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BLOG QUOTE OF THE DAY
from Brad Friedman at BRADBLOG.COM
EXCLUSIVE: FBI AGENT WHO INTERCEDED IN ANN COULTER VOTER FRAUD CASE ALLEGED TO BE HER FORMER BOYFRIEND! Palm Beach Paper Says FBI Agent Attempted to Clear GOP Pundit, BRAD BLOG Guest Blogger Said to be Reason for Fraudulent Info Given on FLVoter Registration Form, Driver's License! Conservative Coulter Critic Borchers Responds; Says Her '98-'99 Boyfriend Has Been 'Her Personal FBI Resource for Her Own Purposes' The Ann Coulter Voter Fraud case, which we've been covering for more than a year (see our Special Coverage Page here, including her fraudulent Voter Registration Form, the complaint that started it all, and much more) has taken several bizarre twists this morning as Palm Beach Post columnist Jose Lambiet once again steps up with several fresh scoops in the matter, and The BRAD BLOG, who, as of today's article, has now become a corollary in the story, has an exclusive detail or two of our own to offer on the heels of this morning's Post report. First, Lambiet reports that the Palm Beach Sheriffs Office, which had been investigating the matter, has closed the case after an FBI agent interceded on Coulter's behalf. The PBSO had been investigating Coulter's fraudulent, knowing use of the wrong address on her voter registration form, a third-degree felony, and the fact that she subsequently, knowingly voted at the wrong precinct. Second, the reason offered by the FBI man for Coulter's use of a phony address on her form --- actually that of her Palm Beach County real estate agent --- was because of claims that she was being "stalked" by a conservative BRAD BLOG guest blogger!" (nowadays, the blogs don't just report the news, the ARE the news!!!)
AND DON'T MISS THIS, BRADBLOG'S LINK TO AMY GOODMAN'S SHOW FEATURING GREG PALAST'S INTERVIEW WITH DAVID IGLESIAS!!! (THAT'S HOW THE BLOGS WORK!) http://www.bradblog.com/?p=4551
As a massive hunt for three missing American soldiers continued into its third day on Monday, a front group for al-Qaeda in Iraq that claims to have captured them warned the U.S. military to stop searching, calling it "a venture in vain." The group suggested the abductions were to avenge the rape and killing of a 14-year-old girl in the same area and abuses committed by U.S. troops at Abu Ghraib and other prisons. (Al Qaeda is using our own tragic, unforgivable violence to turn locals against us, and to punish innocent soldiers for the crimes of others. It is very hard to be seen as liberators when these kinds of rapes and massacres can be traced back to our own soldiers. Makes one wonder, what kind of sociopathic timebombs will some of these troops bring back with them, along with their wounded psyches?)
The Sadriya market has been cleaned of the pools of blood and the scattered flesh. It looked almost normal Monday as Kumail Ali Mussa stood in his car accessory shop on the street where 16 people had been killed the day before. It was 2:30 p.m. and the market, which once stayed open until sunset, was shutting down. The fact that it had opened at all was a minor miracle. This was the fourth major bombing there. The previous ones, in December, February and April, killed more than 320 people. Mussa resigned himself to coming back to the decades-old commercial center. He had gone home in shock the previous night and awakened in the morning afraid he would not survive the next attack. But with a wife, children and parents to feed, he didn't have the luxury of shutting down. "What else could I do?" he said numbly. "I don't have a degree in anything, and even then, what's the difference? People are dying indiscriminately regardless of where they are in Baghdad!" (if they rename the market "McCain Plaza", maybe all the violence will disappear into U.S. presidential political fantasyland...)
Boston University professor Andrew J. Bacevich has been a persistent, vocal critic of the Iraq war, calling the conflict a catastrophic failure. This week, the retired Army lieutenant colonel received the grim news that his son had been killed on patrol there. First Lieutenant Andrew J. Bacevich , 27, of Walpole, died Sunday in Balad of wounds he suffered after a bomb explosion, the military said yesterday. The soldier, who graduated from BU in 2003 with a degree in communications, is the 56th service member from Massachusetts to be killed in Iraq. His father, a veteran of the Vietnam and Gulf wars, has criticized the war in his writings and described President Bush's endorsement of such "preventive wars" as "immoral, illicit, and imprudent." ( I can not imagine this man's grief, my own sons and daughter are my primary concern in all of this. Just what have we done???)
Opposition parties shut down the southern port city of Karachi and slowed commerce in other parts of the country with a strike on Monday to protest the deaths of at least 39 people in political violence over the weekend. The situation in Karachi, the nation’s commercial and financial hub, was described as “tense but under control” on Monday by law enforcement officials. Thousand of paramilitary troops were called in to patrol the streets after being given the authority to “shoot and kill” anyone involved in more violence. “The city is totally paralyzed,” Azhar Farooqi, the Karachi police chief, was quoted as saying by Reuters. “Shops are closed, and very little public transport is on the roads. People are scared.” The strike and street clashes are one of the most serious challenges to face Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s president, since he took power in a bloodless coup in 1999. The clashes, between government supporters and opposition parties, were set off Saturday by the arrival of Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, the Supreme Court chief justice who was suspended by President Musharraf in March. (can our next president suspend OUR Supreme Court judges???)
Gunmen opened fire Monday on U.S., Pakistani and Afghan officials meeting near the volatile Afghan-Pakistani frontier. An American soldier and a Pakistani soldier were killed and several others wounded, officials said. The border fighting, about a mile inside Pakistani territory, coincided with continuing civil strife over Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's efforts to sideline the chief justice of the Supreme Court, a struggle that threatens the general's grip on power. Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, has been virtually shut down by the unrest, which has left more than 40 people dead since the weekend. Shops were closed and most public transport halted as the opposition called for a general strike. Paramilitary police were given shoot-to-kill orders against anyone involved in street violence. (this "Bush War" is spilling over into new territory)
DOJ ATTORNEY FIRING SCANDAL CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTIM
Paul J. McNulty, a career Republican operative who rose to the No. 2 spot at the Department of Justice, announced his resignation Monday in the midst of the widening scandal over the firings of eight U.S. attorneys. His exit marks the fourth resignation since the matter became public this year. It is all the more dramatic because of his high rank — deputy attorney general — in the Bush administration. McNulty has admitted misleading Congress about the reasons for the dismissals. Though he maintained he was out of the loop about the terminations, documents showed he attended a crucial meeting with Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales and others to review a final list of prosecutors to be fired. (another one bites the dust)
WOLFOWITZ WORLD BANK GAL PAL SCANDAL
A World Bank committee charged Monday that Paul D. Wolfowitz violated ethical and governance rules as bank president by showing favoritism to his companion in 2005. In response, the Bush administration mounted a last-ditch global campaign to save Mr. Wolfowitz from being ousted from office. On a day of rapid developments that intensified the furor over Mr. Wolfowitz at the bank, in the Bush administration and at government ministries around the world, the special committee that has investigated his conduct in the last month issued a scathing set of conclusions that seemed certain to hasten a decision on Mr. Wolfowitz’s fate. The report charged that Mr. Wolfowitz broke bank rules and the ethical obligations in his contract, and that he tried to hide the salary and promotion package awarded to Shaha Ali Riza, his companion (there's the money-shot) and a bank employee, from top legal and ethics officials in the months after he became bank president in 2005. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/15/washington/15wolfowitz.html?th&emc=th