Monday, November 24, 2008

Egads! Bush Pardons

Yes kids, it's that end-of-term time when presidents start doling out pardons and commutations to convicted criminals, and the AP has a list of terrifying bad-guys about to be turned loose on society by President Bush. Lock the doors and hide the children, here they come!

The latest is the AP reporting 14 pardons and 2 commutations. Here is a sampling:

On the latest pardon list were:

_Leslie Owen Collier of Charleston, Mo. She was convicted for unauthorized use of a pesticide and violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

"Unauthorized use of a pesticide"? Lordy, save us! Who is this depraved Leslie Owen Collier? From the Washington Post:

One of the pardon cases was Leslie Owen Collier, a farmer from Charleston, Mo. He pleaded guilty in February 1996 to two counts of taking bald eagles and one count of using poisoned bait to kill animals on his farm. The victims were three bald eagles, a red-tailed hawk, a great horned owl, a opossum, a raccoon and seven coyotes. Collier was sentenced to two years' probation, barred from possessing a firearm during that period, and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution.

(Extra credit if you noticed the gender difference in the two reports. [Extra-extra credit if you know the meaning of "taking bald eagles"]). Actual, bonafide kudos are available to anyone who notices that animals are now referred to as "victims".

Next up is Daniel F. Pue III, 64. Oh, he is an especially heinous man (I think).
He was convicted in 1996 on federal charges of illegal storage, disposal and transportation of a hazardous waste without a permit! The waste was pentachlorophenol and creosote sludge.

And now, thanks to George W Bush, he will be free to continue this dastardly practice of moving wood preservatives. America is in grave danger, my friends.

Here's one more from the list: Richard Michael Culpepper of Mahomet, Ill, who was convicted of making false statements to the federal government.
I wonder if Bush will pardon Bill Clinton?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I found your site by trying to find out about the disparity of reports of this incident. "taking bald eagles" and "leslie owen collier"...could you please elaborate on "taking bald eagles" i will forego my extra credit.
also, seems like a public relations list so joe the plumber can believe pardons are a good thing. "why, good lordy, those people should have never been in jail" the ones that should be in jail will not be pardoned until it can be buried on a good news day.