corruption

Maureen “Misunderstood” McDonnell

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This story has it all: rising devout Catholic, Republican ex-governor of Virginia, beautiful wife, and $177,000 in gifts from crackpot medical salesman. The governor’s defense is that he and his wife weren’t speaking to eachother when they were living in the Governor’s Mansion. Please keep it coming!

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Pokemon says no

Pokemon says no

Pokemon says “no” to bottle of booze, green tea, congratulatory and funeral flowers, school children’s backpacks, incense, expensive fruit baskets, and gifts of rice. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry seeing this government poster. Is it patronizing, funny or just ridiculous?

Given widespread corruption, not so different in Japan as in the United States– including dead people voting, illegal corporate contributions and staggering levels of distrust– do citizens need a children’s cartoon to tell them about the dangers and illegality of accepting small gifts from politicians?

Are small gifts the reason why Japanese politics are so dismal?