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Selected News For The Week Sep 17 – Sep 23

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, September 17th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Sep 17 – Sep 23”

  1. Petronius says:

    Peephole Magazine, 17 Sep 2011

    “Sweet Nothings” by Solyndra Fridsweed

    Spotted at the Third Edition on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown :

    White House staffer Diana “Little Kahuna” Livingstone, chairwoman of the President’s Policy Committee for Green Energy, deputy director for Green Jobs Liaison, co-founder and president of the Let’s Save the Delta Smelt Committee, board member of the Hope Institute (the ultimate liberal think tank), grand marshal of the 2007 Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, runner-up for the 2004 Youth Peace Summit in Moscow, and close personal friend of George Clooney was out and about with staff for a Friday night on the town.

    Ms. Livingstone quickly handed her briefcase to an underling without making eye contact and made her way through the crowd of customers near the bar –– underworked bureaucrats, tired businessmen, Russian spies, overaged socialites, and students in sandals — to the booth where Lepidus “South Side” Williams, Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy, was enjoying an appetizer with a glass of wine. Diana had no time for pleasantries and no facility for small talk.

    “Lep, don’t ever try to palm me off with one of your juniors again, do you understand?” She poured herself a glass of wine from his carafe without asking permission. She could unsettle anyone by confounding their expectations. “I thought the Department had cleared out people like Derek years ago.”

    “He’s a legacy.” Williams sighed. “A leftover from the Clinton years —–”

    “I know who his father was. The children of famous parents are nearly always less talented, which is why they make such messes of their lives. From now on, I’ll deal only with you.”

    “I don’t know what more you want, Diana.” Williams regarded her coldly. “We got the stimulus money. The factory is humming. The crews are all back at work. White coats, goggles, clip boards, lots of chrome and eco lighting. Great optics. And no one’s the wiser.”

    Diana drained her glass. “I don’t want the IG or some Fox News barbie snooping around the place, looking for another corruption scandal. We can’t be investigated now, not at this critical juncture. Our donors are nervous enough as it is. One has already pulled out, and the others are keeping a close eye on developments. Nobody wants a spotlight on their finances, and they certainly don’t want to attract the attention of the auditors. I’m not saying there are any irregularities –– yes, so maybe the figures were off by a couple of percentage points, but hey, our intent was never to mislead the public –– it’s just that the audit would throw us off schedule. We’ve got a reelection coming up. I need to know what you’re doing for us, Lep? I want your press officers to get something positive out by Monday morning at the latest. Give the story to Chico.”

    She knew –– everyone knew –– about Williams’ on-again, off-again affair with Ed “Chico” Ortiz, associate editor of the Washington Post. Dark Latino men are Williams’ one weakness.

    “Diana, you work too hard. It’s a form of neurosis, you know. When a woman drowns herself in work, it’s because she’s trying to escape from something. You ought to have a hobby.” But of course Diana has a hobby –– Andrius, the 22 year-old Lithuanian bartender from the Hay-Adams Hotel, who makes up in size and stamina what he lacks in sensitivity and experience.

    “You ought to have some fun. Get out of your office more often, and take a look at the world. You don’t want to miss life, stuck away in that awful EOB.”

    “All well and good, Lepidus, but I have to answer to Debbie and the DNC on this,” hissed Diana. “They want assurance that the donors are going to be taken care of –– and protected.”

    “And I have the ear of the President,” Williams reminded her. “You need to remember who you’re talking to. I’m not one of your staffers, Diana. It’s your job to make sure that your donors hold their nerve. Tell them the situation has been resolved.”

    “Has it?”

    “Don’t worry, Diana. The auditors are being transferred out to one of our field offices. The Green Energy division at DOE is being reorganized, and some poor unsuspecting sap of a dumb-ass white-boy civil servant will be put in charge of the unit. A former war hero named Fulton. He’ll be there to catch all the flak if helter-skelter comes down. I’ll have Chico put out a cover story, your donors will get stimulated, and everybody gets well.”

    “But not at the expense of a financial scandal. I don’t want your people —–.”

    Williams leaned over the table and searched her face. The effect was unnerving. “Washington is a dirty place, Diana. That’s why we’re here. Spreading the wealth around is what we do. It’s why the American people elected us; it’s what the public expects. It’s what our supporters demand. But we have to be clever about it. We don’t want to leave any fingerprints. Nobody wants an investigation. Not you, not me. Now, I suggest you go back to your office and make sure everything there is thoroughly clean.”

  2. sticks says:

    “your donors will get stimulated”, exellent, government corruption soap opera.

    1. Ways of Our Lies

    2.The Old and the Beastial

    3.All My Chitlins

    4. Generally Inhospitable

  3. Laree says:

    Why is the media raising Rep Michelle Bachmann’s profile but not Rep Thaddeus McCotter? They are both running for President of the United States. “Is the media trying to pick our next President for us like they picked our last?

    Thaddeus McCotter The Media & Reindeer Games.


    “Refers to any fun activities which are enjoyed only by members of a clique, the fact of which is often purposefully made obvious to anyone existing outside of said clique in order to make them feel inadequate and left-out. Refers to “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”.


  4. BillK says:

    It’s almost amazing that this actually came from the Associated Press.

    New government fees pepper Obama deficit plan

    More than $130B in new government fees pepper Obama deficit plan

    By Andrew Taylor

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not just millionaires who’d pay more under President Barack Obama’s latest plan to combat the deficit.

    Air travelers, federal workers, military retirees, wealthier Medicare beneficiaries and people taking out new mortgages are among those who would pay more than $130 billion in government revenues raised through new or increased fees.

    Airline passengers would see their federal security fees double from $5 to $10 for a nonstop round-trip flight and triple to $15 by 2017, raising $25 billion over the coming decade. Federal workers would face an additional 1.2 percentage point deduction from their paychecks to contribute $21 billion more for their pensions over the same period. Military retirees would pay a $200 fee upon turning 65 to have the government pay their out-of-pocket Medicare expenses. They’d also pay more for non-generic prescription drugs.

    And it’ll cost corporate jet owners a new $100 fee for each flight.

    The fees aren’t taxes. They’re charged to people who use government services or receive benefits such as taxpayer-subsidized health care, and they typically defray the government’s cost of providing a service. The fee on corporate jets and other private passenger planes, for example, would raise about $1 billion a year to help finance the cost of air traffic control. Recreational flyers won’t have to pay. …


    So, if you’re flying for fun – no fee. If you’re flying for your company’s sake – we’ll charge you.

    This creates jobs… how?

    My favorite statement from the entire piece:

    Administration budget documents describe the fees as savings.

    Of course they are… except to those who have to pay them.

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