""Bobby Kahn, chairman of the [Democratic] party, suggested [Governor Sonny] Perdue [R] broke anti-corruption laws by making a deal with the developer, who must get large projects reviewed by the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, whose board the governor appoints. "It appears as though Gov. Perdue sold his office to make himself wealthy. If so, he has committed a crime and should be going to prison," Kahn said during an afternoon press conference at the Capitol.""here's a thought. maybe the prison lobby bankrolled the repugs becuase they knew it would be good for business.
* your preznit speaks:
" By the way, anybody who follows me should always understand you must keep the pressure on the enemy; otherwise, they will put the pressure on us. "* tpmm:
"Duke Cunningham's Wife Speaks! (But Not to Us)
It's not a pretty picture: the night before Duke Cunningham was sentenced and taken into custody, he dumped a duffel bag filled with dirty underwear and $32,000 in $20 and $100 bills in his wife's driveway as a desperate attempt to salvage some of his ill-gotten gains.
That's according to Nancy Cunningham, Duke's estranged wife, who granted an exclusive interview to Kitty Kelley, queen of Washington dirt. Kelley's article will be out in this week's issue of The New Republic, but we got a sneak peek. The piece will be posted online later today.
Mrs. Cunningham (who says she promptly turned that bag of cash over to her attorney) also reveals that Duke -- whom she coldly refers to as "Mr. Cunningham" -- once slept with a knife and then a loaded gun under his pillow; that he frequently threw temper tantrums and once physically threatened Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) because he was passed over for a leadership position; that he planned to strike it big as a lobbyist after he left Congress; and that she called him "Mr. Fun Ball" because of his aggressive flirtation with women.
Nancy Cunningham gave the interview, Kelley says, to demonstrate her ignorance of her husband's misdeeds. But many will no doubt find that hard to believe. Her husband accepted $2.4 million in bribes, and she enjoyed a lot of what that money bought. She didn't become suspicious of the stream of valuable antiques, didn't question her husband's explanation of how they could afford a $2.6 million house (creative financing, a lobbying career), and generally turned a blind eye to his carousing. It wasn't a close marriage, she says."
* courts on spying, via tpmm:
"We must first note that the Office of the Chief Executive has itself been created, with its powers, by the Constitution. There are no hereditary Kings in America and no power not created by the Constitution. So all "inherent power" must derive from that Constitution.""i'm not yet familiar with the details of this particular case - but my teeve is telling me that this program involves 'suspected terrorists calling from overseas.' i thought that we'd move on from this nonsense - but perhaps the case was limited to this particular
* TheDay via kathleen:
" “Maybe it's a coincidence, but I was surprised that they both came out of the box playing politics with the thwarted attack over the Atlantic,” Lamont said, referring to Lieberman and Cheney.
Voters in Connecticut, he added, in an aside directed at the vice president, “were touched in the most personal way” by al-Qaida's 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington. “
We don't need any sermons on the meaning of 9/11,” Lamont said."
"However, our stability fetish (and our commercial interests) also required us to do business with brutal dictators and/or prop up corrupt feudal elites -- many of them little more than rent-seeking parasites perched on oil fields disguised as countries. Where authentic or semi-authentic nationalist movements appeared -- in Egypt, for example -- we either tried to crush them or buy them off, and usually managed to do one or the other."* wired via digby:
"Last February the Department of Homeland Security oversaw a large-scale international cyber terror simulation involving 115 public and private organizations in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand, all testing their ability to coordinate with one another and respond to computer-driven attacks. It was called Cyber Storm.we are so toast.
Nobody's said much about the results, or the details of the exercise scenario. But a newly-published DHS PowerPoint presentation on the exercise reveals that the real terrorist threat in cyber space isn't from obvious suspects like al Qaida types or Connecticut voters; it's from anti-globalization radicals and peace activists."
" 'Senior administration officials have acknowledged to me that they are considering alternatives other than democracy,' said one military affairs expert who received an Iraq briefing at the White House last month and agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity."