Nov 24, 2006

Batter Up..!

SF Bay Area attorney prepares for national case
Arguing Plame-Wilson lawsuit is major league action

"At his office last week, Cotchett picked up a 5-inch- thick binder that he had just received from the defendants in the case. It contained motions to dismiss the lawsuit based on executive privilege."

Leaning forward in his chair, Cotchett assessed the magnitude of the case.

"It's going to be the case of the next year," Cotchett said. "It's going to be the case that everybody watches, because it involves fundamental constitutional issues. It goes right to the heart of our national security." <


Anonymous t said...

Evening JB's
Fitz that one will get really interesting...looking forward to seeing our rights put to the test. The Wilsons are in a "good place" the rest in a "bad place" hehe

The Ohio vote problem keeps getting bigger-seems there are problems with turnout more people than machines registering? stay tuned
Also of interest:

Former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan is now delivering a speech on the lecture circuit where he states that the housing bubble created under his watch at the Fed was really the result of the Berlin Wall coming down, and not because he pumped massive liquidity into the monetary system.

“I don’t think that the boom came from a 1 per cent Fed funds rate or from the Fed’s easing. It came from the collapse of the Berlin Wall,” Greenspan told a private audience in Canada.

Caroline Baum provides a motive for Greenspan's wacky claim:

Having presided over the late 1990s stock-market bubble, and having cut interest rates aggressively to clean up the mess when it burst, Greenspan has a vested interest in the health of the housing market. If the residential real-estate boom ends badly, as all bubbles do, he could go down in history as a ``DBCB,'' or double-bubble central banker.

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's going to be the case of the next year," Cotchett said. "It's going to be the case that everybody watches, because it involves fundamental constitutional issues. It goes right to the heart of our national security."

Darn right it does! And, what they did was treason!

8:52 PM  
Blogger teak said...

McCain-Lieberman ticket in 2008?
Lieberman hiring of staffer 'close to McCain' might foreshadow possible run.

Now here is something to make you lose your appetite for leftover Thanksgiving goodies. Ack!


Go Joe and Valerie!

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The piano on which the late John Lennon composed his famous anti-war song "Imagine" made an odd appearance on Wednesday at the site where U.S. President John F. Kennedy was gunned down, competing for attention with conspiracy buffs on the 43rd anniversary of the assassination.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“V” Makes A Mark In DC

9:48 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

I look forward to hearing more of Joseph Cotchett's strategy in the civil case. But he really got the 3 amigos in a pickle by digging up Paula Jones civil case.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

It goes right to the heart of our national security."


10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didnt find thing that i need... :-(

10:30 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Thanks for the interesting read...
Joe Cotchett sounds like a very interesting, dedicated lawyer who has very much defended the underdog throughout his career.

He is certainly going to keep the denfedents' lawyers on their toes. I was glad to read that he has a reputation for having a good rapport with jurors.

I know I will be following this case very closely...the case of the year (including Fitzie's)

And of course I love the irony of the presedence that the Paula Jones case set...

Good luck with your appeal, Fitzie!

10:31 PM  
Anonymous markie said...

it goes right to the heart of executive privilege.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous K said...

Michael Ledeen: US soldiers are fags, US generals are stupid, and so are Arabs:,pubID.25171/pub_detail.asp
"We could do better still if we had fewer soldiers sitting on megabases, .... they undoubtedly mean more troops operating against the terrorists, not more customers for the luxurious latte shops and air-conditioned yuppy gyms on the big bases. They are certainly right, but we may not need new troops, just better use of the ones already there."

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and gorgie porgie's thinking he is better than thou. btw, you like the SPY vs SPY shit huh?

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Kathleen said...

Thanks, Mike. Now let's talk about that Phoney Niger Uranium Letter, since you know so much about Italy:,pubID.25174/pub_detail.asp

10:49 PM  
Anonymous a favorite quote from the past said...

"Always remember, I will serve no indictments before their time...Bam!"

Sealed vs. Sealed...[scratches head]

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no,. you can't blame the troops for doing what they have sworn themselves to do. even if they were all fags, they deserve not recrimination.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...


Little Irve's attorney fees are getting mighty expensive with the files of motions and appearing in court. All of the chicken dinners won help him. I sense another book writing from little Irve: "The Secret of the Gnome's defense."


11:16 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Speaking of Chicken Dinners...

Hastert is looking for something to do -- before he quits
by Joe in DC - 11/24/2006 05:24:00 PM

Almost missed yesterday's NY Times report that Denny Hastert is "dejected and embarrassed." Tough. And, more bad news for Denny Hastert. He has to fly commercial now. But, come on, it's not like he ever really was the Speaker. He had all the perks, none of the responsibility:

It will also be a major change for Mr. Hastert. Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he has rarely if ever flown on commercial planes because of security concerns, and he has been surrounded by a staff of 60 or so, including Congressional and political workers. For the last eight years, he has stood behind the vice president in the constitutional line of succession to the presidency. Now he will be just one of 435 and a member of the minority in the House, where as Mr. Hastert knows too well, the majority clearly rules.

Friends of Mr. Hastert say they expect he will try to make the most of his remaining time but that it will be surprising if he serves his entire term.

So, for now, Denny isn't doing anything but collecting his big fat paycheck.

The fact that Hastert is the ex-Speaker is something to be thankful for.

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Kathleen M. Dickson said...

He has no defense. He lied.

They say it's hard to prove perjury

They all knew Niger uranium letter was a hoax, since they're the ones who came up with it (Ledeen), as was the silly collapse of the 3 WTCs, the WMDs, the "45 minutes" Blair hilarity that got David Kelly murdered, and the Downing Street Memo.

The transcript of the Hutton Inquiry is a good place for a quote from David Kelly. He said he just laiughed at the 45 minutes becuase it would be hard to bioweapons on a warhead when the bioweapons did not exist, and bioweapons were David Kelly's expertise.

Additionally, Robin Cook quit on the eve of the war, citing the BushCo nonsense arguments, since we gave Saddam the WMDs in the first place.

If this was well-known (and it certainly is to us Lyme victims, since mycoplasmal infections cause the same immune suppression illness that Lyme is- I am talking about Gulf War Illness)...

If the war arguments were well-known to be nonsense, about which Robin Cook spoke publicly and directly...

If we sold Saddam the "fungi" etc, (mycoplasmas, which we cook up on Plum Island, which you can verify on PubMed, and in the Congressional Record

If Clare Short says she was bugged at the UN and everyone there *knew* they were being bugged by the US...

It's hard to believe Irving forgot about an order to discredit Joe Wilson, from Dick Cheney.

The cakewalk was a crapshoot, but the fools forgot to concentrate on planting the WMDs. Either that, or
whatever WMDs were found had "Made in the USA" stamped on them.

The WMDs we sold Saddam happen to be the reason Poppy Bush did not go all the way to Baghdad in 1991.


11:38 PM  
Anonymous t said...

Mikie L will be the next neocon back tracker-unless he tries to tip toe away into the evening

He's got a lot of nerve to talk about soldiers that way-but considering we are talking about someone willing to use forged documents to make a case for war what should we expect?

Spy v Spy :-D

Dennis H good riddance, how do these people ever get elected in the first place-cheat? He wasn't smart just mean

11:43 PM  
Anonymous Kathleen M. Dickson said...

Anonymous said...

no,. you can't blame the troops for doing what they have sworn themselves to do. even if they were all fags, they deserve not recrimination.

Hey Anonymous. It's Micheal Ledeen who is criticising the fagboy troopers, when he's the bastard who cooked up the phoney Niger Uranium Letter from which spawned the Plame Outing.

Check out the link I gave you or just google the insane bastard Ledeen on Google News.

11:45 PM  
Anonymous peace is not a bad word said...

Just because a potential attack on Iran appears to be insane is no reason that this administration won't either go forward with it, or support an attack by Israel against Iran.

And remember: Bush has pledged to support Israel in any military conflict, no matter if in fact it was Israel which began that conflict.

"The last president who really understood this was Dwight Eisenhower, one of the few chief executives with command experience in the military. He respected the Constitution enough to announce, "When it comes to the matter of war, there is only one place that I would go, and that is to the Congress of the United States." As should President Bush, if he wants to attack Iran." Ike seemed to be warning his fellow Americans of many things when he left office. We failed to watch closely, we failed our children's futures and ended up with enormous blow back, debt and DOD and their contacts seemingly out of control.

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

no,. you can't blame the troops for doing what they have sworn themselves to do. even if they were all fags, they deserve not recrimination.

Hey Anonymous. It's Micheal Ledeen who is criticising the fagboy troopers, when he's the bastard who cooked up the phoney Niger Uranium Letter from which spawned the Plame Outing.

Check out the link I gave you or just google the insane bastard Ledeen on Google News.

the obvious said the obvious

4:04 AM  
Blogger Night Owl said...

From Kinney's artice:

"Much of Cotchett's reputation stems from a case he brought against Lincoln Savings and Loan in the early 1990s on behalf of more than 20,000 pensioners. He won a judgment for $3.3 billion, an amount that was later reduced to $1.75 billion. He also won verdicts of more than $200 million in the 1980s related to the collapse of Technical Equities Corp. of San Jose."

I remember that case, the Lincoln S&L.

Maybe this is a stretch of my imagination but couldn't the Wilson/Plame civil case have implications in regards to hostile work environments and/or retailiation for whistleblowing, too? It is my opinion that Wilson/Plame was an outragous example of workplace retailiation. Wilson opened his mouth and blew the whistle on the Iraq plan so out of revenge, allegedly someone (or allegedly more than one person) retailiated against his wife and made her work situation a living hell and completely impossible. I would think that if this civil case goes well, then all the Evil Bosses in the world should take notice.

That kind of crap goes on all the time, although without the global security implications. For example, I know someone who filed a complaint against an Evil Boss. The Evil Boss could then not do anything against that employee but instead fired another employee, a friend of the employee with the complaint. The employee's friend had done nothing wrong. I do not see much difference between that and Wilson/Plame in regards to employment issues. No one could do anything to Wilson directly so instead allegedly someone or allegedly more than one person took out revenge on his wife instead.

Hey Biloxi, did I get enough 'allegedlys' in there to keep you happy? ;-)

9:13 AM  
Blogger jan said...

That's good stuff, night owl.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Night Owl said...

"Dennis H good riddance, how do these people ever get elected in the first place-cheat? He wasn't smart just mean"

Too many people thought Hastert is a down-to-earth good guy high school teacher and wrestling coach. Add that reputation (remember, reputation are only based on what people think, i.e. opinion) to a district overrun with Republicans and bingo, the guy gets elected. I doubt there was any ever cheating involved with his elections with the voting. Many people in his district really do think of him as The Coach. They have their eyes closed to all the back-door scheming and corruption that goes on in D.C. After the first couple of elections, then people just looked at all the earmarks he brought back to the district. Some people who do not like him voted for him anyway this last time just because of the earmarks--yeah, that's a good way to give up a soul.

Also, the Democrats need to share some blame, too. Two years ago they pitted a moron who had no chance against Hastert. I cannot even remember who was up against Hastert four years ago. Maybe the opponent four years ago was the same moron from two years ago. This time, a kid with no experience got pitted against him. The kid got 40% of the votes, all on his own. The national Democrats completely ignored the kid. Well, if the kid runs again in two years after Hastert retires, he will probably win. At least the kid is nice but he would not have the stomach to bring back earmarks. I suppose folks in Hastert's district will need to learn to live without earmarks. They will learn that now because Hastert's power is gone.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Americans Can't Handle Another Impeachment" Is Republican Propaganda. Don't Be Deceived.

The truth is Americans CAN handle another impeachment. They CAN handle the truth. In fact, if Americans don't bring Bush and Cheney to justice after the atrocities they've committed, this nation will never reclaim its moral authority. And the people of this nation will be despised for unleashing these dangerous men on the world.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Saturday Everyone!

It's another beautiful day in the desert! :)

Cheney is in the desert too..but it's the Saudi Arabian desert! LOL

"RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (CNN) -- Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday for a day of talks with King Abdullah about what a Saudi adviser described as a "broad new initiative for the Middle East."

Cheney and Abdullah are expected to discuss the war in Iraq as well as other matters including Iran's influence in the region; Syria; Hamas in Gaza and Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora's government, the adviser told CNN."

Cheney Doesn't Look Very Happy

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm...that article said:

• Saudi Arabia wants to be "linchpin" of U.S. policy for rest of Bush's term

11:32 AM  
Anonymous t said...

Good Morning All,

Heehee S-Q you aren't kidding ambien doesn't look happy...he looks fat and mad-not a good Santa at all haha

Nightowl, interesting about nasty Hastert-being from Ohio, I understand what you're saying about that "coach" mentality.

It didn't bother me as much until the oldest university in the NW territories - my own alumni- Ohio University, was stripped of the right by a lawsuit to print on shirts, teams, ect to using the name "Ohio University."

All because Ohio STATE University sued and now OU has to use just "ohio"-no "university" after- cause the bigger college OSU said so...even though OSU is the newer college.

OSU felt OU was "confusing people"- so let's promote the college where abusive coach Woody Hayes used to hit players in the head, instead. (If I said that aloud here, I may as well curse God)
So I'm a bobcat, not a buckeye heehee

11:50 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Yes this will be a good one. But it was decided before with Bill Clinton case. Let's see how the Supreme Court who decided that Clinton could be sued as sitting President but VP Cheney and lower staffers can't. Life is strange the Supreme Court had no problem with this decision all agreed now same situation how will it go. So things you wish you could see the future as this one came back to bite them in the butt. Connie used the executive privilege for the 9/11 hearings it didn't work. Now Cheney wants to use it while the records shows an ex sitting President couldn't use executive privilege. Clinton's case made case law let's see what Judge in a lower court has the guts to overturn it me thinks none.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Night Owl said...

I do not remember writing something about Hastert being from Ohio, although I remember writing that he was the wrestling coach, for a high school.

Doesn't USA stand for Under Saudi Arabia anyway with any president with the last name of Bush? Soooo, what will be different with the 'new' initiative? The directions from the Saudis just won't be as secret anymore? What? Inquiring minds want to know what will be 'new!' What will be an improvement?

Good luck to the Saudi King . . .

12:09 PM  
Blogger Night Owl said...

P.S. Hey T--Chicago locals cannot keep straight the differences between the University of Chicago (tuition $40,000 or so smackers each year, former atomic lab, no football team, Nobel Prize winning people) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), a run-of-the-mill state university. I guess 'cause both are in the middle of slums.

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8:00 AM  
Anonymous Maureen said...

I googled Ledeen as Kathleen suggested, what a scary creep! Mr. Fitzgerald, if you go to

(sorry I can't figure out links yet, it's only been 15 or so years since I left the realm of the DG computer...)

anyways, there's a great article on Rocco Martino and Rove and Ledeen (can you call Rocco as a witness?) and the Niger forgery, and at the end a very nice comment from a reader, (maybe a french madamoiselle!) who wishes you well in your contest.

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