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Great writing Boadicea

Nice piece of work and a very entertaining read.

However, we do diverge slightly.

August 10, 2007

Nothing Focuses The Mind as Much as Electoral Peril

Filed by Boadicea on August 10th, 2007

I have a confession to make.

I used to think John Cornyn was okay for a Republican. I grew up in AZ with Republicans like Barry Goldwater and Paul Fannin (okay, yes, and Evan Meacham, but nobody liked him by the time we got to know him) . These were Republicans we could fight like hell with and still respect as basically decent human beings.

I thought John Cornyn was one of those when he was Atty General. I didn't know at the time about his brush with the soon to be infamous Jack Abramoff.

Reagan,..... I liked Reagan; the Iranians responded to his election ascension to the Oval office. I didnt like Peter Grace but I liked Oliver North and I liked WATT they were doing in Central & South America. After all of the research into the Church Universal and residing in the richest diocese in the world, I don't know that I agree with it all now. As far as Ambramoff, we have to look to the origins. The Ambramoff "all we need is an Indian" establishment of Gambling rackets appears to materialize out of the creation of the Office of Indian Gaming Management

The Office of Indian Gaming Management, under the supervision of the Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs for Economic Development and Policy, is responsible for implementing those gaming-related activities assigned to the Bureau of Indian Affairs by the Indian Gaming regulatory Act of 1988 and other Federal laws. The office develops policies and procedures for review and approval of: tribal/state compacts; per capita distributions of gaming revenues; and requests to take land into trust for purpose of conducting gaming. Work is coordinated with the National Indian Gaming Commission and with the state, local and tribal governments that may be impacted by gaming proposals.

In 1999 the manipulation of the original act begins and can be accessed by clicking this link.

The point being, Ambramoff's money and influence covers both sides of the aisle.

With Junior John, he has never been a good guy; but he always twirls the policy and influence (that he controls) to project an image of goodwill and honesty. A false image, but a believable image if one can buy the outer shell without any research or due diligence to discover the reality (reasoning) of his actions.

Janus-faced - marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another; "she was a deceitful scheming little thing"- Israel Zangwill; "a double-dealing double agent"; "a double-faced infernal traitor and schemer"- W.M.Thackeray

In example I submit Saldano v Texas where Junior John furnishes the disingenuous reasoning of civil rights violations to confess error.

In Saldano v State, Cornyn confessed error to achie ve a GVR and get it back
to Texas

Certiorari Granted—Vacated and Remanded
> No. 99–8119. Saldano v . Texas. Ct. Crim. App. Tex. Motion
> of petitioner for leave to proceed in forma pauperis granted.
> Certiorari granted, judgment vacated, and case remanded for further
> consideration in light of the confession of error by the Solicitor
> General of Texas.

In reality, Saldano who was sentenced to death, petitioned the US Supreme Court by writ of Certiorari on the grounds
claiming that he had been denied due process of law because his race and ethnicity were improperly used to support a finding of future dangerousness during the punishment phase of his trial.

The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari. Before the Supreme Court, the Attorney General of the State of Texas (Junior John) assumed representation of the State. 1 The Attorney General confessed error in Saldano's sentencing and declined to raise Saldano's procedural default as a defense. The Supreme Court vacated the judgment against Saldano and "remanded to the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas for further consideration in light of the confession of error." Saldano v. Texas , 530 U.S. 1212, 1212 (2000). 2

Cornyn's Confession of error in the US Sup Court (Saldano v. State) is made
out to present the image that Cornyn stood up for Civil Rights. Junior John's PR
team takes the opportunity and flaunts the confession of error as a defense of civil rights, "The Texas solicitor general, John Cornyn, is to be praised for the confession of error, for his re view to find other such cases, and for his position that it was "inappropriate" and "improper" for the state to urge jurors to consider race and ethnicity in determining a criminal's "future dangerousness.

The real reason Junior John confessed error was to achie ve a GVR from SCOTUS and get it back to the Texas Court System.

Junior John by confessing error, wiggled out of placing civil rights violations and fallacial argument ("the correlation of race and recidi vism did not constitute fundamental error") in the hands of U S
Supreme Court.

Junior John supported this position but it would have entertained serious Civ il Rights violations and draw the wrath of Public Opinion .

On remand to the CCA the court found that "evidence regarding the correlation of race and
recidivism did not constitute fundamental error and that "the State's
confession of error in the Supreme Court of the United
States is contrary to our state's procedural law for presenting a claim on
appeal, as well as the Supreme Court's enforcement of such procedural law
when it is presented with equal-protection claims."
Saldano v. State, 70 S.W.3d 873, 891 (Tex. Crim. App. 2002).


First, in seeking the death penalty, prosecutors sometimes overlook glaring illegalities.
"courts, especially state courts, are too often willing to o verlook even obvious constitutional flaws when rev iewing death penalty cases." And if they are "willing to overlook e ven obvious constitutional flaws and glaring illegalities when Prosecuting & re viewing death penalty cases." What about the rest of us?

Now, the State of Texas' procedure on confession of error conflicts with the U S Supreme Courts' procedure which reveals, that it wasn't Junior John standing up for Civil Rights but Junior John practicing Political Expediency. Junior John's actions were nothing
more than a way to cheat due process. Junior John was crying uncle so he could get back up and throw a sucker punch by proxy via the CCA.

Filed by Boadicea on August 10th, 2007

Then he went to the Senate, and whatever good sense he'd been gifted with at birth evaporated from exposure to corruption and ambition. Box Turtles were no longer safe in their shells, but were enlisted in the war against marriage equality.

Junior John was appointed to the Senate (originally) which allowed him to gain name recognition and gain favor from sycophantically serving the extreme right wing and their agenda. In the war against humanity with his immigration policy. While now, trying to renege on certain policy making attempts to build a wall along our whole Southern Border that he was absolutely promoting, is he not now claiming he never supported it and that National Policy never supported it. Then he flips to a fence and finally to a fence in certain areas. Junior John remains against amnesty. Junior John voted against granting amnesty to 12 million immigrants who already reside within our borders and who for the majority are productive human beings who supply a labor niche we depend on. ,

Is Junior John saying WATT ever it takes to get re elected as we approach an election?

He wont back up his words. "If all we need is for Junior John to "put in a good word" for things to get accomplished, then he is the roadblock.

Junior John is the roadblock to the VA Hospital.

Junior John is the roadblock to Amnesty for 12 Million human beings.

Junior John is the roadblock to the Children's Health Insurance Plan.

Junior John is the roadblock to the ___________________ (fill in the blank)

If Junior John wanted these things; then surely, he would have already "put in a good word" for us doncha figure?

I cannot envision Junior John compromising his racist hater vote demographic for middle ground with respect to the amnesty issue. IMO he identifies with the Smith County mentality and this mentality (not limited to Smith County) is where Junior John is firmly rooted.

Campeon & Ramos - Heck, if all Compean & Ramos needed was for Junior John to "put in a good word" for them, then he was the roadblock. He did it not out of goodwill, but to draw favor from a large demographic group.

VA Hospital brings allies of Junior John to South Texas to act like they are going to do something and make promises they never intend to keep.

Kinda like fishing on credit IMHO.

GI Forum piggy back letter now disappeared from the Newspaper website.

  • Fight crime by securing our borders. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted NO on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)

Junior John never needed a South Texas vote before. He will now learn a valuable lesson, when South Texas speaks Texas listens.

How about putting a good word in for Ramsey Muniz?

Junior John supports the Libby Commutation But a Chicano Attorney who still has the potential of becoming an icon embraced by a political diversity they must keep in a cage

In the war to educate our youth, Junior John voted against funding

  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

Junior John voted against renewing the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides health insurance for the children of working families who can't afford private coverage but don't qualify for Medicaid.

In the war against Gangs Junior John comes to my city Corpus Christi and acts like it is his hard work that brings a federal grant when in reality the Federal Grant comes from the hard work of community leaders and citizens. Selective information sources have been identified. Thanks guys I will take this in consideration in the future.

Filed by Boadicea on August 10th, 2007

But this is Texas, and we've all heard about how Republicans rule in Texas. I thought this was as good as it was going to get.

Then, when Abu Ghraib Gonzales was up for confirmation as Atty General of the United States, I decided to write my United States Senators about my concerns. I didn't think that an apologist for torture who described international treaties as "quaint" was someone who could be trusted with the Constitution.

I got back a form lecture about how Box Turtle John's Best Friend Forever, Alberto Gonzales, had pulled himself up by his immigrant bootstraps (which somehow got attached to George W. Bush's coattails) and those of us who objected to this gifted (if tiny) one's ascension from Presidential toady to Atty General were being a little bit anti-immigrant and racist.

Not one word about Abu Ghraib, or the now revealed atrocities perpetrated by Tiny Al as White House Counsel. No reassurance of any kind that Congressional oversight would be invoked to protect my and my fellow citizens rights. That was the moment I swore I'd find some way to get a new U.S. Senator. Eventually that did lead me to the Draft Rick Noriega movement..

The Constitution is not the applicable law. In the Abu Gharib prison or the confinement of enemy prisoners "all is fair in war". The captured enemy is information and intel. I think maybe hog fat might be a more progressive information extraction method than the ones employed but the Geneva Convention only binds our nation while all other run rogue over it. Nobody else adheres to it and in fact it is an advantage when American humanity is engaged to defend pure & evil. Hey, you gotta fight fire with fire, any soldier knows this. WATT would be the proper actions for a Senator presented this situation? If he can give a woman a choice to torture & terminate the life of an unborn American certainly he can give a Soldier a choice how to handle (interrogate) the enemy?

Filed by Boadicea on August 10th, 2007

So, it's with some amusement that I note that somehow, John and his BFF appear to have had a falling out, according to the Austin American Statesman.

"He's a good person, but I look at his jobs he's held, and I wonder what has prepared him for being the head of the Department of Justice and 110,000 employees in a highly partisan and difficult political environment," Cornyn told the American-Statesman editorial board.

You know when a good time to consider that might have been, Senator?

When he was up before the Senate for confirmation as the Attorney General of the United States, aka head of the Department of Justice.

Wonder why the thought didn't occur to you then. Elections too far away, perhaps?

Junior John will say WATT he needs to say, promise who he needs to promise and play on the hope and good human nature of Texans for one reason. Who thinks Junior John is saying it because he means it, because he has every intention of doing it, because he is going to do WATT he says?

For those of you who answer affirmatively to the above question, please refer to that George Strait song. However, in Junior John's case, "He'll throw in the BND Bridge for free.

Filed by Boadicea on August 10th, 2007

Nothing focuses the political mind as much as electoral peril, and Texans have not one, but two excellent choices to replace the Senator who thinks he only represents ONE Texan.

Two Democrats who are exploring runs against Cornyn next year — San Antonio lawyer Michael Watts and state Rep. Rick Noriega of Houston — said Gonzales should resign. Noriega said Cornyn has sharpened his criticism of Gonzales because he's got an eye on the 2008 election, and Watts said Cornyn "will never call for his resignation unless Karl Rove gives him permission."

Well said, gentlemen.

I'm clearly a Noriega supporter, but the fact is either of the Democratic contenders would be a step up from Box Turtle John.

It's a nice position for Dems to be in, but we have to remember the object lesson of the California Governor's race last year-which had such a poisonously divisive primary that a weak incumbent returned to office, and two leading lights of the California Democratic primary damaged each other in the eyes of the electorate-possibly permanently.

Fight hard in the primary, but don't salt the earth . We need to unite behind our standard bearer in the general election, or we'll have another six years of Box Turtle John.

And no Texan deserves that.

I agree for the most part and with the divisive thing, absolutely.

Lubbockleft.com: The question for Mikal was why should we support him

Mikal's response was in three parts:
  1. He (Mikal) has already put forward incredible effort through a constant travel and fundraising schedule, and will continue to do so.
  2. He can respond fast and well to the Karl Rove attack machin e that will be coming with Cornyn's campaign.
  3. He will compete and win in ALL areas of Texas, not just the historically Democratic areas.

A few intangibles most of you guys probably don't know.

  • I support the candidate whose Law Firm employs Attorneys who passionately fight for and support marriage equality.
  • I support the candidate whose Law Firm employs Attorneys whose ideology does not align with his ideology.
  • I support the candidate whose Law Firm employs some Attorneys with very strong progressive ideologies.
  • I support the candidate whose Law Firm employs Attorneys of various ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.

I dont think you can say this of Junior John?

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