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Presenting 2011's Top 10 Most Corrupt American Politicians

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When it comes to corruption, cronyism and general muppetry in Washington D.C., the only real question is 'where does one start?' Yet one has to start somewhere to conclude with a list of the ten most corrupt and despicable marionettes in D.C. Which is precisely what JudicialWatch has done in its annual compilation of the "Top 10 Most Corrupt Politicians in Washington D.C." for 2011. And confirming what everyone knows, that both the left and right are merely irrelevant names for the same general social affliction, or should we call it by its true name - wealth pillage - the split is even between democrats and republicans. In no particular order, the winners of 2011 are...

  • Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL)
  • Former Senator John Ensign (R-NV)
  • Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
  • Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
  • Rep. David Rivera (R-FL)
  • Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
  • Rep. Don Young (R-AK)
  • Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)

And of course:

  • Attorney General Eric Holder
  • President Barack Obama

While a detailed look is really not necessary as we are quite familiar with everyone on ths list, here it is nonetheless?

Spencer Bachus (R-AL): He has become the face of a congressional “insider trading” scandal that has rocked the Washington establishment as 2011 draws to a close. Rep. Spencer Bachus, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, was one of the principal targets of a  60 Minutes investigative report on the scandal, which aired on CBS in September 2011.

The report was based, at least in part, on the book Throw Them All Out by author Peter Schweizer, which outed a slew of members of Congress who allegedly profited in the financial markets by trading on insider information. Bachus was not the only congressman cited by 60 Minutes – others included Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – but the Alabama Republican stood out for his remarkable “good fortune” in shorting the stock market.

According to the allegations made by Schweizer and 60 Minutes, Congressman Bachus, at the time the ranking Republican on the Financial Services Committee, traded short-term stock options in 2008 after receiving a private briefing for congressional leaders by Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. The subject of the briefing: the pending meltdown in the global economy. Those privileged to attend the meeting reportedly sat around a table in Pelosi’s office, having left their cell phones outside the room to avoid leaks.

Congressman Bachus’s aggressive trading practices, in which he was able to benefit by betting on falling stock prices, reportedly earned him substantial profits from some of the 40 trades placed during the months of July through November 2008, many of the trades occurring after the September meeting.

In the wake of the congressional insider trading scandal, legislation banning insider trading is under consideration in Congress. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee advanced a bill banning insider trading on December 14, 2011. Similar legislation (pushed by Rep. Bachus himself, obviously to deflect criticism) has stalled in the House. Critics have suggested, and so has the House Ethics Committee, that the law already prohibits insider trading by members of Congress.

 

Former Senator John Ensign (R-NV): John Ensign, former U.S. Senator from Nevada and former Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, was forced to resign from office in May 2011 as the result of an investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee. In a scandal that first broke in 2009, Senator Ensign publicly admitted to an affair with the wife of long-time staffer Douglas Hampton. Ensign then allegedly tried to cover up the affair by bribing the couple with lucrative gifts and political favors.

According to The New York Times, after Hampton discovered the affair involving his wife Cynthia, the senator bought his silence by giving him “a strong boost into a lobbying career.” Ensign asked political backers to find Hampton a job. “Payments of $96,000 to the Hamptons also were made by Senator Ensign’s parents, who insist this was a gift, not hush money. Once a lobbying job was secured, Senator Ensign and his chief of staff continued to help Mr. Hampton, advocating his clients’ cases directly with federal agencies.”

These lobbying activities seemingly violated  the law related to the Senate’s “cooling off” period for lobbyists. According to Senate rules, former Senate aides “may not lobby the Member for whom he worked or that Member’s staff for a period of one year after leaving [their] position.” Hampton began to lobby Ensign’s office immediately upon leaving his job on Capitol Hill.

In November 2010, the Federal Election Commission dismissed a complaint that Ensign had violated campaign-finance laws, and in December, the Obama Department of Justice announced that it would file no criminal charges against the senator. Ensign, however, was unable to avoid the ongoing investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee. In May 2011, the Senate Ethics Committee issued a devastating report that summarized the evidence against Ensign and made the extraordinary recommendation that the Justice Department reopen a criminal investigation.

 

Attorney General Eric Holder: Attorney General Eric Holder now operates the most politicized and ideological Department of Justice (DOJ) in recent history. And revelations from the Operation Fast and Furious scandal suggest that programs approved by the Holder DOJ may have resulted in the needless deaths of many, including a federal law enforcement officer.

Fast and Furious was a DOJ/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “gun-running” operation in which guns were sold to Mexican drug cartels and others, apparently in hopes that the guns would end up at crime scenes. This reckless insanity seems to have resulted in, among other crimes, the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed in a shootout with Mexican criminals in December 2010. Fast and Furious guns were found at the scene of his death.

The Fast and Furious operation by itself should have resulted in Holder’s resignation, but it is the cover-up that has prompted serious calls for Holder’s ouster.

On May 3, 2011, in a House Judiciary Committee hearing chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Holder testified: “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” Newly released documents show he was receiving weekly briefings on Fast and Furious as far back as July 5, 2010. It appears Holder lied to Congress. (Judicial Watch sued the DOJ and the ATF to obtain Fast and Furious records. The Judicial Watch investigation continues.)

Unfortunately, when it comes to Holder corruption and abuse of office, Fast and Furious is just the tip of the iceberg.

On February 23, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that DOJ lawyers would no longer defend the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), as applied to homosexual couples. DOMA had passed Congress by a vote of 85–14 in the Senate and a vote of 342–67 in the House. President Clinton signed the act into law on September 21, 1996.

Judicial Watch filed two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the DOJ (including one on behalf of the Family Research Council) for records related to this pro-homosexual marriage decision. This failure to defend this federal law is unprecedented and raises serious questions as to whether President Obama and Eric Holder are upholding their oaths of office and following the Constitution’s command to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

The DOJ continues to stonewall the release of information regarding Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s participation in Obamacare discussions when she served as Solicitor General. In addition to forcing Judicial Watch to file a lawsuit to obtain this information, Holder’s DOJ thumbed its nose at Congress by failing to release this material to the Senate Judiciary Committee during Kagan’s judicial confirmation hearing. Holder continues to personally resist requests from Judicial Watch and Congress for additional information on this controversy. Kagan’s role in these discussions is especially significant now that the U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will consider challenges to the constitutionality of Obamacare in Spring 2012.

New revelations emerged in 2011 about the DOJ’s Black Panther scandal. Judicial Watch uncovered evidence that the liberal special interest group National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) may have had an inappropriate amount of influence on the DOJ’s decision to drop its voter intimidation lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense. This comes on the heels of sworn testimony that the Civil Rights Division of the Holder DOJ makes enforcement decisions based upon race.

Most recently, Judicial Watch obtained shocking documents suggesting the Holder DOJ is conspiring with scandal-ridden Project Vote (President Obama’s former employer and ACORN front) to use the National Voter Registration Act to increase welfare voter registrations. One former ACORN employee (and current Project Vote Director of Advocacy), Estelle Rogers, is even helping to vet job candidates for the Justice Department’s Voting Rights Division! (ACORN and Project Vote have a long record of voter registration fraud.)

Seeming to affirm ACORN’s hijacking of the DOJ, Holder recently said in a speech that he plans to use “the full weight” of the agency in 2012 to attack states that are enforcing laws that protect against fraud in the voting booths. This speech ended the pretense that the DOJ is independent from the Democratic National Committee and the Obama campaign – as it repeated almost verbatim the partisan arguments made by the Democratic Party against voter ID laws.

Holder must go. Pick your reason – Black Panthers, race-based decision making, abandoning the Defense of Marriage Act, Fast and Furious killings and lies, or turning the DOJ into an arm of the radicalized left – but Holder must go.

 

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL): In a year full of shocking congressional sex scandals, perhaps none is more serious than that involving Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings, who allegedly sexually harassed a female government employee and then engaged in a cruel campaign of retaliation when she rebuffed his advances. (On March 7, 2011, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against Hastings on behalf of the victim, Ms. Winsome Packer.)

The alleged harassment and retaliation began in 2008 when Hastings (formerly an impeached federal judge) served as Chairman of the United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Ms. Packer served as his employee. According to Judicial Watch’s complaint, “Mr. Hastings’ intention was crystal clear: he was sexually attracted to Ms. Packer, wanted a sexual relationship with her, and would help progress her career if she acquiesced to his sexual advances.”

These advances included: Making multiple demands that Ms. Packer allow Rep. Hastings to stay in her apartment while she served as the Commission’s lead staff representative overseas; subjecting Ms. Packer to unwanted physical contact, including hugging her with both arms while pressing his body against her body and his face against her face; inviting her on multiple occasions to accompany him alone to his hotel room; making sexual comments and references to Ms. Packer; and asking Ms. Packer humiliating and inappropriate questions in public, such as “What kind of underwear are you wearing?”

In addition, Hastings seems to have abused his office by using government travel as a cover for sightseeing and by soliciting gifts and campaign contributions from congressional staff.

On November 28, 2011, The House Ethics Committee announced that it will take an additional 45 days to determine whether to launch a full investigation into the allegations against Hastings.

 

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) and the Blagojevich Co-Conspirators: It took more than two years and two trials, but disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod “Blago” Blagojevich was finally brought to justice on June 27, 2011, for a number of crimes, including his efforts to “sell” President Obama’s vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder. He became the state’s fourth governor, and one of at least 79 Illinois public officials, to be found guilty of a crime since 1972, proving that Illinois has certainly lived up to its reputation as a cesspool of corruption.

As the trial unfolded, it became clear that many hands were dirty in the Blago scandal. (See Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm “Rahmbo” Emanuel, who was finally forced to testify during this second Blago trial – for a whopping five minutes – and President Obama himself, who was interviewed by the FBI in the scandal even before he took office.)

But all of the focus now seems to center on Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.

The House Ethics Committee announced on December 2, 2011, that it will continue its investigation into allegations that “Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. or someone acting on his behalf offered to raise campaign cash for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for a Senate appointment in 2008….The committee also released an initial report from the Office of Congressional Ethics that said there was “probable cause” to believe that Jackson either directed a third party or had knowledge of a third party’s effort to convince the since-convicted Blagojevich to appoint Jackson Jr. in exchange for campaign cash.

The evidence suggests Jackson, Jr. attempted to bribe his way into the U.S. Senate. And it will take a monumental lack of attention on the part of the House Ethics Committee to overlook the Illinois Congressman’s role in this serious scandal.

 

President Barack Obama: President Obama makes Judicial Watch’s “Ten Most Wanted” list for a fifth consecutive year. (The former Illinois Senator was also a “Dishonorable Mention” in 2006.) And when it comes to Obama corruption, it may not get any bigger than Solyndra. Solyndra was once known as the poster child for the Obama administration’s massive “green energy” initiative, but it has become the poster child for the corruption that ensues when the government meddles in the private sector. Solyndra filed for bankruptcy in September 2011, leaving 1,100 workers without jobs and the American taxpayers on the hook for $535 million thanks to an Obama administration stimulus loan guarantee.

Despite the Obama administration’s reticence to release details regarding this scandal, much is known about this shady deal. White House officials warned the president that the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program was “dangerously short on due diligence,” nonetheless the Obama administration rushed the Solyndra loan through the approval process so it could make a splash at a press event. The company’s main financial backer was a major Obama campaign donor named George Kaiser. While the White House said Kaiser never discussed the loan with White House officials, the evidence suggests this is a lie. And, further demonstrating the political nature of the Obama administration’s activities, the Energy Department pressured Solyndra to delay an announcement on layoffs until after the 2010 elections. Despite the public outrage at this scandalous waste of precious tax dollars, President Obama continues to defend the indefensible and has refused to sack anyone over the Solyndra mess.

President Obama continues to countenance actions by his appointees that undermine the rule of law and constitutional government:

  • Despite a ban on funding that Obama signed into law, his administration continues to fund the corrupt and allegedly defunct “community” organization ACORN. In July 2011 Judicial Watch uncovered a $79,819 grant to AHCOA (Affordable Housing Centers of America), the renamed ACORN Housing which has a long history of corrupt activity. In absolute violation of the funding ban, Judicial Watch has since confirmed that the Obama administration has funneled $730,000 to the ACORN network, a group that has a long personal history with President Obama.In 2011, JW released a special report entitled “The Rebranding of ACORN,” which details how the ACORN network is alive and well and well-placed to undermine the integrity of the 2012 elections – evidently with the assistance of the Obama administration.
  • Barack Obama apparently believes it is his “prerogative” to ignore the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law when it comes to appointing czars. According to Politico: “President Barack Obama is planning to ignore language in the 2011 spending package that would ban several top White House advisory posts. Obama said this ban on “czars” would undermine “the President’s ability to exercise his constitutional responsibilities and take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” In other words, Barack Obama believes he must ignore the U.S. Constitution to protect the U.S. Constitution. Many Obama administration czars have not been subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate as required by the U.S. Constitution. In 2011, JW released a first-of-its-kind comprehensive report on the Obama czar scandal, entitled “President Obama’s Czars.”
  • In an historic victory for Judicial Watch and an embarrassing defeat for the Obama White House, a federal court ruled on August 17, 2011 that Secret Service White House visitor logs are agency records that are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell issued the decision in Judicial Watch v. Secret Service. The Obama administration now will have to release all records of all visitors to the White House – or explain why White House visits should be kept secret under the law. The Obama White House continues to fight full disclosure and has stalled the release of records by appealing the lower court decision.(Judicial Watch gave Obama a “failing grade” on transparency in testimony before Congress in 2011. (Read the testimony in full as well as additional congressional testimony during a hearing entitled “White House Transparency, Visitor Logs and Lobbyists.”))
  • In 2011, the Obama National Labor Relations Board sought to prevent the Seattle-based Boeing Company from opening a $750 million non-union assembly line in North Charleston, South Carolina, to manufacture its Dreamliner plane. Judicial Watch obtained documents from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) showing this lawsuit was politically motivated. Judicial Watch uncovered documents showing NLRB staff cheerleading for Big Labor, mouthing Marxist, anti-American slurs and showing contempt for Congress related to the agency’s lawsuit against Boeing, including email correspondence attacking members of Congress. And it starts at the top. Obama bypassed Congress and recess-appointed Craig Becker, who is connected to the AFL-CIO, the SEIU and ACORN, to the NRLB.
  • Obama’s corrupt Chicago dealings continued to haunt him in 2011.Obama’s real estate partner, campaign fundraiser and Obama pork recipient Antoin “Tony” Rezko was finally sentenced to jail this year as was former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who is now set to serve 14 years for attempting to sell Obama’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder. The FBI continues to withhold from Judicial Watch documents of its historic interview of then-Senator Obama about the Illinois corruption scandal. The FBI interview was conducted in December, 2008, about one month before Obama was sworn into the presidency.

 

Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA): A first-timer on Judicial Watch’s “Ten Most Wanted” list, Rep. Laura Richardson is in hot water for reportedly misusing her congressional staff for personal and political gain. Rep. Richardson is now under investigation by the House Ethics Committee regarding allegations by former staff member Maria Angel Macias. Macias alleges that she was required by Richardson to order other staffers to run personal errands for the Democrat congresswoman – such as picking up her dry cleaning – and to work on her re-election campaign at taxpayer expense.

Richardson’s alleged behavior would violate federal law, which protects federal employees from “being forced by job-related threats or reprisals to donate to political candidates or causes.” House ethics rules also specify that “in no event may a member or office compel a House employee to do campaign work.”

Macias indicated to the Committee that Richardson regularly directed her to call staff members outside of office hours to “make them work at campaign events.” According to former employees, they were required to work the extended hours “under threat of dismissal,” and reportedly, were even required to act as servers at such events. Shirley Cooks, chief of staff for Representative Richardson, was also directed to ensure that staff members “volunteered” for off-hour campaign projects.

Rep. Richardson has responded by denying that she has ever forced employees to volunteer on campaigns, and then played the “race card,” claiming she is being targeted because she is black and because she is a woman. Richardson has further indicated that she would explore whether the Ethics Committee “has engaged in discriminatory conduct”… which is a blatant attempt to intimidate committee members and undermine the investigation.

Richardson is not new to controversy and investigations of ethics violations. Complaints against her include commandeering emergency helicopters in her California district for use as sightseeing vehicles for her staff and of her receiving special treatment when a bank rescinded the sale of a foreclosed home Rep. Richardson owned in Sacramento and then restructured her mortgage. (This was the third home on which Rep. Richardson had missed payments.)

The House Ethics Committee failed to punish her over the foreclosure deal (no surprises there) and approximately one year later Richardson again defaulted on her payments. True to form, however, Richardson failed to take responsibility for her actions, claiming the default was due to a “clerical error.”

 

Rep. David Rivera (R-FL): Rep. David Rivera, U.S. Representative for Florida’s 25th congressional district, is mired in numerous ethics controversies stemming from charges of money laundering and tax evasion schemes initiated when Rivera served in the Florida House of Representatives. The Republican congressman, serving his first term, is currently under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Miami-Dade Police public corruption unit, and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office.

Of particular interest is the investigation by the FBI and the IRS regarding Rep. Rivera’s dealings with the Flagler Dog Track, now known as the Magic City Casino. The basis for the investigation relates to payments reportedly totaling as much as $1 million made by the casino to Millennium Marketing in the guise of a consulting contract. Most of the money is said to have been paid in 2008.

Millennium Marketing is owned by Rivera’s mother and godmother, and Rivera supposedly benefited from the arrangement, and is thus the subject of a tax evasion inquiry. Income from the consulting contract was never reported by Rivera on his tax forms, nor did he mention the Millennium deal in financial disclosure forms filed with the Florida Ethics Commission. Instead, Rivera indicated that he had worked as a consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in addition to being a member of the Florida House of Representatives. He reported no income for USAID, however, and the agency had no record of his having ever worked there.

For a long time, Rep. Rivera denied ever receiving any income from the dog track, but just before heading to Congress, Rivera admitted receiving $132,000 in “undisclosed loans” from Millennium. He claims he paid the money back.

Participating in the dog track inquiry – and at one time having had the lead on the case – is the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, assisted by the Miami-Dade Police. Investigators are also taking a close look at Rivera’s campaign spending, including $75,000 he paid in 2010 “to a now-defunct consulting company owned by the daughter of a top aide.”

 

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA): Rep. Maxine Waters is one of the most senior and one of the most outspoken members of Congress. She is also one of the most corrupt.

In August 2010, an investigative subcommittee of the House Ethics Committee charged Rep. Waters with three counts of violating House rules and ethics regulations in connection with her use of power and influence on behalf of OneUnited Bank. She was expected to face an ethics trial in late 2010, but the committee delayed the trial indefinitely on November 29, 2010, citing newly discovered documentary evidence that may impact proceedings.

The delay apparently has less to do with evidence and more to do with infighting on the panel. Ultimately, an outside counsel was retained and a recommendation was expected by January 2, 2012. However, the Committee announced that the Waters probe will be extended until July 31, 2012.

According to The Associated Press, the charges currently under the House Ethics Committee microscope “focus on whether Waters broke the rules in requesting federal help [bailout money] for a bank where her husband owned stock and had served on the board of directors.” At the time she requested the help, Waters neglected to tell Treasury officials about her financial ties to OneUnited Bank.

Without intervention by Waters (and a big assist from her co-conspirator Rep. Barney Frank), OneUnited was an extremely unlikely candidate for Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funding. The Treasury Department indicated that it would only provide bailout funds to healthy banks to jump-start lending. However, Judicial Watch uncovered documents detailing the deplorable financial condition of OneUnited at the time of the cash infusion. In fact, just prior to the bailout, OneUnited received a “less than satisfactory rating.”

Aside from OneUnited, there was yet another scandal with Waters’ fingerprints all over it.

According to The Washington Times: “A lobbyist known as one of California’s most successful power brokers while serving as a legislative leader in that state paid Rep. Maxine Waters’ husband $15,000 in consulting fees at a time she was co-sponsoring legislation that would help save the real-estate finance business of one of the lobbyist’s best-paying clients…”

“Real-estate finance businesses,” such as the one helped by Waters’ influence, were labeled a “scam” by the IRS in a 2006 report.

Despite all of her ethical woes, Maxine Waters seeks to take over the retiring Barney Frank’s position as the ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee. It is quite obvious that Rep. Waters has neither the integrity nor the ethics necessary to hold such a position of public trust.

 

Rep. Don Young (R-AK): Rep. Don Young may have achieved a new level of corruption in 2011. The House Ethics Committee announced just before Christmas that the Alaska Republican Congressman was cleared of allegations by the House Ethics Committee that he exceeded the limit on campaign donations to his legal defense fund – which was set up to defend Young against an entirely different set of corruption charges! There was good reason the House Ethics Committee released this decision after most of official Washington left for the Christmas holiday: because the Committee’s “exoneration” is a joke.

House ethics rules prohibit contributions from any single source that exceed $5,000. Young received $63,000 from “twelve companies that…were in fact owned by Gary Chouest, his wife, and his five children, or some combination of those seven individuals.” Despite an independent analysis by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) that the shell-game was a rather transparent violation of the contribution limit, the House Ethics Committee gave Young a free pass because the 12 companies controlled by essentially one individual were “separate legal entities”!

On July 24, 2007, the Wall Street Journal reported that Young was under federal investigation for taking bribes, illegal gratuities, and unreported gifts from VECO Corporation, an Anchorage, Alaska- based company. Two executives in the company, including former company CEO Bill Allen, had already pled guilty to bribing members of the Alaska legislature. Reportedly, Young received $157,000 from VECO.

Rep. Young has developed a legendary reputation for steering federal dollars to Alaska. As The New Republic put it, Rep. Young is “well known for his sharp elbows and generous appetite for legislative pork,” including the $223 million he secured to build the so-called “Bridge to Nowhere.” Eventually, lawmakers responded to the mounting criticism and the bridge was defunded.

Over the years, Rep. Young has been linked to lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s illegal efforts to lease government property, and he has been criticized for adding a $10 million earmark to a transportation bill for a short piece of road in Florida near Fort Myers, called Coconut Road. The local real estate developer who owned 4,000 acres along the road helped raise $40,000 for Young’s campaign, which might go a long way toward explaining why the Alaska congressman aggressively pushed to build a road in Florida.

For more on the list, including the 10 dishonorable mentions, read here.

 


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Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:27 | Link to Comment holdbuysell
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FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:54 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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History.

What's old is always new again.

It rhymes right along until the time it repeats, and then the rhyme cycle begins anew.

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answer'd it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest -
For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men -
Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?
O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.
Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:08 | Link to Comment Dr. Gonzo
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Marc Antony?

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:36 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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 No.

Orange Julius, I think.

 

But then again, I went to public school in Chuck Schumer's* district.

 

*Charles Schumer is a U.S. Senator who will say or do anything to protect the financial/Wall Street leg of the Military-Industrial-Wall Street complex that now sucks all U.S. taxpayers dry for the benefit of the greatest vampire known to a very high % of Americans.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:40 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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All politicians are cocksuckers.  ALL.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:06 | Link to Comment TheSilverJournal
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Bernanke should be on the list, although the central planner of our currency isn't even elected. 

TheSilverJournal.com

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:14 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Bernanke is a scientist, you better recognize!

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:26 | Link to Comment TheSilverJournal
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So you're saying that he really knows how to blow thing up?

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:47 | Link to Comment flacon
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Pop Quizz: What wing of government is the Department of JUSTICE? 

A. Executive

B. Legislative

C. Judicial

 

If you answered "A" you are correct and you will be promptly disposed of never to be seen again thanks to NDAA. 

 

http://www.justice.gov/

http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/Executive/Justice.shtml

 

 

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 01:00 | Link to Comment YBNguy
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Speaking of Marc Antony, if I can recall correctly he was allowed to give a eulogy for Caeser. During this time he shocked the crowd and the politcal class by tearing off the deceased Caesars robe and point out each stab wound naming the names of the killers. What proceeded (upon the people finding out Caeser bequeathed many of his things to them) was the people taking to the streets and slaying any politican (involved) they could get their hands on. Good times...

 

And Tyler D, you forgot to mention the poster children of this nonpartisan corruptocratery: Pelosi and Boehner

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 01:59 | Link to Comment Max Fischer
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Did anyone watch O'Reilly tonight?  He called RP's position on many issues "simply outlandish" and said he'd NEVER win the nomination.  I know that many Ron Paul supporters LOVE Faux News - especially Glenn Beck when he was still on - so I'm curious what they think of RP being trashed constantly by the network.  Earlier in the day, Eric Bolling (one of the biggest idots at Faux) said that most RP's supporters wouldn't make it to the polls because they're too stoned.  

The Republicans are in such disarray.  *LOL*

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bill-oreilly-starts-off-2012-bashing-ron-paul...

 

 

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 02:14 | Link to Comment Freddie
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Only morons watch TV and even bigger morons like you think there is any difference on TV.  FAIL - moron.

BTW - anything is better than the muslim you voted for.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 03:14 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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Any outlet of the MSM is beyond a joke, and this holds true for Newscorp, as well.

Newscorp is just another NWO cheerleader, pushing a different flavor of Kool-Aid, harping on mostly trivial, social wedge issues (Pledge of Allegiance in school, gay marriage, the latest controversial statements of [insert celebrity of choice here], etc.), to try and convince its flock of sheeple followers that it's significantly different than the other flavor of Kool-Aid, whether CNN or CBS.

There is no real reporting of factually truthful information on significant issues in Amerika today.

If there was, Brian Williams would lead off the 6:30 est NBC News by talking about how much the national debt increased this week/month/year, or how much money we've spent cumulatively in Iraq & Afghanistan over the last decade, whether officially, or more revealing officially + unofficially (those private contractors and 'off record' expenses can be quite pricey), or how U.S. politicians are literally selling out Americans by doing real journalistic work and tracing how much money is being given to prominent and powerful committee members in the House of Representatives and Senate, and who is giving the money, and why.

When was the last time any of us last saw a lead story referencing any of the above matters (which are bankrupting our nation by the day, morally and financially) by Brian Williams or Lester Holt or anyone on CNN or FoxNewsCorp or whatever Lame Ass Stream Media Source on the nightly news in Amerika?

They're more likely to lead with a story about Amanda Knox or some other bullshit that means literally nothing for any of us, especially given what else is happening.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 12:25 | Link to Comment bigerny
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Oh but what about the righteous moral outrage about a man with a cigar getting a blowjob??

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:39 | Link to Comment erg
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How about OBombers science czar, J. P. Holdren advocating the use of sterilants in the drinking water to continue the diminishment of the proles.

Ecoscience.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:49 | Link to Comment flacon
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The only good thing about Holdren is that he actually doesn't deny that there actually IS a "Free Market" - however that's also the bad news...

 

White House Science Czar Says He Would Use 'Free Market' to 'De-Develop the United States

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWScB5LiU5o

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 01:01 | Link to Comment erg
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Before even viewing; it's hard not to notice the de-development. Akin to Gates on TED saying humans should have a zero carbon footprint. Even my gassy bloated corpse is going to have a carbon footprint.

Or Gates saying that if Grandma dies soon we can hire 6 more teachers.

Or Gates saying that they've merged flu delivery technology with mosquitos.

It's heavy heart shit all this.

The death quotes are without surcease.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 01:15 | Link to Comment erg
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Thanks for the link flacon.

"..,this is a stale topic..." We must look forward and not dwell on the past or some such bloviating bullshit.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 03:36 | Link to Comment jeff montanye
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like bush's (now obama's) war crimes.  p.s. wish judicial watch had picked a sitting republican instead of the one who'd resigned.  they sound fairly partisan (republican) but i guess that objectivity is too much to hope for.  they are right though; the corruption is fully bipartisan.  ron paul '12.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 05:53 | Link to Comment bank guy in Brussels
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Yes, 'Judicial Watch' in the USA, is another fraud, a Republican-siding con job supporting the illusions that America has a two-party system, and they actually prop up the American system of court corruption instead of attacking it.

They are known for almost never helping victims of corrupt judges and courts in the United States, you can see that on internet forums about American corruption. Judicial Watch is flooded with proofs of crimes involving American lawyers and judges, imprisoning and robbing real people, that they totally ignore.

Judicial Watch is another fraudulent, corporate- and oligarch-funded group, they try to get American people to focus hatred against mostly Democrats, and a few non-insider Republicans, tossed in to pretend they are legit.

Their main early focus was messing around in court cases against the Bill Clinton crowd, trying to get Americans to still hate the Clintons continuing into the era when Bush was in office.

To pretend they are doing something, they focus on cases already in the media, and easy targets, especially Democratic politicians, who are not insiders.

In terms of what is going on in America, another worthless, oligarch-backed NGO with corporate funding, part of the great shell 'game' of distracting the sheeple.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 07:58 | Link to Comment nmewn
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The list is their choice of top ten corrupt politicians of 2011. Not judges or lawyers or janitors or vegas showgirls...politicians. Are you saying there is no basis in fact?

If so, one would assume the accused or maligned would have lawyers happily preparing civil cases for slander...yes-no?

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 13:29 | Link to Comment Boxed Merlot
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The list is their choice of top ten corrupt politicians of 2011...

 

Exactly.  For the year 2011 Corzine is not a "politician".  Neither are the members of his legal team headed by a former US chief executive currently sleeping with the US secretary of State.  There is still a distinction between (s)elected officials currently occupying positions of public trust and even their chosen minions carying out their benefactors desires.

 

Now, on the other hand, if one were to begin listing corrupt attorneys, well, Adam would have the easier task in naming all the creatures on the earth, right down to the smallest amoeba.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 19:26 | Link to Comment nmewn
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lol...agreed.

However, the taxpayer is not obligated to hand out salary & pensions to corrupt lawyers for a job well done. But I do get your point ;-)

Somehow we have to put a barrier between current pols & former pols. And stop this formation between industry and the state. The state is there to look after the peoples interest (make sure no harm comes to the people, financial or otherwise) not become allied with industry against the people...through subsidy or law.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 23:36 | Link to Comment Lord Koos
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Judicial Watch is a front group for arch-conservative, Clinton-hater billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, who has bankrolled the organization  Between 1997 and 2002 Judicial Watch received $7,069,500 (unadjusted for inflation) in 19 grants from a handful of foundations. The bulk of this funding came from just three foundations – the Sarah Scaife FoundationThe Carthage Foundation, both managed by Richard Mellon Scaife, and the John M. Olin Foundation, Inc.  Scaife is a lighter-weight version of the Koch brothers.

Wed, 01/04/2012 - 06:30 | Link to Comment nmewn
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"Judicial Watch is a front group for arch-conservative, Clinton-hater billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife..."

So thats why JW teamed up with the Sierra Club to sue all the way to the SCOTUS to get at the inner workings of the Cheney Energy Task Force...lol.

I guess you just don't like it when your particular ox gets "Gored" ;-)

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 05:39 | Link to Comment Magat Guru
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The whole list is suspect, seeing that Richard Mellon Scaife, wingnut philanthropist extraordinaire, is Judicial Watch's main benefactor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judicial_Watch

IOW consider the source.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:05 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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"Speak hands for me"

~Publius Servilius Casca Longus

Might be more fitting...

 

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 09:30 | Link to Comment FMR Bankster
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So many scumbags, such a short list. Still, we gotta rank them, it's half the fun.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:37 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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I don't even want to vote for Ron Paul; and I probably won't.  I'll probably get drunk and "forget" to vote.  The only time I have ever voted was for Gore, and I was 18, so don't blame me.  When I figured the shit out it was right before the '04 election, and I cast no ballot.  In '08 I cast no ballot.  Honestly, it feels good not to get taken for a ride. 

And by the way I have heard shit on Al Gore from his Secret Service (he likes Asians).  All politicians are duchebags.  ALL.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:47 | Link to Comment Michael
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Maybe this will help CSPAN Callers After Ron Paul Speech in Iowa – Jan 2 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kJ486B5WCs&feature=player_embedded#!

 Just remember, if you don't vote, my vote is worth a bit more.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:55 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Or maybe DIEBOLD tells you it likes your love handles.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:48 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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Just my free opinion, so treat it with the value I've pre-ordained it with, but Ron Paul, if nothing else, scares the establishment.

There's no measure they wouldn't stoop to in order to prevent the core truths he speaks of from becoming even more widely disseminated than they are now.

Ron Paul would be Socrates' choice, I believe, given that he's the person speaking the most (quantity) and highest (quality) truths, on a relative basis.

Aside from that, he's the only candidate who actually has called out the fractional reserve banking scam for the world's greatest economic Ponzi in history that it is, and he's the only candidate to even speak of the grotesque growth and expansion of the now all powerful federal government (trampling on states' RIGHTS and the RIGHTS of individuals), and that alone is sufficient to earn my support (what other choice would I have with the alternatives offered up)?

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:58 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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I think Ron Paul is a standup guy, I just don't like politics.  I have no solution, fyi.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 01:40 | Link to Comment CompassionateFascist
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Ron Paul is the only American pol of any significance who isn't a galley slave on the good ship Israel. So Republicrats won't let him get w/in 9 miles of the nomination. If he goes 3rd Party tho, and brings Rand Paul onboard as VP, he can raise holy hell with the System.  

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:45 | Link to Comment economics1996
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William Shakespeare made this famous.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 01:15 | Link to Comment Blank Reg
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Shakespeare wasn't so great. All he did was string a bunch of old cliches together and call them plays.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 03:11 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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How were they cliches then, when people were a bit more concerned about dying from the plague?

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 03:20 | Link to Comment Blank Reg
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It's a joke. Shakespears lines BECAME cliches because they were great. Duh.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 04:14 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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Lots of thin skins and thick skulls roaming around here...

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 05:47 | Link to Comment knowless
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it almost feels like i'm in the real world.. VIRTUAL REALITY IS THE MATRIX.

 

sorry, sorry, I just.. don't even know.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:14 | Link to Comment Gully Foyle
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The Madwoman of Chaillot

The Ragpicker: Countess if only you knew... Shall we tell her?... Nothing Countess, it's you that are hiding. You see, there was a time when old clothes were as good as new. In fact they were better because when people wore clothes they gave something to them. But that was a long time ago, Countess. Just as, there was a time when... when garbage was a pleasure. Oh, it smelled a little strange or seemed confused, that's because there was everything there. The smell of sardine, of iendine, calone, roses. An amature would leap to the wrong conclusion. But to a professional, it was the smell of life... No Countess, the world has changed. The garbage has changed... People are not the same, Countess. People are different. No one is involved with anyone anymore. There's been an invasion, and infatuation. The world isn't beautiful no longer. The world is not happy... Because you've been dreaming a long time, Countess, and, no one wanted to disturb you. Countess, look, there was a time remember you could walk along the streets of Paris and everybody you met were just like yourself. I mean, oh, a little cleaner maybe or dirty perhaps or angry or smiling. But you knew them. I knew them too. And one day, 20 years ago I saw a face in the crowd. Face without a face; the eyes empty, the expression not human. It was not a human face at all. It saw me staring and when it looked back at me with its gelatin eyes, I shuttered. Because I knew to make room for one of them, one of us must have left the earth. The world is full of faceless people, Countess, and once you stop dreaming, as we all had stopped dreaming, you see them quite clearly. They were here today.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:29 | Link to Comment LongBalls
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VOTE RON PAUL 2012 BIZZZZNATCHEZZZZZZ!!!!!

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:01 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Ron Paul/Elvis Costello 2012

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:34 | Link to Comment Howard_Beale
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Or from The Borowitz report:

A Letter from Kim Jong-un

To the People of Iowa

PYONGYANG (The Borowitz Report) – The following is a letter from Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, to the people of Iowa.

Dear Voters of Iowa:

In December I became Supreme Leader of North Korea.  Pretty amazing development for a twentysomething who at the time was still living at home and spending all day playing Angry Birds.  But there I was, receiving the cheers of millions of North Koreans, who usually don’t get that excited unless they’ve caught sight of a pork sandwich.  (LOL)

Here is why I am writing to you today: on Tuesday, you will go to your caucuses and choose from among a field of Republican presidential candidates.  And let me tell you, the idea of any of these people getting nuclear weapons scares the shit out of me.

This is just one of many differences between your country and mine.  In North Korea, we lock up the criminally insane.  In America, you let them debate on TV.  Right now you have people running for President I would not trust to take care of my plants.

So who do I recommend you vote for on Tuesday?  In a word, me.

If you think about it, I am the most Republican candidate of all.  In North Korea, we have no taxes.  We have achieved that through a conservative policy of no jobs.  Also, we have no wasteful “big government” programs providing food, shelter, or safe drinking water.  And am I pro-life?  Well, try this on for size: I believe that life begins at conception and ends at starvation.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: I’m too young to be President, since I’m under 35.  Well, who would you rather have running your country, someone who’s under 35, or someone whose IQ is under 35?  (LOL)

I think when you look at all the facts, voters of Iowa, you’ll realize that Kim Jong-un is the Republican who most deserves your vote.  And if you’re still not convinced, remember this: at least I’m not Mitt Romney.

Peace out yo,

Your Supreme Leader

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 02:12 | Link to Comment Freddie
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Elvis Costello is a libtard arsehole who is a gun banner.  I knew him when he was good circa first al-bum.

Odd how lots of lefty multi-millionaire Brit pop stars screw over their bandmates like Elvis, Waters, Weller, Sting, Sylvian, Albarn and one or two other Labour Party f**cks that I am forgetting.  

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:41 | Link to Comment economics1996
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Percent of blacks in the Congress and Senate making the top 10 list 13.6%.

Percent of Hispanics making the top 10 list 3.7%.

Percent of whites making the top 10 list 0.6%.

 

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 05:55 | Link to Comment Magat Guru
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See comment above re: R.M. Scaife. No doubt in this corrupt system one has to compromise oneself to reach a position of sufficient prominence to even be a candidate for someone's "top 10" list. That being said, the particular 10 listed here reflect more on Mr Scaife's biases than on any objective metric.

My bias would put more JUDGES on the list as they're expected to be honest, unlike elected pols. Case in point -- how much of Scaife's money would you imagine finds its way to Mrs. Justice Thomas's pockets in furtherance of his agenda, i.e. overturning Obamacare? 

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 02:07 | Link to Comment Freddie
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The Senate is even worse.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:29 | Link to Comment maxw3st
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I would definitely include Boehner, McConnel, Bachmann, and Kantor on that list.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:02 | Link to Comment WonderDawg
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How do you pick the most corrupt out of the gallery of corrupt politicians. It's like trying to pick the ugliest turd in the punchbowl.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:43 | Link to Comment I Got Worms
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Well, that's as good a list of snakes as any to start tracking down after the SHTF.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:11 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Zactly.  Any one person that thinks they can change this fascist system is retarded (my apologies to actually retarded people).  These people have retarded their souls some where along the way.  They have sold out.  They do not have others interest in their own.  They are luciferians.  They worship the flame of the beast.  They have no soul, no interest for others' needs.  They are the demons alive, those that walk the earth forever.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:32 | Link to Comment WonderDawg
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For a perfect example of no soul, look in Michelle Bachmann's eyes next time you see her on TV. Shiny dimes with nothing behind them. Empty. She scares me.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 02:37 | Link to Comment akak
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Bachmann Warmonger Overdrive reminds me of that evil doll in the original "Twilight Zone" episode who keeps repeating to the frightened little girl: "Kill them .... Kill them ..... Kill them ....."

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:08 | Link to Comment knukles
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Well, these folks are the ones and sames tell us they can pick up a turd by its clean end.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:30 | Link to Comment sun tzu
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don't forget those crooks pelosi, reid, hoyer, frank, kerry, durbin, waxman

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 01:21 | Link to Comment prodigious_idea
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Too partisan for a thumbs up

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:50 | Link to Comment economics1996
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I will second Boehner.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 01:45 | Link to Comment CompassionateFascist
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All but the 13 Senators who defied ZOG and voted against the IranWar Apropriation bill that took down Posse Comitatus and Habeus Corpus.  

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:29 | Link to Comment Gamma735
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This list does not surprise me.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:55 | Link to Comment bigdumbnugly
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politician... corrupt...  pfft

maybe a list of the non-corrupt would be more instructive -  and much shorter. 

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:32 | Link to Comment JohnG
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Ron and Rand Paul.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:29 | Link to Comment ACP
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Tell me something I don't know bitchez!

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:30 | Link to Comment brew
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how do you pick the top 10 when they're all criminal psychopaths...

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:47 | Link to Comment jcmjr
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These were the 10 most corrupt!!

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:38 | Link to Comment geekgrrl
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I think it would be far less work for JW to create a list of un-corrupted politicians.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:39 | Link to Comment Joseph Jones
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Other than than, these seem like a nice group of folks.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:39 | Link to Comment williambanzai7
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This creates the unfortunate impression that the problem is limited to ten, when the problem has reached epicly ubiquitous proportions.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:47 | Link to Comment Monedas
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Epicly Ubiquitous Proportions.....that's a mouthful....even for Barney Frank !

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:09 | Link to Comment knukles
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Wrong.  Just plain wrong.
But funny.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 02:41 | Link to Comment akak
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You have the wrong orifice which Bawney Fwank likes to have, um, filled.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:51 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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sort of like picking the ten ugliest turkey vultures

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 15:44 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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yo! tentacle-face!  pot, kettle!!!


lol, jk.

Thu, 01/05/2012 - 19:20 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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funny

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:10 | Link to Comment Ms. Erable
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The more successfully corrupt hacks hide their malfeasance as part of a legislative package (hence, their names not appearing here). These ten aren't bright enough to string together a coherent sentence sans teleprompter (but even with one, Waters would have a difficult time), much less anything that could pass a a bill or ammendment written in U.S. legal English.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:44 | Link to Comment Jim in MN
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Well Weiner certainly wasn't hiding his legislative package.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 03:14 | Link to Comment Ms. Erable
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True - he did get caught before he could put it in his chosen 'hiding place'.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:18 | Link to Comment Gully Foyle
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williambanzai7

"when the problem has reached epicly ubiquitous proportions."

No. Access to information has become much more immediate and aggressive. Same old problem at the same old levels, now we know about it before it can be burried.

Did you happen to catch the Starz series BOSS? There is an episode where they need to change the topic from toxic waste to anything else, where they need to survive for four days. Pure genius regarding how distraction is created.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:40 | Link to Comment CH1
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Politicians are a corrupt breed... period.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:21 | Link to Comment Gully Foyle
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CH1

"Politicians are a corrupt breed... period."

About twenty, twentyfive, years ago 60 Minutes did a segment on a newly elected assemblyman. They followed him around and he explained the pressure and economic incentives thrown at him.

Naturally that will never see the light of day again.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:43 | Link to Comment Jim in MN
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And for those interested in the Keystone XL pipeline, a fount of bipartisan corruption and bullshit in its own right, please consider the following chart from Natural Resources Canada, in which is revealed that the one thing you ain't gonna git from tar sands is...motor gasoline.  Specifically, the red in the 'very heavy' bar as compared to the other bars.

http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/sites/www.nrcan.gc.ca.energy/files/images/eneene/sources/petpet/images/refraf1-lrgr-eng.png

But the monied ones want it oh so badly.  Bunch of bitumen grit, does no one any Earthly good, but the pigs must be paid!  So let's slurry bitumen grit over a thousand miles just for the Hell of it.  We were going to import similar crap from Venezuela before Chavez...to burn in a coal-fired power plant in Florida!  But even that didn't make any damn sense so it was discontinued.

 

Thu, 01/05/2012 - 12:43 | Link to Comment PrinceDraxx
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Aren't you forgetting a little something? Say, for instance, the mega millions of barrels of Condensate from all those gas wells up there? NGL = Natural Gas Liquids, which will be put in those lines as well as Bitumen.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:43 | Link to Comment PicassoInActions
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if we have the list every year..... something seriosly isn't right....

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:11 | Link to Comment knukles
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Good catch.

 

Alone speaks volumes of the human condition to which we have devolved.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:02 | Link to Comment GOSPLAN HERO
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Reminder -- this site is probably monitored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Anti-state comments and sedition will not be tolerated.

Incarceration without writ of habeas corpus (being charged) is now the law of the land.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

 

 

 

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:24 | Link to Comment Gully Foyle
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GOSPLAN HERO

There were rumors ZH was a sort of honey trap for those outside looking in. Back when Marla was making fun of the Palestinian flotilla, squirt guns anyone, and one of two attacking Wikileaks. The other being a known BIGOV snitch.

Makes one wonder.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:46 | Link to Comment I Got Worms
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No more short rope/tall lamppost comments?

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:05 | Link to Comment CH1
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Reminder -- this site is probably monitored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

They ALL are, mostly by the NSA.

Anti-state comments and sedition will not be tolerated.

Depends upon what kind of response they expect. If they can convince Joe Average that we want to take away his Netflix and Budweiser, the SWAT teams will roll.

Incarceration without writ of habeas corpus (being charged) is now the law of the land.

Indeed it is.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Yes, but I refuse to self-censor. Fuck them.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:23 | Link to Comment knukles
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On the other hand, every entity is in need of viable feedback mechanisms, whether they be individuals, businesses or political.  To wit: friend's well meant constrictive comments, product and marketing study groups or voter and opinion pols.
There are numerous purposes, agendas for listening to, researching and sourcing  from and/or monitoring ZH.  For viable information as to thought, trends, insights unavailable elsewhere especially in the MSM.  Where else is one going to source viable minority non-consensus opinions in such an open format?  Kind hard, folks.
It provides a significant wealth of information for which those of differing opinions might find constructive use. 
If suspect other than for such, it probably is useless in and of it's own sake with no redeeming value, merely idlely ignored. 

And as one of my buddies says.  Don't take yourself so seriously... other people don't.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:08 | Link to Comment A Lunatic
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Thanks for the warning.........now FUCK OFF!

-a sovereign citizen-

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:45 | Link to Comment LookingWithAmazement
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Obama will be re-elected. Four-more-years. I keep repeating it. A country of around 300 million folks cannot deliver a candidate who beats the most impopular, spendthrift, incompetent, most overhyped, corrupt president ever. I think it's time for a BOYCOTT THE US ELECTIONS MOVEMENT. After all, due to a lack of millions/billions and some corrupt friends on Wall Street, Joe and Jane Average have not the slightest change to become president or even a Congress member. But he/she has to suffer all the hardships those corrupt freaks and numbnuts (except the great Ron Paul) cause. So the only solution is to stay at home. Up yours, DC and Wall Street! Anthem for 2012: Fuck the elections!

Spread the word!

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:07 | Link to Comment GOSPLAN HERO
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... or hasten the total economic collapse; vote for Obama.

total economic collapse = reset.

 

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:26 | Link to Comment Gully Foyle
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LookingWithAmazement

Sorry, Obama was a bone to Democrats. A placeholder.

Romney is the choisen one, the one to usher in the Apocalypse. Well the controlled collapse and martial law.

Obama will probably head to the UN. It was Clintons job but he just couldn't resist getting caught.


Tue, 01/03/2012 - 02:47 | Link to Comment akak
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Romney is the choisen one, the one to usher in the Apocalypse.

It's the end of the world as we know it

and my hair looks fine ....

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 04:29 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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", and I feel fine"

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 14:56 | Link to Comment hyper-critical
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This is the most pathetic, un-American comment I've ever seen on this site.

Thu, 01/05/2012 - 13:59 | Link to Comment LookingWithAmazement
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Wrong. I support the Americans, warning them for four-more-years of Obama.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:48 | Link to Comment Westcoastliberal
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Every member of Congress who voted for the NDAA needs to be impeached/removed at least by the next election cycle, including Obama for signing it into law.  It's a violation of their oath to uphold the Constitution.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:58 | Link to Comment xcehn
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Treason deserves a special punishment.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:05 | Link to Comment AgShaman
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Agreed.

A list of the members of the Legislative Branch that did not support NDAA 1867 would be useful

Anyone that did not make such a list should be viewed as corrupt....and deserving of the moniker "Traitor"

Thu, 01/05/2012 - 12:32 | Link to Comment PrinceDraxx
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This is a link to the information on the ones who did. Bring a lunch, you'll need it before you get finished.

 

http://pastebin.com/nSvjR2Ev

 

This link is a list of Senate and House of Representatives members who did not support the Patriot Act or NDAA 2012.

 

http://freakoutnation.com/2011/12/31/the-only-senators-congress-persons-...

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:48 | Link to Comment I Got Worms
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Isn't there only one punishment for proven treason?

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 13:41 | Link to Comment victor82
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"Constitution? We don't need no stinkin' Constitution!"

-The Ruling Class

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:52 | Link to Comment toadold
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Rowan Atkinson talks to a select group of US legislatures.

http://www.roostertime.com/video/qffCXkhodks/Rowan-Atkinson-No-one-called-Jones.html

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:53 | Link to Comment bob_dabolina
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Re-elect these incumbents 2012!!!! You deserve them all.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:53 | Link to Comment vegas
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How you could leave Bawny Fwank and Chis Dodd off this list is a mystery to me.

 

http://vegasxau.blogspot.com

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:55 | Link to Comment Tyler Durden
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They are in the "honorable mention" category. Kinda like Corzine is 'honorable'

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 03:04 | Link to Comment akak
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And everyone likes to brag about Obomba being our first "black president" (even though he is only a mulatto), but what about Don Young's honor of being the very first Neanderthal man elected to federal office?

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:59 | Link to Comment SK8boarder
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Don't forget Judd Gregg, To me he is the biggest piece of work ever, He now works for CNBC and some Big Bank.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 01:33 | Link to Comment SeanJKerrigan
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Some big bank yeah... Come on, you know what bank it is.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:53 | Link to Comment alphamapp
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Kleptoparasites!

I challege someone with stronger wikitruth abilities than I to add "politician" to the list of species here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleptoparasite

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:59 | Link to Comment GOSPLAN HERO
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Reminder -- this site is probably monitored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Anti-state comments and seditious comments will not be tolerated.

Incarceration without writ of habeas corpus (being charged) is now the law of the land.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:20 | Link to Comment Seize Mars
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Incarceration without writ of habeas corpus (being charged) is now the law of the land.

Not at all. According to Judge Andrew Napolitano, a law which is unconstitutional isn't a law at all and doesn't need to be enforced. Congress has passed all kinds of unconstitutional laws which states have nullified. It's not a new concept.

 

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:14 | Link to Comment CH1
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Maybe so, but the boss thugs don't give a damn... and the cops will mindlessly obey.

Will states really defy DC? If so, I will be impressed.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:42 | Link to Comment IAmNotMark
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The problem with your opinion is that the friendly eyes staring down at your naked, shivering, disfigured body while you state that you're a citizen and you have rights will twinkle with glee when you quote another 'Constitutional Terrorist' in Judge Napolitano.  They'll get REAL friendly after that!

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:55 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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Time to put them all on double secret probation...

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:57 | Link to Comment bob_dabolina
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It's been one big gay toga party hosted by Barney Frank

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 22:57 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Ah yes...the do nothing politicrats of Warshington D.C.

Are there enough lamposts in the District for the malfeasant? 

Only "We The People" know for sure.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:33 | Link to Comment sun tzu
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It would be better if they really did nothing. Instead they are busing fucking the masses in the ass

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:01 | Link to Comment zorba THE GREEK
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When I was a young man in the 1960s, even the appearance of impropriety would bring great

public pressure for a politician to resign. Nowadays, even F.B.I. videos of a mayor using drugs while

in a motel room with a prostitute doesn't cause him to lose his job or even stop him from getting

re-elected. The public has come to accept corruption without becoming outraged, a grave error on

their part, as this acceptance has ushered in a level of corruption that is about to topple the

greatest country the earth has ever known. I am reminded of a quote I once saw: "Each country

has the government it deserves." If we have any chance to survive as a free nation, outrage

is the first step.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:48 | Link to Comment economics1996
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In the 60s congressmen would brag that they got rid of the drunks and everyone was sober now.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 01:48 | Link to Comment Dirt Rat
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"Bitch set me up!"

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 05:59 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Marion Barry, "Pure as the driven snow."

I remember that, and the people of D.C. said they empathized with him because he was like them and their families.

Bingo.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:08 | Link to Comment Jendrzejczyk
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It's amusing that the corporate mainstream media that is feeding us the propaganda about how great these politicians are,  now are trying to get us to pay for their propaganda through subscriptions.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:07 | Link to Comment dick cheneys ghost
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The country is run by sociopaths.....Much as i like Ron Paul, I doubt that even he could clean it up......The system is rotten to the core...

 

 

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:11 | Link to Comment Seasmoke
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line them all up......

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:50 | Link to Comment SimpleandConfused
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... for re-election?

We should look at the next election results to see if any (except for the resigned senator of course) have suffered any damage from these abuses.  My guess is..... not. 

Sad state of affairs, although a state of affairs no different through the ages it seems.  You would think voters would demand more from their elected reps.  My guess is..... not.

Maybe one day there will be an answer to this criminality in our governement.  But again, my guess is..... not.

Wish it were different but as I have been told; Wish in one hand and shit in the other.  See which one fills up the fastest.

Thanks to ZH for posting this kind of information.  Didn't see this today on CNBC, Yahoo or Bloomberg.  Imagine that.

I did see on Yahoo that Asian markets are up on Eurozone manufacturing data.  Thank God for that; I can sleep well tonight. 

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:16 | Link to Comment Seize Mars
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Regarding Eric Holder:

Don't make any mistake about this. "Operation Fast and Furious," this was a false-flag attack against the Second Amendment. There were foaming at the mouth to be able to show that American guns were causing Mexican violence (like a pencil makes spelling errors).

Eric Holder is a traitor. So is his boss.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:29 | Link to Comment Gully Foyle
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Seize Mars

Dude please, it was Iran/Contra except supporting one Mexican cartel over another.

Second ammendment attack may have been a side effect, but not the main part of the plan.

Funny thing is even Sons of Anarchy picked up on the scam.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:40 | Link to Comment Reprobate
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Hasenfus, again?

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 01:49 | Link to Comment Dirt Rat
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Eric Holder would make the Nixon White House blush.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:19 | Link to Comment SAME AS IT EVER WAS
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Whats really scary is that the lies, manipulation, and corruption is a global pandemic and getting worse by the day.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:46 | Link to Comment laosuwan
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Good to see that ZH is giving some airtime to the corruption and seemingly treasonous actions of Eric Holder.

 

Washington Post on Holder's refusal to prosecute voter intimidation by Black Panthers

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/22/AR201010...

Direct Evidence: HOLDER LIED, Bragged About Project Gunrunner in Mexico in 2009

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/10/direct-evidence-...

Attorney General Eric Holder today demanded The Daily Caller stop publishing articles about the growing calls in Congress for his resignation

http://dailycaller.com/2011/11/29/holder-lashes-out-at-the-daily-caller-...

Attorney General Eric Holder failed to give senators considering his nomination last year at least seven Supreme Court legal briefs he signed while in private practice.

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/03/attorney-general...

Attorney General Eric Holder admits nine Obama appointees in the Justice Department have represented or advocated for terrorist detainees before joining the Justice Department.

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/02/holder-stacks-ju...

Barack Obama appeared and marched with members of the New Black Panther Party as he campaigned for president in Selma, Alabama in March 2007

http://biggovernment.com/abreitbart/2011/10/03/shock-photos-barack-obama...

U.S. counterterror teams may have been intentionally prevented from investigating radicalized converts to Islam

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2009/06/red-alert-did-white-house-order...

Holder has sued, yet again, another company for lack of sharia compliance

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/12/obamas-doj-stron...

After encouraging felons to vote officials at DOJ say that litigation to enforce MOVE wasn't a priority of the Justice Department

http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2011/07/obamas-bumblers-dam...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:21 | Link to Comment swamp
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#1 NANCY PELOSI

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:21 | Link to Comment G_T_A_44
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Can you say....Third world banana republic!

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 04:03 | Link to Comment Shineola
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We're no longer a Republic. ........ And we have no bananas.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:22 | Link to Comment AUD
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Politics!? Do you know how much it costs to get into politics?

Why it's more than any honest man can afford!

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:33 | Link to Comment bob_dabolina
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It costs your moral integrity and human decency on every level; metaphysically and otherwise. Like Rick Santelli said when asked if he would run for office he replied "I don't want to take a shower every hour"

If you are running for political office you have a personality disorder with some form of narcissism almost always being involved.

 

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:27 | Link to Comment alfred b.
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   Now if you were to start a list of HONEST politicians,  you'd probably not even get  to 10 !!

    Shame, especially on main stream media for letting so much corruption slide without the slightest accountability.

  

 

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:31 | Link to Comment nah
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seems like alot

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:31 | Link to Comment Kastorsky
Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:34 | Link to Comment BroCharlie
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What about Harry and Nancy.  No jobs and all the wealth, COME ON MAN!

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:34 | Link to Comment BroCharlie
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What about Harry and Nancy.  No jobs and all the wealth, COME ON MAN!

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:36 | Link to Comment sun tzu
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The lame stream media is complicit. Remember that when the time comes

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:42 | Link to Comment Peter Pan
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One wonders whether any of these people have sold themselves to the Chinese or any other foreign enemy of the USA.

One wonders what it will take for democracy to be cleansed.

One wonders why those politicians NOT on the list are not crying out for punishment.

 

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:07 | Link to Comment SK8boarder
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They don'r need to go over seas, They just wait in there office till the phone calls come in, Next thing they know there watching the Knicks with a bunch of chicks..

Thu, 01/05/2012 - 11:41 | Link to Comment PrinceDraxx
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Which ones are you talking about? Ron Paul and his son are 2 of maybe 4 or 5 that aren't indictable for something or otherwise unfit to hold the office they have. The Pauls are trying.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:48 | Link to Comment monopoly
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Top 10. Got it. Now lets get on with rest of the 535 members of Congress who refuse to talk about pay cuts, benefit and expense reductions and obscene retirement plans.

I would say there might be 10% worth having in DC. We make Libya look honest.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 23:51 | Link to Comment Jim in MN
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DELIBERATION, n. The act of examining one's bread to determine which side it is buttered on.

--Ambrose Bierce

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 01:53 | Link to Comment Dirt Rat
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CYNIC, n. a person who points to the reality others wish to ignore. I love The Devil's Dictionary.

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