Update: Going down. We’re not talking about the “teabagger” slur nor the SEC porn watchers. And it’s not Barney Frank blaming Republicans for the SEC porn watching. And it’s not that super secret spacecraft/airplane X-37B OTV either.
A worker at the main Broadway Bank branch on Broadway and Granville says “it’s over.”
The bank is open now — but the worker says they’ve been told at close of business “that’s it.”
Black curtains have been put up today. You can’t see in.
The Giannoulias campaign says the curtains are to “block the sun”, although the sky is overcast and rain is predicted all weekend.
Remember how we always say, half in jest, that if Obama says the sun is shining look out the window because it’s raining. Um, right again.
“What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?“
The blood from the crimes continues to flow. Today is William Shakespeare’s birthday – heralded yesterday with Shakespearean level drama from Chicago, about Obama.
[We postpone our Bill Clinton Tea Party series (as well as the latest Hillary Clinton developments) in order to discuss the latest from Chicago because you can be sure, the Big Blog boys want this story to be Hidden News and won’t discuss it (if at all) with any intention other than to protect Barack Obama.]
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Yesterday, as the corrupt bowed to the corrupt yet again – this time it was yet another Obama publicity stunt before the banksters that looted the economy – gangster government proved us correct. On December 12, 2008 we called for a special prosecutor to investigate Barack Obama. We wrote:
“A Special Prosecutor needs to investigate the role of the government funded Obama transition members and contacts between the mothership of Chicago’s Culture of Corruption and its expansion to the nation’s capital.”
We called for a Special Prosecutor before the “multi-headed Hydra” of Chicago Corruption could grow heads in the nation’s capital. Too late now. The corruption is suffused in the DNA of the DNC and “gangster government” rules.
In our first week of publication we published our first mention of Antoin “Tony” Rezko. We thought then that Big Media would investigate Obama’s connections with Rezko but instead Big Media protected Obama.
Does the birth of Obama corruption matter? Of course it does. As we made clear (The Case Of the Missing State Senator) Obama’s behavior and character in Chicago foreshadowed his behavior and character in Washington (The Obama Health Plan Obama Supporters Do Not Want To Discuss).
Our first mention of Obama boy pal Alexi Giannoulias was in June of 2007. Our latest mention of boy pal and mob banker Giannoulias (but not our last mention as we still intend to publish our tutorial for oblivious Joan Walsh) informed our readers of Giannoulias as the prototype banker for the mob in the Batman – The Dark Knight film (Chicago’s Dark Night – Giannoulias, Stroger, And The Crown Of Corruption).
It was truly a celestial joke played on the people of Chicago and America when Blogojevich and then Obama came to office as self-proclaimed “reformers”. Now the latest Chicago “reformer” is Alexi Giannoulias, mob banker boy. Today mob banker boy Alexi Giannoulias has an FDIC deadline too – get $85 million Alexi or go swim with the fishes. It’s eat or be eaten day in Chicago:
“If a bidder has not been found for the Giannoulias family’s Broadway Bank, today could be the day federal and state regulators walk in and shut it down.
Nearly 90 days ago, the bank entered into a consent decree with government officials in which bank officials agreed to try to raise $85 million to recapitalize the bank.”
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So what happened yesterday? Well it started with the Capital Fax Blog in Chicago. Our readers will recall when Capital Fax Blog called good ol’ Big Pink “brutal” because of our news reports on Rezko and Obama. Capital Fax discovered we are not so “brutal” after all, especially when compared to Obama’s “reformer” doppelganger Rod Blagojevich. Instead Capital Fax found a way to read secret portions from a redacted court filing by Blagojevich.
Oh, the Obama Drama! [PDF file of the Blagojevich motion is HERE.] Capital Fax was “brutal” in describing the Blagojevich filing. “Blagojevich hurls allegations at Obama in bid to force testimony.” And:
“Blagojevich’s lawyers allege that Tony Rezko admitted to violating the law by personally contributing “a large sum of cash” to a public official’s campaign, which the Blagojevich people say is Obama.
The lawyers claim that Obama may not have been telling the truth when he said Rezko never relayed a request from a lobbyist to hold a fundraiser for Obama in exchange for favorable legislative action (Obama, however, refused to agree to the offer, Rezko allegedly says).
They also claim that Obama allegedly lied when he said he didn’t have any conversations with Rezko about a casino license… [snip]
There is also an allegation of an attempted quid pro quo on the Jarrett Senate appointment… [snip]
Obama allegedly shot down former Senate President Emil Jones’ name when it was floated by the Blagojevich team as a possible Senate appointment. And Rahm Emanuel floated Cheryle Jackson’s name…”
Just imagine the reaction from Emil Jones (Jones is the Harry Reid of Illinois – the guy who got Obama promoted to the U.S. Senate after Obama wooed him for the job and now Jones got stabbed in the back apparently by Obama) when he heard his stooge “shot down” his name. Oh, the drama!
The Confluence has a good wrap-up of the day’s events. [Mrs. Smith has linked to some good information too HERE, HERE, and HERE.] But let’s face it, at these Obama comic moments we rush to read John Kass:
“Rod Blagojevich finally made good on a promise: He put President Barack Obama right in the middle of Blagojevich’s own political corruption case.
And now it’s finally clear why, from the moment of Blagojevich’s arrest in December 2008, White House spinners loudly portrayed our former Gov. Dead Meat as some drooling, raving lunatic.
A lunatic is not to be believed, and Dead Meat will continue to be characterized as such by Obama defenders. But raving lunatics care little for their own survival. And in an amazing defense motion filed Thursday, Blagojevich proved once again that he is quite sane.”
Blagjoevich, in the words of the wonderful gangland film, The Godfather, is going to the mattresses. And he’s going there with guns loaded, and ready to fire. More Kass:
“He wants Obama to testify in his federal criminal case. The feds allege that Blagojevich conspired to sell off Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat, among other charges.
Obama’s former patron and real estate fairy, the convicted influence peddler Tony Rezko, is a key player in the government’s case. Blagojevich’s aim is to undercut what Rezko has told investigators.
And now Blago wants the president to do the undercutting from the witness stand, with the nation riveted to his every recollection of his days in Chicago politics, hanging with Tony and the guys, with the midterm November elections approaching.”
Oops! The elections. They forgot the elections. Giannoulias the mob boy banker gets bumped off today by the FDIC (“the Feds” in gangland parlance) and then in June Obama gets dragged to Chicago, whether the judge rules in favor of the motion or not (we bet the judge protects Obama).
“President Obama has pertinent information as to the character of Mr. Rezko,” the Blagojevich filing states. “President Obama can testify to Mr. Rezko’s reputation for truthfulness, as well as his own opinion of Mr. Rezko’s character. Based on the relationship that President Obama and Mr. Rezko had, President Obama can provide important information as to Mr. Rezko’s plan, intent, opportunity, habit and modus operandi.“
That’s right, birds of a feather flock together – and those corrupt birds loved getting together. If the Chicago judge would actually insist on giving the defense its day, Obama and Rezko and Blagojevich would be reunited. Our tears would flow.
“Though Thursday’s new information is quite fascinating, remember that it comes from the same defense team that has turned the case into a circus from day one.
And demanding the president take the stand in a corruption trial is all three rings, and the dozens of tiny little clowns pouring out of the diminutive car, and the bearded lady. Oh, and let’s not forget the dog-faced boy.
Thursday’s filing quotes an account by Rezko suggesting that when Obama was an Illinois state senator, his campaign received political cash from Rezko. It also points to assertions by Rezko insinuating that he and Obama had conversations about a casino deal in Rosemont that Rezko stood to make a killing on.
“Rezko has stated to the government that he and the public official [believed to be Obama] had certain conversations about gaming legislation and administration, which the public official denies having had,” the filing states.
“President Obama is the only one who can testify as to the veracity of Mr. Rezko’s allegations above.”
The “public official” is no doubt lying. The “public official” is Barack Obama. The ones protecting the “public official” includes windbag LeftTalkers who will not tolerate one bad word about Mess-iah (Confluence has information on the suppression of information by LeftTalkers), and of course the inbred cousins of Big Media:
“It’s no secret that some in journalism get offended when anyone dares mention that the president was involved in Chicago politics. But the filing is not only a legal document, it’s a political message from Blagojevich to Obama. So allow me to translate the Chicago Way.”
Oh, that is so true John. It’s just like in The Godfather when the fish is delivered announcing the death of Luca Brasi.
Helpful John Kass with the gangland translation:
“Dear Barack, my old friend. I want you to use all your powers, all your skills, to make me an offer I can’t refuse. I’m Mr. Celebrity-get-me-out-of-here, and you better get me out of here. Thanks, Rod.”
The most interesting portions of the filing were supposed to be kept secret. Whole sections were redacted (i.e., blacked out) and remained so for hours.
But there appears to have been a clerical error. And Rich Miller of The Capitol Fax Blog revealed a way to unlock the redacted parts. So we followed Mr. Miller’s easy instructions, pressed a few keys on the computer, and presto!
All the redacted material was magically reinstated.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel surely isn’t happy. He hauled lawyers from both sides into his chambers for a little private chat Thursday evening. There were no reports of piteous shrieks emanating from behind closed doors, but I’ve got to think that Blago’s guys left the room whimpering and biting their lips.
While this is believed to have been a technical glitch by the defense, the thing is, this is Chicago. Do you believe in coincidence?“
No, we don’t believe in Chicago coincidence nor celestial choirs involved in Chicago politics. Just when you thought you were out… they pull you back in.
“It’s not good for Obama. But whether you agree or disagree with his politics, it’s clear that he’s in a difficult position.
His former close buddy, Rezko — “That’s not the Tony Rezko I know” — still swings like some albatross from his neck, and it’s getting quite stinky. It’s hard to transcend the old politics of the past with that dead bird weighing you down.
And his political guys, who were sent from Mayor Richard Daley’s City Hall to run his administration, have served him poorly. They shouldn’t have let this get anywhere near the president.
In January 2009 — just weeks after the FBI came knocking at his door — Blagojevich threatened to bring everyone down with him.
As he was being booted from the governor’s office in his impeachment trial, Dead Meat complained that he wanted to call witnesses to clear his name.
“I’m talking about every single witness named in the criminal complaint,” Dead Meat said. “I’m talking about (White House Chief of Staff) Rahm Emanuel, and Sen. (Dick) Durbin … and others who were engaged in conversations with me on a variety of different things, all appropriate and all legal, and I’d like every one of them to testify under oath here at this impeachment trial.”
The judge and the prosecutors should insist Obama testify. After all, Dick Durbin has been subpoenaed and will likely testify. Obama supporters should insist Obama testify. After all, he says he doesn’t have anything to worry about and his supporters always say he has nothing to hide. So why hide? Testify.