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THE THUG FROM WEST VIRGINIA
"I've just about had it with everyone. First of all we have these continuing stories of Members of Congress acting badly. Either they are guilty of outright bribery and corruption, or they acting in a way that is so close to the edge that they make the Duke Lacrosse team look like a Brownie troop selling Thin Mints in the garden center parking lot.
"This thug Rep. Mollohan (D) from West Virginia is typical - remember he's the guy who, on an annual salary of about $160 k managed to grow his net worth from about $100,000 to something on the order of $14 million in just five years - but he's certainly not alone. And as much as the Democrats wish they could say it's all the Republicans; I wish I could say it's all the Democrats. It's both. Not all, but both."
- Rich Galen, Mullings, 4/21/06
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You know you work for the government when:
The process becomes more important than the product.
You don't see anything wrong with attending a meeting on a subject you know nothing about.
You feel you contributed to the meeting just by being there.
You stop raising issues/problems because you know you will be the one answering them.
You fly first class across the country to attend a conference with 100+ people to discuss the fact that the project does not have enough money.
You work for an acronym, on an acronym, and your job title is an acronym.
You understand the rationalization of an acronym composed of acronyms.
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What the Hell Is a Fighting Keyboardist?
Over on the sidebar you'll see a larger version of this logo. The logo is that of a Fighting Keyboardist.
Yes the mascot of Fighting Keyboardist is that of a chicken hawk. Seems that Captain Ed, blogger at CaptainsQuartersblog and the 2005 Blogger of the Year, got tired of hearing how useless bloggers were, that their time was wasted, that they are not out and about carrying real guns and fighting in a real war.
The pen, so Captain Ed maintains, is mightier than the sword. And even if you can't kill too many terrorists with a pen (or a keyboard in this case) words and propaganda are as important in a military conflict as the actual battles.
Then the fine Captain did some research and discovered that the chickenhawk, long derided as the very definition of a military blabbermouth with little might behind the words, is really a very ferocious bird of prey.
And so was born the mighty Fighting Keyboardists and the membership list is long. This blog's entry into this blogger hall of fame was prompted by the interview with Lebanese-American translator Joseph Shahda that was first done by this humble blogger, and the constantly updated translations of the Harmony Database of Iraqi documents captured by our invading troops. Links to both the interview and the Harmony database translations are at the top of the sidebar. The translations are sorted by date of document translated and by subject of document translated.
In fact, the United States Military is quite impressed by this fine coalition of bloggers who use their most lethal weapon to aid in the propaganda war as regards Iraq. Captain Ed quotes an email he received from Centcom on the matter:
I caught your post about the 101st Fighting Keyboardists. Good luck with the project! I'm not sure if you have been to the US Central Command website but we regularly post news, photos, audio and video from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. You (and your fellow bloggers) are welcome to use any materials you find on our site. If you'd like to receive the weekly electronic newsletter and monthly Coalition Bulletin, just ask.
If you could add a link to CENTCOM, it'd be appreciated (I'm trying to spread the word about our site!). I've attached the CENTCOM logo, should you want to use it with the link. Thanks!
SPC C. Flowers
CENTCOM Public Affairs
I am honored to be a Fighting Keyboardist. If worse ever comes to worse, I'll beat them over the head with my keyboard. In the right hands and caressed by the right fingers, the keyboard can be a mighty weapon.
Cynthia McKinney-Such a Classy Lady
It boggles my mind what would happen to a GOP congress lady if she were to act like Cynthia McKinney. First there was the beating of the Capitol Police with the cell phone, an action that had class written all over it.
Now we hear, from CNS news, that McKinney lost her cool yet again. Seems she was being interviewed by a local Atlanta station and became enraged when the interviewer dared to ask her about the Capitol Hill flap. What the hell, did McKinney NOT think she would be asked about that incident?
But it gets better. Classy McKinney walked out in the middle of the interview without TAKING OFF HER MICROPHONE. Heh. Some choice tidbits got captured over that mistake.
"Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.)...McKinney was meeting with constituents and agreed to an exclusive interview with WGCL-TV, CBS 46, of Atlanta. During that interview, CBS 46 reporter Renee Starzyk asked McKinney what she is telling her constituents about the altercation (she had with Capitol Hill police a couple weeks ago). 'Actually you, media people are the only ones who are asking about that,' McKinney claimed.
"...McKinney then walked out on the interview. But she did not tell Starzyk that their conversation was over, nor did McKinney allow an audio technician to remove the wireless microphone attached to her for the interview. While she was off camera, McKinney criticized a member of her staff, Coz Carson. 'Oh, crap! Now, you know what?' McKinney asked an unidentified aide. 'They lied to Coz and Coz is a fool!'
"Realizing that her microphone was still on, McKinney returned to the room where the interview was being conducted and, knowing that she was on camera, told Starzyk: 'Anything that is captured by your audio, that is captured while I'm not seated in this chair, is off the record and is not permissible to be used. Is that understood?' McKinney said. In her report about the interview, Starzyk reiterated the station's policy never to make deals with newsmakers limiting the station's ability to cover their comments or actions."
- CNS News, 4/24/06
A Corrupt Press Corps and It's Not the White House Correspondents
There's been much publicity of late over the White House Correspondents Association and the recent gala starring Stephen Colbert.
Colbert didn't exactly wow the gathering with his comedy routine but how about a press corps that is owned practically lock, stock and barrel by the thief, oops, person they are covering?
Seems the United Nations Correspondents Association nominated, get this, none other than soft-spoken and very corrupt Kofi Annan, for its "Global Citizen of the Year" award.
And, get this, a former president of the UNCA has been on the U.N. payroll!
Members of the UNCA nominated Kofi for the award, heh. Can anyone imagine, in their wildest dreams, the White House Correspondents Association nominating George Bush for some sort of glorious award?
Also reported, Eric Shawn of Fox news, an UNCA member himself, is doing an expose of a book on the U.N. and the ethical problems of its press corps.
. We published a major investigative report into the cozy relationship between UNCA and the U.N. A former UNCA president has been on the U.N. payroll. The surprise in this case is that an UNCA member, Eric Shawn of Fox, would do a full-blown story about the organization's ethical problems. Fox News does do stories ignored by the rest of the media, but this kind of story-examining the questionable operations of a major press group-is definitely unique. It took guts.
Shawn also featured some video clips of Annan attacking U.N. reporters who had dared to ask some tough questions. They were James Bone of the Times of London and Benny Avni of the New York Sun. You can read about Bone's exchange with Annan at Opinionjournal.com. Annan called Bone an "overgrown schoolboy" for asking some embarrassing questions about how Annan's son Kojo had obtained an expensive Mercedes car and how he avoided paying taxes on it. The son used his father's name to get a diplomatic discount.
Annan ridiculed Avni, who also asked questions about this matter, saying his answers wouldn't make any difference. Annan implied that the Sun was determined to make him look bad no matter what.
Speaking of Press Corp
A CNN correspondent, one Mr. VendeHei, pitched a hissy fit because, heh, White House TV sets are always tuned to Fox news.
I'm serious, the guy complained. Read his question to Scott McClellan below.
Captain Ed reports on a CNN
"It's come to my attention that there's been requests -- this is a serious question -- to turn these TVs onto a station other than Fox, and that those have been denied," VandeHei told McClellan, who is soon to be replaced by former Fox anchor and self-described conservative Tony Snow.
"My question would be, is there a White House policy that all government TVs have to be tuned to Fox?" VandeHei asked.
We don't have much to smirk about Tony Snow being appointed new White House Press Secretary except to insert the cartoon below and...smirk.
Get Rid of FEMA?
See, ladies and gems, it was the congress itself that created the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of the attack on 9/11/01. The notion might have been a good one but congress didn't create the organization for any noble notion beyond making the American public think they were "doing something".
Common sense, yon readers, never entered into the equation.
I was once part of a merger of two accounting firms. The office of the new, combined firm was only right across the street from the old one. This merger, the move and all the brouhaha associated with the merger took one solid year to effect! This merger involved only 80 people or so, all employed in the private business sector.
And congress expected some sort of massive merger to be effected by employees in the slow-thinking public sector to be done in what, a few months?
When I first heard about the DHS merger I could not believe my ears. Such a massive merger would take years. The congress critters, God love them as they never lift a finger but to garner votes for their own fine selves, laid this job on President Bush. Bush was already late in setting up his administration due to the Democratic attempt to steal the election of 2000, then he had to deal with a major terrorist attack by the same terrorist network Clinton ignored for eight years, and then the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
So when Katrina struck, why was anybody surprised that the Department of Homeland Security, well who the hell are we kidding people? The DHS consisted of a small office somewhere with Michael Chertoff's name on the door. Beyond that, the re-organization effort was barely undertaken.
NOW, I heard Susan Collins, Senator from Maine, on 4/27/2006 at 10:00 am on Fox news, declare that as a result of the senate bipartisan hearings on Hurricane Katrina, the decision was made to discontinue FEMA!
Okay, congress critters, make up my mind. First it was CONGRESS who demanded that FEMA report to the Department of Homeland Security. When that didn't work, now congress demands that FEMA be dismantled.
Hey, I don't know, maybe FEMA needs to be dismantled and/or re-structured. I do know that for all the hurricanes in Florida FEMA managed to get the job done and it was only the mess of hurricane Katrina with its ineffectual local response that became a major problem.
What I DO know is that it's time for congress to get the hell off of their lofty seats and do their damn job. Which is NOT to pass stupid laws that they know they do not have to make happen and which are passed first so that they may look good to their constituents.
It's the same with border security. Congress has not dealt with this problem for over twenty years. Same with Social Security. Same with every major social and organizational issue of recent years. The congress critters primp and preen and investigate the sins of others.
It might take a while, but I predict that this congress is going to slowly but surely get UNELECTED and a new congress will be formed that will do the job.
Oops, A Democrat Forgets an Abramoff Client
I paraphrase DNC Chair Howard Dean: "Not one Democrat has been involved with any of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's Native American clients".
How well I remember Howard Dean asserting this blatant lie on Meet the Press and other talk shows that never argued back.
Gosh, if the Democrats weren't LYING on their campaign finance report forms than maybe we'd know the truth.
Seems that Senator Debbie Stabenow did receive a contribution from an Abramoff client but oops, she listed it as a donation from an "individual". Stabenow has since corrected her finance records. Heh.
Oh, and Stabenow is a Democrat although you'll not see the political affiliation included in the AP quote.
Stabenow Campaign Corrects Finance Records
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: April 26, 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow's campaign has corrected her campaign finance reports to show that some donations from 2002 and 2003 came from an Indian tribe then represented by now-disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, not an individual as she reported at the time.
Flying Under the Radar-Democratic Election Fraud
The incident of the slashing of tires of GOP vans scheduled to transport voters in the last presidential election in Milwaukee was covered in this blog HERE.
The culprits almost got a corrupt Milwaukee prosecutors to let them go with a whisper. Imagine of a bunch of Republican thugs went out and slashed tires of vans designated for transporting Democrats to the polls?
American Thinker reports that one honest Milwaukee judge threw out the bare bones sentence for corrupting the electoral process.
Ever notice that it's ALWAYS Democrats doing the election tampering? No wonder they fight voter ID tooth and nail. How are the dead going to vote if they have to have a picture identification?
Two of the defendants are children of high ranking Democrats:
Pratt is the son of former Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt and Omokunde is the son of U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.)
One More Chuckle Over the Tony Snow Appointment
More Political Tidbits HERE