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Celebities bail invitation to attend Rep. Charlie Rangel’s Gala Birthday Party

New York Time reporters Michael Barbarq and Raymond Hernandez reported today (8/6/10) in a story titled “Guest list for Rangel’s Birthday Celebration Shrinks.” (http://tinyurl.com/25s4lth)
A group of folks (likely made up of those who successfully purchased favors from Rangel) reserved the main ballroom at the Plaza Hotel for a gala celebrating Charlie’s 80th birthday.
Aretha Franklin was booked to serenade the ol’ Dog. It is rumored that Aretha plans on launching the event by singing her old standby, “Mr. Bigstuff,” which goes something like this.
Mr. Bigstuff
Mr. Bigstuff, who do u think u are?
Mr. Bigstuff, you’re never gonna
Not because you wear
All those fancy clothes (Hmmm, wonder how he’d look in an orange jumpsuit)
And have a big fine car (Caddy paid by taxpayers)
Oh yes you do now
Do you think I can afford
To give you a contribution
You think you’re higher,
Than every star above (not now, right?)
The Times reports that many luminaries have bailed out in attending the gala for various reasons, some of whom are:
  • President Bill Clinton – scheduled to be in Georgia attending fundraiser for Newt Gingrich
  • AG Andrew Cuomo – said his final schedule for August won’t be finalized until November 14th
In addition, the following celebrities/luminaries have also bailed on Charlie and will not be attending his Birthday Bash due to other commitments.
  • Charlie Manson – made a hot date with fellow inmate Clarice (real name is Clarence)
  • US Sen. David Vitter – spending weekend at the Bunny Ranch in Reno
  • SC Gov. Mark Sanford – hiking on the Appalachian trail with some Hot Tamale
  • US Congresswoman Maxine Waters – interviewing criminal defense lawyers in LA
  • Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich – interviewing prospective roommates at Leavenworth
Clearly, Charlie Rangel is facing some serious problems due to his consistent and repeated ethical lapses. Given the fact that Charlie is a lawyer, I suspect he’ll use the “ignorance of the law” defense. We know it ain’t a valid defense for us; however, it is in many instances a “stepping stone to higher office,” right?
Ol’ Charlie is facing thirteen ethics charges for his misconduct. He’s been charged with not reporting and/or evading the payment of income taxes to the IRS, the State and City of New York. This is a joke since Charlie was Chairman of the House Committee that wrote the tax laws. He’s also charged with some kind of scam involving rent-control apartments in New York.
At a recent press conference, Mr. Rangel was asked by a reporter from the Jackson Gazette “What do you think is an acceptable amount of time for a Congressman to violate the ethics rules in a 24-hour-period of time?” Rather than answer out loud, Charlie opted to give a visual display of his response, which is pictured to the right.

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