Gonzales Lies to Congress, Democrats Imitate Crickets


Not that it matters in this age of lawlessness, where no one in D.C. has the guts to do anything about it. Nor in NC really, look at our puny public financing laws. But...

As he sought to renew the USA Patriot Act two years ago, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales assured lawmakers that the FBI had not abused its potent new terrorism-fighting powers. "There has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse," Gonzales told senators on April 27, 2005.

Six days earlier, the FBI sent Gonzales a copy of a report that said its agents had obtained personal information that they were not entitled to have. It was one of at least half a dozen reports of legal or procedural violations that Gonzales received in the three months before he made his statement to the Senate intelligence committee, according to internal FBI documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.

I'm sure Alberto "can't recall" any of this. Prediction: The next sound you hear will be much crowing followed by crickets.

In Memory of Major James Michael Ahearn

I just lost a good friend. We only knew each other for three years, but we became friends when he needed a real estate agent. He called me from Iraq where he was serving his second tour. He was disappointed with the agent he had, so he wanted to hire me. Well, the house sold in two weeks, so he thought I was the best agent that ever lived. We all know that wasn't true. It was just the timing. We get the credit and the blame. Most of the time neither one is deserved.

Jim Black seeks unique punishment

Jim Black doesn't want to go to jail. What person in their right mind would?

In a last effort attempt to stay out of jail - or to see a reduced sentence - Black has offered a business proposal to the courts. Basically, he's saying he can better serve the community by offering free eye care to poor children than he can rotting in a jail cell.

Personally, I have no problem with this....except for one itty bitty little thing. It isn't a punishment.

I think it would be great if non-violent offenders could offer a service that would help society in exchange for a reduced sentence. I'm just not so sure I can agree with wiping out an entire jail term.

Truth or Dare

According to a tip from the Outer Banks, the NC Association of Realtors has been desperately searching for the Lost Colony of Dare County realtors who may have been negatively affected by the Transfer Tax that has been successfully implemented in Dare County.

NCAR and, Wake County realtors in particular, have been bombarding their Dare County colleagues with requests to write letters saying the Transfer Tax has hurt their business. All of the realtors contacted by the source say the Transfer Tax has had no impact on their business.

Meanwhile, the NC Realtors PAC, has failed to account for $127,600 in in-kind contributions that it did not report for two years. In March 2007 the NC Realtors PAC submitted revised summaries for 2005 and 2006 to the State Board of Elections but failed to submit revised data files itemizing the newly reported in-kind contributions made over the two year period. SBOE informed the PAC of this deficiency June 29th. As of writing the revised data files have not been posted at the SBOE website.

Open thread: Loud-mouth jerk edition

“Give her a pass,” said Democratic consultant Brad Crone, who works largely on legislative races and races for state office. “My recommendation would be not to put a lot of time, effort and energy on the United States Senate race.”

My recommendation would be for Brad Crone to find a new career. I guess he doesn't put too much stock in his own damn business slogan: You can't govern if you don't win.



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