Archive for May 30th, 2007

Another One Bites The Dust

Good bloody riddance:

The Arkansas Times reports that the controversial U.S. attorney in Arkansas, Tim Griffin, has resigned:

The U.S. Justice Department has notified Arkansas’s congressional delegation that Interim Eastern District U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin is resigning effective Friday, June 1.

Griffin, a former protege of Karl Rove, was formerly research director of the Republican National Committee. In 2004, BBC News published a report showing that Griffin led a “caging” scheme to suppress the votes of African-American servicemembers in Florida.

Griffin became the poster boy for the politicization of the U.S. attorney process. Former Justice official Kyle Sampson noted that getting Griffin into office “was important to Harriet [Miers], Karl, et cetera.” The traditional 120-day term for “interim” U.S. attorneys had expired for Griffin on April 20, yet the Justice Department continued to allow him to serve.

ThinkProgress earlier spoke with Rep. John Boozman’s (R-AR) office, which said that the congressman submitted names of replacements for Griffin to the White House on March 30. So far, no word from the Justice Department on the name of the new U.S. attorney.

In the meantime, assistant U.S. attorney Jane Duke will take over. The Justice Department had previously passed her over to install Griffin, using sexual discrimination as an excuse because Duke had been on maternity leave at the time.

I just have one question: Why was Griffin’s caging scheme only reported by British news? No, wait, don’t answer that.

23 comments May 30th, 2007 at 10:16pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Politics,Republicans,Rove,Wankers

Beck To The Future

Atrios and Chris seem perpetually amazed that Glenn Beck is still on TV despite truly abysmal (and still declining) ratings.

Once you accept that promoting Republican narratives and talking points is far more important to the media than ratings and profits, it all makes perfect sense. (I would also note that while the 25-54 demographic might be the most desirable from an ad revenue perspective, I’m not so sure it is from a voter turnout perspective.)

On the other hand, propaganda is only useful if people are actually watching it. I’m surprised CNN hasn’t tried to find a more popular insane dishonest wingnut to take Beck’s place.

11 comments May 30th, 2007 at 10:11pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,TV,Wankers

Save The Prions!

Well, the Bush Department Of Agriculture (I’ll just call it “DOA” for short) has taken a stand on mad cow disease, and is prepared to go to the mattresses… to defend it.

Offered without comment. What is there possibly to say?

The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture tests less than 1 percent of slaughtered cows for the disease, which can be fatal to humans who eat tainted beef. But Arkansas City-based Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wants to test all of its cows.

Larger meat companies feared that move because, if Creekstone tested its meat and advertised it as safe, they might have to perform the expensive test, too.

A federal judge ruled in March that such tests must be allowed. The ruling was to take effect Friday, but the Agriculture Department said Tuesday it would appeal — effectively delaying the testing until the court challenge plays out.

(…)

The Agriculture Department argued that widespread testing could lead to a false positive that would harm the meat industry. U.S. District Judge James Robertson noted that Creekstone sought to use the same test the government relies on and said the government didn’t have the authority to restrict it.

Oh, all right. One small comment. First, observe the contempt for liberty. When E. coli conservatives say self-regulation is preferable to government, they’re even lying about that. Second, observe the contempt for small business. When a small company want to – voluntarily! – hold its product to a higher standard, the government blocks it, in part because bigger companies have to be protected from the competition, in part because a theoretical threat to the bottom line (false positives) trumps protection against a deadly disease.

There’s your conservatism, America: not extremism in defense of liberty. State socialism in defense of Mad Cow.

Hey, someone has to look out for Mad Cow’s interests – who better than the Bush Administration? (You know, professional courtesy and all that.)

Just keep this in mind the next time the Republicans tell you that they’re the only ones who can keep Americans safe. They have no interest at all in actually keeping Americans safe; only in the power and money they can accumulate while pretending to keep us safe.

24 comments May 30th, 2007 at 06:03pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

Once again, the Weekly World News is on top of the latest technological advances:

Taking a hint from the popularity of advanced home theater systems, publishers hope to reverse declining sales with revolutionary ‘High Definition Books.’ The new books are an off-shoot of large-print editions sold to visually-challenged adults and will present extremely sharp text in a 16:9 letterbox shape. The ultra-high-resolution text will provide sharper descriptions with more vibrant color for all readers.

“Purple prose seems somehow purpler,” said HD book design expert Phil Masler. “Passages highlighted with yellow markers really sing and we’ve given readers increased margin space for advanced interactivity. This user-generated text is also erasable as long as it’s recorded in pencil format.”

He added that older book features such as the ability to skip ahead, review previous chapters, and access author commentary in prologues and epilogues are present in the new system.

“And they can be enjoyed in all regions,” he added.

“The most obvious change is in the thickness of the books, which offer enormous amounts of storage in the 1080 pp format.” The new editions make the most of this extra room with ‘dual-layer encoding,’ which places text on the front and back of every page.

For readers who don’t wish to carry around tomes in the expanded format, Masler will be offering smaller, slightly less detailed blu-pencil editions.

Oddly enough, the story does not mention the importance of tech support for those who have trouble adjusting to new technologies.

10 comments May 30th, 2007 at 07:44am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News


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