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Blago and Elvis connection

Had he survived, Elvis Presley would be celebrating his 75th birthday this year. The King lives again at Heritage Auctions’ August 14th Elvis Auction at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. The auction is topped by the listing of Elvis Presley’s White Knabe Grand Piano which is expected to bring in over $1 million. Other items up for bid include his original 1955 RCA Contract, a signed Graceland Purchase Agreement, personal address book, love letter, jumpsuit and handgun.

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And speaking of Elvis and Auction:

Disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s personal belongings are set to go up for auction by the storage facility to which he owes one year’s worth of back rent. Indeed, Boyer-Rosene Moving & Storage, a Chicago-area moving and storage company, plans to sell the contents of seven 5′ by 7′ wooden storage crates he has rented for the past eight years (as seen below), according to Paul Lombardo, Boyer-Rosene’s chief executive officer.

Most of the contents of the crates are documents, but there’s one intriguing item: a life-size statue of crooner Elvis Presley with a microphone in hand.


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Posted:  07.28.10

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Leave Roland Burris Alone!

Let the man have his Senate seat and get off his back.

I really don’t know what the problem is with Mr. Burris.  If all calling for him to resign would just shut up, there would not be a problem.  And if — if — he had to walk in by himself last night as some kind of a shun, then all the Senators should be ashamed.  I absolutely hate it when someone cries race or racist, but I am beginning to wonder if that’s what it is.  First they block him from the Senate floor so he can’t be sworn in with the rest of the Senate, and now they want him to resign.

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He obviously wants the position, I think he considers it an honor that he maybe has hoped, he was duly and legitimately appointed, and he seems to me to be an honorable man, so just exactly what has he done that he should resign?

And besides that, if Tim Tax Cheat Geithner can be Secretary of the Treasury and IRS, Mr. Burris can surely be a Senator.

Posted:  02.25.09

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Blago is out, done, impeached – Cheers for Blago.

Well, Blagojevich has been duly impeached.  He did not go down without a fight.  This is what I would say, if I were this good with words. I’m not, so I’ll just link to it.

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Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich delivers his closing statement at his impeachment trial in Springfield. “Is it the right precedent to set to take a gov twice elected and throw him out of office when you’re not able to prove criminal allegations?” Blagojevich asked. ‘The ends don’t justify the means. An improper impeachment not based on evidence are improper ends do not justifying the means.

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Senators listen during the deliberation period of  impeachment trial in the Illinois Senate.

I’ll just echo the words: Bravo, Blago, Bravo!!!

Posted: 01.29.09

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Blagojevich’s media tour (Update)

Impeachment proceedings began yesterday in Illinois with an empty seat where the “impeached” should be sitting.  Meanwhile Governor Blagojevich was making his rounds on almost every tv show you can think of.

In one of the interviews Rod Blagojevich is quoted as saying,  “I thought about Mandela, Dr. King, Gandhi and trying to put some perspective in all of this.”

That is one of the quotes the MSM chose to wallpaper the airways with yesterday.  A little over the top, I will agree, but it’s not a whole lot different than comparing yourself to Abraham Lincoln, Bible and all.

The only interview I actually saw was on Larry King Live, so I was just trying to find out what he said besides the Gandhi quote and the Richard Nixon quote the media decided to play for me.  Here’s a little tidbit that I had not heard before:

“And for me to just quit because some cackling politicians want to get me out of the way because there’s a whole bunch of things they don’t want known about them and conversations they may have had with me ….. would be to disgrace my children when I know I’ve done nothing wrong,” Blagojevich said in a transcript of the interview.

And about his media blitz of yesterday, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times said:

Blagojevich probably did whip up some sympathy for himself, and that can’t hurt. For someone not caught up in the process, it’s hard to distinguish an impeachment trial — where yes, the governor can be removed from office without calling the witnesses he wants — with a criminal trial, where he has “rights.”

I think I understand the difference between a trial and the impeachment.  Not so much familiar with the impeachment rules, but what seems unfair to me is if they are going to use the wire tap conversations as grounds for the impeachment, which they are, he should be allowed to call witnesses involved in the audio conversations.  So I agree with him.  Call all witnesses, play all tapes, let the whole truth come out.

I just heard there will be some evidence brought forward today on the wire taps.  One thing about it, we don’t even know if the wire taps were obtained legally.  It’s not unheard of that recordings are thrown out at trial.

There are 13 charges in the Articles of Impeachment.  It took me a very long time to find a copy of the actual document.

UPDATE:  Well, I see I have Geraldo on my side.  Just see THIS VIDEO.

Posted: 01.27.09

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Blago skipping trial, doing media blitz instead

TVNewser reports that:

Rod Blagojevich has added Fox to his media blitz. “Insiders tell us Blagojevich will be interviewed in-studio by Geraldo Rivera tomorrow afternoon at 2pmET.”

ABC announced Friday that the network had snared the first Blago interview, but that was before he went to NBC. Blagojevich sat down with NBC’s Amy Robach for an interview airing on Sunday’s “Today” and “NBC Nightly News.”

Skipping his trial on Monday, he will appear live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “The View” — the latter with his wife, Patti. Then, Monday night he’ll be taking calls on “Larry King Live.”

This video is so funny.  (Adult content that may be offensive to some.)

H/T:  MsM

Posted:  01.26.09

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In major turn-around Obama now says Burris should be seated quickly

Now it is becoming a little clearer — MSNBC is reporting that Obama stepped in yesterday and told Harry Reid to more or less make this Burris “distraction” go away.

And there’s this from the Chicago Tribune:

Obama told Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and others when he visited Capitol Hill this week “that if Burris had legal standing—and it appears he has—he should be seated as quickly as possible,” a senior Democratic official said Wednesday. Obama earlier had sided with Reid’s opposition to the appointment.

What’s interesting is why did they take that route to begin with.  Maybe they thought Burris would not accept or that Blagojevich would back off but they had to know there would be problems with their stance.  And Barack Obama, constitutional scholar that he is, certainly knew he was on thin ice.  Looks a little bit like Obama flipped on Reid, doesn’t it?  He went out on Sunday Meet The Press saying Burris would not be seated, thinking Obama had his back.  Nope.  Not surprising.  But now they are all backpedaling and Burris will be seated, as he should be.

See this rendition by John Kass, Obama serves Reid taste of the Chicago way.

And P.E.B.O has made how many speeches now on the economy, I think four or five, and yet he can’t make a simple statement on the Gaza crisis because “there’s only one president at a time.”  Today he makes a — the sky is falling, major panic, need more money, hurry, hurry, hurry print more money speech…..  It makes me ill.  $800 billion plus?

Posted:  01.08.09

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Reid should greet Mr. Burris with respect, allow him to have his Senate seat

Dozens of black leaders and ministers gave Roland Burris a rousing send-off Sunday at New Covenant Church on Chicago’s South Side. Burris took the stage to a crescendo of drums, organ music and applause as hundreds of supporters cheered his appointment.

“We are hoping and praying that they will not be able to deny what the Lord has ordained,” Burris said. “I am not hesitating. I am now the junior Senator from the state of Illinois. Some people may want to question that and that is their prerogative.”

At New Covenant Church, Bobby Rush called the Senate the “last bastion of plantation politics.” The Chicago Democrat said blacks had been “excluded systematically for too long.”

But several people sitting in the pews during the Burris send-off said their support for his appointment has nothing to do with the him being African-American.

“I’m elated, very happy, overjoyed. Burris has served this community for many years,” said 66-year-old D. Shepherd, a retired minister from Chicago. “He’s the best man under the circumstances; it’s not because he’s black.”

Race is making this a sticky issue, especially since Harry had made it clear to Blagojevich days before Gov. Blagojevich was charged with trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, who he didn’t want in the post: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Danny Davis or and Emil Jones.

It could be coincidental they are all black, but regardless, I believe they should give the man his Senate seat and show him respect when he arrives in Washington.

I don’t think Harry or anyone else wants to stand in the way of “what the Lord has ordained.”  I just really don’t.

Posted:  01.05.09

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