Monday, April 30, 2007

Corps asked to explain pump contract

NEW ORLEANS - When the Army Corps of Engineers solicited bids for drainage pumps for New Orleans, it copied the specifications — typos and all — from the catalog of the manufacturer that ultimately won the $32 million contract, a review of documents by The Associated Press found.

The pumps, supplied by Moving Water Industries Corp. of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and installed at canals before the start of the 2006 hurricane season, proved to be defective, as the AP reported in March. The matter is under investigation by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.

In a letter dated April 13, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., called on the Corps to look into how the politically connected company got the post-Hurricane Katrina contract. MWI employed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, President Bush's brother, to market its pumps during the 1980s, and top MWI officials have been major contributors to the Republican Party.

Once again, the Bush administration, and the Bush family are tied in with shady dealings on government contracts. I thought Halliburton and Enron were bad enough, but now it seems that they'll take advantage of every single tragedy that befalls the American people.

This is disgusting.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Dumbest Comment of the Day:

Laura Bush on Iraq: 'No one suffers more than their president and I do'

This would be the dumbest comment of the year, except I'm completely positive that GW is going to say something even dumber tomorrow.


Friday, April 06, 2007

Word of the Day: eleemosynary

Ok, no cheating. Tell me, do you know what this word means without looking it up? I sure didn't.

I saw this in a Time Magazine article. I would think that the author could have used a more common word to make his point. Or was his point to show off his extensive vocabulary?

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Couple commits suicide after pet dog dies

Strangest story I've heard in quite a while.
Geico ad sheds light on 'that movie announcer guy'

This is a nice story about Don LaFontaine - who's always been a great guy to us at Sound Advice.