NO BACKTALK ALLOWED….Via the Carpetbagger, here’s a heartwarming story from a few days ago. A minority-owned business made a “heck of a proposal” to the Housing and Urban Development Department and was duly selected for a contract. Later they lost the contract. Why? Because the head of the business told HUD secretary Alphonso Jackson he didn’t like George Bush much. “Why should I reward someone who doesn’t like the president?” Jackson said.

Charming, isn’t it? And the topper is that we didn’t find out about this from a whistleblower who sent private emails to a reporter. Not at all. In fact, Jackson was proud enough of this that he made it the topic of a speech to the Real Estate Executive Council. Do you think they all got the message?