Bush’s Interior Department Interfered With Scientific Work To Limit Endangered Species Protections – Horsedooty

WASHINGTON — A high-ranking Interior Department official tainted nearly every decision made on the protection of endangered species over five years, a new inspector general report finds, concluding she exerted improper political interference on many more rulings than previously thought.

Julie MacDonald, a former deputy assistant secretary overseeing the Fish and Wildlife Service, did pervasive harm to the department’s morale and integrity and may have risked the well-being of species with her agenda, Interior Inspector General Earl Devaney said in his report out Monday.


This is just another example of how the Bush-Cheney people contaminated every part of the US Gov’t.  Maybe we can help people remember if they should forget sometime in the future. Remember how we thought it could not get any worse when that clown Watts was at Interior?  Well, for the last 8 years it did get worse.



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47 responses to “Bush’s Interior Department Interfered With Scientific Work To Limit Endangered Species Protections – Horsedooty

  1. dog's eye view

    Morning all. Good post, Sr. Doots. Maybe a few years of a government run FOR the people, even in near depression conditions, will remind people of how much we lost over 8 years of the Bush-Cheney-cronies administration, and how crucial good government is?

    Maybe. Maybe not.


    Listened to about 8-10 minutes of early Morning Joe this morning, and even less yesterday. Joe Scarborough is just not suitable morning company. Period.

  2. dog's eye view

    Gotta root for the little guy. Go D25. (This story particularly recommended for nanny, dnd, burrito, anyone else cold and snowbound).

    A little dinghy dreams big in Newport Harbor

    “For five days every December, a humble dinghy rules Newport Harbor.

    Little D25, all 11 feet of it, is a crowd favorite of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, thanks to the wild imagination of skipper Peter Barbour. He spends the whole year scheming for this week; he refuses to estimate the dollars or hours he pours into the parade. You could say he’s a little obsessed.

    ….”The big boats always get the sweepstakes,” he said last weekend, nose buried in a circuit board along a 10-foot palm tree’s trunk. “I’m giving them one more chance.”

    This year, as usual, his will probably be the smallest boat out there, puttering in the shadow of 65-foot behemoths.

    He has kept late hours putting final touches on the illuminated tropical scene — beach chair, palm, umbrella — that will float atop his fiberglass skiff. …”


    Link’s got pictures of this tiny watercraft, illuminated in California sunset and dusk. Worth the click right there.

    Pete’s up against competition like (it is rumored) a Balboa Island boat owner who pays a retired Disney Imagineer $50,000/year to create lighting display for his parade entry.

  3. dog's eye view

    I like Caroline Kennedy tremendously, and think she’s an accomplished and brilliant person in her own right, never mind membership in a beloved political dynasty.


    There are at least two other Carolyns in New York’s congressional delegation that would have made excellent — and maybe less controversial — appointees to Senator Clinton’s seat.

    Here’s Wiki bio for Carolyn McCarthy, a nurse turned gun control crusader and very effective Democratic congresswoman from Long Island. She overcame a personal tragedy too: the murder of her husband and wounding of her son (aboard a commuter train) by a mentally unstable gunman.


  4. Well I got a call at :30am from gregg and they give me a three hour windown between 2:30pm and 5:30pm for the delivery of my TV.

    I still have to go out probably tomorrow to buy a 25′ cat 6 network cable before I can hook my main computer back up.

    I still haven’t hooked anything up to it yet and may not until the TV is setup and ready to watch.


    It’s a wonder any wildllife still exists since Bush and his Fascists took office. In fact I’m surprised that he hasn’t poisoned the air and water and killed us all by now.

    God Bless.

  5. Should have read:

    Well I got a call at 7:30am instead of at :30am. Me bad.

    God Bless.

  6. Just noticed windown instead of window. Boy am I blind this morning.

    God Bless.

  7. dog's eye view

    Bio for Carolyn Mahoney, a teacher turned career politician who represents Manhattan and Queens citizens in Congress.


    I appreciate and applaud Caroline Kennedy’s early and effective support of Barack Obama, her many books on our constitutional rights (one of which I own, none of which I have read, most honestly), and her public service work on behalf of New York’s schoolchildren and other very good causes.

    But I am becoming very concerned about hereditary family seats in Congress, which is already insufficiently representative.

    Am not sure if they’re increasing in large numbers; could just be the prominence of some of the families involved. It’s worth a look (and a post!! I will start researching the topic.)

    A lot of this springs from the massive expense involved in running for a competitive seat, and the built-in advantage of name recognition.

    Perhaps the best choice would be for Governor Paterson to appoint an effective legislator as a placeholder; someone who will not run in 2010.

    And let the 2010 race begin in earnest.

    (Fairness demands I mention that one of my biggest concerns about Hillary Clinton was that she started on 3rd base when she set her sights on the NY Senate seat being vacated by Patrick Moynihan. Of course, RF Kennedy and EM Kennedy also benefited by family connections in winning their NY and MA seats — and ably representing their constituents and serving in the national arena.

    So cannot give Caroline K a pass here, much as I like and admire her.)

  8. dog's eye view

    AP: re wildlife disappearing: think a truck driver wrote a post a while back on noticing far less wildlife evident on long distance drives through wilderness/lightly populated areas. If I find it, will put it up.

    My mom noticed less butterflies on our drives around the East Coast years ago; remember her mentioning that during my teens….

  9. dnd

    The skunks appointed to Interior by this administration have also been pushing for drilling in wilderness areas. They can’t leave soon enough.

    Obama’s Interior announcement presser today at 12:45 ET.

  10. chefsheila


    Thanks so much. I have been wondering just how bad the score would be by the time January 20th rolls around…..Bush’s record is just so depressing.

    Isn’t amazing how nice and benign Bush looks right now, while behind the scenes all of these knife cuts keep sinking deeper into our collective national backs?

    I’m hopefull Obama’s team will turn as much around as they can.

  11. chefsheila

    This is a scary and depressing exerpt from your piece.

    “”MacDonald, a civil engineer with no formal training in natural sciences, resigned in May 2007. Department employees reported that they used her name as a verb _ encountering political interference from senior managers was called “getting MacDonalded.”

    Devaney said “MacDonald’s zeal to advance her agenda has caused considerable harm to the integrity of the ESA program and to the morale and reputation” of the Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as potential harm to animals under the Endangered Species Act.

    “Her heavy-handedness has cast doubt on nearly every ESA decision issued during her tenure,” from 2002 until 2007, the report said. MacDonald was deputy assistant secretary from 2004 to 2007 and a senior adviser in the department for two years before that.””””

  12. dog's eye view

    your name becoming a verb.

    That can be good and bad.

    But here we have “MacDonalded” and — somewhere — “Brownied” or “the Brownie treatment.”

    “Chertoffed” — haven’t heard that yet, but it’s got possibilities. (PS: I think Chertoff is one of the more competent and better performing people in Bush’s massive edifice of incompetence.)

    But: “I hope that jerk gets Chertoffed” sounds dire, doesn’t it?


    Political appointees delaying and engaging in cronyism.

    David Addington and the constitution killers in Cheney’s office working with mortal and amoral effectiveness.

    Lotsa people are going to earn graduate degrees and publishing royalties over the historical malfeasance in this administration.

  13. chefsheila

    Amen Dog…..Amen!

  14. dog's eye view

    British troops to cease Iraq operations by May 31, depart entirely by end of July 2009.


    “Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain said British forces will cease operations in Iraq by May 31 and leave Iraq by the end of July, leaving the United States as the only foreign military presence in the country. … The British withdrawal of its 4,100 troops had been anticipated.”

  15. dog's eye view

    Obama is Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

    What a surprise.


  16. Nannymm

    Well said, Doots. Bush and Co. have set out to systematically dismantle the entire regulatory system without regard for who or what they hurt. The environment? So what. Wildlife? Oh, well. People? Those are the breaks. Labor? Who cares? The economy? No sweat! Destruction is the real Bush legacy.
    I think it will take at least a generation to undo the harm he has done.

  17. dog's eye view

    Agreed, nanny.

    BushCo put to rest the idea that elections do not matter, and that there is very little difference in what you will get from individual candidates or their respective political parties.

  18. Nannymm

    Let’s just hope people don’t forget that down the road, as they usually do.

  19. Nannymm

    This is one of the best defenses of the UAW that I have read.

    Destroying What the UAW Built
    By Harold Meyerson

    In 1949, a pamphlet was published that argued that the American auto industry should pursue a different direction. Titled “A Small Car Named Desire,” the pamphlet suggested that Detroit not put all its bets on bigness, that a substantial share of American consumers would welcome smaller cars that cost less and burned fuel more efficiently.
    The pamphlet’s author was the research department of the United Auto Workers.

  20. dnd

    Chrysler will halt production at all 30 plants for one month beginning Dec 19. Happy Holidays…

  21. Nannymm

    Does that mean the employees won’t get paid, dnd?

  22. dnd

    I don’t know, but I don’t think so if they got rid of the “job bank.”

  23. dnd

    Tweety is making an issue of Salazar wearing his cowboy hat at the announcement. I don’t expect a greenhorn from Philly to know that it is considered appropriate western protocol to wear a cowboy hat indoors. If he had a Colorado Rockies baseball cap or a ball cap on he got from Dekalb grain, he would take it off. But a cowboy hat? No. Friggin’ eastern elite snobs…

    This is change we can believe in.

  24. CNN reported the workers will be paid during the Chrysler “idle period”

  25. dnd

    That is great that the workers will be paid. It’s not their fault the mess Chrysler’s in (for the most part). They’ll help keep the local economy alive. It’ll help reduce Chrysler’s inventory, which is a problem. And it’ll make them sympathetic and worthy of some aid. Smart move by the honchos at Chrysler. Finally…

  26. Yeah but what about the supplier further down on the food chain. Also I think it sends a bad signal to potential car buyers.

  27. dnd

    good point Brian. Mitch McConnell is the Grinch.

  28. I think in part the automakers are calling the Toyota repugs bluff.

  29. dog's eye view

    John Cole of Balloon Juice picked up on Bill Ford saying nice things about UAW; also Pat Buchanan doing some sensible talking.

    [Ford President Bill] FORD: Well, the UAW obviously has been our partner through all of this. Have they made mistakes and have we made mistakes? Of course. The UAW has come a long way. I think their leader, Ron Gettelfinger, is an excellent leader and he really understands our business. In this last contract, he gave up a lot. He’s also indicated they’re willing to come to the table to do more. And so for anybody to blame the UAW as the sole reason for this is frankly wrong.


  30. chefsheila

    Good morning Crew,

    Who invented “Toyota Repug”? Just wondering

  31. chefsheila

    And just to make things worse.

    Why is everyone piling on Caroline Kennedy? Beginning to look like its because she’s a “woman” more than her family ties.

    When is it a prerequisit for someone to have been in public office before? I can remember plenty of family members who take over a seat of a dead congressional member…..like Sonny Bono’s wife. She was a stay at home mom….

    So why is Caroline Kennedy so unqualified?

  32. chefsheila

    Bob Cesca is still my hero. He’s the only one making this point right now.

    Why the Media Taint-Mongers are Continuing to Wrongfully Accuse Obama


    When I wrote about the establishment media’s taint-mongering last week, I never anticipated that the cable news networks would still be on this. Perhaps, I thought to myself, an Iraqi reporter might throw a pair of shoes at the president’s head or maybe the American economy would continue to, you know, die. Maybe these or other news items would take over. I figured that after a full week there’d be some other ridiculously egregious media or Republican trespass I could dissect here.

  33. chefsheila

    ……and I said to myself….”Self, how in the heck does the press get away with letting Bush and Cheney get away with admiting to a War Crime and not pursue this?”

    AND YET, take Obama and his Administration apart peice by piece to find a non-existant link between them and Blagoyovish…..

    I’d say that so called liberal media is BS.

  34. chefsheila

    I know why Obama has chosen Rick Warren to do the invocation.

    The two of them have been able to cross the lines of politics to friendship. This is more along the lines of “Team of Rivals”.

    The invocation has never been political before and its not now.

  35. dnd

    I think the press is piling on Caroline Kennedy because she’s a celebrity. The pathetic state of the press these days is tabloid gossip. They’re dying to see her screw up.

    I feel sorry for the other people who want that seat. Have you seen any press coverage of them? The media is just following Kennedy.

  36. dnd

    I wish Obama had picked Rev. Wright to give the invocation 😉

  37. chefsheila

    I know….its just horrible. I wish they’d stop covering everyone. Its New York’s Business, not the world’s.

  38. chefsheila

    LOL It would have been his choice for sure….lol Not political.

  39. chefsheila

    WHy isn’t the press asking about his use of the “Koran” when he swore in, in the Senate?? YOu heard about that right?

  40. Morning peeps,

    My internet went out last night and it finally came back on, grrrrrrrrr

  41. chefsheila

    Oh man!!!! Brian’s Twitching is calming down…

  42. dnd

    I hate it when that happens 😉

  43. chefsheila

    Yes, I hate to admit it, but the Cyber Silence is hard and just….just….silent. 😦

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