Saturday, December 24, 2005

Bush Pardons Moonshiners, Bank Robber


OK...maybe I have been without proper sleep for too long, but does this headline strike anyone else as fall-in-the-floor, LOL funny?

Moonshiners? Now that's rich.

Of course, I am not one to believe they should have been in prison in the first place, unless they were Lead-poisoning people, but this is just plain weird for a preznit who admits to having to give up his bottle at age 40. I don't know too many social drinker, non-alcoholics who swear off the bottle, unless it is for medical reasons.

Maybe he needs those Moonshiners now. (It Is for damn sure the rest of us do...just to sleep at night, without pictures of Abu Ghraib dancing in our heads.)

"WHOOOOOOweeeee, White Lightening! That shit will even make Dick Cheney disappear from your bubble."

Bank Robbers? File this under things that make you say, Uhmmm.

The Bushies have always been bankers of sorts:

Preston was a banker to Hitler's corporate underwriters. He managed to have his assets frozen during WWII for his support of the Nazi Regime, even after American entered the war. He got his assets back, however, at the end of the war. (Bad mistake. Who did that anyway?)

Who can forget Neil and the Silverado fiasco which cost the American tax payers gazillions, while Neil came out of the whole sorry mess without even a scratch.

Then there is Uncle Jonathan, who was an officer (V.P., I think) for Riggs Bank; the only bank investigated for possible money laundering and other questionable practices, post 9/11. Riggs bank handled multi-million dollar accounts for guess who.....The Saudi Royals, just to name a few. 

George, our current king, had an account with the infamous BCCI Bank, found to be the biggest white collar criminal enterprise in history, involving such notables as Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein and playing in the games of the drug trade and terrorism.

Don't know what is going on with Jeb and Marvin.

 Jeb is probably trying to keep his fingers out of any illegal tills, as he is the new standard-bearer for the BFEE, providing Junior doesn't declare martial law and crown himself eternal ruler by divine right.. or have Sun Myung Moon perform the coronation in secret, just like everything else he does. 

Don't really have time for a search on Marvin, but I would bet there is something.


Whenever there is some chicanery I=involving financial institutions, there is probably a Bush in the woodpile, somewhere.

Now on to more serious concerns:

President Bush has granted 11 pardons, bringing to 69 the number of clemency orders he has issued since taking office five years ago, the Justice Department said. (Damn. He cooked people in Texas like a  Bar-BQ master chef. What's up with all the clemency as preznit?)

Three moonshiners and a bank robber are among those pardoned, as is a Denver attorney with Republican political ties. The pardons were issued Tuesday, in keeping with a tradition of granting clemency during the holiday season.

One of those pardoned, Wendy St. Charles, is a lawyer for a Denver homebuilder, MDC Holdings, parent of Richmond American Homes, The Denver Post reported. St. Charles was convicted on drug charges in 1984 and sentenced to four years in prison.

MDC's chairman, Larry Mizel, has contributed more than half a million dollars to Republican campaigns along with his wife, Carol, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. A company spokeswoman did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.

One of the moonshiners, Carl E. Cantrell of Monteagle, Tenn., said he was arrested at his still without ever selling a drop. He was convicted of federal liquor law violations in 1967 and sentenced to three years' probation.

"I wasn't trying to cause nobody no harm," he told The Knoxville News Sentinel. "I was just trying to make a living."

Also pardoned was Donald Lee Pendergrass of Ramona, Calif., who was convicted of bank robbery with a dangerous weapon in 1964.

The other pardons were for offenses such as drug possession or making false statements on loan applications.

"These are individuals who all applied for clemency, and their applications were reviewed by the Office of the Pardon Attorney and forwarded to the president, who makes the final decision on whether to grant clemency," said Justice Department spokesman John Nowacki.

The Constitution provides the president with the power to grant clemency. A presidential pardon can't expunge a conviction, but it can help regain rights such as voting and owning guns.

Those granted pardons are:

_Cantrell. Sentenced in 1967 to three years' probation for violation of IRS liquor laws.

_Charles Winston Carter of Hanna City, Ill. Sentenced in 1964 to two years' probation for conspiracy to steal U.S. property.

_Harper James Finucan of Charleston, S.C. Sentenced in 1980 to 39 months' imprisonment and five years' special parole for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

_Bobby Frank Kay Sr. of Suffolk, Va. Sentenced in 1959 to two years' incarceration and a $1,003 fine for operation of an illegal distillery.

_Melvin L. McKee of Surprise, Ariz. Sentenced in 1982 to five years' probation conditioned upon 400 hours of community service and a $2,500 fine for conspiracy to make and cause the making of false statements in loan applications and aiding and abetting the making of a materially false statement in a loan application.

_Charles Ellis McKinley of Pall Mall, Tennessee. Sentenced in 1950 to two years' probation for violation of IRS liquor laws.

_Pendergrass. Sentenced in 1964 to 12 years' imprisonment for bank robbery.

_Charles Blurford Power of Fort Pierce, Fla. Sentenced in 1948 to one year and one day in prison for interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle.

_John Gregory Schillace of Hammond, La. Sentenced in 1988; sentence amended in 1989 to 20 months' imprisonment and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.

_St. Charles. Sentenced in 1984 to four years imprisonment, four years of special parole and four years of probation, consecutively, for conspiracy to conduct a narcotics enterprise and distribution of cocaine.

_Jimmy Lee Williams of Mesquite, Texas. Sentenced to five years probation and a $5,000 fine for making a false statement on a loan application.


On the Net:

Justice Department Office of the Pardon Attorney:

The serious question is:
Can he pardon himself and members of his administration who have been or will be convicted or indicted for crimes against the nation and others, violating both constitutional and international law?


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