Thursday, March 31, 2005
The Embarrassing Record of Mike Ferguson (R-NJ, 7th District)
If It's Possible to Embarrass Fergie At All
During the worst loss of jobs since the Great Depression, Mike Ferguson voted against the American worker and denied the 1.6 million Americans who lost their job a mere 13 extra weeks of unemployment insurance. The reason for voting against the American worker was that if the bill passed, unemployment rates would look bad by comparison.
Mike Ferguson is a guy who is more concerned with how his numbers look than what his constituents need.
Someone ought to run against him.
The Silberman-Robb commission came up with a conclusion about the state of US Intelligence and its agencies:
They Stunk when they needed not to Stink.
Didn't we know that already?
"The intelligence community must be transformed,"
-The Silberman-Robb commission
How much money did that cost, I wonder?
That was the same conclusion that the 9/11 commission came up with last year. That's the same conclusion that the Bush administration was afraid of when they appointed the Thomas Kean-led 9/11 commission to investigate the reasons for the catastrophe on that day. In case you forgot, that's the same 9/11 commission that Mr. Bush and all of his flunkies opposed, then acquiesced at the constant badgering of the 9/11 widows and other relatives. That's the same 9/11 commission that recommended the consolidation of power behind a single D.N.I. (Director of National Intelligence) with Budgetary power.. That's the same D.N.I. that President Bush didn't want, then didn't want to have budgetary power, then decided to appoint a non-intelligence party hack, John Negroponte.
Let's remember that the non-partisan 9/11 commission made these same recommendations about 9 months ago and, other than the appointment of Negroponte, nothing was done.
The bureaucracy is in full force, Mr. Bush. Congratulations
When are Sins Actually Sins?
"We're drunk on gambling revenue. Gambling revenues are
like free money."
-Delaware Legislature's House Majority Leader, Representative Wayne A. Smith, a Republican
I thought gambling was a "sin", a "vice".
Have you ever been to a casino? They rely on people throwing their money into slot machines; doubling-down on a "7" and a "2" when the dealer's showing a "6"; throwing down half of their paycheck hoping to make a "hard-8" or a "YO."
Gambling leads to drinking. In fact, casinos like it when you drink so much that they give you the drinks for free (that must be the FREEDOM the Republicans are always talking about). Gambling leads to smoking (have you ever been to a smoke-free casino?) Even Carnival Cruise Lines, which used to have a non-smoking cruise, halted that practice because people didn't spend enough money gambling.
Yes, I realize that gambling is legal today in many states, providing that Chief Wild Eagle is running the Casino (unless you're in Atlantic City or Las Vegas). Slot machines and lotteries make up to 10 percent of many states' economies today. South Dakota was able to reduce property tax rates because f the taxes made from casinos.
I remember growing up in Brooklyn, NY at the time when they claimed that all proceeds from the new New York State lottery would be spent on educations.
Yeah, right.Whatever happened to that idea?
I want to know where the outrage is here. Gambling has been proven to increase divorce, crime and suicides in gambling addicts. Where is that compassionate conservatism we hear so much about?
In New Jersey, gambling was supposed to revitalize Atlantic City. Have you driven through Atlantic City recently? I haven't seen mush revitalization there.
Hey Righties, say it like it is. If a vice brings in money, then it must be a "good vice". Maybe you could figure out a way to put taxi-like meters on the world's oldest professionals, something like, "$20 for the first 5 minutes and $5 each additional minute."
Not to be the hypocrite, I enjoy an hour or four at a craps table in Caesar's Palace or at the Black Jack Table at the Trop myself.
Hey Righties, cut out this "holier-than-thou" stuff, because you "ain't."
A Sound Decision by a Solid Jurist
Anita B. Brody of the Federal
District Court in Philadelphia blocked a
Bush administration rule that would allow
employers to cut or eliminate health benefits for retirees when they reach age
65, thus becoming eligible for Medicare. This "rule", adopted by the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (I love these names the
Bushies come up with) could have affected about
10 million senior citizens.
The rule "is contrary to Congressional intent and the plain language of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act" of 1967.
- Judge Brody
"The rule was an example of executive arrogance. Federal agencies have no authority to rewrite laws passed by Congress. The rule was adopted in April 2004, but officials tucked it in their back pocket while they courted older voters last year. After the election, they moved forward with the regulation."
-Christopher G. Mackaronis, a Lawyer for AARP
Cari M. Dominguez, the chairwoman of the commission asked that the decision be appealed to the next highest court.
Last week, the New York Times wrote about all of the retirees going back into the workforce. Companies like Home Depot, a high-dollar contributor of the Republican Party, like to hire the elderly because, they say, that they make loyal employees; employees that will stay with the company. They also make employees that don't require full health care benefits. They also make employees that have no dependent children to add to health care policies. They also make employees that need extra income due to the Bush administration's budget cuts that affect everyone, including them.
Let's face it, it's more "cost-effective" to hire someone without dependants due to the rising cost of health care.
Thank you Judge Brody. I hope the higher courts see it your way too.
The Other Delay
"The Alexander Strategy Group is a Washington-based lobby founded by DeLay's former chief of staff, Ed Buckham. The firm received at least $411,000 from Enron between 1999 and 2001, according to records on file with the secretary of the Senate."
-The Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Guess who received over $200,000 from the Alexander Strategy Group, a LOBBYING FIRM? Christine DeLay.
Tom and Christine DeLay's financial reports also show Christine receives a salary from the Alexander Strategy Group. Additionally she receives about $40,000 a year for her job as chief executive officer of Americans for a Republican Majority, a political action committee whose chairman is her husband, Tom Delay.
As a "bookkeeping arrangement", Christine DeLay is paid through the Alexander Strategy Group. She gets to work from home. Sounds like a sweet deal, doesn't it?
"Mrs. DeLay is not a lobbyist,"
-Stuart Roy, Tom DeLay's communications director
Then what, exactly does she do for all that money Stu?
Enron donated a total of $60,000 to the Americans for a Republican Majority PAC and $75,000 the Republican Majority Issues Committee, also connected to Delay. That included $50,000 from former Enron Chairman Kenneth (Kenny-Boy) Lay.
Enron helped Buckham and two other members of DeLay's so-called kitchen cabinet secure a $750,000 contract from Americans for Affordable Electricity, a lobbying group that attempted to get a Delay deregulation bill through congress. Those other "gentlemen" were Karl Gallant, a consultant to DeLay's PAC, and John Hoy, a partner at Schuman, Hoy & Associates, which worked as "consultants for DeLay at the 1996 GOP convention in San Diego, CA.
Maybe it's just me, but it appears that this guy and his friends are crooks.
Nah... It's gotta be me.
By his own estimate, DeLay was then
drinking "8, 10, 12 martinis a night at receptions and fundraisers" and he was
beginning to hurt. DeLay watched the video - in which James Dobson, a child
psychologist and noted Christian family guru, preached on the damage done by
fathers too busy to love their children - and "I started crying because I had
missed my daughter's whole childhood," he says. "It was awful. My daughter in
third grade asked her mother 'if somebody adopted Daddy,' because he was never
The truth revealed that day was that "I was totally self-centered. It was me, me, me, me, me. It was golf or my business or politics that came first. It told me what a jerk I really was," he says. "You cannot throw off your self-centeredness. That's the problem of our culture. You can't love someone unless you are loved, and being loved by the Lord changes that."
Washington Post Magazine May 13, 2001
So what, exactly has changed, Mr. Delay? It's just another case of someone "coming home to religion" -GW Bush - while the rest of US already there.
Stupid Delay Quotes
"The EPA, the Gestapo of government, pure and simply has been one of the major claw-hooks that the government maintains on the backs of our constituents."
- Tom Delay, as reported in the AP [1995 July 29]
That's funny. I wonder if the EPA considers
Tom Delay the Gestapo of his
"Newt Gingrich is an incredible leader. He is a leader of our time, and he's going to lead us into the future. And we're going to accomplish the things that we've all dreamed of."
- Tom Delay, as reported from "Late Edition" on CNN [4/6/97]
The most incredible thing
did was to shoot himself in his foot.
"I AM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!
- Tom DeLay, responding to a government employee who
tried to prevent him from smoking on government property, as reported in the New
York Times [2003 June 13]
-Posted on a blog by: Wild-Eyed Liberal in Seattle
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