Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today

If America was thinking or had their fingers crossed and hoped for the best that the last election cleaned up the Republican Culture of Corruption they were mistaken:
FBI Raids Renzi Family Business; Congressman Leaves Intelligence Panel

In a second blow to House Republicans this week, the FBI raided a business tied to the family of Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) Thursday afternoon as part of an ongoing investigation into the three-term lawmaker.

Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ) – Financially Benefitting His Father

In 2003, Rep. Renzi sponsored legislation that dealt hundreds of millions of dollars to his father’s business while, according to environmentalists, devastating the San Pedro River. A key beneficiary of Rep. Renzi’s legislation was ManTech International Corp., a Fairfax, Virginia based defense contractor where Rep. Renzi’s father, Retired Major General Eugene Renzi, is an executive vice president.

A U.S. attorney was investigating Renzi and not surprisingly the same U.S. attorney, Paul Charlton made the Gonzales-Rove hit list, Was Renzi investigation a factor in dismissal of Arizona’s U.S. Attorney?

The newest e-mails, memos and other records raise fresh questions about whether there were political motivations for Charlton’s ouster, as the documents indicate that Justice Department officials were still – after the fact – trying to settle on a complete explanation for why Charlton was called on Dec. 7 and told to resign.

Three days after guilty plea, Griles ties the knot

Two Bush administration officials who have been linked in scandal are now linked in wedlock.

The union of former Deputy Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles and Sue Ellen Wooldridge could have implications for the investigation into Griles’s ties to ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

In his guilty plea, Griles admitted lying to a Senate committee investigating the Abramoff matter about the extent of his ties with Abramoff, who lobbied the Interior Department on tribal casino issues.

Prosecutors said Griles had a ”personal, and at times, romantic relationship” with Italia Federici, who introduced him to Abramoff, from 1998 to 2003. Federici runs a Republican advocacy group and has received a “target letter” from the Justice Department.

So the count so far includes Rinzi, Rinzi’s father, J. Steven Griles, Sue Ellen Wooldridge, and Italia Federici. But conservatives are like the energizer bunnies of corruption, five is not enough, Rep. Doolittle Takes Leave From Appropriations

A California congressman linked to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff resigned temporarily Thursday from the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.

Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif., took the step a few days after FBI agents searched his house in Oakton, Va., The Washington Post reported.

“I understand how the most recent circumstances may lead some to question my tenure on the Appropriations Committee,” Doolittle said in a letter to House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

With Republicans corruption is a family affair, from a year ago – Congressman Doolittle, wife profited from Cunningham-linked contractor

A week before former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham was sentenced to prison, he stressed to the court that a number of other lawmakers also helped arrange federal funding for the defense contractors who bribed him.

None of the lawmakers Cunningham mentioned by name – Reps. Katherine Harris of Florida, Virgil Goode of Virginia and John Doolittle from the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay – has been accused of criminal wrongdoing. But each has admitted assisting either Mitchell Wade or Brent Wilkes, co-conspirators in the Cunningham case, at a time when the two businessmen were giving them tens of thousands of dollars in political contributions.

And at least one of the lawmakers, Doolittle, received a direct monetary benefit from those contributions through commissions paid to his wife, Julie.

Acting as her husband’s campaign consultant, Julie Doolittle charged his campaign and his Superior California Political Action Committee a 15 percent commission on any contribution she helped bring in.

Note that Doolittle reported to House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio who continues in that position with salary and benefits courtesy the American tax payer even though he is also under a cloud of corruption, For Boehner, Reform Begins Corruption Continues at Home

That’s right, the new ethically pure, reformist, anti-corruption Congressional Republicans will be led by a Republican from Ohio. Boehner is a member of a male-only country club with a $75,000 initiation fee. Maybe that cleaned out his bank account, which is why he had to take almost $14,000 in free trips from the lobbyist-connected Ripon Society. He also has a history as a bag man for the tobacco lobby during his days as a capo for Newt Gingrich, even going so far as to disburse checks from tobacco lobbyists to Republican members on the floor of the United States Congress.

Last, but not least is the Attorney General. A position frequently referred to as the highest law enforcement official in the nation, Maybe Gonzales Won’t Recall His Painful Day on the Hill

Explaining his role in the botched firing of federal prosecutors, Gonzales uttered the phrase “I don’t recall” and its variants (“I have no recollection,” “I have no memory”) 64 times. Along the way, his answer became so routine that a Marine in the crowd put down his poster protesting the Iraq war and replaced it with a running “I don’t recall” tally.

Take Gonzales’s tally along with that of his former chief of staff, who uttered the phrase “I don’t remember” 122 times before the same committee three weeks ago, and the Justice Department might want to consider handing out Ginkgo biloba in the employee cafeteria.

Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), usually an administration friend, asked about a pivotal meeting about the firings that Gonzales attended less than five months ago.

“Senator, I have searched my memory,” the attorney general answered. “My schedule shows a meeting for 9:00 on November 27th, but I have no recollection of that meeting.”

“This was not that long ago,” said a puzzled Sessions. “You don’t recall any of that?”

“Believe me,” Gonzales repeated. “I’ve searched my mind about this meeting.”

“Well,” the senator concluded, “I guess I’m concerned about your recollection.”

For much of the very long day, the attorney general responded like a child caught in a lie. He shifted his feet under the table, balled his hands into fists and occasionally pointed at his questioners. He defended his actions: “The decision stands.” He denied responsibility: “This was a process that was ongoing that I did not have transparency into.” He blamed the victims: “Poor judgment . . . poor management.” He blamed his subordinates: “When there are attacks against the department, you’re attacking the career professionals.”

You have to love that last quote, as with Congressman Doolittle and his wife when all else fails find someone to throw under the rhetorical bus. The career professionals are exactly the ones that Bush and Gonzales have shown so much contempt for. As much as Gonzales is a walking sag of corruption he is just the gaudy neon sign out in front of the Bush Motel of Sleaze. While I wouldn’t bet on it Bush is likely to take the same attitude that he has taken with everything else. The American public and Congress wants Gonzales to take the nearest exit which is exactly why the contrary Emperor Bush will keep him just as he did Donald Rumsfeld because he’s a petulant little punk and ain’t nobody gonna tell him what to do.

I was waiting for the shoe to drop on the Virginia Tech shootings – how could the Right blame either liberals, Muslims, the media, women, the disabled, Martians or anyone that would generate ratings or clicks, O’Reilly blames liberals in general While a right-wing web site called TCSDAILY writes, Ismail Ax: The Shooter Was Another ‘Son of Sacrifice’ By Jerry Bowyer : 18 Apr 2007

First it was Johnny Muhammad, now it was Cho Sueng Hui aka Ismail Ax. Precisely how many mass shooters have to turn out to have adopted Muslim names before we get it? Islam has become the tribe of choice of those who hate American society.

Difficult to reconcile TCS’s clever by half bizarre analysis with this, ‘I die like Jesus Christ’, said university killer

THE Virginia Tech killer compared himself to Jesus Christ and said he died to inspire generations of “weak and defenceless people”.

Cho Seung-Hui, 23, sent a shocking package of documents, videos and photographs to a US television network in a two-hour break in his murderous rampage.

TCS does what the Right does everyday, stake out a POV and then twist and turn bits of conjecture, gossip mongering and outlandish imaginings to fit that POV. One doesn’t have to look far to find someone of some theism that has done some grievous wrong. Those that have taken statistics know that even if you find a correlation that does not automatically prove cause and effect.

“Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today” -Mahatma Gandhi