A Fine Piece of Fuckery – The W.R. Grace Verdict

Ah, the W.R. Grace verdict of “not guilty.” I wanted to let the verdict sink in before attempting to write coherently and without the use of any variation of fuck, i.e., fuckery, motherfuckers – that kind of thing. It hasn’t worked.

Because – it could indeed be defined as a fine piece of fuckery.

The thing most stunning was the length of time the jury spent in consultation and deliberation. Continue reading

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IN YOUR FACE!

High court rejects GOP bid in Ohio voting dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with Ohio’s top elections official in a dispute with the state Republican Party over voter registrations.

The justices on Friday overruled a federal appeals court that had ordered Ohio’s top elections official to do more to help counties verify voter eligibility.

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, faced a deadline of Friday to set up a system to provide local officials with names of newly registered voters whose driver’s license numbers or Social Security numbers on voter registration forms don’t match records in other government databases.

Ohio Republicans contended the information for counties would help prevent fraud. Brunner said the GOP is trying to disenfranchise voters.

This involved, among others, ACORN.  The Cleveland Plain Dealer as well. Continue reading

Scooter Disbarred!

Update: (Mar. 21st) • Before moving on for the day, my friend Nolo at ‘Indict Dick Cheney‘ points me over to Empty Wheel’s follow-up question on Scooter’s disbarment. It’s succinct –

Oh, look – Scooter can’t practice law (in D.C.) any longer.

The D.C. Court of Appeals issued it’s two page opinion today (PDF form).

DCCA Opinion No. 07-BG-179: In re I. L. Libby

ORDERED that I. Lewis Libby, Jr. is disbarred from the practice of law in the District of Columbia, and his name shall be stricken from the roll of attorneys authorized to practice before this court. It is

FURTHER ORDERED that for purposes of reinstatement respondent’s disbarment will run from the date on which he filed an affidavit which conforms to the requirements of D.C. Bar R. XI, § 14 (g). *

* As noted on the Court’s website, that date was June 12, 2007.

CNN has a short blip.

“When a member of the Bar is convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude, disbarment is mandatory. …….. When convictions on more than one count are involved, disbarment is mandated if any one of them involves moral turpitude,” the court added.

For the Dimwitted Davids Out There

I guess in the excitement of no one flipping out on Pete Stark’s remarks until he said it for the third time THIS was overlooked.schipking.jpg

I think this classifies as a personal attack on a sitting member of Congress, don’t you?

Rep Steve King (R-IA) put this sign up during the recent SCHIP debate

As Tim Grieve writes at ‘The War Room’ – Salon.com

If you live somewhere other than Iowa or New Hampshire and you’re getting a little tired of hearing how the smart and sober-minded residents of those great states are uniquely qualified to limit your presidential choices … well, this isn’t going to help.”

Really…. as Tim points out, Rep. King is the same idiot who proposed building an electric fence along the U.S./Mexico border. After all apparently to King, there was little difference in shocking illegals and animals.

As for the claim seen on the board ‘Hillarycare for Illegals and their parents’ it’s a flat-out lie. The Center on Policy and Budget Priorities reports:

The charge revolves around a provision of the new legislation that is designed to remedy serious problems that have arisen in the wake of a poorly designed provision enacted in 2006. The provision enacted in 2006 has turned out to impose more burdensome requirements on U.S. citizens applying for Medicaid than on eligible legal immigrants who apply, and has caused thousands of poor, eligible citizen children and parents to be denied entry into Medicaid, or to have their entry into the program delayed. Many of these children and parents became or remained uninsured as a result.

I wonder if Iowans feel about Rep. King as we do about Larry Craig right about now?

Oops – almost forget this by Wonkette.

King, Steve of Iowa Doesn’t Seem to

Mind Using Slurs That

Disrupt Intellectual Exchange.

Failure Resulted in Overriding Medical

Coverage Annulment so No Children can Earn health Reimbursement.

Mitch McConnell – Liar, Liar

The Louisville Courier-Journal has a story this morning on Mitch McConnell’s statements to WHAS in Louisville. And just look at that headline – whoo-boy!

McConnell knew of e-mails about boy.

Now one of the most telling things I noticed was this below from McConnell’s communications director, Don Stewart, who sent a ‘follow-up e-mail last night (apparently, Oct 16th – Tuesday) to the Courier-Journal, in which he reiterated that McConnell’s answer to WHAS that “there was ‘no involvement whatsoever’ ” was accurate.”

“The blogs started this story on Oct. 6 — two days before I pointed it out and spiked it. This story started and ended in the blogs,” Stewart wrote. “I told reporters there was ‘no story.’ I told Sen. McConnell that I spiked the story. That is 100 percent accurate.”

Sooo, it’s the fault of those damned blogs. But wait, Donnie – didn’t you leak the info to ‘a blog?’ (Red State come to mind?) I’m sure there are some ‘out there’ and specifically in the U.S. Congress who undoubtedly think blogs and more specifically, liberal blogs, are a blight on the dissemination of their lies and tactics. Blogs play as important a role as pamphlets did in the time of the American Revolution. Blogs are dangerous.

Now – in the event you think your lying ears and eyes might be deceiving you when you see Mitch’s lips (?) moving, there’s a transcript from the C-Journal’s page – down just a bit, to the right.

 

Here is a transcript of WHAS reporter Mark Hebert’s interview Friday with Sen. Mitch McConnell:

Hebert: Was there an indication that your office was trying to push reporters to go dig into this 12-year-old’s background?

McConnell: No.

Hebert: Then what was the deal with the e-mail?

McConnell: What?

Hebert: What was the deal with the e-mail from your staffer?

McConnell: There was no involvement whatsoever.

Hebert: From your staff?

McConnell: None.

I read a couple of blogs from Kentucky, BlueGrass Roots and Bluegrass Report; Ditch Mitch (Cliff Schecter is there – one of my favorite bloggers), and there is always The Hillbilly Report.

Over at The Gavel, there’s a number of others who reveal how they were helped by the version of the CHIP program in their varied states. Being poor is not an easy task.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention – Mitch is married to Elaine Chao, the Department of Labor secretary responsible for this.

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[Why Kentucky, you might ask? I was stationed at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky assigned to the hospital there for a 6-month stretch. A few years later my husband was stationed at Ft. Knox assigned to the Blood Bank for 2-1/2 years. We loved Kentucky; we just loved home more.]

Denied, Larry – now what?

Just walked in the house from grocery nappin’ (bits of this-n-that) and the cats were watching CNN, and I heard this:

‘A judge denies Larry’s motion to withdraw his guilty plea.’

Yep – here’s the big bold headline on CNN

A Minnesota judge has rejected Sen. Larry Craig’s bid to withdraw his guilty plea stemming from a men’s room sex sting arrest.

snoop-happy-dance.gifCom’ on, Larry – we need to break out in that Snoopy happy dance

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….. Soon!

 

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Where’s Larry today?

That’s kind of an important question. I mean, he did say he was uh, leaving…..

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…… well, he will hang on until someone drags his arrogant ass out.

Yep – stick to this, Larry. I mean /snort/, I believe ya, dude.

On Wednesday, Craig issued a statement saying that the court hearing was a “major step in the legal effort to clear my name. The court has not issued a ruling on my motion to withdraw my guilty plea. For now, I will continue my work in the United States Senate for Idaho.”

(If so inclined, here are some letters to the editor in the Idaho Statesman today.)