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Archive for March 31st, 2007

Right-Wing Morality On Parade

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 31, 2007

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What is it about right-wingers online that makes them so likely to be abuse-hurling misogynistic screamers like Michael “Savage” Weiner? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in getting a clue, GOP bullying, looney tunes, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, Silly Republicans, The smear industry, WTF? | Comments Off on Right-Wing Morality On Parade

Ho Hum, Another Corrupt Bush Official

Posted by MEC on March 31, 2007

Fish mosaic in the Detroit Institute of Arts

The only thing that’s going to save us from Bushevik corruption is that so many of Bush’s minions are incompetent in their corruption. For example, Julie A. MacDonald, deputy assistant secretary at the Fish and Wildlife Service of the Interior Department.

A top-ranking official overseeing the Fish and Wildlife Service at the Interior Department rode roughshod over agency scientists, and decisions made on her watch may not survive court challenges, investigators within the Interior Department have found.

At least, we hope they don’t survive the court challenges, because her judgment is definitely worse than that of the scientists who actually, you know, have knowledge about the issues they’re researching. She don’t need no steenking facts, though, because her job is to make sure that the facts are “fixed around the policy”. For example,

…Ms. MacDonald lobbied for a decision to combine three different populations of the California tiger salamander into one, thus excluding it from the endangered-species list, and making the decision legally vulnerable. A federal district judge overturned it in 2005, saying the decision was made “without even a semblance of agency reasoning.”

The policy, in this case, seems to protect industries from being inconvenienced by environmental regulations:

The inspector general also found that Ms. MacDonald had sent internal government documents by e-mail to a lawyer for the Pacific Legal Foundation – a property-rights group that frequently challenges endangered-species decisions.  
 

She twice sent internal Environmental Protection Agency documents – one involving water quality management – to individuals whose e-mail addresses ended in “chevrontexaco.com,” the report said.

After Bush is finally out of office, it’s going to take years just to clean up the mess These People are creating in government agencies. The example of Julie MacDonald’s interference with the protection of endangered species. shows that some of the damage they’re doing may be irreversible.

Posted in abuse of power, BushCo malfeasance, corruption | 2 Comments »

Another day, another howler

Posted by Charles II on March 31, 2007

From Reuters (Via T/O)

Washington – The U.S. Army has enough money on hand to finance the Iraq War through most of July, according to a congressional study that challenges President George W. Bush’s assertions that an infusion of funds is needed more urgently.  According to a Congressional Research Service memo dated March 28 and sent to the Senate Budget Committee, “The Army could finance the O&M (operations and maintenance) of both its baseline and war program … through most of July 2007” by shifting around money in existing accounts.

So, as usual, Bush is lying.

Posted in Iraq war, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | Comments Off on Another day, another howler

Republican Ethics

Posted by MEC on March 31, 2007

The hearing into Juanita Doan’s actions at the GSA continued with testimony from the GSA’s Inspector General, Brian Miller. John Mica (R-FL) began the interrogation by asking Mr. Miller whether his investigation of the no-bid contract that Ms. Doan awarded to a close friend cost more than the contract would have, clearly implying that allegations of wrongdoing should only be investigated if it’s not going to cost the taxpayers anything. Don’t we all wish the “Honorable” Mr. Mica had told Ken Starr that?

Or maybe Mr. Mica means that it’s okay for government officials to break the law if their lawbreaking costs the taxpayers less than holding them accountable would cost. That’s certainly a very interesting standard for right and wrong.

I suspect that Republicans John Mica and Tom Davis aren’t really interested in getting information. They asked questions that implied inappropriate behavior by Mr. Miller, and then interrupted him with another question when he tried to answer.

 [edited to add] Darrell Issa [R-CA] also said, in effect, that whether something is wrong depends on whether it costs more than doing the right thing.

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Why Are Republicans Defending Lurita Doan?

Posted by MEC on March 31, 2007

Knight in Shining Armor

GSA chief Lurita Doan was called before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Wednesday to answer questions about, among other things, a January 26 meeting that appears to be a violation of the Hatch Act and a no-bid contract awarded to Ms. Doan’s personal friend

Two Republican House members in particular rode to Ms. Doan’s defense. Tom Davis (R-VA) fell all over himself proclaiming Ms. Doan’s uprightness and innocence, going so far as to read an email that accused the Democrats of projection. John Mica (R-FL) went beyond dismissing all allegations that Ms. Doan behaved improperly, accusing the Democrats of being a pack of racists for “targeting” Ms. Doan. (Mica also threw a full-metal temper tantrum at being cut off by Commitee chair Henry Waxman when Mica spoke out of turn, so maybe he’s just naturally intemperate.)

I would expect a kneejerk defense of any of Bush’s appointees, since no loyal Republican would question a decision by their Dear Leader. But Davis’ and Mica’s outrage seems to go beyond kneejerk partisan reaction. So … are these Honorable men taking it personally?

Does anybody know of a connection between Lurita Doan and Tom Davis or John Mica? (Minds out of the gutter, people, I’m thinking of Deep Throat’s advice to “follow the money”.) Kos diarist achamblee mentions a possible reason: Tom Davis is on the list of at-risk politicians for whom White House operative Scott Jennings was soliciting GSA staffers’ help.

Posted in abuse of power, BushCo malfeasance, Congressional hearings, GOP bullying, government malfeasance, GSA scandal, hearings, Lurita Doan, Republicans acting badly, Tom Davis | 14 Comments »

 
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