Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Wow. Just when you think things can't get more out-of-hand, they get more out-of-hand. Bush is such a dick it defies belief.

I don't personally care that a man goes into stir or not. That's not the point. But the justice system determined that this man was guilty and needed to serve his time. And the President who never met a law he didn't want to piss on simply decided that he didn't agree. No jail time needed because he thought it was excessive.

The same President who mocked a woman he refused to save from execution.

What more can I possibly say?



Anonymous Applesaucer said...

I think the most important thing about this story is missed opportunities, namely: you should have led off with "Libby Scoots."

7:44 AM  
Blogger Dwilkers said...

But the justice system determined that this man was guilty and needed to serve his time.

As with Marc Rich.

All this points at really is the two tier system of justice we have; one for the rich and/or powerful and the other for the rest of us.

So OJ gets away with double murder because he has $10 million to spend on lawyers. Berger gets off because NObody in Washington wants him in court testifying. Rich gets pardoned because his wife gives money to a president's library. The Duke LAX guys get off because they have enough money to get good lawyers that dig through the scientific reports. Libby gets off because he worked for the VP. And on and on and on.

To me the Libby thing is ho-hum. What bothers me is the idea of ten thousand Nifongs across the country grinding people up in a system that doesn't care unless you have money.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous wfta said...

I wonder if they keep one of the original prints of the Constitution in the White House with which they wipe their corrupt criminal asses.

It just stinks.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Smitty said...

Go check out John Rogers' thoughts over at Kung Fu Monkey about where this has led us and how deep this really hurts, beyong Bush just being a dick. It's good stuff, but kinda made me want to cry and puke.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Ed in Westchester said...

Nice label :)

12:33 PM  
Blogger Dwilkers said...

Off topic political comment, sorry.

A new thing seems to be happening. It appears to me that partisan politicos in states are maneuvering primaries to benefit particular candidates. So Florida is now said to be moving its primary up to be juxtaposed against South Carolina. What I'm reading is that Florida Pols are pro-Hillary, and putting Fla up against SC sets up a Hillary win even though she would (presumably) lose against Obama in SC due to the high percentage of black voters in that Dem primary (one presumes Pubs are doing similar things of course, these things are never as unique as they seem on the surface).

I know states have always jockeyed for position, although a lot more here the last few cycles than prior to that, but I cannot recall it being an intraparty partisan exercise before this.

Fascinating. I wouldn't describe it as corrupt or wrong, its just a very interesting way to manage the expectations and horse-race aspect of the game. Hillary could lose SC, but a FLA win is bigger in delegates. So she could lose but the media play would presumably be that she wins.

And FWIW Iowa and New Hampshire - who stand as big losers from this sort of thing - have always been ridiculously powerful in presidential politics anyway.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous wfta said...


A little different take: I don’t thing the state pols necessarily care who wins the nomination. They just want to have a chance to extract promises from the eventual winner which they cannot do if the nomination has been locked up before their state’s primary.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous karen said...

well personally I am glad that Bush pardoned his BFF scooter. (and they can say it is not a pardon all they want, he is not going to jail, he can start on the conservative lecture circuit, it is the functional equivalent). I knew he would do it too.

And why am I glad? while his popularity is plummeting, I don't think that the general public fully understands the depth of Bush's corruption. The scandal that underlies Libby's conviction is complicated and boring to most people, they don't really get it. same with the AG firings -- I don't think the general public really understands just why that is SO bad. This is easy. People will get that Bush is not just dumb but completely corrupt.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous wfta said...

The Kung Fu Monkey article was spot on: we are completely stumped by total shamelessness. Cheney is looking at us all and saying, "Fuck you. I will do as I please because you don't have the courage to take me on."

thanks smitty.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous wfta said...

Hey Mike, legal question:

I'll go out on a limb and say Libby lied to the grand jury having been assured by either the president or the vice president that he would be pardoned as soon as it was seemly and he could stay free on appeal until then. They misjudged the judge and were forced to commute the sentence. If I'm right, justice was obstructed at the highest level of U.S. government.
Oh, the question. Any chance somebody in the loop might rat their asses out? Any chance somebody other than Bush, Cheney and Libby had certain knowledge of it?

4:21 PM  
Blogger DED said...

Bush is such a dick it defies belief.


4:28 PM  
Blogger Edgar, AKA Mort said...

Shameless plug, but I ask for so little in life.

Please, please, please, everyone go vote for me. We can't let Og win. I'm counting on every one of you to put me over the top. Vote early, vote often. It'll only take a minute of your time. Time is of the essence. I'm counting on you. Thanks. :)

11:37 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

WFTA - Not sure that's a "legal" question, but I imagine plenty of folks know what happened. Whether any of them will actually talk, I guess time will tell.

I suspect as the years go by, all sorts of garbage will leak out, and we'll all realize how badly we were hoodwinked by this crew.

6:16 AM  
Blogger Edgar, AKA Mort said...

Many here seem to feel that people have had the wool pulled over their eyes to the corruption. I disagree, Bush could gun down a Nigerian girl scout troop with an uzi on the White House lawn and many people wouldn't care. They like things the way they are, and Bush gives them that. They deserve their fate.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Dwilkers said...

You Mets fans suck. And the Mets suck too.

In fact, the only thing that sucks more is the Astros, who seem to be determined to humiliate me in front of my internet homies.

Maine has matured a lot since I last saw him in the playoffs. He's more of a pitcher now as opposed to a thrower.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Dwilkers said...

I bet you guys loved Wright making that last out at second last night.

Heh. Not the dumbest base-running error I ever saw by any means but a pretty dumb last out for sure.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Babe Ruth made the final out of the 1926 World Series trying to steal second base.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Dwilkers said...

But they were only down by one run. There's a decent excuse for attempting a steal when you're down by one with 2 out.

Not when you're down by 4 and 2 outs. In that case your job is to stand there with your foot on the bag.

Anyway, just one loss. They happen - I've grown all too familiar with that sort of ending this year. Wandy pitched a nice game for us, he may be a keeper after all.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Dwilkers said...

Welp, we salvaged a split with you guys. Better than we had any right to expect. Once you guys fell behind 5-0 against Oswalt you had a steep hill to climb.

I must say the Mets look a bit flatter than I expected. Reyes is a monster on the basepath though.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

How the hell did this go from bashing Bush to the Mets? Bollocks.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous wfta said...

So, whaddaya think? Mike in Guantanamo?

2:21 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

No, not in Gitmo.

Sorry, just not much time (nor much inclination) to post.

Not complaining about this either -- as I've alluded to in the past, work's been good. Busy for sure, but good.

6:49 AM  
Blogger George said...

Work's good for you, but what about the rest of us who need your wit and wisdom?

4:07 PM  

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