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From Haaretz:

U.S. Congressman Proposes $12 Million to Support Israel’s Ethiopian Community

Amendment proposed by Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Democratic lawmaker and a member of the House Rules Committee: ‘The community faces a number of major challenges, including enduring shortfalls in education’

Alcee Hastings, a former federal judge who was impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate in 1989 for taking a bribe from a mafioso, is one of the more colorful Congressmen, even by the traditionally demanding standards of the Black Congressional Caucus. From Wikipedia:

Comments about Sarah Palin

… Hastings, speaking in Washington D.C. to a conference sponsored by the National Jewish Democratic Council, said “If Sarah Palin isn’t enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention. Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through.”[15] …

Sexual harassment allegation

In June 2011, a lawsuit filed by one of his staff members, Winsome Packer, alleged that Hastings made repeated unwanted sexual advances and threatened her job when she refused him.

Hastings was 74 years old at the time.

Least wealthy congressman

In a 2011 survey of U.S. lawmakers, the Center for Responsive Politics named Hastings the “Poorest Member of Congress,” with a 2010 average net worth of −$4,732,002.[23] His congressional financial disclosure form indicated that, as of 2010, Hastings did not have any earned income, he had a bank account with a balance in the $1,000 to $15,000 range, and he owed several million dollars in legal fees to several attorneys stemming from the 1981–1989 charges.[24]

Nepotism claims

In 2012, Hastings was ranked 1 out of 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives for paying salaries and fees to family members, according to the conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch.[25] A state by state report on all members of Congress, published by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, reported Hastings paid his girlfriend, Patricia Williams, an attorney who worked as his deputy district director, $622,574 over the four-year period, from 2007-2010.[26]

2014 congressional election

After defeating two Democratic opponents in the primary, taking almost 80% of the vote, Hastings went on to win the general election on November 4, 2014, defeating Republican Jay Bonner, his margin being 81.60% to 18.40%.[27]

Democrats often wonder why the House is so gerrymandered against them, but one reason is because Republicans simply exploit the 1982 Voting Rights Act’s encouragement that some districts be gerrymandered so severely in favor of black Democrats that even a Hastings can win 82-18.

 
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  1. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    The money should go to Ethiopians claiming Jewish heritage stuck in camps in Ethiopia because Israel won’t take them.

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    1 anonymous > The money should go to Ethiopians claiming Jewish heritage stuck in camps in Ethiopia because Israel won’t take them


    the ones who can offer even flimsy proof of being a first-degree relative of an Ethiopian Israeli, will get admitted. Bibi gave in on that.

    Perhaps because the Israeli Ethiopians seldom vote leftist.

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  2. Clyde says:

    Alcee Hastings, a former federal judge who was impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate in 1989 for taking a ($150,000 per wikipedia) bribe from a mafioso…….

    During his impeachment, one tidbit that came out was all the gold plated bathroom fixtures he had installed. Opulence that disgusts me but is a turn on for….. No way is Hastings broke. He prolly has his ill gotten, pay for play, gains squirreled away in Caribbean banks.

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    • Replies: @tyrone
    when executing the warrant I would say check the freezer
    , @Jim Don Bob

    No way is Hastings broke. He prolly has his ill gotten, pay for play, gains squirreled away in Caribbean banks.
     
    Yeah, unlike the moron Jefferson who stored his stolen cash in his freezer.
    , @Johann Ricke

    No way is Hastings broke. He prolly has his ill gotten, pay for play, gains squirreled away in Caribbean banks.
     
    Maybe, if he's gotten his hands on a foreign passport. Unlikely, if he's only got an American passport. There's a reason foreign banks have been turning away American customers for a while now (i.e. FATCA).
  3. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    The Rap Trap.

    Are blacks mired in moronic rap culture forever?

    I mean, don’t they ever get tired of this stuff?

    Same lyrics, same gestures, same fashion, same iconography, etc.

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  4. That money could be used to pay rent in some of the better neighborhoods, so that the Ethiopians could move to where the magic sand is. This would affirmatively further fair housing in Israel and help that country rid itself of what clearly is a case of disparate impact.

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  5. Maj. Kong says:

    Mark Zuckerberg: $70 Billion+
    Larry Ellison: $50 Billion
    Larry Page: $50 Billion
    Sergey Brin: $50 Billion
    Michael Bloomberg: $50 Billion
    Steve Ballmer: $35 Billion
    Sheldon Adelson: $30 Billion
    George Soros: $25 Billion
    Michael Dell: $25 Billion
    Dustin Moskovitz: $13 Billion
    Eduardo Saverin: $10 Billion

    United States of America: $20 TRILLION in DEBT
    Rothschild Family: ?????????????????????

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  6. Strangest part of his biography: he started both undergrad and law school at Howard but had to finish both at other schools.

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    • Replies: @anonymous
    Fascinating life of public service. Wikipedia might have been expected to airbrush this:

    "The Senate had the option to forbid Hastings from ever seeking federal office again, but did not do so. Alleged co-conspirator attorney William Borders went to jail again for refusing to testify in the impeachment proceedings, but was later given a full pardon by President Bill Clinton on his last day in office."

    Washington's Third World aid isn't just for foreign regimes.
  7. It’s funny how Economists are silent on the Government wasting money on foreign aid or immigrants, but when it come time for private industry, “Economic Efficiency” is the moral imperative. As if the two pools of money are completely different. The result is here in the USA, we outsource low level IT staff, or get rid of caboose brakeman, but send money overseas like crazy.

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  8. syonredux says:

    U.S. Congressman Proposes $12 Million to Support Israel’s Ethiopian Community

    Amendment proposed by Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Democratic lawmaker and a member of the House Rules Committee: ‘The community faces a number of major challenges, including enduring shortfalls in education’

    Huh. Waddya know. Ethiopian Jews aren’t doing well in school. Who could have predicted that…..

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    • Replies: @Wilkey
    Yeah, we need Hollywood to follow up all their movies bashing raciss white Christian southerners with some movies about all those bigots in Israel holdin' da brothas down.
    , @Joe Sweet
    The Falasha-Ashkenazi education gap! Nothing that a few billion shekels over the next few generations can't close.
  9. AB- says:

    Hastings was 74 years old at the time.

    Muh dick! They never quit….or give up.

    I’m sure some Demo noticed the obvious trap with gerrymandering ALL the negros in the state into 2 or 3 Congressional districts, but knew enough about the other Dems to keep his mouth shut.

    Love that kind of unintended consequences!!!

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    • Replies: @Alec Leamas

    I’m sure some Demo noticed the obvious trap with gerrymandering ALL the negros in the state into 2 or 3 Congressional districts, but knew enough about the other Dems to keep his mouth shut.

    Love that kind of unintended consequences!!!
     
    But the flipside is that the Democrats get the minority brand. And building the brand means unfailing 90%-95% black support for any Democrat running nationally.
    , @Unladen Swallow
    Greg Cochran pointed this out a few years ago on one of the comments on his blog, The Democrats really began racial gerrymandering after 1990 Census redistricing. I think he pointed out it was one of few times the Democratic leadership did something really moronic and their GOP counterparts didn't save them from their own stupidity.
  10. Wilkey says:

    Israel has a per capita income higher than France (2017 est: $39,126 vs. $37,924) and the United States has a $440 billion budget deficit, but by all means what we really need to do is send a rich foreign country a shitload of money to help a group that is their responsibility, not ours.

    But it’s all just monopoly money now, so who really gives a shit? Barack Obama added like $6 trillion to the national debt and the g.d. press never so much as blinked. When was the last time we had any real sort of argument over balancing the budget, anyway?

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    • Replies: @Forbes
    Obama's addition was ~$9.2 trillion. (50% higher than your guesstimate)

    Debt at 12/08...$10.7 trillion
    https://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/mspd/2008/opds122008.prn

    Debt at 12/16...$19.9 trillion
    https://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/mspd/2016/opds122016.prn
  11. Wilkey says:
    @syonredux

    U.S. Congressman Proposes $12 Million to Support Israel’s Ethiopian Community

    Amendment proposed by Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Democratic lawmaker and a member of the House Rules Committee: ‘The community faces a number of major challenges, including enduring shortfalls in education’
     

    Huh. Waddya know. Ethiopian Jews aren't doing well in school. Who could have predicted that.....

    Yeah, we need Hollywood to follow up all their movies bashing raciss white Christian southerners with some movies about all those bigots in Israel holdin’ da brothas down.

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  12. Alden says:

    So the pride of affirmative action, Alcee Hastings is all the fault of republicans?

    Well, a republican president caused hurricane Katrina.

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  13. Broski says:

    “[H]e owed several million dollars in legal fees to several attorneys stemming from the 1981–1989 charges.”

    So in 30 years he hasn’t gotten around to clearing the slate through a bankruptcy?

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  14. Hastings was 74 years old at the time.

    Age ain’t nothing but a number. While mayor of San Francisco, the married Willie Brown had an out-of-wedlock child. He was about 68 years old.

    In 1982, while mayor of Detroit, 64 year-old Coleman Young had a out-of-wedlock child with the Executive Assistant Director of Public Works. Paternity wasn’t established until 1989. Young’s son, a college dropout, changed his named from Joel Loving to Coleman Young II and is a member of the Michigan State Senate. Young II is also one of the top two candidates from last month’s Detroit mayoral primary election and will be running on the November ballot against Detroit’s incumbent mayor. Half of the eight candidates in the 2017 Detroit mayoral primary election were convicted felons.

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    • Replies: @Paul Jolliffe
    Of the four Detroit mayoral primary candidates with felony convictions, three of the four are women . . .
  15. In Cargo Cult America you can vote 14 million to Ethiopians. And the money is created by enough people pressing a “yes” button. So what if the people in Hasting’s district have no money and are not educated? Nothing prevents us from pressing a “yes” button again and giving them money too. The fact that a small subset of Republicans refuses to do something so simple as pressing a button, proves their racism.

    After the fall of our civilization, I fully expect large wooden buttons with a crude “Y”s painted on them to be pushed over and over again while prayers are chanted, invoking Clint-On.

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    How about these, Mr. Future? They are a lot more classy than the crude wooden YES button. Contrary to your misinformed opinion, we are NOT some ancient cargo-cult society! We are operating under a fully MODERN cargo-cult paradigm here. BTW, we already have purchase requisitions made up for 12 of these modern buttons that we ordered long ago for the 12 FED branches.

    http://mrobinson.org/blog/static/images/staples_button/01_easy_button_s.jpg

    If the funds for this Staples purchase will be a problem, we can just Control-Pee you a few hundred bucks. We are a can-do organization here, not some primitive "pay-as-you-go", "Credit? Forget it! You got it? You get it!" backwoods redneck society.
  16. Altai says:

    Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through.

    Dangerous peasants with ties to the land!

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    • Replies: @tyrone
    the BIG man inadvertently high lighted our most vital constitutional amendment
    , @Pat Boyle
    I think people in the lower 48 don't get the Moose thing at all. While in the hospital I watched a multi-hour TV nature show about people living in Alaska. The big drama was the end of Moose season was coming as was winter. These people were out in the woods looking for Moose. They only needed one but if they didn't get one before the season ended and winter arrived they very well might not make it to spring.

    Nothing else would do. Apparently a caribou doesn't pack enough meat to matter. This particular year the Moose were scarce and the settlers were panicking. For about eight months out of the year these hardy folks were basically snowed in. They couldn't hunt because for much of the time they couldn't even go outside. They lived for all that cold dark time on stored food - the main component of which was a dead Moose.

    They did not shoot Moose for sport. It was that which allowed them to live and eat.
  17. dr kill says:

    Hey, that’s my congressman you’re talking about.

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    • Replies: @fish

    Hey, that’s my congressman you’re talking about.
     
    My sympathies.
  18. anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @anonymouslee
    Strangest part of his biography: he started both undergrad and law school at Howard but had to finish both at other schools.

    Fascinating life of public service. Wikipedia might have been expected to airbrush this:

    “The Senate had the option to forbid Hastings from ever seeking federal office again, but did not do so. Alleged co-conspirator attorney William Borders went to jail again for refusing to testify in the impeachment proceedings, but was later given a full pardon by President Bill Clinton on his last day in office.”

    Washington’s Third World aid isn’t just for foreign regimes.

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  19. Karl says:
    @anonymous
    The money should go to Ethiopians claiming Jewish heritage stuck in camps in Ethiopia because Israel won't take them.

    1 anonymous > The money should go to Ethiopians claiming Jewish heritage stuck in camps in Ethiopia because Israel won’t take them

    the ones who can offer even flimsy proof of being a first-degree relative of an Ethiopian Israeli, will get admitted. Bibi gave in on that.

    Perhaps because the Israeli Ethiopians seldom vote leftist.

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    • Replies: @Johann Ricke

    Perhaps because the Israeli Ethiopians seldom vote leftist.
     
    No surprise there, given the thousand-year history of attacks on Ethiopia by Muslim ghazi.
  20. Arclight says:

    Steve’s last line is 100% on the nose – and Democrats go along with it rather than expand the number of tossup seats in the House because the pressure to ensure there are the right number of black faces in the House. However, this also means no black Congressman ever makes the leap to the Senate or Governor because the politics required to win a black district are a bridge too far even in blue states. Obama’s state senate district was gerrymandered for him to include enough white liberals that he could portray himself as a moderate when he ran for higher office rather than get dragged down into the politics of who is blacker – losing his challenge to Bobby Scott was the best thing that ever happened to him.

    A long time ago I worked in Democratic congressional politics and even most of my colleagues on that side of the aisle would admit in private conversation that in an institution filled with mediocrities, the Congressional Black Caucus was in its own league.

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    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    "losing his challenge to Bobby Scott was the best thing that ever happened to him."

    I think you mean Bobby Rush.

    Another bill-dodging, tax-evading, nepotist mountebank, or, in other words, a normal member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
  21. tyrone says:
    @Altai

    Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through.
     
    Dangerous peasants with ties to the land!

    the BIG man inadvertently high lighted our most vital constitutional amendment

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  22. tyrone says:
    @Clyde

    Alcee Hastings, a former federal judge who was impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate in 1989 for taking a ($150,000 per wikipedia) bribe from a mafioso.......
     
    During his impeachment, one tidbit that came out was all the gold plated bathroom fixtures he had installed. Opulence that disgusts me but is a turn on for..... No way is Hastings broke. He prolly has his ill gotten, pay for play, gains squirreled away in Caribbean banks.

    when executing the warrant I would say check the freezer

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  23. WJ says:

    Mercy. I followed the link to that hideous website/newspaper. They are rabid, open borders Steve Miller/Trump haters to the extreme. It seems as if you will find the highest density of the Nazi word outside of Mel Brook movie.

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  24. @Cwhatfuture
    In Cargo Cult America you can vote 14 million to Ethiopians. And the money is created by enough people pressing a "yes" button. So what if the people in Hasting's district have no money and are not educated? Nothing prevents us from pressing a "yes" button again and giving them money too. The fact that a small subset of Republicans refuses to do something so simple as pressing a button, proves their racism.

    After the fall of our civilization, I fully expect large wooden buttons with a crude "Y"s painted on them to be pushed over and over again while prayers are chanted, invoking Clint-On.

    How about these, Mr. Future? They are a lot more classy than the crude wooden YES button. Contrary to your misinformed opinion, we are NOT some ancient cargo-cult society! We are operating under a fully MODERN cargo-cult paradigm here. BTW, we already have purchase requisitions made up for 12 of these modern buttons that we ordered long ago for the 12 FED branches.

    If the funds for this Staples purchase will be a problem, we can just Control-Pee you a few hundred bucks. We are a can-do organization here, not some primitive “pay-as-you-go”, “Credit? Forget it! You got it? You get it!” backwoods redneck society.

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    • Replies: @Cwhatfuture
    That cracked me up.
    I expect Congress to put in their order shortly
  25. @AB-

    Hastings was 74 years old at the time.
     
    Muh dick! They never quit....or give up.

    I'm sure some Demo noticed the obvious trap with gerrymandering ALL the negros in the state into 2 or 3 Congressional districts, but knew enough about the other Dems to keep his mouth shut.


    Love that kind of unintended consequences!!!

    I’m sure some Demo noticed the obvious trap with gerrymandering ALL the negros in the state into 2 or 3 Congressional districts, but knew enough about the other Dems to keep his mouth shut.

    Love that kind of unintended consequences!!!

    But the flipside is that the Democrats get the minority brand. And building the brand means unfailing 90%-95% black support for any Democrat running nationally.

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    • Replies: @Olorin
    I caused dyspepsia at a social gathering of marcomm types recently by observing exactly this.

    Though I think what really gave them esophageal spasms was me noting that branding minorities is a very old Dem tradition.

    Budabump.

  26. Dr. X says:

    Republicans simply exploit the 1982 Voting Rights Act’s encouragement that some districts be gerrymandered so severely in favor of black Democrats that even a Hastings can win 82-18.

    Certainly, gerrymandering is a factor in the fact that criminals and lowlifes like Hastings, Chaka Fattah, Maxine Waters, Jesse Jackson Jr., Hank Johnson, and Sheila Jackson Lee managed to get re-elected over and over again without any serious challenge.

    But such gerrymandering is predicated not so much on the fact that they’re Democrats (a qualified white Democrat would never win those seats) but upon the assumption that racial bloc voting is a certainty — something that is verboten for whites.

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  27. @Arclight
    Steve's last line is 100% on the nose - and Democrats go along with it rather than expand the number of tossup seats in the House because the pressure to ensure there are the right number of black faces in the House. However, this also means no black Congressman ever makes the leap to the Senate or Governor because the politics required to win a black district are a bridge too far even in blue states. Obama's state senate district was gerrymandered for him to include enough white liberals that he could portray himself as a moderate when he ran for higher office rather than get dragged down into the politics of who is blacker - losing his challenge to Bobby Scott was the best thing that ever happened to him.

    A long time ago I worked in Democratic congressional politics and even most of my colleagues on that side of the aisle would admit in private conversation that in an institution filled with mediocrities, the Congressional Black Caucus was in its own league.

    “losing his challenge to Bobby Scott was the best thing that ever happened to him.”

    I think you mean Bobby Rush.

    Another bill-dodging, tax-evading, nepotist mountebank, or, in other words, a normal member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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  28. @AB-

    Hastings was 74 years old at the time.
     
    Muh dick! They never quit....or give up.

    I'm sure some Demo noticed the obvious trap with gerrymandering ALL the negros in the state into 2 or 3 Congressional districts, but knew enough about the other Dems to keep his mouth shut.


    Love that kind of unintended consequences!!!

    Greg Cochran pointed this out a few years ago on one of the comments on his blog, The Democrats really began racial gerrymandering after 1990 Census redistricing. I think he pointed out it was one of few times the Democratic leadership did something really moronic and their GOP counterparts didn’t save them from their own stupidity.

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    • Replies: @Arclight
    Definitely true. I had some involvement in redistricting in an urban area that was losing a congressional seat and the priority at the time was to ensure the core district was turned into a majority minority one rather than a narrowly Democratic majority district so the neighboring urban/suburban one would be a tossup. Of course the majority minority strategy prevailed and the result is that it is surrounded by three Republican districts when one or maybe two could have been flipped if the Dems were more willing to spread things out.
  29. Arclight says:
    @Almost Missouri
    "losing his challenge to Bobby Scott was the best thing that ever happened to him."

    I think you mean Bobby Rush.

    Another bill-dodging, tax-evading, nepotist mountebank, or, in other words, a normal member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

    Yes, you are correct – I meant Rush.

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  30. Arclight says:
    @Unladen Swallow
    Greg Cochran pointed this out a few years ago on one of the comments on his blog, The Democrats really began racial gerrymandering after 1990 Census redistricing. I think he pointed out it was one of few times the Democratic leadership did something really moronic and their GOP counterparts didn't save them from their own stupidity.

    Definitely true. I had some involvement in redistricting in an urban area that was losing a congressional seat and the priority at the time was to ensure the core district was turned into a majority minority one rather than a narrowly Democratic majority district so the neighboring urban/suburban one would be a tossup. Of course the majority minority strategy prevailed and the result is that it is surrounded by three Republican districts when one or maybe two could have been flipped if the Dems were more willing to spread things out.

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    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    Certaintainty for the party's most powerful is far more important than a chance for up and comers.
    You wouldn't want to be democratic, now, would you?
  31. George says:

    But, from the perspective of the now 81-year-old Hastings, it’s now 20 years later and he is still Representative from Florida’s 20th district. Anyone know where Cynthia Mckinney is?

    Are you a member of congress?

    I didn’t think so.

    When you are in your 20th year in power, Mr. Hastings will be happy to listen to your advice. Until then …

    Rep. Cynthia Mckinney mouths off:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_McKinney#September_11_attacks

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  32. AndrewR says:

    This guy is pure scum but, in his defense, our legal system is profoundly broken if a single person could end up owing seven figures in legal fees. Perhaps we need to GREATLY increase tax rates on law schools and lawyers

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  33. @Clyde

    Alcee Hastings, a former federal judge who was impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate in 1989 for taking a ($150,000 per wikipedia) bribe from a mafioso.......
     
    During his impeachment, one tidbit that came out was all the gold plated bathroom fixtures he had installed. Opulence that disgusts me but is a turn on for..... No way is Hastings broke. He prolly has his ill gotten, pay for play, gains squirreled away in Caribbean banks.

    No way is Hastings broke. He prolly has his ill gotten, pay for play, gains squirreled away in Caribbean banks.

    Yeah, unlike the moron Jefferson who stored his stolen cash in his freezer.

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  34. Alcee Hastings appears to be a mulatto. I would not call Alcee Hastings Black. Alcee Hastings has enjoyed immense White privilege by living in a White nation.

    I imagine that Israelis don’t much care to be swamped by Africans or any other kind of foreigner.

    Twitter has provided a case where a Rabbi says “Go To Hell” in so many words to Alcee Hastings and his plan to pack Africans into Israel:

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    • Replies: @Dmitry134564
    The Ethiopians in Israel came under the Law of Return. They are plain Israelis now and the rabbinate supported their immigration.

    Obviously their assimilation is more difficult than for other groups, as they come from rural areas of a third-world country and were existing on subsistence agriculture.

    Throwing more money at the problem is only going to get diminishing returns - Israel already spends $80,000 on assimilating each Ethiopian immigrant, which is about 4 times more than is spent on each immigrant from the FSU.

  35. Alcee Hastings looks Whiter than Obama to me. In this Tweet Alcee Hastings looks a little like my Italian grandfather:

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  36. Joe Sweet says:
    @syonredux

    U.S. Congressman Proposes $12 Million to Support Israel’s Ethiopian Community

    Amendment proposed by Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Democratic lawmaker and a member of the House Rules Committee: ‘The community faces a number of major challenges, including enduring shortfalls in education’
     

    Huh. Waddya know. Ethiopian Jews aren't doing well in school. Who could have predicted that.....

    The Falasha-Ashkenazi education gap! Nothing that a few billion shekels over the next few generations can’t close.

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  37. Forbes says:
    @Wilkey
    Israel has a per capita income higher than France (2017 est: $39,126 vs. $37,924) and the United States has a $440 billion budget deficit, but by all means what we really need to do is send a rich foreign country a shitload of money to help a group that is their responsibility, not ours.

    But it's all just monopoly money now, so who really gives a shit? Barack Obama added like $6 trillion to the national debt and the g.d. press never so much as blinked. When was the last time we had any real sort of argument over balancing the budget, anyway?

    Obama’s addition was ~$9.2 trillion. (50% higher than your guesstimate)

    Debt at 12/08…$10.7 trillion

    https://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/mspd/2008/opds122008.prn

    Debt at 12/16…$19.9 trillion

    https://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/mspd/2016/opds122016.prn

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  38. Forbes says:

    Democrats often wonder why the House is so gerrymandered against them, but one reason is because Republicans simply exploit the 1982 Voting Rights Act’s encouragement that some districts be gerrymandered so severely in favor of black Democrats that even a Hastings can win 82-18.

    Are Republicans that clever AND opportunistic that they can be credited with such success? Or is this really due to Democrat overreach (carving majority minority districts that result in lopsided Dem wins) and a disregard for the law of unintended consequences? I.e. concentrating Dems into such a district as Hastings’–and therefore uncompetitive for Reps–adjacent districts will be uncompetitive for Dems.

    IIRC, the Republican Congressional majority emerged after Democratic dominance for decades, when apportioning majority minority districts occurred, and the development of other safe seats for Democrats.

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    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson

    Are Republicans that clever AND opportunistic that they can be credited with such success?
     
    No. Your Democratic overreach hypothesis is the correct conclusion.
  39. Pat Boyle says:
    @Altai

    Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through.
     
    Dangerous peasants with ties to the land!

    I think people in the lower 48 don’t get the Moose thing at all. While in the hospital I watched a multi-hour TV nature show about people living in Alaska. The big drama was the end of Moose season was coming as was winter. These people were out in the woods looking for Moose. They only needed one but if they didn’t get one before the season ended and winter arrived they very well might not make it to spring.

    Nothing else would do. Apparently a caribou doesn’t pack enough meat to matter. This particular year the Moose were scarce and the settlers were panicking. For about eight months out of the year these hardy folks were basically snowed in. They couldn’t hunt because for much of the time they couldn’t even go outside. They lived for all that cold dark time on stored food – the main component of which was a dead Moose.

    They did not shoot Moose for sport. It was that which allowed them to live and eat.

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  40. BB753 says:

    For a broke congressman, sending foreign aid makes a lot of sense if he gets a cut. That’s what the foreign aid racket is all about.

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  41. @Achmed E. Newman
    How about these, Mr. Future? They are a lot more classy than the crude wooden YES button. Contrary to your misinformed opinion, we are NOT some ancient cargo-cult society! We are operating under a fully MODERN cargo-cult paradigm here. BTW, we already have purchase requisitions made up for 12 of these modern buttons that we ordered long ago for the 12 FED branches.

    http://mrobinson.org/blog/static/images/staples_button/01_easy_button_s.jpg

    If the funds for this Staples purchase will be a problem, we can just Control-Pee you a few hundred bucks. We are a can-do organization here, not some primitive "pay-as-you-go", "Credit? Forget it! You got it? You get it!" backwoods redneck society.

    That cracked me up.
    I expect Congress to put in their order shortly

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  42. @Clyde

    Alcee Hastings, a former federal judge who was impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate in 1989 for taking a ($150,000 per wikipedia) bribe from a mafioso.......
     
    During his impeachment, one tidbit that came out was all the gold plated bathroom fixtures he had installed. Opulence that disgusts me but is a turn on for..... No way is Hastings broke. He prolly has his ill gotten, pay for play, gains squirreled away in Caribbean banks.

    No way is Hastings broke. He prolly has his ill gotten, pay for play, gains squirreled away in Caribbean banks.

    Maybe, if he’s gotten his hands on a foreign passport. Unlikely, if he’s only got an American passport. There’s a reason foreign banks have been turning away American customers for a while now (i.e. FATCA).

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  43. @Charles Pewitt
    Alcee Hastings appears to be a mulatto. I would not call Alcee Hastings Black. Alcee Hastings has enjoyed immense White privilege by living in a White nation.

    I imagine that Israelis don't much care to be swamped by Africans or any other kind of foreigner.

    Twitter has provided a case where a Rabbi says "Go To Hell" in so many words to Alcee Hastings and his plan to pack Africans into Israel:

    https://twitter.com/Mivasair/status/905641557298003969

    The Ethiopians in Israel came under the Law of Return. They are plain Israelis now and the rabbinate supported their immigration.

    Obviously their assimilation is more difficult than for other groups, as they come from rural areas of a third-world country and were existing on subsistence agriculture.

    Throwing more money at the problem is only going to get diminishing returns – Israel already spends $80,000 on assimilating each Ethiopian immigrant, which is about 4 times more than is spent on each immigrant from the FSU.

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  44. fish says:
    @dr kill
    Hey, that's my congressman you're talking about.

    Hey, that’s my congressman you’re talking about.

    My sympathies.

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  45. Olorin says:
    @Alec Leamas

    I’m sure some Demo noticed the obvious trap with gerrymandering ALL the negros in the state into 2 or 3 Congressional districts, but knew enough about the other Dems to keep his mouth shut.

    Love that kind of unintended consequences!!!
     
    But the flipside is that the Democrats get the minority brand. And building the brand means unfailing 90%-95% black support for any Democrat running nationally.

    I caused dyspepsia at a social gathering of marcomm types recently by observing exactly this.

    Though I think what really gave them esophageal spasms was me noting that branding minorities is a very old Dem tradition.

    Budabump.

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  46. @Forbes

    Democrats often wonder why the House is so gerrymandered against them, but one reason is because Republicans simply exploit the 1982 Voting Rights Act’s encouragement that some districts be gerrymandered so severely in favor of black Democrats that even a Hastings can win 82-18.
     
    Are Republicans that clever AND opportunistic that they can be credited with such success? Or is this really due to Democrat overreach (carving majority minority districts that result in lopsided Dem wins) and a disregard for the law of unintended consequences? I.e. concentrating Dems into such a district as Hastings'--and therefore uncompetitive for Reps--adjacent districts will be uncompetitive for Dems.

    IIRC, the Republican Congressional majority emerged after Democratic dominance for decades, when apportioning majority minority districts occurred, and the development of other safe seats for Democrats.

    Are Republicans that clever AND opportunistic that they can be credited with such success?

    No. Your Democratic overreach hypothesis is the correct conclusion.

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  47. @Triumph104

    Hastings was 74 years old at the time.
     
    Age ain't nothing but a number. While mayor of San Francisco, the married Willie Brown had an out-of-wedlock child. He was about 68 years old.

    In 1982, while mayor of Detroit, 64 year-old Coleman Young had a out-of-wedlock child with the Executive Assistant Director of Public Works. Paternity wasn't established until 1989. Young's son, a college dropout, changed his named from Joel Loving to Coleman Young II and is a member of the Michigan State Senate. Young II is also one of the top two candidates from last month's Detroit mayoral primary election and will be running on the November ballot against Detroit's incumbent mayor. Half of the eight candidates in the 2017 Detroit mayoral primary election were convicted felons.

    Of the four Detroit mayoral primary candidates with felony convictions, three of the four are women . . .

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  48. @Arclight
    Definitely true. I had some involvement in redistricting in an urban area that was losing a congressional seat and the priority at the time was to ensure the core district was turned into a majority minority one rather than a narrowly Democratic majority district so the neighboring urban/suburban one would be a tossup. Of course the majority minority strategy prevailed and the result is that it is surrounded by three Republican districts when one or maybe two could have been flipped if the Dems were more willing to spread things out.

    Certaintainty for the party’s most powerful is far more important than a chance for up and comers.
    You wouldn’t want to be democratic, now, would you?

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  49. @Karl
    1 anonymous > The money should go to Ethiopians claiming Jewish heritage stuck in camps in Ethiopia because Israel won’t take them


    the ones who can offer even flimsy proof of being a first-degree relative of an Ethiopian Israeli, will get admitted. Bibi gave in on that.

    Perhaps because the Israeli Ethiopians seldom vote leftist.

    Perhaps because the Israeli Ethiopians seldom vote leftist.

    No surprise there, given the thousand-year history of attacks on Ethiopia by Muslim ghazi.

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