Countdown: The Beginning of the End

He knew it was coming, a special commentary on President Bush’s and the Republicans detainee act.  Keith Olbermann, on Countdown, does a much better job than he did with his last commentary.  His last commentary was simply angry.  This one presents excellent information and puts the detainee act in perspective.  When compared to Adam’s Alien and Sedition Act or Franklin D Roosevelt’s internment of Japanese-Americans, we can see that America has gone astray before.  We can also see that America is going astray again.  We are heading down a road in which the president can say anything and do anything and we’re supposed to say yes.  My point is if our laws are not good in a time of crisis, than our laws are no good.  If our laws are no good then the Constitution itself is no good.  But I think, I hope, that the American people understand that our Constitution is good.  The American people understand that for over 200 years our Constitution has withstood slavery, two world wars, and many many other challenges.

Ken Lay's Conviction gets dropped?

Photo: Michael Stravato for The New York Times



What the H#$$?

From NYT:

A federal judge on Tuesday threw out the fraud and conspiracy conviction of Kenneth L. Lay, the former Enron executive, who died of heart failure in July while on vacation in Colorado.

Judge Simeon T. Lake III ruled that the conviction must be voided because Mr. Lay cannot pursue an appeal his guilty verdict.

The decision, which had been expected, prevents the government from trying to seize more than $43.5 million from Mr. Lay’s estate that prosecutors claimed he stole from Enron before it collapsed in 2001.

Mr. Lay, who was 64, died about six weeks after he and another former chief executive, Jeffrey K. Skilling, were convicted of spearheading the fraud that led to Enron’s collapse in December 2001.

“We’re very pleased that the criminal case against Mr. Lay is now over,” said Sam Buffone, the lawyer who successfully filed the motions to have both Mr. Lay’s indictment and conviction dismissed. A jury found Mr. Lay guilty in May of six counts of conspiracy and fraud, and Judge Lake, in a separate trial, found him guilty of four counts of bank fraud.

Mr. Skilling, who was convicted of 19 counts of fraud, conspiracy and insider trading, is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday.  more


I do not believe in conspiracy theories, for the most part.  But now this may be one of the best cases for conspiracy theory.  Why would the judge have overturned Ken Lay’s conviction?  So, because the man is dead his conviction is overturned?  So his wife gets to spend millions of dollars that were gotten illegally?  The whole thing sounds so very fishy to me.  Kenneth Lay, the face of corporate corruption, dies only two weeks after his conviction.  The whole thing sounds just too convenient.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he sitting on an island somewhere like Kathleen Turner’s character in the movie Body Heat sipping some frozen drink with a little umbrella in it.

60 Minutes – Kuo

Keith Olbermann has been talking about David Kuo and his new book for several days.  I was wondering why he didn’t have an interview with Kuo, this is why.  David Kuo probably had a deal with CBS that he would give them the first interview. 

The problem with David Kuo, for the right, is that he doesn’t come off as a flake or nutcase.  He is clearly a religious man who deeply believes in his religion.