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  • Att'y general failed to give legal briefs to Senate

    03/13/2010 5:03:51 AM PST · by ricks_place · 21 replies · 886+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/12/2010 | Jeremy Pelofsky & Todd Eastham)
    Attorney General Eric Holder failed to tell the Senate about seven legal briefs he signed when lawmakers considered his nomination to his current job, according to a letter released on Friday.Two of the briefs involved appeals to the Supreme Court for Jose Padilla, who sought release from a military prison in South Carolina where he was being held after then-President George W. Bush designated him an "enemy combatant." Padilla was held in a military brig for three years before his case was moved to a criminal court in Miami, where he was convicted on charges of offering his services to...
  • Outlaw President: Obama's Justice Dept Shuts Down ACORN Investigation

    03/12/2010 8:41:14 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 24 replies · 993+ views
    Atals Shrugs ^ | 03/13/10 | Pamela Geller
    No laws, no rule of law. Anarchy. This is so outrageous, it leaves one feeling..... powerless. Raping America. Ethics, morals, the best of America squashed in a stealth coup. ACORN is a criminal racketeering organizations. Prostitution, child trafficking, fraud, illegal voter registration -- all sanctioned and financed by ACORN. It's a sewer, and so is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Obama Justice Department Shut Down Federal ACORN Investigation According to Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) detailing...
  • DOJ: Holder Omissions Wider Than Thought

    03/12/2010 2:19:33 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 31 replies · 1,589+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 12, 2010 | Mike Levine
    A day after Republicans on Capitol Hill said they were "deeply concerned" over news that, during his confirmation process, Attorney General Eric Holder failed to disclose work on a terrorism-related legal brief, the Justice Department revealed Friday that the problem was wider than previously known. "It has come to our attention that some but not all briefs submitted to the Supreme Court by or on behalf of Attorney General Holder … [were supplied] in the course of his confirmation process last year," Assistant Attorney General Ron Weich said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which vets judicial nominees....
  • Holder Failed to Disclose Detainee Briefs on Policy (during Senate confirmation hearings)

    03/11/2010 6:02:21 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies · 489+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/11/10 | CHARLIE SAVAGE and BERNIE BECKER
    During his confirmation last year, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. failed to notify the Senate that he had signed several briefs urging courts to reject President George W. Bush’s claim that he had the power to imprison an American citizen as an “enemy combatant,” the Justice Department acknowledged Thursday. The briefs should have been disclosed as part of the confirmation process,” said Matthew Miller, a Justice Department spokesman. “In preparing thousands of pages for submission, it was unfortunately and inadvertently missed. In any event, the attorney general has publicly discussed his positions on detention policy on many occasions, including...
  • Alien President: Obama forged his birth certificate?(Taitz Video Interview)

    03/08/2010 4:54:37 PM PST · by Man50D · 51 replies · 1,919+ views
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mnu9IgEYQQ
  • Muslim Woman Barred From Flight After Refusing Body Scan

    03/03/2010 10:31:57 AM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies · 1,312+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | March 03, 2010
    Muslim Woman Barred From Flight After Refusing Body Scan A Muslim woman is thought to have become the first passenger to be stopped from boarding a flight after refusing to go through a full body scanner for religious reasons. 03 Mar 2010 Civil liberties campaigners have criticised the scanners as an invasion of privacy. The passenger was at Manchester Airport for a flight to Islamabad when she was selected at random to pass through the security screen. She was warned she would not be allowed to board the Pakistan International Airlines flight if she did not comply with the request...
  • U.S. Rep. William Delahunt shells out $500G from coffers

    02/26/2010 6:46:42 AM PST · by capecodder · 6 replies · 373+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | February 26, 2010 | Jessica Van Sack
    U.S. Rep. William Delahunt blew nearly $560,000 in campaign cash last year - much of it on lavish meals and a family-friendly payroll that includes his ex-wife, son-in-law and daughter - stoking speculation the Quincy Democrat is emptying his war chest and won’t seek re-election. Nickolai Bobrov, who is married to Delahunt’s daughter Kara, has raked in $47,732 since landing on the payroll as the congressman’s campaign manager in July, including a $10,000 payment that month marked retroactive for “consulting services April-July,” according to campaign finance records. Bobrov also is listed as treasurer of Delahunt’s Campaign for Change political action...
  • Charlie Rangel: I’ve been 'admonished' by ethics committee

    02/25/2010 5:37:36 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 53 replies · 1,585+ views
    Charlie Rangel: I’ve been 'admonished' by ethics committee By: John Bresnahan and Patrick O'Connor February 25, 2010 07:08 PM EST The House Ethics Committee has found Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel violated ethics rules by accepting corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean, according to House sources. Rangel told POLITICO Thursday night that he was being “admonished” by the committee on the grounds that at least two members of his staff knew about the corporate funding for the trips – and that Rangel himself should have known. “I’m satisfied that when you read the report, that you will see that...
  • John Brennan Involved in Obama Passport Breach (Quid Pro Quo)

    02/24/2010 6:26:45 PM PST · by capacommie · 26 replies · 1,189+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 2-24-2010 | Pamela Geller
    John Brennan Involved in Obama Passport Breach Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs Quid pro quo?If you recall, during the presidential election, I ran a number of stories on the passport breach of Obama's passport at the Department of State. It bears noting that John O. Brennan, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, who made those recent incredible pro-terror remarks, some in Arabic no less, about the beauty of jihad, was connected with the tampering with Obama's passport. Back in March 2008, the State Department launched an investigation of improper computer access to passport...
  • Bigger then Watergate

    02/23/2010 5:54:50 AM PST · by syc1959 · 17 replies · 1,080+ views
    nobarack08 ^ | Feb 23, 2010 | syc1959
    As I have been saying, it would only be a matter of time till the cesspool of Chicage politics would rear it's ugly head in Washington D.C. Those that remember Watergate, it was not about a second rate burglary gone bad, but the abuse of power in the attempt to cover it up. Well now Barack Hussein Obama has been implicated in a riminal conspiracy to manipulate the balance of power in an political election. In a major political scandal orchestrated by the Obama Administration, a popular Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania has revealed that the White House tried bribing him...
  • White House Accused of Federal Crime in Specter, Bennett Races

    02/22/2010 6:39:37 AM PST · by bogusname · 92 replies · 7,195+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | Feb. 22, 2010 | Jeffrey Lord
    "Whoever solicits or receives … any….thing of value, in consideration of the promise of support or use of influence in obtaining for any person any appointive office or place under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both." -- 18 USC Sec. 211 -- Bribery, Graft and Conflicts of Interest: Acceptance or solicitation to obtain appointive public office
  • Obama Making Plans to Use Executive Power

    02/13/2010 10:45:10 AM PST · by NoRedTape · 36 replies · 1,526+ views
    New York Times ^ | Feb 13, 2010 | By PETER BAKER
    “We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues,” said Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff. Any president has vast authority to influence policy even without legislation, through executive orders, agency rule-making and administrative fiat. And Mr. Obama’s success this week in pressuring the Senate to confirm 27 nominations by threatening to use his recess appointment power demonstrated that executive authority can also be leveraged to force action by Congress. “If the stalling tactics continue,” said Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, “he’s not ruling...
  • Who owns America? (Who holds U.S. Treasury bills?)

    02/12/2010 3:28:09 PM PST · by BIOCHEMKY · 19 replies · 998+ views
    MAJOR FOREIGN HOLDERS OF TREASURY SECURITIES (in billions of dollars as of 12/09) China, Mainland 789.6 Japan 757.3 United Kingdom 2/ 277.5 Oil Exporters 3/ 187.7 Carib Bnkng Ctrs 4/ 179.8 Brazil 157.1 Hong Kong 146.2 Russia 128.1 Luxembourg 91.7 Taiwan 78.4 Germany 53.6 France 47.5 Canada 46.6 Korea, South 39.1 Ireland 38.8 Singapore 36.4 Thailand 31.7 India 31.6 Turkey 29.6 Norway 26.2 Mexico 26.2 Egypt 25.3 Netherlands 20.3 Sweden 19.4 Italy 19.1 Israel 16.6 Colombia 15.6 Belgium 15.3 Chile 12.2 Philippines 12.2 Australia 11.5 Malaysia 11.1 All Other 142.3 Grand Total 3597.5 Of which: For. Official 2404.6 Treasury Bills...
  • President Obama Signs Law Raising Public Debt Limit from $12.4 Trillion to $14.3 Trillion

    02/12/2010 1:33:55 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 603+ views
    abcnews.com ^ | Feb. 12, 2010 | Jake Tapper
    Behind closed doors and with no cameras present, President Obama signed into law Friday afternoon the bill raising the public debt limit from $12.394 trillion to $14.294 trillion. The current national debt is $12.3 trillion. Check out the National Debt Clock, which tells you your share of that -- roughly $40,000 per citizen, $113,000 per taxpayer.
  • Federal Court: No, the Government May Not Prevent Further Discovery of the Takeover of AIG

    02/05/2010 4:13:23 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 151 replies · 4,850+ views
    biggovernment.com ^ | 02/05/10 | Frank Gaffney
    This week we broke the story of possible criminal wrongdoing in the government takeover of insurance giant AIG. In the last several months, the US government has tried, unsuccessfully, to throw out plaintiff Kevin Murray’s case, alleging that the government’s takeover of AIG puts it in the position of supporting and promoting Islam and Shariah finance. In the discovery process attorneys for Murray, David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise (of the Thomas More Law Center), discovered that the takeover itself may have been illegal, and have attempted to get Treasury Secretary under oath to try and untangle this mess. Again, the...
  • Rangel gift$ to lawyers (Tax-cheat Charlie fends off congressional ethics investigations)

    02/05/2010 3:18:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies · 293+ views
    NY Post ^ | 2/03/10 | S.A. MILLER
    Rangel gift$ to lawyersBy S.A. MILLER Last Updated: 4:07 PM, February 3, 2010 WASHINGTON -- Embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel spent huge amounts of campaign cash in the last quarter of 2009 on lawyers to fend off congressional ethics investigations, campaign-finance reports show. The Harlem Democrat dropped $575,000 on five teams of lawyers since Oct. 1 -- the lion's share of the $687,000 he spent that quarter. It's far more than the $354,694 Rangel's campaign says he raised during that three-month span. For the past year, the House ethics panel has been probing Rangel's use of congressional letterhead to raise money...
  • Judicial Watch posts documents in ‘Pelosi Air Force Scandal’; travel tops $2 million

    01/31/2010 2:19:29 PM PST · by Crush · 36 replies · 2,039+ views
    The US Report ^ | 29 Jan 2010 | Kay Day
    The government watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained documents from the Air Force detailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s use of US Air Force aircraft for Congressional Delegations (CODELs). According to the documents obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Speaker’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol. The following are highlights from the recent release of about 2,000 documents related to Pelosi's travel: •Speaker Pelosi used Air Force aircraft to travel back to her district at an average...
  • Top Muslim group withholds tax records from IRS

    01/31/2010 7:17:40 PM PST · by Man50D · 15 replies · 797+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | January 31, 2010
    What is America's most prominent Muslim advocacy group hiding? The Council on American-Islamic Relations is delinquent in filing its tax returns by nearly two years, the IRS has confirmed, raising new suspicions the embattled nonprofit group is concealing from the American public details about its already shadowy financial activities. Washington-based CAIR, which receives revenue from Saudi Arabia and other Arab states, is required by federal law to file its tax returns annually with the IRS to maintain its tax-exempt status. However, it still has not filed its 2007 returns, according to the IRS. Its 2008 tax filing is also late....
  • Feds gave banks access t0 23.7 TRILLION dollars, not 700 billion (MSNBC reports it!?!)

    01/31/2010 3:35:35 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 16 replies · 1,208+ views
    MSNBC via You Tube ^ | 1/30/10 | Dylan Ratigan
    This number sounds suspiciously similar to the number used by the Inspector General over TARP about 10 months ago during congressional hearings.
  • Obama targets "tax cheats" seeking government work

    01/20/2010 9:02:28 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 53 replies · 1,712+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 20, 2010 | Jeff Mason
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama ordered federal agencies on Wednesday to take measures to prevent companies that are delinquent in paying taxes from obtaining new government contracts. Obama also instructed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to review the accuracy of companies' reports on their tax obligations to be sure they are truthful. "We need to be sure that when a company says it's paying taxes, that company is, in fact, paying taxes," Obama said. The move is the latest in a series of populist-toned events Obama, a Democrat, has emphasized to generate support for his political and legislative...
  • Geithner's NY Fed told AIG to keep quiet on deals

    01/07/2010 9:57:20 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 2,306+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/7/10 | Daniel Wagner - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve Bank of New York pressed American International Group Inc. to withhold details of controversial deals that funneled billions in bailout money to Goldman Sachs and other banks. E-mails show lawyers representing the New York Fed asked AIG to remove the information from a draft financial disclosure. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was president of the New York Fed at the time. The deals were part of a massive rescue effort at the peak of the financial crisis. Lawmakers and others have accused Geithner's Fed of overpaying banks, including Goldman and Deutsche Bank, to cancel deals with...
  • Senate hypocrites refuse ObamaCare for themselves, force it on everyone else

    12/23/2009 6:59:47 PM PST · by bigred08 · 13 replies · 1,236+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 12/23/2009 | Kevin Hall
    The health care legislation about to be passed by the U.S. Senate requires all Americans to purchase health insurance. All Americans, that is, except for the Senate, other members of Congress and their staff. The Democrats refuse to even allow vote on the matter.....
  • SEIU Thugs Beat Up State Worker at Meeting

    11/08/2009 4:21:22 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 23 replies · 918+ views
    CBS13.com/The Lid ^ | 11/8/09 | The Lid
    SEIU is so much more than just the union partner of ACORN. They are among the President's top advisers. Last week when the White House released its first "visitors list" the most frequent visitor was the head of the ACORN affiliated Union the SEIU Andrew Stern who showed up on the visitors roster twenty times. The Union has also been acting as the President's personal thugs. In the beginning the congressional town halls might have been loud but they were never violent, but once the Democrats began urge the SEUI to confront the opponents of Obamacare, that all changed. It...
  • State Worker Beat Up At SEIU Meeting (Walked in with camera)

    11/08/2009 3:39:06 PM PST · by funblonde · 31 replies · 2,718+ views
    CBS13 ^ | 11-06-09
    A state worker is recovering after a bloody brawl at a union hall. He says members of the local SEIU 1000 beat him up and sent him to the hospital all because he wanted to expose allegedl corruption within the union. Ken Hamidi is a state worker at the California Franchise Tax Board. Last night he walked into a union hall in Sacramento for an SEIU local 1000 meeting. After he and a photographer walked in to the meeting, it didn't take long for Hamidi to be right out the door and on his way to the hospital.
  • State settles Migden suit

    07/08/2009 7:58:02 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 325+ views
    Vallejo Times-Herald ^ | 7/8/9 | Staff Report
    SACRAMENTO -- The state will pay $335,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from a crash involving former state Sen. Carole Migden. Supervising Deputy Attorney General Steven Gevercer said Monday that state officials have agreed to pay the sum to 33-year-old Ellen Butawan of Vallejo. Butawan sued Migden and the state after suffering minor injuries when Migden rear-ended her in May 2007 along Interstate 80 corridor in Solano County. Witnesses reported Migden talking on the phone and driving wildly in her state-owned SUV before the crash.
  • Appeals Court: Marine can't sue Murtha

    04/14/2009 8:02:43 AM PDT · by earlJam · 167 replies · 6,864+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 4/14/09
    By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer Nedra Pickler, Associated Press Writer – 2 mins ago WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court has ruled that a Marine cannot sue Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha for defamation. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich of Meriden, Conn., claimed Murtha damaged his reputation by saying he and his comrades killed women and children "in cold blood" in Haditha, Iraq, in November 2005. Murtha argued he has immunity from the lawsuit because he was acting in his official role as a lawmaker...
  • Coke cop says oral sex to blame for dirty test, but judge not buying it (Drug Test News)

    04/08/2009 8:18:11 AM PDT · by tlb · 62 replies · 3,078+ views
    N Y Daily News ^ | April 8th 2009 | Alison Gendar and Jose Martinez
    A decorated ex-cop who claimed he tested positive for cocaine because he ingested the drug during oral sex with his girlfriend can't have his job back, a Manhattan judge has ruled. Supreme Court Justice Eileen Rakower last month shot down helicopter pilot Jon Goldin's attempt to overturn his April 2008 dismissal from the NYPD. Goldin, a 15-year veteran, tested positive for cocaine in October 2006 in a random drug test using hairs from his arm. Goldin's lawsuit said the cocaine in his system was the product of "passive ingestion" from performing oral sex on girlfriend Coreen McCarthy, who, once he...
  • Franklin County deputies accused of tampering with inmate's food (Columbus...Genital Alert)

    03/24/2009 10:25:13 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 14 replies · 3,501+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | March 24, 2009 | Maureen Kocot
    Franklin County deputies accused of tampering with inmate's food Tuesday, March 24, 2009 7:40 AM THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Two deputies assigned to the Downtown Franklin County jail are being investigated after being accused of tampering with an inmate's food. According to sources at the jail, the deputies fed a sandwich to an inmate after having another inmate touch the sandwich with his penis. Sources also said that the deputies used a cell phone to take pictures of the incident. The Franklin County sheriff's office confirmed that the deputies are being investigated and have been reassigned to the control center, where...
  • Officer Will Not Face Charges In Shoving Of 71-Year-Old Wal-Mart Greeter

    01/10/2009 4:34:15 PM PST · by decimon · 86 replies · 1,776+ views
    Chattanoogan.com ^ | January 6, 2009 | Unknown
    Chattanooga Police Det. Kenneth Freeman will not face charges in an incident in which he shoved a 71-year-old greeter at the Wal-Mart in Collegedale to the floor after he tried to stop him while doing a receipts check. > A police report says a customer then told Det. Freeman, "You can't push down an old man" and began struggling with him. It says Det. Freeman then shoved that man, Gholom Ghassedi, through a glass door. Officers found Mr. Ghassedi with blood on his neck, but he declined medical treatment. Sgt. McPherson broke up the fight between Det. Freeman and Mr....
  • L.A.Times Deletes Lead: Schwarzenegger & Presidency After Drudge & FR Feature; Could it be Obama?

    12/22/2008 1:00:50 AM PST · by unspun · 74 replies · 2,970+ views
    Monday 12/22, 2:41am CT -- This entry was formerly entitled, "Elect Schwarzenegger President? Obama Says Yes We Can! Dear L.A. Times..." Now, the plot thickens -- the story of the story. As it turns out, this article was featured in Drudge Report as well as Free Republic and then... poof! The lead disappeared! Funny how that can happen. Was it because of the implications this has, at such a sensitive time -- what with cases before the Supreme Court showing Obama to be a fictitious candidate, not a natural born Citizen at all? And with Congress yet to certify the...
  • City gives DNC host committee pass on gas tax (Denver)

    07/22/2008 6:07:24 PM PDT · by tflabo · 9 replies · 257+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | July 22, 2008 | Daniel J. Chacon,
    The committee hosting the Democratic National Convention is using the city's gas pumps to fill up on fuel, avoiding state and federal highway taxes, officials said today. "There's something there that just doesn't seem right to me because, in a sense, you're saying then that the officials who pass the laws are not willing to live by them, and that concerns me," Councilwoman Jeanne Faatz said. The issue came up during the council's weekly meeting with Mayor John Hickenlooper when the Public Works Department requested authorization to be reimbursed by the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee for use of "fueling...
  • Greene County [MO] jailer loses job for erasing warrant for his own arrest

    07/09/2008 10:35:55 PM PDT · by Huntress · 4 replies · 883+ views
    KY3 News ^ | 7/9/08 | Sara Sheffield
    SPRINGFIELD -- The Greene County sheriff fired a correctional officer who was charged this week with misusing his position for personal gain. A detective says Steven Donovan used a computer system that he didn't have clearance to use -- to clear his name. Donovan is charged with misuse of official information by a public servant. That’s a misdemeanor that could get him up to a year in a county jail if he’s convicted or pleads guilty. The detective says Donovan admits he cleared a warrant for his own arrest from Phelps County on a statewide computer system known as MULES...
  • Oregon attorney slaps a policeman with an illegal parking complaint

    04/22/2008 7:23:04 PM PDT · by BGHater · 105 replies · 282+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | 19 Apr 2008 | The Canadian Press
    PORTLAND, Ore. — A lawyer who watched a police officer park illegally in front of a restaurant, then wait around while his meal was prepared, issued the officer a series of citizen-initiated violations. Eric Bryant said he was sitting at the restaurant March 7 when Officer Chad Stensgaard parked his patrol car next to a no-parking sign and walked inside to wait for his food, the Portland Mercury reported Thursday. Bryant told the weekly paper that when he asked Stensgaard about his car, the officer asked Bryant: "If someone broke into your house, would you rather have the police be...
  • O.C. Legislator Works to Stop Abuse of License Plates(CA)

    04/08/2008 10:42:20 AM PDT · by kellynla · 10 replies · 167+ views
    orange county register ^ | April 7, 2008 | JENNIFER MUIR and BRIAN JOSEPH
    SACRAMENTO – Saying that government employees shouldn't be able to evade traffic tickets because they have secret license plates, Assemblyman Todd Spitzer said Monday that he will propose legislation to help traffic enforcement agencies pierce the shield. Spitzer was responding to an Orange County Register investigation that showed that a Department of Motor Vehicles program designed to protect law enforcement from criminals was giving them another kind of protection: They can drive on toll roads without paying, run red light cameras with impunity and park illegally. For example, 3,722 public employees have run the 91 Express Lanes in the past...
  • "Bad Cops, Bad Cops" (statewide criminal probe of New York State Police launched)

    04/01/2008 1:29:22 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 9 replies · 171+ views
    Federal Review ^ | Tuesday, April 01, 2008
    Today's New York Post reports that new Governor David Paterson has authorized Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to launch a criminal probe into the New York State Police. The allegations to be investigated include illegal leaks of information statewide, politically motivated investigations and looking the other way while former Governor Eliot Spitzer repeatedly patronized high priced prostitutes. If this is how the state's police operate, no wonder Hillary has expressed interest in running for governor if her presidential bid fails.
  • WILL TED (Kennedy) TELL MARY JO TRUTH?

    11/28/2007 5:22:39 AM PST · by Zakeet · 51 replies · 341+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 29, 2007 | Richard Johnson
    November 28, 2007 -- THE publisher of Sen. Ted Kennedy's autobiography won't likely recoup his $8.5 million advance unless the 75-year-old Democrat finally tells what really happened in 1969 at Chappaquiddick, where Kennedy's car went off a bridge, drowning campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne. But Jonathan Karp, head of the Twelve imprint at Hachette Book Group USA, isn't worried. Karp told Page Six yesterday, "When we met with Sen. Kennedy, he assured us he would be candid." Kennedy, who didn't report the Martha's Vineyard crash to police for many hours, eventually pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident...
  • 'A Well-Publicized Automobile Accident in Massachusetts Nearly 39 Years Ago'

    01/13/2008 5:02:01 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 60 replies · 898+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Could a description of Mary Jo Kopechne's death in a car accident possibly not mention Ted Kennedy till five paragraphs later? Yes. That's how the Times Leader, the Wilkes Barre, PA based newspaper reported the passing away at age 89 of Mary Kopechne's mother Gwen, a local resident. Here's the opening paragraph [emphasis added]: A mother who lost her daughter in a well-publicized automobile accident in Massachusetts nearly 39 years ago was remembered Saturday as a caring woman who loved talking, drinking coffee and making pancakes for breakfast.
  • Are Members of Congress Accountable for Anything?(Murtha & Haditha)

    10/04/2007 5:28:30 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 87 replies · 1,269+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 04, 2007 | Clarice Feldman
    Are Congressmen above the law? The case of Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich against Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) tests this basic question. Of course there are other reasons to ask the same question. In a year when Congressional committees see no limits to what they will subpoena from the executive branch or about what they will interrogate its officers and employees, they rushed to court to keep the Department of Justice from subpoenaing the records of a Congressman caught with tens of thousands of dollars in his freezer. Bad as shielding suspicious Congressional cold cash from view may be, insulating Congressmen...
  • (On This Day In History) July 18, 1969: Incident on Chappaquiddick Island (Teddy Swims Away)

    07/18/2007 7:36:56 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 45 replies · 2,837+ views
    History.com ^ | July 18, 2007 | History.com
    On This Day In History July 18, 1969: Incident on Chappaquiddick Island Shortly after leaving a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy of Massachusetts drives an Oldsmobile off a wooden bridge into a tide-swept pond. Kennedy escaped the submerged car, but his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, did not. The senator did not report the fatal car accident for 10 hours. On the evening of July 18, 1969, while most Americans were home watching television reports on the progress of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission, Kennedy and his cousin Joe Gargan were hosting a cookout and party...
  • Bartender says she was fired for refusing to serve lawmaker

    06/21/2007 5:30:00 AM PDT · by P-40 · 72 replies · 2,375+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/21/2007 | AP
    AUSTIN — A former bartender at a Texas Capitol-area bar has sued her old employer, claiming she was fired because she refused to serve state Sen. John Whitmire when he was drunk. A top aide to Whitmire, D-Houston, said she was present that night at the Cloak Room and called the bartender's allegations about the senator a "complete fabrication." In her lawsuit, Rebekah L. Lear said she lost her job at the bar because she refused to serve Whitmire a second scotch on the night of March 8. Lear also alleges that Whitmire threatened to have her fired. Lear claims...
  • {Jerry Cooper, TN State} Senator's DUI hearing delayed

    05/11/2007 1:04:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 710+ views
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 5/11/7 | BETH RUCKER
    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — A court hearing for state Sen. Jerry Cooper, who is facing charges of driving under the influence, was postponed today for 12 weeks. Cooper's lawyer, Jack Mitchell, said the lawmaker could not appear in court today because he had a doctor's appointment related to injuries from the wreck that led to drunken driving and speeding charges. Rutherford County General Sessions Judge David Lowery rescheduled the preliminary hearing for Aug. 3. "Senator Cooper is undergoing medical treatment today," Mitchell said. "He is still in a certain amount of pain." Cooper was critically injured in a car crash on...
  • Cop Confiscates Pot, Bakes Brownies

    05/11/2007 12:28:29 PM PDT · by bamahead · 52 replies · 2,673+ views
    BEEPCentral.com (Chicago Daily Herald) ^ | May 10, 2007 | Associated Press
    DEARBORN, Mich. -- A police officer who admitted taking marijuana from criminal suspects and baked it into brownies with his wife will avoid criminal charges. The police department's decision not to pursue a case against former policeman Edward Sanchez left a bad taste in the mouth of at least one city official, who vowed to investigate. "If you're a cop and you're arresting people and you're confiscating the marijuana and keeping it yourself, that's bad. That's real bad," said City Councilman Doug Thomas. Sanchez, who resigned last year from the department in this Detroit suburb, declined comment Wednesday. Police Commander...
  • Mich. Cop Avoids Charge For Pot [marijuana] Brownies

    05/10/2007 2:24:54 PM PDT · by bedolido · 20 replies · 2,516+ views
    cbsnews ^ | 5-10-2007 | Staff Writer
    A police officer will avoid criminal charges despite admitting he took marijuana from criminal suspects and, with his wife, baked it into brownies. The police department's decision not to pursue a case against former Cpl. Edward Sanchez left a bad taste in the mouth of at least one city official, who vowed to investigate. "If you're a cop and you're arresting people and you're confiscating the marijuana and keeping it yourself, that's bad. That's real bad," said City Councilman Doug Thomas.
  • MADD Award Winner Charged With DUI

    05/06/2007 10:49:21 PM PDT · by mathprof · 25 replies · 942+ views
    ap via yahoo ^ | 5/3/07 | STAFF
    A city police officer who recently received an award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been charged with drunken driving, authorities said. Specialist Charles Beebe's SUV was pulled over Wednesday in Aurora, Ind., after a motorist reported that he had forced two vehicles off the road, the arresting officer's report said. Beebe failed a field sobriety test and agreed to a chemical test. His blood-alcohol content was 0.08 percent, the point at which a motorist is considered legally drunk in Indiana, according to the arrest report. Beebe, 54, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Lawrenceburg, Ind., and was released on $1,500...
  • Former Deputy Not Guilty Of Vehicular Manslaughter

    05/02/2007 8:16:21 PM PDT · by bird4four4 · 35 replies · 790+ views
    WHAM1180 ^ | May 2, 2007 | wham1180
    A former Monroe County Sheriff's deputy has been found not guilty of the most serious charge against him. The case involved a deadly drunk driving crash. James Telban was found not guilty of vehicular manslaughter, but he was found guilty on a charge of DWI, and failure to yield. The case dates back to September 6th of last year when Telban drove with a blood alcohol level 3 times the legal limit, and he pulled out into the path of motorcyclist Peter Volkmuth of Greece. Volkmuth died in that crash. Assistant District Attorney Chris Rodeman says unfortunately a judge did...
  • Narrows [bridge] tolls for police cars, ambulances [will have to pay tolls to cross]

    04/30/2007 11:09:26 AM PDT · by bedolido · 22 replies · 1,136+ views
    NWCN ^ | 04-30-2007 | staff writer
    TACOMA, Wash. — Ambulances, police cars and fire trucks might have to pay tolls when crossing the new Tacoma Narrows bridge. Some Pierce County officials, including Sheriff Paul Pastor and Executive John Ladenburg, are lobbying against the idea. "It is silly to have us pay an admission fee to save lives," Pastor told The Tacoma News Tribune. "I understand they want to pay the bridge debt, but they are, by this policy, creating a far more urgent problem and creating a potentially dangerous situation."
  • Details surrounding N.J. gov.'s crash change dramatically { Corzine unbuckled }

    04/18/2007 3:14:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 94 replies · 2,480+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/18/7 | TOM HESTER Jr.
    Trenton, N.J. (AP) -- It was an ominous tale — an erratic driver in a red pickup racing wildly along the nation's busiest toll road sends the governor's sport utility vehicle careening into a guard rail. But that story, relayed hours after Gov. Jon S. Corzine was critically injured, has been debunked by a new state police report detailing how his driver was dashing with emergency lights flashing at 91 mph in a 65 mph zone. The alleged erratic driver wasn't a villain but a young man trying to get out of the way of the governor's onrushing SUV. Corzine's...
  • N.J. Gov.'s SUV Went 91 Mph Before Crash

    04/17/2007 2:48:03 PM PDT · by Bluestateredman · 101 replies · 2,378+ views
    AP via Drudge ^ | 04/17/2007 | AP
    N.J. Gov.'s SUV Went 91 Mph Before Crash Apr 17 04:19 PM US/Eastern TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The SUV carrying Gov. Jon S. Corzine was traveling about 91 mph moments before it crashed, Superintendent of State Police Col. Rick Fuentes said Tuesday. The governor was critically injured when the vehicle crashed into a guardrail on the Garden State Parkway just north of Atlantic City last week. He apparently was not wearing his seat belt as he rode in the front passenger's seat. The speed limit along that stretch of the parkway is 65 mph. The state trooper-driven sport utility vehicle...
  • Gore, staff led past airport security

    03/01/2007 10:09:34 PM PST · by george76 · 58 replies · 1,662+ views
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | March 1, 2007
    An airline employee led former Vice President Al Gore and two associates around airport security lines before police spotted the breach and required them to be screened, an airport spokeswoman said Thursday. The American Airlines employee led the three down to the lower baggage level Wednesday and swiped each of them through a secure turnstile with her security badge, Nashville International Airport spokeswoman Lynne Lowrance said. She declined to identify the employee. "Everyone goes through security," she said of the employee's action. "It showed bad judgment. They were trying to be helpful, maybe too helpful." The employee will be required...
  • DA blames breath test flaw for dropped OUI vs. pols’ pal

    12/21/2006 4:45:09 PM PST · by Gay State Conservative · 18 replies · 1,055+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/21/2006 | Boston Herald
    The Bristol County district attorney yesterday defended throwing out OUI charges against a politically connected socialite who flunked four sobriety tests and two breath tests, blaming red tape for blocking prosecutors from getting the Breathalyzer report. “This case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” said DA Paul F. Walsh Jr. Walsh’s office dropped OUI charges against Suzanne Magaziner last week despite a police report alleging that she twice blew .12 on the Breathalyzer, which is above the legal limit of .08. But Walsh said his prosecutor, Roger Ferris, decided he had little chance to win the case, mainly...