Ted Stevens Trial Gears Up.

22 09 2008

Today’s the day. After three unsuccessful attempts to get the case thrown out, jury selection in the Ted Stevens trial will begin today.

Ted Stevens is kind of like Queen Victoria, or Ramses the Great. Many of his ‘subjects’ simply can’t remember a time he wasn’t in power. To imagine someone else in the Senate, filling that seat, is almost impossible. Stevens, now 84, has been serving Alaska in this capacity since Christmas Eve of 1968. This means he’s literally been in the Senate since before most Alaskans were born. He has been President Pro Tem of the Senate. He has been the chair of important committees, including the Senate Appropriations Committee. He has brought multiple millions of dollars to the state over the years. He even has his name on the shiny new granite-tiled Ted Stevens International Airport, which was built mostly with earmark money.

For all the good Stevens has done, there are many who think his time is over. Ex-Governor Walter Hickel, who appointed Stevens to his senate seat in 1968 has even said it’s timefor the very senior senator to retire. Stevens has deteriorated a lot in the last few years. His frequent stammering is almost incomprehensible. His belligerence is alienating many Alaskans who used to revere him. And sometimes he’s just downright embarrassing… Wearing a tie featuring the Incredible Hulk on the Senate floor, and his reference to the internet as a “series of tubes” has begun to define his national image, more than his actual policies.

Then came the summer of 2007. Sitting in my office, minding my business, the news came over the radio. The FBI and the IRS were raiding the home of senator Ted Stevens in the small town of Girdwood, south of Anchorage. People in the Girdwood area started calling local talk radio stations with on-the-scene reports. Gawkers drove to Girdwood and parked outside ‘the chalet’, as Stevens calls his home, to see what was going on.

Photos were being taken of gutters and barbecue grills, electrical outlets and wrap-around decks, and onlookers stared in stunned silence at the black SUVs and the guys in suits and glasses swarming the Stevens’ home. The raid was stunning, and it was the talk of the state for weeks. Then, finally on July 29, 2008, one year later, the indictment came. Stevens was accused of accepting more than a quarter of a million dollars in home renovations, and personal gifts that were never paid for, and were never reported on his Senate disclosure forms. The source of these gifts, which included raising the entire house and adding another floor, was Veco, an oil services company. The CEO, Bill Allen, and the VP, Rick Smith plead guilty to bribery, and is now ‘telling all’ to the FBI and the IRS.

Sarah Palin is not the only soap opera in Alaska politics.

The witness list for the trial includes some well-known names: longtime friend Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), ailing Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and former Secretary of State, Colin Powell. Quite a list of power brokers. Now here’s the interesting part, just to give it a little Alaskan twist.

Also on the witness listare a Fairbanks strip club manager, and the underaged ‘coke-for-sex’ former mistress of key prosecution witness, former CEO of Veco, Bill Allen. And there are all kinds of accusations about paperwork that the newly sold and renamed Veco Corp. (now CH2M Hill) refuses to turn over to the defense.

So for those of you who are suffering from Sarah-fatigue, take heart. Alaska is an endless source of the strange, the sordid, and the knee deep muck of Alaskan politics.

Here’s the Ted Stevens classic. Enjoy the “series of tubes”.


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120 responses

22 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

You are busy with the posts today, AKM!! Do keep us up to date on Ted!

22 09 2008
Gina

Wow – quite a bit of local color. I’m remembering “Northern Exposure”. I used to like that show. I must have been a boring person back then. Nothing like the real thing!

22 09 2008
Frances Dale

Tubular…dude…

22 09 2008
Erin

Hey, I just ordered my yellow boots from Target. Go Mudflatters!

22 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

tag

22 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

Bummer…I wanted to be number two. That’s what i get for cheating in typing class in 8th grade!

22 09 2008
Altar Eggo

For those of you watching the Obama OBiden sign stake out; check out the
replica yard signs to replace any stolen signs.

Too funny. The neighbors just called SignKid and asked him to block out more of his yard … apparently he’s ashamed of his weeds.

22 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

We in Illinois went through this last year with our former Gov. Ryan, who at age 74, after a long career in politics with some good things to his credit, is now in prison. Too many freebies, buddies, trips. They think it is all “allowable perks” for the position. But they are finding out – it can’t work that way anymore. Yeah, Illinois does seem to be famous for this. I won’t go into that. But it really can’t continue. No one really likes to see an old man go to prison. Did he really hurt anyone?……. Y E S – the people.

22 09 2008
Altar Eggo

Oops- here’s the actual page: Obama OBiden Live Webcam Guarded Yard Sign

22 09 2008
Sarjo Mullet Troll

Hi everyone! The sign gang has gotten too fast and rowdy. I’m back at my REAL home to rest.

22 09 2008
Revdr72741

Hey fellow Flatters!!!! The “sign watch” has made HuffPo’s “Off the Bus” site!! Need to see what they say about it, and they have a link to Mudflats as well!!

Just wanted to share, Keep on Flattin’ in th’ Mud!!

22 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

Sorry to be off topic, but I’ve been seething all day…

Hey guys, I’ve been furious over this all day and had to put on my happy face for my grand children today, instead

My two cents:

Bear Sterns was tottering in March, before eligible to borrow from the Gov—ooooh Cry, missed the deadline by two weeks, so the Gov loaned the money to JP Morgan and ordered them to buy Bear at rock bottom “dictated” price–that, by the way, did not even cover the value of the Bear building in Manhattan. Result? Stockholders got royally screwed. Oh, well, they were a private company and sometimes you get the Bear and sometimes the Bear gets you.

Time passes….Freddie and Fannie –again, private companies– get bailed out. Result, stockholders are happy and they live to cash in their largely unaffected stock.

Soon…Lehman Brothers totters, and guess what? Too bad, so sad, not Gov. dollars. Result stockholders are screwed.

Next, AIG totters and guess what Huh? they get a Gov. bailout. result, stockholders happy.

Then…Goldman Sachs—how much do you need, Goldman, we’re putting together $700,000,000

Much has been written about Bernanke and Paulsen and their relationships with two key players here—Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan.

It does appear that they’ll be the last ones standing when the dust settles.

Long way around, but here’s the absolute point: There already appears to have been some impropriety regarding who got bailed out and who didn’t.

We would have to be completely certifiable to give this amount of money—without strings—to someone who has already shown us that they can’t supply us with any reasonable rationale as to why they did what they have already done in this mess.

Please, please email your senators and your congresspersons and tell them “NO”.

They’re trying to tell us that this is all subprime loans, but I assure you that without oversight, each of these companies is going to dump every single piece of non-performing garbage into an unregulated bailout…ans we’ll all be holding the bag while they cash in on their CEO parachutes.

22 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society
22 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Rachel Maddow digging into the Palin story right now.

22 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Senator Green is on Rachel Maddow now!

22 09 2008
Altar Eggo

Lyda Green on MSNBC right NOW! Quick!

22 09 2008
Altar Eggo

Jinx! you owe me a coke!

22 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

LOL Altar — remember that from childhood

22 09 2008
Isidro

No offense Cassie, but I don’t think that FNM & FNE shareholders are too happy. Both stocks are in the crapper after several months of sliding. Not what I would call “largely unaffected.”

22 09 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

Let’s see Ted Stevens is concerned about the Internet because he’s worried about tying up tubes. What is it about Alaskan Republicans and reproductive issues. Yeah, I know it’s off point but it makes just as much sense as he does.

By the way, why is so little being made of the connection between the rape kits and the claim that Walt Monegan deserve to be fired because he went to Washington to get more funding for work on sexual assault cases.

see the filing at http://sayanythingblog.s3.amazonaws.com/09-08/palin-response.pdf

Unfortunately it’s a jpg in the pdf so you can’t text search the document thye relevant point is on page 20 lines 5 to 12. Please note this is a petition submitted by Palin’s lawyer so it is phrased to put her in te best ppossible light – a fiscal conservative who wants to save money on investigating sexual assaults, just the same as with the rape kit.

Ah Sarah Palin – a true champion of women’s issues.

22 09 2008
Mary

Interesting politics in Alaska. Bec, I’m from Illinois, too.
Palin is winning the pbs poll, so if you don’t want the world to think the majority of Americans think Palin is qualified to be vp, please vote and pass the link on. extremely easy and quick:

http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html

22 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

Did Lyda Green add anything different? or the same old stuff on Troopergate?

22 09 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Froth Moonshine Palin

Nothing new, but I am a avidly reading bystander… however, she DID put a human face on this whole fiasco.

22 09 2008
MinNJ

@Cassie
It’s driving me nuts also. So incredibly discouraging and CRAZY! I’m trying to distract myself, but I’ve become a blog-reading junkie! If I have any more chocolate cake, I won’t be able to get out of the door to vote in November!

I wish dueling with guns was not outlawed; I’d just like one shot at any of ’em.

22 09 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Froth Moonshine Palin

Mary… as soon as we vote, the repubs vote 231 times a piece again. It’s a contaminated poll.

22 09 2008
Ripley_6 AKA Copper Catfish P.

Did I hear him stammer about “an internet was sent to me”? I can only assume he means an e-mail.

Well, at least he HAS the internet and e-mail.

Too bad the old dude got caught with his pants down. If he’d have retired at 65, like he should have, then perhaps this would not have been his lot in life,,, nor his legacy.

22 09 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Froth Moonshine Palin

OK, I am exaggerating, but I am certain they have a lackey watching to keep the vote positive.

22 09 2008
shilo

obama’s comments of clinging to guns and religion when people lose faith in washington and they have nothing else to vote on, he was right then and he is now, hope the people that read this that didn’t like that true comment have a light bell go off in their head after they read this.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080922/us_nm/financial_religion_dc

22 09 2008
hwmnbn

After listening to his “tubes” explanation, I’m not altogether certain he is competent to stand trial.

22 09 2008
whichferret

Do you know why Palin is winning on the PBS poll? Hannity got a hold of it and put the Faux news crowd on it to….like was stated it is a contaminated poll

22 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/99433/incredible_documentary_footage_of_mass_arrest_in_st._paul/

The above video is something which was NOT shown on MSM – The republican convention and the mass arrest of 268 people – for what reason?? this is what a police state looks like – Naomi Wolfe is right.

22 09 2008
whichferret

Oh and on the subject of Stevens, yeah it is sad that while he did get the phrasing of an “internet” sent to him wrong, at least he does use it….unlike another Senator 12 years his junior

22 09 2008
The Messenger

Can I even order a pizza from the Internets. I think the sauce might get the tubes messy.

22 09 2008
whichferret

Oh but I forgot they don’t have trucks or tubes in POW camps do they?

22 09 2008
Mary

http://www.buzzflash.com/articles/contributors/1755

okay, I’ll give up on the vote. But if you haven’t seen the commentary on white privilege and the 2008 election at the above link, it is very good.

22 09 2008
rubby

Huh. He was obviously speaking metaphorically when it said the Internet is “a series of tubes” and “not a big truck,” and it seems a fitting enough metaphor for what he’s arguing (although “pipes” probably would have sounded better). Not sure why this quote has garnered such ridicule; it’s no Quayle “potatoe.”

22 09 2008
democommie

Let’s not forget that poor old uncle Ted is still running for the Senate. If he’s too addled to have any idea about what the renovations to his home are worth, he’s certainly too addled to be in the U.S. Senate–although he COULD serve out Bush’s term.

22 09 2008
The Messenger

The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that interchange data by packet switching using the standardized Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP). It is a “network of networks” that consists of millions of private and public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope that are linked by copper wires, fiber-optic cables, wireless connections, and other technologies.

Not tubes

Excuuuuusssse mmmeee

22 09 2008
The Watcher

I feel your pain. Us folks down here in sunny San Diego have Randy “Duke” Cunningham as our example of Republican corruption at its worst.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/politics/cunningham/index.html

22 09 2008
Sarjo Mullet Troll

So how is it that, even if convicted, Ted S need not resign? Is this an AK thing or a USA thing? Or just an Uncle Ted thing?

22 09 2008
TeachKids

Sorry to put this post here, but AKM, do you want me to put the mudflats addie on the sign watch for people to see? The participant list has gotten rather unexpectedly big, to say the least. You have my email. Please feel free to send me a private email with a yes or no so I know it’s you. And I’m trying to change my name to TeachKids out of respect to my wonderful students, who while may not be rich, are super smart, super nice, and going to go far in life.

22 09 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Froth Moonshine Palin

Oh, Mary, we were so disappointed when the poll was exploited— I am even getting it in e mails now. So I reply all and send them here…

0OOPS… not emails, internets from my tubes.

22 09 2008
Sarjo Mullet Troll

TeachKids–

Please don’t! It’s too noisy and crowded over there–don’t send them here!

22 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Nebraska – I just got the same poll email – and sent her here!

22 09 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Froth Moonshine Palin

Yeah Bec! Welcome misguided poll voters… the truth is here🙂

22 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

Okay, I’m back on topic: (amazing what a glass of wine will do!)

Since we already know that ethics are anathema to politicians ( go to McCain’s Senate site and you’ll find that the topics for emails deal with 8 or 10 topics, none of which have to do with ethics)—further, someone posted the absolute scandals, sexual, uni-sexual, pedophilia bordering,outright bribery, etc. several days ago here….need I say more?

So ethics are out the window.

One thought (solution) is this. Talk to Ted, thank him for the many years of service during which Alaska was suffering through her transition into Statehood, and suggest that he enjoy his remaining years doing what he loves most: being an Alaskan. So, if he misses the “power rush’ of DC, let him go there from time to time, I’m sure there are tons of groups that would welcome him to speak to them…either there, or Texas (sorry my Texan friends!)

Another thought (possible solution) send him back to WaRshington, let him be a thorn in their sides while trying to make up for the abysmal selection of SP as a vice presidential candidate. After he goes through a few months of THOSE questions and chuckles, he may decide to come home and allow a truly qualified person to fill his spot.

The man can’t live forever. Bottom line seems to be this: ethics aside, he seems to have fought long and hard for Alaskans and he knows how to work the system. Hell, I might even vote for him OMG, did I say that?

22 09 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Froth Moonshine Palin

Sigh, we have Bob Kerry, who can’t seem to get his foot out of his mouth any more, and so we don’t hear much from him. And that’s not all bad.

22 09 2008
Scott

David Lynch should film a movie about the crazy mix of politics, money, religion and, apparently, sex and drugs in Alaska. He’s the only one who could do it right, Twin Peaks-style.

22 09 2008
Cartoon Pig Dog

Just want to let everyone know I had a blast at the McCain campaign rally today, and it was even more fun after they threw me out.😀

22 09 2008
Sarjo Mullet Troll

Pig dog–

What did you do to get their balls in a twist?

22 09 2008
Zim in Oz

@Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout) (17:32:40) :
You said>>>>Sorry to be off topic, but I’ve been seething all day…
etc
>>>Long way around, but here’s the absolute point: There already appears to have been some impropriety regarding who got bailed out and who didn’t.>>>

My husband commented on this….He seems to think that the ‘bail outs’ were to companies that had…VOTERS…

dunno ?

22 09 2008
Cartoon Pig Dog

Their balls? No I couldn’t find those

22 09 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Froth Moonshine Palin

Go YOU Cartoon Pig Dog! We here at Mudflats appreciate your heroism!!!! You did shower afterward didn’t you? You could catch a repubbug.

22 09 2008
Cartoon Pig Dog

Oh yeah, showered and sandpapered. But I came away with a lot of good pics. And Sarah gave the worst speech I’ve heard her do yet.

22 09 2008
strangelet

You know, I spent a year at Clear AFS (south of Fairbanks) in ’71-’72. That was, really, my whole adult life ago. And Ted Stevens was Senator from Alaska then. I know this is just a bit of trivia, but for some reason it makes me feel kind of strange.

22 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

Isidro (17:44:02) :

“No offense Cassie, but I don’t think that FNM & FNE shareholders are too happy. Both stocks are in the crapper after several months of sliding. Not what I would call “largely unaffected.””

Please take “largely unaffected” to mean short term…Fannie and Freddie ARE viable and will make their returns to stockholders BECAUSE of the bailout. Bear folks just died in March…no hope, short or long term.

22 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin
22 09 2008
sauerkraut

If Stevens thinks the Internet is a series of tubes, can we use those tubes to send condoms to Palin? Perhaps she could even share them with her daughters at the appropriate time (ie, after marriage).

Cassie – I’d rather get you drunk than allow you to vote for Stevens. It’s the best any self-respecting mudflattian would do for another mudflattian.

22 09 2008
22 09 2008
Suchanut

Mary (18:07:05) :

http://www.buzzflash.com/articles/contributors/1755

okay, I’ll give up on the vote. But if you haven’t seen the commentary on white privilege and the 2008 election at the above link, it is very good.
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That is an awesome article, Mary. Did you see this one:

http://www.dmagazine.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?nm=Core+Pages&type=gen&mod=Core+Pages&tier=3&gid=B33A5C6E2CF04C9596A3EF81822D9F8E

I bought my boots! I’m ready for the Mudflats (any my other muck boots had a hole in them).

22 09 2008
sauerkraut

Scott – wasn’t it Ian Drury who sang about Alaska some 25 years ago?

22 09 2008
Jster

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080923/ap_on_el_pr/palin_troopergate

Looks like there’s been some action in Troopergate! Somebody wants to talk before the report is issued perhaps!

22 09 2008
Icy Russia Palin

Just heard a tiny little blurb on NPR about the long list of questions potential jurors were asked…”Have you ever hired a contractor to remodel your house?”, “What are your feelings about Alaska?”

Have a feeling it’ll be a long jury selection process.

22 09 2008
whichferret

Way to go Cartoon pig dog. But quick question. why do the links from google say that you have deleted your blog on wordpress?

22 09 2008
Cal Al

A question,

Any chance that Sarah or Todd could have tipped the FBI or IRS off? It seems to fit in the time-line.

By the way…if you are looking for a good halloween scare …read this……

The Battle Plan II: Sarah “Evita” Palin, the Muse of the Coming Police State

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/naomi-wolf/the-battle-plan-ii-sarah_b_128393.html

22 09 2008
portland oregon native

I think Sen Stevens is confusing the “internets” and “the tubes” with his own plumbing….stopped up!

22 09 2008
Jster

trying again here…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080923/ap_on_el_pr/palin_troopergate

new action on the Troopergate front. Seems some are ready to talk.

22 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

Suchanut (18:41:33) :
That is an awesome article, Mary. Did you see this one:

http://www.dmagazine.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?nm=Core+Pages&type=gen&mod=Core+Pages&tier=3&gid=B33A5C6E2CF04C9596A3EF81822D9F8E

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That would be news here in Dallas! That magazine is for the very rich and affluelent in the Dallas area. And I would say Obama would typically not be in that magazine unless he was a doctor, athlete or CEO of a business somewhere around town. What I mean by that is there are not very many minority faces that grace that magazine on a regular basis. And if they are it’s the ones we see all the time and even most of you would know who they are. i.e. Emmitt Smith, former mayor of Dallas Ron Kirk, Terrell Owens and etc.

22 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

Zim in Oz (18:33:57) : You always need to follow the money…not the votes. Bernanke and Paulsen have long, illustrious connections to JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. This was another of the plans that Bush allowed. Don’t even make me go to the oil issue!

England prosecuted, then dropped the prosecution of, a young woman translator who leaked the memo from British secret service that the US “requested” the wiretapping of the rotating members of the UN Security Council in order to pressure a “Go to Iraq” policy. Book is called “The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War”.

Sauerkraut: Husband is gone for the week-end, grandbabies are abed, I can’t vote in Alaska, and I’t’s been a long day. Where do we meet?

22 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

British translator was Katherine Gun.

22 09 2008
wired differently

So, let me get this straight… You can get movies? 10 at a time? Through the tubes? He kinda, sorta gets the internet?

Sorry, but if you don’t want to be ridiculed and hounded out of office, retire with grace while you’ve still got all your marbles and before your corruption becomes so egregious that there’s no choice but to call you on it.

22 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

Jster (18:56:17) : SWWNBN may offer some kind of “testimony”?

I said earlier that if she thinks that the report on Troopergate will go ahead without her input, they may try to have a deposition or something else to mitigate the report that will be issued without her.

Could this be it?

22 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin

Sarah Palin and the Politics of the Irrational

McCain looks old and haggard and delivers a terrible speech. With his languid, deathly persona he cannot go into the mega-churches like Bush used to do and get the faithful eating out of the palm of his hand.

Enter Sarah Palin.

22 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

Petition:
http://www.usalone.com/help_people_instead.php
______________

this petition might look a little more serious if they put the “R” back ino the word Congess

22 09 2008
Erin

Jster: Unfortunately, they plan to talk to the Personnel Board, which is made up of THREE PEOPLE (two left-overs from the Murkowski era and one hand-picked by Palin herself). How impartial do you think they’ll be? Certainly they’ll get to the bottom of it. Harrummph.

22 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin

sorry, forgot the link😉

Sarah Palin and the Politics of the Irrational

McCain looks old and haggard and delivers a terrible speech. With his languid, deathly persona he cannot go into the mega-churches like Bush used to do and get the faithful eating out of the palm of his hand.

Enter Sarah Palin.

http://www.hnn.us/articles/54750.html

22 09 2008
Zim in Oz

Having read the CBS article and others it appears Todd has a fair bit of clout. (and seems to enjoy it…LOL)

I may be seeing something that’s not there but if he is so ‘involved’ why did he not stand for the Governor’s gig ? or the council ? or the Mayor ?

Would he have qualified ?

What are the qualifications legal or otherwise ?

Someone hinted the other day that he has a couple of unaccounted for years ? That maybe he was in Juvey or whatever. Would this have disqualified him ?

22 09 2008
SMR

@Erin,

Just so you know, my wellies aren’t yellow, but I will be wearing them! I think they’re navy (you’d think I’d know after this summer, but I don’t).

22 09 2008
mizkay aka spackle camshaft

Make sure and read this article, and then fill out the petition at the link posted by joy-fl
Article:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/22/dirty-secret-of-the-bailo_n_128294.html

Petition (thanks, joy!)
http://www.usalone.com/help_people_instead.php

22 09 2008
Cartoon Pig Dog

whichferret (18:51:04) :

“Way to go Cartoon pig dog. But quick question. why do the links from google say that you have deleted your blog on wordpress?”

I don’t know, I was just there so the blog is still up, think I’ll try google and see if I can find it on google.

Anyway, try this http://www.blongs4sense.wordpress.com

22 09 2008
Cartoon Pig Dog

Hmmm, I just clicked that link and it didn’t work, that’s weird

22 09 2008
Cartoon Pig Dog

how about http://blogs4sense.wordpress.com without the www

22 09 2008
Cartoon Pig Dog

ahhh, that one works, lol,,, sorry about using the comment section here to experiment, thought someone had hacked me or asomething there for a minute.

22 09 2008
whichferret

Thanks.

22 09 2008
Anonymous

I saw Ted when he was fighting for the bridge money,he was kind of nuts. He threw a major league hissyfit like a 4year old. Screaming NO! NO! I WILL NOT! GIVE IT BACK! I think he was wearing a Hulk tie.

I can still picture it.

22 09 2008
A Nana from Alaska

Vote Now. Daily Poll, Austin Daily Herald, Austin, Minnesota. McCain up by 3 points.
http://www.austindailyherald.com/

22 09 2008
Spoon Archer Palin

Another bogus poll. As long as it is possible to do multiple votes it’s just a troll occupation. No validity.

22 09 2008
A Nana from Alaska

No. This is Minnesota. Real Paper. Real People. Just vote. It’s easy.

22 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

A Nana,

Those people are idiots making comments!

22 09 2008
Pacificnwgal

Sounds like Ted needs to seriously….. retire from public service to preserve his own dignity.

22 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

wow…just read the comments on Austin editorial and got very scared. These people are crazy! One brave soul was trying to talk reason and issues and they just plowed him. Attacker’s screen name was lockedandloaded…yikes. Kinda says it all. We must get all undecideds/Independents to see the light because these guys are too scary.

22 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

G’night y’all( trying to get this NC thing to work for me!)

I’ll be back in the a.m. and back at work registering voters….will you?

22 09 2008
Suchanut

Cynthia, TX (18:59:58) :

So, is that article bogus? Or are you just surprised that it is in that periodical?

22 09 2008
skinkor (aka Free Radical Palin)

oh wow.

I worked on a project that was subcontracted from an engineering firm which was bought out by the same CH2M Hill that absorbed Veco whose CEO’s coke-for-sex ex-mistress has been subpoenaed in Ted Stevens’ corruption case.

Talk about degrees-of-separation from Kevin Bacon all you want. I can almost see the Ruskies from here.

22 09 2008
Zim in Oz

What would you ask sarah Palin ? (Katie Couric)
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/09/22/couricandco/entry4470123.shtml

22 09 2008
Enjay aka Turbine Yukon

Another off topic moment –
Buzzflash commentator writes how the US dollar will devalue due to the bailout

http://www.buzzflash.com/articles/lindorff/147

22 09 2008
Zim in Oz

From New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/23/us/politics/23clinton.html?ref=politics

“I come from Arkansas; I get why she’s hot out there,” Mr. Clinton said. “Why she’s doing well.”

Well Bill….no disrespect, we get you too…I think we all know your type…a pulse ?

….sorry guys….couldn’t help it…

22 09 2008
Enjay aka Turbine Yukon

Sorry everyone – worked 13 hrs today and trying to catch up on the news …. am sure most have had time to read all the stuff thats gone on today …..

I feel so deprived today ….

22 09 2008
Arianna

Hi Mudflatters,
Keep up the good work!

Having a lot of fun predicting the outcome of the Couric-Palin interview at http://tunc.biz/couric_fan.htm

Trying to dream up the questions and Palin’s likely answers. Let’s hope they are inept.

In the VP debate, can’t see Biden putting a foot wrong.

22 09 2008
Debbie aka Commando Coalfire Palin

I am truly no good at some computer things but this little story is really good and kind of explains how the morons you see posting some places actually think. Sorry you have to cut and paste the address. You would think with all of the education I have I could perform simple tasks but no, please don’t tell my pile of Geeks I will totally never live it down.🙂
http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/2007/04/a_day_in_the_li.html

22 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

The Bailout Plan: Welcome to Economic Shock and Awe
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/the-bailout-plan-welcome_b_128450.html

We have truly gone through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole as a nation. We are living in one of the most absurd episodes in human history. I think it is what I call “deranged biological fascism”. It is brain chemistry. It is a right brain, left brain thing. At any given time in civilization when everything becomes fear based you get a mass brain chemistry of completely delusional people. You have people so dysfunctional and so disconnected from other human beings that anything is possible. We have become a nation of sheep. Absolute mindless sheep if we just bend over and accept this as a nation and as a people.

22 09 2008
Enjay aka Turbine Yukon

Thanks Debbie 21:48

Good article & quite true
🙂

22 09 2008
Debbie aka Commando Coalfire Palin

HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin (21:52:19) :
We have truly gone through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole as a nation. We are living in one of the most absurd episodes in human history. I think it is what I call “deranged biological fascism”.–
I was kind of thinking they are perhaps getting a bit inbred back there in Washington DC brains are no longer working. I cannot believe that George Bush thinks we are stupid enough to fall for his “trust me” crap one more time while he raids us of the shirts off our back before his final departure.
The idea that we should allow one person without oversight to take care of this situation as he sees fit makes me sick. Like we should really trust anyone who works for this administration.
I keep thinking of that chineese curse “May you live in interesting times.”
I truly hope this does not include us little guys living in piano boxes and wearing barrels.
Hope Senator Ted sees the light and bows out gracefully granted he has accepted bribes but he did some good as well. The days of our elected reps. being back clap friendly with businesses that do not have our best interests at heart need to end.
Good night all I will, of course, be back for my mudflats fix tommorrow.

22 09 2008
Debbie aka Commando Coalfire Palin

Enjay aka Turbine Yukon (21:57:30) :
Your welcome, thought it really hit the nail on the head.🙂

22 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

According to Susan Jacoby, two thirds of Americans want creationism to be taught along with evolution in public schools; over half of Americans reject any form of biological evolution (even guided by God); and “42 percent say that all living beings, including humans, have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.” (pp. 22-23) And “25 percent believe that Christianity was established by the Constitution as the official government religion.” (p. 299)

Although impossible to measure, part of the rise of right-wing Christian fundamentalism in recent years was a backlash to the cultural and social gains women made with the successes of the Second Wave feminist movement, (like the career opportunities Sarah Palin has enjoyed). The Republicans have cleverly figured out a way to channel that anti-feminist backlash into garnering support from conservative voters by nominating an interesting and attractive (if unqualified) woman candidate who embodies the old white male social agenda. This ploy would never work in a political environment where reason and logic prevailed in the collective decisions of an informed electorate.

___________________

The above from that amazing article which Aussie Puck Mule etc posted. Really scary and really very sad.

22 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

Debbie aka Commando Coalfire Palin (22:13:25) :

We obviously agree. There is some kind of deranged brain chemistry going on in the manipulation of the culture wars for political gain. In the incredible dumbing down of the United States now, it is like the Renaissance never happened.

Every day is a new insult to that fact that I ever thought it worthwhile to get an education.

Sarah Plain is one of the greatest insults to the intelligence of the American people anyone could ever conceive. Giving unlimited, unaccountable power to the Secretary of the Treasury is a close second. It is one shock and awe after another.

Thank God for Mudflats where we can all try to hold together in this storm.

I always enjoy your posts Commando Coalfire. Get your rest. Sleep well!

Goodnight!

22 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

I must now admit to myself that my evil side is taking over. I usually feel for other people and do not want them to embarrass themselves in public. It is my nurturing Cancerian Sign side. But I am starting to take the gloves off. I am sick of this cynical Rovian farce that we are being put through. I am staying up too late at night too and stuff is not getting done because I am so outraged. I want this woman destroyed in front of 40 million people. I say it is time for “Welcome to the NFL”. If you want to play in the big leagues you had better have A Game chops.

This is what i want to happen at the VP Debate.

Joe Biden should use these to pre-psych himself for the debate. This should be his objective.

Let’s have this happen in front of 40 million people!

Governor Sarah Palin Vlog #15: SATAN!

22 09 2008
GJ in Idaho

Ted just spent to much time in roadside gambling houses in the ’20’s and ’30’s. Tubes (kind of like the banks use today) were used to delivered money – cash and coins to the gambling tables or chip changing cages from the main vault, which was usually up-stairs, in the basement, or in some other location. Later you could write a note, making an order to have dinner, ladies of the evening, and just about anything else you wanted sent to you. Later (’40’s -’60’s), Penny’s, Newberry’s, and lots of other department stores put in these systems. And you could actually get your lay-a-way merchandise sent from the warehouses or storeage room to a main check out counter. Only those born during the 60’s or before would even remember what they look like unless they happen to see them in an old movie or video.
My mother and grandmother thought that was how a computer worked too.
Mom just couldn’t get her head around how we are going to get anything through a telephone wire, so she still clung to her visual of those old tubes, too.

22 09 2008
BlueLuna

Thank you so much for the intertubes” Stevens gaff – I laughed until I cried.

My deeply Rpublican brother and I spoke yesterday – and we both agreed on something (finally!) – the entire system must be brought down. Astounding! Got over a 3-term Senator? OVER! Mayor? OVER! State Senator? OVER! We have to start over. They all have a stink on them.

And thank you AK-you have been a refuge among the searching and weary. You have made me NOT so weary!

23 09 2008
Scrimshaw aka Sack Panther Palin

Wired Differently (18:33:30) : (Some recent thread)

Oh, for pity’s sake. This has gotten beyond ridiculous. It’s beginning to make Nixon’s machinations look amateurish. I’m almost starting to enjoy it, and I am imagining my children, all of voting age now, reminiscing about this election when they’re my age.

“Yeah, remember ‘08, when the economy collapsed and the Republicans ran that senile old geezer and the whack job woman from Alaska?”

“Shizzle, those were some crazy times.”

“President Obama had a mess on his hands– took the full two terms to get it sorted out.”
– – – – – – – – – –

Let it be so! Delurking now, as I just found myself repeating the Great Invocation while chopping vegetables. I have been here full time for two weeks or so, addictively. Friday between conventions, I was so cornfuzzled by our AZ senator’s pick that I made up a wry story for myself to explain the absurdity of it. Ruffle the unease with humor…
I emailed it to a few close friends. Here’s the joke:

VP-U-PIKEM

At last John McCain has overcome his aversion to computers.
His first warm-up on the PC was a stunning success.

Faced with a crucial deadline, John tried out the Free Download of
VP-U-PIKEM, a recent adaptation of computer dating software.
It was so easy. He simply input his own perceived short-comings,
then the perceived strengths of his opponents, and in .012 seconds,
the program described the VP candidate with key characteristics
to be his counterpart. The ideal VP for John McCain must be:

1. Under 47.
2. Unmale.
3. Unrich, or at least have unrich friends.
4. Innocent of foreign policy.
5. Athletic.
6. Anti-Choice.
7. Accustomed to living in the dark.
8. Eye candy.

Clearly, no one on his short list could fill the bill.

On seeing this, John was understandably worried, but proceeded
to upload his extended long list of candidates (every Republican or
independent who had held public office for any length of time in this
decade.) He had to wait 2.044 seconds for the answer: an incredible
8-point match!

~Unsigned.

–––Then I began to look things up, and soon found my way here.
Thanks to Anne Kilkenny and all who make mudflats possible.

Back around the mid-80’s I watched a satirical comedy troupe
parody the anti-feminist backlash. They called themselves, “Ladies
Against Women.” One of them was the twin of SWSNBN, voice and all.
I still have one of their buttons, “Tupperware Preserves the Family.”
They held bakesales for the Pentagon, with million-dollar cupcakes.
So I recognized SP at once, as a caricature come to life. Unreal.

But I’m way past laughing now. And it’s time for this grey panther to
come out of her sack. The times we’re seeing will take all the moxie
and balance we can summon.

Last night I took the cue from dark corners (18:28:38)Obama Rallies…
with help from DeMo (18:58:22), and emailed my 2 congresspeople
and 2 senators, including John McCain. No doubt he received similar
messages from many… that there must be oversight! Congress must
not hand over the pursestrings. What would they be without that?
I have not forgotten my eighth grade civics class.

It was thrilling this morning to hear McCain calling for oversight,
sounding coherent for the first time in a week or so… [Yess!!]

23 09 2008
Scrimshaw aka Sack Panther Palin

Oops. Sorry about my line breaks. Wish I could fix ’em.

23 09 2008
angryxer

Hamletsmill, I think makes perfect sense, speaking from my own Cancerian side, that you’d be pissed off. I think a flip side of the nurturing instinct is to get very angry at people who take advantage of others, and who break trust and boundaries along the way. Especially when they’re being total effing hypocrites about it. I’ve had a serious anti-authoritarian streak my whole life, and always championed the underdog. No doubt from many influences, but hey– pincers out till we get our guy in the White House!

Scrimshaw, terrific post; thanks for delurking. That’s some fine pre-bedtime reading. G’night!

23 09 2008
wvfurandroot

One of the many things included in my job description is to provide tech support to my co-workers. Ted would fit right in.

Years and years ago there was one of those email forwards going around that maintained email was delayed or lost if you used to many Gs, Ys, Ps – letters with dangling tails. Those tails got all tangled up in the intertubes and created havoc.

Connie

23 09 2008
DownInMississippi aka Jeep Pike

Thanks for Stevens’ explanation on THE INTERNETS — I’ve been wondering how I’ve connected with all of you people these last several weeks. What a hoot! Better than coffee this a.m.

gotta go . . . going to select my ten movies for transport thru THE TUBES

23 09 2008
DownInMississippi aka Jeep Pike

Connie,
are you still awake or just waking up? got sucked up again like “cat hair in a hoover” at the Obama sign web cam?

23 09 2008
Julie

Ha!! I actually have tears in my eyes laughing about that Stevens tape! Hilarious!!! Thanks!

23 09 2008
jackie

maybe if you guys keep this up, it’ll make people forget texas politics…yeehaw

23 09 2008
arkangel3

Here’s hoping you get selected for the jury, AKM! I’m sure you’ll be perfectly objective. 😀

23 09 2008
The Sarah Palin Chronicles: Show Us Your Ethics, Part Three

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23 09 2008
Bill

Rameses was also known as Ozymandias, the name by which he inspired Shelley’s famous poem:

OZYMANDIAS
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.




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