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May 31, 2006

Democratic Culture Of Corruption

Drug addict Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) uses the streets of Washington DC, as his own private demolition derby, claims he doesn’t remember a thing, and then heads off to a posh rehabilitation center to while away 30 days. Wasn’t it only this past December when he admitted himself to the same rehab center.

After the latest accident Kennedy was cited with failure to keep in the proper lane, driving at an unreasonable speed, and failing to give full time and attention to operation of a vehicle, but not the more serious offense of ‘driving under the influence’ even though he had red, watery eyes and slurred speech as he tumbled out of his vehicle. He should have been cited for driving ‘with influence’ since he was given a pass on the more serious charge. Heaven forbid they actually charge him appropriately and take away his drivers license. The D.C. officials are apparently going to wait to do that until after he drives off a bridge and drowns someone.

Does he resign? Of course not. He won’t even admit any guilt. He is the ‘victim’ of a ‘disease.’ The dreaded ‘lack of self-control’ disease. He is, after all, a Kennedy!

Questions about where he continues to obtain addictive prescription drugs go unasked and unanswered by the media.

Next comes eight-term Congressman William Jennings Jefferson (D-LA) whose House district includes New Orleans and some of its suburbs. The ‘Honorable’ Congressman has been caught with $90,000 'cold cash' in his freezer and apparently there is even a video tape with him accepting a $100,000 bribe. He has thumbed his nose at calls for his resignation from the House of Representatives and has refused to resign from the congressional committees he serves on. He has even taken offense at search warrants which were served at his home and office after he refused to comply with subpoenas. You can read more about the investigation in to Congressman Jefferson here.

It gets better...

Congressman Alan B. Mollohan (D-WVA), a member of the House Appropriations Committee and ranking Democrat on the house ethics committee, has become a multi-millionaire on his annual salary of approximately $150,000 and a number of ‘shrewd’ real estate transactions. The transactions involve an intricate web of foundations, friends, former associates and businessmen who receive large government contracts. Jonathan Weisman of the Washington Post reported:

In a 500-page complaint filed with a U.S. attorney in February, the conservative National Legal and Policy Center in Falls Church challenged the accuracy of Mollohan's financial disclosure forms and detailed a remarkable change in the lawmaker's personal fortune.

Mollohan's real estate holdings and other assets jumped in value from $562,000 in 2000 to at least $6.3 million in 2004, said Ken Boehm, chairman of the legal center.

After first refusing, Mollohan has had the decency to step down, at least temporarily, from the House ethics committee.

(For more information on how to achieve wealth with little or no money, do a internet search on Senator Hillary Clinton and commodities investing.)

And finally, Senate minority leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who has attended hundreds of fights over the years as a boxer and a fight judge, 'needed' to take free boxing tickets in order to do his job as Senator. Apparently the fight game has changed dramatically since the last fight he attended and his attendance was a necessary for him to research the compelling question: Should the federal government do more oversight of the sport of boxing He says he was proud of what he did and would do it again.

I would have to agree with the Democrats who have been complaining about a “culture of corruption” in Washington. Unfortunately, it appears that it's the Democrats who are worst offenders.

At least the Republicans who have been caught in the middle of some indiscretion have had the decency to resign and therein lies the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans have consciences and feel guilt and remorse. The Democrats seem to revel in their misdeeds, never admit guilt (“I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”), and never look back.

Posted by Rick | May 31, 2006 12:54 AM | Political Science

May 15, 2006

So You Want To Move To Mexico...

Once again, my brother-in-law, Grant, has provided me with more grist for the mill.

The following e-mail is from Tim O'Malley , director of SW BELL in Mexico City, who spent 5 years working there. I have no way to verify its authenticity, but tend to believe it.

I worked under a tourist Visa for three months and could legally renew it for three more months. After that you were working illegally. I was technically illegal for three weeks waiting on the FM3 approval.

During that six months our Mexican and US attorneys were working to secure a permanent work visa called a FM3. It was in addition to my US passport that I had to show each time I entered and left the country. Barbara's was the same except hers did not permit her to work.

To apply for the FM3 I needed to submit the following notarized originals (not copies) of my:

1. Birth certificate for Barbara and I.
2. Marriage certificate.
3. High school transcripts and proof of graduation.
4. College transcripts for every college I attended and proof of graduation.
5. Two letters of recommendation from supervisors I had worked for at least one year.
6. A letter from The St. Louis Chief of Police indicating I had no arrest record in the US and no outstanding warrants and was "a citizen in good standing."
7. Finally; I had to write a letter about myself that clearly stated why there was no Mexican citizen with my skills and why my skills were important to Mexico. We called it our "I am the greatest person on Earth" letter. It was fun to write.

All of the above were in English that had to be translated into Spanish and be certified as legal translations and our signatures notarized. It produced a folder about 1.5 inches thick with English on the left side and Spanish on the right.

Once they were completed Barbara and I spent about five hours accompanied by a Mexican Attorney touring Mexican government office locations and being photographed and fingerprinted at least three times. At each location and we remember at least four locations we instructed on Mexican tax, labor, housing, and criminal law and that we were required to obey their laws or face the consequences. We could not protest any of the Governments actions or we would be committing a felony. We paid out four thousand dollars in fees and bribes to complete the process. When this was done we could legally bring in our household goods that were held by US customs in Loredo, Texas. This meant we had rented furniture in Mexico while awaiting our goods. There were extensive fees involved here that the company paid.

We could not buy a home and were required to rent at very high rates and under contract and compliance with Mexican law.

We were required to get a Mexican drivers license. This was an amazing process. The company arranged for the licensing agency to come to our headquarters location with their photography and finger print equipment and the laminating machine. We showed our US license, were photographed and fingerprinted again and issued the license instantly after paying out a six dollar fee. We did not take a written or driving test and never received instructions on the rules of the road. Our only instruction was never give a policeman your license if stopped and asked. We were instructed to hold it against the inside window away from his grasp. If he got his hands on it you would have to pay ransom to get it back.

We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number. The companies Mexican accountants did this for us and we just signed what they prepared. I was about twenty legal size pages annually.

The FM3 was good for three years and renewable for two more after paying more fees.

Leaving the country meant turning in the FM3 and certifying we were leaving no debts behind and no outstanding legal affairs (warrants, tickets or liens) before our household goods were released to customs.

It was a real adventure and if any of our Senators or Congressmen went through it once they would have a different attitude toward Mexico.

The Mexican government uses its vast military and police forces to keep its citizens intimidated and compliant. They never protest at their White House or government offices but do protest daily in front of the United States embassy. The US embassy looks like a strongly reinforced fortress and during most protests the Mexican military surround the block with their men standing shoulder to shoulder in full riot gear to protect the embassy. These protests are never shown on US or Mexican TV. There is a large public park across the street where they do their protesting. Anything can cause a protest such as proposed law changes in California or Texas.

Please feel free to share this with everyone who thinks we are being hard on illegal immigrants.

Posted by Rick | May 15, 2006 11:28 PM | Just A Thought

Spanish National Anthem And Now This....

While Hillary is trying to position herself as a moderate, President Bush is trying to position himself as a Mexican, with lip service to the problem of, and solution to, illegal immigration.

Tonight President Bush said that securing our borders is a "basic responsibility of a sovereign nation. It is also an urgent requirement of our national security."

Unfortunately, the Bush administration's immigration policy has been MIA for the past 6 years and is only now being addressed, grudgingly addressed, because of the upcoming fall elections and the very real possibility that the Republicans will lose both the House of Representatives and the Senate because they have refused to address the problem of the flood of illegal immigrants sucking the lifeblood out of our schools, hospitals, prisons, and virtually every other infrastructure in our society.

In tonight's speech, President Bush said he plans to put "up to 6,000" National Guard troops on the border between the United States and Mexico. Unfortunately, these troops "will not be involved in direct law enforcement activities." Basically these troops will be there to hold hands and sing 'Kumbaya' with the members of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps who are watching the southern border as I write this. The only thing missing will be the campfire.

The National Guard will be there to operate surveillance systems, analyze intelligence, install fences, build roads and provide training. (Note to Bush administration: If you need help building the roads and fences, there are many of the millions of illegal immigrants you allowed into the country in the past 6 years who would love a government job.)

This help for the border patrol is all well and good, but what we really need is boots on the ground to chase down every last one of the illegals coming across the border and punish them. Yes, I said punish them! Once caught, rather than sending them directly back to where they came from, I'll bet Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, would be happy to show the Bush administration how to properly incarcerate someone. No fancy digs like Guantánamo Bay in Maricopa County, no siree. Sheriff Arpaio currently houses lawbreakers in tents, makes them wear striped prison uniforms and pink underwear, and feeds them on less than $.20 per meal, with only 2 meals per day. After six months of those accommodations, we could send the illegal aliens back where they came from, and they may think twice about trying to return. If they get caught trying to enter illegally a second time, let them spend a year on Sheriff Jos's chain gang. If they get caught a third time, they get the firing squad 'cause they're just too dumb to get it. (Just a quick note about the pink underwear: The underwear is dyed pink to stop the theft of the jail's underwear. The Sheriff is not perverted and gets no perverse thrill by having the inmates wear pink underwear. Or does he?)

President Bush said the other day that he thought the National Anthem should be sung in English, but, as my brother-in-law Grant pointed out, the official White House web site is now translated into Spanish for all the illegal aliens to read.

His father, President Bush '41' didn't realize that you couldn’t say one thing and do another ('read my lips, no new taxes'). Bush '43' got reelected, but it was not because of his efforts on stemming the tide of illegal immigrants into the country. It was only because his opponent, Senator Kerry, was such an idiot.

Bush's "talk is cheap" policy on the border issue is becoming more and more transparent. The volunteer minutemen who have taken up positions on the border seem to be having more success stemming the tide of illegals than the Bush administration. Most Americans who are concerned with the illegal immigration problem have not taken to the streets to protest against the millions of illegals scurrying across our border from Mexico, but we are not DOA.

'43' is pandering as fast as he can to the Hispanic vote, but he is forgetting who really votes, and it is going to come back to haunt the Republicans this November. Many of the Republican base will stay home on election day or vote against the Republicans to protest the unwillingness of the administration to do anything meaningful to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

Someone in the White House needs to take the pulse of America on the immigration issue, and then actually do something to stop the flood of illegal aliens across our Mexican border!

Sadly, I think it is way too little, way too late. I predict the Democrats, who have no immigration policy at all, are going to crush the Republicans. We will lose control of the House of Representatives and maybe even the Senate.

Posted by Rick | May 15, 2006 08:21 AM | Political Science

May 9, 2006

Thrown Under The Bus

Porter Goss, who resigned this past week from his post as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was supposedly given a mandate to shape up an agency full of leakers and squeakers.

He actually took the mandate to heart and many malcontents left the agency. Amazingly, a few weeks ago, he even tracked down one of the leakers and had her terminated. For his efforts he was unceremoniously sacked, although technically he offered his resignation and the President accepted it.

In an interview with Kelly O'Donnell, Vice-President Dick Cheney said Goss did "a reasonably good job." What exactly did the administration expect from Goss in the short time he was at the CIA?

FEMA Director Michael Brown was tossed under the bus for the failings of New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, Louisiana governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, and now Goss is pitched under the same bus. Read more about the Chertoff/Brown controversy here in an article by Jonathan S. Landay, Alison Young and Shannon McCaffrey of the Knight Ridder Newspapers.

As thousands of hurricane victims went without food, water and shelter in the days after Katrina's early morning Aug. 29 landfall, critics assailed Brown for being responsible for delays that might have cost hundreds of lives.

But Chertoff - not Brown - was in charge of managing the national response to a catastrophic disaster, according to the National Response Plan, the federal government's blueprint for how agencies will handle major natural disasters or terrorist incidents. An order issued by President Bush in 2003 also assigned that responsibility to the homeland security director.

At this point in time, you would have to be an idiot to go to work for the Bush administration.

Posted by Rick | May 9, 2006 12:40 AM | Political Science

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