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Thursday, May 04, 2006

A Lotta Hanukkah Receptions

Yo.

Quick note for you SoCal college kids...and a follow-up to yesterday's story re: free drugs in T.J.

U.S. Urges Mexico to Rethink Drug Law

"Urges them to rethink?"

How about, "tells them to get their fucking act together."
"U.S. officials ... urged Mexican representatives to review the legislation urgently, to avoid the perception that drug use would be tolerated in Mexico, and to prevent drug tourism," U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Judith Bryan said.

There are concerns the measure approved Friday by Mexico's Congress could increase drug use by border visitors and U.S. students who flock to Mexico on vacation.
Ya think?!

Moving on...to the far left-wing of the left-wing party.

Please sign MoveOn's petition re: "Net Neutrality."

("The Man" wants you to pay more for the PRIVILEGE of surfing the net via his "pipes." Thinks he's getting ripped off. Currently. This whole issue is crazy...but it can happen here.)

Finally...

Team Abramoff Visited the White House over 200 Times in Bush’s First 10 Months in Office

Ha!
The Secret Service released logs showing the comings and goings of convicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff and members of his staff at the White House that present a jaw-dropping level of access to the Bush Administration after the 2000 election:

"Abramoff was a $100,000 fundraiser for Bush [in 2000] and lobbying records obtained by the AP show his lobbying team logged nearly 200 meetings with the administration during its first 10 months in office on behalf of one of his clients, the Northern Mariana Islands."

As Keith Olbermann pointed out last night, someone from Abramoff’s firm was at the White House every business day for 10 months through October 2001.
Enter Scott McClellan.

From the WH Press Conference, January 18, 2006.

The WH Press Corps had already gotten wind of the above mentioned meetings: They wanted to now how many times Jack had been to 1600...and why:
Q: Scott, just quickly back to Abramoff. Can you give any more specificity on those meetings, when they were, years, times?

MR. McCLELLAN: NO, this is sticking with our past policy.

We’re not going to engage in a fishing expedition.

Q: Not even years? I mean, you’re talking about –

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, the Hanukkah receptions were back in 2001 and 2002.

Q: Okay, you talked about the Hanukkah receptions. Can you talk about the staff-level meetings and what years those were, or –

MR. McCLELLAN: NO

Q: And why would you tell us the Hanukkah –

MR. McCLELLAN: I did a check for you all, to provide you that information. But we’re not going to engage in a fishing expedition. I know that there are some that want to do that.

But I don’t see any reason to do so.
200 trips to the WH: That's a lot of Hanukkah receptions!

"Shalom, Pee-wee! My name is Shalomo."
More later...

"La la la!"

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