The Obama Chicago Culture of Corruption today reminds us of a rodeo – bucking broncos and riders flying up in the air.
Americans need a Special Prosecutor to investigate Barack Obama and the Chicago gang and Patrick Fitzgerald needs another six-gun helping him out in Washington.
Big Media is doing its utmost to protect Obama and his Chicago Culture of Crime and Corruption. Big Media is trying to label Governor Blagojevich as somehow deranged and nuts. The idea is to paint Blagojevich as odd and extraordinary instead of what we know is true. Blagojevich is not nuts he is the norm in Chicago politics.
Big Media is also trying to portray Obama as a victim, as somehow hunted, the opposite is true. Obama has been pampered by Big Media. Today we learned how in the bag, as they say in gangland, Big Media is for Obama as Jay Carney the “news” bureau chief of Time Magazine signed up to be Joe Biden’s communications flack.
Some in Big Media tried or are just now beginning to try to vet Obama. Sarah Baxter of the London Times came to this website to trash us. [See HERE.] Sarah Baxter wrote in regards to Rezko we had “taken up the scandal with gusto“. Now Sarah Baxter once again writes a very good summary of the Obama Chicago Culture Of Corruption.
Baxter reports on the many conversations between John Harris and Rahm Emanuel. Baxter writes that questions remain over what Emanuel said when and how much he know about the governor’s “pay to play” scheme and the raising of $15 million for a “charitable” organization for Blagojevich to run.
Baxter also asks Did Emanuel receive the news, and if so, how? Did he report his suspicion of illegal activity to the FBI or did he treat it just as a normal part of wheeler-dealing in the corrupt Windy City?
Baxter notes the hostility to Fitzgerald from Obama’s gang which makes the need for a Special Prosecutor urgent:
Fitzgerald is a much-resented figure among Obama’s advisers. David Axelrod, the Chicago mastermind behind Obama’s campaign, once complained: “He goes after fleas and elephants with the same bazooka. At some point there is a line . . . where you begin criminalising politics in its most innocent form.”
Obama is “embroiled” in the scandal. Witnesses are lining up to squeal:
As Fitzgerald widens his inquiry across Chicago, witnesses will be lining up to talk – if only to save their own necks. Harris, who has been accused with his boss of planning to sell the Senate seat, resigned last Friday, prompting speculation that he intends to cooperate with federal investigators.
Ominously for Obama, Antoin “Tony” Rezko, the property dealer and fixer who helped him to buy his $1.65m house in Chicago by purchasing an adjacent plot on the same day, has also been talking to investigators in an attempt to reduce a prison sentence following his conviction for fraud and bribery. Rezko is expected to be a key witness in the corruption case against Blagojevich but he also knows more than anybody about the house purchase and other deals with Obama.
When the house came on the market, the seller insisted that both plots were sold at the same time. But while Obama bought his part of the property for $300,000 under the asking price, it has emerged that Rezko’s wife not only paid the asking price for their slice of land – $625,000 – but that the extra piece of property may have been deliberately overvalued.
A valuer who made an initial lower estimate, only to be overruled, is believed to be giving evidence to Fitzgerald’s team.
Rezko also appears to have helped Blagojevich with his domestic affairs. Investigators have been trying to find out whether he charged the governor for $90,000 worth of improvements to the family room and deck of his house.
The governor’s wife, Patti Blagojevich, a Lady Macbeth figure who may face charges herself for encouraging her husband to behave corruptly, received $47,000 in commission from a property deal involving Rezko.
In a further disturbing connection, Rezko regularly supplied Blagojevich with a “clout list” of names of people he thought the governor should appoint to state boards and jobs.
Obama made use of Rezko’s clout list on at least one occasion, when he recommended that Eric Whitaker, an old Harvard friend and doctor, be hired as director of Illinois’s public health department.
Whitaker, Obama said, “had expressed an interest in that job. He did contact me, or Tony contacted me, and I gave him a glowing recommendation because I thought he was outstanding”.
Fitzgerald made it clear that Obama is not a target of investigation. Emanuel is thought to be free from any threat of charges. But that will not be the end of the matter.
Welcome to the fight Sarah Baxter.
Meanwhile John Kass is ripping his Big Media friends for their complete protection of Obama. Kass knows that the ‘Blagojevich is nuts’ narrative is a scheme to protect Obama by making Blagojevich an exception and not the rule in Chicago. Kass writes with a bloody sword:
As everybody knows by now, Dead Meat was caught on federal tape, allegedly trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder. So Dead Meat was declared insane.
They pointed to those f-bombs on the federal tape and that crazy hair of his. The other paper in town even ran a hair “expose” on its Page 2, saying the governor’s ample hair helmet proved he was mentally unstable.
But that same day, I diagnosed Blagojevich as quite sane, because all he did was act like just another corrupt Chicago politician. He squeezed people. That’s how things are done in the city that is not Camelot.
Still, Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to declare Blagojevich “disabled.” She called on the justices—some of whom are there by grace of the Chicago machine—to remove Blagojevich, pronto.
“State government is paralyzed by a governor who is incapable of governing,” Madigan insisted. “We would look to the fact that the term ‘disability’ legally is very broad, that it is not simply isolated to a physical or mental disability.”
Incapable of what? Signing his name to bills? He can sign his name, to bills, or to a federal witness list, which would be much nicer. But they don’t want that, or another week or two of Gov. Dead Meat leading the nightly news.
After stubbornly refusing to see Chicago politics as it really is, the national media are finally paying attention. That’s great news for most everybody, except for our politicians.
Kass bludgeons state Attorney General Lisa Madigan as a self-interested Chicago pol and just another Caroline Kennedy, Chicago-style:
Madigan’s stunt was treated as legitimate jaw-dropping news by the national networks. She declared herself “the people’s lawyer,” over and over. [snip]
What they didn’t report on the evening news is this: Lisa Madigan is more than just “the people’s lawyer.” She’s a candidate for governor and Dead Meat is in her way. Her daddy is Mike Madigan, powerful boss of the machine’s 13th Ward and speaker of the Illinois House who hates Dead Meat.
Her dad wants to make her governor. She wants to be governor. And the best way to get there is to whisk Dead Meat into a political straitjacket and lock him in the political version of a padded cell.
This business about the governor’s sanity didn’t begin when he was charged. It began during the state budget battle last summer, when Mike Madigan’s spokesman, Steve Brown, told reporters in Springfield that the governor was a psycho.[snip]
That was funny. And now, Jay Leno and Dave Letterman and Conan O’Brien repeat variations of it, buttressing the Democratic mantra that what comes out of a madman’s mouth cannot be believed.
Why is Big Media desperate to sell the narrative that Blagojevich is nuts? To protect Obama.
But just imagine if Dead Meat talks to the feds, or stands up on his hind legs to fight back if fellow Democrats impeach him in the Illinois legislature. The governor might actually mention a few of the legislators’ deals. Ouch.
Obama, though not personally implicated in any of this, wouldn’t like it much. The national media outlets were desperate to portray him as someone about to transcend our politics. But in Chicago he was just a smooth guy on the way up, looking the other way.
Blagojevich, to quote Hyman Roth from the film The Godfather, is just small potatoes. Rezko and his pal Obama is at the center of the Obama Chicago Culture of Crime and Corruption. The Wall Street Journal does the honors:
The pay-to-play case against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich puts another Chicago political figure back in the spotlight: developer Antoin Rezko, a onetime fund-raiser for Barack Obama who was convicted in June of influence peddling.
Mr. Rezko appears to be playing a key role in the case against Mr. Blagojevich, which, coupled with an unrelated, recently filed lawsuit in that state, could give Obama critics grist for their attempts to tie him to corrupt Chicago politics.
The lawsuit filed in Illinois has been ignored by many, but not here, not in this pink website. The lawsuit will finally seek answers to Obama favors for Rezko in exchange for the mansion Obama calls home. Rezko at the time was torturing Obama constitutents but Obama sided with the slumlord – a preview of what Obama will do in Washington.
Earlier this year, Mr. Rezko wrote a letter to the judge in his own criminal case in which he complained that federal prosecutors in the office of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald “are pressuring me to tell them the ‘wrong’ things I supposedly know about Governor Blagojevich and Senator Obama.” [snip]
Mr. Rezko this week seems to have changed his mind about Mr. Blagojevich, who was accused by Mr. Fitzgerald of attempting to auction off Mr. Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, among other misdeeds. [snip]
“Rezko has proffered [information] with the government in hopes of receiving a recommendation from the government for a reduced sentence,” the affidavit says. On Thursday, the federal judge in Mr. Rezko’s case abruptly suspended his sentencing proceedings. People familiar with the case said this was a clear signal that Mr. Rezko’s cooperation was moving forward. Because cooperating witnesses use their testimony to get lighter sentences, judges delay giving them prison terms until their assistance to prosecutors has been completed.
Mr. Obama’s other connection to Mr. Rezko revolves around a patch of land adjacent to Mr. Obama’s Chicago home that he bought in early 2006 from the disgraced developer’s wife for about $100,000. Mr. Obama has since called the deal “boneheaded” on his part. Obama representatives have said that the purchase of the adjacent properties by the Obamas and Ms. Rezko weren’t related.
In October, a lawsuit was filed in Illinois state court by Kenneth Conner, a former employee of an Illinois bank called Mutual Bank. His suit says he was fired after raising questions in connection with a $500,000 loan that largely financed Ms. Rezko’s purchase of the vacant lot, a portion of which she later sold to the Obamas.
The suit includes an internal bank email from October 2006 discussing the receipt of a federal grand jury subpoena seeking information about the Rezko lot loan. The suit alleges important information was removed from the loan file before it was turned over to authorities. There is no evidence Mr. Fitzgerald has been looking specifically at the Obama-Rezko transaction.
If Fitzgerald is not examining at all, not specifically, but rather not at all, the “Obama-Rezko transaction” then perhaps a Special Prosecutor will have the time to do so.