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Inside the Rod Blagojevich investigation and related cases

Rod Blagojevich on Obama: "Do they think I would just appoint Valerie Jarrett for nothing?"

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Reporting with Nataska Korecki

On another tape just played by prosecutors, Rod Blagojevich is heard talking to John Harris over the phone on Nov. 3, 2008 -- the day before the election.

They are discussing how Barack Obama is sending two representatives -- union leaders Tom Balanoff and Andy Stern -- to visit to talk about Valerie Jarrett.

"Do they think I would just appoint Valerie Jarrett for nothing?" Blagojevich is heard saying of the Obama camp. "Just to make it happen?"

Judge Zagel has called a one-hour break for lunch. Court will reconvene at 1:30 p.m.

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This kind of corruption is exactly why we need a Tea Party Movement. Hopefully, the tea party groups remain faithful to their conservative principles and don't excuse the GOP when they do the same thing as Blago.

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The startling part of this report isn't that Blago the Clown would attempt to extort the Obama campaign for money or political favor -- he's a crook; of course he would.

The real news is what the Sun Times and everyone else is ignoring -- that O'Bozo attempted to get his corrupt, unqualified, talentless little lunch pal Valerie Jarrett appointed to the U.S. Senate. This is scandalous, unless you are a Chicago Democrat, apparently.

Obama was sending "UNION Leaders" to discuss whom should be in the Senate??? What's wrong with that picture folks? Corruption on top of corruption, no wonder the country is in so much trouble. I only hope we the people can survive this pack of lying thieves in the White House.

The difference is Obama and Pelosi weren't getting anything personal for themselves. That is what is illegal!

Communism is not an economic model, it is a governmental model diametricly opposed to democracy. Socialism is the economic model which usually is abreast to communism. From an idealogical standpoint communism and democracy cannot coexist in the same government.

Regarding the point running through many of these comments, provoked by Jim's assertion that the US Constitution is not an economic document - I can virtually guarantee you that the current occupant of the Oval Office and all those with similar educational backgrounds at some point read and were influenced by Charles Beard's "An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution," first published over 90 years ago.

Beard's "progressive" thesis - which has since become a standard presumption particularly among left-leaning academicians - is that contrary to the viewpoints that dominated constitutional thinking in the 19th century, economic considerations were a central motivation in the way the framers crafted the US Constitution. He sought to prove that the Constitution was written by the landed class with direct intent to protect private property.

So whether or not we consider the Constitution to be an economic document - the current administration itself clearly conceives its own essentially socialistic agenda as an attempt to "rectify" the perceived social injustices inherent in the Constitution.

Its big trick, of course, is to do this from within the confines of American Constitutional process. Let's all hope they succeed as an administration by failing quite miserably at their planned goals.

So what's new? Corrupt politicians playing the people for the ignorant suckers they are.
When a politician opens their mouth you can almost unfailingly assume a lie is about to spew forth.
Anyone who believes that either party has the best interest of this country and it's people in mind when it conspires with global interests to undermine this nations sovereignty is not only a fool , but a "DAMN FOOL".

http://whowhatwhy.com/

Why all the surprise and feigned contempt. Blago was simply caught on tape. This kind of crap happens from coast to coast. His situation simply gives us a glimpse of what is below the water line. He is part of the political machine in Illinois, just like Rahm, Obama, etc. Certainly not he right and honorable approach, but certainly the real American way. Take the blinders off.

If we can't connect the dots from Blago to Obama, what chance have we got against terrorists? Next time you here a Dem congressman shout HYPOCRITE, tell the to look in the mirror.

Nancy drained the swamp and pumped it right into the White House!

If Stern and Balanoff were involved, you know that OBAMA had his hand in it! Where is the investigative reporting? Where is the outrage? Why can't the left see that they are facilitating UBER-NIXON, or do they not mind crooks when the crooks are their own?

First it was the Town of Cicero back under the Volstead Act (18th Amendment) with Capone who had just about all of the politicians on his payroll. Next, this stinking suburb leached its cesspool of corruption into its surrounding cities and counties. It didn't take long for the tide of this cesspool to rise all the way to Springfield. And as of 2008, the poisonous cesspool has flowed all the way to the District of Criminals. And the DemocRAT party is following the Pied Piper and all the Black Rats to Communism.

actually, in truth, the law of the land is the Dec. of Ind., not the Const. the Const. codifies and seperates in to powers and branches, the mandates found in the Dec. of Ind.
And the part about life, liberty, and the pursuit, origionally meant, to the ownership of private property, materials, mental property, business, etc.; so yes, OUR law of the land, actually mandates capitalism, and not any other type of economic system.
All other economic systems are corrupt. Why? Because they REQUIRE a minimum of 3 parties or more to be involved, and the other parties have no true interest in the product or service to be traded, or the morals, scruples, morality , friendship, etc., involved. The 3rd party just wants to know how much regulation it can foist on the deal, and how much money they are going to be able to get out of it.
Capitalism, on the other hand, has 2 parties involved, acting morally with each other, and coming upon a agreed deal, without any outside pressure or undue force, they agree when they agree.

As an aside, if you like judge Scalia, he has also said
the same thing, about the Const. codifying the Decl.

*By Jim on June 22, 2010 10:25 PM

"KJ, the US constitution is not an economic document. Communism and socialism are economic models, not legal or political. It's capitalism that they would be in conflict with and I don't believe the Constitution mandates capitalism."

Jim, don't forget Article IV, Section 4, of the U.S. Constitution, which begins: "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion;". Socialism is not merely economic, it is also political, and I am not convinced it would be acceptable under a Republican form of government.

Where are all the jerks that voted for this clown? I certainly can't find any in Texas. They must be paying people to say they support him in the polls. This is the most hated man in America but you won't read about it in the media. Don't believe anything they put out there it is purely propaganda.

Anyone interested needs to see the position that Valerie Jarrett Bowman had in the 2005-6 time frame. She was a director of Navigant Consulting, a firm that KBR hired for who knows what during the the Iraq War. Navigant Consulting billed over 25 Million in charges and was reimbursed by the USG.
She's by all definition a war profiteer.

Anyone interested needs to see the position that Valerie Jarrett Bowman had in the 2005-6 time frame. She was a director of Navigant Consulting, a firm that KBR hired for who knows what during the the Iraq War. Navigant Consulting billed over 25 Million in charges and was reimbursed by the USG.
She's by all definition a war profiteer.

@ Jim 10:25 pm,
Are you kidding? Yes, the Constitution excludes communism. You didn't know that? The Constitution is about liberty and the right to own private property. You don't have that in communism. The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution says all power not specifically granted to the federal government is preserved by the states or the people.

http://www.articlesbase.com/politics-articles/the-american-dream-and-capitalism-integral-parts-of-our-constitution-2355178.html

The question becomes how much socialism is allowed?

By Jim: "KJ, the US constitution is not an economic document. Communism and socialism are economic models, not legal or political. It's capitalism that they would be in conflict with and I don't believe the Constitution mandates capitalism. "
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But the Constitution DOES limit government authority to institute government controls required for capitalism and socialism, and DOES guarantee the individual freedoms and state rights that permit capitalism to function.

Bob, "the court" has already ruled that Obama would have nothing of value to say in testimony, so they have disposed of the Obama subpoena...

Teflon?

I hope all you morons that never turned on FOX News during the campaign and simply pulled the lever for this unqualified fraud are happy. Voters like you are no better than voters in 10th world countries.

To Jim who stated that the Constitution doesn't mandate capitalism. This is correct, however a history of killing and being killed by communists does.

Anyone interested needs to see the position that Valerie Jarrett Bowman had in the 2005-6 time frame. She was a director of Navigant Consulting, a firm that KBR hired for who knows what during the the Iraq War. Navigant Consulting billed over $25 Million in charges.
She's by all definition a war profiteer.

Fly the It's Tea Time Tea Party Flags and change politics in America back to "For The People, By the People." Save Liberty now.
http://www.itsteatime.org

Wait for it........GEORGE BUSH!

Wait for it........GEORGE BUSH!

Rat vermin corrupted Boss Tweed-Obama and his corrupted Tammany Hall regime is finally being exposed.
Otraitor is a man-child emperor-with-no-clothes. He is a rat vermin traitor with a plummeting popularity rating because he hates America, hates freedom and hates liberty. He works for Goldman Sachs and the banking oligarchs along with Dodd and Frank. He supports expanded wars - but strangely Soros funded Code Pink and Media Matters are silent for this baby-dictator Obama. Obama is weak and the world is destabilizing, he is a slave to the oligarchical collectivists and rules our population with an iron fist with a velvet glove. Obama coddles terrorists, Iran, MS13 gangs, Mexican Narco-State Drug Czars and criminals with sanctuary and open borders.. He cracks down on the middle class - the law abiding tax paying child bearing middle class whom he considers subjects in his regime. His IRS has audited at a rate 300% above normal. His census is a Nazi-like info-gathering attempt. He has outspent all previous presidents in one year. He is big brother, he is a traitor and he is a little man child moron figurehead empty suit that acts childish and thin skinned because he is uneducated. Sure he was indoctrinated with progressive trash, but given what he says and thinks he is a stupid uneducated failure of a man that could not hunt, grow food for himself, nor even change his tire. He knows nothing of math, history, physics or chemistry, his ideas are idiot Alinsky eructations and regurgitations, his speech capability without a teleprompter is pathetic and he is one of the stupidest people to ever grace the Office of the President. This moron man-child Otraitor looks and acts like a thin skinned loser. He is a disgusting traitor and a progressive rat that will rot in hell.
This Obama regime is the modern Boss Tweed Tammany Hall. The depraved nature of the Democrat party and its hidden progressive-Marxist agenda has been a cancer on America for well over a 100 years now, and today, the main stream media is controlled by the progressives so we don't have Thomas Nast drawings exposing what this rat vermin Obama is doing.

Hey Jim - check this out -

"We are socialists, we are enemies of today's capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions." --Adolf Hitler

(Speech of May 1, 1927. Quoted by Toland, 1976, p. 306)

I do not believe that "O" will ever testify. I am sure they will come up with some legal excuse or some "executive" excuse that will block him from having to say a word.... Just watch!

Impeach Obama and ship the useless terrorist loving, fascist to GITMO with his friends.

Jim,
I have read many comments that are idiotic - posted by jerks with little or no understanding of the subject, and, I've read comments that are intelligent and filled with knowlege, wisdom and insight. Yours, Jim, is something different. Am I saying you are wrong? Oh, yes. Am I saying your comment is idiotic? No, just misguided.

Your comment reflects a common knowledge gap in this country - failure to understand the essence of Marxist-Leninist systems. They are NOT mere economic models. They are systems of total state control over nearly every aspect of a person's life, including their choice of careers, place of abode and even religious beliefs. They are not systems were the law rules, they are system under which people rule to suit themselves we see in the attitudes and behavior of Blago, Rahm and, yes, Barack.

While the Constitution of the United States may not specifically mandate free-market capitalism, is does essentially bar any system that requires state control by prohibiting government involvement in private enterprise except the regulation of commercial transactions between the states. In those cases, the Federal Government is a referee - not a player. Only capitalism then, can exist under our Constitution.

Hey, Chicago and all you liberal deomcrats! How's all that "hope and change" working out for you now? Do you miss George Bush yet?

It's Bushes fault

Jim,

You know absolutely nothing, it'll do you good to learn a few lessons from KJ. Do your h/w, it is so disturbing how so many blindly accept the 'Why did commies and socialists fight each other if they're enemies?' argument. Well...why do Blood and Crips fight each other?? They MUST be COMPLETE opposites right? Right?

Am I really using two street gangs to illustrate the political spectrum? No...but okay, yea. Answer the question, since Bloods and Crips fought each other, they are COMPLETE opposites in every way right?

*By Jim on June 22, 2010 10:25 PM
*KJ, the US constitution is not an economic document. Communism and *socialism are economic models, not legal or political. It's *capitalism that they would be in conflict with and I don't believe *the Constitution mandates capitalism.

No Jim. It is the Declaration of Independence that forbids socialism and communism,in the preamble. It states "that ALL men are created equal" and "pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". Socialism and communism DENY these principles, and steadfastly endorse dictatorships, tyranny and oppression.

I wonder what happened in the conversations between Blago and the union officials - the officials which Obama sent - union leaders Tom Balanoff and Andy Stern - IF ANY OFFER OF A JOB WAS MADE TO BLAGO BY THESE UNION OFFICIALS.

If there was ANY OFFER - OR DISCUSSION OF AN OFFER, THEN THAT WOULD BE AN ILLEGAL OFFER IN EXCHANGE FOR THE APPOINTMENT.


That would be a felony.

Same as the Sestak-Obama scandal.


Same as the Romanoff-Obama scandal.


All together, that amounts to a RICO charge.


Obamageddon was inflicted on us by ignorant voters, a complicit media and well-heeled left-wing backers. People get the govt. that they deserve and we have a hellish one now. "(P)resident" Obamageddon makes even Bush look good in comparison.

His ineligibility, inexperience, unsuitability, incompetence, ignorance, arrogance and association with vile left-wingers and criminals were all well-established before the election. There were endless loops of Rev. Wright, Ayers, Rezko even run even by the media that adored him.

I screamed it from the rooftops (well, over the Internet anyway) to no avail. You Obot Bozos voted for him anyway. Now, get rid of that a______, for the sake of our country, preferably quickly.

Read The Obama Timeline by Don Fredrick, while you still can.

I can't wait to hear the President testifying, in court. When the President testifies I will call in sick to work, for the first time in more than a decade (even me a SEIU member), to await the news.

KJ, the US constitution is not an economic document. Communism and socialism are economic models, not legal or political. It's capitalism that they would be in conflict with and I don't believe the Constitution mandates capitalism.

Obowmao is in so far over his skinny head that he may as well just quit and save us the expense of impeachment. Of course that'll never happen as the most arrogant, self-absorbed, racist boob ever to sit in the oval office has no clue nor care about this country, except for bringing it down to third world status, asap.
And he's pretty good at that ain't he?

A lot of idiots will go into denial tonight.

Why would a sitting President send out his union pals to get his close friend a Senate seat? A little investigation would go a long way here.

don't get your panties in a wad folks. nothing will stick to this president. he's more slick than willie was.

Jim,

Nowhere did I say the Nazi's were the same as Communists and Socialists. I said they are on the same side of the political spectrum, total government; they just get their by different means. One thing is certain. Your freedom is guaranteed by the U.S. Consitution which is on the limited government side of the political spectrum. Fascism, Socialism and Communism are in direct conflict with the U.S. Constitution.

For as much as I don't think Obama was ready to be president, and wouldn't have voted for him, there's nothing in the above article that indicates any wrongdoing on his part. So Obama sent two guys to talk to Blago about Valerie Jarrett. And....? Tell me every politician and his brother hasn't taken a similar action. There's not even anything unethical about this. There was no talk of offering money, and if Blago asked for money then that's his fault, not Obama's. Ok, so America chose a mediocre candidate for president. But that's what voters wanted. And it's surely not the first time that has happened.

Please, somebody kick Obama's skinny butt out of the White House for ineligibility, incompetence, treason, fraud, lying when he said was eligible and had never used another name, aka, Barry Soetoro, etc.,....pick one or "all of the above."

Somebody give America some hope and change,....NOW!!

If the Nazis were the same as communists and socialists then why did they fight them in the streets? Why were socialist papers some of the only papers to sound the alarm as the Nazi party grew? And oh yeah what was the deal with the Weimar Republic the Nazis got rid of? they weren't exactly conservative, I'll tell you that much.

Could it be that the "Great One" is a Malignant Narcissist? Google and find out what a MN is. Many politicians are "garden variety MN's", but he had a very damaging childhood, abandoned (twice) by his Mother, foisted off on radical grandparents, befriended by radicals, Socialists, Communists. Someone who is a MN, feels emotionally empty, little or no empathy for others, and always trying to "fill him/herself up" emotionally, but never can. It is sad, and for America, very dangerous, as he is a "one-worlder".

This is the most corrupt, unethical, anti-American, political, anti-business, and inept Administration in the history of the USA. Hope. Change. 2010. 2012.

The next thing we will find out is that Obama was not born in the U.S.A. and is not even a citizen. Oh wait, they already found out that he wasn't born in Hawaii. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=168705

Actually, Socialism, Communism, and Facism are cut from the same cloth. The big difference with Facists is that they are nationalists. They see their community, ethnicity, country or state as the authority and they will nationalize the economy to support that state. They have little interest in a global authority or collective, which appeals to Socialists and Communists. It is limited to their self interest...ie: Facist Italy, the Nazi Party of the 3rd Reich. Progressives (the fashionable name for Liberals) like to link Facism with the political right. And the intelligencia and main stream media will back them up on it. But this is intellectually dishonest, in the extreme. Facists are authoritarian, just as Socialists and Communists are. The political right are deeply rooted in freedom and liberty for the individual. Facists, Socialists, and Communists are all statists, just like Liberals or Progessives are, but to a greater degree. The left can blab all they want, but history proves that all of these statists have collectively murdered well over 20 million innocent people in their quest for power in the 20th Century alone.

Tim,

Making a speach does not a president make. Anyoone who can read can do that.

I think it's time we elect public officials with "business" background, not a history of "public" service. I want someone who has considered balancing a budget as a means to stay alive, not as a tag line at fund-raising party. Pathetic.

Tim,

Fascism sits on the same side of the political spectrum as socialism and communism. They are all after total government control. The opposite side of that spectum is anarchy. Here is the definition of fascism.

1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

Fascism, Communism and Socialism all promote governmental control over the collective, and all attempt to remove individual liberty and freedoms. All are completely opposed to our U.S. Constitution.

Wow, are the wheels ever coming off this poop train.

Ever notice when Obama has a room full of experts how he is the one doing all the talking. Does he not realize, is his arrogance so uncompromising, that he is inexperienced and lousy at leading?

Does he not even realize how incredibly insensitive and emasculated he appears in the face of challenge?

Bet he fires a General soon just to show he is in charge. Just wish he could hire well once...

Obama has made a mockery of our party. What were we thinking when we nominated him? God save us all.

@ Anonymous

"Tell me how this is any diffent then Obama and Pelosi bribing the senators and respesentatives for the healt care vote."

It's not... that's what they do!

Remember in November People!

BAD DAY AT BARAKROCK:
MCCRYSTAL
REVERSAL ON MORATORIUM
HOUSING
ETC.,ETC.,ETC.

OH, AND ALL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WERE DIRECTED NOT TO DESTROY ANY EVIDENCE THEY MIGHT HAVE ABOUT THE OIL SPILL/BP BECAUSE OF UPCOMING FEDERAL CHARGES..EVEN THE IHS (INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE)

i was screaming at the top of my lungs during the election that this candidate has no experience, he is a smooth talker that has no accomplishments to point to. why why why must we put the country in his hands with all of these big crisis ongoing? but no, no one listened and look what you now have. a man child president who is running 2 wars and a big oil disaster, 10% unemployment and has done zero to ease any of the pain while busy scoring political points. yes, mccain was not my first choice but omg, experience alone was enough for me to know that mccain was the obvious better choice. i sure hope all the dems, hollywood types and the obama cheerleading media can reconcile with themselves knowing that they held the air wave hostage inorder to push this man into the presidency and instigated all the pain that the country has to now live through.

Barak Obungle is in it up to his gonads once again. It's how things are done in Chicago....and now in Washington DC. Lucky us. Is it November yet????

Everything about the democrat party in or from Illinois reeks of corruption. None of these buffoons know the difference between a lie or the truth as for them, the end justifies the means. All of them should be doing hard time with no hope of parole. Their actions in some cases border on treason.

These are the crooks that brought America “Hope and Change” offering the ignorant and gullible voters empty promises of Obama money and a free ride. The very same voters that every election vote the same crooks into office under the belief that the same un kept promises will finally come true. Illinois voters are so trained, if you stuck a donkey pin in a steaming pile democRAT, the steaming pile would win the election.

Scumbag Party!!!!!

The filthy maggot pigs - ESPECIALLY the Chicago pigs - enable this swill. May they rot in Heck for what they've done to this country. Gosh Darn the pigs to Heck!

Obama fails. His administration fails. We WILL connect the dots. You can't fire US for criticizing your stupid administration. Thank GOD for people like McCrystal.

BHO: "Do you think I would plug the hole for nothin'? We need a comprehensive energy plan, first!"

Catherine do you know what you are talking about? He was a state senator prior to becoming a Senator for the state of IL? It is not like he came out of no where to get elected plus he was already on the national stage due to his speech at the Democratic convention in Boston.

PS Is Obama a fascist or a socialist because they are opposite sides of the political spectrum?

~
A jackass,a wookie,a hyena, a weasel, and four skunks walk into a bar in Zearing, Iowa.
Are you folks here for the Democratic Convention?.
Yes, we are!
Well, it's not til 2012 and it's gonna be in Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona;Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or St. Louis, Missouri .................
Meanwhile,can I get you anything to choke on?

Let's follow Canada's lead, and call for elections in like 60 days.

Time for this sucka to go!!!!

God, please save us from Obama and his toadies. He is wrecking the country.

It looks like Obama has gotten himself into several messes lately. Sestak bribe to not run for office, the BP oil spill and not acting promptly, Blago trouble, McCrystal situation, and he will blame it all on someone else. He never takes responsibility for his actions. McCrystal voted for Obumma so I guess he gets what he voted for. How's that hope and change working out for ya General?

Thank you Chicago and the state of Illinois, for continuously electing sleazy politicians like Blago and Obama. I guess it must be second nature for you to do this. Unfortunately, the rest of the country has suffered because of your blindness and irresponsibility.

Well, well, well! Now the yard birds are coming home to roost on Mau Mau Bama and his Chicago thug cronies. I am laughing my a@% of over this. Blago just might be Nobama's complete undoing and his eventual impeachment. The american people are finally starting to get the truth about that Chitown community agitator, and the next shoe to drop on his fat head is when the courts force that illegal, incompetent, Kenya born moron, to release all of his records that will prove who he really is.

WHAT'S MY NAME?!! O-I-L-B-A-M-A and you better get ready to grease my palms and annoint me Obamessiah! (Either that or Tidy Bowl Man.)

HOW MUCH DID OILYBAMA PAY YOU FOR YOUR 'FIRST' SENATE SEAT WHEN YOU BECAME GOVERNOR BLAGO?????? THERE IS NO OTHER WAY THIS INCOMPETENT UNKNOWN COMMUNITY ORGANIZER BECAME A SENATOR - OH YEAR WITH AXLEROD'S ILLEGAL RYAN SCREW AND YOUR SEAT AND COMMIE SOROS MONEY HE WAS SWOONED INTO OFFICE BY THE LYING MEDIA............I AM SURE YOU DIDN'T JUST START SELLING YOUR SEAT 'THE SECOND TIME'

WELL THANKYOU FOR OILYBAMA, HIS UTTER INCOMPETENCE IS WIPING THE DEMOCRAT PARTY OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH.............AND TAKING THE PRAVDA MEDIA THAT SOLD US THIS BAG OF FACISM WITH THEM.......

You got what you voted for Chi-town. A room full of thugs paid for by YOU!

BHO: "Does the GOP think I would just protect the borders for nothing?" "We need Amnesty...first!" http://www.BorderInvasionPics.com

Tell me how this is any diffent then Obama and Pelosi bribing the senators and respesentatives for the healt care vote.

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