Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Dialing for Dollars - Jack Abramoff Fingers Harry Reid

Jack Abramoff went to prison today, but not before fingering the new Senate Majority Leader, Sen, Harry Reid. Abramoff, the bad news moneyman who's shady dealings put the brakes on several Republican election campaigns, claims Reid took in excess of $30,000 in campaign contributions from Indian gaming clients of Abramoff. A source for ABC News says the contributions "were no accident and were in fact requested by Reid."

Reid, through his spokesfolk, essentially defends himself with, 'Listen to me carefully, because I'm only gonna say this once. I did not have a fiduciary relationship with that man - Jack Abramoff!' (Actually, I just made that up. Now that I'm part of the 'loyal opposition', I am neither bound by facts, nor propriety. I can make stuff up and you Dems can only defend against the outrages. Y'all should have thought of that before you went and won the mid-term elections.)

As convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff reported to federal prison today, a source close to the investigation surrounding his activities told ABC News that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was one of the members of Congress Abramoff had allegedly implicated in his cooperation with federal prosecutors.

A spokesperson for Reid, elected yesterday as the Senate Majority Leader, said the senator had done nothing illegal or unethical.

"We have no idea what Abramoff is telling prosecutors to save his skin, but I do know that these kind of old allegations are completely ridiculous and untrue," Sen. Reid's spokesman Jim Manley told ABC News.

A source close to the investigation says Abramoff told prosecutors that more than $30,000 in campaign contributions to Reid from Abramoff's clients "were no accident and were in fact requested by Reid."

The AP [Associated Press]also reported that Abramoff's billing records showed extensive contact with Reid's office over a three-year period in which Reid collected more than $68,000 from Abramoff's firm, partners and clients.

Read more of the ABC News, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz report here.

Now, what have we learned here, buckaroos? The Washington crowd and the press will puzzle over this for quite some time and I think we can shorten the puzzle time - POLITICIANS ARE CRIMINALS! GET USED TO IT!

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Ex-Gitmo Guests Jailed

Thanks to al-Jazeera news agency, we have further proof that the prisoners held in Guantanamo prison facilities, are hapless innocents caught up in the vast paranoia of the Western world, especially America.

The criminal court in Sale, located near the capital, Rabat, handed the heaviest sentence of five years in prison to Mohamed Souleymani Laalami, who was accused of forming a criminal group, the MAP news agency reported late on Friday.

Two other defendants, Najib Lahssini and Mohammed Ouali, were sentenced to three years each on charges of falsifying documents, the news agency said.

Even though the three men spent nearly five years in US custody, the Moroccan court case was unrelated to their detention at Guantanamo, so the new sentences amount to additional time behind bars.

The Moroccan government confirmed in February that the United States had handed over the three men, but did not say when the transfer took place.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Rain - The End of the World!

Global Cooling has finally arrived here in Southern California. It's cold and raining, temps won't get much higher than the low 70's faherenheit. It's miserable.

After the long Global Warming period, we are always surprised by the arrival of Global Cooling. The rest of the nation, and most of the world, believes Southern California resides in perpetual Global Warming, never ending fun, and clouds never litter the sky; an Endless Global Warming of surf and turf, fun and sun. But, when the sun goes down (and it really does go down) over Tinsel Town, great tribal bonfires are lit on the babe drenched beaches beckonning Sol's return.

Global Cooling is here and will be here for awhile. No knows for how long. We never know. We just hope and pray it will be short. You know, at one time virgins would be sacrificed, but those are an endangered species protected by the Fed's Endangered Species Act.

With luck and pluck, we will get through this and for the love of Mike - DON'T COME HERE! Don't be fooled by what you will on the TV. The coming weeks, will show lovely weather at the College Bowl Games and parades. DON'T BELIEVE IT! Remember this is where the world's favorite movies are made. It's all fake , it's Climate Control. Stay away!

It's all the fault of Liberals, mostly Al Gore. Yeah, the Global Warming - Al Gore invented it. Global Cooling - Al Gore again. Climate Control - yep, Al Gore. "Love Story" and Internet, hell! Al Gore invented Global Climate Control! Cooling, Warming - he doesn't care just as long as he gets paid and his name is spelled right.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Pelosi Throws Race, Jack's My Man

And then there were two. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-Ca.),the apparent front runner for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has backed out of the internal party election process. Miss Nancy wrote a letter Sunday and had it delivered to Congressman Jack Murtha.

The support of Miss Nancy is critical to Mr. Murtha in overcoming the lead of Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer. Previously, Mr. Murtha has described himself to be third ranking in House Minority leadership.

There’s Nancy Pelosi, [Appropriations Committee ranking member Rep.] Dave Obey (D-Wis.) and myself, and then Hoyer is listed after me in the power plays.
In her letter, Miss Nancy kissed up to the once a Marine, always a Marine Colonel Jack Murtha saying

Your presence in the leadership of our party would add a knowledgeable and respected voice to our Democratic team.
In his response, Jack wrote,

I am deeply gratified to receive the support of Speaker Pelosi, a tireless advocate for change and a true leader for our party and our country.
For the past four years, Congressman Steny Hoyer has been the second rank Democrat leader of the House Minority. Miss Nancy was his only senior and the two had been long time rivals for the leadership position while Miss Nancy and Colonel Jack have been long time allies in the Democrat caucus.

Steni Hoyer released a statement last week sometime saying he would win the intra-tribal contest. Hoyer stated

Nancy told me some time ago that she would personally support Jack. I respect her decision as the two are very close.
Since the election of November 11, Hoyer has been releasing the lists of Congressmen who have offered him their support. To counter the Hoyer supporters, Murtha needed Pelosi to step aside and Miss Nancy's letter began by saying Col. Jack had asked for her support. Had the three-way continued, a very ugly, very public battle would have ensued dissipatting much of the support the Democrat Caucus believe they had won in last Tuesday's election.

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