Apr 11, 2006

I Respect Your Point Of View...

"The First Amendment has been interpreted as protecting both verbal and nonverbal expression from censorship. This protection has been extended specifically to music, drama, film, and most forms of visual art."
Not so fast, State Department, dudes! Condi pulls an Ashcroft.
Condi, you gotta love her!
Stephen Pitt's latest creation Energy Merchants is posted above...I am still waiting on Mr. Pitt to finish one of me like M's "David" and maybe one day hang it at Justice.

41 Comments:

Anonymous Up in Michigan said...

Dude, if anyone is carving a statue of you a la "David," I have EXTREME dibs.

7:26 PM  
Blogger The Subway Serenade said...

Well they may be able to censor art in Federal buildings. But I've been singing these songs in the NYC Subway, in and around Wall Street.

You see, Howard Dean confirmed for me that just one person can make a difference. Act locally. Be pan-dimensional.

50 Ways To Dump The Dubya

Goper's Lament (Hard To Be A Republican)

Folks might want to pass these on. You'd be amazed at how well they work.

May the Love that knows no Comprehension find refuge in your hearts and in your homes during the holidays and forever.

Namaste

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you have second thoughts about giving your portrait to Condi?
I don't think she would appreciate it anyway. She would probably have you arrested.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous e said...

Condi is quite full of herself..
love the trilogy painting of oil and greed....the cowboy hat denotes what a swellrf head W has..and VP snarl is great..
as for you.. you rock..
I am collecting the pitures of you and can't wait til I see one of you in your jeans one day..

7:57 PM  
Blogger teak said...

I like you art very much, Mr. Pitt. I also got and liked Jerry Boyle's art at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. It was the expression on the sculpture's ("Holier than Thou")face that stuck in Kansans' crawls; not the shape of its miter. That sculpture's facial expression is one seen in these parts quite often.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Well, Girl Friday Condi really got nerve. I am believer of the 1st Amendment in visual, arts, music, expression, and voice as well as point of view. It is such a shame that the Gerbil Admistration can speak two tongues about democracy and freedom. The Gerbil speaks both freedom and democracy to international countries but deny the American people their rights. What is so disgraceful about Condi Rice, being an African-American woman, doesn't get is that it took the civil rights bill in 1965 for blacks to have equal rights. And here Condi comes along and wants to take the same rights that she was given and those who fought for those rights and yet benefited from those struggles. Condi may be a pioneer for all women from all minorities to follow her footsteps in the professional world. But, she has really forgotten where she came from and where she is going in life! And the Condi doing the Ashcroft? Well, all I say is that I hope she doesn't decide to have a law that says that The Oscar (the trophy from the Oscars) needs to be covered with a figleaf! It was so stupid of Ashcroft saying that the Oscar was a male and that the Oscar's private area needed to be covered. That was the joke on that show. And comedian Whoopi Goldberg poked fun at Ashcroft's comments!

On a side note: Great picture, Stephen! You're the best!

8:12 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

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8:13 PM  
Anonymous cjt said...

Maybe if the Hefners, Bob Guccione and Larry Flint were big contributors to the RNC like Mary Carey and her management then this wouldn't be an issue with Condi.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Is Connie still smoking that stuff or drinking with Bush? I know she thinks of herself as Connie Bush but as this Administration goes down she'll be looking for a job and shoe's on sale. She's not qualified for her job and it shows and as long as she hangs on to George W. Bush she can do what she wants. But when he is impeached you'll see what people really think about her.

8:52 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

stephen pitt and sub serenade...we now have the DOJIA (Dept of Justice
Institute of Arts). Gotta love it!
Those of us here are privileged to witness such talent. Thanks for
the works.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

This a very question for Bush. From Americablog:

A question for Bush
by Joe in DC - 4/11/2006 05:14:00 PM


"And a very good question it is:
It isn't the old and famous: What did the president know and when did he know it? (We now know a good bit about what this president knew and when he knew it. And what he did after he knew it.)

It is: Did the president tell the special prosecutor's team all the truth that he knew, or did he tell them the same thing he was telling us back then?

We need to know that because what Bush was telling us in 2003 _ that he knew nothing about the leaks and wanted to find and fire all leakers _ ran the narrow gamut from misleading half-truth to bald-faced untruth.

Of course, it is not a federal crime for a president to lie to the American people when he is not under oath. (No, the usual punishment we inflict upon incumbent presidents who lie to us is to re-elect them.)

But it is a crime for anyone to mislead, impede or lie to federal investigators _ whether they are not under oath to tell the truth or not. For a president or a vice president, it can be an impeachable crime. (This point was argued most persuasively by congressional Republicans a few years ago as they made a federal case out of an incident that was not about national security, but consensual oral sex.)"

My own three questions to Bush: 1. Fitzgerald, was Bush intoxicated or yearn for the bottle or sober when the Gerbil gave a 70 minute interview (not under oath) to you on June 24, 2004?

2. Was it gin or water or mixed? Did the Gerbil offered you anything to drink? If he didn't then it was GIN!

Signing for the evening....

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SPB,

I'll settle for the transcript of gerbil boy lying his butt off. SubS- I like your music, keep at it. Indeed one person can make a difference.

The artwork by Mr. Pitts is fantastico, as always. I enjoy everthing he has done.

10:05 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

All:
I juat want to comment that we have many wonderful people working to make our country a better place.
Thank you to all, for all that you do! A special thank you to Fitz for all his hard work and long hours. Angels amongst us. :)

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitz did you ever see this or the speech by Lady Gray?

What a message! I wish people like this would stand up across the whole world.

" As a Democrat who did believe and practice those values
I had developed plans and programs to create positive
change to eliminate poverty and racism. I made a promise
to help the working class, the middle class, and the homeless
and let us not forget about the uninsured and our veterans
who continue to have their benefits eroded by this
administration.

Where are these Democrats now? Many of them are in the
trenches as I write continuing to spread the freedom
of our Constitution on the Internet, on college campuses,
on Anti-War Protests, Thank God for Cindy Sheehan and
in millions of homes across our nation. Many also left the
party and became members of the Green Party, members
of the Libertarian Party and some of them have just crawled
into a shell and said the hell with voting.

I warned those in Palm Beach County about the ongoing
desecration of our own Constitution. I warned them that
the War, the real reasons behind 9/11 and the USA Patriot
Act were to instill a nation that fears those in Washington D.C.

When the government places fear into the masses you
no longer have freedom. I hope and pray that one-day I,
along with many others lift this black cloak and restore the
light of Democracy in the United States of America.

The fear that I am still reminding this administration is that
I know the truth and like a veterinarian I have a cure to stop
the rabid dog. George Bush has been frothing at the mouth
for too long. Some of our own Democrats have been infected
also and that is why Dr. Howard Dean needs to give our
nation a shot of medicine.

Chairman Dean, you ignited a fire in 2004, a fire that thrives
on Freedom and what our Founding Fathers fought and died
for. That fire is spreading fast now and like 1776 the people
want to be released from the shackles from another King
George.

So lets unite and ask all of them to bend over and get a
shot of reality. This land is our land and We The People
will Reclaim our Democracy that was sold to the
highest bidder.

Well again it was great to read your wise words. I now
have to get back to work and continue to gather my
information that I have secured throughout our nation
and elsewhere regarding the proof of our elections
being manipulated in 2000, 2002 and 2004.

A believer of your words,
Jeff Fisher"

Unbelievable! These criminals just think they can get away with everything, but maybe if all the true believers stand up with you Fitz we can permanently stop them!


How long has it been since we all came together? Lady Gray delivered a powerful speech here!

Enron is finished!
-equals

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Stephen Pitt said...

There's probably no way of avoiding it. An indictment served in such a manner could work...

Thank you, Fitz, for turning it all around. You're leaving an indelible mark on this country's history. We owe you.

And thanks to the person who appointed you, Mr. Comey.

--

Speaking of justice:

http://light-to-dark.com/supremes_06.html

Thank you Teak and Grandmanuk for your kind comments. I am very thankful to be able to vent.

All the best

3:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/10/AR2006041001305.html

Someone lays it on a bit thick; this man's arrogance and deceit makes one want to hurl.

3:45 AM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

This may sound a little pollyanna-ish, but with the listening to the tone of those who post here.....it is possible that Bush's legacy might just be that the history books will show that an American public that allowed corruption, criminality and greed finally forced the emergence of a community
that took back their rights and responsibilities to maintain the dignity of their democracy.

Hopefully, the passion that we are
seeing in the current immigrant population and their participation
in wanting justice for themselves
will awaken more ordinary citizens
to put up a fight to retain rights
and privileges that they have long
taken for granted.

4:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prosecutor in CIA Leak Case Corrects Part of Court Filing

Wednesday, April 12, 2006; A08

The federal prosecutor overseeing the indictment of Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, yesterday corrected an assertion in an earlier court filing that Libby had misrepresented the significance placed by the CIA on allegations that Iraq attempted to buy uranium from Niger.

Last week, Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald wrote that, in conversation with former New York Times reporter Judith Miller, Libby described the uranium story as a "key judgment" of the CIA's 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, a term of art indicating there was consensus within the intelligence community on that issue. In fact, the alleged effort to buy uranium was not among the estimate's key judgments and was listed further back in the 96-page, classified document.

In a letter to U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton, Fitzgerald wrote yesterday that he wanted to "correct" the sentence that dealt with the issue in a filing he submitted last Wednesday. That sentence said Libby "was to tell Miller, among other things, that a key judgment of the NIE held that Iraq was 'vigorously trying to procure' uranium."

Instead, the sentence should have conveyed that Libby was to tell Miller some of the key judgments of the NIE "and that the NIE stated that Iraq was 'vigorously trying to procure' uranium."

Libby is not charged with misportraying or leaking classified information. He was indicted last year for allegedly lying to the FBI and a grand jury about what he said to reporters. The indictment came as part of Fitzgerald's investigation into who leaked to the media the name of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose husband became a public critic of the Bush administration's case for the Iraq war.

-- Dafna Linzer

5:35 AM  
Anonymous e said...

this might be interesting to try and find where these thoughts were spoken by Sandra Day O'Conner
in a speach

in an embryo dictatorship

would like to find this

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got this off the Internet so it must be true:

http://www.unconfirmedsources.com/?itemid=1609

Washington, DC (APE) - In a stunning development today, federal authorities arrested special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald in conjunction with his ongoing investigation of the leaking of Valerie Plame's identity as an undercover CIA agent. Lawyers for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the only individual thus far charged in the ongoing investigation had filed a 24 page brief with the courts on Friday which claimed that the Special counsel had exceeded his authority. Early Monday morning, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales met with Federal Marshals who in turn took Mr. Fitzgerald into custody without incident.

A spokesperson for the Justice Department stated that the Defense team's charges had merit, and that they acted accordingly.

Officials are reportedly weighing the possibility of charging Fitzgerald with "terrorism" and having him detained indefinitely as an enemy combatant.

White House spokesperson Scott McClellan stated: "This type of behavior is exactly what former Justice O'Connor was hinting at early last month when she claimed that our very democracy was in danger. This is a very dangerous and deluded man, and this administration is proud to say that his reign of terror is at an end."

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitzgerald Retreats on a Claim Critics Had Used Against Bush

By JOSH GERSTEIN - Staff Reporter of the Sun
April 12, 2006

n a startling move, a special prosecutor investigating the leak of a CIA operative's identity retreated yesterday from an assertion that news outlets and critics of the administration seized on as evidence that President Bush and Vice President Cheney deliberately distorted a crucial intelligence summary on Iraq.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon at 9:03

Very Funny!!!

9:57 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

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10:09 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

All,

Today news:

1. Judy, Judy, Judy! Ms. Miller in the news:

Fallen New York Times reporter had questioned 'biolab' trailers

The Washington Post's article Wednesday which "reveals" that the Bush Administration used knowingly bad intelligence about Iraq's alleged "biolab" weapons trailers was questioned before -- by the New York Times' fallen WMD wunderkind Judith Miller.

http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Fallen_New_York_Times_reporter_had_0412.html

2. News of the Gerbil's childhood home restored but guess how much?:

Bush's childhood home opens to public

"To get to a friend's house, you would walk down a couple doors, climb someone's fence, cut through a yard, only crossing the street when you absolutely had to," Mr. Bush recalled, in words reproduced on a sign outside the building, restored at a cost of $1.9m (£1m).

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1751886,00.html

You probably saying to yourself: "Biloxi, who cares! I don't give a rip about the Gerbil's childhood home!" I know, I know. But, my point is where did 1.9 millions of that money to restore that home come from??? And why restore that home now???

3. From Thinkprogress:

Unnamed “insiders” believe new White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten is “leaning toward selecting an outsider” as the new head of the Office of Management and Budget. One person “even suggested that retiring Rep. Tom DeLay was being considered.”

The Hammer may be back???

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will justice ever be served?

What are you waiting for? A revolution? A command from above?

Yes, I am in a foul mood over this situation-not to be taken personally unless you are a Bush supporter.

From research I have done recently-I have a feeling some folks are ready to arrange to kick him out. Too many are dying from this cabals illegal activities. Let us hope it doesn't come to that.

At this point, I care only that the vermin is removed.

10:24 AM  
Blogger bluewild said...

Is it not still a grave matter of national secuirty that Valerie Plame was exposed?

SPB,
We know that Bush can "declassify" whatever he wants since he's pres but still...he exposed a CIA, how they work, all the people involved with that etc...It is a breach of national security - whether the VP or the pres did it. Ithink that is treasonous, is it not? The media seem to overlook that point. In my opinion that is the main issue.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

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10:35 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Bluewild, you are right! The matter of national security of Ms. Wilson's identity is the issue. It is interesting that Clinton was going to be impeached for having consensual oral sex with an adult intern yet Clinton never put our national security in harms way. It is interesting that “sex” became a serious issue with Kenneth Starr and not national security or Clinton’s job performance as President! Yes, we have the Gerbil Administration that put our national security at risk to expose an active covert's identity for revenge on Joe Wilson. The media needs to get on the ball and ask hard questions. We have few reporters that are risk takers to ask tough question. We need more David Gregorys and Helen Thomases out there! Yes, that is the question. And the real question is did this President committed impeachable offenses, obstruction of justice, lied to the investigator in his 70 minute interview with Fitz in 2004, involved directly or indirectly in the leak case, etc. etc. etc? All the answers above: YES! Great comments, Bluewild!

10:39 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

More in the news:

1. More on Abramoff. From Thinkprogress.org:

"ETHICS -- NEW E-MAILS SHOW ABRAMOFF USED DONATIONS IN EXCHANGE FOR RIGHT-WING FAVORS: According to fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan was " (easily) our most important project." Abramoff leveraged his congressional connections to eventually win a $3 million government award for the Saginaws to build a school. The federal funds were originally intended for "impoverished Indian tribal schools," but in 2003, the Interior Department ruled the Saginaw tribe too rich to participate. New e-mails show that Abramoff "bluntly discussed with a Republican Party official using large political donations as a way to pressure lawmakers and the administration into securing federal money for the Saginaw" tribe. Abramoff's "multi-pronged" approach to lawmakers included having his colleague Tony Rudy, former staffer to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), reach out to his old boss. Additionally, Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC) and Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) took up the fight, writing a May 2003 letter to the Interior Department on the Saginaws' behalf. In April 2003, Abramoff's firm threw Taylor a fundraiser where Abramoff donated $2,000 and the Saginaws donated $1,000. The tribe donated $3,000 more to Taylor a month after the letter. Burns also received $1,000 from the Saginaw and $5,000 from another Abramoff tribe shortly before writing the letter. The month after the letter, the Saginaw delivered another $4,000."

2. I don't believe this story. Brownie may be back?

"Devastated by Hurricane Katrina, St. Bernard Parish is turning to the man who provided them no help during the hurricane: former FEMA director Michael Brown. " I'll talk to the devil himself if I thought he could help us," said parish president Henry "Junior" Rodriguez, who may hire Brown as a consultant."

11:00 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

All,

For those that don't live in Chicago. Here is an update of Gov. Ryan's trial. There is also a video of the ABC 7 Chicago news:

New questions about jury


"The early dismissal came after Ryan's lawyers met with the judge and prosecutors for three hours yesterday. They would not tell reporters what they talked about.
Observers say the meeting could have been about a phone call made to a WLS-AM radio talk show on March 28, the day after Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer replaced two jurors with alternates."

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=4077725

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brown has been humbled and certainly will work for less pay; I may be wrong but after listening to Brown vs. Chertoff and his thugs in the hearings, I would take Brownie anyday. Seems these folks aren't getting any help at this time anyway.

Brown, it seems would like to make amends, something I hope to see and we should expect while the evil doings of BushCo. becomes public. Instead of judging harshly the ones that do speak out now, perhaps banding together against the neocons and Bush would produce better results.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

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12:32 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Anon,

We shall see if Brownie is humbled and work for less pay to help the Katrina victims. But, I read all of those explosive emails of Michael Brown's correspondence between colleagues during the Hurricane Katrina. I am sorry but Brown was inexcusable in his tactics on how he handles himself during that catastrophe as well as his job! I realize that he came forward to tell the truth and to expose Bush. But, an old saying: in order to get respect you give respect. Brown has to really work hard to gain that trust and respect back to the public. Yes, giving back and serving those victims is a great start! But actions speak louder than words! Yes, you are right about banding together to fight the Gerbil Administration and corrupted politicians. And I do agree about Chertoff. He has bee nothing but trouble since the Gerbil appointed a man with no experience to run DHS. But, nevertheless, we shall see (And I hope so!) if Brownie is really true to his word!

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You will find many of the realities we come to depend greatly on our point of view..."

Obi Wan Kenobi


Go get them and slap the indictments out one after the other!!!

NO MORE LIES AND NO WAR WITH IRAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12:43 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"And the force be with you", Anon. Get those indictments and remove the Gerbil!!!

Well, Colin Powell finally speaks out. Here is an excerpt from Truthout.org:


Now Powell Tells Us
By Robert Scheer
Creators Syndicate


" On Monday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell told me that he and his department's top experts never believed that Iraq posed an imminent nuclear threat, but that the president followed the misleading adv?ce of Vice President Dick Cheney and the CIA in making the claim. Now he tells us."

Some one was left out in the dark from all of those secret meetings with the players

And my favorite:
"If not for the whistle-blower, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, President Bush's falsehoods about the Iraq nuclear threat likely would never have been exposed."

And ditto to that! Mr. Wilson is true patriot and had the guts to not only come forward to speak out about the corruption in the Gerbil Administration but follow through the leak case to the end!

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/041206L.shtml

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup I'm with you on Wilson, SPB. He really is a "heck of guy."

Speaking of Brownie, I too, got a new view of him in that clip you refer to. He did stand up to them, considering his background-you could hear the desperation for what was coming in his voice. They were seemingly unmoved!!

Brownie, it seems you were made a scapegoat. Imagine the Bushies doing that to someone in their employ>:-I

And shame on Powell. something about blackmail and Mai li in Nam? Chertoff reminds me of a Soviet KGB-no heart, no soul-rather spooky.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Yup, Brownie a scapegoat for the Gerbil, everybody including Powell are coming out of the woodwork with their stories on this leak case (Fact remains the whole Gerbil Administration is corrupted from the bottom to to the top), and Chertoff looks like a human skull and yet scary!

1:10 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

More news for the afternoon:

1. From Thinkprogress.org, another person gets the cold shoulder from the WH for speaking out!
"" Bruce Bartlett tells all in his blog:
“Josh Bolten and I often worked together during the George H.W. Bush administration… a couple of years into the current administration, I saw him at a reception. I had just started writing some mildly critical things about some of Mr. Bush’s policies. … I was taken aback when I went up to Mr. Bolten to say hello and he pointedly turned his back on me and walked away. I guess he thought he was punishing me for my criticism.” (HT: Brad DeLong)" And I guess Bolten won't invite him for Starbucks coffee!

http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2006/04/bush_management.html
2. O'Reilly has lost his mind. With negative nes about the Gerbil, O'Reilly goes after the Easter Bunny! From Thinkprogress.org:

O’Reilly: Easter Bunny Under Attack!

"O’REILLY: Although some left-wingers in the media deny it, we have documented a number of cases where Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter have been attacked by secular interests. Lawsuits and corporate policies have proved this point over and over again."
Next thing you know, O'Reilly may attack the Jack O Lantern!

3. Comment of the day about the Enron Trial from a blogger. From WSJ:

Enron Roundup: Skilling’s Second Day
"For Washington Post blogger Frank Ahrens, a highlight of the day came when Skilling described — in non-accountant speak — the business of Enron. Said Skilling: “If you think about what Enron does, Enron sells reliable delivery and predictable prices… [of natural gas and electricity.]” Ahrens’s response: “now that’s something you can wrap your head around.”

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Stephen Pitt said...

Hi two more tonight:

Landscape with Plague & Wag the Dog:

http://light-to-dark.com/landscape_with_plague.html

http://light-to-dark.com/wag_the_dog.html

All the best-

2:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Mr Pitt does get done with his version of you of "David" are you going to post it on your site?

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Stephen Pitt said...

Sorry e, I missed thanking you.

Thank you!

Well, I worked pretty much the whole weekend on a chronic project and got it done.

Michelangelo's David with Condi staring would be good. But David, the process server could work as well. I'll ruminate.

Have a great week-

2:54 PM  

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