Three University of South Florida officials were fired after the school discovered $275,000 in misplaced checks and cash scattered throughout an office.
Nearly half the money at the school’s English Language Institute — $133,647 — was in checks up to 10 years old and could not be deposited, said university spokeswoman Michelle Carlyon.
The cash and checks were found December 21 inside desks and underneath books and office machines, among other places, Carlyon said.
The discovery came about a month after a state audit of the university found lax financial controls.
The three officials were fired last week.
You would think that Senators Carl Levin and John McCain would have learned by now that you cannot deal in good faith with a White House that does not act in good faith. Yet both men struck bargains intended to restore the rule of law to American prison camps. And President Bush tossed them aside at the first opportunity.
(when attempting to pick a relevant piece of this op-ed, I ended up with the entire thing, and that would exceed my quote-rules. So go and read the thing…)
Winter/Spring – The clone army of foreign policy “experts” from conservative foreign policy outfits nobody ever heard of before suddenly appear on all the cable news programs all the time, frowning furiously and expressing concerns about the “grave threat” that Iran poses. Never before heard of Iranian exile group members start appearing regularly, talking about their role in the nuclear program and talking up Iran’s human rights violations.
Spring/Summer – “Liberal hawks” point out that all serious people understand the serious threat posed by serious Iran, and while they acknowledge grudgingly that the Bush administration has fucked up everything it touches, they stress, and I mean stress, that we really must support the Bush administration’s serious efforts to deal with the serious problem and that criticisms of such serious approaches to a serious problem are highly irresponsible and come only from irrational very unserious Bush haters who would rather live in Iran than the U.S.
Late Summer – Rumsfeld denies having an Iran war plan “on his desk.” He refuses to answer if he has one “in his file cabinet.” Andy Card explains that you don’t roll out new product until after labor day.
Early Fall – Bush suddenly demands Congress give him the authority to attack Iran to ensure they “disarm.” Some Democrats have the temerity to ask “with what army?” Marshall Wittman and Peter Beinart explain that courageous Democrats will have the courageous courage to be serious and to confront the “grave threat” with seriousness and vote to send other peoples’ kids off to war, otherwise they’ll be seen as highly unserious on national security. Neither enlists.
Late October – Despite the fact that all but 30 Democrats vote for the resolution, Republicans run a national ad campaign telling voters that Democrats are objectively pro-Ahmadinejad. Glenn Reynolds muses, sadly, that Democrats aren’t just anti-war, but “on the other side.” Nick Kristof writes that liberals must support the war due to Ahmadinejad’s opposition to gay rights in Iran.
Election Day – Democrats lose 5 seats in the Senate, 30 in the House. Marshall Wittman blames it on the “pro-Iranian caucus.”
The Day After Election Day – Miraculously we never hear another word about the grave Iranian threat. Peter Beinart writes a book about how serious Democrats must support the liberation of Venezuela and Bolivia.
If you believe this, I’ve got a bridge to sell:
After the U.S. military invaded Afghanistan to oust its Taliban rulers, authorities found a locker full of applications to join al Qaeda’s holy war overseas.
Among the alleged applicants: José Padilla, the former ”enemy combatant” who once lived in Broward County.
A prosecutor produced the alleged document for the first time Thursday in Miami federal court, where Padilla pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges that he was a recruit for a North American terrorist cell with South Florida links that aided Islamic jihad abroad.
I wonder if it looks like this: