Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sebelius's Health Care Reform Reeducation Camps

Via ABC... the opposition a no brainer. No one knows what the 100 committees chartered by the bill will do. The implementing regulations yet to be written. No one has a clue how this bill will pan out. More expensive care and less of it the almost certain outcome though. Bet on that...

With a number of polls showing a sustained level of opposition to the Democrats’ health care reform efforts more than five months after passage, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the Obama administration has “a lot of reeducation to do” heading into the midterms.

While some surveys – namely the Kaiser Family Foundation monthly tracking poll – have suggested an uptick in support for the reforms, most other surveys continue to show a steady level of opposition to the new law that remains higher than the favorable opinions of it.

“Unfortunately, there still is a great deal of confusion about what is in [the reform law] and what isn’t,” Sebelius told ABC News Radio in an interview Monday.

To the head of the line for the reeducation camp go you Sec Sebelius for not knowing the outcome the majority of Americans bet looming. Don Berwick's mumbo jumbo on his knee and how he'll change the world awaits you.

Monday, August 30, 2010

RN2010's conference to feature candidate training and GOTV ideas

via Illinois Review

Right Nation 2010 will provide limited seating at an afternoon luncheon and activist training conference on September 18th in Hoffman Estates. Four major organizations will share coordinating sessions on topics that appeal to committed conservative activists -- Republicans, Tea Partiers or independents. One of the groups is Virginia-based Leadership Institute, who will focus on things to do in the last six weeks of this election season and to prepare for 2011 non-partisan local races.
Right Nation 2010's Activist Training Conference begins at 11:00 am with a networking luncheon featuring keynote speaker Freedom Works' Dick Armey and others, and ends after three breakout workshop tracks at 4:00 PM.
Leadership Institute's 3-session candidate training track will cover last minute tips for this November's election and ideas for winning in local 2011 races:
  • Running to Win-21 Tips for Getting Elected
  • Get Out Your Vote-Creative Ways to Get Your Voters to the
  • Voter Contact-Developing a Winning Message
  • Knowledge is Power-Strategic and Opposition Research
  • Campaign Strategy and Structure-How to Organize a Winning
    Local Campaign
LI's special presenters will be Robert Arnakis, political consultant Robert Cahaly and Dan Tripp, of Americans for Limited Government.
For more information and to register for the limited seating, go to www.rightnation2010.com/conference.

ABC News Exclusive: Two Men on United Flight from Chicago Arrested on 'Preparation of a Terrorist Attack' in Amsterdam

It sure looks like a dry run for an attack....
Two men taken off a Chicago-to-Amsterdam United Airlines flight in the Netherlands have been charged by Dutch police with "preparation of a terrorist attack," U.S. law enforcement officials tell ABC News.

U.S. officials said the two appeared to be travelling with what were termed "mock bombs" in their luggage. "This was almost certainly a dry run, a test," said one senior law enforcement official.

Wes Clark, Kirk and Giannoulias

Picture H/T The Weekly Standard: The Uniforms They Wear: Kirk and Giannoulias

The Battle for America 2010: Chicago Dems Just Not ‘Feeling’ Giannoulias

My contribution to PJ Media's The Battle for America 2010 .

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Scott Lee Cohen Welcomed Into Black Church

via Chicago Now and Cohen's Face Book page. Geez, 40% plus unemployment in some AA wards and endemic violence. Democrats have done real well by Blacks in Chicago. That automatic support's yielded a dump.

Sunday, August 29th

Independent Candidate for Illinois Governor Scott Lee Cohen continues to be welcomed into what was once an automatic core of support base for Governor Pat Quinn -- The Black Church

Sunday, August 29th
11:00am-11:15am - Union Missionary Baptist Church (speaking)
940 North Orleans Street, Chicago, IL

11:30am-11:45am -- Sweet Holy Spirit Church-East (speaking)
8621 S. South Chicago, Chicago, IL 60617

12:00pm-12:30pm -- Life Center Church of God in Christ (speaking)
5500 South Indiana Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637-1067

Jody Weis meets the Four Corner Hustlers

...and the Traveling Vice Lords.

The media almost NEVER mention the names of Chicago street gangs. It gives the gangs validation. This story stands out breaking that rule. It's Cops and city admitting defeat. Note Cook County Courts inability to bring any of these guys to Justice (read the Sun Times story from a few weeks back on all the shooters out free).

When Labar “Bro Man” Spann rolled into Garfield Park Conservatory in his wheelchair, he thought he was headed to a routine parole meeting.

Then he saw Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis, other top law enforcement officials and the reputed leaders of several West Side street gangs. The meeting, it turned out, was anything but routine. The lawmen were there to deliver a message.

“They said they would get us if we don’t stop the killing,” Spann said.

The under-the-public’s-radar gathering -- first reported in Saturday’s editions of the Sun-Times -- was part of the new Chicago Gang Violence Reduction Initiative.
Second City Cop neatly nails this police disaster under the un-f*****g-f*****g-believable label,
Gee, let's just get it on the public record that we are suspending Constitutional protections and engaging in an organized campaign of harassment against certain individuals based on their past or suspected criminal records. We certainly hope every officer involved in this public record disaster has their house in trust.

ATTENTION IDIOTS - There is a reason the United States of America has a public policy that it doesn't meet or negotiate with terrorists. It gives terrorists legitimacy. It gives them recognition. It gives them a seat at the table. What this meeting has done is grant the gangs exactly that. It is also a tacit admission (and don't think any of them missed it) that the Chicago Police Department isn't in control of the streets.

Someone get a mop - Loevy & Loevy, Flint Taylor and countless other bottom feeders just started drooling so hard they passed out.
As one Second City Cop commenter says, this doesn't even work with my kids.

The State Journal-Register looks back its Blagojevich Editorials

SJ-R.com lists all of its opinion pieces on the Guv. A retrospection a whole lot of institutions in Illinois ought to be doing now.
Posted Aug 17, 2010 @ 11:40 PM
Last update Aug 18, 2010 @ 06:06 AM

A collection of State Journal-Register editorials about Rod Blagojevich.

Oct. 27, 2002: Endorsement: Jim Ryan for governor
Nov. 7, 2002: Governor Blagojevich: Good luck
Dec. 24, 2002: Live here
Nov. 13, 2003: Not much change from 'old ways'
Nov. 18, 2003: An interesting veto session
Oct. 6, 2004: Drug plan not a long-term fix
Dec. 1, 2004: State drug plan not really a solution
Dec. 21, 2004: Governor, just govern
Oct. 9, 2005: All Kids plan would benefit all of us
Nov. 27, 2005: Do a good job; PR will take care of itself
Oct. 29, 2006: Endorsement: Topinka for governor
Dec. 13, 2006: A bit of advice for governor's top advisers
May 11, 2007: $7.6 billion the real problem
July 10, 2007: Inner circle fails governor
July 17, 2007: Governor in a different world
Dec. 16, 2007: A disturbing similarity
Jan. 13, 2008: Blagojevich always intent on being a hero
Jan. 23, 2008: Governor's legal tactics a disgrace
May 9, 2008: Governor's act of omission is inexcusable
Dec. 31, 2008: Blagojevich, like The Joker, revels in chaos
Dec. 14, 2008: Impeachment process must start now
Jan. 11, 2009: Lack of concern for others Exhibit A vs. governor

Friday, August 27, 2010

Right Nation 2010: Cedra Crenshaw

See use there.

Right Nation 2010: Rafael Rivadeneira

And from Illinois Review....

Ever want to meet that person you know well simply by just reading their daily blog updates? They're those people who have slugged away, hour after hour, most of them without compensation, at their keyboards and video cams to bring you the news from their neighborhoods and counties. Some of them are best at spouting off the very things you're thinking. Sometimes their news is welcomed, but lots of times it's not.

They're the 21st century's Paul Reveres. And their value in our modern day lives is immeasurable. They are helping us clean up the messes lame stream media has ignored or refused to expose. They are making a difference. And in our opinion, it's time they were given the recognition due.

Well, at least ten of Illinois' most talked about bloggers have agreed to make public appearances at Right Nation 2010's Activist Training Conference in the afternoon hours leading up to the Right Nation 2010 Convention Saturday night, September 18th. They'll be joining the controversial Andrew Breitbart, founder of BigGovernment.com and reporting on Glenn Beck's keynote later in the evening.

These gutsy, opinionated bloggers (who've agreed to leave their pjs at home) are

the writers of the St. Louis area's Gateway Pundit, Chicago's Marathon Pundit, American Princess, Publius Forum, Chicago News Bench, Bill Baar's West Side, Cao's Blog, DuPage Co's GOP USA-IL Daily Clips, McLean Co's McLean County Pundit, our own Illinois Review. These great people may even sign autographs if you want!

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Imagine that...my autograph.

See you there.

Rick Moran: On Being American Enough

A guy up the Fox River from me writes for PJ Media: On Being American Enough
Having a different vision of what America should be doesn't make President Obama less of an American than anyone else.
There is nothing new in Obama’s pining for “positive rights.” to augment or supersede the more familiar “negative rights” which are the rock-ribbed basis of original intent of the Founders — to proscribe what government could not do to individuals. The positive rights doctrine has picked up support during the last 100 years as a means to “perfect” society and cure the perceived ills of unequal distribution of income and unfair advantages of the white majority.

Obama’s visions and dreams are rooted in the American experience and are therefore as American as the vision and dreams of his opponents. His is not an “alien” vision for America. It is radical. It is extreme. It violates first principles. It stretches the meaning and intent of the Constitution to the breaking point. It is not mindful of the consequences of change, nor is it practical, workable, reasonable, or prudent.

But despite the president’s radical vision, his dreams of what America can become probably aren’t much different than yours or mine. Who wouldn’t want a more just society, a more tolerant society, a society more equal in opportunity? It is not the destination that divides us but rather the road that must be followed to get there that separates us.
I agree. I agree emphatically. It's just why can't the President and Democrats talk and write like this? Why can't they see the commonalities? Why hurl the the Phobia and Neocon labels instead, avoiding reasoned argument?

All my life I voted for Democrats from McGovern to Gore, and then when I support Bush on a war Clinton had convinced me must be fought, I find myself charged with blood-for-oil on my hands.

Who's American-enough didn't start with Obama. It started with Bush lied. The GOP solidly supports Obama on Af-Pak. There may be reasons to leave now, and it may be a dumb war, but the GOP shows a loyal opposition to Obama the Democrats could never muster for Bush. They did a huge disservice to America, not unAmerican, but dreadful for America. It's one a lot of us can't forget. Replay Reid's The War Lost, or MoveOn's General BetrayUs for recall.

Obama's vision of America. I share much of it. It's the tactics his party used, and he still uses, that damage. It's what pushing me to think those Tea Party Libertarians may be on to something when they contrast Positive and Negative rights.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Holocaust Survivor gets cursed out at Cordoba Center Demo

Bill Foster needs a Deputy Field Director

A job ad on Democrat Gain,

Deputy Field Director

Organization: Bill Foster for Congress
Date Posted: 8/24/2010
Listing Expires: 9/23/2010
Date Needed: 9/6/2010
City: Batavia
Location: Illinois
Country: United States
Primary Category: Field
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelor's
Experience Requirement: 1 - 2 Years

Bill Foster for Congress seeks Deputy Field Director

No Democrat has ever won a second term in IL-14, the district formerly represented by Republican Speaker of the House Denny Hastert. This year, we are working hard to make history by re-electing Bill Foster.

As campaign season heats up, we are seeking a Deputy Field Director to assist in managing and overseeing an aggressive voter contact program. The Deputy Field Director will serve as
both the Paid Canvass Director and the GOTV Lead.

Seems a little late in the game to me...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

If Fitzgerald had waited for the complete crime

From the AP's Where does Pat Fitzgereald go Next?
Some jurors and legal analysts said Fitzgerald may have had Blagojevich arrested too soon.

It's "not as easy to see the elements of a crime because it was nipped in the bud too early," said Krent, of the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

But a former prosecutor who worked with Fitzgerald on the CIA leak case defended the decision to arrest Blagojevich before he could take his alleged plans further.

"All things being equal, you want to swoop down, say, after a drug deal goes through," said Peter Zeidenberg, who now works in private practice in Washington. "But you're talking here about a Senate seat. Are you really going to swoop down after someone becomes the senator? What do you do then?"

The prosecution team probably had a lot of discussions about a potential constitutional crisis if the governor's alleged scheme was allowed to go forward, he said.
Arrest both Blagojevich and Jesse Jackson Jr for the crime? Both the buyer and seller, and JJ wouldn't have been able to vote while sitting in the Metro Correctional Center without bond. Or am I too simple here? Seems clear cut to me. Fitz should have waited.

Scott Lee Cohen's Jefferson & Lake Job Fair

Some pictures from SLC's FaceBook,

Rich Miller's Capital Fax Blog woke up to SLC a few days ago: Take Cohen Seriously... quoting Doug Belkin over at WSJ,
Part of Mr. Cohen's strategy is to appeal to African-Americans, who generally vote overwhelmingly for Democrats.

"If he starts making inroads among blacks...that's just a nightmare" for Gov. Quinn, said Kent Redfield, a political scientist at the University of Illinois, Springfield.

Analysts also cite the potential for a backlash against status-quo politics in Illinois following the trial of Rod Blagojevich, the state's second straight former governor to face corruption charges—one from each party.

According to recent polls, one in five Illinois voters either backs a candidate other than those from the two major parties or is unsure whom to support. Such surveys have not included Mr. Cohen, who gathered over 130,000 signatures to get on the gubernatorial ballot.
I've been following SLC and his supporters on facebook for months now. He ran effective commercials in the primary (effective meaning he won), and these images of Chicagoans lining up for work gut wrenching stuff. The polls ought start including Scott Lee Cohen in their surveys.

Hultgren at the Elburn Day's Parade

Last Friday's Elburn Day parade. I'm in there near the tail end of the elephant.

Bill Foster had a mopey guy dogging Randy with a camera. That seemed pretty low class for an election in the 14th. I guess with a million plus bucks in the war chest, Foster's going to waste money that way.

More over at Randy's facebook page.

Hultgren Widens Lead in the 14th District

A presser from Hultgren's office,

St. Charles – In poll results released today from We Ask America, State Senator Randy Hultgren is leading the incumbent, Bill Foster, in the race for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District 44% to 37%.

The August 4th poll sampled responses from 1,028 registered voters in the 14th Congressional District.

While we do not live and die by every poll that comes out, today’s We Ask America poll shows clear momentum for Randy’s campaign for Congress,” said John Cooney, Campaign Manager for Randy Hultgren.

Just two months ago, Randy led by a single percentage point, so this survey shows real movement as voters begin to focus on the candidates and their records.

Along with a seven point lead among registered voters, Randy enjoys a ten point advantage among independent voters who strongly reject the failed policies of the Foster/Pelosi Congress,” said Cooney. “Bill Foster voted for a stimulus package that failed to create jobs and a health care boondoggle that cuts $500 billion out of Medicare. Illinois voters are coming to realize that Randy Hultgren is the right choice for our families and our future.

In a battle between volunteers making calls and a guy sending mailers with the Congress's frank, the volunteers are winning.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

An Northern Illinois Jury won't convict Blagojevich

From the Sun Times Blago Blog,
A juror in the corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich says thepanel was deadlocked 11-1 in favor of convicting the former Illinois governor of trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.

Juror Erik Sarnello of Itasca, Ill said a female holdout "just didn't see what we all saw." The 21-year-old Sarnello said the counts around the Senate seat were "the most obvious."
MSM and the Liberal MSM columnists don't want to say it, but they're just way too many Progressive Democrats who won't see the evidence the same way to get a unanimous jury verdict.

Any Jury picked from Northern Illinois bound to have at least one die-hard Blago Progressive, and Progressives see all life as politics, and struggles between good and bad. Blagojevich's a failure to their cause and not a criminal. They'll not vote to convict him in what they see as a Political trial because they don't see the world in quite the same way as the rest of us. It's all politics for them.

Progressives can't help but evaluate the evidence politically: between the Progressive Good Guys, and the evil Rove-Right. Yep, they don't see what we all see. Throw in the towl Mr. Fitzgerald. You can't win a jury against a charming Progressive Leader in Northern Illinois.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sam Adams Senior: Fitz is Nuts

Fitzgerald better get Rezko up there talking or Sam Senior's going to make him choke over and over for bungling this case.

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcchicago.com/video.

Blagojevich and a victory for the tinfoil hat crowd

Madigan rushed the Impeachmenet. Dept of Justice argued a Loss of Honest services after the Supremes ruled against the notion instead of taking the time to rethink the charges. Fitz didn't call Rezko, Levine, or talk about the Iraq power plant deals, Campanion Security, or Blagojevich's Iraqi Guy. Sure looks like people rushed and rushed to get Blagojevich out of the way, and a jury wasn't going to buy into the rush.

Picture above of Attorney General Holder with the Guv announcing Holder's deal to prove Rosement Illinois (of all places) "Mob Free" and worthy site of a Casino. We sound like we need those tin foil caps sometimes, but geez, it sure looks weird in Illinois and we have all these pics of guys with plenty of reasons to rush things through before juries and voters can get a good look at the scams.

Berwick’s First Strike: Susan G. Komen Foundation and Ovarian Cancer Alliance Decry First-Ever Medicare Denials of FDA-Approved Cancer Drugs

via HotAir, I thought Don was keeping a low profile but google alerts shows him jumping into denial mode fast, .

Just days after the recess appointment of Donald Berwick, the controversial new head of Medicare and Medicaid, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance posted the following grim news: for the first time in history, an FDA-approved anti-cancer therapy may not be covered by Medicare.
All focused on outcomes and evidenced based I'm sure in sound Health Geek Analyst way for sure.

The Mosque Elections?

Tunku Varadarajan over at the TDB writes,
The November elections are very close to becoming—if they haven’t already so become—the first national elections in the United States whose results are determined by the location of a mosque. Call them, in fact, the “Mosque Elections.”
hmmm....we politicos in Illinois have Blagojevich's trial to keep us busy plus the goofiness of Kirk and Giannulias in their race for the Senate, so maybe I'm missing the energy over this Mosque, but still the story smacks more of an inside the beltway / MSM feature rather than something to stir up us in the hinterland. Mosques no problems, this Imam provocative so go provoke elsewhere; nuff said, let's create some jobs.

Update: Terri O'Brian writes Obama really wants the GOP to win in 2010, and the Mosque all about getting that GOP takeover,
Less obvious is the fact that it hands Republicans an issue that will benefit them in the midterm election, and could make it more difficult for Democrats, which is exactly what he wants. Barack Obama’s nightmare is a Congress controlled by Democrats, especially with a smaller majority than he has now. His dream is a Congress that he can blame for his many failures, and use as a foil; that is, one controlled by Republicans. What better way to enhance his standing with the radical, American-hating Left and make things tougher for Democrat candidates than to do what comes naturally and back the trophy mosque?

Conspiratorial? Perhaps, but in the Age of Obama, as Lily Tomlin famously said, just when you think you’re being too cynical, you realize that you can’t keep up.
Who knows, the Blagojevich tapes show Illinois Progressive Dems can think in pretty weird ways. She might be right.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Alexi Giannoulias Misleads On Loans to Mob Pimp

Would have been simpler to just ask if Alexi had a good time when he went to visit Jaws at that Hotel in Miami.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Exclusive: Marathon Pundit interviews Illinois congressional candidate Joel Pollak

Kirk Video: "Knew Then"

Carter-Ruck, Auchi, and Little Lord Fauntleroy

The lads at Carter-Ruck send United States Congressman Kirk a nasty gram about Kirk dragging Auchi into Illinois Politics.

These London guys ought to download that video of Little Lord Fauntleroy as reminder how they may look in Illinois. Then ask themselves why they didn't give their client Auchi better advice about coming to Chicago and getting down into the muck of our politics.

All sorts of questions about Iraqi Power Plants, Telcom deals, Rezko, and Alsammarae...

C'mon over to the windy city, Carter-Ruck in tow, and face Illinoisans face-to-face on what the heck you and your billions have been up too here. And I bet the FBI guys would love to chat too.

Try us Mr. Auchi..... please try. C'mon over and I'll take you to the West Side's American Depot Diner for lunch.

Update: Fran's column in today's South Town: Some state Democratic candidates' associations are real head-shakers

Hickey: Charlie Rangel Goes All Blago - Veiled Threat, to Colleagues?

Pat Hickey, who's been on a blogging roll lately, quotes Dana Milbank on Rangel's taunt at Democrats in Congress.
"You're not going to tell me to resign to make you feel comfortable," Rangel informed his Democratic colleagues. "And for those who disagree, I'm sorry, but that's one thing you can't take away from me."

Midway through the diatribe, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left her seat and walked to the back of the chamber. When Rangel finally finished, a few dozen Democrats -- mostly members of the black caucus, New Yorkers and liberals -- stood to applaud. Most Democrats -- including Rep. David Obey (Minn.), the man who was leading the teachers-and-cops bill on the floor -- sat in silence. Democratic members, approached by reporters for comment as they left the chamber, looked stricken. . . "You're not going to tell me to resign to make you feel comfortable," Rangel informed his Democratic colleagues. "And for those who disagree, I'm sorry, but that's one thing you can't take away from me. . . Rangel rambled through the allegations against him. Fundraising with official letterhead: "Grabbing the wrong stationery." The center named after him at the City University of New York: "A broken-down building." The office in the rent-controlled apartment: "The landlord has said he didn't treat me differently." The unpaid taxes on his Caribbean vacation place: "You'd have to be a tax expert" to get that right, said the deposed chairman of the tax-writing committee.

The diatribe was directed mostly at his own side of the aisle, where "no one is coming forward saying Rangel is not corrupt." He said he was told that his colleagues "all love you . . . but they love themselves better." He mocked those who turned against him for political expediency: "Do what you have to do."

Repeatedly, he dared his colleagues to vote on his fate. "Are you going to expel me from this body?" he demanded. "Are you going to say that while there's no evidence that I took a nickel, asked for a nickel, that there's no sworn testimony, no conflict, that I have to leave here?"

The angry lawmaker left his colleagues with two words: "Go home."
Go home is lucky.... anyone else in Rangel's shoes would face hard time at the hands of an unforgiving IRS and DOJ. Much truth spoken by Rangel here though, as by Blagojevich. Get in a bind, the threats against friends flow, truth revealed. That they all go home for America's sake our hope.

PSB: Schakowsky Moves Right?

Prairie State Blue notes Schakowsky bucking the Progressive line on H CON RES 301 War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Pakistan
I think it's interesting that of the 38 "aye" votes on H. Con. Res.
301, 6 ended up coming from Illinois!

Are local cong offices reading PSB do you think?


Also interesting is that Jan didn't "whip" the rest of the IL liberal crowd, which usually votes as a pack, into a No vote on this altho she herself voted against. I would love to be a fly on the wall.

Johnson continues to intrigue.
No intrigue necessary on Johnson. Just think Rand Paul.

Alexi and Auchi

More from the Kirk on Alexi and Auchi.
Dear Friends:

Would you loan $22.75 million to a convicted felon who is barred from entering the United States? Neither would I.

What if newspapers reported that a bank he controlled handled the personal accounts of Saddam Hussein? And what if his business partner was Tony Rezko? Definitely not.

But that’s exactly what Broadway Bank did when it loaned $22.75 million to Nadhmi Auchi and Tony Rezko. At the time, Alexi Giannoulias claimed in the press to be vice president and senior loan officer.

According to the New York Times, a Belgian diplomat said Auchi controlled a bank that “handled the personal accounts for Saddam Hussein.” The New York Times also reported that “Auchi sold Italian naval vessels to Mr. Hussein's government in the early 1980's.” That fact was reported by the British Observer and the Independent.

In 2008, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Auchi was previously barred from entering the United States. Just last week the Sun-Times reported that Auchi was “convicted several years ago in France on fraud charges.”

According to the Associated Press, “Auchi was convicted of receiving illegal commissions as part of France's giant Elf-Aquitaine oil scandal that sent top executives to jail. In 2003, Auchi got a suspended sentence and was fined.” This was also reported by the Independent.

The very fact that Broadway Bank has a long track record of loaning money to thugs and criminals like Auchi and Rezko should tell us everything we need to know about its former senior loan officer, Alexi Giannoulias, his judgment and whether he is suited to represent us in the United States Senate.

Now convicted felon Auchi claims he is innocent - read his attorney's letter here. Maybe he’ll even threaten to sue us for mentioning his well-documented criminal past.

Who do you trust more: Alexi Giannoulias whose campaign last week called Broadway's loan to Rezko and Auchi “sound” or the United States Department of State, which prohibited Nadhmi Auchi's entry into America?

We think the State Department, New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Observer and Independent got it right. The people of Illinois should know more about Alexi Giannoulias and his Broadway Bank clients.

Yours truly,
Eric Elk, Kirk for Senate

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Giannoulias Dodges Question on Auchi

Fox last night,

Guilty or whatever, the billionaire Auchi quite an associate.

The Kirk Presser,
Reporter: “Is it true or not true about the bank loaning money to him?”

Giannoulias: “Come on, again, that’s political smokescreens, trying to link me to Saddam Hussein. It’s a Washington, DC guilt by association game.”

But Broadway Bank did loan money to Nadhmi Auchi: “On Feb. 14, 2006, newly obtained records show, the bank made a $22.75 million loan to a company called Riverside District Development LLC, whose owners, it turns out, included Rezko… Rezko's lawyers said his main partner in Riverside was General Mediterranean Holding, a Luxembourg company controlled by Iraq-born billionaire Nadhmi Auchi.” (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/2/10)

Get the Facts about Nadhmi Auchi:

  • In 1996, Belgium's Ambassador to Luxembourg claimed that the Banque Continentale du Luxembourg, which was jointly controlled by Auchi and BNP Paribas until 1994, had handled the personal bank accounts of Saddam Hussein. (“Iraqi-Born Billionaire Has Stake in Bank That Holds Oil-for-Food Funds,” New York Times, April 30, 2003)

  • In 1993, Pierfrancesco Battaglia, an Italian banker, swore in a statement that Auchi had bribed members of the Hussein government in order to secure the rights to build an oil pipeline from Iraq to Saudi Arabia. (“Iraqi-Born Billionaire Has Stake in Bank That Holds Oil-for-Food Funds,” New York Times, April 30, 2003) For this service, Auchi was paid "millions of dollars" in commissions, according to Battaglia. (“A tycoon, a Minister and Interpol,” The Observer, May 27, 2001) Battaglia called Auchi "one of the most important intermediaries in the affairs of Middle Eastern countries." (“Iraqi-Born Billionaire Has Big Stake in Bank That Holds Baghdad's Oil-for-Food Funds,” New York Times, April 30, 2003)

  • In 1980, Auchi was the middleman in a billion dollar sale of Italian naval warships to Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Auchi received a $23 million commission on the sale. (“A tycoon, a Minister and Interpol,” The Observer, May 27, 2001)

  • Auchi is barred from entering the United States and is deemed an undesirable alien by the State Department. (“Miracle in Philadelphia?,” New York Sun, April 16, 2008) Rezko attempted to intercede on Auchi's behalf in November of 2005. According to federal prosecutors, "Rezko directly appealed to the State Department and, it appears, asked certain Illinois government officials to do the same." (“Mysterious London-based billionaire in the background at political fundraiser Tony Rezko's trial,” Associated Press, April 14, 2008) He was ultimately unsuccessful. (“Obama's name in Rezko trial,” Sun Times, April 15, 2008)

  • In 2003, Nadhmi Auchi was convicted in France on counts of fraud and bribery in connection to the Elf Aquitane scandal. Executives of Elf-Aquitane, a French state-owned oil company, were found to have looted the company for hundreds of millions of dollars. (“Elf trial reveals moral vacuum,” BBC News, April 24, 2003)
I don't know about Auchi's Baath and Saddam history, but the guy who bailed out Rezko: Ahyim Alsammare, has the unsavory side. Talisman's Gate via The Real Barack Obama,

Ayham Alsammarae, Iraq’s slimy ex-Minister of Electricity under the Bremer and Allawi administrations, who had escaped from an Iraqi prison by hiring an American security company to break him out back in December 2006, has resurfaced in the Jordanian capital Amman where he gave a press conference today saying, among other things, that he hoped that the insurgency in Iraq “would continue [against U.S. occupation] and avenges the Iraqi people.”

Alsammarae, an Iraqi-American Chicagoan, added during remarks carried by Radio Sawa (Arabic link) that he had contributed the maximum allowable of $2,300 to Barack Obama’s campaign. But there’s another Obama link to Alsammarae: while serving as electricity minister Alsammarae had been involved in brokering deals in the Iraqi electricity sector for Antoin Rezko, Obama’s long-term friend and patron. Rezko is the Syrian-American hustler who was convicted of fraud in an Illinois court on the day that Obama secured the Democratic nomination. [...]

In an astounding and blatantly treasonous assertion for a U.S. citizenship holder, he stated that “the [insurgency] in Iraq is a legitimate resistance [movement] and it is against occupation and any resistance in the world against occupation is considered legitimate, and I hope that the [insurgency] continues and avenges the Iraqi people and I look forward to expanding its political agenda.”

Auchi and Alsammarae, a heck of pair to stand up and applause.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Auchi, Giannoulias, and Chicago Democrats

It's not like Auchi hasn't been hanging around the Chicago Regular Democratic Organization circuit. The Auchi, Alsammarae, Emil Jones and Blagojevich pics from that 2004 dinner at the Four Seasons and a visit to Emil Jones office from the GMH site, long since scrubbed.

Good for Kirk and the Sun Times shining the light on all of this. From Kirk's Press Release via Illinois Review.
Misleading Giannoulias Claim: In response to the Chicago Sun-Times uncovering a Broadway Bank loan made to Tony Rezko and Nadhmi Auchi while Alexi Giannoulias was Vice President and Senior Loan Officer, the Giannoulias campaign said: “Alexi left daily operation of the bank in September of 2005.”

FACT: As late as December 20, 2005, Alexi Giannoulias told reporters that he was still vice president and senior loan officer at Broadway Bank. “Giannoulias noted that he currently serves as vice president and senior loan officer at the four-branch Broadway Bank in Chicago.” (State Journal-Register, “Senator announces run for treasurer,” 12/20/05)

FACT: The newly disclosed loan to Auchi and Rezko was completed in February 2006, which suggests negotiations began in late 2005 while Giannoulias, by his own account, was Senior Loan Officer.

FACT: The Chicago Tribune reported that Alexi Giannoulias received a $41,000 salary from Broadway Bank in 2006.

FACT: Alexi Giannoulias cannot explain why Broadway Bank would loan money to a convicted felon (Auchi) and an individual known to be under federal investigation for corruption (Rezko), especially when the latter was already delinquent on a previous loan.

FACT: Alexi Giannoulias cannot explain why he misled the Chicago Tribune when he suggested his family and Broadway Bank could not have known about Tony Rezko’s alleged criminal activities when loans to him were made.
Next question, what about those Iraqis comming to Savanna Illinois to learn how to shoot AK-47s? Jill Morgenthaler out there for comment please?

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Pat Hickey on Fitz as Capt Ahab

Southside's best at his finest: Pat Hickey on Fitz's quest for the great whale of Chicago corruption.
However, the Great White Whale of Corruption involves an endless network of financial self-interest formed by Progressives and leagued with machine politics - Rezko is not the mythical barnacle goose that spawned from fungus - rather he is a Golden Mushoom upon which tons of self-interest born from banking, labor, organized crime, Hyde Park Goo-goos and also the daffy old Machine Bosses were heaped. This network includes our President, Shorebank, Real Estate Dealers like Allison Davis, labor spawned political Iagos Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and SEIU's Andy Stern. However Ahab Fitzgerald sees not the WHALE. . . only the White Smelt Blago.. . ."to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee!"
I've wondered too, as this trial looks more and more a smelt fry than a big kill, that maybe Captain Fitz's plan is hoping some of those 400 years Blagojevich may face will stick and flip the Guv on the real goal of the Great White Whale known as Chicago's Mayor.