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I haven't written for dailykos in quite a while.

But I am compelled to by something that has just happened and is happening now in Alabama politics.

It appears the Republicans are up to the same extreme dirty tricks that destroyed Governor Don Seigleman's second run for Governor, and put him in prison!

For now, with only one month to go before election, Alabama Democratic Candidate for State Senator Larry Means has suddenly been arrested and placed in chains with his hands shackled to them for his initial court appearance. His legs were also chained.

In his own defense Larry Means stated, "The people pulling the strings behind the scenes are going to find that my constituents, my friends and neighbors, won't be fooled by their trumped up charges, nor will they have their votes manipulated."

Several local Democratic politicians rushed to his defense - but it may not be enough:

This may take the eyes of the world focused on this, as Mr. Means is faced with 16 counts in the indictment, and "if convicted, he could get decades in prison and be fined millions of dollars."

Several others were indicted as well.

One lawyer said the indictments were "attempts to influence the 2010 governors race..." as members of Republican Governor Bob Riley's Task Force on Illegal Gambling were helping federal agents in the investigation."

I sincerely ask that all readers who hate to see someone's reputation smeared right before an election, learn more about this situation at:

http://www.gadsdentimes.com/...

And then, after learning more, do whatever you can do give moral support to Larry Means, beginning with the simple act of becoming a friend of his on Facebook... and expressing your national support, at:

http://www.facebook.com/...

And if you are able to do anything else on his behalf to bring this to the nation's attention, it would be greatly appreciated.

Very sincerely,

Will Bevis
Gadsden, AL
October 5, 2010
WillBevis.com
Nextgame@aol.com  

Originally posted to StandUpToRacism on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 06:47 AM PDT.

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  •  They put him in shackles for bingo? (6+ / 0-)

    Good freaking grief. Even if he is guilty of something because of the fed probe, this is propaganda at it's finest.

    Those who forget the lessons of history are probably watching Glenn Beck.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 06:53:24 AM PDT

  •  Repugs will stop at nothing! nt (0+ / 0-)
    •  These were FBI arrests... (3+ / 0-)

      ...and the FBI are not "Repugs."

      it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

      by Addison on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 07:09:54 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  With the politicization of every agency (8+ / 0-)

        of the federal government, I think they very well could be "Repugs". And Obama certainly hasn't done much to get rid of the imbedded political operatives.  Compare the experience of Don Siegelman to that of Ted Stevens, even after Obama was elected.

        I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

        by tle on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 07:28:48 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Prior to the bu$h administration it was common (2+ / 0-)
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        practice for the feds to avoid bringing charges against politicians in the couple of months leading up to election day.  It was considered political interference.  It may be that FBI that was investigating, but the investigation was instigated by the US Attorneys there and they are the ones prosecuting the case.  Interestingly, the article only mentions the assistant USA's in the case, no mention of which USA they work under.  I have to wonder if Leura Canary is involved in this, and why in the hell she is still in her position after almost two years of the Obama administration.

        Also, just because there were a few GOP'ers indicted doesn't mean that Riley and his friends of Jack Abramoff weren't involved.  I've read of a number of Alabama Republicans who are anti-Riley.  The corruption of big money runs deep there.

        FOX News is for people who can't handle reality ...
        BTW - read The Authoritarians free here.

        by kbman on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 09:49:02 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Two R State Senators were also indicted. (0+ / 0-)

      Link  in diary:

      Arrested were state Sens. Larry Means, D-Attalla, Jim Preuitt, R-Talladega, and Harri Anne Smith, R-Slocomb

      We watch, so all will know.

      by Gulf Watchers on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 09:39:44 AM PDT

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  •  Except that Republicans were indicted too... (11+ / 0-)

    ...with compelling wiretap and testimonial evidence gathered by the FBI. FBI, of course stands for Federal Bureau of Investigation. Blame Obama if you want to blame someone, but bribery shouldn't be allowed to stand regardless of party.

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 07:08:09 AM PDT

    •  Yes.... (3+ / 0-)
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      Addison, bear83, erush1345

      The Federal Justice Dept.  doesn't waste man hours and other resources in an investigation unless they've got enough to pass down eleven indictments at once.

      Andy Partridge is a genius.

      by paulitics on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 07:14:20 AM PDT

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    •  To those of you who say there were Republicans (0+ / 0-)

      To those of you who say there were Republicans
      indicted,

      note that

      one was a person who ran as an independent after losing the Republican primary, which means the Republicans were not happy about that,

      and the other was a Democrat who had switched to the Republican party, which means they were probably still holding a grudge for him previously being a Democrat.

      This one has dropped out of his race.

      And dropping out may be a prelude to having the charges dropped against him.

      "He flung himself upon the paper and wrote off madly in all directions." With apologies to Stephen Leacock.

      by StandUpToRacism on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 11:11:04 AM PDT

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    •  To those of you who say there were Republicans... (0+ / 0-)

      To those of you who say there were Republicans (0+ / 0-)
      indicted,

      note that

      one was a person who ran as an independent after losing the Republican primary, which means the Republicans were not happy about that,

      and the other was a Democrat who had switched to the Republican party, which means they were probably still holding a grudge for him previously being a Democrat.

      This one has dropped out of his race.

      And dropping out may be a prelude to having the charges dropped against him.

      "He flung himself upon the paper and wrote off madly in all directions." With apologies to Stephen Leacock.

      by StandUpToRacism on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 11:11:52 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Full story for those tempted to rec... (7+ / 0-)

    Here's a good article detailing the FBI arrests, for all those who are tempted to rec this one-sided, misleading, sensationalist diary:

    11 charged in bingo vote-buying case

    I feel bad for people who were represented by crooks, I guess. And I feel bad for the diarist if he supports this guy and feels defensive when Obama's FBI swoops down and busts him for corruption. But that doesn't excuse a diary that traffics in half-truths.

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 07:19:43 AM PDT

    •  All may not be as simple as it appears (1+ / 0-)
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      dotsright

      What is in the wiretaps?  Do they actually have evidence of a crime or simply politics?  Remember, Don Siegelman was indicted on over 20 counts and eventually jailed for reappointing Richard Scrushy to a health care advisory board in what they claimed was a quid-pro-quo for a donation to the campaign for a state gambling operation.  If this is a crime then almost all of bu$h's ambassador appointments were criminal as well.  And again, this all appears to be designed to influence the elections.

      (Much more here)

      Yes, very interesting timing indeed. It was not enough that DOJ, Canary and Morris used the specter of investigation to influence an earlier legislative vote on the bingo issue (see here and here), there is now every appearance they are materially affecting a general election in Alabama. More importantly, the move flies in the face of the DOJ Public Integrity Section (PIN) rule against announcing major prosecutions just before elections if it can be avoided. Yet, by every appearance, that is exactly what was intentionally done here. Why? What were the exigent circumstances? The rumors of this action have been around for months; the DOJ could not have done it earlier or waited?

      This prosecution is also very interesting because, you see, the Middle District of Alabama is where the right wing Karl Rove ally Leura Canary holds forth as the United States Attorney. Another spot the Obama White House has just not seen fit (here may be why, and if so it is deplorable) to even find a nominee for, in spite of the hell she caused for Don Siegelman with ethically questionable tactics.

      But wait, it gets even better! Who else is working this case that is the pet wet dream of right wing Alabama Governor Bob Riley, attached to the hip of Alabama gaming bigwigs that do NOT want the bingo competition? Why none other than Brenda Morris the disgraced former DOJ "Public Integrity" official  who’s butt was on the chopping block for all of the egregious prosecutorial misconduct in the Ted Stevens case that led to dismissal of the charges and a criminal investigation to be opened by the court. Here is what I wrote last April about Morris’ involvement:

         Morris has promptly inserted herself into another high charged political mess, and done so with questionable ethics and curious basis for involvement. From Joe Palazzolo at Main Justice:

             Brenda Morris, a veteran trial lawyer in the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section, was among a group of federal law enforcement officials who met with Alabama legislators on April 1 to inform them of the probe, which is related to a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would legalize electronic bingo.

             The investigation has inflamed tensions between state Democrats and Republican-appointed U.S. Attorney Leura Canary, who prosecuted former Gov. Don Siegelman (D) and whose husband has close ties to Republican Gov. Bob Riley, who strongly opposes the amendment. Canary’s office and the Public Integrity Section are jointly investigating bingo proponents’ quest for votes in support of the amendment, which the Senate passed on March 30.

             The state House of Representatives has yet to vote. Alabama Democrats sent a letter to the Lanny Breuer, the head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, charging that the "unprecedented" disclosure of the investigation was meant to have a "chilling effect" on state legislators who otherwise might have voted for the amendment.

         Here, from the Alabama Press Register, are a few quotes from local Alabama legal experts familiar with the facts and history:

             Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney now in private practice in Birmingham, called the private meeting a "virtually unprecedented" break from standard FBI procedures.

             "I can’t think of a legitimate law enforcement purpose to do something like this," said Jones, who represents members of the Alabama Democratic Caucus.

             "I have never, in all my years of practicing law, heard of an event like what happened (on Thursday)" said Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Jr. "It was stunning to me."

             Former U.S. Attorney William Kimbrough of Mobile said he’d seen nothing like it in a legal career that spans nearly five decades.

      Sure, just the FBI doing non-partisan business as usual.  BTW, wanna buy a bridge?

      FOX News is for people who can't handle reality ...
      BTW - read The Authoritarians free here.

      by kbman on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 10:08:19 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  "Democrat candidate"?!? (6+ / 0-)

    Really, this is getting tiresome.

    "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

    by TLS66 on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 07:21:31 AM PDT

    •  Not everyone is aware of the DKOS fixation (1+ / 0-)
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      erush1345

      on the word 'Democrat'.

      To most folks, there is no difference between a "Democrat Senator" and a "Democratic Senator".

      To go further (and to be horrendously contrary) a 'Democratic Senator' could be a Republican who believes in the tenets of democracy.

      10.2.10 YEAHYEAHYEAH!

      by RangerRalphie on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 07:32:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I guess what I'm trying to say is (0+ / 0-)

        fail.

        10.2.10 YEAHYEAHYEAH!

        by RangerRalphie on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 07:33:30 AM PDT

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      •  I thought it was the Grandeur Oldness Party (9+ / 0-)

        ...that had the fixation with "Democrat Party." When Bob Dole accepted the Reublican nomination for vice president in 1976, he had to refer to "Democrat wars." That was before this blog was launched.

        I had overheard someone on Jerk Radio who referred so consistenty to "Democrat Party," I wanted to ask if he had a problem with adjectives.

        So no, it's not DKos that has the fixation.

        Greg McKendry, Linda Kraeger, Dr. George Tiller, Steven Johns. Victims of Wingnut violence

        by Judge Moonbox on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 07:45:30 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Sorry, but no. (0+ / 0-)

          I had overheard someone on Jerk Radio who referred so consistenty to "Democrat Party," I wanted to ask if he had a problem with adjectives.

          It's not an adjective.  Sorry for the English lesson, but you don't capitalize adjectives.

          So unless you want to refer to it as a 'democratic party' (you can't use the, because there are many democratic parties in the world) you'll have to use the grammatically and spelling-challenged 'Democratic Party'.

          p.s.

          And I really really hope we beat a Republicanish party in the Upcoming midterms. If those Undeserving candidates actually beat out Our candidates, I may have to whip out a Kitchen knife and end my Never-Ending pain.

          -------------

          Now, can we get back to discussing the issue raised by the diarist, and dispense  with the snide asides because someone used the term 'Democrat Party', which is both historically and grammatically correct?  We've got rethugs to beat, and a short time to beat them.  So can we, please?

          kthxbye

          10.2.10 YEAHYEAHYEAH!

          by RangerRalphie on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 09:07:55 AM PDT

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          •  Fail on the English lesson (1+ / 0-)
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            erush1345

            You do capitalize an adjective if it's derived from a proper noun, in which case it's called an attributive noun--as in "Puerto Rico is a United States territory," or "The General Motors and Chrysler bailouts saved the United States auto industry"  (that last one is a threefer).

            I, too, am annoyed by "Democrat Party," but I'm going to go out on a limb and defend Bob Dole's use of "Democrat wars"   because he was hanging those actions on the Democratic presidents who waged them or the Congress that approved them.  To call them "Democratic wars" might be confused as wars fought to preserve democracy, which of course is the way that Republicans view Iraq or Vietnam or Grenada any of the wars that they support.

            •  Failure, yet again. (0+ / 0-)

              Then it is no longer an adjective, it becomes part of the proper noun.  That is  exactly what I was saying.

              That's why you capitalize it.

              Grand Canyon.

              Big Dipper.

              New York Mets

              House Speaker

              Senate Majority Leader

              and so on.

              In the grammar, it becomes a proper noun.  It is no longer an adjective.

              I would say nice try, but it wasn't, really.

              Now, can we for f__ks sake get back to the point the diarist was making?

              10.2.10 YEAHYEAHYEAH!

              by RangerRalphie on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 09:59:34 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  so says the newbie (1+ / 0-)
                Recommended by:
                erush1345

                who is both oh so familiar with the dog-whistle and equally adroit at using the thread-jack.

                _

                There is a certain charm in the purity of irrelevance. But the more relevant you get, the more real you have to get. (Barney Frank)

                by dadanation on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 10:32:34 AM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  Actually, I didn't bring it up. (0+ / 0-)

                  But thanks for playing.

                  10.2.10 YEAHYEAHYEAH!

                  by RangerRalphie on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 01:15:06 PM PDT

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                  •  oh ok, gotcha! (0+ / 0-)

                    it wasn't you who brought it up, it was omebody who has the identical name as you brought it up.

                    foolish me, how come it took you pointing that out ti me before i noticed that indeed it wasn't you who decided to play out the "but democrat is the same thing as democratic as an adjective" thread-jacking meme but rather someone else, someone else who just so happens to have the exact screen name as you?

                    i am so glad you corrected me because otherwise i would have gone on with this really unhelpful impression of you as the person who intentionally threw the monkey wrench into the discussion and then kept perseverating on it rather than me knowing that it was someone who just shares the identical screen name as you.  phew!

                    thank you for the clarification.

                    _

                    There is a certain charm in the purity of irrelevance. But the more relevant you get, the more real you have to get. (Barney Frank)

                    by dadanation on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 11:56:41 PM PDT

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        •  It is the Greed Oil Pietism Party (GOP) that (0+ / 0-)

          refers to the other major part as Democrat Party.

          Democrats work to achieve Bedford Falls. Republicans work to achieve Pottersville. It's a wonderful life.

          by Mayfly on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 10:35:23 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  This was injected into the vocabulary of every (0+ / 0-)

        Republican back in the early 1990's by Newt Gingrich and his golden boy Frank Luntz.  It was accompanied by the rest of their Orwellian language blitz, using words like "despicable" and "immoral" when discussing the "Democrat Party".  They use this for two reasons, one is that it sounds more harsh with the hard T sound at the end.  The other is to avoid any possible suggestion that the Democratic Party is actually democratic.

        FOX News is for people who can't handle reality ...
        BTW - read The Authoritarians free here.

        by kbman on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 10:13:05 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Hear, hear! (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Val, marina, revgerry, wilderness voice

      What do you call those things that used to be used at parties, which a person would blow, and it would make a blatting sound while unfurling?  That's what the persistent use of "Democrat" instead of the obvious and correct "Democratic" is like, like having someone blatting in your ear at a quiet dinner with friends.

      I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

      by tle on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 07:36:29 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  You Alabama residents still have nothing on... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    wader

    ...us here in Illinois.  Feds busting a bipartisan group of legislators?  Hell, here in Illinois the feds have nailed Governors from both parties!  Wake me up when you can catch up to that!

  •  Again? (2+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries, marina

    These people are gangsters. They still take orders from Rove?

    It is amazing! They will probably get away with it. The AG seems uninterested in getting into a fight with Alabama's saboteurs.

    We will probably have another Siegelman, until there is no credible democrat left in the state of Alabama.

  •  Same US Attorney? (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    sacrelicious, marina, dotsright

    Is this one of the states where Obama has kept the Bush prosecutors?

  •  actually Democrats and Republicans were arrested (2+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice, erush1345

    From what I read it appears that both parties had people arrested.  The casino owners covered all their bases.  Of the four senators arrested two are Democrats, one a Republican, and one an independent who was a Republican when the bill in question was in the legislature. Two casino owners, three lobbyists, the four senators, and an employee of one of the lobbyists for a total of 11 arrested.  Following are links to the two most complete articles I ran across.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/...
    http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/...

    As long as I wake up breathing everything else is a bonus. Sometimes not much of a bonus but still a bonus.

    by pirate1 on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 09:18:09 AM PDT

    •  To those of you who say there were Republicans (0+ / 0-)

      indicted,

      note that

      one was a person who ran as an independent after losing the Republican primary, which means the Republicans were not happy about that,

      and the other was a Democrat who had switched to the Republican party, which means they were probably still holding a grudge for him previously being a Democrat.

      This one has dropped out of his race.

      And dropping out may be a prelude to having the charges dropped against him.

      "He flung himself upon the paper and wrote off madly in all directions." With apologies to Stephen Leacock.

      by StandUpToRacism on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 11:09:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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