Guy Fleegman: I’m not even supposed to be here. I’m just “Crewman Number Six.” I’m expendable. I’m the guy in the episode who dies to prove how serious the situation is. I’ve gotta get outta here.
Galaxy Quest 1999
Michael Corleone: It’s not personal Sonny, it’s strictly business.
The Godfather 1972
Vince Wilford was drafted by the New England Patriots back in 2004 and has played 11 seasons with the team. In those 11 years he managed four trips to the Superbowl and two wins. The first was during his rookie season with the patriots and apparently his second may be in his last:
Veteran defensive tackle Vince Wilfork tweeted Thursday that the New England Patriots have informed him they will not pick up the option in his contract, thus making him a free agent when the new league year begins Tuesday.
Not picking up Wilfork’s option gives the Patriots a projected salary cap savings of $8.9 million. CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran says that money could help retain their pending free agents in the secondary, who were a big part of their Super Bowl-winning season.
The Pats could of course still sign him for less money but the bottom line is this. irregardless of his past performance as far as the Patriots are concerned Vince Wilfork is as expendable as a red shirt in the old Star Trek series (as illustrated in Mad Magazines parody song of the 70’s sung to the tune of The Age of Aquarius).
♫ As your ship files through the galaxy, to far away places way past mars. Be sure that your adventures, do not kill off the stars!
And you can do it with a crew that’s expendable, crew that’s expendable. Expendable! Expendable
Minor actors that you bring on, perish when you meet a Klingon. Other ones you bring on later die within a planet’s crater. And although we try to save them we can not because the script has made them expendable. Expendable! ♫
And that brings us to Senator Bob Menendez.
An Elmwood Park man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring with his brother to violate federal election law by steering $21,400 in illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.
Benedetto Bigica, 45, admitted that he worked with his brother, Joseph, of Franklin Lakes, from April 2005 to April 2008 to make the illegal contributions
The response from the Menendez campaign was…interesting
A spokesman for Menendez has acknowledged that the senator was the unnamed federal official cited in court papers in the case but said Menendez was a victim of Joseph Bigica’s.
“Senator Menendez’s campaign, a victim of the fraud that ensued, cooperated fully with the investigation,” Mike Soliman, Menendez’s state director and former campaign manager, said Tuesday.
Yes you read that right.
Based on my what I’ve already written I’d say Menendez, like Dinesh D’Sousa is likely guilty as sin, but he was likely guilty as sin from 2005-2008 when those illegal contributions were made. He was likely guilty as sin when I was writing about him in 2012 and 2013 and I suspect he was guilty as sin all through 2014.
“The announcement this week by the Justice Department that they were bringing charges against Bob Menendez — I will point out that the timing seems awfully coincidental that … in the very week that Bob Menendez showed incredible courage to speak out and call out President Obama for the damage that his policy is doing to our national security … the Justice Department announces they’re moving forward with the criminal prosecution,” Cruz said.“It raises the suggestion to other Democrats that if you dare part from the Obama White House, that criminal prosecutions will be used potentially as a political weapon against you as well,” he added.
But think about it. Menendez was defending Israel and expressing suspicion of Iran long before this month. The Kirk Menendez Amendment putting sanctions on Iran dates from 2011 Why were his speeches and critiques not enough to cause a break?
That’s actually easy. He wasn’t expendable then.
Before Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012 a high profile hispanic was vital. Before the 2014 with the prospect of control of the senate hanging by a single seat, every person with a “D” next to their name was vital.
And even a few weeks ago with the first test of the Democrats ability to shake down Mitch McConnell & John Boehner it was vital to make sure there was party unity.
But now that all the elections are over, now that the amnesty money is secure and now that the Democrat party knows that 41 united democrats can bend Republican leaders like a yoga instructor Robert Menendez becomes expendable.
It isn’t Menendez’s corruption, nor his support of Israel, or even his outspoken condemnation of the Iran deal that doomed him. It’s because like Vince Wilfork. He’s suddenly no longer worth the price.
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