2006/02/12

Return of the Political Commissar

So George Deutsch, Bu$hCo's 24 year old unqualified NASA Zampolit has resigned. Actually that's not really news--a Bush crony is forced to step down when it turns out that his credentials where forged. Nope nothing new under the sun there.

What is news is that the assignment of political commissars by Bu$hCo may not be limited to NASA. Dr. James Hansen, NASA's top climate scientist and the man who spoke out about Deutsch's attempts to silence him, alleges that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists are receive the same treatment. Apparently NOAA insists on having an agency "minder" present when it's scientists speak to journalists.

Stomp one cockroach and you find 100 more.

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No surpises, this administration is famous for the incompetent appointment, the 'not-even-minimum-qualifications"appointment, the recess appointment... I had a few examples when I posted "Wheel of Cronyism" and the background on the clowns proved quite depressing.
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What's amazing to me about the whole Deutsch thing is that he is a kid! He's - what? - 23 years old? How much work can you do in 23 years to warrant a political appointment?

The News about the NOAA is especially chilling. How much is this administration willing to do to hide from the fact of global warming? What are they going to say when NY City is underwater? Wait! Don't tell me! They'll build a really lousy levee system and announce all is right with the world.
Apparently NOAA insists on having an agency "minder" present when it's scientists speak to journalists.

That's a little scary. Using 'minders' is a favorite tactic of any good totalitarian regime.
23 years old? How much work can you do in 23 years to warrant a political appointment?

Diane...welcome. As I understand it his appointment was a reward for working the 2004 Bush election campaign.

Abi, right you are. Though I should hedge a bit, this is an allegation that NOAA administrators have refused to comment on. Maybe we'll see more in the next few days.
Thanks for posting on this Kvatch. I haven't been keeping up with the MSM at all lately so I am depending on Comedy Central and my blog friends to tell me important things that are going on.
Somewhere I saw this guy's editing of a scientific paper: he had penned "theory" after every fact he disagreed with.

There is no end to their stupidity and malice.
I see nothing unusual in appointing a 23 year to a top position in government.
Ever hear of the Hitler Youth?
Somewhere I saw this guy's editing of a scientific paper: he had penned "theory" after every fact he disagreed with.

Right you are, Blood (or should I call you "Mr (Ms.) Hubris?). Did an earlier post on this where Master Deutsch added "theory" to every mention of the Big Bang.
Master Deutsch added "theory" to every mention of the Big Bang.

I can understand that. Some of my best Big Bangs were only theoretical, too.
And the appointee to head up the Iraqi stock exchange was what, 24? With no experience in finance, who admitted he hardly followed the stock market at all?

Typical.

NBFH is a great blogger, but I too have been unsure as to how to address him/her.
Ha ha. Hitler Youth!
The Honorable No Hubris ?

Hitler Youth about sums it up...And he has been editing the work of esteemed scientists twice his age...and his only qualification is that he worked on the Bushco campaign...hmm, kind of the Brownie Resume..without the horses and horse shit,....

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