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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Surrounding himself with the best people

Remember when George W. Bush was running for president the first time. Remember how he couldn't name the leaders of Pakistan, India or even Canada? The message from the GOP and the media was "So what if he' s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, he'll surround himself with the best and brightest. Besides, who would you rather sit and have a beer with, Dubya or Al "Pointdexter" Gore?" How's that one working out for you, America?

One of the central figures in the latest in a long line of scandals, the firing of eight U.S. attorneys for political reasons. ( Some were too dedicated to pursuing corruption among Republicans, others didn't move fast enough in investigating Democrats to suit their Republican rivals) is a woman named Monica Goodling, the Justice Department's liaison to the White House. She's the one who is taking the 5th (freedom from self-incrimination) in her testimony to Congress. Forget for a moment that the whole country should be mortally embarrassed that the Justice Department's representative to the White House is so afraid that her testimony about how she did her job is liable to land her or her boss in prison -- is she one of the best and brightest America has to offer?

Here's a bit of her bio from the McClatchy Newspapers.

"Goodling, 33, is a 1995 graduate of Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., an institution that describes itself as "committed to embracing an evangelical spirit." She received her law degree at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. Regent, founded by Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson, says its mission is "to produce Christian leaders who will make a difference, who will change the world."

Let me get this straight: she has a degree from Praise the Lord and pass the jello bible school (Ranked the 4th best comprehensive college in the northeast by US New and World Report, no smoking or drinking allowed) and a law degree from Pat Robertson's bible university and Rapture readiness center and at the grand old age of 33 she is a senior official at the Justice Department?

What's next, a home-schooled surgeon general? A high-school dropout as Secretary of Education? (Mike Harris already tried that in Ontario)

I got my ecclesiastical credentials by sending $20 to an address I got out of the back of Rolling Stone -- I guess it's just a matter of time before I'm appointed Pope. Good thing I look good in hats.


Anonymous said...

just testing the new comment feature

the rev. said...

which apparently works!

jj said...

John Snobelen, OMG. I worked with one of his daughters (briefly) at an ad agency in Van. Pleasant enough in that phony way that rich people have, but the deal breaker for me was when we all went out after work and she was drinking manhattans while the rest of us were doing beers and tequila shooters.

I guess I'm intolerant.;)

the rev. said...

who the hell drinks Manhattans anymore? Didn't they go out of style about the time the Beatles went on Ed Sullivan?

Gazetteer said...


Didn't Mr. Abramoff have a thing or two for hats?


David said...

$20 for an ordination? You got hosed my friend. I got a couple of them for free on the internet, and a swanky, print-it-yourself degree. I think my lack of commitment makes me even more qualified to be a shepherd to mankind.

Reverend David

the rev. said...

Rev. David, I took out holy orders prior to the popularity of the interweb--I ain't no clergy-come-lately!