Posts tagged ‘Jim McDermott’

May 25, 2013

Safe Bridges Held Hostage to Light Rail

by lewwaters

Hostage 1Since the collapse of the I-5 Bridge over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon, Washington, the rhetoric has grown increasingly heated over decades of deterioration of our highways and bridges. We all know hundreds, if not thousands of bridges across America have been allowed to fall into disrepair, jeopardizing the safety of our families as we commute back and forth.

With spending trillions of dollars each and every year, why have our roadways become tantamount to death traps for commuters? With well paid engineers, expensive equipment owned by states and state employed crews, as well as private companies fully capable of repairing, rebuilding or even replacing aging bridges, what possible excuse is there for our bridges to be in such poor condition?

Even with that, bridge collapses are rare. After the deadly Minneapolis Bridge collapse back in 2007, ABC ran a story Deadly Bridge Collapses Through the Decades listing such collapses at that time. But still, as rare as they may be, given the known condition of so many bridges, we are tempting fate with letting them continue in such condition.

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August 9, 2011

‘Baghdad’ Jim McDermott Divorcing, Asks for his Privacy to be Respected

by lewwaters

In what must go down as one of the most hypocritical comments ever spoken, Washington Democratic congressman Jim McDermott has announced he and his wife of 14 years are divorcing. He issued the statement, “The end of a marriage is difficult and painful. This is a personal matter and I hope you will respect our privacy.”


McDermott it should be remembered, fought unsuccessfully for several years against charges he “violated federal law by turning over an illegally taped telephone call to reporters” in 1996, violating the civil rights of now Speaker of the House John Boehner.

McDermott leaked the illegally obtained phone conversation between Boehner and then Speaker Newt Gingrich to the New York Times. He was ordered to pay more than $700,000.

McDermott had no respect for others privacy and now that he might be embroiled in scandal, depending on the reasons for his wife divorcing him; he asks that his privacy be respected?

That is hypocrisy at the highest level.