Sunday, February 26, 2006

More ports, Fox, Santorum, Harris, Forests and Tunes!

Oh, boy. Turns out this ports scandal is scalable.
A United Arab Emirates government-owned company is poised to take over port terminal operations in 21 American ports, far more than the six widely reported.
In other news...

When you read the phrase or hear someone say "fair and balanced" in reference to Fox"News," do you laugh or cry? Surely there is no one left on the planet with a cable tv subscription who doesn't believe that Fox is little more than a propoganda arm of the RNC. Well, they've moved the goalposts yet again, folks. Now instead of just reading White House press releases, the Fox "News" team is actively out there campaigning for republican candidates.

And speaking of Santorum, the republican party's paragon of ethical conduct has gotten himself into the kind of trouble that only Tom DeLay (and the uber-sleazy and shameless US Chamber of Commerce) would be proud of. It turns out that besides accepting special treatment at banks, our little Ricky has been lining the pockets of his aides with money that was supposed to go to charities.

But in today's republican party, the sleazoid olympics are only just getting started! The American people are having a hard time deciding if Katherine Harris is really evil or unbelievably stupid, but one thing's for sure: Jeb, Karl, et al are through dealing with this particular campaign bus whore. So much for family values.

Closer to home, Bush wants to sell off some of Tennessee's forests to reduce the deficit. Hey -- here's an idea, George: how about you cut back on the millionaire tax cuts and corporate welfare instead of selling out what little wilderness we have left for a few bucks? What's next? Selling our ports to the highest bidder?

Ooops.

Sigh. Well, just for fun, go see what was Billboard's #1 song on the day you were born, or graduated from high school, or whatever...

UPDATE (Feb. 28th): Well, it looks like the answer in the Katherine Harris conundrum is a) really evil. For b) unbelievably stupid to still be an option, we'd have to upgrade it to stratospheric levels of stupid, since it would seem that ooops, I did it again might be appropriate background music for this revelation:
But long before any of us had heard of "butterfly ballots" or "hanging chads," Harris was known for something else: accepting illegal campaign contributions. As a candidate for the state Senate in 1994, Harris received more than $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions from an insurance company she subsequently helped by introducing legislation that would have hurt one of its competitors. Harris said back then that she had no idea that the contributions she was getting were illegal, and her office seems to be making a similar suggestion this time around.
Stick a fork in her inflatable boobs. I think she's done.

5 comments:

Nathan said...

Ahem, didn't you get the memo? Dan Rather has spoken at a Democratic fundraiser before: http://www.townhall.com/opinion/columns/brentbozell/2001/04/06/166135.html



Ports deal a scandal? A bad deal, but no scandal.



Cheers!

chad edwards said...

Here's another idea, alice.



How 'bout we band together and leave the union; forming our own Appalachian independent country, so they can't sell anymore of our forests. (And while they're at it, they can send us back our troops.)



Just kidding, really. But I have to admit there are days when that doesn't sound like such a bad idea. Think of what we could do if we nationalized our coal and used those profits for the good of own people the way Hugo Chavez is doing with Venezula's oil.

alice said...

The idea of bailing appeals to me on a regular basis, but if all of us progressives jump ship, then the people back here are going to be really screwed. And so, the fun continues...

CynicalGeek said...

I don't want Forest Service lands to be sold off just as much as anyone else. It does make me wonder though, what is the answer to reduced logging/reduced income for communities.



By the way, this law was originally signed October 30, 2000. Bush was not President at that time.

alice said...

The Bush administration's 2007 budget proposal funds a five year reauthorization of the law by selling off $800 million worth of national forest land. It's not the law that's the problem -- rather it's the way they're funding it, and the way they're using it as an excuse to cut off other federal funding to rural communities.



Fortunately, Bush's ham-fisted handling of the proposal has probably doomed it to the legislative dustbin. Instead, the Wyden-Craig proposal, which would extend the program for five years with the current funding formula and without the land auctions, will probably be what passes.