The Way I See It
By cj pollick
Good To See - The Belleair Beach Causeway Bridge on schedule and progressing nicely.
Rudy Guiliani - To be the speaker at the Pinellas Country Republican Executive Committee Reagan Day Dinner September 7th.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Resigns - Remember when Clinton Democrats ran the White House and a lady named Janet Reno was attorney general? Janet Reno was arguably one of the worst attorney generals in history. Nevertheless, she covered for President Bill Clinton whenever it was necessary, and suffice to state that she had a full plate protecting the President from the few media types that actually tried to report on White House "legal" news. Further, isn't it strange that at least one White House appointee was caught stealing White House files and little news coverage befell that Clinton insider. (Why would anyone risk stealing government files unless they felt immune to prosecution!)
Nevertheless, every President has his own group of insiders and President Bush has been accused of having Attorney General Gonzales as one of his White House insiders. (Much like a Janet Reno was for the Clintons.) However, Reno was rarely attacked by the liberal media like Gonzales had been attacked. (Could it be that liberals do not like Hispanics in high government jobs?) Of course, all of the mudslinging attacks on Gonzales were generally political and had little factual basis of personal wrongdoing. (Such allegations as wrongful termination of several attorney general staff attorneys after administration/election change--which occurs with most every winning President.) Politics.
Here's the funny part, Hillary Clinton recently stated that she hopes the next attorney general appointment "would not cover" for the President. Is she a jokester or what? Yes, this is the same clear-minded Hillary that could not remember how an Arkansas law firm legal file under subpoena, where she worked, showed-up on a White House desk. Can't remember - - won't say - - and make sure Janet Reno and the media are on our side, must have been her absent-minded sentiments.
Protect the White House?
No, the recent resignation of a good man and good lawyer such as Attorney General Gonzales (a self-made man) due to political mudslinging is just another reason why some good folks avoid the political process. To observe law school political types such as Senator Joe (plagiarized in a law school class and claimed it a literary accident) Biden, Senator Ted (remember Mary Jo's death) Kennedy, Senator Hillary (failed the bar in Washington D.C. the first try) Clinton, etc., critique other good lawyers, like Attorney General Gonzales and Supreme Court Justice Roberts, is ridiculous. Pure radical politics with a curl on top.
When the war in Iraq winds down, and it will, it makes you wonder about the next flurry of political attacks on President Bush appointees. Let's see, Secretary of State Condolessa Rice? Nope they already attacked her. Hmmm, U.N. appointee? Nope, got him. Vice President Cheney? They'd like to think they could get him, but he is too tough. Secretary of Defense? Yep, got him (Rumsfeld.) How would you like to have one of those top Presidential appointments?
Fidel Castro Endorsement - Fidel Castro apparently would like to see a HillaryClinton/Barak Obama ticket. His favorite President? Jimmy Carter who never hassled him at all.
Innocent Of Alleged Wrongdoing - Pinellas County Property Appraiser Jim Smith and Pinellas County Attorney Susan Churutti, among others, were found innocent of wrongdoing in the land sale deal by property owner Jim Smith by the grand jury investigating such real estate deal.
Not enough evidence of wrongdoing.
Thus, the matter is settled except for a couple of details. First, Property Appraiser Jim Smith is, according to the Pinellas County Republican Party Chairman "damaged goods." Thus, the head of the Pinellas County GOP sees "within the party" opposition ahead for the historically successful politician Jim Smith. Second, Pinellas County Attorney Susan Churutti has lost favor with some of the county commissioners due to the manner in which she handled the publicized real estate deal working as attorney for both the seller and the buyer. (The county commission, her boss, did not seem to know about that small real estate detail.) Thus, it is not known by county commissioners if she would be re-appointed as head county attorney.
Lastly, and if there are no other details that might be revealed when the jury report is made public, the county commissioners appear at this time safe from any bad affiliation(s) with the land deal.
Bottom line is that this real estate matter will result in something both Smith and Churutti wish had never happened. Smith probably could have stayed in the county job until he decided to quit, and Churutti could have stayed on the job until she decided to quit because she was popular and respected by all the county commissioners until this matter was unveiled.
Tell Me It's Not True - The very same people who have no problem, in fact, demand that people lose their jobs and careers because of something they said (remember Howard Cosell, John Rocker), are now saying Michael Vick has been unfairly targeted because of his race! Wow!
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