Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Woodward Confrims

Washington Post Confirms Felt as 'Deep Throat'

By William Branigin and David Von Drehle
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Washington Post today confirmed that W. Mark Felt, a former number-two official at the FBI, was "Deep Throat," the secretive source who provided information that helped unravel the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s and contributed to the resignation of president Richard M. Nixon.

Woodward said Felt helped The Post at a time of tense relations between the White House and much of the FBI hierarchy. He said the Watergate break-in came shortly after the death of legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, Felt's mentor, and that Felt and other bureau officials wanted to see an FBI veteran promoted to succeed Hoover.

Felt himself had hopes that he would be the next FBI director, but Nixon instead appointed an administration insider, assistant attorney general L. Patrick Gray, to the post.

Bradlee, in an interview this afternoon, said that knowing that "Deep Throat" was a high-ranking FBI official helped him feel confident about the information that the paper was publishing about Watergate. He said that he knew the "positional identity" of "Deep Throat" as the Post was breaking its Watergate stories and that he learned his name within a couple of weeks after Nixon's resignation.

"The number-two guy at the FBI, that was a pretty good source," he said. "I knew the paper was on the right track," Bradlee said. The "quality of the source" and the soundness of his guidance made him sure of that, he said.

"We made only one mistake ..... and that had nothing to do with 'Deep Throat,'." Bradlee said, referring to an error in reporting grand jury testimony.

Bradlee said that over the years, "it was interesting to watch people flounder around with odd choices" about the identity of "Deep Throat," a nickname borrowed from the title of a pornographic film. Although he knew the source's identity, Bradlee said, "I've never met Felt. I wouldn't know him if I fell on him."

In a family statement released today, Felt's grandson, Nick Jones, said, "The family believes my grandfather, Mark Felt Sr., is a great American hero who went well above and beyond the call of duty at much risk to himself to save his country from a horrible injustice." The statement added, "We all sincerely hope the country will see him this way as well."

Jones said in the statement, "My grandfather is pleased he is being honored for his role as 'Deep Throat' with his friend Bob Woodward. As he recently told my mother, 'I guess people used to think "Deep Throat" was a criminal, but now they think he was a hero.'"

The Vanity Fair article, by California attorney John D. O'Connor, described Felt as conflicted over his role in the Watergate revelations and over whether he should publicly reveal that he was the anonymous source whose identity has been a closely guarded secret for more than three decades.

"On several occasions he confided to me, 'I'm the guy they used to call "Deep Throat,".'." O'Connor wrote. The author wrote that Felt "still has qualms about his actions, but he also knows that historic events compelled him to behave as he did: standing up to an executive branch intent on obstructing his agency's pursuit of the truth."

The article concluded, "Felt, having long harbored the ambivalent emotions of pride and self-reproach, has lived for more than 30 years in a prison of his own making, a prison built upon his strong moral principles and his unwavering loyalty to country and cause. But now, buoyed by his family's revelations and support, he need feel imprisoned no longer."

Angels: Top draft pick Weaver signs deadline deal

Angels: Top draft pick Weaver signs deadline deal
by Fanball Staff - Fanball.com
Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Angels reached an agreement with their 2004 first round pick, Long Beach State pitcher Jered Weaver right before Monday's deadline. "It has taken a while, but finally, at the deadline, we got a deal done with Jered Weaver," general manager Bill Stoneman said. The younger brother of Dodgers pticher Jeff Weaver, Jered figures to move through the minor league system quickly, although the club won't rush his development.

The main reason why Weaver went unsigned until the last minute, was because he was represented by arguably the toughest agent in sports to deal with, in Scott Boras. In last year's draft, he was considered by many experts to be the pitcher who was closest to being major league ready, but he slid to the Angels at 12 because of the fear of whether or not he was signable. Don't be surprised if Weaver is at the upper levels of the minors by the end of the season. If he's in shape, it isn't a far fetched assumption.

As an Angels fan I have to say it's about time. This guy definitely has great stuff. We probably will see him in the majors before the end of the year.

Deep Throat Reveals himself?

Ex-FBI official says he's 'Deep Throat'
Magazine quotes him as saying he was 'doing his duty'
Updated: 11:41 a.m. ET May 31, 2005

W. Mark Felt, who retired from the FBI after rising to its second most senior position, has identified himself as the "Deep Throat" source quoted by The Washington Post to break the Watergate scandal that led to President Nixon's resignation, Vanity Fair magazine said Tuesday.

"I'm the guy they used to call Deep Throat," he told John D. O'Connor, the author of Vanity Fair's exclusive that appears in its July issue.

Felt, now 91 and living in Santa Rosa, Calif. reportedly gave O'Connor permission to disclose his identity.

"The Felt family cooperated fully, providing old photographs for the story and agreeing to sit for portraits," Vanity Fair stated in a press release.

Felt said he was "only doing his duty" and did not seek to bring down Nixon over the cover-up of a break-in at Democratic Party offices in the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.
© 2005 MSNBC Interactive

According to an article by him in Vanity Fair this week W. Mark Felt who was a member of the FBI has revealed himself to be Deep Throat. I had read about him being a major possibility in the past.....but appearantly this is legit. Both Woodward and Bernstein have released Watergatesque statements saying they'll stick to their original statement of releasing the source once he's dead. This guy is 91....and seems legit.

All the President's MenThe Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat

Monday, May 23, 2005

Hats off to Reggie Miller

A fine career came to an end this week. Reggie Miller, one of my all time favorites retires sadly without a ring. He was definitely underrated through his career. Good job by Larry Brown and the Pistons taking that timeout and giving him a well deserved standing ovation. He probably could've still played a couple more years......I haven't watched a single playoff game this year but him going into the next round might've changed that.

ESPN Films 30 for 30: Winning Time: Reggie Miller Vs. The New York KnicksI Love Being the EnemyMcfarlane NBA Serieds 7 Reggie Miller

Senators Said to Reach Filibuster Deal

By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent 1 minute ago

WASHINGTON - Centrists from both parties reached a compromise Monday night to avoid a showdown on
President Bush's stalled judicial nominees and the Senate's own filibuster rules, officials from both parties said.

These officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the agreement would clear the way for yes-or-no votes on some of Bush's nominees, but make no guarantee.

Under the agreement, Democrats would pledge not to filibuster any of Bush's future appeals court or Supreme Court nominees except in "extraordinary circumstances."

For their part, Republicans agreed not to support an attempt to strip Democrats of their right to block votes.

Under the agreement, Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen, nominated to a seat on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, would advance to a final confirmation vote.

Senate Republican leader Bill Frist has made her a test vote in a bruising showdown over the fate of several appeals courts nominees that Democrats blocked in the past and had threatened to block again.

With the series of climatic vote set for Tuesday, compromise-minded senators of both parties met in the office of Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), R-Ariz., for a last stab at compromise

They arranged to make a formal anouncement at a news conference.

It was not immediately clear how the agreement would affect plans for an all-night Senate session, or how quickly Republicans would push for confirmation of Owen.

The compromise drew the support of six Republicans and six Democrats at a minimum, although the names were not immediately available.

Under a complicated situation in effect on the Senate floor, that meant that Democratic opponents would lack the support needed to sustain a filibuster against Owen and other nominees. At the same time, it meant Republicans would not be able to strip Democrats of their ability to filibuster.

The agreement came as majority leader Frist, R-Tenn. and Democratic leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. steered the Senate toward a showdown on Bush's nominees and historic filibuster rules, under which a minority can prevent action unless the majority gains 60 votes.

The leaders of both parties cast the issue in historic terms.

Bah....C-Span was praying this wouldn't happen tonight becuase the floor debates tomorrow would've been crazy but it looks like some sort of a deal has been agreed to. I don't like this Owens character at all.....hell Bush's own Attorney General (who's no saint for those who don't live in the US) has spoken out heavily against her in the past. You know someone is crazy when they're to the right of Alberto Gonzales. I like how the Democrats put in the terms "extraordinary circumstances" into the agreement because it makes this agreement pretty much pointless. The filibuster lives for now.....and that my friends is good news.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Water on Mars

Water on Mars

I gotta add that I can't believe I have never seen Mars bars on sale in the US.

2005 NBA Season has been boring.

This is crazy. I DID NOT watch one NBA game from start to finish this year.....hell I don't even know if I watched the majority of any single game this year. Don't know what it is...but I just didn't get into the NBA this year. I've only watched one playoff game (the VC game tying shot at the buzzer). I can't remember not having an interest in one of the 4 major leagues at any point. You'd think with no hockey I would've watched more NBA this year but it definitely hasn't been the case.

...oh yeah, I need my Hockey. Go Canada at the WHC.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

LeBron fires agent, friends get job

LeBron fires agent, friends get job

Associated Press

5/10/2005 1:53:26 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cavaliers forward LeBron James has dropped agent Aaron Goodwin, who negotiated more than $135 million US in endorsement deals for the 20-year-old in the past two years.

James sent a standard letter to the NBA players' association on Monday saying he had ended his relationship with Goodwin, union spokesman Dan Wasserman said.

James' surprising decision to drop his agent comes less than two years after Goodwin got him a $90 million landmark deal from Nike - the richest initial shoe contract offered to an athlete.

Goodwin also helped James secure multimillion deals with Upper Deck, Coca-Cola, Bubbilicous and Juice Batteries.

Goodwin did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

James is expected to turn over some of his management duties to close friend Maverick Carter, a former teammate at Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary High School who currently is employed by Nike. Randy Mihms, who serves as James' personal assistant and road manager, and Rich Paul, another James confidant, also are expected to take on more active roles in his representation.

James and his three longtime friends call themselves the ''Four Horsemen.''

Goodwin's relationship with James dates to the all-star's senior year in high school. Goodwin attended many of James' high school games before adding the young star as one of his clients in 2003.

On the eve of the NBA lottery that year, Goodwin brokered the deal with Nike, which outbid Adidas and Reebok for James.

Goodwin also represents Portland guard Damon Stoudamire, Orlando rookie Dwight Howard, Boston guard Gary Payton and Knicks guard Jamal Crawford.

There's no way this story ends up with a happy ending. Putting friends incharge of that much money is just plain stupid.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Long time

So much for keeping updating this thing regularly. With school finally coming to a close there should be more posts here. Glad to see the Yanks struggling big time in the early going. Don't have that much of a problem with the Angels at this point either other then the fact that Finley is proving why I hated that signing. I'm not too sure about Cabrera either. I didn't want Tiger to win the Masters.....and definitely can't believe that he did. Let's just say that Kentucky Derby was odd. Now I didn't want The Boss' horse winning it.....but I definitely didn't see this result coming. Glad to see Pakistan whoop the Indians. Nice to see UNC return to glory but definitely a little surprised to see them all leave for the NBA. No idea what the 9ers were thinking in picking Smith. I wanted one of the WRs and then wait for Leinart next year. I leave you with these words for the night.....

The dumbness of dumb people will never stop to amaze me.....who the hell can possibly be dumb enough to steal atleast one $250 paintball gun from someplace......get away with it.....and then come back half hour later just in time for the cops to be called on you?

....and oh yeah, I need my hockey back.
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