Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Formula

The Justice Dept. inspector general's report on the politicization of the Department's hiring process by Karl Rove's toadies may be just the latest volume in the Administration's "Yep, Things Really Were As Bad As You All Thought" series, but this one contains a fascinating little nugget of pseudoscience: the actual formula for determining fealty to Dear Leader. According to the report, the White House liaison deployed the following string for Nexis searches vetting potential DOJ job candidates:

[first name of a candidate] and pre/2 [last name of a candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict! or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or firearm!

"Spotted owl"? In 2005? Really? Anyway, in the interest of pseudoscience, yr. humble corresp. ran his own name through this search string, and got back nine results - three of them duplicates, but probably still enough to get my resume moved to the circular file. So, say what you will about these pinheads, their formula obviously works.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What were the nine?


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Burro Hall said...

You think I'd put a link to that on the internet?

Anonymous said...

Not if you fled the country for nefarious reasons!! (Come on - we need a little spice here!)

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Burro Hall said...

No way would I link to the results in the body of the post. That'd be crazy. My mama didn't raise no dummies.

Anonymous said...

Oh????


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