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RNorm

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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 7:46:32 PM

"Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted by a grand jury in Austin, accused him of abusing his powers by terminating funding for the state’s public integrity unit, which investigates corruption. Perry had threatened to do so unless Dist. Atty. Rosemary Lehmberg resigned."



Power plays in Texas
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Daruma
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 10:00:48 PM

He'll be using his mug shots in his presidential materials.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 2:07:32 PM

Rick Perry Indictment May Help More Than Hurt His 2016 Chances
Article from Wall Street Journal...."Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was indicted a week ago on felony charges that he abused his power, is out to test whether a mug shot can be an asset, not just a liability.

Mr. Perry has cast the investigation as a partisan witch hunt, and many supporters applaud him for remaining unapologetic in the face of the indictment, which stems from the Republican governor's attempt to force the resignation of a Democratic district attorney after she was convicted of drunken driving.

As Mr. Perry lays the foundation for a possible second White House bid, strategists in early primary election states such as Iowa and South Carolina say the indictment would strengthen his standing among voters there.

"Republicans in South Carolina are going to eat up what Perry did," said Chad Connelly, that state's former Republican Party chairman.

Mark Lundberg, chairman of the Sioux County GOP in Iowa, said the indictment appears to be "political gamesmanship," and potential Iowa caucus-goers probably won't hold it against him."

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BuzzLOL
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 9:14:38 AM

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+ Indicted Rick Perry Flees Texas for New Hampshire +

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nstrdnvstr
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 7:17:56 AM

o when will the DA be charged for abusing HER power (threatening police officers and trying to use her job to be exempt from, or get special treatment from the arresting officers?
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 4:04:57 AM

Rick Perry turns mug shot into ‘Wanted’ fundraising shirt

8-23-14

"A grand jury indicted Mr. Perry Aug. 15 on charges that he attempted to use his power as governor to punish state prosecutors investigating public corruption.

Mr. Perry has been accused of threatening to withhold $7.5 million in funding for the anti-corruption unit run by Ms. Lehmberg unless she resigned.

But the governor maintains that he was taking action only in response to Ms. Lehmberg’s arrest for drunk driving, where her blood-alcohol content was almost three times the legal limit."

How is it that a person with a DUI is in charge of an anti-corruption unit???
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 3:38:59 PM

Funny, AFSNCO.

Sorry to set you up like that. It WASN'T intentional!
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 2:19:24 PM

I was probably doing the same thing reb4 did. I clicked on it and thought I had just messed up. So I clicked on it again and thought the same thing. After the third time I looked up and I had 4 tabs opened all with the same thing...LOL!
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 12:44:24 PM

My pleasure, AFSNCO. I had to laugh at myself for that one! Helps to click the correct tab BEFORE copying the url...

-rolling eyes-
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 12:26:08 PM

Steve...thanks for the unintended laugh for the day. I was trying to figure out what was going on myself.
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Tru2psu2
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 11:35:42 AM

Keep knocking down the libs futile attempts!
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 6:15:46 PM

Not from what I have read and provided links to, nstrdnvstr. But, I think it also, has more to do with INTEGRITY. Hey they always get after me, nstr, when I make typos. Just including you in the club. You are welcome...;-) We are the elite. You know like fly and me. Let's go have a beer sometime, fly is buying.

[Edited by: btc1 at 8/21/2014 6:16:42 PM EST]
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nstrdnvstr
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 5:32:52 PM

btc, "I tegrity. Did he say that?!! It was not the idea of defunding the office, it was the problem HE would get to make the appointment to replace her, with his choice. And when an organization friendly to him was under investigation."

From what I have read, the Assistant District Attorney, a Democrat, would be the one that would be appointed to the position.
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Troller_Diesel
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 5:25:55 PM

ROTFLNorm: "So the LA TImes isn't capable of reporting facts? Really?"

So, the guy who accuses any conservative links of being from "right wing blogs" is using a "left wing blog?"

Go figure...

SMH

*ROTFL*
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 5:00:43 PM

Reb4,

D'oh!

LOL at myself.

Thanks for finding the correct link. Use Reb4's link, not mine, folks.

I mistakenly copied the URL for this topic. If ya click on mine it brings you right back where you started. (SMH)
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reb4
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 4:34:47 PM

"So the LA TImes isn't capable of reporting facts? Really?"





I didn't say it was not accurate... did I ??? LOL.... Just that there was irony in the commentary when your linked from LA Times... article...





However, how about commenting on the point I made:



"Also, I am always a little concerned when I read comments like this Rnorm:

"ABOUT THE BLOG

Our blog section features rapid response fact-checks of conservative misinformation, links to media criticism from around the web, commentary, analysis and breaking news from Media Matters' senior fellows, investigative team, researchers and other staff."
That is on the latest link you provided... But hey.... Fair and balanced... right.... "

*LOL*

[Edited by: reb4 at 8/21/2014 4:35:49 PM EST]
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RNorm
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 4:24:29 PM

"Rnorm,.... LOL and your original link is from .... LA Times... LOL"


So the LA TImes isn't capable of reporting facts? Really?

So the various Texas editors quotes are not true?

LOL, whatever you say; whatever you say.....

*ROTFL*
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reb4
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 4:20:49 PM

usatoday August 19 editorial SemiSteve ... Attempted to link to....





Semi Steve, I did good a good chuckle from your link... and I do admit, i did click it a couple of times... just to see if it was me.... (sigh)...

[Edited by: reb4 at 8/21/2014 4:22:18 PM EST]
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reb4
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 4:07:52 PM

Rnorm,.... LOL and your original link is from .... LA Times... LOL

Come-on Rnorm, gotta love the irony....
But most of larger cities are Democratic... At least according to this article from... Bloomberg.. "The divide is dramatic in places such as Texas, where Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin are run by Democrats while the state as a whole is reliably Republican. All statewide offices are held by Republicans, including Governor Rick Perry, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, and the party controls the legislature."





Also, I am always a little concerned when I read comments like this Rnorm:

"ABOUT THE BLOG

Our blog section features rapid response fact-checks of conservative misinformation, links to media criticism from around the web, commentary, analysis and breaking news from Media Matters' senior fellows, investigative team, researchers and other staff."



That is on the latest link you provided...


But hey.... Fair and balanced... right....




HaHaHaHaHa....



[Edited by: reb4 at 8/21/2014 4:10:19 PM EST]
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 4:01:40 PM

USA Today seems rather ambivalent on the issue:

" It is part of an unhealthy trend of political issues being forced into courts rather than being resolved by voters."

"Chalk it up to dysfunction and polarization. With elected branches of government so unable to act in the public interest, some people think that courts can fix things. They can't. Not in Washington. And not in Austin."

Editorial
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RNorm
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 3:24:46 PM

"Texas journalists say many on the national level don't know the facts and context and are too quick to judge from afar.

"The national pundits -- and some of them are very thoughtful people -- tend to focus first and most easily on the politics," said Wayne Slater, a columnist at the Dallas Morning News. "How does this particular event help or hurt that candidate in the potential horse race? Many reporters in Texas know Perry and are much more familiar with the details in this case, the fact that these are Republicans investigating this and that Perry has a history of hardball politics in forcing people out. This is a much more nuanced story than some in the Beltway understand."

Slater adds, "Rick Perry is getting good press because he has been masterful in the way he has framed this as a matter of partisan politics. Instinctively political journalists and reporters and outlets at some distance understand that Perry is winning the politics at the moment and that his narrative of events really comports with their general sense of how things work, that politicians threaten people and coerce people."

Forrest Wilder, who is covering the story for the Texas Observer, noted in a recent piece that the criminal complaint against Perry filed in June 2013 by Texans for Public Justice was assigned to a Republican judge who then appointed a former prosecutor in the George H.W. Bush administration as special prosecutor. In comments to Media Matters, Wilder said the charges were something "we should take seriously."

"There is nothing about this indictment process that suggests partisan bias," said Wilder. "You had a Republican judge who appointed a special prosecutor who has largely a Republican pedigree who presented testimony from 40 individuals. There were hundreds of documents reviewed and the grand jury decided to indict."

He also called much of the national coverage "mystifying." "These are folks who have not been following this and conclude there was nothing to this; that is a rush to judgment," he said. "Every major news outlet in the state at this point has done a piece along the lines of 'hey guys, here are some things to consider, here are some things you are getting wrong.'"

The Morning News and the Houston Chronicle, the state's two largest daily papers, have both editorialized on the validity of the investigation.

The Chronicle wrote that the indictments "suggest that the longest-serving governor in Texas history has grown too accustomed to getting his way when it comes to making sure that virtually every key position in state government is occupied by a Perry loyalist." The Morning News editorial board stated: "It's in every Texan's best interests for the charges against Perry, whatever your view of them, to traverse the entire judicial system as impartially as possible."




Editors from across Texas tell say National press getting Perry indictment story very wrong
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 10:26:41 AM

btc, would he get to replace her? I believe you are mistaken because it is a local office with statewide authority. That is what I asked down there in the first place. It actually should be either a state elected or appointed position because as it stands right now the people of Austin are the only ones who decide for the entire state!
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 10:23:34 AM

nstrdnvstr, "Except that that is not true. Gov. Perry said he would continue to fund the squad if the District Attorney (that was caught on camera threatening police officers after being arrested or drunk driving and having an open bottle in her car} stepped down from the office of ITEGRITY."

I tegrity. Did he say that?!! It was not the idea of defunding the office, it was the problem HE would get to make the appointment to replace her, with his choice. And when an organization friendly to him was under investigation.
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nstrdnvstr
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 10:23:05 AM

BUZZ, " Maybe Perry will get to share a cell in federal prison with Tom Noe(R) and Gov. Taft(R)..."

Maybe he will share a cell with Tom DeLay.

Oh wait, that was another political attack from the left using the court system. Tom Delay's verdict was overturned, wasn't it?
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nstrdnvstr
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 10:19:22 AM

worryfree, ".... In no way do I approve of Lehmbergs DUI but the threat to withhold funds if she doesn't resign is questionable."

Why is it questionable? She tried to abuse HER office, she s supposed to be a model of her office, is she not? The integrity issue is big here. It has much more to do with the DUI, it has to do with the threats she made against the police officers and the lack of "integrity" after being arrested.

That video was not a problem for you? The way she acted and the threats she made?
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nstrdnvstr
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 10:15:33 AM

"Mr. Perry’s critics accused him of using Ms. Lehmberg’s arrest to try to dismantle the public corruption squad, to thwart the investigation into the cancer-research agency and to seize an opportunity to take down a prominent Democrat. The public corruption unit has been scaled down, but it continues its work largely using county financing."

Except that that is not true. Gov. Perry said he would continue to fund the squad if the District Attorney (that was caught on camera threatening police officers after being arrested or drunk driving and having an open bottle in her car} stepped down from the office of ITEGRITY.
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BuzzLOL
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 7:49:16 AM

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. I think that meme of Perry's mugshot should have had him wearing a T-shirt with his mugshot of him wearing a T-shirt with his mugshot wearing a T-shirt of his mugshot of him wearing a T-shirt of his mugshot wearing... to remind him of how small he has gotten...
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 5:16:33 AM

"She plays a powerful role in Austin in overseeing the Public Integrity Unit. At the time of Mr. Perry’s veto last year, prosecutors in the unit had been investigating a state agency called the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The agency — one of Mr. Perry’s signature initiatives — came under scrutiny by state lawmakers after accusations of mismanagement and corruption; a former official there was indicted last year for his handling of an $11 million grant.

Mr. Perry’s critics accused him of using Ms. Lehmberg’s arrest to try to dismantle the public corruption squad, to thwart the investigation into the cancer-research agency and to seize an opportunity to take down a prominent Democrat. The public corruption unit has been scaled down, but it continues its work largely using county financing."

It does appear politics was involved. Corrupt politics.
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Troller_Diesel
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 8:42:12 PM

More Democrat politics:

Perry Grand Juror Was An Active Democratic Party Delegate During Jury Proceedings
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Troller_Diesel
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 8:19:16 PM

worryfree: "She should not seek reelection so the locals can elect her successor, not have Perry appoint one."

Typical Democrat politics.

In Colorado, after two State Senators were successfully recalled, including the Senate President, for passing gun control laws, a recall petition was certified for a third, Evie Hudak.

She resigned so the Democrat governor could appoint a Dem replacement rather than throw the Senate to a GOP majority.

Democrats usually do what is politically expedient, rarely do they do what's right...
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AnotherOne
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 7:08:50 PM



worryfree, "I don't think Perry was falling down drunk when he went in for his mug shot."

Of course he is not "falling down drunk".

He is not a Democrat!

;-)

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worryfree
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 6:12:09 PM

I don't think Perry was falling down drunk when he went in for his mug shot. In no way do I approve of Lehmbergs DUI but the threat to withhold funds if she doesn't resign is questionable. She should not seek reelection so the locals can elect her successor, not have Perry appoint one.
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I75at7AM
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 2:44:08 PM

Wow, here's not-news:

Perry Grand Juror Was An Active Democratic Party Delegate During Jury Proceedings

"Rho Chalmers, who disclosed to the Houston Chronicle yesterday that she was a member of the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was an active delegate to the Texas Democratic Party convention during grand jury proceedings."

"More troubling, however, is the fact that Chalmers attended, photographed, and commented on an event with Democratic state Sen. Kirk Watson while grand jury proceedings were ongoing."

"Numerous posts from both of Chalmers’ Facebook pages....make clear that she is a partisan Democratic activist, and that she was an active participant in the Texas Democratic Party’s state convention in June while grand jury proceedings were ongoing."

NEXT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 10:52:21 AM

Rick's mug shot takes on celebrity status.
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sgm4law
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 9:53:38 AM

"It is a public integrity unit that gives statewide authority to a locally elected official which is whatever DA sits in the chair in Austin. Shouldn't this be a statewide elected official in the first place?"

Exactly. It is a truly bizarre setup, designed to allow politically motivated prosecutions.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 9:49:52 AM

Stark Contrast of when Perry - compared to Rosemary Lehmberg went in



Perry voluntarily appeared at the Travis County Court to be fingerprinted and to have his mug shot taken.
"I'm going to enter this courthouse with my head held high knowing that the actions I took were not only lawful and legal but right," Perry told reporters.



"I'm going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being, and we will prevail and we'll prevail because we're standing for the rule of law," he said.



"Interesting that many Republican leaders from across the country (Like Christie) are coming out in support of Perry..."

Actually worryfree, there will be more that come out... and as the article I listed commented.... "Many Republicans and some Democrats have come to Perry's defense."Be interesting to see how this plays out... I mean in a court of law, not in liberal or conservative rags....
SMH...
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 12:04:39 AM

.
. Maybe Perry will get to share a cell in federal prison with Tom Noe(R) and Gov. Taft(R)...

"Thomas W. Noe is an Ohio Republican party fundraiser and activist, guilty of money laundering for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign and of theft and corruption in the "Coingate scandal". "

+ Tom Noe(R) and Gov. Taft(R) +

_______________________________________________________________________

++++++++++++ EvilBushie ERADICATION SPECIALIST ++++++++++++++
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 9:04:50 PM

SE3.5: "There is a court date set for Friday. Should we wait and see what happens on Friday, OR should we continue to speculate for the next couple of days?"

I'd rather sit back, get out the popcorn, and watch the libs make fools of themselves once again. Like in the Ferguson topic!

It's quite amusing, don't you think?

*ROTFL*

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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 9:03:48 PM

And now, the New York Times comes out in support of Rick Perry.

Is Gov. Rick Perry’s Bad Judgment Really a Crime?

Of course, they have to throw in some of their wild-eyed lib criticism of Perry, but that's to be expected from the New York Times...

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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 5:50:01 PM

worryfree, "Interesting that many Republican leaders from across the country (Like Christie) are coming out in support of Perry..."

Many Democrats are coming out in support of Perry too. Is THAT "interesting"?
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 2:53:30 PM

"perhaps that's why you are confused....."

LOL...no, that is not the reason he is confused by I would digress so we will just leave that one out there!
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 2:51:10 PM



worryfree, "Interesting that many Republican leaders from across the country (Like Christie) are coming out in support of Perry..."

Interesting that even many liberals are saying that this is an egregious abuse of power by Drunk Democrat Rosemary Lehmberg and other desperate Democrats in Texas and they are coming out in support of Perry.

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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 2:37:32 PM

There is a court date set for Friday. Should we wait and see what happens on Friday, OR should we continue to speculate for the next couple of days?
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 2:06:03 PM

Why wouldn't they? It's clearly a politically motivated bogus indictment and everyone knows it.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 1:56:31 PM

Interesting that many Republican leaders from across the country (Like Christie) are coming out in support of Perry...
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 1:47:06 PM

btc1 complained: "AC, everyone of your political opposites of Perry were found guilty. The process worked. You need to let it work here, too."

--Absolutely true, btc. You need to let the process work itself out. And when, most likely, Perry is found not guilty, or the charges are dropped as either bogus or unsubstantiated, then are you going to apologize? And if he does end up being punished, I'll say: "he deserved it".

But this smacks of other scandals found in the Obama administration. Why have you and your political counterparts been defending Lois Lerner for her obstruction? Why don't you want the process to "work"?

What about Hillary Clinton letting those poor men in Libya die? Why not a meaningful investigation? Or are you afraid to "let the process work"?

Or what about Eric Holder's lack of leadership in Fast and Furious - where DEA and Border Partol agents were shot by guns that should have never been sold in the first place. The process WAS working -the gun dealers reported the suspicious sales, and were TOLD by BATF to let them proceed. And then, of course, Holder and Obama blamed the gun dealers for selling to the shady buyers in the first place.

Why won't you and your counterparts on the far left allow the justice and ethics processes to work? Don't you want clean politics? Or do your ethics change when you "like" the guy?

One thing you will find is that THIS libertarian doesn't change ethics as to whether I "like" or "dislike" a candidate or politician. I can't say that I see that from you and your far lefties.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 11:42:31 AM

RedState is by Erick Erickson, who is not Rush Limbaugh. He has sat in as host for Limbaugh, however, perhaps that's why you are confused.....
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This whole incident is NOT a "Rick Perry indicted for abuse of authority" topic.

It is a Drunk Democrat District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg abuse of power.

I hope she gets slapped down so hard that she feels like she has to drink like she has never drunk before.

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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 11:27:58 AM

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. I wouldn't put much trust in the BS that "RedState" website puts out... might as well get the BS straight from the horse's ah... er... mouth: Rush Limbaugh...
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 10:33:07 AM

I was doing some research on this funding issue behind it all and this is something that should have been done long ago. It is a public integrity unit that gives statewide authority to a locally elected official which is whatever DA sits in the chair in Austin. Shouldn't this be a statewide elected official in the first place?
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 9:55:17 AM

Here is The Definitive Summary of the Perry Indictment Farce.

"In response to this veto threat, Rick Perry has been indicted on two felony counts for abusing his executive power. Here’s what happens when a governor attempts to enforce a basic standard of competence and decency against a grotesquely corrupt bureaucracy."

"Governor Perry steps up and demands some basic accountability from this wretched lush of a harridan by vetoing state funding for her...office."

"Governor Perry, who could go to jail for 5 years or longer if convicted of having a high enough standard decency to do something about the revolting behavior of Rosemary Lehmberg, had the following to say:

" “Americans and Texans who have seen this agree with me that that is not an individual who is heading up an office that we can afford to fund,” Perry said. “Given that information, and given that choice again, that is exactly what I would do.” "

[Edited by: I75at7AM at 8/19/2014 9:58:50 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 8:53:06 AM

...

I liked this one actually....

""My guess would be that James is rather serious about his potential candidacy -- not recognizing that outside of his region of the nation he is seen as a buffoon by many."

As opposed to Joe Biden???"

Thanks, nstrdnvstr..
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