Obama’s Chicago Ties Come Home to Roost

I’m extremely interested in seeing where this Blagojevich story goes, and wish I had time to devote to it. There’s so much information out there now — here’s an excerpt from a recent piece from the Wall Street Journal and Fox News with many of the details.

Funny how Obama’s people said that he had no communication with the governor, yet had to quickly retract that statement after tape of David Axelrod talking about such communication hit the airwaves. It kind of reminds me of the “I never heard him say those things … I wasn’t in the pew those days … Okay, I admit it, I went to the church but left 20 years after hearing those things” debacle with Rev. Wright. I can’t help but wonder if, a few weeks from now, we’ll find out that Obama was in direct contact with the governor about filling the vacant seat in the U.S. Senate.

After all, isn’t one of the people on the short list also one of Obama’s transition gurus?

– Jeff


Blagojevich Arrest Puts Obama Ties in the Spotlight
(FROM: Fox News/Wall Street Journal)

WASHINGTON — The federal corruption allegations against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich cast an embarrassing glare on the world of Chicago politics he shares with President-elect Barack Obama, even though the two Democrats aren’t close and there is no suggestion Obama did anything inappropriate.

The case will keep the public spotlight on some episodes Obama thought he had put behind him, including his ties to Antoin Rezko, a convicted Chicago real-estate developer who was accused in a Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit Tuesday of scheming with Blagojevich. Rezko raised campaign funds for both men, and was one of Obama’s earliest supporters as he was climbing the political ladder in Illinois.

The matter also highlights ties between the disgraced Democratic governor and some members of Obama’s inner circle. His top campaign strategist, David Axelrod — who will move to the White House for a senior adviser’s job — lists Blagojevich on his firm’s Web site as one of his clients, when the politician was a candidate for Congress.

And because Blagojevich stands accused of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the president-elect, Obama’s name will be forever linked to the case, even though he isn’t accused of wrongdoing.

Chicago has been home to some of the country’s most notorious corrupt politicians as well as some leading political reformers. Obama throughout his career has tried to portray himself as being firmly in the latter camp, while critics have repeatedly tried to tie him to the “Chicago machine” environment that shaped his early political career.

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  1. Janet says:

    Kinda makes Spitzer’s crime and downfall look like a comic book story. This one is more like a CSI script.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous posted this link

    http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/

    by Douglas Hagmann, Director, North- east Intelligence Network.

    and I have to say I totally agree. I’ve never been a conspiracy theorist but I’m starting to become one. There is something not quite right when the voices of the right are not only being silent, but now starting to make character attacks on all of us who are asking authentic constitutional questions.

    It has all the appearances of being bigger, deeper, and more sinister than any of us are prepared to admit. This is no longer right vs. left but an us vs. them. Malkin, Hannity, et al. are part of a bigger game that apparently had many of us fooled. They were players in the Alinsky agitation game and my didn’t they play it well.

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  4. Fernley Girl says:

    On an iphone, sorry I can’t copy links. I just visited the Illionois.gov site where there’s a Nov. 5 announcement by Blogo’s office about meeting w/ Obama. Also, at muckety.com a relationship map showing all of Obama’s ties. Search terms: obama ayers relationship map. Makes it really easy to keep all the crooks, uh, ducks, in a row.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Jesus, did you people even read Jeff’s article?

    Everything he writes isn’t about Obama’s f’ing birth certificate.

    Jeff, I know you’re not a tinfoil hat man, but the people who come here are. The Constitution is a simple and convenient way of jumping on a bandwagon to bring down Obama by any means necessary. They don’t how it’s done, so long as it’s done. The conference you went to should have proved this to you.

    The problem for you now is that you’re inextricably tied to Berg and the rest of these whackos. You may not be in their club, but these people think you are and when they actually realize that you’re not, they’ll turn on you faster than you can blink.

    Good luck.

  6. MIDDLE CLASS GUY says:

    Anonymous said:

    I’m not brave enough to see if a question about his BC would even be blocked or not. Are any of you?

    http://change.gov/page/content/openforquestions

    I asked and was not blocked.

    Thanks, Ken

  7. starboardhelm says:

    I’m with Janet, Obama?Soetoro? needs to prove his eligibility, then I’ll gladly accept him, warts and all. But I won’t let up on warranted critisisms.

    That article yesterday in the NYTimes? I question the timing ;-) . Sounds like whitewash job to me. There’s no source quoted, but whoever it was, I bet they have a stake in making Obama?Soetoro? smell better. They probably exaggerated his influence on the matter.

  8. Sherry says:

    Janet:

    There’s always two sides to the story. Obama did nothing except say “good job” after it was all said and done.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/1159383,CST-NWS-leg12web.article

    Obama’s campaign refused to tell the Sun-Times whether the senator supports either version. And a spokesman ducked questions on whether Obama would speak with Jones, as Canary suggested.

    “In Illinois and in Washington, Sen. Obama took on members of both parties to pass ethics reforms that decreased the influence of lobbyists over the legislative process, and he has set a standard this campaign by declining to accept contributions from PACS or Washington lobbyists,” Obama campaign spokesman Justin DeJong said in a written statement.

    “He encourages the Illinois General Assembly and Gov. Blagojevich to further those reforms by passing strong ethics legislation this session that limits the influence of money in the political process,” DeJong said.

    DeJong declined to clarify which “reforms” Obama would like to see carried out in Springfield: the original bill his former good-government ally wants or Blagojevich’s more sweeping approach that some critics believe was designed to kill the whole package entirely.

    The Obama response provided fodder to Republicans, who echoed Canary’s call.

    “If he’s the reformer he says he is, why would he not encourage cleaning up his home state, which is one of the most corrupt at this point in the United States?” said Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont). “He has an opportunity to really put some action behind his words, and he won’t do it.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Jeff,

    FOURWINDS10.COM

    HOSPITALS IN HAWAII TO OBAMA: YOU WERE NOT BORN HERE !
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    • HOSPITALS IN HAWAII TO OBAMA: YOU WERE NOT BORN HERE !

    Dec. 2, 2008
    Supposed Conspiracy Claim Turns REAL on Obama
    It is becoming painfully obvious that we may very well have a criminal President in 2009. No this isn’t a joke. What I speak of is the curious developments in the supposedly racist, biased, dumb, as well as insane case of where Obama was born. Why the Barack Obama Birth Certificate Issue Is Legitimate

    A strange development indeed is how it is that every time Barack Obama or a family member tells of where Obama was born, they seem to have no idea as of December 2008.
    They seemed to know what hospital quite a few times months ago when it was claimed that Obama’s mother gave birth to him at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu – Obama and Mom Never Here
    The Queen’s Medical Center
    1301 Punchbowl StreetHonolulu, HI 96813 Link to SitePhone number 808-538-9011 General Medical Records 808-547-4361.
    After it was concluded that Obama and his mother were never there, his sister was in an interview (Mary) and claimed that Obama was born at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children – Obama and Mom Never Here 1319 Punahou StreetHonolulu, Hawaii 96826(808) 535-7000 Link to site
    Hospital after Hospital – all Have No Record of Obama being born or Mom Ever being There.

    Hospital after hospital in Honolulu all have NO RECORD of Obama or mother ever being there. Is this some state secret? Are we to believe that even the hospital that he was born in should remain secret? Why lie to us as if it matters I mean the man did win the Presidential vote? Why the lies and secrecy?
    We already know that Obama’s family and the entire nation of Kenya (which is about to have a national holiday for Obama) know that Barack Obama was born in Mombasa Coastal Hospital in Kenya. The government of Kenya has sealed these records. More and more secrecy due to the fact that once proven, Obama will not be constitutionally allowed to become President of the United States!
    All of these were called from November 20 – December 2nd 2008. It is confirmed, OBAMA not born in any hospital in Honolulu County! NONE FACT!
    Hospitals you can check yourself
    • The Queen’s Medical Center – Honolulu, Hawaii Obama claims as his birth hospital
    • Kapi’ olani Medical Center Obama’s sister claims Barack Obama born here
    • Honolulu Shriners Hospital Never a patient Mom or Obama
    • Straub Clinic & Hospital Never a patient Mom or Obama
    • Hawaii Health Systems Corporation – Honolulu, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
    • Cancer Institute of Maui – Wailuku, Hawaii No Comment ???
    • Kuakini Hospital – Honolulu, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
    • Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific – Honolulu, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
    • St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii – Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
    • Straub Heatlh – Honolulu, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
    • Tripler Medical Center – Honolulu, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
    • Wahiawa General Hospital – Wahiawa, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
    • Wilcox Memorial Hospital – Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama
    We were pretty detailed in our calls. You can look at every hospital here and call any of them. You can file freedom of information acts, you can do everything and anything you wish. Barack Obama was never born in a hospital in Hawaii as claimed.
    Only his original that he has sealed will have this info. Will the Supreme Court force it open and thus preserve the Constitution of the United States?
    Why the Barack Obama Birth Certificate Issue Is Legitimate
    Hawaii Issues Birth Certificates to Foreign Born Residents!
    Here’s Hawaii saying it like it it. All Doubts Cleared my Friends.
    A. From Hawaii’s official Department of Health, Vital Records webpage: “Amended certificates of birth may be prepared and filed with the Department of Health, as provided by law, for 1) a person born in Hawaii who already has a birth certificate filed with the Department of Health or 2) a person born in a foreign country“ (applies to adopted children). B. A parent may register an in-state birth in lieu of certification by a hospital of birth under HRS 338-5. C. Hawaiian law expressly provides for registration of out-of-state births under HRS 338-17.8. A foreign birth presumably would have been recorded by the American consular of the country of birth, and presumably that would be reflected on the Hawaiian birth certificate. D. Hawaiian law, however, expressly acknowledges that its system is subject to error. See, for example, HRS 338-17. E. Hawaiian law expressly provides for verification in lieu of certified copy of a birth certificate under HRS 338-14.3. F. Even the Hawaii Department of Home Lands does not accept a certified copy of a birth certificate as conclusive evidence for its homestead program. From its web site: “In order to process your application, DHHL utilizes information that is found only on the original Certificate of Live Birth, which is either black or green. This is a more complete record of your birth than the Certification of Live Birth (a computer-generated printout). Submitting the original Certificate of Live Birth will save you time and money since the computer-generated Certification requires additional verification by DHHL.”
    Now that we all understand that you can be born in Madagascar, Russia, Norway, Brazil or even Kenya like Obama and still have a REAL birth certificate that both Snopes and Factcheck would say was real since they are real. That doesn’t mean you were born in Hawaii. Does this matter to America?
    Barack Obama has as of November 27th 2008 spent over$500,000 U.S. to prevent others from seeing it. Why? Didn’t he already win the vote?
    Please don’t bring up Snopes (link) that says THEYVE SEEN Obama’s birth certificate and it is the one on his site called Fight the Smears. That is just plain garbage as it has a 2007 border and doesn’t list the hospital, Dr. or place of birth! Plus they say they’ve seen his real birth certificate (you know the one that we the people aren’t allowed to see) .
    All of the people born in Korea, Kenya, Mongolia, Australia and who also have Hawaiian birth certificates also have REAL birth certificates.
    This does not mean they were born in Hawaii. Get it?

    Please don’t bring up Fact Check either (link) as they and Snopes can literally LOOK AT the thousands and thousands of birth certificates in Hawaii from people born in Korea, Australia, Germany and even Kenya like Barack Obama! They are all REAL and Authentic birth certificates, but that doesn’t mean Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.
    Snopes and FactCheck aren’t lying when they say the 2007 birth certificate on Obama’s site is real. So are the thousands and thousands of birth certificates in Hawaii from people born in Korea, Australia, Germany and even Kenya like Barack Obama! They are all REAL and Authentic birth certificates, but that doesn’t mean they or Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.
    This is the whole point my friends. That is why many of us are incensed that Obama is about to become the President and may not even Constitutionally qualify to be one!
    This is unacceptable to every American who understands that Hawaii issues birth certificates to those born in foreign nations.
    Yes – it is a proven fact that Hawaii grants birth certificates to people born in other nations! If you or I want a copy, they produce the document that you see on Obama’s site. That is NOT the one that has what we need to see to have Obama become President of the United States.
    To become President of the United States one must meet 3 criteria.
    • You must be 35 years of Age
    • You must be a resident for 14 years
    • You must be a natural born citizen – this is the one that someone born outside of the United States would obviously spend hundreds of thousands $$ to prevent us from seeing his birth certificate, just as Barack Obama has done. Hint Hint.
    What is Barack Obama Hiding? Can anyone answer the question as to where and what hospital he was born in?
    Time is ticking and it looks like all hope is on the Supreme Court on Friday when they review a csase before them designed to force Obama to release his birth certificate. December 5th 2008 is the deadline for them to meet.
    No One Checks these People’s backgrounds at all?
    There is in fact NO ONE that checks. That is part of the lawsuits before the Supreme Court against the DNC as well as Obama. All they do is ask the state of birth if they have a real birth certificate on file and what the date of birth is. That is ALL! This is the whole point of the matter.
    We even had other candidates run for the Presidency in minor parties like this guy – who ran for President against Obama and McCain but WAS BORN IN NICARAGUA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%B3ger_Calero
    Understand that there is no one that makes sure like a national HR dept that candidates are qualified. Róger Calero was the Socialist Workers Party Candidate.
    He Ran and no one checked on his background either
    Róger Calero was also arrested for felonies – another reason that he should not have even been allowed to even run for the Presidency in America. FACT. By the way he (Róger Calero) was on the ballot in five states, where he received 7,209 votes. Coupled with the 2,618 votes received in the five states where Harris was on the ballot, the Socialist Workers Party received 9,827 votes. No one checked his qualifications either. No one does!
    We need to see Obama’s ’sealed’ birth certificate to clear all of the lies.
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2141909/posts

  10. Lee Strong says:

    After Obama denied yesterday discussing his Senate seat with the governor, a television station has released a report aired just after the election in which Obama said he was to meet with the governor that day – November 5/6 – to discuss the Senate seat, and a report later in the week confirming that the conversation had taken place.

    In other words – Obama is lying – again.

  11. Sherry says:

    Janet – I’m sorry – I agree with you!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Question — is the ‘Mr Jones’ mentioned in the AP article Emil Jones? If so he was one of Obama’s main mentors when BO first entered the Chicago political scene, and who helped to transport him through the cesspool of Chicago politics to become a state Senator.

    Senator Obama has certainly been a busy boy in the last year or so; it was reported that the 6 new members to the Elections Board (3 Democrats, 3 Republicans) would not be able to investigate Obama’s election funding, as there was a bill that prevented any investigation until June, 2009. By coincidence, the author of the Bill was – Senator Obama.

    Congressional Resolution 511, by a contingent of lawmakers earlier this year, under the guise of putting to rest any objection to
    senator John McCain’s eligibility to become president because he was born outside of the U.S., actually was expanded far beyond what was necessary to merely apply to Senator McCain: it was expanded to include ‘naturalized citizens’, which ironically was the ’cause of death’ for the resolution.

    The bill’s co-author? Senator Barack Obama.

    Just when does the man sleep, and when he does, is he dreaming of how he can con the American people next?

  13. Anonymous says:

    To the person quoting the NY TIMES…

    Are we suppose to take that as credible? It’s the NY Times for crying-out-loud!!!! AND…
    If you don’t expect “any better” from this blog, then carry yourself over to Huffington. You’re not ever gonna get a worship service here. You’ll get Jeff’s fairness, but Obama’s actions are his own, and what we comment about here are upon those actions. We have a right to disagree and discuss those things with one another…at least for now…so if it’s not kosher with you, you have other options.

  14. Anonymous says:

    If Axlerod spoke to the governor, were these names mentioned?

    No. 1 Ms. Jarrett, for U S Senate, advisor to Obama and slum lord on the southside of Chicago.

    Number 5, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., for U S Senate, co-chair of Obama for President

    Everyone distance yourself from the govenor quickly so that Obama’s name will not be mentioned in this scandal, please!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008

    Andy Martin says “appearance of impropriety” links Barack Obama to indicted Governor Rod Blagojevich

    Andy Martin says Barack Obama’s early “resignation” of his U. S. Senate seat appears to have been part of a corrupt scheme involving Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to resell the seat on an expedited basis. At a Chicago news conference December 10th, Martin will demand that Obama “come clean” about his links to the indicted Illinois governor. Obama author/expert Martin says “The cesspools and sewers of Chicago politics are already overflowing, and Obama hasn’t even been sworn in yet.”

    Obama author Andy Martin demands that Barack Obama make “full disclosure” of Obama’s links to the “Senategate” sale prosecution involving Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

    ANDY MARTIN
    Executive Editor
    ContrarianCommentary.com

    “Factually Correct, Not
    Politically Correct”

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    ATTENTION DAYBOOK/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS

    ANNOUNCEMENT OF WEDNESDAY NEWS CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO

    INTERNET POWERHOUSE ANDY MARTIN SAYS “I TOLD YOU SO: THE DALEY MACHINE’S FIRST SCANDAL ERUPTS EVEN BEFORE OBAMA TAKES THE OATH OF OFFICE. NOW WE KNOW WHY OBAMA RESIGNED HIS SENATE SEAT EARLY: SO BLAGOJEVICH COULD GET A HEAD START ON RESELLING IT.”

    “WHAT DID OBAMA KNOW, AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT?” MARTIN DEMANDS

    ANDY SAYS BLAGOJEVICH-OBAMA-REZKO LINK POINTS TO A CORRUPT DEAL TO RESELL THE SENATE SEAT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.

    “THE CESSPOOLS AND SEWERS OF CHICAGO POLITICS ARE OVERFLOWING,” SAYS MARTIN

    (CHICAGO)(December 10, 2008) Internet powerhouse Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference today, Wednesday, December 10th to demand that Barack Obama make a full and immediate disclosure, under oath, of his links to indicted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s “Senategate” seat sale prosecution.

    “Ho, ho, ho, Santa Obama came early,”. Martin says. “‘Play to pay?’ I am embarrassed to say that I have been proven wrong by Obama & Co. I thought they would wait until the inauguration to start their financial shenanigans. Obama is out of the starting blocks earlier than I expected.

    “Did Obama ‘resign’ his senate seat early to give the Governor an edge in peddling the vacant office to the highest bidder? There is no doubt that Obama’s expedited resignation of his senate seat last month, long before he was required to step down, empowered Blagojevich: it gave Blago expedited authority to enrich himself with an early sale.

    "David Axelrod has said Obama and Blagojevich discussed a senate replacement. Was the Obama machine oblivious to what was going on under its nose in downtown Chicago? If they claim they do not know what is happening in Chicago politics, are they going to proffer the same defense about their lack of understanding of world politics? Obama’s minions obviously had to know what Blagojevich was up to. Resigning early allowing Blago to cash in early. There appears to have been a deal between Blago and 'Bama. Whoa.

    “Finally, Obama’s peculiar, expedited resignation makes sense. The possibility that Obama and Blago made a deal is inescapable. It flies in your face. Obama continued to act in his self-styled capacity holding a non-existent office, ‘Office of the President-Elect,’ while the Daley-Obama machine was in high gear trying to resell his seat. The appearance of an Obama-Blagojevich-Axelrod ‘Senategate’ conspiracy stinks to the high heavens. The sewers and cesspools of Illinois politics are overflowing. The stench is so prevalent it may even scare off Santa,” Martin says.

    “Governor Blagojevich’s #1 fund raiser, Tony Rezko, was–no surprise–Barack Obama’s #1 fundraiser as well, and helped raise money to fund the purchase of the ‘Obama compound’ on the south side of Chicago. Is there a connection between these men? Obama, Rezko and Blagojevich are linked like a string of German sausages.

    “Can you imagine what Washington is going to be like when the Obama-Daley looters descend on the capital? The sacking of Rome will look like a weenie-roast by comparison.”

    Martin’s book “Obama: The Man Behind the Mask,” details the long history of links between Barack Obama and sleazy/corrupt Illinois politicians. Martin is currently exploring with his publisher whether to prepare a second book on the fall 2008 campaign and the aftermath of Obama's election.

    Andy Martin is Illinois’ most respected corruption fighter; he has over forty years of experience exposing the vermin that control the levers of power in the city and state, see AndyMartin.com. Barack Obama is only a Barry-Come-Lately to the Illinois corruption derby.

    Martin is a likely candidate in any special 2009 election or the 2010 election to replace Obama in Washington. He has not offered to buy the office.

    NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:

    WHO:

    Internet Powerhouse and national anti-Obama leader, Author/Editor/Internet Columnist Andy Martin demands that Barack Obama disclose his links to the “Senategate” seat sale scam

    WHAT:

    National anti-Obama leader Andy Martin says the links between Blagojevich, Obama and Rezko raise the inescapable “appearance” that Obama was part of a deal for him to resign his senate seat early so that Blagojevich would get a head start cashing in by reselling the Senate seat to the highest bidder before January.

    WHERE:

    Southeast corner of Huron and Wabash Streets, Chicago

    WHEN: Wednesday, December 10, 3:00 P. M.

    MEDIA CONTACT: (866) 706-2639; CELL (917) 664-9329

  16. Anonymous says:

    Jeff:
    Let me get this straight. You have a degree in journalism. You are working on a JD degree and you don’t have a clue about intellectual property rights, ie, copyright law? And, for the record, you’re not posting a couple of dozen words but entire articles word for word. That’s infringement, plain and simple. It’s not fair use. And you run ads which makes your online venture commercial. But you’re claiming because AP does wrong you can too? What are you a closet liberal? You should be ashamed of yourself for that attitude. Where are your values? By the way, you intellectual property lawyer doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  17. Devon Young says:

    Obama is from Illinois and MIGHT be a dirty politician.

    Quick, someone get the smelling salts! I’m shocked.

  18. Anonymous says:

    There’s a reason they call it intellectual PROPERTY. You see, someone owns it. Be it a trademark, a patent or a copyright. I thought you were a lawyer. You should know that, right? Oh, wait. You’re a mere law STUDENT. Need to sign up next semester for basic copyright law. You are getting to be as bad at scraping as Hal Turner. Try posting a synopsis and a hyperlink to avoid infringement which is a no-no.

  19. Anonymous says:

    He’s Nuts, Yeah, That’s The Ticket
    The ability of David Axelrod to spin things to willing dupes in the media however he wants never ceases to amaze me. The latest line on Governor Rod Blagoyevich being spun to the media is that he’s nuts. Political columnist like the Sun-Times’ Mark Brown lap up whatever Axelrod feeds them. “Rod Blagojevich’s defense lawyers might want to consider an insanity defense,” Brown suggests. “He’s utterly mad. Completely and totally off his rocker.” “And here’s where it might actually work as a legal defense: He’s incapable of distinguishing between right and wrong.”

    As I’ve previously warned, if Blagoyevich goes down he will do all he can to take down Obama with him. Conveniently, Axelrod is going about to discredit through preemption anything Blagoyevich might blab to prosecutors during plea discussions. Ergo, the “he’s nuts” argument has emerged. He’s figuring that most Americans will buy into the notion that even a Chicago politician couldn’t possibly be as dishonest as indicated by the quotations contained in the government’s complaint based upon wire-tapped telephone conversations of the governor. You would be wrong, however, to buy into it. The Blagoyevich Chicago political insiders heard about yesterday is the same Blagoyevich they’ve known and supported for years, and that includes Axelrod and Obama. Don’t let them fool you into believing otherwise.

    And by the way, a little birdie tells me Patrick Fitzgerald is still interested in that Obama-Rezko land deal. How could a presidential aspirant and sitting U.S. Senator take along a political fixer like Tony Rezko, knowing he was under investigation by federal agents, to purchase a dream home with his assistance? A real “bone-headed” move as Obama now says? Or someone unable to distinguish between right and wrong? Government prosecutors won’t need the governor to nail that one down.

  20. Jeff Schreiber says:

    Typically, any news agency has a quasi-property interest in news that agency has gathered and can therefore enjoin competitors from disseminating that gathered news until its commercial value as news has passed away. In the age of the Internet, the commercial value as news has changed.

    Still, you’re right in that I should certainly be on the safe side of things, especially considering the AP’s history of issuing takedown orders and such. Thankfully, I have yet to receive a cease-and-desist letter, perhaps because this little fly-by-night operation doesn’t constitute a “competitor,” or perhaps because nobody really cares. Still, as you rightly pointed out, I am getting paid from ads on here.

    Of course, I’ll gladly comply with any cease-and-desist letter or request coming from the AP or any other organization, and will do my best to avoid getting such a letter in the future.

    In the meantime, seeing that I should thank you personally for slapping me in the face and waking me up, why don’t you quit posting here anonymously and send me an e-mail?

    Or a cease-and-desist letter, for that matter. :)

    – Jeff

  21. Anonymous says:

    America’s Right is not a little, fly-by-night operation. According to Alexa.com:

    AmericasRight.com has a traffic rank of: 82,329

    That’s quite respectable.

  22. john mirse says:

    jeff,

    I hope that you can keep this great blog going for at least the next 4 years, Obama’s first term—and probably his last—-because we need a lively place where we can talk about all of Obama’s friends and acquaintances who be arrested over the next 4 years.

    Note: “misspoke” as used by the Obama camp means the following:

    “I’m lying now but I told the truth the first time.”

  23. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous said…
    Jeff:
    Let me get this straight. You have a degree in journalism. You are working on a JD degree and you don’t have a clue about intellectual property rights, ie, copyright law?

    This poor anonymous must live in some fantasy land of law. There are tons of experienced attorneys out there who wouldn’t ever touch cases of intellectual property unless it’s their specified expertise. It’s just too specialized – that’s why there are specialty attorneys just for such cases. Sorry, but your assumption that some little class in the subject clarifies things shows your own ignorance about this area of law which gets very specific according to just the kind of property involved in any case. Go do some research on the subject yourself before any more condescending remarks to others.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Posted on http://www.wethepeopleusa.ning.com

    Legal Experts Need To Look Into This!

    DNC brief states they are private organization and have no authority to dictate to the states, so does this mean the Secretarys of State can not legally rely on the DNC to vet presidential candidates before certifying them for the ballot or before certifying that the electors vote for a “qualified” candidate?

    Which means that the Secretary’s of State (all 50) CANNOT rely on the DNC to vet the presidential candidate.

    Therefore, if this is the case, how could any secretary of state rely on a private agency to tell them that a presidential candidate is eligible to be put on the ballot. They can’t!

    In addition, earlier in the brief it states that each state’s democratic party has to furnish to the DNC it’s rules for selecting electors. I’d be curious to know if they followed those rules…or even if all states complied.

    I think this is a goldmine of information, because this brief lists a ton of case law stating that the DNC has absolutely no power to influence the states or dictate to the states on what they should do.

    DNC Brief Information -FL

    http://www-lvs13.net.ohio-state.edu/electionlaw/litigation/documents/Dimaio-Brief-9-19-08.pdf
    Case No. 08-13241-D
    United States Court of Appeals
    for the Eleventh Circuit
    VICTOR DIMAIO,
    Plaintiff-Appellant,
    v.
    DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE
    Defendant-Appellee.
    Appeal from the United States District Court
    Middle District of Florida, Case No. 08-00672-CV-T-26-EAJ
    ANSWER BRIEF OF APPELLEE
    DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE

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