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Goodling testifies before House Judiciary Committee

C-SPAN 3, 7:15am PDT

TPMmuckraker

 • Why The Tears?
 • Today's Must Read
 • The Daily Muck
 • Monica Goodling Testifies Before The House
 • Goodling Opening Statement [doc]
 • Goodling: "I Don't Know" [video]
 • Goodling Admits to Political Hiring [video]
 • Goodling on Dep. AG Testimony [video]
 • Goodling on Iglesias Firing: Who Knows? [video]
 • Goodling Admits Other Political Hires [video]
 • Goodling: Graves Was under Investigation by DoJ [video]
 • Fire Bogden? Why Not? [video]
 • It "Just Snowballed into A Not Good Situation" [video]
 • Goodling: "I Can't Give You The Whole White House Story" [video]
 • GOPer: Regent, Harvard, What's The Difference? [video]
 • Measuring the Politicization [video]
 • Goodling: "We Didn't Talk about What The Reasons Were" [video]
 • Goodling Testifies about Gonzales Meeting [video: Rep. Artur Davis]
 • Leahy: Goodling Testimony "Confirms Our Worst Fears"
 • McNulty: I'm No Liar [video: Rep. Adam Schiff]

odd bits

[+] Congresspedia: Chris Cannon :: "Chris Cannon's official website was rated by citizen researchers in February 2007 as part of a survey by the Sunlight Foundation. The survey evaluated members' sites on whether they provided basic information on their legislative activities, post their legally required disclosures such as on personal finances and travel, and any other information that furthers transparency. Chris Cannon's site received a 32 (out of 100). A score of 40 was considered passing."

[+] Steven Louis Dalkowski :: (born June 3, 1939 in New Britain, Connecticut) is a retired left-handed pitcher in minor league baseball. He is sometimes called the fastest pitcher in baseball history and had a fastball that may have exceeded 100 mph (161 km/h). Some experts believe it went as fast as 110 mph (177 km/h), others that his pitches travelled at 105 mph (169 km/h) or less. The Guinness Book of Records records the fastest pitch ever as 100.9 mph (162.4 km/h) by Nolan Ryan. As no radar gun or other device was available to measure the speed of his pitches precisely, the actual top speed of his pitches remains unknown. Regardless of its actual speed, his fastball earned him the nickname "White Lightning".

[+] Wikipedia: Darrell Issa :: On February 7, 2007, during a hearing in which four mothers, wives, and daughters of four security guards killed in Iraq testified in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Issa made controversial remarks, implying that the hearing was partisan and insinuating that the women's testimony was written by their attorney. The families have sued North Carolina-based Blackwater USA, the company that employed their relatives as security guards, to gain information about the circumstances surrounding the men’s deaths.

[+] Colleagues Cite Partisan Focus by Justice Official :: Two years ago, Robin C. Ashton, a seasoned criminal prosecutor at the Department of Justice, learned from her boss that a promised promotion was no longer hers. “You have a Monica problem,” Ms. Ashton was told, according to several Justice Department officials. Referring to Monica M. Goodling, a 31-year-old, relatively inexperienced lawyer who had only recently arrived in the office, the boss added, “She believes you’re a Democrat and doesn’t feel you can be trusted.”

[+] Goodling Admits to Political Hiring :: comment :: It's a theological defense. Sin isn't sin if you believe you aren't sinning. Abelard argued this in his Ethica; God looks not to the deed, but to the intention, and He punishes the intention rather than the act, -- "non enim Deus ex damno, sed ex contemptu offendi potest." Finally, where ignorance blinds or force coerces there is no sin, sin being essentially something contrary to conscience: "Non est peccatum nisi contra conscientiam." So — put simply, Monica didn't intend to break the law, so she didn't. It's that simple. See?

[+] Psychology: What is 'Personality'? :: via :: Carol Dweck turns nice kids into liars. It's not quite as malevolent as it sounds. Indeed, the way the Stanford University psychologist brings out the worst in children is with kindness. She praises them lavishly, much like engaged and doting parents do with their own kids every day. She tells them how smart they are. And at the end of the day, she has them telling whoppers. Here's the whole story. Dweck studies personality and achievement. She is one of a growing number of psychologists who believe that personality is forever malleable, which is a radical departure from the old thinking. The old thinking was that our personality—the sum total of our human qualities—was an inherited legacy, fixed at birth and unchanging through life. So we had adventurous people and timid people; competitive Type As and laid-back Type Bs; conscientious, truthful types and—well, scoundrels and liars. The new thinking is that these traits are not fixed but in flux, and there are many ideas about why personality might change. Dweck's theory is that our beliefs about ourselves and the world—our "self theories," in the jargon—are a powerful influence on who we become in life. In other words, our own lay theories about personality and aptitude actually shape our character. Consider the lying experiment.

peanuts gallery

[+] George Bush's Monica :: programming note: Al Gore will be joining us on the Countdown to discuss his new book, and so much more, on Tuesday.

[+] That Other Monica is Ready for Her Close-up

[+] 'Cowboy up,' Alberto Gonzales :: C-SPAN read this during the first break, by David Iglesias in today's LA Times :: WHAT HAPPENS in a presidential administration when loyalty, to borrow a phrase from "Star Trek," becomes the "prime directive"? What happens when its all-encompassing fog obscures all other values — such as fealty to the Constitution, the rule of law or simple humanity? What happens is that terrible decisions are made, repeated and then justified by this shibboleth. That's just one of the lessons that has emerged from the U.S. attorney scandal. This week, the Senate is threatening to vote on a resolution of no-confidence in U.S. Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales. Today, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony from Monica Goodling, the attorney general's former aide, who will be asked why at least eight U.S. attorneys, including me, were put on a list to be forced from office. What has become clear already is that the "loyalty uber alles" mentality has infected a wide swath of the Bush administration. Simple notions like right and wrong are, in their eyes, matters of allegiance, not conscience.

a few good men & women

[+] An Army of Rove-Bots — Captain Iglesias, Obstruction of Justice, and the Theft of 2008 :: “The wheels have come off, the engine is on fire and no one is driving,” Captain David Iglesias told me yesterday. I’d asked the Naval Reserve officer, heading off to duty in Norfolk, why he didn’t want his old job back, United States Attorney for New Mexico. The busted, burning, ghost-mobile he described is the Department of Justice, driven by Alberto Gonzales. Or is Karl Rove at the wheel? Or no one? Whomever, he didn’t want to jump back into Bush’s Justice Jalopy [...] Of course, the Rove dogsbodies at Justice couldn’t tell Congress they fired Iglesias because he wouldn’t jump at the Senator’s rattle. They reached for another complaint on Monica’s list: “absentee landlord.” Deputy Assistant Attorney General Paul McNulty used absenteeism as the official reason for dismissal. McNulty has resigned. He should have taken The Fifth.... The problem is that the U.S. Attorney from New Mexico was missing for 40 days because he was on active duty. I guess the White House gang doesn’t go to the movies. Iglesias is a celebrity Navy lawyer, the role model for Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men." “Our Mission Accomplished President attacked you for spending time in the US Naval Reserve?” I asked Iglesias... “Appalling,” he said. And illegal. Firing a reserve officer for missing work for active duty violates the Uniform Services Employment Rights and Reemployment Act (USERRA). Pressuring a prosecutor to bust Democrats and punishing a soldier for deploying are the little felonies, the warm-up crimes, in this caper. The real crime is the one they are about to commit: The Theft of 2008 [+] .

[+] Barbara Lee :: notable as the only person in either house of Congress who voted against the authorization of use of force following the September 11, 2001 attacks. This made her a hero among the anti-war movement, but also caused her to receive death threats. Lee has been a vocal critic of the Iraq War and supports legislation creating a Department of Peace [+].

AQ 95 = CAGING [+][+][+][+] (first link is where i first heard of "caging"; 2nd link ref. by 1st; 3rd & 4th links 2007/2006 articles by Greg Palast) = CERES (Asteroid #1) = FLESH (Color)...

AQ 333 = FLORIDA FELON SCRUB (AQ-95 CAGING) = CATATONIC SEIZURE (AQ-218 HANS MORAVEC & AQ-479) = COLONIA LINDAVISTA (The Savage Detectives) = THE ROAR OF THE LION (One of the eight manifestations of Padmasambhava (mtshan brgyad) is Simha-raurava (Seng-ge sgra-sgrogs), “the roar of the lion,” which is linked with Simhamukha because Padmasambhava recived the transmission from Guhyajnana when he was in that guise) = 20 STANDARD AMINO ACIDS = A THINGLIKE ENTITY = BINARY COLOR DEVICE = BLACK WORKING CLASS = DISCRETE INFINITY = DIVISOR FUNCTION = EQUINOX OF HORUS = FUNDING FOR THE WAR = INFLUENZAVIRUS A = INTELLECTUAL LOGIC = KUMO-TO-CHURIPPU (Kenzo Masaoka) [+] = LE AFFINITÀ ELETTIVE (Elective Affinities, Goethe) = MUSE OF MEDITATION (Melete) = NATURAL SELECTION = ON THE WINGS OF A FLEA (Soolaimon, Neil Diamond) = POLITICAL FOOTBALL (see: AQ-307 THE WINSLOW BOY) = STRAIGHT-LINE TIME = TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE (AQ-301 KURZWEILOMICS) = THE NEUTRAL CENTER = THE SWIFT PROGRAM = UNMELLOW YELLOW (Color).

cf. current wordlist + caging; (ie, didn't check main wordlists yet); removed anything less than 2+ values; see also: 318-249, 401-238-272& 540.

AQ 136 = HATCH ACT = ARTESIA = SONORA (AQ-246 ROBERTO BOLAÑO)...

AQ 191 = GONZO-GATE = BARRISTER (AQ-307 THE WINSLOW BOY) = JOLTIN' JOE (AQ-255 MRS. ROBINSON & AQ-337) [+] = SANS SERIF = WAR IN IRAQ.

AQ 193 = VOTE CAGING = ARCHIMBOLDI (AQ-246 ROBERTO BOLAÑO) = RED KATCHINA...

AQ 194 = RULE OF LAW = SIMHAMUKHA [+] = CONNEXION = GANGSTA RAP = GOOD FRIDAY = MUCKRACKER = NOVA PRIME (aka, Richard Rider; see: AQ-223) = RAT BASTARD = RISPETTO (AQ-3999; The Savage Detectives) = JOE DIMAGGIO (AQ-255 MRS. ROBINSON & AQ-337) [+] = DESERT WAR = MUCKRACKER.

AQ 196 = HATCH ACT OF 1939 = PENTAPODY (AQ-582; The Savage Detectives)...

AQ 204 = OVERSIGHT = CYGNUS XR-1 = DOMINATION = WILWORDEN (Mme Deshoulières)...

AQ 207 = THE FALL GUY = A FEW GOOD MEN = AL-MAHMUDIYA = FALSE CROSS = FALSE GHARIAL = TIMOKRATIA (Timocracy) = USS BENFOLD (Wikipedia's picture of the day for 20-May-2007; see: AQ-525=OPERATION UNIFIED ASSISTANCE) = WHITE DWARF...

AQ 218 = CAGED VOTERS = HANS MORAVEC = OCTAVIO PAZ (The Savage Detectives)...

AQ 219 = CAGING LISTS = GOOD OL’ BOYS = A COMMON SKY (Anthony Nuttall) = LOCAL FARMING...

AQ 227 = BLACK VOTERS = FALSE EVIDENCE = PUBLIC DOMAIN (AQ-171 KARL BULLA) = POLICYMAKER = TAKE THE FIFTH...

AQ 244 = ARMED MADHOUSE = SCATTER CHART (AQ-121 WEB BOT) = NORE MUTINY (see: Peter Bover, Wikipedia "Did you know" article for 22-May) = USS VIRGO (AKA-20) (Andromeda class attack cargo ship; see: Kilauea volcano [+] & AQ-123 KILAUEA, AQ-222 KILAUEA CLASS, AQ-298 MISTER ROBERTS)...

AQ 258 = RIGHT TO VOTE = AI DEVELOPMENT = RED STAR KACHINA = KEYWORD: ROCHE [+] = AI DEVELOPMENT (2. Time Simulation) = FRANK DE FELITTA (AQ-221 AUDREY ROSE) = HANK H. HACKHAMMER = JOACHIM OF FLORA = PÈRE MARIE-BENOÎT (Capuchin Franciscan friar who helped smuggle approximately 4,000 Jews into safety from Nazi-occupied Southern France) = PIACENZA LIVER = SECRET POLICY = THE METROPHAGE = WORD OF THE LAW = XOR FUNCTION.

AQ 261 = DO NOT FORWARD = LATINOAMERICAN = TIME CONSTANT (AQ-218 HANS MORAVEC & AQ-479)...

AQ 282 = PRIME DIRECTIVE = CANOPUS CALENDAR [+] = GUARDIAN OF THE ME = SAMEKH, LAMED, GIMEL = TEEGARDEN'S STAR (AQ-94 SO025300.5+165258) = RA-KHU-KA-KHABS-AUM ({16} Liber AL III:37).

AQ 285 = RACIAL PROFILING = BERMUDA TRIANGLE = STREAM SYSTEM (AQ-222 KILAUEA CLASS)...

AQ 292 = STRATEGIC STALL = SWARM ROBOTICS...

AQ 300 = VOTERS OF COLOR = REMOTE INFLUENCE = STELLAR BLACK HOLE = PERSONAL BEAUTY (Mme Deshoulières)...

 • AQ 445 = BLACK-HOLE OF ARTIFICIAL SELF = ATTENDANT DISJUNCTIONS = DEPERSONALIZED MECHANISM = ERASURE AND DISEMBODIMENT = NEW SELECTION PRESSURE = PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY = THE ASH WEDNESDAY SUPPER (La Cena delle Ceneri).

 • AQ 281 = LA CENA DELLE CENERI = NAPPY-HEADED HOES.

 • AQ 167 = EXCUSE ME? = CENACENERI.

AQ 317 = VOTING WHILE BLACK (AQ-74 VWB) = 3. TIME-INTEGRATION (AQ-354 MVU SEMINAR SERIES) = A FOUR-LINE STANZA (AQ-213 TETRASTICH; The Savage Detectives) = BLACK SWAN PROJECT (500,000 colonial-era silver and gold coins are retrieved from a 17th-century shipwreck off the coast of Cornwall, South West England) = FIVE RIVER RUNES (Artesia's sword; AQ-653) = IN PRAISE OF FOLLY (Erasmus) = WHO IS MADAME MIRAGE? = THE YANKEE CLIPPER (Joe DiMaggio) [+].

AQ 324 = MOUNTING EVIDENCE = KRAK DES CHEVALIERS [+] = WARSAW UPRISING (An entry from Lublin-Brest Offensive appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page in the Did you know? column on 22 May 2007)...

 • AQ 231 = DID YOU KNOW? = BRAVE NEW WAR (John Robb) = HARPOKRATES = NOSEMA CERANAE (bee virus) [+].

 • AQ 163 = BAD HAIR DAY = CHOCOLATE (Color) = DISCORDIA = FAIR TRADE = FOG OF WAR = FREE TRADE = HONG KONG (Asteroid #3297) = LA ARAUCANA (AQ-246 ROBERTO BOLAÑO) = MIEN CHING (wheat gluten cooked in soy sauce until meaty — yum!) = OPEN-ENDED = POOR LAW = RENT-FREE = TAICHITU (yin-yang) = URSTAAT = WHINGING = UP TOPIC = SONIQUE.

AQ 328 = VOTE FIXING SCHEME = TIME-COMPRESSION...

AQ 329 = RACIAL VOTING GAMES = 1. TIME-COMPRESSION (AQ-354 MVU SEMINAR SERIES) = SIGNIFICANT MAYHEM...

AQ-335 = PARTY’S TOP BRASS = INDISTINGUISHABLE = WEB BOT TECHNOLOGY = PENSION OF 2000 LIVRES.

AQ 349 = RETURNED TO SENDER = EXIGENCIES OF EMPIRE = POTENTIAL UPSIDES...

AQ 351 = POLITICAL LOYALTY = READING LIKE A WRITER (AQ-260 FRANCINE PROSE) = THE MARKETING ETHOS (AQ-390 IMMISERATING GROWTH & AQ-842 & 3055) = HIGH-TRAFFIC TRUNKS...

AQ 352 = PALAST’S DISCOVERY = A NICE HUMAN INTERVAL (AQ-218 HANS MORAVEC & AQ-479) = PUERTO RICO TRENCH (deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean) = SIBERIAN APOCALYPSE (History Channel)...

AQ 357 = CRISIS OF LEADERSHIP = MERLIN'S PROPHECIES (AQ-125 MERLIN) = SNOWCRASH SCENARIO = THE HUTCHISON EFFECT = INHERITED HER TALENT (Mme Deshoulières) = SWIFT DISRUPTION...

AQ 411 = VOTER’S RIGHT TO VOTE = A NEW KIND OF LITERATURE...

AQ 421 = 1,090,729 PROVISIONAL BALLOTS = THE MYSTERY OF BABYLON (AQ-1433 & 1854) = THE WAY OF THE FIVE BODIES = TODAY'S FEATURED ARTICLE...

AQ 511 = THE TRUTH BEHIND THIS MATTER = THE GHOST IN THE BAGHDAD MUSEUM...

AQ 521 = GOP’S MASS CHALLENGE OF VOTERS = THE ENGINES OF OUR INGENUITY...

AQ 596 = PLANNED RACIAL WRECKING OF DEMOCRACY = SCREEN-SAVER PULSES AT ONE HERTZ (AQ-218 HANS MORAVEC & AQ-479)...

AQ 759 = POLITICIZATION OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT = SIMULTANEOUSLY DRUG, VIRUS, AND RELIGION...

AQ 814 = BUSH ADMINISTRATION’S CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION = RIGOROUS SELF-DENIAL AND ACTIVE SELF-RESTRAINT (AQ-138 ASCESIS).

AQ 864 = THE BURNING CROSS CAUCUS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY = SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, SHINE UPON THE WEST ALSO ("Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra"; Rutgers University motto) = THE HORMONE IMBALANCE DICKTATOTALIZING ROCKETRY (Piet) = THE TRANSITION POINT FROM ONE STATE TO ANOTHER = VETERAN INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS FOR SANITY (Ray McGovern).

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