Friday, April 28, 2006

Please Make the Room Stop Spinning!

The Sweeney Spinners really take the cake. We can see the man is intoxicated with our own eyes, yet instead of taking responsibility, they basically call the students liars:
Carlson said Sweeney, R-Clifton Park, did attend the party at the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity house on April 22, but she insisted he did not drink alcohol while there and was not intoxicated, as the student newspaper's story reported. "Anything else is categorically untrue," she said.
And though they weren't there and didn't see the pictures, of course the story's got the GOP rushing in with their Denial ain't just a river in Egypt defense:
Area Republican leaders said they doubted Sweeney was intoxicated at the party. "I don't think John would put himself in that public position," said Washington County Republican Chairman John Aspland.
Well, here's a reality check for you guys: he did! And if it weren't for the pictures maybe someone might fall for all your spin and blind faith. The TU Blog reports in a Second O'SPINion that Sweeney's friend, the Geppetto's bar owner is claiming that, "Sweeney had “half a glass of wine and a Stromboli at my place”' And Sweeney "did not drink anything at the Alpha Delta Phi house..."

Now, I am woman enough to admit that I enjoy a glass of wine at dinner and even the occasional chocolate martini say at my birthday party. But I've never seen anyone look that drunk after just a half a glass of wine. Seems to me that Lichorat and Carlson are the ones what are guilty of "untruths" here not the students. And shame on them for that!

In fact, seems like the students have more sense than Sweeney and his supporters do, the student paper reported sophomorere Doug Richardson saying:

I think that it can be a very harmful career decision seeing how there was underage drinking going on at the party. ... Furthermore, I think that congressmen, in general, should have a certain amount of respect for their position in our country's government and drinking with students at a college fraternity party is not the best way to display that respect.


Blogger genoasail said...

I will leave here the same comment I left on another blog regarding this item:

Who knows what happened. One thing we can know is that when the students offered them a beer, they knew that underage drinking was going on. And did nothing. And didn’t leave. And that was unquestionable an error in judgement.

No amount of stonewalling from Melissa Carlson (Sweeney’s spokeperson) is going to change those facts. Further Ms. Carlson would be well advised to stop treating any inquiry into the Congressman’s behaviour with such hostility-it only makes him looks guiltier.

And come election night, I think Ms. Carlson is also incorrect in her statement that people will be thinking about dredging of the Hudson River.

Voters will be thinking about how they are working more and more and getting less and less. And they will be thinking about how Congress member work less and less (only 95 days in session this year) and get more and more from lobbyists and special interests.

And I am more inclined to think that people will be thinking about the fact that her boss voted with the President 80% of the time. I think they will be thinking about the Congressman being on the wrong side of issues like this:

~Where’s Osama? Osama bin Forgotten
~How many people affected in Hurricane Katrina
~Lack of the use of swift boats in the Katrina Rescue effort
~No air drops to Superdome
~Orders to shoot people over a loaf of bread that was taken from a store
~Explosion heard 2 days after the storm passed and THEN the levees gave way
~GOP holding votes open beyond deadlines
~Last throes comment
~Stuff happens comment
~Mission accomplished (100 dead at the time)
~Medicare Part D for Disaster Drug Bill
~Ski trips with lobbyists
~Class-Action Reform Bill
~Medicare not allowed to broker prices for prescription drugs
~Nobody called back from vacation to help with the worst natural disaster in history. Not Bush, not Cheney, not Card, not Condi…
~We don’t torture, we send detainees to other countries to not be tortured
~Lobbying is well out of control
~Katherine Harris
~Journalists targeted in Iraq
~Oil not paying for the war
~Not being treated as liberators
~Civil War in Iraq
~Jessica Lynch fiction
~Pat Tillman cover-up
~Terri Schiavo
~Ethics committee gutted
~FDA will approve anything (except emergency birth control for rape victims)
~Attacks on Social Security
~No child left behind is not funded
~Refusing aid after Katrina
~Red Cross not allowed to assist after Katrina
~Cronyism all across government, from FEMA to DHS
~Bernard Kerik for DHS withdraws after mob ties are discovered
~Cutting aid to NYPD and FDNY that are affected form the cleanup effort when they were told that the air was safe to breathe
~Tax cuts to those that don’t trickle it down
~3 Trillion Dollars more in debt
~No help in NOLA until Bush arrived (then it stopped again when he left)
~Abu Ghraib
~Italian reporter shot up by US military
~Bolton recess appointment without Congressional approval
~No legislation passed that big money hasn’t backed
~Buying the Iraqi press
~Wanted to bomb Al-Jazeera
~No water or electricity in Iraq
~Cindy Sheehan treatment
~Harriet Miers
~Soldiers serving well after their agreed enlistment time
~President won’t hold press conferences
~President only speaks to cherry-picked audiences
~Plame Outing
~Scooter Libby Indictment
~President Bush authorizing leaks and then lying about it
~AIPAC spying in the Pentagon
~Claude Allen
~Director of all government procurement arrested and pleading guilty to corruption
~The GOP Culture of corruption
~Wage stagnation
~Halliburton in New Orleans and Iraq
~Outsourcing of jobs
~Yellow Cake
~No victory gauge, no plan for aftermath in Iraq
~No body armor for soldiers either Iraqi or American
~Outsourcing the building of Marine 1 Helicopters
~Fighter jets sold to Pakistan by Bush…on a Saturday
~No accuracy in unemployment rate reporting
~SEC has become a joke
~Hedge funds aren’t regulated
~No war strategy
~Downing Street Memos
~Borrowing from the communists
~$330,000 a month to Chalabi
~Failing to capture osama at Tora Bora because of troop redirection to Iraq. Osama still leads.
~No border security
~Gas prices
~Home heating prices higher than ever in history
~IRS auditing churches
~Price of war underestimated by $350 billion
~Closed session of Senate accomplished nothing the GOP said it would
~Pre-war intel was/is fixed
~Environmental laws absolutely gutted
~Middle class forgotten all-together
~Redistricting to rig elections
~Patriot Act in our libraries
~Civil rights eroded/gutted
~GOP votes against EVERY inquiry of wrong-doing
~9/11 commission ignored completely
~Programs for the neediest gutted
~Education budged harshly slashed
~Fake terror alerts after the media exposes the coincidences
~Most secretive president ever
~Curveball, Chalabi
~Interstates inadequate for mass evacuations
~What was the Noble cause?
~Blaming Tenet for the “slam dunk” comment and then awarding Medal of Freedom
~Elderly deaths went way up during the Social Security Savagery
~Sensenbrenner walked off with the gavel during Patriot Act hearing
~Tax cuts to ship jobs overseas
~Billions in tax breaks to oil companies
~Veterans benefits cut
~No exception for soldiers in the Bankruptcy Reform Bill
~Still ignoring NOLA
~Creating immigration laws that take affect in 5 years
~Pat Robertson and James Dobson tell their congregation how they should vote
~Jerry Falwell too
~Corruption is the norm
~No timetable for when the debt will be paid
~DOW was at 11,770 when Bush took office 5 years ago
~Dollar is losing value
~Haven’t defined what is/isn’t torture for all to hear
~Trade agreements unfair to US workers
~Ports left unprotected
~Swift-Boating John Kerry
~Michael Brown was kept on the payroll
~Brown was never fired
~How many soldiers trained keeps getting LESS year over year
~Why were helicopters used to find the people, trying to escape the rising waters, pounding on their roofs from inside their attics?
~5 deferments Cheney
~Nuclear option for use in Iran
~Ethics committee couldn’t get Cunningham 2 years after it was known that his house was sold to a defense contractor for $700,000 over it’s value as he lived on that contractor’s yacht
~20% tax on land phone lines
~12% on cell towers
~Diesel fuel is 50 cents higher than gasoline
~Troops Home by Christmas
~Establishing a democracy in Iraq and not a theocracy
~Jeb Bush doesn’t have any FEMA woes. Neither does Haley Barbour.
~War profiteering
~Health care
~Armstrong Williams
~Selling nuclear technology to India for mangos
~If it’s a Reform Bill or Deregulation Bill the result is never better quality or more affordability
~Christian values never reflected in legislation
~Jeff Gannon
~Nobody accountable for anything
~Loaded SCOTUS
~MZM contractors
~Chuck Hagel was CEO of ES&S
~Offshore accounts of members opf Congress
~Spouses on the fundraising payroll for members of Congress
~No mistakes come to mind for Bush
~Haley Barbour told us FEMA was there on Tuesday
~Math is spun (math don’t lie), scientific findings are changed at NASA and EPA to support Republicans political agenda
~Government is largest in over 200 years
~Looking under a desk for WMD’s
~Non-combative protestors arrested
~Soviet-style Gulags in Europe
~Targeting journalists for prosecution
~NOLA Superdome
~Opium export in Afghanistan up 2000%
~Ready for a Category 6?
~Global warming ignored
~Hans Blix ignored
~Scott Ritter was right
~Pakistan earthquake money
~Private prison stockholders
~George H W Bush runs Pharma
~The Carlyle Group
~The Alexander Group
~Bill Bennett’s racist remarks
~Joe Wilson
~Indian Casino lobbying for how much?
~We aren’t safer
~Wire-taps BEFORE 9/11
~Carnival cruise line contract after Katrina
~Able Danger
~Ken Lay
~Harken Energy
~Rupert Murdoch’s Tony Snow now press secretary
~Blatant over-charges in Iraq and NOLA
~Bird Flu vaccine for only 20 million
~10% of needed flu vaccine 2002-2003
~Dubai Ports World
~Immigration issues ignored for five years
~Gas prices
~Energy policy written by the oil industry in Cheney’s office

This is Sweeney’s Republican party in action. The Republican’s control all channels of power in government. If government is failing its people, it’s because it’s a completely Republican-run government. And GOP water carriers like Congressman Sweeney have a lot to answer for.

I think THAT is what voters care about.

I think THAT is what Melissa Carlson better be prepared for come election night.

CL Morris
The Democracy Cell Project

4:50 PM  

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