Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Justice Is A Quaint Notion

Listening to the right wing apologists on television, whining that Scooter Libby should be pardoned since all he did was lie about his part in a crime that never took place and that no one was ever charged with, has been making me crazy all afternoon. I've been racking my brain trying to recall the underlying crime that Bill Clinton was charged with when he was impeached. But then I remembered, THERE WASN'T ONE!! Unless you consider a blowjob a crime, and hell, even done wrong, most men wouldn’t put the provider in jail. I then also remembered that hypocrisy is the Republican’s stock in trade. All is right with the world for another day.

And what was with the motorcade that reportedly drove by the courthouse just after the verdict was announced? Was it Shooter reminding Scooter why he should continue to keep his mouth shut? I’m not implying anything, I’m just asking.

And one of my first, loyal, and most treasured readers sent me this quote by Rep. Henry Hyde:

It's important. It's critical. It defines our country for most of the countries throughout history, and anything that erodes, that taints, that corrodes, that diminishes the rule of law is something we ought to be mindful of and be very careful about. I don't want that torn down or diminished or turned into a piece of plastic that could be molded. I really believe that notion that no man is above the law. That's naïve of me, I suppose. There are some people who are above the law. But they shouldn't be. They shouldn't be. We should have a government of laws, not of men. And we're going in the other direction. All of the sophistries that I hear, rationales, justifications, everybody does it, it was just about sex, it's perjury - I swear to tell the truth - the whole system of justice depends on that, doesn't it?

Yes it does Mr. Hyde, and I expect that you’ll be making the rounds of the DC party circuit to remind your Republican friends that they should be heralding this jury for a job well done instead of writing checks to the Scooter Libby Defense Fund (which is now, I guess, The Lobbying For A Pardon Of Scooter Libby Fund). I also expect that Republican blog readers will be clamoring to post comments about how justice has now been served. Sadly, they’ll be the only ones since the rest of us are left to question the entire notion of justice given that we still have Bush/Cheney in the White House and Karl Rove is still walking around a free man.

Justice would be Dick Cheney being treated (or neglected and not treated) for his blood clot in the decaying wing of Walter Reed, the 24/7 news coverage of the Bush impeachment and Karl Rove forced to watch it all from his jail cell, snug in his tight-fitting orange jumpsuit, but believe me, I'm not holding my breath for that. Justice, at this point, is whatever Alberto Gonzales decrees, and that certainly won't be justice for anyone I know.


Anonymous Tammi said...

The juror today asked the important question here: where's Karl?


LOL, from Americablog

11:24 PM  
Blogger VictorM said...

But... but... but.... Mr. Hyde is a bleeding heart liberal.

(That's what right-wingers will reply)

6:54 AM  
Anonymous Dale H said...

Your silence is deafening, but understandable. How many rabbit punches and stomach kicks can you take and still type?

I know we're moving quickly from one Repug disaster to another but bend over, pick up your propeller beany and have at: Walter Reed outpatients 'Katrina'd', U.S Attorneys dismissed for political reasons or Libby jury 'confused'.

Alex Trebek and the rest of us are waiting for your selection.

You have -$5000 from previous weak posts, Try and get it all back with one illogical, fallacious, straw-man, red herring, change the subject, blind ideological tour De force!

8:28 AM  
Anonymous david said...

What we see here is endgame. Just as in Watergate, it all began to unravel with one loose lip.

Sen. Hagel has said "impeachment" in an interview. It's that serious now among Republicans.

Bush and Cheney are crooks. Looters. The Ayn Rand loving Republicans ought to know what happens now. The Looters drag down the heroic freedom-loving conservatives. Afterall, the Looters have what they want and are about to scoot.

I'm sure the silence from the White House over Scooter has to do with the heavy prospect that there are plenty of others in the administration staring at 5 to 10 in minimum security.

That's why all those attorneys are being purged. It's a desperate attempt to subvert justice. All the attorneys fired were honest conservatives. The key word is "honest".

MediaMatters published a list of myths about Libby that they predicted the Right would spin after the verdict. It took less than a couple of hours for each myth to hit the news.

It's heartbreaking to hear neo-con fanatics retracting all the virtuous nonsense they spewed during Clinton's impeachment as if they were just kidding about perjury being a crime. "Hey, can't you take a joke?" They seem to be saying.

Those who claim the jury's verdict was unjust continue to spin nonsense about whether Plame was outed, who outed her, and how sad it is that Scooter has been made a scapegoat. Humbug!

If Republicans don't clean up this mess, it'll be the end of their Party. Remember what happened in 1974 and '76. The moderate wing of the GOP was destroyed. Now the right wing is sinking. Whatever became of the Whig Party now?

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Dale H said...


A reasonable explication whence the Whig Party:


By Garrison Keillor

Something has gone seriously haywire with the Republican Party. Once, it was the party of pragmatic Main Street businessmen in steel-rimmed spectacles who decried profligacy and waste, were devoted to their communities and supported the sort of prosperity that raises all ships. They were good-hearted people who vanquished the gnarlier elements of their party, the paranoid Roosevelt-haters, the flat Earthers and Prohibitionists, the antipapist antiforeigner element. The genial Eisenhower was their man, a genuine American hero of D-Day, who made it OK for reasonable people to vote Republican. He brought the Korean War to a stalemate, produced the Interstate Highway System, declined to rescue the French colonial army in Vietnam, and gave us a period of peace and prosperity, in which (oddly) American arts and letters flourished and higher education burgeoned—and there was a degree of plain decency in the country. Fifties Republicans were giants compared to today’s. Richard Nixon was the last Republican leader to feel a Christian obligation toward the poor.

In the years between Nixon and Newt Gingrich, the party migrated southward down the Twisting Trail of Rhetoric and sneered at the idea of public service and became the Scourge of Liberalism, the Great Crusade Against the Sixties, the Death Star of Government, a gang of pirates that diverted and fascinated the media by their sheer chutzpah, such as the misty-eyed flag-waving of Ronald Reagan who, while George McGovern flew bombers in World War II, took a pass and made training films in Long Beach. The Nixon moderate vanished like the passenger pigeon, purged by a legion of angry white men who rose to power on pure punk politics. “Bipartisanship is another term of date rape,” says Grover Norquist, the Sid Vicious of the GOP. “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” The boy has Oedipal problems and government is his daddy.

The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified into the party of hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based economists, fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, nihilists in golf pants, brownshirts in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons, hacks, fakirs, aggressive dorks, Lamborghini libertarians, people who believe Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk was filmed in Roswell, New Mexico, little honkers out to diminish the rest of us, Newt’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man suspicious of the free flow of information and of secular institutions, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk. Republicans: The No.1 reason the rest of the world thinks we’re deaf, dumb and dangerous.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous david said...

dale h, thanks for the link. I love Garrison Keillor. However, I don't think one should quote such large chunks of an author. I may be verbose, but I do think a writer who lives by writing should be read directly from the original source.

See How can I do more with links?

As for the Whig Party, it dissolved in 1856 over the question of slavery. Lincoln was a Whig and quit when the party couldn't make up its mind. The Republican Party originally was the best of the Whig Party reborn, believing in the supremacy of Congress, progress, public education, public transit, land reform, and anti-corruption. It was destroyed by the greed that followed the Civil War. It was reinvented by Teddy Roosevelt at the beginning of the 20th C. After the Great Depression, it was again reinvented by Eisenhower. Which takes us to Garrison Keillor. And now I'm afraid it's lost for good.

5:03 PM  
Anonymous drm said...

Scooter Libby found guilty by a juror. Snnoooooozzzzzeeee. Of course if I were GW I would pardon him in a second. President's pardon people all the time. The trial showed how silly the entire affair was. I don't know if Scooter lied and neither do any of you. We had Scooter vs. Russert, and Scooter vs. Cooper and the jury believed Russert and Cooper, so be it.

I guess what this "investigation" shows is when being interviewed by a special prosecutor or the FBI the best approach is to stay silent or pull the Shrillary line of "Gee I don't recall". When prosecutors investigate non-crimes, and we all now know there was no crime, and they go after individuals it is best to clam up.

For a few facts that I think we can all agree on I turn to an unlikely source, a WaPo Editorial on the verdict. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/06/AR2007030602020.html?sub=AR

bottom line, Joe Wilson was full of BS.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous drm said...


you demonstrated just how silly the juror was. What does Karl Rove have to do with whether or not Scooter Libby was guilty or not guilty?

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Dale H said...


Not so fast:

"For a few facts that I think we can all agree on I turn to an unlikely source, a WaPo Editorial on the verdict."

In a substance-less diatribe, the Washington Post editorial board this morning tried its best to downplay the significance of the Scooter Libby verdict. Here’s a fact-check on some of the Post’s most absurd claims:

CLAIM: Libby’s guilty verdict was “propelled not by actual wrongdoing.”

FACT: The Post Editorial Board Highlighted The ‘Seriousness’ Of Perjury Charges Against Clinton. In a Jan. 22, 1998 editorial, the Washington Post write, “The allegations against President Clinton are allegations of extremely serious crimes. … Subornation of perjury is a federal crime punishable by up to five years in prison.” On Feb. 2, 1998, the Post wrote that the “seriousness” of the charges against Clinton had “to do much more with possible perjury than with sex.” And on Dec. 13, 1998, the Post wrote: “There is no question that President Clinton committed grave offenses and aggravated them by refusing to acknowledge either the offenses themselves or their seriousness.”

CLAIM: Calling it a “sensational charge,” the Post writes that there was “no evidence that [Plame] was, in fact, covert.”

FACT: CIA, Former Colleagues, And Special Prosecutor All Report That Plame Was Covert. The CIA filed a “crime report” with the Department of Justice shortly after Novak’s column, stating that an undercover agent’s identity had been blown. Larry Johnson, a former CIA officer, said “Valerie Plame was a classmate of mine from the day she started with the CIA. … All of my classmates were undercover.” Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald found that Plame had indeed done “covert work overseas” on counterproliferation matters in the past five years, and the CIA “was making specific efforts to conceal” her identity.

CLAIM: The Post claims that senior White House officials had not “orchestrated the leak” and that the trial “provided convincing evidence that there was no conspiracy to punish Mr. Wilson by leaking Ms. Plame’s identity.”

FACT: Cheney’s Point-man — Libby — Carefully Leaked Plame’s Identity To Reporters, White House Staff. In an article published on Jan. 26, 2007, Post writers reported “Vice President Cheney personally orchestrated his office’s 2003 efforts to rebut allegations that the administration used flawed intelligence to justify the war in Iraq.” As of that effort, handwritten notes prove that Cheney assigned Libby to be the point man for disseminating the information about Plame’s identity, which he revealed to reporters Judith Miller and Matt Cooper. Libby also enrolled Ari Fleischer and Karl Rove in his effort to disseminate Plame’s identity.

CLAIM: “It would have been sensible for Mr. Fitzgerald to end his investigation after learning about Mr. Armitage. Instead, like many Washington special prosecutors before him, he pressed on, pursuing every tangent in the case.”

FACT: Armitage told the truth; Libby refused to. Indeed, it was “sensible” for Fitzgerald to pursue Libby and question why the Vice President’s chief of staff could not tell him the truth, while Armitage could.

The Post editorial concludes: “The Wilson-Plame case, and Mr. Libby’s conviction, tell us nothing about the war in Iraq.” This naïve comment is hardly surprising, coming from a publication that bought the false Iraq intelligence that Cheney, Libby, and company were trying so hard to sell prior to the war. More distressing, however, is that the Post has been an accomplice in the White House’s effort to cover up what it knew.

Contact the Washington Post ombudsman HERE to inform them of the factual inaccuracies in their editorial.

8:34 PM  

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