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.
In order to put into perspective the political pathology that is our current President of the United States, it is perhaps instructive to contrast how the previous Democratic Chief-of-State might have approached the current governmental impasse. While Bill Clinton was not above playing executive hardball, nevertheless, I am convinced that he would eventually have triangulated a satisfactory political compromise, as was his wont, between America´s twin ideologically warring camps in this most divisive of issues.
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Things are moving fast to a Cuban Missile Crisis in Syria, where Obama has been outfoxed by a combination of Russia´s Putin and the war theocracy of Iran. Today we see the makings of a regional war, with weapons of mass destruction and intercontinental missiles in the mix. World headlines now show gassed bodies of Syrian children near Damascus, challenging Obama to put up or shut up on his ever-retreating "red lines".
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More than 1,600 new employees hired by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources in the aftermath of Obamacare´s passage include just two described as ´consumer safety´ officers, but 86 tasked with ´criminal investigating´ – indicating that the agency is building an army of detectives to sleuth out violations of a law that many in Congress who supported it still find confusing. On the day President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010, HHS received authority from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to make as many as 1,814 new hires under an emergency ´Direct Hiring
Recently, Bill Kristol appeared on ABC. He answered a reader´s question about Sarah Palin and spoke of her value to the party, her loyal supporters, and her potential in politics. He went on to suggest that she "rehabilitate" herself by running for the Senate in 2014. "Rehabilitate" isn´t exactly the term one would use when thinking of Sarah Palin´s contribution to conservatism. In fact, as proven in election after election, the only folks who seem to need rehabilitating are some of the experts in the GOP. Despite their criticism, the former Alaska governor has made great strides in reshaping the
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Immigration-reform activists aren´t supposed to talk publicly about a Plan B. They can´t, or won´t, answer questions from the media about what they will do if no bill passes this year to legalize the undocumented population. But as August wears on and there is no clear sense of what the House will do on immigration, some are starting to speak out. "There are groups that are for immigration reform no matter what. Then there are groups like us, grassroots...."
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is not an overtly religious man. He and his family rarely attend church, and he almost never elaborates in public about his own relationship to his Christian faith. But away from the public eye, advisers say, the president has carefully nurtured a sense of spirituality that has served as a grounding mechanism during turbulent times, when the obstacles to governing a deeply divided nation seem nearly insurmountable. Every year on Aug. 4, the president´s birthday, Obama convenes a group of pastors by phone to receive their prayers for him for the year to come. During the
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An unnamed Obama administration official claimed that the White House feared GOP subpoenas would slow their work on the Obamacare website, leading to keeping its design in-house with "trusted campaign tech experts" that seemed to have spectacularly failed at creating a successful commerce website. In a Politico article lamenting the second week of failed performance of Healthcare.gov, the Obamacare insurance website, the unnamed official attempts to explain why the whole thing has been such a dismal failure: it´s the Republican´s fault. "Facing such intense opposition from congressional Republicans," Politico wrote, "the administration was in a bunker mentality as it built the enrollment
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Watch out, Alan Grayson: you´ve got competition when it comes to uttering the ugliest slur on Tea Party Republicans . . . Sure, you´ve compared them to the Klan. But fellow Dem Steve Cohen has upped the ante. On Steve Kornacki´s MSNBC show this morning, Cohen called Tea Party congressmen: "domestic enemies" that he took an oath to defend the country against. Did Kornacki challenge Cohen´s libel? Hah! He merely observed that Cohen sounded "very pessimistic." View the video after the jump.Was Cohen´s calumny what President Obama had in mind when this past week he proclaimed that "there is no
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