Back by popular demand - and because it's been a long day - herewith...more randomness:
The Public Defenders' office and the Court were busy today in the case of John Mark Karr, the suspect in the murder of Jonbenet Ramsey. Here are the motions and orders filed. All are in pdf format:
I haven't included the media motions and briefs, only the motions of the parties and the court orders related to them.
That's nice:"I've said all I care to say about it - and I'm moving forward," Allen told the AFP. "I've apologized for the insensitive remark - and that's all I'm going to say about it. There's nothing more that needs to be said. I've said all I need to say - and I'm moving forward."Funny, but earlier this week George Allen's campaign manager wrote in a memo that Allen did nothing wrong, and that
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Is there anyone on the planet sexier than Shirley Manson? I don’t think so.Do you guys do this? Okay, we’ve all heard that crap about Ann Coulter being a man and everybody thinks transgender issues are, like, such a laff riot,[...]
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Glenn Greenwald takes a trip on the wayback machine to find Islamophobe prophet Mark Steyn's words from May 4, 2003. He quotes the neocon "foreign policy genius" as he wrote about the "fact" that the U.S. won the war in Iraq so quickly and easily:
This war is over. The only question now is whether a new provisional government is installed before the BBC and The New York Times have finished running their exhaustive series on What Went Wrong with the Pentagon's Failed War Plan. . .Glenn is searingly correct that the neocons "are so wrong that it re-defines wrongness". He writes that:
...It takes two to quagmire. In Vietnam, America had an enemy that enjoyed significant popular support and effective supply lines. Neither is true in Iraq. Isolated atrocities will continue to happen in the days ahead, as dwindling numbers of the more depraved Ba'athists confront the totality of their irrelevance. But these are the death throes: the regime was decapitated two weeks ago, and what we've witnessed is the last random thrashing of the snake's body.
The same people who were wrong about everything -- literally -- and who viciously mocked those who were right, now want to use the same mindset and assumptions to guide us into our next war. That really is what Democrats ought to be asking the country this year -- whether they want those who promised quick victory in Iraq, and who proclaimed that we had quick victory, to be able to lead us into more wars of the same kind.Krauthammer - he of the face like a mouthful of pickled onions - wrote this today:
Charles Krauthammer today came out and explicitly said that it is necessary for us to confront Iran militarily, i.e., start a new war against Iran. Democrats should make this election about this question because it is, in large part, what the election is about -- whether the country wants the same people who dragged us into Iraq to do the same in Iran, Syria and beyond.
Realistically speaking, the point of this multilateral exercise cannot be to stop Iran's nuclear program by diplomacy. That has always been a fantasy. It will take military means. There would be terrible consequences from an attack. These must be weighed against the terrible consequences of allowing an openly apocalyptic Iranian leadership to acquire weapons of genocide.No mention that enriching uranium for nuclear fuel is allowed under membership of the NPT or that the IAEA are adamant that they have found NO evidence of a nuclear weapon program in what they describe as three years of "intrusive" searching. In other words, the neocons have ginned up the "Iran Crisis" from whole cloth - demanding an invasion based upon a fantasy of weapons and unilaterally declaring illegal that which is legal.
The point of the current elaborate exercise in multilateral diplomacy is to slightly alter that future calculation. By demonstrating extraordinary forbearance and accommodation, perhaps we will have purchased the acquiescence of our closest allies -- Britain, Germany and, yes, France -- to a military strike on that fateful day when diplomacy has run its course.
PsiFighter37 makes the case for Lieberman's inevitable cutting and running from the campaign.
I don't buy it because Lieberman is no longer behaving as a rational actor. In addition, the window for a graceful exit is fast closing making it difficult for him to leave with any kind of dignity intact.
Still, I'd certainly prefer a "graceful exit" and do hope the powers that be are working to provide him with one.
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Allen is a racist and a liar.
Once upon a time 13 years ago, there was a controversy about U.S. Sen. George Allen, then a candidate for governor, and his private Confederate flag--the one he displayed in his home in Earlysville.
When the story broke, Allen said it was part of a flag collection, giving people the possible impression that some sort of United Nations of flags adorned the Allen household, one of them the Stars and Bars.
That impression, accepted by the media covering the flag flap, apparently is untrue. Spin control from 13 years ago may have reached its half-life and deteriorated somewhat.
Today, two former officials who visited Allen's log cabin home at different times recall only up to two flags on display there, a Confederate flag and, on an opposite wall, an American flag.
And he thinks people who practice good bicycle safey are "sissies".
On Nov. 4 of last year, Grant recalls, Allen displayed another telltale sign of his personality as the GOP senator was joking around in front of a Republican crowd that was rallying in Albemarle for the party's statewide ticket and local candidates.
"During his remarks, Allen spotted me in the crowd and mentioned me as his former Earlysville neighbor," Grant recalled. "Then he made a public wisecrack about me with what he called, and I quote here, my `sissy helmet.'
"I was in the crowd in my tan suit holding my bicycle helmet, since I had biked to the rally from where I parked my car over near the Four Seasons neighborhood," Grant said.
"For the record, George Allen may consider wearing bicycle helmets as being sissy, but I don't. Being safe is not being a sissy," he said.
"Is it possible there is a trend here?" Grant asked, noting Allen's 1994 comment about knocking political opponents' " `soft teeth down their whiney throats,' reverence for Confederate flag decor, `sissy helmet' statements, and offensive cultural assumptions -- a la `macaca' -- about non-white U.S. citizens of other than his political persuasion."
Is it possible there's a trend? Talk about a textbook definition of "rhetorical question". This guy thinks he's running for president?
Guys, remember that we can all help get rid of these creeps like Burns and Allen.
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Burns gets more good news.
Montana officials have accused a recently-departed fundraising chief for Sen. Conrad Burns' (R-MT) re-election campaign with securities fraud, according to a press release.
State Auditor John Morrison says Pat Davison defrauded two families of $1.2 million. Morrison said Davison convinced them to withdraw the money from investment accounts so he could put them in "fake" investments, including a bond issue from a local school trust.
Officials from the school "confirmed that no such trust exists and they do not issue bonds," the release states. Morrison has referred the matter to the state attorney general for possible prosecution.
Burns named Davison his state finance director in January. According to Burns spokesman Jason Klindt, Davison left the campaign last month. "Pat Davison resigned on July 27th. He is not Burns' finance chief." However, a search of the campaign's Web site turns up no press release announcing the departure, and a search of the Nexis database results in no articles mentioning the split.
And by "good news", I meant "good news for us".