At a time when the hypocrisy of the political class has become something which is almost taken for granted, there are still some occurrences in which the pattern of “do as I say, not as I do” reaches humorous proportions.
Consider the case of Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter (D-17th district), the vociferous opponent of the right of citizens to “keep and bear arms” who has now been charged with a felony after allegedly attempting to board an airplane with a concealed handgun in his possession.
Chicago is experiencing a high and rising homicide rate, with some predicting 500 or more by the end of the year. Many have tried to explain the phenomenon.
Testifying on the harshness of his two and a half years of pretrial confinement, Army Pfc Bradley Manning, accused of leaking tens of thousands of classified documents to online news source Wikileaks, acknowledged this week that he had tied a bed sheet into a noose when contemplating suicide during his imprisonment in Kuwait.
The Transportation Security Administration is under heavy fire after publicly exposing the breasts of a teenage girl during its controversial “screening” procedures. Of course, passengers routinely complain of TSA abuse and molestation — some 17,000 formal complaints have been lodged against the widely ridiculed and despised unconstitutional Homeland Security agency just since 2009.
The latest scandal, however, has turned into an international firestorm for the embattled bureaucracy, largely because the then-17-year-old victim was the grandniece of Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas).
The average American is more likely to die in his bathtub than be killed by an Islamic terrorist. That is but one of many fascinating statistics presented by Charles Kenny (no relations to this writer) in his article on Businessweek.com,"Airport Security Is Making Americans Less Safe."
The U.S. attorney who busted a stock trader in the "most lucrative insider-trading scheme ever charged" might do well to investigate the Halls of Congress to find even more lucrative schemes.
On November 8 around 6:00 p.m., a Florida man was tasered by police while trying to protect his house from a fire in a neighboring house.
“It was horrible,” recalled Daniel Jensen of Pinellas Park, Florida. “I was laying in a puddle of water being electrocuted here by the people that are supposed to protect us. I’m trying to protect my family, my neighbor, and they bring harm to me. I don’t understand.”
The U.S. government allowed Mexican drug cartel hit men working as “confidential informants” for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to murder people inside the United States, an American federal law enforcement supervisor told the private intelligence firm Stratfor in e-mails released by WikiLeaks. ICE neither confirmed nor denied the allegations when contacted by The New American.
The controversial Fast and Furious gun-walking operation has prompted members of Congress to take a closer look at the Department of Justice. An October 29 report on the Fast and Furious investigation reveals that Justice Department officials “failed to identify red flags” in the gun-walking operation.
Connecticut’s state Board of Prisons and Paroles denied parole last week to Michael Skakel, the Kennedy cousin who murdered young Martha Moxley in 1975.
Skakel, 52, told the parole board that he only hopes Moxley’s killer will be found and that he would not admit he killed the girl despite his conviction in 2002. Skakel is the nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who was killed by an assassin’s bullet in 1968.