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The Christine Crazy Just Never Stops

O’Donnell is definitely giving Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann a run for their money…

O’Donnell’s comments four years ago came as she and two other GOP candidates debated U.S. policy on China during the state’s Senate primary, The Associated Press reported. O’Donnell went on to lose the election.

When one of her opponents suggested the U.S. and China could benefit economically by becoming allies, O’Donnell accused him of appeasement.

“That doesn’t work,” she said. “There’s much I want to say. I wish I wasn’t privy to some of the classified information that I am privy to.”

China had a “carefully thought-out and strategic plan to take over America,” O’Donnell claimed.

“We have to look at our history and realize that if they pretend to be our friend it’s because they’ve got something up their sleeve,” she added.

When challenged about her access to top-secret information, O’Donnell suggested she had received it through nonprofit groups she worked with that sent missionaries overseas, the AP said.

Riiiight.  Because nonprofit missionary groups are well-known for their access to (and generosity with) highly-classified intel.  That sounds totally plausible.


As Mark Leibovich at the New York Times reports, the O’Donnell family’s past claims that her father Daniel O’Donnell had worked as Bozo sparked an uprising of online commenters who insisted that no, Daniel O’Donnell was not listed on Wikipedia as having been one of the many regionally licensed Bozo the Clown TV hosts.

But now Leibovich has sorted things out — Daniel O’Donnell was an occasional understudy Bozo, not a full-time holder of the Bozo mantle.

Awesome.  Remember, this is the same woman who once explained that lying was such a grievous sin that she wouldn’t even resort to it to protect Jews from the Holocaust.  That now appears to be the exception rather than the rule.

October 5th, 2010 at 11:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans,Weirdness

Non-Criminal Criminality?

Apparently too many things are illegal:

Abner Schoenwetter, a Miami seafood importer, spent six years in prison, paid tens of thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees and is at risk of losing his home.

His crime? Agreeing to purchase lobster tails that federal prosecutors said violated harvest regulations — in Honduras.

Now Schoenwetter, 64, is a convicted felon with an ailing wife, no job or right to vote and three years of supervised release ahead of him. But he’s also a star witness for congressional efforts aimed at stemming what a growing number of legal experts and lawmakers consider “overcriminalization” — the federal government’s penchant for writing new laws to criminalize conduct that could be addressed with fines or other remedies.

“We must put an end to the notion that we need to prosecute every individual for every perceived offense,” said Rep. Bobby Scott, a Virginia Democrat who chairs a House Judiciary subcommittee that last week held its second hearing on overcriminalization. “We continue to lock up people for offenses that should not even require incarceration.”

Legal experts say there are more than 4,450 federal crimes on the books and as many as 300,000 federal regulations that can be enforced criminally. From 2000 to 2007, Congress created 452 entirely new crimes, said Brian Walsh, a senior legal research fellow at the Heritage Foundation who focuses on overcriminalization.

So you can go to prison for importing dodgy lobster tails, but not for selling bogus securities that wipe out the economy?  Fascinating.

Also interesting how the same conservatives who are so gung ho about law and order for, say, drug or immigration offenses are the same people who back torture and assassination, warrantless wiretapping, lax gun laws, tort reform, deregulation, and generally coddling white-collar criminals (the free market will sort it out!).

The problem isn’t overcriminalization, it’s selective criminalization.

October 5th, 2010 at 07:32am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy

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