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January 13, 2009 – Comments (6)

is anyone thinking at all?

I'd argue, "no."

Our outgoing president and his cronies, however, seem to have made politics the stuff of employment requirements in even more places than we already know.

Ideological considerations permeated the hiring process at the Justice Department's civil rights division, where a politically appointed official sought to hire "real Americans" and Republicans for career posts and prominent case assignments, according to a long awaited report released this morning by the department's inspector general.

The extensive study of hiring practices between 2001 and 2007 concluded that a former department official improperly weeded out candidates based on their perceived ties to liberal organizations. Two other senior managers failed to oversee the process, authorities said.

The key official, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bradley Schlozman, favored employees who shared his political views and derided others as "libs" and "pinkos," the report said.

6 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 13, 2009 at 3:40 PM, BigFatBEAR (28.28) wrote:

Psh, thinking and contrarianism in gov't is SO 2009.

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#2) On January 13, 2009 at 3:40 PM, jahbu (80.39) wrote:

once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at them right

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#3) On January 13, 2009 at 5:23 PM, socialconscious wrote:

 "To the victor belong the spoils." NY senator, William L. Marcy.

So not surprising.To Obama's credit he presently has centrist appointments. Some may not like they are former Clinton appointees but you cannot argue they are centrist. 

IMHO all


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#4) On January 13, 2009 at 8:13 PM, devoish (65.42) wrote:

"Elections have consequences"... Nancy Pelosi

"I hope so"... Devoish

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#5) On January 13, 2009 at 10:27 PM, TheGarcipian (34.17) wrote:

"Klaatu barada nikto" -- message to Gort.

Don't screw it up.

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#6) On January 14, 2009 at 8:07 AM, OtherOracleOfOMA (29.91) wrote:

The Department of Justice engages in politically motivated injustices. Hmmm...anyone else read 1984:

The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture, and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation.

The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites.

We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.

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