Posted by: mutantpoodle | June 23, 2007

Newsbits: Rocky IV, Bush gets one thing right, then exits federal Government

dog-on-newspapers_smIn Splash, the wonderful Ron Howard film with Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah, there’s a moment towards the end, when Eugene Levy, who is responsible for the outing of Madison the Mermaid, realizes he’s screwed up and tries to help them. Already in an immobilizing cast, he stands in front of a convoy of military vehicles, and, in as determined a manner as he can muster, holds out his good hand to get them to stop.

They don’t. He tumbles to the ground, lifts himself up, and yells, mostly to himself, “What a week I’m having!”

I think that’s where Rocky Delgadillo is today.

First he admitted that his wife had wrecked a city car she had no business driving, then it turned out she had an outstanding warrant and drove on a suspended license – the same crime for which our dear Rocky was urging bamboo shoots under the fingernails for Paris Hilton. The spotlight shifted to him when it was revealed that he used his staff to run personal errands, which led both the LA Ethics commission and the California State Bar to announce investigations of his actions, and today the LA Times is reporting that Michelle Delgadillo’s consulting firm was shut down by the state for nonpayment of taxes.

Honestly, I lost count, and I may have some things out of order. But that is a whole pile o’shit to try and shovel away.

There’s not much to add right now, except that LA County District Attorney Steve Cooley, who might have faced a challenge from Delgadillo before all of this blew up, is probably not too concerned about that matchup. I’d say Rocky is done – but I thought the movies were finished after Rocky IV, too, so take that with a grain of salt.

Further East, President Bush is still pushing immigration reform. In today’s radio address, he urged Congress to support him on this issue.

Now, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve agreed with George W. Bush, but generally, this is one of them. And when he called out conservative critics on their “…empty political rhetoric trying to frighten our citizens,” I couldn’t have agreed with him more. (Will leave aside that he is normally a master of that tactic himself.) There are parts of Bush’s reform I don’t like – I think it’s too punitive, for one – but I think something needs to happen besides building a fence and yelling boo any time someone in this country has an Hispanic surname.

But all good things must come to an end, and so it was with my brief communion with the soul of George Bush. Because right on the heels of the news that Dick Cheney is in some netherworld fourth branch of Government, not subject to the whims laws of this country (leading to this priceless chart from Rahm Emmanuel), Bush made the same claim for himself. Although Bush himself issued the executive order in question – which requires all government agencies to submit to oversight by the National Archives and Records Administration as to their handling of classified materials.

Bush’s reasoning is less creative than Cheney’s, who claims, as President of the Senate, that he isn’t part of the executive branch. Bush says, simply, that he never meant for the order to apply, to, you know, him.

And why should it? After all, Bush & Cheney certainly hold close to their vests any and all state secrets, unless they involve the covert identity of the wife of one of their critics.

Seriously, you cannot make this shit up.


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