Friday :: Jun 24, 2005

Randy and Rove - Same Misdirection Strategy


by Duckman GR

Lest you forget, randy cunningham is in serious fertilizer. It look like his new home purchase was an awfully good deal too. Josh Marshall has been following this, he?s got a slew of links to articles, and he will doubtless have something more any minute. Every day there?s been something questionable coming out about cunningham. Even if you know his inner essential goodness (no pot head he),actually those who do know his inner self are as likely to be crooks as he is, you?d have to think he?s dirty.

So what?s a rethuglican soldier to do? Why, get that Flag Burning Amendment passed, of course!

"Ask the men and women who stood on top of the [World] Trade Center," said Rep. Randy [Duke] Cunningham, R-California. "Ask them and they will tell you: pass this amendment."

How could such a patriot be a crook?

Well, I've got questions about randy?s deals. Where?d he get the money to pay for the additional $900k for his likely underpriced new home in tony Rancho Sante Fe? On his salary as a Congressman? Speaking of which, how could he afford that 62' yacht he had before? And where is that yacht now? Did he sell it? Is it running drugs for the Cartels? Rendering ?terrorists? for the CIA? Rummy? And if he was already paying for that boat slip before for his boat, why would paying those costs for MZM?s boat be an additional expense now?

?Capital Yacht Club dock master Kelvin Lee said this week that the vessel is docked at Cunningham's slip at the marina on the Potomac River in Washington.? He's not paying anything for MZM's boat.

And does it get better? Oh yeah, it does!

?The charity, the Sure Foundation, is headquartered in the same Washington town house as Wade's defense contracting firm, MZM Inc. Wade's wife, Christiane, is the foundation's president, and he is its treasurer. Cunningham's wife, Nancy, and one of his daughters, April, are listed as members of the foundation's advisory board.?

No biggie, right?

"It's another potential conflict of interest between Congressman Cunningham and Mitchell Wade," said Brennan Bilderry, [Francine Busby spokesman]. He questioned the propriety of a $100,000 grant that the Sure Foundation received from the House education subcommittee on which Cunningham serves.

Wrong again! Charities are one of the Pols favorite tax /campaign dodges. They?re perfect for making the Pol look good, and remember, perception is a whole chunk of everything in political/power circles. Look at the successes of bushco and tell me otherwise. Remember delays inauguration efforts?

There's a pattern with these crooks. Apply cunningham?s lame ass misdirection ploy to rover?s. Do you think he didn?t know what he was saying or where he was saying it? So what?s his misdirection aimed at?

Could it be this?

Jack Abramoff, a former lobbyist who is the subject of a federal investigation, diverted funds from Indian tribes into projects ranging from an Orthodox Jewish academy to an Israeli sniper school, new documents show.

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The use of nonprofit groups to fund lobbying campaigns and congressional travel has come under increased scrutiny since March. That's when the Washington Post reported that the National Center for Public Policy Research, a Washington-based group that witnesses today said Abramoff used to funnel at least $1 million in Choctaw money, sponsored a 2000 congressional golf trip to Scotland, which included House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Abramoff.

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Abramoff and Scanlon took in more than $66 million in fees from 2001 to 2004 from tribal clients, said Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican who's chairman of the committee. They directed some of those funds to congressional campaigns in a bid to win influence, according to e-mails released by the committee in two hearings held last year.

A Bloomberg News analysis of Federal Election Commission and Internal Revenue Service records shows that at least 171 lawmakers got $1.4 million in campaign donations from Abramoff, Scanlon and six Indian tribe clients between 2001 and 2004.

Or this?

?The testimony showed in much more detail how closely Mr. Abramoff worked with Mr. Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition, who received some money from tribes that participate in casino gambling to run a campaign to shut down rival casinos. Mr. Reed, now a candidate for lieutenant governor in Georgia, has insisted he did not know he was receiving money from Indian gambling entities.

The panel members remarked that Mr. Abramoff had routed $10,000 from the Choctaws to Mr. Reed's campaign fund for chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, without the tribe's knowledge.

Mr. Abramoff also appeared to have a closer working relationship with Grover G. Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform, than had been known. The lobbyist refers more than once to payments made by the Indian tribes to Mr. Norquist's group in exchange for visits to the White House.

See how that all works? We go off, and damn rightly so, on rover?s slanders, focus the attention on that, and PBS/tomlinson while this hearing gets lost. Well, we need to focus on both. Multi task Democrats! Just say NO! Democrats!

Remember this?

So, during the administration's first years in office, folks like Ken Lay and Jack Abramoff had all the access they wanted, while environmentalists and other public interest representatives had to fight to get even one meeting with the White House.

Remember when Republicans told us during the Clinton years that you can always judge folks by the friends they keep?

Or maybe it was this that rover didn?t want us paying attention to, part of the Friday Document Dump. Thanks to Holden on this one.

Washington has, for the first time, acknowledged to the United Nations that prisoners have been tortured at US detention centres in Guantanamo Bay, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq, a UN source said.

Details will be available just in time for the impeachment trial, May, 2006.

Have a nice weekend, and if anyone should happen to drop a dime in Francine Busby's kitty, let her know the Duckman sent ya, thanks. I'm not soliciting, just saying.

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