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  • Who is Valerie Jarrett? (Shadow president! "Amateur" Barry is a sock puppet)

    05/23/2012 9:06:05 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 22, 2012 | Edward Klein
    In the White House pecking order, Jarrett has more clout than the president’s chief of staff. During the savage internecine warfare between Jarrett and Obama’s first two chiefs of staff — Rahm Emanuel and Bill Daley — Obama sided most of the time with Jarrett, a classic limousine liberal who believes that Obama was elected president in order to engineer social change. Ultimately, Jarrett emasculated Emanuel and Daley and forced them from their jobs. She has also been responsible for much of the incompetence and amateurism that have been the hallmarks of Obama’s time in office. Indeed, Jarrett has been...
  • Documents: Obama friend Whitaker had history with Jeremiah Wright

    05/16/2012 12:02:59 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 16, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Documents obtained by The Daily Caller show that President Barack Obamas close friend Eric Whitaker, who runs the University of Chicago Medical Centers Urban Health Initiative, spoke at Rev. Jeremiah Wrights Chicago-area church in 2006. Whitaker was a speaker at Wrights Trinity United Church of Christ during a Sept. 17, 2006 Health Care Justice Forum, according to a church bulletin TheDC obtained. The bulletin is no longer on the churchs website. Whitaker made headline news Monday when New York Times bestselling author Edward Klein alleged during a radio interview with Sean Hannity that Whitaker offered Wright $150,000 to stay silent...
  • Longtime Obama pal Eric Whitaker keeps popping onto political scene

    05/15/2012 10:54:14 AM PDT · by LucyT · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/15/2012 | Vince Coglianese
    Eric Whitaker has been friends with Obama ever since...". Whitaker who now runs the Urban Health Initiative (UHI) out of the University of Chicago Medical Center often vacations with the first family, is a regular golf partner of Obama and has organized Chicago-area parties when the president visits the Windy City. Publicly released visitor logs show Eric Whitaker officially visited the White House 7 times during the Obama admin..." Whitaker had purportedly offered Rev. Jeremiah Wright an infamous and challenging weight on Obamas 2008 campaign $150,000 to stay silent..."
  • Levin: We know so little about Obama and ABC is talking to Newts ex-wife

    01/19/2012 6:04:54 AM PST · by opentalk · 48 replies
    The RightScoop ^ | January 18, 2012 | The Rightscoop
    If you havent heard already, Drudge is reporting that Newts ex-wife has unloaded on him in a 2 hour interview with ABC News. Suddenly, ABC News went into a civil war over when to air the video because of the South Carolina Primary this weekend. Here are the details from Drudge: Marianne Gingrich has said she could end her ex-husbands career with a single interview. Earlier this week, she sat before ABCNEWS cameras, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. She spoke to ABCNEWS reporter Brian Ross for two hours, and her explosive revelations are set to rock the trail.... ...Levin covered...
  • Former Obama Fund-Raiser Gets Over 10 Years in Fraud and Bribery Case (Obama, not Rezko in headline)

    11/22/2011 11:03:59 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 22, 2011 | Steven Jaccino
    CHICAGO More than three years after his conviction on fraud and bribery charges, Antoin Rezko, a former real estate mogul and a once-powerful fund-raiser with ties to President Obamas early political career, was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 and a half years in prison. The trial drew national attention primarily because of Mr. Rezkos relationship with Mr. Obama, who was at the time in a tight race with Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Boneheaded was the word Mr. Obama used then to describe his part in a real estate transaction made with Mr. Rezko in 2005,...
  • Former Obama fundraiser Rezko gets 10-year sentence (Obama is "saddened" for his buddy)

    11/22/2011 3:22:23 PM PST · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/22/2011 | Andrew Stern
    A U.S. judge on Tuesday sentenced Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a former Chicago fundraiser for President Barack Obama, to 10-1/2 years in prison for corruption and extortion. Rezko's conviction was among a slew of guilty pleas that led to the conviction in two trials of former Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and several of his aides. A Syrian immigrant who earned millions in the real estate and restaurant businesses, Rezko has been imprisoned since his 2008 conviction on 16 fraud and attempted bribery counts. "Enough is enough. Corruption in Illinois has to stop," U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve in handing...
  • Top Blagojevich adviser Tony Rezko gets 10 years (financed Obama's house)

    11/22/2011 10:48:27 AM PST · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 22, 2011 | Annie Sweeney
    Antoin Tony Rezko was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for extorting millions of dollars from firms seeking state business or regulatory approval while he was a top fundraiser and adviser to then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rezko's daughter broke down sobbing in the courtroom as U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve handed down the sentence. Rezko apologized to the judge, saying, I come to ask for God's forgiveness and the court's mercy." "You were engaged in a very, very serious offense, Mr. Rezko" the judge said as she imposed the sentence. Several family members called out 'we love you" to...
  • Media bias: Obama crony Rezko sentenced Tuesday; Chicago Trib article doesn't mention president

    11/22/2011 9:31:17 AM PST · by opentalk · 9 replies
    Marathon Pundit ^ | November 21, 2011 | John Ruberry
    While it's true that President Obama began his political career in the living room of former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, his first political sponsor and major fundraiser was Antoin "Tony" Rezko. The pair go back to the 1990s and Obama's state Senate years, but they are best known for the still-not-completely-explained 2005 real estate deal that allowed the Obamas to buy their Chicago South Side mansion, while Rezko's wife bought a narrow strip of the home's lot on the same day. At that time, Rezko was under federal investigation for influence peddling and fraud while serving...
  • Tony Rezko sentenced to 10.5 years in prison (wow!)

    11/22/2011 9:17:22 AM PST · by STARWISE · 114 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-22-11 | Natasha Korecki
    A federal judge sentenced Tony Rezko to 10 1/2 years in prison Tuesday, describing his actions under Rod Blagojevichs tenure as selfish and corrupt. Rezko has already served about 44 months. His daughter burst into tears at hearing the sentence. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said she found it offensive that Rezko put at risk the Teachers Retirement System by scheming for kickbacks with a board member in 2004. You put their retirements at risk for your own greed and your own thirst for power, St. Eve said. A pale, thin Rezko gave a brief statement before he learned...
  • How much time will Tony Rezko serve? (sentencing today- will he stay mum forever?)

    11/22/2011 8:38:37 AM PST · by STARWISE · 29 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-21-11 | Natasha Korecki
    Long known as the political fixer, who was friends with a politically young Barack Obama, Tony Rezko once grabbed headlines in a presidential campaign. At the same time in Illinois, Rezkos name was synonymous with a federal investigation into former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. But since Rezko volunteered to go jail after his 2008 conviction, hes settled in as not much more than a footnote in both politics and corruption. Thats partly because the investigation into Blagojevich exploded after Rezkos trial, taking a new turn involving the sale of President Obamas U.S. Senate seat conduct that happened when Rezko was...
  • Daniel Frawley deposition and testimony could lead to Obama arrest or investigation,

    11/16/2011 2:40:01 PM PST · by OPS4 · 13 replies
    Citizen Wells ^ | 11/16/11 | Citizen Wells
    Daniel Frawley deposition and testimony could lead to Obama arrest or investigation, Ulsterman White House Insider report, FDIC vs Mutual Bank, Where is House Judiciary Committee? You said earlier that Obama was more confident these days though He is. Pelosi backed off. Issa appears to have done the same. Holder is holding the line. Information coming out of Chicago is still being limited clamped down upon. That doesnt mean they arent nervous. They are. Watch the Blagojevich thing the trial. The deal to be made. Where theres smoke, theres fire. And what happened to Rezko? Thats part of...
  • Obamas Friends Form Strategy to Stay Close

    11/09/2011 8:39:07 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    ny times ^ | December 13, 2008 | JODI KANTOR
    Barack Obamas three closest friends Valerie Jarrett, Martin Nesbitt and Dr. Eric Whitaker sat down in the study of Mr. Nesbitts house in Chicago for one of their increasingly frequent heart-to-hearts. ... In the presidential campaign, the Obamas had a no new friends rule, surrounding themselves with a coterie of familiar faces. Even if the Obamas lift that rule in Washington, newcomers are unlikely to replicate the intensity of this groups ties, formed over more than a decade ... They vacationed together: in December, with the Obamas in Hawaii; in August, with Ms. Jarrett on Marthas Vineyard. Mr....
  • Dog and Lover Fly In Own Jet to His Gayness Obama (2010 flashback)

    11/07/2011 7:30:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    http://obamanationofdesolation ^ | 11/7/11 | Fellowship of the Minds
    Reggies the best athlete I know - Obama The rumors of Obamas gayness abound, but the press is muzzled by the CFR like a trained lapdog. The Globe however ran an article recently about Donald Young, one of Obamas alleged gay lovers, who was found murdered in Chicago. He was a gay choir director at the now infamous Trinity Church and reputedly a friend of Obamas. Youngs mother thinks he was killed to protect Obamas secret gay life during the campaign. This was reported by Larry Sinclair during the campaign. The media choose to bury the story. An article ran...
  • Prosecutors: Rezko should get up to 15 years in prison

    11/04/2011 4:32:07 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-4-11 | Natasha Korecki
    Federal prosecutors say Tony Rezko deserves to spend up to 15 years in prison for his crimes in two separate cases and that he damaged his own credibility by lying to the court. Prosecutors for the first time publicly addressed why they never called the convicted political fund-raiser to the witness stand after he began cooperating in 2008. They say in more than 19 meetings with them, he did not fully tell the truth about his own wrongdoing until he was confronted by agents with new information. Prosecutors said juries would never have accepted his word. Rezkos cooperation was heavily...
  • The guy who couldn't be touched is, finally (huge IL pubbie corruptocrat convicted)

    11/03/2011 9:49:44 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11-2-11 | John Kass
    Guys like Bill Cellini don't get indicted in Illinois. And the puppet masters don't sit at the defense table in federal court, tapping their fingers, waiting for the jury to pronounce judgment. *snip* They're Democrats, they're Republicans. They're the bosses of the Combine. *snip* All involved should know that their ((prosecutors)) work is appreciated, by every taxpayer in this thoroughly corrupt state who've wondered how the puppet masters of the Combine keep getting away with it. On Tuesday, they didn't get away with it. And Bill Cellini went down.
  • FDIC sues officials failed bank, alleging misuse funds -Bank involved with Rezko/Obama land deal

    10/31/2011 3:57:44 PM PDT · by opentalk · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 31, 2011 | Becky Yerak
    Officers and directors of Mutual Bank issued $10.5 million in "imprudent" dividends, spent $250,000 of the bank's money on a wedding, and paid $495,000 in defense costs for a spouse's Medicaid fraud case before the Harvey-based lender failed in July 2009, a federal regulator alleged last week. Mutual was the bank that financed the purchase by the wife of political fundraiser Tony Rezko of a side lot in a deal that enabled Barack Obama to buy his dream house.In a lawsuit filed in a U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois last week, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp....
  • William Cellini trial Capri Capital Obama connection, Operation Board Games

    10/19/2011 11:42:29 AM PDT · by opentalk · 1 replies
    Citizen Wells News ^ | October 19, 2011 | Citizen Wells
    Why was Obama promoting Capri Capital and other investment firms at the same time that Rezko, Levine and Cellini were shaking them down? Why did Patrick Fitzgerald and the US Justice Department wait until December 2008 to arrest Rod Blagojevich? Why was Tony Rezkos sentencing delayed? Do not be fooled by the investigation of Jesse Jackson Jr. in the so called selling of Obamas senate seat. This was a well crafted diversion intended to take the attention away from Obamas earlier involvement in Chicago corruption with Tony Rezko, Stuart Levine, et al. The investigation of Jackson is another diversion. I...
  • Corruption sentencing delayed for Rezko, fundraiser for Blagojevich

    10/03/2011 10:06:03 AM PDT · by glorgau · 33 replies · 3+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9:37 a.m. CDT, October 3, 2011 | Annie Sweeney
    A judge has delayed sentencing for Antoin Tony Rezko, a top fundraiser and adviser to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rezko, convicted on corruption charges, was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 21. But prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve to move the sentencing because another corruption trial connected to the Blagojevich administration starts this week and includes allegations of an extortion plot involving Rezko. Prosecutors most directly involved in the Rezko sentencing are also handling the prosecution of William Cellini, a Springfield powerbroker whose trial on charges including attempted extortion and fraud starts this morning. In...
  • Documents Recived Cook County Treasurers Office Prove Fraud In Obama Buffer Zone

    10/02/2011 10:48:53 PM PDT · by Watchdog85 · 5 replies ^ | 3 October, 2011 | theobamahustle
    Earlier this past August I was helped by Jerome Corsi and WND in getting the information out concerning the Rezko buffer zone that she, Rita Rezko deeded to the Trust that owns the Hyde Park Mansion the Obamas call their home in Chicago. In my last report which was reported in WND Tax fraud suspected in Obama land deal the one thing that I could not quite put my finger on was the lack of documentation concerning the separate real estate transaction that took place in 02/2006. It is well known that the Obamas claim to have paid $104,500.00 for...
  • Why Illinois Should Invest Its Own Money

    09/09/2011 10:05:28 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 2 replies
    Ward Room ^ | Sep 8, 2011 | Edward McClelland
    Why Illinois Should Invest Its Own Money William Cellini, one of Springfields most enduring slimeballs, is finally about to get his day in federal court. According to the Springfield State Journal-Register: The government has charged Cellini with conspiring to commit extortion with [Tony] Rezko, [Chris] Kelly and ex-TRS board member and Cellini ally Stuart Levine. Prosecutors said the four men conspired in the spring of 2004 to withhold $220 million in Teachers' Retirement System investment funds from a firm named Capri Capital unless Thomas Rosenberg, a principal in the firm, made a $1.5 million campaign contribution to Blagojevich or paid...