Friday, May 04, 2007

Salon: Cox Can't Get No Respect

Pretty funny considering this Chicago businessman's $1 million spent on his Presidential campaign is more than several of the Republican's "mainstream" candidates have been able to raise...
"In an outrageous affront to free speech in America, the Ronald Reagan Library security broke up an interview between GOP Presidential Candidate John Cox and a KNBC reporter and camera crew, in front of the Reagan Library. This is the second time in a row that the former Chicago Cook County Republican President was locked out of the free speech process. First he was excluded from the MSNBC/ Presidential Debates. Then when he 'dared' to get independent publicity prior to the debate from which he was excluded, the hammer came down again, and he was kicked off of the Reagan Library grounds -- and had his press pass confiscated!"


At 12:57 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

Hell, if they let Ron Paul in, they should have let this guy in!!

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

The GOP loves to exclude people. I don't understand how they get away with the fascist behavior. Besides, what's one more middle aged white guy gonna hurt?

BTW, anyone hear from Gingrich lately? Last time I saw him he was trying to apologize for something in Spanish...and doing a pretty bad job at it. At first I thought it was some kind of joke, but then realized he seriously thought he was speaking Spanish.

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Sarah said...,1,5021021.story
Pasadena contractor faces U.S. scrutiny for Iraq work
From Bloomberg News May 3, 2007

Parsons Corp., the top U.S. construction contractor in Iraq, could be barred from government work if the company doesn't show it has stringent safeguards against committing fraud and abuse, the Army said. Robert Kittel, the Army official in charge of contractor suspensions and debarments, sent a "show cause" letter to Parsons Chief Executive James McNulty demanding information in 10 categories of company management.

The U.S. military requires that contractors "conduct themselves with the highest degree of integrity and honesty," and audits of Parsons' work raised questions about the "effectiveness" of the company's "standards of conduct and internal control systems," Kittel wrote March 27. The allegations in the audits "cast doubt on Parsons' responsibility as a contractor and could provide the basis for action related to Parsons or its affiliates," he wrote. Pasadena-based Parsons has received $733 million for work in Iraq's postwar reconstruction.

Audits of Parsons' work "uncovered a number of significant problems with prisons, hospitals, public health clinics," said Stuart W. Bowen Jr., the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction.,1,2022663.story
Iraq inspector focus of inquiry
From Times Wire Reports May 3, 2007

Stuart Bowen, the U.S. special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction whose office has uncovered abuse of Iraqi and U.S. funds, is under investigation by the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency, a White House spokeswoman said.

Several former employees filed complaints about Bowen in 2006, alleging that he failed to come to work for long periods and used staffers to work on a book, said a former employee who asked not to be named.

Has Stuart Bowen been Lammed?

At 1:22 PM, Anonymous pasadena contractor said...

Mary Ellen, I saw that too. It was a little sad, but at least he was (kind of) trying...


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