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October 28th, 2005

Chris Keeley

Jack O'Lantern photoshopping contest

Jack O'Lantern photoshopping contest

Today on Worth 1000's photoshopping contest -- fantasy rasterbated Jack O'Lanterns. There were so many awesome entries in this one that I was hard-pressed to pick a favorite, but ultimately this MC Escher/squash mashup won out. Link
Chris Keeley

charged Thursday with illegally funneling $45,400 in contributions to President Bush's reelection bi

Friday, October 28, 2005; A10


GOP Donor Charged in Ohio


TOLEDO -- A coin dealer and major GOP donor at the center of a scandal in Ohio state government was charged Thursday with illegally funneling $45,400 in contributions to President Bush's reelection bid.

Tom Noe was accused in a federal indictment of giving money to 24 friends and associates, who then made the campaign contributions in their own names. In that way, he skirted the $2,000 limit on individual contributions, prosecutors said.

Calls to the White House and Noe's attorneys were not immediately returned.

Noe also is under investigation over an ill-fated $50 million investment in rare coins he managed for the state workers' compensation fund. Noe has acknowledged that up to $13 million is missing, and Ohio's attorney general has accused him of stealing as much as $6 million but has filed no charges.

The coin dealer contributed more than $105,000 to Republicans, including Bush and Gov. Bob Taft, in the last campaign. The Republican National Committee announced in June that Bush was returning $4,000.
Chris Keeley

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Friday, October 28th, 2005
Headlines for October 28, 2005

- All Eyes on 'Scooter' Libby
- Top Bush Fundraiser Indicted in Ohio
- Iraq: Sunnis Form New Coalition, as al Sadr Reenters Politics
- Attack on Palestine Hotel Aimed at Private Security Firm?
- Cartoonist Writes Names of All 2,000 Soldiers Killed in Iraq
- Almost 70% of Iraq Deaths Under Age of 30
- Padilla Files New Appeal to Supreme Court
- Lynne Stewart Appeal Rejected
- Castro Blasts US Aid Offer

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All Eyes on 'Scooter' Libby
The New York Times is reporting that Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby is expected to be charged today with making false statements to the grand jury investigating the outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal says that President Bush's senior advisor Karl Rove was informed Thursday evening that he may not be charged today but will remain under investigation. The Times says that independent counsel Patrick Fitzgerald was likely to extend the term of the federal grand jury beyond its scheduled expiration.
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Chris Keeley

was trying to think of a way to make the point that this whole war is such a waste

http://www.comics.com/editoons/luckovich/archive/luckovich-20051026.html

Cartoonist Writes Names of All 2,000 Soldiers Killed in Iraq
As the US military death toll in Iraq surpassed 2,000 dead this week, Atlanta Journal Constitution editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich marked the tragic milestone by hand-writing the name of each one in his Wednesday editorial cartoon. Together, their names spell out the question: WHY? The Pulitzer Prize-winning Luckovich told Editor and Publisher, "I was trying to think of a way to make the point that this whole war is such a waste. But I also wanted to honor the troops I believe our government wrongly sent to Iraq." Luckovich says he spent 12 or 13 hours this past weekend writing in most of the names -- roughly in the order of when the soldiers died. The paper's publisher and various editors were also involved in the effort. When it looked like the names might not be readable, the editors gave permission for the cartoon to be published much larger than Luckovich's drawings usually appear in the Journal-Constitution.

http://www.comics.com/editoons/luckovich/archive/luckovich-20051026.html
Chris Keeley

Here is a timeline in the investigation of the leak of a CIA officer's identity:

Timeline in Probe Into CIA Leak
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By The Associated Press

October 28, 2005, 8:07 AM CDT

Here is a timeline in the investigation of the leak of a CIA officer's identity:

* February 2002: Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson is asked by the Bush administration to travel to Niger to check out an intelligence report that Niger sold yellowcake uranium to Iraq in the late 1990s for use in nuclear weapons.
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* Oct. 28: Grand jury expires; decisions from Fitzgerald expected.
Chris Keeley

Suspense is high and the nation is abuzz with speculations about who may be indicted today in the CI

Suspense Mounts as Indictments for CIA Leak Case Expected Today, Spotlight on VP Chief of Staff Libby Leads to Questions About Cheney’s Role

Suspense is high and the nation is abuzz with speculations about who may be indicted today in the CIA leak case. Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald is expected to announce the results of the 22-month investigation about midday. Rampant speculations that VP Chief of Staff “Scooter” Libby will be indicted leads some to ask questions about VP Dick Cheney’s role in the case. Collapse )
AMY GOODMAN: Well, Ralph Neas, we’re going to have to leave it there. I want to thank you very much for being with us, President for People for the American Way; Makan Delrahim, also for being with us, again, has worked with Justice Priscilla Owen, a former staff head of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2000-2003, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division of the Justice Department; and John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation also with Madison Capital Times, and author of the book, Dick.
Chris Keeley

Libby was indicted on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements

Cheney Adviser Indicted in CIA Leak Probe
By William Branigin, Jim VandeHei and Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writers Friday, October 28, 2005; 1:00 PM

A federal grand jury today indicted Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, after a two-year investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's identity but spared -- at least for now --President Bush's top political strategist, Karl Rove.Collapse )
The federal judge in the case, Thomas F. Hogan, ordered the New York Times' Miller held for contempt for refusing to identify a confidential source, and she spent 85 days in jail in Alexandria, Va., before agreeing to testify about conversations with Libby. Although she did not write an article about the case, Miller interviewed Libby about the Plame matter and promised him anonymity. Miller said she agreed to testify when Libby specifically and personally released her from the confidentiality pledge.

Among those interviewed by Fitzgerald in the case have been Bush, Cheney and several of their top aides and advisers.
Chris Keeley

Mr. Libby was widely expected to resign almost immediately.

Rove Apparently Is Not Indicted Today; Fitzgerald to Speak Soon
By DAVID STOUT
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 - I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff and one of the most powerful figures in the Bush administration, was formally accused today of lying and obstruction of justice during an inquiry into the unmasking of a covert C.I.A. officer.

A federal grand jury indicted Mr. Libby on one count of obstruction, two counts of perjury and two of making false statements in the course of an investigation that raised questions about the administration's rationale for going to war against Iraq, how it treats critics and political opponents and whether high White House officials shaded the truth.
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But the charges against Mr. Libby and the problems, momentary or otherwise, of Mr. DeLay and Mr. Frist have already led Democratic strategists to pronounce as corrupt the Republican stewardship in Washington - meaning the White House and both chambers of Congress - and they will no doubt enter the 2006 and 2008 campaigns portraying Republicans as arrogant and too comfortable with the trappings of power.

It would be a political nightmare for Republicans if the charges against Mr. Libby go unresolved - or have been resolved against them - before the Senate and House elections of 2006.
Chris Keeley

Without the truth, our criminal justice system cannot serve our nation or its citizens.

Cheney Adviser Indicted in CIA Leak Probe
Vice President Accepts I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby's Resignation 'With Deep Regret'

By William Branigin, Carol D. Leonnig and Christopher Lee Washington Post Staff Writers Friday, October 28, 2005; 2:30 PM

A federal grand jury today indicted Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, after a two-year investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's identity but spared -- at least for now --President Bush's top political strategist, Karl Rove.Collapse )
The federal judge in the case, Thomas F. Hogan, ordered the New York Times's Miller held for contempt for refusing to identify a confidential source, and she spent 85 days in jail in Alexandria, Va., before agreeing to testify about conversations with Libby. Although she did not write an article about the case, Miller interviewed Libby about the Plame matter and promised him anonymity. Miller said she agreed to testify when Libby specifically and personally released her from the confidentiality pledge.

Among those interviewed by Fitzgerald in the case have been Bush, Cheney and several of their top aides and advisers.

Washington Post staff writer Jim VandeHei contributed to this story.
Chris Keeley

Nirvana Candy Contains Drugs


Nirvana Drug Candy

According to KVUE in Austin, Texas:

The Colony police stumbled across a not so sweet find. They confiscated 22 chocolate bars laced with drugs in the 4600 block of Ridgepointe Drive. Authorities said the chocolate bars contained dried mushrooms, hash and marijuana. The bars are called Nirvana and have a street value of more than $4,000. Two 19-year-olds face numerous charges including possesion of a controlled substance. Investigators said the candy looked like normal candy bars.

Now listen up kids…..if someone offers you a $4,000 candy bar, just say NO! You do NOT want to find any Nirvana in your trick-or-treat bags this year. This is taking Candy Addiction to a new level.

Full story at KVUE (registration required)


Stoner Pops - it’s not just a candy, it’s a lifestyle

Candy Undies

Chris Keeley

SIC: Scooter Libby is one of the most capable and talented individuals I have ever known.

October 28, 2005
Vice President Cheney's Statement
Following is a statement by Vice President Dick Cheney regarding I. Lewis Libby, as released by the White House.

Mr. Libby has informed me that he is resigning to fight the charges brought against him. I have accepted his decision with deep regret.

Scooter Libby is one of the most capable and talented individuals I have ever known. He has given many years of his life to public service and has served our nation tirelessly and with great distinction.

In our system of government an accused person is presumed innocent until a contrary finding is made by a jury after an opportunity to answer the charges and a full airing of the facts. Mr. Libby is entitled to that opportunity.

Because this is a pending legal proceeding, in fairness to all those involved, it would be inappropriate for me to comment on the charges or on any facts relating to the proceeding.