Oct 31, 2006
Oct 30, 2006
Oct 27, 2006
I Am Just Warming Up...
If I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was not afraid of the special counsel before, the former Cheney aide, who will face Fitzgerald in a trial beginning Jan. 11, had ample reason to start quaking after yesterday's Ginsu-like legal performance. "<more>
I wonder, why AP and the Wa. Post recycled the old "bomb scare" photo of me with only a fresh caption? How about some relevant photos of me and while you are at it...fetch me some hot coffee and a Krispy Kreme? ;)
Memory expert taken to task in Libby hearing
Special counsel causes witness to question her own research
I hope Dr. Loftus got her fee up front and in cash! ;)
Oct 26, 2006
Is Sex The GOP's Achilles Leg..?
Question of the month: Do GOP family values create sexual predators or are sexual predators attracted to GOP family values or is GOP morality talk just too damn cheap?
Nice nails! Chrissy, why didn't you give him a little CSI Las Vegas cat DNA scratch fever for the cameras and lab? ;)
Sometimes Evildoers Just Self-Destruct...
Because That's Where The Corruption Is...
And EXCUSE ME...at the DOJ we ONLY work for the PEOPLE not the party!
Bizness As Usual..?
Has He Evolved...?
Forgive him - Yea or nay?
Oct 25, 2006
Dear Pat Fitzgerald...
"It's hard for me to believe that city patronage workers face a greater risk of on-the-job injury than coal miners, steelworkers, and slaughterhouse butchers,'' Jackson wrote to Fitzgerald on Tuesday. "That tells me that either the city lacks the necessary safeguards to protect staff, or that workers are filing and collecting on false claims." <more>
"When I Shook Skilling's Hand, It Was Limp..."
By Jason Leopold
The conclusion to the ongoing Enron saga was anti-climactic. Jeff Skilling, the company's former chairman and chief executive, will spend the next 24 years in a federal penitentiary after being found guilty by a federal court earlier this year of insider trading, wire fraud, conspiracy and other charges related to his involvement in the financial machinations that led to Enron's demise five years ago. The one-time high-flying energy company is now nothing more than a symbol of 1990s/Millennium-era corporate greed and Skilling its public face.
For Skilling, however, the realization that he will be spending the next two decades holed up in an eight-by-six foot cell has yet to set in. A month ago, he was arrested for public intoxication near his wife's home in Dallas. Last year, he was arrested in New York on similar charges. It's sad, really, to watch someone of Skilling's stature, the architect of the company's transformation from a pipeline owner into an energy trading powerhouse, a person who believed so passionately in the power of the free market that at one point in his career he helped an Enron employee develop an idea she had to trade weather derivatives in the open market, to fall so spectacularly and so publicly.
When I met Skilling in December 2001 at the Washington, DC, offices of his law firm O'Melveney & Myers, the firm he hired to represent him in matters before Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission, there were no signs of the meltdown that was to come. But he was certainly knee-deep in the first stage of grief: denial.<more>
On a side note: NEWS JUNKIE has been on the top 50 of Amazon.com's Top 100 books for nearly two weeks and is also a Los Angeles Times Bestseller--without the benefit of mainstream U.S. press coverage.
Jason should be proud particularly happy because his book was published by an independent, Process Media/Feral House Books. This is an amazing accomplishment for them and for independent publishing in general. Bully!
Oct 24, 2006
Ay Carumba, Anyone..?
GOP Las Vegas Scandal Jackpot
It's 8 minutes and 24 seconds of local news in Nevada, that is a HUGE story, no one does a story that long.
Oh man. Here is the local news story in Nevada from the 5pm news tonight in Las Vegas."<Americabog/video> <Channel 8>
AND his wife Dawn Gibbons is running for the Congressional seat he is vacating - Do you think she knows she lied on a federal application? Nevada is turning both red and blue.
On a more serious note: How can you be a lawmaker when you are a lawbreaker? Just say "No, thank you!" to graft and hiring illegal aliens if you are running for office, Pendejos!
Hollywood Here I Come..?
Try it yourself.
You Talkin' To Me..?
Legislator made threatening phone calls
Arza called the colleague, Rep. Gus Barreiro, and left him an angry message on voicemail, cursing him out and calling Miami-Dade superintendent Rudy Crew the N-word. That was the same thing -- a racial, profanity-laced voicemail -- Barreiro had complained about in the first place.
The upshot: Barreiro called the cops Monday, saying he felt Arza's diatribe was ''threatening.'' Police, who now have a tape of Arza's phone call -- and a second anonymous call made hours later -- say they have opened an investigation. <more>
Yo, Rep. Tony Montana, in the future when you want to share you might want to consider instant messaging, emailing or using "the Google." ;)
Start Spreading The News...
This Is Our Turf...
My first week here. My first post below:
I am "Very" Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald.
I prosecute, therefore I am.
I am somewhat engrossed in my duties with the Grand Jury, but I hope to give regular updates and insight into the process and who I will be recommending for indictment.
Thanks for stopping by and a special thanks to my friend Harriet Miers who introduced me to blogging.
Oct 23, 2006
Name That Quote..?
Jeffrey Skilling - Come On Down..
"Under federal sentencing guidelines, which Lake has said he will rely on, Skilling faces more than 20 years in prison if investor loss tied to his actions exceeds $80 million. Skilling also faces more than $18 million in fines for his crimes.
Jack Sylvia, a Boston-based attorney with the firm of Mintz Levin, said Skilling is facing a longer sentence that could send him away for life. Lay's death and the reduced sentence former Enron chief financial officer Andrew Fastow got last month might be factors in Skilling's sentence, he said.
“The reality is when dealing with somebody who is middle-aged, a sentence of even 20 years can more often than not be a life sentence,” he said.
Some say that's a tough break, but as the head of the Enron Task Force...I say enjoy...BAM!
UPDATE: 24 years and 4 months for Skilling. Justice has been served. Next!
Oct 22, 2006
Will They Ever Learn..?
This question should be rolling off the tongue of every candidate running for office against an incumbent because 9 times out of 10 it will ring true...
The Scarlet Letter...
Kerry ignores pressure to share '04 wealth
Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, has given less than $15,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee since the beginning of 2005. Though he has helped candidates in a variety of other ways, his last major financial contribution to the DSCC came a month after he lost the 2004 presidential election, when he used $1 million in leftover campaign funds to help the committee retire its debt. <more>
"Call For Mark FFFFFooooolllll-eeeeey...!!!!!"
Stay The Course - Media Invention...
Bush: ‘We’ve Never Been Stay The Course’
During an interview today on ABC’s This Week, President Bush tried to distance himself from what has been his core strategy in Iraq for the last three years. George Stephanopoulos asked about James Baker’s plan to develop a strategy for Iraq that is “between ’stay the course’ and ‘cut and run.’”
Bush responded, ‘We’ve never been stay the course, George!’ Watch it:
Oct 21, 2006
Oct 20, 2006
Are You Playing Hard To Get..?
CREW SENDS LETTER TO DOJ URGING INVESTIGATION INTO REP. WELDON’S THREATS OF RETALIATION AGAINST THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO OPPONENTMelanie, TGIF and stop working so hard! May I suggest you catching a shuttle to Chicago? I can promise you a weekend you will never forget...I think I have some lasagna in the oven. ;)
Hate For Sale...
"You have to separate the marketing from the reality. The reality is, these members are not homophobic. For the most part, they're using this marketing to play to our base and stay in power. They have to turn out the votes," said David Duncan, once a board member of the Lesbian and Gay Congressional Staff Association and a former top aide to Rep. Robert Ney (R-Ohio), who last week pleaded guilty to corruption charges linked to the Abramoff scandal.
Oct 19, 2006
Whatever Happens In Las Vegas...
It's Ugly Out There...
File This Under...
Trick Or Treat..!
A federal judge has ordered the Bush administration to release information about who visited Vice President Dick Cheney's office and personal residence, an order that could spark a late election season debate over lobbyists' White House access.
The Washington Post asked for two years of White House visitor logs in June but the Secret Service refused to process the request. Government attorneys called it "a fishing expedition into the most sensitive details of the vice presidency."
U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina ruled Wednesday that, by the end of next week, the Secret Service must produce the records or at least identity them and justify why they are being withheld.
The newspaper sought logs for anyone visiting Cheney, his legal counsel, chief spokesman and other top aides and advisers. <more>
Silly Elephants, Dirty Tricks...
AG: Voter threat linked to GOP
"He declined to identify the specific Republican campaign Wednesday, citing the ongoing investigation. The Los Angeles Times and The Orange County Register both reported Thursday that the investigation appeared to be focused on the campaign of Tan D. Nguyen, a Republican challenger to Democratic U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez."
"The letter, written in Spanish, tells recipients: 'You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time.'" <more>
North Korea Is Rubber...
The general also had a message for President Bush.
"He keeps talking about North Korea as the 'axis of evil,' as an outpost of tyranny, as an unacceptable government that makes its own people hungry," he said.
"We would ask him please to stop making these bad comments on our nation, and I'm speaking not just for myself but for all people in this country." <more>
"Axis of Evil" - Find me the speech writer who coined the phrase, the political strategist who liked it and the bully who delivered it...history will label them as glue.
Oct 18, 2006
Insert Name Here...
Count The Characters Week...
"political news is starting to sound more and more like you’re reading the police blotter, with Ney last week, the eighth guilty plea or conviction in the Abramoff case, piled on top of Scooter Libby and Tom DeLay and Curt Weldon. It goes on and on.
And, of course, the punchline is that President Bush has declared this to be National Character Counts Week."
National Character Counts Week, 2006
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
America's strength is found in the spirit and character of our people. During National Character Counts Week, we renew our commitment to instilling values in our young people and to encouraging all Americans to remember the importance of good character. <more>
Fighting For Truth, Justice & The Am. Way...
Sweeney took unreported trip to
Mariana Islands w/ Abramoff aide
CREW is on a roll! Melanie, marry me?
Separate That Church From State...
Pastor Endorses state Sen. Michele Bachmann for U.S. House Seat -- Allows Bachmann to Give Stump Speech
"Churches, like Living Word Christian Center, are absolutely prohibited from intervening in elections for any public office. This prohibition is a condition of the very favorable tax benefits public charities receive under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code.
On October 14, 2006 Ms. Bachmann delivered a campaign stump speech from the Living Word Christian Center’s pulpit and the church’s pastor, Mac Hammond, openly endorsed her candidacy. Pastor Hammond’s comments and Ms. Bachmann’s speech were made during the Living Word Christian Center’s weekend services, presented before the entire congregation and broadcast over the Internet. By using church resources to promote the candidacy of Ms. Bachmann, the church jeopardized its tax status." <more>
Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID)
All aboard the GOP Closet Express - next stop Outville.
On a side note - I love You-Tube, especially being able to see the old news broadcasts when news readers were journalists and had integrity and ethics.
It's Greek To Him...
Duke Was One Pushy SOB...
Report Spells Out Abuses by "Happy Days" Cunningham
"Ms. Harman’s action drew a rebuke from Representative Peter Hoekstra, Republican of Michigan and chairman of the committee, who called the release “disturbing and beyond the pale.”
In an interview, Ms. Harman said Tuesday that the public had a right to see the conclusions of the inquiry, which was led by Michael Stern, an outside special counsel, and completed in May. She said she had been pushing for months for the committee to produce an unclassified version of the report.
“I thought it would be out in early August,” she said, “well ahead of the election season.”
Only the five-page executive summary of the report was released. The full 59-page report remains classified."
Rep. Harman - brass ones.
Quack Quack Quack...
"On desks around the West Wing sit digital clocks counting down the days and hours left in the Bush presidency, reminders to the White House staff to use the time left as effectively as possible. As of 8 a.m. today, those clocks will read 825 days, four hours. But if the elections go the way pollsters and pundits predict, they might as well read 20 days.
At least that would be the end of George W. Bush's presidency as he has known it. If Democrats win one or both houses of Congress on Nov. 7, the result will transform the remainder of Bush's time in office and dramatically shift the balance of power in Washington."
"Most worrisome to the White House is the subpoena power that Democrats would gain with a majority in the House or Senate. For years, Republicans have been mostly deferential in scrutinizing the Bush administration, but Democrats are eager to reexamine an array of issues, such as Vice President Cheney's energy task force, the Jack Abramoff scandal and preparations for the Iraq war." <more>
IMHO, subpoena power is the only thing to effectively combat evildoers entrenched in our government.
Oct 17, 2006
Today Is The First Day...
What's on your mind, Justice Bloggers?
Labels: Public Service
Oct 16, 2006
"Mr. Dember ridiculed the defense claim that the prosecution of Ms. Stewart was meant to send a message to lawyers willing to defend the rights of those accused of, or convicted of, terrorist plots.
The prosecution, he said, was brought "not because she represents unpopular clients nor to deter defense counsel from involvement in terrorist-related cases -- or to chill them," he said. "And this had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11."
He reminded the judge that terrorism prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald had wanted to launch a criminal investigation into Ms. Stewart's actions, but was told to "stand down" because there was an ongoing "intelligence investigation under way."
But Mr. Dratel insisted that the government wanted to "chill" aggressive defense tactics in terror cases and make an example of Ms. Stewart. " <more>
Competition Is A Good Thing...
Oct 15, 2006
I Prefer The Beastie Boys...
E-mails show Jack Abramoff's ability to influence White House staffing decisions through his highly placed friends.
"I have the suite filling up with DOJ staffers who just got our client $16 million," one wrote. Another replied that the agency officials deserve any reward they want, "opening day tickets, Skins v. Giants, oriental massages, hookers, whatever." <more>
AND me and my team always say "NO THANK YOU!" to graft.
Oct 14, 2006
Viva De La Vega...
Oct 13, 2006
Rep. Curt Weldon - Well Done...
FBI investigating Weldon (R-PA) for influence peddling
I think the boyz at the "Bureau" are working off Melanie's Beyond Delay list!
Just say "No, thank you!" to graft and have a great weekend because Curt won't be... ;)
Quote Of The Century..?
Climate change inaction will cost trillions: study
Justice Du Jour...
Oct 12, 2006
Why Does James Baker Hate America..?
Way off course, change the course, NOT stay the course - got it?
"Five conservative nonprofit organizations, including one run by prominent Republican Grover Norquist, "perpetrated a fraud" on taxpayers by selling their clout to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Senate investigators said in a report issued today."
"The groups are Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform; the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, which was co-founded by Norquist and Gale Norton before she became Secretary of the Interior; Citizens Against Government Waste; the National Center for Public Policy Research, which was a spinoff of the Heritage Foundation; and Toward Tradition, a religious group founded by Abramoff friend Rabbi Daniel Lapin."
And Sen. McCain thought Italia was such a nice young lady...
Beam Me Up...
Oct 11, 2006
Get To Know Me...
Do You Like My Tie..?
Operation Board Games - Pay To Play On Steroids
Businessman Antoin "Tony" Rezko was charged in the federal indictment with operating a fraud scheme along with millionaire political contributor Stuart Levine and other insiders.
The indictment was unsealed Wednesday morning. U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald was to announce details at a news conference scheduled for 1 p.m. CDT.
In Case You Missed Me: Blago Adviser Indicted On Federal Charges
to Crash Page Party
"A staff supervisor at the dorm for congressional pages intervened when former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) tried to pay the teens a nighttime visit in the summer of 2000, ABC News has learned.
The pages were having an informal "mixer" party in their dorm at the Tip O'Neil building behind the Capitol, according to a former page who was 17 at the time.
"It was a beautiful summer evening, and I recall Mr. Foley arriving in his blue Series 3 BMW convertible about 9:30 at night," the former page said. "Several of us saw him and went outside to chat." <more>
It's The Little Things...
Oct 10, 2006
It's Truman's Fault..!
Clinton's Office Responds To McCain
Philippe Reines, Sen. Hillary Clinton's spokesman, responds to McCain:
A missile shield alone cannot protect us from the Bush-Cheney Administration’s incompetence in their approach to Iraq, Iran and North Korea, and it is unfortunate that Republicans such as John McCain continue to blindly defend their failed policies for partisan gain rather than exercise true leadership. Five years after 9/11, President Bush has allowed the ‘Axis of Evil’ to spin out of control. Our Iraq policy is a failure. Iran is going nuclear and North Korea is testing nuclear weapons. President Bush’s foreign policy failures have made America less safe, not more so, and it is time for a new direction. Senator Clinton supports a National Missile Defense System that has been tested and actually works. She supports an approach that protects us from the threat of North Korean nuclear weapons, as the Clinton Administration successfully did for eight years.
Blast 'em Burn 'em Turn 'em To Toast...
LIE: The email messages between Rep. Foley and a former page have been in CREW’s possession as far back as April.
FACT: CREW received the emails on July 21, 2006 and promptly sent them to the FBI, and no one else, that same day. CREW did not discuss the email messages or their content with anyone else. The only call CREW’s Executive Director Melanie Sloan made regarding the matter was to the Washington FBI agent to whom she sent the emails to confirm receipt of the messages.
LIE: CREW provided the FBI with incomplete information and heavily redacted emails. CREW refused to disclose the page’s name and contact information to the FBI.
FACT: The emails Ms. Sloan sent to the FBI were not edited or redacted in any way. The page’s full name and email address were in the emails, as was the name and email address of the Congressional staffer to whom the page was sending the emails.
LIE: The FBI investigation into Rep. Foley was hampered because CREW refused to comply with the agency’s request for additional information.
FACT: After CREW sent the emails to the FBI, CREW’s only subsequent contact with the Bureau was one telephone call from the special agent to whom CREW had sent the material confirming that the emails were from Rep. Foley. CREW had no further contact with the
According to several government officials, the FBI sent the emails to three squads: a public corruptions squad, a criminal squad and a cyber-squad. After reviewing the matter, the FBI determined that there wasn't enough evidence at the time to suggest any criminal activity and did not move forward with an investigation.
LIE: Fox News’ Sean Hannity said on October 5, 2006 that CREW had “been bragging about [the emails] on its website as early as July 21st.”
FACT: CREW first posted the emails to www.citizensforethics.org on September 29, 2006, one day after ABC News reported them.
LIE: CREW has been working with ABC on the Foley story and was reporter Brian Ross’ source for the emails.
FACT: Ross told The New York Times he received the emails from Republicans. CREW was not involved in the broadcasting of his story. In fact, Ross didn’t even know that CREW had the emails until after he broke the story.
LIE: Rep. Mark Foley resigned from Congress after CREW posted some of his email exchanges with a former page.
FACT: Brian Ross has reported that Foley resigned hours after ABC questioned him about the sexually explicit internet messages.
LIE: The blog Stop Sex Predators is owned and operated by CREW.
FACT: CREW does not own, operate, or have any connection or involvement with the Stop Sex Predators blog. CREW first heard of the blog in media reports after the Foley scandal broke.
LIE: One of CREW’s funders, George Soros, was behind the Foley scandal and has been directing CREW’s involvement in the case.
FACT: George Soros had no knowledge that CREW had the Foley emails, nor does he have any input over CREW's day to day activities. CREW has not discussed the emails with any donors or Democratic operatives, strategists or staffers. All CREW did was send the messages to the FBI. After ABC broke the story, CREW posted the messages to its website.
LIE: Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) called CREW a “partisan 527 organization” on the October 8, 2006 edition of Fox News Sunday.
FACT: CREW is a nonpartisan and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
LIE: Melanie Sloan of CREW is dating very special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald.
FACT: No comment
Ze Jig Iz Up..!
MATTHEWS: How do you know that? How do you know that?
CARLSON: Because I know them. Because I grew up with them. Because I live with them. They live on my street. Because I live in Washington, and I know that everybody in our world has contempt for the evangelicals. And the evangelicals know that, and they're beginning to learn that their own leaders sort of look askance at them and don't share their values.
MATTHEWS: So this gay marriage issue and other issues related to the gay lifestyle are simply tools to get elected?
CARLSON: That's exactly right. It's pandering to the base in the most cynical way, and the base is beginning to figure it out. <VIDEO>
New found respect for Tucker...just a little.
Afterwards, in the meat department - I told him I enjoyed his body of work - acting - and he said "thank youuuuu" in the most southern drawl any native New Yorker could ever muster - then hung a left towards cheese and disappeared from my life...
Reading is fundamental...but...!
Don't Mess With Brooklyn..!
Streisand endured jeers as she interjected a political skit into Monday night's show, exchanging zingers with a celebrity impersonator playing George Bush as a bumbling idiot." <more>
Takedown, Exposure, Reversal, Escape..?
Those who knew about Foley 'should go'
Cigars & Hotel Bars...
Wilson is waiting for things to come together as he watches the cumbersome American judicial system at work. He pays close attention to the respective fates of Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Lewis Libby. Even during interviews, he maintains the same, consistent approach. He sits in alternating hotel bars in alternating cities, places his mobile phone on a table, gazes at the flat screen TVs behind the bars, keeps answering the same questions and waits for something to happen in the world outside." <more>
Oct 9, 2006
I guess "someone" has been sleeping on their watch again.
Then why is he so angry?
Oct 8, 2006
George Allen - Truth Is Not An Option...
Congressional rules require senators to disclose to the Senate all deferred compensation, such as stock options. The rules also urge senators to avoid taking any official action that could benefit them financially or appear to do so. <more>
Just say "No, thank you!" to graft.
TIME for Change...
Sex, lies and power games are just the latest symptoms of a party adrift from its ideals
The "Christian" Wrong...
False Prophets - Dobson and Henninger claimed Foley scandal is "sort of a joke" and a "prank"
Summary: James Dobson and Daniel Henninger both echoed a claim previously made by Matt Drudge and Michael Savage that the sexually explicit communications that Rep. Mark Foley allegedly engaged in with former congressional pages were "sort of a joke" or a "prank" on the part of the former pages.
Ex-Page Tells of Foley Hook Up
Jesus, what are the chances of you recalling these defective role models.