Let’s Help Barack Obama’s Slumlord Friend REZKO, Part I

What does Tony Rezko know and when will he say it?

There have been many news stories lately about Obama’s housing mishaps (a very good Boston Globe article), and Tony Rezko. None of the stories or analyses have the story quite right or complete.

We at Big Pink have been covering the Rezko story since before just about anyone else knew what a Rezko was so we have a fairly good understanding of Antoin “Tony” Rezko’s relationships and travails. (We’ll devote today and tomorrow to helping Tony Rezko and later we will explore the Culture of Corruption which surrounds and is so ably represented by Barack Obama.)

We also understand that at the moment poor Tony Rezko is in jail, awaiting a trip to prison after he is sentenced on September 3, 2008. At the moment Tony does not have internet access but perhaps familiy members are trolling the internet (Tony does have young adult sons) and they can relate what we post to poor Tony.

Tony is about to realize, if he has not already, that:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

On Big Pink its “Let’s Help Barack Obama’s Slumlord Friend REZKO” Day.

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On June 17th of this year we wrote the fourth installment of REZKO for Dummies. This fourth installment was prompted by the conviction of Antoin “Tony” Rezko on 16 counts of various crimes in federal court. Also news began to seep out about certain behind the scenes developments of the Rezko trial and we wanted to comment on those developments. One of the developments was the release of a letter Rezko had earlier written to the judge in the case.

We noted in REZKO for Dummies, Part IV that Rezko faces a maximum 300 years in prison, and a potentially huge financial penalty of several million dollars. We noted that Rezko, in his letter to the judge, said about the prosecutors “They are pressuring me to tell them the ‘wrong’ things that I supposedly know about Governor Blagojevich and Senator Obama.” In REZKO for Dummies, Part IV, we quoted extensively from the Obama related portion of the letter Rezko wrote to the judge. Most of the commentary on blogs and news stories focused on the Obama related section. Very few commentators however focused on the earlier part of Rezko’s letter. We will.

But before we examine the Rezko letter to the judge let’s examine the reaction of Big Media and Rezko’s lawyers immediately after Rezko’s letter was released:

In a letter to a judge publicized last week, political fund-raiser Tony Rezko said “overzealous” prosecutors pressured him to tell them “the wrong things” about presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

But that letter appears to be misleading, given that Rezko never submitted to an interview with federal prosecutors or any federal investigators, sources said.

Rezko’s lawyer, Joseph Duffy, said Rezko never sat down for an interview and was never pressured directly, or indirectly, through Duffy, to talk about Obama, Gov. Blagojevich — or anyone else.

Odd isn’t it? In the very good, very interesting Sun-Times article Joe Duffy – Rezko’s lawyer – is basically calling poor Tony a LIAR. That is strange behavior. The lawyer is calling his client a liar in a major newspaper. It’s almost as if Joe Duffy is more interested in protecting Obama and Blagojevich than his own client. Odd.

Let’s proceed with the Sun-Times report.

“Your honor, the prosecutors have been overzealous in pursuing a crime that never happened,” Rezko said. “They are pressuring me to tell them the wrong things that I supposedly know about Gov. Blagojevich and Senator Barack Obama.”

Sources say Rezko believed he was put in jail just before his trial as a tactic to get him to flip.

Rezko, 52, of Wilmette, was convicted of far-reaching fraud tied to state deals. He was a longtime fund-raiser to Blagojevich and Obama.

The letter sent a clear signal that Rezko was not interested in making a deal.

But Rezko’s situation changed dramatically after his June 4 conviction. He not only landed right back in jail, but faces significant prison time. Beyond that, Rezko still faces two other criminal trials.

If Rezko were to have a future change of heart, the note he sent could end up backfiring on him, legal observers say.

Former prosecutor Zachary Fardon noted that Scott Fawell, former chief of staff to Gov. George Ryan, wrote a similar letter, saying he wouldn’t make up lies about Ryan. Fawell was the star witness in Ryan’s trial.

“Do I think he could effectively be crossed on this letter? Yes,” Fardon said. “Does that mean they can’t call him or use him [as a witness]? No.”

A U.S. attorney’s spokesman had no comment.

It’s almost as if Joe Duffy has Obama’s interests at heart, not his client, poor Tony Rezko. Joe Duffy must remember Scott Fawell saying the same thing about his former employer, Governor of Illinois Ryan, before providing testimony that sent the corrupt governor of Illinois to prison.

It’s almost as if Duffy is trying to destroy the credibility of his client – even though his client is now not only convicted of serious crimes, faces what amounts to a life sentence, and faces more legal trials. This is strange behavior for a lawyer to display towards a client.

Poor Tony. Tony in his letter said the Prosecutors wanted him to flip, to “give up on goods” – to tell what he knows about Barack Obama. Tony’s lawyer basically calls Tony a liar, in an interview in which he is quoted by name in a major newspaper. Odd.

Those wishing to read the Antoin “Tony” Rezko’s letter to the judge can click HERE (PDF file format).

Earlier we focused on the section of the letter dealing with Obama. Today, let’s examine the opening section of the letter.

On January 17th, of 2007, I stood before you and took an oath to answer questions truthfully, and that is what I did. I told the trugh and nothing but the truth as I knew the facts then. In February, I was under tremendous pressure from my legal team to pay their fees, some pastdue but mostly in the form of advances so that they can continue to represent me. Eventually, I was able to obtain a loan of 3.5 million dollars from GMH after weeks of discussing numbers and communicating with David Gustman, Brian Smith, Joel Cooper (the three attorneys from Freeborn & Peters), Joe Duffy, Bill Ziegelmueller, and Howard Adelman. GMH was represented by attorney John Caruso of Kirkland & Ellis. The discussions took weeks of phone calls and countless emails.

It was determined by the attorneys involved that since the 3.5 million was a loan, we would be in compliance with the court’s orders. Therefore, we did not inform the court of the transaction. Your Honor, I am not a lawyer and I was not the one who interpreted the relevant scripts. Having said that, I understand that it remains my responsibility. I blame no one but myself, and I do apologize for not informing Your Honor of the transaction. I believe all of the above-mentioned individuals will reply similarly if asked. [snip]

The last four years have been very difficult for me. Since the Federal Government started investigating me, they have subpoenaed and interviewed hundreds of people in my life. Most of those people were my friends, associates, accountants, lenders, investors, employees, and ex-employees. My finances have been ruined and, as a result of the charges, I was forced out of what will be an incredible development on the South Side of Chicago. Everything I worked to build has crumbled in front of my eyes. The United States Attorney’s office employed many federal agencies to investigate me including the FBI, the IRS, the Postal Department, and the Labor Department. My attorneys were well aware of the scope of the investigation and advised me as to what the government was investigating and who the government was interviewing.

Poor Tony, he seems to have a lot of representation problems. It’s almost as if now that Tony has little political influence and even less money his attorney’s have, at least, lost interest in poor Tony.

It’s almost as if Antoin “Tony” Rezko’s attorneys are helping everyone in Chicago politics but Tony.

In Part II of Let’s Help Barack Obama’s Slumlord Friend REZKO we’ll discuss why we suspect Prosecutor Fitzgerald kept Obama out of the Rezko trial. We’ll discuss more questions regarding Antoin “Tony” Rezko’s attorneys and their ineffective and perplexing “defense” of Rezko. Also “When will Rezko sing?” – our timeline estimates.

Watch your back Tony. You were smart to surrender yourself immediately after conviction to the slightly more protective custody of the Chicago jail system. You don’t want to become another Chicago suicide like Orlando Jones.

Remember Tony:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

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111 thoughts on “Let’s Help Barack Obama’s Slumlord Friend REZKO, Part I

  1. Obama said today he would not question anybody’s patriotism?…
    I guess if a home grown terrorist was found in the US, Obama would not question that person’s patriotism either….would he listen to his military advisors if someone came and said there were moles in the CIA or FBI.

    He would not ask anybody any question during daily presidential briefing about America’s security….even if it is somebody like timothy mcveigh?

  2. From this post from yesterday is Bob Kerrey’s advice to Obama, with the last excerpt being deja vu from the primary:

    # lindax Says:
    June 29th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2008/06/28/2008-06-28_build_a_bridge_barack_obama.html

    I support and will do what I can to help Sen. Barack Obama become our next President. Among other reasons, I believe he has a unique capacity to get world leaders to collaborate with the United States to fight the war on terror, negotiate good trade agreements and get the world on the track of sustainable economic growth.

    Still, there is a lot to admire about Sen. John McCain. I agree with many of his ideas, regard him as one of the few political leaders who is willing to take a stand on unpopular issues when the cause demands it, and believe he, too, would make a very good President.

    I know that it is unlikely that McCain would be offered or accept a position in President Obama’s cabinet. I also know that if and when President Obama is drafting his first State of the Union address – and laying out big policy goals – he is going to need important GOP allies and lots of bipartisan goodwill.

    From this comes a modest proposal and an immodest wish: That Obama begin now to look for opportunities to say to McCain: “I agree with you on that.”
    &&&&&&&&

    Bob, you don’t need to counsel Obama on how to rip off his opponent. Every debate featured him saying, ” I agree with Hillary, but my tiny modifications of her idea make mine the superior solution”. Basically, it was like from “When Harry Met Sally”: “I’ll have what she’s having”.

    I believe we here were all keenly aware of what a sham the “debates” were. Hillary got all the tough policy questions first, so she “cleared a path in the woods”. Then Obama would get the follow up, and drive in the path she cleared.

    The few times the unfair “moderators” made the mistake of not helping him out, by asking him a question first, he would stutter and ramble. Then Hillary would come up to the plate, and “swack”, another line drive double in the gap.

  3. mp: the reason he will not question someones patriotism is because he knows that people who live in glass houses shouldnt throw stones. The fact that he failed to question the patriotism of those in his inner circle when it was open to serious doubt is yet another example of his judgment or lack thereof.

  4. CO-OPTER IN CHIEF:

    Yesterday, someone posted a link to a daily news article about Bob Kerrey’s advice to Obama:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2008/06/28/2008-06-28_build_a_bridge_barack_obama.html

    The following is the excerpted first few paragraphs:

    I support and will do what I can to help Sen. Barack Obama become our next President. Among other reasons, I believe he has a unique capacity to get world leaders to collaborate with the United States to fight the war on terror, negotiate good trade agreements and get the world on the track of sustainable economic growth.

    Still, there is a lot to admire about Sen. John McCain. I agree with many of his ideas, regard him as one of the few political leaders who is willing to take a stand on unpopular issues when the cause demands it, and believe he, too, would make a very good President.

    I know that it is unlikely that McCain would be offered or accept a position in President Obama’s cabinet. I also know that if and when President Obama is drafting his first State of the Union address – and laying out big policy goals – he is going to need important GOP allies and lots of bipartisan goodwill.

    From this comes a modest proposal and an immodest wish: That Obama begin now to look for opportunities to say to McCain: “I agree with you on that.”
    &&&&&&

    Obama does not need help in learning how to rip off from his opponent. How often did we here him say, “I agree with Hillary, but my minute changes to hers make mine a vastly better approach”. Like the movie, When Harry Met Sally, “I’ll have what she’s having”.

    Recall in the debates, Hillary would lay down a whole multi-point agenda on any topic. Basically, she cleared a path through the woods, and Obama would follow.

    When the unfair “moderators” occasionally make the mistake of asking Obama something first, he’d stutter and stumble. Then Hillary would come up to the plate and hit another line drive up the middle.

    The difference was glaring, and it was consistent. Obama can’t debate his way out of a paper bag.

  5. That is strange stuff from kerry. If bambi agrees with mccain down the line, what will the netroots say. Or is he telling him to sell them down the river. If so then as you say he needs no help.

  6. Sorry about my duplicate posts. The first time, nothing was posted.

    BTW, I saw on noquarter that many blogs are getting listed as spam and decommissioned. And here today, yet again, I got the “CPU quota exceeded”. I think the Obamablognazzis (the paid 400 hit men) are doing Denial of Service attacks.

  7. http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_9744092

    The fence around the public demonstration zone outside the Democratic National Convention will be chicken wire or chain link, authorities revealed in U.S. District Court today.

    That may allow protestors to be seen and heard by delegates going in and out of the Pepsi Center during the convention.

    But the American Civil Liberties Union and several advocacy groups have filed an amended complaint to their lawsuit against the U.S. Secret Service and the city and county of Denver that says protestors and demonstrators may have their First Amendment rights violated by security restrictions.

    The ACLU has said it wants to avoid the conditions that existed during the 2004 convention in Boston, where protesters were caged, infuriating

    The first phase of the lawsuit asked the court to compel the city and the Secret Service to disclose the information on protest restrictions.

    During today’s hearing before Judge Marcia S. Krieger, the attorney for the groups, Steve Zansberg, said the city and the Secret Service had provided the information sought in Phase One.

    The second phase of the lawsuit will address whether the restrictions are unconstitutional. Zansberg also represents The Denver Post on First Amendment issues, though the paper is not a party in this dispute.

    The groups agreed to go to trial on those issues on July 29 and the judge will visit the site the night before to assess the restrictions.

  8. BROWNSHIRT BLOGGERS

    noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/06/30/who%e2%80%99s-responsible-for-shutting-down-a-number-of-anti-obama-blogspot-accounts/

    The above link is for the article called:

    Who’s responsible for shutting down a number of anti-Obama Blogspot accounts?

  9. Obama fights back against questions on patriotism By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent
    2 hours, 25 minutes ago

    INDEPENDENCE, Missouri (Reuters) – Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama on Monday rejected questions about his patriotism even as he drew fire for a supporter’s attack on Republican rival John McCain’s military record.

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    Obama kicked off the week leading up to the July 4 Independence Day celebration with a broad-ranging speech extolling American virtues. He said questions about patriotism were a poisonous remnant of the 1960s culture wars.

    In a clear sign the issue is a worry for the campaign, Obama said he would not sit back and watch his love of country questioned by political rivals.

    “I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign. And I will not stand idly by when I hear others question mine,” he said in a speech at the Harry Truman presidential library in Missouri.

    As Obama spoke, however, a firestorm was brewing over weekend comments by an Obama backer, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, sometimes mentioned as a potential vice presidential running mate in the November election.

    Clark said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that McCain’s military service record was overblown since he did not make major combat decisions. McCain spent 5 1/2 years in a Vietnam prison camp after his fighter plane was shot down over Hanoi.

    “I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president,” Clark said.

    Obama distanced himself from the remark without mentioning Clark by name. A spokesman, Bill Burton, said Obama rejects Clark’s comments.

    “No one should ever devalue that service, especially for the sake of a political campaign, and that goes for supporters on both sides. We must always express our profound gratitude for the service of our men and women in uniform. Period,” Obama said.

    But McCain campaign advisers seized on the remark as evidence to support their contention that while Obama preaches a civil message, he is willing to engage in cutthroat tactics.

    “PLAYING POLITICS”

    They organized a conference call with some of McCain’s colleagues in the military to defend his honor.

    “They’re playing politics,” said Orson Swindle, who was in the POW camp with McCain. “It’s not good. Senator Obama apparently is permitting it, and that’s very disappointing.”

    McCain said the controversy should not distract from the important election issues.

    “If that’s the kind of campaign that Senator Obama and his surrogates and his supporters want to engage, I understand that. But it doesn’t reduce the price of a gallon of gas by one penny. It doesn’t achieve our energy independence … (and) it doesn’t help an American stay in their home,” McCain told reporters in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

    Obama, an Illinois senator who would be the first black U.S. president, will face McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, in November’s election for the White House.

    Obama has battled persistent criticism about his failure to wear a flag pin on his lapel, viewed as a symbol of patriotism for some U.S. politicians. He often wears one now.

    He also has been the target of Internet rumors about his willingness to cite the Pledge of Allegiance, and his wife, Michelle, has been criticized for a remark she said was taken out of context about feeling proud of her country.

    Obama questioned the prominence of such issues in a crucial presidential campaign.

    “Given the enormous challenges that lie before us, we can no longer afford these sorts of divisions. None of us expect that arguments about patriotism will, or should, vanish entirely,” he said. “But surely we can agree that no party or political philosophy has a monopoly on patriotism.”

    The speech was reminiscent of a March address in which Obama directly tackled racial questions raised by his candidacy and the controversial speeches of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

    (Additional reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; editing by David Wiessler)

    (For more about the U.S. political campaign, visit Reuters “Tales from the Trail: 2008” online at http://www.blogs.reuters.com/trail08/)

  10. I’ve just started a new email list, PumaResponders.

    It’s to notify members when articles are posted in mainstream media that have comment strings that will be seen by many viewers.

    Leads will be supplied by the members, as I don’t read much MSM myself. Pls to join just to supply leads, even if you don’t want to post comments at the MSM sites.

    Membership is by invitation. If you want to join, pls email me at 1950democrat/at/gmail/com.

  11. Just got another Democratic Survey. I used my block marker on it. You would think they might quit asking me.

  12. Here is the new pro-Hillary website I mentioned last night. If you read the bios of the two founders you will get a sense of how talented they are. Plus, they are great people.

    truthrains.com

  13. So bambi claims he had a great conversation with bill clinton. I am thrilled. Bill has now done his part for party unity. Lets move on to more pressing matters.

  14. Bambi has a remarkable ability to create side shows like this to distract public attention from his incompetence in dealing with substantive issues. Did Bill say anything about that great conversation? Just curious.

  15. For the same reason that a general is obliged to initiate the salute to a private who was awarded the medal of honor–rather than the reverse Wes Clarke should not has said what he said about McCain. It is okay to think that, it is okay to say it privately but to say it publicly aint right. Unless he is prepared to subject bambis long and distinguished military record to similar scrutingy.

  16. Another disgusting piece of Obama’s “new politics.” Smear job on McCain

    noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/06/30/bill-ayers-would-be-so-proud/#more-3338

    The lows, just keep getting lower. Unbelievable. This guy has to be stopped.

  17. Birdgal: bambi has no scruples. In addition he has no common sense. Smearing a war hero is beyond stupid. However the fact he has done it means that mccain can now take the gloves off. Frankly, I sensed a certain reluctance by him to do that before now. This may be just the provocation he needs. We shall soon see if mccain turns the other cheek.

  18. Looks like, the piece is from the community blog on his website. It is from late May. Just the fact, that the team allowed this to be posted, and to stay up, says it all.

  19. Shameless that the Obama-bots are trying to smear John McCain’s military record. Bill Clinton and the country fought hard to put the wounds of the Vietnam war behind all of us, during the ’92 campaign, when Clinton took heat for getting a deferment. He spoke eloquently at the time about the need for America to stop demonizing those who served, and those who did not serve, and veterans and war protesters alike commended his ability to bring the nation together.

    What does the Obama campaign do, by contrast? Rip open old wounds in order to divide America. Ugh…

  20. NYT article on the Obama-bots’ fascist attempts to shut down all online dissent:

    —————–
    June 30, 2008, 6:37 pm
    Google and the Anti-Obama Bloggers

    By Miguel Helft

    (UPDATE 7:20 p.m.| Added comment from one of the bloggers who was shut down by Google.)

    Did Google use its network of online services to silence critics of Barack Obama? That was the question buzzing on a corner of the blogosphere over the last few days, after several anti-Obama bloggers were unable to update their sites, which are hosted on Google’s Blogger service.

    The bloggers in question, most of them supporters of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and all of them opposed to Senator Obama, received a notice from Google last week saying that their sites had been identified as potential “spam” blogs. “You will not be able to publish posts to your blog until we review your site and confirm that it is not a spam blog,” the Google e-mail read.

    Many of the bloggers were affiliated with JustSayNoDeal.com a Web site that opposes Senator Obama. They include http://bluelyon.blogspot.com, http://comealongway.blogspot.com, http://hillaryorbust.blogspot.com and http://mccaindemocrats.blogspot.com.

    In an article that appeared on Bloggasm.com, the reporter Simon Owens spoke with some of the affected bloggers, who said they believed that Google had fallen prey to a campaign by activists supporting Senator Obama. According to the bloggers, the Obama supporters had clicked on a “flag” on the anti-Obama blogs alerting Google that they were spam.

    If so, that would be an embarrassment for Google. On its Web page explaining the “flag” feature, Google says that “it can’t be manipulated by angry mobs. Political dissent? Incendiary opinions? Just plain crazy? Bring it on.”

    On Monday, Google would not explicitly rebut the idea that it had been tricked but said that the cause of the temporary blockage appeared to be elsewhere. “It appears that our anti-spam filters caused some Blogger accounts to be blocked from creating new posts,” Google spokesman Adam Kovacevich said in a statement. “While we are still investigating, we believe this may have been caused by mass spam e-mails mentioning the ‘Just Say No Deal’ network of blogs, which in turn caused our system to classify the blog addresses mentioned in the e-mails as spam. We have restored posting rights to the affected blogs, and it is very important to us that Blogger remain a tool for political debate and free expression.”

    Mr. Kovacevich would not give further details about Google’s spam monitoring techniques or their relationship to the Blogger service.

    Some blocked bloggers have reported that their sites have suddenly become unblocked. Yet some have already moved their blogs to WordPress, a rival blogging service, and remain angry about what they call Google’s “guilty until proven innocent” policy.

    “Without any notice, apology, or explanation, my posting privileges has been reinstated,” wrote the author of the blog Come a Long Way, who identifies herself as GeekLove. “Blogger’s ‘guilty until proven innocent’ approach is appalling. As bloggers, it is a good thing we still have choices, and I have exercised my choice to leave Blogger and establish a new home at WordPress.”

    Carissa Snedeker, of Silver Springs, Nevada, whose Blue Lyon blog was affected by the temporary freeze, said she doesn’t buy Google’s answer and still believes that Obama supporters “flagged” her blog. Yet she is mostly upset at Google.

    “What frustrated me was that Blogger didn’t give us the benefit of the doubt,” said Ms. Snedeker, adding that she has been publishing her blog for three years. “It would have taken a human five seconds to figure out we are not spam,” she said. Her blog is now hosted on WordPress.

    bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/30/google-and-the-anti-obama-bloggers/

  21. Thread at Greta about PUMA:

    h t t p : / / gretawire.foxnews.com/2008/06/30/puma-party-unity-my-a/all-comments/#comments

  22. Admin:

    Can’t wait to hear info/speculation as to why Fitzgerald giving BHO a pass during trial. Keep believing there must be at least ONE Jimmy Stewart-type in all of this melodrama who is willing to DO THE RIGHT THING and CAN’T BE BOUGHT OFF.

    Excellent youtube clips about the “strange” relationship shared between BHO and Rezko. Know what Larry Sinclair believes their relationship was, and it was much more than sharing adjoining properties at one time.

    Hope Rezko’s family can get him to warble. 300+ years is a long time. Certainly no future in it. I’ts like Tony is taking the fall for the whole Chicago Combine corruption. Be damned if I’d be their sacrificial lamb.

    Fitzgerald has to hold at least four Jacks if not a Royal Flush.

  23. stanley fish NYT opinion Is That All There Is? couldn’t have said it better.

    yup, watching hillary in unity, NH, there was that fleeting moment when i envisioned (fantasized?) her saying “ya know, this idea of suspending my campaign, i’ve been having second thoughts..”

    fish is absolutely right. the campaign between the two predictable men, left vs right, has become boring drivel. no different than years before.

    not having hillary in the news is kind of like losing a friend. someone who’s knowledge, opinion and lessons were treasured.

  24. How smelly and how dirty will FOX have to get before they stop digging Dick Morris out of the sewer like the rat he is, cleaning him up and putting him on Hannity. GEE WHIZ!

  25. curiosityhasme Says:
    “Can’t wait to hear info/speculation as to why Fitzgerald giving BHO a pass during trial.”
    ************
    One theory I read on some other website is that Fitzgerald wanted to make sure Rezko got convicted and he felt that bringing up Obama’s name could possibly sway the jury the wrong way.

  26. So the toe sucker is back on primetime again, LOL! He is so nasty looking, YUK!
    So it looks like all the VP nominations keep screwing up, or least they seem to be trying to look like their screwing up, yuh think maybe their doing it on purpose so they don’t have the run with the anchor(Obama)?? Seemed like a good out for ole Wesley. I saw him in Waco and he is very articulate. He couldn’t have made that statement without realizing how it would be taken. LOL!! At this rate Bambi will have to run by himself!!

  27. Confloyd

    I was thinking the same thing. I met him in Iowa, and he just does not strike me as someone that would do that.

  28. NMF, I tell you, it had to be on purpose. Nobody is going to want to run with him. I hope they won’t force Hillary. She tough, she ought be able to just say NO!
    Bambi will only have left Coward Dean or John (the boring) Kerry! Either one of those will be like adding 2 tons of concrete to the anchor! LOL!!
    I am looking forward to seeing who the SUCKER will be!!!

  29. I just watch Nasty Pelosi being interviewed by Greta, Nasty looked like she took one too many Zanex that day. She certainly did not look anything like Hillary and her interview with Bill-o. Nasty is no where near on the same playing field as Hillary. Hillary aced her interview and Nasty looks like she is severely sweating in her armpits! LOL!

  30. How did that Nasty Pelosi, ever become Speaker of the House?? What a disgrace. I wish, I lived in her district, so that I could vote against her.

  31. birdgal, Me too. She is awful. Her facial expressions are stupid. Hillary has that game face, you never see any change in her expressions during tough interviews, although I have seen her come somewhat aggrevated which would be correct given some of her interviews!

  32. tx4hill wrote: its bad. all over the networks. scratch clark off obama’s vp list. im disgusted

    heh heh, I think of it more like “Mission Accomplished”! Go Clark!

    He was always for Hillary and his obvious parrotting of Bambi’s Talking Points(tm) with some, according to the Bambi camp, ad libbing on his part put Bambi in a bad position. It doesn’t hurt Clark with me, anymore than Hill and Bill jumping on the Bambi Bandwagon reminding everyone that Dems that 2 of the last three elections won by Dems were Bill Clinton’s.

    Hillary says all the right things and I’m sure Bill will say all the right things as well. It’s not their fault that they can’t get us to vote for the fraud.

    Speaking of Hill and Bill being on board, so to speak, in order to “retire her debt” as is being floated around on various sites…Is it just me or couldn’t Hillary just write a check for whatever is outstanding then sign a book deal, or couldn’t Bill just give 20 or so million dollar speeches once she is no longer running for President? If Mitt Romney could use his own money to pay for his campaign, why can’t Hillary? It is my fantasy that Hillary is still building up a war chest for a Fall campaign. Alas, I just don’t see any indication of this happy thought coming from Team Hillary…oh, well, it’s a nice dream to hold on to until Denver, anyway.

  33. Deranged Media Accuses Wes Clark of Swift-boating McCain & Obama Agrees
    http://www.guerillawomentn.blogspot.com/

    Well, the media has gone into one of its stark raving mad fits again. On days like this, I’m almost grateful that Hillary Clinton is out of the line of their deranged fire. My tolerance level for insanity is low today, so let’s see if I can succinctly summarize the insanity.

    Wes Clark observed on Face the Nation yesterday that being a prisoner of war and/or serving in the military is Not a qualification for the presidency:

    “Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president. . Because in the matters of national security policymaking, it’s a matter of understanding risk. It’s a matter of gauging your opponents and it’s a matter of being held accountable. John McCain’s never done any of that in his official positions. I certainly honor his service … But he hasn’t held executive responsibility.”

    Shocker, eh? In case you didn’t fully understand the level of treason [snark] embedded in the remarks of General Wes Clark, CNN’s Rick Sanchez interprets it for you:

    Rick Sanchez’s lead-in to his next segment . . on CNN:

    “Wesley Clark tried to Swiftboat John McCain today.”

    I’m liveblogging. He goes on to say:

    “It will reverberate for weeks. Wes Clark tried to diss McCain’s military record, that his service doesn’t qualify him to be president.”

    That’s right, Sanchez said Wes Clark “swiftboated” John McCain because the new definition of swiftboat is “to criticize. . . to point out facts.” And just like when Obama took the media’s word as “truth” in countless lies and mistruths about Hillary and Bill Clinton – Obama, once again, agrees with the irresponsible madness we call media.

    Obama spokesman Bill Burton:

    “As he’s said many times before, Senator Obama honors and respects Senator McCain’s service, and of course he rejects yesterday’s statement by General Clark.”

    As if that wasn’t clear enough, Obama personally rebuffed Wes Clark in his very long speech about patriotism earlier today. Exactly whose side is Obama on? Gawd. It’s going to be a very very long general election. As always, my take on this is simple: The Empire is effin’ imploding!

    As if all of this wasn’t enough madness for a Monday, in a post written before Obama joined the media attack on Wes Clark, WKJM objects to the media’s attack on Wes Clark. Surreal.

    Media Wes Clark Liberal Politics News Barack Obama New Politics John McCain

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  34. “Swift-boating” has got to be one of the most misunderstood concepts and misused terms in politics. To be accurate, swift-boating means to successfully attack an opponent’s strength by circulating trumped-up and/or completely false information via a 527-funded whisper campaign, and thereby lull said opponent into electing not to respond, on the theory that the baseless attack isn’t worthy of a response.

  35. NYCMax Says:
    Speaking of Hill and Bill being on board, so to speak, in order to “retire her debt” as is being floated around on various sites…Is it just me or couldn’t Hillary just write a check for whatever is outstanding then sign a book deal, or couldn’t Bill just give 20 or so million dollar speeches once she is no longer running for President? If Mitt Romney could use his own money to pay for his campaign, why can’t Hillary?

    Yes, this is nonsense. The debt consists of:
    12 million from HIllary (isn’t asking for repayment)
    5 million to Mark Penn
    5 million other vendors

    THe only time limit is on the 12 million; if it isn’t repaid by the convention, she loses that money; but she’s said she doesn’t care about it anyway.

    The vendor and Penn debts have no deadline. Penn may need part of his to cover his expenses, but could wait or write off much of it.

    So, 8 million? McAuliffe says he’s been dealing with Clinton debts for years and there will be no problem paying it eventually.

    Iirc Hillary has told BO that unless he pays her debts (which ones?), she won’t be able to concentrate on campaigning for him….

  36. Wesley Clark has damaged Obama by attacking McCain. I hope it was intentional! He’s also now to controversial to be VP. I think he’s working against secretly Obama.

    Ed Rendell with his HOUND group, did everyone notice how he pointed out in his letter about how the nominating process was rigged and that we have a right to be angry. He’s secretly helping us as well.

    When Rezko believes Obama will lose and there will be no pardon, he’ll talk!

  37. As for the DNC, what is happening with their convention funding? Early in June Pelosi was pushing for a conclusion because they DNC wasn’t getting donations and she thought they would start getting donations as soon as Hillary withdrew.

    I guess Hillary’s donors aren’t playing. But why hasn’t Obama bailed out the DNC?

    Could it be that his teenyboppers can’t spell DNC, and his big backers only wanted him to eliminate Hillary, and he has now served his purpose?

  38. Actually it is a perfect Mexican standoff. She says payoff my campaign debts and then I will campaign, and he cannot raise the money therefore no campaigning. Sorry Charlie.

  39. wbboei,

    I certainly hope so! I hope when she said she didn’t need repayment of her 12 million, she meant she didn’t want it from her supporters. I hope she’s privately hitting him up for the entire 12 million plus!

    And using it as an excuse not to campaign….

  40. regarding wesley clark.

    one of clark’s supporters and friend mary steenburgen worked tirelessly for him during his 2004 bid. both clark and steenbergen worked tirelessly for HRC in her 2008 bid. both were here in NH during the campaign. both are good friends from arkansas. i believe their friendship to HRC is true.

    wesley clark is an extremely intelligent man. in other words, B-HO = Boat Anchor.

  41. Fox is treading on dangerous ground with their constant shoving Dick Morris (aka The Hoofer for Hookers).He could well start an epidemic of Hoof in Mouth Disease.With all the pretty nymphs throwing the news at us every hour of the day,that need toenail treatments.He is literally a (Typhoid Morrie.) Does the CDC know about this perverts HOBBY??

    By ABM90

  42. Paul Villareal (Universal) Makes it into 6/29/2008 New York Times front page story:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/29/us/politics/29opposition.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

    Political Freelancers Use Web to Join the Attack

    Excerpts:

    That would seem to apply to people like Robert Anderson, a professor at Elon University in North Carolina whose modest YouTube site features videos flattering to Mr. Obama and unflattering to Mr. McCain, or Paul Villarreal, who from his apartment in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has produced a harsh series of spots that attack Mr. Obama and make some claims that have been widely debunked.

    Counting the audience for such videos can be tricky, as sites like YouTube list only the number of times they have been viewed, not the number of people who view them. That said, according to YouTube, Mr. Villarreal’s video was viewed about 50,000 times. And it cost him just $100 to produce, for software, he said. He said he had no connection to the Republican Party or the McCain campaign, though he said he had reached out to them and not heard back.

  43. Sorry to pop in and out so sporadically but the contractors are STILL working on the cottage and I don’t have prolonged access to my pC! 👿

    Anyway, about Clarke and Rendell, I agree these are 2 brilliant guys who are fully aware of the meaning of their words and know how to choose them with precision and deadly accuracy. They know how to ‘dance” with lethal grace, just like PUMAS! I’m beginning to wonder of this is not the OTHER coup, the one that brings BO down, the one practiced by all adults of every species whereby the energetic and undisciplined among them are driven out or severely chastised, as in lion prides, wolf packs, even flocks of chickens. BO has arrogantly overstepped his position and now the ‘wise elders; are the ones who will stop him, with words instead of physical violence.

    Hey, i can dream, right? 😉

  44. Admin> “If you become President, will you pardon Rezko-yes or no?” That question must be asked to Bambi on the record as soon as possible. We need to know the answer. And so does Rezko.

    On the campaign debt, I have heard that it may be retired shortly. However, it will not be done through Bambis largesse, except through that all for show pittance of $4600 from Bambi and his lovely wife. He cannot raise the money from his supporters and that is why he has backed away for all the bravado. The Clintons supporters will retire the debt and when they do the world will know that he promised but she delivered.

    If it were me I would give serious consideration for suing Mark Penn for malpractice. But we digress.

  45. My 10-year-old niece and I were discussing the election and possible scenarios as to how Hillary could get back into the picture. I explained to her that when Waffles started out his bid for the presidency, he was like a big, new balloon flying around, filled with helium. But as time went by and the public discovered who bHo really is and he kept messing up, he started losing his helium. His balloon began to sag. And sag. And sag. I told my niece, at the rate he’s going, he won’t be able to fly at all by the time of the convention in August.

    Then my niece said, “And that’s when Hillary will come out and pop him with a pin?”

    I told her Hillary probably wouldn’t pop him herself with her own pin, but someone else is more likely to come along and do it for her. And that’s how she would get back into the race.

    Let’s hope it really happens that way! I’m looking forward to seeing what the “pin” looks like.

  46. If they could see me now
    That little gang of mine
    Eating fancy chow
    And drinkin fancy wine…
    All I can say is wowie
    Look at where I am
    Tonight I landed pow
    Right in a pot of jam
    What a build up holu cow
    They’d never believe it
    If my friends could
    See me now
    (Gwen Verden if Sweet Charity)

    Paul: heres look’n at you kid
    Congratulations on hitting the big time.

  47. good morning everyone….. I have had a ton here to catch up on!!!

    I admit I have not been able to read it all, did a good skim for key words and I think i have got the jest of what has gone on this weekend….

    I will be in and out on this list……..getting down to the last two weeks before we move and i have a ton to do and i am getting
    frustrated and over whelmed by it all 🙁

    I just can’t wait for it to be over with!!!

    hopefully by the end of july i can be all settled in and back to having free time 😀 rest assured when that happens i will be back here f more often

  48. Jen-assuming arguendo that Bambi is helium filled ballon it could very well be that uncle tony rezko will supply the missing pin if the right question is put to bambi (see my comment above). If not then Karl Rove has it. But he has a dilemma of his own. Attack Bambi too soon and you could get Hillary. But wait too long and you make him appear to be the inevitable candidate. The October surprise could not be enough depending on how many undecideds there are at this point.

  49. NO ROAD TOO LOW FOR BARKY?

    Normally, us Dems are in favor of counting all the votes, and enrolling as many eligible voters as possible. But stealing an election with fraudulent votes is not our idea of “democracy”, so check this out from two weeks ago (which also references ACORN, which redstate.com classifies as a more radical but lower profile org than say MoveOn.org):

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/15/us/politics/15vote.html

    Democrats’ Vote Drive in Louisiana Stirs Concern
    By SHAILA DEWAN
    Published: June 15, 2008

    A Democratic voter registration drive in largely black neighborhoods of Louisiana has swamped the state’s voter registrar offices, forcing them to hire new staff members and work 12-hour days to process thousands of applications.
    Buoyed by the popularity of Senator Barack Obama, the drive has raised complaints from registrars about large numbers of duplicate, invalid or incomplete applications, and has led to an investigation by the Louisiana secretary of state, Jay Dardenne, a Republican.

    Election officials have expressed concern that large numbers of people who believe they are registered will show up at the polls in November, only to find that they cannot vote because their application had been improperly submitted.

    Much of the enthusiasm, and some of the chaos, may be repeated in the months to come in other states where Democrats and liberal groups are planning similar drives in an effort to change the demographics of the electorate.

    Nationally, 39 percent of eligible blacks and 46 percent of eligible Latinos are not registered to vote, compared with 29 percent of eligible whites, according to a 2006 study by Project Vote, a nonpartisan group that promotes voting in low-income and minority communities.

    Project Vote and Acorn, a left-wing national organizing group, have teamed up to conduct large voter drives across the country, with the goal of registering 1.2 million people by Labor Day. They have already submitted 600,000 applications, said Michael Slater, the deputy director of Project Vote. Acorn is among several groups registering voters in Louisiana.

    The Obama campaign itself has announced a 50-state registration drive known as “Vote for Change.”

    It remains unclear whether election officials will be prepared to handle more registrations and the potential for overwhelming turnout on Election Day, Mr. Slater said. “Party politics is driving up registration at unusually high rates,” he said.

    He added that it was too soon to tell how much of the gap between black and white registration had closed before the primaries, which produced record turnouts in many states.

    Democratic officials said the Louisiana drive, which was called Voting is Power, had produced 74,000 applications by the time it concluded last week. Registrars in the four main parishes where the drive operated report numbers closer to 50,000, but there is no breakdown of how many were submitted to other parishes.

    Registrars have reported that as many as a third of the applications cannot be entered into the system, and many of the rest require more information. The state Republican Party called the operation “the Dems’ phony registration drive.”

    Democrats say the burden is on the registrars to double-check and verify application information.

    “Instead of throwing up complaints, they should be working to get as many people as possible registered,” said Matthew Miller, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Washington, which paid for the drive because Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, is up for re-election and her voter base in New Orleans was eroded by Hurricane Katrina.

    Michael Slater, the deputy director of Project Vote, said high numbers of incomplete applications were not unusual in such drives. He said as a rule of thumb, 35 percent of voter drive applications were new voters, 35 percent were change of address, and 30 percent were duplicates or incomplete.

    In Louisiana, voting drive canvassers are required by law to submit the applications they collect, even if they are obvious pranks, like two cards in Shreveport that listed George Bush as the name of the applicant and 1600 Pennsylvania Drive as the address.

    But Jacques Berry, a spokesman for the secretary of state, said canvassers should be “educated enough to not leave the house until the card is in order.”

    John Maginnis, a political analyst in Baton Rouge, pointed out that the federal motor-voter law, which allows people to register when they get a driver’s license, had already raised registration to near-saturation levels. The key to winning the election, he said, will rest more on turnout than registration.

    “You’re getting down to people that are just hard-core disengaged,” he said. “If you get these voters on the rolls, the question is how many of them are likely voters.”

    But Mr. Slater said a component of the motor-voter law designed to reach low-income people who do not drive remained largely unenacted. That provision requires social service agencies to offer people the chance to register.

    In Louisiana, the biggest complaints about the drive have come from Republican registrars in Caddo Parish, which includes Shreveport; East Baton Rouge Parish, which includes Baton Rouge; and Jefferson Parish, just outside New Orleans.

    The registrar in Jefferson, Dennis A. DiMarco, said that about 35 percent of the 4,000 cards his office had sorted were invalid because they had no address, the applicant was already registered or was a felon, or the signature did not match one on file at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Another group of cards, he said, was missing information that the office hoped could be obtained by mail.

    In Caddo, the registrar, Ernie Roberson, said his office had sorted 6,000 cards, of which only about 2,200 had enough information to be entered into the computer. Many of those, he said, had been kicked back because of nonexistent addresses or duplicate registration.

    Normally registrars try to correct such problems. But, Mr. Roberson said, “It’s hard to send a letter to people whose addresses don’t exist in the parish.”

    “I have one lady, I have five applications on her,” he continued. “A lot of people, we’ll receive the application and then we’ll receive another one with the same name but one day off on their birthday or one digit off on their Social Security number.”

    The East Baton Rouge registrar, Elaine Lamb, reported that she had received 22,000 cards, of which 13,000 could be added to the rolls.

    The registrars expressed concern that many of the invalid cards represented real people who might try to vote. “You’ll just have utter bedlam at some of these polls,” Mr. Roberson said.

    In Orleans Parish the registrar, Sandra Wilson, said she had received more than 19,000 Voting Is Power applications and had problems with only about 400 of them. There are 4,000 to 5,000 that have not yet been sorted.

    If the card is missing information but has a phone number, she said, “We immediately call that person and get what we need.”

  50. dija, dot: there are times in life when it is good t have a distraction, even a frusrating one. Eventually after all the strum and drang it gets worked out. Meanwhile time passes more quickly.

  51. Most people are low information voters who are ignorant of what Bambi is doing to our democatic system and easily manipulated by propaganda. Our goal is to see they become educated voters. What they do after that is their concern.

  52. ABM90: ROFL! You gave me, my first laugh of the day. Thank you.

    Dicky-boy is pond scum, all slimey, green, and slippery.

  53. Wbboei

    you’re right…..but i would rather be distracted with a tropical vacation instead 😀 LOL

  54. This has never been an election..it has been a coronation of the King with no clothes by the MSM, DNC, and young people who have been mesmerized by this false prophet. Hillary destroyed the candidate on every level, but the “movement” created by this fraud is much harder to defeat. That, and 8 yrs of Bush, are the only explanation of how an empty suit, with no experience, could win this thing….sad, but true.

  55. Emailed and faxed Rendell and the empty O with the following message:

    Internet terrorist behavior such as sabotaging blog sites only makes PUMA stronger and makes more people sympathetic to our cause. It also further damages Obama’s already shabby reputation.

    It does not stop us from getting out the messages because we are all linked to more secure sites. We also have a strong, and growing stronger, offline network using faxes and printed flyers to distribute information.

    HOUNDing us and playing gremlin tricks on our internet communications hurts your UNITY program a lot more than it hurts us.

    The Spirit of ’76 did not need the internet, faxes, telephones – the spirit of liberty cannot be silenced in this country. We are the REAL Democrats. We are the ever resourceful Americans who fight for freedom, independence, and democratic princioples. Who are you?

  56. No wonder BO wants to give Telecoms immunity on wire-tapping.

    I bet he has and he would his “spies” listening in to our PUMA conversations!

    And that includes Senator Rockafeller on the intelligence senate committee!

  57. The Spirit of ’76 did not need the internet, faxes, telephones – the spirit of liberty cannot be silenced in this country. We are the REAL Democrats. We are the ever resourceful Americans who fight for freedom, independence, and democratic princioples. Who are you?

    *****************************************************
    We are the one who CHILDREN go into the military and fight the wars. So when I see rich DEMOCRATS being pompous and cowardly aganist their own. I know it is not about our country values or principle but the old age sameness of GREED and POWER.

  58. Politico.com, July 1, 2008: “Obama to scrap Bush’s faith-based office“

    Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) plans to slam President Bush’s faith-based program as “a photo op” and a failure on Tuesday, and says he would scrap the office and create a new Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships that would be a “critical” part of his administration. […]

    Anticipating criticism from the left, Obama said: “I believe deeply in the separation of church and state, but I don’t believe this partnership will endanger that idea. …

    Just how faith-based must Americans become? It’s bad enough to have have the Democratic leadership undemocratically hand-pick an unqualified, inexperienced candidate in whom we are just supposed to “believe.” Now this candidate is going to “expand Bush’s faith based programs,” the A.P./Yahoo reports. (Memeorandum.com is tracking blog posts.)

    Plenty of us may be praying in the next four years, but must it be on the job too? Oh wait! Obama was in Ohio when he announced his faith-based initiatives yesterday. You remember Ohio, don’t you? Where Hillary demolished Barack by double digits? Which means, to Barack, that much pandering must be done to win over the voters who rejected him on March 5th. But this much pandering?

    … Obama’s support for letting religious charities that receive federal funding consider religion in employment decisions could invite a storm of protest from those who view such faith requirements as discrimination.

    more at : noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/07/01/do-you-believe/#more-3368

  59. In Louisiana, voting drive canvassers are required by law to submit the applications they collect, even if they are obvious pranks, like two cards in Shreveport that listed George Bush as the name of the applicant and 1600 Pennsylvania Drive as the address.

    *****************************************************
    Louisiana is important to BAMBI because he has lost so many swing states and they is no granautee that he can win the G.E. so he need to get the vote out.

    But again the DEMS don’t get it…I’m AA and I know that concentrating only on AAs and not ALL Americans is a major weakness of TEAM OBAMA’s plan. For some reason Obama think he does not have to EARN the voter’s trust.

    He think because he won the primary we should crown him KING OBAMA but that is not how this country work and for the DEMOCRATS to go down this failed stratergy one more time because the HARD LEFT want to gain power and dictate policy with a sledge hammer approach will only cause more civil war within it self.

    THE DEMOCRATIC? Taliban PARTY cause this split and need to own it instead of blaming Republicans, they need to accept responsibility and accountability because the longer they’re in DENIAL the worse it will get.

    THIS IS BIGGER THEN HILLARY!!!

    There are very important themes and principles worth fighting for and if Hillary want to SAVE the DEMOCRATIC? Taliban Party from the war…so be it….but I DON’T HAVE TO JUMP back on after being toss off for being a SELLOUT!

  60. Obama says “Believe”
    Wisdom says believe nothing, question everything!
    Those old hippies from the 60s who now support the empty O have forgotten their own motto:
    “Question Authority.”

  61. Those old hippies from the 60s who now support the empty O have forgotten their own motto:
    “Question Authority.”

    That is because, they are THE AUTHORITY.

  62. birdgal, not all those 60’s hippies support BO, but many do and those are the ones that smoked a little too much grass amd they partially brain dead!

  63. birdgal Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Politico.com, July 1, 2008: “Obama to scrap Bush’s faith-based office“
    *****************

    Wright,Meeks,Moss,Pfleger……..hmmmmmm?

    I think BHO is the last person who should be “preaching” about “faith” to this country

  64. I haven’t been as diligent reading all the blogs with getting ready to start a new job and getting rid of the old boss, but I have noticed the bots are really trying to convince us that PUMA and all the like sites are republican sabotage. LOL! I think they are freaking worried about us. They should, they should be very, very afraid!! We plan on sinking the Goodship Lollipop as soon as possible.

  65. confloyd

    I too have not been around much lately to read and read but i have noticed this is the new talking point of the bots

    I have always been a democrat………so now i am bitter,typical white,clinging to my guns and religion, racist(i have antipathy to others who are not like me) and now i’m a republican according to the BHO androids too f’en funny!!

  66. Thanks djia, new mex
    Birdgal your answer “because they ARE the authority reminds me of this from Geo Orwell which I saw blogged somewhere
    “…the intellectual elite wish to destroy the old, equalitarian version of Socialism and usher in a hierarchical society where the intellectual can at last get his hands on the whip.”

  67. Rezko’s lawyer, Joseph Duffy, said Rezko never sat down for an interview and was never pressured directly, or indirectly, through Duffy, to talk about Obama, Gov. Blagojevich — or anyone else.

    Odd isn’t it? In the very good, very interesting Sun-Times article Joe Duffy – Rezko’s lawyer – is basically calling poor Tony a LIAR. That is strange behavior. The lawyer is calling his client a liar in a major newspaper. It’s almost as if Joe Duffy is more interested in protecting Obama and Blagojevich than his own client. Odd.
    ———————————————–
    That one does not surprise me. If Duffy was Rezko’s lawyer at the time and Uncle Tony had been Mirandized no meeting of this nature could have occured without his attendance. I suppose he could have claimed attorney client privilege, but he did not. As an officer of the court he was wise to refute it and stay on good terms with the US Attorneys office.

  68. confloyd: There is an interesting article at : riverdaughter.wordpress.com/

    The article was written yesterday: PUMA. It is about the 3rd article down. It discusses the bots claim that PUMAs are Republicans. ROFL! What a delusional bunch.

    Unbelievable, that BHO is planning on expanding or improving faith-based initiatives. He is definitely a panderer.

    lil ole grape: “…the intellectual elite wish to destroy the old, equalitarian version of Socialism and usher in a hierarchical society where the intellectual can at last get his hands on the whip.”

    Hmm…Seems that way, doesn’t it?

  69. # djia Says:
    I have always been a democrat………so now i am bitter,typical white,clinging to my guns and religion, racist(i have antipathy to others who are not like me) and now i’m a republican according to the BHO androids too f’en funny!!
    —————————–

    All 7 million of us! That’s not PUMA head count, that’s CNN polling the general public of Hillary supporters out in the real world beyond the internet.

  70. URGENT, FOR HRC DELEGATES:

    From: Amanda Konstam [mailto:akonstam@hillaryclinton.com]
    Subject: Delegate Help Desk

    Dear Delegates, Alternates and Standing Committee Members, I am writing you today to let you know that we have established a Help Desk for you to keep in touch with the campaign. If you have questions or need additional information about the Platform process or about details regarding the Convention, please contact the Delegate Help Desk at 703- 469-2008, ext. 1075, or email delegate@hillaryclinton.com.

  71. Another new bot meme is that we PUMAs are “trying to overturn the results of an election.”

    That is so crazy that I don’t even know what to say, I just close the window to get away from such crazy people! Which is probably what they want.

  72. Another new bot meme is that we PUMAs are “trying to overturn the results of an election.”

    Don’t they mean, “the selection.”

  73. texan4hillary Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 2:27 pm
    —————-

    texan, sorry, but by posting that info here you’re giving it to the bots

  74. don’t miss the great PUMA video “kiss him goodbye” over at NQ — wish it could play high over Times Square 24/7

  75. Rewarding good behavior
    by kos
    Tue Jul 01, 2008 at 11:05:46 AM PDT
    So many of you are upset that I pulled back my credit card last night, making a last minute decision to hold back on a $2,300 contribution to Obama. Let me explain further:

    First of all, obviously Obama is a great candidate who is running a great 50-state race. That much cannot be denied. But he’s had a rough couple of weeks.

    First, he reversed course and capitulated on FISA, not just turning back on the Constitution, but on the whole concept of “leadership”. Personally, I like to see presidents who 1) lead, and 2) uphold their promises to protect the Constitution.

    Then, he took his not-so-veiled swipe at MoveOn in his “patriotism” speech.

    Finally, he reinforced right-wing and media talking points that Wes Clark had somehow impugned McCain’s military service when, in reality, Clark had done no such thing.

    All of a sudden, there was a lot of cowering when, just days ago, we got to read this:

    When Mr. Wenner asked how Mr. Obama might respond to harsh attacks from Republicans, suggesting that Democrats have “cowered” in the past, Mr. Obama replied, “Yeah, I don’t do cowering.”
    Could’ve fooled me, and maybe he is. Maybe what looks like cowering to me is really part of that “moving to the center” stuff everyone keeps talking about. But there is a line between “moving to the center” and stabbing your allies in the back out of fear of being criticized. And, of late, he’s been doing a lot of unecessary stabbing, betraying his claims of being a new kind of politician. Not that I ever bought it, but Obama is now clearly not looking much different than every other Democratic politician who has ever turned his or her back on the base in order to prove centrist bona fides. That’s not an indictment, just an observation.

    Now I know there’s a contingent around here that things Obama can do no wrong, and he must never be criticized, and if you do, well fuck you! I respect the sentiment, but will respectfully disagree. We’re allowed to do that here. But fair notice — I will never pull a Rush Limbaugh and carry water for anyone. Not for the Democratic Congress, and not for our future Democratic president. When anyone does something I don’t care for, I will say so. I’ve never pulled my punches before, so why start now?

    Obama will be fine without my contribution, and he may even still get it before this thing is said and done, but it would be at a time when he has done something positive. That’s called rewarding good behavior. And if that opportunity fails to arise because Obama goes on a Sister Souljah’ing rampage, then no worries. Chances are good that the DNC would get the money instead. But at this time, I simply have no desire to reward bad behavior. Some of you don’t care about his behavior, or don’t think it’s bad behavior, or whatever. I didn’t ask any of you to follow suit, and don’t care whether you do or not. I didn’t pull him from the Orange to Blue list. I’m not going to start praising Nader or Barr. I’ll still vote for him. Yadda, yadda, yadda. At the end of the day, I’m pretty irrelevant in the whole affair. Obama is going to raise a ton of dough and win this thing whether I send him money or not.

    Ultimately, he’s currently saying that he doesn’t need people like me to win this thing, and he’s right. He doesn’t. If they’ve got polling or whatnot that says that this is his best path to victory, so much the better. I want him to win big. But when the Obama campaign makes those calculations, they have to realize that they’re going to necessarily lose some intensity of support. It’s not all upside. And for me, that is reflected in a lack of interest in making that contribution.

    That’s it. No need to freak out. It is what it is. Others will happily pick up the slack. We’re headed toward a massive Democratic wave, and what I decide to do with my money means next to nothing, no matter how much hyperventilating may happen on this site’s comments and diaries about it all.

    And if for some crazy hard-to-see reason my money actually is important to the Obama campaign, then they can adjust their behavior to get it.

  76. birdgal Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    confloyd: There is an interesting article at : riverdaughter.wordpress.com/

    The article was written yesterday: PUMA. It is about the 3rd article down. It discusses the bots claim that PUMAs are Republicans.
    &&&&&

    If that’s the case, there were a WHOLE BUNCH OF REPUBLICANS WHO SUPPORTED HILLARY AT THIS WEB SITE.

    Let them be self-delusioned, they’ll never know what hit them.

  77. i got intoan arguement with a friend over obama and his stance on illegals. he said mccain hurt himself bc he is now for doing border securityfirst. but i think obama agrees withmccain on this no?

  78. Gen. Clark’s favor to McCain, so we can at least compare BHO with McCain in one aspect. Check out the following:

    Clark on McCain: Keep talking, general

    http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Clark+on+McCain%3a+Keep+talking%2c+general&articleId=3853b57b-d37e-4e6c-bdac-effc62435379

    HERE IS HOW retired Gen. Wesley Clark chose to peddle Barack Obama for President over John McCain:
    “(McCain) hasn’t held executive responsibility. That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded — that wasn’t a wartime squadron. I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become President.”

    Hasn’t held executive responsibility? Let’s see, Obama’s executive responsibilities have included what? Right. The answer is: nothing. And thank you, Gen. Clark, for pointing out that John McCain commanded the largest fighter squadron in the U.S. Navy. He didn’t just command it; he turned it around.

    “Although plagued by fatal accidents in the past, the squadron had no fatalities under his command . . . and won its first meritorious unit citation. Mr. McCain’s success attracted notice among the admirals in Washington,” The New York Times reported in 2000.

    McCain’s qualifications do not come from being shot down. They come from a career in military and foreign affairs in which McCain displayed an uncommon strength of character and developed a sound judgment in those fields, which are so critical to the United States in this dangerous world.

    His opponent, a career lawyer and politician, has shown that his own judgment in those areas is naive and ill-considered. Clark highlights those differences every time he seeks to denigrate McCain’s service.

  79. PISSING OFF THE BASE DEMOCRATIC BLOCS:

    We knew it wouldn’t take too long for Obama to throw more voting blocs under the bus. It started with bitter people, Hillary supporters, etc, and now Obama’s going to leave the Lefties out to dry. Kos’s piece excerpted here, with my $$$ snarky comments.

    But there is a line between “moving to the center” and stabbing your allies in the back out of fear of being criticized. And, of late, he’s been doing a lot of unecessary stabbing, betraying his claims of being a new kind of politician. Not that I ever bought it, but Obama is now clearly not looking much different than every other Democratic politician who has ever turned his or her back on the base in order to prove centrist bona fides. That’s not an indictment, just an observation.

    $$$ Ummm, it’s not just an observation, it’s an indictment.

    Ultimately, he’s currently saying that he doesn’t need people like me to win this thing, and he’s right. He doesn’t. If they’ve got polling or whatnot that says that this is his best path to victory, so much the better. I want him to win big. But when the Obama campaign makes those calculations, they have to realize that they’re going to necessarily lose some intensity of support. It’s not all upside. And for me, that is reflected in a lack of interest in making that contribution.

    $$$ Wait, I thought Brazile said it was those young, urbane smarty pants, the Kos crowd, that was going to pull their butts out of the fire, because they already kissed off most of the rest of the Dem base: unions (and despite support from “unions”, it’s the “union members” who are PUMA’ing), middle and lower class folks, middle- and older-age women, Latinos, etc. So who’s left???

  80. texan4hillary Says:

    July 1st, 2008 at 2:48 pm
    i got intoan arguement with a friend over obama and his stance on illegals. he said mccain hurt himself bc he is now for doing border securityfirst. but i think obama agrees withmccain on this no?

    Don’t worry about it. The Flip-Flop will happen again. BHO’s stance will be, whatever position is popular or more advantageous that day.

  81. Check this out: An Editorial from New York Post today.

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/07012008/postopinion/editorials/obama_moves_on_118001.htm

    OBAMA MOVES ON

    Last updated: 3:24 am
    July 1, 2008

    There he goes again.

    Barack Obama yesterday laced into the loony-left MoveOn.org for its New York Times ad last fall calling Gen. David Petraeus, then America’s top commander in Iraq, “General Betray Us.”

    He didn’t mention any names, but his target was obvious. In a speech condemning “caricatures of the left and right,” Obama noted that during the Iraq debate, “a general providing his best counsel on how to move forward in Iraq was accused of betrayal.”

    “We can no longer afford these sorts of divisions,” Obama piously intoned.

    Really? Then where was he in September, when the Senate voted 72-25 to “strongly condemn personal attacks on the honor and integrity of Gen. Petraeus and all members of the United States Armed Forces”?

    Absent, that’s where. He was far too fearful of stepping on the toes of MoveOn to take a stand.

    Lucky him. MoveOn endorsed him.

    That Obama only now – as he tries to make voters forget his far-left voting record – has the “courage” to defend Gen. Petraeus is not just hypocritical.

    It’s disgraceful.

  82. Great video on NO Quarter:

    PUMA: Kiss Him Goodbye, Hillary!!!

    noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/07/01/puma-kiss-him-goodbye-hillary/#more-3373

  83. I don’t know, but I think all Veep choices he has listed for the exception of dean and kerry have somehow gotten out of serving with him. i some think maybe he is playing us all and just wants to put in the terrorists he is friends with. I hope not, anyway we are to make sure mccain wins!

  84. I never expected the NY Post to endorse Obama…but then again, I never expected to agree with the NY Post.

    %%%%%%%%%
    OBAMA MOVES ON
    July 1, 2008

    There he goes again.

    Barack Obama yesterday laced into the loony-left MoveOn.org for its New York Times ad last fall calling Gen. David Petraeus, then America’s top commander in Iraq, “General Betray Us.”

    He didn’t mention any names, but his target was obvious. In a speech condemning “caricatures of the left and right,” Obama noted that during the Iraq debate, “a general providing his best counsel on how to move forward in Iraq was accused of betrayal.”

    “We can no longer afford these sorts of divisions,” Obama piously intoned.

    Really? Then where was he in September, when the Senate voted 72-25 to “strongly condemn personal attacks on the honor and integrity of Gen. Petraeus and all members of the United States Armed Forces”?

    Absent, that’s where. He was far too fearful of stepping on the toes of MoveOn to take a stand.

    Lucky him. MoveOn endorsed him.

    That Obama only now – as he tries to make voters forget his far-left voting record – has the “courage” to defend Gen. Petraeus is not just hypocritical.

    It’s disgraceful.

  85. Obama, desperate to appear religious after the Trinity Church fiasco, has resorted to piggybacking on constitutionally-questionable ideas of George W. Bush’s!!! Unreal. Yet more proof that Obama cannot be trusted, and will do anything to get elected:

    ———-
    July 2, 2008
    Obama Wants to Expand Role of Religious Groups
    By JEFF ZELENY and BRIAN KNOWLTON
    New York Times

    ZANESVILLE, Ohio — With an eye toward courting evangelical voters, Senator Barack Obama presented a plan here on Tuesday to expand on President Bush’s program of investing federal money in religious-based initiatives that are intended to fight poverty and perform community aid work.

    “The fact is, the challenges we face today — from saving our planet to ending poverty — are simply too big for government to solve alone,” Mr. Obama said. “We need an all hands on deck approach.”

    On the second day of a weeklong tour intended to highlight his values, Mr. Obama traveled to the battleground state of Ohio on Tuesday to present his proposal to get religious charities more involved in government programs. He delivered remarks after touring the Eastside Community Ministry here, a program providing food, clothes and youth ministry.

    “I know there are some who bristle at the notion that faith has a place in the public square,” Mr. Obama said. “But the fact is, leaders in both parties have recognized the value of a partnership between the White House and faith-based groups.”

    In remarks and during an outdoor 30-minute question and answer session, Mr. Obama praised the idea of the Bush administration’s programs, but added: “What we saw over the last eight years is the office has never fully completed its mission or fulfilled its promise.”

    He thus embraced the heart of a program, established early in the Bush administration, that critics say blurs the constitutional separation of church and state.

  86. Everyday, BHO is looking and sounding more like Bush II. This program does not belong in the government.

    I miss Hillary.

  87. Also from NYT: the Obama-bots are starting to squabble, as Bambi sells out:

    —————–
    July 1, 2008, 3:41 pm
    Obama Backlash in His Online Backyard

    By Noam Cohen

    Updated | 4:20 p.m. The Obama campaign’s willingness to have supporters communicate and strategize with each other online, rather than wait for commands from on high, has been credited with giving him a crucial advantage over opponents who favor more traditional political tools. Nothing better typifies this strategy of letting the grass-roots grow on the campaign headquarters’ front lawn than its popular Web portal, mybarackobama.com, where supporters can form groups and create blogs.

    But in the last week, mybarackobama.com has also become an excellent place for supporters to gather and discuss their disappointment with their candidate, surely a new development for a campaign fueled by popular enthusiasm, particularly online.

    The rallying cry has been Mr. Obama’s support for a revised version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that includes immunity to lawsuits for phone companies over their role in assisting in the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

    A group on mybarackobama.com with the polite name “Senator Obama­ Please Vote NO on Telecom Immunity –­ Get FISA Right” is now the fourth-largest group at the portal, and it is growing fast. The mission statement on mybarackobama.com is, as follows: “We are a proud group of your supporters who believe in your call for hope and a new kind of politics. Please reject the politics of fear on national security, vote against this bill and lead other Democrats to do the same!”

    The vote on FISA in the Senate has been delayed until after the July Fourth holiday.

    The group, created on Wednesday, has more than 8,000 members, and recently passed the group “Women for Obama.” (On Monday morning, there were barely 4,000 members of the anti-FISA group.)

    It is worth noting, however, that much of the networking among Mr. Obama’s supporters lives outside of the campaign’s walls. The largest group on mybarackobama.com, Action Wire, has about 13,400 members, while Mr. Obama’s Facebook page has more than 1 million supporters.

    The entire episode shows the potential complications of an open site becoming an enabler of criticism from ardent supporters, let alone from opponents in disguise, so-called “concern trolls.” ­ But the campaign said it wouldn’t have it any other way.

    In an e-mail message, Tommy Vietor, an Obama campaign spokesperson, wrote: “This campaign has an extraordinary group of committed supporters, and we greatly appreciate their willingness to share their time and ideas with us. We believe that an open dialogue is an important part of any campaign, and are happy that mybarackobama.com has become a vehicle for that conversation.”

    The group was conceived on a listserv for progressive, politically active people, said Mike Stark, an activist who is a law student at the University of Virginia. He wrote an initial e-mail to the group arguing: “Obama is getting mad props for social networking, why don’t we use social networking to let him know that he can’t keep elbowing his progressive base — the people who got him the nomination — away from the policy table?”

    One of the recipients, who was already a member of mybarackobama.com, created the group. There were bumps in membership when various blogs wrote sympathetically, Mr. Stark said, but, “the biggest bump was from the members themselves.” He called it “the networking effect.”

    The idea that the site would reject the sub-group never occurred to him, he said, because of Mr. Obama’s commitment to using the Internet to bring more transparency to government. “One of his key things is a five-day comment period before he signs noncritical legislation, and not all of that comment will be favorable,” he said. “It’s a test run to see what his presidency might look like.”

    Mr. Stark said he was thinking beyond the FISA vote, which he concedes is all but lost. He said he planned to change the group’s name to Barack’s Better Angels, and linger at the site until the election as a meeting place for “progressives who won’t accept being pushed away from the table.”

  88. Berkeley Vox Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Also from NYT: the Obama-bots are starting to squabble, as Bambi sells out:

    Obama Backlash in His Online Backyar
    But in the last week, mybarackobama.com has also become an excellent place for supporters to gather and discuss their disappointment with their candidate, surely a new development for a campaign fueled by popular enthusiasm, particularly online.
    &&&&&&&

    It’s not too late. They can rename themselves, myEXbarackobama.com.

  89. Mr. Stark said he was thinking beyond the FISA vote, which he concedes is all but lost. He said he planned to change the group’s name to Barack’s Better Angels, and linger at the site until the election as a meeting place for “progressives who won’t accept being pushed away from the table.”
    &&&&&

    Sounds a bit like us here, and PUMAs, etc. “We ain’t going to back a candidate mindlessly, we ain’t going stop thinking, and we ain’t going away”.

  90. NEW ARTICLE UP.

    Berkeley Vox, the Obama incense burners will wake up and find Obama is not worth protecting. Rezko will reach the same realization soon too.

  91. Why is this so hard to figure out? Why is anyone surprised? He is a corporate shill for godssake! Have you bots forgotten what has happened? Name me one other politician you know who has vote present 130 times. Don’t you remember how he backed down to Excelon, and received campaign contributions thereafter? Where were you when he was doing his little minuette on NAFTA? Where were you when he backed down on campaign finance reform? And now you are surprised that he has gone in the tank for big business on FISA? Why do you suppose big media which is owned by big business likes him? Just connect the dots.

    But that isnt the worst of it. There was a populist candidate in the race, one who attended your little convention and defended you folks even as you did your level best to destroy her. Well she finally suspended her candidacy, which cedes the playing field to big business shills. The old saying never wish for anything too much because you may have the misfortune of getting it sure does apply here.

    So does Houseman:

    But then I saw the morning sky
    Hi ho the tale was all a lie
    The world it was the old world yet

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