The United States of Chicago

Dinesh D’Souza has run afoul of the Obama Administration:

Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza was indicted Thursday on federal charges of violating campaign finance laws by using straw donors to funnel money to a U.S. Senate candidate.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the grand jury charges in a statement Thursday. D’Souza is expected to be arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

I’m sure this would have never happened if, after the 2008 election, the FEC got to the bottom of the foreign money being donated to the Obama Election Campaign:

By Obama’s own admission, more than half of his contributions have come from small donors giving $200 or less. But unlike John McCain’s campaign, Obama won’t release the names of these donors.

For example, Obama has numerous donors who have contributed well over the $4,600 federal election limit. Many of these donors have never been contacted by the Obama campaign to refund the excess amounts to them.And more than 37,000 Obama donations appear to be conversions of  foreign currency.

According to a Newsmax analysis of the Obama campaign data before the latest figures were released, potential foreign currency donations could range anywhere from $12.8 million to a stunning $63 million in all. With the addition of $150 million raised in September, this amount could be much more.

 

Does anyone recall how that was resolved? Oh. That’s right. That election is over, let’s move on.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell , who reportedly told federal authorities last year thanks but no thanks to a plea deal, pleaded not guilty Friday to federal corruption charges for allegedly accepting gifts, vacations and loans.

His wife, Maureen, entered the same plea.

The McDonnells were indicted earlier in the week on a 14-count indictment that included charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and providing false statements in connection with the McDonnells’ relationship to Jonnie R. Williams, Sr., chief executive of nutritional supplements maker Star Scientific Inc.

Their jury trial has been set for July 28.

The Washington Post reported people familiar with case said the former governor rejected a plea deal that would have avoided charges for his wife. The paper said McDonnell would have had to plead guilty to a felony charge that “had nothing to do with corruption in office.”

“Before Lois Lerner took us before the federal judge, her last offer was for me to promise to never run for office again. That was always part of their demands,” Salvi said. “Before that last offer, another FEC representative that reported to Lerner wanted $200,000 and a promise not to run.”

I am stunned at the ‘prosecutorial discretion’ as it applies to the different political parties.

Charlene Lamb, cited for failures in leadership from the Department of State’s own Accountability Review Board report, has been promoted to Regional Security Officer. We’ve heard rumor that she’s slated for international duty in Canada. She started the security officer training last week, much to the dismay of many within the State Department.

For those not keeping track, Charlene Lamb was in charge of the office that denied extra security personnel to the U.S. Ambassador in Libya before the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks.

In the early days of this administration we all laughed about The New Black Panthers being found guilty of intimidating Hillary voters and then Attorney General Holder asked the judge to drop the charges. Never before had a judge been asked to reverse a guilty verdict by the highest law enforcement official in the Federal Government. It was unprecedented.
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The First Amendment does not protect humanitarian groups or others who advise foreign terrorist organizations, even if the support is aimed at legal activities or peaceful settlement of disputes, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
In a case that weighed free speech against national security, the court voted 6 to 3 to uphold a federal law banning “material support” to foreign terrorist organizations. That ban holds, the court said, even when the offerings are not money or weapons but things such as “expert advice or assistance” or “training” intended to instruct in international law or appeals to the United Nations.
The court’s majority said it was not abdicating its role in protecting constitutional freedoms but acknowledging that Congress and the executive branch are better situated than the judiciary to decide what kind of restrictions are needed to keep Americans safe in a post-Sept. 11 world of terrorist threats.

Search warrants, subpoenas and documents show that the FBI has been interested in links between the activists and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Hezbollah.

 

In the early morning of Sept. 24, 2010, agents raided homes in Chicago and Minneapolis, issued subpoenas to 14 activists, and tried to question others around the country, including prominent antiwar organizers in North Carolina and California.

At 7 a.m., according to documents and interviews, about a dozen armed federal agents used a battering ram to force their way into Mick Kelly’s second-floor apartment, which sits over an all-night coffee shop in a working-class neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Kelly, 53, a cook in a University of Minnesota dormitory and a member of the Teamsters, said he was at work and his nightgown-clad wife, Linden Gawboy, was slow to answer the door.

In Chicago, the raid at the home of Weiner, 49, also targeted her husband, Joe Iosbaker, 52, a University of Illinois-Chicago office worker and a union steward for his SEIU local. The couple are among the grassroots activists close to the world once inhabited by Barack Obama who have been caught up in the investigation.

That was four years ago. Where are the court dates? I don’t even hear the cricket chirping.

Standards are good, double standards are not twice as good.

This Time, The Stench in D.C. is Not Coming from the White House

What’s that smell? People who assumed that Barack Obama had brought the reeking stink from the political slough of corruption and cronyism that spawned him, Cook County, to D.C. can be forgiven. That analysis makes sense, but this time, it’s actually the “corpse flower.”

From Live Science:

The aptly nicknamed corpse flower on display in Washington, D.C., has finally gone into full bloom, unleashing a stench like rotting flesh inside the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory.

The visual and olfactory spectacle is a rare and brief event. The foul-smelling flower, also called the titan arum, will only be open for 24 to 48 hours before it collapses. This is the first time a blossoming specimen has been on display at the U.S. Botanic Garden since 2007.

24-48 hours before it collapses? What a perfect metaphor for Obama regime’s story about the heinous use of the IRS to target Barack’s political enemies.

Stay tuned.

Stop the Presses: Obama’s “Home town” Chicago Very Corrupt!

I hope that you are sitting down because this one’s a shocker. From the Chicago Tribune story “Chicago area has most corruption convictions in nation, UIC study says:”

The Chicago area logged the most public corruption convictions of any federal jurisdiction in the United States during the past 36 years, according to a report released today by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Federal prosecutors secured a total of 1,531 public corruption convictions in the Northern District of Illinois since 1976, said Dick Simpson, head of the university’s political science department.

 

What’s truly amazing about this story isn’t the fact that Chicago is, and has been for many years,  a stinking slough of corruption. What’s stunning is that a messiah, He Who Walks on Water, the One, Barack Hussein Obama, praise be his name, could emerge from the same cesspool as that evil poster boy for corruption, Rod Blagojevich. Purely coincidentally, Blago and our Dear Reader have the same political benefactor, one Tony Rezko, who is currently enjoying the hospitality of the federal government, serving a 10 1/2 year sentence for fraud, money laundering, and pay-to-play politics, or what they call in Cook County, “business as usual.”

Not only did Tony R help B. Hussein get elected to the Senate. He also helped Barack and Michelle purchase their Hyde Park mansion. When Sen. Obama was asked about Mr. Rezko, he characterized his connection to him as “boneheaded,” and claimed that this corrupt guy was “not the Tony Rezko I knew.” That answer was enough for the vigilant truth seekers in the Lame Stream Media. Nothing to see here. Move on, to coin a phrase.

Obama’s greatest feat is not his legendary ability to walk on water. It is emerging from completely dry and virginally pure from Cook County’s corrupt slime pit.

I Must Have Missed It. Obama Apologized to The Supreme Court, Right?

Obama presents another headline writer with a chance at unintentional comedy. (If his close friendship with convicted felon Tony Rezko, who facilitated the purchase of his Chicago mansion, his endorsement of one of the most corrupt candidates in Cook County history–let that sink in–and his broken promise to use public campaign financing in 2008, didn’t undercut his “reformer image,” what would?

Of course, as always, even when Obama seems like an unmitigated phony hypocrite, he’s actually fighting for progressive causes

And since apologies are all the rage these days, when will Obama apologize to the Supreme Court?

Is There No End to the Corruption from Obama’s Band of Chicago Hucksters? Using Your Money to Buy Votes AGAIN

The Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney posted a terrific piece, unmasking Obama’s latest phony “pro-business” insourcing and consolidation sideshows. As he explains, these events are simply distractions, designed to keep us from asking where the money is coming from. Surprise: the One is using the Export-Import Bank –I hope that you’re sitting down–to buy votes with our money.

Simply getting government out of the way of manufacturing would provide more economic benefit, but less political benefit. The free market might choose less-favored companies (like those that support Republicans) or put new factories in non-swing states like South Carolina (where Obama’s NLRB forced Boeing to kowtow to his union supporters). The Obama model (regulate, tax and subsidize) allows for a more strategic — that is, more political — development of manufacturing: Put new factories in right-to-work states, helping the pro-Democratic unions; support the “green industries” that Obama constantly celebrates; reward the businesses that play ball with the administration; and subsidize new plants in the states crucial to Obama’s re-election.

Is there no end to the corruption of this bunch of Chicago hucksters?

One Step Ahead of the Subpoena, Obama Administration Orders Review of Solyndra Loan

I am not making this up. From this morning’s Washington Post:

The White House has authorized an independent review of all loan guarantees made by the Energy Department to foster green technology amid fallout from the bankruptcy this year of Solyndra, the California company that received a $535 million loan through the program.

White House officials said Friday that Chief of Staff William M. Daley ordered the review, which will evaluate the entire $35.9 billion loan portfolio made to support the private-sector development of new technologies that could help improve the economy and create jobs.

I would love to have been a fly on the wall when Bill Daley and the One were discussing this “independent review,” wouldn’t you?  I’m sure Billy mentioned to Barry that yesterday the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced that next week it will consider issuing a subpoena for items related to Solyndra. Chicago on the Potomac in action!

And the hits just keep coming. Also from this morning’s WaPo:

An investment firm whose vice chairman has been an adviser and fundraiser for President Obama saw one of its portfolio companies win approval this year for $50 million in loans from the administration’s clean-energy loan program.

Washington-based Perseus says its affiliation with James A. Johnson, a major fundraiser for Obama’s campaign, played no role in persuading the Energy Department to award the loan to Vehicle Production Group, a Miami start-up that is manufacturing wheelchair-accessible cars and taxis.

Johnson headed Obama’s vice presidential selection committee in 2008 and is the former chairman of housing mortgage giant Fannie Mae. He was listed as a campaign fundraising bundler for Obama in the 2008 race, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and committed to raising $200,000 to $500,000 for the upcoming presidential race.

Johnson could not be reached for comment Thursday. Perseus Chairman Frank Pearl said in an interview that it is an “absurd idea” to think that Johnson’s political connections helped the Miami company.

And one more thing, Bitter Clinger. There are no lobbyists involved in the Sham WOW (Walks on Water) re-election campaign. I don’t care what the Liberal Death Star says.

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A Case Study in Obama’s Chicago Way

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Kenneth E. Pannaralla — once a top precinct captain for Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan — has made a good living in government.

Pannaralla, 63, gets a pension from the city of Chicago in addition to the three paychecks from his three current government jobs, including one as the executive director of the Southwest Home Equity Assurance Program, a government agency created under a law Madigan co-sponsored.

Madigan, who is also chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party, also gave Pannaralla’s daughter, Jennifer Pannaralla, a one-year legislative scholarship in 2003 to the University of Illinois at Chicago. And Pannaralla’s son, Kenneth, is paid $24,000 a year as an aide to Madigan.

Pannaralla makes a total of $213,418 a year …

Tim Novak and Chris Fusco go on to describe the many government teats from which this Madigan foot soldier happily suckles.

This story illustrates the Obama pyramid that is the overall goal of the One, who somehow in the view of some emerged dry and sweet-smelling, despite his origins in the stinking slough of corruption, crony capitalism and fraud that is Cook County, Illinois. The ideal America envisioned by those running Chicago on the Potomac is Cook County writ large, with the political royalty like Barack, Michelle and friends living large on the taxpayers’ dime with their date nights, luxury vacations and celebrity soirées at the very top, in the center, those like Mr. Pannaralla, members of public employee unions, and identity politics mascot groups, all of whom benefit from the favors doled out in exchange for their loyalty to the sleazy regime, and at the bottom (you guessed it), the rest of us, whose job it is to silently submit and pay.

Question for those stinking Occupy Wall Street morons. My unwashed, bongo-drumming, incoherent friends, please put down your filthy hemp blankets and answer it, please: who is more greedy, a guy like Mr. Pannaralla, who uses his connections to corrupt politicians to personally enrich himself at the expense of the taxpayers, or those evil people, so often demonized by hypocritical anal sphincters like Barack Obama, who work in the private sector, on Wall Street or elsewhere, and earn over $200,000 a year?

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