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Original post made by janette, College Terrace, on Dec 9, 2007

Happened to run across this while reading about Fred Thomson's wife, a la today's Doonesbury, and of course it made me think of the city web site cost. Ten years ago, but still:

"On Aug. 5, 1997, Kehn sent Thompson's Senate office a 12-page proposal to "design, develop, host and maintain a world-class multimedia Web site" at a cost of $45,000 per year. As her qualification for the contract, Kehn cited her job at a small Nashville firm that provided daily news summaries to health-care companies.

Two weeks later, Thompson's staff sharply rejected the proposal, according to memos located by the Memphis Commercial Appeal in the Thompson Senate archives, stored at the University of Tennessee. "I consider this project technically vague and stunningly overpriced," a staff member wrote."

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Posted by Bill Dalton
a resident of Stanford
on Dec 9, 2007 at 12:30 pm


Fred Thompson was the Chairman of the International Security Advisory Board, a high-level panel charged with evaluating long-term threats to U. S. security.

- U.S. Dept. of State, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, ISN, ISAB
Web Link

Fred Thompson’s Senate Committee assignments:

Special Counsel to both the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations under President Reagan

Member of the powerful Senate Committee on Finance, which has jurisdiction over, among other things, international trade.

Member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Member of the National Security Working Group, which observes and monitors executive branch negotiations with foreign governments.

Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee 1997-2001

Ranking Republican Minority Member of the Government Affairs Committee 2001-2003

Chairman of the Youth Violence Committee 1995-1997

Chairman of the Senate Government Oversight Committee

Foreign Relations Committee, 1995-96

Member, Judiciary Committee, 1995-98

Member, Constitution, Federalism and Property Rights, 1997-98

Member, Technology, Terrorism and Government. Information, 1995-98

Member, Finance Committee, 1999-2002

Finance subcommittees
Member, International Trade, 1999-2002
Member, Taxation and Oversight, 1999-2002
Member, Social Security and Family Policy, 1999-2002
Member, Health Care, 1999-2002

Important Proposals and Inclusions Introduced while in the Senate:

Nuclear Proliferation Act
Special Counsel Act
Aviation Security Bill Amendment
FY 1999 Omnibus Appropriations Bill
Regulatory Right-To-Know Act
Homeland Security Workforce Act
Homeland Security Education Act
Thompson amendment to Treasury-Postal Title (Section 646) of the Consolidated Appropriations Bill
Regulatory Improvement Act (S. 981)
Thompson Amendment to the National Homeland Security and Combating Terrorism Act
Thompson Amendment to the National Employee Savings and Trust Equity Act
The Federal Emergency Procurement Flexibility Act
The Federalism Accountability Act
The Government Information Security Reform Act (GISRA)
The Thompson Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act
The Truth in Regulation Act

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Posted by bob
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 10, 2007 at 11:51 am

Are we sure that Kehn isn't the person who did the "technically vague and stunningly overpriced" new Palo Alto web site?

What has Mr. Dillons listing of Thompson's qualifications got to do with creating a web site?

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 11, 2007 at 5:55 am

Kehn seems to have had the guts to have submitted a proposal. She obviously is somewhat more than a trophy wife. It is enough that Trudeau saw fit to attack her - that is one indice of excellence.

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Posted by joe
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 11, 2007 at 11:29 am

I think Bill and Walter like Fred Thomson. Who knew? He actually has supporters. I can just picture his wife as First Lady, falling out of her dress:

Web Link
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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 11, 2007 at 1:26 pm

Actually I am fond of Kerry's wife. She would be a good party partner as long as she left Lurch home. I will make my selection ten minutes before I mark my ballot. Never fall in love with a politician or a party, they'll break your heart every time.
I consider the politics of personal destruction as practiced by Garry among others to be anathema to rational politics.

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Posted by eric
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 11, 2007 at 2:59 pm

Agreed, Walt. I'm sure that you find the personal attacks on the Clintons and John Kerry equally distasteful. I also assume that you would condemn GWB's personal and unfounded attacks 8 years ago on John McCain.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 11, 2007 at 10:03 pm

Kerry and the DNC made war records an official campaign issue. As a once National Guard member I resented calling HG service draft dodging. I want policies, not buddies.

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Posted by eric
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 12, 2007 at 2:35 pm

I'll take your limited reply as a tacit agreement on my other points

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