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Blago: Where do I sign?

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Oh the perks of being a corrupt, classless, Democratic governor!  For background on this pic see this article.blagobreasts_01

Reminds me of Mel Brooks’ “It’s good to be the King” line in History of the World.

January 14, 2009 Posted by | Democrats | , , , , | Leave a comment

More trouble in Obamatopia


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You might have read my post the other day outlining a few sore spots that were rearing their heads in Obama’s transition.

Well, it’s starting to look like every time the President-elect and his team douse one fire, two or more flare up in its place.  He managed to dodge, at least for the time being, the bullet with scandals involving Bill Richardson and his buddy Blago.  Since then though, it’s been anything but smooth sailing.

You might recall one of Obama’s oft repeated campaign promises was to close the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo).  I mean, it was just plain awful that bloodthirsty terrorists were locked up in a place so dismal!  Today, CNN reports Obama plans to issue the order to close the detention center as early as his first week in office.  We still don’t know what will happen to the current residents, but they’re not being treated as the President-elect believes Allah-fearing bloodthirsty killers should be so he’s going to close it down.

Not long after the Obama camp reiterated its intentions to close the facility, the Pentagon released a report showing at least 61 former residents (who seem to have the President-elect’s sympathy) have returned to terrorism since their release.

Not good news for The Smooth Talker from Chicago/Hawaii/Kenya/?????.  He may have pinned himself in a corner on this one.  He’ll infuriate his liberal supporters who feel sorry for murderous savages intent on our country’s destruction if he doesn’t close it, but if he does and one of them is released and straps a bomb to himself and kills a bunch of innocents everyone else will be madder than Hell.

That’s not the only trouble he has in the making.

His buddy Blago put him in another tight spot by defying Obama and other Democratic leader when he appointed Roland Burris to fill Illinois’ vacant Senate seat.  The President-elect came out against seating Burris, but later changed his mind when it looked like other alternatives might lead to the seat being filled by a Republican.  He then twisted the arm of other Dems who had stated early on that any appointment by Blago “would not stand.” 

Then today, it’s reported that Burris may have himself taken more than a million dollars in illegal campaign contributions in his 2002 gubernatorial campaign.  Putting his neck on the line (or trying to implement Chicago style politics in DC?) to keep this seat may prove to be a huge mistake if anything comes of this.

Not finished yet.  There’s still more trouble brewing in Obamatopia.

Now even Congressional Democrats aren’t so sure they trust Obama with the last $350 billion from TARP, the huge bailout passed by the Democratic Congress to help big banks, other financial companies, and the auto industry.  With bipartisan support to block the issuing of this gigantic bundle of money after the first $350 billion has done virtually nothing to turn the economy around, Obama’s first move as President may be to use his veto power against members of his own party (you remember, all those who honored him as if he were a God the last couple of months.)

That should set a great tone for this Democratic President to work with both houses of Congress in the hands of his own party.

Surely that’s all the troubles he has, right?  Not quite.

It was also reported today that Obama’s pick to lead the Treasury Department, Timothy Geithner, thought he could get away without paying self-employment taxes for a few years.  Of course the Obama team and Geithner explain it as a misunderstanding, but that’s just as bad.  Do we really want someone who doesn’t know if he has to pay self-employment tax running the Treasury Department?  That wasn’t Geithner’s only lapse, though.  Apparently he also employed a housekeeper who was here illegally for a few months.  (Wait a minute, isn’t that what forced Linda Chavez and Zoe Baird to withdraw their names from consideration for a Cabinet post?)

Remember all the talk about a smooth transition a while back?

Right.  Perhaps putting a Chicago politician in the White House wasn’t such a grea idea after all.


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January 14, 2009 Posted by | Obama | , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Spineless Dems to seat “tainted” Burris


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Following corrupt Illinois’ Democratic Governor Rod “The Senate Seat Salesman” Blagojevich’s appointment of Roland Burris to fill President-elect Obama’s vacated Senate seat, Democrats in the US Senate publicly took a principled stand, vowing not to seat Roland Burris.

From UPI, 1-4-09

“Blagojevich obviously is a corrupt individual. I think that’s pretty clear,” Reid said. “And the reason that he’s done what he’s done is to divert attention from the arrest that was just made of him and the indictment which will be coming in a few days, according to the U.S. attorney in Illinois. That’s why President-elect Obama agreed with us that Mr. Burris is tainted.”

From FoxNews:  Statement by Senate Democratic Leadership on Burris’ appointment 12-30-08

It is truly regrettable that despite requests from all 50 Democratic Senators and public officials throughout Illinois, Gov. Blagojevich would take the imprudent step of appointing someone to the United States Senate who would serve under a shadow and be plagued by questions of impropriety. We say this without prejudice toward Roland Burris’s ability, and we respect his years of public service. But this is not about Mr. Burris; it is about the integrity of a governor accused of attempting to sell this United States Senate seat. Under these circumstances, anyone appointed by Gov. Blagojevich cannot be an effective representative of the people of Illinois and, as we have said, will not be seated by the Democratic Caucus.

Next week we will start one of the most important debates of the year — outlining an economic recovery plan to create jobs and invest in America. And in the coming weeks, we will be working to protect homeowners and consumers, make America more energy independent, strengthen our national security, and improve health care and educational opportunities. There is much work to do and a lot at stake. It is thus critical that Illinois and every other state have two seated Senators without delay.

We again urge Gov. Blagojevich to not make this appointment. It is unfair to Mr. Burris, it is unfair to the people of Illinois and it will ultimately not stand. The governor must put the interests of the people of Illinois and all Americans first by stepping aside now and letting his successor appoint someone who we will seat.

President-elect Obama concurred with Senate Dems and reiterated his previous call for his old buddy, old pal, old friend Blagojevich to step aside and allow “a lawful and appropriate succession to take place.”

Apparently, its principles be damned for Democrats though–if there’s a chance it could mean losing a Senate seat to an untarnished Republican.

Obama vacillated, on January 7, stating he’d be willing to work with him if he was seated and pressured Reid to sweep the “tainted” (remember, that’s what Reid called him) appointee into his seat.  You see, with so much focus on Blago’s troubles, the idea of Obamatopia was quickly fading as the fingers of the scandal reached closer to the President-elect.

Reid, as does a cowardly dog, tucked his tail and scurried from his previous principled position.  Today, he announced that Senate Democrats will seat the “tainted” Burris, throwing principles to the wind and further undermining Democratic claims of honesty and transparency.

In the final analysis, it all boils down to Democrats’ unwillingness to stand on principle if it might mean losing a seat in their near filibuster proof majority.  Principle is valueless if it might cost them anything.


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January 12, 2009 Posted by | Democrats | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blago Impeached!

blagoIllinois’ state representatives voted overwhelmingly to impeach Governor Rod “The Senate Seat Salesman” Blagojevich.  Blago is the first governor in the history of Abe Lincoln’s homestate to earn this (dis)honor.

One dissenter, Chicago Democratic Rep. Milton Patterson voted “present” and replied that he was just doing his job when questioned about the vote.

Other Democratic representatives were quick to claim the curse visited upon them by Blago’s corruption has been lifted.  I don’t think we can go that far in a state where corruption and politics have gone hand in hand for as long as anyone can remember.  But, they’re probably hoping they can pull the wool over enough eyes to maintain their Democratic domination of state politics when the next elections roll around.

Something tells me the good people of Illinois won’t be so easily fooled and will still be looking for a real “change” when they next get the opportunity to oust the ruling party that has made Illinois the butt of lots of jokes after the Blago corruption came to light.

January 9, 2009 Posted by | Democrats | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Panel Votes to Impeach Blago

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President-elect Barack Hussein Obama’s old buddy, old pal, old friend Rod “The Senate Seat Salesman” Blagojevich is on track to make history in Illinois, only his story will be a black eye to the state that spawned “Honest Abe” Lincoln.  A committee today voted unanimously to recommend impeachment of the Democratic governor and if the full House agrees, Blago will be the first governor in the history of Illinois to earn that badge of (dis)honor.

Panel recommends impeaching Blagojevich

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — An Illinois legislative committee Thursday unanimously recommended impeaching embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich amid corruption allegations.

Blagojevich was arrested last month after federal prosecutors alleged, among other things, that he tried to sell the Senate seat President-elect Barack Obama vacated.

The issue will now be taken up by the full Illinois state House of Representatives.

“Today is the day that we begin to give back democracy to the people of the state of Illinois,” Democratic Rep. Jack Franks said as he cast his “aye” vote.

Blagojevich “has been AWOL and derelict of his duties. He has abused his powers, and he has brought shame to this great state,” Franks said.

“I believe that Rod Blagojevich is a liar, and I believe he is a thief,” Franks said. “He has stolen the trust of the people.”

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January 8, 2009 Posted by | Democrats | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Focus of Richardson Probe Gave Obama $30,000


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Oh this just keeps getting better all the time.  No wonder Obama’s been so quiet since the Democratic Illinois Governor Rod “The Senate Seat Salesman” Blagojevich’s world began to crumble.  The corruption that keeps rearing its ugly head in Democratic circles is getting so close it may just be crushing his chest.

Today we find out the same guy at the center of Democratic Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson’s “pay-to-play” scandal lined Obama’s campaign pockets to the tune of $30,000.

What was that we heard throughout the campaign?  Something along the lines of “we did all this with $5 contributions from the common folk.”  Lies, lies, lies, and more lies.  $30K is more than Bob the UAW worker’s change from his morning coffee, a lot more.  Apparently Obama’s campaign was financed no differently than any other, with big money from influential donors.

Oh he has a website and I’m sure he collected a few bucks through it from the average Joe, but now we know he took a lot of money in through rubbing elbows with the elitist powerbrokers he claimed to despise.

In late September, Rubin attended an exclusive Los Angeles fundraiser for Obama, held at the Beverly Hills’ Greystone Mansion. Attendees gave tens of thousands of dollars which the campaign split between its own coffers, the Democratic National Committee and state-level campaign groups supporting Obama and Democratic candidates. The technique helps campaigns take in from individuals far more than the $2,300 maximum they are allowed to give to a single campaign fund.

B-b-b-but…didn’t he tell us he wanted to get that money out of politics?

Two scandal ridden Democratic governors with close ties to the bringer of Hope and Change and the unscrupulous actions of Democratic operators in stealing the Senate seat in MN are making this transition more and more interesting. Obama hasn’t been burned, but he appears closer to the fire with this latest development.

Our next president just might be bringing Chicago-style politics to DC. How’s that for change?


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January 6, 2009 Posted by | Corruption, Obama | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Playing the Race Card in Burris Case


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Well it’s finally happened. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has openly stated that racism is playing a part in the Senate’s unwillingness to seat the appointee of disgraced Democratic Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich, Roland Burris after he was turned away today and not allowed to take the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Hussein Obama.

“There is a strong constitutional and legal case for his seating,” he said. “The longer this process takes the more racialized this seat becomes and the more difficult it becomes for Democrats to hold it in 2010.”–Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL)

So, the seat is becoming racialized.

Michelle Malkin recognized this brewing beneath the surface here and here.

So the same nation that just elected an African-American to the highest office in the land is now refusing to let a poor little black man become a Senator because we’re a bunch of racists.  The saddest part is that too many people will buy this line of crap.


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January 6, 2009 Posted by | Corruption, Senate | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Even the blind can see through this


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The disgraced Democratic Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, has now set the dates for a special election to replace President-elect Barack Hussein Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the US House of Representatives.  A primary election will be held on 3 March 2009 and the general election will follow on 7 April.

What was that we heard from Illinois Democrats about a special election to fill Obama’s Senate seat being too expensive?  The cost would be greatly reduced if held in conjunction with this one–and they knew that at the time.

Even a blind person should see through the spin the Democrats put out on this one now.  There is absolutely no doubt Illinois Democrats feared the good people from the state which gave us “Honest Abe” would be so disgusted with Democratic corruption that they would have replaced BO with a Republican.

Lincoln must be turning over in his grave about now.

January 5, 2009 Posted by | Corruption | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mr. Burris Goes to Washington


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And in spite of all the controversy surrounding his appointment, he’s proclaiming himself the junior Senator from Illinois!

Unbelievable, well maybe not for the Democrats.

Will Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Democratic President-elect Barack Hussein Obama stand by their previous position that NO appointment by Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich?  Or is the concept that, given an opportunity, the good people of the land of “Honest Abe” will elect a Republican to BO’s vacated Senate seat enough to throw principles to the wind and accept the appointment of a governor charged with the worst political corruption since Watergate?

Things are beginning to look like the latter..  From the LA Times:

“I’m an old trial lawyer. There’s always room to negotiate,” said Reid, a Nevada Democrat, on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Translation:  Reid’s former statement was only made to make him appear principled at a time when many Americans were captivated by the Democratic corruption.  Now that many Americans have tuned out where this story’s concerned, the true Reid-without-principles is coming out and he may not oppose the scandal-plagued-Democratic-governor’s “choice” to fill BO’s seat.

Nothing coming from the Obama camp, he’s keeping apparently trying to avoid attention after yesterday’s announcement that his appoinment for Commerce Secretary, Democratic Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson, withdrew his name from consideration to deal with his own Pay-to-Play scandal.  (This crowd is starting to make Republicans’ look better and better all the time.)  We’ll have to wait until the 20th it appears, to find out whether or not his long-touted change meant anything more than a change in occupants for the White House.  Apparently, mum’s the word until then.

This Democratic power grab, coupled with the theft of the Senate election in Minnesota, should make it obvious to anyone that the party of the jackass will stop at nothing.  The constitution won’t stand in their way, voters won’t stand in their way, and the law won’t stand in their way as they attempt to build a supermajority in the upper chamber of Congress.  Should we look for attempts to expel or force the resignation of a sitting Republican Senator from a state with a Democratic Governor soon after 20  January?

I don’t put anything past these crooks.


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January 5, 2009 Posted by | Corruption, Senate | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Blago the Belligerent


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Update:  Obama calls again for Blago resignation, says Senate can’t accept appointment


Well, President-elect Barack Hussein Obama’s old friend, old buddy, old pal Democratic Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is certainly doing his best to disrupt what was looking to be a smooooth transition to the new administration.

Caught this month with his hand in the cookie jar on the FBI wiretaps swearing like a sailor and seeking to line his pockets soliciting prospects for the President-elect’s vacated Senate seat, today he’s crowing about his duty and responsibility to the people of Illinois in a press conference to appoint another old friend, old buddy, old pal, former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris.

Too bad for him he wasn’t thinking about his duties and responsibilities when the FBI had his phones tapped.  Of course he claims he did nothing wrong as his attorney is seeking to have the evidence collected in the surveillance thrown out on a technicality.  Blago insists a political lynch mob is trying to force him from his job and he’ll fight them “until I take my last breath.”

This lynch mob he references includes the President-elect, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and virtually every other politician who’s made a statement on Blago’s predicament.  Obama has called on the Democratic governor to resign.  Reid says the Senate won’t seat any appointee of Blagojevich.  But the corrupt Democratic governor charged forward in defiance of them and so many others.

Blago stated in his news conference that this could have been appointed had the Illinois legislature called for a special election to fill the seat earlier this month.  But, the Democratic controlled legislature feared the Democratic governor’s criminal activity might have so angered the good people of the Land of Lincoln they would vote for a Republican to fill the seat of Blago’s old buddy, old friend, old pal Obama.

State law requires Blago to set a date for a special election to fill Rahm Emanuel’s vacated House seat.  Why not vote to fill Obama’s seat at the same time?  Rhetorical question.  We all know the answer.  God forbid an honest Republican might be afforded the opportunity to represent the state of Illinois in the Senate!

Maybe, just maybe…if Reid stands tall (which is a big if) and refuses to seat Burris, the Democrats in the Illinois state legislature will decide to do the right thing and give the good people who hail from the home state of Honest Abe the right to fill Obama’s Senate seat in an honest and upfront manner by calling for a special election.


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