"John H" wrote in message
> On Sat, 11 Jun 2005 19:03:42 -0400, HarryKrause
>>Ex-oil lobbyist quits White House job
>>Official reportedly edited warming, emission link
>>Updated: 5:08 p.m. ET June 11, 2005WASHINGTON - A senior official at the
>>White House Council on Environmental Quality has resigned, days after a
>>newspaper reported he changed some government reports to downplay links
>>between greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.
>>Philip Cooney, the council's chief of staff and a former energy industry
>>lobbyist, resigned on Friday, two days after The New York Times reported
>>he edited some descriptions of climate research in a way that cast doubt
>>on links between greenhouse gas emissions and rising temperatures.
>>White House spokeswoman Dana Perino confirmed Cooney had resigned from
>>the council but said it was unrelated to the Times story.
>>"Mr. Cooney has long been considering his options following four years
>>of service in the administration," she said. "He had accumulated four
>>weeks of leave and decided to resign and take the summer off to spend
>>time with his family."
>>Cooney is a lawyer who previously worked for the American Petroleum
>>Institute, which like the Bush administration opposes mandatory curbs on
>>greenhouse gas emissions.
>>Warming language qualified, removed
>>The Times reported that Cooney made handwritten notes on drafts of
>>several reports issued in 2002 and 2003, removing or adjusting language
>>on climate research.
>>The paper said it obtained the reports from the Government
>>Accountability Project, a nonprofit group that is representing an
>>official who resigned in March from the Climate Change Science Program,
>>which issued the documents edited by Cooney.
>>In one document, Cooney reportedly crossed out a paragraph describing
>>the projected reduction of mountain glaciers and snowpack from warming.
>>Those projections, he noted in the margins, are "straying from research
>>strategy into speculative findings/musings."
>>The Times also reported the words "significant and fundamental" were
>>added before the word "uncertainties" when describing the state of
>>The White House denied that Cooney had watered down the impact of global
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>>Well, of course. All the Busn misadminstation ever does when it is
>>caught lying, cheating, or stealing is DENY, DENY, DENY.
>>What a crock of crooks at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
> I'll bet all those Bush guys own 36' Zimmerman style lobsta boats too!
The real crock of crooks
Former Iowa Secretary Sentenced for Embezzlement
On May 12, Amanda Kemmer, ex-secretary for Bricklayers Local 3 in the Des
Moines area, was given a 24-month prison sentence plus three years
probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution for embezzling union
funds. Kemmer pleaded guilty last December in federal court to stealing
more than $209,000 over the period January 1997-April 2004. She'd pocketed
about $175,000 of that by using a rubber stamp to write herself checks, and
raked in the rest by altering pay stubs and pilfering cash. (OLMS, 5/27).
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION UNIONS
Indictment of Pittsburgh-Area Bookkeeper Unsealed
On May 11, an indictment against Patricia Longbon, ex-bookkeeper for the
AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of Southwestern
Pennsylvania, was unsealed after a year-long delay. Longbon had been
indicted on 25 counts in connection with embezzlement of $10,157 of union
funds, and two counts of creating false financial records. The delay was
due to the difficulty in locating her. (OLMS, 5/27).
UNITED AUTO WORKERS (UAW)
Delaware Local Boss Sentenced for Embezzlement
On April 22, Gary Miller, former president of Local 2372 of the United
Auto Workers, in Delaware, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Delaware
District, to three years probation for embezzlement of union funds. He also
was ordered to pay $7,947.28 in restitution and a $100 fine. Miller had
pleaded guilty back in January following an investigation by the Labor
Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards. (OLMS, 5/24).
Philly Ex-Secretary Indicted for Embezzlement
On May 10, Barbara Wituschek, formerly office secretary for Local 161 of
the Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, was
indicted by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
on two counts of embezzlement of union funds. In the latter part of 2001
Wituschek had written two checks to herself and her former husband worth a
combined $5,745.41. Local 161 represents more than 100 workers in the
Philadelphia metro area. (OLMS, 5/27).
> John H
> "Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal,
> murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a
> particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to
> miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to
> continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass
> .. So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is
> - Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003 >> Stay informed about: Ex-oil lobbyist quits White House job