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Roland Burris: A predictable mistake that should be corrected ASAP

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Roland Burris is pictured with disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blahblahblahblah on December 30, the day that Blahblahblahblah appointed him to fill Barack Obama’s vacant seat in the U.S. Senate. Blahblahblahblah then was impeached by the Illinois House of Representatives and then removed from office by the Illinois Senate on January 29. Among other things, the state Senate found Blahblahblahblah guilty of having tried to sell Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder. 

It turns out that Roland Burris, whom former Illinois Gov. Rod “U.$. $enate $eat for $ale” Blahblahblahblah had appointed to fill Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat for Illinois before the governor was impeached and removed from office, indeed had talked to Blahblahblahblah’s brother Robert about campaign contributions to the governor before the governor appointed him to the U.S. Senate.

Burris’ rather surreal insistence that he be seated in the U.S. Senate ASAP should have been enough of a red flag for Democrats to have refused his tainted appointment.

Instead, the Democrats caved in to Burris’ tantrums, and now, as was so fucking predictable, the cloud of taint over Burris’ head grows to the point that Repugnicans in the Illinois Legislature smell Burris’ blood in the water and want an investigation of him — Burris had testified to a committee of the Illinois Legislature, after all, that there was nothing fishy about his appointment to the U.S. Senate.  

I am fine with such an investigation and I’m fine with the eventual removal from the U.S. Senate of Burris, who, as the fruit of the poisoned tree, never should have been seated in the U.S. Senate in the first fucking place.

Burris hardly represents the “hope” and “change” that the Democrats promised us.

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OK, so Rod “$enate $eat for $ale” Blahblahblahblah (pictured today above) by a unanimous vote of the Illinois state Senate is now the former governor of Illinois, but does anyone think that he’ll ever really go away?

That he’ll have a book published is a foregone conclusion; the punishment for wrongdoing in the United States of America is that you get to make big $$$ writing a book. (At least it will be legal for Blahblahblahblah to sell his book to the highest bidder…)

Let’s just hope that Blahblahblahblah doesn’t decide to go into porn

Ted Haggard, either…

The poor Repugnicans are struggling to define their core principles.

Gee, I can help them with that. I can condense the ’Pugs’ core principle into one simple word: treason.

They stole the 2000 presidential election (via Florida and via Ohio probably the 2004 election, too) and they started the bogus Vietraq War, which has resulted in the wholly unnecessary deaths of at least 4,236 of our military personnel — and in the looting of about $600 billion of American taxpayers’ dollars thus far, most of which has gone to the pockets of war profiteers like Dick Cheney’s Halliburton.

The Repugnicans are perfectly OK with hundreds of billions of Americans’ tax dollars going to war profiteers via a bogus war — after all, they can’t just loot the U.S. treasury directly — but the Repugnicans are against spending billions of American taxpayers’ own dollars on Americans.

And the Repugnicans want to make sure that the super-rich pay as little in taxes as possible, while the common American taxpayer takes it up the ass.

The Repugnicans sold out the nation to the super-rich and the Repugnicans want to prevent the nation’s recovery from that sellout.

Yup, in a word, treason.

There, I’ve done their work for them.

If they want to add a few more words to their core principles, plutocracy, racism, misogyny, “Christo”fascism, homophobia, xenophobia, nationalism/jingoism and hypocrisy all come to mind.

Residents of Tikrit in Iraq have erected a sort of shrine to the Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at former “President” George W. Bush at a press conference in Baghdad last month:

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I never get sick of the shoe thing.

And this is the first statue in honor of George W. Bush that I’m aware of…

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About fuckin’ time

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Yeah, buh-bye, Blahblahblahblah. Good riddance, baby-boomer asshole.

From The Associated Press today:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois House voted overwhelmingly [today] to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich, an unprecedented action that sets up a [state] Senate trial on whether he should be thrown out for abuse of power, including allegations that he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama‘s vacant [U.S.] Senate seat.

Impeachment required just 60 votes. The final result was 114-1.

Legislators accused the second-term Democratic governor of letting down the people of Illinois by letting ego and ambition drive his decisions.

“It’s our duty to clean up the mess and stop the freak show that’s become Illinois government,” said Rep. Jack D. Franks, a Democrat.

Blagojevich was out jogging in his Chicago neighborhood when the vote came down.

Blagojevich refused to answer any specific questions about the vote, but upon returning from his jog, he likened his situation to long-distance running….

He then promised to say more at an afternoon news conference.

During the House’s 90-minute debate on impeachment, no one spoke up to defend the governor. But Rep. Milton Patterson, a Chicago Democrat, made the sole vote against impeaching Blagojevich.

Patterson said he read the impeachment committee’s report and wasn’t comfortable voting against the governor. “I have no firsthand knowledge of any of the evidence,” he said….

Rep. Elga Jefferies, another Chicago Democrat, voted “present.”

Blagojevich was arrested Dec. 9 on federal charges that include allegations he schemed to profit from his power to name Obama’s replacement in the Senate. The criminal complaint included an FBI agent’s sworn affidavit describing wiretaps that caught Blagojevich allegedly talking about what he could get for the seat, how to pressure people into making campaign contributions and more.

That arrest triggered impeachment hearings by a special House committee.

The committee [yesterday] unanimously recommended impeachment based on the criminal charges but other allegations as well — that Blagojevich expanded a health care program without proper authority, that he circumvented hiring laws to give jobs to political allies, that he spent millions of dollars on foreign flu vaccine that he knew wasn’t needed and couldn’t be brought into the country.

“The citizens of this state must have confidence that their governor will faithfully serve the people and put their interests before his own,” the committee’s report said. “It is with profound regret that the committee finds that our current governor has not done so.”

Blagojevich has denied the criminal charges. He criticized the House impeachment process as biased and said a Senate trial would produce a different result.

But he didn’t testify before the House impeachment committee and hasn’t offered an explanation for the federal charges.

“His silence in this great matter is deafening,” said House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, a Chicago Democrat.

Hopefully today’s development will sink the seating of former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris in the U.S. Senate. It’s not about Burris as an individual, although Burris strikes me as craven for even wanting a U.S. Senate seat under such tainted circumstances.

What it is about is that change thing that President-elect Barack Obama promised us until he was blue in the lips (oops…). Allowing an individual who was appointed by a corrupt governor right before the governor was impeached to take a seat in the U.S. Senate indicates that it’s the same old corrupt business as usual.

It kills any hope for change.

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Who is the bigger asshole:

Disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod “U.$. $enate $eat for $ale” Blahblahblahblah for having appointed a replacement for Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate — when he had been informed that anyone he’d appoint would be rejected — or former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris, Blahblahblahblah’s appointee, who is in Washington, D.C., demanding that he be seated as a bona fide U.S. senator for Illinois?

To make it worse, Burris, although he denies it, appears to be playing the race card: You’re going to deny a U.S. Senate seat to a man who would be the only black man in the U.S. Senate, now that Obama is movin’ on up to the White House?

Um, under these circumstances, yes. Hell fucking yes.

Burris should put his race card back in his bag of tricks and go back the fuck home.

It’s bad enough that Blahblahblahblah has made it all about his baby-boomer self and has cast a pall over incoming President Barack Obama’s infant presidency. Now Burris has to compound an already shitty situation by threatening to even sue to be seated in the U.S. Senate.

Burris states — probably correctly — that as Blahblahblahblah remains Illinois’ governor (because he won’t fucking resign like a decent person would and he hasn’t yet been removed from office), Blahblahblahblah’s appointment of him to the U.S. Senate is perfectly legal. However, my understanding is that the Senate also legally may refuse to seat Burris or any other senator whom the Senate deems unsuitable for office.

And Burris is unsuitable because he is the fruit of the poisoned tree.

If he truly doesn’t understand this, then he is too incompetent to be a U.S. senator, and if he understands this but doesn’t give a shit because he just wants to be a U.S. senator, then his character is too lacking to be a U.S. senator.

Burris needs to step the fuck aside so that the people of Illinois can be represented by someone who isn’t tainted by the incredibly corrupt Gov. Blahblahblahblah.

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If Roland Burris wants to be a U.S. senator so badly, he should become so the old-fashioned way: by winning an election — not by being appointed by a crook. Burris claims that he isn’t playing the race card: “I have never in my life, in all my years of being elected to office, thought anything about race,” he has proclaimed. If that is true (and it isn’t), then he would be the very first black politician in the history of the United States of America who has never thought anything about race…

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Why didn’t he just put it on eBay?

You know, I’m against the death penalty, but in cases such as this, it might help the gene pool to remove such incredibly retarded individuals from it.

Reports The Associated Press today:

CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested [today] on charges that he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder.

Blagojevich also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in the sale of Wrigley Field, according to a federal criminal complaint. In return for state assistance, Blagojevich allegedly wanted members of the paper’s editorial board who had been critical of him fired.

A 76-page FBI affidavit said the 51-year-old Democratic governor was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps over the last month conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat for personal benefits for himself and his wife, Patti.

Otherwise, Blagojevich considered appointing himself. The affidavit said that as late as Nov. 3, he told his deputy governor that if “they’re not going to offer me anything of value I might as well take it.”

“I’m going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain,” Blagojevich allegedly said later that day, according to the affidavit, which also quoted him as saying in a remark punctuated by profanity that the seat was “a valuable thing — you just don’t give it away for nothing.”

… U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said in a statement that “the breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering.”

“They allege that Blagojevich put a for sale sign on the naming of a United States senator,” Fitzgerald said….

Nothing in the court papers suggested Obama had any part in the discussion. In fact, Blagojevich allegedly said in the same conversation that Obama most likely would not appoint him as secretary of health and human services or to an ambassadorship because of the negative publicity that has surrounded the governor for three years….

Corruption in the Blagojevich administration has been the focus of a federal investigation involving an alleged $7 million scheme aimed at squeezing kickbacks out of companies seeking business from the state. Federal prosecutors have acknowledged they’re also investigating “serious allegations of endemic hiring fraud” under Blagojevich….

Federal prosecutors said Blagojevich and the chairman of his campaign committee have been speeding up corrupt fundraising activities in the last month to get as much money as possible before the end of the year when a new law would curtail his ability to raise contributions from companies with state contracts worth more than $50,000.

According to the affidavit, agents learned Blagojevich was seeking $2.5 million in campaign contributions by the end of the year, with a large part allegedly to come from companies and individuals who have gotten state contracts or appointments….

Blagojevich took the chief executive’s office in 2003 as a reformer promising to clean up former Gov. George Ryan’s mess.

Ryan, a Republican, is serving a 6-year prison sentence after being convicted on racketeering and fraud charges. A decade-long investigation began with the sale of driver’s licenses for bribes and led to the conviction of dozens of people who worked for Ryan when he was secretary of state and governor….

I’ve heard about the corruption in Chicago, but damn was Blagojevich brazen, and damn if he isn’t the poster boy for the fact that neither of the duopolistic political parties is a stranger to corruption.

Illinis probably look forward to having a governor whose name they can actually pronounce and spell, and while they’re at it, hopefully they’ll get a better-looking governor, too:

In this April 18, 2007 file photo, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ...

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I wouldn’t do him…

And hopefully the Illinis’ next governor will manage to keep himself (or herself, but doesn’t it always seem to be men?) out of prison.

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