Bernard Kerik's legal nightmare is about to get worse, with federal prosecutors expected to file charges against the former police commissioner that will likely include allegations of bribery, tax fraud and obstruction of justice, the Daily News has learned....
....Giuliani has extensive ties to Kerik, promoting him to correction commissioner, then to police commissioner. Giuliani later also hired him at his firm, Giuliani Partners, and recommended him to President Bush for the job of Homeland Security secretary.
....Kerik's close association with Giuliani became radioactive when Kerik pleaded guilty last June to a misdemeanor of accepting a gift from a company seeking city work.
Kerik acknowledged accepting $165,000 in renovations on his Bronx apartment from a company attempting to land city contracts. But he never explicitly admitted that his efforts on behalf of the company were tied to the work on his home....
Rudolph W. Giuliani told a grand jury that his former chief investigator remembered having briefed him on some aspects of Bernard B. Kerik's relationship with a company suspected of ties to organized crime before Mr. Kerik's appointment as New York City police commissioner, according to court records.
Mr. Giuliani, testifying last year under oath before a Bronx grand jury investigating Mr. Kerik, said he had no memory of the briefing, but he did not dispute that it had taken place, according to a transcript of his testimony.
Mr. Giuliani's testimony amounts to a significantly new version of what information was probably before him in the summer of 2000 as he was debating Mr. Kerik's appointment as the city's top law enforcement officer. Mr. Giuliani had previously said that he had never been told of Mr. Kerik's entanglement with the company before promoting him to the police job or later supporting his failed bid to be the nation's homeland security secretary....
And that's why Rudy recommended Kerik to dubya for Secretary of Homeland Security. It all makes sense. Cronyism for idiots.
In a sense the "superdelegates" have already been selected by the voters. For the Democratic Party "superdelegates" consist of the elected Democratic Governor of the state (if any), the elected U.S. Senators of a state (if any) and the elected U.S. Representatives of a state (if any). The fact that a state has Democratic governor, senator(s), and/or representativee(s) is considered reward worthy for that state. In fact, a state's allocation of delegates was increased if the Democratic Party's candidate carried the state in the previous election (I'm not sure if this still holds) - again, as a reward for, well, being Democratic.
In my state there are several types of delegates. Delegates are allocated and elected by congressional district (if the Democratic Party's candidate carried that district, you get more delegates). Delegates also run at-large at the state party convention. Finally, PLEO (party leader/elected official) delegates are elected by the state party committee members. In each of these cases the allocation of delegates is proportional to the primary vote, with a 15% threshold. Since my state has one Democratic U.S. senator and four Democratic U.S. Representatives (and no Democratic governor) we will have five "superdelegates".
The Electoral College system is a process for electing the President and Vice-President of the United States as enumerated in the Constitution.
(1) ''torture'' means an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control; (2) ''severe mental pain or suffering'' means the prolonged mental harm caused by or resulting from - (A) the intentional infliction or threatened infliction of severe physical pain or suffering; (B) the administration or application, or threatened administration or application, of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or the personality; (C) the threat of imminent death; or (D) the threat that another person will imminently be subjected to death, severe physical pain or suffering, or the administration or application of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or personality; and (3) ''United States'' includes all areas under the jurisdiction of the United States including any of the places described in sections 5 and 7 of this title and section 46501(2) of title 49.
....At one time at the [University of Arizona], he was student body president, star of the basketball team and also wrote for the campus paper. While there, his sense of injustice prompted him to desegregate the school's cafeteria. One day, he and his brother Stewart asked Morgan Maxwell, Jr., son of the principal of the all-black Dunbar School in town (and the man for whom Maxwell Middle School is named) to join them for lunch. They all sat down and were served lunch and that was that. Udall's reputation was such that no one questioned his motives or intent....
....He battled the Old Guard in Congress and helped overturn the seniority system. He championed civil rights for all people and was an early opponent of the Vietnam War. While he did not practice the religion, he considered himself a Mormon and would later admit to friends that it was the negative view toward the LDS Church that might have cost him the Presidential nomination in 1976. (Jimmy Carter would go on to edge the Nixon-tainted Gerald Ford in the general election; Udall would've creamed Ford.)....
....He became known as "Second Place Mo" for his string of close second-place finishes to Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter in that anti-Washington election season, which was the first Presidential contest since Nixon's fall. His campaign became known for its incompetence and for a series of mishaps, in which the candidate not only failed to garner the nomination but also broke both arms in a fall from a ladder, caught viral pneumonia, burst his appendix, suffered peritonitis, and was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease....
Morris King Udall (D-Arizona) came in second to Jimmy Carter in the race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 1976. The "one-eyed Morman basketball player from Arizona" was well known for his sense of humor. He reportedly joked that because of Barry Goldwater's 1964 run for president and his own in 1976 Arizona was the only place in America where mothers couldn't tell their children "someday you could grow up to be president."
...In the end, Udall finished second in the New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New York, Michigan, South Dakota, and Ohio primaries, and won the caucuses in his home state of Arizona, while running even with Carter in the New Mexico caucuses. Udall finished a distant second place to Carter at the Democratic National Convention..
Fred Thompson had another one of his terrible horrible no good very bad days seeing as he made the mistake of opening his mouth and all.....and referred to Russia as "The Soviet Union." Someone please just write him a script already, this is getting embarrassing.
Heck, he's just emulating the republican's sainted ronnie. Confusing movie roles with reality.
I wasn't very fond of him after he did what he did.
The difference? I'm not fond of George W. Bush, nor am I fond of George Herbert Walker Bush, nor am I fond of Ronald Reagan, nor am I fond of Henry Hyde, nor am I fond of Bob Livingston, nor am I fond of Newt Gingrich, nor am I fond of Rudy Giuliani, nor am I fond of Fred Thompson, nor am I fond of Mitt Romney, nor am I fond of John "I have difficulty understanding the establishment clause of the Constitution" McCain, nor am I fond of Roy Blunt, nor am I found of Kit Bond, nor am I fond of Mitch McConnell, nor am I fond of.....
From December 2003 to the Spring of 2005 I was a volunteer moderator on the Forum for America and its successors. I also was heavily involved in our local Dean meetup.
I attended the Harkin Steak Fry in September 2003 and was part of that army from at least a dozen states who flooded the balloon field in orange t-shirts. The problem there was most of us weren't going to be able to participate in the Iowa caucus.
In 2003 I wasn't new to politics. Before that I had run several legislative district campaigns and I was an elected member of our state party committee. You might even say I was (and still am) part of the party establishment.
At one point I had the opportunity to ask a national staffer for Dean if we would be getting precinct targeting information. The answer I got was, "You'll have to figure that one out yourself."
By the time of the Missouri primary there were only two of us left who were active Dean supporters in our county [the funny and sad part about that - we had all of this leftover literature, so the two of us trudged door to door in sub freezing temperatures the Sunday before the primary doing literature drops in two precincts until we ran out. Howard Dean got 7% of the vote in our county, but 12% of the vote in those two precincts]. If we would have had more people (and a campaign organization) we could have done some serious damage.
What I've noted in politics before and since then - when it comes to individual presidential candidates, their support tends to be a mile wide and an inch deep (to varying degrees). The average amateur fan doesn't have the discipline, the staying power, or the resilience to endure the ups and downs of a long campaign. In short, they're fickle. I haven't seen anything in 2007 to convince me otherwise.
I was moderating on the Forum for America the night of the Iowa caucus and watched its traffic plummet in the short period following. I kept thinking, "It's one damn caucus, there are a whole bunch of others to follow..."
After February 5th we'll all witness the same phenomenon for those campaigns which don't quite make it.
What amazes me is that he gets away with it. Our media is completely bankrupt - they're too lazy to be bothered with doing any basic research. Either that, or they don't want to upset the clowns at all those inside the beltway cocktail weenie circuit parties. Hitchens was wallowing in Al Gore abuse for years and now, suddenly, Al Gore is the man?