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Penn Jillette?s daughter born with a superhero handle - Blogging Baby - www.bloggingbaby.com _

by codewarrior.wins In reply to CodeWarriorz Thoughts

<a href="http://www.bloggingbaby.com/entry/1234000327045625/">Penn Jillette?s daughter born with a superhero handle - Blogging Baby - www.bloggingbaby.com _</a> Penn Jillette, of Penn & Teller fame, has named his new baby daughter this. Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette. That?s not a typo. Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette. She was born on Friday, and Penn and his wife Emily are, umm, proud of their little superhero-to-be.
<br />========================SNIP==============
<br />What a stupid motherfucking asshole of a dad this poor girl has..he named her Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette...you ******* ASSHOLE Jillette....**** YOU!<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/07/penn-jillettes-daughter-born-with.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Evangelicals out for a justice

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<a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002386095_scotusevan17.html">The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Evangelicals out for a justice</a>
<br />WASHINGTON ? On a January morning in 1980, a day when thousands of abortion opponents protested the anniversary of Roe v. Wade across from the White House, a group of conservative evangelical leaders sat down for breakfast with the born-again president, Jimmy Carter.
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<br />The responses they heard on abortion, the Equal Rights Amendment, gay rights and other social issues left them unimpressed. A relationship that already had been strained was irretrievably broken.
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<br />The next fall, white evangelicals, who four years earlier had supported the election of a Southern Baptist Sunday-school teacher, a man quite open about the central role of faith in his life, instead voted overwhelmingly for his defeat, switching their loyalties to former President Reagan and the Republican Party.
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<br />Now, with the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, an opening on the Supreme Court offers President Bush the opportunity to alter the course of American jurisprudence, and the alliance between Republicans and religious conservatives has reached the moment that many of those conservatives believe is long overdue.
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<br />For a quarter-century, a politically awakened movement of conservative evangelicals and moral traditionalists of other faiths has played an increasingly important role in Republican electoral successes. In campaigns, they have knocked on doors, stuffed envelopes and dependably performed the other mundane but essential work behind winning elections. At the polling place, they have provided a crucial bloc of votes.
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<br />Bush would not be in the White House today without their support. Half of his votes in the 2004 election came from religious traditionalists, according to a survey by the politically independent Pew Research Center. And heavy support from evangelicals gave him the margin of victory in such battleground states as Ohio, Florida, Iowa and Missouri.
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<br />Yet religious conservatives so far have not had much success on the issues that matter most to them. Reagan gave them hope but little in the way of action. The first President Bush never seemed quite comfortable talking about their issues.
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<br />Abortion remains readily available, with few legal restrictions. The gay-rights debate has moved from employment discrimination to marriage equality. Pornography is more accessible than ever. And the Ten Commandments were just thrown out of courthouses in Kentucky.
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<br />It is a source of frustration to some leaders of the movement.
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<br />And they have not been quiet in criticizing even a prospective Bush nominee to the Supreme Court whom they deem insufficiently devoted to their cause. A torrent of criticism from social conservatives flowed when news reports suggested that Bush might nominate his friend Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, whose views on abortion rights are considered murky.
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<br />We have very little to show for all these years of electing Republicans. If we don't get a decent nominee, we've got to ask ourselves what we've been doing," said Paul Weyrich, a longtime leader of social conservatives who helped found the Moral Majority and is now chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation.
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<br />"For President Bush, social conservatives and the senators they helped elect, the moment of truth has arrived," said Richard Land, head of the public-policy agency for the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest non-Catholic denomination.
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<br />Religious conservatives heard Bush the candidate regularly tout Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas as models for a judicial nominee. They understood that to mean someone who, like Scalia and Thomas, adheres to a narrow, "strict constructionist" reading of the Constitution that does not find a basis for rights to abortion, homosexual sex or sale of pornography, and allows a greater role for religion in public life.
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<br />Anything less, or any effort to split the difference, by picking one strong conservative and one more-moderate candidate if conservative Chief Justice William Rehnquist should resign this summer, "would be a grave error, a missed opportunity and a betrayal," said Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the Eagle Forum.
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<br />Social conservatives have had mixed success with the Supreme Court nominations of the Republican presidents they supported. Reagan gave them the strongly conservative Scalia, but also O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy, both moderates. The first President Bush appointed Thomas but also solidly liberal David Souter.
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<br />The replacement of O'Connor with a justice who rules against abortion rights would not in itself be sufficient to overturn Roe v. Wade, for which there appears to be a 6-3 majority among current members of the court.
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<br />But such an appointment seems necessary if the decision is to be overturned in the near future. The ailing chief justice votes against abortion rights anyway. Besides O'Connor, the only Roe supporter on the court who seems likely to leave soon is 85-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens. The others who vote to uphold Roe are much younger.
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<br />"When you look at the arithmetic and actuarial tables, if Mrs. O'Connor is not replaced by a strong, strict-constructionist conservative, then it's hard to see how the court will be turned around in this generation," Land said.
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<br />More immediately, Bush's nominee to replace O'Connor could play a pivotal role on church-state issues. O'Connor provided the decisive vote in last month's 5-4 ruling removing the Ten Commandments from Kentucky courthouses, as well as an earlier 5-4 ruling banning prayer at public-school graduations.
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<br />The Rev. Tim LaHaye, author of the popular "Left Behind" Christian book series and one of the evangelical leaders who 25 years ago left the meeting with Carter so deeply disappointed, said the importance of the choice facing Bush is unmistakable.
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<br />"This is a very, very significant moment, and it will become more and more significant," LaHaye said.
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<br /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/07/seattle-times-nation-world.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Journal Gazette | 07/06/2005 | Why isn?t Novak facing jail like other reporters?

by codewarrior.wins In reply to CodeWarriorz Thoughts

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Why isn?t Novak facing jail like other reporters?
<br />
<br />By Carol Marin
<br />
<br />
<br />CHICAGO ? I just can?t figure it out. Why in the world is New York Times reporter Judith Miller headed to jail next week while my Sun-Times colleague Robert Novak is not? Why is a reporter who has written not one single word about a CIA operative about to be sent to the federal slammer while another reporter, the one who actually broke the story, isn?t in similar trouble?
<br />
<br />Don?t get me wrong. I like and respect Bob Novak and don?t want to ever see him in an orange jump suit. Or think about him being strip-searched upon intake to federal prison. Then again, I never even met Judith Miller, and I don?t want that happening to her, either.
<br />
<br />I called Novak in Washington to see if he could help me make sense of all this. ?I can?t say anything,? he said, citing advice of counsel and the pending federal investigation.
<br />
<br />This is a confusing story that centers on two critical and, in this case, competing values: the rule of law vs. the need of reporters to protect their sources. This is, in my opinion, also a story of an over-zealous federal prosecutor and a mostly timid press corps.
<br />
<br />It was two years ago this month that former Ambassador Joseph Wilson tore into the Bush administration for going to war with Iraq, in part, on claims that Saddam Hussein was in hot pursuit of yellow cake uranium from Africa. Wilson said the administration?s claim was bogus because he was the guy the CIA sent to find out.
<br />
<br />It was Novak who then wrote a column citing ?two senior administration officials? who cast doubt on Wilson?s mission. They told Novak it was Wilson?s wife, a CIA operative named Valerie Plame, who sent him to Africa. The implication was that it was a meaningless junket.
<br />
<br />Who were those ?two senior administration officials? and what business did they have outing a supposedly ?covert? CIA operative?
<br />
<br />Enter Chicago?s own U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who was appointed special prosecutor to find out. With a federal grand jury at his disposal, Fitzgerald began questioning not only administration officials but members of the press.
<br />
<br />Now, two years later, the investigation is heading to a close. And for some reason that most of us have trouble understanding, two reporters other than Novak are risking jail. Though Matthew Cooper of Time magazine wrote about Plame after Novak did and Judith Miller of the New York Times never wrote about her at all, they refused to identify sources with whom they discussed the matter, and so a federal judge has ordered them to jail.
<br />
<br />As I write this, Time magazine has caved and, against Cooper?s wishes, handed over his notes. Miller is now the lone holdout.
<br />
<br />What no one understands, myself included, is Novak?s silence. Can he confirm he got a subpoena? ?I can?t do that,? he told me. Can he explain the distinction between himself and these two reporters? ?I can?t get into that,? he said.
<br />
<br />For 41 years, Novak built his career and reputation by asking the toughest of questions. Now, the tables turned, he refuses to answer them. Isn?t that, I asked, grounds for criticism?
<br />
<br />?No,? Novak told me, ?because this is a criminal investigation.?
<br />
<br />By any standard, it is a curious criminal investigation. Even the authors of the 1982 federal law that made it illegal to disclose the identity of a ?covert? CIA operative have gone on record saying in this particular case the law does not appear to have been broken. Why? Because, according to federal legal experts Victoria Toensing and Bruce Sanford, Valerie Plame wasn?t working covertly, and the CIA, when contacted by Novak in advance of his story, never offered any objection to him publishing her name.
<br />
<br />OK, if that?s true, what?s the law that?s been broken?
<br />
<br />It boils down to this. Fitzgerald, in his zeal, has made reporters the criminals here and taken them to federal court to force them to disclose their sources. Though there are reporter shield laws in most states, there is no similar protection federally. By that standard, Cooper and Miller, ordered in court to give up their sources, break the law by not disclosing. With Time magazine buckling, Cooper may not go to jail, but it looks like Miller will.
<br />
<br />Has there been a hue and cry about all of this from the media? Not enough. Not even we at the Sun-Times, in my view, have done enough to trumpet what I think should be our profound outrage at what?s going on. Novak is certainly entitled to protect his legal rights as he sees fit, but this is an issue that affects every working journalist.
<br />
<br />But I fear it?s too late. The damage has been done, or as the Bush administration likes to say, ?Mission Accomplished.? Our profession, which relies on anonymous sources for everything from Watergate to Hired Truck investigations, looks lame and weak and fearful. And any budding Deep Throats, these days, have far less reason to risk a trip to the parking garage.
<br />
<br />
</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/07/journal-gazette-07062005-why-isnt.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Penn Jillette?s daughter born with a superhero handle - Blogging Baby - www.bloggingbaby.com _

by codewarrior.wins In reply to CodeWarriorz Thoughts

<a href="http://www.bloggingbaby.com/entry/1234000327045625/">Penn Jillette?s daughter born with a superhero handle - Blogging Baby - www.bloggingbaby.com _</a> Penn Jillette, of Penn & Teller fame, has named his new baby daughter this. Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette. That?s not a typo. Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette. She was born on Friday, and Penn and his wife Emily are, umm, proud of their little superhero-to-be.
<br />========================SNIP==============
<br />What a stupid motherfucking asshole of a dad this poor girl has..he named her Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette...you ******* ASSHOLE Jillette....**** YOU!<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/07/penn-jillettes-daughter-born-with.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Journal Gazette | 07/06/2005 | Why isn?t Novak facing jail like other reporters?

by codewarrior.wins In reply to CodeWarriorz Thoughts

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Why isn?t Novak facing jail like other reporters?
<br />
<br />By Carol Marin
<br />
<br />
<br />CHICAGO ? I just can?t figure it out. Why in the world is New York Times reporter Judith Miller headed to jail next week while my Sun-Times colleague Robert Novak is not? Why is a reporter who has written not one single word about a CIA operative about to be sent to the federal slammer while another reporter, the one who actually broke the story, isn?t in similar trouble?
<br />
<br />Don?t get me wrong. I like and respect Bob Novak and don?t want to ever see him in an orange jump suit. Or think about him being strip-searched upon intake to federal prison. Then again, I never even met Judith Miller, and I don?t want that happening to her, either.
<br />
<br />I called Novak in Washington to see if he could help me make sense of all this. ?I can?t say anything,? he said, citing advice of counsel and the pending federal investigation.
<br />
<br />This is a confusing story that centers on two critical and, in this case, competing values: the rule of law vs. the need of reporters to protect their sources. This is, in my opinion, also a story of an over-zealous federal prosecutor and a mostly timid press corps.
<br />
<br />It was two years ago this month that former Ambassador Joseph Wilson tore into the Bush administration for going to war with Iraq, in part, on claims that Saddam Hussein was in hot pursuit of yellow cake uranium from Africa. Wilson said the administration?s claim was bogus because he was the guy the CIA sent to find out.
<br />
<br />It was Novak who then wrote a column citing ?two senior administration officials? who cast doubt on Wilson?s mission. They told Novak it was Wilson?s wife, a CIA operative named Valerie Plame, who sent him to Africa. The implication was that it was a meaningless junket.
<br />
<br />Who were those ?two senior administration officials? and what business did they have outing a supposedly ?covert? CIA operative?
<br />
<br />Enter Chicago?s own U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who was appointed special prosecutor to find out. With a federal grand jury at his disposal, Fitzgerald began questioning not only administration officials but members of the press.
<br />
<br />Now, two years later, the investigation is heading to a close. And for some reason that most of us have trouble understanding, two reporters other than Novak are risking jail. Though Matthew Cooper of Time magazine wrote about Plame after Novak did and Judith Miller of the New York Times never wrote about her at all, they refused to identify sources with whom they discussed the matter, and so a federal judge has ordered them to jail.
<br />
<br />As I write this, Time magazine has caved and, against Cooper?s wishes, handed over his notes. Miller is now the lone holdout.
<br />
<br />What no one understands, myself included, is Novak?s silence. Can he confirm he got a subpoena? ?I can?t do that,? he told me. Can he explain the distinction between himself and these two reporters? ?I can?t get into that,? he said.
<br />
<br />For 41 years, Novak built his career and reputation by asking the toughest of questions. Now, the tables turned, he refuses to answer them. Isn?t that, I asked, grounds for criticism?
<br />
<br />?No,? Novak told me, ?because this is a criminal investigation.?
<br />
<br />By any standard, it is a curious criminal investigation. Even the authors of the 1982 federal law that made it illegal to disclose the identity of a ?covert? CIA operative have gone on record saying in this particular case the law does not appear to have been broken. Why? Because, according to federal legal experts Victoria Toensing and Bruce Sanford, Valerie Plame wasn?t working covertly, and the CIA, when contacted by Novak in advance of his story, never offered any objection to him publishing her name.
<br />
<br />OK, if that?s true, what?s the law that?s been broken?
<br />
<br />It boils down to this. Fitzgerald, in his zeal, has made reporters the criminals here and taken them to federal court to force them to disclose their sources. Though there are reporter shield laws in most states, there is no similar protection federally. By that standard, Cooper and Miller, ordered in court to give up their sources, break the law by not disclosing. With Time magazine buckling, Cooper may not go to jail, but it looks like Miller will.
<br />
<br />Has there been a hue and cry about all of this from the media? Not enough. Not even we at the Sun-Times, in my view, have done enough to trumpet what I think should be our profound outrage at what?s going on. Novak is certainly entitled to protect his legal rights as he sees fit, but this is an issue that affects every working journalist.
<br />
<br />But I fear it?s too late. The damage has been done, or as the Bush administration likes to say, ?Mission Accomplished.? Our profession, which relies on anonymous sources for everything from Watergate to Hired Truck investigations, looks lame and weak and fearful. And any budding Deep Throats, these days, have far less reason to risk a trip to the parking garage.
<br />
<br />
</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/07/journal-gazette-07062005-why-isnt.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Penn Jillette?s daughter born with a superhero handle - Blogging Baby - www.bloggingbaby.com _

by codewarrior.wins In reply to CodeWarriorz Thoughts

<a href="http://www.bloggingbaby.com/entry/1234000327045625/">Penn Jillette?s daughter born with a superhero handle - Blogging Baby - www.bloggingbaby.com _</a> Penn Jillette, of Penn & Teller fame, has named his new baby daughter this. Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette. That?s not a typo. Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette. She was born on Friday, and Penn and his wife Emily are, umm, proud of their little superhero-to-be.
<br />========================SNIP==============
<br />What a stupid motherfucking asshole of a dad this poor girl has..he named her Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette...you ******* ASSHOLE Jillette....**** YOU!<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/07/penn-jillettes-daughter-born-with.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Journal Gazette | 07/06/2005 | Why isn?t Novak facing jail like other reporters?

by codewarrior.wins In reply to CodeWarriorz Thoughts

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Why isn?t Novak facing jail like other reporters?
<br />
<br />By Carol Marin
<br />
<br />
<br />CHICAGO ? I just can?t figure it out. Why in the world is New York Times reporter Judith Miller headed to jail next week while my Sun-Times colleague Robert Novak is not? Why is a reporter who has written not one single word about a CIA operative about to be sent to the federal slammer while another reporter, the one who actually broke the story, isn?t in similar trouble?
<br />
<br />Don?t get me wrong. I like and respect Bob Novak and don?t want to ever see him in an orange jump suit. Or think about him being strip-searched upon intake to federal prison. Then again, I never even met Judith Miller, and I don?t want that happening to her, either.
<br />
<br />I called Novak in Washington to see if he could help me make sense of all this. ?I can?t say anything,? he said, citing advice of counsel and the pending federal investigation.
<br />
<br />This is a confusing story that centers on two critical and, in this case, competing values: the rule of law vs. the need of reporters to protect their sources. This is, in my opinion, also a story of an over-zealous federal prosecutor and a mostly timid press corps.
<br />
<br />It was two years ago this month that former Ambassador Joseph Wilson tore into the Bush administration for going to war with Iraq, in part, on claims that Saddam Hussein was in hot pursuit of yellow cake uranium from Africa. Wilson said the administration?s claim was bogus because he was the guy the CIA sent to find out.
<br />
<br />It was Novak who then wrote a column citing ?two senior administration officials? who cast doubt on Wilson?s mission. They told Novak it was Wilson?s wife, a CIA operative named Valerie Plame, who sent him to Africa. The implication was that it was a meaningless junket.
<br />
<br />Who were those ?two senior administration officials? and what business did they have outing a supposedly ?covert? CIA operative?
<br />
<br />Enter Chicago?s own U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who was appointed special prosecutor to find out. With a federal grand jury at his disposal, Fitzgerald began questioning not only administration officials but members of the press.
<br />
<br />Now, two years later, the investigation is heading to a close. And for some reason that most of us have trouble understanding, two reporters other than Novak are risking jail. Though Matthew Cooper of Time magazine wrote about Plame after Novak did and Judith Miller of the New York Times never wrote about her at all, they refused to identify sources with whom they discussed the matter, and so a federal judge has ordered them to jail.
<br />
<br />As I write this, Time magazine has caved and, against Cooper?s wishes, handed over his notes. Miller is now the lone holdout.
<br />
<br />What no one understands, myself included, is Novak?s silence. Can he confirm he got a subpoena? ?I can?t do that,? he told me. Can he explain the distinction between himself and these two reporters? ?I can?t get into that,? he said.
<br />
<br />For 41 years, Novak built his career and reputation by asking the toughest of questions. Now, the tables turned, he refuses to answer them. Isn?t that, I asked, grounds for criticism?
<br />
<br />?No,? Novak told me, ?because this is a criminal investigation.?
<br />
<br />By any standard, it is a curious criminal investigation. Even the authors of the 1982 federal law that made it illegal to disclose the identity of a ?covert? CIA operative have gone on record saying in this particular case the law does not appear to have been broken. Why? Because, according to federal legal experts Victoria Toensing and Bruce Sanford, Valerie Plame wasn?t working covertly, and the CIA, when contacted by Novak in advance of his story, never offered any objection to him publishing her name.
<br />
<br />OK, if that?s true, what?s the law that?s been broken?
<br />
<br />It boils down to this. Fitzgerald, in his zeal, has made reporters the criminals here and taken them to federal court to force them to disclose their sources. Though there are reporter shield laws in most states, there is no similar protection federally. By that standard, Cooper and Miller, ordered in court to give up their sources, break the law by not disclosing. With Time magazine buckling, Cooper may not go to jail, but it looks like Miller will.
<br />
<br />Has there been a hue and cry about all of this from the media? Not enough. Not even we at the Sun-Times, in my view, have done enough to trumpet what I think should be our profound outrage at what?s going on. Novak is certainly entitled to protect his legal rights as he sees fit, but this is an issue that affects every working journalist.
<br />
<br />But I fear it?s too late. The damage has been done, or as the Bush administration likes to say, ?Mission Accomplished.? Our profession, which relies on anonymous sources for everything from Watergate to Hired Truck investigations, looks lame and weak and fearful. And any budding Deep Throats, these days, have far less reason to risk a trip to the parking garage.
<br />
<br />
</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/07/journal-gazette-07062005-why-isnt.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Penn Jillette?s daughter born with a superhero handle - Blogging Baby - www.bloggingbaby.com _

by codewarrior.wins In reply to CodeWarriorz Thoughts

<a href="http://www.bloggingbaby.com/entry/1234000327045625/">Penn Jillette?s daughter born with a superhero handle - Blogging Baby - www.bloggingbaby.com _</a> Penn Jillette, of Penn & Teller fame, has named his new baby daughter this. Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette. That?s not a typo. Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette. She was born on Friday, and Penn and his wife Emily are, umm, proud of their little superhero-to-be.
<br />========================SNIP==============
<br />What a stupid motherfucking asshole of a dad this poor girl has..he named her Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette...you ******* ASSHOLE Jillette....**** YOU!<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/07/penn-jillettes-daughter-born-with.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Journal Gazette | 07/06/2005 | Why isn?t Novak facing jail like other reporters?

by codewarrior.wins In reply to CodeWarriorz Thoughts

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Why isn?t Novak facing jail like other reporters?
<br />
<br />By Carol Marin
<br />
<br />
<br />CHICAGO ? I just can?t figure it out. Why in the world is New York Times reporter Judith Miller headed to jail next week while my Sun-Times colleague Robert Novak is not? Why is a reporter who has written not one single word about a CIA operative about to be sent to the federal slammer while another reporter, the one who actually broke the story, isn?t in similar trouble?
<br />
<br />Don?t get me wrong. I like and respect Bob Novak and don?t want to ever see him in an orange jump suit. Or think about him being strip-searched upon intake to federal prison. Then again, I never even met Judith Miller, and I don?t want that happening to her, either.
<br />
<br />I called Novak in Washington to see if he could help me make sense of all this. ?I can?t say anything,? he said, citing advice of counsel and the pending federal investigation.
<br />
<br />This is a confusing story that centers on two critical and, in this case, competing values: the rule of law vs. the need of reporters to protect their sources. This is, in my opinion, also a story of an over-zealous federal prosecutor and a mostly timid press corps.
<br />
<br />It was two years ago this month that former Ambassador Joseph Wilson tore into the Bush administration for going to war with Iraq, in part, on claims that Saddam Hussein was in hot pursuit of yellow cake uranium from Africa. Wilson said the administration?s claim was bogus because he was the guy the CIA sent to find out.
<br />
<br />It was Novak who then wrote a column citing ?two senior administration officials? who cast doubt on Wilson?s mission. They told Novak it was Wilson?s wife, a CIA operative named Valerie Plame, who sent him to Africa. The implication was that it was a meaningless junket.
<br />
<br />Who were those ?two senior administration officials? and what business did they have outing a supposedly ?covert? CIA operative?
<br />
<br />Enter Chicago?s own U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who was appointed special prosecutor to find out. With a federal grand jury at his disposal, Fitzgerald began questioning not only administration officials but members of the press.
<br />
<br />Now, two years later, the investigation is heading to a close. And for some reason that most of us have trouble understanding, two reporters other than Novak are risking jail. Though Matthew Cooper of Time magazine wrote about Plame after Novak did and Judith Miller of the New York Times never wrote about her at all, they refused to identify sources with whom they discussed the matter, and so a federal judge has ordered them to jail.
<br />
<br />As I write this, Time magazine has caved and, against Cooper?s wishes, handed over his notes. Miller is now the lone holdout.
<br />
<br />What no one understands, myself included, is Novak?s silence. Can he confirm he got a subpoena? ?I can?t do that,? he told me. Can he explain the distinction between himself and these two reporters? ?I can?t get into that,? he said.
<br />
<br />For 41 years, Novak built his career and reputation by asking the toughest of questions. Now, the tables turned, he refuses to answer them. Isn?t that, I asked, grounds for criticism?
<br />
<br />?No,? Novak told me, ?because this is a criminal investigation.?
<br />
<br />By any standard, it is a curious criminal investigation. Even the authors of the 1982 federal law that made it illegal to disclose the identity of a ?covert? CIA operative have gone on record saying in this particular case the law does not appear to have been broken. Why? Because, according to federal legal experts Victoria Toensing and Bruce Sanford, Valerie Plame wasn?t working covertly, and the CIA, when contacted by Novak in advance of his story, never offered any objection to him publishing her name.
<br />
<br />OK, if that?s true, what?s the law that?s been broken?
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<br />It boils down to this. Fitzgerald, in his zeal, has made reporters the criminals here and taken them to federal court to force them to disclose their sources. Though there are reporter shield laws in most states, there is no similar protection federally. By that standard, Cooper and Miller, ordered in court to give up their sources, break the law by not disclosing. With Time magazine buckling, Cooper may not go to jail, but it looks like Miller will.
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<br />Has there been a hue and cry about all of this from the media? Not enough. Not even we at the Sun-Times, in my view, have done enough to trumpet what I think should be our profound outrage at what?s going on. Novak is certainly entitled to protect his legal rights as he sees fit, but this is an issue that affects every working journalist.
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<br />But I fear it?s too late. The damage has been done, or as the Bush administration likes to say, ?Mission Accomplished.? Our profession, which relies on anonymous sources for everything from Watergate to Hired Truck investigations, looks lame and weak and fearful. And any budding Deep Throats, these days, have far less reason to risk a trip to the parking garage.
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<a href="http://www.bloggingbaby.com/entry/1234000327045625/">Penn Jillette?s daughter born with a superhero handle - Blogging Baby - www.bloggingbaby.com _</a> Penn Jillette, of Penn & Teller fame, has named his new baby daughter this. Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette. That?s not a typo. Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette. She was born on Friday, and Penn and his wife Emily are, umm, proud of their little superhero-to-be.
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<br />What a stupid motherfucking asshole of a dad this poor girl has..he named her Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette...you ******* ASSHOLE Jillette....**** YOU!<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/07/penn-jillettes-daughter-born-with.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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