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Charlie’s Angles…

Blame it on my misspent youth — “I remember Charlie’s Angels.”  Farah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, Cheryl Tiegs, big hair, bad guys and a resonant voice emitting from a intercom system. In this modern era of “re-imaginings” and “remakes,” let me make a modest proposal… I present, for your entertainment pleasure, “Charlie’s Angles.

In a world with insoluble problems, like the tax code, enter Charlie Rangel. The man who writes the tax code and, recently, has called for harder and harsher enforcement of these regulations by the IRS. Charlie, however, doesn’t always live up to the letter of the laws he rights — as Leona Helmsley might say — taxes are for the little people.

Enter “Charlie’s Angles”. When the men and women who purport to represent you don’t live up to the standards they themselves set, they must face a jury of their peers — the Ethics committee. A clever man, Charlie Rangel has the best defense that money can buy. What do you buy for the man who has everything? I haven’t the foggiest — but, apparently, he tried to the Ethics committee for himself.

” A few Democrats returned Rangel’s donations, including Ethics Committee member Peter Welch of Vermont, who said he returned Rangel’s $20,000 out of “an abundance of caution.”

Two other Democrats on the panel — Ben Chandler of Kentucky, G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina — have refused to return Rangel’s contributions.

The House Ethics Committee’s wide-ranging investigation of Rangel has been expanded twice, as new revelations have come to light. “

Sunshine is the best disinfectant. The more light they shine on Charlie, the more they find.

Betcha Charlie wishes he could be a disembodied voice on an intercom, don’t ya think?

Rangeling up the cash – Rangel forget to report $1.3 million of income

When I find money, it usually is a matter of a couple bucks in a pair of jeans, or maybe a fistful of change in the sofa cushions…  small amounts are easy to overlook.  I’m certain this is fairly normal for most Americans.

So… could do you think you “forget” a million dollar house? Read more

CBO takes a stab at calculating the cost of federal health care

Two stories just caught my eye within the last hour or so. First of all, the Congressional Budget Office sent a 14 page report to Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) with a wrap-up review of America’s Affordable (hah!) Health Choices Act. Second, Reuters is reporting there will be a 5.4 percent surtax on millionaires to help pay for this monstrosity.

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Tragedy in East Harlem results in media opportunity for Rangel

Omar Edwards was an off-duty New York police officer who worked for the housing unit when he left work about 10:30 p.m. Thursday night. When he got to his car, he found someone rummaging through his vehicle and tried to stop him. He gave chase – gun drawn – down the street where three plain clothes officers noted Edwards running.

Reports indicate that Edwards did not identify himself and turned towards the three officers with gun in hand when he was ordered to stop. Tragically, Edwards was shot and killed.

The above recap is information the New York Daily News has gathered along with other news outlets.

Mayor Bloomberg, at a press conference at Harlem Hospital, said he expressed his sorrow to Edwards’ wife.

“Nothing that you can ever say will bring back the deceased. He was there protecting the rest of us. We will find out what happened,” Bloomberg said. “This is a tragedy. We’ll see what we can learn from it.”

Cops discovered Edwards was one of them when rescue crews cut open his shirt to treat the bleeding and saw a police academy shirt. They then searched his pockets and found his shield, sources said.

The only word I can think of is  ‘tragic’.

But Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is never one to let a crisis go to waste. Hat tip to Malkin, leading us to a New York Post article mentioning a sick joke by the dufus representative.

Speaking yesterday at a rally in honor of slain cop Omar Edwards — gunned down by a fellow cop in a case of mistaken identity — the embattled congressman outrageously quipped that President Obama, in town for a date with First Lady Michelle, should watch his back walking around the Big Apple because he is black.

“Make certain he doesn’t run around East Harlem unidentified,” the controversial lawmaker snarked.

“If [he] did not have the Secret Service . . . around him, [city cops] wouldn’t know if he was president of the United States.”

The remark brought raucous cheers and laughter from the crowd of around 100.

Nothing left to say. RIP Officer Edwards.