Skip to comments.Obama serves Reid taste of Chicago Way (John Kass)
Posted on 01/07/2009 10:33:39 PM PST by STARWISE
So the Chicago Way hauled off and slapped the U.S. Senate in the faceone of those backhands with the knuckles to unsuspecting lipsand guess who blinked?
It wasn't Chicago.
It was the Senate.
Get used to it, America. And it won't be the last time either.
Roland "Tombstone" Burris, the amiable Illinois Democratic political hack who is being called eminently qualified by the national Democratsperhaps because he's from Illinois and he hasn't been indictedhas almost reached his goal of being addressed as "Yes, sir, Senator."
Now Tombstone has President-elect Barack Obama behind him, muscling Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid in a phone call earlier in the week. So much for transcending the old politics.
(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...
“According a story in the Tribune by Rick Pearson and Mike Dorning, Obama didn’t want the Chicago Way on parade in Washington, less than two weeks before his inauguration, when he formally becomes the agent of the change we can believe in.”
Behold a nest of rattlesnakes eating each other.
I spent 37 years in Chicago/burbs and Roland Burris is one of the few politicians from Chicago area who has not been caught in corruption.
I love the way you phrased that .... ;)
He is as dynamic as a bowl of pablum and insightful as tree moss.
Ann Coulter could have edited this article. It had a touch of her humor in it.
Yeah, I know. Total forked tongue, as Dims typically adopt when the heat just gets too hot. Just words, right?
Upstanding guy, that Obama .... ;)
Roland Burris was receiving $5,000/ from Capital Loop.
Capital Loop is run by BO’s friend Jim Reynolds and BO’s BIL Craig Robinson
Capitol Loop is involved with the corruption investigation in Philadelphia’s Mayor Street.
For Chicago Crime information go to:
I’ve seen this guy on Fox, no fan of the one. I believe he is one of the people Blago was trying to force the Trib to fire.
> Ann Coulter could have edited this article. It had a touch of her humor in it.
(grin!) John Kass is a much, much better writer than Ann Coulter.
> Ive seen this guy on Fox, no fan of the one. I believe he is one of the people Blago was trying to force the Trib to fire.
I could believe that. If you search back thru his columns you can easily see why.
I’ve corresponded on-and-off with John Kass for just over a decade now. He’s a fantastic columnist with an almost-encyclopedic knowledge of crime in Chicago and all the political skulduggery that happens in Chicago and Illinois State politics.
And his occasional humor columns are hilarious!
That’s great~! I really enjoyed reading that and laughing at ole reid and barry. If this wasn’t so dangerous for America it would be funnier.
Yep .. done deal — What Obama forgot to mention is that he ordered the Tombstone issue settled because it became his problem. So he told Reid to cave.
Funny, as ancestry.com shows Reid’s great great uncle was a horse thief. He was hung in Montana around mid -late 1860.
I LOVE John Kass ... God bless and protect him. He lays it all bare fearlessly.
Tempted to excerpt that on I.O., but maybe not quite. There will be plenty of time for these kinds of articles on him after he is BOGUS POTUS, if that is not enjoined.
the amiable Illinois Democratic political hack who is being called eminently qualified by the national Democratsperhaps because he’s from Illinois and he hasn’t been indicted
Yowww! A definite Zinger!
> He sure is and brave,too! He resides up there in the smack dab middle of those Illinois vipers!
Several years ago a couple heavies from the Outfit made a not-so-veiled death threat against John Kass’ kids. Instead of buckling under and falling into line, John published all about it in his next column.
He may never get a Pulitzer Prize. But he ought to.
“I spent 37 years in Chicago/burbs and Roland Burris is one of the few politicians from Chicago area who has not been caught in corruption.”
Howeer, he is a racist to the core. A few years back, when he was campaigning for state office, he said “we can’t let the white boys run this thing.”
“Ann Coulter could have edited this article. It had a touch of her humor in it.”
John Kass needs no editor. He is a damn fine writer, and the only bright light in an otherwise dismal Chicago journalistic swamp.
LOL, whaaat? He "slapped them around" because they were an embarrassment to him not because he wanted to do the right thing. Have you forgotten that Hussein initially said he was "disappointed" in the choice of Burris for his replacement?
“Well, it’s nice to see a President slap the doofuses, and in his own party too, around.”
I love John Kass, but he didn’t dwell on the biggest eater of humble pie in this scenario: BHO. Even though the MSM won’t point it out, this little dust-up with Tombstone was essentially a proxy war between Blago and Obama. Obama (again!) demonstrated himself to be a) completely unprincipled (i.e., taking the position that the Senate wasn’t bound to follow the Constitution in seating Burris if it didn’t feel like it; b) completely inept (i.e., being a constitutional lawyer who foolishly took a very public hard-line position without first checking whether it was legally tenable once the trash-talking turned instead to hard-knuckle politics—which anyone coming out of Chicago should have known it would); and c) largely powerless in his own home town.
At the end of the day, Blago blatantly said FU to the incoming president and forced BHO to back down. You can rest assured that a president with real cojones never would have let that happen (e.g., LBJ). He would have called in whatever chits he needed from wherever he needed to have a backroom chat with Blago to make clear that if dissed the president on this issue, his life would be so miserable that whatever ego gratification Blago got from throwing his weight around wouldn’t even be close to be worth doing so.
If BHO doesn’t command sufficient respect among the petty thieves who rule the roost in Chicago (where Obama in theory should have long ago established himself as a player no one wants to mess with), how in the world can anyone credibly expect him to take on the likes of Putin, Ahmadinejad or any of the other other tough guys Obama allegedly is going to take on? This fiasco is Exhibit A that our president-elect is a Class A political weenie. Anyone who thinks Putin and others are not watching this and drawing conclusions about what they can get away with under this new president’s watch fails to comprehend how political power is exercised—not only in Chicago, but worldwide.
Tighten your seatbelts: even apart from the financial crisis (which BHO is well on his way to mishandling already, but that’s an entirely separate matter for pessimism) we’re in for some extremely stormy weather over the next 4 years.
Yep. The early release of the Fitzgerald indictment can now be seen as an attempt to protect Obama from any involvement by using Blago as a sacrificial pawn. There isn't enough to put him in jail, so he said to f*** off and then rubbed it in their face by appointing Burris.
Too bad the overwhleming majority of Obama voters will be apologists for him, no matter what he does or how he does it.
This is going to happen again and again. The Dems’ horror at corruption was always more lip service than anything else, and appeared only when one of them actually got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, but now you’ll see them simply shrugging and taking another cookie. The Dems created the race card, have used it effectively as a virtually invincible weapon (primarily because it is up to them to define who is black - Justice Thomas, for example, is not black, but the half-white foreign-rooted Obama is), and now it’s slipped out of the control of the party honchos.
Actually, this happened before Bambi got elected. Think of Jefferson and Rangel, both of whom relied on it to simply scoff at attempts to discipline them. But it’s going to be worse by about a magnitude now. The entire federal government and all its branches are going to end up looking like the city of DC or maybe Detroit or some other dysfunctional, corrupt, black-Dem controlled pit. But the Reids of this world brought it on themselves, because the Dems have all benefitted from it.
John Kass is the ‘Annie get ur Gun’ of the ChiTown media. Check out his articles and the Thug’s that always post replies in the ChiTown Tribune. They hate Kass as much as they hate Repubs.
Monday, January 05, 2009
Burris’ contracts to contributors
By Dana Heupel
During Roland Burris first full fiscal year as Illinois attorney general, more than half of the money his office awarded for outside legal work went to campaign contributors, according to a book published by Illinois Issues magazine and the Springfield State Journal-Register.
In FY 1992, Burris office issued roughly $4 million in outside legal contracts to individuals and law firms, according to the book, Illinois For Sale, which was published in 1997. More than $2.25 million of that amount went to contributors to Burris campaign or to the main Democratic fundraising committee.
None of the outside legal contracts were required to be put out for bids by competing law firms. Burris office was allowed to award the contracts without consideration over whether the state received the best price for the legal work.
At the time, Burris office denied they were pay to play contracts.
Remark rocks gov race - Burris hit for `white boys’ speech
Chicago Sun-Times - Thursday, February 26, 1998
Author: SCOTT FORNEK AND MARK BROWN
Two Democrats running for governor lashed out at front-runner Roland Burris on Wednesday for a videotaped speech in which he appears to call them “ non-qualified white boys .”
“It’s outrageous,” said rival candidate Jim Burns, demanding an apology. “Race-baiting doesn’t belong anywhere in this society, and it certainly doesn’t belong in a campaign for governor.”
The remarks came in a speech that aired earlier this year over a local cable station and was replayed Wednesday by WLS-Channel 7. Burris, a former Illinois attorney general, was angrily rejecting any suggestion that he should consider dropping out of the race.
“I got 20 years’ experience in Illinois government, and some of those other non-qualified white boys ought to get out,” Burris appears to say on the tape. “They never held a public office before.”
Win could be in the cards for Burris - $1 million gift might keep the odds in his favor—or stack the deck against him
Chicago Sun-Times - Monday, February 11, 2002
Author: Scott Fornek
In the high-stakes poker game of gubernatorial politics, Democrat Roland Burris could be holding his best hand ever—a pair of aces in his strong support among fellow African Americans and his potential appeal Downstate—as well as a gift of $1 million in chips to keep him in the game.
“Absolutely, it’s his to lose,” said Tom Carey, a Democratic strategist and adviser to the Burris campaign.
But with his primary rivals holding a few aces of their own, the former attorney general still must play his cards carefully if he hopes to win the pot.
Thanks to the record $1 million infusion of cash from firms tied to an Oak Brook businessman (Joseph Stroud), Burris started the year with $911,162 in his campaign kitty. That’s nearly 26 times the $35,111 he had at the same point in his 1998 bid in which he still managed to squeak out a second-place finish.
IT’S NOT RACIST TO TELL WHY BURRIS IS GIVING DEMOCRATS THE JITTERS
Chicago Tribune - Tuesday, January 6, 1998
Author: John Kass .
If a white columnist criticizes a black politician by calling him a political hack, is that white columnist a racist? Just so you don’t think this is a hypothetical question, let’s be clear.
Am I a racist for putting the hack label on Roland Burris in a Dec. 24 column? He’s one of four leading contenders seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor in the upcoming March primary.
Years ago, as South African leader Nelson Mandela was about to be released from prison, dozens of Chicago’s black political/intellectual elite were at a meeting on the South Side.
Present were the socialists, the black nationalists, the progressives and several political operatives and politicians. Burris was there in his three-piece suit, starched white shirt and power tie.
He was being asked whether the African National Congress should deserve any criticism. But the questioner didn’t use the words “African National Congress.” Instead, he used the letters, ANC.
“I don’t know if we should start criticizing the ANC, before we criticize CBS and NBC and ABC first!,” Burris said with emphasis. “Let’s take care of ABC and NBC. Then CBS. We address them, then we can pressure ANC. But go after the other networks first!”
After a moment of stunned silence—as if someone had passed gas at a quiet dinner party—the meeting was in an uproar.
Many were stunned that Burris thought ANC was a television network. Others thought he was doing an imitation of Las Vegas comic Norm Crosby, the king of malaprops. The consensus was that Burris should keep his mouth shut.
“We need a blackout on this guy,” said several at the meeting, only they used an ugly two-word slang phrase in place of “guy.”
More correctly, Blago is a FU who said FY or FO to the incoming Hussein.
Obama: Reid you ignorant slut. Make this go away - NOW!
Reid: "He is very engaging, an extremely nice man and he presents himself very well." (So, he's clean and articulate too?)
Reid told reporters. "It's because we're the Senate: That's how we operate." But added Reid: That was all before I became Obama's punk assed bitch.
In FY 1992, Burris office issued roughly $4 million in outside legal contracts to individuals and law firms, according to the book, Illinois For Sale, which was published in 1997. More than $2.25 million of that amount went to contributors to Burris campaign or to the main Democratic fundraising committee. FROM POST: 35
Great article by John Kass! Love the way he is calling Burris: ‘Tombstone’....LOL. I saw a clip the other day on TV of the mausoleum that Burris has erected in a Chicago cemetery for his burial. Unbelievable...lol. It listed all of his accomplishments in life and was huge!Perhaps he was a pharoah in a former life.....lol.
AGENCIES RECEIVE UNEXPECTED CASH
Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL) - Friday, June 17, 1994
Author: STEVE ARNEY
Roland Burris , Illinois attorney general and the bearer of many nasty surprises such as lawsuits, enjoys pleasant surprises, too.
He convened an impromptu reception at Catholic Social Services in Bloomington Thursday to hand out three unexpected checks totaling $25,000.
Accepting checks were representatives from Women’s Counseling and Support Services ($10,000), BroMenn Home Health Care ($10,000) and John M. Scott Health Resource Center ($5,000).
“Everybody smile and say, `Money,’ “ Burris said as cameras clicked.
Then he was off to Champaign to distribute four more checks totaling $50,000.
CHRISTMAS MONEY IN JUNE FROM SANTA ROLAND BURRIS
Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL) - Thursday, June 23, 1994
The money given to the Bloomington-Normal groups last week came from the status change of Personal Care HMO in Champaign-Urbana in late 1988 or early 1989, according to the attorney general’s office. The HMO had to pay $400,000 plus interest in eight annual installments.
Where the money comes from is important, Burris’ office said, because they try to earmark the money to similar charitable groups in the same region. In this instance, they reviewed the annual registrations required of charitable groups and looked for health-care related charities in Central Illinois, Burris’ office said.
Burris has handed out these funds since he became attorney general, but his office didn’t have a breakdown of amounts or recipients immediately available.
Handing out checks has to be pleasurable, and Burris doesn’t get many such jobs.
It’s hard to say anything bad about $25,000 going to three worthwhile area charities, but we think the law allowing such disbursements at the discretion of any single office holder ought to be examined.
BURRIS’ OLD LAW FIRM TOPS LIST OF MINORITIES HE AIDED
Chicago Tribune - Saturday, February 26, 1994
Author: Flynn McRoberts, Tribune Staff Writer.
Roland Burris has a quick response when asked about his former relationship with a Chicago law firm, which has won nearly a half-million dollars in state legal work since he became Illinois attorney general.
He says the work received by Jones Ware & Grenard, the state’s largest black-owned law firm, shows his commitment to opening state legal work to minorities.
“I have spent my whole life making sure that minorities . . . receive their fair share of contracts and business,” Burris said during Tuesday’s radio debate among the three main Democratic gubernatorial contenders
State records and interviews with minority-owned law firms indicate Burris accurately defended himself. The amount of legal work throughout state government that has gone to minority-owned firms has nearly tripled since Burris was elected attorney general in November 1990-an increase several firms attributed either directly or indirectly to Burris.
But those records also show that Jones Ware & Grenard or individual partners in the firm received nearly a third of the $1.52 million in state legal work awarded to minority firms from fiscal year 1991 to the present, according to an analysis of state records by the attorney general’s office.
Impeachment report released today
Posted by JP on Thu, 01/08/2009 - 08:18
Memorandum January 7, 2009
To: All House Members
From: Speaker Michael J. Madigan
Re: House Special Investigative Committee
The House Special Investigative Committee will have a proposed report available for review on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 9 a.m.
For House Members, a printed copy of the proposed report will be delivered to your Springfield legislative office by 9 a.m.
For the public, the proposed report will be available via the web at www.ilga.gov.
Good lord....lol. At least he is not leaving his memory to chance or the family members who will survive him. He is writing the narrative early and often. /sarcasm
Burris faces toughest step up political ladder - Candidate points to experience in bid for governor
Chicago Tribune - Sunday, February 17, 2002
Author: Dan Mihalopoulos, Tribune staff reporter.
I handle the states money like my own, the candidate said. Ive made relatively little money, but I live as comfortably as anyone. Money has never been important to me, not at all.
Its not clear how much Burris has made, since he refuses to release tax returns. After leaving the attorney generals post, he became the managing partner of the Chicago law firm of Jones, Ware and Grenard, and pocketed a settlement, the size of which he refuses to disclose, when the firm dissolved in 1998.
Before Burris became attorney general, the firm he would later join had never received a state contract. But it earned more than $744,000 from the state between 1991 and 1997, records show. Burris said he was justified in steering work to a qualified minority-owned firm.
I wonder who paid for the mausoleum?
Good question since Burris claims he is broke...lol. Maybe he got a Fannie Mae loan from Countrywide. After all, that thing is big enough to be considered a ‘dwelling’....LOL
http://archpundit.com/blog/page/2/ (sorry to use that link)
Two Clarifications for the National Press
December 30, 2008 By: ArchPundit Category: Uncategorized
One, Roland Burris II is part of a law firm that has made significant contributions to Blagojevich as well, but Burris the elder is no longer with the firmhe was of counsel previously for RB IIs firm. Whether to include those contributions in Burris the elders total depends upon the dates. His current firm has given some as wellIll break that out in a bit.
Burriss lobbying firm didnt receive only $295,000 in state contracts, try $705,000 since 2003.
Burris’ son arrested during incident outside nightclub
Daily Herald - Monday, August 21, 1995
The son of former Attorney General Roland Burris was arrested with another man about 2 a.m. Sunday for allegedly provoking a crowd outside a downtown Chicago nightclub.
Roland W. Burris II and Richard Porter, both 28, were both charged with mob action, a misdemeanor.
The two men were among about 40 people waiting to get into the Cairo nightclub.
The crowd had spilled out to the street because the club was at its maximum capacity, authorities said. The club, which has a 400-person capacity, is open until 4 a.m.
They were arrested after causing the crowd to become rowdy, Chicago police Lt. William Powers said.
When police tried to disperse the crowd, Burris and Porter yelled at police, saying, “You white coppers are picking on us because we’re black. You wouldn’t do this if we were white,” Powers said.
Topinka says Blagojevich spends too much time reading at home
State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, June 9, 2005
Former Attorney General ROLAND BURRIS was the guest of honor at a gathering of former employees Friday at Maldaner’s Restaurant in downtown Springfield. GARY KOCH, who oversaw patronage and government relations for Burris in the offices of comptroller and attorney general, said more than 45 people attended, and U.S. Sen. DICK DURBIN, D-Ill., also stopped by.
Burris credited Koch, who is now director of communications and education for the Illinois Municipal League, and former deputy attorney general JIMMIE VOSS and former aide GLORIA SCHISLER for arranging the party marking a decade since Burris left state government.
“It was a great evening,” said Burris, who picked up the tab.
Burris now has a consulting and lobbying firm with former top staffer and campaign manager FRED LEBED and is of counsel to the law firm in which his son, ROLAND BURRIS II, is a named partner. Congratulations also are in order as the family name is being carried on by his son’s first child, born Feb. 18: ROLAND THEODORE BURRIS.
What kind of honorary guest has to pick up the tab for those ‘honoring’ him? LMAO!!
You have found some real gems this morning.
Deal or no deal???
The Lord’s Senate Appointee, Roland Burris, is in Springfield to testify in front of the Balgojevich impeachment committee as part of a deal that will lead to Burris eventually being seated as Senator. The primary reason for the Burris questioning is to make sure there is no taint with the Burris appointment, but lawmakers are promising to be tough. Said Rep. Mike Bost (R-Carbondale), “I would like to specifically ask, under oath, if there was any quid pro quo for the appointment.” But that’s not all.
Committee members also plan to ask Burris about contributions to the governor’s campaign, how Blagojevich’s wife got a job with a group affiliated with Burris’ business partner and why the governor’s criminal lawyer approached Burris about the Senate instead of a staff member.