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TomCat S (129)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 12:32 am
Republicans regularly commit crimes while in office, but they do so only on days that begin with the letter T. That’s Tuesday, Thursdays, Taturday, Tunday, Today and Tomorrow. However they are rarely called to account for their crimes as David “Diaper Dave” Vitter (R-LA) will attest. However, a Grand Jury has handed down incitements against Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) that could send him to prison for up to 99 years, even though I doubt that he’ll ever serve a day.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 1:36 am
Yep, the rich have a different rule book from which they operate.

Lona G (80)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 3:19 am
Perhaps I'm getting a bit paranoid about Republicans, but I find it hard to believe that these are the only "mistakes" that Perry has lain at his door. But possibly they are the only crimes he can be indicted for, so if these are the only ones they can get a grand jury to indict him on and bring his political career to an end at the same time, so be it. Any jail time is an added bonus.

But your plan to make Perry and PIGnocchio bunk mates isn't viable, TomCat. Remember by your constitution even the most hardened criminals have the right to be spared cruel and unusual punishment and having those two together in one cell block would be unbearable for most. They'd all demand solitary confinement with this double bully act on their floor.

Arielle S (313)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:53 am
No tears here - altho the rich are indeed different and will probably never serve a day, it's good to see them being spotlighted for what they are.

JL A (281)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 8:20 am
I find it disturbing that he is billing his criminal defense attorneys to the Office of Governor and making the taxpayer pay for it--I cannot recall such bills ever not being a private obligation for an elected official. I also read the prosecutor is registered as a Republican so the indictment cannot defensibly be considered partisan politics. I also find it disturbing that all the GOP governors the press and party consider leaders and potential presidential materials have such issues on their plate (WI, NJ, FL, and TX).
Since most states send politicians and law enforcement who are convicted to other states' custody for their own protection, perhaps they can both serve in OH where the demonstrations about maggots in the food was in the news.

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 8:20 am
LMAO @ Lona's comment. Love it, Lona!!!!!

Yes, they rarely go to prison but what the operative here afflicting of this person on the rest of the US in the form of 'President' ....EVER. Trust me.....having to live under his dictatorship here do NOT want this way of life inflicted on the rest of the country. He and his bunch in Austin ARE the epitome of CORRUPT and they usually do not care who knows it in this state, so cowed and brainwashed is the citizenry (the FFBB's) that they have gotten away with it for the last 18 years. (Dubya and Perry). Not anymore. Even their own brownshirt legions are PO'd over what's coming out about his little coersions, payoffs, grafts, ultimatums, etc etc ad nausium This little thang may not go the way he thinks it will.....even if all he gets is a slap on the wrist and a few months in prison, if any, his political career and aspirations are OVER.

Sue H (7)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 8:47 am

divergent revolution (309)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 8:52 am
" I'm not a crook" tricky dick...............the more things change.........................
thanks TC,you are becoming one of my favorite punsters,,lmao at your post!!!!!!!!

too bad I already sent a star,,,in the immortal words of the terminator ( also a bad governator)" i'll be baaaack"

Gene J (290)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 9:21 am
"The indictment left Mr. Perry, a Republican, the first Texas governor in nearly 100 years to face criminal charges and presented a major roadblock to his presidential ambitions at the very time that he had been showing signs of making a comeback."

I don't think it will hurt his comeback chances, in his circles, this makes him an American hero. Fortunately his circles haven't enough votes to elect a President anymore. You're right TC, he probably won't do any time, though he should, because inside that man is just another crook. Run of the mill, not out of the ordinary at all and I forget the third thing. :^)

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 9:54 am
I am not a big fan of drunk driving, but if anyone thinks that Perry would have funded the Public Integrity Office if she had resigned, I would be interested to know what you are smoking. Therefore I think she did the right thing. It's not just about her. It's about the people of Texas.

Chris C (152)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 11:51 am
I laughed out loud when I heard about Perry but I'm doubtful he'll serve much if any time but it sure won't help him any.
Gene J is right - the old white male REPUG voters are dying out!
Now I'm just waiting, with anticipation, to see what finally happens to Chris Christie!

Panchali Yapa (26)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 12:46 pm
Thank you

Dianna M (16)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 12:53 pm
Do you suppose he'll get out of this indictment by resigning from office, like Sarah Palin? (She who is gone, but alas--will not allow us to forget.)

Tamera Dolcini (16)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 1:10 pm
A. C. Bhakivedanta Swami Prabhupada stated that what great men do, lesser men will follow. Now, it will be a very cold day before I call Pres. Obama a great man. But he set an example when he held the budget for the US hostage until Congress passed and implimated Obhama Care. Thus, why would we be surprised that Gov. Perry would use his power over the state budget to incourage someone to resign from office?

The mere fact that Gov. Perry is facing felony charges for misuse of power gives us some limited degree of hope that we will not see a radical right-winger gain the power that comes with the office of President. It would be better if somehow, a conviction is obtained with the maximum penalty being given. This is unlikely though. Even if convicted, he will likely get off with a fine and probation.
It does not matter whether or not a person is Republican or Democrat. Too many of our politicians view little things as lying and commiting crimes as a way to achieve an end. We need to have an example made to help gain control over our elected officials who are sworn to serve and protect us, the citizens of the US and the US as a whole.

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 1:59 pm
I live in Illinois, which has prosecuted several Governors, Congresspeople, innocent bystanders, nosy neighbors, etc.. We even do it more than once if the outcome isn't what RepubliCONs wanted the first time (double jeopardy is the last round of a TV show, means nothing otherwise). But 99 years is "just a number", so I'm sure someone will Take a number & everything will be taken care of!

Sheila D (28)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 2:12 pm
Let's hope you are wrong, TomCat, and Perry spends at least part of his sentence in prison. Let him see what our prisons have turned into by these idiots making them privatized.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 2:17 pm

pam w (139)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 4:10 pm
Very, VERY gratifying!

Athena F (131)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 5:23 pm
noted, thanks TomCat

John B (185)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 5:48 pm
Thanks Tom for the great article, link to the NY Times article and the Madow video.
I feel sure that Perry will not serve a day. Read and noted


Winn A (179)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:11 pm
Thanks Tom Cat. Like you I doubt he will spend a nano-second in jail but hey a girl can dream can't she?

Kathleen M (224)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:29 pm
Noted with pleasure! Thanks, TC. Doubt that he'll actually serve time, but didn't Tom DeLay get nailed? Maybe there's hope. Love the tinfoil Napoleon headress!

Mitchell D (87)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:32 pm
John B!!!!
There you are!
I was just wondering about you.
Lona, I expect you are right, but Pignoccio, in any prison, Federal or not, would just twang my heart strings!
This is indeed fascinating, feel like i will enjoy being in the "Peanut Gallery."
Thanks, TC.

Jim P (3257)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 7:29 pm
CREW: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
From the list of WORST GOVERNORS:

They say don’t mess with Texas, but Gov. Perry’s record is a mess.

Gov. Perry has appointed hundreds of campaign donors to state posts and, in turn, raised millions of dollars in campaign funds from his appointees and their spouses. Gov. Perry has used multimillion-dollar state programs created to lure businesses and jobs to Texas as slush funds to reward his political allies and donors.

In contrast to his predecessors, Gov. Perry does not disclose the details of his daily schedule or list guests who stay overnight at the governor’s mansion. Additionally, since January 2011, Gov. Perry has taken advantage of an obscure provision in Texas law that allows him to “double-dip,” collecting a state pension in addition to his governor’s salary.

Succeeded to the governorship in 2000; elected to a full term in 2002 and reelected in 2006 and 2010; not seeking re-election in 2014
Used multimillion-dollar state programs as slush funds to reward political allies and donors
Flouts transparency by obscuring his security costs and daily schedule and deleting official emails every seven days
Double-dips by collecting a state pension while simultaneously drawing a salary as governor

The people have already rejected Rick "oops" Perry as a viable candidate for the nomination for the office of President.

ty, tc.

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 8:45 pm
If ever we needed public integrity... I wouldn't mind housing him for a few more (99) years, but his digs won't be as nice. We've been housing him this long. But as you say, probably won't happen.

I know that I'm naďve, but I just don't understand how he keeps getting elected.

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 9:00 pm
I highly doubt that Oops Perry will be found guilty which is a shame because he deserves that and more. He'll find a way, legal or otherwise, to slither out of the noose which is too bad because Texas is not, contrary to what he thinks, his own personal fiefdom.

One can only hope though that Perry will do prison time. Maybe he can get an adjoining cell to former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and they can commiserate over their Republicanus/Teabagger Kool-aid.

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 9:11 pm
I wonder if any of this will rub off on Greg Abbott's Republicanus/Teabagger butt as he tries for the governor's chair? Hmmmmm . . . Texas, vote for Wendy Davis!

Edith B (146)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 9:17 pm
Tricky Rick has been finally caught in something he can't easily brush off. I heard today that there were no democrats involved in the indictment, so he can't claim politics as the reason. I do not condone drunk driving, but the woman served her time and paid her fines and has evidently been good at her job. It is obvious he wanted her out so he could nominate a Repub to fill the post and drop all investigations of corruption of his administration

Louise D (44)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 11:41 pm
Texas is a state where the Republicans have gerrymandered it so completely that it will stay Republican simply because it has a system of Rotten boroughs so effective that an shaved chimp could get elected as a Republican (See George W Bush) , if anything Rick Perry will most likely end up instead of going to prison, becoming a conservative guru on Radio or TV. It’s been no secret that Rick Perry operates a private employment agency for his friends and donors.However, Perry’s list of legitimate crimes is long, but it’s been completely ignored, even by the press. Perry has cultivated a mysterious and fortuitous inattention through his “pay-to-play” appointments and networking of corporate funders. This case may just result in Perry decrying this as a political vendetta, but then that would be the kettle calling the pot black.

TomCat S (129)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 11:48 pm
Thanks all.

JL, the Travis County DA is a Democrat. Had Perry been able to force her resignation, he would have gotten to appoint her replacement, which would remove all restraint from his crimes.

Lona, maybe but the two of them together in solitary.

Tamara, have you been getting your info from Faux Noise? Obama did not hold the budget hostage over Obamacare. He refused to allow Republicans to hold the debt limit hostage over Obamacare. Your notion that there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats is the kind of disinformation that gets Republicans elected, however unintentional.

Kathleen, DeLay was convicted, but a Bush appointed judge overturned it. I'm not sure where it gored from here.

Sandra Penna (135)
Monday August 18, 2014, 5:37 am
thanks for sharing.

Robert B (60)
Monday August 18, 2014, 9:20 am
Tamera Dolcini, Your comment is erroneous. You cannot compare What Gov. Perry did with what Pres. Obama has had to do to get the ACA passed. For your information, it was a Republican Congress that held the US hostage in order to force the failure of the ACA which has already been UPHELD by the Supreme court. What Perry did was actually breaking the law by illegally using his power to force an elected official out of office. By the way, Obama IS a great man, no matter what today's temperature is. :)

Vivian B (169)
Monday August 18, 2014, 12:57 pm
Man, the crap just gets deeper and deeper in Texas! Wish they would bring that investigation a little north by about 700 miles! Our governor needs a good going-over!!

TomCat S (129)
Monday August 18, 2014, 10:44 pm
Thanks to all three of you. Kudos to Robert B.

James Maynard (84)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 10:11 pm
This clown, who, imho is dumber than
GWB, should never have been the
Governor, nor dog catcher, has
consistently and constantly abused
his office. Would love to see him
pay for his crimes against Texas.
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