Friday, August 12, 2005

Unmitigated Asshole.

I'm about to board (what I think is) a 12-seat airplane. I must dash this off, for I'd be remiss if we're slammed into by a stray tanker or something. (See previous post for more on that)

Neil Cavuto is an asshole.

I was just ejected from the airport bar (by another patron, not the bar) for muttering, well, stating quite normally, apparently, "What a fucking asshole" during a horribly lame Cavuto interview of a Marine veteran of the Iraq War. The breaking point was when he pretended to get choked up as he thanked the Marine for "making reading the teleprompter easier." I just couldn't hold back any longer.

I mean, really. Just WTF does that even mean?? Were teleprompters going to be rewritten in Urdu (sp) if we hadn't blown Iraq to bits?? Isn't there still a pretty sizable risk of an Iraqi gasoline tanker ramming into Cavuto's studio??


I offered no apology on my way to the gate, but noticed on the way that the entire concourse has CNN on.

Which leads me to the real question here. After all, no one can explain Neil Cavuto, or what has been done to study the rock he crawled from under.

Why do the airport bars all seem to have Fox on?

Quit or Be Fired

I've been on the road out of state and just caught a Neil Cavuto blurb about the latest threat to security: Loose tanker trucks on the nation's roadways.

Apparently, we're about to have another big scare or elevation in the security color code.

WTF? It's been damn near four years from 9/11 and we still don't have a fucking clue who's driving these things and where they all are at any given moment? More proof that DHS was created as a political foil; any self-respecting "Republican" (I'm not actually deluded enough to think those still exist, btw) would absolutely rail against this multi-billion dollar boondoggle that Hastert-Bush-Cheney has created.

If it weren't so damned expensive, I'd say it's the biggest fucking joke in the history of our government.

(No, you say, that would be Dennis Hastert; even his friends laugh at his emasculated state)

Yet another reason why Hastert should be fired. Clearly, there is no oversite whatosoever in this Congress.

And it all falls at his feet.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Say Hello to the Hastert Highway

Fat Denny dismissed this term as a Red Herring a few years ago during an interview with the intrepid editors of the Aurora Beacon News (know locally as the "Be Confused"). At this hour, however, money for the Hastert Highway (officially dubbed the Prairie Parkway) is being signed over by President Chauncey Gardener.

That's Your Money! he likes to say.

So take a look at some of the history of this very unpopular road project, which has long been the brainchild of Hastert's financial backers.

Most interesting is the missing article about Hastert selling his house for somewhere around $300,000 (the sale is estimated at $549,900) less than the listing price to a local developer for what the developer called "stormwater management" for a 1,200-acre development on adjacent land.

Odd, ain't it? Also odd that neither this sale nor the purchase of the land outside Plano are listed on financial disclosure statements. Makes a fella say, "Hmmm."

Also something to note: the 192 acre little spot of paradise Large Dennis picked out happens to be nowhere near any of the projects IDOT recommended, although the purchase was arranged before the studies were made public.

Oh, yeah. The purchase price of the Plano property was rumored to be $2.2 million.

Not on the disclosure form.


Porky's back.

Hastert is one of those transparent "Republicans" who looks at taxes like death. Using other people's money is OK though.
It is fitting that the president is signing this legislation in Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert's district, Ashdown said, "because the speaker's district has the third highest amount of highway pork in the nation."

The bill contains more than 6,371 special projects valued at more than $24 billion, or about 9 percent of the bill's total cost, he said. The distribution of the money for these projects "is based far more on political clout than on transportation need," Ashdown said.

Incredibly, there's even a porcine portion for the transportation committee chairman's state. Imagine that. Better yet, imagine spending $50 million for each constituent this will serve:
Alaska, the third-least populated state, for instance, got the fourth-most money for special projects -- $941 million -- thanks largely to the work of its lone representative, House Transportation Committee Chairman Don Young. That included $231 million for a bridge near Anchorage to be named "Don Young's Way" in honor of the Republican.

That's right. This pig of a bridge project will serve only about 50 people.

You know, sometimes there's just way too much information to go into one post. More later.