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Eye Opener: Jan. 19, 2009

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

Happy Monday! Join The Eye today for the daily Post Politics Hour Live Discussion at 11 a.m. ET. Please also make sure to follow The Eye's Twitter feed as he will spend Tuesday on the National Mall "live tweeting" the Inaugural ceremonies. The Eye will watch out for America's hero pilot, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, who is reportedly visiting Washington for the big day with his family.

As Democrats and other career government employees prepare to take new jobs this week, potentially thousands of Republicans are searching for jobs anywhere -- at corporations, public interest groups and in government.

"For Republicans, the inn is full," veteran GOP operative Ron Kaufman told The Post's Philip Rucker and Dan Eggen. "You have lots of folks in the House and Senate on the streets and 3,000 administration appointees on the streets at a time when the job market is shrinking anyways. It's just not a fun time."

Meanwhile, as the nation's economy suffers, the military had a banner year as more Americans are joining the military, lured by a steady paycheck, benefits and training reports the New York Times.

"The Army exceeded its targets each month for October, November and December — the first quarter of the new fiscal year — bringing in 21,443 new soldiers on active duty and in the reserves. December figures were released last week. Recruiters also report that more people are inquiring about joining the military, a trend that could further bolster the ranks."

In other news...

Bush White House Fight E-mail Orders: "The Bush administration is aggressively pushing back against a federal court order instructing the most important offices in the White House to preserve all of their e-mail," the AP reports. "In court papers late Friday, the administration argued that a federal court has no authority to impose such a requirement on the offices of President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the National Security Council."

Tuesday's "Voice of God": The voice of the announcer at Tuesday's Inaugural belongs to Navy Musician 1st Class Courtney Williams, 33, a postal carrier's son from Greenbrier, Tenn. "He's a former high school band geek with a yen for country music, whose performance preparation usually includes a cup of coffee and a Marlboro Light," reports The Post's Michael E. Ruane.

Clinton's Goals Detailed: The Post's Walter Pincus combs through Sen.-and-soon-to-be-Sec. Hillary Rodham Clinton's comments on ballistic missiles, the International Criminal Court and other foreign policy matters.

Defense Finalizes Changes to NSPS Hiring: "The Defense Department on Friday issued final rules to expand the hiring and promotion flexibilities available to managers under its new personnel system," reports Gov Exec. "The rules enable Defense to exercise direct-hire authority and expand its use of term, temporary and time-limited appointments to help address surges in workload and extended absences due to military or civilian deployments. The temporary spots could be noncompetitively converted to permanent status later, the notice said."

Stimulus Bill Includes Mucho Accountability: As The Eye reported last week, lawmakers have included numerous accountability provisions in the economic stimulus legislation in an attempt to quell concern over how the money would be spent. Gov Exec recaps some of the accountability efforts.

Disaster Housing Plan Complete: "The Bush administration issued a long-awaited strategy for how to house disaster victims after catastrophic incidents like Hurricane Katrina," reports the AP. "The blueprint, issued late Friday night, was called for by Congress after the 2005 hurricane season highlighted the federal government's inability to find appropriate housing solutions for people driven from their homes for more than just a few months."

Events: Keep tabs on all the Inaugural events at The Post's Inauguration Central.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 19, 2009; 9:01 AM ET
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Living in racist Oregon
What Martin Luther King Day in Lane County Oregon means to me. In 2006 my wife and I were living in Federally Subsidized housing, our landlord started shooting at us with a shot-gun. He shot at us 14 times over a 10 day period. We called 911 twice. The first time the Lane County Deputy went to the landlord’s house, we could hear her laughing. Nothing was done. The next time we called 911, the shot-gin blasts are recorded on the 911 tape, the incident was recorded on video tape where you can hear the blast and the pellets hitting the house, the landlord again told Lane County deputies that he wasn’t shooting in our direction. The deputy told him, “I saw the tape and you can plainly hear the pellets hitting the house.” The landlord’s lawyer sent us an e-mail stating that his client did shoot at us but “couldn’t conceive that it would reach us.” The Lane County D. A. has the case open but refuses to prosecute. The FBI was asked to look into this but did nothing in 2006. I asked the Eugene Oregon branch of the FBI to look into it in 2008. I called them back 2 weeks later; they said they had done nothing. I called them again 1 week ago. They said they would look into it. In my opinion Lane County Oregon has not progressed in Civil Rights at all in the last 100 years. I have contacted every news organization in Oregon, not one has had the decency to mention that in the 21st century it is considered OK to shoot at minority tenants if you have the proper connections. To add insult to injury I was told that if our landlord had been shooting at wild turkeys they would have fined him. We came seeking peace and solitude, we were shot at. We sought protection, we were laughed at. We sought justice, we heard silence.

Posted by: iris6 | January 19, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"In my opinion Lane County Oregon has not progressed in Civil Rights at all in the last 100 years. I have contacted every news organization in Oregon, not one has had the decency to mention that in the 21st century it is considered OK to shoot at minority tenants if you have the proper connections."

No one is listening to you because your story is full of more holes than the last duck I shot.

The Lane County Sheriff doesn't serve the City of Eugene Oregon, the hamstrung Eugene Police Department does.

The City of Eugene is the most liberal left wing city on the planet outside of San Francisco, any assertion that in Eugene, Lane County, or anywhere else in Oregon white people are having a grand old time running around shooting at minorities with impunity is complete lunacy.

The situation is quite the reverse in the big cities with gang members shooting up the place, even killing people at funerals in North Portland.


Posted by: 1811 | January 19, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Listen. And I am so sincere about this you have no idea. Mr. Lincoln and the Army of the Republic (Republicans) freed the slaves. The Republicans created the 14th Amendment, From the late teens of the 20th Century the Democrats ruled the Congress. More lynchings and horror occured in the US. Eugenisists and other Socialists tried to arrange it to get the black people sterlized. Had WWII not come along they probably would have made a good stab at it. Democrats fought at Little Rock Central and else where. A month before the Democrats were called Dixiecrats for specfic anti-black attitudes. Suddenly, John F, Kennedy is murdered and the Democrats come to call with hat in hand. The great society is initiated in 1968. No body even asked what was going on.
Explain this to me.

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | January 19, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The shooting happened in Creswell, Oregon, twenty miles South of Eugene Oregon. The video tape is on Youtube, . The Lane County Sheriff’s Department filed 2 reports, Deputy Mccomas 06 9083, and Deputy Wilson 06 9680 Shot. The Lane County D. A.’s office located in Eugene Oregon refuses to prosecute. The Lane County Board of Commissioners, Faye Stewart, Bobbie Green, Bill Dwyer conducted a limited hearing since they sub-granted federal housing funds to a “not for profit” to administer the HOME TBA funds. Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart is a Board Member of the “not for profit Community Sharing of Cottage Grove Oregon – Nancy Glines EX Dir”. He was overseeing and investigating a NGO, non-governmental organization, whose board he sat on. In his hearing he relied on two known bogus documents and refused to hear about the shooting incidents. This is in violation of several federal laws. In the Lane County Commissioners hearing they covered-up a racial hate crime. The Lane County Commissioners provide the operating funds for the Lane County DA’s office.
“Posted by: 1811”, you will notice that the racism I am referring to is of the Lane County Board of Commissioners, the Lane County DA’s office and the Oregon media that refused to carry the story. The “image” that Eugene, Oregon is “the most liberal left wing city on the planet” is created by their own media machine. To suggest that racism is not a problem in one location because things are worse someplace else is childish logic. Racism exists in both places; it is illegal in both places. In Lane County Oregon it is being practiced by someone receiving federal housing funds, condoned by the Lane County Commissioners and not being prosecuted by the Lane County DA. So for the record, when is it considered proper to shoot at your rental tenants? When is it OK for the DA to not file charges for 14 counts of shooting at someone? When is racism OK?

Posted by: iris6 | January 19, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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