So Where’s The Fire?

Have you ever had a friend that you liked but turned out to be something of a heel?  We all have.  It’s human nature.  People disappoint.  Indeed, I at one point in time had a best friend, a shipmate in the Navy who was a rank above me.  We did just about everything together, and then it all just kind of fell apart.

In the end, he hung on me an evaluation that prevented me getting promoted, and the bastard stole my television and moved down to South Carolina.  Most of us end up making friends like these… you know… the ones that make enemies not quite a necessity anymore.

There’s been an awful lot of smoke swirling around Barack Obama and his connections to the indicted Tony Rezko.  Indeed you hear the name reported on so often with dirty little adjectives that you begin to think the man is made completely and totally out of slime, and this fact alone means that Obama himself must also be a walking slime-man.

With glee it would seem that some folks are over reporting the situation in the hopes that something will stick to Obama and ultimately sink his campaign.  But Paul Kiel from TPM Muckraker provides a solid account of what we know right now.  Basically, for a whole hell of a lot of smoke, there’s just not that much fire there.

The entire situation hinges upon three key points.

-Campaign contributions for which Rezko was the bundler.  These amounted to about $150k over the span of years, and Obama has donated most of that money to charity.

-The house deal.  Obama wanted to buy a house, however; the house was listed separately from a side-lot that the owner insisted be closed upon on the same day.  Rezko came in and bought the side-lot, though there was apparently already another bidder on the side-lot so one cannot say that Rezko’s decision would have prevented Obama’s purchase of the house.  The Obama family did not use the side-lot, and did not grant favors to Rezko for buying the side-lot, though, when the Obamas wanted to put up a fence, they purchased a fraction of the side-lot at what one would reasonably call a fair price.

-In 1998, there were letters from Obama asking the Illinois legislature to fund housing for the elderly to be built by Rezko.  There’s no evidence that this was a quid pro quo scenario, and Rezko did not ask for the letters to be written.  Given this was to be housing for the elderly, it’s reasonable to assume Obama was… well… trying to provide affordable housing for the elderly.

This is about the sum of everything that has gone on, and believe me, the Chicago press has been digging like mad for some time now.  All things considered, this is about as in-scandalous as a scandal can get.  Nowhere near golf trips to Scottland or high payout land deals or being caught in bed with lobbyists.  In fact, one might say it’s not a scandal at all, but instead a guy maybe making a friend he should have kept at arm’s distance instead.

I lost a tv and a promotion.  I can sympathize.

One Response to “So Where’s The Fire?”

  1. Angellight says:

    The Republican’s New Agenda is to Stop Obama, they want to run against Hillary. They have so much dirt in their Arsenal on the Clintons just waiting to be Unleashed (movies, scandals, lawsuits, books) — that is why Rush Limbaugh is Begging, Begging his listeners to vote for Hillary. Limbaugh declared: “I want the funeral music to play at some point to the Clintons, but not this early.” America, if Hillary becomes the nominee, we haven’t seen nothing yet!

    Who released the Canadian Memo and distorted its contents–, where did that come from and who called Goolsbee to a meeting and conveniently set him up? Who pushed up Rezko’s trial which, was to start much later this year? Why did the Somali picture come out, along with Farrakahn endoresement and a radio jock mocking of Obama’s middle name? Which was allowed to be played over and over again by the Main-stream media. We have to ask these things? Who wants to Kill unity and hope? Was this part of the Kitchen Sink or may be the Basement (Swiftboating)? I do know its dirty politics and until we reject this kind of politicking in America we will be a pawn in their hands, the people of power, and never find our true Independence and Voice which Obama is offering. The Evil Ones are just getting started, warmed up. Someone is trying to pull our strings. The Truth will come out, however. Hopefully, America we can see through this Rouse this time and elect CHANGE!

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