Posts Tagged ‘Jim Bunning’

JIM BUNNING BOLDLY TAKES A STAND FOR THE CANDY CIGARETTE LOBBY

March 17, 2010

Maybe Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning really IS senile. After all, there were reports last year that the former Major League Baseball pitcher was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Earlier this month, Bunning delayed the unemployment checks for millions of Americans with his own one-man mini-filibuster. Bunning is at it again. His latest quixotic stand? Bunning was holding up the confirmation of hundreds of federal appointees by President Obama. Why? Because Bunning disapproves of a ban on candy flavored cigarettes. The ban isn’t being instituted by the Obama administration. Canada has imposed the ban, saying the products’ sole purpose is to get children addicted to tobacco. Bunning wants the adminstration to push Canada to re-legalize the candy cigs.

Among the candy flavors being pushed by R.J. Reynolds are Kauai Kolada (the governor of Hawaii is BEGGING to get the product dropped) and Twista Lime.

GROUP WANTS BUNNING KICKED OUT OF THE HALL OF FAME

February 28, 2010

 

Earlier this week, we posted about how Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky was singlehandedly responsible for several million Americans possibly losing their unemployment insurance. Bunning was the lone member of the Senate holding up an extension of unemployment benefits.

Now, because of his actions, a group representing unemployed Americans wants Bunning kicked out of baseball’s Hall of Fame. Saying Bunning is “mean” and “despicable” the group UCubed (Ur Union of Unemployed) has even started a petition demanding Bunning’s plaque be removed from Cooperstown. U3 says it will present the signed petition to Bunning’s Senate office and the Baseball Writers Association of America (whose members vote on the Hall of Fame.)

JIM BUNNING TOO STUPID TO FEEL SHAME

February 26, 2010

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Kentucky Senator and Hall of  Fame former Major League pitcher Jim Bunning spent all of last night cutting off extended unemployment benefits to everybody in America. Then he took to the Senate floor to WHINE about how doing so had caused him to miss that night’s Kentucky/South Carolina basketball game.

Bunning is singlehandedly causing 1.1 million Americans to be cut off from their unemployment benefits within days. Another 5 million will lose their unemployment by June unless legislation is passed.

Watch for yourself:

JIM BUNNING IS A SCUMBAG

June 15, 2009

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From SPORTSbyBROOKS via The Hill

Kentucky Senator and former Major League Baseball pitcher Jim Bunning is having his ethics challenged. Bunning is currently the only member of Congress who is able to charge people for his autograph. That practice would ordinarily be illegal under Senate ethics rules. Nor does Bunning’s status as a Hall of Fame pitcher make the practice legal. However, Bunning has simply skirted laws and congressional ethics rules by establishing a charity called the Jim Bunning Foundation. Unfortunately, the primary benificiary of the foundation appears to be Bunning himself.

According to the Congressional newspaper The Hill, Bunning’s charitable foundation has never donated more than $20,000 a year. Yet, by establishing the charity, Bunning is able to charge baseball memorabilia companies for his appearances and autographs. The companies simply make the check out to Bunning’s “charity.” Last year, Bunning made two such appearances. Along with licensing money from the baseball Hall of Fame, this netted Bunning $16,091. Bunning’s charity donated $16,350. No problem, right? Except for the fact that Bunning pays himself an annual salary of $155,000 to run the charity. And, he’s been making the 155 grand every year since 2001.

In other words, Sen. Jim Bunning has paid himself $1,395,000 to run a charity that has never donated more than $19,575 in any single year. An ethics expert interviewed by The Hill called Bunning’s practice of charging to run a charity while being a sitting U.S. Senator, “probably legal…but really questionable.”

Actually, the Senator would have actually made THREE card-signing appearances for charity this year, but promoters of a Detroit card show had to drop Bunning after he voted against a bailout for the auto industry. This despite the fact that Bunning is a former Tigers pitcher. Apparently too many of his former fans wanted to kill the former Detroit pitcher.

JIM BUNNING IS SENILE

February 23, 2009

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JIM BUNNING THEN

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JIM BUNNING NOW

From Deadspin.com via The Louisville Courier-Journal

In September, we wrote about Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning’s bizarre meltdown on national television. Although that particular outburst didn’t receive much national attention, his latest certainly has. Bunning has received national ridicule for gleefully predicting the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has cancer.

Bunning’s comments were so over-the-top that they have rekindled rumors that he has Alzheimer’s disease. Even if he isn’t going senile, Bunning has been voted the Worst Senator in America. Considering his competition from the other 99 idiot members, that’s quite an achievement!

Bunning is running for re-election next year. He is already reportedly in trouble financially. While his fellow Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell raised $20 million in his last election, Bunning reportedly has a whopping $125,000 in his campaign war chest. At the speech where he made his comments about Bader Ginsburg, Bunning was quoted as soliciting $25 checks from his audience.

FORMER MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHER SINGLE-HANDEDLY DRIVES DOWN U.S. ECONOMY

September 24, 2008

JIM BUNNING BEFORE: POISED LEGEND AND HALL-OF-FAMER

JIM BUNNING AFTER: CONFUSED, MEDIOCRE NON-ENTITY

Congrats to Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning. During today’s Senate Banking Committee hearings, Bunning’s questioning of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson managed to drive the stck market down 150 points in 15 minutes.

 

BAD DAY FOR BERNANKE AND PAULSON

Fox Business News carried those hearings live today. You could actually see the market drop while Bunning spoke. After the hearings, Bunning said on-camera he planned to vote against the bail out of the banking industry. He seemed genuinely shocked and confused when a reporter asked him if his speaking out against government support of the financial industry might be and cause the market to drop.

The Fed Chairman said congress risked creating a recession or worse if they don’t act to bail out the financial industry.

Before joining the U.S. Senate, Bunning was a Hall-of-Fame pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

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