“Do you have any idea who you’re stealing from?” screams the bank official. “You and your friends are dead.”
Later a bank robber asks another bank robber as they try to penetrate the vault: “They wired this thing with 5,000 volts. What kind of bank does that?” The answer is: “A mob bank.”
First robber: “Every guy gets his share, five shares. Five shares is plenty.”
Second robber: “Six shares. Don’t forget the guy who planned the job.”
First robber: “He thinks he can sit it out and still take a slice.”
Second robber: “I know.”
First robber: “That’s why they call him ‘The Joker’.”
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When the makers of the election year 2008 film, The Dark Knight, wanted the fecund smell of stockyard slaughter, the delirious stench of centuries old corruption, they thought: Chicago.
The multi-headed Hydra which is the Obama Chicago Culture Of Corruption is growing another head in Washington, D.C. and a special prosecutor is needed in Washington while Patrick Fitzgerald stabs at the Hydra in Chicago.
Today, the Chicago Hydra is up for election. Expect a head to be cut, and ten more heads to grow.
Widespread voter anger and unrest are confronting the Illinois political establishment as the state hurtles toward its first-in-the-nation primaries Tuesday.
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, under fierce attack for his plan to boost income taxes and for his handling of a prison release program, finds himself in a dead heat against surging state Comptroller Dan Hynes.
State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic front-runner in the race for President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat, has seen his lead in polls narrow in recent days as he has taken criticism from former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman and Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson about his oversight of a family-owned bank and his handling of the Bright Start college savings program.
At the local level, Todd Stroger, the powerful Democratic president of the Cook County Board, who has come under fire for his hiring practices and his support for a sales tax increase, has fallen significantly behind his primary challengers in new polling.
Clean air from Massachusetts is sweeping through the windy city.
“Democrats are starting to realize that every single Democrat in the country is vulnerable now. It’s a very angry electorate, a very volatile electorate,” said Jerry Morrison, political director of the state Service Employees International Union, which has endorsed Quinn and Giannoulias.
“It’s been brewing for some time,” said Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross. “I think it’s as intense here as it’s been [in Massachusetts].” [snip]
“The anger is palpable. People are frustrated — and they don’t know who to take it out on,” said Eric Adelstein, an Illinois-based Democratic strategist. “[People are] just very cynical — and right now the job approvals are low for everybody.”
The issue is not anger or frustration. The issue is corruption. Chicago corruption. Obama style sweet talk Chicago corruption.
Obama, for his part, has maintained a comfortable distance from Tuesday’s primaries, making no endorsements in any of the races up for grabs. Even so, he has become an issue in the competitive three-way GOP gubernatorial race between McKenna, state Sen. Kirk Dillard and former state Attorney General Jim Ryan.
Last week, McKenna launched a new campaign ad blasting Dillard for appearing in a 2008 presidential campaign ad praising Obama, the former Illinois state senator, as a bipartisan figure — a move designed to weaken Dillard’s standing among conservative voters in the downstate region.
“In a Republican primary, if you’re in an ad supporting Barack Obama for president, that’s something that’s very, very unpopular with the base. Even if you’re in Illinois, that’s very unpopular,” explained Brian Nick, a GOP adman working for McKenna. “To be able to show that one of the front-runners endorsed Obama for president is a strong message to get out.”
Chicago Obama Dimocrats, like the Joker in the flim, look to the bank that financed Antoin “Tony” Rezko, and numbers running, prostitution promoting Michael “Jaws” Giorango. “What kind of bank does that?” The Broadway Bank. The Giannoulias Broadway Bank.
The Chicago bank owned by the family of U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias reported a fourth-quarter loss that increases the amount of new capital it needs to raise to about $76 million.
Broadway Bank, which last week entered into a consent order with federal and state banking regulators requiring it to raise capital, reported a net loss for 2009 of $75 million. Its capital levels as of Dec. 31 were below the minimums demanded by banking regulators.
As of the end of the third quarter, Broadway’s financials suggested the family needed to raise about $50 million to save the bank.
With $188 million in loans at least 90 days past due, more than 20% of the $1.15-billion-asset bank’s loans now are seriously delinquent, according to the bank’s end-of-year financial report with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Banker Giannoulias wants a slice. It’s his turn at the Obama seat. The throne of Corruption.
Only in Chicago, the Gotham of corruption does a thief call out a thief, a mobster rob a mob bank.
The Bank’s worsened condition arrives on the eve of the primary, in which Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is vying with former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman and Cheryle Jackson, on leave from her job as head of the Chicago Urban League, for the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat held previously by Barack Obama.
Ms. Jackson last week called on Mr. Giannoulias to drop out of the race after news of Broadway Bank’s regulatory order; Mr. Hoffman said it rendered Mr. Giannoulias unelectable in the fall.
Mr. Hoffman has criticized the $70 million in dividends the family took from the bank in 2007 and 2008 as the real estate crisis was emerging. The family has said a substantial percentage of that went to pay income and estate taxes.
Before the November election Alexi Giannoulias will face the feds takeover of the alleged bank.
The deep capital deficiency and the regulatory order increase the odds that Broadway, which is 100% owned by the Giannoulias family, will be seized by federal regulators before the general election in November.
That banker with a human face, is the likely choice of Dimocrats to inherit the throne of Obama corruption. But no one is sure what will happen. The voters are unhappy and pesky. We doubt the corruption will be uprooted. At best corruption will be re-routed.
Tuesday’s crowded ballot will test Gov. Pat Quinn’s popularity within his own party a year after he took over the reins from disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich, as well as pare down the field for the surprisingly up-for-grabs U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President Barack Obama.
Mix in the shadow of corruption that hangs over the state and an unemployment rate above the national average and even the political professionals aren’t sure what to expect. [snip]
While this down-ballot contest isn’t registering on the radar inside the Beltway, the four-way Democratic primary for president of the board in the state’s most populous county could tip the turnout scales. With three African-Americans among the four candidates and with first-term incumbent Todd Stroger on the ropes, some political observers predict a boost from black voters trekking to the polls for the favorite, Chicago City Council member Toni Preckwinkle, and Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown.
If black voters turn out in force, that would bode well for Quinn, because he launched a blistering attack during the past weekend designed to motivate those voters. Quinn accused his opponent, state Comptroller Dan Hynes, of ignoring the dumping of human remains at a historic black cemetery, an attack that came in response to a Hynes television ad featuring 1980s footage of Harold Washington, the city’s first African-American mayor, calling Quinn “a totally and completely undisciplined individual.”
Pity the denizens of Chicago street scams and scoundrels in the shadow of Obama. Who would you choose between these two:
The Republicans at least have a candidate who can bring in the hero of Gdansk.
“In the fractured GOP primary for governor, conservative grass-roots populists are organizing for Adam Andrzejewski, who scored the unique endorsement Friday of former Polish President Lech Walesa — an especially meaningful endorsement in Chicago, which has a sizable Polish population.
Andrzejewski, who registered 7 percent in a Jan. 22 Chicago Tribune poll, presents himself as a “private citizen” running against “five insiders.””
The Blagojevich trial will begin in June. Blagojevich will be in the dock, but Chicago Corruption will be the defendant. Again. Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is working much too slowly and in too limited a manner.
The elections today have the White House “very concerned.”
You’d be concerned too if all your pals, the ones who know where the dead bodies are buried, will soon need jobs. Imagine Todd Stroger unemployed and in need of a job. The Todd Stroger we have written about so often (HERE, HERE, and HERE). In The Senator From Rezko, Part II, we quoted a bit of Obama history:
“There was little controversy earlier this year when Sen. Barack Obama endorsed Mayor Richard Daley over two black opponents for a sixth term, lending his star power to an inevitable rout.”
“But Obama’s record of local endorsements — one measure of how he has used his nascent political clout — has drawn criticism from those who say it reflects his deference to Chicago’s established political order and runs counter to his public calls for clean government.”
“In the 2006 Democratic primary, for example, Obama endorsed first-time candidate Alexi Giannoulias for state treasurer despite reports about loans Giannoulias’ family-owned Broadway Bank made to crime figures. Records show Giannoulias and his family had given more than $10,000 to Obama’s campaign, which banked at Broadway.” [snip]
“Obama supported the re-election of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose administration is embroiled in corruption probes.”
“And during the race for Cook County Board president, Obama predictably endorsed Todd Stroger over a Republican. But he was criticized for calling Stroger “a good progressive” despite allegations of job-rigging to favor members of Stroger’s 8th Ward organization.”
The long history of Stroger’s corruptions (let’s not forget daddy Stroger’s problems) have been appropriately called “serial dishonesty” and a “web of lies”. Just the type of character Obama likes.
“That serial dishonesty invited still more public distrust after Todd Stroger took office. Many citizens watched him cut health workers — but not enough of the patronage hacks in his administration — while larding the county payroll with even more of his friends and family members.
It’s too soon to say with certainty that Todd Stroger will go down as an amateurish one-termer. But his choice of secrecy over candor reminds voters that … it’s all about him, not them.”
“Amateurish one-termer” and “it’s all about him, not them.” sounds like Obama. Birds of a feather, roost with chickens together.
“CHICAGO – Orlando Jones, the godson of former Cook County Board President John Stroger and an insider in county politics, has been found dead on a Michigan beach from what authorities say is a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Cook County political insider was found Wednesday night, just as a corruption inquiry targeting him was heating up.
Police found the body of Orlando Jones on a beach in Union Pier, Mich. As CBS 2’s Rafael Romo reports, Jones had close ties to the Stroger family. [snip]
Jones rose to the level of chief of staff for former president John Stroger, who was his godfather. [snip]
Jones left his position in county government to create a lobbying firm in association with Tony Rezko, who has been indicted on fraud charges.
Recent reports from Las Vegas also claim that he was the target of a federal investigation stemming from a hospital deal that he negotiated.
How could anyone be suspicious of Obama with friends like these? Each one of them is a reliable character witness for Barack Obama. What a character Obama is!
“In the last 48 hours a growing majority of the people I have talked to; almost all of whom are regular primary election votrs, are throwing up their hands in disgust with both parties and are planning on staying home.
People have become disillusioned by their government, and disheartened by the pre-election polls, which continue to suggest a level of ongoing insanity within both parties.
This leads them to believe that they have no voice, and that their vote does not matter in the intramural contests because the game is rigged by entrenched partisan leadership interests, that won’t support no one that nobody sent.
The voters are angry and upset allright, but the sense that I am getting from Demcrats and Republicans alike is that the one thing that they are yearning for most, is a credible; independent third party option, for every office, at every level of government. They are looking for an alternative, and in the absence of that option are choosing “none of the above” by simply staying home.”
As David Yepsen says, “People are unhappy with the way things are.”
“Never ending ethics scandals and the near insolvency of the state government burst the bubble of any post Obama euphoria months ago. On Saturday, Chicagoans awoke to these stories: a suburban mayor sentenced for bribery; a Chicago alderman taking a bribery plea deal, and a former alderman learning he may face prison time for a real estate kickback scheme.
Illinois Democrats are splintered and frazzled in the wake of the impeachment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who will be tried this summer on federal public corruption charges for, among other items, trying to auction off Obama’s seat. “They’re scared,” Yepsen said.”
We’ve been writing for years that Obama and his wife appear entangled in a complex, yet simple, real estate kickback scheme with a bunch of hospital chicanery tossed in.
Chicago citizens and residents of Illinois might take a lesson from the film with the Joker – “it’s not about money… it’s about sending a message.”