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New Jersey's senior U.S. Senator is back in the news. Seems that Bob Menendez (D-Salomon Melgen) is now blaming Cuba for spreading those rumors about his, ahem, "alleged" sexual transgressions.
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said Tuesday he expects a full government investigation into intelligence information indicating the Cuban government may have been the source of false allegations he consorted with prostitutes.
The Washington Post first reported the existence of an intelligence report tying Internet Protocol addresses in Cuba to the anonymous tipster using the name Pete Williams, who approached watchdog groups and news outlets with reports of the trysts.
"From the very beginning we said that the accusations against us were false, that they were politically motivated," Menendez said in a brief hallway interview.
"Now, reading the Washington Post's report about government entities having information that the Cuban regime was behind some of this is, you know, really troublesome," Menendez said.
"If you have a foreign government trying to interfere either with the result of an election or the position of an individual in the United States Senate, that has to be really worrisome, so I would expect that those findings would be fully investigated," he said.
Gee, I thought all those bogus allegations were cooked up by a Right Wing website? Which is it Bob, a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, or your fellow travelers in the commie Left? And just what do you expect Dear Leader to do if the Cubans really are out to get you? Invade the Bay of Pigs?
But sure Bob, if you really want an investigation, let's have ourselves an investigation.
Influence peddling ring a bell Bob? Because I'm sure you remember Salomon Melgen and that Dominican Republic port cargo x-ray contract you helped him out with. As I recall it was right around the time he made a sizeable donation to your re-election campaign. Hmm. Can you think of any reason why Eric Holder shouldn't investigate that?
Yeah, me neither.
So let me save you some time Bob. The Cubans lost their emails. Sorry. That
kind of stuff just seems to happen when you least expect it.
Because nothing will energize his progressive moonbat base better than a fake Indian princess feminut. Fauxcahontas 2016!
Ed Klein reports that Obama is using Valerie Jarrett to urge Elizabeth Warren to challenge Hillary in the primary to protect Obama's transformation of the nation into something of which he and Michelle can be proud.
Warren will protect Obama's, ahem, achievements, Hillary can't be trusted to do that.
It's entirely believable. Whether it's true remains to be seen.
I can see it being true.
There's no love lost between the Obamas and the Clintons.
And it gives Valerie Jarrett the opportunity to play, er, Queenmaker.
President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton, sources tell me….
Obama has authorized his chief political adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to conduct a full-court press to convince Warren to throw her hat into the ring….
He believes that the populist Warren is the best person to convince the party faithful that Hillary is out of touch with poor Americans and the middle class. Warren, in his view, would carry on the Obama legacy after he leaves the White House….
"Barack, Michelle, and Valerie have been talking about Elizabeth Warren for quite some time," says an Obama administration source. "Valerie has told Warren that Obama is prepared to throw a great deal of money and organizational support behind her….
"Both Valerie and Michelle Obama have convinced the president that Elizabeth Warren is his Mini-Me," said a person who has discussed the issue with Jarrett.
Yup, two unqualified peas in an ideological demogogic pod, they are.
And with Warren at the helm we'll surely see this country fall into the Abyss.
Which, of course, is Jarrett's plan. She is the progressives' Maleficent, cursing freedom with every breath, and sowing havoc upon the land. Who better to fulfill her vision of malevolent misanthropy than the self-professed intellectual inspiration for the gimme-gimme-gimme goons of Occupy Wall Street?
Someone please tell me that this is all a bad dream.
Not a smidgen of corruption, eh? So who leaked confidential tax information to a bunch of far-left homofascists?
The IRS admitted this week to leaking the National Organization for Marriage's confidential information to far left groups.
The IRS will pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000.
But what they won't do is identify who leaked the information.
Instead, they're circling the wagons.
The IRS agreed this week to pay only $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage after leaking confidential information to a leading gay marriage group.
Two years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit.
The Daily Signal has learned that, under a consent judgment today, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage as a result of the unlawful release of the confidential information to a gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, that is NOM's chief political rival.
"Congress made the disclosure of confidential tax return information a serious matter for a reason," NOM Chairman John D. Eastman told The Daily Signal. "We're delighted that the IRS has now been held accountable for the illegal disclosure of our list of major donors from our tax return."
If only the IRS would take the matter seriously. Tapping the taxpayers for a measly $50,000 fine isn't serious. Firing the person responsible, prosecuting that person, and making him personally responsible for paying the fine? That's serious. Alas, the IRS has no plans to do that.
NOM said that an investigation revealed that its 2008 tax return and list of major donors was released to Matthew Meisel, a gay activist in Boston, MA. Email correspondence from Meisel revealed that he told a colleague that he had "a conduit" to obtain NOM's confidential information. While testifying under oath in a deposition in the litigation, Meisel invoked the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination and refused to disclose the identity of his conduit. Documents obtained during the litigation prove that Meisel then provided NOM's tax data to the Human Rights Campaign (whose president was a national Co-Chair of the Obama Reelection Campaign). The information was also published by the Huffington Post.
So someone in the IRS colluded with the Obama presidential campaign to illegally disclose confidential tax information. And that person still works at the IRS. Where he or she presumably continues to flout the law with impunity.
Don't hold your breath waiting for Eric Holder's Justice Department to
open an investigation. Because Mr. Meisel's "conduit" serves Holder's
(and Barack Obama's) interests. And that my friends is way more than a
smidgen of corruption.
Congratulations America. You get to make sure Joe Biden continues to live in style for the rest of his life. Because he never bothered to plan for his retirement.
Vice President Joe Biden plans on relying solely on taxpayers to fund his retirement.
Biden declared on Monday that he had neither a savings account, nor any stocks to pay off his golden years.
"I have no savings account, but I have a great pension and a great salary," Biden told the crowd at the White House Summit on Working Families.
Biden's poor financial planning means that taxpayers will have to foot the bill for his retirement.
When Biden and Obama vacate the White House, they will have to make due with a $5 million "transition budget" that will cover their move out expenses, as well as Secret Service protection, according to the Congressional Research Service. Biden, however, will benefit from more than just the presidential transition budget.
Biden, 71, will be eligible for a substantial pension come 2017. While former presidents earn about $200,000 per year from their executive pension, vice presidents, who serve as the President of the Senate, draw their pension from congressional pension pools. Former members of congress are paid "no more than 80 percent" of their highest three years salary.
Despite Biden's failure to save or invest money, his role as vice president will enable him to draw a six-figure pension paid for by taxpayers.
Joe Biden is the perfect role model for the moocher class. Live large, spend freely, and let somebody else worry about tomorrow. He's a parasite, and proud of it. And why not? For him, and about 47% of America, it's a strategy that's worked out pretty well, so far.
I wonder what'll happen if the rest of us decide to join him?
There's callous and condescending, and then there's socialist nutbag Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Sanders, who chairs the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, has been one of the most outspoken defenders of the VA against allegations of misconduct. When asked about reports of multiple deaths related to long wait times at the VA healthcare system, Sanders told CNN: "People die every day."
One day you will die senator. And that day will be a great day for America.
Sadly though, Bernie the Bolshevik isn't unique.
Democrats in general, and President Obama in particular, just don't respect our military or our veterans. And Smitty believes that's why the VA scandal isn't resonating with the brie and arugula set.
Aw, c'mon: these veterans, in the main, don't even vote correctly! And now that ObamaCare is sucking the lifeblood right out of the American healthcare system, these veterans are just a doubly useless load on a Constitutional system that has been fundamentally transformed since the 2008 election.
If these veterans aren't given the the Doherty & Woods Special, then their block of votes could become an embarrassment for Her Majesty's 2016 Coronation event.
Besides: American voters gave #OccupyResoluteDesk a pass in 2012. We knew him for an incompetent boob all four years leading up to Benghazi. We knew that ObamaCare was going to make the Titanic seem a minor bathtub incident by comparison.
We have begged to have our warriors treated dishonorably by a completely honor-free rodeo clown, and he hasn't shown a smidgen of hesitation in delivering.
The Obots will tell us their messiah is angry. He even said so himself!
Yeah, he's angry he has to devote precious time to these military mouth-breathers when he should be out playing golf. As for actually doing something to fix the VA? Good luck with that.
People dying while waiting for government health care isn't a bug, it's a feature. It keeps costs down. You know, so the bureaucrats can pay themselves big fat bonuses.
What? You thought they're from the government and they're here to help?
No wonder Senator Twitter was so keen on getting out of Dodge. After his departure the truth about Newark's finances came out, and let's just say his fiscal acumen doesn't match his Twitter hype.
A property tax collection shortfall coupled with state budget regulations have forced city officials to figure out how to come up with more than $93 million in additional revenue to pay Newark's bills in 2014, Acting Director of Finance Danielle Smith said in a public disclosure statement to investors, dated April 24.
"They said the sky is falling and we don't know what to do," Dan O'Flaherty, an economics professor at Columbia University said of the disclosure. "It was a pretty grim statement."
In September, the city council adopted a $639.5 million budget that included a tax break for property owners. The reduced tax rate was introduced in large part because a city-wide re-evaluation in 2011 and 2012 shifted more of the tax burden onto commercial properties and away from homeowners.
The city had expected to collect more than $199.3 million in property taxes, but fell about $25 million short, collecting $174.8 million instead, according to the public disclosure statement.
In retrospect, "tax break for property owners" sounds like a giveaway in exchange for votes, eh? And it explains why Booker fits right in with Harry Reid's Senate, where they haven't enacted a balanced budget in something like forever.
So what is Booker-acolyte Acting Mayor Luis Quintana's grand plan?
Beg Chris Christie for a bailout!
A financial takeover by the state may be the only way to balance Newark's 2014 budget, city officials disclosed recently.
Since state law requires that the city adopt a balanced budget, the city said in its public disclosure statement that doing so may not be possible without the state's help.
"Accordingly, the City now believes the most likely basis upon which a balanced 2014 cash basis budget, entails the placement of the City under State Supervision," the city said in its statement.
Cory Booker made the mess, now it's up to Chris Christie (and the taxpayers of New Jersey) to clean it up? Because we obviously don't pour enough money into that shithole as it is. Or something.
You know what headline I'd like to see next?
"Christie to Newark: Drop Dead"
Let's see the Democrats stand on their own two feet for once in their lives.
A new Fox News poll shows Hillary Clinton's favorability numbers dropping to their lowest point in six years. Down, to merely half of America.
The Fox News poll, from Democratic pollster Anderson Robbins Research and GOP pollster Shaw & Company, shows Clinton's favorable rating dropping to 49 percent, compared to 45 percent unfavorable.
This for a woman with no actual accomplishments.
How is this possible, I ask myself. Then I realize, America is a nation of takers.
Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000.
That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week.
Our reward? Ungrateful moochers.
All told, including both the welfare recipients and the non-welfare beneficiaries, there were 151,014,000 who "received benefits from one or more programs" in the fourth quarter of 2011. Subtract the 3,212,000 veterans, who served their country in the most profound way possible, and that leaves 147,802,000 non-veteran benefit takers.
We're outnumbered, 1.7 to 1.
There's your real "income inequality."
86 million makers. 148 million takers.
"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the
support of Paul."
— George Bernard Shaw
And thus you have the inevitable presidency of Hillary Rodham Clinton, with 63% of the vote. One inept poseur succeeds another.
What difference at this point does it make?
John Galt, please call your office.
Purely coincidentally, I'm sure.
Salomon Melgen is one helluva ophthalmologist. He's gotta be, last year he saw 894 patients a total of 94,000 times, and collected $20.8 million tax dollars for his efforts.
That's right, the magical Dr. Melgen claims he performed 94,000 surgical procedures. In one year. More than 60 times the number of procedures claimed by his average peer.
He's not just an "average" doctor, is he? He's SuperDoctor!
Let's do a little math. If the indefatigable Dr. Melgen worked 7 days a week without a vacation that means he saw 258 patients a day. Suppose he put in 14 hour days, week after week, for the whole year. That works out to one patient every three minutes. Without stopping to eat or pee.
Ah but, Melgen doesn't work that hard. Because he has plenty of time to fly his buddy the Senator from New Jersey down to his villa in the Dominican Republic. And to throw lavish parties on the senator's behalf too.
In return, Bob Menendez would have us believe that Dr. Melgen isn't scamming the government.
Gimme a break Bob.
Every year on March 31st U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-Salomon Melgen) introduces a Senate resolution honoring the legacy of Cesar Chavez.
And every year it's anonymously blocked, because it's a bald-faced pander to the La Raza radicals.
So this year, Menendez stomped his feet, and demanded a roll call vote.
With the late-labor icon Cesar Chavez in the news because of the release of the film bearing his name, plus his March 31 birthday, many advocates for illegal alien amnesty are using Chavez' memory to promote their cause.
One such advocate, New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, introduced a resolution calling for the Senate to honor and promote his legacy.
But the resolution was objected to by Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions on behalf of Louisiana Senator David Vitter, who wanted to add an amendment pointing out that Chavez opposed illegal immigration, demanded a secure border, and believed in enforcing immigration law.
The amendment described Chavez' legacy in detail. His real legacy.
Not only did Republicans speak out, but they spelled out exactly what Chavez actually believed about immigration and the border.
Vitter wanted to add that Chavez believed in enforcing immigration laws because of "the deleterious effects of inexpensive labor" on the wages of farm workers in the U.S.
The two-part amendment concluded that Chavez recognized the importance of a secure southern border with Mexico and encouraged members of the United Farm Workers of America to contact immigration authorities to report instances of illegal labor.
In fact Chavez was so virulently opposed to illegal immigrants, that he routinely reported them to the then-INS to get them deported, and even led a large protest along the Mexican border with Civil Rights icon Rev. Ralph Abernathy, to protest the insecure border and Mexican illegal alien invasion which he denounced for stealing his union workers' jobs and hurting their wages.
Facts. Sometimes they're inconvenient. Especially to race-hustling demagogues.
Back in the Senate, an angry Robert Menendez said the language clarifying Chavez' real positions on the border and illegals was "irrelevant" to the commemorative resolution before pulling the resolution altogether.
Using Cesar Chavez to promote amnesty for illegal aliens? Only if you don't
know much about history.
Jon Corzine's weaselly ways have hit a brick wall.
A federal judge has ordered Jon Corzine and other former MF Global officials to face a class-action lawsuit filed by customers of the failed futures firm.
But before denying the ex-New Jersey governor's attempt to escape the lawsuit, Judge Victor Marrero took him, his fellow defendants and the parties suing them as well to task.
Decrying the "wasteful and rancorous litigation" that he said has characterized the legal dispute between the commodity customers and former MF Global officials, Marrero blasted both for "failing to concede any ground to each other even in the light of clear, controlling case law that should generate agreement and consensus among people moved by reason, good faith and common sense."
Marrero particularly pointed a hard finger at Corzine and his co-defendants for continuing to deny any responsibility in the collapse of MF Global, which led to the disappearance of some $1.6 billion customer money from segregated accounts.
The firm fell into bankruptcy on Halloween 2011 after investors and ratings agencies were spooked by a massive and mostly undisclosed stake the firm had amassed in troubled European sovereign debt. The investment, built up during Corzine's short tenure as a chairman and chief executive officer, was a part of the former Goldman Sachs CEO's strategy to turn the struggling MF Global into a powerhouse investment bank.
Marrero praised the commodity customers' "compelling" account of the causes and events around the firm's collapse. "Yet MF Global's high-ranking officers, including several of the Defendants here, continue to assert... that it is not even plausible that anyone of them could bear any responsibility for any part of the harm MF Global's disintegration caused."
Judge Marrero ain't buyin' what Jon Corzine is shovelin'.
Sadly though, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman still isn't interested. In his
office, evidence is only "compelling" when it can be used against enemies
of the regime. Since Jon Corzine is a big-time Friend of Barry, his Get Out
Of Jail Free card remains in good standing.
With apologies to Kris Kristofferson and Janis Joplin...
Freedom's just a buzzword for liberals without clues,
And Obamacare ain't worth nothin' but it's free,
Feeling good was easy, doc, when Carney sang the blues,
And doctor, that was good enough for me,
Good enough for me and my insurance company.
But when it comes to Weapons Grade Stupid, ladies and gentleman, I give you … Jay Carney
During a press conference on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary called "freedom" a "buzzword." He was discussing Obamacare's effect in lessening work hours because it lowers the hourly threshold an American must work in order to obtain health care.
It's not anything but an added choice that they have that allows them more freedom, to use a certain buzzword, more choice.
As in The Great Depression gave 34 million Americans the "freedom" to work fewer hours. Or "choose" not work at all. Apparently Herbert Hoover was ahead of his time. All he needed to do was pass out free health care and the Dust Bowl would be just a figment of our imaginations.
Obamumism, and liberalism, are the antithesis of Freedom and Liberty.
Listen up America. You can be beholden to the state. Or you can stand on your own two feet.
Did they get you to trade your freedom for ghosts? Liberty for change?
Did you exchange a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
How I wish Ronald Reagan was here.
Rob Andrews sees the writing on the wall. So he's bailing out while the coast is still clear. And before the House Ethics Committee throws him out.
U.S. Representative Robert Andrews, D-1st, of Haddon Heights, is expected to announce today that he will resign from Congress this month and go to work for a Philadelphia law firm, according to Philly.com.
The Democrat is in his 24th year in the House of Representatives. In the midst of ethics investigations into his personal use of campaign funds, Andrews is planing to take a public affairs position at he unnamed law firm.
A House subcommittee was formed in March 2013 to look at Andrews' use of $30,000 in campaign funds to pay for his family to go to Scotland, and for other expenses. The subcommittee would also investigate whether he made false statements to federal officials.
A Star-Ledger report also showed Andrews used $10,000 to pay for a graduation party for one of his daughters and contributed thousands of dollars to theaters that cast his daughter in plays.
Just another typical Democrat.
But since he didn't cause a traffic jam, nobody was actively clammoring for his resignation. It's just a nice surprise on an otherwise mundane Tuesday morning.
Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out Rob.
UPDATE 04 Feb 2014 11:23:
And to almost no one's surprise, George Norcross has annointed his baby brother Donald to occupy Andrews' seat.
Earlier this month a judge ordered Jon Corzine to make 100% restitution to MF Global's clients. But Corzine has other ideas, and he's appealing the ruling.
Jon Corzine and other ex-managers of bankrupt MF Global Inc. are appealing a court ruling calling for 100 percent repayment of customers of the failed brokerage, they said in court papers.
A notice of appeal was filed yesterday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan by Corzine, the ex-New Jersey governor and onetime Goldman Sachs Group co-chairman, and by managers targeted in a lawsuit including senior executives Bradley Abelow and Henri Steenkamp. They are challenging a Nov. 5 ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn that would allow all missing customer funds to be returned by the end of the year.
Corzine and other parties previously objected to the distributions, saying in past court papers that they would allow the trustee for customers, James Giddens, to improperly assign funds that could be part of the general creditors' estate.
The distributions require the court to find that there is a shortfall in the customers' estate of at least $632 million, and advance funds from the general estate of $233 million, according to court papers.
James Kobak, a lawyer for Giddens, said in the Nov. 5 hearing that there is only $837 million in the general estate, and he hopes the amount will be "fortified" by further recoveries. The only potential source of more recoveries is a lawsuit against Corzine and the other managers brought by customers who claim mismanagement led to the company's downfall.
Translation: Jon Corzine doesn't want to repay the folks his firm ripped off.
He still refuses to accept responsibility.
Which, of course, makes him Just Another Typical Democrat.
Government of the people, by the people, and for the people has in fact perished from the Earth.
The Census Bureau "faked" their 2012 election jobs report. Why? To re-elect Obama, that's why. It's what I predicted when Obama subsumed the census under the auspices of his partisan White House cronies. And of course I was right.
The IRS launched a full-frontal assault on Tea Party and other Conservative groups, and kept them out of the 2012 election. Why? To re-elect Obama, that's why. They're unionized public employees, and the public employee unions are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Democratic Party.
The DOJ continues to defy the Supreme Court's invalidation of their interference in Texas elections. Why? To elect more Democrats in Texas, that's why. They want to turn Texas "blue," and they'll stop at nothing to achieve that goal.
The Secretary of Education chastized "white suburban moms" who dared to question Common Core. Why? To inflame racial tensions, that's why. Angry Blacks are motivated to keep voting Democrat, and the Democrats are currently in deep doo-doo over the Obamacare fiasco. Ergo, they need those votes to hang to their Senate majority in 2014.
The Federal Reserve cares not one whit about saving and investment, it serves only one master, you guessed it, The Democratic Party. And they're driving our economy right over the Weimar cliff, because printing money and passing it out like candy to subservient voters is easier than building a foundation for strong markets and vibrant commerce.
The sad truth is that our government no longer represents "we the people." It marches to the tune of one particular political party: The Democratic Party. And thus we can no longer trust it. Because they are not acting on behalf of all Americans; nay, they are consumed with only one ideal — power — and every action they take is weighed as to how it will benefit the Democratic Party.
Of course, my liberal friends see this trend as a Good Thing.
In the end they'll turn us all into beggars 'cause they're easier to please.
Frank Pallone is one really classy guy. Because calling someone a "monkey" is only racist when Republicans do it.
From C-SPAN (video not embeddable, alas):
00:00:00 INFORMATION BEING PROVIDED.
00:00:02 THAT'S NOT IN PLAY HERE TODAY.
00:00:05 NO HEALTH INFORMATION IS REQUIRED IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS.
00:00:10 AND WHY IS THAT?
00:00:11 BECAUSE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS DON'T MATTER.
00:00:13 SO ONCE AGAIN, HERE WE HAVE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TRYING TO SCARE EVERYBODY -- >> IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD?
00:00:19 >> NO, I WILL NOT YIELD TO THIS MONKEY COURT OR WHATEVER -- >> THIS IS NOT MONKEY COURT.
00:00:23 >> DO WHATEVER YOU WANT.
00:00:25 I AM NOT YIELDING.
You really have to watch the video to get the full effect of The Distinguished Gentleman's mocking tone, complete with animated bobble-head inanity.
It's a shame the good people of Monmouth County didn't replace this horse's ass
with Anna Little when they had the chance.
Gee, I wonder why the Democrats would think that?
And New Jersey's large RINO population is A-OK with it too.
With the election for governor less than three weeks away, Gov. Chris Christie has a 26-point lead over his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll out today. The Republican governor is ahead, 59 percent to 33 percent — a 6-point increase in the margin since last month.
"Barbara Buono is not making any new gains, even among those who should gravitate to her," said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. "Chris Christie simply seems to be a force of nature all but unstoppable in this particular election."
Can you feel another hug from Obama coming on? Because I can.
And the GOP establishment is gonna kiss his ring for 2016, while the Democrats keep their partisanship alive and well.
Christie, who's also mulling a bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, has been touting his bipartisan accomplishments as he runs for re-election in a state where Democrats greatly outnumber Republicans.
Booker and Christie have worked closely together on projects in the past and the two are friends, but Booker told CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper that it doesn't mean he'll cross party lines to vote for Christie.
"When I look at all the issues, Barbara Buono is clearly in line with the voters of New Jersey," Booker told Tapper Thursday on "The Lead."
With "friends" like that, who needs enemies?
You know, I'm surprised that I'm still surprised by guys like these two. Because corruption is a Way Of Life among NJ Democrats. Still, you'd think after the parade of convicts leaving their caucus for a vacation in an orange jumpsuit the word would get out to be more careful. Ethical, even.
Nah, who am I kidding? These guys never think they'll be the next one to get caught!
So meet Essex County Assemblyman Al Coutinho, who stole from his own family.
Assemblyman Al Coutinho (D-Essex) pleaded guilty today to theft and falsifying records, admitting that he cashed checks from his family's foundation for his own benefit and never disclosed the income on state financial disclosure forms.
While Coutinho faces up to six and half years on the charges, the state Attorney General's Office is recommending probation.
Probation? But of course. Al's one of Joe DiVincenzo's boys. And Joe's tight with Chris Christie. So Al gets to resign his seat to "spend more time with his family." You know, the family he stole from. Thanksgiving's gonna be a little awkward in the Coutinho house this year, eh?
Party bosses quickly gathered together in one of their usual haunts and annointed Eliana Pintor Marin (who?) to replace Coutinho.
"It's overwhelming because of the person I will be replacing," Pintor Marin said as she accepted the nomination. "I hope I can prove to be half of what Albert was."
Half a crook is still a crook. Or am I missing something here?
Meanwhile, Bergen County, not wanting to be left out of all the fun, indicted former county Democratic leader Joseph Ferriero on multiple racketeering charges yesterday.
Joseph A. Ferriero abused his power and influence as the chairman of Bergen County's Democratic Party by engaging in bribery, kickback and shakedown schemes, including a plot to extort $1.7 million from a prior developer of the Meadowlands retail and entertainment project now known as American Dream, a federal grand jury alleged Wednesday.
Ferriero, 56, once among the state's most powerful political leaders, was indicted on federal racketeering charges, accused of soliciting monthly bribes of $35,000 from a Virginia-based real estate investment trust that developed the Meadowlands project, formerly known as Xanadu.
The trust made the payments through its Teaneck law firm from 2002 to 2006 in exchange for Ferriero's help in securing endorsements and official support, and to prevent him and others from opposing the project, the indictment alleges.
To be fair, Ferriero kinda, sorta beat this rap once already, on a technicality after SCOTUS decided "theft of honest services" wasn't an Actual Crime. So the Feds are back with a New And Improved indictment.
All in all, it's just another day in the swamps of Jersey…
How cute, Cory's got an imaginary playmate!
Sources tell National Review Online that the central character in one of Booker's oft-repeated stories — T-Bone, the drug pusher who the mayor has said threatened his life at one turn and sobbed on his shoulder the next — is a figment of his imagination, even though Booker has talked about him in highly emotional terms and in great detail.
The tale is one Booker admits he's told a "million" times, according to the Newark Star Ledger. Ronald Rice Jr., a Newark city councilman and Booker ally who has known the mayor since 1998, says the T-Bone story was a "fixture" of Booker's unsuccessful 2002 mayoral bid against corrupt Newark political boss Sharpe James, perhaps for its symbolic value. In Booker's mind, according to the city councilman, "It's not so much the details of the story" that matter, but the principle that "these things happen, they happen to real people, they happen in the city of Newark."
Now where have we heard the line of BS before? Oh, yeah. "Fake, but Accurate!"
If "these things" happen to "real people" perhaps Cory could introduce us to them? But no, he's gotta make up a guy who's presumably more interesting than any of the "real people" he meets.
Much like Barack Obama's composite girlfriend. Remember her? I'm sure the media would rather that you didn't.
What matters, of course, is The Narrative, not the facts. Facts that don't advance The Narrative are ignored, replaced by anecdotes which do advance The Narrative, but may, or more likely may not, be true.
Truth, the post-modernalists will tell us, is relative anyway. Cory Booker believes his imaginary drug-dealer friend is real, and so Real he is. That's Cory's "truth," and who are we to judge unless we've imagined walking a mile in his shoes?
Except, and I'm just throwing this out there, our nation is facing Real Problems. We don't need imaginary solutions pitched by a guy who can't keep his stories straight. Maybe that stuff plays well on Twitter but it sure isn't working out so well for the poseur occupying the Resolute Desk.
So, let's put Cory Booker in an Imaginary Senate (he'll feel right at home!)
and send Steve Lonegan to Washington to represent the Real People of New Jersey.
Alas, it was his gubernatorial predecessor in this classic scene:
Joseph: [to Phoebe] Boys have a penis, and girls have a vagina.
Phoebe: [to Kimble] Well, I see you've covered the basics.
"The basics?" They aren't nearly so basic anymore, thanks to Jerry Brown and the Transgender Translators:
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a controversial bill into law Monday afternoon allowing the state's transgender public school students to choose which bathrooms they use and whether they participate in boy or girl sports.
The law would cover the state's 6.2 million elementary and high school kids in public schools.
Supporters say the law will help cut down on bullying against transgender students, The families of transgender students have been waging local battles with school districts around the country over what restrooms and locker rooms their children can use.
"Now, every transgender student in California will be able to get up in the morning knowing that when they go to school as their authentic self they will have the same fair chance at success as their classmates," Masen Davis, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center said.
So there you have it. To cover the basics you need a kindergartener. To be your "authentic self" you need the assistance of a Transgender Law Center.
Because in California, girls have a penis and boys have a vagina.
Really. The governor said so.
California is like a bowl of granola. Take away the fruits and nuts and all
you've got left are the flakes.
C'mon, for sheer humor value alone she's an inspired choice.
Just two weeks after Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, the Congressional Black Caucus has suggested Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston fill her spot.
A letter dated July 25 and signed by Rep. Marcia Fudge, Ohio Democrat and caucus chairwoman, urges President Obama to consider Miss Jackson Lee for the position, calling the Democrat a "voice of reason" that the agency could stand to gain, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Hey, why not put a complete buffoon in charge of an organization which never should have been created in the first place? It's the perfect plan, demonstrating once and for all just how useless DHS is.
First up, Genghis John Kerry can take her to Cambodia and along the way point out that North and South Vietnam are in fact one happy country now.
Then someone will explain, very slowly, that Lincoln freed the slaves in the 1860s, not the 1960s.
And we can be sure her TSA won't screen gangbangers anymore; after all Ms. Jackson Lee believes they're simply misunderstood victims of racist straw purchasers. Oh, and I suspect she'll order the DHS to "enforce the laws we have," just like the resolution of the same theme she introduced on the floor of the House. And of course every new secret op will require an African-American sounding name too.
Then, if somehow there is an actual incidence of terrorism on her watch, well that's obviously the fault of the sequester, just like the Boston Bombing was, right?
Instead of looking for illegal aliens here at home, she'll devote all her time to searching for the flag Neil Armstrong planted on Mars.
With any luck Sheila Jackson Lee will be an even bigger Boss From Hell at DHS than she is in Congress and all the useless bureaucrats will simply up and quit.
So yeah, Sheila Jackson Lee for Secretary of Homeland Security. Who better to
illustrate the unseriousness of that
colossal and inefficient boondoggle?