Monday, September 19, 2005

Getting Sick Over Rove!

This is a picture of Karl Rove.

This is a picture of Roger Williams, Secretary of State of Texas. Williams was a "Pioneer Fundraiser" for the campaign who raised over $100,000 for George W. Bush.

This is a picture of a Texas Ballot.

Texas has a very lenient residency requirement for voting. As explained:
The definition of residence for the purpose of voter registration is wellsettled in Texas. As stated in the seminal case of Mills v. Bartlett, 377S.W.2d 636, 637 (Tex.1964), “[n]either bodily presence alone norintention alone will suffice to create the residence, but when the twocoincide at that moment the residence is fixed and determined. There is nospecific length of time for the bodily presence to continue.”
But Karl Rove lives in Washington D.C.

And votes in Texas.

Elizabeth Reyes used to work for the Secretary of State in Texas as a lawyer. That is until she got interviewed by a reporter for the Washington Post.

And the Washington Post reported:
Down in Texas, when you register to vote in a place where you don't actually live, the county prosecutor can come after you for voter fraud, said Elizabeth Reyes, an attorney with the elections division of the Texas Secretary of State. Rove's rental cottage "doesn't sound like a residence to me, because it's not a fixed place of habitation," she said. "If it's just property that they own, ownership doesn't make that a residence."

Still, under state law, the definition of a Texan is really pretty loose, Reyes said, even for voting purposes. So someone would have to file a complaint.

In the end, she said, "Questions of residency are ultimately for the court to decide."
Well, since the Washington D.C. officials found out about this, Karl Rove had to pay $3,400 in back taxes. As reported:
Presidential adviser Karl Rove may live in Washington. But in his heart -- and for voting purposes -- he remains a Texan. Which means he is not legally entitled to the homestead deduction and property tax cap he's been getting on his Palisades home for the past 3 1/2 years.

This week, the D.C. tax collector was alerted to the problem. And Rove agreed to reimburse the District for an estimated $3,400 in back taxes, city officials said.
I guess you could say Karl Rove was breaking the law when he wasn't paying those taxes.

So Karl Rove got on the phone.

And he called the Secretary of State of Texas, Roger Williams,

And he got that attorney who spoke to the Washington Post fired.

As Roger Williams reported:
"Karl called me. He had read the article and wanted to know if it was our stance" that his voter-registration status in Texas might be in jeopardy, he said. "I told him it wasn't and that the person who gave that opinion was not authorized to do so."
Elizabeth Reyes was surprised. Why should she be fired? She related:
Reyes said she was told she was being terminated for violating an agency policy against talking to the media.
As explained by Scott Haywood, a spokesman for the secretary of state:
Scott Haywood, a spokesman for the secretary of state, said employees may take "routine press calls" but must refer media inquires to the communications director if they involve "controversial matters."
Imagine that! Karl Rove figured somebody should be fired because they spoke to the press about somebody who was breaking the law. But what does Karl Rove think about talking to the press in violation of the law?

This is Robert Novak.

I guess Karl Rove forgot about he helped out a CIA Agent, another criminal act, by discussing her identity with the press. As reported:
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove spoke with at least one reporter about Valerie Plame's role at the CIA before she was identified as a covert agent in a newspaper column two years ago, but Rove's lawyer said yesterday that his client did not identify her by name.
But Karl Rove hasn't lost his job. President Bush likes Karl Rove. As reported July 12, 2005:
WASHINGTON - After two days of questions, the White House said Tuesday that President Bush continues to have confidence in Karl Rove, the presidential adviser at the center of the investigation into the leak identifying a female CIA officer.
In fact Karl Rove is now getting a promotion. Unless of course he gets a felony indictment before he can assume that responsibility. As reported:
Republicans said Karl Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff and Mr. Bush's chief political adviser, was in charge of the reconstruction effort, which reaches across many agencies of government and includes the direct involvement of Alphonso R. Jackson, secretary of housing and urban development.
Thank you Mr. Rove. Thank you Mr. President. Karl Rove is a bully in the White House. He violates the law, pays a $3400 fine and then acts to fire an attorney who spoke with the press about it. He violates the law discussing the identity of a CIA agent with the Press and nothing happens. In fact he gets a promotion.

Are you sick yet? Go ahead and vomit. This is an emesis basin.

America is crying for a change in leadership! We have scoundrels in office. Bullies that dole out special projects for their buddies. Pass legislation for Big Oil and Big Pharma and Big Tobacco and then go off and take jobs with these businesses.

I am sick and tired of this garbage. Wake up America!



Anonymous mary bagan said...

That's a neat blog you've posted and good to look at. It brings many contradictions into focus. But does it get us anywhere? I'm not vomiting but I am discouraged.

8:35 PM  
Blogger BobsAdvice said...

I think we need to understand the full range of the hypocrisy of the Republicans in power. The abuse of power and the corrupting path they pursue. Maybe it will get somebody motivated!


8:41 PM  
Blogger gone said...

Very concise and logical illustration of the hypocrisy that exists in the current admin.

I came here via DADA.

Great post.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Ralph said...

Wow. That is such a great post. It even looks great. It should get wide exposure.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

Nice work Bob........

Rove is a ding dong if ever there was one.


9:35 PM  

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