You GO Gals!
Love it! More power like this and those women-haters from every country and every religion will break!
Progressive, balanced, committed, tolerant. Proud to represent the unheard voices of same-sex couples and their supporters...
Read, think, ACT!
|Marriage is love.|
WPF, in committed relationship to same, desperately seeking answer to question of why religious groups continually "pick and choose" amongst the abominations in Leviticus.
Shameful religious zealotry
In an Oct. 27 Readers' Forum letter, the writer said that ''God is speaking to us.'' She then insinuated that Key West and New Orleans both deserved the destructive hurricanes because they have festivals that promote ``sex, sin and gin.''
How about all the decent, hardworking people of Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. Did they deserve what happened as well?
Such religious zealotry has fostered intolerance and hatred. As a well-educated man in my 30s, I know that other well-educated people in my generation have come to detest religion of all sorts because of this kind of narrow-minded thinking.
I now see why they think this way.
BRADLEY KLAR, Miami Beach
The Oct. 27 letter says that the hurricanes in New Orleans and Key West were God's punishment for their ``sex, sin and gin.''
But these cities also have places where people worship their God.
STEPHEN CARNER, Miami
|U.S. Ranks 44th in Worldwide Press Freedom Index|
|Nation's openness sinking after Sept. 11, northern Europe tops the list|
|The annual worldwide press freedom index from Reporters Without Borders shows the United States, which is supposedly spreading freedom and liberty throughout the world, is in a fast decline regarding the freedom of its own press.|
The report ranked the United States in 44th place, an atomic drop from a favorable position of 22nd held last year, and from a handsome 17th place in 2002.
Think Progress’ round-up of Scalito facts:
ALITO WOULD OVERTURN ROE V. WADE: In his dissenting opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Alito concurred with the majority in supporting the restrictive abortion-related measures passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in the late 1980’s. Alito went further, however, saying the majority was wrong to strike down a requirement that women notify their spouses before having an abortion. The Supreme Court later rejected Alito’s view, voting to reaffirm Roe v. Wade. [Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 1991]
ALITO WOULD ALLOW RACE-BASED DISCRIMINATION: Alito dissented from a decision in favor of a Marriott Hotel manager who said she had been discriminated against on the basis of race. The majority explained that Alito would have protected racist employers by “immuniz[ing] an employer from the reach of Title VII if the employer’s belief that it had selected the ‘best’ candidate was the result of conscious racial bias.” [Bray v. Marriott Hotels, 1997]
ALITO WOULD ALLOW DISABILITY-BASED DISCRIMINATION: In Nathanson v. Medical College of Pennsylvania, the majority said the standard for proving disability-based discrimination articulated in Alito’s dissent was so restrictive that “few if any…cases would survive summary judgment.” [Nathanson v. Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1991]
ALITO WOULD STRIKE DOWN THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) “guarantees most workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a loved one.” The 2003 Supreme Court ruling upholding FMLA [Nevada v. Hibbs, 2003] essentially reversed a 2000 decision by Alito which found that Congress exceeded its power in passing the law. [Chittister v. Department of Community and Economic Development, 2000]
ALITO SUPPORTS UNAUTHORIZED STRIP SEARCHES: In Doe v. Groody, Alito agued that police officers had not violated constitutional rights when they strip searched a mother and her ten-year-old daughter while carrying out a search warrant that authorized only the search of a man and his home. [Doe v. Groody, 2004]
ALITO HOSTILE TOWARD IMMIGRANTS: In two cases involving the deportation of immigrants, the majority twice noted Alito’s disregard of settled law. In Dia v. Ashcroft, the majority opinion states that Alito’s dissent “guts the statutory standard” and “ignores our precedent.” In Ki Se Lee v. Ashcroft, the majority stated Alito’s opinion contradicted “well-recognized rules of statutory construction.” [Dia v. Ashcroft, 2003; Ki Se Lee v. Ashcroft, 2004]
I am normally reluctant to write about the highly charged issue of abortion, but this time is an exception.
For those of you who consider all abortion to be murder, you should stop reading now. These remarks are directed to the rest of the population that considers abortion appropriate in at least some circumstances — a clear majority of the American public.
Two noteworthy events occurred recently that are critical to further discussion of this very important public issue: publication by the think tank ThirdWay (search) of a study entitled “The Demographics of Abortion“ and the resignation of Susan Wood, the top Food and Drug Administration official in charge of women’s health issues...
2 decades of planning paved way for Bush win
By JIM TANKERSLEY and JAMES DREW
BLADE STAFF WRITERS
COLUMBUS - The falcons are ceramic, wings folded back, eyes gazing sternly across the room.
They sit on some of the wealthiest desks in Columbus and throughout Ohio, unnoticed to all but a few political heavyweights, to whom they are a badge of honor.
A decade before George W. Bush pinned "Pioneer" status on his top presidential fund-raisers, Ohio Republicans sent avian statues to about 10 men who raised at least $100,000 each for George Voinovich's 1990 campaign for governor.
The businessmen and lobbyists who earned the "Maltese Falcons" - a reference to Mr. Voinovich's right-hand man, Paul Mifsud, whose family was from the Mediterranean island of Malta - went on to wield enormous influence during Mr. Voinovich's two terms in office.
The success of Mr. Voinovich's $8.7 million campaign, along with Republican Bob Taft's $2.7 million bid for secretary of state, ignited a political machine that would dominate Ohio for the next 15 years - and nurture a network of donors who helped Mr. Bush win the state's wallet and votes in 2004.
"George Bush comes to Ohio and inherits that very powerful Republican infrastructure to help him, and John Kerry comes to Ohio and inherits a very weak Democrat infrastructure," said Mark Weaver, a Republican consultant who has worked on Ohio campaigns since 1990. "In a race that was otherwise pretty much even, that was a factor."
But now scandal is threatening the GOP machine - and money is at its roots....
More than half the North Carolina military members surveyed in the latest Elon University poll don't like the way President Bush is handling his job and the war in Iraq.
The survey results were released today.
Of the 539 adults surveyed, nearly 53 percent of military members said they strongly disapproved or disapproved of Bush's handling of his job. And 56 percent of that same group said they strongly disapproved or disapproved of his handling of the Iraq war.
I wondered in my little five-year-old brain if it was wrong to want to be Christopher Plummer, a.k.a. Captain von Trapp. It was the only way, as a girl, that I could imagine being able to be with the beautful Julie Andrews... I made my mother take me back to see the movie several times that summer, which she was more than happy to do as she just assumed it was because I wanted to be a nun -- not that I wanted to be with a nun. -- Kate Nielsen
As a kid, I became obsessed with the man on the Doan's Pills box. His back was so sexy. When my mom's supply ran out and she threw the box away, I went to the drug store and stole another. I stuffed it down my pants, where it's been ever
since. -- Jon Kinnally
So Many Scandals, So Little Bandwidth
Just in case you missed this one:
Powerful Government Accounting Office report confirms key 2004 stolen election findings, by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman, October 26, 2005
As a legal noose appears to be tightening around the Bush/Cheney/Rove inner circle, a shocking government report shows the floor under the legitimacy of their alleged election to the White House is crumbling...
Vice President's Chief of Staff Indicted in CIA Leak Case
DLC | New Dem Dispatch | October 28, 2005
Idea of the Week: Raising the Bar for Public Service
This has been a sad week for America. Today's criminal indictments of a top White House aide, coming on the heels of the dispiriting Miers nomination, may be judged by the chattering classes of Washington as a win, loss, or tie, for one party or another, or for one ideological tendency or another. But in our view, they reflect a woeful trend, not invented but certainly accelerated by this administration, toward a model of high public service based on low private motives. Whether it's a lifetime appointment to the high court, or a position of trust in the White House, the primary qualifications ought to answer a higher calling, not simply loyalty to the tribal chief, service to the partisan cause, and in general, a monopolization of public service by "our team."
America's interests must come first. In the absence of any other standards of qualification or performance, an approach based on ideological purity, partisanship, and cronyism invariably leads to the abuse of power and the persistence of mistakes and bad policies. As we've seen during this horrendous hurricane season and in the maelstrom of Iraq, failures in office affect the lives of millions of Americans and vital national interests. And as we've seen in Congress in recent years, one-party rule unmitigated by any higher fidelity to responsible behavior affects the moral character of our democracy and the country's economic and fiscal future.
Yes, the president finally did bring himself to hold a few people at FEMA responsible for the incompetent response to Hurricane Katrina, and yes, he did withdraw a Supreme Court nomination widely held to fall short of minimum standards. But it is time for the President to hold his advisers accountable for a long series of mistakes in Iraq; repudiate the growing ethical lapses at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue; and show the courage to veto runaway spending, not just shed crocodile tears.
Unfortunately there are disturbing signs the White House may be learning exactly the wrong lessons from this week's developments. Conservatives who helped force a withdrawal of Miers now confidently predict the president won't cross them twice. The only thing worse than choosing a Supreme Court Justice on the basis of personal loyalty to the president is to choose one on the basis of loyalty to partisan or ideological constituency groups. Either approach ignores the public interest in a highly qualified and impartial judiciary, especially in the Supreme Court.
As for today's news from the special prosecutor, the fact that the indictment of the vice president's chief of staff was not accompanied by the indictment of the president's de facto chief of staff is apparently being greeted in some quarters as a victory for George W. Bush. That's a perfect example of a dangerously low standard of public service.
We care too much about the office of the Presidency to wish indictments upon anyone. For the same reason, we believe that for the sake of that office, President Bush should not wait for Patrick Fitzgerald to tell Karl Rove to go. Whether or not he was criminally involved in the Valerie Plame leak case, there's no doubt Rove is openly and notoriously involved in an ongoing effort to create a politics of maximum partisan polarization, infecting every institution of our democracy.
From that perspective, it's beside the point that Rove may well escape a long vacation in one of our fine federal correctional institutions. If he truly wants to clear the air, the president should direct Rove to take a permanent vacation from the White House. Let him practice his dark arts at the Republican National Committee or some other venue far from official policymaking circles, and let him be accompanied by the other permanent-campaign warriors who have infested the people's institutions.
Public service is a public trust, and until such time as we re-establish standards for choosing and holding public servants accountable for their qualifications, integrity and performance, public trust in government will continue to decline, to the peril of our country's strength.
While others may spin these indictments as being about the war, the Moose views these charges about integrity and honor in government. Five years ago this President pledged to bring honor and dignity to the office. Today, we witnessed yet another example of how this President and this Administration violated that commitment. That is the message that Democrats should convey.
The damage President Bush and the conservative movement have inflicted on their drive to pack the Supreme Court with allies will not be undone by Harriet Miers's decision to withdraw her nomination.
In picking such a vulnerable nominee, Bush single-handedly undercut the conservatives' long-standing claim that the Senate and the rest of us owed great deference to a president's choice for the court. Conservatives displayed absolutely no deference to Bush when he picked someone they didn't like. The actual conservative "principle" was that the Senate should defer to the president's choice -- as long as that choice was acceptable to conservatives. Some principle.
Eww. If you can stomach it, go on to read Exhibit B...
With Plamegate dominating the day, the table is set for the Democratic Party to seize the moment. The scandal has reignited a national debate about the White House lies and deceptions that led us to war in Iraq, public support for the president’s handling of the war has hit an all-time low, and the 2,000th soldier killed in action has put the human cost of the war back on page one.So how have the Democrats reacted?
You be the grand jury (Warning: have some Xanax or other suitable anti-depressant handy):
Exhibit A is the story NPR ran on Tuesday in which Senate Dems were asked if they regretted their votes to authorize the war in Iraq. Ben Nelson was among those who defended his vote, saying, “You just don’t look back.” Really? Why not? Afraid you might actually learn something from your mistakes, Senator?
Hillary Clinton refused to even address the question, telling reporter David Welna, “I really can’t talk about this on the fly, it’s too important”. As with everything Hillary says and does these days, you could hear her and her consultants doing the math: Expressing regret = too soft for the Oval Office. Continuing to express support of the administration’s Iraq policy = risking being overtaken by the post-Plamegate reassessment of the war. (So would offering a glowing assessment of progress in Iraq, as Clinton did during her visit there in February when she explained that suicide bombers are “an indication” of the “failure” of the insurgency, and that much of Iraq was “functioning quite well”).
Clinton and Nelson should get a copy of the NPR segment and listen to the responses of Sens. Dodd, Feinstein, Rockefeller, and Harkin who all said they would not have voted the way they did. They should also listen to the speech John Kerry gave today in which he said that “knowing what we know now” he would not have voted to give the administration the authority to go to war.
Have Democratic leaders completely forgotten that we are at war? A war that’s going very badly? A war Plamegate has brought to the forefront of national consciousness? A war the majority of Americans now feel was a mistake?
Cindy Sheehan hasn’t.
She’s making it clear that “any candidate who supports the war should not receive our support”. Including Hillary Clinton, about whom she blogged: “I would love to support Hillary for president if she would come out against the travesty in Iraq. But I don’t think she can speak out against the occupation because she supports it.”
Sheehan and Clinton met last month to discuss the war. “She said she has to make sure our sons didn’t die in vain,” Sheehan said this week. “That is a totally Republican talking point.”
Indeed it is. During his speech at Bolling Air Force Base on Tuesday, President Bush said, “The best way to honor the sacrifice of our fallen troops is to complete the mission.”
Cindy Sheehan, who even Democrats won't acknowledge as a presence, won't take any sugar-coated crap from a wannabe career politician (H. Clinton) who has forgotten why she got so far in the first place (on the backs of the "evil feminists" who allowed her to succeed in law school, and be treated equally...John Roberts, you recall, doesn't think women should be lawyers)...
Gov. Jeb Bush admitted on Wednesday the state underestimated the demand for ice and water in southeast Florida and didn't funnel enough supplies to the area immediately after Hurricane Wilma roared through.
It didn't work as well as it should have yesterday," said Gov. Jeb Bush, referring to Tuesday's long lines of frustrated residents, many of whom left distribution sites empty-handed.
"My expectation was that within 24 hours we'd have our points of distribution set up."
"We didn't meet those expectations and I accept responsibility for that," [Bush] said.
The Green Knight instructs us to sign John Conyers's letter, demanding no pardons for Plamegate.
Signed proudly. And as an aside, John Conyers is the best Democrat in office. Period.
NEW YORK -- Houston Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes is opening up about being a homosexual, telling a magazine that she's "tired of having to hide my feelings about the person I care about."
Swoopes, honored last month as the WNBA's Most Valuable Player, told ESPN The Magazine for a story on newsstands today that she didn't always know she was gay and fears that coming out could jeopardize her status as a role model...
reveals this internal memo from Wal-Mart. The memo calls for Wal-Mart saving money by forcing more employees into part-time work without benefits and discriminating against the unhealthy and disabled:
To discourage unhealthy job applicants, [the memo] suggests that Wal-Mart arrange for "all jobs to include some physical activity (e.g., all cashiers do some cart-gathering)."...Wal-Mart has hopefully bought itself a nice Americans with Disabilities Act class action lawsuit.
"It will be far easier to attract and retain a healthier work force than it will be to change behavior in an existing one," the memo said. "These moves would also dissuade unhealthy people from coming to work at Wal-Mart."
Or better, the publicity will force them to avoid any of the nasty proposals outlined in the memo, since any lawyer now has documented intent to discriminate in hand if they do.
An uber-insider source has just reported the following to TWN:
1. 1-5 indictments are being issued. The source feels that it will be towards the higher end.
2. The targets of indictment have already received their letters.
3. The indictments will be sealed indictments and "filed" tomorrow.
4. A press conference is being scheduled for Thursday.
This speech will one day define PREVARICATION for an entire generation - The sons and daughters of the fallen in Iraq.
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has decided to seek indictments in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson and has submitted at least one to the grand jury, those close to the investigation tell RAW STORY.
Fitzgerald will seek at least two indictments, the sources say. They note that it remains to be seen whether the grand jury will approve the charges.
Those familiar with the case state that Fitzgerald likely will not seek indictments that assert officials leaked Plame's name illegally. Rather, they say that he will focus charges in the arena of lying to investigators.
I guess I don't understand why illegal leaking of her name is not considered worthy of indictment...I guess treason is A-OK in Bush's Amurka...but hey, we'll take anything we can get...let Fitzgerald pull a Martha on Rove and Libby then.
Exclusive: Fort Lauderdale suburbs
still without water, aid
Raw Story's Larisa Alexandrova lives in the suburbs of
. She has been without supplies, fresh water, power, landline and cell phone service since Wilma struck the area Sunday evening. She phoned in this report from a pay phone, after waiting in a line. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has yet to arrive in the hurricane-stricken suburbs of
. Fort Lauderdale
"FEMA hasn't arrived yet," Raw Story's Larisa Alexandrova said in a call from the region Tuesday afternoon. "Even though they've said, 'we're ready, we're standing by,' they haven't come."
The area is under curfew, Alexandrovna noted. The Miami Herald reported Tuesday that Miami-Dade police arrested five people in two separate violations-- four of them at
's Finest Barber Shop, Miami NW 79th Streetand NW Seventh Avenue, and the other at a bar called Johnny's LBR, at Northwest 65th Streetand 27th Avenue.
Alexandrovna said residents have seen little aid from police, who have been guarding shops.
"I saw a whole slew of them guarding Wal-Mart," she said.
The situation is reported to be dire. Residents have been told to boil their water, but most are finding it difficult to do so, as millions are without electricity.
"It's horrible," Alexandrovna said. "There's no water. The water comes out of the faucet, [but] you have to boil the water, and you have no electricity to boil your water. The sewage is backed up."
"We need supplies," she added. "If FEMA isn't coming, we need people to get in and give us water."
Local merchants have been rationing supplies, Alexandrovna noted, saying that shopkeepers have been friendly and helpful. She said she has seen no looting.
Wal-Mart vows changes in health
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., under attack from critics including labor groups and environmentalists, has vowed to cut energy usage, reduce waste and offer lower-priced health care to employees.
In a speech to employees released on Tuesday, Chief Executive Officer Lee Scott said the world's biggest retailer needed to take the lead in efforts such as switching to renewable energy sources, and even called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage from the current $5.15 an hour.
What's a Little Lying Between Friends?
By Howard KurtzWashington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 25, 2005; 11:18 AM
"Some perjury technicality"?
Did Kay Bailey Hutchison really say that?
She must have. It was on "Meet the Press."
Is this the Republican strategy for dealing with any CIA leak indictments? Saying no real crimes were committed, just a teensy weensy bit of perjury? Turning Patrick Fitzgerald into Ken Starr?
Another Bush p.r. offensive on Iraq that Americans aren't buying
by Joe in DC - 10/25/2005 02:18:00 PM
All Bush ever does is give the same speech about Iraq. Every time there's another horrible turn of events, he makes a major address. But Americans aren't buying his spin campaign according to two new polls.
Harris Interactive, via Political Wire:shows American sentiment about the situation in Iraq remains generally gloomy, with fewer than a quarter of Americans saying they are confident U.S. policies in Iraq will be successful."Rasmussen Reports:
"For the first time, a majority of Americans (53%) feels that military action in Iraq was the wrong thing to do... compared with 34% who feel it was right."Fifty-three percent (53%) of Americans now say that getting U.S. soldiers home as soon as possible is more important than making sure "Iraq becomes a peaceful nation enjoying freedom and democracy." This is the first time that a majority of Americans have held that view.The more Bush speaks, the worse it gets.
The Rasmussen Reports survey also shows that just 38% insuring a peaceful and free Iraq is the top priority.
Lesbian couple rebel to live together in Madhya Pradesh
Chhindwada (Madhya Pradesh) | October 25, 2005 4:34:07 PM IST
Same sex relationships are still looked down upon in India, yet there are a few who have the courage to rebel against this societal prejudice even in a remote place like Chhindwada, a conservative town in Madhya Pradesh.
Two girls, Jyoti and Savita here have asserted their rights to live as a same sex couple with the police supporting them.
When Jyoti and Savita went missing 10 days back, their worried parents went to the Parasia police station to lodge a complaint. But they were surprised to find the girls in the safe custody of the police.
The girls have refused to return to their homes and have been living at the police station for the last 10 days.
The girls, neighbours in Ambada locality of Chhindwada, became friendly five years back. The relationship flourished despite their parents berating them frequently.
A fortnight back Jyoti came to know that her parents wanted her to get married to a youth from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. She protested and told her parents that she wanted to live with Savita for the rest of her life.
Jyoti was then locked in a room but 10 days back she managed to escape. She along with Savita took shelter at the police station.
"I came to know a few days back that my parents were fixing my marriage. So I left my house. I want to spend my life with Savita," said Jyoti.
"We have decided to live together. We will take the help of court in case our parents tried to separate us," said Savita.
The girls have completed their schools and intend to take up some job.
The Parasia police are puzzled, as they have never handled such a case before.
"We are getting the ages of the girls verified. If they are adults, we cannot do anything because they have not committed any crime," said Sunil Tiwari, an official of Parasia police station.
"If the girls want, they can live together. But we will see to it that they are not harmed by their family members," he added.
Halliburton Uses Illegals As Cheap Labor For New Orleans Clean-Up
by Michael in New York - 10/25/2005 03:15:00 PM
Unbelievable. First Bush decides to "help" the recovery in Louisiana by making it legal for companies to pay substandard wages, even though the massive rebuilding effort needed after Hurricane Katrina should mean builders and laborers would be in high demand. Then we find out that most of the contracts are going to out-of-state companies.
Finally, and you can't make this up, USA Today reports that Halliburton subcontracted out work to companies that fired some 75 union electricians and then hired at least 10 illegal immigrants in their place. And where were they working? A naval base near New Orleans.
Five years into their regime, and Cheney and his pals can still surprise you with their nastiness and craven greed.
Once again the GOP has a plan to deal with Fitz - and for no reason I can see - the Dems do not.
[NOTE FROM MS. JULIEN: Indeed they do...it is here. WTF are the Dems?? Not a word...there has not been a word in five years...]
This week is THE MOMENT for the Democrats to be on the same page - but again our "leadership" is all over the map.
It is beyond pathetic at this point that Reid Pelosi Dean and the rest have not gotten together to formulate a clear set of talking points to deal with perjury charges that go to reasons we went to war.
What is wrong with the Democratic leadership? and why, while the GOP is trying to make perjury seem like a joke - the DEMS are once again missing?
Someone must have the chutzpah to really stand up and DO something.
A superstorm will come together off the East Coast Tuesday. The ingredients for this storm are Wilma, energy from Alpha and a rogue storm forming along the mid-Atlantic coast. These system will likely remain distinct, trackable features rather than combining into one storm. However, the combined energy from these storms will create a superstorm effect along the northeastern coast Tuesday. The rogue storm will strip moisture from Wilma and direct heavy rain toward the coast. Farther inland, the moist air will be lifted up over a cold dome of air and the first major snowstorm in the Northeast will get underway late Monday night into Tuesday night. In addition to the precipitation, gale force winds will hammer the area. Winds 60 mph to 70 mph will hit the coast of New England with gust of 40 mph to 50 mph farther inland.
The scene in Lower Manhattan was reminiscent of teenagers rushing to the front of a concert stage, only this time it was middle-aged lawyers and Wall Street bankers who pushed elbow to elbow into a federal courtroom no bigger than a gas station mini-mart.
The throng of pinstripe suits forced court aides to call in workers to pry open windows for ventilation, allowing U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert D. Drain to proceed with the Oct. 11 opening-day hearing regarding the "petition for relief" by Michigan auto parts maker Delphi Corp. under Chapter 11 of federal bankruptcy laws.
Once shunned by respectable companies and ignored by Wall Street, federal bankruptcy court has become the venue of choice for sophisticated financiers and corporate managers seeking to pull apart labor contracts and roll back health and welfare programs at troubled companies.
About 150 major corporations are now in some stage of bankruptcy reorganization, including four of the nation's leading airlines. As the prospect of other large enterprises taking a spin down Chapter 11 becomes more widely discussed in business circles ("maybes" on the list include such iconic names as General Motors and Ford), the tactics used in bankruptcy courts are shaking the very foundations of the American workplace...
Pentagon program costing taxpayers millions in inflated prices
Knight Ridder Newspapers
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon paid $20 apiece for plastic ice cube trays that once cost it 85 cents. It paid a supplier more than $81 apiece for coffeemakers that it bought for years for just $29 from the manufacturer.
That's because instead of getting competitive bids or buying directly from manufacturers like it used to, the Pentagon is using middlemen who set their own prices. It's the equivalent of shopping for weekly groceries at a convenience store.
Read the rest here....it is disgusting. Our government is disgusting.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A senior House Democrat said documents from Carnival Corp. show the cruise line company is making more money leasing ships to the U.S. government for Hurricane Katrina relief than it earns from their normal use, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
Bush ruins field trip for 100 kindergartners
One hundred Brentwood kindergartners, many dressed in costumes, were all set to go see "The Wizard of Oz" on Friday when their first-ever field trip was blocked by the nation's 43rd president.
They never got to see the wizard.
So not kidding.