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Sen. John McCain revealed his top ten porkers on twitter.

From ABC News’ Jake Tapper

“Tmr I am gonna tweet the TOP TEN PORKIEST PROJECTS in the Omnibus Spending bill the Congress is about to pass,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., wrote on his Twitter page yesterday.

And today he did.

They are:

“#10. $1.7M “for a honey bee factory” in Weslaco, TX

“#9. $475,000 to build a parking garage in Provo City, Utah

“#8. $200,000 “tattoo removal violence outreach program to could help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past” REALLY?

“#7. $300,000 for the Montana World Trade Center – enough said

“#6. $1 million for mormon cricket control in Utah – is that the species of cricket or a game played by the brits?

“#5. $650,000 for beaver management in North Carolina and Mississippi”

McCain had tweeted a question about how one manages a beaver, but he deleted it after the comment provoked a twizzard.

“#4. $2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York – quick peel me a grape.

“#3. $332,000 for the design and construction of a school sidewalk in Franklin, Texas – not enough $ for schools in the stimulus?

“#2. $2 million ‘for the promotion of astronomy’ in Hawaii – because nothing says new jobs for average Americans like investing in astronomy”

And 30 minutes ago, Mr. McCain finally offered the big payoff:

“#1. $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa”

I won’t argue with the list as there is so much pork on the hill, trying to select a top ten is a tough task.  However I am surprised that McCain used twitter to unveil his list as he was in the dark ages with regard to technology during his campaign.


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