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I thought the democrats claim "The rich aren't paying their fair share".  It's ironic when it's stated by millionaires like Pelosi, Reid, and Obama.  Moreover, Harry has yet to answer how he became a millionaire in government.  I think their political double talk means "millionaires in the private sector aren't paying their fair share".  Obviously goobermental politicians like Rangel for example are exempt, unless caught.

Political royalty at it's finest....................................... 

Possession of that AR-15 might be pretty significant too.  It's none of my business but it sure sounds like the possibility of federal time if the accused are indeed convicted felons.

Just what we need, another government database like the gooberment "no fly" list............................. 

How about a national registry for incompetent politicians.  It would identify all state and federal officials who've sold this country down the crapper by "knowingly and willingly" creating bogus nanny programs that were doomed for failure.
I'd love to see a quick search engine that would tie all "governmental" failures directly to names, sponsors, and political donors.

JANUARY 6, 2010




            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that the former president of the National Association of Government Employees local at Fort Leonard Wood pleaded guilty in federal court today to embezzling from the union.

            Garold W. Lawson, Sr., 67, of St. Robert, Mo., waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to the charge contained in a federal information.

            By pleading guilty today, Lawson admitted that he stole at least $67,566 from Local R14-139 of the National Association of Government Employees.

            Several hundred employees of E.D.P. Enterprises, which provides food services to the military base at Fort Leonard Wood, are members of the union local. Lawson served as president from before 2004 until he resigned in March 2010 in the course of a compliance audit of Local R14-139 by the U.S. Department of Labor.

            Lawson admitted that, from Oct. 31, 2006, to July 27, 2009, he wrote 33 unauthorized checks on the union local’s account, totaling $20,534, made payable to his grandson. All but one of those checks were either cashed or deposited into a joint bank account; one check was deposited into Lawson’s account. Lawson also wrote 13 checks from Dec. 6, 2004, to July 8, 2009, totaling $20,991, made payable to himself. These checks purportedly were for lost wages, sick leave, retirement, and quarterly per diem and mileage expenses, none of which he was entitled to receive.

            Lawson also admitted that, beginning July 29, 2005, he wrote himself 54 checks on the union local’s account, totaling $24,526, for mileage and/or per diem reimbursements that had been paid by the national union. He also wrote four checks totaling $1,515 that purportedly were to reimburse him for items that he also sought and received reimbursement for from the national union. In the case of an $860 reimbursement for furniture, Lawson never even incurred the expense.

            Under federal statutes, Lawson is subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas C. Bunch. It was investigated by the Office of Labor-Management Standards, U.S. Department of Labor.


National Political Opinion / Re: Obama-YOURE FIRED
« on: February 12, 2011, 06:33:13 PM »
I also think we need an active Vice President.  Not one who just remains in the shadows and attends funerals.  He/she should be out making it happen and making adjustments/changes where necessary.
Our government is now a bloated dinosaur with amateurs running the show.  Donald Trump did use the term "amateurs" and I agree.  We need "honest" business professionals at all levels to unscrew this mess. 

I personally believe that China is ourbiggest job deterrent.  We're in a supposed jobless recovery because all the quality manufacturing jobs have been transferred abroad.  Many service jobs have left as well.  Just look who answers the phone whenever you call for service & warrentee support.   I also believe that a vast number of jobs gained in the private sector are your retail entry level positions.  Most in those positions will qualify for the "earned income tax credit" which will actually be a net loss to the treasury.  I'm not knocking entry level jobs but they won't pay our government mortgage either.  I think we need a total overhaul of current tax policy and huge disincentives for companies that relocate off shore.  It's impossible to compete with slave labor, low wages, currency manipulation, or a combination thereof.  Years ago our primary trading partners were Germany, Japan, Spain, the UK, etc. etc. etc.  Those are industrialized countries that have a standard of living commensurate with ours.  Once we opened up the flood gates to third world nations, the sucking sound began. "Ross Perot 1992"

All I can say is "WELCOME TO WALMART"

National Political Opinion / Re: the egypt mess
« on: February 02, 2011, 01:11:40 AM »
I sometimes wonder if our elected officials suffer from A.D.D. as a result of being media driven from one crisis to the next.  I've definitely had some brain farts over the years but clearly remember the Arab Oil Embargo of 73, gas lines of 79, gas at $4.00 in 08, etc. etc. etc.  We never seem to remain focused or committed to solutions until a crisis becomes a nightmare.  This situation in Egypt makes me wonder how much progress has been made with regard to our "comprehensive" energy strategy?  T. Boone Pickens has stated over and over that we could save an enormous amount of oil by systematically converting our big rig fleet to natural gas.  Have we pursued further natural gas exploration?  I suspect not. 

We clearly have an abundance of natural gas reserves but continue to make The U.A.E. rich by importing gas on massive LNG ships. 

We really need to WAKE UP and quit living in a world of HOPE and FANTASY.

National Political Opinion / Re: the egypt mess
« on: February 01, 2011, 07:03:24 PM »
What's more pathetic is our governments refusel to open up the exploration doors on oil, shale, and natural gas.  Thus far, wind is solar power is all that's tossed around.  I'm sorry, but wind and solar won't power a big rig to get goods to the market.  I wonder how many will run out and buy a Chevy Volt which gets 90 miles per charge?  Another government / GM failure...........

It appears that the middle east has us over a barrel and there's not a damn thing we can do about it.  Government intervention and inaction is what will eventually bring us to our knees.

National News / Re: Social Security going broke
« on: January 27, 2011, 07:07:03 PM »
Odd, I recall watching a congressional hearing a few years back where the democrats "Hillary Clinton & Tom Harkin" claimed that social security is perfectly solvent for the next 50 years.  That was approximately the same time that Barnyard Frank was boasting about the excellent performance of Fannie & Freddy.

Military Opinion / Re: Home from Iraq and His Gun Rights are gone.
« on: January 08, 2011, 12:46:50 AM »
I suspect there's much more to this story than presented, and due to doctor/patient confidentiality, we many never know.

My theory is that VA doctor felt it necessary to contact authorities based upon statements made by this Sergeant.  Perhaps he admitted to feeling like harming himself or other.  We'll never know.

The doctor is a "mandatory reporter" and is required to alert authorities when he/she feels their patient is a threat to themselves, family, or community.

I trust the court will make the correct decision based upon the sworn testimony and facts.

I assume this is an effort by the states to counter the so called "Dream Act".  Dick Durbin (D) Ill. is a big supporter of this bill.  The Dream Act would grant citizenship to thousands of children brought "not born" here by their parents illegally.  I seriously doubt the Dream Act would be funded mandate so the states would naturally be forced to absorb any costs associated with said legislation. 

Military Opinion / Re: DADT has been repealed
« on: December 22, 2010, 05:28:05 PM »
In a press conference, Admiral Mullin emphasised that displays of public affection wouldn't be allowed  with the repeal of DA/DT.

That's Interesting.  I wonder if it applies in/out of uniform, on/off federal property?  The Marine Corps never made an issue of a simple hello/goodbye kiss between boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife while in uniform.  All were allowed to hold hands, etc. while not in uniform.  When we returned from long deployments, some of the displays of affection where a little more than simple due to extended periods of being away from loved ones.  That was widely accepted as it strengthened the family bond and promoted morale.   

It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds with same sex partners in similar situations.

Military Opinion / Re: DADT has been repealed
« on: December 21, 2010, 03:51:07 AM »
I personally could care less if gays are allowed to serve.  My only concern is who will draw the line when more and more special interest demands are made?  Not only from gays but everyone else!  I've already listed a half dozen reasons that currently disqualifies / discharges one from serving, but damn never anything can be construed as discriminatory with professional legal representation.  Making exceptions for one particular special interest group "voting block" opens up a pandoras box for a whole host of other folks with "special needs" and interests. 

Military Opinion / Re: DADT has been repealed
« on: December 20, 2010, 05:42:05 AM »
This lame duck session of congress should go ahead and remove anything and everything that could be deemed as discriminatory:

Sodomy:  Will definitely need to be revised in the UCMJ.

Fraternization:  So who is superior to who?  That's discriminatory!

Adultery:  Those are private matters among consenting adults!

Weight Standards:  It's all about image.  Overweight service members look bad in uniform.  That's discriminatory!

Age:  Why can't a 50 year old man like myself enlist?  I could pass the Army bootcamp blindfold running backwards.  Isn't that discriminatory?

Illegal Aliens:  Why not give them a path to citizenship.  If Dick Durban gets his way under the Dream "nightmare" Act, they will.  Failing to pass such legislation will be both insensitive and discriminatory.

Gay Marriage:  Why not?  They'd better be ready to support repeal of polygamy laws too.

Military Opinion / Re: DADT has been repealed
« on: December 19, 2010, 06:27:48 PM »
Whether you're for or against DADT, congress should be commended for their vote.  They themselves always reiterate how much effort, courage, commitment, and compromise it takes to reach a consensus and cast a particular vote.  These poor souls who humbally identify themselves as distinguished and eloquent must truly be wore out after working an average of 123 days per year.   

Military Opinion / Re: DADT has been repealed
« on: December 19, 2010, 07:20:58 AM »

How will we have a weakened military?

Simple, we'll have troops incapable of accomplishing the mission because they're too light in the loafers

Military Opinion / Re: Mollify the Few
« on: December 17, 2010, 04:28:26 AM »
Actually I'm not a homophob Okie.  What I don't like is the pandering and caving to one special interest group.  I've seen dozens discharged for not making weight standards even though they could pass the physical fitness test.  Is that right?  What about the military man/woman who has an affair on their mate?  I've seen them get hammered.  Is that right?  Should the goobers be allowed to step in and end a career over marital problems?  They do.  Will a gay couple married in Vermont be given the same status as a heterosexual couple in the military?  I think they should, otherwise it would be discriminatory.  How about the convicted felon who paid their dues to society?  Should they be allowed to enlist?  At this point, I don't see why not.

I retired a decade ago and really could care less what the military does.  I don't work for the goobers and have pretty much lost all faith in the system.  What does irritate me is the continued selective rule bending based upon a particular voting block.

Yes, I'm very tolerent.  I try to remain numb about the federal gooberment at all levels.

Military Opinion / Re: Mollify the Few
« on: December 17, 2010, 12:34:22 AM »
Sure, let's do away with age and weight standards too!  That's definitely discriminatory for those capable of passing entry level standards. 

I submit this is merely quid pro quot for a select group of campaign supporters.

The only standards I see in being enforced in gooberment are political correctness, sensitivity awareness, and a never ending bureaucracy of non mission oriented nonsense.

National Political Opinion / Re: Govt Pay Freeze
« on: November 30, 2010, 04:28:35 AM »
It's unfortunate but human resources always seem to be the first target with regard to debt reduction.  The military is safe because we're at war but don't hold your breath.  Remember how the military was hollowed out after the first Gulf War?  And one wonders why morale is so low among government employees.  Remember, our bloated government didn't get this way over night.  We the sheeple have allowed this nonsense to go on for decades and now everything is coming to a head.  We've borrowed, squandered, abused, neglected, and spent ourselves into the toilet.  Remember the peace dividend that congress was so eager to spend prior to 9/11?  They'll do it again given the opportunity.

It's sad but congress will just keep on kicking the can "our nation" down the road until the Chinese cut off the purse strings.  At that point we'll all truly feel the pain.

National Political Opinion / Re: Govt Pay Freeze
« on: November 30, 2010, 12:48:49 AM »
I agree, I have no problem with not getting a raise for two years, just make sure NOBODY in the Government gets a raise, except the ACTIVE DUTY military.  They should still get a cost of living raise.
Of course, you realize this amounts to a pay cut.  As I said in another thread, my insurance went up $53.00 a month. Oh well, at least I have a job and insurance.  Thank you God.

Although I despise our government "not country", this freeze is merely a symbolic gesture at the expense of dedicated employees, most of whom are just trying to get buy.  Federal employee salaries "that's everyone including the military" is 6 percent of our total budget.  Unemployment benefits are 4 percent alone.  That's 3/4 of our federal working force.  The supposed freeze would cut a mere 1/10 of 1 percent of the total yearly federal budget.  That's a joke! 
We've got approximately 234 embassies world wide!!!  Yes, 234!!!  It seems like we have our presence in just about every nook and cranny of the world, many of whom don't want us there to begin with.  I'd like to see us our embassies limited in scope to countries of significance.  Ross Perot recommended this about 18 years ago.  I agree.
I'd like to see about half of government functions handed back to the states where they can be better managed, minus California, Illinois, and New York.   

National Political Opinion / Re: charlie rangel escapes again
« on: November 20, 2010, 12:12:11 PM »
Here's another thought to ponder........  Does Rangle owe any back taxes to the state of New York since he under reported "failed to report" his total federal earnings?  He would in Missouri.  Rangle never fails to let everyone know that he's an 80 year old Korean War Vet. and has served 20 terms in congress.  Those are his words so I guess we should have some sympathy and compassion.  I would if he'd man up, admit guilt and tell the truth for once in his life, retire from congress, promise to not lobby, and stay away from DC.   

National Political Opinion / Re: charlie rangel escapes again
« on: November 20, 2010, 04:57:56 AM »
This is yet another prime example of why so many Americans are pissed and cynical.  Seems like every time these morons get caught they claim ignorance of the law, etc.   This waste of space was chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee which is responsible for developing tax law itself.  I believe congress is incapable of policing themselves, period.  I rather see a three judge panel of retired federal judges deal with these bozos.  Harlem must be loaded with morons to send this arrogant goobermental goobernut back to congress.   

These are the same folks that will be rewarded years later with social security.  Wouldn't it be nice if the state could place a lien on social security accounts, to include interest accrued.

I wonder how many of those members opposed to extending the current Bush tax rates voluntarily pay the top marginal rates prior to the Bush tax reform?  Leadership by example, right?  I also wonder how many will voluntarily pay the higher marginal based upon their core beliefs if the Bush cuts are extended.  Wouldn't that be the ultimate sign of protest and opposition to the tax cuts?  I wonder if rich democrats to include Obama use an estate planner, tax shelters, etc. to avoid paying anything over the bare bones minimum?

Local News / Re: Live Election Results November 2 2010
« on: November 03, 2010, 01:02:12 PM »
Although there's been a shifting of power at all levels of government, I suspect life will go on and the Fort will still be here when I'm dead and gone.  Fortunately I realize that Pulaski isn't the center of the universe, nor should it be.  I'd much rather see private sector growth in this area rather than further government expansion, government programs, etc. etc.  A large hospital and university would be nice addition to our community.  At least I'd know they're not being funded by the Chinese as is all levels of current federal spending.  Unlike many, I welcome change and have no fears of making adjustments when necessary.  I also love this area but refuse to be tied here by big brother.   FLW appears to be a successful interservice training facility which is a concept that BRAC intended.  That's a good thing.  Those who live in constant fear of loosing the Fort are probably doing so unnecessarily.  Change can be both good and bad but it sure beats complacency.

Actually we have term limits at each election cycle.  Unfortunately, most believe it's the other politician that needs to go, never theirs!  I call it the Benny Hinn syndrome.  That's why I won't be surprised when Tax Evasion Rangel, Fanny Frank, Call me SENATOR Boxer, Geriatrics Brown, and all the other bozos keep their seats or advance higher up the "goobermental" ladder.

Bottom Line:  Most sheeple haven't endured enough pain in the pocketbook yet.    Those who rely solely on gooberment and feel invincible will eventually have the rug pulled out from under them too.

State News / Re: Hartzler Hypocrite?
« on: October 22, 2010, 07:12:02 PM »
I wonder how many liberal progressives are currently paying the Bush tax rates rather than the Clinton era rates ???  The government will gladly accept any additional money.  I wonder how many folks accept the "redistribution of wealth" earned income tax credit when it was never EARNED to begin with ???
How many participate in the reduced lunch programs, WIC, housing, healthcare, head start, etc. etc. etc.............

The Hartzler family merely participated in a already established government program.  She had nothing to do with the establishment of the program itself.

Makes one wonder who established all these Goobermint programs to begin with, AND WHY !!!  Obviously it's congressional members, past and present.  Why, because votes, reelection, and appeasing the local constituency are PRIORITY ONE.

This isn't a Pro Hartzler reply either.  It's merely my discontent with gooberment in general.

Local News / Re: New Proposed Law
« on: April 15, 2010, 12:41:12 AM »
We have an abundance of thieves in our county already.  The last thing they need is a pass to further victimize those who actually work for their livelyhood.

These are serious charges and can really screw up those trying to run a small business and make ends meet:

14 (d) Tampering in the first degree under section 569.080;
15 (e) Receiving stolen property when it is a class C felony under
16 subsection 3 of section 570.080;
17 (f) Stealing under subsection 3 or 4 of section 570.030;
18 (g) Forgery under section 570.090;
23 (j) Identity theft exceeding five hundred dollars but not
24 exceeding five thousand dollars under subdivision (3) of subsection 3
25 of section 570.223;
26 (k) Failure to return leased or rented property of a value of five
27 hundred dollars or more under section 578.150;


Come on, be honest, you know black people tend to smoke newports or kools. Isn't that why you said it? Newports and kools are the chicken and watermelon of the cigarette world.

No I didn't know that, nor do I know what's on the menu at McDonalds.  I do know my wife is Samoan and see tends to smoke Kools.  Her smoking bothers me to no end but that's her CHOICE.  It's all about choice Preach.


I don't want to name names, but someone on here is mildly racist.  :th_thwhistling:

Oh, so now I'm racist because I got the cigarette brand name wrong.........  What a stretch and a joke...........  I read the brand name somewhere out here months ago.  Personally, I don't smoke, don't give a damn about name brands, but do know Obama smokes, and that's a piss poor example.

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