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The Obama’s Dance Company toGet Strict Government Oversight
Big Government ^ | 12/31/10 | Dan Riehl

Posted on 12/31/2010 1:23:24 PM PST by Nachum

There’s something curiously missing from this story on Chicago’s Mantu Dance Company. It may be the only time the company has made big news without a mention of Barack and Michelle Obama in years. One can only imagine the headlines were it so closely linked to a Republican President. Illinois officials are taking a closer look at a nonprofit dance company that was awarded a $4.5 million state grant in 2003 for a planned performing arts center on the South Side that has yet to begin construction.

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KEYWORDS: bribes; chicago; company; dance; earmark; obamas; pork; strict

1 posted on 12/31/2010 1:23:29 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

2 posted on 12/31/2010 1:24:19 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at
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To: Nachum

Again, government has no business funding anything other than government functions. There should be a total ban on funding private entities.

3 posted on 12/31/2010 1:24:47 PM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: Nachum



Again perhaps this city would be best if destroyed.


4 posted on 12/31/2010 1:27:18 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

More and more folks are correctly viewing all the government dough to the “arts” as thinly disguised reparations. Gotta stop this crap ASAP!

Mr. Jefferson shared your attitude and it was not limited to Chicago. Pay special attention to his remark about the “useful arts” and the “useful ones” in the third quotation listed below.

An astute student of history and human nature, Thomas Jefferson, predicted what we see happening here in America. While a strong case can be made that the French aristocracy brought it upon themselves, as ambassador in France, he witnessed the run up to the FIRST socialist/communist revolution there. He penned the following observations concerning what would happen HERE should that socialism come to the United States. He CORRECTLY predicted that we would become an increasingly contentious and litigious people as we shouldered one another out of the way to get OURS from the public trough and the trough would soon be empty.

He also knew where the bulk of the problem would originate.

That whirring noise you may hear coming from that mountain in Charlottesville, Virginia is Mr. Jefferson getting up to around 3600 RPM.

(A 6 minute video with this information may be seen at

As I understand it, at the time of the drafting of the Declaration, Mr. Jefferson originally wrote “…Life, Liberty and PROPERTY…” (meaning that one’s right to freely acquire, use and dispose of his property – to the extent doing so did not violate the same to others – was a Creator endowed right. Because slavery viewed humans as property, the phrase “Pursuit of Happiness” was adopted instead to avoid – at least for the time being — the inevitable debate on that subject.

“The mobs of the great cities add just so much to the support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIX, 1782. ME 2:230

“I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get piled upon one another in large cities as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe.” —Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787. Papers 12:442

“I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man. True, they nourish some of the elegant arts; but the useful ones can thrive elsewhere; and less perfection in the others, with more health, virtue and freedom, would be my choice.” —Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush, 1800. ME 10:173

“Our cities... exhibit specimens of London only; our country is a different nation.” —Thomas Jefferson to Andre de Daschkoff, 1809. ME 12:304

“Everyone, by his property or by his satisfactory situation, is interested in the support of law and order. And such men may safely and advantageously reserve to themselves a wholesome control over their public affairs and a degree of freedom which, in the hands of the canaille of the cities of Europe, would be instantly perverted to the demolition and destruction of everything public and private.” —Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1813. ME 13:401

“An insurrection... of science, talents, and courage, against rank and birth... has failed in its first effort, because the mobs of the cities, the instrument used for its accomplishment, debased by ignorance, poverty, and vice, could not be restrained to rational action. But the world will recover from the panic of this first catastrophe.” —Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1813. ME 13:402

“I fear nothing for our liberty from the assaults of force; but I have seen and felt much, and fear more from English books, English prejudices, English manners, and the apes, the dupes, and designs among our professional crafts. When I look around me for security against these seductions, I find it in the wide spread of our agricultural citizens, in their unsophisticated minds, their independence and their power, if called on, to crush the Humists of our cities, and to maintain the principles which severed us from England.” —Thomas Jefferson to Horatio G. Spafford, 1814. ME 14:120

5 posted on 12/31/2010 1:33:41 PM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: Nachum

What would happen if Laura Bush sat on a board to resurect “White American Culture” in Crawford ?
Me thinks all hell would break loose.

6 posted on 12/31/2010 1:37:34 PM PST by certrtwngnut
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To: Nachum
Corruption? In Chicago? Involving the Obamas?

Who would have thought it possible?
7 posted on 12/31/2010 1:44:01 PM PST by Nepeta
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To: Nachum
So THAT'S why Rahm is trying to run for mayor.

He wants to bring all this Obama corruption out into the open and clean up Chicago.


Or maybe he was sent to cover it up....

8 posted on 12/31/2010 1:45:13 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Nachum

I wonder how much Michelle’s take was for?

9 posted on 12/31/2010 2:06:20 PM PST by thethirddegree
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To: Nachum

“taking a closer look” in this case means figuring out why they only got 4.5 million.

10 posted on 12/31/2010 2:09:58 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Nachum
Something is veeeeeery wrong here.

This 'center' got $15 Mill starting in 2003. And now when you go to Google Map Street View, right on the SE corner of East 47th & South Greenwood Ave where this thing is to be built, there's a HUGH sign on the chain link fence that surround this property of who the Construction Manager is (ain't sayin', use Google Maps) - and over the years I've did quite a few projects they handled.

They aren't crooks, schmucks, idiots, or some fly-by-night company. So I can't imagine they've 'held' a Project on their books all these years with Zip, Zilch, Zero, Nada, being done -- besides dropping the Office Trailer at the back of the lot, putting up a fence and that HUGH sign with their good name on it.

A CM's(1) job is to make sure 'their' building goes up on time (or sooner) and on budget for the Owner. And believe it ot not it DOES cost money to do nothing for seven years.

Something is rotten in Denmark. And on the SE side of Chicago.

(1) 'CM' = Construction Manager

11 posted on 12/31/2010 2:30:00 PM PST by Condor51 (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: Nachum

who’d have thought...

12 posted on 12/31/2010 3:31:08 PM PST by phockthis
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