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November 09, 2007

DHS employee wore blackface prison costume all day

Not only did a DHS employee win a prize for a prison/blackface Halloween costume from Assistant Secretary Julie Myers, he also wore the costume to work all that day.

On Tuesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), a member of the Homeland Security Committee, sent Myers a letter expressing her "dismay" over the incident at an ICE Halloween party and posing questions about it. Yesterday evening, McCaskill received Myers's three-page reply.

Myers wrote that the costume was "inappropriate" and "could leave a negative impression as to the respect that ICE has for those in our custody."

She noted that the man had not originally been a winner but was added so that "management" party-goers would not be the only employees recognized. [WaPo]

Sen. McCaskill was horrified to learn that the employee had worn the costume to work:

"He was dressed in this costume during his entire shift at work all day, which means that in the workplace there wasn't a manager that said, 'You need to change, you need to leave." [WaPo]

HT: Think Progress


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Hillary Clinton's campaign says it won't plant questions, again.

Richard Nixon's campaign and George W. Bush's campaign never made any such promise.


SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s campaign admitted Friday that it planted a global warming question in Newton, Iowa, Tuesday during a town hall meeting to discuss clean energy.

Clinton campaign spokesman Mo Elliethee admitted that the campaign had planted the question and said it would not happen again.

"On this occasion a member of our staff did discuss a possible question about Senator Clinton's energy plan at a forum,” Elliethee said.

“However, Senator Clinton did not know which questioners she was calling on during the event. This is not standard policy and will not be repeated again.”

Richard Nixon? Why not bring up Dwight Eisenhower while you're at it?

Richard Nixon had planted questions arranged by Roger Ailes, who now runs Fox News.

I'm not aware of Eisenhower doing it.

Well, Hillary Rodham did it five minutes ago. I'd think it fairest to focus on her. After the terribly sincere gnashing of teeth that we all saw about the recent and dopey FEMA action.

I'm not making a big deal about her transgression, as, to tell you the truth, I think that most all of them have done things like this. Yeah, she'll never ever do this again. That's nice.

And since you bring up Nixon, let it be noted that Hillary was a member of the impeachment inquiry staff in 1974.

But like Nixon, the finger-wagging Hillary doesn't let principles bother her too much.

I'm very disappointed to learn that Hillary Clinton is hijacking the Iowa caucuses with canned questions. If you read the account from the Grinnell student, it sounds as if Clinton herself was cued in to the ruse.

Absolutely not acceptable behavior. It's different only in degree from that that infamous FEMA press conference. I posted the this, above. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Hillary's planted question was both unethical and tactically stupid. (I am fed up to the back teeth of hearing "I don't agree with her on everything, but she's such a good politician" from some Dems, when her campaign pulls this kind of boneheaded shit.) She deserves to be called on the carpet for it, and not just by Fox News and the other usual suspects. Dumb, crass move. The aide who came up with the idea should have been canned immediately.

That said, I find the outrage on the right over this more than a little risible. Throughout his presidency, Bush has used the "town hall meeting" format to give the appearance of "listening to the people" while fielding love notes disguised as "questions" from carefully screened audiences.

So no, the comparison with FEMA's Potemkin press conference doesn't hold up. A "town hall meeting" is not a press conference. Seven-plus years into the Bush presidency, everybody knows (or should know) that it is a format that is no more authentic or unscripted than a regular old campaign rally. A press conference is an entirely different animal--at least it is in an actually functioning democracy. The difference between the Hillary situation and having your own staff pretending to be reporters cannot be waved away with a breezy "they all do it."

Wasn't White House stud or White House corespondent Jeff or Jim Guckert or Gannon or whatever the hell his name is, commenting on this blog a week or two ago? Perhaps we'll hear from him again to get his thoughts on stage managed pol performances. It's all turning into bad performance art anyhow. I'll vote for the candidate who takes his/her cue from the sham and shameless former Soviet block pols who trot out pretty girls in bathing suits for the voters to drool over.

One cat one vote one beer.

I believe it was Gannon/Guckert who left that comment. I didn't check it out, but there's something about the run-on paranoid style that seemed nearly diagnostic.

I don't think it's okay for politicians to be feeding questions to people who are portrayed as independent participants in official public events--whether it's a press conference or a meeting during the Iowa caucuses, or whatever.

Like I said, Hillary didn't stage the whole town hall meeting, or send paid staffers to impersonate Iowans. So, it wasn't as egregious as the FEMA charade--but that's really a difference in degree. Fake news sucks.

>So I say Fuck you. I have tried with you. Yet you make no effort to meet me half way. You just like to flame.

You can't flame somebody with facts. "Fuck you" is a flame. Making nice to cover up bullshit assertions is part of what got us to where we are today. Not gonna do it.

In other news --

Hillary Clinton (as she has become, not what she started as) would be a terrible POTUS. A huge push for the nihilistic position that Democrat/Republican means nothing. That you have to do whatever two-faced and dishonest thing it takes to win elections. That elections are all about seizing power rather than most-enlightened leadership.

Very bad dawns ahead for the most perfect country the world has produced.

I don't know why this thread is mingling comments on the planted question and blackface posts, but...

"DHS employee work blackface prison costume all day" is an obvious typo for "DHS employee wore..." But I can hear the photographer (obviously a Master Photographer) who took the discarded picture: "Work it! Work it for me, baby!"

Wasn't Daria's favorite television program Sick, Sad World?

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