Matt Welch is back from his bi-monthly vacation and has a lengthy discussion of the Riordan/Simon primary.
Tom Daschle, Mainstream Media’s Mild-Mannered Moron, while discussing the government contingency plans stated that “we were left in the shadow, so to speak,” said Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. “We don’t know what the role is, what their current authority is, what their purpose is at this point, other than to be prepared if an emergency of some kind would take place,” he said.
It appears that not only were the Democrats who needed to know about this plan informed, but that they knew so much that they turned down an invitation for a briefing.
Byrd, D-W.V., Tuesday confirmed that White House officials offered to update him on the administration’s government contingency plans but he turned them down, saying he knew all about the program from an earlier stint as a Senate leader.
House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., was inadvertently not invited to the briefing, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said. Gephardt’s spokesman said Gephardt was “disappointed” about being overlooked.
Let’s get up to speed: Daschle is an idiot, Byrd is senile, and Gephardt’s feelings are hurt. But wait, there is more. The rest of congress must have overlooked this:
And members who claim they are being kept in the dark apparently missed press accounts in October as well as federal documents urging various agencies to make ready their emergency plans.
On Oct. 4, for example, the U.S. Archivist issued a memo to the heads of all federal agencies urging them to “be prepared for even the most unlikely threat.
“To ensure that the Government can respond immediately following a disaster, it is essential that your agency have an active disaster preparedness and recovery program for the records needed to provide essential government services and protect legal rights,” the memo said.
On Oct. 29, U.S. News & World Report reported that in order to preserve “continuity of operations” should the country’s capital be attacked, executive branch officials were deployed to bunkers outside of Washington. And Oct. 17, the The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that more than a dozen Interior Department officials were holed up in bunkers outside D.C.
After all this was pointed out to him, Daschle said he was satisfied the administration was not trying to create a “secret” or shadow government. Gee, thanks.
Was anyone really surprised that someone who would vote for these dolts might have a difficult time filling out a ballot in the last election? The LEADERS are drooling idiots.
No. No. NOOOOOOOOOO!
I refuse to deal with this, read about this, or listen to any of this anymore. For once, I am ready to ‘move on,’ as the Daschlecrats like to say.
Speaking of Daschle- Can you get whiplash from your own policy changes? The Opinion Journal explains why he might be flip-flopping so much.
Charles Krauthammer is dead on today.
This made me chuckle. Deep within a story about Gary Condit’s wife possibly suing NBC over a Law and Order episode (umm. It’s FICTION??) was this gem:
In 1999, Monica Lewinsky’s father, Bernard, complained about an episode of the spinoff, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” in which characters used the slang term “to Lewinsky” to mean oral sex.
“I think it’s disgusting they would even consider saying something like that,” Dr. Bernard Lewinsky said.
Get a grip Bernard. Sorry your slutty daughter turned your last name into colloquial for oral sex, but that is just how life works. Tell the fat slob to shut up, stay off SNL and HBO, and maybe the phrase will die down a little. I doubt it, though.
This is sheer genius. Ifyou only go to one website today. Make it this. Bravo, Protein Wisdom.
A Coyote At the Dog Show has a great rant on why he started turning to blogs:
I found that it was very much one thing to listen to some pack of morons prattle on about how much taxes should be raised to pay for all these sorely needed new government services-after all, I knew that more taxes are always inevitable so long as the great democratic Masses demand their bread and circuses and for so long as some of that money rubs off on its government handlers. I might occasionally lose my temper with some genius of the genus ‘it won’t cost a thing, the govmint is paying for it!’ and write a letter to the editor, but I’d hardly get too upset if the letter got mangled or went unpublished.
But I simply couldn’t bear any more cute airheads telling me that all the government needed to do was take some of these tanky things and tie these parachuty things to them and drop them from these airplany things and all the terrorists would surrender to the nearest news agency. And that was Bill O’Reilly. Listening to the Wagnerian theme music that announced another episode of ‘America Strikes Back’ on CNN started making me long for the days of a House Un-American Activities Commission to give that bunch a touch of the whip. I even listened (politely, I might add) to a couple of ‘See! Joe McCarthy was right!’ rants by the fossilized local Birchers.
I need to do some link maintenance and get him over there.