The former mayor of Bell, California, was too stupid and uneducated to know his $100,000 salary for the part-time city job was illegal, his lawyer argued today. Oscar Hernandez is illiterate, has no high school degree and didn´t even finish elementary school, defense attorney Stanley Friedmand told jurors. Hernandez and five former members of the Bell City Council are on trial, accused of stealing $1.3million in exorbitant pay from the working-class city of 35,000.
Comments: Stupid is as stupid does! You just can´t make this up stuff.
Ignorance and stupidity is the defense of every con man ever indicted. If that was a good reason for innocence all the jails would be empty. It´s a good thing he´s a twofer a Democratic and a minority chances are good he´ll get off or just get a slap on the wrist. A Republican doing the same thing would get hard time. Two tier justice in the country has arrived and is here to stay with Obama then Hillary in the WH.
What poster 9 said. The USA is in a quick transition to banana republic status, as the rule of law means nothing to democrats. Consider that john corzine (D) stole $1.2 billion in customer money from MF Global with impunity, the “justice department” refused to prosecute the black panthers for voter intimidation, refuses to enforce the defense of marriage act, refuses to enforce immigration laws. What’s more, obama violated the war powers act in Libyan intervention, and nullified contracts of Chrysler bond holders when he took over the auto industry. On the other side of it, Skooter Libby´s life was destroyed, even though he committed no crime, and the late Senator Stevens was destroyed by corrupt federal prosecutors who paid no price for their wrong doing. This is an incomplete list, as I´m sure other posters can add to it.
#11, I believe that they significantly raised their own salaries. It wasn´t like there was some authority who "hired" them at a specific rate and that they would necessarily go through that authority to get a raise. Besides, from the article: "The average salary for part-time elected officials at other California cities of similar size was $4,800." That sort of tells you something, doesn´t it?
Used to, people wouldn´t own up to being stupid, but the Dems sure don´t mind. I guess it´s because they know their fellow Dems are just as stupid and will continue to keep them in office and excuse them for everything.
An Iraq veteran who thought he was buying an iPad as a Christmas present after responding to a Craigslist posting, has been shot dead in an Indianapolis parking lot by the fake sellers. New-dad Jim Vester, 32, was lured to an address on Wednesday in the west side of the city and brothers Tyron Kincade, 19, and Tyshaune Kincade, 18, have been arrested after Vester was shot dead leaving behind his one-year-old son, Gavin and wife, Jamie.
A nuclear arms race is now arising in the Middle East, starting with an Iranian nuke, then a Saudi and Egyptian one. Nobody knows the end game. Obama´s biggest legacy may be worldwide instability for years to come. This administration is coming to an end. If you take away its corruption and thuggery, its constant scapegoating, its weird cast of characters, its astronomical spending, its drone killings of terrorists who were supposed to be dead last year, and its healthcare debacle -- everything comes down to imperial overreach.
ObamaCare was sold to the nation as a compassionate response to the approximately 47 million uninsured Americans. Yet, 30 million Americans will still not be insured even after the frenetic misrepresentation and bribery required to pass the bill and the botched rollout. Plus, the policies of millions of insured Americans are being cancelled and replaced with HHS "approved" policies that have higher premiums. Then, following the wipeout in the individual market, millions of Americans currently covered by employer-provided plans will have their policies cancelled because they are deemed inadequate and unacceptable under the ObamaCare regulations issued by HHS.
Muslims groups around the world are crying Islamophobia and playing the victim card as horrific Islamic-motivated crimes, such as grooming and rape-gangs, rage on with impunity throughout the Western world, especially in Europe. Rape or grooming gangs, which are almost entirely Muslim, are committing a crime that is religiously mandated in Islamic doctrine. Muslim grooming gangs have been operating unchallenged in Europe for over 20 years, especially in the UK, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, and France.
I am one who steers very clear of tinfoil hat conspiracy theories. I often believe progressives plant stories in order to distract and disrupt, enabling them to pursue their true goals and objectives. That’s why I stress the importance of staying focused on the modern liberal socialist policies of the Obama administration, not the sideshow antics. However, as a former combat commander, I have been trained to look for trends. And I believe we’ve found a very disturbing one. It seems that backdoor gun control is in full effect in the United States.
Wake up, Mom and Dad: your government has its paws all over your children during school hours -- always figuratively, and too often literally. If parents are taken out of the education equation completely, something will fill the vacuum. And that something is bound to be the police state. When kids in Brazil, Indiana participated in a mock drug raid at Clay County Courthouse as part of the annual October Red Ribbon Awareness week, they got a lesson in what it´s like to live in a police state.
Comrade Obama and the Politburo, both conveniently located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, are in the midst of overhauling the nation´s military. Radically so, as befits the nation´s most radical president. Downsizing the armed forces is the cover, in part. The people´s savior is giving the heave-ho to military brass who can´t quite get with the program, which might be described as inflicting a smothering political correctness on the nation´s armed forces. Political correctness is actually too charitable.
It has been disclosed in a recently published book about the 2012 campaign, Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, that the president told aides that he is "really good at killing people" with drones. I think the president is being far too modest. Drones aren´t the half of it. He´s really good at killing lots of things. With ObamaCare, he is killing the most effective healthcare system in the world.
Healthcare.gov ´is not firing effectively on all pistons,´ White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Thursday, in what may be the understatement of the week. When MailOnline visited the website shortly after Carney´s daily briefing, the Obamacare portal spewed a nonsensical mixture of computer code instead of a typical login screen. Gone were words like ´Username´ and ´Password.´In their place were jumbled programming strings like ´???ffe.ee.myAccount.login.username???´ and ´???ffe.ee.myAccount.login.password???´ Carney insisted, though, that the website will work
The brother of the Democratic candidate for Fairfax County sheriff was charged Thursday with petit larceny for allegedly stealing two of the Republican candidate’s signs outside a Vienna restaurant, Vienna police said. Erik M. Kleiner, 48, is the brother of Fairfax Sheriff’s Capt. Stacey Kincaid, the Democratic candidate for sheriff in a special election being held next week to replace retired Sheriff Stan G. Barry. Kleiner was charged in a warrant sworn out by Bryan A. Wolfe, a retired Fairfax City officer and the Republican candidate for sheriff, police said.
The National Republican Senate Committee, the GOP campaign arm responsible for Senate elections, has decided to use its political power to block consulting firm Jamestown Associates from receiving political work from GOP candidates or incumbents. Jamestown´s "sin" is working with the Senate Conservative Fund, an organization that supports conservative candidates for the US Senate. NRSC communications staffer Brad Dayspring, a former spokesman for House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), told The New York Times on Friday, “We’re not going to do
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