Just another coincidence

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin is joining the board of Delta Air Lines, the carrier announced Thursday. …

When the Federal Aviation Administration and then-airport manager Ben DeCosta said provisions in the proposed lease deal between the city and Delta could limit competition at Hartsfield-Jackson, Franklin defended the lease, emphasizing the relationship between Delta and the city. City officials estimated the lease would cost the airport $17 million a year in revenue. At the time, Franklin was eager to get the deal signed before she left office.

Since then, some members of the Atlanta city council and others have criticized the Delta lease as being too favorable toward the airline, and expressed concerns about the impact of the lease on the airport’s finances.

Corporate-speak, FTW

Overheard (second-hand, thank God) at a international conglomerate’s mobile summit: “We are curating serendipity.” So they’re overseeing or organizing fortunate discoveries by accident? Unfortunately, he wasn’t laughed out of the room.

Also, authenticity is the new buzzword, apparently, replacing pivot. So now you know.

(FTW = For the win, I’m told.)

Why people hate corporate America

Transocean Ltd. gave its top executives bonuses for achieving the “best year in safety performance in our company’s history” — despite the explosion of its oil rig that killed 11 people, including nine of its own employees, and spilled 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Not race, but time

It’s mere coincidence that ethically challenged House members Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters are black (or Democrats, for that matter). But combined they have spent 58 years in Congress. No coincidence there.

Two years ago Nancy Pelosi claimed she’d “drain the swamp.” Republicans will say the same thing if they retake Congress in 2010. It’ll never happen.

Term limits aren’t the solution, but they wouldn’t hurt. The longer one stays in Congress, the more likely they are to abuse the institution’s flimsy ethical standards. You gotta have influence to peddle it.

The Evil Empire caves to fundamentalist thugs

America’s media conglomerates have zero balls (and fewer principles). None is more soulless than Viacom, which has once again bowed to the threats of extremist gasbags.

On Thursday morning, a spokesman for Comedy Central confirmed that the network had added more bleeps to the episode than were in the cut delivered by South Park Studios, and that it was not giving permission for the episode to run on the studio’s Web site.

Among the bleeps: any reference to the “Prophet Mohammed.”

I shouldn’t be surprised. This is the company that owns MTV, responsible for the most nihilistic programming in the history of broadcasting. If only Mohammed was a product — they’d never censor a money-making opportunity.

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