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  • Can Congress Get its Swagger Back?

    01/20/2016 6:57:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    According to the Constitution, the legislature is the first and most powerful branch of government. And yet, many believe -- on the left and the right -- that the institution has atrophied. By all accounts, House Speaker Paul Ryan is eager to change that. He has his work cut out for him. At the Republican congressional retreat in Baltimore last week, I participated in a panel discussion about how to revive Congress' traditional role. It was off the record, but I can certainly repeat a story I told. When my father was in the Army, he was stationed in Japan....
  • Six arrested in Anaheim stabbing melee that injured eight

    12/28/2015 10:38:52 AM PST · by Pelham · 48 replies
    OC Register ^ | Dec 27, 2015 | Fred Swegles
    Eight stabbing victims were hospitalized and six suspects were in custody Sunday following a predawn melee that police were investigating as gang-related. Officers responded to a 1:23 a.m. report of a stabbing incident on the 500 block of East Sycamore Street, Anaheim Police Sgt. Ben Starke said. Police found eight stab victims -- a group of males and females -- and obtained a description of a white Toyota Camry last seen escaping eastbound. As the call went out, one of the responding officers spotted the suspect vehicle and called for backup. Multiple units surrounded the car at Lincoln Avenue and...
  • Why the last few days at Mizzou have college administrators everywhere scared

    11/10/2015 10:20:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | November 9, 2015 | Sam Mellinger
    * Football players boycotted, and essentially forced the tumbling of Mizzou’s power structure * All across the country, college administrators are taking notice and some are scared * The power dynamics in a billion dollar industry are changing COLUMBIA — The intention, presumably, was to show strength and solidarity. On the surface, Missouri's two most powerful athletics officials did that in a press conference here on Monday. Gary Pinkel, the football coach, talked of supporting his players. Mack Rhoades, the athletics director, talked of using an extraordinary last few days to improve life on campus. But underneath all of...
  • AP: Hundreds of officers lose licenses over sex misconduct

    11/01/2015 11:35:03 AM PST · by keat · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 1, 2015 | Norman Merchant
    OKLAHOMA CITY — Flashing lights pierced the black of night, and the big white letters made clear it was the police. The woman pulled over was a daycare worker in her 50s headed home after playing dominoes with friends. She felt she had nothing to hide, so when the Oklahoma City officer accused her of erratic driving, she did as directed. She would later tell a judge she was splayed outside the patrol car for a pat-down and then made to lift her shirt and pull down her pants to prove she wasn't hiding anything. She described being ordered to...
  • Man killed Saturday has ties to Baltimore 'Stop Snitching' DVD

    06/02/2015 2:13:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WBAL-TV ^ | June 1, 2015 | Jayne Miller
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)BALTIMORE One of the men fatally shot over the weekend has a well-known and notorious father. Ronnie Thomas III, 22, is the son of the star of the DVD "Stop Snitching," put out in 2004 in Baltimore to discourage witness cooperation. Baltimore's homicides rarely happen in isolation, but are often connected to some other incident, like a long-running grudge, payback, rivalry or retaliation. It was a weekend cookout at Belair Road and Sinclair Lane that ended early Saturday morning with the city's 41st and 42nd homicides in the month of May. One of the two men killed was Thomas. Thomas'...
  • Democrat-Run Baltimore is a Gangsters' Paradise

    05/01/2015 8:01:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/01/15 | Matthew Vadum
    As members of the Democratic Party that birthed Jim Crow and the Ku Klux Klan embrace the Thug Life, gangsters are now officially cool Democrats in riot-torn Baltimore really like gangsters. As radicals and other criminals reduce their once-great city to ashes, left-wing politicians are defining deviancy down. They just can't stop saying nice things about gangsters and when they occasionally slip up and say accurate things about them, they promptly apologize for speaking the truth. That's the way Democrats in Baltimore roll. As the rule of law is dynamited, they genuflect before them, salute them, and pose for photographs...
  • ATF Blocks Book Exposing Fast and Furious Gun-Running Scheme

    10/14/2013 12:18:43 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Oct 2013 | John Semmens
    The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is asserting authority to block the publication of whistle blower John Dodsons book The Unarmed Truth: My Fight to Blow the Whistle and Expose Fast and Furious. The book ban was issued by Deputy Ethics Official Greg Serres on the grounds that supervisors can deny outside employment for any reason. Dodson writing a book on his own time is considered outside employment. Dodson is seeking to profit from knowledge he gained while being employed by the ATF, Serres said. It is the agencys contention that all knowledge gained on the job belongs to the agency....
  • The greatest phony America's ever known

    07/31/2013 7:43:48 PM PDT · by Taxman · 7 replies
    WND ^ | 7/31/13 | Ted Nugent
    It is very difficult to ignore accusations of phoniness from the master of all things phony who has dedicated his entire life to one phony scam after another. But when this unprecedented level of criminal abuse of power is so flagrantly dictated from the most powerful man in the world, good Americans should be quivering in our boots. No, Mr. President, those are not phony tears from Brian Terrys mother. Those are real tears, unlike your constant phony blather about caring about the middle class as you continue your well-orchestrated kamikaze economic swan dive for the average American family. And,...
  • Japan mob publishes magazine for gangsters

    07/10/2013 1:08:07 AM PDT · by rjbemsha · 7 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 10 July 2013 | AFP
    Japans biggest yakuza organised crime group has published a magazine for its members that includes a poetry page and senior gangsters fishing diaries, reports said Wednesday. The eight-page publication has been distributed among the Yamaguchi-gumi, a sprawling syndicate believed to have about 27,700 members, in a bid to strengthen unity in the group, the daily Sankei Shimbun reported.
  • Schumer: New Gang of Eight to draft rules for press subpoenas

    05/27/2013 7:29:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    Thehill.com ^ | 5/26/13 | Keith Laing
    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday proposed a new bipartisan Gang of Eight to draft a bill to create guidelines for future investigations of media leaks by the government. I proposed along with [Sen.] Lindsey Graham [R-S.C.], well be announcing that we have four Democrats, four Republicans, another Gang of Eight, said Schumer on CBSs Face the Nation. I love these gangs of eight I guess. Schumer said the bipartisan group will introduce legislation that sets up rules where if the government wants to go to a member of the press and say you have to divulge your sources and...
  • Los Zetas Supposedly Fears God

    04/21/2013 11:38:31 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/21/13 | Friends of Ours
    Los Zetas is a sadistic cartel in Mexico which apparently has convinced some that because it genuflects before the Catholic Church it must fear God as reported by Damien Cave for The New York Times: "it's true that for all their infamous cruelty -- beheadings, kidnappings, the mass murder of 72 Central and South American migrants in 2010 -- the Zetas are also known for their respect of the Catholic Church." Of course, religious superstitions never should be mistaken as genuine faith, and sometimes the dirty devil hides behind a pious front. Frankly, with respect to Los Zetas and...
  • Law Firm Advises Police Unions How to Harass City Council Members

    09/04/2012 8:56:32 AM PDT · by notaliberal · 4 replies
    CA News and Views ^ | 09/04/2012 | Steve Franks
    If you thought lawyers are sworn to uphold the law and tell clients NOT to do wrong, YOU are wrong. The allegations come just days after Righeimer accused unions of orchestrating a botched attempt to have him arrested for drunk driving. The common thread, the council members said, was controversial law firm Lackie, Dammeier & McGill, which does labor contract negotiations consulting work for police unions. The law firm had posted on its website a slew of bullying strategies to secure lucrative labor contracts, the Orange County Register reported earlier this month.
  • Attorney General Explains Fast & Furious Memos

    06/10/2012 11:18:18 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 June 2012 | John Semmens
    Attorney General Eric Holder rejected contentions that internal Department of Justice memos in which the phrase Fast and Furious appears mean that the Mexican gun-running scandal was known to Department of Justice (DOJ) higher-ups at an early date. The phrase, Holder insisted referred to the movie series. Everyone at the DOJ is a big fan of the Fast and Furious movies, Holder said in a House Judiciary Committee hearing this past week. The fast cars, the sexy babes, the wonton violenceare hypnotic in their effects on me and my staff. Vin Diesels screen presence is just awesome. So, its only...
  • State lawmaker charged with bribery cruising to primary victory (Dems vote for Criminal before GOP)

    03/20/2012 8:40:15 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/20/2012 | By Monique Garcia and Ray Long
    An Illinois lawmaker from Chicago charged with bribery a week ago appeared on his way to a primary election victory tonight on Chicago's West Side. Rookie state Rep. Rep. Derrick Smith was accused of taking a $7,000 cash bribe in a federal sting caught on an undercover recording. But Democratic leaders showed no sign of backing away from him in the days before the election. Smith's opponent, Tom Swiss, a former ranking member of the Cook County Republican Party, conceeded he lost the race less than an hour after polls closed tonight. With more than half the unofficial vote totals...
  • AG Denies DOJ Has Anything to Hide on Fast and Furious

    02/04/2012 2:20:12 PM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Feb 2012 | John Semmens
    Attorney General Eric Holder took issue with Congressional investigators of the so-called Fast and Furious gun-running scandal. Accusations that this Administration has been engaged in a cover up are totally unfounded, Holder argued. If we had been engaged in a cover up, I assure you I wouldnt be here testifying today. No one wouldve known anything about it. No one wouldve known what questions to ask. The fact that we are here today, conducting this hearing is proof that there has been no cover up. When youve done nothing wrong, theres no need for it. In support of his argument,...
  • Senator Calls for Abolition of Guns

    11/06/2011 10:45:34 AM PST · by John Semmens · 26 replies
    Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif) says that the Fast and Furious gun scandal shows that now, more than ever, we must abolish guns in this country. Fast and Furious is the name given to a Department of Justice (DOJ) program that enabled Mexican drug gangs to more easily obtain weapons. Thus far, an estimated 2,000 guns are believed to have been conveyed to these gangsters by the DOJ program. According to Feinstein, the fact that even government officials could make such a blunder argues against the idea that anyone should be allowed to possess firearms. Plainly, guns are too dangerous to...
  • Families in Nixa and Spokane being forced from homes in unexpected foreclosures

    10/12/2011 4:19:30 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 22 replies
    KY3.com ^ | 10/12/2011 | Linda Russell
    SPOKANE, Mo.-- Entire neighborhoods of families in Christian County are being kicked out of their homes. The foreclosures come as quite a shock to the people living in those homes. Ernie and Sharlene Risinger and their 11 year old daughter love their Spokane home and community, but they're being forced out. Their American dream has turned into a nightmare. Nearly four years ago, the Risingers moved into the place they call home. "Sounded like a great deal. He wanted $1,500 deposit or down and we would actually be buying our house," says Ernie Risinger. Or so they thought. The Risingers,...
  • APNewsBreak: CA Police Officer Charged With Murder (Kelly Thomas beating)

    09/21/2011 11:02:35 AM PDT · by Smogger · 93 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | September 21, 2011 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    A defense lawyer says a police officer has been charged with murder in the death of a mentally ill homeless man in Southern California. Attorney John Barnett says his client, Fullerton police Officer Manuel Ramos, surrendered to authorities Wednesday and was being charged with second-degree murder. The Orange County district attorney's office was set to announce the charge in the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas after a violent confrontation on July 5 with Fullerton officers. Six officers were placed on paid administrative leave after the incident that occurred while police were investigating reported vehicle break-ins at a transit hub. Thomas...
  • FBI Pulls Training That Branded Muslims As Violent

    09/16/2011 3:44:58 PM PDT · by Just4Him · 27 replies
    The FBI on Thursday said it had stopped a training session that called the Prophet Muhammad a cult leader, said mainstream Muslims were likely to support violent extremism and described the Islamic principal of charity as a funding mechanism for combat. The content of the training session set off a wave of concern among Muslims across the nation who had been trying to help authorities battle homegrown terrorism. An FBI spokesman confirmed on Thursday that the agency did host one training session six months ago that described Muslims as more likely to be violent as they increased in devotion to...
  • Marc Faber: "The Best Thing The Fed Could Do For Markets Wold Be To Collectively Resign"

    08/09/2011 9:22:21 PM PDT · by Fred · 3 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 080911 | Tyler Durden
    In a Bloomberg TV interview following today's quixotic "QE3/non-QE3 announcement, which is Operation Twist 2, but not LSAP, and ushers in economic recession, even as it sends risk assets soaring, and somehow pushes the 2 Year a whopping 20 bps tighter so buy,buy, buy" and is really very much ado about nothing, the always outspoken Marc Faber had some very choice words about life, the universe and especially the residents of the Marriner Eccles building. While there still appears to be some confusions as to whether today's Fed decision to peg rates at zero for 2 years is QE3 or...
  • Emanuel police chief blasts NRA, Palin on 'government-sponsored racism' (Chicago)

    06/23/2011 5:38:09 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 35 replies
    Polutico ^ | Thursday June 23, 2011 | Ben Smith
    Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy told parishoners at Saint Sabina Church earlier this month that the easy availability of guns in the United States is the extension of a tradition of "government-sponsored racism" that began with slavery and Jim Crow. McCarthy - like many urban police officials an advocate of strict gun control -- was speaking at a liberal, activist church whose priest, Father Michael Pfleger, drew national attention for mocking Hillary Clinton in 2008. "This is sensitive. You know, because everybodys afraid of race. Have you noticed that? Everybodys afraid of race," McCarthy, a former New York and Newark...
  • FBI Nabs Boston Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger, Girlfriend in Calif[Howie Carr's "Hit Man"]

    06/22/2011 10:50:03 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 24 replies
    MSNBC ^ | June 22, 2011 | Staff
    Fugitive on run for 16 years wanted in 19 murders, inspired film 'The Departed' LOS ANGELES James "Whitey" Bulger, a notorious Boston gangster on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list for his alleged role in 19 murders, has been captured near Los Angeles after living on the run for 16 years, authorities said Wednesday. The FBI tweeted his capture along with his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, early Wednesday morning. Santa Monica Police Sgt. Rudy Flores said the agency informed him of the arrest. Bulger, 81, was the leader of the Winter Hill Gang when he fled in January 1995 after...
  • Mexican Crook:Gangsters Arrange Fights to the Death

    06/15/2011 4:48:29 AM PDT · by wildbill · 16 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 6/13/2011 | Dane Shiller
    The elderly are killed. Young women are raped. And able-bodied men are given hammers, machetes and sticks and forced to fight to the death. In one of the most chilling revelations yet about the violence in Mexico, a drug cartel-connected trafficker claims fellow gangsters have kidnapped highway bus passengers and forced them into gladiatorlike fights to groom fresh assassins. In an in-person interview arranged by intermediaries on the condition that neither his name nor the location of his Texas visit be published, the trafficker also admitted to helping push cocaine worth $5 million to $10 million a month into the...
  • West Point Cadet Expelled After Incident Involving Singer Patti Labelles Bodyguards (video)

    06/13/2011 11:53:00 AM PDT · by Falcon28 · 55 replies
    BigHollywood ^ | June 13 2011 | Hollywoodland
    News9.com: HOUSTON A West Point cadet is speaking out about an incident at Houstons Bush International Airport involving R&B singer Patti LaBelle. Houston native Richard King claims he was attacked while waiting for his family to pick him up outside the airport terminal. I had no idea who Patti LaBelle was until this incident, King said. Surveillance cameras captured parts of what happened. I was on the phone and thats all I remember. I remember waking up the next day with staples in my head, King said. King was pushed into a concrete pole by LaBelles bodyguards and when...
  • Video of Vigilante Destroying Memorial for Gangster in Retaliation of Mob Attack on Fox Reporter

    02/22/2011 4:25:10 PM PST · by OneVike · 61 replies
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 2/22/10 | Chuck Wolk
    It looks like the gangbangers who made a small memorial in front of the IHOP on Advantage Way in Sacramento where was murdered have nad their memorial destroyed by a motorcycle vigilante. This past Sunday FOX 40 reporter John Lobertini and camerawoman Rebecca Little were assaulted by friends and relatives of a gangbanger shot after an altercation took place between him and another gangbanger inside IHOP. The murdered banger was 27-year-old Chester Jackson, and the reporters were there to interview some people who may have been able to shed some more light an incident that is becoming all too...
  • Police investigates possible MS-13 hit on NYPD

    04/11/2010 9:16:12 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 42 replies · 1,897+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 04/11/10 | Rocco Parascandola and Joe Kemp
    The MS-13 gang may have issued a hit on the NYPD, police sources said Saturday. The tip came last week from a cab driver in Brooklyn, whose hack friend overheard a gang member talk about a murder contract on police from the driver's back seat, sources said. The cabbie told cops the thug spoke about the group killing an officer in every command, sources said. "We're investigating the report based on an overheard conversation," said NYPD spokesman Sgt. Kevin Hayes. "At this time, there's nothing to indicate there's a city-wide threat." But sources said Gang Unit cops are pushing informants...
  • Obamacare Is Dead and Here's Why [Obamacare Ongoing Thread]

    01/25/2010 11:27:02 PM PST · by JustPiper · 3,198 replies · 23,816+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 1-26-10 | Robert A. Levy
    As the Massachusetts blame game unfolds, the presidents unpopular health bill leads the list. But the substantive provisions of the bill were just part of the problem. Perhaps more important, voters were appalled by how the deal unfolded. Consider the pre-election giveaway to the labor unions. Negotiators agreed to exempt union contracts until 2018 from the tax on so-called Cadillac health-insurance plans. That backroom bargain not only outraged the voters, it also violated the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, requiring the federal government to extend equal protection of the laws to all U.S. persons. Of course, not all voters...
  • Obamas Going to Make You an Offer You Cant Refuse

    08/24/2009 12:16:12 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 5 replies · 505+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | August 24, 2009 | David Swindle
    Today at progressive "watchdog" group Media Matters's blog the Left was throwing a fit over Fox News' comparison of Obama to The Godfather: Media Matters claimed that this was something of a meme in the conservative community and supported it with a link to their "research" from May. The first commenter, someone with the clever moniker Rasta Farian wanted answers: Can someone please tell me why this okay? Yes, I'll tell you why this is OK. Another commenter, "Historically Correct" (a less amusing and rather pretentious handle) also wanted answers: Why on earth is this okay? FoxNews should be forced...
  • We Now Have A Total Gangster Government - You HAVE tow atch that video!

    06/20/2009 10:30:52 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 20 replies · 1,468+ views
    uTube ^ | Michelle Bachmann
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thR-lVuztIY
  • Barone: Welcome to the Gangster Presidency

    05/08/2009 5:15:11 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 20 replies · 2,149+ views
    Hot Air ^ | May 8, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    Michael Barone departs from his normally moderate tone in todays Investors Business Daily column to label the Obama administration as Gangster Government. Instead of following the rule of law, Obama and his henchmen have threatened to kneecap their opposition in the press and use Porkulus as an extortion device to dictate policy. So far, only one group has been the beneficiary of the gangster tactics:
  • DEPRESSING CRIME

    03/23/2009 2:37:24 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 355+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 23, 2009 | Thomas A. Reppetto
    WILL our economic trou bles produce a significant rise in crime? It's not as certain as some suggest. The common predictions of rising crime bring to mind the eminent criminologists who warned in the 1990s that "super predators" were about to go on the rampage or that the country would soon experience "a bloodbath." In fact, the reverse happened. Since 1990, cities across America have seen large drops in crime with New York, down 75 percent, leading the way. A look at the Great Depression of the 1930s suggests a jump in the crime rate is not inevitable now. And...
  • Obama staff had no corrupt contact with embattled governor, report says

    12/24/2008 12:58:00 AM PST · by PasorBob · 43 replies · 1,322+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 23 December | Suzanne Goldenberg
    Craig's assertions that the transition team was unaware of Blagojevich's efforts to sell off Obama's old seat do not correspond to the transcripts of wiretapped conversations released by the FBI two weeks ago in which the governor repeatedly swears and expresses frustration in his attempts to strike a deal on the Senate seat.
  • If Obama Team Lied Would Fitzgerald Have the Guts to Contradict?

    12/23/2008 7:13:00 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 18 replies · 848+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 12/23/2008 | Moneyrunner
    I have a feeling the prosecutors are not about to cause serious legal problems for the incoming Obama administration as they pursue Blagojevich. So Team Obama is fairly confident that their self-examination will stand. The country has two wars on its hands and an historic economic crisis facing it. I dont think that Fitzgerald is about to blow the whistle on Team Obama that could disrupt the smooth transition of power from Bush to Obama. If there is incriminating evidence, it will be spiked for the good of the country. Ace of Spades comments: Obama's lawyer Gregory Craig (remember him?)...
  • Obama interviewed by feds in Illinois corruption probe

    12/23/2008 5:23:29 PM PST · by jrooney · 16 replies · 790+ views
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 12-23-08 | CNN
    President-elect Barack Obama was interviewed by the office of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as part of Fitzgerald's criminal probe into embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Obama was interviewed last Thursday. Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was interviewed Friday, and incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was interviewed Saturday.
  • Ill. Gov. Blagojevich pledges to fight, won't quit

    12/19/2008 12:28:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 2,441+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/19/08 | Jim Suhr - ap
    CHICAGO Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he is not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing and plans to stay on the job. In his first official statement since his arrest on corruption charges last week, Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-Uh-vich) says he will fight until he takes his "last breath." ... The Democratic governor says he intends to "answer every allegation in a court of law."
  • Is Obama vulnerable to blackmail?

    12/18/2008 11:10:38 PM PST · by malkee · 48 replies · 2,406+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12-19-08 | James Lewis
    Suppose you're Bashir Assad or Putin, and you watch the Blago Blowup, a month before the next president even takes office. What are you thinking right now? First, Obama looks vulnerable to blackmail. His homey network is full of people who can't stand the light of day. They know all kinds of things the leftist media suppress -- people like Auchi (the Iraqi billionaire), Rezko (the corrupt Syrian multimillionaire), Emil Jones (the Godfather of Southside), and the whole Daley Machine. That's not even counting the freaky radicals or the pols Obama has surrounded himself with. Mayor Daley's brother is one...
  • VIDEO: Blagojevich refuses to budge

    12/13/2008 1:58:48 PM PST · by XR7 · 33 replies · 1,823+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/13/08
    Blagojevich refuses to budge NBC Nightly News VIDEO: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/vp/28200681#28200681&gt1=43001
  • Even Chicago's Crooks Are Appalled by Blagojevich

    12/12/2008 8:16:26 PM PST · by shoptalk · 9 replies · 1,040+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, December 12, 2008 | Scott Simon
    Extorting Children's Hospital is a new political low. Chicagoans and Illinoisans love political scandal the way that Milanese love opera. We trade recollections, like baseball cards, about the secretary of state (Paul Powell) who stashed money in shoeboxes, and the Chicago mayor (Harold Washington) whose birthday was April 15 but never filed his income tax return. Rod Blagojevich stands a chance to be the fourth Illinois governor in recent history, and the second in a row, to wind up in prison. This run suggests that Illinoisans are indifferent to political corruption, and it's hard to argue with such an impressive...
  • The Change We've Been Looking For- Union Bribes and Indictments for Selling U.S. Senate Seats?

    12/12/2008 11:47:58 AM PST · by Bokababe · 20 replies · 1,505+ views
    Wayne Alyn Root's Blog ^ | December 10, 2008 | Wayne Allyn Root
    America wanted change and we sure got it. We elected a politician who looked and sounded fresh and new and different (and don't forget "clean" as Senator Biden once remarked), and promised that magic word "change." Aren't we lucky? It appears that the change we got is that we've moved Chicago machine-style politics into the White House. We found out on Tuesday what that business model consists of- the good Governor of Illinois was arrested for allegedly trying to sell Barack Obama's United States Senate seat. Yes, I said sell Obama's seat to the highest bidder. It's nice to know...
  • Turns Out Obama Did Have 'Contact' with Blagojevich

    12/12/2008 6:45:45 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 48 replies · 2,122+ views
    NRO ^ | December 11, 2008 | Jim Geraghty
    Wow. Ace of Spades highlights a photo that suggests when Obama said, "I had no contact with the governor or his office," what he really meant was "I met him and shook his hand in front of photographers at the National Governors Association meeting last Tuesday." Which, you know, kinda makes that "no contact" statement not accurate. Or, in some less generous eyes, a lie.
  • North Dakota Tops Analysis of Corruption (LameStream Media covers for Hussein's Illinois)

    12/11/2008 12:26:41 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 30 replies · 1,208+ views
    Yahoo/USA Today | 12/11/08
    LINK ONLY: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-12-10-corruptstates_N.htm?se=yahoorefer
  • Obama confident staff clear in Ill. gov scandal

    12/11/2008 8:42:07 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 38 replies · 1,129+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/11/08 | By PHILIP ELLIOTT
    CHICAGO President-elect Barack Obama said Thursday that he's confident no member of his staff was involved in discussing deals for his Senate seat with disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Obama also said once again that he had no discussions about the seat he is vacating with the Democratic governor, who was arrested by federal agents this week in connection with an alleged corruption scheme. "I was as appalled and disappointed as anyone," Obama said at a news conference called to announce a series of new appointments to the administration he is setting up. "I have never spoken to the...
  • Arrest Fuels Anti-Obama Crowd

    12/10/2008 9:25:20 PM PST · by pissant · 36 replies · 1,175+ views
    Wash Post ^ | Doug Kneepads Feaver
    There's nothing like a little Guilt-by-Association Red Meat to bring the anti-Obama crowd back to the comment boards. Hundreds of posts have found their way to various articles on washingtonpost.com and elsewhere about the dramatic arrest yesterday of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for, among other things, allegedly trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Obama. Federal prosecutors said without equivocation that there is no evidence of Obama's involvement in the matter, but the noisy anti-Obama comment crowd stirred from its post-election silence to fire away. Because, as Michael D. Shear and Chris Cillizza wrote, "the conspiracy allegedly dreamed...
  • Not even inaugurated yet, Obamas administration could well be the most corrupt in American history

    12/10/2008 7:38:33 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies · 1,462+ views
    hillbuzz.wordpress.com ^ | December 10, 2008 | hillbuzz
    Somewhere, Ulysses S. Grant is thrilled, Richard M. Nixons chuckling, and Warren G. Harding sighs with relief, because Obama seems destined to give them all a real run for their money to become the most corrupt administration this nation has ever seen (and thats even before we get into doling out billions in infrastructure spending, which will be a Pandorrian Box of potential graft and corruption). The media deliberately ignored Obamas connections to Tony Rezko (convicted felon), Valerie Jarrett (known in Chicago for her housing fraud and slumlord deals), James Meeks (rabid homophobe), Yesse Yehudah (whom you have probably never...
  • Obama avoids stain of Chicago's political scandals

    12/10/2008 6:35:53 PM PST · by mcenedo · 57 replies · 1,467+ views
    AP ^ | 12/10/08 | SHARON COHEN
    On the campaign trail, Barack Obama liked to boast that he was a tough survivor of the bare-knuckled world of Chicago politics. But the president-elect also has steered clear of most of its scandals, navigating a careful middle ground that has left him relatively unscathed in a city synonymous with corruption.
  • Obama: I never talked to Blagojevich about the Senate seat; Axelrod: Yes, he did;

    12/09/2008 1:51:09 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 169 replies · 10,488+ views
    hotair.com ^ | Allahpundit
    Sweet catch by Tapper, showing why he got that promotion. Obama todayI had no contact with the governor or his office and so I was not aware of what was happening, Obama told reporters today in Chicago. Its a sad day for Illinois. Beyond that, I dont think its appropriate to comment. versus Axelrod on November 23, as seen below. Be sure to read Tappers post, as he has plenty more on The Ones long history as a friend of and advisor to Blago. Axelrod himself begged off Blagojevichs first gubernatorial campaign because I was concerned about...
  • Source: Feds take [Illinois] Gov. Blagojevich into custody

    12/09/2008 6:14:19 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 974 replies · 25,721+ views
    <p>A source said today that Gov. Rod Blagojevich was taken into federal custody at his North Side home this morning. The U.S. attorney's office would not confirm the information, and a spokesman for the governor did not immediately return a phone call for comment.</p>
  • FULL CRIMINAL COMPLAINT AGAINST BLAGO (.pdf)

    12/09/2008 11:52:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 54 replies · 1,846+ views
    llnw.static.cbslocal.com ^ | 12/09/2008 | Staff
    78 Pages of corruption by the numbers...........
  • Son of activist arrested in shotgun attack (son of pro-illegal scum arrested)

    08/06/2008 2:45:24 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 18 replies · 152+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 8-6-08 | JEFF OVERLEY
    COSTA MESA Three teens, including the son of a former City Council candidate and community activist, have been arrested in connection with a shotgun attack on a teenage girl, police said today. The arrests stem from a July 28 shooting on Shalimar Drive a notorious area barricaded with concrete stumps at all but one access point because of rampant gang activity that resulted in a 15-year-old girl being hospitalized with a shotgun wound to the torso. The three suspects - one young man and two juveniles - were booked on suspicion of attempted murder, conspiracy and street...
  • Mexico: the danger of 'drug ballads' (Popular musicians being murdered; Descriptions warning)

    05/31/2008 11:00:14 PM PDT · by Stoat · 30 replies · 1,972+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | June 1, 2008 | Ioan Grillo
    Mexico: the danger of 'drug ballads' Last Updated: 12:01amBST01/06/2008 In the past two years, 15 mexican musicians have been murdered. Their crime: to fall foul of the country's drug barons. Ioan Grillo reports It was three in the morning and the Mexican group Banda Guasavena were driving back from a concert at a cockfighting festival, just over the border from Texas. The audience had been even more rapturous than usual and Fausto Castro-Elizalde, the band's horn player, recalls them chatting happily about the evening. Grupo Cartel de Sinaloa pose in a cemetery full of extravagant...