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'I'll Sell My Soul to the Devil'

@ 08:44 AM (88 months, 25 days ago)

...said the guy wearing the Corrupt Bastards baseball cap.
Boy howdy, the FBI corruption investigation that blew the lid off crooked politics in Alaska a year ago is spreading like an oil slick.
May I point out that they found $32,200 in cash stacked in a closet belonging to Republican Pete Kott, former speaker of the Alaskan House of Representatives.
Unlike Louisiana, Alaska is cold and crooked politicians don't need a freezer.
Kott, Ted Stevens et al make Louisiana's crooked Democrat - Rep. William Jefferson - and his freezer full of $9,000 cash look like the minor leagues.
"Corruption Scandals Involve Alaska's Biggest Political Names
From Washington Post, November 12, 2007:
ANCHORAGE -- When the FBI came looking for corruption in Alaska politics, it found an excellent perch in Suite 604 of the Baranof Hotel in Juneau, the state capital. There, a profane septuagenarian named Bill Allen did business throughout a 2006 special session called to set taxes on the oil industry. With hundred-dollar bills in his front pocket for ease of access when lawmakers turned up with their hands out, the oil-services company executive turned in a bravura performance before the pinhole camera that federal agents installed opposite his favorite chair.
On another tape, Pete Kott, the former Republican speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives, crowed as he described beating back a tax bill opposed by oil companies. "I had to cheat, steal, beg, borrow and lie," Kott said. "Exxon's happy. BP's happy. I'll sell my soul to the devil."
.....a year ago when federal agents raided lawmakers' offices and homes -- finding $32,200 neatly stacked in a closet of Kott's condo -- the federal probe has produced four indictments, three convictions, three guilty pleas and a rapt audience keen to see how high into Alaska's political hierarchy the rot reaches.
....Officially, the scandal has remained confined to Juneau, where Alaska lawmakers had grown so accustomed to operating under the presumption of impropriety that several of them embroidered ball caps with the letters CBC, for "Corrupt Bastards Club." An Anchorage coffeehouse now offers Corrupt Bastards Brew.) [...]"
These crooked Alaskans were proud! Had their own baseball hats and coffee named after them and everything. Like Texas, Alaska must like to go all out and do things in a big way.
Corruption is such a strange game. Beware of people who pay millions for jobs that pay thousands.
Good thing the FBI caught this Kott guy... or the Republicans would be running him for President. He's right up their greedy gut oil business alley.
Yes, yes, I know. Political power corrupts. Period. When the Democrats get in and wield power, some of them will be taking bribes too... only difference is they won't go around preaching moral values. That's a specialty of the Republicans. And boy has it come back to haunt them in the past few months.
I detest crooked politicians, no matter the party... as the Queen said to Alice: "Off with their heads!"
But wait, they might self-destruct anyway... by mixing erectile dysfunction drugs with sleeping pills. This just kills me:
"The probe has delivered low humor as well as bad behavior. In one exchange the FBI captured by wiretap, Allen handed a sexual potency pill and a sleeping pill to Kott -- who later phoned, confused and upset, after mixing them up."
They're sure going to be laughing at that at many a Washington, DC cocktail party.