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Free market?

Posted by Charles II on March 14, 2007

From AP:

WASHINGTON (AP)–The federal government will soon award its largest telecommunications contract ever, a deal worth up to $48 billion for at least two of the bidders: Qwest Communications International Inc. (Q), Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), AT&T Inc. (T) and Verizon Communications (VZ).


The GSA is planning in May to award a second telecommunications contract called Networx Enterprise – worth up to $20 billion – that contains fewer mandatory requirements and services in select areas across the nation.

The agency’s hope was that smaller companies would compete for the contract. However, the same four companies – plus Level 3 Communications Inc. (LVLT) – are vying for this second pot of money.

So, we have such a free market that only five companies are able to compete in it at a national level.


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Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 14, 2007

Spotty the Blogging Dog has a few barks at the expense of a local GOP shill trying to insinuate his way into the mainstream press under the pretense that he’s not a bought-and-paid-for GOP hack.

Posted in beat the press, big money, blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, corruption, eedjits, Flying Monkey Right, GOP/Media Complex, gravy train, Just for fun, Minnesota, mythmaking, Republicans, The smear industry | Comments Off on Woof!

Does Tim Walz EVER Have An Off Day?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 14, 2007

This guy is just the Energizer Bunny when it comes to meeting and working with his constituents, as A Bluestem Prairie notes, quoting from a recent Walz press release:

In order to be more accessible to constituents, Rep. Tim Walz will continue his “Saturday Store Stop” tour this Saturday with a stop in Owatonna. On Saturday, March 17th, Rep. Walz will be at Owatonna HyVee store from 9-11am.

Owatonna’s HyVee is located at:
1620 South Cedar
Owatonna, MN 55060

Next Saturday, Walz will visit the New Ulm HyVee Store. Walz’s planned February stop in New Ulm was canceled due to inclement weather. Walz has rescheduled his visit for Saturday, March 24th from 9-11am.

New Ulm’s HyVee is located at:
2015 South Broadway
New Ulm, MN 56073

By positioning himself in local grocery stores during peak shopping hours, Walz hopes to hear from constituents who might not otherwise request a meeting or submit their opinion on policy topics.

“I hope that people will take a few minutes Saturday morning to stop by and express their thoughts and concerns. My staff and I will have voter registration forms available, as well as information on how we can assist constituents who are having difficulty with a branch of the federal government,” said Walz.

Constituents can find Rep. Walz and his staff at a table near the HyVee dining area.

Walz began his tour on Feb. 10th in Mankato and plans to continue it throughout the spring. Since being elected, Walz has conducted hundreds of meetings with individual constituents and representative organizations around southern Minnesota and in his Washington D.C. office. Constituents can also contact Congressman Walz through his website at or by calling his Mankato office at 507-388-2149.

This is what a hardworking Congressman looks like.

Posted in Congress, Democrats, Democrats with spines, Good Things, Minnesota, Real Americans, Tim Walz, tutu-less Democrats, veterans, workers | 1 Comment »

Welcome Back To Another Edition of “If Right-Wingers Didn’t Have Bullcrap, They’d Have Nothing At All”!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 14, 2007

One of the latest wingnut e-mail spams has to do with a BBC Channel Four “documentary” called “The Great Global Warming Swindle”. (The title is a lampoon of the old Malcolm McLaren film The Great Rock and Roll Swindle. Clever, huh?)

The only problem is that the thing is, how do you say, Total Effing Bullcrap:

A Channel 4 documentary that claimed global warming is a swindle was itself flawed with major errors which seriously undermine the programme’s credibility, according to an investigation by The Independent.

The Great Global Warming Swindle, was based on graphs that were distorted, mislabelled or just plain wrong. The graphs were nevertheless used to attack the credibility and honesty of climate scientists.

A graph central to the programme’s thesis, purporting to show variations in global temperatures over the past century, claimed to show that global warming was not linked with industrial emissions of carbon dioxide. Yet the graph was not what it seemed.

Other graphs used out-of-date information or data that was shown some years ago to be wrong. Yet the programme makers claimed the graphs demonstrated that orthodox climate science was a conspiratorial “lie” foisted on the public.

Channel 4 yesterday distanced itself from the programme, referring this newspaper’s inquiries to a public relations consultant working on behalf of Wag TV, the production company behind the documentary.

Martin Durkin, who wrote and directed the film, admitted yesterday that one of the graphs contained serious errors but he said they were corrected in time for the second transmission of the programme following inquiries by The Independent.

Mr Durkin has already been criticised by one scientist who took part in the programme over alleged misrepresentation of his views on the climate.

So who is this Martin Durkin guy?

Turns out that he’s a known and longtime bullcrap artist who Channel Four hired despite his documented trail of bullcrappery. Charming.

Posted in anti-truth, climate change, eedjits, environment, looney tunes, media, mediawhores, mythmaking, WTF? | 1 Comment »

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