Sunday, June 26, 2011

Court: Prosecutors knew witness lied on the stand - Len Goodman Law Office, LLC

Court: Prosecutors knew witness lied on the stand - Len Goodman Law Office, LLC:

Fitz's losing a lot of luster. This looks like bungling.
"A federal appeals court agreed with a lower court that federal prosecutors knew that a star witness during a five-week drug conspiracy trial was lying when he took the stand in a trial in which four people were convicted.

The ruling issued Friday by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opens the door for a new trial.

“When the government obtains a conviction through the knowing use
of false testimony, it violates a defendant’s due process rights,” Appellate
Court Judge Daniel A. Manion wrote for the three-member court."

Zorn’s Truth Commission for Blagojevich

Zorn writes in The argument for Blago that Blago can’t give,
My wife recently expressed the wish that we could have settled this whole Blago mess with something like South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission: In exchange for absolute candor and full disclosure, malefactors could request and were often granted amnesty.

Whether Blagojevich is capable of candor is an open question. His every utterance since his arrest – including his testimony from the witness stand – has exhibited the same preposterous sanctimony that marked his term as governor. Bad people are out to get him. He’s “done nothing wrong.” Every slimy thing he said on tape has been taken out of context. Every move he made was to make life better for the people.
You bet we need a truth commission.  Illinois needs truth more than Blagojevich’s conviction. And the need's 'cause Zorn got it badly wrong in his post about Blagojevich being a bumbler.

Rod Blagojevich was Illinois Progressives’ Standard bearer. He won the Governorship twice, with the enthusiastic support from Progressives, Unions, and our current Progressive Governor Quinn among many others. Blagojevich’s governorship was a Progressive’s story of victory after long years of GOP rule; but it turned tragedy.

So, without that truth commission hundreds of hours of tapes will go unheard. The full story of the Progressives’ Victory will remain unheard.  All the supporters of the Progressive ideals Blagojevich represented, and the deals it took to get those visions to Springfield will remain shrouded.

Rezko silenced in prison. Uncalled to testify by Fitz and the Feds because he’s a toxic witness damaging to all sides in the trial, while Chris Kelly’s taken his witness to the grave. 

Plenty of players want the story buried and the witnesses shut down.

So please give us Zorn’s commission. That’s what Illinois needs to hear the whole truth. Without it we’ll not know this tragic play's plot for a very long time.

Erickson: Quinn appointment raises questions

Erickson: Quinn appointment raises questions:

The only quals that count in Illinois are who you know.

The Pantagraph on Quinn's appointment of former state Rep. Mike Smith to a $94,000-per-year seat on the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board. Unqualified and over-paid: no wonder Illinois is broke.
"...what's puzzling about his appointment to the board is thatSmith doesn't appear technically qualified to sit on the board.

State statutes dictate that members must have 'a minimum of fiveyears of experience directly related to labor and employmentrelations in representing educational employers or educationalemployees in collective bargaining matters.'

The governor's office last week argued that Smith is indeedqualified because he served on House committees concerned witheducation and pensions.

'His 16 years of experience surpasses the minimum requirementsset by statute, and we feel strongly that he is qualified in everyway,' spokeswoman Annie Thompson noted in an email.

Republicans are calling it a sham."

Illinois Review: One Military Dead Guy, Another, Whatever, Says Obama

Illinois Review: One Military Dead Guy, Another, Whatever, Says Obama

Teri O'Brian on Obama's callous screw-up speaking before the 10th Mt Division.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mullen Throws Obama Under the Bus … | The Weekly Standard

Mullen Throws Obama Under the Bus … The Weekly Standard:
"Here’s a startling excerpt from the prepared testimony of Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who is testifying this morning in front of the House Armed Services Committee: “I would prefer not to discuss the specifics of the private advice I rendered with respect to these decisions. As I said, I support them. What I can tell you is, the President’s decisions are more aggressive and incur more risk than I was originally prepared to accept.”
Great...incur more risk than the Amiral was originally prepared to accept.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Maybe one day

Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Maybe one day:
"One of my greatest disappointments in life is that the citizenry and our civic and political leaders repeatedly refuse to understand the extremely valuable lessons from Prohibition."
A post yesterday over at Capital Fax on County Board Chair Preckwinkle's comments regarding having lost the War on Drugs (and therefore Illinois should just surrender).

I don't think Miller draws the right lessons from Prohibition.

Good post though drawing over 200 comments and worth reading considering Gary Johnson and Ron Paul's stances on legalizing pot.

Bad ideas as I write in the comments over there.

Desperate times, desperate measures

Desperate times, desperate measures:

I've followed Arlene's columns in the Austin Weekly News for years now. This is the most despairing piece I can recall her writing.

We in greater Chicago are in for a heck of a time if Arlene's right because City, County, and State lack the leadership to deal with this catastrophe.
"It is rare for me to struggle to write a column. But this week's column is one I started and stopped a number of times - because the subject of youth violence in this city and what the solution might have to entail had me pausing, stopping and starting again a number of times.

Some of our young people are completely out of control. Some have truly lost their minds. Those young people have never had boundaries set for them in their lives, and the rash of violence we're seeing is further proof of a population degenerating to its lowest point.

Our young people don't have the skill set to argue their point. They have had no training in conflict resolution. Rather, after hearing far too many adults say how they would 'go get their gun and blow somebody's head off,' these young people are doing just that. They are shooting with no regard for innocent folks who might also get hurt. They have no concern that young children could be out playing. All they see is that they want to extract revenge, and everyone else's safety 'be damned.'

As a city, we are now finding ourselves in desperate times. One of the reasons I had so much trouble writing this column is that the solution calls for 'desperate measures.' At the core of those measures would be to ask the Chicago police to begin to use everything in their power to restore order in the midst of this chaos. Restoring order will demand more of the Shaft brand of policing and less of the friendly Barney Fife type."

CME Group gets pitch from Florida | Finance | Crain's Chicago Business

CME Group gets pitch from Florida | Finance | Crain's Chicago Business:

Would Gov Quinn reach out to me and cut a deal if I threatened to move to Florida? He'll try too with CME and I think fail. A big hole will be left in the loop. It'll never be the same.
"CME’s Chief Financial Officer James Parisi estimated at the meeting that the jump is costing the company $50 million annually.

“As the CME continues to explore cost-saving options, I ask that you consider doing business in Florida where I’m confident you will get the greatest return on your investment, the best workforce, a convenient location and a great place to live,” Mr. Scott added"

Al-Qaida operative invested in Chicago brokerage house in 2005 -

Al-Qaida operative invested in Chicago brokerage house in 2005 -

Funny how so many of these AQ guys seem to feel at home in Chicago.
"The failed investments show that terrorists, while evil, are rather ordinary in many ways, said Robert Pape, a University of Chicago professor who runs the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism.
'And make just as bad investments as anyone else,' he said."

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Jeff Ward: Fire district’s land request

Jeff Ward: Fire district’s land request could get fiery a reaction - Courier News

I'm no fan of the way Frank Gaffney managed the break with St Charles and started a New Fire Department for the district, but Ward's gone a bit to far here criticizing Gaffney for asking the School Board for a free parcel to build a third Fire Station.

For most of us the Schools and Fire District are all Government. Government taxpayers end up footing the bills for regardless how organized into districts.

No reason why local government can't swap this parcel and there's plenty of room for both school (if ever built) and a new Station. The location's perfect and when (or if) the schools built it'll make sense to have protection close by.

Ward's over reacted.

Budgets as Moral Documents when there’s no Budget


Moral’ Deficiency? | The Weekly Standard

On a conference call with veterans groups, Democratic senator Mark Begich of Alaska said of his party, "we look at the budget as a moral document." What should one conclude, then, from the failure of the Democratic controlled Senate to offer a budget for the second straight year?

I've wondered what to make of this notion Progressives often voice of Budgets as Moral documents.  So what are we to make of no budgets from Democrats for the past two years?

Democrats might be better off just admitting Budgets are Political Documents, and Politics sometimes suggests doing nothing (as it seems to have suggested to Democrats for the past two years), and leave the morality out of it.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

In Fantasyland, DNC Chair Says We Turned This Economy Around

An RNC response to Debbie Wasserman Schultz today on NBC. Democrats badly out of touch.  Even David Gregory finds it tough to go along.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus: “[T]he Chairwoman's living in fantasy land. We know that the facts are the facts and we can't get away from that, and Barack Obama’s defenseless to the truth on what's going on in the American economy. … This President has been a disaster to this economy, and that's why when you ask Americans whether or not they're better off today than they were three or four years ago, they say no.”(NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 6/12/11)


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Second City Cop: CompStat Arrives

The Second City Cop’s whole post probably tells readers all anyone needs to know about how Chicago works and the connections between Cops, Gangs, Judges, and Aldermen. And yep, this nugget was over the top…

….this is just a wee bit over the top:

McCarthy returned to his battle analogy when the discussion turned to the shooting of two girls — ages 2 and 7 — on Wednesday night on a Northwest Side playlot. The 2-year-old was grazed in the head, and the 7-year-old has a serious back wound. Two men were being held for questioning in the shooting, which apparently was targeting gang members nearby. McCarthy said the department must send a message to the Maniac Latin Disciples, who are thought to be responsible.

“We’re going to obliterate that gang,” he said. “Every one of their locations has to get blown up until they cease to exist.”

We hate to sound so pessimistic, but the Department has had far too many teeth extracted to do anything of the sort.

Second City Cop: CompStat Arrives

Why not the Brach site for a new casino?

I don’t know about the bullet train part, but if Chicago’s going to have a Casino, I’ve always thought this was the place to put it.  From Arlene Jone’s column in the Austin Weekly News,

So where should the new Chicago casino go? Well, I'm still advocating for it to be placed in the best spot of all: Right here on the West Side on the site of the old Brach candy factory, Cicero Avenue just north of Lake Street.

That site is already serviced by the CTA's Green Line. The Metra tracks are right next to it. And the best reason of all: the abandoned railroad line just to the east of the property could connect O'Hare Airport to Midway Airport using a bullet train.

A bullet train can travel up to 220 mph. It's about 26 miles between the two airports. A bullet train could make it from one airport to the other in less than 10 minutes, with only one stop in between and that would be the casino built on the old Brach site. In addition, the Eisenhower Expressway is just a mile south of the Brach site.

From a transportation perspective (and that is the most important perspective) it's a winner.

In my vision, the casino would serve as the "anchor." I still support a Black Entertainment complex, which would include a theatre, a banquet hall, a hotel and a shopping center - a total economic boost for Austin and the neglected West Side. The jobs it could bring would be enumerable, jobs that many who are out of work could do. From building the casino complex to maintaining and supplementing it, the cooks, casino hosts, hotel management, security, cashiers, dealers, valet parkers, store clerks, using West Side musicians, everyone can benefit.

Why not the Brach site for a new casino?

Weekly Republican Address 6/11/11: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) talking about unemployment

Illinois Review: Rev. Sirico responds to Catholic Charities Controversy in Illinois

Seems  like investigating how Daley’s son managed to make $700k on contracts for Wi-Fi at O’Hare a more worthy investigation for Lisa Madigan to conduct instead of trying to figure out if Catholics “discriminate” against gay couples when it comes to adoption.

In a recent interview, Rev. Robert A. Sirico spoke about the State of Illinois' investigation of Catholic Charities and the Illinois Attorney General's presumption that they discriminate against gay couples when it comes to adoption. Sirico argued for the right of Catholic Charities to exist and conduct its own business without the influence of the state…,

Illinois Review: Rev. Sirico responds to Catholic Charities Controversy in Illinois

Chicago Daily Observer » Blog Archive » Triangular Politics in Chicago

Chicago Daily Observer » Blog Archive » Triangular Politics in Chicago

Russ Stewart writes a great column explaining Chicago’s new Mayor’s logic.

When Chicagoans elected Rahm Emanuel as mayor, they kissed the proverbial toad and got Prince Triangulation. Clintonism has surfaced in the Second City


“All my liberal friends think Rahm is an ideological liberal, and will govern accordingly,” observed John Kane, host of a Portage Park-based Internet radio political talk show. “I think he’s an opportunist.”

Kane is correct. Emanuel, like his aging mentor, Bill Clinton, does not view issues or problems in the context of right or wrong, liberal or conservative. His goal is not to please his political base. Rather, every crisis or controversy is an opportunity, and is viewed in the context of being beneficial or detrimental to Emanuel’s career advancement. It’s all about positioning, so as to avoid aligning with political extremes on issues, and embracing a “third way” – thereby minimizing political damage.

That third way, as refined by Clinton and Britain’s Tony Blair, is called “triangulation,” and is predicated on polarization and demonization.

Well, let’s see how well triangulation works in a city with plenty of real demons.

Will Foster return Weiner money? | Blogs

Will Foster return Weiner money? | Blogs
Weiner Gate touches West ‘Burb Dems.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Carville: Obama faces 'very rough' election without job growth - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room


Carville, a political strategist for former President Clinton, said the maxim he invented during the the 1992 campaign ("It's the economy, stupid.") would likely guide the 2012 campaign as well.

"This is gruesome on people. This unemployment rate, for this long, is a humanitarian crisis of the first magnitude," he said. "This is a terrible thing that's happened to people's lives. I think the president at one level understands this, but he's kind of limited in what he can do."

Carville: Obama faces 'very rough' election without job growth - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Gruesome’s right and the die was cast when Emanuel declared a crisis a terrible thing to waste and locked Obama into poorly thought out stimulus coupled with Federal attempts to redesign whole sections of the economy in Auto and Healthcare. 

Government tightly limited in what it can do positively but Government destructiveness can be unlimited, and thanks to some really poor advice, that’s just what this Administration’s done.

Progressivism and the Demorcatic Party won’t recover from this fiasco and the crisis they’ve inflicted on America.

A Triple Crown of Failed Health Care Reform | The Weekly Standard

Likely voters getting ObamaCare right.  Just look at Mass for evidence (do credit Romney for doing that.  The States are our Labs and better to fail there then nationwide).

By a margin of more than 2 to 1 (48 to 20 percent), likely voters think Obamacare would reduce, rather than improve, the quality of health care. By a margin of more than 3 to 1 (53 to 15 percent), they think it would raise, rather than lower, health costs. By a margin of 4 to 1 (56 to 14 percent), they think it would raise, rather than lower, deficits.

A Triple Crown of Failed Health Care Reform | The Weekly Standard

Former Mayor Daley’s son profited after airport Wi-Fi deal - Chicago Sun-Times


So how’s this sleaze ball stuff not turning Lincoln over in his grave too?

Former Mayor Daley’s son profited after airport Wi-Fi deal - Chicago Sun-Times

Top Obama economic aide Goolsbee to return to University of Chicago

Goolsbee goes under the bus.  A comment from the link below says it all,

Mary C. wrote:

He is a nice young man but he just didn't cut it on national TV and on the talk shows. He sounded like he was reciting some script that the WH gave him and he sounded sanctimonious as well. Everything had to be upbeat, the WH is doing a wonderful job, the President can do no worng, the economic data that just came out was a bump in the road.
In other words, we're all idiots.

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Saturday, June 04, 2011

Gary Johnson Excluded from NH Debate

He's not my first choice but Johnson represents an important chunk of libertarian thinking in the GOP and Conservative movement. He was Governer of New Mexico. He deserves to be included.
CNN, WMUR, and the New Hampshire Union Leader will host a presidential debate on Saturday, June 13th in Manchester. Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, and Ron Paul will participate. In addition, unannounced candidate Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum will also take part.

Gary Johnson, however, will not participate. Why? Because he wasn’t invited.

This morning, we learned along with the rest of world that CNN and the other debate sponsors have decided to exclude Governor Johnson from sharing your voice in the debate.

Apparently, the powers-that-be in the mainstream media do not want Americans to hear from the man who has been called “the most dangerous politician in America.”

In the latest Gallup poll, released one week ago, Governor Johnson’s level of support registered at 3% nationally. This is competitive with candidates like Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum, both of whom have been invited to participate. In fact, I’m not aware of a poll in which Mr. Santorum has out-polled Governor Johnson nationally.

We first heard about this debate from numerous supporters in New Hampshire excited to see Governor Johnson take part. Those supporters assumed that Governor Johnson was invited.

Our campaign office, however, had not received an invitation, so we called this week, thinking we might have misplaced it or simply overlooked it. To our shock, at about 6:30 this morning, we learned that Governor Johnson was not invited, he was not going to be invited, and he would not be allowed to participate.

CNN has claimed they used “objective criteria” to determine debate participants. As to what those criteria are, your guess it as good as mine.

Why are CNN, WMUR, and the Union Leader excluding the one Republican candidate with executive experience and a record of fighting for true fiscal conservatism and limited government? Why are they denying Americans the opportunity to hear from the Republican presidential candidate whose popularity is growing by the day? If only Governor Johnson had supported a statewide health insurance mandate, like other candidates.

We couldn’t get answers to these questions from the representatives. Maybe you’ll have better luck. Please take a moment to contact them below:

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Text: CNN (space) and your news tip to 772937 (don't forget the space after CNN).
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Please take that action. With Twitter, use hashtag #GJ2012 or #GJinNH. When you’re done, make your most generous donation today. Let it be said that we did everything in our power to win the flight for liberty:

Ron Nielson

Gary Johnson 2012

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Kane County: McConnaughay: County work is ‘amazing’

Via a comment in the Daily Herald's McConnaughay: County work is ‘amazing’
Ask for a full explanation of the salary boost for Development Director Philip Bus. How did he go from a $98,000 salary to $158,000 during a slow development downturn? And then thank taxpayers by retiring in his 60's? I have heard that this gentleman is a good friend of the chairman's. Is that in the report that has just been released?

He should be available since he is currently receiving an additional fee as a county contractor.

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Amazing indeed.