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Happy Birthday, Charles Rangel July 31, 2010

Posted by Michael in News.

He’s going to be 80.  You gotta admit, he looks pretty good for 80.

"I am not a crook!"

Well, of course we should honor such a dedicated public servant.  Never mind that everyone has ignored for years his misuse of rent-controlled real estate in NYC, or his failure to report overseas income, just because he assumed he could get away with it.  Never mind that he is complicit in the destruction of our economy.  Never mind that he made an art form of pork-barrel politics.

Forgot all that.  Hasn’t he earned some respect?  Huh?

Democratic leaders and major party donors plan to hold a lavish 80th birthday gala for Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan next month, despite 13 ethics charges pending against the veteran lawmaker.

Lobbyists and other party donors received invitations this week to join Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and New York Gov. David Paterson (D) at one of New York’s finest hotels to celebrate Rangel’s birthday.

Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg are also listed as featured guests, according to an invitation viewed by The Hill.

Some potential guests received the invitation a day after the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct issued a report accusing Rangel of multiple ethics violations.

What the heck.  Business as usual in D.C.

Who cares about Rangel anyway.  The real draw is Retha.

While some Democrats think Rangel has become politically radioactive in Washington, the invitation lists a variety of enticements to get people to show up to his birthday bash and contribute to his campaign.

Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” will serenade them and guests who pony up $200, $500, $1,000 or $2,500 for tickets. The funds will go to the Rangel Victory Fund, a campaign account.

via Dem leaders, donors to hold Rangel birthday bash at The Plaza – TheHill.com.


1. nicedeb - July 31, 2010

Well, I’m not surprised about the Dems honoring Rangel, when you would think they’d be distancing themselves from him. But I am disappointed in Aretha.

Scenes from the “gala”, with Dems celebrating the ethics-challenged corruptocrat, may make for some nice YouTube moments, anyway.

2. Cathy - July 31, 2010

More disappointed in Andy Grips-it promoting Obama-care.

Need to tell myself the bozos are effin’ ACTORS!!! Sheesh.

3. nicedeb - July 31, 2010

Andy may well be senile for all we know. It wouldn’t be beneath these guys to take advantage of someone like that.

4. Cathy - August 1, 2010

^ That occurred to me also for the very same reason(s) you mentioned Deb.

5. Lipstick - August 1, 2010

Mr. L and I are having lunch with Enas today! Yippee!

6. Blazer - August 1, 2010

40 of those years spent bilking the taxpayer and evading every tax he could himself. Don’t you just love how limousine millionaire liberals like Rangel and Kerry tell us all we need to pay more than our fair share to help out the needy guy while hoarding every red cent of their money or hiding it?

They didn’t get rich by practicing what they preach.

7. Blazer - August 1, 2010

One thing I’ll give Charlie, he’s single-handedly kept Brylcreem from going tits-up for the past thirty of his eighty years.

8. kevlarchick - August 1, 2010

Cholly’s had work done. Just look at that brow.

9. lauraw - August 1, 2010

Oh, I just noticed that Rangel pic features the Upraised Finger (Of DOOM!).

Who uses the upraised finger when addressing others? This is the pose we usually see tinpot dictators assuming.

It’s a douchebag move that indicates an overstuffed ego.

Go ahead, make some pronouncement to a group of people you know, and use the Upraised Finger (OF DOOM!) with them. See what reaction you get.

Unless you’re saying “Dessert is ready!” you’re going to get some odd looks.

10. Michael - August 1, 2010

Laura, next time I say anything about Pure Lutheran Doctrine™, I promise to avoid upraising my finger.

Unless, of course, I am upraising my middle finger in the general direction of that Calvinist heretic Brewfan.

11. lauraw - August 1, 2010

Hitler did the upraised finger thing.

nuff said

12. Russ from Winterset - August 1, 2010

The raised finger move is also appropriate if you’re a backup singer for a big band group.

13. Cathy - August 1, 2010

And raised finger’s appropriate for a preacher talkin’ about the man upstairs.

*rangel? NOT*

14. Blazer - August 1, 2010

“Oh, I just noticed that Rangel pic features the Upraised Finger (Of DOOM!).”

That’s not an upraised finger (Of DOOM). That’s just Charlie checking out what direction the wind is blowing in so he knows what Caribbean island he and Kerry will have to sail to on the S.S. Ketchup Bottle to stash all of the tax money they’ve been hiding.

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