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(TwinCities.com)   Aide to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) charged with stealing envelopes of cash from co-workers in the Rayburn Office Building, across from the US Capitol. In other news, there were envelopes of cash all around the Rayburn Office Building   (twincities.com) divider line 84
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2013-07-16 12:23:34 PM
It looks like one of our Conservatives dusted off their old sock.
 
2013-07-16 12:25:03 PM

Fart_Machine: These people are dumb enough to keep petty cash unsecured in an office?


They do when the police is checking how stuff is being stolen.
 
2013-07-16 12:26:04 PM
By "co-workers" they mean anonymous... donations... from corporations.
 
2013-07-16 12:55:48 PM

Girion47: I don't get why "Across from the Capitol Building" was included in the headline.


The location is relevant because it's an open secret that congresspeople all have a second office in one of the buildings across the street where they perform most of their legal bribery fundraising activities. Since by law they're not allowed to use government property, such as the phones and their official congressional offices, for most activities related to fundraising they spend much of their time in offices across the street (by many congresspeople's own admissions, half or more of their time is devoted to fundraising).

When I read the headline I imagined subby rolling his eyes as he said that last line, because if there's a place which will have envelopes of cash and checks laying around that's the place it's going to be.

That said, I think the Rayburn building is actually where many of their official public offices are, and as such is not where they're supposed to be receiving bribes fundraising. Even so, I think we'd have to be pretty naive to think plenty doesn't occur there - these are folks who in many ways are literally above the law. The FBI raided William Jefferson's office there as part of his whole bribery fiasco, and that got ruled unconstitutional. But they will usually have a second office nearby to meet with lobbyists and other moneyed interests, hence the whole K street thing, which is a few blocks south and where many lobbying firms and political groups are headquartered.
 
2013-07-16 12:56:41 PM
The sad part about buying politicians isn't that they are for sale, it's that the price is so cheap.
 
2013-07-16 01:05:21 PM

salvador.hardin: Muta: dfenstrate: And if it was an aide to a Democrat, it wouldn't be a story

If it were and aide of a democrat then it would be the lead story on FOX

They would be primarily speculating on what Obama's role may have been.


Why won't Obama admit that he ordered the US Forest Service to steal the money to fund gay abortions?

After six scandal-filled years in office, why hasn't he learned that the coverup is always worse than the crime? Is he the least effective leader in the history of the world?
 
2013-07-16 01:09:22 PM

The Larch: After six scandal-filled years in office, why hasn't he learned that the coverup is always worse than the crime? Is he the least effective leader in the history of the world?


*yawn*
 
2013-07-16 01:09:30 PM

Lord_Baull: limeyfellow: [foxnews screengrabs]

As I've said many times in the past, anyone that considers Fox News a legitimate news source is a mindless sheeple that shouldn't breed.


People who watch fox news can't breed, partially due to their advanced age, but mostly due to diabetes.
 
2013-07-16 01:10:47 PM
They must be letting the third string trolls play a few innings! That's so nice.
 
2013-07-16 01:20:11 PM
Only 3 types of people are aloud to walk around DC with envelopes full of cash. Drug dealers, Lobbyist, and Polotitans.
 
2013-07-16 01:26:05 PM

Lord_Baull: limeyfellow: [foxnews screengrabs]

As I've said many times in the past, anyone that considers Fox News a legitimate news source is a mindless sheeple that shouldn't breed.


At least they're watching a network which identifies crooked politicians as Democrats, however redundant that may be.
 
2013-07-16 01:28:10 PM

CokeBear: I submitted with a better headline.

/Democrats robbed. Not a repeat from 1972


2000 would have been funnier.
 
2013-07-16 01:28:35 PM

Whiskey Pete: limeyfellow: fat boy: dfenstrate: And if it was an aide to a Democrat, it wouldn't be a story, or the party affiliation would be omitted.

It's a great rule of thumb. If a politician is discussed in any sort of imperfect light or association, and the party is omitted, that politician is a Democrat.

Noticed that more often as not, funny how that works, works with minorities also

Really? Lets go to the evidence shall we?

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We can go on if you like...

Effing amazing. And the Foxidiots lap it up.




If that had happened once, even twice, I'd be willing to cut Fox News some slack, because, hey, shiat happens. But the fact that it keeps happening, even after it's pointed out, certainly does lead one to the conclusion that it's intentiona.
 
2013-07-16 01:36:10 PM

mongbiohazard: Girion47: I don't get why "Across from the Capitol Building" was included in the headline.

The location is relevant because it's an open secret that congresspeople all have a second office in one of the buildings across the street where they perform most of their legal bribery fundraising activities. Since by law they're not allowed to use government property, such as the phones and their official congressional offices, for most activities related to fundraising they spend much of their time in offices across the street (by many congresspeople's own admissions, half or more of their time is devoted to fundraising).

When I read the headline I imagined subby rolling his eyes as he said that last line, because if there's a place which will have envelopes of cash and checks laying around that's the place it's going to be.

That said, I think the Rayburn building is actually where many of their official public offices are, and as such is not where they're supposed to be receiving bribes fundraising. Even so, I think we'd have to be pretty naive to think plenty doesn't occur there - these are folks who in many ways are literally above the law. The FBI raided William Jefferson's office there as part of his whole bribery fiasco, and that got ruled unconstitutional. But they will usually have a second office nearby to meet with lobbyists and other moneyed interests, hence the whole K street thing, which is a few blocks south and where many lobbying firms and political groups are headquartered.


I used to work at the Capitol Building, and the associated office buildings.   You have no idea how retarded you sound.
 
2013-07-16 01:38:31 PM
Limeyfellow, thank you for effectively proving my point. You posted largely foxnews stories, illustrating my point for watchers of CNN, MSNBC, etc. Of course, watchers of those channels will be happy to tell you how much more educated and wise they are, even as those station omit, ignore, or downplay anything detrimental to the democrat party line.

Now clearly I'm a paranoid crybaby whose tinfoil hat has fallen off.

But I'll just leave this right here

(Go ahead, plug your ears, cover your eyes, and make like news organizations aren't doing their utmost to play you to their political leanings (Generally leftist.))
 
2013-07-16 01:56:16 PM

scandalrag: lilbjorn: there were envelopes of cash all around the Rayburn Office Building

It was lobbyist day.

/Every day is lobbyist day

No, on lobbyist day, the envelopes have more then $1,000 in them.  It was whore Wednesday.  The last politician to pay a hooker with a check was Jerry Springer.


The honesty of Jerry Springer when confronted with the fact that his personal check was found in a whore house in Kentucky is classic.

"What's the problem? Did it bounce?"

We need more honest folks like that in government
 
2013-07-16 02:03:32 PM

fat boy: Crotchrocket Slim: fat boy: dfenstrate: And if it was an aide to a Democrat, it wouldn't be a story, or the party affiliation would be omitted.

It's a great rule of thumb. If a politician is discussed in any sort of imperfect light or association, and the party is omitted, that politician is a Democrat.

Noticed that more often as not, funny how that works, works with minorities also

More like you're just looking for those details; don't let that stop you from playing the victim though.

Like details don't matter when reading the news. Keep wearing those rose colored glasses.


Or you're more than happy to ignore the plethora of news articles that completely invalidate your citeless claims maybe. Well, not maybe.
 
2013-07-16 02:57:34 PM

mongbiohazard: The location is relevant


As someone who's worked on Capitol Hill for over twenty years I can tell you, the only buildings "across the street from the Capitol" are House and Senate Office Buildings, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress (my employer). Oh, and the Reserve Officers Association headquarters, backed by The Monocle Restaurant and a small block of offices.

You're way off base, here.
 
2013-07-16 03:20:31 PM

Deucednuisance: mongbiohazard: The location is relevant

As someone who's worked on Capitol Hill for over twenty years I can tell you, the only buildings "across the street from the Capitol" are House and Senate Office Buildings, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress (my employer). Oh, and the Reserve Officers Association headquarters, backed by The Monocle Restaurant and a small block of offices.

You're way off base, here.


I consulted for AOC a couple years ago.  I have to say the Jefferson was by far my favorite building on campus.    But the Power Plant guys were cooler to hang out with.
 
2013-07-16 03:28:37 PM

Girion47: I consulted for AOC a couple years ago. I have to say the Jefferson was by far my favorite building on campus. But the Power Plant guys were cooler to hang out with.


The Jefferson is one of the most beautiful buildings anywhere, ever.

Sadly, I toil in the Madison, where the sun never shines.  At least it's not the Adams.  That joint has a seriously Soviet vibe.
 
2013-07-16 03:48:18 PM

dfenstrate: Limeyfellow, thank you for effectively proving my point. You posted largely foxnews stories, illustrating my point for watchers of CNN, MSNBC, etc. Of course, watchers of those channels will be happy to tell you how much more educated and wise they are, even as those station omit, ignore, or downplay anything detrimental to the democrat party line.


I think you may have missed the point of those screenshots he posted... Fox was intentionally mislabelling Republicans as Democrats! They aren't just leaving off party affiliation when it doesn't suit them; they're changing it!
 
2013-07-16 04:20:21 PM

CokeBear: /Democrats robbed. Not a repeat from 1972

2000

FTFY
 
2013-07-16 05:03:18 PM

dfenstrate: And if it was an aide to a Democrat, it wouldn't be a story, or the party affiliation would be omitted.

It's a great rule of thumb. If a politician is discussed in any sort of imperfect light or association, and the party is omitted, that politician is a Democrat.


A great rule of thumb is that, if it's a Republican, someone will come in and say this. I know because I see it a lot more often than I do stories where someone does nothing wrong and there's no party affiliation.*

The exception to this rule would be Fox News. In that case, Republicans ARE listed as Democrats.
 
2013-07-16 05:11:12 PM
Dont worry next year he will have a comeback and run for congress.
 
2013-07-16 07:19:31 PM

dfenstrate: And if it was an aide to a Democrat, it wouldn't be a story, or the party affiliation would be omitted.

It's a great rule of thumb. If a politician is discussed in any sort of imperfect light or association, and the party is omitted, that politician is a Democrat.


Evidence of your claim. Cite it.

Oh, wait. You sh*t on the thread hours ago and ran away. I suppose that was the preferable alternative for you.
 
2013-07-16 11:07:05 PM

Muta: dfenstrate: And if it was an aide to a Democrat, it wouldn't be a story

If it were and aide of a democrat then it would be the lead story on FOX


Still can be, they will just change party affiliation.
 
2013-07-16 11:29:56 PM

stuffy: Only 3 types of people are aloud to walk around DC with envelopes full of cash. Drug dealers, Lobbyist, and Polotitans.



Seriously dude?
 
2013-07-17 12:59:50 AM

Deucednuisance: mongbiohazard: The location is relevant

As someone who's worked on Capitol Hill for over twenty years I can tell you, the only buildings "across the street from the Capitol" are House and Senate Office Buildings, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress (my employer). Oh, and the Reserve Officers Association headquarters, backed by The Monocle Restaurant and a small block of offices.

You're way off base, here.



It's not like Google maps doesn't exist now.

The Rayburn building is indeed across the street from the Capitol building.

All around the main Capitol building areancillary buildings which are part of the capitol building complex and house the offices of congresspeople. They don't all have their offices inside the big dome ya know...And there are many other buildings surrounding those buildings - it's in the middle of a downtown neighborhood in a major city, not a mountainside in Alaska. Just check a map some time if you've apparently been sleepwalking to work for "over twenty years".

The Jefferson building of the LOC is one of my favorite buildings in DC.

/am a local

Girion47: I used to work at the Capitol Building, and the associated office buildings.   You have no idea how retarded you sound.


Check a map sometime.
 
2013-07-17 09:29:27 AM

mongbiohazard: Deucednuisance: mongbiohazard: The location is relevant

As someone who's worked on Capitol Hill for over twenty years I can tell you, the only buildings "across the street from the Capitol" are House and Senate Office Buildings, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress (my employer). Oh, and the Reserve Officers Association headquarters, backed by The Monocle Restaurant and a small block of offices.

You're way off base, here.


It's not like Google maps doesn't exist now.

The Rayburn building is indeed across the street from the Capitol building.

All around the main Capitol building areancillary buildings which are part of the capitol building complex and house the offices of congresspeople. They don't all have their offices inside the big dome ya know...And there are many other buildings surrounding those buildings - it's in the middle of a downtown neighborhood in a major city, not a mountainside in Alaska. Just check a map some time if you've apparently been sleepwalking to work for "over twenty years".

The Jefferson building of the LOC is one of my favorite buildings in DC.

/am a local

Girion47: I used to work at the Capitol Building, and the associated office buildings.   You have no idea how retarded you sound.

Check a map sometime.


But they will usually have a second office nearby to meet with lobbyists and other moneyed interests, hence the whole K street thing, which is a few blocks south and where many lobbying firms and political groups are headquartered.

You cite google maps at 2 people that know the complex far better than you and you can't even figure out where K Street is?
 
2013-07-17 12:18:02 PM

mongbiohazard: The Rayburn building is indeed across the street from the Capitol building.


Are you suggesting that the Rayburn Building is not official office space?

That's sure going to be news to the 139 Members (and nine Committees) who have their principle offices located in the Rayburn. (And according to the Architect of the Capitol, there were only 163 suites in the building as originally constructed in 1962, there almost certainly been some consolidation since then, as the Rayburn is considered a bit of a "plum" location.)

And yes, I know about the Moon "coronation", but for goodness sakes, that was in a Committee Room, which are available to the public when not in use, hell, even I have attended multiple events in them.

You're coming across as a conspiratorial loon, you know that, don't you?

Why you felt compelled to tell me that Members and Senators have offices outside "the dome" when you had  just quoted me saying the exact same thing, I cannot guess.  But to say that these are their "second offices" as you did above is factually incorrect, and scarily ignorant for a "local".

My office address is Room 502, Madison Building, Library of Congress.  Ring the buzzer, ask for Tim.  I'll show you around.  Maybe even take you through the tunnel that connects my building the the Capitol complex, and we can ride the little-known tramway that connects the Capitol to the far-flung offices of the Members and Senators so that they can, you know, work in their offices, but still come back quickly so as not to miss votes.

Then we can go into the Rayburn and visit a few offices?  They have a great cafeteria, too.  Better than the one here in LOC, but it's a bit of a hike.  Still I walk over there when I have to use a Post Office, because our mail drops got sealed here in the Madison after the Anthrax attacks.

BECAUSE WE'RE CONNECTED TO THE CAPITOL GROUNDS INCLUDING THE FREAKING RAYBURN BUILDING BY A GODDAM TUNNEL!*

(* The fear was: a crazy comes into LOC, like *that* ever happens, drops a `thrax-filled letter into our mail drop slot, it gets opened in our mailroom and gets into the shared ventilation systems.)
 
2013-07-17 01:51:38 PM

Deucednuisance: Girion47: I consulted for AOC a couple years ago. I have to say the Jefferson was by far my favorite building on campus. But the Power Plant guys were cooler to hang out with.

The Jefferson is one of the most beautiful buildings anywhere, ever.

Sadly, I toil in the Madison, where the sun never shines.  At least it's not the Adams.  That joint has a seriously Soviet vibe.


Love the Jefferson. Love. The LoC main reading room is, IMHO, more beautiful than the Capitol dome. When I was a freelance researcher working in the LoC (for a private company), I would spend many lunches in the reading room just looking up. And the main hall of Jefferson hosts Taste of Chicago every year, which really allows the room to shine. I work very close by you and am actually applying for a job with LoC (really!). I've wanted to work at the LoC for years, fingers crossed.
 
2013-07-17 02:31:48 PM

HeFixesTheCable: I work very close by you and am actually applying for a job with LoC (really!). I've wanted to work at the LoC for years, fingers crossed.


Best of luck, it's been a pretty sweet gig for me!

Bucket o' cold water: We just closed the application period for our front office secretary position.  We got 972 applications.

OTOH, there were only 9 applicants to fill the vacancy left by my recent promotion, but it's got a very specialized set of skills.

Hope you odds are more like the latter than the former.  When do you find out?
 
2013-07-17 03:00:58 PM

Deucednuisance: HeFixesTheCable: I work very close by you and am actually applying for a job with LoC (really!). I've wanted to work at the LoC for years, fingers crossed.

Best of luck, it's been a pretty sweet gig for me!

Bucket o' cold water: We just closed the application period for our front office secretary position.  We got 972 applications.

OTOH, there were only 9 applicants to fill the vacancy left by my recent promotion, but it's got a very specialized set of skills.

Hope you odds are more like the latter than the former.  When do you find out?


Listing closed yesterday, so they're probably sifting resumes now. The position is somewhat specialized (not degree-wise, but work experience-wise), so I'm hoping that there aren't a ton of qualified applicants. What do you do, if I may ask?
 
2013-07-17 04:08:46 PM
HeFixesTheCable:

Listing closed yesterday, so they're probably sifting resumes now. The position is somewhat specialized (not degree-wise, but work experience-wise), so I'm hoping that there aren't a ton of qualified applicants. What do you do, if I may ask?

Copyright. Compulsory Licensing.  Tiny sliver of the CO.  But we oversee the collection and payment of many millions of dollars in royalty payment every year, so folks notice us.
 
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