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Louche.. 11 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

a little under the weather, so just throwing up the old French cartoon that I dubbed “La Louche”… 😉




1. BooHooHooMan - 11 March 2010

When the call goes out to fight corruption…

Pair Picked For DOJ Unit Probing Public Corruption
Troubled DOJ Unit That Prosecutes Public Corruption To Get 2 New Leaders After Stevens Errors

Send in the Career Fixers , both of whom are dug-in DoJ shitheels.
Loads of Payoff Cash accumulated int their coffers for taking the dive…now their in charge of Public Corruption at DoJ.

WaPo –
Justice Dept. picks new head for corruption prosecution unit
By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 11, 2010; 12:05 PM

Justice Department officials have selected a new leader for the public integrity unit, a special corps of prosecutors who investigate corruption in police departments, the judiciary and Congress, according to two department sources.

The job has been offered to Jack Smith, a career department prosecutor from Brooklyn who in recent years has supervised sensitive investigations of foreign officials

{HA! A Little Closer to Home, Jack! – Bhhm }

….at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, the sources said.

Raymond Hulser, a longtime prosecutor at the department, has been chosen to serve as the principal deputy, the sources said.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, who leads the criminal division, could confirm the move later Thursday, subject to administrative approvals.

Fucking Scumbags serving Brooklyn Crooks.
These are the NEW Guys guys who will intentionally compromise cases against pols , mercenaries, et al……The new fixers …Who happen to be the SAME OLD Fixers who’ve been working the DoJ and sabotaging cases from the inside for years .
These fuckers are proven ball players who wouldn’t be getting the noms unless they were putty in Breuer, Rahm, and Schumer’s hands.

This guy Hulser is a real piece of work. Early on at DoJ during the Clinton Admin, Hulser steered the Travel Office case AWAY from Hillary, the Thomasons and Foster.

But Dale’s attorney, Steven C. Tabackman, intends to lay out a case much like a political thriller, complete with amateur spies, interference by a Hollywood producer and missing documents that Dale claims could exonerate him by proving that the unaccounted-for funds went to pay for media travel.

Tabackman’s strategy is to turn the attention away from Dale and put administration officials on trial, especially Clinton’s third cousin, White House aide Catherine A. Cornelius.

Attorney Stephen Braga, who represents Cornelius, dismissed Tabackman’s strategy as “a standard defense tactic” to divert attention from the defendant and denied that Cornelius did anything wrong.

Tabackman also privately has told a federal judge about a secret witness who will testify about Dale’s missing documents: a record of the office’s petty cash disbursements and a log of checks Dale deposited in his personal account to cover tips and other job-related expenses.

Justice Department lawyers Stuart M. Goldberg and Raymond N. Hulser argue there is no proof that Dale’s documents ever existed and suggest that if they did, Dale could have taken them himself. The prosecutors also point out that no other travel office employee knew about the record Dale says he kept on checks he deposited in his checking account. Braga said Cornelius, who was caught secretly copying and taking home office records, has never seen the documents Dale says are missing.

U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene recently dealt Tabackman a setback by denying a request to subpoena a cast of characters involved in the travel office firings, including Hillary Rodham Clinton and Hollywood producer Harry Thomason. But he said he will reconsider the request after he sees what evidence the government produces.

Oh ..and…. uhm, There IS One Other thing.


Before Blackwater case failed, legal debate at DOJ
Disagreements among prosecutors pose challenges to case against Blackwater
By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press

As the U.S. investigated Blackwater Worldwide contractors for a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad, a legal debate was playing out behind the scenes at the Justice Department between two veteran prosecutors. One urged caution. The other aggressively pushed the case forward.

The disagreement foreshadowed problems that in December led a judge to dismiss manslaughter charges against five contractors who fired machine guns and grenades into a busy intersection. The dismissal outraged Iraqis and sent the Obama administration scrambling to repair a case that is all but in ruins.

In dismissing the case, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina said prosecutors ignored the advice of senior Justice Department officials and built their case on sworn statements that had been given under a promise of immunity. Documents unsealed Tuesday in response to a request by The Associated Press and The Washington Post paint the clearest picture yet of how the case prosecution went awry.

Immediately after the Sept. 16, 2007, shooting, Blackwater contractors told State Department investigators what happened. Two days later, the security gave written statements under a promise that nothing they said could be used against them in a criminal case.

Because of that deal, prosecutors had to make sure they didn’t use the written statements to build their case. It was unclear, however whether prosecutors could use the Sept. 16 interviews.

Ken Kohl, the lead prosecutor, believed he could. And he thought Raymond Hulser agreed.

Hulser is among the Justice Department’s experts on Garrity V. New Jersey, the Supreme Court case that spells out how to deal with these kinds of immunity deals. Hulser did not agree with Kohl.

“I think that we agreed that there was an issue regarding the Sept. 16, the earlier statements,” Hulser testified in one of several closed-door hearing last year that ultimately persuaded Urbina to dismiss the case. “My view was that the risk was such that they shouldn’t take it. His view was that they had a good chance of arguing the other way.”

Hulser repeatedly tried to warn Kohl that building the investigation on those interviews could jeopardize the case.

Two Words: Bone Cancer.

2. BooHooHooMan - 11 March 2010

So at the top of the DoJ,
while just the right scuttlers are being put into place…
What Timing!
Danny Hakim must have been puddling Bar Mitzvah flop sweat writing this without mentioning Chuck SCHUMER’S name. …after all Hank Morris only ran Schumer’s Senate Campaign’s TWICE.

Former Hevesi Aide Pleads Guilty in Pension Case
Published: March 10, 2010

ALBANY — The former chief investment officer for the state’s pension fund pleaded guilty to securities fraud on Wednesday, saying he helped steer pension money to political contributors to former State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi and to companies that paid kickbacks to Mr. Hevesi’s top political consultant, Hank Morris.

The guilty plea by David J. Loglisci, who has agreed to cooperate with investigators from the office of Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, is among the most significant developments in the case since it began nearly three years ago and suggests that the inquiry is moving closer to Mr. Hevesi.

With any luck, this sigi Loglisci goes all Eric Massa on
Chuck Schumer and Shelly Silver before another Jewish guy runs through the shower scene all crazy ass naked like Rahm .

In State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Mr. Loglisci described a “culture of corruption” under Mr. Hevesi, saying senior officials in the comptroller’s office directed him to gain approval from Mr. Morris before signing off on investments.

“I effectively ceded my authority over the alternative investment portfolio to Morris,” Mr. Loglisci said, reading from a prepared statement. “Morris corrupted the investment process to favor those who either made contributions to the comptroller’s campaign, which Morris managed, or agreed to pay placement or other fees to Morris or his associates, and to punish those who would not.”

3. BooHooHooMan - 11 March 2010

Aw Markos….
Shilling in that ridiculous Little Bo Peep get-up again.

Midday open thread
by kos
Thu Mar 11, 2010 at 12:08:35 PM PST

# Dodd certainly hasn’t learned his lesson. He lets Republicans water legislation down, yet when they back out, he doesn’t strip out their bullshit from the legislation. I’ll never understand why they keep doing this.


marisacat - 11 March 2010

Daily Kos. Selling the lines, working as an operative. Keeping the rubes thinking it is all a mistake – one that can somehow be “corrected”… . Etc.

catnip - 11 March 2010

I’ll never understand why they keep doing this.

Because they’re Democrats.

I see he forgot to add Send Money Now!!.

BooHooHooMan - 11 March 2010

LOL. They all so confwued.
Moulitsas linked to that furious comb-over of a pompous ass, “Atrios” , that is, the corderrhoid Duncan Black.

He, TOO is all blunt end of the 2 x 4 to the foreerhead..er.

Do Not Understand

The whole point of forging a compromise is to… get a deal done. I don’t get why Democrats like to stick with the compromise even when there’s no deal. The point is to say, “suppport this, or we’re gonna pass some crazy commie hippie shit.”…

And this guy’s supposed to be the Intellectual at Blog Boy’s Prep: “The whole point of forging a compromise is to… get a deal done.”

After obtaining his BA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Black obtained a Ph.D. in economics from Brown University in 1999. He has worked at the London School of Economics, the Université catholique de Louvain, the University of California, Irvine, and, most recently, Bryn Mawr College. He is now a Senior Fellow at the media research group Media Matters for America.

Black began his online political life in Salon magazine’s Tabletalk messageboards under the pseudonym of Kurt Foster, then began blogging as Atrios, remaining pseudonymous for several years, and even joking that he was actually a high school gym teacher.

Before starting Eschaton, Black wrote (as Atrios) for the webzine Media Whores Online (now defunct). During the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, he revealed that he had accepted a job at Media Matters for America and allowed his name and photograph to be published. He later said that as an academic he blogged pseudonymously to avoid attacks like those later unleashed on Timothy Shortell.[2]

Now I have actually coined a few phrases in my time, wayback when I, too, began my “online political life.” Who could forget “shnoofenloogenhoffer”, which developed out of a famous online exchange one Friday evening in May of 1987, a riff on the whole “farfevnugen” VW Advertising campaign? And Fuck, I actually
have worked at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. Mostly brokering bales of Hawaiian out of the back of a boxtruck 35 years ago, to some VERY BIG NAMES in Academia I might add, but you don’t see me trying to embellish my resume with it.
I do not understand, tho: What some people won’t do to reach the top as a Senior Fellow at Media Matters. Just don’t understand.

marisacat - 11 March 2010

hmm I was still dropping in at Atrios when his commenters FORCED him to admit he worked at Media Matters (as do others, Oliver Willis as I recall, a very pompous hump)… Duncan was badgered to first admit then to post it. Which at the time he did, by putting the MM connection at the very bottom of the blog in very small letters.

For some reason all the boy blahgger boychicks have had just the worst time with any sort of disclaimer or admission.

All of them.

BooHooHooMan - 11 March 2010

Duncan Black ..IIRC a third generation legacy
from Academia as it regresses towards the mean,
that whole Faculty Club neurosis particularly endemic to lesser lights…
On the elementary level? Fluffonium. To coin a phrase. or not.
You see it in Marshall et al. down to the truly premature ejaculators at Happy Hour, the Atkins brothers.

A similar phenom can be seen with the bread crumb barristers growing mold and other life forms of the unimaginable alternative set. …the sorts sprouting into the various forms of fungible fungi, clinging to life at the rotted base of the dead Dem tree.

It almost makes the case for parking lots in pine groves.

4. artemisia - 11 March 2010
Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2010

how sad

5. NYCO - 11 March 2010

Can someone explain to me (in English, not in netroot-ese) wtf “The Coffee Party” is supposed to be? Because to me, it seems like a hungover morning-after version of “Drinking Liberally” except that they couldn’t come up with an original name for it. “Soooo… our enemies are calling themselves The Tea Party? Well, get this — we’re gonna call ourselves the Coffee Party! Ha-HAH! How do they like them apples?”

I guess they’re going to hang around coffeehouses and network, or something.

marisacat - 11 March 2010

It has sounded impossibly lame from the first minute.

BooHooHooMan - 11 March 2010

Coffee Party I dunno…An accommodation?
Between the latte lovers and the designer water set?
Sounded “Earthy”? From the focus group?

So much for the whole Beer Party thing.
I suppose after the Summit, they were uncomfortable with possible Munich/ Nazi / Putsch undertones.

LOL. I’ll give Hillary one thing,
she was downing shots AND beers out on the stump.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2010

Louis CK learns about the Catholic Church

in honor of the latest scandal.

marisacat - 11 March 2010

oops Madman, the link failed… post the URL and I will fix it…


Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2010

I’m having trouble with You Tube links. Try this one.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2010

Opinion: Faith-Based Program Falls Short

Another pwoggie surprised that Barry is a lying scumbag like the rest of his party “leadership”.

8. marisacat - 11 March 2010

hmm calling the spit on your face ”rain”… well Ha’aretz said it, not me.

In a sense, the uproar actually helped him: To wipe the spit off his face, Biden had to say it was only rain. Therefore, he lauded Netanyahu’s assertion that actual construction in Ramat Shlomo would begin only in another several years.

Thus Israel essentially received an American green light for approving even more building plans in East Jerusalem.

Biden might not know it, but the Palestinians certainly remember that this is exactly how East Jerusalem’s Har Homa neighborhood began: Then, too, Netanyahu persuaded the White House that construction would begin only in another several years. ….

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 March 2010

same old play, different musical numbers

marisacat - 11 March 2010

I think the WH is reisssuing old press releases and changing the sugject line. It’s pretty funny frankly.

9. marisacat - 11 March 2010

I also see that that jokester.. Ob… is reported (NYT) to want to attract Republican support for any immigration reform.

Problem is, the joke is fully worn out.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2010
marisacat - 12 March 2010

omigd what a horrifying story….

11. marisacat - 12 March 2010



……………. 😯

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