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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Tom DeLay... a ham sandwich?

I try not to get overly political here on I Hate Linux (one day I may have to change that name as this blog has little to do with Linux anymore, I just hate to give up all of the PageRank) and instead leave much of that to my buddy Danny Abbott (more on that another time) of tdaxp and the Jim River Report fame.

Yesterday with all of the news regarding the indictment of Tom DeLay on conspiracy charges, I kept hearing a common theme, to steal a couple of quotes from one FOXNews article:

Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen:
This is a ham sandwich indictment and we just ask 'where's the beef?'

Senator Trent Lott:
He can indict a ham sandwhich before most grand juries

I do think Rep Lott misspoke, meaning to say "he can get an indictment of a ham sandwich from most grand juries", but it still makes an entertaining quote.

A quick Google News search for 'ham sandwich' and find the #2 group of stories being in fact about Tom DeLay which gives us another great quote from Rep Ros-Lehtinen:

We've all heard the cliche that a grand jury can indict a ham sandwich. This is a ham sandwich indictment

For those who do not know just yet, the ham sandwich defense is that just because someone is indicted, doesn't necessarily mean that they have done anything wrong as a skilled prosecutor can have anyone or anything indicted, including a ham sandwich.

Fine, so he isn't yet guilty (yet?)... is this a surprise to anyone? Doesn't our legal system work off of the principal of 'innocent until proven guilty'? There have been no serious calls for him to resign from his congressional seat, and the only reason he resigned as leader was because the House Rules require it.

Yes, we have reached a point in this country where far too many cases are tried in the public, with both sides sitting down with various pendants on the news channels and saying their side of the case, why they think that someone they've never met or talked to is not being truthful with things that the accuser can know nothing about, or that they are completely innocent of those crimes they have been accused of.

I for one am sick of it all and the fact that so many Republicans jumped out so quick labeling this a ham sandwich indictment, or when the accused makes such a sweeping defense argument such as calling it:

one of the weakest, most baseless indictments in American history

I tend to lose a fair amount of respect for the speaker as I have little doubt that there are more than a few other indictments in the 229 some years of this nation that are far weaker than this. Heck... I bet if we tried really hard we could find a ham sandwich or two actually being indicted.

Tom, if you are innocent as you claim, then let the courts do their job and find that. If you are guilty, suck it up and take your punishment... don't waste all of our time on your pointless dribble.

That goes for the rest of you too, Republicans, Democrats, Libritarians, Independants, Socialists, Communists, Constitutions, Greens, Federalists and Whigs. You'd think our elected officials would have better things to do than this... things like prescription drug benefits, hurricane relief, the war on terrorism, rising interest rates, supreme court nominees and gas gouging... just to name a few.


  • Gas gouging isn't a problem. Other than that, I agree with your post.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:58 AM  

  • Your article refers to Katrina... unfortunately she was responsible only for a single series of increases, not those that have been happening for the last year alone.

    Unfortunately... the actual answer to why prices are so high and continue to rise is not an easy one. We know roughly the cost of a barrel of oil on the open market... as well as how much we end up paying at the pump, unfortunately no one as yet (that I have been able to find) has come up with an explanation of exactly who in-between the oil field and the pump sets the actual price of gas.

    Yes, OPEC prices are rather high, yes the US does have a refinery capacity issue, and yes Katrina did cause some damage and slow production in the gulf... The fact that the oil companies continue to report record profits year after year does make me a little suspicious. Could it just be demand increasing? Perhaps... I do think the other side bares a closer look, to see if they are in fact setting prices artificially high.

    By Blogger Brendan, at 12:43 PM  

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