Feb 2, 2007

The Insanity Defense...

Clarice Feldman’s "live blogging" is certifiable.

A small sampling of clips/highlights from our favorite American Thunker holding court yesterday at JustOneMinute.

Were you at the trial today?
No--there was a spot available but I figured it would be boring today and I still have to figure out what keeps knocking out my wireless connection.

Dishing on fellow bloggers and NPR:
Jeralyn Merritt has been hands-down the most conflicted person covering this case, since she is both a Bush-bashing progressive and a defense lawyer with no natural affinity to prosecutors.
Jeralyn is a very pleasant, good natured person used to hearing 2 sides of things.

EW has to me the determined mien of an old time prohibitionist. I appreciate her stenography..the rest not so much.

On my cab ride home from the court last night I heard Nina's report. I couldn't believe we'd sat in the same trial.

You do understand these "names" run in and out--grab a quickie snippet and go on the air. Impossible to do justice to such a complex trial that way. NPR's coverage of the case generally is appalling though.

(Nina is an old friend. Decades ago when we were all young and foolish I fixed her up with Elliott Abrams. LOL I have a pic of them together which I sometimes threaten to make public.)

On Matt Cooper:
It is illogical to say that telling someone "you heard that too" constitutes confirmation. When Cooper said he took Libby's off the record "I heard that, too" as confirmation, the press room guffawed and Cooper was sheepish about that concession. Indicating in response to a question as to whether that was his normal practice, that it was what he did in this case.
It is obvious that on a lovely summer weekend running over deadline on this story, Cooper would have taken a fart as confirmation.

On the FBI and Deborah Bond:
Bond is there to introduce portions of Libby's gj testimony about what his conversation with Russert was. Then Russert will take the stand and be questioned about this.

If this transcript is going in as an exhibit, it should be online tonight and we can study it over the weekend with more than fdl's stenography to guide us.

"I heard that, too" could have been on something as unreliable as the Chris Matthews show or a David Shuster acoount. When azaghal returns ask him about this and about how the FBI deals with the various witnesses in a conspiray case.

Their notes stink.
They are half assed and self-serving
They try to get witnesses to turn by suggesting others have pointed the finger at them

And, as a capper, her memory stinks and as we've seen was utterly selective.

It is a bad move on her part, because Wells is not an asshole in questioning and it makes her look bad.

And she doesn't remember why she didn't put in his statement that he needed to read his notes to be sure of his recollection.

Let me offer a suggestion--Because it suited this case to leave out of those notes exculpatory material.

Just as it suited the govt to print only portions of the gj testimony and prior statements. Just like it suited the govt to give that outrageous presser.

Wells is establishing the investigators nibbled off chunks of the jigsaw puzzle to get the desired picture. Bond 's demeanor (and failings) are making the case for him.

We already have Miller and others saying w/o their noted they have very little to help them recall the specifics of immemorable bits of long ago conversations.
I could be wrong but I believe Swartz started out as a Ted Kennedy staffer. He was one of those who heard Armitage's confession. He and Dion handled the Berger case.

Looking at the whole picture, you know about Hillary wanting Bush to tidy up Iraq before the next President takes office? -- That's so yesterday. If she REALLY wanted Bush to do the next President a favor, after Libby is found not guilty (or pardoned) he'd clean out the DOJ, State, CIA, and, as now seems the case, the FBI. Incompetence, on top of venality, on top of political lust, on top of loose lips, on top of CYA, on top of hubris, on top of brain cramps.

But I maintain this was a different sort of investigation..one were the normal procedures weren't be followed.

I also note that normally when the FBI is dealing with political figures who can't invoke the Fifth, more care is taken to be fair--I know for a fact, less care was taken here.

And I feel certain we just got a peek of that with Bond today--

I think my old friend Szady had a role in directing this and we know Swartz and Dion and Comey did..I think a toxic stew of animue against the administration and political ambition guided this whole thing.

About Prosecutors:
Should do what the Romans did, have the Prosecutor of the Month ride thru the streets with a flunky standing behind him in the chariot, whispering "fame is fleeting" because his fame has flamed.
On my blog:
That is a spoof site by some demented Fitz groupie.
That last one hurt. ;)
I might have to charge Clarice with a BUI. A laptop, a bed, blogging, Kool-aid and Stoli = a very dangerous combination.
Have a great weekend and...Go Bears!

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62 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening folks!

TGIF!

I guess today is Skank Friday where all of the skank vultures like Mann Coulter and Gas Queen Feldman come out from the coffin to spread the negativity and pollute crapola spin of the Libby case. Dont' give any one those leeches an interview. I think the vets are giving free shots on Fridays.

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1:45 PM  
Blogger patriot girl said...

Good afternoon Biloximan.

They just keep getting better and better don't they. Would someone please throw them a bone so they will shut up?

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is it about these GOP women? Do Democrats have a monopoly on class, grace and charm?

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Afternoon, Patriot Girl:

Well, we have to inspect damage control from parasites like Coulter and Feldman. I always believe in two sides of every story. But, it just become obvious that they both in the back pocket of the Gerbil and company and make Irve look good in the media. Like I said, Fitz should put the phone off the hook if one of these two broads call him and they will call him!

2:15 PM  
Anonymous i'm not a republican said...

Anon at 2:12:

The answer to your question is YES!

GOP women are classless hags that like to defend GOP criminals.

It's what they get off on.

2:32 PM  
Blogger patriot girl said...

Biloxi-

I never worry about Fitz. He keeps his feathers well- oiled and has a good sense of humor. And as far as damage control... whomever decides to listen to these broads already has irreversable brain damage anyway.
You can't fix stupid.

Chavez sets May oil takeover date

2:34 PM  
Blogger patriot girl said...

Chavez quote:

"The president of the United States should resign, if he had the least dignity ... if only the United States had a democracy like what we have here. If only the American people could call a recall referendum."

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitz Groupie! LOLMAO That takes the prize for the dumbest quote of the day! Give her the crown! :)Clarice you are simply the dumbest person! LOL

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi SPB and PG!

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The decision affects the oil firms Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Conoco Phillips, Statoil and BP."

Man, Chavez is really sticking it to the Gerbil. Here is where the Gerbil totally screwed. By Chavez taking control, this affects the shareholders of 5 oil companis that have reaped the awards of profit for past 6 year. As this affects the shareholders, it affect the executives. As it affect yhe executives, it affects the company. As it affects the company, it affect the money that they give as donation. And there is there the Gerbil gets screwed. Chaves know the game and he knows where to hurt the chimpster.

Patriot girl, I know that Fitz has a sense of humor. I know the articles by Coulter and Feldman is nothing but downtime for him for a laugh.

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this Clarice Feldman really an attorney?

She doesn't sound too smart...

2:44 PM  
Anonymous teak said...

Richmond says:
February 2nd, 2007 at 8:23 am

EPU’d FireDogLake

A couple of days ago, in discussing the Libby letter, I noted (with others) that that Aspen may have referenced the Aspen Institute in Colorado, whose Middle East Strategy Group met August 2-7, 2003. Judy met Libby (in cowboy hat) around this time in Colorado, and probably both were at this meeting - at least Judy was. Libby’s comment the “Aspens are turning” I suggested, may have been a reference to people on this supposedly bi-partisan group who were turning away from the neo-con agenda on the war, which until then, they seem to have supported. In short I was seeking to buttress the idea that in the case of Judy and Libby, Wolfowitz, Perle, Kissinger, and many others - the war was always about ideology. There is more to support this too.

Members of the Middle East group are listed on the Aspen web site: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/site/c.huL WJeMRKpH/b.1721119/k.8BF8/Group_Members. htm
Chairs are Kissinger, Albright, Feinstein, and Hagel.

In 2003 a key focus was Iran. The August 2003 meeting topic indeed was “In Search of an American Grand Strategy for the Middle East” - see:
http://www.aspeninstitute.org/site/c.huL WJeMRKpH/b.612521/k.A3AD/Programs_by_Dat e.htm

The paper itself is here: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/atf/cf/{DE B6F227-659B-4EC8-8F84-8DF23CA704F5}/ASPE N_GRANDSTRATEGY1.PDF

This paper is a MUST READ for all Fdl’ers and others. Basically everything is laid out in it in this whole sordid mess.

Judith Miller and Fareed Zakaria are listed among the Aspen Institute - Middle East Policy members - as is magazine billionaire Mortimer Zuckerman (so the aim was to get the press involved from the outset). That Jane Harman (and Sidney Harmon)as well as Diane Feinstein are on this group (means the aim also was to rope in key Dems - who could support their agenda).
When you realize that now BOTH Brownback and Hagel who were central figures here oppose the war with vehemence, you see how much the Aspens HAVE turned. I wonder if their being “taken in” within the forest of Aspens is part of their anger.

My hunch is that for Libby (and Cheney and Rove and Bush) there was no thought that one of their own (including Miller) would ever turn (as in turn on them in court). Their real fear was that others they relied on would turn on them in support of the American war agenda in the Middle East. And that is exactly what happened. No wonder Pelosi was pissed at Harman.

Interestingly the Aspen Institute also is sponsoring something called CALME (Campaign for American Leadersip in the Middle East) and also have on board an Israeli and Palestinian business man. The site mentions that things are especially urgent now in light of the Hamas election in Israel: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/site/c.huL WJeMRKpH/b.611997/k.48CF/The_Middle_East _Strategy_Group.htm.
__________________

Sorry for all the space. Idiot here but interesting local news had on that Sam Brownback, who does indeed speak out against the "surge" now, backed off towards Bush, and last night on local news....was said to be in pickle because he has missed 20 of the last votes cast in the Senate. (I thought that is how he operates so he doesn't have to accept responsibility.) The only other person who has missed more votes than Brownback is Senator Tim Johnson. (Sam's excuse for working on Presidential bid doesn't cut it.) Maybe, he's laying low because of the Aspen "roots".

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A photo of Libby, his wife Harriet, and his attorney.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Matt Cooper said...

Clarice,

Is that comment on me farting on the record, off the record or deep background? LOL

2:57 PM  
Anonymous In a Nutshell said...

The best summary of this week's testimony. Looks bleak for Libby when put like this.

E&P

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://newsdredge.blogspot.com/

mission receding

3:17 PM  
Anonymous some demented Fitzie groupie said...

Jameson, howling and reading Clarice...BUI

Don't let that full moon get you Fitzie...

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trust me, Fitz only does two things in bed and they do not include blogging or eating crackers.

3:42 PM  
Blogger patriot girl said...

Hi s-q ( ;

SPB - you are right... as always. And I would like to say 'thanks' to you for your wealth of knowlege, and giving us bloggers a lot of insight on the rule of law, legal interpretations, and past cases.

--------------------------

Okay... I hope I don't piss anyone off here, but here's my latest letter to Ms. Pelosi. Feel free to copy and sign your name and send to her if you want... or feel free to laugh and scroll down. ( ;

Dear Mrs. Pelosi,

I am writing you in regards to the state of our country and the responsibility you have to help set things 'to rights'. I have listened to you tote your "100 hours" speeches and your goals to "clean up the swamp". I am sorry to say that I have lost all faith in your abilities as a congresswoman and as the Speaker of the House. This disappoints and saddens me greatly because I had the utmost faith in you as a person of morals and as a woman who would not back down from a bull-headed administration.

Now I see I was wrong. You have the power to give John Conyers the go-ahead, to initiate the impeachment process on the President and Vice President. This is the ONLY thing, and should have been the most important thing on your 2007 agenda, that can end the madness these two men have brought down upon our heads.

Now we are on the brink of war with Iran. We sit at the forefront of World War III and the destabilization of the Middle East, and most likely a very volatile and uncertain nuclear situation. We watch as China, Russia, Venezuela, North Korea, Syria and others build alliances and a common animosity towards the U.S. We are feeding the firestorm of terrorism when we should be trying to tamp out the flames. WE are creating genocide and torture. WE are being seen as the 'Axis of Evil'. We are building walls with many countries when we should be asserting diplomacy and strengthening our relations.

And yet you sit there. You will let Bush & Cheney lead us down another road of death and destruction. This administration has committed many treasonous offences including starting a war with a peaceful country, illegally wiretapping U.S. citizens, lying to the American people, instigating torture, violating international treaties, and changing the laws of the Constitution to suit their own purposes. They have fought for the New World Order, they have manipulated for money, oil & record profits, they have ruined the image of our country and the trust the world once had in our nation. They have tainted the lives of every US citizen.

If you stand by and do nothing to stop Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, if you sit on your pulpit and preach that you are all about ethics and the rule of law, if you look the other way while Bush signs yet more laws giving him additional power, you Ms. Pelosi are a hypocrite and a liar, and in my book you are one of them. You are doing our country the greatest disservice by allowing them to dominate, especially at a time when the majority is with you.

This is a time, you can be sure, that will be reflected in our history books. This is the moment where you decide where your loyalties lie. You and the rest of Congress are responsible for upholding the laws of our Constitution, and being 'the check and balance' of our system. You have made yourselves deaf to the calls of the people. You ignore the cry of those you say you represent. In the words of the late Molly Ivins “we are the deciders”, not George Bush! The last time I checked, this was still a democracy.

I hope one day very soon you will find the strength to be what you criticize others for not being - a responsible, strong, ethical, and trustworthy person.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Hi Biloxi, Patriot Girl, s-q, Countless Anons!

Fitz Groupies ? You mean like...

1. Oooh Can I get a copy of that tissue Fitz used to wipe his face with ? I'm gonna sell it on E-bay!
WOW, I think I see his virgin face on it!

--OR--

2. Hey I got tickets to the DOJ Annual Party! These tickets cost me 25,000 dollars a piece and they promised me that FITZ was gonna open his office for a few minutes to hear the music and have his assistant fetch him a donut.

FITZ better not renig! My friends are counting on photos of his arm as he opens the door!

--OR--

3. OMG I touched the Pen that Fitz used and dropped in the floor at the Courtroom!

I'm never washing this hand again!
AHHHHHHHHHH!!!

-----------

You mean like that Groupie ?

LOL*)

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.btcnews.com/btcnews/1583

Plame at a glance??

4:09 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Breaking...

VIDEO: HADLEY; "IT'S WORSE THAN A CIVIL WAR!"

--IMPEACH!--

4:18 PM  
Anonymous nina totenberg said...

like i said, "this is juicy stuff"

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are welcome Patriot Girl. And good luck with your letter with Pelosi.

Hi GEF:

I saw the video by the ghost of the past Hadley/Badley, the worst than civil war. Well, no kidding, Hadley!

Remove the Gerbil!!!

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the comment about groupies?? Yeah right. Not moi...I certainly not part of a Joy Luck Club on this blog.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Demented yes, SPB. ;)

4:29 PM  
Anonymous parent said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Category:American_Enterprise_Institute

http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/
story/0,,2004399,00.html

Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today.

Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The AEI has received more than $1.6m from ExxonMobil and more than 20 of its staff have worked as consultants to the Bush administration. Lee Raymond, a former head of ExxonMobil, is the vice-chairman of AEI's board of trustees.

Now what was ExxonMobil's record profits EVER just announced and why did the MSM not report this?

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Demented yes, SPB. ;)"

Whatcha talking about Anon? You meant dynamic, right, or are you suffering from memory loss too?

;-)

4:36 PM  
Anonymous laid off Exxon employee said...

It's been real and it's been fun. Thanks for the memories and sharing the profit wealth with us.

4:40 PM  
Blogger patriot girl said...

Hello to you too GEF. ( :

NYT: Pentagon altered casualty figures on website

Militants 'overrun Afghan town'

4:40 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Hi Biloxi,

quote:
I'm certainly not part of a Joy Luck Club on this blog.

'The Fitz Groupies Aka Nerds In Paradise'

"Haaaaaaa!"

Bwahahahahahahaha!

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's scary, GEF! LOL! That would scare Irve.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Biloxi,

Revenge of the Nerds!

Yep, Smurf would freak and have kittens right there!

LOL*)

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remembered that movie. And noticed that top billionares in fortune 500 companies today are nerds I remember reading Bill Gates' 10 principles and Gates said: "Be nice to nerds, You never know if you are going work for them."

"PETA said...
The cruel and inhumane living conditions afforded to the fleas on Ann are a top priority of ours this year."

I think Fitz should just put up a posting of any articles from Ann and Clarice and title it either "Beware of Dogs" or "Have your animal either spaded or neutered."

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:40p, did you figure out yet what gets bloodstains off one's hands? See it in your dreams. :(

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon at 3:42


Hee Hee Hee...

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEF:

I never could figure out why those Nerds need a whole package of Bic pens in their pocket? I mean one Bic pen lasts like 6 months! LOL

Are they the only ones that are really ready for the rapture?

Picture this...

As the people are getting ready to leave earth.. the Nerds are standing there with pen in hand.. "Bye! But before you leave sign this Power of Attorney.."

LOLMAO

5:09 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

s-q,

Aww come'on s-q admit it. You like nerds..

Not to be confused with geeks which are a seperate sub-species...

Hee hee hee!

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Trust me, Fitz only does two things in bed and they do not include blogging or eating crackers."

1. Snore
2. Scratch his butt

;-)

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEF:

Ok, I admit it.. I guess that is why I like you? LOL

5:24 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

s-q,

LOLMAO*) Ok thanks for the compliment but I'm not a Nerd..

I could pretend but then I would get caught when I fail the test..

LOLMAO*)

5:32 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Anon 5:19,

The only way you could know that is if you share his sheets at night..

hmmmm.... ;)

Hee hee hee!

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The only way you could know that is if you share his sheets at night.."

Hee Hee....

;)

5:39 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Anon 5:39,

You wish doll...

Even Mann Coulter can't get into those Pants..

Hee hee hee!

5:44 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Anon 5:39,

And Besides...That could be half of Congress that does that..

1. Snore
2. Scratch their Butts

That's general knowledge just ask their Stepford wives!

LOL*)

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEF:

I think Anon @ 5:19 is a man!! LOLMAO

5:52 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

s-q,

Well it doesn't matter s-q, if that person is sleeping with Fitz then Doll is appropriate!

hee hee!

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a little Brokeback on the blog.. Snoring and scratching butts? Not going there. But hey, snoring and scratching butts are the representation of the 109th Congress.

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEF:

You've had one too many chocolates today! Time to cut those puppies in half!!

ROFLMAO

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Full Moon Rockin'

:)

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You wish doll..."

And how would you know so much about Fitz's sleeping partner and the man's sleeping habits, GEF? Did you step out into the wild side? Hmmmm?

;-)

6:19 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Biloxi,

quote:
But hey, snoring and scratching butts are the representation of the 109th Congress.

Ain't that the truth brother...

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, GEF!

Cheers!

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Smurf is hosed...

VIDEO

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geezerpower:

That should be the headlights of every newspaper when the trial is over.

Scooter is hosed.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

I like it Biloxi, Geezer,

Let's run with that Headline when the Verdict comes in...

FLASH: "SCOOTER IS HOSED!"

If gerbil tries to pardon him then we'll tell Fitz to uncork {sealed} v. {sealed}

Muahahahahaha!

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biloxi GEF

I've been reading an artical in The Weekly Standard by Clarice Sept. 2006. Very biased and called for Fitz to drop the case. I'm surprised even that the Cheshire Cat would ok an artical like that.
I think the Standard might be worse than Faux news...lol

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEF and Geezerpower:

FLASH: "SCOOTER IS HOSED!"

Now that is what I want to see as headlights to silence the naysayers and the MSM that have constipation in the brain in analyzing the entire leak case and Libby trial.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Geezer,

It's called a polarization.

However the Dumbya-ites are loosing favor..

Conservative polls show dumbya at 29% and dropping...

Favor for the two little napoleons(Dumbya and Chainee) is falling fast!

Even Half the GOPs are in opposition.

The Sun is setting fast on the Marx Brothers and their Tyrannical party!

If they keep this up the Neo-Cons will go extinct..

But who here is gonna stop me from saying good riddance to them after 6 years of folly starting with Sept 11?

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEF:

Actually, it has been more than 6 years of folly. It actually started before 9/11... it all began with an illegal election!

Impeach Bush and Cheney!!

9:57 PM  
Blogger The MinuteMan said...

Jeralyn Merritt has been hands-down the most conflicted person covering this case, since she is both a Bush-bashing progressive and a defense lawyer with no natural affinity to prosecutors.

I am highly confident that was penned bt Tom Maguire, not CLarice Feldman.

I am also highly confident it was not intended disrespectfully, since I have been a fan of Jeralyn's for year.

But by way of contrast, compare the TalkLeft coverage to Ms. Hardin-Smith of FDL - Ms. Smith is a Bush-loathing former prosecutor; in her world, Fitzgerald walks on water except when he chooses to spread his wings and fly over it.

Tom Maguire

1:40 PM  

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