Friday, March 03, 2006
New text in Conrad Burns' Wikipedia entry
Excellent addition to a still incomplete entry on the junior senator. Oh yeah, I got my hands on the full text of Herbert's editorial in the NYTimes. Here are some of the better parts:
Modifications to this article by staff members of Burns An investigation by correspondents for Internet news site Wikinews linked Burns' office to changes in this article. In particular, references, citations, and descriptions of Sentator Burns' use of the word "ragheads" were removed, as was mention of legislation, co-sponsored by Burns, that would reduce Native American tribal sovereignty. Also, a paragraph was added praising Burns as a 'Voice for the farmer'. On Wednesday, February 8, 2006, Burns' spokesman, James Pendleton, pointed to the site's open-source nature. Said Pendleton, "They have exactly zero credibility. " And, "I don't know why this is a story. There is no sanctity in Wikipedia. Somebody will always come and change it."
If there were a trapdoor that was somehow rigged to open beneath the U.S. senators we really don't need, Conrad Burns of Montana would surely fall right through it. Mr. Burns is a racially insensitive Republican whose re-election bid this year has been jeopardized by his dealings with the G.O.P. superlobbyist Jack Abramoff. Mr. Abramoff has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials. Among other things, he's admitted to bilking American Indians out of millions of dollars, and he's said to be singing louder than the fat lady to federal investigators. [snip] When The Times asked whether he or members of his staff might get caught up in the federal investigation, Mr. Burns said he didn't know. As he put it, "You can't say yes and you can't say no." The Abramoff scandal is just the latest issue to raise questions about Senator Burns's fitness to hold high public office. You've heard of accidents waiting to happen? He's an accident that happens again and again and again. [snip] When you consider that clowns like Conrad Burns can inhabit some of the highest offices in the land, it's no longer such a mystery why the United States of America seems to be barreling down the wrong track at truly hair-raising speeds. As we've found with the war in Iraq and so many other important issues, leadership matters. And serious leaders in the U.S. have been in dangerously short supply. In response to questions about the Abramoff scandal, Mr. Burns has denied that he's done anything wrong. And he dismisses concerns about the amount of money he received. "What's the difference between one dollar and one thousand?" he said. "It's all dollars. Just like you rob a bank down here. If you get a thousand you go to jail, and if you get a million you go to jail."Couldn't have said it better myself.