Monthly Archives: June 2010

Chris Gregoire Steals A Play

Guest Blogger, Brittney Boop

Taking a cue from Washington DC, Governor Gregoire commented on a story that she hadn’t read or seen but rather had been briefed on.

King 5 news has been covering since March of this year different ways that there is waste in the Washington State Ferry System. In their series titled “Waste on the Water” they have covered such things as ferry workers getting paid to commute to work, approving their own unnecessary overtime, and the inflated salaries.

In this video, Governor Gregoire sits down with Susannah Frame from King 5 to discuss their reporting. Gregoire starts out the interview by saying, “I have not seen them.” Susannah then says, “Oh so you have not seen any of our stories” and the Governor shakes her head no.

This reminds me of another such video that I have seen recently… hmmm… if I could only remember… oh yes, here it is:

I feel like I am forgetting something… hmm… oh yes:

I don’t know about you, but I am getting a bit tired of politicians commenting on things that they haven’t read or viewed personally.

King 5 is doing the taxpayers of this state a favor by bringing to light waste and abused in the ferry system. The Governor should have come to this interview prepared. She should have at least watched the few 5-10 minute videos. It wouldn’t have taken her long at all, but she didn’t and instead she said she was briefed. Rather than addressing the waste that the reporter brought up, Gregoire instead asked if there was anything illegal that they uncovered. When Susannah said that the taxpayers don’t necessarily have illegality as a threshold but rather waste, Gregoire turned to her talking points about how much money the director of the ferry system and the head of the state department of transportation have saved. I don’t know about you but I am not buying it.

If you want to see all of the videos about the waste in the ferry system on King 5′s website.

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Ugly Is As Ugly Does

Helen Thomas is one ugly woman, and it doesn’t have anything to do with her looks.

Update:

Helen Thomas issued a statement concerning her comments. To call it an apology is to insult the idea that words have actual meanings.

“I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.”

On the other hand, what else could she have said? “I am so very sorry that I am such a miserable excuse for a human being. I deeply regret holding views so vile that decent people are shocked and disgusted when I accidentally let them slip out?”

Then came the news that Thomas had been dropped by her speaking agency, so kudos to them!

Finally, yesterday brought the news that Thomas was retiring, according to Diane Sawyer, due to “age and outrage.” Apparently Thomas woke up Monday morning, looked in the mirror, and thought, “Hey, wow! I’m getting pretty old! When did that happen? I guess I’ll retire today!”

Right.

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God Help Us

What college-educated marketing genius wrote this grammatical nightmare?


“Most rear-seat legroom than any compact crossover?” Really? I’m fervently hoping that no one was responsible for checking this…the alternative is that there are two college-educated marketing geniuses who can’t look at this and immediately see the error.

My fourth grade teacher is turning over in her grave.

And don’t get me started on putting a period at the end of a sentence fragment.

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Pravda on the Potomac

Saw this on Twitter (thanks to Bryan Myrick). It was not a good news story with which to start my day.

Who holds the purse strings…pulls the strings. This has “BAD” written all over it.

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