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April 03, 2007


If the private lawyers are compensated by the RNC or the Bush campaign committee there are at least two possible violations of law I would want to explore:

1) Gonzales taking a gratuity, a thing of value.
2) violation of campaign finance law since GWB isn't running for anything at this point is spending is pretty much limited to donations to other candidates.

I'll go you one further, Has anybody looked into whether conituning to pay for the GWB email account violates campaign finance law???????

Oh, I was using GWB somewhat metaphorically, as the signifier for all those things they do off the books.

But you raise some important issues. If Bush isn't doinking around with the RNC in hopes of getting re-elected, doesn't that make it an even clearer violation of the Hatch Act?

Vacation? Ohh no, surely you jest. This is just so Bush can lambast Congress for going on "vacation".

Rover may be down but he's not done barking.

Do we at this point have any reason to believe the selection of judges hasn't been corrupted as well? I wonder what sort of loyalty oath Alito had to cough up.

The quality, direction/spin of his testimony might be surmised simply by finding out who jumped on board with him; Victoria T? Barbara Comstock? Ben Ginsberg? Their presence will tell whether we'll hear simply spin or any kind of substance.

is there any way that the AG can get anything but a private lawyer? All else would seem to be completely illegal as he would use resources he is not entitled to.

let's face it. it's them against us. and they have voted to kill us. and they are going to bankrupt the treasury so that they can gain the absolute power if they don't have enough now.


I was thinking it might be Ben Ginsberg. The perfect mix of representation of party and representation of law.

Perhaps a bit off topic, but certainly related to any discussion of a runaway administration. There has been a lot of reporting on NPR and now a post on Raw Story related to "BLACKWATER" - the massive contract security force that can really only be understood as a private army. Run by men with strong neo-con ties, and building private bases with money from government contracts. Man o' man if there were ever anything that needs nipped in the bud. Do we really want the neocons to have a private army? This to me is far and away the most ominous sign yet of the very real threat our current leadership poses to our 'democracy'.

yo, dismayed

bring them on

the neocon freepi wouldn't survive 10 minutes in my neighborhood

did I ever mention that I live about 10 blocks from the central headquarters of a "Bloods" gang ???

Around my house, you don't wanna be outside at midnight on New year's Eve, falling bullets and all, you know ...

we also got "Crips" that live a few miles away

and then there are the parts of town where the cops won't go at night ... (I don't go there much after dark either)

frightened pasty white fat guys with guns don't scare me much

I live in a town where we got thousands of people who would relish the opportunity to shoot the freepi

they might even do it for free

let the freepi mastadon come forth

bty, I don't live anywhere near Los Angeles

I live closer to Frisco than LA (close enough to know that calling it "frisco" pisses them off, far enough away that I don't care that it pisses them off)


Ha. Fortunately, we have lots o' guns here in TX as well, although I'm afraid we could get surrounded here in Austin. Still, I don't like this Blackwater thing. Private military bases, no thanks.

The question of Abu's attorneys and who is paying for them is a good one.

And there are so many others, including: have any of the interim attorneys taken office and begun to perform their duties? If so, cannot they be called before the Judiciary Committee to discuss their actions thus far, along with their qualifications?

Why hasn't Griffin been hauled up to account for himself? He's a government employee, after all. Is he on the USA payroll? What cases is he currently pursuing? I'd say Congressional oversight is quite appropriate.

Blackwater's new haunt, the tiny town of Potrero, looks to be quite close to the CA/Mexico border...800+ acres, helped through the approval process by the friendly hands of Duncan Hunter, whom I seem to remember had a 3rd cousin once removed relationship to the MZM/Cunningham adventure. I wonder if Blackwater is hoping to help stem that nasty illegal immigrant problem that Carol Lam was fired over.

Same old actors, different day.

Veritas 78, Griffin became USA under the provisions inserted into the Patriot in the wee hours, the AG appointed him to a full term. The only way to get him before the Senate is to first get Gonzales out, and as part of a confirmation package for a new AG -- require that all Senate-unconfirmed AG's be sent up for confirmation in a short time span. Then the Senate can hear him and decide whether to confirm him. If he is not confirmed, then the President would have to nominate a new candidate USA. The vacancies they filled under the provisions of the Patriot Act (now repealed) were law from last fall till just a few weeks ago. This is why making the office of Attorney General vacant is so important. If Gonzales doesn't read the writing on the wall, Conyers may have to start impeachment proceedings to push just a little harder.

What we are watching is one of the most interesting "claw back's" of power on the part of Congress in decades. In both the House and Senate the vote on revoking the special provision of the Patriot Act is stunning -- totally veto-proof. I think it was 94-2 in the Senate, and in the House they got half the Republicans. They even managed to get Spector to go on as a co-author of the revocation. (he had to eat his own shit.) Between this issue and the play out of the war funding bill -- it is just beautiful to watch what's happening. But they may have to do a couple more "claw back's" before the message gets through GWB's thick skull.

Today MPR on the noon forum from the Humphrey Institute, our new Senator, Amy Klobuchar gave a report on the coordination now in process between the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee with regard to Global Warming. Of course she is just a very junior member of both -- but she presented it as how Harkin (chair of ag) and Boxer (chair of Ev) are crafting all the elements of a major alternative energy policy -- the research, the demo projects, the policy questions all in a totally integrated way. It is really too bad the press isn't covering this, because unlike Cheney's energy policy efforts, this is all being done up-front and in public. Amy had great fun with Inhofe comments, reprising Boxer's theme that elections have consequences. Apparently Inhofe has virtually no support on the Republican side of the Aisle.

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