Good time Charlie Rangel was honored yesterday with words of adulation and praise for all the wonderful things he has done over the course of his illustrious career. (Source) (Source) The Rangel Celebration is to be highlighted by the unveiling of an official portrait of Rangel, a portrait completed at a cost of $64,000. Delightful.
Should anyone out there be unsure as to just who the recipient of this prestigious celebration actually is (and I doubt there are many), allow me to shed some light on the illustrious Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.). This is the same Charles Rangel who was brought up on ethics charges and found guilty of 11 counts of violating House ethics rules. (Source) These so-called “rules” included violating the solicitation and gift ban, violating postal service laws and franking commission regulations, violation of the letter head rule, leasing a “residential use only” rent stabilized apartment that he used as a campaign office (in order to avoid paying the higher rent associated with actual office spaces), and, among other rules, failing to report rental income on his $500,000 Dominican Republic villa.
Wait, wait, wait. Did I just read that right? Failing to report rental income? Isn’t that what people go to prison for? Isn’t tax fraud a felony? Well, um, yes, it is. (as an aside, one of Rangel’s aide recently said he was guilty of the same thing [Source]). Congress takes care of its own, however, and they did censure ol’ Charlie. You know what a censure is don’t you. It is an official reading of the charges against you on the house floor. And after that, it’s, um, back to business as usual. I would say it is the equivalent of a slap on the wrist, but an actual slap on the wrist does incur a modicum of brief barely noticeable pain. A censure does not. But I digress. We were talking about Charlie’s celebration.
Those in attendance include Speaker of the House John Boehner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), and others. Not expected to attend is the widow of New York City Policeman Phil Cardillo, or his children. There’s that questioning look again. Who is Phil Cardillo? Allow me to elaborate. On April 14, 1972 a call was made to the New York City police department reporting an officer needing assistance. When Cardillo and his partner Vito Navarra arrived at the address given, it was a mosque. And not just any mosque, but Nation of Islam mosque #7 in Harlem. Knowing only that a fellow officer was possibly in danger, Cardillo and his partner entered the mosque where they were quickly met by a large group of black muslims shouting “allah akhbar,” and who immediately attacked the officers (can you say “set up”?)
Back up arrived and two more officers entered the mosque, only to be attacked and beaten as Cardillo and his partner had been. During the assault the officers were beaten and stomped by dozens upon dozens of black muslims. Other officers arrived, but were unable to enter the barricaded door. A shot was fired and officer Cardillo was mortally wounded with his own pistol. Police forced their way in and saw a large black muslim identified as Louis 17X Dupree running away with Cardillo’s weapon. Dupree and others sought refuge in the mosque’s basement where officers were able to detain them.
What has this to do with Charles Rangel? I’m getting to that. Officer Cardillo’s murder was never solved, and his killer has never been brought to justice. Even with officers witnessing Dupree with Cardillo’s gun, and even with 17 suspects being detained in the basement. The reason for this is because the police were ordered to let the suspects leave the mosque alone and not escorted by any police. The police were then told to leave the mosque as well under threat of bodily harm from a mob of black muslims numbering in the hundreds if not thousands. The result was the suspects were allowed to leave and disappear, the police left the mosque, and officer Cardillo’s killer has never been brought to justice. Oh, I almost forgot to mention. The orders to let the suspects go and for police to leave were given by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and Rep. Charles Rangel as they confronted the police in Farrakhan’s mosque. (Source)
I don’t know about you, but in my book Rangel’s actions on that day make him expressly complicit in the murder of police officer Phil Cadillo. Maybe they will include this in Rangel’s day of celebration and the subsequent unveiling of his $64,000 portrait, but I doubt it. Heh, and you thought Bill Clinton was slick!