Archive for the ‘Blagojevich’ Category

Blagojevich Defies Critics

January 29, 2009

Blagojevich Defies Critics

Defying his harshest critics, embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich actually located the state capital and travelled there today.

Although he prefers working from his Chicago office and not the Statehouse, Mr. Blagojevich was in Springfield only two weeks ago. The Illinois Constitution required the governor to swear in new Senate President John J. Cullerton and the other senators so they could conduct his impeachment trial.

While he was in Springfield, Mr. Blagojevich spoke a few words to state senators about those nasty things they have been saying about him.

He didn’t stay for questions or coffee and kolaches. It’s a long trip back to Chicago.


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Governor Blagojevich and Mother Teresa on TV

January 29, 2009

Governor Blagojevich and the Mother Teresa on TV

Governor Rod Blagojevich isn’t appearing at his impeachment trail in the Illinois State Senate, but he is appearing on your television set, on Good Morning America, The View, Larry King Live, The Today Show, and Good Morning America.

In an interview for NBC’s Today Show, he said:

“You can conceivably bring in 15 angels and 20 saints led by Mother Teresa to come in to testify to my good character, to my integrity and all the rest. It wouldn’t matter.”


Bill “Blago” Richardson?

January 6, 2009

Bill 'Blago' Richardson?

Bill Richardson’s career in President Obama’s cabinet was mighty short. It never happened.

The New Mexico Governor withdrew from consideration as Commerce Secretary after media noise about a Federal grand jury probe into at least one state contract. Since Mr. Richardson was on tap to handle Commerce in a crashing economy, questions about financial ethics would not do. While Team Obama’s vetting of Richardson left something to be desired, it is true that the ethical bar was raised recently thanks to the inimitable Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.


Blagojevich Sings!

December 20, 2008

Blagojevich Sings!

Blagojevich sings! Or sang, anyway. Not at yesterday’s performance, though, and not Elvis songs (the Governor does love the King, though).

He sang in Serbian.


The Blagojevich Bleeps

December 15, 2008

The Blagojovich Bleeps

Americans seem more shocked by the vocabulary of Governor Rod Blagojevich’s private speech than by the actions his words indicate. The Governor was not intentionally giving legal testimony or a press conference; he was having a heated phone conversation with another politician. Judge him by the import of what he said, not the language register he used.


Obama’s Senate Seat for Sale — on eBay

December 12, 2008

Obama's Senate Seat for Sale -- on eBay

After his frustrating experience trying to auction off President-elect Obama’s vacant Senate seat over the phone, Governor Blagojevich stopped bleeping around with bleeping cheapskates and put the bleeping thing on eBay. 

Some bleeping broad in Alaska offered to trade a bleeping jet for it. She said an old friend lost a seat just like it and she wanted to replace it as a Christmas gift.

What a crock o’ bleepin’ sourdough.

 See Senate Seats Now For Sale On Ebay

Hat Tip: Professor Dennis Baron, University of Illinois

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What’s With the HAIR?

December 11, 2008

 What's With the Hair?

High crimes and misdemeanors. A governor arrested. An empty U.S. Senate seat. Extortion. Bribery. The troubled Trib. Baseball. Skulduggery, obscenity, conspiracy, wheeling, dealing.

Naturally, the first thing concerned citizens want to know about Rod Blagojevich is:  What’s with that hair?


How Ill is Illinois?

December 11, 2008

How Ill is Illinois?

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Hamlet, Act I, scene IV, line 99.

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been arrested on federal corruption charges.

Q:  Just how corrupt is the Prairie State?
A: Compared to what?

USA Today‘s John Fritze reports that over a dozen states are even more corrupt, based on U.S. Department of Justice statistics for federal public corruption convictions. This measure omits state- and local-level corruption convictions, indictments not resulting in convictions, arrests not resulting in indictments, and situations with corruption so endemic that no one bothers (or dares) to bring it to official attention.


Blagojevich Legal Defense

December 11, 2008

Blagojevich Legal Defense

Accused of trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Obama and attempted extortion of a major newspaper and the Chicago Cubs, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has few strategic legal options open to him.

The most promising legal theory is the Flip Wilson Ploy.

Time Magazine proposes another variation.


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Sweatpants — Threat or Menace?

December 10, 2008

Sweatpants -- Threat or Menace?

Super Bowl star Plaxico Burrris shot himself because he was wearing sweatpants.

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has threatened Freedom of the Press, our National Pastime, and Democracy Itself. What was he wearing when arrested? Sweatpants.