Its Fitzmas!

Only I don’t think this is what the nutroots had in mind when they were talking about Fitzgerald and indictments:

Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, were arrested by FBI agents on federal corruption charges Tuesday morning.

In one charge related to the appointment of a senator to replace Barack Obama, prosecutors allege that Blagojevich sought appointment for himseld as Secretary of Health and Human Services in the new Obama administration, or a lucrative job with a union, in exchange for appointing a union-preferred candidate.

Another charge alleges Blagojevich and Harris conspired to demand the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members responsible for editorials critical of him in exchange for state help with the sale of Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs baseball stadium owned by Tribune Co.

Name that Party!  Well, the gov is a Democrat of course.  If he were a Republican it would be in the first line of the story.

Lots of fun stuff is going to be coming out of this one.

Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

Yet Another Reason For A Senate Cleansing

They want to reprimand a Senator for using delivering babies – for FREE!  As in – no charge ma’am.

Senator Coburn is ready for a showdown with the Senate Ethics Committee. At issue is his practice as an obstetrician. When he became senator he had to give up charging for delivering babies because senators are not allowed outside income. But Coburn has continued and is just not charging the women. He is paying his own malpractice insurance himself. The problem that the Ethics Committee has is that the hospital where he delivers the babies is a for-profit hospital and Senate rules forbid such potential conflicts of interest. Coburn, who is one tough guy, is willing to bring the whole issue out into the public and force a vote on whether he should be penalized for delivering babies for free even if the hospital he does it at is trying to make a profit.

One has to wonder though.  Because lately Senator Coburn has been a real pain in the butt to the whole US Senate over the fact that they are putting earmarks into unrelated bills and generally taking the sweat and blood of taxpayers and using it as paybacks for campaign contributions.  Could that be the real deep-down cause of the issue here Senators?

However, I love his combatativeness.  Hey – they want to reprimand him for delivering crack babies for free (while paying his malpractice insurance out of his own Senatorial salary) – then they can bloody well come into the well of the Senate and go on record saying they believe that is a bad thing.

Good on ya Tom!

Delivering Babies for Free is Wrong!

Delivering Babies for Free is Wrong!

Guess The Party

A corruption trial opens for a former mayor:

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James abused his office by steering discounted city property to a girlfriend who then sold the parcels for large profits, a prosecutor told jurors Monday at James’ fraud trial.

James was mayor from 1986 to 2006 before deciding not to seek a sixth term. He also served as a state senator from 1999 to January 2008, when he left office after not seeking re-election.

Not a word mentioning his party affiliation – so we know its Democrat.  And this is only the first trial he faces:

After this trial, which is expected to last several months, James faces a second trial on charges alleging he used city-issued credit cards to pay for $58,000 worth of personal expenses while he was mayor, including trips with several women other than his wife to Martha’s Vineyard, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Rio de Janeiro.