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September 01, 2009

"Beam me up Scotty"....Former Rep. Jim Traficant (D-Ohio) to Be Released Wednesday

Democrat James Traficant - Prison Mail Bomber

Traficant to be released Wednesday

The Hill

Former Rep. Jim Traficant (D-Ohio) is scheduled to be released from a federal prison on Wednesday, after having spent seven years stemming from a corruption conviction.

The bombastic former lawmaker will be released Wednesday, the Associated Press reported. He was convicted in 2002 of bribery and racketeering, as well of charges of improperly using his congressional staff.

The House voted to expel him in 2002 after his conviction, though Traficant, who has maintained his innocence, ran for reelection from his jail cell.

The AP reported that he'll return to Youngstown, though his district has since been represented by Rep. Tim Ryan (D).


Wild Thing's comment......

I wonder if he will sporting a new hair doo.....? And I wonder if he will run again? One thing about him, many of his speeches were very entertaining. LOL He was so funny without intending to be. He actually stood up to the snobs in Congress and said things without a spin. He told everyone off.

One of his quotes:
June 16, 1999

Mr. Speaker, I voted for the Brady bill. I voted to ban certain semiautomatic weapons. I honestly tried to help. But enough is enough. Guns are a two-edge sword, dangerous for sure, but guns prevent more crime than anything else in America, and no one is saying it.
Mr. Speaker, armed robbers just do not fear the welcome wagon, and all the policemen in the world, and I used to be one, may never get there in time.
I say be careful, Congress. Certainly guns are a symptom of great problems in America. But guns are not the root causation of all these problems in America.

December 12, 1995

“...Mr. Speaker, how can America be bankrupt? There are airport taxes , highway taxes, excise taxes, estate taxes, gas taxes , property taxes, income taxes, sales taxes, luxury taxes, nanny taxes, old taxes, new taxes, hidden taxes, inheritance taxes; there is even now a tax called a sin tax. I say to my colleagues, no wonder the American people are taxed off...”
“...The truth is that Congress as a Congress that taxes everything ultimately will tax freedom and will not balance anything. What is next? A budget tax? Is it any wonder that the American people are saying, kiss my taxes?...”
“...Beam me up, Mr. Speaker. I yield back the balance of my taxes...”

James Traficant 1 Minute Speeches, 2001.......His website.

Traficant Minute Speeches 2001


December 12, 2001

Mr. Speaker, the school prayer issue is out of control, literally. Students in Pennsylvania were prohibited from handing out Christmas cards. Reports say students in Minnesota were disciplined for having said merry Christmas. Now if that is not enough to find coal in your athletic supporter, check this out: A school board in Georgia removed the word ``Christmas from their school calendar because the ACLU threatened to sue. Beam me up. If this is religious freedom, I am a fashion model for GQ.
Mr. Speaker, I yield back the fact that Christmas is not about a jolly old fat man. Christmas is about the birth of Christ.


November 28, 2001

Mr. Speaker, reports say that China is two-timing Uncle Sam big time. With one hand China slaps Uncle Sam on the back and wishes us well in Afghanistan. With the other hand China sells missiles and weapons to Iran and Iraq and continues to funnel support under the table to the Taliban. Bottom line, China continues to aid and abet our enemies. Beam me up. I yield back the fact that the Taliban are a fly on our face, but China is a dragon eating our assets. Think about that.


June 20, 2001

A California woman has set a world record by hooking 7,000 brassieres together to create the biggest bra ball in history. This bra ball is a protest against the way women’s breasts have been exploited. Now, if that is not enough to challenge Victoria’s Secret, this buxom diva has filed a lawsuit against another artist who is also building a ball of bras. Think about it. America’s courts are bogged down with drugs and murder, and now we will be tied up with 200 pounds of Maidenforms. Unbelievable. Even Slappy White of cannot believe this. What is next, Congress? A stainless steel panty hose contest? Beam me up. I yield back the fact that all this money being used for this litigation would be better served if they put it towards a cure for breast cancer.


July 18, 2001

The IRS said last year’s 81 percent error rate dropped to only 73 percent this past year. Unbelievable. The Internal Rectal Service screws up 73 percent of the time and then brags about it. If that is not enough to cause your 1040 to crepitate, IRS agents gave the wrong advice to taxpayers only 50 percent of the time last year, according to an investigation. Beam me up. The IRS does not need more workers; the IRS does not need more money. These stumbling, fumbling, bumbling mistake-prone nincompoops have got to go. I yield back the need to pass the Tauzin-Traficant 15 percent flat retail sales tax, abolish the income tax, and abolish these nincompoops at the IRS.


June 12, 2001

Mr. Speaker, last week a girl was crowned prom king in Washington. This week we learn a whole new classification term for men and women: Transgenders. That is right, transgenders. Ohio University has designated 30 restrooms as transgender-type restrooms, able to be used by both men and women at the same time. They are officially called unisex restrooms. Unbelievable. What is next? Unisex locker rooms with thong/jock support dispensers? How about Maxipad vending machines in locker rooms? Beam me up. I yield back this higher education business as yet simply getting high.


May 8, 2001

Mr. Speaker, government investigators said, and I quote, there is no conspiracy by petroleum companies to raise gas prices in America. Unbelievable. Who is kidding whom here? Gas prices are over $2 a gallon, and, in addition, it just seems every weekend they just raise them 25 cents a gallon just for the sake of it. Mr. Speaker, if that is not enough to flatulate your rectangle, the oil companies announced that gas prices will hit $3 a gallon this summer. Beam me up, Mr. Speaker; those so-called government investigators are either on the payroll of those oil companies or they are smoking dope. I yield back the biggest rip-off in the history of the United States of America.


May 2, 2001

Mr. Speaker, the Great Lakes are now open. The first foreign ship to dock in Cleveland, Ohio, carried 10,000 tons of steel from Russia. While mills are closing in Cleveland, Youngstown, and Pittsburgh, steel mills are closing all over America. Ten thousand tons of illegally dumped steel just came in to America. Unbelievable. Think about it. It is getting so bad the Army almost bought, without Congress’ interference, black berets for the Army from China. Beam me up. If our trade program is so good, why does Europe not do it? Why does Japan not do it? Why does China not do it? I think it is time to put things in order in America, my colleagues. Enough is enough. I yield back the sell-out of America, wholesale, to Communist dictators, and the loss of jobs to these socialist, communist countries.


May 1, 2001

Mr. Speaker, a government investigation said that the IRS gave, quote-unquote, wrong information 50 percent of the time. In addition, they say one-third of all calls to the IRS go unanswered. Unbelievable. According to my math, the IRS is upside down about 80 percent of the time. If that is not enough to give your 1040 a hernia, the IRS says, give us more money and we will solve our problems. Beam me up. The IRS does not need more money. Congress has got to abolish the IRS. A recent national poll says 70 percent of American taxpayers favor the Tauzin-Traficant 15 percent national sales tax. No more forms, no more tax on capital gains, savings, investment, education, inheritance. Think about it. And the IRS is abolished. I yield back those stumbling, fumbling, bumbling, nincompoops at the IRS.


March 27, 2001

Mr. Speaker, in 1998, Congress reformed the IRS and included two of my provisions. The first transferred the burden of proof from the taxpayer to the IRS; the second required judicial consent before the IRS could seize our property, and the results are now staggering. Property seizures dropped from 10,037 to 161 in the entire country. The IRS had a license to steal, and they were stealing 10,000 properties a year. And if that is not enough to tax our gallbladders, the IRS is now complaining the new law is too tough. Beam me up here. It is time to tell these crybaby IRS thieves that we are going to pass a 15 percent flat sales tax and abolish them altogether. I yield back what should be the next endangered species in the United States of America: The Internal Rectal Service.


March 22, 2001

From the United Nations to heads of state, everyone is hoping against hope for peace in the Balkans. I do not want to rain on everyone’s parade, but in my opinion there will never be peace in the Balkans until there is independence for Kosovo. The bottom line, it is the right thing to do. Ninety percent of the citizens of Kosovo are ethnic Albanians. Freedom and independence for Kosovo is the only long-term solution for a lasting peace in the Balkans. I yield back the fact that map boundaries have been redrawn regularly throughout history to accomplish peace.


March 20, 2001

From the womb to the tomb, Madam Speaker, the Internal Rectal Service is one big enema. Think about it: they tax our income, they tax our savings, they tax our sex, they tax our property sales profits, they even tax our income when we die. Is it any wonder America is taxed off? We happen to be suffering from a disease called Taxes Mortis Americanus. Beam me up. It is time to pass a flat, simple 15 percent sales tax, and fire these nincompoops at the IRS. Think about it. I yield back the socialist, communist income tax scheme of these United States.

Posted by Wild Thing at September 1, 2009 06:55 AM


Maybe Phil Spector could donate the wigs he can't use now that he's in prison.

Posted by: Eden at September 1, 2009 07:52 AM

Perfect timing WT, Trafficant is the perfect candidate to fill Ted Kennedy's slot in the interim, just graduated from trade school in fact. Deval Patrick has stated he'll seek an interim appointee, Trafficant has all the Democrat prequalifications but one and a touch of Shinola will handle that. LMAO Eden, that's priceless!!!

Posted by: Jack at September 1, 2009 11:44 AM

Some one put his rants on the Web Please! Bill him as the other Democrat.

Posted by: Avitar at September 1, 2009 12:43 PM

Jim was the real deal. An appealing, honest nutjob.

The rest of them are disgusting, dishonest nutjobs.

I'll take Trafficany any day.

Posted by: Rhod at September 1, 2009 03:56 PM

He was my Congressman for about well I guess 10 yars. He always answered his mail, form or not. I even met him once at a Parade on Memorial Day, in Vienna, Ohio. The parade started at the High School and about two blocks from where it ended, another small town, but Jimmy was there all the same, pressing flesh. Then he went to prison.

And then dickweed Ryan was his replacement, same scenario about two years later Ryan just stood on the reviewing stand, didn't say much, either of course Trafficant was a hard act to follow. He was the only democrat I ever voted for.

I don't know if he can run again but if he did he'd win. When he was in prison, he almost got half the vote and Ryan got the rest. He always treated everybody, in his district with respect.

Like him or not he was exactly what he said he was. He did tell you the truth. I wrote him a couple of times to tell him not to vote for some cockamayme gun bill, he wrote back, said he wouldn't and he didn't. He was a thorn in the side of the democrats, and when they could get rid of him they did.

Posted by: Mark at September 1, 2009 07:36 PM

Eden, LOL good one.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 2, 2009 01:02 AM

Jack, hahaha yes it is perfect timing.
I would rather the left have Trafficant
then a Kennedy, any Kennedy, any day.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 2, 2009 01:04 AM

Avitar,giggle, yes, he did some great

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 2, 2009 01:06 AM

Rhod, I agree!! I hope he
gets back into politics, he has been

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 2, 2009 01:08 AM

Mark, that is great, thank you for
sharing all of that. I have always
liked Trafficant.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 2, 2009 01:11 AM