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John Murtha: Requiem for a Corruptocrat
Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2010 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 02/12/2010 3:09:55 AM PST by Kaslin

We are not supposed to speak ill of the dead. But those whom the deceased viciously smeared and humiliated deserve to be defended. Entrenched Democratic Rep. John Murtha passed away on Feb. 8 after a botched gallbladder surgery. He has been hailed as a "military advocate" (Associated Press) and "one of the greatest patriots ever to serve in Congress" (former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr.). These obsequious obituaries leave out inconvenient truths:

John "Jack" Murtha was an unrepentant smear merchant and corruptocrat to the bitter end.

In May 2006, during an MSNBC TV show appearance that Marines and their families will never forget or forgive, Murtha accused U.S. troops of wantonly killing some two dozen civilians, including children, in the terrorist stronghold of Haditha, Iraq. Bellowed Murtha: "Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood." Murtha publicly indicted the Marines before military investigations had been completed. His remarks opened military-bashing floodgates around the world.

In the wake of Murtha's reckless blabbing, MSNBC executioner Keith Olbermann accused the Haditha Marines of "willful targeted brutality." The Nation magazine claimed that "members of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment perpetrated a massacre." The New York Times dubbed Haditha the "defining atrocity" of the Iraq war. International papers piled on with Vietnam-era "My Lai" allusions. Murtha cold-bloodedly sat back and enjoyed the ride while the Marines were left twisting in the wind.

By 2008, seven of the Marines charged in the incident had been exonerated or had charges against them dropped. Lt. Andrew Grayson was acquitted. Lance Cpl. Stephen Tatum, Capt. Lucas McConnell, Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, Sgt. Sanick Dela Cruz and Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani all had their cases dismissed. Sgt. Frank Wuterich, the last of the Marines facing charges, awaits a long, dragged-out trial this year.

Murtha, the so-called "military advocate," went to his deathbed refusing to apologize or retract the attacks on the Haditha Marines (several of whom unsuccessfully sued him for libel to restore their honor). Decent people would call this intransigent treachery. Murtha's friends apparently consider it great patriotism.

The ego-bloated, big-mouthed lawmaker treated his own constituents with trademark contempt. During his last congressional campaign, he mocked voters in his district as bigots. "There's no question that western Pennsylvania is a racist area," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Responding to mounting criticism on both sides of the aisle about his logrolling orgies on the Hill, he sniffed: "If I'm corrupt, it's because I take care of my district."

First, foremost and forever, Jack Murtha took care of Jack Murtha. The glowing encomiums from his liberal colleagues have glossed over the 19-term Democrat's defining moment of political self-service. In 1980, Murtha was an unindicted co-conspirator in a massive bribery probe -- in which undercover FBI agents videotaped Murtha entertaining a $50,000 bribe from agents posing as emissaries for Arab sheiks trying to enter our country illegally. From transcripts of those conversations published by the late newspaper columnist Jack Anderson, Murtha's true colors shined:

"I want to deal with you guys awhile before I make any transactions at all, period. … After we've done some business, well, then I might change my mind. …"

"I'm going to tell you this. If anybody can do it -- I'm not B.S.-ing you fellows -- I can get it done my way," he boasted. "There's no question about it."

Murtha worried not about his integrity or how his constituents might be harmed, but about getting ratted out:

"All at once," he said, "some dumb (expletive deleted) would go start talking eight years from now about this whole thing and say (expletive deleted), this happened. Then in order to get immunity so he doesn't go to jail, he starts talking and fingering people. So the (S.O.B.) falls apart."

"You give us the banks where you want the money deposited," offered one of the bagmen.

"All right," agreed Murtha. "How much money we talking about?"

"Well, you tell me."

By the time of his death, Murtha had been caught intervening on behalf of a law-breaking Pennsylvania company convicted of selling military equipment parts illegally overseas; had steered unprecedented billions in federal earmarks to friends, family and donors; had earned multiple "most corrupt in Congress" designations from both the left-leaning Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the right-leaning Judicial Watch; and had remained intimately tied to PMA Group, a former lobbying firm under federal investigation, and Kuchera Industries, a defense contractor also under federal investigation.

From his character assassination of innocents to his insatiable appetite for pork and power, Jack Murtha embodied everything that is wrong with Washington. If only the culture of corruption he serviced could be buried six feet under with him.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: malkin; murtha
Sorry, but I hope he burns in hell
1 posted on 02/12/2010 3:09:56 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

When Joan Crawford died in 1977, Bette Davis had the last word – “You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good. Joan Crawford is dead, good.”

Jack Murtha is dead, good.


2 posted on 02/12/2010 3:16:43 AM PST by preacher (A government which robs from Peter to pay Paul will always have the support of Paul.)
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To: Kaslin
History will measure this man as small, petty, and corrupt. Good riddance!
3 posted on 02/12/2010 3:18:22 AM PST by almost done by half
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To: Kaslin

Sorry, but I hope he made a good confession.


4 posted on 02/12/2010 3:24:51 AM PST by Robert Drobot (Qui non intelligit aut discat aut taceat)
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To: Kaslin

A majority of voters in his district deserves the blame too.


5 posted on 02/12/2010 3:47:53 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Kaslin
Murtha accused U.S. troops of wantonly killing some two dozen civilians, including children, in the terrorist stronghold of Haditha, Iraq. Bellowed Murtha: "Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood." Murtha publicly indicted the Marines before military investigations had been completed. His remarks opened military-bashing floodgates around the world. In the wake of Murtha's reckless blabbing, MSNBC executioner Keith Olbermann accused the Haditha Marines of "willful targeted brutality." The Nation magazine claimed that "members of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment perpetrated a massacre." The New York Times dubbed Haditha the "defining atrocity" of the Iraq war. International papers piled on with Vietnam-era "My Lai" allusions. Murtha cold-bloodedly sat back and enjoyed the ride while the Marines were left twisting in the wind.

I'll give you my opinion, based on conjecture. It is only my opinion.

Murtha seemed to "have it out for" the US Marines, who he once served with. Why would he have such animosity?

Here is my guess: Murtha was a man of little integrity, and low character. I believe somewhere along the line, fellow Marine officers called him out, or caught him in the act committing transgressions. I don't know if that was being drunk on duty, or being caught stealing, or what have you. But Murtha was out for revenge.

6 posted on 02/12/2010 3:49:40 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Kaslin
Finally, someone with the 'nads to write the truth.

Some say Rest In Peace...

I say Fry In Hell, John Murtha.

7 posted on 02/12/2010 4:00:03 AM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: Kaslin

Kaslin,
How can you be so cruel?
The man is dead.
Hang on a minute, I’m still dancing on his soon to be grave.

Two more things, You guys in Tenn get any of the snow blast?
Also beautiful photos of a fine first lady and her beau on your about page,
Good job.

Oh yeah, go Floriduh, beat Tennessee.
;-)


9 posted on 02/12/2010 4:22:13 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy is little more than a quota boy.)
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To: Kaslin

John Murtha= ABSCAM. Good riddance to bad rubbish.


10 posted on 02/12/2010 4:22:43 AM PST by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever)
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To: Kaslin

Rest in torment murtha!

LLS


11 posted on 02/12/2010 4:31:45 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: Robert Drobot

Well, unless he did and was truely sorry for his sins, he is headed for a very warm place.
Murtha was a crooked, lying dog. I offer my prayers to the family only. Murtha should rot in hell for betraying his oath as a congressman and a member of the USMC.


12 posted on 02/12/2010 4:39:10 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Kaslin


John “Jack” Murtha was an unrepentant smear merchant and corruptocrat to
the bitter end.

From out here in Flyover Country (Mid-Missouri)...that’s the way
I see it.

And I’m not really crazy about the pork-barrel politics that our
retiring Senator Kit Bond (R, MO) employed during his tenure.
(That being said, he beats the alternatives like Sen. Clair McKaskill
and potential future MO Senator Robin Carnahan...”D” of course.)


13 posted on 02/12/2010 4:45:51 AM PST by VOA (f)
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To: SkyPilot
More likely than not, you are correct. Knowing the commitment to Honor and Integrity that’s instilled in Marines, it always puzzled me on how he could stoop so low as to slander and defame the Corps?
14 posted on 02/12/2010 5:23:25 AM PST by Old Badger (boy do opportunities abound everywhere for Real Conservatives!)
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To: Kaslin

I awoke this morning and had a cup of coffee.It was then that I remembered that a serious scab on our country was still dead.Hey its going to be a good day!


15 posted on 02/12/2010 5:24:49 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Kaslin; Chieftain; Warrior Nurse

Kaslin, thanks for the post.

Chieftain/Warrior Nurse ping.

There are some people who deserve to burn in Hell for Eternity! Jack Murtha is one of them.


16 posted on 02/12/2010 5:39:38 AM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Kaslin

I’m glad he’s gone, but I hope God shows him Mercy.
‘Cause I need heaps of His Mercy, too.


17 posted on 02/12/2010 5:54:18 AM PST by Little Ray (Madame President sounds really good to me...)
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To: Kaslin

Agreed.


18 posted on 02/12/2010 5:59:25 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: Robert Drobot

How can you if you don’t think you’ve done anything wrong???


19 posted on 02/12/2010 7:43:15 AM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: pnh102

A majority of voters in his district deserves the blame too.
______________________________________________________________

Proves how hard it is to vote out an incumbent. He kept the money flowing to all the political whores in his District. What’s even sadder is he paid his whores with other people’s money.


20 posted on 02/12/2010 9:00:39 AM PST by no dems (If you think Obama is a better President than Sarah Palin would be, lay down the crack pipe.)
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To: Kaslin

ping.


21 posted on 02/12/2010 9:38:22 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: jazusamo

ping


22 posted on 02/12/2010 9:39:00 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Kaslin; smoothsailing; abigailsmybaby; ArmyTeach; Badeye; billmor; bmwcyle; brityank; ...

Bump!


23 posted on 02/12/2010 9:45:09 AM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Kaslin

Ditto


24 posted on 02/12/2010 9:47:37 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: Kaslin

I do feel bad for the family. Certainly they have suffered a loss which is our gain.


25 posted on 02/12/2010 12:46:31 PM PST by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: jazusamo; smoothsailing

Bill Russell will be on Freedom Radio Sunday nite at 8 pm est, as well as Doug Hoffman, Diggs Brown and Adam Taxin

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/freedom


26 posted on 02/12/2010 2:52:33 PM PST by HonestConservative (http://www.handsoffliberty.com)
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To: HonestConservative

Good news and thanks, HC.

I’ll ping the Bill Russell list to your post here on Sunday if you don’t post again.


27 posted on 02/12/2010 2:59:19 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Thank me.


28 posted on 02/12/2010 3:12:30 PM PST by HonestConservative (http://www.handsoffliberty.com)
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To: HonestConservative
Looking forward to the show, HC. Do you know at what point in the show Bill Russell will be on?
29 posted on 02/12/2010 3:50:57 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

early on.


30 posted on 02/12/2010 3:53:14 PM PST by HonestConservative (http://www.handsoffliberty.com)
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To: jazusamo

I am glad Murtha is gone. He did enough damage while he was alive. I just hope his wife doesn’t take his place. May God forgive him....


31 posted on 02/12/2010 4:52:44 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't squat with spurs on!)
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To: preacher

LOL! I had never read that before!


32 posted on 02/12/2010 4:59:28 PM PST by CaptRon
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To: Marysecretary
This two headed coin reads heaven on one side, and hell on the other. ‘Free will’ is also a double edged sword; eternal reward and eternal consequence. We can only pray Murtha chose what best pleased our Redeemer. Forgiveness and or a heartfelt contrition does demand just that; a last minute ‘King's X’ only works in the world of politics.
33 posted on 02/14/2010 5:15:54 AM PST by Robert Drobot (Qui non intelligit aut discat aut taceat)
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To: Yorlik803

Please read post #33.


34 posted on 02/14/2010 5:18:31 AM PST by Robert Drobot (Qui non intelligit aut discat aut taceat)
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To: Kaslin

I hope they bury him face down or else the corrupt traitor will dig his way out!


35 posted on 02/14/2010 5:21:51 AM PST by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..)
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To: Robert Drobot

yes, i don’t want to see anyone in hell. i just hope he knew enough to make the right choice.


36 posted on 02/14/2010 12:07:48 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: Robert Drobot

I also wonder if he actually had time to repent.


37 posted on 02/14/2010 12:20:43 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: Kaslin

The best thing is that there won’t be so much automatic pork for his district. The voters who supported him did so for that reason.


38 posted on 02/14/2010 12:47:37 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: newfreep
A bit off topic but I noticed this post on C4P re: Michelle Malkin's "Hot Air" blog...anyone else hear about this event?

"The conservative 'sphere seems distracted today with the news that Michelle Malkin has sold Hot Air."

39 posted on 02/18/2010 4:04:23 AM PST by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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