Apr 30, 2006
Reflecting On How It Was Lost...
"It's time for the White House to go on offense and ' get our mojo back.' Josh Bolten said Sunday in his first interview since taking over as the president's chief of staff.
Bolten made no promises of pulling up President Bush's all-time low approval ratings, but he said he and Bush have decided they want to be more open with the media and the public.
'We've taken advice from a lot of folks that we ought to put the president out more in ways that the American people can see what he's really like,' Bolten said on "Fox News Sunday."
But he said that does not mean the president's policies are going to get an overhaul. 'I don't think we need to change, but we do need to refresh and re-energize,' Bolten said.
For example, he said the White House is ' thinking actively ' about immigration and putting the president out front on an issue that has split him off from some in his own party. Bolten added that it is vital that the White House communicate effectively about the importance of the fight against terrorism so Americans will support the mission."
I am 100% behind the fight against terrorism - let's go catch Osama Bin-Laden and "re-deploy" the troops in Iraq - then say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
And it will keep on "shaping" our world in 2006. Watch, listen and learn, Time - at the end of this week's scrum we'll see who comes out on top - Evils Doers or Team DOJ and the citizens of the U.S.A.
Photo Of The Week...
Who's The Man Now..!?
Now as for your press conferences with the indictments. Dark suit, white shirt and hit them with the red tie in your face. There's something about a red tie like Tiger Woods lucky red shirt that show who's the man now.
Dark blue pinstripe suit, Mr. Pat. It's time.
LOL! I liked the purple tie, very nice. However, you will look nice in any tie. :) Dark blue pin stripe suit, yes, but beet red face, no! :)
A big THANK YOU to all of my fashion consultants. I am actually considering a PSYOP maneuver in which I hold the press conference wearing this leisure suit (circa Watergate Hearings 1974). Smooth move, yes? ;)
The Last Word:
Yes I know you like the movie Austin Powers but lets get real. I too thought the ideas of other bloggers were good but I've dressed you before and I'll dress you again. Anon 9:39 pm your right this isn't a fashion show. But I care about how Fitz looks now that he has the attention of the press. You might not care but I do. I want him to look his best just as if he was going to church. The stupid people are always talking about what he wears well since he has taken my advice I notice nothing is said anymore not even this blog has anything bad to say. In other words Patrick J Fitzgerald is viewed by the world and I want the world to see Fitz at his best. You might not care but I do.
Yes, maam. :D
Labels: Press Conference
I Am Speechless...
I received this link in email with a subject line "Additional Motivation. " I pondered whether or not to post it trying to be sensitive to certain readers with loved ones currently serving in the war, but in the end decided - I don't pull any punches with the truth...ever.
And Some Are Just Sorta Clueless...
Rove's latest trip to the grand jury leaves his fate in the Plame leak case as mysterious as ever.
By Michael Isikoff and Evan Thomas
No Laughing Matter - Heartburn, Anyone..?
"WASHINGTON - A blistering comedy “tribute” to President Bush by Comedy Central’s faux talk show host Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondent Dinner Saturday night left George and Laura Bush unsmiling at its close."
Also lampooning the press, Colbert complained that he was “surrounded by the liberal media who are destroying this country, except for Fox News. Fox believes in presenting both sides of the story — the president’s side and the vice president’s side.
"He also reflected on the alleged good old days, when the media was still swallowing the WMD story. Addressing the reporters, he said, 'Let's review the rules. Here's how it works. The president makes decisions, he’s the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Put them through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know--fiction.' "
"He noted former Ambassador Joseph Wilson in the crowd, as well as " Valerie Plame." Then, pretending to be worried that he had named her, he corrected himself, as Bush aides might do, "Uh, I mean... Joseph Wilson's wife." He asserted that it might be okay, as prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was probably not there. " [watch it]
Mr. Colbert, you were right. I was not there, but I salute your chutzbah for telling it like it is. Unfortunately, the reality of it all is not very funny.
Park And Ride Hookers In Cunningham Case
Investigators Focus on Limo Company
Everything You Always Wanted To Know...
about grand juries, but were afraid to ask.
Apr 29, 2006
How Are They Doing It..?
I am pulling the shades and going to bed, this reporter is really freaking me out.
AND Wear A Tasteful Hat...
"Yesterday when I was flying back from DC to Chicago, I was sitting in the waiting area at National Airport, reading Jane’s recap of Rove’s history with the GJ on my Blackberry. It was late afternoon, the usual intercity shuttle crowd was gathering, when I glanced up from Jane’s disquisition to see none other than the tall man in the rumpled suit himself walking in my direction. I had no doubt who this was, flying home after a hard day on the road. If you’ve seen his picture as often as any FDLer has, there is no mistaking Patrick Fitzgerald in person.
Apr 28, 2006
I Didn't Receive The Evite...
Let's Party While We Can Bash
"There was a buzz when Dick Cheney walked into the "Fox News Sunday" 10th anniversary bash Wednesday night, but it was another guest -- arriving fashionably late -- who really got heads turning. Here?!!?" [more]
...Besides, I would have become the "story" instead of Hillary and I am not that eager to grace the pages of the Washington Post's Style section. Still, I keep chuckling to myself when I imagine the reactions of Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and Tom DeLay if they spied me strolling into Cafe Milano - priceless. ;)
Hey Hey, My My...
and streaming his new album online [here].
Back in Chicago for a pint, a kiss, a fews days and a few nights. National Airport (old timers and Democrats still refer to it as that, and so do I) is only a 10 minute cab ride from my Washington D.C. satellite office and a short flight to my home and main office in Chicago. Since being named special counsel in the CIA leak case I make this trip back and forth two, three and occasionally fours times a week. And yes, I am on a first name basis with most of the flight attendants. Some people commute in cars, I use planes. It's not bad, allowing me to catch up on my thoughts, sleep and recommended daily requirement of honey roasted cashews. Have a great weekend and enjoy Neil. I am.
Charges, Charges, Charges...
Apr 27, 2006
Fasten Your Seatbelts...
QUESTION: What was getting "HOT!" almost exactly one month ago in the ole PJF crockpot?
ANSWER: [click here]
It is time to insert the countdown clock, do you agree?
I Got The Power..!
Judge Won't Dismiss Case Against Leaky Libby
Sources Confirm Rove is a Target
Wed Apr 26th, 2006 at 03:54:10 PM EDT :: Fitzgerald Investigation
Labels: Jason Leopold
I Don't Belong...
Poll: Third Party Could Win In '08
Sen. Pat Roberts - Evil Deed Of The Day...
If I Only Had More Fingers And Toes...
"Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is said to be mulling perjury or obstruction of justice charges according to Thursday's Los Angeles Times."
50 cents for that journalistic insight? No charge for the bad joke.
Round Up The Usual Suspects...
Cunningham Is Suspected Of Asking for Prostitutes; Were Others Involved?
Comment Of The Week...
Alum Takes on the White House: Exclusive with Patrick J. Fitzgerald
Apr 26, 2006
Have You Noticed...
that today's best and brightest young journalists and pundits are on the Internet?
The old school "MSM" can't keep up with the fast breaking events, accurate reporting and insightful commentary from people like: Jason Leopold at Truthout, Larisa at Raw Story, Christy and Jane at Firedoglake, John Aravosis at Americablog and Ariana and her posse at the Huffington Post.
I am not an expert on the topic, but have noticed that the large corporate news organizations like CNN, the Washington Post and of course, the New York Times, are not only lazy in their reporting and sloppy with the facts, but seemingly trip all over themselves trying to accomodate the endless spin of lies spewed by the lawyers representing the targets of my investigation.
I am almost certain that if the MSM had been doing its job during the events that led up to the invasion in Iraq that the world would be a much more peaceful and safer place today.
"In connection with this appearance, the Special Counsel has advised Mr. Rove that he is not a target of the investigation. Mr. Fitzgerald has affirmed that he has made no decision concerning charges.” - Karl Rove's attorney - Robert Luskin
That does not mean Rove did not receive a target letter about his previous testimonies. Anyone?
Rove and Fitzgerald: A Recap at Firedoglake
Where Can I Find..?
Labels: Hot Dog
Yes, once again, Jason Leopold has scooped everyone. Focus..!
My Target Letter Drives Rove Back to Grand Jury
Labels: Jason Leopold
WASHINGTON - "Top White House aide Karl Rove prepared to testify Wednesday for a fifth time before the federal grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer's identity, a person familiar with the case said.
"Prosecutor Loosens Up..."
WASHINGTON — News flash: The prosecutor in the CIA leak case has given an exclusive interview.
Under a front-page headline that says "Alum Takes On The White House," The Owl of Regis High School in New York City profiled Patrick J. Fitzgerald, class of '78, in a 1,700-word story.
The prosecutor who obtained a grand jury indictment against Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff declared, "My job every day is to do the right thing."
Offering up more about himself than he has to anyone else in the media, Fitzgerald described himself as "a longtime Seinfeld fan." He advised the students at Regis: "As much as you take school seriously, you should not take yourself too seriously."
"Every day is new and every day is interesting," Fitzgerald told The Owl. "I love being a prosecutor; it is a great job, and it is very engaging."
As for the prosecution of I. Lewis Libby and the ongoing criminal investigation, Fitzgerald had nothing to say _ which is a good thing.
A federal judge is unhappy with some contacts with the press by people involved in the Libby case and is considering imposing a gag order on prosecutors and defense attorneys.
Fitzgerald granted the interview to his old high school newspaper on Feb. 13. The story appeared in The Owl on April 5.
Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the prosecutor, said Tuesday he does not know the circumstances that led to the interview.
Apr 25, 2006
Read 'Em And Weep...
"Email Of The Month..."
Your kind words of support and encouragement give me and the over 125,000 public servants at the Department of Justice the strength and conviction to simply try and do the right thing every day in fighting for truth, justice and the American way. Thank YOU!
Inspiration for us equals perspiration for evil doers!
PS: I have had the honor to know a few people with silver wings on their chests and they are all tough as nails and there are no finer Americans.
Labels: Fitz for President
The Board Of Education...
"If you want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and therefore improve our national security situation, you can't do it if you're a Republican because you are too wedded to the oil companies. We have two oilmen in the White House. The logical follow-up from that is $3 a gallon gasoline. There is no accident. It is a cause and effect. A cause and effect.
How dare the President of the United States make a speech today in April, many, many, many months after the American people have had to undergo the cost of home heating oil. A woman told me she almost fainted when she received her home heating bill over this winter. And when so many people making the minimum wage, which hasn't been raised in eight years, which has a very low purchasing power have to go out and buy gasoline at these prices? Where have you been, Mr. President?
The middle class squeeze is on, competition in our country is affected by the price of energy and of oil and all of a sudden you take a trip outside of Washington, see the fact that the public is outraged about this, come home and make a speech, let's see that matched in your budget, let's see that matched in your policy, let's see that matched in and you're separating yourselves yourself from your patron, big oil, cut yourself off from that anvil holding your party down and this country down, instead of coming to Washington and throwing your Republican colleagues under the wheels of the train, which they mightily deserve for being a rubber stamp for your obscene, corrupt policy of ripping off the American people."
Real American Idols...
Speaking of American Idol, as you know, the wheels of justice move slowly, but in my office Tuesday nights at 8PM they come to a grinding halt.
I cannot believe that Chris Daughtry was in the bottom two last week, it must be a conspiracy! I might ask all of my staff in both Chicago and D.C. to work late and call in votes from 9-11PM for Chris. I calculate that roughly 200 people + redial function (10 calls per minute) x 120 minutes = 240,000 votes. That could make a big difference.
Speaking of making a difference and real American idols, I attended a wonderful luncheon today. It was for a VERY worthy cause and the keynote speaker made an impression on me.
Afterwards I told her, "Listen up, listen up. Yo. When you started out it was just aw-ight for me. A little pitchy in a few places, went sharp in the middle, but Dude, by the end you worked it out, baby. Dawgpound we got a hot one today!"
Hillary made the speech her own and received a standing ovation because when it comes to supporting military families - there should be no politics!
Labels: Public Service
Apr 24, 2006
Untold millions of Americans are relying on this son of Irish immigrants to renew their faith that we remain a nation of laws. Too many of us have a well-earned cynicism; we see our country wandering desperately through a historical fog. We fear America has entered a permanent state of decline.
A little justice, though, might just begin a great renewal."
[the rest of the story]
WARNING: Visiting Al-Jazeerah's website may lead to your name being placed on the no-fly list and having your phones and email monitored.
Late Night Fun & Open Thread...
A Deep Tale Of Two Cases...
White House Party-Line Hangover
(Bloomberg) -- To Republicans, the New Hampshire phone-jamming incident is an isolated case of political dirty tricks that took place more than three years ago.
To Democrats, it's a scandal with echoes of Watergate that may reach all the way to the White House.
Republican leaders are facing questions stemming from a criminal case involving efforts to suppress voter turnout in a U.S. Senate election in the state in 2002. Republican John Sununu won that race over Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, helping Republicans retake control of the Senate.
The facts, on the surface at least, are suspicious: dozens of phone calls to the White House by a man later convicted in the case; the national Republican Party agreeing to pay more than $2.5 million in legal bills; phones jammed on Election Day, not only of Democrats but of a firefighters' group, in the first U.S. congressional elections since the Sept. 11 attacks. Democrats say that disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff may even be involved.
"The calls to the White House and the relationship with White House staff are a real eye-opener and should be a cause for concern on all fronts,'' said Sheila Krumholz, acting executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington- based research group. "It calls into question who the person was on the end of that telephone line.'' [more]
"Ken and Karl, illegal campaign activity is holding on line two."
What goes around comes around. I plan on going through some boxes this weekend to try and find my old bell bottom jeans, powder blue leisure suit and puka shell necklace. I just hope wide ties never come back into fashion. Ack!
Not The Smartest Guy In The Room...
"He cast himself as a hard worker who enjoyed great financial success, only to find himself somewhere he never thought he would be — on trial in a federal courtroom. He was asked by lawyer George Secrest what it had been like to watch the trial unfold.
"It's been very interesting," Lay answered. "We've seen a lot of interesting testimony. We've seen a lot of interesting people, a lot of allegations, a lot of lies, a lot of misinformation and some truth."
Lay aimed to build on what Skilling spent the last two weeks telling jurors: Enron was no bed of fraud and the pair did nothing wrong."
Ken, you crack me up! Now will you tell us the really funny stories, especially the ones about the phony trading floor, Grandma Millie and the "HFV" accounting? That "Hypothetical Future Value" skit still makes me chuckle! ;)
A Spook Speaks Out...
Summary: A former top CIA official, Tyler Drumheller — a 26-year veteran of the agency — decided to do something CIA officials at his level almost never do: Speak out.
Ultimately, when no WMD's were found - Bush shirked responsibility and perpetuated the deceptions by blaming it on "faulty intelligence."
Drumheller - "It just sticks in my craw every time I hear them say it’s an intelligence failure...It’s an intelligence failure. This was a policy failure." He added "I think over time, people will look back on this and see this is going to be one of the great, I think, policy mistakes of all time." [full article and video]
Tyler, this already IS the mother of all policy failures and entering overtime. Thankfully, the well oiled campaign of disinformation and denials designed to keep the truth from the American people and Congress is beginning to show cracks in its armor. Speaking of Congress...
Apr 23, 2006
For What It's Worth...
Hope & Faith is not only TV comedy, but also a horrendous American tragedy.
Feel The Burn...
I Like "Sticking It To The Man..."
"Maybe" is his reply whereas mine is "No, I am a public servant letting the grand jury stick it to the Man!"
In case you were wondering about the grand jury:
"Will Fitzgerald issue indictments? Washington and cable news care about nothing else these days. The answer is: No, he won’t. The most Fitzgerald will do is ask his grand jury to issue indictments. It’s really all up to them. Which raises the question: who are they? A federal grand jury has 23 members."
"A typical Washington, D.C. grand jury is about 75% African American. Fitzgerald’s is slightly more than that. This is not the kind of group Karl Rove feels at home with. He has no professional experience trying to appeal to a group like this. He has been so unsuccessful at it that his boss’s job approval rating with African Americans is now 2%, which, factoring in the margin of error, could actually be zero. To make matters statistically and demographically much worse for Rove and Scooter Libby, only 12 of the 23 grand jurors have to agree to indict them." [more]
Plan 9 From Outer Space - Part Deux..?
1) "Deploy guns and badges" -- to play to the conservative base on illegal immigration, using the cloak of Homeland Security.
2) Make Wall Street happy through tax cuts.
3) Brag more ("highlight the glimmer of success in Iraq").
4) Reclaim security by playing tough with Iran (On Iran, "Democrats will lose").
5) Court the press (offer Tony Snow of Fox News the job of White House press secretary)
Can we survive Josh Bolten's new "recovery plan?"
Small Pun Alert..
“Smile, Jeffrey. That’s It. Gorgeous, Jeffrey, Just Gorgeous"
HOUSTON — It looks like Jennifer Binder, Jeffrey Skilling’s former lover and favorite photographer, has left Houston. Check out her impressive Web site at http://www.binderphotography.com/." [more]
Apr 22, 2006
The man -- who carried no identification, spoke perfect English and said his name was George W. -- was found by a Norwegian oil tanker Friday morning, floating in the Skagerak sea on a raft of four oil barrels held together by a frame of wooden planks.
He told police he had been thrown from a ship several days earlier and now wanted to go to New York, but offered little further information.
UPDATE: "My name is President George W. Bush. Dick Cheney has kept me captive on an Exxon oil tanker since January 20th, 2001. I want to go home and get the S.O.B. who has been sleeping in my bed, ruining my good name, reputation and America!"
I am reminding you of this because in the upcoming weeks we will be entering a new phase in this investigation, with more indictments and inevitably much more disinformation.