Monthly Archives: April 2006

UPDATED **Rush Limbaugh Ends Investigation AND Pleads Not Guilty to Doctor Shopping

Here are Mark Levin and Andrew Mc Carthy on Rush here.
And here’s the Money Quote:

We are former federal government attorneys. We’ve collectively spent decades in law enforcement and believe passionately in its professional, non-political, non-partisan mission. Thus, it’s with outrage that we note that, rather than quietly dropping this embarrassment of an investigation, the state attorney, Barry Krischer—a politically active liberal Democrat—has insisted on filing a charge which he well knows will never be tried. Insisting, that is, on further media churning of an allegation of doctor-shopping that he’ll never prove.


Law enforcement officials say Rush Limbaugh was arrested today on prescription drug charges.

According to a spokeswoman for the State Attorney’s office, Limbaugh turned himself in to authorities on a warrant issued by the State Attorney’s Office.

The spokeswoman says the conservative radio commentator came into the jail at about 4 p-m with his attorney Roy Black and bonded out an hour later on a 3,000 dollar bail.

Get the rest of the story here.
Here’s what Limbaugh’s attorney, Roy Black, says about the case:
“I am pleased to announce that the State Attorney’s Office and Mr. Limbaugh ahve reached an agreement whereby a single count charge of doctor shopping filed today by the sState Attorney will be dismissed in 18 months. As a primary condition of the dismissal, Mr. Limbaugh must continue to seek treatment from the doctor has seen for the past two and one half years. this is the same doctor under whose care Mr. Limbaugh has remained free of his addiction without relapse.
“Mr. Limbaugh and I have maintained from the start that that there was no doctor shopping, and we continue to hold this position. Accordingly, we filed today with the Court a please of ‘Not Guilty‘ to the charge filed by the state. As part of this agreement, Mr. Limbaugh also has agreed to make a $30,000 payment to the State of Florida to defray the public cost of the investigation. ‘

And the fall out of the case? Less security for our medical records?
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Whose Anthem is it Anyway? Hear it Here.

The President of the United States say he thinks the National Anthem of America should be sung in English. Hear the Nuestro Himno here.

“I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English.”

The National Council of La Raza, a Latino advocacy group, agrees with Bush.

“National anthems are sacred, and the United States’ national anthem should be sung in English and not altered in any way,” Lisa Navarrete, a La Raza vice president, said in an interview this afternoon.

The president and La Raza part company, however, on the boycott scheduled for Monday. The president is opposed to it and La Raza is helping to organize it and supports the take over of part of the United States by Latinos otherwise known as the Nation of Aztlan. See my previous post and watch the produced video on Aztlan here (a real eye opener).
Meantime, Lisa Navarrete’s group is urging her folks to arm themselves because they can’t trust the white police. Uh, boy…

URGENT ALERT: From The Revolutionary Council and
Provisional Government of Aztlan

April 26, 2006

Estimada Raza de Aztlan and Beyond,

Our Director of Special Intelligence Services has brought
to our attention disturbing information that threatens the
safety of our families. This information requires that we
prepare a defense strategy to protect our communities.

Due to the recent large demonstrations of our people in
major cities in occupied Anahuac, extremist European
invaders are preparing violent actions against us.
They are expected to use physical violence in the upcoming
marches and rallies planned for May 1, 2006 and we must
take steps to protect our families.

The Director of Special Intelligence Services has reliable
information that anti-Mexican forces in Aztlan and in
certain other area of Anahuac, are preparing to utilize
explosives and snipers to kill our people. We urge our
community to arm themselves to protect our families. We
are also urging our soldiers presently serving In Iraq,
Afghanistan and other foreign lands to do everything
possible to return home and fight for your own. The
situation here is critical.

In addition, all political prisoners shall be in constant
alert and ready for action. Also, youth groups [read: street gangs ]in our
barrios shall call truces and direct their energies against
the racist enemy that has vowed to annihilate our families.

Our Prime Minister is instructing every able bodied male to
arm himself to protect the women and children in his home.
We can not depend on local White law enforcement
authorities because in many cases they will join the
criminal elements and participate in the slaughter of our
people. Make sure you have weapons and plenty of
ammunition in your homes at the ready.

Criminal racist elements have already made death threats
against certain “occupation administrators” and they will
not stop at killing our civilians. We hope that the
massacres of Mexicans that the White criminals have vowed
to undertake are just the rantings of cowardly insane minds
but we must take these threats seriously.

Cuauhtli
Minister of Information
Nation of Aztlan
La Voz de Aztlan

Read more here in Michelle Malkin’s blog.

Hear the whole thing song here.

English translation of Nuestro Himno

By the light of the dawn, do you see arising,

what we proudly hailed at twilight’s last fall?

Its stars, its stripes

yesterday streamed

above fierce combat

a gleaming emblem of victory

and the struggle toward liberty.

Throughout the night, they proclaimed:

“We will defend it!”

Tell me! Does its starry beauty still wave

above the land of the free,

the sacred flag?

Its stars, its stripes,

liberty, we are the same.

We are brothers in our anthem.

In fierce combat, a gleaming emblem of victory

and the struggle toward liberty.

My people fight on.

The time has come to break the chains.

Throughout the night they proclaimed, “We will defend it!”

Tell me! Does its starry beauty still wave

above the land of the free,

the sacred flag?

Chanting portion:

It’s time to make a difference the kids, men and the women/Let’s stand for our beliefs, let’s stand for our vision/What about the children los ninos como P-Star

These kids have no parents, cause all of these mean laws.

See this can’t happen, not only about the Latins.

Asians, blacks and whites and all they do is adding

more and more, let’s not start a war

with all these hard workers,

they can’t help where they were born.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

UPDATED **Rush Limbaugh Ends Investigation AND Pleads Not Guilty to Doctor Shopping

Here are Mark Levin and Andrew Mc Carthy on Rush here.
And here’s the Money Quote:

We are former federal government attorneys. We’ve collectively spent decades in law enforcement and believe passionately in its professional, non-political, non-partisan mission. Thus, it’s with outrage that we note that, rather than quietly dropping this embarrassment of an investigation, the state attorney, Barry Krischer—a politically active liberal Democrat—has insisted on filing a charge which he well knows will never be tried. Insisting, that is, on further media churning of an allegation of doctor-shopping that he’ll never prove.


Law enforcement officials say Rush Limbaugh was arrested today on prescription drug charges.

According to a spokeswoman for the State Attorney’s office, Limbaugh turned himself in to authorities on a warrant issued by the State Attorney’s Office.

The spokeswoman says the conservative radio commentator came into the jail at about 4 p-m with his attorney Roy Black and bonded out an hour later on a 3,000 dollar bail.

Get the rest of the story here.
Here’s what Limbaugh’s attorney, Roy Black, says about the case:
“I am pleased to announce that the State Attorney’s Office and Mr. Limbaugh ahve reached an agreement whereby a single count charge of doctor shopping filed today by the sState Attorney will be dismissed in 18 months. As a primary condition of the dismissal, Mr. Limbaugh must continue to seek treatment from the doctor has seen for the past two and one half years. this is the same doctor under whose care Mr. Limbaugh has remained free of his addiction without relapse.
“Mr. Limbaugh and I have maintained from the start that that there was no doctor shopping, and we continue to hold this position. Accordingly, we filed today with the Court a please of ‘Not Guilty‘ to the charge filed by the state. As part of this agreement, Mr. Limbaugh also has agreed to make a $30,000 payment to the State of Florida to defray the public cost of the investigation. ‘

And the fall out of the case? Less security for our medical records?
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Whose Anthem is it Anyway? Hear it Here.

The President of the United States say he thinks the National Anthem of America should be sung in English. Hear the Nuestro Himno here.

“I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English.”

The National Council of La Raza, a Latino advocacy group, agrees with Bush.

“National anthems are sacred, and the United States’ national anthem should be sung in English and not altered in any way,” Lisa Navarrete, a La Raza vice president, said in an interview this afternoon.

The president and La Raza part company, however, on the boycott scheduled for Monday. The president is opposed to it and La Raza is helping to organize it and supports the take over of part of the United States by Latinos otherwise known as the Nation of Aztlan. See my previous post and watch the produced video on Aztlan here (a real eye opener).
Meantime, Lisa Navarrete’s group is urging her folks to arm themselves because they can’t trust the white police. Uh, boy…

URGENT ALERT: From The Revolutionary Council and
Provisional Government of Aztlan

April 26, 2006

Estimada Raza de Aztlan and Beyond,

Our Director of Special Intelligence Services has brought
to our attention disturbing information that threatens the
safety of our families. This information requires that we
prepare a defense strategy to protect our communities.

Due to the recent large demonstrations of our people in
major cities in occupied Anahuac, extremist European
invaders are preparing violent actions against us.
They are expected to use physical violence in the upcoming
marches and rallies planned for May 1, 2006 and we must
take steps to protect our families.

The Director of Special Intelligence Services has reliable
information that anti-Mexican forces in Aztlan and in
certain other area of Anahuac, are preparing to utilize
explosives and snipers to kill our people. We urge our
community to arm themselves to protect our families. We
are also urging our soldiers presently serving In Iraq,
Afghanistan and other foreign lands to do everything
possible to return home and fight for your own. The
situation here is critical.

In addition, all political prisoners shall be in constant
alert and ready for action. Also, youth groups [read: street gangs ]in our
barrios shall call truces and direct their energies against
the racist enemy that has vowed to annihilate our families.

Our Prime Minister is instructing every able bodied male to
arm himself to protect the women and children in his home.
We can not depend on local White law enforcement
authorities because in many cases they will join the
criminal elements and participate in the slaughter of our
people. Make sure you have weapons and plenty of
ammunition in your homes at the ready.

Criminal racist elements have already made death threats
against certain “occupation administrators” and they will
not stop at killing our civilians. We hope that the
massacres of Mexicans that the White criminals have vowed
to undertake are just the rantings of cowardly insane minds
but we must take these threats seriously.

Cuauhtli
Minister of Information
Nation of Aztlan
La Voz de Aztlan

Read more here in Michelle Malkin’s blog.

Hear the whole thing song here.

English translation of Nuestro Himno

By the light of the dawn, do you see arising,

what we proudly hailed at twilight’s last fall?

Its stars, its stripes

yesterday streamed

above fierce combat

a gleaming emblem of victory

and the struggle toward liberty.

Throughout the night, they proclaimed:

“We will defend it!”

Tell me! Does its starry beauty still wave

above the land of the free,

the sacred flag?

Its stars, its stripes,

liberty, we are the same.

We are brothers in our anthem.

In fierce combat, a gleaming emblem of victory

and the struggle toward liberty.

My people fight on.

The time has come to break the chains.

Throughout the night they proclaimed, “We will defend it!”

Tell me! Does its starry beauty still wave

above the land of the free,

the sacred flag?

Chanting portion:

It’s time to make a difference the kids, men and the women/Let’s stand for our beliefs, let’s stand for our vision/What about the children los ninos como P-Star

These kids have no parents, cause all of these mean laws.

See this can’t happen, not only about the Latins.

Asians, blacks and whites and all they do is adding

more and more, let’s not start a war

with all these hard workers,

they can’t help where they were born.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Pro Illegals Vow: Cities Will "Grind to a Halt" May 1st

This is why you should BUY BUY BUY May 1st. From Reuters:
“There will be 2 to 3 million people hitting the streets in Los Angeles alone. We’re going to close down Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Tucson, Phoenix, Fresno,” said Jorge Rodriguez, a union official who helped organize earlier rallies credited with rattling Congress as it debates the issue. “We want full amnesty, full legalization for anybody who is here (illegally),” Rodriguez said. “That is the message that is going to be played out across the country on May 1.” They vow that America’s major cities will grind to a halt and its economy will stagger as Latinos walk off their jobs and skip school. Teachers’ unions in major cities have said children should not be punished for walking out of class.
In New York, leaders of the May 1 Coalition said a growing number of businesses had pledged to close and allow their workers to attend a rally in Manhattan’s Union Square.
Large U.S. meat processors, including Cargill Inc., Tyson Foods Inc and Seaboard Corp said they will close plants due to the planned rallies. “This is going to be really big. We’re going to have millions of people,” said Juan Jose Gutierrez, director of the Latino Movement USA.

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Pro Illegals Vow: Cities Will "Grind to a Halt" May 1st

This is why you should BUY BUY BUY May 1st. From Reuters:
“There will be 2 to 3 million people hitting the streets in Los Angeles alone. We’re going to close down Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Tucson, Phoenix, Fresno,” said Jorge Rodriguez, a union official who helped organize earlier rallies credited with rattling Congress as it debates the issue. “We want full amnesty, full legalization for anybody who is here (illegally),” Rodriguez said. “That is the message that is going to be played out across the country on May 1.” They vow that America’s major cities will grind to a halt and its economy will stagger as Latinos walk off their jobs and skip school. Teachers’ unions in major cities have said children should not be punished for walking out of class.
In New York, leaders of the May 1 Coalition said a growing number of businesses had pledged to close and allow their workers to attend a rally in Manhattan’s Union Square.
Large U.S. meat processors, including Cargill Inc., Tyson Foods Inc and Seaboard Corp said they will close plants due to the planned rallies. “This is going to be really big. We’re going to have millions of people,” said Juan Jose Gutierrez, director of the Latino Movement USA.

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BLOWBACK FOR THE MEDIA: Mary McCarthy is a hero? Howzzat? *UPDATE*

Check out Michael Barone’s piece today Here.
Mary Mc Carthy is the now former CIA employee who worked in the CIA inspector general’s office–an office formed to look into the actions of disreptutable agents among other things–
who now admits to having unauthorized [read leaked] contacts with Dana Priest of the Washington Post among other reporters. It is believed, but disputed by her friends, that Mc Carthy handed over info and/or reports to Priest ostensibly showing that the US was running secret prisons holding Al Qaeda big wigs. Apparently holding Al Qaeda big wigs in prison is bad. That they’re secret is apparently bad, too. An oath to secrecy and ten year sentence if you tell secrets notwithstanding, apparently secrecy is a not so dearly held commodity at spook central.
Dana Priest won a Pulitzer Prize for her stories on the secret prisons last week. (See this article here about the general theme running through the Pulitizer selection process here.)
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page weighs in today.

The case of Ms. McCarthy appears to be as egregious as it gets as a matter of partisan politics. She played a prominent role in the Clinton national security apparatus and public records show she gave $2,000 to John Kerry’s Presidential campaign and even more to the Democratic Party. Such is her right. But rather than salute and help implement policy after her candidate lost, she apparently sought to damage the Bush Administration by canoodling with the press.
There is little doubt that the Washington Post story on alleged prisons in Europe has done enormous damage–at a minimum, to our ability to secure future cooperation in the war on terror from countries that don’t want their assistance to be exposed. Likewise, the New York Times wiretapping exposé may have ruined one of our most effective anti-al Qaeda surveillance programs. Ms. McCarthy denies being the source of these stories. But somebody inside the intelligence community was.

Christopher Hitchens weighs in here:

But now, instead of being rewarded
for her probity, Mary McCarthy has been given the sack. And the
New York
Times
rushes to her aid, with a three-hankie story on April 23, moistly titled “Colleagues Say Fired CIA Analyst Played by the Rules.”
This is only strictly true if she confined her disagreement to official channels, as she did when she wrote to
Clinton in 1998. Sadly enough, the same article concedes that McCarthy may have lied and then eventually told the truth about having unauthorized contact with members of the press.

Well! In that case the remedy is clear. A special counsel must be appointed forthwith, to discover whether the CIA has been manipulating the media. All civil servants and all reporters with knowledge must be urged to comply, and to produce their notes or see the inside of a jail. No effort must be spared to discover the leaker. This is, after all, the line sternly proposed by the New York Times and many other media outlets in the matter of the blessed Joseph Wilson and his martyred CIA spouse, Valerie Plame.

Here’s Hitchens later on the McCarthy analog to Wilson/Plame:
One can argue that national security is damaged by unauthorized leaks, or one can argue that democracy is enhanced by them. But one cannot argue, in the case of a man who says that his CIA wife did not send him to Niger, that the proof that his wife did send him to Niger must remain a state secret. If one concerned official can brief the press off the record, then so can another.
A campaign that furthermore invokes the most reactionary law against disclosure this century: the Intelligence Identities Protection Act?
It was obvious from the first that the press, in taking Wilson and Plame at their own estimation, was fashioning a rod for its own back. I await the squeals that will follow when this rod is applied, which it will be again and again.

See Hitchens’ whole article here.
Here is his reportage of the Niger meetings which Joe Wilson makes light of here and here.
Thomas Josecelyn connects the Mary McCarthy dots here.
Check out this conversation with the WaPo ombudsman here that is quite illuminating.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

BLOWBACK FOR THE MEDIA: Mary McCarthy is a hero? Howzzat? *UPDATE*

Check out Michael Barone’s piece today Here.
Mary Mc Carthy is the now former CIA employee who worked in the CIA inspector general’s office–an office formed to look into the actions of disreptutable agents among other things–
who now admits to having unauthorized [read leaked] contacts with Dana Priest of the Washington Post among other reporters. It is believed, but disputed by her friends, that Mc Carthy handed over info and/or reports to Priest ostensibly showing that the US was running secret prisons holding Al Qaeda big wigs. Apparently holding Al Qaeda big wigs in prison is bad. That they’re secret is apparently bad, too. An oath to secrecy and ten year sentence if you tell secrets notwithstanding, apparently secrecy is a not so dearly held commodity at spook central.
Dana Priest won a Pulitzer Prize for her stories on the secret prisons last week. (See this article here about the general theme running through the Pulitizer selection process here.)
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page weighs in today.

The case of Ms. McCarthy appears to be as egregious as it gets as a matter of partisan politics. She played a prominent role in the Clinton national security apparatus and public records show she gave $2,000 to John Kerry’s Presidential campaign and even more to the Democratic Party. Such is her right. But rather than salute and help implement policy after her candidate lost, she apparently sought to damage the Bush Administration by canoodling with the press.
There is little doubt that the Washington Post story on alleged prisons in Europe has done enormous damage–at a minimum, to our ability to secure future cooperation in the war on terror from countries that don’t want their assistance to be exposed. Likewise, the New York Times wiretapping exposé may have ruined one of our most effective anti-al Qaeda surveillance programs. Ms. McCarthy denies being the source of these stories. But somebody inside the intelligence community was.

Christopher Hitchens weighs in here:

But now, instead of being rewarded
for her probity, Mary McCarthy has been given the sack. And the
New York
Times
rushes to her aid, with a three-hankie story on April 23, moistly titled “Colleagues Say Fired CIA Analyst Played by the Rules.”
This is only strictly true if she confined her disagreement to official channels, as she did when she wrote to
Clinton in 1998. Sadly enough, the same article concedes that McCarthy may have lied and then eventually told the truth about having unauthorized contact with members of the press.

Well! In that case the remedy is clear. A special counsel must be appointed forthwith, to discover whether the CIA has been manipulating the media. All civil servants and all reporters with knowledge must be urged to comply, and to produce their notes or see the inside of a jail. No effort must be spared to discover the leaker. This is, after all, the line sternly proposed by the New York Times and many other media outlets in the matter of the blessed Joseph Wilson and his martyred CIA spouse, Valerie Plame.

Here’s Hitchens later on the McCarthy analog to Wilson/Plame:
One can argue that national security is damaged by unauthorized leaks, or one can argue that democracy is enhanced by them. But one cannot argue, in the case of a man who says that his CIA wife did not send him to Niger, that the proof that his wife did send him to Niger must remain a state secret. If one concerned official can brief the press off the record, then so can another.
A campaign that furthermore invokes the most reactionary law against disclosure this century: the Intelligence Identities Protection Act?
It was obvious from the first that the press, in taking Wilson and Plame at their own estimation, was fashioning a rod for its own back. I await the squeals that will follow when this rod is applied, which it will be again and again.

See Hitchens’ whole article here.
Here is his reportage of the Niger meetings which Joe Wilson makes light of here and here.
Thomas Josecelyn connects the Mary McCarthy dots here.
Check out this conversation with the WaPo ombudsman here that is quite illuminating.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

OREGON INTRODUCES VOTE BY PHONE!!!!

Yes, this Anne Martens.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 20, 2006
Contact:
Anne Martens503-986-1502
Bradbury Sues Voting Vendor
SALEM – Secretary of State Bill Bradbury has filed a lawsuit against Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S), for breach of contract for failure to deliver the electronic voting machines that would allow people with disabilities to vote privately and independently.
The Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires, among other things, that all states provide people with disabilities the ability to vote with the same privacy and independence as all other citizens by a deadline of January 1, 2006. The federal government can impose penalties on states that fail to meet this requirement, including withdrawal and withholding of federal funds available for elections improvements.
“I’m disappointed in ES&S,” said Bradbury. “They agreed to provide us with voting machines, they didn’t follow through on that agreement, and that failure directly punishes people with disabilities.”
ES&S submitted the winning bid to a request for proposals issued by the Secretary of State in July 2005. In that bid, ES&S agreed to all of the standard state contract terms, and agreed to provide one million dollars worth of AutoMark touch-screen electronic voting machines by the January 1, 2006 federal deadline.
On January 10, 2006, ES&S informed the Secretary of State that it would not agree to the terms of the contract, and would not deliver the voting machines unless the Secretary changed the terms of the contract. Bradbury refused to alter the contract to meet ES&S’s demands, which then led to this lawsuit.
“We will not leave our elections in the hands of companies that do not follow through on their obligations, and we will not be coerced into altering our contracts,” said Bradbury.
The Secretary of State has worked closely with the disabilities community in Oregon, convening a regular disabilities subcommittee, and holding a vendor fair in the State Capitol so that people with disabilities could test and offer opinions on available voting technologies. Bradbury is now exploring other options to meet the federal requirement, and assures the disability community that “the ability to vote privately and independently is important to us, and we will do everything we can to make sure that all Oregonians have equal access to the ballot.”
As a temporary solution, the Secretary of State has contracted with IVS to provide a phone voting pilot program in ten counties for the May primary election. The ten pilot counties are: Klamath, Linn, Deschutes, Clatsop, Umatilla, Washington, Clackamas, Lane, Coos, and Yamhill. Voters with disabilities outside of the pilot counties may continue to ask their county elections office for assistance.
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