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.
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?
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.