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Chocolate strawberries among extravagant demands by Pelosi (spent $101k in 2 years on services)
Daily Mail ^ | 1/27/11 | Matt Blake

Posted on 01/27/2011 7:08:05 AM PST by Libloather

Chocolate strawberries among extravagant demands by Nancy Pelosi as she spent $101,000 in two years on services while travelling with US Airforce
By Matt Blake
Last updated at 2:02 PM on 27th January 2011

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).

On one overseas excursion, her office even wrote to the USAF asking for strawberries dipped in dark chocolate as a birthday treat.

The documents, uncovered by political corruption watchdog Judicial Watch, reveal that the US taxpayer was billed for $101,429 (£64,000) in Mrs Pelosi's in-flight services over a period of two years.

One internal Air Force email sent on March 25, 2010 said: 'The speaker’s office is requesting egg salad sandwiches on wheat toast with fruit (watermelon, etc) for desert [sic].

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chocolate; corruption; cultureofcorruption; democratcorruption; food; house; pelosi; services; strawberries
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Taxpayers should demand she walk it off.

Civility.

1 posted on 01/27/2011 7:08:11 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Lead story on tonight’s NBC Nightly News...


2 posted on 01/27/2011 7:11:50 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Libloather

We have to go to English papers to read these stories.

Amazing. You know, I’m sure our founding fathers would be amazed to see the devolution of the American press.


3 posted on 01/27/2011 7:13:33 AM PST by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: All

4 posted on 01/27/2011 7:13:33 AM PST by Liz (There's a new definition of bipartisanship in Washington -- it's called "former member.")
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To: Libloather
Notice this is a UK newspaper.

The media in the USA is ignorning their core responsiblity: to be a watchdog on the government.

This would be a great idea for a daily blog: "Things You Won't Find the American Media". Honestly, how many times has information been posted in the foriegn press that gets completely ignored in the American press?


5 posted on 01/27/2011 7:14:06 AM PST by Brookhaven (Moderates = non-thinkers)
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To: Libloather

Today’s Worst Person in the wor.....oh....nevermind.


6 posted on 01/27/2011 7:14:20 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Thank God for the Daily Mail!


7 posted on 01/27/2011 7:14:32 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: Libloather

All 90,000 miles.


8 posted on 01/27/2011 7:14:53 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Libloather; bitt; Bitsy; freekitty; unkus; Clintonfatigued; GingisK; flat; justiceseeker93; ...

Exposure is what Elitists fear the most including Zero. That is why Whitman and Carly lost. They didn’t have the spine and guts to expose Moonbeam and Boxer. Conservative Republicans have to climb in the RAT and RINO gutters and fight. Nice guys come in last!


9 posted on 01/27/2011 7:16:47 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Libloather

Speaker of the House is a big deal.

Chief of Staff, from a security standpoint, is a bigger deal.

I’ll never forget what they did to John Sununu for MUCH less.


10 posted on 01/27/2011 7:18:00 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Libloather

These people say they are working in service to the people while they are serving THEMSLVES! So many perks while in office and when they leave they get huge pensions.

Just what have they contributed, but more DEBT?

We have all sat and watched this train wreck and done nothing.....

We need to strip them of all these perks and take back the power. If we don’t, then we get what we deserve.


11 posted on 01/27/2011 7:18:48 AM PST by lula ( If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?)
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To: Liz

Ramirez does it again!


12 posted on 01/27/2011 7:20:22 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: Libloather

Let them eat strawberries


13 posted on 01/27/2011 7:20:40 AM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: Libloather
Queen Nancy should be made to reimburse the taxpayers for these extravagances.
14 posted on 01/27/2011 7:20:47 AM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: Libloather

We should demand she write a check to the American people. That classless toad.


15 posted on 01/27/2011 7:21:04 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: Libloather

This really doesn’t bother me so much. We are running trillion dollar deficits and risking the economic collapse of the USA, and I’m supposed to get all worked up over Pelosi spending a hundred grand on military flights? If we had to pay millions to keep her airborne permanently, it would be worth it if she’d stay away from Congress for good. Shoot! I’d buy her a box of chocolate covered strawberries myself if she’d retire.


16 posted on 01/27/2011 7:22:34 AM PST by CitizenUSA (Coming soon! DADT...for Christians.)
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To: Libloather

Rock Stars get perks on tour by supplying the venue managers with lists of stuff that must be provided gratis at their shows backstage dressing rooms. I guess Pelosi thinks she should too..........


17 posted on 01/27/2011 7:22:56 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: Libloather

Come on America . .wake up to this hypocrites and throw them out


18 posted on 01/27/2011 7:23:09 AM PST by A_Former_Democrat (The Rodney King Riots: Courtesy of ABC, CBS, NBC & CNN)
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To: Brookhaven

The media in the USA is ignorning their core responsiblity: to be a watchdog on the government.

That’s ony in a Republician administration. I hope everyone wakes up to the liberal media stations and tunes them out thus making their ratings what they should be 0.


19 posted on 01/27/2011 7:23:22 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: Libloather
Check out Pelosi's latest personal financial disclosure form on file here.

The woman can afford to buy her own bleeping strawberries with her own bleeping money.

20 posted on 01/27/2011 7:23:59 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: Libloather

Now, if this were Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann...


21 posted on 01/27/2011 7:24:23 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Libloather

Wonder if she got her frequent flier miles from flights and extras??!!!

She looks lots older after her speaker tenure. I LOVED seeing her sitting in the audience at the SOTU!!

As Mae West said which applies to many, “Too much of a good thing is...WONDERFUL!”


22 posted on 01/27/2011 7:25:06 AM PST by YouGoTexasGirl
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To: Liz

Excellent comment at site:

I wonder what the guys on the ground in Afghanistan are having for dinner today?
- leew, lancashire, 27/1/2011 12:43

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1351005/Air-Taxpayer-Chocolate-strawberries-extravagant-demands-Nancy-Pelosi-travelled-world-courtesy-US-Airforce.html#ixzz1CFWzsW6q


23 posted on 01/27/2011 7:25:59 AM PST by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: CitizenUSA
“This really doesn’t bother me so much.”

Does me, because it is dripping in hypocrisy. These kinds of telling behaviors by these self-entitiled parasites should be exposed at each and every opportunity.

24 posted on 01/27/2011 7:26:24 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: lula

We need to strip them of all these perks and take back the power.

Amen.
It may take a while to get everything in place for the perfect storm but it is worth it. To take back our country from these liberal/socialist freaks and their media friends will be well worth the fight. Tough job, but I’m in.


25 posted on 01/27/2011 7:28:18 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: KosmicKitty

If it was Sarah Palin ordering up chocolate covered strawberries on military aircraft at taxpayer expense, it would be the scandal to end all scandals. Thousands of ambulances equipped with defibrillators would need to be dispatched all over DC to revive all the liberals who would fall to the ground in apoplectic fits.


26 posted on 01/27/2011 7:29:23 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: penelopesire
Military Pay Tables for 2011

Read it and weep.

Congress should NEVER make more than our military personnel.

27 posted on 01/27/2011 7:29:28 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: KosmicKitty
Now, if this were Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann...

Exactly, we'd never hear the end of it. With Pelosi, hardly anyone will hear about it.
28 posted on 01/27/2011 7:29:44 AM PST by heysean
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To: CitizenUSA
"I’m supposed to get all worked up over Pelosi spending a hundred grand on military flights?"

Yes you are. Her personal extravagances are symptomatic of government's general attitude toward the stewardship of 'OPM'.

Not getting worked up about this is like saying, "People are dying of small-pox all around me and I'm supposed to get worked up over a small skin lesion?"

Pelosi's indulgences are inseperable from the national debt as a whole.

29 posted on 01/27/2011 7:30:35 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Libloather; skr; Mama Shawna; Gabz; T Minus Four; vandy; ssaftler; trussell; fnord; HopeandGlory; ..
Free Republic Chocoholic Ping List - ANGRY Chochoholics Ping List, Today! Grrrr!
30 posted on 01/27/2011 7:31:01 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: Libloather
The revelations were among 2,000 pages documenting Mrs Pelosi's travel expenses, obtained by Judicial Watch.

Everything affiliated with the battleaxe in written form is over 2000 pages long.

What an absolute disgrace particularly because she could have paid for those trips. Her arrogance is standard operating procedure though. It accomplished the main goal: to tell America & Americans to F.O.

31 posted on 01/27/2011 7:31:10 AM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: mewzilla
Congressional Staff Salaries

Bet the Founders are spinning....

32 posted on 01/27/2011 7:31:39 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: Libloather

Let’s hope the new Speaker doesn’t let this happen AT ALL. It’s a disgusting abuse of power.


33 posted on 01/27/2011 7:33:38 AM PST by nagdt ("None of my EX's live in Texas")
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To: Libloather
"Socialism is the feudalism of the future."

Anonymous

34 posted on 01/27/2011 7:34:02 AM PST by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

This REALLY bothers me too!

Not just because of they hypocracy, but NONE of our ‘elected’ officials should be living anywhere NEAR royalty!

THIS is the very stuff that put state heads of old on the guillotine. obama is just as bad -living like a rock star on OUR dime.

The founders intended these elected positions to be TEMPORARY SERVICE positions. - To take them AWAY from their own business at a personal loss for a time, in order to SERVE the PUBLIC.


35 posted on 01/27/2011 7:35:01 AM PST by J40000
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To: Outlaw Woman

Imagine ordering the USAF (and US traxpayers) to provide choc’lat dipped strawberreis as a birfday gift while flyin’ Miss Nancy - guess it takes the onus off her multimillionaire HUSBAND to buy her a gif’


36 posted on 01/27/2011 7:35:48 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: penelopesire

“I wonder what the guys on the ground in Afghanistan....”

I can bet it isn’t grilled chicken salads and dipped strawberries.


37 posted on 01/27/2011 7:36:33 AM PST by momtothree
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To: silverleaf

Don’t forget the fancy liquers....


38 posted on 01/27/2011 7:37:21 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: Libloather

90,000 miles, $101K billed for services.
That’s just over a dollar a mile. Think about the length of the last RT plane trip you took and multiply that number of miles by $1.10. That gives you an idea of how much someone like Nancy Pelosi expected in terms of services for such a flight. For a RT flight to her home district, that would be the equivalent of more than $6K!!!!

Commercial airline travel costs less than 12 cents per seat mile.
http://web.mit.edu/airlinedata/www/2009%2012%20Month%20Documents/Expense%20Related/Total/System%20Total%20Expense%20per%20Available%20Seat%20Mile%20%28CASM%20ex%20Transport%20Related%29.htm

That gives you some idea of just how obscene and inappropriate this level of spending is. It would appear that the nation’s “entitlements crisis” encompasses far more than our ability to bankroll future promises to those on Medicare and SS. Our overlords clearly have an entitlement mentality that would make Roman emperors look like pikers.


39 posted on 01/27/2011 7:38:47 AM PST by DrC
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To: Joe 6-pack

I’m not saying it’s right, but c’mon. If I got worked up over this, how am I supposed to feel about the billions of other dollars pissed away? It’s pretty much a given that senior government officials are going to get some perks. Would I eliminate the perks if I could? Yeah, sure. But we’ve got deadly serious, economy destroying things going on. This sort of crap is down in the weeds.


40 posted on 01/27/2011 7:38:57 AM PST by CitizenUSA (Coming soon! DADT...for Christians.)
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To: silverleaf

Absolutely dispicable. Can you imagine what a person like that is actually like? It must be completely suffocating to be in the same room with that hag.


41 posted on 01/27/2011 7:42:40 AM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: Bitsy; Libloather

Someone in congress should take to the floor of the house and read all of these extravagances into the congressional record, and then introduce legislation requiring Queen Nancy to reimburse the taxpayers for this. At the very least, we should not pass up this great opportunity to shame the hell out of these elitist pigs.

I really don’t see why she can’t be billed for this, especially given the fact she’s very wealthy.


42 posted on 01/27/2011 7:42:40 AM PST by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: Libloather

Let them eat ShortCake!


43 posted on 01/27/2011 7:44:40 AM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: CitizenUSA
In my America, we the people are the government; those folks in Washington are our employees, sent there to do our bidding. The reason we are going bankrupt is because the employers have been allowing the employees to take far too many liberties for far too long.

We need to hold them accountable for their abuses and set the climate and tone for them to operate in. An employee who fears the consequences of stealing a pen and a pad of post-it notes would never even contemplate embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

We have been sloppy, apathetic managers of our employees, and if we don't start ringing some bells on the little things, we're going out of business sooner rather than later.

44 posted on 01/27/2011 7:48:09 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: KosmicKitty

Your comment reminded me of something. Just before the election, I was at the Real Estate office and the manager’s (he’s a liberal Jew) wife came in one evening. I was in the conference room watching the news about Palin and in walks this lib. Never met her in my life and she proceeds to start lecturing and bit*hing out loud about the “wardrobe” costs of Palin. If she mentioned $150K once, she mentioned it a hundred times.
While this tight ass lib is going on and on, I’m sitting there thinking “why is this ok; I’ve never met this woman in my life”. Personally, I would never start belittling or ranting about someone to someone I never met. But it was clear, she knows I’m conservative and like a true lib, believes it’s ok to bash conservatives to conservatives (or anyone who will listen).

I should email this article to her.


45 posted on 01/27/2011 7:52:20 AM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; Libloather
http://news.yahoo.com/video/odd-15749658/23977646#video=23975211

Her favorite car to endorse. Like her, it can melt!

46 posted on 01/27/2011 7:54:07 AM PST by greatdefender (If You Want Peace.....Prepare For War)
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To: CitizenUSA

I think you’re wrong here...these outlandish perks are like a gateway drug...it’s one of the ways the liars and thieves in Washington (and all other legislative bodies for that matter) get addicted to OPiuM.

When they feel so entitled to spend so freely and without consequence on small things like this, there’s no reason to expect that won’t spend the same way with the big ticket items. It’s not their own money, so they don’t care. It’s an attitude that has to be changed.

I think smashing their grubby fingers whilst they are in the cookie jar will go a long way towards curbing their enthusiasm for spending overall.


47 posted on 01/27/2011 7:54:39 AM PST by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: Libloather
Our very own Marie Antionette.

Unfortunate that history won't repeat itself this time around.

48 posted on 01/27/2011 7:54:39 AM PST by wbill
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To: Libloather

She’ll have no shame about it, because the little people owe it to her.


49 posted on 01/27/2011 7:55:26 AM PST by crosshairs (The word for actor in Greek is hypocrite (its true).)
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To: Libloather
Don't be fooled. It's not entirely Pelosi. It's standard stuff to advance menu requests to passengers when flying executive aircraft. The airforce does provide the same level of service to VIP's as any executive charter service. It is congress ya know who appropriates the budgets for the airforce.

Did you know every general in the armed forces gets his or her own aircraft, with a flight crew dedicated to it? Lear jets, Citation Jets, Gulfstreams, and even the lowly one star generals get King Airs'. They also enjoy such catering when they travel. They go to football games, take the kids to college for holiday breaks, and live the same good life pelosi is living.

50 posted on 01/27/2011 7:55:54 AM PST by blackdog
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