Wednesday, March 07, 2007

National scandal round-up

1. Libby -- he's convicted! I think there is a decent chance he'll get a new trial, or the verdict will be reversed -- the jury's confusing notes to the judge may end up being the best thing that ever happened to him. If not, he'll almost certainly be pardoned. Someone will need to explain to me why we still have the Presidential pardon -- it's simply a shield for cronies, no?

2. Walter Reed hospital -- it's crappy! I'm paying zero attention to this scandal, but it seems that, once again, the Administration ignored reports of systematic, institutional failure until the press got wind of it and exposed the decrepit system. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? (Hint: Abu Ghraib).

3. U.S. Attorneys -- a political purge! Yesterday's Senate hearings confirmed that leading Republicans leaned on U.S. Attorneys to indict Democrats ahead of the November elections. The abuse of power is naked, yet for some reason, this scandal hasn't caught fire with the public. But this one has staying power, because U.S. Attorneys are sharp cookies, and will have extensive notes to back up their charges (and after years of trial experience, the ability to provide riveting live testimony). Pay attention to this one.

4. Seahawks front office -- dark times! We managed to overpay for Patrick Kerney, and then miss out on Daniel Graham at TE. Also, we don't have a first round draft pick. Not good.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Pardon: a “slam dunk” – but will need to be either soon or after Nov 2008. I’m not a lawyer so I can’t comment on the probability of a retrial but I hope there is. All that can happen is that we learn more. That possibility makes me wonder if the Administration wants a retrial and, if they don’t, would they do anything to prevent it. And Scooter’s team better make darn sure the trial is over before Jan. 2009....

[Funny thing about them Niger documents – the break-in of the Niger embassy to steal stationary was before 9/11....]

2. The rooms at Walter Reed are in better shape than the VA system as a whole, which has had budget cuts for the last three years. There are disabled Vets who have had to wait years to get their first disability payments.

3. In another time, this story would be an outrage but with Bush, it’s boiling the frog: they have done so much so often that the contrast effect isn’t there. However, I don’t think this one is going to go away.

4. [redacted due to ignorance of almost anything to do with professional sports]

(5) Get thee to “on demand” and watch HBO’s “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib” – we need to be trying people for war crimes, not perjury....

-- Big Daddy

3:07 PM  

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