Open Thread – This and That
I Want My Corrupt Bastard Fix!
Time was, they were dropping like flies. It seemed like hardly a month went by when a legislator wasn’t indicted for something. After the fiasco that was the botched Ted Stevens trial, Alaskans have begun thinking that maybe that’s the end for our favorite past-time of watching the deserving get their just desserts. Not so according to the Justice Department. There’s an excellent article by Richard Mauer in today’s Anchorage Daily News, that addresses the issues, including the current investigations of Ted Stevens’ son, and former Alaska State Senate President Ben Stevens, and current-for0the-moment congressman Don Young.
For those of you needing a “Stevens the Lesser 101″ refresher course:
Ben Stevens, a former president of the Alaska Senate, was one of several legislators whose offices were raided in 2006 by FBI and IRS agents, though he has not been charged with a crime. While he was a state senator representing Anchorage, he received hundreds of thousands of dollars in “consulting fees” and others from oil and fishing interests seeking favors from the state and from Ted Stevens. His Seattle attorney, John Wolfe, didn’t return a call last week seeking comment.
The Mudflats got a couple nice nods recently. The social media blog Viralogy did a ranking of the top 10 political blogs, and Mudflats came in at lucky #7! You can check out the post HERE.
The warm fuzzy wing of the Mudflats compound “I Heart Mudflats” got a nod from Blog Me No Blogs, as one of the best blogs in the category “Small Personal Blogs That Show Genuine Hospitality.” So pop on over. Someone is sure to be there with some virtual iced tea and a nice lawn chair.
And Geoffrey Dunn wrote another great piece at Huffington Post that I’ve been meaning to mention. In it he dissects Palin’s stimulus shenanigans, and how they’ve painted her into a very tiny corner. And he calls Mudflats “delightful.” (looking at the ground, scraping toe in the dirt) Aw, shucks.
Political fundraisers often come with the dreaded “suggested donation” at the bottom of the invite. For bigger, swankier shindigs, you’ll see suggested donations of $100-$200 quite often, and they always gently remind you of the upper limit of the maximum donation….just in case you’re interested. So, I thought it was quite amusing that Don Young’s going rate for his annual pig roast fundraiser (yes there’s really a pig, yes it’s meant to symbolize that whole ‘pork’ thing, and yes he used Veco’s giant bazillion dollar barbecue grills in the past) is a staggering….. $20? With only one zero? Truly? Heck, for one measly Andrew Jackson, even I could afford a piece of the Don.
Please Make it Stop
Why is it that the very people I want to go away the most, are not only clinging to the spotlight as though their life depended on it, but invading the literary world with…..memoirs. The way I figure it, in about a year, you’re going to need a haz-mat suit to enter the biography section at Barnes & Noble. Sarah Palin, Ted Stevens, and now…
Mr. Cheney is actively shopping a memoir about his life in politics and service in four presidential administrations, a work that would add to what is already an unusually dense collection of post-Bush-presidency memoirs that will offer a collective rebuttal to the many harshly critical works released while the writers were in office and beyond.
Already working hard to meet publishers’ deadlines is an informal writers’ workshop of historic proportions: President George W. Bush; Laura Bush, the former first lady; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr.; former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld; and Karl Rove, the former presidential political mastermind.
Members of the Bush group are in regular contact as they seek to jog their memories, compare notes and trade stylistic tips in their new lives as authors, according to friends and current and former aides.
That “regular contact” would be called the “Getting Our Stories Straight” conference series. They’d better hire a team of consistency editors to make sure they’re all on the same page, as it were. I’m having a hard time deciding which one of these works of fiction I’d least like to read. So far it’s a toss-up between Donald Rumsfeld and Karl Rove. And I’d be fascinated to know what Dick Cheney’s “stylistic tips” might be. Maybe he discloses the secret of inserting the word “frankly” in front of every sentence where you’re about to lie. Or maybe he shares the trick of how to grind up your own dead black soul, add water, and use it in a refillable ink cartridge.
A Day Late
By the time this posts, we’ll have missed it, but a happy belated birthday to Walt Monegan. The Mudflats affectionately bestows upon you the coveted trans-fat free virtual pink cupcake. Enjoy it in good health.