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Jury convicts Tom DeLay in money laundering trial

November 25th, 2010 . by TexasFred
Jury convicts Tom DeLay in money laundering trial

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay – once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress – was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts against DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces up to life in prison on the money laundering charge.

After the verdicts were read, DeLay hugged his daughter, Danielle, and his wife, Christine. His lead attorney, Dick DeGuerin, said they planned to appeal the verdict.

“This is an abuse of power. It’s a miscarriage of justice, and I still maintain that I am innocent. The criminalization of politics undermines our very system and I’m very disappointed in the outcome,” DeLay told reporters outside the courtroom. He remains free on bond, and his sentencing was tentatively set to begin on Dec. 20.

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Jury convicts Tom DeLay in money laundering trial

You might be innocent Tom, but a jury of your peers doesn’t seem to think so. A jury of your peers in a Republican state too. That’s not a good thing, especially after you and your lawyers had 5 years to prepare your defense.

For quite a long time I was known for taking a neutral stand on DeLay and the accusations against him. I often said, ‘wait until it goes to trial, if he’s found innocent, leave him alone and let him get on with his life, but if he’s found guilty, hang him…’

He was found guilty — Hang him!

And in other news:

Sarah Palin: ‘We gotta stand with our North Korean allies’

Oops, she did it again.

Sarah Palin made her latest verbal gaffe on Wednesday, claiming North Korea is one of America’s allies on Glenn Beck’s radio show when asked how she’d handle the recent escalation between the two Koreas.

“This speaks to a bigger picture here that certainly scares me in terms of our national security policy,” the former vice presidential candidate said on Wednesday. “But obviously we’ve gotta stand with our North Korean allies.”

The host corrected her. “South Korea,” Beck said.

“Eh, yeah. And we’re also bound by prudence to stand with our South Korean allies, yes,” Palin responded.

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OK, let’s ALL be very sure in our response to this, I don’t want anyone to make a hypocrite of themselves.

When Barack Hussein Obama made his classic gaffe about visiting all 57 states, I was all over it on the blog, as were nearly every other blogger in the Conservative world. We lambasted Obama severely for that misspeak. And indeed, it was a misspeak, a faux pas, a brain fart, call it what you will, he said it, it was a screw up and WE ALL HAMMERED HIM!

We all said the man had no business being president. Many based their opinion of that solely on the 57 states remark.

OK, in the spirit of fair and balanced; Sarah Palin quite likely misspoke when she said ‘our ally North Korea’. I’m sure she knew better. I am positive she knows better now. But she made the speaking error. And indeed she did, in all probability, misspeak, make a faux pas, have a brain fart, call it what you will, but she said it and it was a screw up.

Do I think Obama saying something about there being 57 states was a disqualifier? No, but it was an indication that we needed to scrutinize him more.

When Obama admitted that he was a Muslim, Barack Hussein Obama — My Muslim Faith – Proven, was that a disqualifier? Apparently not. But, he, and his staff, as well as the interviewer and the entire left side of America said it was a ‘misspeak’, nothing more. Nothing to see here, move along.

The thing is, a candidate, an elected official, the president, every blogger, all public speakers are responsible for their words and their accuracy with those words. If I make a spelling or grammatical error in a post, my email fills up rapidly, and I’m not even a candidate.

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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives

August 29th, 2010 . by TexasFred
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives

Longtime Dallas congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson has awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives and a top aide’s two children since 2005, using foundation funds set aside for black lawmakers’ causes.

The recipients were ineligible under anti-nepotism rules of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which provided the money. And all of the awards violated a foundation requirement that scholarship winners live or study in a caucus member’s district.

Johnson, a Democrat, denied any favoritism when asked about the scholarships last week. Two days later, she acknowledged in a statement released by her office that she had violated the rules but said she had done so “unknowingly” and would work with the foundation to “rectify the financial situation.”

Initially, she said, “I recognized the names when I saw them. And I knew that they had a need just like any other kid that would apply for one.” Had there been more “very worthy applicants in my district,” she added, “then I probably wouldn’t have given it” to the relatives.

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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives

I don’t like Eddie Bernice Johnson, and I know there are a few that are going to say, “Well that’s because TexasFred is a racist and a bigot.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

I don’t like crooked politics and I despise crooked politicians. That is the truth of the matter.

I have hammered about crooked politicians, and accusations against politicians, even politicians I happen to personally like. I don’t cut them ANY slack!

I went off on this; Voter Registration Fraud Uncovered and pointed out the suspicious fire that followed the alleged fraud. I regularly take on the Obama administration and their way of raping America; People Have Noticed.

Recently, we have seen this; Ethics Inquiry of Rangel Finds Evidence of Violations and this; Rep. Maxine Waters to face ethics charges.

I even weighed in on a gentleman that I have known for a long time and recently got to meet in person, and happen to actually like, Rep. Joe Driver (TX-113); State Rep. Joe Driver of Garland double-billed for travel.

I talked with Joe Driver by phone on Thursday morning. He called regarding
The Rowlett TEA Party Candidates Forum that we are sponsoring on Sept. 25th, and in talking I told him, straight up, how I feel about these accusations that have been leveled against him, and I referenced back to the Tom DeLay campaign finance investigation and the words I said to and about Mr. DeLay.

I told Tom DeLay this; “If they can prove you guilty of intentional misdeeds, you need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. If they can’t prove you guilty, they need to leave you the hell alone and let you get on with your life.�

Joe Driver took those words in the spirit in which they were meant. Mr. Driver may have made a mistake, but he is a man of principle. Joe Driver even agreed with that take on matters and the prosecution of crimes.

Apparently, Mr. DeLay didn’t.

A while back DeLay had a link to my blog on his page. It seems they really liked my no nonsense approach and highly un-PC way of getting to the heart of the matter. Until it came to speaking out about Mr. DeLay himself. After I said those words to Mr. DeLay, they dropped the link to my blog and banned me from their site.

I guess the truth hurts sometimes.

As I said to Mr. DeLay and Mr. Driver, I say again to Eddie Bernice Johnson, Charles Rangel, Maxine Waters, and any other person that’s in public office, “If they can prove you guilty of intentional misdeeds, you need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. If they can’t prove you guilty, they need to leave you the hell alone and let you get on with your life.�

I don’t care what color they are, I don’t care which political party they belong to, if they are, in fact, crooks, take them OUT and make graphic examples of them and highly publicize their punishment.

Anyone can make a mistake, but an elected official that intentionally breaks the public trust is, in MY not so humble opinion, the lowest form of humanity on the face of the earth!

And there’s one other thing I feel I MUST address here, the very top paragraph of the original story, which says;

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