Dec 30, 2006
D.C. Here I Come..?
Dec 29, 2006
Happy Year End...
Dec 28, 2006
Need A Busta Move...
State pension systems reap
Dec 27, 2006
"Feared Special Prosecutor, Patrick J. Fitzgerald..."
Aaron Burr and Dick Cheney: Two Treacherous VPs
I said "one" thing.
Swing Low Sweet Chariot...
Dec 26, 2006
Abramoff & Abramoff...
Dec 24, 2006
Dec 23, 2006
'07 - My Best Year Ever...
Dow Jones / AP Still Jumping to Conclusions in Libby Case
Two news organizations are asking a federal judge to unseal documents in the CIA leak case, arguing that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald never needed the testimony of reporters because he knew the source of the leak all along.
The Associated Press and Dow Jones, in court papers filed this week, asked for the release of the sworn statements Fitzgerald gave to justify subpoenas for New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper.
Fitzgerald wanted the reporters’ help in his investigation of the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity to syndicated columnist Robert Novak. <more> WARNING: Graphic photo
Dec 22, 2006
Lynne Cheney - "Why All The Fuss..?"
Dec 21, 2006
How Do I Reconcile...
for Peace Day?
Here Comes Da Judge...
Crime Does Not Pay...
Michael Linder, 61, who was president of Matteson-based Joseph/Anthony and Associates Inc., was ordered by U.S. District Judge Philip Reinhard in Rockford to serve 3 years of post-prison supervision and pay nearly $6.6 million to the plans he defrauded.
In 2004, Linder pleaded guilty to graft charges for giving two union pension officials Harley-Davidson motorcycles valued at more than $19,000 each, said U.S. Atty. Patrick J. Fitzgerald, whose office prosecuted Linder. <more>
Dec 20, 2006
Top Of The Hour...
Dec 19, 2006
This Is New(s)..?
Cheney Will Be Under Oath During Libby Trial
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 – Vice President Dick Cheney will be summoned as a defense witness in the perjury and obstruction of justice trial of his former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby Jr., which is scheduled to begin next month, a defense lawyer said today. <more>
Dec 18, 2006
Please pass the mustard..! ;)
Labels: Hot Dog
"Mr. Palmer testified he could not recall having such a discussion with Mr. Foley: 'I just don't remember it, and I think it would have been an awkward conversation'."
"House Majority Leader John Boehner recalled to the panel he and Mr. Hastert spoke about the Foley matter on the House floor and the speaker told him something to the effect of 'it had been taken care of.'
Mr. Hastert professed a foggy memory, testifying: 'I don't remember having that conversation with Boehner on the House floor, and probably the House floor would not be the place to have that conversation.'
Mr. Hastert said he carries 'little note cards' with him at all times, writing down items of importance to remember them later. He had made no notes about the Foley affair, he said."
"The ethics panel said lawmakers failed to protect congressional pages and noted how the Democrats shopped the story of the Foley e-mails to newspapers in the hope of creating a scandal before the elections.
But it recommended no punishment, despite saying several Republicans, including House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and his staff, seemed to have ignored the situation in fear of political consequences or of exposing Mr. Foley's homosexuality." <more>
Gag Me With An NIE..!
"I am growing increasingly concerned. How much longer can we count on dumb luck to protect us from our enemies?"
"What's less well known is that there has been little discernable change in our counter terrorism efforts. They still stink." <more>
Labels: Clarice Feldman
Dec 17, 2006
Let Freedom Ring...
It recently came to my attention, after an aggressive barrage of SPAM in our comment section, that my "Desk" had become overrun by a cadre of Lyndon LaRoucher's (well intentioned fascists and "anti-Zionists"). I am aware that this is not an isolated case, however, as many other blogs and news sites on the Internet (i.e. Huffington Post, Alec Baldwin's blog) experience the same.
Many say it is a dangerous cult with a political agenda.
Personally, I do not believe a single thing Mr. LaRouche has ever espoused and feel that he brainwashes and exploits the weak-minded and mentally challenged with wild and outrageous disinformation until they do his bidding. *
Of course, you can do your own research using "the Google" (LaRouche's group has recently been in European news regarding a murder investigation) and draw your own conclusions, or follow links to their many publications and conspiracy theory blogs.
Now that you are aware of their agenda, tactics and presence on this blog, I will now return the comment section to the bastion of free speech it was intended to be - a microcosm of the love/hate relationship our country both enjoys and has to endure to truly be free.
You gotta love it! ;)
* No one does my bidding.
Do The Right Thing...
"At some point, it may be healthy to have a discussion as to why the Republicans should trying to steal the election results. The American people voted to change the House and the Senate, they voted for new leadership in Iraq, they voted to boot out the Republicans. They didn't vote for a single Republican governor to hand the Senate back to the very people who got us into this war, who lost New Orleans, who invaded the privacy of Terri Schiavo's hospital room. If the situation arose where a replacement were needed for any Senator at this point, the American people have spoken. No one governor should overturn the will of the majority of Americans. That's called stealing an election. And while it's something the Republicans are quite good at, it's wrong." - Americablog
The "right thing" to do if he died or could not serve would be to appoint his wife (or partner if it) to serve out his term or until a special election could be held.
Dec 16, 2006
24 - 7 - 365.2425..!
Over 1,000 Govt. Employees
Snared by FBI for Corruption
Over the last two years, the FBI has convicted more than 1,060 government employees involved in corrupt activities, to include 177 federal officials, 158 state officials, 360 local officials, and more than 365 police officers. In FY 2005 alone, the Public Corruption Program saw a 25% increase in public corruption cases investigated, resulting in 890 indictments, 759 convictions, and 2,118 cases still pending. There are 622 agents currently working public corruption matters, an increase of 264 since 2002. - Dec. '06 - testimony by Robert S. Mueller, III - Director FBI before the Senate Judiciary Committee - an A++ read.
Rep. Murphy fires aide who made accusations has now become FBI Probes Claims Against Congressman Murphy
Would you believe this is the 19th member of the 109th Congress under federal investigation?
Hopefully, Rep. Alan "Midas Touch" Mollohan, the incoming chair of the House appropriations panel which oversees the budget of the Justice Department, including the FBI, will increase funding next year to fight this epidemic of corruption. $500 million (about the cost of 10 AH-64D helicopters) would be a good start to bolster programs already aimed at cleaning up government at all levels, federal, state and local. Oops, maybe I spoke too soon.
And now the ethics-challenged Mollohan
"Mr. Mollohan's personal wealth in connection with real estate investments -- his net worth surged from the low-to-mid six figures in 1999 to at least $6.8 million and as much as $25 million by 2005 -- while he was in office; and one concerning $250 million in federal appropriations to five nonprofit organizations that Mr. Mollohan himself set up and which employ his friends and some of his campaign contributors."
Dec 15, 2006
See Dick. See Dick Testify...
Witnesses in Libby trial all expected to testify
Fitzgerald signals nobody to assert privilege; Cheney appearance "certain"
As always, Christy at Firedoglake breaks it down for you.
Holiday No No's...
Mum Is The Word...
Is the word
Is the word.
Dec 14, 2006
Surreal Quote's Of The Week...
"The first time I came here with Sen. McCain we went rug shopping. Yesterday, we moved around in a tank. It's one of the most dangerous places on the planet." - Sen. Lindsey Graham
Wait, there's more...Sen. McCain, Sen. Lieberman, Sen. Collins and Tariq al-Hashemi! This wire story is a powerful snapshot of both the chaos in Iraq and the disconnect/differing opinions between a majority of Americans and certain members of Congress.
You Better Watch Out...
Deciding Is Hard Work...
MR. SNOW: No, no, no. The President is the Commander-in-Chief; he issues orders. He decided, frankly, that it's not ready yet. . . .
Q So some might infer that the delay means he doesn't know what to do.
MR. SNOW: No, well, that would be the wrong inference to draw. . . .
Q So just to get this clear, the reason for the delay is, number one, the complexity of the Iraq issue, and not because the President learned something in the last week that changed his mind?
MR. SNOW: That is correct. . . .
Q Is it possible that the President does not want to announce the deployment of thousands of more U.S. troops to Iraq before the holidays?
MR. SNOW: No, it has nothing to do with that. Cynical, but false. . . .
Q. . . . [T]here have been a number of references here about the Baker-Hamilton commission. To what extent is this delay in the expected announcement an effort to put some distance between the release of, and the reaction to that?
MR. SNOW: It has nothing to do with it, period. Nothing. Simply put, before he begins looking at any new materials he wants to first finish reading the Shakespeares he began over the summer.
Randall, watch and learn from the master. Tony Snow, the top professional in your field.
1) They are lax on the "no shoes- no service" policy,
2) He feels warm and fuzzy knowing many of its after hours laborers are named after him,
3) Idleness is the work of the Devil and the hard working Chinese manufacture 80% of the merchandise for only .45 cents an hour,
4) While supplies last he can buy the hot new video game "Left Behind: Eternal Forces" and stock up on bulk pet food for his Dinosaurs - Dobson and Falwell,
5) Along with Haliburton, Exxon, and Lockheed Martin, Wal Mart has been one of his best performing stock picks in the after life,
6) He is a master of timing so that any number of the elderly greeters can personally carry his purchases to the pearly gates, and
7) Please, can anyone from Nazareth to Roanoke resist those prices?
Quote Of The Day...
Dec 13, 2006
Someone Has A Crush On Me...
Free Speech Has Its Costs ...
Army Targets Truthout for
Subpoenas in Watada Case
Captain Dan Kuecker, the Fort Lewis, Washington-based Army prosecutor, has stated his intent to compel Ash, Truthout reporter Sari Gelzer, and contributors Dahr Jamail and Sarah Olson to testify at the court-martial of First Lieutenant Ehren Watada. Kuecker is actively seeking the journalists' testimony so he can prove that Watada engaged in conduct unbecoming an officer, directly related to disparaging statements the Army claims Watada made about the legality of the Iraq War during interviews with Truthout and his hometown newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, in June. <more>
AND don't be messing with my homeboy Jason!
Sign Me Up..!
Senior party officials said Tuesday that Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the incoming speaker, had consulted with Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the minority leader, on forming a bipartisan group to examine outside enforcement. The goal would be to have the group report back in the spring.
An independent Congressional watchdog, if approved, would be a major break with tradition. Some lawmakers say House and Senate members have sole responsibility for policing themselves when it comes to internal rules.
Some lawmakers have said an independent entity could be unconstitutional. (Names please?)
The Democratic officials, who spoke only if they were not publicly identified because the proposal for the new panel was now being presented to lawmakers, said the prominence of corruption as a concern in the elections last month gave new impetus to such an idea.
“With ethics such a big issue coming out of the election, members see a need to think outside the box,” one senior official said. <more>
Do you think my - Just say "No, thank you to graft!" campaign is gaining some traction?
"The Power Of All Of Us..."
Almost Final House Numbers...
"Go Directly To Jail..!"
Appeals court to Skilling: Your Freedom Ends Now
HOUSTON — A federal appellate court denied former Enron Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Skilling's request to remain free during his appeal Tuesday and ordered him imprisoned immediately.
Mega-Kudos to my entire Enron Task Force - especially Sean Berkowitz, Kathryn H. Ruemmler, John C. Hueston and Cliff Stricklin! Great people and great team effort. The only thing I have left to say is NEXT!
Dec 12, 2006
Newsweek's number are low. Mark this important date.
Another Democrat will
join 110th Congress
SAN ANTONIO - Former Congressman Ciro Rodriguez defeated seven-term Republican Henry Bonilla in a runoff election Tuesday, adding another Democrat to Congress.
With more than half the precincts reporting in the state’s largest district, Rodriguez had 57 percent to Bonilla’s 43 percent.
They were the top vote-getters in a special election held Nov. 7, but neither got 50 percent, prompting the runoff. <more>
The Oval Office and 21 Republican Senate seats will be up for grabs, with only 12 potential Democratic seats in play.
Wax On, Wax Off...
Rep. Henry Waxman has spent the last six years investigating the White House and its corporate allies, focusing on everything from military contracts to Medicare prices from his perch on the Government Reform Committee.
In January, Waxman becomes committee chairman — and the lead congressional hound of an administration many Democrats feel has blundered badly as it expanded the power of the executive branch.
Widely known as the inspiration for the movie character Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 coming of age classic Karate Kid, Waxman's biggest challenge as he mulls what to probe?
"The most difficult thing will be to pick and choose," he said.
The choices he makes could help define Bush's legacy. <more>
He never made Prom King, but he got the girl and this Karate' Man kicks evildoer butt! Henry, give me a ring and I will point you in the right direction(s).
Bob Woodward Needs A Hand...
job.As the successful candidate, you will act as Bob’s right hand man or woman.
Rebel With Cause...
Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA) uses political muscle for personal gain.
'Real Americans' in the O.C. and GOP just love their men in gray.
Breaking Down Our Will For Freedom:
Gaslighting American Wingnuts
"I hope the airline if sued (by the "Lying Imams") will respond with a countersuit, and passengers subjected to such aggressive assaults (praying) will consider consulting counsel to determine if they have a cause of action against the imams for intentional infliction of emotional distress and compensation for the inconvenience caused by their conduct (and her ramblings?).
And I hope that the rest of us have the wit to challenge in every way possible the repeated attempts to gaslight us." <more>
Confession...I look forward to the good whizgigging I always get whenever I read Clarice's twisted and noxious fumings - anxiously awaiting her next Libby release regarding:
"ORDERED that the government’s Supplemental Motion Pursuant to CIPA Section 6(c) for Substitutions in Lieu of Disclosure of Classified Information is GRANTED."NEW CONTEST: What "law school" did Clarice attend?
Mussolini Made The Trains Run On Time...
but he's far from finished
"And that's one big reason that it's going to stay Daley's city until either he loses interest or an opponent of substance steps up to take it away from him, the only other possibilities being beyond the control of any candidate.
That would leave health and the office of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as the only intervening factors that could keep Daley from winning and completing a sixth term as mayor, surpassing his father's tenure in office in the process. You wouldn't want to bet against the mayor on those counts either."
Inquiring minds want to know - what is Dick hiding under his frozen peas and carrots? ;)
Dec 11, 2006
It's Beginning To Look Alot Like...
Grecian Formula ...
Judge Reggie Walton - Snip/Clip/Rinse
A federal judge has accepted a series of redactions and substitutions proposed by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald - to be provided to I Lewis "Scooter" Libby's defense team - which will limit what Libby can share with jurors at his upcoming trial on some of the specifics of his top-secret White House briefings. <more>
Gelded Mayor Will Run for Sixth Term
"Daley's administration has had its share of scandal as well. A federal investigation of hiring practices and alleged payoffs for trucking contracts has resulted in charges against 45 people and convictions of 41, including the former city clerk. One defendant has died, and three cases are pending, according to Randall Samborn, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald."
Prosecutors Detail Case To Eunuchize Black
Federal prosecutors offered an advance look at their case against media baron Conrad Black, who is to stand trial on fraud and racketeering charges in Chicago next spring.
Mr. Black, along with three other former executives, is alleged to have diverted more than $80 million from newspaper publisher Hollinger International Inc., which has been renamed Sun-Times Media Group Inc. The company publishes the Chicago Sun-Times and a cluster of suburban Chicago papers.
In an 81-page filing with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the government laid out statements detailing fraud, evil doing and a total disregard for the law on a scale and magnitude not seen since the 109th Congress adjourned last Saturday. <more>
been kinda slow and sterile at the office(s)...next! ;)
Labels: Conrad Black
"History Will Absolve Me..." - Fidel Castro
week that reeked
"I'll be dead when they get it right," stated el Presidente' Bush during an Oval Office meeting last week.
"For a wounded President locked in a lethal downward spiral ever since his reelection, it was the cruelest week of all."
Enter U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald...
Not all evildoers are in Washington D.C.
Dec 10, 2006
Attack On Holiday Shoppers
"A Muslim convert is in custody accused of trying to trade two stereo speakers for a 9 mm pistol and the grenades authorities say he wanted to carry out an attack on holiday shoppers.
The FBI says it was tipped by an acquaintance of Derrick Shareef, then recorded the 22-year-old planning to use hand grenades to blow garbage cans into clouds of flying shrapnel in a crowded mall the Friday before Christmas." <more>
Dec 9, 2006
Dec 7, 2006
Time For Recess..?
Soft On Terrorists Liberals or Pro-Constitution Americans?
Dec 6, 2006
Dec 5, 2006
Dec 4, 2006
How To Win Friends And Influence People...
Dec 2, 2006
Pizza Hut $5 Medium Pizzas...
Dec 1, 2006
In This Holiday Season...
Holiday Menu For The Troops...
Colossal Shrimp Cocktail and Jonah Crab Claws (Served with Ramsey’s Cocktail Sauce and Spiced Remoulade).
Stuffed Turkey Breasts with Winter Mushrooms, Cheese and Brandied Cranberries.
Sugar Cured Virginia Ham with Hot Pepper Mustard (Served with Warm Blue Corn Muffins).
Chicken Fried Beef Tenderloin with White Onion Gravy (Served with Tiny Icebox Rolls).
Herb Roasted Lollipop Lamb Chops served with Warm Yeast Rolls.
Honey Cup Mustard Sauce.
Fresh Tamales with Tomatillo Sauce and Black Beans.
Baked White Cheddar Farfalle.
Sweet Potato Soufflé.
Asparagus Tier with Lemon-Garlic Aioli.
Golden and Crimson Beet Salad with Orange, Fennel, and Feta.
Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with Peppermint Crunch.
Pecan Sandie Tree (Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes) with Layers of Cookies.
Holiday Ornamental Cookies: Barney, Miss Beazley, Christmas Trees, Snowflakes, Candy Canes.
Red Hat Box Mascarpone Cake.
White Pound Cake with Mascarpone Cream Filling, Red Marzipan Frosting and Red Ribbon Bow Decoration.
Coconut Chiffon Cake, Coconut Pastry Cream Filling and 7 Minute Meringue Frosting.
Chocolate Roulade (Christmas Log): Soft Ganache Frosting with a Chocolate Sponge, Meringue Mushrooms, Magnolia Leaves in White Chocolate, Raspberries.
Pecan Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, Orange Chiffon and Chocolate Boston Cream Pie.
Homemade, Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache.
Long Stem Strawberries with Dark Chocolate Dipping Sauce.
Warm Macintosh Apple Cobbler With Oatmeal Crumble.
Spiced Pumpkin Mousse with Whipped Cream and Shaved Dark Chocolate.
...if they happen to be invited to the White House.