Tuesday, March 28, 2006

more white house indictments sought -- Rove and Hadley!

(the wheels of justice turn slow, but at least they turn. this is from truthout -- brook)

It may seem as though it's been moving along at a snail's pace, but the second part of the federal investigation into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is nearly complete, with attorneys and government officials who have remained close to the probe saying that a grand jury will likely return an indictment against one or two senior Bush administration officials.

These sources work or worked at the State Department, the CIA and the National Security Council. Some of these sources are attorneys close to the case. They requested anonymity because they were not permitted to speak publicly about the details of the investigation.

In lengthy interviews over the weekend and on Monday, they said that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has started to prepare the paperwork to present to the grand jury seeking an indictment against White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove or National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.

Although the situation remains fluid, it's possible, these sources said, that Fitzgerald may seek to indict both Rove and Hadley, charging them with perjury, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy related to their roles in the leak of Plame Wilson's identity and their effort to cover up their involvement following a Justice Department investigation.

The sources said late Monday that it may take more than a month before Fitzgerald presents the paperwork outlining the government's case against one or both of the officials and asks the grand jury to return an indictment, because he is currently juggling quite a few high-profile criminal cases and will need to carve out time to write up the indictment and prepare the evidence.

In addition to responding to discovery requests from Libby's defense team and appearing in court with his attorneys, who are trying to obtain additional evidence, such as top-secret documents, from Fitzgerald's probe, the special prosecutor is also prosecuting Lord Conrad Black, the newspaper magnate, has recently charged numerous individuals in a child pornography ring, and is wrestling with other lawsuits in his home city of Chicago.

Details about the latest stage of the investigation began to take shape a few weeks ago when the lead FBI investigator on the leak case, John C. Eckenrode, retired from the agency and indicated to several colleagues that the investigation is about to wrap up with indictments handed up by the grand jury against Rove or Hadley or both officials, the sources said.

The Philadelphia-based Eckenrode is finished with his work on the case; however, he is expected to testify as a witness for the prosecution next year against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff who was indicted in October on five counts of perjury, obstruction of justice, and lying to investigators regarding his role in the leak.

Hadley and Rove remain under intense scrutiny, but sources said Fitzgerald has not yet decided whether to seek charges against one or both of them.

(much more at link... click on post title -- brook)

Monday, March 27, 2006

it's a matter of interpretation

(so, scalia likely flipped-off a gaggle of Boston-area reporters and now has his PR people denying it. am i the only one who thinks it sounds less Supreme Court-y to loudly proclaim Sicilian connections at "a special mass for lawyers and politicians?" does that sound like a booty call or what? -- brook)

BOSTON, March 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia startled reporters in Boston just minutes after attending a mass, by flipping a middle finger to his critics.

A Boston Herald reporter asked the 70-year-old conservative Roman Catholic if he faces much questioning over impartiality when it comes to issues separating church and state.

"You know what I say to those people?" Scalia replied, making the obscene gesture and explaining "That's Sicilian."

The 20-year veteran of the high court was caught making the gesture by a photographer with The Pilot, the Archdiocese of Boston's newspaper.

"Don't publish that," Scalia told the photographer, the Herald said.

He was attending a special mass for lawyers and politicians at Cathedral of the Holy Cross, and afterward was the keynote speaker at the Catholic Lawyers' Guild luncheon.

(here's the retraction courtesy of the AP -- brook)

Justice Scalia gives a sign, but no finger

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia used an Italian hand gesture when questioned by a reporter after attending church this past weekend.

The Boston Herald reported Monday that the justice made "an obscene gesture under his chin" - which prompted some online reports that Scalia had used his middle finger.


"It was a hand off the chin gesture that was meant to be dismissive," Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

Scalia, 70, is Italian and known for wisecracks in and out of court.

The sign he used in Boston is frequently used by Italians to express displeasure with someone - from mild to deep irritation. It is done by cupping the hand under the chin and flicking the fingers like a backward wave.

Scalia was leaving Mass on Sunday at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross when the reporter asked the justice if he had to deal with much flak related to his conservative Roman Catholic beliefs, according to the newspaper.
"You know what I say to those people?" Scalia said before making the gesture, according to the paper's account. "That's Sicilian."
The paper said that Scalia also said: "This is my spiritual life. I shall lead it the way I like."

Anagram Fun

While reading Marks funny anagrams, I decided to try and post something when all of a sudden his post disappeared, along with the KFC rant. Could it be a chicken conspiracy? Anyway, I went to the website he mentioned, anagramgenius.com and tried it out and came up with some hilarious conversions:
1. Dildos outlawed in Tennessee brought forth the anagram: Lowest, deadliest innuendos. To which I laughed my ass off! (If only we could do that!)
2. Bill to outlaw dildos in Tennessee brought forth...One-sided bullnose titillates now.
3. Bill Edwards is awesome....I am weasel-worded bliss
4. KFC conspiracy....Fancy sick crop

Needless to say it brought me hours of mindless fun! Thanks Mark!

Friday, March 24, 2006

It poses a question...

Recently Sen. George Allen (R-VA) is quoted as saying that he was "at a Gay Pride Festival in Philadelphia, and there was a peaceful group reciting verses from the Bible across the street. They were arrested for assault."

Ok, so if he wasn't arrested himself, and surely the dreaded liberal MSM would have reported that, it kinda makes you wonder what Sen. Allen was doing at a gay pride festival.......

Saturday, March 18, 2006

A Heroine for Modern America

I was chatting with Joe Corso the other day and reminded him that back in 1984 I had told him and fellow students about this new band from Ireland that I swore was going to change the world, U2. At the time they all laughed at the black leather wearing rock and roll guy in the class (although this class was in Nashville) but here it is 22 years later and Bono is up for the Nobel Peace prize, so it would seem that I was right after all. I mention this only to show that I did not know the guys in U2 personally then and still don't, so you can beleive me when I promise I had nothing to do with this:

"LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Concerned about politicizing her favorite charity, singer-actress Jessica Simpson on Wednesday turned down a invitation to meet with U.S. President George W. Bush, a snub that left Republicans dismayed.

The apparent final word that Simpson would be a no-show at a major Republican fund-raiser with Bush and congressional leaders on Thursday night came after a day of conflicting reports from her camp and organizers of the event.....

"It just feels wrong," one Simpson insider told Reuters on Wednesday, adding that the actress keeps her political views private. "She would love to meet the president and talk about Operation Smile ... but she can't do it at a fund-raiser for the Republican Party."

NRCC spokesman Carl Forti said he was surprised at Simpson's position.

"It's never been a problem for Bono," he said, referring to the U2 rock star who has met regularly with political leaders of all stripes to promote various causes, including Third World debt relief. "I find it hard to believe she would pass up an opportunity to lobby the president on behalf of Operation Smile."

Well golly fuck Carl, maybe our sweet Jessica has more moral integrity than Bono,,, ya think? Maybe she has seen what happens to performers that go the way of the darkside (just look at Ted Nugent! No amount of support from Frankie will ever make him ok again in my book.)

My hats off to you Jessica!

And before some people start gossiping, let me say right now that I have not seen Jessica at all in the last 3 weeks.

(this post is in no way a cheap excuse to post pictures of Jessica, just thought my readers should know that)

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

i'm not making this up -- BILL TO OUTLAW DILDOS IN TENNESSEE!

introduced by Representative Eric H. Swafford (R-TN) House District 025

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 9, is amended by
adding the following new section:

(a) A person commits the offense of distributing unlawful sexual devices when the person knowingly sells, advertises, publishes or exhibits to another person any three-dimensional device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs, or offers to do so, or possesses such devices with the intent to do so.

(b) A person commits the offense of wholesale distributing unlawful sexual devices when the person distributes for the purpose of resale any three-dimensional device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs, or offers to do so, or possesses such devices with the intent to do so.

(the bill outlines punishment for possessing such "3D devices" -- up to $50,000 and 10 years in jail! who knew latex novelties could be so subversive! maybe we could all let him what we think of this. maybe he just hasn't met a dildo he likes yet. maybe we could rectify this. on a side note... i was listening to On Point regarding the new TN abortion legislation and one of the lawmakers ACTUALLY said that restricted abortion laws are all about REDUCING SEX. it was the end of the interview so there was no follow-up. it was like seeing the Wiz in the booth. they could give a shit about BABY KILLING -- it's the sex they are worried about -- brook)

here's how to reach him!

PO Box 192
Pikeville, 37367
Phone: (423) 447-3303
Fax: (615) 253-0208

Monday, March 13, 2006

The News from Washington

From the Washington Post:

"When Claude Allen, President Bush's longtime domestic-policy adviser, resigned suddenly on Feb. 9, it baffled administration critics and fans. The White House claimed that Allen was leaving to spend more time with his family, while the Washington Times speculated that the 45-year-old aide, a noted social conservative, might have quit to protest a new Pentagon policy about military chaplains. Allen himself never publicly explained the reason for his departure.

"News today may shed light on the mystery of Allen's resignation. According to the Montgomery County Police Department, Allen was arrested yesterday and charged in a felony theft and a felony theft scheme. According to a department press release, Allen conducted approximately 25 fraudulent 'refunds' in Target and Hecht's stores in Maryland."

Let's see, First releasing the names of CIA agents, then fraud, then assault, what's next with these guys? Is Rumsfeild going to start writing bad checks?

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Local News Update

Well I guess by now most of my regular readers have heard about the Travis/Sarah breakup and are wondering what if any my role in this latest Bachelor tragedy I had. Folks, let me assure you that what with the Jessica/Nick thing still being fresh in the collective social conscience of America ole’ Bill is laying low. I can assure you that I have not seen Sarah since her return from Paris.

You are probably asking yourself “why bring it up Bill? Why put yourself thru all that turmoil?” Well I think it is best to be proactive in these matters. Sure my handlers are saying “Don’t take a position” and “Just say no comment” but that’s not the way Bill operates. Besides, the John Hancock Champions on Ice are coming to town in May and I want Tanith, Michelle, and Sasha to know Bill is still on the market!