Sunday, February 18, 2007

gone fission.

i'll be awol till Feb19. scroll down for guest posts. be nice to our guests. don't shoot anyone in the face, or start any new wars.

40 comments:

lukery said...

c ya folks! don't mess the joint up too much. if you have to throw anyhing in the pool, just remember that it's ME who has to fish all that stuff out.

«—U®Anu§—» said...

We'll keep the lights on. I'm ashamed to admit I've needed help giving my cats their drops because they don't trust me enough to do it alone. So I for one am not in the proper frame of mind to take big chances shooting my mouth off in public. Anyway, hurry back, Luke, because I expect the news will start hopping in a matter of days.

rimone said...

sorry, Lukery, but i have totally nothing to add to the tone of your site, that which wouldn't downgrade it, that is.

have a great hol, you certainly deserve it.

noise said...

if you have to throw anything in the pool, just remember that it's ME who has to fish all that stuff out.
Yep, it's what we call the upside of guest posting. :)

«—U®Anu§—» said...

Rimone, Noise and Chris, you guys may need to help me out. Blogger changed to Google accounts and it won't let me make a new post. I haven't found the right way to hold my mouth in the help subjects yet, but maybe there's a workaround. I was going to make a post about the Iran war and some others, if you want to discuss the news. I sure hope Luke gets back before Bush blows us to smithereens, I'd hate for him to miss it.

noise said...

I switched to Google and wasn't able to post at first. Logged back in and it worked.

Chris said...

Well, as I am having the problem that most other people are seeming to happen, HI! I know I haen't got to know any of you (and GOD, who would, you all are Luke's friend....oh wait...I'm in that group...nevermind the previous statement :-D ). I wouild like to take this time and give you a chance to show me what ya got! Email me your guys blogs so i can have an overview. If you'd like to overview my site, please (please, lol) do: http://off-the-record-blog.blogspot.com

rimone said...

«—U®Anu§—», i totally won't sign on to google anything (or yousendit &c, am still being spammed and bounced to death w/corrupted mails), would love to help you out but i don't think i can w/my principles about no longer signing on to things)

Chris, we're all Lukery's friends but virtual ones online. my site's Dateline: Bristol but i quit posting on politics a few months back (lol, apart from my 4 Schadenfreude posts the day after the last elections, Schadenfreude which i'm still savouring. i've now turned my site into a virtual journal and place for my poetry and stories and stuff. you can find my political ravings by clicking on categories like 'amerika' and 'bend over and take it' in upper right column. btw, i was just over at yours--very nice.

Kax said...

Waaaaaaahy, I want my Lukey!!!!

Chris said...

Hey, go find out how rich you REALLY are, here are my results, and you will be SHOCKED (it shows the sad state of the world):
well shit, it won't let me put the code on here, but the site is globalrichlist.com and I am the 557,241,151 richest person on earth! I almost made it into the Fortune Top Half-Billion person. I'm also the

Chris said...

sorry, that comment just fucked up on me, just go to globalrichlist.com and (if you want) post them on here so we can we what its like to be Republicans for a second and bask in being in the top single digit numbers for just a few seconds :-D I'll most my results in a few (although the site is sad when you think about it).

LeeB said...

Hi, Chris. Glad to see you're chiming in . . .

CHRIS said...

Well, ya see here leeeb, I don't know if you know this or not, but I'm the...I'm ta...the DECIDER and I will decide at what time I shall become a chimer! (HAHAHA :=D ). WEll, I guess I am glad that your glad I'm chiming in, becasue if you wean't, well, I guess you'd be out of luck huh? j/j everyone here seems great and I hope to get to know many of you a lot better. BTW, does anyone need a/some gmail accounts becasue i still have a shitload of them...they come with unlimited storage, never have to delete an email or chat, you can chat inside the actual IE window with no software download.....ok, thats another one of my problems, when I get going about something, its hard to slow down, so I'm STOPPING. Email me at otrblog@gmail.com if you wish to have one (or more, I have two so far :=D).

LeeB said...

HA! Thanks, Chris, you are too kind. I already have more email addies than I can track, but I think you should give one of 'em to Kathleen (a/k/a 'Kax') 'cuz she's still using AOL.

(Lordy!! . . . drives us batty . . . . )

A different Kathleen told me this last week that 'friends don't let friends use AOL,' so I'm trying to put that into practice and encourage Kax to mend her ways.

As y'all know and appreciate, doing these interventions is such a thankless task, but it must be done . . . for the good of the wider universe, if y'know what I mean. ;-)

Thanks for all yer help . . . :-D !! (. . . . do you work for Google?? . . . - snerk - . . . )

BTW, anybody seen Oldschool anywhere? Last time we had a party, Luke found his car in the pool. If that's what happens when Luke is HERE. I'm a-skeered to see what will turn up with him away for two weeks!

Chris said...

Heya everybody, just droppin in to say hello from Good Ole (crappy!) Memphis Tennessee. I start my old job back (for those of you who care, i really really really liked it)! so YAY for me, sorry, had to do a little self gloating. I have an idea (don't everyone gasp at once :-D ), but I cannot get any of my other "politico" friends to actually go along with me one it. My idea is to start a blog where all of us (I am formally inviting all the readers (especially the very loyal...i.e. the one's that tip him off on stories) to join in on this project if it seem worthy: Starting a Seperate Blog, with me and the outher "Founding" Fathers (and Mothers ladies, don't kill me) as administratiors, and we all become editors of different areas (i.e. International Editor, Editorial Editor, etc), and the Editors would act as a council in place of an Editor in Chief, voting on various editorial issues. I figure with all of our readers combined, we'd have a decent starting readership. Each Editor could get another person(s) to help them with their areas, and we could even have "Editorial Death Matches" where, when our collective genius fails to agree, two editors could deul it out on the editorial page. If no one here is very good at HTML/webpage building, me, along with a very good friend of mine who is a web design college professor could easily make a webpage. Geez, here is my long-winded-ness, nwo what the hell do any of ya need to mail me for, it seems I told you ever bit of my idea (it must be the ramblings of a person who may be under the influence of an un-named substance :-) PEACE DUDE).
Love ya guys,
Chris

rimone said...

CHRIS: I don't know if you know this or not, but I'm the...I'm ta...the DECIDER

yeah, well you can be the decider, i'm the deciderer, hah!

ps, i totally won't sign on to google mail, i think i'm the only one i know (barring my ex-BF and best friend Chris) who read up enough on g-mail to know it's just not what it's cracked up to be. just sayin'.

i use yousendit when i have to. when they begin to make you sign up to use it, i'll switch to that other new one.

calipendence said...

Have a nice time out Luke. I'm sure you could use it!

As for the rest of the folks here, it sounds like the wheels of justice are not far from landing on the likes of Dusty Foggo and Brent Wilkes. In addition to Carol Lam looking to get the indictments out before she leaves office next week, just a few minutes ago, AP just put out this piece presenting in more detail the stuff that Foggo and Wilkes are in trouble for.

My guess is that indictments could come out any time now!

LeeB said...

"My guess is that indictments could come out any time now!"

PLEASE!PLEASE!PLEASE!

I wonder what kind of nattering is going on amongst the career prosecutors in these offices and how much longer until a bunch of 'em join the prior exodus. The damage done by this Darth/Dopey regime is just mind boggling.

Chris said...

DOn't mean to change the subject, but is it not crazy, this NASA love triangle shit, really bizzare huh, guess it goes to show you who they will let thorugh our system...craziness i tell ya, craziness

damien said...

This is what we want to hear!

calipendence said...

Interesting article from today's NC Times on delays in the San Diego cases against folks like Mitch Wade, Brent Wilkes, Dusty Foggo, etc.

Though I don't care for a lot of things that Rahm Emanuel did as the chair of the DCCC, he seems to have just played a pretty nice card on Gonzales on the whole question of Carol Lam's outing. It looks like he's found a way to weave around their complaints of her not being effective with the immigration cases as the reason for her firing by saying that she should be named as an outside counsel in the Cunningham case.

Hah! It will be hard for them to rationalize that she wouldn't be good for that role, since she has been successful at prosecuting corruption cases so far and arguably should at least continue the one she's been prosecuting for continuity sake. Since another newer attorney will be responsible for the immigration cases they so vehemently complain about, there will be no excuse in that corner to get rid of her if she's working in this role. I'd like to hear Gonzales' response to this suggestion!

calipendence said...

Spooky news for "Une Femme à Abattre!" (aka "Kill the Messenger"). Check out this image and link.

Note also that both Anna Nicole Smith and Sibel Edmonds appealed their cases to the Supreme Court around the same time in 2005, and guess who got their case heard by them then!

And note that Anna Nicole Smith just died a short time ago. Sibel, STAY SAFE!

LeeB said...

Guess WHAT!!

MISTRIAL COULD BE END OF WATADA CASE!!!

For legal analysis of yesterday's totally amazing events, read Civil Rights Attorney Bill Simpich's The Watada Mistrial: Here's What Really Happened.

It ain't over till it's really over, but this is a most delightful turn of events.

damien said...

I've read it LeeB, but there are others arguing that it represents a bad outcome for Watada. The reasoning seems to be that civil rules don't apply in military tribunals and that simply re prosecuting the case would see the military win. I know the military manual requires service personnel to refuse illegal orders but the issue seems to be whether an individual officer has the authority to make an individual determination on the legality of any particular war. I'd like to hear any detailed views on this, if anyone has any.

LeeB said...

Hi, Damien -

I'm not so sure that civilian rules don't apply in this case. According to what I have read in the trial coverage here in the local papers, court martial decisions are subject to review within the military and an appeal process that leads, step by step, out of the military and into the federal court system, then on up through the appellate courts. That, it seems to me, is a hint that federal court rules may well apply. Ultimately, it all goes back to the Constitution, which was invoked as the basis for the outrage expressed by Seitz to Judge Head upon his denial of several fact and expert witnesses. I persist in the belief that after 20+ years of experience in cases of this type, Eric Seitz is probably very familiar with the rules in "the manual" as well as how the Constitution applies.

Marjorie Cohn was one of the expert witnesses Judge Head would not allow to testify. She has a piece posted at BuzzFlash, Marjorie Cohn: Watada Beats the Government. The piece includes what she would have said if allowed to testify.

For background, Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law (San Diego), a criminal defense attorney, and president of the National Lawyers Guild. She is also one of the group responsible for bringing the war crimes case against Rumsfeld in Germany.

I think it is becoming increasingly obvious that the bu$h regime would sure-as-hell like this case to simply disappear. A non-practicing J.D. pal of mine is firmly of the opinion that this judge may even have been ordered to stop this trial by any means necessary because of the way it was going. She thought that had the mistrial not been declared, Ehren would have won an acquittal. With the prosecution overheard muttering that their own expert was "a disaster," she might well be right.

One news report also said that a re-trial could not happen before May because of a scheduling conflict. A lot can happen between now and May.

And don't forget: This is all happening while across the country, the closely-related trial of Scooter Libby continues. Stay tooned.

LeeB said...

From The Nation:

"Watada maintained that his refusal to participate in an illegal war in Iraq was justified, indeed required, under the Army's own Uniform Code of Military Justice. Under Judge Head's rulings, however, there simply would be no way for a soldier to resist an illegal order. Indeed, an American military person could be ordered to commit mass murder or genocide and then be denied the right even to make a case for the lawfulness of his actions. The judge's rulings fly in the face of the Supreme Court's Hamdan v. Rumsfeld decision, which stood for the principle that all US officials are bound by national and international law not to commit war crimes."

It's interesting - read the rest. :-)

damien said...

Thanks Leeb. Your thoughts are appreciated. I reasoned along similar lines, just without your details. I'm also thinking its a win for Watada. I had been a little bit confused by some bloggers elsewhere who were arguing with passion that Watada was in a bad legal position and his lawyer had failed him. Like you, I'm not buying it. Thanks again.

There's also this. It really looks like the judge was so fixated on his original (wrong) ruling not to admit the illegal war argument that he felt compelled to follow his logic in rejecting the agreed stipulation. It would appear to be prima facie bad for the prosecution - in terms of double jeopardy and a retrial attempt -if they request a mistrial over a defence objection. The logic would be that such a process would be discouraged at law for the simple reason that it would encourage prosecutors to sabotage cases not going well for them in the hope of a retrial. Looks like a win for Watada.

...I seem to recall one report that Watada's service term expires in March or May. They may just let him leave.

The judge blew it afaics.

LeeB said...

Thanks for the link, Damien. The more I read, the more I agree with you that the judge blew it. But I also think that had he NOT blown it, the likelihood of an acquittal was pretty good. So now we wait to see how long it will take the gov't to throw in the towel altogether.

oldschool said...

So *here* y'all are! I kept bringing up the site -seeing that nothing had changed, and that nothin' was going on. Then (light bulb moment) I hit refresh - and who'd a thunk it - you're here. huh.

My car is in Luke's pool? Damn - I've been looking everywhere for it - don't even remember driving that night.

I probably should get it out of there before Luke gets home, huh?

LeeB said...

Oh, good. You're not dead!
. . . yup, Luke was complaining about finding your car in the pool on SOTU night. Seems throwing inappropriate stuff in the pool is a side effect of his parties ever since the Lamont primary night in CT when he found the TV in there. :-)

damien said...

Obviously the quality of the site has to be maintained. I was thinking of a couple of major posts on David Icke and why the Bushies really are lizards. I know Lukery would enjoy it. You mean to tell me you guys have got nothing to say?

damien said...

WeazelsRevenge always has some interesting articles and this one is about a Feb 11 report in the Murdoch owned Aussie press that talks about Iran having 'suicide drones' - planes without pilots - that are supposedly available to attack US naval craft in the Gulf region. The article does not seem to have been taken up by the US media which is interesting in itself. But the source for the 'news' item was an Iranian agency called Mehr which is a California based group of Iranian expatriates seeking to overturn the current government. Da Weez cites some articles from their website: "Why is the Islamic Regime still alive?, The Role of Smart Sanction in Fight against the Islamic Regime, "Third Option”, Regime Change by Iranians, Islamic Regime of Iran must not be supported and welcomed to the world community, Petition to urge the World Bank not to Recognize the Islamic Regime as the Representative of Iranian People and stop awarding it with Loans, Do not Recognize the Islamic Regime as the Representative of Iranian People."

Ok, so it's propaganda. But it could provide useful 'evidence' should any US naval craft come to grief in the Gulf. Remember the Maine?

(I can't get the Mehr site to load...paranoia?)

calipendence said...

Three indicted today here in San Diego! Dusty Foggo, Brent Wilkes, and another "lesser known" guy named John T. Michael:

Links:
Former CIA official, contractor indicted
Grand Jury to Indict Wilkes, Foggo

LeeB said...

"Three indicted today here in San Diego! "

YAY!!!

Kax said...

Well guys, I'm not ready to comment on the Watada Mistrial yet. Seems like the current situation is good for Ehren, though.

Sooooo

Praise the Lord, AND PASS THAT PEACE PIPE.

Kax said...

P.S. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, GSFers!!!!

lukery said...

allo allo allo - guess who's checkin in from the road...

thanks to everyone for keeping the place afloat (well, not everything, oldschool's car apparently doesn't float)

the main part of my trip is over - i flew back into melbourne today - am doing a side trip for a few days, and then perhaps another side trip for a day - but will be back in the saddle at the start of next week.

at first glance, it looks like good-ish news re watada, and amazing news re foggo/wilkes etc - can't wait to read that story.

lukery said...

i just had to migrate the blog to NewBlogger - i'm not sure if the guestbloggers will have some tech probs - sorry about that...

Kax said...

Lukesterrrrr, you're baaaaaack, kinda.

We've misssssed you, bunches. you must have heard us all calling you oo oo ooo oo ooo ooo.

xoxoxoxo

calipendence said...

Well for those of us who had hoped that Carol Lam might have been retained to follow up on the Foggo/Wilkes indictments and other cases going here, it doesn't look like that's going to happen now, as it looks like she just took what looks to be a big job at Qualcomm. Wonder if the Bush admin had anything to do with that "being available" for her!