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clarice

Ever the gentleman, TM, shows us how it's done in his thanks to Media Matters, Blue.

hit and run

A Democratic leadership source, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the plans are not final, said Pelosi is likely to reorganize House committees to streamline jurisdiction over security matters.


Well, if anonymity was granted "because the plans are not final" - we can expect that when the plans are final, this source will be willing to go on record?

vnjagvet

Leakers, huh? Oh, my! Now the shoe is on the other foot!

clarice

I believe BTW that the judge who just issued that risible money decision is our own Judge Robertson who left the FISA court under circumstances where he was a reasonable suspect as a leaker re the NSA program. Even before that this vainglorious poppinjay was a thorn in the govt's side re the issuance of FISA warrants.

clarice

And then (per Instapundit) there's another stupid Dem Congressional appointment in the wings--even TPM hates the notion.

This from the lefty TPM:
[quote]
The leadership ambitions of two senior Democrats have already been deep-sixed for their murky ethics histories. Here's a third Democrat heading for a powerful post whom folks may want to keep an eye on.

Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) is under investigation by the FBI. And he's set to assume a top post which would put him in control of the FBI's budget. Neat trick, eh?

The FBI's probing Mollohan for possible violations of the law arising from his sprawling network of favors and money which connects him to good friends via questionable charities, alarmingly successful real estate ventures, and hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarked funds.

The investigation appears to be active and ongoing. We're told that the Feds continue to gather information on the guy. Yet the Democrats look poised to make Mollohan the chairman of the panel which controls the purse strings for the entire Justice Department -- including the FBI.[/quote]

http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/002059.php

Gary Maxwell

Murky ethics history = lots of Democrat politicians. Is this really the way to ensure a long honeymoon as the new majority party? Sheesh you would think Karl Rove was giving them advice or something. Hey maybe ... NAWWH not even he is that good.

topsecretk9

--Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) is under investigation by the FBI.--

Remember people, he was the Dem leader on the ethics committee, just this year!

ic

Those who have voted for the Dems solely on their promises were brain dead.

Ranger

And the new Dem approach to imigration seems to be 'we won't build a fence, and we won't enforce the law, but we really do oppose illegal imigration as a national security issue'

Via Power Line:

http://powerlineblog.com/archives/016055.php

"...Enter Rep. Bennie Thompson (D. Miss.) who is in line to become chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. Thompson has warned Cintas that it may face criminal charges if it fires any employee for presenting false social security numbers in order to obtain employment. Thompson says he's concerned that the immigrant community is the target of "potentially discriminatory actions." But, inasmuch as Cintas provides the "targets" with the opportunity to explain their situation, the only discrimination it contemplates would be against illegal aliens who lied to get their jobs. The fact that this bothers the chairman to-be of the House Homeland Security Committee bothers me. Thompson, by the way, reportedly visited the Grand Cayman Islands courtesy of Jack Abramoff in 1997."

Maybe it is time to start a list of damaged Democrats and see how many survive in thier chairmanships in the new congress. I have a feeling a few are going to get thrown under the bus in the next few months if they keep this up, as I am sure Nancy wants to keep her current position after the 2008 election cycle.

lurker

Good idea, ranger!

And I'm not surprised. Had the dems not won the 11/7 election, we wouldn't see the article posted by the Media Matters, right?

anonymous

The Democrats haven't even been sworn in yet and they have pretty much turned back into the Democrats of 1990

Pofarmer

Isn't it amazing when the whole "culture of corruption" thingy starts swinging the other way?

Jane

As much as I fear for the country, it really is fun to watch.

clarice

Isn't it though? I keep thinking I ought to write this up but each day brings an even more amusing pratfall.

Jane

Oh keep a diary Clarice. You could do a monthly run-down. Hell I'd pay to subscribe to that.

You know we knew all about this corruption going in. The left, as always, had their heads up their asses.

Pofarmer

I rather think the MSM's head was up the Dim's asses. But, whatever floats your boat.

clarice

Okay--Let's see if I have it all

Murtha/Hoyer fight
Hastings/Harman fight
Mullohan
Nancy and Al Qaeda


And they aren't even sworn in yet.

richard mcenroe

Jane:

a. Lefties are upset about the corruption of their own, in fact, it's a selling point. How can you worry about being forced to keep a higher standard when you can point to Ted, Bill, Murtha, Reid, Pelosi, Mollohan and Jefferson?

b. The amazing thing is that the Democrats thought they could continue business as usual even in FRONT of the cameras. They've mistake the media's BDS for actual approval.

c. Look for a lot of pissed-off lefties in the very near future as the Democrats realize they can't possibly deliver on all their mutually-contradictory promises ("I'm a social conservative Democrat and that's why I support gay marriage!") I've already got my STOP PELOSI'S WAR sign ready for the marches...

clarice

What about calling it the Perils of Pelosi?

richard mcenroe

Sorry, that should have been, "Lefties are NEVER upset about the corruption of their own..."

anonymous

Wasn't Harry Reid whining and complaining that the Republicans will leave them appropriations bills to finish and that they the work will just be too hard.

Poor baby.

JAL

Here's a starter, Ranger --
http://www.citizensforethics.org/press/pressclip.php?view=672

CREW (a Democrat group -- look up Melanie's credentials) does manage to list a few Democrats. They did have a hissy fit when Murtha was thought to be in the running for the chairmanship. Anyone hear anything from them about Mollohan?

And this: (The list is elsewhere -- but this is what I found first.) Just for fun.
http://www.rightsideredux.com/2006/01/abrahamoff-scandal-details.html

narciso

Harry Reid, the Mormon from Las Vegas; characerized by the wiser Smucker's
brother in Casino, and Pelosi, from the
city where ballot boxes were found floating
in the bay, during a recent City Commission
rate. Both hometowns, ironically, would be prime targets for Jihadists

Sue

A democratic pundit on H&C just clarified Pelosi's position for us. When Pelosi said 'all' of the 9/11 commission recommendations, she meant 'some more'. I'm paraphrasing, but that was the gist of the pundit's response. She vehemently denies that Pelosi is not going to implement port security, first responders, etc. A commission will be formed to figure out the appropriations committees.

SunnyDay

Kerry is on!!

I think I'll vacuum my floor now.

clarice

I'm listening to that fop John Carry (Wink) on H & C..He makes my teeth itch though he apparently has spent time with a communications coach..he's canned that deep, sonorous, condescending tone of voice. Nevertheless the message is still puerile.

Sue

Clarice,

I noticed that too. His voice is the same, but the tone is different.

He makes my teeth itch

Nice description.

Ranger

A democratic pundit on H&C just clarified Pelosi's position for us. When Pelosi said 'all' of the 9/11 commission recommendations, she meant 'some more'. I'm paraphrasing, but that was the gist of the pundit's response. She vehemently denies that Pelosi is not going to implement port security, first responders, etc. A commission will be formed to figure out the appropriations committees.

Posted by: Sue | November 30, 2006 at 06:22 PM

That sounds like Stephenopolis claiming that Clinton kept all of his campaign promisses from 1992 because he "kept all the ones he intended to keep." The rest he never meant in the first place, so they didn't count anyway.

Sue

The rest he never meant in the first place, so they didn't count anyway

I missed that. I would have used it already had I known it. ::grin::

clarice

OT: A very interesting article on the Litvinenko case.

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/12/01/large_litvinenko/index.html

lurker

Fjordman: Is Islam Compatible with Democracy? part 1

Thought this was interesting, then I went to Gates of Vienna and saw

The Coalition to Preserve Civilization

Think this will take off, huh?

And then KIA has a fight against the real pigs.

The Race of the Unclean

anonymous

You notice a pattern with Pelosi already.

So far in the media coverage Pelosi has made decisions based on Democrat politics and personal animus.

Not once has her decisions been based on what is best for the Nation.

Now she's not going to live up to her pledge because she feels it would slight Murtha by tasking the Defense Intel budget away from him after getting his butt kicked for Majority leader.

Its impossible for her to argue that Hastings would have been better for the country then Harman, and how is she going to make that argument if she choices Reyes?

They spent months claiming not implementing the 911 commission recommendations was endagering the Nation, now she's not going to do it because it would slight Murtha - is that in the best interest of the country?

Me thinks the Democrats are in for a rough two years.

anonymous

I just wish Bush and the Republicans would actually fight back and act like it is a campaign all day, every day insted of the play nice, be Presidential and campaign just the last few weeks before the votes.

Jane

They've mistake the media's BDS for actual approval.

Richard,

I hope you are right about that. To a large degree I think the media=the democrats, and I have no confidence that they will now see, or report two sides of any story.

It seems more like they will always protect the family even if they pick a fight with one of their sisters.

lurker

It's funny when Pelosi supposedly used Jane Harmon's "investigation" as one of her reasons for not nominating her to chair the intelligence committee; yet, what about Mollohan?

Mollohan

lurker

Is this what America voted for the next two years?

He is absolutely WRONG!!

hit and run

SunnyDay:
Kerry is on!!

I think I'll vacuum my floor now.

That's why I keep a trash can handy when venturing into tv land. No need to vacuum the vomit when the inevitable putrid politician makes an appearance.

hit and run

Jane:
I hope you are right about that. To a large degree I think the media=the democrats

Probably more correct to say media=liberals. And when you start seeing dems act responsible, not fulfill promises, move toward the center or otherwise stray from the path toward socialism, you could well see the "hell hath no fury like a media scorned". Not that they will promote repubs, of course, but they could easily turn on anyone they deem a turncoat from the dems.

maryrose

The fact that Mollohan got re-elected under this ethics cloud shows that dems will not leave the stage until they are handcuffed and headed for jail. They will hang on to their seats just like Clinton did to the presidency because they have no sense of decency or class. Is this the best we can do? Isn't there any other candidate that could fill the seat that isn't morally challenged or bankrupt? Is anyone else disturbed that Harry Reid has casino and land deals and ties that are questionable?

hit and run

maryrose:
Isn't there any other candidate that could fill the seat that isn't morally challenged or bankrupt? Is anyone else disturbed that Harry Reid has casino and land deals and ties that are questionable?

Yes. I think I saw him wear a paisley tie just the other day. The nerve!

Sorry, couldn't help myself.

Yes, the double standard is "too good to be true". So good, in fact, that it can be ignored by and large by the media and thus the voters. Does that make sense? Hell no. But that's why it does make sense. Because it doesn't. Or something.

maryrose

"I think I saw him wear a paisley tie the other day"
LOL.
I give old Harry about a year as majority leader,then if Hillary decides not to run for prez-his tenure will be over in minutes.
Hil will run for Senate Majority leader and win handily because dems will be so grateful to sideline her and her ethical problem laden background which poses a hazard to their winning in 2008.

Ranger

What the Rs should do is start running political spots today. Do to Nancy what she did to Hastert over Foley.

Proposed script for a spot:

Nancy Pelosi promissed "the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history". But her first move was to support a man identified by the New York Times as one of the worst abusers of the Earmark system (Congressional Pork) as Majority Leader. Then she wanted to put a man she voted to impech for bribary in charg of oversight of a criticle part of the War on Terror.

Now she wants to put a man under investigation by the Justice Department in charge of of the Justice Department's budget.

She's also going to put a man who is threatening Empoyers with prosecution if they enforce imigration laws in charge of Homeland Security. And she's not going implement the 9/11 commission's recommendations because it would stop her friend Jack Murtha from being able to use Pork like he as for the last 20 years to buy and sell votes on the floor of congress.

Democrats, the solution that is worse than the problem.

dez

An investigation and reorganization of the Intelligence Committee makes sense, but Plame sure worked closely with them, so it's really going to be both need investigated. Congress isn't going to hide behind the errors of the Congressmen on the intelligence committee and Pelosi has already made this clear - even with threats from Hoyer's constituents(CIA and feds) and the Murtha problem. She doesn't want anyone who was already on the Intelligence Committee, they screwed up.

The answer Congress already had, ending the CIA(not moving the jobs to DOD), is he correct answer, but we now have the Congressmaen who were on the intelligence committee as a problem. So, maybe we should keep CIA around and see who else they can use and 'blackmail' to stay in business.

hit and run

Ranger, very good - how about working in unindicted co-conspirator for Murtha.

Or how about this (i tried to write a script, but came up short, so I'll just piece together the idea)

Democrats have bribery "issues" (Jefferson, Hastings, Murtha, et al).

Democrats will sell out to the highest bidder.

Republicans are going to raise funds to bribe the democrats into supporting the war on terror.

With the "$100,000 in Every Democratic Congressman's Freezer" campaign, we may just get them to be serious about the war against Islamic terrorists.

pa

Pelosi managed to pick another Democrat with an ethical cloud.
Pelosi didn't mind Reyes' crony scandal involving a no-bid contract for a broken U.S.-Canadian border camera system run by a firm that employed Reyes' daughter as vice president of government contracts.

Jane

Well at some point we have to ask which democrats don't have ethical clouds.

Too bad the general public is so stupid.

Ekim

"The Democrats haven't even been sworn in yet and they have pretty much turned back into the Democrats of 1990"

How about, The Democrats haven't even been sworn in yet, but we know they will have broken every promise as soon as they are, because we have a time machine and besides that we can read their minds.

Lou Dobbs 2008

www.LouDobbs4President.com

Petition

hit and run

Christopher Walken for President!

I got a fever. And the only prescription... is more cowbell!

Sorry, Lou.

maryrose

A disappointing beginning for dems but I didn't really expect much. I imagine the next two years will be President Bush moving forward and fighting the WOT and growing the economy and the dems trailing in his wake trying desperately to accomplish something, anything that will make voters want to put them back in office in 08.

SunnyDay

With the "$100,000 in Every Democratic Congressman's Freezer" campaign, we may just get them to be serious about the war against Islamic terrorists.

This is the solution!! 'Twould be money well-spent. :)

Pofarmer

The fact that Mollohan got re-elected under this ethics cloud shows that dems will not leave the stage until they are handcuffed and headed for jail.

I, uhmmm, don't remember hearing anything about this during the recent elections. I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.

So, how does them compare to what they accuse Dennis Hastert of, which is basically not being homophobic?

hit and run

Well, SunnyDay, the cynical view has always been that the Dems wanted either money or power or both.

They have the power (congressionally) - and some have noticed that they have already been softened a bit from their rabidity.

Now, let's stuff 'em with money and they'll probably just...

Oh wait, another line of thought just entered my mind.

OK, it's the reasoning that goes - if you put people on welfare - they become lazy and dependent on the government dole.

The Congressional Democrat Welfare Act of 2006! They become fat, happy and lazy (hey, Ted Kennedy already has two outta three) and then leave the serious stuff to those interested in our national security and interests.

clarice

pa..Any cites for that? C

lurkerOT:

So they have no qualms allowing another Mohammad Atta through to incide another 9/11 attack?

clarice

Loony tunes. I want him to go all around the country arguing for this wonderful new policy directive.

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