Friday, July 20, 2007

Slowly the media is catching up.

Note the date of my last post. Yup, that says July 14th. The Washington Post finally realized this was a rather big deal today. How is that for crack reporting.

Wa Po story

"Mark J. Rozell, a professor of public policy at George Mason University who has written a book on executive-privilege issues, called the administration's stance "astonishing."
"That's a breathtakingly broad view of the president's role in this system of separation of powers," Rozell said. "What this statement is saying is the president's claim of executive privilege trumps all.""

Saturday, July 14, 2007

President or King, we will know soon.

The Republicans may want to take a deep breath and consider what extensive powers they are about to give the President. If a Democrat wins the next election (s)he will be able to do just about what ever (s)he wants.

Here is the article by John Dean.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Senate prayer disrupted.

Since when is it that the prayer in our Senate has to be Christian? Listen while this man tries to read a wonderful invocation. He is called an abomination by some misguided fool.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The War in Iraq is costing us 12 billion every month. That is about $40 for every American. When I do the math, the war is costing my family $1,920 this year. I could think of a lot better ways to spend this.

By the way, this cost is not reflected in our government budget. It is "off the books." Our government is already going into debt about 2,000 per person each year, because they cut taxes when they did not have the money. When you add it up, this year my family will go into debt $10,000 just based on the government spending more than it takes in. I wonder when we will have to pay this off?

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Brothel Bust in Minneapolis

"The 41-year-old 3M engineer from Woodbury sat quietly on the bed in his underwear, arms behind his back in handcuffs."

I live in the city with my family. I am frustrated by families that move to the suburbs for "safer neighborhoods" and then come into the city to participate in crime. They come back to buy drugs or hire women for sex. The hypocrisy is amazing to me.

We have good friends that helped shut down a house of prostitution in their wealthy city neighborhood five years ago. They kept track of the license plates of the johns going in and out of the house.

When the police investigators ran the plates they found over 90% of the men lived in the suburbs. One was even a police officer, another was on the suburban city council. Most of the johns were family men that would stop by for sex on their way to or from their white collar jobs in the city. Almost all had families with children.

I often wonder how much safer the city would be if suburban men did not use our wonderful city to buy drugs and pay for sex.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Armitage leak does not exonerate Libby

From Media Matters:

"Media still repeating false claim that Armitage role in Plame leak exonerates Libby
Following President Bush's decision to commute the prison sentence for former vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, media figures have continued to repeat the false claim that former deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage's role as columnist Robert D. Novak's original source for Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA operative proves Libby was not involved in the leak of her identity. However, as Media Matters for America has previously noted, the fact that Armitage was the original source for Novak's column revealing Plame's identity is not inconsistent with Libby's disclosure of Plame's identity -- specifically, to then-New York Times reporter Judith Miller -- before the publication of Novak's column.

On the July 3 edition of NBC's Today, Weekly Standard editor William Kristol claimed: "Scooter Libby does not deserve to go to jail. I would remind Joe Wilson that Scooter Libby did not leak Valerie Plame's name. Richard Armitage told Robert Novak, we now know, about Valerie Plame's name, so this was an investigation that should never have happened. There was no underlying crime." Kristol was referring to former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, Plame's husband, who reportedly issued a statement saying that "the president's actions send the message that leaking classified information for political purposes is acceptable" and that "Mr. Libby not only endangered Valerie and our family, but also our country's national security."

As Media Matters has previously documented, journalist Murray Waas noted in his book The United States v. I. Lewis Libby (Union Square Press, June 2007), Miller testified on January 30 that Libby had disclosed Plame's CIA employment to her at a July 8, 2003, breakfast meeting at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C., well before Novak publicly revealed it in his July 14, 2003, column. As Media Matters has also noted, it is likely of little significance whether Libby disclosed Plame's name, as opposed to the identity of Joseph Wilson's wife as a CIA employee, to a reporter.

From the edited trial transcript of Miller's January 30 testimony during Libby's trial, included in Waas' book:

Q: Did there come a time following the publication of [Ambassador Joseph] Wilson's op-ed [July 6, 2003] that you met with Mr. Libby again?
A: Yes.
Q: When was that?
A: July 8th.
Q: Was there discussion at any time about Mr. Wilson's wife [Plame] on this occasion?
A: Yes.
Q: Can you tell us what you recall about that?
A: Yes. Mr. Libby was discussing what he called two streams of reporting on uranium and on efforts by Iraq to acquire sensitive materials and components. He said the first stream was reports like that of Joe Wilson. Then he said the second stream, and at that point he said, once again, as an aside, that Mr. Wilson's wife worked at WINPAC.
Q: Can you tell us what WINPAC is?
A: Yes, WINPAC is, stands for Weapons Intelligence Non-Proliferation and Arms Control. It's a part of the CIA which is specifically focused on weapons of mass destruction.

More here

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Who will pay the piper?

From Greenwald:

"We have the country we have -- one in which our most powerful political leaders are literally beyond the reach of the law in every sense, where we casually invade and bomb and occupy countries that have not attacked us, where our moral standing in the world has collapsed with good reason, where we are viewed on every continent in the world as a rogue, dangerous and lawless nation -- because we are ruled by a Beltway elite and political press that is sickly and cowardly and slavish at its core. "

Libby skates with 5mil in his defense fund.

I can hear it now: "but his still has to pay the $250,000 fine." Yeah right, he has five million dollars that have been donated to his defense fund.

Libby's only punishment for lying to a Grand Jury and the FBI during an investigation of the outing a CIA agent, in a time of war, is he will have to show up for his probation meetings for the next two years.

I agree with Josh Marshall:

"Many others will note this but I feel obliged to do so for the record. The real offense here is not so much or not simply that the president has spared Scooter Libby the punishment that anyone else would have gotten for this crime (for what it's worth, I actually find the commutation more outrageous than a full pardon). The deeper offense is that the president has used his pardon power to shortcircuit the investigation of a crime to which he himself was quite likely a party, and to which, his vice president, who controls him, certainly was."


By the way, if you really think that it was Armatage that outed Plame then why did Scooter lie?