Just in case you were thinking of voting for somebody with an R- after their names, for county sewer commissioner or something equally trivial, perhaps out of a desire to prove you're not a mindless partisan. From the ever-interesting Alabama news roundup page:
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) â€”Greg Goodwin, a Republican candidate for Madison County coroner, has been arrested on a charge of cocaine possession, but is staying in the race, his attorney says.
And of course for this deplorable deed his party is doing the noble thing and casting him forth forthwith? Snicker, snort, guffaw:
Madison County Republican chairman John Noel said no attempt will be made to replace Goodwin on the ballot unless he is convicted.
Okay, the dude was a sacrificial lamb to begin with, up against a four-term incumbent for a job where you just about have to get caught in photographed necrophilia to lose. But still, doing lamb duty in races like this is how you pay your dues. Maybe the incumbent will get unfortunately photographed, or walk in front of a bus or something, and if not, you've still got actual boots on the ground campaigning experience. It counts. Read below the fold...
I've got a lot to say about AIPAC, but today is move in day so I really need to unpack. Suffice it to say that AIPAC's influence is wide and deep, and that a Democrat has been sucked into this investigation surprises me none. Short version of what I think: it's long past time for an open, honest, critical discussion about how much influence Israel has on the government of the United States. Being friends is one thing, dragging each other down the Neocon/Likudnik vortex of total disaster in the Middle East is another. Time:
The case is a spin-off of a probe that has already led to charges under the Espionage Act against two AIPAC lobbyists, whose case is still pending, and to a 12-and-a-half-year prison sentence for former Defense Intelligence Agency official Lawrence A. Franklin. Franklin pleaded guilty a year ago to three felony counts involving improper disclosure and handling of classified information about the Middle East and terrorism to the two lobbyists, who in turn are accused of passing it on to a journalist and a foreign government, widely believed to be Israel. The two lobbyists, who have denied any wrongdoing but were dismissed by AIPAC in April of 2005, were indicted on felony counts of conspiring with government officials to receive classified information they were not authorized to have access to and providing national defense information to people not entitled to receive it. Read below the fold...
It would be irresponsible not to speculate. Buried in the B section of today's WaPo, here's an interesting little tidbit:
A Fort Meade building that houses Army counterintelligence activities was heavily damaged yesterday in a stubborn and spectacular [accelerants?] six-alarm fire that burned for hours, generating thick clouds of smoke that streamed and billowed in a brisk wind.Read below the fold...
Michael J. Fox, in a game appearance on camera, delivers a message to voters in Missouri on behalf of Claire McCaskill and her campaign for the U.S. Senate.
See the video here.
This political commercial gives the lie to the so-called "Values Party." It gives the lie to it entirely.
Via Digby at Hullabaloo.