Up until recently, I was pretty sure the Obama administration was using the massive power and extent of the federal government only for partisan purposes like promoting far-left policies and harassing conservative political opponents.
But last week I read accounts of an FBI crackdown on corruption by state officials (the majority of them Democrats) involved in various shenanigans such as taking bribes, committing ethics violations and misusing campaign finance funds. Or, in the case of California state legislator Sen. Leland Yee, gunrunning with a San Francisco gangster despite being an outspoken gun control advocate. The gangster's name: Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. You can't make this stuff up.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice have been using aggressive tactics to clean up state and local politics. Just in the past few weeks, the rogues' gallery of sleazy politicians arrested or indicted also includes: Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Patrick Cannon (theft, bribery, wire fraud and extortion); New York State Assemblyman William Scarborough (abuse of travel expenses); California lawmakers Sen. Ron Calderon (bribery) and Rod Wright (voter fraud, perjury); and Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox (his office and home were raided by FBI agents; charges are undisclosed). Fox resigned his speakership.
Illinois state Rep. Keith Farnham resigned after it was revealed he is being investigated for child pornography. Meanwhile in the Keystone State, Pennsylvania state Sen. Leanna Washington has been ordered to stand trial on corruption charges.
Oh, there has been at least one Republican busted: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, allegedly for accepting gifts and loans from an executive expecting a quid pro quo -- i.e., McDonnel would promote dietary supplements produced by the executive's company. But let's face it, most of those busted so far are Democrats -- not surprising at all, since liberals often regard government as a means to an end (i.e., their own personal gratification and aggrandizement). And let's be frank: As the party of secularism, many Democrats have no fear of being held accountable by a higher power. Perhaps it's arrogance making them think they'll also escape justice in the temporal world.
What's gotten into Eric Holder? Why is he busting a slew of Democrats when in the past he's been so blatantly partisan? It's hard to know why, but is it possible the Democrats realize they have a corruption problem and that perhaps they can gain some "street-cred" with the voters by demonstrating they're trying to clean up their act, even if it means going after their own bad apples? With a coming bloodbath at the polls in November, this "we mean business" approach cannot be discoounted. I'd have to say this recent flurry of busts has been like finding a $20 bill in the pocket of an old pair of jeans you haven't worn in several months. It can really make your day.
MICHIGAN'S TWO TEAMS STILL ALIVE -- The Michigan State Spartans seek to return to the Final Four for the seventh time since 1999 and the first time since 2010 when they play Connectitcut this afternoon for the NCAA East Region championship. Shortly after that tilt wraps up, the Michigan Wolverines will tangle with the Kentucky Wildcats for the Midwest Regional championship. Both teams from my home state won their Friday night contests by 2 points (MSU 61-59 over Virginia; Michigan 73-71 over Tennessee). Perhaps I'll get back on here with post-game comments this evening; otherwise, in a day or two.
It will be an exciting day of hoops watching, but I also intend to spend some time outdoors, as the forecast calls for sunshine and a high of 50. After the winter we've been through, this is like a gift from God. Bueno Sunday, all!