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Memorable Lines from Leland Yee’s Arms-Dealing Indictment

Memorable Lines from Leland Yee’s Arms-Dealing Indictment

I have been following the news about California state senator, Leland Yee, who was arraigned in federal court on charges related to alleged roles associated with Chinatown gangsters and brokering arms deals with a Muslim rebel group based in the Philippines.

I made the analogy to the recent box-office smash, American Hustle.

When they write the script, Cal Watchdog’s John Hrabe offers some choice lines to use from Yee’s indictment.

My personal favorites are:

1. Which is better: 10 months or 8 years?

Yee: “I can be of help to you for 10 months or I can be of help to you for eight years. I think eight years is a lot better than 10 months.”

2. Playing Mortal Kombat in the Philippines

Yee authored California’s ban on the sale of violent video games to children that the Supreme Court found unconstitutional. In the indictment, he allegedly said he was “agnostic” to working with a Muslim rebel group, which he knew to be responsible for “kidnapping individuals, killing individuals and extorting them for ransom.”

Yee: “People want to get whatever they want to get. Do I care? No, I don’t care.”

3. Pillow talk for Capitol fundraisers

Yee: “Just give me the g—– money, man s— … you should just tell them, write some f—ing checks, man.”

4. Liberal SF Democrat driven by money

Allegedly Yee, who thought Africa was a largely untapped market for trade, was eager to get the goods and make money.

Yee: “Do I think we can make some money? I think we can make some money. Do I think we can get the goods? I think we can get the goods.”

…7. Life imitates ‘The Wire’

The catch-phrase of “The Wire” TV show’s Clay Davis appears frequently in the indictment.

Yee: “$15k man, s—. For what we did man? S—. You know, we got him close to [State Senator 1].”

Yee: “There’s got to be some trust around here man, s—”

Yee: “S—, as much as I want that five thousand, I can’t do that man. S—. F—. S—.”

Yee: “S—. That’ s pay to play and you can’t do that. You cannot connect. You could go to jail for that . … They got to understand, it’ s about the long term. It ‘s not about the short term.”

Yee: On his possible election as mayor of San Francisco: ”We control 6.8 billion, man. S—.” The number was the approximate size of the city’s budget at the time.

8. The Allure of Secretary of State?

Yee: “I’m just trying to run for secretary of state. I hope I don’t get indicted.”

After reviewing the charges against one of the most powerful of our state’s representatives, President of the SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition Dawn Wildman takes a look at the recent spate of California politicians convicted on fraud and bribery and comes up with another movie analogy: Remember in the movie The Godfather when Michael is talking to Kay about his father he says, “My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.” Too true.

Yee’s response to the charges? Denial, of course.

California state Sen. Leland Yee is expected to appear in federal court on Monday morning, stemming from a shocking arrest last week where FBI agents charged him with seven felonies related to firearms trafficking and promising political favors.

The hearing before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins is to discuss the terms of his $500,000 bond. His attorney, Paul DeMeester, however, has told the media that Yee intends to plead not guilty to the charges.

What seems to be a comedy is really a tragedy for Californians.


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Guess CNN is just too busy with discussing black box battery life to notice. Any word from the White House gun grabber-in-chief on taking a Democrat gun grabbing gun trafficker off the streets? No? Surprise!

“What seems to be a comedy is really a tragedy for Californians.”

Leslie, California’s tragedy is self-inflicted.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Paul. | April 1, 2014 at 10:25 am


    May the liberal fungal hordes of that state rot off into the Pacific Ocean and hope the conservatives are strong enough to weather and survive it.

The bad news is that Yee will likely be replaced by someone who is just as crooked as he is (if not worse). Welfare state fascism – the political philosophy of a majority of the California electorate – produces armies of sociopaths like Yee as leaders.

“What seems to be a comedy is really a tragedy for Californians.”

How is some needed housecleaning a tragedy? The only real tragedy is this didn’t happen after Yee won the nomination.

(and no, “Yee” in that last sentence is not some weird Californian pronoun for a non-traditional sexual identity. Yet.)

you see how bad this is for the democrats?
in terms of anti-gun critics what Leland Vee totally showed ppl why there isn’t going to ever be much backing for disarming civilians from guns.

because Vee just showed us a politician or any government in power can arm the criminal elements/murderers of cities and cause innocents/civilians/citizens in the nation to be killed if they have no weapons themselves for self-defense.

plus it destroys this gun registry arguement as then the government knows who has the guns and who doesn’t and can target either one of them if they don’t like these people for some reason or another.

every time the anti gun crowd emerges… you should tell about leland Vee. it’ll turn more people against the libs than for them, whenever he is mentioned.

…he was a huge anti-violence in videogames critic too so I am glad he will be gone. he tried to ban games like assasin’s creed (series of games) and others but the courts denied him.

but how many times do you think he’s done the smuggle in guns to the usa and giving criminals weapons like M-60s, assault rifles, and RPG’s …remember the school shootings…

whenever one of those happens… and libs go on a rant about children dying… leland Vee potentially could of been one of several politicians (and I bet you there is a ton more) that could of armed these people/got them killed.
….all for campaign donations.

it just happened he got caught this time, when the guy he was dealing with was an undercover CIA agent.