Tuesday, December 09, 2008

GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - December 9, 2008

GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - December 9, 2008

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
-- 78-PAGE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT (PDF FILE): UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH AND JOHN HARRIS
http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/acrobat/2008-12/43789434.pdf
-- Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges. More details to come.
http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2008/12/source-feds-take-gov-blagojevich-into-custody.html
(THE REPORT: A source said today that Gov. Rod Blagojevich was taken into federal custody at his North Side home this morning. The U.S. attorney's office would not confirm the information. A Blagojevich spokesman said he was unaware of the development. "Haven't heard anything -- you are first to call," Lucio Guerrero said in an e-mail. U.S. attorney's office spokesman Randall Samborn said both Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested today. Authorities aren't yet releasing details about those charges. The stunning, early morning visit by authorities to the governor's North Side home came amid revelations that federal investigators had recorded the governor with the cooperation of a longtime confidant and had begun to focus on the possibility that the process of choosing a Senate successor to President-elect Barack Obama could be tainted by pay-to-play politics. Blagojevich was taken into custody hours after the Tribune reported that the investigation into allegations of pay-to-play politics within his administration had been expanded to include his pending choice of a Senate replacement for Obama. The Democratic governor has said he expects to make a decision on the state's next senator in weeks. Sources told the Tribune that investigators intensified their investigation into Blagojevich amid concerns that the process of choosing a new senator could be tainted. The actions by federal authorities came a day before Blagojevich's 52nd birthday. The Tribune previously disclosed that federal investigators had recordings of Blagojevich. Those recordings were aided by the cooperation of longtime Blagojevich confidant and former congressional chief of staff John Wyma. On Monday, Blagojevich said he has done nothing wrong in his stewardship of the state and challenged critics to record him because his discussions were "always lawful.")
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PHOTO: Blagojevich's Senate selection process investigated Federal probe widens to Obama's vacant seat - Jeff Coen, David Kidwell and Monique Garcia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-rod-blagojevich-1209,0,7997804.story
-- Blagojevich suggests Chicago Tribune change its editorial board
http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2008/12/gov-suggests-tribune-change-editorial-board.html
-- NIU proton cancer center says it's immune to disclosure laws The West Chicago facility, established as a separate not-for-profit corporation, says it is not required to reveal how it spends public money - James Kimberly
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-niu-public-money-09-dec09,0,6786054.story

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
-- Outrageously, certain "Republican" candidates, elected officials, and party leaders have thrown the Republican Party platform under the bus are outrageously doing the following which seriously harms all Republican candidates, elected officials, and party leaders - Dave Diersen
www.gopillinois.com
-- Driving GM, Ford, and Chrysler out of business
-- Arguing that vehicle production is not vital to America's national security, and therefore, control of that industry can/should be turned over to foreigners
-- Demonizing and denigrating all vehicles that GM, Ford, or Chrysler ever built, are being built now, or will build in the future
-- Demonizing and denigrating everyone whoever bought a GM, Ford, and Chrysler vehicle, who owns one now, or whoever considered buying one, especially the 40 million Americans who bought a GM, Ford, or Chrysler vehicle during the last 5 years
-- Demonizing and denigrating everyone whoever worked for GM, Ford, and Chrysler, especially their managers and executives
-- Demonizing and denigrating all past, present, and future unions and union members, especially UAW members
-- Demonizing and denigrating everyone whoever bought stock in GM, Ford, or Chrysler
-- Demonizing and denigrating companies that sell, service, or supply parts for GM, Ford, and Chrysler vehicles
-- Especially demonizing and denigrating everyone whoever owned a Corvette, owns one now, or ever considered buying one

CAPITOLFAX
-- Feds take Blagojevich into custody - Rich Miller
http://thecapitolfaxblog.com/2008/12/09/source-feds-take-gov-blagojevich-into-custody/

CBS2
-- Details Of Complaint Against Blagojevich
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/rod.blagojevich.charged.2.883170.html
-- Congress Sends White House Auto Bailout Draft Dems Hope To Force Vote Next Week
http://cbs2chicago.com/politics/white.house.congress.2.882605.html (Includes video clip)
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: The Democrat Party platform promotes unemployment -- Harvey-22%, Dolton-20%, East St. Louis-20%
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/dolton.harvey.east.2.883088.html
-- White House Reviewing Draft Auto Bailout Plan Dems Hope To Force Vote Next Week
http://cbs2chicago.com/national/white.house.congress.2.883062.html (Includes video clip)

NBC5
-- Rev. Wright is Back - On Fire Former pastor speaks out on media, ‘The View,’ and Obama - Matt Bartosik
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Rev-Wright-at-It-Again.html
-- Pucker Up! Bush and Babs Share Awkward Smooch
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/us_world/NATL-Bush-and-Babs-Share-Awkward-Smooch.html (Includes video clip)
-- OUTRAGEOUS: Calling in "Gay"
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/us_world/Calling-in-Gay.html
-- Did Democrats Peak Too Early? - Jeanne Cummings
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/us_world/Did_Democrats_peak_too_early_.html

ABC7
-- Obama's Senate seat up for grabs Jones, Jackson throw hats into ring - Charles Thomas (FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois Republicans are watching the Democrats closely. Their possible candidates for the 2010 Senate possible include Congressmen Mark Kirk and Peter Roskam, as well as Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross. Party Chairman Andy McKenna says whomever Blagojevich appoints will be tainted by the governor's reported thirteen percent approval rating. "People are troubled with the governor's leadership, his ethical lapses, the problems fiscally within the state," said McKenna, IL Republican chairman. "I think whoever he appoint, particularly someone like Senator Jones, is going to have to deal with that and certainly we'll challenge that in the election.")
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&id=6544954
-- Blagojevich: Go on, record me - Andy Shaw (FROM THE ARTICLE: "We feel voters ought to have the authority to recall an elected official, particularly a governor, if they feel he's failed. Certainly there is a broad feeling in Illinois that this governor has failed," said," said Andy McKenna, Illinois GOP Chairman.)
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&id=6544917

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
-- Obama: Don't stock up on guns - Abdon Pallasch
http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1318968,obama-gun-sales-up-120808.article
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: "Dr." Laura Berman wants Obama to appoint her "sex education czar." If encouraging children to be sexually active is not illegal, it should be.
http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/berman/1320535,CST-FTR-berman09.article
-- Give grandstanding lawmakers (Dodd, Frank, etc.) their own hot seat These Washington insiders never have to face a grilling - Steve Huntley
http://www.suntimes.com/news/huntley/1320705,CST-EDT-hunt09.article
-- 'View' host Hasselbeck to Rev. Wright: Who are you calling a 'dumb broad'? Hasselbeck says his comments ripping her are 'archaic,' 'sexist' - Andrew Herrmann
http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/people/1320922,CST-NWS-view09.article
-- OUTRAGEOUS: Wednesday is 'Day Without a Gay' to protest California's vote to ban same-sex marriage - AP
http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/1320346,day-gay-marriage-proposition120808.article

CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS
-- Chicago Tribune files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy - Ann Saphir (DIERSEN: Tragically, for decades, rather than reporting the news, the Chicago Tribune has acted like it was far more interested in promoting liberalism, promoting liberals, demonizing/destroying conservatism, demonizing/destroying conservatives, electing and reelecting Democrats who it hoped would advance the Democrat Party platform, and criticizing Democrats only when they were so outrageously bad, like Blagojevich, that the newspaper had no choice but to do that.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=32131

DAILY HERALD
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Candidates filing for Wheaton City Council seats include Milton Township Republican Precinct Committeemen Howard Levine and Jeanne Ives
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=256516
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Daily Herald urges Blagojevich to "make a decision" soon on filling the Obama vacancy, but sadly, fails to endorse Sauerberg for the spot
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=256667&src=
-- Why Hispanic kids should be taught in English - Tony Reyes, President, West Chicago High School District 94
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=256525&src=
-- Why hasn't economy nailed pro sports? - Victor Darst, West Dundee
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=256495&src=

SOUTHTOWN STAR
-- Southland hungry for federal dollars - Kristen Schorsch and Nathaniel Zimmer
http://www.southtownstar.com/news/1320552,120908infrastructure.article
-- If the feds have Wyma, who needs Rezko? - Rich Miller
http://www.southtownstar.com/news/miller/1320476,120908miller.article

NAPERVILLE SUN
-- Connolly, Senger hit capital at 'worst time' - Paige Winfield
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/1320596,6_1_NA09_CHAMBER_S1.article

WHEATON LEADER
-- Six DuPage County Board members (Eckhoff, Fichtner, Healy, McBride, Olson, & Sheahan) call special meeting
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/wheaton/news/x596335365/Six-County-Board-members-call-special-meeting
-- DuPage County web site earns top marks for transparency - Dan Petrella
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/lombard/news/x776476630/County-Web-site-earns-top-marks-for-transparency

DAILY ILLINI
-- Universities suffer recession - Paolo Cisneros
http://media.www.dailyillini.com/media/storage/paper736/news/2008/12/08/News/Universities.Suffer.Recession-3575188.shtml

ILLINOIS REVIEW
-- So, who's for bailing out Sam Zell and the Trib? - Fran Eaton
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/12/so-whos-for-bai.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Let them sink. They sealed their fate by prying open the Ryan family's child custody case in 2004. The only way they could survive now would be to make columnist John Kass the man-in-charge and assign every reporter and columnist to follow Kass' courageous lead and turn this city's slimy and corrupt boulders over, shine the light on the scattering political cockroaches beneath. The only thing is along the way, the Trib bought a friend who's moving into the White House. Watch for none other than Barack Obama to find a government way to rescue his promoters, perhaps as America's first federally-funded and owned national newspaper -- reorganized as the "United States of Obama's Pravda,")

AMERICANS FOR TRUTH
-- AFA Takes on Newsweek’s Shameful Distortion of the Bible to Shill for Homosexual ‘Marriage’ - Peter LaBarbera
http://americansfortruth.com/news/afa-takes-on-newsweeks-shameful-shilling-for-homosexual-marriage.html

CHAMPION NEWS
-- Examples of an intellectually bankrupt news media - John Biver
http://www.championnews.net/article.php?sid=1457
-- The audacity of public pensions - John Biver
http://www.championnews.net/article.php?sid=1458
-- Public pension greed, fraud, and confusion - John Biver
http://www.championnews.net/article.php?sid=1459

CHICAGO DAILY OBSERVER
-- Chicago: The Designated Political Capital of the U.S. - Tom Roeser
http://cdobs.com/archive/our-columns/chicago-the-designated-political-capital-of-the-us%2C2162/

REPUBLICANS FOR FAIR MEDIA
-- Springfield (Illinois) Nativity Scene Chairman: Is Atheist Signage Political Dialogue or Hate Speech? - Daniel Zanoza
http://rffm.typepad.com/republicans_for_fair_medi/2008/12/springfield-illinois-nativity-scene-chairman-is-atheist-signage-political-dialogue-or-hate-speech-.html

WORLD NET DAILY
-- The illogic of bailouts - Joseph Farah
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=82820
-- In era of Obama, no new Reagans allowed - Jonathan Falwell
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=82828

HUMAN EVENTS
-- Aaron Schock: Gen Y Republican - Elisabeth Meinecke
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=29814

NEWSMAX
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: Dan Weil makes it clear that he despises unions, especially the UAW; despises union workers, especially UAW workers; despises managers and executives, especially GM, Ford, and Chrysler managers and executives; despises anyone whoever bought a GM, Ford, or Chrysler product; despises Americans; despises America; despises etc.; despises etc. Sadly, he sounds like someone who some Republican elected officials have been listening to.
http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/big_lies_big_three/2008/12/08/159543.html?s=al&promo_code=73EB-1

NATIONAL JOURNAL
-- The Lincoln/Obama Comparisons: Real Or Hyperbole? - Jennifer Skalka
http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/archives/2008/12/the_lincolnobam.html

POLITICO
-- Southern focus big issue in RNC chairmanship race
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16269.html
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Tragically, many of those who are responsible for America's national security do not understand how important it is for America to keep control of the production of the vehicles it needs
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16323.html
(THE ARTICLE: Levin memo asks defense to woo Big 3 - Jen Dimascio One of the many arguments to save the failing Big Three automakers goes to the heart of the nation’s security. Leading the charge is Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee. His press aides have circulated a memo to illustrate a connection that isn’t immediately apparent -- even to the defense industry. The nation may be at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Ford, General Motors and Chrysler haven’t been pressed into service the way they were during World War II. Defense giants General Dynamics, BAE Systems and AM General are churning out much of the Army’s equipment: Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Humvees. But that’s not happening in Detroit, a fact not lost on Congress. Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has argued the government could commandeer the auto companies to help quickly manufacture Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. The link between the auto and defense industries, Levin’s memo points out, lies in the automakers’ vast supplier base. A number of companies that aren’t household names, such as Arvin Meritor and Detroit Diesel, can’t keep supplying the military with axles and engines if they don’t have enough work from the automakers. And the military already struggles to find suppliers for the many components needed for its ground vehicles. If suppliers disappear along with Detroit’s auto companies, the cost of replacement parts could skyrocket, Levin’s memo warns. An ailing auto industry could also hurt commercial-military efforts to do high-tech research and train new engineers. Much of that work is conducted at the Army’s Tank Automotive Armaments Command and a related research center in Warren, Mich. “Without a strong domestic auto industry, less innovation would occur and we could lose our technological edge to foreign countries, thereby missing out on the next generation of automotive technologies,” the memo said. As a whole, the defense industry isn’t yet threatened enough to lobby loudly on the auto industry’s plight, said Peter Steffes, a spokesman for the National Defense Industrial Association. And that’s despite the fact that American automotive companies do supply a large number of support vehicles to the Pentagon every year. “Not everyone rides in a Humvee or an MRAP,” he said.)

BLOOMBERG
-- Democrats Seek Republican Votes for Automaker Bailout Measure - John Hughes and Nicholas Johnston
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aj8WycWPOfEw&refer=us
-- U.S. Rescue May Give Government Stakes in GM, Ford and Chrysler - John Hughes and Nicholas Johnston
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aJUf7nf7JVh4&refer=home

ABC NEWS
-- Assailing the Media and Elizabeth Hasselback, Rev. Wright Returns to Trinity - Jake Tapper
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/12/assailing-the-m.html

BOSTON GLOBE
-- Black church and politics in the Obama era - Michael Paulson (FROM THE ARTICLE: Glaude, like many, sees the election of Barack Obama as a signal moment in the history of race in America; he called it "an extraordinary ritual of racial expiation.'' "It's all about race,'' he said. "We couldn't say that during the election. But it's historic. How do we deal with the ghastly ghosts of our past?. . .These ghosts are constantly reminding us of how earthly and human this fragile experiment in democracy has been. And his election, for African American communities in particular, and for the nation in general, is a signal that the true work begins January 20.'')
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles_of_faith/2008/12/black_church_an.html

WASHINGTON TIMES
-- News industry needs a bailout? More layoffs and huge losses - Jennifer Harper
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec/09/news-industry-needs-a-bailout/

LOS ANGELES TIMES
-- Oprah's too busy to take a job in her Obama's administration
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/12/oprah-obama-1.html
-- O.J., Obama and race in America As the new president scopes out the White House, O.J. will be checking out his new prison cell. - Jonah Goldberg
http://www.latimes.com/news/columnists/la-oe-goldberg9-2008dec09,0,3144733.column

THE NATION
-- Bill Ayers Whitewashes History, Again - Katha Pollitt
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/anotherthing/388681?rel=hp_picks

NEWSWEEK
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: All the religions of the world discourage homosexual activity. To promote gay marriage is to promote homosexual activity. To discourage gay marriage is to discourage homosexual activity.
http://www.newsweek.com/id/172653
-- VERY SAD: Calling in 'gay' to work is latest form of protest Same-sex marriage supporters ask allies to call in 'gay' to work, curb consumer spending - Lisa Leff
http://www.newsweek.com/id/173070

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
-- UAW Chief: Auto Bailout Is Necessary - Ron Gettelfinger
http://www.usnews.com/articles/opinion/2008/12/08/uaw-chief-auto-bailout-is-necessary.html

GALLUP
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Countries, companies, organizations, and individuals that want to drive GM, Ford, and Chrysler out of business have been most successful in getting Americans to blame the problems that the companies have on "The executives who run the U.S. auto industry" and "The labor unions that represent many U.S. auto workers."
http://www.gallup.com/poll/112999/Americans-Blame-Car-Company-Execs-US-Auto-Crisis.aspx

BOWLING GREEN DAILY NEWS
-- Economy affecting Corvette Museum tourism However, $10 million construction and renovation on schedule - Robyn Minor
http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2008/12/08/news/news4.txt

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