Daily Archives: August 2, 2007

Oregon State Police looking for scapegoat in death of two

This is over the line. The Oregon State Police are looking for the man who made a 911 call to report a car which went off the north side of Highway 26, 1/4 mile west of milepost 26, into brush.  In other words, he gave the exact location of the car and told the dispatcher that it could not be seen from the road. He had driven away from the scene to find a phone.

An OSP car responded immediately and the officer cruised slowly up and down the road for a couple of miles, stopped at one point (not at the described point), and did not get out of the car at the designated spot. He gave up the search after 30 minutes.

The car was spotted weeks later by an airplane, and proved to fit the description and location exactly, with two dead people inside. Exactly where the caller said. The brother in law of one of the victims:

Mulligan is angry the car was not found when that call came in on June 8.

“It had to be incompetence,” he said. “That’s the only way I can explain it. I’ve been searching here for two weeks. I’m not a policeman or anything else, but give me those directions and I’ll find that in a few minutes.”

Now the OSP want to pin the whole thing on the caller, for not returning to the scene. They say he may have falsified his name or number. I hope to hell they don’t find him. He did the right thing. They will try to crucify him. Meanwhile, the Oregon State Police, still smarting from the James Kim fiasco, will dance away.

Makes you not want to get involved, doesn’t it?

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Another reason to not buy bottled water

Bottled water makes no sense from any perspective except corporate profits. Many restaurants are discontinuing this item. Now we have another reason: Bisphenols, a component of plastic containers, which can leach into food and drinks. Can affect reproduction and make more fat cells.

Oh, and don’t expect Bush’s EPA to help you learn about this kind of risk.

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Video of Minneapolis bridge disaster: read Garrison Keillor’s Homegrown Democrat

Here is video of the collapse of the I-35 bridge. 

This book by Garrison Keillor is also available in an audio version which for my money is better.

I will give you the gist: GK is from St. Paul, and his message about his childhood and youth, and the rest of his life, is this: we are all in this together.

That’s why we pay taxes to pay for things that are important and that we can’t do as individuals. Like maintain our infrastructure.

I hope to hell he will make a public statement about the bridge collapse.

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Presenting the 2008 Republican Fox News presidential candidate

Once Fox News speaks, it’s all over.

And it seems like they have.

Rudy Giuliani.

Roger Ailes and Rudolph W. Giuliani have been pulling for each other for nearly two decades.

Mr. Ailes was the media consultant to Mr. Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign in 1989. Mr. Giuliani, as mayor, officiated at Mr. Ailes’s wedding and intervened on his behalf when Mr. Ailes’s company, Fox News Channel, was blocked from securing a cable station in the city.

This year, they were tablemates at the White House correspondents dinner, which Mr. Giuliani attended as a guest of Fox’s parent company, the News Corporation.

Now these allies and friends find themselves on largely uncharted political turf. Mr. Giuliani, 63, is a leading Republican candidate for president. Mr. Ailes, 67, is head of Fox News, the pre-eminent media outlet for likely voters in a Republican primary.

Whether their friendship would ever affect coverage — Fox insists that it has not and will not — it is nonetheless the sort of relationship that other campaigns have noted, though none wanted to speak publicly for fear of offending the station.

So far this year, one political journal found, Mr. Giuliani has logged more time on Fox interview programs than any other candidate. Most of the time has been spent with Sean Hannity, an acknowledged admirer of the former mayor, according to the data compiled by the journal, known as The Hotline.

Fox executives say Mr. Giuliani’s appearances have been driven by his news value and by his status as a front-runner, not by his relationship with Mr. Ailes.


On behalf of Rudy, I think it would be refreshing to have a Republican candidate who can’t even pretend he’s naive, honest, compassionate, godfearing, and truthful.  I’ll even campaign for him:

Vote for Rudy if you want a corrupt, amoral, womanizing, fascist corporatist from New York City.

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Filed under George W. Bush: is he really THAT bad?, media, Mitt Romney: double guantanamo, Politics, Rudy Giuliani: NYC doesn't even like him