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Ted Stevens's Movie Pick Turned Out Bad

Maybe freshly convicted Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) should have gone to see a different movie Saturday night. The one he chose turned out to be a bad omen.

Less than 48 hours before he was convicted of lying on his financial disclosure forms about gifts, Stevens went to see -- of all the films out there -- "Body of Lies," the movie based on Washington Post columnist David Ignatius's spy novel.

A tipster spotted Stevens out at the 7 p.m. Saturday showing of "Body of Lies" at the AMC Loews in Georgetown. The 84-year-old senator got there on the early side and saved the seat next to him for a woman who appeared to be one of his daughters while she fetched goodies from the concession stand.

Stevens was convicted on all seven counts of concealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts he received from an oil company executive. He now faces prison time as well as reelection defeat.

If only he had gone to see "Happy-Go-Lucky" instead.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 27, 2008; 6:47 PM ET
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Are there no tax consequences to this? Either he included the $250,000 as income in his return, which would seem to be the same as a guilty plea, or he didn’t. In the latter case, surely he is guilty of tax evasion. Has anybody investigated this?

Posted by: nymec | October 27, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama will be our next President of the USA. And for those who don't like him, blame it in part to the bunch of crooks that have been in power for the last 8 years. The Decider and Co. have made such much damage to the Country and to their own party that even if Bin Laden had planned something terrible to us, he couldn't have done it better than our Presi. Look at the economy, look at our dead soldiers in an unnecessary war, look at the hate they have created among the citizens of the US...
God Bless America. Thanks God our next President will be Obama !!!

Posted by: jamil1 | October 27, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

oh, could there be sweeter news one week from the election?

Posted by: Sam888 | October 27, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Between Steven's corruption conviction and Palin's ethics violations there is no good reason left to vote for a republican in any race. My God! What is their identity???

Posted by: fishingriver | October 27, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I am surprised that Palin has not, so far, taken the opportunity to decry Senator Stevens as a corrupt government official who should be punished under the law for those crimes which he has been convicted of. One would think that given Palin's having fostered her reputation for opposing corrupt politicians in Alaska that she would now be calling for Senator Stevens to immediately resign from office. If Palin were to do so then that would be a great example of her 'talking the talk and walking the walk.' I think we could all respect that sort of action on Palin's part.

Posted by: brwntrt | October 27, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Typical Alaskan Repulican.

Posted by: tommyd60 | October 28, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

And to Continue the Thought that was interrupted by the Big Brother Eyes and Ears of the Paranoia Movement behind this election for President as My Computer was TransActed Against,

Until the Electins of The Date and Day Tuesday Novembef 6th 2012 Returns

A Body of Lies is My Vote for
Best Picture.


dePaul Consiglio

Posted by: depaulconsiglio | October 28, 2008 6:40 AM | Report abuse

On the BBB XPress, form Balitmore to Boston and the Whole Boston to NY Corridor,
"Shame" is a word I don't use.
Hung by the Testicles,
That's what you should be.
No more and No less
You are starting to live up to Osama Bin Laden's descripion of the US all along.

Lose Faith in Your Selves
And Evil is What you Become

Evil spelled backwards is Live.


dePaul Consiglio
Born July 17th 1952 Thursday
Vol CI No 34508 NYTimes.

To be Continued

Posted by: depaulconsiglio | October 28, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Stevens is a mean-spirited, angry old man. It is right that he should be found guilty and punished. Of course he will appeal the verdict, but that will have to wait until after the election. In the meantime, hopefully, someone else will take his place in the senate. He has done enough damage to the country. You know, until recently I hadn't thought about Alaska for years, and now it's ll we hear about. I am so ready to relegate them to the past again !

Posted by: beccajo | October 28, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

On the topic of graft funded homebuilding in Alaska.... Would it surprise anyone to learn that Sarah Palin's house was built with material and labor that "fell off the truck" from the Sports Complex being built down the road at the same time? The Sports Complex that went way way over budget? Can it get any worse for the GOP? You betcha!

Posted by: majordomo | October 28, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I didn't know that being an "angry old man" makes you guilty of seven counts of criminal behavior.

Posted by: Tom1 | October 28, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Could your sleuthing be any more irrelevant than this?

Posted by: multiplepov | October 28, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

How devious the republicans from Alaska are. Anything goes up there apparently.

Sarah Palin's comment regarding this?
"I'm sure Sen.Stevens will do the right thing."
No condemnation of the longest standing republican from Alaska breaking the law.
"Deny it to the end" is the republican motto.
When Sarah was found to have abused her power, she claimed she had not broken any laws.
Birds of a feather fly together.

Posted by: tommyd60 | October 28, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Everyone on this earth should have access to the Internet! Access to global data educates us and provides ideas to needed solutions which can be “Networked” and built upon to bring workable formulas to address and fruition.
McCain never had a chance running for president as he let the world pass him by “in not exercising his God given abilities” in learning this “instant” means of mass communication! Ray K

Posted by: raykeith7 | October 28, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

In response to Posted by: tommyd60 | October 28, 2008 1:52 PM

Sarah Palin's comment regarding this?
"I'm sure Sen.Stevens will do the right thing."
Note SillY SARAH was Stevens' PAC director through 1996. What do you want her to do now? Openly back stab now? - she has some morals, she won't back stab Stevens - that is only for the unreal Americans!

Posted by: rufusredfox | October 28, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I dont want a "game show" hostess as VP...

With all of the lies from the Palin/McCaint ticket...

I wonder if they even can fully understand the problem that they have created with this person as a VP Choice....

With the McCaint Campaign and their "spin" on this choice is so sadly moronic that the RNC/GOP card holders want to "dress her up" in a wardrobe that exceeds more than what middle class Americans can make in 3 years...on womens clothes...

The "elitism" of Obama who was shown in a Time magazine picture of his shoes worn, yet mcCaint has 500 dollar shoes...

If they wanted peeeuuu Palin to be more like "small town" America why did they not allow her to continue to buy fashions from Walmart...what are they saying that "small town" clothing is for "rubes"...

This country is in such a mess from Bush2 the only place Americans COULD go is Walmart, at least WE could afford their prices

Putting peeeuuu Palin in Michael Jacksons 20 year old jacket from "Thriller" and peeeuuu Palin "explaining" what the VP does was so pathetic and laughable..that more people need to see it...and see for themselves what an idiot she truly is..

..Instead of spending 150,000 dollars on clothing, hiring a make up artist at 24,500 a month....

They should have hired a "fragrance consultant"..because their pathetic and laughable campaign...... stinks.....really badly

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 28, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Look at the people calling for his resignation...they include McCain who served with Stevens on the Commerce Committee (that's the one that DIDN'T insist on more financial market regulation, like for FNMA and Freddie -- McCain WROTE A LETTER(!!)) AND KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON, herself a narrow escaped convicted felon and typical Texas Republican up Tom Delay?

Now, Stevens isn't the brightest bulb in the lamp, but even he can figure out that(1)running and not getting elected isn't good, (2)getting elected and spending time on appeal and in the news negatively isn't good and (3)an elected Senator in jail isn't good.

But gee, Ted, how's this look to you?

Ted's just another Republican headed for the slammer and the longer he flops around like a fish outta' water, the worse he makes Republicans continue to look.

Be all the man you can, Ted but if you were any kind of statesman at all..

Posted by: bgreen2224 | October 28, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

To those who wish to see justice brought to Tom Delay and other crooks in or formerly in high office, imagine this scenario:

It's January 21, 2009 and the Wednesday morning Washington Post proclaims ½ page below President Obama's inauguration photograph that multiple count indictments have been unsealed in Federal Court alleging all sorts of crimes committed by Tom Delay, Alberto Gonzales, Dick Cheney and yes, G.W.Bush.

I have faith that on or near that day, we will have Justice We Can Believe In with no chance of Bush pardons.

Posted by: bootzilla | October 29, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

The difficulty most neocons have w/ being honest is it takes effort. Being "right" is easy, being "just" requires action / effort. I don't see true justice being sought by these folks; I see Nasty Ted, and Slimy Sarah cherry picking the system, criticizing the democrats for anything, and all along distorting the truth. Yet when evidence shows they've over stepped, it's either the liberal media, or some other weak link to distract attention from the facts.
It's obvious their message is not selling, because they would rather fill the air waves w/ yuck, then address the issues.
By the way if a Democrat's unwed teenage daughter was pregnant, the retoric would be heavy on "where's the family values"; double standards - you betcha!

Posted by: thegunslinger | October 30, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

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