Rudy Giuliani’s buddies begin showing up in jail

RudyBy way of Norwegianity, TPM Muckraker is running a story on a guy named Hank Asher who, it turns out ran cocaine out of Columbia into Florida back in 1980 and is a very close friend of Rudy…That is “Rotten Rudy” Giuliani.

“H.A.”, according to ABC, is Hank Asher, who did indeed own a data mining software company called Seisint at the time (more about that later). Asher himself is worth “north of $700 million,” based mostly on his success selling his data mining product, which is called Matrix (he’s since sold it to LexisNexis). And yes, he did smuggle cocaine from Colombia to Florida aboard his private jet for eight months in 1980 and 1981. But he says he paid his dues by cooperating with federal agents to stop other runners.

Hank AsherAsher appears in court in regards to an indictment against Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona on bribery charges.

Carona himself was once a rising star in the GOP, often mentioned as a potential candidate for lieutenant governor of California. Dubbed “America’s Sheriff” by Larry King for how he handled the 2002 hunt for 5-year-old Samantha Runnion’s kidnapper, he naturally endorsed America’s Mayor Rudy Giuliani for president. According to news accounts, he’s met Giuliani at least twice. He’s also chums with Bernie Kerik.

The base of the indictment? Here:Republican Elephant

The indictment alleges that Carona and five associates, including his wife (Deborah) and mistress (named Debra), accepted bribes and generally did what they could to get rich off Carona’s position ($700,000 in bribes and kickbacks).

Ahhhhh… Of course. Why would I think there wasn’t a “wench hiding in the pantry” for a story like this one? They’re all Republicans, so I should have known. Carona also had his top-aide, George Jaramillo’s sister-in-law, Erica Lynne Hill as his “snack on the side“.erica hill

“Mike [Carona] has betrayed George and me,” Hill said at the time. “He’s not a faithful person to any of his women, but I don’t want to publicly embarrass him now. He has a wife and a son. I just want everyone to get on with their lives.”

Jaramillo has been fired and indicted on the same line of charges, but Carona told a bunch of detectives in 2004 that he caught Erica Hill and Jaramillo having sex. Yeah, that’s Jaramillo riding the hobby-horse with his sister-in-law. Even though she denies the allegation, she did reveal to a grand jury that as a 15 year old, Jaramillo had molested her repeatedly who is 11 years older than she is.

What bothers Hill most now is Carona’s campaign to paint her as a woman prone to hurl wild, unfounded accusations. She wants the public to know she wasn’t the person who used his power to win sexual favors and then lie about it; she didn’t twice leak sex stories that have tainted her own image as well as Carona’s reputation as a “conservative Christian.” She is, in fact, the person who told me everything and then asked me not to reveal it—for fear that it would destroy Carona.nelson muntz

HAHAHAHHAH!! He’s a “conservative Christian.” What does that mean anymore?

According to grand jury records, Hill consented to Carona’s advances. The sex allegedly occurred in the sheriff’s truck, at his campaign offices, in his home and—as his unsuspecting son and wife stood nearby—in a hotel suite during his first inaugural party in 1999.

The Orange County Register has more on this story. Carona filed his “Not Guilty” plea on Nov 5 and his court date is on 12/18/2007.

The story is filled with lots of bling too. For example, Hank Asher shows up at Carmine’s in NYC and throws $100 bills at restaurant carolers, gives away two $15,000 Cartier gold watches, and apologizes to all of the guests at the restaurant for his boisterous party by picking up all of their dinner tabs on his black Amex.

Rizzolo and caronaHowever, the best website on this story is from the Laguna Journal. You’ll find tons of mugshot photos of the players, links connecting Hank Asher and Michael Carona to strip-club owners in Las Vegas who donated cash to Carona’s campaign.

According to Open Secrets,

Sheriff Michael Carona gave $1,000 to Republican Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) in 2004 and $1,000 to George W Bush.

“Henry” (Hank) Asher gave $950 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 1993.

Congressman Rohrabacher is all tangled up in this case against Carona as well. Jeffery Ray Nielson, a conservative political activist and associate of Rohrabacher, pleaded guilty to multiple felony of lewd acts with a 14 -year old boy and a 15 year old, even though Rohrabacher was stricken with a sever case of amnesia. Steven Maglivio of the California Majority Report says:

In 2006, Carona barely won the GOP endorsement for re-election as Sheriff. U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who praised Carona’s efforts to combat illegal immigration, helped put Carona over the top, and he won re-election.

You can watch a counter-campaign television ad by clicking here. Ralph Martin ran against Carona last year. He lost because Carona’s face is still on OCSD’s main website. Pretty rediculus considering Carona’s been stripped of his (Law Enforcement) National Security Clearance.

“The GOP is “Family Values” party in America!!” “Gays and lesbians are a “danger” to the American family!!” “Gay marriage threatens the ‘holy sanctity’ of marriage!” “The Republican party is the ‘Christian party’.” “RepublicansFruitFly understand and care for and will fight for the American family.”

Isn’t it nice? Isn’t it really nice to know that you’re *NOT* a Republican? Because if you were, you would have to identify with scum like these people!

Huckabee Threatens Civilization

Actually, I lied in the title. The real title of today’s Special is:

Huckabee warns gay marriage threatens civilizationSt Huck

Mike Huckabee has already begun to ramp-up the Konservative Kristian Koalition rhetoric with his “Let’s Hate The Gay Families” crap. Now that he’s attracted the attention of the religiously insane, a.k.a. “The Xtians” in his bid for GOP Presidency.

Leave it to the Evangelicals to suck off the scum that settles to the bottom.

Said the Governor:

“You have to have a basic family structure. There’s never been a civilization that has rewritten what marriage and family means and survived.”

Really?! Is that true? Really? Or is that just another religious jihadist tub thumping stupid rhetoric with a penchant for pretending that he’s an “expert” on something while secretly hoping nobody discovers he’s actually a complete buffoon?

…Ooooo!! Here’s a tidbit of “re-writing” the concept of marriage what the word “family” means; Divorce Rate America!! According to them:

According to enrichment journal on the divorce rate in America:
The divorce rate in America for first marriage is 41%
The divorce rate in America for second marriage is 60%
The divorce rate in America for third marriage is 73%

Now there’s some re-writing of the definition of “marriage” and “family values”!! I sure hope our civilization survives with all of that “re-writing” of marriage and families in divorce courts everywhere!

Huckleberry continues nonchalantly:Huckleberry Hound

“So there is a sense in which, you know, it’s one thing to say if people want to live a different way, that’s their business. But when you want to redefine what family means or what marriage means, then that’s an issue that should require some serious and significant debate in the public square.”

So, if you want to commit adultery or have children out of wedlock, or even pay your male prostitute extra so he’ll pick up some really high grade methamphetamine for your next visit, you can do so in private. But… if I want to be able to legally marry my life-partner, that requires a “serious” and “significant” debate in the public square?!

You know… What seriously needs to be discussed in the public square with some very significant debate is: Why did Governor Mike Huckabee encourage an Arkansas parole board to release serial rapist Wayne Dumond? …Even after several of his victims urged him to move on and ignore the predator! Because after if ever there was an attempt to destroy civilization, it’s when crazed maniacal politicians let bat-shit crazy people out of jail who run out and kill other peoples’ mommies after violently raping them.

huckleberry hound 2He babbles on by proving that he’s full of shit…

Huckabee scoffed at the claim that gay couples need legal recognition to visit one another in hospitals and nursing homes, saying that was achievable through power of attorney documents.

Gov. Mike Huckabee lives in a clueless world. Let me tellya…he’s an idiot. No really, he’s nothing but an idiot. Seriously, he’s an idiot. I’m not kidding! He’s a big fat idiot!

If he had a brain, he’d take the time out to read HRC’s 2007 Healthcare Equality Index. The PDF discusses at length the problems and the successes of GLBT couples involved with hospitalization. But he won’t. He’s far too busy stumping for votes for spiritually-dead voters who’ve been brainwashed in thinking that God hates “the Gays”. (If you encounter these kinds of people, please don’t draw any attention to their What Would Jesus Do?” bracelet… It only makes them nervous and feel a tiny pin-prick of hypocrisy.)

While he’s out there babbling his hatred for gays, gay marriage and the mythical destruction of institutions such as marriage and family… Check out Huckleberry in Des Moines on Tuesday in a conversation about the newly released NIE report that was released the day before.

Kuhn: I don’t know to what extent you have been briefed or been able to take a look at the NIE report that came out yesterday …

Huckabee: I’m sorry?

Kuhn: The NIE report, the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran. Have you been briefed or been able to take a look at it —

Huckabee: No.

Kuhn: Have you heard of the finding?

Huckabee: No.

Kuhn then summarized the NIE finding that Iran had stopped work on a clandestine nuclear program four years ago.

SheepleYup! There’s one very proud candidate to represent sheeple of our society. They’ll follow after drug addicts, suck on the teat of Jewish homophobes, they’ll even hand their children over to pompous religious zealots who will teach them to huddle around cardboard cutouts of George W. Bush and pray they’ll be chosen to go to war for him. Huckleberry will gladly hate the gays and remain clueless on the most recent current events.

It appears that he’s a perfect candidate for the religiously insane!

So where’s the threat to the American family? Is the threat coming from a gay couple who lives at the other end of your block? Perhaps the threat is coming from that lesbian couple who came to visit your church last Sunday?! Perhaps the true threat to civilization is a religious idiot fromFruitFly 6 Arkansas who’s hoping to be the next President of the United States and so he can prove to you how much God hates all of us because we’re not “perfect like him”.

I’m just sayin’.