Late Night: The Three Stooges

Via Digby, all three Bush men, George I, GW and Jeb got on the phone today to call Rush Limbaugh and congratulate him on the 20th anniversary of his show and his "excellent and important broadcasting." The transcript is here. At one point, Bush I, who didn't realize they were on the air, says to Rush,

Do you see our man Ailes at all?

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    Hey I was watching some of the (none / 0) (#1)
    by TheJoker on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 11:54:46 PM EST
    nonstop coverage of the Casey Anthony investigation and a couple thoughts occurred to me: Casey is super-pretty, her missing daughter is absurdly cute, and this is why this case is getting so much scrutiny. Look at the essentials: Missing girl. #1 suspect is lying. This is nothing remarkable, sadly. Now a remarkable case is the "Rockefeller" mystery! Wow!

    Hmm (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by Steve M on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 11:57:51 PM EST
    Is that the missing girl whose mom was out partying or something?

    I saw a clip of Nancy Grace going on about it and I was like, this has to be the most utterly disgusting person anywhere on television.  Nancy Grace, I mean.


    Yeah that's the one. And I despise NG too! (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by TheJoker on Sat Aug 02, 2008 at 12:02:19 AM EST
    I have no idea what you're talking about (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by andgarden on Sat Aug 02, 2008 at 12:15:48 AM EST
    and it's probably because I haven't watched cabled news today.

    It's a cute little 3 year old girl that has been (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Teresa on Sat Aug 02, 2008 at 12:24:38 AM EST
    missing since June 9 and the young mother never told anyone because according to her, the babysitter stole her and was threatening her. The police can't find any babysitter. This is a nice looking middle class family...perfect story for cable TV.

    (You can tell I saw Greta V's show...she had an interview with Brett Favre and I couldn't help but watch the story about that little girl. It's a strange strange story.)


    How do the TV people have video and audio (none / 0) (#4)
    by Teresa on Sat Aug 02, 2008 at 12:11:12 AM EST
    of her phone calls from jail to her family? That seems odd to me. That girl will never get a fair trial due to the TV coverage. I'm one to give everyone the benefit of doubt but she's a strange one.

    From what I understand (I saw this on Fox (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by TheJoker on Sat Aug 02, 2008 at 12:18:33 AM EST
    so I will be careful) the police/authorities released the tapes. Anthony's lawyers protested the releases, and a judge ruled in law enforcement's favor.

    Great, another Republican closet case. (none / 0) (#8)
    by daryl herbert on Sat Aug 02, 2008 at 12:34:35 AM EST
    JEB: Bye-bye.

    (Just kidding . . . sort of.  Seriously, people, try not to talk like my mom.  Especially on nationally-syndicated radio.  It doesn't mean you're gay--just lame.  Which in all fairness are two different things, and I shouldn't conflate the two.  South Park made me do it.  I take no responsibility.)

    On the uses of clout (none / 0) (#9)
    by LimaBN on Sat Aug 02, 2008 at 05:51:57 AM EST
    Sonia Morphew Pitt was the person in charge of emergency response for the Minnesota Department of
    Transportation when the Interstate 35W Bridge collapsed on August 1, 2007, killing 13 people and seriously injuring another 25.  At the time, she was married with kids back here, but was in DC pursuing her affair with Daniel Ferezan, a federal employee.  Despite the urgency of the situation back home, she stayed in DC for another ten days - on the taxpayer's dime, but with no other reason for being in DC.

    It took awhile, but she got canned for abuse of office, and still faces both civil and criminal liability.

    Believe it or not, within 8 days of getting fired from her Minnesota job, she was hired by Homeland Security's Transportation Service Administration - at higher pay.

    Daniel M. Ferezan, the Federal Highway Administration's program manager for
    transportation security, was the person on the other end of Ms. Pitt's 94 hours
    of personal calls from her MnDOT-supplied cellphone.  He took those calls during
    his working hours - on the taxpayer's dime, just like Ms. Pitt.  Mr. Ferezan
    still has his job.

    Mr. Ferezan has serious clout.  He would be good to know.  You can call him at 202-366-0507.
    Maybe he will tell you how he does it.

    Meanwhile, Paul McEnroe and Tony Kennedy, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reporters on this story, would dearly love to know more about Mr. Ferezan.  He won't talk to them, and the newspaper's precarious financial straits won't allow serious journalism.  Is there any chance you and your readers could help?  Paul and Tony can be reached at pmcenroe@startribune.com and tkennedy@startribune.com

    Congressional Republican Rebellion (none / 0) (#10)
    by cmugirl on Sat Aug 02, 2008 at 06:59:15 AM EST
    Congressional Republicans were protesting Pelosi's refusal to schedule a vote allowing offshore drilling yesterday, by staying on the floor and speaking after Pelosi adjourned the House for a 5 week recess. The light were shut off, the mikes killed, but they stayed there and talked.  It wouldn't have been a big deal, because C-Span's cameras were shut off, and very few people were there, but tourists were then allowed to come in and reporters were still there trying to cover the speeches, while trying not to get kicked out.

    "Right at the stroke of five Georgia Rep. Tom Price announced that House Republicans were ending their impromptu protest on the floor of the chamber, ending a five-plus hour rebellion with a round of "God Bless America."

    The assembled tourists, aides and members in the chamber gave Price and his compatriots a standing ovation. They left the chamber to shouts of "USA! USA! USA!"

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    It doesn't matter if you agree with offshore drilling or not, if this little story makes into the MSM, the highlight and spin of the message would be that the Dems voted to break for 5 weeks instead of discussing gas prices.

    Stooges - not Limbaugh (none / 0) (#11)
    by lentinel on Sat Aug 02, 2008 at 05:34:55 PM EST
    If I may, I would rather comment on the 3 Stooges short film.

    In the film, we see people put in jail for drinking beer.

    Today, we have progressed. We don't put people in jail for drinking beer.

    We put people in jail for smoking flowers.