A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state’s first indicted governor in nearly a century.
A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he promised publicly to nix $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit, which is run by Travis County District Rosemary Lehmberg’s office. Several top aides to the Republican governor appeared before grand jurors in Austin, including his deputy chief of staff, legislative director and general counsel. Mr. Perry himself wasn’t called to testify.
He was indicted by an Austin grand jury on felony counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Maximum punishment on the first charge is five to 99 years in prison. The second is two to 10 years.
Even if exonerated, this is the end of his presidential ambitions.
104.7 FM has long been the conservative talk station in Pittsburgh. Today, they changed their format to country music. Meanwhile, conservative talk was shipped to the former AM oldies station, WJAS. Is this a development on the state of talk radio? As an old radio hand, I've always felt the AM band was a much better fit for talk over music due to fidelity issues, but a number of years ago, talk was shifting from the AM band to the FM due to FM's better market penetration. If it is now shifting back, what does that mean? Is political talk radio played out?
Sara Cuadra Berg, 42, of Fox Chapel applauded Holy Family's efforts. She came to the United States when she was 14 to escape war-torn Nicaragua. She was taken in by local nuns.
“I am the face of the children coming to this country ... This is your opportunity to say to a child, you are worthwhile,” Cuadra Berg said.
“The good works of the Holy Family Institute and the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh have my full support,” Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said in a statement.
We've always been a nation of immigrants, most of our forebearers came here seeking refuge from war, poverty or discrimination. Immigrants make our country stronger, not weaker. They are an asset, not a liability.
My degree is in history. Specifically, US and English History, and I further specialized in military history.
Now that typed, my particular interest is in the American Civil War, and in my opinion, Robert E. Lee is perhaps the most overrated general in existence.
For one, he was fighting a defensive campaign in an era where technology far outstripped the tactics of the time. Rifles vrs. Napoleonic tactics gives the advantage to the defender.
Secondly, his greatest successes were against some rather timid Federal generals. And those successes were all tactical. Strategically, their impact was near nil.
Thirdly, every time he went on the strategic offensive, he had his ass handed to him. At Antietam in particular, McClellan should have ended the war THAT DAY, but he was too timid to strike the killing blow.
At Gettysburg, he made serious tactical and operational errors, allowing Meade to essentially defeat in detail every attack he mounted.
And finally, at the end of the day, he was, and remains, a goddamn traitor to his country.