By The Tribune-Review
Published: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
The latest example of your federal government in action — a $222,000 renovation of the private bathroom of the U.S. secretary of the Interior. As reminds Atlanta's WSB-TV, which first reported the story, “that's more expensive than many homes.” The feds blame water leaks for the high cost of the project, done in 2007. Guess that's why the renovated loo also includes a $3,500 Sub-Zero fridge? Heck, we know plenty of contractors who would have done the job for, say, $150,000. ... The Obama administration wasted no time in calling last week's terrorist attack on a British Petroleum gas field in Algeria “a terrorist attack.” That's encouraging considering its nomenclature game playing in last September's Benghazi tragedy. So why did so many in the media insist and persist in calling it an attack by “militants” or “extremists”? To be clear, the attack was the work of dirty rotten smelly terrorists under the auspices of the even dirtier, more rotten and stinkier al-Qaida. Truth in reportage requires vermin to be called “vermin.” Of course, this is a lot to ask from the same crowd that regularly uses the phrase “assault weapons” and has no idea what it means. (Hel-LOW, Toledo, Ohio, Block Bugler.) ... The New York Times has closed its environmental desk. The newspaper has reassigned environmental editors and reporters to other sections. Guess the greatest threat to the future of mankind (since, what, Barry Goldwater?) wasn't much of a “threat,” eh?
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