A quick trip around Hannity's America...
The House passed the stimulus package but you won't believe what you're paying for!
The Minnesota Freedom Foundation released a top 10 list of the worst funding requests submitted by Minnesota cities as a part of the stimulus process. They include, get this: $300,000 for tennis court improvement; $1.5 million for a golf course's clubhouse and maintenance shop; $750,000 for a skateboarding park; and, drum roll please... $6 million for a snowmaking facility! In Minnesota!
Perhaps Speaker Pelosi can explain how skateboard parks will revitalize the economy. Hopefully she can do that when she's done explaining why contraceptives are a necessary part of the stimulus.
Speaking of the San Francisco speaker, Ms. Pelosi was doing some gabbing about the stimulus legislation Thursday morning, explaining away those pesky Republican no-votes and holding court on the beyond brilliant bill that she supports.
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NANCY PELOSI, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: People vote for what they believe in. Clearly the Republicans did not believe in the agenda that I just described for you and that's probably one of the reasons they voted that way.
LIBERAL TRANSLATION: What part didn't they like? The $50 million going to the National Endowment for the Arts? The $33 million going to the CDC to fight STDs?
PELOSI: I think they probably voted their conscience and they couldn't support that.
LIBERAL TRANSLATION: Darn those Republicans and their silly morals! Having a conscience is soooo overrated in this town.
PELOSI: But we're very, very proud of the product that came out of this — out of our legislative step one and look forward to working.
LIBERAL TRANSLATION: We're very proud of our totally partisan legislation. Feel free to give us all the credit when it does well. When it fails, blame the Republicans.
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We too are stumped by the lack of unity on this bill, because we all know how easy Speaker Pelosi makes it for everybody in Washington to get along. You know, by calling those who disagree with her unpatriotic?
We continue tonight with our "Gitmo All-Stars" series, in which we're profiling a Gitmo detainee each night and asking what exactly President Obama plans to do with these vicious terrorists when he closes Guantanamo Bay.
Thursday night's spotlight is on Ramzi Binalshibh.
Nineteen men slipped into the United States to kill thousands on September 11, 2001 but the 20th never made it here. Ramzi Binalshibh tried four times to get a visa to enter the U.S. but was denied each and every time. Instead, he became the primary coordinator of the attacks and the intermediary between Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and the hijackers.
Al Qaeda video shows Binalshibh meeting with bin Laden and his lieutenant Mohammed Atef in the mountains allegedly plotting the worst terror attacks on American soil. He then began wiring thousands of dollars to hijackers and to the man who was meant to replace him, the new 20th hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui. Moussaoui was arrested in Minnesota before the attacks.
One year after 9/11, Pakistani forces found Binalshibh and other terrorists hiding in an upscale Karachi neighborhood. After an extended shootout, two Islamic militants were dead and seven police officers wounded but Binalshibh was alive. He was arrested and eventually transferred into U.S. custody. He currently resides at Guantanamo Bay.
Stay tuned Friday night for our final profile as we round out the week with another Gitmo detainee who may be coming to a prison near you.
President Obama compares himself to Abraham Lincoln and JFK, but others are comparing him to a figure who's a little less political and a little more pop. Politico.com reports that on inauguration weekend, President Obama was caught on tape mimicking the distinctive hand gesture Beyonce makes in her hit music video "Single Ladies."
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PRESIDENT OBAMA: But I'm not like — I didn't put on the outfit.
OBAMA: I didn't put on the outfit. But I didn't want my girls thinking that I couldn't get them, I got a little something. This part I got.
(OBAMA MAKES HAND MOTION)
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We knew celebrities loved the president, but we may just be discovering how much the president, in his eternal desire to win admirers, loves them back.