Tuesday, December 16, 2008

That's Entertainment

  • House lawmakers voted 113-0 to authorize a committee to investigate a host of pay-to-play allegations leveled against the governor, just six days after he was arrested by federal agents at his North Side home. The vote marked the unique circumstance of Democratic lawmakers leading a bid to displace Illinois' first Democratic governor in a quarter-century.
In the meantime, Obama "clarifies" his remarks further, backing away from claims he and his staff had "no contact" with Blago over the Senate seat and instead had "no inappropriate contacts" with Blago (we certainly wonder what those tapes are going to reveal).

Rahm Emanuel continues to refuse to answer questions and a new Rasmussen poll notes that 45% of respondents feel that Obama or his team are involved in the Blago scandal.

And now Obama is going to name Arne Duncan to be Education Secretary? Has anyone even looked at the Chicago Public School system lately? On one hand, we're thankful Obama is taking another useless political hack to Washington with him. On the other, does the rest of America really deserve what's coming?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does that mean for every piece of shit student that gets blown away,
that the federal government is going to pay for the funeral,like CPS does now?

I wanna be the Federal Czar of funeral arrangements,I'm sure it pays 6 figures!

12/16/2008 12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Change is comin all right. Can you say impeached before taking office... Thats real change!

12/16/2008 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if you can blame Arne Duncan for the state of Chicago Public Schools. You take a school full of ghetto rats who don't give a shit about learning or bettering themselves because of the culture they are raised in, on top of poor funding, and this is what you will get regardless of who is in running the show.

12/16/2008 12:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what's the point? We know Obamas had no contact with Blago. After all, Blago mother fucked him 97 times for not getting back to him. Arne Duncan, an atom bomb and Winston Churchill couldn't fix these school's. If your point is; R.E. looks like he might be sliding off the hook, then I'm with you.

12/16/2008 02:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

arne duncan with the disater of cps, guess the hacks are ruling washington politics with all the appointments! Now they want to impeacg blago good move but madigan doing it?LOL!

12/16/2008 02:08:00 AM  
Blogger Mary A. Mitchell said...

Can maybe not re-electing these criminals time after time be an answer to this problem?

12/16/2008 04:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes America deserves what's coming.

They voted for him.

12/16/2008 04:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

barrack osama and jesee jr both run to the media to state their innocence and non-involvement with the blago scandal.....hmmmmmmmmmmm

12/16/2008 05:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arne Duncan As Education Secretary? What a Joke. The Media and Obama should come to Manley HS or Marshall Hs. On any given day at least a half dozen "youths" are arrested for fighting at each school. I am not even mentioning the numerous "10-1" called by the Officers assigned the the Schools.
Typical Chicago Politics.

12/16/2008 06:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only 45% think obama was involved in the Blago scandal? I guess 55% of the people polled must have gone to the Chicago Public Schools.

12/16/2008 06:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Does the rest of America really deserve what's coming?"
Well, yea, SCC. Alot of lilly white areas voted for the messiah.
I warned people from all over that this guy's a made machine guy...

12/16/2008 07:37:00 AM  
Anonymous gfy said...

scc asked: we certainly wonder what those tapes are going to reveal

i bet the tapes reveal both obama and emanuel talking to him about what the seat is really worth. coaching him up on why the seat is worth mid 7 figures. probably also discuss an ambassador post to a non extradition country. obama seems like he's dumb enough to have those types of conversations with blago. sure.

12/16/2008 07:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ARNE FUCKING DUNCAN?! YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME! Isn't Paul Vallas far more qualified?....AND THE MACHINE GETS STRONGER....

12/16/2008 07:41:00 AM  
Blogger BAGHDAD BOB said...

Messiah Obama knows nothing of Chicago politics and owes the nothing to the Machine that does not exist!

The Isreali Rahm never tried to exert undo influence on the governer for the senate pick and would support a more qualified
Republican for the seat.

Mr. Duncan is a great educator and has created an education utopia in Chicago's south & west sides that the whole country can be proud of!

Our great Mayor has salted the streets but his enemies have rewatered them!

12/16/2008 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if you can blame Arne Duncan for the state of Chicago Public Schools. You take a school full of ghetto rats who don't give a shit about learning or bettering themselves because of the culture they are raised in, on top of poor funding, and this is what you will get regardless of who is in running the show.

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I can blame him. If we blame Bush for the fucked up mess he has made while in office, if we blame Daley for the city's problems, if we blame Weis for the Departments problems, if we blame the CEO's for the big three auto company problems, and on and on and on, Then Duncan gets the jacket for the public schools. You are right, it has to do with the parents and the culture, but the blame starts at the top.

Good luck America.

12/16/2008 08:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Yes, We CAN!! said...

Anonymous said...
I'm not sure if you can blame Arne Duncan for the state of Chicago Public Schools. You take a school full of ghetto rats who don't give a shit about learning or bettering themselves because of the culture they are raised in, on top of poor funding, and this is what you will get regardless of who is in running the show.

12/16/2008 12:44:00 AM


You are right, except for .... POOR FUNDING?...are you kidding me? They are funded exceptionally well, it is just that the money is stolen, wasted and spent in areas that make the machine money, not that help the schools. The teachers are a bunch of hypocrites that drone on and on about caring for the "children", but wield the union like a club, preventing any meaningful change from impacting their pay rate, protection of incompetentcy, and sweetheart work rules such as short days and ridiculous amounts of time off. Then the King O' Hypocrisy himself, Hussein, claims to want to change education and demand accountability when he rode the coattails of the teacher's union to his senate seat. What a joke.

12/16/2008 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And to think that the transition was going so well.

I can just hear it now, "Arne, you're doing a heck of a job."

12/16/2008 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"a new Rasmussen poll notes that 45% of respondents feel that Obama or his team are involved in the Blago scandal."

Gallup shows only 25%. Can it be that those are republicans?

12/16/2008 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC asks: does the rest of America really deserve what's coming?

Hell yes, they do. They voted for him. They deserve every political hack/thief he brings to Washington. Good riddance.

12/16/2008 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking for Obama's original statement that was "no contact" compared to "no inappropriate contact", anyone know where it is? ALso, my daughter is lucky enough to go to one of the 3 good CPS high schools in Chicago, and I'm glad she's graduating before CPS figures out how to screw that up, and they're making this mopr head of the entire nations schools??

12/16/2008 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See it pays to play basketball with Obama, and work with Valerie Jarrett's mom (CPD "Early Education" director). Duncan has been riding the coattails of Paul Vallas slender positive actions at CPD. He's a paper-pusher (like all the other department heads) who doesn't question procedures, lets things "be", and is reverential towards Mayor. Short of a major major scandal (proverbial "hand in the cookie jar"), these department heads get to keep their lucrative but ceremonial jobs while the ward bosses divy up the goods and the ghost payroller jobs and the contract awards to preferred contractors. Chicago is a sad place; best wishes to Arne Duncan for escaping with his youth intact.

12/16/2008 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous noone said...

Even in my dad's day (Lane, 1952), some of the schools were bad. Tuley (predominately white) and Wells (predominately black) were considered bad. "Everyone" (including my dad), south of North Ave., found some way to sneak into Lane. In my day (Taft, 1984), we had kids from "all" (yes, some were Asian too). cultures who didn't want to learn . :(

12/16/2008 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latest communique' from the "Blago-Bunker"; Dan Webb to join Ed Genson for the defense "Dream Team." All will be paid for out of Blago's soon to be published book "Mein Coif."

12/16/2008 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Liberal Media at CNN are already starting the spin that in actuality no crime has been committed by Blago. The rest of the media should start trying to indoctrinate the rest of the sheeples with this theory and Blago will be back to 'Pay for Play' in no time. Kool-Aid time America. We can't have Obama indicted before he becomes President can we?

12/16/2008 08:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

now is the time to take the dysfunction of Chicago nationwide.

12/16/2008 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blago is finished but the jagoff will not resign, then we will get in some form or another mikey madigans daughter lisa no prize either! Wait if Fitz investigates all of madigans corruption over the years along with the daley stroger connection they would be put away a long time!

12/16/2008 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a retired teacher, let me say I think Arne Duncan is a bad choice. Paul Vallas did a great job. A lot of people didn't like Vallas because he privitized a lot of jobs, but for academics he was great.

After Vallas left and Duncan came in, you could see the standards go down again. You couldn't fail kids again. They couldn't read, but pass them anyway.

I don't know what the answer is for CPS. You have parents that come in and say they won't tell their child to listen to you because they don't even like you. This is the first time you are meeting this parent. How about a kid that threatened to kill you and was given a two-day suspension.

I know the schools are bad, but believe it or not there are a lot of teacher's working their butt's off trying to get a kids to read. You have to spend almost half the time on discipline.

12/16/2008 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caliphate-elect Barack Obama Bin-Laden says---

Didn't I end all my posts with "Change you will be forced to believe in"?

By selecting the dumbest of the dumb, I will ensure that the jihad occurs without a snag. It is easy when you deal with lemmings.

It will only get better infidels. It is the will of Allah.

12/16/2008 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy's never even been a teacher, and we all see how well he's done as an "educational policy maker and manager" here in Chicago, the worst public school system in the land. I wish I was part of the machine.

12/16/2008 10:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blaming Duncan for the problems in city schools is silly silly silly.

You could take the best 500 cops in this city, give them the best district commander, and put them in the highest crime district and you would see some positive change. However, at the end of the day the district would likely still be "high crime".

The biggest problem in the public schools is lack of "parents" who care. Duncan made some good progress. That's like saying he slowed the sinking of the Titanic with a mattress and some bondo.

12/16/2008 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arnie Duncan should be working at Dunkin' Donuts, not the Education Department.

12/16/2008 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger Reverend Al said...

Anonymous said...
I'm not sure if you can blame Arne Duncan for the state of Chicago Public Schools. You take a school full of ghetto rats who don't give a shit about learning or bettering themselves because of the culture they are raised in, on top of poor funding, and this is what you will get regardless of who is in running the show.

Oh, now I get it. It's not the fault of the kids or the sperm donors that concieved them and took a walk. It's the culture (in other words, us). It's the tax payers (us again) for not providing enough money. Arne Duncan is just an innocent bystander pulling in six figures to preside over the failure of the schools. I guess somebody has to do it. So, now he can go to D.C. and pull even more, sharing his talent with the nation.

12/16/2008 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arnie Duncan? Yo-Yo Boy? HA-HA-HA-HA. Some XHANGE... America will be bamboozled once again, another Chicago Slickster Incompetent[no positive results running the Shitcago Public School System] headed to Washington. Hang on to your wallets with Vise-Grips, you IDIOTS.

12/16/2008 01:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any attack on obama will be called racism.

12/16/2008 01:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arne Dunkin has ran CPS to the Ground!!!!! How about asking Paul Vallace! Oh! That's right - Paul Vallace would cut the fat costing Obama and his Chicago connection many jobs which Vallas would discover & reveal to be meaningless positions in government.

12/16/2008 05:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

police cruisers , wagons , supervisors assigned to school at every dismissal to protect the future of america

12/16/2008 06:27:00 PM  
Blogger ANGRY PIG said...

Yes, SCC, the rest of America does deserve what's coming the majority wanted"CHANGE"now their going to get change that even they ain't gonna believe.

12/16/2008 06:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Don't Wanna Be Eaten said...

Went to read the info that was cited regarding a pole that says 45% feel that Obama or his team are "involved in the Blago scandal"(whatever that means?).

So, I was taken away to a site with a skull and crossed sabres, a quote advocating murder, ("Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."-- H. L. Mencken), and THIS: "Cannibals Report on the Taste of the Races' Meat: Japanese the Tastiest, White Meat Too "Strong Smelling" and Salty"

WTF, SCC! Talk about the lunatic fringe! You are starting to scare us!!!


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12/16/2008 06:52:00 PM  
Blogger TheHat said...

Wow. Arnie Duncan. The only reason the CPS looks good is that they changed the way they crunched the numbers. Like the first day attendance. If a kid does not show and a parent does not call they are dropped from the rolls and not counted. that is how he got a 90 plus percent attendance rate. If the real numbers were used it would be 60-65 percent.

I feel sorry for the country. We just re-elected the peanut farmer Jimmy Carter but he is now Dark Roasted Peanut Obama.

At least we got Ron Reagan after Carter. Hopefully someone will be able to save us after the reign of B.Hussein. O and the Chicago Machine.

12/16/2008 07:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, we'll have NO CHILD MOVES AHEAD........

12/16/2008 07:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm retired CPD and question why I still bother to read this blog, and it's the occasional, briallantly stupid remark, like "MEIN COIF", that causes me to to remain a reader, though I should have moved on long ago. Stay safe.

12/16/2008 08:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now the very Rev Meeks can take his reform campaign national. He can picket on national TV. He paints a very bad picture of the Chicago schools with old text books, desks and falling down facilities. Duncan creates new schools and programs. He turns one school into three different academies and directions. It appears the schools have an unlimited budget. It will soon be announced that the teachers will be getting a "handsome" raise with incentives tied to new standard scores.

12/16/2008 09:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what was the quote....we're bigger than US Steel????

12/16/2008 09:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The AP is reporting Jesse, Jr. has been informing on Illinois politicians for years, due to his wife being turned down for the lottery job in 2002 by Blago, when they refused to pay $25,000 for the spot.

"Jackson spokesman Kenneth Edmonds declined to comment on the account of the exchange shortly after Blagojevich's 2002 election but said the congressman, the son of civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, has approached federal investigators to discuss the governor and others for years."

"He has shared information with federal prosecutors about public corruption during the past several years, including information about Blagojevich and others," Edmonds said."

12/16/2008 09:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"but wield the union like a club, preventing any meaningful change from impacting their pay rate, protection of incompetentcy, and sweetheart work rules such as short days and ridiculous amounts of time off."

Boy that green-eyed Jealousy Monster really has a death grip on you huh?

Keep paying more & more for your shit Medical Insurance. Shortshanks appreciates your zero time on the Medical Roll as well CHUMP!!

12/16/2008 09:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

salted the streets but enemies have rewatered them???

that got the gatorade through my nostrils. still lmfao ???

12/16/2008 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a retired teacher, let me say I think Arne Duncan is a bad choice.[...]

Yea but Arne can play some round ball. What more is required of the Sec. of Education?

Maybe Obama is putting a White House basketball team together. Instead of war, we will play other nations chief executive teams, this will settle disputes between nations.

12/16/2008 09:42:00 PM  
Anonymous CPS GED'ed said...

I know the schools are bad, but believe it or not there are a lot of teacher's working their butt's off trying to get a kids to read. You have to spend almost half the time on discipline.

12/16/2008 09:38:00 AM

Now I'm only a PO but you claim to be a retired teacher? A teacher?! Read the above exerp and ask yourself what's wrong with the grammar. The teachers of CPS are a joke, the whole system is a joke and the kids are being taught by morons!

I went to public schools my whole life and I know better than to expect miracles from morons. Before I get murdered by CPS staff I have to qualify the above statement: All CPS teachers are not incapable baffoons. But a large majority are brain-dead, gutter sludge like the fine example illustrated above.

I know it's banned in our schools but pray folks...pray. These idiot kids are our future and it ain't looking good. No kid left behind? It should be no behind left unscaithed.

12/16/2008 10:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe that's why Obama placed a sign on his podium that states "Office of the President elect', because he might not make it to the actual office because of his corruption. If he does survive this then good luck to the rest of the country as they get to enjoy our Chicago politics.

12/17/2008 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all a sinister plot by Daley, Obama, Duncan & Blago to make Chicago look better before the site of the 2016 Olympics is chosen. See, if kids around the country in places like Mule Shoot Texas, Rat's Nest New Mexico, Cadaver California, Fugitive's Rest Florida, Inbred Alabama, or Mother****er Maine all start shooting each other after school, like Duncan & Daley have them doing here, then Chicago might not look as bad to the Olympic Committee. And it's cheaper than hiring more Police to clean things up here.

12/17/2008 09:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Politics Politics!! .. sounds like the White House is going to run alot like corporate America.

12/17/2008 03:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if you can blame Arne Duncan for the state of Chicago Public Schools. You take a school full of ghetto rats who don't give a shit about learning or bettering themselves because of the culture they are raised in, on top of poor funding, and this is what you will get regardless of who is in running the show.

12/16/2008 12:44:00 AM

What the fuck do you mean "poor funding"? Do you actually believe that bullshit Meeks has been slinging? Local taxes fund schools. You want good schools, move to a nice neighborhood. Also, those ghetto rat bastards get federal funding for shit you don't even know about. What's finally happening is all the broke ass leaches that sit on their welfare collecting asses are starting to feel it.

You have got to pay into something to get something out of it. Period. The years and years of people not paying taxes, the illegals not paying taxes and sending their money back to Mexico is starting to come back to bite Daley in the ass.

12/17/2008 06:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to public schools my whole life and I know better than to expect miracles from morons.
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exerp, should be excerpt

baffoons, should be buffoons

unscaithed, should be unscathed

You must have attended before the class in computer usage. Can you say spell check?

Your short bus awaits!

12/17/2008 09:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hope they indict that criminal snake emmanuel, and blago well he will tell all of us his story soon! Jesse jr wants everyone to be he is a federal informat yea ok liar jesse liar like your extorsionist father hope they get you before Christmas "Lock em up"!

12/17/2008 09:46:00 PM  
Anonymous noone said...

If Meeks is so concerned about education, then why was he silent from 1974 through 2002? Harper High School sit ins (i.e. early 1970s) and recent "activity" doesn't make him an education advocate.

Meeks and "others" always cite money. Why aren't schools allowed to exchange extra shovels and toilet paper with each other? Why is money spent on computers, books, etc. that only wind up in some broom closet?

Moving on to "education", according to some teacher friends, I was told "Teachers are supposed to make learning fun. We can't correct grammar, spelling and math errors, because we'd hurt the kids' feelings. Even tools like phonics and times' tables aren't allowed, because they're considered old school. We strictly teach students how to pass multiple choice tests, instead of teaching the actual concepts the traditional ways."

12/18/2008 06:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 12/16/2008 08:35:00 AM,

Taft was considered good in 1984; however, it's graduates can't compose a short, declaritive sentence. Pop's should have sent you to Weber, or Ignatius wordsmith!

12/18/2008 06:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your short bus awaits!

12/17/2008 09:28:00 PM

You the driver?

12/18/2008 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"12/18/2008 06:22:00 AM"


All the more reason to eliminate public schools as we have come to know them.


A total voucher system of publicly financing education, with said public financing being via state sales and income taxes, eliminating the portion of our property taxes being currently used to finance the public school system, and the implementation of each individual school being a substantially stand alone enterprise, subject to the basic forces of the free market, will do what the current monopoly enjoyed by these bastions of bureaucracy has failed to do, namely, provide the means for each, individual parent to choose the school which they wish their child, or children, to attend.

12/19/2008 08:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

voucher schools = government owned public schools

12/20/2008 06:38:00 AM  

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