Jan 26, 2007

Grasping Reality...

color commentary is more your speed, Scott. :)
"At the table on the left, in front of the 12 jurors and 4 alternates, is the prosecution, led by the rumpled Mr. Fitzgerald, who has a prominent bald spot and a knack for projecting righteous indignation even in the most routine exchanges of legal Ping-Pong." <more>Maureen Dowd

Dana Milbank (WaPo), Michael Isikoff, and Adam Liptak (NYT) should consider reporting in Style sections too.

62 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

FITZ!!!!

1:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 — The most politically charged criminal trial in the capital in nearly two decades crackles to life each morning in a bland sixth-floor courtroom with a stopped clock.
The clock reads 9:25 when I. Lewis Libby Jr. strolls in with a tight smile and a high-priced bodyguard of lawyers and starts perusing documents, scribbling notes and tapping occasionally on a laptop. It is as if Mr. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is just the counsel, not the accused.

It reads 9:25 as witnesses from government’s inner sanctums dredge from memory the declassified details of how, exactly, the country was thrust into war.

A Central Intelligence Agency briefer, Craig Schmall, describes how he rose in the middle of the night to prepare a fresh list of terrorism threats and global troubles for Mr. Libby’s breakfast. A Cheney press aide, Cathie Martin, recounts how she leaked news “exclusives” and arranged luncheons for conservative columnists to counter bad news.

And the clock still reads 9:25 when the fatherly judge, Reggie B. Walton, sends the jury home for the day with the usual reminders about avoiding news coverage of the case, a rule that may prove a particular challenge.

The frozen clock is an apt note in a trial that is a trip back in time, to the days in mid-2003 when the Bush administration first struggled with alarming news on Iraq: insurgent attacks were increasing, the fearsome weapons used to justify the war were nowhere to be found and a drumbeat was growing that the White House had twisted the intelligence.

The trial promises to expose the collision of Washington’s power centers: the presidency, the vice presidency, the spy agencies and the news media. The first three days have been the warm-up act; the anticipated high points of the trial — the testimony of Mr. Cheney, Mr. Libby and several news media stars — will come in the weeks ahead.

Each witness so far has shed light on another kind of government tradecraft. Mr. Schmall of the C.I.A. told of returning from briefing Mr. Libby or Mr. Cheney with their many “taskers” — questions they wanted answered right away — and their gripes. Once Mr. Libby complained that C.I.A. officers were leaking to reporters about alleged pressure on the agency from the vice president’s office.

Marc Grossman, a former under secretary of state, told of the burden of high-level White House meetings, for which he crammed like a graduate student over fat books of data. “I studied them like mad,” he said, “and tried my best to hold onto the information for the time of the meeting.”

Ms. Martin of the Cheney press office explained the nuances of “deep background” comments to reporters and explained her 2003 notes on tactics to counter a tide of bad publicity on Iraq intelligence. Putting Mr. Cheney on “Meet the Press” was one option, she wrote, but that would raise the critics’ profile. Another was to write, or feed to a friendly columnist, an op-ed article.

And then there was the leak option, she explained. Her notes show she considered David E. Sanger of The New York Times, Walter Pincus of The Washington Post or a “newsmag” like Time or Newsweek.

But if you want to get your views out, asked Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the lead prosecutor, why not give the story to all the press? Ms. Martin explained, as if to a dense pupil, the irresistible lure of the “exclusive.”

“If you give it to one reporter, they’re more likely to write the story,” Ms. Martin said. What’s more, she said, “you can be a ‘senior administration official,’ ” hiding behind the anonymous cover that Washington officials so often crave.

Sitting in the courtroom among his lawyers is Mr. Libby, 56, a veteran corporate lawyer known as Scooter, smiling at a passed note or a witness’s quip and rarely showing any distress, even when the testimony seems to put him in jeopardy. His thinning hair has passed almost entirely from blond to gray. This once-powerful man turns out to be slight and short, no taller than his wife, Harriet Grant — one more note-taking lawyer herself. She occasionally leans across a rail to whisper to her husband.

On Thursday, Ms. Grant, in a black suit with a pink patterned scarf, sat beside Barbara Comstock, a former Justice Department spokeswoman who is the media consultant for the defense. It is an undemanding position, given the judge’s orders to both sides not to discuss the case.

At the table on the left, in front of the 12 jurors and 4 alternates, is the prosecution, led by the rumpled Mr. Fitzgerald, who has a prominent bald spot and a knack for projecting righteous indignation even in the most routine exchanges of legal Ping-Pong.

His team of a half-dozen lawyers is imposing, but on Thursday Mr. Fitzgerald grumbled about the forces arrayed against him.

“There are 3 law firms and 11 lawyers on the other side,” he told the judge. “Paper comes flying at us.”

The defense, around an identical table on the right side of the courtroom, is led by the voluble Theodore V. Wells Jr., a star of the white-collar defense bar, who switches up often with William H. Jeffress Jr., a bulldog cross-examiner.

Lengthy legal wrangles — like one Thursday over whether copies of certain documents provided to the defense were legible — can make it seem as if time has stopped for real. But there are also arresting flashes of candor, as when Robert L. Grenier, a C.I.A. veteran, testified about his growing conviction that the White House was shifting responsibility for the war to the agency, a development he found deeply unfair.

“Yes, there was an attempt on the part of the White House to throw blame on the C.I.A.,” said Mr. Grenier, who at the time was the agency’s top Iraq officer and later headed the Counterterrorist Center.

And there are comic moments. In the midst of a discussion over flawed intelligence, Mr. Grenier misplaced his reading glasses on the witness stand. “I appear to have lost my glasses,” he said.

Proceedings were halted. Prosecution and defense united, for once, in a bent-over hunt around desks until the glasses were recovered and the trial could resume.

1:57 AM  
Anonymous teak said...

You don't looked rumpled in your pictures, who knew you had a balding spot ;) and people don't trust slicked up lawyers who lie, ask Libby.

Keep up the good job. Screw the network news, they are going to have trouble explaining when Libby is found guilty. And Darth Cheney is brought to his feeble knees.

(Sorry Stephanie, I apologize. I am grouchy about the news not reporting the news anymore. They should be ashamed of themselves.)

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Mr. Shane paints an blatantly biased story....

Truly amusing.....

Keep the Faith Fitz----

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2:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

teak said...
Are you mocking me, Stephanie?


No.

3:14 AM  
Anonymous Kathleen M. Dickson said...

The Times tried pretty hard to minimize you.

Hmmmm.

Vendetta?

4:57 AM  
Anonymous WE THE SHEEPLE said...

Institute Says British People Ready To Forget Freedom
Alleges that vast majority will accept total erosion of civil liberties in face of "terrorist threat"

Steve Watson
Infowars.net
Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The foremost social research institute in the United Kingdom has today revealed results of its annual 'Social Attitudes' survey that show an overwhelming majority of people in Britain are ready to accept ID cards, phone tapping, curfews, electronic tagging, the opening of private mail and extensions to detention without charge.

http://infowars.net/articles/january2007/240107Freedom.htm

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,,1997367,00.html

The results are mind boggling when you take into account the fact that Peanuts kill more people than terrorists, you have more chance of being struck by lightening than being a victim of terrorism, and its more likely that a lost deer or your own swimming pool will kill you than a terrorist attack will.

5:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This might seem off-topic at first sight, but it isn't when you look more closely at it.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Bush Speech Terror Claim Debunked A Year Ago

Just one of many State of the Union lies, following in the tradition of the 2003 yellowcake fraud, Bush commits an impeachable offense by knowingly lying to the American people

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A claim made by President Bush in his State of the Union speech last night, that an attack on an L.A. skyscraper had been averted, was universally debunked as a hoax by Mayors, CIA, FBI and NSA personnel and counter-terror experts nearly a year ago when it first surfaced. By regurgitating this fraud, Bush has committed an impeachable offense by knowingly lying to the American people.

5:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry!

Forgot the link. It's worth reading whether or not you agree with Watson's politics (paleoconservative/libertarian)

Elementary, my dear Watson!

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/january2007/240107terrorclaim.htm

5:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go camping. Holmes wakes Watson and says, "Look up and tell me what you deduce."

Watson says, "I see so many stars and planets. I deduce that there might be life out there."

Holmes replies, "No Watson. Someone stole the tent."

5:30 AM  
Blogger Nan said...

Mornin' JBers,

I'm waiting for the MSM news organizations to acknowledge their conflict of interest.

Recognizing I was reading Marcy's on-the-fly notes and not an official transcript, I thought Cathie Martin's initial explanation of what it meant when Administration officials talked to reporters on a "deep background" basis was telling. PJF did get her to acknowledge that the truth isn't necessarily the same thing as what the officials asserted off the record.

Anyway, let's all strive for a productive day today so we won't feel so guilty on Monday. ;-)

Cold here - -2 and only expected to get as high as 11F but that's okay.

Have a good one, everyone!

Nan

Okay - while I'm here, here's one link to Bloomberg's latest cut on the trial:

Woolner on Libby trial

7:55 AM  
Blogger jan said...

Fitz is righteous, righteously handsome! ;D

8:18 AM  
Anonymous t said...

Good Morning JB's,

Good One, Jan:-D She's telling it like it really is, Fitz

I can't wait to see what that guy looks like...I'm sure he's no hottie-unlike our PJF hehe


Have a great day all!

Yours truly taking off for DC soon, I'm sure it prove to be an interesting trip;-)

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning Everyone! :D

Happy Friday!! Especially to you Fitzie! You are absolutely the best Special Prosecutor! Your talents exceed those on the opposite team! :) :)


So, who was the idiot that made the idiot decision to invade Iraq?

U.S. invasion was "idiot decision"-Iraq vice president

T:
I'll look forward to your emails... and have a safe trip! :)

9:20 AM  
Anonymous drruth said...

I find de little bald spot cute

de very extra special prosecutor should not be prettier dan de girls, yes?

9:47 AM  
Anonymous teak said...

I like the tent joke, Anthony.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The original plan, I read, was not to fire the Army. The U.S. went back their word. With all these contractors and people out of work, homes destroyed, no electricity, bases being built, etc. -there will be despair turning into anger.

Somehow, it makes me think of NOLA and contractors. $80 billion spent I read, what have they done? Built casinos for the rich?

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/
news/politics/elections/16548649.htm

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney exerted ''constant'' pressure on the Republican former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee to stall an investigation into the Bush administration's use of flawed intelligence on Iraq, the panel's Democratic chairman charged Thursday.

In an interview with McClatchy Newspapers, Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia also accused President Bush of running an illegal program by ordering eavesdropping on Americans' international e-mails and telephone communications without court-issued warrants.

In the 45-minute interview, Rockefeller said that it was ''not hearsay'' that Cheney, a leading proponent of invading Iraq, pushed Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., to drag out the probe of the administration's use of prewar intelligence.

''It was just constant,'' Rockefeller said of Cheney's alleged interference.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous t said...

JB's Shane was kind enough to get back to me on my reasonable POV regarding his unprofessional criticism of Fitz. He wanted to make sure I had read his other stuff

It was referred to before on this blog this is my favorite part

Though he is a workaholic who sends e-mail messages to subordinates at 2 a.m. and has never married, friends say the man they call Fitzie is a hilarious raconteur and great company for beer and baseball.

Fitz yer just a good ole boy now ayn't ya heehee

Shane had you scrutinized the president this much-this country wouldn't be in such a mess.

Thanks S-Q good to see you on the blog Anthony;-)

Outta here:-)

10:37 AM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Fitzie,

LOL @ Scottie boy's disparaging & defamatory remarks.

Did you prosecute him at one time?

As a Justice Blogger and discriminating woman, I must say:

Never mind his inaccurate reporting. You are one HOT Prosecutor and man!

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
4CvoC551i2E

Sheriff Taylor teaches the law.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder if the women go ga-ga over this Shane character as they do for Fitz, wonder what he looks like?

Shane seems to be a mop, used to mop up for the rich and elite's dirty messes.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Op/Ed said...

A disservice to Scooter

I am saddened by the start of Scooter Libby's trial. What exactly did we spend millions of dollars investigating?

In the initial days of the investigation, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald determined that Dick Armitage was the source of the alleged leak of perhaps the worst kept secret in Washington and that no crime had been committed.

So what is Mr. Libby charged with? Essentially not remembering which reporter – of the many he spoke to in the run-up to war – he spoke to about Valerie Plame.

I had the honor of serving in the White House with Scooter. He is a kind, intelligent and thoughtful man. America lost a lifelong, dedicated public servant when he was forced to resign over these unfounded charges.

He will be fully acquitted, but then what? How do you give a man his life back? Will anyone even notice? Mr. Fitzgerald should be ashamed. And so should we all.

Karin B. Torgerson, Dallas

11:44 AM  
Anonymous black hills of Dakota said...

Time for a dunny break or lunch yet Calam ?

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Prosecutors normally insist on an informal account of what a witness will say before agreeing to immunity," AP continues. "It's known in legal circles as a proffer, and Fitzgerald said Thursday that he never got one from Fleischer, who was chief White House spokesman for the first 2 1/2 years of President Bush's first term."

"I didn't want to give him immunity. I did so reluctantly," Fitzgerald told the court. "I was buying a pig in a poke."

Prosecutor gave former Bush spokesman immunity in leak case

bbl..

12:01 PM  
Anonymous wise up said...

He's charged with freaking telling lies to the FBI and grand jury to cover his and Cheney's asses!!

Honest, innocent people don't lie, get with the program!

12:01 PM  
Anonymous teak said...

"He will be fully acquitted, but then what? How do you give a man his life back? Will anyone even notice? Mr. Fitzgerald should be ashamed. And so should we all."

Karin B. Torgerson, Dallas

Well Karin, how do we give those soldiers who lost their lives, were maimed, or their families they lost their loved ones, or the innocent Iraqis that never asked to be invaded by an illegal war based on LIES, LIES AND MORE LIES, how do we give their lives back? Your darling Scooter was right up in there and sadly he chose to destroy Valerie Plame's life too by outing her position in her job and possibly your safety and the safety of our nation. We don't know yet if his actions along with the fellow leakers might have gotten any agents killed.

Now Shame on you.

12:12 PM  
Anonymous No Doubt said...

that op/ed from Texas is part of a well orchestrated Barbara COmstock letter to the editor campaign, won't stop justice though. :)

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Carl's reality-based op/ed said...

Carl Bernstein

"In the current administration we have seen from the President down -- especially Vice President Cheney, Attorney General Gonzales, Condoleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld -- a willingness to ignore the great constitutional history of the United States -- to suspend, really, many of the constitutional guarantees that have made us a nation apart, with real freedoms unknown elsewhere, unrestricted by short-term political objectives of our leaders.

"Then there are the Geneva conventions: Who would have dreamed that, in our lifetime, our leaders would permit their flagrant abuse, would authorize torture, 'renditions' to foreign-torture chambers, suspension of habeus corpus, illegal surveillance of our own citizens....

"But perhaps worst, has been the lying and mendacity of the president and his men and women--in the reasons they cited for going to war, their conduct of the war, their attempts to smear their political opponents.

"Nixon and his men lied and abused the constitution to horrible effect, but they were stopped.

"The Bush Administration -- especially its top officials named above and others familiar to most Americans -- was not stopped, and has done far greater damage. As a (Republican) bumper-sticker of the day proclaimed, 'Nobody died at Watergate.' If only we could say that about the era of George W. Bush, and that our elected representatives in Congress and our judiciary had been courageous enough to do their duty and hold the President and his aides accountable."

Quzi-approved content...

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found this page with several links to articles about Republicrats and Demopublicans.

Go to www.fearnoarts.com and click on the Republicrat emblem on the upper right.

Forward it if you like it! :)

12:36 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

When your paper is journalist who are part of the White House crime wave just attack the Prosecutor. We knew it would be this way as the truth unfold. NYT is in a pickle as their paper will be seen to have the famous whore Judy Miller as their top journalist who sleep with who ever to get news and worked with the criminal WH to spread lies. With that can of news they have to attack somebody so why not Fitz.
As for the remarks about his appearance will one would think he's looked the same way for a long time why would this be news. Some woman like men with a little less hair if their smart and sweet. But of this picking on Fitz is a way to change the subject of the criminal wave by the White House.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi JB's

Busy doing a post on Gerbils energy fiasco's.

For Teak:

http://tinyurl.com/

1 Bookmark this url so you can find it when you need it'

2 Copy the large url that you want to change from your browser.

3 Then go to the tiny url site using your bookmark.

4 Copy the large url that you want to shrink into the "enter long url" window.

5 Click...and you will have a tiny url...( :

Interesting stuff on Smurf trial. I've been reading, but sometimes find that I need more gigabytes in my personal hard drive...aka Cabesa'...lol

May the force be with you Fitz.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silly me, I thought we the people elected President Bush Commander in Chief - not the press, not the public servants who stay at their desks between Presidents, not the Legislature, not the Judiciary, not the ACLU, and sure as Hell not the worldly elites who continue to toss the children under the bus to pad their pensions and keep those public squares and pristine parks neat - and quiet as the grave.

A few wiser guys from wiser days:

"The opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch." - Thomas Jefferson

"If people let government decide which foods they eat and medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who have lived under tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson

"Now what liberty can there be where property is taken without consent?” - Samuel Adams

“We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind to self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” - James Madison

"History will also afford frequent opportunities of showing the necessity of a public religion…and the excellency of the Christian religion above all others ancient or modern." -- "I have lived a long time, Sir, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that " except the Lord build the House they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest. I therefore beg leave to move- that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and hat one or more Clergy of the city be requested to officiate in that service." - speech to Constitutional Convention, June 28, 1787 -- "A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district- all studied and appreciated as they merit- are the principle of virtue, morality, and civil liberty." - Benjamin Franklin

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." - Benjamin Franklin

"Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse." - Mark Twain

''If thou wouldst rule well, thou must rule for God, and to do that, thou must be ruled by him....Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants." - William Penn, written to Peter the Great, Czar of Russia

"For a nation to be free, it is only necessary that she wills it.
For a nation to be a slave, it is only necessary that she wills it." - John Adams

"European democracy was originally imbued with a sense of Christian responsibility and self-discipline, but these spiritual principles have been gradually losing their force. Spiritual independence is being pressured on all sides by the dictatorship of self-satisfied vulgarity, of the latest fads, and of group interests." - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face in marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. Shame on the man of cultivated taste who permits refinement to develop into fastidiousness that unfits him for doing the rough work of a workaday world." - Theodore Roosevelt
...

Tokyo Rose's 3 Most Often Repeated Morale-busting Lies:

1) The President is lying to you about the war and why we're there.

2) You can't win the war.

3) The real reason you went to war is so big corporations can profit.
...

"Let me be clear.. Only the president and the executive branch can speak for the United States." - Secretary of State Madeline Albright addressing the UN, Jan. 2000.
...

"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it." - Daniel Webster

''Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.'' - Omar Ahmad, Co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

"If an attitude of skepticism were to succeed in calling into question even the fundamental principles of the moral law, the democratic system itself would be shaken in its foundations.... The United States possesses a safeguard, a great bulwark, against this happening. I speak of your founding documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. These documents are grounded in and embody unchanging principles of the natural law whose permanent truth and validity can be known by reason, for it is the law written by God in human hearts." - Pope John Paul II, Oct. 8, 1995

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ." - Patrick Henry

"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them." - FDR

"It is a worthy thing to fight for one’s freedom; it is another sight finer to fight for another man’s” - Mark Twain

"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is three-fold: It's patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within." - Stalin

"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged." - President Abraham Lincoln

"Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our Fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." - Abraham Lincoln

"The Pilgrims came to America not to accumulate riches but to worship God, and the greatest wealth they left unborn generations was their heroic example of sacrifice that their souls might be free." - Harry Moyle Tippett

"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues." - Cicero

"To be a patriot meant standing on the firm foundation of God's justice in the face of oppression, injustice, and obloquy... A true patriot as well as a genuine leader must always take the higher ground of God's law when confronted with the evils of man's law. ... Government is not the enemy, for it is ordained of God.
The enemy to freedom is tyrannical government that presumes to take the place of God." - Patrick Henry

Harry Truman: "the basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don't think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don't have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a...government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state." Feb. 15, 1950, address to the Attorney General's Conference

"No Jew ever blew himself up in a German restaurant." - Wafa Sultan, Arab American psychologist, secular free woman.

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

“If freedom of speech means anything at all, it is the freedom to say things that people do not want to hear.” - George Orwell

''The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty." - Abraham Lincoln

1:54 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald......(WH) "space, going where few have gone before".....

1:59 PM  
Blogger Night Owl said...

Jackie, the sloths at CNN have nothing else better to do than clock how many times Nancy Pelosi blinked her eyes during the SOTU.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...led by the rumpled Mr. Fitzgerald, who has a prominent bald spot and a knack for projecting righteous indignation even in the most routine exchanges of legal Ping-Pong."



Isn't that BlowJob Scott? Is that the same guy?



(I'm refraining from making use of any colorful alliteration .......)

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, now the 'Decider' is the 'Decision Maker' regarding Iraq and he hasn't made one good decision yet!

Dumbyeah we're waiting for just one good decision..I am a FIRM believer that Dumbyeah couldn't find his way out of a paper bag! LOL

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The rumpled Mr. Fitzgerald......"


Of course they'll play that charming quality up very nicely in the movie ......

That, and the donut crumbs .....

I can see it now ..... It will be so cute!

(Any movie producers lurking in here?)

The other day on firedoglake they were discussing who should play Fitz in the movie.

I voted for Fitz, of course!

How about you guys, what do you think?

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for Mr. Fitzgerald being rumpled, I've never actually seen him that way, but I've heard a few comments to that effect.

Is there any video taken of Fitz from the last week and a half that someone can post a link to?
I haven't seen him on TV at all.

:(


(Most likely because I don't watch TV.....)

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie:

The clothes don't make the man and as far as I am concerned..Fitz could be wearing jeans & a t-shirt to court. What matters is his dedicated service to this country and to see that justice is served properly. His honesty, integrity, and hard work are what will make justice work for us!

Thank you Fitzie!! :)

2:47 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Hello to Fitz and the Justice Bloggers..


s-q,

The American People are gonna teach the gerbil and his admin that the American People are the Deciders...

It's gonna be a real painful lesson for him to learn as it was for Nixon but he WILL learn it...

:)

3:33 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

Hi, guys. It's not as busy for me today. There's no court for the Libby trial today, right?

Happy Friday :D)

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Judy just said, "If you tell the truth, you don't have to have a good memory."

Little Irve cannot keep his lies straight.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEF:

Yeah, that is all I am hearing now...Impeachment! Looks like it will be a repeat of history..and some of the same players. LOL

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi CJ,

That is correct. No Libby trial on Fridays because the Judge has to tend to other business on Friday's.

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howdy JB folks...

Power to the Fitz...Sounds like he is looking like an Oregonian. A working man is not to hard to spot, and is envied by those who don't know how...G;


Wazzup with Dubya & Dupont?

4:32 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Hey Geezer! :)

S-q,

If Ambien were a Batman Villain he would be the Scheming Penguin

If gerbil devil were a Batman Villain he would be Riddler

Riddle me gerbil-speak!

Hee hee hee!

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geezer:

Yes, I do believe that Fitz is one of the hardest working crimefighters in this country! No doubt! Of course, we have to give the rest of the team some credit too! :)

GEF:

The Penguin photo didn't show up but the Riddler did and it's funny! LOLMAO

4:50 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

s-q,

Some may ask about periphery of the smurf trial...

The end is near for Cheney

Rockefeller: Cheney applied 'constant' pressure to stall investigation on flawed Iraq intelligence

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEF:

Yeah, and doesn't PNAC seem quite obvious now? We have to remember, PNAC wanted another "Pearl Harbor"..

PNAC

Project for the New American Century

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Our aim is to remind Americans of these lessons and to draw their consequences for today. Here are four consequences:

• we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global
responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future;

• we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values;

• we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad;

• we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.

Such a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the United States is to build on the successes of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness in the next."

Elliott Abrams
Gary Bauer
William J. Bennett
Jeb Bush
Dick Cheney
Eliot A. Cohen
Midge Decter
Paula Dobriansky
Steve Forbes
Aaron Friedberg
Francis Fukuyama
Frank Gaffney
Fred C. Ikle
Donald Kagan
Zalmay Khalilzad
I. Lewis Libby
Norman Podhoretz
Dan Quayle
Peter W. Rodman
Stephen P. Rosen
Henry S. Rowen
Donald Rumsfeld
Vin Weber
George Weigel
Paul Wolfowitz

PNAC Statement of Principles

5:16 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Night owl your so right but it shows how nervous these guys are. Well at lease they were looking at a pretty lady and not a dog like Judy Miller.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.rawstory.com/news/2007/
Iran_The_Road_to_Confrontation_0123.
html

Cheney is the Axis of Evil.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush rebuffed congressional criticism of his Iraq plan on Friday by insisting "I'm the decision-maker" and warned Iranians would be stopped if they attacked U.S. or Iraqi forces inside Iraq.

Bush says "I'm the decision-maker" on Iraq

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep. It's business as ususal for the evil ones. My mom used to tell me that "A wise man changes his mind buut a fool never does". I know what she was talking about now. The PNAC is Cheney's bible.

The sotu was quite a weird show, with Cheney's evil little grin, and the dark cloud over Shugs head. I wonder what kind of meds Gerbil has been on. He was standing neck deep in horse sh*t and thought that he was being cool with his ability to parrot the words of four speech writers. We are sure witnessing an interesting time in history and I sure hope that we can maintain the truth in the now, because tomorrow is the fantasy of a bunch of crazy ideologues.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

s-q,

The Democrats are honing in on the shady dealings of the gerbil admin and Ambien's syndicate tactics.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEF:

Yes, absolutely! The DEMs are exposing the truth! (That 109th rubber stamping Congress was totally useless!)

From your article..

"In the 45-minute interview, Rockefeller said that it was "not hearsay" that Cheney, a leading proponent of invading Iraq, pushed Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., to drag out the probe of the administration's use of prewar intelligence."

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEF SQ

Found the penguin

Who's that on the right Bill Kristol???

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0126/
p09s01-coop.html

http://www.rawstory.com/news/2007/
ExPentagon_Adviser_Marines_
contemplated_for_Iran_0126.html

Senator Roberts is probably getting a piece of that 200 million dollar shopping complex being built near Fort Reilly or the sports team they want. It would be interesting to see what his pay-off might be.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Geezer,

Good one! LOLMAO*)

*btw: new thread folks*

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've run into Fitz several times in Chicago and he always looks handsome. If that's rumpled, then rumpled is very, very sexy.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous t said...

Karen said He will be fully acquitted, but then what?

And when he isn't (he won't be, dear-educate yourself on the case) please come back for a piece of my delicious humble pie.

12:04 AM  

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