Sunday, July 03, 2011

Not Quite A Chappaquiddick Incident

What kind of strings do public officials have in their hands, and do they actually have to pull them, to keep their arrest for driving under the influence, with a young lady friend in the car, secret?

Ohio state Rep. Robert Mecklenborg profusely apologized Thursday for his arrest on drunken-driving charges, calling the incident “a mistake” that has “caused great hurt to my family” but which should not affect his ability to continue to represent his southwestern Hamilton County district.

At the time of his April 23 arrest in Lawrenceburg, Ind., Mecklenborg, a 59-year-old married father of three, had a young woman passenger in his car, court documents show…

The Enquirer learned of the arrest Wednesday, nearly nine weeks after it occurred. Asked whether he had any idea how and why it finally had surfaced, Mecklenborg said: “When you’re in public office, you’ve got a bull’s-eye on your back.”

State Representative Robert P. Mecklenborg (R-OH) must have a camoflauged bull’s-eye on his back in order for this news to have remained unknown for nine (9) weeks.

Though this is not quite a Chappaquiddick incident, it clearly illustrates another professional jobholder’s unfitness for office.

Rep. Mecklenborg admits to ‘mistake’ with OVI arrest

Thanks to a friend for an emailed head’s up on this.

UPDATE:  Erin O’Brien provides more data in regards to Mecklenborg’s nine week old secret, including video of his arrest for driving under the influence, in a post titled We’re not in Ohio anymore.

Posted by John Venlet on 07/03 at 06:47 PM
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Empty Your Pockets, Citizens of California

Via a Curmudgeonly & Skeptical post titled revealing quote…, via a James Taranto Best of the Web post noted under the heading California Federation of Bank Robbers.

The California Federation of Teachers has launched a campaign to add a 1 percent income tax surcharge on Californians who make more than $500,000 a year — about the wealthiest 1 percent. That would bring the state taxable income rate to 10.3 percent for the richest Californians and net about $2.5 billion a year for the state, based on current returns.

“Our polling shows us clearly that this is a winner, that very high numbers of the public and likely voters agree that the wealthiest Californians should contribute more,” said Fred Glass, the federation’s communications director. “I think there’s a growing recognition that it’s not that California’s broke. We have plenty of money in this state; it’s just in other pockets. (bold by ed.)

Calif. budget deal leaves taxes, reforms to voters

The State is going to empty your pockets.  One way or another.

Posted by John Venlet on 07/03 at 11:59 AM
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Jose Guerena - Do Not Speak His Name

One of my last posts regarding the killing of Jose Guerena was titled Jose Guerena - Killed With The Consent Of The Governed, wherein I stated the following.

Why does not the killing of Jose Guerena matter?  Because it has been consented to, just as specified in The Declaration of Independence.

Not only has Jose Guerena’s killing been consented to by the majority of the public, now comes word that if a “public official” dares speak in defense of Jose Guerena’s name said official will be shunned and stripped of their responsibilities.

Brian Miller may be still the chairman of the Pima GOP, but he’s without the keys to his kingdom.

Or a checkbook.

And the party’s ordered him not to speak in public.

The Pima County Republican Party’s executive committee told Miller on Thursday night to stop speaking for the party, to return its checkbook and credit cards, not enter into contracts, and to return the keys to party headquarters. Party leaders voted 10-2 on the resolution…

The county chair sent out an official GOP email in May titled “We are all Jose Guerena,” writing “It is my hope that this tragic event will lead to a renewed discussion of the policies that routinely lead to heavily armed and militarized local police invading private homes and a renewed interest in the civil liberties codified in our Bill of Rights.”

Last month, the party forced Miller to retract a statement on a radio talk show calling Guerena’s death “murder.”

So, do you still believe that elected public officials are working in your interest?

GOP chair Miller refuses to resign, quotes ‘Animal House’ speech - County Republicans muzzle chairman Brian Miller

Via InstaPundit.

Posted by John Venlet on 07/03 at 11:18 AM
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Dresses and Barbed Wire Fences

A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.

Sophia Loren

Classic.  Beauty.  Click that link and see for yourself.

Posted by John Venlet on 07/03 at 10:51 AM
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