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Have been reading, here, here, there, and elsewhere, about Senator John Sidney McCain's gambling jones.  Hovever, until emptywheel pointed out that Ol' Johnny's consistent failure to disclose his "high-stakes" winnings and losses on Senate Financial Disclosure Forms is exactly what Ted "Pork King" Stevens was just found guilty of, un-convicted "felon" was not among descriptors I've applied to the Arizona Senator.  

If once a man indulges in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.

~ On Murder as One of the Fine Arts, by Thomas de Quincey

Upstaged by the colossal criminality of the Bush/Cheney regime -- a rule of law free-fire zone in which Sheriff Decider and Deputy Dick have brazenly planned and engaged in the biggest armed robbery of this nascent new century; wholesale looting of pallets of cash; massive warrantless surveillance; suspension of habeus corpus; election theft; torture to death of detainees . . . -- who's gonna quibble about some ongoing discrepancies on an old man's financial disclosure forms?

I am.  And I am inviting others, perhaps even holy-roller defenders of "pro-America" like Michelle Bachmann, to demand that, "the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look" at Johnny's dice habit.  Indeed, "I think people would be -- would love to see an expose like that."

John McCain has called on Toobz Stevens to resign from the Senate.

[snip]

. . . McCain stresses that Stevens was found guilty of insider-dealing. But that's not correct. Rather, Stevens was convicted of not declaring gifts on his Senate Financial Disclosure Forms.

[snip]

It's funny McCain should make that mistake, given that he himself appears to be guilty of similar omissions in his Senate Financial Disclosure Form. Despite public reports of McCain gambling--and, at times, winning--large sums, he has never reported his gambling winnings on his Senate Financial Disclosure Forms.

~ Will McCain Declare His Gambling Winnings or Follow Stevens Down the Toobz?, by emptywheel

Originally posted to manonfyre on Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 03:28 PM PDT.

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