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David G
07-26-2016, 11:21 AM
Just not from the Welfare Queens that the RWW/GOP/POS/DOO would have you believe.

Instead - it's from lowlifes - and from the dingbats themselves --

http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/06/owner_of_diner_whose_menu_lampoons_obama_guilty_in _welfare_fraud_case.html


SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The owner of a diner whose menu includes a "Dictator Obama" egg special that comes with a grossly inflated tax has admitted he defrauded the government of more than $23,000 in welfare benefits.

Michael P. Tassone, owner of the American Diner (http://www.americandinerny.com/) in suburban Liverpool, was sentenced May 5 to a one year conditional discharge after he pleaded guilty to offering a false instrument for filing, a misdemeanor.

Tassone paid $23,354 in restitution to the Onondaga County Department of Social Services as part of the disposition of the five-year-old case, Senior Assistant District Attorney Michael Kasmarek said.

Tassone and his diner were featured in a Fox News story in March because of the unique menu it offers customers.

At the American Diner, you can order a "Dictator Obama/NYS Special (King Cuomo)" (http://www.syracuse.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/03/syracuse_diner_makes_national_news_for_its_dictato r_obama_egg_special.html) plate of eggs and toast for $3.59 plus tax. But the tax on it is $27.99, according to the menu.

Tassone's menu also includes "The Anti-Michelle Obama Don't Tell Me What To Eat Or Feed My Kids Burger."
Tassone's restaurant offers a decidedly Conservative brand of politics along with its breakfast and lunch platters.

CWSmith
07-26-2016, 11:23 AM
Isn't misdirection the primary tool of a good magician?

David G
07-26-2016, 11:32 AM
Well... cynical 'projection' is certainly ONE of the tools of the dishonest propagandist.

Ian McColgin
07-26-2016, 12:15 PM
Just saw this thread. Forgive my jump in. I hope no one will use the thread I started and I'll bring to here my intro.

Ian McColgin
07-26-2016, 12:19 PM
This story is almost two months old but I just learned of it.

When I did welfare rights advocacy I defended people accused of this sort of fraud. If the matter was still before the welfare department, I was the recipient's representative. If the matter moved on to criminal court, I was the one who explained the accounting intricacies of welfare law to the defense attorney.

This is not at all like the fraud making headlines out of Florida. These are not vendors ripping off the system. These are people faced with some expensive medical problems who have been convicted of criminally misrepresenting their financials in order to gain public assistance with medical bills.

Most of the folk I defended were just poor people trying to avoid being pauperized by the medical establishment. Some were like this couple with a problem, the desire to keep some of their own money, and massive political hypocrasy.

I defended hapless no real opinion poor people, vociferous radicals, and several belligerant rightwingers who were against all I worked for but who felt, rightly as it happened, entitled to my somewhat specialized and hightly developed legal skills.

My biggest regret with this sort of person is that they so don't get it. Not any of it. Not their responsibility. Not what government is about. Not a shred of being committed to the commonweal. Like Trump, when caught lying and cheating, the claim persecution and try to change the topic.

As individual cases, I defended them and at least lessened the consequences of their crimes.

I understand the human situation.

But as a social phenomenon, these are despicable people.

David G
07-26-2016, 12:39 PM
Irony? Dishonesty? Hypocrisy? Moral Turpitude? Hubris? Cognitive Dissonance? Criminality?

OK... a stew of all of the above. And more. And emblematic of the dingbat fringe of today's conservatives.

"Despicable Stew" is on the menu.