October 4, 2008

October 4, 2008
Welcome to my weekend. I hope you are having a safe and great one.

When I watched the television this morning, I could instantly tell the story of the day would be OJ Simpson. Thirteen years to the day after being acquitted of killing his wife and her friend, Ron Goldman, in Los Angeles, O.J. Simpson was found guilty of robbing two sports-memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room.

The 61-year-old former football star was convicted of all 12 counts late Friday after jurors deliberated for more than 13 hours. He released a heavy sigh as the charges were read and was immediately taken into custody. Simpson, who went from American sports idol to celebrity-in-exile after his murder acquittal, could spend the rest of his life in prison.

I know many people have different opinions on OJ Simpson. While I personally do not know the man, I did live in Los Angeles (West Hollywood) during the time of the killing and the trial. Fact one is Los Angeles city officials were worried there would be rioting by African Americans if OJ Simpson had been found guilty of murder in the original trial. (The Rodney King trial and subsequent rioting had just taken place a couple of years before this.) Fact two is the local news was warning citizens to stay in doors and have plenty of supplies if a guilty verdict was given. So my personal opinion is karma has done her job. What we reap is what we sew.

The other interesting news bit was about Sarah Palin and the controversy involving her and her ex-brother-in-law being fired. Gov. Sarah Palin's husband is planning to speak to an investigator looking into abuse of power allegations against the governor, Todd Palin's lawyer said Saturday. He previously refused to testify under subpoena in a separate probe. Attorney Thomas Van Flein said he asked the investigator, Anchorage attorney Timothy Petumenos, to reserve the third week of October to interview Todd Palin, but a date has not been set because he is waiting to hear back from Petumenos.

Todd Palin refused to testify under subpoena last month in a separate investigation by the Alaska Legislature. Petumenos is heading a parallel probe by the Alaska State Personnel Board into whether Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, acted improperly when she fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan this summer. Both are looking into whether Palin, her husband and her aides pressured Monegan to fire a state trooper who was involved in a contentious divorce from Palin's sister and then fired Monegan when he wouldn't dismiss the trooper. Palin says Monegan was ousted over budget disagreements.

The McCain-Palin campaign has said that the Legislative Council's investigation is being manipulated to damage the governor before the Nov. 4 election. The investigator leading that probe, retired prosecutor Steven Branchflower, is due to release his findings Friday. That release could be blocked by the Alaska Supreme Court, which will hear arguments next week in an emergency appeal by five Republican lawmakers trying to halt Branchflower's report. An Anchorage judge recently dismissed that lawsuit along with an attempt by several of the governor's aides to quash subpoenas issued for their testimony in the Legislature's investigation.

Todd Palin was not part of the attempt to quash the subpoenas, but the decision may affect whether he speaks to Branchflower. Van Flein said the Supreme Court's decision in the appeal next week is one of several factors that will go into deciding whether he does. The two investigators could interview Todd Palin together or Branchflower could use Petumenos' interview in his own investigation, Van Flein said, though Branchflower is scheduled to end his probe at least a week before the planned interview.

Sarah Palin originally agreed to cooperate with the Legislature's investigation. But after she joined the GOP ticket, she said the probe had become tainted by politics and filed a complaint against herself with the personnel board, which she says has the proper authority to investigate ethics allegations against the governor. So stay tuned for further developments. Like a friend said to me, if you have nothing to hide why wouldn't you cooperate? Good point.

Today was a resting day. I spent all day in bed watching football. I won't bore you with all the scores and details since I know a lot of my readers are not sports fans. Just happens to be how I like to spend a lazy Saturday especially while the doctors have me under treatment. I did make it outside a couple of times and it was a beautiful day with sun but low 70s temps. There were even a few puffy clouds in the sky.

So how about you? Doing anything interesting this weekend? Drop me a line and let me know.

Hope you have a safe and great Sunday.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab