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[6 May 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

Former Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s office was the source of 1,800 pages of court-sealed federal wiretap transcripts that two Chicago Tribune reporters cited in their recent book about former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attempt to sell Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

 
That’s the only logical conclusion to be drawn after John Chase and Jeff Coen revealed to me in a phone interview that there was “no legal ban on us publishing” excerpts while they were on tour promoting “Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself Out of the Governor’s Office and …

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[22 Apr 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

 
On March 15, 2012, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reported to a low-security federal prison in Colorado to start serving a 14-year sentence for public corruption, including an attempt to sell Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.
Blagojevich’s defense attorneys have insisted all along that the impeached former governor will eventually be exonerated on appeal because U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel improperly sealed many of the federal wiretaps they claim would have proved his innocence.

 
 
“The judge would not let him play his tapes…there {sic} had tapes in both trials that would …

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[26 Nov 2012 | 2 Comments | ]

The Chicago media are in a full court press declaring love, kisses and sympathy for former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. Such an outpouring of affection has not been seen since Al Capone was convicted.
The way the Chicago media are acting, people could rightfully wonder if they will throw a going away gala, replete with a celebrity-studded red carpet, for the criminal politician.

How could anyone be sympathetic to a typical, corrupt Chicago politician? Instead of pounding the nails in Junior’s coffin, the media are covering him with sympathy and …

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[5 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

While thousands of veterans are looking for assistance from the VA
More than $2.5 million was spent last year by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on a six-day series of sporting events for aging veterans at a posh Hawaiian resort.
The VA’s Golden Age Games in May 2011 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu attracted an estimated 900 veterans who paid their own way and participated in events that included air-rifle shooting, dominoes, table tennis, golf, swimming, horseshoes and shuffleboard.

 
A top VA official in charge of planning the games was …

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[24 May 2012 | One Comment | ]

there is one subject concerning Wright that merits scrutiny. In a nearly three-hour recorded interview with Ed Klein, author of the new book “The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House,” Wright said that back in 2008, when he was at the center of a raging controversy over his sermons, a close friend of Obama’s offered him money to shut up until after the November election.
In the interview, Wright said Dr. Eric Whitaker, a top official at the University of Chicago Hospitals, sent a note to Wright through an …

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[1 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Joe Nocera in NY Times scathes Jon Corzine
Then there’s Corzine’s own compensation. When he walked in the door, he negotiated a salary of $1.5 million. (Incredibly, MF Global Holdings paid a $400,000 fee to Corzine’s lawyers.) He also received a signing bonus of $1.5 million, and $11 million in stock options.
But here’s the kicker. Like many executives — on Wall Street and off — Corzine’s agreement also covered his eventual departure. If he left MF Global because, say, it was sold, his $11 million in stock options would immediately vest, …

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[4 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

From Hot Air and the Washington Examiner
Government imposes new price controls on an industry. Industry raises prices elsewhere to make up for the artificial cap on cost recovery. Government expresses shock, shock at the development. For those of us old enough to remember the 1970s, this seems like deja vu all over again, as Yogi Berra once said. For those either too young or too “dim,” as the Washington Examiner puts it, the surprise should be a learning experience, even for a “dim bulb” like Dick …

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[20 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Last week’s House subcommittee hearing on Solyndra was a back-and-forth between Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Phil Gingrey.

Markey pointed out that solar companies aren’t the only energy companies getting federal loan guarantees. Power giant Southern Co. won a $3.4 billion loan guarantee from the Obama Energy Department last summer.
Gingrey, of Georgia, didn’t like Markey “comparing Solyndra, this bankrupt company, totally unproven technology, to the Southern Company.” Gingrey pointed out that “Southern Company owns Mississippi Power, Alabama Power, Georgia Power, among others, and employs literally thousands of people.”
The implication was clear: …

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[31 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

It’s not enough for President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board to target the Boeing plant in South Carolina. Now the NLRB thinks it can tell a church school when it’s not religious enough.
Most people have heard by now of NLRB’s unprecedented decree that Boeing Co. cannot build a new airline production facility in South Carolina.

But Obama’s NLRB is also claiming the authority to dictate labor policies and order union elections at Catholic universities if they are not religious enough.
Read more at the Washington Examiner:
Hat Tip Pat Hickey

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[23 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

From Jim Kouri
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on Wednesday sponsored its first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month program at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. despite being embroiled in a controversial probe.

As part of the program, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson provided remarks while Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) served as Wednesday’s keynote speaker.
The celebration was in recognition of the accomplishments and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to ATF and the nation, and to promote awareness of the LGBT culture.