It’s the third day of winter 2020, and things are going about as expected. Kentucky basketball is at a 100-year low point and getting worse. Trump is a madman, pardoning criminals. Socal is still dry; no rain. Coronavirus is still beating the shit out of the US and has decided to mutate into something even more infectious. Cretinous pandemic-denying congressional members are getting their vaccine ahead of everyone else. Santa Claus crashed into power lines and had to be rescued. In other words, SNAFU.
Close to home, everything about Trump’s pardon of Duncan Hunter bothers me. Quote from CNN:
“Hunter, who was sentenced earlier this year to 11 months in prison and three years of supervised release related to his misuse of more than $200,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses, was recommended for a pardon by “many members of Congress,” according to the White House release.The former California lawmaker pleaded guilty in December 2019 to one count of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds and was set to be on supervised release for three years after serving his prison sentence. He was also required to participate in a drug and alcohol treatment program. Hunter would have started his sentence in May, but it was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and he would have reported to a federal prison in West Texas in January 2021. Hunter and his wife were indicted in August 2018 for lavishly spending on “items as inconsequential as fast food, movie tickets and sneakers; as trivial as video games, Lego sets and Playdoh; as mundane as groceries, dog food, and utilities; and as self-indulgent as luxury hotels, overseas vacations, and plane tickets for themselves, their family members, and their pet rabbits Eggburt and Cadbury,” according to prosecutors. Federal prosecutors charged that Hunter had fraudulently spent more than $200,000 on expenses that included a $14,000 Italian vacation and thousands of dollars on routine items like groceries, bedding and other household items. Hunter resigned from Congress in January, after winning reelection in California’s 50th Congressional District, which encompasses much of eastern San Diego County.”
The fact that he was my congressman bothered me. I was happy when he was convicted, but now he’s dodged justice completely. Not a day in jail.
Update 4-5 hours later. The day’s not getting any better. Big water leak on the property that’s taking me most of the day to fix. Nothing I love more than shovel work and kneeling down to work on my knees. And, I find that my hired hand “fixed” my Gator by attaching the seat incorrectly, and stripped the bolts. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to make it right.
And yes, I’ll have some cheese with this whine.