Today's Note From a Madman
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Quote in the Lead
"The only time George W. Bush opens his mouth is the change feet."
-Joe Haigh, a United States Armed Forces Veteran, a friend and co-worker
"Dahling, You Look Mahvelous"
"My eyes must certainly be deceiving me. You look fabulous — and I'm not talking the makeup,"
-Cindy Taylor, FEMA's deputy director of public affairs in an email to then-FEMA Director Mike (Brownie) Brown on August 29, 2005, before Hurricane Katrina hit
"I got it at Nordstrom's. Are you proud of me? Can I quit now? Can I go home?"
-Brown to Taylor, responding to her email
A "Brownie-sycophant" (Taylor) talking to her Bush-Crony (Brownie). So, do you think she backed the wrong horse? What amazes me is that now, it appears, that the cronies of "G"lobal "W"arming Bush have their very own cronies... or is that groupies?
"If you'll look at my lovely FEMA attire, you'll really vomit. I am a fashion GOD."
-Brown, again to his sycophant Taylor
Sarcasm, fashion and a GOD-Complex. This guy has it all! He must really be a disciple of President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush.
Now, remember, all of this took place two days before Hurricane Katrina while FEMA was supposed to be "preparing" for it. The next quote sort of gets you out of your seat as you realize it was made one week AFTER Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast.
"In this crises and on TV you just need to look more hardworking ... ROLL UP THE SLEEVES!"
-Sharon Worthy, a Michael Brown Aide, reminding him that he needs to hone his TV image
Well, maybe there's a spot on Fox and friends for Brownie in his future.
Even President Bush "rolled his sleeves to just below the elbow."
-Worthy, in the same email to Brown
Not every national director gets their own personal fashion consultant and media advisor, let alone in the same person. Brown sure knows how to pick them, doesn't he?
The e-mails "depict a leader who seemed overwhelmed and rarely made key decisions,"
-U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA)
That's not true, Rep. Melancon. "Brownie" made decisions all the time: What restaurant to eat in; What tie to wear with his blue suit; button-cuff Vs. French Cuff. These are all important decisions when you are the face of Disaster.
Obsessed with "superficial subjects — such as Mr. Brown's appearance or reputation — rather than the pressing response needs of Louisiana and Mississippi,"
It all just makes me think of the Billy Crystal's Fernando character on Saturday Night Live who said, "You know, it is better to look good than to feel good."
Mike Brown's version might be, "It is better to look good than to DO good."
respect, your honor, I plead not guilty,"
-I. Lewis "Scooter-the-Traitor" Libby
Just what will make these hypocrites understand that our laws are made for all the people of the United States, including them. Yes, I know the present mantra of the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party is that Libby wasn't indicted for the crime of outing a covert CIA operative. These right-wing hypocrites cry that all Scooter did was lie to a Grand Jury, like, all of a sudden, it's okay to lie to a federal grand jury and a federally appointed prosecutor.
Just what will they say when Scooter's crimes' charges are expanded by the next grand jury to include the traitorous act of putting the life of Valerie Plame and all of her contacts and sources in jeopardy?
The Right-Wingers who claim to be the only ones able to protect US from the terrorists can't even protect US from themselves. Let's remember that it was their icon, President Ronald Reagan who signed "Section 421, The Protection of identities of certain United States undercover intelligence officers, agents, informants, and sources" into law to protect people like Valerie Plame. It's the reason that you don't hear one ex-CIA or present CIA agent coming out in support of Libby, Karl "The Traitor" Rove or VP Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney." No one in that position would choose the side of the liars on the Right in this case. At least none of them in their right (or is that wrong) mind.
Here is the law, in its entirety:
"TITLE 50--WAR AND NATIONAL DEFENSE
CHAPTER 15--NATIONAL SECURITY
SUBCHAPTER IV--PROTECTION OF CERTAIN NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION
Sec. 421. Protection of identities of certain United States undercover intelligence officers, agents, informants, and sources
(a) Disclosure of information by persons having or having had access to classified information that identifies covert agent
Whoever, having or having had authorized access to classified information that identifies a covert agent, intentionally discloses any information identifying such covert agent to any individual not authorized to receive classified information, knowing that the information disclosed so identifies such covert agent and that the United States is taking affirmative measures to conceal such covert agent's intelligence relationship to the United States, shall be fined not more than $50,000 or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
(b) Disclosure of information by persons who learn identity of covert agents as result of having access to classified information
Whoever, as a result of having authorized access to classified information, learns the identify of a covert agent and intentionally discloses any information identifying such covert agent to any individual not authorized to receive classified information, knowing that the information disclosed so identifies such covert agent and that
the United States is taking affirmative measures to conceal such covert agent's intelligence relationship to the United States, shall be fined not more than $25,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
(c) Disclosure of information by persons in course of pattern of activities intended to identify and expose covert agents
Whoever, in the course of a pattern of activities intended to identify and expose covert agents and with reason to believe that such activities would impair or impede the foreign intelligence activities of the United States, discloses any information that identifies an individual as a covert agent to any individual not authorized to receive classified information, knowing that the information disclosed so identifies such individual and that the United States is taking affirmative measures to conceal such individual's classified intelligence relationship to the United States, shall be fined not more than $15,000 or imprisoned not more than three years, or both."
The word that the criminal right keeps pointing to is "intentionally ." They claim that ignorance as to the status of Valerie Plame, thus they are not guilty of violating this law. Where it's true that it is hard to know what anyone's true intentions are, but we can certainly see it in this case. If you were Mr. Libby, rather than just releasing Ms. Plame's name, wouldn't you call then-CIA Director George Tenant first? If you were Robert Novak, wouldn't you attempt to confirm the status of Ms. Plame prior to "outing" her and putting her, her sources and whole organization in jeopardy? The only possible conclusion is that Ms. Plame's identity was released to punish her husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson for having the temerity to tell the truth.
What we do know is that all of Section 421, "a", "b" and "c" had been violated. The word "intentionally" is all they have to hang their hat on.
"Whether you work in Langley or a faraway nation, whether your tasks are in operations or analysis sections, it is upon your intellect and integrity, your wit and intuition that the fate of freedom rests for millions of your countrymen and for many millions more all around the globe. You are the trip-wire across which the forces of repression and tyranny must stumble in their quest for global domination. You, the men and women of the CIA, are the eyes and ears of the free world."
"It is also a signal to the world that while we in this democratic nation remain tolerant and flexible, we also retain our good sense and our resolve to protect our own security and that of the brave men and women who serve us in difficult and dangerous intelligence assignments."
"...you (America's covert agents) are in the forefront of this campaign. You must be the cutting edge of freedom in peace and war, and in the shadowy world in between, you must serve in silence and carry your special burden. But let me assure you, you're on the winning side, and your service is one which free men will thank you and future generations honor you."
-President Ronald Reagan, June 23, 1982, 11:32 a.m. as he signed "Sec. 421. Protection of identities of certain United States undercover intelligence officers, agents, informants, and sources"
"Scooter", Karl, Dick and the whole bunch ought to be ashamed of themselves. You know what you did and why you did it. Simply put, you all are traitors.
A Question of a Separation of Church and State
"As long as
I do my job, why shouldn't I (remain as a judge)?"
-Walter Steed, the Hildale (Utah) Justice Court judge
Judge Steed is accused, and admitted to committing a crime. A fundamentalist Mormon, Steed has three (count 'em, three) wives, which is against the laws he has sworn to uphold.
Steed says "he's living in a way that will help him attain the highest degree of glory in the next life while dispensing justice in this one."
-The Salt Lake Tribune
"Which is worse, a monogamist who doesn't monog or a polygamist who really polygs?"
I don't know, Judge Steed. No one ever asked me that question before. Maybe you should preside over the trial of Tom DeLay.
"I feel like
there's an issue - the constitutionality of the bigamy statute - that needs to
Well, if that's what Steed's religion tells him to do, then who am I to disagree. I guess that Judge Steed believes in the separation of Church and State and his right to privacy. The issue of polygamy doesn't seem to bother the people of Utah too much, so my question is this: Why does what other people do in other areas of the country bother the people of Utah so much? Whereas what Judge Steed is doing "in the privacy of his own home" IS illegal, what many people involved in long term, same-sex relationships do "in the privacy of THEIR own home" is not illegal.
Steed has taken three wives which, according to his religion is not only acceptable, but necessary to "help him attain the highest degree of glory." If his wives don't object, then who am I to argue? But on the same note, just who are they to tell me how to pray or to tell my children when to pray or tell the gay community how to live?
Hypocrites and their double-standards.
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