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Thursday, May 26, 2011 

Palinesque

 

~ The same week that Jason Chaffetz ripped into Cass Sunstein of the Office of Management & Budget with a litany of Glenn Beck's favorite lines, OMB announced the elimination of two transparency and the suspension of others due to the dramatic budget cuts to transparency programs that Issa, Chaffetz, and other committee Republicans recently pushed through Congress. Issa in fact voted to cut more than 94% of the budget for federal transparency programs before pledging to keep them going. Apparently that isn't working out.
 
~ Ranking Committee Democrat Elijah Cummings threw down the gauntlet on Issa's pro-drilling rhetoric this week, reminding that it's the exact same line that Sarah Palin has been pushing for months. Tough to figure at this point whether being described as Palinesque is a compliment or an insult for Issa, since he certainly has been taking up many of her favorite causes.
 
~ After Darrell Issa's pro-fracking road show in Bakersfield earlier this month, some reality about the pipes used in fracking to balance out the testimony exclusively from pro-drilling oil industry reps:
 
The ads highlight the multiple layers of steel and concrete used to protect shallow aquifers. Too bad this casing fails regularly, according to ProPublica, leading to multiple accidents in the American Northeast, as well as Colorado and Ohio.
 
The ad also falsely implies that these layers of protection extend the full length of the well -- turns out that they don't. That's probably less significant than the casing failures, which threaten relatively shallow water supplies, but it's still sneaky.
 
~ Byron Williams writes in the Oakland Tribune that the California recall has proven to be a disaster, and guess who's largely responsible?
 
The low threshold for the recall really garnered momentum when Rep. Darrell Issa, fueled by his own political ambition, decided to contribute $1.7 million of his own money to finance advertisements and signature gatherers. But Issa's gubernatorial aspirations were derailed when Schwarzenegger, rather appropriately, announced on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" that he, too, would run for governor.
 
The recall election became a national political sideshow that, in addition to Schwarzenegger, attracted porn kings, diminutive former child actors, strippers and others seeking the governor's chair.
 
Had there been no recall and had he never been elected governor, news of Schwarzenegger fathering a child with a woman who was not his wife may have been noteworthy for a nanosecond at best.

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