March 29, 2007

Dirty Dianne
— Ace

Dirty, dirty, dirty.

Dianne Feinstein steered business to defense contractors heavily invested in by her husband's big-ass investment companies for years and only now she steathfully resigns from a key military appropriations committee?

Professor Shackelford quietly asks:




This is genuine news. Political corruption on a scale as big as Duke Cunningham, and the mainstream press is worried about 8 US attorneys losing their jobs in a completely legal hard-ball political axing-session.

The Culture of Corruption has 'returned' - bigger and better than ever before!

Well, I can tell you where the MSM is: investigating Republicans. Which is where they always be. The only way to even get a story like this cursorilly covered by the MSM is for Republicans to push it, hard.

Which they probably won't.

Correction: I first wrote her husband owned "big ass military companies." He doesn't, he just invests heavily in them.

Posted by: Ace at 01:53 PM | Comments (41)
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1 A few years back, her husband was involved in a hit and run. He didn't stop because he had some kind of opiates in his system. He needed it for his "bad back." He had a bad back, but he was coming from working out in a gym. It was all bullshit but the guy entirely skated.

Posted by: Red at March 29, 2007 01:58 PM (pPek3)

2 And that, Ace, is EXACTLY why I hate the Republicans these days.  They can't muster the will to fight anyone. They would rather go along to get along, when what they need to do is wage political scorched earth.  Why the Republicans cannot find the steel to be as determined and ruthless as the Dems I will never know.

Posted by: BattleofthePyramids at March 29, 2007 01:58 PM (4ne0/)


The Republicans have to show some balls on lib corruption. They kept letting these guys skate in the name of bipartisanship and look what it got them.

I commented over on HotAir, while we're going after DiFi let's not forget that there are a bunch of Democratic Senators involved up to their eyeballs with Jack Abramov. Tom Delay had to go for the mere appearance of impropriety. Resigning a committee seat ain't good enough DiFi. You've got to go. And let the Govenator appoint your replacement. Hmm maybe not...

Posted by: Iblis at March 29, 2007 02:02 PM (9221z)


This is the kind of shit that the republicans should be shouting from the top of their lungs about. With a bullhorn.

Every time they get in front of a camera this should be brought up.

Posted by: Bosk at March 29, 2007 02:03 PM (+aNmG)

5 Even wiki talks about the shady dealings of her and her husband.

Posted by: Red at March 29, 2007 02:06 PM (c02MZ)

6 The republicans can't say anything, because they're just as guilty. 

Posted by: Purple Avenger at March 29, 2007 02:10 PM (01SjW)


DiFi is a crooked Democrat? Who knew?

BattleofthePyramids, it's simple. Repubs will never be as determined and ruthless as Democrats because they are wimps. Half of them (including but not limited to Hagel and McClaim) can't decide what party they belong to, and the other half couldn't find their ass with both hands. (Sorry, RWS). As we say in Texas, the Democrats piss all over them, and the Repubs believe it when the Democrats tell them it's rain. Republicans started playing defense in '01, and they never have stopped. Damn, I miss DeLay.

Posted by: mikeyslaw at March 29, 2007 02:16 PM (yrptY)

8 Wow this is a big story, we're going to get right on it.

Oh wait, did you say Democratic Senator? Oh, gee, we'd like to do something but um, yeah, we'll get back to you on that.

Are you sure it's not a Republican Senator? No. That's a shame.

Posted by: msm at March 29, 2007 02:30 PM (gNyUT)


Republicans won't talk too much about this because they want coverage as much as Democrats. There's one sure fired way for a Republican to be ignored by the media and that is to point out Democratic corruption. On the other hand, take a wild guess why a worthless piece of shit like Fuck Hagel gets air time.


Posted by: Penn State Marine at March 29, 2007 02:39 PM (TjqdC)

10 Our leadership in DC is pathetic. Buncha fucking eunuchs.

Posted by: Sinistar at March 29, 2007 02:58 PM (bSYRF)

11 Republicans won't talk too much about this because they want coverage as much as Democrats.

But if these pansies we have would ...oooh, I dunno, get together and develop a strategy to constantly, repeatedly and loudly talk about this every chance they got, it might actually force the media to address it.  Of course, that would take balls and those disappeared when Gingrich left.

The republicans can't say anything, because they're just as guilty.

That's a bullshit cop-out. 

Posted by: wiserbud at March 29, 2007 03:01 PM (WOPFA)


The republicans can't say anything, because they're just as guilty. 

That may or may not be true, but it never stopped the Dems from screaming "corruption" at the slightest hint of inpropriety.  These people have a very underdeveloped sense of shame or ability to recognise their own hypocrisy.

Previously the double-standard was defended as being the result of Republicans being in power, but now that they're not (with regards to Congress anyways), there's no excuse.  The Republicans should be screaming non-stop about every and any even slightly shady deals by Dem committe chairs and call for investigations and resignations.

If they band together and say it loud and often enough, the legacy media can ignore it only for so long- that may not have been true 10 years ago, but now?  Almost impossible.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at March 29, 2007 03:03 PM (plsiE)

13 Repubs have just plain rolled over and quit. They are finished as a party. They got no will left to fight. All conservatives in the media (all 3 of them) are tired of carrying the water for them, for a party that won't even try.

Posted by: bmac at March 29, 2007 03:04 PM (WUw1Z)

14 If they band together and say it loud and often enough, the legacy media can ignore it only for so long

Hollowpoint....your a friggin' GENIUS!!

Posted by: wiserbud at March 29, 2007 03:18 PM (WOPFA)

15 Why don't Republicans push it? The Republicans may be equally vulnerable on this score.

Posted by: slickdpdx at March 29, 2007 03:24 PM (bohOk)

16 Let's face it...we are so f'ed up.  The country is long gone.  We are losing our culture, our border and our language.  I remember traveling to Canada in the early 80's and was astonished to see all the signs, packaging written in english and french.  My peer in Canada remarked how expensive it was to have everything done that way because it was legislated that way by their government. 

Now, right here in the USA, you have so many languages right there in front of you without one bill passed.  You can't walk into a business, DMV, a poll booth, etc. and we have spanish, korean, vietnamese,etc. all there without any legislation.  Last year I took a flight that took off from Atlanta to Dublin, Ireland.  Each flight instruction was first started in Spanish and ended in English. WTF?  There wasn't a soul on that plane that spoke Spanish!  Spanish now is the defacto alternative language. 

All this was done, without one bill being passed.  Magically, everything here is being translated so that illegals don't have to assimilate to our culture, to our laws and to our ethics.  You drive by hospital trauma centers that were operational 15 years ago and now are long gone, closed.  You walk into any ER hospital, and there are 15 illegals in front of you.  And when it's your turn, the hospital staff shakes you down so hard for your insurance card - as if to say, we finally have a paying customer.

My parents and myself immigrated here 1958 after waiting in line legally for 12 years.  We assimilated, PROUDLY.  But we kept our culture intact in our own home.  All of us knew, to be a success here you needed to assimilate to take advantage of what this country had to offer. 

It's hard to honestly evaluate how it was in 1958, to what it is now.  Sure civil rights advances happened.  The KKK became passe over time.  Sure there is racial bias now, and a lot more way back in the 50's.  But, we lost it from there to here.  We really did.... Worst of all... I think we lost it for good.  It's gone - our borders, our language and our once proud culture.

Posted by: sergei at March 29, 2007 03:29 PM (NzupZ)

17 Well, I can tell you where the MSM is: investigating Republicans. Which is where they always be. The only way to even get a story like this cursorilly covered by the MSM is for Republicans to push it, hard.

Trick them. Insert - oh I don't know - Libermann or Trent Lott's name - for Di-Fi. Since the dummy media don't even know about the story it might work. Evil Rethuglican or Rape Gurney Joe War Profiteering? A1 material.

Posted by: topsecretk9 at March 29, 2007 03:34 PM (vFDCm)

18 Hate to be bothersome, and it doesn't ultimately matter, but I actually wrote that post.

Rusty just collects the ad revenue gleefully and whips us around.


Posted by: Good Lt at March 29, 2007 03:36 PM (yMbfY)

19 Former Dem Ethics head until this popped up, see any similarities? (besides the MSM embargo I mean)

"Everybody, obviously, is entitled to a presumption of innocence, » the NLPC official says, " but [Mollohan] has done things in the open that no other member of Congress, living or dead, has done — earmarked money to their business partners and, coincidentally, at the same time went from to being worth a couple hundred thousand in the year 2000, to being worth millions of dollars just four years later. "

...Witnesses have been subpoenaed by the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia to appear before a grand jury on April 3 to testify in the matter.

Posted by: topsecretk9 at March 29, 2007 03:47 PM (vFDCm)


Good thing Diane didn't call anyone a faggot. 

Republicans really get worked up over that.

Posted by: Red Dog at March 29, 2007 03:51 PM (86S3r)

21 I would expect George Bush to contact the minority leader in Congress and ask him if he can take his head out of his ass long enought to get his team together  and back on the playing field, and to drag them out of the locker room  where they are hideing,and to stop  them from crying like little bitches in the halls of Congress

Posted by: The Great Satans Sr, Intern at March 29, 2007 03:55 PM (V5nPg)

22 Are you sure it's not a Republican Senator? No. That's a shame.

It will be by the time it gets shown as a Law and Order episode...

Posted by: richard mcenroe at March 29, 2007 04:10 PM (clI2H)


That's a bullshit cop-out.

Maybe, but that doesn't mean it's not true.

They go after Dianne Feinstein and what will probably happen is....Dennis Hastert will end up jail and Dianne will get a book deal.

Which just makes it all the more depressing.

I don't know what the fuck I did to god to keep getting the government Paris Hilton deserves...

Posted by: Entropy at March 29, 2007 04:22 PM (Uh5fR)


Good thing Diane didn't call anyone a faggot. 

Republicans really get worked up over that.

Hah! Precisely! *sob*

Posted by: Entropy at March 29, 2007 04:23 PM (Uh5fR)

25 The problem is the Republicans were in the minority for soooo long they didn't know how to act in the majority.  They've only been back to what they know for a few months, give them time.  They might pull their heads out of their asses and figure out where to go from here. 

Posted by: mastour at March 29, 2007 04:24 PM (Btieu)


I'm going back to the open thread to make text graphic nudie pictures with a name in .40 rage italic font.

I was happy back then....

Posted by: Entropy at March 29, 2007 04:32 PM (Uh5fR)

27 Well, the problem is the Democrats and the Repubs are playing two different games. The Republican party is playing the "I won't point out your bad stuff if you don't point out mine, wink wink" and the Democrats are playing "I'll do anything for power, no matter how many backs I have to stab or babies I have to trample underfoot."

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 29, 2007 04:34 PM (wmgz8)

28 Wait a second...they go after the republican crooks and the republican crooks resign - go to jail - Democrats don't care about their corruption - they promote and reward it.

(and in this case apparently support DiFi's war profiteering that actually is the Halliburton scandal that Hallibuton never was!)

Incidentally, how many contracts became available for Di-Fi's hubby when Duke Cunningham was shut down? Things that make you go hmm.

Posted by: topsecretk9 at March 29, 2007 04:50 PM (0dbCx)

29 The Dems have the MSM to cover their asses, that's the bottom line. For
all the talk about "Faux" news, I don't see much help coming from them
these days.

Posted by: Dr. Remulak at March 29, 2007 05:51 PM (b1MSs)

30 I'm a classical liberal who finds the whole islamist thing, well a problem, and thus kind of finds his way with the republicans for the most part, but I can tell you that this group of republicans would confuse their ass with a hole in the ground.   Yes, the dhimmis have the msm, but the repubs need to find some kind of PR firm to help their cause.  Goddamn, this should be front page news.

Posted by: ThePolishNizel at March 29, 2007 06:02 PM (J/LuT)

31 At the moment, the left has a lock on the news, and there's no way around it besides blogs. Rush Limbaugh isn't as influential as he once was, Drudge has pretty much sold out, and Fox News never was much of a conservative voice in the past, now I'm not sure if they have any voice at all other than Bald Britney and dead playmates.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 29, 2007 07:27 PM (wmgz8)

32 The Republicans may not have a voice, but that the Washington Post - who actually do cover this kind of thing in THEIR town, even if they hide or bury Dem party affiliation -- MISSED THIS- is an embarrassment to their profession - no bones about it -- she resigned in JAN-U-ARY! It's almost April!

It's a miny scandal in the bigger scandal...which is WHY I suspect the MSM will NOW embargo - because they didn't even know about it and since they are the vaunted knowers of all that white and pure and a NEWS story - MISSED IT -- bye bye.

Seriously, besides bias, they suck. They aren't actually competent at their jobs -- too bad their isn't some sort of journalist malpractice tort.

Posted by: topsecretk9 at March 29, 2007 07:49 PM (ELTl5)

33 Nothing to see here. Move along please. The shuttle bus to the Alberto Gonzalez inquisition will be leaving shortly.

Posted by: barry in co at March 29, 2007 10:21 PM (KOkrW)

34 I tell ya Ace, I have all the bad timing on supporting political parties. When I was a Democrat, they had weenies for presidents & presidential candidates, but a strong Congress. Now I am a Republican, and the Elephants have a strong President and a weeny Congress. When will the Republican congress put aside fear of headlines, drag down the Democrats from their so called "mandate" and make them fall in to line with Dubya's policies? The House is barely holding its own right now, the Senate is dismal,
and Dubya is getting terminally slowed down by the Donk "Majority" attatched to his ankle like a ball & chain. I don't for a minute think Dubya is "incompetent". Shoot, how could ANY president look good with the sort of very partisan backbiting he has had to endure over 6 years? If the Republican manority Congress of '02 & '04 had been half as good as they could have been, Dubya would have his 60% favorable rating still & the Donks would be toeing the line or out in the cold. Instead, we have Dhimmicrats egged on by their Leftist activist baste doing their best to undermine the Constitution just to get back at Dubya for having the NERVE to win 2 elections and interrupt the Clinton Legacy of One Nation Not Under God, Divisible Into Interest Groups, With Regulations and Social Justice For All.

Dammit, when am I gonna get to vote for the party with leadership in ALL the places  ALL the time in order to preserve this Republic? <_<

Posted by: exdem13 at March 30, 2007 05:31 AM (zr8rE)


I don't for a minute think Dubya is "incompetent".

Last I checked, Bush was the titular leader of the Party. Except for yesterday, he rarely cracks the whip and lines up the congressional troops.



I said titular.

Posted by: Cuffy Meigs at March 30, 2007 06:17 AM (JefgB)

36 heh, he said titular.

Posted by: obligatory beevis referent at March 30, 2007 06:48 AM (ATbKm)

37 Slightly OT, but I just went to the NYTimes' web site to see if they've done anything on the resignation. When I tried to come back here, the back button in my browser wouldn't work. It seems the times has it set up to prevent people from leaving their site via the "back" button. There may be an innocent technical explanation for this, but if not, the Times is so desperate for eyeballs that they've now adopted tactics usually employed by porn sites to keep their numbers up. Unbecoming and lame.

Posted by: T-web at March 30, 2007 07:44 AM (57znu)


The office of the presidency carries many distinct duties with it, such as Commander in Chief of the military, the Chief Executive officer, and the chief diplomat. Bush is actually quite good a some, but wholley incompitent or even AWOL from others.

One thing he has allways absolutely not just sucked ass at, but just NOT DONE, is be the rhetorical, political, philosophical, and ideological leader of the Republican Party as well as the Conservative ideology. Because he is a President and a republican, he is the defacto leader of the conservative movement and of the party, setting not just the parties policies, but it's rhetoric and it's political strategies. And these are jobs he's simply neglected entirely. It's not that he is bad at them - you have to actually make some attempt at something in order to fail at it - he just hasn't done them at all.

Posted by: Entropy at March 30, 2007 08:35 AM (m6c4H)

39 Yeah, truly the media is biased, but even worse they are just flat out incompetent, lazy, and stupid. Which is worse? We already know from the Jayson Blair affair that it is your PC bona fides that get you the job, not your competence at work. After decades of that, the entire office is run by people like this, not just new hirees. Editors, managers, publishers, everyone. And we get the crapfest we have now.

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