Blagojevich, Burris And The Larger Story
I agree with the legal conclusions drawn in this article (see what I wrote here), but that’s not why I am linking to the article. Rather, I am linking to it because it is necessary and important to keep the following firmly in mind concerning the Illinois state statute that allows the Governor to appoint a Senator in the event of a vacancy: The Chicago | Read More »
Patrick Fitzgerald Seeks to Prolong Blago Saga
If you happened to think that Governor Blagojevich’s situation might become more untenable once he’s formally indicted, it looks like you may have to wait a few months longer: U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has filed a motion seeking a 90-day extension to return of an indictment against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Federal prosecutors normally have 30 days to file an indictment against a defendant. That | Read More »
How Can We Miss Him If He Won’t Go Away?
I refer, of course, to Rod Blagojevich: Brushing aside charges that he tried to sell Illinois’ vacant U.S. Senate seat, Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the post today in defiance of Senate leaders who said they would not admit anyone he selected. It was an abrupt about-face for Blagojevich, who had said after his Dec. 9 corruption arrest that | Read More »
A Perfect 10
The tally of Alaska legislators who have either pled guilty or been convicted of some sort of corruption relating to the Veco operation today reached 10. Senator John Cowdery took the plea today. Because of his age and ill health, the sentence is expected to be home confinement with a significant fine. The Anchorage Daily News story is here: http://www.adn.com/cowdery/story/628524.html There’s still one who is | Read More »
Dems Beware! Gov. Blago Gettin’ His Day
Most of us on this site are originalist interpreters of the Constitution. Well, seeing that this is a federal case, I’ll go with the Fifth Amendment, as opposed to the Fourteenth, which deals with states. Anyways, the Fifth guarantees “no person shall… be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” just in case anyone forgot. As those who are political junkies | Read More »
Illinois Waits For Godot
The vast swirl of controversy surrounding Rod Blagojevich and his various and sundry offenses–including an effort to put the Senate seat recently resigned by Barack Obama up for sale–are apparently not enough to convince Illinois Democrats of the need to have a special election: Democrats in the Illinois House of Representatives postponed stripping Governor Rod Blagojevich’s power to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by | Read More »
Open Sedition in the pages of the Wall Street Journal
Here it comes! The dismantling of the rights of the states and its right there in the Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122930124441705413.html?mod=rss_opinion_main Jonathan Soros (yes, that son of the Soros) is pushing the elimination of the Electoral College. But he isn’t calling for a Constitutional amendment to do it, he’s calling for a rejection of the Constitution to do it. Remember, the President is NOT elected | Read More »
The GOP is coming back and the Democrats have helped them up
No longer the incumbent party and no longer hampered with an unpopular president forced to defend at every turn. The GOP is finding unexpected freedom out of power and is looking for a comeback against a rattled Democratic Party.
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The Roots of Corruption: How did we get here, and how do we get out?
(cross-posted at Society for Independent Thinking) Though it is not completely without a sense of schadenfreude that I watch the Chicago Democrat party implode, this recent Blagojavich scandle has gotten me thinking about the nature of political corruption in general. And about the simple fact that, as much as we’d like it to be, the Republican Party is not immune to the corruption of power, | Read More »
Covering For Barry
Funny how everyone knows without thinking about it for very long and hard which states have the most corrupt government officials and scandals. Of course we think of Illinois, Louisiana, and New Jersey to name a few; but now the New York Times has a story using some lame formula to come up with a bevy of red states that are “more” corrupt than Barry’s Illinois. In | Read More »
Who BlahGo (IL-Gov) should appoint to US Senate NOW, and why they should accept? Plus, Special Election, Mike Ditka, Special Prosecutor, and more… [UPDATE]
In this Article, The Blagojevich ordeal basics, following the Obama connections, Chicago thug Politics, the need for a Special Election, Mike Ditka, who should Blagojevich appoint IMMEDIATELY regardless of this controversy (before he is stripped of authority to do so), and more… (now including updates: “Burris appointment” and “Harry Reid right for the wrong reasons” as well as, in the be careful what you wish | Read More »
, Alan Keyes
, Barack Obama
, Democratic Party
, Green Party
, Harry Reid
, leon panetta
, Libertarian Party
, Norm Coleman
, pay to play
, Rod Blagojevich
, Roland Burris
, special election
, US Senate
For All Of The Big Government Advocates Out There
Take note of this. Yes, that’s right, the people you believe ought to have more power may well be mini-Blagojevichs and/or mini-Stevenses. Still think that expanding government beyond its Constitutionally appointed limits is a good idea? Because if so, I am genuinely frightened.
Charges Against Blago Imply Obama Camp Link
The Chicago Tribune has posted the text of the federal complaint against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. It’s a fascinating read. And one of the specific charges seems to strongly imply that the Governor or his representatives contacted someone in the Obama campaign seeking to trade the designation of Barack Obama’s successor in the Senate for the job as Secretary of HHS. Did Obama or someone | Read More »
More ethical concerns about Charlie Rangel.
Well, I don’t like revisiting the subject. It’s easily fixed: boot the guy from his committee chairmanship. Anyway, I missed this latest about Rep Rangel’s murky ways from last week, but (via Instapundit) the New York Post is happy to highlight it for our attention: MORE RANGEL MUCK The ethical clouds hanging over Rep. Charlie Rangel grow thicker by the day. Thursday, it came to | Read More »
And Now the Government Comes After the Bloggers?
“Gubbmint isn’t the solution,” Ronald Reagan famously said. “Gubbmint is the problem!” Well, until Al Gore invented our wonderful Internet world, there were darn few ways we common citizens could highlight just what the “problem” of government was. But, happily, we bloggers have become the modern version of our Founders plying the pamphleteer’s trade. Now, via the incredible world of blogging, we can spy a | Read More »