Saturday, January 30, 2010

Un-frickin-believable: U.S. Military Serving as Chauffeurs, Babysitters for the Pelosi Kids: Receipts That Will Blow Your Mind

Update: Judicial Watch provided separate documents from an earlier FOIA request which show that "most, if not all" of the flights did indeed have the Speaker aboard. This is being researched and, until complete, corrections are noted below.

Update II: Commenters provide links to DOD 4515.12-R "DoD Support for Travel of Members and Employees of Congress and DOD 4515.13-R "Air Transportation Eligibility", both of which seem to indicate any travel by the Speaker's adult -- non-dependent -- children and grandchildren is off-limits.

Update III: An article at Mudville Gazette offers additional useful information.

Earlier: This post is updated here and it would appear that military jets may have been improperly utilized by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to shuttle her children and grandchildren around the country.

Meet the Pelosi family! Using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Judicial Watch uncovered thousands of pages of travel documents related to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's use of military aircraft.

What hasn't been revealed thus far is that military aircraft are being used to shuttle Pelosi's kids and grandkids between DC and San Francisco time and time again, which appears to be a violation of the appropriate rules (see above). Put simply, the United States Air Force is serving as a multi-billion dollar chauffeur- and baby-sitting service for Nancy Pelosi's kids and grandkids -- presumably because commercial travel is beneath the families of the autocrats.

But this couldn't be a waste of resources because the U.S. military really isn't engaged in any other significant activities around the world.

Even if you assume that the Speaker's use of military jets for her personal travel is legitimate (a big "if" -- and here's an example of such a use), it would appear the Speaker is shipping her kids and grandkids across the country -- without any real Congressional delegation on board -- by using the military as a family shuttle service!

Here's an example of the kids traveling with the Speaker.

The cost for some flights: as much as $18,000 an hour.

Here's but one example of the Speaker's kids traveling by military aircraft!

In this case, Nancy's son hitches a ride.

But here's another example of the Pelosi kids traveling in style and reimbursing the Air Force at Coach rates.

Other kids -- again -- stylin' courtesy of the taxpayer.

In this case, the Speaker's son travels on a military jet.

Here are the kids jetting back and forth again.

Hubby and kids are transported -- reimbursing the Air Force at maybe $400 a seat.

Pelosi's kids travel once more with the Queen.

In this instance, Pelosi's relatives hitch a ride on a Congressional flight.

The kids and grandkids tag along.

Favored sycophant Anna Eschoo (D-Socialist California) is in good graces -- she gets her own military jet.

In-flight food is never a problem... hundreds of pages of receipts for food and beverages were included in the FOIA documents.

Another House Democrat gets her own flight, presumably because she slavishly votes the Pelosi line.

Wine and beer, anyone?

In this case, domestic flights are operating at the discounted price of around $35,000 per -- the Pelosi kids are kind enough, presumably, to reimburse the Air Force at around $400 a head.

Hubby needed a ride.

Hey, we're going to Japan! Let's bring the whole posse!

Oops. They lost their receipt!

Oops -- the receipt didn't reproduce well. Reimburse 'em anyways.

You stupid little taxpayers: pick up the bar tab, dammit!

With the economy in a shambles and teetering on the brink of disaster thanks to the insane policies of the Democrats, this kind of waste is an outrage.

Pelosi needs to resign as Speaker.


Also see: Best of Air Pelosi's In-Flight Liquor Bills.


Linked by: Hot Air, Michelle Malkin, Gateway Pundit, Memeorandum, Pundit & Pundette, Sister Toldjah, Atlas Shrugs, DBKP, Doug Powers, Verum Serum, Sipsey Street Regulars ("So, if they freeze the military budget as Pelosi wants, will they still use military aviation as a personal airline & babysitting service?"), Canada Free Press, Black & Right, Be John Galt, Illinois Review, Weasel Zippers, Left Coast Rebel, No Sheeples Here, Lonely Conservative, Incog Man, POWIP and Antareptic. Thanks!

78 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is very depressing.

Anonymous said...

So, one of the wealthiest women in CA is taking money from you that you would probably spend on your own kids to lavish on her own.

And what are we going to do about it?

Reliapundit said...

the American people need to fire this bitch.

Anonymous said...

Meh. I think her failure to stop waterboarding/torture on her watch is far more outrageous and egregious. Junkets are to be expected from white politicians.

Anonymous said...

Abuses such as this should result in impeachment or censure at the very least. Thomas Dodd (Chris' father) was censured for less.

The term imperious cow comes to mind.

Anonymous said...

This is so outrageous. I rarely post comments on-line, but this is such an egregious abuse. What can we do about this? How do we get this information out where it needs to be? Where is the outrage?

Anonymous said...

At 2:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Meh. I think her failure to stop waterboarding/torture on her watch is far more outrageous and egregious. Junkets are to be expected from white politicians.

You are so right...those poor murderous camel fuckers are still having water poured over their face and that white devil Charlie Rangal still hasn't paid his taxes.

Anonymous said...

While I agree we've come to expect behavior like this from Congress, it's (past) time that we put a stop to it.

Anonymous said...

You are so right...those poor murderous camel fuckers are still having water poured over their face and that white devil Charlie Rangal still hasn't paid his taxes.

Well I mean it's weird that ppl are so outraged over a politician taking advantage of the perks that come with being powerful yet have no qualms with the fact that this same person had the power to stop torture, which her whole party and lots of people are against, yet she didn't do anything.

So I guess I join you in your frustration that she has her priorities all wrong. I guess I am not outraged by this article because I expect white politicians to take advantage of taxpayers. Especially Democrats, they take advantage of people like me who vote for them to bring social justice and redistributive change.

I guess I just expect them to let me down. I only vote Democratic because they are the lesser of two evils and at least they pretend to care. I will probably not vote at all in 2010 and 2012 though; Republicans are no better when it comes to abuses of power.

I think in the future all campaigns should be publicly financed instead of what we see in this story, where Pelosi was most likely financed by liquor, airline and defense industry bribes.

This way, politicians will be more accountable to us. I think firstly John McCain and Congress need to overturn the Supreme Court ruling that allowed such industries to bribe politicians. I think Pelosi is a direct benefactor of the Supreme Court decision.

I think that if you are outraged against government bribery and abuses, you will agree with me that Congress needs to enact a law that mandates that politicians are publicly financed and thus will be accountable to us instead of the companies.

Anonymous said...

"Well I mean it's weird that ppl are so outraged over a politician taking advantage of the perks that come with being powerful yet "...

And what, may I ask, do you expect from politicians of color? How are they different than "white" politicians? Why point out race unless your point is racist?

Bruce said...

Drain the swamp, drain the liquor cabinet...same difference.

Anonymous said...

I think firstly John McCain and Congress need to overturn the Supreme Court ruling that allowed such industries to bribe politicians. I think Pelosi is a direct benefactor of the Supreme Court decision.

Overturn the supreme court ruling? Why not the tranparency that Obama promised and didn't deliver? You want a constitutional amendment curtailing free speech? Impossible and insane. BTW, water boarding isn't torture and is much less upsetting than Stretch Pelosi, a multimillionaire, breaking the rules and taking our cash for booze while she jumps up to applaud Obama lying about earmarks. Horrible evil bitch.

Anonymous said...

And what, may I ask, do you expect from politicians of color? How are they different than "white" politicians? Why point out race unless your point is racist?

I don't mean to offend anyone, I just have a lot of bad experiences with white politicians being no good, like Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Nancy Pelosi.

Anonymous said...

Overturn the supreme court ruling? Why not the tranparency that Obama promised and didn't deliver? You want a constitutional amendment curtailing free speech?

Yes, because I think the courts got it wrong; corporations should not be running the country, we the people should.

BTW, water boarding isn't torture

You only say that because whites are doing it now. Whites said it was torture when non-whites were doing it in Eastasia.

Anonymous said...

I say we white people must stop paying taxes that pay for this waste and of course all of the entitlements that minorities demand, c'mon you white fools, quit working so hard, stop letting this government take your money and this robbery will stop.

HotAirPundit said...

Excellent work Doug,

I can just imagine if this had been Gingrich or Dennis Hastert, all hell would break loose...

Remember, they wanted to stick it to Newt for claiming tax exempt status for a college course

My how times change...

Anonymous said...

I say we white people must stop paying taxes that pay for this waste and of course all of the entitlements that minorities demand, c'mon you white fools, quit working so hard, stop letting this government take your money and this robbery will stop.

The biggest recipients of entitlements and subsidies are white-owned corporations and white pensioners.

Anonymous said...

Have you checked to see how Republican leaders used, or didn't use, official transportation while they were in the majority? Didn't think so.

Daniel said...

The most transparent Speaker of the House, ever.

Anonymous said...

Have you checked to see how Republican leaders used, or didn't use, official transportation while they were in the majority? Didn't think so.

They were too busy fellating Chimpy McFlightsuit for throwing away the previous decade's surplus on pointless wars.

That kind of critical thinking also does not help the rightwing narrative that Republicans are any better than Democrats.

I personally think this is a faux outrage ginned up by the blogosphere and World Nut Daily to score cheap political points. I think people should not complain when there are millions of children starving in Haiti.

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Anonymous said...

Somebody's head better roll for this this!

Joanie said...

Wow. This thread sure got hijacked quickly. Everyone, just please ignore the trolls and stay on topic.

We need to ensure that Doug's work here spread far and wide and at the top of our lungs. Pelosi is the ultimate elitist and MUST be forced to resign for this in addition to reimbursing the taxpayers for all of these expenses.

Post this article to your FB and Twitter. Email it to everyone you know. When people get outraged enough because we are all tightening our belts and foregoing things for ourselves and our children only to see Queen Pelosi spending OUR money like this, action is inevitable.

Eugenia said...

This is disgusting and represents all that the elitist Nancy Pelosi is in all of her glory. Seems the taxpayer gets the short end of the stick again....

Anonymous said...

You expect this of White politicians but not one's of color. Ever here of Charlie Rangel you racist fuck!

bones said...

The bottom line: An honest person with integrity just would not abuse their power and privilege in this manner.

Anonymous said...

Pelosi, Reed and Obama need to go...ASAP

Toaster 802 said...

Q; What are the American people going to do about this?

A; Nothing. No, Fucking nothing. Why? because people do not care. If they did, every elected clown and appointed chimp would be swinging from a lamp post tomorrow morning. But between the new monarchy entrenched in Washington, wall street and the state capitals, selfish wants, entitlement, laziness, and down right evil motives like the post troll, who is so STUPID as to think there is one difference between GWB and the messiah Obama, all of us will sit around and wait for a dynamic entry escort to the cattle cars. Pathetic.And we deserve it if we let them take us to the gallows before we take them.

Anonymous said...

Smacks of the upper levels of the Soviet government and their families' abuse of their positions. And the MSM wonders why the public is outraged?

Mad Monica said...

Why, exactly, is this NOT an impeachable offense? I was not aware that the speaker of the house was allowed to use the military, for which THIS speaker has such disdain, as a way to milk the freakin' tax payer.

We have GOT to get control of Congress back before this woman and her cronies put our entire military to work catering the KSM trial.

Anonymous said...

WHERE IN HELL DOES THAT CRAZY BITCH GET OFF USEING OUR MILITARY AS HER FREEKING OWN PERSONAL BABYSITTERS? WHO THE SAM HELL DOES THAT CRAZY BITCH THINK SHE IS ? I PERSONALY THAT RICH BITCH AND THE OTHERS JUST LIKE HER SHOULD ALL BE F I R E D WITHOUT A GOVERNMENT RETIREMENT FUND. I'M DAMNED SICK OF THESE ASSHOLES .

Anonymous said...

HEY AMERICA WHY IN THE HELL DON'T YOU WAKE THE HELL UP AND V-O-T-E THESE ASSHOLES OUT OF OFFICE BEFORE WE ARE ALL SCREWED AND TAXED OUT OF OUR MONEY WAKE THE HELL up YOU UP PEOPLE NOW.

fascinator said...

I don't get it. What's going on?

Anonymous said...

cry about it wingnuts

Patm said...

you know, if this were Gingrich, he'd be made to resign his leadership for this. Why don't the Dems (who hate her as much as the Reps) use this to get rid of this awful, awful woman?

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Anonymous said...

At what point will We,The People finally break out the tar & feathers?

Anonymous said...

With Pelosi being a representative from California is it any surprise especially since she is from San Francisco. The question is when will Californian's get smart and oust Pelosi, Boxer and Finestein?

Anonymous said...

At what point will We,The People finally break out the tar & feathers?

You wingnuts sat idly by the last 8 years in the midst of two off-budget wars, why would you start caring now?

Anonymous said...

Read the article and then comment on it! Why can't the liberals ever stay on point. When will most(not all)of you stop your Bush obsession. Get over it!
Pelosi needs to go! If this were a Republican he or she would have to go! I am sick and tired of the Democrats in Congress dictating the rules of the game to us, and having no such rules for themselves. This woman, is without credibility, integrity (a word she loves) and moral compass!
If it were a Republican then I would articulate the same message. This woman has millions of dollars and she has the audacity to use the United States Air Force as her own private jet service?
I feel a Tea Party Rally coming on!

Anonymous said...

BTW: The Two supposed Bush wars (which the congress approved), do not add up; not even close, to the record deficit of the "wisest" President we have ever had. I am still waiting for the awe making policy that his Ivy League credentials should provide for us!
I better sit down, because it just isn't going to ever take place. This President and his cohorts are a bunch of idealogues and empty suits. Yeah.....Bush was stupid! If this is brilliance then I rather be stupid!

Anonymous said...

Why can't the conservatives ever stay on point. When will most(not all)of you stop your Pelosi obsession. Get over it!

expatyank said...

There is a simple fix for all of this... It is time to flush the beltway toilet......
If they have the word incumbent attached to their name vote for someone else !.!.!

Danimal said...

She can choke on a cock and die.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the comment made by "expatyank".
we need to flush the political toilet and start out with new paper. Americans need to pay closer attention to who is running for office, why they are running and then sort out the bull from their platform. If we don;t wake up soon and start making better choices, it will be our own fault when we loose our rights and freedom..We don't have many rights left and the ones that are still hanging are on short strings.

Overtly American said...

Personally I think she should be taken out back and beat with a 2 x 4 but that's just me. When you itemize the things that she and her cronies have been doing for the last 8 years it convinces you that a beating just isn't enough.

adrian said...

DoD 4515.13-R , Section C10.12, (http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/451513r.pdf) states very clearly that family members are allowed "Unofficial Travel" on military aircraft only when the following conditions are met;

a) accompanying a senior DoD or other Federal official traveling on a military aircraft on official business.
b) Such unofficial travel is authorized on military aircraft only on a noninterference basis:
c) the aircraft is already scheduled for an official purpose;
d) the noninterference use does not require a larger aircraft than that needed for the official purpose;
e) official travelers are not displaced;
f) it results in negligible additional cost to the Government;
g) the Government is reimbursed at the full commercial coach class fare rate.

So when Pelosi authorized her kids to travel unaccompanied using military aircraft, she blatantly contravened all the conditions mentioned above except for g).

Pelosi should be impeached immediately.

Anonymous said...

If she tried this at a private corporation, she'd be fired because if these were claimed as legitimate business expenses the IRS would be on her like white on rice. You can't cheat the government- why is it all right to cheat the taxpayer?

Anonymous said...

This is disgusting, no doubt about it but to ignore all the other politicians that do this as well is even worse.

It smacks of bias.

Let's see some expense reports from both sides of the aisle, I'd bet my life Pelosi isn't the only one, nor is it only democrats.

Both parties have screwed us and waste money and they will continue to do so. What can we really do about it short of storming Capitol Hill? Sure you can vote out the current legislature but the replacements are just the same old product in spiffy new packaging.

Anonymous said...

Anybody heard of Charlie Rangle or Congressman "Icebox-cold cash" Jefferson - there are a few more "colored" crooks, I didn't mention like OBAMA. Crooks come in all colors.

Michael said...

Wow. I'm a dire opponent of Nancy Pelosi being a right-leaning Californian -- I'd just as soon see her lying in a ditch, but wow. You guys are passionate about twisting what you see to make it seem like what you want to see.

a) The two bottom receipts are identical, in case you failed to notice, yet you seem to try to pass them off as different receipts

b) I get poor printouts all the time and the IRS accepts them as legitimate deductions

c) Nowhere on here is there any definitive evidence that Pelosi was not on each of these flights

d) What kind of cold-hearted person doesn't understand that someone may want to travel with their family

e) $400 is a lot for a DC to SF flight. I know, I fly that route a lot

f) When a Rep travels, yes, they ALWAYS bring the whole posse. This is not new politics

g) Where the hell can I get Kirin for $.75 a bottle!!! That's awesome!!! Steal of the century!

Posts like this and the ensuing comments make me weap for my own cause in this nation because you guys completely exploit logic and reason and twist us responsible, well-thought conservatives into your own hell-bent fundamentalist cause.

To put it in terms you may better understand... you're acting like a bunch of suicide bombers. Good job.

Dilissa said...

What I think is the most disgusting thing of all is that the DOD regulations and federal law appear to ALLOW this. Let's change this law after we throw these bums OUT.

J Baustian said...

When I was in the Navy, active duty and retired military could fly on military aircraft on a "space available" (Space-A) basis. Sometimes it took 24-36 hours to make connections and get across the country.

Also, I knew of at least two rear admirals who received official reprimands, forced to retire, and made to reimburse the government for the costs of using military aircraft for personal trips. What they did was insignificant compared to what Mrs Pelosi has done.

Anonymous said...

This is just another example of liberal "do as I say and not as I do" The arrogance and stupidity of this "woman" knows no bounds. What happened to the most ethical and transparent administration yet? What a load. BTW those posting racist comments, get off it. This has nothing to do with race. Quit whining and baiting others. This is about an out of control arrogant administration.

10ksnooker said...

She who can afford her own airplane flys for free on the taxpayers nickel. Something that is just wrong with this type thinking.

....Just random thoughts and my opinions said...

It chaps my ass to hear constant comments about race. The sooner we get over it the better, and maybe then WE THE PEOPLE can act as one and do sometihing about the crazy way our government has gotten out of hand. It's not just democrats, the republicans are guilty too. This would be a great opportunity for a third party to be formed. But we can't stop pissing and moaning among ourselves to come together and DO something! Our founding fathers never intended that government service be a full time job or a lifetime career. They had jobs at home and got together only when needed. They weren't paid..they didn't have free anything. No plane rides, which by the way makes me sick to my stomach, free leased cars..yeah..Charlie Ragle has a new cadillac leased for him..and gets free gas..this perk is available to all, some are just not skating on the taxpayers dime.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if Nancy Pelosi can be sued by a private citizen (such as myself) for unlawful use of these aircraft? Thanks!

vonbruno said...

Congrats california.....you have some swell representatives out there......somebody take her out back.

Anonymous said...

Throw the b***** in jail

Anonymous said...

I THINK SADDAM HUSSIEM HAD THE RIGHT IDEA WHEN HE STOOD IN FRONT OF HIS PARLIAMENT & READ INDIVIDUAL NAMES & TOLD THEM TO GO TO THE BACK OF THE ROOM & THEY WERE NEVER SEEN AGAIN!!!

J Baustian said...

I am disappointed that anonymous commenters are allowed to post on this site. Dialogue typically degenerates when people do not have to use their real names, and degenerates even further when they don't need any name at all. This is nothing but a mob, and I do not care to read or hear the "opinions" of a mob.

mr.sluggo said...

You didn't mean to offend anyone?
Then, why ,pray tell,did you open your pie hole?

Anonymous said...

MOB RULES IN THIS DAY AN AGE YOU WHINER!!!!

Anonymous said...

I work hard. I work hard, and it isn't so that my money can be wasted like this. This makes me sick.

Anonymous said...

Nancy Pelosi ought to be "ridden out of town on a rail" for her arrogant abuse of power, using military planes as private transportation for herself, an infinite number of relatives and "shirt-tail relatives," and other members of her entourage who have no political business to conduct; they bleed our treasury dry and laugh at our stupidity to allow such behavior. When are Americans going to have the guts to clean out that rats' nest called Congress and start over again...we are not required to re-elect these criminals but will doubtlessly end up with more of the same who feed at the public trough after being elected.

Anonymous said...

I am not surprised you are only picking on the Democratic Party. I am sure there are Republican Party members that are doing the same thing. It is pretty sad that you are so one sided!
If Congress had the same rules as federal civil servants they would not be able to submit these frivolous bills for bar tabs and candy bars. It is very disappointing.

Anonymous said...

I read this article and just get so angry that the people who run this country seem to be so disconneted from real life and the needs of the people, but then i read some of these comments on here! People on here are talking about white vs black politicians and republican vs democrat...what the hells wrong with you people! This is why this crap persist and will end no time soon cause you fuking people can't get on the same page! A politician is a politician! white/black, Rep./Dem., libiral/conservative.... once in office their all the same, what benafits me and the people who gave me the money to get here. STOP BICKERING AMONGST YOURSELVES! UNITE AS ONE AND GET THE CROOKS OUT OF OFFICE I DON'T CARE WHAT SIDE OF THE AISLE THEIR ON!!!!!

Anonymous said...

NOTHING NEW HERE FOLKS... BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS..... DID YOU JUST WAKE UP YESTERDAY... SOME OF YOU DID LOL...

cgleason said...

Nancy Pelosi has no regard for her abuse of taxpayer money. Nor does she have any regard for the debt she leaves for me and my children. She respects no authority outside herself, lest she would respect and follow the faith she claims.
From One overtaxed Catholic.

Anonymous said...

Hey she's a Democrat, it's ok. A Democrat could never possibly do anything wrong. Just keep voting them in and they will keep spending your money for you. I'm sure they know what's best.

Anonymous said...

After 9/11, it was George W. Bush that ordered the Speaker of the House to travel on military aircraft, since the Speaker is 3rd in line for the presidency. It was actually the current sergeant of arms, Bill Livingood, who requested a proper military aircraft that met non-stop security requirements. Family has always been allowed to travel with the Speaker, albeit it was a shorter commute for the previous Speaker between DC and Illinois.

www.snopes.com/politics/pelosi/jet

Anonymous said...

Yeah I remember when she was first appointed speaker. She began making demands for a jumbo jet like Airforce one for her personal use. She didnt fell it was acceptable to use the smaller private jet used by previous speakers as it couldnt make an unstopped flight from the east to west coast without refueling midway. In the end they used the red herring of security as an excuse to give in to her demands and shut her up but it seems pretty obvious that her main complaint was actually that she would have to stop for refueling in a red state.

Anonymous said...

God forbid she have to be exposed to real Americans. Better she limit herself to the washington area and the loony san francisco area otherwise she might run into a real American and be made to feel less like a queen and more like the wack job she actually is.

Anonymous said...

what i want to know is where you can get a bottle of maker's mark for $18! that's a deal!

Anonymous said...

What's your problem she is the speaker of the House, She will just tell you "we the Democrats, what are we in power for...Air forces crew are just Nanny for her family..So what do you have a problem.....

Van said...

i'm glad to expose wast i think that you also reported the same when hastert used air force planes. I believe he was even more violent than pelosi. thanks again.

DavisMcDavis said...

If any of this was true I'd be very angry!!!!! I MIGHT EVEN TURN ON MY CAPS LOCK KEY!

http://www.snopes.com/politics/pelosi/jet.asp

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Anonymous said...

None of this surprises me in the least of this femi Nazi Bitch. It is a disgrace that this excuse for the female gender will go down in history as the first female head of the House of Representatives, & also the most corrupt lunatic to ever hit D.C.

She should resign immediately, or be prosecuted for high crimes & treason against the U.S. and its citizenry