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10/4/05

Bush puts cronies at fema, why not the supreme court?

Bush is putting cronies in everywhere. Is he repaying the favors done for him in the past? Isn't he supposed to appoint the best people for the job? You decide. Connect the dots.

Just strange. His appointment of Harriet Miers, even is related to oil. Bush's personal attorney is all right? The law firm she worked at, Locke Liddell & Sapp, LLP, represents the following companies according to their website.

AEP
Amerada Hess Corporation
Arena Power
Atmos Energy Corporation
AtoFina
Black Stone Minerals Company
BP America
Calpine
Centrica
Chevron Texaco
China Petrochemical International Company (Sinopec)
Comstock Resources
ConocoPhillips
Coral Energy
Devon Energy Corporation
Dynegy Inc.
El Paso Corporation
Energen Resources Corporation
Entergy
Entergy Koch L.P.
Genesis Energy
Global SantaFe
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners
Marathon Oil Company
Shell Oil Company
Southwestern Energy
Total Exploration & Production USA, Inc.
TEPPCO Partners, L.P.

Their areas of expertise?

Pipelines
Mergers and Aquisitions
Development, operation and maintenance of energy facilities
Electric and gas utility operations
Energy Trading Wonder if they ever represented Enron? Gotta check on that.
Oil and gas exploration and production
Independent power plant development
Midstream operations, including marketing, refining, transportation and processing
Turbine manufacturing
Wind power project development

Her other law firm, where she was president was Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell.

This is a quote from another blog. http://www.lightupthedarkness.org talking about her recommendation of ALberto Gonzalez.

"Alberto Gonzales was recommended to Bush as counsel in the Texas Governorship by Harriet Miers, who has replaced Gonzales as White House counsel. Referred to by Bush as a "pit bull in size 6 shoes'', Miers is a former President of Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell and former chairwoman of the Texas Lottery Commission. Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell have given at least $65,000 to Bush campaigns and are major backers of tort reform. One case involved a unique law - passed under former Gov. George Bush - that blocked Texas consumers from recovering $6 billion in overcharges on car loans and allowed dealers to keep kickbacks secret. Two consumer groups have called on the Texas Legislature to repeal it. Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell were defendants of the litigation, which included auto dealers in Texas . Miers was also Chairwoman of the Texas Lottery Commission and responsible for a chain of events involving GTech, which ran the Texas Lottery, former Lt. Governor Ben Barnes, and accusations of kick-backs and illegal contracts. Yes, that Ben Barnes, who says he helped George Bush get into the National Guard. His original deposition on that subject was given in 1999, during this Texas Lottery Commission investigation, and has been permanently sealed."

It continues about Alberto Gonzalez;

"Gonzales is known to be at the center of at least two scandals in the Bush Governorship. In 1996, as counsel to Gov. Bush, Gonzales helped to get Bush excused from jury duty, "a situation that could have required the governor to disclose his then-secret 1976 conviction for drunken driving in Maine ." Gonzales argued "that if Bush served, he would not, as governor, be able to pardon the defendant in the future." Gonzales also appears to have been a part of the Texas and Florida scandals known as Funeralgate. In Florida, Service Corporation International was "recycling" graves, removing the bodies that were there originally and throwing them in the woods to use the space to house new customers at two Jewish cemeteries in Florida . Service Corporation International, the world’s largest funeral service company, is headed by Robert Waltrip, a longtime friend and generous financial patron of the Bush family. Eliza May was head of the Texas Funderal Services Commission when it began receiving complaints about unlicensed embalmers, and sued when she was fired. Gonzales kept Bush from testifying in this case and was also under scrutiny when a memo surfaced that was sent to his office when he was Bush’s gubernatorial counsel. The memo suggested possible improprieties by two funeral commissioners with ties to SCI. Joeseph Allbaugh, Bush’s former chief of staff in Austin, 2000 presidential campaign manager, who now serves as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.). The case was suddenly settled in November 2001. The Menorah Gardens case in Florida , involving 72 families, was settled in Oct of 2004. Further improprieties regarding Enron, Halliburton, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, various Texas court cases and the White House energy meetings are also well documented."

"In 1997, Alberto Gonzales wrote a memo for Gov. Bush to justify non-compliance with the Vienna Convention. The Vienna Convention, ratified by the Senate in 1969, was "designed to ensure that foreign nationals accused of a crime are given access to legal counsel by a representative from their home country." Gonzales sent a letter to the U.S. State Department in which he argued that the treaty didn't apply to the State of Texas , as Texas was not a signatory to the Vienna Convention. Two days later, Texas executed Mexican citizen Irineo Tristan Montoya, despite Mexico 's protestations that Texas had violated Tristan's rights under the Vienna Convention by failing to inform the Mexican consulate at the time of his arrest."

Sound familiar? As a governor he didn't believe laws like the vienna convention applied to him. As a President he has ignored the geneva convention because laws don't apply to him.

Bush continues to install people into positions of power who have done favors for him in the past. People who are not qualified for the positions he appoints them to. Many of them have strong ties to oil and energy companies. Yet his supporters see nothing wrong with this type of favoritism.

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