[HOSTED.AP.ORG] Former bankrupt, increasingly impoverished, reliably Democrat, Detroit ... ruled by Democrats since 1962... Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was locked up for the weekend Friday for violating parole in a 2008 criminal case that bounced him from office. "How're the returns looking, Eustus?"
"We're losing the dead vote, Yer Honor!"
Kilpatrick was not nabbed but arrived on his own after another day at the federal courthouse, where he's on trial for alleged corruption in a completely separate matter. "Your honor, my client requests a four day recess!"
"What for, Counsellor?"
"He's gotta spend a few days in jail!"
The Michigan Department of Corrections said Kilpatrick committed 14 violations related to his failure to report certain financial transactions last fall, especially money transfers to his wife, Carlita. He still owes Detroit $855,000 in restitution and is required to report gifts and other income as a condition of his parole.
Could have been worse, could have been an underage Benedictine...
Documents published online for the first time Thursday indicate that the FBI opened an inquiry into New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez on August 1, 2012, focusing on repeated trips he took to the Dominican Republic with longtime campaign contributor and Miami eye doctor Salomon Melgen. TheDC reported in November that Menendez purchased the service of prostitutes in that Caribbean nation at a series of alcohol-fueled sex parties.
Could have been worse, the pro could have been a Rethuglican...
The documents, which The Daily Caller had obtained hours earlier from an anonymous source, also indicate that Carrie Levine, research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), was alerted on April 9, 2012 to Menendez's habit of paying for sex while outside the United States.
Apparently it's not a crime in the Dominican Republic...
ABC News senior investigative producer Rhonda Schwartz was aware as early as May 2, 2012, the documents show, when Levine wrote a source in the Dominican Republic to say that she had "shared your allegations, but not your identities, with a respected, trusted journalist with whom we have worked on other stories."
Nothing for him to worry about. He's from Noo Joisey. What was that thing about being found in bed with a dead girl or a live boy?
That was Eddie Edwards and he was in Louisiana ... oh, okay, I get your point...
ICE also pulled their expulsion of an illegal alien sex-offender Menendez-campaign volunteer til after the election. No corruption here
Posted by: Frank G ||
The quote does originate from Louisiana, but Edwards (running against Klan/Nazi candidate David Duke, his supporters actually had bumper stickers proclaiming: "Vote for the crook - It's important" and it was) was merely quoting an earlier and more prominent demogogue, Huey Long (who may have stolen the quote from someone even earlier and more obscure).
[THEHILL] Speaker John It is not pronounced 'Boner!' Boehner ... the occasionally weepy leader of House Republicans... (R-Ohio) is sharing his regrets about his "fiscal-cliff" strategy, less than a month after the House bitterly swallowed a last-minute deal hatched in the Senate. Apparently it doesn't make him feel any real shame, otherwise he'd have stepped down as Speaker, maybe even from the House.
In a private speech to the Ripon Society on Tuesday, Boehner said that he should have taken a different course after the November election by immediately demanding that the Senate produce a bill to avert the worst parts of a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that were due to hit on Jan. 1. The Dems don't spend a lot of time worrying about Publican "demands."
Instead, Boehner delivered a formal speech at the Capitol on the day after President B.O. won a second term, in which he offered a major Republican concession -- new tax revenue as part of a broader fiscal deal. "Hokay. We surrender! Whatever principles we had are now abandoned!"
"Looking back, what I should have done the day after the election was to make it clear the House has passed a bill to extend all of the current tax rates, the House has passed a bill to replace the sequester with cuts in mandatory spending, and the Senate ought to do its work," Boehner said. "We're ready, able and willing to work with the Senate as soon as they produce a bill. It should have been what I said. You know, again, hindsight is 20-20." Shut up and step down.
[Washington Post] Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) will not seek reelection in 2014, he announced Saturday. He's the senator-for-life from Iowa. He'll be 75 next election, which would make him 81 when his next term expired. He ran his first, unsuccessful, race in 1972, and he worked as an aide to a Democrat congressman before that. He was elected to Congress in 1975, which means he'll have been warming his seat for forty solid years.
"It's just time to step aside," Harkin, 73, told the News Agency that Dare Not be Named, noting that he would be 81 by the end of another term. I just said that.
Multiple Democratic aides have confirmed the decision, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has issued a statement. "We neither confirm nor deny..."
Harkin's decision makes him the third senator up for reelection this cycle to announce his retirement. Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) have both announced they will not seek another term.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.