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Bridget Kelly's Lawyer SPLITs - citing a 'conflict' linked to his Christie-appointed position

Will Christie aide fired over Bridgegate rat out her boss? Lawyer with deep ties to the governor splits with Bridget Kelly over 'conflict of interest'
Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff got the axe over an email that appeared to kick off the 'Bridgegate' lane closures in September
She quickly retained Walter Timpone, a politically connected lawyer
Now Timpone has cut Kelly loose, citing a 'conflict' linked to his Christie-appointed position on an election law commission
The news comes as Christie takes the oath of office for his second term as governor


The lawyer slated to represent a top Christie Christie aide sacked over the Bridgegate scandal is no longer representing her, MailOnline has learned, leading to speculation that she may be planning to turn on her former boss.


Walter Timpone, a Christie-linked attorney whom Kelly retained after her public firing, received the subpoena served on her Friday by a New Jersey Assembly special investigative committee. But he is stepping aside because he has a conflict of interest.

'I'm not representing her,' Timpone told MailOnline on Monday when asked about his now-former client Bridget Kelly.

'I have a conflict. I’m an elected commissioner. That's where we are.


Walter Timpone, a Christie-linked attorney whom Kelly retained after her public firing, received the subpoena served on her Friday by a New Jersey Assembly special investigative committee. But he is stepping aside because he has a conflict of interest.
Timpone refused to explain to MailOnline why he took Kelly as a client before suddenly recusing himself.
'I'm not at liberty to talk about this,' he said. 'I'm not going to talk about this.'

But the move has led to speculation that Kelly may have told Timpone that she was prepared to turn on Christie – a move that would create an instant conflict of interest because of his deep ties with the embattled New Jersey governor.


UPDATE (from Daily Kos):

Update 4.
Apparently Timpone has form for lying to the feds. From the NYT in 2002..


Mr. Timpone reportedly assured prosecutors that he had no conflict because he did not have a close relationship with the senator. But F.B.I. agents conducting surveillance on Mr. Torricelli's Englewood home later saw Mr. Timpone visit the senator there.

Prosecutors in the United States attorney's office in Manhattan, who were running the Torricelli investigation, asked Mr. Timpone again about his dealings with the senator, and he denied a relationship with Mr. Torricelli, three officials familiar with the case said. When he was confronted with evidence that he had been seen at Mr. Torricelli's house, Mr. Timpone reportedly assured them that he never mentioned that his client was being asked to gather evidence against him.

Prosecutors conducting the Torricelli investigation were so incensed by Mr. Timpone's actions that they considered filing criminal or ethical charges against him for impeding a federal investigation, several Justice Department officials familiar with the case said. But after conversations with Mr. Timpone's former colleagues at the United States attorney's office in Newark and supervisors at the Manhattan office, no action was taken.

WHO was US attorney in NJ in 2002 - you guessed it.

United States Attorney for New Jersey
In office January 17, 2002 – December 1, 2008


AWESOME - Michelle


Hillary "Be President if you must, it’s all yours, just don’t tell us to live in fear"

Just Don’t Tell Us to be Afraid, Hillary
by paradox


It’s bad enough one Party constantly disparages government, the last thing we need is this choking bridle of fear cast upon us. My God, what happened to the legendary cheerful American can-do spirit? Did we come out of nowhere in 230 years by being violent, fearful peeping toms? Is that how we’re supposed to take on our future?

Climate change becomes more urgent to fix every day, inequality and unemployment are already a screaming catastrophe, the country is becoming a wreck from education and infrastructure neglect, but hey 2 wars, 13 aircraft carriers and just an intelligence budget of 50 billion dollars with fear fear fear be afraid of the terrorists is precisely what the country needs. Right?

I can see appalling centrist acceptance of our climate and employment catastrophe, Hillary, you don’t remotely have the liberal moxie to fix those issues. Be President if you must, it’s all yours, just don’t tell us to live in fear, wage 2 wars and spend $50 billion on spying creeps, I beg of you. Living under the evil yoke of fear is destroying this country.



BBC: Edward Snowden bids to become Glasgow University rector

Intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden is to stand for the post of student rector at Glasgow University.

The nomination of the former US intelligence officer, who has temporary asylum in Russia, was arranged by a group of students through his lawyer.

Elections for the three-year post will take place next month.

Other candidates for rector are cyclist Graeme Obree, author Alan Bissett and Scottish Episcopal clergyman Kelvin Holdsworth.

Previous rectors include Winnie Mandela and Mordechai Vanunu. The position is currently held by former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy.


-Most Xlnt Toles-

Race and Richard Sherman

When you’re a public figure, there are rules. Here’s one: A public personality can be black, talented, or arrogant, but he can’t be any more than two of these traits at a time. It’s why antics and soundbites from guys like Brett Favre, Johnny Football and Bryce Harper seem almost hyper-American, capable of capturing the country’s imagination, but black superstars like Sherman, Floyd Mayweather, and Cam Newton are seen as polarizing, as selfish, as glory boys, as distasteful and perhaps offensive. It’s why we recoil at Kanye West’s rants, like when West, one of the greatest musical minds of our generation, had the audacity to publicly declare himself a genius (was this up for debate?), and partly why, over the six years of Barack Obama’s presidency, a noisy, obstreperous wing of the GOP has seemed perpetually on the cusp of calling him “uppity.” Barry Bonds at his peak was black, talented, and arrogant; he was a problem for America. Joe Louis was black, talented, and at least outwardly humble; he was “a credit to his race, the human race,” as Jimmy Cannon once wrote.

All this is based on the common, very American belief that black males must know their place, and more tellingly, that their place is somewhere different than that of whites. It’s been etched into our cultural fabric that to act as anything but a loud, yet harmless buffoon or an immensely powerful, yet humble servant is overstepping. It’s uppity. It is, as Fox Sports’s Kayla Knapp tweeted last night, petrifying.



Dear NSA: "We Aren't The Droids You're Looking For"

just found this in (on) the tubes.....................

peace, kp

Who wants Christie in the White House?

Who wants Christie in the White House?

I won’t quote too much more of the article — http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/the_trouble_with_chris_christie_20140112 but you can see I think it’s a must-read. I will give you a list, however, gleaned from the article. These people are named by Hedges as backing Gov. Christie’s 2016 bid strongly and promising “massive financial backing”:

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The Koch brothers

Stanley Druckenmiller
Kenneth C. Griffin
Daniel S. Loeb
Paul E. Singer
Paul Tudor Jones II
David Tepper, all hedge fund kings

Charles Schwab
Stephen A. Schwarzman
Mort Zuckerman
Richard Grasso (ex-NYSE)
Maurice “Hank” Greenberg (ex-AIG)
John J. Mack (ex-Morgan Stanley)

Jack Welch (ex-GE)
Kenneth Langone (Home Depot)

I’m sure the list doesn’t end there. Your take-away: Everyone with big money loves this big man. It seems none of the billionaires can resist what he offers. He’s a perfect front man for the people to whom people are things.


From The New Yorker: Obama's comments about race and the Affordable Care Act

“There is a historic connection between some of the arguments that we have politically and the history of race in our country, and sometimes it’s hard to disentangle those issues,” he went on. “You can be somebody who, for very legitimate reasons, worries about the power of the federal government — that it’s distant, that it’s bureaucratic, that it’s not accountable — and as a consequence you think that more power should reside in the hands of state governments. But what’s also true, obviously, is that philosophy is wrapped up in the history of states’ rights in the context of the civil-rights movement and the Civil War and Calhoun. There’s a pretty long history there. And so I think it’s important for progressives not to dismiss out of hand arguments against my Presidency or the Democratic Party or Bill Clinton or anybody just because there’s some overlap between those criticisms and the criticisms that traditionally were directed against those who were trying to bring about greater equality for African-Americans. The flip side is I think it’s important for conservatives to recognize and answer some of the problems that are posed by that history, so that they understand if I am concerned about leaving it up to states to expand Medicaid that it may not simply be because I am this power-hungry guy in Washington who wants to crush states’ rights but, rather, because we are one country and I think it is going to be important for the entire country to make sure that poor folks in Mississippi and not just Massachusetts are healthy.”

Lots more, incl his comments on mj:


Less dangerous, he said, “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer. It’s not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.” What clearly does trouble him is the radically disproportionate arrests and incarcerations for marijuana among minorities. “Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,” he said. “And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties.” But, he said, “we should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing.” Accordingly, he said of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington that “it’s important for it to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.”


Brilliant & Insightful: 1956 MLK: "Integrated Bus Suggestions"

In Suggestions for Victorious Bus Boycotters, MLK's Powerful Turn Toward Nonviolence


Gandhi-inspired civil rights leaders Glenn E. Smiley and Bayard Rustin advised King and the MIA during the boycott. This document shows how far the philosophy of non-violence had permeated the movement by the time of this victory.

Protestors riding newly integrated busses were told to ride with an ally (“Try to get on the bus with a friend in whose non-violence you have confidence”) and to avoid conflict at all junctures (“Do not deliberately sit by a white person, unless there is no other seat”; “If cursed, do not curse back”).

The MIA advocated quiet presence and “calm dignity” in victory: “Remember that this is not a victory for Negroes alone, but for all Montgomery and the South. Do not boast! Do not brag!”

“If you feel you cannot take it,” the MIA finished, “walk for another week or two. We have confidence in our people. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.”

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