And In Other News …

… there are things happening that aren’t related to the Wuhan virus pandemic.

Perhaps the most significant political development over the past few days has been the release of FBI and DoJ paperwork, including handwritten notes, about the Flynn case and how that investigation was handled. At first blush, the documents seem to paint a picture of official corruption, suggesting not only that General Flynn should be exonerated, but that some government officials may deserve disbarment, jail time, and other sanctions.

The optics of the story aren’t good for the Deep State, but they could be even worse for the Democrats who are on the verge of nominating a key figure of the administration that corruptly used the Deep State for its political ends. The opposing sides campaign ads almost write themselves.

On The Other Podcast last Saturday I suggested that the smarter members the Democrat/Media/Deep State complex will use Tara Reade’s accusations against Joe Biden as the way to prevent his nomination (“See. We believe this woman.”) now that he’s served the purpose of stopping the Bernie Bros from seizing the party. The process has started; WaPo has published an opinion piece calling for Biden to address Ms. Reade’s claims. The coming fight for control of a brokered convention should be interesting to watch. I have no idea who will crawl out from under which rock and grab the nomination.

Buy more popcorn.

Interesting Giving

Last week, a must-count indictment was unsealed against Ahmad Khawaja, the CEO of an online payment processing company. He and several others were charged with making and concealing improper and excessive campaign contributions, most related to the 2016 election cycle. Specifically, Khawaja is charged with two counts of conspiracy, three counts of making conduit contributions, three counts of causing excessive contributions, 13 counts of making false statements, 13 counts of causing false records to be filed, and one count of obstruction of a federal grand jury investigation.

There’s a list of his contributions here. I found these to be … um … interesting.Hmmmm.

Another One Bites the Dust

Another member of Nanny Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns Illegal Mayors Against Guns has been convicted  and sentenced. Kwame Kilpatrick, former Detroit mayor and member of MAIG, received 28 years for corruption.

I wonder why all these corrupt politicians want to keep guns out of the hands of the citizens they are fleecing?

A Family Affair

A guest post by Evelyn Asche, a member of the Vast Hogewash Research Organization.

SACRAMENTO — In what appears to have a been a joint effort by California Highway Patrol and the FBI, California State Senator Ron Calderon’s (D—Montebello) offices were raided Tuesday. An FBI spokeswoman said that search warrants were executed at two separate locations at the Capitol “in an effort to gather evidence” regarding “allegations of criminal activity.” The second location was the Latino Legislative Caucus.

While the FBI is not commenting on the reasons behind the raids, the investigation may stem from allegations that Ron Calderon was influencing legislation in order to benefit his brother Tom Calderon’s consulting firm. Ron Calderon has been associated with legislation advantageous to the Central Basin Municipal Water District in Los Angeles County for which Calderon Group, Inc., is a consulting contractor. According to the Central Basin’s records, it appears to have paid Tom Calderon more than $700,000 in consulting fees during the period from September, 2006 to January, 2012, without any explanation of what he actually does for the Water District.

The FBI may be looking into whether or not there was a quid pro quo arrangement with the Central Basin Water District in exchange for favorable legislation. Of course, it’s entirely possible this is just an instance of the Water District taking advantage of a former politician’s expertise. Tom Calderon is also a former California State politician.

In fact, several members of the Calderon family have been involved in state politics for over 30 years. Brothers Charles, Ron, and Tom and Charles’ son Ian have held California State office in one form or another since 1982. Politics are nothing new for them. The scandals and the investigations that come with them aren’t either.

Ron Calderon’s district includes such cities as Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Montebello, and Whittier. For those who are not familiar with Southern California scandals, Bell has been embroiled in it’s own corruption scandal involving the city council, the police department, the city manager, and the mayor. The criminal activity they were accused of ran the gambit from voter fraud, gross misappropriation, corruption, to civil rights violations. Most of the parties involved are still facing prosecution.

It’s important to take note of Bell. George Cole, one of the City Council members from Bell, is a close friend and business associate of Tom Calderon. Cole was charged with 8 felony counts of misappropriation of public funds in the Bell scandal. George Cole also sat on the Board of the Central Basin Municipal Water District during the time those annual contracts were being awarded to Tom Calderon.

And that “involvement” in legislation which turned out to be helpful to the Central Basin Water District? According to reports, Ron Calderon not only sponsored a law that would grant the Central Basin additional powers over another water district, but he also succeeded in blocking an audit of the Central Basin’s financial records. The third brother Charles Calderon got involved when he attempted to get a piece of legislation passed that was favorable to Central Basin.

Both Ron and Charles Calderon have repeatedly denied that their brother’s consulting contract with the Water Basin have had any influence on their political decisions.

After the raid, Charles Calderon told the Sacramento Bee, “Right now we don’t know any facts, and without facts you speculate about the worst.” That was in response to the newspaper’s questions about an investigation involving a charity controlled by the Latino Legislative Caucus.

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Stay tuned. There may be more interesting information to come about this family.

Laws Are For The Little People

From the Daily Caller:

A U.S. Justice Department source has told The Daily Caller that at least two DOJ prosecutors accepted cash bribes from allegedly corrupt finance executives who were indicted under court seal within the past 13 months, but never arrested or prosecuted.

The sitting governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, his attorney general and an unspecified number of Virgin Islands legislators also accepted bribes, the source said, adding that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is aware prosecutors and elected officials were bribed and otherwise compromised, but has not held anyone accountable.

Fast and Furious may be just the tip of a very large iceberg.

Nobody Died During Watergate

Bob Owens has an excellent piece on the main stream media’s apparent complicity with the DoJ’s misdeeds relating to gunrunning to Mexican Drug cartels.

When I was working in broadcasting, we viewed our news operation as a check on the government, as one of the things that helped keep it accountable to the people. It looks as if a bunch of the newsies have changed sides.