Let The Smears Begin!

Looks like it is time to start smearing David Iglesias and other USA’s for speaking out. Via the Carpetbagger and Digby, a new attack ad running on radio stations in New Mexico:

Former US Attorney David Iglesias wonders why he was fired. He says it was politics. Well, let’s look at the facts.

Iglesias brags he won a huge corruption case but he cut sweetheart deals with those involved and then lost 23 of 24 counts at trial (voices: NOT GUILTY!)

In 2004, 3000 suspect voter registration forms turned up. But Iglesias did nothing even when a crack dealer was busted with them and even when political operatives took the fifth and refused to testify about their fraud. David Iglesias just looked the other way. No wonder a criminal defense lawyer just praised him. He let her client walk.

While he looked the other way on fraud, Iglesias did prosecute a girl for putting bubble gum on a speeding ticket and he did find time to take dozens of taxpayer funded junkets around the world.

Meanwhile his own prosecutors criticized him and a former state supreme court judge publicly called him an ingrate. Now Iglesias is even trying to play the race card. David Iglesias. He still can’t figure out why he was fired.

C’mon David, isn’t it obvious?

A couple questions are in line. First, you might ask what office Iglesias is in the running for in 08.

Well, he isn’t.

In other words, this is nothing more than a flat out attempt to smear and bully anyone who dared deviate from the company line.

A second question- who are these New Mexicans for and Honest Court? Who knows- all we can find on the name listed on the wesbite, Linda Chavez Krumland, is that she was a Republican Delegate and a donor to Heather Wilson.

Yes. That Heather Wilson.

They aren’t even trying to be subtle anymore. They just don’t care. This is clearly nothing more than payback, punishment, and a message to others. Der Commisar gets it, though:

I’m trying to put this in some words that are not way, way over the top. They pressured this guy Iglesias (a Republican) to harass opponents baselessly. He demurred and they sacked him. And now, public attacks on his integrity and honesty?

What the Hell kind of a country am I living in? This is beyond bullshit.

But hey- the Democrats are worse!

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147 replies
  1. 1

    Yeah, well at least Bush didn’t whack him. Clinton was way worse- just ask Vince Foster!

  2. 2
    mrmobi says:

    Good job, Scruffy. We got the Clenis out of the way in the first comment!

  3. 3

    Good job, Scruffy. We got the Clenis out of the way in the first comment!

    Somebody had to do it. Better that it be dealt with promptly and responsibly than that it be left out in the open for one of the children (like Paul L. or scs) to get ahold of and misuse. That’s how over 95% of preventable blog accidents occur, you know.

  4. 4
    Mike S says:

    The new GOP is becoming more and more like the Church of Scientology, or most any other cult for that matter. If there is any comment detrimental to that cult the person making that comment needs to be completely destroyed.

    I only hope that they keep this kind of shit up so that they are relagated to the history books once and for all.

  5. 5
    SomeCallMeTim says:

    Hasn’t Rove been doing shit like this for years, even prior to the Bush Presidency?

  6. 6
    dave says:

    I challenged a moderate friend (who believes that both sides are the same) to compare Republican fear-mongering and attacks vs. Democratic fear mongering and attacks.

    The only thing he could think of was Bay of Pigs and the Gulf of Tonkin. Nearly a half decade ago. Even if they were analogous, which they aren’t, the only counter-example he could point to was a couple of incidents a half century ago.

    The majority of Republicans are vicious, horrible creatures. They just don’t care about facts, information or truth, only loyalty to their Bush and their Dick.

  7. 7
    ThymeZone says:

    Oh hell, everyone knows that Iglesias is just out to promote his book.

    Surely we aren’t falling for his victim act?

  8. 8
    Face says:

    to star smearing

    attornies

    even tyring

    Who isn’t even trying anymore? :)

    It always works out wonderful when the guys who probably have significant dirt on you, and a rather open microphone at the moment, suddenly are attacked so visciously. I bet this will work out well. I’m sure those US Attys are SURE to clam up now. Great plan.

  9. 9
    Mike S says:

    The majority of Republicans are vicious, horrible creatures. They just don’t care about facts, information or truth, only loyalty to their Bush and their Dick.

    You need to differentiate between the political operatives/junkies and the rank and file Republicans. There is a huge difference.

  10. 10
    ThymeZone says:

    The only thing he could think of was Bay of Pigs and the Gulf of Tonkin. Nearly a half decade ago.

    Tempus fugit, as they say!

  11. 11
    John Cole says:

    Who isn’t even trying anymore?

    It always works out wonderful when the guys who probably have significant dirt on you, and a rather open microphone at the moment, suddenly are attacked so visciously. I bet this will work out well. I’m sure those US Attys are SURE to clam up now. Great plan.

    My typing and spelling is at an all-time low. In my defense, I am working with a keyboard that is problematic due to soda damage from an ornery cat, I have thirteen IE/Firefox windows up and am scatterbrained as hell, and I am grading papers (and I lose my grasp on the English language after about ten).

  12. 12
    Blondie says:

    “Dozens of taxpayer funded junkets”??????????? HE WAS A RESERVIST FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    dumbasses.

  13. 13
    dave says:

    Mike S,

    I am sorry, but these days I cannot make such a distinction. Too many regular Joe and Jane Republicans are terrifyingly loyal to Bush and Dick; they salivate at Ann Coulter, love Hannity and Rush for their innane, and insane, blather; openly call for the deaths of journalists, judges they don’t like, Jimmy Carter and all liberals; and are, in my opinion, enablers of what this country has become. Bush and Dick are not the problem, they are symptoms of the problem.

    Those who disagree with the Republican party platform can leave, and indeed have left in droves. 35% of Americans call themselves Republicans, where 29% support the President. So my comment stands, except for those 6% who don’t know better.

  14. 14
    jenniebee says:

    goes to show that you can propagandize anything. My dad used to tell a joke about Pravda reporting on a two-man race between the USSR and USA:

    Glorious Soviet Runner finishes in Second Place! American runner compelled to settle for next-to-last place finish, putting yet another nail in the coffin of capitalism!

    Their spin machine is kind of like that.

  15. 15
    Marcus Wellby says:

    And why wouldn’t they go with the smear? Its worked for them in every other context and the basic formula is the same — create smear, media picks up on smear, smear becomes talk of cable news, original story dries up while smear lives on.

  16. 16
    jenniebee says:

    zomg Blondie, if those “junkets around the world” were actually more like “deployments to combat zones” that would be teh uberkewl.

  17. 17
    Punchy says:

    original story dries up while smear lives on.

    1) It’s Republicans smearing a Republican. Vociferously. Think about that. They’re eating their own, very nearly literally.

    2) Uh…Gonzo wont talk much, most of his cronies wont talk (Ed Schultz says that 2 more Gonzo clowns will clam up and go fi-vizzle)…they only ones talking are the US Attys. Since the microphone has to placed somewhere, I’m guessing the media will continue to focus on their side of the story.

    3) This just reeks of desperation. Not of political savvy, not borne of political acumen…but pure desperation. Joe American is atune to this stuff. 72% of them understand this.

  18. 18
    Mike S says:

    My many Republican friends would find your comment absurd.

  19. 19

    […] Someone can try the “you got nothing on me, copper,” defense, and claim that this is some “independent” group. Fine. Balloon Juice asks: who are these New Mexicans for and Honest Court? Who knows- all we can find on the name listed on the website, Linda Chavez Krumland, is that she was a Republican Delegate and a donor to Heather Wilson. […]

  20. 20
    Darrell says:

    Der Commisar gets it, though:

    I’m trying to put this in some words that are not way, way over the top. They pressured this guy Iglesias (a Republican) to harass opponents baselessly. He demurred and they sacked him. And now, public attacks on his integrity and honesty?

    Hang on a minute. On what basis does Commisar conclude that Iglesias was “pressured” to harass opponents baselessly? Or did the Commisar simply make it up, with John Cole mindlessly parroting that Commisar “gets it” because it sounds so good and dramatic to say it? Where is the evidence? Because unless there’s more evidence, then let’s call Commisar what he appears to be – a lying smear merchant.

    How about this scenario – Iglesias really was an incompetent prosecutor, and after he was fired for good reason, he went public screaming how mean it was to have fired him. A political group with ties to the Republican party fires back in response to Iglesia’s public attacks.

    We don’t have enough facts to know one way or another, do we? But hey, who needs to wait for facts? The outrage must be summoned immediately!

  21. 21

    I, for one, find it unlikely that mere coincidence explains how Darrell and BIRDZILLA can both return on the same day.

    Could the greatest living poet and the greatest living spoof be one and the same person? The mind boggles at the prospect. It’d be the most astounding case of dual identity since Christopher Marlowe faked his death and became William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, AND Miguel Cervantes.

    Centuries from now, students of literature and poetry will envy us the time we’ve spent talking to this Master of the artistic Era.

  22. 22
    Blondie says:

    FROM WIKIPEDIA:

    “A biographical sketch by Heather Jensen in the Winter, 2001 issue of the Wheaton College alumni magazine states,

    “After graduating from Wheaton College and the University of New Mexico law school, David Iglesias ’80 began what would become a well-known legal career with the Judge Advocate General Corps. “In 1986, the year he joined the corps, he was called to represent two men accused of assaulting a fellow Marine at their base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.The case was the inspiration for the play and movie A Few Good Men. ‘It was one of those things when I look back, I can see the hand of the Lord in it,’ David says.”

  23. 23
    Punchy says:

    Check out this comment by one of Der Commisar’s readers:

    You leftards always fold in the face of the truth. These so-called “attack” ads are actually “truth ads” and you and your leftist atourney generals can’t face up to it. Try persecuting criminals and Dems who try to steal elections next time instead of legalizing booze and helping Mexicans break into the country and take our jobs.

    Boy, that is Grade A+++ spoof. Dick Numbers couldn’t hold that guy’s jock. Pure comedy gold over there.

    By the way, when one goes Republican, do they steal your dictionaries and replace them with….bibles? Does spellcheck not work on righty keyboards?

  24. 24
    Sam Hutcheson says:

    We don’t have enough facts to know one way or another, do we?

    Of course we have enough facts, Darrell. You don’t “have enough facts” in the same way you don’t “have enough facts” about global warming — i.e. the facts are contra to your ideological wish-casting so you pretend they don’t exist.

    You want to see true lack of evidence? Take a look at the supposed voter fraud these buffoons trot out as an Iglesias “failure.”

    Yes, I realize it’s pointless to talk to you as if your brain worked.

  25. 25
    Darrell says:
    We don’t have enough facts to know one way or another, do we?

    Of course we have enough facts, Darrell

    Where are these additional “facts” then? Mindreading and your “feelings” don’t count

  26. 26

    MUST SEE VIDEO!

    This is Doan from the GSA. This is your Government folks. Totally incompetent, totally inept, and totally corrupt.

  27. 27
    ThymeZone says:

    On what basis does Commisar conclude that Iglesias was “pressured” to harass opponents baselessly? Or did the Commisar simply make it up, with John Cole mindlessly parroting

    Oh gee, where did that idea come from?

    Revelations that Domenici phoned one of the ousted U.S. attorneys and complained to President Bush and the Justice Department about him helped touch off a larger congressional investigation into the firings, which has embarrassed the Bush administration, threatened the job of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and sparked a showdown between the White House and Congress over whether Bush’s aides should have to testify.

    March 28, 2007 – New Mexico Republican Sen. Pete Domenici’s chief of staff sent a cryptic thank-you note to Karl Rove just as the senator was recommending replacements for David Iglesias, the fired U.S. attorney in New Mexico, according to internal White House and Justice Department documents.

    Read the paper once in a while, you fucking moron.

    David Iglesias — whose performance as an agressive young Navy lawyer reportedly inspired the Tom Cruise character in “A Few Good Men” — was the highly regarded U.S. attorney based in Albuquerque, N.M., recommended for the job by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.). But Iglesias, a Republican, soon drew the wrath of Domenici, among others.

    High-ranking Republicans in New Mexico were unhappy because Iglesias was not advancing a corruption case involving a Democrat on the GOP’s timetable — before the 2004 elections. Equally suspicious, in their view, Iglesias declined to bring indictments in a separate case involving faulty voter registrations by a Democratic-leaning group.

    Complaints that Iglesias was not aggressive in pursuing voter fraud were relayed to President Bush, who forwarded those complaints to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Soon, Iglesias, who had received excellent job evaluations, was asked to resign.

    Iglesias noted in a March 21 newspaper column that as one of two U.S. attorneys who set up task forces on voter fraud in 2004, he was considered an expert. But, he wrote, “What the critics, who don’t have any experience as prosecutors, have asserted is reprehensible — namely that I should have proceeded without having proof beyond a reasonable doubt. The public has a right to believe that prosecution decisions are made on legal, not political, grounds.”

    Yeah, right, Iglesias was a slacker.

  28. 28

    How about this scenario – Iglesias really was an incompetent prosecutor, and after he was fired for good reason, he went public screaming how mean it was to have fired him. A political group with ties to the Republican party fires back in response to Iglesia’s public attacks.

    Oh come on. He obviously had a book he was trying to sell.

    And it’s ok because Clinton did it.

  29. 29
    Chad N. Freude says:

    How about this scenario – Iglesias really was an incompetent prosecutor

    Yes, Darrell, how about it?

    One of the U.S. attorneys fired by the Bush administration after Republican complaints that he neglected to prosecute voter fraud had been heralded for his expertise in that area by the Justice Department, which twice selected him to train other federal prosecutors to pursue election crimes.
    David C. Iglesias, who was dismissed as U.S. attorney for New Mexico in December, was one of two chief federal prosecutors invited to teach at a “voting integrity symposium” in October 2005. The symposium was sponsored by Justice’s public integrity and civil rights sections and was attended by more than 100 prosecutors from around the country, according to an account by Iglesias that a department spokesman confirmed.

    Iglesias, a Republican, said in an interview that he and the U.S. attorney from Milwaukee, Steven M. Biskupic, were chosen as trainers because they were the only ones identified as having created task forces to examine allegations of voter fraud in the 2004 elections. An agenda lists them as the panelists for a session on such task forces at the two-day seminar, which featured a luncheon speech by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.

    According to Iglesias, the agency invited him back as a trainer last summer, just months before a Justice official telephoned to fire him. He said he could not attend the second time because of his obligations as an officer in the Navy Reserve.

    The fact that Justice officials held out Iglesias to his colleagues as an exemplar of good work on voter fraud conflicts with an explanation offered last week by a senior aide to President Bush …

    Washington, Post, March 19, 2007

  30. 30

    Are we certain that Igelsias wasn’t secretly working with the Democrats all along in a dirty sneaky attempt to smear the reputation of Alberto Gonezo?

  31. 31
    Darrell says:

    Yeah, right, Iglesias was a slacker.

    If he wasn’t prosecuting cases of voter fraud where he should have been, then yes, he would be a slacker. He claims there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute. His boss disagreed.

  32. 32

    Sure, some of you are going to discount Darrell’s theories as luny conspiracy theories put forth by a Republican lap dog.

    But as the man said in Falling Down…

    “Think about it!”

    They are possible, are they not?

  33. 33
    tBone says:

    I, for one, find it unlikely that mere coincidence explains how Darrell and BIRDZILLA can both return on the same day.

    If scs and Paul L show up, it would be like the Four Riders of the Spoofocalypse. Cower, mortals!

  34. 34
    Darrell says:

    Still waiting for any evidence at all… anything to substantiate Commisar’s claim touted by John Cole, that Iglesias was “pressured” into prosecuting political opponents “baselessly”.

  35. 35

    If he wasn’t prosecuting cases of voter fraud where he should have been, then yes, he would be a slacker. He claims there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute. His boss disagreed.

    Even if it’s true that those voter fraud cases had no substance, it was Mr. Iglesias job to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law!

    You guys quit picking on Darrell. It’s not nice. In my family we play nice with retarded children.

  36. 36
    ThymeZone says:

    If he wasn’t prosecuting cases of voter fraud where he should have been, then yes, he would be a slacker. He claims there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute. His boss disagreed.

    Nice, which moron website did you get that from?

    The fact is, the matter was driven directly from the desk of Karl Rove, like the other firings, for purely political reasons. Which is why Gonazales is a goner, why he lied about his involvement, why Republicans don’t want to support him now, and why you look like a fucking idiot here like you always do.

  37. 37
    Evilbeard says:

    Darrell you got BURNT! (that’s how we used to say PWND back in the day)

  38. 38
    Punchy says:

    The public has a right to believe that prosecution decisions are made on legal, not political, grounds.”

    The public are fucking morons to believe this during the Reign of Bush. Guilt and innocent based on some proper nouns found on your voter registration card…

  39. 39

    Still waiting for any evidence at all… anything to substantiate Commisar’s claim touted by John Cole, that Iglesias was “pressured” into prosecuting political opponents “baselessly”.

    You know they aren’t going to do that!

    Those leftist moonbats are still waiting for the evidence to support the charge that this guy was fired for incompetence.

    And you and I both know, we don’t have to provide that because as a loyal servant of the President, the man can be beheaded for any reason. Er, I mean axed. Sorry, English isn’t my second language and I got my cliches mixed up.

  40. 40

    If scs and Paul L show up, it would be like the Four Riders of the Spoofocalypse. Cower, mortals!

    The end of Balloon Juice is nigh!

  41. 41

    The public are fucking morons to believe this during the Reign of Bush. Guilt and innocent based on some proper nouns found on your voter registration card…

    Look, in this country the President makes the law. If you don’t like it, go move to Nazi Russia or something!

  42. 42
    Bubblegum Tate says:

    2 more Gonzo clowns will clam up and go fi-vizzle

    I believe you mean “the fizz-ifth” (or, perhaps, “the fif”), but your point is taken.

    That Der Commissar comment is teh aw3s0m3. It even ends with “dey took ur jobs!”

  43. 43
    craigie says:

    Darrell you got BURNT!

    Does that mean I should turn the pie filter off?

  44. 44
    Tim F. says:

    Still waiting for the negative performance reviews…the warnings that DOJ was unhappy with his work product…anything that would suggest that Iglesias’s superiors were dissatisfied prior to firing him. A single scrap of evidence would do. Otherwise Darrell has pulled this entire story of his 100% out of his own ass.

  45. 45
    Ellison, Ellensburg, Ellers, and Lambchop says:

    The only thing he could think of was Bay of Pigs and the Gulf of Tonkin.

    Well, if your friend couldn’t name more, I’m sure they don’t exist! Proof positive!

    I’ll give myself 15 seconds for examples of Dem fearmongering, of the top of my head:

    Global Warming Will Drown Us All!
    The Patriot Act Gestapo
    “Karl Rove is listening to YOUR phone calls!”
    Bush will kick old people down the stairs and make them eat cat food!
    “Reagan ’80, Nuclear War ’81 (amended to “Reagan ’84, Nuclear War ’85” for the next election)”
    9/11 “Truthers”
    etc. etc. etc.

  46. 46

    Time to take the whip to the stupid jackasses again

    -BIRDZILLA

    The best thing about his poems is that they work on any thread, in almost any context.

  47. 47
    demimondian says:

    I’ll give myself 15 seconds for examples of Dem fearmongering, of the top of my head

    I don’t see why we’d need to do any fearmongering [sic] of [sic] the top of your head. The beanie you wear is either fear-inspring or not; our contributions won’t matter, either way.

    (By the way: it isn’t terrifying, eEel. It’s ridiculous.)

  48. 48
    RSA says:

    Well, let’s look at the facts.

    What I find funny (sort of) about this smear is that even after Iglesias was asked to resign, Gonzales agreed to write him a letter of recommendation. That is, Iglesias’s boss, who presumably has access to a lot more information than has been made public, was perfectly willing to vouch for him. Does that make Gonzales an incompetent boob, a lying backstabber of a boss, or both?

  49. 49
    tBone says:

    Time to take the whip to the stupid jackasses again

    -BIRDZILLA

    The best thing about his poems is that they work on any thread, in almost any context.

    I have to say, I don’t consider that one of his best pieces of work. It’s far too coherent, everything is spelled correctly, and there are no mystery capiTALiZATIONS.

    He can do better.

  50. 50

    Does that make Gonzales an incompetent boob, a lying backstabber of a boss, or both?

    He was just trying to let him off easy. Nothing illegal about that, mind you. There’s nothing to see here. Move along.

  51. 51
    Tim F. says:

    I’ll give myself 15 seconds for examples of Dem fearmongering

    Well gosh, why didn’t I think of those? Warming happened just as predicted and so did abuses of the PATRIOT Act. There must be some spoofy world where people who accurately predict the future count as crazy.

  52. 52
    Tsulagi says:

    This is clearly nothing more than payback, punishment, and a message to others.

    Nope, not at all. Just another SOP day in the life of the Christian centered honor and integrity administration and their supporters. These ads are what passes for sworn testimony; much better.

    Now if Iglesias has a wife, she’s up next for the known truth channelers. No doubt like McCain’s wife in 00, she will be found to be an alcoholic drug abuser who looks the other way while brown babies show up in her home. Swiftboaters know how to deliver the truth.

  53. 53
    Darrell says:

    A single scrap of evidence would do. Otherwise Darrell has pulled this entire story of his 100% out of his own ass.

    Except that it’s not my story, it’s the zero-evidence smears advanced on this thread that Iglesias was “pressured” into harrassing political opponents baselessly. I am the one asking for “a single scrap” of evidence to support that claim, and as of the time of this post, none has been provided. Nada. Just more typical dishonest scandal-mongering with no substance behind it.

    As for job reviews, many are rubber-stamped approvals made by bureacrats who don’t want to rock any boats. I’ll bet that’s been the case in the firings of government appointees for decades. Good job approval ratings and then they’re sacked for screwing up.

    After 4 years, is it really so “controversial” that 8% of any group of appointees may not have worked out as well as originally hoped? Of course it isn’t.

    But that doesn’t stop the scandal-mongers from summoning their righteous outrage. Truth to power!

  54. 54

    I have to say, I don’t consider that one of his best pieces of work. It’s far too coherent, everything is spelled correctly, and there are no mystery capiTALiZATIONS.

    He can do better

    Give him a break, he’s just coming back from a hiatus. He’s a little rusty.

  55. 55
    Grrr says:

    Hang on a minute. On what basis does Commisar conclude that Iglesias was “pressured” to harass opponents baselessly? Or did the Commisar simply make it up, with John Cole mindlessly parroting that Commisar “gets it” because it sounds so good and dramatic to say it? Where is the evidence? Because unless there’s more evidence, then let’s call Commisar what he appears to be – a lying smear merchant.

    Shorter Darrell: Quit stealing my riffs.

  56. 56
    Darrell says:

    The majority of Republicans are vicious, horrible creatures

    Too rich for words. No spoof can outdo the actual sincere words of the leftists on this site. Louder kooks, I can’t hear you!

  57. 57
    Jake says:

    I’m going to start a group called Americans for a Strong Society and if anyone, any where, says or does anything I don’t like, I’ll smear them like it’s 1999.

    Watch your step, muggafuggas.

  58. 58
    Tsulagi says:

    Let’s see, in the truth ads apparently we have this…

    …even when political operatives took the fifth and refused to testify about their fraud. David Iglesias just looked the other way.

    Ummm, wasn’t there some other political operative recently in the news who took the Fifth? So they’re saying testimony should be aggressively pursued in that kind of situation, right?

  59. 59
    Perry Como says:

    Ummm, wasn’t there some other political operative recently in the news who took the Fifth? So they’re saying testimony should be aggressively pursued in that kind of situation, right?

    That’s completely different.

  60. 60
    mrmobi says:

    Hey, it’s Two-in-the-BrainPan Lambchop! Anyone you’d like to nominate for summary execution?

    Global Warming Will Drown Us All!

    True.

    The Patriot Act Gestapo

    Also true.

    “Karl Rove is listening to YOUR phone calls!”

    A miserable lie. The FBI, yes. The NSA, yes.

    Bush will kick old people down the stairs and make them eat cat food!

    I HAVE FUCKING SEEN THIS MYSELF! And he called his wife a c*nt!

    Reagan ‘80, Nuclear War ‘81 (amended to “Reagan ‘84, Nuclear War ‘85” for the next election)

    Also a miserable lie. Ronnie was asleep for six of the eight years he was POTUS. He was never a danger to anything but democracy. A very witty, though incompetent, gentleman.

  61. 61
    Tim F. says:

    I am the one asking for “a single scrap” of evidence to support that claim, and as of the time of this post, none has been provided. Nada. Just more typical dishonest scandal-mongering with no substance behind it.

    Spare me. If you have a faint shadow of credibility you would correct that to say that none of the various forms of evidence has yet satisfied you. Take for example the highly irregular calls from two Republican Congresspeople to Iglesias and to the DOJ just before the ’06 election, ending with a thank-you note directly from Domenici to Karl Rove after Iglesias’s firing.

    Have even the tiniest shred of self-respect, Darrell, and admit that you simply aren’t satisfied with the evidence that exists today. You could even win points by admitting that no weight of evidence ever will satisfy you. In your little world Republicans don’t do bad things.

  62. 62
    Krista says:

    Otherwise Darrell has pulled this entire story of his 100% out of his own ass.

    Considering how much he’s able to pull out of there…wait, is it possible to have a bottomless ass?

  63. 63
    Perry Como says:

    National Review says time for the AG to go. Why does the NRO hate America?

  64. 64
    Ellison, Ellensburg, Ellers, and Lambchop says:

    Warming happened just as predicted and so did abuses of the PATRIOT Act.

    New York City will be under 20 feet of water if we don’t do something fast (no, wait, 20 inches)? The Patriot Act Gestapo is hauling your neighbor to a secret prison because of the library books he checked out?

    It takes a special kind of partisan dementia to dismiss things like terrorism warnings as “fearmongering” (I’m sure the people of Madrid and London and India and Nepal, etc., etc., etc., will tell you all about the very real scourge of Islamic terrorism), but to applaud Al Gore’s discredited and dishonest hackery as “accurate.”

    Wow, I wish I could live in the Bizarro World of the lefty loons for just a few hours — it seems much more exciting than Planet Earth!

  65. 65
    les says:

    If he wasn’t prosecuting cases of voter fraud where he should have been, then yes, he would be a slacker. He claims there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute. His boss disagreed.

    Uh, Darrell, you irresponsible idiot, how about if the FBI Director says that there have been no FBI investigations related to election fraud that “should have resulted in an indictment but did not.” And that he was never consulted regarding the matter. If I wasn’t so convinced you’re dishonest, I would think you were brain dead.

  66. 66
    CJ says:

    many are rubber-stamped approvals made by bureacrats who don’t want to rock any boats

    Darrell:

    Let’s see the proof that Iglesias’ reviews were rubber stamped by bureaucrats. Further let’s see the proof that the rubber stamped reviews were bad. Your ‘betting’ aside, you have shown us nothing.

    The presumption here is and will remain that Iglesias was doing a fine job until and unless you can provide sufficient proof to rebut the presumption.

    CJ

  67. 67
    Ellison, Ellensburg, Ellers, and Lambchop says:

    Anyone you’d like to nominate for summary execution?

    Nope, just Jose Padilla, for now.

    Global Warming Will Drown Us All!
    True.

    Heh. Fearmongerer!

  68. 68
    Tim F. says:

    Lambchop, let me get this straight. Are you arguing that the PATRIOT Act has not been abused? If so I have seen more intelligent rhododendrons.

    Are you arguing that warming has not begun to occur? Same story. Nobody but moron Hollywood producers and, apparently, you, thinks that a several hundred year phenomenon will reach its endpoint overnight.

  69. 69
    chopper says:

    If he wasn’t prosecuting cases of voter fraud where he should have been, then yes, he would be a slacker. He claims there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute. His boss disagreed.

    “Could this local pub be the victim of a serial arsonist? The police say no but my producer says yes.” – Asian reporter Trisha Takanawa

  70. 70
    Chad N. Freude says:

    zero-evidence smears advanced on this thread that Iglesias was “pressured” into harrassing political opponents baselessly.

    And those phone calls from Pete Domenici and Heather Wilson were just friendly chats.

    As for job reviews, many are rubber-stamped approvals made by bureacrats who don’t want to rock any boats. I’ll bet that’s been the case in the firings of government appointees for decades.

    Hard to argue with that. Consider, for example, Michael Heckuvajob Brown and Donald Rumsfeld, both given approvals by that non-boat-rocking bureaucrat George Bush. Their achievements are certainly as illustrious as, say, Carol Lam’s. So I guess it’s true, good performance reviews actually mean the opposite of what they say. This is consistent with the policy of the current administration.

  71. 71

    due to soda damage from an ornery cat

    Stop buying your cat soda.

  72. 72
    ThymeZone says:

    is it possible to have a bottomless ass?

    This has been “Plastic Surgery Frequently Asked Questions.”

  73. 73
    Dreggas says:

    I propose a new law:

    The volume at which a troll denounces a story is directly proportionate to the volume of truth in the story.

  74. 74
    Darrell says:

    Spare me. If you have a faint shadow of credibility you would correct that to say that none of the various forms of evidence has yet satisfied you. Take for example the highly irregular calls from two Republican Congresspeople to Iglesias and to the DOJ just before the ‘06 election, ending with a thank-you note directly from Domenici to Karl Rove after Iglesias’s firing

    Oh my Tim, some “irregular” phone calls were made? And not just irregular, but highly irregular phone calls. Well that settles everything, doesn’t it?

  75. 75
    Chad N. Freude says:

    Oh my Tim, some “irregular” phone calls were made? And not just irregular, but highly irregular phone calls.

    Umm, the phone calls appear to be sufficiently irregular to cause Domenici to lawyer up. With Duke Cunningham’s lawyer, no less.

  76. 76
    ThymeZone says:

    Oh my Tim, some “irregular” phone calls were made? And not just irregular, but highly irregular phone calls. Well that settles everything, doesn’t it?

    Why no, in fact, no it doesn’t. But there is a mountain of evidence, and several other phony firings, and a trail of deception and equivocation and mendacity here, that all points to one thing: Abuse of the Justice Dept. by the White House, for political purposes. In the fullness of time as it unfolds, even you will be forced to see it for what it really is.

  77. 77
    chopper says:

    Anyone you’d like to nominate for summary execution?

    Nope, just Jose Padilla, for now.

    wow, i figure you’d wait for the actual trial to establish guilt. i guess you know all.

  78. 78
    Tim F. says:

    Oh my Tim, some “irregular” phone calls were made? And not just irregular, but highly irregular phone calls. Well that settles everything, doesn’t it?

    In Iglesias’s mind it certainly did. A sitting member of Congress does not call a prosecutor to apply blatant pressure on an ongoing investigation.

    So, as I said, evidence exists but it doesn’t meet your personal standard of proof. If somebody else made the same mistake you would call him a lying sack of shit. Me, I think that you just exaggerated in order to make a point.

  79. 79
    chopper says:

    stupid lack of ability to edit posts.

    john cole, i hate you.

  80. 80
    Chad N. Freude says:

    Abuse of the Justice Dept. by the White House

    Actually, TZ, the calls to Iglesias were from a senator and a representative. This is Abuse of the Justice Dept. by Congress. The judicial branch has yet to weigh in.

  81. 81
    Perry Como says:

    Actually, TZ, the calls to Iglesias were from a senator and a representative.

    Congresscritters call US attorneys all the time to check on sealed indictments about political corruption cases right before an election. Moonbat.

  82. 82
    Chad N. Freude says:

    Congresscritters call US attorneys all the time to check on sealed indictments about political corruption cases right before an election.

    Of course, how silly of me. I guess I just don’t understand the relationship between Congress and the DOJ.

    Please tell me you’re joking.

    Please.

  83. 83
    Tsulagi says:

    Considering how much he’s able to pull out of there…wait, is it possible to have a bottomless ass?

    Don’t start that kind of rumor. Soon you’d have Matt Sanchez and Darrell picking out rings and moving to MA. Darrell would hate the weather there.

  84. 84

    Oh my Tim, some “irregular” phone calls were made? And not just irregular, but highly irregular phone calls. Well that settles everything, doesn’t it?

    Yeah, guys. Sheesh. What’s wrong with calling up the prosecutor and demanding he file an indictment on phoney charges? Clinton did it all the time.

  85. 85
    mrmobi says:

    If he wasn’t prosecuting cases of voter fraud where he should have been, then yes, he would be a slacker. He claims there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute. His boss disagreed.

    Welcome back, you lying neo-Nazi piece of shit.

    Iglesias didn’t initiate all this crap. He just concluded that he wasn’t going to investigate bullshit, trumped up voter fraud charges that had no chance of resulting in convictions.

    Gonzales agreed to write him a letter of recommendation. That is, Iglesias’s boss, who presumably has access to a lot more information than has been made public, was perfectly willing to vouch for him. Does that make Gonzales an incompetent boob, a lying backstabber of a boss, or both?

    I think, both, but answer the question, you teutonic twat.

    If Iglesias is so incompetent, why did he get this letter? I think the real reason is that the President just couldn’t figure out how to fire all the people who were investigating corrupt Party of Torture members and get away with it.

    If it weren’t so sad, it would be funny, because the President does have the right to fire all the USAttorneys if he so desires, he just can’t do it to specifically stop investigations.

    Those conversations between Iglesias and members of congress are NOT supposed to happen, and if you had any honesty at all, you would admit that. Don’t you ever get tired of carrying water for people who hate our democracy?

  86. 86
    Moll Slanders says:

    is it possible to have a bottomless ass?

    I hereby request we consider the idea of changing the name “Darrell” to “The Bowels of HELL”.

  87. 87
    Perry Como says:

    Of course, how silly of me. I guess I just don’t understand the relationship between Congress and the DOJ.

    Please tell me you’re joking.

    I can’t help it if you are so unhinged from reality that you didn’t know this is a regular occurrence. How “reality based” of you.

  88. 88
    Chad N. Freude says:

    I can’t help it if you are so unhinged from reality that you didn’t know this is a regular occurrence. How “reality based” of you.

    So Domenici decided he needed a lawyer after the story became public because …?

  89. 89
    Krista says:

    Soon you’d have Matt Sanchez and Darrell picking out rings and moving to MA. Darrell would hate the weather there.

    They’d make a lovely couple. But sadly, it would mean the end of Darrell’s career as a Boy Scout leader.

  90. 90
    ThymeZone says:

    This is Abuse of the Justice Dept. by Congress.

    Not even the pathological liars at the White House have tried to make that absurd argument.

    Dumb. Very dumb. That’s all you got? The shortest spoof career in history, I’m afraid. Buh Bye.

  91. 91
    Chad N. Freude says:

    By the way, Perry, speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee,

    Iglesias also detailed his call from Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM), which occurred roughly two weeks prior to Domenici’s call. Iglesias said that after some light chit-chat, Wilson said “she’d been hearing about sealed indictments” and asked Iglesias for details. “The second she said any question about sealed indictments, red flags went up in my head,” Iglesias said. “We specifically cannot talk about a sealed indictment.” Iglesias likened it to calling up a nuclear scientist and saying, “let’s talk about those secret codes, those launch codes.”

    So now he’s probably got the entire Committee thinking there was something improper about the sort of phone call that’s made all the time.

  92. 92
    Perry Como says:

    So Domenici decided he needed a lawyer after the story became public because …?

    He probably doesn’t want to get caught in some sort of perjury trap set by the highly partisan Democrat congress.

  93. 93
    Perry Como says:

    So now he’s probably got the entire Committee thinking there was something improper about the sort of phone call that’s made all the time.

    If the calls were so irregular, why didn’t he report them at the time? Iglesias is just trying to get some payback for getting dismissed after being an underperforming US attorney.

  94. 94
    Chad N. Freude says:

    Dumb. Very dumb. That’s all you got? The shortest spoof career in history, I’m afraid. Buh Bye.

    Dude, go back and read the posting again. Perhaps your sarcasm detector is due for service.

  95. 95
    Faux News says:

    “Darrell has pulled this entire story of his 100% out of his own ass”.

    No easy feat given that Darrell has a 12 inch black dildo up there at all times.

  96. 96
    Ellison, Ellensburg, Ellers, and Lambchop says:

    i guess you know all.

    Finally, you’re catching on, as thousands of others have.

  97. 97
    Chad N. Freude says:

    If the calls were so irregular, why didn’t he report them at the time?

    From a fascinating article in the Albuquerque Tribune:

    Iglesias has, however, acknowledged that he failed to report the calls to the Justice Department as required, a decision he said he regrets.

    The article details Domenici’s acknowledged lying about the matter.

    an underperforming US attorney

    if you consider underporfing to include

    David C. Iglesias, who was dismissed as U.S. attorney for New Mexico in December, was one of two chief federal prosecutors invited to teach at a “voting integrity symposium” in October 2005. The symposium was sponsored by Justice’s public integrity and civil rights sections and was attended by more than 100 prosecutors from around the country, according to an account by Iglesias that a department spokesman confirmed.

    Iglesias, a Republican, said in an interview that he and the U.S. attorney from Milwaukee, Steven M. Biskupic, were chosen as trainers because they were the only ones identified as having created task forces to examine allegations of voter fraud in the 2004 elections. An agenda lists them as the panelists for a session on such task forces at the two-day seminar, which featured a luncheon speech by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.

  98. 98
    Chad N. Freude says:

    Of course that should have been “underperforming”. I am an underperforming typist.

    And I just realized that in spite of the DOJ’s high regard for his previous performance, the allegation of under performance must have been his failure to report the calls. Of course! That explains everything!

  99. 99
    ThymeZone says:

    Perhaps your sarcasm detector is due for service.

    Or, you could label it.

    Or better yet, a change of key?

  100. 100
    ThymeZone says:

    go back and read the posting again.

    I thought we were against torture here?

  101. 101
    Chad N. Freude says:

    Or, you could label it.

    Sorry, I thought it was apparent.

    Or better yet, a change of key?

    Not sure what you mean by this.

  102. 102
    Chad N. Freude says:

    I thought we were against torture here?

    But Darrell, Birdzilla, 28 percent, (the list goes on) all post here, disproving the hypothesis.

  103. 103
    Chad N. Freude says:

    I seem to have both ThymeZone and Perry Como pissed at me. This no small accomplishment.

  104. 104
    ThymeZone says:

    Not sure what you mean by this.

    Cool.

  105. 105
    ThymeZone says:

    This no small accomplishment.

    I’ll be the judge of that.

    I’m a cranky persona. The whole act is based on being pissed all the time.

    Jeesh. Two years of fucking work for nothing.

  106. 106
    ThymeZone says:

    But Darrell, Birdzilla, 28 percent, (the list goes on) all post here, disproving the hypothesis.

    Birdzilla is my hero-poultry. I aspire to be as good as he/she is.

  107. 107
    Chad N. Freude says:

    I aspire to be as good as he/she is.

    Won’t happen until you stop actually typing and just let your fingers wander aimlessly around the keyboard. Oh, and you have to stop thinking, too.

  108. 108

    Still waiting for the negative performance reviews…the warnings that DOJ was unhappy with his work product…anything that would suggest that Iglesias’s superiors were dissatisfied prior to firing him. A single scrap of evidence would do. Otherwise Darrell has pulled this entire story of his 100% out of his own ass.

    Oh come on, that is only necessary in private industry.

    In the government you get promoted for incompetence, and fired for doing your job.

  109. 109
    Zifnab says:

    Actually, you know what these attack ads DO remind me of?

    Attack Ads Launched Against Ronald Earle

    Remember back when DeLay got indited? They were running ads for weeks down in Austin trying to drum up support against the DA. It was completely insane, of course. But it appears to be a play they’ve decided to keep in their playbook.

  110. 110
    Chad N. Freude says:

    In the government you get promoted for incompetence, and fired for doing your job.

    Aha! Wrong! Michael Brown and Donald Rumsfeld both achieved their positions before demonstrating their incompetence.

  111. 111
    jake says:

    I hereby request we consider the idea of changing the name “Darrell” to “The Bowels of HELL”.

    Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

  112. 112
    ThymeZone says:

    Oh, and you have to stop thinking, too.

    Oh, that ship sailed long ago.

  113. 113
    chopper says:

    Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

    “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate” – darrell alighieri

  114. 114
    Chad N. Freude says:

    GQ has an interview with Iglesias that contains Iglesias’s explanation of why he did not report the call from Domenici.

    Senator Pete Domenici called you in October basically to lean on you, to ask if you would issue indictments in a case damaging to local Democrats before November’s election. You were supposed to report that call to Justice, but you didn’t. Why? Because you felt loyal to the Senator?

    Correct.

    Do you regret that decision?

    It’s hard to go back and change what happened. I felt like I owed a debt of gratitude to the Senator because he recommended me for the position, he helped me when I ran for office, he did a fundraising video for me, he lent me one of his staffers for a few days to help me drive around the state. I just felt a terrible conflict between my duty to report the inappropriate call and my loyalty to Senator Domenici.

    But you’ve got to see the irony here. One of the great themes of the U.S. Attorney scandal is the tug between being loyal and following standard protocol.

    Well, there are limits to loyalty.

  115. 115
    jake says:

    “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate” – darrell alighieri

    Well may proceed from him all tribulation.
    O, what a marvel it appeared to me,
    When I beheld three faces on his head!

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    Krista says:

    I’m a cranky persona. The whole act is based on being pissed all the time.

    Jeesh. Two years of fucking work for nothing.

    I’m surprised you don’t find it more tiring. You must go through a ton of Gaviscon.

    Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate

    What does it say about me that I find that phrase looks like a really delicious entree at a good Italian restaurant?

  117. 117
    demimondian says:

    Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate

    Typical Eye-talian, writing about lascivious things in *public*.

  118. 118
    ThymeZone says:

    You must go through a ton of Gaviscon.

    I eat nails.

  119. 119
    Tom Beck says:

    It’s okay. Iglesias will get a comfort job from some huge law firm whose partners are major league GOP…oh, wait, that’s what’s going to happen to Gonzales.

    Never mind.

  120. 120
    Krista says:

    I eat nails.

    Finishing, roofing, finger, or toe?

  121. 121
    cd6 says:

    Good god, check out that website
    http://www.honestcourts.com/

    They make the drudge report look like it was designed by Michaelangelo

  122. 122
    Andrew says:

    Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

    That’s the tattoo on Darrell’s lower back.

  123. 123
    Pb says:

    Linda Chavez Krumland, used car salesman? Well, I don’t know if they’re used, but…

  124. 124
    ThymeZone says:

    Finishing, roofing, finger, or toe?

    Masonry.

    Heh.

    { spits }

  125. 125
    ThymeZone says:

    That’s the tattoo on Darrell’s lower back.

    POTD.

    Again.

  126. 126
    jake says:

    That’s the tattoo on Darrell’s lower back.

    Thereby bringing us back to the topic of smears.

  127. 127
    Krista says:

    Ah, jeez….(screws up face in disgust)

  128. 128
    ThymeZone says:

    That’s the tattoo on Darrell’s lower back.

    Although, I have to admit, I’d have thought that tattoo said
    “Be Prepared.”

    Just saying.

  129. 129
    ThymeZone says:

    Just went back and read the top of the thread.

    It just hit me: They’re running attack ads against a fired US Attorney?

    Who the fuck are these buttfuckers running this country?

    Good God almighty.

  130. 130
    jake says:

    It just hit me: They’re running attack ads against a fired US Attorney?

    …’K.

    Good morning TZ. Would you like some coffee?

  131. 131

    Notice how Darrell disappeared?

  132. 132
    demimondian says:

    Good morning TZ. Would you like some coffee?

    Indeed. I’m still totally bewildered by “what were they *thinking*?” part of the whole thing. What on Earth do they expect to gain by going after Iglesias, anyway? Like Tim said, what’s he running for? Nothing? Then driving up his negatives isn’t doing anybody any good, is it?

  133. 133
    ThymeZone says:

    Good morning TZ. Would you like some coffee?

    I know, I know, but the bizarriness of it just struck me.

    What the fuck? This has to be the most bizarre and blatant abuse of our systems I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a few.

    They’re trying to smear a fired attorney so that …. what? What do they gain?

    Either they are extremely stupid and crazy, or they are really covering something else up here. I could be persuaded either way.

  134. 134
    jake says:

    Notice how Darrell disappeared?

    He fell into his own ass and landed in the Signs O’ the Apocalypse thread where he’s pulling his Reading Comp Skills – Nil, trick.

  135. 135
    Punchy says:

    But sadly, it would mean the end of Darrell’s career as a Boy Scout leader.

    This is funny. Not to mention, you said “but”. Which makes my inner 4th grade laugh.

    Let’s take the title of this post and somehow involve the operational requirements of a dirty sanchez. And Darrell.

  136. 136
    jake says:

    They’re trying to smear a fired attorney so that …. what? What do they gain?

    A nice set of Tupperware from the White House? I don’t know, man. I think it is a reflexive action [insert recently decapitated poultry metaphor here] because as an attempt to actually change anything it is Wookies on Endor. Iglesias does not strike me as the sort of chap who will back down because of some lame-ass radio ad in NM. He strikes me as a person who could make them rue the day their parents met without raising a sweat. But if these schmucks want to waste their cash and call negative attention to themselves (and their donors) I say have at it. Maybe there’s a trail of dollahs leading back to Rove’s pocket.

    I’m wondering if this might count as interfering with an investigation or witness tampering. I mean, if you were testifying against one of my friends and I ran an attack ad against you, I would expect a visit from my friendly neighborhood P.A.

  137. 137
    demimondian says:

    Not likely. He’s already testified, so the intimidation already failed. My guess is that the DOJ having threatened to say…something…if the USA’s went public, some nutcase decided to make sure that one of the USA’s was actually directly targeted. I will not lay odds on whether that nutcase’s initials are KR…

  138. 138
    ThymeZone says:

    A nice set of Tupperware from the White House?

    Yes, yes, that would be nice, actually, especially if it had the logo on it, and Laura’s signature.

  139. 139

    They’re trying to smear a fired attorney so that …. what? What do they gain?

    Revenge, plus the others fall in line.

    Either they are extremely stupid and crazy, or they are really covering something else up here. I could be persuaded either way.

    Why can’t it be all three?

  140. 140
    Perry Como says:

    That’s the tattoo on Darrell’s lower back.

    Darrell work for the Texas Youth Commission?

  141. 141
    Njorl says:

    Darrell Says: ‘Still waiting for any evidence at all… anything to substantiate Commisar’s claim touted by John Cole, that Iglesias was “pressured” into prosecuting political opponents “baselessly”.’

    Frankly, I’m not convinced the prosecuters were even fired. How do we even know they had the jobs in the first place? What is a prosecuter anyway? I think it is just a made up word created by those with Bush Derangement Syndrome. I don’t think the internet really exists, or the guy in the white coat with that big needle rushing toward me…

    Ahhh…

    Sleepy time.

    Insanely, Republicanly yours,
    Njorl

  142. 142
    Moll Slanders says:

    Darrell work for the Texas Youth Commission?

    Interesting how you phrased that with what appears to be a plural, as Darrell may not be one single entity at all, at least some around here think that.

  143. 143
    ThymeZone says:

    Moll, Darrell could be a virus.

  144. 144
    DukeHorn says:

    The sight of moderate Republicans being harassed by the right wing faction of the party is depressing, but maybe it’ll galvanize the large portion of the Republican party that believes in economic pragmatism, foreign policy pragmatism, and environmentalism will get together and force out the “wackos”.

    Strange that the party of Teddy Roosevelt now is being represented by anti-environmentalists that support a heavy dose of intelligent design and creationsim.

    As for the Patriot Act, why is the FBI being slapped around now for violating its provisos by spying on our own citizens?

    Global warming? Why does this administration have to muzzle our scientists at NASA (because NASA is such a liberal institution *rolls eyes*)

    The fact that two ambitious attorneys, one from a top 10 law school and one from a bottom tier Christian law school, were allowed to eviscerate their own party members in the public eye is something the RNC needs to crack down on.

  145. 145
    Moll Slanders says:

    Moll, Darrell could be a virus.

    Kind of like Hal when he decides to take over?

  146. 146
    sglover says:

    That fuckwit Darrell is STILL posting here? Isn’t there a dumpster he could be profitably rooting through?

    Opportunity knocks, D! Get digging!

  147. 147
    jake says:

    Will I dream?

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