By The Right Scoop


This is definitely worth reading, just make sure you are sitting down when you read that we spent an easy half million to find out why monkeys throw feces:

CBN — A recent report released by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., gives a hundred examples from just last year. …

  • More federal funding in the amount of $593,000 went to a primate research center to study where in chimpanzees’ brains they get the idea to throw their feces.
  • A Virginia university received $55,000 to study Jordanian students’ water pipe smoking habits.
  • A new grant of $176,000 joined $350,000 already spent to study how cocaine hurts or helps the sex drive of Japanese quail.

While some people complain about government cuts, Leslie Paige, media director for Citizens Against Government Waste, said hardly any government program is rarely downsized.

“We never cut anything. There’s hardly ever anything cut. In fact, the budget goes up by five percent and we’re still spending money on junk like this,” she said.

More examples:

  • A museum of magic received $147,000 to study the audiences of magic shows.
  • More than $550,000 of U.S. taxes went to the production of a documentary on how rock bands contributed to the fall of the Soviet empire.

“Now I might actually be interested in that. I’d like to know which groups did the most to bring down the evil empire. I just don’t think the federal government needs to be spending money on this,” Knudsen said.

Paige said such profligate spending, magnified by many billions, could cause America’s downfall.

“We’re $15.3 trillion in debt, and we’re giving money to people to study the collapse of the Soviet Union. I mean I think it’s so ironic,” she pointed out.

A television production of a Pakistani version of PBS’ “Sesame Street” has already cost tax payers $10 million and $20 million more has already been budgeted.

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  • Darren Anderson

    Sorry folks, Our government just isn’t getting the message! Stop the stupid spending! It’s time for a change!

    • Anonymous

      You are right, government is not getting the message, regardless of years of popular support and calls for fiscal sanity.

      Two things that we can do: One – get your w-2 forms cleaned-up so that there is NO tax return at the end of the year. We are giving free loans to the government with a requirement that we have to go to them and ask for our money back. Stop it.
      Two – Get our local towns and states to stop paying lobbyists, accepting and seeking federal funding, and yielding to the Feds. UN Agenda 21 is coming to local towns, check it out, stop it. Local politicians are much easier to contact personally, and to have a serious effect on. Go to town-hall meetings, city council meetings, make your voice heard, and most importantly, don’t go away. They will revile, belittle, and explain away every protest we have, but if you don’t leave, they will address them eventually.

      Make the Federal government unwelcome in our local governments. That change will shake DC to the core.

      • bobemakk

        The message is to cut pork and lower our deficit….but who will do this? Is there any true conservative candidate that can oust Obama? I believe Gingrich can, but will vote for any nominated republican.

    • bobemakk

      I pray you are right Darren.

  • Anonymous

    With the new family friendly policies now in place here on the Right Scoop, I’m not going to say what I think about the above waste, except, $%&&**%_)%^!$#)_ and furthermore, &^()^$!$??.,)(&^ !!! ‘………….Thanks, I feel better now.

    • Anonymous

      If you threw any feces at the monitor during that rant, you need to submit your request for a grant. There’s money in it, I hear.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks, Nuke! I’m going to apply right away!

    • Anonymous

      #$&^$%@#! You sure cuss a lot! $*&@%^!

      :)

      • Anonymous

        I sure as ^&%# do after reading articles like the above &80$ !

    • Anonymous

      Well said!

  • Anonymous

    Yall know what I’m thinking. No point in making Scoop’s moderator delete a post.

  • Anonymous

    “$593,000 went to a primate research center to study where in chimpanzees’ brains they get the idea to throw their feces.”

    And then researchers hope to stimulate that same area of the brain in humans to get them to vote Democrat…

    • Anonymous

      That grant went to Tulane University. I used to have an uncle who worked there and we went to visit the apes a few times. The big male, named Charlie had one heck of an arm on him. He could hit you square from 30 or 40 yards.

      • Anonymous

        They must all be named Charlie. The Abilene Zoo had a big male named Charlie who used to do that very thing!

    • Anonymous

      and throw feces at conservatives while they are voting! Oh, wait, I think the Dems already do that.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EPNKCLUJ4F2PBVGOB7MU7O56ZA W.

    Sounds like Ron Paul wouldn’t have to think or work hard to slice off that trillion dollars of waste the first year. Sounds like a chimpanzee could do that job easily hands down, just pitch the feces the monkeyshine lawmakers propose into the toilet and flush.

  • Anonymous

    So the demoncrats are really monkeys? Because they’ve been slinging the sh1! for decades… Maybe this is considered a free exam for them under Maobamacare…

  • Persephone

    “We never cut anything. There’s hardly ever anything cut…”

    Infuriatingly true.
    It reminds me of something that Reagan said:

    “A government bureau is the closest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.” — Ronald Reagan

    Seemed appropriate to mention this, today…which would have been his 101th Birthday.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget the millions to study the homosexual lifestyle in BRAZIL!

  • Anonymous

    My breakdown of the article above:

    Monkey feces throwing: how to get Americans to handle all the sh1! the government is throwing at us.

    Magic study: how to better dupe Americas with smoke and mirrors and pull solutions out of thin air (make us unaware that it’s an illusion).

    Rock band study: study to determine if Americans can handle all the government’s noise… and if we’ll fall for it over time.

    Mind control. Makes perfect sense to me.

    • Is_Sense_Common

      Very well thought-out, Sober! Me likes!

  • CDS in Manitoba

    “A new grant of $176,000 joined $350,000 already spent to study how cocaine hurts or helps the sex drive of Japanese quail.”

    Well, of course it’s expensive. Cocaine, hot tubs and a library of disco music aren’t cheap.

    • Anonymous

      And those flippin female Japanese Quail always order the most expensive thing on the menu. I have stopped dating Japanese quail. The Korean Quail are much less high maintanance.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm, so why do OWS throw feces and defecate on cop cars? Same reason?

    What is the reason? If there was a study, where are the results?

    What we need is a study on why Government insists on financing idiotic studies, the results of which fall into the ‘who cares’ category. Why they insist on wasting money faster than a person could burn it in a bonfire, could be part of that same “study”.

    Hey what do you do for a living? Well, currently I watch monkeys throwing feces. As I sit there, I wonder why they do it. The Government pays me for this.

  • Anonymous

    We need to publish the name of every congressman and senator who voted on the appropriations bill that funded these programs. And except NO EXCUSES like “the bill was too long to read”. Every one of them should be fired by the American people in November, starting with the Spender-in Chief himself.

  • Anonymous

    Shark Tank and Palin4America report that Obama has cut combat pay for American troops serving in battle zones unless ‘actually under fire’.
    I’m speechless over this one!

    • Persephone

      That’s disgusting.
      A battle zone extends to the whole operation…and the whole area where the operation is taking place.

      Using a discriminatory distinction like that to cut defense spending is beyond reprehensible.

      Our troops should declare that they are being bullied by the Oministration…
      And that they are being forced to serve in a ‘hostile work environment’.

      • Anonymous

        What makes it even worse, milady, this action was a part of the Nat’l Defence bill, passed by both houses of congress! The bill also contained language that allows the arrest and detention of American citizens without charge or council.
        It isn’t just the president who must be replaced, most of congress needs to go as well. With laws like these in place, how much longer will we be able to call ourselves ‘free’?

        • Persephone

          Another big part of the problem…is the whole bureaucracy surrounding both houses.

          The senators and congressmen think that they know what they are voting on.
          Then when it passes…it goes to the bureaucrats who are in charge of ‘writing up’ the actual language of the laws.
          That is where a lot of the bs happens.
          Sometimes the finished product barely resembles what was voted on.

          Those bureaucrats are where we should start with the pay cuts…and with eliminating a large number of them altogether.

          • Anonymous

            Love your fire and attitude, milady Persephone!

            • Persephone

              I’m honored, kind sir.

              *curtseys*

          • Is_Sense_Common

            Remember when Herman said he’s veto any bill longer than 3 pages? I loved the spirit of that. You’re right on when you say that most of these folks have no idea as to the details of anything they vote on. Most of them have their lackeys read the bills & provide a summary. Disgusting indeed.

    • Jonathan Bellerive

      I just received an email from MyPay a couple days ago stating that the hazardous duty/hostile fire pay is pro-rated now. Instead of it just being a ~$225 per month stipend, it’ll be based off of the number of days you were in country. Unless, of course, you actually get shot at, then it will be the whole month’s worth even if you are only in the zone for a day. I’d like to know about how they qualify “being shot at”, though–I was at a base in Afghanistan that had rockets fired at it–was I “shot at” or not? I’m really curious about this.

      • Anonymous

        To be honest, like most laws passed these last 10 years, the language in them tends to be very hazy and vague.
        Seems to me, if you can smell the cordite from weapons fire, or see and feel the rocket impact a target near you, or stop an incoming round with your body, you might have a case!
        BTW- your profile reads more like a geek then a warrior. Care to clarify?

        • Jonathan Bellerive

          It just annoys me how subjective the term is… I feel like laws/policies should have a little less of a gray area. I guess purple hearts are subject to personal opinion and such too. It is what it is.

          And I’m an Air National Guard analyst-type. I mostly keep up with techie stuff, so that may explain the profile’s appearance ;)

          • Anonymous

            Thanks for the reply, and thanks for your service, Jon. You say that you think laws/policies should be less gray and I agree. When you read the Constitution, each section covers a specific area and is inclusive for what it covers. Laws passed these days are open ended and vague, using generality’s and can be read to mean almost anything!
            As the march of socialism has progressed thru various government agencies, as well as in the senate and house, vague laws have become the norm, not the exception.
            Where the Constitution is clear, concise, and specific, and each section has a beginning and end; I believe that bills passed today are indeed in the socialist habit of open ended to make each and every citizen guilty of ‘something’. It has worked for over 90 years here in America, and in every nation that has used these tactics. It will continue to work unless we as a Constitutional Republic stop it.
            The first step is to read, know and understand the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. These documents are the foundation of Americanism. Another step is to return to the class room, teachers who believe in these documents! The socialists have bastardized American history and the founding documents over decades with their poison, and taught their ‘progressive’ views to the nations children.
            Consider how YOU can help reverse the decline of the Republic. Wether as a teacher, or holding a local political office, a speaker on the constitution, or whatever place you feel you can help.
            That oath you took to preserve, defend and protect the Constitution? IT NEVER EXPIRES and if you believe in it, Jon, you already know what your lifelong task is!
            The Right Scoop site is chock full of vets and active duty folks, like you and like me, who comment. And like us, they too believe in clear and concise laws, a return to the Constitution. It gets the gray out of daily life. VG

      • Is_Sense_Common

        This just sickens me. Thank you for your service!

  • Anonymous

    Why does congress allow this to continue?
    We need a total change-out.

  • Anonymous

    About time for torches and pitch forks!

  • Anonymous

    “Wasteful spending: Half million to study why liberals throw feces”

    Oops! Oh… sorry… I think I’ll go back and reread the lead.

  • wodiej

    Enough….is enough! The president’s budget needs to be scaled back too. There is no sense of them having free reign to golf, fly air force one, have parties etc. except for official business. I would LOVE to see a complete list of all the junk our money is wasted on.

  • Josh

    Hmmm. Who do you think will stop this idiocy?
    Romney? No.
    Gingrich? No.
    Santorum? Possibly.
    Ron Paul? Probably.
    It is incredibly sad that we have no candidate anymore who is fiscally responsible enough to count on stopping this except for the one who will pull in all of our troops and let the world destroy us militarily. The two frontrunners are both RINOs who are spineless politicians that can’t be trusted. I think that this race ended when the Cain train derailed. Time to start stocking the basement.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting study on why monkeys throw feces, which may perhaps explain the Romney campaign strategy since they started it and did so much more of it than all the others combined!

  • Anonymous

    Is it practical to think that stupid government spending such as the examples listed will ever cease? They are immaterial amounts with regards to the real amounts of funds wasted…

    • Anonymous

      immaterial amounts but we are borrowing to pay for this “cheap” crap and it all piles up.

      How many real taxpayers does it take to fund these immaterial amounts?

    • Anonymous

      This is why they continue, because it is always framed that way. When you add up all of the “immaterial amounts” it becomes quite material indeed.

      There is no such thing as an immaterial amount in my opinion. Get rid of all the immaterial amounts and we’ll save some real money. It’s all material. We need to care about every bit of it and scrutinize it. Then we need to stop it. If we cannot stop what you term immaterial amounts how can we stop any of it?

      You display the attitude that is the problem…as usual.

      • Is_Sense_Common

        Well stated Rshill! Thank you! I also dislike the argument. I really think that all pork that’s been rolled into bills for the past 25 years should be reviewed, brought to light, and slashed!

  • Anonymous

    Just what I always want to know about chimpanzees! I could have saved them the money or better yet they could have given the money to me. The answer is simple:

    THEIR MOTHERS DID NOT TRAIN THEM BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      You tell them. That’s funny. True, but funny…..

  • Anonymous

    These people are absolute lunatics to be spending money on that garbage!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZIL4KEDI7TFBKNUDAIWWYOA4CM Larry Gibby

      Think cocktail parties and golf outings. A little innocent chitchat and pretty soon the tap opens.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5L4RE3FBBG5SN3KXERKJZ53VLU Stormwalker

    It would have been cheaper, for all those in Congress who voted this earmark, to spend an afternoon at the San Diego Park and Zoo, with just a few minutes standing near the ape area, waving to them, and watch the fun!

    (Those that have been there, might know what I infer!)

  • PFFV

    The majority of American people could care less about Government waste or Fraud because they don’t pay Federal Income Taxes. Add to that all the people soaking the various entitlement programs for an easy living, why would they want to change anything.

  • KenInMontana

    All they had to do was take a field trip to observe Congress.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a no brainer. Monkeys throw their feces because there is a liberal standing in front of them. It’s simple. Save your money.

  • Anonymous

    Yet, another example of obama and his leftist loons intentional financial collapse of America…

  • http://twitter.com/tw1937 Tom Whitcomb

    The monkeys on capital hill have been throwing feces for years, why not study them, candle their heads, see if anything is in there. it’s only money.

  • patrick oneill

    I am thinking about throwing my feces—-at the Ruling Class. They ought to ask me why.

  • patrick oneill

    I would really like to throw my feces—about a year’s worth—-at the Ruling Class. Maybe they could query me as to why………

  • Anonymous

    Incredibly misplaced science. If you want to study feces tossing … just observer the Romney campaign.

    • Is_Sense_Common

      Beautiful!

  • bobemakk

    Just more “pork” to be cut from the deficit. They worry about this crap (literally) and there is so much “pork” added that the deficit can be cut by trillions with no effort. But they want what they want and we, as their constituents, don’t mean anything to them.

  • Anonymous

    Honest intrest and the thirst for knowledge do not drive these demagogues of the educated elite. Rather, it is the easy money from unrestrained, unconcerned civil “servants”, who themselves, seldom know the truth about the money they give away.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/B2TGU6U2HFFSZUXHIPTQX36R3E Ana

    I wish we can lock these folks up and have the monkeys throw feces at them – for free!