Another Bush official caught red-handed

With a very catchy article title no less!

Congress Investigates MacDonald’s Farm

[quote]Julie MacDonald, who resigned this month as Interior Department deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, was actively involved in removing the Sacramento splittail fish from the federal threatened and endangered species list at the same time that she was profiting from her ownership of a farm that lies within the habitat area of the threatened fish, according to an investigative report published Sunday by the “Contra Costa Times” newspaper.

“It looks like another Bush administration official was protecting her own bottom line instead of protecting the public interest,” said Miller, a senior member and former chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and a long-time proponent of the Endangered Species Act and Bay-Delta fish and wildlife issues.

MacDonald resigned earlier the month following a scathing Inspector General report charging her with leaking sensitive documents to industry lobbyists, browbeating U.S. Fish and Wildlife scientists, and illegally overturning scientific recommendations in order to squelch protections for endangered species.[/quote]

The article also asserts this indiscretion is part of a general trend in the Dept. of the Interior under the Bush administration:

[quote]Rahall, who has served on the Natural Resources Committee since 1976 and became its chairman in January, said, [b]“Time and again, this administration has demonstrated a complete disregard for scientists and their work.”

“Political appointees at the Interior Department have been allowed to overrule biologists and to work more closely with special interests than with their own staff. The Interior Department must explain its deputy assistant secretary’s actions in this very troubling case, which is apparently the latest in a long line of efforts to undercut species recovery.” [/b][/quote]

Isn’t everyone in a government job now a Bush Administration official?

[quote]
MacDonald resigned earlier the month following a scathing Inspector General report charging her with leaking sensitive documents to industry lobbyists, browbeating U.S. Fish and Wildlife scientists, and illegally overturning scientific recommendations in order to squelch protections for endangered species.[/quote]
Now this is serious, and she should be taken to task over it. Yet, what exactly is the connection to Bush?

Was she appointed?

[quote]
Also today, the Center for Biological Diversity released memos obtained through the Freedom of Information Act further implicating MacDonald in what Policy Director Kieran Suckling called “improper and potentially criminal actions.”[/quote]
Sorry, but when a government official is named “Suckling” it deserves special note.

And why is the article not: “Bush adminstration official weeds out bad apple?”

Suckling is an administration official too, right?

But that wouldn’t make for such an agenda driven title for Vay.

He has to make his quota.

[quote=“jdsmith”]
Also today, the Center for Biological Diversity released memos obtained through the Freedom of Information Act further implicating MacDonald in what Policy Director Kieran Suckling called “improper and potentially criminal actions.”[/quote]

[quote]Sorry, but when a government official is named “Suckling” it deserves special note.

And why is the article not: “Bush adminstration official weeds out bad apple?”

Suckling is an administration official too, right?[/quote]

No, he isn’t. Suckling works for the Center for Biological Diversity, a private, non-proft charitable organization that serves as a legal watchdog monitoring federal government activities with respect to wildlife.

biologicaldiversity.org/swcbd/

The government can take credit for the Inspector General’s report, but not for the work of Suckling and the Center for Biological Diversity.

[quote=“jdsmith”]Isn’t everyone in a government job now a Bush Administration official?

[quote]
MacDonald resigned earlier the month following a scathing Inspector General report charging her with leaking sensitive documents to industry lobbyists, browbeating U.S. Fish and Wildlife scientists, and illegally overturning scientific recommendations in order to squelch protections for endangered species.[/quote]
Now this is serious, and she should be taken to task over it. Yet, what exactly is the connection to Bush?

Was she appointed?[/quote]

You didn’t read the article.

The first sentence:

I think the problem that the Bush administration faced when appointing people to posts is that they didn’t have the scientists on their side. That meant they turned to the best qualified on their side, which were qualified not because they know what’s going on from the science side but rather from the business end. That kind of political appointee goes against the reasoned studies of the scientists in favor of promoting business (including their own).

The Bush Administration recently pushed to take the bald eagle off the endangered list despite research that shows that it should stay on there. Might as well just take the bald eagle off the quarter, too, and put a big dollar sign in its place.

Thanks for clearing that up smerf.

Still think the title is a tad inflammatory though. McDonald seems like a scumbag for certain, but the whole “following the party line” bs is well, bs (until it is proven that she was “allowed” to do what she did with full knowledge of her superiors).

[quote=“twocs”]
I think the problem that the Bush administration faced when appointing people to posts is that they didn’t have the scientists on their side. That meant they turned to the best qualified on their side, which were qualified not because they know what’s going on from the science side but rather from the business end. That kind of political appointee goes against the reasoned studies of the scientists in favor of promoting business (including their own).[/quote]

Allegations of unqualified political appointees obtaining high level positions certainly are a concern, but it’s good to see that internal government monitoring rooted MacDonald out in this case. According to the article, she resigned following a “scathing Inspector General report” on her inappropriate and, it seems, illegal activities. I’m happy to see that she is out, and it seems the credit for her departure belongs to the office of the IG.

The full text of the report can be found at doioig.gov/

Click on the link that says “Recently Released Reports”.

I did miss that. But are you suggesting that Bush the man himself picked out the [quote]
Interior Department deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks[/quote]??

Was she a Liberty U graduate?

Praise Jezzsas!

Jeeeeezus . . .

[quote] Top Bush lawyer accused of trying to kill wife

A one-time top lawyer to former president George W. Bush is accused of trying to kill his wife at their Connecticut home by beating her with a flashlight and choking her.

Fifty-seven-year-old John Michael Farren is charged with strangulation and attempted murder. He was ordered held on Thursday on $US2 million ($A2.17 million) bail.

His lawyer Eugene Riccio calls it “a tragic situation”.

Farren was deputy White House counsel to Bush. He also worked on the campaign and transition for former president George H.W. Bush.

An arrest affidavit says the attack occurred after Mary Farren delivered divorce papers on Monday.

Police say she passed out during the attack on Wednesday night at their New Canaan home and later fled with her children.

She is stable at a hospital with a broken nose, broken jaw and other injuries.[/quote]
smh.com.au/world/top-bush-la … -lxb4.html

I can’t wait to see fred and the usual gang’s rants to defend this guy. The playbook will likely include a blanket denial that the event ever occurred, a rant against the “librul media” for reporting this, a rant against the “librul media” for making the beating sound worse than it is, and then there will be an insistence that the man was actually trying to help his wife recover from an epilectic fit during which she repeatedly rammed her face against his flashlight and her neck against his clutching fingers. In six months, they’ll point to the inevitable WSJ opinion piece and call the opinion piece a “news article”, insisting that his conviction was utterly unjust and the product of “librul prosecutors”.

It was just enhanced marriage counseling.

I’m way far from a fan of the Bush administration, but in the course of 8 (long, sad) years, there must have been thousands of Bush administration appointees and officials. The US had about 1500 actual murders in 2005 by an “intimate” according to the national crime statistics, don’t know how many more attempted murders there were, probably several times more. So the odds of one or two Bush administration people committing attempted or successful murder might be fairly high. Same for Clinton etc.

Or maybe they really are extra likely - I mean, they do have more religious zealots and gun nuts in their camp, so maybe access to more weapons (gun nuts) and more psychopathic behavior (religious zealotry) increases their ranks of the homicidal.

Twotongues – or else their skills at hypocrisy ensures that despite claiming to be “pro-family” and “pro-law & order”, senior Republicans ultimately have to be neither. The pressure of the contradictions inherent to high-level Republican life must be nearly inescapable. They either find an Argentinian f*cktoy or start sending text messages to House pages. Look at poor Tom Delay – given his blathering during the Terry Schiavo travesty, you almost wouldn’t realize that he was a guy who’d had his own ailing father put down like a dog with distemper. Pathetic, really.