SPAM HARVESTERS REJOICE: Via the Angry Clam comes these e-mail contacts for Infotel Publications.
The spambots will no doubt pick up these addresses, but that is the unfortunate side effect of telling you where to write your angry letters about this.
IT’S CONFIRMED: ESTRADA WAS BORKED DUE TO HIS ETHNICITY: The Wall Street Journal has obtained Democratic staff strategy memos from when the Democrats were in charge of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2001-02. You can read excerpts here.
The most interesting thing in the memos is their discussion of Miguel Estrada. The memos confirm what we knew all along: Estrada was borked in large part because he was Latino.
A November 6, 2001 memorandum to Democrat Senator Dick Durbin informs Durbin of a scheduled meeting with leaders of liberal interest groups regarding “the most controversial and/or vulnerable judicial nominees.” A follow-up memo from the next day states:
November 7, 2001/To: Senator Durbin
. . . .
The groups singled out three–Jeffrey Sutton (6th Circuit); Priscilla Owen (5th Circuit); and Caroline [sic] Kuhl (9th Circuit)–as a potential nominee for a contentious hearing early next year, with a [sic] eye to voting him or her down in Committee. They also identified Miguel Estrada (D.C. Circuit) as especially dangerous, because he has a minimal paper trail, he is Latino, and the White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment. They want to hold Estrada off as long as possible.
There you have it, straight from the ass’s mouth.
Now sit back and watch the mainstream media ignore this.
I have obtained that demand letter from Infotel lawyers to Justene. (For background on this, go here. Briefly, the situation is that a blogger has been threatened with a lawsuit for comments made by other people on her site — despite clear law saying she can’t be held liable under such circumstances.) I think that the demand letter should be published for all to see:
FROM:MRS. M SESE-SEKO
I AM MRS. SESE-SEKO, WIDOW OF LATE PRESIDENT OF MOBUTU SESE-SEKO AND ALSO ATTORNEY FOR INFOTEL. WE HAVE REVEIWED YOURE STATEMENTS ON YOU’RE WEB SITE. WHAT THE PEOPLES ARE SAYING IT IS NOT THE TRUE. MY SONS JAMES KONGOLO AND BASHER NZANGA SAY ALSO THE STATEMENTS ARE DEFFAMATORY. SO I AM MOVED TO WRITE YOU THIS LETTER.
COMMENTS ON YOUR SITE ARE SAYS OUR COMPANYS HAVE SCAMMING CUSTOMERS. I AM NOT SEEING SUCH OUTRAGEOSITY SINCE I ESCAPED OUT OF DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC) TO ABIDJAN, COTE D’IVOIRE. ALL THESE THINGS ARE NOT SCAMMS. BETTER BUSINESSES BURAEU SYAS YES BUT IT IS NOT IN KNOWLEDGE OF EVERYTHING> AS YOU ARE OPERATING WEBB SITE THIS IS NOBODYS FAULT EXCEPOT YOURS.
OUR COMPANY HAS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO SPNED ON LAWSUITS, COLLECTED FROM SETTLEMNT WITH LAURENT KABILA AFTER MY HUSBAND DIED OF CANCER DISEASE. DO NOT BE ENTANGLED WITH US OR WE WILL BURY YOU.
AFTER LAYING LOW AND STUDY THE SITUATION, WE DEMAND THE SUM OF EIHGTEEN MLLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS(US$18,000,000,00.) FOR THIS DEFFAMATION. MY SON ( KONGOLO ) SHALL PUT YOU IN THE PICTURE OF WHERE THE FUNDS MUST BE DEPOSITED AND DISCUSS THE OUT MODALITIES WHICH WILL INCLUDE TO PLACE THE MONEY DEPOSITED IN SWISS BANK AND OTHER COUNTRIES INTO OTHER FORMS OF MONEY CODED FOR SAFE PURPOSE.
MRS M. SESE SEKO
It’s worse than I’d thought.
(Caution for irony-impaired: may not be actual letter. Beware possible parody.)
UPDATE: If you have never heard of the Nigerian e-mail scams, and you really need the joke explained to you, click on this link.
Via Right on the Left Beach comes this link, showing the numerous complaints that the Better Business Bureau has received about Infotel Publications, the scumbags who threatened to sue Calblog.
The BBB says:
The Bureau has received numerous complaints concerning this company’s selling practices. Most complaints claim their business was billed for a directory listing which was never ordered, or that Infotel sales personnel claimed to be asking for a renewal of a listing when none existed.
. . . .
This company has an unsatisfactory business performance record with the Bureau due to a pattern of complaints claiming deceptive selling practices, a pattern of complaints concerning credit and billing procedures, and for failure to eliminate the cause of those complaints.
They forgot to mention that their lawyers apparently like to harass people with plainly frivolous lawsuits.
GOOD TAKE ON FILIBUSTER: Brit Hume on Fox News Sunday just made a good point: the filibuster of Bush nominees by the Retaliacrats™ appears to violate the sacred principle of “Let Every Vote Count.”
Here, we know how the vote would come out — the Bush nominees would win. But the Retaliacrats don’t want the vote to take place. They’re closing the polls. They’re harassing the voters. They’re taking every undemocratic step possible to keep the “Neanderthals” (as Teddy K. sensitively termed nominees like black woman Janice Rogers Brown) off the courts.
Don’t let anyone tell you this is anything but unprecedented. I have seen no evidence that Republicans ever blocked any Democrat nominee that provably would have won a floor vote. That is what is happened here, and it is an outrage.
“Count Every Vote” and “Let Every Vote Count”!