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Blagojevich and Obama – Curl Up With a Hot Drink for an Interesting Read

Posted by Nancy on January 31, 2009

Hooray to the Illinois state senators, who voted unanimously to remove Rod Blagojevich from office as governor.  At least now we don’t have to worry about him running for President.

What?  You didn’t know he was originally the prospective Democratic candidate for the 2008 presidential election?  At least, that’s what Evelyn Pringle says here:

Operation Board Games must be viewed with a full understanding that Governor Rod Blagojevich was supposed to be the candidate running for president during this election cycle in order for the subplots involving Obama to become clear.

The Illinois political mob already had a major fundraising operation in place for Blagojevich by 2004, and its safe to assume that when Obama and Rezko first started setting up the real estate deal for the mansion and lot in December 2004, Obama never thought about any repercussions on his run for president.

This report will show that the same political mob raising money to make Blagojevich president in 2008, also funded Obama’s election to the US senate in 2004, which is also discussed further in the earlier articles in this series.

And here you thought the Democratic party moved their headquarters to Chicago so they could enjoy the weather.  You also thought primaries were decided by the voters, not ahead of time by the Illinois political mob.

Pringle wrote a series of meticulously detailed articles last spring about Blagojevich, Obama, the inner dealings of The Combine (corrupt Illinois political machine) and their Board Games. 

Her most stunning allegation is that Obama became the replacement candidate for president in 2008 after Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald got too close to the truth about Blago.  If the media had looked, perhaps they would have seen how close Obama was to Blago, too.

US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald does not make a habit of destroying
pub[l]ic officials by listing them in indictments for no reason and the only two political candidates identified as receiving campaign money from Operation Board Games kickback schemes are Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and the US Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama.

Instead of referring to Board Games as the “Rezko” case, before long the media will likely be calling it the “Blagojevich” case. However, because the governor did not become the presidential candidate, when the scandal is recorded in the history books it will be the “Barack Obama” case.

Curtain Time Part II will show that Obama was the inside guy in the Illinois senate as far as setting up the Health Facilities Planning Board to extort contributions from companies in exchange for the approval of applications to build medial facilities.   Curtain Time Part II

Evelyn Pringle thought information about Obama’s associations and dealings would be the end of his presidency bid.  She did not count on the corrupt /incompetent (take your pick) media shielding him.

If he becomes the nominee, the web of corruption leading to Obama’s rise to power that this investigative journalist was able to untangle in less than three weeks, will be front page news right up until election day, handing the Republicans their only chance in hell of winning the White House.   Wizard of Oz

“Front page news.”  Right.

Find links for the whole series at this website.  Some of them load slowly; be patient.  Lots of names, dates, quotes, connections – fascinating.

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Obama Advisors Not Newsworthy -At Least Not When They Are Being Subpoenaed

Posted by Nancy on January 27, 2009

Illinois Governor Blagojevich’s office released a list of subpoenas relating to his scurrilous practices this past Saturday .

Lo and behold!  After loud denials that any of Obama’s advisors were among that august group it turns out we have been misled (again).  David Axelrod, Obama’s Karl Rove, is in there, as is Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett.  Obama’s good friend and financier Tony Rezko made the A-list too.

This was reported in the Chicago Sun-Times and on Fox News on Saturday, the Quad City Times on Sunday, then the Chicago NBC affiliate on Monday.  And that seems to be it; two local papers, the local news, and a quasi conservative TV channel.  I keep looking for mention of it in my local paper, or on the national news.

Nothing.

Where is the New York Times?  The Washington Post?  CNN?  All the major networks, the AP, McClatchey?  Would they wilfully refuse to report news of such portent?  Or under report it? 

Isn’t this worthy of not only mention, but thorough investigation?  Have they no sense of responsibility to the public, only to Obama?

A Google search shows this story is being covered by bloggers and just about no one else.

A veritable “who’s who” of Obama staffers, surrogates and affiliates were among those whose communications with Blago were served with subpoenas. Put simply, within one week of President Barack Obama’s administration taking office, it is already under significant legal scrutiny that will — at a minimum — take precious time away from dealing with the country’s monumental economic and foreign policy challenges.  Director Blue

And the most ironic part of thiestory?  The subpoenas only came to light because of a two year battle and freedom of information requests from the Better Government Association, an organization established in 1923 by a group of citizens trying to fight the growing influence of the corrupt Al Capone gang.

Think about it.  If this had been George Bush’s Karl Rove receiving a subpoena wouldn it be all over every news outlet in the country, repeatedly and loudly?  And that Al Capone connection – they would fall all over themselves drawing comparisons between the corrupt Chicagoan of the 1920′s and the Bush administration. 

But this isn’t Karl Rove, it’s David Axelrod.  And Rahm Emanuel, and Valerie Jarrett, and Tony Rezko, and other friends of Obama.

How about some comparisons between the corrupt Chicagoans of that era with the current batch?

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Obama and Reid vs. Blago, Burris and the Supremes

Posted by Nancy on December 30, 2008

Rod Blagojevich has appointed an African American, who just coincidentally donated $20,000 to his political campaigns and who once called his own political opponents “unqualified white boys,”   to be the next senator from Illinois. 

Wow, can it get any crazier?

Yes, apparently it can, thanks to a 1969 ruling by the Earl Warren Supreme Court that stated the Senate could not refuse to seat Adam Clayton Powell based on his corrupt dealings.  It appears if Harry Reid tries to make good on his promise not to seat anyone appointed by Gov. Blago, he will lose. 

…[T]he most likely path for attempts to block the appointment is as follows: [Sec. of State] Jesse White refuses to certify the appointment, only to have the decision overturned in the state courts. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would than refuse to seat Burris, only to be overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court.  huffington post

Former Black Panther Bobby Seals has weighed in on the issue with typical race-baiting.  He seem to think the seat belongs to an African American, and even uses the word “lynch” to describe any efforts to prevent Roland Burris’s being seated.

PE Obama gives Burris pats on the back for being a “good man,” but says the governor should resign and let “a lawful and appropriate process of succession” take place.  He doesn’t describe what that process would be though, and since this is Illinois politics no one is sure if any of the players know what that would look like if they tripped over it.

At this point, the only surefire way to abort this appointment is for Burris himself to refuse to accept it.  He sure didn’t look like that was his intentions in today’s press conference, though.

If you’re a betting person, give a big welcoming shout out to Sen. Roland Burris, D-Corruptanois, who will win this one in the Supreme Court. 

Just maybe the Supreme Court should have taken the time to check out Obama’s birth certificate, and perhaps gotten rid of this traveling circus before it got entrenched in the American psyche.  Or maybe the voters and media (the sycophantic media!) could have taken allegations about Tony Rezko, fund-raiser extraordinaire for Blagojevich and Obama, seriously and pondered just what choosing such associates revealed about the big O’s style of governing.

Too much to ask.

God help us all over the next four years, as we settle into national politics Chicago style.

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