Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Bush buddy's computer system bombs at VA hospital
One of the most underreported stories surrounding the Bush Administration is its attempts to strangle the Veterans Administration. Now, it looks like the VA has become a gravy train for well-connected Bush friends and it's wreaking havoc at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center in Tampa, Florida. The hospital is scrapping its new Core Financial and Logistics System after only a few months in operation. During that time, the haywire system led to suppliers not being paid, medical supply shortages and scheduling problems in operating rooms. Read about the hospital's problems here. Who's responsible for this screw-up? Well, five hospital officials have been fired or reassigned since February. But the lion's share of fault for this lousy computer system might be more fairly laid at the feet of BearingPoint, the system's developer and builder. And just who is BearingPoint? One of the ten firms appointed by Prances on Aircraft Carriers and Unca Dick to do reconstruction work in Iraq. Check out this story on BearingPoint's Mark Holman, a Bush Pioneer.
Michigan Rethug arrested for drunk driving
Ottawa County, Michigan, Board of Commissioners member Cynthia Visscher has resigned her post after being arrested for drunk driving. Visscher was busted after she hit a concrete abutment on a street in Park Township, then drove off. The county prosecutor has asked the state's Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor to handle Visscher's case. Read more about it here.
Oklahoma GOP nominates anti-choice extremist
This week's primary in Oklahoma has dredged up a doozy of a Republican candidate for an open U.S. Senate seat. Tom Coburn, a physician, is an anti-abortion whacko who has stated that doctors who perform abortions should be given the death penalty. On the positive side, Coburn, when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the late 1990s, was a leader of the movement to remove Newt Gingrich from the speaker's seat. Find out more about "Rooster" Coburn here and here.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

State treasurer's employees charged
Two employees of Indiana State Treasurer Joseph T. Deters have been charged with improper use of public officer and campaign law violations for soliciting donations to Deters' re-election campaign. The illegal donations were disguised as donations to the Hamilton County Republican Party. Read about it here.
Shelby under investigation for intel leaks
In all the hoo-haw about Sandy Berger sneaking classified documents around in his BVDs, the story of Republican Senator Richard Shelby's leaking of classified information has gotten lost in the shuffle (oh, thank you, So-Called Liberal Media!). Seems Shelby leaked information about the 9/11 hijackers to reporters. The Justice Department says it probably won't charge Shelby for breaking the law and has handed off its investigation to the Senate Ethics Committee. Read about it here and here.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Civil rights hero defends the defenseless
Bob Barr, the former Republican Congressman who took up with the ACLU after getting his ass kicked out of the House of Representatives, is not lacking for gainful employment. In addition to whatever duties arising from his hellish pact with the nation's most self-important civil rights organization (give me Morris Dees and the gang at Southern Poverty Law Center any day), Barr is getting some face time at the bar of law. He is one of the attorneys of record for Chester James Doles, leader of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, who recently pled guilty to federal firearms charges. Read about it here. This is another great one from AJ M.
Shameless GOP con man files to regain office
John Edward Kerns has filed to regain the seat he resigned from in the New Hampshire legislature. The odd thing about it is that Kerns just resigned this past February, one step ahead of being thrown out by his fellow legislators. Why? Well, let's start with the fact that Kerns, although ostensibly elected to represent Bedford, was actually living in Dover, where he was attending college. Then, there's the ugly spat Kerns got into with the Dover School Board over parking regulations, a battle that ended with a legislative ethics investigation into whether Kerns was trying to use his elected position for personal gain. Oh, and this Republican values monger was bouncing personal checks that had "State of New Hampshire" stamped on their faces, a touch that might mislead cashiers into thinking Kerns' balloons were issued and backed by the state treasury. Now, Kerns wants back into the legislature. Great. Read about it here. Thanks to AJ M for sending this jewel to me!
Right this way to the voter registration table
What more of a Norman Rockwell moment can there be than watching a crowd of people from all over the globe receiving their U.S. citizenship? The Florida Republican Party turned it into more of a Norman Bates moment in Duval County recently. Newly-minted citizens were directed to a voter registration table to take advantage of their new status. The U.S.-born wife of one of the new citizens, however, took a close look at the voter registration form and discovered that the party affiliation block had been pre-checked for the Republican Party. Further examination of other registration forms showed the same fiddling. Altering voter registration forms is a crime, by the way. Read more about it here and here.
Happy birthday to us!
That's right, the Felonious Elephant is now one year old. Thanks to everyone who has contributed material to the blog, as well as to you, the reader. We're looking forward to another year of exposing Republican faux pases.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Hawai'i Rethug pol arrested for sex assault
Hawai'i Republican State Representative Brian Blundell will be feeling the heat like a pig at a luau in the next few months. Blundell was arrested in Waikiki late last week on charges of sexual assault in the fourth degree. Blundell apparently groped a plainclothes police officer in a public bathroom. Read about it here and here.

Minnesota Rethugs urge spying on neighbors
The Minnesota Republican Party has come up with a lulu of an idea -- organize Republicans throughout the state to spy on their neighbors and report any signs of political activism. The Thuggies say they're looking to spot possible Republican votes this fall. They're not asking people to seek neighbors' approval before reporting them to the party database. Read all about it here.
Der Oktoputz takes a dig at Dems
This is what happens when you elect an egomanical blowhard to public office: acute embarrasment. California is learning this little lesson all over again thanks to former movie star turned governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The serial woman fondler attacked Democrats in the state legislature, calling them "girlie men." The predictable uproar has ensued. Read about it here and here.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Step away from the phallic object, ma'am
The Illinois Republican Party is having one hell of a time finding someone, anyone, to challenge Barack "Our First Black President" Obama for the state's open U.S. Senate seat. Their first candidate, Jack Ryan, withdrew from the race after revelations that he tried to get hottie ex-wife Jeri Ryan to perform with him at a sex club. Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka talked about entering the race for roughly 36 hours, then apparently sobered up. Now comes word that a Bush administration official who resigned from the White House just days ago to prepare her own bid for the Illinois seat, Andrea Grubb Barthwell, has her own problems with sexually harassing former employees. Apparently, Barthwell is fixated on gay men and their procreational habits (whoa, can we call it "procreation," since, strictly, such coitus isn't undertaken for the purpose of siring offspring? Who cares?). Read about Barthwell's, ummmm, curiosity here: http://www.365gay.com/newscon04/07/071504ilSenate.htm or here: http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20040715_934.html.

We distort; you deride
Hoo-boy, Blogger has made some major changes to its software today, so bear with me. It may take a couple of tries to get some of the links straight. Anyway, the documentary "Outfoxed" is shedding what is probably very unwelcome light on Fox News Channel's complete abdication of journalistic standards and ethics. Wonkette offers a cache of memos written by Fox fuehrer John Moody and smuggled out of the company by disgruntled workers. Moody's method of operations leaves little doubt that FNC is devoted to serving the interests of the RNC. Read 'em and weep with laughter

Thursday, July 08, 2004

You have to have a permit to do that
Ron Carroll, a Van Zandt County, Tejas, county commissioner was arrested Wednesday for working as a security guard without a license. Carroll is pleading a political vendetta against him. Shut up and buy the permit, Ron. Read about it here.
Lawyer for Queens GOP indicted
The legal counsel for the Queens Republican Party has been arrested for forging an order from a federal judge in a case he was trying before the judge. The Rethug attorney,...wait for it...wait for it...Perry Reich (bwahahahaha) faces 25 years in prison if convicted. Reich's fake order overturned previous rulings in the case and recused the judge from hearing it any further. Hey, Law & Order: ripped from the headlines, baby. Catch it here and here.
And your name means "dumbass," sir
You're Secretary of Education for California, personally appointed by Gov. Oktoputz. So when you decide to get in touch with your juvenile self, what do you do? If you're Richard Riordan, you insult an elementary school student in front of a crowd of people. Riordan's inexplicable take-down of six year-old Isis D'Lucianio was vicious in the extreme. When the young girl asked him if he knew that her name meant "Egyptian goddess," Riordan snapped back: "It means stupid, dirty girl." This to a six year-old. Read about it for yourself here.
12th GOP Commandant: Thou shalt not manhandle another Republican
Stephen Titus Runyan, sergeant-at-arms of the Travis County, Tejas, Republican Party will face a day in court for assaulting another party member during a May 26th meeting. Runyan's arrest stems from a complaint filed by Brian Russell, who was forcibly removed from the meeting by Runyan. Russell sparked the fracas by attempting to videotape Travis County GOP Chair Alan Sager, whom he accused of departing from parliamentary rules. Apparently, a good time was had by all after that. Read this amusing account.
Shananana, shananana, hey, hey, hey, goodbye!
The fickle finger of fate will flip its middle digit at Ken Lay sometime in the next few days. A grand jury has finally gotten around to indicting the former head of Enron on charges of fraud. Lay is still claiming that he's as pure as the driven snow. Yeah, right! Read about it here.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Bush/Cheney pisses off Southern Baptists
If, like me, you figured nothing could ever split the Bush Administration away from its evangelical fundamentalist base, you figured wrong. It seems the Bush/Cheney campaign's assumption that the holy rollers would roll over and do what they were told was erroneous in the case of the Southern Baptist Convention. Read about what happened when the campaign announced it wanted church rolls turned over to it here.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

China gets mine safety money...after cuts here at home
I have a lot of respect for the men and women who work the dangerous shafts of this country's mines. George Bush doesn't. Molly Ivins noted in her August 29, 2002, column that Prances on Aircraft Carriers had cut $4.7 million out of the Mine Safety and Health Administration's Budget. But what one hand taketh away, the other hand can giveth. This same administration recently handed the Chinese government a $2.3 million mine safety grant. Wha? Read about it here. And thanks to AJ M for bringing this paradox to light.
Bush appointee settles corruption suit
A former Department of Housing and Urban Development executive will pay $19,120 to the agency as part of a legal settlement with the agency. Albert F. Trevino, a Bush appointee, was accused by HUD of doctoring invoices from a phony bed and breakfast as part of a plot to funnel money to a contractor. Trevino has also been banned from doing business with the federal government for two years. Read more about it here. This great story was brought to you by the good offices of AJ M.
U.S. Chamber President promotes off-shoring of jobs
White-collar American workers, hitherto unsympathetic to the plight of their blue-collar fellow citizens, might want to reconsider their knee-jerk opposition to unionization. That's because the Man has finally made it official -- he wants their jobs to go overseas so he can rack up more profits. The Man in question is U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue who sees off-shoring as a great way to lift the economy and...wait for it...wait for it...create new jobs here at home. Bwahahahahahaha!!! You small business types pay this idiot good money to spout suicidal business advice? Anyway, here and here you can find Donohue making his pitch to beggar this country's workers.

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