Obama style Chicago politics, Like Barack like Rahm: Ballot tactics ring familiar, John Kass

Obama style Chicago politics, Like Barack, like Rahm: Ballot tactics ring familiar, John Kass

John Kass of the Chicago Tribune has been telling it like it is for years.

November 18, 2010.

“White House Bare-knuckle strategy to douse residency questions harkens to Obama’s 1996 state Senate race”

“Rahm Emanuel’s campaign demanded Wednesday that his opponents condemn efforts to challenge his candidacy and knock him off the Chicago mayoral ballot.

“News reports indicate that political operatives are organizing an attempt to limit the choices of Chicago voters in the mayoral election,” Emanuel spokesman Ben LaBolt told reporters about my Wednesday column.

That column detailed the coming legal challenges to Rahm’s candidacy. These include the fact — confirmed by all sides now — that while he lived in Washington, Emanuel was twice purged from the Chicago voter rolls yet was allowed to vote absentee even though he wasn’t living at his old North Side address.

How this was done may be explained any day now, as election law expert Burt Odelson is expected to challenge Rahm’s candidacy before the city elections board.
Naturally, the Emanuel campaign put its own spin on things.

“Every mayoral candidate has an obligation to state whether they are involved in this effort,” LaBolt said. “If they’re not involved, they have an obligation to publicly condemn it.”

That’s an admirable strategy by an able public relations guy. And I’m in agreement that Rahm is a Chicagoan and should be allowed to run for mayor. But then, there’s that irritating law, which says in order to run for mayor, a candidate must live in the city a year before the election.

Yet this highly principled demand from the Rahministas, about condemning political operators who seek to limit the choices of the voters, reminds me of a guy.

He’s a famous Chicago politician, known across the world. And he, too, used bare-knuckle tactics before the Chicago election board to knock his opponents off the primary ballot.

He not only knocked off his main rival. By the time he was done, this politician knocked all of them off — The Chicago Way.

And “voter choice”? Are you kidding? After this guy was through, voters had no choice at all. He was the only one left on the ballot.

This candidate’s name?

Barack Obama.

Yes, the very same fellow who is now president of the United States and was, until quite recently, the boss to both Emanuel and LaBolt in Washington.

In the 1996 Democratic primary campaign for the Illinois Senate, Obama used every trick in the book before the election board to get rid of his four opponents.

He didn’t challenge their residency. Instead, Obama challenged their petitions of candidacy. And years later, as he campaigned for the presidency, he was billed as a reformer, not some old-school Chicago pol.”

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21 responses to “Obama style Chicago politics, Like Barack like Rahm: Ballot tactics ring familiar, John Kass

  1. American heroes stand up to the TSA

  2. Exposed: Michael Chertoff’s junk

  3. WE WON”T FLY!!!

  4. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2629182/posts

    Airport staff ‘exposed woman’s breasts, laughed’
    News dot com (AUS) ^ | 11/18/2010

    Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2010 8:56:14 AM by markomalley

    A WOMAN is suing over an incident where airport staff allegedly pulled down her top and joked about her breasts in public view.

    The 23-year-old traveller, from Amarillo, US, is suing the US Government for the emotional distressed she says the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents caused.

    The woman says she was singled out for “extended search procedures” while preparing to board a plane to Amarillo in May 2008.

    “As the TSA agent was frisking plaintiff, the agent pulled the plaintiff’s blouse completely down, exposing plaintiffs’ breasts to everyone in the area,” the lawsuit said.

  5. TSA National Opt-Out Day


    Woman describes Sexual Assault by TSA Agent

  6. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2629196/posts

    Man claims Charlotte NC TSA employee groped his 6-year-old son
    WBTV News ^ | 11-18-10 | Brigida Mack

    Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2010 8:20:11 AM by FS11

    WBTV found the anonymous submission on a blog, “We Won’t Fly.” The man says the incident happened earlier this month and he describes how his little boy was traumatized saying the TSA agent groped his groin and that the little boy left the checkpoint in tears.

    The commenter says his son was aggressively patted down by a TSA employee.

    “He was pleading for me to help him and I was admonished for trying to comfort him,” the comment on the blog states. “His genitals area was groped. He walked down to the plane in tears.”

  7. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2629218/posts

    Opinion: ‘National Opt-Out Day’ a revolt against TSA pat downs
    Yahoo News ^ | 11-18-10 | Cathy A Montville Cathy A Montville

    Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2010 8:42:34 AM by FS11

    Need to travel, particularly for the upcoming holidays? Is flying the only way to get there? Are you OK with TSA subjecting you to a full-body scan? If the answer is no — you can participate in a protest Nov. 24 during National Opt-Out Day. Brian Sodegren wants travelers to pass on the scan at airports everywhere. He urges fliers instead to go for TSA’s upgraded body pat down in full view of other people. Is the TSA going too far with invasive screening?

    Just Say No to TSA Groping

  8. GBAmerica | November 18, 2010 at 8:51 am |
    In the video you posted.
    Why has Michael Chertof mentioned Obama three different times, that Obama was born in Hawaii, in this video. Being born in Hawaii qualifies as NBC?

    That is not what Chertof agreed to in senate resolution 511, in his conversation with senator Leahy. Then, he agreed the definition was Two parents and born in US territory. Are all of these people in DC corrupt?

  9. http://www.winthroptranscript.com/2010/03/04/winthrop-man-sought-in-connection-with-child-rape-case/

    Winthrop Police were searching this week for 45-year old Sean Shanahan, most recently of 26 Shirley Street apartment #3 on five charges including two counts of statutory rape, two counts of enticing a child and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, after the alleged victim’s parents reported finding disturbing and explicit text messages on the child’s cell phone.

    “This individual (Shanahan) is someone who was familiar with the child,” explained Police Chief Terrence Delehanty. “It appears that this case began with a series of text messages and then progressed to other activities that included the statutory rape charges.”

    Shanahan, a Transportation Security Administration employee at Logan Airport, has not appeared at his job in several days and has also not been back to his apartment on Shirley Street, following an initial search of his residence by police, which resulted in the confiscation of a computer and cell phone from his home.

  10. WANT A LAUGH….An old friend sent this to me….pretty good……I had never seen this guy but I don’t watch much TV…

    Steve Bridges imitated George Bush on the Jay Leno Show during the entire eight years he was president. He was made up to look and act almost exactly like Bush. He has now started imitating Obama and REALLY does it right. The Administration has tried to put a stop to Bridges’ act because Obama has made it known that he is deeply offended. .

    Click http://www.stevebridges.com/obamavideos-promo-jan2010-lg.html

  11. Jacqlyn Smith,

    I seen your comment yesterday whereby your friends were doing a short sale on their house and not allowed to buy it back.

    like you, I have never heard of not being able to purchase the bank selling price from the same persons, at least not on a short sale. I do know that under a repo or foreclosure, then they are not. This happened to a friend of mine many years ago. They had the money, which he pulled from his retirement funds. He simply asked me if I would purchase it for him and his wife, which I did. We then went to the title company and I signed it back over to him. he paid all costs.

    If your friends have anyone that would do this for them, since they have the money, I would suggest they do the same.

    just a thought.

  12. Obama Joke….

    This is not a politically correct joke. But then again, I am not a politically correct person.

    One day in the future, Barack Obama has a heart
    attack and dies.

    He immediately goes to Hell, where the devil is
    waiting for him.

    “I don’t know what to do here,” says the devil. “You
    are on my list, but I have no room for you. You definitely have to
    stay here, so I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’ve got a couple of
    folks here who weren’t quite as bad as you. I’ll let one of them go,
    but you have to take their place. I’ll even let YOU decide who

    Obama thought that sounded pretty good, so the devil
    opened the door to the first room.

    In it was Ted Kennedy and a large pool of water. Ted
    kept diving in, and surfacing, empty handed. Over, and over, and over
    he dived in and surfaced with nothing. Such was his fate in hell.

    “No,” Obama said. “I don’t think so. I’m not a good
    swimmer, and I don’t think I could do that all day long.”

    The devil led him to the door of the next room.

    In it was Al Gore with a sledgehammer and a room
    full of rocks. All he did was swing that hammer, time after time after

    “No, this is no good; I’ve got this problem with my
    shoulder. I would be in constant agony if all I could do was break
    rocks all day,” commented Obama.

    The devil opened a third door. Through it, Obama saw
    Bill Clinton, lying on the bed, his arms tied over his head, and his
    legs restrained in a spread-eagle pose. Bent over him was Monica
    Lewinsky, doing what she does best.

    Obama looked at this in shocked disbelief, and
    finally said, “Yeah man, I can handle this.”

    The devil smiled and said .. . . . .

    (This is priceless…)

    “OK, Monica, you’re free to go.”

  13. SirWilliam | November 18, 2010 at 10:33 am |

    Jacqlyn Smith,

    I seen your comment yesterday whereby your friends were doing a short sale on their house and not allowed to buy it back.

    like you, I have never heard of not being able to purchase the bank selling price from the same persons, at least not on a short sale. I do know that under a repo or foreclosure, then they are not. This happened to a friend of mine many years ago. They had the money, which he pulled from his retirement funds. He simply asked me if I would purchase it for him and his wife, which I did. We then went to the title company and I signed it back over to him. he paid all costs.

    If your friends have anyone that would do this for them, since they have the money, I would suggest they do the same.

    just a thought.
    Hello Sir W….I believe she said her daughter was going to try and buy it back but so far she hadn’t heard whether or not she would qualify for a loan of that amount….I think what is holding it up is that the Realtor was called in for jury duty….thanks for the info though…I will relay it to her if I see her again….I just happened to bump into her!

  14. SirWilliam | November 18, 2010 at 10:56 am |

    Obama Joke….

    This is not a politically correct joke. But then again, I am not a politically correct person.

    Too funny….but remember….BO is bi-sexual so leaning over Bill Clinton probably wouldn’t be much of a punishment for the FRAUD-N-CHIEF~~

  15. Jacqlyn Smith,

    I forgot about that. Good point. I guess that makes the joke even more funny. LOL


    I read this comment here at: http://drkatesview.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/obamas-choice/#comments

    and I wanted to pass it on to ALL Americans far and wide!

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at 9:26 pm
    OT, but very important…

    “NaturalNews) Senate Bill 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, has been called “the most dangerous bill in the history of the United States of America.” It would grant the U.S. government new authority over the public’s right to grow, trade and transport any foods. This would give Big brother the power to regulate the tomato plants in your backyard. It would grant them the power to arrest and imprison people selling cucumbers at farmer’s markets. It would criminalize the transporting of organic produce if you don’t comply with the authoritarian rules of the federal government.

    “It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” – Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower

    This tyrannical law puts all food production (yes, even food produced in your own garden) under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. Yep — the very same people running the TSA and its naked body scanner / passenger groping programs.

    This law would also give the U.S. government the power to arrest any backyard food producer as a felon (a “smuggler”) for merely growing lettuce and selling it at a local farmer’s market.

    It also sells out U.S. sovereignty over our own food supply by ceding to the authority of both the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Codex Alimentarius.

    It would criminalize seed saving, turning backyard gardeners who save heirloom seeds into common criminals. This is obviously designed to give corporations like Monsanto a monopoly over seeds.

    It would create an unreasonable paperwork burden that would put small food producers out of business, resulting in more power over the food supply shifting to large multinational corporations.

    I encourage you to read more about this dangerous bill at the Food Freedom blog on WordPress and watch this excellent video on NaturalNews.TV which explains S.510 in more detail.

    Take action now or lose your right to grow your own food!!

    Sign this petition at Citizens for Health:

    Do it today! This is really important. This site may be overloaded with people going to it to protest. Try again later if this is the case.

    In addition, the Cornucopia Institute recently sent out an urgent call-to-action email containing the following information:

    How to protest Senate Bill 510:

    1) Go to Congress.org and type in your zip code in the box in the upper right hand corner.

    2) Click on your Senator’s name, and then on the contact tab for their phone number. You can also call the Capitol Switchboard and ask to be directly connected to your Senator’s office: 202-224-3121 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 202-224-3121 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

    3) Once connected ask to speak to the legislative staff person responsible for agriculture. If they are unavailable leave a voice mail message. Be sure to include your name and phone number.

    Give them this message in support of the “Tester Amendment” which would exempt small farms from S.510:

    “I am a constituent of Senator___________. I ask that he/she support the Tester Amendment to the food safety bill. The Tester Amendment will exempt the safest, small, owner-operator farms and food facilities and farmers who direct market their products to consumers, stores or restaurants. Food safety legislation should not create inappropriate and costly regulatory barriers to family farms and the growing healthy food movement in the drive to crack down on corporate bad actors. Please support the Tester Amendment and market opportunities for small and mid-sized family farms, and small food processing facilities.”

    You may also wish to explain that you oppose the Food Safety Modernization Act in its entirety, and it is a destructive, freedom-crushing law that will destroy the future of food in America.

    Remember, America has already lost control over its money supply to the Federal Reserve (nearly a hundred years ago). America has lost its health due to the medical industry and its profit-from-sickness agenda. Now we may lose our right to grow our own food and save our own seeds if Senate Bill 510 passes.

    This is a dangerous, tyrannical law that would thrust the American people into an age of darkness and malnutrition. It would criminalize many of the very people growing our food and turn food production into yet another corporate monopoly.

    Please take the time right now to contact your U.S. Senator and voice your strong opposition to this bill.”

    # # # #

    November 17th, 2010 @ 7:00 pm

    that is exactly, why those …. judges should have allowed discovery, yet they continue adding and abetting this massive fraud and treason against 309 million American Citizens . What will it take?”

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

  17. “usapatriots-shout | November 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm |

    We are now in 30 hours of post-cloture debate which puts a
    vote on the motion to proceed sometime tomorrow (Thursday).

    Definition of Cloture:
    The only procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on
    consideration of a bill or other matter, and thereby overcome a
    filibuster. Under the cloture rule (Rule XXII), the Senate may limit
    consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours, but only by
    vote of three-fifths of the full Senate, normally 60 votes.

    Make your calls to your Senators and ask them to vote NO!

    This goes to vote tomorrow


    # # # #

    EMERGENCY!! FOLLOW UP ON: Senate Bill 510

    An Extremely Important Comment From: http://drkatesview.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/standing-and-the-constitution/

    Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 11:39 am


    Yesterday, November 17th, the Senate voted “CLOTURE” (i.e. to end debate) on S.510. The final vote on this HORRIFIC bill will possibly be TODAY.

    We MUST stop these “lame ducks” from taking away our health freedom! Contact your Senators NOW and tell them to vote “No.”

    Click the “Take Action Now” button below and you will be redirected to a website where you can enter your zip code (then click “submit zip”) and it will auto-generate emails to both of your Senators. Then just fill in your name and address and your email and click “Send your Message” and you’re done. The entire process takes less than 1 minute.

    Here’s the link:


    PLEASE take the time to do this IMMEDIATELY. Again, the Senate may vote on this today….”

    * * * * * * *
    Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 12:00 pm

    Thanks, Paula, I did.”

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    CW’s – WE II’S – We MUST do this!! Americans, Spread this far and wide and let it go viral all over the Internet!! ALL AMERICANS!!

    AMERICANS, URGENT EMERGENCY!!!!!! PLEASE!!! SPREAD THIS FAR & WIDE ON THE INTERNET!!! Thank you, Paula!!! Thank you USAPatriots-Shout!!! This is about the Future Of Our Freedoms, Civil Rights, Liberties, and the Future Of Our GREAT, BEAUTIFUL, & FREE, RULE OF LAW CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC NATION & COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. SirWilliam | November 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm |

    It did make the joke funnier because he is AC/DC

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