there is a good reason why the propaganda system works that way

Former U.S. Senator and possible Republican prez candidate Fred ‘ Law and Order?’ Thompson has some strange ideas about what law and order is exactly. He has made it known that he thinks that the guy that covered up the crimes of Vice President Cheney should get a pardon...Fitzgerald Again Points to Cheney

Libby’s lies, Fitzgerald wrote, “made impossible an accurate evaluation of the role that Mr. Libby and those with whom he worked played in the disclosure of information regarding Ms. Wilson’s CIA employment and about the motivations for their actions.”

It was established at trial that it was Cheney himself who first told Libby about Plame’s identity as a CIA agent, in the course of complaining about criticisms of the administration’s run-up to war leveled by her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson. And, as Fitzgerald notes: “The evidence at trial further established that when the investigation began, Mr. Libby kept the Vice President apprised of his shifting accounts of how he claimed to have learned about Ms. Wilson’s CIA employment.”

The investigation, Fitzgerald writes, “was necessary to determine whether there was concerted action by any combination of the officials known to have disclosed the information about Ms. Plame to the media as anonymous sources, and also whether any of those who were involved acted at the direction of others. This was particularly important in light of Mr. Libby’s statement to the FBI that he may have discussed Ms. Wilson’s employment with reporters at the specific direction of the Vice President.” (emphasis mine – they’re in italics in the original)

Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and his Alaska mafia are still practicing that good old Republican version of working hard regulation free merit based market capitalism, Joel Connelly: Uncle Ted and the Feds

The Bureau and a federal grand jury are examining an extensive remodeling project at the Girdwood, Alaska, home of Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The investigation involves remodeling invoices and top executives of VECO, an oil services firm whose chairman pleaded guilty to bribery, conspiracy and tax charges earlier this month. The FBI has asked three contractors to turn over records from the project. One contractor told the Daily News he has testified before the grand jury.

Stevens has declined to answer questions about the probe, saying in a written statement that it would create the “appearance that I might influence this investigation.”

Stevens, 83, has served in the U.S. Senate since being appointed in December of 1968. The senator’s son, Ben Stevens, served as president of the Alaska State Senate – and is a central figure in the investigation.

VECO chairman Bill Allen and top deputy Rick Smith pleaded guilty to charges of improperly influencing legislators, and are now cooperating with the feds. As part of the plea, Allen and Smith acknowledged that Ben Stevens had taken $242,000 from Veco for “giving advice, lobbying colleagues and taking official acts in matters before the Legislature.

Three former and one serving member of the Alaska State Legislature have been indicted. Ben Stevens has not been indicted.

Stevens like most of today’s Republicans do practice a kind of supply and demand capitalism: they have the power and money and they demand that they get what they want. Conservative mafia Don Stevens and Dick Cheney would not have gotten along very well with Alexander Hamilton,

Alexander Hamilton left behind him Elizabeth, their seven children, and a mountain of debts. After all the accusations that he had taken advantage of his own policies for personal profit, Hamilton was close to broke when he died. For propriety’s sake, he refused to enrich himself; for propriety’s sake, he refused to accept the army pension to which he was unquestionably entitled; for propriety’s sake, he regularly undercharged his legal clients. When he could have amassed a fortune he resolved not to, preferring instead to leave a blameless public record:

“Because there must be some public fools who sacrifice private to public interest at the certainty of ingratitude and obloquy–because my vanity whispers I ought to be one of those fools and ought to keep myself in a situation the best calculated to render service–because I dont want to be rich and if I cannot live in splendor in Town . . . I can at least live in comfort in the country and I am content to do so.”

A little late, but worth a read if you missed it. In a post that touches on several important points one that particularly stuck with me was the continued abuse of the national Guard. It doesn’t take a master detective to put the pieces together. Bush has weakened the military to the point where in order to maintain the endless presence of troops in Iraq rather then bring back the draft he is extending the tours of guardsmen and shortening their times between tours. djtyg gives Democrats some hell too. They are the majority party, but on the other hand and it has only been four months since they regained power. That said they need to put this on their priorities list, A Soldier’s Thoughts on Memorial Day

I’ve written Senator Levin numerous times about the removal of the 2 year rule that was given to Reservists. The rule was that a Reservist cannot deploy by Presidential order for more than 24 months out of 5 years. The rule was removed last year because the rule was keeping members of the Reserve and Guard from deploying back to Iraq. For the love of Pete, Senator, get on this already! And to anyone reading this, call Congress and tell them to reinstate the rule! Because I DON’T WANT TO GO BACK.

This is a head spinner. Karl Rove has tried to portray the right-wing nuts from Westboro Baptist Church that disrupts the funerals of veterans carrying signs such as “Thank God For AIDS” and “God Hates Fags.” as part of a “Sheehan-Reid-Obama-Clinton cult”. Just when you think that there is no part of the the gutter in which the Right will not wallow they find a new pipeline of sludge.

“I think there is a good reason why the propaganda system works that way. It recognizes that the public will not support the actual policies. Therefore it is important to prevent any knowledge or understanding of them.” – Noam Chomsky