More On Ralph Nader Taking Over The World

LEO Editor and beardy monster Stephen George interviewed Ralph Nader on Monday.
While Stephen didn’t ask any of Jim Welp’s awesome questions (we’re wholly disappointed):

Have you ever shot a moose?

It’s well established that anyone who doesn’t vote for Barack Obama is racist. Why are you so racist?

If you won the election, would you, like, totally shit your pants or what?

Is there a teensy part of you that wants to nail Sarah Palin?

The interview was still pretty interesting. Check it:

LEO: Do you think government intervention is—

RN: Yeah, there’s got to be regulation. All this comes from taking the federal cop off the corporate-fraud-and-crime beat. That’s what happened with this deregulatory mania that swept Washington in the last 25, 30 years. That’s what led to these guys on Wall Street going crazy with speculation and risk-taking and excessive compensation for executives and lack of disclosure. Now look at the mess the country’s in. And the guys who profited most got away with it.

LEO: You called it, right?

RN: Yeah, I called the banking crisis, I called the S&L (securities and loans) crisis.

LEO: Why aren’t people listening?

RN: You don’t get credit in this kind of media society for being right. Being able to predict Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the fact that FDIC is running out of money — we kept telling them 10 years ago, you’ve got to assess the banks when times are good because when times are bad you’re going to run out.

LEO: In 2000 when you were running for president, you had a movement. With what happened with Bush v. Gore and everything, the media scapegoated you and you were kind of caricatured. Where do you find the inspiration to keep running for office, and why do you keep running for this office?

RN: Well, because I screen that out and strive to advance justice as I see it, with people who are hurting — being underpaid, overcharged, disrespected, excluded, harmed in their workplace, denied healthcare. When your charge comes from those millions of people out there, and there are millions of them, you’re not bothered by this.

Now, it does obstruct you and you can’t get on the national media. The three networks have given us 10 seconds (since the announcement of Nader’s campaign Feb. 24).

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Don’t forget: Nader will be in Louisville for a rally this Friday.

Wednesday. Intermittent Power. Making it Work

The insufferably fat and embarrassing Jim “Walrus” Gooch strikes again! This time he is proposing ‘In God We Trust’ license plates for Kentucky. “It’s time we take this step and recognize what has long been our country’s and our commonwealth’s guiding principle,” Rep. Gooch said. “Kentuckians should not have to wait any longer.” Yeah, Jim, that’s TOTALLY what Kentuckians are waiting for. Idiot. [Mark Hebert]

Republicans are getting scared and can barely function. Now they’re pulling random stuff out of their hat to throw at Bruce Lunsford. Totally exciting. Because Mitch McConnell is the Jesus of everything. [KY Progress]

The Office of the Attorney General has this to say regarding the Steve Henry investigation: “There is a pending request for additional prosecutorial assistance. The request is outstanding to another Commonwealth’s attorney and we have not received a response yet. We’re doing everything we can to provide all of the assistance necessary for the appointed special prosecutor.” Thought you folks may like an update. [OAG Statement]

Barack Obama released a campaign ad attacking John McCain’s out of touch assertion that the “fundamentals of the economy are strong.” Because, you know, our economy is clearly strong. This is just a burp. It’s an economic slow down. Because centuries-old banks close during slow downs. You know how it is. [YouTube]

John McCain the flip-flopper. After a decade of supporting banking deregulation, he’s now trying to recast himself as someone who opposes it. I guess he really thinks no one lives in the reality-based community. [Washington Post]

Are you an Insight Communications customer? Then read this. It’s CEO Michael Willner’s blog. He’s being remarkably open and honest in detailing the aftermath of the hurricane force winds that rolled through Insight-served areas. And he’s discussing his company’s response. Now, if we could get government to practice the same sort of transparency. [Michael’s Insight]

TGIF! The Rains Have Come & We’re Awake

Remember that retarded web ad the NRSC pushed where a couple Lunsford supporters offended a McConnell Youth’s delicate ears and feelings? Haha, yeah, so CBS Evening News made it a national deal. How retarded and embarrassing for the NRSC. [CBS News]

Greg Stumbo really is playing a game of chicken. Not only has he lying about his level of support in the race for Speaker of the House, but he’s cut deals with Republicans. Rumor has it that Greg’s “slate” will include Damrom as Caucus Chair, Thompson as Whip and Hoover as Floor Leader. Evn though the entire House votes on Speaker & Pro-Tem and the two caucuses vote on floor leader, caucus chair and whip. Greg: getting someone’s support is a lot different than just asking them for their opinion on the race. [RPK/F-bomb]

Greg Stumbo shows how disconnected he is from Kentucky politics. Suggesting that Kentuckians voted pro-Clinton in May instead of anti-Obama? There’s NO WAY the presidential race is close in Kentucky. Let us remind you that 21% of Kentucky Democrats say they voted on the basis of race during the May primary. That’s hardly pro-Clinton. [PolWatchers]

David Adams may pretend that the Bluegrass Institute is an honest think tank. But it’s obviously a right-wing agenda pusher that not only hates public education and stops at nothing to complain about it 24/7. [KY Progress]

Speaking of Republicans, they can’t figure out why nearly everyone outside the United States has difficulty trusting the US when it comes to remember 9/11 and blaming al Qaeda. Anyone want to explain it to them? [Cyberhillbilly]

Remember the McConnell clan at Elephants in the Bluegrass? You know, the folks who live in Louisville’s east end, send their kids to private school and do nothing but complain about “libruls” all day long? They’re back to complaining about how the lefty pinko commie media doesn’t cover Republicans. At least they know not to waste perfectly good cosmetics. [EITB]

Wait, wait – it gets even better. Marcus Carey, notorious for his racist Obama crap, is touting Sarah Palin for being a “smart candidate” and for giving ABC’s Charlie Gibson a run for his money during her interview yesterday. Last we checked, when you don’t have a clue what the interviewer is asking? You’re not a “smart candidate.” [Marcus Carey]

The Mine Safety and Health Administration fined the operator of the Darby coal mine in Harlan County just $342,000 for the May 2006 explosion. The operator was cited for disregard of basic safety practices that led to five deaths. [C-J]

Why, yes, Grampa John McCain really is an out-of-touch old man who is computer illiterate and knows nothing about the economy. He as admitted such himself. But let’s wait for the spin machine and McCain himself to deny both while using his running mate– who probably has a tweety bird or taz tattoo– to distract us. [H-L]

Big Oil, Sex, Drugs, Gifts & The Gubmint

Couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried.

What do you get when you mix 13 Interior Department employees, corrupt hacks from big oil, sex, cocaine, gifts and zero oversight? Why, a giant orgy of corruption! This time we’re not even joking about the orgy OR the corruption.

You’ve just gotta read about it for yourselves.

From The Denver Channel:

DENVER — Federal investigators say government officials in Denver and Washington, handling billions of dollars in oil royalties, engaged in illicit sex with employees of energy companies, and received improper gifts.

The alleged transgressions involve 13 Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Alleged improprieties include rigging contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants and having sexual relationships with — and accepting golf, ski trips and dinners from — oil company employees, according to three reports released Wednesday by the Interior Department’s Inspector General.

The investigations reveal a “culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” by a small group of individuals “wholly lacking in acceptance of or adherence to government ethical standards,” wrote Inspector General Earl E. Devaney.

The Associated Press via Yahoo! News:

Between 2002 and 2006, 19 oil marketers — nearly a third of the Denver office staff — received gifts and gratuities from oil and gas companies, including Chevron Corp., Shell, Hess Corp. and Denver-based Gary-Williams Energy Corp., the investigators found.

“Employees frequently consumed alcohol at industry functions, had used cocaine and marijuana, and had sexual relationships with oil and natural gas company representatives” who referred to some of the government workers as the “MMS Chicks.”

The director of the royalty program had a consulting job on the side for a company that paid him $30,000 for marketing its services to various oil and gas companies, the report said.


Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, said the report proves true the accusation that the Bush administration has allowed oil companies to become too cozy with government officials.

“Democrats have been saying it for some time, but this proves it,” Slaughter said in a statement provided to KTVU. “This Administration is literally in bed with Big Oil. Little did we know they were such a cheap date.”


House Natural Resources Chairman Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., said “this whole IG report reads like a script from a television miniseries and one that cannot air during family viewing time. It is no wonder that the office was doing such a lousy job of overseeing the RIK program; clearly the employees had ‘other’ priorities in that office.”

One of the employees named in the investigation, Jimmy Mayberry, has already pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington to violations of conflict-of-interest laws. The Justice Department declined to prosecute Smith and former Associate Director of the Minerals Revenue Management program Lucy Querques Denett, who the report says manipulated contracts to ensure they were awarded to former Interior employees.

The findings are the latest sign of trouble at the Minerals Management Service, which has already been accused of mismanaging the collection of fees from oil companies and writing faulty contracts for drilling on government land and offshore. The charges also come as lawmakers and both presidential candidates weigh giving oil companies more access to federal lands, which would bring in more money to the federal government.


Some Stuff On Your Tuesday Afternoon

We’ll be back in a bit with fancy stories and such. But this Felner thing is driving us crazy. Too many records to read and all that. Plus we have meetings and grown-up stuff to do, ugh. Which will be awesome with our impressive ability not to lose focus… while reading Cheezburger during a meeting.

In the meantime, enjoy some stuff:

The Courier-Journal editorial board not only admits the Felner investigation is deeper than the No Child Left Behind grant but the board suggests the University of Louisville should do MORE to resolve this sticky Robert Felner/Big Hot Mess scenario! Hell has frozen over, ladies. [C-J]

Also, Grampa John McCain magically grew hair for a Republican mail piece! YAY! [Wonkette]

Stephen George is a beardy media monster who will stand atop newspaper vending machines. He also eats babies and will scare young children! He is mean and awful and you should go read all about how awesome of a Louisvillian he is. Also, he wore a tie. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Senator Jim Bunning lost his shiz over the Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac government bail-out. Hell must have frozen over because we totally agree with Bunning. Jesus. This is bad news. Wow. [PolWatchers]

Here’s John Yarmuth’s latest ad, Listening, in which he continues to totally ignore Anne Northup:

It’s Tuesday. Lotsa Stuff Going Down Today.

We have fancy new glasses and are slowly adjusting. This means we are slightly cross-eyed and squinty for the time being and our nose is kind sore but we are way less hateful.

Senator Neal showed how fancy he was on Kentucky Tonight last evening and Senator Williams wasn’t mean. This means we’re happy with Senator Neal and are loosely disappointed that Senator Williams wasn’t meaner.

The AFL-CIO has sent out 32,000 anti-Mitch McConnell mailers. The mailers remind voters that McConnell stands with lobbyists, that he takes millions from special interests and that he makes all the wrong choices when it comes to Kentucky families. [Trey Pollard]

Mitch McConnell still thinks he’s the Jesus of lower gas prices. Because we all know that’s the most important thing on earth in his mind. [The Hill]

Sarah Palin vetoed your school bus. Sarah Palin kicked your puppy. Sarah Palin thinks Target is putting on airs. Sarah Palin vetoed your National Guard Unit’s rope course. Sarah Palin reminded everyone at the party that evolution is just a theory. [Sarah Palin Vetoed Your School Bus]

Read the rest after the jump…

Read moreIt’s Tuesday. Lotsa Stuff Going Down Today.

Happy Wednesday Morning! Palin Speaks Tonight

Corruption in Corbin? Turns out the folks put in charge of Corbin’s first Native American Pow Wow may have blown the event and squandered $15,000. Those folks recently lost a suit in circuit court for more than $50,000. All kinds of drama. You’ve gotta check it out. [The Rural Democrat]

Mitch McConnell, the Jesus of everything, joined his peeps in Minneapolis for a fancy lunch yesterday. We hear, but have not confirmed, that our lady friends who love the KitKats were there. No word on whether or not the Senator provided attendees with KitKats or other forms of lady treats. [Trey Pollard]

100% of foreigners think Grampa John McCain selected GILF Sarah Palin too quickly. 100%. You read that correctly. The foreigners. [Guardian]

From the land of fancy Democratic deals, economic development secretary John Hindman resigned. He’ll still make his $250,000 salary for a year as a consultant. And Larry Hays, a man in the governor’s office whom is as hated as Jim Cauley and Joe Meyer, will serve as acting secretary. [H-L]

Mark Hebert wants to know if John Hindman was pressured to quit his job as Secretary of the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet. Because ousting a Fletcher appointee only to install a Beshear political hand makes so much sense, you know. [Mark Hebert]

Two University of Kentucky student journalists and their advisor were arrested at the RNC. For taking pictures and documenting protesters. Check the images of them being blasted with pepper spray by police. [Kentucky Kernel]