Katrina Evacuees Kill Woman Who Helped Them

What can you say? From the Houston Chronicle:

Jimmy Hoang Le, 18, from left, Stephanie Jacobo 18, both from the Beaumont area, and Roosevelt Smith Jr., 43, of Louisiana, have been charged in the death of Betty Blair of Pasadena.

3 hurricane evacuees accused of killing woman who helped them

By ANNE MARIE KILDAY and MÓNICA GUZMÁN
Oct. 30, 2005, 10:06

  Betty Blair, 77, who was found strangled Friday in her home, was the widow of former Pasadena school board president Robert Blair, who died last spring.

Three hurricane evacuees were charged with capital murder Saturday in the strangulation of Betty Blair, a 77-year-old church leader, mother of three daughters and the widow of former Pasadena school board President Robert "Bob" Blair.

Jimmy Hoang Le, 18, Stephanie Jacobo, 18, both from the Beaumont area, and Roosevelt Smith Jr., 43, of Louisiana, were charged with murdering Blair during a robbery at her Pasadena home Friday.

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Media Growing Bored With Cindy Sheehan Story

It looks like Mother Sheehan is finally getting her oft expressed wish that the media stop paying attention to her.

I was all set to post an excerpted transcript of al-Sheehan’s historic appearance before the National Press Club the other day. But it turns out that Rush Limbaugh has already done us the favor:

Sad Sack Sheehan Cast Aside

October 28, 2005

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: This is hilarious. Just to show you how fast the Democrats drop you when you become worthless. You remember back this past summer and going into the month of September, the celebrity in this country was Cindy Sheehan. She was the face of the Democratic anti-war movement. She was the face of the Democratic base. She was the person we needed to run for office, people like Cindy Sheehan.

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For The Armchair Activist – Be A Cindy Sheehan

As much as I'd hate to see Cindy Sheehan lose her meal ticket, progess marches on:

TOOL FOR ARMCHAIR ACTIVISTS

Tool for armchair activists is a machine for remote rants and protests. It can be strapped to lampposts in front of pro-eminent buildings like the house of parliament, or other institutional buildings in front of which many protests occur.

Thanks to its embedded mobile telecommunication device, the machine is able to receive incoming sms messages and speak them out loud through its powerful megaphones, thus allowing the armchair activist to shout out its rants and protests in the comfort of his sitting room.

Tool for armchair activists offers a modern alternative to the speaker corner, and save you the hassle to sit in the rain, waiting for your favourite MP to pass by.

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Not A Bang, A Whimper – Fitzgerald Indicts Libby

Is this the way the rule of law will end? Criminalizing political differences? Indicting people on “process charges”?

Of course ifit is actually true that Libby lied under oath, then this is good news. It is always reassuring to see the rule of law upheld at all levels.

But if it is a case of Fitzgerald feeling pressured by the media and the rest of our prevailing one party establishment to nail the White House for something, after squandering two years and seventy million dollars, then it is the opposite, and will continue to diminish our respect for the rule of law in these times.

One thing is for certain, no one has been charged with the original "crime" of "outing" Plame’s CIA status.

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Holding a Criminal Term

Grand Jury Sworn in on October 31, 2003

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v.

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Sheehan Will “Die” At White House Gate

Isn’t that fascinating? Well, the people at the DNC-owned Associated Press seem to think it is:

Posted on Tue, Oct. 25, 2005

Peace activists to "die symbolically" outside White House

ELISABETH GOODRIDGE
Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Cindy Sheehan and other peace activists plan to "die symbolically" for the next four days outside the White House to represent the American soldiers who have died in Iraq.

Sheehan, whose son Casey died in Iraq last year, organized the vigil as the U.S. military death toll in the war neared 2,000.

"I’ll be laying down and not getting up," Sheehan said Tuesday to a small crowd in which the number of journalists exceeded the number of protesters. "When they let me out, I’ll do the same thing if I get arrested."

She said she hoped 2,000 people would attend the vigil throughout the week to represent each American death.

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Judith Miller Replies To NY Times Attack Column

Here is Ms. Judith Miller’s response to "public editor" (what does that mean, anyway?) Mr. Barney Calame’s column.

It’s kind of amazing that the New York Times printed this at all. They have a long history of not posting the responses of people they attack, like Ms. Ann Coulter.

bcalame – 10:40 PM ET October 23, 2005 (#19 of 19)

Miller Response to Column

Judith Miller sent me the e-mail message below in response to my column in The New York Times today. In her message, Ms. Miller refers to "answers" she had sent me to questions I posed to her during an interview Thursday. My column reflected the relevant responses she gave me during our interview, and her e-mail message arrived too late for inclusion in the column.

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NYT Updates Its Ethics: “Lie Or Be Fired”

Only in the bizarro world of the New York Times does refusing to lie under oath to a grand jury get you in "ethics trouble."

From the Democrat Party's other favorite house organ, the Associated Press:

Times' Ombudsman Suggests Review of Miller

By Amy Westfeldt, Associated Press

The New York Times' ombudsman said the newspaper should review reporter Judith Miller's journalism practices to address "clear issues of trust and credibility" in her role in the CIA leak investigation. Miller's attorney called the newspaper's recent criticism of her "shameless."

Times Public Editor Byron Calame also said the paper should consider updating its ethics guidelines on using anonymous sources and quoted publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. as saying "there are new limits" on what Miller can do in the future.

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“Zero Tolerance For Katrina Fraud” – Says AG

A friendly heads up for all our grifting friends behind Camp Casey III. Hey, Cindy, Michael, Ward, Andrea, Malik — you guys lawyered-up yet?

Department of Justice Seal

REMARKS FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL ALBERTO R. GONZALES AT THE HURRICANE KATRINA FRAUD TASK FORCE CONFERENCE

New Orleans, Louisiana
October 20, 2005

It is my pleasure to be in New Orleans to join you in this conference of the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force.

As we begin our discussions, I think it’s important to remember the simplicity of our charge. We’re here for one reason: to help the citizens and communities affected by Hurricane Katrina.

In the hours, days, and weeks since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ripped through this area, help has come from a number of sources. Americans from across the country offered relief, reached into their pockets, and opened their arms and homes to displaced families.

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An Intercept From The Enemy – The NYT

Reading this "memo" is almost exactly like reading a letter from Al-Zarqawi to his henchmen. Except that Al Qaeda is a little more restrained in its expression of hatred for our elected President and its contempt for our country.

For, according to its executive editor, Bill Keller, the New York Times hasn't done enough to damage the Bush administration. And Mr. Keller regrets that terribly.

He is particularly disappointed at how Judy Miller passed up her chance to stick it to the Republicans. So much so that he will make damn sure the Times never defends (or employs) anyone who won't go the extra mile to try to bring down our elected leaders:

Text of E-Mail Sent to The New York Times Staff by Its Executive Editor

Published: Oct 21, 2005

Text of an e-mail sent to the staff at The New York Times from Bill Keller, the paper's executive editor:

Title: Memo from NYT executive editor Bill Keller

A Message from Bill Keller:

Colleagues,

As you can imagine, I've done a lot of thinking – and a lot of listening – on the subject of what I should have done differently in handling our reporter's entanglement in the White House leak investigation.

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The AP Pronounces Rove Guilty – Again

Our favorite paid Democrat political assassin unbiased journalist, Pete Yost, valiantly tries to work up the faithful for a public lynching, Associated Press style:

A cartoon threatening that the KKK would lynch carpetbaggers. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Independent Monitor, 1868.

White House Defense Shaky in CIA Leak Case

White House Defense Looking Shaky in CIA Leak Case As New Evidence Accumulates

By Pete Yost
Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Even if White House aides leaked a covert CIA officer’s identity, they were simply passing along information they’d already heard from the news media, the administration’s supporters maintain in a defense that looks increasing shaky as new evidence accumulates.

Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald now knows that Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, met three times with a New York Times reporter before the leak of Valerie Plame’s identity, that Libby initiated a call to NBC newsman Tim Russert and that Libby was a confirming source about the wife of Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson for a Time magazine reporter.

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‘Espionage Act’ Does Not Apply To Plame

Just for the hell of it, I thought it would be fun to look at the law that the DNC/MSM are now claiming Fitzgerald is going to try to use to indict Bush’s evil henchmen, Rove and Libby.

You know that no one in the media could be bothered to look it up:

U.S. Espionage Act Of 1917

Passed by the U.S. Congress on 15 June, two months after America’s declaration of war with Germany.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled

Title I

ESPIONAGE

Section 1

That:

(a) whoever, for the purpose of obtaining information respecting the national defence with intent or reason to believe that the information to be obtained is to be used to the injury of the United States, or to the advantage of any foreign nation, goes upon, enters, flies over, or otherwise obtains information, concerning any vessel, aircraft, work of defence, navy yard, naval station, submarine base, coaling station, fort, battery, torpedo station, dockyard, canal, railroad, arsenal, camp, factory, mine, telegraph, telephone, wireless, or signal station, building, office, or other place connected with the national defence, owned or constructed, or in progress of construction by the United States or under the control or the United States, or of any of its officers or agents, or within the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States, or any place in which any vessel, aircraft, arms, munitions, or other materials or instruments for use in time of war are being made, prepared, repaired.

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NYT: Plame Leaker Doesn’t Work In WH

That really does seem to be the only “news” imparted in this piece from the Democrats’ house organ, the New York Times .

The rest just reads as more wishing, hoping and praying:

The master criminals: Karl Rove, White House Counsel Dan Bartlett, Lewis Libby, and Dick Cheney

Cover-Up Issue Is Seen as Focus in Leak Inquiry

David Johnston

October 21, 2005

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 – As he weighs whether to bring criminal charges in the C.I.A. leak case, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special counsel, is focusing on whether Karl Rove, the senior White House adviser, and I. Lewis Libby Jr., chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, sought to conceal their actions and mislead prosecutors, lawyers involved in the case said Thursday.

Among the charges that Mr.

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AP Insists Rove Leaked Plame Identity

If his last twenty-some articles on this same subject hadn’t convinced Peter Yost’s overlords at the DNC he is earning his keep–Yost has rolled up his sleeves to really show them this time.

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

White House defense – the news media did it – crumbling in leak case

By Pete Yost
October 20, 2005

WASHINGTON – The evidence prosecutors have assembled in the CIA leak case suggests Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff sought out reporters in the weeks before an undercover operative’s identity was compromised in the news media, casting doubt on one of the White House’s main lines of defense.

For months, the White House and its supporters have argued top presidential aides did not knowingly expose Valerie Plame, the wife of administration critic Joseph Wilson, as a CIA operative.

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Crime Doesn’t Take A Holiday On “Katrina” Ship

From the Alabama Mobile Register:

No holiday for crime on ship

Thursday, October 20, 2005
By Susan Daker Staff Reporter

Nearly 30 arrests ranging from domestic violence to drug possession have been made on the Holiday cruise ship in Mobile since Hurricane Katrina evacuees moved in a month ago, a police spokesman said.

The arrest rate on board the ship during its service as an evacuee shelter has been significantly higher per thousand people than the average arrest rates in Alabama and Mississippi, according to available criminal statistics.

Police received 98 calls summoning officers to the Carnival Cruise Line ship from Sept. 17 through Monday, Oct. 17, according to information provided by Cpl. Marcus Young, police spokesman. The Mobile Police Department is responsible for security on board the ship, which is docked in downtown.

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Cindy Sheehan Goes Home To Berkeley

Like a dog returns to his vomit, Mother Sheehan has given into her primal urge and moved to her spiritual home–Berkeley.

From aptly named, Berkeley Daily Planet:

Cindy Sheehan Moves to Berkeley, Joins Call for National Guard Return

By Richard Brenneman

One of the country’s most famous anti-war activists is now one of Berkeley’s newest residents.

Cindy Sheehan, who gained the world’s attention with her protest outside President George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, has moved into a Berkeley apartment following her separation from her husband.

I needed a place to stay, and some friends got me an apartment,” she said.

Not that Berkeley will see much of the mother who lost her son Casey in the Iraq war in April 2004.

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