Thursday, September 29, 2005
Tom DeLay Indicted! Red Sox Update.
Christmas In September? Tom Delay Indicted!
Due to the inconsistencies of the Blogger upgrade maintenance schedule, I lost a killer post I attempted for Tuesday, and last night's league bowling action (157, 171 and 183 for a 511 series to give me a 174 average) has put me further behind the old eight-ball. But recent developments warrant this rare early morning post. Christmas may be here early in the form of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's indictment yesterday by a Texas grand jury. If convicted, DeLay (R - Arrogant Punk) could be looking at some prison time for his role in moving corporate donation funds from his state's Republican party war chest to specific candidates, which violates Texas law. Austin-American Statesman excerpt:
U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay temporarily resigned his leadership post Wednesday and demanded a quick trial on charges that he conspired to violate election laws barring the use of corporate money in Texas campaigns.
Yes, a quick trial means a quick conviction. I think the sooner we are rid of this ugly little brute, the better.
The moves came in response to a Travis County grand jury indicting DeLay and reindicting two associates, John Colyandro of Austin and Jim Ellis of Washington, on state felony charges of criminal conspiracy. Wednesday's indictment said the three agreed to violate state law in 2002 by giving $190,000 of corporate donations to the Republican National Committee, which, in turn, donated the same amount in noncorporate money to seven Texas candidates.
If convicted, DeLay could get two years in jail.
The Sugar Land Republican, already locked in a re-election battle and facing ethics questions in Washington, said Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat, was paying him back for helping elect a Republican majority to the Texas Legislature in 2002 and for urging the creation of new congressional districts that favored Republicans and split Austin three ways.
Simply put, Tom DeLay is a walking bag of corruption. This mess has been brewing for quite a while, and has now reached full ripeness. DeLay won't go down without a fight, because that is simply not in his nature. But it will be interesting to see how this plays out when the real heat is turned up. Question for Mr. DeLay: Tommy, how does it feel now that the shoe is on the other foot aimed right at your crooked arse? Correspondent Em Jeigh said it best when he came up with this gem: If (and I hope he does) gets convicted, I'll head down to the prison he's being carted off to, strut around in a flight suit, and unfurl a banner that says Mission Accomplished. Well said, my friend!
Red Sox Update
The Red Sox lost again last night to the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway by a score of 7-2. Sox starter Bronson Arroyo was smacked around like a pinata and didn't get out of the fourth inning. The loss, combined with the 2-1 Yankees win over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, puts the Sox in second place in the AL East, one game behind the Pinstripes. The Cleveland Indians lost a 1-0 game to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, so the Sox are tied with the Tribe for the AL Wild Card spot heading into today's action. The Sox finish their four-game series with the Jays tonight before the big weekend series hosting the Yankees.