Chicago Tribune Why is Blago’s appeal dragging on and on?, Citizen Wells answer all about protecting Obama, Why was Blagojevich prosecution and adjudication delayed over years?, More pristine on Rezko

Chicago Tribune Why is Blago’s appeal dragging on and on?, Citizen Wells answer all about protecting Obama, Why was Blagojevich prosecution and adjudication delayed over years?, More pristine on Rezko

“An unusual court delay is keeping Rod Blagojevich’s appeal “out of sight, out of mind.””…Chicago Tribune April 10, 2015

“I believe I’m more pristine on Rezko than him.”…Rod Blagojevich

“Regardless of how this plays out, it benefits Obama. If there is no appeal or the appeal is denied, Blagojevich will be sequestered. If the appeal proceeds, it could drag out beyond impacting the 2012 election cycle. The intent is obvious.”…Citizen Wells, July 19, 2011



The Chicago Tribune asks:  Why is Blago’s appeal dragging on and on?

A much bigger and more important question is: Why was the Blagojevich prosecution and adjudication delayed over years?

Especially since his administration came under investigation by the feds at least by late 2003.

The answer is: It is all about protecting Obama.

Recently the National Enquirer reported:

“He’s constantly muttering to himself about Obama and blames the president for him being in prison and is sure he will be released within the year,”

From the Chicago Tribune April 10, 2015.

“Commentary: Why is Blago’s appeal dragging on and on?”

“It’s been three years since former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich started his 14-year prison sentence for political corruption, including trying to sell Barack Obama’s soon to be vacated U.S. Senate seat. If his appeal is unsuccessful, the earliest he could get out of prison would be around Christmas 2024.

But wait. He appealed his conviction before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago on July 15, 2013. So, he still has a chance his conviction will be overturned and he’ll be released, resentenced or the appellate court may order a new trial on all the charges. There still is a glimmer of hope for the disgraced governor.

This appeal, however, is unique in the annals of appellate jurisprudence. The case was argued before a three-judge panel in December 2013. Normally, a decision is handed down within three to six months after oral argument before the court. In a very rare situation, the decision may not be rendered until nine months after the case was argued.

However, it’s been more than 15 months since the case was argued before the court and “taken under advisement,” more than double the normal time for deciding an appeal.
This extraordinary delay has generated extensive speculation by legal scholars and practitioners as to what is going on in the court’s deliberation over the appeal. Some say the court is really struggling with the central issue of so-called “honest services,” the fuzzy legal distinction between traditional political horse-trading and flat-out corrupt bribery. Others maintain the court is just being particularly careful in light of the national significance of the case. Still others suggest that a lengthy written majority opinion is likely, with an equally lengthy dissenting opinion, both of which likely require drafts and redrafts in an attempt to “get it right.”

Whatever the explanation, this appeal is proving to be out of the ordinary.”

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23 responses to “Chicago Tribune Why is Blago’s appeal dragging on and on?, Citizen Wells answer all about protecting Obama, Why was Blagojevich prosecution and adjudication delayed over years?, More pristine on Rezko

  1. citizenwells

    “DATE: 11/12/2008
    TIME: 10:44 A.M.
    ACTIVITY: Rod Blagojevich home line incoming call.
    SESSION: 545
    BLAGOJEVICH: Rod Blagojevich
    HARRIS: John Harris

    BLAGOJEVICH I just talked to Balanoff.

    HARRIS Yeah. You called him?


    HARRIS Okay.

    BLAGOJEVICH It’s clear he got the message back from them they want no part of me. You know the Rezko thing and…

    HARRIS Right, right.

    BLAGOJEVICH I thin-, you know, it’s really, I get that I’m a big boy and I can handle that, but it’s really fucking galling, this guy is more Tony’d up than I am. And it’s almost like they fucking conspi-, made a concerted effort and they got the Chicago media to fucking make me wear Rezko more. To fucking dilute it from him.”

  2. citizenwells

    “I have just opened up the site to the public. I did this because I want to allow as many people as possible to be able to comment on the upcoming 2016 Elections. We really need to get a positive dialogue going that will support the Conservative American values and morals.”

  3. I don’t like the sound of this.

    Obama Warns Parents: Your Kids Are Mine
    By Cliff Kincaid Full Story

    President Barack Obama has issued a declaration on human sexuality and what constitutes moral and mental health for the nation. He is warning Christian parents that the federal government wants their kids.


    This is probably the best…..
    I’ve seen in a long, long time. The following has been attributed to Lewis Napper, a Jackson, Mississippi computer programmer.
    He didn’t expect his essay — a tart 10-point list of “rights” Americans don’t have — to become an Internet legend.

    We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional.
    We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights.’

    You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

    You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone — not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; but the world is full of dummies, and probably always will be.

    You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful; do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

    You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

    You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in public health care.

    You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don’t be surprised if the rest of us want to see you get the blue juice.

    You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won’t have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

    You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

    You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

    This is an English speaking country. We don’t care where you came from, English is our language. Learn it!


    You do not have the right to change our country’s history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution.

    The phrase
    is part of our heritage and history, sorry if you are uncomfortable with it.

    Sensible people of the United States must speak out because if you do not, who will

  5. Great read BOB……too bad most people will disagree with these articles….

    Remember this is the ME generation and these ignorant snot-nosed kids demand everything be given to them without question…..

    God help us…this bunch of new kids coming up won’t !

  6. 25350512…….
    You are a person who follows my own heart. I have said the same exact things for over a few years,but sadly very few even bother to PAY ANY ATTENTION………they are far too busy DOIN THEIR DOPE, WATCHIN PORN, LAYING AROUND DOIN NUTHIN,and GETTING US GOVERNMENT WELFARE, AND THAT IS THEIR ENTIRE DOMAIN. ….BTW where have we seen all of this before? Oh yes…..take a long hard look at France, the GIMME country. I have been to LaHavre,and when I was there the city smelled like something DEAD. I was really glad when we got back to sea….at least we could inhale good clean fresh Medeterranian air. Hell even Japan in the 1950s was better than France. I sometimes wonder what the unemployment figure is in France.

  7. 25350512
    ………..but at the same time I hasten to add that NOT ALL of our youngsters are INEPT, but sadly the number of those who truly have a high school education at graduation has fast diminished to only a handful out of hundreds graduating. Last year a California organisation wanted to see what the truth was, so they devised a potential job offer to exactly 100 applicants. The people conducting the interviews,and tests knew the truth about why it was being done. They used an 8th grade SAT on all 100 applicants who were all recent college grads. They got the shock of their lives when only 11 out of the 100 college grads passed the SAT. Now they know the REST OF THE STORY.

  8. 25350512……
    ………and now I arrive at the so called education system of America. I only need a few words…….two of which are “IT SUCKS”. Young female teachers seem more preoccupied with getting it on with their students,than with teaching the THREE Rs. Hell some of these so called teachers even pass out rolled condoms to first graders to play with. This sort of behavior tells just how DAMN MENTALLY TWISTED,and or perverted some of the elementary school teachers are. They don’t seem to possess any morals at all. Whenever I see another so called teacher being arrested for sexual attack on a student (especially an underage youngster) I really get hostile. Makes me feel like going to wherever they are and SEVERLY reshaping that teacher’s head. Fortunately most are caught quickly,and here in Indiana that so called teacher will NEVER teach again.

  9. CW…….
    …..I’ll give you three guesses who is watching over Blago. He will be pardoned by Soetoro at the end of his term in office………..but until that happens Blago will remain on ICE. I am sure that Blago has been advised of that as well. Everybody involved will see to it that the legal wheels turn slowly enough to insure the fact that Blago’s cell remains occupied until 2016. Blago is smart enough to keep his mouth shut…..but sadly where the game is concerned there is no guarantee that he will live to walk out of the cell. He will be pardoned,and then he might very well be WHACKED…….but there is a very remote chance that Blago might end up having the LAST WORD, and spilling his guts……..if he gets pi$$ed off enough. That is life in the Chicago Boy’s Club @ GOON CITY!

  10. ……..but the one thing they all forget……….they have a date with their MAKER. Even Al Capone,or any of the Chicago, or New York mob have ever figured out how to LIVE FOREVER. They are all scheduled to appear in God’s court. There is a subpoena waiting to be served! BASTARD,or ANGEL…..male,or female…..makes NO DIFFERENCE TO GOD.

  11. bye bye all ………Be sure to pray, as tomorrow could be your last day on earth!

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    At least 100 Islamist teachers and teaching assistants implicated in last year’s “Trojan Horse” teaching scandal in Birmingham, England may face lifetime teaching bans.

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  15. Obamacare Death Spiral

    WASHINGTON — With the Supreme Court currently mulling the King v. Burwell case against the Affordable Care Act, supporters of Obamacare have warned that a “death spiral” may result if the court strikes down subsidies for health insurance purchased through federally established exchanges.

    But the federal health-care takeover law already has caused a death spiral, according to Dr. Lee Hieb, M.D., past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

    It’s just that she speaks of a different kind of death spiral.

    “There’s a death spiral in medicine already because it’s creating shortages of doctors and hospital closures, and that’s a business death spiral the medical community’s already starting to be in,” Hieb said.

    A traditional “death spiral” occurs when many healthy people drop health insurance coverage, leaving a risk pool that is smaller and sicker than before. Insurers are forced to raise premiums to continue paying promised benefits to their sick customers. But this premium hike causes remaining healthy customers to drop coverage as well, because they don’t feel it is worth it to pay sky-high premiums for coverage they rarely, if ever, use.

    Once these healthy people leave, insurers must raise premiums again, causing even more healthy customers to leave. The cycle continues until only the seriously ill remain in the risk pool, because they are the only ones with an incentive to pay the enormous premiums.

    That already may be evident. According to a recent article, premiums rose by an average of 41 percent from 2013 to 2014, the latter of which was the first year Obamacare was in effect. Also, only about 28 percent of Obamacare enrollees are in the healthy 18-to-34-year-old age group. Analysts had originally estimated that about 40 percent of enrollees would have to be in that age group so their premiums could pay for benefits for the elderly and sick.

    Hieb, author of “Surviving the Medical Meltdown: Your Guide to Living Through the Disaster of Obamacare,” is concerned about more than just rising premiums and smaller, sicker risk pools. Those problems represent a death spiral of medical insurance, she says. But as a practicing orthopedic surgeon, Hieb worries about the death spiral of medical providers.

    She gave a personal example. She once worked in a part of Arizona in which 85 percent of her patients were insured through Medicare. Because Medicare reimburses health-care providers less than private insurance does, providers did not want to live and work there. Many of them moved away, and it was tough to convince new providers to come replace the old ones.

    “And so it’s a classic business death spiral where there’s too much work for too few people. No matter what you do, you can’t recruit new people because it’s too unpleasant a work situation, and so people keep leaving, and that’s a death spiral,” Hieb said.

    But a provider shortage may be more than just a regional problem in the near future. The Association of American Medical Colleges has predicted a nationwide shortage of 50,000 to 90,000 doctors by 2025.

    Another facet of the provider death spiral, according to Hieb, is the closure of hospitals. Hieb blames the economic failure of hospitals on the federal government’s payment cuts to Medicare providers, both under Obamacare and sequestration.

    “Hospitals send you a huge bill, but they pay huge dollars to give you that care, so there’s a real problem,” she said. “And again, [doctors] are not getting good value for the money that we put into it. I’m not saying things should cost this much, but they do under this highly regulatory environment, so we’re being regulated out of business. We’re in a regulatory death spiral.”

    Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, agrees with Hieb that a medical death spiral is already under way.

    “Hospitals are closing or being absorbed in mega-systems,” Orient observed. “Doctors are closing independent practices and retiring or becoming employees. Try to order routine drugs or IV fluids! Huge cost increases, and they’re often unavailable.”

    Ever since Obamacare was passed, observers have warned of a potential death spiral, defined in the traditional sense. A June 2014 report revealed that one-half of the death spiral was already under way: Customers newly insured under Obamacare showed higher rates of serious health conditions than other customers.

    Last October, reported that cheap, short-term private policies were gaining popularity as an alternative to the Obamacare exchanges. The story noted that a death spiral could result if enough young and healthy people opted out of Obamacare in favor of those short-term plans.

    But ever since the King v. Burwell case appeared on the national radar, Obamacare supporters have been voicing concerns about a death spiral, too. Specifically, they believe a death spiral will result if the Supreme Court strikes down premium subsidies in states that did not set up their own Obamacare exchanges. In such a scenario, premiums would become un-affordable for many customers, and the healthy ones would likely flee the market.

    The Obama cartel extended subsidies to those getting coverage from federal exchanges even though the law states that it allows those subsidies only for those working with state-established exchanges.

    In October 2014, the Obama cartel funded a RAND Health study, which found that eliminating the ACA’s subsidies would cause premiums to rise by nearly 45 percent and enrollment to fall by nearly 70 percent.

    A February New York Times article warned that the Supreme Court, if it ruled against the Obama cartel would upset the “balance” in the ACA and send the law into a “tailspin.”

    Hieb admits that eliminating subsidies in certain states would likely accelerate the insurance death spiral, but she believes Obamacare cannot work anyway.

    “Even with all this subsidy stuff going on, young people are not signing up,” she said. “I’m not sure, even if state exchanges are working, if it’s a good deal for anybody that’s young.”

    Hieb believes insurance companies initially had high hopes for Obamacare. She thinks they saw the law as a way to get young, healthy people to buy insurance in droves. However, if that was the case, they are now disappointed.

    “Young people are not stupid enough,” Hieb asserted. “Individuals could figure out their best economic interest, and what young people decided was, it wasn’t worth doing it that way. ‘We’ll just go uncovered until we get sick and we can’t be denied, so we’ll just wait until we have something bad happen to us, and in the meantime, we’ll pay cash.’ And they’re right. That’s a better economic model than going through Obamacare if you’re 25 years old.”

    Without young and healthy people, Hieb believes the ACA will die a natural death. But if the Supreme Court kills the law first by eliminating subsidies in states without their own exchanges, the country may suffer less damage, she said.

    “I think Obamacare’s going to collapse of its own ponderous unworkability, but if it collapses of its own ponderousness, it will bring the system down with it,” Hieb said. “Maybe this is a way of getting it to go away without bringing the system down.”

    Orient, meanwhile, believes part of the medical system must “melt” away to have any hope of saving it.

    “A lot of the system needs to melt down — the 40 percent or more siphoned off by third-party payers,” Orient said. “It’s not just Obamacare, but Medicare and Medicaid price controls and mindless bureaucratic requirements. And of course the government is bankrupt.”

    “The question is how to save our people and our country as the empire inexorably collapses.”

  16. All,

    I just spoke with Cabby’s roommate and although she was home briefly last week, she’s not quite ready for prime time (and physical therapy) and will be spending some time at a rehab facility close to home. I’m to call back midweek, as she’ll be settled and will have a phone.

    I’ll keep you posted as to her progress. Please continue to send up prayers for our friend.

  17. citizenwells

    Thanks SueK.

  18. SueK…I will continue to keep praying for Cabby.

  19. SueK – thanks for the update. Cabby was able to pop in at Heyoka’s on Thursday but nothing since, so we’ve been worried. She’s got quite a challenge given her injury and age, but I keep telling her to “keep her feisty on!”

  20. You’re welcome, CW.

    Yes, Ginger, please keep the prayers coming; I think she knows that we’re all doing just that for her..

    Katie, Heyoka is now a closed site; I used to read there but can no longer access it. If you’d let them know that there’s been a bump in the road but all is evening out, that’d be great. I told her roommate that I’d post what was happening so that friends would know, and she was most appreciative.

    I know where she’ll be and will call her as soon as I get a status report from her roommate. I was concerned about her beloved pup, but he’s just fine.

    Will be checking in as I have more info..

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  22. My theory is Patrick Fitzgerald did indeed screw Blago with all the Rezko taint to take attention off a Kiferbaum, Daley, and Obama pal Langdon Neal TIF condo project scheme that occurred parallel (2002-2005) to the Kiferbaum-Levine extortion scheme with Edwards hospital. Look at article below and look up White House visitors records on Langdon Neal. Neal was lobbyist for this city TIF funded condo deal with Kiferbaum and they used a shell company with elderly Korean couple listed as developers.

    Daley admin waited until 2010 to cut a $625,000 check on the subsidized affordable condos that finished construction in 2005. City rules prohibit felon contractors, since he pled to Fitzgerald deal few months before finishing condos. City lawyers seemed to error approving the payment in 2010.

    Fitzgerald seems to have had his good soldier AUSA – Kaarina Salovaara, former Jenner & Block partner, with a Goldman Sachs/Blackstone partner brother and media savvy husband (former GQ/Playboy managing editor) serve as “handler” for the 8 year delayed sentencing of Kiferbaum. Kid gloves treatment as he was former Israeli soldier and Friends of IDF co-chair with Lester Crown.

    Kifebaum didn’t even serve the reduced 27 months he got in 2013. He was back in Chicago last summer. FOP shows him released.

    The Tribune, Sun-Times and Crain’s will never speak of the TIF 77 project below. Radio silenced !

    If you poke around Cook County deed of records you will see some obvious problems.

    Langdon Neal, Eugene Dibble and Nick Tasooji (Yucaipa) have a lawsuit in Pacer you need to see…they had to pay back over $1M in 2009/2010 on seemingly odd 2007 deal with Wyndam hotel to manage their property where hotel chain gave them $$$ upfront to manage their hotel LOL
    Yes, Eugene Dibble as in Kelly King Dibble worked for Rezko

    Notice ole Pat Quinn bashed Blago but he kept a Rezko Daley machine guy on The Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) the past 10 years from original board when Ali Ata was the Executice Director. His name is Terrence M Obren

    Blago got railroaded to save Daley, some Irish machine pols, and Obama pals Langdon Neal, Dibbles, and Alexi G..

    Madigan did a lot of behind scenes work to screw Blago, along with a few of the Daley machine trusted alderman too.

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