Edward Vrdolyak, Fast Eddie, Obama thugs, Pay to play politics, Citizen Wells open thread, October 14, 2010

Edward Vrdolyak, Fast Eddie, Obama thugs, Pay to play politics

Edward Vrdolyak, Fast Eddie, a crony of Obama, Blagojevich, Rezko, Levine, et al, is back in the news.

From the Chicago Tribune October 13, 2010.

“Former alderman and Cook County Democratic chair, convicted of fraud, has tapped high-powered connections to benefit charity — and work off his sentence”
“Some felons sentenced to community service work end up doling out soup at homeless shelters. Legendary political insider “Fast Eddie” Vrdolyak worked off many of his court-ordered hours by organizing a star-studded fundraiser at Gibsons steakhouse and driving around in his car while recruiting friends by cell phone to aid a charity.

Handwritten log sheets released Wednesday by his lawyers show that Vrdolyak has logged 1,750 hours on behalf of a DuPage County charity that works with law enforcement to help needy children and veterans, mostly by making phone calls and holding “skull sessions” with donors.

In a controversial sentence last year, Vrdolyak eluded prison for a fraud conviction, but after prosecutors complained, an appeals court ordered he be resentenced. Prosecutors are seeking 31/2 years in prison for him Friday.”
“U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly, who will impose the new sentence, will have dozens of character reference letters to read from Vrdolyak supporters — and he can get an earful about Fast Eddie’s virtues from Elsner as well.

“I know I’m going to be crucified for saying this, but Ed Vrdolyak is the finest man I’ve ever met,” Elsner said. “You just come away from talking to him feeling better about things.””

Read more:


Gee Wally, he seems like a really swell guy.

Yeah Beaver.

I promised you that despite the best attempts of the Obama camp, US Justice Dept. and mainstream media to qwell Obama’s ties to Chicago corruption before the November elections, I would continue to keep this issue alive. Well, here is the truth about Vrdolyak and how the dots are connected to Obama and Blago.

Edward Vrdolyak Indictment


The highlighting below is my doing. Also, in the spirit of “Subliminal Man” from “Saturday Night Live” I have added names in parenthesis that may be relevant.

From the Chicago Tribune August 7, 2008.

Attorney Michael Monico told U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur that prosecutors turned over 250,000 pages of discovery documents just two weeks ago, and the judge agreed to move Vrdolyak’s trial date to Nov. 4 from Sept. 15.

(US Justice Dept.)


From the Tony Rezko trial transcripts.

March 18, 2008; 5:16 p.m.
“In his first 20 minutes on the witness stand, Stuart Levine admitted that he had passed numerous bribes to win private and government business for several firms with which he was connected.

Levine said former Chicago Ald. Edward Vrdolyak acted as a middleman in two bribe schemes, including one to secure a contract with the city Board of Education. On both occasions, Vrdolyak was to pass the bribes onto others, he said.

Levine said he also paid a $500,000 bribe to an undisclosed city official to obtain a tire contract from the Department of Streets and Sanitation. Levine also said he passed on bribes of hundreds of thousands of dollars to win a contract to supply school buses to the Board of Education.

Levine also admitted that he had used hard drugs and distributed drugs to others since the 1970s.


“I experimented with LSD, marijuana, cocaine, quaaludes, Ecstasy, crystal methamphetamine and ketamine,” he said.

Levine, who faces up to life imprisonment, said he hopes to be sentenced to 67 months in prison in return for his cooperation with the government.

“If I lie, the plea agreement is null and void,” he said.

He admitted that after he agreed to cooperate with the government in early 2006, he lied once about Vrdolyak. “I tried to protect him,” he said.

Asked why he decided to allegedly tell the truth about Vrdolyak, Levine said, “I realized that the government realized that I was lying.””

March 18, 2008; 6:06 p.m.
“Stuart Levine also told the jury that at the request of former Chicago Ald. Edward Vrdolyak, he funneled money to Democratic candidates through straw contributors.


Asked by Assistant U.S. Atty. Christopher Niewoehner if he expected to get anything in return, Levine said: “Access.”


Levine testified that from 2000 to 2004, he made a combined $9 million to $10 million. Now, he works as a messenger for a delivery service at $800 a week, he said.

Levine walked through his history of serving on state boards, which, in addition to the Health Facilities Planning Board and the Teachers’ Retirement System board, also included a three-year stint on the Gaming Board. Levine said he eventually resigned.


“I didn’t enjoy the pressure I was getting,” Levine said in a poised manner that seemed well-practiced.

Levine then related how he first met Antoin “Tony” Rezko at a dinner party at the home of Fortunee Massuda, a podiatrist who was also a Rezko business partner.

The dinner took place Nov. 2, 2002, just days before the gubernatorial election. Levine had served as the finance chairman for Republican Jim Ryan. Rezko was an important fundraiser for Rod Blagojevich, Ryan’s opponent.

Levine said he was invited to the dinner by Ruth Rothstein, the head of the Cook County Health Services Department and a friend of Levine’s business partner Robert Weinstein.

Rothstein told Levine that Massuda invited him because she wanted to thank him for speaking up for her proposal before the hospital board to establish a free-standing surgical center on the South Side.

Levine said he had done so as a favor to Rothstein.

In addition to Massuda and her husband, Charles Hannon, others at the dinner included Rothstein, Rezko and his wife, as well as Orlando Jones, the godson of the late Cook County Board President John Stroger.

At the party, Levine said, he and Rezko began talking about their opposite roles in the campaign for governor. Rezko then told Levine that they had mutual friends in Republican power brokers Bill Cellini and Robert Kjellander.

The talk at the dinner then turned to a valuable piece of Gold Coast property that had once been home to the Scholl School of Podiatry at Oak and Dearborn Streets.

The school was in the process of being sold to a North Chicago medical school, now know as Rosalind Franklin University.

Levine served on that school’s board of directors, as did his partner Weinstein. In his capacity at the medical school, Levine was also in charge of selling the Scholl building, and he testified that he had a buyer lined up who was going to pay $15 million. Some $1.5 million was going to be paid as a finder’s fee to Vrdolyak, Levine said.

Levine said Vrdolyak was going to share half of that money with Weinstein and him, even though as board members at the school, such an arrangement would be illegal.

At the party, Levine said, he mentioned that he was having problems closing the sale, and at that point, Massuda chimed in that she had a clinic in the building and would like to buy it.

Levine said he then asked her if she had any role in holding up the sale. Levine said that simultaneously Massuda said, “No,” but Rezko said, “Yes.”

Massuda and Rezko had a short talk, which ended with Massuda saying, “I didn’t want it to come out this way,” and Rezko saying, “Why not just tell him?”

Levine said Rezko then told him that if he already had a buyer lined up for the building, he would no longer stand in his way. Levine did not specify what Rezko was doing to block the sale.

By Election Day, the following Tuesday, Rezko was true to his word, and the sale’s obstacle was resolved, Levine said.”

April 1, 2008; 6:17 p.m.

“But the jury did hear a long call between Levine and his longtime business partner, Dr. Robert Weinstein, about Rosenberg and his larger TRS plans. Rosenberg would be given the choice to raise the campaign cash or to pay a finder’s fee on the $220 million allocation through former Chicago Ald. Edward Vrdolyak, whom Levine said he had used before to pass bribes.”

April 3, 2008; 5:56 p.m.

“Levine still had not agreed to cooperate, and Levine told Duffy that he did not believe the government was aware of the “secret part of his life,” meaning his drug abuse and hotel parties with male friends.


In August 2005, Levine was indicted again, and he still had not agreed to flip. Duffy asked again whether the fact that Levine thought his secret life was still concealed from his family and others was a factor in his decision not to help the government.

“I don’t have a recollection of even thinking about the government knowing about my drug use or not,” Levine answered.

In fall 2005, Levine said, he became aware that one of his drug friends had been interviewed, and Duffy said he wanted to know what role that played in Levine’s cooperation.

“Now you learn that the government is on to this–isn’t that right?” Duffy asked.

“I don’t believe I focused on that aspect whatsoever in that period of time,” Levine answered. “There were many things on my mind, Mr. Duffy.”

Levine said he eventually decided to cooperate a few months later after his lawyer reviewed with him what the results could mean for him if he were convicted.

“They were terrible,” Levine said of the consequences he faced.

To avoid a long jail term, Levine said, he knew he had to cooperate and be completely honest, but still, Duffy pointed out, Levine was not truthful. He lied despite knowing “the sword of Damocles” would come down on him, Duffy said, and Levine agreed.

“You knew the only way you could hurt yourself in this process was by lying?” Duffy asked.

“Yes, sir,” Levine answered.

Levine lied by not telling the government about his dealings with former Chicago alderman Edward Vrdolyak, a man Levine said he often worked bribes through.

Vrdolyak allegedly was to bring in a $1.5 million kickback from the sale of the Scholl School of Podiatry in Chicago to Rosalind Franklin University, and Levine was supposed to get half of it.

He would like to have seen the money even while he was cooperating, Levine admitted, but he insisted he was not truthful about Vrdolyak because he was trying to keep him out of trouble.”

April 4, 2008; 10:55 a.m.
“More tales of the Purple Hotel kicked off this morning’s session of the Antoin “Tony” Rezko corruption trial.

On Thursday, Rezko’s lawyer Joseph Duffy grilled prosecution star witness Stuart Levine about a $761 transaction on his credit card statement for Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at the garish purple-painted Lincolnwood hotel that at the time was part of the Radisson chain. Levine has testified that he and a regular group of “drug buddies” often went to the hotel for daylong binges of crystal meth, cocaine, animal tranquilizers and other drugs.

The significance of that date is that it was the same that Rezko and Levine first met. The occasion was a dinner party, and during the chitchat Levine has said the two men came to realize they had been on opposite sides of a shady real estate deal.

As Duffy tries to chip away at Levine’s credibility, the lawyer used the credit-card statement to suggest that Levine’s memory of that first meeting was suspect because he showed up at the party after leaving a drug binge.

Levine acknowledged that the charge on his credit card was likely legitimate, but repeatedly insisted that he did not remember being at the hotel on that day and considered it unlikely. Credit-card transactions are not always recorded on the same day a charge is actually made.

This morning, Duffy questioned Levine about more charges he incurred at the Radisson. On Saturday, Oct. 26, exactly one week before the dinner party, Levine’s credit-card statement reflected a $1,077 charge at the Radisson, and exactly a week before that there was another $1021 charge there.

Duffy appears to be trying to suggest that Levine had a regular Saturday thing at the Radisson with his drug buddies. In earlier testimony, Levine said the group would get together and party once or twice a month at the Lincolnwood hotel, and always on weekdays. Levine said he tried to hide his secret drug life from his family and wanted to be home and clear-headed on the weekends.”


Tribune trial transcripts:



21 responses to “Edward Vrdolyak, Fast Eddie, Obama thugs, Pay to play politics, Citizen Wells open thread, October 14, 2010

  1. CW,
    I remember a moment from a movie long ago, when someone looked up at the Appollo 11 launch and as the rocket climbed said “Go”. When I read your link to Obama’s criminal past, and the corruption you expose, I want to express that message on to you “Go”.

  2. P.J. Hahn: “We had three fish kills in eight days, all in areas that were heavily oiled during the Deep Horizon Oil spill… All kills covered areas approximately two square miles in size. I collected water and fish samples and turned them over to our DA’s office. Early independent testing results show the fish have oil in their gills and liver. Now a more detail testing will indicate the fingerprint of the oil to see if it matches the BP Deep Horizons oil.”


  3. Pingback: Larry Sinclair – Lt. Col. Lakin’s Plight in Pravda – Candidate on Obama Birth Certificate – Let Rush Limbaugh See It – The BOPAC Report « The BOPAC Report & Larry Sinclair's Allegations

  4. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/10/what-is-mers-and-what-role-does-it-have.html

    What Is MERS and What Role Does It Have in the Foreclosure Mess? (Hint: It Holds 60% of All Mortgages, But Has ZERO Employees)

  5. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/10/at-root-of-crisis-we-find-largest.html

    “At the Root of the Crisis We Find the Largest Financial Swindle in World History”, Where “Counterfeit” Mortgages Were “Laundered” by the Banks

  6. The financial fraud of the bo regime is staggering. bo and his co-conspirators have looted our Banks, our mortgages, our pensions…There is no political solution to this disaster. The only way to solve our now enormous problems is to take our Country back, one County, one State at a time through the Grand Jury Process.

    Justice William O. Douglas: “The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of the people.”

    Abraham Lincoln: “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

    Dr. Sam Sewell: “I think CGJ is the quickest, most effective, and most practical way to clean up government corruption. I have yet to see a viable argument against that premise.”

    For information on forming a Secret Grand Jury to investigate crimes go here:



  7. Monday, October 11, 2010
    New Ad – Kerchner v Obama Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed & Docketed with U.S. Supreme Court – Washington Times National Weekly edition – pg 5
    Kerchner et al v Obama/Congress/Pelosi et al Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed 30 Sep 2010 and docketed 04 Oct 2010 with the U.S. Supreme Court – Washington Times National Weekly edition – 11 Oct 2010 issue, page 5.

    U.S. Supreme Court Docket Number: 10-446. Response from Defendants due to the U.S. Supreme Court by 3 Nov 2010.

    [Update 13 Oct 2010: Kerchner v Obama – Supreme Court Activity]

    Obama’s father was NOT a U.S. Citizen. Obama’s father was not an immigrant to the United States. Obama’s father was a foreign national, a British Subject. Obama is the child of an alien father who was sojourning in the U.S. attending college. Obama was born a British Subject via his father and is still such to this day. Obama is NOT a “natural born Citizen” to constitutional standards. Obama has never conclusively proved he was born in Hawaii. Obama’s paternal family in Kenya, Kenyan government officials, and newspapers in Kenya say he was born in Kenya. Obama’s maternal grandmother likely falsely and illegally registered him as born in Hawaii to get him, her new foreign-born grandson, U.S. Citizenship.

    Link to read and download newest ad: http://www.scribd.com/doc/39077602/Kerchner-v-Obama-Congress-Pelosi-Petition-for-Writ-of-Certiorari-filed-with-U-S-Supreme-Court

    History shows us that a popularly elected, but ineligible, chief executive in the executive branch of a government can be legally and constitutionally removed from office, e.g., Governor Thomas H. Moodie of North Dakota was a prime example. After he was sworn in and serving as Governor, the North Dakota State Supreme Court ordered Governor Moodie removed from office, after it was determined that he was constitutionally and legally ineligible to serve in the office to which he was popularly elected.



    A request from CDR Kerchner:

    Also, please cast your votes to Help the Cause to get the word out:

    1st: Vote for the show topic for the Judge Andrew Napolitano “Freedom Watch” TV show to be a discussion of the legal term of art, “natural born Citizenship”. Please add your vote (in addition to making a comment if desired) for this new TV Show topic suggested by JTX at the Judge Andrew Napolitano “Freedom Watch” TV show suggestion forum. Go to this link and click on the VOTE button and cast 3 of your 10 votes for the show topic to be “natural born Citizenship”. Don’t just make a comment only. That does not count as a vote. Be sure to VOTE too: http://freedomwatch.uservoice.com/forums/16625-freedom-watch-show-ideas/suggestions/969299-natural-born-citizen-meaning-in-natural-law-s?ref=title

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    Charles F. Kerchner, Jr., Commander USNR (Retired)
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  8. http://www.prisonplanet.com/government-trains-troops-to-run-american-cities.html

    Paul Joseph Watson
    Prison Planet.com
    Thursday, October 14, 2010

    Local government officials are training active duty military soldiers to run communities, re-igniting fears that troops will be used to deal with civil unrest in the event of a total economic collapse or other national emergency in a newly militarized America.

    According to an Army Times report, part of the troops’ mission was to deal with “civil unrest and crowd control” by using non-lethal weapons against the American people. After the announcement caused controversy, the Army Times was forced to issue a clarification, claiming that the non-lethal weapons training was intended for use overseas, but the part about “civil unrest and crowd control,” a complete violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, was not retracted.

    In November 2008, Northcom announced that over the course of the following three years, an additional 4,700 troops would be assigned for domestic homeland security missions.

    With the government preparing to seize Americans’ private pensions as the economy further deteriorates, innumerable forecasters are predicting riots and mass civil unrest once the vanishing middle class finally rises from its slumber and realizes that their entire way of life is under immediate threat.

    Unless we can communicate the fact that having troops patrol the streets is not normal and in reality is a warning siren for a country in dire straights, those same troops will soon be firing non-lethal weapons at angry American citizens – or worse.

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  9. CW-Edward Vrdolyak that’s a name I haven’t heard for awhile Fast Eddie Vrdolyak, years ago in the suburbs (Chicago) I asked one of the guys Why do they call him Fast Eddie?, evidentially Fast Eddie was a crooks crook, everyone knew he was a crook, but so slippery he never got caught. Somewhat like the legendary bank robber Willie Sutton “As Willie Sutton the bank robber said when asked why he robbed banks, ‘because that’s where the money is’.” Fast Eddie same type goes to where the money is.
    If you are looking for information DuPage County is the place to go-DuPage hates corruption, one of the reasons is everyone who moved there parents, grandparents are former city kids Chicago, who left Chicago, Cook County due to the graft. They loved the city they grew up in but they did not want the politicians “putting the touch on them”, their attitude was if you give them a nickel they will be after you forever. I’m not saying DuPage County is perfect, but they are not fond of corruption and would assist in catching the bad guys. I also think they are too inexperienced to do frauds-if someone did, it would stick out like a sore thumb. Kids in the suburbs are raised never to bring shame or scandal on the family name.

  10. Apparently a university can decide that a high school graduate from a Christian school is not educated enough to attend college.

  11. http://www.breitbart.tv/democratic-congressman-i-think-the-constitution-is-wrong/
    Democratic Rep. James McGovern (MA-3) made this statement during a debate in Shrewsbury, MA on October 13. The audience seemed to be aware of the gravity of the statement Rep. McGovern had just made as you can barely make out the sound of one hand clapping at the end.

  12. POLL: Voters more likely to see Dems as dominated by extremists

    Maybe that’s because the Dem Party is dominated by Marxists, Socialists and radicals who are extreme.

  13. Lou Dobbs will be on Alex Jones Show today.


  14. Illinois latest state to violate MOVE Act

    First New York failed to meet federal regulations in getting ballots to military personnel serving abroad. Now the Dept. of Justice will investigate whether Illinois also violated the MOVE Act, which Congress passed in the wake of a series of elections where military absentee ballots got left out of the count:

  15. Congressman Ron Paul, Judge Napolitano, Attorney Phil Berg and Lou Dobbs have all praised Alex Jones for his groundbreaking reports.


  16. 7 AM Tomorrow Gerald Celente will be on Alex Jones’ Show


  17. It’s always a numbers game, whether they go with this plan or others the entire system still needs to be investigated and if crimes were committed trials are necessary.
    Whitney Tilson sees a silver lining in a foreclosure moratorium
    Oct. 14, 2010
    Whitney Tilson sees a silver lining in a foreclosure moratorium. According Yahoo!Fianance Tech Ticker:
    According to Tilson, approximately 11.5 million U.S. home mortgages are in danger of foreclosure, or about 20% of outstanding mortgages. Foreclosures anywhere near that total “would be devastating” to the economy and society in general.
    Rather than pursuing foreclosures, Tilson says banks should modify mortgages based on current market levels. With 30-year fixed-rate mortgages around 4.30%, a combination of lower rates and reduced principal balance would put around 8 million of those “troubled” mortgages back above water, he estimates, providing homeowners with both an incentive and the ability to stay current on their loans.
    To help banks offset the risk of these mortgage modifications Tilson suggests the U.S. government guarantee all the loans via Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA. Before you scoff about this being another taxpayer-funded bailout and moral hazard run amok, consider the U.S. government has provided Fannie and Freddie a blank check through 2012. In other words, taxpayers are already guaranteeing the mortgage market so homeowners might as well share more directly in the largess; Columbia’s Glenn Hubbard made a similar point in his recent Tech Ticker appearance.
    Of course, any fix to the housing crisis is easier said than done and there will be huge legal and political obstacles to overcome. But Tilson believes foreclosure is “the worst-possible outcome” for everyone – the financial system, homeowners and their local communities.
    So anything that prevents more foreclosures is a good thing and if ‘foreclosure gate’ helps get the government and banks to agree on “real” mortgage modifications, it might end up being the best solution to our national housing nightmare.

  18. Great Interview by Alex Jones with Lou Dobbs


  19. Philo-Publius

    DHS scoured social media sites during Obama inauguration for ‘items of interest’

    Looks like this doesn’t rate as important news since the lame stream media are not covering the story.

    We all know Obama and his cohorts have been doing this and more ever since.

  20. Philo-Publius

    The Department of Human Services on Tuesday won custody of a child who faced blindness in one eye after her parents treated her with prayer instead of seeking medical care.

    The girl’s parents…face criminal charges for failing to provide adequate care.

  21. Philo-Publius

    Judge allows states’ healthcare suit to proceed

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