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  • Black lawmaker calls on mothers to 'take back our streets' [Bobby Rush, D-IL]

    04/29/2015 4:36:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/29/15 | Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) took to the House floor Tuesday night to urge African-American mothers follow the example of a Baltimore woman who forced her son to leave the city's riots. Video of Toya Graham slapping her son for participating in the Baltimore riots went viral. Rush, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said mothers of African-American children should use their "awesome powers" to push back against violence. "I would like to make a special appeal to African-American mothers across this country. That they begin to use their awesome powers to take back our streets from the daily violence...
  • Burris revelation raises more questions in already puzzling case

    09/26/2014 8:40:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | September 26, 2014 9:04PM | By Mark Brown
    An already bizarre trial involving allegations an African despot hired a pair of obscure South Side businessmen to overturn U.S. sanctions against his regime — with the help of Illinois politicians — took an even stranger detour Friday. In the process, former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris got sideswiped, if not outright run over, with completely unrelated — and to this point unsubstantiated — accusations he once tried to shake down a contractor while in office. Burris might be asking what he did to find himself in the middle of this mess, or just maybe he knows. I’ve always been as...
  • Politicians say this time they really, truly have a plan to fight Chicago's violence

    06/06/2014 1:18:35 PM PDT · by rey · 35 replies
    Chicago Reader ^ | 06.05.14 | Mick Dumke
    Mick Dumke Congressman Bobby Rush convened a roomful of heavy hitters who promised to bring "hope and healing" to scarred neighborhoods. The reporters were told to wait outside the meeting room. The suggestion was that something big was happening in there. We were in the south-side office of Congressman Bobby Rush. He'd sent out word that he was convening a large group of elected officials, business leaders, and clergy to discuss what can be done about the daily casualty counts in Chicago. Rush's office is on a busy stretch of 79th Street in Chatham, just a couple doors down from...
  • [Bobby Rush] Illinois Democrat reveals ethics review ["I've been just totally honest.."]

    04/10/2014 6:19:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 10, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) said the Office of Congressional Ethics is reviewing him after reports in December about a $1 million grant his non-profit organization received more than a decade ago. Rush told the Chicago Sun-Times he has been cooperating fully with the review and has asked others around him to do the same. He said he has not yet been interviewed by the independent panel. “I have been just totally, totally cooperative, open and cooperative and I encouraged anybody they wanted to talk to [to be] honest and frank about it,” Rush said. He said he hoped the OCE...
  • Kirk attempts to move beyond gang member arrest flap

    08/24/2013 1:35:40 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies ^ | August 19, 2013 | Rick Pearson
    <p>Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Monday sought to move past a controversy that flared over his call for mass arrests of gang members by pushing for new federal gang-apprehension initiatives to assist local law enforcement.</p> <p>Earlier this year, Kirk had called for arresting 18,000 Gangster Disciples to deal with the city's gang problem. That drew fire from South Side Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush, who labeled it an unrealistic "elitist, white boy" solution to Chicago's gang crime problems. Later, Kirk acknowledged his idea was unworkable and discussed the issue with Rush.</p>
  • 2 Chicago men charged in Zimbabwe plot

    08/09/2013 6:22:01 AM PDT · by kevcol · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Aug 6, 2013 | Jason Meisner and Katherine Skiba
    "The Chicago connection NEVER surrenders or forgets its friends," a criminal complaint quoted one of the men as writing in a 2009 letter to the head of Zimbabwe's national bank. The two, Prince Asiel Ben Israel and C. Gregory Turner, were charged with violating federal law by lobbying on behalf Zimbabwe's longtime president, Robert Mugabe, whose violent and oppressive regime has been the target of U.S. economic sanctions since 2003. According to the charges, Ben Israel and Turner attempted to persuade undisclosed federal and state government officials — including an Illinois state senator and two U.S. representatives from Chicago —...
  • Gingrich: Gangs Have Increased By 40 Percent Since Obama Was Elected

    07/21/2013 10:19:47 PM PDT · by grundle · 51 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 21, 2013
    NEWT GINGRICH: This fits perfectly with what I was going to say earlier. You have a congressman -- and I respect Bobby Rush. You have a congressman who represents the most violent city in America. You have a congressman who represents the city in which over 500 people were killed last year, 74 percent of them African-American. You have a congressman who represents the city which is 80 percent of the killings, according to police, are by gangs. Gangs have increased -- let me finish. Gangs have increased by 40 percent since this president was elected. There is no federal...
  • A Congressman's Racial Slur

    06/02/2013 6:20:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | June 2, 2013 | Steve Chapman
    Today we start with a quiz. Two politicians, one black and one white, have a disagreement on an issue. One airs an opinion, and the other responds with a racial insult. What will happen next? A) The politician who used the racial insult will be roundly and widely denounced and forced to resign from office. B) Nothing. The answer is: It depends. It's impossible to determine the correct answer without knowing whether the epithet came from the white politician or the black politician. In a society that treats racism, correctly, as a grave offense, it shouldn't really matter. But apparently...
  • Bobby Rush rips Mark Kirk’s mass gang arrests proposal as ‘elitist white boy solution’

    05/30/2013 6:35:06 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 25 replies
    Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) is highly critical of a proposal by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) for mass arrests of 18,000 Gangster Disciples, telling the Sun-Times on Wednesday that Kirk’s approach is “headline grabbing” and an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.” One of Kirk’s top priorities is targeting gangs; he has been meeting with law enforcement officials to devise a plan to execute the mass arrests. Rush’s comments came as Kirk and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) huddled Wednesday with Zachary Fardon, the nominee for U.S. attorney in Chicago, and urged him to keep fighting...
  • New Congressional Quest: End Prison Phone Call Price Gouging

    04/23/2013 6:30:01 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4-23-2013 | Bridget Johnson
    April 23, 2013 New Congressional Quest: End Prison Phone Call Price Gouging Bridget Johnson The Congressional Black Caucus Working Group on Prison Telecomm Reform is protesting high call costs for phone-homers behind bars. The CBC group will hold a press conference with former inmates and family members “to expose the often exorbitant rates that prisoners and their families are being charged for telephone calls and to announce the CBC response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to resolve the issue after more than a decade of delay,” according to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D)...
  • Democratic Rep. Rush wants to stop House use of term 'illegal immigrants'

    04/15/2013 10:28:36 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    Democratic Rep. Rush wants to stop House use of term 'illegal immigrants' By Pete Kasperowicz - 04/15/13 10:01 AM ET Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) has introduced a resolution that calls on members of the House to stop referring to "undocumented foreign nationals" as "illegal" immigrants. His proposal, H.Res. 155, expresses the "necessity" for members of the House to use the term "undocumented" instead of "illegal" when referring to "foreign nationals which are working in the United States without proper documentation." Rush's resolution was proposed shortly after The Associated Press news service said it would no longer use the term "illegal...
  • How can a Convicted Felon be writing gun laws? (Vanity)

    01/06/2013 7:25:52 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 31 replies
    Serious question. How can a convicted felon, who cannot even walk into a gun store to purchase a gun, be allowed to WRITE gun legislation? There is something seriously wrong with this country when this is allowed. This rule needs to be changed. This pisses me off more than I can say. We need to make it clear to those in power that not only is an AWB out of the question, but that things like this need to change. Common sense would dictate that if you cannot buy a gun you cannot have a part in writing gun laws!...
  • 74 Democrats Join J Street in Urging Concessions

    04/15/2012 12:38:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 4/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Democrats in House of Reps. joined J Street in supporting Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions Seventy-four Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined the dovish J Street organization in supporting the Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions to the Palestinian Authority. “In our view, support for a two-state resolution is inseparable from such support for Israel, its special relationship with the United States, and its very survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” the letter said. Seven Jewish members signed the letter, including Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), John...
  • Bobby Rush: 'Lynched' on the House Floor by Mississippi Republican? [says WAPO]

    04/02/2012 1:12:15 PM PDT · by Justaham · 20 replies ^ | 4/2/12 | Tim Graham
    When Rep. Bobby Rush donned a hoodie and sunglasses on the House floor as a stunt to publicize his opposition to the handling of Trayvon Martin's death in Florida, McClatchy News Service cooed, "For the 65-year-old former 1960s Black Panther Party activist, an act of civil disobedience never felt so good." But Washington Post columnist Lisa Miller inflated the stunt way beyond its significance --- comparing it to lynching -- with a white Republican congressman from Mississippi, Rep. Gregg Harper, as the alleged metaphorical hangman for pounding the gavel and calling Rep. Rush out of order:
  • Hoodie' Wearing Gunmen Kill 1, Wound 5 In Bobby Rush's Ill. District

    03/30/2012 7:36:18 AM PDT · by sunmars · 59 replies
    Former Black Panther Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, made quite a fuss when he donned a "hoodie" in the U.S. House until he was escorted out. At the time, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, "applauded his courage" for doing so. Meanwhile, back home in Rush's district, two men wearing hooded sweatshirts, or "hoodies," were the shooters in an incident that left one dead and five injured. A congressman was removed from the House floor Wednesday after giving a speech about Trayvon Martin while wearing a hoodie. In fact, during a span of six-hours Thursday night, 13 people were shot, leaving two...
  • Wearing A Hoodie Doesn’t Make You A Hoodlum, But Wearing One On The House Floor Makes You A Disgrace

    03/29/2012 10:07:29 AM PDT · by · 11 replies ^ | March 28, 2012 | Craig Bannister
    “Just because one wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum,” Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) declared as he donned a hoodie and sunglasses on the House floor – at which point the session’s chair called the sergeant-at-arms to enforce the House rule on decorum. In a theatrical stunt to comment on the controversy surrounding the shooting of hooded Trayvon Martin, Rep. Rush pulled a hoodie over his head and went on a rant. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), the session’s chair, repeatedly banged his gavel and called for Rush to desist. “The gentleman will suspend,” Harper said. “The member is...
  • Nancy Pelosi applauds Bobby Rush’s ‘courage’ for wearing a hoodie on House floor

    03/29/2012 10:00:56 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 29, 2012 | Chris Moody
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi applauded Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., who was admonished Wednesday for wearing a "hoodie" sweatshirt during a speech in memory of Trayvon Martin, a teenager who was killed in February. "I think that Bobby Rush deserves a great deal of credit for the courage he had to go to the floor in a hoodie, knowing that he would be told he was out of order," Pelosi told reporters Thursday. "He quickly left the floor, he wasn't contentious about it. But he made his point. He called attention to a situation in this country that needs to...
  • Congressional Black Caucus Chairman to ask Boehner to enforce House dress code across the board

    03/28/2012 8:36:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies ^ | March 28, 2012 | Chad Pergram
    WASHINGTON – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) plans to send a “friendly, hand-written” note to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) asking him to enforce the House dress code across the board, he told Fox News Wednesday night. Cleaver says he made the decision to contact Boehner after the incident where Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) wore the hoodie to the House floor today. Rep. Rush was escorted from the House floor because the House dress code prohibits hats. Cleaver says that some CBC members believe that Rush was unfairly singled out because the House routinely allows other members to...
  • Rep. Bobby Rush Explains Hoodie Incident to The Blaze: Martin Killed for Wearing Hoodie in ‘White

    03/28/2012 12:29:42 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 45 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 28, 2012 | Benny Johnson
    In an exclusive interview with The Blaze, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) explains what motivated him to break House rules and put on a hoodie during a chaotic speech on Tuesday. It was a speech that eventually led to him getting yanked from the podium. When asked on Tuesday afternoon why he wore the hoodie on the House floor, he responded, “To demonstrate my outrage of Trayvon Martin’s Murder.” “The reason he was killed was because he was a black man wearing a hoodie in a white neighborhood,” he added.
  • Dem kicked off House floor for ‘hoodie’ in Trayvon Martin protest [Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.]

    03/28/2012 9:42:41 AM PDT · by Justaham · 5 replies ^ | 3/28/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) on Wednesday morning was asked to leave the House floor after removing his suit jacket to reveal a “hoodie,” then putting the hood on his head to protest the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida. “Racial profiling has to stop,” Rush said. “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.” Rush also put on sunglasses. The Illinois Democrat quoted the Bible while presiding officer Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) repeatedly interrupted him, then asked the sergeant at arms to enforce the House prohibition on hats in the chamber. “The chair must remind members that clause...
  • Dem kicked off House floor for 'hoodie' in Trayvon Martin protest

    03/28/2012 8:26:53 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 52 replies
    Dem kicked off House floor for 'hoodie' in Trayvon Martin protest By Pete Kasperowicz - 03/28/12 10:45 AM ET Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) on Wednesday morning was asked to leave the House floor after removing his suit jacket to reveal a "hoodie," then putting the hood of his sweatshirt on his head to protest the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida. "Racial profiling has to stop," Rush said. "Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum." Rush also put on sunglasses. Rush quoted the Bible while presiding officer Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) repeatedly interrupted him, then asked the...
  • Rep. Bobby Rush Kicked Off House Floor for Wearing 'Hoodie'

    03/28/2012 8:10:33 AM PDT · by kristinn · 101 replies
    The Hill ^ | Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | Peter Kasperowicz
    Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) on Wednesday morning was asked to leave the House floor after removing his suit jacket to reveal a "hoodie," then putting the hood of his sweatshirt on his head to protest the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida. A photo of Rush can be seen here. "Racial profiling has to stop," Rush said. "Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum." Rush also put on sunglasses. Rush quoted the Bible while presiding officer Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) repeatedly interrupted him, then asked the Sergeant at Arms to enforce the House prohibition on hats in...
  • New City Bank Fails; FDIC Takes It Over [Chicago South Side alderman, Beavers,indicted tax evasion]

    03/10/2012 10:29:48 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 6 replies
    Chicago Business ^ | March 09, 2012 | Steve Daniels
    (Crain's) — New City Bank, the South Michigan Avenue lender for which indicted Cook County Commissioner William Beavers is vice chairman, was closed today by state banking regulators. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. couldn't find another bank to take on the assets and deposits, and instead will pay back depositors up to the $250,000 limit at which the FDIC insures deposits. New City had $72.4 million in deposits and $71.2 million in assets as of year-end 2011. The bank was launched in 2003 by a group of local investors, including Mr. Beavers, a South Side alderman at the time. Mr....
  • Congressman (D-IL Bobby) Rush compares NCAA to Mafia

    11/01/2011 2:50:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/1/11 | Frederic J. Frommer - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic congressman compared the NCAA to the Mafia over how it controls the lives of student athletes. "I think they're just one of the most vicious, most ruthless organizations ever created by mankind," Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush said of the NCAA at a congressional forum on college sports Tuesday. "I think you would compare the NCAA to Al Capone and to the Mafia." Rush made the accusations at the forum called to look at the impact of "back-room deals, payoffs and scandals" in college sports. The NCAA declined to respond to Rush's comments. The congressman spoke...
  • Vatican invoked on climate change

    05/24/2011 7:29:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 23, 2011 | Ben Geman
    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is using the weight of a Vatican report about the urgency of tackling global warming to urge Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans to hold another hearing on climate science. Waxman, the panel’s top Democrat, sent a letter Monday to the committee's GOP chairman asking for a hearing with authors of a Vatican report issued in May and a separate National Research Council (NRC) report from this month that also called for action to cut emissions. The letter could put committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) in a politically sensitive spot if he does not agree that the...
  • Democrats probe Koch's interest in oil sands pipe

    05/20/2011 3:47:34 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 20 2011 | Reuters
    Democratic U.S. lawmakers have asked Congressional panels to look into whether Koch, an energy company led by brothers who are powerhouses in conservative politics, will benefit if the Obama administration approves a $7 billion pipeline to bring crude from Canada into the United States. U.S. Representatives Henry Waxman and Bobby Rush wrote a letter on Friday to Republicans chairing the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and one of its subcommittees, asking them to request documents from Koch Industries regarding the extent to which the company would benefit if the Keystone XL oil sands line would be built. Privately held...
  • One of Obama's closest friends part of federal probe

    05/10/2010 6:27:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies · 542+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 9, 2010 | DAVE McKINNEY, CHRIS FUSCO
    E-mails and other records of Dr. Eric Whitaker -- one of President Obama's best friends -- have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury... The investigation involves "faith-based initiatives" and health-awareness campaigns funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health when Whitaker ran the agency for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich... Obama has said he recommended Whitaker for that job, which Whitaker landed in April 2003. The president's friend resigned in October 2007 to join Obama's wife, Michelle, as an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center. On Friday, Whitaker defended his work as the state's former top health official,...
  • UPDATED II: Walter Myers: Spy For Castro, Obama Campaign Donor

    06/05/2009 9:47:09 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies · 1,235+ views
    dequalss ^ | June 5, 2009 | N/a
    When I heard this on the radio on the drive home the first thing I thought was, I’ll bet they’re democrats (socialist) and huge Obama supporters. Walter Kendall Myers, 72, aided by his wife Gwendolyn Myers, 71, used his Top Secret security clearance to pass on classified information to the Cuban government and at one point met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro, according to court documents. The two were charged with conspiracy to act as illegal agents of the Cuban government and to communicate classified information to Cuba, the Justice Department said. They were also charged with wire fraud and...
  • Congressman blames Bush for Chicago's Olympics defeat (Rep. Bobby Rush D-IL)

    10/04/2009 1:27:35 PM PDT · by maggief · 64 replies · 2,029+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 4, 2009 | Michael O'Brien
    EXCERPT "I believe that [Friday]'s action is just the latest example of the cultural breach that still exists between the United States and several leaders of the global community of nations," Rush said in a statement Friday which was not received by The Hill until Sunday. "[Friday}'s vote by the IOC members reflects the tattered relationships that remain after eight years of the catastrophic reign of the Bush administration," Rush continued. "It will obviously take some time for the Obama administration to continue its important work to repair that breach."
  • OBAMA WAS PROJECT VOTE!! Must read article from 1993 Chicago Magazine

    09/26/2009 1:50:20 AM PDT · by neverbluffer · 33 replies · 1,950+ views
    Chicago Magazine 1993 Article | 09-26-2009 | neverbluffer
    Vote of Confidence A huge black turnout in November 1992 altered Chicago's electoral landscape—and raised a new political star: a 31-year-old lawyer named Barack Obama. By Gretchen Reynolds A huge black turnout in November 1992 altered Chicago's electoral landscape-and raised a new political star: a 31-year-old lawyer named Barack Obama. In the final, climactic buildup to November's general election, with George Bush gaining ground on Bill Clinton in Illinois and the once-unstoppable campaign of senatorial candidate Carol Moseley Braun embroiled in allegations about her mother's Medicare liability, one of the most important local stories managed to go virtually unreported: The...
  • Members of Congress Laud Castro

    04/14/2009 9:57:17 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies · 410+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 11 April 2009 | John Semmens
    Key members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) who visited Cuba called their meeting with dictator Fidel Castro “exhilarating,” “very informative,” and “the opportunity of a lifetime.” CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif) praised Castro as “an extraordinarily warm person. He rose to greet me, kissed my hand and offered me the very chair he had been sitting in when we first entered the room. This is not the behavior of a mass murderer. Clearly Castro has been maligned by his right-wing critics.” Representative Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) compared his conversation with Castro to “talking with an old friend. The story of...
  • CBC members praise Castro (He wants to help Comrade Obama)

    04/07/2009 5:00:24 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 785+ views ^ | April 7, 2009 | Alex Isenstadt
    Key members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling for an end to U.S. prohibition on travel to Cuba, just hours after a meeting with former Cuban president Fidel Castro in Havana. “The fifty-year embargo just hasn’t worked,” CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Ca.) told reporters this evening at a Capitol press conference after returning from a congressional delegation visit to Cuba. “The bottom line is that we believe its time to open dialogue with Cuba.” Lee and others heaped praise on Castro, calling him warm and receptive during their discussion. But the lawmakers disputed Castro's later statement that members of...
  • D.C. v Heller a Supreme Court victory? Liberal courts/cities laughing and ignoring it

    03/24/2009 6:11:24 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 35 replies · 1,600+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | March 24, 2009 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Last June the Supreme Court handed down a ruling in the District of Columbia v. Heller case which was supposed to be a victory for the preservation of our rights under the Second Amendment, but was it? Nine months later the value of Heller as a benchmark gun rights case is seriously in doubt. Although it unequivocally reaffirmed the rights of honest citizens to keep and bare arms, liberal courts and cities across the country have generally ignored or attacked the decision. Adam Winkler, law professor at UCLA has commented, “To date, the federal courts have not invalidated a single...
  • Convicted Felon Bobby Rush Proposes Sweeping Gun Control

    03/23/2009 10:10:12 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 49 replies · 4,268+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 3/23/09 | Bill Levinson
    Bobby Rush, a former member of an organization known for killing police officers, doesn't want honest people to own gunsWe have written here frequently about the importance of the Second Amendment in the defense of the United States against militant "Muslims" and other terrorists. Although militant "Muslims" feel free to perpetrate rampant violence and gang rape in Europe, these practices are far less frequent here because of the widespread private ownership of firearms. Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL), a former Black Panther and a convicted felon whose illegal possession of firearms lost him his own right to own firearms, has proposed...
  • Flashback to 1969: Bobby Rush Kept Handgun and Communist Literature in Apartment

    03/08/2009 5:39:19 PM PDT · by retrogo · 28 replies · 1,873+ views
    YouTube ^ | December 5, 1969 | NBC
    On December 5, 1969 police raided the apartment of Black Panther leader Bobby Rush. They found a handgun, ammunition for various weapons, marijuana, an IED explosives manual, and communist literature including Che Guevara and Mao Tse-Tung. Bobby Rush served six months in prison for illegal possession of firearms. On January 6, 2009 Congressman Bobby Rush (Democrat, Illinois) introduced H.R.45, the Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009. This bill, if signed into law would require all owners of hand guns and semiautomatic firearms to register for a federal firearms license. All sales of the subject firearms...
  • Rolled By Bobby Rush: Durbin Wins The Profile In Cowardice

    03/02/2009 1:00:18 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies · 504+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Give Dick Durbin The Profile In Cowardice Award . . . Durbin, the second-ranking Dem in the Senate, admitted today that his party backed off its attempt to refuse to seat Roland Burris when Rep. Rush, a former Black Panther, broke out the race card. Here's Durbin, as per the Chicago Tribune: “My colleague from Illinois, Congressman Bobby Rush, made strong statements along those lines . . . They were painful and hurtful, and it became part of this calculation.”
  • Durbin: Race Played A Factor In Burris Seating

    03/02/2009 3:18:16 AM PST · by careyb · 25 replies · 1,463+ views
    Chicago Breaking News ^ | 3/1/09 | Chicago Breaking News
    Sen. Dick Durbin, who advised Sen. Roland Burris last week to step down from the Senate, acknowledged today that racial considerations were at play in the decision by majority Democrats to seat Burris. Durbin, a fellow Democrat and Illinois' senior senator, noted that Rep. Bobby Rush, a Chicago Democrat, appeared at Gov. Rod Blagojevich's announcement of his appointment of Burris and used racially charged language to defend the appointment. "My colleague from Illinois, Congressman Bobby Rush, made strong statements along those (racial) lines," Durbin said on WGN-AM (720). "They were painful and hurtful, and it became part of this calculation."
  • Gun registration under federal control bill

    02/21/2009 2:27:57 PM PST · by pissant · 49 replies · 1,724+ views
    Examiner ^ | 2/21/09 | Martha Gore
    Gun owners continue to be anxious about their right to bear arms which they feel was given to them in the Constitution. The leading threat today comes from a bill being sponsored by an Illinois congressman that would apply to handguns and all rifles with a detachable ammunition feeding device. Rep. Bobby Rush, a Democrat from Illinois, is sponsoring the Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009. It would establish a federal gun license and registry program that would help the government track information on gun ownership and gun sales across the United States. Presently under...
  • HR 45 Introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush

    02/06/2009 12:56:37 PM PST · by texrepub76 · 68 replies · 3,040+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Washington Post
    RUSH, Bobby L., a Representative from Illinois; born in Albany, Dougherty County, Ga., November 23, 1946; attended Marshall High School, Marshall, Ill.; B.A., Roosevelt University, Chicago, Ill., 1974; M.A., University of Illinois, Chicago, Ill., 1994; M.A., McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Ill., 1998; United States Army, 1963-1968; insurance agent; alderman, Chicago, Ill., city council, 1983-1993; deputy chairman, Illinois Democratic Party, 1990; unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Chicago, Ill., 1999; minister; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Third and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1993-present). (Source.)
  • Great Gun Grab of '09: House Bill HR 45

    01/26/2009 10:37:57 AM PST · by foutsc · 22 replies · 3,058+ views
    Nietzche is Dead ^ | 26 Jan 09 | foutsc
    Should government require individual citizens to possess a license to practice free speech or religion (1st Amendment)? How about requiring a license that grants you freedom from cruel and unusual punishment (8th Amendment)? These are ridiculous, unconstitutional proposals; but when has that ever stopped a lawmaker, especially a liberal Democrat? Representative Bobby Rush, Democrat of Chicago and a constitutionally ignorant man, proposes to license (infringe) the constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms (2nd Amendment). He wants to outlaw possession of firearms by anyone not possessing a federal firearms license. I can think of no other constitutional...
  • PBS Special: Dreams of Obama - available online now (quite slick and dramatized)

    01/15/2009 11:07:00 PM PST · by STARWISE · 35 replies · 963+ views
    PBS ^ | Shown on 1-20-09
    Dreams of Obama "On the eve of Obama's inauguration as 44th president of the United States, an exploration of who he is and what has brought him to his historic moment." Online Presentation Video of "Dreams of Obama" PBS Frontline will broadcast this program on January 20th.
  • LIAR &#8211; LIAR Second Amendment on Fire! (MUST READ!)

    01/14/2009 10:02:15 AM PST · by PlainOleAmerican · 18 replies · 2,036+ views
    Like all good third world criminal thugs, the incoming leftist administration is wasting no time in their rush to make certain that only they and career criminals have the right to bear arms… Contrary to the lefts hunter-friendly support of the Second Amendment, that little constitutional clause does not exist for the purpose of hunting and target practice. It exists for just the sort of occasion we find ourselves in today… As you can now see, our federal government is well down the road of becoming increasingly “destructive of these ends.” Life, liberty and the individual pursuit of happiness are...
  • Big Brother's new target: Tracking of all firearms

    01/14/2009 5:48:28 AM PST · by Joiseydude · 107 replies · 4,575+ views
    WND ^ | January 13, 2009 | Drew Zahn
    U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., is hoping to pass a firearm-licensing bill that will significantly rewrite gun-ownership laws in America. Among the more controversial provisions of the bill are requirements that all handgun owners submit to the federal government a photo, thumb print and mental heath records. Further, the bill would order the attorney general to establish a database of every handgun sale, transfer and owner's address in America. The bill claims its purpose is "to protect the pubic against the unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with the unrecorded sale or transfer of firearms to criminals and youth."
  • 'Qualifying fireams'

    01/13/2009 6:24:32 AM PST · by correctthought · 113 replies · 4,699+ views ^ | 1/13/08 | David Codrea
    It has begun. Despite assurances to the contrary, some democrats are champing at the bit to institute citizen disarmament, and like impulsive children, can't even wait for their guy to be inaugurated. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you H.R.45, Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, introduced in the House one week ago today by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL). (excerpt)
  • Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009

    01/12/2009 9:26:05 PM PST · by correctthought · 176 replies · 21,045+ views
    Library of Congress, Thomas ^ | 1/6/09 | Rep Rush, Bobby L.
    HR 45, gun licensing act, 1/6/09 To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] (introduced 1/6/2009) Cosponsors (None) Latest Major Action: 1/6/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 - Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to prohibit a person from possessing a firearm unless that person has been issued a firearm license under this...
  • In the Age of Obama, Still Playing the Race Card

    01/09/2009 11:46:27 PM PST · by malkee · 22 replies · 1,007+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Jan. 11, 2009 | William Jelani Cobb
    Here's what hasn't changed in America. In the past week or so, we've seen a threatened Senate stand-off, hyperbolic historical references, an alleged case of stonewalling by the Illinois secretary of state, lawsuits and rumors of lawsuits, a wild-card nominee for the Senate first turned away from that body and then perhaps accepted by it, and that same nominee called upon to testify in the impeachment hearings of the man who nominated him -- all tied together by the complicating factor of race. Former Illinois attorney general Roland W. Burris may well be qualified to serve as the junior senator...
  • Burris Asks Court to Force Certification of Senate Appointment

    01/01/2009 6:10:19 AM PST · by ETL · 49 replies · 1,222+ views
    AP via Fox News ^ | December 31, 2008
    CHICAGO -- The battle intensified Wednesday over Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appointment to Barack Obama's old Senate seat as the governor's choice, Roland Burris, asked a court to force Secretary of State Jesse White to certify his appointment. The move comes after White rejected Blagojevich's proclamation naming Burris to the Senate and said he wouldn't sign off on appointments by Blagojevich, who was arrested earlier this month on federal corruption charges. The governor says he's innocent.
  • Race-baiting hypocrite: Blocking Burris would put Reid in same position as George Wallace

    12/31/2008 11:00:30 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 683+ views ^ | December 31, 2008 | Allahpundit
    It’s Bobby Rush, back for a bottom-feeding encore after yesterday’s bravura performance at the presser. Only a neo-segregationist would oppose the Senate’s only black member, says a guy who himself endorsed a white Democrat in the Senate primary four years ago over his old nemesis, Barack Obama. He called Blago’s actions “heinous” earlier this month, too, and agreed with Democratic consensus that he shouldn’t make the appointment before instantly reversing himself yesterday in the interests of racial solidarity. Obama has political capital to spare and multiple reasons here to spend it — tactically, to give Senate Democrats cover and burnish...
  • Bobby Rush Blasts The Bull Connor Democrats

    12/31/2008 5:36:24 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies · 1,285+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Ain't this post-racial period great? Here we have one of the more famous members of the Black Congressional Caucus accusing Senate Democrats of threatening to act like Orville Faubus, George Wallace and perhaps the most iconic of segregationists, Bull Connor. Bobby Rush, the former Black Panther who is now a congressman from Chicago, levelled his accusation on the CBS Early Show this morning in reaction to the letter signed by all 50 Senate Democrats declaring that they would not seat Roland Burris, the African-American that Gov. Rod Blagojevich yesterday named to take Barack Obama's Senate seat. View video here.
  • Does Obama’s successor have to be black? [yes, says Ill Black Panthers co-founder Bobby Rush]

    12/30/2008 3:29:19 PM PST · by ETL · 30 replies · 1,030+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 30, 2008
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Chicago said today during Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s press conference that one of the reasons former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris should be appointed to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U. S. Senate seat is because Burris is black. ... Rush went on to say that it was a matter of national importance that an African-American replace Obama in the Senate. Press conference video at: Also see: