|Anonymous, The Mask|
|Anonymous, The Man (Zucotti Park)|
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.
Last week’s release of FBI documents finally put in writing what nobody had ever said on the record: The FBI suspected that former Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and lobbyists close to him were running a scheme to funnel earmarks to sham companies and nonprofits to benefit the lawmaker’s friends and former staffers.Roll Call has more of the FBI's investigation of fat bastard Murths's criminal doings that included the use of PAID - Pennsylvania Association for Individuals with Disabilities - to cover his criminal activities. The best and most appreciated public service Lying Fat Bastard John Murtha ever did was die.
Bits and pieces of this story were kicked around for years before Murtha died in February 2010. The Los Angeles Times, Roll Call, the Washington Post and others had documented the odd appearance of earmarks for tiny defense contractors that just happened to open an office in western Pennsylvania and just happened to hire one of the lobbying firms close to Murtha and just happened to begin making campaign donations to Murtha and other Members of Congress close to him.
Reporters could do little but assemble the coincidences and couldn’t prove there was anything wrong with the bigger picture.
But it turns out the FBI was reading the stories and was very interested — interested enough that the Justice Department had opened a criminal investigation into Murtha and some of the lobbyists in his orbit, a fact that never leaked while Murtha was alive.
In part, the probe never leaked precisely because he was alive.
In a memo dated June 19, 2009, FBI field agents requested the bureau “open a full public corruption investigation” regarding KSA Consulting, the lobbying firm that employed at various times the Congressman’s longtime defense aide Carmen Scialabba and the Congressman’s brother, Robert Murtha, widely known as Kit.
The FBI field agents concluded that “the relationships between Congressman John Murtha ... and employees and partners of KSA Consulting provide for a potential Honest Services Fraud ... if Congressman Murtha influenced the awarding of contracts to KSA-controlled entities or clients, in exchange for some personal benefit to the Congressman. KSA principals may also have committed Honest Services Fraud by lobbying Murtha to direct earmarks to KSA clients who ‘passed-thru’ the funds to subcontractor firms that did little actual work and were owned by KSA principles.”
O'Donnell: Are you convinced we've hit rock bottom? Could there be a second recession?Busted.
Geitner: I think that the strength of the economy right now depends on two things - it depends on how successful Europe is in resolving its financial crisis. But, it also depends on people in Washington. And again, if Congress does not act on these proposals in the President's Jobs Act, then taxes go up for all Americans - most Americans, they go up for most businesses, growth will be weaker, Americans will be out of work longer... [CBS seems to have edited out the end of his statement.]
The Obama administration often reminds me of the German health system of the NAZI era when step by teeny-tiny step otherwise good and ethical people became inured to the pain and barbaric treatment of others, or the horrid experiments of Shiro Ishii's Unit 731 of the Imperial Japanese Army that infected prisoners of war with plague, cholera, anthrax, and many other pestilences to see how the diseases progressed. There should be no debate at all - this is just wrong on its face; even broaching the subject is just wrong.
The Obama administration is wrestling with the thorny question of whether scientists should inject healthy children with the anthrax vaccine to see whether the shots would safely protect them against a bioterrorism attack.
Gen. Shiro Ishii, Unit 731
The other option is to wait until an attack happens and then try to gather data from children whose parents agree to inoculate them in the face of an actual threat.Despite all the talk and hype of anthrax attacks since 2001, there has never been an anthrax attack that has encompassed an area large enough to do any large scale damage. This is no longer an era in America when government can test dangerous materials on citizens as was done with nuclear radiation on thousands in the 20th century or the several decades that Black men were subjected to the ravages of untreated syphilis in the "Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male."
the deliberate infection of people with deadly or debilitating diseases, exposure of people to biological and chemical weapons, human radiation experiments, injection of people with toxic and radioactive chemicals, surgical experiments, interrogation/torture experiments, tests involving mind-altering substances, and a wide variety of others. Many of these tests were performed on children, the sick, and mentally disabled individuals, often under the guise of "medical treatment". In many of the studies, a large portion of the subjects were poor racial minorities or prisoners.If we no longer need to test cosmetics and chemicals on small animals, why do we still need to test deadly diseases on small people? We've already slipped the slippery slope with torture, what it is and isn't, who can and cannot be tortured, who can be killed by silent death from the sky and who cannot. This is a time when we must be fully cognizant of how near the bounds of decency truly are and still maintain our humanity.
|Appalachian Pumpkin Patch Landscape - Walt Curlee|
"Rather than taxing millionaires, the first thing we ought to do is quit giving them subsidies," said Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who offered the amendment to the massive spending bill the Senate was debating into the early morning hours Friday.However, another Coburn amendment to withhold federal dollars from slumlords who run dangerous public housing projects, failed 59-40.
President Obama and his congressional allies have tried to impose a surtax on those with million-dollar incomes, but Republicans and a few Democrats have blocked those efforts each time, showing little stomach for tax increases.