Saturday, April 28, 2007

Broder the Mark 

Back in my reckless youth, I worked in the intelligence field. For those inquiring minds out there, let's just say I had access with multiple tickets.

Consequently, when I read this, I couldn't help thinking:
Good thing Broder didn't have a Top Secret clearance and Rove wasn't a spy for the stinking commies terrorists.
But the net damage to America may have been just about the same.


Friday, April 27, 2007

Renzi: Poster Child 

So, it looks like Rick Renzi isn't going to resign today after all.

That's actually good for 2 reasons.

First, he can be the poster child for currupt Republican congresspersons who are currently being investigated by federal authorities for a plethora of reasons.

Second, Ann Kirkpatrick can stay in the state legislature a little longer. She's actually a very good representative of her district.


3 Things 

Stop me if you've heard this one.

Three things to think about:
1. Cows
2. The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments

COWS: Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our Government can track a single cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves right to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.

THE CONSTITUTION: They keep talking about drafting a Constitution For Iraq. Why don 't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS: The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this: You cannot post "Thou Shalt Not Steal," "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery," and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.

Thanks to my bro, a republican who was happy to see JD go.


If McCain cares so much about Iraq, 

why doesn't he show up when the Senate votes?

h/t Man Eegee


Corruption Convergence 

Hunter at Daily Kos plucked this jewel from a WaPo piece by Mary Ann Akers:
At the time, Feeney reported on his congressional expense report that the trip cost $5,000. But court documents released Tuesday cited Abramoff's trip as costing about $20,000 per person. Also on Tuesday, former congressional aide Mark Zachares pleaded guilty to conspiracy, revealing new information about the luxury golf expedition.

Adding fuel to the fire, Feeney's longtime former chief of staff, Jason Roe, inexplicably resigned this week from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. (Complicating Roe's life further, his wife Patty is chief of staff to Rep. Rick Renzi, who's also in the federal corruption spotlight.)
Sorta makes you go "Hmmm."

And don't you just hate it when Republican power couples are suddenly out of work? Though I don't expect we'll see them in line at the local soup kitchen any time soon.


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Helping Rick Move 

Flagstaff Democrats will be bringing boxes to Rick Renzi's office Friday afternoon at 3 pm. Everybody is pitching in to help Rick clear out as soon as possible. It's the neighborly sort of thing to do. Not that Rick was ever actually our neighbor, you understand.

h/t Ian


The Renzi Resignation 

will likely be announced on Friday afternoon.

The Republicans always announce the stuff they're embarrassed about on Friday afternoon. They hope nobody is paying attention then.


More Pubs Picking Up Renzi Resignation Rumors 

Tucson Citizen: quotes story in The Hill.

Business Journal:
His resignation could come as early as Friday or soon after, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Renzi has denied all wrongdoing and says he'll serve out his term. State Republicans also say they support him. But Republican Party operatives already are floating the names of potential candidates, including former state Senate President Ken Bennett.

Members of both parties are contemplating a special election to fill Renzi's seat if he decides to step down.
Could be fun to run against Ken Bennett, given the fine reputation the oil industry has these days.


Renzi to Resign? 

That's the hot tip from Tedski at R3, and quickly making it's way around the Arizona Lefty bloggers.

Christmas in April?


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Did the GOP Hijack the Computers 

that counted the votes in Ohio in 2004 and 2006? Go ask Avedon.

Come on. You know Karl would do it if he could. Looks like maybe he did.


Dick the Attack Dog 

Cheney. Bush calls him "Big Time." We've call him "Dead Eye."

I think now we can start calling him "D Dogg," which sounds a whole lot hipper than Dick Dogg.

UPDATE: Wait. I've got it. It's Dead Eye Dogg.


Senator Inhofe of Oklahoma 

ought to see about getting his prescription changed. Which, I guess, means he fits right in with the rest of the kool-aid chugging loons in the Republican caucus.


Renzi, Franks, Flake, Shadegg 



Quote of the Day 

from commenter Michele at TPMmuckraker:
Don't get your hopes up for any Goodling "revelations." She'll suffer from the same pathological memory loss as all of her superiors. Dems get an "A" for effort, but this cabal of scumbags is not going to relent. They feel completely justified in their devious manipulation of the DOJ. In Neocon world, the ends (make the world safe for uber-conservatives and Rapture-horny Evangelicals) always justify the means.
Yep. That about covers it.


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Renzi implicated in Gonzo-gate 8 

Josh has the juice. And Rick makes it a twofor. Nope it's a trifecta!


Rain Storm Milestones 

Yes, I've been distracted lately. Blogging has been spotty, at best.

So I forgot to notice that this humble blog celebrated its third birthday back in February. I will take notice that some lonely dude in Europe or maybe the Middle East who was searching for a little teen porn last weekend was our 50,000th visitor.

Sorry pal. Google can be so indiscreet sometimes. Hope you learned something anyway.


Monday, April 23, 2007

Bye, Dick 

In my dreams, but it's a start.


Walter Reed 

Another Building 17 tragedy.


Teens Take Risks 

I sort of thought they did. I know I did.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Taking risks may be an integral part of being a teenager, an expert on child development says.

While the part of the brain that seeks social and emotional rewards kicks into overdrive during adolescence, Dr. Laurence Steinberg of Temple University in Philadelphia explains in a new analysis of research on brain and behavior, the network responsible for impulse control doesn't reach maturity until adulthood.

This means efforts to educate kids about the consequences of their risky behavior -- from driver's education to abstinence-only sex ed -- are unlikely to be effective, says Steinberg told Reuters Health.
But, since it's science, the Rove administration can just ignore it.


Hello, DC 

Let me say that it is such a thrill to get hits from both the House of Representatives and EMILY's List in the same morning.

Honest. Stop by anytime.



Mi compadre del sur at R3, who is much more an Arizona political insider than me, says Ann Kirkpatrick is on the fast track to challenge whatever winger the Republicans throw up when Rick Renzi has to step down (can you say "indictment?" Sure. I knew you could).

She's been busy talking with folks from the DCCC about a potential run for the CD1 spot. That may explain why she wasn't returning my emails last week.

Ann is a class act. She is smart and a good campaigner, well-liked both on and off the Rez. I can't think of a better Democrat to replace Slick Rick.

Ellen Simon could take another shot. She might still have some money left, and a few deep-pocket friends who would be willing to throw more cash her way. But much of her rank and file support last time around came from CD1 Democratic women, who were delighted to have a woman in the field. I'm betting if it comes down to a fight, most of those women will go with Kirkpatrick. Think of Ann as the Gabrielle Giffords of CD1.

I'll put money on Ann. She's the one.


Sunday, April 22, 2007

Trouble in Paradise 

Digby links to a piece that says Dub is on the sauce again and Laura has moved into the Hay-Adams.

Susie says that would explain some things.


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