Friday, April 28, 2006

Friday Humor

Jesus' General writes a letter to Pombo.

Check out that picture. It's kinda disturbing somehow.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Pombo running away from his Immigration vote

Pombo may pull a hamstring as he runs away from his vote in favor of HR.4437 which criminalizes the millions of illegal immigrants already employed in the U.S. which completely works against any hope of a "guest worker program".

Contra Costa Times:
Pombo favors a guest-worker program and disagrees with those that want to criminalize illegal immigrants and the people that help them.

The nation needs the workers, he says, and the criminal prosecution of the nation's 11 million or more illegal immigrants would be physically impractical and politically unpalatable.
Danville Weekly:
Pombo also said he favors establishing a guest worker law for undocumented immigrants so they have an opportunity to become part of the country's legal workforce.

"We just can't go out and evict the 15-20 million people who are already here and working," Pombo said. "But you also can't let this problem go on as part of an underground economy."

Why the bamboozle? Perhaps he's suffering from some form of cognitive dissonance? In any case, he's a guy who needs to be more proud of his work.

Gen. Wesley Clark coming to Stockton


Democrat Steve Filson, US Navy Ret., To Hold Veterans Forum in Stockton With Special Guest General Wesley Clark (Ret.)

Commander Steve Filson (Ret.), Democratic Candidate in California’s 11th Congressional district, will be hosting a veteran’s forum with special guest General Wesley Clark (Ret.) on Monday April 24th at the Karl Ross Post in Stockton. The title of the forum is “Defending America, Defending Veterans.” Both General Clark and Commander Filson will speak briefly followed by questions and comments from the veterans in attendance. General Clark and Commander Filson will be available for press at the conclusion of the event for fifteen minutes. There will be camera positions available inside the hall.

Who: Commander Steve Filson (Ret.), Democratic Candidate for Congress in California’s 11th district, and General Wesley Clark (Ret.)

What: “Defending America, Defending Veterans” Veteran’s Forum

When: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. PST on Monday, April 24th, 2006

Press availability 11:30 – 11:45am


Karl Ross Post No. 16
2020 Plymouth Road
Stockton, CA 95204

Monday, April 17, 2006

The "Abramoff seven"

via TPM: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) predicted six Members of the House and a Member of the Senate will go to jail from the Abramoff scandal. Coburn is the worst of the worst in Congress so please consider the source.

However, a little speculation never hurt, right? Burns, DeLay, Ney, and Doolittle are shoo-ins. The rest of the list is less clear.

On the Al Franken Show, Josh Marshall from TPM added Pombo to the list of potential lucky winners of a federal indictment in Abramoff related matters.
After that, I think people that get talked about are Congressman Pombo from California although he's much less certain in my mind, than the other three I mentioned [Ney, DeLay, Doolittle].
From DailyKos diarist jorndorf:

Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX)
Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH)
Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA)
Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)
Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA)

Sunday, April 09, 2006

my television has a "truth chip"

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Hammer Time

Let's all take a moment and walk down memory lane on Richard Pombo's relationship with the disgraced Tom DeLay. When we're done reminiscing we'll play a little game.

Let's begin with the words of Richard Pombo:
Pombo says [he] believes DeLay will be exonerated. "Tom is my friend and I'm going to stick by him."
Only 3 short years ago, DeLay appointed Pombo to the Chair of the House Resources committee leapfrogging Pombo over 7 more senior members and making Pombo the youngest Committee Chair in history.

Seems like only yesterday when DeLay ordered Pombo and Doolittle to block a federal investigation into a crooked Houston businessman.
Reps. John T. Doolittle and Richard W. Pombo joined forces with former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas to oppose an investigation by federal banking regulators into the affairs of Houston millionaire Charles Hurwitz, documents recently obtained by The Times show. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was seeking $300 million from Hurwitz for his role in the collapse of a Texas savings and loan that cost taxpayers $1.6 billion. [...] The FDIC's chief spokesman characterized what Doolittle and Pombo did as "a seamy abuse of the legislative process."
Can it be only 6 months ago when Matt over at SNTP informed us of Pombo's DeLay ranking where we learned Pombo donated $5,000 to DeLay's legal defense fund and voted in lock-step with DeLay 3,999 times out of 4,307. Also, it was 6 months ago that Josh Marshall reported that Pombo's staffers were treated like Kings 12 times in 1 year to Abramoff's infamous $1,000 a pop skybox tickets.

Ah, the memories. The reality that Pombo wants desperately to avoid is that he's neck deep in the corruption that was institutionalized by Tom DeLay.

I promised a game - so here it is: Jeopardy. I'll take Congressional Family Values for $200, Alex.


$200: This person was paid $115,000 to "determine the favorite charity of every member of Congress".

$400: This person directly received $43,000 in "commissions" with $1,022,729 going to their immediate family from an Abramoff slush fund dressed-up as a non-profit group working for a "pro-family" political agenda in Congress.

$600: This person received $50,000 in illicit payments to their "consulting firm" from Jack Abramoff.

$800: This person gets paid 15% of all the contributions brought into a campaign fund and was paid $180,000 so far.

$1000: This person was paid $120,225 directly from a campaign fund as a "fundraising consultant".



$200: Who is Christine Delay? - wife of disgraced Texas Congressman, Tom DeLay.

$400: Who is Wendy Buckham? - wife of Edwin Buckham, Tom DeLay's former Chief of Staff, whose indictment is probably in the mail.

$600: Who is Lisa Rudy? - wife of Tony Rudy, Tom DeLay's former Deputy Chief of Staff, who plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges.

$800: Who is Julie Doolittle? - wife of John Doolittle (R-CA). John was kind enough to introduce Jack Abramoff to Richard Pombo.

$1000: Who is Annette Pombo? - wife of Richard Pombo (R-CA). Rich is "sticking" by his buddy Tom all the way - or until he's in jail.


Who's ready for Final Jeopardy? Category: Tainted Congressional Donations

Answer: This charity received $1,250 of tainted money given to Richard Pombo by a former DeLay Deputy Chief of Staff who recently plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges.

Question: Who is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Stockton, Calif?

Thanks for playing!