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Posted on 03/04/2005 2:16:48 PM PST by Libloather
Bush pardons eight, including convicted bootlegger
WASHINGTON - President Bush has acted to pardon eight people, including a man convicted of bootlegging 45 years ago.
It's the first round of clemency orders in the president's second term -- and brings his total since taking office to 39 pardons and sentence commutations.
Those pardoned include three men from Texas, and one each from New York, Florida, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Their offenses range from misusing mortgage funds to theft of government property. The bootlegger, Charles Russell Cooper of Corpus Christi, Texas, was given three years' probation.
By historical standards, Bush has issued relatively few pardons. Most presidents issue hundreds. Bill Clinton gave out 456, including 176 on his last day as president.
Franklin Roosevelt issued the most pardons -- more than three-thousand during his four terms. Only two presidents never pardoned anyone -- James Garfield and William Henry Harrison.
"Thunder Run" in Texas!
It helps if you can live long enough to issue a pardon.
gotta luv a bootlegger.
And why did bootlegging happen? Because alcohol was illegal. Somehow the drug warriors don't understand this simple economic concept.
1960, or about thirty years after prohibition was over.
Convicted bootlegger pardoned? I thought Joesph Kennedy (Sr.) was dead!
Let's see Ted Kennedy bash this one...
Which included a pardon of the FALN, which put the lives of millions of people at risk, and still are at risk, all so his psychotic wife could play Senator in a state she is never in. And if the FALN terrorize again to add to their already 130 bombings, guess who will get the blame? That`s right, GW. 130 bombings and they do 15 years, and Ted Kazinski did how many again? Maybe 7? 10? And he is doing 4 life terms. What Hitlery wants, Hitlery gets.
Maybe he thought he was just signing books for his many fans who paid - big.
I was talking about mafia level bootlegging during Prohibition, but thanks for showcasing your math skills for us. ;-)
Clinton turned it into a cottage industry.
Because NASCAR had not been invented yet.
The word is "sold," not "gave!" Someday, I hope to see a long list of connection between Saddam Huesein, Iraqi oil voucher/food-for-oil money, oil money beneficiaries and Clinton pardon recipients. So far, we have Marc Rich; I believe there'll be many other.
Aaargh. Sarcasm. I need to get back on the handing out end of it.:)
not to mention rampant crime, the rise of the mob, violence, loss of morality and civility, gangs in the streets.
It's best said here:
Some things are apparent. Where government moves in, community retreats, civil society disintegrates and our ability to control our own destiny atrophies. The result is: families under siege; war in the streets; unapologetic expropriation of property; the precipitous decline of the rule of law; the rapid rise of corruption; the loss of civility and the triumph of deceit. The result is a debased, debauched culture which finds moral depravity entertaining and virtue contemptible.
-CA Justice Janice Rogers Brown
Yup, and the drug warriors don't get it.
Don't go there unless you also check out Bush Sr.'s pardons, including a large-scale drug dealer and a known terrorist who bombed an airliner.
Producing liquor clandestinely to avoid taxation is bootlegging. While liquor is "legal," basically anything produced except for personal use is taxable, and personal use quantities are restricted.
Probably drove thru a dry county.
I'm all for community standards. The community should be able to decide what they will accept and what they will not. The city should be the center of politics and the state should be the highest level for laws and regulations.
I'd like to be pardoned for wearing a green, luminous leisure suit to a bar and restaurant back in the disco 1970s. I gave it to Goodwill. It's probably still hanging on the rack.
I live in fear that someone may have a photo of me in that.
I had an orange satin tux (black sequens on the lapels) with tails once. LMAO.
Well if so he should be exposed. That is treason and a betrayal of this country, I don`t care WHO it is. Any sitting President that pardons these types for favors, ESPECIALLY those that put the lives of Americans in jeopardy should absolutely be exposed and have their lives destroyed, and now I know why Bush Sr. has been making buddy buddy with Cinton recently.
I bet he was smuggling tequila from Mexico.
One of the two big car mags (Motor Trend or Road & Track) also had a pretty extensive article some 10 years ago or so in regards to the Chryslers...from the pics in the articles all I could imagine was Andy and Barney going after these these guys and eating their dust...
That wouldv'e been unpardonable...;-)
Dirty rotten scoundrel...MUD
That must be you in the middle, eh?
For which he was handsomely compensated...
He was transporting Coors beer across state lines in the South.
Yes, no, sorta, maybe.
Liquor by the drink was not legal in Texas until the 60's. Even then as now, some counties or parts of Texas counties are "dry". Some are dryer than others. Some can sell packaged beer, some can add wine and some with liquor but not by the drink. The dryest have no sales of any type.
This version of bootlegging was bringing regular, taxed liquor into a dryer area for sale. Again, this can be beer, wine or hard liquor.
"I'm all for community standards. The community should be able to decide what they will accept and what they will not. The city should be the center of politics and the state should be the highest level for laws and regulations."
You might enjoy the link on my tag line.
The last paragraph of the article I posted mentioned the grand jury is still looking into the pardon...
Were you ever at the annual leisure suit convention?
Bootlegging is essentially tax evasion.
(at least from the fedgov's perspective).
Beg your pardon?
We certainly will go there.
BTW, it is up to you to back up your claim with documentation.
From the web -
In Texas, this means transporting alcoholic beverages into a dry area with intent to sell them. If you are transporting more than one quart of liquor, 24 12-ounce bottles of beer or the equivalent of 228 ounces into a dry area, the legal presumption is that you intend to sell it. An eight gallon keg contains 1024 ounces, and parts of Lubbock County are dry.
Punishment: minimum $100 fine or confinement in county jail for up to 12 months or both.
The example does not apply here. Bootlegging is still going on here in Texas.
You live in Bronte, your neighbor is going into San Angelo to buy beer. He picks up a few cases for you and someone else and ya'll pay him back when gets back into town. He is now a bootlegger. The tax was paid for state & federal.
Beer Run lyrics
From the album Unknown album
twenty-five minutes past quitting time
Seven of us crammed into that truck of mine
Paying no attention to them highway signs
Doing ninety miles an hour toward the county line
Quick sack, twelve pack, back again
It's a b double e double r-u-n.
My buddies and their babies letting down their hair
As long as we're together is don't matter where
Ain't got a lot of money but we just don't care
Knowing half the fun is in the getting there
Aztec, long necks, paychecks spent
Oh, it's a b double e double r-u-n.
I can't stop thinking
What the hell they were drinking
Whan they made this county dry
I got a week-long thirst
And to make it worse
Lord, it's my turn to drive
Laughing and bragging and a' carrying on
We loaded up the wagons and we headed home
I guess half a dozen cases doesn't last that long
Come tomorrow morning it'll be all gone
Them, it's turn around, leave town, sounds again
Like a b double e double r-u-n.
Garth Brooks ;)
Bush breaks the rules. Pardons don't come on his last day in office.
If you've gotta pardon someone, seems like it ought to be someone who was convicted of bootlegging 45 years ago.
You live in Bronte, your neighbor is going into San Angelo to buy beer. He picks up a few cases for you and someone else and ya'll pay him back when gets back into town. He is now a bootlegger. The tax was paid for state & federal."
Boy, the state line really is the end of the earth for you Texans, isn't it? I understand what you're saying and did hastily try to clarify my point (see #39).
Do you have any of the details on the guy Bush pardoned and what he was doing?
"If you've gotta pardon someone, seems like it ought to be someone who was convicted of bootlegging 45 years ago."
I totally agree.
Track 18 - Bootlegging Blues