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Should Conservatives Lose Massa Appeal? March 10, 2010

After an uncommonly hectic period in my life , I am popping in to write about this hilarious situation between the Democrats and former U.S. Congressman Eric Massa (D-NY).

In short: Ha ha ha ha hee hee ho hee haha hah

I knew it was just a matter of time before the dam would break.  The Obama administration is making too many enemies inside the donkey camp. When you have pissed off people, someone is going to sing like a canary.  I predict that you can expect some tell all books in the distant future from former Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, Gov.  David Patterson (D-NY),  and Evan Bayh (D-IN).

The disappointment in the Democratic Party is fueled by a lack of ethics. The Chicago Way is pay to play and busted knee caps if you do walk the line.  Over the last year we have heard strands of stories concerning President Obama and Rahm Emanuel’s scare tactics.  Eric Mass seemingly is living proof of everything we as Republicans and conservatives expected of the Obama swamp.

Or is he?

From this article at  the American Thinker:

‘Massa’ hysteria

By Dan Austin

March 10,  2010

Eric Massa’s rants have received considerable airtime on conservative talk radio. Massa’s words lambasted Democrats in general and Rahm Emanuel in particular and were like music to conservative ears. Massa sounded too good to be true. And he is. People soon learned that Massa is someone conservatives would prefer not to touch without wearing gloves.

Today, conservatives are faced with the defining challenge of our lifetimes.  The mission is the retention of our constitutional republic in the face of daunting challenges from inside and outside of the country. The defense of liberty will not be willingly handed to us like a gift at Christmas. Beware of politicians bearing gifts.

Conservatives must avoid the temptation to quickly accept pretty words at face value from strangers. A person’s past history says significantly more than his words say today.  While some politicians have had better success than others in covering their own tracks, thanks to Google, history is now very difficult to hide.

As conservative defenders of liberty, our judgments must be based in facts and supported by history. We must all do our own homework. Let’s not be fooled again

Cartoon from Town Hall.com

History tells us that every administration has several themes that echo throughout a presidency over and over again.  Massa may very well be an unscrupulous individual, he may even be lying about Rahm Emanuel and the soap on a rope shower attack. But I doubt it.  Even an embellishment or two may be sandwiched with the truth. That still does not make the circumstances totally untrue.  The “Louisiana Purchase” and “Corn Husker Kickback”  contextualize Massa’s claims.

When I watch Massa, I choose to focus on the essence of the story rather than the person.

Lying or not, Eric Massa is speaking to a number of concerns that voters have about honesty and transparency within the Obama administration.

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AFROCITY

 

Liberal Roadkill Diaries: To Thine Own Self Be Backstabbing January 6, 2010

Fall guys often play important roles in the liberal political arena. Especially when there is a threatening army of ever so lowering poll numbers.

From this article in CBS New

January 6, 2010 10:12 AM

Chris Dodd’s Retirement: The Good and the Bad News for Democrats

By Stephanie Condo

Sen. Chris Dodd’s retirement is likely to be a blessing for Democrats in Connecticut, but could signal a rough road ahead for incumbent Democrats up for re-election this year, analysts and commentators are saying.

The five-term Democrat is expected to announce at Noon today that he will not seek re-election this year, facing poor polling numbers that began to sink two years ago amid his bid for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, his connections to a controversial mortgage loan program and his high profile role as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.

Dodd’s retirement could prove to be a good thing for Democrats, as the 2010 Connecticut Senate race was shaping up to be a referendum of his record.

“Without Dodd as a foil, Republicans chances of taking over a seat in this solidly blue state are considerably diminished,” wrote Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, who broke the news. “Former Rep. Rob Simmons and wealthy businesswoman Linda McMahon are battling it out for the Republican nod but either would start as an underdog in a general election matchup with [Attorney General Richard] Blumenthal.”

Sounds like a plan Democrats. Liberal vultures circle the weak and fallen, pressure them to retire so the strong can run against Republican opponents or at the very least intimidate them to the point of dropping out of the race. Take Chicago’s predicament. Democrat lifer Mayor Daley’s future is swinging over a sea of sharks. The weakest chapter in his current term includes failing to get the Olympics for Chicago, staggering murder rates, and sales tax at 10.25%.  Billy Boy is not the most popular guy in the city so I not surprised with the emergence of this piece of news about Rahm Emanuel:

From this article at The Swamp

Photo of Rahm Emanuel when he was a ballet dancer.

Emanuel, Chicago mayor? Sally Quinn

January 5, 2010 11:15 AM
The Swamp

by Mark Silva

Rahm Emanuel, the irrepressible White House chief of staff and former congressman from Chicago responsible for that “thumpin”’ that Republicans took in the House elections of 2006, the one who might have liked to be speaker of the House some day, could have other aspirations back home.

So says Sally Quinn, the veteran columnist of the Washington Post. Other, more knowledgeable handicappers of the Chicago political scene doubt this scenario seriously.

The Obama administration, for its part, maintains that Emanuel is “100 percent focused on the job at hand – serving President Obama as his chief of staff,” in the words of a White House aide today.

Quinn mentioned the Chicago mayoral option today, deep within a look at recent machinations within the Obama White House, where a new general counsel, Bob Bauer, has taken office, following Emanuel’s clash with the past counsel, Greg Craig, and where three uninvited guests showed up at a State Dinner.

Emanuel posed for a picture with the first of the known gate-crashers, Tareq and Michaele Salahi. In the aftermath of that event, Quinn writes, it will be hard to defend the continuing service of White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, another Chicagoan.

“Emanuel, the most political animal in this town, also should understand that keeping Rogers on as social secretary reflects upon the president’s judgment. It’s possible that he has other considerations,” Quinn writes today. “Emanuel is said to have told people that the chief-of-staff role is an 18-month job and that he is considering a run for mayor of Chicago. And Rogers is a major social and political player in the Windy City.”

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s term is up in early 2011. Daley has not said whether he will seek re-election, our colleague Rick Pearson, the Tribune’s chief political writer, notes. Daley’s popularity has suffered with the privatization of parking meters, a tough economy and the loss of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. His wife also is in ill health. The question of seeking re-election is open to question, but he may well do so in the absence of a legitimate challenger.

Whoa! Slow down the “hope mobile”. Sure you Democrats may have a plan but you forgot something. An important ingredient. Indeed Americans are fed up with the likes of Chris Dodd and Mayor Daley. But we are also fed up with tax and spend liberals as a whole. Your plan may work. I doubt it. When I look at what the Democrats as a party have to offer voters, it is regrettably less satisfying. I was once a Democrat. At the moment and current state of the party, I am ashamed that I ever was. You are unrecognizable to me and millions of others. You would be a stronger party with more consideration of what the American people wanted. Instead you are just a shell which houses moonbats, tax raisers, crooks, and elitist pigs. Your thin effort to salvage the 2010 elections will most likely fail. Once again Democrats, it is about the people and the country not you.

Get a clue.

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AFROCITY

 

Is This News?: Chicago Tribune Receives Criticism for Reporting Income of Chicagoans on Obama’s Senior Staff April 9, 2009

Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (left) and Obama advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod are like many of Obama's aides -- millionaires -- according to financial disclosures. (Tribune photo by Nancy Stone / March 24, 2009)

Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (left) and Obama advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod are like many of Obama's aides -- millionaires -- according to financial disclosures. (Tribune photo by Nancy Stone / March 24, 2009)

Well, well, well now what have we here? It seems the recently bankrupt Chicago Tribune is not only having problems of the financial sort. Today they published a story entitled “White House wealth: President Barack Obama’s team virtually all Chicago millionaires” which explains that members of the Obama staff aren’t necessarily your average Joe the Plumber. The story does not surprise me at all nor does the reaction of the liberal Obamabots to the story. The average commenter was upset at the Tribune for publishing the report and said that it was “Not News. This is purely more protection of the “Anointed One’s” image as being just like you and me.

First read the story from the Chicago Tribune

By John McCormick | Tribune reporter
April 9, 2009
THE WEST WING’S WEALTHY CHICAGOANS
White House wealth: President Barack Obama’s team virtually all Chicago millionaires
New disclosure reports show that many in Barack Obama’s inner circle have more than just a city in common
By John McCormick | Tribune reporter
April 9, 2009

Millionaires in the White House

When President Barack Obama moved into the White House earlier this year, he took several of his fellow Chicago millionaires with him.

Newly released disclosure reports show virtually all of the top Chicagoans serving in the West Wing had assets valued at a million dollars or more at the end of 2008…Some of the wealth can be attributed to the fact that the top staff members surrounding Obama — such as Chicagoans Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett — are from a big city where salaries tend to be higher.

Obama’s personal wealth soared in the past decade. His annual household income fluctuated in the range of about $250,000 during the first half of this decade, before his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004 and millions in book royalties and advances that started rolling in during 2005. Leading the Chicago pack in investment portfolio size is Emanuel. The White House chief of staff reported 2008 investment income of at least $168,107 on a portfolio worth between $4.5 million and $11 million.

White House social secretary Desiree Rogers, a longtime Obama family friend from Chicago, reported $1.8 million in salary from Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, where she left as president during the middle of 2008.

Rogers also earned $350,000 in salary in 2008 from Allstate Insurance Co., where she was working on a financial social networking program before leaving for Washington. Her service on two corporate boards, Equity Residential and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, netted her another $170,000. She listed stocks, mutual funds and other investments worth at least $2.1 million.
Rogers was once married to millionaire and Chicago financier John Rogers, the head of Ariel Capital Management and another close Obama friend and fundraiser.

NOW READ THE COMMENTS TO THE TRIBUNE ARTICLE:

1. This article is telling me that members of Republican administrations were poverty-stricken???? NOT. So why is this news, and why are we supposed to care?

2. And I’m sure Bush surrounded himself with poor folk. Is this news???!!! What happened to the liberal media? Weren’t you all supposed to LOVE Obama!!!****!!!

3. Sure, Bush’s team was composed of wealthy, connected folks. But you’re missing an important point. OBAMA was the one who promised “change”. HE is the one who promised a different environment.How many Harvard-educated millionaires did it take to come up with this lie:”Obama wasn’t bowing to the Saudi king, he was bending down to shake his hand”.

4. That’s right, Obama should have hired Joe the Plumber because, as we all know, the best “real person” advice comes from uneducated rednecks earning less than $10,000 per year.

5. I see I’m not the only person whose reaction is “this is not news”. The Tribune stoops so low so often. Booyah, you hit the nail on the head. Clearly, the Tribune believes that its current editorial approach will lead to more ad sales and readers. I recently reduced my home delivery from 7 days to 3, and I may give it up entirely. Keep up the good work, Trib!

6. Tribune – shame on you for your rank hypocrisy of the coverage of this administration vs the recent criminal cabal of lying thugs whose water you carried for 8 years. Anyone seen Bush or Cheney’s “blind trust” balances lately?

Hmmm. It seems that according to the Obamabots the Chicago Tribune needs to STFU and go back to its usual Obama pandering. Maybe some more of those pull out posters of the Obama family.

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Afrocity

 

 
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