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2013-03-05 08:21:48 AM
Hold on a second.  I need to check to see if he is a Republican or Democrat before i can be properly outraged.

Checks internet:  Republican.

OK, I am outraged.
 
2013-03-05 09:20:42 AM
www.aidthoughts.org

/oblig
 
2013-03-05 09:23:47 AM
I wonder how much stuff he got for protecting Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno.
 
2013-03-05 09:27:16 AM
Wait till he gets a cushy gig as a color commentator from a Philly based cable company.
 
2013-03-05 09:27:38 AM
Indeed:

i46.tinypic.com
 
2013-03-05 09:29:45 AM

RexTalionis: I wonder how much stuff he got for protecting Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno.


There are those reoccurring rumors about Sandusky pimping boys.
 
2013-03-05 09:31:33 AM

RexTalionis: I wonder how much stuff he got for protecting Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno.


I hope it wasnt much since one guy is dead and the other is in jail.

He isnt in a union is he? They reward you regardless of performance.
 
2013-03-05 09:32:05 AM
Those gifts weren't bribes.  Money is speech; they were just talking.
 
2013-03-05 09:35:01 AM
Small potatoes compared to what happens in the house/senate on both sides of the aisle.
 
2013-03-05 09:36:30 AM

RexTalionis: I wonder how much stuff he got for protecting Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno.


As AG, he covered up child rape charges for Sandusky because Sandusky ran the large GOP donation ring in Central PA. Joe Paterno hated Corbett to no end.  Corbett allowed Sandusky to rape children because his Second Mile Charity was the funnel for hundreds of thousands of GOP dolllars to races in 2010.  Corbett didn't charge him because he knew that angry mob would direct it's rage at Paterno rather than Sandusky and then he became the AG that took down Paterno, thus killing his follow of Second Mile money.  Corbett played the outrage mob perfectly by waiting until he was governor so that he could cover all his tracks and shift the blame to Paterno rather than himself.
 
2013-03-05 09:37:21 AM
Those dresses she received was sewn by someone, who received money and has a job. That yacht he sailed on for free was built by hand, employing tens of people. A worker printed that stack of $100 bills lying on the table there. That cocaine was hand-pressed by day laborers. Those hookers were reimbursed so that they could finish their college education.

He is simply a job creator.

Oops, looks like my kitchen sink is on fire again. See? Free natural gas!
 
2013-03-05 09:38:28 AM

Citrate1007: Small potatoes compared to what happens in the house/senate on both sides of the aisle.


Right, because letting a child rapist run free to gain political loyalty through campaign donations is totally less evil than giving out bonuses and buying campaign materials with taxpayer money.
 
2013-03-05 09:40:47 AM

OtherLittleGuy: Indeed:

[i46.tinypic.com image 733x413]


Until someone stabs you in the eye with a shard of glass anyway
 
2013-03-05 09:41:28 AM
Indeed:
static3.businessinsider.com
 
2013-03-05 09:45:43 AM
I wonder how much stuff he'll get for handing the PA lottery over to an English gambling firm.
 
2013-03-05 09:45:50 AM

WTF Indeed: Citrate1007: Small potatoes compared to what happens in the house/senate on both sides of the aisle.

Right, because letting a child rapist run free to gain political loyalty through campaign donations is totally less evil than giving out bonuses and buying campaign materials with taxpayer money.


Taking bribes to allow poison in our food/air/water is just a passive aggressive way to do it.
 
2013-03-05 09:46:50 AM

Citrate1007: Taking bribes to allow poison in our food/air/water is just a passive aggressive way to do it.


So fracking is now worse than child rape?
 
2013-03-05 09:47:09 AM

RexTalionis: I wonder how much stuff he got for protecting Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno.


Wrong governor.  Corbett took office in 2011.
 
2013-03-05 09:47:39 AM

calm like a bomb: Indeed:
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I wonder how many politicos actually fantisize about being able to do that with their political enimies?  I know I would.
 
2013-03-05 09:48:07 AM

WTF Indeed: RexTalionis: I wonder how much stuff he got for protecting Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno.

As AG, he covered up child rape charges for Sandusky because Sandusky ran the large GOP donation ring in Central PA. Joe Paterno hated Corbett to no end.  Corbett allowed Sandusky to rape children because his Second Mile Charity was the funnel for hundreds of thousands of GOP dolllars to races in 2010.  Corbett didn't charge him because he knew that angry mob would direct it's rage at Paterno rather than Sandusky and then he became the AG that took down Paterno, thus killing his follow of Second Mile money.  Corbett played the outrage mob perfectly by waiting until he was governor so that he could cover all his tracks and shift the blame to Paterno rather than himself.


Who's awesome?

You're awesome.
 
2013-03-05 09:49:30 AM

WTF Indeed: Citrate1007: Taking bribes to allow poison in our food/air/water is just a passive aggressive way to do it.

So fracking is now worse than child rape?


If the well is under age 12?  You betcha.
 
2013-03-05 09:51:05 AM

Marcus Aurelius: I wonder how much stuff he'll get for handing the PA lottery over to an English gambling firm.


I'm sure his ex-staffer got a large signing bonus. You do have to hand it to Corbett. The man stays bought and for a raging alcoholic he sure is pretty reliable.
 
2013-03-05 09:56:44 AM
This isn't exactly impressive bribery here.  This is "access" bribery, and while it's not welcome in a democracy, it is leagues away from being the scariest instance of "gift-giving" among our elected officials.

/Hell, it's even small potatoes for State Politics...  11k?
//"I walk out of my door with 40 thousand dollars in my pocket and I'm broke by the time I reach the end of my block!"
 
2013-03-05 09:57:48 AM

Marcus Aurelius: Wrong governor. Corbett took office in 2011.


He was on the Board of Trustees at the time of (some of) the abuse, if I understand correctly.

In any event, I think it's a foregone conclusion that Corbett is a one-term governor.
 
2013-03-05 10:01:00 AM
Amateur.  He's got nothing on Mayor Villaraigosa.
 
2013-03-05 10:03:02 AM

GoldSpider: Marcus Aurelius: Wrong governor. Corbett took office in 2011.

He was on the Board of Trustees at the time of (some of) the abuse, if I understand correctly.

In any event, I think it's a foregone conclusion that Corbett is a one-term governor.


He was also the attorney general, which makes him even more responsible.
 
2013-03-05 10:04:49 AM

bdub77: That yacht he sailed on for free was built by hand, employing tens of people.


Does that make it a hand job?
 
2013-03-05 10:15:18 AM

BillCo: Hold on a second.  I need to check to see if he is a Republican or Democrat before i can be properly outraged.

Checks internet:  Republican.

OK, I am outraged.



Wait, why are you outraged? Did the governor use a teleprompter or dijon mustard?
/drtfa
 
2013-03-05 10:15:58 AM

Marcus Aurelius: I wonder how much stuff he'll get for handing the PA lottery over to an English gambling firm.


Hopefully none because it won't happen, but it remains to be seen. He's also trying to sell off control of liquor sales. I know we get a lot of flack because of the state alcohol stores, but really there are significant advantages and not to many downsides to the consumer. The state store in my town at least is awesome, with fantastic prices and selection on wine. Liquor selection is quite good as well, pricing seems pretty standard. We could probably do away with beer distributors, but state control of liquor and wine is not a problem, and makes bank for the state.
 
2013-03-05 10:16:24 AM

WTF Indeed: Citrate1007: Taking bribes to allow poison in our food/air/water is just a passive aggressive way to do it.

So fracking is now worse than child rape?


Did I miss something in the article?
 
2013-03-05 10:16:30 AM

Muta: Those gifts weren't bribes.  Money is speech; they were just talking.



A very interesting point. I wonder what Scalia would say about that.
 
2013-03-05 10:17:53 AM
the Irony in America is that the more you have, the more is given to you (including by the government). they give to you because they expect to get something back in return.

a winner takes all society.
 
2013-03-05 10:18:13 AM

Lord_Baull: Muta: Those gifts weren't bribes.  Money is speech; they were just talking.


A very interesting point. I wonder what Scalia would say about that.


He would be open to hearing out$ide opinion$ on the matter.
 
2013-03-05 10:21:29 AM

WTF Indeed: Citrate1007: Taking bribes to allow poison in our food/air/water is just a passive aggressive way to do it.

So fracking is now worse than child rape?



Both give the victim a lifetime of health issues, be it mental or physical, so I would say they're somewhat even. What's worse, trauma of the mind, or pancreatic cancer?
 
2013-03-05 10:26:55 AM
He's a piker compared to PA Gov Robert Casey.

Shortly after it was announced that his heart and liver were failing, he was given the top spot on the organ transplant list then the State Police found a black man that was a good tissue match and killed him to harvest the organs.

Those are much more valuable gifts that he got entirely for free.
 
2013-03-05 10:32:41 AM

Lord_Baull: Muta: Those gifts weren't bribes.  Money is speech; they were just talking.


A very interesting point. I wonder what Scalia would say about that.


The guy in question is a Republican.  Anton would write a thirty page opinion on how bribes are protected speech under the 1st amendment.  He would also throw the word "originalist" in there a dozen times.  And then he'd have a nap.
 
2013-03-05 10:34:21 AM
What's the difference between 'accepting a gift' of tickets to a game and going to the game as someone's guest?  I'm no fan of Corbett (I'm a Pa. resident), but $11K worth of 'gifts' over two years. I'm having a hard time even raising an eyebrow over that. I think it is very difficult to balance protecting against 'buying influence' and an elected official simply being friends with some wealthy people.
 
2013-03-05 10:36:20 AM

HairBolus: He's a piker compared to PA Gov Robert Casey.

Shortly after it was announced that his heart and liver were failing, he was given the top spot on the organ transplant list then the State Police found a black man that was a good tissue match and killed him to harvest the organs.

Those are much more valuable gifts that he got entirely for free.


My uncle was on the liver transplant list at the time that Casey got his bump to the top of the list. My uncle died before getting a transplant. Obviously, it is unlikely that my uncle would have gotten his transplant even IF Casey hadn't gotten bumped up, but that was a bitter pill to swallow.
 
2013-03-05 11:05:37 AM

HairBolus: He's a piker compared to PA Gov Robert Casey.

Shortly after it was announced that his heart and liver were failing, he was given the top spot on the organ transplant list then the State Police found a black man that was a good tissue match and killed him to harvest the organs.


Much as I dislike Casey, I don't believe that for a second (he did get bumped to the top of the transplant list, which is a scandal on its own).  What Casey did when he was out of office was bad and immoral, but what Corbett is doing in office is actively hurting the people of Pennsylvania and will hurt us for decades to come.
 
2013-03-05 11:15:43 AM
Uh oh....the press is publishing the pursed-lip-pose. This does not bode well for Corbett.

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m00
2013-03-05 11:31:09 AM

BeesNuts: /Hell, it's even small potatoes for State Politics... 11k?
//"I walk out of my door with 40 thousand dollars in my pocket and I'm broke by the time I reach the end of my block!"


yeah 11k. If that's what it takes to bribe an official, I should move there. I'd expect 6 zeros at least for it to be serious.
 
2013-03-05 11:38:50 AM

m00: BeesNuts: /Hell, it's even small potatoes for State Politics... 11k?
//"I walk out of my door with 40 thousand dollars in my pocket and I'm broke by the time I reach the end of my block!"

yeah 11k. If that's what it takes to bribe an official, I should move there. I'd expect 6 zeros at least for it to be serious.


The price goes way up if you have to use a lobbyist.  Politicians are pretty cheap if you can cut out the middle man.
 
2013-03-05 11:45:29 AM

Dwight_Yeast: HairBolus: He's a piker compared to PA Gov Robert Casey.

Shortly after it was announced that his heart and liver were failing, he was given the top spot on the organ transplant list then the State Police found a black man that was a good tissue match and killed him to harvest the organs.

Much as I dislike Casey, I don't believe that for a second (he did get bumped to the top of the transplant list, which is a scandal on its own).  What Casey did when he was out of office was bad and immoral, but what Corbett is doing in office is actively hurting the people of Pennsylvania and will hurt us for decades to come.


What post-office immorality are you referring to? He got top on the transplant list when he was Governor and after recovering from the operation served 2 more years in that position.
 
2013-03-05 12:06:23 PM

GoldSpider: Marcus Aurelius: Wrong governor. Corbett took office in 2011.

He was on the Board of Trustees at the time of (some of) the abuse, if I understand correctly.

In any event, I think it's a foregone conclusion that Corbett is a one-term governor.


From you lips to PA voters ears.  I can't wait to vote against him, again.
 
2013-03-05 12:15:44 PM
I am shocked, appalled, and outraged. Everyone knows that you have to be in Congress before you can blatantly accept lobbyist bribes.
 
2013-03-05 05:55:06 PM
Hey philly.com, you know what visitors to your site like?  Not reading text with a magnifying glass because you use a 1pt font.
 
2013-03-05 09:49:49 PM

Kibbler: Hey philly.com, you know what visitors to your site like?  Not reading text with a magnifying glass because you use a 1pt font.


Internet toner isn't free, you know.
 
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