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clarice

I blogged it, too.
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2007/06/judge_waltons_footnoted_snark.html>People will say we're in love

Why did Comey do this? My guess has always been he wanted his friend Fitz to do this --and not because he wanted to protect those in the OVP with whom he was in non-stop war--and dreamed up this way around the Statute.
Worked on Walton, didn't it?

cathyf
Acting Attorney General in exercising the power to remove the Special Counsel
clarice found a cite where Scalia explicitly rejected the notion that "power to remove" equals "supervision" and also ridicules the idea that "can be removed by the president" equals "inferior officer". (It pointed out the all the cabinet officers are removable and unquestionably superior officers.)

I wanted to emphasize the Original Intent argument. The Appointments Clause was a reaction to unaccountable power, and the Founding Fathers were the grandsons and great-grandsons of the English civil war. They were reacting against the English Star Chamber, a court which was quite analogous to the special prosecutor -- a court set up to be outside of meaningful supervision, so that it could effectively prosecute powerful people. The members of the court will always subject to removal by the reigning monarch. In fact, the members' heads were always subject to removal from their necks by decision of the king. But to the Founders, that wasn't good enough. They wrote the Appointments clause specifically to rule out the notion that "power of removal" equals "supervision".

clarice

Let me elaborate. We know from drama queen Comey's own account he was fighting with the WH. We know from other accounts his dept was fighting Addington and Libby in the OVP.
We know that he knew about Armitage when he appointed Fitz.
I know that outside counsel--like Jacob Stein--would have looked at that fact and the obvious difficulties of pursuing an IIPA case and said machts nichts out of here.
I know that any friend of Fitz' and his "creative" approach to criminal law could be certain he'd not let this catnip filled mouse out of his paws.

clarice

cathyf, I agree entirely, but I'd go further as TM does, in ridiculing the possibility of ANY supervision under this scheme. (We all did at the time, and nothing has chancged my view of that. So even if Scalia's view is not adopted by the majority of the appellate panel, the fallback is, there was no timely,effective way for anyone to know if he warranted removal .)

Jane

Every time I look at this issue I wonder about timing and standing. Now it's not a big stretch to convince myself that Libby has the standing to challange this appointment, - but just to make sure, does everyone else think that is a slam dunk or could any issue attach?

The timing issue also nettles me. Should this have been challanged pre-trial - altho a nagging lost particle in my brain thinks it was, but if it wasn't, is that an argument to not reach the issue?

As an aside - I've been working on a brief all day - well just the facts portion, which I dare say is something I have rarely if ever done in my entire legal career. As a result I can't even imagine how much smarter all you guys are than I ever thought of being.

hit and run

Well, there's only one remedy. President Bush should recuse himself from the matter of Libby's conviction, leaving Vice President Cheney as Acting President. And Cheney should then appoint a Special President. He could then write a letter to the Special President along the line of the following:


June 11, 2007

Fred Dalton Thompson
United States Senator (retired)
McLean, VA

Dear Fred,

       &nbspBy the authority vested in the President by law, and in my capacity as Acting President pursuant to President George W. Bush's recusal, I hereby delegate to you all the authority of the President with respect to the trial and conviction of I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, and I direct you to exercise that authority as Special President independent of the supervision or control of any officer of the Administration.

/s/ Richard B. Cheney
Richard B. Cheney
Acting President

clarice

Heh, H & R.
Jane, Libby mounted a timely defense to the appointment. It is unclear whether he could have filed an interlocutory appeal from J Walton's denial of his motion to dismiss. In any event, I doubt that failure to file an appeal then is a barrier to appealing it now.

Roger Aronoff has a good article praising us all and suggesting that this case might force a closer look at what was happenin' at the agency.
http://www.aim.org/special_report/5523_0_8_0_C/

Well, that may be so--but it won't be in the appeal itself. And what he says is true only if he is taling in the broader sense of the civil case, the litigation by Plame against Libby et al and the Agency re her book.
Of course, to close observers the agency's monkey business merited close scrutiny beginning with Wilson's editorial and his testimony before the SSCI.

SlimGuy

Clarice

Just a poser thought here.

You would think Fritz's mandate would have least been sunsetting with the end of the Libby case after all appeals etc played out and should have been restricted to that case only.

Since it was not and is so broad a mandate, could he also parley it into further self authorized actions to enhance his game in the Conrad Black issue?

Just a what if here.

clarice

It is rather clear that he is AG only for this issue,SG, but I'd love to see him take on the AG role elsewhere so we can watch him hauled off to the loony bin.

SlimGuy

Question

If this thing goes all the way to SCOTUS does Roberts have to recuse himself due to the appointment of Walton to the FISA court?

Jane

Boy that is one heck of an article Clarice.

clarice

I thanked Aronoff for his generous comments--and when he says JOM, of course, the main credit goes to TM, but some is due to all the great commentors--You, Cathy Boris, Rick, Cecil (I know I left people out but I mean ALL of you.)

Pal2Pal (Sara)

OT -- Fox was just saying that Colin Powell is now working for Barack Hussein Obama.

anduril
But I will say this - following the lapse of the Independent Counsel law in 1999 the Department of Justice reflected and came up with some hefty guidelines for appointing a special counsel. Presumably their objective was to steer past the various obstacles and issues identified in various court rulings on earlier independent counsels.

So, will these guidelines survive a constitutional challenge? Who knows? Comey, who appointed Fitzgerald after the Ashcroft recusal, did not even invoke or apply them. Instead, he invoked four clauses of the laws empowering the Attorney General and solved the whole special counsel puzzle in a one paragraph letter.

Was it really that easy?

As I understand Comey's position, all that Congressional and Judicial wrassling with laws and regulations with respect to Independent and/or Special Counsels was utterly pointless, because the law authorizing such appointments (28 USC 510) had already been in existence for lo this last half century at least. The most cursory of research (one google hit) indicates that the verbiage about delegating the AG's functions goes back to 1950 or earlier--I'll guess earlier. Comey was the only guy smart enough to figure out that this seemingly mundane provision envisioned Fitz the Magnificent, "the functional equivalent of the AG," and thereby has made fools of those smart alecky legislators, judges, and lawyers. They thought they were faced with a legal Gordian Knot and along comes Jim Comey, ultimate straight arrow, who pulls out his sharp legal sword and cuts that knot in two, to the amazement and admiration of one and all. Will the courts of review share our awe and wonder? Stay tuned.

Gee, on second thought, I wonder whether Comey asked anyone to brief him on this? How about DoJ's own Office of Legal Counsel? Not to say that Comey isn't a legal genius, but straight arrows like him are usually also thrifty, brave and...humble. How interesting! Why wouldn't he ask OLC for an opinion, or did he? I mean, maybe just for laughs, to see if they were as clever as he?

windansea

Dershowitz on CNN on why he signed the brief and on Walton's snarky footnote:

It was a very serious issue raised by the lawyers. I would have filed the same brief against special prosecutors in the Clinton case. this is not a Republican-Democrat issue for me. It is the seriousness of the issue. And the judge reacted in a very childish manner by attacking the professors who had filed the briefs saying why don't we do work on be half of poor clients? I do half of my work pro bono and [probably have represented more poor people than any active lawyer in the United States today and other academics on the brief also have a long and distinguished history of of pro bono work. even Robert Bork who I disagree with about everything represents people pro bono. and [the Judge just was totally out of line] in making those [kind of] comments.

this is EW's transcript from the video clip

here

clarice

If he had, would Fitz have provided that when the appointment was first challenged?

I always thought it odd BTW that on this overarching (beyond this case alone) issue, the DoJ never did weigh in. Surely the appointment didn't give him the right to set Departmental policy beyond this case.

cathyf

Geez, H&R, I already nominated SlimGuy for best comment of the day with his "Plame was a big NOT NOC JOKE" but now you've come up with something that at least equals his brilliance.

Other Tom

If I correctly understand the present posture of this case, the immediate issue isn't whether or not the appointment will utltimately deemed to have been constitutional, but whether it's a close call. If it is, that's a reason not to send the defendant to the slams pending appeal.

Does anyone seriously doubt that it is a close call?

SlimGuy

If Fritz himself is such a legal eagle wonder kid that walks on water and makes the water he walks on, did he have any reservations as to the appointment authority granted to him and the issues it might raise?

I mean it's like hoping for a car for graduation and then realizing dad sprung for a stretch limo with a fully stocked bar with Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan as in flight entertainment.

hit and run

In other news...Clarice, sharpen your multi-tasking pencil...

WASHINGTON — What started out as a low-grade spy thriller, complete with furtive clandestine meetings over classified information in the heart of the nation's capital, has turned into a ponderous tale of legal delays and a debate over whether the government is trying to criminalize free speech.
...
The federal case, which is being handled by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, was supposed to go to trial on June 4, but was postponed until the fall, the latest of several delays. Sources close to the case suggest the government has been forced to rethink its strategy after Judge T.S. Ellis ruled in April that the government could not keep much of its evidence against the defendants closed to the public. The judge was not swayed by the government's concern that classified and sensitive information would reach the public domain.

anduril

"And the judge reacted in a very childish manner..."

Oh yeah! Can I have a witness, Brother Dersh?

SlimGuy

Cathyf

I'm a widower, I know women have a right to change their minds, if not an obligation. LOL

Thanks for the nomination.

Mine was a simple one liner, H&R put together a real good bigger story.

Our cup runs over, we are truly blessed.

hit and run

Cathy:
Geez, H&R, I already nominated SlimGuy for best comment of the day


And he shall retain it.

How about a take off using that theme?

Novak: NOC NOC

CIA: Who's there?

Novak: Joe Wilson

CIA: "It was his wife It was his wife It was his wife !!!" --courtesy of the indefatigable Boris on the Libby Sentence thread)

clarice

H & R I have the AIPAC file sitting here and I keep putting off this horrible task of sorting thru them and writing about it. From inside I keep hearing the govt is not too interested in this coming to trial, and maybe with McNulty out the interest will be non existent.

Anyway, when I was practicing law, I found that whenever I broke my back to get a tough job done on time, the matter was delayed or dropped..and I learned my lesson.

hit and run

Slim:
Mine was a simple one liner, H&R put together a real good bigger story.


Yes, but yours is one that can effortlessly be used in endless mockery of the Wilsons.

And that alone qualifies it as superior.

hit and run

Clarice:
I found that whenever I broke my back to get a tough job done on time, the matter was delayed or dropped..and I learned my lesson.


I apologize for the ease with which I learned the same lesson.

I found that whenever I slacked off and failed to get a tough job done on time, the matter was delayed or dropped.

Oh yeah, I learned my lesson.

SlimGuy

Thanks H&R, btw I bet that case of that south of the border stuff I sent ya didn't influence that opinion in the least bit.

When people ask me if I'm free tonight , it gets the reflexive "Nope I'm not free, but I'm reasonable".

Free market capitalism at work.

SlimGuy

Repeating my

Question

If this thing goes all the way to SCOTUS does Roberts have to recuse himself due to the appointment of Walton to the FISA court?

vnjagvet

I've tried to stave off some silly criticism from commenters on Volokh and OTB with some analysis of the real legal issues, as has Beldar.

Here's the gist of it:

Now the question is whether the accused should be incarcerated pending appeal. That, in turn depends on 18 USC 3143, which provides in pertinent part:

(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), the judicial officer shall order that a person who has been found guilty of an offense and sentenced to a term of imprisonment, and who has filed an appeal or a petition for a writ of certiorari, be detained, unless the judicial officer finds—
(A) by clear and convincing evidence that the person is not likely to flee or pose a danger to the safety of any other person or the community if released under section 3142 (b) or (c) of this title; and
(B) that the appeal is not for the purpose of delay and raises a substantial question of law or fact likely to result in—
(i) reversal,
(ii) an order for a new trial,

In the DC Circuit, a defendant who presents a "close question" of constitutional law which could result in reversal is considered to have raised a "substantial question of law" within the meaning of this statute.


clarice

That is exactly the test, vnjagvet and it is simple to understand unless one is simpleton as many posters are.

windansea

hmmm..certainly Libby poses no flight risk unless you are a nutkook who believes Libby would be immediately whisked off to the secret BushMcHaliburton Post Nuclear Ranch in Patagonia for a quick lobotomy.

SlimGuy

Libby a flight Risk????

Does Mark Rich have a guest house?

Other Tom

Slim Guy, my guess is that Roberts would not have to recuse himself.

windansea

A lot of people are angry at Bush and Cheney fot not intervening more in the case, weak statements of support etc but let's remember they are savvy political poker players. The last sentence in the Aronoff article reminded me how important the whole Plame Wilson affair is to this administration.

This case, rightly or wrongly, will forever be linked to the larger question of whether we were lied or misled into the war to topple Saddam Hussein and liberate Iraq. That's why it is so important that it is played out until the end, because this debate will resonate for many years to come.

So yeah, they are very interested, and keeping at arm's length and their powder dry. If appeals don't reverse the conviction I would not be surprised to see them declassify the whole shitpile and pardon Libby.

What do they have to lose at this point?

clarice

You're being kind, OT.

Pal2Pal (Sara)

THE ONLY PERSON BEING HELD AS AN ENEMY COMBATANT INSIDE THE U.S. MUST BE
RELEASED, ACCORDING TO U.S. APPEALS COURT RULING

Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs snarks:

Not to worry Scooter is going to jail - so it's all good. /sarc tag off
cboldt

I wonder who amicus is (are) in this ...

6/1/07 SUPPLEMENT "Memorandum in Support of" [1045477-1] motion unseal [1029757-1] filed by Amicus Curiae for Appellant Dow Jones Co Inc. [04-3138, 04-3139, 04-3140]
windansea

once you get past the first paragraph snark, this diary by mary2002 at kos is pretty interesting discussing the merits of the brief

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/6/11/152815/948

SlimGuy

OT

I see your point a bit in that Clarice the other day posed that it was just a secondary assignment to his current judgeship but I also lean more toward the unstated (if I correctly read between the lines) position by that very astute lady that there could be issues that could come to the fore.

From the quote I dug up a couple of days ago about the FISA court makeup from Wikipedia it is unfortunate that this judge was chosen to fill the vacancy because of the issue it could probably raise.

I am not saying Walton was not deserving of the appointment, even though his performance in this trial could raise questionable issues or that Roberts should have unfairly restricted him from consideration.

I am still trying to get a handle on what the FISA statute requires as to judge appointments and how large the pool is for selection to the mileage restricted appointments to the court.

I seem to note that the FISA review court, which is probably a much less invoked judicial entity, seems to have a lesser restriction due to the fact that the chances of something coming under their preview for adjudication are supposedly rare and if occurring requiring a significant bit of deliberation to sort it all out.

Charlie (Colorado)

Does anyone seriously doubt that it is a close call?

Walton.

clarice

cboldt--that is interesting..Do you have the amicus' name? It sure is taking the Ct of Appeals a long time to resolve that.

clarice

Fox reports the Gonzales no confidence vote does not have enough votes to go to the flooe.

Rick Ballard

Windansea,

How in the world would a favorable (or unfavorable) rulling by an appellate court resolve "the larger question of whether we were lied or misled into the war"?

'Niger = Africa' and 'sought = bought' will continue to resonate within the Soromind until its sole synapse fires for the last time, regardless of any appellate ruling.

SlimGuy

Even as a non lawyer, I as many others realize there are many specialty courts in existence , for example maritime courts and other such similar jurisdiction restricted entities.

We are limited in most cases into our grasp of how all these treaty inspired or other legally separated jurisdiction competent authority bailiwicks all tie into the bigger jurist universe.

As the years and the number of cases and decisions progress, it makes it harder for the SCOTUS to try to rule with certainty where it will not make ripples into various courts of venue in ways they did not even envision.

Perhaps it is time or nearly so to put another layer of courts between the existing courts and the SCOTUS.

We have reached the almost saturation point since issue advocacy instances are almost flooding the system to the point of overload.

The SCOTUS can only hear so many issues in a term and have to pick those which they consider most significant to the fabric of our judicial structure.

This limitation has the potential of leading to a real Hobson choice of case to grant for review.

By flooding the courts, rulings of lower courts that were not subject to review by SCOTUS can achieve the value of precedent, simply because they were by default not reviewed.

The total base of law has gotten so complex that there have emerged the well known specialty focused firms, such as tax law practitioners.

As a non lawyer, I see the need for another layer of courts to sort these issues into the controlling general groupings to act as a filter to the limited resource availability of the SCOTUS.

To me it is a weak point that needs to be addressed.

Enlightened

Hmmm, no confidence vote rejected by the Senate -

Dems are having a bad day. In fighting - again. Where is Mother Madame Speaker? her "children" are at it again -

"Edwards Advisor To Blogosphere: "You Can Go To Hell"
David "Mudcat" Saunders, a longtime Dem consultant who has helped Democrats in rural areas — notable victories include Mark Warner in 2001 and Jim Webb in 2006 — might be causing a bit of a headache for his current client, John Edwards. In his inaugural post on Time's Swampland blog: "So to those bloggers who believe in a straight-forward dialogue and exchange of ideas, God bless you and thank you ... At the same time, those Democratic bloggers, who have appointed themselves as intellectually superior and believe the only way to win an argument is to shot (sic) the loudest with personal attacks, you can go to Hell." Condemnations are already coming in from Duncan "Atrios" Black, Chris Bowers, and the Daily Kos community."
http://electioncentral.tpmcafe.com/blog/electioncentral/2007/jun/11/happy_hour_roundup


cboldt

-- Do you have the amicus' name? --


No. I said I wonder who they are.

clarice

Well, I read that and wondered if you were being "cute". I don't recall even reading that one had been filed in that case. Let me see if goodle has an answer.

cboldt

-- As a non lawyer, I see the need for another layer of courts to sort these issues into the controlling general groupings to act as a filter to the limited resource availability of the SCOTUS. --

Some issues are already specialized at the appellate level. Patent is, I know (not that the CAFC has done a splendid job), and a few other specialites that I don't know off the top of my head. No need for another layer, IMO.

SlimGuy

Yes, but yours is one that can effortlessly be used in endless mockery of the Wilsons.

And that alone qualifies it as superior.

Posted by: hit and run | June 11, 2007 at 03:51 PM

I bow to your judgment since you are the undisputed king of snark here.

I wandered across a single flower cropping up in the vast desert of thoughts and you do it multiple times each day like, well breathing or consuming adult beverages.

I have hit that sweet spot of the stopped clock being right a couple of times a day.

That is something fleeting at best.

H&R rocks, long live H&R.

Semanticleo

Just one question;

Assuming the SP is unconstitutional, what would check the power of an AG
gone off reservation? Not everyone at once, please.

cboldt

-- what would check the power of an AG gone off reservation? --

The president.

SlimGuy

Anyone want to comment on my 3:39 post related to Fritz's own assessment of his scope of authority?

I would assume he had to consider the differential between what his expectations were and what actually transpired.

Was he ethically constrained to accept such a mandate?

glasater

What the lefties want:
http://sigmundcarlandalfred.wordpress.com/
2007/06/11/leftist-political-strategy/

Couldn't get the tags to work for some reason.

Enlightened

glasater - Hah!

One question tho - why doesn't the sign holder just do it and get it over with?

Just like a lefty - wants everyone else to do it for them....

Other Tom

"what would check the power of an AG gone off reservation?"

After the president, the electorate.


glasater

Does anyone remember if this is accurate:

Nixon fired his AG. Bork said it would be legal but then Bork resigned.

Other Tom

Cleo, you didn't exactly get "evryone at once," but you did get two fairly promptly.

Further questions?

Other Tom

As I recall it, Nixon directed his attorney general, Elliott Richardson, to fire Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor. Richardson resigned rather than do it. His deputy, who I believe was William Ruckelshaus, did likewise. Bork, as Solicitor General, was next in line. He accepted the position as AG and fired Cox.

Enlightened

Fine - the POTUS would check the power of an AG, but why would or should he?

Sounds like it's better to let the nimrod go off on his fantasy crime-busting perjury trap and face the appellate court than it is to interfere with a wet-dream of the left...of wait, hmmm. Sorry those are lefty talking points. Wrong list.

SlimGuy

Sem

Like cboldt said the decider could haul in the reins and impeachment by the Senate is another counter.

The tar baby issue here is the mini-me clone AG.

Please read and catch up.

Note to self: trolls reappeared after an issue they have no hope of answering and ain't got a bit of context to counter the brief submitted and are firing spitballs and blanks like they are somehow still relevant.

See republishing of old arguments already discredited because James Carville hasn't figured out the new way to go forward.

You really want to have fun, ask them why it took how many days just to show their face, and then only do it with lame arguments.

Enlightened

Naw, I think the trolls are really hurting. AG no confidence - Pffft. USA scandal - Pffft. Plame scandal soon to be - Pffft. William Jefferson - Poster boy for the New Culture of No Corruption....it must hurt when braincells collide....

glasater

Thank you OT for the trip down memory lane--was just a child at the time----NOT:)

Other Tom

I think Aronoff's entire premise is so dumb that it causes the mind to boggle.

"This case, rightly or wrongly, will forever be linked to the larger question of whether we were lied or misled into the war to topple Saddam Hussein and liberate Iraq."

"Forever linked?" Only a God damned "journalist" could think or talk like that. What the hell does anything Libby is accused of doing have to do with wheter or not we were "lied or misled?" Sometimes these fuckwit asshats drive me right around the bend.

Other Tom

I heard Chuck Schumer on the radio earlier, proclaiming that if the no-confidence vote succeeded, Gonzales was finished.

Schumer now bears a resemblance to Phil Leotardo's head.

Enlightened

"Schumer now bears a resemblance to Phil Leotardo's head"

Bwaaahhhah. After the round into the temple right?

And what about that other F/A Harry Nutsack Reid? On March 23rd, he said AG would be gone within the month.

And people actually voted for them. Scary.

glasater

Saw a quick popup for the PBS Frontline series called the "Dark Side" and visited that site. The half-truths this series spouts is incredibly misleading to the folks who watch this stuff. After all, PBS can do no wrong?
Had a portion on the Libby trial and how wonderful Fitzgerald is. Disgusting!
Funding should be cut off from that enterprise pronto!

SlimGuy

One question tho - why doesn't the sign holder just do it and get it over with?

Just like a lefty - wants everyone else to do it for them....

Posted by: Enlightened | June 11, 2007 at 07:06 PM

No offense, but BJ Clinton for supposedly being the heartthrob of the left seemed to always pick the runt of the litter (see Hillary as a prime example).

If he ever got anything above a 3 on a scale of 1 to 10 it was allegedly Ms Rich if you believe the stories.

GWB has class well beyond that twirp.

JFKerry is the political conceptualization of Deuce Bigalow.

I look at the poster holder and I would run away from that stuff without a doubt.

SlimGuy

Two trolls showed up at once and one has to dig all the way back to Nixon!!!!?

BETTER TROLLS.

Other Tom

Not just after the bullet, but after his daughter-in-law left the SUV in drive and the right rear wheel ran over his head, causing the onlookers to vomit.

And if you would like your spirits lifted, go to the following site and watch Dennir Miller rant on Harry Reid:

http://hotair.com/archives/2007/06/10/video-dennis-miller-goes-nuclear-on-harry-reid/

JM Hanes

cboldt:

I may be mistaken, but I think Dow Jones is actually an Amicus itself in this case. Since the motion was denied without prejudice pending the completion of the Libby case, perhaps they are just refiling their original brief now? If so, I assume the signatories might be the same folks who signed on the last time around.

SlimGuy

Thank you OT for the trip down memory lane--was just a child at the time----NOT:)

Posted by: glasater | June 11, 2007 at 07:17 PM


But then you reverted to that level, care to explain exactly why?

Semanticleo

Thanks cboldt and OT for the direct and simple answers.

But........How many here would like to see
Gonzales gone?

No confidence vote today is without teeth.

Can anyone (OT?) explain just what recourse,
(short of impeachment) is available to Congress which DOES have teeth?.

glasater

Not a troll SG. It was just a memory of how Nixon worked to fire a SP during Watergate. Kinda like a precedent thing because of previous discussion. Bet Clinton would have liked to have fired Janet Reno during his administration and have wondered why he didn't do it.

SlimGuy

Saw a quick popup for the PBS Frontline series called the "Dark Side" and visited that site. The half-truths this series spouts is incredibly misleading to the folks who watch this stuff. After all, PBS can do no wrong?
Had a portion on the Libby trial and how wonderful Fitzgerald is. Disgusting!
Funding should be cut off from that enterprise pronto!

Posted by: glasater | June 11, 2007 at 07:29 PM
Are you that short of talking points that you have to resort to this non connected bit of drivel?

Get your astronut depends variation BEFORE you need it. It saves on laundry bills.

Enlightened

Which Congress has teeth? The 110th?

I'm guessing it may be a majority of dentures if the last 160 days are any indication.

glasater

SG--I've been a blackjack and poker dealer in a previous life and I appreciate you going easy on me here. You can't possibly say anything that I haven't heard before times ten.

Enlightened

Hmmm, SG - I don't think glasater is a troll?

SlimGuy

Gl

Forget it , you are a troll from the first word out of your keyboard.

You and Sem showed up with seconds of each other after a couple of days of sanity for the briefs to the court you have no way of answering.

Own up dude your owned and sold for scrap without any consideration for the tax loss going forward. You are the classic example of lower of cost or market.

Now chat on and tell us how valid you are and show us your Socratic pondering of the lint in your belly button as you blabber on with all sorts of tactics and topics of no value.

Blubber on with your words of no value and discredit yourself in the process.

Lead on McDuff.

Enlightened

OT - That was exactly the vision of Phil Leotardo's head (or what is not left of it) I meant.

Of course the sideshow vomiting was pretty entertaining as well.

Boy am I gonna miss those guys.

Rick Ballard

"Can anyone (OT?) explain just what recourse, (short of impeachment) is available to Congress which DOES have teeth?."

When you are socially promoted to junior high in a couple of years one of the older civics or history teachers can explain it to you.

If you find one with a very large reservoir of patience and the training to communicate with the developmentally challenged, of course.

SlimGuy

Hmmm, SG - I don't think glasater is a troll?

Posted by: Enlightened | June 11, 2007 at 07:48 PM
I will have to evaluate that and if I am wrong I will apologize up front even before I do the evaluation.

I will admit that I may have jumped to early with the simultaneous appearance of him and Sem and that may be a wrong judgement.

Rick Ballard

"Hmmm, SG - I don't think glasater is a troll?"

Nope, not a troll. Or Yep, not a troll. Not a troll, at any rate.

SlimGuy

Hmmm, SG - I don't think glasater is a troll?

Posted by: Enlightened | June 11, 2007 at 07:48 PM
I will have to evaluate that and if I am wrong I will apologize up front even before I do the evaluation.

I will admit that I may have jumped to early with the simultaneous appearance of him and Sem and that may be a wrong judgement.

Enlightened

Sem and the rest of the sock population have no fresh talking points, and apparently there is a lot of infighting going on today, don't expect any trolls to show up with fresh material any time soon.

Semanticleo

"one of the older civics or history teachers can explain it to you."

Just tryin' to get the lay of the local
landscape. Thanks for confirming your ignorance, Marmalard.

cboldt

-- I think Dow Jones is actually an Amicus itself in this case. Since the motion was denied without prejudice pending the completion of the Libby case, perhaps they are just refiling their original brief now? --

They refiled after the verdict, but I think you are right as to the ID of the party filing this paper, it's the same party that filed the appeal in the first place. Who knows what action prompted the filing of a supplement.

3/7/07 MOTION filed (5 copies) by Amicus Curiae for Appellant Dow Jones Co Inc in 04-3138, Amicus Curiae for Appellant Assoc Press in 04-3138 (certificate of service dated 3/7/07) [1029757-1] to unseal the remaining portions of the record.

6/1/07 SUPPLEMENT "Memorandum in Support of" [1045477-1] motion unseal [1029757-1] filed by Amicus Curiae for Appellant Dow Jones Co Inc. [04-3138, 04-3139, 04-3140]

SlimGuy

On review , it seems I have done wrong to Glasater.

My fault and my error, no excuses. It is fully my blame.

I made the mistake of wrongly seeing what appeared to be a simultaneous double team hitting of the thread here.

I was wrong and made a bad judgment.

JM Hanes

OT:

Unfortunately, Chuck Schumer doesn't really care whether he wins or loses these battles, because, in reality, they are all win/win. His strategy is to keep the Admin on the defensive and just wear them out, and all he has to do is keep the water boiling somewhere, anywhere! Alas, it's worked pretty well.

At this point the forces of attrition have overwhelmed any hope of renewed Admistration energy, and the exodus of experienced personnel will only increase. The only real brightside of a Gonzales survival is that the Prez won't have to pick a replcement from the available field of candidates willing to sign on for the lame duck finish.

Pal2Pal (Sara)

I heard Bork talk about the Saturday Night Massacre one time, and my memory is fuzzy here, but I am pretty sure he said that he also thought of resigning, but then realized that would only accomplish more resignations and someone had to step up and try to get things back on track. If my memory is correct, Bork was not onboard other than seeing himself as a man of last resort.

PS: I sat next to Robert Bork at a Reagan luncheon one time and he is a gentle and gentlemanly man who was both charming and witty that afternoon. Not at all the ogre he has been made out to be.

JM Hanes

cboldt:

Reading too fast, here, it seems -- or something. I missed the "SUPPLEMENT" part, despite the caps you'd think might have caught my attention.

Pal2Pal (Sara)

Nixon Forces Firing of Cox; Richardson, Ruckelshaus Quit
President Abolishes Prosecutor's Office; FBI Seals Records

By Carroll Kilpatrick
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 21, 1973; Page A01

SlimGuy

Glaster

If you are reading this, please come back into the thread, don't let my stupidity of jumping to what was a wrong conclusion dissuade you from being here.

Rick Ballard

"At this point the forces of attrition have overwhelmed any hope of renewed Admistration energy, and the exodus of experienced personnel will only increase."

Yep. The AQ/Dem alliance will be making a lot of noise (and killing a fair number of Americans and Iraqis) right into September. Unless Petraeus and the Iraqis really get the upper hand by the end of July, August will be the bloodiest month since '03.

It was certainly kind of the Dems to give such a strong signal to their allies. I'm sure AQ leadership appreciates the gesture.

Enlightened

SG - Glasater is cool - comes and goes sporadically - he/she will return - no worries.

Jane

Well I am pleased and surprised about the Gonzales vote. That is not a reflection of my feelings about Gonzales but rather my feelings abouts Congress.

glasater

SG-Appreciate your apology and am not offended. I'm a grownup who appreciates very much the thinking in this forum. Don't have much of an outlet since I now work as a photojournalist for a somewhat liberal daily newspaper.
Thanks!

clarice

Most likely the amici (certainly DJ and AP) refiled after the Libby court ruling. Perhaps they felt the Court had w/held release so as not to interfere with the Libby trial..that being over and Fitz having conceded his investigation is, too, it's time to evisit the issue.

PatrickR

'And if you would like your spirits lifted, go to the following site and watch Dennir Miller rant on Harry Reid:'

On today's show he nailed the Wilson's perfectly.

Said he thought Joe was kind of a loser who was basically an office worker who got off on saying his blonde wife was a spy. Her business card probably said 'covert', she was no spy.

The best thing about his website is that he has the current day's show up by about 1:00 PM (Pacific time, 4:00 Eastern), you can listen to it without commercials.

JM Hanes

Hey guys, it's CIA night on the Times History Channel (not the regular History Channel).

8:00 is (was) Secrets, and how to pass 'em around.
9:00 is Brotherhood, the Timeline.
10:00 is Betrayal, including -- but not limited to -- our very own Aldrich Ames!

So, get your TiVos ready! Yo Jane, you might want to grab yourself a glass of cab, 'cause I'm thinking there's a live blogging opportunity here.

Just tuned in and have already discovered a useful tidbit for the gardeners among us. Varmints don't like tobasco sauce. You. Do. Not. want to know about the freeze dried rats though.

SlimGuy

Glasater

Thank you

I have a friend who worked for years at the local fish wrapper and he always said that he had his truth on his walls and his pictures in the paper and was careful to not confuse the two.

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