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Rod Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption
guardian.co.uk ^ | December 7th, 2011 - Wednesday | guardian.co.uk staff

Posted on 12/07/2011 1:39:37 PM PST by DoughtyOne

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It might be nice to have a list of all those people who stated Rod did nothing wrong. He was found guilty of 18 felony counts.

Both he and his wife were placed on reality shows to try to rehab his image. Looks the the jury didn't fall for any of that.

1 posted on 12/07/2011 1:39:41 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne

You could literally arrest and give life sentences to everyone involved in Chicagoland politics. Obama, Axelrod, Emmanuel and all those other gangsters should be in jail serving life sentences.


2 posted on 12/07/2011 1:41:29 PM PST by bigdirty
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To: DoughtyOne

He will get a pardon from obama, you watch.


3 posted on 12/07/2011 1:45:23 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: bigdirty

Poor ole Sheppie Smith must be in mourning. I think Sheppie had a big crush on ole Rod.


4 posted on 12/07/2011 1:47:26 PM PST by taillightchaser (The last hope for America--2012)
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To: DoughtyOne
Blogo is a good start, now on to DC. I know, what's the point since Congress won't fund expanding space in the federal prisons.
5 posted on 12/07/2011 1:48:37 PM PST by drypowder
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To: DoughtyOne

He should stay in until the taxpayers make back every cent he cost them... only counting their tax rebates.


6 posted on 12/07/2011 1:48:49 PM PST by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: DoughtyOne

I grew up in Chicago and it didn’t take long to learn that the politics in that city (and the whole state for that matter) are among the most corrupt in the nation. Blago’s antics were business as usual. It really irks me that out of this political cesspool comes our Chief Executive..

Can’t wait till November.

And BTW, this is not a knock on the city or the state. The politics there stink, but I have many friends in Illinois and Chicago is a great city - politics aside.


7 posted on 12/07/2011 1:48:58 PM PST by slouch-no-more
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To: bigdirty

Don’t forget Ayers. I agree with you.


8 posted on 12/07/2011 1:57:07 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: drypowder

Agreed!


9 posted on 12/07/2011 1:57:52 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: arderkrag

Works for me...


10 posted on 12/07/2011 1:59:06 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: slouch-no-more

Corruption exists in places you wouldn’t believe. Good people cannot eradicate it. They can try to keep it at a minimum. I agree with your comments related to this administration too.


11 posted on 12/07/2011 2:01:14 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: All

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l8pb9Vfx_Q


12 posted on 12/07/2011 2:06:19 PM PST by BipolarBob (Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world and she walks into mine.)
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To: DonaldC

Since Rod fell on his sword for Obama (and his ilk), I certainly think there will be a pardon before the Present leaves office.


13 posted on 12/07/2011 2:06:36 PM PST by varina davis (We grow too soon old and too late smart -- Pennsylvania Dutch adage)
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To: slouch-no-more

My wife and I had a good friend that was old Hollywood. Every once in a while he would invite us to go to an event he was MCing.

One night he took us to a small community in Southern California where he was going to MC the birthday party of a man who ran a local utility.

We liked this guy (the MC) and wanted to support him. He was a good man. There at the event we met Montie Montana, and if I am not mistaken, Iron Eyes Cody. I know Montie was there, but I am a bit hazy now whether Iron Eyes Cody was. I believe he was or I wouldn’t mention it.

At any rate, the guy whose birthday everyone from town was celebrating, proceeded to drink heavily. He got so blitzed that he disrupted the evening, making it very difficult to manage the appearance of people who came to say nice things about him.

At one point he actually shoved my friend (the MC) off the stage because he wanted to make a small speech. My friend was mortified. He felt humiliated in front of the people he had asked to attend.

The honoree then proceeded to recite for the whole gathering how he had engage in criminal behavior to take over the business he was doing for the city. The guy gave out enough personal accounts that a city attorney could have brought him up on charges with little effort.

He gave names and dates.

We’re talking about a very small town here, but small towns do have lucrative city business. This guy had tapped in.

I’ll never forget it.


14 posted on 12/07/2011 2:14:26 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: DoughtyOne
Anybody got a picture of a cabbage patch doll inside a box?
15 posted on 12/07/2011 2:15:29 PM PST by Musketeer
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To: Musketeer
This one?


16 posted on 12/07/2011 2:23:45 PM PST by MadelineZapeezda (Tagline for rent: Inquire within!)
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To: Musketeer

Close as I could get. Rod!!!

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=cabbage+patch+doll+box&um=1&hl=en&lr=&biw=1280&bih=671&tbm=isch&tbnid=5pAKbF2cTPr8mM:&imgrefurl=http://www.redgage.com/blogs/terrapin719/limited-edition-25th-anniversary-cabbage-patch-kids.html&docid=UcJ98wcROK0SjM&imgurl=http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3146/2844136579_830ebd1e96.jpg&w=500&h=375&ei=1uTfTtT5NozJiQLK8sjkCA&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=164&sig=114655154385561520526&page=5&tbnh=138&tbnw=168&start=86&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:13,s:86&tx=112&ty=78


17 posted on 12/07/2011 2:25:45 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: MadelineZapeezda

Heh heh heh... much nicer than mine. Excellent.


18 posted on 12/07/2011 2:26:48 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: DoughtyOne

If you apply Newt’s logic, Rod should not have to suffer the consequences of his law-breaking, as it is not good for families.


19 posted on 12/07/2011 2:49:36 PM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: slouch-no-more

I’ll knock the drones that elected these losers. I lived in the district that first
put Blago in as Congress then Rahm Emmanuel.

It was known that Blago was a shady character, accused of taking money from known gang leaders. But he was a democrat. That’s all that mattered.
Pull the lever for all Democrats because they give you things. They’re for the
little guy.

Now Illinois is dead broke. But they still pull the lever for the Democrat!


20 posted on 12/07/2011 2:52:29 PM PST by ChiMark (chewed up his body for a decade)
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To: DoughtyOne

21 posted on 12/07/2011 2:55:09 PM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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To: JudyinCanada

I’m not sure exactly what Newt said to justify that comment, but knowing Newt I’m reasonably sure he found a way for the comment to fit like a glove. He’s very very good at stuff like that.


22 posted on 12/07/2011 2:57:15 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: JudyinCanada

I’m not sure exactly what Newt said to justify that comment, but knowing Newt I’m reasonably sure he found a way for the comment to fit like a glove. He’s very very good at stuff like that.

Oh I get it. Immigration, deportation, being harsh to families...

Good point.

LOL


23 posted on 12/07/2011 2:58:15 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: South40


I always like to double or tripple the fun...  ;^)  And sometimes it just seems so right to do so.

24 posted on 12/07/2011 3:02:22 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: DoughtyOne
Doughty, I gotta tell ya, had I been on that jury, I woulds hung it higher than a crack-snortin' President from Kenya.

That Blago may or may not be one guilty SOB has nothing to do with it. He was denied the opportunity to call U-No-Hoo as a witness, not to mention that tutu-wearin' anus-probe Rahm Emmanuel who was U-No-Hoo's chief henchman, along with Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, et al ... all from the Mombasa MF's Chicago posse.

14 years? Talk about "Under the Bus!" What about Holder, the other Affirmative Action Anus, and the "Fast and Furious" murders? What's he get, a medal? No matter what Blago did, and I am sure it was plenty. The DOJ massacred him.

25 posted on 12/07/2011 3:03:40 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (So, you're telling me Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out this eligibility stuff?)
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To: DoughtyOne
Blago should be immediately paroled to be part of the weekly SNL cast and writers group.

Or given immunity to nail JJJr, Rahm and Zer0.

26 posted on 12/07/2011 3:13:50 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: DoughtyOne

Probably should’ve read the entire article, but why in the world did the judge not feel he deserved the 20 yr max? Is it because of all the contrition he’s shown up to now?


27 posted on 12/07/2011 3:14:21 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: DoughtyOne
It might be nice to have a list of all those people who stated Rod did nothing wrong. He was found guilty of 18 felony counts.

I wasn't one of them. I knew he was a sleazy self-involved jerk back in 1999 when he spit on his own heritage for political brownie points & publicity, before he was ever elected Governor.

Chig Trib columnist John Kass did a good article on The Blagojevich Sentencing, last night before the sentence was handed down:

Don't ever tell the sons (or daughters) of immigrants that they "come from nothing".

28 posted on 12/07/2011 3:19:23 PM PST by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Kenny Bunk
I don't think there's any doubt that you have touched on some important issues here.  I don't disagree with your take on them, as far as that goes.  None the less the following information makes it clear that the prosecution team, the judge, Blagojevich himself, and his defense attornies all agreed that he had committed serious crimes.

These admissions come close to a decade later, after Blagojevich and his wife and others he had conned, stated publicly that he had done nothing wrong.  And they did this despite Blogo on tape soliciting payment in no uncertain terms.


You probably read this, but others may not have, and I think it's reasoned to touch on this form the article I linked.

Blagojevich's 18 convictions included allegations of trying to leverage his power to appoint someone to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat to raise campaign cash or land a high-paying job... ...Blagojevich had told the judge that he made "terrible mistakes" and acknowledged that he broke the law when he tried to sell an appointment to the Senate seat.

Blagojevich's attorneys admitted for the first time Tuesday that he is guilty of corruption and accepts the verdicts against him, but said the sentence of 15 to 20 years prosecutors wanted was too harsh. The defence also presented heartfelt appeals from Blagojevich's family, including letters from his wife Patti and one of his two daughters that pleaded for mercy.

Eighteen felony convictions:  The jury bought off on them, and it seems nobody was saying they did a bad job.  To the contrary, they were eating the humble pie Blago should have been eating for the last nearly ten years.

Should Obama and company have been drawn into this?  I believe so.  Is it unfair to take down Blago for what he was trying to do?  I don't think so, and when a jury buys into what the prosecutors is saying these days, it's a fairly reasoned thing to think there was good reason.  Look at the cases these days that wind up exhonerating the guilty, because the jury acts in an almost unbelievable manner.


29 posted on 12/07/2011 3:20:10 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: DoughtyOne

Emanuel and Hussein should be his cell mates.


30 posted on 12/07/2011 3:20:16 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: DoughtyOne

That’s looks like Cinerama.


31 posted on 12/07/2011 3:21:53 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: DoughtyOne
BLAGOJHROCK
32 posted on 12/07/2011 3:22:28 PM PST by FrankR (What you resist...PERSISTS!)
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To: Paladin2

It would seem the deal would have to have been made before sentencing.

The guy really screwed up. I honestly don’t mind politicians getting the book thrown at them. I just wish justice was being delivered to our leaders in the White House, Senate, and Congress.


33 posted on 12/07/2011 3:23:57 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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and the RATS, take another one in the.........HA ha!!!

34 posted on 12/07/2011 3:24:15 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: FrankR

Stolen, LOL.


35 posted on 12/07/2011 3:24:39 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: DoughtyOne
"I just wish justice was being delivered to our leaders in the White House, Senate, and Congress."

H0lder Bingo! (the List is long)

36 posted on 12/07/2011 3:26:11 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: LibWhacker

There was no contrition prior to the verdict and sentencing.

This guy played hardball all the way, even tried to get big name celebrities to plead on his behalf by he and his wife participating on Celebrity Apprentice and one other reality show.

He guested on all sorts of programs tying to build sympathy despite his criminality.

The judge stated he thought Blago lied on the stand.

I just don’t know how much more time you give a guy for this sort of thing. Hell, for second degree manslaughter, you probably get little more than this.

The range was 15 to 20, and the judge gave him 14. He’ll probably be out in seven to ten, but his life is done. He’ll never live this down IMO.


37 posted on 12/07/2011 3:28:07 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: DoughtyOne

I’m curious as to which prison Rodney will be going to. His predecessor George Ryan is in the Terre Haute Federal Correction Institution which is a medium security facility. I saw the movie “Horrible Bosses” last weekend and the two main characters were worried about going to prison and they began arguing about which one was the more rapeable. I wonder if Rod is looking in the mirror thinking he needs to shed some hair and get a more manly fierce look going on. I would imagine there’s someone where Rod is going that would love to score an ex-governor as his bitch.


38 posted on 12/07/2011 3:33:03 PM PST by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: Bokababe

Thank you for mentioning that and linking it. Blago didn’t come from nothing. His parents provided very well for him. They gave him every advantage anyone can get. If he had kept his nose clean, he could have made a run for Washington.

Despite this, he used his education and position for evil purposes.

What a shame really. Although I didn’t like Blago and thought he deserved what he got, I don’t like to see anyone wind up like this. Nothing he stood to gain was worth this risk, this loss, this self-inflicted ruin.


39 posted on 12/07/2011 3:36:46 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: Gaffer; Paladin2

I agree that there are others who should go down for some of what took place. No doubt about it.


40 posted on 12/07/2011 3:39:35 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: FrankR

Hey, good one.


41 posted on 12/07/2011 3:40:17 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: Chode

They sure did, but I’ll bet there’s little laughing in Mudville tonight. ;^) You didn’t intimate otherwise either.


42 posted on 12/07/2011 3:41:58 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: Harley

Trouble for guys like Rod is, they are plump softies. This was the last thing this guy should have taking a chance on having happen to him.

It would seem they would probably put him in a place where he would be less likely to be exposed to the things you mention.

Of course, I have no way of knowing for sure.


43 posted on 12/07/2011 3:45:12 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: DoughtyOne

He didn’t act alone, D1. I heard it straight from a Chicago Dem operative this morning on radio, he didn’t share the spoils as expected.


44 posted on 12/07/2011 4:00:32 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Newt says amnesty isn't amnesty.)
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To: DoughtyOne

In this case it’s warranted. Blago is one arrogant SOB.


45 posted on 12/07/2011 4:01:20 PM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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To: La Enchiladita

To be honest, I’m not sure he was successful in getting the spoils he sought. Perhaps I’m forgetting something, but he didn’t realize any gain as I understand it.


46 posted on 12/07/2011 4:11:05 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: bigdirty; DoughtyOne
Jesse Jackson Jr. was in on this, too:

As Blago awaits sentence, trouble remains for Jesse Jackson Jr.

That was yesterday's headline, of course, but apparently a congressional ethics investigation of JJJr is pending. And it seems to me the FBI should be interested too.

47 posted on 12/07/2011 4:12:07 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Newt says amnesty isn't amnesty.)
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To: South40

Caught dead to rights, it had been my thought that this guy should have been contrite from day one, and sought a plea deal that would have spared him and his family from the full force of multiple penalties for multiple convictions.

I’ve never seen a guy try to manipulate public opinion like this guy did, and it was actually shocking how many big names allowed him to use them to manipulate that public opinion.

Yes, if anyone deserved to have the book thrown at them, this guy is the poster boy.

Every public figure that allowed themselves to be used, should be outed for it. They deserve to be seen as people who allowed this level of a crook to use them. Shameful.


48 posted on 12/07/2011 4:15:23 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: DoughtyOne

Will Blago sing before he has an “accident” the Chicago Way?


49 posted on 12/07/2011 4:15:33 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: La Enchiladita

Yes, you’re right. I had forgotten about that.


50 posted on 12/07/2011 4:21:49 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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