A Lawsuit I Can Support

GI’S BIG FAT SUIT VS. MOORE By JENNIFER FERMINO

A double-amputee Iraq-war vet is suing Michael Moore for $85 million, claiming the portly peacenik recycled an old interview and used it out of context to make him appear anti-war in “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

Sgt. Peter Damon, 33, who strongly supports America’s invasion of Iraq, said he never agreed to be in the 2004 movie, which trashes President Bush.

I’ve watched all Moore’s movies and it’s obvious that his fame did not come from his talent. They’re cartoonish invective without any redeeming social qualities. The only reason that he became as big a name as he did is because he supports the correct causes, gun control and defeat in Iraq. “Fahrenheit 9/11” with its droning commentary is as badly made as “The Clinton Chronicles” and both are definitely inferior to “The Rules of Engagement”. But it’s the thought that counts. If you’re preaching to the converted you don’t have to make much of an effort, and he didn’t.

Moore is quite well heeled for someone who poses as one of “the people”. He earns most of his money these days by traveling around the country fleecing gullible college students. Since he is against “the rich” and he himself being one of the “fat cats” (literally) I’m sure that everyone can support relieving him of some of his filthy lucre, especially since it would go to help a wounded veteran.

Unions: Protecting Jobs For The Lazy And Incompetent.

I’m 56 years old, have lived all over the world and have dealt with organized labor in all those countries. There was only one occasion that I can recall where the union, actually a local “works council” in Germany, was more interested in performing the job they got paid for than they were in protecting the lazy and incompetent.

Waddya Know? Here’s some people that have the same high opinion of unions that I do.

They better watch out or they’ll wake up with a horse’s head in their bed.

Should We Start Addressing Them As “Your Highness”?

Congressman Tried to Hide Papers, Justice Dept. Says

Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) said he wants Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to appear “up here to tell us how they reached the conclusion” to conduct the raid, which Sensenbrenner called “profoundly disturbing” on constitutional grounds. The chairman also said that his committee “will be working promptly” to draft legislation that would clearly prohibit wide-ranging searches of lawmakers’ offices by federal officials pursuing criminal cases.

With pretty much the entire Congress ripe for investigation for selling “earmarks”, they are moving to insure that as long as they keep their papers in their offices they will be immune from search with or without a warrant, even in criminal investigations. An immunity that ordinary Americans lack. Evidently they consider themselves a new American aristocracy and not subject to the laws that govern their subjects.

But I’m confused. Wasn’t the whole objection based on “Separation of Powers”? They were upset that the FBI, an agency of the Executive Branch, armed with a warrant from a judge, an agency of the Judicial Branch, searched the office of a Congressman, an agent of the Legislative Branch. But here they are, agents of the Legislative Branch, sending subpoenas to the AG and the FBI Director who are agents of the Executive Branch. If the Legislative Branch is immune from agents of the Executive Branch, then isn’t the Executive Branch equally immune from the Legislative Branch?

I think they’re on thin ice here and it will be interesting to see what the Supremes have to say about it. Or maybe Congress will argue that they are immune from the decisions of the Judicial Branch.

“Separation of Powers”, you know.

Showing ID To Vote Is “Unreasonable”?

The NYT, predictably, is upset that people might be asked for ID when registering or voting.

Block the Vote – New York Times

Protecting the integrity of voting is important, but many of these rules seem motivated by a partisan desire to suppress the vote, and particular kinds of voters, rather than to make sure that those who are entitled to vote and only those who are entitled do so. The right to vote is fundamental, and Congress and state legislatures should not pass laws that put an unnecessary burden on it. If they do, courts should strike them down..

They pay lip service to the idea of making sure that only eligible voters are allowed to vote. But they unabashedly oppose any attempt to actually do it.

Strange, most governmant offices require ID when applying for various programs but that is not considered to be a hardship. Maybe because it isn’t.

Bright, Effective and Crooked

Target of F.B.I. Raid Had a Hard Path to Capitol Hill – New York Times

[E]ven as Mr. Jefferson built a reputation as one of Louisiana’s brightest, most effective leaders, a less flattering view began to emerge, one signified by his nickname in political circles, “Dollar Bill.”

Early in his career, as a state legislator, he was criticized for enriching his law firm with contracts from state and local agencies. He also ran stores that rented appliances by the month to poor residents, owned dilapidated apartment buildings and was sued by federal regulators over a defaulted loan.

Just as with Randy Cunningham, Jefferson made no bones about how things worked. Pay the money and take what you want. He did all the usual things like arranging for jobs for his cronies and relatives.

Mr. Jefferson, a taciturn man who began his career as a favorite of good-government groups, has built a political empire in New Orleans, winning re-election by wide margins and helping his sister, one of his five daughters and many allies win public offices.

Good Government? Is that what they call it in New Orleans? As for his family, it is almost automatic that relatives of politicians get good jobs. Some even show up and do what they get paid for. I wonder if anyone ever looked at their attendance records?

But once he buddies up to the biggest grifter to ever be elected to political office, he was gold.

[O]nce Mr. Jefferson became a close ally of President Bill Clinton, and then won a seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, he was able to provide “absolute A+” support for city projects, said Marc H. Morial, one of Ernest Morial’s sons and the mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002.

Yes, sir. Once he hooked up with our “first black President” he was right at home. He excelled at carving off huge pieces of pork and directing a stream of dollars to his supporters back in the “Big Easy”. He didn’t make a secret of anything; he was right out front with it, hence the “Dollar Bill”. But nobody looked, or wanted to.

You have to wonder how many more Cunninghams and Jeffersons there are in Congress? When someone is elected to national political office they pretty much disappear off the radar. No one knows what they’re doing, who they’re talking to or even what they’re saying. The only time you find out is when they tell you the parts they want you to know, or they’re put in the spotlight for some reason. Then, depending on the news media, you find out what scumbags they are, or like Jefferson, that he was poor and struggled. The struggle, you see, excuses everything.

Nor am I real impressed with the rest of Congress in this case. I thought at first that it was just another case of the Democrats rallying around one of their cronies. But it seems that I underestimated the cronieness of Congress. They seem to think that there is some special Constitutional right that they and only they possess that keeps them from being investigated for crimes. There seems to be a belief that there is some mysterious power that gives them immunity from the laws that govern the rest of us.

The Bastard!

Libby Told Grand Jury Cheney Spoke of Plame

Vice President Cheney was personally angered by a former U.S. ambassador’s newspaper column attacking a key rationale for the war in Iraq and repeatedly directed I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, then his chief of staff, to “get all the facts out” related to the critique…

I can see where a lot of Washington DC insiders would be upset about this.

They prefer things like the Wilson column, which has been shown to be remarkably fact free.