Let me start this post by pointing out that I don’t believe all Republicans are deranged morons. I mean, I personally know some individual Republicans who are terrific people. But Republicans are limping with a couple of achilles heals right now.

Nationally, the Republicans have been hijacked, derailed, used, abused, snookered, and tarnished by BushCo and his neocon sidekicks. Maybe they’ll recover sometime in the next two or three decades. But much damage has been done.

In Washington state, Republicans have a different sort of problem. Their most prominent members are a bunch of tricksters:

[T]he state Republicans have lost standing with voters following a string of stunts, pranks, and dirty tricks. Voters have watched the Sotelo voter challenges, the sex offender postcards, Tim Eyman and his right-wing initiatives, the John Birchers and their right-wing initiatives, the secretive U.S. Chamber of Commerce hit on Deborah Senn (not really state GOP, but it worked for their side), and even the election contest with all of the “election fraud” hyperbole, BIAW “signature checks,” and Rossi dissing the Supreme Court. The Washington State Republicans come off looking like jealous tricksters trying to snatch power away from the Democrats by any means available except by honestly winning elections.

(And, man, are they ever sore losers after defeat in a close election!)

On Thursday the Washington state House Republicans did it again:

House Republicans lambasted trial lawyers during raucous debate Thursday but when one lawmaker singled out the Democratic House majority leader’s husband for scorn, the place erupted in shouts.

Rep. Dan Roach, R-Bonney Lake, said it is “very, very concerning” that only trial lawyers are pushing the bill.

“This is not for the consumers,” he said. “This will increase costs to the consumer. It is a sad day.”

After being gaveled down for impugning the sponsors’ motives, he said, “Look out! The train is coming through! The Keith Kessler train is coming through and you better get out of the way.”

“Whooo woooo!” Roach cried, mimicking a train conductor tooting a whistle.

Keith Kessler is one of the state’s most prominent trial lawyers, a former president of the state trial lawyers and the husband of House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam.

Lovick sternly admonished Roach again for breaking House rules of decorum. Lawmakers aren’t supposed to refer to colleagues by name or criticize members’ families.

(* Sigh *). This isn’t really going to help the Republicans shake their image as a bunch of angry goofsters.

Rep. Dan Roach is, of course, the son of crazy-wacko, “who moved my roses?”, anal obsessive Sen. Pam Roach. He is also the brother of drug-dealin’, convicted felon and early parolee Stephen Roach.

So…um…I’m wondering. Do they do random drug testing for state Representatives? I mean…this seems like the kind of wacky shit that comes from being all hopped-up on goofballs or something.

(Cross posted at Hominidviews.)


  1. 2

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Bombshell Revelation:

    New Evidence May Exonerate Alger Hiss

    “NEW YORK (April 6) – Scholars probing anew into the Cold War’s most famous espionage case suggested Thursday that another U.S. diplomat, not Alger Hiss, was the Soviet agent code-named Ales. Meanwhile, a stepson of Hiss said his chief accuser invented the spy allegations after his sexual advances were rejected.

    “The two claims, presented … at New York University, provided startling new information that, if true, could point toward a posthumous vindication of Hiss, who was accused of feeding U.S. secrets to Moscow ….

    “Kai Bird, an author who has done new research on the 60-year-old case, said … there was new evidence to suggest the real spy was another U.S. official named Wilder Foote.

    “Bird said that he and co-researcher Svetlana A. Chervonnaya had identified nine possible suspects among U.S. State Department officials present at the U.S.-Soviet Yalta conference in 1945. A process of elimination based on their subsequent travels to Moscow and Mexico City excluded eight of them, including Hiss …. ‘It left only one man standing: Wilder Foote,’ Bird said.

    “Foote, a member of a well-known Boston family, died in 1974 after a career as a diplomat and owner of a string of newspapers. During World War II he was involved with U.S. lend-lease operations supplying the Soviets.

    “The key, according to Bird, was that Ales’ contact at the Soviet embassy in Washington would have known that Hiss, a top-tier diplomat who later played a key role in founding the United Nations, had returned from Mexico City, whereas Ales was known to have remained there. That information was in a secret Soviet cable that was intercepted and decoded by U.S. intelligence agencies and is now part of the so-called Venona Papers, a collection of such documents made public several years ago. In a telephone interview, Bird said that more research would be required to prove that Foote was Ales but that ‘he fits the itinerary in every way, and Hiss simply does not.’

    ” … Timothy Hobson, an 80-year-old retired surgeon who was Hiss’ stepson and grew up in the family home in Washington, D.C., said that Whittaker Chambers, whose bombshell allegations against Hiss broke the case open, had lied about his personal relationship with Hiss and had never visited the home as he claimed. Hobson said that as a 10-year-old boy, he suffered a broken leg and was in a cast for months, during which time he met everybody who came calling. …

    “‘It is my conviction that he was in love with Alger Hiss, that he was rejected by Alger Hiss and he took that rejection in a vindictive way,’ Hobson said. Hobson said Chambers’ sexual orientation had been mentioned in a book and was recorded in unreleased FBI files. …

    “Hobson was close to tears as he said that he, as a gay man, was given an undesirable discharge from the U.S. Navy and said that was what kept Hiss’ defense lawyers from calling him as a witness in court.”

    Quoted under Fair Use; for complete story and/or copyright info, see

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: For decades, Alger Hiss’ supposed guilt has been an article of faith among rightys, and a major talking point in their efforts to paint liberals as disloyal. This new research blows a giant hole in the rightwing hate-propaganda against liberals. But we shouldn’t be surprised. They’ve been wrong about everything else; so why would they have gotten this right?

  2. 3

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    According to Wikipedia, there was pervasive FBI misconduct in the Hiss perjury case:

    “As a result of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suits by Hiss and others, Department of Justice documents became public in 1975 and revealed the following facts:

    That an FBI agent knowingly committed perjury at the Hiss trial, testifying it was impossible to forge a document by typewriter.

    With regard to the typewriter introduced as evidence at the trial, the FBI knew that there was an apparent inconsistency between its alleged manufacture date and its serial number but illegally withheld this information from Hiss.

    That the FBI had an informer on the Hiss defense team, a private detective named Horace W. Schmahl. Hired by the Hiss defense team, Schmahl reported on the Hiss defense strategy to the government.

    That the prosecution had illegally withheld from Hiss and his lawyers the information that the FBI had records of intensive surveillance of Hiss including phone taps and mail openings and that none of these showed any indication that Hiss was a spy or a Communist.

    The content of the ‘Pumpkin Papers,’ which showed that of the five rolls of microfilm that Nixon had described as evidence of the ‘most serious series of treasonable activities … in the history of America,’ one roll was completely blank and information on two more rolls were mostly unclassified and about topics such as life rafts and fire extinguishers, information which was easily obtainable at any time from the open shelves at the Bureau of Standards.

    After the FOIA disclosures, Hiss was readmitted to the bar in Massachusetts in 1975 without the usual admission of guilt or expression of remorse, which is usually required when a disbarred lawyer is readmitted. The Supreme Court, which by this time contained several Nixon appointees, … refused to nullify the Hiss perjury conviction, thus preventing the exoneration Hiss had sought.”

  3. 4

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The Hiss case, of course, is about more than government misconduct and rightwing hatemongering. It is about the dishonorable railroading of an innocent man by the American conservative movement.

  4. 5

    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    Hey righties – $30 million – that’s the difference between the amount of money raised by Democratic Presidential contenders and Publican Presidential contenders. Never in the history of time have the Dems outraised the Publicans. Even though we’ve won with less money than the righties, this makes it even more probable that we’ll own the federal government in 08!

  5. 6

    David spews:

    Mr. Roach feels very strongly that dishonest insurance companies should be allowed to delay or deny legitimate claims made by his constituents.

    But you can’t stand for something like that using reason, because it’s very hard to convince the people that pay your salary that they should let a dishonest insurance company rip them off.

    So, you need to act like you are an elementary school bully and obscure the issue with random attacks and statements that have nothing to do with the matter at hand.

  6. 7

    Libertarian spews:

    Whether Alger Hiss was innocent or guilty is now a moot point.

    When an illegal alien (who was recently arrested for drunk driving and NOT turned over to the immigration atuhorities) kills a woman at the UW, and Seattle is a “sanctuary” city for illegals, there’s a story!

    Sometimes you “progressives” amaze me with how totally dumb you truly can be.

  7. 8

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    PelletHead: “That an FBI agent knowingly committed perjury at the Hiss trial, testifying it was impossible to forge a document by typewriter.”

    Whodathunk Moonbat!s at See BS News would have figured this out when trying to use this argument with the “Bill Burkett Files” on Bush!

    But… History is lost on Moonbat!s! Just think, Fascism is coming back today in a libtard human shell sitting near you.

  8. 9

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    Lib@7: Or an illegal kills two teen-aged girls in Virginia Beach – Sanctuary City

    Or an illegal kills a well known director and his son in LA – Sanctuary City

    Moonbat!s, when they have the city keys good people die worthlessly!

  9. 10

    Rocketdog spews:

    Heard the “Danny Boy” Roach diatribe on the radio this morning. You gotta wonder about that family. Momma Pam “Guns And Roses” Roach has shown she has some real problems and now Dan Roach starts to exhibit the same repression symptoms. We won’t get into the Meth. brother. I would love to be a fly on the wall at Christmas dinner at that house. It is interesting that the Roaches represent an area of rural residents that tote guns, have a horse “thing” in Enumclaw and went nuts when the Gay Rodeo booked the KC Fairgrounds. I don’t like to think it, but maybe the Roaches actually are good representatives of the area.

  10. 11

    harry tuttle spews:

    Libertarian and Puddybud follow the Dan Roach example by striking out with unsubstantiated attacks on unrelated matters.

    Quoting from an opinion in a press release from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is about as good as they can do, since they’re all hat and no cattle.

  11. 12

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    Looks like diplomacy (baloney) really worked. But for Mooonbat!s, they always react to the initial reports while missing the final reports.

    “I can clearly state we were 1.7 nautical miles from Iranian waters.”

    They were tortured. Yes that’s diplomacy. Only a Moonbat! would claim that!

  12. 13

    Richard Pope spews:

    Roger Rantbit @ 2,3,4

    You say that Alger Hiss was persecuted, and not prosecuted? And you blame this on the REPUBLICANS?

    CAN YOU TELL ME WHO WAS PRESIDENT WHEN ALGER HISS WAS PROSECUTED? What party did that President belong to? Who was Attorney General (i.e. head of the U.S. Department of Justice) when this injustice happened, and what party did that Attorney General belong to? And what party appointed the U.S. Attorney whose office prosecuted Hiss?

    “Hiss was charged with two counts of perjury; the grand jury could not indict him for espionage since the statute of limitations had run out. Hiss went to trial twice. The first trial started on May 31, 1949, but ended in a hung jury on July 7, 1949. Hiss’s character witnesses at his first trial included such notables as future Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson, Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, and former Democratic presidential candidate John W. Davis. The second trial lasted from November 17, 1949, to January 21, 1950.

    At both trials, a key piece of evidence was a typewriter that was presented as one the Hisses had owned at the time of Hiss’s alleged espionage work with Chambers. FBI experts testified that matching of the type established that this typewriter had been used to type the Baltimore Documents. This was in keeping with Chambers’s testimony that Priscilla Hiss retyped stolen documents so the originals could be returned and the copies photographed later. In the second trial some slight corroboration of Chambers’s account was given in the form testimony from Hede Massing, an American ex-Communist who recounted a meeting with Hiss in which they both spoke obliquely about their Communist activities.[2] At the second trial, the jury found Hiss guilty on two counts of perjury.

    The verdict was upheld by the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Hiss was sentenced to five years imprisonment on January 25, 1950 and served 44 months at the Lewisburg Federal Prison before being released November 27, 1954.”

  13. 14

    GBS spews:

    Happy Good Friday, all you great people. You, too, Puddybud.

    Yeah, it’s pretty bleak outlook for the Republcians come 2008.

    Your leading presidential candidates are going to get butchered come the general elections.

    Mitt “The Mormon” Rommey? C’mon we all know he’d only carry Utah. That’ just not enough elecrotal college votes to get it done.

    Rud”e” Giuliani? Get real, him dressed up as a fucking drag queen!! Yeah, if John Kerry parasailing off Mass. is a problem, well, I can’t wait for the Rudy commercials dressed up like a fag.

    John “Everything is swell in Baghdad” McCain? Too late, he sucked Bush’s butt hole 20 times too many and at 70 years OLD — “Zzzzzz Zzzzzz Zzzzzz hmmmm . . . wha?. . . Oh, yes, the debate thanks for waking me up!” OKAY, goodl luck with that geezer.

    Newt “Bitch you got cancer, here’s your divorce papers” Gingrich. B-R-I-N-G I-T O-N!

    Fred Thompson? Eehhhhhhh, he’s your best chance.

    Let’s talk about the Senate, shall we. 21 seats are Republicans and 5-6 are vulnerable NOW! Can’t imagine how many more will be up for grabs when the whole Iraq War finally collapses.

    Not ONE fucking Republican Senator will be able to run from their support of Bush and his failed military policies.

    19 months from now, the nightmare will officially be over.

  14. 15

    Richard Pope spews:

    James Howard McGrath (November 28, 1903 – September 2, 1966) was an American politician and attorney from the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

    McGrath, a Democrat, served as District Attorney before becoming Governor, U.S. Senator, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and U.S. Attorney General

    McGrath was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He graduated from La Salle Academy in 1922, from Providence College in 1926, and from Boston University in 1929. From 1930 to 1934 he was the city solicitor of Central Falls, Rhode Island. During this time he was also interested in the real estate, insurance, and banking industries. He served as U.S. District Attorney for the District of Rhode Island from 1935 to 1940.

    From 1940 until 1945 he was Governor of Rhode Island. McGrath served as Solicitor General of the United States from 1945 to 1946. He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1947 to 1949.

    He was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate from Rhode Island in 1946. He was chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on the District of Columbia for the 81st Congress.

    President Harry Truman appointed McGrath Attorney General of the United States on August 24, 1949. He resigned from that office on April 7, 1952 and entered the private practice of law in Washington, D.C. and Providence. He was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination as United States Senator in 1960.

    McGrath died in Narragansett, Rhode Island in 1966, aged 62, and is buried in St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

  15. 17

    harry tuttle spews:

    I have to disagree with Darryl on one point. Republicans are most certainly deranged morons. They exemplify the extent of their moronic derangement on this blog, every hour. Sometimes minute-by-minute.

  16. 18

    Richard Pope spews:

    Poor Roger Rantbit! It looks like his political hero and idol, Alger Hiss, was so viciously persecuted by none other than the evil James Howard McGrath, Attorney General of the United States from 1949 to 1952 and Chairman of the DEMOCRAT NATIONAL COMMITTEE from 1947 to 1949.

    Imagine that! Today, Alger Hiss is a role model for Democrats, such as Roger Rantbit, Al Sharpton, and Dennis Kucinich. But back in 1949, Alger Hiss was prosecuted by a man who had been appointed by Democrat President Harry S Truman to be U.S. Attorney General. Not to mention the fact that James McGrath was serving as Chairman of the DEMOCRAT NATIONAL COMMITTEE when Truman appointed him Attorney General.

  17. 19

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    Scary Rebuttal@17: You seem to forget the continual thread hijacking by PelletHead. We only REACT to the Bullshittium delivered by the front end loader and bulldozer by PelletHead.

    Open your eyes Harry!

  18. 20

    GBS spews:


    If Republcians are “honest” why does Dickhead Cheney keep lying that Iraq & al Qeada were cooperating before the 2003 invasion?

    Because to believe Dichead Cheney is to say the Pentagon keeps lying when they repeatedly state that there was link between Iraq & al Qeada.

    Why do Republicans hate the military?

  19. 21

    GBS spews:


    On the subject of Iraq linked to al Qeada, who’s lying: Dick Cheneny or the military?

  20. 22

    GBS spews:

    Correction @ 20 shold read:

    Because to believe Dichead Cheney is to say the Pentagon keeps lying when they repeatedly state that there was NO link between Iraq & al Qeada.

  21. 23

    Richard Pope spews:

    Amazing how the Democrats criticize the Republicans for political appointments to Department of Justice positions. They forget about their own political appointments, such as James Howard McGrath.

    When McGrath was appointed U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island by Franklin Del Ano Roosevelt in early 1935, he was only 31 years old and had been practicing law for only five years — less legal experience than any of the U.S. Attorneys appointment by George W. Bush.

    Later on, McGrath was appointed as U.S. Attorney General, coming right from being Chairman of the Democrat National Committee?

  22. 24

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    Speaking of Goofballs:

    “Pratfall in Damascus
    Nancy Pelosi’s foolish shuttle diplomacy – Washington Post

    Thursday, April 5, 2007; A16

    HOUSE SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered an excellent demonstration yesterday of why members of Congress should not attempt to supplant the secretary of state when traveling abroad. After a meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Ms. Pelosi announced that she had delivered a message from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that “Israel was ready to engage in peace talks” with Syria. What’s more, she added, Mr. Assad was ready to “resume the peace process” as well. Having announced this seeming diplomatic breakthrough, Ms. Pelosi suggested that her Kissingerian shuttle diplomacy was just getting started. “We expressed our interest in using our good offices in promoting peace between Israel and Syria,” she said.

    Only one problem: The Israeli prime minister entrusted Ms. Pelosi with no such message. “What was communicated to the U.S. House Speaker does not contain any change in the policies of Israel,” said a statement quickly issued by the prime minister’s office. In fact, Mr. Olmert told Ms. Pelosi that “a number of Senate and House members who recently visited Damascus received the impression that despite the declarations of Bashar Assad, there is no change in the position of his country regarding a possible peace process with Israel.” In other words, Ms. Pelosi not only misrepresented Israel’s position but was virtually alone in failing to discern that Mr. Assad’s words were mere propaganda. – Puddybud commentary – She’s STUPID. She was trying to make a political point against Bush and she fell on her reconstructed face!

    Ms. Pelosi was criticized by President Bush for visiting Damascus at a time when the administration — rightly or wrongly — has frozen high-level contacts with Syria. Mr. Bush said that thanks to the speaker’s freelancing Mr. Assad was getting mixed messages from the United States. Ms. Pelosi responded by pointing out that Republican congressmen had visited Syria without drawing presidential censure. That’s true enough — but those other congressmen didn’t try to introduce a new U.S. diplomatic initiative in the Middle East. “We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace,” Ms. Pelosi grandly declared.

    Never mind that that statement is ludicrous: As any diplomat with knowledge of the region could have told Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Assad is a corrupt thug whose overriding priority at the moment is not peace with Israel but heading off U.N. charges that he orchestrated the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri. The really striking development here is the attempt by a Democratic congressional leader to substitute her own foreign policy for that of a sitting Republican president. Two weeks ago Ms. Pelosi rammed legislation through the House of Representatives that would strip Mr. Bush of his authority as commander in chief to manage troop movements in Iraq. Now she is attempting to introduce a new Middle East policy that directly conflicts with that of the president. We have found much to criticize in Mr. Bush’s military strategy and regional diplomacy. But Ms. Pelosi’s attempt to establish a shadow presidency is not only counterproductive, it is foolish.”

    Final Puddybud commentary – Once again the WaPo gets it right. This is lost on libtards because they are fueled by hatred. Don’t expect a mea culpa from Ol Stretchy Face!

  23. 25

    GBS spews:

    OK, it’s Friday, I can’t type or spell worth a shit.

    I might as well knock off early and start hitting the Easter Bong early this year.

    Who wants to join me?

    Puddybd, you wanna hit the bong with me again like we did after lunch?

  24. 26

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    GBS: I’m not backing up what VP Ceney said. I haven’t read it yet. Didn’t the Senate Report discuss Al Qaeda initiatives in Iraq?

  25. 27

    harry tuttle spews:

    Strange that Richard Pope completely ignores the fact that Richard Nixon catapulted himself to national fame by trumping up the case against Alger Hiss, and the Democrats so trembled in their boots at being called fellow travelers they could hardly ignore the “evidence”.

  26. 29

    Richard Pope spews:

    Puddybud @ 19

    You do have a good point. Roger Rantbit did hijack this thread, right from the first comment. Darryl wanted to talk about Dan Roach and his apparent overstepping of the bounds of legislative decorum. Fortunately, Roger Rantbit stepped him, and changed the subject to his political role model, Alger Hiss. Rantbit believes that Hiss was innocent and the victim of a political persecution. Unfortunately, Rantbit scored an “own goal”, since Hiss was prosecuted under Democrat President Harry S Truman and by a Democrat U.S. Attorney General, James Howard McGrath, who had been Chairman of the Democrat National Committee before being tapped to head the Justice Department.

  27. 30

    GBS spews:

    @ 24:

    I’d rather try diplomacy and make a mistake, then not to try diplomacy at all.

    See, when Nancy Pelois got it wrong, none of our soldiers died and it didn’t cost us hundreds of billions of dollars.

    We went with the “no diplomacy” route with Bush and, as we all know but not all will admit, Bush fucked up royally.

    Keep believing he’s a great leader, though. The more you push his policies, the worse it gets for you ‘Culture of Crime’ types.

    Sucks to be you.

  28. 31

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    Harry: You mean you’re that old? Fossilized? Going back to Richard Nixon?

    That’s like John Barelli using data from 1998 and 2000 to say feminists who meekly wrote articles (never a million woman march) against Taliban treatment of women in 2000 can be equated to their muteness in 2007.

    Waaaaaa haaaaaa haaaaaa HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR!

    Nuff Said!

  29. 32

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    RPope: Thanks for the support. I make many good points regarding libtards on this board or in general. Most are lost on the likes of Mr Frogkisser, Mr Stupid, Clueless, Mr PelletHead, etc.

  30. 33

    GBS spews:

    Here’s Dick’s own words.

    Now, who is lying: Cheney or the military?

    Cheney reasserts al-Qaida-Saddam connection
    Vice president’s words come as latest Pentagon report again dismisses link

    WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney repeated his assertions of al-Qaida links to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq on Thursday as the Defense Department released a report citing more evidence that the prewar government did not cooperate with the terrorist group. . . . The Sept. 11 Commission’s 2004 report also found no evidence of a collaborative relationship between Saddam and Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network during that period.

  31. 34

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    GBS: Kissing Assad’s ass is a great thing? Lying about what the Israeli prime minister said is a great thing? Making yourself look like the standard ASSWipe of Voice of Chalk Scratching’s Northwest Division of Lunatic Moonbat Libtards is a great thing?

  32. 35

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    GBS: Why didn’t Nancy Pelosi wear a burqa? Oops… she may have been stopped by Assad’s security thugs because no one would be able to see who she is approaching the “president”!

  33. 36

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    GBS: did you post #25? I didn’t know you inhaled!

    Did you see US payrolls increased by 180,000 in March?

    Where is that in the Moonbat! MSM?

  34. 37

    Richard Pope spews:

    Darryl — how is the fact that Mrs. Gregoire’s Department of Corrections made an early release of convicted felon Stephen Roach supposed to be an indictment of Republicans?

    At least, Stephen Roach was able to come back to a supportive Republican family, and hasn’t been in any trouble since his release.

    By contrast, other beneficiaries of Mrs. Gregoire’s felon early release policy have been causing serious injury to public safety. The latest story in the news being Thomas Bienville:

    Early-release felon held in Federal Way rape, assault
    By Jennifer Sullivan
    Seattle Times staff reporter
    April 5, 2007

    A felon who didn’t report to the Department of Corrections after being conditionally released from jail in February was arrested Wednesday in connection with the alleged rape of a former girlfriend and assault on her 3-month-old baby in Federal Way.

    Thomas Bienville, 36, who has convictions for rape, assault and attempting to elude police, was one of 82 felons the Department of Corrections (DOC) released on Feb. 23 because of overcrowding at the two King County jails.


  35. 38

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    Assaulting a baby?

    He must be Moonbat!tic. Hating babies is nom de jour of libism.

  36. 39

    YOS LIB BRO spews:

    Gonzales’s Former Assistant Causes Turmoil As U.S. Attorney

    The Justice Department has faced criticism not only for firing well-respected U.S. attorneys, but also for replacing them with loyal Bushies.

    The U.S. attorney’s office in Minnesota demonstrates the havoc that ensues when the Bush administration places politics over justice. Four top staffers to Rachel Paulose, the U.S. attorney in Minnesota, have voluntarily demoted themselves in protest of Paulose’s “highly dictatorial style” of managing. Paulose has also “earned a reputation for quoting Bible verses and dressing down underlings.”

    Paulose had been in her position for a year as an interim U.S. attorney before she was sworn-in officially last month. She created controversy when her lavish swearing-in ceremony included a professional photographer, a color guard, and a choir.


    wink, wink


  37. 40

    GBS spews:


    Ooooops, sorry my bad. I was supposed to keep the whole bong thing on the lo’ down. My bad.

    Puddybud didn NOT smoke reefer, pot, 420, lamb’s bread, hemp, bo-bo, mary jane, blunt, B-40, chronic, dope, grass, weed, or leaf with me.

    However, Puddybud has a killer Valcano Vaporizer. Gettin’ high without the harmful side effects of smoke. Thank God a stoner paid attention in science class and made the realization that when organic material heats to a certain temprature that the oils within the plant that contain THC vaporizer before the material burns.

    Thanks, Puddybud, for introducing me to “vaping.”

    We’ll hook up again soon.

  38. 41

    GBS spews:

    Puddy “BUD”:

    I think she wore the head scraf out of respect for their reliegion. Don’t you agree that’s the rigth thing to do?

  39. 43

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    Darryl, not all republicans are deranged morons. . .just a large group of them. Two examples, here, on the comments threads, particluarly need to take their meds.
    Darrell, the thumbsucker, and Richard Pope, wannabe politician spring to mind.
    I can only hope that their free access to these comments threads provides some of the desparately needed therapy lacking in their lives.
    In the meantime, they provide a service similar to felons swinging in chains on a gibbet at a cross-roads, examples of a life come to a bad end. . .by being right wing.

  40. 44

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    Where is the Hue and Cry from the ASSWipes here over the violation of Geneva Conventions by the Iranians?

  41. 45

    GBS spews:

    Puddy “BUD” @ 33:

    Diplomacy is always a great thing!

    It beats the shit out of putting our soldiers in the middle of a civil war with no plan, no strategy, and no exit strategy by a Commander in Chief who is so fucking incompetent that every year he needs to ask for “EMERGENCY SPENDING BILLS” to fund the war.

    Can you imagine being so fucking lame that when you submit your budget to congress in February that every spring you go “OH SHIT! I FORGOT TO INCLUDE ENOUGH MONEY IN MY BUDGET FOR THE WAR ON TERROR!! DOH!”

    C’mon, you know our troops deserve a better leader than that! That’s not how you support the troops.

  42. 46

    GBS spews:

    Puddyb “BUD” @ 43:

    See, that’s called being a hypocrit. You can’t complain how the Iranians treated our allies when we’re doing worse to some people who are completely innocent in secret prisons around the world.

    Do you get it now?

  43. 47

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    Wait a minute GBS. It’s your side who’s the hypocrits. You know this plain and simple. Your side said we violated Geneva Conventions at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo. The SCOTUS said no to GITMO. So now the Iranians do it and nary a peep!

    I love how you get on your high horse.

  44. 48

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    The right thing to do to pay respect to the Syrian sect is to put on the burqa. Being proxies for Iran she needed the Burqa! She chose to denigrate the religion!

  45. 49

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    GBS@39: Nice comedic response. Sorry don’t do drugs and you know why! I see why you are the way you are now!

  46. 50

    GBS spews:

    Puddy “BUD” @ 46:

    It’s not contradictory, it’s exactly the reason the Democrats were so pissed at Bush, like Biden who has/had a son serving in the military, because when we torture prisoners, it doesn’t give us a leg to stand on.

    Is that concept to difficult for you to grasp through the “Purple Haze all through your brain?” “Lately, things don’t seem the same. Puddy “BUD’s actin’ funny, but he doesn’t know why,” he says “EXCUSE ME while I kiss the sky!!”

  47. 51

    GBS spews:

    Puddby “BUD” at 48:

    **wink, wink**

    Yeah, it’s all joke we didn’t vaporize.

    But, how about bootin’ that black tar heroin? OHhhhh, Shit you get the good smack, bro!

  48. 52

    GBS spews:

    Puddybud @ 47:

    OK, you confused me. Exactly how did Nancy Pelosi denigrate their religion by wearing a head scarf?

  49. 54

    GBS spews:

    Puddbud @ 48:

    All right, I apologize. You don’t do any drugs, I was just fooling around.

    I know exactly why you don’t do drugs, or eat cheese burgers.

    OK? How’s that?

  50. 55

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    GBS: It’s your side who while arguing our Geneva violations mute on their Geneva violations. Apparently to you fair is not fair. You are blinded by the “Purple Rain”. Why is someone so astute as you are lost?

  51. 56

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    The Wahhabbist version of Islam demands burqas. She didn’t wear one.

  52. 58

    GBS spews:


    Pentagon says no link between Iraq and al Qeada before we invaded.

    Dick Cheney says there was.

    Who’s lying: Dick Cheney or the military?

  53. 59

    GBS spews:

    Puddybud @ 54:

    Let me put it to you this way.

    Let’s say you molest a young boys.

    Then, you see on Fox News Bill O’Rielly saying that a boy who was held captive for four years by child molester actually liked being held captive a sodomized repeatedly.

    Would you be justifed complaining about child molester?

  54. 60

    GBS spews:

    Puddbud @ 55:

    What does Wahhabbist have to do with Syria? Syria is approximately 70% Sunni, the rest are Shia and some Christian.

    Of course, you know that only a tiny fraction of Sunnis are Wahhabbists, right?

    So, exactly how did Pelosi denigrate their religion?

  55. 61

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @7 “Libertarian says: Whether Alger Hiss was innocent or guilty is now a moot point.” 04/06/2007 at 7:48 am

    How wrong you are!!! An innocent person, wrongly convicted, is entitled to have his/her name cleared — no matter how long it takes. Even if he/she is dead, it is likely there are living relatives who have a direct and present interest in having the family name cleared.

    A war hero, denied a decoration because of race, is entitled to his/her medal(s) — no matter how long it takes.

    The victims of a racist church bomb are entitled to have the perpetrators hunted down and brought to justice, even if it takes 50 years.

    Holocaust victims are entitled to have the laws barring former concentration camp guards from our country identified and deported, even decades later.

    Once again, Libertarian has shown has shallow his intellect is, and how weak his grip on sensibility and morality.

  56. 62

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Moreover, we need to know the truth about historical miscarriages of justice, in order to learn from it so that we may prevent it from happening again.

  57. 63

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @12 “They were tortured. Yes that’s diplomacy. Only a Moonbat! would claim that!”

    They’re alive, and they’re home. If wingnuts handled this, they would have bombed half a dozen cities, killing hundreds of Iranian citizens who had nothing to do with the policies of their government; the hostages would either be dead or still rotting in dungeons; the whole thing would escalate into a war, the strait of Hormuz would be blocked, oil would go to $200 a barrel, the world economy would go into recession; and wingnuts would trumpet about how they “saved face.” God save us from these fucking idiots!

  58. 65

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @13 “You say that Alger Hiss was persecuted, and not prosecuted? And you blame this on the REPUBLICANS?”

    Actually, I didn’t say that, Richard. What I say is Hiss has been used as a talisman by the rightwing to smear libeals as disloyal. Big difference.

  59. 67

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Also, you’re not supposed to throttle the witness in a deposition! If you have a problem with the witness, you ask the judge to swear the witness under oath, then request a contempt hearing if the witness continues to be obstreperous. Self-help not allowed!

  60. 68

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @13 “The verdict was upheld by the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.”

    Is there a point in here, somewhere? Are you saying if the courts uphold a guilty verdict, there’s no possibility of innocence? That courts are always right? That historians and researchers have no business reviewing the files or looking at newly discovered evidence in order to set the historical record straight?

  61. 69

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @13 “The verdict was upheld by the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.”

    The courts also upheld the internment of Japanese-Americans — did that make it right?

  62. 70

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Richard, if courts are always right, why do presidents and governors need the power to pardon?

  63. 71

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    And this guy wanted us to elect him a judge??! I sure am sorry I voted for HIM!!!

  64. 72

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @15 I can see why you’d envy that guy’s career, Richard. Just look at yours — private practitioner with no clients or work; failed politician with an electoral record unblemished by a single victory; laughingstock of Washington politics! Yep, I see the resume envy here.

  65. 73

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @16 Do what you want on Easter; I’m gonna be thankful some guy came along 2,000 years ago and gave me an advance on forgiveness for my sins. And I’m even more thankful that my sins, whatever they may be, don’t include being a Republican!!!

  66. 74

    Tlazolteotl spews:

    I’m confused…aren’t BIAW and “the John Birchers” pretty much the same people?

  67. 75

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @17 Republicans in Congress and the Legislature have to engage in outrageous antics to distract attention from what they actually vote for, which in this case is giving insurance companies license to be deadbeats and leave you stuck with your medical bills after their insured runs a red light and puts you in the hospital. Not hard to understand why they’d rather have the media report their childish behavior instead of how they voted, is it?

  68. 76

    LauraBushKilledAGuy spews:


    Number of Bush, Cheney, Rove relatives serving in Iraq. Tell me again how this war is VITAL to our national interests?

  69. 77

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @18 Guilt or innocence is not a partisan issue, Richard. Christ, and you wanted to be a judge?

  70. 78

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @18 Besides, you missed my whole point, which is that rightwing hate peddlers have been rubbing Hiss in liberals’ faces for 60 years, and now it turns out they got the wrong guy — shouldn’t that embarrass the aforesaid rightwingers just an eensy weensy bit?

  71. 79

    LauraBushKilledAGuy spews:

    KESSLER should have pointed out to that asshole Roach that it was a trial lawyer the youngest Roach child turned to when he needed help getting out from under his felony drug dealing.

  72. 81

    harry tuttle spews:

    31. Puddle, you’re such a twit. Since you seem to be having trouble comprehending the give-and-take here, I’ll help you out.

    Richard Pope had made at least two posts intimating that Alger Hiss’ problems were piled upon him by a laundry list of Democrats before I made my comment about the origin of the case.

    It does point out an historic difference between Democrats and Republikkers, though. The Dems are constantly attempting to placate the Pubes with openhandedness, and the GOPuke just keeps on responding by tearing up and spitting on the Constitution.

    Tougher Democrats must be nurtured and encouraged.

  73. 82

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @19 Bwaaahaahaaaahaaaa !!!! Did you forget this is a liberal blog and you’re a troll here? Be happy Goldy doesn’t ban oppo posters, as virtually every rightwing blogger does. Every time you post, you should get on your knees and kiss Goldy’s feet.

  74. 83

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    At least HA isn’t a nauseating circle-jerk like 100% of the wingnut blogs are. Wingnuts come here and spew their bullshit, take cheap shots at us, and even impersonate us — with complete impunity. And you’re bitching because I reply to, debunk, and rebut your bullshit? Cry me a fucking river!!! Better yet, go to southern California and cry them a river, they need the water.

  75. 84

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @23 We’re not complaining about political appointments to DoJ, Richard. We understand (as well as you) that federal prosecutors are politically appointed. What we’re complaining about is malicious prosecution of innocent Democrats for partisan purposes, and obstruction of federal investigations and prosecutions of corrupt Republicans for partisan purposes, both of which constitute prosecutable crimes in their own right, not to mention impeachable offenses.

  76. 85

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Richard Pope sure has gotten shrill and wingnutt this past week. He must be watching the polling numbers of the GOP frontrunners and thinking there may be an opening for him to run for president. Then he can add losing a presidential election to his ever-lengthening resume of failed political campaigns.

  77. 88

    headless lucy spews:

    re 2: Wow! If Hiss is innocent, Wm. F. Buckley, jr. is going to slide right off his leather Barcalounger(tm) onto his bony, lily-white old ass!

  78. 89

    harry tuttle spews:


    The bright shiny object ploy certainly works well for them, as they completely fuck up government at every level they get elected to. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

    The most recent appointment the Shrub made certainly bring into focus just how intent they are to destroy the country.

  79. 90

    Tlazolteotl spews:

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation

    You know, there are a couple of meanings possible when you use the phrase “left the reservation.”

    1) you’re an “apple”
    2) you’re nuts

    I’m curious, which is it? Or maybe you are being ultimately ironic, and mean both at once?

  80. 91

    GBS spews:

    HL @ 87:

    William F. Buckley, jr. owns a real leather chair?

    I thought he was too niggardly for that lifestyle.

  81. 92

    headless lucy spews:

    re 90: “Oooomph!”, WFB,jr. snorted in his lily-white Northeastern way, as his bony, conservative lily white posterior fell off the reservation and onto handmade the Ottoman carpet

  82. 95

    GBS spews:

    @ 93:

    Speaking of McCain. There’s a man with NO SHAME.

    FUCK HIM. I don’t give a shit how long that MOTHER FUCKER rotted in the Hanoi Hilton. I wish he would have stayed there – permanently!

    How he could think it was OK to put American soldiers lives at risk so he can have a fucking photo OP for his sure-to-fail-yet-again presidential bid was disgusting to me.

    Like our soldiers in Baghdad have nothing better to do than baby sit his punk-ass while they’re trying to survive being placed in the middle of Muslim civil war.

    Where’s the outrage from the right?

    Puddybud, do you support our troops risking their lives for a photo op?

    IS that the best and prudent use of our military fighting men and women?

  83. 96

    GBS spews:

    Puddbud, you still haven’t answered me on the Iraq / al Qeada link. Cheney says there was one. The Pentagon refutes that position.

    Who’s lying? Cheney or the military?

  84. 97

    Richard Pope spews:

    LauraBushKilledAGuy @ 78

    Good point and on topic. Fortunately for folks on my side of the political spectrum, a ranting rabbit hijacked this thread, and instead turned it into a defense of his political hero Alger Hiss, who was prosecuted (or persecuted perhaps) by the Democrats in the late 1940’s under President Truman and Attorney General McGrath.

    I do note that Dan Roach has now issued a proper apology, which Lynn Kessler has accepted.

  85. 98

    GBS spews:

    Richard Pope,

    Do you really practice law?

    If so, what type of law do you specialize in?

    Just curious.

  86. 99

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    GBS: I went out for a while. I told you all I don’t live on thsi web site.

    I think the Al Qaeda link is played out.

  87. 100

    proud leftist spews:

    GBS @97
    He limits his practice to representation of Republicans charged with criminal acts or who are divorcing their spouses. Because he does not believe Republicans are capable of bad conduct of any sort, he does not actually have any clients. He believes that if a person is charged with a crime or involved in a divorce proceeding, that person must actually be a Democrat. Fortunately, the lack of any clients permits him to spew his partisan rot without interruption.

  88. 101

    Don Joe spews:

    Wow, so much I could say, and so little time to say it.

    Pope: kwitcherbellyachin’ about the rabbit “hijacking” the thread. You certainly didn’t have to respond. Typical wingnut–whinge about other people’s lack of personal responsibility while refusing to accept responsibility for your own contribution to the mess.

    Puddy: Are you still trying to find a comprehensive portrayal of the facts in the opinion pieces of the main stream media? You can’t keep suggesting that you’re smarter than “libtards” while acting so stupid. And why, pray tell, should anyone here defend a newspaper’s opinion piece simply because you’ve painted every news outlet with a massively huge paint brush labeled “liberal”? We should start calling you “straw bud,” ’cause that’s all you’ve been able to argue against. ‘Course, if we did, we’d likely face accusations of using some kind of obscure racial slur. That’s what you folks tend to do when your rhetorical weapons have no ammo.

    As for Mr. Roach, I caught a part of his spiel on the Dave Ross show this morning. What a completely moronic idiot. First he claims that there’s no substantive evidence regarding the number of unpaid, legitimate insurance claims, yet he then prattles on about how this bill is a boondoggle for trial lawyers. The bill in question, however, only applies to legitimate claims that have gone unpaid. If there aren’t a significant number of unpaid, yet legitimate, insurance claims, then this bill can’t possibly be a boondoggle for trial layers. Gads, Mr. Roach, could you at least try to come up with an argument that doesn’t contradict itself?

  89. 102

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @81 “Tougher Democrats must be nurtured and encouraged.”

    That’s the point I’ve been making all along! Look where glad-handing Republikkers got us! We need to take off the kid gloves and put on the brass knucks!!!

  90. 103

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @97 “a ranting rabbit hijacked this thread, and instead turned it into a defense of his political hero Alger Hiss, who was prosecuted (or persecuted perhaps) by the Democrats in the late 1940’s under President Truman and Attorney General McGrath.”

    No, Richard, all I did was copy-and-paste a news story about new evidence and research pointing to Hiss’s innocence — then YOU turned it into an anti-Democrat rant.

  91. 104

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    However, I could turn this thread into an anti-Pope rant if you’d like. =:D

  92. 105

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @101 Of course it completely flies over Roach’s head that the triple-damages proviso is a DETERRENT and not even a creative one as it has been in our state’s timber-trespass statutes for over 100 years. Are our courts clogged with timber-trespass litigants seeking treble damages because someone cut down their tree?

  93. 106

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    If private timberland owners can get triple damages from people who steal from them, why shouldn’t motorists get triple damages from crooked insurance companies who steal from them?

  94. 107

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    What our state really needs is a three-strikes law for insurance companies. Get X number of complaints about nonpayment and your license is pulled and you can’t do business in this state anymore.

  95. 109

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    DonJoe@101The old addage is: “Speak of the Devil, and he doth appear.” Unfortunately Darryl spoke of “Deranged Morons” amongst the Republican ranks, and look who jumped up: The Popester and ThumbsuckerDarrell(RecklesslySuckingButtPutty).