Friday, October 27, 2006

Friday Melange

The California Majority Report just reported that the DCCC has finally added Jerry McNerney (along with Charlie Brown and Francine Busby) to its “Red To Blue” campaign:
According to the DCCC web site, the "Red to Blue" program is designed to provide financial and structural aid to the strongest Democratic candidates across the country.

But what it really means is national money and staff. Great news for the Dem congressional hopefuls.

A hat tip to Hank Shaw for posting about this indictment of Richard Pombo from none other than Field & Stream. Their conservation editor-at-large just wrote a piece entitled Is Richard Pombo (R-CA) the "Darth Vader of the Environment?"
It sounded like hyperbole when green groups started calling Rep. Richard “Dick” Pombo (R- CA) the “Darth Vader of the Environment.” But as they say in Texas “it ain’t braggin if you can do it”, and Pombo has shown he can – and will – do it to sportsmen and the environment at every turn.

As chair of the House Resources Committee Pombo pushed to allow road building in the Tongass National Forest, sell national parks to private industry, eliminate the moratorium on selling federal lands to mining companies, remove regulations that force energy companies to respect wetlands and wildlife values on public lands, weaken the Endangered Species Act, and rewrite the National Environmental Policy Act so industry would have a more profitable time on public lands at the expense of fish, wildlife, and sportsmen. No wonder real estate developers have paid almost $250,000 into his campaign chest over the years (Center for Responsive Politics.)

In the same vein, Dump Dick Pombo has put up an original song with the following story line:
Former northern Californian Dusty Horwitt has been writing songs since the 20th century, taking his acoustic guitar ballads to both the East and West Coasts. Dusty was inspired to create this song about Dick Pombo after Pombo's attempt last year to sell off the public's forest, high country, and desert lands to developers. Says Dusty:
"Like a varmint from the Old West, Pombo will keep coming back to try to sell off our land until we chase him off for good."

Drum Major Institute has an informative post about the effect of the bankruptcy bill that took effect last year. DMI cites a Wall Street Journal article reporting that credit card companies and the debt collection industry have been making money hand-over-fist as the “distressed debt” trade is booming — unfortunately, these businesses are profiting on the backs of ordinary citizens who find “many creditors knocking at their door when the chips are down, usually as the result of a life-changing event like a divorce or job loss.” Of course, Richard Pombo voted in support of the bankruptcy bill which penalizes the most vulnerable constituents in his district and enriches the special interests.

Finally, I have to make an apology. In last Sunday’s post about Pombo’s War on the Constitution, I referred to an episode of the CNN series Broken Government that will focus on the assault on the courts by both the Executive and Congressional branches, which will apparently feature Richard Pombo. I said that the episode would air on Thursday evening, but, actually, “Judges on Trial” is set to air on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. (re-shown at 11:00). I’m sorry for the mistake, but if you tuned in last night, you saw an excellent episode about how the Bush Administration, with the full support of the Republican-led Congress, has pushed for executive powers never imagined by the framers of the Constitution. Tonight’s focus is on Republicans betraying their conservative philosophy by spending like drunken sailors — and borrowing to fund it all.


Blogger 911 Bill of Rights said...

Did you see this???

McNerney Leads Pombo in Latest Poll in CA-11!!!

Ya, baby!!

7:02 PM, October 27, 2006  
Blogger Delta said...

I read the article at Field and Stream. It is not the first time they hammered Pombo. Comment there from Ralph the Rifleman. 'I hope the voters read the blog...sounds like"Darth" Pombo needs to move to another planet.' Better not let Ralph get you in his sights, Richard.

8:20 PM, October 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone see the piece on KCRA tonight, I only saw part of it. What's going on with the signs?

10:36 PM, October 27, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

Anon --
Didn't catch KCRA. Do you care to elaborate?

11:06 PM, October 27, 2006  
Anonymous gotcha said...

anon is what is called a "troll" similar to the earlier trolling after the primary here my Wayne smallJohnson. They are getting desperate if Pombo's people are pulling stunts like this. Also the car they filmed from was a late model Ford F-150 pickup. And I will hold on to revealing how I know until later. Hehe.

12:14 AM, October 28, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

Anon & Gotcha --
Do you want to bring the rest of us up to speed as to what you're talking about? After all, this is a blog and the purpose is to communicate — so what, exactly, are you both talking about?

12:30 AM, October 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe this is what is being talked about, courtesy of Hank Shaw's blog.

7:14 AM, October 28, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

You're right. I just caught the KCRA news this morning, and they re-ran the piece. I had a hard time imagining that the clip from Hank Shaw's blog would actually rate air time, but I apparently overestimated what passes for news on KCRA.

But I'm curious — Shaw said that the signs that were removed were placed in front of McNerney's campaign headquarters; the KCRA report didn't mention that. If the signs were on private property in front of the campaign headquarters, that would seem to put the whole escapade in a very different light.

If there's anyone out there who can clarify this, please jump in.

7:57 AM, October 28, 2006  
Anonymous Tom benigno said...

Hank Shaw is a liar just like Pombo, he had that clip on his site by 6:30 last night. The full clip like, it was a made movie. Even the Stockton Record didn't even preview, the story. It's another try to make Jerry's People look bad. Send Hank Shaw out of job the sam time Pombo goes back to the ranch, on November 7th.

Jerry Mc Nerney for Congress.

Tom Benigno

8:08 AM, October 28, 2006  

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