Juror #11 Revealed!

24 11 2008

Juror #11 at the Ted Stevens trial, the one who filled in as an alternate, after Juror #4 skipped town feigning the death of her father to attend a horse race, is talking to KTUU in Anchorage.

She’s also been blogging about the trial, and the posts are witty, irreverent and downright fascinating.  But she showed a more serious side as “Colleen Walsh”, (her real name), during the three segment interview.  You’ll have to sit through a really bad local commercial for Heritage Art & Frames three times, but here it is:

PART 1

PART 2

PART 3

The negative impression left by Stevens and his wife on the jurors was picked up by an observer at the trial who noted, “I think Ted’s toast.”

Yup.

Whether Stevens’ appeal goes anywhere remains to be seen, but there’s still plenty of courtroom drama left in this story.


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24 11 2008
GJ in ID

Hi just stop in to see how everyone is there in Ak

24 11 2008
mhrt oregon

from every thing that I have read about him he has not seemed like such a nice guy…….

24 11 2008
Sparky

Let’s hear it for Heritage Art & Frames (three times) 😉 😉 🙂
and B&B Automatic Transmissions🙂

Hey, GJ!

I can imagine, as Ms. Walsh says, it was stressful…it’s a small community and the Stevens’ well-known and long-standing.

Thanks AKM…staying tuned.

24 11 2008
Denise sansMSgaAZca

Ted has enjoyed enormous power. Power corrupts. More precisely, Ted enjoyed enormous power that brought more money per capita to his state than to any other. Hence the corrupt power was welcomed by most voters back home. Or so it seems.

24 11 2008
Sparky

waves mhrt…

I think Ted got, um, ethically lazy? after so many years

24 11 2008
Abbie Knorrmal

shitty sounding phoner bites, what is KTUU using to bridge audio, a tin can and a string ?

24 11 2008
GJ in ID

Yep, he sure did a number on AK, he might have been good for so many years and then he forgot that you can’t fool people forever. Even if you promise some of them some of the loot. If it isn’t good for everyone it just isn’t good enough. Sorry, Ted and all your fans, your time is up. I’m so glad Mark will be taking his place. I’m really happy for AK, and am sure you will be better off when the ice crystals all settle.

24 11 2008
NSWFM CA

It’s good that the AWOL one left to go see her “dear dad,” and Juror 11 stepped in to the jury box.

I still can’t believe the one that went to see a horse and lied like a rug about a death in the family.

24 11 2008
mhrt oregon

Hi sparky
thanks for the wave….also thanks for the rainbow you left the other night ….Had it not been a slow day I would not have had the time to read old posts to see it….thanks again I needed it……..i think there shoud be some kinda limits on how long people can serve….My mom is 84 and i love her dearly….but she does not have the energy that she used to have…..did I read somewhere that you live in california…just moved from there to oregon….I miss there…but I also like here

24 11 2008
katanalori

Off topic, I apologize – but TOO FUNNY! On Letterman – Top Ten Excuses Palin used re Turkey Pardon/Slaughter:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/24/top-10-sarah-palin-excuse_n_146235.html

24 11 2008
mhrt oregon

@katanalori (21:19:32) :

Off topic
_______________that was funny…maybe not to off topic….this blog is about alaska and palin

24 11 2008
sally

Alaska needs your help. PAC wants lawmakers to follow-up on trooper gate. All MP’s please fire up and get into action.

http://www.adn.com/nation/story/600600.html

24 11 2008
mhrt oregon

is my computer broken……where is everone

24 11 2008
califpat

OT: Just donated and will flood legislators with emails. Thanks AKM for allowing us to partake in the dethroning of Sarah Palin and her cohorts.

Yikes!! That house had a quarter of a million dollars worth of work done on it? It is butt ugly. Must be fantastically beautiful on the insides. Maybe the exterior ugliness was designed to hide the all the interior work and other gifts. Sheesh!!

On with the Palin “Gates” and convictions.

24 11 2008
sally

The ball will drop if you don’t voice your opinions.

http://www.adn.com/nation/story/600600.html

24 11 2008
InJuneau

Heard a couple of those segments on the news. What a trip that must have been for the jurors. Knowing what I know about how Stevens can get when angry, I still can’t understand why he and his lawyers thought it would be a good idea to let him get on the stand!

24 11 2008
Hick Town in W PA

Political change and blogs: some commentary on Obama’s desire to change his internet presence to good governance http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/24/AR2008112402119.html

24 11 2008
mudslide pike

I guess that darn Chair in Washington will find it’s way home at our expense. Wonder if it ends up in Girdwood?

25 11 2008
ds55

Thinking about Ted Stevens and John McCain makes me wonder if a mandatory retirement age for politicians is in order. Age 70 is a good time to quit.

Just think, if McCain had retired 2 years ago. Or if Stevens had retired 15 years ago!

25 11 2008
Kath

One thing I can’t figure out. Perhaps someone up in AK can explain? WRT the steel balcony, steel railings, steel steps. When it gets cold, snowy and icy wouldn’t that get slicker than snot? Begging for a broken hip or something? What was the purpose? Perhaps less inclined to wood rot, or maybe to only be walked on in sunny warm summers. Hope someone can elaborate. TYVM

25 11 2008
austintx

As Uncle Ted moves toward his sentencing in February…….one of the most important things he will be REQUIRED to do is fill out a form called a PSI ( pre-sentencing investigation)…..he will be expected to be truthful and forthcoming on any and all questions……his attorney will tell him that the more “helpful” he is……the more lenient the judge will be. Sarah……how ya sleepin’ lately ???

25 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Help! In the other thread, people were referring to Keith Olbermann’s first “viewing” of Slaughterhouse Sarah’s turkey pardon – I am dying to see it but can’t find it – does anyone have the link??? Thanks!

25 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Never mind – another search found it!

25 11 2008
austintx

Grammy – hope you find it…….it is funny……he stops the video and comments at different intervals……also Letterman did Sarah/turkey on top 10 last nite……..

25 11 2008
katiebegood

I’m thinking that Ted Stevens and Sarah Palin have done Alaska a lot of harm. Before their appearance on the national stage, no one knew that Alaska brings in a lot more Federal dollars than they give back. And this being a state with no Income or Sales Tax. I’m thinking that any requests for Federal dollars by Alaska are going to be closely scrutinized from now on.

25 11 2008
Grammy in PA

austintx (05:27:48) :

Yep, found it and it was good, well, if you didn’t watch the slaughter – and didn’t listen to her babbling . . .

I saw the Top 10, excellent!! When is she going to realize that people AREN’T laughting WITH her but AT her. Gawd, how dumb!

25 11 2008
Polly

AKM– Off subject, but what do you think of this? Why didn’t Palin think of helping out thousands of Alaskans who really need help? If this company follows through, Palin is really going to look like a very lame governor.

“A Venezuelan oil company has once again said it will provide 100 gallons of free heating fuel for thousands of Alaskans, according to an official with the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council.

But Steve Osborne, executive director for the tribal organization, cautioned that the gift wasn’t guaranteed.

Osborne got a call from Citgo executive Andres Rangel on Nov. 11, he said.
Rangel told Osborne the fuel help was coming. But the two sides haven’t signed a contract. ”

http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/news/show/3990

25 11 2008
alaskan4alaska

It’s just agony to hear what people think of our State as a result of this trial. Ted, I’ve often disagreed with you, but you’ve always been a logical person. You’ve done so much good for Alaska.
WTF were you thinking?

The clips helped me to understand the case. Didn’t realize that much work was done AFTER final payment. Removes the excuse of “just a disagreement on price”. Let’s hear what Bill Allen has won. He got to sell VECO, reduce sentance, and kids get a pass on prosecution? What’s the total?

25 11 2008
Grammy in PA

http://www.ajc.com/services/content/metro/stories/2008/11/25/sarah_palin_atlanta.html

Slaughterhouse Sarah is off to Georgia to campaign – honestly,doesn’t she have any Alaska business to do such as that hefty budget?? And maybe working on her state of the state speech or cookin’ that turkey?

25 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Wow, let’s hope Slaughterhouse doesn’t decide to pardon a reindeer (Palmer is a neighboring town to Wasilla; it’s actually the more civilized of the two IMHO)

http://www.reindeerfarm.com/

25 11 2008
Brian aka Snooker Hinge Palin

Thanks for the link to the Juror #11 blog. It’s always fascinating to hear what members of a jury were actually thinking during the course of a trial.

After watching the KTUU clips:

1. I suspect that Sarah and Todd’s construction “buddies” were much more generous than Ted’s construction buddies;

2. I hope someone can cheer up that KTUU announcer so she isn’t always wearing that endearing, yet sad, homeless puppy look on her face; and

3. I feel an inexplicable urge to randomly frame things.

25 11 2008
Democrat G (formerly "G")

10 Republicans Who Should Go Away
By Ben Cohen

With a new political era looming, veterans of the old political arena will scramble to redefine themselves in order to make a living. Politicians, media commentators and analysts may be ill equipped to deal with the changing electorate, increased power of the blogosphere and massive discontent with the status quo. Who will survive in the modern epoch? Here are 10 who should really think about calling it quits:

1. William Kristol

There’s no need to go on about how wrong Bill Kristol has been on just about everything, and what a spineless shrimp of a man he is. Just read this quote from an article he penned on the eve before the war in Iraq:

We are tempted to comment, in these last days before the war, on the U.N., and the French, and the Democrats. But the war itself will clarify who was right and who was wrong about weapons of mass destruction. It will reveal the aspirations of the people of Iraq, and expose the truth about Saddam’s regime. It will produce whatever effects it will produce on neighboring countries and on the broader war on terror. We would note now that even the threat of war against Saddam seems to be encouraging stirrings toward political reform in Iran and Saudi Arabia, and a measure of cooperation in the war against al Qaeda from other governments in the region. It turns out it really is better to be respected and feared than to be thought to share, with exquisite sensitivity, other people’s pain. History and reality are about to weigh in, and we are inclined simply to let them render their verdicts.

Case closed.

2. Sarah Palin

Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is the poster child of vacuous Republican imagery – hollow, loud and crass with no discernable talents other than an ability to attract stupid middle American house wives. Palin exploded onto the scene as John McCain’s campaign started to wither, only for the ‘Hockey Mom’ to be exposed as a know nothing fraud. Claiming that Russia’s visibility to Alaskans gave her foreign policy credentials and using sentences that even ‘Dubya’ would cringe at sealed her fate, plummeting McCain’s campaign into the unelectable abyss. Unfortunately, Palin is doing the rounds on the media circuit, pumping her stardom for all its worth and priming herself for a run in 2012. The last thing America needs is another Bush style Republican, and Palin would represent that, but much, much worse.

3. Michelle Malkin

The Asian, female version of Bill O’Reilly, Malkin makes a living spouting hatred and idiocy to Fox News viewers. Malkin wrote a book called: In Defense of Internment: The Case for ‘Racial Profiling’ in World War II and the War on Terror. The book essentially defends the internment of Japanese Americans during World War Two and argues for more racial profiling of Arabs, which would be a bit like a Jew making the case for the holocaust in the name of German unity (OK, maybe not, but you get the point). Malkin’s offensive views have earned her a spot on Andrew Sullivan’s blog, where people can win ‘Malkin Awards’ for bigotry, prejudice or downright meanness. Malkin’s crusade against liberals, gays and minorities means she will have a spot on Fox for the foreseeable future. As Matt Taibbi writes:

I’ll say this about Michelle Malkin: she has a future in this business. I see her replacing Ann Coulter in that right-wing dipshit hierarchy. The last few times I’ve seen Coulter on TV, I haven’t been able to take my eyes off her Adam’s apple. By 2012 she’s going to be doing ping-pong ball acts at drag clubs in Reno. Malkin, though, she’s hardworking, dumb, and shameless, just like Sarah Palin, who I think has a big future four years from now. So get ready for more of this stuff. It’s only just started and they’ve got four long years of target practice coming.

4. Dick Morris

A former Clinton political consultant turned Fox News ‘Analyst’, Morris made his living selling political imagery to ailing politicians, using his skills in lying, cheating and distortion to their maximum capacity. Morris backed John McCain for President, and was seen salivating over Sarah Palin on a regular basis, unable to disguise his creepy obsession with the 44 year old hot mom of many. Morris does his best to cozy up to his corporate pay masters in the Murdoch empire, and regularly publishes idiotic books like ‘Condi vs Hillary- The next great Presidential race’ (great call Dick). Thankfully, Dinosaurs like Morris are becoming irrelevant in the new political era, mostly because his lies are so egregious they are damaging to his party. While defending Morris from his jeering audience, John Stewart deftly put it “In fairness, Dick Morris is a lying sack of Shit”.

5. Dick Cheney

The ‘Dark Prince’ of the Republican party, Cheney’s obsession with American military prowess and fanatical dedication to the oil industry has made him the focal point of most liberal’s rage. Cheney exists to service the needs of the rich and powerful, and is unafraid to put other people’s lives at risk to ensure corporate profits and American hegemony. Cheney has always remained largely behind the scenes due to a distinct lack of personality and aura of extreme evil, but wields his influence expertly with his nuanced understanding of the dark arts of politics. Cheney is the epitome of a political hack, a gutless grey blob of a man with a record of detached violence and personal greed. We won’t see much of him after next January, and hopefully someone will have the decency to arrest him should he venture out of the United States.

6. Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican Convention this year said it all about the Mormon multi millionaire. Having lost the primary to John McCain (despite spending $47 million dollars of his own money) Romney tried to suck up to the base and pitch himself for 2012 with one of the worst speeches in history. Incredibly, Romney tried to claim liberals were responsible for the awful mess his party made, saying Washington was ‘too liberal’, and that “We need change all right. Change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington”. Here’s the transcript of the awful debacle (try not to laugh too hard). Romney clearly wants to run in 2012, but he had better start believing his own bullshit before he tries to sell it again.

7. Alan Greenspan

Former head of the Federal Reserve, ‘St Alan’ presided over the whole scale deregulation of the financial industry, and has his grubby paws all over the tragic state of the economy. Greenspan’s pathetic appearance at a congressional hearing in 2008 had him basically admit his philosophy was wrong:

I made a mistake in presuming that the self-interest of organisations, specifically banks, is such that they were best capable of protecting shareholders and equity in the firms … I discovered a flaw in the model that I perceived is the critical functioning structure that defines how the world works.

Very good of him to admit, but try telling that to the millions of people losing their jobs and homes. Thankfully, Greenspan is retired so won’t be able to do any more damage.

8. Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly isn’t a hack, or even a Republican. He is just an asshole. His show continues to dominate the airwaves where he essentially shouts at liberals and ignores his guests. God knows why he is successful, but I suspect it is partially because of people’s obsession with train wrecks. Liberals enrage O’Reilly to the point where he could easily suffer a heart attack or physically assault one of them on his show. O’Reilly is no fool, just blinded by emotional retardation and a complex about his middle class upbringing (O’Reilly’s entire persona is that of a working man – something not supported by facts). He shows no sign of slowing down, but as a part of the minority in the near future, his voice won’t be anywhere near as important.

9. Sean Hannity

Fox News presenter Sean Hannity is the quintessential hack – no brain, just a vacant space in his head for GOP talking points. Hannity is a smooth presenter, articulate and emotive, the perfect frontman for the bankrupt ideology he is paid to promote. Hannity has gone from dreadful to absolutely nauseating since Palin ignited his loins, gushing over the re emergence of brainless conservatism and filling his head with dreams of a conservative comeback in 2012. The visible anguish Hannity now shows after the Democratic victory is a joy to watch, clearly karmic pay back for the years of gloating over the sorry state of Democrats. Hannity was sick to his stomach after Obama was elected, and may develop some serious ulcers over the next four years. However, luckily for him, he may get treatment for free if Obama institutes universal health care.

10.George Bush

I’ve saved the best for last. The ‘Decider’ will go down as the worst President in the history of the United States, and as Chris Rock put it “Bush is not just the worst ever president of the USA, he’s the worst ever president, period. Of anything.” It’s hard to top the hyperbole commentators have used in describing just how bad Bush really was, because there aren’t really words to do it justice. Bush has presided over monumental fuck up after monumental fuck up, groping his way through the president with the finesse of a 800lb gorilla. I tried to come up with a list of accomplishments he has achieved, and came up with the following:

1. He has increased financial support to Africa to alleviate AIDs and poverty.

2. …………

Uh, that’s it.

He has presided over two disastrous wars, an increase in poverty at home, an increase in wealth inequality, an increase in the number of people without health care, a crisis in public education, the break down of national infrastructure, the literal drowning of a city, the use of torture as official policy, the biggest financial crisis in 80 years, and the irreversible decline of America’s prestige abroad. Here is something to think about. Every ex President (aside from Ronald Reagan who had alzheimers) has a role to play in public life after office. They give advice, do lecture tours, write books, sit on boards of huge companies and head non-profit organizations. How many people do you think will be itching to receive advice from W? How many companies would have him on their board? Who would buy his autobiography? Who would pay to hear him speak? No one. And that pretty much sums it up.

25 11 2008
Democrat G (formerly "G")

Wooten reassigned after troopers receive threats

By RACHEL D’ORO
The Associated Press

Published: November 14th, 2008 03:25 PM
Last Modified: November 14th, 2008 03:26 PM

The state trooper behind the abuse-of-power investigations of Gov. Sarah Palin is getting a reassignment after troopers received threatening telephone calls from Alaskans and outside the state.

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Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten

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Public Safety Union officials say Mike Wooten has been on desk duty for his own safety in recent weeks since troopers began receiving hostile calls. Union director John Cyr says Wooten takes on a new role effective Sunday.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says Wooten will be reassigned to the judicial services bureau in Anchorage.

Wooten was involved in a contentious divorce from Palin’s sister. Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, denies booting out her public safety commissioner because he wouldn’t fire Wooten.

Palin was cleared of ethics violations by the state personnel board last week. A separate legislative investigation concluded Palin abused her office by allowing her husband and staffers to pressure the commissioner to fire Wooten.

25 11 2008
avahome

With Stevens out of the way…who will be Alaska’s next sugar daddy/mommy? I read a comment I think in HuffPo today concerning the turkey slaughter. The commenter pointed out that Sarah was letting her competition know what was in store for themselves. No worries…hmmmm…(off with their heads)!

25 11 2008
irina

Ted Stevens has been Alaska’s sugar daddy since i was like eleven years old !
That’s a scary thought right there. Everyone says he’s ‘done so much for us’.
But I am always leary of old men who want to hand out gobs of cash . . . what’s in it for them, anyway ?

The real problem is that his thinking is still and always has been that of the world war two era, where everything is a clean cut battle between right and wrong. Obviously in his mind he is still fighting the good fight and is on the right side. So why fuss over a few little well-deserved perks ?

But we’re no longer living in that world. And many of the very real problems up here can NOT BE SOLVED by throwing money at them. At least not money featuring pictures of dead white men who stole an entire continent from the previous inhabitants and called it good. That money is very tainted.

What we really need is smaller amounts of smarter funding. We need to rethink how our systems work (or don’t work) and why. I for one am really glad that we’re finally off of Sugar Daddy’s dole, maybe now we can start figuring things out for ourselves.

25 11 2008
austintx

Just who is paying the bill for the Georgia jaunt ??? …..and is the 1k a day staffer going ?? ………how many fawning sychophants are going ??…….remember Alaskans – “receipt please !!!” …….stay on her ass !!!

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