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[18 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

The name of President Obama came into play this afternoon at the political corruption trial of former governor Rod Blagojevich as an associate of political fund-raiser Tony Rezko testified that Rezko asked him to write a $10,000 check to Friends of Obama.

Aramanda gave $10,000 in campaign cash to Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign on March 5, 2004, according to records. The money came from part of a finder’s fee Aramanda received, but did no work for, thanks to Rezko.
Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times
image Tony Rezko home, site of this “fundraiser”.

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[18 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

Tip O’Neill’s favorite observation that “all politics is local” deserves to be amended slightly. In Chicago, as brilliant Sun-Times cartoonist Jack Higginspoints out, all politics is loco. Most Chicagoans have known this for years. Born here in 1928 I’ve dined out in two states, D. C., Harvard, Princeton and a dozen other university seminars on stories of our crassly crooked pols. But now the whole country is getting a taste.

At least I hope it does because once my countrymen across the broad expanse of the other 49 states get a …

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[11 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

Let us take a brief respite from the Blagojevich trial and count our blessings.

By denying a request to continue the trial date, Federal Judge James B. Zagel has protected our collective ear drums. At least for the duration of the trial, we will be spared from Rod Blagojevich’s weekly radio broadcasts on WLS AM 890. For the uninitiated, Blagojevich had been hosting a weekly radio talk show on Sunday afternoons. Given a microphone, Rod ranted and raved for hours on end. Frequently, his producers had to remind him to …

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[9 Jun 2010 | One Comment | ]

Forgive me folks, but I’ve had a bad two weeks with my computer. In 2000 I signed on to Earthlink and when high speed cable became available via my local monopoly Comcast I signed on to it; so now I get Earthlink via Comcast, and outside of Chicago I use a Sprint stick instead of Earthlink dialup. Being a total idiot with computers (don’t ask me what a URL is, or the difference between a browser or a server), I just pay everyone, but when things don’t work …

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[3 May 2010 | 6 Comments | ]

There’s no one more dangerous to The Squid aka the Democratic Party than a fallen angel who once occupied high status.

Rod Blagojevich, the most corrupt governor in Illinois history, who once dreamed of the presidency for himself, is in training to become the Rocky Balboa of national politics. With certain differences.
Balboa, you remember, was played by Sylvester Stallone, the lead in the 1976 smash pop-art film Rocky. It’s the story of a good kid from the poor side of Philadelphia who worked in the perpetually sub-zero temperature …

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[30 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

From NBC5
3. A supporter of President Obama may have offered quid pro quo on a Jarrett senate appointment
Redacted portion: Supporter of Presidential Candidate Obama is mentioned in a phone call on November 3, 2008, having offered “fundraising” in exchange for Senate Candidate B for senator (Blagojevich Home Phone Call # 149).

From Huffington Post, December 11, 2008
The President-elect gamely fielded three questions on the issue and addressed it in his opening remarks, saying (twice) that he was appalled and disappointed “by the revelations earlier this week.” He declared that he “had …

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[27 Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

Blago’s Get Even Strategy with Obama.
So the redactions on the original Fed bill of particulars against Obama have themselves been redacted and now we know just what the Feds have on Obama. Blago’s trainer…Sam Adams, Jr….not unlike Burgess Meredith in Rocky…is teaching his student to break all the usual bromides. Hence Blago is demanding that Obama testify.

The prevailing thought is that Obama can avoid testifying. I cannot see how. He is front and center making certain protestations of innocence regarding Tony Rezko and the evidence that the Feds have show …

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[15 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

One of the many accusations leveled against former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is that he accepted money from the SEIU in return for taking actions giving collective bargaining rights to Illinois home health-care workers. While Mr. Becker denies any knowledge of, or role in, contributions to the former Governor, he does admit that he provided “advice and counsel to SEIU relating to proposed executive orders and proposed legislation giving homecare workers a right to organize and engage in collective bargaining under state law.”
Mr. Becker says he “worked with …

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[15 Sep 2009 | One Comment | ]

After seeing one friend elevated to power, the graying radical tried to convince disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich to appoint Valerie Jarrett to Obama’s open U.S. Senate seat. The Times describes Katz as “a friend” of Jarrett’s who encouraged Jarrett to step out of Obama’s shadow and “be the sun.” Katz tried to schedule lunch with the governor’s wife, Patti, to advocate for her friend’s appointment. When that failed to materialize, Rod Blagojevich writes in his new book, Katz contacted the governor and “indicated that if I appointed Valerie Jarrett …

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[24 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Under the self-styled reform governor:
—A relative of the tailor who made Blagojevich’s suits worth $2,000 or more sought a state job. She got it.
—Dozens of people Blagojevich met, as well as political contributors, friends and even his dentist, were invited to lodge at the governor’s mansion in Springfield.
—A taxpayer-paid travel aide appears to have been dispatched on personal errands, picking up the governor’s suits or delivering Scotch on a Saturday for another aide’s Christmas party.
—Blagojevich’s staff balked at allowing a Cook County commissioner to meet with him because an aide …