Archive for September, 2007

Crackdown on Airport Delays

Friday, September 28th, 2007

From Rich Donaldson, Sin City Correspondent

JFK International normally has enough capacity for 44 departures between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., but commercial airlines regularly schedule 57 departures, said Steve Brown, a former associate administrator for air traffic services at the FAA.”

Bush Takes Aim at Flight Delays - AOL News

Airline travel used to be like going to the dentist. Now, it’s more like chemotherapy.  (more…)

Roll On, Columbia!

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

University presidents don’t run universities. They raise money. The principal task of a university president is to increase the financial holdings of his school. He lobbies legislators, hits up alumni, entertains rich people, and applies the goodwill of the institution he represents as his donors may command. Lower-level administrators take care of the actual running of the school. The president runs errands for boosters. (more…)

Bedded and Embedded: Newsman as Slut

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

The permanently embedded commercial media are embedded in the agencies of government as a stone is embedded in soil. They are also bedded by the agents of government as a whore is bedded to accommodate a paying client. (more…)

New York Israelis Spurn Iranian

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Iranian president Ahmadinejad got a boorish reception from New Yorkers yesterday.  Maybe that’s because most of what he says about Israel is true.

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Justice in Crackerville: Lynch Mob Rule

Friday, September 21st, 2007

The man who prosecuted three members of the Duke University lacrosse team on charges that they raped a stripper at a party was disbarred for prosecutorial misconduct and had to serve a day in jail for contempt of court. Relying on testimony, later recanted, from the stripper herself, North Carolina prosecutor Mike Nifong stepped over the line when he withheld exculpatory evidence from the defendants, an act of professional misconduct that cost him his license to practice law.

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On Next Attorney General’s Plate: Last Attorney General

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

National Public Radio opines that Michael B. Mukasey’s priority as Attorney General will be to “reform” laws that interfere with the imprisonment of terrorists. Censorship forbids the embedded reporters at NPR to talk about the real main event on the next AG’s card: to root out and punish racketeers in the Justice Department and the rest of the executive branch.

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Presidential Idolatry at C-SPAN

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

C-SPAN’s preoccupation with the U. S. presidency and the men who held the office is on exhibit over the next couple of months, as the network visits presidential libraries across the country.

C-SPAN should acknowledge that most of our presidents have been narcissistic autocrats whose leadership injured the country. (more…)

General Disinformation

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

When it comes to talking for a long time without saying anything, General Petraeus must be reckoned a grand master.

He dominated two days’ public conversation, and I dare you to tell me what he was talking about. He spouted some numbers, but they were such carefully particularized statistics that they were uninterpretable.

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Tyrants’ Prosecution in Focus

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

By taking impeachment “off the table,” the Speaker of the House of Representatives seems to believe that she’s sparing the nation a gross-out of monumental proportions, and she may be right. If the House actually undertook to investigate every last crime committed by this president and his vice-despot, they would be busy for five years just cataloging the offenses. (more…)

Welcome Back, Congressman

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Hope you had a rotten vacation. I was too broke and too idle to take any serious time off from my moribund business. I spent most of August grieving for the tortured, the displaced, the unemployed, the indebted, the illiterate, the sick, the hungry, the imprisoned, and the other victims of malfeasant government. On our watch, yours and mine. (more…)