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Friday, June 15, 2007

The Ironical GOP

Ah, irony can be so sweet...

Did you know…

Michael Kamburowski, an Australian citizen, is the California GOP's chief operations officer? Yup, the GOP hired an alien (but not an illegal). To be fair, Kamburowski is in the process of becoming a naturalized citizen. However, he has no previous experience in state politics. His last gig was as a real estate agent – selling property in the Dominican Republic. Ok, so maybe he IS qualified.

Did you know …

In turn Kamburowski hired as State Deputy Political Director Canadian Christopher Matthews (no relation to Hardball’s CM)? Again, Matthews is not experienced in California politics, but he has a HB-1 Visa – though it doesn’t become valid until October.

Political operatives in California are dismayed – after all – the state has a long list of qualified and stellar political consultants and operatives who have worked the California political scene adeptly for years and are also, er, um, citizens who can vote. But apparently, foreign talent is superior – even if that talent lacks political knowledge of the state.

So, we’re outsourcing, in a sense, our political campaigns now. At least the Repubs are. I wonder if a little digging would reveal anything similar on the Dem side.

I have no problem with hiring foreign talent - if we tap our homegrown resources first. One could make the case that because these folks having nothing at stake, they can operate more objectively. Still, there's something not quite right with having individuals who can't even vote in our elections running our political campaigns.

(I found this little tidbit first at the Carpetbagger’s Report, but links led to the San Francisco Chron. CB of course has some interesting and entertaining commentary. )

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Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Bird Beauty, Uncle is mighty proud ter know somebirdy likes him best as Uncle Rhett, not Uncle Aloysius.

Now he thinks that youse the onliest one he wish't had come fer the summit, sense (in his view) youse the only one wif' an sense a'tall.

June 16, 2007 5:21 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...


But, Bird Beauty, thas' partly on account of he doan know how your polly ticks. I ain't gonna say nuthin' 'bout to him--he's enjoyin' be a cyber gun-runner too much.

June 16, 2007 5:23 AM  
Blogger Bird said...

I am mighty proud to be singled out of the lot as the only one with sense. And I concur 100% with Uncle Rhett - who am I to argue with a gun-runner? Hahaha!

My regards to Uncle Rhett.

But I suspect there are one or two things you, Uncle Rhett, and I could agree on politically. Has to be. Can't be at loggerheads all the time. Hey - sustainable farming - that's probably a place of agreement. Get these nuisance chemicals out of our food! We can agree on those genetically- modified seeds too - no good for us in the long run, eh?

June 16, 2007 8:59 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Amen Beauty Bird--I'se dern shure against Frankenfood.

Me an' Uncle doan put no artificial garbage in our Poark Rinds--strictly natural pigs, wif' no hormones or antibiotics--an' our pigs have not been crossed with tomatoes fer a short cut to BLTs...no sir-ee.

Sustainable farmin' is the ticket. Doan argue wif' me on this, now that I got a gun-runner fer a hubby, it could be injurious to yore health.

June 16, 2007 8:50 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

(akshully, BB, ya' see that look on Rhett's face? Uh huh...well, Uncle got that one down pat. Some ladies still swoon when he turns that look on em'...an he bein' all sliver headed now.)

June 16, 2007 8:54 PM  
Blogger J Cosmo Newbery said...

Please, Australian abbreviates to Aussie under sufferance, and alcohol, but never to Alien.

June 16, 2007 9:31 PM  
Blogger boneman said...

Birdie Babe, I had no idea that it was the speaker next in line....
(the image most prevalent in m'head is Haig..."I'm in charge, now")

And, the only politicians I don't like (neither chosen for party or mission) are those who overstay their usefulness.
As an example, take Richard Lugar.


This guy has been beating the streets about nuclear disarming for some fifteen years, now.
Mind you, it turns out he only means for smaller yeild weapons (that IS NOT nuclear disarming) and then to boot, there's a chemical weapons base on the western edge of Indiana, some kind'a nerve gas from what the news tells us, and he's OK with it being there.
And, get this....in the course of dismantling the base and the chemicals involved, the company that was in charge of doing so had three spills....
and gave up and went away.

So, let me get this straight, now....if the military wants to go gas somebody, and believe me/you, they will in a heartbeat, but they have spills....where does that leave me and anybody else living in line with the windpattern?
Up the creek, I reckon.

Lugar was for deliberation on the war in iraq, diplomacy....
until he found out that the nobel peace prize was going to Carter, and on that same day he declared that the president was right and that we should attack iraq and their cache of weapons of mass destruction....

Kennedy has been in a really long time, but, I think it's because he wants to beat Thurmond's record.

Cheney is just worthless as tits on a boar hog. But, I heard that three of the 'publicans running right now would make him the vp again if they are elected.
Are y'kiddin' me?!

I don't believe in professional politicians of any kind.
All they want is a fatter piece of pie for les work.

June 17, 2007 6:56 AM  
Blogger Pete Bogs said...

bird - I heard about this... crazy... for consistency's sake they should be deporting these people, not hiring them...

did you know that all the really great "American" actors are actually Canadian?

June 18, 2007 9:14 AM  
Blogger onandon said...

WE will take back the 'aliens' if you take back ours. Two top members of our largest telco are American. We are sick of hearing their accents tell us how great Australian communications are when they are shit.
They get paid millions of dollars to run our telco into the ground and then the govt sells off what the people used to own.

So I am with you.

(BTW some of the greatest "Australian" Actors and singers are actually New Zealanders!)

June 20, 2007 6:50 PM  

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