Dems Cut Check For Themselves As State Workers Twisted In The Wind — Gov. Ed “X” Rendell caved yesterday signing a partial budget allowing 77,000 state workers to get paid, an experience they have not had since July 1.
Also, money was made available for welfare checks.
Checks were cut Tuesday, however, for the Democratic members of the State House using a reserve fund the State Legislature keeps just for budget impasses.
The House and Senate Republicans declined to issue checks until the rest of the state workers were paid, as did the Senate Democrats.
Dems Cut Check For Themselves As State Workers Twisted In The Wind
The chief of staff to former congressman Curt Weldon was sentenced, July 30, for the heinous offense of not reporting $19,000 his wife made with a non-profit as required. Russell James Caso Jr., 36, got probation.
He joins fellow Weldon associate Cece Grimes, 42, who also got probation for the crime of destroying some emails.
These vile deeds came to light during an investigation of Weldon that became public when federal agents raided the homes of his daughter Karen and political ally Charlie Sexton three weeks before the 2006 election. Karen and Sexton owned and operated the consulting firm Solutions North America, which the feds claimed used Weldon’s connections to win lobbying contracts.
So, umm, where are the convictions for Ms. Weldon and Sexton? Heck, what are the charges against Ms. Weldon and Sexton, or the former congressman for that matter? It’s been three years, you would think the feds would have had things pretty much wrapped up since they were willing to perform the rather significant act of staging an election-eve raid. What would have been the problem with waiting until the Wednesday after Election Day considering not much appears to have been found?
The raid iced the race for Joe “Grandpa Really Doesn’t Need That Pacemaker” Sestak, and got rid of Weldon who had written the controversial book Countdown To Terror, alleging gross incompetence in the U.S. intelligence agencies.
The raids did unveil a major amount of corruption. Unfortunately the vast majority of it seems to be in federal law enforcement.
With regard to Weldon’s book here it is at Amazon.
Curt Weldon Travesty Ends
Who Is Jim Thompson? — MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann heard via “whisper down the lane” that the conservative newsgroup FreeRepublic.Com had posted obnoxious (and racist) comments about President Obama’s daughter after she was photographed wearing a t-shirt with a peace-sign.
Well, rather than checking things out as a non-sports journalist would do and learn that the vile statements were quickly removed and repudiated he decided to name FreeRepublic’s founder and owner “Jim Thompson” as “worst person in the world”.
What happened, however, was that Olbermann’s incompetency was displayed to the world. The founder and owner of FreeRepublic.com is named Jim Robinson, and by all accounts is a pretty tolerant and decent guy.
Olbermann, however, did manage to start a meme:
Who is Jim Thompson?
He’s the one that’s all around in the dark. He’s the one that’s everywhere–wherever there’s a fight so hungry people can eat; wherever there’s acop beating up a guy.
He’s in the way guys yell when they’re mad and in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready
And when our people eat the stuff they raise, and live in the houses they build, he’s there too.
That’s who Jim Thompson is.