Friday, October 21, 2005

Well, I got out of court this morning much earlier than I expected, so I have some time to blog. Sorry that yesterday's post was kind of a downer. I was really tired and not feeling especially well, and let's face it- sometimes Steanso is prone to some nasty fits of depression in which he feels that the whole world just kind of sucks (I like to think that these fabulous little episodes are part of my charm).
Today, though, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and Tom Delay is facing a media feeding frenzy at his arraignment, just across the street at our illustrious Travis County courthouse. What could be better?
On this whole Delay thing, I hope that Judge Perkins (whom I've appeared in front of many times, argued with on a few occasions, and even shared some beers with a few times) holds his ground and refuses to recuse himself or let the venue of the trial be changed. Perkins has a few quirks (who among us doesn't?), but he's a fair guy and a knowledgeable judge. The notion that the judge should recuse himself because of his political affiliations is pretty ridiculous in a state where judges have to be political by their very nature if they want to get elected (we don't have appointed judges here, kids- we have elected judges who typically need the support of a party if they're going to have a legitimate chance of winning their elections).

And interesting things are afoot at The White House. Apparently George's kids are nervous because they are anticipating indictments coming down for Karl Rove and possibly vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis Libby in the ongoing CIA leak investigation. Wagons are being circled and damage control teams have been placed on high alert. I gotta say that I'm kind of impressed that the CIA and the Justice Department are taking this leak so seriously, but then again people should be punished for leaking classified intelligence information, especially when leaks are made in the process of carrying on some ridiculous political squabble.

And news has come out that apparently former FEMA director Michael Brown, who has blamed everyone but himself for the chaos following Hurricane Katrina, ignored initial reports (for up to 16 hours) that levees had failed in New Orleans and that the city was flooding with water. Once again, good job Brown!!! Marty Bahamonde, a senior FEMA staffer, reported to a bipartisan House Select Committee hearing that there was no reaction from Brown to initial reports of flooding (reports made by Bahamonde and others) for up to 16 hours after the levees gave way and the New Orleans began to fill with water. I guess there's no reason to beat a dead horse, but once again, good job Michael Brown!!!

And last, but not least, a defense lawyer representing one of Saddam Hussein's codefendants was kidnapped and murdered on Thursday by unknown parties who claimed to be working for the Interior Ministry office. I know that Bush keeps claiming we're making progress over there, but it's gonna be real hard to establish an adversarial court system if they keep killing the defense attorneys. I mean, it's a fun job, but probably not worth dying for.

That's all for now. Have a good weekend.

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