Jim Bunning

Grandpa Simpson makes a robocall for Addia Wuchner

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May 16, 2011
By Joe Sonka

Sen. Jim Bunning is gone, but not forgotten. This just popped up on GOP Auditor candidate Addia Wuchner’s YouTube page, which I assume is a robocall that will be going out to his rabid fans around the Bluegrass:


Here are Jim Bunning’s earmarks

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December 17, 2010
By Joe Sonka

All 110 and $657 million that he requested:

  1. Air-Supported TEMPER Tents for Force Provider Deployable Medical Systems $8,000,000
  2. Army Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement Research Initiative $2,000,000
  3. AT4-Confined Space Tandem Warhead YJ05 $4,250,000
  4. Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Research $1,750,000
  5. De-Weighting Military Vehicles through Advanced Composites Manufacturing Technology $3,200,000
  6. Enabling Optimization of Reactive Armor $5,000,000
  7. Fleet Readiness Improvement and Corrosion Mitigation $5,000,000
  8. Freedom Fuels/Coal Fuel Alliance $5,000,000
  9. General George Patton Museum $3,500,000
  10. Kentucky Army National Guard Laser Shot Tactical Weapons Simulator $1,480,000
  11. Laser Phalanx $12,000,000
  12. MILVAN Container Gantry Crane $5,500,000
  13. New Specialty Resins for Advanced Composite Armor $2,000,000
  14. North American Clinical Trials Network (NACTN) $4,800,000
  15. NSWC FIRST Kit Platform Technology Program $2,500,000
  16. Radio Frequency Identification Technologies $1,000,000
  17. Surgical Safety Initiative for Military $4,000,000
  18. Tactical Mobility Consortium (TMC) $8,000,000
  19. UH-60 Leak Proof Transmission Drip Pans $8,000,000
  20. Central Kentucky Public Safety Operations Center $2,900,000
  21. Daviess County Detention Center Security Upgrades $34,500
  22. Eastern Kentucky PRIDE $400,000
  23. Hopkins County Voice Radio Infrastructure Project $388,000
  24. Kentucky Data Interoperability Project $1,000,000
  25. Northern Kentucky University Astronomical Observatory – STEM Outreach Initiative $485,000
  26. Operation UNITE $1,000,000
  27. Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force $750,000
  28. Public Safety Radio System Upgrade $2,000,000
  29. Advanced Clean-Diesel Buses $2,100,000
  30. Asphalt Pavement Density Research to Improve Highway Pavement Performance $1,500,000
  31. Ballard County Library $250,000
  32. Buckhorn City Municipal Building $250,000
  33. City of Hyden Center for Wellness and Recreation $1,000,000
  34. Coach Bus for Commuter Campus $690,000
  35. Corbin Center Drive Extension Project $915,000
  36. Construction and Rehabilitation Project of Operations Facilities at the Transit Authority $1,000,000
  37. Dream Riders Dream Facility $300,000
  38. Expansion of Critical Home Repair Program $460,000
  39. Fort Knox Access Road $1,000,000
  40. Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing $500,000
  41. Heartland Parkway $1,000,000
  42. Hospice of the Bluegrass – Mountain Community Free Standing Inpatient Facility $1,000,000
  43. I-71 Interchange $1,000,000
  44. Kentucky Transpark Master Plan Update $1,000,000
  45. KY-16 Underground Utilities $356,960
  46. KY Route 247 Relocation Project $1,000,000
  47. Louie B. Nunn Parkway Interchange $1,000,000
  48. Newtown Pike Bridge Project $1,000,000
  49. Noise Mitigation at Louisville International Airport $1,000,000
  50. Owensboro Community Technical College — Hancock County Extension Campus $554,000
  51. Replacement Buses at Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) $1,584,000
  52. Vision Motors, Inc. Williamsburg Electric Truck Manufacturing Facility $1,500,000
  53. Widening of KY Highway 911 and Cole Road $1,000,000
  54. Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport $540,000
  55. Advancement Research of Invasive Cancer Cells $375,000
  56. American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. $24,600,000
  57. Best Buddies Empowerment for People with Intellectual Disabilities $27,000,000
  58. Big Bore Computer Tomography Scan Unit $552,000
  59. Career Training Center $969,000
  60. Career Training for Disabled Veterans $350,000
  61. Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky $175,000
  62. Chrysalis House Family Program $245,000
  63. Community Healthcare Access and Improvement Initiative $1,900,000
  64. East Kentucky Health Initiative $450,000
  65. Expansion of Lighthouse Promise, Inc. $1,185,000
  66. Hosparus Medical System $425,000
  67. Hospital Facility Support Systems and Equipment Projects $1,800,000
  68. Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling Institute for Advanced Study $435,000
  69. Midway College Adult Nursing and Health Science Center $1,000,000
  70. The Nest – Center for Women, Children, and Families $550,000
  71. New Horizons MRI System Initiative $850,000
  72. Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Head Start $700,000
  73. Northern Kentucky University Center for Regional Stewardship: A National Center for Excellence $4,955,000
  74. Residential Hospice House of Murray $925,000
  75. Save the Children’s Rural Literacy Program $500,000
  76. Scientific Research Equipment for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology $1,500,000
  77. Visiting Nurse Association Employment Program $402,500
  78. Barren River Lake Water Supply $400,000
  79. Big Rivers Corridor Land Acquisition $3,250,000
  80. Big Sandy Watershed Reevaluation $200,000
  81. Calhoun Sewer Plant Digester Wall Replacement $100,000
  82. Chickamagua Lock Construction $28,000,000
  83. City of Hartford Wastewater Rehabilitation Project $1,400,000
  84. City of McKee Wastewater Treatment Plant $1,500,000
  85. City of Whitesburg Water Treatment Plant $1,500,000
  86. Clean-up Activities at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant $144,729,000
  87. Consolidated Shipping Center at Blue Grass Army Depot $12,400,000
  88. Cumberland Falls Highway Water District Waterline Extension $1,921,000
  89. Elvis Stahr Harbor Dredging $764,000
  90. Fort Campbell Physical Fitness Center $19,000,000
  91. Greenup Locks and Dam $19,000,000
  92. Hydropower Modernization Program, Cumberland River $1,000,000
  93. John T. Meyers Locks and Dam $6,000,000
  94. Kentucky Lock and Dam Addition Project $48,700,000
  95. Kentucky Soil Erosion Control $2,500,000
  96. Lake Cumberland Operations and Maintenance $1,000,000
  97. Local Agriculture and Family Nutrition Program $500,000
  98. Markland Locks and Dam $5,400,000
  99. Memorial Park Acquisition $380,000
  100. Metropolitan Louisville Pumping Station Reconstruction Study $100,000
  101. Mill Springs Battlefield Incorporation into the Cumberland Gap National Park $1,000,000
  102. Northern Kentucky Riverfront Commons $142,000
  103. Ohio River Basin Study $4,000,000
  104. Olmsted Lock and Dam Expansion $143,200,000
  105. Panther Creek Flood Mitigation Project $1,100,000
  106. Silver Grove Pump Station Improvements $2,500,000
  107. Strategic Liquid Transportation Fuels Derived from Coal $10,000,000
  108. Technical Assistance Grants to Kentucky Soil Conservation Districts $1,750,000
  109. Thomas More College Science Renovation and Education Program $1,500,000
  110. The Media Technology Center $993,000

Fiscal conservatives like Jim Bunning are taking their country back!


MItch McConnell requested $276 million in earmarks

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December 17, 2010
By Joe Sonka

It’s true. $276 million all packed into 58 earmarks. That’s just in this one bill, mind you. The $1.1 trillion bill that he approved of, until Wednesday.

How about Jim Bunning? He requested $657 million. You know, him being the strict fiscal conservative, and all.

Taking. Their. Country. Back.


Mitch McConnell says goodbye to Jim Bunning

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December 16, 2010
By Joe Sonka

Here’s Mitch McConnell reading off a paper prepared for him by his staffer about Jim Bunning’s baseball career. There are no tears… shocker.


Mitch McConnell has another cry

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December 15, 2010
By Joe Sonka

Mitch McConnell didn’t cry when he filibustered to prevent 9/11 first responders from getting health insurance and gay soldiers from getting fired. And he certainly didn’t cry when Jim Bunning gave his farewell.

Judd Gregg’s farewell is another story.

Don’t let Mitch’s exterior fool you. Behind that cold callous tactician who puts his own self-interest and power above all else is a cold callous tactician who puts his own self-interest and power above all else and a big crybaby.


Senator Beanball Bye-Bye

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December 10, 2010
By Joe Sonka

I noticed Chris Dodd recently got a standing ovation from both sides of the aisle after his goodbye speech. Knowing Jim Bunning, I guess I’m not really surprised by how this rambling and incoherent speech ends:

We’ll miss laughing at you saying cruel, stupid and bigoted things, Jim. A true legacy you’ve left behind.

(fortunately, Rand Paul says that Bunning is the senator that he admires and wants to emulate this most. Knock on wood…)


McConnell/Bunning vote to protect food poisoning from Big Government

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November 30, 2010
By Joe Sonka

But they failed, as Big Brother and His communist minions convinced 15 Republican Senators that widespread diarrhea and vomiting and even death is worth “regulating” against:

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food-safety system, after recalls of tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach sickened thousands and led major food makers to join consumer advocates in demanding stronger government oversight.

The legislation, which passed by a vote of 73 to 25, would greatly strengthen the Food and Drug Administration, an agency that in recent decades focused more on policing medical products than ensuring the safety of foods. The bill is intended to get the government to crack down on unsafe foods before they harm people rather than after outbreaks occur.

Sure, this bill will prevent diarrhea and vomiting and death, but what will we lose in terms of our Liberty?

Well, starting in January, Rand Paul can start doing the one person hold on communist legislation like this. Only he can prevent the next Hitler from coming to America. And he will.


"There won’t be one iota of difference in how I vote and how (Rand Paul’s) going to vote”

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September 3, 2010
By Joe Sonka

So says Jim Bunning, the man who Kentuckians like even less than Barack Obama.



Bunning the quote machine

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September 3, 2010
By Joe Sonka

Al Cross visited Rand Paul’s fancy northern KY fundraiser yesterday (“Rand by the River”… Aqua Buddha didn’t show) and wrote it up for Politico. Jim Bunning showed up and spoke, and you know how that goes:

Paul said nothing about Conway, but Bunning belittled the Democrat, calling him “a poor little rich boy [who] never worked a day in his life, except as a lawyer” and lost badly to an incumbent who lost her next race. (Actually, then-Rep. Anne Northup of Louisville beat Conway by only 3.2 percentage points in 2002, and did not lose her 3rd District seat until 2006.)

After ripping Conway, it was his turn to rip… Randy:

Bunning told the crowd at a restaurant along the Ohio River, “The intensity on the Republican or conservative side in this election is unbelievable,” and cited national polls. “It means Rand Paul can succeed me and not do a great job.” A few in the crowd laughed at the remark, which appeared to refer to Paul’s campaign, not predict his performance if elected. “In other words, he can succeed me in spite of himself,” Bunning added, drawing heartier laughter.

Sadly, Senator Bunning refrained from predicting anyone’s death, making Muslim jokes, or passing out and drooling on himself. But there’s always tomorrow.


Grandpa Simpson at it again

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July 15, 2010
By Joe Sonka

6 more months for Jim Bunning.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg will last longer, though.





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