Daily Archives: Aug. 7, 2013

Peterjohn’s comment was inappropriate

It was no shock that a majority on the Wichita City Council, given a choice Tuesday, declined to add libertarian blogger and activist Bob Weeks to the airport advisory board – though surely Mayor Carl Brewer did not mean to suggest that there is no room on such city boards for debate and dissent. What was shocking was that Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn (in photo), who had appointed Weeks to the spot, called the council “ethically challenged.” It’s one thing for Weeks and other private citizens to push the baseless narrative that the mayor and council majority are corrupt for having given the airport terminal contract to Key Construction, whose co-founder Dave Wells is a longtime friend of the mayor who has contributed to council members’ campaigns. It’s quite another thing, and inappropriate, for a fellow local elected official to chime in.

Obama rewarding supporters with ambassadorships

“Doling out ambassadorships to supporters and contributors is nothing new,” a Los Angeles Times editorial noted in response to President Obama’s nomination of Caroline Kennedy to be ambassador to Japan. “But Obama is doubling down on the practice. The American Foreign Service Association reports that 56.1 percent of Obama’s second-term ambassadorial nominations have been political, compared with about 30 percent for recent administrations. Of the political nominees, at least half have had fundraising roles. So much for Obama’s promise that he would shake up the way things were done in Washington.”

Dubious, bogus and utterly phony headlines

The following satirical headlines come from borowitzreport.com and theonion.com:

Amazon Founder Says He Clicked on Washington Post by Mistake

Report: Economy Just One Obama Speech Away From Recovery

Boehner Urges Republicans to Rest Up for Meaningless Votes Ahead

Scalia Offers to Help Pope Judge Gays

New Texas Law Requires Voters to Have ID With Photo of White Person

Nation Just Wants to Be Safe, Happy, Rich, Comfortable, Entertained at All Times