This morning around 6 am Gov. Rod Blagojevich was handcuffed and dragged off by the FBI being charged with corruption. What kind of corruption? Well for a start trying to sell Barack Obama’s senate seat.
Speaking about the criminal complaint against Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich for corruption. “But as this is a ongoing investigation involving the governor I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time.”
Asked what contact he’d had with the governor’s office about his replacement in the Senate, President-elect Obama today said “I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening.”
However on November 23, 2008, Obama senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on Fox News Chicago and said:
OPPS: Today we get a “sorry I misspoke” from Axelrod?
So far Obama is not dragged into the middle of this … however the same bad people seem to keep cropping up from the Obama past.
Is this another of those “he was just a guy on the block that I passed on the street” deals?
Never a dull moment.
The whole report here …
Dig Dig Dig and what does one find?
More inconsistencies in what Obama says and what he did.
I have to say “common sense” tells me if you muck around the pen with pigs you probably come out covered in slop.
If this whole situation were not so serious it could be drop dead funny.
I suppose the key question is what shakes out in the wash with Obama … is he involved, oblivious, naive or none?
At least we know the months and years before us are probably going to be very interesting indeed.
Below is a before it all hit the fan report.
By Carol Sowers
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 10:39 a.m.
CHICAGO, ILL. — Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois will have to be filled.
That’s one of Obama’s first priorities today.
He’s meeting with Governor Rod Blagojevich this afternoon in Chicago to discuss it.
Illinois law states that the governor chooses that replacement.
There’s already been speculation about his selection…from Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. of Chicago’s south side who co-chaired Obama’s presidential campaign, to recently-retired state senate president Emil Jones, to the governor himself.
It’s likely the governor will make his decision quickly so the new senator will get some seniority before newly-elected senators take office in January.
Part of the timing depends on when Obama officially vacates his senate seat.
KHQA’s Alexis Hunt is speaking with Illinois Senator John Sullivan today about his thoughts on that replacement process, his time working with Obama in the state senate, and if there’s a chance Sullivan might play a role in the Obama administration. Watch KHQA News at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. tonight to hear what he has to say.
For those of you interested in wading through 78 pages of the Blagojevich complaint
Yesterday my cousin mentioned a blurb she happened to hear on TV about up and coming comments on the Obama “natural born citizen” SCOTUS ruling .. Keith Olbermann was mentioned. Since I have heard nothing on MSM (main stream media) about this issue I set my DVR to record his show.
The segment started like this:
The idea that Barack Obama is not actually a “natural born citizen” of this country is so ridiculous ….
(you can review the video for yourself below) Olbermann has set the tone so what followed was not much of a surprise.
The point that I found most interesting was a comment from David Horowitz … the comment directly below has comments that came to mind as I was listening (remember I talk to the TV).
Below that you will see the Horowitz comment intact.
“The continuing efforts of a fringe group of conservatives to deny Obama his victory and to lay the basis for the claim that he is not a legitimate president is embarrassing and destructive. ”
How about being aware that the “fringe group” is actually a “Loyal American Fringe” (and growing) concerned about the Constitution itself?
“What difference does it make to the future of this country whether Obama was born on US soil?”
WHAT DIFFERERENCE DOES IT MAKE? … that pretty much explains Horowitz’s thought process … loyalty lies not with the Constitution and the intent of our founding fathers.
What matters Mr. Horowitz is … if that person is actually a “natural born citizen” or simply a “citizen of the USA”. One qualifies as President one DOES NOT.
“Advocates of this destructive campaign will argue that the constitutional principle regarding the qualifications for President trumps all others.”
At this point my jaw is dropping realizing Horowitz does not seem to comprehend how destructive HIS ATTITUDE toward this matter is to the Constitution.
“But how viable will our Constitution be if 5 Supreme Court justices should decide to void 64 million ballots?”
How viable will the Constitution be if they DO NOT?
How viable it is without “SOMEONE” vetting the worthiness of our most high HEAD OF STATE?
” … It is not conservatism: it is sore loserism and quite radical in its intent.”
It is neither. It is LOYAL AMERICA tired to the teeth of those like HOROWITZ, OLBERMANN, HUFFINGTON and a myriad of others foisting their agenda on a population who thinks they are getting nightly news rather than “self interest propaganda“.
“Respect for election results is one of the most durable bulwarks of our unity as a nation.”
“Conservatives need to accept the fact that we lost the election and get over it;”
NO LOYAL AMERICANS do not have to accept someone who is does not meet the specified requirements of the Constitution.
“and get on with the important business of reviving our country’s economy and defending its citizens, and – by the ways– its Constitution.”
There is no more important business than making sure the Constitution REMAINS in tact and the highest office of our land not be usurped by someone “without credentials”
National Review Online
I am not sure if MSNBC has altered the content or context of this comment to fit their agenda since I was not able to find the original on the National Review Online site. Two things lead me to speculate on this one of them being the tone of Olbermann himself.
EDIT: It was not entact view the whole article HERE.
“The continuing efforts of a fringe group of conservatives to deny Obama his victory and to lay the basis for the claim that he is not a legitimate president is embarrassing and destructive. ….What difference does it make to the future of this country whether Obama was born on US soil? Advocates of this destructive campaign will argue that the constitutional principle regarding the qualifications for President trumps all others. But how viable will our Constitution be if 5 Supreme Court justices should decide to void 64 million ballots? … It is not conservatism: it is sore loserism and quite radical in its intent. Respect for election results is one of the most durable bulwarks of our unity as a nation. Conservatives need to accept the fact that we lost the election, and get over it; and get on with the important business of reviving our country’s economy and defending its citizens, and — by the way — its Constitution.”
National Review Online
Arianna Huffington weighs in on the issue stating “I am not a national born citizen”.
Well that was a “no brainer” since both parents are Greek and she herself was born in Athens. So the question remains does Arianna REALLY know what “natural born citizen” means?
Arianna seemed stuck on the line “whether Barack Obama is a “natural born citizen” or not”. To her that was totally unacceptable “its like saying whether the earth is flat or not”.
I found that comment an interesting analogy since we know ONE is NOT and it appears the other is NOT also.
But then it is easy to laugh off the Huffington logic as no logic at all.
Below you will find the whole video clip from the Olbermann show:
Donofrio outlines his argument concisely on his blog in a letter to ABC News:
“The main argument of my law suit alleges that since Obama was a British citizen – at birth – a fact he admits is true, then he cannot be a “natural born citizen”. The word “born” has meaning. It deals with the status of a presidential candidate “at birth”.
Obama had dual nationality at birth. The status of the candidate at the time of the election is not as relevant to the provisions of the Constitution as is his status “at birth.” If one is not “born” a natural born citizen, he can never be a natural born citizen.”
It needs to be understood that the Donofrio application to the Supreme Cournt was denied NOT REFUSED.
The Supreme Court had this issue before them since Nov. 19.
It is clear they are well aware of the issues … THEY CHOSE (for wahtever reason) TO DENY the application.
The mainstream media keeps saying the SCOTUS REFUSED to hear the case. That is being presented as fact by those who apparently are ignorant of what has occured. They DID HEAR THE ISSUE.
I leave it up to you to speculate on the why of it all.
Donofrio’s latest comment is “I am done”
Frankly I do not blame him.
Apparently Leo Donofrio has tracked down the naturalization papers of Chester Arthur’s father.
He was naturalized in New York State and became a United States citizen in August 1843. But Chester Arthur was born in 1829. Therefore, he was a British Citizen by descent, and a dual citizen at birth, if not his whole life.
He wasn’t a “natural born citizen” and he knew it.
Because Chester Arthur covered up his British citizenship, any precedent he might have set that the country has had a President born of an alien father is nullified completely as Chester Arthur was a usurper to the Presidency. He wouldn’t have been on the ticket if it was public knowledge. Nobody knew Arthur was a British subject because nobody looked in the right place for the truth.
And it’s no precedent to follow.
Today the Supreme Court will take the Stay Application (full download), in Donofrio V. Wells, into full conference and will consider whether or not to grant Donofrio v. Wells a Writ of Certiorari. Obama’s Natural Born Citizenship is in fact questionable. Leo Donofrio, Plaintiff in Donofrio v. Wells, has written a rather extensive history of all Presidents who had parents born abroad, including our 21st president, Chester Arthur. Arthur has been cited as a precedent for Obama’s eligibility. Mr. Donofrio takes a moment to show why this is not the case, and that Arthur was quite the little scammer himself. (excerpt below) I will be updating throughout the day as information comes in. There is a vigil scheduled to be held outside the courthouse starting at 8:00 am.
CHESTER ARTHUR …or the strange lies of our 21st President
And here we have a very interesting story full of intrigue. Arthur became President when one of his supporters shot President Garfield with an exclamation of joy that Arthur would now be President.
More relevant to our discussion is that during his Vice-Presidential campaign, Hoover was accused by an attorney named Arthur Hinman of having been born abroad. But there was absolutely no merit to the charge. Hinman first accused Chester of being born in Ireland, then he switched his claim to Canada. Hinman, a new York lawyer, wrote an accusatory pamphlet under the heading, “How A British Subject Became A President of the United States.”
The definitive biography on Chester Arthur is “Gentleman Boss” by Thomas Reeves. It’s an exhaustive reference chock full of notes. Many of the blanks in Chester Arthur’s legend were filled in by this book which utilized interviews with family members and authentic documents like the Arthur family Bible. It was a necessary work since old Chester Arthur was a very wily protector of his strange history. Also, Chester Arthur burned all of his papers. (See page 2365.)
“Gentleman Boss” establishes, on page 4, that Chester Arthur’s father William was born in Ireland, 1796, and emigrated to Canada in 1818 or 1819. His mother Malvina was born in Vermont and his parents eloped to Canada in 1921. They had their first child, Regina in Dunham, Canada on March 8, 1822.
THE MYSTERY – When was William Arthur naturalized? I don’t know. The only reference historian I know who ventured a date said it was 1843, but that historian also said he got that from “Gentleman Boss” and I could not find such a reference in the book. I spent a few hours with the book today. I examined every reference to William in the index and also went over the early years with a microscope. No reference to the naturalization date.
Full Article HERE
No matter what the outcome of this case Leo Donofrio deserves praise for his due diligence in this fight.
This young man appears to have no motivation in this matter other than preserve the intent set down by our founding fathers in The Constitution of the United States.
It does not matter what political view we each carry … as LOYAL AMERICANS it is our JOB to fight for the preservation of this document also.