Modern tales of conservative morality

  Mitt Romney is using  former CIA officer Cofer Black, who Blackwater’s vice chairman – Iraq Probe of U.S. Security Firm Grows – as his moral compass on what exactly constitutes torture.

Republicans, the so-called party of values who one assumes is constituted of people with values who court values voters keeps reinventing those good old days of traditional values like respect for the law, Trent Lott’s Brother-In-Law, Nephew, Indicted On Federal Bribery Charges

Prominent Mississippi trial attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, the brother-in-law of outgoing GOP Sen. Trent Lott, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on charges that he and four other men tried to bribe a Mississippi state court judge.

According to the 13-page indictment, Scruggs and three other attorneys — including Lott’s nephew Zach — attempted to bribe Mississippi Third Circuit Court Judge Henry L. Lackey with at least $40,000 in cash.

Lackey was assigned to hear a lawsuit in which Scruggs’ firm was named as a defendant in a dispute involving $26.5 million in attorneys’ fees stemming from a court settlement with State Farm Insurance over Hurricane Katrina claims.

The indictment alleges that the bribe was intended to resolve the case in Scruggs’ and his firm’s favor. Also charged was Sidney A. Backstrom, an attorney at Scruggs’ firm; Timothy R. Balducci, a New Albany, Miss., lawyer; and former State Auditor Steven A. Patterson, an employee of Balducci’s law firm.

Lott and the various relatives, friends and  associates will no doubt claim that any scrutiny of their behavior is simply liberals criminalizing politics.

Giuliani billed obscure agencies for trips 

The practice of transferring the travel expenses of Giuliani’s security detail to the accounts of obscure mayoral offices has never been brought to light, despite behind-the-scenes criticism from the city comptroller weeks after Giuliani left office.

The expenses first surfaced as Giuliani’s two terms as mayor of New York drew to a close in 2001, when a city auditor stumbled across something unusual: $34,000 worth of travel expenses buried in the accounts of the New York City Loft Board.

When the city’s fiscal monitor asked for an explanation, Giuliani’s aides refused, citing “security,” said Jeff Simmons, a spokesman for the city comptroller.

But American Express bills and travel documents obtained by Politico suggest another reason City Hall may have considered the documents sensitive: They detail three summers of visits to Southampton, the Long Island town where Nathan had an apartment.

Auditors “were unable to verify that these expenses were for legitimate or necessary purposes,” City Comptroller William Thompson wrote of the expenses from fiscal year 2000, which covers parts of 1999 and 2000.

Rudy would be not only a worthy sucessor to Bush/Cheney, but shows signs of surpassing even the current administration in terms of moral and financial corruption.

Senator McCain (R-AZ) was for the Korea model for Iraq, staying there for sixty years or more, before he was against it. I’m not sure why the hard Right freeper types that support Guiliani have abandoned McCain. There’s only a few degrees of pure wackiness that separates the two.

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft says he wouldn’t mind being waterboarded,

Ashcroft also responded to questions from the audience. The first question came from a woman who asked if Ashcroft would be willing to be subjected to waterboarding.

“The things that I can survive, if it were necessary to do them to me, I would do,” he said.

Couldn’t we just settle this once and for all. All the Republicans that support the suspension of hapeas corpus, illegal government surveillance and torture can report a nice camp constructed by a private corporation owned by a Republican of course and take their turn being tortured. Rush Limbaugh, THE VOICE of conservatism likened the conditions at Abu Ghraib to a fraternity house. We get almost daily reports of Republicans crimes, surely if they can talk the talk they can walk the walk. Much like the lack of military service among most Republican leaders and pundits, their tough talk is just that. To modern Conservatives to act with some humility, to be a reasonable decent human being is considered a weakness.

Journalists in Iraq – A Survey of Reporters on the Front Lines 

After four years of war in Iraq, the journalists reporting from that country give their coverage a mixed but generally positive assessment, but they believe they have done a better job of covering the American military and the insurgency than they have the lives of ordinary Iraqis. And they do not believe the coverage of Iraq over time has been too negative. If anything, many believe the situation over the course of the war has been worse than the American public has perceived, according to a new survey of journalists covering the war from Iraq.

Above all, the journalists—most of them veteran war correspondents—describe conditions in Iraq as the most perilous they have ever encountered, and this above everything else is influencing the reporting. A majority of journalists surveyed (57%) report that at least one of their Iraqi staff had been killed or kidnapped in the last year alone—and many more are continually threatened. “Seven staffers killed since 2003, including three last July,”