NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, December 12, 2015, 9:20 PM
Dean Skelos and his son Adam were convicted on corruption charges and likely to face jail time.
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Those are the words written by Englishman John Dalberg-Acton in 1887.
One hundred and twenty-eight years later, the only thing that’s changed is that now power corrupts and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely everybody we elect .
On Friday, the second of Albany’s infamous three men in a room, smug former State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos, and his no-account son Adam were found guilty of federal corruption charges after a jury deliberated for a mere eight hours. Those eight hours may cost the sleazy Skelos boys 130 years each.
Eleven days earlier, Skelos’ counterpart in the State Assembly, former speaker Sheldon Silver, was convicted on seven counts of federal corruption. Tarnished Silver, who sold out his constituents for the modern equivalent of 30 pieces of silver ($ 5 million actually) is also facing 130 years.
All-in-all, a tragic tale of lowlifes from opposite sides of the aisle, living the high life until they were brought low by due process and a U.S. Attorney.
That attorney would be the Obama-appointed Democrat Preet Bharara. Shunning party loyalties, Bharara brought down two of the most powerful men in New York — a Democrat and a Republican; men who for decades had decided the fate of all New Yorkers.
Now thanks to Bharara, these traitors to our way of life are fated to spend the rest of their time doing time.
Bharara couldn’t have timed the trials more perfectly, for him and for us. The man absolutely caught the national zeitgeist by the balls, and is rocketing to national prominence.
Americans are so disgusted with the political business-as-usual business of politics that there’s a desperate local and national movement to replace that usual.
Enter the unusuals: Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders.
These guys are viewed as irascible, incorrigible, irreverent about politics and, most importantly, incorruptible. No doubt, they’re certainly different from anything that’s come before.
For one thing, each already has considerable power.
Take insult billionaire Donald Trump, who used to identify as a Dem — before switching identities to the GOP. He is beholden to himself, period.
Then there’s Carson, a Republican who has such an inflated sense of self that he has a bizarre portrait of himself hanging out with Jesus hanging in his living room.
Finally, enter 74-year old Bernie “Socialist” Sanders, the longest-serving Independent in U.S. Congressional history. Bernie caucuses with the Dems but people imagine he klatches with the Commies. Even so, he’s a contender.
These three men — three men you’d be hard-pressed to find in the same room — should never logically have made it this far as presidential candidates.
But their rise is America looking for a change.
Too bad these three clowns are as scary as the easily corruptible creeps who came before.
Let’s hope that the second part of that John Dalberg-Acton quote proves less true: “Great men are almost always bad men.”
New York Rev. Peter Miqueli, is accused of stealing more than $ 1 million in cold, hard church funds for his hot, hard-body S&M lover.
TAKE THE WHIP TO CHURCH
That’s what you get for outsourcing your whippings!
A Catholic priest, New York Rev. Peter Miqueli, is accused of stealing more than $ 1 million in cold, hard church funds for his hot, hard-body S&M lover.
What happened to do-it-yourself? In the good old days, self-flagellating clerics would just take out a handy cat o’ nine tails, beat themselves bloody, put on a painful hair shirt and hey — good to go.
Now everybody’s too lazy to beat themselves, so they hire out.
Miqueli allegedly paid his live-in boy (sex) toy, Keith Crist (what a name!) a grand per session to beat the hell out of Miqueli — literally — and to drink Crist’s urine.
The parishioners’ lawsuit alleges that Timothy Cardinal Dolan knew about the scam but hid it to keep it from growing into the scandal it has now become.
Seems that the pervy priest was transferred after stealing money collected at his former parish for a new organ. No — don’t even go there.
TRUMPED ON WEB
File this one in the “be careful what you wish for category.”
A few days after Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both suggested that we should shut down parts of the Internet to stop terrorists from recruiting more killers, one of them got a version of their wish.
On Friday, the Trump Towers website went down for an hour after the hackster activist group Anonymous tweeted: “Trump Towers NY site taken down as statement against racism and hatred. www.trumptowerny.com/(what you see is cloudflare offline backup)”
Earlier the group had posted, “Donald Trump think twice before you speak anything. You have been warned Mr. Donald Trump.”
To Donald, however, “forewarned” is more like foreplay than forearmed.
RELEVANCE FOREIGN TO GOLDEN GLOBES
The Golden Globe nominations are out and once again Hollywood is pretending the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of 90 freeloading foreign freelancers nobody’s ever heard of who report for media that nobody’s ever heard of, is legit. Ricky Gervais will be back after a three-year absence.
In 2012, he announced, “The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton, basically. A bit trashier, bit drunker, and more easily bought. Allegedly, nothing’s been proved.” That would take all of 10 minutes.
The right to bear arms and ban Muslims?
How is it that the same people who go batty if the Second Amendment is messed with have no trouble stomping on the First?
… The Deserter Has Arrived: A new season of the podcast Serial asks, “Why did Bowe Bergdahl leave his post in Afghanistan?” The real question should be, “Why is a deserter getting his day in court in the media before his possible day in court?” Obama then traded Bergdahl for six Taliban leaders. We wuz robbed
… Grandma Godsend: Gutsy grandma Jannie Ligons was the first to come forward to accuse Oklahoma cop Daniel Holtzclaw of sexual assault. After that, 12 other women came forward, and on Friday, the rapist was convicted. “He just picked the wrong lady to stop that night,” she said. You think?
What do you do with an air traffic controller who almost caused two separate plane crashes — one a United Airlines airbus carrying Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) in 2010, and then another in 2011 carrying Michelle Obama and Jill Biden? Hire that man!
Breen Peck got a gig in New York working for a company that manages arrivals and departures for local airports. Since his new job isn’t as hectic as his former sleeping-on-the-job air traffic controller gig, Peck took time out to pack loaded guns in his car and smoke crystal meth to stay awake. Or so he told Nassau County cops when they arrested him Wednesday.