Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Another Day, Another... 

I was going to add this to my home blog but decided, "what the heck? I haven't shared anything over at the LC in too long".

So. I just wanted to point this out, in case you all are not already aware of it (if you are, I apologize for any redundancy but please feel free to contribute what additional information you might have on this matter):

ExxonMobil's Voting Suggestions

To compliment corporate front groups, lawsuits against critics, and tireless lobbying against any global warming regulation, Exxon is stepping up its efforts to get employees to vote "pro-business".
According to a story reported by the Dow Jones Newswire, Exxon is mailing its 34,000 employees election materials and helpful voter guides which -- surprise! -- give the Republican Party gold star ratings for spurning global warming regulation, supporting drilling for oil in the Arctic wildlife refuge, and letting oil refineries release more pollution by weakening the Clean Air Act.

Exxon is informing not only its employees but also retirees and contractors how they should vote in upcoming presidential and congressional races across the U.S.
...In 2000 Exxon gave 91 percent ($1.37 million) of its political donations to the Republican Party. Exxon was more than amply repaid when President Bush promptly withdrew the U.S. from the only global treaty to control global warming, the Kyoto Protocol.

In a message at ExxonMobil's Citizen Action Team website, company CEO Lee Raymond states "it is essential that we as a company, and more importantly as individuals, are part of the political process." The website's front page quotes Thomas Jefferson: "We in America do not have a government by the majority. We have a government by the majority who participate."

Monday, October 18, 2004


The goose may just have laid the golden gaffe of this election. No, I'm not talking about Mary Cheney or anything related to her.

Seems that CheneyBushCo have been using the song "Rock And Roll Part 2" at campaign rallies and events for weeks. The song was allegedly chosen, according to spokesman Danny Diaz, because it pumps up the CheneyBushCo faithful:

The campaign chooses music that creates the right mood for its events. The choice of music is pretty consistent. It's music that speaks to the vast majority of people.

Hold that thought. Because I rather doubt that "the vast majority of people" would want that tune to "speak to" them, knowing that it's the signature tune of Brit-pop star Gary Glitter--who was convicted, in 1999, of possession of literally thousands of pieces of violent child pornography. (Scroll down almost to the end for the information; I tried the link to the Industry Standard, but it isn't working.) Some of the 4,000 images found on his computer's hard drive included the brutal rape of boys and girls as young as 2 years old.

Predictably, the response from the Shrubbery when informed of the gaffe was "We didn't know." Except that they did, because the same thing happened in 2000. In fact, the latest flap occurred exactly four years after the first one: October 13, 2000.


Now let's hope the last vestiges of CheneyBushCo in public life fade a hell of a lot faster than Gary Glitter ever did.

(Cross-posted from Musing's musings.)