U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s campaign finances are the subject of a federal probe after the congressman allegedly improperly used campaign money to decorate his home, according to a new report. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night that a federal probe into the congressman centers on whether Jackson improperly used campaign money to decorate his home. The Chicago Sun-Times on Friday first reported that Jackson was under federal investigation, a probe that began before he took a leave from Congress in June to seek medical help. Ultimately, the Jacksons said he suffered from bipolar depression.
Comments: The WSJ piece is inaccessible right now.
The silence from the Rev. Jesse Jackson has been noticeably loud. No doubt, he worries that his personal scams might also come under scrutiny. It's easy to imagine that Jr.'s misdeeds were guided by his father, well-known racist rabble-rouser and extortionist.
Like Father, Like Son. Jessee made a very lucrative career out of shaking down people, businesses and organizations, big and small. How much of a humnitarian would he have been were there not great material (and power) rewards in the game for him? Now he's got his son in serious trouble. Content of one's character indeed.
No problem here. After he cashes out, a smart move would be to set up residence in Detroit, another bastion of democratic power over decades.
Why put yourself in a "murdering" environment like Chicago, where 5 were killed this weekend and 25 injured by violence...whoops, wait a minute, that's his home city and it too has been run by democrats for decades.
Maybe a pattern might emerge...but not enough for the voters to change their perspectives.
Recall at least a decade ago the reverend jackson shook down Anheiser Busch. He obtained the largest AB distributorship in Chicago with gross sales of $30 million a year for two of his sons who has no experience in the beer business. Jackson won out over all bidders----some of which had worked for the company for decades. The Jackson klan is a criminal enterprise.
I have read that Michelle was best friends when growing up with the Jackson daughter and was in their home all the time. Have the Obamas expressed sorrow, offered prayers to Allah or said anything about presumed close friend of the family Jesse Jr. and his precarious predicament? Hmm.
He might have thought (assuming he's guilty) that he'd get away with it because his father has gotten away with being a crook and a extortionist for years. But, as Miss Ann Coulter writes, white America has gotten over all this guilt. What Jackson Sr. could get away with, Jackson Jr. can't.
I read the Wall Street Journal piece with my breakfast. Jackson's attorneys asked the Justice Department to delay a possible indictment until after the election. The Justice Department has not commented.
Yes! Yes, he misused campaign funds. So? Whatcha gonna do about it? Arrest him? I don't think so.
See, here is the way it works: He's black and he's a Democrat politician, in case no one important has noticed. That's a free license to do what ever he wants to do. It means the laws of the land are not applicable to him or anyone else who is in his same class in our society (like, well, for example, Øbama. So just get over it!
So, J3, was the zebra furniture and the lionhead rug in front of the fireplace worth it? I think we are soon going to see the end of a crime dynasty here. The Chicago machine likes crooked people but they have no use for stupid people.
A real alcoholic and drug addict ALWAYS has a great excuse for breaking laws. In this case Junior's enabling codependent family is making all of the excuses for him. Next they will annonce he is goiong to drug and alcohol rehab and show up at the Betty Ford Center for a 90 day stay with meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and counseling. Then his family will follow up after 30 days and they can go to Al-Anon Family group meetings. Ah yes a family in recovery is a beautiful thing. In their case it won't happen. They are all in serious denial and that this will all just go away soon.
No, #11, all politicians do not improperly use campaign money. Many/most Republicans do not and even a few Dims do not (perhaps those too under-endowed in brains to take advantage of the corruption structure built into their party, but they are not completely monolithic especially when you get down to the local level).
I know, it's easy to fall prey to the mainstream media's backup meme - every time a Dim is caught doing anything (pretty much daily) they say both sides do it, as if that were true. It is not.
And #34 seems to be fond of yet another meme, on multiple threads...
IMHO we don't need either of these memes, we need to fight to take all three branches of government on November 6 with our excellent top of ticket and many great candidates. No more Eeyore!
these donks are such cheap-dastards, and--with bad taste. And who decorates with drapes anymore?The spend this money and what would it cost them out-of-pocket? $6,000 for the job and the drapes? maybe a few hundred.
I thought the Chicago paper had reported that the feds were investigating illegal use of his congressional office funds for remodeling/redecorating his home. I suppose he's a grateful for both hands. Easier to dip into multiple cookie jars that way.
The fact that they're selling their "D.C. Home" smells to me like there is a divorce in the offing. Coupled with the news that JJJ has been seen in a beer bar in Chicongo on two nights with two different women.
This is too funny. A couple of years ago, a home renovation show on HGTV featured a very nice home which the owners sought to renovate. The host went over the plans, and the estimated renovation cost was something like $250,000. The homeowner was Jesse Jackson, Jr., but this was his house in Chicago.
#15 shocks with the realization that Obama's pardon list will exceed Slick Willie's pardon criminal doper list by the THOUSANDS, all those covert organizations, and probably half the illrgal aliens, too.
So now we know. Becoming bipolar is the result of interior decorating with stolen money. Maybe this monumental loser and son of a bigger loser has done the medical world a favor. Now...if he'll just go away, anywhere, and take daddy with him.
AS YOU read this, the United States Patent Office has issued patents for over 4 million inventions. That figure is an astonishing testimony to American ingenuity, yet in all likelihood, very few of those patented inventions will make a major impact on our day-to-day life in the way that the electric light bulb, the telephone, the automobile, and the Internet have done. And few if any of the inventors will achieve the fame of a Thomas Edison or a Henry Ford. That’s a shame, because over the years inventors have come up with products that make our lives easier,
Before 13 women stepped forward to accuse San Diego Democratic Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment, Filner was not the political pariah he is now. Prior to his election as mayor — and the recent, numerous sexual harassment accusations — former President Bill Clinton endorsed Filner, asking voters to join him “in supporting Bob Filner for mayor” in 2012. According to a report from KPBS from Oct. 31, 2012, at a news conference announcing the endorsement, Filner said that he frequently spoke with the former president.
We’ve all run across the pill bug in our gardens. At the first sign of danger, the tiny paranoid crustacean suddenly turns into a ball — in hopes the danger will have passed when he unrolls. That roly-poly bug can serve as a fair symbol of present-day U.S. foreign policy, especially in our understandable weariness over Iraq, Afghanistan, and the scandals that are overwhelming the Obama administration. On August 4, U.S. embassies across the Middle East simply closed on the basis of intelligence reports of planned al-Qaeda violence. The shutdown of 21 diplomatic facilities was the most extensive in recent American history.
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I’ve written more than once that I don’t care about inequality. I care a lot about the absolute condition of the poor...but I don´t care whether Bill Gates is living in a house that cost 19 squintillion dollars. I care whether everyone else in the country has a warm, dry abode with indoor plumbing and all the other mod cons. That view changed while I was researching an article on late marriage. Marriage has basically followed the same path as income over the last 50 years. The college-educated have it better than ever --
Vladimir Putin must be crying in his vodka now that President Obama has canceled a one-on-one meeting that had been scheduled during next month’s G-20 gathering in Russia. Not. Granting political asylum to the fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was just the latest in a series of Russian provocations. On issues from Iran and Syria to North Korea and trade, the much-vaunted reset button is stuck. But if the president seriously believes that canceling a meeting will cause Putin to abruptly change course, he’s dreaming. Because Obama has shown no sign that he’s prepared to impose any serious consequences for opposing the US.
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No more Dem cocktail parties for her… The president is great when it comes to platitudes. At Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., Obama laid out the “cornerstones” of what it means to be middle class in America: a good job, a good education, a home of one’s own, a secure retirement and affordable health care. He’s less adept at outlining the policies needed to achieve those goals. (Snip) A few examples will suffice. No. 1. Because Obama speaks with such authority, it often takes several repetitions before I realize that what he’s saying is total nonsense.
Oh, just a bit of fun this evening. President Obama was talking military issues at Camp Pendleton today when he referenced his wife’s and Dr. Jill Biden’s work on behalf of military families, only he couldn’t remember one of their names. Better Jill than Michelle, I suppose:(Snip for video)And, on Jay Leno’s show last night, the president showed a great interest in deepening the nation’s ports, but not a lot of geographical aptitude. If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida —
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WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts lawmaker Barney Frank revealed that he doesn’t believe in God. During Friday’s appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Frank, who championed the decriminalization of pot while serving in the House of Representatives, admitted to smoking marijuana and being an atheist. “You were in a fairly safe district. You were not one of those congress people who would have to worry about every little thing,” Maher said to Frank. “You could come on this show and sit next to a pot-smoking atheist and it wouldn’t bother you.”
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Over the last week, there has been a lot of buzz about a supposed CIA angle to the Benghazi story. Specifically, it has been alleged that a substantial number of CIA employees were on the ground in Benghazi, carrying out a mission that involved rounding up Libyan weapons and transferring them to rebels in Syria. Further, it has been reported that the CIA has leaned on its employees not to cooperate with Congressional investigations or the media, and it has been suggested that the CIA’s role in Benghazi may be related to the al Qaeda
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