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Saturday, April 30, 2005

A Traficant-esque Logic To It

Every newspaper editorial page has their collection of quick hit stuff. The "thumbs up, thumbs down" type stuff. Usually minor stuff, or just little barbs. This from the Lake County News-Herald:
BOUQUETS: To U.S. House Republicans.

They made a politically wise decision this week to readopt past rules for the House ethics committee.

The issue has created noise in recent weeks with a laser-like focus on House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. He has been criticized for having lobbyists pay for trips and hiring family members to help run his campaign. Something members of both political parties have done.

This move should help DeLay clear his name.

DeLay, however, is not the only House member to face an ethics complaint.

Another known complaint is against U.S. Rep. James McDermott, D-Wash. He is accused of having violated the law when he received a tape of a conversation between former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep John Boehner, R-Ohio.

A Florida couple taped a cell phone conversation and sent it to McDermott.
[Emphasis added.]

Uh, yeah. Okay.

Radley Balko dug up a great quote from Tom DeLay:
"The time has come that the American people know exactly what their Representatives are doing here in Washington. Are they feeding at the public trough, taking lobbyist-paid vacations, getting wined and dined by special interest groups? Or are they working hard to represent their constituents? The people, the American people, have a right to know...I say the best disinfectant is full disclosure, not isolation." - U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, 11/16/95
At least I can agree with this statement.

Friday, April 29, 2005

The Return of Friday Cheer

It's yet another dreary day in Cleveland. Time for an excessively cute picture. Not just my daughter, but playing with a puppy as well. Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Release the Media Hounds

Have fun commenting on this one.

Monday, April 25, 2005

3 Years

Today marks my bloggiversary. 3 years, 3 blogs. I really don't think I can do 4-for-4. I don't know what I really expected when I started this except to use it to help hone my writing, and link to all the stuff that caught my eye on the net without always making my wife read it.

I still don't know where it's headed, but I'm still enjoying it.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Just Filming a Story, Nothing Else Really

I don't really go for national political media bias stories at this point. Everyone blogs those, but this is unbelievable (via Instapundit).
The BBC was last night plunged into a damaging general election row after it admitted equipping three hecklers with microphones and sending them into a campaign meeting addressed by Michael Howard, the Conservative leader.

The Tories have made an official protest after the hecklers, who were given the microphones by producers, were caught at a party event in the North West last week. Guy Black, the party's head of communications, wrote in a letter to Helen Boaden, the BBC's director of news, that the hecklers began shouting slogans that were "distracting and clearly hostile to the Conservative Party".

These included "Michael Howard is a liar", "You can't trust the Tories" and "You can only trust Tony Blair".
Last night, the BBC claimed that the exercise was part of a "completely legitimate programme about the history and art of political heckling" and said that other parties' meetings were being "observed". However, The Telegraph has established that none of Tony Blair's meetings was infiltrated or disrupted in similar fashion.
Last night a BBC spokesman said: "This is a completely legitimate programme about the history and art of political heckling. The programme observes hecklers at other parties' campaign meetings and not just the Conservatives. The hecklers were not under the direction of the BBC and their activities did not disrupt the meeting in any way. The incident at the Michael Howard meeting only plays a small part in the overall programme. However, we will be investigating the complaint very fully and will be replying in due course."

The spokesman was unable to provide details of any other campaign meetings attended by the BBC3 crew.
Can you imagine the screams that would be coming from people if Sky News in Britain did this to Labour, or if Fox News in the US pulled that stunt on the Democrats?


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