Daily update 10/14/05

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Day- Friday Date-10/14/05

Today's Blog Post (Scroll down for Daily Update)

It's a Friday Gossip post.

There's Tom Cruise and his new baby. Some great Blind items. Eddie Murphy, hey, lots on him.

How about that new "Dallas" movie?

John Travolta as JR?
In this Delaware post we discover that Delaware really, really does plan to lease out a major highway.

Say what?

Also, Delaware's disaster plan, or lack of same.

And a Biden political cartoon we couldn't resist.
This Pic of the Week is so true.

It's about the Internet. And dogs. Could also include some people.


The Delay Struggle Continues

All across the fruited plains there's crime, murder and mayhem. An entire city has been wiped out and security is scarce and erratic. Terrorist cells abound and Osama Bin Laden runs loose.

Yet a prosecutor in Texas is on a demented mission to bring down a duly elected representative. Below the latest in Roy Earle's saga.

Now I'm not convinced that Tom Delay is lily-white in this matter of transferring funds from soft to hard to soft. Maybe he knew about it but didn't actually do it. Seasoned politicos are too smart to be doing the deeds.

Yon ladies and gems, this sort of thing is done all the time. No, it shouldn't be. The congress critters, in their endless attempt to keep themselves permanently elected, passed campaign finance reform laws that would a)help the incumbent and b)destroy the opponent.

No these characters paid for with dollars scarfed from the pocketbooks of we who carry this country on our backs, should be minding the country's business and not engaging in such partisan behavior.

These campaign finance abuses are NEVER prosecuted on any fair basis. Us idiots out here in la-la land understand this.

So the Chinese fire drill continues. Yesterday, Delay subpoenaed Earle's records. Today, Earle subpoenaed Delay's records.

They make me sick. Not that Delay shouldn't fight back. He definitely should.

But the notion that a prosecutor would use the country's laws to eliminate a political opponent, applying those laws with no rhyme or reason, is disgusting. Nothing less.

An Earlier Update on the Delay Saga on THIS Blog


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A Texas prosecutor subpoenaed records for the home telephone of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and the phone of his political campaign Thursday. Also subpoenaed by prosecutor Ronnie Earle were records for two numbers for DeLay's daughter, Danielle DeLay Ferro.

DeLay is facing charges of money laundering and conspiracy in a Texas campaign finance case. The subpoenas list telephone numbers, but not whom they belong to. They ask for information about the calls and the numbers' subscribers, voice mail service, billing information, long distance calls made from or charged to the numbers and special features.

"The thing is no big deal," said Bill White, Austin attorney for DeLay. Earle's office declined comment on the subpoenas. He has said the investigation is continuing.

Earle is seeking the records and information from Sept. 1, 2001, to Dec. 31, 2002, the time period when a political committee founded by DeLay, Texans for a Republican Majority, was raising money for the 2002 election cycle. White said Earle appeared to be trying to find out what kind of contact DeLay had with two associates, Jim Ellis and John Colyandro, who also are indicted in the case. "It seems to me he should have been doing it the last three years. Now is a little late to start checking on his evidence," White said.


More on SC Nominee Harriet Miers

I've no idea what this Federalist society is or why the fact that Bush's nominee to replace Sandra Day O'Conner on the supreme court once spoke at same is so important. But Matt Drudge put up his siren.

And we so duly note the news.

Mine Own Assessment of Ms. Miers

From the Drudge

The DRUDGE REPORT has obtained exclusive excerpts from a speech Bush Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers made to the DC Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society on April 29, 2005.

At the speech Miers' declared, "You [the Federalist Society] are an important ally on many issues, especially in our battles to ensure for our Nation a distinguished Federal judiciary, a judiciary the American people deserve."

Miers went on: "There is a reason White House Counsels have sought out your organization for over twenty years: the influence your organization has developed within the legal society and society as a whole.
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"From your educational publications to your various speaking events to your network of legal professionals, you have stimulated an on-going debate about the principles of the Constitution. Our Nation is better for it. And as this debate has raged your organization has grown tremendously."

A Republican strategist told of the excerpts was not surprised. "Harriet Miers has at least five lawyers who are members of the Federalist Society on her own staff in the White Counsels Office."


Links to this week's Daily Updates

Monday-10/10/05-Daily update
Tuesday-10/11/05-Daily update
Wednesday-10/12/05-Daily update
Thursday -10/13/05-Daily Update

TV Events of Note

Three Wishes (New)
NBC: Friday, October 14 9:00 PM
Le Mars, Iowa
A young woman who thought she would never walk again takes some steps; fire destroys a couple's dairy farm; an aspiring dancer.

Cast: Amy Grant, Carter Oosterhouse, Eric Stromer, Amanda Miller Executive Producer(s): Andrew Glassman, Jason Raff


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