Jenius Thanks to Global Voices Online for picking up another of My posts. And to Ramona The Brave for stating she'll make My recent "allegory" post her Saturday Feature of the Week.
So 15 of the 24 charges pending against non-governor Aníbal "Jellyfish" Acevedo have been dropped.
Big. Fat. Hairy. Deal.
Aside from the fact that a Jenius predicted this, the partisan reaction to the news needs to be hauled up short and straightened out:
"(The Jellyfish) is innocent!" -- That's yet to be determined. There are still 9 charges pending and a quick read through them shows they are the heaviest, most serious charges of the original list.
"This proves political persecution!" -- Flummery. What it proves is that the federal investigation has plenty of ammunition, and if there's any political frippery going on, it was pulled off by The Jellyfish in staying at the head of the party.
"(The Jellyfish) could have won the election!" -- Poppycock. You're ignoring his four years of limp-wristed, spineless drifting, his collusion on a crippling sales tax, his force-feeding of a ridiculously-ignored unicameral referendum, Cabinet chaos, the misplaced four years of Sila "Quitter" Calderón and 32 charges levied just before the elections against a member of the rival party who was once a member of your party. The Jellyfish could have won a second term if The Larva had died the day before the election and the voters had suffered from dyslexia.
"The F.B.I. is framing (The Jellyfish)!" -- Pifflegab. There are 3 reasons investigations file so many charges against a person:
1) To intimidate the target and those connected within the case to him or her.
2) To lay the proper groundwork for the main charges, i.e., to cover the less-serious crimes that are part of the major violations.
3) To allow for less negotiation room on the serious charges.
Remember: It only takes one charge for The Jellyfish to go down hard like a gob of spit. If found guilty of fraud, he will spend time in jail. It won't matter an iota if all other 23 charges are tossed away or that 8 of the last 9 are ignored. With that one charge, the government's case against The Jellyfish will be complete.
Heads up time: Expect a bundle of charges to be dropped in the case of Jorge "Il Castrao" De Castro, for unlike The Jellyfish, Il Castrao is not the ultimate target of the government's investigation. Putting away a numbskull like Il Castrao would have taken far less than what the evidence list detailed, and no matter what Il Castrao and his weasel-skank followers think, he isn't that big a fish to take down. The bigger fish are being tracked--and here's the kicker--in both parties.
How's that for a heads up?
The Jenius Has Spoken.