Politics

Politician in trouble over blog content

cathyp writes "Today's Globe and Mail has an article about an MP in Ontario who was suspended from the Conservative caucus due to confidentiality concerns and attacks on other politicians in blog. He's posted a response online.

Mr. Turner is scheduled to formally respond to his suspension at a press conference later Wednesday in Ottawa, but he posted a response on his blog ahead of the news conference.

"I work for the voters — the people, the taxpayers. After that I heed my party and the political establishment. All are important, of course, but the people come first," Mr. Turner wrote.

He adds that most of the people he talks to "want political leaders and MPs who look at every opinion, chew over ever idea, kick every notion, and then decide what's best."

The maverick MP has one of the most comprehensive websites of any MP. It includes daily blogs and podcasts, leading to Mr. Turner's reputation as being the only true "digital populist" in the Tory ranks.

His main page is currently working, but the link within to his blog isn't at the moment, most likely because of increased traffic to the site. His full response can be read if you scroll down the main page."

US Responds to LibraryConnection/Chase Demagoguery

Anonymous Patron writes "From U.S. Attorney's Office, New Haven to the Hartford Courant comes a response to "several press reports and editorials" in a
recent media blitz by Connecticut's Library Connection consortium."

Bush's "Reading First" Program Ignored Ethics

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "A scorching internal review of the Bush administration's READING FIRST program says the Education Department ignored the law and ethical standards to steer money the way it wanted. The report in full is available in pdf: The Reading First Program's Grant Application Process. The Reading First Director [Chris Doherty] who made certain that the grant process was open to a very few made this statement:"Beat the [expletive deleted] out of them in a way that will stand up to any level of legal and [whole language] apologist scrutiny. Hit them over and over with definitive evidence that they are not SBRR, never have been and never will be. They are trying to crash our party and we need to beat the [expletive deleted] out of them in front of all the other would-be party crashers who are standing on the front lawn waiting to see how we welcome these dirtbags." — [p.24]. More details here."

Media ownership study ordered destroyed

A former lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission has said the agency ordered the destruction of a 2004 draft working paper that examined the effect of corporate group ownership on local television news coverage. Adam Candeub, who was an attorney-advisor in the FCC's Media Bureau before joining the Michigan State University law faculty, told AP that high-ranking FCC officials directed staff members to destroy "every last piece" of the draft and that the project "was just stopped" afterward. More.

Library Board Requested to Remove READ poster

Anonymous Patron writes "Schaumburg Township (IL)District Library Board requested to remove Mel Gibson READ poster--report from the Chicago Tribune."

Fed EPA Employees Not Covered By Whistleblower Act

Search Engines WEB writes "The Bush administration has declared itself immune from whistleblower protections for fed workers under the Clean Water Act. As a result of an opinion issued by a unit within the Office of the Att Gen, fed workers will have little protection from official retaliation for reporting water pollution enforcement breakdowns, manipulations of science or cleanup failures. Citing an unpublished opinion of the Att General's Office of Legal Counsel, the Secretary of Labor's Admin Review Board has ruled fed employees may no longer pursue whistleblower claims under the Clean Water Act. http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.php?row_id=743"

James Webb Supported by Stephen King & John

Richmond Times-Dispatch notes: Novelists Stephen King and John Grisham plan to appear at a Sept. 24 fundraiser for fellow writer Jim Webb's Democratic U.S. Senate campaign.
List of Books at Librarian2.

James Webb for Virginia U.S. Senate.

Snooping on Library Records Popular: Dick Morris

Kelly writes "Here, from News Hound , (a site that monitors Fox News..."We watch FOX so you don't have to")...Dick Morris, Fox newsman and former President Clinton advisor/now detractor reports 'Democrats Have To Understand That Snooping Through Library Records Is Popular.'

New library concept - for more democracy

Anders Ericson writes "This new library service concept "The Library Takes Up The Case" (LTC) puts the library right in the middle of local issues and debates. By means of simple - or more complex - topic web pages with links, downloads, virtual reference and other services the library gives added value to the shallow coverage of many newspapers and the often biased information of local authority web sites. LTC makes the Independant Public Library come true."

Nobel Prize Lit Winner Admits Waffen SS Service

Search Engines WEB writes "One From The AP: German novelist Guenter Grass admitted in an interview that he served in the Waffen SS, the combat arm of Adolf Hitler's dreaded paramilitary forces, during World War II, a German newspaper reported Friday. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999"

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