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Holy shit, for a good hour today Fox news was actually kicking ass.  Yes you read that right.  During Brit "I have a perpetual blank stare" Hume's show today they seriously went after Randy "Duke" Cunningham.  After bringing the story up to speed, they went into his website http://www.topguninc.com/ and brought up allegations that I haven't seen mentioned anywhere else.

  After that they were talking about Wesley Clarke's comments from last night while everyone else was doing the White House evacuation and shark attacks.  Seriously for a good hour today it was the best thing on the 24/7 news today.

Now back to "duke" after the fold.

Apparently he is using his stature as a US Congressman for profit, and that's illegal.  He is selling his book and mentions being a member of Congress to hype it - I don't know the rule, but it's a no-no.  Even worse, for a mere $500.00 he is hawking the "Randy "Duke" Cunningham Fighter Ace Kalinga Stlye Buck Knife"   On said knife, there is, among other images, the seal of the United States Congress and that's a REAL no-no.  I guess you can't use the seal of the House on merchandise sold for profit. Fox had guys chasing him down the hall in the House asking about this and he wouldn't respond.  It was really good stuff, I couldn't beleive it was on fox.  And just now Clarke was on O'lielly giving him the what-for.  what is this world coming to?

So here's the link to the "Randy "Duke" Cunningham Fighter Ace Kalinga Stlye Buck Knife"
http://www.topguninc.com/as/store/commerce.cgi?page=knife.shtml

If someone with better computer skills than I can get some screen captures I would appreciate it.  I don't think this site will be up too much longer.  I can't believe Fox was the first to break this.  As if Duke didn't have enough problems already, and now this.  Oh yeah, how do you do linked text on the new set-up here?  

Originally posted to Edanger6 on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 05:50 PM PDT.

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  •  The Duke (none)
    Is not a Senator.  He is a member of the House of Representatives.
  •  Hey (none)
    I can't order the knife!

    Damn, they must be out of stock. :-(

    you get a recommend... Let's hope this useful news overwhelms the ridiculous whining about the energy bill.

  •  Sorry Representative (4.00)
    will have to edit - thanks.  

    Will accept any mojo here.

    Impeach Gary Bettman

    by Edanger6 on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 05:55:26 PM PDT

    •  I swear to you... (none)
      As I read this title on the diary list, I could have SWORN it said "Fox breaks another "Duke Ellington Scandal."

      I thought... good god -- what have I missed? Is Fox desecrating the memory of Duke Ellington? Or has information been uncovered that points the finger squarely at the Duke as the REAL Lindbergh kidnapper?

      Our eyes see what they want to see...

      Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

      by Maryscott OConnor on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 06:27:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Very Clever, Fox Intern (none)

      When did Rupert's minions decide to swing to the left and colonize dKos as a way to feed viewers to the maw of commerce? Shrewd. Very shrewd.
  •  That's hilarious. (none)
    A five-inch buck knife with the Congressional seal on it.

    It's creepy/symbolic on so many levels.

  •  Pics (none)

    "The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the State, because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government" - Teddy Roosevelt

    by mrboma on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 06:12:22 PM PDT

  •  With the US Congress seal on it (none)
    does that give you immunity if ya carry it on a plane?
  •  I think maybe Ol' Randy (none)
    might want to spend just a wee bit more time working on his website.  The first things I noticed were the misspelled words and the poor grammar.
  •  It's just wingnut doind house cleaning (none)
    The corporatist wing of the GOP clearly thinks Duke is not sustainable and he is a liability. So they are burning him.

    Big deal.

    Plus, AAR has been pounding on Duke for full two weeks.

    •  I guess Fox (none)
      knows where to look for the skeletons.  Though what happened to the 11th amendment??

      Impeach Gary Bettman

      by Edanger6 on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 06:27:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I'm more willing to bet it's cover.... (none)
        for Bush's failures.

        Fox going after Cunningham looks almost cannibalistic.

        He's the foil of the moment.  Other than that I doubt Fox gives two hoots, after all, IOKIYAR.

        "same old fears, same old crimes-we haven't changed since ancient times.." "Iron Hand" Dire Straits

        by boilerman10 on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 07:06:32 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  yes and (4.00)
      the Rs would much much rather Duke go down over some stupid congressional knives than over a full investigation into MZM Inc, the company that's been buying him houses.  MZM scored a contract for office furniture for the White House; might have been their first federal contract, I'd have to look at TPM again to see.  They've been donating to three or four congressmen, and of course the chief of staff is not awarding contracts by accident.  Taking down Duke over a silly slip-up is the perfect way to make the story go away.

      NEVER TRUST FOX!  And don't let them steal this story from us!

      •  That hadn't occured to me (none)
        If this scandal has more tentacles then we know about, it stands to figure they would sacrifice him and make it about a more petty offense.  I actually just emailed TPM, but I'll follow up with  the note about the subterfuge.  I would imagine though, that they probably saw through the smokescreen as you did.

        Impeach Gary Bettman

        by Edanger6 on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 07:35:19 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Exactly (none)
        If I were in charge of investigation. I would seriously think something BIG is going down. It's so big that they are trying to clean this little blemish quickly.

        For some reason, I don't even think the 'secret' contract exist. It's just straight fraud of money being paid to non existing project.

        Anybody know what MZM is producing?

        •  Yes (none)
           Here's a article from San Diego about MZM

          http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/politics/20050625-9999-1n25blanket.html

          The vast majority of government work done by MZM Inc., a defense contractor with ties to Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, came through a streamlined but controversial procurement process called a blanket-purchase agreement.

          snip

          Originally, agencies used the procedure to simplify the routine ordering and reordering of inexpensive, everyday supplies like staples and toilet paper

          snip

          But the federal government now allows agencies to use the agreements, which do include terms of compliance, to buy far-more-sophisticated wares from technology companies. The deals can be worth hundreds of millions of dollars over several years.

          For instance, the procurement arm of the federal government, the General Services Administration, awarded MZM a five-year, $250 million blanket-purchase agreement in 2002. It permits MZM to shop its services to any U.S. government agency, with considerably less oversight and competition than the normal bidding process. MZM can continue entering into no-bid contracts until 2007 or until it reaches its $250 million cap, whichever comes first.

          snip

          Since getting its blanket-purchase agreement in 2002, MZM has signed almost $112 million in federal contracts, according to the Federal Procurement Data System, a government-administered, public database.

          Of the $112 million it has received in government contracts, at least $104 million has come through the 2002 purchase agreement.

          MZM's contracts totaled $140,000 in fiscal 2002; $32.8 million in 2003; and $78 million in 2004, according to the database. The figures show the surge came after MZM signed its purchase-order agreement.

          "This is where they made their money," Ashdown said of MZM. "This is their pot of gold in federal contracting."

          snip

          MZM opened its doors in 1993, but its first federal contract was a $140,000 deal in July 2002 to provide "office furniture" and "custom computer programming services" for the executive office of the president of the United States, according to the Federal Procurement Data System.

          It received a second presidential software contract in August 2004 for $167,000 and a $25,000 contract to provide office furniture and computer services for the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service. It also received a contract with the FBI and another with the National Archives.

          But the bulk of MZM's 90 contracts are with the Department of Defense for telecommunications and computer services.

          They include:

           A $15.8 million contract in April 2004;

           A $12.5 million contract in March 2004;

           A $12.7 million contract in February 2003;

           A $7.7 million contract in April 2004;

           A $6.2 million contract in July 2003;

           A $6.1 million contract in January 2003.

          Impeach Gary Bettman

          by Edanger6 on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 07:56:13 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  They must want him to retire (none)
    That way his seat will be more likely to stay red.
  •  Shark jumped? (none)
    I thought last night after Wes Clark's comments that perhaps the old foe Faux Network might have jumped the shark...

    I NEVER watch Fox, but I made an exception to catch Clark, was very surprised that they let him be rational.  Figured it was a fluke.

    But with this bit about Cunningham?  Got to wonder if Ailes has lost it for the POTUS.  Maybe he doesn't like Rove taking over his operation?

  •  It's been said that Duke likes... (none)
    guns, knives AND boys.

    In the case of the GOP, two out of three ain't good enough. It's probably why it's perfectly fine to squeeze 'im out...it accomplishes two things - screw over someone gay and distract, distract, distract...

    Oh, and a third thing - by impugning a Republican, it gives Fox the illusion of being balanced for a second. Smart!

    •  So that's why Top Gun had a gay subtext (none)
      One of the most highly decorated pilots of the Vietnam War and the first fighter ace, he was nominated for the Congressional Medal Of Honor. He received the Navy Cross, two Silver Stars, 15 Air Medals, the Purple Heart and many other decorations. Many of his real life experiences as a Navy fighter pilot were depicted in the movie "TOP GUN"

      Especially the gay experiences.

      Impeach Gary Bettman

      by Edanger6 on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 06:43:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  He's gay too? (none)
      How many gay congressional Republicans are there?  Especially from California!  Between Micheal Huffington, David Dreier, and Tom Cambpell(and maybe Chris Cox).....wow.  Or do you mean that he's a child molester?  All around, this is a man with a great reputation.  Maybe if Arnold chooses not to run, he should run for governor!!!
  •  Years ago.... (none)
    When my dad was still alive and having horrific issues concerning the VA and benefits, I recall contacting "Duke" and his office were all just less then nice and never did assist us...all of this couldn't happen to a better person in my eyes!  Thanks for the story!
  •  FYI - Corporation info (none)
    Corporation
    TOP GUN ENTERPRISES INC.  
    Number: C1555961  Date Filed: 7/8/1988  Status: active  
    Jurisdiction: California
    Address  
    7094 VIA DEL CHARRO
    RANCHO SANTA FE, CA 92067  
    Agent for Service of Process
    RANDALL H CUNNINGHAM  
    7094 VIA DEL CHARRO  
    RANCHO SANTA FE, CA 92067  
  •  Knives & Hari Kari (none)
    Hmmmmmmmmm maybe they took all the knives away to protect him so he wouldn't be able to commit
    Hari Kari
    Which I might do if I hear too much more about the missing blondie de Jur.
    It couldn't be as slow and painful could it?

    TADPOLE SWALLOWING-The act of rightwingers on their knees, getting the talking points shoved down their throats, so they can reguritate them at the RWCM

    by retLT on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 07:35:20 PM PDT

  •  doesnt surprise me (none)
    that Faux news is going after him.

    He is in such a mess and will create havoc for the GoOpers in 2006 if he sticks around...so i bet the word is out to take him down - and they let faux news do it, so they can look fair and balanced.

    Just like the bush dui story.

    Let the Democratic Reformation Begin

    by Pounder on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 08:05:54 PM PDT

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