The Chicago Olympic Tombstone

If the International Olympics Committee chooses Chicago as the host city for the 2012 Olympics, the Olympics will die. Sorry sports fans.

Obama’s Chicago Circus of Corruption will so expose the worse of the city and of the International Olympics Committee’s machinations, the death of the Olympics will be assured. Not that there is much future for the Olympics anyway.

Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara yesterday said the 2016 Olympics might be the last Olympics. He is right, but for the wrong reasons.

Ishihara blames global warming. But the Olympics are already an anachronism comparable to the now ignored World’s Fair excesses. Does anyone care or is anyone even aware that the World Fair nonsense continues? Paris in 1889 gave the world the Eiffel Tower built for the Exposition Universelle. Brussels in 1958 erected the Atomium. The Seattle Space Needle rose in 1962. The Unisphere in New York City gleamed forth in 1964.

But in a world in which every day we each hold our own world’s fair via the Internet and in which world wide travel is open to most citizens of the world, the artificial setting of a world’s fair is a relic that can easily be put to rest.

For the curious, China’s Shanghai will host the 2010 Fair, South Korea’s Yeosu the 2012 Fair and Milan, Italy will host the 2015 Fair. Obviously someone somewhere thinks these fairs are of some use, but they are not the massive world wide phenomena we now associate with the World Cup of Soccer or the Olympics as we have known them.

The Olympics, like World’s Fairs, are headed to obscurity now that athletes are able to compete anywhere, anytime. It is possible that the Olympics will split up and various sports figures will gather periodically in various cities to compete.

But the notion that massive sports competitions do anything but foster nationalism and division (long gone too is the notion that while the games were in session nations would cease warfare), corruption and financial waste and ruin, and nasty jockeying for position based on reasons distant from the athletic spirit is a difficult notion to defend The view that the real motivations of the International Olympics Committee is promotion of athleticism is not congruent with reality.

If Chicago is chosen as the victim city in 2012 the corruption and crookedness in Obama’s Chicago will finish off the Olympics there and then. Chicago will be the Olympic Tombstone.

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The Olympics might also be a lens for Americans to see Obama as the cesspool lily he is.

President Barack Obama’s hometown allies have brought Chicago to the brink of landing the 2016 Olympic Games, but after Obama makes the city’s case before the International Olympic Committee Friday morning in Copenhagen, the president’s own legacy will become inextricably intertwined with the fate of Chicago’s bid.

History has shown that’s not always a good thing.

Much has been made of the potential international embarrassment and Republican attacks Obama might endure if the IOC rejects his pitch. Any such backlash would very likely have limited shelf life, but a successful outcome in Copenhagen could arm opponents with ammunition for more than six years, particularly if preparations for the Chicago Games were beset by the delays, cost overruns and controversies that have plagued Olympics past.

It is amazing to us that Politico is finally waking up to the “allegations” of the Corrupt Circus which is Obama’s Chicago:

Add the reputation for political corruption in Chicago and Illinois, and you’ve got the basis for a joke making the rounds in Copenhagen, where the IOC also will vote on whether to include rugby and golf in the 2016 Olympics.

“If they’re going to add a new sport for the Chicago Olympics, corruption would be a great one — they’re really good at that,” said David Wallechinsky, vice president of the International Society of Olympic Historians, which is meeting in Copenhagen.

That fun loving truth teller, Wallechinsky, thinks Obama should run from the games if Chicago is chosen as the victim city.

But it would be hard for Obama to do that, even if he had stayed home from Copenhagen, as the White House initially signaled he would, according to Ben Joravsky, a veteran columnist for the liberal newsweekly Chicago Reader. He predicts the Games will shred the city’s parks, drain its tax dollars and become a patronage vehicle for the political machine headed by Chicago Mayor and Obama supporter Richard Daley.

“Obama got out of the swamp. Now why would he want to dive back in?” said Javorsky, who — in a column urging Obama to skip Copenhagen — wrote: “Once you make a grand pitch for Daley’s games, they’ll become your games too. Every scandal, cost overrun, and delay (and you were around this town long enough to know there will be plenty of each) will be laid at your feet by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and all your other haters.”

Javorsky apparently has not studied Obama’s history with Rezko and Valerie Jarrett, nor Michelle Obama’s patient dumping hospital past. Obama did not leave the swamp. Obama created news swamps.

Then-Sen. Obama told the buoyant hometown crowd that “in 2016, I’ll be wrapping up my second term as president, so I can’t think of a better way than to be marching into Washington Park alongside Mayor Daley, alongside Rahm Emanuel, alongside Dick Durbin, alongside Valerie Jarrett, as president of the United States and announcing to the world, ‘Let the Games begin!'”

We expect by 2016 Obama will be languishing in obscurity or a jail cell along with Mayor Daley, Rahm Emanuel, Dick Durbin, and Valerie Jarrett. Let the indictments begin!



Genuine community organizers are against the license to fleece which the International Olympics Committee is asked to grant Obama and Daley:

But Rhoda Whitehorse, a retired public school teacher and 40-year Chicagoan who traveled to Copenhagen with the group No Games Chicago to urge the IOC to reject the city’s bid, said that Obama, Daley, Jarrett and other Olympic backers are underestimating the mounting popular opposition in their hometown to the games.

Pointing to a September Chicago Tribune poll showing 47 percent favoring the bid and 45 percent opposing it (a falloff from a February Tribune poll showing 2-1 support), Whitehorse predicted “a lot of the backlash will hit President Obama. People who were Obama supporters are appalled that he would support Mayor Daley in this.”

Other cities which hosted the Olympics have not fared very well (nor been free of corruption), although the sponsors and those who fleeced the cities with shiny objects and hope drenched dreams came out with bulging pockets full of cash. Greece is an example:

But Greek politicians are still pointing fingers, trying to assign blame for the tens of millions spent since the conclusion of the 2004 Athens Olympics in maintaining vacant and dilapidated facilities that have not been converted to public use as promised before the Games — a not uncommon phenomenon in Olympics host cities.

China’s beautiful recently-built stadium is slated to become a shopping mall.

Hypocrite Obama supporter Bob Herbert of the New York Times attacked Mayor Bloomberg in New York when Bloomberg tried to foist the Olympic deficits on New York City:

“The rascals used to do this sort of thing in back rooms, while worrying about headlines, indictments and handcuffs. Now they’ve figured out how to do it legally,opined New York Times columnist Bob Herbert a couple of weeks before an obscure state board sunk the stadium plan, essentially bringing the Olympic bid down with it.

Clearly Obama is out to fill the pockets of his Chicago thugs. There is no other logical explanation for the stupidity of the Clown heading to Copenhagen. Even if the “rumors” of Obama taking a detour to Afghanistan or some other destination were true, the Copenhagen trip is nuts.

Why give the IOC the ability to embarrass the United States? Any cost/benefit analysis would show that the limited benefits of gaining the Olympic bid compared to the potential loss of prestige and influence at a time of critical events in health care legislative efforts and Afghanistan and Iran would weigh against a Clowns To Copenhagen program.

Did we mention the cost/benefit analysis of Chicago Corruption exposed?:

Obama’s personal involvement in pushing an American bid is unprecedented for a U.S. president.

In addition to being the first president to personally lobby the IOC, Obama established the first-ever White House Olympics office (tapping Jarrett to head it) and recorded several videos seeking support from IOC subcommittees.

Until joining the Obama administration, Jarrett was both vice chairwoman of Chicago 2016, the $49 million nonprofit enterprise created in 2006 to lead the city’s bid, and CEO of The Habitat Co., a real estate company that is among the bidders to build the 3,500-unit Olympic Village.

Though she sold most of her holdings in Habitat real estate, White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said Jarrett “was unable to sell” one real estate holding and a self-insurance interest.

“The holdings have nothing to do with the Olympic bid,” said LaBolt, adding that ethics officials “determined these presented no conflict in performing her duties as a White House adviser.”

But in order to clear Jarrett to head the Olympic office in spite of her unpaid work for Chicago 2016, the White House ethics lawyer granted her a waiver from Obama’s ethics policy barring officials from working on issues affecting previous employers — something Olympic detractors point to as evidence of the threat of Chicago-style pinstripe patronage if the city wins the Games.

Four of the five co-chairs of Obama’s Inaugural committee continue to have unpaid leadership roles in Chicago 2016, including Pat Ryan, the chairman and CEO of Chicago 2016; John Rodgers, the treasurer and director of Chicago 2016; Bill Daley, the former Clinton administration commerce secretary and brother of the Chicago mayor; and Penny Pritzker, the Chicago businesswoman and Hyatt hotel heiress who led Obama’s meteoric presidential campaign fundraising.

Pritzker’s family also owns or manages a handful of hotels singled out by Chicago 2016 as accommodations for Olympic workers, press and family members.

Ryan and Priztker each contributed $100,000 or more to Chicago 2016, as did White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, an Obama family friend, who also served on the Chicago committee. It still counts Obama confidant and vacation companion Eric Whitaker among its members. Jarrett was replaced as vice chair by Martin Nesbitt, the treasurer of Obama’s campaign and another Obama family insider.

ASK Public Strategies, the Chicago-based corporate public relations company founded by Obama political guru David Axelrod and owned and run by some of Obama’s top presidential campaign consultants, was paid “in the tens of thousands” of dollars by Chicago 2016 to do “communication management [and] communication planning,” said former Axelrod partner Eric Sedler, who did not work for the Obama campaign but is in Copenhagen, along with Pritzker and Jarrett.

“ASK has worked on the bid for three years and for two-thirds of that time our work has been pro bono,” said Sedler, who would not speculate on whether the company would be in line for more Olympic work if the IOC picks Chicago.

In an ironic twist, ASK in 2004 helped craft an advertising campaign credited with rallying public opposition to Bloomberg’s stadium plan on behalf of the owners of Madison Square Garden, who feared that the proposed Olympic stadium — which would have been built blocks away — would have cut into their business.

New York State records show that Madison Square Garden paid ASK $1.16 million in 2004 — the biggest lobbying contract of the year in the state.

Though Axelrod participated in ASK’s first meeting with Chicago 2016 and continues to receive buyout payments from selling ASK last year, LaBolt stressed that ASK’s payments to Axelrod aren’t affected by the firm’s revenue. And he asserted “all Americans stand to benefit from a winning bid to bring the Olympics to Chicago in 2016, but neither David Axelrod nor Valerie Jarrett has a personal financial stake in the bid.”

A Chicago Olympics will expose Chicago Corruption and Olympic officials will expose themselves to examination as well.

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59 thoughts on “The Chicago Olympic Tombstone

  1. The thought/visual of Oprah running with the Olympic torch is a good enough reason to deny Chicago the Olympics.

  2. BHO may as well be Mrs. O’Leary in the Chicago barn-burner. He first ushers in the demise of a free USA, and now he symbolizes the kiss of death for the ANCIENT Greecian Games.

    So, World….answer this question….Is it workin’ for ya?!?!?!?!? Rio or Madrid or the Friggin’ Moon – but NOT THE WINDY CITY!!

  3. Well, that is a sickening article that reveals some of the corruption of Chicago and Washington. I’m sure it goes deeper and wider. The WH is the national headquarters for Chicago corruption, and is now on a national scale. Very disappointing.

  4. The highest level American official the Dali Lama will see this trip is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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    After that he can return to Tibet and say I have finally seen with my own eyes “The Great Empty”.

  5. Well documented, Admin.

    The Olympics were forever tainted when the Nazis were allowed to hold them for propaganda purposes. They have reclaimed some but not of their glory and it is a sure thing that they will lose even that if obama thugs are allowed to force their will in Geneva.

    As a side note, I would love to know if these same thugs will be poor losers if they don’t get what they came for.

  6. As a side note, I would love to know if these same thugs will be poor losers if they don’t get what they came for.

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    I was wondering the same thing. How will the spin go?

  7. Obama got out of the swamp. Now why would he want to dive back in?” said Javorsky, who — in a column urging Obama to skip Copenhagen — wrote: “Once you make a grand pitch for Daley’s games, they’ll become your games too. Every scandal, cost overrun, and delay (and you were around this town long enough to know there will be plenty of each) will be laid at your feet by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and all your other haters.”
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    He got out of the swamp? Are you serious Mr. Javorsky? Wake up. He did not get out of the swamp–he brought it with him to Washington DC and the spread it to the state party organizations when he moved it to guess where?–Chicago. Not for nothing has Lynn Sweet commented that covering the White House for the Chicago Sun Times is like the old day covering the 51st ward because the gangs all here now. If this Javarsky works for the Chicago weekly then he knows Obama did not get out of the swamp, he knows just as we do that Mr. Hope and Change brought all the bad people with him.

  8. Valerie Jarrett or Axelrod stand to make no money from the Olympics, no at least not any that can be traced. It may come in a plain brown paper sack in the mail box.

    Great article again admin. These folks have no shame and will continue like pigs at the trough for the taxpayers money.

    Wbboei, that infection is liken to the embola virus, deadly.

  9. Here’s a piece on hypocrite George Soros selling his soul for more money and stoop to working with GeorgeBush and the Carlyle group and Jeffrey Sachs of GoldmanSachs to do it. He also gave Al GOre the finger so he could do it. Awh, he’s a capitalist after all. The greedy SOB!

    Well, that whole beating George Bush thing in 2004 didn’t work out, so now billionaire financier / Democratic fundraiser / anti-Communist crusader George Soros is back to his first love: making money — apparently even when it comes at the expense of the planet.

    Sabrina Valle of the Washington Post is reporting that Soros is one of the biggest investors in growing sugarcane ethanol in the Brazilian cerrado, “a vast plateau where temperatures range from freezing to steaming hot and bushes and grasslands alternate with forests and the richest variety of flora of all the world’s savannas.”

    That could soon come to an end. In the past four decades, more than half of the Cerrado has been transformed by the encroachment of cattle ranchers and soybean farmers. And now another demand is quickly eating into the landscape: sugarcane, the raw material for Brazilian ethanol.

    “Deforestation in the Cerrado is actually happening at a higher rate than it has in the Amazon,” said John Buchanan, senior director of business practices for Conservation International in Arlington.

    “If the actual deforestation rates continue, all the remaining vegetation in the Cerrado could be lost by the year 2030. That would be a huge loss of biodiversity.”

    The roots of this transformation lie in the worldwide demand for ethanol, recently boosted by a U.S. Senate bill that would mandate the use of 36 billion gallons of ethanol by 2022, more than six times the capacity of the United States’ 115 ethanol refineries. President Bush, who proposed a similar increase in his State of the Union address, visited Brazil and negotiated a deal in March to promote ethanol production in Latin America and the Caribbean.
    Now Soros (as well as Goldman Sachs and the Carlyle Group) have joined longtime Big-Ag environmental villains Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland in investing in sugarcane expansion, fueling the loss of 7.4 million acres per year of pristine land.

    This would ordinarily violate sustainability principles adopted by Goldman Sachs and others (Goldman Sachs’s policy, for instance, says that the company “will not finance any project or initiate loans where the specified use of proceeds would significantly convert or degrade a critical natural habitat.”

    So, they claim they’re not contributing to the extinction of the jaguars, blue macaws, and giant armadillos that roam(ed) the savanna because they’re growing on fallow land, but that’s just a big greenwashing cover.

    But environmental groups argue that as soy and sugarcane displace cattle and less lucrative crops, ranchers are moving farther into the unspoiled areas of the Cerrado. “There are ranchers substituting sugarcane for cattle in the Sao Paulo area, for instance, and displacing cattle to the state of Bahia, both in the Cerrado.

    “So what is the point?” asks Ricardo Machado, author of a study about the Cerrado for Conservation International.
    It’s a widely documented phenomenon fueling deforestation in Indonesia, West Africa, and elsewhere: increased demand for land fuels higher commodity prices and expansion into pristine forests.

    It’s particularly ironic that Soros is working hand-in-hand with the Bush family by investing $1 billion in growing sugarcane in Brazil. Jeb Bush formed the Interamerican Ethanol Commission in December to promote increased ethanol exports from Latin America, leading, perhaps not coincidentally to President Bush’s March deal with Brazilian President Luis Lula Ignacio da Silva.

    What really frustrates me more than anything is that these rogue billionaires are destroying these tropical forests for a relatively tiny amount of money, compared to the potential financial value of protecting these lands as carbon sinks. The value of agricultural land on the cerrado ranges from as little as $140 to as high (in areas with the richest land) as $3000.

    But protecting these areas as carbon sinks could give them a value of up to $6000 per hectare, based on current prices of carbon dioxide that exceed $20 per ton on European markets.

    Of course, that would require governments to come together to allow countries and polluters to get greenhouse-gas-reduction credit for protecting intact ecosystems as carbon sinks, as I recently outlined with Bill Powers in a New York Times op-ed. But there’s increasing support for the idea, and as these financiers destroy the forests to create agriculture, they’re also destroying much greater potential returns for themselves.

    I guess being a rogue billionaire doesn’t mean you’re a smart billionaire

  10. Obama’s French Lesson

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, October 2, 2009

    “President Obama, I support the Americans’ outstretched hand. But what did the international community gain from these offers of dialogue? Nothing.”

    — French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Sept. 24

    When France chides you for appeasement, you know you’re scraping bottom. Just how low we’ve sunk was demonstrated by the Obama administration’s satisfaction when Russia’s president said of Iran, after meeting President Obama at the United Nations, that “sanctions are seldom productive, but they are sometimes inevitable.”

    You see? The Obama magic. Engagement works. Russia is on board. Except that, as The Post inconveniently pointed out, President Dmitry Medvedev said the same thing a week earlier, and the real power in Russia, Vladimir Putin, had changed not at all in his opposition to additional sanctions. And just to make things clear, when Iran then brazenly test-fired offensive missiles, Russia reacted by declaring that this newest provocation did not warrant the imposition of tougher sanctions.

    Do the tally. In return for selling out Poland and the Czech Republic by unilaterally abrogating a missile-defense security arrangement that Russia had demanded be abrogated, we get from Russia . . . what? An oblique hint, of possible support, for unspecified sanctions, grudgingly offered and of dubious authority — and, in any case, leading nowhere because the Chinese have remained resolute against any Security Council sanctions.

    Confusing ends and means, the Obama administration strives mightily for shows of allied unity, good feeling and pious concern about Iran’s nuclear program — whereas the real objective is stopping that program. This feel-good posturing is worse than useless, because all the time spent achieving gestures is precious time granted Iran to finish its race to acquire the bomb.

    Don’t take it from me. Take it from Sarkozy, who could not conceal his astonishment at Obama’s naivete. On Sept. 24, Obama ostentatiously presided over the Security Council. With 14 heads of state (or government) at the table, with an American president at the chair for the first time ever, with every news camera in the world trained on the meeting, it would garner unprecedented worldwide attention.

    Unknown to the world, Obama had in his pocket explosive revelations about an illegal uranium enrichment facility that the Iranians had been hiding near Qom. The French and the British were urging him to use this most dramatic of settings to stun the world with the revelation and to call for immediate action.

    Obama refused. Not only did he say nothing about it, but, reports the Wall Street Journal (citing Le Monde), Sarkozy was forced to scrap the Qom section of his speech. Obama held the news until a day later — in Pittsburgh. I’ve got nothing against Pittsburgh (site of the G-20 summit), but a stacked-with-world-leaders Security Council chamber it is not.

    Why forgo the opportunity? Because Obama wanted the Security Council meeting to be about his own dream of a nuclear-free world. The president, reports the New York Times citing “White House officials,” did not want to “dilute” his disarmament resolution “by diverting to Iran.”

    Diversion? It’s the most serious security issue in the world. A diversion from what? From a worthless U.N. disarmament resolution?

    Yes. And from Obama’s star turn as planetary visionary: “The administration told the French,” reports the Wall Street Journal, “that it didn’t want to ‘spoil the image of success’ for Mr. Obama’s debut at the U.N.”

    Image? Success? Sarkozy could hardly contain himself. At the council table, with Obama at the chair, he reminded Obama that “we live in a real world, not a virtual world.”

    He explained: “President Obama has even said, ‘I dream of a world without [nuclear weapons].’ Yet before our very eyes, two countries are currently doing the exact opposite.”

    Sarkozy’s unspoken words? “And yet, sacré bleu, he’s sitting on Qom!”

    At the time, we had no idea what Sarkozy was fuming about. Now we do. Although he could hardly have been surprised by Obama’s fecklessness. After all, just a day earlier in addressing the General Assembly, Obama actually said, “No one nation can . . . dominate another nation.” That adolescent mindlessness was followed with the declaration that “alignments of nations rooted in the cleavages of a long-gone Cold War” in fact “make no sense in an interconnected world.” NATO, our alliances with Japan and South Korea, our umbrella over Taiwan, are senseless? What do our allies think when they hear such nonsense?

    Bismarck is said to have said: “There is a providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children, and the United States of America.” Bismarck never saw Obama at the U.N. Sarkozy did.

    letters@charleskrauthammer.com

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/01/AR2009100104208.html

  11. politicsdaily.com/2009/10/01/john-and-elizabeth-edwards-getting-divorced/?icid=main|hp-laptop|dl2|link5|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politicsdaily.com%2F2009%2F10%2F01%2Fjohn-and-elizabeth-edwards-getting-divorced%2F

    h stuff and ws.

    There is a new book coming out, and the claims in it have put Elizabeth Edwards perhaps on the course to divorcing John. She would take half of the money and leave him.

    I guess if it were me, I would be out the door. Their lives were tough enough without some of the revelation that have come out. Edwards reputation will be hard to salvage.

  12. While we impatiently wait for Obama’s pass or fail for the Olympics, we wonder if once this is either a done deal or not if now the completion of the shredding of the economy will take place??

    THis book “Shock Doctrine” has finally name the new shock doctors, Jeffry Sachs and George Soros. Yes, folks there a team.

    So what I am wondering these shock doctors have moved countries from socialism to unfettered capitalism. These two were the ones that helped themselves to the breakdown of the Soviet Union while filling their pockets.

    They also helped China go from a complete communism state to one exactly like the Pinochet govt.

    So what do they want for the U.S., my gut feeling is to take us from a free republic to a communist state with unfettered capitalism. Friedman went to China several times to advise the Chinese about the economy.

    Since Soros, Brerezenki love the Chinese and BO light the Empire State Building with red and yellow lights. Get ready folks its coming.

  13. http://www.reuters.com/article/olympicsNews/idUSL217654620091002

    Speaking for Rio de Janeiro, Lula said Brazil was the only one of the world’s 10 most powerful nations to have never staged the Games. “I honestly think it is Brazil’s turn,” he told the IOC session which will choose the 2016 hosts from Chicago, Madrid, Rio and Tokyo later on Friday.

    “It is South America’s bid,” he added. “This is a continent that has never held the Games. It is time to address this imbalance.

    “The opportunity now is to extend the Games to a new continent. It’s an opportunity for an Olympics in a tropical country for the first time, to feel the warmth of our people, the exuberance of our culture and the sensation of our joy.

    “Rio is ready. Give us the chance and you will not regret it.”

    The charismatic Brazilian president and other members of the Rio bid team constantly stressed that European, North American and Far Eastern nations had held a virtual monopoly on the Modern Games since it was inaugurated in 1896.

    The emphasis was clearly aimed at gaining an advantage over Chicago, in particular, seen by most observers as their most powerful rival after U.S. President Barack Obama flew in to make the case for the Windy City he regards as home.

    Rio showed a telling graphic indicating the venues of previous Summer and Winter Games. Bid leader Carlos Nuzman said 30 had been in Europe, 12 in North America, of which eight in the United States, five in Asia and two in Australia — but none in South America.

    The slick Rio presentation took maximum advantage of the city’s exotic and spectacular location, showing film of beaches, mountains and colourful and vibrant celebrations among the people.

  14. 8:40 confloyd wonder about shredding of economy
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    Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) — Employers cut more jobs than forecast last month and the unemployment rate rose to a 26-year high, calling into question the sustainability of the economic recovery.

    The unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent, the highest since 1983,
    Link going from google.com: www dot bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601068&sid=aZCXOOaX_XWI

  15. But how can they be sure Iran won’t be hording/keeping enough back if they have no idea how many reactors Iran really has and how much uranium it is storing in the first place? Are they just going to take Iran’s word for it?

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    Q+A: What’s behind Geneva agreement on Iran’s enriched uranium?

    Fri Oct 2, 2009

    reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE59129F20091002

  16. “Chicago eliminated in first round of voting. Go Rio.”

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    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now we can watch bambi, meme, and oprah whine, and drag themselves home with their tails between their legs.

  17. HAHAHAHAHA

    Obama did his usual overkill, i bet the IOC got pissed off with the cockiness of it all.

    Obama tried to force the IOC into giving it to him, they told him to piss off.

  18. Thank God. So, MO and BO and OPRah are not ALL THAT afterall. Just a nice vacation at our expense at a time when it could least be opportune and for those who could most afford it. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON OPRAH!!!!! Shame on Chicago. Shame on The Fraud. And it was a booty call in a new city after all?

  19. This is like major embarrassment for Obama and i mean major and i bet you Chicago blames him for the overkill.

    I bet the IOC thought, “who the hell do you think you are”, I also suspect that a lot of countries ganged up to get rid of them first.

  20. Funny i said this last night in lots of places, i bet you they nail Chicago in the first round. I knew it.

  21. moon,

    I agree. Another failure for the guy with empty promises and nothing to show for them. I have a feeling they will try even harder to ram through the health care bill now. Rumor has it that they want a done deal by U.S. Thanksgiving.

  22. BBC News’ Adam Brookes in Chicago: “The shock of Chicago’s elimination was greater for the fact that it came in the first round. And greater for the fact that President Obama had taken valuable hours from his packed and tense political schedule to travel to Copenhagen. His legendary powers of persuasion will be said to have failed him, though in reality it will be Chicago’s bid that failed him. Nonetheless, this is a moment which allows the president’s detractors to allege waning prestige on the part of his presidency. And it will raise questions about the political advice that he is receiving.”

  23. So lets see what they blame this on.

    1 : “is it because Chicago is a black city”

    2 : they ganged up in the first round

    3 : We didnt want it anyway but we had to give it a go.

    Pick 1 2 or 3

  24. moononpluto Says:

    October 2nd, 2009 at 11:44 am
    So lets see what they blame this on.

    1 : “is it because Chicago is a black city”

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    I hope we don’t hear racism.

    It is time for another continent to have its turn. The U.S. is not what it used to be and attention is moving to other parts of the world.

  25. lil ole grape Says:

    October 2nd, 2009 at 11:45 am
    Drudge says “The Ego Has Landed”

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    And not just one ego. Think about it. Oprah, Mayor Dailey, Jarrett, MO, BO, etc. How did one room hold all their egos, in addition, to all the other countries egos? WOW. It must have been a large gasp, when all the hot air was released.

  26. God the DU lot are all turning on Obama. I never thought i’d see the day.

    A lot of pople over there that turned on Hillary are calling him weak as water. The usual sychophants are calling him weak and will be ultimately a bad president.

    Assholes, we told them so.

  27. birdgal Says
    It must have been a large gasp, when all the hot air was released.
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    Yes, I read TimesOnline report … “audible gasp,” I think was the wording

  28. It was just desserts to see all the O supporters watch him lose in the same spot he won 11 months ago.

    Put a great big fucking smile on my face from ear to ear.

  29. This is like major embarrassment for Obama and i mean major and i bet you Chicago blames him for the overkill.

    I bet the IOC thought, “who the hell do you think you are”, I also suspect that a lot of countries ganged up to get rid of them first.
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    Actually they gave the egomaniac what he previously asked for namely a world where no nation has the right to dominate another nation or group of nations, and the cleavages of the cold war no longer make sense in an interconnected world.

    Gosh, doesn’t that crap just roll off your tongue. Euch. Barack needs better material. For such an intelligent man, this sounds very naiive. My dog is smarter than he is. And he is not joined at the hip to Rezko and Butterfield McQueen, i.e. Oprah.

    Butterfield McQueen was in Gone With The Wind. She was the aid d camp to Scarlett O’hara. Oprah is in Gone With The Windbag Barack Obama, and Boss Tweed Daley back to Chicago. I am sure the crowds will be lining Lakeside Drive to celebrate their successful campaign. Not.

    PS: being eliminated in the first round is like being the heavy weight champion of the world and getting knocked out in the first 30 seconds of round one. Mighty hard to put a good face on it. But big media will find some way to declare it a victory, or attribute it to racism.

  30. Yes, I read TimesOnline report … “audible gasp,” I think was the wording
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    That’s what I heard on the BBC-“an audible gasp.”

  31. Our employees yelled variations of hoorah. A customer just said to me, “What the hell was he doing over there anyhow? Who’s minding the president’s business while he’s spending all our money not doing his real work?”

  32. “Barack needs better material.”

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    LOL…especially if he intends to continue his comedy routines on primetime.

  33. I just said to a guy, “Aren’t you glad you voted for him?”
    He answered, “Man, I voted for Bush, too — when I die I’m going to hell for sure!”

  34. I just heard…yes to the good angels…

    happen to catch a clip of O early this morning giving his pitch…the man sounds like a broken record…

  35. I knew it! If it had just been Israel pressuring the UN then they would have turned a blind eye. As soon as the Palestinians asked for a postponement, no matter how they spin it…look what happens.

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    UN puts off action on Gaza report

    news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8286364.stm

  36. How this also plays for Daley is bad also, the mafia and cronies in Chicago all expected thir dollars to roll in with the olympics, someone is going to have to take the fall.

    All those now dead contracts to build.

  37. Gosh! Is he sure he could spare a whole 25 minutes? “their meeting will go some way towards inoculating the President from Republican claims that he has been neglecting the business of government for the sake of a sales pitch for his home town”
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    Not likely!

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    October 2, 2009

    Barack Obama holds runway summit with General Stanley McChrystal

    President Obama squeezed a 25-minute council of war into his Copenhagen visit today, meeting General Stanley McChrystal aboard Air Force One before returning to Washington.

    The general was summoned to the airborne White House on the day it was announced that four more British and American servicemen had died in Afghanistan. He was on his way back to Kabul from London, where he made a powerful public pitch for more troops to be sent to the battlefields.

    Until today, General McChrystal had been in direct contact with Mr Obama only twice since taking up his post as Nato commander in Kabul six months ago – once via video link to the Oval Office and then as a participant in a major Afghan strategy meeting on Wednesday, again via videolink.

    Since arriving in Kabul, General McChrystal has written a damning assessment of the Afghan security situation, and an election marred by widespread fraud has undermined the case for propping up the regime of President Hamid Karzai.

    Whatever Mr Obama and the general discussed, their meeting will go some way towards inoculating the President from Republican claims that he has been neglecting the business of government for the sake of a sales pitch for his home town. He has said he will not decide for several weeks whether to send more troops to Afghanistan. One purpose of the meeting, in the forward cabin of Air Force One, may have been to pre-empt further public statements by the general, whose speech in London was intended to counter the arguments of many in the White House for a new strategy aimed at al-Qaeda in Pakistan, rather than the Taleban.

    The discussion came soon after it was announced that three more American soldiers had died in Afghanistan in the previous 24 hours. The Ministry of Defence also said that an airman from 34 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment was killed by an explosion while on patrol near Britain’s Camp Bastion in Helmand province yesterday. Lieutenant Colonel Nick Richardson, the spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: “The death of this courageous Royal Air Force Regiment Gunner is a true loss. He will be mourned by his friends, colleagues and all of us serving in Helmand province. We know that whilst our loss is heartfelt, it is nothing compared to the sorrow of his family, to whom we extend our deepest sympathies.” Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.

    One of the US soldiers died after a grenade attack in the east of the country. An ISAF media officer said the other two were killed in an incident west of Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan. “There was an incident. There were casualties associated with that,” the officer added. No further details were immediately available.

    A total of 384 foreign service personnel have died in Afghanistan so far this year, including 226 from the United States and 82 from Britain.

    timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/Afghanistan/article6858796.ece#

  38. Health Plan Advances as Millions Spared From Fines

    By Ryan J. Donmoyer

    Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) — The Senate Finance Committee, ending its debate over the biggest changes in the U.S. health-care system in four decades, agreed to protect millions of Americans from the legislation’s most punitive taxes and penalties.

    The panel voted to spare retirees and employees in high- risk professions from a new tax on the costliest insurance plans, reduce or waive fines for people who fail to buy coverage and give states money to help insure low-income Americans. The last-minute revisions clear the way for committee passage as early as next week of the only health-reform legislation that may attract Republican support in Congress.

    “We have a product that accomplishes our objectives,” Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, said after what he called the longest “markup” of a bill in 15 years. “Four, five, six years from now we’re going to see real benefits.”

    The fight to overhaul the health system, President Barack Obama’s top priority, is far from over. The bill that emerges from Baucus’s panel must be merged with one that passed the Senate health committee and eventually reconciled with a House measure. Those bills clash with the Baucus legislation on some of the most important issues, including how to expand insurance coverage to tens of millions of Americans and how to pay for it. Still, by the seventh day of debate, the finance panel had dealt with obstacles that have stood in the way of an agreement for months.

    ‘Civility’

    Obama, in an e-mailed statement, praised the “civility” and “unyielding commitment” of Baucus and other Finance committee members, saying Congress has “reached another milestone” in efforts to overhaul U.S. health-care. “We have a long way to go, but I am confident that as we move forward, we will continue to engage with each other as productively as the members of the Finance Committee, and will get reform passed this year,” Obama said.

    The legislation, estimated to cost $900 billion over 10 years, mandates that Americans get insurance and provides subsidies to those who need them, creates nonprofit cooperatives to offer an alternative to private insurance companies, and prohibits insurers from denying coverage to people with pre- existing medical conditions.

    Cadillac Plans

    Among the biggest last-minute changes was a vote to limit the impact of a new 40 percent excise tax on so-called Cadillac insurance plans sold to retirees and workers in risky professions such as mining. The levy would generate about $200 billion in revenue to help fund the broader health reforms. The legislation initially would have subjected most insurance plans to the tax when they provide benefits in excess of $8,000 for individuals and $21,000 for families. The amendment adopted today would raise those thresholds to $9,850 and $26,000 for retirees and workers in high-risk jobs. While many lawmakers support the idea of everyone having insurance, there was growing concern that some Americans would be unable to afford it.

    As a result, the committee last night voted to protect what aides said may be as many as 2 million people from having to purchase insurance and scaled back fines on those who fail to obtain coverage. The amendment, by Maine Republican Senator Olympia Snowe and New York Senator Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, was adopted 22-

    Lowering the Penalty

    It reduces the top penalty for failing to comply with an individual insurance mandate to $750 per adult, from $1,900 per family as proposed by Baucus. It would waive the penalties in 2013, the first year that federally backed health-insurance exchanges would be in place, and phase them in through 2017. People who would have to pay more than 8 percent of their income to buy insurance would be exempt from the penalties, down from 10 percent. “I don’t want Congress to impose penalties on Americans who are struggling,” said Snowe.

    The lawmakers are also still divided over whether to set up a federally run insurance program to compete with private insurers. That “public option” is opposed by almost all Republicans and enough Senate Democrats to put it in peril. Yet just two days after rejecting the public option in two separate votes, the finance panel voted for a compromise plan to give states money to help low-income Americans obtain insurance.

    Negotiate for Coverage

    The amendment, passed in a 12-11 vote, would give federal funds to states so they can negotiate and buy coverage for people who don’t qualify for the Medicaid poverty program. The idea is to harness the purchasing power of states to cut premiums, said the sponsor, Senator Maria Cantwell. “It is a public plan but negotiated with the private sector,” said Cantwell, a Democrat of Washington State. It “hits the sweet spot” of interests for the state, insurers and the uninsured, she said.

    The public option is the centerpiece of the bill that passed the Senate health committee in July and is included in versions of the legislation approved by three House committees. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has to find a compromise that placates Democrats on both sides. Reid told reporters yesterday he would do his best to get a public option into the final legislation, though he said it’s a “relative term.”
    “There is a public option, there is a public option and there is a public option,” the Nevada Democrat said.

    Baucus’s panel also took aim at insurance companies, voting to limit tax deductions for executive pay at companies that stand to gain millions more customers from the overhaul. It voted 14-8 to deny compensation deductions for annual pay over $500,000 for executives of insurers that derive at least 25 percent of their premium income from people required to obtain coverage. “We’re not going to subsidize a windfall that benefits these companies,” Arkansas Democrat Blanche Lincoln said before the vote.

    Current law denies deductions for executive salaries that exceed $1 million, although many companies avoid the limit by paying their officials with stock options and other benefits.

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=aIrf9uoyT0Rw#

  39. btw…the race card will not fly this time…

    …heard axelrod trying to spin the insider politcal connections…

    first round…justice reigns…

  40. YES!!!!!!!!!

    Here ya go, S.

    www dot breitbart dot tv/pandemonium-in-the-broadcast-center-chicago-loses-olympics-bid/

  41. Confloyd,

    You are so good at researching – I have been shut in this afternoon and watching a program about Al Qaeda, bin Laden and Afghanistan called Triple Cross involving Mohammed Ali, an Egyptian national who worked for the CIA, the FBI and was a member of the US Military while working with AlQaeda. What’s got me floored is the program documents all the Brooklyn, NY and Paterson mosques I knew about when i lived down there.

    I will write more when I get back from an event I have to cover but if you get a chance, check the program out. Triple Cross. It is chilling.
    It documents the terror cells that have existed in the US since 1987.

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