Jul 6, 2006

Have A Heart..?

29 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conservatives Rule!!!

9:15 AM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Fitzie!

I haven't read this article, but yesterday I thought that it would be difficult if not inpossible to sieze the assets becasue of his estate..I would think the lawyers would be the only ones seeing money in this mess...

Of course, one who will benefit is Dumbya; now he can breathe a sigh of relief...

Good Morning Justice Bloggers...

9:20 AM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

Top o' the mornin' Fitmasbloggers.....
He had no heart! However, if there were certain drugs in his system that prove or suspect suicide, does that re-establish Federal perogatives or not?

And, in case no one noticed, it is the
Decider/Liar in-Chief's 60th birthday.
Do you suppose we could talk him into an early retirement?

9:20 AM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

"Do you suppose we could talk him into an early retirement? "

LOL Grandmanuk...I hope that the plot to get him to retire early is not as sinister as I can imagine...

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.corpwatch.org/
article.php?id=12757

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or email to retired Lieutenant Colonel Marc Michaelis, in the quaint old
flour milling town of Ellicott City, on the banks of the Patapsco River in
Maryland, about an hour's drive from Washington DC.

Michaelis, who is the main point of contact for new interrogators, came to
Lockheed in February after it acquired his former employer Sytex in a $462
million takeover. Sytex was founded 1988 by Sydney Martin, a management
graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who dabbles in
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Pennsylvania-based company earned $1,500. By 2004, according to
Congressional Quarterly, Sytex was providing "personnel and technology
solutions to government customers including the Pentagon's Northern
Command, the Army's Intelligence and Security Command, and the Department
of Homeland Security." Its revenues had reached $425 million.

The bottom line was undoubtedly improved by the boom in hiring contract
interrogators that began just weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks on
the World Trade Center in New York. Armed with new Pentagon contracts,
Michaelis advertised job openings for 120 new "intelligence analysts"
ranging from Arab linguists to counterintelligence and information warfare
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$$ Think the contractors or the money-chain really wants the war to end? $$$

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it about time for Fitz's nap? He doesn't have anything to do until Febuary when he goes to trial for Libby's bad memory.

9:54 AM  
Blogger teak said...

The 19 men born on 7/6/46 share the same birthday as our President. They won't get to celebrate or get a phone call or card from their children or grandchildren.

They are dead, their names are on the Vietnam Wall. They didn't come home nor did they have "special skills" like Poppy said Jr. had to allow such special treatment, their families most likely will be having a bittersweet and ironic day.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening folks!

Happy Thursday!

I read that article yesterday. Despite Lay is dead, there will be still be civil suits filed. Now, whether the people will get a huge settlement, we simply don't know! It is a mess! And the state of California is owed billions of dollars lost from the Enron scam. That is also up in the air if they will ever get any of that money back!

In today's news:

From Truthout.org, the lastest from Jason:

Transcripts Reveal Reporter's Central Role in Plame Outing

Court documents

Happy reading!

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Astrologer Eric Francis (who did a profile of Fitz) says there is an indication of deception around this "death". Speculating that the transition Kenny Boy has made was not "to the Other Side" but to somewhere outside the US.

Given what we know of him that could be true. After bilking investors of millions, why would he want to go to jail when he could just buy a new beginning somewhere else?

9:59 AM  
Anonymous satan said...

Kenneth Lay is in Hell with me.


He will be here for an eternity.

Looking forward to seeing the troll
Al Rogers down here too.

See ya later, Al.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: the TruthOut story

Jason claims that the transcripts show that Miller learned of Plame's identity from a source or sources other than Libby.

However, Walton reviewed all of her material and ruled that none of it was relevant.

I noted that the transcripts were linked from the Libby defense site. They have to be happy that Leopold is helping to promote the myth for them.

But that aside, I'm glad to see him writing again, after the beatings he took.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course Al is going to hell. That is his domain. Al loves to give hell to all the liberal hypocrites out there.

More wishful thinking to all the red meat Fitz bloggers out there. Still trying to figure out the outting of Plame while everyone else in the world has moved on.

Dream on!!!

10:13 AM  
Anonymous t said...

Good Morning Justice Bloggers

Great article SPB from Jason, which I'll be citing soon.

Gone Bloggin'...

10:45 AM  
Blogger basheert said...

Here is Jason's article, courtesy of TruthOut:

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/070606Z.shtml

10:49 AM  
Blogger basheert said...

CC:
I read yesterday (and I'm not a lawyer) that the civil suits against Lay's estates can and will go forward.
However, no punitive damages may be attached.

Suicide by Bush.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous just say no to fascism said...

Kenneth Lay is a BIGGER BASTARD in death than he ever was alive.

Hoping that NeoCon piece of crap rots in Hell!

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too much work in Chicago


Rod Blagojevich, Junior G-Man

Published July 6, 2006


Resources are stretched thin for prosecutors and investigators at the U.S. Department of Justice, what with all those criminals to chase and that whole war on terror. So U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald and the FBI agents probing alleged hiring fraud in the administration of Gov. Rod Blagojevich must be breathing sighs of relief, now that they have help from a Junior G-Man. Yes, Blagojevich himself is on the case, leading the feds to incriminating evidence about corruption in the government he heads.

The governor needs to explain this heroism to voters who may suspect that his administration broke the law. Only last Friday, Fitzgerald disclosed in a letter to Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan that he is investigating "very serious allegations of endemic hiring fraud" on Blagojevich's watch. Fitzgerald also said the feds have "implicated multiple state agencies and departments" in the possible illegalities. His letter even raised the specter that state officials could be indicted.

And Sunday brought more bad news. The Tribune reported that Blagojevich's own inspector general said in 2004 that meddling in state hiring by the governor's patronage office reflected "not merely an ignorance of the law, but complete and utter contempt for the law."

Ouch, that's harsh. All this talk about corruption and contempt for the law might have a lesser governor worried about his re-election prospects. But once voters see that Blagojevich in fact is a crime-buster, maybe they'll forgive him for having had some bad apples on the payroll.

"It doesn't matter whether my predecessor hired them or whether we hired them, if somebody's going to break the rules, they're going to pay a price," Blagojevich said Tuesday. "In many cases they've been fired and in some cases even referred to the U.S. attorney's office for criminal investigation." Yes, the feds are hugely fortunate to get all this crime-fighting help from Blagojevich, a Democrat who succeeded three Republican governors. "We're undoing 26 years of misplaced priorities, 26 years of business as usual," Blagojevich told reporters in Downers Grove.

The governor is proud that it was his own former inspector general who uncovered some of the alleged wrongdoing. Of course, what matters most--what the feds will want to know next--is what Blagojevich did after the inspector general sent her devastating report to his office in 2004. Because, if you took over the governor's office in early 2003, at some point you have to stop blaming your predecessors for your problems.

We hope nothing illegal has occurred in state government since Blagojevich & Co. took command. Fitzgerald's letter certainly was couched in the careful, cautionary phrases of a federal prosecutor who isn't charging anybody with anything just yet. Fitzgerald, his fellow federal prosecutors and their colleagues in the FBI are still gathering information, still talking with witnesses who might be very eager to come down on the right side of the law.

All the more reason for the feds to appreciate their new Junior G-Man. Having a mole in state government should make it easy to root out corruption. Even if he never wears the fedora.

Excerpts from recent editorials in Illinois

By The Associated Press
Published July 5, 2006, 1:04 AM CDT


Governor, it's Mr. Fitzgerald

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald guards news of what he's investigating as fiercely as mama grizzlies protect their cubs. So his disclosure that federal prosecutors are aggressively probing "very serious allegations of endemic hiring fraud" in Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration is unexpected on one level, not completely shocking on another.

The FBI and the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have been digging into reports of state hiring abuses since last year.

But the disclosure that the feds have "implicated multiple state agencies and departments" in politically motivated hiring comes as Blagojevich must stand uneasily for re-election. Awarding state jobs to folks with political connections might strike most of us as business as usual, to borrow a phrase. But it would violate a 1990 U.S. Supreme Court decision that said most state hiring in Illinois has to be free of political influence. ...

Fitzgerald's revelations, contained in a letter to Madigan, cite the possibility of federal indictments of state officials. We're content to let the feds figure out what to do and when to do it. Fitzgerald routinely says his office brings prosecutions when the cases are ready, regardless of what's coming up on the calendar. Fitzgerald proved that by announcing the indictment of former Gov. George Ryan for public corruption on Dec. 17, 2003, eight days before Christmas.

We note this because, in barely five months, Illinois voters will elect their next governor. Those voters deserve what they didn't get in 1998 before Ryan was elected governor: a sense of the nature and sweep of a federal investigation. ...

What happens now, happens. Our hope, though, is that to the extent possible, the federal investigation of the Blagojevich administration either culminates or collapses before voters must make their quadrennial choice.

The governor's office has asserted that there were "some bad apples who violated the rules" among the officials who were hired to run state government after Blagojevich took office in 2003. "The systems we put in place in our first year helped ferret out this wrongdoing." That's hard to square with the Tribune's recent disclosure that in 2004, Blagojevich's own inspector general said the involvement of the governor's patronage office in state hiring reflected "not merely an ignorance of the law, but complete and utter contempt for the law." ...

The bottom line here is ... well, the bottom line is yet to be written. Fitzgerald is keeping to his pattern of probing what he finds to be credible allegations of public corruption. ... And Madigan has correctly ceded her own probe to the feds, who have greater resources. Illinois doesn't need investigators tripping over one another.

What Illinois does need is an end to business as usual. To borrow a phrase.

Chicago Tribune, July 2

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Tough talk at the toll booth

Missouri's strategy for funding a new Mississippi River bridge has been to insist on tolls and wait for Illinois to blink.

But Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich made it clear last week that Illinois isn't about to do that. And now it's Missouri saying, "Let's talk."

Blagojevich came to the Metro East to announce that Illinois would "never" support a toll bridge. We are often critical of Blagojevich, but it was great to watch the governor make full use of his bully pulpit.

Missouri is being lobbied by investment firms and banks to let a private company build the bridge and collect tolls. Blagojevich called on the people to lobby Missouri's leaders to support Illinois' plan.

Two days later, Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt said the state won't insist on collecting tolls after all: "Smart people can come together and figure out a way to get this done." That's progress.

Clearly, if a bridge is ever going to be built, Missouri needs to start being reasonable and realistic.

Illinois is showing the Show Me state how to do it. It has developed a more affordable alternative to the $910 million, eight-lane bridge -- a $410 million to $450 million coupler to the Martin Luther King Bridge. And it is willing to pay a greater proportion of the costs than Missouri -- three times more -- because more Illinois commuters use the bridge than Missourians.

What a deal for Missouri -- a new bridge that helps the state's economy and especially the city of St. Louis, and Missouri taxpayers have to pay a fraction of the total cost. If Illinois is willing to agree to a scaled-back design and its commuters would be the primary users, Missouri should be willing to go along.

Belleville News-Democrat, July 2

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Not too late to look at sensible highway to Chicago

The Illinois Department of Transportation is eager for public input about Route 29's proposed rebirth as the Peoria-to-Chicago highway. So far, the public hasn't disappointed. Chillicothe says, "I'm worried about the noise, the property values and why are we doing this." Putnam cautions, "Farms will lose acreage, counties will lose taxable land . . . and residences and business will be displaced."

Those concerns are most notable for the fact we've heard them all before. A few years back, Tazewell and Woodford counties gave IDOT an earful when Routes 116 and 24 were eyed as corridors for the Chi-town express. Opposition was so vocal that Congressman Ray LaHood abandoned those routes and anointed Route 29 as central Illinois' golden road.

Now that residents of Peoria, Marshall and Putnam counties are starting to pipe up, one wonders how local lawmakers will answer their concerns.

The path to Chicago should not be the path of least resistance, as if such a thing ever existed in the first place. If one does, it probably would mean paving the Illinois River. ... The decision about where to place the long-anticipated link should have been based on which corridor would be fastest, cheapest, most used and most economically advantageous. It's not too late to move in that direction.

Route 29 will not be an interstate but a four-lane expressway with stoplights, zigging around towns and zagging away from the river. It's also the most expensive corridor, at a whopping $530 million. By comparison, the I-74 upgrade cost $460 million and bolstered both sides of the river. An expanded 29 circumvents central Illinois' booming bedroom communities east of the river, where the most potential lies. It's doubtful that anyone from Woodford County will drive west to go northeast. Essentially, this is a highway to Hennepin.

A River City-Windy City connection has been a dream since the 1960s, but state-hired consultants never got a chance to pursue a preferred corridor, as LaHood asked that assessments of Routes 116 and 24 be halted in late 2000. Perhaps the experts can pick up where they left off. Such a major decision should be dictated by engineering and common sense, not by who screams the loudest.

(Peoria) Journal Star, July 3

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Bus drivers headed for power trip

Bus drivers with the authority to control traffic signals?

What's next? The creation of a group of elite commuters -- of course that would have to include legislators and public officials -- who also would have the power to make stop lights turn green at the push of a button?

The U.S. Congress, in its infinite wisdom, has approved $480,000 in federal funding that would provide for the installation of special traffic signal control devices in Pace buses that travel the U.S. 30 corridor from Joliet to Matteson. The devices would be similar to those currently in use by many police and fire emergency vehicles.

Officials say the bus drivers won't use the device unless they are running behind schedule. Undoubtedly Pace makes every effort to hire honest and reliable drivers, but with such power at their finger tips, who's to say how and when they will use it?

Besides, what makes the time of bus riders more valuable than that of motorists on streets that cross U.S. 30 who will have to wait longer at the red lights created by the Pace bus drivers?

The deal still isn't final until the Senate adds its stamp of approval and President Bush signs it.

Surely there's a better way for Washington to spend $480,000 in this area.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha said...

Conservative site launches full-frontal attack on McCain, questioning 'explosive' temper

RAW STORY
Published: Thursday July 6, 2006



A conservative website has launched a full-frontal attack on Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who the story says has an "irrational, explosive" temper, citing two former Republican senators and GOP aides.

What I love to see. NeoCons at each others throats!


Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha LoL LOL LOL

11:13 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Well, speaking of Kenny Lay. From WSJ, look at the blunder from wikipedia to give the information about Lay's death:

Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia that anyone can edit and, as a result, has come under fire for its accuracy, added news of Lay’s death to his online biography shortly after news outlets began reporting it around 10 a.m. EDT. Here’s the Reuters account of Wikipedia’s machinations:
• At 10:06 a.m., Wikipedia’s entry for Lay said he died “of an apparent suicide.'’
• At 10:08, it said he died at his Aspen, Colorado home “of an apparent heart attack or suicide.'’
• Within the same minute, it said the cause of death was “yet to be determined.'’
• At 10:09 a.m., it said “no further details have been officially released'’ about the death.
• Two minutes later, it said: “The guilt of ruining so many lives finaly [sic] led him to his suicide.'’
• At 10.12 a.m., this was replaced by: “According to Lay’s pastor the cause was a ‘massive coronary’ heart attack.'’
• By 10:39 a.m., Lay’s entry said: “Speculation as to the cause of the heart attack lead many people to believe it was due to the amount of stress put on him by the Enron trial.'’
• This statement was later dropped.
• By early Wednesday afternoon, the entry said Lay was pronounced dead at Aspen Valley Hospital, citing the Pitkin County Sherrif’s Office. It also said he apparently died of a massive heart attack, citing KHOU-TV in Houston.
Officials for Wikipedia did not return phone calls and email requests for comment.


I am waiting for wikipedia to say it was the one-armed man or Lay's evil twin that cause Lay to have a heart attack. Otherwise, we will wait for autopsy!

11:13 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Yeah, I read about McCain's temper and his constant use of the F word.. McCain another Cheney in potty mouth! I think the three amigos, McCain, Baron, and John Bolton, should be shipped to anger management classes...

11:16 AM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

I received this the other day and tried to cut/paste was apparently inept so I'm typing it in:

RESUME: George W. Bush
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, D.C.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

LAW ENFORCEMENT
I was arrested in Kennebunkport, MA in 1976 for a DUI. I pled guility, paid a fine and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days. My TX driving record has been "LOST".

MILITARY
I joined the Texas National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. As a result I was denied flying privileges, but was able to avoid duty in Vietnam.

COLLEGE
I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a cheerleader.

WORK EXPERIENCE
I ran for US Congress and lost.
I began my career in the oil business in Midland, TX in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went bakrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.

I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money. With the help of my father and our friends in the oil industry, including former ENRON CEO Ken Lay, I was elected governor of Texas.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS GOVERNOR OF TEXAS
I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union. During my tenure, Houston replaced LA as the most smog-ridden cit in America. I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to tune of billions in borrowed money. I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American history. With the help of my brother, the governor of FL, and my father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President after losing by over 500,000 vootes.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS PRES
I am the first President in US history to enter office with a criminal record. I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week. I spent the US surplus and effectively bankrupted the US treasury. I shattered teh record for the largest annual deficit in US history. I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period. I set the alltime record for the biggest drop in the US stock
market for a 12 month period.

Over 2 million Americans lost their jobs in my first year in office. That trend continues.

I'm proud that my cabinet memebers are the richest of any administration in US history. I am the alltime US and world record holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations, the largest of which was one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay. Kenneth Lay presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in US Histroy.

My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with teh US Supremem Court during my election decision. I have protected my friends at Enron and Hallibnurton against investigation or prosecution. Moretime and mone was spent invesigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history.

I presided over the biggest energy crisis in US history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.

I changed the US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts. I appointed more convicted criminals to my administration than any president in US history.

I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the US government.

I've broken more international treaties than any president in US history.

I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the Human Rights Commission. I withdrew the US from the World Court of Law. I refused to allow inspectors access to US detainees and thereby have refused to abide by Geneva Conventions.

I am the first president in US history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and the military occuption of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nationals, the majority of US citizens, and the world community, I hav ecut health care benefits for war veterans and supported a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their families in wartime. I lied to about our reasons for attacking Iraq and then blamed the lies on our British friends. I have not yet found Osama Bin Laden.

VACATIONS
After taking off the entire month August, 2001, I presided over the worst security failure in US history. In August, 2005, I continued vacationing during the worst natural disaster in US history.

RECORDS AND REFERENCES
All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father's library, sealed and unavailable for public view. All records of SEC invnestigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view. All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my VP, attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review. I am a member of the Republican Party.

PLEASE CONSIDER MY EXPERIENCE WHE N VOTING IN THE 2006 MIDTERM ELECTIONS


PLEASE SEND THIS TO EVERY VOTER YOU KNOW.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Lay is hangin out in Tahiti. Skipped town, I say, he skipped town. The rat's been set loose.

Until we see a body, I'm doubtful the guy died.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Anon,

You can see the body of Kenneth Lay. But, you never know if he is actually dead. For all we know, he could have taken a drug to make his heart stop and he could be Tahiti. But, the more that his death has remain less important in the media and to the Gerbil, the more suspicious of his so-called "death." I notice that the media coverage is focused on North Korea!

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Krispy Kremes said...

As ludicrous as it sounds…

Bush&Co is not only a dream-come- true for Al, but for terrorists as well.
Dismantling the US is no longer physically necessary. Primary objection:
to keep Bush in power at all costs – and the costs are very little – just
occasional pep talks to the remaining 30% - with occasional ‘appearances’ of ANY ‘terrorist’- to remind the remaining 30% that Bush still “deters” “terrorism”.

This means continuing the wars in the middle east and making sure there are no attacks on US soil (to which the terrorists will make damn sure doesn't happen, before losing a man like Bush acting on their behalf, without firing a single shot to reduce the USA to rubble.) That would keep ANY president in power. “You see? No attacks on my watch!” and “we will never cut and run and keep our word” (Whatever that means, doesn’t matter – what does matter is whatever works)

Unitary Executive, Wartime status, increased security, reduced Civil Liberty,and above all, secrecy...the list is endless, and serves not only Al, but terrorists as well.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Krispy Kremes said...

Wayne Madison’s...
Addington descriptions are my views too.

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/

The DOJ belongs to the Executive,
and the Executive is Bush&Co.

We will never know how far 'exempt'
PJF&Co. was from the Executive's DOJ.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont smash LAY to badly.After all he received the worst possible sentence--he has been deprived the right to take a breath and see another beautiful sunrise or look and talk to his beloved ones.

Pretty harsh sentence dont you think.

Me thinks that all the pressure and stress of the last few years had some thing to due with his demise.

BUSH was on CNN earlier--i missed it--Larry King said he was going to ask him about his CLOSE FRIEND Ken Lay.Didnt BUSH recently say he only faintly remembered him???????

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