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There’s corruption and then there is corruption
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Ok, what can I say, I have a weird sense of humor, but these two stories running concurrently just struck me as funny:
Supplies and medicine in strife-torn Baghdad's overcrowded hospitals have been siphoned off and sold elsewhere for profit because of “untouchable” corruption in the Iraqi Ministry of Health, according to a draft U.S. government report obtained by NBC News.
Really?
Agents from the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service raided the Alaska home of Sen. Ted Stevens (R) yesterday as part of a broad federal investigation of political corruption in the state that has also swept up his son and one of his closest financial backers, officials said.
 
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Yeah, well, about that;
I find the reaction of the lefty sites that I’ve stopped by this morning, particularly those who were so incensed that they raided the home and office of William Jefferson, amusing. The same ones that were defending Jefferson, are doing a bit of a victory dance this morning. Clearly, the point is being missed, here.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
Interesting point.

I think if the FBI executed a search on a valid warrant, there should be no further objection to who it is being served against. Now, if there were a pattern of issuing warrants against political rivals, that would be a separate issue.

Now, I don’t know whether Stevens is guilty or not, and unless they find a big bundle of money in his freezer, there’s the presumption of innocence.

And why would any real republican/libertarian/conservative defend Senator Ted "Bridge-to-Nowhere" Stevens.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
And why would any real republican/libertarian/conservative defend Senator Ted "Bridge-to-Nowhere" Stevens.
Here, here.

Oh, and Bithead.
The same ones that were defending Jefferson, are doing a bit of a victory dance this morning. Clearly, the point is being missed, here.
Who defended him? I’m not doubting you, I’m merely interested. I don’t get around the blogosphere as much as I’d like.

Cheers.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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And why would any real republican/libertarian/conservative defend Senator Ted "Bridge-to-Nowhere" Stevens.
Here, here.
I have the same impression as bithead re William Jefferson and internet pundits, but am too disinterested to follow up on that particular point. What will be interesting is how Congress reacts. Here I know that the Dems circled the wagons (with then Speaker Hastert’s approval). Frankly, losing a senator of Stevens ’stature’ would please this usually GOP (national stage) voting neo-lib. Even better if we loose all the Teds (including Robert Teddy Byrd).
 
Written By: bains
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They were saying on FoxNews last night that the Republican rules in the Senate will require Sen. Stevens to step down, should he be indicted.

Reid, and some other Democrat were being very reasonable, probably because they know they have similar problems in their own party. Reid even said, "We shouldn’t rush to judgment." Once bitten, twice shy, maybe??
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
Who defended him? I’m not doubting you, I’m merely interested. I don’t get around the blogosphere as much as I’d like.
Kos, for one.
Of course, in his case, when he started talking about Jefferson, he posted a picture of John Conyers. Well, I guess they all look alike, to democrats.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
Once bitten, twice shy, maybe??
Possibly. But I tend to think, that was really going on here, is that Harry Reid realizes he’s going to need a flag to wave, for the main part of this election cycle. "Rushing to judgment" as he puts it, would make sure that Stevens was not on the front pages of America’s newspapers , August of 08.

 
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