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Report: U.S. Oil Program Rife with Conflicts, Favoritism, 'Promiscuity'

POSTED: 03:27 PM ET, 09/10/2008 by The Editors

Government officials in a program that collects royalties from firms drilling on federal land partied and had sexual relationships with employees of oil and gas companies; accepted lavish gifts including ski trips, sports tickets and golf outings; and steered contracts to favored firms, according to a two-year Interior Department investigation released today.

Investigators said they "discovered a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" in the Colorado office of the program.

The report alleges that the former director, Gregory W. Smith, also arranged side deals that personally netted him more than $30,000, according. Smith's lawyer, Stephen Peters, said he had not yet read the report, but that allegations about drug use and sexual liaisons "sound very much embellished and fabricated."

"Greg Smith was a very loyal and dedicated employee," Peters told The Washington Post.

Apart from Smith, another 13 people in the office of fewer than 60 people have been recommended for administrative action for showing favoritism and having had personal relationships with energy company employees from 2002 through 2006.

The report contains fresh allegations about the culture and practices at the beleaguered royalty-in-kind program of Interior's Minerals Management Service, which each year collects billions of dollars worth of oil and natural gas from companies given contracts to tap energy on federal and Indian lands and offshore. The program, based in Lakewood, Colo., has been under multiple investigations since 2006 by the Interior Department's secretary, its inspector general, the Justice Department and Congress for alleged mismanagement and conflicts of interest.

Inspector general's report after the jump...


By The Editors |  September 10, 2008; 3:27 PM ET Hot Documents , Post Investigations
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Sounds like a bunch of Republicans being, well, Republicans. And the visual it invokes is appalling. No wonder they're always going on about things pertaining to sex. They must think everyone else is like themselves, and need to be muzzled or they'll start fornicating out in the street like dogs... Or flies, maybe? Ugh.

Posted by: Matt | September 10, 2008 4:12 PM

So in other words all contracts should be voided and reassesed to what they are worth, no wonder they have record profits, not paying for where they get the oil, and overcharging for it

Posted by: Larry miller | September 10, 2008 4:13 PM

I smell sex and candy.

But they will ask for forgiveness and all will be well.

Did the goverment hire all the enron employees?

Posted by: Nationalize Me | September 10, 2008 4:14 PM

Elect Obama to put a stop to this sort of "Drill Baby, Drill" mentality that has put us in the position of being weaker internationally and domestically. We currently have Oil Men i the White House and if the republican candidates are elected we will once again have candidates who listen more to oil lobbyistys then teachers and soldiers.

Thank you for reading!
Cameron Toth

Posted by: Cameron Toth | September 10, 2008 4:16 PM

And most of America will not care. Such is today's United States of America. USA, USA, USA, USA, USA.

Posted by: Lincoln | September 10, 2008 4:17 PM

Looks like the typical (Michael) Browning of all agencies since GWB-the worst president in American history. But hey-let's keep it going, after all, McCain has proven perfectly willing to go to bat for his main contributors, (Keating). No reason the party has to stop.

Posted by: Biff | September 10, 2008 4:18 PM

sounds right up Ms Wasillas ally....
Check out why she supports taking Polar Bears,ice seals, not protecting salmon streams,allowing helicopter shooting of wolves in Alaska...as well as not believing that humans/human emissions have anything whatsoever to do with ice caps melting and global warming....drill baby drill is communicating big time with the movers and shakers in this article....please do your research citizens of this country before it is too late. She is an alluring shell to blind us from the reality of what we need to do and what we need to address. Great marketing plan, bad for the the good citizens of this country.

Posted by: Kathleen | September 10, 2008 4:18 PM

Par for the course in Washington. Another reason why we should increase the size of government as liberal want to do...more spending, less competition, more corruption, less efficient etc...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 4:19 PM

Looks like Drill Baby Drill has new meaning with Republican Bush appointees.

Posted by: liberal-elitist | September 10, 2008 4:20 PM

The Democratic led congress appoints these people

Posted by: Josh | September 10, 2008 4:21 PM

America-- Yyet another sign of how we've become corrupt and incompetent-- I am ashamed of my country!

Posted by: GWTOIG | September 10, 2008 4:21 PM

Keep putting "Lipstick on a Pig" Anonymous and Blame the Dems for Bush's dumb cronie hiring practices.

With our schools systems must of us stupid enought to believe you and we get the goverment we desire while it lasts.

Posted by: Corrupt Bush Appointee | September 10, 2008 4:25 PM

Government and Corruption No........
This is not a Republican or a Democrat thing, this is a government problem. The government is incapable of running any program efficiently....Social Security, Medicare, Welfare, any of it is destined for failure.

Posted by: Ron | September 10, 2008 4:25 PM

Can't wait for the dog to catch up with the tail on this deal. Both parties are gonna feel Palin's bite if she gets elected.

Posted by: rural americans | September 10, 2008 4:25 PM

Sounds like a cool place to work. Where do I apply?

Posted by: Joe | September 10, 2008 4:26 PM

And some people still want these crooked, immoral, greedy republican idiots back in the whitehouse. WTF, People!!! Where the f*#K is the outrage!!! Bush, Cheney and the whole crew should be standing trial right now!!! My only hope is that they will pay when Obama gets in office.

Republicans are vile, corrupt greedy, self-centered, cheap, untruthful, hypocrites, and are the embodiment of all evil.

And before you right-wing nut-jobs say bush had nothing to do w/ this, let me say you are WRONG. He created this republican culture of lying,cheating and corruption. The fish stinks from the head down.

Posted by: TruePatriot | September 10, 2008 4:26 PM

i'm sure the Dems milked this for every penny they could get to the DNC. Hmmmmm, its kind of hard to milk Solar or Wind Power with this kind of large pandering to corporations, isn't it? If GREEN energy is cool with Boone Pickens, its cool with me.

Posted by: Leishtek | September 10, 2008 4:26 PM

Does this surprise me? No. Is there lipstick in this story, lets wait and see.

Posted by: Kimmo | September 10, 2008 4:26 PM

This is a non-partisan issue. Each side has its skeletons in the closet. But it still goes to show that we still have the best government money can buy.
Is it any wonder that John Adams was concerned with a two- party system?

Posted by: no name | September 10, 2008 4:27 PM

"The Democratic led congress appoints these people"

Jeesh, learn to read. The time period in question is 2002-2006. Who was in control of all three branches of government during that time? Oh...let me see...Republicans!

Posted by: me | September 10, 2008 4:27 PM

The congress does not appoint people to the Department of the Interior, Bush does. Drugs and sex, what do they have against rock and roll?

Posted by: liberal-elitist | September 10, 2008 4:27 PM

Par for the course in Washington. Another reason why we should increase the size of government as liberal want to do...more spending, less competition, more corruption, less efficient etc... Signed "Anonymous"
Response: Damn Democrats. Once again, look at how controlling the White House for the last eight years has enabled them to provide hiding places for corruption. Four more years...four more years. YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING!

Posted by: Jim G | September 10, 2008 4:29 PM

A close friend has been an auditor in this agency for years. The political appointees in charge have allowed a massive rip-off of the taxpayers. This began at least in Bill Clinton's administration if not before. My friend has talked for years about the adamant refusal of these administrators (Democrats and Republicans) to allow auditors to pursue appropriate action against the oil companies. We have lost billions of dollars in tax revenue as campaign donations and lobbyist efforts have corrupted this agency. Big oil has bought the country on this issue.

Posted by: Bill | September 10, 2008 4:30 PM

"Sounds like a bunch of Republicans being, well, Republicans" - actually, this sounds a lot more like Bill Clinton democrats to me.

Posted by: Chris | September 10, 2008 4:31 PM

Joe, My sentiments exactly! I want a job like that...

Posted by: Brian | September 10, 2008 4:32 PM

The Republican party has held the Congress, the Presidency, or both since 1980. Since 1980! What surprises me is that one of the other posts blames the washington "liberals" for this. For one thing, that label no longer means anything, nor does "conservative". This is a symptom of the Bush Administration atmosphere since W took office. There have been more stories of corruption and scandal in the last 7 years than ever before. I will be voting for Obama, if for no other reason than to shake the oil industry grip on Washington which has been on a feeding frenzy since Cheney's energy summit in early 2001. Lot of good it did except ensure 7 years of record profits for oil companies and continued hardship for the ever strapped American middle class.

Posted by: DowninTexas | September 10, 2008 4:34 PM

Why is there an immediate assumption by some of the commentators here that the people involved must be Republicans? Just because somebody works for a govt agency doesnt automatically make them a Republican.

Seems to me that some people look for any excuse to find fault with Bush and Republicans, no matter how ridiculous.

Posted by: Tom | September 10, 2008 4:35 PM

Its not fair to compare McCain to Bush Macs honesty is there even if your a Dem.If anyone can handle the oil people Palin can id vote her ahead of anyone else.Bushs vp pick was the worst in history,and he surr/himself with yes people.Obama would do a much better job than that,because hes more open minded.

Posted by: Marv Porter | September 10, 2008 4:36 PM

Republicans=Corruption

This is part of Cheney's energy policy. No wonder he kept it private.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 4:37 PM

Change We Can Believe In, Judgment WE Can Trust, Obama 08. We need Change (Integrety) in Washington and it won't be easy. It can and will be done in November.

Posted by: Fareed | September 10, 2008 4:38 PM

They where just pretending to be arab oil tycoons while they could.

Sex Drugs and rock and roll

party on dude

Posted by: dumb and cumber | September 10, 2008 4:39 PM

Well, Bush's regime is noted to be the most corrupt in history and McCain has an admitted problem with promiscuity all his own. Birds of a feather flock together....

Posted by: EW | September 10, 2008 4:40 PM

This is our dysfunctional fascist government at its best.
And don't kid yourself. Both Republicans and Democrats are party to it.

Posted by: DWayne | September 10, 2008 4:40 PM

Ummm, lets see who we can blame...

Blame the Democrat Congress with their single vote majority. Oh wait, they weren't in power at the time. I know, blame Clinton!

When are the Republicans going to start accepting responsibility instead of whining and pointing fingers. If anyone is in bed with the Oil companies, it's the Bush Whitehouse.

Posted by: jo | September 10, 2008 4:40 PM

Why is there an immediate assumption by some of the commentators here that the people involved must be Republicans? Just because somebody works for a govt agency doesnt automatically make them a Republican.

Seems to me that some people look for any excuse to find fault with Bush and Republicans, no matter how ridiculous.


Posted by: Tom
---------------------------------
WTF, tom. You can't be that blind. Wake-up!
The fish stinks from the head down. There's no way to spin this one.

Posted by: TruePatriot | September 10, 2008 4:42 PM

I'll DRINK your milkshake!

Posted by: G | September 10, 2008 4:42 PM

More disgusting Bush-McCain Republican cronies.

Posted by: Lucy | September 10, 2008 4:43 PM

I realy want to see the pictures this could be the real could be a literal "LIPSTICK ON A PIG" moment.

Posted by: DONT DRAFT MY SON McSame | September 10, 2008 4:44 PM

The very 1st President warned Americans NOT to degrade themselves to a 2 party system. We can never have TRUE change as long as we debase ourselves with this "Democrap/Republican't" system...
Americans, PLEASE stop lying to yourselves... Neither Obama nor McCain could ever bring true "change" to this country. Both parties are to blame for the current condition of our nation.

Posted by: ? Change ? | September 10, 2008 4:48 PM


I have yet to see a single post complimenting the "republican" investigators for uncovering the corruption of the "republican" interior dept officials.

I put republican in parentheses because there seems to be a general assumption through most of this thread that federal govt employees are automatically republicans or republican-appointees.

Posted by: Tom | September 10, 2008 4:49 PM

Sure seems like those clowns are having more fun than the rest of us. It just doesn't seem fair.

And the reason people blame Bush and the great Republi-Con is because they're guilty. Clinton got a little under the table and he was the epitome of evil, but Bush lied to America and got thousands killed, destroyed the American economy, and much more, and he's a saint? Then there's McCain who bragged of his affairs in his own book and married his last mistress, then chooses a quite attractive, yet thoroughly ill-prepared lady to be his VP.....Hmmm....or maybe more....

Posted by: EW | September 10, 2008 4:49 PM

Was Colorado the 56th or the 57th state?

Posted by: Hussein Obama | September 10, 2008 4:49 PM

Awesome. A McCain/Palin ticket could provide four more years of hilarious scandal. We need the detail though, were these ordinary trysts or like Glass Bottom Boat, Blumpkin, and Cleveland Steamers? Seriously this is a Bush administration, they are capable of anything. Totally excellent.

Posted by: Catfantastic | September 10, 2008 4:51 PM

Re: Josh -"The Democratic led congress appoints these people"


You must have missed out the part where the article stated - "relationships with energy company employees from 2002 through 2006."

I thought both houses were Republican controlled from 96-06 aside from a brief 51/49 dem majority in the senate (51/49) in 02 after a R=>I switch.

But hey, rewrite history any way you want to I guess.

Posted by: Gauche | September 10, 2008 4:52 PM

"Drill Baby Drill" is their motto

Posted by: Patrick ONeill | September 10, 2008 4:52 PM

This will not effect the view of most Americans. It's politicians, not Republicans, that are at fault. So, we know it's going to come up again and again in the next two months. McCain - and the woman he says is the most knowledgeable person he knows about energy - are going to repeat that Republican mantra: "Drill, baby, drill."

The phrase has a lot going for it. It's semi-erotic, it resonates with a certain Missy Elliott joint*, it excites the base, and it makes some undecideds think: Why not?

So here's what Obama and the Democrats can do. They can say "Yes, John McCain, we'll go along with drilling as part of a long term energy strategy, but only under the following conditions:

1. Explore and drill first on the 8 million acres already leased by oil companies
2. All of the oil produced by new drilling - all of it - must be sold to American markets.
3. It must be sold at reasonable margins, without the rapacious profits of recent years.
4. Republicans must agree to end oil speculation.

So, Sen. McCain, as they say in the movies: Are you in or are you out?"

It would be smart strategy to make this offer now, before the debates. That way when energy issues are raised, that 'drill' mantra can be completely defused. If they don't accept this deal, they're acknowledging that they are acting on behalf of the oil companies and not the American people. They are pushing a policy that will not benefit the public - just their corporate backers.

Or they could take the deal. That would be a good thing, and a real step toward postpartisanship. I don't want to see more offshore drilling, but if we can put an end to oil profiteering - and to the exhaustion of our natural resources to enrich a few - it would be a trade-off worth considering.

About item #4: There is a heated debate going on right now among economists about the extent to which trading in oil futures is driving the price of oil, but an initiative like this would remove whatever bloat remains in the market. It would also ensure that no future Enrons can gestate in the dark like poisonous mushrooms.

I believe in hope - but as the French poet Paul Eluard said, "Hope raises no dust." This proposal would raise some dust. Whether accepted or rejected, it could change the energy debate.
____________________

* Here's the Missy Elliott citation, for you archivists: "Why you all in my grill? I'm thinkin' it's time to chill. Yeah, but you on a drill, though. I couldn't even step out the baby blue Bonneville."

Posted by: Independent | September 10, 2008 4:52 PM

The Clinton administration was most famous of all administrations for sex and other scandal, from the oval office right on down. I doubt either party is eempt from this awful behavior. But, Palin and McCain are the only ones up now who can make progress cleaning up. No party will be exempt with McCain in charge.

Posted by: anonymous | September 10, 2008 4:53 PM

Far from sounding like "Republicans being Republicans" as some have suggested, this sounds more like "career bureaucrats, being career bureaucrats. The fact that one of these gentlemen had been "on the clock" long enough to qualify for retirement, leads me to suspect that perhaps all of those involved, and their employment with the agency, predated the Bush Administration. More than likely, many of these people were hired during the Clinton Administration, or perhaps the 1st. Bush Administration. These were not appointee's. Neither party has sole claim to "integrity", and as regards "employment" in this sort of program, I doubt any employee's were vetted for their "political preferences".

Posted by: Ed Weirdness | September 10, 2008 4:53 PM

HEY ANOTHER CLINTON HOLDOVER

Laugh all you want. What the Post conveniently forgot to mention is that the ringleader Ms Denett was in her position BEFORE Bush took office.

OOPS too bad Democrats, take another sip of the Kool-aid with C Rangel another crook.

Posted by: Robert | September 10, 2008 4:55 PM

THAT'S IT!!!!
I'm voting Obama!

I'm tired of all this bad news coming from this administration. McCain keeps saying he is going to upset Washington, but he is a Republican. It is time for a CHANGE, look how well the country did under Clinton. Maybe there were some short comings, but nothing like this administration. We need a democrat in office. I shiver to think what else we are going to hear about this administration. Folks, the republicans have bankrupt us. Open your eyes and look at all the scandels coming out NOW. And this business about someone retiring after having their hands in the till, with the Justice department saying they can't prosecute them. This is pure BULL. If a criminal commits a crime, is there a statute of limitations on his crime? Why aren't these people being brought to justice? Some have started their new businesses WHILE IN OFFICE!!

I don't care if McCain has Ghandi as his VP, the lives of my children are too important to me to throw them to the wolves.

WAKE UP America. Get your heads out of your arses and get this country back to ethics, integrity, honesty and equally important, prosperity.

I'm sorry to ramble like that, but I am so angry after this recent news, which points to only one thing, failure of the Republican Party. I may vote Republican again, but I feel that won't happen until they stop telling me what they will do and start showing me. Unfortunately, sometimes what we see is not totally valid either. Old saying goes "believe nothing of what you hear, and only half of what you see". All I needed to do was to go back to when Bush was running for office and recall all the promises he made. Look where we are today. What has happened to this party?

Posted by: germanguy1 | September 10, 2008 4:56 PM

"WTF, tom. You can't be that blind. Wake-up!
The fish stinks from the head down. There's no way to spin this one."

(Posted by: TruePatriot)

You've said absolutley nothing here.

"And before you right-wing nut-jobs say bush had nothing to do w/ this, let me say you are WRONG. He created this republican culture of lying,cheating and corruption. The fish stinks from the head down. "

(Also posted by: TruePatriot)

Bush didnt create anything. Liberals have been saying these things about Republicans long before Bush came along.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 4:56 PM

How is this news?
Isn't corruption and back-room dealings what the Bush regime is all about?

Honestly, this does not surprise me one bit. Next story please.

Posted by: Rickshaw | September 10, 2008 4:56 PM

Wow, all dems on this thing...I guess Republicans are too busy working to have time for this...Oblahba,Oblahba,Oblahba

Posted by: FlaFlaFlewy | September 10, 2008 4:57 PM

So much for Congressional oversight. The only people drilling are John Edwards, Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, etc. Where is the investigation?

Posted by: John Public | September 10, 2008 4:58 PM

Palin is Cheney in a dress.

REPUBLICANS: Wake up and have some coffee.

Check the facts that Palin is tossing around. (1) She absolutely WAS for the bridge to nowhere, she even built an access road to it. Plus, she kept the money in Alaska... Why would she do that? Very curious how she takes credit for many points on that little topic yet is so distorting most of it. (2) Sold plane on E-bay. BS, she put the plane on e-bay and then sold it direct (no competition!) to a campaign contributer of hers! Go figure! (3) She claimed (like Bush did about his Governorship in TX) that she worked well with opponents. I guess her definition of political opponents does not include the mayor's staff in wasilla... You know: The folks she fired.

Why would someone contue to keep repeating lies that have been exposed as lies? It's crazy.

Matt Damon is right: Palin is like a really bad Disney movie!!!

Posted by: vic | September 10, 2008 4:58 PM

When is everyone gonna wake the hell up. All these criminals need to be in jail. They lock us up for smoking weed, but it's OK for them to rip us off for billions of dollars and get away with it. You should see what their doing in Iraq. Get a load of this. Bush has the whole family robbing us. http://democracyrising.us/content/view/57/81/

Posted by: HemiHead | September 10, 2008 4:58 PM

Is that what they meant by "Drill, baby, drill!"?

Posted by: tom | September 10, 2008 4:59 PM

You people look ridiculous. You think this a political party problem? Those "accused" are from both sides. And you are the suckers.YOU are the one who are the fools.
Instead of cleaning up the corruption, you
fall for the whole thing hook line & sinker. It's gotta be the Republicans, no it's the Democrats doing it... and the whole government sits back and laughs at you and lives high and mighty with all that cash and limos, new pay raises...income and insurance. And every week, you just stand in line to cough it up some more... Every election you hang on every word.... I'll change our government, I can give you hope, I will fix things... and then they drive away in their black limos to their multi $$$ homes and high dollar lives....

-SUCKERS-

Posted by: Just an American | September 10, 2008 5:00 PM

Where was Gail Norton during all of this? Where is she now?

Posted by: mountainman | September 10, 2008 5:00 PM

"But, Palin and McCain are the only ones up now who can make progress cleaning up. No party will be exempt with McCain in charge."

Wow, that's some wishful thinking right there. I'm thinking FOUR MORE YEARS!!!

Posted by: Catfantastic | September 10, 2008 5:01 PM

"The Democratic led congress appoints these people

Posted by: Josh | September 10, 2008 4:21 PM"

Flunk Civics 1, Josh?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 5:02 PM

Sell Alaska to pay for the bailout and sell every thing buy gold and bullets

Posted by: fannie may not and freddie is dead | September 10, 2008 5:04 PM

Ok, folks. The DOI is not a Republican or Conservative operation in any way shape or form, in fact it is run by left wing Dems.- http://politicscentral.com/2006/10/16/interior_dec.php
Get your facts straight, for some reason when anyone mentions oil, you instantly assume that a Republican is involved. Boy the main stream, excuse me left-wing media has sure done a good job of brainwashing you folks. Quit being a bunch of titty babies and drill now AND find viable alternatives, I don't see what is so hard to understand there.

Posted by: Fargunicehole | September 10, 2008 5:05 PM

Whats the name of that report again? Did the investigator have a name, or was it just another unnamed source? What article did these other commentors read, were they using 3-D glasses or a special lens to find all those conclusions they are obviously jumping to? Not one source to check out, not one name to verify. Educate the public? How?

Posted by: Curious Voter | September 10, 2008 5:06 PM

These are the most hilarious blog entries ever. Got me laughing out loud you (lots of you) did. Are we surprised that where there is greed and excessive profits there are people whose personal values reflect personal appetites rather than visions or principles? Are we surprised? What kind of society doesn't get it by now that only dark minds want more than any measure of stewardship could manage, sustain, or even benefit from. What we need are some people of vision, light, intelligence, vigor and, oh yes, responsibility. We are our brother's keeper. Then there are these other sorts.

Posted by: Gaias Child | September 10, 2008 5:07 PM

FlaFlaFlewy and Just an American:

You guys don't even vote, too busy with your video games.

It's people like you that waste space on these pages. Get a life.

Posted by: AnHonestAmerican | September 10, 2008 5:08 PM

"The Democratic led congress appoints these people"

Posted by: Josh

Read the article idiot. This all happened BEFORE the Democrats controlled Congress.

Nice try. Half-@ssed and typical, but nice try.

Posted by: Give it up | September 10, 2008 5:10 PM

Look, McCain/Palin is probably going to win. They'll sink to any level and we usually get the greater of two evils, so lets just push that aside, just to piss off anyone who actually is a mindless loyalist, I gotta wonder:

With McCain/Palin in charge will oil companies be required to knock up one of her underage daughters and then marry her to get a contract?

Posted by: Catfantastic | September 10, 2008 5:11 PM

Curious Voter

Check out the New York Times. They are running the complete report (with names).

Posted by: anon | September 10, 2008 5:11 PM

Oil prositution is a victomless crime and Bush is WORKING HARD

Posted by: deep thought | September 10, 2008 5:11 PM

Be glad that this was caught. Of course this kind of stuff happens all the time - just like murders - there will always be murders.

It's how we deal with it afterwards that matters - hopefully with swift justice.

Posted by: anonymous | September 10, 2008 5:12 PM

It all sounds kinda hot to me. We could all use a little office action.
(But I shutter to think what those men look like.)

Posted by: Linda | September 10, 2008 5:13 PM

You people look ridiculous. You think this a political party problem? Those "accused" are from both sides. And you are the suckers.YOU are the one who are the fools.
Instead of cleaning up the corruption, you
fall for the whole thing hook line & sinker. It's gotta be the Republicans, no it's the Democrats doing it... and the whole government sits back and laughs at you and lives high and mighty with all that cash and limos, new pay raises...income and insurance. And every week, you just stand in line to cough it up some more... Every election you hang on every word.... I'll change our government, I can give you hope, I will fix things... and then they drive away in their black limos to their multi $$$ homes and high dollar lives....

-SUCKERS-

Posted by: Just an American | September 10, 2008 5:00 PM.

+++++++++++++++++++++

Your right. I'm voting for Obama because he's the lesser of two evils. Just sittin back waiting for this thing to blow. I Can't wait to see 100 million people charging Washington looking to take their country back. Now that's a war I'm willing to fight.

Posted by: HemiHead | September 10, 2008 5:17 PM

Nice try Matt, do what you can to make it sound like the Democrats are perfect little angels. Not quite so is it, read on...

1. Sen. Teddy Kennedy. The liberal Massachusetts senator testified in defense of nephew accused of rape, invoking his family history to win over the jury in 1991.

2. Former Rep. Mel Reynolds. The Illinois Democrat was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault with a 16-year-old. President Bill Clinton pardoned him before leaving office.

3. Former Rep. Gerry Studds. He was censured for sexual relationship with underage male page in 1983. Massachusetts voters returned him to office for six more terms.

4. Former Rep. Wayne Hays. The late Ohio Democrat hired an unqualified secretary reportedly for sexual acts. Although he resigned from Congress, the Democratic House leadership stalled in removing him from the Administration Committee in 1976.

5. Former Rep. John Young. The late Texas Democrat increased the salary of a staffer after she gave in to his sexual advances. The congressman won re-election in 1976 but lost two years later.


6. Former Rep. Fred Richmond. This New York Democrat was arrested in 1978 for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old. He remained in Congress and won re-election—before eventually resigning in 1982 after pleading guilty to tax evasion and drug possession.

7. Former Sen. Brock Adams. The late Washington Democrat was forced to stop campaigning after numerous accusations of drugging, assault and rape, the first surfacing in 1988.

8. Rep. Barney Frank. The outspoken Massachusetts Democrat hired a male prostitute who ran a prostitution service from Frank’s residence in the 1980s. Only two Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to censure him in 1990.

9. Former Rep. Gus Savage. The Illinois Democrat was accused of fondling a Peace Corps volunteer in 1989 while on a trip to Africa. The House Ethics Committee decided against disciplinary action in 1990.

10. Sen. Daniel Inouye. The 82-year-old Hawaii Democrat was accused in the 1990s by numerous women of sexual harassment. Democrats cast doubt on the allegations and the Senate Ethics Committee dropped its investigation.

list retrieved from human events.com

Posted by: Doug | September 10, 2008 5:17 PM

"It all sounds kinda hot to me. We could all use a little office action.
(But I shutter to think what those men look like.)"

HRP. There went lunch. Thanks, thanks a lot.

Posted by: Catfantastic | September 10, 2008 5:18 PM

Robert

The point isn't who was in office before Bush got there, it's what he DIDN'T do while in office. Remember, he is the one in charge!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 5:18 PM

I bet the arab terrists paid for this from there cozy cave in mountains.

and are havin a laugh while they polish there stock of USA weapons.

Posted by: conspiracy theries | September 10, 2008 5:19 PM

Now that's what we need- more drilling, more corruption of government by big oil, more give-aways by our government of our precious resources and the revenues they produce. Did anyone else notice on Meet the Press that Nancy Polosi called it "our oil?" The oil companies only bid for the drilling rights. So we are going to trade Bush and Chaney for Palin and McCain? Now that's a smart deal. Has anyone been paying attention to Fanny May and Freddie mac?

Posted by: Politicus | September 10, 2008 5:19 PM

Not enough Checks and Balances are in place to deter and prevent this type behavior. Agencies like the FDA are mired in similar situations, the perks from private industry can be so lucrative so as to be nearly irresistable. Ultimately it is society that pays the price when public officials decide to trash what ethics they have and become industry insiders on the taxpayer payroll. More laws are needed, more avenues to ferret out corruption, more penalties, and more checks on the system. Every action taken in government should always be checked twice, the Founding Fathers created the system of Checks and Balances for this very reason.

Posted by: Robert | September 10, 2008 5:19 PM

1. Explore and drill first on the 8 million acres already leased by oil companies

--- Most of this land likely does not have oil or in cost prohibitive small amounts. How about the oil companies trade their leases for the new ones?

2. All of the oil produced by new drilling - all of it - must be sold to American markets.

--- The majority of oil produced is sold to american markets. It is only logical think about it. Since oil prices are a world market why would you waste money shipping it around the world when you could sell it down the street for the same price?

Some exceptions are we have agreements to refine and resell other countries' oil since US refineries are the only ones in the world that can process some type of heavy crude.

3. It must be sold at reasonable margins, without the rapacious profits of recent years.

Profit margins for the oil industry are in line with margins in similar industries and actually lower than others. They make a lot of profit $ since the companies are so large.

4. Republicans must agree to end oil speculation."

Maybe you don't understand futures markets. 1. They help stabilize commodity prices which allows for reasonable transtions in price at the consumer side and allows companies to keep reserves. 2. They are a zero sum game meaning for every dollar made by someone there is a dollar lost. Unless there is coordination and the people making the money are reimbursing the people losing money through back channels manipulation is tough.

Supply and demand is the biggest problem with oil. There was a 85 million barrel a day supply and 86.5 million demand. Even a small difference can skyrocket prices because it becomes who is willing to pay more for the oil. However admitting a supply and demand problem makes the logical option of increasing supply aka drilling more attractive which democrats don't want to do.

In my opinion we have to increase supply and decrease demand to avoid high energy costs; in the short term increase energy supply with transitional resources such as oil drilling, nuclear and liquid coal.


In the long term reduce demand with conservation and alternative energies. Alternative energies are simply not feasible in the short term and need more research. Ethanol is a perfect example of the real effect on an economy of trying to follow an ideal.

Posted by: Cryos | September 10, 2008 5:19 PM

Vic - post at 4:58 -I love you - well said - we dont need a Caribou Barbi in the WH
thx

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 5:20 PM

You fools are blind. It's not a Republican thing, OR Democrat thing. It's just politics as usual in Washington and the federal government abroad. This corruption transcends party lines morons. It's not about parties, it's about PEOPLE. Folks have to be upright, moral, of good character and just plain HONEST. These guys didn't do anything that half of you haven't done, the difference is they are federal employees, and most importantly, THEY GOT CAUGHT. Obama isn't the second coming of Christ, he's just a man, and is just as susceptible to these temptations as any Republican president, make no mistake about it. That's what happens when the country's elite and @ss kissers run our government, they're only out for themselves.

Posted by: KennyInIllinois | September 10, 2008 5:20 PM

Posted by: Doug | September 10, 2008 5:17 PM

So what you are saying, is that if I do the same research on the Republicans, I won't find a list that is probably twice as long? Good try, but not good enough.

Posted by: right | September 10, 2008 5:22 PM

They where just following McSames orders
"DRILL DRILL DRILL"

Posted by: no apoligies | September 10, 2008 5:24 PM

Sounds like John Edwards would fit right in. Democrats ALSO can't keep it in their pants OR avoid drug use.

Posted by: tky | September 10, 2008 5:26 PM

It is easy enough to determine if it is democrats or republicans. If it was heterosexual it was democrats.

Posted by: BobJoe | September 10, 2008 5:26 PM

What is the meaning of the word "sex." I have heard it before but have no memory of it.

Posted by: The Rodentman | September 10, 2008 5:26 PM

FYI for the people using speculation as the excuse for the reason for the high oil prices to avoid discussing the true reasons, here are some links to current articles showing that OPEC wants the high prices and wants to manipulate supply to keep it that way.

Maybe we should be looking at the real problems and not demonizing AMERICAN companies when it is foreign companies that have the clout.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/11/business/worldbusiness/11oil.html?hp

http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/sep2008/gb20080910_930165.htm?chan=top+news_top+news+index+-+temp_news+%2B+analysis

Posted by: Cryos | September 10, 2008 5:27 PM

8 more years, 8 more years..of the same
hoo, hoo
Now, back to Miss Piggy saga..
And the same old story continues
Prison Guard: Miss Piggy.
Miss Piggy: What?
Prison Guard: Your lawyer is here to see you.
Miss Piggy: Lawyer? I don't have a lawyer.
Prison Guard: Och, sure you do. Little green guy.
Miss Piggy: [short intake of breath] Kermie. Oh. No wonder he hasn't come by to see me. He had to finish law school.

Posted by: iglooo | September 10, 2008 5:28 PM

Where did the article say these guys were Republicans, or that they were appointed by Republicans? The guy who was retiring, obviously predated this Bush Administration, so it's likely he got this jobe on the Clinton watch, or perhaps even under the previous President Bush. Either way, it appears that there was a "culture" of abuses within this program, and I doubt that all of the "worker bee's" were card carrying Republicans. Even if they were, neither party has a "lock" on character or integrity. Doubtless there are as many "bad Democrats" as there are "bad Republicans" (actually, given their majority in Congress, there are probably more "bad Democrats" based on just numerical advantage).

Posted by: Ed Weirdness | September 10, 2008 5:28 PM

The oil companies' profits were records in $ only. In % to revenue Exxon Mobil earned about 8.4%, which is not egregious. It is about one third the profit % to revenue posted by MicroSoft which chimed in last quarter at over 22%. Why isn't anyone ragging on them?

Posted by: Abolhassan Bani Sadr | September 10, 2008 5:29 PM

Most politicians are liars and cheaters, after all, most are lawyers....

Posted by: Fargunicehole | September 10, 2008 5:29 PM

Posted by: KennyInIllinois | September 10, 2008 5:20 PM

The difference between these 2 candidates, is that from the very start Obama has tried to keep his campaign clean. Every ad put out by McCain or his '527' group has been heavily negative. That is the difference I look at. Very little truth in Mccains ads, just a lot of negatives. It is a shame that Obama had to respond to any of those ads, otherwise, we all could see what each of these men really stood for, instead of having to watch and listen to negative sound bites.

McCain at the very beginning said he was going to run a clean campaign. From all I have seen of him, he has LIED from the very start. His excuse that he has no control over his party was bull. The evidence against that argument was made apparent in resent events. He chooses a VP in 3 days, just to win the support of his party, which he successfully did. THAT PROVES HE HAS CONTROL OVER HIS PARTY!!!

Posted by: FactMan | September 10, 2008 5:30 PM

It's official, The Bush Administration is REALLY in bed with the oil co.s!
Fascism at it's worst.

Posted by: rgoalierob | September 10, 2008 5:31 PM

to Factman...
It is easy to say that Obama is running a clean campaign when in fact, the mainstream media and groups like move on are the ones doing his dirty work for him. It is easy to keep your hands clean when you have someone else throwing the mud

Posted by: Fargunicehole | September 10, 2008 5:32 PM

Ed Weirdness - where are your facts. The article stated '2005'. somehow that seems to most of us to be Bushs term.

Posted by: factman | September 10, 2008 5:34 PM

guess they wanted to drill each other

Posted by: joe | September 10, 2008 5:34 PM

I know I should studied Geology instead of Real Estate and Sex will make you go blind rodentman don't think about it.

Posted by: down and out | September 10, 2008 5:34 PM

There are apparently some here that believe that this is all the work of some conspiracy run by Republicans. What a bunch of horse dung! Bureaucracies, whether they are run by Democrats or Republicans, all have the same problem. They are run by people, and people aren't perfect, they have moral failings, and to imply that one political party is somehow immune is a bunch of nonsense!!!! Additionally...do your homework. Whether you like it or not, whether you believe it or not, the heart of the American economy is the oil industry. You can quote all your conspiracy theories, but the fact of the matter is you need to be supporting the oil industry and those that make it happen. Because if you don't, all the things you hold precious, like your job, an ability to travel cheaply, etc. will go by the wayside in short order. Grow up and don't believe all the stuff you hear from some political guru who says he has your best interest at heart.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 5:34 PM

The majority of the Department of the Interior staff, are long term employee's (hence the retirement) predating the Bush administration. Few are appointee's, and the article is vague with regard to the facts whether any of those alleged of malfeasance were appointee's, or just hired help who managed to rise through the ranks, and then abused their power. Anyone who's ever worked in corporate America understands that this sort of activity has more to do with personal character and self serving ego's, than any political agenda.

Posted by: Ed Weirdness | September 10, 2008 5:34 PM

There are apparently some here that believe that this is all the work of some conspiracy run by Republicans. What a bunch of horse dung! Bureaucracies, whether they are run by Democrats or Republicans, all have the same problem. They are run by people, and people aren't perfect, they have moral failings, and to imply that one political party is somehow immune is a bunch of nonsense!!!! Additionally...do your homework. Whether you like it or not, whether you believe it or not, the heart of the American economy is the oil industry. You can quote all your conspiracy theories, but the fact of the matter is you need to be supporting the oil industry and those that make it happen. Because if you don't, all the things you hold precious, like your job, an ability to travel cheaply, etc. will go by the wayside in short order. Grow up and don't believe all the stuff you hear from some political guru who says he has your best interest at heart.

Bull in Colorado

Posted by: Grow up....Please | September 10, 2008 5:36 PM

Well, no surprize. other gov offices are not much better. Answering letter takes 5 years. Best examples are offices in Chicago and Mesq. Texas. Sorry to say, but it is real example of social and cultural decline.

Posted by: deepthroatandneck | September 10, 2008 5:37 PM

Nationalize the oil companies to pay for the bad companies we took over and have WALMART run them at the low margin.

They will make the Chinese pruduce oil from rice for 10 cents an hour.

Posted by: ITS ONLY A FEW TRILLION MORE | September 10, 2008 5:39 PM

Fargunicehole

What a nonsense statement that was....

Like McCane doesn't have supporters out there with web sites. What he does have is BIG BUSINESS MONEY.

Obama on the other hand depends on his supporters (and not the $84 mil in public fund) for donations to run his campaign.

And don't waste our time preaching about how many lobbyists he has, because it is a fact that McCane has more than triple that amount on his campaign. That point is mute at best.

Posted by: FactMan | September 10, 2008 5:40 PM

Most Republicans claim to be Born-Again Christians, is this how they act after they get blessed by Bush & Cheney & Fox News puts them all on the Republican Walk of Shame ? What an honor roll, Rush ( the junkie ) Limbaugh & Tom ( I never took all that money ) DeLay, I almost forgot Scooter ( I've been framed ) Libby. What a bunch of bums. Why can't Bush & his pack of thieves make an early exit from Washington, they've already wore out their welcome !!

Posted by: SadAmerican | September 10, 2008 5:43 PM

"Obama on the other hand depends on his supporters (and not the $84 mil in public fund) for donations to run his campaign."

Factman here is a link to some articles with facts on Obama bundlers. His biggest bundlers are from industries tied into the current economic problems; law firms who wrote the subprime mortgages, the financial firms who made the loans and real estate executives.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/06/us/politics/06bundlers.html

Posted by: Cryos | September 10, 2008 5:43 PM

who cares if they had sex. good for them. If they cheated the gov for money they should be punished. about the sex...are we all jealous?

Posted by: jaume | September 10, 2008 5:43 PM

Factman:
I doubt anyone who was appointed or new hired in 2005, would be "retiring" from this agency. The article doesn't state whether any of these "suspects" were appointee's, or who they were appointed by. Like it or not, of those drawn to "government jobs", with the exception of the combat military, the preponderance of government employee's (not appointee's) tends to be comprised of people who vote Democrat. All I'm saying is that, employee's, regardless of their political affiliation can and do "cross the line". You can make an argument for stricter oversight of all federal workers, but their political views have nothing to do with their lack of ethics or moral character. As for proof, there is none, likewise, there is no proof that any of the suspects are Republican. Indeed, I can think of no better reason for anyone to "falsely assert their affiliation" to either party than it might help them land a "government job". When you understand the perks and the security of working for the federal government, you can appreciate the fact that many people will say or do just about anything for a ride on the "taxpayer gravy train"!

Posted by: Ed Weirdness | September 10, 2008 5:45 PM

Ed Weirdness - thanks for your discertation, now we all understand why we need change and from where I'm seeing this, the only one with a policy for 'CHANGE' is Obama. McCain is on the 'Drill,drill,drill, campaign trail.

Posted by: AndThatsTruth | September 10, 2008 5:45 PM

Jealous, heck I used have sex tell I got the bill.

Posted by: not jealous | September 10, 2008 5:46 PM

Ed Weirdness, excuse me, but haven't you over-looked somthing? Or is it just convenient? Read the article again and then comment on how many 'resignations' have occurred. Also, how many will not be prosecuted.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 5:48 PM

BUSH HIRES (I'm sure I'm forgetting plenty)

Dick Cheney VP (Moyers Iraq Oil google it)
Rumsfeld at the Pentagon
Michael Brown at FEMA
Alberto Gonzalez, John Ashcroft Top/Crook
Alphonso Jackson at HUD
and now it seems everyone in charge at the Department of Interior

Loyalty first, second, and third.

Competence and ethics right behind whether or not your name can be shortened to something cute like Rummy or Brownie.

Gov. Palin has the same Bush style hiring/firing practices throughout her short career as a politician.

72 year old Senator McCain made potentially the most reckless VP pick of all time just so he could win an election. He picked Phil Gramm as his economic advisor, AFTER he precipitated the destruction of our economy, and then blamed it on the American people.

QUIT PLAYING POLITICS WITH OUR COUNTRY'S WELFARE REPUBLICANS.

SECURITY. ETHICS. REASON. JUDGEMENT.

VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN '08

Posted by: THE REAL ISSUE | September 10, 2008 5:49 PM

Ed Weirdness

Oh, by the way. Don't I recall a hiring practice implemented by Bush when it came to employees at the Dept Of Justice? Oh, but that wasn't his doing, was it.

Move on guy/girl (hard to tell on here who you're talking to).

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 5:54 PM

Fact man,
you actually have the audasity to criticize Mccain's campaign financing??? Obama has more questionable donations than any other candidate in this race. C'mon, $500,000 from a group of unemployed people? Not to mention the millions that have come from foriegn citizens.

Posted by: Fargunicehole | September 10, 2008 5:54 PM

I didn't know Palin was working for the Oil Industry in 2002-2006?

Posted by: Al | September 10, 2008 5:54 PM

Just a last quickee than a confession and a move to HOLY GROUND of Alaska with the other chosen while the siners burn in the hell of other 49 states.

Posted by: the end is coming | September 10, 2008 5:54 PM

THE REAL ISSUE

Sorry to correct you, but Cheney selected himself for the VP position.

Posted by: factman | September 10, 2008 5:55 PM

Fargunicehole

Isn't this a great country? Donations are exactly that, donations. If I want to donate more that the $2300.00 allowed, I can. I just have my wife donate another $2300.00.

As for '$500,000 from a group of unemployed people', doesn't that just show you how committed to Obama people are. I love this country. It has so many really patriotic people left. Kinda reminds me of our forefathers who sacrificed everything for what they believed in. God rest many of their souls.

Posted by: factman | September 10, 2008 6:03 PM

Fargunicehole

Isn't this a great country? Donations are exactly that, donations. If I want to donate more that the $2300.00 allowed, I can. I just have my wife donate another $2300.00.

As for '$500,000 from a group of unemployed people', doesn't that just show you how committed to Obama people are. I love this country. It has so many really patriotic people left. Kinda reminds me of our forefathers who sacrificed everything for what they believed in. God rest many of their souls.

Posted by: factman | September 10, 2008 6:03 PM

Fargunicehole

Isn't this a great country? Donations are exactly that, donations. If I want to donate more that the $2300.00 allowed, I can. I just have my wife donate another $2300.00.

As for '$500,000 from a group of unemployed people', doesn't that just show you how committed to Obama people are. I love this country. It has so many really patriotic people left. Kinda reminds me of our forefathers who sacrificed everything for what they believed in. God rest many of their souls.

Posted by: factman | September 10, 2008 6:03 PM

sorry 'bout the multi posts.

Posted by: factman | September 10, 2008 6:05 PM

The most scary part about this campaign, is the fact that as a whole the country will collapse, if Palin/McCain win.

Posted by: AmericansForJustice | September 10, 2008 6:09 PM

When you need to root out corruption in government, who do you need to call? Not Ghostbusters, not a community organizer from the South Side. You need to send for McCain and Palin!!

Posted by: Graniteman | September 10, 2008 6:12 PM

man, I am in the wrong business. You can still get away with stuff like this for any amount of time?

Posted by: jpj | September 10, 2008 6:15 PM

FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS! Vote the rascals in!

Posted by: CTurner | September 10, 2008 6:15 PM

So, this is news?

Posted by: Dan | September 10, 2008 6:25 PM

when "win at any cost", and " got to be tough to win " sentiments by republicans justifiying knee-capping political tactics that don't square with the hypocritical "small town values", and "family values", this is not surprising in the least.

Posted by: ukeman | September 10, 2008 6:28 PM

Frankly, as deplorable as this alleged "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" may sound, I'm relieved to learn somebody in DC officialdom has been having some fun. Seems like all I ever see on TV news are straight-laced politicos competing to see who has the shiniest halo.
Sterling Greenwood
Aspen Free Press

Posted by: AspenFreePress | September 10, 2008 6:28 PM

i smell the likes of Ralph Reed and Abramoff.

Posted by: ukeman | September 10, 2008 6:30 PM

When it comes to government I cannot think of anyone from anywhere who is not ashamed of theirs... As far as I can see we have two solutions, either go Libertarian or try not to really care. People are corrupt and selfish, it is human nature.

Posted by: Groovyd | September 10, 2008 6:30 PM

The people that staff field offices are not political appointees. They are the ordinary run of the mill bureaucrats that will continue to be in place regardless of who is in the White House. This isn't a partisan issue. The fact that this office was being investigated by the DOI indicates that it was not being covered up, but being rooted out and exposed. The people involved need to be fired for violating DOI policies and procedures.

Posted by: kws | September 10, 2008 6:33 PM

Before the hordes of teeth-clenching, foaming-at-the-mouth liberals get too carried away by their self-righteous hypocrisy, let me just point out that this mess extends at least as far back as the Clinton administration. And since we do not yet know how many culprits are political appointees--nor how many of those were later given permanent jobs--and what administration hired/appointed them, then the whooping libbies are breaking out the champagne bottles way to early. Ha! As if democrats don't have a stinking nest all of their own.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Story?id=2427096&page=2

Posted by: cecil | September 10, 2008 6:43 PM

This is a second tier issue. This is what is going on while you are distracted by the drama of the Rep/Dem myth and single issue emotional topics ( domestic issues are not handled by the presidency...duh). A new messiah on either side is just a puppet show. A president and veep...especially a veep can't effect much. Thats the way it was setup by the founders, for obvious reasons. Focus your energy into deeper research and push your representitves for... well.. representation. We have a system in place, just stop pretending its supposed to work like American Idol. Go independant and vote on track record. Time to kill off the bogus party system...especially when they are the only ones who get to PARTY! Talk about job perks....yeh baby!

Posted by: Tricky | September 10, 2008 6:45 PM

I am so sick and disgusted with all of the revelations being confirmed with McCain and Palin and GWB and Cheney, and that AMERICA JUST DOES NOT CARE!

Cheney was right, they (the GOP) can blow a whistle and the simple minded will come running to do their bidding. They have blown the whistle again and now the polls reflect the simple minded wanting to put McCain/Palin in office.

Am I living in a parallel universe or something? If so, I wanna go home....I wanna go home....I wanna go home...

Posted by: D.Smith | September 10, 2008 6:50 PM

At my childrens school there is 0 tolerance.In washington 100% tolerance..wow

Posted by: zee | September 10, 2008 6:55 PM

Interesting how people are blaming Republicans when it was the Republicans who called for this investigation 2006 and the Democrats in charge of oversight for this have stalled on it for 2 years. Its a mystery to why this was tried to be suppressed by the House Democrats.

Posted by: Marko | September 10, 2008 8:08 PM

Well, this just shows that the U.S. just isn't working anymore. We need to follow Sarah and Todd in breaking this thing up.

SECESSIONIST…we must unite behind Sarah Palin. Her husband, Todd, was a member the Alaskan Independence Party working for Alaska to secede from the United States.

The director of Division of Elections in Alaska reported that Todd Palin registered in October 1995 to the Alaska Independence Party, a radical group that advocates for Alaskan secession from the United States, and remained a member until 2002, when he registered as undeclared while his wife ran for office.

She is more than sympathetic to the cause of secession; she is a participant.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwvPNXYrIyI

Sarah congratulates the secession party only 6 months ago on their political gains.

Her pastor knows how evil America is and often preaches that America will be punished. A cause all evangelicals share. Listen below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PizrJLV30yI&feature=related

Now, with her elected as VP just we can realize the Republic of Confederate States, the Republic of Texas, the Republic of California and the Republic of Alaska.

The time has come elect a subversive that has pulled the eyes over the political system of the U. S. establishment.

Posted by: basementfrog | September 10, 2008 8:09 PM

These people are not Bush Administration officials. The DoI have had those employees there for decades. This is an old investigation.

Posted by: John G. | September 10, 2008 8:11 PM

So Palin is an advocate for secession huh? Will some brilliant soul from the left of center please lift your knuckles off the turf long enough to provide the evidence? The Alaska Independence Party has only 13,000 members, and secession is NOT part of the current party platform. Palin adressed their convention because she is governor and they represent part of her constituency. BFD

Posted by: cecil | September 10, 2008 10:21 PM

on other news sources posting of this story, you can read about how the "justice department has decided not to pursue charges" against those appointees at the top of this pile of crud.

Posted by: Mike | September 11, 2008 1:03 AM

All these comments about republicans did this or democrats did that is flat out stupid. there's corruption EVERY where (sad, but true)... self indulging male pigs. It seems this year we hear more of idiots being incompetent at their job(s). We've known in the past how incompetent the gov't is. If you can't loose your job, why should you work?

Corruption is worlwide, and yet some of us wants to be like other countries... geez.

Clean house... corrup officals must go (democrats and republicans)!! Vote for less gov't... cuz most are incompetent... and you know it.

Posted by: Kim | September 11, 2008 12:00 PM

"Elect Obama to put a stop to this sort of "Drill Baby, Drill" mentality that has put us in the position of being weaker internationally and domestically." RIDICULOUS comment!!! What, corruption in only in the oil business? Open your eyes and mind!

On another note, bigger gov't is NOT the answer. Bigger gov't Obama is NOT the answer. Take our country back!! Less gov't.

Posted by: In a feisty mood today. | September 11, 2008 12:03 PM

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