Thursday, June 29, 2006
President George W. Bush's appearance at a fund-raiser for Republican Sen. Jim Talent at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton yesterday was akin to his recent fly-by-night visit to Baghdad's Green Zone.
Both his Baghdad and St. Louis visits were sneaky and used as publicity gimmicks for his desperate efforts to shore up support for the war in Iraq.
Wednesday, Bush tip-toed into the back entrance of the hotel for a $2,000-a-plate dinner to raise cash for Talent's re-election.
Meanwhile, hundreds of protestors outside the hotel demostrated against the war and in support of a raise in the minimum wage, which both Bush and Talent oppose. The federal minimum wage, which has been frozen for nearly a decade, is $5.15 per hour.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch heralded the presidential appearance here yesterday afternoon with front-page coverage, as is to be expected. Coverage of the protest, on the other hand, was limited to three paragraphs on the jump page, a photo and caption.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Police detained radio personality Rush Limbaugh at a Florida airport yesterday for six hours after finding a prescription bottle of Viagra in his luggage that didn't have his name on the label. Meanwhile, Limbaugh recently was photographed with a lip lock on Mary Lynn Rajskub, the actress who plays the petulant Clohe O'Brien character on Fox network's popular anti-terrorism soap opera 24. The site of the love fest was a conservative Heritage Foundation pseudo-seminar entitled America's Image in Fighting Terrorism: Fact, Fiction or Does It Matter? Limbaugh acted as the master of ceremony of the panel discussion, which also included Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Could Chloe and Rush be an item? Is Chertoff really a zombie? And does any of this really matter? Stay tuned.