Alaska is proof democracy doesn't work all the time

Discussion in 'Politics' started by oktiri, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. a convicted felon !!!! ??
    Come on Alaska !
  2. Clearly, you have not lived in La.

    During the 1991 election for governor, this bumper sticker summed up the choice the voters had:

    "Vote for the crook, it's important."

    The crook, Edwin Edwards, ran against Klansman, David Duke. Edwards won, surprisingly.

    Edwards, now serving his sentence as inmate #03128-095 in Oakdale, La. a Fed Pen.

    According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he is scheduled to be released in July 6, 2011

    The election results had the crook at 34%; the Klansman at 32% and the incumbent Governor bringing up the rear. A runoff gave Edwards the win.

    And you think Alaska is whacky.
  3. Palin was embarrassing for Alaska.

    This is beyond embarrassing.
  4. What's the big deal. Chicago's first Black mayor served time before he was elected.

    If Steven's indictment was for some huge moral outrage it might dissuade a solid majority but a payoff in home repairs? In Chicago we'd NEVER vote against someone on a bribe so lame. Actually in Chicago the sentiment would be, "if that's all Steven's can get is a free backyard deck he's not up to the job."
  5. Yes, he served 40 days for not filing his taxes in 1971, 12 years before his election. By contrast, "a prominent, well-connected Chicago attorney was charged with not filing from 1973–1975; he was neither prosecuted, nor charged a penalty."

    With shameful equivocation like that, you get the government you deserve.
  6. Whats the big deal. Everyone in corgress is a crook. They are all bought and paid for by lobbysts. Since when is taking bribes a crime for a congressman
  7. Fuck off you judgmental asshole. You HAVE NO IDEA if Obama has ever done the same as Stevens. Do you?

    I can already predict your reply. 'Obama did no wrong or less he'd be indicted." Fine. So by the same token Harold Washington DID WRONG because he went to jail. Just because Wikipedia says someone else did the same crime and didn't go to prison doesn't excuse Washington breaking Federal tax law. I know a half dozen traders who went to prison for curb trading. Two years later it was MADE LEGAL. Can those traders now get NFA registered? Hell no.

    Here's Obama's pal Rezko.

    Gov. Blagojevich and his wife, Patti, upgraded their Northwest Side bungalow in 2003 by renovating their family room and building a deck.

    What makes the home improvement project noteworthy is who Illinois' first family put in charge of it: a company owned by now-indicted political fund-raiser and real estate developer Antoin "Tony" Rezko.

    Chicago Construction Services began overseeing the Blagojevich work in July 2003, six months after Rezko began pushing the governor to place friends and associates in key state posts. The project took place during a 16-month period in which Patti Blagojevich, a real estate broker, netted about $86,000 from Rezko-orchestrated real estate deals.

    The work on the governor's home wasn't the only time that Rezko mixed his real estate dealings with politics. Last year, his wife, Rita, struck a deal with Sen. Barack Obama that enabled Obama to buy a piece of her adjoining property to expand the size of his yard in the Kenwood neighborhood.

    In 2003, Rezko sold a riverfront town house to Rep. Luis Gutierrez for $434,900, far less than what the congressman's neighbors paid for their properties. Last March, Gutierrez sold the home for $610,000, a 41 percent profit. The congressman insisted he was given no special treatment by Rezko.

    In December 2002, Rezko was involved in a real estate deal in which Patti Blagojevich got a $47,557 commission, the Chicago Sun-Times reported in November.

    Also, Patti Blagojevich has disclosed that she earned nearly $39,000 off Rezko-related transactions during the first four months of 2004.

    Ottenhoff said Rezko's tie to home improvement work at the Blagojevich house didn't pose a conflict of interest, even though Rezko was a fund-raiser and had sought government favors.

    “They paid full price for the work that was done," she said, referring to the state's first family. "Where's there a conflict?”,blagohome021807.article
  8. Even better equivocation. It's okay to elect a felon because someone else might have done it.

    For those who weren't raised by wolves, the lesson that the rest of us learned is "two wrongs don't make a right."

    (Skipping the fact that you just made up another wrong in your own head.)

    Ouch, you guessed wrong. Actually my reply was to emphasize basic lessons of decency that most of us learned in kindergarten.
  9. Conservatives at ET only get upset about crime when a person who is not white does it.

    OF COURSE Alaskans are going to vote for Stevens. He's one of them.
  10. 1) Pot, meet kettle.

    2) Neither do you. Therefore, rather than speculating wishfully and pulling theories out of your ass, try to focus on the occasional fact.
    #10     Nov 5, 2008