What the hell?

I’m searching Oceanic Cable’s program listings and I can’t find any showing of the cartoon version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” There are four showings of that awful 2000 movie with Jim Carrey in makeup as the old foof.

I don’t want to see that, dammit. I want to see and hear the animated version with Boris Karloff narrating and the Whos singing and the Grinch slinking along the floor of Cindy Lou Who’s house.

That used to be shown about half-a-dozen times during the Christmas season. What’s going on here?

Ethics? We have none.

An NYT investigation has turned up some disturbing facts about many Republican Attorneys General: they are in bed with big oil and energy, trying to block EPA regulations. Evidence shows there is an

. . . unprecedented, secretive alliance that Mr. Pruitt [AG, Oklahoma] and other Republican attorneys general have formed with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda, an investigation by The New York Times has found.

Attorneys general in at least a dozen states are working with energy companies and other corporate interests, which in turn are providing them with record amounts of money for their political campaigns, including at least $16 million this year.


Out of public view, corporate representatives and attorneys general are coordinating legal strategy and other efforts to fight federal regulations, according to a review of thousands of emails and court documents and dozens of interviews.

“When you use a public office, pretty shamelessly, to vouch for a private party with substantial financial interest without the disclosure of the true authorship, that is a dangerous practice,” said David B. Frohnmayer, a Republican who served a decade as attorney general in Oregon. “The puppeteer behind the stage is pulling strings, and you can’t see. I don’t like that.”

And the Republicans have the gall to complain about “special interest groups” helping the Democrats. The GOP’s groups have a helluva lot more money than any one of the lobbying outfits that try to influence the Democrats’ thinking or policies.

This may not be an illegal practice, but it skirts the lines of ethics. After all, states’ Attorneys General are supposed to be “the people’s lawyer,” not “the 1-percenters’ lawyer.” Fracking may destroy aquifers and the quality of life for unknown numbers of citizens, but hey, it’s good for energy companies, so the AG is helping “the people,” right?

It’s slimy.

Get your tickets now

This song was written in 1960 by Charles Brown, who sings it here, and Gene Redd. It’s a seasonal favorite and has been covered by a whole lot of people from a whole lot of genres, including The Eagles, Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny, B.B. King, Lady Antebellum, and Kelly Clarkson.