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by Patrick   $0.28 total tips   💰tip   follow   2022 Jul 6, 2:09pm  


Hawaii Senate Dem Majority Leader Gets 3 Years in Prison for Bribery

Former Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English, 55, pleaded guilty to honest services wire fraud in February, admitting he accepted bribes from a Hawaii business owner in exchange for shaping legislation that would benefit a company involved in publicly financed cesspool conversion projects...

English “peddled the power and influence of his position as a Hawaii State Senator and Majority Leader to enrich himself and betray the trust bestowed upon him by those he was elected to serve,” U.S. prosecutors said in a sentencing memo urging the judge to send him to prison for three-and-a-half years.

The sentence, a little more than three years, must send a “stern and lasting message” that corruption of elected officials will be punished, the memo said. ...

Choy is a prolific donor, as are his immediate family members and business associates. Choy, his family members, and his employees from various companies have donated more than $356,000 to political campaigns since 2014, according to campaign finance data. Of that, Choy has contributed more than $160,000 to the elections and reelections of numerous Democrats.

Choy himself has donated to 55 campaigns — including 29 sitting lawmakers — since 2014. Money has gone to former Gov. Neil Abercrombie and current Gov. David Ige. He has most recently contributed to former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s campaign for governor, and to Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s campaign.

"Stern and lasting message" my ass. Only life in prison will do. Singapore is a much better country than the US in this way.
1   HeadSet   2022 Jul 6, 3:45pm  

Patrick says

Hawaii Senate Dem Majority Leader Gets 3 Years in Prison for Bribery

Biden, Pelosi, Shiff all shake their heads and say "amateur!"
2   Patrick   2022 Jul 10, 10:29am  


CONFLICTED MUCH? – World Economic Forum ‘Anti-Corruption’ Champion Is Pfizer Director AND Reuters CEO.
3   Patrick   2022 Jul 21, 11:13am  


Scamdemic: NY Gov Hochul awards megadonor with $637 million in no-bid COVID contracts
5   Patrick   2022 Jul 28, 7:48am  


The secret story of how the tech giant won access to world leaders, cozied up to oligarchs and dodged taxes amid chaotic global expansion.
6   Patrick   2022 Jul 29, 2:29pm  


Drug Cartel: Pfizer shatters profit records, continues raising prices on taxpayer-funded, liability-free products
The most expensive “free” shot of all time.

Pfizer’s Q2 earnings numbers parallel that of a top 5 global energy company. Of course, the slight difference here is that energy companies actually provide essential services for human flourishing, while Pfizer provides, well, government-backed snake oil.

This quarter, the drug company posted a total revenue of $27.7 billion, up 46.5% from $18.9 billion the same period of last year.

Net income is up 78% to $9.9 billion this quarter, from $5.5 billion in Q2 of 2021.

While many Americans are struggling to put food on the table, Pfizer’s taxpayer-supplied profits almost doubled year over year.

Notably, none of Pfizer’s profits come from free market activity.

More than half of all Pfizer sales, and all of its profits, come from its expired mRNA gene therapy injections and Paxlovid. The outfit has fully transformed into a COVID-19 company. Without COVID Mania, the rest of Pfizer’s product line would see the pharma giant without any income this year.

Business is booming for the taxpayer-funded, liability-free drug company. Just last month, the Biden Administration signed a deal with Pfizer that hiked the price of more than 50% extra per dose for Pfizer’s next batch of mRNA shots.

It’s a truly stunning outcome for a company that once claimed to have produced the cure for the coronavirus, but has in reality supplied an ineffective gene therapy with a massive side effect profile.
7   Patrick   2022 Aug 3, 7:22am  


Yet the Pelosi corruption doesn’t end there. About a month later, Pelosi sold $4.1 million worth of Nvidia stocks at a loss on the same day the Senate passed a bill bailing out the semiconductor industry. Suspicious given that Paul’s wife is one of the most powerful politicians in Congress.

What are the odds that the courts might find something unsavory in the Pelosi bank accounts? While Nancy has already denied accusations of insider trading, any career politician whose family pulls off such a successfully timed stock trade is bound to raise some eyebrows.
8   Patrick   2022 Aug 4, 2:20pm  


"Crony Capitalism, Big Pharma and Vaccines"
Senator Ron Johnson and a Panel of experts at The American Conservative
9   Patrick   2022 Aug 8, 3:04pm  


Pay-to-Play Ball? Fauci honored with award reserved for MLB players, will throw out another first pitch

Research center that granted award receives hundreds of millions in annual NIH grants.

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