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    Former La. Congressman to Begin Prison Sentence

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former Louisiana congressman convicted of taking bribes will have to begin serving a 13-year prison sentence within two weeks.

    Democrat William Jefferson was convicted in 2009 but has been free on bond while appealing his case. The case drew headlines when FBI agents found $90,000 cash hidden in Jefferson's freezer.

    Last month, a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., upheld all but one of the 11 counts on which Jefferson was convicted. At a status hearing Friday in federal court in Alexandria, the judge ordered Jefferson to turn himself in to U.S. Marshals by May 4 to serve the sentence.

    The judge is recommending Jefferson serve his time at a prison camp near New Orleans.

    Jefferson's lawyer said an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is under consideration.

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    Any takers for $100 that "Cold Cash" Jefferson doesnt get pardoned by Beelzobama lord of the flies before its all through?
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    Of course I want to know what that one charge was that wasn't upheld.
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    Your congressman's padded retirement plan
    By: David Freddoso
    Nov 20 2009

    After serving 18 years in Congress, former Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana, a Democrat, will continue his service in a different federal institution -- prison. He was sentenced recently to serve 13 years for bribery.

    But his fellow prisoners will have to forgive Jefferson if he grins and whistles as he stamps out license plates. That's because he is still eligible for a guaranteed $50,000 pension in his first year of retirement, which will increase each year thereafter with the cost of living.

    Opinion polls show that Americans today have a special contempt for Congress. They might be even more upset if they knew what kind of retirement deal congressmen have given themselves at the taxpayers' expense. It's a much better deal than the taxpayers are getting as they watch their retirement savings collapse in the bear stock and real estate markets.

    Congressmen who serve for at least five years get a very generous defined benefit pension plan in retirement -- the kind that doesn't exist anymore in the private sector because it's impossible to fund. It's far more generous than that of even the longest-serving federal employees.

    Members who took office before 1984 get the best deal -- a generous 2.5 percent of the average of their top three years' salary for each year of service. Their total includes years of military and other government service.

    Although the payout in the first year of retirement is limited to 80 percent of their last year's salary, it grows automatically each year with the cost of living. >>>

    To get that kind of deal in retirement, you would need at least $2 million in your 401(k) and a healthy bull market from now until you die.

    In the 1980s, congressional pensions were reformed along with the rest of the federal retirement system. That means that congressmen elected in 1984 and later don't get a deal quite so sweet. They take home 1.7 percent of their "high three" for each of the first 20 years, and 1 percent for each year thereafter.

    But on top of their defined benefit plan, these newer members of Congress still get the ordinary man's retirement -- a 5 percent match on contributions to the Federal Thrift Savings Plan (much like a 401(k)), plus Social Security.

    The corrupt Jefferson is a special case. He can exploit a loophole in the 2007 law supposedly depriving corrupt members from taking home their pensions. Because he took all of his bribes before the law was signed that September.

    Jefferson might not be the last to find the loophole. In July 2007, the Wall Street Journal reported that Republican Rep. Don Young of Alaska, was under investigation for possibly taking unreported gifts from lobbyists up until 2006.

    And Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., has admitted to under-reporting his outside income and assets on his congressional disclosure forms between 2002 and 2006, which could constitute perjury. (Rangel claims it was just an oversight -- he forgot about millions of dollars in business transactions over that period.)

    If they ever face legal problems, both Rangel and Young have a strong case for defending their pensions, based on the timing of any alleged wrongdoing. Both of these very senior members of Congress are eligible for $139,200 in their first year of retirement.

    Even if we don't begrudge them their oversized paycheck, do our congressmen -- even the bad ones -- deserve a retirement that is more than twice as nice as most ordinary working people enjoy?

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    When FBI agents raided Jefferson's Capitol Hill home, they found $90,000 in his freezer. The money had been handed to Jefferson days earlier by an FBI informant, and prosecutors have noted that the money was neatly wrapped in aluminum foil.

    Documents from that search show that the money was in frozen food boxes.

    According to the FBI, Jefferson placed $20,000 wrapped in foil and rubber bands inside a Boca Burger box. Boca is known for its organic soy burgers. Another $20,000 was stashed inside a Pillsbury Pie Crust box.

    Three stacks of cash containing $10,000 each were found inside a bag from the local "Yes Organic Market" grocer. Two more cash bricks, a total of $20,000, were found simply wrapped in foil in the freezer.

    Around his house and in his 1990 Lincoln Town Car, the FBI found numerous documents related to iGate, Nigeria and the telecommunications deal. On the coffee table of his home, agents were careful to note they found a box of Reynolds Wrap, 200 square feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    Of course I want to know what that one charge was that wasn't upheld.
    Felonious freezer burn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    Felonious freezer burn.
    Ohhh! I thought maybe the freezer wasn't Energy star compliant.
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    Ridiculous! Convicted simply for having cold hard cash.
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    Gordon Fox, on right

    Democrats sinking in sea of charges

    Right now, a crime wave is sweeping the nation, and everyone in this out-of-control mob has a D after their names, even if most of the media are loath to report it.

    If you are a low-information voter, a Globe subscriber, say, you have been told endlessly that the root of all evil in American politics is the Tea Party, better known in your moonbat media as “teabaggers.” Oddly, however, the hacks rounded up over the last few days, well, let’s put it this way. They voted for Obama 100 percent. They think Obamacare’s great. How could they possibly be guilty as charged?

    Last Friday, it was the speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Gordon Fox, who is (technically) black and who is definitely gay. Astonishingly, given the open racial-preference policies of the Obama regime, Fox’s Providence home and his State House offices were raided Friday by the FBI. He resigned Saturday. We still don’t know what the G-men have on him.



    Next, the mayor of Charlotte, Patrick Cannon, another Democrat. He allegedly accepted $48,000 in bribes, some of which he took at the same Capitol Grill where payoffs were earlier accepted by jailbird ex-Speaker Jim Black. Black is not to be confused with ex-Speaker Jimmy Green, who likewise went to prison, for torching his tobacco burns.



    Then there’s state Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco. He used to go on Piers Morgan’s now-canceled CNN moonbat-fest and denounce the Second Amendment. He sent out tweets on the first anniversary of the Newtown massacre saying, “I’m still shocked & prepared to take steps to stop gun violence.”

    Well, up to a point …

    He, too, was arrested on Wednesday, for allegedly arranging deals to procure M16s and rocket launchers to be smuggled into California after being purchased from Muslim terrorists in the Philippines. Sen. Yee was working with a Chinese gangster named “Shrimp Boy.” >>>

    Two-gun Yee is the third Democrat state senator to be arrested in California this week. Earlier it was state Sen. Rod Wright (perjury) and then Ron Calderon (bribery).

    What a crime wave, in less than one week. So guess what most of the networks led with on their newscasts last night? The 5-month-old story of Gov. Chris Christie’s Bridgegate. Because it has one thing going for it that none of these other stories had, the only thing that matters to the corrupt American media.

    Christie is a Republican.

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    Vote Republican, if they do something corrupt, the media will broadcast it ad nauseam. One can only imagine the number prosecutions we would see if Eric Holder were committed to prosecuting crime, rather than covering it up and instructing other AG's that they didnt have to follow the law if they chose not to.
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    It's not a surprise. Dems have always had a problem with corruption. The thing is they have a media always at the ready to lock shields and defend them to the death if necessary.

    As far as the deal with bridgegate, expect even more of the same the closer we get to 2016 and I hate to say it, but I doubt there is a conservative out there that is willing to fight on liberal terms

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    Quote Originally Posted by FourWinds View Post
    ...I doubt there is a conservative out there that is willing to fight on liberal terms
    Proof that nice guys finish last. I know. I grew up in Kansas City during the forties and fifties.

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