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truthpusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:19 PM
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DeLay Says Texas Criminal Indictment Is `Political Retribution'
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=awb...

DeLay Says Texas Criminal Indictment Is `Political Retribution'
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Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Representative Tom DeLay, the No. 2 Republican in the House, said the criminal conspiracy indictment handed down by a Texas grand jury is part of a ``coordinated premeditated campaign of political retribution.''

The indictment is ``blatant political partisanship,'' DeLay said today at a news conference in Washington. It is the ``weakest indictment in U.S. history,'' he said.

(snip)

DeLay said that Ronnie Earle, the Travis County district attorney who is leading the investigation, is `a partisan zealot'' and ``is using his office for personal revenge.''

``I have done nothing wrong,'' DeLay said. ``I have done nothing unlawful, unethical.''

(snip)



complete story: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=awb...
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:22 PM
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1. Did he say anything the cynics did not long anticipate?
Anything the slightest bit different or unexpected, at all...?
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Quakerfriend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:22 PM
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2. He sounds like Saddam!
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hwmnbn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:24 PM
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3. "I am not a crook!"........
where have I heard that before?
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:23 PM
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44. HaHA! EXCELLENT!!
:toast:
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:24 PM
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4. Were there ONLY Democrats on the Grand Jury that indicted him?
Remember, Ronnie Earle only presented the evidence. The grand jury indicted DeLay.

How many Texans sit on the grand jury? Surely they're not ALL Democrats.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:08 PM
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18. In this state? I'd be surprised if ANY of them were Democrats
The spin machine is up to 20000 RPMs.
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Azathoth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:25 PM
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5. Personal responsibility, where art thou?
Blaming it all on a vast left-wing conspiracy, Tom? Tsk, tsk.

:rofl:
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:26 PM
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6. Yup. You got it, Tom! Two can play this game. And you guys have a lot
more indictable crimes on your side of the playground.
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kitp Donating Member (182 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:28 PM
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7. partisan...not
blatant political partisanship

Don't know details of this case but Blitzer just said on CNN that this couldn't be partisan as the majority of politicians prosecuted by this district attorney have been Democrats.

Any know more? Good for talking points with Repubs.
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:30 PM
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8. "weakest indictment in U.S. history"
Gee, hyperbole much, you nazi shithead?
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Debi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:31 PM
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9. Political Retribution for what Mr. Hammer?
:shrug:
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:37 PM
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10. Um, you have already been adjudged to engage in unethical,...
,...activities, you bastard! You are way WAY overdue to be held accountable for the outrageous abuses of power and exploitation of the American people. The only way you will ever suffer the consequences of your actions is by an outside force imposing accountability because you are a sociopath who will deny any wrongdoing until the day you die.

Go to hell, you sick schmuck!!! :grr:
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VWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:40 PM
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11. Doesn't he mean "retaliation" ???
Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't "retribution" mean something entirely different?
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Hand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:01 PM
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35. DING DING DING DING DING!!! YOU ARE CORRECT, SIR!
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 04:02 PM by Hand
"Retaliation" means vengeance or payback, justified or not. "Retribution", as you suggest, means:

1. Something justly deserved; recompense.
2. Something given or demanded in repayment, especially punishment.
3. Theology. Punishment or reward distributed in a future life based on performance in this one. (Thanx to dictionary.com)

I'd go with definition number 1--and I hate to say it, but for once... I agree with the Bugman. He deserves this and more!
:applause:
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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:18 PM
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46. Another vote for definition #1
And it couldn't happen to a more deserving recipient :toast:
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geckosfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:40 PM
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12. When is money laundering ethical? Ans: When you r a pubican. n/t
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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:45 PM
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13. More like "Just Desserts" (n/t)
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:45 PM
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14. Pretty much what I expected DeLay to say.
He's in deep and he knows it. There are quite a few sleepless nights in his future, I would imagine.

Lie all you want to Tom DeLay, I have a feeling you're going to get called on your lies this time.
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:46 PM
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15. I wonder how long they've had this statement in the can
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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RethugAssKicker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:02 PM
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16. Thats Right... We're coming to get your ASS!!!
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anitar1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:07 PM
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37. Next--The Abramoff connection. n/t
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:07 PM
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17. I think Divine Retribution is more accurate.
:rofl:
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:12 PM
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19. '...coordinated premeditated campaign...'
sounds like a conspiracy to me - maybe he can get an investigation underway.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:14 PM
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21. just like delays campaigns.
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unrepuke Donating Member (763 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:14 PM
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20. We got the #2 man...
>>... pt. 28 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Representative Tom DeLay, the No. 2 Republican in the House, <<

He's Bush's Azzam, or Zarqawi, or whichever... :rofl:
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:20 PM
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22. WHAT AN ASS CLOWN
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:20 PM
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23. One of the things I've noticed about about DeLay and his ilk, is that
they NEVER accept that they can be wrong, much less guilty, about something. It would have bode DeLay well to have said initially, "Holy crap, they did what???!!!!"


DeLay is a piece of shit, we all know that; I don't want to see him just get a paddling...I want him to go down in flames, taking his 'buddies' with him. I don't feel this way because he's an R, but because he is inhuman, revolting and just downright evil. The more like him that go down, the better the country will be.
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Selteri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:28 PM
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24. I'm looking forward to a guilty verdict with the headline -
The Hammer Falls!
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:21 PM
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43. Mine: "How's your Hammer hanging?"
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truthpusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:33 PM
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25. AP: Text of DeLay press statement
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 02:56 PM by truthpusher
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/gen/ap/DeLay_Inve...

Text of DeLay press statement
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By The Associated Press
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Text of remarks by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, on Wednesday, as transcribed by DeLay's office:
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DELAY: Good morning. Thank you for attending.

(snip)

This act is the product of a coordinated, premeditated campaign of political retribution, the all-too-predictable result of a vengeful investigation led by a partisan fanatic.

(snip)

Mr. Earle, an unabashed partisan zealot with a well-documented history of launching baseless investigations and indictments against his political enemies, has been targeting a political action committee on whose advisory board I once served.

(snip)

Despite his long-standing animosity toward me and the abusive investigation that animosity has unfortunately rendered as recently as two weeks ago, Mr. Earle himself publicly admitted I had never been a focus or target of his inquiry.

(snip)

We have a war to win, a region to rebuild, a budget to balance, taxes to cut, a government to reform, and a nation to lead.

(snip)

Thank you very much for this opportunity to speak with you today.



link to complete text: http://www.statesman.com/news/content/gen/ap/DeLay_Inve...
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Vinnie From Indy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:33 PM
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26. Is something bugging you Tom?
Dance cockroach boy!
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:33 PM
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27. Sounds a HELLUVA like Ky. Gov. Ernie Fletcher's recent speech:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Key excerpts:

Says, "The buck stops here" and gets applause.

Justifying the illegal hiring practices saying Dems did it but used phone while they used email and got caught.

"I never knowingly violated any laws"...more applause.

Obviously a stacked crowd.


"My conscience is clear..."

"This appears to be a political investigation"

"Greg Stumbo is wasting your tax dollars."

Bloviating about healthcare being more important than the investigation and, I think this was what he said, something about Stumbo should investigate fraud in Medicare.

Asking "what's the best way to spend your Kentucky tax dollars?"

"I cannot allow state government to be consumed by political gotcha...it may not be good politics but I believe, after long nights of prayers...to use the power you invested in me"
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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:33 PM
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28. That's right. And the grand jury is on the "conspiracy", too.
And the judge. Don't forget the judge, Tom. He got paid off, too.

:rofl:
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pfitz59 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:33 PM
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29. He poisoned the well.....
now its his turn to drink! Vile, corrupt lying bastard!
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:33 PM
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30. Projection. Projection. Projection. Projection.
He's a malignant sociopath. :grr:
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:34 PM
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31. Ever look in the mirror, Tommy?
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 03:31 PM by onenote
"an unabashed partisan zealot with a well-documented history of launching baseless investigations ...against his political enemies"

onenote
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:34 PM
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32. here's a link to the INDICTMENT pdf file
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:53 PM
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34. He makes it sound as though it's one guy on his ass instead of a
Grand Jury. Delay sounds dangerous to me.
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tompayne1 Donating Member (346 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:04 PM
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36. Delay is an all around nice guy we should be nicer to him
Just kidding.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:35 PM
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33. Same sick song as Brownie sang
Not me. It's those other guys.

Bill Clinton made me do it.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:44 PM
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38. There's a guy in Texas who gets to take a nice vacation now!
How long has he had to stand outside Rick Perry's house with this sign?

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AZBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:31 PM
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39. Delay: "I'm innocent"/DeLay indicted in campaign finance probe
I know there are similar posts on this continuing story, but this is a new updated article with interesting quotes:

DeLay called Earle an unabashed partisan zealot, and fanatic, and described the charges as one of the weakest and most baseless indictments in American history.

Weaker than wasting tax money to decide if Clinton got a BJ??

I'm still a member of Congress, and I'm going to work hard for the people, he said. The Democrats can play these politics of personal destruction all they want to; its not having an effect on this conference at all. We will go forward, and we will continue to do great things for the American people.

When is this idiot up for re-election??

"The Republican leadership in Washington is now spending more time answering questions about ethical misconduct than doing the people's business," Dean said.

Go Howard!

Full story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9507677 /

Oh, and Tom, this is for you:

:nopity:
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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:31 PM
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40. Go tell it to Tommy Chong.
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 03:59 PM by Gregorian
Hope you're convicted, too.


edit- Oops. Looks like he's already prepared for a plea bargain. Oh well.
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redacted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:31 PM
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41. Yeah, sure. And Nixxon was not a crook. (yawn)
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:35 PM
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42. No Tom, politcal retribution would be
what would happen to you if left in a room alone with me. :toast: Consider yourself fortunate it's just an indictment asswipe.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:54 PM
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45. Earle has prosecuted MORE DEMS than Rethugs...how does delay
explain that?

Oh that's right, rethugs don't bother with anything related to facts and truth.
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