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#61 Chris Werb

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 1817 PM

I think this idiot being on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is a travesty.


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#62 JWB

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#63 Mr King

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Posted 04 January 2015 - 2315 PM

That useless sack of shit Mike Huckabee is leaving Fox ahead of the 2016 election. Our civil court system may be completely broken, but victims, and families of those victimized by convicted criminals who have been released from their sentence early or put on parole should be able to go after the those who make those decisions, financially. 

 

Article from 2009 

 

After police killings, Huckabee defends clemency for suspect

 

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee on Tuesday defended his decision to commute the prison sentence years ago of the man who allegedly killed four police officers Sunday near Tacoma, Wash., saying the defendant had received an unfairly harsh sentence because he was young and black The comments in a radio interview came a day after Huckabee accepted responsibility for the decision and said "it's not something I'm happy about at this particular moment."

The killings have renewed scrutiny of Huckabee's pardon record, and some prominent conservatives say the episode could be damaging to his candidacy if Huckabee decides to run for president in 2012. Though one of the Republican Party's most popular figures, Huckabee has been dogged by questions over the more than 1,000 commutations and pardons he issued -- more than his three predecessors combined -- during his 10-year tenure.

"If I could have known nine years ago this guy was capable of something of this magnitude, obviously I would never have granted a commutation," he told Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly on Monday night. "It's sickening."

Maurice Clemmons was convicted in Arkansas in 1989 of robbery and theft, and he was serving a 108-year prison term when Huckabee commuted it to 47 years in 2000, making Clemmons eligible for parole.

"That was the commutation," Huckabee told O'Reilly. "I'm responsible for that. And it's not something I'm happy about at this particular moment."

The Arkansas parole board subsequently released him from prison.

After the Sunday shootings, a massive manhunt ended Tuesday when a police officer fatally shot Clemmons. He was carrying a handgun that had been taken from one of the slain officers, police said.

On Tuesday, Huckabee defended his decision to commute Clemmons' sentence during a call to "The Joe Scarborough Show" on 77 WABC radio in New York. If his critics had been there in the governor's mansion, Huckabee said, "They would have seen a 16-year-old kid commit crimes of which normally, there would have been a few years. And if he'd been white and middle-class with a good lawyer he'd have gotten probation, a fine and some counseling. But because he was a young black kid, he got 108 years!"

"People don't go to prison for murder" with that sort of sentence, Huckabee said.

In his 2008 presidential campaign, Huckabee faced similar questions over the release from prison of convicted rapist Wayne DuMond, who was convicted of another rape and a murder.

Huckabee tried then to distance himself from any role in the DuMond parole, and on Sunday he similarly pointed at "a series of failures in the criminal justice system" regarding Clemmons. Huckabee's aides have sought to cast Clemmons's release from prison as a collective error of both Arkansas officials and those in Washington state, where he had been released on bail after being charged with assault on a police officer and rape. While Huckabee repeateadly took responsibility on "The O'Reilly Factor" for commuting Clemmons's sentence, he also called the decision by "Washington judges" to release Clemmons on bond after his recent arrest on a child rape charge "inexcusable."

"There's no explanation for why he was out on the streets," Huckabee said, adding that "certainly there was a pretty good, long history of adult behavior on this guy's part."

Michelle Malkin, a popular conservative blogger, dubbed the situation "Huckabee's Willie Horton," likening it to the convicted killer whose crimes upon his release from prison hurt the 1988 presidential campaign of then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis (D).

Robert Herzfeld, a former prosecutor in Arkansas who sharply opposed some of Huckabee's clemencies, said, "When you put that many people out of jail, it's inevitable someone is going to commit more crimes."

Ron Bonjean, a GOP strategist, said: "This story is political quicksand, and if the Republican conservative establishment doesn't throw him a lifeline immediately, it could be very damaging to a presidential run."

Huckabee called such criticism repellent. "It really does show though how sick society has become when we're more interested in the political consequences of an election that's three years away where none of the candidates have even announced -- I've not even given any indication that I'm going to run -- and people are less interested in the fact that funerals haven't even been planned and conducted yet for these four police officers," he told Scarborough. "It is disgusting."

Huckabee won the GOP's Iowa caucuses in 2008 and went on to claim several other key states, but he ultimately lost the party's nomination to Sen. John McCain (Ariz.). Republicans rank him in polls along with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin as their favorites for the 2012 campaign. A Des Moines Register poll last month showed Huckabee with higher favorable ratings in Iowa than most of the other leading contenders.

This September, Huckabee won a straw poll at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, highlighting his appeal to social conservatives.

 

 

 

.http://www.washingto...ST2009120103523


Edited by Mr King, 04 January 2015 - 2316 PM.

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#64 Jeff

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 0709 AM

Huckabee is a snake oil salesman.


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#65 Murph

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 0736 AM

Jeff, that describes 99.99% of the political class.  Huckabee is just one of the more disgusting examples of one. 


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#66 Mike Steele

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 0829 AM

Jeff, that describes 99.99% of the political class.  Huckabee is just one of the more disgusting examples of one. 

This.


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#67 Mikel2

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 0931 AM

Huckabee vs Jeb Bush... These primaries are going to be puke.gif


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Posted 05 January 2015 - 1713 PM

So, you guys ready to pinch your noses and vote for those rhinoceros scented elephants?


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Posted 05 January 2015 - 2032 PM

If Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.

 

 So 2016 must be when the lamb gets to decided whether to be barbequed or poached.


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#70 rmgill

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 2049 PM

And gets the honor of paying for the fuel. 

:glare:


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#71 Skywalkre

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 1955 PM

Just saw this story on my FB feed.  Still seems early so not a lot of news sources popping up.  Do we have any OK ilk on here that can shed more light on this... odd one?  :blink:

 

http://www.washingto...es-are-limited/

 

 

Oklahoma lawmakers are considering dumping the Advanced Placement program because of its similarities to Common Core, but they might not have an easy time convincing voters of precisely why.


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#72 FlyingCanOpener

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 2145 PM

The bill only wants to drop AP US History instead of the entire AP curriculum, and the furor comes based on this:

 

http://blogs.edweek....ment_on_ap.html

 

Republican National Committee Condemns New AP History Framework

 

By Catherine Gewertz on August 11, 2014 2:17 PM

 

The Republican National Committee is calling for a fight against the College Board's new framework for Advanced Placement U.S. History, claiming that it  "deliberately distorts and/or edits out important historical events."

 

The new framework "reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation's history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects," said aresolution adopted by the RNC on Friday at its summer meeting in Chicago.

 

The resolution demands that the College Board delay for at least one year its plan to debut the framework in high schools this fall. It urges that a committee be convened to draft a new AP U.S. history framework that is "consistent both with the APUSH course's traditional mission, with state history standards, and with the desires of U.S. parents and other citizens for their students to learn the true history of their country." And it calls on Congress to "investigate this matter" and withhold any funding to the College Board until a suitable framework is produced.

 

Asked for a response to the RNC resolution, College Board spokeswoman Carly Lindauer said in an email that the new AP U.S. history framework, developed and "overwhelmingly supported by" college faculty and expert AP teachers, is "built to be flexible."

 

"It allows for a focus on state priorities, as well as teacher and parent choices that best fit the needs of their individual students," she wrote. "The new course emphasizes the American founding documents and their essential role in our nation's history, and recognizes American heroism, courage, and innovation. College Board leaders continue to meet with individuals who have concerns about the redesign to listen and receive feedback."

 

More information about the redesign of the framework can be found on a special page on the College Board's website. UPDATE: Troubled by the controversy, College Board President David Coleman released to the public a practice AP U.S. history test. Practice tests are typically only released to certified AP teachers. He also announced that the College Board will issue "clarifications" about the new framework.

 

Conservative opposition to the new APUSH framework has been circulating with increasing intensity in recent weeks, culminating in an "open letter" to College Board President David Coleman on Aug. 4. The letter, posted by the conservative groups American Principles in Action and Concerned Women for America, demands a one-year delay in use of the framework, and a return to the brief "topic outline" that was previously used to guide AP U.S. history instruction. As of this afternoon, that letter had garnered more than 1,000 signatures.

 

The letter takes the framework to task for its "negative" approach to U.S. history. As an example, it attacks the framework for portraying U.S. colonists as "oppressors and exploiters while ignoring the dreamers and innovators who built our country." The signatories also say that at 98 pages, the framework essentially replaces the five-page topic outline with a full-blown curriculum, and one that conflicts with many states' social studies standards. 

 

As conservatives have circulated the letter, they've also been writing and circulating strategies for opposition to the new framework. Concerned Women For America, for instance, has anaction plan posted on its website.  

 

Opponents to the framework are giving a particularly high profile to support they've gleaned from scholars. A highly critical analysis by Peter Wood, the president of the National Association of Scholars, who calls the framework "radical" and "a complete overhaul of the Advanced Placement course in U.S. History," has also been widely circulated.

 

When my colleague Liana Heitin reported in May on the changes planned for the APUSH course and exam, she noted that the revamped course would be more specific about which historical details should be covered, and would emphasize  "historical thinking skills." The College Board is also reworking its courses in European history and art history for use in the fall of 2015.

 

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I can see some cause for some disgruntlement; before this update AP curriculum guides were just an outline of what teachers should cover and what the test should cover, and were no more than 5 pages. You go to a 1-week training to get certified and get basically told to teach whatever you want like you would a 100-level history course, but to keep the pamphlet in mind because that's what the test the students will be taking will be on. Now you get a 90+ page curriculum that is essentially telling you what to teach. The essence of AP is to accelerate the curriculum for high school courses and teach said course at a college level.

 

If you want to oppose those changes that's fine, but to single out AP US History based on their curriculum changes (Which is a shift to "Dead White Guys are the cause of all of America's ills and kept the Blacks/Hispanics/Women/Asians/Gays/<Insert Minority Group Here> down all this time") is a little too much, even though the College Board deserves to be raked over the coals for going all stupid over the curriculum changes, as seen how they backpedaled so quickly and even released the sample test items to show students won't be tested on the Dead White Males are Evil meme.


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#73 Mike Steele

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 0938 AM

BTT


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#74 Paul G.

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 1057 AM

Jeff, that describes 99.99% of the political class.  Huckabee is just one of the more disgusting examples of one. 

 

Who's more to blame?  Them or the people who put them in power by continuing to vote for them?


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#75 Jeff

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Posted 14 March 2015 - 0735 AM

 

Jeff, that describes 99.99% of the political class.  Huckabee is just one of the more disgusting examples of one. 

 

Who's more to blame?  Them or the people who put them in power by continuing to vote for them?

 

 

In the end, it's the voter's responsibility though there are many working overtime to keep them fat dumb and happy with bread and circuses.


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#76 mnm

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Posted 14 March 2015 - 1951 PM

Who's more to blame?  Them or the people who put them in power by continuing to vote for them?


I agree, but that applies to any place where some voting system rules, no?
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Posted 15 March 2015 - 0712 AM

Often enough there is only the choice between bad and worse at the ballot box.
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Posted 17 March 2015 - 2050 PM

Aaron Schock resigns after new questions about mileage expenses

 

 

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock resigned Tuesday, less than 12 hours after POLITICO raised questions about tens of thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements he received for his personal vehicle.

Schock billed the federal government and his campaign for logging roughly 170,000 miles on his personal car from January 2010 through July 2014. But when he sold that Chevrolet Tahoe in July 2014, it had roughly 80,000 miles on the odometer, according to public records obtained by POLITICO under Illinois open records laws. The documents, in other words, indicate he was reimbursed for 90,000 miles more than his car was driven.

 

The discrepancy added to a growing wave of ethical and legal problems for the 33-year-old politician.

“[T]he constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself,” Schock said in a surprise statement on Tuesday. “I have always sought to do what’s best for my constituents, and I thank them for the opportunity to serve.”

Later Tuesday, a spokesman for Schock added, “In an effort to remove any questions and out of an abundance of caution, Congressman Schock has reimbursed all monies received for official mileage since his election to Congress.”

Schock’s resignation marks a swift downfall of one of the GOP’s most promising young stars and prolific fundraisers. The former state legislator was elected to Congress in 2008 and shot through the ranks of the House GOP, at one point gracing the cover of Men’s Health magazine. He was a fresh face in a party eager to update its image.

But as his prominence grew, Schock adopted an expensive lifestyle — staying in luxury hotels, dining at pricey restaurants, flying on private jets. Mounting questions about how he paid for it eventually caught up with him.

The congressman’s vehicle history was pieced together from dozens of pages of Illinois vehicle records.

When Schock transferred the SUV to an Illinois dealership in 2014, it had 81,860 miles on the odometer, documents show. However, from January 2010 to the end of July 2014, he billed the federal government for 123,131 miles on his personal vehicle. During the same period, the Republican billed his “Schock for Congress” campaign account and GOP Generation Y Fund, his leadership political action committee, for an additional 49,388 miles.

Altogether, Schock sought reimbursement for 172,520 miles on his car, despite the fact that he signed documents that certified the vehicle traveled less than half that distance.

Schock had no other vehicles registered in his name at the time, according to state public records. Multiple sources familiar with his office operations say he only drove the Tahoe during this period.

In November 2009, less than a year after Schock took his seat in Congress, the lawmaker bought the 2010 Tahoe from Green Chevrolet in Peoria. The dealership is owned by Jeff Green, a contributor to Schock who has flown the congressman around his district in his airplane and helicopter.

When Schock purchased the new car, it had four miles on it, according to publicly available automobile transaction documents.

On July 19, 2014, Schock transferred the car back to Green Chevrolet with 81,860 miles on it, according to a transfer document Schock signed.

On that same day in 2014, Schock bought a black 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe with 10 miles on it. Schock’s campaign spent nearly $75,000 on the car, according to campaign filings, but the congressman registered the car in his own name. The SUV sports congressional license plates with the number “18” — the number of Schock’s congressional district.

Between 2010 and 2014, the government mileage reimbursement requests were filed by Schock on a near-monthly basis. Members of Congress and staffers are permitted to bill the government and campaign for use of a personal vehicle, and, generally speaking, do not have to keep logs to record the miles they drive.

When asked about the mileage several weeks ago, Schock’s office said the congressman spends a lot of time in automobiles and chartering private jets between events in his central Illinois district. His office also raised the possibility that staffers were driving his vehicle and weren’t sure if it was permissible under the rules.

During the past month, Schock repaid the government $40,000 after spending money from his official office budget to redecorate his office to resemble the set of PBS’s “Downton Abbey,” an English historical drama. He also reimbursed taxpayers more than $1,200 after using his office account to pay to fly on a private plane to a Chicago Bears football game.

Separately, on a campaign-finance document, Schock labeled the cost of a November flight on a private plane as a software purchase. He has failed to report trips abroad, as required. And he held a fundraiser at a golf course without reporting paying for its use.

In an interview with POLITICO last week in Peoria, Schock could not say with certainty that he had not broken the law.

“I certainly hope not,” Schock said. The Illinois Republican added that he was not an attorney, and therefore could not know whether he broke the law or ethics rules. Schock also declined to directly answer whether he had accepted improper gifts as a member of Congress.

News reports by POLITICO and the Chicago Sun-Times raised a series of questions about Schock’s spending and record-keeping. The Office of Congressional Ethics opened an investigation of the lawmaker on Feb. 28 and has begun contacting his associates about appearing before the independent panel behind closed doors.

The OCE probe —and any potential Ethics Committee investigation — will disappear with Schock’s resignation. However, federal law enforcement could still look into Schock’s actions. He has two attorneys, former Federal Election Commission Commissioner Don McGahn and criminal defense attorney William McGinley, both of Jones Day. Ron Bonjean and Brian Walsh, two longtime GOP communications aides, are handling his press strategy.

Schock will remain in Congress until March 31.

 

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#79 rmgill

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 2133 PM

Note how he's GONE and not defended behind a wall of peers who are asking why he's being picked on. 

Rangel is still in office I'll note. 


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#80 Mr King

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 2242 PM

Note how he's GONE and not defended behind a wall of peers who are asking why he's being picked on. 

Rangel is still in office I'll note. 

 

Yep


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