Monthly Archives: September 2011

Blagojevich sentencing delayed, Judge James Zagel, William Cellini trial, Postponed until a further order of the court

Blagojevich sentencing delayed, Judge James Zagel, William Cellini trial, Postponed until a further order of the court

From the Chicago Tribune September 26, 2011.

“Federal judge delays Blagojevich sentencing”
“Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s sentencing next month on his sweeping corruption charges has been postponed, according to a court order Monday.

No new date has been set.

The Oct. 6 date has always been tentative, and the postponement is not surprising largely because  Blagojevich’s co-defendant, William Cellini, is scheduled to go on trial next Monday in the same courtroom.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel, who will preside over both Blagojevich’s sentencing and Cellini’s trial, said in a written order on Monday that the former governor’s sentencing has been postponed “until a further order of the court.””

 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-federal-judge-delays-blagojevich-sentencing-20110926,0,1317100.story

October 3, 2011, William Cellini trial, Tony Rezko status hearing, Blagojevich sentencing, Will Rezko testify?

October 3, 2011, William Cellini trial, Tony Rezko status hearing, Blagojevich sentencing, Will Rezko testify?

The William Cellini trial begins October 3, 2011. There is also a Tony Rezko status hearing scheduled for October 3, 2011. Apparently the Blagojevich sentencing hearing will begin soon as well. Will Tony Rezko be a witness in the Cellini trial? Historical trends say no.

“Honorable Amy J. St. Eve                    Courtroom 1241 (ASE)         

             
1:05-cr-00691   USA v. Rezko                           08:45   Status Hearing             

Honorable James B. Zagel                    Courtroom 2503 (JBZ)         

1:08-cr-00888   USA v. Cellini                         10:30   Jury Trial”  

http://www.ilnd.uscourts.gov/home/DailyCal/7.htm

Obama E-verify letter, Obama Selective Service Social Security number failed verify, Linda Jordan letter, Immigration Reform and Control Act

Obama E-verify letter, Obama Selective Service Social Security number failed verify, Linda Jordan letter, Immigration Reform and Control Act

We recently were informed that Obama’s social security number that was supplied on his Selective Service Application failed a E-Verify verification. Linda Jordan has sent a letter to Obama requesting his correct social security number.

“Currently, the Immigration Reform and Control Act (1986) require employers, by law, to establish that their employees are eligible to work in the United States.”

“As one of your employers I used due diligence attempting to find a copy of your I-9 on the White House Website and other public records websites and could not. I am including an I-9 Form for you to fill out so I can keep it on file as required by law.

On the White House website I did find your name, date of birth and your address. I found the SSN you are using on a copy of your Selective Service Registration. I have heard you say many times that you are a citizen of the United States.

I registered with the government run E-Verify System and on August 17th, 2011, I entered your name, birthdate, address, SSN and citizen status in to E-Verify. The data was correctly entered. I was allowed to run a check on your eligibility to work in the United States.

I received back a “Notice of Mismatch with Social Security Administration Records: SSA record does not verify, other reason.””

Read more:

http://thesteadydrip.blogspot.com/2011/09/e-verify-letter-to-obama.html

 

Morgan Freeman calls Tea Party racist, CNN host Piers Morgan, Get this Black Man Out of Here, Freeman racist?

Morgan Freeman calls Tea Party racist, CNN host Piers Morgan, Get this Black Man Out of Here, Freeman racist?

Is Morgan Freeman a racist?

For many years I have admired Morgan Freeman as an actor. He has also made some intelligent, well informed comments about whites dying in the civil war to free blacks. However, Morgan Freeman made some comments recently that raise questions about his racial motivation.

From The Blaze September 23, 2011.

“Morgan Freeman: ‘Racist’ Tea Party Doing Whatever it Can ‘to Get this Black Man Out of Here’”

“Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman said Tea Party Republicans are on a racially-fueled mission to get President Barack Obama out of office, in an interview with CNN set to air Friday.

Speaking with host Piers Morgan, Freeman said Obama’s election, instead of curbing racism, has “made it worse.”

“The Tea Partiers who are controlling the Republican Party…their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term,” Freeman said. “What underlines that? Screw the country, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man out of here.”

“But is that necessarily a racist thing?” Morgan pressed.

“It is a racist thing,” Freeman insisted.

Freeman also said the Tea Party’s presence “shows the weak, dark, underside of America.””

Read more:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/morgan-freeman-racist-tea-party-doing-whatever-it-can-to-get-this-black-man-out-of-here/

Morgan Freeman stated:

“The Tea Partiers who are controlling the Republican Party…their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term,”

This is mostly true and is my position as well.

“Freeman said Obama’s election, instead of curbing racism, has “made it worse.””

Absolutely true!

“It is a racist thing,”

This is a lie!

1. Obama, with darker skin color, got the majority of the popular vote in 2008.

2. Obama is not a black man. His highest ethnicity is white!

3. Much of Obama’s past was hiddden or ignored in 2008. More Americans see him now for what he is, a narcissistic, radical, left wing incompetent.

4. I, like most folks in the Tea Party Movement, are not racist. My position is well documented.

So Mr. Freeman, have you been ,living under a rock for over 3 years?

Mr. Freeman, where do you get your information?

And for God’s sake wake up, Obama and the modern day Democrat party and such organizations as ACORN have been using people of color and poor people for years.

Morgan Freeman, would you care to compare research notes?

Or

Are you motivated by skin color?

Wells

I welcome your inquiries.

William Cellini trial pre trial hearing September 23, 2011, Judge James B. Zagel, Courtroom 2503, Notice of motion

William Cellini trial pre trial hearing September 23, 2011, Judge James B. Zagel, Courtroom 2503, Notice of motion

From the State Journal Register September 23, 2011.

“A federal judge is scheduled to rule on several pre-trial motions in the case of a one-time fundraiser for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Friday’s status hearing in Chicago comes two weeks before William Cellini’s trial is set to start on Oct. 3.

His is the last major trial linked to Blagojevich’s disgraced administration.

A jury convicted Blagojevich of multiple corruption charges earlier this year. The same judge overseeing Cellini’s case, James Zagel, is scheduled to sentence Blagojevich on Oct. 6.

To avoid scheduling conflicts, Zagel could delay either Cellini’s trial or Blagojevich’s sentencing.”

Read more:

http://www.sj-r.com/breaking/x438808496/Pre-trial-hearing-scheduled-today-for-Cellini

Daily Calendar  

Friday, September 23, 2011  (As of 09/23/11 at 09:46:46 AM 

Honorable James B. Zagel                    Courtroom 2503 (JBZ)         

1:08-cr-00888   USA v. Cellini                         11:00   Notice of Motion           
1:08-cr-00888   USA v. Cellini                         11:00   Status Hearing

http://www.ilnd.uscourts.gov/home/DailyCal/0.htm#Zagel

Sarah Palin book Literary Hoax, Joe McGinniss email reveals unproved allegations, Author McGinniss used unproved tawdry gossip

Sarah Palin book Literary Hoax, Joe McGinniss email reveals unproved allegations, Author McGinniss used unproved tawdry gossip

From Big Government September 22, 2011.

“Explosive Email Shows Anti-Palin Author McGinniss, Random House Likely Published Literary Hoax”

“The awful launch week for the over-hyped, expected bestseller The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, by controversial author Joe McGinniss, just got worse. Much worse.

After a week of universally scathing pans from the reflexively anti-Palin establishment media, McGinniss now faces the fight of his literary life: the accusation that he seems to have knowingly submitted a book to his publisher, Crown/Random House, that was filled with unproved “tawdry gossip” and rumors that lacked “factual evidence.”

In the email below, sent in January of 2011, McGinniss reveals that his manuscript, then under legal review at Crown/Random House, could not prove its most headline-grabbing allegations. And yet, many of these “salacious stories” that lacked “proof” (in McGinniss’s own words) ended up in the book, and on televisions everywhere during the author’s current media tour … without proper sourcing, and without any apparent new evidence to support them.

McGinniss’s panicked state is evidenced by the identity of the recipient to whom he sent his email of distress. Jesse Griffin was the author of an obscure, low-rent, and now-defunct anti-Palin blog that obsessed over Trig Palin’s maternity–claiming, without any evidence, that Sarah Palin was not Trig’s mother.

Was Random House aware that its prized author was making a desperate overtime bid to save face? And if so, why did it allow him to come forth with most of those tawdry accusations without proof or proper sourcing?

This would not be the first time McGinniss has found himself in trouble over accusations of unethical journalism. In 1987, McGinniss agreed to pay $325,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the convicted murderer who was the subject of McGinniss’s book Fatal Vision. He has also admitted to having surreptitiously distributed a competitor’s manuscript about Palin that was handed to him by his own publisher. The leak allegedly damaged the commercial viability of that book.”

“From: Joe McGinniss
To: Jesse Griffin
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2011 6:15 PM
Subject: I have to ask you for help

Jesse–

Legal review of my manuscript is underway and here’s my problem: no one has ever offered documentation of any of the lurid stories about the Palins. Shailey Tripp is the latest example.

APD and Sarah have denied that Todd had any involvement with her. To my knowledge, no one has provided any evidence that he did. TheEnquirer cites AlaskaWTF, which in turn cites the Enquirer: what good is that? I’m also told that the Enquirer is preparing to back off this story and save face by denouncing Ms. Tripp as an unreliable source who promised documentation she couldn’t provide.

She may be mentally unstable and prone to fabrication, delusion, or both. Her joint may be called Blue Hands Massage (brrrrr!), but she’s no Monica Lewinsky with a blue dress with a semen stain, that’s for sure.

Do you believe that Todd paid her for sex? If so, why do you believe that, other than that you wish it were true?

A lurid, sensational, defamatory story about Todd, based only on the account of a woman charged with prostitution, who is no doubt desperate for money, and who sold her story to the Enquirer, is a gift from heaven for Sarah.

Jesse, you can ridicule Sarah for calling in to the execrable Bob & Mark, but the fact is that as far as this story goes, there’s no there there. And rumors about what might come in weeks ahead are not facts. In fact, they’re garbage.”

Read more:

http://biggovernment.com/abreitbart/2011/09/22/explosive-email-shows-anti-palin-author-mcginniss-random-house-likely-published-literary-hoax/

Middle class incomes fell in past decade, between 2000 and 2010, Incomes fell in 2010, Adjusted for inflation, Gas prices

Middle class incomes fell in past decade, between 2000 and 2010, Incomes fell in 2010, Adjusted for inflation, Gas prices

From the Chicago Tribune September 21, 2011.

“Middle class incomes fell 7% between 2000 and 2010″

“It’s official. The first decade of the 21st century will go down in the history books as a step back for the American middle class.

Last week, the government made gloomy headlines when it released the latest census report showing the poverty rate rose to a 17-year high. A whopping 46.2 million people (or 15.1 percent of the U.S. population) live in poverty and 49.9 million live without health insurance.

But the data also gave the first glimpse of what happened to middle-class incomes in the first decade of the millennium. While the earnings of middle-income Americans have barely budged since the mid 1970s, the new data showed that from 2000 to 2010, they actually regressed.

For American households in the middle of the pay scale, income fell to $49,445 last year, when adjusted for inflation, a level not seen since 1996. And over the 10-year period, their income is down 7 percent.

“Economists talk about the lost decade in Japan. Well, with these 2010 data, we can confirm the lost decade for the American middle class,“ said Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Sure, it’s fair to say Americans at all levels of income, from rich to poor, were hit hard in the decade that started with the dot-com boom and bust, and ended with the Great Recession.

But according to the census data, those losses disproportionately hit the lowest 60 percent of Americans, while the richest 40 percent actually gained wealth, relative to the entire U.S. economy.”

“At the same time that Americans had less cash to spend, they were also being hit with rising prices for some crucial items. Even accounting for inflation, it still costs more to buy a home, fill your gas tank, go to the doctor and put food on the table than it did only 10 years ago.”

Read more:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-middle-class-incomes-fell-7-between-2000-and-2010-20110921,0,7914883.story

You all remember this political comeback:

“It’s the economy, stupid!”

Here is the relevant comment for today:

“It’s gas prices, stupid!”

From Citizen Wells September 15, 2011.

“Gasoline Prices

One of the biggest, if not biggest drains on the economy, one exacerbated by Obama and his cronies, is gasoline prices. This affects the cost of everything and is killing our economy. The left are so  concerned about theoretical environmental damage and emulating Europeans that they disregard the plight of average Americans. Below is a chart showing the rise in fuel prices during the Obama reign.

I am all for alternative energy initiatives that make sense and are not in place to enrich Obama supporters. In fact, I have done so myself with my own limited funds. However, gasoline prices are hurting this economy and the poor and middle class citizens who the Democrats pretend to represent.

Drill baby drill!”

Read more:

http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2011/09/15/obama-economy-worsens-highest-poverty-rate-unemployment-claims-rise-unemployment-rate-9-1-percent-gas-prices-high-obama-wants-to-raise-taxes-on-business/