Posted: 07 Dec 2008 10:25 AM CST
Democratic Representative William Jefferson lost his re-election bid in Louisiana to Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao.
Jefferson has been indicted on 16 criminal counts of racketeering, bribery, money laundering and obstruction of justice, to which he has denied and pleaded not guilty.
Those charges stem from a raid upon his homes in 2005 by the FBI where they found $90,000 in cash in his freezer. The indictment itself was handed down in 2007.
Officials say the money was part of a payment in marked bills from an FBI informant in a transaction captured on videotape. Jefferson also is accused of soliciting and receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes for himself and his family in exchange for promoting their products and services to countries in Africa.
Cao is the first Vietnamese-American to be elected to Congress.
According to CNN, Republican John Fleming also beat out Democrat Paul Carmouche in Louisiana's 4th District.
Representative William J. Jefferson was defeated by a little-known Republican lawyer here Saturday in a late-running Congressional election, underscoring the sharp demographic shifts in this city since Hurricane Katrina and handing Republicans an unexpected victory in a district that had been solidly Democratic.
Jefferson should have been booted by the Democrats three years ago and since they did not clean up their own house, the voters did it for them.
Cao is a moderate Republican, pro-life but also has a worrisome stance on immigration, but the Democratic district Jefferson represented seems to prefer a moderate Republican to a crooked Democrat.
Good for the voters.
More about Cao here.
Posted: 07 Dec 2008 08:12 AM CST
Attack at Pearl Harbor, 1941
37 Sets of Brothers Assigned to USS Arizona
Go - read their names: National Park Service
The names on the memorial wall tell a poignant tale of the price paid by their families....there were 37 sets of brothers assigned to the USS Arizona on the day it went down, including Delbert and John Anderson, one set of twins. The ship's crew included three sets of three brothers: Becker, Doherty and Murdock. One brother survived in each set. Twenty-three sets of brothers were lost that day.
There were a total of 77 brothers serving on the USS Arizona; 62 died as a result of the attack.
Thomas Augusta Free, from Texas, and his son William Thomas Free were the only father and son serving on the USS Arizona; they were killed in action as well. Kenneth and Russell Warriner were the only set of USS Arizona brothers who survived...
The plaque at the memorial is dedicated to the 1,177 men from the USS Arizona who gave their lives that day, most of whom are permanently entombed beneath the ocean waves.
"Dedicated to the eternal memory of our gallant shipmates in the USS Arizona, who gave their lives in action 7 December 1941. 'From today on the USS Arizona will again fly our country's flag just as proudly as she did on the morning of 7 December 1941. I am sure the Arizona's crew will know and appreciate what we are doing.' Admiral A.W. Radford, USN, 7 March 1950. May God make His face to shine upon them and grant them peace."
Salvaged from the floor of Pearl Harbor, the anchor of the battleship USS Arizona is displayed at the entrance of the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center operated by the National Park Service. The anchor was cast in Chester, Pennsylvania, and weighs 19,585 pounds. Photographer: Bill Dasher. Courtesy Impact.
The wake of a tour boat as it pulls away with visitors from the USS Arizona Memorial. Constructed in 1961, it was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1962. In 1980 it became a unit of the National Park Service. Photographer: David Thoresen. Courtesy Impact. (source for both here)
The ship's bell from the USS Arizona hangs in the tower of the University of Arizona Student Union building. The bell is tolled at the memorial services, held each year on the Sunday closest to December 7. This is one of two recovered. The other is at the memorial at Pearl Harbor. (source)
A history from the Navy here.
Rest in Peace
*cross-posted from Assoluta Tranquillita*
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