Category: Tom DeLay

09/20/05

Republicans Love Oil, Hate Americans.

Right Wing

Are some Republicans awaking out of the stupper that they have

Pete Domenici, Republican from New Mexico has stunned the “Screw the World” Republicans by calling for Congress to review and raise the CAFE Standards, those are the ones that set the miles per gallon a car should get. This is a real slap in the face to the oil loving Bush Administration, and the uber- conservative Republicans have balked at the idea. The reason? They love oil companies more than they love Americans.

From AlterNet

On Sept. 6, the day Congress reconvened after its summer recess, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee penned an uncharacteristically conservation-minded letter to the White House: "We would encourage you to make the federal government the leader in [fuel-conservation] efforts by instructing all federal agencies to curtail discretionary vehicle travel," the 22 committee members unanimously exhorted, "to accelerate procurement of high-efficiency or alternatively fueled vehicles, and to take other measures to conserve gasoline, aviation, and diesel fuel use by the federal government, except where needed to support essential functions and missions."

Then, Pete Domenici, Republican from New Mexico and chair of the Senate Energy Committee, made headlines when he declared that it was time for lawmakers to consider slapping stricter miles-per-gallon standards on auto manufacturers, mere weeks after pushing through an energy bill that was notably empty of fuel-economy requirements. "I believe we must take another look at CAFE [corporate average fuel economy] standards," Domenici said. Other conservative Republicans in the Senate, including Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Ted Stevens (Alaska), have also started talking about revisiting CAFE standards.

Now soon to be indicted Tom DeLay, and Joe Barton have said that instead of saving oil, work on conserving it, and finding ways to curb the United States’ appetite for it, we should just open ANWR to drilling. Why save it when you can just ruin the world to find more. Am I the only one that thinks this is a dumb idea?

Plenty of other energy-related proposals look to have better prospects, but they're largely of the "pillage and plunder" variety, according to Becker. "We're basically seeing all the bad stuff industry advocates couldn't squeeze onto the energy bill reemerge in these post-Katrina proposals," he said.

Katrina exposed the extreme vulnerability of U.S. oil infrastructure, but instead of pushing for a more diversified energy system that would make good use of renewables and enhance long-term energy security, many Republicans want to perpetuate the fossil fuel-based status quo.

On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) announced that he and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, have a whole new energy bill in mind -- "We are working on one as we speak," he said at a press conference -- that would not only open up protected areas, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to oil and gas drilling, but also fast-track the environmental review process required to obtain permits for building new oil refineries.

09/08/05

Grand jury indicts panel connected to DeLay

Tom DeLay

Well TRMPAC has been indited...

From the AP,

AUSTIN — A Travis County grand jury has indicted Texans for a Republican Majority, a committee formed by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, along with the Texas Association of Business in connection with 2002 campaign contributions.

The five felony indictments against the two groups were made public today. Neither DeLay nor any individuals with the business group has been charged with wrongdoing.

"All five of these indictments involve the misuse of corporate money to influence Texas elections in 2002," District Attorney Ronnie Earle said.

The allegations reveal that the two groups worked together in a complicated scheme to circumvent the election code and funnel "massive amounts of secret corporate wealth" into campaigns, Earle said.

The charge against Texans for a Republican Majority, known as TRMPAC, alleged the committee illegally accepted a political contribution of $100,000 from the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care.

Four indictments against the Texas Association of Business include charges of unlawful political advertising, unlawful contributions to a political committee and unlawful expenditures such as those to a graphics company and political candidates.

The contributions to the 21 Texas House candidates helped Republicans gain a majority in the chamber in the 2002 election. Speaker Tom Craddick then became the first Republican to lead the House since Reconstruction.

Can Tom and the gamn be far behind?

09/07/05

The House Cancels Hearings on the Katrina Response. DeLay Lies (Again)

Hurricane Katrina

Well the Republicans are showing there leadership qualities, people I could not make this crap up if I tried, the balls these people have. From CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The House majority leader late Tuesday tried to deflect criticism of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina by saying "the emergency response system was set up to work from the bottom up," then announced a short time later that House hearings examining that response had been canceled.

Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said House Republican leaders instead want a joint House-Senate panel set up to conduct a "congressional review" of the issue.

Tempers flared Tuesday during a contentious closed-door meeting between House members and Cabinet secretaries in charge of directing Katrina relief efforts. A Republican representative stood up and said, "All of you deserve failing grades. The response was a disaster," CNN was told by lawmakers emerging from the meeting.

But DeLay countered that assessment later in a news conference by saying that the onus for responding to emergencies fell to local officials.

"It's the local officials trying to handle the problem. When they can't handle the problem, they go to the state, and the state does what they can to, and if they need assistance from FEMA and the federal government they ask for it and it's delivered," DeLay said.

Tom DeLay is a moron, and he is dead wrong.

Let us take this little gem from the White House web site.

The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts in the parishes located in the path of Hurricane Katrina beginning on August 26, 2005, and continuing. (A few days before it even hit)

The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives, protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the parishes of...

From the famed National Responce Plan,(PDF) (Page 28 - 29)

a. Natural Disasters. Natural disasters may include floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, and epidemics.

(1) In operations related to natural disasters, the special responsibilities of various authorities, agencies, and organizations are as follows:

(a) The Secretary of Homeland Security is responsible for:

i. Gathering information related to disaster preparation, response, and recovery, and providing relevant information to the public, the private sector, local and State authorities, Federal departments and agencies, and the President;

ii. Directing Federal operations to prepare for, respond to, and recover from major disasters;

iii. Designating a PFA to coordinate the activities of SAs within each functional area to prepare for, respond to, and recover from major disasters;

iv. Receiving and making recommendations to the President concerning State requests for Federal assistance; and

v. Obtaining, on behalf of Federal agencies, access to additional resources via emergency or disaster declarations.

(b) PFAs are responsible for:

i. Performing missions prior to the declaration of a disaster in accordance with their responsibilities as PFAs. PFAs will use their own funding until additional function resources become available;

ii. Planning specific aspects of a contingency and coordinating Federal multi-agency efforts, as designated by the Secretary; and

iii. Working through the Secretary’s designated representatives to coordinate interagency mission assignments and to monitor their completion.

08/12/05

Jack Abramoff, Tom's Best Friend, Indicted!

Tom DeLay

Well could this be the rope around Tom Delay’s neck. Tom calls him one of his “dearest friends”, and now he has been arrested.

Will he be as good a friend to Tom now that he faces time behind bars? If he is like most other Right Wing Wackjobs, he will squeal like a pig…

From the San Diego Paper

A trail of intrigue that has followed an ill-fated gambling boat deal, including a Mafia-style hit and lawsuits over alleged financial irregularities, has now ensnared a man House Majority Leader Tom DeLay once called one of his "dearest friends."

Jack Abramoff, once a powerful Washington lobbyist and major Republican fundraiser, was accused Thursday in a federal grand jury indictment with conspiring with a partner to defraud two lenders out of $60 million in the casino boat deal.

A few months after the September 2000 transaction, the man who was selling the SunCruz Casinos fleet, Greek-born Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis, 51, was shot to death in his luxury car near his Fort Lauderdale office. Police described it as a gangland-style slaying that remains unsolved.

The six-count conspiracy and wire fraud indictment stems from the $147 million purchase of SunCruz by Abramoff and a partner, New York businessman Adam Kidan. ...

07/07/05

Delay Caught Red-Handed, Money for Access.

Tom DeLay

It looks like Tom Delay's TRMPAC is about to get its ass handed to it. Weststar Energy has come out and said that they wanted to have a meeting with Tom Delay about some energy legislation that was coming out. Weststar said that it was told that it had to donate $25,000 to TRMPAC, so it could go on a golf outing with Delay, so they could try to influence him.

Now, why is this an issue, well first, it looks a lot like a bribe. Secondly, and more importantly, Texas law says it is illegal to take money from corporations and here is a corporation saying it was TOLD to give the case for access.

Wow, the Republicans have become so corrupt, and meanwhile, Rome burns.

Here are some stories on this
Energy Co. Paid $25,000 for DeLay Meeting (Wired News)
Court documents show company paid $25,000 for DeLay meeting
Google News

06/02/05

DeLay's Lobbyist Friend Jack Sold Access to Bush!

Tom DeLay

Shocked BushTexas is the second largest state in the union, but the thieves run in very tight circles. So as this Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff story starts to unfold one question was raised, "Where is Bush in this?" Like I said the circles are tight in Texas, so it was not a matter of if, but a matter of when, and how...

Well looks like we may know...

Jack Abramoff bilked the Coushatta Indian Tribe, the same tribe he bilked for $82 million, into donating $25,000 to Grover Norquist's "Americans for Tax Reform". Remember these guy were not giving the money for fun, they wanted something, what did they want ? A private meeting with Bush!

Check

Here is some more from The Texas Observer

Four months after he took the oath of office in 2001, President George W. Bush was the attraction, and the White House the venue, for a fundraiser organized by the alleged perpetrator of the largest billing fraud in the history of corporate lobbying. (...) Abramoff was so closely tied to the Bush Administration that he could, and did, charge two of his clients $25,000 for a White House lunch date and a meeting with the President. From the same two clients he took to the White House in May 2001, Abramoff also obtained $2.5 million in contributions for a non-profit foundation he and his wife operated.

Abramoff's White House guests were the chiefs of two of the six casino-rich Indian tribes he and his partner Mike Scanlon ultimately billed $82 million for services tribal leaders now claim were never performed or were improperly performed. Together the six tribes would make $10 million in political contributions, at Abramoff's direction, almost all of it to Republican campaigns of his choosing. (...)

Go read the whole thing, it is great...

05/26/05

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Judge Rules Against DeLay's TRMPAC

Tom DeLay

From the AP

The treasurer of a political committee formed by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay violated Texas election code by not reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, a judge ruled Thursday in a civil case brought by Democratic candidates.

State District Judge Joe Hart, in a letter outlining his ruling to attorneys in the case, said the money, much of it corporate contributions, should have been reported to the Texas Ethics Commission.

The ruling means Bill Ceverha, treasurer of the group, called the Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee, will have to pay nearly $200,000. It will be divided among those who brought the suit against Ceverha, five Democratic candidates who lost legislative races in 2002.

The Democrats who sued TRMPAC claimed Ceverha violated the state election law, designed to keep elections free from "the taint of corporate cash."

Is Tom DeLay next? God, I hope so...

05/19/05

The Mandate Falls Apart, Americans Drop Republicans.

Right Wing

Well a new pool from NBC/WSJ shows "Voters dissatisfied with Bush, Congress". It looks like some Americans are finally starting to see that the Republican Campaign Against Americans is not for them.

Why would I say such a thing like that, well lets me remind you...

  • Energy Bill, Billions of Dollar to the Oil Companies, nothing for you
  • Cut's in Farm Subsidies, Screwing there own voters
  • The Bankruptcy Bill
  • Cuts to the vets (See KnowTheFacts.net)
  • Cuts to Medicaid and Medicare and many other social programs.

I could go on and on, the Republicans have been taken over my a small minority of American Taliban, who's agenda has nothing to do with the needs of the average free thinking American.

Anyway, here is some snips from the story.

Perhaps the most revealing finding in the poll is the attitude toward Congress. Just 33 percent of the respondents approve of Congress' job. That's down 6 points since a poll in April and 8 points since January.

"The public is exceptionally displeased with the Congress," Hart said. "It is [its] lowest set of numbers since May of 1994," the year when congressional Republicans defeated their Democratic counterparts in the midterm elections to take control of both the House and Senate. According to this poll, by 47 percent to 40 percent the public says it would prefer Democrats controlling Congress after the 2006 elections.

McInturff, the GOP pollster, points out that Americans are upset with Congress focusing on the battle over judges, Social Security, trying to restore Terri Schiavo's feeding tube and the ethical troubles surrounding their members, including Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, instead of focusing on the economy, gas prices and health care.

"There are some core day-to-day issues that they don't see being addressed," he said. "The people want us to head in a different direction and hear different things."

The survey, which polled 1,005 adults from May 12-16 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, also has some troubling findings for President Bush. Just 20 percent of those polled say the economy has gotten better over the past 12 months, an 11- point decline since January; 51 percent believe that removing Saddam Hussein from power was not worth the cost and casualties of that war; and only 36 percent support Bush's plan to allow workers to invest their Social Security contributions in the stock market.

05/17/05

Permalink Categories: Media, Tom DeLay   English (US)

My Letter to Newsweek.

Media

Dear Newsweek,

I beg you to please for the love of this great nation continue to push. You should not cower to this or any administration if you are right in your reporting. Your story was right, and just. Where is the outrage of the content of the story in this nation? Why is there a witch hunt for the messenger, not the message?

This administration has allowed these things to happen in the name of the "War on Terror", in the name of every American. We have treated fellow human beings with the same disrespect that we decried during Vietnam. I dare say that we have set a new low, and pray for our men in women in future conflicts.

You are pandering, and by doing so you are undermining your whole operation. If the story was true, as it was given, stand by it.

The violence in Afghanistan is not over the story you wrote buy of the actions of the military, you are only the messenger of the truth. You are allowing the administration to demonized you, lest we forget the images from Abu Ghraib, the story you tell is in no way a departure of the other evidence we have seen, seen with our own eyes.

Please stand up, turn this around on them and start asking the administration to explain the actions as they were told to you. Start asking that the administration hold itself to the same standards that they want you to maintain, ask about the Downing Memo, ask about the fact that plans that were made to invade Iraq before 9/11. This is your chance to stand-up and save media from the administrative shill you all have become.

I read the piece and I cried, I was in horror to think that this was being done in the name of America; I thought we were a nation of honor, but it seems we are not. As I read the story, a little part of me died. You are not to blame for that, Bush is, because he allowed it to happen, he allowed MY name to be on it.

I beg you to please save America, report the truth, educate the people, and let them get angry. You are the messenger, push the message.

Marq

05/11/05

Rep. Hart Buys Ticket to "Save the Crook Dinner"

Tom DeLay

From Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

Rep. Hart Buys Ticket to Thursday's DeLay Defense Dinner in DC - Hart Loyalty to Delay Trumps Claims of Objectivity

REW Asks that Hart Be Removed From Ethics Committee

Washington, DC - According to Congressional Quarterly Today, Representative Melissa Hart (R-PA) is one of 30 members of the House of Representatives who purchased either an individual ticket or a table to the American Conservative Union dinner on Thursday to defend ethically-challenged Majority Leader Tom Delay.

Representative Hart was tapped earlier this year to serve on the House ethics committee, and chosen to head-up the investigation into DeLay's ethics violations with Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff and payments to his family with his campaign funds.

This is not Representative Hart's only link to DeLay She previously had received $15,000 from DeLay's political action committee and held a fund-raiser at a restaurant owned by Jack Abramoff.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) responded to Rep. Hart's decision to purchase tickets to DeLay's defense dinner:

"Buying a ticket to a DeLay defense dinner only confirms what we already know, the Congresswoman is not capable of sitting as an impartial judge in considering Mr. DeLay's ethical transgressions ," Melanie Sloan, executive Director of CREW said today. "She has again proven that her loyalty to Mr. DeLay trumps any purported claim of objectivity. Her leading this ‘investigation' into Mr. DeLay only further proves that the ethics committee, in its current form, is a kangaroo court. Representative Hart should be removed from the committee immediately and replaced by a member who is not beholden to Mr. DeLay. This is further evidence that an outside counsel is required to investigate Mr. DeLay's activities."

Republicans Still Hate Americans, Feel Safer?

Right Wing

Hoping to god this would not get any press, the House Republicans killed the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) program in committee last night. By killing it at this point, a long, bloody debate can not happen on the House floor. A debate that surly say what we are all thinking, "Why do Republicans Hate Americans?".

Here is a Statement from Rep Slaughter (bolds added by me)

Washington, DC - Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY-28), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Rules, spoke out Wednesday morning in response to a Republican led party line vote in the Rules Committee against reauthorizing the popular and successful Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program.

Rep. Slaughter stated, "COPS has done more to reduce the rate of crime in this country than anything else we've done in Congress. Over the past 10 years it has sent more than $8 billion to local law enforcement agencies to hire, equip, and train more than 116,000 community policing professionals." She continued, "Our communities depend on this money. COPS has helped to put more police on the streets making certain that our neighborhoods remain a safe place to raise families."

Republicans on the House Rules Committee killed, on a party line vote, an amendment to H.R. 1279 (The Gang Deterrence & Community Protection Act of 2005) offered by Reps. Capuano and Weiner that would have reauthorized the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program for FY2006-FY2008. Now when H.R. 1279 goes to the floor any attempt to reauthorize the COPS program will be found out of order.

"This important amendment should be debated on the House floor. It is absolutely outrageous that the Republican Leadership will not allow for a real discussion on this issue. They should be giving each and every member of Congress the opportunity to voice their opinion on this reauthorization. Instead they are closing off the process from debate, dissension and democracy," said Rep. Slaughter.

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program:

  • Provides grants to tribal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to hire and train community policing professionals, acquire and deploy cutting-edge crime-fighting technologies, and develop and test innovative policing strategies;
  • Offers training that helps advance community policing at all levels of law enforcement - from line officers to law enforcement executives - as well as others in the criminal justice field and reaches state and local government leaders and the citizens they serve;
  • Offers a broad range of programs that provide support to other agencies in virtually every aspect of law enforcement.

Since 1994, COPS has distributed over eight billion dollars to advance community policing efforts. This funding has:

  • Helped nearly 12,950 jurisdictions through 27 different grant programs;
  • Enabled local law enforcement agencies to hire, equip, and train new community policing professionals;
  • Helped redeploy existing officers into their communities and enabled offices to study ways to maximize the impact they have on the people who live there;
  • Enabled the creation of a wide variety of strategies to advance community policing through innovative techniques and technologies;
  • Provided funding for 116,574 community policing professionals across the country.

All state, local, federally-recognized tribal, and public law enforcement agencies, as well as jurisdictions serving special populations (e.g., transit, university, public housing, schools, and natural resources) are eligible to apply for funding unless specified otherwise.

So, Feel Safer because of the Republicans? I don't

05/07/05

Permalink Categories: Failed Presidency, Humor, Tom DeLay   English (US)

Saturday Morning Humor

Humor

I love politcal Cartoons, they can say in a few lines what it takes me paged to express.

(c) United Media

05/04/05

Two Ethics Members Recuses Themselves.

Tom DeLay

From ABC News

Two Republican members of the House ethics committee will not participate in any investigation of Majority Leader Tom DeLay because they contributed to DeLay's legal defense chairman, the ethics panel chairman said Wednesday.

The chairman, Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said Reps. Lamar Smith of Texas and Tom Cole of Oklahoma agreed with him that the past contributions "raised doubts however unwarranted about whether those members would be able to judge fairly allegations of impropriety against Mr. DeLay."

DeLay, R-Texas, has asked the ethics committee to review his travel and said he would turn over a decade's worth of records to the committee. He also asked to appear before the panel.

04/27/05

Permalink Categories: Issues, Tom DeLay   English (US)

GOP Rescinded Rule - DeLay Probe to Follow?

Tom DeLay

HouseThe House Ethics Committee reversed course on the unethical ethics rules it forced down on the House. Rules that were changed were done so to protect the Ethic Titanic of the House Tom DeLay.

AP Writes a story
House Clears Way for Anticipated DeLay Probe

On a vote of 406-20, members rescinded those rules -- pushed through in January by Republicans -- to end a stalemate that has prevented the House ethics committee from operating this year.

Despite Republican claims that the rules would make the ethics process fairer for all, Democrats had argued that they would make it more difficult to investigate any member, and had prevented the committee from formally organizing.

"I'm willing to step back," House Speaker Dennis Hastert told reporters in leading the Republican retreat. "There are issues out there that need to be discussed."

"I think there is a member, especially on our side, that needs to have the process move forward so he can clear his name," Hastert of Illinois said without naming DeLay.

Your right Mr. Hastert, I am sure he will do a great job bring a whole mess of you down with him. For the record DeLay voted "Yea", I wonder if he thought this was something else.

04/24/05

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Jack says "Charge It", DeLay's Trip on American Express

Tom DeLay

Tom DeLay is the Devil If you listen to DeLay, it is me, and the other left wing blogs that are making up this whole thing, that he is totally incident of any ethics violations. He professes that it is the left wing main stream media that is "out to get him". He wants you to ignore that his own party has slapped him on the hand at least 3 different times for ethics issues, a process that is void of left wing main stream media, and bloggers.

He has also in recent weeks proclaimed that he does not even know Jack Abramoff or Edwin A. Buckham. He asked that we please ignore the pile of evidence to the contrary. Today, the Washington Post gives us this little story, what a gem...

The airfare to London and Scotland in 2000 for then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) was charged to an American Express card issued to Jack Abramoff, a Washington lobbyist at the center of a federal criminal and tax probe, according to two sources who know Abramoff's credit card account number and to a copy of a travel invoice displaying that number.

DeLay's expenses during the same trip for food, phone calls and other items at a golf course hotel in Scotland were billed to a different credit card also used on the trip by a second registered Washington lobbyist, Edwin A. Buckham, according to receipts documenting that portion of the trip.

House ethics rules bar lawmakers from accepting travel and related expenses from registered lobbyists. DeLay, who is now House majority leader, has said that his expenses on this trip were paid by a nonprofit organization and that the financial arrangements for it were proper. He has also said he had no way of knowing that any lobbyist might have financially supported the trip, either directly or through reimbursements to the nonprofit organization.

Well Tom, you lied to us (again), because the trips were NOT paid for by a nonprofit organization, but by a lobbyist (again), a direct violation of the rules (again). How hard is it to have your wife, or daughter to ask these types of questions for you, damn you have paid them over a half a million bucks, that is the least they could do?

04/21/05

Can You Gain Influence by Donating to a Charity?

Tom DeLay

Depends on who runs the charity, right Mr. DeLay?

While so far there is nothing here that is illegal, at least not yet, the reach of Tom DeLay is flabbergasting. Well because of a subpoena, the donor list is seeing the like of day for the first time, and the list is reads like the DOW. Many who have "interests" in Washington.

Take a few and read a story on this from the NY Times...

The 19-year-old charity, the DeLay Foundation for Kids, has consistently declined to identify its donors, citing their desire for privacy. But a review of corporate and charitable records shows that recent donors have included AT&T, the Corrections Corporation of America, Exxon Mobil, Limited Brands and the Southern Company, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates, the Microsoft founder and his wife, and Michael Dell of Dell computers.

The Gates and Dell family foundations have donated at least $350,000 to Mr. DeLay's charity since 2001. Among the largest corporate gifts was a $100,000 check given to Mr. DeLay last year by the Corrections Corporation of Nashville, which manages federal prisons. AT&T and Exxon Mobil say they have each donated $50,000.

Like other charities, the DeLay Foundation, which operates from a post office box near Mr. DeLay's house in Sugar Land, Tex., is not required under federal laws to release a donors' list. Nor does it have to account in detail for how it spends millions of dollars in donations on behalf of abused and neglected children.

-snip-

Another charity linked to Mr. DeLay, Celebrations for Children, was effectively shut in 2003 after criticism of its plans to sponsor fund-raising galas at Republican National Convention last year. Its organizing committee, which included Mr. DeLay's daughter, said at the time that proceeds from the events, including dinners with Mr. DeLay, Broadway shows and a yacht trip, were intended for the DeLay Foundation.

The executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Rick Cohen, said charities allowed members of Congress a "back door for politicians and their donors to circumvent disclosure on campaign finance."

04/19/05

Permalink Categories: Crazy Evangelicals, Tom DeLay   English (US)

DeLay is Angry Over Kennedy Using the Internet.

Tom DeLay

Tom DeLay is the Devil
To use DeLay's own words "The time for men to pay" is coming for Justice Kennedy. Why? Well Tom is mad because Kennedy did some research on the internet. Oh no! I am not sure what Tom is mad at, it could be that Kennedy CAN use the internet, and Tom has not crossed that digital gap. It could also be because I am sure Tom sees the net as a tool of the devil, because he can not control it like he does other things. Well, anyway, AP has a story on this...

Here are some hignlights,

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Tom DeLay intensified his criticism of the federal courts on Tuesday, singling out Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's work from the bench as "incredibly outrageous" because he has relied on international law and done research on the Internet.

Although Kennedy was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Reagan, a conservative icon, he has aroused conservatives' ire by sometimes agreeing with the court's more liberal members. Nevertheless, it is unusual for a congressional leader to single out a Supreme Court justice for criticism.

Dan Allen, a DeLay spokesman, declined comment on the interview.

DeLay himself has been criticized for his comments following Schiavo's death, which came despite Congress' passage of a law ordering the courts to review her case. All of the federal courts, from the trial judge in Florida to the Supreme Court, refused to do so.

"The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior," DeLay said in a statement.

Read the whole thing here.

04/15/05

Permalink Categories: Tom DeLay, Right Wing, Judges   English (US)

Republicans Ratchet up the Anti-Judge Rhetoric

Judges

Brought up at AMERICAblog.com

From the AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans are moving to put some muscle behind their pitch to eliminate judicial filibusters after watching liberals push out TV ads against them in anticipation of a showdown over who sits on federal appeals courts.

"They're ahead of the power curve," Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said of the orchestrated effort by Democrats and groups such as MoveOn.org and People for the American Way. "I think you'll see a greater, stepped-up message on part of the Republicans, to go on offense on this issues."

(By the way, that's the same John Thune who was elected with the help of male prostitute Jeff Gannon.)

We do have to ask, in the current climate, what do "aggressive" and "muscle" mean to the GOP?

Is it more violence provoking language from DeLay and Cornyn?

Setting up Mass Impeachments?

Invoking Stalinist solutions?

Making the Senate a theocracy?

04/12/05

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DeLay Urges GOP to Blame Dems Over Ethics

Tom DeLay

Ah the throws of a dead man walking...

From the AP via Yahoo

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, hoping to hold support among fellow Republicans, urged GOP senators Tuesday to blame Democrats if asked about his ethics controversy and accused the news media of twisting supportive comments so they sounded like criticism.

Officials said DeLay recommended that senators respond to questions by saying Democrats have no agenda other than partisanship, and are attacking him to prevent Republicans from accomplishing their legislative program. One Republican said the Texan referred to a "mammoth operation" funded by Democratic supporters and designed to destroy him as a symbol of the Republican majority.

DeLay's case is at the heart of a broader controversy in the House, where Democrats accuse Republicans of unilaterally changing ethics committee rules to prevent any further investigation of DeLay. Republicans have denied the allegation.

The panel arranged a meeting for Wednesday, and Rep. Alan Mollohan of West Virginia, the senior Democrat, said he would renew a push for a bipartisan rewrite of the rules that Republicans put into effect in January on a party-line vote. Officials in both parties said they knew of no compromise discussions.

His private remarks to Senate Republicans were in keeping with the response frequently offered on his behalf by House Republicans: Blame the Democrats and occasionally the news media for the scrutiny he faces. House Republicans intend to follow the script later in the week, hoping to showcase passage of bankruptcy legislation and estate tax repeal as a counterpoint to Democratic charges that they are merely power-hungry.

Keep it up Republicans, you are doing us all a favor, and making it easy for the Dems to take over.

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Enjoy

Tom DeLay

Tom DeLay Sucks

Permalink Categories: Crazy Evangelicals, Tom DeLay   English (US)

Another Republican Steps Aside, and Watches DeLay Fall

Tom DeLay

As the Religious Right fights to keep their lackey, Tom DeLay, in office, the Republicans are distancing themselves from him and his growing list of scandals and "questionable activities"

This weekend a few noteworthy Republicans, Simmons and Santorum, came out against Tom, well kinda. Well it looks like another one is jumping on the bandwagon.

From the DCCC

A second Senate Republican facing a difficult election next year suggested Monday that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay needs to do more to address ethics accusations leveled against him recently.

"We've got to uphold the highest standards of legality and ethics,'' Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., said Monday. "You can't have your leader under a cloud. It makes it difficult to run."

Rick Santorum, R-Pa., also has called for DeLay, R-Texas, to give the public a better explanation of ethics questions raised about his travel and about his relationship with lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Santorum faces a 2006 re-election campaign against a well-funded Democrat with a proven track record in statewide races - state Treasurer Robert P. Casey Jr.

In Rhode Island, two politically experienced Democrats - Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown and former state Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse - appear ready to fight for the chance to take on Chafee next year.

Political analysts say it is prudent for Republicans running for re-election in 2006 to anticipate attacks from Democrats if they fail to speak out against DeLay.

For those who are a study of history, you should read up on the "Republican Revolution" of 1994. These guys used the then corruption with in the Democratic party to "take the moral high ground" and was about to take the House. I am sure we all recall the "Contract for America", you should go back and reread it, what a hoot. Here are some highlights.

Like Lincoln, our first Republican president, we intend to act "with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right." To restore accountability to Congress. To end its cycle of scandal and disgrace. To make us all proud again of the way free people govern themselves.

04/11/05

Permalink Categories: Tom DeLay, Right Wing   English (US)

Drudge Invents Story for DeLay

Right Wing

Drudge is not smartIf you are unfamiliar with the works of Matt Drudge, consider yourself lucky. Mr. Drudge has been a mouth piece for the anti-American Ultra Right Wing for some time. In fact, I am willing to suspect that if you only read his site for the last few years, you may not even know there was a war in Iraq, a tanking economy, and oil well over the $50 mark.

So now he is lying on his site in order to accomplish two things, take the eye off of the flaming plane wreck that is Tom DeLay, and attempt to bastardize any "liberal" it can.

This comes from Think Progress (A great site)

The Drudge Report (a popular website run by right-wing activist Matt Drudge) has posted an image of an offensive t-shirt, along with a headline "Liberals Sell ‘DeLay Suicide T-shirt.'" It's clearly a vicious, organized effort to demonize Tom DeLay.

Or not.

The "liberals" selling the shirt are actually...just one random guy named Christopher Goodwin. Christopher runs "Ye Olde Christopher Goodwin Art Shoppe," an online store
(hosted for free by CafePress.com) where he sells drink coasters, tote bags, and throw pillows emblazoned mostly with images of his own "abstract and representational art"; only two of his featured items are political in nature, the DeLay shirt and a set of shirts that say "Bush Is Vile". Christopher's profile explains that he lives in Washington and "enjoys attending Small Claims Court hearings, interrogating his cats, and taking brisk walks on the roof." According to Alexa.com, Christopher Goodwin's website is the 2,071,537th most visited site on the Internet; to put that in perspective (and to make clear Goodwin's profound obscurity) consider that the homepage for Chicken of the Sea tuna is ranked 163,081.

In other words, Drudge made a concerted attempt to find absolutely anything to take the heat off Tom DeLay's various corruption charges, and the very best he could come up with was a stupid t-shirt from "Ye Olde Christopher Goodwin Art Shoppe." Lame.

Permalink Categories: Issues, Tom DeLay   English (US)

Republican Start the Feeding Frenzy.

Tom DeLay

Tom DeLay is the Devil

Well they smell blood in the water, and the feeding is about to begin. It looks like even Rich "Men Sleeping with Dogs" Santorum of Pennsylvania has chimed in, I suspect that is because when the sh*t hits the fan, we will find Rick's name is going to get just as dirty. Tom looks to me like a man who will more than likely take down many people on his way out, so people are going to throw Tom under the bus before he squeals.

From
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Embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is drawing heat from some fellow Republicans who say his continuing ethics problems are harming the GOP.

"Tom's conduct is hurting the Republican Party, is hurting this Republican majority and it is hurting any Republican who is up for re-election," Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., told The Associated Press on Sunday.

DeLay, R-Texas, has been dogged in recent months by reports of possible ethics violations. There have been questions about his overseas travel, campaign payments to family members and his connections to lobbyists who are under investigation.

Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, said Sunday that DeLay needs to answer questions about his ethics.

"I think he has to come forward and lay out what he did and why he did it and let the people then judge for themselves," Santorum told ABC's "This Week." "But from everything I've heard, again, from the comments and responding to those, is everything he's done was according to the law.

-snip-

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said last week that the controversy was distracting DeLay from dealing with more pressing problems before Congress.

Santorum, however, said DeLay is "very effective in leading the House" and "to date, has not been compromised."

A senior Democratic senator, Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, had this advice for the Republicans who control both the House and Senate: "Be careful about how closely you embrace Mr. DeLay."

DeLay is "the poster child for a lot of the things the Democrats think are wrong about Republican leadership. As long as he's there, he's going to become a pretty good target," Dodd said on ABC.

04/10/05

Permalink Categories: Crazy Evangelicals, Tom DeLay   English (US)

Protect DeLay to Protect the Movement

Tom DeLay

In what has become par for the course, many republicans are circling the wagons around Tom DeLay. According to an article that came out this Sunday morning in the Washington Post

Allies and friends of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Tex.) have concluded that public attention to his ethics is unlikely to abate for months to come, and they plan to try to preserve his power by launching an aggressive media strategy and calling in favors from prominent conservative leaders, according to Republicans participating in the strategy sessions.

The Republicans said the strategy combines leaks from DeLay allies about questionable Democratic trips and financial matters; denunciations of unfavorable news stories as biased, orchestrated rehashes; and swift, organized responses to journalists' inquiries.

The resistance was launched two weeks ago when DeLay flew back to Washington from Texas during Easter recess to speak to a group of about 30 conservative leaders who had gathered in the conference room of the Family Research Council for a call to arms on his behalf.

-snip-

When Bush was asked Friday about DeLay's comments that judges are out of control and should be held accountable, the president replied that he believes in "an independent judiciary." He said nothing about DeLay.

House Democrats said they plan to make "abuse of power" their focus this week, keyed to a scheduled Wednesday meeting of the ethics committee, which has been unable to organize because of Democratic opposition to rule changes pushed through by the Republican majority.

The fervor over this guy only goes to prove that most of the anti-American conservative movement is in fact hinged under a few people, and that is it.

04/06/05

Another Scandal: DeLay's Lavish Island Getaway

Tom DeLay

It looks like the main stream media is starting to do their job, and be the eyes and ears for the American People. ABC is all over DeLay right now like white on rice, lets see what else they can find, heck the night is young.

From
ABC News
By BRIAN ROSS (link)

April 6, 2005 - A Washington lobbyist under federal investigation for his lobbying activities arranged a lavish overseas trip to the island of Saipan for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, over the New Year's holiday in 1997.

DeLay, his wife and daughter, and several aides, stayed for free at a beachfront resort.

The DeLay trip to the South Pacific island, originally reported by a "20/20" investigation, was part of an effort by former aide Jack Abramoff to stop legislation aimed at cracking down on sweatshops and sex shops in the American territory, which is known as the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Abramoff, who was working for the law firm Preston Gates Ellis and Rouvelas Meeds LLP at the time, was paid $l.36 million by Saipan officials and wrote in a memo obtained by ABC News that such congressional trips were "one of the most effective ways to build permanent friends on the Hill."

Abramhoff is now under federal investigation for his lobbying activities, including Saipan, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

Read the whole story here!

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