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(Updated) Always a Silver Lining

Thank God for Fox news! Otherwise we’d have to listen about wars, people getting hurt and…

the stuff people got convicted for.

Not Guilty

1 out of 5 isn’t bad – it’s news. Hurrah for Scooter – dodged that bullet! (And these are the Fox News invesigative texters, remember? )

Now, if they’d just top covering the Anne Nicole story and move on to something serious like – um – deep fried snickers recipies. Then we’d be getting somewhere.

But trust in God, Republicans and Fox to find a silver lining in a cloud (or your checkbook).

(Hat Tip: DailyKos via One Good Move )

Update: And of course ‘Did he even do anything wrong?’)

Poor Poor Scooter!

(Via: Crooks and Liars)

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Under Pressure

First it was the anti-tobacco Islamofascists. Now it is his own staff sabotaging that upstanding American – Reprehensible Tom Tancredo (R-CO).

This from The Hill (via, who else, Wonkette)

Rule No. 1 for congressional staffers: Don’t borrow your boss’s car without telling him. Or maybe it’s “Don’t blog about your sex life.” In either case, the car thing is pretty high up there.

If you must break that rule and slip away with the keys, at least don’t get in a wreck.

And, if you happen to break both of those rules, don’t then tell the Capitol Police the congressman gave you permission to take it. Officers know how to reach members, even when they’re on a retreat.

Apparently, one of Rep. Tom Tancredo’s staffers didn’t get the memo. The Colorado Republican got a phone call from Capitol Hill’s finest during the GOP retreat earlier this year about his Toyota Prius (Tancredo? A hybrid? Who knew?).

The congressman was asked if he had authorized the young staffer to take his car.

Um, no, Tancredo responded. Why?

Because he’d just driven it into another car.

Oops.

Could have been worse. Could have been the middle of the night, the staffer on ludes drunk and named Kennedy Bush.

I wonder if someone is trying to pressure Tom into leaving Washington?

God maybe? Just a tip God. Keep trying, you’ll get him yet.

Dawkins Dissing

I just can’t resist this…

And who says creationists haven’t evolved humor?

That’s it, I’m convinced!

I guess I’ll just have to become a worm-like follower of the Discovery Institute now. Goodbye world of rational thought. *sigh*

Hello – um – Disco?

(Hat Tip: Andrew Sullivan/The Daily Dish)

A Question of Perspective

The only thing I find really surprising about the current curfuffle about Walter Reed is why the Amerian public seems happy with the current investigation. I watch congress persons pulling out newspaper article after newspaper article and pointing to official reports about the issue while the admittedly bad managers from the army were being grilled.

This begs the question, don’t these congress people have e-mail? Isn’t that what staff is for? Don’t these people read Salon or newspapers or – um – official reports…

And while I am at it, why exactly did it take that long to ‘break’ the story if the problems are so endemic? Didn’t anyone think to look until now? Oh. Right. The administration has a great track record with that honesty thing.

But hey, better late than never, right?

But to assume that the Army even understands the issue? No. They don’t even see a problem.
The following exchange related in Dana Milbank’s Washington Post column on Tuesday highlights the issue.

After [the wife of one of the injured soldiers] Annette McLeod’s testimony, the couple sat in the first row of the audience, just three feet from Weightman and Kiley as the two generals testified. “The McLeods are right behind you,” pointed out Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va). “Do you have anything you want to say to them?”

“I feel terrible for them,” said Kiley, keeping his back to the McLeods. “We have got to double our efforts, redouble our efforts, to make these kind of cases disappear in the system.”

Weightman, by contrast, turned around to the McLeods and spoke warmly, addressing Annette directly. “I’d just like to apologize for not meeting their expectations, not only in the care provided, but also in having so many bureaucratic processes that just took your fortitude to be an advocate for your husband that you shouldn’t have to do,” Weightman said, as Kiley finally turned to face the McLeods. “I promise we will do better.”

Go back. Re-read the testimony from the new (and former) head at Walter Reed. He managed either a Bushism or a Freudian slip. He doesn’t want to solve the problems. He wants the cases to ‘disappear in the system.’ To bury the still living in paperwork while the dead are being interred at Arlington. And Kiley’s going to redouble his efforts to make it so. That is the problem.

At least the fall guy get’s the point. *sigh*

I guess it’s a question of perspective. You only see what’s wrong in hindsight.

Quickie: You Are Not A Real Trekkie

This guy is a real Trekkie.

And if there are enough people, with money, who have the same tick he does, he’ll probably get rich.

But, if you think you’re close to Trekkie-dom you will probably have this link on your desktop and listen to the films online. Right?

(Hat Tip: Noah Shachtman/Danger Room)

To Forgive Divine?

It looks like the first round of the Scooter silliness has come to an end.

Now the inevitable round of blogging, cable news pundits and appeals will start.

But to read the news stories, one get’s the idea that Scooter actually might have to ‘pay’ for his misstep. I am sure all the news articles will inevitably push the possible punishment angle. The third paragraph in the Washington Post piece,

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Libby faces a probable prison term of 1 1/2 to three years when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton June 5.

The New York Times waited 11 paragraphs to point out the difficult sentencing issues involved here,

Judge Reggie M. Walton, who presided over the four weeks of testimony and presentation of evidence, set sentencing for June 5. Under complicated sentencing guidelines that are no longer mandatory, Judge Walton has wide discretion in setting a prison term.

But lawyers not involved in the case who are experienced in the issue of sentencing calculated that under the guidelines, Mr. Libby might be sentenced to 20 to 27 months.

But the fact that Libby will probably be pardoned is painfully obvious. It is clear in both the WP as well as the NYT where the story continued with,

Judge Walton allowed Mr. Libby to remain free on bail. The defense’s plans to ask for a retrial and then appeal the verdict mean that it would be many months before Mr. Libby would be required to go to prison. It also would provide a window for Mr. Bush to pardon Mr. Libby, an issue about which the White House has been silent, but one that quickly became a topic of speculation.

I would argue the question isn’t if Libby will be pardoned, but when.

On the one hand, it might make sense to try to get it over with relatively quickly, now; even before any real sentencing is handed down. Why?

Well George W. is under fire for the heavy handed ‘un-appointment’ of those pesky attorneys. Then there is all the dirt – um – mold the Washington Post uncovered about Walter Reed. What better way to scrape those two stories under the carpet and move on?. Let the lame duck president take the 5 point drop in the polls now before the real campaigning for a Republican candidate starts in up in the fall.

This option has a couple of advantages. First, Bush, who probably is still deluded about a ‘win’ in Iraq, has a chance to look towards all the happy comments he will be getting this fall. Then the Libby thing will be forgotten and Bush can start campaigning for his designated heir apparent. On the other hand, if things in Iraq or the war in Iran aren’t going better, then the pardon is better spoken now not later taking the quick hit and having some recovery time before the next shoe drops.

Of course, if there is enough legal wiggle room available and Libby can push any possible penalties into the far future, Bush will probably wait until after the 2008 election. Then he can pardon Libby with only a modicum of real political fallout. (One hopes that with the number of new nuclear powers in the world by that time, political fallout is the biggest worry Americans Bush will have but that’s another story.)

So, I think this is not an if question but a when question.

Besides. Isn’t forgiveness divine? And doesn’t Bush have a private line to the Big Guy?