So, Sunday, I was leafing through the Times book section. Does anyone else find it ironic that the Vice President’s wife, Lynne Cheney has a best-selling children’s book about the U.S. Constitution? This week it was Number 2 on the best-seller list for kids.
It’s not only ironic that she wrote a book on a topic that her husband has basically pissed upon, but also that he’s a bit of a Number 2 himself.
And the other one is done, my friends.
It seems that the handlers of the McCain-Palin campaign are now discouraging reporters from even talking with Palin supporters. I don’t know about you, but inhibiting the freedom of speech in this country is a clear violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and smacks of totalitarianism to me. Is that really what we want in a president?
I think you know my answer.
This from Tampa.
Manfrengensen said last night that we should dress The Princess as Sarah Palin for Halloween. He said he couldn’t think of a scarier costume.
McCain’s got his costume. How would you like to open your door to this guy on Halloween:
This is a couple days old, but I just found it today. Pretty funny.
This is a mock-trailer for the bad Disney movie Matt Damon called Palin’s nomination. I can’t get it to embed, because I am techno-challenged, but click to see:
I’m not going to comment on what she said in the interview with Charles Gibson. I’m not going to analyze the questions he asked. But I do want to ask: Does anyone else find it odd that we couldn’t really see her face for a lot of the interview? That her legs were actually in the center of the shot for a good part of the time?
Would Biden’s legs have been in the center of the shot were he being interviewed?
It seems that a number of employees of the agency that collects royalties from oil and gas companies have gotten into a little trouble lately in what the Wall Street Journal quotes as a “culture of ethical failure” where they “allegedly” took gifts including money, drugs, and sexual favors from representatives of the companies they were supposed to be regulating.
According to the article, “some employees” of the agency, which an Interior Department report estimates to be a third of the agency’s staff, “frequently consumed alcohol at industry functions, had used cocaine and marijuana, and had sexual relations with oil and gas company representatives.”
The companies giving those gifts include Hess, Shell, Chevron, and another company.
To quote the WSJ again: “Democrats seized on the inspector general’s report as evidence of what they say is the Bush administration’s cozy relationship with the oil industry. Congressional Republicans accused Democrats of not following up on earlier Republican-led investigations of possible wrongdoing within the bureau.”
And here’s what really irks me: Again from the WSJ: “In recent years, the Interior Department has come under criticism … for mistakes … that allowed oil companies to avoid paying royalties for offshore-drilling rights — errors that government auditors have estimated will cost taxpayers as much as $10.5 billion over about 25 years.“
What a mess…another of many…
This is kind of an interesting site: OBAMA TAX CUT CALCULATOR
Here’s a scene that really sums up the state of political discourse in the U.S. today: