Saturday, April 04, 2009
Go here (pdf) for the executive summary.
Friday, April 03, 2009
Nice to see recycling, handier water fountains, and green swings for the girls...but what is the carbon footprint of those 500 staff accompanying Obama to the G-20 meeting?
Funny how these studies seem to always be published while international meetings are being conducted.
I'm sure it's just coincidence.
And oh yes, please don't tell my mom I posted this.
Wonder what kind of mileage Reid & Pelosi's limousines get?
The real "clunkers" are in Congress. Think I'll open a Westerner's Congressional Salvage Yard, and you can send me the "clunkers" from your district.
Come to think of it, Junk Yard would be a more accurate title.
In either case I'd be guilty of establishing a toxic waste dump.
However, this would be a Superfund site that actually cleans up the environment.
I know some landowners in Carlsbad...
Plenty of candidates here for The Westerner's Congressional Superfund Site.
This is their 1946 recording of Going Back To The Blue Ridge Mountains. It's available on Classic Cuts, Vol. 2: The Later Years 1933-52
Thursday, April 02, 2009
They don't seem to be reporting on the "inappropriate personal relationship" between the lead FBI agent in charge of the case, Mary Beth Kepner, and the prosecutions key witness, Bill Allen.
A 2003 Study by the Center For Public Integrity titled Harmful Error states:
Prosecutorial misconduct falls into several categories, including:
* Courtroom misconduct (making inappropriate or inflammatory comments in the presence of the jury; introducing or attempting to introduce inadmissible, inappropriate or inflammatory evidence; mischaracterizing the evidence or the facts of the case to the court or jury; committing violations pertaining to the selection of the jury; or making improper closing arguments);
* Mishandling of physical evidence (hiding, destroying or tampering with evidence, case files or court records);
* Failing to disclose exculpatory evidence;
* Threatening, badgering or tampering with witnesses;
* Using false or misleading evidence;
* Harassing, displaying bias toward, or having a vendetta against the defendant or defendant's counsel (including selective or vindictive prosecution, which includes instances of denial of a speedy trial);
* Improper behavior during grand jury proceedings.
A June 26, 2003 Associated Press article about the Center's study has the following:
State and local prosecutors bent or broke the rules to help put 32 innocent people in prison, some under death sentence, since 1970, according to the first nationwide study of prosecutorial misconduct. Prosecutors misbehaved so badly in more than 2,000 cases during that period that appellate judges dismissed criminal charges, reversed convictions or reduced sentences, the study also found. The study, "Harmful Error," found 223 prosecutors around the nation who had been cited by judges for two or more cases of unfair conduct but only two prosecutors who had been disbarred in the past 33 years for mishandling criminal cases. There are about 30,000 local prosecutors in 2,341 jurisdictions. The report said convictions of an undetermined number of guilty defendants also were undoubtedly overturned because of unfair prosecutor tactics. Some of those defendants could not be retried and were set free, so prosecutor misconduct "has severe consequences for the entire citizenry," the report said. In 2,017 cases, appellate judges found misconduct serious enough to order dismissal of charges, reversal of convictions or reduction of sentences. In an additional 513 cases, at least one judge filing a separate concurring or dissenting opinion thought the misconduct warranted reversal...
BRENDA MORRIS: A career prosecutor with the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section, Morris now serves as its principal deputy.
NICHOLAS MARSH: One of two Public Integrity trial attorneys on the Stevens case, Marsh handled much of the courtroom work during the trials of Alaska lawmakers caught up in the scandal.
EDWARD SULLIVAN: The other Public Integrity trial attorney in the case, Sullivan was part of the trial team that won convictions of several Alaska lawmakers caught up in the corruption scandal.
JOSEPH BOTTINI: One of two assistant prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Anchorage assigned to work with Public Integrity on the Stevens case. Bottini went to high school in Anchorage and in 1993 served briefly as acting U.S. Attorney for Alaska.
JAMES GOEKE: The other prosecutor from U.S. Attorney's office.
WILLIAM WELCH: Head of the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section and the person with overall management of the prosecution. The Springfield, Mass., Republican reported last month that he's seeking appointment as the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, his native state.
PAUL O'BRIEN: Chief of the Justice Department's Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section, he and two other Justice Department attorneys took over the post-trial phase of the Stevens case when Morris and Welch were held in contempt. He signed the motion seeking to dismiss the case.
It's nice to see another Republican who wants to "nationalize" something and spend more money. Surely that's their path back to regaining a majority.
The selection today is his Lou'siana Serenade, available on the Bear Family CD Half As Much.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
I'm thinkin' no legislation will pass before the next congressional elections.
They'll sit back, let EPA take administrative action, and see how it plays out politically.
Then Big Industry will go to Congress, hat in hand and checkbook in tow, and ASK for legislation to get them out from under the onerous EPA reg's.
Congress will oblige and then pass legislation that screws the rest of us.
With revolutionary die-hards behind him, Mr. Pitts has fired a warning shot across the bow of the Washington establishment. As the writer of one of 28 state "sovereignty bills" – one even calls for outright dissolution of the Union if Washington doesn't rein itself in – Pitts is at the forefront of a states' rights revival, reasserting their say on everything from stem cell research to the Second Amendment. Just as California under President Bush asserted itself on issues ranging from gun control to medical marijuana, a motley cohort of states – from South Carolina to New Hampshire, from Washington State to Oklahoma – are presenting a foil for President Obama's national ambitions. And they're laying the groundwork for a political standoff over the 10th Amendment, which cedes all power not granted to Washington to the people...USA Today
We need to recruit these folks to "haze" some of our Congress Critters so as to give them a "negative association" with spending money, and then track their movement and their votes.
Speaking of creatures, Holly better hope the guilty ones are of "our world", and not some Meat Eating Martian Marlboro Man who'd have her for lunch.
Looks like John Rich has a hit commenting on today's political shenanigans. Here's the video:
"Shuttin' Detroit Down" Lyric Video
The Sweet Violet Boys were actually The Prairie Ramblers. Like many artists of the time, they recorded under a different name when the material was considered risque. Bob Miller, the pianist in the group wrote There's A Man That Comes To Our House. He went so far as to publish the song under the pseudoname Trebor Rellim, or Robert Miller backwards. I also understand Patsy Montana left the studio when this or similar songs were recorded. Things were a wee bit different back then (mid-thirties).
Enjoy The Sweet Violet Boys recording of There's A Man That Comes To Our House, Columbia 37768.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Here's a video of the signing ceremony:
Big business has been in cahoots with big government for years, and now they are seeing the result of their efforts. They sold their soul long ago and are now losing their autonomy to their "friend."
They should accept no federal dollars, declare bankruptcy, reorganize and work their way back.
The selection today is their 1948 recording of There's A Hole In The Bottom Of The Sea. This version is from a 26 track cd by the same name, BACM 198.
Emailers go here to play song.