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Who will vet the First Lady? It's Michelle vs. Michelle, Round 2. *** Michelle Obama's "Civilian" Act Is Hard To Swallow by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2012 The first lady of the United States is on a whirlwind publicity tour for her hefty new food and gardening book ($30), which the White House hopes... Read More
Chicago on the Potomac, Part 99,967 The other new Chicago crony chief of staff by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2010 Fun fact: Bill Daley isn't the only new chief of staff in the White House with longtime ties to the Chicago Way. Yep, it's No Windy City Corporate Lawyer Left Behind Week in the... Read More
Turkeys of the year by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2009 As we gather ‘round the Thanksgiving table, bow our heads in prayer, and feast on the holiday bird, it is only fitting to take a moment to fete the unforgettable turkeys of 2009. 1. The stimulus. Back in February, I wrote that if the... Read More
Scroll for updates... Michael Scott's name came up several times during the Obama-lympics 2016 debacle. He was one of many Chicago cronies who stood to gain from the bid. The local papers in Chicago sniffed out his conflicts of interest as an Olympics committee member who was also involved in trying to develop a for-profit... Read More
President Obama isn't traveling abroad to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago today. Of course not. There's nothing in it for his Chicago cronies. Also: There's nothing for America to apologize for there today. Guess which U.S. celebrity is in Germany to mark the anniversary? David Haselhoff. When David Haselhoff is... Read More
Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are in Chicago today for a pow-wow with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley over the city's teen violence epidemic: Decades of "community organizing" and welfare state spending have not saved Chicago's children, but Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is clamoring for mo' money, mo' mon
(Photoshop: Reader Ben) I'd say the cost projection of the failed Obamalympics crony-fest from the Associated Press is vastly underestimated: Remember the First Lady flew separately to Copenhagen -- adding another estimated $395,000 to $700,000 in flight and maintenance costs alone -- before joining her husband on Air Force One for the losers' flight home.... Read More
From Michelle Obama's failed pitch to the International Olympic Committee: "Some of my best memories are sitting on my dad's lap, cheering on Olga and Nadia, Carl Lewis, and others for their brilliance and perfection." Um. Ew. Oof. Mrs. Obama was 20 years old when Lewis first competed in the Olympics in 1984. Senior White... Read More
Heh-heh. Brazilians are having fun popping Barack Obama's bubble. Here's your second Twitpic of the day: "Yes We Créu" is now the hottest trending topic on Twitter. Best of all? The Obama-bots can't cry "RAAAAAAACIST!" *** Here at home, the nutroots are hysterically attacking Olympics bid critics as, you guessed it, "un-American." To which I... Read More
The Obamas weren't the only big losers today. No happy dance for FLOTUS "chit-chat buddy" Oprah. Better luck next time: (Twitpic of the day via @iamsosmart)
Scroll for updates...And the winner is...Rio (Photoshop: Reader Ben) My column commemorates the noble Olympic "sacrifice" of the First Lady in Denmark. Mrs. O's emotional pitch was supposed to bring tears to the eyes of the audience, according to crony White House Olympics cheerleader Valerie Jarrett. Chicagoans are no doubt shedding tears -- over the... Read More
When I worked in Seattle covering corporate welfare and city government, I became strange bedfellows with a diverse alliance of libertarians on the right and Ralph Naderites on the left who oppose "public-private partnership" deals between developers and statist Democrat AND Republican politicians. These "public-private partnership" scams inevitably involve tax-increment financing gimmickry to siphon off... Read More
Michelle Obama wants you to know that the all-out Chicago Olympics bid is not for The Cronies. It's for...The Children! Especially, says Mrs. O, the fat children: Chicago can't keep its children safe, let alone fit. How about letting another international city foot the massive bill and instead exposing hometown children to Olympic ideals by... Read More
Photoshop: Paul Croteau My syndicated column today -- reprinted below with added links, pics, and info -- gives you a rundown of the Obama cronies inside and outside the White House who stand to gain the most from the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid. Chicagoans of all political stripes who oppose massive government funding of Mayor... Read More
Photoshop: Paul Croteau No Games Chicago is holding a protest against the Daley/Obama crony bid today at 5:30pm in Chicago. City Hall. 121 N. LaSalle St. Here. Another blog, No Chicago Games, lists the Top 10 reasons why Chicago should not host the Olympic Games, worth reprinting in its entirety: The Top 10 Reasons Why... Read More
Video of the beating death of Derrion Albert: Warning - graphic violence Community organizing has not stopped Chicago's teen violence epidemic. The Olympics will not solve this long-festering problem, either. The latest: Three thugs were charged in Albert's beating death today. Tip of the
At the White House briefing today, spokesman Robert Gibbs touted the "tangible economic benefits" of the Obamas' Chicago Crony Olympics bid. Well, there would certainly be "tangible economic benefits" for certain Chicago crony developers -- like Michael Scott, Jr. And fellow business crony Gerald Fogelson. The Chicago Tribune reported last week: A key member of... Read More
Playing games.
The Obamas, Richard Daley, and little Olympics lobbyists. Photos via WhiteHouse.gov Yes, they can. And yes, they did. The Obamas have wasted public schoolkids' time as junior lobbyists for their Chicago cronies' Olympics bid. More on that in a moment. As a reminder: I noted last week that Obama had created a new "White House... Read More
In our latest edition of Olympics Crony Watch...the silencing of dissent. Hey, it's the Chicago way. Drudge reports that WFLD-TV has been ordered not to broadcast an anti-Olympics segment again. Meanwhile, as I noted last week, the president himself will now join cronies Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama to personally lobby in Copenhagen for Chicago's... Read More
Last week, I spotlighted Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama's collaborative efforts to push their mentor, friend, and former employer Chicago mayor Richard Daley's bid to bring the Olympics to Chicago in 2016. From now until Oct. 2, when the International Olympic Committee votes on the decision in Copenhagen, I'll keep tabs on all the Chicago... Read More
Cronies.
In Culture of Corruption, I spotlight the intimate relationship between Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's crony lawyer Valerie Jarrett and First Lady Michelle Obama. Jarrett's slum lord record in Chicago is highly relevant to her current and ongoing pursuit of Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid -- which will cost taxpayers nearly $5 billion and bring an untold... Read More
Sports break.
The track fans in my family are buzzing over Jamaican Usain Bolt's record-breaking Olympic win in the 200 meters today. He ran 19.30, breaking American Michael Johnson's 1996 record. Fans have already put the winning race video on DailyMotion: JO Pékin record sur 200m de Boltby bcbg12
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