Friday, May 13, 2005

COM: Problem-solving with whips and hammers

This from CNN today:

The Texas congressman's supporters -- among them a dozen conservative
organizations -- staged a high-profile show of support by throwing a
$250-a-plate gala in his honor that brought nearly 900 people to the Capital
Hilton. The money will be used to pay for the event, organizers said.

Here's an idea for law-happy factions -- let's make it illegal to charge more for a plate of food than what that plate normally brings at a restaurant. Then, people can still make their big donations, but some of the little people can also attend. Or do the little people not matter . . . ohhh . . . it's a tax thing . . . a skirting the rules thing . . . ohhhh . . . and you can only come if you're invited . . . ohhh . . . i get it . . . no little people . . . hmmm . . .

Okay, 900 people times $250 is, hmm, $225,000 for a dinner. Hmm. Ohhhhh, and the money will be used to pay for the event . . . hmmm . . .

"No ideas. No leadership. No agenda. And, just in the last week, we can now
add to that list, no class," DeLay said, a reference to Senate Democratic leader
Harry Reid's remark to school children that President Bush was "a loser." Reid
later apologized to Bush adviser Karl Rove.

I know a party whose main problem is apologizing for telling the truth.

And then there's this guy being feted at a $250 a plate dinner talking about class. I was once in a situation similar to this where someone conflated class and money (that other use of 'class'). Hmmm . . . $225,000 . . . classy . . .

The crowd dined on filet mignon and salmon and a dessert
of red-white-and-blue frosted cake decorated with candy hammers, a reference to the nickname DeLay earned when he was House majority whip.

Oooh, filet mignon and salmon . . . very classy . . . $225,000 . . . very, veeeery classy . . . and, well, i imagine it took some bucks (and some class) to make all those little candy hammers . . .

It's all here . . .

and more from The Washington Post via MSNBC

Ooooohhh, tributes from Jesse Helms and Phyllis Schlafly . . . very classy . . .
He thanked the hosts of the event, the speakers, his family and
Christine, his high school sweetheart. She stood by him, he said, "even back
in the days, 20 years ago, when I made a lot of mistakes and was a
self-centered jerk."

Ooooooohhhh . . . way back when . . . classy . . .

Oh, but wait, someone gets in a punch . . .
On his way off the dais, DeLay wiped his cheek again -- whether tears
or sweat was not clear.


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