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11/29/05

Another Republican Indicted

When is this much smoke going to prove to people that our government is corrupt. It's republicans and democrats both, but this current administration is the worst yet.

We have Frist doing insider trading by all appearances, Delay violating campaign finance laws and possibly money laundering, and others like Libby under indictment. Now we have Representative Randy Cunningham, a Republican from San Diego, resigned from Congress on Monday, hours after pleading guilty to taking at least $2.4 million in bribes to help friends and campaign contributors win military contracts.

And through all of this, the Limbaugh Listeners and Hewitt Listeners all saying that it's all some huge left-wing conspiracy to make them look bad. Listen up Hewitt, Limbaugh, and the rest of the people who listen to them. This administration needs no help at all to look bad or corrupt.

Republicans like to say that it's a conspiracy theory whenever someone accuses this administration of anything. That Bush lied about WMDs is just a conspiracy theory. That Bush planned to attack Iraq way before 9-11 is just some conspiracy theory, etc. etc. Then you justify all of these indictments by saying it's a left-wing conspiracy? Give me a break.

For those that don't know the story about Randy "Duke" Cunningham yet, Click here for the full NY Times Article.

I'll give you some excerpts here;

Mr. Cunningham, a highly decorated Navy fighter pilot in Vietnam, tearfully acknowledged his guilt in a statement read outside the federal courthouse in San Diego. "The truth is, I broke the law, concealed my conduct and disgraced my office," he said. "I know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation, my worldly possessions and, most importantly, the trust of my friends and family."

Well at least he was TEARFUL!

Mr. Cunningham, 63, pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, tax evasion, wire fraud and mail fraud. He faces up to 10 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and forfeitures.

Prosecutors said he received cash, cars, rugs, antiques, furniture, yacht club fees, moving expenses and vacations from four unnamed co-conspirators in exchange for aid in winning military contracts. None of this income was reported to the Internal Revenue Service or on the congressman's financial disclosure forms, the government said.

He's so sorry for doing this, yet the co-conspirators remain UN-NAMED?

Mr. Cunningham, who is known as Duke, lived while in Washington on a 42-foot yacht, named the Duke-Stir, owned by one of the military contractors that received tens of millions of dollars in federal contracts that prosecutors said Mr. Cunningham helped steer its way.

The charging document said that in addition to the other gifts and services, Mr. Cunningham received from several unnamed co-conspirators a Rolls Royce, a graduation party for his daughter, a $200,000 down payment on a condominium and the payment of capital gains taxes.

Mr. Cunningham's troubles began last summer when the Copley News Service and The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Mitchell J. Wade, the founder of MZM Inc., a military contracting firm, bought Mr. Cunningham's home in Del Mar for $1,675,000 in 2003 and sold it nine months later for $975,000, a $700,000 loss.

Where is the indictment for Mitchell J. Wade, the founder of MZM Inc and the other contractors? I want to see any contractor who is found guilty of bribing an official to get contracts not be allowed to EVER get military or government contracts again. The company itself, and each director/officer of the company, should never be allowed to associate with any company that does business with the government again.

Mr. Cunningham denied any wrongdoing in the house sale, but announced a few weeks after the reports appeared that he would not seek a ninth term in Congress in November 2006. Mr. Cunningham used the profits from the sale to buy a luxury home in Rancho Santa Fe for $2.55 million, which he and his wife, Nancy, have since put up for sale. Under the plea agreement announced on Monday, he will forfeit the Rancho Santa Fe house and nearly $2 million in cash and home furnishings.

Awww. poor guy.

In the Senate, Bill Frist, Republican of Tennessee and the majority leader, is under scrutiny by the Securities and Exchange Commission for the timing of his trades in the stock of his family's health care company. In the House, Representative Tom DeLay, Republican of Texas, was forced to step down as majority leader after he was indicted on conspiracy and money laundering charges.

In a separate Justice Department investigation, Michael Scanlon, a former spokesman for Mr. DeLay, pleaded guilty last week to bribery. Prosecutors said Mr. Scanlon was part of a conspiracy to defraud Indian tribes and win legislative favors from lawmakers in return for campaign donations, meals, entertainment and other benefits. A former White House aide has also been indicted in that investigation, which is centered on Jack Abramoff, a lobbyist and an ally of Mr. DeLay who worked with Mr. Scanlon. As part of his plea, Mr. Scanlon agreed to cooperate in the investigation.

In addition, I. Lewis Libby Jr., the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was indicted last month on charges of perjury and false statements in the investigation of the leaking of the name of a C.I.A. operative. Other White House officials, including the senior political adviser Karl Rove, remain under investigation in that case.

When is there going to be enough that will convince people they are backing the wrong administration and that they made a mistake? You trusted these people. They turn out to be crooks. It's not your fault. But it is time to admit it, otherwise you are making the statement that you think it's okay for them to break laws and line their pockets.

More things that just piss me off

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