McCain’s AZ Co-Chair Rick Renzi Indicted: This time, It Wasn’t For Toilet Sex

McCain TalosianThe Huffington Post has reported less than an hour ago, Arizona Congress- man Rick Renzi has been indicted for extortion, money laundering, wire fraud among others. Congressman Renzi (R-AZ) also serves as the Arizona co-chair for John McCain’s campaign for President of the United States.

Rick RenziSays the Huffington Post:

The charges boil down to this, basically. Renzi is charged with doing everything he can as a congressman to strong-arm others into buying land from his buddy James Sandlin — Sandlin then allegedly kicked back sizable chunks of cash back to Renzi in a series of complicated financial transactions (thus the money laundering charge). The main details of these charges were reported by the Arizona papers and The Wall Street Journal last year.

The entire indictment can be read here.

Renzi stepped down from his position on the House Intelligence Committee on April 20th in 2007 after his business and house was raided by the FBI and several documents were removed. Said the Congressman when he had heard about the raid:

“Today, the FBI came to my family’s business to obtain documents related to their investigation,” Renzi said. “I view these actions as the first step in bringing out the truth. Until this matter is resolved, I will take a leave of absence from the House Intelligence Committee. I intend to fully cooperate with this investigation.”

Senator McCain, apathetically decided Congressman Renzi was still the best crook man to chair his presidential campaign anyway and made him a co-chair in his home state of Arizona.

This news comes on the heels of just two days ago when it was implied by the New York Times that Senator McCain had an unsually, and perhaps a sexual relationship, with the powerful telecom lobbyist, Vicki Iseman.

A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client’s corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman’s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.

Senator McCain denied the charges and his staff whined about “the liberal press”.

bob allenIn July of 2007, Senator McCain’s Florida campaign co-chair, state representative Bob Allen (R-FL), was arrested for solicitation of sex in a men’s public restroom in Titusville, FL where he was offering $20.00 for the opportunity to perform the sex act.

Allen was considered to be acting suspicious by police as he entered and exited the men’s room three times, according to a Titusville Police report. Moments later, he approached the plainclothes officer and offered to perform oral sex for $20, police said.

GAy RestroomBob Allen, a long time champion of Anti-Gay Rights in Florida plead not guilty, paid the $500 bail and then said to the press:

“I am filing a not guilty plea. I am vigorously going to fight this,” he said. “I am not resigning my office, because the people elected me [and] want me to do a good job and I am going to do a good job for them in finishing this term. ..

Representative Allen’s arrested record can be found by clicking here.

Allen’s rational, when he was arrested, stated that he made the offer because:

In describing an incident where he was arrested for soliciting prostitution, the representative commented that he was afraid a “stocky black man” was going to rob him.

Meaning of course; “If you’re in the public toilet and a “stocky black man” comes in, you should offer to perform oral sex on him and give him a twenty-dollar bill as a bribe in exchange for your life, or at a minimum – your wallet.” Lest we all forget, this man proudly promoted anti-gay legislation and championed the idea that GLBT citizens lacked good “American family values”. Representative Allen later apologized rather stupidly to the Florida NAACP by saying:

“Are you ducking into a class warfare, race warfare scenario? Are you trying to pit the two together? If that sensitivity has been crossed that’s defiantly something I’d apologize for,” Allen said.

During the trial, the jury was taken to the Titusville park where he was arrested and were given a tour of the mens room before they found him guilty. Which is interesting, because he didn’t offer any of the jury members twenty dollars to suck their members during the tour.

McKeeThis breaking news about Rick Renzi comes only a week after it was revealed that state delegate Robert A. McKee (R-MD) had his Hagarstown home searched by the FBI where they found child pornography. No word has come in on whether or not McKee had anything to do with John McCain’s presidential campaign in Maryland.FruitFly 6 But of course, I never even bothered to try to find out. It’s an easy assumption that he did.

A Fruit Fly Rant: Arrogance

I’m not one to stand here and dump my opinion intorant-1.jpg cyerspace. I have much more enjoyment and satisfaction at creating oddball characters, putting them into oddball situtations all in an effort to make a statement. Personally, most blogs I don’t like or don’t pay attention to because the author jabbers on about things that are perceived from their viewpoint only. Which is fine, don’t get me wrong – but let’s also remember my favorite cliche: “Opinions are like belly-buttons…everybody has one.”

However, setting up a rediculous blog full of rediculous characters does put a strain on the average average blogger-fans. Who is the creator? Why was this said? Things roll around in the reader’s brain that makes it look like the entire “Fruit Fly” blog is authored by somebody who’s in prison or a state institution. And it’s worth noting a time-out from the silliness and putting for some thoughtful points for consideration. (Besides, some friends have asked for me to put out a good old fashioned “Rant” that just rips something or someone to shreds. Admitedly, it has its appeal!)

So about this newly elected Democratic Congress! You honestly think I’d be interested in ranting about a speeding ticket that I received last January for going four miles an hour over the posted limit? The seriousness of what the American people have said last week goes far into the history books of our generations to come. Father than what the Republicans pulled off in 1994 with their “Newtie” Gingrich and his “Contract With America”.

VotedI fully believe this past election was the direct response to the GOP’s arrogance. The news-mouths have been jabbering and trying to convince all of us that not only are they the smartest people in the world, but that this vote was the knee-jerk response to the Iraq War.

However, that’s nothing but the “Five and Dime Soda-Jerk” version: The quick grasp at a fast answer in order to be the first one to make such a rediculous claim. If Brit Hume or Wolf Blitzer or Tim Russert had said that the 2006 Election was the result of Congressman Mark Foley’s indescretion, every Lemming-journalist in the United States would be talking about the horrors of homosexuality, the NAMBLA or pedophelia. To appease their bosses and the Executive Directors of Big Corp USA, the news-mouths have decided collectively to leave the explanation of the Election as a result of the Iraqi War. Mind you, that’s only their guess; and as I have already discussed the human anatomy, you know where I’m going with that thought.

I think the vote went far beyond the Iraq War. It was a collective of the whole. It’s apparent that this Bush Administration has an agenda that does not include the American people as its primary concern. It’s clear that the George W Bush had forgotten that he is a public servant right around the time he decided to listen to our phone calls and scan our Internet search enginers. The American people voted against the absolute arrogance of GW’s attitude and against the machines that he began to build within our society.

We voted based on a guy named Jack Abramoff who took money from Indian Casinos in exchange for a bagful of promises that were never kept. This is the same guy who recruited young women from southeast Asia, promising them American citizenship status and then dumping them off in Siapan and turning them into slaves. If the young women turned out to be pregnant, Abramoff forced them to have an abortion and then it was back to the sewing machines. All so he could have labels saying “Made In America” put on the clothing and sell them to WalMart. You gotta love “free enterprise”!

In 2004, for a very brief time, President GW Bush proclaimed that he wanted to be known in history as “a War President”. It was short-lived. Apparently Karl Rove had a good idea in the middle of the night and once Bush went public with the moniker, Rove had a nightmare. Whatever the reason for Bush’s ego, the cliche’ touched a nerve with an awefulWPE lot of voting Americans. One in particular was the grandson of the first “War President”, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. James Roosevelt Jr said; “A War President isn’t self-proclaimed. A president becomes a true War President by leadership that inspires followers at home and abroad. And most importantly, a War President never loses sight of the goals of true peace with honor. For Bush to grant himself this title is an insult to my grandfather and the inspired leaders who led this country in wars that were just. To put it simply, George W. Bush has not earned the right to be called a War President.”

During our very own Fourth of July parades and picnics this year, Kim Jung Il launched condoleza rice failedfour missiles which successfully landed into the Sea of Japan. The Japanese government, very alarmed of course, turned to our self-appointed “War President” looking for support in resolving this crises. Bush and his Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice essentially ignored the show of force.

Dr. Rice, who frequently ignores world crises’ for a minimum of one week before showing up for photo ops and then running away from the problem, kept the lid on the kettles while convincing the American people that everything was okay. Of course they weren’t, because on October 9th, Kim Jung Il successfully launched a nuclear weapon underground. For the first time, Bush showed everybody that he wasn’t a “War President” after all, he was just a lost rich little boy. Put bluntly, Bush was simply lost within his own rancor of failed war policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Hezbullah and saber-rattling and stupid threats of war with Iran. North Korea was just a nuisance. A deadly and globally catastrophic nuisance, but who cares?

What was the final response to this “Madman from the Hermit Kingdom”? Senator John McCain stepped into mud-puddle by saying it was all Bill Clinton’s fault. It was never noted that the Senator has failed miserably for the past six years solving these “glaring Bill Clinton’s failed policies”. Of course not! The news-mouths had to rush their “Copy” to their microphones and vomit into the American voter’s ears.

There’s the arrogance of the Republican voters to consider.

The Rovian propaganda machine was in full gear once it was decided we were going to war with Iraq, with or without the blessing of the U.N. Security Council. Perhaps you recall a few of your own instances. Here in the Twin Cities area, we had the “Republican Trespassers”. Many of us in the Minneapolis /St Paul area were against the Iraq War and we were outspoken about it with lawn-signs everywhere. Our voices were silenced by those Trespassers who would boldly walk onto our yards and ripped our signs out of the ground and throw them into their growing collection in the backs of their Snobpick-up trucks. They spent entire weekends venturing from one excursion after another, feeling it was their duty…no, their obligation to serve their “Appointed President” and to shut our mouths.

Then there was the Republican “elite”. The snotty wealthy old windbags who tried to shame us for being different. We didn’t have to be black, or Jewish or even gay; it was how we voted and how we felt about this baseless and even senseless war that they felt gave them license to sneer at us. My favorite: “Well you know, Jesus never voted Democrat”.

They slammed their Bibles on podiums and proclaimed God’s love for them and denied His love to anyone who wasn’t in their cult Evangelical Christian movement. These Conservative Christian Republicans shouted at us because we didn’t support their war. Then they showed up at the funerals of our sons and daughters who faught in their war and died and held up signs and chanted: “God Hates Fags”.

hypocritTheir favorite Evangelical Christian minister out of 30 million of them, was having a homosexual affair with a gay prostitute and addicted to methamphetamines. (May I ask for someone to count the number of gay and lesbians that have been beaten or murdered based on hate-crimes encouraged by this man? Or would I digress?) Their favorite radio talk show host was using his housekeeper as a drug mule, doctor shopping for prescription medicine and caught importing prescription medicine for erectile dysfunction from a country that allows male juvenile prostitution. Their favorite author, lives on an island off the coast of Florida and is under investigation for voter-fraud. Ann Coulter’s books, with titles like “Godless; The Church of Liberalism” was on the New York Times Best-seller June 6, 2006, just five months before the election. In her book, she criticized the 9/11 widows and accusing them of extortion at the expense of their husbands’ deaths.

Not to worry. In her previous book, she bloviated that liberals should be arrested, tried and shot by firing-squad. She’s such a Republican version of an American Patriot, she called for someone to poison one of our own US Supreme Court Justices. All of the Lemming-journalists, the Republican elite, even the religiously insane got a good laugh out of that last one. “Cheezus Ann…You’re killing me here… No really.”

Hurricane Katrina, my god my god..!

Three years before Katrina, we watched our own people jump to their death’s in New York from 40-story window sills. In Katrina, we watched ourBush guitar own people swim and drown through a city with the second largest seaport in North America. Only three days later, Condoleeza Rice was in Manhattan purchasing a $1,000 pair of stilhettos, joining friends for tennis and enjoying a Broadway play later in the evening. God the Almighty meanwhile, having such a great close-knit with President Bush, urged the President to stay home and relax with a has-been country western singer while God’s children drowned, and their babies drowned with them. Vice President Dick Cheney showed up two weeks later like a gopher on Ground Hog Day sporting a fresh relaxed demeanor and quite eager to get a chance to talk about how much the White House would be doing to help out. They did nothing but privatize the entire thing to Corporate Cronies and Criminals. The day before Cheney’s “pop-up” visit, Bush told FEMA Director Michael Brown that he was doing a heckofa good job. A month after all of this, Anderson Cooper was still digging out bodies from collapsed homes on CNN and the FEMA trailers still hadn’t arrived. The President’s mother Barbara Bush worried that all of those black folks would stay in Houston instead of returning home, yet showed her pleasure that the Houston Astrodome provided a better shelter than they probably had back home.

It would be pointless to stretch this rant about Republican Arrogance any farther. It’s like pulling taffy, but without all of that warm buttery-sugar. $900 billion dollars missing here and there, tons of weapons and small arms ammunition missing whie in transit to our troops in Iraq, even the missing combative gear that’s never been delivered, it’s all horrible and destestible goo. The Secretary of Defense complains after an American G.I. asked about poor equipment…The Defense Secretary told the kid; “You get what you have, quit wasting my time with your problems.” (adlib is my own), …All of it swirls like the unwanted hair-matting that settles and dries itself on top of our bathtub’s train. And what would it gain? To rant about it anymore, I mean.

Perhaps it’s going to be the fuel that will drive us to clean up our country’s Leadership, and their croonies for now and forever more. We came close to making our country into a First World Banana-Republic. Or perhaps this entire rant was to point out that I have an opinion once in a while…and that I have a belly-button too. I call it my “lint trap”, is that so bad?

The Fruit Fly

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Gossip

Gossip 5Ida: There she is… over there.

Nora: Mom! Don’t start.

Ida: I’m serious! Look at her! Witch…

Nora: Mother!

Ida: What?! At least I didn’t use the “B” word… witch…..

Nora: Mom, I’m going to change my clothes and I’m going home. Tim is working late and I have to pay the babysitter…

Ida: “…women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.” First Corinthians 14, versus 34 and 35. And there she goes right across the floor over to that medicine ball excercize.

Nora: Mom! Leave Senator Bachmann alone and quit yelling Scripture. Our trainer will hear us. Look, I don’t like her either and I agree, she is repulsive. But, she’s obviously here at the gym getting a nice workout with some honest excercize and work up a sweat. That’s all…now can we leave?

Ida: I’m just saying. Michele Bachmann… She’s real quick to tell you that gays can’t have rights in this country, and then she’ll tell you how much she hates our country because she has to pay taxes… “Render unto Ceasear what is Ceasar! Matthew 22:21!! ”

Nora: Shhhhhhh! You think they heard you in Milwaukee?! Look, the joke is on her. She gets up in front of the church congregation, gets the minister to endorse her as his selection to vote, and now the church is under investigation to remove it’s non-profit status. I actually thought it was funny when it was noted in the news that neither the minister of the church nor the church itself are within Michele Bachmann’s 6th Congressional district.

Ida: <chuckeling> …Witch. Remember that campaign ad she had just a few weeks ago: “And I’ll work to reduce government regulations…” I should have sent her a bag of California leaf spinach and a recipe for fried E-coli.

Nora: <giggling> I’m still laughing about that YouTube video where she gets wide-eyed and yells “I’M A FOOL FOR GOD!” Did you see that?

Ida: <choking on a drink from her water-bottle and laughing> And she says: “Ah’m Hot for Jesus!

Nora: <giggling louder> Shh! She’s looking at us, shush…

Ida: <cackling loudly and rudely> …And to think; she’s a former tax-attorney for the IRS.

Nora: Mother! Shush! <snickering>

Ida: <giggeling modestly> I’m just saying Darling… She brings her Bible into her politics and demands your brother Michael do without the rights to have a marriage with his life partner while she slops around in front of church congregations yelling “I’m on fire for God!!”. How can she preach her religion in our law-books about homosexuality when she gets up in church services begging for votes and her own Bible says Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says!!!?
Nora: Okay, now that time I’m sure she heard you. <giggling> Did you talk to Michael and Mike yesterday?

Ida: Of course she heard me, did you see that weird look she just gave us? And, don’t change the subject. Your brother and brother-not-in-law are both fine. Mike’s on a new medication and the doctor warned him it was his last of the three cocktail drugs. Oh! Didn’t tell you; Michael’s getting that promotion at work! Thank the Good Lord above that his job comes with domestic partnership benefits.

Nora: You think she’ll beat Patty Wetterling?

Bush on XanaxIda: I doubt it. Rumor has it that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s coming here to help Patty, and Laura Bush is coming here to help out … the Witch. Humph… The First Lady Xanax Queen is coming to Minnesota to stump for the Grand Old Hypocrit.

Nora: <gasp> Mother!

Ida: <grinning> I was reading Norwegianity after lunch today, and I got all upset all over again. It’s just way too much fun what the bloggers are saying about her. Did you see that Michele Bachmann landed her face on that MSNBC Keith Olbermann show as “Worst Person in the World“?! Unbelievable, one of our own state senators can get her mugshot on Keith Olbermann’s “worst person” list for that “come to Jesus and I’m on fire for God!” speech last week at that Living Word church.Habeus Corpse

Nora: Olbermann blasted the Republicans with that piece the other day about Habeus Corpus. Did you see that?

Ida: Michael emailed me the YouTube clip. Congress belly-ups the United States Constitution and Habeus Corpus while sitting comfortably their behinds watching ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Oh look…there she goes talking to Trudy at the cash register…Let me guess, she’s going to tell Trudy that she’s a “…Fool for Jesus!

Nora: Lower your voice Mother. <sigh> Well, you can eavesdrop on her all you want. I still have a babysitter at home who’s waiting to clean out my wallet.

Ida: <grabbing her arm> No, wait Darling.. Look, Bible-thumping Bachmann is headed on over to stationary bicycles. You think we can get her some training-wheels?

Nora: <giggling> Mother, your encouragable. You can despise that woman all you want, it isn’t going to matter anyway. Besides, you’re one to talk about Bible versus and ignoring that one that says you should love your enemies.

Ida: Oh phhhh-you. <grinning> It also says to “suffer the little children, for they are precious”. Did you see whatEphelba Michele Bachmann said after the news broke about that disgusting pedophile Congressman Mark Foley? Patty Wetterling blew a gasket and immediate condemned that pervert’s actions against that little boy and paid for an advertisement stating so that aired everywhere the following day. Michele Bachmann? She was quoted in the press to say, how did that go? Oh! I remember, the Wicked Witch of the East said; “Wetterling’s focus on the issue has been opportunistic and called the ad “a rush to judgment.” It’s disgusting. Michele Bachmann would ignore the life of that teenage boy and the horror Foley put him through and ask for caution in jumping to conclusions on judgeing one of her own sick-kind. The minute I heard how Bachmann said that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge Congressman Foley, I thought to myself; “Oh Lord….and she brags openly on the fact that she and her husband have been foster parents to over 20 children during their marriage…how much caution to judge would she have if it was one of her own children?”

Nora: I almost vomited when they said Foley emailed that boy and asked him to measure his genitalia and take photos of himself. What kind of monsters have been living in our hallowed halls of Congress?

Ida: <pointing to Michele Bachmann> It’s those kinds of monsters!

Minnesota RallyNora: It’s stunning, actually. And quit making a scene.

Ida: What is Darling?

Bachmann closeNora: That she can get elected to the State Senate and act the way she has towards gay and lesbian people. According to her; same-sex marriage threatens our Constitutional liberties. Michael said that he and Mike were the ones who took that photo of Michele Bachmann hiding behind the bushes peek-a-booing the GLBT Lobby Days celebrations on the capitol lawns two years ago. And then Michele Bachmann made up that huge lie about getting trapped in the ladies room at a restaurant and a couple of “lesbians harassed her”.

Ida: I still don’t understand why she wasn’t cited for that.

Nora: For what?

Ladies RoomIda: For that incident! She said she went into the ladies room where two lesbians accosted her and harassed her for her position on gay marriage. Then she went home and filed a complaint with the Washington County Sheriff’s office. Then the following day, demanded that the Capitol Police give her a body guard because of the alleged incident. Isn’t there some kind of crime for filing a false police report? LIAR!!

Nora: Mother! Quit yelling. I’m heading home. You and Daddy coming over tomorrow evening for dinner with Michael, Mike, Tim and the kids? …I’m making you favorite! Lasagna.

Ida: Of course we’ll be there Darling. I’ll bring a pumpkin pie. Are you still going with me Thursday evening to the DL meeting?

Nora: DL?

Ida: DL! Sure! Drinking Liberally! Remember I told you? Last week I went for the first time…and I got to meet the woman who put up that website “Dump Michele Bachmann dot com“.

Nora: No! You didn’t tell me Mother. You’re saying that you and Daddy actually went to a bar? ..and you were drinking?!?!

Ida: Oh no no no Darling… Daddy didn’t go with me! I went by myself!!

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