Saturday, May 13, 2006

Cheney's Hand Written Notes About Joe Wilson Turned Over To Fitzgerald

Dick Cheney made hand written notes in the margins of the New York Times Op-Ed column by Joseph Wilson according to a story today in Newsweek.

The notes, Fitzgerald said in his filing, show that Cheney and Libby were "acutely focused" on the Wilson column and on rebutting his criticisms of the White House's handling of pre-Iraq war intelligence.

This coming on the heels of news that Karl Rove has been indicted for perjury according to sources referenced by Jason Leopold of

Watch the Sunday talk shows for hyper-spin!

Karl Rove Tells White House He Will Be Indicted

According to Jason Leopold of, Karl Rove told Bush and the rest of the higher ups at the White House that he will be indicted. He intends to resign when that happens.

Not much of a surprise to me. When Rove's position was changed at the White House last week, it was evident that they were already starting to position for damage control. Now he will be dropped like a hot potato. My hope is that he plea-bargains and fingers the rest of this criminal mob.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Let The Law Suits Begin! Time For Americans To Fight Back!

Verizon is the first company to be the brunt of public outrage over the revelation that the NSA sought and was given without a court order, phone records of all customers. Two New Jersey public interest lawyers are suing according to a story from the AP. The damages asked: $50 billion.

Bruce Afran and Carl Mayer, attorneys, filed the lawsuit Friday afternoon in Manhattan federal district court. On Verizon's part, the company declined to say whether or not it turned over any records because that information was "Classified". Sounds like the same defense used to stop the Justice Department from investigating the wiretaps. "ITS SECRET!"

Well that is not good enough. Claiming we can't tell you cause it's secret is not only lame, but since this surveillance clearly violates several laws it's a lie. Just because the President wants something, we are a nation of laws and he can't just get anything he wants and break the law, only later to declare it a secret. If he were a kid in grade school I could understand the petulance, but for an allegedly grown adult this is a poor kind of argument.

As for Verizon, their privacy policy on their web site clearly states:

"Personal information you voluntarily supply when obtaining information, purchasing products, or interacting with our advertising on is not shared for non-Verizon purposes. This information is Verizon proprietary data and is not available for use to any outside company in this personalized form. Should any changes be made in the way we use personally identifiable information, Verizon will contact you via e-mail notifying you of this change and give you the opportunity to choose to opt out of such use."

I guess all bets are off if it's for secret stuff?


Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a San Francisco watchdog group that has sued AT&T for its role in turning customer data over to the government. Let's hope it's the beginning of a flood.

Invade Iran - An October Surprise?

As the Bush approval numbers drop steadily (now 29%) and members of Congress on the Republican side begin squirming in their seats, I have to wonder if there might not be something really big coming. After all, when backed into a corner, unscrupulous people do unscrupulous things.

An administration that regularly breaks existing laws and claims that it "doesn't interpret it's actions as being illegal" could justify anything. Thus the fear of the October Surprise. Remember it worked for Reagan, and so these folks in power now, since many of them are really Reagan appointees might try it again.

Iran has long been the boogie man of our middle eastern foreign policy. Bush includes them in the Axis of Evil, and since he rarely changes his mind, he will go after them. Even conservative columnist Pat Buchanan suspects there may be some unexpected political play.

There is a pool going on amongst my friends as to what day we will officially start a war with Iran. My heart is on "never" but my money is on the third week in October.

OKC Tribal Fire Conference Notes

Sunday night I got back from Oklahoma City and a very enjoyable event called Tribal Fire. The three day conference put on by National Leather Association - Oklahoma City, featured a vendors market and three days of workshops for kinky folk in all areas of BDSM. As a presenter, I was treated like royalty by the organization and I am very grateful to them for all their hospitality.

All these conferences are great places to learn new information and to catch up with old friends from around the country. Since many of the presenters come from other states, the leather conferences are much like family reunions.

What I found interesting was that this year there were no protestors outside the hotel. I remember the first Tribal Fire event, when the Concerned Women of America showed up to demonstrate their moral outrage at the event. Strange that most of those protestors, were men not women. I made an effort to speak with them and before the event was over a couple of them and I had real conversations about spiritual matters and BDSM. They had no idea what it was really about, they just knew that the images of leathersex were dark and foreboding and that was enough. Surely, they thought ths must be evil.

As a practicing Christian and a progressive, I managed to speak to them in their own language, and let them know that our activities were not only consensual, but in my opinion, spiritual in nature. I spoke about how people involved in the scene communicated and connected at a very deep level. To me, that connection is a sacred act. Another human being allowing you to interact with them on such a deeply physical level requires trust. It is trust from the receiver as well as the giver, both working together to assure that the scene will be fulfilling and ultimately safe.

In a way I kind of miss the protestors at this years event, I always like witnessing to people. Sharing with those who have no idea what BDSM is the joys and benefits it can bring. On the other hand, I suspect that some day, a few of those concerned "women" will eventually find their way into the leather scene and they will be healed of their self doubt and loathing. God bless them all.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

NSA & Bush Are Out Of Control!

For a long time I thought it was just me who thought the Bush administration was trying to consolidate power and become a de-facto dictatorship. After a few friends called me "crazy" I let it go. But now I have company. CNN's Jack Cafferty made the best argument today on TV. Crooks & Liars has the clip.

Watch it. Watch it again and then write Cafferty and thank him for having the guts to say what is really going on. With a goose stepping congress controlled by Neo-cons and a judiciary that is fast becoming a rubber stamp, it doesn't take much to envision an executive branch that can pretty much do and say whatever it wants. That's the "unitary executive" concept. That translates into "dictatorship" and it's time it is brought back into balance as our nation's founders intended.

Obergruppenfuhrer Delay To Resign June 9

Heir Delay will be stepping down not only as House Leader but resigning from his seat as well. Raw Story obtained a copy of the letter of resignation. Looks like Democratic opponent Nick Lampson will have a good shot at getting to Washington.

Delay, who is deeply involved in his own defense on money laundering charges has no doubt seen the last act of Götterdämmerung, Wagner's famous mythic opera where the Gods all march off to Valhalla as the curtain falls. Could it be that Delay wants to get there first so he will have a good seat to watch the rest of his criminal buddies as they arrive?

I love a good opera, and I think I hear a Fat Lady warming up for the finale!

Hey Laaaaaydeee!

Ooops! Wrong Jerry Lewis. This one is California Rep. Jerry Lewis, Republican chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Talking Points Memo reported that the L.A. Times story fingers not the actor but the Congressman from Redlands, CA. Looks like he was involved in the Duke Cunningham scandal as well. The government is looking into a possible connection between Lewis and his longtime friend Bill Lowery. Lowery, no surprise, was a lobbyist whose clients were awarded earmarked contracts by Lewis' committee.

Doesn't look like this Jerry Lewis will be nearly as funny as the actor, unless you are a Democrat watching on the sidelines as he gets to do the perp-walk.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Time To Start Laughing At Bush

As noted in a recent by AmericaBlog, Chicago Sun-Times commentary, the recent White House Press correspondents dinner was the first time Bush actually heard real people talking about his policies and his illegal behavior. Stephen Colbert not only was drop dead funny, he was honest. Now it's time for the rest of America to get honest.

When Bush speaks at public gatherings and makes one of his infamous "Bushisms" we need to laugh, laud and long and right in his face. He needs to know how bad a leader we feel he is and what an object of derision he has made the Presidency.

When Bush says,"We cannot allow our enemies to hold us hostile..." We should guffaw. When he remarks that , "thousands of OB-GYNs across this country cannot practice their love of women." We need to laugh so hard it hurts. Maybe humor can do what all the posturing and politics cannot. End this joke of an administration as soon as possible. The 2006 election will be critical. Let's hope we are all laughing afterward, and a little dancing in the street as well!

Bush CIA Pick Described as "Dishonorable And Without Integrity"

Russ Tice, whistle-blower and former intelligence analyst for the NSA, describes Bush's latest pick to head the CIA as "a lapdog" for the Bush administration. His harsh remarks come in an interview with

Tice went on to say that Hayden has lied about the scope of the illegal domestic spying program that Bush has undertaken and was picked strictly because of his loyalty. Tice attributes the demise of porter Goss to his occasional spats with the administration and sees Hayden as a completely complicit "enemy of the Constitution of the United States".

Monday, May 08, 2006

Another CIA Bailout! Can Tales Of Hookers Be Far Behind?

The CIA’s number three guy, Kyle 'Dusty' Foggo has resigned according to Raw Story. Speculation is running high that he might be implicated in the ongoing investigation of Randy "Duke" Cunningham. Foggo as well as "nine-fingers" Brant Bassett, who worked for Porter Goss at the CIA.

The 1999 party was attended by Foggo, Cunningham and a nine-fingered former CIA officer named Brant Bassett, who worked for Goss when the outgoing CIA chief was House Intelligence Committee chair. The scandal revolves around the poker party thrown by defense contractors Brent Wilkes and Mitchell Wade who provided suites at the Westin and Watergate Hotels complete with prostitutes.

Bush Approval Slides Again!

If it weren't enough that Porter Goss will probably be implicated in the unfolding prostitution scandal, Bush hit a new record, 31% approval rating according to USA Today. Even among the strongest supporters of the President , Republicans, his approval rate has hit an all time low. It seems that many republicans in Congress are wondering whether to distance themselves from Bush in hopes of not falling into the "black hole" of his unpopularity.

As gas prices continue to rise, the public feels less optimistic that they might escape any economic hardships, and indeed many are already feeling the pinch. In many states the price of regular is above $3.00 per gallon yet auto-makers continue to churn out SUVs and gas guzzling cars. Why? According to auto industry expert Erich Merkle, "the price would have to top $4.00 per gallon in the next 6 to 9 months to affect SUV sales".

We'll see. Gas prices will no doubt affect cost of delivery for goods to stores and that cost will be passed on to consumers. The end result is that the middles class and the poor will be squeezed again, and that spells trouble for the Republicans in the fall.