Saturday, 22 November 2008
ANOTHER QUESTIONABLE SENATE SEAT?
Don't take this as any endorsement of Ted Stevens. Because it
isn't. Stevens lost his senate seat to Ted Begich and it's just as
I have little doubt that, at the very least, Stevens bent the rules to get
that work done on his home in Alaska. And even if he didn't, the man
is 85 years old and has been the state's senator since Methusaleh was in
diapers. Enough. Get some new thinking in there.
That said, however, it turns out that one of the key witnesses in his trial
is now claiming, just weeks after Stevens' conviction, that he was given
immunity to testify and was helped with the answers. Here are excerpts
from the Associated
Press article which fleshes this sordid little story out. Please pay
special attention to the paragraph in bold print:
against Sen. Stevens says he hid the truth
Posted: 11/21/2008 11:46:46 AM PST
WASHINGTONOne of the
government's witnesses against convicted Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska says he
didn't tell the truth on the stand about an immunity deal with the Justice
Department in exchange for his testimony. But federal prosecutors said Friday
that his current story is the false one.
"I testified to the fact that there was never
immunity for me or my family and friends," welder David Anderson said in a
November letter to a federal judge placed in court files by Stevens' lawyers.
"That is simply not true."
The Justice Department responded quickly, saying
the government never made any agreement of immunity for Anderson or any of his
family or friends. "Mr. Anderson's statement in his November 2008 letter is not
true, and the court is aware that it is not true," government lawyers said.
Stevens' lawyers have asked U.S. District Judge
Emmet Sullivan to hold a hearing on Anderson's charges and to let them
investigate it. It was not immediately known when Sullivan would make a ruling.
The Justice Department had no immediate comment.
Anderson supervised the start of the 2000
renovation of Stevens' Girdwood, Alaska, home and later responded to maintenance
requests by Stevens and his wife. He testified at the trial that a March 2008
affidavit he signed that would give immunity to his family and friends in
exchange for his testimony was false.
"That was never said," Anderson testified on Oct.
9. "It was kind of a gentleman's agreement, you know."
In his letter, Anderson said: "The agreement was
that if I cooperated my entire family would be safe from the investigation(s) of
the Department of Justice and also the Treasury Department. The Department of
Justice has never ever denied that they shook my hand on this agreement but
instructed me on how to sugar coat it and get it swept under the rug during the
trial as they have told the court just the opposite."
Anderson also said he was given extensive help by
the prosecutors in remembering events surrounding the renovation of Stevens'
"Without the preparation from the
prosecution and reminders from them about my activities and the agreement I had
with them about my family and myself I would not have given the same testimony,"
Anderson said. "Without a shadow of a doubt I believe this trial would have gone
Federal prosecutors say this is also untrue and
they will submit documents and video evidence Monday "that prove the falsity of
Mr. Anderson's allegations."
As you can see, the prosecutors vigorously deny Mr. Anderson's claims.
But suppose he was given immunity and coached. Is it hard to conclude, as
he did, that the trial would have gone much differently? That there would
have been a hung jury or even an acquittal? And if so, is it hard to
conclude that voting would have been affected in Stevens' favor?
We'll never know, will we?
Again, please do not take this as any endorsement of Ted Stevens. But
it has consequences that are more far-reaching than you might realize.
As Norm Coleman's senate seat appears well on the way to being stolen, and
Democrats go full-force against Saxbe Chambliss of Georgia in the hopes that he
will lose his runoff next month, it could be the difference between Democrats
having or not having a so-called "filibuster-proof" 60 seats in the senate.
I will discuss Republican culpability - and media culpability -
regarding this potential one-party situation in a future blog. Both have
plenty of it.
YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP (BUT HE SURE TRIED...)
What is going on here?
Last week I blogged about a vicar who had a potato surgically removed
from his anal cavity (he claimed, so help me, that he was hanging drapes in
the nude, fell backwards and landed on the potato in a way that shot it up
Now we have this, which comes to us courtesy of the UK's Saturday Metro:
Man blames penis iPhone gaffe on
Yeah, I've been
having real problems with it - somehow it has managed to obtain photos of my
A man who
was caught by his wife sending pictures of his genitals to a lover via iPhone
claimed it was caused by an Apple bug.
The incident has
become an internet sensation after the wife, named Susan, made a posting on
Apple's discussion forum asking for technical support.
She was trying to
find out whether her husband had a genuine excuse, even though she had already
caught him making late night phone calls and sending messages to other women.
She wrote: "Please
help! I took my husband's iPhone and found a raunchy picture of him attached to
an e-mail to a woman in his sent e-mail file.
"When I approached
him about this (I think that he is cheating on me) he admitted that he took the
picture but says that he never sent it to anyone.
"He claims that he
went to the Genius Bar at the local Apple store and they told him that it is an
iPhone glitch: that photos sometimes automatically attach themselves to an
e-mail address and appear in the sent folder, even though no e-mail was ever
Susan asked the
Apple experts on the discussion board to tell her if they had ever heard of the
bug, saying "the future of my marriage depends on this answer".
Her account on the
Apple site says she is from New Jersey.
Most people on the
forum told her the excuse was laughable, but interestingly, two newly-registered
users posted responses saying they had experienced a similar glitch.
However, regulars on
the forum soon queried whether the posts came from Susan's husband.
Susan even described
the picture in question on the forum.
"It was a close-up
shot of him pleasuring himself taken at the exact moment of maximum pleasure,"
"It's such a good
shot that one must wonder if he actually practiced it a few times before getting
Susan thanked the
discussion board and said her lawyer was "working on the divorce
New Jersey, eh? I live in New Jersey.
That being the case, I want to take this opportunity to assure my beautiful
wife of 39 years that I would never take a cell phone picture of me pleasuring
Of course, at this stage of my life that could mean I got a good night's
sleep or rid myself of a gas pain by burping - or worse.
But those are the only examples I'll give. I definitely want to
approach this subject genitally.....I mean gently.
THE BAILOUT: A PICTORIAL
Here is the must succinct opinion I've seen so far of the bailout.
GAIL COLLINS: CAN SHE BE THIS IGNORANT?
How can Gail Collins be this ignorant? She's a columnist for the New
York Ti.....oh, never mind.
Here is the beginning of Ms. Collins' piece in Today's New York Times.
I'm asking you to overlook the Bush hatred in the interests of assessing Ms.
Collins' understanding of presidential succession:
Time for Him to Go
Thanksgiving is next week, and President Bush
could make it a really special holiday by resigning.
Seriously. We have an economy thats crashing and
a vacuum at the top. Bush who is currently on a trip to Peru to meet with
Asian leaders who no longer care what he thinks hasnt got the clout, or
possibly even the energy, to do anything useful. His most recent contribution to
resolving the fiscal crisis was lecturing representatives of the worlds most
important economies on the glories of free-market capitalism.
Putting Barack Obama in charge immediately isnt
impossible. Dick Cheney, obviously, would have to quit as well as Bush. In fact,
just to be on the safe side, the vice president ought to turn in his resignation
first. (Were desperate, but not crazy.) Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would
become president until Jan. 20. Obviously, shed defer to her partys incoming
chief executive, and Barack Obama could begin governing.
As a bonus, the Pelosi presidency would put a
woman in the White House this year after all. On the downside, a few right-wing
talk-show hosts might succumb to apoplexy. That would, of course, be terrible,
but Im afraid we might have to take the risk in the name of a greater
Can I see a show of hands? How many people want
George W. out and Barack in?
Please also forget that Bush isn't resigning and neither is Cheney.
Pretend that Ms. Collins' wet dream is realized and they both did.
Now, let's take a look at the actual line of succession to the presidency,
which anyone with a computer and a search engine can find in a matter of
Do you see Barack Obama anywhere in sight? Me neither.
Do you see any mechanism for Ms. Pelosi turning the reigns of government over
to Barack Obama? Me neither.
By the way, since Ms. Collins is so interested in the symbolism of a female
President, she might be interested in noting that the list of successors from
George Bush's cabinet includes
-A Black woman (Rice);
-Three women eligible for the presidency (Rice, Peters, Spellings);
-At least three Jews (Mukasey, Bodman and Chernoff).
When it comes to diversity, I doubt that you can find a President who
provided as much as George Bush - one of the many things he's done that people
like Gail Collins won't give him one iota of credit for.
The cabinet also includes a Latino (Gutierrez) and an Asian (Chao), neither
of whom are eligible to be President by virtue of where they were born.
Maybe Ms. Collins will someday have a word to say about the controversy over
where her lord and savior, Saint Barack was born. But I doubt it.
Ignorant is as ignorant does - or, in this case, as it writes for the New
LAME DUCK BDS
George Bush is now a lame duck President. But if you think that
effectively ends Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS), think again. We have the
lame duck variety of that too.
This example comes to us from CNN, via Noel Sheppard of www.newsbusters.org:
CNN Corrects Its Pathetic 'Bush
Snubbed By World Leaders' Story
CNN has corrected a bogus story the network's
Rick Sanchez pathetically aired Wednesday about leaders at last Saturday's G20
meeting snubbing President Bush as if he had "cooties."
For those that missed it, Sanchez played a video
(embedded below the fold) of Bush seemingly being ignored by most of the leaders
of the free world as they lined up to take a group picture:
I want you to look at this video, all right. It
seems almost sad. Look at this. This is the president of the United States
walking out on stage to take a picture with world leaders invited to the G20
summit over the weekend. Look at him. And he seems like the most unpopular kid
in high school that nobody liked -- you know, the one with the
Actually, what seems sad, Rick, is that as your
colleague Jeanne Moos reported Friday, you didn't know what you were talking
about (video embedded right, h/t Hot Air via NBer R D
JEANNE MOOS, CNN NATIONAL NEWS CORRESPONDENT
(voice-over): This is the story of the snub that wasn't. Take one unpopular
American president hosting a summit. Surround him with world leaders shaking
hands with everyone but him. Next thing you know it's the diss heard around
the blogosphere, link back to CNN.
RICK SANCHEZ, CNN ANCHOR: I want you to look at
this video, all right? It seems almost sad.
MOOS: "The Daily Show" played it. It's the show
closing moment of Zen. The White House probably wasn't feeling so Zen when it
heard interpretations like this.
VOICE OF SANCHEZ: And he seems like the most
unpopular kid in high school that nobody liked. You know, the one with
MOOS: Cooties? You can't shrug off
GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:
How are you doing?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you very
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Good morning.
BUSH: How are you doing?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm fine. Thank
MOOS: It turns out the president had already
shaken everybody's hand earlier that same day. In fact, he had shaken most of
their hands twice starting the day before. Responding to the where's the love
perceived snub, the White House noted the president had already greeted all of
those leaders prior to this picture, whereas the other leaders had not had the
opportunity to greet each other yet that morning.
(on camera): When it comes to diplomatic
protocol there is one unshakeable rule, shake hands no matter how much you
like or dislike a leader, unless you're outright enemies.
(voice-over): The snub that wasn't occurred as
the leaders were lining up for a group photo. They took the picture and they
had to turn around and do it again, because Argentina's first female president
arrived late. Oops. Take two.
Despite the snubber-in-chief talk, there was
plenty of back slapping and patting at the summit. As for likening the
president to --
SANCHEZ: The one with the cooties
MOOS: Tell that to Italy's prime minister. He
and President Bush palled around like a couple of old coots.
Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.
Kudos to Moos for exposing her colleague as the
boob we all know him to be. However, it would be nice if all the leftwing
websites that gleefully posted Sanchez's report (video embedded below) --
including the Huffington Post --
would publish a retraction.
Don't hold your breath.
It's nice to see these hate-filled jerks looking like, well, like hate-filled
jerks. Again. For a change.
George Bush may have had his deficiencies as a President (along with his
successes). But as a gentleman, he towers above BDS driven boobs like
AS ZIMBABWEANS STARVE....
Ed Morrissey, late of www.hotair.com,
writes an unsettling account of a) who is trying to talk sanity to robert
mugabe, Zimbabwe's murderous thug "head of state" and b) why it is a waste
Zimbabwe to Elders: Get lost
Zimbabwe has refused entry to
Jimmy Carter and Kofi Annan for a humanitarian mission intended on estimating
the amount of intervention needed to stave off a famine in the breadbasket of
Africa. Along with human-rights actvist Graca Machel, the so-called
Elders assembled by Nelson Mandela failed in their opening mission to solve
world hunger and foster peace:
Zimbabwe has refused to let Kofi Annan and two
eminent colleagues visit the impoverished African country for a humanitarian
mission, the three said Saturday.
The former U.N. secretary-general, ex-U.S.
President Jimmy Carter and rights advocate Graca Machel had planned to assess
the countrys needs. They are members of The Elders group, formed by former
South African President Nelson Mandela to foster peace and tackle world
Zimbabweans are suffering from disease and
hunger while political crisis over a power-sharing government occupies its
politicians. A current cholera outbreak has killed nearly 300 people in
Zimbabwe, the United Nations said.
But the three were told Friday night by former
South African President Thabo Mbeki, who is mediating the political crisis,
that efforts to secure travel visas for the a two-day trip had
There is no small amount of irony in this
snub. Robert Mugabe began his tyranny with the assistance of the Carter
administration, as James Kirchick reported at the Weekly Standard last
year. Without Carter, Mugabe would likely have been just another terrorist
thug chased around in the wilderness for a while until murdered by his own
Kofi Annan provides a different kind of
irony. The last humanitarian mission Annan led was the Oil-for-Food
program at the UN. That led to the worst corruption in history, with
everyone getting paid off while enriching Saddam Hussein beyond the dreams of
avarice. The only people to suffer in that arrangement were the Iraqis
that were supposed to get fed through direct aid, bypassing Iraqi
Only Nelson Mandela would have thought to send
these two on a mission to Harare. Not even Mugabe wants to see these two
Ed is 100% right. What we have here is two frauds - both lionized by
international media, of course - begging a man indifferent to his own
people's suffering and death to be nice.
How pathetic. How useless.
The world has demonstrated that the last thing it wants to do is save the
people of Zimbabwe. Sending carter and mandela to beg mugabe, as if he
cared one little bit what they say, is conclusive proof.