UPDATE: Irony abounds ... now with surprise N&O coverage

John Hood, the stagemanager of Art Pope's "multi-million-dollar opinion-manufacturing machine" hasn't written anything worth reading lately, but all good things must end. And today they came to a screeching halt.

In fact, this is something you HAVE to read.

The subject of Hood's gushy missive at the is the paid appearance in Raleigh of convicted felon John Rowland, former Republican governor of Connecticut. In a display of irony only a Republican could miss, Hood cites the white-collar criminal as someone whose insights about ethics actually matter.

In 2004, the three-term Republican governor pled guilty to federal crimes in conjunction with a state corruption probe of influence-peddling allegations. After first denying any wrongdoing, Rowland later went on television to admit that he had received construction work on his vacation home from companies with state contracts, work for which he had not paid. Once a state legislative panel began considering articles of impeachment, Rowland’s attorneys negotiated a guilty plea to a federal count very similar to the one federal prosecutors are currently trying to prove in the Kevin Geddings trial here in North Carolina: the crime of denying the people of the state one’s “honest service,” in Rowland’s case by accepting gifts from firms doing business with the state without disclosing them for purposes of taxation and policing conflicts of interest.

While in prison, and during subsequent months of house arrest, Rowland had what can only be described as a religious experience. This was not the classic “jailhouse conversion,” since he had already been convicted and sentenced. It was, rather, a case of finding what he calls the “real power” that sustains a happy and purposeful life, as contrasted with the seductive power that politicians obtain and wield.

Can you believe this shit?

On a day when the entire leadership structure of the Republican party is collapsing under the weight of lying, sexual perversion and criminal incompetence, John Hood has the balls to bring a convicted felon to town to talk about integrity in public service?

At a time when his power-hungry benefactor is spending hundreds of thousands in corporate money to influence public elections, pushing the limits of the law, and crossing the boundaries of decency, John Hood writes a whole column about ethics and doesn't once look in the mirror?

Leaders need, as Rowland put it, a “tether” that keeps their inflated egos from floating away and binds them to an ethical code of public service, openness, and respect for others. He found it in a renewed, personal relationship with God – a relationship fostered and strengthened within a network of close, trusted friends and family.

Simply astounding. Hood actually quotes the two-bit crook's comments about "inflated egos" and doesn't bother to mention the quiet coup his boss is orchestrating in the Party of Torture here in North Carolina. Un-frickin-believable.

Don't get me wrong. I'm sure the Puppets at the John Locke Foundation have a lot to learn from Republican felons who've used their offices to enrich themselves and their friends. Lord knows, there are plenty of them around.

UPDATE

In a startling development that should surprise no one, the stenographers at the Raleigh News and Observer dutifully report on the John Lockup Foundation (kudos to Greg Flynn) event and the visiting crook today Under the Dome. I guess all our gentle requests for objectivity and balance at the newspaper have fallen on deaf ears. Either that or Rob Christensen is having a really hard time "quitting" his buddy John Hood.

Since when is another Republican crook news?

DOUBLE UPDATE

I heard today from an anonymous emailer who actually attended the FelonFest yesterday. I can't vouch for the report, of course, but who cares? The writer was surrounded by tables filled with liars listening to crooks.

. . . the GOP is fragmented big time over the so-called 'RINO Unity.' It would seem that the county leaders and other officers did not give the state leadership authority to do the alliance thing, and that they believe Ferrell Blount broke the rules, even to the point of some people talking about impeaching him.

. . . I think I spotted Art Pope, but I haven't met him yet. He fell asleep during the presentation, something I was also tempted to do ;-).

So there you have it. Another day in la-la land, where freedom is on the march if you happen to be a white Republican criminal getting paid to promote ethics by a room full of government-hating zealots.

Comments

Just a reminder.

My wife received this letter in the mail this week. Which is exactly the kind of integrity we've come to expect from people who listen to what Hood and the other Puppets have to say.


  

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
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Release me Jesus! For God's sakes release me from the Hood

He found it in a renewed, personal relationship with God – a relationship fostered and strengthened within a network of close, trusted friends and family.*John Hood

Everybody finds Baby Sweet Jesus in the system. In fact BSJ has no competition even from the Muslin brotherhood when it comes to chating about the maker and his great works to release you from the pit of dentention Hell. America has the largest lockup of prisoners in the world 4 million. No other nation-state on the planet can even come close. Does that tell you something? And one wonders why justice is not being serve for the poor, minorities?

The degree of civilization can be judged by observing it's prisoners.* Dostoyevsky after doing time in the Imperial Russia Gulag

We can only hope that one day the Hood

will emulate his hero and become a convicted felon too. Then maybe, just maybe he'll slip quietly away, never to be heard, or read again.

As always A, good catch!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

John Lockup Foundation

Apparently Republicans need to actually be in prison for a while before they find the "“real power” that sustains a happy and purposeful life, as contrasted with the seductive power that politicians obtain and wield."

John Lockup: UPDATE

Heh.

Can't wait to see the N&Os coverage of the crook. They'll probably put it on the front page.

UPDATE: I was wrong. It wasn't the front page. Just the top of the Dome. Heh.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

Foley coverage

I found this quote from an ex FBI agent who was inteviewed about the Foley Follies.

“There are going to be some issues here in the gray area,” Lanning said. “You may find this behavior repulsive, offensive or immoral. Whether it’s a violation of law will be based on a precise reading of the law.”

This seems like what John Hood said in defense of Art Pope when everyone else in the world was questioning the practice of pouring corporate money into legislative races. If I had any hair, I'd call it hair-splitting.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

Isn't "immoral" enough?

Why does it have to be illegal for us to be outraged?


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Republican = Immorality

Republicans don't even care if their reps are immoral anymore. This scandal only bothers them because it reaches the level of "Evil", which is why I think we should have been using this word for a long time.

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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

All Republican Crooks become born again...

Nixon
North
Bennett
Kissinger

...you know, I really get sick of making these lists. Someone on Kos said the other day that the historical lists don't help, what we need to do is focus like a laser beam on the current crook and force them to disavow or get in bed. My wording, not his.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

North is the worst slimeball in that group, IMO

But they all have another thing in common . . . just like Rowland. They try to profit from their criminal status.

What a bunch of assholes.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden