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Mayor Bob "sex therapy" Filner's law firm's name says it all


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As Paddy noted, San Diego Mayor Gropey McLickFace has completed his "voluntary" sex therapy earlier than expected.



The Los Angeles Times has the whole sordid story here, explaining that Bob Filner will be taking "some personal time" and will be unavailable for comment. I can't even begin to imagine-- nor do I want to-- what "personal time" means to that creep.

The official statement was provided by the law firm that represents him.

And the name of that law firm? Drum roll...


Payne & Fears.

Yes, that is the name of the law office "assisting Filner's defense against a sexual harassment lawsuit."

The fourteen (and counting) women may want to hire the firm "Comeuppance, Clobber, Mortify, and Drub."


Video- Rachel Maddow Thumps Dick Morris After Letter From His Lawyer


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Was Charge Leveled Against Military Lawyer to Justify New Gitmo Inspection Policy?


This is the front cover of a pamphlet produced by a Kuwaiti-based anti-Guantanamo organization to try and win the release of two Kuwaiti prisoners, pictured on the cover of the pamphlet, who are detained at the detention facility. The commander of Guantanamo, Rear Adm. David Woods, accused one of the detainee's attorneys of "smuggling" the pamphlet into Guantanamo three weeks before he issued a widely condemned order calling for a review of detainees' legal mail. (Image: Lt. Col. Barry Wingard)

Regular TPC readers are more than aware of my ongoing series of posts about Guantanamo Bay detainee Fayiz Al-Kandari and his attorney Lt. Col. Barry Wingard.

My dear friend and top notch investigative reporter, Jason Leopold, has a post up about them at that he has invited me to share. He writes about a disturbing turn of events that deserves way more attention than it will get.

Here’s a portion of what he wrote; please go here for the rest:

“The first thing I said when I found out about this is ‘someone is planting shit’ and trying to pin it on the attorneys,” said Wingard. “To this date, neither Commander Woods nor anyone else from Joint Task Force-Guantanamo has extended the courtesy of addressing me in this matter and has not shared any conclusions of an investigation, if one was ever conducted.” [...]

Wingard believes the issue surrounding the pamphlet is part of a larger effort orchestrated by the US government to sabotage his efforts to secure al-Kandari’s release from Guantanamo, whose petition for habeas corpus was denied two years ago. [...]

Several attorneys representing detainees in habeas corpus cases learned that month that Woods, who had just been named commander of Guantanamo in August, had ordered a search of the cells and that prison staff had been reading, reviewing and confiscating detainees’ legal mail.

The habeas corpus attorneys, all of who hold top-secret security clearance and operate under a separate set of rules related to the review of legal mail, immediately contacted Justice Department lawyers, objecting to what was then an unwritten policy implemented by Woods. The attorneys noted that his policy violated attorney-client privilege. [...]

“What’s astounding,” Wingard added, “is that we are military officers with top-secret security clearances and law licenses who go to war with your sons and daughters. What Commander Woods’ order essentially says is that ‘we don’t trust you or the legal system you are sworn to protect.’”

In the meantime, per Colwell's instructions, Wingard has not been sending mail to al-Kandari, who has been detained at Guantanamo for a decade, or the other detainee he represents, Abdul Ghani, an Afghani who has been held there since 2003.

“I hope this gets resolved,” Wingard said. “But I doubt it. I’ve already instructed my clients to destroy everything I’ve sent to them.”

Please read the whole post here. It's lengthy, but it's too important to ignore.


here; That link includes one specific to only *Fayiz al-Kandari’s story here.

Here are audio and video interviews with Lt. Col. Wingard, one by David Shuster, one by Ana Marie Cox, and more. My guest commentary at BuzzFlash is here.

Lt. Col. Barry Wingard is a military attorney who represents Fayiz Al-Kandari in the Military Commission process and in no way represents the opinions of his home state. When not on active duty, Colonel Wingard is a public defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you are inclined to help rectify these injustices: Twitterers, use the hashtag #FreeFayiz. We have organized a team to get these stories out. If you are interested in helping Fayiz out, e-mail me at The Political Carnival, address in sidebar to the right; or tweet me at @GottaLaff.

If you’d like to see other ways you can take action, go here and scroll down to the end of the article.

Then read Jane Mayer’s book The Dark Side. You’ll have a much greater understanding of why I post endlessly about this, and why I’m all over the CIA deception issues, too.

More of Fayiz’s story here, at


Sarah Palin® and Bristol Palin® trademark application refused... for now


Yesterday I posted this about the inanity® of the Palin family’s latest idiocy®:

Politics Daily has learned that the Palin family lawyer has filed applications to the United States Patent and Trademark Office to trademark “Sarah Palin®” and “Bristol Palin®.”

One guess what the outcome was.

Right answer! For now...

(Reuters) - Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's bid to trademark both her name and that of her daughter Bristol ran into trouble at the Patent and Trademark Office because the application forms were not signed, government records show.

Applications to trademark the names Sarah Palin and Bristol Palin were filed on November 5, by the Palin's longtime family attorney, Thomas Van Flein, but were quickly slapped down by a trademark examiner. [...]

The office also said Palin's application failed to show that her name had been used in commerce and could also be rejected on those grounds.

Bristol's application needs a re-do, too. Also.

All of this will be fixed, and it's likely that the trademarks will eventually be given the go ahead, Palin's lawyer assures an anxiously awaiting world. Because, you know, the Palins haven't done nearly enough to market themselves, and this can only help the cause.

I don't know about you, but I'm all a-dither over the very notion of a brand spankin' new ® for Brarah (Sistol?)! Gosharootie, what a cliffhanger!

What next, a trademark on the words also, too, moreover, and you betcha? A patent on moose stew and word salad?

One can only imagine...

Brought to you by GottaLaff® via The Political Carnival®.


Sarah Palin® and Bristol Palin® Excellent PaidMark Adventure


There's a nice, long article to read® about the inanity® of this family's latest idiocy®, but here's the short version®:

Politics Daily has learned that the Palin family lawyer has filed applications to the United States Patent and Trademark Office to trademark "Sarah Palin®" and "Bristol Palin®."

Brought to you by GottaLaff® via The Political Carnival®.

The Former Half-Gov will never quit doing one thing: Figuring out ways to make money.

®® <--That's a trademark® for the trademark symbol®. I'll® be getting in touch with Palin's lawyer to handle my® paperwork®.


Christine O’Donnell’s Lawyer Says She'll "Fix" Campaign Spending Records


Cleta Mitchell is going to "fix" Christine O'Donnell's papers. And hey, if she doesn't, then maybe she can pin the blame for O'Donnell's mess on Vice President Biden again. See? It's a win-win:

Christine O’Donnells lawyer [Cleta Mitchell] has told the Federal Election Commission that she is reviewing the campaign’s spending records and will file any fixes to them by the end of this month. [...]

In a letter to the FEC dated Dec. 21, Ms. Mitchell said that Ms. O’Donnell, who became the GOP nominee but lost the November election, “did not have the funds prior to the 2010 primary in September, 2010 to retain professional compliance vendors and counsel. Since the general election on November 2, 2010, the Committee’s compliance team has undertaken the task of going back to the beginning of the election cycle to reconcile all entries in the bank account to the FEC reports and is in the process of preparing amendment(s) to the previously filed reports as necessary.”

So, if I understand correctly, Christine didn't have enough money to pay people to fix her messed up records before the primary, so she fundraised, raked in a few jilliion bucks (including enough for her own personal use), and, after a failed campaign, can now afford legal counsel who will make it all go away. Did I miss anything?

Ms. Mitchell said at the time that mistakes in finance reports were common, especially for campaigns without experienced lawyers, and that “now that she has the funds to hire people like me, we will go thru everything and correct any mistakes in reporting that we may find.

And by "people like me" she means fancy schmancy lawyers who helped other tea-party candidates in the last election.

And by "correct any mistakes" she means patch up O'Donnell's careless, self-serving, possibly illegal moronitude.

But wait. Aren't attorneys the arch enemy of the Republicans? Nah, not when they're playing GOP-CYA.


Quickie- Immigration Lawyer: Whitman Failed To Sign Off On Housekeeper's Immigration Form


Today's Quickie:

eMeg is getting in eDeeper. Via TPM:

There is no signature on page 14 of the documents provided by the Whitman campaign. Suskind says that's a violation of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Because this wasn't a temporary situation -- the nanny was employed for nine years -- Whitman was responsible for completing the I-9. The I-9 form provided by the campaign does not have the signature of either Whitman or an authorized agent like the placement company. [...]

Even if the placement agency, Town & Country Resources, filled out the form, Whitman and her husband are still legally responsible for the I-9 as employers, said Suskind.

Sinking... sinking...

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?