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Saturday Miscellany

Pregnant Waitress Gets Big Tip

From the AP: When a couple left a huge tip on the table at a local restaurant, their waitress figured it had to be a joke.

They left $1,000 to cover a bill of $26.35 and a note saying ‘Keep the change! Have a great day.’ […]

Turley on Olbermann:

Crooks and Liars has the video. mcjoan has the transcript.

Olbermann: (reading from a U.S. News & World Report press release) ‘Soon after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, lawyers in the White House and the Justice Department argued that the same legal authority that the same legal authority that allowed warrentless electronic surveillance inside the US, could also be used to justify physical searches of terror suspects homes & businesses without court approval.

Olbermann: Doesn’t that send chills down your spine?

Turley: Well it does. It’s horrific, because what that would constitute is to effectively remove the 4th Amendment from the U.S. Constitution and the fact that it was so quick as a suggestion shows the inclinations, unfortunately, of this administration. It treats the Constitution as some legal technicality instead of the thing were trying to fight to protect. […]

Idiocy At DC Airport:

From Reuters: Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was delayed at a Washington-area airport on Friday for a secondary security screening, a Homeland Security Department official said.

Adams had been scheduled to fly from Washington’s Reagan National Airport to Buffalo, New York, for St. Patrick’s Day appearances with Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins of New York but was unable to make the trip because of the airport delay, said Teresa Kennedy, a spokeswoman for the congressman.

Earlier on Friday, Adams, along with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern and other Irish leaders, attended a meeting at the White House with President Bush. […]

More Airport Idiocy:

From Lisa Myers, Rich Gardella & the NBC Investigative Unit:

Government sources tell NBC News that federal investigators recently were able to carry materials needed to make a similar homemade bomb through security screening at 21 airports.

In all 21 airports tested, no machine, no swab, no screener anywhere stopped the bomb materials from getting through. Even when investigators deliberately triggered extra screening of bags, no one discovered the materials.

[snip]

Investigators for the Government Accountability Office conducted the tests between October and January, at the request of Congress. The goal was to determine how vulnerable U.S. airlines are to a suicide bomber using cheap, readily available materials. […]

Boehner: King Of Ethics Reform Lobbyist Play Toy:

From the Washington Post: House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (Ohio), who rose to power in the wake of a congressional lobbying scandal, spent the equivalent of nearly six months on privately funded trips over the past six years, according to a new study by a nonpartisan research group.

[snip]

Boehner also flew at least 45 times on corporate jets owned by companies ‘with a financial stake in congressional affairs’ from June 2001 through September 2005, the center reported. The corporations on whose planes Boehner flew included tobacco companies such as R.J. Reynolds Tobacco (15 times), UST Inc. (seven times) and Swisher International Inc. (seven times).

[snip]

Boehner rejected that characterization and offered himself as an agent of change, especially on the issue of congressional ethics. The center concluded, however, that Boehner built ‘a network of political and business relationships’ with corporations and other interests ‘not unlike’ his predecessor, Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), whose tenure in the job was controversial in large part because of his close ties to lobbyists and lobbying groups.

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March 18, 2006 - Posted by | Government, Lobbyists, National Security, Politics, Republicans, Terrorism

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