Nov 192010

The ethics trial of Rep. Maxine Waters was postponed Friday, as the House ethics committee found new documents connected to charges that she improperly tried to help a bank in which her husband owned stock.

Waters, a senior member of the Financial Services Committee, was set to go on trial Nov. 29 before a jury of eight House colleagues. She has vigorously fought the charges, saying she did nothing more than set up a meeting between an association of minority-owned banks and U.S. Treasury officials.

In June, an investigative House panel charged Waters, D-Calif., on three counts, saying she improperly tried to obtain federal money for OneUnited Bank. Her husband, Sidney Williams, had an investment in the bank that was worth more than $351,000 on June 20, 2008, but dwindled to $175,000 by Sept. 30, 2008. If OneUnited had not received federal financial help, the charges said, the investment would have become worthless.

The bank eventually did receive $12 million in federal bailout money in December 2008, some three months after Waters asked Treasury officials to meet with the association that included OneUnited.

However, Waters and Treasury officials later said the congresswoman had nothing to do with the bailout decision.

The charges said that Waters’ chief of staff Mikael Moore, who also is her grandson, kept working to help OneUnited after Waters accepted the suggestion of Financial Service Committee chairman, Barney Frank, to stop her efforts.

“I have not violated any House rules,” she said when the charges were issued.

The three counts charged Waters with: violating a rule requiring lawmakers’ conduct to reflect creditably on the House; violating the spirit and letter of a rule prohibiting receipt of benefits by exerting improper influence; and violating a government code of conduct that prohibits dispensing or receiving special favors.


Nov 192010

Nov 192010

Nov 192010

Your eyes aren’t fooling you: that really is Fox News’s Megyn Kelly in the most recent edition of GQ Magazine.

The blonde-haired, and pregnant, anchor of “America Live” sat down with GQ’s Greg Veis for the December issue. The article’s title is to be expected: “She Reports, We Decide She’s Hot.”

While the magazine has not yet made a link available for the story, TVNewser does have some excerpts, including the magazine’s description of the conservative host:

Abhorred by the left, adored by the right, frequently pinata’d by The Daily Show, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has become the very blonde face—and legs—of the network. And she’s okay with that.

In the magazine interview, she boasts about Fox’s ratings: “You may have heard that we’re number one—we’re pretty good at advertising that.”

And also manages to discuss fan mail:

Some of them [letters] just say, ‘You’re hot”—which, you know, I don’t find insulting. [laughs] But the ones that go a little over the top get deleted right away.

by Jonathon M. Seidl The Blaze

Nov 192010

~ Humor in TRUTH

~LOVE this…

~How soon he forgets…April 12, 2010 President Barack Obama greets Chinese President Hu Jintao

Nov 192010

Nov 192010

Outrage is growing at the intersection of ideology and incompetence that is the jury’s collapse in the trial of Ahmed Ghailani, declared acquitted in the murders of 224 innocents, including a dozen Americans.

The outrage is growing as Americans learn more and more about how utterly avoidable this outrageous miscarriage of justice was. John Podhoretz’s and Jennifer Rubin’s criticisms are among the most pointed and both employ the damning word “debacle” in the title, and Powerline’s Scott Johnson and John Hinderaker weigh in with “The Failure Option.” Eric Holder who repeatedly declared his confidence in this process should resign and the president should apologize to the nation and especially to the families of the victims whose killed now has been declared not guilty

An email from an individual very experienced in federal criminal proceedings comments:

This smells like a compromise verdict to me. On Monday you had the report that a juror asked to be excused, claiming she was the lone holdout and she feared continuing verbal assaults on her by the other jurors for refusing to agree with them.

I suspect the 11 jurors wanted to convict on all counts, and this one juror refused.

In order to reach a verdict, the 11 jurors agreed to join her in acquitting him on all counts but one, in exchange for her agreeing to convict him on the one count — which sounds the least serious based on its description in the indictment.

But, the potential sentence for that count is a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of life. Its up to the district judge to determine how much time he will give him, and the judge can consider all the evidence at trial, including the evidence on the acquitted counts.

To take those counts into consideration in determining what sentence to impose, the judge is only required to find by a preponderance of evidence that the defendant was involved in the criminal conduct for which he was acquitted. He’s not being punished for the acquitted conduct, rather, that conduct is to inform the judge about the nature of the defendant’s character.

I expect the judge will give him life when all is said and done.



This Clinton Retread

Attorney General candidate Eric Holder played a key role in the much-maligned pardon of fugitive Marc Rich. (Also, Roger Kimball on Eric Holder, Radical)

Troubling episodes during his service in the Clinton administration…

WaPo Obama’s Attorney General Pick Faces Growing Criticism

Vetted the Clinton administration’s 176 last-minute pardons in January 2001