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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Why The Republicans Will Win in 2006

For those of you expecting me to site Republican ideas and platform you are wrong. I believe the Republicans are going to win because they cannot afford to lose. If they lose, Congressional Democrats will be able to do the right thing concerning Tom DeLay, the criminal. They will be able to go ahead with his ethics hearings and probably find him guilty. They will be able to look further into the Downing Street Memos, which would be bad for the President. Last but not least they will be able to dig deeper into the Karl Rove treasongate scandal.
All of this adds up to a Republican victory in 2006 because they can control the outcomes to a certain extent. These new electronic voting machines are a voting fraud disaster waiting to happen. They can be hacked with no record of the hacking that was done. The Republicans are against creating a paper trail that would verify the electronic voting machines votes. That's scary to me.
As you can see the Republicans have a lot to lose in 2006. Will they cheat to make it happen? Only time will tell. If you live in a precinct with the electronic voting machines, vote absentee as it may be the only defense against such fraud.

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Tue Sep 20, 01:03:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous E.B. Dean said...

It always makes me sad to see otherwise thoughtful people misled by the mainstream liberal agenda. Normally I would just ignore this kind of nonsense, but many people in my family read this blog and so I feel obligated to set the record straight.

The Downing Street Memo (singular not plural..) is simply a mountain being made out of a molehill. Attempts by the liberal left to imply that it somehow suggests that the reasons for war were manufactured have been so thoroughly debunked that it is rather surprising to see someone bring it up as an issue again now.

"Treasongate" is another molehill. Karl Rove mentioning the name of a woman who USED TO BE undercover for the CIA hardly meets the definition of treason. Especially since he only mentioned her name in an effort to stop a reporter from accidentally outing her identity. Karl Rove is a good man. The facts behind this 'scandal' are not in dispute, so the Democrats not being in power is in no way hindering their ability to "dig deeper" into anything.

What basis do you have for calling Tom Delay a criminal? Because the Democrats allege that he has done something illegal? DeLay is the House Majority Leader for pete's sake. If Democrats weren't making unfounded allegations about him, twisting truth and trying to discredit him, it would be a strange day indeed. Don't believe everything you read - especially if you are on www.democrats.org.

Finally, Republicans are on the forefront of pushing for paper trails on electronic ballots. In my home state of Georgia a Republican wrote the bill that will require all machines to have a paper trail. Don't forget that in election after election the vast, vast majority of voter fraud is perpetrated by Liberals, not conservatives.

Republicans will win in 2006 because, despite their problems, their values and ideas are more closely aligned with those values and ideas of the majority of Americans.

If you want to be critical of the Republican Party - don't recite Democrat Talking Points. Complain about our total lack of effort to secure the borders and control illegal immigration, complain about a President nominating a relative unknown to the Supreme Court instead of nominating someone who is an avowed outspoken conservative, complain about the total lack of effort to limit government spending, complain that tax cuts were not enough, complain that the Republicans didn't have the guts to get rid of the filibuster...

There are many reasons to be critical of the Republicans. You don't have to just make stuff up.

Wed Sep 21, 03:26:00 PM EDT  
Blogger DeLLBerto said...

http://www.toadalamode.com/graphics/DeLay.png

Fri Sep 23, 12:34:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous e.b. dean said...

Although that is a pretty graphic, it seems pretty obvious that it was created by someone who is willing to accept an "implication" or something that has been "alleged" as hard fact. It also seems to have been created by someone who is somewhat opposed to Christianity. The obvious bias of that graphic renders it useless as a tool for determining anything concrete about Tom Delay.

Today, DeLay was indicted. Democrats and other liberals are going to act like an indictment is a finding of guilt. (As the old saying goes, even an ham sandwich can be indicted...) Reading the indictment I see absolutely NOTHING that indicates that DeLay did anything wrong. Considering the District Attorney filing the charges is a notorious Democrat who has tried, and failed, to prosecute his political opponents before, I think the indictment is nothing but political rhetoric.

Never-the-less, the Republicans you seem so intent on villifying, have done nothing to impede the DA from filing his bogus charges, DeLay has cooperated fully with the grand jury, and DeLay has graciously stepped down from his leadership position pursuant to Congressional rules despite the fact that this whole thing is OBVIOUSLY nothing more than a political attack.

Wed Sep 28, 05:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger DeLLBerto said...

Prosecutor has ruffled feathers on both sides

Republicans are not the first ones to criticize the Travis County DA

By CLAY ROBISON
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau

AUSTIN - Predictably, no sooner had the indictment against U.S. House Republican leader Tom DeLay been announced than the GOP's vilification of Democrat Ronnie Earle began anew.

The charges are the work of an "unapologetic Democrat partisan," said U.S. Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., head of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

DeLay called Earle a "partisan fanatic."

It is true that Earle's most recent targets have been Republicans, who are now in power in Texas. But the Travis County district attorney, the state's top enforcer of ethics laws, has for the past 28 years prosecuted — and been attacked by — far more Democrats.

"Best I can tell, for the most part he's been an equal opportunity abuser of Republicans and Democrats," said University of Texas at Austin government professor Bruce Buchanan.

He's bothered both when he thinks there's a case. I take that as a measure of integrity."

Earle, nevertheless, has been attacked by GOP officials as partisan throughout his two-year-plus investigation of campaign finances in 2002 Republican legislative races.

Last spring, the Texas Republican Party called for him to resign after it was revealed that he had spoken at a Democratic fundraiser.

Texas GOP Chairwoman Tina Benkiser said the speech "proves Earle's motivations have nothing to do with truth or justice, and everything to do with electing Democrats and attempting to bring down the most effective House majority leader in modern history."

Even though Earle is elected by Travis County voters, his office has jurisdiction over state campaigns and candidates.

Earle said that over the years he has prosecuted 15 elected officials, including 12 Democrats.

"Our job is to prosecute abuses of power and to bring those abuses to the attention of the public," he said.

Earle's most significant victories were at the expense of Democrats.

Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle has investigated Republicans and Democrats through the years — with mixed results. A few of the more high-profile cases:

U.S. SEN. KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON

• Party: Republican
• Year: 1993
• Charges: Misusing state employees for personal and political tasks while state treasurer.
• Outcome: Case dropped by Earle; judge orders not-guilty verdict.

THEN-HOUSE SPEAKER GIB LEWIS

• Party: Democrat
• Year: 1991
• Charges: Accepting an illegal gift from a law firm.
• Outcome: Paid a minor fine to settle the misdemeanor charge.

THEN-ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM MATTOX

• Party: Democrat
• Year: 1983
• Charges: Commercial bribery involving public bond sales.
• Outcome: Acquitted by a jury.

THEN-STATE TREASURER WARREN HARDING

• Party: Democrat
• Year: 1982
• Charges: Using state-paid secretaries to do political work.
• Outcome: Plea bargain and misdemeanor conviction.

In 1982, he obtained a plea bargain and misdemeanor conviction against then-state Treasurer Warren Harding, a Democrat, for using state-paid secretaries to do political work.

Ten years later, Earle helped drive then-House Speaker Gib Lewis, a Democrat, from office at the conclusion of a lengthy, contentious ethics investigation.

Before paying a minor fine to settle a misdemeanor charge that he had accepted an illegal gift from a law firm, Lewis had accused Earle of "unethical and reprehensible behavior."

Earle's two biggest defeats involved a Republican, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, and a Democrat, then-Attorney General Jim Mattox.

Hutchison was investigated by Earle and indicted by a Travis County grand jury in 1993 for allegedly misusing state employees for personal and political tasks while she was state treasurer.

After months of political charges and countercharges, Hutchison's trial was set to begin in Fort Worth in 1994 when Earle abruptly dropped his case and the trial judge ordered an innocent verdict.

Earle said he gave up because he was convinced the judge, a Democrat, was going to throw out his best evidence — computer records and other documents seized during a raid on treasury offices. Republicans, however, contended Earle had a weak case.

Hutchison's defense attorney was high-profile Dick DeGuerin of Houston who is now representing DeLay.

Earle obtained a grand jury indictment against Mattox, a liberal Democrat, during Mattox's first year as attorney general in 1983. Mattox was accused of commercial bribery for allegedly threatening to delay or deny approval of public bond sales handled by the Houston law firm Fulbright & Jaworski in a dispute involving Mobil Oil Corp. Mattox was acquitted by a jury in 1985.

"I think Earle has learned a lot from some previous false starts," Mattox said, adding that he suspects the prosecutor has a better case now than he did against him.

Earle and DeLay traded shots in a CBS 60 Minutes broadcast last year.

DeLay called the prosecutor's investigation "partisan" and "frivolous."

"Being called vindictive and partisan by Tom DeLay is like being called ugly by a frog," Earle responded.

Chronicle reporter Janet Elliott and the Associated Press contributed to this story

Posted by MonicaR on September 29, 2005 at 04:44 AM

(ThinkProgress.Org)
"The Truth About Ronnie Earle. You’ll hear plenty from DeLay et al. about Ronnie Earle. Here are the facts:

EARLE HAS PROSECUTED FOUR TIMES AS MANY DEMOCRATS AS REPUBLICANS: “Over Earle’s 27-year tenure, his Public Integrity Unit has prosecuted 15 elected officials, including 12 Democrats.” [Los Angeles Times, 5/15/05]

EARLE PROSECUTED DEMOCRATS AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF STATE GOVERNMENT: “Some of the Democrats prosecuted by Earle and his Public Integrity Unit are former Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis, former Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox, former State Treasurer Warren Harding and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Yarbrough.” [AP, 12/12/04]

EARLE AIDES WENT ON TO RUN FOR OFFICE AS REPUBLICANS: “Some of his top assistants have been with him for decades. A few have gone on to run for elected office as Republicans.” [Los Angeles Times, 5/15/05]

FRIEND OF OFFICIAL TARGETED BY EARLE CALLED HIM A ‘BOY SCOUT’: “Democrats, for their part, are still upset over the prosecution of Attorney General Jim Mattox for bribery in 1985. … He was acquitted and years later, Jim Marston, a civil lawyer in Austin and friend of Mr. Mattox, asked Earle why he went ahead with the questionable case. “I said, ‘Ronnie, how can it be an abuse of power to threaten a lawyer? We threaten each other all the time.’ He told me that elected officials are held to a higher standard. They are supposed to be [above suspicion] like Caesar’s wife.’ It was then that Mr. Marston realized how deep Earle’s principles run. ‘Ronnie Earle is a Boy Scout who is offended by wrongdoings, chief among them, public officials’ abuse of power.’ [Christian Science Monitor, 12/03/04]

EARLE HAS REPUTATION AS PRINCIPLED, ‘OVERLY CAUTIOUS’: “Deliberate in the capital cases he sends to juries, Earle is well known for examining an issue from all angles before acting. ‘If I have any complaint about Ronnie, it’s that he is overly cautious about who he prosecutes,’ says Marston. ‘The fact that it has taken two years to investigate Tom DeLay is a sign not of partisanship, but of being completely careful.’” [Christian Science Monitor, 12/03/04]

EARLE HAS REPUTATION FOR ‘STRONG MORAL STREAK’: “[T]o those who know him, Earle has always exhibited a strong moral streak - from his formative years growing up in a small town outside Fort Worth, to his time on the Austin night court, to his political service in the state legislature. But they contend his morality is tempered by his compassion. ‘Ronnie is very principled and will do the right thing even if it isn’t the smartest political thing to do,’ says Ellen Halbert, a victim’s rights advocate.” [Christian Science Monitor, 12/03/04]

EARLE HAS REPUTATION FOR RESPECTING THE RULES: “‘One of the things I admired most about Ronnie was his indefatigable ability to go and meet with groups all over town all the time–right-wing groups, left-wing groups, the Rotary,’ says Bill Reid, an attorney who retired from Earle’s office in 1997. ‘He’s not a bloodthirsty prosecutor who wanted to get notches on his gun. There are some who have a reputation for walking close to the line in terms of evidence and rights, but there was never a push or inclination from him that we ought to bend the rules. Working for him, I was doing what I wanted to do, and I could go home and sleep at night.’” [Los Angeles Times, 5/15/05]

HOUSTON CHRONICLE: ALLEGATIONS OF PARTISANSHIP NOT SUPPORTED BY FACTS: Chronicle editorial: “The record does not support allegations that Earle is prone to partisan witch hunts.” [3/17/03]"

Thu Sep 29, 09:59:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous E.B. Dean said...

The Houston Chronicle is one of the most liberally biased newspapers in the country! If you are 'informing' yourself with the Houston Chronicle you might as well be getting your information from democrats.org or democraticunderground.com!

Their bias is evident from several examples in the article you quoted alone. Here is just one: "Earle said he gave up because he was convinced the judge, a Democrat, was going to throw out his best evidence — computer records and other documents seized during a raid on treasury offices. Republicans, however, contended Earle had a weak case." So, here the Chronicle is implying that the Republicans are lying, the case wasn't weak, there just wasn't any admissible evidence. Ok, so if the case isn't weak, then why didn't Earle go forward with it anyway? I'll tell you why. Because his case WAS weak! When a judge says that the so-called 'evidence' is so unreliable that he couldn't possibly allow it to be used in a court of law then your case is weak. This is obvious enough that anyone with a Junior High school education can see it. So either the reporter at the Houston Chronicle is stupid, (which I doubt) or is specifically attempting to insert liberal bias into the story. (Given the Houston Chronicle's history for liberal bias, I'm chosing to believe the latter...)

Now, I would also like to point out that I said, "the District Attorney filing the charges is a notorious Democrat who has tried, and failed, to prosecute his political opponents before, I think the indictment is nothing but political rhetoric". It is true that Earle has prosecuted many Democrats in his illustrious career. Many of these Democrats were his political opponents. (As you know, Democrats run against other Democrats in primaries...) Furthermore, just because Earle has tried to prosecute certain people for nonsense 'crimes', like Hutchison and DeLay, doesn't mean that every case he has ever prosecuted was bogus. I'm sure that MOST of the cases against Democrats were legitimate. The fact that he prosecutes legitimate cases against Democrats does not mean that he is not going after Republicans based on nothing other than partisan politics. But it does make for a nifty little story in the Houston Chronicle...

Here's an article with a little more truth in it:

*******************

Delay's Prosecutor Pals with Dan Rather's Daughter and Ben Barnes
by Jim Kouri, CPP

Travis County, Texas, District Attorney Ronnie Earle, who exploded upon the American scene as a result of a grand jury indictment against Republican House Majority Leader Tom Delay, is a known partisan Democrat in Texas. His history of trying to prosecute Republicans such as Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson also is widely known in Texas. The Senator Hutchinson case was thrown out when Earle admitted he could not prosecute the case due to insufficient evidence which in legalese means he had no case. His attempt to do the same thing to Bush campaign consultant Bob Bullock also failed when a grand jury refused to indict Bullock.

The tough, tenacious Ronnie Earle often boasts of his close relationship with former Texas Governor Ben Barnes and Robin Rather and they are listed as supporters and contributors to his reelection campaigns. Barnes is the man who on CBS's 60 Minutes told newsman Dan Rather he pulled strings to get President Bush into the National Guard, and Robin Rather is Dan Rather's daughter, a Democrat activist in Texas. The former CBS anchor is suspected of working closely with the Texas Democrat Committee and in fact it was Texas from which the famous Rathergate forged documents emanated. Rather was forced to resign from CBS after bloggers exposed his prima facie evidence against Bush as a fraud. And Dan was a guest speaker at a Democrat fundraiser for none other than Ronnie Earle

Timing is everything with Ronnie Earle and his friends in the TDC. His attempt at convicting Kay Bailey Hutchinson occurred as she prepared to run for the senate. His attempt at indicting Bush political mentor Bob Bullock occurred around the 2000 presidential election cycle. With the 2006 US Senate and House of Representatives election cycle just around the corner, this is the perfect time to indict the man known as The Hammer by political friends and foes alike. The indictment alone neutralizes the powerful conservative since Delay was forced to step down as the House Majority Leader. Democrats never tried to keep it a secret that if Delay was out of the way their prospects for capturing the House of Representative become more likely.

If anyone doubts Earle's partisanship, then perhaps they should read local newspaper reports about his vitriolic speech at a Democrat Party fundraiser last May.
Ronnie Earle, speaking at the fundraiser, uttered vicious comments about Delay. Earle went as far as discussing the case with the audience as he told the cheering crowd that he'd get Tom Delay. He also disclosed a supposedly confidential discussion he had with another man whom he tried to indict but failed. In fact, Ronnie Earle's attempts at convicting Republicans are almost laughable.

Even the indictment instrument in the Delay case is in itself suspect. With only six paragraphs, the indictment provides little if any information or evidence of wrongdoing. Legal experts from former judges to former prosecutors and defense attorneys are scratching their heads wondering what kind of indictment has Ronnie Earle secured from a grand jury? How is Delay's legal team supposed to mount a defense against such a vague document?

The indictment for conspiracy doesn't even mention what crime Delay conspired to commit. The campaign finance law prohibits political parties from accepting financial contributions from corporations 60 days before an election. The allegation facing Delay is that he accepted money from a PAC (political action committee). A PAC is not a corporation as stipulated in the campaign finance law, which may be ruled unconstitutional anyway once it reaches the US Supreme Court.

In defending Earle, Democrats point to the fact that he has indicted Democrat politicians, but a look at those indictments strongly suggests they were against Earle's political enemies. In Austin, Texas, he is recognized as the District Attorney for life since few will attempt to run against him for fear they'll be indicted on some trumped up charge. His supporters claim he even indicted himself. But if he felt he violated the law why didn't he have another prosecutor indict him?

Once the mainstream news media stop celebrating the indictment of a powerful Republican, perhaps they will make at least some effort to answer questions for the American people -- all the people, not just like-minded Liberals. Here are some questions that need to be answered:

What did the prosecutor say during his speech at a Democrat fundraiser about the Delay case and about the ongoing investigation into Delay's campaign finances? In most states such conduct is an ethics violation punishable by disbarment.

Did the prosecutor contact any Democrat Party bigwigs such as DNC chairman Howard Dean, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Harry Reid, etc. and discuss the Delay investigation? Did they contact him? Did Earle have contact with state Democrat leaders prior to the indictment? What did he discuss with his friend Ben Barnes, a known Bush hater whose own daughter called him liar on several occasions when he changed his story about Bush's National Guard enlistment?

What conversations about the case, if any, did Earle have with Dan Rather's daughter Robin? Did he discuss the case with Dan who attended a 2000 Democrat Party fundraiser for Earle?

Why did it take so many grand juries before Earle finally got the indictment he wanted? What was the evidence Earle presented to that fifth grand jury that caused them to indict Delay?

In his case against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, it's been alleged that Earle was involved in unlawful and unethical practices during the investigation of the conservative senatorial candidate. What were these questionable activities? Why were they not subject to further investigation?

Why is Earle discussing cases and smearing unindicted Bob Bullock, who was George Bush's political mentor, during a Democrat fundraiser? The grand jury in the Bullock case refused to indict yet Ronnie Earle discussed this case at a partisan event?

Why is the published indictment so short on substantial allegations? Why is there practically no mention of Tom Delay?

As far as media coverage, don't hold your breath for the news media to give this case fair coverage. A recent poll of police commanders overwhelmingly (92%) said they don't believe the news media are fair and balanced in their coverage. Tom Delay has a real fight on his hands. He must do battle with an out-of-control political hack masquerading as an officer of the court; with a deranged political party that is out of power and can only lie, spin the truth and attempt to jail their opponents; and with a news media that often forgets they're not part of the Democrat National Committee.

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others, and he's a columnist for TheConservativeVoice.Com, AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional. Kouri's own website is located at http://jimkouri.us

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