Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Is It Just Me....

There are lots of little stories running around out there that I find humorous, ironic, stupid, interesting or just plain odd. Here's a partial list.

"Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

Girls Gone Wild Sued By Employee For Sexual Harassment

Let me get this straight. You are a woman who chooses to work as a sales rep for one of the largest soft-core porn companies in the world and you sue them because your supervisor talked about sex in front of you and tapped your ass with a clipboard.

To quote Marlon Brando in The Godfather, "It makes no difference to me what a man does for a living, understand." But if you are going to work for a porn company, people are going to talk about sex.

Joe Francis got what he had coming to him for convincing drunk college girls to strip and more for his profit. He's in jail as we speak trying not to drop the soap. But you decided to help him profit so I don't think you are now entitled to sue for sexual harassment because someone tapped your fanny once with a clipboard.

Lady, you're just trying to pad your bank account with some more of those dollars derived from the sexual exploitation of women, and to do it with a claim of sexual harassment is just disgusting.

You Put Your Right Foot In, You Take Your Right Foot Out...

Cheney Can't Decide Which Branch Of Government He Is In

By doing the political/bureaucratic version of the Hokey-Pokey, Vice President Cheney has quietly slipped under the radar screen on most of what he is doing. When he met with Big Oil in the beginning of the Bush presidency, he claimed executive privilege and refused to disclose the details of those meetings. Okay, that's not the first time that's happened, no big deal.

Now it turns out that since 2003, Cheney's office has refused to comply with a presidential order regulating federal agencies' handling of classified national security information. That order details how classified information is to be handled and categorized.

Cheney's office, for the first time, wasn't listed in the "plum" book, a detailed listing of White House jobs and salaries produced every four years. It said instead that “the Vice Presidency is a unique office that is neither part of the executive branch, nor a part of the legislative branch.” It has also been reported that Cheney and his staff exempt themselves from travel disclosure rules followed by the rest of the administration.

As a former political appointee, I can tell you that these are brash moves. This shows a level of determination and hubris perhaps unprecedented in Washington. Cheney has single-handedly redefined the Office of the Vice President within the vagaries of the Constitution. He claims to be a member of no single branch of government and therefore, at many times, without accountability.

It is a Machiavellian stroke of genius that should have all of us wondering exactly what is this guy up to and why can't we know. I'm mostly afraid that the reason Vice President Cheney never wants to be President is because he would see it as a demotion. Executive power without accountability is what he has now, why would he want a better title with less power? Hell, the housing is even worse.

Just Don't Drive With A Suspended License

Bush Won't Rule Out Pardon For Libby

If you are a multi-millionaire heiress to a hotel empire and you get caught driving your Bentley when your drivers license is suspended, you have to spend 24 days in jail. If you are a member of Dick Cheney's staff and you lie to federal prosecutors after you or someone in the Office of the Vice President expose a covert CIA operative, you get fined and don't have to serve a single day in the stir.

You all know I giggled like a school girl on her first real date when I heard Paris Hilton had to do time. She earned it in so many ways. But if she has to do her time, then so should Scooter Libby. The President letting this guy off the hook after he endangered the lives of CIA operatives and then actively worked to hamper the investigation is atrocious.

Didn't Bush run on a platform of ethics and accountability? Didn't he say that he was going to bring morality back to the White House after the Clinton Administration? Apparently that only applied to blow jobs because so far all we've gotten are lies and the protection and forgiveness of convicted liars.

I guess when your approval rating is just a few points ahead of the West Nile Virus, you have the freedom to do just about anything.

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