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Matt Mowers, ex- #Christie aide, contradicts his boss on wooing mayor #Bridgegate

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Former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Matt Mowers, had a thing or two to say about a thing or two about Bridgegate. Remember Bridgegate? The scandal that rocked Christie's thuggy, nasty little world? The scandal that is currently being pushed aside in favor of Benghazi and Brainghazi and ThisGhazi and ThatGhazi? Matt Mowers testified for seven-- count 'em, seven!-- hours in front of the the legislative committee investigating the lane closings.

Matt Mowers did something else, too: He contradicted his boss. Ruh-roh. Anyone else out there suddenly have the word "retribution" pop into their mind?

Rachel Maddow covered the story during her election coverage last night, and noted that Bridgegate is not getting much attention these days, despite the fact that things are heating up. Watch the video above for her interview with John Wisniewski, the New Jersey Dem who is leading the investigation.

The New York Times has more:

The administration of Gov. Chris Christie worked to cultivate Fort Lee’s mayor for at least a year and a half before lanes were closed at the George Washington Bridge in an act of political retribution, according to testimony from a former aide to the governor on Tuesday.

The description of the efforts to woo the mayor seemed to run contrary to the governor’s statement after the lane closings exploded into a scandal in January that Mayor Mark Sokolich had never been on his “radar screen.”

So why in the world did Team Christie put lives at risk by closing down the lanes to the bridge?

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"Prejudice people are lazy and stupid and smell like ham butts. Without the ham."

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Another snark-filled guest post by the one, the only Will Durst, who's having a little fun with a not-very-fun topic: prejudice, starring-- who else?-- Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling. Take it away, Will:

LAZY STUPID HAM BUTTS

Wasn’t what you would call the most favorable week for old white racist men. Then again, these weeks, not many are. How bad did it get for ancient intolerant Caucasian males? Bowling ball dropped on your little toe from a height of nine feet bad. Brazilian soccer stampede bad. Donald Trump testifying at your rent- hearing bad.

First, Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who patriotically refuses to pay grazing rights on government land, tried to stretch his 15 minutes of fame a few microseconds too long, expanding his realm of influence into the field of behavioral sciences by buttonholing a New York Times reporter: “I want to tell you what I know about the Negro.” He proceeded to execute a wonderful performance piece from a 1870s traveling minstrel show. Al Jolson would have been proud.

But, alas, the grizzled xenophobe denied any ironic context and the hemming and hawing that followed would have kept sewing circles in the state of Iowa busy for month. Even his posse of right wing militia supporters disappeared like dew on the sun.

Then, Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was acknowledged to be the voice of an audio recording so racist, it made Mr. Bundy sound like the recipient of an NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award. An award about to be bestowed on the exact same NBA owner of which we speak. For the 2nd time. You can't make stuff up like this.

Since African- Americans make up 76% of professional basketball players, and figure prominently in the marketing and as consumers, you could say the NBA’s brand new commissioner, Adam Silver, (yes, it’s a Sterling- Silver thing) was encouraged to take swift action. You could also say carpet tacks make lousy dessert topping.

He banned the team’s owner from attending any games or entering any Clipper facility or participating in any business decisions of the Clippers or NBA. For life. Hope the guy lives to be 110.

He’s even prohibited from using the word clippers. From now on, the Sterling household will only stock nail- trimmers and beard- scissors in their medicine cabinet. “Remember Shelly, it’s my money holder. Not a clip.” For life.

When will everybody realize this whole black/ white thing is plain ridiculous? Nobody’s white. If we were actually white, we’d scare the bejesus out of each other. People would take to carrying around garlic and crosses and wooden stakes to wave and stab. Even albinos are an off- white. Beige. Tawny. Ecru. Eggshell. Desert Stone. And if you ever run into anybody who’s the same hue as that flesh colored Crayon in the big box of 88, be afraid. Be very afraid.

Conversely, no one’s truly black. If they were really black, they’d be absorbing light and we’d keep bumping into each other. Hell, the NBA Finals would be a blur. “And there’s David Lee and a bunch of other guys. I have no idea what’s going on. It’s up. It’s in. Yes!”

Although some founding fathers found support for their exclusionary views in the Bible, prejudice has always been hard to rationalize. Pre- schoolers know that if you take the time to get to know someone, you’ll discover a thousand reasons to loathe and despise them. On an individual basis. Prejudice people are just plain lazy. And stupid. Lazy and stupid and smell like ham butts. Without the ham.

Will Durst is an award- winning, nationally acclaimed political comic. Go to willdurst.com to find about more about his new CD, “Elect to Laugh,” the one- man show “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG,” a calendar guide to personal appearances and info about the documentary film “3 Still Standing” benefit to raise post production money at 142 Throckmorton on May 9th.

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Bundy and Sterling, short version: "Everybody knows who I am!"

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Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling seem to have something in common. Well, other than their bigotry and racism. And their ignorance. And their lack of self-awareness. And their arrogance. Bundy and Sterling actually have a lot in common. But per a couple of Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, Bundy and Sterling have the "Lookameeee!" Syndrome in common, too.

Here are the letters, because our voices matter:

Re "Banned for life," April 30

To any regular reader of The Times, none of the Donald Sterling mess should come as a surprise.

After seeing hundreds of his kitschy self-aggrandizing ads for his charity work, it should be clear that Sterling does not need money; he needs attention.

This entire fiasco has given him something worth far more than his $1.9-billion fortune. It has made him a household name, something his money could not buy.

He will not give up easily. He will milk the attention and publicity to the detriment of the Clippers and the city.

One day, he can have this engraved on his tombstone: "Everybody knows who I am!"

Doug Jones

Los Angeles

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Re "A new Sagebrush Rebellion," Editorial, April 27

Renegade Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's ceaseless self-promotion has become ever more incredible. He has claimed that federal authorities want to kill him.

Not so. What the government really wants is the money Bundy owes for grazing his cattle on federal land. Next best would be to have him languishing in jail until he pays up.

The last thing the government wants is Bundy dying in an epic gun battle; that would spur his supporters to portray him as a folk-hero martyr.

Far better for Bundy to remain unharmed with his assets tapped to satisfy government liens.

Dennis Alston

Atwater, Calif.

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Supposedly rational middle-aged men parade around in the self-glorifying garb of elite combat troops and Old West lawmen. They wield assault weapons and mimic military jargon and tactics — as if such a wacky, potentially deadly display might lend credibility to the twisted views of an aging anti-government cattle rancher.

The grotesque affectations of Bundy and his assemblage amount to rank thuggery. These aren't patriots.

History surely will judge Bundy and his militia no less harshly than the Oklahoma City bombers or the Branch Davidians should deadly violence ensue in Nevada.

Christine Hagel

Orcutt

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Donald Sterling, you are "banned for life"

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To Donald Sterling, a few million dollars is a drop in the bucket. Does it matter to him to be banned for life, because a fine is virtually meaningless.

Via The Hill:

The NBA on Tuesday banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million for making racially insensitive remarks that have roiled the political sphere and overshadowed basketball’s playoffs.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver also said he would encourage the NBA board of governors to force Sterling to sell the Clippers. That action would require a three-fourths vote by the league’s owners, and he said he would do everything possible to ensure it goes through. [...]

Silver said the ban would prevent Sterling, the owner since 1981, from attending practices or games. He would also be barred doing any business involving the team or be involved in any league activity.

UPDATE:

Silver said Sterling, in an interview, had admitted to him that the racist remarks on a recording released last week by the website TMZ were his. Silver said he would “do everything in my power” to see that Sterling was forced to sell the Clippers. “I fully expect to get the support I need to remove him,” Silver said.

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PhotOH! L.A. Times runs half-page Donald T Sterling ad

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UPDATE: The L.A. Times just sent this email alert:

Breaking news: Racist remarks were made by Sterling, girlfriend's lawyer says

Here is Steve Kornacki with the latest on the Donald T Sterling mess:

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The Los Angeles Times just sent out an email alert:

The National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People announced Sunday that Donald Sterling will not receive an honor amid controversy over a recording said to be of the Clippers team owner making racist remarks.

The Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP had been scheduled to give Sterling the group's lifetime achievement award at its May 15 banquet.

"He is not receiving a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP," Lorraine Miller, NAACP interim vice president, told NBC’s "Meet the Press."

My previous post, NBA owner Donald T Sterling: “You can sleep with [black people]" but don't "bring them to my games," reported on Sterling's history, the original story, and what is likely be be only the beginning of his troubles. I wrote this:

I see his oozy, slimeball grin over and over and over again splashed on page after page of my morning Los Angeles Times. He places more ads than the Kochs during election season. And they're expensive ads.

BIG ads.

Full page ads.

And they all feature his big ol' ego smiling mug.

Yet as all the controversy over Donald T Sterling's (alleged) disgustingly, offensive and racist remarks continues, the Los Angeles Times posted this half-page ad Sunday on Page Two of its Business section (forgive the poor quality of the scanning, I did my best):

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Of course, it was probably too late to pull the ad, BUT... nowhere in today's front page article on Sterling, nor in the Business section, was there an update, disclaimer, or any other reference to the ad and its timing.

And for that, they should issue an explanation. They should also refrain from printing any further self-serving ads that feature Racist McSmugSmile (allegedly).

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Legislative committee investigating Bridgegate subpoenaed by NJ US attorney

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Just when you thought all the Bridgegate news was ebbing a little, the Wall Street Journal revived the story. Watch out Team Christie, the New Jersey U.S. Attorney has his sights set on, yes, say it with me now, Bridgegate, despite the whitewash fantasy piece that was submitted by Chris Christie's lawyer.

Prosecutor Paul Fishman has subpoenaed documents from the New Jersey legislators that have been probing Bridgegate any which way they can. The records that the U.S. attorney’s office has summoned are due on May 2. And what Prosecutor Paul wants, Prosecutor Paul gets.

If I were in the Christie Circle of Scum, I'd be popping a Valium right about now.

Via the Wall Street Journal:

New Jersey U.S. attorney Paul Fishman has issued a subpoena to a legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge closures for its documents pertaining to the matter, a sign that prosecutors are continuing to delve into the issue.

The subpoena was issued by prosecutors for “any and all records” produced or obtained by the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation in the course of its work, according to a copy viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Oh to be a fly on Prosecutor Paul's computer screen.

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Investigation #3 for Team Christie: Manhattan district attorney is said to investigate Port Authority

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Watch out Chris Christie and Co., the Manhattan district attorney is now sniffing around, because apparently they too believe something stinks.

police dog sniffing around animated GIFYes, a third-- count 'em, three!-- team of "seasoned corruption investigators who are most likely focused in large measure on a different set of corruption allegations" is now looking into possible state crimes, as opposed to federal ones.

That's a whole lot of allegations and/or suspicion of corruption, and a whole lot of probes. Call me crazy, but it appears that prosecutors and lawmakers are convinced that something is rotten in Joisey.

Via the New York Times:

The Manhattan district attorney’s office has subpoenaed documents from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey concerning a range of the troubled agency’s major construction projects, including several that have come under scrutiny as a result of the politically charged George Washington Bridge lane closings, a person with knowledge of the matter said Saturday. [...]

This new criminal inquiry opens what is in essence a third investigative front focused on the actions of Mr. Christie and his appointees...

ruh roh smallerIf I were Christie and his pals, I'd be just a tad nervous right now. And by "just a tad" I mean I'd be quaking in my sleazy little boots.

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