Thursday, October 06, 2005

DeLay Armpac Petition

From the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: "We, the undersigned demand that House Republicans return Tom DeLay’s tainted money. DeLay’s dirty money was earned through the systematic betrayal of the American people. It is the result of a pay-for-play agenda where hard-earned tax dollars are funneled to Republican supporters like the oil and gas industries. The least House Republicans can do is run their 2006 campaigns without continuing to capitalize on the culture of corruption DeLay has cultivated. The first step towards defeating DeLay is dismantling the money machine that has kept him afloat; to isolate him from the rubberstamps he's funneled his tainted money to for so long."

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Death toll at 972, expected to rise

"Officials ended their door-to-door sweep for corpses finding far fewer bodies than once feared and some schoolchildren returned to classes as New Orleans revved up efforts to recover from Hurricane Katrina. The search for Katrina victims ended in Louisiana with a death toll substantially less than the 10,000 victims some officials feared. A private company hired by the state to remove bodies was on call if any others were found. The toll Tuesday stood at 972, eight more than Monday, the state health department said."

RIAA suing the wrong people

The Hitler-esque Recording Industry Association of America has filed lawsuits against some 14,000 people. Attorneys for these people claim "their clients are being bullied into settling as the cheapest way to get out of trouble. Collection agencies posing as 'settlement centers' are harassing their clients to pay thousands of dollars for claims about which they know nothing, they say."

Sound familiar?

The U.S. isn't the only country with an immigration problem. Spain has not one, but two fences to keep out illegal immigrants and is looking to expedite the construction of a third fence.

If the U.N. controlled the Internet, this would happen ...

Several China-based protest sites have been shut down in a crackdown on non-government controlled Web sites.

Sen. Mel Martinez employee gets drunk, resigns

"Amanda Schweitzer of Florida resigned from the office of U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Florida), the senator's spokesman announced yesterday. Schweitzer allegedly screamed obscenities at police and reportedly lied about who she worked for after refusing to leave the stadium after BC's 28-17 loss to FSU on Sept. 17. Here's what the Martinez office had to say: 'The conduct alleged to have occurred is not consistent with the high standards required for employees of the United States Senate and accordingly, her resignation was accepted with regret.'"
  • "When news broke that Florida Sen. Mel Martinez's office was responsible for the embarrassing memo explaining how Republicans could exploit the Terri Schiavo case, the freshman Florida senator got his first taste of national ridicule."

Post-Katrina price-gouging lawsuit

"The state attorney general has filed suit against a Tangipahoa Parish campground for alleged price gouging after Hurricane Katrina. The suit says the owner raised monthly rates from $350 to $900 as the campground filled up with evacuees. Attorney Gen. Charles Foti's suit is his agency's first price-gouging litigation since Katrina struck Louisiana on Aug. 29. The suit says the Natalbany Creek Campground in Amite hiked prices two weeks after the storm hit, while the area remained under Gov. Kathleen Blanco's declaration of emergency. The suit says the campground's manager called police to evict customers -- evacuees who had fled Jefferson Parish and other flooded areas -- who did not pay the new rates. The suit identifies the campground's owner as M. Lamarr Clemons of Amite. Clemons' lawyer, Shelby Easterly, declined to comment, saying he hadn't finished reading the suit."

Bush, National Guard and Harriet Miers

"White House counsel Harriet Miers has never served as a judge before, and while this career 'hard-nosed lawyer' (as she is invariably described) from Texas certainly deserves some kudos for a trailblazing career as a female lawyer, she's not a legal scholar, either. But she does know better than just about anyone else where the bodies are buried (relax, it's a just a metaphor...we hope) in President Bush's National Guard scandal. In fact, Bush's Texas gubenatorial campaign in 1998 (when he was starting to eye the White House) actually paid Miers $19,000 to run an internal pre-emptive probe of the potential scandal. Not long after, a since-settled lawsuit alleged that the Texas Lottery Commission -- while chaired by Bush appointee Miers -- played a role in a multi-million dollar cover-up of the scandal."