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Sen. Grassley's Staff Gets Nabbed In His Own Investigation


The SEC lawsuit alleges that the House staffer, Brian Sutter, spoke with a lobbyist -- identified by the Journal as Mark Hayes - - who happens to be a former aide to Grassley -- on the day of the leak.

Oopsy. Looks like Grassley not only found his leaker, the dude worked for him. Now Grassley may have to recuse himself from the hearings because he himself might be called as a witness, or even more concerning, as a part of the insider trading conspiracy scandal itself.



Texas GOP Publicly Announces It's Anti-Gay



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Well, considering it's Texas, what can you expect? Here's what the Texas Republican Party has in their platform this year AGAIN, as reported by the Raw Story:

The party platform states: “The practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.”

Homophobia is the second most exported product in Texas behind oil. Ignorance is a close third. Obviously there are some odd fellow bookends to the Lone Star State's exports.

But what should be even more surprising, is the group called the Log Cabin Republicans. If you don't know who they are,  here's the statement from their own Log Cabin Republicans website:

Log Cabin Republicans is the nation’s largest Republican organization dedicated to representing gay and lesbian conservatives and allies.

It's hard to believe that GOP actually has members whose party legislates consistently against them. I guess that would make them the masochistic wing of the Republican party.

Their existence is somewhat of an oxymoron, Republican and LGBT. Just the opposite of Groucho Marx's famous quip, "I would never want to be a member of any group that would have me," these Log Cabin folks just don't seem to get it. The GOP is saying, in so many words, "Go Away. We don't want you!"

As if they needed further proof they're not accepted by the Republicans, especially in Texas, the Log Cabin group recently petitioned to have two booths at the state's Republican party convention next week. Their request was denied.

Steve Munisteri, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, told Texas Public Radio that he doesn't want any groups challenging the party’s platform at the upcoming convention.

Doesn't this make you wonder, who is thicker? The Texas Republican Party (for their non-inclusion practices) or the Log Cabin Republicans who want to join a club that doesn't want them.


I Take My Justice With A Slap And A Racial Slur



There's a good chance that you or someone you know will at a point in their life be called in front of a judge to resolve some issue. Maybe it's a renter/landlord dispute, or perhaps it's a speeding ticket. Maybe it'll even be something more substantial, but the odds are it's going to happen sometime.

What we all hope though is that justice is meted out fairly and with no prejudice.

Well, if you live in Mississippi, don't be so sure. Here's a shocking and sobering report about Madison County Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger, who is white.  Talking Points Memo:

A Mississippi judge [Weisengerger] allegedly slapped a young mentally disabled black man [Eric Rivers] earlier this month at a flea market and yelled "run, n----, run," the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported Sunday.

An apparent witness, Tammy Westbrook, told the newspaper Rivers was offering to help flea market vendors unload their goods when Weisenberger slapped him twice, then yelled "run, n----, run" as he fled. Westbrook and her sister, a vendor at the flea market, recalled that they thought Weisenberger was a law enforcement officer because he was wearing a security guard's uniform.

So this is the man who's pounding his gavel and dispatching justice. In a state with a Black population of nearly 40%, there's a chance this judge has issued quite a few punishments on minorities. Is there a chance he's only a bigot displaying racial hatred and animus when he's not wearing his robes?


JPMorgan/Chase Changes Name To Morality Bank & Trust Co.



Well it’s about time. Major banks have been taking a hit for while now over their ethically immoral banking practices. So to combat those accusations, JPMorgan/Chase has implemented a new set of standards.  They are going to uphold the moral highground of their charter and no longer accept questionable or unsavory behavior. In essence they’re going to become a branch office of the “moral police.”

How laudable is that?  According to Raw Story:

In the latest example of a troubling trend in which companies play the role of law enforcement and moral police, Chase Bank has shut down the personal bank accounts of hundreds of adult entertainers.

Yes, you are reading that correctly. Based on one’s occupation, even one as legal as an adult entertainer, JPMorgan/Chase is taking the high ground and refusing to issue checking accounts, savings accounts, IRAs, grant loans.

Are these people a greater risk of any kind? Are they costing the bank any money? Is their occupation affecting any other people who are banking with JPMorgan/Chase?


So where does JPMorgan/Chase come off refusing services to these people? It’s not like these performers are criminals.

Chase Bank

While on the subject of criminals, take, for instance JP Morgan/Chase's chief executive. This past year, after criminal allegations were levied against him and his bank for illegal trading practices, the financial institution was forced to pay $20 billion in regulatory fines and penalties. If that wasn't bad enough and an obvious admission of guilt, the bank then turned around and paid the CEO, Mr. Dimon, a bonus of $20 million. Was that for his silence about the other crimes they committed or for his great leadership and stewarding of the organization?

To keep things in perspective, you can be a lawbreaker and JPMorgan/Chase will welcome you (Mr. Dimon, I'm talking about you). But if you're an adult entertainment performer, the bank can withhold services on a morals issue.

Who gets to chose? What's next? If an actor is in a mainstream movie that the bank feels is objectionable, can they shut down Matthew McConaughey or Meryl Streep's account? And what about the camera operator, the director, the promoter, even the local video rental store owner? Will they eventually suffer consequences for being associated with an industry that JPMorgan/Chase Bank thinks is immoral?

Maybe when they clean up their own house, they can be making decisions like this. Until then, they don't need to be concerned with assuming the responsibilities as the moral police. There's enough corruption in their own house. They should be just doing their jobs -- and legally -- not costing their customers billions because of their own immoral practices.