Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Will Frank Pallone lose his Federal Pension?

It seems like based on Frank Pallone's bribery, racketeering and fraud regarding his actions with ReGen and the FDA, Pallone might as well just turn in his federal pension now.


Frank Pallone - One Set of Rules For Himself - One for Everyone Else.


CONGRESSMAN FRANK PALLONE, JR.
Sixth District of New Jersey
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Andrew Souvall

April 18, 2005

or Jennifer Cannata

(202) 225-4671

PALLONE TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION THAT STRIPS CORRUPT OFFICIALS OF THEIR FEDERAL PENSIONS

---Bill Would Also Double Financial Penalties---

Long Branch, NJ --- U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) announced today that he will introduce legislation this week in the U.S. House of Representatives instituting tougher penalties for government officials convicted on federal corruption charges. The New Jersey lawmaker's legislation excludes convicted officials from receiving any federal pensions once they are found guilty in federal court, and doubles the financial penalties corrupt officials are required to pay.

Under current federal law, governmental officials, whether elected, appointed or hired, are still entitled to their federal pensions if they are convicted of any crime, with the exception of treason, in a federal court. In 1954, Congress passed legislation prohibiting the distribution of federal pensions to federal officers and employees, including Members of Congress, who were convicted of various offences relating to disloyalty. Eight years later, the legislation was amended to only include the loss of pensions for federal officers and employees in instances of disloyalty on issues relating to national security and defense.

Pallone pointed to former U.S. Rep. James Traficant, a Democrat who represented a congressional district in Ohio for 18 years, who was convicted in federal court in 2001 of ten charges including bribery, racketeering, fraud and tax evasion. Despite his expulsion from the House and the fact he's now serving a ten-year prison sentence, Traficant still has access to the federal pension that he accrued during his 18 years in the House.

"It defies reason to allow a government official access to a pension after they've been found guilty of a federal crime," Pallone said. "My legislation will broaden federal laws to prevent any convicted official from receiving his or her federal pension."

Pallone's legislation also doubles the financial penalties corrupt officials are forced to pay once they are convicted. Currently, under federal "anti-corruption" statutes, any government official faces up to 15 years in prison, but cannot be fined more than $250,000 if they are convicted of bribery in a federal court. The federal statute calls for fines of up to three times the monetary equivalent of the value of the bribe, or $250,000, whichever is greater. Pallone's legislation doubles those federal fines to $500,000.

"The federal government has to send a stronger message to government officials who betray the trust of the American people," Pallone said. "We should double these fines as a way to deter governmental officials from breaking the law."

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Frank Pallone: I won't listen to YOU PEOPLE, or Science!

First, I certainly won't be providing any new "news" on this subject, so if you were looking for any information about how corrupt Mr. Frank Pallone is today, you can review some news stories here here here here here here or here.

With that sad, the summary of the story goes something like this:
ReGen, a company who makes a [defective] knee meniscus replacement device was EXTORTED out of over $50K by several of New Jersey Democratic representatives including our own Frank Pallone. This $50K in addition to the $200K extorted by Sen. Menendez through an aide of his. So in order to have their product approved by the FDA for use, after being rejected twice, ReGen was EXTORTED by Mr. Pallone, who happens to be the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Health, and used the payoff as incentive to put "extreme pressure" on the FDA to approve the product. Then, having recognized that he could be caught, Mr. Pallone decided to back track and try to play the good guy by asking the FDA to review what went wrong.

SO, if you recall from last month's Pallone town hall meeting, the one where Pallone told the people "NO, I won't represent you", then this situation further demonstrates that Pallone is not in office with the intentions to represent the people, he is there to EXTORT money and shove garbage, in the form of bad legislation and bad medical devices, down the throats of us taxpayers. Mr. Pallone REFUSED TO LISTEN TO THE SCIENCE at the FDA and forced them to accept this device just as Mr. Pallone REFUSES TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE and the accounting facts and wants to force government healthcare upon We The People.

In my opinion, Mr. Pallone should be immediately removed from his Chairman position and removed from Congress pending the outcome of an EXTORTION inquiry. Worth noting here, again, that Mr. Pallone was one of only a few Congressman who voted to continue to fund ACORN. This vote after ACORN was caught on camera providing information to a pimp and his ho on how to commit crimes.

Further, what company, or companies, is Mr. Pallone EXTORTING, by promoting ObamaCare? This certainly isn't the first time that Mr. Pallone has EXTORTED money from a company to get their device approved (or banned) as I'd have to doubt that a first time offender would know how to put "extreme pressure" on the FDA. EXTORTION.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

How NOT to run for office

If you browse the archives here, I explained the steps I took to run for office last year in my first posts. Not that I had such great results that I have tons of room to talk, but my advise would be that if any of my readers are going to be running for office for their first time, don't be like this guy!

To be fair, that story might have a bit of a writers bias to it, so here is another story which doesn't paint Mr. Katz as such a fool.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monmouth Park Dog & Pony Show Continues Sept 16 - 2pm

I've just received notice that the NJ DEP will be holding a big* press conference at Monmouth Park tomorrow (Wednesday Sept 16) at 2pm in Oceanport. *Big except for the fact that no-one will be there.


Officially the event is "Monmouth Park Racetrack Stormwater Project Announcement" / Event Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm in the Tracks "Library, Admin. Building"

Attendees: Commissioner Mauriello, Dennis Robinson (CEO, NJSEA),

From the spreadsheet:
DEP Commissioner Mauriello and NJSEA Pres & CEO will announce funding for infrastructure improvements to Monmouth Park Racetrack that will create jobs and improve stormwater runoff management at that park. The project will redirect contaminated water to a treatment facility and provide clean water run-off drains that lead to Branchport Creek.

Event will be held in the library on the 2nd floor of the Park's administration building. In the event that the weather tomorrow allows for an outdoor event, location will be determined on site and staff will be on hand to direct press.


Create Jobs??? Not that I'm against creating jobs, BUT, since when was the NJ DEP responsible for creating jobs after the NJSEA pollutes a river? Seems like first and foremost in that Event Information Checklist should be "address EXACTLY how NJSEA will WASTE $22 MILLION pretending to fix the pollution problem while really just doing some landscaping work around the facility.

And speaking of $22 MILLION, and maybe I shouldn't care since I'm supposed to believe that our tax money won't be used for this project, here is the list of pending projects in NJ with costs. Seems like a lot of things can be done much cheaper than MP's claim for needing $22 MILLION to resolve a pollution problem that seems like it is caused mostly by lazy, incompetent workers. Go Figure.

Oddly enough, I don't seem to be invited and neither are you. The "invites" list is empty and no one seems scheduled to talk back at DEP, NJSEA or anyone else. I'm wondering if Mayor Mahon and/or any of the Oceanport Counsel are aware of the meeting and invited?

In either case.... $22 MILLION.... let's hope that the track can fund this project with proceeds from those $1 parking passes and not from our tax dollars. Let's also hope that the DEP employees start doing their jobs and ensure that Monmouth Park spends this money on the project that will prevent pollution and nothing more.

UPDATE: 11PM Tuesday: It seems that Oceanport administration was notified of this meeting sometime around or after 4PM today. Not much time for planning and I suspect that Mayor Mahon, Joseph Irace and the others who have worked hard to resolve this issue for Oceanport, Long Branch and all of New Jersey will be at work like the rest of us and unable to attend the big* event.
*Big except for the fact that no-one will be there.