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Ohio Attorneys Seek Protection for Mike Connell and his Family against Alleged Threats from Karl Rove

[UPDATE2: 1/8/2009 - repaired letter formatting - luaptifer]

[UPDATE1: 12/21/2008 - added link to newer compilation of background links - luaptifer; originally posted 2008-07-24 13:18:54 -0500]]

Sources close to the Ohio Corrupt Practices Act/RICO claim sent us a copy of the following letter that asks Attorney General Mukasey for protection for Michael Connell and his family who have been allegedly threatened by Karl Rove. Rove is believed to be the strategic mastermind behind the Bush 2004 re-election campaign and the possible Ohio election improprieties. The alleged threats appear to be the result of the re-opening, through the Ohio Corrupt Practices Act/RICO claim, of the stalled investigation into the 2004 Ohio Elections.

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 13:50:55 EDT

Subject: Report of Rove threats against witness Michael Connell

Dear Attorney General Mukasey:

We have been confidentially informed by a source we believe to be credible that Karl Rove has threatened Michael Connell, a principal witness we have identified in our King Lincoln case in federal court in Columbus, Ohio, that if he does not agree to "take the fall" for election fraud in Ohio, his wife Heather will be prosecuted for supposed lobby law violations. This appears to be in response to our designation of Rove as the principal perpetrator in the Ohio Corrupt Practices Act/RICO claim with respect to which we issued document hold notices last Thursday to you and to the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform.

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I have informed court chambers and am in the process of informing the Ohio Attorney General's and US Attorney's offices in Columbus for the purpose, among other things, of seeking protection for Mr. Connell and his family from this reported attempt to intimidate a witness.

Concurrently herewith, I am informing Mr. Conyers and Mr. Kucinich in connection with their Congressional oversight responsibilities related to these matters.

Because of the serious engagement in this matter that began in 2000 of the Ohio Statehouse Press Corps, 60 Minutes, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, C-Span and Jim VandeHei, and the public's right to know of gross attempts to subvert the rule of law, I am forwarding this information to them, as well.

Cliff Arnebeck, Attorney


Cell 614-361-9434

cc: Robert Fitrakis, Esq. Henry Eckhart, Esq


For background information, below the fold are the links GreyHawk and others have amassed or the one-page list of previous work linked directly:


Jan. 18, 2009 - More than two years of reference to the late Michael Connell and his GOP network insiders is found in a single-page list to be kept current for related stories throughout ePluribusMedia:

 Mike Connell: A Trail of Questions 

 At the End of the Road 

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[UPDATE: 12/23/08 - added link to previous article list.]

[UPDATE: 01/18/09 - revised reference to previous article list.]

Men who purchase clothes for women -- A different kind of John

I've been biting my tongue all afternoon as soon as it was revealed that one those Rove operatives (Jeff Larsen) apparently paid the tab at the Minneapolis, Minnesota Neiman Marcus for Palin's shopping trip there -- to the tune of something like $75,000.

Now I know a lot of folks are annoyed and angered by the fact that the hockey mom, PTA pit bull should have a $150,000 wardrobe shopping extravaganza. I get that.

But what also bugs me, bugs me a lot, is that some man plunked down the dough. Itj's just some kind of creepy...

Throwing Cold Water on Premature thoughts of an Obama Landslide

Okay, I am noticing some actually giddy glee creeping in. But I am still worried. I have two concerns.

One: Voter Suppression
I see voter registration stories such as Avahome's Nevada ACORN Raid info and Jamess Voter Register commentary, today's New York Times story AnnieK cited about HAVA not exactly Helping America Vote. On Jezebel, there's an interesting round up of stories on caging, suppression and voter obstruction that is going on at this very moment. Even over on MyLeftNutmeg, Aldon Hynes notes on the 7000 out 9000 voter registration cards that got tossed in Bridgeport, CT last week.

Post Obama-McCain Debate: Are the Far Right Christian Fundamentalists Giving up on Earthly Change this Election Cycle?

I get mail. I have my friends who still inhabit that far right terrain that frankly, try as I might, I don't understand. So I get chainmail forwarded to me, lots and lots of echainmail. It's often full of scorn or righteous anger at the heathens... most of the time I never even open it. But the one below had a curious sad tone of pending defeat to it. Am I reading too much into it?

from chainmail :

Frank Norris live blogging the market meltdown

Frank Norris blog

The market dropped 700 points, though it is crawling back up to only a 600 point drop as I write.

Note: Not Frank Norris, the author of McTeague and I refrain from irony.

update #1: correcting to a mere 500 drop as of 3:30 eastern.

update #2: For Luaptifer (well, and Kevin Phillips had a part too!) who taught me about the Plunge Protection Team:

3:58 p.m. | 10,000 or bust: The psychologically important level of 10,000 on the Dow — do you remember that phrase? — was breached today. But in the final minutes of trading the index got up to 10,030, only to fall back. Can it close above 10,000? Does it matter?

update #3: It looks like the "at the bell" (4:02 eastern) final is:
              9976.93          -348.45          -3.37%

ending below the psychological, perhaps important, 10,000.

Post Biden-Palen Debate Discussion

Sorry for this quickie drive by post this morning, especially given how wonderfully Welshman does these things, I feel particularily guilty.

But I am curious what you all thought and what the morning chatter about the debate looks like. I was terribly afraid that as long as Palin showed up, managed two complete sentences in a row, and didn't forget to put on her lipstick (please note: this is only a nod to her famous quote about the difference between a bulldog and a soccermom), she'd be declared the winner. On the other hand, Welshman -- addicted as he is to auto racing -- was waiting for the spin out.

Palin Gets the Gift of Low Expectations

Bumped for discussion (and great video) - roxy

Originally posted 2008-10-01 07:15:52 -- updated with Biden/Palin video and bumping for our preparation on the debate tomorrow night - cho

Thinking about tomorrow night's Vice Presidential debate, I realized that no matter how badly, how stutteringly badly Palin does, she's bound to do better than the low, low bar of expectations.

The Bailout Plan, Redux

It looks as if we have another go around on the Bailout Plan (They really need another nickname for the bill if they want it to pass). Rba, and others, can you guys post what has changed from the bill that went down on Monday? For example, did Frank get in the desired bankruptcy clauses for folks facing defaulting on their mortgages?

Solving the Market Meltdown -- They Privatized Profits; now We Socialize Losses

Bumped by GH; well worth a second look. Originally posted 2008-09-19 13:18:23 -0500.

Back in July, I wrote a short commentary about how the 21st century robber barons, as if following the playbook from the Gilded Age, had managed to privatize for their own pocketbooks, the profits from selling off our national treasures, our forests, our airwaves, our oil, our minerals.

Think for two minutes about where the profits from the logging in the national forests go. Do you, as a taxpayer in this country, see any of that? Or grazing rights? Do you, as taxpayer, see any of the gains from the practice of allowing private individuals to graze their herds on national park lands? Do you see share in the profits -- as the Venezuleans certainly do in theirs, since the Venezulean Oil company is nationalized -- of the oil that underlies our country (well, excepting if you are a recipient of the $1200 check to Alaskan citizens)? Privizating profits loosely translates to take what is owned by everyone and give the revenue to only a few rich individuals.

That's the meaning of privatizing profits.

This week, we are learning painfully about the other half of the equation: Socialize losses.

If a company is badly managed, bail it out by having everyone pay for it. Let the owners walk away with their golden parachutes, and have the taxpayers pick up the tab. No, we don't have enough to get ice for the survivors of Hurricane Ike, nor can we repair our crumbling roads, or build mass transit, invest in clean energy... but we sure can rescue, with our tax dollars, the AIGs and Bear Stearns...

That's socializing losses... making the little guys pay for the mistakes of the uber class. Those guys in the upper atmosphere are sucking up all the oxygen. According to a WSJ article, entitled charmingly Richest See Income Share Rise by Jesse Drucker:

The richest 1% of Americans in 2006 garnered the highest share of the U.S. adjusted gross income in two decades as their average tax rate fell,the IRS said.

From the Mailbag: Journalists arrested at RNC to have charges against them dropped

From the mailbag, a press release from Jen Howard at Freepress:

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Local authorities in St. Paul announced today that they will not prosecute journalists who were arrested on misdemeanor charges during the Republican National Convention earlier this month.

"This is an important first step, but many questions remain," said Nancy Doyle Brown from Twin Cities Media Alliance. "We still need answers about why and how journalists got swept up in these arrests in the first place. And more than anything else, we need to ensure that this never happens again. We’ll never know how many important stories never got told because their authors were behind bars, not in the streets."

Nearly two dozen reporters were arrested during the four-day event, including Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and two of her producers, Associated Press reporters, student journalists, and local TV photographers, among others. Other journalists were pepper-sprayed, and reporters with I-Witness were held at gunpoint during a "pre-emptive" police raid aimed at disrupting protesters. The press release from St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman's office noted that the city's attorney will use a "broad definition and verification to identify journalists who were caught up in mass arrests during the convention."