Burnt Toast to Go with Your Joe (8/30/06)

Platter of much-deserved burnt toast

• BURNT TOAST to Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the State Department office that oversees foreign broadcasts such as the Voice of America. As reported in today’s New York Times, “State Department investigators have found that [Mr. Tomlinson]…used his office to run a ‘horse racing operation’ and that he improperly put a friend on the payroll.â€? In addition, he “repeatedly used government employees to perform personal errands and…billed the government for more days of work than the rules permit.â€? more…

• BURNT TOAST to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for their continuing bureaucratic ineptitude and insensitivity. As reported in today’s Washington Post, the agency has been haggling with local officials in New Orleans over who ought to pay for the removal of dead trees and the like. “Through hundreds of such disputes large and small, the most costly disaster in U.S. history is fast becoming its most contentious, with appeals and disputes worth nearly a billion dollars bogging down repairs of critical public systems and delaying the return of residents.â€? more…

• BURNT TOAST to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, who traveled to Alaska’s North Slope and, after taking a helicopter tour of the area, declared that it was okay for his department to “sell oil leases to nearly 500,000 acres north and east of Lake Teshekpuk, an area environmentalists maintain should be protected because of its value to caribou and as molting grounds for tens of thousands of geese.â€? more…

• BURNT TOAST (gobs) to the confused citizens of Utah who seem to equate dissent with treason. (Polygamy is apparently okay, though.) As reported in the Salt Lake Tribune, which recently conducted a public opinion poll on the issue, “forty-five percent of poll respondents said war protesters such as [Cindy] Sheehan and [Salt Lake City mayor Rocky] Anderson aid U.S. enemies. Just 27 percent embrace the alternative view.â€? more…

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