...From the "they probably expect us to ignore the irony" department -
A U.S. attorney has issued a report decrying the conditions in a jail, citing beatings of prisoners by staff, poor medical, and dangerous building conditions as among the reasons that he found that "the jail had systematically violated the constitutional rights of inmates." (NY Times)
Where is this den of brazen brutality located?
Abu Ghraib? Nope, not even the right hemisphere.
Guantanamo? Much closer, but not close enough.
No, the jail that the feds find so objectionable is the Cook County Jail.
Apparently, the "do as we say, not as we do" gang is still running the show...
...From the "It must be an even numbered year" department,,,,
On Tuesday, both the House and the Senate voted to override Bush's veto of H.R. 6331, The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008. All four of Arizona's Democratic congressmen voted to override the veto, which wasn't a surprise. However, they were joined by a Republican, and it wasn't Rick Renzi, who occasionally (*very* occasionally :) ) crosses party lines on a specific vote.
Nope, it was John Shadegg (CD3).
The same John Shadegg who scored a 100 in the American Conservative Union's rankings and tied for the most conservative in the House in the National Journal's rankings.
One might think that this vote illustrates Shadegg's (new-found) concern for plight of those of his constituents who rely on Medicare, whether as patients or physicians (and we should expect a press release or 5 trumpeting his "heartfelt" concern). However, there is one point that every one of his constituents should remember - on June 24, he voted against the original bill.
And not only did he vote against the bill on its first trip though the House, he tried to prevent even its mere consideration by twice voting to adjourn the House during debate on H.R. 6331. (here and here)
In other words, Tuesday's vote was just for show, not substance - he's only concerned with his own plight.
Possible unemployment after November.
Yep, Shadegg is definitely hearing Bob Lord's footsteps...
Note: The Senate also voted to override the President's veto of H.R. 6331, by a vote of 70 - 26. Arizona's senatorial delegation voted as is their pattern - Kyl voted against Medicare, and McCain skipped the vote.
...and from the "See! I occasionally pick on Democrats, too!" department -
From the AZ Republic -
Could Sky Harbor soon become home to an army of one-armed bandits?
It might, if Mayor Phil Gordon has his way. Gordon wants to explore the possibility of partnering with a Native American tribe to bring slot machines to the airport.
Good freakin' God! Don't we drop enough money on air trips already?? What's next? Bingo tournaments on the Red Line (the bus route through the airport? Video poker machines on Supershuttle vans??