Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Sunday, 11 December 2005
Get Ready Folks, Big Money Republicans are "stumbling through"
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Let Me Count Em For You

((1)) ---Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham is resigning from Congress after pleading guilty to taking more than $2 million in bribes in a criminal conspiracy involving at least three defense contractors.
After entering his plea in San Diego, California, the eight-term California Republican said he was "deeply sorry."

((2))---Jack Abramoff is "building to an explosion, one that could create immense collateral damage within Congress and in coming elections."


((4))---Concord, N.H. - President Bush's former New
England campaign chairman James Tobin, 44
was indicted Wednesday on
charges he took part in the jamming of the Democrats' get-out-the-vote phone lines on Election Day 2002.
James, stepped down Oct. 15 - two weeks
before Election Day - after the Democrats accused him of involvement.

((5))---Karl Rove, "The Special Counsel has advised Mr. Rove that he has made no decision about whether or not to bring charges and that Mr. Rove's status has not changed," said Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, in a statement released this morning. "Mr. Rove will continue to cooperate fully with the Special Counsel's efforts to complete the investigation. We are confident that when the Special Counsel finishes his work, he will conclude that Mr. Rove has done nothing wrong."

((6))---Scotter Libby, Now it will be quite interesting to see what happens with the Libby case. Will he try to take it to court? Will he seek a plea bargain? Many Republicans are obviously concerned that a trial of Scooter Libby, on this kind of information - about when he learned it and how he learned it and why he learned it - could, in effect, put the Iraq war on trial -- as Mr. Libby could put the vice president on trial in a symbolic way, as much as Mr. Libby. And put the entire Bush administration on trial in a symbolic way.

((7))--- Ohio Gov. Bob Taft (R), a member of one of the most distinguished families in American politics, was indicted on Aug 18 05 on four criminal misdemeanor counts for failing to report a series of golf outings, dinners and other gifts in a scandal that has rocked the powerful state Republican Party. The violations carry maximum penalties of a $1,000 fine and six months in prison, although it is doubtful the governor will face prison time for the ethical lapses.

wow! stay tuned Z3 readers

Much More To Come I Am Sure!

Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Sunday, 11 December 2005 3:47 PM PST
Wednesday, 23 November 2005
One Crook Helping Another
Mood:  lyrical
Now Playing: Cheney to Headline DeLay Fundraiser
Why not cancel the fundraiser.
And the whole pack-of-em just head off too jail.
I my self, have used the old saying for these guys before ...
"Bird of a Feather flock together"

I liked the line that .... Eric Thode, the Republican chairman in DeLay's home county of Fort Bend, told the Houston Chronicle

"It points out that the party is behind (DeLay) and the (Bush) administration is supportive and wants to keep Congressman DeLay in office," (really they are behind theft and crooked politicians?)
hmmmmmm really? HAHAHA are they serious? The guy is a crook ...and they want to help him be re-elected

The following is a copy/paste from a news story on 11-23-05

A campaign fundraiser for embattled Rep. Tom DeLay postponed by Hurricane Rita in September is being rescheduled for Dec. 5 with Vice President Dick Cheney as the headliner.

"It points out that the party is behind (DeLay) and the (Bush) administration is supportive and wants to keep Congressman DeLay in office," Eric Thode, Republican chairman in DeLay's home county of Fort Bend, told the Houston Chronicle in a story published Tuesday.

The most expensive tickets for the event — $4,200 — includes a spot at a VIP reception and a photograph with the vice president.

"Congressman Tom DeLay has been an exceptional leader on Capitol Hill and Vice President Cheney looks forward to helping his re-election effort," said Lee Anne McBride, a Cheney spokeswoman in Washington.

DeLay was indicted earlier this year on campaign finance-related charges in Travis County, an action that forced him to step down at least temporarily as House majority leader..

Tom! Is this your mug shot?

Maybe Jack Abramoff...... will kick in some thousands he pilfered from the Indian Casino Debacles?
Oh! is he in jail now too?

Or maybe some of the other Big Money Players can kick in from the
...FLOCK of THIEVES <-- click to see list of dirty birds of the feather.

Z3 Readers....
Can you say 'Fundraiser 4 Corruption?'

Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:21 PM PST
Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2005 6:27 PM PST
Saturday, 19 November 2005
Baretta is Guilty in Civil Trial
Mood:  sad
Now Playing: his Bird was Smarter than he was

hey what happened to his parrot?
BURBANK, Calif. - Eight months after Robert Blake was acquitted at a criminal trial of murdering his wife, a civil jury decided Friday the tough-guy actor was behind the slaying, and ordered him to pay Bonny Lee Bakley's children $30 million.
The plaintiffs had argued that Blake either killed Bakley himself or hired someone to do so. The jury was not asked to decide which theory it believed.

None of Bakley's four children was in the courtroom for the verdict
"I know there isn't any money to recover from him," Daughter Holly Gawron said.
"I'm not interested in the money."

how sad for everyone

Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:24 AM PST
Wednesday, 9 November 2005
Our Ripped-Off Tax Dollars are Going To Cheneys Halliburton
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Guess who is Still Collecting150 million a year from Halliburton
Following quote taken from Jim Hightowers website:


To Barbara Lee, Lynn Woolsey, and 17 other members of congress: Thank you!

Thank you for putting into official words the deep sense of outrage that a majority of us grassroots Americans have long held about the White House's perverse pampering of the Bushites' pet corporate criminal: Halliburton. If an ordinary American did to a 7-Eleven what Halliburton routinely does to taxpayers, that poor soul would be doing 25-to-life in state prison.

Check the federal rap sheet on this multibillion-dollar outfit: Bribery, bid-rigging, fraud, overcharging taxpayers, and even doing business with nations that sponsor terrorism. The departments of defense, justice, and treasury have had Halliburton under investigation or indictment nine times in the past five years for its despicable, shoddy, and criminal record of performance on contracts it gets from the government. Its ripoffs total hundreds of billions of our tax dollars.

Yet, instead of jail time, this scofflaw keeps getting more public money shoveled into its coffers by Bush & Company. Not only has it been blessed with more than $10 billion in contracts –often without competitive bids– since the Bush Cheney regime took power, but also, after Hurricane Katrina hit, there it was again at the federal trough, first in line to get another multimillion-dollar, no-bid contract.

Finally, though, Representatives Lee, Woolsey, and their 17 colleagues have said enough is enough. Citing chapter and verse of federal contracting rules, these members of the congressional progressive caucus have sent a formal demand that Halliburton be suspended from eligibility for any federal contracts until all of the charges against it are resolved.
(end quote)

About Time I have Ben Waiting for what seems forever to have these Cheney Scams Exposed!
As Halliburtons own ex-employeees step forward as in Feb 04 and told a US Democratic congressmen, Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, that vice-president Dick Cheney's old energy company "routinely overcharged" for work it did for the US military, in Kuwait.

Halliburton is the US military's biggest contractor in Iraq and the Pentagon's seventh biggest contractor overall. Halliburton unit Kellogg Brown and Root has a logistics contract with the US military that has so far received more than 3.7 billion in business, mostly in Iraq. It also has contracts worth nearly 4 billion to rebuild Iraq's oil industry.

"It's interesting how money follows power and potential power,".
remarked Larry Makinson who did a study on this topic

According to CPI's 23 researchers who examined 2.2 million contracts worth $900 billion ..., the top 7,637 defense contractors -- those that earned more than $100 million from Pentagon contracts in a year -- contributed nearly $214 million to federal candidates, parties and leadership PACs from 1998 to 2003.

The 10 largest defense contractors contributed a total of more than $35 million from 1998 to 2003, with about two-thirds of that going to Republican candidates. The 737 defense contractors making over $100 million a year gave more than $88 million during that six-year period, combined.
"It's a tremendous return on their investment," Makinson said.

They've spent even more on hiring lobbyists to advance their interests in Washington. The top 737 defense companies spent $1.9 billion on Beltway lobbyists working Capitol Hill between 1998 and 2003.

Included in the 737 are 95 foreign corporations or companies owned by foreign governments that together earned more than $40 billion from Pentagon contracts over the six-year period.

The CPI report also highlights problems the Pentagon has in overseeing defense contracts. It has cut its procurement workforce -- contracting officers and the like -- in half since 1991, reducing numbers from about 400,000 to about 200,000, while at the same time dramatically increasing the amount of money it pays to contractors for not just weapons, but services as well. The number of contracts increased from about 13.2 million to 14.8 million, about 12 percent, over the same period. The Pentagon paid contractors $219 billion in 2003 alone, up from $129 billion in 1998. In 2003, just over half the Pentagon's budget was paid to contractors. hmmmmm?

The Pentagon inspector general highlighted problems with the control of contractors in a 2003 report. The IG said that out of 113 service contract actions reviewed with an estimated value of $17.8 billion, at least 98 had one or more problems, including inadequate competition, lack of surveillance or inadequate price reasonableness determinations, according to CPI.

Then secretary of the Army Thomas White told Congress in 2002 that he did not know how many contractors were employed by the service and called for a collection of the data. The data collection has not yet been started as far as I know.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:21 AM PST
Updated: Thursday, 10 November 2005 2:44 AM PST

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