Chicago Political Machine Never Stops Working

Above (left to right):  Rod Blagojevich, Jesse Jackson Jr., Barack Obama and David Axelrod.

One year ago today, Rod Blagojevich became the first sitting Illinois governor to be impeached and booted out of office by the Illinois Senate for, among other things, allegedly trying to “sell to the highest bidder” the U.S. senate seat once held by Barack Obama.  Now, it seems another Democrat is involved in trouble related to the seat that’s been occupied for almost a year by Roland Burris.

The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that Democrat Alexi Giannoulias is trying to dampen criticism of what role he may have played in causing problems at the family bank where he worked before being elected state treasurer.  Why did Giannoulias feel the need to “dampen the criticism”?  Because, obviously, he doesn’t want such criticism to harm his effort to win the “hot potato” of a seat.

Isn’t it amazing how, despite troubling economic times, one machine — the corrupt “Chicago Political Machine” — never stops working?  It truly is.

See also: ‘Re-Indicted’ Parody Song Marks One-Year Anniversary of Blagojevich Impeachment

‘Re-Indicted’ Parody Song Marks One-Year Anniversary of Blagojevich Impeachment

One year ago today, Rod Blagojevich became the first sitting Illinois governor to be impeached and booted out of office by a 59-0 vote of the Illinois Senate in Springfield. Now, the 53-year-old Democrat and his lawyers are waiting for the next shoe to drop in legal wranglings related to allegations that he attempted to sell the Illinois senate seat once held by Barack Obama.

According to the Chicago Tribune, federal prosecutors said Wednesday that a revised indictment against Blagojevich should be returned by late next week.  That news prompted me to write a parody based on the 1980 song, “Reunited,” by Peaches & Herb. I call it “Re-Indicted.”

“Re-Indicted” (A parody sung by Rod Blagojevich)


I was a fool because I tried to hide
From news reporters gathered right outside
The tapes that they have
Have left me angry and sad
I ree-uh-lize you caught me
And you think I’m bad
Hey, hey

I spend the evenings on the radio
Listeners ask me why I don’t just go
Evidence was such
A way of learning so much
I know now I must fight it
Or I’ll be locked up
Hey, hey

Re-indicted, and it don’t look grand
Re-indicted, ‘cause they understand
They caught me on tape
And now things don’t look so great
And now I’m not excited
‘Cause I’m re-indicted
Hey, hey

Their case against me looks like it’s a lock
Soon I’ll be joggin’ ‘round my own cell block
Yes, I did the crime
And now I’m facin’ hard time
For trying-to-sell-a-senate-seat-to make a dime
Hey, hey

They caught me cheatin’, now, I have to pay
I find it very hard to face each day
As I reminisce
On perilous moments like this
I won’t miss the reporters
While my life gets shorter
Hey, hey

Re-indicted, and it don’t look grand
Re-indicted, ‘cause they understand
They caught me on tape
And now things don’t look so great
And now I’m not excited
‘Cause I’m re-indicted
Hey, hey

(Repeat chorus)

Copyright © 2010 Bob McCarty, L.L.C.  All rights reserved.

Editor’s Note: I hereby authorize anyone to reprint, republish and/or record the above song parody as long as credit for the parody lyrics is given to  Thanks!

‘LIVE RAID’ Concerts to Benefit Somali Pirates (Updated)

Bob Geldof announced today that, on July 13, he will stage the first of a series of 12 “LIVE RAID” concerts to benefit Somali pirates.

In much the same way his 1985 “LIVE AID” concerts raised funds for famine relief in Ethiopia, Geldof said the “LIVE RAID” events will benefit the Muslim pirates who, in order to make a living in a tough economy, have been forced to hijack cargo and merchant ships traveling off the coast of the East African nation and hold their crews for ransoms.

“Obviously, the Somali pirates are victims of a global economic collapse that has left millions across the African continent to suffer,” Geldof said.

Geldof said he plans to hold the first “LIVE RAID” concert at London’s Wembley Stadium exactly 24 years to the day after the first “LIVE AID” event was held there.  Eleven other concerts will be held in coastal cities around the world, with the final event taking place in Somalia’s capitol city, Mogadishu, July 13, 2010.

“I think it’s appropriate to mark the 25th anniversary of “LIVE AID” by holding the final “LIVE RAID” concert in Mogadishu,” Geldof explained.  “After the concert, we plan to hand over to the leader of the Somali pirate consortium a check that we expect will provide more than enough money to make it possible for all of the pirates to support themselves and their families for years.

“As a result of this worldwide effort,” Geldof concluded, “I think we can make looting and pillaging on the high seas a thing of the past.”

Who will contribute to the effort?

Geldof said he expects to secure “sizable contributions” to “LIVE RAID” from owners of the world’s largest cruise, cargo and container shipping lines, since it will be to their benefit to bring an end to piracy. In addition, he said he’s been assured by both President Barack Obama and leaders in Congress he can expect to receive at least $1.3 trillion dollars in federal assistance prior to the first concert.

Individuals around the world will also be able to support “LIVE RAID” by buying a CD and/or DVD made especially for the effort.  Using donated musical equipment as well as donated Apple computers and Garage Band software, Geldof explained that a “virtual supergroup” of people who understand the oppressed-pirate mindset are collaborating on an updated version — or, as Geldof joked, “pirated version” — of the 1985 song, “We Are the World,” written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced and conducted by Quincy Jones. The title of the new song, “We ARRRR Ye World.”

Geldof said the music video of the song will feature collaborators performing in full pirate regalia.

The list of individuals involved includes three Chicagoans:  former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, convicted felon/Obama neighbor Antoin “Tony” Rezko and entertainment juggernaut Oprah Winfrey.

They’ll be backed up by a choir that includes actor Sean Penn, entertainers Barbara Streisand and Stevie Wonder and talk show hosts Bill Maher and Jon Stewart.  Also involved are several notable scam artists, including Wall Street Ponzi scheme operator Bernie Madoff, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Banking Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and several other members of Congress.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale at all Ticketmaster and Live Nation locations this week.

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UPDATE 4/13/2009 at 1:49 p.m. Central: I just learned about a celebrity fundraiser via which $5 million was raised for the oppressed Somali pirates.  See Celebs Sport Eye Patches in Solidarity with Pirates.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the post above is not true.  Combine all of the havoc and mischief Somali pirates have wrought on the world’s shipping lanes with the lack of common sense displayed by so many liberals in the worlds of entertainment, media and politics, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see someone pickup this far-fetched idea of mine and run with it one day soon.

Obama Graces ‘Savage Dragon’ Comic Book Cover

From out of the “strange news” file comes word that a “Savage Dragon” comic book, the cover of which features a flag-waving President Barack Obama smacking terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, sold for $202.50 on eBay® Italy March 10.

An Image Comics Group’s publication, Savage Dragon brings to life the story of a “a large, finned, green-skinned humanoid whose powers include super-strength and an advanced healing factor,” according to Wikipedia.  “He is also an amnesiac: his earliest memory is awakening in a burning field in Chicago, Illinois. Thus, for most of the series, the origins of his powers and appearance are a mystery to readers. At the beginning of the series, he becomes a police officer and battles the mutant criminal “superfreaks” that terrorize Chicago.”

Picking up on the obvious Chicago link between Obama and the Savage Dragon, the folks at surmised that the superfreaks terrorizing Chicago must be “Blagoman, RezkoMan and ACORNMan.”  Seems like a logical conclusion to me.

Governor BLAGOing, BLAGOing, BLAGOne!

By a 59-0 vote of the Illinois Senate, Gov. Rod Blagojevich was impeached this afternoon in Springfield.

The 52-year-old Democrat becomes the first sitting governor in the Land of Lincoln’s pockmarked history of corruption to be impeached, convicted and booted out of office.

He will, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune, be replaced immediately by Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, a man who twice ran as Blago’s running mate.

Obama Does Little to Advance Transparency Pledge

On the campaign trail, Barack Obama promised to bring transparency to government, but then took advantage of loopholes in campaign finance law that allowed him to keep secret the names of donors who made contributions of less than $200 to his campaign.  After taking office, he’s done little to follow through on the pledge.

On Jan. 21, President Obama issued a MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES that included the paragraph below about transparency:

Government should be transparent.  Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing.  Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use. Executive departments and agencies should harness new technologies to put information about their operations and decisions online and readily available to the public. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public feedback to identify information of greatest use to the public.

Published under “the Briefing Room” tab under “Executive Orders” on the White House web site, the memo serves merely as a directive to three Obama Administration officials — the chief technology officer, the director of the Office of Management and Budget and the administrator of General Services — to come up with a plan within 120 days.  As outlined in its next-to-last paragraph, the memo carries no weight of law:

This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by a party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

It will be interesting to see whether the 44th president’s transparency pledge produces any “fruit.”  I suspect the only transparency Americans will see from members of the Obama Administration will surface when people like Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and others testify under oath during the upcoming trial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.).  Of course, they might take the 5th, too.

Cartoon courtesy:  My Personal Litmus

Which Style of Diplomacy Might Hillary Employ?

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Which style of diplomacy might Secretary of State Hillary Clinton use while globetrotting on behalf of President Barack Obama — the one she displayed yesterday at Foggy Bottom or the less-refined “blue streak” form she reserves for more private conversations?

Not a profane word was used yesterday when the former first lady stood in front of State Department employees and members of the news media for the first time at Foggy Bottom. That appearance stands in stark contrast to the manner in which Clinton conducts business behind closed doors.

Below are several examples of the less-refined style of “diplomacy” used by Clinton over the years as published today at Gateway Pundit:

CAUTION:  Direct quotes from Clinton, gleaned from a variety of sources, contain offensive language and have been edited for publication.

  • “Where is the G-damn f**king flag? I want the G-damn f**king flag up every f**king morning at f**king sunrise.” (From the book, “Inside The White House,” by Ronald Kessler, page 244 – Hillary to the staff at the Arkansas Governor’s mansion on Labor Day, 1991)
  • F**k off! It’s enough that I have to see you shit-kickers every day, I’m not going to talk to you too!! Just do your G*damn job and keep your mouth shut.” (From the book, “American Evita,” by Christopher Anderson, page 90 – Hillary to her State Trooper bodyguards after one of them greeted her with “Good morning.”
  • “If you want to remain on this detail, get your f**king ass over here and grab those bags!” (From the book, “The First Partner,” by Joyce Milton, page 259 – Hillary to a Secret Service Agent who was reluctant to carry her luggage because he wanted to keep his hands free in case of an incident.)
  • “Stay the f**k back, stay the f**k away from me! Don’t come within ten yards of me, or else! Just f**king do as I say, Okay!!!?” (From the book, “Unlimited Access,” by Clinton FBI Agent in Charge, Gary Aldrich, page 139 – Hillary screaming at her Secret Service detail.)
  • “Where’s the miserable c**k sucker?” (From the book, “The Truth About Hillary,” by Edward Klein, page 5 – Hillary shouting at a Secret Service officer)
  • A right-wing network was after his presidency…including perverting the Constitution.” (To Barbara Walters about the Republicans who impeached her husband; 20/20, ABC 6/8/2003.)
  • “What are you doing inviting these people into my home? These people are our enemies! They are trying to destroy us!” (From the book, “The Survivor,” by John Harris, page 99 – Hillary screaming to an aide, when she found out that some Republicans had been invited to the Clinton White House)
  • “Come on Bill, put your d**k up! You can’t f**k her here!!” (From the book, “Inside The White House,” by Ronald Kessler, page 243 – Hillary to Gov. Clinton when she spots him talking with an attractive female at an Arkansas political rally)

Perhaps she’s related to Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) and his wife, Patti.  They are, after all, quite well known for their use of vengeful and profane language.