Geek-Specific Proof of Bush WH Cronyism

OK, this is just sad. The kiddie-porn situation has gone completely out of control in the White House, and everything is so messed up in Washington that no one seems to be noticing. We are now on Perv#3 in the Bush Administration getting busted for one type of online predation or another. In this case, it both proves that there is a hubris problem that has gone amok, and also a cronyism problem run amok. Tell me how a person with this job does something this stupid:

DOD IPv6 director arrested for possession of child porn

Charles Lynch, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency?s Internet Protocol version 6 transition program, was arrested March 8 and indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia the next day on one count of possessing child pornography.

Now, some stupid pleb in the Department of Homeland Security? Sure, I could understand that. People do stupid stuff like that all the time, not knowing anything about computers. But the guy in charge of IPv6 conversion for the DOD?

You Want Humility? You Got It!

What more can I say that what Bush says in response to a very brave man’s criticism of the Bush Administration policies. This bit should be played every hour on the hour from now until impeachment:

BREITBART.COM – Critic tells Bush he should be ‘ashamed of yourself’

“You said, would I apologize for that? The answer … is, absolutely not,” Bush said.

LATE UPDATE: Here is the Crooks and Liars video rip of the interview.? The sneer is unmistakable: it looks like he’s going to jump up into the audience and disembowel the guy.? Bet he doesn’t do any unscripted interviews for a while?

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Clean Money Meeting with MJ at Rep. Slaughter’s Office

So today was the big day for me: my virgin flight into the world of Congressional advocacy, as I met with members of Metro Justice at the Federal Building in downtown Rochester to meet with representatives of Louise Slaughter.

So, how’d it go? Well, I can say I was more than a little underwhelmed by my own performance. Strange, since this was a phone meeting and talking on the phone is what I do. But unfortunately, I was more than a little caught off-gaurd by my nerves going into this. Perhaps surrounded in typically opulent federal office building decor, my brain just overloaded. (/snark) Whatever was the case, I managed to get out a stumbling half-minute introduction to the problems presented by the current pay-for-play structure of elections, and little else. I was fortunate to be surrounded by people who have done this kind of thing before.

Not that there was all that much to be worried about. Everyone at Representative Slaughter’s offices was very nice and in fact we really didn’t have much at stake since this was the first meeting on the issue. The woman that we spoke with in DC was Moira Bergin, and she is in fact quite familiar with the national legislation on Clean Money, H.R. 3099. That bill currently has 40 sponsors, of which Rep Slaughter is not one, but with luck that may change. She also informed us that New York’s own Tom Reynolds is also a member of the same committee in the House that is considering the proposed legislation.

Generally, I think that the reception was a positive one. In fact, based on the expectations set by Jon Greenbaum of MJ, one might have even called it above-average. There may have been some confusion as to what, exactly, we were after, but a follow-up letter from Ali should hopefully set things right. The big thing to come away with, in a perfect world, would be Louise Slaughter’s direct, public endorsment of the CMCE effort in New York. Such an endorsement from such a powerful and acknowledgedly principled politician would add a significant weight to our efforts.

But, it was a first meeting, and as such, quite limited in scope. Moira Bergin was quite forthcoming in saying that Rep Slaughter is at least supportive of public election financing in concept, if not yet of the CMCE bill as it exists thus far. Here’s to hoping for big things!

I also got my copy of the MetroJustice newsletter which features, quite surprisingly to me, the article I wrote on the cover. That is quite a thrill and quite an honour. I’ve been published by someone other than me. That newsletter reaches 2000 people in the Rochester area, and hopefully will reach one extra person this go ’round: Representative Louis Slaughter.

The Wellfare/Warfare State on HuffPo

Interesting post by Lew Rockwell, who is obviously a libertarian, contrasting what he sees as the two contradicting premises that make up the Left and the Right of this nation’s body politic:

The Blog | Lew Rockwell: Are Conservatives Crazy? | The Huffington Post

The problem is this: in the first paragraph, the government is rightly presumed to be the coercive enemy that takes from the people and saps their productivity. . . 

. . . But when it comes to foreign policy, the analysis is entirely reversed. The presumption that the American people and the government are unified is integral to the analysis, as summed up in the plural pronouns “our” and “we,” as if the people have direct control over the foreign-policy decisions of the political leadership. . .

. . . I don’t mean to pick on the right exclusively. The left often offers the inverse of this recommendation. They believe that the government can’t but unleash Hell when it is waging war and spending on military machinery. But when it comes to domestic policy, they believe the same government can cure the sick, comfort the afflicted, teach the unlearned, and bring hope and happiness to all.

An interesting concept, and one that begs a bit of reflective blogging.

Well, Whatever Works. . .

Like the feathers from a lame duck, . . .

These are the days of our lives. . .

Bolten to Replace Card As Chief of Staff

White House chief of staff Andy Card has resigned and will be replaced by budget director Joshua Bolten, President Bush announced Tuesday amid growing calls for a White House shakeup and Republican concern about Bush’s tumbling poll ratings.

What a shame, what a shame. . .

Immigration Reform, Republicans and Elections (oh, my!)

I am constantly struck by the odd way that politics have turned and twisted all around in the last few years, but no where is this mangling more visible than with the question of Immigration Reform.

The Left seems utterly baffled by the entire thing, proving that many of us are more interested in fighting against The Right than in putting forth ideas. Sad but true, we even find Josh Marshall seeming to argue for border control. The trouble for The Left is that we have President Bush arguing for a guest worker program and at the same time Sensenbrenner and Tancredo arguing for some of the strictest anti-immigration policies that the country has ever seen. Both of these are collosally bad ideas by themselves for thier own reasons, so it’s tough to know where to begin arguing.

So I’ll punt. Instead, I’m inclinded for now to consider the political ramifications of this whole thing for the Republicans.

Immigration Reform, Republicans and Elections (oh, my!)

I am constantly struck by the odd way that politics have turned and twisted all around in the last few years, but no where is this mangling more visible than with the question of Immigration Reform.

The Left seems utterly baffled by the entire thing, proving that many of us are more interested in fighting against The Right than in putting forth ideas. Sad but true, we even find Josh Marshall seeming to argue for border control. The trouble for The Left is that we have President Bush arguing for a guest worker program and at the same time Sensenbrenner and Tancredo arguing for some of the strictest anti-immigration policies that the country has ever seen. Both of these are collosally bad ideas by themselves for thier own reasons, so it’s tough to know where to begin arguing.

So I’ll punt. Instead, I’m inclinded for now to consider the political ramifications of this whole thing for the Republicans.

The Colbert Report at the Duke Auction

Looks like the folks from the Colbert Report managed to make it to the Duke Cunningham booty auction:

TPM Muckraker March 23, 2006 04:06 PM (Printable Format)

he hall was crawling with press but all of the
bidding was serious except for one goofball in a bad tux with an
American flag bowtie who tried to bid with a pingpong paddle with a
picture of Stephen Colbert instead of his bidder’s number. I think the
auctioneer was rather amused.

A Second Look at the Democratic Tip Sheet

Looking over the tip sheet leaked by Drudge, it appears to be an “All Politics is Local” style of attack, and perhaps a good one for drumming up negative press against the Republicans in constituent locations.? Basically, this is an attempt to provide Democrats with real-world, local applications of highlighting security concerns such as port security.

How effective will this new plan be?