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Please answer 1, some, or all of my questions:

1. Do you feel Gov. Rod Blagojevich is guilty of all the criminal charges (trying to sell the Senate seat for money and personal favors) against him?

2. Do you feel Blagojevich had a right to appoint someone to the Illinois Senate seat? Why?

3. Do you feel Blagojevich had some ulterior motive for appointing Attorney General Roland Burris, who is African American AND an honorable man, as the United States Senator from Illinois? Yes? No? Explain.

4. Do you agree or disagree that Roland Burris should be rejected as the United States Senator from Illinois? Should Roland Burris have accepted or rejected the offer? Why?

5. Does racism have anything to do with the negative responses from many, of the Roland Burris appointment to the Senate seat by Blagojevich?

6. What do you think about Blagojevich's hairstyle? :o)



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ytterbius
Dec. 31st, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
I think Blago is very likely a crook, but I also think that this appointment will make it tough to convict him. It wil be harder to prove that he actually intended to sell the seat after he's already given it to an apparently credible person.

IMO, the Senate will have better things to do then try to battle this guy's appointment, but we'll see how it goes.

Happy new year!
playgirl
Dec. 31st, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
I think you're right. Blagojevich is quite a rascal!

Happy New Year to you, too!
davev1968
Jan. 1st, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
He may think that, and you may as well, but doing the right thing after one has been caught doing the wrong thing does not absolve one of the wrong.

He appointed someone credible while the eyes of the nation were on him. But, there is wiretap evidence of him attempting to sell the seat, trying to personally gain from an act of office, when he thought no one was watching. The appointment does not cancel out the attempt.
ayoub
Dec. 31st, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
I have no idea on most of that... But his hairstyle is just hilarious!
playgirl
Dec. 31st, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
I wonder if he has a forehead? :o)
dlanor
Dec. 31st, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Blago can do what he wants as Gov of Ill, the Senate will probably deny the appointment and Mr Burris will get slapped around for awhile and wish he had never agreed to be appointed.

How could you accuse The Senate of being racist, although I am sure they are just like just about everybody in one way or other.

Is this the new Political Playgirl?

Happy New Year
playgirl
Jan. 1st, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
I'm not the one who accused the senate of being racist. I believe the guy in the middle in the pic (can't recall his name) said it would be racist to reject Burris. I just wanted to know if any of you kids thought the same thing.

Happy New Year Sweet Pie!
stevie_stever
Jan. 1st, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
1. Yes, quite guilty. It's not really a secret.
2. He has a right, very clearly. It's stipulated in the law. The problem is that he's under federal investigation--specifically for abusing his power and trying to profit directly from appointing the Senate seat. Had he not bothered to ABUSE his power in the first place, he'd be free to exercise this right and there'd be no cloud surrounding the reputation of the candidate.
3. Yes. Seeing that a Democratic Senator is quite likely to be appointed no matter what, Blagojevich is simply offering a politcal parting shot. He has chosen a nice candidate, let's be clear. But in choosing a candidate at all considering the political circumstances, exercising the power he specifically abused is a poor choice.
4. Sadly, I like Burris as a candidate. He should have simply refused the offer, though in reality I can't imagine too many politically savvy folks that would do so in his shoes.
5. Take it from a black man, racism has absolutely NOTHING to do with the negative response at all. Even OBAMA said this was a bad idea.
6. Is that a wig?!
playgirl
Jan. 1st, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
1. I think so, too. I can tell by his hair. ;o)

3. ytterbius says that now that he's appointed Burris, he won't be able to convict him, and I believe he's right.

4. Burris IS an honorable man, and has as clean a record as can be. Too bad he had to get the seat under these circumstances.

I will repeat this again, as I did with one of my LJ friends, the reason I asked if you felt it was racist was because the guy in the middle of the pic said so. I don't believe race has anything to do with the whole mess.

6. A wig?! I never thought about that. Perhaps it is! :o)

Happy New Year Sweet Pie!
playgirl
Jan. 4th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: nothing "honorable" about him
I had no idea. Thanks for the link! My feeling towards this man have suddenly changed drastically, since I'm AGAINST the death penalty!
davev1968
Jan. 1st, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Sugar, a clean record just means one has never been caught. Accepting the appointment casts doubts on how honorable Burris actually is.
uglyface2
Jan. 1st, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
1. He's been caught on tape doing so.

2. No "feeling" here, it's a statement of fact. Yes, he had that right. The laws in many states give certain people, often the governors, the authority to appoint somebody to a vacated government representative's office for the remainder of the term.

3. Sounds like you're already on the defensive for this guy. Anyway, there's no way of knowing without hard evidence.

4. Sweetie, never conduct a formal survey. You're no good at writing questions.

So long as he did not get his position through bribery or any other improper method, there is no problem with soon-to-be-Senator Burris holding the seat.

5. Since everyone who opposes him is obviously a Grand Dragon in the KKK... Cripes, PG. Do your handlers at MoveOn.Ugh even let you think for yourself anymore?

I'm sure you'll find people for whom race is the reason that they oppose ANYTHING. On the whole, however, the fact that Blagojevich was caught trying to sell the senate seat for personal gain means that whoever ultimately received the seat would be regarded with suspicion.

6. Cowpie.
playgirl
Jan. 3rd, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
3. On the defensive for Blagojevich?
Absolutely not. Can't stand the man.

4. Not so! I'm a great question writer!

He shouldn't have accepted.

5. The day I accidently encountered MoveOn.org, was the day I changed my way of thinking. They made me see the light.

I've changed my mind about Burris. I don't like him at all!

6. Cowpie! :o)

davev1968
Jan. 1st, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
1. Yes, I hope he does a lot of time, the worthless dirtbag. Jail really is too good for the likes of him.

2. He has a right to do so, because the law says so. That is one of the perks of being Governor.

3. Yes, he did. He is trying to exert that he is the Governor and that he didn't sell the appointment. He thinks that because he didn't actually sell it, he didn't do anything wrong.

4. I believe he should never have accepted the appointment. It is a lose-lose situation. He accepts the appointment, no one wants him there, and how he got the appointment will always be questioned.

5. No. That is the kind of baiting I would expect out of Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, two very racist individuals, but not you.

6. It looks more like a rug or wig to me.
playgirl
Jan. 3rd, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
1. If it turns out he's guilty, I hope for the same, but you and I already know that there are 2 different sets of rules; one for these sleezebags, and another for us regular folks who would definitely rot in the pen.

3. I agree for sure.

4. Has B. no pride?!

5. Not me? Explain please.

6. Looks like something I've seen before, but I just can't recall.
katiecam
Jan. 2nd, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
I voted for this guy..
I will give him credit, the open toll-road system he improved the illinois toll road system and cut everybody's commute down. But he is still naughty..


1. Do you feel Gov. Rod Blagojevich is guilty of all the criminal charges (trying to sell the Senate seat for money and personal favors) against him?

Yup. It's Chicago politics. I know you are an Obama fan, but guess who is connected?

2. Do you feel Blagojevich had a right to appoint someone to the Illinois Senate seat? Why?

Legally he did. Ethically he should have just resigned or quietly drawn his paycheck until impeachment and make no outrage. He should have just retreated to the shadows and kept off the news.


3. Do you feel Blagojevich had some ulterior motive for appointing Attorney General Roland Burris, who is African American AND an honorable man, as the United States Senator from Illinois? Yes? No? Explain.

I think he things two wrongs can make a right. He should have shut up, not did anything, and kept out of the news. He thinks he is making a righteous decision, he is wrong to appoint ANYBODY.

4. Do you agree or disagree that Roland Burris should be rejected as the United States Senator from Illinois? Should Roland Burris have accepted or rejected the offer? Why?

I think that Rod's APPOINTMENT should be rejected. I think Roland should interview and compete with the other candidates to be considered by the state legislature.

5. Does racism have anything to do with the negative responses from many, of the Roland Burris appointment to the Senate seat by Blagojevich?

Again, he is trying to make himself look good by appointing someone black. He should not be the one appointing.

6. What do you think about Blagojevich's hairstyle? :o)

Eeeew, why would anyone care..
playgirl
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: I voted for this guy..
1. My Obama can do no wrong.

2. I agree.


3. And Burris should never have accepted.

4. I agree.


5. I agree.

6. His hair dresser? :o)
bakapooh
Jan. 2nd, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
He has a tribble on his head...
playgirl
Jan. 3rd, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Yup, he sure does. :o)
bakapooh
Jan. 3rd, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, Dear. :)

2009 will be so much better.
playgirl
Jan. 4th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Same to you, Dear One!

Yes it will. We must pray for Obama in every way possible. He will have a heck of a job to do, fixin' the past 8 year mess the Reps caused this country!
poetpaladin
Jan. 2nd, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
He's a crook, now trying to make himself look good by appointing someone who seems above reproach. However, the appointee himself should have refused the appointment if he wanted to seem above reproach. Blagojevich has now tainted his character.
playgirl
Jan. 3rd, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, Burris should have refused. I believe someone else had been appointed the seat, but refused.
lemmy59
Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
1) He probably is - most politicians are corrupt, from both parties. But unless there is evidence where he states in explicit terms that he wants "X" amount of money, then leave the guy alone.

2) Yes. Until charges have been filed and he is found guilty of said charges, he is still the lawful, acting governor, even if he is a moron.

3) Yes. First, there was a lot of pressure to appoint a black person to a job previously held by another black person. He was appeasing those folks, and it is wrong. Candidates should be chosen on qualifications, not skin color. Second, as you say, Burris IS a good man who did a fine job as attorney general. Blago probably thinks that by appointing someone with such a good record, that he himself will be made to look better.

4) I disagree with the rejection. As stated before, like it or not, Blago is still the lawful governor and has not been found guilty of any charges, so Burris should have every right to that seat. Should have he accepted? Yes. Will it hurt his political career later on? Probably.

5) As I mentioned in #3, the only racism comes from folks who demand that just because Obama is part black, another black person should fill that seat. I think the only criticism comes from the fact that Blagojevich is an arrogant asshole and people are unwilling to look fairly at his appointee's record.

6) I don't know which is worse - his hair or his know-it-all attitude... :)
playgirl
Jan. 4th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
A truly innocent man would not have appointed anyone to the seat, until his innocence was proven. I seriously feel the man is guilty of many illegal things, and hopefully we’ll find out soon and get the whole mess behind us, since our President Obama has more important things to attend to; things like our economy.

Both hairstyle, attitude and voice! :o)

Happy New Year, Lemmy!
donchep
Jan. 2nd, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
1.I'm from Illinois. Rod Blagojevich follows the traditions of past Illinois Governors of being rat bastard criminals. It doesn't matter what party either. Governor Ryan, his GOP predeccesor is in prison right now. Blago should join him.


2. It may be his right as seated governor, but with his ethics violatiomns etc, it's still not ethical. Andthe US Senate should refuse to seat his appointments. Also it's not an Illinois Senate seat it's a US senate seat. As a state employee of tjhis great state I have to take an ethics test with a certificate signed by this asshole so I say lock him up.

3.He wanted to thumb his nose at everyone. Also he figured Burriss was unquestionable, but it's irrelevant. Blago's appointees shouldbe turned down anyway. If Burris really wanted this, he should turn down Blago and hope an appointment is made inthe interrim.

4. Congress made it clear that they would reject any of Blago's appointees. Burriss should have never accepted the offer. So it's a tough deal for Burriss but he should have known better and turned down Blago.


5. Nope, not at all. That's just a swerve that's ridiculous on its face considering whose seat he's replacing.

6. It's nice if you are inthe 8th grade but not ona grown man.
playgirl
Jan. 4th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
I know there’s corruption everywhere, but I don’t understand why there’s so much more in Illinois? I didn’t know about his predecessor being in prison, and frankly it surprises me, since most of these corrupt politicians only get a slap on the wrist.

I don’t know if I was dreaming or not, but I believe the seat had been offered to someone else who declined the offer, unlike Burris.

Come to think of it, you’re right! I remember this snot nosed kid by the name of Larry Bacon who use to sit in back of me when I was in the 6th grade. One time I heard this slurping sound behind me, so when I turned around to see what was going on, I saw he had spit all over his desk top and was liking the spit back up! UGGY! Larry Bacon had the identical hair style as this Gov. fella!

Never would I have guessed you moving to Illinois. If it’s not too personal, what made you decide to make that place your home?
tigron_x
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
I'm not paying any attention to this. So I can't comment on it. But, check out this abuse of power:

playgirl
Jan. 11th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
Thank goodness this bully was caught on tape. Jerks like this give good cops a bad name.

I'm sure he wouldn't have reacted in this manner had the little boy been Mike Tyson!
tigron_x
Jan. 11th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
That video made me furious. And then I saw the San Fransico incident that happened recently, and that actually made me say some fowl things.

I'm starting to think that the government's abuse of Police Power [which is granted by the people] is going to get worse before things change for the better.
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