Fitzmas


09 Dec 2008 05:21 pm

I never saw that coming!

So Illinois Dem. Gov. Rod Blagojevich really didn’t care about those fired employees camping out in the Republic Windows and Doors Company?

Meanwhile, in our little red neck part of the country. (who voted for McCain)

This morning I went to the doctor and had a fasting blood test and was really hungry and thirsty afterwards so I went to Chick-fil-A for lunch.

When I drove up to the window to pay, the employee told me that my lunch had already been paid for by the person in the car in front of me so I told him I wanted to pay for the people in the car behind me and I handed him a ten dollar bill.

The guy said there would be money left over so I asked him to pay for the people behind them and the man said they were already paid for so I asked him to just put the rest of the money towards paying for the people farther back in line.

Something is in the air.

Could it be Christmas spirit??????

Oh, yes, the blood work was very good.

Just stay out of politics in Chicago. It gets pretty corrupt I hear.

01 Sep 2006 10:53 am

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Joe Wilson, his face ghostly white after reading this editorial in the Washington Post placing the blame for the Plame Affair directly on him, throws the newspaper down and walks over to the bar to pour some Jameson into a whiskey glass.

He sits back down in his well worn chair and slowly sips his early morning cocktail. After a few moments he reluctantly reaches down for the Post to read the hurtful editorial again.

He shudders when he re-reads this graph…….

Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame’s CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming — falsely, as it turned out — that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush’s closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It’s unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.

Wilson drops the paper again and drains the rest of the whiskey. He stands up and looks around the room. He yells for his wife, “Valerie!”

He shuffles into the kitchen when he gets no answer. On the table are the leftovers of the morning breakfast.

“She must have taken the kids to school,” Wilson says to himself. He sits down at the breakfast table, brushes away some crumbs of bread and grabs a cold piece of toast. He notices an open encyclopedia on the table and stands to pick it up to place it back on the bookshelf.

His eyes are drawn to a word……..

Wilson: [reading from an encyclopedia] “P O O K A - Pooka - from old Celtic mythology - a fairy spirit in animal form - always very large. The pooka appears here and there - to this one - and to that one - a benign but mischievous creature - very fond of rumpots, crackpots, and how are you, Mr. Wilson?”

“How are you, Mr. Wilson?”

Who in the encyclopedia wants to know?

One day in the future when the Plame Affair is merely two words in a history book, Joe Wilson will still be clinging to the idea that the encyclopedia mention of “How are you, Mr. Wilson? was truly meant for him.

ALLAHPUNDIT has more……

It’s a good thing Lorie Byrd has such an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of news and entertainment…..

Blue Crab Boulevard has excellent advice on how to handle those still clinging to the story, and found roaming the streets of Georgetown at night, muttering “frog-march Rove, frog-march Rove, frog-march Rove”……………

The Anchoress wishes the Washington Post would actually inform their readers that the UK still stands by their yellowcake intel.

Glenn Reynolds knew the whole thing was BOGUS back in 2003.

Welcome Lorie Byrd and Wizbang readers. Thanks for stopping by.

22 Aug 2006 10:16 pm

I’m confused. Valerie Plame is already suing Vice President Dick Cheney, White House aide Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, saying they leaked her name to punish her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, for criticizing the administration’s march to war with Iraq.

Now she wants to add Richard Armitage to the list. Is her case not strong enough? Could she be starting some kind of hair club for men? Why aren’t there any women on her list?

WASHINGTON - Former CIA officer Valerie Plame is considering suing the recent No. 2 State Department official in a case accusing members of the Bush administration of conspiring to leak her identity to the media, Plame’s attorney said Tuesday.

Official State Department calendars, provided to The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act, show then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage held a one-hour meeting marked “private appointment” with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on June 13, 2003.

That was the same day Woodward met with a confidential source who spoke to him about Plame, according to a person familiar with information gathered by prosecutors. The person spoke only on condition of anonymity because the material remains sealed.

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has investigated whether Bush administration officials intentionally revealed Plame’s identity as a one-time CIA covert official. Nobody has been charged with the leak but former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has been accused of lying to investigators and to a grand jury.

It looks like the Associated Press is doing some Pro bono work for Plame.

Read on….. Hat tip: Blue Crab Boulevard

Lorie Byrd writes that there now appears to be hard evidence supporting the suspicion that Richard Armitage was Bob Woodward’s source.

12 Jul 2006 12:20 pm

Yesterday I compared the Fitzgerald - Valerie Plame investigation to cotton candy.

Today Clarice Feldman’s calling it a circus.

I take it that the nod to Novak signals the long Fitzgerald circus is breaking up the tents and moving on, having succeeded only in tying up the time and money of the hapless White House staffers whom he enmeshed in this preposterous long-running carnival of misadventure and misdirection. His accomplishments consist of smearing the reputation of one of the key warriors against terror, the brilliant and hard-working Lewis Libby, and the added burden on an already pressed White House staff.

That the circus was about to close was obvious during the discovery proceedings in May. During those hearings, Libby’s counsel argued that he should be entitled to notes not yet provided to him (because not in the Prosecutor’s possession). In argument, that counsel argued from what he did have that there was much more in Time’s and the New York Time’s possession that was exculpatory to his client to which Libby was entitled.

Feldman raises more important questions about the integrity of Fitzgerald’s investigation.

Fitzgerald may be a fine prosecutor but his circus organizing skills are driving some to Shrooms.

11 Jul 2006 06:23 pm

Or no?

Robert Novak in this article reveals who leaked Valerie Plame’s name to him. But for the life of me, I can’t figure out who it is. Bill Harlow? Joe Wilson?

I cannot tell. There’s something about the Farmers Almanac here.

For all I know it could have been Andrea Mitchell. Or cotton candy.

That’s all this Fitzgerald investigation is turning out to be. A really sweet, sticky, full of air, mostly pink candy that rots ones teeth and leaves the hands a mess.

Poor Scooter Libby.

13 Jun 2006 06:03 am

The Wreck of the Patrick Fitzgerald

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White House Adviser Karl Rove will not be indicted in the CIA leak investigation. No Fitzmas now or ever. No Frog-march for Joe Wilson. Now what is the media to do? Hot Air wants to know who in the White House will be blamed for silencing Fitzgerald.

Ha! The MSM will probably blame Rumsfeld. He’s had too many successes of late.

Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has informed top White House adviser Karl Rove that Rove will not face indictment in the CIA-leak investigation, National Review Online has learned. The word came yesterday, when Fitzgerald told Rove lawyer Robert Luskin that he, Fitzgerald, did not plan to seek charges against Rove. This morning, Luskin released a brief statement:

On June 12, 2006, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald formally advised us that he does not anticipate seeking charges against Karl Rove.

In deference to the pending case, we will not make any further public statements about the subject matter of the investigation. We believe that the Special Counsel’s decision should put an end to the baseless speculation about Mr. Rove’s conduct.

Rove appeared five times before a grand jury investigating the CIA-leak case; the most recent was in April. Before appearing before the grand jury, Rove was interviewed by FBI agents assigned to the investigation. Fitzgerald’s inquiry, it appears, focused most intensely on the first two sessions — the FBI interview and the first grand-jury testimony.

The key question to be resolved by Fitzgerald was said to be whether to charge Rove in connection with his testimony regarding a brief July 11, 2003, conversation with Time magazine’s Matthew Cooper. In both his interview with the FBI and in his first grand jury appearance, Rove did not tell investigators about the conversation with Cooper. By the time Rove appeared for a second time before the grand jury, Rove had discovered evidence — an internal White House e-mail — showing that he did indeed talk to Cooper. Rove gave the evidence to Fitzgerald, who then questioned him about it at length.

Rove is thought to have testified that he simply did not remember the Cooper conversation until he discovered the e-mail. (Cooper himself described the talk as being about two minutes long and occurring right as Rove was leaving on vacation.) Supporting Rove’s contention was the fact that Rove, apparently, testified from the very beginning that he talked to columnist Robert Novak, which suggested he was not trying to hide his involvement in the case from Fitzgerald.

Meanwhile the Rovian Frog-march Brigade still have their heads under their pillows.

John Podhoretz writes that Fitzgerald’s conduct has been disgraceful.

TigerHawk has much more. Hat tip: Powerline News

Pajamas Media has more.

16 May 2006 10:34 pm

Outside, in the garden of Moe and Curley, it’s midnight, and all we can hear is the famous, “woo, woo, woo,” echoing off the broken statues and the ivy covered pillars which mark the ruins of Mr. Fitzgerald’s slow roast of an inquiry of a pitiful digging around of trying to make a solid case out of a Virginia ham sandwich, 2 gherkin pickles, one slice of imported Stilton cheese, slightly off mayonnaise, a malleable grand jury and a sweeping array of stooges.

Oops. I guess I shouldn’t be referring to Martha as she suffered through an investigation, trial and jailtime a while back, I recall.

But something about the slightly off mayonnaise makes me queezy.

I won’t be able to look at a photograph of Fitzgerald without thinking of the Three Stooges, foul condiments and stinky cheese.

15 May 2006 07:40 am

I read the breathless “report” on Memeorandum this weekend that Karl Rove has supposedly been indicted.

Jason Leopold, the writer claimed to have several White House sources. (anonymous of course) That made me doubt the veracity of the report. It’s very doubtful that White House sources would leak to a leftist, especially Leopold. We are not talking about the CIA here but the White House.

Since it was Mothers Day Weekend I was too busy to blog but scanned the news and didn’t see any other stories on the indictment of Rove except on left-wing sites. But this morning at The Corner Byron York writes………

REPORTS OF ROVE’S INDICTMENT ARE GREATLY [Byron York]

You haven’t heard about it, but many reporters spent part of their weekend making calls to check out a report on a left-wing website, truthout.org , that Karl Rove has been indicted in the CIA leak investigation. The report, by someone named Jason Leopold, was posted yesterday and was headlined, “Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators.” It began:

The report came out of the blue on Saturday. Jason Leopold, who has written a memoir, entitled News Junkie, in which, according to the book’s promotional material, he portrays himself as a writer “whose addictive tendencies led him from a life of drug abuse and petty crime to become an award-winning investigative journalist,” has written wildly unreliable reports about the CIA leak affair before. But still, reporters of every stripe felt they had to check this one out.

So did I. I talked with Rove defense spokesman Mark Corallo, who told me the story was completely baseless. Part of our conversation:

Did Patrick Fitzgerald come to Patton Boggs for 15 hours Friday?
No.
Did he come to Patton Boggs for any period of time Friday?
No.
Did he meet anywhere else with Karl Rove’s representatives?
No.
Did he communicate in any way with Karl Rove’s representatives?
No.
Did he inform Rove or Rove’s representatives that Rove had been indicted?
No.

UPDATE: Tom Maguire predicts Rove will be indicted on May 19th.

21 Feb 2006 08:22 pm

During the Scooter Libby Fitzmas rage last fall I kept seeing horrible photos of Scooter Libby all over the news. I wondered if the guy was really as unphotogenic as he was portrayed in the media.

Now that Libby has his own website with some decent, smiling photos it’s apparent that he’s not such a scary, mean looking guy.

Wonder if we will see any decent photos of him in future news reports?

Not much chance of that. Unless Libby blames the “supposed” outing of Valerie Plame on President Bush or Vice President Cheney.

03 Feb 2006 04:39 am

So was Valerie covert or not? From Fitzgerald’s press conference announcing the Libby indictments: “Valerie Wilson was a CIA officer. In July 2003, the fact that Valerie Wilson was a CIA officer was classified. Not only was it classified, but it was not widely known outside the intelligence community.

Fitzgerald is refusing to reveal that important piece of evidence to Scooter Libby’s defense team. Is this the Kerry-ization of prosecution? She was covert before she wasn’t covert. But according to Fitzgerald it doesn’t really matter because Scooter Libby lied. This is getting sticky.

Byron York’s analysis is very interesting.

Watchers of the CIA leak investigation are buzzing over a series of letters between prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald and lawyers for former Cheney chief of staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby. In the letters, contained in motions filed recently by Libby’s defense team and released by the court, Fitzgerald steadfastly refused to reveal whether he has any evidence that Bush administration officials violated the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, the Espionage Act, or any other law by revealing the identity of CIA employee Valerie Wilson.

Libby is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice in the leak investigation, but Fitzgerald has so far not alleged that anyone acted illegally by revealing Wilson’s identity. In the letters, which give outsiders a glimpse of the intense behind-the-scenes maneuvering going on in the case, Libby’s lawyers asked Fitzgerald to turn over evidence that might point toward such an underlying crime. Fitzgerald refused.

In a December 14, 2005, letter to Fitzgerald, Libby’s lawyers asked for “Any assessment done of the damage (if any) caused by the disclosure of Valerie Wilson’s status as a CIA employee.” In the same letter, Libby’s team asked for “All documents, regardless of when created, relating to whether Valerie Wilson’s status as a CIA employee, or any aspect of that status, was classified at any time between May 6, 2003 and July 14, 2003.” (Those dates mark the period in which some Bush-administration officials discussed Wilson with reporters.)
Fitzgerald declined both requests. “A formal assessment has not been done of the damage caused by the disclosure of Valerie Wilson’s status as a CIA employee, and thus we possess no such document,” he wrote in a January 9, 2006, response.

In any event, Fitzgerald argued, “we would not view an assessment of the damaged caused by the disclosure as relevant to the issue of whether or not Mr. Libby intentionally lied when he made the statements and gave the grand jury testimony that the grand jury alleged was false.”

On the question of Wilson’s status, Fitzgerald wrote, “We have neither sought, much less obtained, ‘all documents, regardless of when created, relating to whether Valerie Wilson’s status as a CIA employee, or any aspect of that status, was classified at any time between May 6, 2003 and July 14, 2003.’” Although Fitzgerald said that “if we locate” such documents, he might turn them over, he argued that he has no responsibility to do so, because they are not relevant to the perjury and obstruction of justice prosecution.

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