Jul 13, 2006

Open Thread...

TGIT!

76 Comments:

Anonymous cjt said...

Ralph Reed ROCKS!

July 13, 2006

Abramoff and 4 Others Sued by Tribe Over Casino Closing
By RICK LYMAN

HOUSTON, July 12 — An Indian tribe sued the former superlobbyist Jack Abramoff and Ralph Reed, a candidate for lieutenant governor in Georgia, on Wednesday, seeking millions of dollars in lost revenues from a casino that the Texas tribe said had been fraudulently closed.

The suit, in Federal District Court in Austin, says Mr. Abramoff, Mr. Reed and three other men mounted a fake religiously themed moral crusade in 2001 to defeat a bill in the Texas Legislature that would have legalized gambling in Indian casinos.

Their real motive, the suit adds, was to promote the gambling interests of a tribe in Louisiana that was paying them to represent its interest in a competing casino.

Two former Congressional aides who pleaded guilty to corruption charges along with Mr. Abramoff were also named in the suit: Michael Scanlon, who worked for the former House majority leader Tom DeLay of Texas; and Neil Volz, formerly on the staff of Representative Bob Ney of Ohio.

Jon Van Horne, who worked with Mr. Abramoff at his lobbying firm in Washington, was also named.

“This case chronicles Jack Abramoff and his associates’ greed, corruption and deceit and their devastating impact on Texas’s oldest recognized Indian tribe,” said the suit, filed by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.

The tribe, whose 4,594-acre reservation is 75 miles northeast of here, was forced to close its sole casino in 2002 by a federal court order. Lawyers for the tribe said the closing had devastating economic effects on the community, including the loss of several hundred jobs.

Mr. Reed, who faces a Republican primary in Georgia on Tuesday, has previously denied ever working on behalf of a casino or accepting money from a casino company, saying all of his actions were aimed at stalling the spread of gambling.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Reed, Lisa Baron, said the suit was without merit. “The illegal casino violated Texas and federal law and was ordered closed by a federal judge,” Ms. Baron said. “As a longtime opponent of casino gambling, Ralph was happy to work with Texas pro-family citizens to close it.”

Mr. Abramoff declined to comment, said a spokesman, Andrew Blum.

The Louisiana-Coushatta tribe, Mr. Abramoff and Mr. Scanlon’s original clients, sued the two in November 2004, accusing them of overcharging for work never done.

Fred Petti, a lawyer in Phoenix for the Texas tribe, said the tribe wanted compensation for all its lost gambling revenues since the casino closing. The figure, Mr. Petti said, would certainly run “in the tens of millions of dollars, and perhaps into the hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Mr. Abramoff became one of the most powerful and connected lobbyists before a corruption scandal involving free trips and other gifts for elected officials led to his guilty pleas in January and a promise to cooperate with investigators.

Mr. Reed, whose ties with Mr. Abramoff have become a thorny issue in his campaign, was executive director of the Christian Coalition in the 1990’s and started his consulting firm, Campaign Strategies, before making this run for office.

Beyond the Alabama-Coushatta casino, the suit says, the defendants conspired to pit tribes against one another, defrauding one at the behest of another before trying to persuade the victim to hire them to retaliate.

7:15 AM  
Anonymous cjt said...

Ann you GO girl!

Cedar Rapids Newspaper Drops Ann Coulter's Column

By Sarah Weber

Published: July 12, 2006 5:05 PM ET

NEW YORK Ann Coulter is no stranger to controversy, but her latest adventures have several newspapers questioning whether carrying her syndicated column is worth the trouble. The Shreveport (La.) Times is currently leaving the decision of whether or not to keep Coulter up to its readers. But the first newspaper to officially drop Coulter’s column since the latest uproar began seems to be The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she had appeared for about 14 months.

Opinion Page Editor Doug Neumann told E&P, “Our decision was made before the plagiarism allegations. It did come after the publication of [Coulter’s] book, but I would say it didn’t directly play any role on our decision.”

However, Neumann surmised that Coulter’s incendiary book may have played an “indirect” role in the final decision. “I think it was the book that began to unwind support among her readers,” Neumann explained.
“Liberals have never liked her, and we’ve always gotten complaints [from them]. But the complaints that mattered the most were from the conservative readers,” who felt that their views were being misrepresented.

Coulter's syndicate, Universal Press, cleared her of plagiarism charges earlier this week.

Though The Gazette may be the first to drop the outspoken conservative columnist in recent months, Neumann emphasized, “It’s not uncommon for opinion pages to change their line-up." The daily has long published conservative Cal Thomas and replaced Coulter with another conservative, David Limbaugh.

“We’ve always had a rich line-up of conservative columnists,” said Neumann, “and we still do.”

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cjt...VERY FUNNY!

love the troll type headlines, followed by snarky news stories!

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Ann and Ralph procreated their child would probably resemble Clay Aiken.

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feds: Salad dressing should have been tossed
July 13, 2006

BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter





Showing he will leave no leaf unturned in battling crime, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald poured on the latest: corrupt salad dressing.

His office on Wednesday charged two men with selling salad dressing so old it should have been tossed.

Ross Marks, 39, of Glencoe, and Charles Farinella, 45, of Woodridge, illegally relabeled 1.6 million bottles of salad dressing to say they expired a year after they really did, according to charges.

Sold for $546,000



They postdated labels on eight- and 16-ounce bottles of assorted varieties of Henri's salad dressing and sold them for about $546,000 to stores locally and nationally, prosecutors say.

The salad dressing scandal is no laughing matter, prosecutors say.

"No, of course not," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Juliet Sorensen, who noted the men put consumers at risk and were charged with serious crimes, including wire fraud, product tampering and violating a federal statute for misbranding consumer food products.

'Sell by' dates changed



All of the bottles, manufactured by ACH Food Companies Inc. in Memphis, were originally labeled with 2003 sale dates and changed to 2004 dates. Marks, who was president of the now-defunct Division Sales U.S., LLC, in Des Plaines, allegedly typed up a false letter indicating to a relabeling company that ACH had approved the new dates.

In 2004, Farinella told an ACH food representative that the Food and Drug Administration approved it, according to charges.

Attorneys for the men could not be reached for comment.

Anyone with bottles of these salad dressings should call the FDA at (800) 521-5782.

Through a spokesman, Fitzgerald refused to comment on his favorite type of salad dressing.

8:21 AM  
Anonymous CryMeARiver said...

http://www.crooksandliars.com/
Novak Calls Waas A Liar.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Good Morning Justice Bloggers...

CJT,

Clay Aiken, LOL
mAnn is going, going, GONE...

***********************************
Anon @ 9:21 am

My favorite:

"Through a spokesman, Fitzgerald refused to comment on his favorite type of salad dressing."

PJF is tight-lipped and plays no favorites in public...and this just shows you: no one is above or beneath the law...LOL

PJF --- not even Newman's Own?????????

8:29 AM  
Anonymous robert cya novak said...

Liars, liars, pants on fire...

I read Who's Who every night in bed with my cookies and milk...

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ann Coulter and Al Rogers/Rodgers ROCK!!!!

8:34 AM  
Anonymous The Orkin Man said...

I sprayed in here last week, then yesterday...and the pests keep coming back...

May I suggest you call eHarmony...

8:44 AM  
Anonymous cjt said...

Thanks for the needed humor outlet.
Any mention of him makes me ill.

Myself being a Christian here, Robertson's choir boy Reed and his kind literally sicken me.

Despicable.

Abramoff: "He's worse than we are!"

9:09 AM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Okay Bloggers,

An excellent & important article from Greg Palast on the Voters Right Act...if you haven't yet contacted your House Rep yet about this issue, please consider it today...there is a link to the ACLU at bottom of this post that will make it easy for you to do so...

Article:
"Don’t kid yourself. The Republican Party’s decision yesterday to “delay” the renewal of the Voting Rights Act has not a darn thing to do with objections of the Republican’s White Sheets Caucus.

Complaints by a couple of Good Ol’ Boys to legislation has never stopped the GOP leadership from rolling over dissenters.

This is a strategic stall — meant to de-criminalize the Republican Party’s new game of challenging voters of color by the hundreds of thousands.

In the 2004 Presidential race, the GOP ran a massive multi-state, multi-million-dollar operation to challenge the legitimacy of Black, Hispanic and Native-American voters. The methods used broke the law — the Voting Rights Act. And while the Bush Administration’s Civil Rights Division grinned and looked the other way, civil rights lawyers are circling, preparing to sue to stop the violations of the Act before the 2008 race.

Therefore, Republicans have promised to no longer break the law — not by going legit… but by eliminating the law.

The Act was passed in 1965 after the Ku Klux Klan and other upright citizens found they could use procedural tricks — “literacy tests,” poll taxes and more — to block citizens of color from casting ballots."

There is more of the article at:

http://www.gregpalast.com/
voting-rights-act-nailed-to-burning-cross-2

Here is ACLU page for sending email to your Hosue Rep:

https://secure.aclu.org/site/
Advocacy?pagename=homepage&id=
461&page=UserAction

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Novak Redux said...

From the C%L article posted by Crymeariver:

Bob, it’s been reported that Karl Rove testified to
the grand jury that, during his telephone call with
you on September 29th, which was three days after it
was known that the CIA asked Justice to investigate,
that you said words to the effect to Rove, "You’re not
going to get burned."

Is that accurate? And can you give us context on
that, if that was actually said?

NOVAK: That was not said; that’s a total lie. It
was reported by one reporter in one
not-very-widely-read publication. It was not picked
up in the general press.



Lies, all lies, everywhere I turn!

9:26 AM  
Anonymous john holmes said...

Al eats Mann Coulter's Rocks?

Al should really get into Gay Porno!

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No new target letters, no new indictments and no black thursdays for Neocons. Only one lone indictment for a man with a bad memory. No indictments for the supposed crime of outting a CIA agent. Has all the time and money spent really been worth it? I think not.

Al

9:39 AM  
Anonymous traci lords said...

Yech, Al is so UGLY!!!

9:48 AM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

Top o' the mornin' Fitzmasbloggers....
Yesterday's interesting tidbit about the Army dropping Haliburton....does it remind you at all of "closing the barn door after the horses are gone"?
They sure must think we are a bunch of damn fools. I know I have read previous reports that Darth was behind
the contract awards, and not just Haliburton. Getting religion before
the November elections??????

9:48 AM  
Anonymous GoT Free DUMB? said...

Whats wrong with "think progress",s
website? I Get a "You don,t have Permission to access this Website?
Has anyone else have this happen?

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think Progress has been down for me, too.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous GoT FreeDUMB????? said...

Ralph Reed Does NOT (REPEAT MANY TIMES (OVER !!!!) NOT NOT NOT NO%$&#^&@($&^T) ROCK!
Ralph Reed IS JUST AS ,IF NOT MORE, CORRUPT!!!
GET YOUR HEAD ON STRAIGHT ON THIS ONE!

10:44 AM  
Anonymous GoT Free DUMB? said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/13/us/13tribe.html
Abramoff and 4 Others Sued by Tribe Over Casino Closing
By Rick Lyman
The New York Times

Thursday 13 July 2006

Houston - An Indian tribe sued the former superlobbyist Jack Abramoff and Ralph Reed, a candidate for lieutenant governor in Georgia, on Wednesday, seeking millions of dollars in lost revenues from a casino that the Texas tribe said had been fraudulently closed.

The suit, in Federal District Court in Austin, says Mr. Abramoff, Mr. Reed and three other men mounted a fake religiously themed moral crusade in 2001 to defeat a bill in the Texas Legislature that would have legalized gambling in Indian casinos.

Their real motive, the suit adds, was to promote the gambling interests of a tribe in Louisiana that was paying them to represent its interest in a competing casino.

Two former Congressional aides who pleaded guilty to corruption charges along with Mr. Abramoff were also named in the suit: Michael Scanlon, who worked for the former House majority leader Tom DeLay of Texas; and Neil Volz, formerly on the staff of Representative Bob Ney of Ohio.

Jon Van Horne, who worked with Mr. Abramoff at his lobbying firm in Washington, was also named.

"This case chronicles Jack Abramoff and his associates' greed, corruption and deceit and their devastating impact on Texas's oldest recognized Indian tribe," said the suit, filed by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.

The tribe, whose 4,594-acre reservation is 75 miles northeast of here, was forced to close its sole casino in 2002 by a federal court order. Lawyers for the tribe said the closing had devastating economic effects on the community, including the loss of several hundred jobs.

Mr. Reed, who faces a Republican primary in Georgia on Tuesday, has previously denied ever working on behalf of a casino or accepting money from a casino company, saying all of his actions were aimed at stalling the spread of gambling.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Reed, Lisa Baron, said the suit was without merit. "The illegal casino violated Texas and federal law and was ordered closed by a federal judge," Ms. Baron said. "As a longtime opponent of casino gambling, Ralph was happy to work with Texas pro-family citizens to close it."

10:58 AM  
Anonymous GoT Free (DUMB)? said...

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11:03 AM  
Blogger basheert said...

...And the Middle East is going to explode...

which of course will once again cause gas prices/energy costs to rise considerably.

The Bush Administration is surely leaving the world with very little left and they are absolutely powerless to control this situation in any way. Credibility in this Administration is shot...

This is what they've been after all along...somehow Iran will become a focus...just watch.

11:07 AM  
Blogger basheert said...

Here it comes - we're about to "spin" this into an "Iran" issue. Do we have any troops left to invade Iran and Syria?:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13823680/

11:12 AM  
Blogger just say no to fascism said...

Fox crew shot at in Israel

RAW STORY
Published: Thursday July 13, 2006

After revealing detailed information about the movement of Israeli troops, a Fox News crew has been shot at on live television.

Partial transcript follows video.



FOX HOST: Palestinian Prime Minister, Mahmoud Abbas, says, "Israeli's incursion into Lebanon could start a regional war." We got David Lee Miller there, live, in central Gaza. David Lee, I see you have your flak jacket on. What's happening?

DAVID LEE MILLER: Right now, Brian, fortunately, not a great deal. We're on the outskirts of Abala[sic] but yesterday at this very location -- in the city here -- some 12 Palestinians were killed. At least half of them, according to local sources, were militants. One of them was also a policeman and this is normally a very busy roadway. This is Sala Adini[sic] street. This is the main artery that cuts through the Gaza strip. It goes from the very bottom to the very top of the script. As you can see for yourself, it is a ghost town at this hour. Not a single car is on this road. The reason for that, the Israelis have effectively now, they have cut Gaza in half. There is a strong Israeli presence here. This is the first time that there Israeli troops in Gaza since the withdrawal last summer. And just over my shoulder, off in the distance -- you can't see it in camera range -- there are Israeli tanks. There are Israeli tanks and there has been some military activity from shelling and for that reason, as you point out, we are wearing the flak jackets.

[..]

MILLER: ...and despite this action in Gaza City, targeting the Foreign Ministry building that is all but gutted at this hour, militants in Gaza today did continue to launch rockets from the northern part of the strip, over the border into nearby Israeli towns and... whoa! We just go fired at. That's the end of this [broadcast], I think. I don't know if you guys can still hear us.

HOST: Go... Do what you need to do.

MILLER: I guess we're still on the satellite here.

HOST: David, do what you need to do to be...

MILLER: someone... fire at us.

HOST: Where... Where...

MILLER: Yes?

HOST: [unintelligible]

MILLER: You see the camera shot don't you guys?

HOST: Right. Get into a safe place.

MILLER: I think... It sounded... Yeah, we're actually hunkered down behind our vehicle... it's difficult to ascertain who fired that shot. A single shot but...

HOST: It's ok.

MILLER: Oh, someone's firing. I think we are going to boogie out of here. I... but as we do that -- before we just rush into the car, we don't want to make any sudden movements here. We're going to get into the vehicle guys.

HOST: Ok. Hold on... David, David, get in the car. Get in the car. Go. We'll come back to you later.

MILLER: We're going to get into the vehicle guys. Get in the vehicle... We're in the... You know... Ok, it's difficult to tell who's firing at us. Again, I don't know if we're still up on the satellite.

HOST: David, is that an armored car?

MILLER: Overhead we can, over... We're in an armored car. That affords us a great degree of protection. Another concern that we do have in this location, is that overhead, we can hear off in the distance -- again, it's difficult to ascertain how far in the distance -- an Israeli drone aircraft. And it is from those aircraft that the Israelis have launched a number of airstrikes. So, that is an additional concern that we have broadcasting from this location. So, again, I don't know how far away that gun fire was. If it was Israeli gunfire it's difficult for us to say. It could just be someone with a weapon. For the most part, the area we're talking to you from is deserted. We still have that camera picture up and there is no one in sight here in front of us. The road is complete empty the buildings are abandoned. On the left side of your screen, just out of camera range, is one of the abandoned Israeli settlements. There is absolutely no one, no one that we can detect. So, at this time what I'd like to do is communicate with my photographer and see if we can get him to safety.... Pierre, are we going to get in the vehicle here and very slowly but deliberately leave the area. Ok, that said... We still hear shots... We're going to take our camera down, guys, and we're going to talk to you from a safer position. We're going to go.

HOST: Ok.





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11:21 AM  
Anonymous GoT Free DUMB? said...

The Key Sentence is "Israeli's incursion "
What does "INCURSION" Mean?
FOX HOST: Palestinian Prime Minister, Mahmoud Abbas, says, "Israeli's incursion into Lebanon could start a regional war." We got David Lee Miller there, live, in central Gaza. David Lee, I see you have your flak jacket on. What's happening?

11:32 AM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

basheert....It would appear that the rest of the world has noticed that we
are completely bogged down in the quagmire that is Iraq. With all of the violations of the Geneva conventions, international law and our own laws, the US has very little leverage in preaching to other countries about what they "should" be
doing....sort of "don't do as I do, do
as I say"! We have very few freinds left in this world, and many more enemies since the Liar/Decider ascended to the presidency.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anmchara said...

SPB,

I have been unable to link to firedoglake. Is Christy still on line - do they have a new blog address? I enjoy her stuff as much as what I read here.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous GoT Free What? said...

Is any one else getting this msg when trying to access t.p.?
Forbidden
You don't have permission to access / on this server.


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Apache/2.0.55 (FreeBSD) PHP/4.4.2 Server at www.thinkprogress.org Port 80
By the Way, Whats the difference between Free DOM and King Dom?

11:38 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening folks!

Happy Thursday!

So, Fitz is going the cats for expired salad dressing. Thank godness that it is not Paul Newman's salad dressing... Yeah, I heard about Coultergeist's being drop by the Cedar Rapid Newspaper. I hope the unemployed troll Al hear the news on that!

From Thinkprogress:


As a former congressman, Randy "Duke" Cunningham will be honored next week by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society for his "hard work, service, time and the sacrifices made in upholding the office." Of course, The Hill reports, Cunningham won't make it "because he’s serving a prison term of eight-plus years for a bribery scandal you may have heard about."

Hard work, yeah right.. Hard-on is what they meant to say! Bad bad Duke.. I will be happy to accept Duke's award as he is being detained for awhile!

11:43 AM  
Blogger dream-soldier said...

...arrival Bush

press conference

12:10 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

I just checked and got onto Firedoglake immediately...try it again, her server may have been down or really busy!

12:11 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

grandmanuk:
How right you are.

It's amazing how these boneheads don't recognize that we DO live in a global community. The US can no longer muscle and force their wishes onto other countries. Our belligerent idiot Pweznit has made us a laughing stock..to top it off, the world is now very very dangerous for everyone.

Bush's legacy is anarchy and violence.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Folks,

I was waiting for this: a reaction from Joe Wilson regarding Novakoholic's article. Way to go Mr. Wilson. From Raw Story:

"Robert Novak, some other commentators and the Administration continue to try to completely distort the role that Valerie Wilson played with respect to Ambassador Wilson's trip to Niger," Wilson said in a statement today. "The facts are beyond dispute."

Wilson re-iterates what he contends to be the facts in the Plame Affair.

"The Office of the Vice President requested that the CIA investigate reports of alleged uranium purchases by Iraq from Niger. The CIA setup a meeting to respond to the Vice President's inquiry. Another CIA official, not Valerie Wilson, suggested to Valerie Wilson's supervisor that the Ambassador attend that meeting. That other CIA official made the recommendation because that official was familiar with the Ambassador's vast experience in Niger and knew of a previous trip to Africa concerning uranium matters that had been undertaken by the Ambassador on behalf of the CIA in 1999. Valerie Wilson's supervisor subsequently asked her to relay a request from him to the Ambassador that he would like the Ambassador to attend the meeting at the CIA. Valerie Wilson did not participate in the meeting."

12:17 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

..Gee - and there was a question that Novak would lie?

Novak will say whatever pap he is spoon fed by the neocons....he's a "mouthpiece" that's all.

Regardless of what has happened, Joseph Wilson has shown considerable courage coming forward with information and telling the world what kind of low life scumbags the Administration really is and what types of character assassination they are capable of.

Novak is simply another bush Stooge...not sure whether he's Curly, Larry or Moe. He'll say what he's told to say - therefore he is useful.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anmchara said...

Basheert,

My ISP is msn and I can't get to firedoglake.com even using the link on Patrick's web site. Perhaps this is the beginning of traffic routing for the internet. I have been unable to get in since they did their big seminar in California! First there was a page expired prompt and now just cannot contact server. Very odd...

12:26 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

I can get on FDL. Love Christy's headline:

Joe Wilson on the Bob Novak CYA Reputation Tour…

Good article!

12:31 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Anmchara:
You may want to check your security settings.

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12:37 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Basheert:
I now understand why people in Arizona get up so early in the summer...when at 5:00am it is 90 degrees already! Yuck! this heat sucks! 115 !!

12:50 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Top of the morning all
I'm glad Joe Wilson spoke up as Novak distorts the truth.
Reed/Abramoff tried to scheme old black people with fake insurance I guess Dr. Evil agrees with that kind of conduct as that's what Satan would do.
As to the current wars. What was the world like before George W. Bush.
20 world leaders talking together, Bush steals the election to represent the US. He goes in with war on his mine, starts stirring up trouble and change, brake laws and steals. Others say if he can do that so can we. Results today all countries are in chaos because on so called leader started it all.
Israel says it has the right to protect their country, North Korea, Iran don't. US test missiles but North Korea can't. Bush decides who has nuclear power not the UN. The current United States President started hatred, greed and lying for all others to follow. Use the Bush policy, if you think it attack,torture,steal ask questions later and this evil is spreading around the world.

12:52 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

Jackie, darlin'....coast to coast we're on the same page!!!!!

1:03 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

S-Q:
No kidding...it's a bit warm isn't it?

MY house is a CAVE!! It gives the illusion of "cool" ... the good news is that all the utilities are running at 100% including Palo Verde and all the small generating stations locally as well.

Hang in there .. we broke a record yesterday, expected to peak record usage again today. We have this nifty little device internally that allows us to monitor hourly MegaWatt energy usage.

I need to resked lunch with you - I ended up having an appt tomorrow I hadn't planned on. We definitely will get together though - next week or the following (Fri or Mon) would work?

1:09 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Folks,

More news:

More on Novakula story:


In truth, two major news outlets confirmed the National Journal story the same day it was published, May 25.

Here's MSNBC confirming Waas' story:

[S]ources close to [Karl Rove] are now confirming a story first reported in the National Journal that Rove, who was a source for columnist Bob Novak, later had a separate conversation with Novak after the investigation began.
Former federal prosecutors are convinced Fitzgerald has explored whether Rove and Novak coordinated their testimony.


And here's Bloomberg confirming Waas' story with its own sources, on the same day:

Syndicated columnist Robert Novak assured presidential adviser Karl Rove that he wouldn't identify him to prosecutors investigating the disclosure of a CIA agent's name, a person familiar with the matter said.
Rove told a grand jury that Novak called him shortly after the Central Intelligence Agency asked the Justice Department to investigate who leaked the name of operative Valerie Plame to Novak and other reporters, the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said. Novak revealed Plame's name in a July 14, 2003, column, citing unnamed administration officials.
The National Journal, which reported earlier today on the Sept. 29, 2003, conversation between Rove and Novak, said Justice Department prosecutors were concerned that Rove and Novak may have been working on a cover story to protect Rove.
The story is particularly damaging to Novak because it raised concerns that Novak and Rove coordinated their grand jury testimony, even possibly developing a "cover story" for themselves. At the very least, the conversation was inadvisable and unethical -- and, if a false story was concocted, against the law.


http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/001124.php

GQ: Reed, Abramoff Discussed "Mortgaging Old Black People"

According to Abramoff's email exchange (under the subject line "Black Churches insurance program") with Reed in July of 2003 pitching the idea, it would have been huge:
Per our previous discussion, Abramoff wrote. Let me know how we can move forward to chat with folks who can set this up with African American elders. It can be huge. Thanks.
A file called “Charity Elder Program2.doc” was attached.
Three days later, Reed replied: Yes, it looks interesting. I assume you’ll set up a meeting in DC as a next step, or whatever we should do next, let me know.

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

More on the NatWest/Enron case:

There were conflicting accounts yesterday about Mr Coulbeck's reaction to being drawn into the US investigation and the way he was treated. Sources familiar with the US investigation, as well as the NatWest Three's London lawyer, Mark Spragg, said Mr Coulbeck was a peripheral figure in the fraud case.
It is understood the FBI last interviewed Mr Coulbeck in 2002, and he signed a witness statement in November 2003. The three are accused of an £11m fraud in which their former employer, NatWest, was advised to sell part of LJM SwapSub, a company owned by collapsed US giant Enron, for less than it was worth.
Mr Coulbeck's statement was a three-paragraph explanation of his role at RBS and at NatWest before the Scottish bank took it over in 2000. Mr Coulbeck had worked at Natwest and RBS since 1983 and worked at the Greenwich NatWest subsidiary in the US between 1998 and 2000.
As a managing director in charge of balance sheet management, he had responsibility for making sure the company had sufficient financial resources for its operations.
But he claimed to have no knowledge of the final stages of the transaction which lies at the heart of the alleged fraud.
A spokesman for RBS said: "There is no evidence that Neil was involved in the approval of the sale of the transaction under investigation."

Neighbour Oonagh de Berry, 37, said Mr Coulbeck was an "unassuming and shy" man who regularly jogged in nearby parks. "Only a few days ago they had a marquee in the garden and some kind of big party. They seemed like a normal happy couple."


http://politics.guardian.co.uk/foreignaffairs/story/0,,1819152,00.html


the Gerbil’s Nominee Boyle: 'Missed' Appearance of Conflict in Four Cases

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.firedoglake.com

They migrated from blogspot at the end of last year. Hope this helps.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Hmmm...

The Gerbil’s Yale Rugby Sucker Punch

Maybe whenever the Gerbil is in Chicago, he can stop by at the bar and remember the good old Rugby days with Fitz!

1:20 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Basheert:
I sent an email to you 30 minutes before you posted that...I need to reschedule as well. LOL! But like you said, we will get together soon.

I heard that we had broken records in our energy useage yesterday. I am not surprised!

1:36 PM  
Blogger waterflake said...

Good Day everybody,

Your Boss just came to visit the German town of Stralsund.

In preparation the hole town center had been sealed off and only 1000 specially selected and invited citizen (400 less than invited acutally turned up) where permitted to enter to pose as some sort of supporting flag waving "Welcome Dear Mr. President" display...

Some thousand protestors had gathered outside the town as they were prohibited to enter or even pass through the town..

Now folks that's a farce and it's sickening as hell...so much about free speech...

Our Chancellor is up to her shoulders in the Gerbils behind and trys to put on a show that the rest of the German population is too...brrr...ack...

Shame on them - doesn't anyone know a free planet where we can send them off to; to be happy and merry...I'm sure we can very well endure the deprivation!

1:36 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Grandmanuk great mines think alike that's me and you. Have you noticed that while all the talk about the CIA leak case our little angel hasn't said a word. Um just listen to the spin/twist/lie/secrets as Novak, Rove and supports talk away. While Fitz listens and up dates the facts for the up coming trial. I say " let's go to the video tape", then explain that statement.
Grandmanuk I hope all your family is well and Peaches is ok.

1:37 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Jackie:
Remember Fitz had warned us that the media would be a mess on the CIA leak case?

Fitz, you are one smart man but how did you know that?

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.raven1.net/uncom.htm#ASPOT

1:44 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Waterflake,

Hey, thanks for the info about the Gerbil's visit to Germany. I know that the media here will feed us garbage about his visit.. Sorry that you are dealing with what we are dealing here with crapola. But, at least we have someone like you that will give us the scoop about the Gerbil's visit overseas!

Cheers!

BTW, BOSS spells backwards: SSOB! That is what we all think of the Gerbil as!

1:46 PM  
Blogger waterflake said...

Hi SPB,

Trust me I AM SSOBING !! ;_)

So you're welcome and if you see cheerful people waving to great the Gerbil you now know it's all fake!!!

The real population was not permitted to join the party!

Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
-Some wisdom from The Book, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

1:57 PM  
Blogger waterflake said...

Pledge of Resistance

We believe that as people living
in the United States it is our
responsibility to resist the injustices
done by our government,
in our names

Not in our name
will you wage endless war
there can be no more deaths
no more transfusions
of blood for oil

Not in our name
will you invade countries
bomb civilians, kill more children
letting history take its course
over the graves of the nameless

Not in our name
will you erode the very freedoms
you have claimed to fight for

Not by our hands
will we supply weapons and funding
for the annihilation of families
on foreign soil

Not by our mouths
will we let fear silence us

Not by our hearts
will we allow whole peoples
or countries to be deemed evil

Not by our will
and Not in our name

We pledge resistance

We pledge alliance with those
who have come under attack
for voicing opposition to the war
or for their religion or ethnicity

We pledge to make common cause
with the people of the world
to bring about justice,
freedom and peace

Another world is possible
and we pledge to make it real.

Brought to you by:

NOT IN OUR NAME

2:07 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

It is a shame that Germany has to do propaganda for the Gerbil. We have to endure the Gerbil's propaganda here. The word here is that the Gerbil is cutting back on his August vacation and hitting the states..(we will see if that is true) He might have been scared to go back to Crawford Rach. He may be afraid that political activist, Cindy Sheehan, may show up in Texas!

2:10 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

He may be afraid that political activist, Cindy Sheehan, may show up in Texas!
------------------------------
"Please Turdblossom, don't make me go to Texas to see that Cindy woman! I wanna go on the road with my shug!"

2:17 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Well, folks, the city of Berkeley in California is having on their November ballot impeach the Gerbil. Now, here is another city in California: Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz residents could vote to impeach Bush


SANTA CRUZ — City residents unhappy with the way President George W. Bush is leading the country may have the opportunity to vote for his impeachment in November.

2:23 PM  
Blogger waterflake said...

Ah Biloxi what can I tell you.....

A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
Adlai Ewing Stevenson


And by that standard we're not a free society anymore and whats more it's our own fault we (the people) have failed to protect our rights

2:30 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Bush, Condi & Cheney Works It Out

2:33 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Waterflake,

And neither are we, my friend. And your quote tells it all. The Founding Fathers would roll over their grave to see how their hard work went up in flames because of the Gerbil! The Gerbil says "freedom" and "democracy" but this country is turning is George Orwellism society.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Breaking News

Valerie Plame files lawsuit against Cheney, Rove, Libby...

developing...

Valerie, You Go Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2:47 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

---BREAKING NEWS---

EX-CIA OPERATIVE VALERIE PLAME SUES VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY, HIS FORMER AIDE SCOOTER LIBBY, AND PRESIDENTIAL ADVISER KARL ROVE

http://abcnews.go.com/?CMP=EMC-1396

2:47 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

S-Q -- great minds think alike...LOL

isn't that great news!!!!!!!!!

2:49 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

LOL CC! We sure do... We got that about the same time I guess!

2:50 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Well, hurray for Ms. Wilson for suing the asses of Baron, Porkrind, and the Smurf! I hope to hell that she and her husband bleed all of them dry and take them for every penny that they have! It was long time coming! Finally, some good news!

2:51 PM  
Blogger just say no to fascism said...

Valerie girl, you sue the pants off those bastards!!

2:53 PM  
Blogger Former Fed said...

Great news about the Wilsons'. This should be very interesting.

Does anyone know about the statute of limitations question?

How, if at all, does this impact what Fitz and team are doing. I'm not very conversant on civil vs. criminal.

SPB and others - give us some of your knowledge.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

In honor of Ms. Plame's lawsuit, here's a a Top Ten for Ambien Cheney from David Letterman in Masrch 2006:

Top Ten Reasons Dick Cheney Won't Resign

10. Trying to fix up Condi Rice with his daughter

9. Turns out when you shoot somebody, if you're not vice president, you gotta do time

8. Bush leaves at two every day and then it's margaritas and Fritos

7. Set the solitare high score on his office computer

6. Wants to see if he can help Bush get his approval rating under ten

5. Too hard to give up Vice Presidential Discount at D.C. area Sam Goody stores

4. Wants to stay on the job until every country in the world hates us

3. Extra-zappy White House defibrillators

2. Undisclosed location has foosball and whores

1. Why quit when things are going so well?

2:58 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Folks,

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 13, 2006--Valerie Plame Wilson, Ambassador Joseph Wilson and their counsel, Christopher Wolf of Proskauer Rose LLP, will hold a news conference at 10 AM EDT on Friday, July 14 at 10:00 AM at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045, to announce the filing of a civil lawsuit against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice-President Richard Cheney and Karl Rove.

WHO:
Valerie Plame Wilson
Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV
Christopher Wolf, Esq.

WHAT:
News conference to announce filing of civil lawsuit

WHEN:
Friday, July 14, 2006
10:00 AM

WHERE:
National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045


Former Fed:

Plame is filing a civil suit! This suit has nothing to do with the CIA Leak case!

Remember, O.J. Simpson case. He was found not guilty for murdering his wife, Nicole yet he was found liable in civil suit against the Goldmans.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

This is a good day.
MR.& MRS. WILSON SUE THE CRIMINALS THAT LEAKED HER NAME TO COVER UP THEIR PLAN FOR ILLEGAL INVASION OF IRAQ.

Let's see who gets called in to testify. I hope Tweety, Brooks, Miller, Cooper and others get their day in court. Your so right SPB the rules are different in a civil case then a criminal the burden of proof is less. Cheney will have to lose some of that stolen money he got from the US Treasury and Halliburton. Faith is a wonderful thing just have faith in God while Bush aka Satan is working his evil.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Since I mentioned O.J. Simpson:

On February 4, 1997, a civil jury in Santa Monica, California found Simpson liable for the wrongful death of Ronald Goldman, battery against Ronald Goldman, and battery against Nicole Brown. Attorney for plaintiff Fred Goldman (father of Ronald Goldman) was Daniel Petrocelli. Simpson was ordered to pay $33,500,000 in damages. However, California law protects pensions from being used to satisfy judgments, so Simpson was able to continue much of his lifestyle based on his NFL pension

BTW, Petrocelli was the attorney for Lay and Skilling in the Enron case. And you know what happen in that case. I don't think the stature of limitations have ran out for the Wilson's lawsuit. Joe Wilson did say week ago that he and his wife will weight on if they going sue. I think that Novak's article and on the talk show circuit made the Wilsons have enough. But, we will see on Friday what exactly the lawsuit entails, the charges, and the amount that they are seeking... I think this should be a topic of discussion for Fitz to post on Friday after the Wilsons release their statement. In the meantime, I will hold my opinion until after hearing the Wilsons' statement!

3:22 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

As Jackie said: the civil lawsuit against the Wilsons is separate from the current CIA Leak case and Libby case. But, with the Wilsons' lawsuit, no amount of money (no matter if they use the entire drawers off those bastards)will ever replace the pain that the WH has caused on that family and the years of service that Ms. Wilson has given to the CIA! And I mean ever!

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

waterflake, it's gonna be okay, it's not gonna be the old days again. God, we are sorry. Greed and Power -Intelligence and Faith will conquer that. You'll see:)
SARAH

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