TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/31/2002 12:23:00 AM ----- BODY:

A New Star Explodes Onto The Scene

Palestinian Bomber Stood Out From the Rest by several hundred feet in all directions. ( I couldn't resist) -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/30/2002 12:59:00 AM ----- BODY:

The World's Worst Advertisement

Thanks to | KEN . LAYNE . DOT . CON | -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/29/2002 12:40:00 PM ----- BODY:

How Long Before We Hear About This In The 'Mainstream' Press. Like Never, I Think

DNC chief profited from bankrupt firm Los Angeles businessman and Democratic donor Gary Winnick gave Mr. McAuliffe in 1997 the early opportunity to invest $100,000 in Mr. Winnick's new company, Global Crossing. The stock grew in value to $18 million during the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s, and Mr. McAuliffe cashed in his stock. "Two years later, McAuliffe arranged for Winnick to play golf with President Clinton, and Winnick then gave a million dollars to help build Clinton's presidential library," writes reporter Richard Blow in the January-February issue of Worth magazine. In the Dec. 12, 1999, New York Times profile, Jeff Gerth reported that Mr. McAuliffe "made millions more trading Global's stock and options after it went public last year." Now, Global Crossing shareholders are left with worthless stock. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/28/2002 08:12:00 PM ----- BODY: Looks Like There's A Left Wing Extremist Dunshee Too Discovery of Jeff Davis highway outrages Washington legislator -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/28/2002 06:41:00 PM ----- BODY:

What Do You Think Of Lawyers

Legal Cases Of The Future -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/28/2002 03:20:00 PM ----- BODY:

Where Are The Diversity Police?

African immigrant's unionizing efforts pay off In a company largely staffed by recent East African immigrants, Tura, a member of the Oromo tribe of Ethiopia, became an important broker in a process that many labor activists deemed difficult if not impossible. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/28/2002 03:17:00 PM ----- BODY:

Waddaya Mean, My Back Yard?

Fish protection plan spills into city limits Since the federal government put Portland-area steelhead runs on the endangered species list in 1998, city officials have had widespread support for their efforts to improve conditions for fish. Until now. Now it is the Portland property owners, especially in the swanky West Hills, that are going to have their property rights infringed upon. Needless to say, they are not so supportive of environmental restrictions when it affects them personally. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/28/2002 12:31:00 AM ----- BODY:

The Not So Healthy Health Plan

In Salem, the Governor and Legislature are in special session to try to close a $830 million dollar shortfall. In order to help, Governor Kitzhaber is proposing tax increases, the legislature, at least part of it, wants to cut spending. So far, nothing surprising. The Governor is a Democrat (cheers, applause), with all the free spending ways that go with that and the legislature is controlled by Republicans (boo, hiss). One problem is that the Governor, when he was in the legislature, came up with a little number called the Oregon Health Plan. This nifty program pays for medical care for low income (poor) people by 'rationing' care. If you are in the Health Plan you are only authorized procedures which are on the list. The number of things covered on the list was supposed to be more or less depending on the money available. This sounded sensible and compassionate. Who would object? After all, when the money dried up, the number of treatments on the list would be shortened to compensate and poor people would have basic health coverage. Since the inception of the plan, the list has only gotten longer not shorter. Now with a budget shortfall the Governor wants to put more people on the health plan. Exactly how this is supposed to help the budget is not clear. In order to help the legislators understand his position, he has fed the story to the newspapers that the Republicans (boo, hiss) have reneged on a promise to expand the program. Evidently the Governor thinks that his baby ought to have first call on available funds even when there is a shortage. Poor people should not have to sacrifice the coverage they have not been getting in the past when the taxpayers have money left. Just in case you thought that this was another case of the (good guy) Democrat taking money from greedy people (you know, the ones that work) for the good of the virtuous poor and the resistance by those misguided fools that think that people ought to be able to enjoy the money they work for; guess again. Add to that a report that came out a short time ago that detailed how state workers signed people up for the health plan that were not eligible, and that the state workers knew they were not eligible.The story does not mention any reprimands or whether or not the ineligible people were taken off the program. Wow, Salem, We have a problem. The story was reported and died quickly. Any 'legs' it had were chopped off in Salem. Can't have inconvenient news stories just wandering around without supervision. I think this could be a partial solution to the budget shortfall. I don't know how many workers were involved but I do think they should be introduced to how the other half, that is the unemployed half, lives. When you hand out coverage under state programs to those who don't qualify, you are stealing. In the private sector, if you hand out the product without getting the money, it is, and is called, stealing. This is nothing different. They should be fired for cause. That not only would save money on salaries, it would not increase the burden on the unemployment funds. Then there should be a criminal investigation and charges brought. If for some arcane legalistic reason criminal charges (which is likely given the way things are done in Salem) are not brought, then the Attorney General should sue them for recovery of whatever state money was spent. If the Attorney General will not (see previous statement), then a group of citizens should get together and do it. If you want to be compassionate, use your own money. Using mine is theft. So we have the Governor wanting to raise taxes on working people and giving more goodies to non-working people. You have the evil Republicans trying to keep the working people from paying for freeloaders and we have state workers being compassionate with other peoples money. Is this any way to run a state?. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/27/2002 11:14:00 PM ----- BODY:

I Beg Your Pardon.

The City of Portland is considering a new law that would make it illegal to park yourself on a bus stop bench for hours at a time or sit on the sidewalk. This is not in response to lazy commuters or hoards of children clogging the side walks but beggars; or to be more politically correct the 'homeless'. The 'homeless' spend hours a day, every day, sitting at bus stops or on sidewalks panhandling. The city wants to free up these areas for use by people for the purposes intended. Namely waiting for the bus and walking. Of course, the 'homeless' and their enablers are against this law. They cite the freedom of assembly and the unfairness of loitering laws. They want to continue to congregate at these places because it is profitable. People give them money in some ill considered belief that the people are just 'down on their luck'. This is not so and has been shown to be false countless times. For the most part the 'homeless' are substance abusers. Alcoholics and druggies. Giving them money only pays for their habit. For today. Tomorrow will find them back at the same place asking for money again. Be that as it may. I do not entirely disapprove of the 'panhandlers'. First I think they should be referred to by their actual name. That would be 'Beggars'. That is what they are doing at the bus stops and on the sidewalks. They are asking people to pity them and give them money. They are laying a 'guilt trip' on passers by. That they are having success (in laying the guilt trip) is evident from the number of supporters they have. What I would like to see is a little more pride and professionalism. If you go to third world countries you will see beggars everywhere. No one refers to them as 'homeless'. They are beggars pure and simple. The best ones have horrible deformities, missing limbs, eyes, hands or open weeping sores. Some others have crippled children or babies with them. (They rent the children and babies by the day. Good income for their parents) Now look at the 'homeless', no deformities;. All limbs still attached. Seem to have all their fingers and toes. Most do not have children, because the authorities would take them. A great number do have dogs. The current thing is signs that say the lump of human waste on the curb 'will work for food'. I would think twice about taking these people anywhere around my house to do chores. They are notoriously light-fingered. Not that you actually have to worry about that. Countless people have made job offers only to hear excuses or outright refusal. Offering to take the person who has 'run out of gas' to a gas station and buy them some gas will elicit the same. The City should continue with it's war against bums. They should quit trying to help people who don't want help. Maintain the shelters and soup kitchens for those who need it. But insist on standards of conduct. Enforce rules. Kick people out of shelters that will not abide by them. No one ever helped an alcoholic or druggie by 'helping' him. They are only helped by facing the cold, cruel world. By discovering that no one will make excuses, cover for them, keep them from living on the street, or take care of them. They must deal with the world. The same world where those of us who get up and go to work when we'd rather stay home live in. If not, at least show a little professionalism. I want to see missing eyes, hands feet, deformities of all kinds. If you want me to pity you, look pitiful. This is the United States. Our beggars should be at least as professional as those in the rest of the world. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/26/2002 01:46:00 AM ----- BODY:

Big Payoff for Anti-American Writer

UCLA Buys Sontag's Archive Writer Susan Sontag -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/25/2002 01:14:00 AM ----- BODY: Australia Gets Drunk, Wakes Up in North Atlantic -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/25/2002 12:48:00 AM ----- BODY:

Chernobyl's Real Victims...

The UN Development Programme and Unicef have finally admitted in a new report what many scientists and policy wonks have known for years. Chernobyl killed thousands -- not from radiation, but from policy based on radiophobic hysteria. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/25/2002 12:26:00 AM ----- BODY:

You Can't Criticize Me, I'm A Victim.

Catholic group sued for 'Tonto' remark / Santa Rosa artist calls criticism of Napa show libelous -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/24/2002 12:45:00 AM ----- BODY:

Bums Beg to be Beggars

Groups of 'homeless' people begging for right to panhandle on city streets in San Francisco. I might have more sympathy for this if I had not spent considerable time in so-called Third World countries. In these countries begging is a profession. Beggars will mutilate themselves, rent babies or crippled children in order to make themselves look more pathetic to the donor. Many make very good livings at this. In Bangkok in the early 70's one of the english language newspapers did a story on one that found that he had a house, family, indeed, a child in the university. Contrast this with these bums in San Francisco. They have health care provided by the City, food provided by the city and charitable groups. In fact they are claiming 'victim' status so they can become untouchable by any official entity. They stink, They act outrageously, They threaten people, They shit on the street. In return the the city not only tolerates them but comes up with crackpot schemes such as giving them credit card machines. Yeah, right, I'm going to give my credit card number to some bum on the street. Come on, that was just plain stupid and I think it died the death it deserved. As I was saying: If these home grown beggars can't or won't even measure up the their counterparts in the Third World, I certainly am not going to support letting them beg. Come on, let's see some running sores, some amputated limbs, missing fingers, empty eye sockets. If we are going to have professional beggars in the US. Let's make sure they are world class. Otherwise, just take them home with you. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/23/2002 11:56:00 PM ----- BODY: Another Racial 'Hate Crime' in Jasper, Texas? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/23/2002 12:50:00 AM ----- BODY: USS Not So Clueless has tips for the modern hi-jack victim. Remember you are not scored, there is no winning on points -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/22/2002 12:32:00 PM ----- BODY:

Left-Wing Rag or Right-Wing Gag?

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today On Friday, acting on a tip from reader Gregory Brunt, we noted that The Nation had published an article on its Web site by Matt Bivens, the very first sentence of which contained a major factual error:
When George W. Bush co-owned the Houston Astros and construction began on a new stadium, Kenneth Lay agreed to spend $100 million over thirty years for rights to name the park after Enron.
Bush, of course, was part-owner of the Texas Rangers, not the Astros. Almost immediately after we published Friday's column, The Nation fixed the error. Or at least it tried. As The Weekly Standard notes, here's how the modified sentence read:
When George W. Bush co-owned the Texas Rangers and construction began on a new stadium, Kenneth Lay agreed to spend $100 million over thirty years for rights to name the park after Enron.
Alas for The Nation, this was no more accurate. Enron Field is where the Astros play; the Rangers' home is the Ballpark in Arlington, which has no corporate sponsor. Bivens also screwed up the chronology. Bush sold his interest in the Rangers in 1998; Enron bought naming rights to the Astros' new stadium in 1999. So an accurate version of Bivens's lead would have read:
A year after George W. Bush sold his interest in the Texas Rangers, construction began on a new stadium for the Houston Astros, and Kenneth Lay agreed to spend $100 million over thirty years for rights to name the latter team's park after Enron.
That, of course, does not reflect badly--or indeed, in any way at all--on President Bush, though the incident reflects terribly on the bush-league journalism they practice at The Nation. Apparently the magazine's editors agree; by Saturday afternoon the Bivens piece had disappeared from their Web site (though the unmodified version still shows up in The Nation's search engine). -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/21/2002 10:25:00 PM ----- BODY: I found this on Happy Fun Pundit

ACLU Sues 9/11 VICTIMS

Cites "atmosphere of distrust" created by deceased In the most dramatic of its post 9/11 cases, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the more than 2,800 victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks on America, claiming that, by dying, the victims have created an "atmosphere of distrust" in America, as well as "cutting wide swaths of discomfort" for such non-dead groups as Muslim air travellers, baggage screeners, and even the personnel of such American intelligence agencies as the CIA and FBI. The legal action was announced at a press conference today. ACLU Legal Coordinator Harvey Risible read the following prepared statement: "Since September 11, the ACLU has been on the barricades, making sure that every strip-searched person of non-white color, Taliban collaborator, and semi-skilled airport worker has a top-notch legal team looking out for their interests. At the same time, we have understaken to find the root causes of the ominous assault on civil liberties that has taken place in our country since that date. It has now become blindingly obvious that the culprits are the so-called victims of the terror attack, who, by dying, set in motion the forces of not-niceness in America." "In the last four months, we have received dozen of fearful letters from Muslims, outspoken lefty academics, anti-Semites, Marin county spiritual seekers, and other groups who have felt the post-9/11 backlash. They all say essentially the same thing: I feel uncomfortable, and I want to sue somebody." Acting on behalf of the discomfited, the ACLU is seeking unspecified monetary damages, a signed apology, and, in an unusual move, post-mortem sensitivity training. "We want to send a clear message to those in the afterlife: death does not excuse you from being aware of the feelings of others." When asked about the principles ACLU used in deciding to prosecute the case, Risible just smiled and said, "We don't like to use the p-word here." -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/21/2002 07:53:00 PM ----- BODY:

Are New Government Watchdogs Needed?

I've spent the last couple of weeks reading about Enron and the ever widening scandal. There seems to be an implied movement toward greater oversight or 'watch dogging' by the government into the business practices of private companies. Setting aside the Constitutional problems with this, I don't think this is a good idea. Oversight by the government can be beneficial in some circumstances. First of all, there must be a strict definition of what is or isn't good business practices. I have my doubts as to whether or not this is something that can be determined by government bureaucrats. Business has been growing for years by expanding in directions that no one thought of earlier. Do we now want to shackle businesses with government watchdogs that cannot tell steak from hamburger? Secondly there would have to be a huge group of government paid auditors or whatever kind of oversight you are going to have. There will have to be regularly scheduled inspections. This will take a huge increase in the federal payroll, if in fact sufficient candidates can be found. Third, if this is under federal control it will gradually (or swiftly) devolve into a 'jobs' program in which politicians get people who meet various ethnic and gender quotas to staff the ranks. This has just happened with the 'airline security' people and this won't be any different. Also you would have the spectacle of politicians who have been proven to be corrupt (ask any campaign finance reform supporter) overseeing people who may or may not be corrupt. Remember during the Clinton administration the 'coincidental' auditing of Clinton's opponents by the IRS? Well, imagine that now government regulators can be used to 'watchdog' the competitors of your campaign contributors. Don't you think this would be used by the Democrats, with their ties to the Labor Unions, to attack any company that has had a labor dispute with the unions? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/21/2002 03:48:00 PM ----- BODY:

Greens cut Turner a break -- The Washington Times

What do you know. Big Daddy Greenbucks gets a pass from the Greener-Than-Thou crowd. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/21/2002 01:09:00 AM ----- BODY: Sgt. Stryker's Daily Briefing More Dumb Headlines Compare and Contrast. Here's the headline from the New York Times: Volcano's Lava Engulfs a Congo Town, Killing Up to 40 Now, the headline from Reuters: Congo Volcano Eruption Will Hurt Wildlife - Experts -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/21/2002 12:37:00 AM ----- BODY: Do-It-Yerself Country & Western Song Kit! A useful site -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/21/2002 12:11:00 AM ----- BODY:

John Stossel Making Sense As Usual

Quit Complaining About Drug Prices No wonder the liberals hate him. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/20/2002 11:28:00 PM ----- BODY: Another good column regarding the U.S. attitude with our 'partners'. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/20/2002 11:01:00 PM ----- BODY:

Liberal Conspiracy Theories

-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/20/2002 10:46:00 PM ----- BODY:

The Anti-Christ Of The Green Religion

-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/20/2002 09:55:00 PM ----- BODY: A fantastic column on America's relationship with the rest of the world at USS Clueless We seek to project the message that there are rules to which all nations are subject. America has a simpler message: kill Americans, and you're dead meat. By George, I think he's got it! l -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/20/2002 12:07:00 PM ----- BODY: Sen. Clinton Spearheads Air Study Let me guess what this is going to find. Let's see, hmm. How about more funding is need for liberal causes; banning gun shows; and an end to racial profiling (Except for whites). -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/20/2002 12:54:00 AM ----- BODY:

Taliban Prisoners Freeze in Cuba

Shaving beards of held al-Qaeda men deplored they were exposed 24 hours to rain and freezing cold winds at night -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/19/2002 01:10:00 AM ----- BODY:

Arafat is a Pig

Tanks Approach Arafat's Office (washingtonpost.com) Thursday's attack, in which a 12-year-old girl's coming-of-age party in the northern city of Hadera was turned into a bloodbath. This for some reason really pissed me off. This shows why the Israelis cannot negotiate. The palestinians are animals. They are not worthy of being addressed by anyone claiming human status. They should be dispatched around the world to be insulted and spat upon by everyone. They claim it was in retaliation for the assasination of one of their 'militants' as the oh-so PC American newspapers call him. He was a terrorist; pure and simple. Even if there was any honor in their battle with the Israelis he would at most be termed a soldier or a combatant. Getting killed is an occupational hazard of that line of work. But what kind of people attack a children's party to even the score. No human of course. Only an animal would do that. No one should negotiate with animals. Animals are useful or amusing, they are not for discussing world events with. If they attack you they should be killed. Yasser Arafat is a pig and the son of a pig. The rest of them are no better. The best thing the Israelis can do is make bacon. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/16/2002 11:54:00 PM ----- BODY:

SF Chronicle shocked that reporter is not 'Objective'.

SF Chronicle complains that the reporter that did the first interview with Taliban Johnny Lindh called him an idiot," "He got caught up in his love for Islam in a way that was countercultural, as opposed to being positive. He could've dug ditches ... He chose to go the military route." The newspaper with perhaps the strictest PC police in the country is upset with the description. It is not 'objective'. Maybe they should order that Bernard Goldberg book 'Bias' then they could find out about slanted media. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/16/2002 11:46:00 PM ----- BODY:

Should Moslems Be Exempt From Airport Searches?

Muslim woman charges discrimination in O'Hare strip search The ACLU seems to think so. Question. Was there no one else searched? If someone else was searched that was not a Moslem Are they also being singled out? It seems that the only people that can be searched are elderly congressmen. That is not effective security, that is idiocy. But between the ACLU, 'professional' security screeners and thin skinned wannbe victims, that looks like what we get. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/16/2002 12:45:00 PM ----- BODY:

Anti-Tobacco Groups Like 'Free' Money

A report by anti-tobacco groups agree that channeling money to their programs is the best way to spend tobacco settlement money. What do opponents think? Not in this free, unbiased newspaper story. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/16/2002 12:31:00 PM ----- BODY:

Excuse me. Did you order the B cup or the C cup

Woman sues over scalded breasts -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/16/2002 12:08:00 PM ----- BODY:

Strange Justice

Killer of dogs gets 90 days in jail but Killer of cops gets 48 hours. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/16/2002 01:06:00 AM ----- BODY:

George W. Bush. Enemy of the People

Portland, Or Oregonian By RICHARD A Bush and Enron: Ties run deeper than White House is now willing to admit
With the Justice Department and Congress intensifying investigations into Enron Corp., President Bush is seeking to play down his relationship with its chairman, Kenneth Lay.
Just as every other politician, Republican and Democrat, in Washington.
But their ties are broad and deep, they go back many years, and the relationship has been beneficial to both.
Unlike say, the Democrats and the environmentalists, Labor Unions and NOW.
In the Oval Office on Thursday, Bush said that Lay "was a supporter of Ann Richards in my run in 1994" for Texas governor, and that he got to know Lay after that race. But Lay appears to have been a bigger supporter of Bush in that race. Lay and his wife, Linda, contributed $37,500 to the Bush gubernatorial campaign -- three times the amount they donated to Richards, according to data maintained by The Dallas Morning News. Lay has also told interviewers that before that election he had become "very close" to Bush.
I see it is not the contributions but the amounts that matter. The Democrats feelings are hurt because they didn't get as much as Bush. Maybe they should let their supporters know that at least half of their contributions need to go to Republicans. Just to avoid the appearance of favoritism, you know.
Since the two men met more than a decade ago, Lay and his company have been the most generous campaign donors in Bush's political career. At the same time, Bush was a strong advocate of many of the issues most important to Enron, such as deregulating electricity markets and curbing large civil jury awards
Lord knows, no one would take these positions unless they were paid off. It's the wreckers, the wreckers I tell you! Start the show trials, circle the Senate commitees, write the confessions! Any deviation from the Democrat party line must be subversion.
In all, Enron and Lay have given more than $550,000 to Bush's various campaigns. And for the Bush-Cheney inaugural, Enron, Lay and the former Enron chief executive, Jeffrey Skilling, each donated $100,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Last year, Lay met with Vice President Dick Cheney, who was heading a task force on energy policy. The task force's recommendations conformed with much of what the company had sought in its meeting with Cheney, but they were also positions embraced by others in industry and government
There they go again. Talking to people in the Energy business while formulating an energy policy. They should have known better. President Clinton (all genuflect) knew how to make policy. Invite all the academics that have studied (read about) the field. Do not under any circumstances invite anyone who may have actual experience in the field.
With the collapse of Enron amid an accounting scandal, Democrats are seeking to make Bush's friendship with Lay into a political liability.
With the willing help of the author of this front page editorial. (was it labeled as such?)
The White House, in turn, seeking to distance the administration from both Lay and Enron, has said that officials declined Lay's personal entreaties for assistance as Enron faltered late last year.
See. At least the Democrats are honest. When they are bought, they stay bought.
Opposing Lay's wishes Backers of Bush note it has never been shown that Bush altered any policy solely to satisfy Lay. And at times, Bush has taken positions adverse to Enron, such as backing away from curbing carbon dioxide emissions, an idea backed by Enron, which sought to generate new business through trading emissions credits.
But no credit to Bush. He is an enemy of the people and a capitalist running dog.
Thursday, after the disclosure that the Justice Department had created a task force to pursue a criminal investigation of Enron, Bush told reporters he "first got to know" Lay after being elected governor in 1994. In that race, Enron, Lay and other Enron executives were significant contributors to Bush, donating a total of $146,500 to Bush, according to Texans for Public Justice, a group that tracks campaign contributions.
More of them later.
At the time, Lay was already serving on an advisory body, the Governor's Business Council, that was created by Richards. Bush said Thursday that after he defeated Richards he kept Lay on the advisory panel. "I decided to leave him in place, just for the sake of continuity," the president said
This is obviously false. Every good Democrat knows that when you win, you shoot the wounded. You demand their resignation such as Clinton did at the Justice Department or you make up some charges like the travel office. But you definately don't ever allow anyone who worked with your opponent work with you.
But Craig McDonald, director of Texans for Public Justice, said last week, "President Bush's explanation of his relationship to Enron is at best a half truth. He was in bed with Enron before he ever held a political office."
And who are Texans For Public Justice, you might ask? Well, you might, but the author of this piece isn't going to tell you. It kind of has that Old West kind of flavor. "Public Justice" Kind of like a lynch mob. Texans for Public Justice is a group formed in 1997 (What happened in 1997? Bush starting his 2nd term as Texas Governor?) dedicated to exposing the influence of money in politics. (Sounds kind of like the Center for Responsive Politics, doesn't it. Check out their web site. Especially where they list their non-foundation donors. Oops, they don't do that.) In other words a group dedicated almost exclusively to 'watch dogging' Bush. Oh, but that wouldn't make any difference to their views would it?
Scott McClellan, a White House spokesman, challenged that characterization. "The White House has clearly noted that Lay has been a supporter," McClellan said. "But Mr. Lay was a supporter of Ann Richards during the 1994 race, and public campaign records clearly reflect his support." In an interview last year with the PBS show "Frontline," Lay characterized his relationship with the Bush family as "very close," adding that the race between Bush and Richards placed him in "a little difficult situation." "I'd worked very closely with Ann Richards also, the four years she was governor," he said in the interview. "But I was very close to George W. and had a lot of respect for him, had watched him over the years, particularly with reference to dealing with his father when his father was in the White House and some of the things he did to work for his father, and so did support him."
Hmm. Bush was an oil executive and Lay was an Energy executive. Both in the same business and they know each other! Well, Boil the oil. I know for a fact that Robert Rubin knew no one on Wall Street and didn't talk to them the whole time he was in Treasury.
Helping the first President Bush By the late 1980s, Lay, an economist by training, had become a major force in Houston business and social circles as chief executive of Enron, then primarily a natural gas pipeline operator. He also became a significant fund-raiser for Bush's father and was working to bring the Bush presidential library to Houston. During that time, Lay has said, he got to know the younger Bush. "That's when I probably spent a little more quality time with George W.," he told The Dallas Morning News. Later, Lay was selected to head the host committee for the 1992 Republican convention in Houston. But while both Lay and Enron have historically given far more money to Republicans, they have sought links with prominent Democrats, too. One was President Clinton, who has golfed with Lay. Another was Richards, the former Texas governor.
Got to get that out, but let's put it near the end of the piece. Maybe no one will read this far.
"We knew at the time that he had a close relationship with Bush," said John Fainter, who served as Richards' chief of staff in 1993 and 1994. Lay was a good pick for the business advisory panel, he said, because of his involvement in the Houston civic and business community. But Fainter, who runs the electric utility industry's lobbying group in Texas, added: "To say he inherited Ken Lay from Ann Richards, I don't agree with that. As active as he was in his father's presidential campaign, he would have known him." In a written statement Richards confirmed that Lay donated to her 1994 campaign and said he did "a very good job" while serving as chairman of the Governor's Business Council. As governor, Bush was an advocate of the issue most important to Lay and Enron: deregulation.
Here we go again. Everyone knows bureaucracy only improves things. Lot of patronage appointments. Safe jobs for campaign cont... er knowledgeable supporters.
Bush appointed Patrick H. Wood III to be chairman of the Texas Public Utility Commission, an appointment Lay recommended. Wood is now chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he oversaw and supported last year's imposition of electricity price restraints in California opposed by Enron and other unregulated power companies.
You goddamned Republicans! Why can't you stay bought. Oh well, It's almost he end of the story. Probably no one read this far.
Lay and Bush appeared to develop a warm relationship during Bush's term as governor. In April 1997, on Lay's 55th birthday, Bush sent him a joking note: "One of the sad things about old friends is that they seem to be getting older -- just like you! 55 years old. Wow! That is really old." Bush also has done favors for Lay. Later that year, at Lay's request, he called Tom Ridge, then the governor of Pennsylvania and now the director of homeland security, to vouch for Enron, which was trying to break in to that state's electricity markets
At last! A favor. Maybe we can gin something up from this. We'll try again another time. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/14/2002 12:16:00 AM ----- BODY: HOW TOM DASCHLE STOLE MY SOUL -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/13/2002 10:57:00 PM ----- BODY: Excellent Column from the 1980's Fred Reed It is not true that Democrats cannot be distinguished from Republicans. Republicans these days seem brighter than Democrats, and crazier, or at least crazy in ways promising a higher yield. "Don't you think the MX is crucial?" I heard someone say at the bar. "Why?" came the sumptuary response. "We haven't even used the missiles we've got yet." The remark was original with John Lofton, I think, but in any event epitomized a certain outlaw brashness of the current occupiers of Washington. No Democrat would have ventured such a luminously fey thought. The reason is probably that the Democrats must genuflect to so many solemnities as to make mental movement difficult, and a decent insanity virtually impossible. They must reverence the poor and the black while going to great lengths to avoid them; curtsy to the old, the brown, and the female; pretend insouciance with regard to money while accumulating as much of it as possible; eschew elitism while furiously practicing it; and condemn any foreign policy more virile than the international distribution of powdered milk-although, come to think of it, they are against powdered milk.*** Theirs is a hard row to hoe. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/13/2002 12:08:00 AM ----- BODY:

Missile Defense? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Missile Defense

Syrian regional concerns may lead Damascus to seek longer range ballistic missile capability such as North Korea -------- TITLE:

Slogan

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 11:15:00 PM ----- BODY: Samizdata slogan of the day:
What's the difference between pornography and art?
A government grant
- Unknown -------- TITLE:

Britain's Answer to School Choice

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 11:12:00 PM ----- BODY: Private schools should be abolished. -------- TITLE:

Move Over Nostradamus. Meet Richard Nixon

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 09:40:00 PM ----- BODY: For post-Sept. 11 guidance, try Nixon -------- TITLE:

Enron and the Clintonites

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 07:29:00 PM ----- BODY: -------- TITLE:

Hooray, Another Victory for Anti-Sweatshop Activists

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 07:22:00 PM ----- BODY: Tim Blair
VICTORY AND JUSTICE! Good, caring people who know what is right have long fought against Third World sweatshops. Naturally, they have been opposed every step of the way by the forces of evil.
I can now announce that good has triumphed. Some 100,000 Bangladeshi sweatshop workers have been liberated. No longer do they work under tyranny. In fact, they don't work at all!
Those ex-slaves should be grateful to the wealthy Western activists who've protested so long on their behalf, and to quota-loving Western clothing unions. Thanks, student protesters who refuse to wear any school garment produced by sweatshop labor and don't understand how developing economies develop! Hooray, anti-globalists! Three cheers, feminists!
There's just one little problem.
The Bangladeshis all want their jobs back, otherwise they'll be have to take even worse jobs on farms. -------- TITLE:

Sometimes People are Just Assholes

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 07:19:00 PM ----- BODY: PRAETORIANS, PILOTS & PROFESSIONALISM By JOHN RINGO Via Instapundit -------- TITLE:

"Tom Daschle's Hillary Problem"

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 07:16:00 PM ----- BODY: -------- TITLE:

Are These Kids Too 'Special' to be Kicked Out?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 06:44:00 PM ----- BODY: Special ed teachers feeling unsafe in class -------- TITLE:

Another Triumph for the Judicial System

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 06:37:00 PM ----- BODY: An alleged rape, a stolen Jeep, a fatal crash -------- TITLE:

ENRON'S BIPARTISAN WAYS

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 06:01:00 PM ----- BODY: -------- TITLE:

21st Hijacker?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 05:56:00 PM ----- BODY: EGYPTIAN BUSTED IN SEPT. 11 RADIO MYSTERY -------- TITLE:

Much Ado About Nothing

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 05:41:00 PM ----- BODY: Rubin Asked Treasury About Aid to Enron (washingtonpost.com)
Let's see, Democrats are unable to find any evidence of White House help to campaign contributor. So, They are now upset that Bush did not help Enron. Sounds like they are determined to have a scandal whether there is anything there or not. -------- TITLE:

I Guess The Democrats Aren't Getting Through

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 05:09:00 PM ----- BODY: Poll: Americans want tax cuts despite budget woes -------- TITLE:

Well, We Can't Have Too Much Diversity

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 03:05:00 AM ----- BODY: PUBLIC SCHOOLS EMBRACE ISLAM -------- TITLE:

Tattoo Pork?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 01:59:00 AM ----- BODY: -------- TITLE:

Oh, My, God. This Guy is Unbelievable

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 01:21:00 AM ----- BODY: I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW THE PAIN IS GONE: Along with his mind. -------- TITLE:

Another Shock, Democrats Foil Fiscal Fix! Who Will Save Us?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 12:33:00 AM ----- BODY: More cynicism, more cowardice The Democrats would rather balance the budget on the backs of poor Medicaid recipients than give up their juicy pork. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/12/2002 12:29:00 AM ----- BODY:

But Judge, How Are We Going To Pay Off Supporters Now?

Mayor Richard M. Daley on Thursday sought to void the 1983 federal consent decree that forbids the political hiring of city employees. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/11/2002 11:36:00 PM ----- BODY:

What A Shock!

Muslim scholars termed Israeli aggression as the worst form of terrorism and justified any retaliation against the Jewish state and its people -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/11/2002 12:16:00 AM ----- BODY:

Why Weblogs?

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit fame writes about Weblogs. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/11/2002 12:13:00 AM ----- BODY:

The Booze Doesn't Make You Do It, The Booze Lets You Do It.

Nigella Lawson on women, sex and booze -------- TITLE:

Uhh, I thought Democrats were against Fundraising.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/10/2002 11:52:00 AM ----- BODY: Democratic Fundraising hits record -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/09/2002 11:22:00 AM ----- BODY:

Guns Were Outlawed, Now Only Outlaws Have Guns

Hand guns were outlawed in Britain in 1997 after the massacre of 16 children and a teacher at a primary school in Dunblane, Scotland. Some 160,000 handguns were surrendered to police. Dave Rodgers, vice chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said the ban made little difference to the number of guns in the hands of criminals. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/09/2002 12:29:00 AM ----- BODY: Crazed Palestinian Gunman Angered By Stereotypes -------- TITLE:

You Gotta Be Kidding.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/07/2002 11:20:00 PM ----- BODY: Captain Euro -------- TITLE:

Megan McArdle has some experience with the homeless.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/07/2002 11:00:00 PM ----- BODY:
I used to work for a homelessness organization, and the problem was not about unlucky people who had one bad break too many. For one thing, the people actually out on the street are usually people who aren't allowed into the shelters because they are violent, abusing drugs or alchohol, or stealing. For another, most of the "homeless" aren't people on the street -- they're people occupying temporary shelters, public or private. My organization mostly catered to the latter sort. Both groups have tremendous problems which they will probably only overcome with expensive help -- but most of those problems are behavior based. To wit: the largest problem that our job counselors had in placing women in the work force was not day care, transportation, job skills, or any other classical barrier quoted by activists, but (I swear, I'm not making this up) the refusal of the women to seek or accept work at the same time their soap operas were on. They had become so acclimated to the welfare system that they couldn't stop thinking of a job as optional, something to do if it didn't interfere with more important things. So theoretically, a large part of New York's homelessness problem could have been solved by giving them VCR's.
-------- TITLE:

Want To Help The Homeless? Take Them Home With You.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/07/2002 10:57:00 PM ----- BODY: BLEEDING-HEART HYPOCRITES By ARNOLD AHLERT -------- TITLE:

Now This Is Just Birdbrained

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/07/2002 10:10:00 PM ----- BODY: An Open Letter to Vegan Voice December 26, 2001
I think it is speciesist to think that the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center was a greater tragedy than what millions of chickens endured that day and what they endure every day because they cannot defend themselves against the concerted human appetites arrayed against them. -------- TITLE:

Don't Piss Off The Aussies.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/07/2002 07:11:00 PM ----- BODY: Ironminds: No Aussies Need Apply?
Breslin, who over too many decades has styled himself as a liberal defender of the underdog (albeit an often incoherent one), trashing an entire nation because of the wholly legitimate political leanings of some of its countrymen doesn -------- TITLE:

Madmen Leading The Blind.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/07/2002 06:54:00 PM ----- BODY: But who are the blind?
This article by a San Franciscan in the Jordanian Times explains why everything is Americas' fault.
Ken DeBeste at USS Clueless explains why the author is an idiot. -------- TITLE:

Tories Make England Safe...For Criminals

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/07/2002 06:03:00 PM ----- BODY: Tory split over defence of home -------- TITLE:

At Least She's Not Channeling Jesus Any More.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/07/2002 03:57:00 PM ----- BODY: Dissent's a dirty word Just ask Ward Connerly and Abigail Thernstom. -------- TITLE:

Geraldo! 'Nuff Said.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/07/2002 03:40:00 PM ----- BODY: Geraldo . . . there he goes again! -------- TITLE:

SF Public 'Divided' 10-1 In Favor of Panhandling Restrictions.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/07/2002 02:36:00 PM ----- BODY: Newsom begging bill ready / Public divided over restrictions -------- TITLE:

I'm Sure Glad We Restored Democracy To Haiti

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/07/2002 02:32:00 PM ----- BODY: Six Haitian journalists come to the U.S, apply for asylum -------- TITLE:

Gore won by How Much?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/07/2002 02:30:00 PM ----- BODY: Scavenged ballot box lids haunt S.F. elections In November, Secretary of State Bill Jones completed a six-month investigation of the November 2000 election and reported finding significant irregularities in the vote counts in 21 precincts he surveyed. I -------- TITLE:

A DOG'S LIFE: TRAGIC BUDDY'S 'TAIL' OF WOE

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/07/2002 02:13:00 PM ----- BODY: Bill could always work off that tension with a round of golf or a quiet cigar with an intern, but such tension actually eats away at a dog, causing "an inner conflict" and "psychosomatic disorders, such as ulcers or colitis," -------- TITLE:

National Guardsman Finds Ass With One Hand And A Pistol.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/07/2002 12:53:00 PM ----- BODY: SFO Guardsman Shoots Self In Butt When Gun Misfires -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/06/2002 10:08:00 PM ----- BODY: This Just In! Maher Makes Sense. film at 11 What do you know? Bill Maher is not a complete idiot. Larry King is though.
MAHER: They threw him off the plane to check him out. Do we want the message to go out to airlines now -- because this guy called a press conference yesterday and was kind of whining about it -- do we really want the message to go out to American Airlines who I think did the right thing, do we want the message to be, look, if an Arab guy with a gun waves some kind of a badge and you are not quite sure, you know, you could get sued. So wave him on and get up in the sky. KING: So, under that concept, in 1941 you would have probably favored putting the Japanese into camps. MAHER: What a ridiculous jump. KING: Why? Japanese had just bombed the West Coast? MAHER: You don't think there's a big difference between rounding people up and putting them in camps and asking them to step out of line and answer a few questions?
-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/06/2002 12:55:00 AM ----- BODY: Landowner calls in police to halt rave - and is arrested -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/05/2002 11:25:00 PM ----- BODY: This quiz sucks! Okay, it doesn't. But it does. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/05/2002 11:16:00 PM ----- BODY: WARNING! Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle doesn't want you to know the following information, so please do not read this article. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/05/2002 11:08:00 PM ----- BODY: Authorities seek caller in elaborate 911 prank -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/05/2002 10:50:00 PM ----- BODY: We have recently intercepted a letter from one of those immigrants in custody: -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/05/2002 10:32:00 PM ----- BODY: Maybe we can send some of our Oregon Judges to be trained by this guy. Judge fines women who return to their alleged abusers -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/05/2002 09:25:00 PM ----- BODY: AN AMERICAN HERO DOWNUNDER Kenny Chapman, the pride of Rogue Valley, Oregon, is the remarkable Erickson Air Crane pilot who rescued 14 Sydney firefighters on Thursday. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/05/2002 08:18:00 PM ----- BODY: "A black man should be killed if he's messing with a white woman." Who said this? George Wallace? David Duke? Strom Thurman? Jesse Helm? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/03/2002 07:01:00 PM ----- BODY: Taliban -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/03/2002 06:47:00 PM ----- BODY: Back in the days when I was a Marxist, my primary concern was that ordinary people deserved better, and that elites were walking all over them. That is still my primary concern, but the passing decades have taught me that political elites and cultural elites are doing far more damage than the market elites could ever get away with doing. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/03/2002 06:23:00 PM ----- BODY: School for Peace This is the reason that I am a 911 dispatcher and he is a writer. I noted this woman and her school a few days ago, but I couldn't come up with anything as devastating as this column. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/02/2002 05:58:00 PM ----- BODY: Predictions, FRENCH STRIKERS GO ON STRIKE Protest Working Conditions at Current Strikes -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/02/2002 05:52:00 PM ----- BODY: LSSU's Banished Words 2002 Required reading for all aspiring writers or readers. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/01/2002 07:24:00 PM ----- BODY: Uhmm, Maybe a place for a NOW convention? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/01/2002 07:21:00 PM ----- BODY: For Women Only Don't bitch at me if you looked. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/01/2002 06:04:00 PM ----- BODY: Telemarketers Beware I like everyone else in the country have a problem with telemarketers. If it isn't a credit card company calling, it's a phone company or auto glass repair, you name it. I have tried hanging up, cussing at them, even listening to them and explaining that I really don't need or want their card, trip, free sample, whatever. It occurred to me a couple of months ago that these people call Me, I don't initiate contact with them. They want to talk to Me and are spending their time and money to do it. This gives me power. I no longer dread calls from telemarketers. In fact, I often look forward to them. You see, I am of that breed of humans referred to by their fellow as 'strange', 'an odd duck' or less charitable labels. If I wasn't I certainly wouldn't be writing a weblog expecting someone to actually read it. (Although I DON'T know if anyone does or not.). Being certifiably strange (I do have a certificate.) I realized that They not I, are the captive audience. I can talk to them as I please. They cannot hang up on me, I am the customer, they are the salesman. They cannot walk away. With knowledge comes power and a little bit of power is a dangerous thing. A call goes something like: Me: Hello Caller: My name is Claire and I am calling from ____, your phone company to make you an exciting new offer Me (interrupting): What did you say your name was? Caller: Claire Me: That's a nice name. How old are you? Claire: I'm 23, but I am calling on behalf of... Me (interrupting): 23. You're very young. Are you Married? Claire: Sir, I'm calling on beh... Me (interrupting): Oh, that's nice. I already have a phone company. Claire: I know, sir, I am calling on their behalf to offer you a new calling plan. Me: Oh, what is wrong with the one I have now? Is it broken? Claire: Sir, this plan offers you new options Me: Call I call anywhere in the world without being charged? Claire: No, Sir. But this new plan offers.... Me again: But I want that option. and so on. My friend and co-worker Mike tried it too: Caller: I am calling with an offer to send you 50 gal of free gasoline. Mike: Oh, My God. Don't do that. It's dangerous. You could start a fire. and things went downhill from there. There are infinite variations you can play on this method. You are only limited by your imagination. If you are really tired and want to be left alone there is the Nuclear equivalent option Claire: I am calling on behalf of your local phone company..... Me: What color underwear are you wearing? This generally works. In fact many times it causes them to hang up first. It works well regardless of the sex of the caller. If it doesn't, it is a hell of a lot cheaper than $4.99 a minute. What are they going to do? Call the cops? "you see Officer. I was calling this stranger and he made obscene remarks to me." Believe it or not. My telemarketers calls have fallen off to next to nothing. I still get 1 or 2 a week. but not like I used to. I do get them from the same outfits though. I think they are using me to break in new telemarketers. Try it. It's fun. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 1/01/2002 04:09:00 PM ----- BODY: WHEN COMEDIANS TURN SERIOUS Tim Blair offers some advice to Terry Jones --------