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[25 Feb 2009 | One Comment | ]

This is an open letter to Andy McKenna and the GOP leadership. Please stop asking for a special election. Senator Burris was just put into place after the Democrats publicly and openly screwed up and you want to help them get rid of their problems. We don’t need to give the Democratic leadership, including new Governor Quinn, cover to fix what they did. There will be an election for Burris’s seat! It’s the elections of 2010. We’re in that cycle now; let the voters have their chance to show their …

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[24 Feb 2009 | 8 Comments | ]

The man in unembarrassable—like his mentor the recently impeached MISTER Blagojevich.
It will take harsh action beyond appealing to Sen. Roland Burris’s better angels to get him to resign. (I once thought he had better angels.)
First we learn he talked to several, not just one of Blagojevich’s associates. Then that he was solicited but gave no money nor engaged in fundraising. Finally, well, yeah, he did try a bit of fundraising but it was not successful. He denies this was …

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[24 Feb 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Hang in there, Roland.
Don’t quit. Finish out your term as the Democratic senator representing the cheesy state of Illinois.
It’s your best, and perhaps only, way to get even with your fellow Democrats who have turned on you with a vengeance, who have knifed you in the back after your lifetime of subservience to Democratic rule. You are the Rod Blagojevich gift to fellow Democrats that would keep on giving.
Truth is, senator, your former compadres want you out, without a second to lose, even more than Republicans, who have …

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[23 Feb 2009 | 9 Comments | ]

I have been accused of beating a dead horse when it comes to my support for either suspension of, or targeted relief from, market-to-market accounting.
And I suppose after writing thousands of words, producing videos and giving speeches about the issue, some might be tempted to let it go.  But, I can’t do that, especially when the government continues to spend trillions of dollars and is coming very close to bank nationalization.
This is a real shame.  Suspending mark-to-market accounting could fix major problems at no cost.  Unfortunately, many people dismiss this …

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[23 Feb 2009 | One Comment | ]

The national media are excited now by stories about corruption in Illinois and they also have noticed a corruption case in West Virginia . These stories might soon come together.
In West Virginia , a state supreme court justice overturned a $50-million damage award against somebody who had given big bucks to his election campaign.
In Illinois , four state supreme court justices have refused to recuse themselves from a case against some people who have given them campaign cash.
On March 3, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in …

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[23 Feb 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

To coin a phrase, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”  And in America we are repeating some very bad history these days.
We have left a recession and now – thanks to the so-called “stimulus” – we are entering inflation.  It’s a bad economy  — the worst since Jimmy Carter was in office when the nation saw double-digit unemployment and sky high interest rates that crushed the housing market and saw Wall Street plummet.
We’re being told by pundits that the economy is the worst since the great …

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[20 Feb 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Truth comes hard in Democrat-controlled Chicago. Last week it came dribbling out under extreme pressure when U. S. Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) admitted-despite the version from his earlier sworn testimony-that he tried to raise money for Gov. Blagojevich who named him to his post. Blago’s brother hit him up for $10,000 but he couldn’t raise a nickel, Burris said, but he was appointed to the job anyhow. He’s the subject of a criminal investigation and also a U. S. Senate ethics committee probe.
Struggling with denial for weeks, Burris’ acknowledgment may …

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[20 Feb 2009 | One Comment | ]

Not even the most inventive novelist could have dreamed up the press conference that erupted on December 30, 2008, three weeks to the day after Rod Blagojevich was arrested at his home for trying to sell Barack Obama’s senate seat to the highest bidder, among other alleged crimes,
Bobby Rush, the Chicago Congressman, took the stage that day in a pre-arranged plan to calm the shock of Blagojevich, then still governor, making the surprise appointment of Roland Burris to Obama’s Senate seat.
Read More at the Huffington Post

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[20 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

(I)s there a media double standard, one for weak black politicians and another for powerful white guys?
African-Americans like the hapless Sen. Tombstone, or Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, the Urkel of local politics, deserve the thwackings they get. When Burris or Stroger give a foolish non-answer, that or even a no-comment becomes news, evidence of their nefariousness. Not so with the much pinker bosses, like Mayor Richard Daley or Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Lisa’s Daddy), two bullies who believe in democracy as long as they can play king.
And …

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[20 Feb 2009 | One Comment | ]

Monique Davis, Tom Cross and Susan Mendoza discuss Roland Burris and witholding information on Chicago Tonight with Carol Marin.
Some amusing analysis at the Beachwood Reporter