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Having recently read about the corruption surrounding the James Garfield presidency before the 1881 assassination, one is reminded that it's not just on sexual mores, the rights of women and blacks, and scientific understanding that Bush wants to turn back the clock.

Charles Guiteau, an associate of Garfield's opponent -- and eventual assassin -- had lobbied repeatedly to be ambassador to France. He was turned down. Bush clearly doesn't want to repeat that mistake, awarding positions to son's, daughter's and associates...

Diogenes spots the shady appointments and reimagines the resumes... a bit more honestly on "Find the Brownie," a site devoted to the tragically unqualified head of FEMA:

Candidate: Head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
The current nominee supervised 170 employees and a budget of $25 million as an Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the Commerce Department. If confirmed, she would have responsibility for 20,000 government employees and a $4 billion budget.
Candidate: Vice-Chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Credentials: charter member and a chairman of GOPAC, the Republican fundraising group used by Newt Gingrich to engineer the GOP takeover of the House in 1994. Interior decorator by training.
Candidate: Executive Assistant to the Senior Advisor to the President
Credentials: Jack Abramoff's former executive assistant
Candidate: GSA Regional Administrator for the Southwest
Credentials: Son of Dick Armey, former House majority leader.
Candidate: GSA Regional Administrator for the Northeast and Caribbean
Qualification: daughter of the chairman of the Conservative Party of New York State
(Find the Brownie)

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