The Picture McCain Doesn’t Want You to See

pastedGraphic2Remember this great post bmaz did last week? Remember this really damning picture of McCain celebrating his birthday with Charles Keating, the villain of the last big taxpayer bailout of unrestrained Republican greed? Here’s the article where bmaz got that photo (download the whole pdf from The Phoenix Gazette, September 12, 1993).

Apparently, that’s a picture and an article that have been all-but buried, until bmaz got a hold of it.

I guess McCain didn’t want any proof out that there he’s been helping big money rip off taxpayers for his entire career.

And that he looks like an idiot doing it.

Tell us again, Senator McCain, about your integrity and independence from the fat cats and lobbyists who cooked the laws that created this financial fiasco, or about your fitness to lead us out of it. I’m all ears.

  1. radiofreewill says:

    Looks like some Monkey Business going on there!

    Partying with Charles Keating while posing as a Reformer.

    Money is one Hell of an Organ Grinder for these guys…

  2. eyesonthestreet says:

    On my teevee ticker this am—– Sarah Palin skips fundraisers in bay area to go to new york city to meet with foreign leaders—– we had a good chuckle in our house.

  3. Prairie Sunshine says:

    I’m thinkin’ we need three pictures side by side:

    this one, cake sharin’/huggy time with Gee-Dumbya, and climbin’ into the yacht for this year’s birthday party

    Party on, John…more of the same ol’ same ol’.

  4. Christy Hardin Smith says:

    So, here’s what I’d like to know. Is McCain wearing (a) a pinata? (b) one of those Christian Lacroix cone bra things that Madonna wore back in the day? (But for the chick from Total Recall with three bosoms…) (c) Or just the world’s ugliest hat? And, good lord, why?!?

    • cbl2 says:

      a statement from Rick Davis –

      “these unpatriotic hippy bloggers forget there were five years where John McCain couldn’t dance around like a horses patoot and intercede on behalf of his good friend Charles Keating !”

    • Mason says:

      Back in the fifties there was a woman named Carmen Miranda (I could be wrong about her name) who specialized in wearing large fruit hats. I think she appeared in some Hollywood films. There should be some old color photos of her hats in some old Life magazines, if anyone has the time and inclination to find them.

      Too bad McCain’s hats weren’t a triple cone of silence.

  5. BoxTurtle says:

    Whom do you suppose got more “gifts” there, Keating or McBush?

    Boxturtle (When I see a politician at a party, I always wonder who the party is REALLY for)

  6. TheraP says:

    Somebody needs to locate the original photo (or its negative) in the newspaper files. That should then be widely distributed. Hold a caption competition on all the blogs. My contribution:

    He partied and left the ship of state to sink.

  7. i4u2bi says:

    Fiddlin’ and drinkin’ while the ship is a burnin’. In case anyone left hasn’t been told…the Economy crash has already happened. The Republican Media just won’t let the news out. Must prop up financials until after election.

    • foothillsmike says:

      As I said in the previous post what is happening now is exactly what Naomi Klein identified and predicted. Paulson et al are preparing to transfer billions if not trillions of our dollars to the market. It is necessary for us to jump quickly to stop this action without the inclusion of strict oversight in the measures that enable such a transfer.

  8. katymine says:

    Is that picture taken before he had his surgery for melanoma?

    Those of us in AZ have been chuckling over this….. we’ve know this for years….. for years I’ve been asked by Democrats about how much they liked McCain…… and what I thought about him….. after my look of horror … then it would be my rant on his lack of family values….. and then end with the Keating 5…..

  9. alank says:

    The Wall St indexes show a decidedly rising trend at the moment, but this largely due to short-sellers having to unload (buy back) their securities, the deadline being next Tuesday.

    • PraedorAtrebates says:

      And yet the dollar is up again and gold is down! WTF! WTF! WTF!

      The dollar is being printed like crazy to cover the debts, the national debt keeps screaming upwards, and STILL the dollar goes up and gold goes down.

      Once again…WTF! Something is NOT right.

      • alank says:

        The short-seller activity imposed by decree from the Bush administration has it’s effect on other buyers, to be sure. This would draw investors away from gold shares and foreign exchange, in the near term, at least.

        I see that a China sovereign fund is being tapped to buy more of Morgan Stanley shares, tho, China plays down this rôle noting the xenophobic nature of the U.S. and the uncertainties attending the wholesale financial meltdown. It is said, however, they would like to raise their stake in one of the two remaining ‘independent’ investment banks in the U.S. to 48%.

  10. sadlyyes says:

    for years and years and years the Keatings and the McNastys were best of friends,FLEW ALL OVER in Keatings Private Jet,till CindyLou could AFFORD HER OWN……MANY VACATIONS AT CAT CAY ( ive been there 5x) private enclave of the rich asnd famous(im neither)……Keating was a FELLOW NAVY PILOT

  11. wobblybits says:

    bom dia pups

    oy that man who calls himself the leader is on my teevee telling me why I, as a fundamental, should be confident in the economy.

  12. Ann in AZ says:

    From the little I heard of McShame’s presser this morning (it was seemingly on endlessly on both CNN & MSNBC, but I can’t stand him so I turned it off pretty quick), Johnny Mac has been begging for Keating to be brought up bigtime. He was all into smearing Obama for his associations with and donation from the heads of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. So be it.

    • wobblybits says:

      Personally, i think it is coming (the keating 5) probably by some surrogates. I’d be surprised to see O bring it up.

        • wobblybits says:

          *giggle* kind of makes you wonder why McCain is even going there, doesn’t it? He has to know that he is going to get hit with it

          • cbl2 says:

            have learned something pretty basic in the last few weeks –

            Rick Davis is the poster child for Money Changes Everything

            by that I mean he is not smart, something of an unimaginative intellectual dullard . . . but has risen to a place of immense influence within the beltway – why ? simply ’cause he came loaded with the cash

            rully, in cubeland he would be the guy at the top of everyone’s lay off list – arrives late, leaves early, never seems to produce anything

            • wobblybits says:

              You summed it up very well. I often wonder what bonehead is running the campaign (well besides Mccain) and that makes perfect sense.

              • cbl2 says:

                Scheunemann is almost as stupid. Charlie Black may not be smart but he is at least wiley.

                even though the Wall Street story is a big one – been thinking it’s wildly coincidental the momentum shifted away from them right around the time Steve Schmidt airlifted his minions to Anchorage,

                lastly, been wondering for a while why this ‘Old Warrior’ hasn’t surrounded himself with his former vets like most of them do (Hagel)and handed out opportunities to them – instead we have Rick et al who have never served a day in uniform and have no personal connection to him

                • sadlyyes says:

                  she is merely a distraction
                  McNasty …will not be electd cause he is a repuke…all repukes will pay for this MELTDOWN,no matter what Contessa Brewer…or David Gregory…or Jo Scar the murderer say

                • wobblybits says:

                  What vets would surround him in THIS campaign? It has really re-branded McCain as a pathological liar who has sold his soul to be president.

  13. jayt says:

    Bush speaks lays a steaming pile at the podium, thens walks away, not deigning (of course) to take questions from the peasants….

  14. sadlyyes says:

    COULD NOT give the citizens universal healthcare
    COULD NOT give us a great FEMA dept
    inexpensive GREAT SCHOOLING

    IT COSTS TOO MUCH…. america SWINDLED AGAIN…rinse lather ,repeat

    • jayt says:

      COULD NOT give the citizens universal healthcare
      COULD NOT give us a great FEMA dept
      inexpensive GREAT SCHOOLING…

      and today made good and goddamned sure that the next president won’t be able to, even if he wants to.

      • cbl2 says:

        posted this in an earlier thread

        The public bailout of insurance giant (becoming a dwarf) AIG alone is estimated at $85 billion. According to one report, that’s more than the Bush administration spent on Aid to Families with Dependent Children during his entire time in office. That amount of money would also pay for health care for every man, woman, and child in America for at least six months.

        • sadlyyes says:

          we must enforce the RICO act which KEATING was charged with

          and GET BACK ….ALL OF OUR $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

        • wobblybits says:

          that is all he can do but my fav lione from his shameles speech was something to the effect that Obama has not given citizens of this country any reason to trust him with the economy. Serious Scooby Doo moment

  15. jayt says:

    well, the CNBC stooges seem to have their marching orders – blame it on the goddamned idiot irresponsible putative homeowners who were so fucking stupid that they bought the horseshit that the haloed banks were pushing.

    Ergo, of course, the banks must be saved.

  16. sadlyyes says:


    Under RICO, a person who is a member of an enterprise that has committed any two of 35 crimes—27 federal crimes and 8 state crimes—within a 10-year period can be charged with racketeering. Those found guilty of racketeering can be fined up to $25,000 and/or sentenced to 20 years in prison per racketeering count. In addition, the racketeer must forfeit all ill-gotten gains and interest in any business gained through a pattern of “racketeering activity.” RICO also permits a private individual harmed by the actions of such an enterprise to file a civil suit; if successful, the individual can collect treble damages.

    When the U.S. Attorney decides to indict someone under RICO, he or she has the option of seeking a pre-trial restraining order or injunction to temporarily seize a defendant’s assets and prevent the transfer of potentially forfeitable property, as well as require the defendant to put up a performance bond. This provision was placed in the law because the owners of Mafia-related shell corporations often absconded with the assets. An injunction and/or performance bond ensures that there is something to seize in the event of a guilty verdict.

    In many cases, the threat of a RICO indictment can force defendants to plead guilty to lesser charges, in part because the seizure of assets would make it difficult to pay a defense attorney. Despite its harsh provisions, a RICO-related charge is considered easy to prove in court, as it focuses on patterns of behavior as opposed to criminal acts.[2]

    There is also a provision for private parties to sue. A “person damaged in his business or property” can sue one or more “racketeers.” The plaintiff must prove the existence of a “criminal enterprise.” The defendant(s) are not the enterprise; in other words, the defendant(s) and the enterprise are not one and the same. There must be one of four specified relationships between the defendant(s) and the enterprise. A civil RICO action, like many lawsuits based on federal law, can be filed in state or federal court. [1]

    Both the federal and civil components allow for the recovery of treble damages (damages in triple the amount of actual/compensatory damages).

    Although its primary intent was to deal with organized crime, Blakey said that Congress never intended it to merely apply to the Mob. He once told Time, “We don’t want one set of rules for people whose collars are blue or whose names end in vowels, and another set for those whose collars are white and have Ivy League diplomas.”[2]

    [edit] RICO offenses

    Under the law, racketeering activity means:

    * Any violation of state statutes against gambling, murder, kidnapping, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter, or dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical (as defined in the Controlled Substances Act);
    * Any act of bribery, counterfeiting, theft, embezzlement, fraud, dealing in obscene matter, obstruction of justice, slavery, racketeering, gambling, money laundering, commission of murder-for-hire, and several other offenses covered under the Federal criminal code (Title 18);
    * Embezzlement of union funds;
    * Bankruptcy or securities fraud;
    * Drug trafficking;
    * Money laundering and related offenses;
    * Bringing in, aiding or assisting aliens in illegally entering the country (if the action was for financial gain);
    * Acts of terrorism.

  17. sadlyyes says:


    the racketeer must forfeit all ill-gotten gains and interest in any business gained through a pattern of “racketeering activity.” RICO also permits a private individual harmed by the actions of such an enterprise to file a civil suit; if successful, the individual can collect treble damages.

    • freepatriot says:

      don’t forget the TEN YEAR status of limitation


      the racketeer must forfeit all ill-gotten gains and interest in any business gained through a pattern of “racketeering activity.” RICO also permits a private individual harmed by the actions of such an enterprise to file a civil suit; if successful, the individual can collect treble damages.

      and if you can meet the burden of of proof for 7 points of a conspiracy, RICO extends the statute of limitation for most crimes, and allows you to prove criminal intent from otherwise legal behavior

      I LUV RICO

  18. DWBartoo says:

    Could we call what has gone on, as well as much of what is currently going on, ‘Capital Crimes’?

    What is a suitable punishment for those who engage in such hornswoggling, such blatant destruction, such callous disreagard of consequence for the rest of us and the nation?

    Oh right, bail ‘em out.


    Let a bunch of ‘em sink, let the Free Market decide. The price of ‘Enterprise’ should include paying the piper for them what called the tune that everybody has to dance to. Fair is fair.

    Let them be paddled by ‘the unseen hand’.

      • DWBartoo says:

        Somehow the most destructive ‘elements’, the nastiest ‘gangs’, always get a ‘pass’.

        Cuz it wouldn’t be nice to hold THEM accoutable for anything, ever.

        Yes, I’m just so proud of ‘Merkan ‘leadership’, in politics, in the corporate world, and in the media. We have been very well-served indeed.

        That why America is the greatest nation in the world and its people are, fundamentally, the bestest.

        We are so very lucky.

  19. JimWhite says:

    Okay, somebody else probably also thought of this, but, if they are going to go ahead with the creation of the financial toxic waste dump for companies to send away their bad debt, can we at least couple this with the death of hedge funds? Think about how much of the current crisis has been caused by the massive accumulation of huge amounts of money in these funds and how they seem to operate primarily as vehicles for investments that are essentially hypothetical. It seems to me that the money in these funds is basically sitting on the sidelines and not taking part in the real nuts and bolts of our economy.

    Take the money out of those funds and put it to work. Start lots of new solar energy research, development and sales firms. That puts people to work and creates value at the same time.

    I’m sure people could come up with other good uses of the money, too, but the basic idea is to get the funds out of Tinkerbell land and put them into people’s lives.

  20. jayt says:

    Dow is up big-time. The pigs have been provided a new trough at which to feed.

    “Who’s yer Daddy, bitchez?!”

    • DWBartoo says:

      Yeah. Whose money are ‘they’ pumpin’ into Market?

      Theirs? Hah!

      Somebody else’s. Hmm, wonder whose money it could be?

      See, this economic ’stuff’ is so complex, there simply ain’t no way to understand it.

      So, I guess ‘we’ will just have to continue to trust ‘them’.

      What else can ‘we’ do? Remember, whatever happens, we must be thankful and very polite.

      You may take this as gospel; our betters would NEVER screw us over, because they love ‘Merkah.

      By the way, where are all the ‘Merkan flag lapel pin these days.

      And what happened to that very serious discussion we were having about lipstick?

        • DWBartoo says:

          Yeah, I have the same trou-bull-ation.

          At this point, concerning ‘these’ ‘people’ and their ‘bull’, I’m inclined to be mean, nasty, and completely unforgiving.

          One hopes some of this ‘unpleasant’ attitude might rub off on certain other featherless bipeds, the “mo’ and gebesser” come to mind, as well as Obama. (Be ya listenin’, Barack?)

  21. TobyWollin says:

    And something totally and completely off topic but I think something that needs to get out there, big time…and in a very big way…and flogged and flogged until the damn thing falls apart: Not only is McCain just four more years of Bush — Palin is Cheney all over: The Hill reports that it inquired with both Joseph Biden and Sarah Palin about whether they would consider themselves to be part of the executive branch in the next administration. The Hill’s Kevin Bogardus reports, “Sen. Biden (Del.) believes the office he is seeking is solely in the executive branch, according to his staff. But aides to Alaska Gov. Palin did not answer the question…Already, Palin’s handling the “Troopergate” probe has demonstrated a striking resemblance to Cheney’s penchant for secrecy. Palin is thwarting both a state legislature probe and a state Personnel Board investigation into the ethics scandal. Like the Bush White House, she is claiming “executive privilege” on e-mails from personal accounts. And just yesterday, her husband Todd Palin — following in the footsteps of Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten — said thanks but no thanks to a subpoena demanding he appear before the state Senate Judiciary Committee.…

  22. alank says:

    Obama is consulting with Paul Volcker. As Fed chair starting in 1979, Volcker presided over double-digit prime rates “peaking at 21.5 percent in December 1980.”

  23. wobblybits says:

    MCCain keeps saying that Obama has been advised on policy by the former heads of Fannie/Freddie mac but the head has said he has not advised Obama at all. McCain is lying again?

    • Twain says:

      It has reached a point where it is almost funny – everything he says is wrong and his people have to “fix” it the next day.

      I read that Palin had cancelled 2 appearances in Ca because she has to meet with foreign leaders. That’s a meeting I’d like to attend and my guess is that they found out that exactly 12 people were going to attend her Ca dates.

      • wobblybits says:

        It must have been events in Orange County or further south. I can’t imagine she would draw too many folks here in the LA area but then again Palisades is full of them

      • cinnamonape says:

        I read that Palin had cancelled 2 appearances in Ca because she has to meet with foreign leaders. That’s a meeting I’d like to attend and my guess is that they found out that exactly 12 people were going to attend her Ca dates.

        With maybe 20,000 protesters outside…y’yhink?

        Perhaps she is going to meet with President Zapatero? But more likely they realize that she has a fragile voice. I heard a speech from her on NPR this morning and she was positively screeching when she attempted to sound righteously angry. She’s going to come off as sounding like a harridan scold…screaming at people like she was in that speech.

        Maybe her handlers already picked up on it and realized that many more appearances with her doing that would be like a cigarette to the Hindenberg.

  24. sadlyyes says:

    more of this please

    On August 7, 2002, the exWorldCom 5100 group was launched. It was composed of former WorldCom employees with a common goal of seeking full payment of severance pay and benefits based on the WorldCom Severance Plan. The ‘5100′ stands for the number of WorldCom employees laid off on June 28, 2002 before WorldCom filed for bankruptcy.[6]

    On February 14, 2005, Verizon Communications agreed to acquire MCI for $7.6 billion.

    On March 15, 2005 Bernard Ebbers was found guilty of all charges and convicted of fraud, conspiracy and filing false documents with regulators — all related to the $11 billion accounting scandal at the telecommunications company he founded. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Other former WorldCom officials charged with criminal penalties in relation to the company’s financial misstatements include former CFO Scott Sullivan (entered a guilty plea on March 2, 2004 to one count each of securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and filing false statements [7]), former controller David Myers (pleaded guilty to securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and filing false statements on September 27, 2002 [8]), former accounting director Buford Yates (pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges on October 7, 2002 [9]), and former accounting managers Betty Vinson and Troy Normand (both pleading guilty to conspiracy and securities fraud on October 10, 2002 [10]).

    On July 13, 2005 Bernard Ebbers received a sentence that would keep him in prison for 25 years. At time of sentencing, Ebbers was 63 years old. On September 26, 2006, Ebbers self-surrendered to the Bureau of Prisons facility at Oakdale, Louisiana, the Oakdale Federal Corrections Institution (”Oakdale FCI”) to begin serving his sentence. This prison facility is 35 miles south of Alexandria, LA, and 58 miles north of Lake Charles, LA. His projected release date is July 4, 2028.

  25. craz3z says:

    The caption next to it is sweet as well:

    The pontiff was one of many celebrities Krista met as a member of the Keating family. Others included…yada yada yada…John McCain

  26. sadlyyes says:


    This prison facility is 35 miles south of Alexandria, LA, and 58 miles north of Lake Charles, LA.

    His projected release date is July 4, 2028.

  27. cinnamonape says:

    “that man who calls himself the leader is on my teevee telling me why I, as a fundamental, should be confident in the economy”

    So that is the new definition of a “fundamentalist”

    “Have faith, dear minions, in your Lord and Savior!”

  28. otchmoson says:

    Call me a plagiarist . . . but a commenter on another blogsite so aptly and succintly expressed MY opinion, that I copied a portion here. (This was on a Crooks & Liars blog from a commenter named Reader John.)

    How many times do we have to hear:
    We don’t have ENOUGH MONEY to fix Social Security.
    We don’t have ENOUGH MONEY to fix Medicare.
    We don’t have ENOUGH MONEY to provide health care to ALL Americans.
    We don’t have ENOUGH MONEY to help out Americans losing their homes.
    We don’t have ENOUGH MONEY to help all our veterans returning from war.
    We don’t have ENOUGH MONEY to rescue “no child left behind”.
    We DO HAVE ENOUGH MONEY to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
    We DO HAVE ENOUGH MONEY to bail out Bears Stearns.
    We DO HAVE ENOUGH MONEY to bail out AIG.
    We DO HAVE ENOUGH MONEY to pay for an unnecessary TRILLION DOLLAR war.

    When the LITTLE GUY needs help, they scornfully say, “GET A JOB!”

    But when one of their BIG GUY CRONIES need a bailout, what do they say? SURE, NO PROBLEM. Where’s the checkbook?

    “But what about the debt we’re leaving on the backs of our childen and their future?”
    “Children? WHOSE Children? OUR children won’t have to pay for this. YOUR children will.”
    The Republicans have had their hands in our pockets for well over 8 years.
    Now they are robbing us blind IN BROAD DAYLIGHT and smiling about it!!!!

    • foothillsmike says:

      Obama presented a good program addressing practically all of the issues you raised. It was agood speech though he stumbled a little w/ his prepared speech. He then took several questions from reporters and exhibited a pretty good understanding without need to have his assembled econ team assist. There is no comparison to McShame or that guy in the WH who more closely resembles a trained monkey.

    • robbiesean says:

      And the Republicans have the BALLS to call us “whiners”…all while they bail out big business..and kick the small guys to the curb…

  29. alank says:

    I should add that the initial Volcker Fed policy unfortunately led to the ascendancy of the Ronald Raygun regime and their philosophy celebrating commercial greed and gutting of the country’s manufacturing capital, exporting jobs to other countries, and transferring most of the country’s wealth to the relative few. Fed bank rate cuts and the ensuing frenzy on Wall St helped bolster the false notion that their philosophy had resulted in prosperity on Main St.

  30. TobyWollin says:

    Marcy – have you seen this:
    John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.…..9182008pt1

  31. alank says:

    Here’s a quote that involves Cindy:

    McCain said he cut off his dealings with Keating soon after the second of two meetings with regulators in April 1987.

    “Keating came to my office, and I said to him, a friend of mine, ‘I have done all I can. Period.’ He got angry and left, and we soon heard he called me a wimp. I never had any further dealings with him. . . . He wanted me to go back for further talks [with regulators]. It was beyond what I felt I should do.”

    McCain said he was reminded that the Keating flights had not been paid for last March when Keating’s office told him the Internal Revenue Service was going to charge Keating for the flights. “I was astounded and reimbursed” the company, he said. His personal repayments were in May and June.

    The House and Senate ethics committees both told McCain that his reimbursement to American Continental was sufficient remedy for his failure to report the trips originally.

    The Phoenix paper also disclosed that McCain’s wife and father-in-law, a wealthy Arizona beer distributor, invested $ 359,100 in a Keating shopping center partnership in 1986. McCain said he was aware of the investment but did not believe it created a conflict of interest for him. He said that he and his wife file separate tax returns and that he did not benefit from the investment.

    October 12, 1989, Thursday, Final Edition

    McCain Repays Keating Firm for Trips;
    9 Flights Linked to S&L Defendant Were Not Disclosed Earlier

  32. rkilowatt says:

    Universal Health Care* is dead. It is “off-the-table” for us commoners, because too many health insurance employees would lose their jobs. Our poor nation just cannot afford so many unemployed at this time. So sorry.

    *..with the Federal Gov as the single-payer, a long established tradition in England, Canada, France, etc as the only straight and true way to eliminate the bloodsucking-middlemen-profiteers.

    Long live Capitalism
    Long live The Free Market
    Long live The Invisible Hand
    Long live The Best People
    Long live The Department of JustUs.
    Long live the 2-Property Party system

    George Orwell warned that nothing changes until the Middle Classes and the Poor realize they are both at the mercy of the Upper Class. Change will occur when Middle and Poor peoples understand they also have common interests, like Healthcare and Justice.

  33. robbiesean says:

    There is much more to dislike about McCan’t…goggle John McCain’s divorce and read the real story…he was married and for 9 months carried on with Cindy…apparently she opened up her purse (as well as her legs)to help him secure a congressioal seat..Yeah John, you are a real class act, just the kinda’ guy I want running my beloved country

  34. numbertwopencil says:

    …we must enforce the RICO act…

    Well, I’m sure we must but, ahem, I can’t think of any successful RICO prosecutions of politicians. Can you? Enron and Abramoff and Co didn’t face RICO trial. It’s a nice idea but the odds of a RICO case winding its way through the–now, mostly Bush/Reagan/Bush appointed–court system is zilch. I’m so tired of hearing “RICO them!” when it’s just not going to happen. Sure, they deserve it but the legal hurdles are too high.

    • RevBev says:

      I do not recall much about the facts. But I do think I once knew that RICO was the means for finally putting Gov. Edwards of LA, et al in prison. I think that’s correct.

  35. ljm405 says:

    I think McCain’s getting to the age where he really should consider a quiet night at home (one of them!) as a birthday celebration alternative… First he’s sporting a fruitbasket that was a gift from Keating, no doubt — and then the tarmack with the melting cake and a Bush by his side.. He should watch the company he keeps!