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Rypht
07-18-2006, 11:38 PM
But this is insanity!

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CHICAGO, July 17 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following was released today by the ISRA Political Victory Fund (ISRA-PVF):

The ISRA-PVF is asking Governor Blagojevich to explain why one of his political allies is calling for house-to-house searches to locate and confiscate legally-owned firearms.

Earlier this month, Cook County Board member Joseph Moreno stood before the county board and called for "...house to house searches to pull every gun out of Cook County." Moreno's statement comes within days of Blagojevich claiming that anyone in Chicago who owns a gun is a "gang banger" and is "...up to no good."

"I think the timing of the Blagojevich and Moreno remarks is more than just coincidence," commented ISRA-PVF spokesman, Richard Pearson. "During the July 6th dedication of the Sparta shooting complex, Blagojevich didn't mince any words when he essentially declared that any gun-owner north of I-80 is a criminal. Then, days later, a powerful member of the Cook County Board calls for police sweeps against the homes of lawful gun owners. These statements didn't happen by accident -- the intent is clear."

"Normally, the Blagojevich and Moreno statements would be laughable," continued Pearson. "However, Blagojevich has the potential means for authorizing police raids on gun-owning homes. House Bill 2414 remains alive in a House committee awaiting a call for a vote. If passed into law, HB2414 would result in the banning and forced confiscation of millions of lawfully-acquired firearms from law-abiding Illinois citizens. The raids would be aided by a database of firearm owners being maintained illegally by the Illinois State Police."

"Blagojevich is fond of saying that gun owners have nothing to fear from him," said Pearson. "If vilification of gun owners and wild-eyed calls for house to house gun searches aren't reasons to fear this administration, then I don't know what are. It's time for the governor to address the gun owners of this state and tell us why we should trust him."

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http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=69285







God I'd hate to be a police officer trying to enforce that city's laws. It's either quit your job because you don't agree with the laws or get shot by law abiding citizens protecting their constitutionally protected property.

Medula Oblongata
07-19-2006, 07:42 AM
KNOCK KNOCK

"Who's there?"

"Cook County Sheriff's Department, open your door!"

"Why?"

BOOM <battering ram smashing down door>

Two minutes later, Deputies exit with Grandpa's coach gun...

"Thank you, you're cooperation has been duly noted. You had better get your door fixed or someone might just walk in and rob you tonite!"

ALTERNATIVE SCENARIO

KNOCK KNOCK

"Who's there?"

"Jehova's witnesses!"

BOOM <sound of grandpa's coach gun> JW's running down the street in terror...

Man, to think that Blagovich would rob the law abiding citizens of Illinios of the right to protect their property from evangelists!?!

Of course I am kidding.

Come to my door with the intent of seizing ANY peice of my property and you will find out what would really happen... It would me more like karak-arak-arak-arak-arak-arak-arak-arak! Followed my the sounds of 30 cal brass and links striking the ground.

RamRod
07-19-2006, 11:30 AM
Man, I thought we had it bad up here in "The Great White North".... They've been talking of a handgun ban in Toronto, but I think they realized a lot of Liberals up here own guns too, and they're starting to backed off a bit.

panzermk2
07-19-2006, 12:20 PM
welcome to my world

btown02
07-19-2006, 12:40 PM
welcome to my world
Thanks, but no thanks. :)

panzermk2wife
07-19-2006, 03:39 PM
Panzer & I would move from Illinois if our parents weren't here, believe me.

black campbell
07-20-2006, 03:50 PM
Panzer & I would move from Illinois if our parents weren't here, believe me.

Take 'em with... New Mexico's nice and warm, and the state stays out of your way, gun-wise.

smoke
08-12-2006, 02:27 PM
Yes but its quickly becoming old Mexico Again

black campbell
08-12-2006, 03:56 PM
that's changing. a LOT of people are getting sick of things. the border issue is THE issue here.

jmz5
08-12-2006, 07:05 PM
Yes but its quickly becoming old Mexico Again
nice one

gunsho919
08-13-2006, 01:30 PM
whats up with that IL govenor, I feel sorry for you folks in that state. I thought our gov in Ohio was bad. Sounds to me like Chicago really wrecks it for the rest of IL. Any chance he will get ousted next election.

panzermk2
08-14-2006, 12:56 AM
Nope and the funny thing is the feds are all over busting his buddies and tearing apart his administration with multipul investigatiions. Lots of guys have been arrested already
AND HE LEADS IN THE POLES.
You see Dummycrats can do no wrong in IL/chicago He wines about the state being broke but over rides the state house and gives Millions for infant stem cell research!
He just added a "fee" to all tcikets to pay for new police cars since our current ones are old and have major miles on them. Stupid crap like this and this is just one of many and He still leads in the poles

gunsho919
08-14-2006, 02:29 AM
Nope and the funny thing is the feds are all over busting his buddies and tearing apart his administration with multipul investigatiions. Lots of guys have been arrested already
AND HE LEADS IN THE POLES.
You see Dummycrats can do no wrong in IL/chicago He wines about the state being broke but over rides the state house and gives Millions for infant stem cell research!
He just added a "fee" to all tcikets to pay for new police cars since our current ones are old and have major miles on them. Stupid crap like this and this is just one of many and He still leads in the poles


How far ahead is he in the polls? cause this guy has really got to go!

panzermk2
08-14-2006, 12:50 PM
How far ahead is he in the polls? cause this guy has really got to go!


The latest Rasmussen Reports election poll shows Republican State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka leading Democratic Governor Rod R. Blagojevich 43% to 41%. That toss-up represents an apparent tightening of the race. In our late February poll, Blagojevich bested Topinka 42% to 36%.

panzermk2
08-14-2006, 01:04 PM
this is just a taste

AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/30/06 | Christopher Wills - ap
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The hiring practices of the Illinois governor's office are the focus of a federal investigation into possible misconduct at several state agencies, a federal prosecutor said in a letter made public Friday. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said in the letter he is looking into "very serious allegations of endemic hiring fraud" by Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration. The allegations include violations of restrictions against using politics to award jobs. Investigators have "developed a number of credible witnesses," the letter states. The Democratic governor, who was elected on a promise to clean up government, has not been charged with...






AP ^ | 07/01/06 | F.N. D'ALESSIO
Despite new allegations, Blagojevich says misconduct is limited By F.N. D'ALESSIO CHICAGO - Gov. Rod Blagojevich insisted Saturday that misconduct in his administration is limited to isolated events by people who are soon punished, even though his own inspector general found a top Blagojevich aide took part in a "concerted effort" to subvert the law. "As you police the system, every so often you're going find some people who violate the rules. The test of leadership is what do you do about it? Do you act and do you pursue it? Do you work with other law enforcement agencies to...

panzermk2
08-14-2006, 11:04 PM
Link to Article

By RICH MILLER
Stu Levine has flipped. Things are gonna get crazy real soon.

Levine was a mega Republican insider with very close ties to Jim Ryan, Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 2002 opponent. Some saw fair-minded bipartisanship when Gov. Blagojevich reappointed Levine to both the Teachers Retirement System board of directors and the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. As we soon discovered, the appointments may have been made for entirely different reasons. And now Levine is in a position to create some truly serious trouble for the governor.

You will recall that Joe Cari, the former finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee, caused quite a stir when his negotiated guilty plea was released by the feds. In that plea, Cari claimed Levine told him about a blatantly corrupt “fundraising strategy” involving the teacher pension fund. According to Cari, Levine and Gov. Blagojevich’s two top fundraisers would refuse to allow TRS to invest in a private equity fund unless those private firms hired a consultant of the cabal’s choosing.

The kicker was the favored consultants would have to agree to make “certain political or charitable contributions.” The two fundraisers were identified in the media as Tony Rezko and Chris Kelly — two of the governor’s closest advisers during his first three years in office.

But the big news was that the Cari plea included a statement claiming Gov. Blagojevich — identified in the plea as “Public Official A” — was “acting through” Rezko and Kelly to choose the consultants. The governor and his two guys have both maintained their innocence, with the governor charging that Cari’s testimony was nothing more than “triple hearsay.” The governor also denies that he is “Public Official A.”

Levine was also indicted by the feds last May for “influence peddling, kickbacks, and other corrupt actions” involving his role as vice chairman of the Health Facilities Planning Board. Allegations surfaced in 2004 that some Blagojevich campaign contributors essentially purchased seats on the board for several thousand dollars. Some of those board members were allegedly recruited by Tony Rezko. Levine and Rezko have a personal relationship going back several years.

Because the feds have obtained guilty pleas from some of his other co-conspirators, they have a pretty solid cases against Levine — and this U.S. Attorney hasn't lost a corruption case yet — so Levine’s guilty plea was not unexpected and has been rumored for weeks. The G also has hundreds of hours of wiretap recordings of Levine’s phone conversations and, according to one columnist, he may have even worn a wire.

If Levine and the federal wiretaps confirm Joe Cari’s allegations and/or the board seats for campaign cash claims... well, you get the idea. Forget the “where there’s smoke there’s fire” stuff. This will be a giant mushroom cloud directly over the governor’s office. Levine is scheduled to appear in court in September — right after the unofficial start of the campaign season.

But that's not all the troubles the governor has right now. His lawyers are currently trying to nail a couple of whistleblowers to the wall.

The governor’s office claims that the former head of personnel for the Department of Central Management Services, Dawn DeFraties, broke the law when she helped thousands of politically connected state job applicants. The governor’s lawyer admits that a large number of those tainted applicants were referred by the governor’s own office, but he says DeFraties should have scolded the patronage guys for demanding that she break the law.

This is almost an exact copy of Robert Sorich’s defense. The former patronage director for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley claimed that since he only “recommended” politically connected people for city civil service jobs and didn’t actually hire them, he wasn't guilty of breaking any laws. A federal jury disagreed and Sorich is going to prison.

I think what’s going on here is the Blagojevich administration desperately wants a “win” in front of the state Civil Service Commission, which is currently deciding whether to uphold the administration’s firing of DeFraties on grounds that she was corrupt. That way, the governor can claim that his office has been “vindicated” of all these scurrilous illegal political hiring allegations just in time for the November election.

Politically, it might work. But the legal maneuvering is destined to fail with federal prosecutors. This administration is in big trouble, campers. Big, big trouble.