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Friday, September 30, 2005

WHAT’S THAT SMELL?
As we rounded the corner at NW 15th St. in DC during last weekend’s march, the White House in our sites, a wicked stench fell over the crowd. Someone asked, “What’s that smell?” My answer? “That’s your government.”

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Missing a few, but pretty close to the truth. (thanks to DU's slybacon9 for the pic)

This week’s indictment of Tom DeLay is really just the tip of the iceberg, as we well know. The GOP’s stink runs far, wide and wild throughout the party. It is really quite remarkable how they’ve been able to extend the culture of corruption to unimaginable depths. Really, they ought to be commended. Look at all this stink!

Smells like The Hammer.
Image hosted by TinyPic.com As we well know, corruption runs thick through Tom DeLay’s veins (that’s assuming he pumps blood and isn’t a vampire, something the jury is still out on). But the single count of criminal conspiracy doesn’t even begin to delve into the depths of this guy’s thuggery. In addition to the shady PAC dealings he was indicted for, he’s also protected sweatshops, offered bribes to fellow congressmen, seized federal resources to hunt down political opponents, took money from children to pay for his buddies golf tournaments, getting into bed with energy company officials, regularly took money from lobbyists to fund luxurious trips to Europe and Asia, attempted to abolish ethics and change the rules in the House to protect his power. (Many thanks to ThinkProgress)

Come on Tom, admit it, “this is kinda fun, isn’t it?” Poor Jonah Goldberg doesn’t think so. Tears for Jonah? Anyone??

Smells like a Blunt Object.
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It only seems appropriate that DeLay clone Roy Blunt (R-Mo) would take over DeLay’s position as Majority Leader. After all, it was Blunt who said DeLay “takes arrows for all of us” last spring, leading one to believe that the whole lot of ‘em are corrupt. Well, duh. More details on Blunt’s breaches can be found here, here and here, but perhaps David Sirota summed it up best this week when he opined:

"The truth is, Blunt has so many connections to people and companies under investigation by federal law enforcement you'd think you were reading about a gangster, rather than one of America's most powerful politicians."

* He should be indicted just for wearing that shirt, shouldn't he?

Smells like Little Jack
Image hosted by TinyPic.com Speaking of gangsters, have you heard about this guy? Perhaps the hub of the GOP’s big ‘ol scandal ring, Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff is linked to so much corruption his photo probably heads the list when you Google the word. Not only is Abramoff one of the DeLay’s self-proclaimed best friends, he’s also linked to just about every key power player in the crooked Republican establishment. He can easily be connected to Karl Rove, John Ashcroft, Bob Ney, Grover Norquist, Ralph Reed… the list goes on and on.

Additionally, Abramoff is involved with Tyco International, whose CEO Dennis Kozlowski was just sentenced to prison. Most abhorrently however may be Abramoff’s connection to a 2001 Gambino Family mob hit in Florida. See, he IS a gangster. And he’s pulling the strings of the most powerful people in government. Makes you feel good about the state of the nation, doesn’t it?

But hold on, it gets better/worse. Abramoff, who was indicted on counts of wire fraud only a month ago, is also connected to former head of procurement at the Office of Management and Budget David Safavian (i.e. the guy who inked all those no-bid contracts (Halliburton, etc.) for Katrina reconstruction). Safavian was arrested earlier this month for lying about his involvement with Abramoff. Oh, and he may have ties to terrorist organizations.

Smells like Dr. No-Good.
Image hosted by TinyPic.com Ahhhh yes, we can’t forget about the good doctor. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is like the Martha Stewart of Congress, but without the doilies. Frist, a former 2008 presidential aspirant (kiss that goodbye), is currently under investigation by the SEC on charges of insider trading. Frist dumped shares in HCA, a medical supply company founded by his father and brother, just before the companies stock plummeted. Defenders of Frist scrambled to come up with a myriad of explanations, one of which was the idea that he “doesn’t need the money.” Shortly thereafter it was reported that the sale could have yielded the good doctor as much as $6 million. Go ahead, show me someone who couldn’t use that kind of money and I’ll show you an honest Republican.

But don’t get the wrong idea, it’s not just about the money for Doc Frist. It’s about torture too.

Smells like Turd Blossom.
Image hosted by TinyPic.com “Tom DeLay is going to continue to be a strong and effective majority leader. … We strongly support Tom DeLay. He’s a good man, a close ally of this administration.” – April 18, 2005

Who said that? Come on, take a guess. Yes indeed, it was none other than our favorite spawn of Satan, Karl Rove. I don’t think I need to go into the dirty details on this guy, do I?

Smells like Big Dick & Scooter.
Image hosted by TinyPic.com & Image hosted by TinyPic.com Today’s news that Judy Miller, who Billmon refers to as “the Martyr of Times Square,” was coming out of confinement to open her trap for the Grand Jury in the Plame investigation is, at best, confusing. While it could be a positive sign that the proverbial hammer is about to come down on Rove, Cheney and friends, I’m of the suspicion she’s still cooperating with this crooked administration. Remember, she was, by far, the biggest trumpeter of the bogus WMD claims Team Bush was spouting in the run-up to Iraq.

My hunch is that while she’s squatted in prison these past three months, the administration has found a way to protect the big wigs in the Plame case, Rove and Cheney primarily. The revelation that Cheney’s chief aide, Scooter Libby, is Judy’s source only leads me to believe that he’s been set up as the fall guy, the ‘patsy’ if you will. Regardless, Cheney, Rove and Scooter’s involvement stinks to high hell if you ask me. Read Of Scooters & Big Dicks for more.

Smells like POTUS.
Image hosted by TinyPic.com And finally there’s this guy. With all this happening on his watch, in addition to the flood of other fuck-ups committed during his stewardship, is it really so much to ask that we at least think about Impeachment? I mean, what’s it take, a blow job?

No wonder he’s lost his swagger (hey, maybe it’s with those WMDs he’s been looking for?). No wonder he may be drinking again.

The stench has got to be unbearable.

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MORE
BeyondDelay
Shakes: Blunted
Digby: Criminals Much?
Gilliard: Black Wednesday
Berman:
Culture of Corruption
Think Progress: Poor Tom DeLay
Voice: You Don’t Know Jack. (But You Will)
Crisis Papers (via DU): Suppose Impeachment.

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