Posts Tagged ‘politics’

A Year and a Day in Prison for Maureen McDonnell

February 21, 2015

A Year and a Day in Prison for Maureen McDonnell

Maureen McDonnell, former NFL cheerleader and estranged wife of disgraced former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for her conviction on 8 felony counts of corruption. The former First Lady of the Old Dominion accepted lavish gifts from nutritional supplement manufacturer Jonnie Williams and helped him shill his snake oil, even staging a promotional event at the state’s Executive Mansion.

Mr. McDonnell, the first Virginia governor convicted of committing a felony while in office, has been sentenced to 2 years in prison and 2 years of federally supervised release for convictions on 11 counts of political corruption. Mr. &  Mrs. McD are both on the loose while appealing their convictions, and the ex-Governor is bunking with his parish priest.

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Banned in Billings? Montana Republican Wants to Outlaw Yoga Pants

February 16, 2015

Banned in Billings? Montana Republican Wants to Outlaw Yoga Pants

“A Montana state lawmaker is pushing legislation that would ban yoga pants and Speedos in public because they ‘give the realistic appearance’ of certain parts of a person’s anatomy that should count as indecent exposure.

No, seriously.

Republican David Moore proposed the bill, according to the Billings Gazette, after he witnessed naked bicyclists last year and decided to crack down on indecent exposure laws. But beyond just people exposing certain body parts they shouldn’t, Moore also wants to crack down on clothing that conforms to certain areas of the body.

And that includes yoga pants, which, Moore said, ‘should be illegal in public anyway.’”

– “Montana Pol Pushes Bill That Would Make It Illegal to Wear Yoga Pants in Public,” Josh Feldman, Mediaite

The Montana House Judiciary Committee has tabled the bill, and the proposal has permanently assumed the Sleeping Vishnu Asana.

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Alabama Judge Impedes Marriage Equality

February 10, 2015

alabama Judge Impedes Marriage Equality
A week ago Federal District Judge Callie Granade struck down two Alabama state laws banning same-sex marriage and refused to stay the decision pending an appeal the the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court itself refused to institute a stay, so you’d think the matter would be settled, but we’re talking about Alabama here. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has ordered state officials to ignore the Federal court ruling.

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You Won’t Have Mitt Romney to Kick Around Anymore

January 30, 2015

You Won't Have Mitt Romney to Kick Around Anymore
To paraphrase Richard Nixon, you won’t have Mitt Romney to kick around anymore.

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Republican Recycling

January 13, 2015

Republican Recycling

Tan, rested and ready: Willard Mitt Romney, failed Republican presidential candidate, one-term Massachusetts Governor, dancing horse ownercorporate looter and job-destroying private equity exec. What’s not to like? Get ready America, the 2016 presidential election starts now.

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The New GOP Math: ‘Dynamic Scoring’ Doesn’t Add Up.

January 7, 2015

The New GOP Math: 'Dynamic Scoring' Doesn't Add Up.

Republicans now rule Congress, so the House of Representatives has a new rule: “Above All, Do No Math.” From now on, there’s no problem that can’t be solved by cutting taxes for rich people and corporations. The GOP calls this “Dynamic Scoring,” but others have called it “Voodoo Economics” and “Magical Thinking.” Why? Because it doesn’t work. Paul Ryan wants to call it “Reality-Based Scoring,” but clearly he lives in an Alternate Reality.

The assumption underlying “Dynamic Scoring” is the “Trickle-Down Theory” of economics. In a pre-automobile age this was called the “Horse-and-Sparrow Theory,” because if you fed your horse enough oats surely some would filter through the horse, fall on the road, and feed the sparrows. Then as now, this produces pitifully few oats but a whole lot of horsecrap.

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Bob McDonnell Gets 2 Years in the Big House

January 6, 2015

Bob McDonnell Gets 2 Years in the Big House

Disgraced former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, convicted of 11 counts of political corruption, was sentenced to 2 years in prison and 2 years of federally supervised release today. Prior to his arrest, many Republicans had proposed Mr. McDonnell for federal office, not a federal prison cell. In December the U.S. probation office had recommended at least 10 years in prison, and Pat Robertson’s charity had tried to wangle a no-prison-time community service deal.

Mr. McDonnell will enter the pokey on February 9th. His estranged wife, former NFL Cheerleader Maureen McDonnell, who was ultimately convicted on 8 federal counts, will be sentenced on January 20th. In another big Republican crime story today, Rep. John Boehner was sentenced to 2 years as House Majority Leader.

Related:

“Unforgivable: The Governor and the Teen-ager,” Evan Osnos, The New Yorker

Updates:

“Court: Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell will be free during appeal,”  Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press

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Happy New Year for the One Percent

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year for the One Percent
Happy New Year, rich people. The GOP Congress is in and the laws of mathematics are out, so the fix is in for people of wealth. Poor and middle class wage earners will pay for even more tax cuts for The One Percent. Ring out Neo-Conservatism and ring in Neo-Feudalism!

More:

“Sorry, GOP, tax cuts don’t pay for themselves,” Joel Dodge, The Week

“Behold, the magic kingdom of dynamic scoring,” Froma Harrop, Seattle Times

“Republicans’ magical thinking is immune to the facts,” Robert B. Reich, Baltimore Sun

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All I Want is Truth (for Christmas)

December 29, 2014

“All I Want is Truth (for Christmas),” written and performed by Laura Burhenn with her band The Mynabirds.

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Bob McDonnell Looking at 10 Years in Prison

December 15, 2014

Bob McDonnell Looking at 10 Years in Prison
Disgraced former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, convicted of 11 counts of political corruption, is due to be sentenced on January 6th. Based on Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the U.S. probation office is recommending at least 10 years in prison. His estranged wife, former NFL Cheerleader Maureen McDonnell was ultimately convicted on 8 counts, and will be sentenced on January 20th.

Prior to his arrest, many Republicans had proposed Mr. McDonnell for federal office, but he’ll be getting a federal prison cell instead. On the bright side, maybe he’ll get to play bridge with Bernie Madoff.

Ten years is a pretty long stretch, but it could have been worse for Bob McDonnell. He could have been caught selling loose cigarettes on the sidewalk. That’s punishable by death.

Update:

“Pat Robertson’s Charity Tries To Make A Deal For Bob McDonnell’s Freedom,” Larry O’Dell, AP via Talking Points Memo

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