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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Even the NYT says Menendez Sucks
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
Posted by: Frank G || 02/09/2013 10:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Instead of trying to protect Mr. Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, needs to remove his gavel

I would delight to see something else "removed".
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2013 10:38 Comments || Top||

#2  He's dead Harry.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/09/2013 14:41 Comments || Top||

#3  The story must have been presented this way after the Chinese military hacked into the NYT and rearranged it.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/09/2013 15:21 Comments || Top||

Jesse Jackson Jr. Signs Plea Deal In Federal Probe
[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.
Posted by: Fred || 02/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  At the end of the day, cooperation is the only currency he has to work with. It will be interesting to see who he is selling down the river...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/09/2013 4:09 Comments || Top||

#2  ... or if he is found floating face down in one
Posted by: abu do you love || 02/09/2013 7:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Hey look, an apple! Yea, must have fallen from this apple tree.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2013 8:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Hey look, an apple! Yea, must have fallen from this apple tree.
As they say, the apple doesn't fall far from the apple tree.
Posted by: tipper || 02/09/2013 8:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Many thanks for the uplifting link Tipper.

My guess and only a guess, this fellow saw LAX out the window a few days ago, and is now sipping tea in an middle-eastern internet shop under an assumed name beginning the Mohammad.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2013 8:58 Comments || Top||

#6  Manifesto; a sort of personal terrorist fatwa? There, I said it... I used the "T" word.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2013 10:36 Comments || Top||

Obama assails special-interest tax breaks, offers special-interest tax breaks
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/09/2013 11:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [443 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It is the Chicago-Orwellian way.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/09/2013 11:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Paging George Orwell. Your office called.
Posted by: Titus Ulans4144 || 02/09/2013 13:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Ole Skeeter picking winners and losers again. Obviously Jeff Immelt and GE and curly fry light bulbs are winners.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2013 16:44 Comments || Top||

New plan: mandatory gun insurance
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/09/2013 10:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [2070 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And thus drive guns into the black market.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/09/2013 10:00 Comments || Top||

#2  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!
Posted by: Griter Crart8496 || 02/09/2013 11:00 Comments || Top||

#3  The "Firearm Owners ID" has been a huge crime fighting success story in Illinois for the past 40 odd years as well.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2013 11:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Will that include 'uninsured Thug' insurance - just in case an uninsured Thug decides to shoot someone and ends up shooting themselves in the nuts you can pay for their longterm medical care.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/09/2013 11:17 Comments || Top||

#5  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!
Posted by: DepotGuy || 02/09/2013 12:06 Comments || Top||

#6  Good ole Skeeter. Never let a crisis go to waste.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2013 12:09 Comments || Top||

#7  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.
Posted by: airNdee || 02/09/2013 12:11 Comments || Top||

#8  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.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/09/2013 13:36 Comments || Top||

#9  I'm still looking for wet Sunday Newspaper insurance.

I have many claims to backfile.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/09/2013 14:43 Comments || Top||

#10  Protection racket
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/09/2013 15:23 Comments || Top||

#11  P2k, I'd sign on for "Stupid Ass Insurance" for politicos. Premiums should be proportional to the harm and damage they cause.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/09/2013 15:34 Comments || Top||

#12  Make me get insurance? Fine, then let me carry concealed anywhere I go, including schools and federal facilities - Im INSURED!
Posted by: OldSpook || 02/09/2013 15:39 Comments || Top||

#13  Why, just the other day I was getting my homeowners re-evaluated and was asked specifically if I had any firearms...you know for special coverage against loss.

I didn't like the way it was asked, it was not in a casual as an example type of way. Changed the subject as at this value of coverage what about computers and tablets and such...

OS, should also include if any injury or death caused by the use of the firearm, if found innocent of any felony behavior, insurance would cover any and all civil court damages.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/09/2013 15:54 Comments || Top||

#14  Sounds like infringement to me.
Posted by: gorb || 02/09/2013 16:42 Comments || Top||

#15  "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 || 02/09/2013 17:35 Comments || Top||

#16  "Hello? Mutual of Gaza?"
Posted by: Frank G || 02/09/2013 17:59 Comments || Top||

#17  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.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/09/2013 18:31 Comments || Top||

#18  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 || 02/09/2013 19:00 Comments || Top||

#19  ..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.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/09/2013 19:42 Comments || Top||

#20  Unfortunately, there will always be people like Nanny Bloomberg who would see the insurance premium as just a cost of doing business.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/09/2013 21:54 Comments || Top||

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Thu 2013-02-07
  Syrian Army Launches 'All-Out Attack' on Capital Region
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