Monday, October 31, 2005
Just Keep Reading
More reading for a rainy Halloween here in Central Arkansas. In our earlier evening post, we mentioned that Scooter Libby had penned a somewhat erotic novel a few years back.
That's it. And this is how the bloggers are talking about it. I guess you could chalk it up to having too much time on his hands at some point in his career. But it really IS pretty bad writing. No, make that VERY bad writing. Embarrassing, I would think.
Now, let's hit the ground running. First, some blogging about the latest in connection with the Libby indictment. Some of you will consider this writing as obscene as some of what Libby wrote in his novel!
Now, the Alito nomination. And the bloggers are busy providing questions to congress. We'll start with one of the most interesting propositions.
And a couple of random blogs about important thoughts.
Round One for Monday Evening
I'm trying to really sift through all the bloggers and give you only the cream of the crop. Otherwise, you'll be up all night!
Enough on Alito for now. There are other things going on in the world! And I do have to wonder about the timing of the Alito announcement. Yes, Bush did promise a speedy decision. But to play it out early on Monday, following Friday's indictments, does seem to be an attempt to get extended news coverage that might have continued to focus on the indictments. Strategic timing? Or just coincidence? Use the comments. Let's discuss. And, to make sure it doesn't disappear off the radar screen, let's go back to Friday's indictment of Scooter Libby and it's impact on the White House.
A bit of local chatter, courtesy of Arkansas Times -
And some media shop talk -
More on our final piece later, but did you know Scooter Libby wrote a book? Yup. Sure did. An attempt at erotica that didn't do all that well. Look for some posts on it a bit later. For now, take a look -
Out of Touch??
On-Air blogs are in the post below. If you've been out of touch today, here are links to a few of the major stories -
The Alito Debate Begins
That's the focus of our on-air blogs from today's 5:30 Report. And the bloggers are coming down exactly where you would expect them to land, based on political leanings. Our first blog was from the Right -
Bring It On
The President has chosen the best person for the job. Conservatives have all had wish lists, but Alito stands out as a competent, qualified, well respected jurist who has served on the bench for many years. He will be hard to paint as a right-wing extremist, but the left will try.
Moving on to the Left - we found a lengthy list of Alito's past rulings and thoughts on how he might apply those thoughts in the future. - Samuel Alito’s America And a comment from one reader -
Well, who didn’t see this coming?! Bush got slapped down the first time for someone who wasn’t overtly conservative and wasn’t expressly in the mold of Scalia. This guys nickname is “Scalito” for God’s sake.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Last Few for Tonight
UPDATE:OK Haloscan comments are back. But they're ABOVE each post, until I can figure out the doggone HTML. At least they're back. And not spammed.
Darn. The Weekend is Almost Over
- Cheney-Staffer-Turned-Reporter Now Covering Libby Indictment for NBC News - The Pete Williams story. Have to admit. This does seem a bit strange.
- How Pre$$titutes Are Framing The Post-Indictment Questions To Protect Bush - The big guys MUST work hard to stay honest. Ask the GOOD questions.
- Libby Lied But . . . ?
- Michael Shaw: Reading The (Late October) Picture: Dusting Off The Old Costume - of photos and body language and Rove's guidance.
- Of course FItzgerald didn't charge anybody with violating the secrecy statutues - Libby obstructed the entire investigation - Good piece. Worth the read.
- Talk grows as to whether Bush should fire Rove - You might have missed the chatter. But, it's there.
More just a bit later.
After reading Libby's indictment (soon to be a major motion picture) for a third time, I'm even more puzzled by Fitzgerald's decision not to charge Scooter with either an IIPA or an Espionage Act violation.
Libby has every right to a trial, but how likely is he to make Cheney and Rove witnesses in a trial that could destroy the administration?
Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, flanked by veteran Democratic activists and a union leader, criticized the Bush administration on Saturday for allowing hurricane rebuilding contracts to go to out-of-state firms and low-wage workers.
Scooty knew exactly that exposing Valerie Plame's name was a big problem and he wanted to "insulate the boss."
Saturday, October 29, 2005
A Few for Early Evening
And Now, the Bloggers
Keeping up With the Bloggers
Keeping up with the bloggers is tough to do sometimes. The list of bloggers that I try to (at least) skim through keeps growing. I'm using a great aggregator (FeedDemon) that helps pull the interesting ones together in a form that I can copy into the software I use to post the blog. It's still in development, but offers some very interesting options, including the ability to search quickly for current news articles online and drop them right into the post. A few examples from Yahoo and Google searches, with sources you may not always read.
How the charges against Libby could impact Bush's Supreme Court
Who Is Scooter Libby And Who Cares?
Friday, October 28, 2005
What's Being Reported
So, is anybody paying attention to the fallout from the Libby indictments? Oh, you've been under a rock all day? Here are a few stories to bring you up to date.
A Grave Indictment, but Grave Questions Remain
Looks for blog links in the next post down.
And, the Bloggers Respond and Debate
Let The Debate Begin
Fair enough for you all? I'll be watching for updates. You do the same. Links below to some preliminary web coverage.
Libby pushed case for war (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Highlights from Libby indictment (CNN.com)
Full Text: U.S. v. Libby Indictment (Washington Post)
'Scooter' Libby dragged out of White House shadows by CIA probe (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Grand Jury Updates
It's been a very busy day, tracking the bloggers reaction to the information coming from Special Prosector Fitzgerald. We've pulled together a preliminary group of links below. These are going up early, in no special order, to allow the tech guys to work on my computer. Again. More to follow this evening.
Much more coming this evening. I promise. From BOTH sides.
Waiting for the Documents
Waiting now for the documents from the Special Prosecutor. Interesting discussion underway on CNN. Legal experts and reporters discussing how easily this entire case could turn into a courtroom argument over the entire Iraq war. Bottom line of what they're tossing around - just because it looks like only one person may be indicted today, the impact of this investigation on the Administration may be deep and long-lasting. Interesting summary here:
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Updating the Updates
And now, from the friendly search function in this new software, some reading material:
Miers Pulls Out - Fitzgerald Moves Forward
And, finally, just for fun, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Harriet Miers blogs.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Final Few for Tonight
Invitation Lost in the Mail
Not that we ever expected to be invited, it is interesting to note that we were apparently left off the list of invited press for the Governor's luncheon. But, we're in good company with KUAR and The Arkansas Times, apparently!
We always search through both left and right-leaning blogs in our search for interesting content. Here's an interesting approach from one of the right-leaning bloggers who isn't afraid to speak his mind.
Putting our commentary hat on, we'd have to say there was very little "new" in that speech and, thus, very little "newsworthy". It's also interesting to note that left-leaning bloggers constantly criticism the media for giving the President too much coverage of speeches that seem to vary little from day to day.
Just noticed something interesting while eating lunch and writing this post. Clicking between CNN and MSNBC and what's on each channel is interesting. The President is speaking to The Economic Club and Florida Governor Jeb Bush is talking about how things have been pretty badly handled after Wilma. CNN is carrying the President. MSNBC has decided Jeb's comments are more important/interesting.
Looks like the blogosphere (and all the rest of us) will have to sit tight, waiting for what the liberal blogs are calling "Fitzmas" - Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald's decision on possible indictments. Most of the major cable nets are saying the official word will NOT come today, although there are are a number of bloggers who still expect to get some type of confirmation. Most of the speculation seems to center around Fitzgerald asking for two indictments. With that in mind, consider this, video (and a transcript) from a 2001 George Bush speech.
And, let's see how accurate THESE folks are, once something does happen with the Grand Jury. Or you can go a little further out on the limb and say we WILL hear something this afternoon.
Now, let's roll with the blogs from our program for today.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Oh, What the Heck. One More
Just because there is so much stuff out there. There are several bloggers REALLY going out on a limb. But our first one is just a good, solid, collection of the latest information.
Arianna Huffington: Plamegate: Worse than Watergate
And now, they're talking with neighbors! This is really something. Fitz turns back to Rove; FBI combs Plame's 'hood
More Bombs Dropping In The White House -Pretty good summary of what's going on.
Lightning Rod Franken|
Tuesday Evening Updates - The Magic Number?
And then there is THIS choice little post about Kay Hutchinson's flip-flop over perjury. And bloggers continue to go out on a limb about the indictments.
As long as we're picking on Congress, 42% of DeLay's Constituents Want Him to Quit - things don't look good.
Tuesday Show Blogs
Note the posting just below: The Raw Story blog is reporting Fitzpatrick has already gone to the grand jury and asked for at least one indictment in the CIA leak case. Nothing yet in the Mainstream Media. We'll keep watching. Evening news shows should be interesting. Seems a bit out of the timetable everybody has been working from.
Here are the blogs we feature today during "The WB42 5:30 Report" -
In Memorium: Rosa Parks - Such an important story in our history.
Cheney Led Effort To Smear Wilson, Played Dumb - One example of blog coverage of NY Times piece today.
And, for extra measure, we'll give you one sample of bloggers reaction to the news that there have been 2,000 U.S. casualties in Iraq.
We'll See if THIS Proves True
Hmmm. If true, the blogosphere would have truly been on top of things. RAW STORY reports Fitz IS seeking indictments.
As we say in the biz - Stay Tuned
One More Batch
Monday, October 24, 2005
The Hits Just Keep on Coming
Countdown with Keith for tonight is history. Blogs are busy. Here are some links we snagged late this afternoon and a few from our multi-tasking while watching the tube tonight.
It's been quite a new day, hasn't it? Hurricane Wilma. Tropical Storm Alpha. Huge explosions in Baghdad. And then there is that little matter of an investigation in D.C. Some of which are addressed in tonight's first update posting.
One blog from the 5:30 Report - it's a new site that pulls together a number of Arkansas news sources and bloggers. Neat.
UPDATE: Blogger is doing some strange things with html coding this afternoon. Scroll down one post and you'll find the BullWhiz links that WORK.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Wow! What a change. We finally felt the full impact of the promised cool-down. It's almost chilly outside today. I'm thinking it's a good day for football on TV, blogs on the laptop and a still-wary eye on Wilma. Here's a few more - good for between the football games. Just to give you something to chew on and chat about.
Suday Morning Coffee
Welcome to Sunday. Here's what we found in a quick survey of the blogs this morning.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Unbelievably beautiful day here in Arkansas. Yeah, I know, I should be out there enjoying it. Actually have been most of the day. Had family and friends taking part in the Race for the Cure. Maybe 40,000 people this year. Incredible sight. But, it's winding down now. And we found a few minutes to run through the blogs:
Notice! The Weekend is Here!
Get out and enjoy it. But have a few blogs with breakfast. And we begin with a couple on Judy that you won't find in the mainstream media. At least, I don't think you will.
Friday, October 21, 2005
TGIF - Part Two
Now that we're all settled into a quiet Friday night at home, you reap the benefits of my having a few moments to fly through the blogosphere.
Whew! Finally Friday!
We're not focusing on specific blogs on the air today. But there is still plenty of action to keep you busy. I'm going to send you to a couple of spots to read about Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff's recent comments about the Bush Administration. Here's some background.
There are a couple of dozen striking points in that speech. It's a bit verbose at times, but very tough. What's your guess? Does he just have a beef with the administration? Or is he making valid points. Comments are open. Let's talk.
Now, a few more on a variety of topics:
BREAKING: NON-PARTISAN GAO REPORT RAISES, CONFIRMS SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT SECURITY OF ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES! - If you vote (and you do, of course), this is more than a little troublesome. Maybe all those stories of fraud we're just "creations" of the left.
We've reported on those emails among FEMA officials just after Katrina socked New Orleans. But nobody has reported on the full depth and breadth of the exchanges. Here you go. Read 'em and weep. It is just SO sad.
THE DAMNING FEMA E-MAILS - "damning" really isn't a strong enough word. Keep in mind, the blogger is one of the right's strongest arguers.
And, finally for now, here's something to talk about with friends this weekend:
Andy Card needs to be with Bush this weekend - wonder why?
Thursday, October 20, 2005
One Final Batch
Switching software yet again. This one has an update coming out Monday. But, for what we're posting tonight, it will work just fine.
The rest of the article makes it pretty obvious that Miller was most likely not simply protecting a source's confidentiality but actively trying to protect that source from legal jeopardy. Not the same thing.
Thursday Evening Updates
Fema Fumbles and Harriet's Pop Quiz Problems
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Number Two for Tonight
Wilma Leads the Evening Updates
A Few Extras (With More on the Way)
Show Blogs for October 19
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Just a Few More
Oh, yes, there ARE a few more things to talk about. First and foremost, the Ed Schultz story. Ed is the fastest-growing liberal radio guy. He's good. Even supports veterans' benefits and better pay for the military. But doesn't like the direction in which the country is headed. http://www.bigeddieradio.com/ is his website. Check it out.
Follow-Up Tuesday Posts
We're Back at Full Speed
Monday, October 17, 2005
Finally- AR Media Girl Revealed!
Worse Than Watergate?
Rebuilding and Rewriting
Sunday, October 16, 2005
It's Sunday Night
And there are a few interesting posts. Enjoy. No comments. At least not from me. Just various opinions on what's going on. Feel free to comment away.
That New York Times article on Judith Miller is enough to keep you busy! Lots of words there, my friends. And the bloggers are lining up with analysis and commentary. Wade through it. When you have the time. Then chime in with your thoughts. Comments are open.