Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Short Attention Span Musing

...In a brief Scottsdale update, on Tuesday night, the Scottsdale City Council will consider and probably approve the appointment of John Little as the interim City Manager during the search for a replacement for outgoing City Manager Jan Dolan. Mr. Little is a long-time City employee and is currently the head of the City's Downtown Group.

In an unexpected fit of municipal sanity, the tentative plan for the search's timeline calls for the final hiring decision to be made by the new Council after it is seated in January.

...In CD3 news, the latest poll of CD3 voters shows high "Anybody But Shadegg" numbers, with 39% of voters surveyed saying that they'd vote for Shadegg and 38% saying that they'd vote for someone else. The PolitickerAZ piece on the poll is here.

For an incumbent congressman untainted by indictment or misbegotten trips to public restrooms, anything less than a 50% approval rating is astoundingly bad news for Shadegg and heartening news for the Bob Lord campaign.

Something tells me that the Lord campaign appreciates this news even more than the previously announced endorsement by Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. This news means that some of their hard work is paying off.

...Now on to our regularly scheduled snarkiness... :))

...On Wednesday, U.S. military leaders spoke to President Bush about the strains faced by servicemembers and their families as a result of the Iraq war. (AP via Yahoo! News) He was so concerned for the welfare of America's soldiers, sailors, marines, and their families that he went right out and gave a speech at a print shop in Virginia to pimp his taxpayer-funded bailout plan for the retail sector.

...The Bush Administration's never ending quest to outsource America's national security continues -

From the Washington Times -
The United States has outsourced the manufacturing of its electronic passports to overseas companies — including one in Thailand that was victimized by Chinese espionage — raising concerns that cost savings are being put ahead of national security, an investigation by The Washington Times has found.

The Government Printing Office's decision to export the work has proved lucrative, allowing the agency to book more than $100 million in recent profits by charging the State Department more money for blank passports than it actually costs to make them...

...In another never-ending quest, the Bush Administration moved to protect industry's ability to pollute America as inexpensively as possible.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution -
Washington - The Bush administration has appealed a court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency violated the federal Clean Air Act when it issued less-stringent requirements to reduce mercury releases from power plants. The Justice Department, on behalf of the EPA, asked that the full Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reconsider the ruling in a lawsuit brought by New Jersey and 16 other states. A three-judge appeals court panel in February struck down the EPA regulation, which allowed for a pollution trading system to reduce mercury emissions from power plants, instead of requiring each plant to install the best available mercury controls.

Ahhh...even though they're lame ducks, the Bushies are still dedicated to their work of ruining the country for generations to come. Gotta admire their conscientiousness.

It *is* admirable, right???? :)


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