Archive for September 29th, 2006

Even Worse Badness

Mark Foley (R-NAMBLA) being a gross old horndog with underage boys on the internets? Just a bad apple.

Republican leadership knowing about it for a year and not doing anything about it? Time for a new barrel.

This is, of course, assuming that the media reports on that aspect of it (we all remember how excited they were about the pedophiles in the DHS, right?), and the Democrats find a way to run with (and on) it. When combined with the Abramoff/Mehlman story which also came out today (and, y’know, that whole “Torture Good, Habeas Corpus Bad” thing), it drives home the message that the Republican party is corrupt and amoral to the core. Hopefully America is finally ready to listen.

3 comments September 29th, 2006 at 09:55pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Foley,Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers


Don’t look at me, I just report it.

Earlier this month, Himawari Dairy began selling space yogurt, which is made using two types of lactic acid bacteria that spent 10 days in space aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket last spring. The yogurt, called Uchu O Tabi Shita Yogurt (literally: “yogurt that travelled in space”), is now available in Shikoku’s four prefectures. The space yogurt follows Tosa Space Sake, which hit shelves last spring, as the second space-related product created to stimulate business in Kochi prefecture.


According to Himawari Dairy President Bunjiro Yoshizawa, about half of the bacteria died in the agar medium due to the harsh environment inside the rocket. The strong, surviving bacteria gives the space yogurt a more full-bodied flavor compared to yogurt made with standard earthbound bacteria.

My regular earth yogurt seems so puny and unevolved now. Maybe I should start exposing it to harsh environments to whip it into shape.

1 comment September 29th, 2006 at 09:02pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weirdness

Oh, This Is Bad.

And by “Bad,” I mean “Good.” Take it away, TPM Muckraker:

From The Washington Post:

One exchange of e-mails cited in the report suggests that former Abramoff lobbying team member Tony C. Rudy succeeded in getting Mehlman to press reluctant Justice Department appointees to release millions of dollars in congressionally earmarked funds for a new jail for the Mississippi Choctaw tribe, an Abramoff client. Rudy wrote Abramoff in November 2001 e-mails that Mehlman said he would “take care of” the funding holdup at Justice after learning from Rudy that the tribe made large donations to the GOP.

So in exchange for political contributions, Mehlman made sure the Choctaw got their $16 million contract. I believe that’s called a quid pro quo.

It’s by no means the only example of Mehlman’s favors.

In 2001, he made sure a State Department official wasn’t re-nominated for his post — the official, Allen Stayman was a long-time foe of Abramoff’s.

And according to a report from the Justice Department’s Inspector General, Mehlman ordered one of his suboordinates at the White House to keep Abramoff updated on issues related to Guam; Abramoff was keen to see the U.S. Attorney there replaced.

I think this is especially significant because we’re talking about the RNC Chair rather than some random congresscritter. It makes it harder to dismiss the Abramoff scandal as a few bad apples when there is, essentially, an operational relationship between Abramoff and someone who represents the Republican party as a whole.

On the other hand, no-one outside the blogosphere has any idea who Ken Mehlman is. Best to refer to him as “the chairman of the Republican National Committee,” just to be on the safe side.

(hat tip to Atrios)

3 comments September 29th, 2006 at 06:14pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Wankers

Friday Duck Blogging

This week’s quote is from the unfairly underrated Cabin Boy, and no, it doesn’t have any special personal meaning for me:

“She seems completely uninterested in me despite my smoldering obsessiveness.”

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s ducks:

They were just kinda walking around in circles for no apparent reason.

Mallard, I think.

Um, can ducks interbreed with turkeys?

6 comments September 29th, 2006 at 07:49am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

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