As recently as 2008, Daniel Lorello was sentenced to anywhere between two to six years in prison, and forced to pay over $125,000 in restitution for second-degree grand larceny.
His crime? Lorello was an Archives and Records Managment Specialist, with a side specialty of theft that included over 1,600 artifacts belonging to the New York State Library.
Lorello stole the artifacts and then sold them for profit on eBay or at collector shows for tens of thousands of dollars. Some of the items stolen included documents penned during the Civil War, letters to and from Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, a letter written by Vice-President John Calhoun, and a railroad timetable for Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train.
With that kind of background, what did the good folks at a state military museum in Saratoga decide to do? Why, put him in charge of the bookstore of course.
Lorello is now in charge of running the bookstore at the Saratoga Military Museum, “a state-owned facility with a vast collection of memorabilia dating from the Revolutionary War and tied to New York forces.”
The Times Union reports:
The Saratoga Springs institute holds uniforms, weapons, artillery pieces and art, much of it from the Civil War. It is the repository of the largest collection of state battle flags in the country and the biggest collection of Civil War flags in the world. The site boasts more than 6,000 photographs, unit history files, broadsides, scrapbooks, letters and maps highlighted by 2,300 Civil War photographs and newspaper clippings.
Here’s hoping they don’t end up on eBay.
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I wonder if Abraham Lincoln ever sat around blaming the Civil War on Buchanan because of the high level of tension he inherited from the previous administration.
No wait, Lincoln was actually a leader who was busy saving a country…
Biden and Obama however, have plenty of free time to dream up excuses as to why they are abject failures.
From CNS News:
At a campaign event in Iowa on Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden blamed the continuing high level of unemployment in the United States on what he called “this God-awful recession we’ve inherited.”
According to the non-partisan National Bureau of Economic Research, the last recession began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009—just five months into President Barack Obama’s term in office.
In the 33 months since the recession ended, according to the NBER, the U.S. economy has been in a period of expansion. One of the current members of the NBER committee that determines when recessions begin and end is Christina Romer, who formerly served as chairperson of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers.
As usual, West needs no further commentary. The man is a perpetual machine of wisdom.
Via The Hill:
Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Wednesday evening praised the Republican Party for consistently fighting for individual freedom over the last 150 years, and criticized Democrats for pursuing “handouts” to the less fortunate that he said are a modern form of slavery.
“Our party firmly believes in the safety net,” West said in a late Wednesday floor speech. “We reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock.”
“For this reason, the Republican value of minimizing government dependence is particularly beneficial to the poorest among us,” he continued. “Conversely, the Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today, and it does not promote economic freedom.”
West recounted the history of the Republican Party by noting that it played a major role in several key moments in which it fought for greater freedoms for African Americans. “The Republican Party has always been the party of freedom,” he said.
Among other events, he noted that Republican President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, and the GOP pushed the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution that ended slavery, provided equal protection under the law, and gave blacks the right to vote.
He added that a Republican Congress passed the law establishing the Buffalo Soldiers, and that GOP President Ulysses Grant signed the first major civil rights act into law in 1875.