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My point: this is going on all over, from the Federal gov't to the MIC complex to diplomatic agencies. I'm posting these two pieces because it gives us a glimpse into a culture of corruption the SCLM rarely covers, but is everywhere. A str8 Republican! No, really!

ouston, Texas) The district attorney who defended the Texas law criminalizing homosexuality before the US Supreme Court is desperately trying to keep his job following the discovery of e-mails containing sexually explicit videos, racist jokes and what is described as torrid love notes to his executive secretary.

Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal (R) is facing a state investigation into the emails which were discovered on his office computer.


Rosenthal who argued before the US Supreme Court that the Texas law against sodomy was upholding the moral values of the state and was in place to protect families. The case was Lawrence v Texas.

In his arguments he condemned adultery and homosexual acts.

"I think that this Court having determined that there are certain kinds of conduct that it will accept and certain kinds of conduct it will not accept may draw the line at the bedroom door of the heterosexual married couple because of the interest that this Court has that this Nation has and certainly that the State of Texas has for the preservation of marriage, families and the procreation of children," Rosenthal told the justices.

"Even if you infer that various States acting through their legislative process have repealed sodomy laws, there is no protected right to engage in extrasexual - extramarital sexual relations, again, that can trace their roots to history or the traditions of this nation."

Lol. Religious People are the Best Pr0n Writers, titter.

Now, apparently in TX, some Republicans are more Equal than others. 12 Republican jurors, including several P/MIC members, can get stuffed? That's impressive.

Mr. Ryan said that the grand jury was experienced, with two lawyers and three police officers, and that at least half the members had been grand jurors multiple times... They all described themselves as staunch Republicans, as were all 12 grand jurors, as far as they knew, they said.

But never mind all that, Chuck's on the case:

“My antennae were raised when I read in The Houston Chronicle that Chuck Rosenthal called Justice Medina and told him to appear before the grand jury, but that he would not be a target. It wasn’t a couple weeks later that Mr. Wisner suddenly cooled and said, ‘I don’t think you got anything.’ ”

Mr. Dorrell said the panel’s feeling was “if the D.A. does not have enough evidence, get some more.”

Mr. Ryan said, “We asked for things they never produced.”

On Thursday, he continued, Mr. Wisner sought to block a vote and “we met over his objection.”

The prosecutor told them, he said: “ ‘Don’t bother to bring an indictment. We’re going to “nolo” it.’ ”

They sent Mr. Wisner out of the room and deliberated, Mr. Ryan recounted, and called him back with instructions to draw up two indictments.

“He said, ‘I will not,’ ” Mr. Ryan added. “We said, ‘Get your boss.’ He slammed the door.

But 15 minutes later, Mr. Ryan said, Mr. Wisner came back “meekly,” as instructed, although Mr. Ryan added, “We knew he was going to move to dismiss.”

Just Us indeed! And such a temper, tsk tsk.

Shit like this is why I get annoyed by people who make fun of my foil. That is, sure, I'm probably wrong about a lot of my "conspiracy stuff," but I'm not wrong to believe that Republican corruption knows no shame, no bounds, no tradition or law too Sacred to be broken.

Lambert is fond of saying he can't be cynical enough with these bozos, and I think he's right. I wish that progressives and candidates would end all this "unity" nonsense. Criminals and thieves and scorpions will never make good partners in government. Never.

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Submitted by lambert on

What the fuck does that mean? "Deeply spritual?"

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Joe Bourgeois on

but I'm surprised you didn't note more explicitly how big a favor Rosenthal did to the cause of justice by being such an incredible dipshit while arguing Lawrence v Texas that even the 2003 Supremes couldn't swallow what he was saying.

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Submitted by Sarah on

he's the anti-Ronnie Earle among Texas DAs, fo' sho', and the man's email backtrails would put Foley and Wilbur Mills both to shame, but hey ... it's Houston. He's not even the biggest nutcase in the courthouse.

(Oh, and Tom DeLay just registered to vote in Houston again.
Looks like The Bug Man couldn't hack it on K Street.)

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Submitted by lambert on

Very interesting data point. They're crawling back under their rocks.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.