July 10, 2009
July 08, 2009
A former executive of a Pennsylvania defense firm with close ties to Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) has agreed to plead guilty to taking bribes from a partner defense company and is cooperating in a federal investigation of Pentagon contracting, records show.
Richard Ianieri, the former president of Coherent Systems International, agreed in court filings to admit that he took $200,000 in bribes from officials at a firm the company hired as a subcontractor. The charges were filed in court Monday and in more detail yesterday afternoon by federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh. They also indicate that Ianieri has consented to pleading guilty to the Pennsylvania charges in federal court in northern Florida, where he had faced unspecified but potentially related charges.
The company that allegedly paid Ianieri the bribes, identified in court filings only as "K," closely resembles Kuchera Defense Systems, which is based in Murtha's congressional district and was a subcontractor to Coherent. Kuchera Defense Systems and its sister company, Kuchera Industries, are under federal investigation for allegations of fraud and overbilling on Defense Department contracts.
Seriously, What. The. Fuck?
July 06, 2009
Hey Blue State Fuckylvania dipshits who voted for Hope and Change:
Some of the "bluest" states that propelled Obama into the White House are among those most likely to pay more in taxes to fund expanded health insurance coverage and make other changes to the system, analysts say. People in states such as Illinois, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York have a higher share of wealthier taxpayers and residents who get generous healthcare plans through work -- and both sets of people may be tapped to raise money for the healthcare overhaul.
Moreover, those states have less to gain from a national effort to expand health insurance coverage because their residents already are more likely to have insurance than are Americans as a whole.
Those conclusions by a range of policy analysts may point to future tension in the healthcare debate: Though battle lines so far have been drawn largely in partisan terms, lurking regional divisions could fracture Congress even further.
"New York is going to be asked to pay a lot more taxes, and people in Iowa and Montana will not," said Robert Blendon, a professor of health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health.
My only problem: because of you stupid fucks, my family may have to suffer through shit ass service at thePost Office Style Obama Care Hope and Change Clinics because of you and your stupidity.
July 04, 2009
I would add a bunch more profanity but yeah, what he said.
It's been bandied about how the blood sports politics has become is driving out the sane people. I believe this is the ultimate example of that. Contra everyone else, I believe that she's done with politics, at least running for office. Why the hell should she do that? Why the hell would *anyone* run for national office? Truly, it's become utterly vile.
No, I don't think she should have resigned. But I'm not facing bankruptcy. I'm not watching my special needs infant be savaged. (There's a special place in Hell for what some people have been posting and saying about Trig and I don't simply mean Andi) I'm not watching my teenager daughter have to be a teen mom, a single mom and an international laughing stock. I'm not having to worry about a son in Iraq and a 14 yo girl be deemed a valid target. I'm speculating on this, but I would bet that I'm also not having to watch my husband, a good, honorable man, have his damn hands tied and not be able to protect his family against all of the above.
People are wondering what else is really behind this. My guess? The family was falling apart. Whose wouldn't under all of this? The reason why people love Palin so freaking hard is because she comes across as a normal human being. And a normal human being who is in a job that is destroying the family steps back and evaluates whether or not the job is worth it. Other than the obligation to the voters, how the hell is that job worth it? If Palin could not be effective as Governor due to the constant ethics complaints, then there is no positive left.
No, I don't think she should have done it. Yes, I do think this disqualifies her for higher office. But I do understand why she would leave. And I think that says something truly vile about our society and our politics.
July 01, 2009
What a shock, right?
Sen. Daniel K. Inouye’s staff contacted federal regulators last fall to ask about the bailout application of an ailing Hawaii bank that he had helped to establish and where he has invested the bulk of his personal wealth.
The bank, Central Pacific Financial, was an unlikely candidate for a program designed by the Treasury Department to bolster healthy banks. The firm’s losses were depleting its capital reserves. Its primary regulator, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., already had decided that it didn’t meet the criteria for receiving a favorable recommendation and had forwarded the application to a council that reviewed marginal cases, according to agency documents.
Two weeks after the inquiry from Inouye’s office, Central Pacific announced that the Treasury would inject $135 million.
Most Ethical Congress Ever.
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