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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The Nanny

(Quick personal plea: Pass this blog on to one new person today. Thanks, yo.)

You've heard this by now:

TV Show May Help Both Bush, Victims Recover

"'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' episode will feature the first lady at a Mississippi shelter."

Pickles to the rescue!
Laura Bush will travel to storm-damaged Biloxi, Miss., to film a spot on the feel-good, wish-granting hit "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Mrs. Bush sought to be on the program because she shares the "same principles" that the producers hold, her press secretary said.


It's not clear exactly what Mrs. Bush will do — reality shows are unscripted, after all --
Um, no. They are completely "scripted," in that, the writers - I mean"producers" - plan out all the story beats and manipulate the actors - er, "contestants" - into executing the intended drama.
But Tom Forman, executive producer and creator, said he is hoping that she'll just pitch in and help unload.

"I think we say, 'Mrs. Bush, the stuff is over here, the people are over there, could you grab the other end of that mattress?'"

Forman said. Press secretary Susan Whitson envisioned something closer to her handing out clothing and thanking volunteers.
Make her grab the other end of the mattress.


Can we get "Our Kid" on "The Nanny?"

That would be awesome.

I realize the show can't happen without his parents.

If they won't do it...maybe Dick and Condi?

"He told Americans to conserve gas!"


"Well, the next time he does that, make him go stand on his 'special spot.' He'll get the message."


Moving on...

A white Republican lawmaker from Tennessee tries to take on the state's "Black Caucus" and ends up looking like...a white Republican lawmaker from Tennessee.

White Lawmaker Likens Black Colleagues, KKK

No joke.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A white Tennessee lawmaker lamenting his exclusion from the state's Black Legislative Caucus claimed Tuesday the group was less accommodating that even the Ku Klux Klan.
That move.

Dudes like the above mentioned try it all the time.

"No, seriously, I wanna pledge this here fra-ter-ni-ty. Kappa Alpha...whatever you guys are."

"A black fraternity."

"See? You guys is racist. 'M gonna report you! Take away the money y'all get from the school!"

"And you...are a stupid cracker."
"My understanding is that the KKK doesn't even ban members by race," said Rep. Stacey Campfield, adding that the KKK "has less racist bylaws" than the black lawmakers' group.
How does he know?

Does he have a copy of the KKK's by-laws?

What year is this?!
The freshman Republican from Knoxville was rebuffed earlier this year when he asked for the Black Caucus' bylaws and inquired about joining. There are 18 black state lawmakers in Tennessee.

Caucus chairman Rep. Johnny Shaw, a Democrat, dismissed Campfield's request and called him a "strange guy" who was simply interested in stirring up trouble.

"He is using this as a joke. This is an insult coming from him," said caucus member Rep. Larry Miller, also a Democrat. "Why he chose to focus on the Black Caucus, I have no idea other than he is crazy and a racist."

The 37-year-old Campfield defended himself Saturday in a message on his Web journal, or blog, under the heading "I too dream."
His blog ( is f'ing unreadable.

Unless you "think" like he does.

Otherwise...ramblings of a right-wing nutjob.

His picture (posted on the blog) tells you all you need to know about Rep. Campfield.

"Hey, that's racist!"

Too bad.


Hold on...

ONE OF THE GREATEST STORIES EVER, PEOPLE! And it's breaking right now!

3 Charged in Killing Of Fla. Businessman

"Boulis Slain After 2000 ABRAMOFF Deal"


This is an absolute MUST READ.

It's a bad B-movie:
Fort Lauderdale police said yesterday that they charged three men in the 2001 gangland-style slaying of a Florida businessman who was gunned down in his car MONTHS AFTER selling a CASINO CRUISE LINE to a group that included WASHINGTON LOBBYIST JACK ABRAMOFF.

Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis was killed on a Fort Lauderdale street on Feb. 6, 2001.

Two of the three men charged had been hired as consultants by ADAM KIDAN, one of Abramoff's partners in the SunCruz Casinos venture.
Anthony Moscatiello, 67, identified by authorities as a former bookkeeper for the Gambino crime family, was arrested Monday night in Queens, N.Y.

Anthony Ferrari, 48, was arrested in Miami Beach. Both were charged with murder, conspiracy and solicitation to commit murder.

James Fiorillo, 28, was arrested in Palm Coast, Fla., yesterday and charged with murder and conspiracy.

Boulis, millionaire founder of the Miami Subs sandwich chain, sold SunCruz to Abramoff and Kidan in September 2000, at a time when Abramoff was one of Washington's most powerful lobbyists.

Abramoff and Kidan were indicted last month on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy in connection with a $60 MILLION LOAN they obtained to purchase the casino company.

Abramoff is at the center of a federal investigation into lobbying for Indian tribes and influence-peddling in Washington. Abramoff used contacts with GOP Reps. Tom DeLay (Tex.) and Robert W. Ney (Ohio) and their staffs as he worked to land the SunCruz deal, interviews and court records show.
Attorneys for Kidan and Abramoff said their clients have no knowledge about who killed Boulis. The two men were on a business trip abroad the night Boulis was shot.
Dealings between Boulis and the Abramoff group were often tense. At key points in the negotiations, Ney placed comments in the Congressional Record -- first sharply criticizing Boulis and later praising the new ownership under Kidan. Ney later said he had been unaware of Kidan's background.

Also during the negotiations, Abramoff brought a lender he was trying to impress to hobnob with DeLay in Abramoff's FedEx Field skybox at a Redskins-Cowboys game. DELAY has said he does not remember meeting the lender.
Bet he's met a lot of people in that particular skybox.
After the sale, the friction led to a December 2000 FISTFIGHT between KIDAN and BOULIS, who had remained as a minority partner.

Kidan told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that Boulis had said, "I'm not going to sue you, I'M GOING TO KILL YOU." Kidan said that SunCruz thereafter barred Boulis from its casino boats.
Here's the key piece of info, people:
Homicide detectives have been investigating payments made to Moscatiello, his daughter and Ferrari in the months before the killing. SunCruz paid $145,000 to Moscatiello and his daughter for catering, consulting and "site inspections," Kidan said in a 2001 civil court deposition.
There is no evidence that food or drink was provided or that any consulting documents were prepared, according to court documents.
No shit.

That old trick? C'mon, people. You gotta think outside the box to play this game!
The checks to Jennifer Moscatiello were made at Anthony Moscatiello's instruction, although his daughter provided no services for the money, Kidan said in his deposition.


Kidan has denied that the SunCruz payments to Moscatiello and Ferrari had anything to do with the slaying. In 2001, he told the Miami Herald: "If I'm going to pay to have Gus killed, am I going to be writing checks to the killers? I don't think so. Why would I leave a paper trail?
Good question!

Read the whole piece.

Josh Marshall is all over this story, and reporting that more arrests...are coming.

Finally, the Seattle Times asks a simple question:

Who profits the most when gas prices rise?

"Uh...the consumer!"

Gameshow buzzer SFX indicating "wrong answer."
WASHINGTON — When the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline peaked at $3.07 recently, it was partly because the nation's refineries were receiving an estimated 99 cents on each gallon sold.

That was more than THREE TIMES THE AMOUNT they earned a year ago when regular unleaded was selling for $1.87.

Companies that pump oil from the ground swept in an additional 47 cents on each gallon, a 46 PERCENT JUMP over the same period.

If motorists are the big losers in the spectacular run-up in gas prices, the companies that produce the oil and turn it into gasoline are the clear winners.


The spikes caused by Hurricane Katrina — which heavily damaged oil production and refining in the Gulf region — accentuated gains the refiners and producers already were enjoying over the past year.

EXXON Mobil, the Irving, Texas, behemoth that produces and refines oil, reported in July that its second-quarter PROFIT was up 32 PERCENT, to $7.64 billion. Analysts expect Exxon's profit to soar again this quarter.

The rapid run-up in prices at the pump when KATRINA hit — and their slow decline — has infuriated drivers, many of whom complain that oil companies used the storm as a pretext for boosting prices and profits.

Politicians, including Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire, echoed that sentiment and are calling for investigations of the oil industry.

But interviews with analysts, consumer advocates and participants in the oil markets indicate that typical MARKET FORCES were at work in the price run-up.
Ah, yes! Those mysterious MARKET FORCES.

Market Forces (mar-ket forss-es), n - 1. A well placed phone call from the CEO of a giant corporation to the White House. 2. A timely phone call between business leaders in any given industry. 3. A great excuse when the "rabble" start asking questions about economics, a subject they know nothing about.

4. "Who profits?" - The only question you ever need to ask.

More later.


  • Does anyone have the courage to tell Stacey Campfield that the game is "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" not "Seven" as he describes?

    How did that guy get elected?

    In other news, perhaps he should move to Texas as there will be an opening in the House of Representatives!

    Go indictment go!

    By Anonymous Nick Aieta, at 10:32 AM  

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