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Ted Stevens Loses, Cheney and Gonzales Indicted in Texas

The crooks are starting to fall.

Last night, the Alaska senate race was called for Mark Begich, putting corrupt Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens out of office:

"On the day the longest-serving Republican in Senate history turned 85, he was ousted by Alaska voters troubled by his conviction on federal felony charges and eager for a new direction in Washington, where Stevens served since Lyndon B. Johnson was president. Alaska voters 'wanted to see change,' said Democrat Mark Begich, who claimed a narrow victory Tuesday after a tally of remaining ballots showed him holding a 3,724-vote edge. 'Alaska has been in the midst of a generational shift - you could see it,' said Begich, the Anchorage mayor. Democrats now hold 58 Senate seats, when two independents who align with Democrats are included, with undecided races in Minnesota and Georgia."

Democrats are getting closer to a filibuter-proof 60-seat majority.

In other news, Vice PResident Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have been indicted in Texas on state charges:

Cheney"Cheney's indictment on a charge of engaging in an organized criminal activity criticizes the vice president's investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers. It accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and "at least misdemeanor assaults" on detainees because of his link to the prison companies. Megan Mitchell, a spokeswoman for Cheney, declined to comment on Tuesday, saying that the vice president had not yet received a copy of the indictment. The indictment accuses Gonzales of using his position while in office to stop an investigation in 2006 into abuses at one of the privately-run prisons."

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  1. Wonderful news. I feel better already.

    God bless the state of Texas....once in a while.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 19, 2008 9:17:37 AM


  2. LET THIS BE JUST THE BEGINNING OF A WATERFALL OF CHARGES AGAINST CHENEY....BRING 'EM ON!!!!!

    Posted by: Tom | Nov 19, 2008 9:38:00 AM


  3. Sarah palin's g-d just slammed the door shut in her face. LOL Two birds with one stone

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Nov 19, 2008 9:48:17 AM


  4. Convicted felon Ted Stevens should not even been allowed to run for office at his age, the man turned 85 years old yesterday and this country needs term limits. But, at least her "God" didn't leave the door open for that uncouth Palin to barge through.

    Posted by: Sebastian | Nov 19, 2008 10:03:59 AM


  5. Cheney and Gonzalez, sadly, will receive presidential pardons for all criminal activities committed during their time working with Bush.

    Bush will issue be issuing presidential pardons for God knows how many people to cover their butts from every thing from corruption to war crimes. Look what he did for Scooter Libby.

    The "rule of law" is for the little people, not for connected Republican politicos and cronies. Has any one read about the treatment of former Governor Don Siegleman, an innocent man railroaded into prison for political motivations. The Justice Department is refusing to cooperate with a Congressional inquiry.

    Posted by: noah | Nov 19, 2008 10:43:40 AM


  6. Not to be Debbie Downer, but I have the sense Noah is correct. As many indictments that may be filed against the Bush Administration, with one signature none of them will be touched.

    If someone out there is a law expert, what are the actual laws with regard to Presidential pardons, especially with charges that may be as severe as treason and/or abuse of power? If Bush is charged for those very acts, can his pardons be legally binding?

    Posted by: Cj | Nov 19, 2008 11:06:14 AM


  7. Even if Bush does issue pardons for all his henchmen, he cannot issue one for himself! I seriously doubt W. will get a pardon from Obama. And when W. is tried for all his crimes, I hope the pardons he issued will also be voided and all of these criminals will finally be convicted.

    Posted by: Phil M. | Nov 19, 2008 12:02:36 PM


  8. Question for the legal types: Can Bush issue "blanket" pardons for individuals who haven't actually been indicted of anything specific yet?

    Posted by: RJ | Nov 19, 2008 12:27:17 PM


  9. PHIL M.,

    from your lips to god's ears.

    Posted by: nic | Nov 19, 2008 1:20:19 PM


  10. Amusing, but these indictments will be tossed out faster than you can say "Federal Court". As for pardons, it's hard to guess what Bush will do, but he can pardon anyone, including himself, and for crimes that have not resulted in indictments. He cannot pardon people for crimes committed in the future though. One should add that Clinton's Mark Rich pardon was hardly a victory for truth and justice, so pardon abuse is bipartisan.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 19, 2008 3:51:06 PM


  11. Well wait until these henchmen and W get to Europe....their pardons don't work here. And yes, we are waiting to get these bastards before the International Criminal Court for waging an unjustified war of aggression and violating the Geneva Conventions....come and visit Mr Woo and Mr Gonzales......spend some time with us !!!

    Posted by: Hephaistion | Nov 19, 2008 4:28:13 PM


  12. Don't worry Mr Chaney and Rumsfeld and W. we haven't forgotten you.

    Posted by: hephaistion | Nov 19, 2008 4:33:01 PM


  13. Stevens is going down the tubes!

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 19, 2008 11:29:08 PM


  14. Well, I am by no means an expert. But it seems to me that even tho the indictmens have been issued, I highly doubt that they will be brought before a judge until next year at the earliest, after Obama has been sworn in. At that point, I prey that he does not issue any pardons for any of the bush admin.
    But, this is just my thoughts on it.

    Posted by: Crash | Nov 20, 2008 10:15:56 AM


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