Daily Archives: September 16, 2011

Gov. Scott Walker’s Office Targeted By Corruption Probe After FBI Raids Aide’s Home

There’s no surprise here.  It was just a matter of time, in my opinion…

Think Progress

New details are emerging about a potential corruption investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and his staff after FBI agents this weekraided the home of Cindy Archer, who until last month was Walker’s deputy administration secretary.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that authorities last year launched a secret “John Doe investigation” into Walker’s time as Milwaukee County executive, looking into allegations that county staffers did political work while at work, and thus on the taxpayers’ dime. Archer, who held the county’s top staff job for the last three years of Walker’s county executive tenure before following him to the governor’s mansion, said she has done nothing wrong nor has Walker ever asked her to do anything improper.

Milwaukee County prosecutors launched the investigation around the time Walker’s then-constituent services coordinator, Darlene Wink, quit, “after admitting that she was frequently posting online comments on Journal Sentinel stories and blogs while on the county clock,” the Journal Sentinel reported:

Nearly all of her posts praised Walker or criticized his opponents.

Authorities later took her work computer and that of Tim Russell, a former Walker campaign staffer who was then working as county housing director, and executed a search warrant of Wink’s home.

Walker, who is out of the state, has yet to comment on the FBI raid and his spokesperson “said his office would have no comment on the raid or investigation.” Authorities have already requested emails and other information from Walker’s campaign, and he hired former U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic after receiving the subpoena, the AP reported.

Archer has a new job in the state government, which she has yet to begin thanks to an extended sick leave. She is a political appointee, but she held a job that used to be a civil service position. Responding to the FBI raid, Democratic Assembly Leader Peter Barcaintroduced a bill yesterday to repeal a Walker-backed change that allowed the governor to fill civil service positions with political appointees, the AP reported.

There has already been one conviction relating to Walker’s campaign. A businessman supporter of Walker was sentenced to two years’ probation in July stemming from two felony convictions that of exceeding state campaign donation limits and laundering campaign donations to Walker and other state politicians.

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Attack Watch: Latest Made Up Thing For Conservatives To Whine About

As usual, Oliver Willis makes a great point here…

Oliver Willis

Conservatives seem pathologically incapable of attacking President Obama on real issues, even when they have legitimate gripes about him or his policies. Today’s example is the GOP bitchfest over the AttackWatch website.

The site is designed for Obama supporters to send in various pieces of misinformation, lies, etc. and then have them debunked. Obama ran a similar site in the 2008 campaign called Fight The Smears.

Simple, right?

Nooooo. Conservatives are now pretending as if this is an example of Big Brother. They now claim that a web form is on par with egregious violations of civil liberties. I mean, how dare Obama solicit links via e-mail????

Obama has been president for over 2.5 years now, and conservatives/Republicans have yet to attack him with anything that is actually real. Instead we’ve got one made-up thing after another, from “apology tour” to “death panel” to a supposed lack of exceptionalism from a President who regularly extols the exceptional values of America.

It’s all very childish and nonsensical of the right, but it is just what they do.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert tries again to foil the mean scary president

The confederacy of dunces: Louie Gohmert (left), with fellow congressional nutcases Michele Bachmann and Steve King (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

I believe this president is unshakable in their lame attempts to delegitimize him at every turn…

Daily Kos

Let’s see … I think I’m going to go with the Wonkette take on this one:

Imbecile Texas Republican Louie Gohmert is rolling around on the floor of his congressional office in a fit of snickering and spittle, because he figured out that no lawmaker had officially proposed Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act to Congress. This means that technically speaking, the name “American Jobs Act” did not yet exist in the files, because the  Democrats are losers. Gohmert immediately pooped himself with puerile excitement and ran off to scribble “American Jobs Act: no more corporate taxes forever” on two sheets of paper and then handed it over to the House. BAM, filed. He wins, that’s it! The name is his!

Oh, he’s such a card, that Gohmert. His legislation consists entirely of repealing the corporate income tax, because of course it does. I’m not sure if he thinks this is a tremendous blow against Obama and his scary jobs proposals, or if he just wakes up each day wondering if there is some pissy little way to gum up the works of government a bit, and will take whatever small victories toward that end he can get.

Again, I point out: this is the stuff your Congress does instead of governing. I would at this point rather have the United States placed in the care of a high school “Model U.N.” conference, because I think they would almost certainly take the job more seriously than most of the narcissistic clowns that are there now. Or maybe the House should just go on permanent fundraising vacation: it isn’t like their September return from vacation has been one stick more productive than their month-long August absence.

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Supreme Court halts execution of Texas inmate

The guy is guilty as charged and has been convicted for his crimes.  However, the issue before the Court was whether or not Duane Buck’s trial was tainted with racial animosity from a psychologist…

The Raw Story

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday halted the execution of a black man convicted 16 years ago of a double murder in Texas after his lawyers argued his jury was unfairly tainted by racial testimony.

The justices stayed the the lethal injection of 48-year-old Duane Buck pending a review of an appeal in his case. He was sentenced to death for gunning down his ex-girlfriend and a man in her apartment in July 1995.

His guilt is not in dispute, but Buck’s lawyers claim he should receive a new sentencing hearing because during his trial a psychologist testified that black people were more prone to violence.

“We are relieved that the U.S. Supreme Court recognized the obvious injustice of allowing a defendant’s race to factor into sentencing decisions and granted a stay of execution to Duane Buck,” one of Buck’s attorney’s told the Associated Press.

“No one should be put to death based on the color of his or her skin. We are confident that the court will agree that our client is entitled to a fair sentencing hearing that is untainted by considerations of his race.”

His attorneys had asked Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the district attorney for a new trial, but were denied.

Buck’s execution would have been the second this week.

Perry holds the record for most executions ever for a governor, presiding over 235 executions. At NBC’s Republican presidential debate in early September, he said he “never struggled” with the thought of an innocent person being executed in Texas.

Perry vetoed a bill that would have exonerated the mentally retarded and juveniles from the death penalty. The governor also fought with the Bush Administration on the case of 51 Mexicans placed on death row, and battled with the Obama cabinet and Mexican officials over the status of Humberto Leal Jr., before signing off on his execution in early July.

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Pat Robertson Says Alzheimer’s Is Grounds For Divorce (VIDEO)

So, I wonder if Pat Robertson’s wife has filed for divorce.  Here’s another chapter in sorting out the ‘crazies’.

TPM LiveWire

Today in Some Crazy Person Asked Pat Robertson for Advice, we learn that the firebrand cleric doesn’t merely dislike Alzheimer’s — “I hate Alzheimer’s,” he says — but he thinks it’s totally cool for you to divorce your spouse over it.  A man wrote to Pat seeking advice for his friend, whose wife has Alzheimer’s and no longer recognizes him. Pat’s response, from Tuesday’s700 Club:

“I know it sounds cruel, but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her.”

At least the last part is nice. I’ll never not be baffled by people who ponder life’s difficulties then say to themselves, “Ya know, I’m gonna ask Pat Robertson what he would do.”

WWPRD?

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Cooper Tears Into Bachmann

The Huffington Post

Anderson Cooper highlighted what he said were the “dangerous falsehoods” that Michele Bachmann has been pushing on the campaign trail.

Cooper has often used Bachmann as a target for his daily “Keeping Them Honest” segment, debunking her statements about everything from American history to the cost of President Obama’s foreign tripsto her denials that her clinic runs so-called “ex-gay” therapy services.

On Thursday, he turned to her recent crusade against rival presidential candidate Rick Perry, whom she has attacked repeatedly for mandating that young girls be given the HPV vaccine. Cooper playedfootage of Bachmann on the “Today” show, where the Minnesota Republican said that a woman told her the HPV vaccine gave her daughter “mental retardation.” He didn’t mince words when describing what he thought of Bachmann’s decision to relay that story, calling it “incredibly irresponsible.”

As Cooper (and many others) pointed out, the Centers for Disease Control has found that there is absolutely no evidence that the vaccine causes any kind of mental disability.

“Bachmann is spreading all-out falsehood here,” Cooper said. “A dangerous falsehood at that. And it is not the first time she’s done this by any stretch of the imagination.” He then played a series of clips of what he called “just flat-out factually incorrect statements.” After the clips played, he wondered if the misstatements would have any effect on her campaign.

“Do voters care about the truth?” Cooper asked.

See video here…

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