Daily Archives: May 10, 2011
For months now, my article entitled, Valerie Plame’s Fair Game Released Nationwide (Trailer) – REPOST has been on the top of the “top posts” list for this blog.
Personally, I can understand the mystique and the lure of the Plame case. Mainly because there was unfinished business. Karl Rove and others in the White House literally got off scott free for what I consider to be an abominable offense against an undercover CIA officer by exposing her identity to several news sources. We know that Scooter Libby was in fact the “fall guy” in this sordid and dirty episode of partisan politics and hubris during the Bush years.
The New York Times has a complete archive of every major event in the Valerie Plame debacle. For those who want more information on this really sad part of our history during the run-up of the Iraq war, you’ll find the site will have a treasure trove of information, documents and pictures on the case from beginning to end.
News about Valerie Plame Wilson, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
Here’s an example:
An acid flashback to a time when White House aides behaved acidicly.
October 13, 2010
Karl Rove says in his new memoir that President George W. Bush probably would not have invaded Iraq had he known there were no unconventional weapons there.
March 4, 2010
FBI documents show that former Vice Pres Dick Cheney denied in 2004 interview with special prosecutor investigating CIA leak case that he had played any role in disclosure of identity of Valerie Wilson as intelligence officer; some of Cheney’s assertions appear to conflict with testimony at 2007 trial of his chief of staff, I Lewis Libby Jr, who was convicted of perjury and whose sentence was later commuted by Pres George W Bush; Cheney photo
October 31, 2009
One of the great mysteries of the Bush presidency is whether W. ever had an epiphany when he realized that he had been manipulated by Dick Cheney, and if it ever hit him that he trusted the wrong father figure.
February 18, 2009
- Hannity Exposes Media Bias in Plame Case (dakotavoice.com)
- Report: Valerie Plame Wilson to pen suspense books (today.msnbc.msn.com)
- Valerie Plame Wilson: the housewife CIA spy who was ‘fair game’ for Bush (telegraph.co.uk)
- Ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame to write female spy books (reuters.com)
- The NS Interview: Valerie Plame Wilson, former CIA officer (newstatesman.com)
Republican Reps. Darrell Issa and Sam Graves are signaling their intent to subpoena a top Obama administration official to testify about a controversial White House proposal that conservatives allege is an attempt to intimidate administration critics.
White House budget director Jake Lew, in a Friday letter, declined a request from Issa and Graves to testify at a Thursday joint hearing of their committees on a draft presidential order that would require companies seeking government contracts to disclose contributions.
“Unfortunately, because this hearing concerns a draft presidential executive order that is still moving through the standard review and feedback process, we will be unable to testify,” wrote Lew, who heads the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Issa (R-Calif.) and Graves (R-Mo.) responded Monday with a sharply critical letter, concluding, “If the OMB continues to demonstrate an unwillingness to cooperate fully with the Committee’s oversight function, we will be required to consider the use of compulsory process.”
Asked if that meant a subpoena of Lew could be forthcoming, a Republican source familiar with the situation said “We’re getting there” and called the letter “another step in the process.”
House Republicans – who swept into power last year promising rigorous oversight of a Democratic administration they contend has implemented a vastly overreaching expansion of government – have previously issued subpoenas to Obama administration agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security and Justice.
- Issa, Cummings Clash Over Subpoenas Of Obama Administration (huffingtonpost.com)
- Issa Subpoenas Obama Administration (online.wsj.com)
- Issa sends first subpoena to Obama administration (blogs.wsj.com)
- Obama snubs Issa on subpoena for ATF documents (tancredoradio.wordpress.com)
- Issa Demands Justice Dept. Answer Project Gunrunner Subpoenas (pajamasmedia.com)
- Troutman Sanders Attorneys Subpoenaed in Florida Insurance Case (legaltimes.typepad.com)
- Issa: Protecting Taxpayers’ Right to Know: White House Record-Keeping in Facebook Age (pumabydesign001.wordpress.com)
- Congress Probes White House Social Media, Smartphone Use (informationweek.com)
This one warrants attention. The guy never apologized for the “mistake”…
But our winner: Greg W. Howard, who tweeted just another one of those “accidents” confusing Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden:
Based on the twitter feed on it, this appears to be Mr. Howard’s site. There’s either a lot of hate on it, or a lot of typos. It has apparently not been updated since February, which may or may not have anything to do with the fact that this “financial advisor” filed for bankruptcy the year before.
You know, a week ago, here, typing in a hurry, I did a very mild form of this myself. I wrote that George W. Bush had personally de-prioritized the “hunt for Obama.” And you know what? It was very much a Freudian slip. Because alone among the leading Republicans of 2008, Bush did not attack his eventual successor’s credentials, experience, loyalty or birth.
So even if this pig Howard simply “slipped” in tweeting that “Obama’s” body should be used as a latrine, or hung from the Statue of Liberty – if it was just a Freudian slip, it was because Howard’s unconscious was pondering, perhaps advocating, just such an assassination.
More over, a tweet is not a thousand-word blog post nor even an on-air blooper. It’s a 140-character haiku and most tweeters have to agonize over every letter and space to make it all fit and make it all make sense. You review it and review it.
In short: if, in a typo, you publicly advocate hanging a president of the United States, you apologize for it. Otherwise it will be assumed you meant it – which makes Greg W. Howard the Worst Person of the Day.
- A Special Comment: The Death of Osama bin Laden | FOK News Channel (bruceturnerjr5.wordpress.com)
- Keith Olbermann Tells Donald Trump to ‘FOK Off,’ and Denounces Wonkette (mediaite.com)
Last night, (at the 9:53 point) Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes pointed out Boehner’s flaws as a leader by citing the fact that Boehner insisted that the House GOP vote to support Paul Ryan’s Medicare overhaul plan before finding out what their constituents thought about the plan. As we all know, the GOP Town Hall participants were not very happy with Ryan’s plan.
Now Michele Bachmann and a local Tea Party leader are taking turns bashing Boehner…
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) expressed sympathy on Monday for Tea Party groups’ dissatisfaction with House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) leadership on the debt ceiling.
Bachmann, founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, gave her blessings to representatives of Tea Party groups who, at a Monday event, questioned whether the Speaker had done enough to address spending or shown enough fight in negotiations over raising the U.S. debt limit.
The Minnesota congresswoman didn’t show at the event, and she didn’t mention Boehner or any other Republican leader by name in the statement she released supporting Tea Party efforts. But she openly encouraged the Tea Party to “keep up the fight,” a move that, while possibly complicating her relationship with leadership, could play into her posturing for a potential run for president.
“Thank you to the Tea Party for not giving up the fight. Your stubborn determination to return our country to its founding principles gives me great hope for conservative accomplishments in the current House of Representatives and for even greater victories in 2012,” she said.
- Bachmann Rocks ‘Ruling Class’ With Amen From Tea Party (businessweek.com)
- I Stand With Michele Bachmann | RedState | Erick Erickson (jamespatrick1.wordpress.com)
- Rep. Bachmann Defies Conservative Tide With Strong Opposition To Govt. Shutdown (mediaite.com)
- Freshmen shrugging off Tea Party primary threats over spending deal (thehill.com)
- Rep. Barney Frank: Michele Bachmann’s Thinking Is ‘Seriously Delusional’ And ‘Bizarre’ (mediaite.com)
- John Boehner, GOP May Not Be Hearing Tea Party Pals (huffingtonpost.com)
- John Boehner declares his love for Paul Ryan’s budget: ‘I fully support Paul Ryan’s budget including his efforts on Medicare’. (crooksandliars.com)
- Boehner headlines event in House special election (sfgate.com)
- Poor John Boehner (lezgetreal.com)
- Boehner fears Tea Party, Reid says (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
What can one say about Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart? The man is a comic genius…
Last Thursday Fox News hosted the first debate for presumptive GOP presidential candidates that seemed to get as much media attention for who didn’t participate as coverage for anything said during the debate. But Daily Show host Jon Stewart noted that, after the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, GOP rhetoric wasn’t nearly as predictable (though just as suitable for ridicule.)
Watch the clip below, courtesy of Comedy Central.
- “Jon Stewart takes Donald Trump to the ‘Daily Show’ boardroom and fires on him ” and related posts (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- “THE DAILY SHOW: Pundits Agree That Osama Bin Laden Killing Defines Obama Presidency… Until It Doesn’t Next Week” and related posts (businessinsider.com)
- Jon Stewart Has Fun With Donald Trump’s Very Bad Weekend (VIDEO) (tvsquad.com)
- Jon Stewart on Osama bin Laden’s death (via The Marquee Blog) (thespiritportal.wordpress.com)
- Jon Stewart Ridicules Media For Constant Speculation Of Obama’s ‘Defining Moments’ (mediaite.com)
- Jon Stewart Says Al Qaeda’s Time ‘Has Come And Gone’ (wycd.radio.com)
- New’s Gods Rachel Maddow & Jon Stewart K-I-S-S-I-N-G… Osama Death Talk (redbeardedoctopus.wordpress.com)
- Jon Stewart on Osama bin Laden’s death: ‘We’re back, baby!’ (via PopWatch) (thespiritportal.wordpress.com)
- Jon Stewart wants release of bin Laden photos (salon.com)