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Illinois’ Blagojevich in line for a Get out of Jail Soon card?

By George Spelvin, staff writer

The tentacles of Obama’s web of corruption yet again expose the stinking cesspool that is Chicago.  Rod Blagojevich, the fourth Illinois governor to reside in a gray bar inn, may be rearranging his schedule for an anticipated Get Out of Jail Somewhat Free Card as political maneuverings and legal efforts reveal Obama’s reach.

“It’s f’n golden,” said Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich prior to his trip to prison.  He was referring to his right as Governor to appoint a US Senator to fill the vacancy that occurred when Obama went to Washington to organize that community.  That seat on the Democrat side of the aisle was golden in more than a few creative ways.  Blago meant business.  Not only would he make Illinois’ next senator pay big time for a seat in America’s vaulted halls of Congress, he would do it in such a way as to keep himself out of prison.

The entire scheme fell down and went boom when CHICAGO TRIBUNE reporter John Chase allegedly called Blago’s press secretary Lucio Guerrero to inform him that the feds were wiretapping everything the Governor said. (1)  Ernie Souchak, editor-in-chief of the Illinois Pay-to-Play website, writes that it was U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald who contacted Chase, told him of the FBI wiretaps and suggested he get the word to Blagojevich’s press secretary. Why is this so significant? Because at the time, it was Fitzgerald himself who was investigating the misdeeds of Blagojevich for the Bush Department of Justice. With his call to Tribune reporter Chase, Fitzgerald was literally shutting down his own “secret” DOJ investigation of the Illinois governor.

You may ask why a once admired fed guy like Fitzgerald would compromise his OWN investigation? Why would he use the Chicago Tribune to make certain Blagojevich knew of the FBI wiretaps of his home and office? According to Ernie Souchak, it was because Fitzgerald just didn’t want to have to “arrest the co-chair of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Jesse Jackson, Jr.” (2)

For Pay-to-Play’s Souchak makes it clear that “. . .had Fitzgerald not told the TRIBUNE (reporter Chase) to make that infamous phone call that shut down his OWN wiretap, Blago would have been caught red-handed selling a US Senate seat.”   “JJJr would have been caught red-handed buying a US Senate seat.” (6) Yet as things now stand, Blago may walk sooner, not later. Editor Souchak is predicting that 12 of the 18 charges that sent Blago up in the first place are going to be tossed by the Seventh Circuit Appellate Court because this charge of selling Obama’s seat was just “political horse trading.” Horse-trading? More like horse-****.

And who set up the trade in the first place?  A horse’s ass in a stable of muck so thick even a Lake Michigan surge could not wipe it clean, that’s who. As usual, all roads lead back to Barack Obama.

So how have things been going recently for Jesse Jackson, Jr, a man who once lusted after a trip to the United States Senate?  The Chicago husband and father was recently “moved to a federal prison facility in AL following [a] dispute at a NC prison where he was serving a 30 month sentence for misusing campaign funds.”(3) Reports from behind prison walls surfaced to reveal JJJr made a guard upset when “the 49 year old Jackson was reportedly advising his fellow inmates about their rights in prison.” The exemplar was tossed in the hole for 5 days, perhaps to rethink his priorities. 

However, this victim of oppression is said to be happy about his transfer to Montgomery because they purportedly can treat his bipolar and depression disorders.  Jackson’s father, the Rev. Jesse, told a local print outlet that his son “has been doing a lot of reading and writing.”  When the son checks out of his rather limited living quarters, the mother of his children will enter America’s prison system for filing false tax returns. (4)

A Florida Congressional candidate last week commented that maybe the report up on Drudge referring to a possible Jihadi bombing of Chicago wasn’t such a bad idea, after all.  You think?

SOURCES: (1) (2) (5) (6) http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2014/08/27/patrick-fitzgerald-warned-blagojevich-wiretap/
Included above is the wiretap conversation between Blagojevich and his press secretary, Lucio Guerrero.

(3) (4) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/06/jesse-jackson-jr-transferred_n_5100647.html
 

The murder of a 9 year old in Chicago “can’t be tolerated,” but it will be

By Kevin “Coach” Collins

Another little Black boy was murdered in Chicago this week and noted social arsonist Father Michael Pfleger held a service for him and lamented, “[Antonio’s] slaying can’t be tolerated.”

Sorry pastor but you are quite wrong about that.  

On Wednesday August 20 while Ferguson, Missouri was burning and collapsing under the weight of rioters reacting to the shooting death of a petty criminal at the hands of a police officer, a little boy was shot dead in the streets of Chicago. His name was Antonio Smith. He was nine years old.

It’s a safe bet that you have not heard this story and a safer bet that there will be no demonstrations to “demand” that his killer by arrested. Antonio Smith was Black and lived in a city where Black lives–especially Black shooting victim’s lives–are not very important.  Antonio became the latest unimportant gun violence victim in the city that prides itself on its maniacal assaults on the Second Amendment.

Antonio’s death has a very brief shelf life because it is very likely that he was murdered by a Black gunman. Not only is there no political advantage for the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons of the world to pursue “justice” in this little boy’s murder, doing so would actually be a setback for the lie they tell about how Whites are killing Blacks. They can never allow the truth that Blacks kill Blacks to see the light of day.

Antonio’s little friends are in the same danger he was in, but like his parents and adult family members, their parents already vote Democrat in a city that hasn’t had a Republican mayor in more than eighty years. They are not worth the effort to stir up.  

Chicago sees a handful of Blacks killed just about every week. The staggering number of these murders shows no signs of slowing down, and they occur with numbing repetition. This won’t change as long as death’s like Antonio’s make not a ripple in the Windy City.  
 
Source: http://voices.suntimes.com/news/breaking-news/boy-critically-wounded-in-greater-grand-crossing-shooting/   

Illinois: a Democrat Party paradise of unions and crime

By Suzanne Eovaldi,  staff writer

The restoration of the University of Illinois’ iconic Alma Mater statue in April of this year comes with very mixed emotions.  After undergoing a $300,000, two year restoration effort, our academic mother rests on her pedestal, arms outstretched once again welcoming us to Wright and Green Streets.  But haven’t our university and other Illinois colleges and universities really made Illini citizens the children of cobblers who have no shoes?  How can the state with such a proud academic and medical reputation be in such horrific disarray?  Reading the most recent alumni magazine is disconcerting.

“Blue Waters supercomputer on the Urbana campus (University of Illinois) is so fast that in one second it can run the same number of calculations that a human with a calculator would require 32 MILLION years to do.” (1)  “Such power allows measurement-intensive modeling of complex systems of all kinds, from virus cells to hurricanes…”   Yet, such academic prowess can’t or won’t figure out how to fix the abject dysfunction of Chicago, America’s number one city per capita in killings, murder, violence, shootings, and pure misery for many neighborhoods.

Consider the terrible contrast between the proposed Digital Manufacturing Design Innovation Institute and the third world violence zones that allow citizens to live in fear and misery 24/7!  Less than a three hour drive separates the two vastly different realities. “Unless we have economic rebirth in our state, our children are going to seek jobs and careers elsewhere,” says Chris Kennedy, UI Board of Trustees Chairman.  YOU THINK?  If they manage to survive, that is.

An Email I received at about the same time as the Illini Alumni Magazine states the following about Illinois and Cook County:

“State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, WORST IN COUNTRY.  Cook County (Chicago) sales tax 10.25%, HIGHEST IN COUNTRY. Four former governors in jail, MOST IN COUNTRY!  This astounding paragraph in the anonymous Email goes on: “Perhaps the US should pull out of Chicago.  Body count: in the last six months, 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago.  221 killed in Iraq.  AND, Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in the entire US.” (2)

How can a State worthy of international recognition for astounding research and development in the fields of space, medical research, engineering and digital excellence and mathematical acclaim have such a glaring negative sum with its soft subject offerings?  How can ruin, crime and bankruptcy plague Chicago’s urban population while state universities achieve international renown in hard subject studies?  

One answer here: Political Correctness is killing Illinois!  Silly curriculum offerings present sex week, encouraging nubile young people to enjoy a week of sex, lies, and videotape on the student debt dime. But few participants can recite—let alone comprehend– the evil speech of Shakespeare’s Iago who used his cunning and brilliant intellect to harm his fellows, rather than help, as former Illinois students once were taught.  Refusing to require competency in the greatness of Classic Literature (perhaps written by old white guys) is turning out computer freaks without moral imperatives.

The anonymous Email goes on to pound the Springfield legislature that is All Democrat, All of the Time.  “There are more people on welfare in Illinois than there are people working.  Chicago pays the highest wages to teachers of anywhere else in the US averaging $110,000 a year.  Their pensions average 80-90% of their incomes.” (3)  Many teacher union dues donations go straight into Democrat party coffers; the “contributions” coming right off of the top of paychecks, btw. A researcher with ties to Urbana years ago went on to document how many state officials and politicians have done jail time over the years.

We know that POLITICAL CORRECTNESS is destroying our country. And since we have to admit this horror has a death grip on Illinois’ academic community, may we also deduce that PC is the reason for Illinois’ severe decline?  What is wrong with a blinkered mentality that fosters such futuristic development yet foments such third world decay and violence?  The failure rests, I submit, with the once proud Journalistic tradition that taught students how to hold politicians accountable.  Is it true that over 80% of reporters and editors vote Democrat, supporting the Party and its ideology?  Have we forgotten how to write unbiased news stories?

For to praise each other for digital futurism yet fail to recognize academia’s pyrrhic victories is for naught.  Is my anonymous Email any emptier than academia’s self-aggrandizement?

SOURCES:  

(1) ILLINOIS, Vol. 26, issue 4, University of Illinois Alumni Association, Summer 2014, pg. 34
(2) (3) Anonymous Email sent to me by my Illinois relatives.

Chicago Police Superintendent caught creating phony police reports to reduce crime rate

by Doug Book,  editor

Other than hitting the perfect tee shot, nothing is more gratifying than the sight of liberals hoisted by a petard fashioned of their own corruption.
                                                                                                      
In May of 2011, anti-gun lunatic Garry McCarthy was named Chicago Police Superintendent by mayor and former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Though making all of the usual promises about reducing the city’s crime rate, during his first full year–2012–Chicago recorded 507 murders, the most since 2008 and more than in any year since 2003.

Of course, more important than 507 dead was the fact that Emanuel’s approval rate seemed to decline another notch with the discovery of each new corpse.

So in January of 2013, Emanuel had a friendly sit-down with his police superintendent during which McCarthy was told that a repeat of the 2012 murder statistics would find him packing.

And lo and behold, a miracle occurred. In December of 2013, Emanuel and McCarthy called a joint press conference to inform Chicagoans that the city was on track “…to have its lowest homicide rate since 1967 and its lowest violent crime rate for nearly as long.” “This is not just 2013 against 2012,” said Emanuel. “This is 2013 against the last 40 years. That is what is significant.” Naturally, most of the media pitched in with round the clock praise for the mayor and his police wunderkind.

But not everyone was willing to accept the word of Chicago’s dynamic duo. Except for the spike in murders during 2012, Chicago’s crime rate had fallen dramatically from 2010 to 2013; TOO dramatically.  “Index crimes,” the 8 violent and property crimes which make up the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, had dropped by 59% in the city. And this with 10% fewer police on the street than in 2011. A veteran police sergeant commented that the extraordinary reduction in crime “makes no sense,” continuing with, “and it makes absolutely no sense that people believe it. Yet people believe it.”

But Chicago’s inspector general and the people at Chicago Magazine did NOT believe it. This year, the IG’s office finalized an audit of assault related crimes in the city during 2012. The audit found that “…the department under-counted aggravated assaults and batteries by more than 24 percent, based on the sample cases reviewed.” Chicago Magazine discovered examples of 10 murders; people “…who were beaten, burned, suffocated, or shot to death in 2013 and whose cases were reclassified as death investigations, downgraded to more minor crimes, or even closed as noncriminal incidents…”

In short, Police Superintendent McCarthy and department higher-ups accomplished their remarkable, 3 year reduction in crime by–to put it charitably–”…changing how certain crimes are categorized.” For example, homicides as initially reported by case officers would be quietly downgraded to non-criminal events.  Chicago Magazine reported that “…many officers of different ranks and from different parts of the city recounted instances in which they were asked or pressured by their superiors to reclassify their incident reports or in which their reports were changed by some invisible hand. One detective refers to the “magic ink:” the power to make a case disappear.”

And unlike news of graft and corruption during the Daley years, this story is being reported. Two weeks ago, Chicago Magazine published the first of a two part article revealing the underhanded crime reporting methods of the CPD.  The Chicago Sun Times revealed lies told by McCarthy, including his having assured a reporter that the department had NOT changed the way it “measures statistics;” that is, reports crimes.

Garry McCarthy has (probably with the knowledge of Rahm Emanuel) deceived the people of Chicago and done an unforgivable disservice to crime victims and their families. If this story gathers enough steam to damage Rahm Emanuel, McCarthy might well be gone.

And how will Emanuel handle it? If he tosses McCarthy under the bus by claiming to have known nothing about the crime reporting fraud, will McCarthy rat him out?

What fun, as December’s liberal heroes are revealed to be the slimy rats they are.

Sources:

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2014/Chicago-crime-rates/

http://www.suntimes.com/26693217-761/chicago-police-underreported-number-of-2012-aggravated-assault-and-battery-audit-finds.html

http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Chicago-Illinois.html

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/01/01/police-chicago-reports-415-murders-in-2013-lowest-since-1965/

 

Former Gov. Blagojevich, sealed tapes and the Windy City that runs the Nation

by Suzanne Eovaldi,  staff writer

“I’ve Got This Thing, and It’s F*king Golden. . .I’m just not giving it up for nothing,” said former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, speaking of his ability in 2008 to name the new owner of Barack Obama’s vacated US Senate seat.  And now rumors are swirling Blago just might be getting out of jail much earlier than required by the 14 year sentence which he is serving in a mountain Gray Bar Inn, forced retreat in Colorado.

Two Chicago Tribune reporters, John Chase and Jeff Coen, (who did not answer a CiR call to hear their side) are being lambasted for what they knew and when they knew it regarding the much heralded SEALED TAPES.  “So why did Blago and his attorneys let Chase and Coen’s public proclamation that the contents of the sealed tapes confirm his guilt go unchallenged?” (1)
  
Sealed, unsealed, just spent words in an ongoing stream of politics-as-usual in Chicago.  Whether the tapes hold the key to opening Blago’s prison cell to return to his wife and children is an ancillary codicil to the real reason the man was sent up.  In the People’s Republic of Illinois, everything now serves the One, and Blago had to be removed from waiting microphones to protect the Chicago gangster in the Oval Office.
 
We hear that Barack Obama is planning his return to the city and the Ayers salon that launched him onto the world’s stage while his beloved wife of over 20 years will remain in D.C.  So what do the tapes have to do with the price of eggs?  Well, they give Blago leverage, leverage which was already pretty well assured because his wife Patricia is the eldest daughter of Richard F. “Dick” Mell.  Mell retired after 38 years, repeat 38 years, serving on the Chicago City Council. Within one month, he began a new career as a lobbyist. (2)

Mell’s own career weaved in and out of his alliance with Fast Eddie Vrodolyak and the Vrodolyak 29.  Oh, those were the years.  Here’s a delicious sidebar; my friend lived across the street from the young male artist who drew the oft derided picture of Mayor Harold Washington in ladies delicate attire. The young man literally had to flee the Chicago suburb, I think by dark of night.  Black politicians were so enraged that a Black female politician, without court order, police protection, or legal authority walked up the steps of the Chicago Art Institute and summarily pulled the large painting OFF OF THE WALL herself. Dorothy “hats” Tillman was not the one who did this, as I got the story.

“How many of us read the stuff we get, OK. . .it’s small print. . .like your insurance policy,” Mell famously said of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s dictum to move forward on the parking meter privatization contracts, an issue which is now in the courts. (3) Mell and his son-in-law locked horns over a landfill flap that Blago shuttered but that somehow was tied to the family patriarch’s wishes. (4)  Now Illinois political blogs are rife with speculation that Illinois’ fourth jailed governor will soon return to the City that runs the country.  Maybe yes, maybe no, but let’s not discount the well liked former governor’s appeal to the common folk, many of  whom just happen to pay for the Democrat disease known as Chicago politics. 

I just can’t get worked up about those tapes, but they are a new chapter in what may be going on. They are grist for somebody’s political mill.  Those two Chicago Tribune reporters could have blown the Blagojevich case right off of Michigan Avenue, but they didn’t.  Compared to most Chicago pols, the former governor was not that bad and he did listen to the people.  My cousin thought he was cute.
 
Let’s not forget the real tragedy of the once lovely home state of the Fighting Illini. A pension system ranked 50 out of 50 states, economic ratios, Moody bond ratings and job creation factors numbering 47 to 48 according to Chicago Tribune and Wall Street Journal findings are creating a dysphoria that matches the Heroin Hell of Lower Wacker and Rambo’s closing of schools which many black children and their parents really liked.
 
Sure, the much touted FBI sealed tapes just may get Blago out of jail, but his stay-out-of-the-cemetery card is his silence at the microphones of Democrat political power.  Blago walks when Obama says he walks.

SOURCES: (1) http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2014/03/30/blagojevich-agreed-to-let-chicago-tribune-reporter
and to www.nbcnews.com/. . ./nerves-fray-Blagojevich-explains-golden-quo
(2) (3) (4)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Mell
  
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf9X6COc-70
www. nbcnews.com/id/43236017/ns/politics-more-politics/t/r