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"Baghdad Jim" Owned by Rep. John Boehner

Appeals Court Rebuffs McDermott, Upholds $720,000 Award

Rep. Jim McDermott had no right to disclose the contents of an illegally taped telephone call involving House Republican leaders a decade ago, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.


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McDermott's offense was especially egregious since he was a senior member of the House ethics committee, the [court] ruled.

Ah, yes, Baghdad Jim.

I distinctly remember that fiasco. As I think it over, it comes to mind the mid-1990's were halcyon days for conservative political junkies, weren't they?

The Kos Kidz were around 10 years old, so we didn't have to deal with their drivel.

Pelosi merely was a multi-millionaire space cadet, as opposed to a multi-millionaire space cadet with actual political power!

Sure, of course, having Clinton in the White House made you want to move your bowels, but Saint Bill easily could be tuned out.

Ah, well, it's now Whitewater under the bridge.

Continuing:

The [court's] ruling upholds a previous decision ordering McDermott to pay House Minority Leader John Boehner . . . more than $700,000 for leaking the [illegally] taped conversation.

Money, money, money.

In the final analysis, however, that's nothing for a media/Democrat. Hell, Boxer, Kerry, Lautenberg, Kohl, and Feinstein, they all could pay that sum out of pocket change. John Edwards spends more each year on haircuts. Besides they'll just gather up some union money and inherited-wealth liberal money and move on to the next ad buy.

BTW, the judge who wrote the majority opinion is Raymond Randolph and the judge who cast the deciding vote is Thomas Griffith. Judge Randolph was appointed by George H.W. Bush; Judge Griffith was appointed by George W. Bush.

Go figure.

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Full text of opinion: here.
AP article: here.


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Comments (22)

"John Edwards spends more e... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

"John Edwards spends more each year on haircuts."

Warn me before stuff like this. My Code Red is not kind to computer components, like monitors, keyboards, etc.

Ahhhh, justice delayed is j... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Ahhhh, justice delayed is justice denied.
It was obvious that he would use the courts to delay the inevitable but in the end he'll pay.
I hope they tap him for interest too.

This news makes this Seattl... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

This news makes this Seattlelite very, very happy indeed. :-)

Now if I could just get the 80% of the idiots in my district to stop voting for this moron, it would truly be a joyous occasion. But that'll happen when monkeys fly outta my butt...

Here monkey, monkey, monkey... (Below threshold)

Here monkey, monkey, monkey...

Didn't Baghdad Jim have a c... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

Didn't Baghdad Jim have a close personal relationship with Saddam Hussein? How did that turn out?

How dare they convict a Nav... (Below threshold)
metprof:

How dare they convict a Navy doctor who served in Vietnam......aaahhhh make that San Diego, but it was CLOSE to Vietnam.

Lee, just curious, you do r... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Lee, just curious, you do realize that I'm jokingly saying that not even THIS ruling will get him ousted by District 7 of Seattle voters, right?

Beacuse if you're calling for monkeys to come outta my butt, you'll be standing there for quite a while...and I'm not a person you want to be downwind from after I've just eaten my black bean, garlic chicken and hummus pita bread sandwich.

Can we get Mad Jack, Reid, ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Can we get Mad Jack, Reid, Hanoi John, Peeeeloshi and a dozen other democrat members of congress in this same court charged with treason? I volunteer for the firing squad.

I was going for a list of real traitors in the democrat party but there are so many it would be easier to list them all and then remove one or two. People in this country are going to die because of these traitors, just like hundreds of people are dying monthly in Iraq as a direct result of the support of the democrats for the terrorists.
Only thing Tenet said that made sense. Look out NYC and D.C., according to Tenet you are first on the list.

"...and I'm not a person... (Below threshold)

"...and I'm not a person you want to be downwind from after I've just eaten my black bean, garlic chicken and hummus pita bread sandwich."

I advise you stay away from white shorts or white pants. Go with dark colors.

"Lee, just curious, you ... (Below threshold)

"Lee, just curious, you do realize that I'm jokingly saying that not even THIS ruling will get him ousted by District 7 of Seattle voters, right?"

Yes, I understand that. In comparison, the atrocities performed by the Bush administration in their first term were not enough to prevent them from being re-elected, and in the overall scheme of things I think McDermott's offense pales in comparison - and I suspect Seattleonians will behave as you suggest -- after all, they are a smart group of people, and no one died as a result of McDermott's stupidity...

"Because if you're calling for monkeys to come outta my butt, you'll be standing there for quite a while...and I'm not a person you want to be downwind from after I've just eaten my black bean, garlic chicken and hummus pita bread sandwich"

I had no intention of standing there waiting, but thanks for asking -- I think.

As to your choice of sandwich, I was right - I've always had you pegged as a closet hummus-loving tree-huggers.

and I'd advise against walking past any outdoor produce stands today, Peter. I've invoked the all-powerful Lee Ward "Here Monkey, Monkey, Monkey" curse against you, and the mere whiff of a banana may be enough to set it off...

Can we get Mad Jack, Rei... (Below threshold)
average wizbang poster:

Can we get Mad Jack, Reid, Hanoi John, Peeeeloshi and a dozen other democrat members of congress in this same court charged with treason? I volunteer for the firing squad.

Well you can here, in your own little warped old man fantasy world I suppose. You can pretend you are super secret agent Jack Bayer fighting them bad guys.


I was going for a list of real traitors in the democrat party but there are so many it would be easier to list them all and then remove one or two.

Either that or you are too stupid or lazy to do it here.

Yes, I understand that. ... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Yes, I understand that. In comparison, the atrocities performed by the Bush administration in their first term were not enough to prevent them from being re-elected...

Other than accusations of alleged atrocities, improprities, lying and misdeeds, what ACTUAL atrocities has Mr. Bush been charged and found guilty of, Lee? Seems old Baghadad Jim ihas a 1-0 lead. And my guess is that that lead will hold up for a while. (Or, maybe it's a tie if you want to count Scooter for committing perjury during an investigation in which no crime was committed until the investigation. But I digress...)

...after all, they (Seattle voters) are a smart group of people...

Um, actually, they're not. In fact, they are quite wishy washy, bordering on stupid. Case in point, 6, count 'em 6 votes on whether or not we should we expand our monorail system. First, yes; then no; they yes again; then no; then yes again; and, finally in 2005, no period. In fact, the monorail issue is so notorious that even The Simpsons mock the original vote from years ago in an entire episode from Season 4, called "Marge vs. The Monorail". (Season 4 is actually on my desk at the moment! How ironic. lol)

Second example: Whether or not to replace the Nisqually earthquake damaged Alaska Way Viaduct that runs along the waterfront. We had two choices (with 4 possible results, yes or no replies): 1.) Do want the tunnel option or 2.) Do you want the elevated option. KNow how Seattle voters voted? No and no. To both options! LOL. Classic! So we're just going to let it sit there and THEN kill somebody or a few hundred during the next moderate quake because, well, Seattle voters are indeed wishy washy and stupid. And these are the SAME people who keep voting for Baghdad Jim.

"smart group of people"? LMAO. Thanks for the laugh, Lee.

Yes, I understand that. In ... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Yes, I understand that. In comparison, the atrocities performed by the Bush administration in their first term were not enough to prevent them from being re-elected, and in the overall scheme of things I think McDermott's offense pales in comparison - and I suspect Seattleonians will behave as you suggest -- after all, they are a smart group of people, and no one died as a result of McDermott's stupidity...
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So typical of liberals that it is sick!

Bush 's attrocities were to dethrone Saddam Hussein and the Taliban. 50 million people were freed from the yoke of these tyrants (rape, torture etc...) and these are crimes in liberals ' eyes. Yet at the same time, they will do their best to make excuse for Saddam (I was too busy to follow the discussion these days; yet I remember seeing a liberal saying that Saddam fulfilled all the UN resolutions while Bush was the one who violated the precious UN resolutions!).

Now it comes to the point that Harry Reid will wait for the terrorists to blow up more Iraqui women/children and then happily come out to proclaim that the Iraq war is lost. The liberals then will happily cheer that Bush has committed another atrocity. When AlQ leader is killed, then we have to wait for the verification and then the silence.

Looks like the terrorists will simply have to blow up more women/children and the liberals will be happy to do the propaganda bidding for them. And yes it is Bush who commit the atrocity. These people are beyond parody.


LAI:Good grief! Un... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

LAI:

Good grief! Under Saddaam (as bad as he was) you had religious toleration: Christians included (Aziz was an Assyrian Christian). Now there's anarchy, the curse the Chinese expressed as "May you live in interesting times".

Interesting? I'll bet no one in the "active" provinces of Iraq requires an alarm clock in the morning. Every day is BACK to reality!

Man, it's really difficult ... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Man, it's really difficult for Democrats to admit that wiretapping is illegal, isn't it? And publishing information gathered from said wiretaps is also illegal.

I mean really, why be afraid to admit you broke a few laws when the payoff was a chance to get dirt on eeeeeeevil Republicans like Newt and Boehner and Paul Coverdell? Nobody got hurt or died, right?

Funny though, I don't remember a body count associated with Watergate. How come wiretaps were such a big deal then? Oh yeah, the bad guy was Nixon. Sorry for wasting everyone's time.

Memo: aka "Lee Ward" still ... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Memo: aka "Lee Ward" still know as "pucker puss" (lee lee) (resident turd polisher) (resident moron). Notice how old 'p'p makes excuses for liberal crooks just as Alan "eyebrow" Combs does. Got no answers for anything, just excuses. (I know I am a liar about not posting anymore but could not miss the chance to let everyone know who MR. Ward is) snicker snicker Also be careful what you say over at "Blue" as you will be deleted if "Mr. Ward" does not like it -must be his kos kiddie training.

So, it's ok that Hussein wa... (Below threshold)
The Listkeeper:

So, it's ok that Hussein was murdering people at far greater rates than the current terrorists, because there was order.

Loooooooooooooooooove that liberal logic.

The Kos Kidz were around... (Below threshold)
average wizbang poster:

The Kos Kidz were around 10 years old, so we didn't have to deal with their drivel

Showing your ignoranance is really a hallmark of wizbang, isn't it? The average age of people at Dkos is late 40s-50s, if you ever bothered to check.

The average age of peopl... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

The average age of people at Dkos is late 40s-50s...

What? Daily Kos tracks user demographics? How corporate America of them! LOL

Down with the man!

Average wizbang poster...yo... (Below threshold)
TR19667:

Average wizbang poster...your pointing out other's ignorance, but can't even spell it yourself!!!! lololol

By the way. It's Jack BAUER, not Bayer. Must have changed since the last episode you watched, huh? Just like a lefty assclown to bloviate about something he has no knowledge of.

The whole taping issue rais... (Below threshold)
Corky Boyd:

The whole taping issue raises a lot of questions that have never been answered. The odds that a pair of Democrat operatives could just chance on a cell call from specific individual, Newt Gingrich, who was in his car on his way from the airport, with a monitor that legally couldn't intercept cell phone frequencies that just happened to be hooked to a tape recorder in the operatives' car, just defies all odds. Yet that is the claim.

I suspect the tape come from another source. Remember, Newt Gingrich was public enemy number one with the Clinton administration. He had engineered the Republican takeover of the House, and was using his power to clean up the mess from 40 years of Democrat corruption. The recording resulted in Gingrich's resignation as Majority leader.

The tape has all the earmarks of an Echelon (NSA) intercept. And this was in an era when there were strong indications Echelon information was being used by the administration outside of intelligence channels. The French screamed bloody murder it was being used to pass commercial information to Boeing to the detriment of Airbus. They even made an international issue out of it.

McDermott's participation was very possibly only a sidelight to more serious illegal conduct.

Funny though, I don't re... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Funny though, I don't remember a body count associated with Watergate. How come wiretaps were such a big deal then? Oh yeah, the bad guy was Nixon. Sorry for wasting everyone's time.

You don't even have to go that far back for a better example. Just a couple of years ago, the Dems went all apeshit over the NSA program that was listening in on terrorists.

Wonder if the Dems will now hold hearings and impeach McDermott?




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