Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Ha! They've got Ted Stevens!!

Breaking news (and yes, I'm dancing around my desk... this is a major victory for the environment. TAKE HIM DOWN!)

Sen. Stevens Told to Keep Records for Graft Probe
By Paul Kane
The Washington Post

Thursday 07 June 2007

Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, disclosed in an interview that the FBI asked him to preserve records as part of a widening investigation into Alaskan political corruption that has touched his son and ensnared one of his closest political confidants and financial backers.

Stevens, who is famous for bringing home federal earmarks for Alaska when he was Appropriations Committee chairman, was not previously known to be linked to the Justice Department's probe, which has uncovered evidence that more than $400,000 worth of bribes were given to state lawmakers in exchange for favorable energy legislation.

Investigators have used secret recording equipment, seized documents and cooperating witnesses to secure the indictments of four current and former state lawmakers, including the former state House speaker, shaking the core of Alaska's Republican Party.

Two executives of a prominent energy company have pleaded guilty to bribery and extortion charges and are cooperating with the inquiry, which is being run by the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section and includes two federal prosecutors and FBI agents based in Anchorage.

"They put me on notice to preserve some records," Stevens said in a brief interview about his legal team's discussions with the FBI. He declined to say what kinds of records were involved but confirmed that he had hired lawyers and that his son, former state Senate president Ben Stevens, "is also under investigation."

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Blogger thimblescratch said...

Hello fellow hoosier. I have been lurking on dailykos and saw you, and remembered a 'feduphoosier' on the Indystar forums (why do I even subject myself to that kind of abuse?). Anyway I wanted to say hi, and it looks like we have a lot of commonalities -
I think Kucinich rocks, I am in IS and also graphic design, I am a female. I would love to chat with you sometime. I currently have a KUCINICH FOR THE PEOPLE sign on my bike (which I ride, no car). I'm trying to figure out how to spread the word about him. I'm in Columbus. Any ideas?

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Blogger Maire said...


Thanks for stopping by!!

You know, I have no idea... other than continuing to blog about him (Kucinich, that is.) I'm really impressed with his courage and character. I am still resisting the urge to pick a candidate yet -- party because I'm still hoping Gore will ride in on a white horse and rescue us (he's polling ahead of literally everyone - heck, he's in second place among Democrats now, without even announcing!) But if Gore stays out, I would have to back Dennis. And if he can't win the Democratic nomination, I am hoping he goes Independent...

See you out on DKos! And thanks for visiting!

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