A quick trip around Hannity's America...

I'm a Senator!

Do not get on Senator Barbara Boxer's bad side! That's what happened to one brigadier general who went testifying before Boxer at the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee had the audacity to call her "ma'am."

Wow. Take a look at this:

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BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL WALSH: Ma'am, at the LACPR.

SENATOR BARBARA BOXER, D-CALIF.: You know, do me a favor, could you say "Senator" instead of "ma'am"?

WALSH: Yes.

BOXER: It's just the thing. I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate it. Yes, thank you.

WALSH: Yes, Senator.

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Senator Boxer, if you haven't noticed, our military men and women are trained to address their superiors as "sir" and "ma'am." Are you really that petty?

I guess the video kind of answers that question.

Level Playing Field

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked Thursday about how she plans to force universal health care on the American people, given the trouble that such bills have had getting through the Senate. But the San Francisco speaker appears to have no doubts about her great legislative abilities:

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SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF.: I have every confidence that we will have a public option coming out of the House of Representatives.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: Nevermind today's poll numbers. Public opinion means nothing to me.

PELOSI: It will be one that is actuarially sound, administratively self-sufficient, one that contributes, adds to competition, does not eliminate competition.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: Socialism is great for competition. Trust me.

PELOSI: May not be called a public option, but it will be a level playing field.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: Details, schmetails.

PELOSI: Public option by any — whatever name, level playing field.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: When I talk to you like kindergartners, does it help you understand?

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Madam Speaker, a word of advice: When you talk slowly, you do not make any more sense. Sorry.

Tricky Dick

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin isn't exactly known for his lawmaking abilities, but he may become famous for his lawbreaking abilities.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that after attending a private meeting with former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson in which Paulson urged Congress and congressional leaders to help troubled banks, Durbin sold $115,000 of stocks and mutual fund shares. He then funneled most of the money to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway firm.

Unfortunately for Senator Durbin, I think that's what we laypeople kind of call insider trading.

Shoo Fly!

While many in the media are heavily praising the president for his performance in a number of TV interviews, the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is crying foul.

The animal rights organization is unhappy because during a Tuesday interview with CNBC's John Harwood the president swatted and killed a little fly that was interfering with his precious conversation.

PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrick said, "We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals."

By the way, for all of you liberals out there that suggest I never have a good thing to say about the president: Mr. President, nice shot. Now don't put that species on the endangered species list.

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