Simon had to know about…

Simon had to know about drug trafficer ex-partner’s past
From the L.A. Weekly, showing conclusively that California Republican candidate for Governor Bill Simon must have known about the drug convictions of his ex partner, something Simon has continued to deny. 

While claiming that a Los Angeles jury’s $78 million judgment against William E. Simon & Sons for fraudulently running the Pacific Coin company into the ground will be overturned, Simon struggles with an explanation for why he, a former federal prosecutor, did not know that the company president with whom he was going into business, Paul Edward Hindelang, was in fact a convicted major drug trafficker. The $1 million “due diligence” procedure carried out for Simon by the Deloitte accounting firm as part of his company’s takeover of Pacific Coin was, according to Simon, limited to the 10 years before his firm took control of Pacific Coin in 1998. But that spin is not correct. Deloitte hired the L.A.-based Scherzer & Co. investigative firm to check out Hindelang and received the report of his big-time criminal background. Hindelang went to prison in the early ’80s for his role as one of the nation’s biggest marijuana traffickers.

The Weekly engaged in an amusing e-mail exchange with Russo, who finally refused to answer when asked why Simon was not suing Deloitte for failing to red-flag Hindelang’s criminal past in its report. (italics added)

On KPKF news recently Bill Bradley, the author of the story thought it note-worthy that the business in question, a pay phone business, was a cash business and thus ideal for money-laundering.

Where, oh where are the…

Where, oh where are the Democrats on this issue?
The strongest opposition to an Iraq war is currently coming from conservatives while, apparently, Democrats are snoozing or too timid to speak out.

Bush family advisers at war over Iraq

The Bush family advisers on national security are staging a dramatic face-off on the fate of Saddam Hussein, as the man who advised the former president George Bush warns that an attack on Iraq would jeopardise, if not destroy, the war on terrorism.

Brent Scowcroft, who helped put together the international coalition that went to war against Iraq when it invaded Kuwait, warned that the fallout from a new war with Iraq could be “Armageddon in the Middle East”.

The Scowcroft pitch in The Wall Street Journal followed a BBC interview in which Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser to the current President George Bush, argued there was a powerful moral case for regime change in Iraq because left to his own devices, the “evil man” Hussein would wreak havoc on his people and his neighbours.

Dr Rice’s argument was seen as an attempt by the White House to rally sceptical public opinion in Britain and Europe. But Mr Scowcroft is seen as the linchpin in a loosely organised campaign by influential Republicans to stay the president’s hand.

Top Republicans Break With Bush…

Top Republicans Break With Bush on Iraq Strategy

Leading Republicans from Congress, the State Department and past administrations have begun to break ranks with President Bush over his administration’s high-profile planning for war with Iraq, saying the administration has neither adequately prepared for military action nor made the case that it is needed.

These senior Republicans include former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft, the first President Bush’s national security adviser. All say they favor the eventual removal of Saddam Hussein, but some say they are concerned that Mr. Bush is proceeding in a way that risks alienating allies, creating greater instability in the Middle East, and harming long-term American interests. They add that the administration has not shown that Iraq poses an urgent threat to the United States.  Link   New York Times Aug 15 [Moreover – moreover…]

In Texas he would have…

In Texas he would have gotten 450 years and six life sentences…

The ringleader of Sydney’s notorious pack-rape gang screamed an obscenity at the judge after being sentenced yesterday to 55 years’ jail, with a non-parole period of 40 years – believed to be the longest non-murder sentence in NSW history.

Interesting that Australia was horrified at a 55 year sentence for gang rape while in California  some unfortunates are doing life no parole for non-violent crimes.

Sword of justice fells worst rapist [Sydney Morning Herald]