I got a disinterested witness here, my neighbor and best friend Barney Rubble

Maybe Ted Stevens sees not just the internets, but the entire world as tubes. A future utopia of tubes to nowhere. Well not exactly nowhere and not exactly tubes but bridges to property that is owned by the Senator’s Alaskan mafia, Another Bridge, Another Part of Nowhere

If the area is successfully developed, that could mean a significant windfall for a number of people close to the Congressional delegation — including Young’s daughter, Joni, Stevens’ chief of staff and campaign manager and Murkowski’s state director — some of whom purchased land in the area just a few months before then-Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Young began substantive work on a massive highway bill in early 2003.

[ ]…Former Stevens aide Lisa Sutherland also stands to see significant financial gain from the development of Knik Arm. Sutherland, a close confidante of Stevens, worked for the lawmaker from 1977 until this March in a variety of capacities, including deputy staff director on the Appropriations Committee and then staff director on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Sutherland left the Senate payroll in March to work full time on Stevens’ re-election campaign.

Senator Ted the Don and good fellas of the Alaska bridge rackets. Another fine example of Republican free market philosophy at work.

There is a way to make the media parrot the Conservative narrative on Iraq. Don’t supply any statistics on civilian casualties or any deaths they were a result of bombs – if you died by bomb it doesn’t count everyone knows that so the the liberal media should not be given those numbers. By reporting the deaths of your father, sister, or brother the media is losing the wonderful little optional war that had nothing to do with 9-11, but will through the use of positive thinking and comparisons to WW II stop all jihadist’s terrorism forever, amen. Saving Our Beautiful Minds

Voter-Fraud Complaints by GOP Drove Dismissals

Nearly half the U.S. attorneys slated for removal by the administration last year were targets of Republican complaints that they were lax on voter fraud, including efforts by presidential adviser Karl Rove to encourage more prosecutions of election- law violations, according to new documents and interviews.

Of the 12 U.S. attorneys known to have been dismissed or considered for removal last year, five were identified by Rove or other administration officials as working in districts that were trouble spots for voter fraud — Kansas City, Mo.; Milwaukee; New Mexico; Nevada; and Washington state. Four of the five prosecutors in those districts were dismissed.

It has been clear for months that the administration’s eagerness to launch voter-fraud prosecutions played a role in some of the firings, but recent testimony, documents and interviews show the issue was more central than previously known. The new details include the names of additional prosecutors who were targeted and other districts that were of concern, as well as previously unknown information about the White House’s role.

Gonzales, a another good fella for the cause said, “[T]his notion that somehow voter fraud is a dirty word, I don’t understand it, because you’re talking about people stealing votes, canceling out legitimate votes,” – It just happened that the voter fraud that Al was so concerned about was in battleground states and was alleged Democratic fraud, not Republican. The U.S. Attorney Scandal, in a Nutshell (Upshot — It’s Actually A “Voter Fraud” Scandal)

1. There is little, if any, reliable evidence of any serious problem of voter fraud in the United States.

2. After the 2000 election, if not before, Karl Rove and other Republican operatives decided that Republican political prospects would be immeasurably improved if they would only repeat, as often as possible, the unsupported claim that voter fraud is rampant, and take substantial steps to stem such nonexistent voter “fraud” — all in an attempt to suppress Democratic votes.

4. Karl Rove and others went further: They decided to use the levers of federal governmental power — the prosecution power, in particular — to go after nonexistent voter fraud, and thereby to further suppress voter turn-out in closely contested elections, all in order to enhance Republican electoral prospects.

Marty Lederman has more at the link.Remember this, Karl Rove, White House adviser

I’m looking at all of these [races] and adding them up. I add up to a Republican Senate and Republican House. You may end up with a different math but you are entitled to your math and I’m entitled to the math. [10/24/06]

The first part of this is boiler plate nonsense about some Republicans pressuring Bush – the average waitress is under more pressure then The Decider. But the last part contains the observation that the Commander Guy might have abdicated his throne, Bush Shifts Iraq Burden Onto General

“Decisions about the posture in Iraq need to be based upon conditions on the ground,” Bush said recently. “And (there’s) no better person to report about the conditions on the ground than somebody who is there, and that would be General Petraeus.”

Bush will be president and commander in chief for another 20 months. But in effect, he has surrendered his self-bestowed title of The Decider.

As of last week, Petraeus has become The Decider. If the general reports in September that the surge is making progress — and if that claim can be seen as legitimate by the public — he could convince a reluctant Congress to fund military operations through one more budget cycle.

However, if Petraeus decides he cannot legitimately claim progress, including concrete steps by the Iraqi government to live up to its obligations, he will force a dramatic change of course that politically, the president will be helpless to prevent.

That’s a huge burden for an unelected official to bear. Petraeus is not only free to be frank with the American people in a way that military officers never are, he is now obliged to be so.

It is an extraordinary situation in American history. A weak president and paralyzed Congress have in essence defaulted their roles, dumping that responsibility on a four-star general.

It is no reflection on Petraeus to note that is a deeply troubling development.

BushCo may let this gaff hang out there. After all it does absolve them of something that they are especially allergic to, responsibility.

“Fred Flintstone: Look buster you’re at fault and I can prove it. I got a disinterested witness here, my neighbor and best friend Barney Rubble. Go ahead Barney, tell him just how it happened.” – “The Flintstones” (1960)