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Monday, January 13, 2014

Until the dawn



* Nixon talk fuels Kerner trial questions:

Kerner, a Democrat who was Illinois governor from 1961 to 1968, was convicted in a federal corruption case in 1973, when he was a federal appeals court judge. Central to the case against him was his purchase, while governor, of racetrack stock, even as the state regulated horse racing.
Kerner exercised an option late in his time as governor to buy stock for $1,000 a share and then sold the stock for several times that amount. According to a 1974 appellate court ruling upholding some convictions, the result was that he spent $15,079 and gained $159,800 from stock sales and dividends.

There's a lot more than just that to the article. However, I thought the above passages were particularly interesting. If Otto Kerner had been a member of today's Congress, instead of a sitting governor, his purchase of the stock would have been totally legal. (Congress Quickly And Quietly Rolls Back Insider Trading Rules For Itself.)

Listening to the tapes of Richard Nixon and John Mitchell discussing Kerner, I get the sense that not only was Mitchell egging on Nixon's disdain for Kerner, he was a total suck-up. Read and listen to the whole thing and decide for yourself. Did Nixon, himself, order the prosecution of Kerner? Probably not, just like he didn't order the break-in at the Watergate.

* Deep freeze chills US in photos.

* The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees

* Stratospheric Trifecta Signals Brutally Cold February Ahead.

* Hotdog.

* I miss my baby, baby, baby. All night long..... (Candi.)

Posted by Marie at January 13, 2014 9:12 PM