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  • 41st Aniversarry of the Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

    11/10/2016 8:38:43 PM PST · by LukeL · 45 replies
    41 years ago today the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior with all 29 hands on board in one of the most violent storms in Great Lakes history.
  • Scooter Libby Gets Law License Back By D.C. Court Of Appeals

    11/07/2016 4:39:53 AM PST · by iontheball · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/06/2016 | Kerry Picket
    The D.C. Court of Appeals reinstated Former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, to the bar. Libby was previously convicted of lying in relation to the Valerie Plame scandal and can now freely practice law again. He was disbarred in the District of Columbia in 2008. According to the National Law Journal, Libby entered the courtroom with 11 letters of support from a federal appeals judge and other legal dignitaries. Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit wrote that Libby had a “reputation as a skilled and ethical government...
  • US Supreme Court to review Conrad Black's conviction

    05/18/2009 10:15:54 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 309+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/18/2009 | Alex Spillius
    The US Supreme Court agreed yesterday to consider overturning the fraud conviction Conrad Black, the former owner of The Daily Telegraph, who is serving a 6 1/2 year sentence for fraud and obstruction of justice. The court's justices will hear arguments later this year over the convictions of Black, the former chairman and chief executive of Hollinger International, and two other former executives in connection with payments of $5.5 million (£3.6m) they received from a Hollinger subsidiary. The men argued that they did not commit fraud because they did no harm to the company. They turned to the highest US...
  • Conrad Black's Appeal

    05/19/2009 12:29:11 AM PDT · by BCrago66 · 18 replies · 690+ views
    New York Sun ^ | 08/01/08 | Editorial Board of The New York Sun
    The appeal Conrad Black is making from his jail cell at a federal prison in Florida is nearing a crucial stage. His appeal was rejected in June by a panel of the 7th United States Circuit Court of Appeals, but the panel's decision conflicts with others in the circuit, and Conrad Black is asking the circuit to hear it en banc. The question centers on how broad is the reach of the law of what is called honest services. If Conrad Black's conviction is allowed to stand, a precedent will be have been set that could leave thousands of executives...
  • U.S. top court hears ex-media baron Conrad Black's appeal

    12/08/2009 2:43:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 503+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/8/09 | James Vicini
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A lawyer for former media baron Conrad Black urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn his fraud conviction, and several justices asked whether the federal law at issue was too vague. The Canadian-born Black, a member of Britain's House of Lords, has been in prison since March 2008, when he began serving a 6 1/2-year sentence for fraud and obstruction of justice. Attorney Miguel Estrada, representing Black and two ex-colleagues who were found guilty of defrauding shareholders of one-time newspaper publishing giant Hollinger International Inc, argued before the Supreme Court that all convictions in the...
  • Conrad Black Sentenced to 6 1/2 Years in Prison

    12/10/2007 11:45:40 AM PST · by Cecily · 9 replies · 119+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 10, 2007
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Former newspaper mogul Conrad Black was sentenced Monday to 6.5 years in prison for swindling shareholders in his Hollinger International media empire out of millions of dollars. Black, 63, a Canadian-born member of the British House of Lords renowned for his lavish lifestyle and flamboyant way with words, had faced up to slightly more than 8 years in prison under sentencing guidelines determined earlier Monday by U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve.
  • Msrk Steyn: The Black Trial: The human drama the jury didn't see

    07/28/2007 5:57:47 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 7 replies · 1,317+ views
    Macleans ^ | July 30, 2007 | Mark Steyn
    Just before the case went to the jury, Conrad Black's two lead attorneys sent him a demand for an additional million bucks each. No messing around with billable hours and 15-minute increments and $27.59 for photocopying: just a nice round seven-figure sum by way of supplementary retainer. A day or two before closing arguments to the 12 men and women who'll decide your fate is no time to pick a quarrel with your lawyers. Or, at any rate, yet another quarrel to add to those you're already having, and they're having with each other, and the American lawyer's associates are...
  • Conrad Black and the politics of justice(Fitzgerald BARF Alert!)

    07/15/2007 9:46:15 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 1 replies · 506+ views
    www.canadafreepress.com ^ | July 15, 2007 | Beryl Wajsman
    L’audace, encore l’audace et toujours l’audace~ Georges Danton “If you’re going to take liberties and break the law with other people’s money, there are going to be consequences.” That, U.S. federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald told reporters yesterday, was the message of the verdict in the Conrad Black trial. Those twenty words of Fitzgerald’s are a lie. His words stand as yet another manifestation of the mania and manipulation with which the prosecution prejudiced the judicial wells in this persecution. We got an earlier taste of it when the jury came back hung – a clear statement that the government had...
  • [Conrad] Black found guilty of criminal fraud

    07/13/2007 11:25:16 AM PDT · by chaos_5 · 2 replies · 410+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 13, 2007 | Andrew Stern
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Friday found former media mogul Conrad Black guilty of multiple counts of criminal fraud and a single count of obstruction of justice but acquitted him of racketeering and tax charges. The 62-year-old Canadian-born member of Britain's House of Lords could face up to 35 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines and forfeitures. Black was found guilty of three mail fraud counts and one charge of obstruction of justice out of the 13 counts against him. He and three others in the trial were acquitted of failing to file corporate tax...
  • AP: Administration Freed Terror Suspect

    06/02/2004 3:11:19 PM PDT · by 11th Earl of Mar · 15 replies · 127+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/3/04
    AP: Administration Freed Terror Suspect By JOHN SOLOMON, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - Nabil al-Marabh was No. 27 on the FBI (news - web sites)'s list of terror suspects after Sept. 11. He trained in Afghanistan (news - web sites)'s militant camps, sent money to a roommate convicted in a foiled plot to bomb a hotel and boasted to an informant about plans to blow up a fuel truck inside a New York tunnel, FBI documents allege. The Bush administration set him free — to Syria — even though prosecutors had sought to bring criminal cases against him and judges...
  • John Kiriakou, ex-spy and media darling

    01/29/2012 11:16:58 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 1/29/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    In his Loyal Opposition blog, New York Times ed page editor Andrew Rosenthal goes after the Justice Department’s decision to prosecute former CIA officer, former Democratic Senate staffer and Huffington Post blogger John Kiriakou for leaking classified information — including the names of CIA operatives — to journalists. Rosenthal writes, That may seem simple: CIA officer, classified information disclosed, prison. But take a closer look. He’s been charged with revealing that two men accused of organizing the Sept. 11 attacks, Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, were tortured. So the man who blew the whistle on torture may go to...
  • New revelation helps exonerate Scooter Libby

    04/07/2015 4:23:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 7, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    In a book just released, The Story: A Reporter's Journey, Judith Miller, a key witness in the Libby prosecution, states that Patrick Fitzgerald had offered repeatedly to drop all charges against Lewis Libby if he would "deliver" Vice President Cheney to him. In addition, she charges that Fitzgerald manipulated her into incorrectly testifying about a critical conversation she had with Libby and withheld exculpatory evidence from both her and the defense in order to induce her mistaken testimony – testimony the prosecution knew was made because she was acting under a false belief....[must read snip]....Rizzo, of course, is focused only...
  • Capt. Cooper & US Coast Guard Radio Transmissions on Nov. 10th, 1975. (The Edmund Fitzgerald)

    11/10/2015 7:31:08 AM PST · by bigbob · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/17/12 | IntoWisOutdoors
    Forty years ago, on Nov. 10, 1975, the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a ferocious storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 men aboard. Rather than linking to the famous Gordon Lightfoot song (and according to SiriusXM radio, Gordon personally attended todays annual memorial service held by the families), this is a 32 minute recording of actual US Coast Guard marine radio traffic from that tragic day.
  • Former CIA officer charged in alleged leaks

    01/23/2012 6:42:19 PM PST · by oldernittany · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/23/2012 | Greg Miller
    Kiriakou, 47, was a source for stories by The New York Times and other news organizations in 2008 and 2009 about some of the agency’s most sensitive operations after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ......... that the information Kiriakou supplied to journalists ... enabling defense attorneys there to obtain photographs of CIA operatives suspected of being involved in harsh interrogations. Some of the pictures were subsequently discovered in the cells of high-value detainees.
  • Scooter Libby went to prison for less than what Hillary did

    08/05/2015 11:34:00 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 16 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-05-15 | DrJohn
    David Petraeus saw his career come to an end for mishandling classified information. Sandy Berger was punished for mishandling classified information. Scooter Libby got it worst of all. And he did virtually nothing. Remember Scooter Libby? Libby was the Bush aide who went to prison for having a bad memory. He was hunted down and persecuted by Peter Fitzgerald who was looking for the scalp of the person who allegedly leaked the name of Valerie Plame. Libby went to prison and he wasn't even the leaker. Richard Armitrage was. Jennifer Rubin: Right Turn readers know my view that former vice...
  • New York-Style Fracking Ban Defeated by Colorado Task Force

    02/24/2015 7:16:19 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Energy in Depth ^ | February 24, 2015 | Simon Lomax
    An activist who was using his position on Colorado’s oil and gas task force to push for a New York-style ban on oil and natural gas development has given up on the fringe proposal for lack of support, according to documents released by state officials overnight. The proposal’s demise is yet another defeat for national anti-fracking groups in Colorado, such as Food and Water Watch and the Sierra Club, which are desperately trying to reboot their failed campaign for an effective statewide oil and gas development ban. It’s also a reminder of how outside of New York, the “ban fracking”...
  • CIA says ACLU-backed plan endangered Gitmo officers

    03/31/2010 7:45:35 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies · 514+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 31, 2010, | Bill Gertz
    A team of CIA counterintelligence officials recently visited the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and concluded that CIA interrogators face the risk of exposure to al Qaeda through inmates' contacts with defense attorneys, according to U.S. officials. The agency's "tiger team" of security specialists was dispatched as part of an ongoing investigation conducted jointly with the Justice Department into a program backed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The program, called the John Adams Project, has photographed covert CIA interrogators and shown the pictures to some of the five senior al Qaeda terrorists held there in an effort...
  • Proof that the Plame case was a hoax

    01/11/2014 7:56:43 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/11/2014 | Clarice Feldman
    CIA official's John Rizzo's revelations in new book, Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA, establish beyond peradventure of doubt that the Plame case was a hoax, stirred up by her husband and Patrick Fitzgerald. See these excerpts from the book:
  • How Saddam tracked foes in U.S.

    07/14/2003 2:48:47 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 19 replies · 149+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 14 2003 | DAVE NEWBART
    The documents kept by the Iraqi Intelligence Service were meticulous in detail and sweeping in scope. In some, Iraqi intelligence officers in the United States are directed to use informers to track the "criminal'' actions of one current and one former Chicago area resident, both Assyrian Christians from Iraq who founded an anti-Saddam Hussein political party. Another accuses the group of being influenced by "imperialists'' and "Zionists.'' Others include the exact dates of the group's meetings and conventions in Chicago and elsewhere, the names of the people who ran the events, those in attendance and what statements were made. Trips...
  • Accused spy had one-way ticket to Jordan

    01/10/2004 5:04:00 AM PST · by Prince Charles · 1 replies · 181+ views
    The Times (N.W. Indiana) ^ | 1-10-2004 | MIKE ROBINSON
    Accused spy had one-way ticket to Jordan WAR ON TERROR - Man accused of spying on Iraqi dissidents arrested one day before departure By MIKE ROBINSON Associated Press Writer CHICAGO -- An Arabic-language community newspaper publisher accused of spying on Iraqi dissidents in this country for Saddam Hussein's intelligence service apparently was planning to leave the country when he was arrested, an FBI agent testified Friday. Khaled Dumeisi, 61, was arrested on July 9, one day before the scheduled departure date on a one-way ticket to Jordan discovered in his home, agent Edward Lawson testified. The testimony came just before...
  • Agent of Saddam Arrested in Chicago

    07/09/2003 9:51:38 AM PDT · by TomGuy · 125 replies · 866+ views
    FoxNews - cable ^ | July 9, 2003
    FoxNews just reported that an agent for Saddam Hussein has been arrested in Chicago. .....developing....
  • Community Newspaper Publisher Found Guilty of Being Agent for Saddam Hussein

    01/12/2004 5:04:03 PM PST · by wallcrawlr · 28 replies · 249+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2004
    CHICAGO - A community newspaper publisher accused of spying on Iraqi dissidents in the United States was found guilty Monday of serving as an unregistered agent for Saddam Hussein. The jury took less than two hours to convict Khaled Abdel-Latif Dumeisi after the weeklong trial. "This sends an important message that people can't come to our country and spy on their fellow residents," U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said. Dumeisi, 61, was convicted of failing to obey a federal law that requires agents of foreign governments to register with the Justice Department. Prosecutors maintained that the Palestinian-born Dumeisi spied on...
  • Guilty Verdict In Spying Case

    01/13/2004 3:11:25 PM PST · by blam · 164+ views
    Chicago Tribune/Yahoo ^ | 1-13-2004 | Matt O' Connor
    Guilty verdict in spying case Tue Jan 13,11:14 AM ET - Chicago Tribune By Matt O'Connor, Tribune staff reporter A federal jury deliberated less than three hours Monday before convicting a suburban Arabic-language newspaper publisher on charges he acted as a secret agent of Iraq before Saddam Hussein fall. The government alleged that since 1999, Palestinian-born Khaled Abdel-Latif Dumeisi provided information to Mukhabbarat, the Iraqi intelligence agency, about Hussein opponents living in the U.S. Prosecutors said Dumeisi betrayed the U.S. out of admiration for Hussein's support for the Palestinian cause and to get money for his cash-strapped publication, though he...
  • Publisher Who Spied for Saddam Sentenced

    03/31/2004 2:35:56 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 1 replies · 305+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | MIKE ROBINSON
    CHICAGO - A suburban Chicago newspaper publisher convicted of spying on Iraqi dissidents for Saddam Hussein was sentenced Wednesday to three years and 10 months in federal prison. Khaled Abdel-Latif Dumeisi, 61, is expected to be deported after he finishes his prison term. U.S. District Judge Suzanne B. Conlon also said he may not re-enter the United States without permission from the attorney general. "He helped to sustain a hostile foreign government," federal prosecutor Daniel Gillogly said in urging a tough sentence. Defense attorney William H. Theis argued that his client was not very important in the world of Iraqi...
  • DoJ silences Obama associate Daniel S. Mahru with his freedom

    09/20/2012 4:20:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Illinois PayToPlay ^ | 9/20/12 | Ernie Souchak, Editor-in-Chief
    Illinoispaytoplay.com (IP2P) has learned that Daniel S. Mahru, former business partner of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, made a deal with the Department of Justice (DoJ) for his silence. IP2P is the first to report that on, October 4 2012, Daniel S. Mahru will receive probation at his sentencing hearing. IP2P has also learned that this is being done to insure Mahru will not speak of crimes, of which he has knowledge, that implicate Barack Obama, Valarie Jarrett, Allison Davis, Tony Rezko and others. (Remember Tony recently saying he committed crimes for which Fitzgerald did not charge him.) IP2P is also investigating...
  • Mob squeezed him; city squeezes widow (Kass: Chicago outfit, Daley machine)

    07/05/2009 9:17:12 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 1,139+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-4-09 | John Kass
    Whether the name of Richie Urso ever makes it into the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich next June is anybody's guess. You've probably never heard of Richie Urso. But the FBI sure has heard of him. His is a classic Chicago story, about a beefy yet charming guy born on Grand Avenue, who got in trouble with the law as a kid, only to make political friends and become extremely wealthy. He was arrested once for jewelry theft in the '60s by the Outfit's top Chicago police detective, William Hanhardt. Urso's alleged partner in the theft was the...
  • Obama in Photos: Don’t You Love It When Life Imitates Art?

    01/02/2015 6:32:08 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-2-2015 | MOTUS
    Pete Souza, Director and Chief Official White House Photographer, has released his 2014 version of “The Year In Pictures.” Would you like to play a game? Identify the book/movie that served as the inspiration for each of the photographs in his album. Extra credit if you can also provide actual quotes from the book/movie. Here are a few I recognized immediately, butt there are tons more to play with, so have a go at it. Girl With a Pearl Earring: “I hear you have been of great use to your master. All that grinding and stirring, eh?” - Van Ruijven Sunset...
  • State Democrats Facing 2014 Obliteration in Vital National Swing State Ohio

    09/29/2014 3:49:33 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 42 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 29 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Does anybody get the feeling the Dems are increasingly  desperate to find new talent that doesn't implode?  Weak bench if you ask me... and telling There's plenty of similarities between the way they promoted a poorly-vetted Wendy Davis in Texas -and now gubernatorial candidate (and political goober) Ed FitzGerald in Ohio-  only to collapse in a utterly failed effort. The Buckeye state Dems blame a firm they hired to vet him, so typical of leftists to point the finger when they screw something up. Both of these Democratic Party 'rising stars' imploded spectacularly, all but guaranteeing the Republicans will not only retain...
  • A New Game Show: Tweet Like Your Favorite Famous Person

    08/29/2014 6:25:50 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-29-2014 | MOTUS
    In case you missed it, GreetingsFromYonkers posted an insightful comment late Wednesday night on the limitations of Twitter in a semi-illiterate age: “Gosh, wholly apart from whether we do or don't know what we do or don't know, I have an even more basic issue with Twitter.It's the 140-character limit. Frankly, most people are not literate enough to work around this roadblock, which calls for exceptionally high vocabulary and syntax skills. Thus tweets end up being an incomprehensible mélange of clichéd abbreviations, or extremely superficial.Let's all close our eyes and imagine what Twitter would be like in the hands of...
  • Call led Westlake police to (OH gov. candidate) Ed FitzGerald and an unidentified woman in 2012

    08/09/2014 4:19:49 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 26 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 8/5/14 | Henry Gomez
    WESTLAKE, Ohio – Officers responding to a call of suspicious behavior found Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and a woman who was not his wife in a parked car at 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday in 2012, police records here show. Nothing inappropriate happened in the car, FitzGerald, now the Democratic nominee for governor, said Friday in a telephone interview after a campaign stop in Cincinnati. FitzGerald, a former FBI agent, prosecutor and mayor of Lakewood, was not charged with a crime. He said the woman with him was a friend visiting from Ireland as part of a larger delegation...
  • Worst rollout of the year? Ohio candidate owes $1 million in back taxes

    12/04/2013 1:38:32 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/4/2013 | REID WILSON
    “Historians and pundits always say that the first real decision a governor makes is the one of running mate,” Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, Ohio Democrats’ likely nominee for governor next year, wrote to supporters when he announced he had chosen state Sen. Eric Kearney (D) as his running mate. FitzGerald may be starting to wish voters weren’t paying attention to his first gubernatorial decision. That’s because, in the two weeks since joining the ticket, Kearney has been under almost constant barrage for owing back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. And the campaign’s response to the revelations about their...
  • Election ’13: A vote about Ithaca?

    11/10/2013 10:38:14 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 30 replies
    Finger Lakes Times ^ | Friday, November 8, 2013 10:29 am | By MICHAEL FITZGERALD: Michael.Fitzgeraldfltcolumnist@gmail.com
    In Schuyler and Seneca counties, some candidates ran against the city of Ithaca, rather than living, breathing opponents. They were running against what unsuccessful Schuyler County legislative GOP candidate John White called “the Ithaca mindset.” As puzzling as that vague description might seem, his comment pales compared to a campaign postcard circulated widely in the town of Covert. The postcard prominently featured a 1960s peace symbol and a floral decorated Volkswagen bug, all meant to alert voters that “Ithaca Liberals Are Coming To Covert.” The postcard also gravely warned: “They’re trying to take over the town board and bring Ithaca-politics...
  • Senate to approve budget cutting income taxes, expanding vouchers

    06/20/2013 4:52:00 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 6-20-13 | Patrick Marley
    Madison — The Senate plans to send Gov. Scott Walker a state budget Thursday that would cut income taxes by an average of $150, raise property taxes by $29 on the typical home, reject a key element of ObamaCare and allow voucher schools in all corners of Wisconsin. The budget passed the Republican-controlled Assembly on Wednesday 55-42 and is likely to get through the Senate by just one vote. Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) told his colleagues on the Senate floor that without major changes, he would vote against the budget because it is "too far removed from the interests...
  • Obama's war chest filled with Hollywood gold (DNC Keynote Speaker)

    07/17/2004 6:38:56 AM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 1 replies · 896+ views
    AP via Daily Southtown ^ | July 17, 2004 | Dennis Conrad
    WASHINGTON — Barack Obama, the U.S. Senate candidate from Chicago who has become the Democratic Party's latest rising star, is drawing enough support from the entertainment industry to put on his own variety show. From comedian Chris Rock to singer Barbra Streisand to musician Herbert Hancock, entertainers have written out checks of $1,000 or $2,000 to help the 42-year-old Illinois state senator win the seat being vacated by retiring GOP Sen. Peter Fitzgerald. Film directors Rob Reiner ("The American President") and Edward Zwick ("The Last Samurai" and "Courage Under Fire") both contributed in the past three months, according to Obama's...
  • Arab Money and the Purchase of a President

    12/30/2012 8:12:10 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 9 replies
    Doug Ross Journal ^ | December 30, 2012 | John A. Shaw
    In the run-up to the 2012 election, a story surfaced about an Iraqi billionaire who managed to buy access to Washington policy makers while funding a Chicago Pay-to-Play scheme that helped produce a Governor, a U.S. Senator, and, ultimately, a President of the United States. The story was eight years in the making, yet despite the extent of his political influence, this Iraqi’s name remains widely unknown. He wants it that way. In fact, he has spent millions of dollars to hinder the reporting of his activities by the news media. The lack of attention paid to him, however, is...
  • Patrick Fitzgerald Joins Law Firm Of Obama's Former White House Counsel

    10/30/2012 8:22:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Advance Indiana ^ | 10/29/12 | Gary R. Welsh
    It's business as usual in Chicago. After protecting President Barack Obama from criminal liability for his corrupt relationship with convicted political fixer Tony Rezko, former Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has been rewarded with a partnership in the Chicago office of New York-based law firm giant Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. The firm counts among its partners, Greg Craig, Obama's first White House Counsel, who had to help navigate Obama through Fitzgerald's investigation of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's attempt to sell Obama's Senate seat, from which he resigned shortly after being elected President but before he was sworn...
  • Thanks to Team Obama's Reckless 'Felon' Accusations, Tony Rezko Issue NOW IN PLAY

    07/15/2012 12:01:41 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 15, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    How 'bout a little refresher re. Obama political Godfather  and actual (16-count!) convicted felon Tony Rezko...? The Syrian-born Rezko is an infamous Chicago slumlord, fast-food restauranteur, and sleazy political operator who played a key role in the Blagojevich case- as well as the unlikley ascension to power of Barrack Hussein Obama.Obama's longtime ally, friend, and top fundraiser was found guilty of 16/24 counts of felony influence peddling back in June 2008. Of course the story was mostly buried/detached from his bud Barry in the run-up to that year's most unfortunate (for us) presidential election whilst the jury convicted Rezko of wire...
  • 'GATSBY' BUMPED TO 2013 - ANOTHER BLACK EYE FOR 3D?

    08/08/2012 5:42:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | August 6, 2012 | Christian Toto
    The 2013 summer movie slate will feature the standard popcorn bait, from the third installment of "Iron Man" to a "Superman" reboot and a new "Star Trek" adventure. Now, "The Great Gatsby" is joining that blockbuster-heavy crowd. Director Baz Luhrmann's update on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel is being moved from December 2012 to Summer 2013. Why? Warner Bros. insists the switch means the film's potential audience will be best served by a summer crowd. The LA Times says its sources pin the blame on the film's 3D effects. They just aren't ready for their close up yet.
  • WI: The gang’s all here, but which candidate is the most conservative?

    07/31/2012 6:41:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-30-12 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON – Together at last. All four of the lead GOP candidates for Wisconsin’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race appeared at a debate Monday, marking the first time these bitter rivals have shown up to the same debate since the campaign began. While the candidates threw verbal jabs and blasted negative advertisements and past voting records, their prescriptions for American policy could have come from the same doctor. Each candidate tried to appear more conservative than the next. Jeff Fitzgerald, who is in last place in the latest polls, pointed to his record as Assembly speaker during last year’s tumultuous...
  • With cash to spend, Hovde surges in Senate race (WI)

    07/12/2012 7:10:34 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-12-12 | Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON — Eric Hovde’s wealth appears to be paying dividends. Hovde, a Madison businessman, has surged into second place among the Republican candidates contending for Herb Kohl’s Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat, according to the latest Marquette Law School poll, released Wednesday. That follows a report from left-leaning Public Policy Polling on Tuesday that showed Hovde actually leading former Gov. Tommy Thompson 31 percent to 29 percent. Hovde’s assets make him the wealthiest of the candidates, and he has lent his campaign at least $1 million, according to financial statements reported last week by The Associated Press. Hovde began running campaign...
  • WI: Hovde on the rise as GOP Senate race tightens in latest state polls

    07/11/2012 1:36:47 PM PDT · by Jean S · 12 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 7/11/12 | Craig Gilbert
    The GOP Senate race has tightened since last month with former governor Tommy Thompson and wealthy businessman Eric Hovde the top contenders in a four-man field, according to a poll released Wednesday by Marquette Law School. Thompson led Hovde 35% to 23% among likely Republican primary voters in the survey, followed by former congressman Mark Neumann at 10% and state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald at 6%.A separate survey released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling found the Republican race even closer, with Hovde on top at 31%, Thompson at 29%, Neumann at 15% and Fitzgerald at 9%.Both surveys found Hovde on...
  • Hovde, Thompson nearly tied in GOP Senate primary race

    07/11/2012 9:52:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    JS Online ^ | 7-11-12 | Craig Gilbert & Patrick marley
    Former Gov. Tommy Thompson and wealthy political newcomer Eric Hovde are running neck and neck for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Wisconsin, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling. Hovde leads Thompson 31% to 29% among people who say they plan to vote in the GOP Senate primary, followed by former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann at 15% and state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald at 9%, with 16% undecided. The Public Policy Polling survey shows a much tighter race than a poll last month by Marquette University Law School in which Thompson led Neumann and Hovde by double...
  • Thompson leads GOP Senate field in MU poll, with many undecided (WI)

    06/20/2012 1:05:14 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 6-20-12 | Craig Gilbert
    Tommy Thompson leads his three GOP rivals in the Aug. 14 Republican US Senate primary, but a quarter of likely voters polled were undecided in a survey taken June 13-16 by Marquette Law School poll. Thompson leads the four-way field with 34%, followed by Mark Neumann at 16%, Eric Hovde at 14% and Jeff Fitzgerald at 10%, among 344 likely primary voters (that result has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.4 percentage points). In possible November Senate matchups, Thompson leads Democrat Tammy Baldwin 49% to 41%. But Baldwin is tied with Republican Mark Neumann at 44%, and...
  • First look: ‘Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby’ [Kayne West music in party scene]

    05/23/2012 9:11:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 23, 2012 | Taylor Bigler
    The story of Jay Gatsby (an excellently cast Leonardo DiCaprio) and the object of his affection, Daisy Buchanan (a gamine Carey Mulligan) gets the Baz Luhrmann treatment in this year’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.” If “Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet” and “Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge” taught us anything, it’s that a film can be set decades — or even centuries — ago and still feature current top 40 music on its soundtrack.
  • Money flows in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race

    04/20/2012 7:51:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The Wiconsin Reporter ^ | 4-18-12 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON — Multimillionaire business Eric Hovde is piling his own cash into his campaign coffers in his bid for Wisconsin’s open U.S. Senate seat. Could this be deja vu for Wisconsin voters? The state’s soon to be senior U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican, self-funded his campaign in his successful 2010 Senate bid. Senate candidates’ campaign finance disclosure reports for the first quarter of the year were due April 15 to Federal Elections Commissions. As of Wednesday, only reports for Hovde and former Wisconsin 1st District U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, both Republicans, were available on the FEC’s website. Reports for...
  • Recall votes set for May 8 and June 5 (WI)

    03/15/2012 7:28:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    JS Online ^ | 3-15-12 | Lee Bergquist
    Madison - If primaries are held, voters would go to the polls on June 5 for recall elections involving Gov. Scott Walker, the lieutenant governor and four Republican state senators, under an agreement signed by a judge on Wednesday. The agreement also calls for primaries - or a general election in the event there are no primaries - to take place on May 8. As part of a stipulation entered in court, attorneys for the recall committees, their recall targets and the Government Accountability Board all agreed the state elections agency should receive an extension to certify petitions until March...
  • Senators challenge recall signatures in Wisconsin

    02/10/2012 10:06:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-10-12 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — The challenges begin. Four Republican state senators targeted for recall filed challenges late Thursday, contesting signatures collected on petitions in the campaign. Just how many challenges were filed was unclear late Thursday — the candidates weren’t talking and the Government Accountability, or GAB, was busy filing the challenge documents. State Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, in an earlier news release, said he would contest 4,300 signatures as invalid, more than meeting the threshold to halt a recall election. The Committee to Recall Scott Fitzgerald needed to collect 16,742 signatures from the 13th Senate District electorate to force a recall....
  • Senators targeted for recall to submit challenges today

    02/09/2012 1:15:20 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies · 1+ views
    MADISON — Four Republican state senators targeted for recall are expected to submit their challenges to the signatures that could result in voiding any elections. Today is the deadline for the senators to make any challenges to petitions filed with the Government Accountability Board. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said he plans on challenging enough to stop the recall election against him. The other three senators haven't said how many signatures they will challenge. Those targeted senators are Van Wanggaard of Racine, Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls and Pam Galloway of Wausau. Once submitted, it's then up to the...
  • Verify the Recall: Fitzgerald looks safe, maybe Moulton, too

    02/09/2012 6:47:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-8-12 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — At an average rate of 2.7 signatures entered every second, Wisconsin’s recall petition vetting effort appears to be humming inside the Verify the Recall network. And a top official with the tea party-backed initiative said the review of hundreds of thousands of petitions to date has found numerous invalid signatures — validity issues that could spell problems for the campaign to recall Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, the group contends. Verify the Recall, a joint venture of the Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty and We the People of the Republic, tea party organizations aligned with fiscal conservative movements, bills...
  • Sen. Fitzgerald plans enough challenges to derail recall

    02/08/2012 3:48:01 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-8-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Tuesday he will challenge thousands of signatures this week - enough to prevent a recall election against him if state officials agree. Fitzgerald made the comments Tuesday as the state Government Accountability Board disclosed it is considering using statistical sampling to determine how frequently duplicate names have appeared on petitions to recall Fitzgerald, Gov. Scott Walker and four other Republicans. The board's director, Kevin Kennedy, said the board is committed to creating a database of those who signed the Walker recall petitions to find people who may have signed twice. But the...