Thursday, January 29, 2009

Shame All Around

Hey Senate Democrats, now would be the time to piss and moan about someone Rod Blagojevich appointed because he's no longer the governor of Illinois:

Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges in December. Federal authorities allege, among other things, that he was trying to sell or trade the Senate seat that became vacant after Barack Obama was elected president. After the governor's arrest, the state House voted overwhelmingly to impeach him.

The Senate vote was 59-0.
Might we look forward to the former governor's recitations of poetry and self-flattering historical musings on Hollywood Squares, perhaps alongside Alberto Gonzales and his hilarious "I don't recall" catch-phrase?

That peanut company from America did some clever lab-shopping to get the "non-poisoned" result it wanted:
Federal health officials say Peanut Corp. shipped tainted peanut products from its Blakely, Ga., facility after retesting them and getting a negative result for salmonella.

Peanut butter, peanut paste and other goods from the plant are being blamed for an outbreak that has sickened more than 500 people, triggered a massive international recall and raised doubts about the food industry's safety practices.
Would it be rude to propose that prosecutors do some clever prison-ward shopping to make sure that these assholes become bunkmates with a certain class of inmate -- say, a class of inmate with family members who ate tainted peanuts?

It's now harder to discriminate against women in the workplace:
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which passed 250-177, would give workers alleging unequal pay the right to sue within 180 days of their most recent paycheck.
The cited article is too kind to note that 172 of the 177 nay votes in the House came from Republicans, or that every male Republican Senator except Arlen Specter voted against it.

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