Friday, January 28, 2005

From the "I'm Not Making This Up" File

It sometimes seems that the Bush Administration's most amazing characteristic is its ability to transform the merely banal into the sublimely riddiculous. Take this little tidbit, courtesy of

"One day after President Bush ordered his Cabinet secretaries to stop hiring commentators to help promote administration initiatives, and one day after the second high-profile conservative pundit was found to be on the federal payroll, a third embarrassing hire has emerged. Salon has confirmed that Michael McManus, a marriage advocate whose syndicated column, "Ethics & Religion," appears in 50 newspapers, was hired as a subcontractor by the Department of Health and Human Services to foster a Bush-approved marriage initiative. McManus championed the plan in his columns without disclosing to readers he was being paid to help it succeed".

Ethics & Religion?