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  • Now We Will See The Real Obama and it Will Get Ugly

    01/14/2012 6:33:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies · 2+ views ^ | January 14, 2012 | Jeff Carter
    Bill Daley leaving the Obama administration was big news for ten minutes. But as my friend Streetwise Professor and I discussed on Twitter after the news broke, this really signals a big change in direction on how Obama will campaign. It’s going to get really ugly. How ugly? Think of the election cycle from 1796-1804. It will be that ugly. The culmination of those election cycles was a duel by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, with Hamilton losing his life after the gun battle.Both Hamilton and Jefferson manipulated the press of that time to scandalize the other side. Character assassination...
  • It looks like Rahmbo in a landslide for Chicago mayor

    02/22/2011 1:13:47 PM PST · by Justaham · 39 replies ^ | 2-22-11 | Rick Moran
    The only question left to answer in the Chicago mayor's race is will Rahm Emanuel surpass 50% of the vote and avoid a runoff with whoever finishes second. The major opponents in the race are hoping to force a runoff. Gery Chico, former head of the Chicago school board, greeted commuters both at stations and on trains as he rode throughout the city. City clerk Miguel del Valle rallied volunteers who were trying to get out the vote. Braun held a news conference near Emanuel's restaurant stop trying to portray herself as the true representative of working people. Emanuel has...
  • Chicago, Obama, and Health Care Reform

    08/26/2009 2:40:45 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 524+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 26, 2009 | Abraham H. Miller
    There has been no lack of writing about the influence of Marxist Saul Alinsky on Barack Obama's political ideology. But what appears to have escaped notice is the influence of the political culture of Chicago on Barack Obama. These influences, of course, are not the same. Alinsky was a formidable opponent of the Chicago Democratic Machine. Obama was, when necessary, a consummate machine insider. Alinsky for all his flaws would never have gotten into bed with the likes of Tony Rezko or joined a law firm that represented slum lords. If you want to understand the political agenda of Barack...
  • Folks VS Party

    06/01/2009 5:23:05 PM PDT · by PizzaDriver · 353+ views
    06/01/09 | self
    A “What If”.. Currently, our Elected Elite get to set the salaries and benefit packages of “office holders”. Those that get elected MUST draw all that salary, get all those benefits, and full pensions. What would our Elected Governments {local, State & Federal} look like IF the candidates were required to state their “salary, benefit & pension requirements” on the Ballots? It could be Expressed as percentages of the Legislated maximum packages. In Every Other non-union shop, the Salary and Benefit Demands of the qualified applicants are considered , before selecting the next New Hire. Each Candidate's demands could be...
  • The Chicago Way: The Mayor Daley Machine & Chicago Politics From The Inside

    02/09/2009 3:41:20 PM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 1 replies · 309+ views ^ | Feb. 9, 2009 | Carl Segvich
    Dan Zanoza, Executive Director of, interviews Carl Segvich, a Republican Committeeman in the 11th Ward--the ancestral home base of Mayor Richard M. Daley. Segvich discusses what it's like to be a member of the GOP in the city of Chicago, Chicago-style politics, the Chicago way and "pay to play". It is an insightful look into one-party, big city liberal politics which sould be an eye-opener for those wanting to learn more about President Barack Obama's political roots. Q. During the last election, it was reported there were some election irregularities in your Ward. Can you elaborate about this for...
  • Obama serves Reid taste of Chicago Way (John Kass)

    01/07/2009 10:33:39 PM PST · by STARWISE · 56 replies · 2,235+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-8-09 | John Kass
    So the Chicago Way hauled off and slapped the U.S. Senate in the face—one of those backhands with the knuckles to unsuspecting lips—and guess who blinked? It wasn't Chicago. It was the Senate. Get used to it, America. And it won't be the last time either. Roland "Tombstone" Burris, the amiable Illinois Democratic political hack who is being called eminently qualified by the national Democrats—perhaps because he's from Illinois and he hasn't been indicted—has almost reached his goal of being addressed as "Yes, sir, Senator." Now Tombstone has President-elect Barack Obama behind him, muscling Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid in...
  • Chicago Public Schools' cappuccino bill: $67,000

    01/07/2009 3:13:45 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 32 replies · 1,563+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1-07-09 | BY ART GOLAB Staff Reporter
    Chicago public school bureaucrats skirted public competitive bidding rules to buy 30 cappuccino/espresso machines for $67,000, with most of the machines going unused because the schools they were ordered for had not asked for them, according to a report by the CPS Office of Inspector General. That was just one example of questionable CPS actions detailed in the inspector general's 2008 annual report. Others included high school staffers changing grades to pump up transcripts of student athletes and workers at a restricted-enrollment grade school falsifying addresses to get relatives admitted. In the case of the cappuccino machines, central office administrators...
  • Emanuel to Resign House Seat on Friday

    12/29/2008 1:10:12 PM PST · by STARWISE · 76 replies · 6,415+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12-29-08
    Congressman Rahm Emanuel will resign his congressional seat on Friday in anticipation of joining President-elect Barack Obama's administration. Emanuel delivered the news in an automated call to constituents on Monday. "This is Congressman Rahm Emanuel. As you may have heard, President-elect Obama has asked me to be his new chief of staff and I have accepted this offer. Therefore, in the near future, I will be resigning from Congress. ... I also want you to know, it has been a privilege and an honor to serve as your representative for the last six years," he says in the taped call.
  • 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."
  • Byron York: Could the Blago Scandal Ensnare Team Obama? You Betcha.

    12/16/2008 9:13:42 PM PST · by malkee · 68 replies · 3,140+ views
    National Review ^ | 12-16-08 | Byron York
    Will the Blagojevich scandal damage the incoming Obama administration? Given Rod Blagojevich’s profane railings against Barack Obama, revealed on federal wiretaps, few observers believe — although none know for sure — that the Obama camp engaged in any pay-for-play dealings with the governor, and therefore few see any legal problems for Team Obama resulting from the criminal investigation. But that’s not the only way the incoming administration might be caught up in the Blagojevich affair. The probe is being conducted, after all, by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the man who prosecuted one of the most intensely investigated and politically-charged perjury-and-false-statements...
  • 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:
  • 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...
  • [Blago]Scandal is a slap for Chicagoans after Obama euphoria

    12/12/2008 8:53:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies · 2,110+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | December 11, 2008 | Dirk Johnson
    CHICAGO: For Jeff Makowski, a 47-year-old house painter, it had been fun lately to boast to out-of-town friends about Chicago as the home of President-elect Barack Obama. Now the phone calls are coming the other way, and they are often sarcastic. "We're a national laughingstock," said Makowski, who was drinking a beer with a work pal on Wednesday afternoon after finishing work on a North Side condominium. "They call up and say, 'What's going on in Illinois? How can you elect these people?"' Last month, Chicago erected huge banners along Michigan Avenue bearing the image of its hometown hero, Obama,...
  • 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...
  • Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel ducks reporters' questions - Refuses to answer

    12/11/2008 6:35:21 PM PST · by XR7 · 73 replies · 4,600+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/11/2007 | FRAN SPIELMAN AND ABDON M. PALLASCH
    <p>President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, refused to take questions from reporters this morning about whether he was the Obama “advisor” named in the criminal complaint against Gov. Rod Blagojevich.</p> <p>The complaint states Blagojevich wanted a promise of a high-level appointment or some other reward for Blagojevich in exchange for Blagojevich naming Obama’s friend Valerie Jarrett to replace him in the U.S. Senate.</p>
  • FBI: Illinois Governor Sought To "Sell" Obama's Senate Seat

    12/09/2008 5:41:19 PM PST · by XR7 · 17 replies · 1,059+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/9/2008 | Brian Ross
    Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich wanted President-elect Barack Obama "to put something together&something big" in exchange for going along with Obama's choice to fill his vacant U.S. Senate seat, according to a FBI affidavit unsealed following the governor's stunning arrest. "I've got this thing and it's f***ing golden, and, uh, uh, I'm just not giving it up for f***in' nothing. I'm not gonna do it. And I can always use it. I can parachute me there," Blagojevich said in a phone call secretly recorded by the FBI on Nov. 5, the day after the election, according to the affidavit. Click here...
  • 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>
  • Feds taped Blagojevich

    12/05/2008 5:31:18 AM PST · by dinoparty · 80 replies · 8,015+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 5, 2008 | Jeff Coen
    Federal investigators recently made covert tape recordings of Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the most dramatic step yet in their corruption investigation of him and his administration, the Tribune has learned. As part of this undercover effort, one of the governor's closest confidants and former aides cooperated with investigators, and that assistance helped lead to recordings of the governor and others, sources said. The cooperation of John Wyma, 42, one of the state's most influential lobbyists, is the most stunning evidence yet that Blagojevich's once-tight inner circle appears to be collapsing under the pressure of myriad pay-to-play inquiries. Wyma, Blagojevich's chief...
  • Chicago defies forgotten Second Amendment

    11/27/2008 7:37:41 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 44 replies · 1,547+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 27, 2998 | Steve Chapman
    Since the Supreme Court upheld the individual right to own guns last summer, one municipality with handgun bans after another has faced reality. Washington, which lost the case, changed its law. Morton Grove repealed its ban. So did Wilmette. Likewise for Evanston. Last week, Winnetka followed suit. Then there is Chicago, which is being sued for violating the 2nd Amendment but refuses to confront the possibility that what the Supreme Court said may apply to this side of the Appalachians. When it comes to firearms, Mayor Richard Daley is no slave to rationality. "Does this lead to everyone having a...
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development Has Given ACORN $7 Million

    11/21/2008 8:44:13 AM PST · by STARWISE · 47 replies · 2,769+ views
    Human Events ^ | 11-11-08 | Phyllis Schafly
    Do you wonder why 2008 election data shows that the majority of Catholics voted for Barack Obama even though his record as Illinois state senator proves him the most pro-abortion candidate who ever ran for president? Perhaps one answer is that on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, millions of Catholics will again be putting in their church's collection plate their annual donation to what the pre-printed envelope calls "Campaign for Human Development: The Catholic Church working to end poverty and injustice in America; We'll turn your dollars into hope for the poor of our nation." The generous Catholics who respond to...