

    The Dems and Reps are two sides of the same corporate crony plutocracy. Huge swaths of the US population don’t vote because there is very little difference between the two parties–ideologically/economically. Both Dems and Reps have backed imperialist agression that have done great harm to social growtth and non-violence.

    You will see some tinkering around the edges of policy. The Reps will reconfigure, organize, and hone their central meme/message. But they will be dogged by a far regligous rightwing that will demand a hard-hand on social issues (abortion, gay rights, pop culture, porn, etc.) The Dems will try to pose as the ‘sane’ party in the next election cycle, and if the economy starts to slide they will place the blame on Bush and the Reps. Iraq will still be a quagmire, and the Dems will have even more leverage on that issue.

    If there is another terrorist attack it will be blamed on Bush, on his watch.

    Let’s be Frank, the conservative side of the two-headed coin that is US government/corporate plutocracy is in an unenvious position. The economic fundamentals are shaky and incomes for the middle and working classes are stagnant or declining.

    The anti-universal healthcare stance by the Repblican party and the hard-right of the corporate managerial class is a loser. This barbaric and antiquated stance is rejected by many people is a very fundamental way. The likely transition will be one of private/public cooperation. The private sector approach has been a failure, the sooner the Reps realize this the better.

    Calling the Dems pro-terrorist or smearing them as unpatriotic is a loser. This makes the right look petty and fanatical.

    There are many positives going for the rightwing, too many to enumerate, but they need to develop a different narrative—indeed, manifold narratives that extoll the virtues of limited government, personal responsibility, discipline, religion, etc. The family values narrative/symbology is very potent in the US population.

    The Reps have the ‘Daddy’ image sown up.

    The Dems still are the ‘feminized’ party by dint of the fact that this is what the ruling, corporate/capitalist class believes. Caring about Queers makes you a Pussy! Make no mistake: the mostly white corporate class is ruthless. Pinochet and Saddam didn’t arise from nowhere. Hundreds of thousands of dead in Iraq can attest to the fanaticism of the corporate/military/capitalist state.

    The Dems play their ‘feminized’ role, as ‘bitches’, and are allowed a certain leeway in mitigating social issues, incorporating racial and religious minorities, that which doesn’t fit neatly into the WASP American Way of Life. The feminized, “mommy” party also attracts the sane segment of our population that are concerned with ecological issues, the way we as a culture interface with ‘Mother Earth’. This is a very potent narrative that has been coopted by the Dems, the ‘mommy’ party.

    Personally, I incline for the Northern European style of social relations, buisness and government. To me this is infinately more sane than US style capitalism.

    Bottomline, the Republicans should get rid of the loser narratives, distance themselves from the loony religious right, and drive home hard the positive, disciplined memes that appeal to the deep recesses of the ‘American’ ideology. Their job, as Republicans at this juncture in history, is to be the primary line of defence for the privilieges of the US plutocracy and the corporate order (the arrangement of capitalist power). They must know when to ceede on issues that, if left unchecked, would lead to even more socialist/egalitarian incursions of their power/wealth.

    The smart politicos are not dogmatic extremists that cannot change thier ideological positions with the flow of time.

  3. She is a liberal in the worst sense of the word. What do they put in the water in California, anyway? She lives in an upside down world where kids can’t pray in schools, but can get free condoms from the school nurse, and where it’s okay to abort an unborn child, but not to execute a convicted murderer. I don’t and probably never will get Liberalism.

  4. The new House emperor //does// have clothes — pretty spiffy ones, too. She preaches about taking care of the unwashed, po’ masses, while wearing Armani clothes.

    This Dem revolution deserved a poster — so I made one mashing up Pelosi’s stated concern for the underprivelged with her fashion sense:

    Hope you enjoy it.
    Your friendly local Hawai’ian god,

  5. You could sell T-shirts too! I would suggest showing all her neck wrinkles and face stretch marks, I think her recent operations have her eyes permanently in a surprise mode.

  6. What a dumbass reporter to think they were promoting their new liberal star by telling us all that she wears Armani suits. DId you see the prices? They go for $5,000 to $10,000. That’s more than her average SF voters’ net worth. Some 90 percentl rent and work for low wages in the service industry. What a stupid bunch of sheeple.

  7. This is the first place I read any details about Nancy Pelosi, Hugo Chavez and CItgo. Who needs to waste time reading the day-old San Francisco Chronicle or New York Times? Their liberal reporters’ bias is much worse than the old “dead tree” media.

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  9. Your comments on Pelosi’s clothing, surgery, and money ( an aborted attempt tp paint a picture of hypocrisy) reveals the dearth of your ideas. As far as her money goes, more power to her. Yoiu might want to consider thes questions. Is significant wealth inconsistent with compassion? Does she manage any of these enterprises? Are the workers in the enterprises she has an interest in well paid, with decent benefts? Are you just a knee jerk reactionary masquerading as a journalist.?Why don’t you do your homework? Are all ideas that ameliorate inequalities in wealth socialist? Are all socialist ideas bad? Do you cling to labels becuse you have poor analytical skills?Why don’t you try to look behind some of your ideological assumptions and write about potential solutions, instead of parading the poverty of your ideas by poorly crafted swipes about irrelevancies? Is the only thing you are capable of writing about petty tripe.? Does the right have the inabiiity to contribute to a genuine dialogue?

  10. Frankie, Frankie, Frankie, It’s fine with me that Pelosi is wealthy, but how can she accept union dues to grab power and win elections “for the poor” while she profits from non-union businesses?

    How do you justify that?

  11. Here is a meeting I wish the San Francisco Chronicle and New York Times reported on before November 7.

    A press release from CAIR:

    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI), Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), and other Congressional Democrats were joined yesterday by national leaders of the Muslim American community in a roundtable discussion on issues of mutual concern to Democrats and Muslim Americans.
    The discussion centered on working together to defend civil rights and to restore civil liberties.

    “This discussion is only the first in an ongoing dialogue between
    Congressional Democrats and Muslim Americans,” Pelosi said. “We share a fundamental principle – the belief that diversity is the backbone of our communities. Generations of Muslims have made positive contributions in every aspect of American life. We must now work even more closely to navigate through the challenges we face as a nation.”

    “Since September 11th, many Muslim Americans have been subjected to
    searches at airports and other locations based upon their religion and national origin, without any credible information linking individuals to criminal conduct,” Pelosi continued. “Racial and religious profiling is fundamentally un-American and we must make it illegal….”

    How much support did CAIR give Democrats this election year?

  12. lightcontrast said “What about Dick Cheney? He used to own Halliburton”
    No, he was CEO, but he didn’t own the company. It’s a huge multinational, owned by millions of stockholders and mutual funds, and 401(k)’s, and pensions.
    “I believe he’s on the board of directors.”
    No, he retired, and he does not have a seat on the board.

    Business and economics is not your strong suit.

  13. Light,

    Haliburton is not in the oil business in a way that has an influence on oil price. Citgo, Exon, BP, and Shell do. He is no longer on the board of directors (if anyone is telling you that, they are manipulating you and can’t be trusted).

    Thanks Nuke, I just noticed your response to “lightfeet.” Good job.

    Light… The Democrats have a hatred for free enterprise. They truely believe Big Brother/Big Sis know best!

  14. Hey Mick,
    Love this post. Also I just thought I’d throw in an interesting tidbit. Does anyone remember how much Nancy Reagan was jumped on about wearing designer clothing? She maligned by all the Dems for flaunting wealth. Now that SanFranNan does it, it’s cool and savvy. You’d think these papers would occasionally check their morgue for past articles. Especially since the hatred for the Reagans has never gone away for them. I’m sure they remember it like it was yesterday.

    And I’m with you – I don’t give a rat’s ass if someone is wealthy or not. This is a free and capitalistic society, BUT the hypocrisy of some claiming it is okay for some and not for others – and that the others must be crooks, oppressors or whatever to have gotten it – just ain’t cool.


  15. Halliburton is a not big oil cartel? I know econ is not my strong suit, but I got to know.

    Light — At least you are seeking truth.

  16. M,

    Democrats are not communist. I rather thought that Bush signing bills in private is what a king or dictator would do. He approved them but then altered them without Congress’s approval. Or what about legislating that detainees have no rights, our constitution gives us habeas corpus and the right to complain and defend ourselves in court. What about building a fence? Is this the Soviet Union or a communist state now? Or what about the NSA surveillance? What about Bush knowing Bin Laden would attack, but doing nothing about it? Tenet told Rice about it, now he’s gone.


  17. WC,

    Excellent example of the double standard the mainstream media uses to ruin Republicans and promote Democrats.

    Light, Haliburton does not produce oil, trade it or sell it. The engineering company has some upstream and midstream operations.

    OPEC has the most control of the price of sweet crude sold on the market. Hugo Chavez’s Citgo oil is the only gasoline brand that is 100 percent owned by an OPEC member. I’m happy to see you are questioning the propaganda you’ve been brainwashed with. That is a good sign. There may be hope for you. You have to tell us who told you Haliburton was part of an oil cartel.

  18. I have not been able to find out the name of her winery. I own a wine shop and I do NOT want to carry any of her wine. If anybody knows, let it out of the bag!

  19. Do you think Speaker of the House (to be) Nancy Pelosi will be examined by the mainstream media now that the elections are over? Haaahahha. Are you kidding? She’s a Democrat. If she were a Republican, the San Francisco Chronicle, LA and NY Times would have been all over her like a cheap Armani knock-off suit.

    Look at what citizen journalists have found about her already.

    Pelosi’s Land Deals May Put Reid’s To Shame

    It appears as though House Speaker to be Nancy Pelosi has her own land dealings aided by government and family connections so thick you could cut them with a knife. In fact, you may have to to unravel all the relationships.

    Nancy’s husband Paul has made a fortune in Real Estate and he is or was also a Commissioner on San Francisco’s Commission on the Environment. That’s not a bad place to be if one is speculating in Real Estate, but it also isn’t the only Pelosi in the mix, as you can see below.

    Pelosi, who is married to investor Paul Pelosi, has amassed a large portfolio of jointly owned real estate, including three properties in the Napa Valley. They sold an 8-acre vineyard on Skellenger Lane in Rutherford last year for $1 million to $5 million, according to her disclosure form.

    Paul Pelosi’s holdings include a four-story commercial building on Belden Place in San Francisco, a retail and office building on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in San Anselmo and an ownership stake in the Auberge du Soleil resort in Napa Valley valued at $1 million to $5 million. He also has millions of dollars of shares in publicly traded companies such as Microsoft, Amazon. com and AT&T.

    The couple estimated their total assets to be worth $25 million to $102 million last year, with liabilities of $6 million to $31 million. Assets are reported in broad ranges on the disclosure forms, making it difficult to determine a lawmaker’s exact net worth.

    Nancy’s son Paul, Jr. appears to be President of the Commission on the Environment and also a cousin to Gavin Newsome. Isn’t that how people get appointed to these commissions? Hm?

    And it appears that very lucrative contracts for development are being awarded to individuals with significant links to both Pelosi and Newsome. It also appears that Nancy was involved in transferring The Presidio from the Army to the city, where it would eventually come under control of the commission with lucrative contracts going to firms staffed by Pelosi confidants, as well as family.

    Now the development seems to be moving on to a project called Treasure Island.

    Who else will benefit from the arrangement? Certainly Lennar Corporation will. They are a partner with Platinum’s Treasure Island Community Developers. Lennar has experience developing former military bases, and is one of the country’s largest residential housing builders.

    By what could solicitously be called a coincidence, Laurence Pelosi was president of acquisitions for Lennar. He is Nancy Pelosi’s nephew, and currently works as executive director of Morgan Stanley’s real estate division. As Newsom’s former campaign treasurer, he would have worked with Darius Anderson on the campaign fundraiser for Newsom. He’s not the only one: Doug Boxer, son of Senator Barbara Boxer, is an attorney who has worked for Anderson as a Platinum lobbyist, and has been a partner with Anderson at Kenwood Investments.

    Treasure Island’s fate seems to be following that of the Presidio. In 1994, the Presidio was formally transferred from the Army to the Presidio Trust (with the edges of the site going to the National Park Service) for “public-private” development and usage opportunities. Three years later, the process started to transfer Treasure Island from the Navy to the city for development. Both transfers were initiated by former Mayor Willie Brown and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. The Treasure Island transfer was completed by Pelosi with Mayor Newsom.

    Considering the grand, incestuous family that is politics, maybe it’s no surprise that Platinum’s development entity has been handed the Treasure Island bounty. Given the Pelosi and Newsom history of enthusiasm for developing the Presidio, we should hope it’s not too late to keep a close watch and short leash on Treasure Island developments. Unfortunately, this means paying attention to the entire family. That would include even the new president on the Commission on the Environment, Paul Pelosi, Jr., who is Nancy Pelosi’s son and Gavin Newsom’s cousin. As for TIDA itself, all the members are appointed by the mayor; all but one is a City Hall official.

    Who else will benefit from the arrangement? Certainly Lennar Corporation will. They are a partner with Platinum’s Treasure Island Community Developers. Lennar has experience developing former military bases, and is one of the country’s largest residential housing builders.

    By what could solicitously be called a coincidence, Laurence Pelosi was president of acquisitions for Lennar. He is Nancy Pelosi’s nephew, and currently works as executive director of Morgan Stanley’s real estate division. As Newsom’s former campaign treasurer, he would have worked with Darius Anderson on the campaign fundraiser for Newsom. He’s not the only one: Doug Boxer, son of Senator Barbara Boxer, is an attorney who has worked for Anderson as a Platinum lobbyist, and has been a partner with Anderson at Kenwood Investments.

    A case could be made that without Platinum and Lennar playing a role, there would be no financing and Treasure Island would remain a fallow relic of an outdated military past. And without Willie Brown, Nancy Pelosi, and Gavin Newsom creating the situation for the necessary government entitlements, the land and the assets would simply sit.

    Or would they? Is there really no recourse other than to deliver the choicest projects to our most skillful lobbyists? Even if everything described here is completely legal, is it right for our elected officials to hand over profits to their inner circle? Are the ethical concerns greater when those profits involve our public lands? The children of politicians are allowed to join commissions and earn a living. But how certain are we that our leaders and their friends and families have the public’s best interests in mind?

    The other troubling problem is that we citizens get no substantial say in the matter, even when we know what is transpiring. We may have elected Pelosi and Newsom, but we didn’t intend to cast votes for their relatives, too. Or their friends. Or their funders. And if there are certain players who are enriching themselves so handily with our public property, it wouldn’t hurt to have a lot more transparency in the process. –Riehl World View

  20. lightcontrol
    no, Halliburton is not an oil cartel. They are involved in many aspects of oilfield production and well completion, but are not involved in the inventory, pruchase, or sales of oil. There military “no-bids” came about through acqusition of KBR, a very large specialty construction/general contractor as a result of the so-called peace dividend of the early nineties. The military was downsized dramatically, and many logistical and support duties that were previously carried out by the military were instead given to contractors. Halliburton saw a need and filled the need. The American Way. They have received an unprecedented number of “no-bids” from this administration, and from the previous administration as well. Frankly, there are no other private companies I am aware of that have the size of a Halliburton-KBR to pull it off.

  21. AP Story: Citgo Boycott Just Hurts Americans
    By Warner Todd Huston on November 5, 2006

    Without offering any contrary views AP reports that the drop in profits for US Citgo gas stations only hurts Americans. This is from a brilliant Web site called

    This half-the-story report was buttressed with a quote from Vance McSpadden, executive director of the Oklahoma Petroleum Association.

    Of course the AP writer gets a quote from one of the few who is hurt, his association would have a few less dues-paying members!

    Over the Summer, Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez went on a world-wide tour of America’s biggest enemies telling them and all who would listen how America is the Great Satan and that George Bush is the devil. His whirlwind tour of hate ended at a rostrum in the U.N. where he made himself look the fool in front of the world to the applause of rabid America haters everywhere.

    Citgo Gas Station Owners Say Sales Dropped

    Vance McSpadden, executive director of the Oklahoma Petroleum Association, said he understands the frustration some consumers feel toward Citgo.
    But he cautioned that any boycott of Citgo wouldn’t hurt Chavez because Citgo doesn’t own any of the 13,700 U.S. outlets.

    (The Citgo PR crisis team is still putting out this inflated number, how many retailers have dropped Citgo this year?)

    “It’s not Citgo they’re getting back at,” McSpadden said. “It’s that independent businessman who has got his livelihood invested in that business. That’s who you’re punishing.”

    (How about Chavez stopping the flow of fuel totally in another year? What would that do to the independent, Mr. Oil Association? The independent owners with business plans are dropping Citgo at a time when gas is plentiful.)

    No where, though, is the counter view presented balancing the report. Boycotting Citgo, and thereby hurting Chavez’ anti-American oil industry, is a legitimate way to send a message to that ranting, madman south of the border. Sure, it may hurt a few American businessmen, but if they loved their country those American businessmen would look into selling another brand of gasoline instead of staying with Chavez and helping to fund a country that is making plans to hurt US interests world wide.
    No one is forcing these American station owners at gun point to sell Chavez’ oil… unlike the Venezuelan citizenry who ARE being prodded to work for Chavez at the point of a gun.

    Yet a few American Citgo station owners are upset that they are losing some cash? Why aren’t they upset that they are supporting this anti-American dictator?

    And why did the AP only present the side of the “hurting” American gas station owners?

    It seems the only way the AP can write a story supporting capitalists is if that capitalism ultimately benefits a South American, tin pot dictator.

  22. I’ve visited SF many times becuase I have friends there. I think you should know about Nancy Pelosi’s voters. They vistit “clubs” with “glory holes.” Guess what they do with their private parts and a hole in this era of AIDS. And ask why San Francisco’s mayor and health department haven’t shut down the “clubs.”

    That is considered highbrow culture in SF. And they think you shmuck in Middle America are dumb red necks. They are the ones who vote early and often for the Democrat party and gave Nancy Pelosi 80 percent of the vote in her SF district.

  23. Pelosi wants to raise the minimum wage. Why are Republicans against that? I don’t get it, someone please explain it to me. I have a post about it and a link from msnbc.

  24. The Democrats are just following the game plan used by unions for 60 years. Raise the minimum wage so that union workers can point to the unskilled workers level of pay and negotiate higher rates for their rank and file.

    It is bad economics to have an artificial minimum wage. Some areas of the country have a low cost of living and the Democrat/Socialists are asking for $7.25 an hour on this first round and they want to keep raising it. Do you understand that is Big Brother/Big Sister at work? It’s would drive up inflation. Businesses will just charge more for products and services and they won’t hire as many young people, it will raise the unemployment among the young.

  25. The standard of living is increasing and has been increasing for awhile now. Without those little people, what would happen to those companies? You have a big truck for example, if you take off a couple wheels, how is it supposed to move on the road? Which areas? The price of food goes up, cost for insurance, medical bills, college tuition, prices of cars as companies like Lexus develop fancier features and the increased demand for Japanese cars drive their prices up and they have more added standard features etc. Inflation is a huge problem as is the national budget deficit (in the trillions, more than in Reagan’s time), but how to fix it?

    Or what do you propose? Got any bright ideas?

  26. Inflation is at historic lows. The cost of living is nearly flat. Reagan saved the U.S. by lowering taxes at a time of record inflation with interest rates on mortgages at 18.5 perecnt and unemployment at 9 percent. I’m guessing your parents are lockstepping liberals. You’ve been brainwashed.

    The huge spike in minimum wage would instantly be converted to inflation which hurts the same people with the lowest earnings. Why not stop at $7.25, make minimum wage $25? You might want to switch to econimics or communications. You need to get some facts, rather than the philosophy rehashings.

  27. Yeah, but people who want to sell their houses now because they can’t keep up with the payments, they’ll lose money when they sell. The house value is devalued. Great time to buy but not a great time to sell.

    I prefer philosophy to economics. You’re not my guidance counselor and even if you were, it’s my decision what I study and what interests me. If I want to know econ, I’ll look it up.

    Light– The housing crash has nothing to do with minimum wage. The bubble burst becuase people in parts of California and southern Florida thought that they were so smart, that their $400,000 home would be worth $550,000 in a year. So they paid too much. Rasing the Federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour will only hurt them. How can it help? Just becuase the Democrats raise the minimum wage doesn’t mean the middle class is going to get a raise.

  28. If you read econimic text books, you will see that Democrats LBJ and Jimmy Carter started the deficits at such a fast rate that the chart looked like a ski slope at Squaw Valley. Nixon was the last president to bring down the deficit to zero. Reagan inherited Jimmy Carter’s deficit and the highest inlation and interest rates in the modern era.

    Stick with what you love. That’s fine, but someone has been brainwashing you about the evil Repubicans and the good “Big Brother/Big Sis” Democrats.

  29. Big Brother/ Big Sis Democrats? Is that because they want to help “special” people? I don’t understand that terminology.

  30. It’s from the book “1984” by Huxley (written in the ’40s) about socialism and “new speak.” The helpless people, which are all but the very rich, need Big Brother/Big Sis to “serve” them. Government has a hand in everything.
    You should trust Big Brother. I’m afraid you are one of them. I use the Big Sis to modernize socialism of today.

  31. 1984 is by George Orwell and Huxley wrote Brave New World. I’m pretty sure you mean Orwell. I should motivate myself to read that book, both of them are rather dry, but I’ll read them. I don’t know who to trust and I’m not sure I ever will. I guess I have to trust Dems, because if I don’t trust them I’d probably trust no government, I’d be an anarchist (which isn’t as negative as people think.). But I’m hopeful that there’s still some hope for our government, so I don’t support anarchy. When or if I do…a cold day in hell (perhaps).

  32. As to your question about minimum wage…I’m not worried about that currently. Why worry about something if minimum wage still remains unchanged? I’m not sure if it actually will be raised. You know politicians…always promising a plethora of good things but getting things done is another thing. One of the things I remember from that econ class was that politics is slow to bring change, making some part of the economic system inefficient. But I’ll try to be optimistic about the future, it’s no use to sulk around, cursing politicians(on either side of the spectrum), complaining about the state of things in the world…and so many other common complaints. Will it ever be too big in my mind? At some point, if the wheels start moving, but like I said, that remains to be seen.

  33. Thanks Light, I got the two books mixed up. They are both about socialist governments and how they set up your need for government rule over every aspect of your life. That’s funny about the minimum wage, I was about to wrtite that I don’t care that much about it either. Bush will veto it then be called evil by the Democrats setting the propaganda machine going on how Democrats or for the poor, or working families (I don’t get that one, they are actually for the non-working, splintered families).

  34. Another book about socialist government is Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale. I did read that one. Democrats are for the “non-working, splintered families?” Are you saying that Democrats are more generous when it comes to welfare? Republicans try to cut welfare and cut funding on Medicaid(insurance for the handicapped people), I don’t think that’s right. Republicans care about family, meaning women should stay at home and take care of the kids. I think Dems are more tolerant of having women in the workplace and for setting up regulations that employers should not discriminate against women or minorities in the public scene. Harold Ford Jr. didn’t win in the South, much of the South is conservative. He did have a chance, but Republicans smeared his reputation so badly that his opponent had the upper hand and won the election.

  35. The welfare system is credited with busting up black families. They knew how to work the system. The father would split and get his own welfare check, while the mom would get more for each kid, and dad would visit often. It’s very sad. Generations became wards of the state.

    Bush pushed for expansion of Medicaid, and gets no credit by you. Bush has tried to fix Social Security with the ability to create your own estate growing at the speed of the market, not at a stagnent 2 perecent per year. Social Security has been ruined by the Democrats broadening the definition to include drug addicts and alcoholics. You will never collect what you put in.

  36. Did he push for it? When? Do you have a link for that? Where’s the bill? Has it passed?I know someone on Medicaid so it’s a concern of mine. If drug addicts and alcoholics are getting social security, does all the blame rest on the system? No. Prescription drugs are very addicting(“habit forming”) and people could pretend to need the drugs. And people manage to find loopholes in the system so you can’t blame Dems all the time, which I think is your catch phrase. I don’t plan to rely entirely on social security. There are other legal routes to take, I’m sure.

  37. Bush lost a lot of Republican votes because he promoted the largest expansion of Medicaid in 30 years. Google it. Social Security was set up for those who put into it. The Dems changed the rules and now it is on track to be bankrupt in about 15 years.

    It’s now just another huge tax that we will never see. Check into it. Ask your friend to read about SS, “It’s not just for retirement anymore.”

  38. Eight Israeli soldiers were injured yesterday, including three who sustained light injuries after a Palestinian 68-year-old gradma suicide bomber exploded near forces in northern Gaza.

    Hamas claimed responsibility for the bombing attempt and identified the suicide bomber as Fatma Omar an-Najar, 68 (about the same age as Nancy Pelosi) . The IDF said soldiers spotted the bomber and threw a stun grenade at her, causing the detonation of the explosives she was carrying.

  39. I found this:

    The Republican leadership thought they could score victory in the House when the bill was brought to the floor on the evening of November 22, 2003. However, when the initial vote occurred at 3 A.M., the proposal lost by two votes. The Republican leadership violated House rules, which limit votes to a half hour or less, and proceeded to carry out the longest floor vote in House history — dragging out the tally until 6 A.M., when two Republicans switched their “nays” to “yeas” and the bill passed.


    The Bush administration intentionally deceived Congress about the estimated cost of the bill. Thirteen conservative House members had vowed to vote against any bill costing more than $400 billion. Richard S. Foster, the top actuary at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, privately estimated in June 2003 — five months before the final vote — that the bill would actually cost $550 billion. He was contacted by Democratic staffers seeking estimates on the cost of the Bush proposal. By law, he was obligated to provide them the information. Thomas Scully, the chief Medicare administrator, is reported to have threatened to fire Foster if he provided the information. Foster later commented that “there was a pattern of withholding information for what I perceived to be political purposes.” The much higher estimate of the cost of the Medicare bill was apparently known by top officials at the White House.


    Bush never explained how it is more cost-effective to offer handouts to all the elderly because a quarter of them lack insurance coverage for drugs. Though this makes no economic sense, it makes perfect political sense. For politicians, it is not cost-effective to let someone pay his own bills when his gratitude can be purchased.


    In July 2001, when Bush put forward his Medicare fix, he declared that any reform must “strengthen the program’s long-term financial security.” But his fix is the worst financial blow Medicare ever suffered. A report by the official board of Medicare trustees four months after he signed the bill warned that Medicare’s finances have “taken a major turn for the worse.” Thanks in large part to the new law, Medicare is now forecast to go bankrupt seven years earlier than previous projections — in 2019, instead of 2026. The Washington Post noted that “the program has never before lurched seven years closer to insolvency in one year.” The trustees forecast that the new prescription drug benefit would cost up to $7 trillion over the next 75 years. The trustees also warned that the combined Medicare–Social Security deficit (the gap between promised benefits and expected revenues) is now almost $50 trillion — almost triple the Bush administration’s forecast in 2003 of $18 trillion.

    I found several results but I don’t have time to go through them all. Care to refer me to a site you think is more reliable?

    My friend is “special” so wouldn’t be able to understand it.

    A highly comprehensive look of the economy from the Economic Policy Institute:

  40. Find anything to discredit the first quotation? The one about “dragging out the tally until 6 am?” That’s an interesting charge, I’d want to see if there’s any truth in that one.

    He didn’t get credit? I thought the whole idea of editorials and articles were to credit people or events. He got credited, it was just in a negative way. It was acknowledged, if you read the whole article.

  41. Thanks for clarifying. I didn’t think you meant handicaps (most people don’t) but it was the first thing that came to mind.

  42. No, I learned that Christians are no better than non-believers, they’re worse because they pretend to be better than they actually are. I can’t stand how they can say, “You’re immoral” or you’re “sincerely wrong”(as a Pastor once said). What makes them superior? Are they demigods? Are they such saints? I doubt it.

    I learned later that Christians tend to vote Republican. My first Christian school, “Don’t forget to vote for Bush!” (Bush Sr.). So my parents did vote Republican, which led to recession, layoffs, and my parents and I turning to Democrats. You have no idea what we went through all because we voted Republican. What if others had foresaw it? If I had known, if we had known, there wouldn’t be this “Bush dynasty.” We had had friends over at our house all the time, but when my dad lost his job, none of those “friends” came to comfort us or help us. We moved away, I miss my homestate so much! I must go back someday. I’ll never forget.

    My dad got laid off again in 2001 or 2002, coincidence? I think not. I could care less about “Christian morals.” I care about job security, health insurance, piece of mind… For almost 2 years, he was without a job, I wanted to die and I think he wanted to die too. There was so much strain and it was unbearable to see him at home, miserable and scared and worried about the future. We worried that when he was no longer getting unemployment benefits, he still wouldn’t have a job. It was only through persistence that he found a small job in 2003. Those years and months took a lot out of him and out of us. Only lately, is he starting to seem more like himself, but he’ll never be the same.

    Tell me that that can be taught! It can’t, it’s learned from painful experience. This is one of those things that school can’t teach me. Sure, you can assume. I’m young and naive and inexperienced, but I know what it’s like to suffer. I know what it’s like to be scared, to feel like I’m all alone. So I’ve learned not to trust people because of good words. I’m not so easily moved by rhetoric. I want to see some action, something positive being done for this country.

    Still like I’ve been “taught?” I’ll keep on asking questions and I won’t be content until I see some change. I’m patient, I’m still young and I’m not going anywhere…

  43. I know what it’s like to be at the mercy of the system. I never want to be at its mercy again, as long as I live. Even if I die trying, I won’t stop fighting for my life and a secure future.

  44. Hey, the same thing happened to my dad. It was scary, but he eventually made a better living. Your Democrat party can’t create job security. Only a strong economy and lower taxes with low unemployment can deliver options for workers.

  45. Your Republican party doesn’t know much about job security. All they know is how to take bribes from big business, make weapons, fund wars, support the NRA, blow up abortion clinics, and try to amend the Constitution. Now what does that have to do with the economy?

  46. *helping to strengthen the economy or help workers. Haven’t workers recently had their pensions cut? I know the TSA did some cutting this year or last year.

  47. The TSA, is that a state-run, government organization? I know that in California, which I recenlty left, the teachers’ union and prison guards assoc. bribed the Democrat party and (former) Governor Davis with millions in “campaign” money and for that, got full-pay pensions that match their highest earnings after 20 years on the job. The state is bankrupt. If those kinds of pensions are cut back, hooray! Yippeee!

  48. If I remember correctly those workers work in the airlines business or airplane inspection. As far as I know, people are still travelling. I heard 2 days ago, that more people flew than last year.

    Some airlines are in trouble, Delta, Northwest, American, because of over the top union actions. They had to make concessions on expensive full-pay pensions and health or the airlines would go out of business. I hope you don’t think the tax payers should pay for their greedy union mistakes.

  49. Let us first get all the facts correct before labeling individuals as hypocrates:

    For Pelosi and any other Agricultural employer to willingly seek to hire Unionized Labor or discuss with their employees to possibly of unionizing such action is against California State Law, the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which became effective on August 28, 1975:

    The purpose of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act is to ensure peace in the fields of California by guaranteeing justice for all agricultural workers and stability in agricultural labor relations. The Act seeks to achieve these ends by providing orderly processes for protecting, implementing, and enforcing the respective rights and responsibilities of employees, employers and labor organizations in their relations with each other.

    The agency created to implement this Act is the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Within its statutory assignment, the ALRB has two principal functions:

    1. To determine and implement, through secret ballot elections, the right of agricultural employees to choose whether or not they wish to be represented by a labor organization for the purpose of collective bargaining with their employer; and

    2. To prevent and remedy certain kinds of conduct, called unfair labor practices, on the part of both employers and labor organizations, which, the Act declares, are destructive of the rights of self-organization and collective bargaining.

    ALRB’s authority is divided between a Board composed of five members and a General Counsel, all of whom are appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate. Together, they are responsible for the prevention of those practices which the Act declares to be impediments to the free exercise of employee rights. When a charge is filed, the General Counsel conducts an investigation to determine whether an unfair labor practice has been committed. If he believes that there has been a violation, he issues a complaint. The Board provides for a hearing to determine whether a respondent has committed the unfair labor practice alleged in the complaint.

    Under the statute, the Board may delegate, and in practice has delegated, its authority to hear such cases to Administrative Law Judges (ALJ’s) who take evidence and make initial recommendations in the form of written decisions with respect to issues of fact or law raised by the parties. Any party may appeal any of the findings, conclusions or recommendations of the ALJ to the Board, which then reviews the record and issues its own decision and order in the case. Parties dissatisfied with the Board’s order may petition for review in the Court of Appeal. Attorneys for the Board defend the decisions rendered by the Board. If review is not sought or is denied, the Board may seek enforcement of its order in superior court.

    When a final remedial order requires that parties be made whole for unfair labor practices committed against them, the Board has followed the practice of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in holding supplemental proceedings to determine the amount of liability. These hearings, called compliance hearings, are also typically held before ALJ’s who write recommended decisions for review by the Board. Once again, parties dissatisfied with the decision and order issued by the Board upon review of the ALJ’s decision may petition for review of the Board’s decision in the Court of Appeal. If the court denies the petition for review or orders the Board’s order in a compliance case enforced, the Board may seek enforcement in superior court.

    In addition to the Board’s authority to issue decisions in unfair labor practice cases, the Board, through personnel in various regional offices, is responsible for conducting elections to determine whether a majority of the employees of an agricultural employer wishes to be represented by a labor organization or, if the employees are already so represented, to determine whether they wish to continue to be represented by that labor organization, a rival labor organization or no labor organization at all. Chapter 5 of the ALRA empowers the Board to direct an election provided that Board investigation reveals the existence of a bonafide question concerning such representation. Because of the seasonal nature of agriculture and the relatively short periods of peak employment, the Act provides for a speedy election process, mandating that elections be held within seven days from the date an election petition is filed, and within 48 hours after a petition has been filed in the case of a strike. Any party believing that an election ought not to have been conducted, or that misconduct occurred which tended to affect the outcome of the election, or that the election was otherwise not fairly conducted, may file objections to the election. The objections are reviewed by the Board’s Executive Secretary, who determines whether they establish a prima facie case that the election should not have been held or that the conduct complained of affected its outcome. If such a prima facie case is found, a hearing is held before an Administrative Law Judge acting in the capacity of an Investigative Hearing Examiner to determine whether the Board should refuse to certify the election as a valid expression of the will of the employees. The Investigative Hearing Examiner’s conclusions may be appealed to the Board. Except in very limited circumstances, court review of any decision of the Board in representation matters may be had only in connection with an order in an unfair labor practice case which is based upon the Board’s certification.

    Pelosi Vineyard Employee Wages:
    According to Monsignor John Brenkle, a well known advocate for farm workers and is involved in labor negotiations with the same labor manager the Pelosis use, the Pelosis pay a $1.25 an hour more than workers at Napa’s biggest union winery.

    When Peter Schweizer of the Hoover Institution the individual who started this controversy was asked if he had researched the above facts before he called Pelosi a hypocrite, he responded “It’s really for her to explain why there is this inconsistency. It’s not my responsibility to go and find out how every single particular circumstance is handled on the Pelosi vineyard.”

    The hypocrisy is not that Pelosi, as Schweizer said “has won the Cesar Chavez award from the United Farm Workers Union and yet they don’t use members of the United Farm Workers Union to actually pick the grapes on their winery” it is that Schweizer is criticizing an individual who is operating within the confines of the law. Until Pelosi’s employees decide to unionize and we see how she responds, let us not state Pelosi is a hypocrite.


    “Pelosi’s Napa Business Scrutinized – Hypocrisy Or Conservative Hatchet Job?” by Mark Matthews

    Your professional defense of such a hypocrite as Nancy Pelosi is telling. Are you being paid to write this? Please be honest with us. This is citizen journalisim.

  50. I see the Pelosi troll left droppings here also, Mick. He posted the same comment over at my blog. If you plan on responding to it, please put your response over at my place as well.
    thanks, Nuke

  51. Wow. Not only is Pelosi prohibited by law from discussing hiring union workers, but she pays $1.25 more than the local union vineyards.

    This story is less than horseshit. Somehow, though, I suspect the apologies and retractions from the wingnuts will not be forthcoming.

    Do you think that Nancy Pelosi will survive the citizen journalists’ investigations into her hotel workers’ pay and the pay of her Piati restaurant chain, in addition to her use of illegal grape pickers? How long will your PR efforts be able to hold back the personal stories of poor, hard working illegal immigrants washing dishes at Piati and the Napa Spa? In earlier years, you had the San Francisco Chronicle in your corner, but today their are citizen journalists exposing the truth.

  52. No, Queen Mother Pelosi will show America what hypocricy is all about. That will pave the way for a complete Republican takeback in ’08. These paid trolls are scary in their lock-step support of the Dem/Socialist party and their horseshit hypocrit leaders.

  53. Republicans in ’08, I don’t think so. Bush has ruined their chances for ’08, him and his administration. Americans may be forgetful, but not that forgetful. Maybe if troops start leaving Iraq by this June, but I don’t think it’s very likely. But if it does happen, Iraq will be in chaos and then we Americans will feel that we are to blame for the upheaval over there. Usually if bad things happen during any presidency, the opposing party gets the advantage and will win the most votes. But we’ll see…

    Two years is an eternity in politics. But the great underbelly of America, the working stiffs of the middle class will rise to the occasion. It will be anybody but Hillary and Oboma. My guess is Gulliani/McCain will win along with a clean sweep of the Congress. The Republicans will play “rope a dope.” Let Hillary and Nancy Pelosi tell the nation that they are for a big government and “free” services for the poor, and tax the rich, (anyone making over $50,000 a year).

  54. Mick, what are you basing your claim that it’s an “eternity” on? Why doesn’t Obama stand a chance? A woman is Speaker of the House, maybe more changes are ahead…I wouldn’t rule it out. As for Hilary, I have no idea. I just know that she has a lot of publicity and her husband is behind her and he is a very active campaigner. Guillani has a good chance also. But I’m not sure about McCain…

    Anyone tell you how it’s weird that you answer in people’s posts like that? I was thinking…I didn’t say that. It took me a few extra seconds to figure out who it was…Mick.

    Nancy Pelosi bought her spot as Speaker of the House by passing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds from her unions on to fellow Democrats to help win their seats. That’s all that’s about. Reagan appointed the first women to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day OcConner, George W. picked Condi Rice as the first black woman Secretary of State, no mention of that among your liberal family and friends. I picked up writing on your post from Writer Chick. I like it!

  55. Senator Nasty Botoxi,
    Shrieker of the House and expert on military warfare. I’m sure that the Iranians, Syrians and our S.A advisaries feel threatened.

  56. Just the Progressive Democrat Caucus, which was sponsored by the Socialists of America until just a few years ago. It was a little embarrassing and the socialist connection had to remain secret.

  57. Hello, my name is Petro, I liked yours blog, can get acquainted and with mine. I’m for free markets, free enterprise and all that too.

  58. Well any knuckle head would know most of USA oil is controlled by foriegn interests. So why not keep some of the money in the country. Otherwise I’m off to the Caymen Islands.

    Look at your constitution, all Americans need a kick up the arse. The USA is becoming exactly what was fought against in the war of indepenence. You have been subverted.

  59. The US still gets most of its oil from it’s own wells. Lucky for you the US has the technology to draw oil from the North Sea.

  60. She is a major ebarrassment. She should have been made to resign for her overseas trip alone.All Democrats suck. They are socialists which is a nicer word than Communist.

  61. My thoughts exactly, Dennis. We have been manipulated so much by the media that we dare not call Democrats communists or socialists. But with the power of the Internet, that media stronghold had been broken. The Democrats could still destroy talk radio with their Soviet-style “Fairness Doctrine.”

  62. I am trying to find out if it is true that Nancy Pelosi is outraged about the increase in the stock market and think all investments should be taxed at 100% for the rich and at least 30% for the poor and use that money to improve the life style of illegal immigrants and the poor. I have not been able to find out if this is true. Any help would be appreciated

  63. I found this on Yahoo;

    “Nancy Pelosi wants to put a Windfall tax on all stock market profits (including Retirement fund, 401K’s?
    and Mutual Funds, When asked how these new tax dollars would be spent, she replied ; ; “We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and minorities. For example, we have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in our country who need our help along with millions of unemployed minorities. Stock market windfall profits taxes could go a long ways to guarantee these people the standard of living they would like to have as “Americans”.”

    Gee, sounds like a great idea Nancy, why don’t we just give them a new car and home while were at it.

  64. Is all of this fact or hearsay comments from the media…I don’t like her but I dont want to slam her without knowing that the facts are true.

    These are all researched facts.
    It’s hypocracy at its finest.

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  67. Хочу дополнить
    В частности, были освещены вопросы изъятии земельных участков и иных объектов недвижимости для ?государственных нужд
    Появился портал школы российского частного права.
    Приглашаем всех заинтересованных в образовании, новостях в сфере права, а так же тех, кто заинтересован в повышении своей квалификации!
    Обсуждения, события, консультации и многое другое!
    2007 5x
    совет исследовательского центра 7v учеба

  68. How in God’s name if she even believes in Him can she say she cares about the people when they allowed the bail out today. Shane on all of them , Pelosi and all her Senate greed stricken friends . Just go ahead and make us sing over our paychecks in sted of teasing us with the little bit you leave us now if anyone has a job left except the wall street , insurance and bank mogals. God I hate all of you . You forgot about the people who voted you in , in order to make more money for all your friends. God help you all when judgement day comes. May He have no mercy on any of you people in Washington .

  69. “My thoughts exactly, Dennis. We have been manipulated so much by the media that we dare not call Democrats communists or socialists. But with the power of the Internet, that media stronghold had been broken. The Democrats could still destroy talk radio with their Soviet-style “Fairness Doctrine.” ”

    You must live in the dream world one party is just as rich and corrupt as the next one.

  70. She may not have had a face lift. I am sure once the doctors started and they saw what was under it they slammed it back down and locked it shut. I have long watched in wonder at the hypocrisy she practices daily. I cannot believe a single word she says and if I still lived in San Fran I would make it my lifes mission to rock the vote until she was out of office. That is one twisted freak with too much power and her hands are in everybodies pocket.

  71. Does Nancy Pelosi’s vineyard hire illegal aliens to pick the grapes? or work on the vineyard? Is this why she opposes “raids” on buisnesses who employ illegal aliens who are probably using a fake name and social security number, thereby committing identity thefts by using these fake and stolen names and information? Wow. This woman is really something. Oh, well, eventually she will reap what she’s sown….what a shame. She was once a potential nice Catholic gal, but seems to have lost her way…and worse, she doesn’t support defending America’s borders, but has no problem sending our men and women in the military to protect foreign borders…my oh my what an incredible contradiction…..this woman is way off base. Hopefully, she’ll wise up and see the errors of her ways, or maybe she’s just so compromised and blinded by her sheltered pampered life, she doesn’t care about anything but the bottom line: Her lifestyle and how to keep it all going…on your tax dollar. Drink up!

  72. When you get around to the things you placed about Pelosi it seems that your dots are skimming across the top of the deepest of algae infested waters quite disconnected to what is genuinely criminal below. Whenever that story gets real exposure – you’ll finally see what this means.

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  76. Pelosi and her ilk are on the way out. Guess those “astro turf” sobs are real after all. See ya you old hag!

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