Archive for November 11th, 2007

Why Do Rudy’s BFF’s Always Seem To Be In Trouble?

By- Suzie-Q @ 6:30 PM MST

Another lesson in GOP family values:

Former Rep. John Sweeney was charged with aggravated DWI when he was pulled over by State Police early this morning on the Northway with a 23-year-old woman in his car, police told the Daily News.

Sweeney was driving northbound in his hometown of Clifton Park when he was arrested at 1:19 a.m., between exits 9 and 10.

State Police had no comment when asked the identity of the passenger in Sweeney’s 2004 BMW sedan. Sweeney was also ticketed for driving erratically. A law enforcement source said Sweeney’s car had been swerving and the woman was seated partially on his lap when Trooper Phillip Dickson first spotted him.

Sweeney’s blood alcohol content registered at .10 percent when he was checked at the Clifton Park station, according to Lt. Scott Cobura. He was ordered to appear in Clifon Park Town Court Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Sweeney got his political start as executive director of the state GOP, where he helped Rudy Giuliani win his first mayoral campaign in 1993 and also worked on George Pataki’s successful bid to oust former Gov. Mario Cuomo in 1994.


During the campaign, Sweeney was severely embarrasased when photos of him at a Union College frat party were publicized. In 2001, he drove his Jeep into a telephone pole in the Adirondacks, shutting off electricity to the nearby Willard Mt. resort and stranding skiers on a chair lift.

You know, I aspire to write that kind of comedy but understand that it is just not within my grasp.


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Afternoon Jukebox… Paralyzer

 By- Suzie-Q @ 12:30 PM MST

Finger Eleven – Paralyzer

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Alaska Lawmaker Promoted Earmarks, Raked In Cash

By- Suzie-Q @ 10:00 AM MST

Alaska Congressman Don Young

WASHINGTON — As chairman of the House transportation committee, Alaska Congressman Don Young flew at least three times to upstate New York aboard a sleek jet owned by Robert Congel, an ambitious shopping mall developer seeking federal highway dollars.

With Young’s help, Congel got millions of dollars to boost his dream of building the largest mall in North America. The veteran Republican congressman got something, too: more than $33,000 in political donations from Congel, his family and his associates.

For Young, the Congel story was hardly unusual. Time after time, Young approved millions of dollars for highway projects for people who in turn fattened his campaign coffers.

With money pouring in from transportation interests, Young amassed $6.5 million in political contributions from 2001 to 2005. Facing weak political opposition at home, he didn’t need much for his campaign. Instead, Young tapped his campaign fund to travel the country, often lavishly and in corporate jets, to meet with more developers and view their proposed highway projects.


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Norman Mailer, Towering Writer With Matching Ego, Is Dead

anthony @ 16:50 GMT

Norman Mailer, the combative, controversial and often outspoken novelist who loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation, died early yesterday in Manhattan. He was 84.

The cause was acute renal failure, his family said.

Mr. Mailer burst on the scene in 1948 with “The Naked and the Dead,” a partly autobiographical novel about World War II, and for six decades he was rarely far from center stage. He published more than 30 books, including novels, biographies and works of nonfiction, and twice won the Pulitzer Prize: for “The Armies of the Night” (1968), which also won the National Book Award, and “The Executioner’s Song” (1979).

He also wrote, directed and acted in several low-budget movies, helped found The Village Voice and for many years was a regular guest on television talk shows, where he could reliably be counted on to make oracular pronouncements and deliver provocative opinions, sometimes coherently and sometimes not.



An Appraisal: A Novelist’s Nonfiction Captured the American Spirit (November 11, 2007)

A Body of Work Spanning 59 Years (November 11, 2007)

A Sampler From Mailer (November 11, 2007)

Times Topics: Norman Mailer

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By- Suzie-Q @ 9:35 AM MST

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State of the Nation! Taco’s anyone ?

by GEF @ 6:08 AM MST


Open Thread.

How do you feel about America becoming a Third World Nation ?
Let’s talk!

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