Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Somebody, PLEASE, Stop this man!!!

I "stole" this article off of AOL. At the bottom of it there's a copyright warning... so arrest me.
Meanwhile, our second in COMMAND is making up his own rules as he goes along!
Updated:2007-05-30 11:30:04
Cheney Visitor Logs Not Recorded

WASHINGTON (May 29) - A lawyer for Vice President Dick Cheney told the Secret Service in September to eliminate data on who visited Cheney at his official residence, a newly disclosed letter states. The Sept. 13, 2006, letter from Cheney's lawyer says logs for Cheney's residence on the grounds of the Naval Observatory are subject to the Presidential Records Act. Such a designation prevents the public from learning who visited the vice president.

The Justice Department filed the letter Friday in a lawsuit by a private group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, seeking the identities of conservative religious leaders who visited Cheney at his official residence.

The newly disclosed letter about visitors to Cheney's residence is accompanied by an 18-page Secret Service document revealing the agency's long-standing practice has been to destroy printed daily access lists of visitors to the residence.

Separately, the agency says it has given Cheney's office handwritten logs of who visits him at his personal residence.

Because of pending lawsuits, the Secret Service says it is now keeping copies of all material on visitors to Cheney's residence. According to the Secret Service document, Cheney's office has approved the agency's retention of the records, while maintaining they are presidential records subject to Cheney's control.

"The latest filings make clear that the administration has been destroying documents and entering into secret agreements in violation of the law," said Anne Weismann, CREW's chief counsel.

Regarding visitor information, the Secret Service "shall not retain any copy of these documents and information" once the material is given to the office of the vice president, says the September 2006 letter by Shannen Coffin, counsel to the vice president.

"If any documents remain in your possession, please return them to OVP as soon as possible," the letter added.

The vice president's lawyer wrote the letter as The Washington Post sought copies of Cheney's visitors at his residence. The Post requested the records under the Freedom of Information Act. The newspaper subsequently dropped a lawsuit seeking the information.

The letter regarding the vice president's residence was in addition to an agreement quietly signed between the White House and the Secret Service a year ago when questions were raised about visits to the executive compound by convicted influence peddler Jack Abramoff.

That agreement, which didn't surface publicly until late last year, said White House entry and exit logs were presidential records not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

When the agreement was signed in May 2006, a number of private groups and news organizations had filed FOIA requests with the Secret Service in an effort to identify how many times Abramoff or members of his lobbying team visited the White House.

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2007-05-30 11:30:04

Monday, May 28, 2007

Read Rosie for the stats.

Sunday, May 27, 2007


Anthony Martini of Chicago, mourns his brother, Marine Lance Cpl. Philip John Martini while visiting a memorial of over 3400 pairs of boots representing the U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq, in Chicago's Grant Park, Saturday, May 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Saturday, May 26, 2007


1. Open a new file in your computer.

2. Name it “George W. Bush”.

3. Send it to the Recycle Bin.

4. Empty the Recycle Bin.

5. Your PC will ask you, “Do you really want to get rid of ‘George W. Bush?'”

6. Firmly Click “Yes.”

7. Feel better?

PS: Next week we'll do Dick Cheney

Friday, May 18, 2007

Friday Funnies

I love Betty Bowers' bumper stickers.
These are a few of my favorites plus a link to more...

Thanks Betty!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Daisies and Butterflys

Taken a couple of weeks ago in the Bellagio atrium display.(click to enlarge photo)

Monday, May 07, 2007

On a trip to Las Vegas last summer, we took a bump on our return trip. For our trouble we received a voucher for the price of our tickets plus a couple hundred bucks thrown in for good measure. We redeemed that voucher last week... back to Vegas of course!

Don longs for New Orleans, Alan's passion is fishing, we love Las Vegas!

Six free nights, food, a slots tournament, shows, Margaritaville, relaxation and SLEEP-SLEEP-SLEEP. It was heaven. Hard to believe a break was needed so soon after going back to work after surgery but it sure was great to have no particular schedule and as much nap time as I wanted.

There was some sad news. My 95 year old uncle passed away the day after we got there. We debated cutting our trip short and returning for his funeral. Finally we decided we had been there for him when he was living, my husband was there several times a week in fact, which was way more important. Actually, I'm sure he would have insisted we stay. He enjoyed hearing about our trips and teased me about my "regular" hairdresser being in LV since I love getting my hair cuts there. But I digress.

We're back... the laundry is caught up... and we had the twins all night Friday. I think I've even caught up on my favorite blogs. Life seems pretty good