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Wow! I read (ok skimmed the affidavit - just wanted to see Yee's involvement) today. It really does read like a shitty Hollywood Chinese Gangster movie. Unreal.

FBI: California Sen. Leland Yee took bribes, trafficked guns  

Here the link to the affidavit Unsealed Yee affidavit

The CA Dem's better get a handle on this and clean house. Reading the affidavit about the gun trafficking thing blew my mind. You really gotta read it. Coz if this shit is true - wow! He is going to be connected with Muslim groups trying to overthrow the government or even stranger - he says that the Philippine gov't is funding! Muslim groups to deflect attention from their own corruption!

Either way - CA Democrats need to kick folks like this to the curb and kick them hard.
What a stain on the CA D party. News like this only helps the R's.

Originally posted to mrsgoo on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 11:20 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 11:20:20 PM PDT

  •  He is my senator, and I just finished reading the (11+ / 0-)

    affidavit. It is pretty damning and it does read like a gangster movie. He should just resign now. This isn't going to end well no matter what he does. I bet there will be a plea bargain. No way he escapes it all based on taped phone calls and wired meetings.

  •  All it takes in CA, (8+ / 0-)

    is for a couple of clowns like Yee and Calderon to throw out the good work Democrats have done here. I am completely disgusted by this latest news...SSK

    "Hey Clinton, I'm bushed" - Keith Richards UID 194838

    by Santa Susanna Kid on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 12:54:44 AM PDT

  •  Me too..... (6+ / 0-)

    We don't need crooks in our government- Republican or Democratic.  This crap goes on in New York and New Jersey all the time.  People voted for Chris Christie because he looked like less of a crook than the Democrats had been.  To hell with crooks taking bribes- even disguised as campaign contributions.

    You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

    by murrayewv on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 01:32:01 AM PDT

  •  In addition to CAs mess....Rachel Maddow reported (6+ / 0-)

    Wed night about other Dem corruption charges around the country:

    CA two other CA Dems:

    Rodrick Wright (sp?) was convicted of 8 felonies. He won't resign. The Dems  stripped him of his committee position and put on leave, but voted not to kick him out.

    Ron Calderon was arraigned on personal corruption charges. He's on personal leave. He will not quit either.

    They are both still being paid by the taxpayers.

    The Dems have lost their super majority because of these two.

    Charlotte - Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday on federal public corruption laws after a four-year investigation, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Charlotte announced.

    RI - Gordon D. Fox announced his intention to resign Saturday from his position as Speaker of the House of Representatives, a day after state and federal investigators searched his home and his State House office and seized numerous boxes of paperwork and other materials.

    NYC -FBI agents spent part of Wednesday morning in offices of Queens Assemblyman Bill Scarborough, multiple sources say.

    The Democratic legislator said FBI agents questioned him this morning at an Albany hotel where he was staying. He said they implied there would be indictments. The investigation appears to focus on Scarborough’s travel vouchers.

    Here's RM's broadcast link of this report.

    http://www.msnbc.com/...

    It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

    by auapplemac on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 01:41:22 AM PDT

  •  This is the third CA Democrat Senator (4+ / 0-)
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    to be indited on corruption charges. It is sufficient to begin to shift the balance of power in the senate. It also seems to be something that is occurring more frequently in other states as well.  

    •  There's a simple solution to this, (1+ / 0-)
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      quit electing gangsters and thieves to public office. Doesn't matter what party you're talking about, you have to go to a maximum security prison to meet more criminals that you'll find in state or national capitals.

      Last time I checked, I believe Louisiana was in the lead for most politicians in jail, but that's likely skewed because most elected criminals never even go to trial.

      "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

      by Greyhound on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 07:03:37 AM PDT

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      •  Sure, but how do we know they are corrupt? (2+ / 0-)
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        Yee seemed legit from everything I could tell.

        If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

        by AoT on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 07:45:36 AM PDT

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        •  Are you kidding? (0+ / 0-)

          Since you replied, I am assuming you live in California. A Native Chinese that rose through the San Francisco machine with no personal means nor connections to the upper-middle class white "Bay area" community?

          Do you also believe that Feinstein made $100M (personally, not counting her husband's fortune) through a frugal savings plan while earning a civil servant's salary?

          "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

          by Greyhound on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 08:49:26 AM PDT

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          •  Some people are clearly corrupt (2+ / 0-)
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            Feinstein falls into that category.

            And yes, I am a bay area native, mostly the east bay but with strong political ties to the city.

            A Native Chinese that rose through the San Francisco machine with no personal means nor connections to the upper-middle class white "Bay area" community?
            If you're suggesting that we reject anyone who rises through the Bay Area democratic machine I'd agree, but seriously, this is another level of corruption. The idea that we can know that some politician is a gun runner is another sort of thing.

            If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

            by AoT on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 09:04:42 AM PDT

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            •  Issa? Feinstein, Pelosi, Dornan, how many (3+ / 0-)
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              names will it take to make the reality clear? It's not California, although I once thought it might be, it's America.

              Here's the litmus test, if they want the office, they are a crook or want to someday be a crook. None of them are there for us.

              I'm advocating re-establishing the draft with the difference being that everybody's eligible and if your number comes up, you go into an elected office that is randomly picked by computer.

              "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

              by Greyhound on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 09:25:12 AM PDT

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              •  Can't say that I disagree n/t (1+ / 0-)
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                If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

                by AoT on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 09:32:37 AM PDT

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                •  Congrtulations citizen 468-34-9941, for the next (2+ / 0-)
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                  two years you will represent your district  in Washington DC as the representative for your fellow citizens! Please report to your protocol advisor in six weeks for your orientation.

                  No campaign, no bi-annual circus of idiots trying to out-idiot the competition. Just a third of the government getting a new flock of "deciders" every other year.

                  "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

                  by Greyhound on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 10:32:35 AM PDT

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              •  Sortition! ancient Greeks used random citizens (1+ / 0-)
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                chosen by lottery, to fill most of the committees that ruled Athens. That was 2,600 years ago, and lasted for two centuries or so. OK, 'citizens' were limited to Athenian men who had done military service (about 20% of the total population). Still, it is remarkable.

                Some basics are in these Wikipedia articles:
                Athenian democracy http://en.wikipedia.org/...
                Sortition  http://en.wikipedia.org/...
                Demarchy http://en.wikipedia.org/...

                The Athenians believed sortition to be more democratic than elections and used complex procedures with purpose-built allotment machines (kleroteria) to avoid the corrupt practices used by oligarchs to buy their way into office.
                It's hard for me to imagine it catching on anytime soon, but we progressives can look forward two centuries or so, so keep at it! :-) My guess is the initial steps might be for some kind of local "Citizens Oversight Committee," created by residents of a town, initially with limited authority but the media they can garner. Or possibly even on a state level, if created by referendum?
    •  Yee's seat is safe D (2+ / 0-)
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      ... so it's not likely to affect the overall balance.  The other two, I'm not sure.  It's a black eye on the party, to be sure, but it's not going to change much in these specific seats.

      Honestly, this is part and parcel for having extremely safe seats of any kind.  It sucks, but since California has so many Democrats in the state government, they're going to have more of them be dirty.  And with an economy the size of California's, there's a lot of money and political influence being thrown around.

      I also think the Dems in the state Senate have already asked him to leave or be suspended, so they're "cleaning house" pretty quickly.

  •  Wow (1+ / 0-)
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    He has always been kind of a jerk but this is way beyond what I would have expected.

  •  Really shocking. If you've paid attention (5+ / 0-)
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    to Yee in the past, you might have pegged him as a somewhat stiff and awkward guy, kind of like a Chinese Mitt Romney. But it is stunning to see him sitting at a table discussing buying automatic weapons from muslim terrorists and smuggling them into the US. Just unreal.

    The other story though- of the Tongs in San Francisco Chinatown, is sadly not shocking. These Tongs are largely legitimate fraternities, but they happen to own a lot of valuable real estate. The older generations who used to frequent these Tongs, are all passing on. Younger people typically have no interests in joining them. This makes them irresistible to the gangsters and thieves.  Just like the Tong that 'Shrimp Boy' heads. This was a storied Tong that hosted Dr Sun Yat Sun when he came to the US. ShrimpBoy Chow had the previous leader murdered, and then muscled his way to the top.

    •  Not surprised. (3+ / 0-)

      I worked in the City and County of San Francisco and got terminated for refusing to participate in illegal contracting.  I wasn't the only one, and I knew a RICO investigation was coming down on the Human Rights Commission when Maravic Bamba was running it.

      Those of us who got fired for refusing to break the law went to Leland Yee when he was a City Supervisor and all we got was bullshyt for our trouble.  Eventually, the FBI took notice and took our testimony and got rid of Willie Brown's bad apples, but Leland Yee didn't do a damned thing.

      The fact he rose through the ranks to State office with a possible eye towards a Congressional or Senate seat, doesn't really say too much about the California Democratic Party overall, but the extents to which he was willing to go to get there is mind-boggling.

      "Washington, DC: Where Corruption is Rewarded, and Ethical Merit is DESPISED.

      by The Truth on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 11:31:49 AM PDT

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