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bigtexxx
09-04-2003, 02:34 PM
What a pompous lady. This adds to a long list of reasons why I cannot stand the woman who represents me in the house of representatives. This little story is almost as bad as when she had the Dallas skyline on her website which apparently she thought was Houston's.


Airline makes room for Lee
From TheHill.com

Members of Congress often use weekend plane trips back to their districts as a way to unwind after a hectic bout of lawmaking. Which could explain why Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) demanded a whole row of seats to herself on a recent Continental flight from Washington to Houston.

Jackson Lee usually gets first-class upgrades from the airline. But on this particular flight first class was full. After cabin attendants delivered the bad news and showed her to the coach section, Jackson Lee exploded, said one witness.

“When she saw that she had to sit with other people, she started shouting that she was in Congress and worked hard. She was really loud. Everybody in the plane could hear.”

Frequent flyers say that such outbursts are common whenever Jackson Lee is on board. The Continental crew seemed to take the whole situation in stride. Attendants scurried around to find her other accommodations, and once Jackson Lee got her own row of seats she quieted down.

Later in the flight she even paid a friendly visit to the people she had refused to sit with. According to a nearby passenger, Jackson Lee “handed out her business cards and invited them to stop by her office.”

MadMax
09-04-2003, 02:36 PM
my personal favorite was her mistake when discussing Pathfinder's trip to Mars...she said, "oh...will we be able to see the flag the astronauts planted there before?

"uh, ma'am...that was the moon. we're going to Mars."

GreenVegan76
09-04-2003, 02:39 PM
I tend to stand behind her voting record, but she can be a wacky woman.

mleahy999
09-04-2003, 02:40 PM
There are a lot of jackasses that fly. However, if something doesn't go right with a flight, whether it's being delayed or what not, people tend to get aggravated. Not defending her, but she's just one of many meatballs that fly regularly.

Trader_Jorge
09-04-2003, 02:50 PM
Does she think she is superior to any other taxpayer and ticket purchaser on this flight? Why should another passenger have to move to accommodate her? Are they less important than Sheila? Sheila would tell Rosa Parks to move to the back of the bus to accommodate for her. How can she represent the views of minorities with this type of hypocritical behavior? She has stooped to the level of the 1960's segragationist South. This is an outrage. She is a *public servant*. She should not an angry tyrant who lords over her subjects. Her haughtiness and ignorance are a disgrace to all elected representatives.

Move it, Rosa, Sheila Jackson Lee is coming on board.

MadMax
09-04-2003, 02:51 PM
Originally posted by Trader_Jorge


Move it, Rosa, Sheila Jackson Lee is coming on board.

prediction: this will be someone's signature by the end of the day.

mleahy999
09-04-2003, 02:57 PM
Originally posted by Trader_Jorge
Does she think she is superior to any other taxpayer and ticket purchaser on this flight? Why should another passenger have to move to accommodate her? Are they less important than Sheila? Sheila would tell Rosa Parks to move to the back of the bus to accommodate for her. How can she represent the views of minorities with this type of hypocritical behavior? She has stooped to the level of the 1960's segragationist South. This is an outrage. She is a *public servant*. She should not an angry tyrant who lords over her subjects. Her haughtiness and ignorance are a disgrace to all elected representatives.

Move it, Rosa, Sheila Jackson Lee is coming on board.

I can't tell if this is fake outrage or not.

ima_drummer2k
09-04-2003, 03:01 PM
She needs her own row to help fight "terrorisn".

Friendly Fan
09-04-2003, 03:04 PM
as long as Tom DeLay is in Congress, Sheila Jackson Lee will never be the biggest a-hole in Congress from this area. She's a rookie compared to him.

bigtexxx
09-04-2003, 03:05 PM
Originally posted by mleahy999
There are a lot of jackasses that fly. However, if something doesn't go right with a flight, whether it's being delayed or what not, people tend to get aggravated. Not defending her, but she's just one of many meatballs that fly regularly.

I have taken over 100 flights in the past year, and I find that the more I travel, the more understanding I am of delays and problems with the airline. Sheila is just a snotty prick. The line about how she's in congress and how she "works hard" is just disgusting. I can't wait for my district to continue to be regentrified and populated with affluent inner-city dwellers who will one day vote her out of office.

TraJ
09-04-2003, 03:14 PM
I would have wanted to say, " Why don't all of us slackers just pile up one the back row, and you can have the rest of the plane, since you work so hard and everything."

Is it possible to be in a position like hers for an extended period of time and not give in to the "I'm more important" mindset. If not, that alone is a good argument for term limits.

Manny Ramirez
09-04-2003, 03:49 PM
Originally posted by bigtexxx

Jackson Lee usually gets first-class upgrades from the airline. But on this particular flight first class was full. After cabin attendants delivered the bad news and showed her to the coach section, Jackson Lee exploded, said one witness.

Aw, what a shame! She is going to have to fly like the rest of us common people!

Originally posted by bigtexxx

According to a nearby passenger, Jackson Lee “handed out her business cards and invited them to stop by her office.”

LOL, way to smooth things over there! Too bad that the saying about getting 1 chance to make a first impression is pretty much true.

Friendly Fan
09-04-2003, 04:49 PM
the airlines routinely upgrade Congressmen and women to first class.

I've seen it done many times on flights out of Dulles or National (yes, I call it National). They all do it and they all expect it.


Jackson votes right for her district, but she's a bitch on wheels for staffers, media and everyone she thinks lower than her. I'm always cordial, but I'd never give her money. She's on everyone's top ten list of egomaniacs inside the beltway, and that is an accomplishment. She's only got one move, and it's the one mentioned: loud mouth ghetto bitch going postal and showing aryone she tryin' not to hear that.

She's no Barbara Jordan, and she's no Mickey Leland, but at least you can count on her vote, and we couldn't do that with Craig Washington.

Rocket River
09-04-2003, 04:52 PM
link please

At least she didn't drag us into a war just to line her homies pockets

Rocket River

Friendly Fan
09-04-2003, 04:54 PM
Originally posted by Rocket River
link please

At least she didn't drag us into a war just to line her homies pockets

Rocket River

amen to that


my complaint with Sheila is that she throws away 80% of her effectiveness by these outbursts that simply SHOCK the rest of Washington.

RocketMan Tex
09-04-2003, 04:57 PM
Originally posted by Friendly Fan
as long as Tom DeLay is in Congress, Sheila Jackson Lee will never be the biggest a-hole in Congress from this area. She's a rookie compared to him.

I couldn't agree more.

bigtexxx
09-04-2003, 04:57 PM
Originally posted by Rocket River
link please

At least she didn't drag us into a war just to line her homies pockets

Rocket River


Here's your link, champ.
http://www.thehill.com/open_secrets/090303.aspx

Zion
09-04-2003, 05:37 PM
Have you heard this one. It was also started by TheHill.com, i heard about it a couple of weeks ago on the radio. When contacted she denied she had ever said such a thing.

Who knows, either TheHill is out to get her or she is a super B!TCH.

THE MEAN SEASON
'Black' hurricane names
brewing swirl of dissent
Rush Limbaugh rips congresswoman's call for African-American storm monikers

By Joe Kovacs
© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com

Was Hurricane Andrew too 'lily white'?

Do devastating hurricanes need help from affirmative action?

A member of Congress apparently thinks so, and is demanding the storms be given names that sound "black."

The congressional newspaper the Hill reported this week that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, feels that the current names are too "lily white," and is seeking to have better representation for names reflecting African-Americans and other ethnic groups.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas

"All racial groups should be represented," Lee said, according to the Hill. She hoped federal weather officials "would try to be inclusive of African-American names."

A sampling of popular names that could be used include Keisha, Jamal and Deshawn, according to the paper.

Jackson Lee's call is brewing its own storm of response across America.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=33896

goophers
09-04-2003, 05:56 PM
Originally posted by Zion
Have you heard this one. It was also started by TheHill.com, i heard about it a couple of weeks ago on the radio. When contacted she denied she had ever said such a thing.

Who knows, either TheHill is out to get her or she is a super B!TCH.

THE MEAN SEASON
'Black' hurricane names
brewing swirl of dissent
Rush Limbaugh rips congresswoman's call for African-American storm monikers

By Joe Kovacs
© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com

Was Hurricane Andrew too 'lily white'?

Do devastating hurricanes need help from affirmative action?

A member of Congress apparently thinks so, and is demanding the storms be given names that sound "black."

The congressional newspaper the Hill reported this week that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, feels that the current names are too "lily white," and is seeking to have better representation for names reflecting African-Americans and other ethnic groups.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas

"All racial groups should be represented," Lee said, according to the Hill. She hoped federal weather officials "would try to be inclusive of African-American names."

A sampling of popular names that could be used include Keisha, Jamal and Deshawn, according to the paper.

Jackson Lee's call is brewing its own storm of response across America.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=33896


If true, what do you think the chances are that she calls out racism when one of the "black-sounding" names ends up being a powerful storm that kills people and knocks down a bunch of homes? :)

Dubious
09-04-2003, 07:24 PM
Sheila Lee is wrong just wrong!

Just the wrong party, If she were a republican some fatcat would send the Gulfstream for her and she wouldn't have to fly commercial.

GladiatoRowdy
09-04-2003, 07:29 PM
I was just wondering what DeLay would do if he was in a similar situation. Then, I read the post above.

Jeff
09-04-2003, 07:40 PM
Shelia. Ugh.

I've met her a couple of times. She was, honest to God, one of the nicest and most accommodating people I've ever met. Very gracious and sweet. And, at the time, she really didn't have to be. I was hired to record a few politicians for a radio spot during a political campaign. She sat in my truck and took about two takes despite having never read the copy.

Frankly, I was surprised having heard some serious horror stories about her from former aides and people who worked with and for her.

I'm not a fan of hers at ALL, but my experience with her was a good one.

If she did that on an airplane, it would be consistent with the horror stories I heard. Pretty pathetic.

Trader_Jorge
09-04-2003, 07:45 PM
Originally posted by andymoon
I was just wondering what DeLay would do if he was in a similar situation. Then, I read the post above.

1) Tom Delay has nothing to do with this story

2) I find it ridiculous that you accuse Delay of something worse than Shelia Jackson Lee when you have no basis for assuming this. All the while you have concrete evidence of Sheila acting like a buffoon.

Liberals will do anything to save face.

gr8-1
09-04-2003, 07:49 PM
I doubt anyone on the plane would really recognize her. She works hard, lol. Try being a construction worker or a waiter. They work hard.

Also, who is paying for her ticket?

MadMax
09-04-2003, 07:58 PM
delete

Mr. Clutch
09-04-2003, 07:58 PM
House members are always nutty as hell.

dc sports
09-04-2003, 11:36 PM
If I were one of the people on that plane, I'd tell her that I work hard too, and part of my hard earned money went to pay for her ticket, so she should sit down and be quiet.

After that, it's time for the air marshall to use the stun gun and send her off to anger management classes with Jack Nicholson.

Dark Rhino
09-05-2003, 01:07 AM
Another fumble by an incompetent jackass in Congress who does not realize the public service she has been awarded by popular majority is a privilege not a destiny.

Posting an article that's a little long, but is also quite an interesting read. More grace so prominently on display...

Sheila Jackson Lee, Limousine Liberal
Does she think the ethics rules don't apply to her?
by Sam Dealey
02/11/2002, Volume 007, Issue 21


WHEN SHEILA JACKSON LEE first came to Washington in January 1995, the Texas Democrat railed against the Capitol's silk-stockinged elite. "The American people want reform, not phony but real reform," she said in her debut House speech. "They want to know that the days of free meals and free trips and special privileges are over. . . . As Members of Congress, we should not be using public office for private gain."

How times change.

It's about 200 paces from the awning of Jackson Lee's Capitol Hill apartment to the marbled steps of the Cannon House Office Building, where her office is. Most people think the walk is a pleasant one. Red-brick townhouses give onto tree-lined streets; crossing guards ensure no one is run over. It's the kind of neighborhood where you might expect to find the Republican party's headquarters--and do. They're right next door to Jackson Lee's building. In a city that consistently ranks among the nation's worst for commuting, Jackson Lee would seem to have it made.

But apparently it's not convenient enough. Jackson Lee is routinely chauffeured the one short block to work--in a government car, by a member of her staff, at the taxpayers' expense. And apparently in violation of House rules.

AsJackson Lee noted on her first day in Congress, the use of public funds for private ends is a major no-no, and the political graveyard is strewn with officials who forgot that. In 1991, John Sununu stepped down as President Bush's chief of staff after a series of gaffes involving subsidized transportation, the final one being a limousine stop at Christie's in New York to look at rare stamps. In 1994, top Clinton aide David Watkins was forced to resign after a picture caught him using the president's helicopter for a golf outing. And then there's the case of former House Ways and Means chairman Dan Rostenkowski, who was charged with widespread malfeasance, including the use of government staffers and cars to routinely run errands.

In 1997 a federal appeals court dismissed these latter charges against the Chicago Democrat on the grounds that the line between "official" and "unofficial" use of public employees and cars is blurry. But the obvious fat-cat implications in these and other cases have led the various branches of government to define the scope of official travel more narrowly. None is more strict than the House of Representatives.

According to the Congressional Handbook, the bible of dos and don'ts for House offices, "commuting expenses are not reimbursable." These costs are defined as "transportation expenses incurred by the Member or employees between their residence and duty station." A spokesman for the Committee on House Administration confirms that the use of a government-leased vehicle for commuting purposes and the use of a public employee as a driver are both violations of House rules. Of course, every lawmaker is expected to know the Congressional Handbook. But Jackson Lee was also provided a copy of these guidelines when her office leased the car that she rides in to work.

Should the House Ethics committee pursue the matter, the Congressional Handbook states Jackson Lee could be "personally liable for payments under any lease not in compliance with House Rules and Committee regulations." These expenses include not just the cost of the lease, paid for from her office allowance, but maintenance and fuel, for which she is also reimbursed.

Jackson Lee declined comment for this story, but when the alternative weekly Houston Press raised similar issues in 1997, she said: "Anything my staff does in my office is pursuant to congressional rules . . . [and] whatever staff does is pursuant to congressional business."

The rules do provide some leniency. Non-governmental use of a public vehicle is allowed if it is "during the course of and generally along the route of a day's official itinerary; incidental to the day's official and representational business; de minimis in nature, frequency, and time consumed," and if it "does not otherwise constitute a significant activity or event." But on any given day, driving Miss Sheila to work is always a significant activity or event.

Or so at least I was told a few weeks ago by an outraged member of Congress, who himself manages to walk to work and noticed Jackson Lee's commuting habits. They're easy to notice.

Take, for example, the morning of December 6, a balmy Thursday when the temperature in Washington would climb to 73 degrees. At 8:43, a blue Ford Contour with government plates--the car Jackson Lee's office has leased--pulled up to her building. For the next 23 minutes, the aide impeded traffic on one of Capitol Hill's busiest streets, pulling in and out of alleys and reserved parking spaces. Finally, at 9:06, Jackson Lee appeared.

The aide jumped from the car and hurried to help the congresswoman. First she opened the rear door so Jackson Lee could deposit a bag and sheaf of papers; then she opened the passenger door. But Jackson Lee took this opportunity to place a phone call, and the aide stood patiently by. After a minute or so of this, Jackson Lee determined she was ready to climb in. But something was wrong. An uncomfortable moment passed as the congresswoman and aide stared at each other. Of course! Jackson Lee's coat and shawl were still on!

The aide sprang to remove the garments, and Jackson Lee gave an exasperated look. After Jackson Lee climbed in, the aide gently closed the door, scurried around the rear of the car to the driver's seat, and they were off to the office, a block away. It was such a short trip, Jackson Lee didn't even bother to fasten her seatbelt.

On December 12, on the other hand, Jackson Lee was in a hurry. She shot out of her building at 9:10 (the car and driver had idled for 22 minutes), ignored a well-wisher on the street, and jumped into the car as it executed a harrowing five-point turn. With hazard lights flashing, the car then ran two red lights. While lawmakers are generally allowed to flout traffic laws to get to the Capitol if a vote is in progress, on this day the first vote wasn't for another hour.

The next day, I asked Jackson Lee's driver about the possible ethics violations of using a government car for commuting. The aide declined to comment and instead flagged down a Capitol Hill police officer to report that her boss was being "stalked" and that Jackson Lee "feels very threatened."



VANITY and a sense of victimhood are handmaidens to Jackson Lee when traveling. Just ask Continental Airlines, her hometown carrier.

For years, Jackson Lee tormented the airline's office in Washington that handles VIP booking. When Congress was in session, her staff would make several reservations early in the week for return flights to Houston. After the House finished its business that week, she would grab whichever flight was most convenient and scrap the others. But this kind of rule-bending put the carrier in a difficult position. Not only was Jackson Lee only paying coach fare (she was routinely bumped up to first class), but Continental was unable to sell the premier seats she didn't use.

Meanwhile, airline crew regularly complained about Jackson Lee's rudeness. Continental managers, however, feared reprisal and saw little they could do. "After medicine, airlines are the most heavily regulated industry in the United States," says a lobbyist for a Texas-based carrier. "Every airline feels they have to kiss up to Congress; they always feel their livelihood is in Congress's hands."

But in February 1998, things finally came to a head. On a flight home to Houston, Jackson Lee became enraged when flight attendants failed to produce the seafood special she liked. "Don't you know who I am?" she reportedly thundered. "I'm Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Where is my seafood meal? I know it was ordered!"

That outburst prompted a phone call to Jackson Lee from Rebecca Cox, vice president of Continental's government affairs office in Washington and the wife of California Republican Chris Cox. The message? Straighten up and fly right, or don't fly with us.

Cox did not return calls seeking comment, but a member of Jackson Lee's staff who fielded the call remembered Cox saying, "[Jackson Lee] screamed at the top of her lungs at least a minute. She embarrassed the flight attendants and the passengers in first class. And she embarrassed herself." Cox then joked, "We have already given her the Delta Airlines schedule."

Jackson Lee got back on board with Continental, but not for long. In May 1999, as Continental flight 1961 prepared to leave Reagan National Airport in Washington, Jackson Lee became flustered when she couldn't find her purse. Thinking she had left it in the boarding area, she went back to search for it. Meanwhile, the plane pulled away from the gate. Moments later, her purse was found onboard. According to aviation lobbyists at the time, Jackson Lee demanded that she be let back on the flight. Airline employees explained that FAA rules prohibit planes from returning to the gate once they've taxied away, but Jackson Lee was unconvinced. She accused the gate staff of racism and demanded to see their supervisor, who was a black woman. Her purse, meanwhile, was unceremoniously dropped out of the cockpit window and ferried back to her.

A year earlier, at a March 2, 1998, reenactment of the march on Selma, an irate Jackson Lee called her scheduler in D.C. demanding to know why she hadn't been given a ride to the event by the organizer, as a white colleague had been. According to the aide--who quit after just a month and a half on the job--Jackson Lee shrieked, "You don't understand. I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen."

It will come as no surprise to learn that Jackson Lee is regarded as one of the most difficult members of Congress for whom to work. House records show that her office has bled staff, losing at least 85 full-time employees since 1995. In addition to schedulers, executive assistants, and "travel aides," she has run through 13 chiefs of staff and legislative directors, generally a congressional office's top two positions. By comparison, Rep. Mark Foley, an active and visible Florida Republican who entered with Jackson Lee in 1995, has lost 17 employees over the same period.

Despite her well-publicized flaps, Jackson Lee shows no signs of mending her ways. When her December 6 flight to Houston was unexpectedly diverted to an alternate gate, for example, a fellow passenger says the congresswoman was on the phone in a matter of seconds after deplaning, berating a staffer who was to pick her up for not anticipating the change. Indeed, soon after the FAA issued emergency regulations in the wake of September 11 prohibiting anyone but ticketed passengers in the gate area, aviation sources say Jackson Lee's office placed "multiple phone calls" to the agency demanding a special exemption for her entourage. The request was denied.

It seems to have taken a national emergency for someone finally to say no to Queen Sheila.


Sam Dealey is a writer in Washington.


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Friendly Fan
09-05-2003, 02:41 AM
that's her, officer!

she feeds her ego and acts a fool wherever she goes

Timing
09-05-2003, 05:34 AM
A few years ago, some family members and I were downtown serving meals during Thanksgivings or Christmas, I forget which. We're all standing there when Sheila pulls up, gets out to give a quick speech in front of the cameras about how great everything's going, and then jumps back into her vehicle and takes off. I could hardly believe it and really haven't cared much for her since.

RocketMan Tex
09-05-2003, 07:42 AM
Originally posted by Trader_Jorge

I find it ridiculous that you accuse Delay of something worse than Shelia Jackson Lee when you have no basis for assuming this. All the while you have concrete evidence of Sheila acting like a buffoon.



All you have to do to see evidence of Tom DeLay acting like a buffoon is read the Congressional Register.

glynch
09-05-2003, 10:04 AM
Two outstanding posts in this thread.

At least she didn't drag us into a war just to line her homies pockets #1

as long as Tom DeLay is in Congress, Sheila Jackson Lee will never be the biggest a-hole in Congress from this area. She's a rookie compared to him. close # 2.

Manny Ramirez
09-05-2003, 11:56 AM
Originally posted by glynch
Two outstanding posts in this thread.

At least she didn't drag us into a war just to line her homies pockets #1

as long as Tom DeLay is in Congress, Sheila Jackson Lee will never be the biggest a-hole in Congress from this area. She's a rookie compared to him. close # 2.

So, tell us, glynch, do you think that Sheila Jackson Lee is doing a good job in Congress?

I am much more interested in hearing that than your feelings about the war in Iraq or other politicians, etc.

DaDakota
09-05-2003, 12:01 PM
People that have a sense of entitlement because of what they do seriously annoy me.

However, to not be upgraded is a cardinal sin.

I always get upgraded !!!

Sheila, I feel your pain BEYOTCH !!

DD

Joe Joe
09-05-2003, 12:22 PM
I haven't liked Sheila Lee Jackson since she was a guest speaker at my graduation. An integral part of her speech was that Hakeem wasn't a role model. This was during the second run and a little after some stuff he was doing for the Muslim community in Houston.

As I am very Pro-Rockets, I have detested her ever since.

bigtexxx
09-05-2003, 12:27 PM
Originally posted by Joe Joe
I haven't liked Sheila Lee Jackson since she was a guest speaker at my graduation. An integral part of her speech was that Hakeem wasn't a role model. This was during the second run and a little after some stuff he was doing for the Muslim community in Houston.

As I am very Pro-Rockets, I have detested her ever since.


He's not a good role model. He did some great things on the court, yes, but keep in mind some of his actions off the court. He threaten to leave the Rockets and was a cancer on the team in the early 90s, he has kid(s) out of wedlock, he left the city that made him what he was in favor of Toronto, and screwed downtown redevelopment with his buying and squatting on the World Trade Center downtown and leaving it a huge eyesore next to our new baseball stadium after he promised to renovate it. Thanks go to Tilman Fertitta for buying the WTC off Hakeem (yes, Hakeem profited nicely at the citizens' expense) and actually doing something with the high-profile site.

But sure, I loved him as a player.

DaDakota
09-05-2003, 12:30 PM
bigtexx,

Don't forget he faked that injury as well.

Great player yes...role model...no.

DD