Silly rabbi

I was wondering when the shit would hit the fan regarding Mercer Island right-wing radio-rabbi Daniel Lapin, and his long and shady relationship with GOP scandal-monkey Jack Abramoff. Um… today in the Seattle Times:

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff funneled money through a Mercer Island religious foundation as he tried to influence a top aide to Republican congressional leader Tom DeLay, according to his guilty plea last week to corruption charges.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin confirmed Sunday it was his foundation, Toward Tradition, that took $50,000 from two Abramoff clients and, at Abramoff’s suggestion, used it to hire the aide’s wife to organize a conference for the group.

Lapin said he and his board had no idea the money was part of Abramoff’s vast scheme to influence Congress and, in this case, stop bills to raise postal rates and ban online lotteries.

“We were innocently hiring someone to do a job and not being aware that it was part of something else,” Lapin said.

Hmm. Well… maybe. But it’s hard not to judge a man by the company he keeps, and Lapin, the “The Republican’s Rabbi-in-Arms,” has been hanging out with crooks and liars.

Michael at blatherWatch has done a great job chronicling Lapin and his close relationships with the likes of Abramoff, Tom DeLay, Ralph Reed, Grover Norquist, and Pat Robertson. I’m looking forward to what Michael has to say about the latest news.

UPDATE:
The Seattle Weekly has also spent a ton of ink on Lapin, Abramoff and Co., and I had missed a Jan 4 roundup that provides links to much of their coverage. Great reading.

I believe a good chunk of Michael’s information also comes from coverage in the old Eastside Weekly, which unfortunately is not archived online. Perhaps the Weekly could post that for its online readers?

Comments

  1. 1

    spews:

    Remember, this Lapin fellow also gave Abramoff a bullshit-as-bullshit-gets award so that he could get into the Cosmos Club. Something about “Esteemed Professor of Religeous History” or some shit. Total liar.

  2. 2

    Moonbat_patrol spews:

    We all recall how the Democrats stole the governor’s mansion from Dino Rossi, but have we already forgotted the names of the culprits? David McDonald, chief legal counsel for the state Democratic Party, was one of the people calling the shots in the case. Mcdonald is a senior partner at Preston Gates and Ellis and member of the Democratic National Committee. How many meetings did Mcdonald have with Abramoff? Any memos? How much money did Mcdonald secure for Murray and Cantwell? Other candidates? Anyone who thinks that the Democrats aren’t involved with Abramoff is dreaming.

  3. 3

    My Left Foot spews:

    The number of Democrats involved does not come close to the number of Republicans, you nit wit. Every conservative talk show host is admitting that is a Republican scandal. Why do you think DeLay was beheaded this weekend? Abramoff is a Rightwingnut. Pull your head out of your ass and stop smelling your own shit.

  4. 5

    patrol_moonbats spews:

    Ah yes, another scatalogical reference. The intellect of the left. You must be so proud. Yale must have higher standards though because even John Kerry’s finesse with scatalogical and mating references could assure him makrs better than George W Bush.

    Mr Kerry gave permission for the US Navy officer school where he was trained to release his records to the Boston Globe.

    They showed that Mr Kerry had a cumulative grade average of 76 for his four years at Yale, the paper said.

    Mr Bush, who also went to Yale and was two years behind John Kerry, had an average of 77, according to records published by the New Yorker magazine in 1999.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4074922.stm

    40 out of 45 Democrat senators (including our own Cantwell and Murray) are on the Abramoff dirty sludge fund list.

    http://www.capitaleye.org/abra.....asp?sort=N

    Now look at the titles of the columns in the table:

    There are six columns, with the follwoing titles:

    Recipient Total From PAC From Indiv

    The fourth column represents contributions from the invdividual (Abramoff). Looking down the FOURTH column of the link we find the following contributions from the individual (Abramoff):

    Joe Baca (D-Calif) $500
    Xavier Becerra (D-Calif) $1,000
    Shelley Berkley (D-Nev) $500
    Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) $500
    David E. Bonior (D-Mich) $5,000
    Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) $1,000
    John Breaux (D-La) $5,000
    Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif) $1,000
    Tom Carper (D-Del) $2,000
    Brad R. Carson (D-Okla) $3,600
    Max Cleland (D-Ga) $2,500
    Jim Costa (D-Calif) $1,000
    Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) $500
    Tom Daschle (D-SD) $2,000
    Peter Deutsch (D-Fla) $3,500
    Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) $11,000
    Barney Frank (D-Mass) $11,100
    Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo) $1,000
    Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)$2,000
    John Kerry (D-Mass) $1,400
    Dale E. Kildee (D-Mich) $5,500
    Jerry Kleczka (D-Wis) $1,000
    Mary L. Landrieu (D-La) $4,500
    Jim Maloney (D-Conn) $500
    Charles J. Melancon (D-La) $2,100
    Robert Menendez (D-NJ) $1,000
    Patty Murray (D-Wash) $8,000
    James L. Oberstar (D-Minn) $3,500
    Frank Pallone, Jr (D-NJ) $2,000
    Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) $2,000
    Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) $1,0000
    Nick Rahall (D-WVa) $9,000
    Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) $15,000
    Richard M. Romero (D-NM) $3,000
    Brad Sherman (D-Calif) $2,000
    Deborah Ann Stabenow (D-Mich) $5,000
    Gene Taylor (D-Miss) $2,250
    Gloria Tristani (D-NM) $1,000

    Democrat Congressiona campaign Committee $16,000
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte $121,500

    Oh, look, what is this?

    “WASHINGTON – One of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s fundraising committees will admit it failed to disclose $722,000 in contributions from a felon and pay a $35,000 fine, according to a settlement released Thursday.

    The deal stems from a high-powered Los Angeles fundraiser the New York Democrat held Aug. 12, 2000. “

    http://www.kansascity.com/mld/.....562590.htm

  5. 6

    moonbat_patrol spews:

    It would be rather nice if, in the course of debate, the self proclaimed “intellectuals” of the left could actually provide a source for their outrageous claims as opposed to a public recital of their impressive array of acronyms for scat and intercourse.

  6. 7

    TheDeadlyShoe spews:

    You’re dense, patrol. Tribes are allowed to make political contributions which have nothing to do with Abramoff, though this may be news to you.

    Furthermore, are you seriously arguing that ensuring a vote is accurate as possible is stealing an election?

  7. 8

    For the Clueless spews:

    wingnut @ 5

    Sorry your NewsWhacks and WingNutDaily talking points aren’t going to take any of the stink off the Republican Abramoff/DeLay scandals.

    Right now the House of Representatives is melting down over this. It’s too late wingnut.

  8. 9

    Larry the Urbanite spews:

    2 and 5: First, while u both put up an impressive front of questions and numbers, I don’t see anything that implies the Dems have done anything illegal. Whereas the Reps, on the other hand, are being indicted, prosecuted and pleading. Your pathethic attempts might work on the masses, but not here on a lefty political blog.

    @nd, notice that neither of these posts has anything to do witht he substance of Goldy’s post. Confuse, mis-direct, obfuscate, change the subject….typical Rethuglican troll tactics.

    Finally, Goldy mentions that Lapin says he “innocently” hired a congressional aides wife to do a job. Fine. IF he can show that it is reasonable this person could do the job, and the person had the skills to do the job. Otherwise, Lapin is either a) guilty of conspiracy or b) completely inept, either of which should be reason for his parishoners (?, sorry, ex-catholic, don’t know the correct term for this) to give him the heave-ho.

  9. 10

    Larry the Urbanite spews:

    2 and 5: Where ar ey’all from? Haven’t seen u on the board before. Are u locals?

  10. 12

    Voter Advocate spews:

    5.

    Your a lying sack of shit, patrol.

    The fourth column is not from Abramoff. If you look at the contributions by donor sort of the data, no Democrat appears as a recipient of money directly from Abramoff.

  11. 13

    Larry the Urbanite spews:

    5: Um, I’ve seen reports that directly contradict thiks, AND Howard Dean just repudiated it on Blitzer recently. Also, I’ question your claim that “From Individual” means “from Abramoff”. He was a stout conservative, and contrary tot the mold of a lobbyist, the thing that drove him was (supposedly) ideology. I think it VERY unlikely that Abramoff gave personal money to Democratic candidates. I’ll search and get back to you with the link that states, he did not.

    In any case, u are missing the point here. Personal campaign contibutions aside, there is no evidence here of illegality. Bribery is the issue.

  12. 15

    windie spews:

    to the righties contributions==bribes. They like that because, if you stretch the definition of the crime to include things that aren’t illegal, then Democrats are criminals too!

  13. 16

    Larry the Urbanite spews:

    10: Everyday American Jews do tend to vote democratic. Hard core Jews (don’t know the moniker for these folks, but especially fanatical types, the equivalent of Christian Evangelicals or Islamists, not sure if the analogy is entirely correct) tend to take a strict view religiously and support the neo-con right politically. Pearlman, Feith (Tommy Franks called him “the stupidist man alive”, remember?) and Wolfowitz are all neocon Jews that are part of the administration. It goes without saying that these folks all support America’s support of Israel strongly.

    Abramoff fits in with this crowd well. He even started a Hebrew school (and sent his kids there) in MD in order to launder money! He also sent some of the Indian tribe money to kibbutzniks in Israel.

    Have you really not seen ANY of this in the news stories Lib? If so, ur reading comp sucks. Tighten up there.

  14. 17

    Daddy Love spews:

    Here’s the ACTUAL list of contributions made by C-asino Jack and his wife.

    Gee, none to Democrats.

    He DID raise $100K for Bush in 04 as a “Bush Pioneer”. The president returned $6000 and thinks he’s in the clear. When is moonbat_patrol going to sall the presient a recipient of dirty sludge for not returning his $94,000?

  15. 18

    For the Clueless spews:

    Abramoff was a college Republican with Grover Norquist and these wingnuts want people to believe he turned Democrat. Perhaps he had a change of heart because of the Bugman’s dirty tricks in the House . Yeah, that’s the ticket!

    It’s gonna be an ugly year for the R’s. Ugly.

  16. 19

    klake spews:

    Off Topic: for Mark the Red Neck and his friends.
    The Pacific Northwest According to Jeff Foxworthy .. you might be from the Pacific Northwest if:
    1. You know the state flower (Mildew)

    2. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.

    3. Use the statement “sun break” and know what it means.

    4. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.

    5. You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.

    6. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.

    7. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the “Walk” Signal.

    8. You consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is not a real mountain.

    9. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, and Veneto’s.

    10. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon.

    11. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima and Willamette.

    12. You consider swimming an indoor sport.

    13. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.

    14. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark – while only working eight-hour days.

    15. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.

    16. You are not fazed by “Today’s forecast: showers followed by rain,” and “Tomorrow’s forecast: rain followed by showers.”

    17. You cannot wait for a day with “showers and sun breaks.”

    18. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.

    19. You know that BORING is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.

    20. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.

    21. You notice, “The mountain is out” when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.

    22. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.

    23. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.

    24. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.

    25. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.

    26. You knew immediately that the view out of Frasier’s window was fake.

    27. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time.

    28. You measure distance in hours.

    29. You often switch from “heat” to “a/c” in the same day.

    30. You use a down comforter in the summer.

    31. You carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them.

    32. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.

    33. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer), Deer & Elk season (Fall).

  17. 20

    klake spews:

    Comment by Voter Advocate— 1/9/06 @ 7:44 am
    Good Morning Dean Logan you bloging on the tax payers dime this fine wet day. When is the FED’s droping in to prove you are correct on how to run an election? What other sins do you have hideing in the back room? Do not forget your umbrella today it still raining outside. Have a great day chap.

  18. 21

    Libertarian spews:

    15: Yeah, I read the stories, but this guy Lapin is what I was asking about. What’s his story other than he’s from Mercer Island and is friends with Michael Medved?

  19. 22

    Larry the Urbanite spews:

    21: I’ve just been reading up on Lapin at Blatherwatch. There are three or four posts, all linked, and some repitition, butone thing I ran across really gave me pause. While running a “born again” like Jewish center in Venice Beach, he took parishioner’s money for investment purposes, then went bankrupt. While he beat the rap legally, that strikes me as HIGHLY unethical.

    Goldy, is this sort of thing (taking investment money from the flock) generally thought of OK for a rabbi to do? (HA ha, I just realized I made a joke, as the really “fleeced” those people.)

  20. 24

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Larry–
    Kind of like Hillary hitting the lucky jackpot on Cattle Futures huh?!! Hillary showed us the simplest way to get money to a politicians wife is to make a whole bunch of high flying trades…..and give the winner to Hillary!!
    A lot of our “representatives” appear to be on the take. Some are smarter than others. The problem is “the law”. Quid pro quo is NOT easy to prove unless you have a smoking gun.

    And how about Jesse Jackson…the King of shaking down corporate America using race as his weapon. What is more disgusting than that???

    I love listening to the LEFTISTS frothing at the mouth about this…spin, spin, spin…………
    My guess is they will end up pulling in their horns quite a bit as their oooooppppssss’s become public.
    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!
    Now as an average citizen who believes in accountable government and smaller government, I love seeing all the dirty laundry aired on BOTH sides. Essential part of our system.

  21. 25

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Klake the Flake @20

    “Comment by Voter Advocate— 1/9/06 @ 7:44 am Good Morning Dean Logan you bloging on the tax payers dime this fine wet day.”

    Once again, you demonstrate the inability of rightwing nuts to keep facts straight. Roger Rabbit, not Voter Advocate, is Dean Logan blogging on the taxpayers’ dime, according to Stefan.*

    Also, you misspelled “blogging,” and “tax payers” is one word and should have a possessive apostrophe, i.e. “taxpayers’ dime.”

    * This is bullshit, but it’s useless to argue with Stefan (or, for that matter, Klake the Flake), as wingnuts are impervious to all known facts.

  22. 27

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    24

    “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!”

    Here’s a stone, righty!!! WHACKKKK!!!! Right on the kisser! This is a RETHUGLICAN scandal, got that?!

    Abramoff = GOP
    Abramoff bribes –} GOP
    Congressmen indicted or in jail = GOP

    Have another stone, Cynical! THWAAAKKKKKK!!!!!!!

  23. 28

    Janet S spews:

    I’m still wondering why Maria is giving the money back. It was raised legally and is not directly connected to Abramoff. The only reason is political calculation. Nothing wrong with that, but by giving it back she makes herself look guilty.

    I’ve never been a Lapin fan. He has one of the biggest egos in the world, and probably got along famously with Abramoff. I wonder how they managed to fit both heads in one room at the same time. If this proves his downfall, I won’t feel sorry for him.

    The threshold for any of this to rise to the level of bri-bes is really high. I suspect that, except for Ney and the guy from Montana, no one else will be in trouble. These guys have so many lawyers on staff scrutinizing donations that I’d be surprised if something got by.

  24. 29

    Larry the Urbanite spews:

    Cynical at 25: Wow, I thought Windie saying you were going all “word salad” was just a taunt. Dude, you need to staigten up, fly right, and try to make some friggen sense. Seriously, I’m having trouble figuring out what you are talking about.

    That being said, I’ll try and rebut:

    1) I have NO idea whether the feds will even try to investigate, much less prosecute a small fry like Lapin. All I was saying is that I hope this Lisa Rudy (the wife refered to) did more work than Delay’s did. Delay’s wife spent 3 MONTHS coming up with a list of congresscritters favorite charities and getting paid handsomely for it by Abramoff. I’m sorry, but I could do that in 3 WEEKS, starting from scratch.

    2) Your (being kind here) theme about holding “sides” accountable is a GOP talking point, as has been frequently pointed out here. That argument implies the Dems are more guilty than they (likely) are and the Republicans are less guilty than they (likely) are. While I agree all the crooks should be prosecuted eequally, this is a Republican scandal (cap R), and attempts to make it appear like a political scandal (small p)are GOP maneuvering.

    3) Your post has little to do with Goldy’s post or mine for that matter, and just proves my point that trolls like you are all about spin, redirecting conversation to areas you feel you have more traction, muddying ther waters etc. Good luck with that one as many here will beat you about the head and shoulders with that. I cannot figure out why you trolls seem to think posting mass populus talking points on a lefty blogger comment is an efficient use of time.

  25. 30

    Poster Child spews:

    Excellent title today, Goldy. I’d expect Roger Rabbit to show a bit more afinity: Lapin being French for rabbit, and all…

    As for the idiotic obfuscation @ 2… Abramoff was employed as a lobbyist in the D.C. office Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds (softball team name P-Germ Warfare) and David McDonald is an intellectual property litigation partner in the Seattle office of Preston Gates & Ellis (softball team name The Slugs). It’s entirely possible they’ve never met.

    Much is made of the Abramoff Seattle connection, but there’s less there than the casual observer would think. The real connection is, as Goldy points out, the money of right wing ideology

  26. 31

    Daddy Love spews:

    Cynical @ 24

    Talk about “spin!”

    Kind of like Hillary hitting the lucky jackpot on Cattle Futures huh?!!
    That had to be one of the most investigated events of the 90s. Guess what? Nothing there. Wanna talk about Harken Energy? Next.

  27. 32

    Daddy Love spews:

    Janet S @ 28

    “i>I’m still wondering why Maria is giving the money back. It was raised legally…by giving it back she makes herself look guilty.”
    I’m not so sure. Do you think it makes the President look guiltier that he send back Abramoff’s $6K or that he kept the other $94K that Jackie-boy riased for him? Returning donations is THE standard way to avoid what is known as an “appearance of impropriety.” That is, one presumably KNOWS whether one is innocent of wrongdoing, but to avoid a contribution being miconstrued or used as an oppo weapon, one returns said contribution. You are correct that the courts will elighten us as to who looks genuinely dirty. Do you think Jackie-boy wore a ire like the Dukester did?

    These guys have so many lawyers on staff scrutinizing donations that I’d be surprised if something got by.
    The way it all worked was so NOT about the campaign donations. The guys who will do time won’t do it for campaign donations.

  28. 33

    Voter Advocate spews:

    25.

    I just want it known, RR, that I am not posting under the name klake in order to rob you of the personna that Stefan foist upon you.

    klake is a genuine Tory/Aristocrat-Asskissing troll, who has run out of GOP talking points.

  29. 34

    Robert spews:

    Hey Goldie – Let’s through the book at “Mr. Cynical”:

    http://news.com.com/Create+an+.....;subj=news

    “It’s no joke. Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity.

    In other words, it’s OK to flame someone on a mailing list or in a blog as long as you do it under your real name. Thank Congress for small favors, I guess. “

  30. 35

    N in Seattle spews:

    Janet S makes sense:

    I’m still wondering why Maria is giving the money back. It was raised legally and is not directly connected to Abramoff. The only reason is political calculation. Nothing wrong with that, but by giving it back she makes herself look guilty.

    I agree with this paragraph. There is no reason whatsoever for Maria to return her untainted contribution from a tribe or tribes. Despite what the Seattle Times implies, there is also no earthly reason for Patty Murray to return a dime of trabal money.

    Anyone who can straight-facedly suggest that far-right wingnut Jack Abramoff would launder contributions to Democrats through Indian tribes has no grasp whatsoever on logical reality. Abramoff’s web of quid pro quo and kickback and sleaze involved absolutely no one who wasn’t a Republican, particularly the wingnuttiest of the bunch.

    Such as Daniel Lapin.

  31. 36

    Voter Advocate spews:

    35.

    Of course, N, you have hit the nail on the head.

    The K Street Project was the creation of Newt Gingrich, and Tom Delay was the hammer who made lobbyist money a direct deposit to GOP legislators. Thes to the extent that Delay warned lobbyist not to employ Democrats if they wanted in on the influence peddling.

    Who the hell is going to pay a Democratic Senator when the bills are changed back to the lobbyist’s original wording, that the House rubber stamped, in the reconcilliation committees?

    This is a Republican only scandal.

  32. 37

    moonbats_patrol spews:

    Read the column header: FROM INDIV. AKA Abramoff.

    As for the Ronnie Earle politically motivated charade, already on of the bogus charge have been thrown out. Democrats are trying to delay the trial because they know that it will exonerate DeLay. Ronnie Earle tried the same thing with Kay Bailey Hutcheson and got his head handed to him.

  33. 38

    moonbatss_patrol spews:

    Democrats want to talk of vote fraud? SHow me shome proof of a REPUBLICN being CONVICTED – that is what happens when you are actually found guilty of a crime.

    In 2004, Democrats rigged elections all over the country, trading crack cocaine for fraudulent registrations in Ohio and moeny for votes schemes in PA .

    Convicted of conspiracy and vote fraud and facing five years on each count were:

    • Kelvin Ellis, a Democratic precinct committeeman and former East St. Louis city government department head who served a federal prison term for extortion in the early 1990s.

    • Yvette Johnson, secretary to the city Democratic organization.

    • Democratic precinct committeemen Sheila Thomas and Jesse Lewis.

    All except Ellis were allowed to remain free on previously posted recognizance bonds to await sentencing in about three months. Ellis, who has been held in custody and faces other charges in connection to another FBI probe of East St. Louis government, was returned to jail.

    The defendants declined comment.

    http://www.belleville.com/mld/.....021188.htm

  34. 39

    Daddy Love spews:

    mnoonbat_patrol
    At current count, there are 297,875,867 “individuals” in the US. How do you know they mean Abramoff? Show us the money.

    Don’t tell us “it’s obvious.” We already know that the wingnut grasp of logic lies between shaky and non-existent.

  35. 40

    Commander Ogg spews:

    St. Clair County Democratic Central Committee? County? This is your voter fraud, moonbatss_patrol? A lousy county election were
    the trial judge, U.S. District Judge G. Patrick Murphy commented outside the presence of the jury that he didn’t believe their testimony of the two key witnesses? Please, cry me a river.

  36. 41

    Commander Ogg spews:

    St. Clair County Democratic Central Committee additional:

    At one point (Judge)Murphy sharply upbraided (Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike)Carr for misleading him four times about testimony, an allegation the prosecutor vehemently denied.

  37. 42

    Larry the Urbanite spews:

    Moonbat @ 38: Bzzzz, WRONG. See post 12. Read the posts before u repost troll, stop wasting our time. The table is confusing, but as 12 points out, the individual is not Abromoff. Alos, see

    http://www.mydd.com/story/2006/1/9/121159/6635

    As for Delay, I love his line this morning: The Only Reason I Was Indicted Was A Massive Conspiracy Between Democrats, The District Prosecutor and 8 Grand Juries. Please.

  38. 45

    Daddy Love spews:

    N in Seattle @ 36

    Even more so, Abramoff was working with the Indian tribes specifically to funnel their contributions toward Republicans and away from Democrats who, as we all know, vote favorably on Native American issues as a matter of conscience and party policy. Republicans you have to pay to get them to vote for Native Americans.

    And not even that. Abramoff is being prosecuted because he defrauded the tribes he represented by starting a Jewish school with theiur money, using their money to send arms to right-wing Isralei settlers, and (this one is great) using one tribe’s millions to lobby block another tribe’s casino, then hiring himself out the the blocked tribe to get their casino approved (and siphoning money out of both efforts for elsewhere).

  39. 46

    Larry the Urbanite spews:

    39: Well, I guess the guys that ADMITTED thier guilt (because the gov’ts case was airtight) will have to do. I’ll raise your County officials with some national ones:

    Abramoff: Pled Guilty
    Scanlon: Pled Guilty
    Cunningham: Pled guilty

    Others soon to be guilty:

    Adam Kidan : Indicted
    David Safavian: Arrested for lying to investigators
    Rep. Ney: Bribery (not indicted yet, but implicated in Abramoff’s plea bargain, so pretty sure.)

    Other possible future inmates:

    Rudy, Delay, Burns
    Grover Norquist: Money Laundering
    Ralph Reed

  40. 48

    Daddy Love spews:

    BTW, Maria Cantwell is on the Senate Committee for Indian Affairs, and Patty Murray won an award from the Northwest Native American Business Development Center in 2001 titled “For Senator Murray’s Earnest and Effective Efforts in Restoring Funding to Northwest Indian Communities” AND has been working actively to pass the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. Indian tribes would be fools NOT to give them contributions. Sounds like the farthest thing from suspicious that there is.

  41. 49

    Daddy Love spews:

    Funny thing about Rep. Bob Ney: two guys have pled guilty to bribing him, but he says he wasn’t bribed.

  42. 50

    Voter Advocate spews:

    45.

    Nope, but I did find:

    NETHERCUTT FOR CONGRESS ’96
    NETHERCUTT FOR SENATE
    [jennifer] DUNN PAC
    RANDY TATE FOR CONGRESS COMMITTEE
    FRIENDS FOR JACK METCALF
    FRIENDS OF DOC HASTINGS

  43. 51

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    Larry the Urbanite@16 There are a lot of strange splinter groups in the Jewish far right. The Hasidim would be one example of what comes under the umbrella of ultra-orthodox Judaism. They would be very roughly analogous to the Puritans. Ultra-Orthodox usually is the catchall in Israeli politco-Religious speak.
    There is even one strange little group that actively tries to aid Islamic terrorists to bring down the State of Israel, since they believe the prophecy that the Messiah cannot arrive while Israel is intact. Go figure. . .

  44. 52

    Voter Advocate spews:

    49.

    Gee, you can fo to death row on the testimony of ONE person also implicated in the crime.

    What could a prosecutor do with TWO?

  45. 53

    Jerry Springer Jr. spews:

    The Republican goal in the 2006 elections may, in many cases, be to depress turnout. Wingers may not represent a majority in many parts of the country, but they have a higher turnout rate. This goes a long way toward explaining what happened in the 1994 Republican blowout.

    What’s the best way to depress turnout? Go really, really negative. Convince folks that the Democrats are as corrupt as the Republicans. Between now and election day you will see all manner of tawdry things being alleged about “corrupt” Democratic practices. What you see from Moonbat in this thread is just a beginning.

    A favorite Rove technique is to come up with charges so iconic that his opponent is forced to deny them even if they are absurdly untrue. Encourage Democrats to get into lengthy debates. It doesn’t matter whether the Democrats win such debates on facts — what matters is whether enough “heat” is generated so that the MSM starts covering the charge. Then the echo chamber effect kicks in.

    Feed the trolls at your own peril.

  46. 54

    Voter Advocate spews:

    53.

    I disagree, Spring.

    James Carville wouldn’t let any Republican lie go unchallenged, and neither should we.

  47. 55

    Daddy Love spews:

    Here’s the kind of thing that is meant by something that gives the appearance of an exchange of favors for contributions. A contribution comes in, and then very shortly thereafter, the lawmaker does something very nice for the contributor: “The guilty plea by lobbyist Jack Abramoff could bring renewed scrutiny of a letter sent by House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois to Interior Secretary Gale Norton urging her to block an Indian c-asino opposed by rival tribes represented by Abramoff just one week after the lobbyist hosted a fundraiser for Hastert’s political action committee.” That’s what I’m talking about. Like Denny here.

  48. 56

    Daddy Love spews:

    Spring and VA

    We just need to make sure that we air the Republican corruption as often or even more often than we defend Democrats.

  49. 57

    Jerry Springer Jr. spews:

    Voter Advocate (@53), it wasn’t my intent to suggest we ignore them. I’m arguing that we should think harder about what are the underlying tactics at work. If you get into an extensive factual debate with a winger over a baseless charge against a Democrat, that may very well play into their hands.

    Might it be better to brush off the charge quickly and firmly, and then go back on the attack against Republican corruption? There isn’t one right answer to that question; I’m just suggesting that we not treat HA comment threads as mere fun and games.

  50. 58

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The long and sordid history of federal government – tribal relations includes massive mismanagement of Indian lands and assets, poor health care, lousy education, etc. Guess which political group exploited the Indians the worst?

    [ ] a. Liberal supporters of Native American rights
    [ ] b. Indian-hating white male redneck Republicans

  51. 59

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    54

    “Feed the trolls at your own peril.”

    The HA comment threads are a superb example of how the GOP propaganda machine works. They deny everything, then slather on the lies. They just make shit up.

  52. 60

    Winston Smith spews:

    Banned again from uSP. I mentioned the good Rabbi Lapin and had my comment promptly erased and I was banned from commenting — again. Why are the Righties afraid of truth? I also quoted the Book of Daniel from the Old Testament ( “Mene mene tekel upharsin.”) and was promptly accused by rightie commenters of quoting Nazi propaganda. Stefan, himself, felt compelled to correct his minions before they made too huge of a group of asses of themselves.

  53. 61

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    As for GOP vote suppression tactics, the Republicans are doing their best to turn the USA into a clone of Belorussia. Like Russia, the US is now run by gangsters.

  54. 63

    Voter Advocate spews:

    58.

    Well, I did reference the wrong post, what I was responding to was actually @50, where Daddy pointed out that Bob Ney had two admitted bribers stating that he took a bribe, while Ney denied it.

    There’s nothing funny or flippant in how hard it is to deal with two witnesses testifying against you in court.

    It does depend on the motivation of the prosecutor, however.

  55. 64

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    61

    Stefan is afraid of open debate. What do you expect from a chickenshit who’s scared shitless of a 9 7/8-lb. rabbit? Sucky Politics is a GOP propaganda megaphone. What else is new?

  56. 65

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Hey Stefan — why are you going to keep all the money for yourself instead of sharing it with the generous contributors to your “legal action fund” who paid for the lawsuit? Is it because

    [ ] a. you’re a selfish prick, or
    [ ] b. can’t hold a job and need the money, or
    [ ] c. both of the above

    ?

    Sincerely, The Rabbit

    P.S. — thanks for the yummy garden vegetables!! and watch where you step on your lawn. Pfffffrrrrrrbbrrrrrppppppp!!!!!

  57. 66

    Voter Advocate spews:

    58.

    If what you are trying to say is that I only defend Democrats without attacking Republican wrong doing, then I reject that accusation.

  58. 67

    Jerry Springer Jr. spews:

    Nope, not making an “accusation” against you. Just a “good of the order” point to everyone.

  59. 68

    cougar spews:

    moon bat partrol, guess you are kind of mistaken in 38. The court decided not to speed up your friends trial and let justice take its course. Your HAMMER is going to end up getting hammered.

  60. 69

    klake spews:

    klake is a genuine Tory/Aristocrat-Asskissing troll, who has run out of GOP talking points.

    Comment by Voter Advocate— 1/9/06 @ 10:38 am
    Dean Logan = Voter Advocate not Roger Rabbit. Voter Advocate is smarter that Roger and has a personally that matches Dean Logan. The Wabbit does not act like a government worker. The Wabbit acts like a lawyer not an ass kisser, and not as much out of touch from reality. Dean Logan is a sly weasel type person and always looking for guidance from Rom Sims. Now if he were a real man he would call the Fed’s in and check out his origination from top to bottom. Mr. Sims has something hiding in one of his closets and afraid someone will find it. What skeletons are you hiding today Dean Logan? When you move to your new office building, will the skeletons conveniently get lost? So Voter Advocate the rabbit has pass the torch off to you now enjoy Dean Logan.

  61. 70

    klake spews:

    P.S. – thanks for the yummy garden vegetables!! and watch where you step on your lawn. Pfffffrrrrrrbbrrrrrppppppp!!!!!

    Comment by Roger Rabbit— 1/9/06 @ 1:53 pm

    Roger I spike his carrots with some drugs that affects rabbits only. Now you do not look like the Hulk but you are slowly losing your ability to think straight. You should avoid his garden for now or you could get sick.

  62. 72

    Voter Advocate spews:

    70.

    flake, I hear Chris Vance is “retiring”, read getting run out of office on a rail for giving the state GOP an absolutely nonsensical, losing strategy. Worked real good, “hey David Irons run on a platform of firing a single county employee.” WOW, that’s true genius!

    Since you keep beating this dead horse, you clearly didn’t get the word, Sims won. The KC Elections office strategy didn’t work, and Dean Logan still has his job.

  63. 73

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    73

    The Dow went over 11,000 today. If the Dow can go over 11,000, why can’t I go over 10? Why should the Dow have all the fun? The Dow must be a Republican, because Republicans try to monopolize every fucking thing.

  64. 74

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    70

    “The Wabbit does not act like a government worker.”

    Where did I say I was? As mR. Cynical HAS pointed out numerous times, I’m living on a government pension? Does “pension” sound like “worker” to you? I may not be as smart as Voter Advocate, but I’m smarter than you.

  65. 75

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    75

    (scrape) (scrape)

    OK, let’s try that again after scraping the peanut butter off the keyboard:

    “The Wabbit does not act like a government worker.”

    Where did I say I was? As Mr. Cynical has pointed out numerous times, I’m living on a government pension. Does “pension” sound like “worker” to you? I may not be as smart as Voter Advocate, but I’m smarter than you.

  66. 76

    sgmmac spews:

    @73

    Yes, Sims won and the corruption continues up there. Are they still selling brains? Have they decided to disclose documents on time? Funny how all of those people who hosted fund raisers for Sims suddenly have extra money in the budget to promote their businesses……..hmmmmmmmmm

    A new building doesn’t make elections honest or transparant.

  67. 77

    Voter Advocate spews:

    77.

    The election routed those cherished fantasies for most of us, and since you don’t live in King County it is just as well that you STFU.

    KCREALS will continue improving its processes, and Chris Vance can go fuck himself.

  68. 78

    sgmmac spews:

    STFU?

    Not a fucking option!

    There is no doubt that KCREALS will improve, whether it’s by choice or by force is the only question!

  69. 79

    reality check spews:

    sgmmac, I understand your quandry with KC. I would just like you so show me one point in history when all errors, glips, ‘fra-ud’ of an election cycle was completely changed in the first two months of a new election cycle. Do you believe that all of this grandstanding by the GOP in DC concerning ‘ethics’ will make a drastic difference by the 1st of March? Political change is a slow moving process. The general direction has gone from slightly left to obnoxiously right in the past 8 years. It seems the change has started again and within the next 5 years we will be back slightly left. The world is afraid of corruption. All countries have corruption. Politics and corruption both take time to change. As you might have read even persona like Mr. Cynical state that they were once Democrat and now most of them are ‘rabid conservatives’. Change takes time.

  70. 80

    sgmmac spews:

    Generally speaking, the White House changes every 8 years. The power does indeed swing back and forth. Those changes usually happen sooner when one party in power abuses that power, the Democrats on this board are hyped to get control of something on the National level and they may!

    They also should watch their back door here on the state level. There are many who will NOT forget the 3/4 of a billion in new taxes and the 9 billion in transportation taxes. The more we sit in traffic on I-5 like I did today, the worse it will be for the knuckleheads who are spending a cool billion on wasteful stupid transportation feel good items.

Silly rabbi

Both the Washington Post and the Seattle P-I report today on the continuing saga of two of Tom DeLay’s croniest cronies with Northwest connections: former Preston Gates & Ellis uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and his good buddy, Mercer Island rabbi and vanity talk-radio host, Daniel Lapin. At a Senate hearing yesterday on allegations that Abramoff defrauded Indian Tribes of tens of millions of dollars — some of it funneled through groups connected to DeLay, Ralph Reed and other prominent right-wingers — an e-mail exchange was introduced in which Abramoff asked the good rabbi to phony up some fake awards to help him gain membership at a ritzy D.C. club.

“I hate to ask you for your help with something so silly but I’ve been nominated for membership in the Cosmos Club, which is a very distinguished club in Washington, DC, comprised of Nobel Prize winners, etc.,” Abramoff wrote. “Problem for me is that most prospective members have received awards and I have received none. I was wondering if you thought it possible that I could put that I have received an award from Toward Tradition with a sufficiently academic title, perhaps something like Scholar of Talmudic Studies?”

There were titters in the audience as Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.) read aloud the e-mail, then outright laughter as he continued reading: “Indeed, it would be even better if it were possible that I received these in years past, if you know what I mean.”

The rabbi, conservative radio host Daniel Lapin, gave his blessing. “I just need to know what needs to be produced,” he wrote. “Letters? Plaques?”

“The point of all of this,” Dorgan said, “is there’s a lot of deception going on.”

No shit, Sherlock.

Rabbi Lapin’s history of deceit, self-aggrandizement and profiteering is so extensive, he’s even earned his own category over on blatherWatch. It was Lapin who first introduced Abramoff to DeLay, and it was Abramoff who helped Lapin establish his very profitable, theo-con not-for-profit organization, Toward Tradition. Their mutual back-scratching has helped make both men wealthy and politically connected, so really… what’s a fake award or two between friends?

Don’t be confused by the title “Rabbi” before Lapin’s name; it doesn’t automatically make a man moral or wise. Lapin is above all, a self-serving, well-connected, right-wing operative with his fingers in local politics as well as national. He even played a role in drumming up false outrage over last November’s gubernatorial election, using his radio show as a forum for promoting the NW blogosphere’s most famous conspiracy theorist, and even joining Stefan as a featured speaker at January’s ridiculous, Ukrainian-themed “Re-Vote” rally, where he inflamed a crowd already fired up on lies about disenfranchised military voters, by paraphrasing John Merrick: “We are not animals! We are humans touched by the finger of GOD!!”

Oh puh-lease.

Rabbi Lapin gives the finger of God
Rabbi Lapin shows off “the finger of God.” [photo courtesy (un)Sound Politics]

Our good friend Stefan’s man-crush on Lapin borders on sycophancy (a quick search of (u)SP finds a dozen posts since the beginning of the year mentioning the good Rabbi.) Indeed, not only does Lapin’s angry mix of angry zionism and angry free market determinism appear to drive Stefan’s angry worldview, Lapin has literally driven Stefan himself… chauffeuring “Aluminum Hat Boy” to the Re-Vote rally. (The Rabbi is not only a shrewd political operative who has made himself rich playing the role of the Jewish shill for the Christian far-right, but according to Stefan, he’s also an “excellent driver.”)

That Rabbi Lapin should be assumed to have any moral authority is a joke, given his record of lies, deceit and political machinations. If his career is not actually destroyed by the Abramoff scandal, whatever is left of his credibility should be.

Comments

  1. 82

    marks spews:

    Good one, Chuck! LOL! I will use that simile at the next “Team-building” meeting at work…certainly apropos…

  2. 83

    DamnageD spews:

    So what does that make Catholics? Touched by the…forget it…ya know where i’m going here!

  3. 84

    Chuck spews:

    “He even played a role in drumming up false outrage over last November’s gubernatorial election, using his radio show as a forum for promoting the NW blogosphere’s most famous conspiracy theorist, and even joining Stefan as a featured speaker at January’s ridiculous, Ukrainian-themed “Re-Vote” rally, where he inflamed a crowd already fired up on lies about disenfranchised military voters, by paraphrasing John Merrick: “We are not animals! We are humans touched by the finger of GOD!!””>>>

    Sorry though Goldy, none of the outrage was either false nor uncalled for. We now have a governor that probably wasnt voted in by the people and garnishes support from less than 32% of the people, so get off of that pure bullshit soapbox!

  4. 85

    Unkl Witz spews:

    Have to agree with all of the above. Lapin is a certified spook and way far right wing wacko. According to the talk-show blather, he was Medved’s rab and mentor. Makes sense to me. His blend of zenophobia and psuedo-christian politics makes my skin crawl.

    He’s well worth keeping an eye on.

  5. 86

    DamnageD spews:

    uh, Chuck?

    none of the outrage was either false nor uncalled for. We now have a governor that probably wasnt voted in by the people and garnishes support from less than 32% of the people, so get off of that pure bullshit soapbox!

    the same thing goes for the current fool in the Oral Office too…

  6. 88

    chardonnay spews:

    I totally expected to see a story here on Jerusalem banning the Gay Pride Parade. Or PETA killing animals. Or Hillary demanding an apology from Karl Rove and NOT Turbin Durbin. Or CNN breaking up the Capital Gang show. Oh how I love the headlines today. Nothing good here today.
    did you cover the Mock Trial at the meeting room in congress that the Dems had either? NO!

  7. 89

    Lush Flimbaugh spews:

    What’s great about this is that John McCain is calling for the investigation. Guess that shreds the old vast left wing media conspiracy shit that will no doubt be spread on the Faux News Network. I note that the dicksucker Steffy isn’t issuing any prose on this subject. Hm?

  8. 92

    Donnageddon spews:

    Chuck @ 10 “Uh yes! The current president not only won both his elections BUT he won by a higher margin than his predicessor!”

    We have been thru this before. Put the crack pipe down and head to recovery! You are not living with us in the “reality based” world.

  9. 94

    DamnageD spews:

    Chuck @ 10

    Let me put it to ya this way. Our outrage is either false nor uncalled for. We have a President that probably wasnt voted in by the people and garnishes support from less than 42% of the people,
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories.....2487.shtml so get off of that pure bullshit soapbox!

    Sound familiar? I thought so!

  10. 103

    DamnageD spews:

    oh for fucks sake…that article is from Thursday, June 05, 2003…whats todays date Chuck? Maybe YOUR the only one who thinks this crap in relavant, anybody care to prove me wrong? What IS important is that your current Pres is up to his eyeballs in bullshit…
    http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITI.....index.html

    Allies prefer CHINA to US; http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/06/.....index.html

    VP is full of shit;
    http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/06/.....index.html

    (B)…in their “last throes.” Do you want to revise or amend those comments?
    (DC)…If you look at what the dictionary says about throes, it can still be a violent period
    (lets not forget the KEY word L A S T!!…idiot)

    ‘Ole Rummy and his world of Denial
    http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITI.....index.html
    …when HIS PARTY wants answers
    http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITI.....index.html

    Should I go on? I can find TONS more! This entire second term is floating in the crapper, and you can’t SEE this?

  11. 104

    DamnageD spews:

    AAARRRGGGG

    Son of a bitch!!

    I just spent 20 minutes getting links together on how badly Bushies term is and the DAMN thing didnt post…

    How can I argue on a blog if the friggen comments wont post?!?

    Where the fuck is Karl? I’m gonna kick his ass!!

    (storms away, slams door)

  12. 106

    Donnageddon spews:

    DamnageD @ 24 “Poked out by the “FINGER OF GOOOOOOOOOD”!”

    RFLMAO!

    And sorry about the filter grab on your previous post. All a part of living in a post 9/11 world I guess.

  13. 107

    DamnageD spews:

    i’m gonna try this again, this time, no links (damn you Goldy) !

    Chuck…your link is to a story OVER TWO YEARS OLD…and irrelavant to today current situation. The simple fact is your Pres is in DEEP KIMCHEE buddy! His VP is clueless, as is Rummy (they wont listen to their commanders from the field), Botox Bolton is probably going to get pushed thru WITHOUT congresses (or senates, i dont remember which) approval, Afganistan is ready to fire up again, social security is a stain in his shorts, China (FRIGGEN CHINA!) is viewed better bu the world than the US is…I can go on? Look in the crapper, see that thing circling the bowl? It’s Bushies final term.

  14. 108

    Donnageddon spews:

    DamnageD @ 26 Applause!!! Special awards for imagery! Anyone who cannot see the sinking ship USS Bush being flushed like so much bad Karl Rove cirrousis liver tissue is blind.

    Bye Bye Neo-cons, don’t let the constitution hit your ass on the way out!

  15. 109

    DamnageD spews:

    Donna…

    For the record (for what its worth) wer ARE NOT THE SAME PERSON, right? There seems to be some discussion in other posts that we could be one-and-the-same, because we agree on a few points.

    Lets set the record straight!

  16. 110

    Donnageddon spews:

    DamnageD, I am sad that you would deny we are one in the same.

    You are gonna get short sheeted tonight!

  17. 112

    DamnageD spews:

    crap!

    And all this posting was getting me all worked up. Must be the “FINNNGERRRR OF GOOOOOOD” references that was doing it.

  18. 116

    Ted Smith spews:

    Protestants can have crazy Preachers, Catholics can have crazy Priests, even Anakin Skywalker turned out to be nuts, so how can you deny Jews the right to have a crazy Rabbi? It is a fnudamental right!

  19. 117

    REWINN spews:

    Shortly after Lapin moved to my home town of Mercer Island, he took an unusual position on our local “racial profiling” scandal.

    Allegations had been published that our small-town police practiced racial profiling. About half the letters to our local paper (the Mercer Island Reporter) said that it was impossible for our cops to have racially profiled. About half said that is was possible, and should be investigated because it would be bad if they had.

    Lapin, alone, said that it would be a good thing if police used racial profiling. He expressed concern that this place would become like cities in Southern California.

    Now, I’m not gonna pretend that there aren’t a few people in our town who might not actually feel that way. Mercer Island is a nice small town, completely surrounded by water, and there are all sorts of people here.

    But no-one else was stupid enough actually to come out and SAY it!