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  •  Here's that PACKED city council meeting where the (23+ / 0-)

    citizens called these assholes on their surrepticious plans.

    (I realize this isn't directly related to Jackson's resignation, but is IS related to the diarist's main point about re-focusing the national conversation, and re-targeting the cronyism and corruption the Bush Admin brough us, that John McCain seems to endorse)

    _ it's now a fight to the finish>> Dean progressives v. Clinton centrists.

    by rhfactor on Sun Mar 30, 2008 at 09:39:40 PM PDT

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    •  Just to spice up the campaign rhetoric, (6+ / 0-)

      someone should ask the candidates on both sides how, as president, they would deal with a corrupt SOB like this in THEIR administration.

      I'd be particularly interested in John S. McBush's response.

      I really don't care what a candidate's preacher has said in the past.  I'm more interested in how the candidate would respond to current events (you know, real situations).

      Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else. --Will Rogers

      by groggy on Sun Mar 30, 2008 at 10:27:13 PM PDT

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      •  Not meaning to be tedious, but... (2+ / 0-)
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        we need to arrive at a consensus about the meaning of "corruption."  The traditional meaning seems to be that a public official is corrupt when s/he takes gratuities (pay offs) for either doing or not doing the job he's supposed to--i.e. granting permits or enforcing regulations.  This definition doesn't extend to people who don't do their job, period, and simply advantage their associates and cronies by NOT DOING.  If they don't actually take a bribe for themselves, there's no crime to charge them with.  Indeed, if they realize a benefit much later (after the revolving-door time limit is exceeded), it's not possible to call them to account.  And, if they move on to a supposedly charitable institution such as a non-profit or NGO, where the actual payments they receive are modest initially, it's almost impossible to demonstrate that there's been a pay-off.
        Perhaps for positions that require Congressional approval, there ought to be a comprehensive six-month review when the office holder can be dismissed for non-compliance.  

        How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

        by hannah on Mon Mar 31, 2008 at 04:57:59 AM PDT

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    •  City Council overflow meeting Dec 20 '07 - during (6+ / 0-)

      which City Council eventually voted to demolish hundreds of public housing units.

      I just spent the past 3 hours looking at about 25 YouTube clips of these protests, leading up to the actual bulldozing of parts of the "Projects". When one reads the YouTube comments about these events, Obama's speech on Race takes center-stage right before our eyes. How anyone with any kind of progressive soul can dismiss that speech as simply a calculation to make the Wright controversy go away, it just blows me away. The diarist here is right. This resignation is a perfect opportunity to take this issue to the voters in America at large. Obama took a huge risk and dug deep with that speech... But if it continues to be trivialized by Clintonites who WANT to stoke the racist underbelly of America in order to try to diminish Obama and make him seem incapable of winning a General Election, it just goes to show that Obama's speech depicts them as well -- as part of the ignorant component of America who pretend to be so righteous, yet lack a soulful congruence to their immoral wink-wink, nod-nod despicable behavior.

      New Orleans is the living embodiment of all that is wrong with Republican policy, corruption, and phony Christianity. It's the city where I was born & raised... to be racist, that all blacks were lazy, welfare recipients, didn't pay any taxes, just leeched off the government. yes, an ignorant stereotype. I learned, but my well-educated parents (my Dad from Yale, Naval Academy, MBA Columbia), and my catholic-school Jesuit-educated brothers (one a prominent banker in the city, one a successful litigator) in private behave just like the commenters on YouTube. In the first video I posted above, you hear a woman speak of working for 27 years, paying taxes, and not asking for handouts -- rather just access to her home. But many of the YouTube commenters see "worthless blacks", see public housing (assume it free rent for all), see complaints about government policy and that convinces them of their theory: lazy/just want handouts, why don't you get a job?

      Obama set the stage -- but I wonder how he'll manage these themes as he campaigns against McCain. (sorry for the long post.. I'm just so sick of hypocrisy... and now having it acted out by the Clinton Democrats, and alleged liberal bloggers?  it's more disgusting than seeing it in Republicans)

      _ it's now a fight to the finish>> Dean progressives v. Clinton centrists.

      by rhfactor on Mon Mar 31, 2008 at 04:59:00 AM PDT

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