Friday, April 15

Famous People Can Break Laws 

The AP tells us that if you starred in "Webster" you can drive like a maniac and police officers will faun all over you for it:
Emmanuel Lewis, the former child star of the '80s TV series 'Webster,' got off with a warning for speeding after giving his autograph and posing for a photo with police, officials said.

Officer Ron Kirk said he stopped a vehicle Tuesday afternoon in rural southwestern Georgia that had been traveling 70 mph in a 45 mph zone. Kirk immediately recognized Lewis.

'Well, I grew up watching him and he was very nice and professional, so I just gave him a courtesy warning,' Kirk told Albany TV station WALB.

The officer asked for his autograph, and Lewis, 34, agreed to pose for a picture with Kirk and the town's police chief, Randy Howard Jr.

Kirk said Lewis, who lives in the Atlanta area, was probably unfamiliar with the road and didn't realize there were speed-limit changes.

Warwick, a tiny lakeside town about 30 miles northeast of Albany, gets most of its police department revenues from speeding fines, Kirk said."

Yes, you heard that right. The officer liked watching Webster on TV, and in exchange for a moment with his childhood hero he was willing to let the law slide. In a town that needs speeding ticket revenue. They got a PR photo instead. Of Webster.

The best part was the officer saying that the former star probably didn't know that the speeds had recently changed. He was caught going 75. Where in the area was it previously OK to go 75?

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Thursday, April 14

Rich People Love to Break Laws 

Shocking. A Texas businessman. The AP explains:
"A Texas businessman, along with a Bulgarian and a British citizen, have been indicted in a scheme to pay millions of dollars in kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime as part of the United Nations' oil-for-food program, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

U.S. Attorney David N. Kelley scheduled a late-morning news conference with an FBI official to announce the unsealing of the indictment, which his office said also named two companies operated by the Texan, whose name was not immediately released.

The kickbacks involved funds otherwise intended for humanitarian relief in Iraq, Kelley said in a statement."

You know. Rip off the poor and make a quick buck! They don't need no stinkin' humantiarian aid. The rich need all the money, at any expense. It's the American way.

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Tuesday, April 12

The Rich Get Everything 

The AP tells us how to get your legislation passed in Congress, especially if you know Tom Delay:
"A note next to the top executive of Alabama-based Compass Bank read, 'Want to clear up home equity lending.' Another notation said '22 K direct.'

Four days after the meeting, Compass Bank's political action committee made $22,000 in contributions of $1,000 each to candidates in 22 Texas House races, according to an analysis by the Texas Observer newspaper.

Eight months after the fundraising visit, the Texas Legislature approved a constitutional amendment to allow home equity loans on lines of credit for the first time in the state. Voters ratified the amendment and Compass quickly marketed the loans."

See how easy it is? Say you don't like your usuarious credit card rates. Find some politicians, give them some money for re-election, and sit back and wait. Credit card fees disappear. Unless, of course, the credit card companies give MORE money to those same people.

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