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This is What Democracy Looks Like
Friday-Sunday, October 13-15, 2006
Sometimes you associate certain songs for certain events. Like that song you can never listen to because it's your "breakup" song; or the one you'll always remember because of that special evening with that special someone. Maybe it's the song you heard when your team won the championship. There are many such songs that spark the pictures in my mind. But when certain events, such as today's (Friday, October 13, 2006) happen, all I can hear is "Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead," from "The Wizard of Oz".
Rep. Bob Ney pleaded guilty today as a result of the Jack Abramoff scandal.
Let the record show that, although "fiend number one", former Rep. Tom "I AM the Law" DeLay (REPUBLICAN-TX) is still on the loose, Ney was the first to fall on his sword, rather than have a sword thrust through him. Of course, this was all done on a Friday afternoon.
"Standing before Judge Ellen S. Huvelle, Ney pleaded guilty to conspiracy and making false statements. He acknowledged taking money, gifts and favors in return for official actions on behalf of Abramoff and his clients."
-An Associated Press article by Pete Yost
Ney has not resigned from Congress, but his fellow REPUBLICANS have vowed to kick him out immediately... er, that is after the election. After all, it is first things first, and getting themselves re-elected, if they can, is job one.
"I never intended my career in public service to end this way, and I am ashamed it did,"
-Ney, from his written statement
By coincidence, Ney is the same age as former Representative, and current pedophile, Mark Foley (both are 52 years old). Just what WAS going in in 1954 anyway?
Although the charges against Ney, which include influence peddling as well as taking money, gifts and accepting "favors" from Abramoff in exchange for official actions on behalf of Abramoff's clients, can net the Congressman up to ten years in a federal prison, the recommendation being made to Judge Ellen S. Huvelle by prosecutors is 27 months. Maybe Ney could share a cell with former Representative, and current crook, Randy "Duke" Cunningham (REPUBLICAN-CA) for that amount of time. (Cunningham is serving eight-and-a-third for his misdeeds.) The two could spend their time talking about the "old times. A fine of between $5,000 and $60,000 will be assessed as well.
And, get this, Ney is rumored to be keeping his seat as long as he can because he is just about broke and needs the $165,200 salary.
To put this in perspective, Bob Ney took money as bribes from a super lobbyist; he then spent it all, along with all of his savings; and now he wants to stay in Congress as long as possible so he could sock away a few bucks because he already spent his ill-gotten gains.
And guess who gets to pay for all of
this... WE DO!
And where do these GOP scoundrels retreat to after admitting their sins against Americans?
"The treatment and counseling I have started have been very helpful, but I know that I am not done yet and that I have more work to do to deal with my alcohol dependency,"
That's right... To REHAB, just as Foley did before him. These guys are really disgusting.
"I never acted to enrich myself or to get things I shouldn't, but over time, I allowed myself to get too comfortable with the way things have been done in Washington DC for too long,"
So, here's the way Ney is looking at this whole mess. Rather than blaming it on his own greed, because that's all it is - greed - Ney is blaming the alcohol and the DC lifestyle he has embraced, as the villains. After all, it never is a REPUBLICAN'S fault for their own deeds. Something is always there to tempt them, whether it's money or young boys.
"I plead guilty your honor."
After that, just shut up and go directly to jail, you thief.
Election time is here and the Democratic Party is showing how it differs from the GOP. Rep. William Jefferson (DEMOCRAT-LA), the guy found with $90,000 OF THE $100,000 of FBI money he took as a bribe in an FBI sting operation is not being endorsed by the Louisiana State Democratic party.
-The Dems didn't wait for a grand jury.
-The Dems didn't wait for a guilty plea or conviction.
-The Dems didn't wait for Jefferson to resign.
-The Dems will simply not endorse a candidate, even one of their own, who has opened himself up in such a fashion as Jefferson has. The vote was an overwhelming 69-53. It's the first time in the long history of "questionable" Louisiana candidates that one has failed to win the state party's endorsement.
Compare this to the fact that Rep. Bob Ney (REPUBLICAN-OH) is still a US congressman despite his plea of "guilty" on several counts of accepting bribes in the Jack Abramoff scandal.
Compare that to former Rep. Mark Foley (REPUBLICAN-FL) who has been shown to be a pedophile and has contacted underage boys, some in his charge as congressional pages, for sex.
Compare that with former GOP big-shot - the guy who put the "G" in "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople - Tom DeLay, who has been indicted and still wanted his name on the GOP ballot in November. Here's a guy that was Abramoff's number one guy and his party said they stood behind him for so long that they missed the deadline to get his name off the Texas ballot!
And compare this to Senate majority leader Bill Frist (REPUBLICAN-TN) who had the "lucky coincidence" to sell his family's shares of their health care company at a huge profit just before the stock went on its downward slide.
The Democrats are taking responsibility for their party members, even if it costs them a seat. The GOP stands behind their members, pedophiles or not. because they'll always put their own self interests ahead of you, me, underage boys and anythone or anything else that keeps them in power.
Who are you going to vote for this November?
The GOP, Abramoff and Grover Norquist
Still Attempting to "Drown" Democracy
"The Senate report released yesterday states that the nonprofit groups probably violated their tax-exempt status 'by laundering payments and then disbursing funds at Mr. Abramoff's direction; taking payments in exchange for writing newspaper columns or press releases that put Mr. Abramoff's clients in a favorable light; introducing Mr. Abramoff's clients to government officials in exchange for payment; and agreeing to act as a front organization for congressional trips paid for by Mr. Abramoff's clients'."
"The report bolstered earlier revelations that Abramoff laundered money through the nonprofits to pay for congressional trips and paid Norquist to arrange meetings for Abramoff's clients with government officials including White House senior adviser Karl Rove.
"The groups named in the report are Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform; the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, which was co-founded by Norquist and Gale Norton before she became secretary of the interior; Citizens Against Government Waste; the National Center for Public Policy Research, a spinoff of the Heritage Foundation; and Toward Tradition, a Seattle-based religious group founded by Rabbi Daniel Lapin."
-James V. Grimaldi and Susan Schmidt, from The Washington Post's "Report Says Nonprofits Sold Influence to Abramoff"
Bingo! I said a year ago that Gale Norton resigned because she is directly involved in the Abramoff scandal. In addition, Susan Ralston, former aid to Rove, has resigned. This puts the Abramoff dirty deals right in the White House.
Raise the Minimum Wage
"To hear employers and congressional Republicans tell it, raising the federal minimum wage from a paltry $5.15 an hour to $7.25 will cost jobs and drive the economy down. But 650 economists, including several Nobel Laureates, today said that’s just not true. In fact, raising the minimum wage will have little effect on jobs and will help lift some low-wage workers out of poverty.
Republican leaders in Congress succeeded in preventing an increase in the nation’s minimum wage this year, but the AFL-CIO and working families plan to keep pushing for a new law in the next Congress and to make it an issue in the Nov. 7 elections. Ten years after Congress approved the last raise, the federal minimum buys less than it did in 1951—fewer groceries, far fewer gallons of gasoline, less medicine and less for rent."
Of course, the Republicans had no problem giving huge tax cuts to the upper 1%, lowering taxes on capital gains, etc... But, raise the minimum wage, no way unless the estate tax is repealed. Where I come from, that's called blackmail.
Another economist who signed the statement, Alice Rivlin, former vice chair of the Federal Reserve and former director of the Office of Management and Budget, said raising the minimum wage is a “policy no-brainer.”
It’s unconscionable that we haven’t raised the minimum wage in a decade. We passed welfare reform in 1996 to emphasize work and to get people off welfare and into jobs…but jobs with less pay and less benefits. If we believe in work and personal responsibility, then we must make work more rewarding.
I agree. This is a national disgrace and the Republican party is to blame. The Republicans with their masters at the US Chamber Of Commerce have fought all attempts to raise the minimum wage. Kick the Republican bums out in November.
Kick the Republicans out this November!
-Forwarded and commented by Robert Scardapane
The Sleazy GOP and the Sleazy Tom Kean (Junior) - Perfect Together
I have to laugh every time that Republicans raise ethics issues. This is the party of Jack Abramoff and Mark Foley. What moral high ground do the Republicans think they have? Junior Kean has tried to make this race all about ethics yet consider the sleazy campaign he has ran. Junior fabricated stories about Menendez from the start. He consulted convicted felons that have an axe to grind against Menendez. He deceived the voters every step of the way - flip flopping on policy issues and pretending to be a moderate when he is one of the most reliable GOP votes. Junior is a phony. I may disagree with Menendez on a couple of issues but at least I know where he stands.
And as a result, black ministers are endorsing Senator Menendez (REPUBLICAN-NJ):
"We wanted and expected to have a tough choice to make between two good candidates. Instead, the Republican candidate has sought to be elected by tearing down his opponent. He has not given us reasons to vote for him, only unsubstantiated charges to vote against his opponent."
-Rev. Reginald Jackson, executive director of the prominent Black Ministers Council and pastor of St. Matthew's AME Church in Orange http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1160632146125640.xml&coll=1
Junior's campaign has been disgusting sleaze. He has not defined himself as a candidate. He flip-flops and tells voters what he thinks they want to hear. When the heat gets to hot in the kitchen, he turns his back on the voters, just as he did with one member of Military Families Speak Out (MFSO). Junior is unacceptable.
In response to, "Tell me if you have any luck getting your head wrapped around the new estimate of 600,000+ dead Iraqi's," Robert Scardapane writes:
What outraged me the most was Dumbya's and General Casey's response. Dumbya said he doesn't believe the report and claims there are 30,000 Iraqi casualties. He also said that Casey doesn't believe the report. When Casey was asked about it, he said he never read the report! Well, I suppose it's easy to dismiss something you never read. By the way, the methodology used in the report was championed by the Pentagon. But Dumbya says he doesn't believe in the methodology. Well that's real credible from a brain sturgeon (and I don't mean surgeon) like Dumbya.
Let's face, Bush and Casey are lying to the nation. The Pentagon is lying to the nation. They now say we will be in Iraq until 2010. So, whatever happened to Shotgun Dick's prediction that we are "turning the corner"?
Must be one hellofa of big corner.
(Note: In his new book, "State of Denial", Bob Woodward referred to Casey, then Rumsfeld's choice as Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as "Rumsfeld's lapdog". -NG)
In response to, "These guys (The "mouthpieces for the GOP") have even said that these boys led them on.," Rhian writes:
I have been looking for news about the boys. Are they being helped at all with counseling and treatment programs for those who were psycologically damanged, or for the diseases they may have contracted during their experiences?
Many boys lives are deeply disturbed by homosexual advances in workplaces including restaurants all over the nation and this usually happens before the are 15 years old.
Recent research has indicated that the male brain is not fully, physiologically formed till age 25 so it is easy to understand the devastating impact on the boys.
My own two sons had to repel homosexual advances at teen jobs and are now fine, with wives and kids, but both needed help at the time with the guilt associated with the experience.
One of my best friends, who had been molested as a child, grew so weary of their advances that he finally gave up fighting them, and chose the homosexual lifestyle and peace, rather than the constant battle he had to fight. This is a man who would be accosted three or four times, by three or four different people, during the course of one evening meal at a restaurant, with me. This would happen without let-up, every time we were out for the evening.
The director of Exodus has a similar story, but did manage to conquor them, for long enough to assemble a lifestyle that included a wife and kids, much to his relief.
I think those who are targeted by the gay community for their looks, who do not choose, but are manipulated or guilted into the homosexual lifestyle, should have a voice. There are more than you think, because right now, they do not have a public voice that is heard above the voices of the homosexuals demanding their rights. This situation is not right.
In response to, "Rep. Shelly Capito (REPUBLICAN-WV) have all been reported to all have known about what Mark Foley was up to," Victoria Brownworth writes:
Actually Capito is on the record repeatedly as having been kept out of the loop and has been public about her outrage over not having been told about the emails or anything else related to Foleygate. She told ABC News on October 12th that she felt betrayed by her party on this issue.
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