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Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Political prisoner in America - Don Siegelman

Today is Thanksgiving, that great American holiday where we give thanks.  It is a nice holiday and certainly gives you pause to think of those people and things in your life to be thankful for.  But I cannot be thankful thinking of people rotting in American prisons, thrown in jail to suit the purpose and advantage of political opponents.

The prisoner in this case is Don Siegelman, who was the victim of the machinations of Karl Rove and the RePIGliCON party in Alabama.  They wanted him out of their way.  They trumped up a bullshit case and prosecuted him under an evil right wing pig rat bastard judge.    If you aren't familiar with the case, check out this article on the Huffingtonpost.  Even many Republicans are outraged by this injustice.

Imagine getting thrown in jail for reappointing a person to a non-paying, state hospital oversight board who had already served several terms on it and who didn't particularly even want to serve again.  But that person had donated $500K to support a referendum to create a state lottery that would raise money to send Alabama kids to college for free.  There was no quid quo pro.  Don Siegelman tried to do something good for the kids in his state and ended up in jail for it.

Don's daughter, Dana, has created a petition asking President Obama to pardon and free her dad.  Her petition has been out there for awhile, and has been discussed on numerous talk shows and the like.  Millions of people have heard about it and yet it looks like only a little more than 39,000 people have signed it.   For the life of me, I don't understand why 50 million people haven't signed it.

If you have not already done so, please sign this petition asking President Obama to pardon Don Siegelman.   I can't for the life of me, understand why Obama has not pardoned him already.  This injustice needs to be overturned and that fucking rat pig bastard Karl Rove thrown in jail instead!!!!

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