Government conference on transparency closed to public, press

Only in Washington …

On March 26, 2009, the Office of Information Policy (OIP), Department of Justice, will host a governmentwide training conference to discuss President Obama’s and Attorney General Holder’s Memoranda which establish a new era of open government.

No pre-registration is required. However, you must present your Government ID to attend the training.

Lieberman to pay a heavy price

Senate Democrats may have decided finally that Joe Lieberman (CT – Connecticut-for-Lieberman), who still caucuses with Democrats, needs to pay a heavy penalty. There’s organized opposition however to taking away Lieberman’s highly coveted chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

“The message here is that we don’t want to start off a new era with retribution.”

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Prayers for the departed

Despite John McCain’s earlier declaration that he would not make a political issue of Barack Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, the Pennsylvania GOP as well as a Republican 527 group have started to run TV ads in PA using Wright to bash Obama.

What’s notably absent from the ads are any references at all to John McCain’s embrace of a surprising number of hate-filled pastors, televangelists with a national audience, whom only a few years ago McCain described as “agents of intolerance”.
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Behold, the nadir of wingnuttery

The scariest thing about right blogtopia is that it’s increasingly difficult to differentiate clearly between its personnel with their peculiar “ideas” and perky obsessions, and those of mainstream Republican elites in Washington DC. Not long ago the GOP adapted itself with alacrity to its new spectrum of nutty radio ranters, so perhaps its not surprising now to find someone as debased as blogger Michael Goldfarb acting as a spokesman for the Republican presidential candidate. The real question is how quickly the worst elements of rightopia will be melded into what’s left of the bastions of Republican power, and how low together they will stoop.
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Chucklehead of the day

Usually when reading Jake Tapper I’m reminded of the political whizbangs who surround Governor Pappy O’Daniel. Today’s blogpost is remarkably obtuse even by his standards, however. Tapper commits so many basic factual errors that I feel obliged to ask: Does ABC pay him for this garbage? Or is he just a nightwatchman, say, with posting privileges and free coffee?
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Iago demands Cassio come clean: “It’s a question of character”

Speaking to a townhall in Venice, California this morning, Iago made his sharpest attacks yet on Cassio’s integrity and truthfulness. Iago also continued to call into question his rival’s experience and preparation to lead during these troubled times. And for the third day in a row, Iago cast doubt on Cassio’s description of his associations with a former radical, Roderigo, who belonged to the violent Cypriot Liberation Army three decades ago. At the same time Emilia told the audience once again that Cassio was “palling around with Muslim extremists”.
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U.S. Trash & Treasury

One of the most startling moments during the otherwise tedious presidential debate last night has garnered surprisingly little attention. Maybe I’m easily amused but I laughed out loud at John McCain’s answer to Tom Brokaw’s question about whom he’d appoint to take over the vastly expanded powers of the Treasury Secretary. McCain hastily anticipated what he imagined might be Barack Obama’s choice, Warren Buffett, and then bumbled around trying to avoid the pitfall of naming his economic mentor, Phil Gramm. Finally McCain came up with a nominee he’d like to put in charge of salvaging the US economy – Meg Whitman, the former CEO of the online flea-market Ebay. It’s not the first time he’s suggested that.

What in the world would explain such an absurd choice? Before running the flea market, Whitman worked for toy-maker Hasbro. Does McCain think American voters need to be distracted like children from the economic hard times ahead? Or will we all be reduced to hawking second-hand junk just to get through this mess? Does he now identify the “fundamentals” that are so “sound” as the American yard sale? Or is the Goldman Sachs Bailout Bill to him nothing more than a giant white elephant sale?

Inquiring minds at unbossed (at least) would like to know.

It pays to be ignorant

Does CNN have even the slightest idea what it’s reporting here? For that matter do the people running Global Language Monitor, whom CNN relies upon, understand the ‘research’ they’re doing? It’s hard to shake the feeling that ignoramuses are getting paid good money to churn out this kind of junk.

Doubly ironic then that both of the reports linked to above seem to imply that Sarah Palin showed more intelligence in her speech patterns during the vice presidential debate than Joe Biden did. And here you thought her gibberish and cutesy patter marked Palin pretty definitely as a dope. You betcha.
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Who needs the Nigerians when we’ve got Sec. Paulson?

Dear American:

I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

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