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And the Democratic Circus plays on
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, January 04, 2009

Under a cloud of suspicion, Bill Richardson withdraws his name from the Commerce Secretary nomination:
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, tapped in December by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of Commerce, has withdrawn his name for the position, citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state.

"Let me say unequivocally that I and my Administration have acted properly in all matters and that this investigation will bear out that fact," he said Sunday in a report by NBC News' Andrea Mitchell. "But I have concluded that the ongoing investigation also would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process."

A federal grand jury is investigating how a California company that contributed to Richardson's political activities won a lucrative New Mexico state contract.
And Congress isn't even in session or the new administration in power yet - more to come?

Well, there's Charlie Rangel.

And Bithead brings us up to date on some happenings in NY concerning the Clintons.

Meanwhile there are reports that Harry Reid attempted to influence disgraced IL governor Rod Blagojevich's Senate selection. Allegedly, Reid wasn't too keen on any of the African-American candidates under consideration. Reid apparently thought any of them would lose to a Republican in the next election.
 
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Gonna have to buy a whole lot of popcorn!
 
Written By: jjmurphy
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That Clinton story is about to launch bigtime, if I read the signs rightly. Combine it with Richardson and we have a double feature. Combine it with William Jefferson, Charlie Rangel, and the usual cast of idiots and what you have here is a festival. I mean, forget popcorn... we’re gonna need pizza and wings.



 
Written By: Bithead
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Emmanuel, Richardson.....wow, The One really is showing he’s ready to hit the ground running.

This is going to be fun
 
Written By: shark
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HEH.....the bus just claimed another victim!
Sources tell ABC News that officials on the Obama Transition Team feel that before he was formally offered the job of commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was not forthcoming with them about the federal investigation that is looking into whether the governor steered a state contract towards a major financial contributor.
Once the investigation became more widely known through national media reports last month, sources tell ABC News, the Obama Transition Team realized the FBI would not be able to give Richardson a clean political bill of health before the new administration is ready to send his nomination up to the Senate for confirmation
Suuuuuuuuuuuuuure.

Iran won’t have any trouble handling the Lightworker. Neither will Putin.
 
Written By: shark
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This is bad news. I assume automatically that all democrats are corrupt. So it tics me off that a guy who wouldn’t be a bad choice for a democrat is bounced because of possible corruption.

Whoever takes his place will probably be worse.
 
Written By: kyleN
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It kills me. The guy hasn’t even been sworn in yet! Well, at least none of this stuff involves Obama personally.

But if this is just the prologue, can you imagine what the next four years has in store?
 
Written By: Ronnie Gipper
URL: http://socalconservative.blogspot.com
Well, at least none of this stuff involves Obama personally.
I wouldn’t be so sure. It’s my impression that one cannot have the kind of smoke billowing out from underneath the baseboards that the house of Obama does without there being some fire there as well. I doubt I am alone and that perception. Politics being what it is, the perception itself may be more damaging than his being dirty in actual fact.

That being beside the point, ultimately I think we’re going to find him up to his armpits in this kind of thing as well.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
That being beside the point, ultimately I think we’re going to find him up to his armpits in this kind of thing as well.
Anything that hamstrings his agenda = good
 
Written By: shark
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Thank god none of these stories came out this summer.
 
Written By: Harun
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I went around to the dimmer channels (CNN, MSDNC) and see what they were saying on Richardson, the next Dem pol to be indicted who bowed out:

CNN: Yeah, he withdrew. Big deal. Next story...Israel bombed more poor Palestinians!

MSDNC: Yeah, Richardson withdrew. It must have to do with some federal thingy about some deal he allegedly made as Governor, blah blah blah blah blah.

Imagine if John McCain were to be sworn in as President in 16 days, and 1) the Governor of Arizona (now a Dem, but let’s say she was a Republican) tries to sell his US Senate seat, and, by the way, McCain’s staff was involved in some way in the deal, but his staff investigated and released a report showing nothing happened, so let’s move on. Oh, and McCain’s pick for Secretary of Commerce withdraws because he is under federal investigation by a grand jury for influence peddling and conspiracy for selling access to state funds in exchange for campaign donations.

Big deal, right? Imagine the headlines!

MCCAIN INVOLVED IN SELLING OF US SENATE SEAT?

MCCAIN STAFF: WE DID NOTHING WRONG...BUT REPORT IS INTERNAL AND WE DON’T BELIEVE IT

MCCAIN PICK FOR COMMERCE SECRETARY WITHDRAWS AMIDST MORE ALLEGATIONS OF INFLUENCE PEDDLING AND PAY-FOR-PLAY CORRUPTION

Oh, and here is something the media missed: Obama has been questioned, under oath, before US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

If this were McCain, the death knell for his administration would already be sung by the moronic media.

And McCain would not have even taken office yet.

But Obama was playing golf while a war is going on, and the media made sure to check out why he has no chest hair.

I hope this entire administration, whatever it is becoming, crashes and burns. I really do.
 
Written By: James Marsden
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Every Governor in America, Democrat and Republican, is guilty of "the appearance of impropriety", if not outright quid pro quo.

Maybe you weren’t aware, but states have these budgets, and they spend money on projects like highway construction, and there are businesses that are paid to complete these projects.

Now we also have this political system, whereby individuals, including business owners, donate money to political candidates.

Invariably, the business owners that get these state contracts have also contributed to the campaigns of the politicians that to some extent or another, were involved in making the project happen, which, even if the politician had nothing to do with selecting the contractor, has the "appearance of impropriety" and if they did have input into selecting the contractor that also happened to contribute to them, well, that’s what many people consider to be the defining characteristic of quid pro quo.

Richardson is guilty, whether it’s appearance or worse. And ya know what else, so is every Governor in America. Our political campaign system is corrupt, especially at the state level (for most states) and to expect that some Governor, any Governor, avoid this reality, is to expect rainbow unicorns to trot down Main Street in good old Anytown, USA.

We need a better class of politician, but it’s never going to happen as long as we have the lowest class campaign finance system in the free world.

 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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Of course! How convenient that suddenly, what would be a horriffic "culture of corruption" under Bush or any other GOP administration, is suddenly "ho-hum, business as usual, what’s the big deal anyway" when it’s Lightworker-elect we’re dealing with here.

Anything to stop The One from getting the treatment I suppose
 
Written By: shark
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Captain Sarcastic,

What you say is true. But for some reason, this sort of mild approach is only used when the Dems run things. Ifs its GOP in charge, its a "culture of corruption" and can only be changed by switching parties ASAP.

Funny.
 
Written By: Harun
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Just like spending big money on inaugurations is only a big deal when Bush did it in 2004. When Obama does it now, when we are far worse off economically, the media is SILENT.
 
Written By: Harun
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Oh, and according to my Dem friends and the MSM,Gov. Palin, who actually did stand up against special interests...well, she’s a inexperienced dolt who is not suitable for any office, even Mayor. Hmmm, now can we get Caroline Kennedy to replace Clinton in the Senate?


 
Written By: Harun
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What you say is true. But for some reason, this sort of mild approach is only used when the Dems run things. Ifs its GOP in charge, its a "culture of corruption" and can only be changed by switching parties ASAP
.

I don’t doubt that partisans address the situation exactly as you say, except that you conveniently forgot to mention that the when the shoe changes feet, both sides change their rhetoric.

For my part, I have been criticising the corruption endemic with our campaign finance system no matter who is in power.

Here, let me make it as plain as I can.

In our current campaign finance system, corruption is rewarded, party affiliation is irrelevant.

 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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Palin, who actually did stand up against special interests
Really, like the contractor who built the $13M sports complex in Wasilla?

So what if they were campaign contributors, sponsors of Todd’s snowmobile team (read, people who give you money), and so what if the Palin house was built at the same time as the sports complex and Todd can’t seem to find a receipt anywhere.

Yeah, she stood up, when it was politically beneficial for her to stab another corrupt pol in the back.


They’re all corrupt.

There’s only degrees of corruption, a little or a lot.

Expecting them not be is like expecting someone to join the mafia but refuse to do anything criminal.

Not bloody likely.


 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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Yeah, I hear you. Well, I won’t have to worry about media bias too much longer, because the MSM knows that scandals sell newspapers and now they have only one party to worry about, so its microscope time for the Democrats.

 
Written By: Harun
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because the MSM knows that scandals sell newspapers


Agreed, as I have said before, the media IS biased, it’s just not a partisan bias.

If it didn’t bore me to tears, I’d complain about the Republican bias that’s emerging.

 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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Really, like the contractor who built the $13M sports complex in Wasilla?
Hey idiot. It’s not a special interest when that many people approve of it.

Or do you think town parks should be abolished?

so what if the Palin house was built at the same time as the sports complex and Todd can’t seem to find a receipt anywhere.
Prove it. Seriously. Go show it. Not a link to someone else’s unsupported allegations, show money from the sports complex went to their house.

Yeah, she stood up, when it was politically beneficial for her to stab another corrupt pol in the back.
What would have been politically beneficial would be for her to go along to get along; which is not what she did.

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
 
Written By: Tom Perkins
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The fact of the matter is that Obama is driven by the finger gauge as much as any Democrat has been in the last 40 years. This is a quality I’ve noted in Bill Clinton, back in the day, and with Obama it’s no different.

On that basis, it defies belief that Obama and his people or any group so news and popular opinion driven, could be so stupid and disconnected as to not notice that Mr. Richardson was in the papers and on the TV and radio for this corruption issue for several months, at least. Same goes for Hillary Clinton, by the way, as I pointed out in my piece of yesterday.

This is not an issue of Richardson and Clinton not filling out a questionnaire correctly, this is an issue of a pattern of dishonesty and or stupidity within the new Obama administration. Take your pick. Neither one is particularly complimentary, and I tend to doubt it’s stupidity.

As such, we find Mr. Obama performing another imitation of Bubba.. wherein he’s trying to position himself in front of the Lynch mob, so as to claim it’s a parade that he’s leading. Example; Remember Bubba on Welfare reform?

Yeah.

 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
We need a better class of politician, but it’s never going to happen as long as we have the lowest class campaign finance system in the free world.
Do you think that, for example, European politicians are any better? Any less corrupt? I don’t. I just think they (usually) hide it better. Maybe not even that, if you believe Britain’s scandal sheets.

I also consider the cure of public financing of elections worse than the disease. If politicians (in their role as overseer of the campaign finance bureaucracy) get to determine what other politicians are "qualified" to run against them, that sets up a cozy little guild that becomes even further insulated from the necessity to actually govern.

The problem is the amount of money and power controlled by government. Until that is reduced, I don’t believe anything will make a signficant dent in corruption because the incentive to do it is too high.

I think you have a hidden assumption that politicians are corrupted by the very process of raising money for campaigns, and that "good" politicians are driven out by that very process. That might indeed be a minor effect. But I think it is swamped by the sheer amount of money and power involved, which gives everyone concerned incentives to corruption.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
URL: http://qando.net
That was certainly the assumption in McCain/Feingold, Billy.
You see where those assumptions got us.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
The Clinton situation is a classic:
WASHINGTON: A developer in New York state donated $100,000 to former President Bill Clinton’s foundation in November 2004, around the same time that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman’s mall project.

Hillary Clinton helped enact legislation allowing the developer, Robert Congel, to use tax-exempt bonds to help finance the construction of the Destiny USA entertainment and shopping complex, an expansion of the Carousel Center in Syracuse.

She also helped secure a provision in a highway bill that set aside $5 million for Destiny USA roadway construction.

The bill with the tax-free bonds provision became law in October 2004, weeks before the donation, and the highway bill with the set-aside became law in August 2005, about nine months after the donation.

Congel and Philippe Reines, a spokesman for Hillary Clinton, both said there was no connection between his donation and her legislative work on his project’s behalf. Reines said the senator had supported the expansion of Carousel mall "purely as part of her unwavering commitment to improving upstate New York’s struggling economy, and nothing more."
What has Blagojevich done, besides discuss such payments on his own telephone, that would differentiate his universally denounced pay-for-play habits from this obvious example from the Clinton outfit?

Note that much like Obama investigating his own transition team, both Clinton and the developer have cleared themselves!

If it was "purely as part of her unwavering commitment to improving upstate New York’s struggling economy, and nothing more," then, why, there’s of course no reason to question the hundred grand shoveled over to Bill. It’s so obvious that the two things have nothing to do with one another that the parties never dreamed it could be taken otherwise! At least until Hillary wanted to be Secretary of State badly enough for Bill to disclose the financial contributions to his foundation.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://newpaltzjournal.com
The problem is the amount of money and power controlled by government. Until that is reduced, I don’t believe anything will make a signficant dent in corruption because the incentive to do it is too high.
I guess the concept of honest people has been completely eliminated at this point, and we’re only looking at root causes.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://newpaltzjournal.com
Prove it. Seriously. Go show it. Not a link to someone else’s unsupported allegations, show money from the sports complex went to their house
.

Show me a reciept for the purchase of the materials used to build the house.

Just because corruption can’t be proven doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, that’s kind of the point here, the system itself forces at the very minimum the appearance of impropriety, or in the case of Sarah’s half million dollar house that Todd built with "a few buddies" and apparently no building materials, the appearance of house from thin air.
What would have been politically beneficial would be for her to go along to get along; which is not what she did.
Why would you say that? She managed to get out of job she hated, get famous in Alaska, and create the foundation for her run for Governor as the above it all candidate, and it worked. You need to think about what the word "beneficial" means, because he whistle blowing was VERY beneficial for her. Ironically, she blew the whistle on a guy who was using state time to conduct campaign business. Something which she herself clearly has engaged in.

According to a July 2006 article in the Anchorage Daily News, "Palin used city employees, telephones, computers, and fax machines for her campaign fundraising and literature. On her candidate registration form, she used her City Hall fax number and her mayoral email address. Records show that Wasilla city property was used to contact supporters, donors, media contacts and media purchasing. Palin even held campaign meetings in city hall."

Pot meet kettle.

Palin is no more corrupt than other governors, which makes her just as corrupt as the system she plays in.
Do you think that, for example, European politicians are any better?
That’s a good point, I shouldn’t compare, I don’t know or care how corrupt other countries politicians are (okay, I know some are WAY more corrupt). I only how corrupt, and corrupting our system is.
I think you have a hidden assumption that politicians are corrupted by the very process of raising money for campaigns, and that "good" politicians are driven out by that very process. That might indeed be a minor effect. But I think it is swamped by the sheer amount of money and power involved, which gives everyone concerned incentives to corruption.


I agree and disagree. I do agree that the amount of money involved in government absolutely incents corruption, but I disagree that it’s a viable solution to suggest that a smaller government offers less incentive to corruption. If the federal budget were $1T instead of $2T or $3T the incentive would still be there. City and state government, who have much smaller budgets than the fed are often much more corrupt, so I don’t buy that the amount of money is the corruption incentive. Moreover, as much pols having access to the taxpayers pursestrings is incentive to corruption, I believe our current system of campaign finance legitimizes graft, whereas if this element were removed from the equation, graft and corruption would still occur, but it would be the old fashioned paper bags filled with cash and other favors that would easily prosecutable, rather than this legal back scratching that goes on in full public view, while the public just has to sit back and take it.
I also consider the cure of public financing of elections worse than the disease. If politicians (in their role as overseer of the campaign finance bureaucracy) get to determine what other politicians are "qualified" to run against them, that sets up a cozy little guild that becomes even further insulated from the necessity to actually govern.
I don’t suggest that there are not potential pitfalls to public financing, but I believe these potential problems could be addressed. I think fearing the unintended consequences is certainly appropriate, but I think continuing this pay to play system gives us much more to fear. Consider that elections in America cost about $5b in an election year to put people in place to control $2Trillion. Buying a politician is a the best investment going.

If someone really wants smaller government, I would bet that getting them out of the pay to play system is the only way that will ever be accomplished. Even liberals, who might spend more on social programs, would be incented to pull back taxpayer dollars that are are directed to high donation special interests, including unions.
I guess the concept of honest people has been completely eliminated at this point, and we’re only looking at root causes.


Not eliminated, but honest people are certainly at a disadvantage. Voters usually can’t tell the difference, but big contributors can, and they are not looking for honest, they are looking for someone who will get them what they want. Do you think a CEO of a company who controls hundreds of thousands of dollars in PAC money makes a contribution based on honesty or ideology, or do you think they make contributions based on their own job function, which is to enhance shareholder value?

Or do you think business contributions to political campaigns are, hard not laugh here, altruistic?

 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
URL: http://
"Really, like the contractor who built the $13M sports complex in Wasilla?"

Do you have any evidence of this or are you just recycling more DailyKos crap? In spite of your protestations of neutrality you seem to sling more unsubstantiated dirt on Reps/conservatives than you do Dems/leftists. Your declared cynicism ("They’re all corrupt")is strangely selective when it comes to actual incidents. Then there are your creative interpretations of other folks’ comments. And you never seem to give links to sources. All in all, your credibility sucks. Some amusing and interesting comments interspersed with what can only be downright dishonesty or stupidity. Pity.


"Agreed, as I have said before, the media IS biased, it’s just not a partisan bias."

As I said, dishonesty or stupidity. Insanity is a possibility, but not likely, based on what I have read.
 
Written By: timactual
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Or do you think business contributions to political campaigns are, hard not laugh here, altruistic?
I think that a candidate’s philosophy, ideas, and policy approaches are obviously important to any group contributing to his campaign.

AARP doesn’t back candidates who seek Social Security privatization; business doesn’t usually support candidates who want to force businesses to grant mandatory paid vactions to employees.

Making quid pro quo arrangements with regard to immediate interests is another matter, i.e., "a contribution will be required to have the roads around your mall paid for" or "your contribution is required for you to get this or that contract."

I’m sure that there are many gray areas, such as the ethanol subsidy, but if voters are shown the evidence of a quid pro quo they can recognize it for what it is and can act accordingly. They can certainly do the job when they are asked to sit on a jury.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://newpaltzjournal.com
"Show me a reciept for the purchase of the materials used to build the house."

Show me something other than insinuation and innuendo, all unbiased of course.

 
Written By: timactual
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Show me a reciept for the purchase of the materials used to build the house.
Translation: I have nothing to support my charges, so I’m going to demand that you prove my charges are false.
 
Written By: Steverino
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Translation: I have nothing to support my charges, so I’m going to demand that you prove my charges are false.
Translation: No one has provided a reciept for tens of thousands of dollars of materials and the sports complex contractor did file a contractors lien, indicating involvement in the construction of the Palin HOUSE, but I am willing to believe that nothing untoward occurred, because, you know, she’s Sarah Palin, the New Hope.

By the way, I started this with the assumption that on some level or another Richardson is guilty. I don’t have a different have a different standard for Sarah Palin. The system itself should warrant any thinking person to assume guilt (perhaps not criminal, but certainly ethical) and work from there.

 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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Translation: No one has provided a reciept for tens of thousands of dollars of materials and the sports complex contractor did file a contractors lien, indicating involvement in the construction of the Palin HOUSE, but I am willing to believe that nothing untoward occurred, because, you know, she’s Sarah Palin, the New Hope.
And where’s the source for any of this? Isn’t that what three other people in this thread have already asked you for? I’m pretty sure they weren’t asking you to simply repeat the innuendo/allegation.

FYI, a contractor doing something illegal under some sort of corrupt quid pro quo arrangement doesn’t usually file a lien for payment on the work.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://newpaltzjournal.com
as I have said before, the media IS biased, it’s just not a partisan bias.
The partisan bias is proven, Captian. Aside from the fact that it is a very obvious bias, it was proven by a UCLA study. And I suspect you are aware of that.
 
Written By: Don
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And where’s the source for any of this? Isn’t that what three other people in this thread have already asked you for? I’m pretty sure they weren’t asking you to simply repeat the innuendo/allegation.
Where’s the reciepts?

No receipts, no proof that the work was paid for, combined with the lien on the home showing involvement with the work on the home, and what you have is enough information to investigate, the investigation would either uncover receipts for the materials/work, or not.

I acknowledge that this is an allegation, not record of a conviction.

Considering something as simple as a reciept could make the whole issue go away, and the receipt has not been produced, using the same logic you apply for accusations (your quote based not on evidence of wrongdoing, but discrepancies in the events regarding Vince Foster - "Anyway, no reason to think anything was amiss. We have the character of Bill Clinton and the First Lady to depend on. I’m comfortable with that, aren’t you?").

Compared to that this is a virtual smoking gun.
The partisan bias is proven, Captian.
Just like global warming? Oh wait, you agree with that study, so it’s GOOD science.
 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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Translation: No one has provided a reciept for tens of thousands of dollars of materials and the sports complex contractor did file a contractors lien, indicating involvement in the construction of the Palin HOUSE, but I am willing to believe that nothing untoward occurred, because, you know, she’s Sarah Palin, the New Hope.
Oh, bullfeathers! I said nothing about Palin’s guilt or innocence. What I am saying is that YOU made the charge, and it’s up to you to provide substantiation of that charge. Since you’ve steadfastly refused to do so, and are attempting to throw it back to everyone else, you obviously have nothing to support the charges you made.
 
Written By: Steverino
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LOL at cap sarc. But cap, AGW hasn’t been proven. The bias in the media is obvious from the crap they spew, from their own political leanings and to the UCLA study previously mentioned. Give up the veneer of objectivity already. It’s not fooling anyone and it’s just making you look like a goof. Yeah, the media isn’t in the bag for the left. You had me fooled until that point. Even honest lefties admit media bias.
 
Written By: RFN
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Just like global warming? Oh wait, you agree with that study, so it’s GOOD science.
The UCLA study was as strong of proof as you will ever see in poli sci. It was well designed as an objective measure.

AGW computer models, on the other hand, can’t actually make real world predictions. What good is a computer model that can’t predict? The whole point of such a model is too make predictions, a failure to predict suggests the model is flawed . . .
 
Written By: Don
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Oh, bullfeathers! I said nothing about Palin’s guilt or innocence. What I am saying is that YOU made the charge, and it’s up to you to provide substantiation of that charge. Since you’ve steadfastly refused to do so, and are attempting to throw it back to everyone else, you obviously have nothing to support the charges you made.
I have no proof, only circumstancial evidence.

She must therefore be innocent???

As you folks were so fond of suggesting about Obama, there are questions that should be answered...
The S124S million sports complex and hockey rink that is the lasting monument to Palin’s two terms as Wasilla mayor is also a monument to the kind of insider politics that dismays Americans of both parties. Six months before Palin stepped down as mayor in October 2002, the city awarded nearly a half-million-dollar contract to design the biggest project in Wasilla history to Kumin Associates. Blase Burkhart was the Kumin architect on the job-the son of Roy Burkhart, who is frequently described as a "mentor" of Palin and was head of the local Republican Party (his wife, June, who also advised Palin, is the national committeewoman). Asked if the contract was a favor, Roy Burkhart, who contributed to her campaign in the same time frame that his son got the contract, said: "I really don’t know." Palin then named Blase Burkhart to a seven- member builder-selection committee that picked Howdie Inc., a mostly residential contractor owned at the time by Howard Nugent Formally awarded the contract a couple of weeks after Palin left office, Nugent has donated $4,000 to Palin campaigns. Two competitors protested the process that led to NugenfscontracLBurkhart and Nugent had done at least one project together before the complex-and have done several since.

A list of subcontractors on the job, obtained by the Voice, includes many with Palin ties. One was Spenard Building Supply, the state’s leading supplier of wood, floor, roof, and other "pre- engineered components." In addition to being a sponsor of Todd Palin’s snow-machine team that has earned tens of thousands for the Palin family, Spenard hired Sarah Palin to do a statewide television commercial in 2004. When the Palins began building a new family home off Lake Lucille in 2002-at the same time that Palin was running for lieutenant governor and in her final months as mayor-Spenard supplied the materials, according to Antoine Bricks, who works in its Wasilla office. Spenard actually filed a notice "of its right to assert a lien" on the deed for the Palin property after contracting for labor and materials for the site. Spenard’s name has popped up in the trial of Senator Stevens-it worked on the house that is at the center of the VECO scandal as well.

Todd Palin told Fox News that he built the two-story, 3,450- square-foot, fourbedroom, four-bath, wood house himself, with the help of contractors he described as "buddies." As mayor, Sarah Palin blocked an effort to require the filing of building permits in the wide-open city, and there is no public record of who the "buddies" were. The house was built very near the complex, on a site whose city purchase led to years of unsuccessful litigation and, now, $1.3 million in additional costs, with a law firm that’s also donated to Palin collecting costly fees from the city.

Dorwin and Joanne Smith, the principals of complex subcontractor DJ Excavation & Development, have donated $7,100 to Palin and her allied candidate Charlie Fannon (Joanne is a Palin appointee on the state Board of Nursing). Sheldon Ewing, who owns another complex subcontractor, Weld Air, has donated $1,300, and PN&D, an engineering firm on the complex, has contributed $699.

Ewing was one of the few sports-complex contractors, aside from Spenard, willing to address the question of whether he worked on the house as well, but he had little to say: "I doubt that it occurred, but if it did indirectly, how would I know anyhow?" The odd timing of Palin’s house construction-it was completed two months before she left City Hall and while she and Todd Palin were campaigning statewide for the first time-raises questions, especially considering its synergy with the complex.
The UCLA study was as strong of proof as you will ever see in poli sci. It was well designed as an objective measure.


I don’t disagree that the variables they chose showed a bias for Obama, but as I said, I disagree that there is a general bias toward Democrats. Go review the 90’s when a Democrat was President. Watch the next few years as a Democrat is President. A commenter got it right earlier when he mentioned that the media writes what people want to read, and that’s scandal of those in power. Show me who has the power, and I’ll show you who the media is biased AGAINST, in general.

 
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On Dec. 19, 2008. at 2 p.m., the New York-based Alavi Foundation, which supports Iranian causes, contributed between $25,000 and $50,000 to the William J. Clinton Foundation. This can be best described as the ultimate chutzpah, for on the very same day, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York indicted the president of the Alavi Foundation, Farshid Jahedi, "on a charge of obstruction of justice for allegedly destroying documents required to be produced under a grand jury subpoena concerning the Alavi Foundation’s relationship with Bank Melli Iran and the ownership of a Manhattan office building."
 
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I don’t disagree that the variables they chose showed a bias for Obama, but as I said, I disagree that there is a general bias toward Democrats. Go review the 90’s when a Democrat was President. Watch the next few years as a Democrat is President. A commenter got it right earlier when he mentioned that the media writes what people want to read, and that’s scandal of those in power. Show me who has the power, and I’ll show you who the media is biased AGAINST, in general.
This is the study I was talking about:

http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/polisci/faculty/groseclose/Media.Bias.8.htm

This is a 2004 study, so Obama has nothing to do with it.
 
Written By: Don
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So, Capn,

We don’t need any proof, just a possibility of malfeasance.

Since there are some questions swirling around Obama and Rezko, I assume you also believe he is corrupt as well?
 
Written By: Harun
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" and the sports complex contractor did file a contractors lien, indicating involvement in the construction of the Palin HOUSE"


As usual, Captain Sleazey has access to secret information not suitable for us mere mortals.

So, if the contrator filed a lien, he obviously expected to be paid. Where is the corruption?

"By the way, I started this with the assumption that on some level or another Richardson is guilty."

That is something to be proud of, applying sleazy innuendo and insinuation equally.


"Where’s the reciepts?"

And of course Captain Sleazy, with his unnamed but omniscient secret sources, knows that none have been made public. And anyway, it’s guilty until proven innocent in Sleazyland.


"I acknowledge that this is an allegation,"

Gee, that’s frightfully decent of you, old man.


"what you have is enough information to investigate"

That’s not called an investigation, it’s called a witch hunt. Horrors! The Palins have not paid their alledged debts on time!


"I have no proof, only circumstancial evidence."

Oh, BS. You don’t even have that. All you have is a sleazy accusation of corruption without any evidence whatsoever.

Finally, one source, a writer from The Village Voice, that unparalleled paragon of objectivity. On the other hand, this source adds nothing to the unsubstantiated accusations except more linnuendo e.g. "The house was built very near the complex", "A list of subcontractors on the job, obtained by the Voice, includes many with Palin ties. One was Spenard Building Supply, the state’s leading supplier..."
Imagine, living in a town of less than 10,000 people, being sociable and involved in the community, and ’having ties’ to local contractors. Ghastly! And how odd that a multi-million dollar project would attract the state’s (with a relatively small population) leading supplier of building materials. Ironclad evidence of corruption!

I have decided it is dishonesty, not stupidity. And not even particularly clever, at that.


The Palins built a house in a small community. They used local contractors and ’sweat equity’, their own and that of friends. One of the contractors filed a lien (alledgedly, as no proof has been provided), obviously not working for free. Powerful evidence of corruption, indeed.
 
Written By: timactual
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So, if the contrator filed a lien, he obviously expected to be paid. Where is the corruption?
Where’s the bill?
 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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CaptainSarcastic,

Where’s your certificate of not being a wife beater?
 
Written By: Harun
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