Rich Galen
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Sometimes MULLINGS just writes itself. Today's edition comes directly - and solely - from Roll Call which bills itself as "The Newspaper of Capitol Hill."

One of the two Senators from Louisiana is a woman named Mary Landrieu. The Landrieus are a long-standing political family in Louisiana and Mary evidently got thrown into the shallow end of the gene pool.

The other day she said, at a "field hearing" on rebuilding in New Orleans "I often think we would have been better off if the terrorists had blown up our levees. Maybe we'd have gotten more attention."

BILLIONS of Federal dollars have been made available for the rebuilding of New Orleans. It is not the failure of the Bush Administration; it is the failure of the nearly incomprehensible incompetence of the Mayor and the Governor who are holding up BILLIONS of Federal dollars. "BILLIONS," as the late Carl Sagan loved to say, "and BILLIONS."

In an act of family solidarity Senator Landrieu (whose brother is the Lt. Governor), said that Louisiana isn't nearly as corrupt as most of us think.

According to Roll Call reporter Ben Pershing's report, Senator Landrieu complained that Louisiana isn't nearly as corrupt as the rest of us think it is. "Mississippi is actually the most corrupt state in the union," she said.

It seems that some organization named "The Corrupt Crime Reporter" decided that Mississippi was, in fact, the most corrupt state, with Louisiana coming in a dismal third.

Which state, you might well ask, came in as the second most corrupt? New Jersey perhaps? California? New York? Nah.

North Dakota.

Whoa! Check please.

North Dakota? What were the criteria? Speeding tickets not paid on time? Garbage cans not taken in after pick up on Thursdays?

North Dakota?

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Quick: Without Googling the answer, what's the capitol of North Dakota?End Nano Sidebar

So, Mary Landrieu is full of it. Louisiana is the most corrupt state in the union, on the continent, in the hemisphere, on the planet, in the Solar System. She and her brother and Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco are all part of it.

Ok. That's not all. Pershing's very next item - keeping in mind the corruption of Louisiana business - is about the office of Louisiana Congressman William (I-Always-Keep-Ninety-Grand-In-My- Freezer-Just-In-Case-The-Dominos-Pizza-Guy-Gets-There-Early) Jefferson.

No corruption there.

Anyway it seems that the woman who is the "communications director and senior policy advisor" to Jefferson is leaving his employ. To do what? To be the press secretary to the House Judiciary Committee.

I'm tellin' ya.

Finally, from this one edition of Roll Call, the story about the fact that some of those anti-war thugs who demonstrated in Your Nation's Capitol on Sunday went up to Capitol Hill and spray painted "anarchist slogans" on the Capitol steps.

No arrests were made by the Capitol Police.

Just to review the bidding, the Capitol cops are under the direct control of the Speaker and the Senate Majority leader.

The cops are not to blame for this outrage. Their labor committee chairman wrote that his officers "were upset that some of the weekend's demonstrators were allowed to deface the Capitol … and no arrests were made. "But," he wrote "we must follow the orders of our officials even when we may disagree with such orders."

Who issued the orders that no arrests for spray painting the Capitol were to be made?

Speaker Nancy Pelosi? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid?

How about a field hearing - not in New Orleans - but in the plaza outside the Capitol building. MY Capitol building. YOUR Capitol building.

What do you think would have happened if some Right-to-Life marchers, a few days earlier, had spray-painted slogans on the Capitol?

Right. They'd be sitting in the District of Columbia cooler even as we speak.

The Democrats are in charge. How's it working out so far?

On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: The US News & World Report blurb on Mary Landrieu's comments (Roll Call requires a subscription); the Washington Post's exuberant reporting on the anti-war demonstration on Saturday ("The crowd … seemed significantly smaller than the half-million people organizers said were present and may not have matched similar protests in September 2005 and January 2003); a Mullfoto and a Catchy Caption of the day. And the answer to the capital of North Dakota.

AND ... A new " Dear Mr. Mullings!"

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Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.