April 27th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Snake Tamer's Ditty

Amy -
 
Amy Posted and is  currently unveiling a new painting on my blog:
 
It's the culmination of my Monkey Love Series
and it's a larger, horizontal painting called
 "Snake Tamer's Ditty".
 
I posted some details/close-ups today and I will
unveil the entire painting very, very soon.
 
Check it out of you have time.
 
Thanks for looking!
Amy
Chris Keeley

Feeney Takes (Spring) Break From Abramoff Probe

Feeney Takes (Spring) Break From Abramoff Probe

What (beach) balls!

Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.), who's been in the spotlight this week for his role in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, is going forward with his "Feeney Spring Break Bash" fundraiser tonight at the American Legion Hall in Washington, D.C.

Feeney spokeswoman Pepper Pennington tells The Sleuth, "It's going to be the fourth annual year of the event. ... We're all looking forward to having a great time."

The party goes on, despite an admission by Feeney's office this week that federal prosecutors have asked the congressman for more information about that infamous 2003 golf trip to the historic St. Andrews golf course in Scotland, a trip that came courtesy of Abramoff.

At the time, Feeney reported on his congressional expense report that the trip cost $5,000. But court documents released Tuesday cited Abramoff's trip as costing about $20,000 per person. Also on Tuesday, former congressional aide Mark Zachares pleaded guilty to conspiracy, revealing new information about the luxury golf expedition.

Adding fuel to the fire, Feeney's longtime former chief of staff, Jason Roe, inexplicably resigned this week from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. (Complicating Roe's life further, his wife Patty is chief of staff to Rep. Rick Renzi, who's also in the federal corruption spotlight.)

FBI agent Kevin Luebke has "refused to say" whether Feeney is under investigation. Feeney's office has declined comment on the question as well. In a release sent to the St. Petersburg Times on Monday, Feeney's office said the congressman "considers this an embarrassing episode in his 17-year career as an elected official and an expensive lesson for him as a public servant."

At the least, Feeney's fourth annual Spring Break Bash will be a memorable one -- even before it begins.

Chris Keeley

A woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to using fake ID to pose as a lawyer and enter a Baltimore priso

A woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to using fake ID to pose as a lawyer and enter a Baltimore prison to have sex with an inmate, prosecutors said. The woman, Tiffany G. Weaver, 29, of Reisterstown, Md., was charged with identity theft and use of false government identification after entering the prison in November to meet the inmate, Jason B. Moody, who is serving 30 years for manslaughter. Ms. Weaver, left, arrived at the prison with a bar association security pass with a photo and a business card with the name of a real lawyer from Annapolis, Amanda C. Sprehn, who was on maternity leave.(4.27.2007)

December 23, 2006

'Lawyer' Accused of Doing a Little Too Much for a 'Client'

Amanda C. Sprehn, a young lawyer in Maryland who specializes in injury cases, received a surprising letter from the warden of a Baltimore prison last month.

''It stated that I was caught having sex with an inmate,'' Ms. Sprehn, 28, said from her home in Annapolis, where she is on maternity leave. ''It said they were suspending my visiting privileges. As you can imagine, as an attorney, if I wasn't cleared of this -- having sex with a client -- I would lose my license.''

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Chris Keeley

Medea Benjamin, founder of CODEPINK. Medea is a longtime peace activist and also the founder of Glob

Medea Benjamin, founder of CODEPINK. Medea is a longtime peace activist and also the founder of Global Exchange

Washington Goes Pink: Peace Group CODEPINK Makes Its Presence Known on Capitol Hill

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/04/26/1355248

You may have seen them on TV recently - women dressed in pink protesting at a Congressional hearing, maybe crashing a press conference or unfurling a banner on the steps of the Capitol. They're called CodePink - a women's grassroots peace movement that is working to end the war in Iraq. And they're making their presence known in Washington. We speak with the group's founder, Medea Benjamin. [includes rush transcript]

 


You may have seen them on TV recently - women dressed in pink protesting at a Congressional hearing, maybe crashing a press conference or unfurling a banner on the steps of the Capitol. They're called CodePink - a women's grassroots peace movement that is working to end the war in Iraq. And they're making their presence known in Washington.

At the Alberto Gonzales Senate hearing last week, CodePink was in attendance. Some of them wore orange prison jumpsuits with black hoods. Others wore their standard pink. They all held up signs that said simply "Resign." As Gonzales shook hands with committee members after the hearing ended, they treated him to a version the song "Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye"

 

  • CodePink singing at Alberto Gonzales hearing.

     

Speaking of singing, CodePink also had a response to Republican Presidential candidate John McCain when he joked about bombing Iran. When asked about whether the U.S. should attack Iran last week, McCain began singing Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran to the tune of the old Beach Boys song "Barbara Ann." Well CodePink was outside McCain's office the next day with a song of their own.

 

  • CodePink singing outside Sen. John McCain's office.

     

CodePink has also been staging sit-ins at the offices of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. They recently poured into Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton's office along with Reverend Billy to protest the continued funding of the war.

 

  • CodePink protesting inside Sen. Hillary Clinton's office.

     

The founder of CodePink, Medea Benjamin joins us now from Washington DC.

 

Chris Keeley

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso with a medium-brown metallic paint and beige leather interior

It was McQueen's first Ferrari and was his everyday, run-around car, not a movie prop,'' he said.

April 27, 2007

Steve McQueen's Ferrari Up for Auction

Filed at 1:05 p.m. ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 1963 Ferrari once owned and driven by the late film star Steve McQueen is expected to fetch between $800,000 and $1.2 million at an auction in August, Christie's said.

Christie's unveiled the car on Friday: a Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso with a medium-brown metallic paint and beige leather interior.

McQueen, nicknamed ``The King of Cool'' for his portrayals of nonchalant, in-control heroes in such films as ``The Great Escape,'' about a mass escape from a World War Two POW camp, was a car collector. He special ordered the car in 1963 and owned it for about 10 years, according to Christie's.

``It's probably the best example of a Ferrari Lusso that's out there on the marketplace,'' said Christopher Sanger, vice president and head of Christie's car sales in the Americas.

``It was McQueen's first Ferrari and was his everyday, run-around car, not a movie prop,'' he said.

McQueen, who died in 1980, also enjoyed auto racing and reportedly performed some of his own driving stunts in his films. One of his most famous car chase scenes was in the 1968 film ``Bullitt.''

The car is being sold by Michael Regalia, who bought the car in 1997 and had it restored to its original condition, a process that took 4,000 hours of work, according to Christie's.

The car will be sold on August 16 at Christie's International Motor Cars 2007 flagship auction in the Monterey Jet Center in California.


Chris Keeley

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

'Brilliant and charming'

Testimony from the first witness, Dorothy Melvin, settled into a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" description of Spector, with the defendant described as a compelling and romantic suitor and a genius, who changed into something else. Prosecutors said the other side was "a raging maniac."

"Phil is a really brilliant and charming man, and you really enjoy him when he’s in his charming mode. Then when he’s drinking," Melvin testified today. "He snaps. He turns on a dime and becomes a lunatic." 

Defense finishes its opening statement. Bruce Cutler argues that the scientific evidence will show that Lana Clarkson died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

- First witness testifies that Spector pulled a gun on her.
Chris Keeley

Spector pointing a gun at her new car, a green Mercedes.

Spector accused her of stealing things, she said, and told her to take her clothes off and go upstairs.

She laid out 10 points she said proved that Clarkson shot herself, based on the position of the gun, the small amount of blood and gunshot residue on Spector, and evidence that Clarkson loaded the gun.

Kenney Baden said the gun was fired inside Clarkson's mouth, causing tooth fragments, blood and tissue to spray outward. Several times, she swung her hands from her mouth outward toward the jury to show the path.

She said the blood spots sprayed on Clarkson's clothes were more numerous and much closer together than the few that landed on Spector's jacket, proving that he was not next to her.

Kenney Baden grabbed fellow defense attorney Christopher Plourd's shirt cuff and held his wrist in the air. "There was no spatter on his pants. There was none on his shoes. If he was standing close enough to put the gun all the way in her mouth and pull the trigger … it would be all over him, like it was all over her. And it wasn't."

Melvin arrived in court in a black suit matching her dark hair, holding a book titled "Life Is a Test," which she handed to a friend before taking the stand. Under questioning by prosecutors, Melvin said she had worked as Joan Rivers' manager for 23 years. 

Melvin testified that Spector drank much of a bottle of vodka. Then, she said, he disappeared for about an hour, which he often did, and she fell asleep on his couch.