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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Makowski resigns as State Supreme Court justice
Joseph G. Makowski this afternoon resigned his seat as a State Supreme Court justice -- but escaped criminal charges -- in the wake of a state judicial investigation and a potential grand jury probe of written claims he made trying to clear a friend in a drunken-driving case.

In a letter to Justice Sharon S. Townsend, administrative judge of the Eighth Judicial District, Makowski said: "This letter will advise you that I have decided to resign my position as a justice of the New York State Supreme Court, effective March 5, 2009. It has been a distinct privilege to serve as a member of the court for the past 10 years."

For at least three months, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct has been asking local law enforcement officials what they know about the affidavit Makowski signed after the Sept. 2 DWI arrest of former prosecutor Anne E. Adams. Makowski filed that affidavit as a witness after having been with Adams in the hours before her arrest. In that statement, dated Sept. 11, Makowski repeatedly stated that nothing in Adams' behavior suggested she couldn't drive safely home from a downtown Buffalo restaurant that night.

Several witnesses, though, have given authorities statements that suggest Adams showed obvious signs of being intoxicated, both in her manner and in her driving.

"Before we presented our case to the grand jury, Justice Makowski, like any other witness, was given a choice: recant, tell the truth and cooperate or be prosecuted," District Attorney Frank Sedita said.

"Today, Makowski made the choice to recant, reject the affidavit and give our investigators a truthful statement," Sedita said. "Additionally, Justice Makowski agreed to provide truthful testimony against Ms. Adams in the grand jury and at trial.

"Because of his recantation and cooperation, I will not seek to brand Makowski a criminal. However, I am deeply troubled by Makowski's original affidavit and initial conduct. Accordingly, Makowski, in lieu of criminal prosecution, will also be required to resign from the bench."

Adams today pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving, offering a false instrument for filing and attempted tampering with physical evidence linked to her Sept. 2 drunken driving arrest.

Adams, 46, who runs the trial technique program at the University at Buffalo Law School pleaded guilty before Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio just before 4 p.m., shortly after Makowski submitted his resignation letter from the bench. Adams, of Quaker Road, Orchard Park, faces a possible jail term of up to two years when she returns to court for sentencing April 23.

Also faxing a copy of his resignation letter to Justice Ann Pfau, the state's chief administrative judge, Makowski wrote that he had "decided to resign my position as a justice of the New York State Supreme court effective March 5, 2009."

"It has been a distinct privilege to serve as a member of the Court for the past 10 years," Makowski added in his two-sentence resignation letter.

DiTullio allowed Adams to remain free without bail and said she will impose "a very thoughtful" sentence.

Adams also could be placed on probation and faces professional disciplinary action. Under the plea deal, Adams admitted to driving drunk on Sept. 2 and, on Sept. 3, falsifying the date when a physician drew blood from her -- in an apparent attempt to counter police claims she was legally drunk during her Sept. 2 arrest.

"I would expect that as a consequence of this plea, Ms. Adams may lose her license to practice law and her professorship at UB Law School," Sedita said. "Her punishments will be determined by others, including a county court judge and the attorney grievance committee. Whether or not she loses her license and or job, Ms. Adams will be forever branded a criminal."

Adams was charged originally with aggravated DWI, accused of having a blood-alcohol content of 0.19 percent at the time of her arrest. That's more than twice the state's legal limit.
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#1  I wonder if Adams ever prosecuted anyone with Makowski as judge. That would be a can of worms.
Posted by: DoDo || 02/21/2009 11:13 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Zim Bob turns 85 today.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/21/2009 13:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

Activists 'shocked' at Clinton stance on China rights - Shocked I tell you!
WASHINGTON (AFP) -- Amnesty International and a pro-Tibet group voiced shock Friday after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed not to let human rights concerns hinder cooperation with China. Paying her first visit to Asia as the top US diplomat, Clinton said the United States would continue to press China on long-standing US concerns over human rights such as its rule over Tibet.

"But our pressing on those issues can't interfere on the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis," Clinton told reporters in Seoul just before leaving for Beijing. T. Kumar of Amnesty International USA said the global rights lobby was "shocked and extremely disappointed" by Clinton's remarks.

"The United States is one of the only countries that can meaningfully stand up to China on human rights issues," he said. "But by commenting that human rights will not interfere with other priorities, Secretary Clinton damages future US initiatives to protect those rights in China," he said.
Monks? What Monks? I don't see any Monks. Now give us the dough.
Students for a Free Tibet said Clinton's remarks sent the wrong signal to China at a sensitive time. China has been pouring troops into the Himalayan territory ahead of next month's 50th anniversary of the uprising that sent Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama into exile in India.

"Leaders really need to step up and pressure China. It's often easy to wonder whether pressure makes a difference. It may not make a difference in one day or one month, but it would be visible after some years," Dorjee said.
No firm commitment on a future boycott of Walmart eh?
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch had sent a letter to Clinton before her maiden Asia visit urging her to raise human rights concerns with Chinese leaders.

Before she left, State Department spokesman Robert Wood said human rights would be "an important issue" for Clinton and that she would "raise the issue when appropriate."

China has greeted President Barack Obama's administration nervously, believing he would press Beijing harder on human rights and trade issues than former president George W. Bush. Tossing the BS flag on that one.
They are not at all "nervous" and they know precisely what he $$wants$$. It has nothing to do with human rights in China, I can assure you.

Note the lovely RED scarf in the photo.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/21/2009 10:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good catch on the red scarf. Not quite the approved shade, but close.

"The United States is one of the only countries that can meaningfully stand up to China on human rights issue...

We can't even convince the Chinese not to let 10-year old girls compete in women's gymnastics. But we're going to talk them into freeing Tibet?

Posted by: Matt || 02/21/2009 13:29 Comments || Top||

#2  What made them think she'd do any differently than old Bill?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/21/2009 14:04 Comments || Top||

#3  they know precisely what he $$wants$$.

Oh no! are you implying that the Big Uh has adopted the selective indignation model of Je$$e Jack$on, and he's only been in the job 30 days. I'm shocked I tell you, shocked.
Posted by: tipper || 02/21/2009 17:28 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Obama administration tries to kill e-mail case
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration, siding with former President George W. Bush, is trying to kill a lawsuit that seeks to recover what could be millions of missing White House e-mails.
So Bush wasn't ALL bad. Note the "could be".
Two advocacy groups suing the Executive Office of the President say that large amounts of White House e-mail documenting Bush's eight years in office may still be missing, and that the government must undertake an extensive recovery effort. They expressed disappointment that Obama's Justice Department is continuing the Bush administration's bid to get the lawsuits dismissed.
Sod off, Swampy.
And if the records aren't found despite an 'extensive recovery effort', it will just be evidence of hiding, shirking and malfeasance, of course ...
During its first term, the Bush White House failed to install electronic record-keeping for e-mail when it switched to a new system, resulting in millions of messages that could not be found.
Evil Bush!
The Bush White House discovered the problem in 2005 and rejected a proposed solution.
What was the proposed solution? Was it workable? You didn't explain.
Recently, the Bush White House said it had located 14 million e-mails that were misplaced and that the White House had restored hundreds of thousands of other e-mails from computer backup tapes.
So they're gonna read 14 million e-mails? I hope they don't like to sleep or eat. Have fun and we'll see ya in a few thousand years.
The steps the White House took are inadequate, one of the two groups, the National Security Archive, told a federal judge in court papers filed Friday.
"We do not know how many more e-mails could be restored but have not been, because defendants have not looked," the National Security Archive said in the court papers.
But we know they exist. I mean, they HAVE to. Also, who should do the looking? Resources should be wasted trying to find emails that may or may not exist? Dickweeds.
"The new administration seems no more eager than the last" to deal with the issue, said Anne Weismann, chief counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the other group that sued the EOP.
Maybe they don't want Putzes reading everything.
Be assured that an organization like 'Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics' is nothing more than a mail-drop, an e-mail account and a fax machine. And that its politics are hard-left ...
The Executive Office of the President includes the president's immediate staff and many White House offices and agencies.
Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, noted that President Barack Obama on his first full day in office called for greater transparency in government.
What, you didn't get the Acme X-Ray Glasses of Transparency? My-my.
The Justice Department "apparently never got the message" from Obama, Blanton said. The department defends the government when it is sued.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people out there that just can't stand not knowing everything about every administration.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 02/21/2009 16:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yes, I once heard that FDR had some type of crippling disease. No way to confirm this, as no news source ever mentioned it.
Posted by: Parabellum || 02/21/2009 19:27 Comments || Top||

#2  ...Amazing how quickly Obama and his people figured out that if you can hammer the guy who came before you, the guy who comes after YOU can do likewise.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/21/2009 20:30 Comments || Top||

#3  The steps the White House took are inadequate, one of the two groups, the National Security Archive, told a federal judge in court papers filed Friday.
"We do not know how many more e-mails could be restored but have not been, because defendants have not looked," the National Security Archive said in the court papers.

You don't suppose it's 'cause the people working in the White House were concentrating on the job we'd hired them to do? Recovering and sorting through old records is the job of the archivist -- it'd be awfully nice if they just got on with it instead of going to court and keeping everyone away from their desks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/21/2009 21:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Now we know the deal hObamo made to keep the Blackberry.
Posted by: Skunky Glins 5*** || 02/21/2009 21:25 Comments || Top||

Jindal rejects $98 million in stimulus spending
I didn't know where to post this. Can we start a little tiny category called "Honest Politicans"?
Saying that it could lead to a tax increase on state businesses, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Friday that the state plans to reject as much as $98 million in federal unemployment assistance in the economic stimulus package.

Jindal, who has emerged as a leading Republican critic of the $787 billion spending and tax-cut bill signed into law this week by President Barack Obama, said the state would accept federal dollars for transportation projects and would not quarrel with a $25-per-week increase in unemployment benefits.

Both of those items are financed entirely with federal dollars and require the state only to accept the money. The part that Jindal rejected would require permanent changes in state law that the governor said makes it unacceptable.

But U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., disputed the governor's interpretation and said the new unemployment benefits are designed to be temporary.
Given the exceptional record of Congress in ending federal programs that outlive their intended purpose, it's hard to quarrel with the Senator's logic. For example, there was the...and the...
"This bill is an emergency measure designed to provide extra help during these extraordinarily tough times, " Landrieu said. "To characterize this provision as a 'tax increase on Louisiana businesses' is inaccurate."
Good point. It's actually a tax on Chinese businesses.
A pot of money, valued at $65.6 million, would be available to Louisiana only if it agreed to other, larger expansions of benefits. For example, the state could extend benefits to part-time workers or change the law so that people could collect unemployment if they voluntarily left their job for "compelling" family reasons.

As the Jindal administration interprets the law, Louisiana would be required to keep providing the expanded benefits even after the federal stimulus dollars run out at the end of 2010. That, in turn, would lead to higher costs on businesses, whose taxes finance the state's unemployment compensation fund. "You're talking about temporary federal spending triggering a permanent change in state law, " Jindal said.
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#1  ...Pity he didn't think to set aside all of it for Katrina repairs/upgrades, then remind people that Bambi didn't reserve a dime for it.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/21/2009 9:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Jindal is correct but politically it is going to hurt him a lot. On the other hand, there are still job openings around here, and our housing prices never went through the roof, and thus have not cratered, so our local mortgage industry is still solvent, etc. If you don't mind hurricanes and (incompetent) crooked politicians, it's really not a bad place to live right now. And the food and music are still great.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/21/2009 11:21 Comments || Top||

#3  I didn't know where to post this. Can we start a little tiny category called "Honest Politicans"?

Reads Matt and laffs.

How small a category? A singulrity? :)

Also: Hi!
Posted by: .5MT || 02/21/2009 12:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Hey Ship! MG Tuesday.
Posted by: Matt || 02/21/2009 13:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Is it $98 mil or $65mil?

Either way, for that much cash, Jindal should be calling out Landrieu for being an incompetent cheapskate. As a Demoporker, the best she could get for her state was 1% of Porkulus?
Posted by: Skunky Glins 5*** || 02/21/2009 21:38 Comments || Top||

Gov's Swift-Return Policy
KANSAS Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who's said to be President Obama's top pick for health and human services secretary, is the most joked-about customer at Dillard's, the top upscale department store in the state's capital city, Topeka.

"She comes in here all the time," says our spy at the store. "She buys a dress, wears it once, returns it. She buys a pair of shoes, wears them once, returns them. The joke around the store is that she must have one of those price-tag guns at home to retag the merchandise after she wears it."

With that kind of thriftiness, maybe Obama should just tap her as his budget director.

Sebelius' spokeswoman, Beth Martino, told Page Six: "That allegation is absolutely false."

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#1  Oh shit! If true that's a career ender. Tacky is worser than a sex-crime.
Posted by: .5MT || 02/21/2009 7:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Kathleen, what size are you? Give me a call paweeze.
Posted by: Barney Franks || 02/21/2009 7:58 Comments || Top||

#3  On top of that she is using Kansans tax refund checks for the initial purchase.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 02/21/2009 9:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Too bad thats not the only way she has been screwing Kansans.
Posted by: bman || 02/21/2009 11:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Damn, girl, most women outgrow that behavior once they leave college! Isn't she ready for the AARP? (If not, she sure looks it.)
Posted by: Cornsilk Blondie || 02/21/2009 12:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Blondie, according to Wikipedia, she is 60 years old, so yes, she is eligible for AARP.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/21/2009 15:17 Comments || Top||

#7  She is a Dem. She gets a pass. Now if Palin tried this.....oh right. Sorry.
Posted by: Skunky Glins 5*** || 02/21/2009 21:42 Comments || Top||

Stanford's Political Investments: Obama, McCain, Dodd, Ney, DeLay
More than 100 members of Congress—past and present—as well as congressional campaign committees and the national parties benefited from political donations from the political action committee or employees of Stanford Financial Group since 2000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged the firm's head, R. Allen Stanford, on Tuesday with orchestrating a $8 billion fraud. Tuesday's Wall Street Journal reported on Stanford's status as an "international cricket sponsor, Washington political donor and private banker to Latin America's wealthy."

President Barack Obama was the third-ranking recipient among lawmakers, with $31,750 collected from company employees during his presidential bid while $4,600 was from Stanford himself. Obama's presidential rival, Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain, was the fifth highest recipient with $28,150.

On the whole, Democrats benefited more from the Stanford largesse. Of the $2.4 million in donations tied to the firm since 2000, 65% was directed towards Democrats. Of the nearly $1 million donated by Standford and his wife, Susan, 78% was directed to Democrats.

According to CRP's report, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was the top recipient of Stanford funds with $965,500, although all House and Senate campaign operations benefited from donations. The Republican National Committee also received $161,000. Among lawmakers, Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Texas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions were the top two recipients, with $46,000 and $41,000 respectively.

Also cracking the top 10 are former GOP Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, as well as Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd of Connecticut, New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, and Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn.
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#1  You forgot SpaceMan Bill Nelson... (Dum. FL)
Posted by: .5MT || 02/21/2009 7:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Newt's biggest failure, not getting term limits into the Constitution. The longer they sit, the greater the corruption. It's the nature of the beast when so much power is allowed to be concentrated in one spot.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/21/2009 7:58 Comments || Top||

#3  The Best Congress Money Can Buy™
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 02/21/2009 7:59 Comments || Top||

#4  #2 Newt's biggest failure

Thinking with his johnson, and getting into trouble with wimin. Next!
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/21/2009 8:02 Comments || Top||

#5  Thinking with his johnson ego, and getting into trouble with wimin.

I remember watching him over-reach. Pelosi and Reid haven't learned much from him, either.
Posted by: lotp || 02/21/2009 8:12 Comments || Top||

#6  .5T

The chutzpah was when questioned about the $45K he received from Standford, Nelson blamed the regulators for allowing this guy to get away with stealing the money he gave to Nelson. I mean, just when I think these pols can't get any more twisted in their logic and discourse along comes space man Bill.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 02/21/2009 9:15 Comments || Top||

#7  I hear you JIB. For irony and kick yourself in the head goodness.... do know that the RNC was/is still trying to turn SpaceMan into a Rino?


It's hopeless. I advise whiskey and band-aids.
Posted by: .5MT || 02/21/2009 13:02 Comments || Top||

#8  P2K, we tried term limits with the California state legislature. I had hopes for it at the time because at least it was one way to get rid of Assembly Speaker Willie Brown. But several years later I think the majority of the state's lawmakers are just as crooked as they ever were. I guess it just doesn't take that long for the money men to find them. I don't know anymore what the answer is.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/21/2009 15:54 Comments || Top||

#9  Tax real property only and restrict the franchise to property owners only.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 02/21/2009 16:24 Comments || Top||

#10  I guess it just doesn't take that long for the money men to find them. I don't know anymore what the answer is.

I don't know, seems like you might be onto something. Hmmmm, the money men, just maybe, if we...
Posted by: Rupert Hupavimble6744 || 02/21/2009 17:35 Comments || Top||

#11  I guess it just doesn't take that long for the money men to find them.

Thanks to the CA Democrat farm-system, they're 'made' even before they get to Sacramento.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/21/2009 22:46 Comments || Top||

Is Vicki Kennedy ready to succeed?
Sen. Ted Kennedy, wintering in an undisclosed location in Florida, may never return to the Senate, friends say, as his battle with brain cancer enters its final rounds. "He's someplace sunny, near the water, where he can rest and sail," said a pal of the senior senator. "Time is of the essence. It's very sad."

Kennedy was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed during a luncheon that followed President Obama's inauguration, and returned to vote on the stimulus bill. Although family members have said publicly that the senator is doing "good," privately those close to Kennedy say he may only have a few months to live. "He's very sick," said another Kennedy associate. "He's actually done well to get to this point."

Kennedy was diagnosed last May with a malignant brain tumor and his prognosis was poor. According to pals, the senator spent every day that he could last summer on the waters off Hyannisport sailing his beloved yacht, Mya . He has returned to Washington only sporadically since being diagnosed - most dramatically a month after his first seizure to cast the deciding vote on an important Medicare bill.

Because of Kennedy's condition, off-the-record speculation about the future of his Senate seat has been rampant this week - especially in light of a seven-part Boring Broadsheet opus that is being widely viewed as a premature obituary. And yesterday's installment was interpreted by some close to the matter as the first step in a torch-passing to Kennedy's wife, Vicki. "It appeared to be setting up Vicki's senate campaign," said one insider.

The story described the former Victoria Reggie as "a great lawyer" with "tremendous political skills" and "great sense of humor." It portrayed her family as Kennedy doppelgangers and Vicki's father, Edmund Reggie, as one of Ted's closest companions. "The Reggies and their six children had more than a little Kennedy in them," the BB wrote. "Edmund was an unabashed liberal from the heart of Dixie . . . 'Last one in the pool is a Republican!' the judge was known to bellow at his kids."
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe they should give the Kennedy seat to a real Kennedy - like Caroline.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/21/2009 0:18 Comments || Top||

#2  premature obituary

Yeah. Right. Hummmm......

Here's one:

congressional staffer Mary Jo Kopechne abandoned by Teddy Kennedy to drown after car accident
born on 7-26-1940
expired 7-19-1969 in Chappaquiddick Island, Masschusetts age 28 cause: drowned, trapped inside submerged car
Posted by: .5MT || 02/21/2009 7:59 Comments || Top||

#3  How sweet of them! They're going to keep the Senator job in the family. Mass. richly deserves the political machines that they have. a thoughtful vote could change everything, but it wont happen.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 02/21/2009 8:33 Comments || Top||

#4  ...Enough of this nonsense. Our self-appointed rulers in DC need to be reminded that the last time we had hereditary leaders, we fought a Revolution to end it.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/21/2009 9:04 Comments || Top||

#5  I always thought it would be Caroline, but after her atrocious performance in New York, that's up in smoke.
Unfortunately for Miss Vicki, if she wants it, she'll have to run for it. The Dems, in their short sighted wisdom, decided to take away the governors authority to appoint a successor when evil Republicans held the office. The cannibalistic Democratic catfight for the seat should be a laugh riot. A lefty vs.lefty civil war...
Posted by: tu3031 || 02/21/2009 11:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Tu3031, You underestimate the level of evil the Dems of my Massachusetts can sink to.

The Dem legislature is already considering reversing that rule and letting the gov make the pick.

There is enough internecine warfare among Dems here that it may no happen, but I wouldn't bet on that.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/21/2009 12:02 Comments || Top||

#7  returned to vote on the stimulus bill

One last act of malevolence.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/21/2009 16:00 Comments || Top||

#8  Wonder if Teddy will have a large screen view of the Senate from his seat in Hell?

Or will that seat be in a submerged Oldsmobile....?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 02/21/2009 16:12 Comments || Top||

Chicago Sun-Times Reports on Deadbeat Democrats
In a news story not covered by other major media, the Chicago Sun-Times today reported that the Democratic National Committee still hasn't paid Chicago for November's Obama victory celebration. "Obama victory bash owes city $1.74 mil." begins:
Chicago has yet to recoup the $1.74 million cost of President Obama's victory celebration in Grant Park -- despite a burgeoning $50.5 million budget shortfall that threatens more layoffs and union concessions.

"The Democratic National Committee has not yet paid us,'' Peter Scales, a spokesman for the city's Office of Budget and Management, said Thursday after questions from the Chicago Sun-Times. "We're reaching out to them this week."

Stacie Paxton, a spokeswoman for the Obama-controlled DNC, explained the reimbursement delay by saying, "We are still looking at various costs and bills.'' She would not say whether parts of the bill are disputed.
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#1  Didn't they pull the same routine on Peoria when he spoke there last week?
Posted by: Helmuth, Speaking for Thromong2805 || 02/21/2009 1:12 Comments || Top||

#2  what's wrong you bunch of ingrates, you should be paying the messiah for gracing you w/his eminence...foolish plebians.

(sarc off)

Posted by: Unens McGurque aka Broadhead6 || 02/21/2009 1:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Dems don't have to pay their bills; that privilege is reserved only for those with a sense of morals and obligation...in other words those who work for their money.
Posted by: WolfDog || 02/21/2009 10:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Yep. Entirely consistent. Non payment of taxes a la Daschle, Geithner, Killefer, Polis [husband], and non payment of bills. The late Queen of Mean, Leona Helmsley's statement to the effect that "Only the little people pay taxes" has been modified by these charlatans a little but essentially "taxes and bills are for everyone else including the next generation".
Posted by: Omoter Speaking for Boskone7794 || 02/21/2009 11:05 Comments || Top||

#5  The Democrats were spending to stimulate the Chicago economy. With the famous 1.5 multiplier the stimulus more than paid for itself with increased economic activity.

The DNC doesn't need to acually pay for the stimulus.
Posted by: DoDo || 02/21/2009 11:10 Comments || Top||

Quinn calls on Burris to quit
Gov. Patrick Quinn today called on U.S. Sen. Roland Burris to resign amid the furor of questions over his contacts with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Burris should "act as quickly as possible for the best interests of Illinois," Quinn said at a late morning news conference. "This should not be a matter that takes weeks."

Quinn called on lawmakers to give him the power to appoint a temporary successor to the Senate until a special election could be held.
He already has that power. Once Senator Tombstone quits Quinn can name whoever he wants.
Many Republican lawmakers argued Quinn has the constitutional authority to order a special election, which could have the effect of forcing Burris from office. But Quinn said today he doesn't feel he has the constitutional authority to order a special election.
He's correct. Seventeenth amendment gives that power to the legislature if it wants it.
If Burris quits, Quinn said he would look for a temporarily replacement who has no interest in running in a special election for a longer term.

Quinn, who said it was a mistake for Burris to take the appointment, has not spoken to the junior senator and fellow Democrat about resigning. "He will always be held in high regard by the people for making this decision," Quinn said about a potential resignation. "The common good is really what we have to focus on today."
"Just quit, dammit!"
Quinn suggested Burris was "harming" the common good by remaining in office amid questions about various affidavits "correcting this and that" about his contact with Blagojevich allies.

State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias also added his voice to the calls for Burris to step down. "Given the revelations during the past several days, the situation has become toxic and only serves as a sideshow during a time when lawmakers should be addressing the financial crisis that is impacting families across Illinois," Giannoulias said in a statement.
Giannoulias is just as crooked as Blago.
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe they should hold a lottery. Heck, maybe they should hold a lottery for all of the Senate seats. They probably wouldn't end up with a worse bunch than they have now.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/21/2009 0:30 Comments || Top||

#2  I think it was William Buckley who observed that he'd rather be governed by the first 3,000 people listed in the telephone book than 3,000 Harvard grads.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/21/2009 2:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Must be a Yale thing Doc.
Posted by: .5MT || 02/21/2009 8:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Doc - small correction. Buckley said he'd rather be lead by the folks in the telephone book than the 2000 Haaaahvad faculty.
Posted by: GORT || 02/21/2009 8:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Is it just me, but I do want one of these corrupt officials to spit up the messiah?
Posted by: HammerHead || 02/21/2009 8:37 Comments || Top||

#6  Dream on Quinn. Or are you auditioning for Sir Joke Alot ? Tombstone has a death grip on the office and ain't givin' it up until he's returned to room temperature.
Posted by: Woozle Elmeter 2700 || 02/21/2009 11:47 Comments || Top||

#7  Maybe they should hold a lottery

Don't you mean an auction?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/21/2009 13:24 Comments || Top||

#8  g(r)om, since many elections today are almost like auctions, and appointments like Burris's almost surely are auctions, a lottery should at least introduce fairness into the process.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/21/2009 15:20 Comments || Top||

#9  Auction would work.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/21/2009 15:24 Comments || Top||

#10  Maybe they should hold a lottery

In 1980, the US Census results caused a boundary shift for election districts in Illinois. One proposed boundary change went right down Florida Ave in Urbana, cutting off State Rep. Helen Satterthwaite (D-Reasonable Person) from the district she represented. Both Republicans and Democrats waded into the muck with vigor. They hit a deadlock, and wound up placing the two plans in Abraham Lincoln's hat and drawing the plan out by chance.
Posted by: mom || 02/21/2009 19:20 Comments || Top||

Obama Administration Shoots Down LaHood Mileage Tax Idea
President Obama's transportation department slapped down a suggestion by its own secretary Friday that the government tax motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn.
Either they're floating a lot of trial balloons to see what flies or they're just not in control of anything in the West Wing ...
Secretary Ray LaHood floated the idea in an interview with The Associated Press. Gasoline taxes for nearly half a century have paid for the federal share of highway and bridge construction, but LaHood said they can no longer be counted on to raise enough money to keep the nation's transportation system moving. "We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled," the former Illinois Republican lawmaker said.

Asked about the claim, transportation department spokeswoman Lori Irving immediately shot it down. "The policy of taxing motorists based on how many miles they have traveled is not and will not be Obama administration policy," she said.

The mileage tax idea has already angered drivers in some states where it has been proposed.

However, most transportation experts see a vehicle miles traveled tax as a long-term solution, though Congress is being urged to move in that direction now by funding pilot projects. The idea also is gaining ground in several states. Governors in Idaho and Rhode Island are talking about such programs, and a North Carolina panel suggested in December the state start charging motorists a quarter-cent for every mile as a substitute for the gas tax.

A tentative plan in Massachusetts to use GPS chips in vehicles to charge motorists by the mile has drawn complaints from drivers who say it's an Orwellian intrusion by government into the lives of citizens. Other motorists say it eliminates an incentive to drive more fuel-efficient cars since gas guzzlers will be taxed at the same rate as fuel sippers.

Besides a VMT tax, more tolls for highways and bridges and more government partnerships with business to finance transportation projects are other funding options, "What I see this administration doing is this -- thinking outside the box on how we fund our infrastructure in America," LaHood said.

LaHood said he firmly opposes raising the federal gasoline tax in the current recession.
He'll find another way to tax us, don't worry.
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As Rove said in the WSJ, he's winging it. All of us who have ever been military or managers or executives saw this coming. He has zilch executive leadership experience much less even the ability. He is an angry but controlled radical leftist and anarchy is his driving force of leadership. More to come unfortunately.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 02/21/2009 9:21 Comments || Top||

#2  It really is amazing to watch Fox rant about this topic or that, then the next day see the White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs recant, "change," or shoot down the administration's trial baloons and positions. The clueless bastards! There could be no more appropriate illustration of amateurs teaching amateurs how to become amateurs.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/21/2009 10:10 Comments || Top||

#3  A vehicle miles tax is a perfect way to punish those red voting flyover states, where the grocery store is 50 miles from the ranch. But it is not particularly effective at motivating more efficient vehicles and reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emission, which is their alleged goal.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/21/2009 11:29 Comments || Top||

#4  "Either they're floating a lot of trial balloons to see what flies or they're just not in control of anything in the West Wing ..."

Why can't it be both, Fred?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 02/21/2009 16:14 Comments || Top||

#5  Pink Salmon is Dr Steve
Posted by: Frank G || 02/21/2009 16:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Why can't it be both, Fred Whoever?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 02/21/2009 17:54 Comments || Top||

Dem Congressman Says Opposition to Stimulus Is 'Slap in the Face of African-Americans'
The highest-ranking black congressman said Thursday that opposition to the federal stimulus package by southern GOP governors is "a slap in the face of African-Americans."

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., said he was insulted when the governors of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and his home state, which have large black populations, said they might not accept some of the money from the $787 billion stimulus package.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday he would accept the money, and none of the others has rejected it outright. The Republican governors of Idaho and Alaska also said they had reservations about whether the money would come with too many strings attached, but Clyburn said he was particularly taken aback by southern governors who said they might decline it.

"These four governors represent states that are in the proverbial black belt," Clyburn said.

A spokesman for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford accused Clyburn of being an idiot playing the race card. "Spending money at the federal level that we do not have represents a future tax increase on all South Carolinians, regardless of their color," Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer said in an e-mail statement. "And in the process of doing so, he's ripping off everyone he claims to represent."
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe Mr. Clyburn knows something? Like maybe his constituents don't pay any taxes, so the debt the Porkulus bill puts us in won't bother them at all?

Just sayin'....
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 02/21/2009 0:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Clyburn's a moron.
Posted by: Unens McGurque aka Broadhead6 || 02/21/2009 1:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Definition: racist noun or adjective

1. The irrational dislike of a person or group because of race. [Archaic definition]

2. A person who is winning an argument with a liberal.

3. Anyone who expresses disagreement with President Obama.
Posted by: Neville Ebbose2394 || 02/21/2009 1:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Representative Clyburn should encourage all who believe as he does to 'vote with their feet' and move North!
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/21/2009 7:11 Comments || Top||

#5  This is starting faster than I thought. It's a good sign; it means the Dems have reached the desperation stage far sooner than expected.

When BHO himself starts in with this rhetoric, we'll know that they are in trouble.
Posted by: no mo uro || 02/21/2009 7:58 Comments || Top||

#6  Enemies of the People are everywhere, representative.
Posted by: Yosip Djugashwilli || 02/21/2009 8:16 Comments || Top||

#7  So, which one of the three stooges is he? As I remember, they were well compensated for getting those movie slaps. So what is Rep. Clyborn getting for his feigned slaps? Speaking fees? A house in Jamaca? Freezer money? I wish he would come clean. His feigned offendedness lacks basic credibility.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 02/21/2009 8:28 Comments || Top||

#8  "I had a nightmare that one day my children will live in a society where a person is judged by the color of his skin and not by the content of his character."
Posted by: HammerHead || 02/21/2009 8:42 Comments || Top||

#9  Stimulus = Welfare = Reparations -- I think I've broken the code!
Posted by: regular joe || 02/21/2009 10:14 Comments || Top||

#10  #9 Stimulus = Welfare = Reparations = Fully Funded One Party System -- I think I've broken the code!

Excellent! One minor addition if I may Joe.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/21/2009 10:17 Comments || Top||

#11  So Rep. Clyburn, would you care to explain why you think this is a 'slap in the Face of African-Americans'?
I just wanna know so I can see if some of the stereotypes are still applicable. I would bet that they are. Perhaps this could be part of a "frank discussion" of race with AG Holder?
Posted by: tu3031 || 02/21/2009 10:47 Comments || Top||

#12  A slap in the face of everyone looking for a handout is more like it.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/21/2009 19:54 Comments || Top||

Banks Get 258,000 Percent Return from Investments in D.C. Pols.
In my weeks of research into understanding how America went from economic lynchpin to a wayward ship drifting on a sea of economic trouble, I find myself baffled and appalled by statements from Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.

His anger seems real enough. But the stench of hypocrisy reeks up the room every time he forgets to mention the hundreds of thousands of dollars he received in 2008 as campaign donations from these same banks, their management and employees--currently now under receivership of the U.S. taxpayer.

But Sen. Dodd is not alone. He and the biggest names in American politics, including President Barack Obama, are quickly becoming poster children for "moral hazard" and pay-to-play politics. Slap-dash legislation with little or no oversight, by the Bush Administration, rubber-stamped by top Democratic politicians, seems to have made problems worse, not better. Banks are hoarding bailout money, and its not getting down to consumers.

Dodd's Senate committee--arguably one of the most powerful--created and oversees the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)--the $700 billion dollar bailout of financial institutions--caught up in the sub-mortgage meltdown.

From all indications and reports, TARP has been universally acclaimed a failure-in-progress and bad news reports have angered large cross sections of America. Dodd and his committee seem powerless to reign in the titans of American finance and industry--despite widespread capital infusions from Congress. Unemployment is moving towards double digits and banks haven't begun to unfreeze consumer credit, although a moratorium on mortgage foreclosures was set in place.

But the Senior Senator from Connecticut who said he personally turned a four-page draft into 80-plus pages of legislation that was passed, has crossed an ethical line. While he was crafting legislation to rescue his friends, Dodd "received $854,200 from the T.A.R.P. companies in the 2008 election cycle, including money to his presidential campaign" according to a recent Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) report.

And just this week, Dodd's name surfaced again as recipient of $27,500 in campaign cash from the latest fraudulent investment house, Stanford Financial Group of Houston, TX, and Antigua. Robert Allen Stanford was a top Democratic contributor, and is currently at large--wanted by the F.B.I. for defrauding investors by inflating outcomes--in what appears to be a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme.

According to the C.R.P., employees of Stanford "gave $2.4 million to federal candidates, parties and committees since 2000, with 65 percent of that going to Democrats. Stanford and his wife, Susan, have given $931,100 out of their own pockets, with 78 percent going to Democrats."

In committee, Sen. Dodd, on behalf of the American public, chastises the Federal Reserve Bank, the Treasury Department, heads of Auto Corporations about scandals, executive bonus compensation, private jets, junkets for bailout banks to Vegas. Everyday it seems another financial institution C.E.O., is being dragged before the Senate and House Finance and Banking committees to explain themselves, with Dodd acting indignant. It is political theater at its most twisted and grotesque.

In a search for a viable scapegoat for the inability of the government to right the ship despite unprecedented access to government purse-strings, I propose that every politician--including Sen. Dodd--give back the millions of dollars of campaign contributions received in the last election cycle from T.A.R.P. recipients and other corporate titans who drove their companies into bankruptcy through corruption or malfeasance.

Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, which banks should I have invested in? Suppose it's too late now? Rats!
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 02/21/2009 8:22 Comments || Top||

#2  The rats are taken over the ship.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/21/2009 8:29 Comments || Top||

#3  #1 So, which banks should I have invested in?

First National Mattress.

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/21/2009 8:43 Comments || Top||

#4  I dumped my bank and joined a credit union a couple years ago. The tellers actually know our names.
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2009 8:54 Comments || Top||

#5  All my money is stored at the Mattress Bank of Backroom. My teller carries a 12ga.
Posted by: Skunky Glins 5*** || 02/21/2009 21:54 Comments || Top||

#6  ...and DCon for the other rats who might be after it?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/21/2009 22:36 Comments || Top||

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