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March 28, 2007



Delilih, UUUMM-PAPA-UUUMM, Delilah!
My hearts on FIIIYAHHH.


Yay...new thread......

Other Tom

This thing will continue to bore me unless and until the senate serves subpoenas on Rove and Miers. Then it should be a lot of fun.


Hey, the liberals got there own thread. Hurrah. The Republican scandals all seem to be metastasizing at once. Who needs impeachment.

Pelosi was Great Today:

“On this very important matter, I would extend a hand of friendship to the president, just say to him, ‘Calm down with the threats, there’s a new Congress in town. We respect your constitutional role. We want you to respect ours.’ This war must end. The American people have lost faith in the president’s conduct of the war. Let’s see how we can work together. I just wish the president would take a deep breath, recognize again that we each have our constitutional role and we should respect that in terms of each other.”

Her tone is that of grown up scolding a child who is throwing a tantrum. She is also showing up all the blowhards on the other side.


Her tone is that of grown up scolding a child who is throwing a tantrum.

I'm sorry, but if you actually listened to that sound bite, and I never heard the "extend a hand of friendship" part, she sounds entirely threatening. This isn't a parlimentary govt, boys.


"Cool it down wit' de trets, der’s a noo Congress in dis here boig, capice?"

Very statesman like.


Oh, and BTW, the grownup would be the one scolding the Dims for putting over 15% pork in a bill to fund the troops. That's not the way grownups behave.


Couldn't help but notice Pelosi's make-up was running, all that heat really makes her sweat.


"Pelosi was Great Today:"

Pelosi grates every day.


"It was all Roves' fault - Rove, Rove, ROVE!"

Naw, couldn't be.

It's all just a misunderstanding
wrapped in incompetence, topped with
maraschino innocence. Let's keep
a good thought.


Bush rush to say "mistakes were made", which only fueled the fire, remind me of his similar hasty action in forcing Tenet to sign off on the "16 words" apologia letter.

Bumbling and hasty.

Bush has a habit of "manning up" on the inconsequential or those little his fault - like Katrina.

I suspect it makes him feel like a "takin' responsibility" man.

Also it may be a reaction formation over his larger deceptions over the American people.

Foo Bar

"The distinction between 'political' and 'performance-related' reasons for removing a U.S. attorney is, in my view, largely artificial," Sampson said.

Or ought to be.

I don't entirely agree. Do you want to argue that it's not even worthy of serious scrutiny if Iglesias and McKay were removed because they weren't prosecuting enough voter fraud cases?

I think people from both parties can agree that both voter fraud and voter intimidation/harassment are bad things, in the abstract. It just so happens, for demographic reasons, that focusing on stopping the former more than the latter tends to benefit the Republican party (the reverse being true for the Democrats). One could imagine a world in which that's flipped around (i.e. where it would benefit Republicans to crack down on intimidation). I don't think many people join the Republican party in the first place because they're really mad about voter fraud but think voter intimidation allegations are usually overblown.

So if Justice or the White House fires U.S. attorneys because the U.S attorneys made the judgment in certain cases that there wasn't enough evidence to bring voter fraud charges, I think it's harder to argue that this is simply a matter of carrying out Republican principles that the voters chose when they elected a Republican president.


"This thing will continue to bore me unless and until the senate serves subpoenas on Rove and Miers. Then it should be a lot of fun."

Especially Miers. Few people remember that the controversy over her was fueled by her own acts - such as filling out the Senate questionaire like a dimwit. Should provide fun.

But watching Karl Rove explain Lam was fired for failure to prosecute immigration cases...that would be wild, seeing his nose grow.


You get a B for neatness Sematicleo,now if you could just write that in English,you'd be making progress.



A spokesman for the Republican majority on the committee, Paul McNulty, showed little patience with the White House desire for a quick settlement of the allegations.

"The president had eight months to tell the truth. We've had two weeks since the resolution passed. And we've got to have some kind of reason here or the process will break down," said McNulty. He said cooperation from the White House is necessary if the committee is to meet its goal of finishing its work by the end of the year.



Javani, ya make sense for a minute there, then ya just lose it.

Lady Sara

I heard Pelosi say today, "My Administration." I think she has become entirely delusional and way over the line with how full of herself she is.


Damn, I'm always a day late and a dollar short on the threads. Here's the one I put on the other thread:

"The distinction between 'political' and 'performance-related' reasons for removing a United States attorney is, in my view, largely artificial," he said. "A U.S. attorney who is unsuccessful from a political perspective ... is unsuccessful."


The president ran for office and made explicit campaign promises. One of his significant campaign promises was to pursue a policy which makes legal certain kinds of immigration which has been illegal (e.g. guest workers) while securing the borders, partially through enforcement of laws against crossing the borders illegally (e.g. people smugglers, who kill people).

Carol Lam was fired because she was pursuing a catch-and-release policy towards immigrant smugglers along the California border. Because this violated Bush's campaign promises, this was simultaneously a political firing and a performance-related firing. It was a firing motivated by Lam's poor performance in carrying out the president's promises during his political campaign. I know that Democrats think that campaign promises are simply pablum to feed the sheeple in order to get power, and they are bewildered by the concept of actually doing what you have promised to do, so I'm sure that you appreciate the explanation.

Ralph L.

Foo Bar, would you count the Dem's slashing of Rep. voting busses' tires in the voter fraud or intimidation categories?

Personally, I think people perturbed by a police presence at a polling place probably shouldn't be polled. (partly accidental alliteration)


Regarding "McNutty" statement on CNN. Eight months to tell the truth about what exactly? Letting the US Attorneys go as is his right? Oh I would say there is a goal here - that goal being McNutty in a higher position in the DOJ perhaps??? Anyone know if McNutty has had other issues with Gibbons? I understand from bloggers shes quite tough - perhaps this is retribution? Would the liason normally be called to testify? Just asking.


cathyf: Don't believe it for a minute. Bush was Governor of Texas and Gonzales was right there alongside him. They both know how important the cheap-labor industries are in border states, and these industries are not exactly wilting lilies when it comes to expressing their preferences with regard to border enforcement: they prefer it not to be too strict.

You can say it's a black and white issue with regard to the law, but history tells us that this just isn't so. Immigration policy is just as subject to competing interests as any other policy area.

Other Tom

Javani, if you think that if Rove is subpoenaed he will simply show up and testify, you have not been paying attention. If Rove does appear, and is asked what advice he gave the president concerning the firing of Ms. Lam, he will decline to answer on the ground of executive privilege. You'll just have to satisfy your lust to see his nose grow in some other way, or be prepared to wait for a long, long time. In any event, there is an eighteen-month paper trail of extreme congressional (and citizen) concern over Carol Lam's repeated refusal to prosecute alien smugglers who were caught red-handed. I live ten miles from the border in San Diego County and I am thoroughly familiar with her cavalier approach to such cases, and the extensive local dissatisfaction with her performance. It does not surprise me at all to learn that the AG and the president felt the same way.

FooBar, I would not suggest that it is entirely beyond scrutiny if some US Attorneys were fired for their failure to bring some type of case that the president wanted brought, but it is by no means unlawful or improper for him to fire them for that very reason, and no one should be surprised if he did so. That's why we have elections, and presidents of both parties are fully entitled to expect the law enforcement personell in the executive branch to effect the president's policies. If we elect a Democrat, we can expect an emphasis on voter intimidation cases; if we elect a Republican, we will likely see more voter fraud actions. That's the way it works, and it's fine with me.


Doesn't McNulty work at the pleasure of the President also? Time to clean house.....


Maybe we'll see Rove's head on Leahy's wall


Chula Vista OT?


"Time to clean house....."

Too late. Guests have arrived.


Dream on Tic.....but wait....maybe the 24-business hours isn't up yet. Keep Hope Alive....sealed v sealed and all that crap you believe....


"Chula Vista OT?"

Orange County.


Sorry. Should have made the provenance of the CNN McNulty excerpt above more clear.

It's from 1998, Clinton impeachment. His desire for "cooperation" was what flagged it.


The Democrats have set back equal rights for women 100 years. Look what they offer us: Hillary and Nancy, Diane and Barbara.

I wonder if liberal males are behind this?


Oh Septic..such a tease.

More likely we'll see Rove's wall on Leahy's head.

Other Tom

No, Specter--Coronado.

And here's a hint for dear Cleo: Orange County is not in San Diego County. Or maybe on her maps it is; God knows what parallel universe she's operating in.


Sampson ?? do you mean Former NBA star Ralph Sampson has agreed to serve two months in jail and pay more than $300,000 in past and future child support ?


"Maybe we'll see Rove's head on Leahy's wall"

Yes Leahy could add it to the agents he got killed by outing them,that and his canceled security clearance.


Tommy Boy;

Based upon your life view, I must assume
you were born and raised in OC, then moved
to San Diego.



Coronado...Love it. I personally interviewed Orville Redenbacher when he lived there. (I lived in La Mesa and Rancho Penasquitas.

What's the matter Tic? Upset cuz somebody called you on your incorrect info again? and again? and again?

Other Tom

Born in Annapolis, MD, Cleo--a seventh-generation Annapolitan, and proud of it. You're not faring too well with your geography, are you?

Neo, I want him to do hard time for that goofball, lucky shot that knocked the Lakers out of the '86 Western Conference Finals.


SEN. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum's ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein.

Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said the next Congress will be “the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history.” Politicians who are committed to high ethical standards, regardless of their political affiliation, should strive to make her promise a reality.

Lady Sara

Bush is great at the Radio and TV Correspondents Dinner. On live.

Lady Sara

new Bushism "screwtineered"


I forgot to mention thanks to Sen. Feinstein for a break from the constant drone.

Just like Murtha and his brother, she and her husband are just your ordinary military-industrial-complex profiteers.

I personally interviewed Orville Redenbacher when he lived there.

That's absolutely delightful! Did he have the bowtie on? (Please tell me he had the bowtie on...)


WOW Neo - Just WOW. Just WOW. Feinstein! Looks like MILCON caught the Big Fish!


Correction: METRO caught the big fish.


How many of the drive by media are going to carry the story of the apparently unethical Diane Feinstein?


Yes lyssie he did....and he answered his own phone when I called and everything. I still have a tape of the interview. It was something I had to do for my masters program.


So which appointed US attorney is responsible for this Feinstein/MILCON investigation ?


"Bush is great at the Radio and TV Correspondents Dinner. "

You know, I'm not a real fan of those functions. I think you always beg for trouble when you try to be funny at these things. For instance, I don't really think it's funny that he joked about Cheney shooting his friend. That guy could have died, it's not a laughing matter. And then of course his jokes a few years ago about looking for WMD didn't go over well. And then Laura joking about milking the horse - hints of bestiality in the WH, yucky. I don't know, I just don't think pols should try to be funny, it never really works.


OMG - Feinstein is so corrupt, so freakin dirty. I NEVER knew any of this stuff! Talk about lying and obstructing. The cookie jar she had her hand in is gigantic. WTF? I want a Special Prosecutor NOW.


WTF? Carol Lam took out Feinsteins competitor - Duke.

Ring around the Rosey.......we all fall down.



I can't find information on that at any other source.

They are saying that she is resigning?

It sure isn't making any mainstream media outlets yet.

Ghee it wouldn't be because she's a Democrat?

Na, that can't be it.


So when do we get to hear Pelosi say in her best grown up voice, "Mr. President, In the spirit of friendship, call off your attack dog prosecutors."


Doesn't this just about make Feinstein the MOST unethical?

Why isn't CREW asking for a Special Committee?

"Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington, remarks, "There are a number of members of Congress with conflicts of interest. [California Republican Congressman John T.] Doolittle, for example, hired his wife as a fundraiser, and she skimmed 15 percent off of all campaign contributions. Others, like [former] Speaker [Dennis] Hastert and Cong. [Ken] Calvert were earmarking federal money for roads to enhance the value of property held by their families.

"But because of the amount of money involved," Sloan continues, "Feinstein's conflict of interest is an order of magnitude greater than those conflicts"


WTF? Carol Lam took out Feinsteins competitor - Duke.

Well, that's convenient. Maybe they're looking in the wrong e-mail accounts?


Woldnet Daily just picked it up-
Link Feinstein resigns

Lady Sara

DIANNE FEINSTEIN RESIGNS from the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee.

It rates an Instalaunch.


Didn't they close Sacramento Air Field or something like that-and then la viola her husband's Perini group either got the clean up contract or the friggin' land.

*Ugh*- I can't remember the specifics. maybe it made a few more "leaps" than that and isn't quite as direct.


Hey - Ya think someone is pushing back hard on the Carol Lam "Firing"???

Wow. As Petterico says - There's Doin's Afoot.


Dunno, it seems that Pelosi or Feinstein or Somebody was involved in some shenanigans with the Presidio that the MSM's not too interested in.


Uh - That would be Patterico. Only his wife can call him Petterico...:O)


Feinstein's husband steps out of her shadow
By Richard C. Paddock
Los Angeles Times
Article Launched: 03/27/2007 01:46:29 AM PDT

They are one of California's most influential political couples: four-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Richard Blum, a wealthy businessman, philanthropist and behind-the-scenes political adviser.

For decades, first as San Francisco mayor and then as senator, Feinstein has been the public persona while Blum has operated in the background. Now at 71, Blum has stepped into the limelight to take over as chairman of the University of California Board of Regents.


McClellan AFB - Sacratomato CA

"At a MILCON hearing in 2001, Feinstein cited the environmental work at McClellan as needing more money. "That is a base that I am very familiar with, and I am glad that we were able to provide that funding so that work at McClellan can proceed," she said. Feinstein then asked for and received detailed information concerning the Pentagon's projected schedule to finish the McClellan cleanup and the effect of delaying cleanup upon its potential for commercial reuse.

At a MILCON hearing in March 2002, Chairman Feinstein interrogated Assistant Secretary of Defense Nelson F. Gibbs:

Sen. Feinstein. Is the Air Force capable of executing greater [cleanup] funding in 2003 at McClellan?
Mr. Gibbs. Yes, ma'am.
Feinstein. And how much would that be? How about $22 million?
Gibbs. That would be very close. That would be almost exact as a matter of fact. . . . If you would like, I can provide for you a list of those individual projects.
Feinstein. I would. If you would not mind. Thank you very much.

The next week, Gibbs sent Feinstein a memo showing the addition of $23 million to the McClellan environmental budget, mostly for groundwater remediation, URS' specialty.

In the 2003 MILCON hearings, Feinstein told Dov S. Zakheim, then the Defense Department comptroller, that she "was really struck by the hit that environmental remediation [at McClellan Air Force Base] took. . . . However, I have just [received] a list from the Air Force of what they could use to clean up . . . McClellan, and one other base, and it is 64 million additional dollars this year."

WOW. Metroactive blog is gonna get hit pretty hard right about now!


Yikes. Gotta go - Have a good weekend all -


This is rich.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was close to leaving the Republican Party in 2001, weeks before then-Sen. Jim Jeffords (Vt.) famously announced his decision to become an Independent, according to former Democratic lawmakers who say they were involved in the discussions.

You can't make this stuff up.


Okay one more. WTF? Diane Feinstein fills the coffers of her husbands defense companies? Duke Cunningham took bribes from defense companies? Duke goes down. Difi ALVISHING praise on - Carol Lam for taking down Duke. Lam fired.

This needs to be investigated. Diane Feinstein must have engineered Duke's downfall. She wanted the money and contracts he got for her husband. She got pissed off, and sent the wolves after him. Nothing POLITICAL about that huh? This is tied to the USA firings I guarantee you. This is not a coincidence. Lam is the one everyone is focusing on - and DOWN GOES DIFI. WOW.


Link to a story about Blums tie ins with construction at Los Alamos and other UC project with conflict of interest



Great video on how modern liberals think at Powerline.



Finding this at the California energy site after googling Feinstein + Sacramento + Perini-

Mayor Gavin Newsom
(Elected official)
Mayor Newsom violated the Political Reform Act by sponsoring 10 legislative measures
introduced and passed by the Board of Supervisors without public comment on Tuesday, Dec. 7 and 14 concerning the Hunters Point Shipyard Redevelopment Plan and building codes for both the Shipyard and Treasure Island.
Newsom is the nephew of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and cousin to Laurence Pelosi, a current or former senior vice president for Lennar Communities. Laurence Pelosi is documented as the campaign treasurer for Newsom’s mayoral campaign. Laurence
Pelosi has been identified as the son of Ronald Pelosi and Barbara Newsom Callan.

Now to Feinstein-Jeebus these gals are Mob Queens-

Richard Blum
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband,
Richard Blum, is affiliated with Catellus Development, one of the three major developers the Redevelopment Agency considered for the Hunters Point Shipyard
Exclusive Negotiating Agreement. Catellus is the major developer for Mission Bay, also in District 10, and plays a role in the overall BVHP Redevelopment Plan. Perini Corp., a Massachusetts company controlled by an investment group headed up by California
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, banker Richard Blum,has become the focus of a lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles County
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or MTA, alleging massive fraud in the construction of the Los Angeles subway system.
The lawsuit,which names as defendants Tutor-Saliba Corp., California’s largest contractor, and the Perini Corp., owned by an investment group headed up by Blum, alleges that Tutor-Saliba-Perini used dummy minority business enterprises to land contracts on the subway portion of the 57-mile Los Angeles Metro Rail line. The lawsuit also alleges that the white-owned firms set up dummy companies that were “either not qualified or in whom they owned a disclosing interest.” The lawsuit alleges that Tutor-Saliba-Perini worked with subcontractors to present false claims for work on the Los Angeles subway to obtain millions of dollars for additional payments. "Willie Brown wanted to give Tutor-Saliba rights to retrofit the SF. Bay Bridge." See -http://www.calrailnews.com/bullettrain.html Terry Goggin, LennarAttorney, Willie Brown Richard Katz, and High Speed Rail Authority
Joseph Petrillo.

www.energy.ca. gov


Jawa comment




This is genuine news. Political corruption on a scale as big as Duke Cunningham, and the mainstream press is worried about 8 US attorneys losing their jobs in a completely legal hard-ball political axing-session.

The Culture of Corruption has 'returned' - bigger and better than ever before!


Anyone remember the connections between Pelosi and Murtha with respect to military contracts?


The MILCON subcommittee is not only in charge of supervising military construction, it also oversees "quality of life" issues for veterans, which includes building housing for military families and operating hospitals and clinics for wounded soldiers. Perhaps Feinstein is trying to disassociate herself from MILCON's incredible failure to provide decent medical care for wounded soldiers.


McCain a Maverick????

Maverick Is His Name?




McClellan -Jeez I forgot the name. Aaaaargh.

Looks like base realignment and closures might be done for the "strategic" purposes of how valuable the real-estate is and the needs of the politicans, and their families.


Newsom and Pelosi are also neck deep in the redevelopment of the Presidio.

Also there is now the home office at rent for free of the Tides Foundation which is Ms Kerry's baby.


According to MetroActive, she resigned quietly (where was the MSM?) in January


What I really want is for him to talk about that chick that pleaded the 5th.

Lady Sara

Of cabbage-heads and kings.

Egyptian pharoahs had the sphinx and the Great Pyramids; Emperor Shah Jahan had the Taj Mahal; Saddam had the crossed swords in Baghdad;

And now?

Jack Murtha--royalty on the taxpayer dole:

See how Murtha uses the taxpayer to fund his political advertising.


In January? WTH?


Presidio is the home office rent free for Tides Foundation?

Oh puleaze!

The MILCON subcommittee is not only in charge of supervising military construction, it also oversees "quality of life" issues for veterans, which includes building housing for military families and operating hospitals and clinics for wounded soldiers. Perhaps Feinstein is trying to disassociate herself from MILCON's incredible failure to provide decent medical care for wounded soldiers.

Two years ago, before the Washington Post became belatedly involved, the online magazine Salon.com exposed the horrors of deficient medical care for Iraq war veterans. While leading MILCON, Feinstein had ample warning of the medical-care meltdown. But she was not proactive on veteran's affairs.

Feinstein abandoned MILCON as her ethical problems were surfacing in the media, and as it was becoming clear that her subcommittee left grievously wounded veterans to rot while her family was profiting from the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

hit and run

Yeah but all Feinstein has to do is stash all incriminatory documents in her congressional office...and she's untouchable.


See the parallel between MILCON and Walter Reed?

Really should check into Murtha's brother and see how well connected they are with Pelosi.



I think she has one helluva HUGE fridge.


Well, I guess this means CREW really, really, really sucks as an ethics watchdog -what a joke. Something tells me they'd ignore this one even if a neon sign was hanging on it.



How do they manage to redirect all this stuff back on the Bush Administration?


Oh, CREW suck a long time ago.


veterans to rot while her family was profiting from the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Or while her family was profiteering from the occupation of the Presidio and McClellan AFB.




Watch this video.

It explains much.


Bush fed Dianne and Nancy twinkies against their will?

Global warming gave them hot flashes-and it's Bush's fault for not signing Kyoto?

hit and run

Well, I guess this means CREW really, really, really sucks as an ethics watchdog -what a joke. Something tells me they'd ignore this one even if a neon sign was hanging on it.

Ahhh, what the hell, give it a shot....

CREW Tipline

Contact CREW

Naomi Seligman Steiner - 202.408.5565 / [email protected]

Other Tom

I enjoy the Feinstein story as much as anyone, but savor it while it lasts. In 48 hours it will have completely disappeared--it simply doesn't fit the media's template.


Feinstein owns a multi million dollar home in Presidio Heights.

The Carlton Hotel in San Francisco

Laurel Inn at California St and Presidio Ave.

Is an investor in Current TV, Al Gore's baby


C'mon, Other Tom.

Keep hope alive.

I sure wish there was a way for the blogs to push this story.


The Libs just love to talk about incestuous relationships.


hit and run

I sure wish there was a way for the blogs to push this story.

Oh, I'm with Other Tom....but....

Clarice --> American Thinker --> Rush

Hell ... SHE'S IN CA RIGHT NOW!!!!


Ya we could give the story legs by tying it to Anna Nicole.


I'll give it a shot Hit...

"She regularly took junkets to military bases around the world to inspect construction projects, some of which were contracted to her husband's companies, Perini Corp. and URS Corp."

Meanwhile, have any of you looked at the Perini Corp. and URS Corp
website to see the contracts they've been awarded? Makes the Dusty Foggo/Wilkes bottled water flap look like an ANTstanding next to a Jolly Green Giant...WOOOOO WEEEEE they are HUGE.

hit and run

Well, the one good thing is that the surge is producing results, so at least the MSM has instituted a blackout on Iraq stories.


Blum was awarded a 600 mil Iraq infrastructure contract that over 5 years could be worth over 1.3 billion.

Also awarded a 500 mil electrical grid contract.


Somebody wake up Clarice already.

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