Caught In A Difficult Spot

Just as the participants at the G-8 Summit were being assembled for their group photo, America’s fearless leader Barack Hussein Obama, decided to “channel a Clinton” ala John Edward (the alleged “medium” not the cad, the cad has an “s” at the end of his name.. I almost forgot, the cad believes that he is a medium in the courtroom too!) whilst ogling the posterior of a “seventeen year old junior G-8 delegate”. (“Tail To The Chief” NY Post) Obama may be acting more like Bill Clinton these days but the Clinton that is actually on the progressive payroll has been as illusive and as inconspicuous as Howard “Prozac Poster Boy” Dean..

The ridiculously liberally biased Wikipedia defines the position of “Secretary of State” as follows: “uniquely refers to the official responsible for foreign policy..” It seems that the Obama Secretary of State must be responsible for “having teas and baking cookies” because her passport is about as barren as her resume.. We also learn that “six Secretaries of State became presidents..” (Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Van Buren and Buchanan.) Wikipedia did not identify how many Secretaries became Houdini-esque disappearing artists while they were still collecting a paycheck courtesy of the taxpayers.. Rodham has thought of herself as a “superhero” for quite some time now and she has finally made it.. She is the “Invisible Woman”.

Just to prove that her unsavory image doesn’t deserve to be on every milk carton in and around the Washington area, the “Punxsatawney Progressive” came out of her hole in the ground, saw her shadow, which means the country will see six more weeks of severe socialism.. Actually, she gave a speech “addressing her department employees and interns..” I would be willing to wager that Ol’ Whitey knows Rodham’s “interns” better than she does.. I think Rodham had better run home and see if Bill is using her copy of “Leaves of Grass” again..

The “excuse” given for the Rodham absence is her “broken elbow”.. Franklin D. Roosevelt managed to serve as Obama socialist template/ President while suffering from polio yet Rodham can’t seem to find the gumption to get out of the house with a sling.. Obama has “visited a total of nine countries without his secretary of state in their less than six months in office..” (“Clinton Nursing Injured Broken Elbow, Hails Foreign Policy Progress at Six-Month Mark” Foxnews) Rodham managed to be allowed off of “double secret probation” just long enough to accompany Obama to the political hotspots of Trinidad and Tobago as well as Egypt..

Rather than blame her “broken elbow”, Rodham should claim to be more concerned about the “environment” and the “deleterious effects of constantly jetting around the world” and she has therefore decided to conduct the business of the Secretary of State from Washington.. This lie at least sounds like something that a liberal would use and her “carbon footprint concerns” would win her some type of award from Al Gore and his moronic minions..

Rodham went on to say that “the administration is patching up strained alliances and striving to influence adversaries to change their behavior..” How she knows of this, she did not say but it is obvious that she has time enough to read a newspaper or three.. For example, Madame Secretary, Obama is “patching up strained alliances” by backing out on the placement of strategic defense missiles in Europe so that he may “patch things up” with the Russians.. He has done such a great job of “influencing adversaries” that Iran is literally glowing in the dark (that is if Iran is still considered to be an “adversary” by the Obama “Hug-a-Thug” crowd..) and North Korea has been shooting off more fireworks than New York City did over the Hudson River on the Fourth of July..

She also “announced” that she will be giving a “major policy speech” to the Council on Foreign Relations next week to “mark, more officially, her first six months in office..” What in the world could she possibly have to talk about? Will she be bragging about her new high score on “Free Cell”? She did more towards the socialization of medicine in 1993 than she has done towards socializing relations internationally in 2009.. On the positive side, her absence from the world of international relations gives her the official title of the “Least Damaging Obama Employee of the Month” for the sixth straight month..

“We are repairing strained alliances, cultivating new partnerships, we’re working to engage and change the behavior of adversaries as part of our global agenda..” Where to begin.. Obama is “repairing strained alliances” with such “allies” as Venezuela and Honduras as he “strains” the alliance that we HAD with the Poles and the Israelis, for example. He is “cultivating new partnerships” with “populist” (a term for “progressive” outside of the United States. See: Socialist, Fascist, Marxist..) fellows like Manuel Zelaya, Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro and this whole “changing the behavior” business only applies to the Israelis, not the Iranians which Obama would consider to be “meddling”.. By the way, Obama’s alleged “global agenda” is ALL ABOUT “meddling”..

The article brings the Rodham rhetoric into its proper perspective. “The administration is grappling with a host of international challenges, not all of which look any closer to being resolved.” You could easily say the exact same thing about the “domestic” challenges that the administration is “grappling” with.. However with the domestic grappling, their “meddling”, more closely resembles “exacerbation” as opposed to “solving”..

Again the article points out the considerable Obama shortcomings. “The administration was recently caught in a difficult spot, having to stick up for leftist Honduran President Manuel Zelaya after he was ousted from office..” “Difficult spot”? It would have been “difficult”, if not downright impossible for the Obama leftists to have NOT stuck up for another progressive populist.. After all, Zelaya did just about the same things in Honduras that Obama and his wrecking crew are doing in the United States so he had better stick up for him..

“Clinton said Friday that the Obama administration is facing very high expectations on the world stage..” The “Target America First” crowd that put him in office were the only ones with HIGH expectations. “It may not be fair, but that’s kind of the way it is..” These are the kinds of deep thoughts that emanate from the Obama Secretary of State.. It is no wonder that they cancelled her Travelocity account.. If this “lead the free world” program appears to be too much for all parties involved, if it all seems so “unfair”, please abdicate the throne and we will try to reassemble the pieces of what was once America while you pack your stuff and blow..

Even though she has been relentlessly working on her needle point, “at least one foreign leader” has told Rodham that “the reason they didn’t make such demands over the past eight years was because we knew we would never get a response..” These alleged “leaders” are of course unnamed for convenience but the only “leaders” getting a “response” from Obama espouse socialism or fascism. These were the “leaders” that didn’t DESERVE a response in the last eight years, now they are welcomed with a RED carpet..

“Clinton added, ‘We don’t have the luxury of being bystanders’” Please allow me to complete that for the Secretary: “..except for me..”

The only “difficult spot” that this administration is “caught in” are the sixty or seventy “difficult spots” of their own making that they will be trying to creatively wiggle out of come 2010.. Don’t forget, “we inherited this mess..” From the perspective of the Secretary of State, with a “record of accomplishment” like the one that Obama is assembling now, I would want to stay home too..

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36 responses to “Caught In A Difficult Spot

  1. Reposting by me from the previous article from Larry –with slight modifications:

    About all this media attention focusing on Obama’s gaze upon a 16-year-old (or a 17-year-old–take your pick; the MSM can’t seem to get the most trivial of life’s events correctly reported anymore) female’s gluteus maximi: nonsense! Now, if there was a picture/video of the President’s picking his nose–that would REALLY prove he is not–read the last two words very quickly–God! (Despite what his current belief is about that subject.)

    By the way, someone published a book with photos of very famous people picking their nose–including Queen Elizabeth II!

    Also, I believe God does not leave any excess material in His body, which means that He does not pick His nose, sneeze, urinate or defecate!

  2. noleftturnz

    triviaman,

    There could be a dynamic at play here..

    I too considered it “trivial”, thus it only merited part of a paragraph, not an entire article. I also saw a bigger picture..pardon the pun.

    On rare occasions the media likes to imagine itself as “impartial”.

    The “Helen Thomas” scenario from a few days ago stands as possibly, possibly a “public turning point” or a “warning” to Obama and crew.

    More than anything else, as I said quite a while back, one of the important things that someone as inexperienced as Obama should realize is that the media truly enjoys “building someone up” only to then shove them from the precipice..

    I saw the “matter” as humourous, an opportunity to segue from one Clinton to another, the bigger picture being the invisibility of the Secretary of State. The sidebar was the “chanelling” of Bill Clinton..

    The onset of the “24 hour news format” has magnified the emphasis upon the “trivial” periodically hasn’t it? They HAVE to “talk” about something, don’t they?

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

  3. Unlike Slick Willy, at least BHO wsan’t playing hide the cigar with the young lady. Of course, this was the most trivial drivel the MSM could come up with in their attempt to show “impartiality!”
    I really think Rodham’s invisibility was planned by Obama and his handlers all along; give her an important title but keep her out of the spot light until she self-destructs. Of course, Rodham might have believed she would be given some power to help manipulate events ( this could be why she never brought up the birth certificate issue.)

  4. I wouldn’t discount the Clintons yet. WJC is known as Slick Willy for a reason, in fact, for MANY reasons. Somehow, they will get their revenge. I really didn’t fully understand why Rodham accepted Sec. of State, since it seemed obvious that BHO would control her. But, the Clintons have their resources, after all, Slick Willy was a virtual nobody from one of the lowest ranking states – but, look at how far he has come ( no pun intended). And, don’t forget Rodham’s questionable past. The ‘dubious dynamic duo ‘ will strike again – stay tuned.

  5. Talk about somebody playing both ends against the middle…

    The president has now “benched” both Clinton and Biden, bringing into the game his “short reliever” Panetta. This “player” will be used to throw flacid curves at the past Administration to shore-up and divert attention away from his sagging popularity poll numbers in Ohio. Geez, even the Los Angeles times saw through this one, as more and more people are beginning to see the light.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-cia11-2009jul11,0,633589.story

    The president’s “template” in both Washington and abroad is really no different than the one he worked from in Illinois, He is leaving the “ones that brung him” behind (Thanks, but, no thanks Hillary) while he goes off in a thousand different directions to find that new “crisis” to manage (bird-dogged no doubt, by his “leftist in crime” Rahm Emanuel) , while everything behind him falls to pieces.

    Take for example that, though Afghanistan produces something like 90% of the world’s problems with heroin, this Administration has turned away from a policy of eradication, which is much the same as when he championed our problems with late-term abortion in Illinois to garner favor with the pro choice faction.

    Here at home we can see that his “Cap and Trade” is actually a massive new tax on the middle class, who at one time he pretended to care for. He’s pitting the “haves and have-nots” against one another to develop a plan for healthcare.

    It’s a laugher, really. Obama is willing to trade the security of Europe’s allies away to his “new friends” in Russia by aborting the missle defense shield, he’s willing to trade the security of Israel away to garner favor with the backwards thinking Imams of the Middle East and he’s willing to trade democracy away in Honduras to send “hugs” to his friends Castro and Chaves.

    The pieces are beginning to fall into place, showing us the picture of a highly educated, yet incapable radical, who is attempting to catch a number of mice spread all over home and abroad under a single teacup.

    -beanhead

  6. noleftturnz

    bean,

    Spot on as always.

    I have always known that the left INTENTIONALLY TARGETS the middle class but my friend Stitch who doesn’t seem to come around to play anymore, phrased it in a way that I always liked..

    If I may paraphrase Stitch: “Is it easier to get a million dollars from Donald Trump or is it easier to get a million people to pay a dollar? Trump has made millions by learning how to hide money from the left. The middle class just says, “it’s a dollar, so what..”

    The leftists are elitists, they themselves are the limousine liberals of the gated communities, they of the Hyannisport ilk, they know not only how to “hide” money they know how to “invest” as well. (I would still like to see that names of all of the liberals “invested” in the ridiculous scam of ethanol..)

    Their voting base, the lowest class, runs to them for the bounty that is easily taken from the apathetic, the middle class.

    It is death by a thousand paper cuts, theses paper cuts come from one dollar bills..

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

  7. Margaret in CT

    When Obama finally realizes that world leaders, with the exception of a few buffoons, are laughing at him rather than adoring him, he will start allowing Rodham to back out of her assigned parking space at State and conduct the apology tour. Just as he hoped that assigning Biden the “job” of distributing the stimulus money, still damp from the printing press, would deflect criticism from him, he will hide behind Hillary’s pantsuit when the going gets tough abroad. Hiding behind women and children is the way of all Arab radicals.

    In the meantime, he may have only four years to tour the world on our nickel, so he should feel a “sense of urgency.” There’s some (de rigueur) grumbling in the media about his absence from the tiller while his own nation is in crisis. I happen to think (and I’m not being facetious) that having him overseas and the Congress on vacation will improve our national security immeasurably. The only benefit I may be getting from my tax dollars is his absence on this endless tour. None of his domestic plans will do anything but inhibit the recovery of the economy.

    His statutory ogling reminds me of “I’ve looked on a lot of women with lust” Carter. He is such a clueless fraud that I’m surprised he didn’t ask the Pope which church he attends.

  8. Maybe the people are wakingup to both the Clintons and the Bummer. We just returned from a startup meeting for “We the People” in little old Kilgore Texas. There was 24 in attendence. The important part was the ages, they ranged from 20’s to probably 80.As this growes in number and strength look for Acorn or the brown shirts to start to be present to identify and harass those attending. I have made a list of the many sites I routinely visit on the web “NO left turn Z” is first on the list. At the next meeting I’ll pass it out.We guessed what the Bummer was doing to Hillery when he appointed her. He can not allow someone else to be in any limelight. He is so dumb he will never see his bulb getting dimmer until it is out, and then look for martial law. Stitch come back. I miss your wit and keep the ammo dry attitude.

  9. Graywolf,

    Thanks for the help..

    I too am affiliated with a “We The People” group here in town.

    Every little bit helps.

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

  10. Larry and Family:

    It’s really a toss-up as to which one of the two is more dangerous when it comes to foreign policy. It’s not surprising that “madame secretary” has been locked up in her office in time out. Actually, from her point of view, it certainly would be advantageous for her politically not to have to take the blame if things go wrong (as I am sure they will).

    I agree that nobody should count the Clintons out. Billary is only 4 people from the presidency. It wouldn’t be smart for them to be in the same room together. She might just decide to take a shortcut to the White House. That would save a lot of money since she could eliminate running a campaign.

  11. One of my cousins sent me the following.

    What a great, simple, way to explain socialism.
    Will America wise up before we all fail???????

    An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire class.

    That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

    The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. The Class agreed!

    After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.

    The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

    As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

    The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

    When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

    The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

    All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward and shares it with those not earning it, no one will try or want to succeed.

    It just doesn’t get any simpler than this.

    Never give in, never give up , never again

  12. I’m guessing it took Obama 3 days to try and convince these other “world” leaders that they too can convince their own taxpayers to sign on the bottom line. I think they view all of us as too stupid and gullible to see what’s really going on until it’s too late to stop them. Let’s all of us subscribe to this global rape of our citizens. Tell them to relax, sit back and shut up. It will only hurt even more if you protest my policies. Tell them it will work, too have some patients and stop whining. And if it all fails, they too can blame George Bush. We trusted George and he abused that trust and look at what has happened.

    Obama seemed as if he was, as Larry stated “channeling” Bill Clinton there for a while. What was missing was a sexual comment to go along with the “look.” Obama has his standards. Clinton would most likely comment “love your booty in that skirt, babe will you be available later on this evening? My wife is quite crabby so knock three times on the ceiling when you’re ready.” Obama can ogle with the best sexually overindulge democrats that came before him; but it was mainly their downfall with a few exceptions, in the end. Kennedy’s (take your pick they all did it, from their father to Teddy. Johnny had a thing for buxom blondes). Our history with every Democratic “horn-dogs” range from 82 year old Sen. Daniel Inouye from Hawaii who in the mid 1990’s was accused by a number of women of sexual harassment, but the Democrats cast doubt on the allegations and the Senate Ethics Committee dropped its investigation. (Shouldn’t it be called “Unethical Committee”)?

    Former Rep. Gus Savage. The Illinois Democrat was accused of fondling a Peace Corps volunteer in 1989 while on a trip to Africa. The House Ethics Committee decided against disciplinary action in 1990. Sen. Brock Adams, the late Washington Democrat was forced to stop campaigning after numerous accusations of drugging, assault and rape, the first surfacing in 1988. Then there’s Rep. Fred Richmond a New York Democrat who was arrested in 1978 for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old. He remained in Congress and won re-election—before eventually resigning in 1982 after pleading guilty to tax evasion and drug possession. (Hear that Timmy Geithner, Chucky Rangel, Chris Dodd, Caroline Kennedy and a large majority of his cabinet appointees. Has he’s czars had any issue with taxes?)

    Former Rep. John Young. The late Texas Democrat increased the salary of a staffer after she gave in to his sexual advances. The congressman won re-election in 1976 but lost two years later. Former Rep. Wayne Hays. The late Ohio Democrat hired an unqualified secretary reportedly for sexual acts. Although he resigned from Congress, the Democratic House leadership stalled in removing him from the Administration Committee in 1976.
    Former Rep. Gerry Studds. He was censured for sexual relationship with underage male page in 1983. Massachusetts voters returned him to office for six more terms. Former Rep. Mel Reynolds. The Illinois Democrat was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault with a 16-year-old. President Bill Clinton pardoned him before leaving office. How nice, uhm?

    Uncle Teddy was there to help get his nephew William Kennedy Smith who was accused of rape, invoking his family history to win over the jury in 1991. The Kennedy legacy to charm the so-called pants off the jury. The defense tactics being always blame the victim to take the heat off of them. Uncle Jack and Uncle Bobby must have been smiling down (or up depending on where you think in what direction they took after leaving this earth) on Teddy to protect the family at all costs.
    On July 14, 1983 the House Ethics Committee concluded that Rep. Dan Crane (R-Ill.) and Rep. Gerry Studds (D-Mass.) had engaged in sexual relationships with minors, specifically 17-year-old congressional pages. In Crane’s case, it was a 1980 relationship with a female page and in Studds’s case; it was a 1973 relationship with a male page. Both representatives admitted to the charges and the committee recommended reprimand for the two. You’ve been a bad boy, come over here so I can spank you. Congressman Mel Reynolds, the Democrat convicted of 12 charges, including sex with 16-year-old Beverly Heard and asking her to take pornographic photographs of a 15-year old, was indicted on August 21, 1994. The network ABC failed to report on the story, the current scourge of congressional teen-sex scandals, reported nothing – until Reynolds was convicted a year later, on August 23, 1995. In fact, on May 13, 1994, ABC featured Reynolds in a “Person of the Week” segment that showcased their favorite Congressman ignoring his transgressions in favor of two Chicago ladies fighting child molesters (did they know he was one of them). And Bill Clinton pardon him as one of his last duties as President. He also was convicted of having sex with an underage campaign volunteer. But Jesse Jackson added Reynolds to Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s payroll. As an interesting side note, Reynolds replaced Gus Savage and Reynolds was replaced by Jesse Jackson Jr. The three musketeers from corrupt Illinois. Will Reynolds be placed on the predatorily sexual offender list?

    But my favorite sex scandal is our favorite guy with the lisps. Rep. Barney Frank. The outspoken Massachusetts Democrat hired a male prostitute who ran a prostitution service from Frank’s residence in the 1980s. Only two Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to censure him in 1990. Boys being boys I guess. Prostitution is a felony (except in Nevada where it’s just another day in the “office”) and he didn’t garner not even House sanctions, when he should have been forced to resign and do some time looking for his next conquest in prison.

    So, checking out a well-formed booty is minor in retrospect and may explain why Michelle butt is so huge, it’s his favorite appendage. But there is a pattern and that’s it usually Illinois, Louisiana and Massachusetts is where a lot of them come from. But, on to more pressing matters.

    Obama and the rest of the democrats believe the philosophy that you have to destroy the economy entirely in order to fix it, change and mold it into something else. Which is what I believe is happening here. I think they call it Communism, socialism, fascism and I think Obama subscribes to what is called Historical materialism which is a methodological approach to the study of society, economics, and history. Historical materialism looks for the causes of developments and changes in human society in the means by which humans collectively produce the necessities of life. The non-economic features of a society such as a political structures and ideologies rhetoric (also known as Unions) are seen as being an outgrowth of its own economic activity. Allow the elitist to benefit from exploiting the working class through unions, but the Democrats call it something much sexier sounding, feel good names. These types of political theories that then extended this premise by asserting the importance of the fact that, in order to carry out production and exchange, people have to enter into very definite social relations, most fundamentally production relations, hence his need to push unions in this Country.

    I think this is what he is trying to do here in the United States and have it spread through other Countries. These are all Karl Marx’s ideas on how a society should work and he has been studying Marx for a very long time from his grandparents to his political “rabbis” or “mentors” from his true religious mentor of Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright to his grandfather’s friend Frank Marshall Davis, who was a well known communist who he was introduced to when he was 12. If you want to know where he is taking this Country, read up on Karl Marx and your eyes will be opened.

    He has surrounded himself with political radical’s activities his entire life. He worked as a radical community organizer, learning the radical tactics of the communist, Alinsky; attended a radical church; was introduced to Chicago politics by a communist in the home of another communist; and today lends his political skill to the international goals of radical activists, and had radicals working on his campaign and in his administration. In order for him to win a national election he needed to distance himself from them, temporarily. His communist ideals seem to be happening in front of our eyes, daily. Just because he is using different words to describe what is happening doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a communist agenda. Read up on Karl Marx and open your eyes. All his I don’t want to run the car manufacturers, banks, mortgage lenders, hospitals, churches, medical care/insurance is just a nice way of say I want to be your dictator by changing us from a capitalist free market to just another socialist dictator. There are more then enough signs that show this he’s just putting a different spin on it and giving us his big 1,000 watt smile. And whether or not Sonia Sotomayor passes Congressional muster hangs in the balance. She’s the key to pulling all this off. Which means the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee who will or won’t confirm her will need to knuckle and ask some real question and not throw softballs at her? I’ve been going back over Obama’s statements and personal history, statements she has made verses how she rule as a judge, statement Obama has made, the lies he has told (and there are plenty believe me) and the light bulb over my head came on and I have to put them down on paper and find the right way to express them.
    Bill and Hillary Clinton must be so envious at what he is getting away with, I think they tried it and one of them lost their nerve, most likely Bill when he went off script with his sexual misdeeds occurred. I don’t remember who wrote this and I cannot seem to find it again. But, Hillary did question both John McCain and Barack Obama eligibility to run for President. McCain happily showed his, although being born outside the land of this Country, he was born in a military hospital (which is the same as being born here) to both American-born parents (which is the crux of Alan Keyes lawsuit against Obama, forget the birth certificate and study Constitution on what qualifies someone to run for office).

    I’ll pick this up tomorrow, I’ve been at this computer all day and I got a Trojan virus on my computer that I’ve been trying to get rid of all day (using my laptop right now).

  13. Eileen:

    If you think about it, this explains why there was a moment of silence in Congress for “the gloved one”. Birds of a feather flock together, don’t they?

  14. Obama will not allow Hillary any spotlight of her own. Do you believe she really expected otherwise? Or is there some caveat we don’t know about?

  15. Arthur Nankervis

    G’day Larry,

    I would not be worrying too much about Hillary for being the ‘stay at home Secretary of State’ as she realizes that she cannot compete with Obama-appointed czars: Richard Holbrooke (Afg); Dennis Ross (ME); George Mitchell (ME Peace), all normally a State Department responsibility, but now, instead of being under S of S control, report directly to Obama. Broken elbow, dented pride, whatever the reason, she is happy at home in her sinecure, well paid position. A more than just a ‘finger in the dyke’ stand. Obama needs to keep his eye on Hillary .. JJ rightfully suggests “The ‘dubious dynamic duo ‘ will strike again – stay tuned.” They (the Clintons) surely haven’t been so stupid as to believe that Obama had entrusted her with a job of consequence. ‘Slick Willy’ is a free agent in all respects and should not be counted with HRC unless he specifically realigns himself within Hillary’s sphere. Biden must by now, be tired of being the court jester (with fierce competition from Gibbs) and will, I believe, come to the conclusion that to leave any form of positive legacy of his time within government, he will have to break the shackles and blow the cover of the master. That is the one thing that Obama must be very concerned over. Remember, Obama has surrounded himself with those that present no challenge to his authority / methodology and rather than have things go sour for him, the likes Biden will be ‘Disappeared’ one day. I am sure that HRC is aware of this scenario, and has made plans accordingly. To quote JJ again “stay tuned” on this one. Additionally, the Clintons, at one time, had ‘apparatus’ in place for making those who were considered a threat to be ‘terminated with extreme prejudice’ … Things could become interesting.

    I would not be too concerned with the ‘goings on’ with the CIA, as who in their right mind would think that Panetta has been given anything of importance. The CIA has programmes within programmes and if one ‘tentacle’ is cut off, the remainder of the beast is quite capable of functioning with what remains. There are programmes that no one outside the ‘Company’ will ever see and if Obama thinks that all the ‘files on him’ were destroyed with his placement of a ‘friendly’ director, he had better reevaluate just where a president ‘without credentials’ and ‘questionable relationships’ stands in relation to the intelligence community when they are in the ‘survival mode’.

    I also miss Stitch’s ‘gems’ and his ‘cutting appraisals’.

    LadyWolf’s cousin provides a classic ‘template’ on how socialism works. I wish I had that analogy when I instructed on the subject. Thanks for that recall LW.

    Off subject
    Larry and all family dog lovers:

    The new boy is with us. You can see him at:

    http://www.nagaskennel.com/index.aspx?ContentID=ContentID-071227111110470 > Cursor over Puppies > click on available > scroll down to second litter > Cobber is the little bugger with the yellow collar – not a very good picture really. His original nickname was Foggy, but to us, that implies to someone/thing with limited intelligence, so, was glad to change to Cobber. His pedigree goes back to U.S. champions on both sides as well as Thai champions on both side and Cobber himself is of show quality. He is very demanding of my time and looking after him is hard ‘yakka’, but a real job of love. 9 weeks old now and as smart as a whip. I have taken some nicer photos and can scan his pedigree if anyone is interested. arthur.nankervis@gmail.com

    Best to all

    Arthur

  16. Eileen,
    I both learned and enjoyed your comment. I beg to differ, however, with your mention of Louisiana being one of the three states whose politicians were most often caught “with their pants down”. We had a govenor (now in prison), a Senator (who resigned on his own), and another Senator still in office, where I hope he stays so a democrat does not get the seat. Louisiana has certainly had its share of “dirty” politicians. With our present govenor we are, hopefully, changing our image.

  17. noleftturnz

    Arthur,

    I checked out “Cobber” and he looks like a winner.

    An outstanding choice and I hope he brightens the Nankervis home for years to come.

    Thanks as always my friend,

    Larry

  18. noleftturnz

    Michele,

    Louisiana has a champion in Bobby.

    Such a beautiful state certainly deserved better than Kathleen Blanco..

    Have you ever noticed the picture atop the Noleftturnz site?

    The picture is actually two images. On the right is a shot from Times Square and on the left is a shot of Canal Street.

    I always liked the Times Square shot for the direction of the “one way” sign..

    Hope your recovery is going well..

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

  19. Thank you, Larry. We like him, too, but he doesn’t get a free pass. He MUST live up to his promises here before we champion him on the national scene.

    We are recovering. Just hope this hurricane season is pretty quiet. With the “stimulus” package we certainly can’t afford another one!

    We got rid of Blanco, now on to Mary Landrieu!

  20. Arthur Nankervis

    Larry and Family,
    Some of you have probably seen this, but its new to me.

    A link at:
    http://www.anncoulter.com./ will give you a Utube video ‘Reagan Vs. Obama Debate’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5lSbp31Cow

    I managed to watch one third of the video before exiting – I hope you blokes can stomach more than I. If you want to pass on becoming depressed, don’t watch it today, but leave it for a Monday morning when you are revitalized and fired up in anticipation of more Liberal diarrhoea. How those who follow the Liberal banner can be so stupid is beyond me. If a ‘B Grade’ actor, albeit one of the Greatest Americans that I have had the pleasure of sharing time on this planet with, could have foreseen what we are living through now, then there is hopefully, some chance that an equally ‘cinematically challenged’ chap can come along and “Seize the Day.” I felt humbled on hearing his voice.

    Arthur

  21. Arthur:

    Congratulations on the new addition to the Nankervis family. Cobber sure looks like a winner.

  22. 🙂 It appears there is another Michele, Larry. I am not from Louisiana (though it is a beautiful state!) but from New York. And my personal recovery is going very well, thank you! Keep the articles coming, they are a sane spot in an insane world. Where’s Stitch? We need him back!

  23. noleftturnz

    Arthur,

    In honor of your comment and the arrival of “Cobber”, I have dedicated the “Thought Of The Day” entitled “A Thought For Arthur” over at the other site..

    I hope that you enjoy it and thanks for the “shove”..

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

  24. Larry & ‘Family’:

    From some of the comments posted over the past several months, I get the impression that some of the family members are fighting cancer.
    The following e-mail was sent to me by a younger sister, and may prove some help and encouragement to those fighting the good fight against various cancers:
    Subject: Fw: Asparagus cures cancer? Could be.

    > Asparagus
    > >
    > >
    > > My Mom had been taking the full-stalk canned style asparagus that she pureed and she took 4 tablespoons in the morning and 4 tablespoons later in the day. She did this for over a month. She is on chemo pills for Stage 3 lung cancer in the pleural area and her cancer cell count went from 386 down to 125 as of this past week. Her oncologist said she does not need to see him for 3 months.
    > >
    > > THE ARTICLE:
    > > Several years ago, I had a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer. He gave me a photocopied copy of an article,entitled,
    > > `Asparagus for cancer’ printed in Cancer News Journal, December 1979.
    > > I will share it here, just as it was shared with me:
    > > ‘I am a biochemist,and have specialized in the relation of diet to health for over 50 years…Several years ago, I learned of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer.
    > > Since then, I have worked with him on his project. We have accumulated a number of favorable case histories. Here are a few examples:
    > > Case No. 1, A man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin’s disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise.
    > > Case No. 2, a successful businessman 68 years old who suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he went on asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.
    > > Case No. 3, a man who had lung cancer. On March 5th 1971, he was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it. By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared.. He is back at his regular business routine.
    > > Case No. 4, a woman who was troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She finally developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by the acting specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after starting on asparagus, her skin specialist said that her skin looked fine and no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus.
    > >
    > > I was not surprised at this result, as `The elements of materia medica’, edited in 1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones. Note the dates!
    > > We would have other case histories but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to spread this good news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy.
    > > For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using, and therefore canned asparagus is just as good as fresh.
    > > I have corresponded with the two leading canners of asparagus, Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives.
    > > Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree, and store in the refrigerator. Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening.
    > > Patients usually show some improvement in from 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases.
    > > As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what cures can prevent’. Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals.
    > > We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold. For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups.
    > > The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing but the asparagus drink…
    > > As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer. Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and in acting as a general body tonic.
    > > In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance. The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good. It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body’s most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.
    > > Please spread the news… the most unselfish act one can ever do is paying forward all the kindness one has received, even to the most undeserved person.

  25. Arthur,

    I’m so happy for you and I too love Retrievers, but mine are Golden. Is Cobber chocolate or a black lab? Doesn’t really matter, he is still a handsome little fellow. I am so happy for you and your wife and hope he brings you much happiness of the years. Best of luck, mate. BTW, the lab statute that says welcome is the exact same one in our front yard flower garden. So I would take that as a good sign.

    Michele,

    I’ve done a lot of research before I post information and I did with this posting. I’m not alone in my thinking though there are numerous articles that confirm this. I’ll lay out the facts and allow each person to decide.

    Louisiana

    Numerous legal and judicial publications have confirmed my findings. Here is the list of most corrupt states: Louisiana (1), Mississippi (2), Kentucky (3), Alabama (4) and Ohio (5) are the top five most corrupt states in the country, according to the analysis. The remaining are Illinois (6), Pennsylvania (7), Florida (8), New Jersey (9), and New York (10). I hit the jackpot of living in the 3 of the top 10 states and I’m surrounded by two more corrupt states of Miss and Florida. What do I win? There have been more than 20,000 public officials and private citizens convicted of public corruption over the past two decades. “That’s an average of 1,000 a year for the last twenty years.”

    Nationwide, more than 1,800 federal, state and local officials have been convicted of public corruption in the last two years, according to FBI statistics released this spring. The number of pending cases has jumped by 51 percent since 2003, the agency said. In the last decade or so, the governors of Louisiana, Connecticut and Rhode Island have pleaded guilty or been convicted of wrongdoing.

    Here is the complete list and their rankings: Louisiana (1)(7.67), Mississippi (2)(6.66), Kentucky (3)(5.18), Alabama (4)(4.76), Ohio (5)(4.69), Illinois (6)(4.68), Pennsylvania (7)(4.55), Florida (8)(4.47), New Jersey (9)(4.32), New York (10)(3.95). Tennessee (11)(3.68), Virginia (12)(3.64), Oklahoma (13)(2.96), Connecticut (14)(2.80), Missouri (15)(2.79), Arkansas (16)(2.74), Massachusetts (17)(2.66), Texas (18)(2.44), Maryland (19)(2.31), Michigan (20)(2.14). Georgia (21)(2.13), Wisconsin (22)(2.09), California (23)(2.07), North Carolina (24)(1.96), Arizona (25)(1.88), Indiana (26)(1.85), South Carolina (27)(1.74), Nevada (28) (1.72), Colorado (29)(1.56), Washington (30)(1.52). Utah (31) (1.4117), Kansas (32) (1.4109), Minnesota (33) (1.24), Iowa (34) (0.91), Oregon (35) (0.68).

    We all know about William Jefferson (Democrat Congressman) who has a fondness for cold hard cash; who hid a $90,000 in cash bribe in his freezer and he couldn’t turn around and say “where did that come from?” He made it a family affair, his brother, sister, and niece were also indicted. The president of the New Orleans public school board pleaded guilty in federal court to taking bribes from a lobbyist, who happened to be corrupt Congressman Jefferson’s brother. The money had to go somewhere, right?

    Larry Flynt brought forward the prostitute who claims to have had an affair with U.S. Sen. David Vitter before the media and called on Vitter to resign the seat he won by campaigning on a platform of conservative values. U.S. Senator David Vitter (R) involved with an upscale prostitution operation and a former longtime governor Edwin Edwards (D) in jail for racketeering, extortion, fraud and conspiracy.

    Oliver C. Thomas (Democrat) politician from New Orleans served on the New Orleans City Council from 1994 to 2007. In August, 2007, Thomas resigned his council seat and pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charges. In late 2001 and early 2002, Thomas took $15,000 in kickbacks from Stan “Pampy” Barre, a local businessman and associate of then-mayor Marc Morial. Barre owned a company which operated a number of French Quarter parking lots under contract with the city, and paid Thomas in order to ensure that the Morial-era contracts would be renewed under the incoming administration. Thomas agreed to Barre’s terms, but also demanded and received one-third of the parking profits in kickbacks through one of his associates. On November 21, 2007, Thomas was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for bribery.

    I’ll cut and paste this section:

    Now, on to the tricks of Louisiana… between the years of 1997 and 2006, the state of Louisiana had 326 federal convictions. (That’s almost 8 convictions per 100,000 residents).

    For the dirty politicians of Louisiana, we have Jim Brown (D) who in 2001 was the 3rd consecutive insurance commissioner to be convicted. H was elected to both the Louisiana state Senate, to which he served two terms, and to the 1973 Constitutional Convention. He was secretary of state from 1980-1988, and he ran unsuccessfully for governor in the 1987 jungle primary. He was elected insurance commissioner in 1991 and served until his resignation in October 2000. Brown’s political career closed with a six-month prison sentence for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the status of an insurance company. Brown has sought to redeem himself politically. His 2004 book entitled Justice Denied: How the Federal Justice System Failed Former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown seeks to refute the charges of which he was convicted in federal court and to rehabilitate his reputation. Brown was barred from practicing law until at least the end of 2006. On September 30, 2008, the Louisiana Supreme Court reinstated his right to resume his legal practice. Brown’s daughter is CNN’s Campbell Brown anchor. He ran for insurance commissioner, at the time the office was in shambles from two back-to-back scandals that had occurred under two previous discredited Democratic commissioners, Sherman A. Bernard of Westwego in Jefferson Parish and Doug Green of Baton Rouge.

    A federal grand jury in New Orleans has indicted former Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Sherman A. Bernard for allegedly extorting almost $80,000 in campaign contributions from at least five insurance companies during his last election campaign in 1987. Mr. Bernard was charged with eight counts of extortion, conspiracy and money-laundering, involving five companies he licensed.

    The Louisiana insurance department filed a $367 million suit against former Insurance Commissioner Douglas Green and 26 others, accusing them of racketeering in connection with the failure of three insurers belonging to Southshore Holding Co. March 1991 Green was charged with 27 counts of mail fraud, three counts of money laundering, and one count of conspiracy. The investigation that led to Green’s conviction began with Champion Insurance Co., one of the largest auto insurers in Louisiana at the time. The state, says Ray Lamonica, former U.S. Attorney whose office prosecuted Green, was investigating Champion openly, while the U.S. Attorney’s office was investigating quietly.

    Champion was hiding insurance business so fewer reserves would be required, with the knowledge and cooperation of the insurance commissioner, according to Ray Lamonica.
    Green, it appears, was really the creation of Champion and its owners, the Eicher family. They “bought the office” by financing Green’s campaign with small contributions made in the names of numerous individuals, says John Hill, of the Baton Rouge Business Report. “In Louisiana you don’t have to identify the contributor, where he works, or any of those kinds of things. So there was no way of knowing that all the money was coming through.”

    Under Louisiana’s mandatory auto insurance law, the Eichers wanted to get into the market, dominate it with low rates, then, when competitors were driven out, return to solvency by raising rates, says Manes.

    The Eicher families, according to Manes, were disgruntled with Bernard and picked Doug Green as their candidate to oppose him. Quoting the book that John Eicher’s wife Patricia penned in prison, Manes relates that Green was chosen for his “moral casualness.” Calling it “the first extreme makeover,” he describes how the Eichers paid consultants to help Green dress the part and run successfully. “When you invest a couple million dollars in a candidate and he gets elected, you expect him to be beholden to your needs. And I think it’s safe to say Doug was,” says Manes.

    Green ran as a reform candidate, following Bernard. Green did go after insurance company fraud, but his quarry was competitors of Champion, which wanted everybody else out of the business.

    Of the three jailed Louisiana insurance commissioners, Green served the longest—more than 12 years.

    The sentencing of resigned Iberia Parish President Will Langlinais to six months of house arrest and five years probation for malfeasance, including his using public funds on his property and having parish employee’s work on his election campaign. The charges stemmed from a legislative auditor’s audit. That was followed by the federal indictment of Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Bill Belt and his wife for allegedly illegally profiting from pay-phone calls made by his prisoners. They deny the charges.

    Then we have the Road Home program which was a scam created by the State of Louisiana to steal money from the US Treasury and put it into the pockets of corrupt Louisiana politicians. After two hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the State of Louisiana used the sympathy for the affected people as leverage to get billions of dollars out of the federal government. However, just like a “banana republic” country which is given money to “feed its starving people”; the money was never to reach the people it was intended to help. Essentially all of the federal money was stolen by Louisiana politicians using a variety of different methods.

    Louisiana began a campaign to get “everyone” to apply for its “Road Home Program”. What the people did not know was that they were essentially being “whored out” to get money for Louisiana politicians that they would never see. Here is how it worked: Every time someone filled out an application to this “Road Home Program”, the State of Louisiana collected $25,000.00 from the Federal government to “process the application”. They collected this money even though the person who applied would never see a penny. When a person had a “face to face” interview with someone from the Road Home Program, the State charged the Feds $1,500.00 for the [five minute] interview.

    The State started giving away billions of dollars to organizations who were never supposed to get anything at all. Remember, this program was supposed to be for the purpose of helping people whose homes were destroyed rebuild from the two hurricanes. Billions were given away, for example, to the local electric company because the company threatened to raise rates if it did not “get a piece of the action”.

    From the beginning, the program continuously claimed it was “out of money” and needed more money from the Feds. The more it got, the more they stole, wasted or gave away to groups who were never supposed to get it. Then, the State went back to Washington and begged for more money.

    The state web site says that the average award given to people [who were lucky enough to get anything at all] was about $61,000.00. However, the person must pay income tax on this money. So, after paying 25% tax, they really got about $45,750.00. Now, remember, the State collected $25,000.00 up front to “process the application” so the state got more than half of what the poor sucker got who lost everything he owned in the hurricane and flood caused by defective levees which were built incorrectly in the first place and then never maintained properly.

    The State Of Louisiana seems to protect corrupt politicians and silences people who tell the truth or become whistleblowers.

    You might think this story is from some third world dictatorship but it is actually from the good ole US of A. If you have evidence that a politician or other official in Louisiana is guilty of corruption and you go to the State and report it you are given a subpoena to go before a state judge who then orders you never to talk about what you know. After this, if you say anything, you are sent to state prison for violating the judge’s order. In this way, the Louisiana legal system totally protects corrupt officials from discovery and subsequent prosecution and terrorizes any honest person who learns the truth and attempts to do anything about political corruption.

    Louisiana is a “Pay to Play” state. It is not alone in this by any means.

    “Pay to Play” means that anything you want in Louisiana is for sale and has a price if you have enough money. Specifically, you can commit any crime, no matter how serious, and never fear prosecution if you have enough money to pay off the authorities. You can buy special privileges. You can sell drugs with no chance of ever getting caught. You can pay to have laws passed or repealed to protect your special interests. In short, you can do anything you want as long as you do not run out of money to pay the necessary bribes.

    Former Representative and current lobbyist Chris John (D) was looking to make a run at David Vitter’s Senate seat. John lost to Vitter in 2004, despite receiving $4,000 in campaign contributions from Tai Shen and Jane Kuo. A Defense Department weapons system analyst and three Chinese nationals were arrested and charged in two espionage-related cases, prompting a top Justice Department official Monday to declare Chinese espionage is approaching “Cold War levels.”

    In a case brought by federal prosecutors in Virginia, a civilian analyst for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency stands accused of selling to two Chinese associates Tai Shen and Jane Kuo classified information detailing U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan.

    If the name Tai Shen Kuo rings a bell, it’s because he was just charged with conspiracy to disclose national defense information to a foreign government in the espionage case that came down, and included Yu Xin Kang and U.S. Defense Department analyst Gregg William Bergersen.

    Tai Shen Kuo, age 58, and Yu Xin Kang, age 33, both of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Gregg William Bergersen, age 51, of Alexandria, Virginia, were arrested on espionage charges related to the passage of classified U.S. government documents and information to the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Both of these former China national get large donations to Governor Bobby Jindal (R), Senator Mary Landrieu (D) and Congressman Charles Melancon (D).

    Indicted former state Sen. Charles Jones (D) on tax evasion charges (what is it with the Democrats not paying their taxes). And add to that a history of Louisiana Democrats switching over to the Republican Party. It shouldn’t be seen as unusual for Mary Landrieu to be accepting contributions like this. She is on record for taking contributions from Norman Hsu as well as any worthy Democrat in Federal Government. Everyone from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton to John Kerry to newly elected Al Franken. To see the list of those who received financial support you can see the names here. http://newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?st=NY&last=Hsu&first=Norman&city=&zip=&xst=&next=25

    If that name sounds familiar he is the s a convicted pyramid investment promoter who associated himself with the apparel industry. His business activities were intertwined with his role as a major fundraiser for the Democratic Party, and he gained notoriety after suspicious patterns of bundled campaign contributions were reported in 2007. Subsequently he was discovered to have been a long-time fugitive in connection with a 1992 fraud conviction. After turning himself in to California authorities in 2007 he fled the state again and was quickly recaptured.

    The U.S. Justice Department investigated whether Hsu illegally reimbursed political donations by associates and formally charged him with fraud. On November 27, 2007, a federal grand jury indicted Hsu on charges of violating federal campaign finance laws and defrauding investors “out of at least $20 million.”

    I’m no expert on the history of Louisiana politics, but it seems to have been all downhill since Huey Long was gunned down. Populist governors Huey Long, his brother Earl Long, and Edwin Edwards. Louisiana politicians have always liked big bribes for big projects better than crooked little schemes. Edwards, for instance, is serving time for collecting a $400,000 gratuity in exchange for a casino license.

    The most notorious was the “Kingfish,” populist Democratic Gov. Huey Long, who lorded over the state from 1927 until his death in 1935. Long delivered on his campaign promises of free textbooks for children, paved roads, and new schools–almost all of it financed by taxes on the rich and on oil companies. But Long also created a secret police force and consolidated state employees under his control, typically taking a portion of their earnings as “contributions” to his war chest. At an LSU faculty dinner, Long bragged, “I steal money. But a lot of what I stole has spilled over in no-toll bridges, hospitals, and to build this university.” After being elected to the U.S. Senate and ensuring the election of a stooge to succeed him in the governor’s office, Long prepared for a presidential run against an incumbent, fellow Democrat Franklin Roosevelt, who called Long one of the most dangerous men in America. On Sept. 8, 1935, Carl Weiss, the son-in-law of a political opponent, shot Long to death in the state capitol.

    Mark Smith, former head of the state Office of Film & Video, for allegedly accepting bribes to exploit the nascent movie production tax credit program.

    In 1939, the “Louisiana Scandals” erupted when James Monroe Smith, appointed by Long as president of LSU, was charged with embezzling a half-million dollars. In the ensuing investigation, at least 20 state officials were indicted, and two committed suicide as the scandal enveloped Gov. Richard Leche, who received a 10-year federal prison sentence in a kickback scheme.

    Under subsequent Govs. Mike Foster and Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Louisiana has tried to clean up its act. But since 2004, two state judges have been convicted of accepting bribes. Federal officials are also investigating the administration of former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, whose associates are accused of skimming hundreds of thousands of dollars from city contracts.

    Illinois

    As much as politicians in Illinois have had a tradition of corruption, the people of Illinois have had a tradition of accepting it, even expecting it, long before Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich was accused of trying to put a United States Senate seat up to the highest bidder.

    Otto Kerner, who served as governor in the 1960s, was found to have accepted bribes of racetrack stock but only after the track owner deducted it on her taxes as a cost of doing business.

    Paul Powell, an Illinois secretary of state, longtime state legislator and infamous dealmaker, died in 1970, associates discovered $800,000 in undocumented cash in shoeboxes, briefcases and strongboxes in his closet, a considerable cache for a man who had never earned a salary of more than $30,000. Mr. Powell had emerged unscathed from a grand jury investigation into accusations that he bought stock in a harness racing company.

    Former Chicago alderman, 1,000 Illinois public servants have been convicted of corruption, and in Chicago, 30 aldermen have gone to jail. Now Illinois remains the rare place where one governor who served jail time (he used fraudulent loans to repair his yacht) writes an opinion article in a newspaper accusing the current governor of “ranking with Al Capone in establishing a disgraceful image of Illinois,”

    Gov. Blagojevich joins a list of Illinois governors charged in the last 50 years: William Stratton, Otto Kerner, Dan Walker, and George Ryan. Stratton, however, was acquitted.

    Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan received a sentence of six and a half years in prison on Wednesday, after being convicted on charges of racketeering, mail fraud, filing false tax returns, and lying to investigators.

    79 local elected officials have been convicted of a crime, including three governors, one mayor, and a whopping 27 aldermen from just Chicago alone.

    The political culture in Illinois, especially Chicago that’s been in place for more than 100 years. This culture dates back to the late 19th century, when a gambling-house owner named Michael Cassius McDonald created the city’s first political machine. Under machine-style rule, those in power would hand out contracts, jobs, and social services in exchange for political support. Between 1995 and 2004, 469 politicians from the federal district of Northern Illinois were found guilty of corruption. The only districts with higher tallies were central California (which includes L.A.), and southern Florida (which includes Miami). Eastern Louisiana (and New Orleans) rank somewhat further down the list.

    Marge Lindheimer Everett, manager of Arlington Park and Washington Park race tracks, admitted bribing then-Governor Kerner and his Finance Director, Ted Isaacs, to gain choice racing dates and to get two expressway exits for her Arlington Park racetrack. The bribes were in the form of stock. Amazingly, the scandal came to light because Everett had deducted the value of the stock on her federal income tax returns under her own theory that bribery was an ordinary and necessary business expense in Illinois.

    Kerner retained famed attorney Neil Papiano to represent him. Following a 1973 trial in which his prosecutor was future Illinois governor James R. Thompson, Kerner was convicted on 17 counts of bribery, conspiracy, perjury, and related charges. He was sentenced to three years in federal prison in Chicago and fined $50,000. Faced with almost certain impeachment, he resigned his position on the federal bench on July 22, 1974. Kerner was released early from prison when it was determined that he was suffering from terminal cancer.

    In the 1980s, Daniel Walker entered the private sector with Butler-Walker, Inc, a chain of self-named quick oil change franchises later bought by Jiffy Lube and a pair of troubled Savings and Loans. In 1987, he was convicted of improprieties related to the First American Savings & Loan Association of Oak Brook. Media at the time reported he received over a million dollars in fraudulent loans for his business and repairs on his yacht, the Governor’s Lady. At his sentencing, U.S. District Judge Ann Williams stated, “It’s clear to this court that a pattern was established and that you, Mr. Walker, thought this bank was your own personal piggy bank to bail you out whenever you got into trouble.” The First American Savings & Loan Association of Oak Brook was declared insolvent with a deficit of $23 million and was later bailed out by the United States federal government. He was sentenced to seven years in federal prison, and served 18 months at a Duluth, Minnesota correctional facility. In January 2001 he requested a pardon from outgoing President Bill Clinton, which was not granted.

    Ryan’s political career was marred by a scandal involving the illegal sale of government licenses, contracts and leases by state employees during his prior service as Secretary of State; in the wake of numerous convictions of former aides, he chose not to run for reelection in 2002. The scandals are widely believed to have hurt Republicans’ chances for re-winning Illinois’ governorship state Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan lost to Illinois Congressman Rod Blagojevich in the 2002 election, ending 25 years of Republican governorships. All told, seventy-nine former state officials, lobbyists, and others have been since charged in the investigation, and at least 76 have been convicted.

    In March 2003, Scott Fawell, Ryan’s former chief of staff and campaign manager, was convicted along with Ryan’s campaign fund on federal charges of racketeering and fraud. Former deputy campaign manager Richard Juliano pled guilty to related charges and testified against Fawell at trial. The investigation finally reached the former governor, and in December 2003, Ryan and lobbyist Lawrence Warner were named in a 22-count federal indictment. The charges included racketeering, bribery, extortion, and money laundering and tax fraud. The indictment alleged that Ryan steered several state contracts to Warner and other friends; disbursed campaign funds to relatives and to pay personal expenses; and obstructed justice by attempting to end the state investigation of the license-for-bribes scandal. He was charged with lying to investigators and accepting cash, gifts and loans in return for his official actions as governor. In late 2005, the case went to trial.

    Fawell, under pressure from prosecutors, became a key witness against Ryan and Warner. He agreed to a plea deal with that cut the prison time for himself and his fiancée, Andrea Coutretsis. Fawell was a controversial witness, not hiding his disdain for prosecutors from the witness stand. According to CBS Chicago political editor Mike Flannery, insiders claimed that Fawell had been “much like a son” to the former governor throughout their careers. At Ryan’s trial, Fawell acknowledged that the prosecution had his “head in a vise”, and that he found his cooperation with the government against Ryan “the most distasteful thing I’ve ever done”. Nonetheless, he spent several days on the witness stand testifying against Ryan and Warner.

    Fawell, once a tough-talking political strategist, wept on the witness stand as he acknowledged that his motivation for testifying was to spare Coutretsis a long prison sentence for her role in the conspiracy. The jury was twice sent out of the courtroom so that Fawell could wipe tears from his eyes and regain his composure. Ryan’s daughters and a son-in-law, Michael Fairman, were implicated by testimony during the trial. Stipulations agreed upon by the defense and prosecution and submitted to the court included admissions that all five of Ryan’s daughters received illegal payments from the Ryan campaign fund.

    In addition to Lynda Fairman, who received funds herself beyond those her husband Michael testified he had received; the stipulations also included admissions from the rest of Ryan’s daughters that they did little or no work in return for payments from their father’s campaign funds. In addition, Fawell testified that Ryan’s mother’s housekeeper was illegally paid from campaign funds, and that Ryan’s adopted sister, Nancy Ferguson, also received campaign funds without performing campaign work. The prosecution took nearly four months to present their case, as a parade of other witnesses (including Juliano) followed Fawell. Two of the original jurors were dismissed after it was revealed they had lied on their juror questionnaires. They falsely claimed having never faced criminal charges, causing the jury to be impaneled with alternate jurors.

    On April 17, 2006, the jury found Ryan and Warner guilty on all counts. However, when ruling on post-trial motions, the judge dismissed two counts of the convictions against Ryan for lack of proof. Ryan said that he would appeal the verdict, largely due to the issues with the jury.
    William G. Stratton was acquitted of charges of tax evasion in 1965; he died at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois in 2001. At the time of his death he was a member of the Illinois Civil Service Commission.

    Former judge Brocton Lockwood was part of an unprecedented FBI sting operation in the Cook County courts called “Operation Greylord” that uncovered judges, lawyers and clerks taking cash, fixing cases and engaging in other brazen judicial corruption.
    Roland Burris suggested himself as a possible caretaker for the United States Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama, saying he would not run for reelection if appointed. Prior to this suggestion, Governor Blagojevich had been considering asking Oprah Winfrey but feared she would not take his call. This suggestion came in the wake of an FBI investigation regarding charges of corruption by the Governor for seeking bribes in a pay-to-play scheme for the empty Senate seat and other offenses.

    Burris filed a sworn-affidavit on Jan. 5, in advance of his testimony before the Illinois impeachment committee, in which he wrote that “prior to the December 26, 2008, telephone call from Mr. Adams Jr., there was not any contact between myself or any of my representatives with Governor Blagojevich or any of his representatives regarding my appointment to the United States Senate.” However, according to the FBI wiretap transcript recorded Nov. 13, Burris told Rob Blagojevich, who was the chairman of the ex-governor’s reelection campaign, that he understood that Blagojevich wanted money and that he was “trying to figure out how to deal with this and still be in the consideration for the appointment”, and that he was willing to “personally do something”, including offering to give the governor a personal check. He realized, however, that such an action might look like he was trying to buy the seat and wanted to find a way to avoid that perception.

    On December 30, 2008, Governor Blagojevich announced that he was naming Burris to the seat. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White registered the appointment in the official records of Illinois on December 31, 2008. However, Secretary of State White declined to sign the Senate’s certification form.

    On January 5, 2009, Secretary of the United States Senate Nancy Erickson rejected Burris’s certificate of appointment to the Senate as invalid. Erickson cited Senate Rule 2 as the reason for the rejection. Senate Rule 2 requires that an appointment be certified by both a state’s governor and the state’s secretary of state. Because Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White had refused to sign the certificate, Erickson concluded in her findings that the certificate did not conform to Senate Rule 2. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Illinois senior senator Dick Durbin agreed with Erickson that a Senate rule demands that the secretary of state sign the appointment.
    Nancy-Ann DeParle, President Barack Obama’s health policy czar, served as a director of corporations that faced scores of federal investigations, whistleblower lawsuits and other regulatory actions, according to government records reviewed by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University.

    President Obama introduces Nancy DeParle as director of White House Office on Health Policy Reform, March 2, 2009. Several of the companies were investigated for alleged kickbacks or engaging in other illegal billing schemes, while others were accused of serious violations of federal quality standards, including one company that failed to warn patients of deadly problems with an implanted heart defibrillator. Several of the cases ended with substantial fines paid to the federal government, even though the companies admitted no wrongdoing.

    Illinois Dan Rostenkowski; Chairman of the House Administration Committee. Rostenkowski’s political career ended in 1994 after a two year investigation by the Justice Department. In a case led by future U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Rostenkowski was indicted on corruption charges for his role in the House post office scandal. He was forced to step down from all Congressional leadership positions. In elections later that year, Rostenkowski lost his seat and retired from political life. Charges against Rostenkowski included keeping “ghost” employees on his payroll, using Congressional funds to buy gifts such as chairs and ashtrays for friends, and trading in officially purchased stamps for cash at the House post office. While the stamps-for-cash allegation received the most media coverage, those charges were dismissed on the recommendation of the prosecutor. In 1996, he pleaded guilty to reduced charges of mail fraud. He was fined and was sentenced to 17 months in prison, of which he served 15. Rostenkowski was pardoned in December 2000 by President Clinton.

    Orville Hodge (R) Auditor of Public Accounts (predecessor to the office of Comptroller) of the state of Illinois from 1953 to 1956. During his term of office, he embezzled $6.15 million of state funds, mainly by altering and forging checks that were paid on the state’s account. was imprisoned for embezzlement. In 1912, William Lorimer, the GOP boss of Chicago, was expelled from the U.S. Senate for bribery and in 1921, Governor Len Small (R) was found to have defrauded the state of a million dollars.

    And to list the corruption associated with Mayor Daley’s Chicago Democratic Machine would require an encyclopedia-length dissertation. The most recent example of Machine sleaze was the conviction of one of the Mayor’s closest aides in a city hall patronage scandal that had Barack Obama praising hizzoner for beginning to “clean up” city hall. We’ve got corrupt bankers, corrupt land developers/contractors all seem to be close to Obama. We shouldn’t forget the Daley family either. There are a number of questionable move that were made, they are:

    One of Daley’s first major acts upon re-election on February 25, 2003 was the demolition of Meigs Field on March 30, 2003. A small lakefront airport adjacent to Soldier Field, it was used by general aviation aircraft and helicopters. Bulldozers carved large Xs into the runways to disable them, with work starting just as local news was going off the air, and with high powered lights being shone towards Lake Shore Drive to blind security cameras. Since the airport was still operating when this happened, this left planes trapped with no way of flying out. Daley planned to make a prairie preserve and bandshell. A unilateral decision by the mayor without approval from the Chicago City Council or Federal Aviation Administration, the act resulted in public debate. Aviation interest groups unsuccessfully attempted to sue the city into reopening the airport, claiming Daley had been trying to close Meigs Field with non-safety-related reasons since 1995. Some political insider claimed that his wife had requested the park to drive up the property values of her nearby condominiums.

    The Hired Truck Program involved hiring private trucks to do city work. A six-month investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times resulted in a three-day series of articles in January 2004 that revealed that some participating companies were being paid for doing little or no work, had mob connections or were tied to city employees. Truck owners also paid bribes in order to get into the program. The program was overhauled in 2004 (and phased out beginning in 2005).

    The hired truck scandal eventually sparked a Federal investigation into hiring practices at Chicago City Hall, with Robert Sorich, Mayor Daley’s former patronage chief, facing mail fraud charges for allegedly rigging city hiring to favor people with political connections. On July 5, 2006, Sorich was convicted on two counts of mail fraud for rigging city jobs and promotions. Daley said that “It is fair criticism to say I should have exercised greater oversight to ensure that every worker the city hired, regardless of who recommended them, was qualified and that proper procedures were always followed.

    In 2006, under Daley’s leadership, Chicago leased the Chicago Skyway to the Skyway Concession Company, a joint venture between the Australian Macquarie Infrastructure Group and Spanish Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte S.A., which assumed operations on the Skyway on a 99–year operating lease. The deal was worth over $1.8 billion to the City of Chicago, which used the money primarily to repay debt.

    In 2008, Chicago agreed to lease its parking meter system to a fund managed by Morgan Stanley in a 75-year, $1.16 billion deal, and the latest privatization deal by the city as it struggles to close a yawning budget deficit. Daley was quoted as saying that the “agreement is very good news for the taxpayers of Chicago because it will provide more than $1 billion in net proceeds that can be used during this very difficult economy.” However, the deal will double and quadruple rates that taxpayers pay to park at meters. Daley said the deal will not solve the city’s budget problems, which will depend on the depth of the economic recession that has led him to lay off hundreds of workers and a planned shutdown of city government for six days around holidays next year. In September 2008, Chicago accepted a $2.52 billion bid to lease Midway International Airport for 99 years to a group of private bidders that included Citigroup Inc (bailout babe). The Midway deal later fell through when the private bidders were unable to secure adequate financing to fund the lease. In December 2006, Morgan Stanley closed a deal that paid the city $563 million for a 99- year lease of the city’s parking garages.

    We all know the obvious ones, Blagojevich, Rezko, Daley and Obama corrections. There are other Rezko-Obama dealings such as Obama’s steering state contracts to Rezko’s businesses in exchange for fundraising assistance and campaign contributions. But that kind of thing is done all the time and you’d probably have to arrest just about every member of the House of Representatives and the Senate if a prosecutor would go after lawmakers who greased the palms of cronies and fundraisers with contracts.

    This is where the second triad of the Chicago power structure comes into play. Well connected operators like Tony Rezko will, for a piece of the action or a kickback (“pay for play”) grease the wheels of government and get the job done allowing the legitimate businessman to operate.
    The third leg of the triad is the politician. Connected to both the legitimate business world and the shady, half underground world of the Tony Rezkos in the city, the politician steers business his way or to his ward thus enriching himself and bringing home the bacon for his constituents. The politicians also staff the numerous bureaucracies at City Hall through complicated patronage schemes. This ensures a rock solid loyalty to the man who rides herd on all of it from above; Mayor Richard Daley.

    But then there is a sub-strata that supports the entire rotten edifice. “The outfit” we call it here. It is the remnant of the original Al Capone gang that never left the city – updated and vastly more organized, disciplined, and improved – and has its fingers in so many legitimate pies that it is impossible sometimes to separate the politician from the businessman from the mobster. The outfit has a lot of cash that both the politician and the businessman can tap into. The Rezko’s of the city move easily in and out of the legitimate and illegitimate world, acting as a bridge when necessary in order to keep both the businessman and the politician’s hands clean.

    They all mingle, intertwine, do each other favors, muscle out those who don’t play the game, and steal as much taxpayer money as they believe they can get away with.
    I am sorry if that was a little longer than a “short primer” but there really is no easy way to paint a picture of the spider’s web of connections that now may entrap Obama.

    One strand of that web holds interest for prosecutor Fitzgerald. It is the Giannoulias family and their ownership of The Broadway Bank. Specifically, the bank’s vice president and chief loan officer Alexi Giannoulias who has, to put it mildly, a rather checkered history:

    A man who has long been dogged by charges that the bank his family owns helped finance a Chicago crime figure will host a Windy City fund-raiser tonight for Sen. Barack Obama. Alexi Giannoulias, who became Illinois state treasurer last year after Obama vouched for him, has pledged to raise $100,000 for the senator’s Oval Office bid.

    Before he promised to raise funds for Obama, Giannoulias bankrolled Michael “Jaws” Giorango, a Chicagoan twice convicted of bookmaking and promoting prostitution. Giannoulias is so tainted by reputed mob links that several top Illinois Dems, including the state’s speaker of the House and party chairman, refused to endorse him even after he won the Democratic nomination with Obama’s help.

    Giannoulias was the bank’s vice president and chief loan officer for most of the more than $15 million in loans. He was not charged with breaking any laws. The Obama campaign disputed any suggestion that Obama is tarnished by the association. “Barack Obama has a long record of fighting for ethics reform from his days as a state senator,” a campaign rep said. Alexi also approved millions in loans for Rezko’s various real estate projects. Obama used Broadway Bank for both his personal business and for his Senate campaign fund.

    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., whose image clearly has suffered in the growing Blagojevich pay-to-play scandal. He’s under investigation Jackson supporters who possibly made an offered of half a millions to award the open Senate seat.

    This is just a small segment of the political players in both the State of Illinois and Chicago. I’ve left out the two corrupt Teachers Unions and a number of other things. Digest this first and if you want more I’ll be more than happy to accommodate you.

  26. After researching all these corrupt political people a question has come to mind. Are these people already corrupt before taking their positions or do they develop their corruption over a period of time in the course of their political positions?

    I just barely uncovered just a small faction from both states. I think the public is partly to blame for accepting poor candidates with questionable backgrounds, less then stellar work ethnics, no prior experience other then knowing someone in power. They accept the corruption and even expect it. My what have we created here, a bunch of politicians who act more like the mafia everyday. But if the mafia run the federal government we wouldn’t be having such large deficits because the moment they thought someone cheated, they would be fitted for a brand new pair of stylish shoes.

    I left off the corrupt unions, Jimmy Hoffa and the Kennedy connection and the deal that Joseph Kennedy made with the Unions in order to get his son John elected.

  27. Eileen, “I surrender!” Although my comment was meant specifically for sex scandals, not corruption, I concede to the guilt of many Louisiana corrupt politicans. There are still many making money from having “family” members buy land and having the state build reservoirs around which multimillion dollar homes, boat docks, etc are built. Some of these are built over land designated a habitat for endangered species. The list is long. We are, however, slowly taking more responsibility as citizens. Ex. The ground roots campaign to stop raises for the legislature in 2008. We also have a decent govenor for a change. Remember “The Road Home” program was just one of Blanco’s unfortunate mistakes.
    Thank you for this research. It must have taken hours. I will make good use of it, I promise.

  28. Today’s petition is to Defend unemployed Americans. Keep the four E-Verify, Fence and No-Match amendments in the Homeland Security spending bill. The Senate overwhelmingly passed these amendments to ensure that returning veterans and other unemployed Americans get jobs and that illegal foreign workers not be able to take the jobs from them.
    http://www.numbersusa.com/petition?ID=4

  29. Michele (LA) and et al,

    I was trying to make the point that the taxpayers from each of the 3 states mention have a long history with accepting these lying scumbags as being the best they have to offer. Part of the pattern appears to be vote one corrupt politician and replace it with another. They already know what Barney Frank will do, but if they vote him out will he be replaced by someone far worse (probably not, he is the bottom of the barrel).

    There is no longer honesty and doing what’s right for the Country as a whole; it’s more about platitudes and the banality. Let’s face it 95% of politicians once in Congress they will do whatever they want after being elected until re-election time rolls around again. They stopped listening to the public a long time ago when they realized that wealthy clients of Lobbyist Firms could change the course of their re-election bids, no longer did they need to pander to their constituents, please vote for because I’m looking out for you seems to be no more. When you have foreign dictator willing to spend millions and billions at their disposal the taxpayers fell by the wayside and they happily accepted Chavez and the lobbying firm who is representing him money. As the old saying goes “shit floats”. It about time American taxpayers buys a skimmer and used it for the same purpose that it was created for, to skim the crap off the top.

    The policies need to change and term limits and the number of times a candidate can run needs to be our common focus. If we want real change and not the platitudes that Obama thinks he can get by with have no real purpose for most Americans. The taxpayers are generally fed up; they no longer seem willing to accept our same-old, same-old “postulating politicians.” Those are the far right and far left will never see each others side. It’s the middle of the road people like ourselves who can change political policies of what is acceptable and what will we no longer tolerated. Our numbers are growing every day, and most people here in Alabama have had ENOUGH!! As stated before there are lawn sign, banners and Billboards with the “had enough? Term Limits”

    Going through the supermarket and Wal-Mart, when there were once poster, banners and t-shit about Obama. I was there yesterday and I noticed they were gone. Where did they go?

    If this is what you have to offer as a candidate, here’s your pink slip and don’t let the door hit on the way out. We have about 18 mouths to find better candidates then the current lot of political rejects.

    But don’t get caught up with the liberal distractions of Sonia Sotomayor, trying to nail Dick Cheney, again, Bad Policies from the CIA, again, the Cap ‘n Trade Bill, the Health care Reform Bill are all distractions that the liberal media is pushing and pushing hard. This is ALL ABOUT THE STIMULUS BILL THAT IS NOT WORKING. Keeping us caught up on all this other stuff so we won’t realize we have no jobs and no possibility of getting one and the economy is still in the crapper.

  30. I think are girl is trying to break out from behind Obama’s shadow. Here’s an email I got.

    Hillary Rips Obama White House Hiring Process: Ridiculous, Nightmare

    Monday, July 13, 2009 3:05 PM

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is blaming an exhaustive White House vetting process for the fact that the Obama administration has not yet named a person to run the U.S. Agency for International Development.

    Six months into the administration’s tenure without having appointed someone to the agency’s top spot, Clinton told USAID employees on Monday that several people had turned down the job due to overly burdensome financial and personal disclosure requirements that she called a “nightmare,” “frustrating beyond words” and “ridiculous.”

    She also said the White House had turned down her request to announce on Monday that someone ù expected by officials to be physician and Harvard University professor Paul Farmer who is well known for his work in Haiti ù would be named to the post soon.

    “Let me just say it’s not for lack of trying,” Clinton said in response to an employee’s question about the delay, despite her and President Barack Obama’s stated desire to have USAID play a bigger role in American foreign policy. “We have worked very hard with the White House on looking for a candidate who, number one, wants the job.”

    The comment drew laughter from the audience, prompting her to say: “It’s been offered.” She then launched into a critique of the vetting process.

    “The clearance and vetting process is a nightmare and it takes far longer than any of us would want to see,” Clinton said. “It is frustrating beyond words. I pushed very hard last week when I knew I was coming here to get permission from the White House to be able to tell you that help is on the way and someone will be nominated shortly.”

    “I was unable,” she said. “The message came back: ‘We’re not ready.'”

    Clinton said the vetting process for senior officials gets worse in each successive administration with the requirements demanding in some cases that candidates hire lawyers and accountants, detail everywhere they have lived since they were 18 and name every foreign citizen they know. “I mean, it is ridiculous,” she said.

    “Some very good people just didn’t want to be vetted,” she said.

    USAID is in charge of America’s foreign assistance. Obama and Clinton have said the agency’s work will be essential to what they have called “smart power,” a foreign policy strategy centered on defense, diplomacy and development.

  31. The solution is to flood congress with E-mails and snail mail, until they are buried.
    Nothing will make a politician geek like a few hundred letters threatening him with a defeat at the polls. If the target doesn’t toe the line then help get him thrown out of office as promised. It is time we the people realized that it is the people that decide who serves a new term. SIASL

  32. I received this email and was asked to sign a petition you do need to pay to sign this petition but it might be worth for many of you.

    This is a copy of what the fax will look like in it final state.

    Re: Petition to OPPOSE AND FILIBUSTER the amendment replacing S. 909

    Dear Senator:

    I hereby petition you to OPPOSE AND FILIBUSTER THE “HATE CRIMES” AMENDMENT, which was until recently labeled S. 909 (but it was so terrible it couldn’t be passed standing alone) and so instead it will soon become a hidden amendment to another “must-move” bill. This so-called “Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act” must be defeated.

    This amendment will mirror the House bill passed as H.R. 1913, which makes “sexual orientation,” “gender,” and “gender identity” into federally-protected classes under the law, and codifies protection of up to 547 types of sexually deviant behaviors, including:

    * Incest – sex with one’s offspring (a crime, of course)
    * Necrophilia – sexual relations with a corpse, also a crime
    * Pedophilia – sex with an underage child, another crime
    * Zoophilia – bestiality, a crime in numerous states
    * Voyeurism – a criminal offense in most states
    * Fronteurism – a man approaching an unknown woman and rubbing against her buttocks
    * Coprophilia – sexual arousal from feces
    * Urophilia – sexual arousal from urine

    This legislation begins to lay the legal foundation and framework to investigate, prosecute and persecute pastors, youth pastors, Bible teachers, and anyone else whose Bible speech and thought is based upon and reflects the truths found in the Bible.

    S. 909 broadly defines “intimidation,” thus a pastor’s sermon could be considered “hate speech” under this legislation if heard by an individual who then acts aggressively against persons based on any “sexual orientation.” The pastor could be prosecuted for “conspiracy to commit a hate crime.”

    If you vote for this bill, you will be responsible for elevating pedophiles and other bizarre sexual orientations, as well as drag queens, transgenders, lesbians and gay men to the level of protection of that already given to African Americans, Hispanics and other minorities in the law.

    BUT SEXUALLY DEVIANT BEHAVIOR SHOULD NOT BE PROTECTED BY LAW.

    Please OPPOSE AND FILIBUSTER any amendment similar to S. 909.

    https://secure.conservativedonations.com/pijn_hatecrimes_wnd/?a=2721

  33. Stranger:

    We certainly are “Stranger[s] in a Strange Land “and we need to “Take Back [Y]our Government” in whatever way we can. It would be nice if we could do it through the election process, however, as long as ACORN and the other liberal nuts are in the picture, that may not be possible. We saw what happened last November.

    Meanwhile, I am trying to drown my so called representatives. As a matter of fact I just e-mailed the Illegal Alien living in Our White House to oppose his racist Supreme Court nominee. I received the following piece of drivel as an answer:

    http://mail.live.com/default.aspx?&ip=10.13.36.8&d=d2325&mf=20&rru=inbox

    In the words of our very wise Larry: Never give in, never give up, never again.

  34. Stranger:

    In case that link does not work. this is the e-mail I received.

    My Supreme Court Nominee‏
    From: President Barack Obama (info@messages.whitehouse.gov)
    Sent: Tue 7/14/09 11:50 AM
    To: ddunbar130@msn.com

    Good Morning,

    Yesterday, Judge Sonia Sotomayor made her opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved another step closer to taking a seat on the United States Supreme Court. In case you missed it, watch the video of her opening statement here:

    As President, there are few responsibilities more serious or consequential than the naming of a Supreme Court Justice, so I want to take this opportunity to tell you about the qualifications and character that informed my decision to nominate Judge Sotomayor.

    Judge Sotomayor’s brilliant legal mind is complemented by the practical lessons that can only be learned by applying the law to real world situations.

    In the coming days, the hearings will cover an incredible body of work from a judge who has more experience on the federal bench than any incoming Supreme Court Justice in the last 100 years. Judge Sotomayor’s professional background spans our judicial system — from her time as a big-city prosecutor and a corporate litigator, to her work as a federal trial judge on the U.S. District Court, and an appellate judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

    And then there is Judge Sotomayor’s incredible personal story. She grew up in a housing project in the South Bronx — her parents coming to New York from Puerto Rico during the Second World War. At the age of nine, she lost her father, and her mother worked six days a week just to put food on the table. It takes a certain resilience and determination to rise up out of such circumstances, focus, work hard and achieve the American dream.

    This character shined through in yesterday’s opening statement: Watch the video.

    In Judge Sotomayor, our nation will have a Justice who will never forget her humble beginnings, will always apply the rule of law, and will be a protector of the Constitution that made her American dream and the dreams of millions of others possible. As she said so clearly yesterday, Judge Sotomayor’s decisions on the bench “have been made not to serve the interests of any one litigant, but always to serve the larger interest of impartial justice.”

    In anticipation of today’s first round of questioning, I hope you’ll share this email widely, because Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation is something that affects every American. It’s important for these hearings to be about Judge Sotomayor’s own record and her capacity for the job — not any political back and forth that some in Washington may use to distract you. What members of the Judiciary Committee, and the American people, will see today is a sharp and fearless jurist who does not let powerful interests bully her into breaking from the rule of law.

    Thank you,
    Barack Obama

    This email was sent to ddunbar130@msn.com
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    Please do not reply to this email. Contact the White House

    The White House · 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW · Washington, DC 20500 · 202-456-1111

  35. LadyWolf

    The link doesn’t work.

  36. Eileen:

    I didn’t think it would so I cut and pasted it.

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