Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Let's make it a baker's dozen!

Eleven have resigned:

The following individuals have resigned from the Bush administration amid the furor following last year's firings of nine U.S. attorneys and the perceived politicization of the Justice Department.

Justice Department officials:

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales - Resigned Monday, effective Sept. 17.

Kyle Sampson, Gonzales' chief of staff - Resigned in March.

Monica Goodling, Gonzales' counselor - Resigned in April.

Michael Battle, head of the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys - Resigned in March.

Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty - Resigned in May, effective late this summer.

Michael Elston, McNulty's chief of staff - Resigned June 15.

Tim Griffin, interim U.S. attorney for Arkansas - Resigned effective June 1.

Bradley Schlozman, former acting civil rights chief and U.S. attorney for Kansas City - Resigned from a Justice Department post in mid-August.

Wan Kim, chief, Civil Rights Division - Resigned Aug. 24

White House officials:

Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, White House's top political adviser - Resigned effective at the end of this week.

Sara Taylor, political director -- Resigned in May.

Do I hear twelve? Dick? Georgie?


mapaghimagsik said...

could we get the whole administration to resign?

ellroon said...

Sounds good to me! Let's send them all pink slips!

Steve Bates said...

Would that be a James Baker's dozen? I don't know about that: in Florida 2000, that Baker had trouble counting accurately...

ellroon said...

Ack! Excellent one, Steve! Kinda like one for you and two for me... Heads I win, tails you lose..

As to the term: baker's dozen,having learned it from my mother, I wikipedia'ed it.

Steve Bates said...

ellroon, you wrote that wiki? Wow! I'd never have known all that.

ellroon said...

Dammit, Jim! I'm a blogger not a grammaritist! Just because I blather wildly doesn't mean... uh.. Dammit Jim! I'm a blogger!

Steve Bates said...

ellroon, I would not have been surprised if you HAD written it. Wikipedia is, after all, a community creation.

And I'm not trying to be picky. Honest. I hate it when I get picky. I certainly wasn't being picky in this case.

If you want to become a "grammaritist," there's a wonderful little book by Margaret Shertzer, The Elements of Grammar, published by and available at Barnes & Noble for $5.98 in the bargain books section. The title is an obvious reference to Strunk & White's The Elements of Style. I bought it last Saturday. From it, I'm learning stuff I never knew, even though I'm one of those folks who keep a half dozen English style guides close at hand. I know it's absurd to say that a grammar book is written as a narrative, but this one comes close. It's very approachable, and only rarely afflicted with jargon or obscure references.

ellroon said...

Nah, I do not mind. The Wikipedia sentence was sloppy and I posted it with slight misgivings.

As for being a grammarian (grammarite? greatgrammarina?), I want to say it right, but also want to write as I speak. Blogging is more informal than essays or articles, so it's more playful and flexible.

I will keep an eye out for the book.