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Thanks for connecting the last remaining dot

Posted by Charles II on March 22, 2012

Lucia Graves, HuffPo

After months of investigations into Solyndra and other Department of Energy loans failed to produce a smoking gun, one Republican lawmaker let slip why House Republicans have kept up the charge.

In an interview following yet another hearing in which Energy Secretary Steven Chu testified about the Department’s loan guarantee program, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) appeared to admit that Republicans’ ongoing probes of the program — from which the bankrupt California-based solar company Solyndra and others benefited — are largely a play to win votes in November.

“Our staff will continue to dig into it and see,” Jordan told Environment & Energy Daily. “But what I hope happens is we stop doing these kind of things … this whole cronyism approach to the marketplace.

“Ultimately, we’ll stop it on Election Day, hopefully. And bringing attention to these things helps the voters and citizens of the country make the kind of decision that I hope helps them as they evaluate who they are going to vote for in November.”

“I think leadership doesn’t want to be seen as using the gavels here for political purposes,” [Cong. Steve] King [R-Tea Party, who is running the Fast and Furious spanking of the Department of Injustice] told The Hill in an interview. “I think there’s a bit of an aversion to that. Me? I have no reservations about that. This is politics.”

I’m certainly not shocked that they are engaged in politics in Washington. I am disappointed that so many Americans can’t figure this out.

Posted in Congress, Congressional hearings, Republicans acting badly, Tea Party | 3 Comments »

McClellan Says He’ll Testify

Posted by MEC on June 10, 2008

Scott McClellan has said he has accepted an invitation to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about the leak of Valerie Plame’s CIA role. The hearing is scheduled for Friday, June 20.

Let’s see Bush claim Executive Privilege to stop McClellan from testifying, after his minions have been out there claiming McClellan was never party to confidential discussions and never got privileged information.

Scott, stay out of small planes, okay?

Posted in Congressional hearings, doing the right thing, John Conyers, Valerie Plame | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

Congress Has Big Questions For Big Oil

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 2, 2008

From the AP:

Senior executives of the five largest U.S. oil companies were to appear before a congressional committee Tuesday where they were likely to find frustrated lawmakers in no mood for small talk.

“These companies are defending billions of federal subsidies … while reaping over a hundred billion dollars in profits in just the last year alone,” complained Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., in previewing the hearing.

The lawmakers were scheduled to hear from top executives of Exxon Mobil Corp., Shell Oil Co., BP America Inc., Chevron Corp. and ConocoPhillips, which together earned about $123 billion last year because of soaring oil and gasoline prices.

Markey, chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, said he wants to know why, with such profits, the oil industry is steadfastly fighting to keep $18 billion in tax breaks, stretched over 10 years.

He said the executives would be asked to explain how they can get energy prices down in the short run and “in the long run what are they going to do to shift the focus to a renewable energy agenda.”

The obscene eagerness of oil-company executives to plunder the world’s substance (and America’s Treasury) to pad their own already-cushy bottom line gives the lie to their intense protestations of patriotism. If Dick Cheney was really a patriot, Halliburton wouldn’t be based offshore to avoid giving back some of the tax-money handouts it’s been getting.

Posted in big money, Bush, Bush Family Evil Empire, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, bust-outs, capitalism as cancer, climate change, Congress, Congressional hearings, economy, energy, environment, evil, gravy train, greed, Oil, our tax dollars at work, renewable energy | 2 Comments »

Krongard to Congress: Don’t Hold Me Accountable for Lying

Posted by MEC on November 18, 2007

State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard doesn’t want to be called to testify before Congress on discrepancies between his statements and those of his brother over the brother’s ties to the Blackwater security firm.

His lawyer is trying to frame it as “pitting brother against brother”.

I’m sure you’ve heard the classic advice to lawyers: “If the law is against you, pound on the facts. If the facts are against you, pound on the law. And if both the law and the facts are against you, pound on the table.” Mr. Krongard’s lawyer is pounding on the table.

Testimony wouldn’t pit Howard Krongard against his brother. It would pit him against the truth.

It’d be nice to see the truth win for a change.

Posted in BushCo malfeasance, Congressional hearings | 2 Comments »

Who Will Guard the Guardians?

Posted by MEC on November 15, 2007

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The State Department’s inspector general, Howard Krongard, has recused himself from investigations into Blackwater USA because his brother, Alvin Krongard, is connected with Blackwater.

He only recused himself after Democratic members of Congress brought up this connection during a Congressional hearing.

Howard testified that his brother “assured” him he did not have a “financial interest” in Blackwater even though Alvin is a member of the advisory board; but Alvin has contradicted this testimony.

Howard Krongard has been accused of interfering with investigations into fraud and mismanagement by State Department contractors — i.e., doing exactly the opposite of what an inspector general is supposed to do. Considering that he’s a Bush appointee, I have no difficulty believing the accusations. Wouldn’t that be why Bush gave him the job?

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And the Winner Is…

Posted by MEC on September 24, 2007

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In an earlier post about an investigation into alleged weapons smuggling by Blackwater employees, I asked:

Which will be the first Congressional committee to subpoena Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, theofascist, and brother of professional Republican Betsy De Vos?

Turns out the very Honorable Henry Waxman was way ahead of me.

The founder and chairman of Blackwater USA, the private security contractor, has been told to appear next month before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

In a letter today to Blackwater chairman Erik Prince, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said the hearing would concentrate on “the mission and performance of Blackwater USA and its affiliated companies in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

I should have known.

Posted in Blackwater, Congressional hearings, Democrats with spines, Henry Waxman | 3 Comments »


Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 6, 2007

Poor widdle George W. Bush. His Big Propaganda Rollouts — for both the SURGE! and for invading Iran — are getting shoved off the media stage by Larry “I’m NOT GAY!” Craig.

See, it turns out that Senator Craig has no intention of going quietly into that good night — and his lawyers have hinted that should the GOP-initiated ethics probe continue against him, he’ll suddenly have reasons to bring up all those other Senators who have violated Senate ethics rules (*cough*DavidVitter*cough*), and yet were never punished for it.

What’s more, he has two powerful Senate allies: Arlen Specter and Mitch McConnell.

Things will be getting most interesting.

Posted in Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, civil rights, Congress, Congressional hearings, Constitutional crisis, corruption, David Vitter, Debra Jean Palfrey, dope slaps for Dubya, hypocrites, Iran, Iraq war | 6 Comments »

Gamicus Onicus!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 25, 2007


Contempt citations to be issued for Miers and Bolten.

See also Firedoglake.

Posted in abuse of power, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Congress, Congressional hearings, Constitution, Constitutional crisis, Democrats, Democrats with spines, dope slaps for Dubya | Comments Off on Gamicus Onicus!

Noted with interest

Posted by Charles II on June 22, 2007

A blog that claims to strip away the gloss of politics, Buck Naked Politics has a summary of testimony by Wan Kim, currently Assistant Attorney General for the civil rights division.

The blog is nicely linky and definitely worth a glim.

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Things On My Mind Lately

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 25, 2007

— Ho-hum. Another day, another bogus smear campaign “scandal” against Nancy Pelosi that comes from GOP/Media Complex figures reading straight from a Republican talking points sheet.

Karl Rove’s investigator, Scott Bloch, head of the Office of Special
Counsel is himself under investigation
— and the whole point of the “investigation” may be to deny Congress the chance to see the incriminating material as it will be “needed” by the investigator. How convenient, eh?

— Since the start of this month, Barack Obama has picked up nearly 43,000 donations — nearly 90% of which were made (according to an e-mail sent by his campaign) by first-time donors. This is on top of the 104,000-plus donations he got in the months prior to April 1. I think I know who our next president is going to be.

Posted in Barack Obama, Congressional hearings, Democrat-bashing, Democrats with spines, GOP/Media Complex, Karl Rove, mediawhores, Pelosi | 5 Comments »

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