Senator Robert Menendez was never a distinguished choice for chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the position he ascended to this month by virtue of seniority. Concerns about that quality gap There's a quality gap between Kerry and Menendez? First time I've heard of that...
have sharply escalated amid new disclosures about Mr. Menendez's use of his position to advance the financial interests of a friend and big donor. plus there's that underage foreign hooker thing
Instead of trying to protect Mr. Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, needs to remove his gavel, at least pending credible resolution by the Senate Ethics Committee of the swirling accusations of misconduct. Under The Bus, Bob
[NBCCHICAGO] It's been nearly three months since Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress, but now NBC News confirms that Jackson has signed papers in a plea deal within the past several days.
Jackson's case is being handled by the US Attorney's office in Washington DC. While no public announcement is expected today, those with knowledge of the investigation believe the loose ends now deal with Jackson's wife, former Alderman Sandi Jackson, and whether or not she is ultimately charged.
Under the terms of the deal Jackson signed, he pleads guilty and his fate -- as to jail time -- would be in the hands of a federal judge, not yet assigned.
He would repay the government hundreds of thousands of dollars -- for items like the $40,000 Rolex watch, travel expenses for a woman he described as a "social acquaintance" and furniture purchased for his home.
Converting campaign contributions for personal use is strictly prohibited by federal law. It opens Jackson up to "not more than 5 years" in prison. Oh, yasss. Strictly.
It's clear Jackson's move to resign from Congress works in his favor as his attorneys negotiate this plea deal.
Just last month his wife also resigned from her elected position as Chicago's 7th Ward alderman, however her role in the alleged misuse of campaign funds still may land her in legal trouble. For years she received a $5,000 a month check from her husband as his political consultant.
Gee, that will work as well as mandatory auto insurance did in Illinois.
25% of drivers here have neither a license or insurance, which of course really jacks up the cost for those of us silly enough to actually obey the law.
Here's a concept, how about putting law breakers in jail instead? Just think of all the new Government Union Members!
The gun control campaign has gone fully into the Big Tobacco strategy. In short, they figured out that schemes that attempt to penalize the individual are met with fierce resistance and therefore ineffective. Hint: Remember President Skeet-shooter recently telling his minions not to call the average gun owners names? And of course, he neglected to chastise his friends when they called the NRA gun-runners. Funny how that works huh? Proposals like these are diversions. Control proponents believe they can achieve the same ends with increased taxes and fees on the firearms industry. Occupy Smith & Wesson!
The government subsidizes every imaginable right from cell phones to housing and healthcare. But one the most explicit rights is routinely ignored, stepped on and discouraged. If the feds cared at all about rights we should have line for free guns, training and tax credits for purchases.
So...can we make all politicians pay for "Stupid Ass Insurance" before allowed to run for office? That way when the courts decide the crap they sponsored trampled the basic rights of citizens, they pay for misusing the office they hold.
"can we make all politicians pay for "Stupid Ass Insurance" before allowed to run for office?"
Doubtful, P2k. What insurance company would be dumb enough to insure against that? That would be like insuring a convicted arsonist against future arsons.
Posted by: Barbara ||
"Hello? Mutual of Gaza?"
Posted by: Frank G ||
Well, premiums would be high for a start, then the eval would be interesting, all similar to drivers. DUI, speeding tickets, etc seem to start the precipitous climb in costs that doesn't effect most good drivers. Same for politicians. Reckless pattern of behaviors, spouting off ridiculous assertions, etc should raise the rates to the point [as they're trying with guns] where they can't afford the insurance and without proof of insurance, register for election/re-election. Let the market forces decide - or - let them put their money where their mouth is.
As long as - and this is the most important thing - the politicians have to pay for the insurance out of their own pockets.
No sticking the taxpayers with the bill, no raising their pay to cover the premiums, no getting the premiums paid for by the DNC (or RNC), the unions, George Soros, etc.
Posted by: Barbara ||
..one added feature, incumbents would finally be in less advantageous positions than fresh new challengers who don't have a record of bombastic rhetoric and grandstanding. Think of it as a way of drying up reelection funds as the rates shoot up with a logarithmic curve each year. Just like progressive tax rates, what's good enough for the rich is just as good enough for our pompous pols.
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.