Another corrupt CA state senator bites the dust

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Submitted by livinincali on March 27, 2014 - 8:48am

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Cali...

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State Sen. Leland Yee, an outspoken advocate of gun control and open government, was arrested Wednesday on charges that he conspired to traffic in firearms and traded favors in Sacramento for bribes - campaign cash paid by men who turned out to be undercover FBI agents.

Yee, a Democrat who represents half of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County and is running for secretary of state, was one of 26 people ensnared in a five-year federal investigation that targeted Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, a notorious Chinatown gangster who had claimed to have gone straight, officials said.

Got to love the hypocrisy. A gun control advocate busted for trying to traffic firearms.

Submitted by an on March 27, 2014 - 9:20am.

Yep, I posted it yesterday on this thread: http://piggington.com/sca5_dead_for_nowt.... Here's another writeup about it: http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/26/lelan.... It's not just regular hand guns that he's trafficking. He's trafficking rocket launch grenade, over shoulder missile launchers, and automatics. This sound like something out of a good fiction novel.

Submitted by paramount on March 27, 2014 - 9:39am.

Wait a second - it wouldn't be the 1st time the fbi got something like this wrong.

They don't exactly have a great track record.

Brandon Mayfield as one example that comes to mind.

Submitted by an on March 27, 2014 - 9:59am.

5 years undercover investigation vs bad forensic... yeah, that sounds like a good example.

Submitted by Coronita on March 27, 2014 - 10:55am.

I posted this on the SCA-5 thread yesterday....

I'm sure celebrating.

But come on were you really surprised about this. You have Yee, advocating gun control/gun ban, while trafficing illegal guns with his gangster buddy...

The same Senator Yee that is asian, that voted for SCA-5 which is discrimination against asians.

Don't you love the hypocrisy??

That's 3 democrat senators that's been removed from office facing criminal charges....

This means democrats NO LONGER HAVE A SUPER MAJORITY...

Let's hope that stays the case after 2014....

Goodbye dirtbag Yee. Ted Lieu and Carol, you're next!

Submitted by Coronita on March 27, 2014 - 10:55am.

Apparently Lee is suspected of underage prostitution as well.....

Rot in hell.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on March 27, 2014 - 1:16pm.

Carmel Valley house prices just went up 10% as this news spreads to China.

Genius from Canyon Crest:
http://www.latimes.com/science/scienceno...

In all seriousness, I think that Asians being more politically involved in a good thing... More diversity in the established political parties that are beholden to the base.

Submitted by joec on March 27, 2014 - 6:15pm.

FlyerInHi wrote:
Carmel Valley house prices just went up 10% as this news spreads to China.

Genius from Canyon Crest:
http://www.latimes.com/science/scienceno...

In all seriousness, I think that Asians being more politically involved in a good thing... More diversity in the established political parties that are beholden to the base.

Pretty amazing he won all the other contests/awards too...Glad that he's going to Harvard or Stanford. Probably easier to work on more world/thoughtful issues vs. worrying whether you will be able to get into your desired class...

Submitted by njtosd on March 27, 2014 - 6:37pm.

FlyerInHi wrote:
Carmel Valley house prices just went up 10% as this news spreads to China.

Genius from Canyon Crest:
http://www.latimes.com/science/scienceno...

In all seriousness, I think that Asians being more politically involved in a good thing... More diversity in the established political parties that are beholden to the base.

So far that kids has won $250,000 in prizes. Amazing. Maybe he'll be able to buy his own house if he keeps this up :).

Submitted by CA renter on March 28, 2014 - 1:57am.

AN wrote:
Yep, I posted it yesterday on this thread: http://piggington.com/sca5_dead_for_nowt.... Here's another writeup about it: http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/26/lelan.... It's not just regular hand guns that he's trafficking. He's trafficking rocket launch grenade, over shoulder missile launchers, and automatics. This sound like something out of a good fiction novel.

Truly stunning. Sad that it's so difficult to find politicians (and other power brokers) who are not corrupt.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on March 28, 2014 - 9:40am.

The urge to exercise power over others is a naturally corrupting instinct.

Submitted by Allan from Fallbrook on March 28, 2014 - 11:39am.

scaredyclassic wrote:
The urge to exercise power over others is a naturally corrupting instinct.

"All power tends to corrupt, absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely."

- Lord Acton

Submitted by ocrenter on March 28, 2014 - 1:08pm.

Allan from Fallbrook wrote:
scaredyclassic wrote:
The urge to exercise power over others is a naturally corrupting instinct.

"All power tends to corrupt, absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely."

- Lord Acton

This is why ALL Chinese dynasties over the last 5000 years have an average life expectancy of 300 years.

In the beginning, the leader of the rebellion still have the people in his heart. With subsequent generations, the people become less and less of a concern, especially since power comes from the heaven, not fom the people. As time goes on, the corruption also becomes worse and worse. With corruption you end up with mismanagement, with mismanagement, you end up wth famine. This triggers a new rebellion, a new royal family, and the cycle continues.

America is heading to 300 pretty soon. I would hope the expiration date for a democracy would be longer, but I can certainly see elements of corruption and the concentration of power within the few (aka the Ivy League circle, the NRA, Big Pharma, Big Food...)

Submitted by an on March 28, 2014 - 2:17pm.

ocrenter wrote:
Allan from Fallbrook wrote:
scaredyclassic wrote:
The urge to exercise power over others is a naturally corrupting instinct.

"All power tends to corrupt, absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely."

- Lord Acton

This is why ALL Chinese dynasties over the last 5000 years have an average life expectancy of 300 years.

In the beginning, the leader of the rebellion still have the people in his heart. With subsequent generations, the people become less and less of a concern, especially since power comes from the heaven, not fom the people. As time goes on, the corruption also becomes worse and worse. With corruption you end up with mismanagement, with mismanagement, you end up wth famine. This triggers a new rebellion, a new royal family, and the cycle continues.

America is heading to 300 pretty soon. I would hope the expiration date for a democracy would be longer, but I can certainly see elements of corruption and the concentration of power within the few (aka the Ivy League circle, the NRA, Big Pharma, Big Food...)


Although each dynasty last ~300 years, dynasties last for thousands of years. Democracy is like dynasties, not a specific dynasty. You have different parties in charge and the corrupt will be booted. Although it's not perfect, it's still much better than the alternatives. I don't think you can boot a king w/out an uprising.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on March 28, 2014 - 4:49pm.

Personally I don't want any power at all. I just want to be a regular person. I am always suspicious of lawyers who are vying to be judges. Why. Why would you want power.

Sometimes it works out, sometimes judges are kind and fair.

I'm always suspicuous though.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on March 31, 2014 - 11:35am.

scaredyclassic wrote:
Personally I don't want any power at all. I just want to be a regular person.

Could your wife and your kids make you get more power and wealth?

I love the case of the Virgina governor whose wife wanted designer dresses.... She wanted her husband to wear Rolex watches; and she wanted expensive weddings for her kids. They kids wanted all that too.

I think corruption (like work or working harder) has something to do with impressing and providing for your family/friends.

Submitted by livinincali on March 31, 2014 - 11:55am.

FlyerInHi wrote:

I think corruption (like work or working harder) has something to do with impressing and providing for your family/friends.

Corruption starts with minor indiscretions. It's easy to award a contract to a family member or buddy that you've known all these years. It's much more difficult to be impartial and hire the best bid. All of us do it to some extent. How many hired a family member or family friend to be their Realtor even though they sucked at the job.

How many people try to claim disability, unemployment insureance, welfare, when they know they really shouldn't be eligible. It's all the same thing where we rationalize bad behavior because somebody else did it or somebody else did worse.

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