Monday, June 04, 2007

High Class Gettin' It On

Well, well, well. What do we have here?

Rove Linked to Prosecution of Ex-Alabama Governor

In the rough and tumble of Alabama politics, the scramble for power is often a blood sport. At the moment, the state's former Democratic governor, Don Siegelman, stands convicted of bribery and conspiracy charges and faces a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. Siegelman has long claimed that his prosecution was driven by politically motivated, Republican-appointed U.S. attorneys.

Now Karl Rove, the President's top political strategist, has been implicated in the controversy. A longtime Republican lawyer in Alabama swears she heard a top G.O.P. operative in the state say that Rove "had spoken with the Department of Justice" about "pursuing" Siegelman, with help from two of Alabama's U.S. attorneys.

The allegation was made by Dana Jill Simpson, a lifelong Republican and lawyer who practices in Alabama. She made the charges in a May 21 affidavit, obtained by TIME, in which she describes a conference call on November 18, 2002, which involved a group of senior aides to Bob Riley, who had just narrowly defeated Siegelman in a bitterly contested election for governor. Though Republican Riley, a former Congressman, initially found himself behind by several thousand votes, he had pulled ahead at the last minute when disputed ballots were tallied in his favor. After the abrupt vote turnaround, Siegelman sought a recount. The Simpson affidavit says the conference call focused on how the Riley campaign could get Siegelman to withdraw his challenge.

Lord knows it ain't hard to manipulate Alabama politics. Look no further than the stellar class of "leaders" we've "elected" over the years. My home state hasn't remained an ass-backwards , 49 out of 50 (thank god for Mississippi) state without the tireless non-effort of our dear leaders. *cough* Sessions *cough*.

It's hard work bringing up the rear.

But, I'm at about 99% of full belief that Rove's grubby little troll paws are all over this stink and the reason being is this:

Take a look at the Republican denial:

William Canary called the allegations "outrageous" and "the desperate act of a desperate politician." Terry Butts said, "I do not recall this telephone conversation — this whole story must have been created by a drunk fiction writer." A White House spokesman told TIME that since the case of former Governor Siegelman remained before the courts, it would have no comment.

Damn, talk about over the top. Thou doth protest too much.

Will be interesting to see where this goes.


Last week I linked to two stories that have now been exposed as bullshit or containing certain amounts of bullshit.

Anyway, here are the updates:

Pig was a monster, not very wild:

"The huge hog that became known as 'Monster Pig' after being hunted and killed by an 11-year-old boy had another name: Fred.

The not-so-wild pig had been raised on an Alabama farm and was sold to the Lost Creek Plantation just four days before it was shot there in a 150-acre fenced area, the animal's former owner said."

Kidney Transplant TV Show Is a Hoax:

"AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - A television show in which a woman would donate a kidney to a contestants was revealed as a hoax Friday. Presenters said they were trying to pressure the government into reforming organ donation laws.

The very definition of redundant:

Gays and lesbians allowed conjugal visits in prisons:

(06-01) 04:00 PDT Sacramento -- California's prison system is changing its regulations to allow conjugal visits for gay and lesbian inmates in response to a legal threat and a 2003 law that gave domestic partners many of the same rights as married couples."

The July 4th Nathan's hot dog eating contest just got very, very interesting.

Man Eats Record-Breaking 59.5 Hot Dogs

A California man has smashed the world record for hot dog eating at a contest outside Phoenix, gobbling up more than 59 franks in 12 minutes.Joey Chestnut of San Jose, 23, shattered the record held by Takeru Kobayashi of Japan. Chestnut downed the 59-plus hot dogs and buns during the Southwest Regional Hot Dog Eating Championship at the Arizona Mills Mall in suburban Tempe.Kobayashi's old record of 53.75 hot dogs was set last year at Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, held at Coney Island in New York.

Classy bow chicka bow-bow:

A suite with a fireman's pole?

"SAN DIEGO — With rooms starting at $450 a night, this city's newest hotel is keeping company with some grand dames of San Diego County: Four Seasons Resort Aviara, Hotel del Coronado and the US Grant.

But the only thing strait-laced about the Ivy Hotel is the leather-covered, corseted columns in the lobby.

The 159-room, $90-million property could pass as Playboy Mansion South, from the skin-baring cocktail waitresses to the $3,000-a-night specialty suite with king-size bunk beds, a group shower and, ahem, a fireman's pole."


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