What's happening in the wacky world of US politics:
- The federal GAO office says the Pentagon has lost track of about 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles, and that the military does not know where these weapons, which represent approximately 30% of the weapons we've distributed to Iraqi forces since 2004, are at this point. Apparently they aren't showing up in the US inventory.
I'm glad the Republican plan of "we'll arm and equip them over there" is making such good progress... by the way, the article cites 2004-2005, the period when General David H. Patraeus was in charge of security training, as being particularly problematic. No wonder he was promoted.
- There is increasing evidence that the GOP Security Strike Force, formerly known as the Department of Justice, singled out for prosecution cases which would help Republicans win elections.
Watch for General Alberto Gonzales to repeat his mantra of "I Know Nothing!" in his best Schultz imitation at the next hearing.
- The dishonorable corrupt colleague from the great state of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens (R-Bridge to Nowhere) and his protege son Ben are back in the news today. It seems that Stevens' "bookkeeper" is pulling down a federal salary of $150,000. Her job title at the Commerce Committee, 'financial clerk', doesn't exist anywhere else in the senate.
The FBI looking into these matters prompts the dishonorable colleague from the great state of Idaho Senator Larry Craig (R-Land of Mr. Potato Head) to suggest "...when you have the allegatiatons, you have the judicial segment of our government, the executive branch, out raiding the homes of senators, that is a very frightening proposition. It is a bit Gestapo-like in its style and tactics."
He'll no doubt appreciate the Sergeant Schultz reference above...
- And Survey USA released their Senator approval ratings for July, and while the Dems stayed even the Repubs are losing ground big time. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senator Norm Coleman (R-Minnesota) are seeing their approval numbers drop like proverbial rocks.
Both are up for re-election in 2008 - BooYah!
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