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    Quote Originally Posted by road kill View Post

    Well GOLLLEEEE! Imagine that


    I know I ALWAYS keep my money that's really going to the Nigerian space program in my fridge!

    This article is hilarious especially the comments:
    http://blog.nola.com/stephaniegrace/...did_fomer.html

    I was just thinking to myself, "Haven't they found ole Dollar Bill guilty yet?" when I heard a news flash that the stalking charges against Hizzoner were just dropped. Seems the po po that arrested Barry were actually the gendarmes of the U.S. Park Police. And everyone knows they have it in for Mr. Barry...

    Stay tuned for more on Hizzoner who held a press conference last night and tricked the media into thinking he would be making a statement about the stalking charges by his ex-girlfriend. Hizzoner opted out, leaving the media elite fuming as a low level aide read a statement describing the accusor as 'mentally unstable' and 'under psychiatric care'. Meanwhile the stalkee shows up at said press conference so the reporters all got a scoop anyway. Only in D.C. (well, maybe New Orleans, too...)

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    2001–2008

    [edit] Executive Branch scandals

    • Alphonso Jackson (R) Secretary of HUD resigned while under investigation by the FBI for revoking the contract of a vendor who told Jackson he did not like former President George W. Bush (2008)
    • "Lawyergate"[1] - the Bush administration firing without explanation of a number of Republican federal prosecutors whom he himself had appointed. It is alleged they were fired for prosecuting Republicans and not prosecuting Democrats. As congressional hearings were called, a number of senior officials cited executive privilege and resigned rather than testify under oath, including:
    1. Monica Goodling (R) White House Liaison to the Justice Department
    2. Michael A. Battle (R) Director of Executive Office of US Attorneys in the Justice Deparment
    3. Bradley Scholzman (R) Director of Executive Office of US Attorneys who replaced Battle
    4. Michael Elston (R) Chief of Staff to Paul McNulty
    5. Paul McNulty (R) Deputy Attorney General
    6. Kyle Sampson (R) Chief of Staff to Alberto Gonzales
    7. Alberto Gonzales (R) Attorney General
    8. Joshua Bolten Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, found in Contempt of Congress
    9. Sarah Taylor (R) Assistant to Karl Rove
    10. Karl Rove (R) Assistant to the President
    11. Harriet Miers (R) Legal Counsel to the President, found in Contempt of Congress
    • Lurita Alexis Doan (R) resigned as head of the General Services Administration. She was under scrutiny for conflict of interest and violations of the Hatch Act (2008)
    • Jack Abramoff scandal in which Abramoff bribed administration officials and legislators as part of his lobbying efforts. See Legislative scandals.
    1. David Safavian (R) Administrator of Procurement Policy for the OMB, found guilty of four counts of lying and sentenced to 18 months
    2. Roger Stillwell (R) Staff in the Department of the Interior under George W. Bush. Pleaded guilty and received two years suspended sentence
    3. Susan Ralston (R) Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to Carl Rove, resigned October 6, 2006 after it became known that she accepted gifts and passed information to her former boss Jack Abramoff
    4. Steven Griles (R) (former Deputy Secretary of the Interior) pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 10 months
    5. Italia Federici (R) staff to Secretary of Interior, obstruction of justice, four years probation
    6. Mark Zachares (R) staff in Labor Depart, bribed by Abramoff, guilty of conspiracy to defraud
    • Robert E. Coughlin (R) Justice Department official pleaded guilty to conflict of interest
    • Julie MacDonald,(R) Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior, resigned May 1, 2007 after giving government documents to developers (2007)
    • Lester Crawford (R) Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, resigned after 2 months. Pled guilty to conflict of interest (2006)
    • Brian J. Doyle (R) Deputy Press Secretary in the Department of Homeland Security. Charged with 7 counts of using a computer to seduce a child and 16 counts of transmitting harmful materials to a minor (2006)
    • Downing Street Memo minutes of UK government secret meeting (dated 23 July 2002, leaked 2005) include summary of MI6 Director Sir Richard Dearlove's report that "Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and the facts were being fixed around the policy"
    • Bush administration payment of columnists to say nice things about administration policies. Illegal payments were made to Armstrong Williams (R), Maggie Gallagher (R) and Michael McManus (R) (2004–2005)
    • Sandy Berger (D) former Clinton security advisor pleads guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully removing classified documents from the National Archives in (2005)
    • Bernard Kerik (R) nomination as Secretary of Homeland Security derailed by past employment of illegal alien as nanny, and amid allegations of various other ethical improprieties (2004)
    • Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse top US officials allow Iraqi prisoners to be tortured for information by US troops (2004-2005)
    • Plame affair (2004), in which CIA agent Valerie Plame's name was leaked to the press in retaliation for her husband's criticism of the Bush administration
    1. Kyle Foggo (R) (Dusty) Executive Director of CIA, guilty of bribery February 17, 2007
    2. Lewis Libby (R) (Scooter) Chief of Staff to Dick Cheney, convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice March 6, 2007. Sentenced to 30 months and fined $250,000. Commuted by Bush July 1, 2007 CIA leak scandal (2003) and Plamegate.)
    • Yellowcake forgery: Just prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration presented evidence to the UN that Iraq was seeking material for making nuclear weapons from Africa. Though presented as true, it was later found to be not only dubious but outright false.
    • Enron collapse (2002) leading to investigation of Kenneth Lay (R), a top political ally and financial donor to former President George W. Bush. Lay was found guilty of 10 counts of securities fraud, but died before sentencing. Attempts to link individual politicians with Enron malfeasance have not been particularly successful, due to the fact that so many politicians of both major parties received campaign contributions (including 158 Republicans and 100 Democrats in Congress (as of 2001) [5])

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie R. View Post
    Well GOLLLEEEE! Imagine that


    I know I ALWAYS keep my money that's really going to the Nigerian space program in my fridge!
    With 4 black jurors in the U S Senator Willie Jefferson's case, I'll bet he walks free!

    Senator Jefferson's daughters are also involved since they are the ones the money was funneled to.

    Willie's brother, Moses, is under indictment for bribery of Orleans Parish school officials. Many school board members are under indictment involving this case. And, Moses' main squeeze is under indictment for stealing Fed grant money that was targeted to help the poor!

    Oh, and how about Obama's organization, ACORN. We know Attorney General Eric Holder won't touch them!

    P S The next major indictment in New Orleans will be Mayor Ray Nagin. Seems like Katrina Ray has been taking bribes, cash and trips in exchange for awarding city contracts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Franco View Post
    With 4 black jurors in the U S Senator Willie Jefferson's case, I'll bet he walks free!

    Senator Jefferson's daughters are also involved since they are the ones the money was funneled to.

    Willie's brother, Moses, is under indictment for bribery of Orleans Parish school officials. Many school board members are under indictment involving this case. And, Moses' main squeeze is under indictment for stealing Fed grant money that was targeted to help the poor!

    Oh, and how about Obama's organization, ACORN. We know Attorney General Eric Holder won't touch them!

    P S The next major indictment in New Orleans will be Mayor Ray Nagin. Seems like Katrina Ray has been taking bribes, cash and trips in exchange for awarding city contracts.
    Come on Franco, you know Ray is pure as wind driven snow!
    "Character is doing the right thing when nobody is watching"....J.C. Watts

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    Quote Originally Posted by R Little View Post

    Come on Franco, you know Ray is pure as wind driven snow!
    http://blog.nola.com/editorials/2009...or_ray_na.html


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    Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery. Calvin Coolidge



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    Roger, even you should think it's a bit of a stretch to try to blame Enron on the Bush Administration....not surprising, but a stretch, still.....

    Attempts to link individual politicians with Enron malfeasance have not been particularly successful, due to the fact that so many politicians of both major parties received campaign contributions (including 158 Republicans and 100 Democrats in Congress (as of 2001)
    Bet I know the name of your favorite song, Roger....here's a hint: it's by Jethro Tull....

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    Gee. I didn't know we were keeping score. By the criteria used to develop that list, Obama had several scandals before he was even sworn in....mostly to do with non-payment of taxes.

    In fact, since you're going to keep the score for us Roger, maybe you can run a little lottery on how many "scandals" President Obama will have before he leaves office.

    Eric

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    Ray-Ray Nagen in trouble???......No way he is pure as the driven slush
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    Legislative Branch scandals
    • Ted Stevens Senator (R-AK) convicted on 7 counts of bribery and tax evasion October 27, 2008. He continued his run for re-election, but lost. Upon review, new Attorney General Eric Holder (D) dismissed the charges "in the interest of justice" stating that the previous (Bush) Justice Department had illegally withheld evidence. Chicago Tribune, Section 1, pg 14, 'US to shelve Holder case' by Josh Meyer, April 2, 2009
    • Christopher Ward (R) treasurer for the National Republican Congressional Committee was accused of embezzling $800,000 during the last six years.[2]
    • Charles Rangel (D-NY) accused of failing to report $75,000 income from the rental of his villa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (September 2008)
    • Rick Renzi (R-AZ) Announced he would not seek another term. Seven months later, on February 22, 2008 he pleaded not guilty to 35 charges of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering
    • Jack Abramoff Scandal, (R) lobbyist found guilty of conspiracy, tax evasion and corruption of public officials in three different courts in a wide ranging investigation. Currently serving 70 months and fined $24.7 million. See Scandals, Executive Branch. The following were also implicated:
    1. Tom DeLay (R-TX) House Majority Leader, reprimanded twice by House Ethics Committee and aides indicted (2004-2005); eventually DeLay himself was indicted (October 2005); DeLay resigned from the House 9 June, 2006.
    2. James W. Ellis (R) runs DeLay’s PAC, indicted
    3. John D. Calyandro (R) runs Texans for a Republican Majority, indicted
    4. Adam Kidon business partner of Abramoff, pleaded guilty to fraud, sentenced to 70 months
    5. Michael Scanlon (R) former staff to Tom DeLay: working for Abramoff, pleaded guilty to bribery
    6. Tony Rudy (R) former staff to Tom DeLay, pleaded guilty to conspiracy
    7. Robert Ney (R-OH) bribed by Abramoff, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, sentenced to 30 months
    8. Neil Volz (R) former staff to Robert Ney, pleaded guilty to conspiracy
    9. William Heaton (R) former staff to Robert Ney, pleaded guilty to fraud, 24 months probation
    10. John Albaugh (R) former COS to Ernest Istook (R-OK) pled guilty
    11. Jared Carpenter (R) Counsel of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, pled guilty to income tax evasion, got 45 days, plus 4 years probation
    12. Robert Coughlin (R-PA) pled guilty
    13. Adam Kidan private citizen, pled guilty and received 70 months
    14. Trevor Blackann private citizen, pled guilty
    15. James Hirni, (R) former staff to Tim Hutchinson (R-AK) indicted for wire fraud
    16. Kevin A. Ring, (R) former staff to John Doolittle (R-CA) indicted for 10 counts of corruption
    • John Doolittle (R-CA) both he and his wife are under investigation (January 2008). Under this cloud, Doolittle decided not to run for re-election in November 2008.
    • Duke Cunningham (R-CA) pleaded guilty on November 28, 2005 to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion. Sentenced to over eight years.
    • Brent R. Wilkes defense contractor, bribed Cunningham with $2.4 million, serving 144 months
    • Thomas Kontogiannis businessman, sentenced to 97 months
    • Mitchell Wade defense contractor, pleaded guilty to bribery
    • Kyle Foggo CIA Exec. Director, indicted February 13, 2007 fraud, money laundering, conspiracy
    • Robert Fromm, convicted October 9, 2007
    • John T. Michael Kontogiannis' nephew, convicted February 4, 2008
    • Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) struck a U.S. Capitol Police officer in the chest after he attempted to stop her from going around a security checkpoint. McKinney apologized on the floor of the House and no charges were filed (March 29, 2006)
    • William J. Jefferson (D-LA) in August 2005 the FBI seized $90,000 in cash from Jefferson's home freezer. He was re-elected in 2006. On June 4, 2007, Jefferson was indicted on 16 charges of corruption for accepting bribes from convicted businessman Vernan Jackson. Jefferson pled not guilty. His former Chief of Staff Brett Pfeffer has been sentenced to 84 months. On December 6, 2008, Jefferson lost his bid for reelection
    • Bill Janklow (R-SD) convicted of second-degree manslaughter for running a stop sign and killing a motorcyclist. Resigned from the House and given 100 days in the county jail and three years probation
    • Robert Torricelli Senator (D-NJ) after 14 years in the House and one term in the Senate, Torricelli declined to run again when accused of taking illegal contributions from Korean, David Chang (2002)
    • Jim Traficant (D-OH) found guilty on 10 felony counts of financial corruption, he was sentenced to 8 years in prison and expelled from the House (2002)
    • Edward Mezvinsky (D-IA) Pleaded guilty to 31 charges of bank fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud (2001)

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    There are plenty of crooks on both sides of the fence.


    1993–2000

    Executive Branch scandals
    • Pardongate President Bill Clinton (D) granted 396 pardons at the end of his term, an amount which seemed excessive compared with the 74 granted by his predecessor George H.W. Bush, but not when compared to his predecessor Ronald Reagan who pardoned 393. [3]
    • Henry Cisneros (D) resigns as Clinton's Housing Secretary and pleads guilty (1999) to lying to the FBI about the amount of money he paid his former mistress, Linda Medlar. He was fined $10,000 (1999)
    • Ronald Blackley, (D) Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy’s Chief of Staff, sentenced to 27 months for perjury http://laws.findlaw.com/dc/983036a.html (1999)
    • Monica Lewinsky Intern. President Bill Clinton (D) Impeached for lying about his relations with Lewinsky, was found innocent by the Senate and remained in office.(1998)
    • Teamstergate, in which Teamster president Ron Carey (D) allegedly gave money to Bill Clinton's 1996 presidential campaign and Clinton (D) gave money for Carey's campaign. Carey's re-election was invalidated, though he was later cleared of all charges. No charges were ever filed against the Clintons.
    • Webster Hubbell (D) Associate Attorney General, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion. Sentenced to 21 months in prison (1995)
    • Whitewater scandal (1994-2000) independent counsel Kenneth Starr (R) investigated the Clinton's role in peddling influence for the Whitewater (real estate) Development Corporation while he was Governor of Arkansas. No criminal charges were brought against either President Bill Clinton (D) or First Lady Hillary Clinton (D)
    • Wampumgate Bruce Babbitt (D), Secretary of the Interior 1993–2001, accused of lying to Congress about influencing a 1995 American Indian tribe casino decision. Babbitt was cleared of all wrongdoing.
    • Filegate alleged misuse of FBI resources by Clinton Security Chief, Craig Livingstone (D), to compile an 'enemies' list (1996); Investigation found insufficient evidence of criminal wrongdoing
    • Americorps head Eli Segal (D) was briefly investigated for improper campaign fundraising. The independent prosecutor closed the case without bringing charges. (1996) [4]
    • The People's Republic of China campaign finance controversy (1996) Refers to alleged efforts by China to influence the 1996 elections by directing campaign donations through intermediaries, largely to Democratic candidates including Bill Clinton and Al Gore
    • Vincent Foster (D) the White House lawyer was alleged to have been murdered by either Bill or Hillary Clinton, for various reasons and with varying degrees of involvement. The suicide was investigated by the Park Police Service and FBI, Independent Consultant Robert Fiske and finally by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr all of whom ruled that it was a simple suicide (1993)
    • White House Coffees and Lincoln Bedroom -- political donations linked to access to President Clinton. No wrongdoing was found.
    • Travelgate, involving White House travel agents. In 1998 Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr (R) exonerated President Bill Clinton of any involvement (1993)

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