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The Klan Goes To Church

The Klan Goes To Church

Klan heading to Ferguson to ‘guard white businesses,’ back shooting of ‘n*gger criminal’

Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members from three different states are reportedly traveling to Ohio to hold a two-day fundraiser for the officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown, and to “guard white businesses.”

…On Friday, the New Empire Knights announced that it would be holding a fundraiser on August 23-24 in Sullivan, about 60 miles from Ferguson.

I wonder if Hannity will have them on, too.

David Gregory Can Afford His Own Damn Cheese Sandwich and Roadmap

Professional Journalist Person David Gregory performs off camera as a backup singer/dance for Karl Rove (Never Indicted).

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) had a teaser piece in their email thingie which linked out to a Page Six piece that says NBC paid Dancin’ Dave $4m essentially to go away and not say bad things about them.

Ousted “Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory was paid $4 million to leave NBC and signed a contract not to speak out against the network, sources told Page Six.

…A source said Gregory’s contract extended into next year, so NBC had to pay him for the rest of the term, plus an extra fee to ensure his silence.

I would like to propose to NBC that I could be asked to go away for half that price, but we’d have to negotiate on the silence part. Nobody puts ‘Grain in the corner.

I’m shocked, shocked

Poll: Most Republicans Would Be Upset If Their Child Was Gay

Twenty-three percent of Republicans surveyed said they’d be “very upset” and 37 percent would be “upset.” Just 38 percent said they’d either be “not very upset” or “not upset at all.”

By contrast, a total of 28 percent of Democrats would be either “very upset” or “upset” if their child came out as gay or lesbian. Seventy percent said they wouldn’t be upset.

And in related news, the sun rises in the east.

Petunia And Pals Brings Us Our Eggs With a Side of Stupid

…assembles an all-white, all male panel to discuss Ferguson, and who knew convicted felon Bernie Kerik was out of the pokey to join the network as an expert?

“When you’re in a shoot-out, and you’re firing away, and you stop, and you’re shooting the torso, you’re trying to stop somebody. I don’t know how he got hit in the head, but bullets go that way. He was trying to stop this guy obviously.”

What if Rick Perry is smarter than we think?

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What if Rick Perry is smarter or at least more cunning than he is generally given credit for being… in our post about Texas politics, we gave some background information about how the Republicans, state-wide, have been itching for years to shut-down the state’s Public Corruption unit. They’ve campaigned on it, and tried to nibble at the edges. But they’ve never been able to drive a stake through the heart of it.

But what if Rick Perry thought he had a winning hand: he knows that Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg would never resign and let him appoint a Republican to finish her term, and her refusal to do so could enable him to defund Public Corruption unit, thus ending its investigation into himself and his cronies? Either way he effectively wins.

Is it the Kobayashi Maru for the Public Corruption Unit?

That the indictments sound silly on the face of it (he has veto power as governor, threatened to use it, and then did, in fact use it seems impossible to criminalize), but what if the motives were shady? Does that make a difference?

Any lawyers out there?

The Sunday Talkies Post Is Up At Crooks And Liars

Meet David Gregory's hair

Meet David Gregory’s hair

All the usual lying toadies and minions have taken to the airwaves today, no doubt the flex their vocal cords on Ferguson, and to give their blah studies scholarship a good polish. Also, note that this is the first episode of Dancing with the Gregory since Disco Dave was fired. Politics Spice isn’t in the host seat yet, so they have Mrs. Alan Greenspan hosting.

Today is also my last post for this week at Crooks and Liars, too. I always feel a little sad when it is over, but this round-up week, we did include a fair number of Scissorheads. Good work, everyone!

Texas Politics: A Primer – UPDATED

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Austin, Texas’s capital, is the Berkeley of that state, decidedly blue in a red sea. Travis County, where Austin is located, elects their county attorney who in turn oversees criminal cases in Austin. They have a special prosecutorial agency that prosecutes corruption cases for all of Texas, because it is the capital. Following me still? The liberal city of Austin has legal obligations and power to prosecute crooked politicians, who oddly seem to be Republicans. Go figure.

This has gotten under the chaps of the Republicans in power for years. They cannot do anything about it. The Republican state-wide candidates often run on a platform of “reforming” the watch dog prosecutorial abilities of Travis, but generally fail. Travis county, however, has successfully prosecuted Tom Delay, and is currently investigating Republican Candidate for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Keep that thought in mind, it is important.

Rosemary Lehmberg is the (Democratic) elected (and not answerable to Rick Perry) Travis County District Attorney. She was arrested for DUI (though oddly, she was not driving at the time), pleaded guilty and did some jail time. For the reasons stated above, Rick Perry wanted her to resign, the DUI gave him cover to ask for her resignation. Her replacement for the rest of her term would be appointed, and presumably investigations into corrupt politicians (Republicans) would stop, and maybe Ken Paxton would be elected.

There’s no way to prove this, of course, otherwise this indictment might also include obstruction of justice or some variation thereof. Can you indict for a future crime yet to be committed? No. But it could be shown as motive for what he was doing. Anyway, this is probably the reason behind the official abuse charge: he cannot ask for the resignation of a duly elected official nor demand it.

So Lehmberg did not resign her office, nor was she required to. Rick Perry then upped the ante: resign or he would line-item veto the county of Travis’ budget to prosecute corruption cases; that is certainly coercion: do what I want or your department is defunded from prosecuting me and my buddies. And then he proceeded to do just that, and being not the sharpest thorn on that yellow rose, he bragged about it very publicly. Perry is rumored to have gone so far as to offer her a state-wide job if she would resign her county job, and, you know, let him pick her replacement.

So that is what the Grand Jury investigated: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant, which are felonies and if convicted and would hold a maximum prison sentence of 109 years. It isn’t going to happen, or very unlikely anyway. I mean Tom Delay was prosecuted in 2006 and he’s now close to a decade into the process of fighting it, much of the original charges having been overturned by a Republican, sympathetic judge.

In the meanwhile, it is pretty funny that Wingnuts all over the place are trying to defend Perry with video of Lehmberg’s drunken antics. It clearly was not her finest hour, but it is also not the issue at hand. Her drunken escapades was the opportunity that motivated Perry. So Texas politics, as usual.

UPDATE: I forgot that I wrote about this before, and it is actually a funny story.