Illinois Governor Arrested

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Illinois Governor Rob Blagojevich was arrested this morning at his home for allegedly trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.

According to Chicago's WLS the affidavit includes the following...
During the call, Rob Blagojevich stated, "unless I get something real good for [Senate Candidate 1], s--t, I'll just send myself, you know what I'm saying."

Rob Blagojevich later stated, "I'm going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain. You hear what I'm saying. And if I don't get what I want and I'm not satisfied with it, then I'll just take the Senate seat myself." Later, ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that the Senate seat "is a f-ing valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing."  (For the sake of humor... I also find the use of a double negative in Blagojevich's last sentence to be troubling.)

Corruption is this decade's trend for both Republican and Democratic Illinois Governors. Blagojevich was preceded by George Ryan, who is currently serving a six and a half year sentence for corruption.

What are your thoughts?

Best regards,

Jay Allen


Comments (208)

Linda Mae Croom
Topock, AZ
(928) 768-3040

Inna, Great to share comments with you once again it is always an Honor. Merry Christmas and Happy (prosperous) New Year to you and your loving family. YOU ROCK GIRL!

Hugh and Sellers, My question to you both:

84% of Black church attending  EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS voted for Obama

68% of Hispanic church attending EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS voted for Obama

39% of  White church attending EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS voted for Obama.

Do You believe we are all on the path to hell for voting for and supporting our President-Elect?

That is millions of CHRITIANS YOU are judging.

Dec 19, 2008 04:46 AM
Mark and Tana Hunt
Team Price Real Estate/Dan Price Broker - Austin, TX
Born and raised in Austin, WE KNOW THIS PLACE!

Not that you asked me, Linda.. but I havent heard them say that.  Have they said those exact words?  That People who voted and support Obama are on the path to hell?  I seriously dont see that comment anywhere from them but if  its true we are all going to hell.. I am pretty sure that Hugh and the Sellers are the kind of people who would support Obama even if he didnt vote for him.  I didnt vote for Obama, yet I will support our President, as we all should.

 The President should be respected for his position, this goes for OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT BUSH, ALL PAST AND FUTURE PRESIDENTS.  This is just common courtesy.

I know my coment will make some people mad but please realize that I am just being respectful of the position of the President.. I dont care about statistics and copied and pasted stuff off the internet..

As I told Noqui recently.. I just don't understand why we cant move forward and think positive.  Not that YOU arent I am just re reading all the comments and these are my thoughts...

I hope you are having a good day!!!!

Dec 19, 2008 05:45 AM
Jeff and Lisa Sellers
The Sellers Realty Lubbock,TX - Lubbock, TX

No, Linda, that is not what I ever said at all!  I have some Christian friends and relatives who voted for Obama.  I HAPPEN TO DISAGREE WITH THEIR JUDGMENT AND PREFERENCE FOR PRESIDENT...NOT THEIR SALVATION!!!  IN MY OPINION...OBAMA WAS NOT THE BEST CHOICE...THAT IS ONLY MY OPINION!!!  OPINION!!!

ABORTION AND HOMOSEXUALITY ARE AN ABOMINATION OF THE LORD!  HOWEVER, THOSE ARE ONLY 2 ISSUES THE PRESIDENT ELECT AND MANY DEMOCRATS BELIEVE IN.  I NEVER SAID THAT ANYONE WAS GOING TO HELL FOR VOTING FOR OBAMA!!!  THAT'S RIDICULOUS.  I JUST DON'T THINK OBAMA MATCHES CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES AND VALUES VERY WELL.  I think there are Christians who overlooked his beliefs on these issues when they voted.  I'm sure there were things about the Republican ticket I overlooked, because I believe so strongly in the SANCTITY OF LIFE AND MARRIAGE BETWEEN A MAN AND WOMAN ONLY! I think there were other things about Obama that must have led them to vote for him in spite of his stance on these things.  I don't believe the polls too much, but they don't surprise me much either.  It is sad to say, but I also believe....HERE I GO AND I KNOW I'LL PROBABLY BE CALLED A RACIST HERE AND EVERYTHING ELSE...I ALSO BELIEVE there were many blacks and even hispanics that voted for him on the basis of race alone.  I'm sure "blacks" were thrilled to see a candidate from their race and that is fine.  They should be proud, but not proud enough to vote on race alone.  If John McCain was black and Obama white, I WOULD STILL HAVE VOTED FOR MCCAIN!  IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COLOR FOR ME!!!  HOWEVER, i DO BELIEVE THERE WERE MANY ON THE OTHER SIDE THAT VOTED FOR OBAMA ON RACE ALONE.

If Michael Steele or Cond.Rice were running, I'd vote for them.  Their skin color is black by the way.  It's not about race for me...I'm a values voter.  My good Christian friends that voted for Obama just so happen to believe that Roe vs.Wade, all the abortion stuff, homo marriage,etc. will not be reversed anyway, that it is all too far along and they believe in the MAJORITY of Obama's other views more strongly than McCain's.  NO, I WOULD NEVER TELL THEM THEY WERE GOING TO HELL...YOU WERE REALLY REACHING WITH THAT COMMENT.

Inna and Linda, you all are being really ridiculous!

Dec 19, 2008 06:31 AM
Nogui Aramburo
Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® - Raleigh, NC
Real Estate Professional in the Raleigh Area

Beware of false, blind patriots. If history has shown us anything, is that we need to speak up when we think our leaders had failed us. That is not un-American or unpatriotic. I'm reminded of the story of "when they came for the Jews", but the storyteller wasn't Jewish so he didn't speak up. And when they came for him, there was no one left to speak for him.

Point is, yes the President deserves our support and respect- but this is not a monarchy. When he screws up, we have to make sure he's accountable. Or else why bother with a democracy if you can't voice your displeasure at elected leaders.

Why is it the moonbats always yelling blasphemous comments about the Messiah and then get offended by holy shit? Jolly winkers, Batman, I think my knickers are in a twist!

Tana, your right, the time has come for us to move forward. Although, I think I will tone my comments down about the outgoing POS leadership we have now. Can't wait for this Epic Fail to be over.

Dec 19, 2008 06:34 AM
Inna Hardison
ha media group - Orlando, FL
Wordpress for Real Estate & Design, Print HaMedia Group

Jeff and Lisa - I have no problem with any of your reasons for voting the way you did. I do have a fundamental issue with your choice of descriptives and tone when you speak of those whose lifestyles or beliefs you disagree with.  If you want a government that mandates tastes, manners, lifestyles and beliefs, I think you are in the wrong country. We do have a separation for a reason.

Lastly, to both, you and Tana, it never ceases to amaze me that you choose to display your bigotry and hatred in an open real estate forum, where last I checked, most of what you despise belongs to one protect class or another.... 

Inna Hardison - the gay-loving, get your freaking noses out of my PRIVATE LIFE liberals.  Funny how that whole PRIVACY thing was supposed to be a conservative agenda...

Dec 19, 2008 06:52 AM
Nogui Aramburo
Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® - Raleigh, NC
Real Estate Professional in the Raleigh Area

I wonder how many Black people said "I'm voting for Obama just to stick it to the man" Though, I would believe that you would believe that Sellers. You probably don't mix with the other races very much, do you?

Obama ran a strong campaign on issues that many people cared about. Like ending the disastrous war in Iraq. Like investing in Green Technology, the new economic boom in this country. Like strengthing education. A single payer health system. These are all things that Americans overwhelmingly voted for.

McCain ran a horrible campaign, basically recycling GWB's failed policies on the war. He was clueless on the economy and his VP- let's not get into that.

Dec 19, 2008 06:58 AM
Linda Mae Croom
Topock, AZ
(928) 768-3040


Thank you for clarifying your beliefs about POLITICS and RELIGION. I agree totally with you. I apologize for assuming you also believed as Hugh and his friend do.

They believe that ANYONE who voted for  Obama who is Pro-Choice and Pro-gay is deceived, un-christian and unless they REPENT for voting for Obama before they meet their maker they are INDEED GOING TO HELL!

I have ATTEMTED to NO AVAIL to make them realize that we Christians who Voted for Obama have Nothing to Repent for REGARDIND OUR VOTE AND SUPPORT FOR THE PRESIDENT ELECT. I voted for him because I believed him the SMARTEST choice. IMOHO!

While I wish there were No Abortion I do believe it is NOT the government's job to make laws regarding a woman's body. She will stand alone before God. I also do not believe the Taxpayer's should pay for abortions.

My vote was based on the economy, terroist threats, the war, health care, education and many issues I felt more comfortable with Obama. I DO NOT BELIEVE voting for Obama makes me the Horrible person Hugh and Nick say I and others are because we have consistently supported Obama.

You are new here. I can assure you if you go back to political posts and comments in my posts and others you will KNOW just how, in no UNCERTAIN TERMS these men have attacked Christians who voted for OBAMA.

They certainly have a right to believe that way and I certainly have a right to disagree with them and Represent those of us who KNOW we are Christian and voting for Obama most certainly does not need Repenting of any more than voting for Bush (and I did 2 times) because he did not make abortion illegal in the eight years time he had to at least TRY to do so.

Again, Thank you for your reply. YOU ARE 100% correct.

Dec 19, 2008 08:10 AM
Linda Mae Croom
Topock, AZ
(928) 768-3040


Just saw Blagojevich give is latest news brief. HE MUST BE CRAZY! He stood there saying he has done nothing wrong and will prove it. Good Luck and Bless his heart.

Dec 19, 2008 09:00 AM
Jeff and Lisa Sellers
The Sellers Realty Lubbock,TX - Lubbock, TX

Linda - Thanks for humbling yourself and actually trying to understand what I have been saying. I really appreciate that.  Most of us are probably closer on things than we realize, but BOTH sides are guilty of POLARIZATION in an attempt to be "right" or to win an argument.  I'm also relieved to know you don't favor abortion.  I realize it is a personal choice and maybe at this point it will never be illegal. You know it just struck me that murder of a human outside the womb is also a personal choice and we give people the death penalty for that.  Anyway, that's another discussion.  You also said you don't believe in taxpayer $ funding abortions.  I'm afraid the democratic agenda is headed that way if not doing it already.

I'm tired of trying to win arguments.  I just want to be real and see this great country preserved.

I do love people of all races, religions or no religions.  However, when this Noqui and Inna and Mike D. try to start describing Christianity for something it isn't, I'm going to call them on it.  Hugh was right with his comment to "hate the sin" and "love the sinner".  All sins are horrible in the sight of God.  A heterosexual sin is just as bad as a homosexual one.  Adultery is just as bad as homosexuality.  I think there are those whose convictions are so strong against abortion and gay marriage that they would never vote for a candidate who condoned either one.  That doesn't necessarily mean they think everyone else who voted for him is going to hell!  By the way, what is IMOHO?  I'm sorry I don't understand what that stands for.

NOQUI AND INNA - You all are just downright hateful!  Btw, I have many friends of different races and religions. Most of my life I have been apart of multicultural churches and visited foreign countries for missionary work.  My wife and I are very active in heading up the benevolence ministry at our church that helps poor people of all races,religions,sexes,etc.  In fact, I grew up in an innercity church in downtown Houston where my dad was a minister.  I learned how to be compassionate to people of all socioeconomic, racial backgrounds.  I have been around the homeless, the convicts, all the way up to the multi-millionaires.  I've learned to respect people of all backgrounds.  However, that doesn't mean that I am not allowed my personal opinions and preferences.  It doesn't mean that I can't hold strong convictions.  I've seen the poor enabled and crippled by the welfare system.  I've seen the criminals who carry guns and  then wondered why the government would want to take away guns of the honest citizens who would use them for hunting and selfdefense.  Please Read Psalm 18:2-7 in the Old Testament of the Bible.  I'm through discussing with you guys.  It is doing no good.  I sincerely hope and pray you all will find peace that passes all understanding in the Lord Jesus Christ and that we will some day be able to embrace as brothers and sisters in Christ in heaven b/c this world is not my home, I'm just passing through.  It just breaks my heart when Satan infiltrates the hearts and minds and turns them evil.

Dec 19, 2008 09:16 AM
Jeff and Lisa Sellers
The Sellers Realty Lubbock,TX - Lubbock, TX

Noqui-Sorry one last thing.  Please remember "to hold accountable" the next President who screws up as you have talked about. Bill Clinton was really never held accountable and I wonder if Obama will be.  I can't believe you are talking about accountability with all the crooked Pelosis, Franks, Kerrys, Clintons, Blagojeviches and other radicals out there that you seem to so quickly support. 

Dec 19, 2008 09:28 AM
Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
Realtor, Sussex County NJ

Noqui~What gets me is how you guys bought all of Obama's lines, hook line and sinker. He is not even in yet and already backpeddling. The majority of politicians lie and a great many are corrupt. Your man obama came out of a history of corruptin. Maybe the Governor is not nervopusbecause he knows things that aren't being released yet. I think Barrack means well ands will try to do his best but  coming through on all the things he promised is just not possible. G.W. your enemy came through with loansfor the auto makers today. Congress didn't and if he was as evil as you make out he could have just said, go ahead fail let the next president  sort it out. I don't trust any politicians but I surely don't trust the ones that promise the moon. To me it doesn't matter I will never vote for a Pro-Abortion candidate. In my mind all the other issues combined do not equal that one.

 I believe that nothing that happens in this world can affect me as long as I stay faithful.  But I have always hated hypocrisy and  our man Barrack does noy seem to have that strong of convictions to me. Before we can judge a man as a politician we need to judge him by his character.

Just my opinion 

Dec 19, 2008 11:25 AM
Mike D
Henderson, NV

Hugh - I would be interested for you to tell us how Barack Obama is backpedaling from anything he said in his campaign.  Not what the liberal media sensationalized and the conservative media just plain made up, but actual words that passed Barack Obama's lips or was written by Barack Obama's hand.

Linda Mae - Thank you so much for quite possibly the best definition I have ever seen of what a true "liberal's" position on abortion is.  No one is Pro-Abortion, we are Pro-Choice.  The government should not have a say.  People that make that difficult choice will be judged either by their maker (if you believe in that kind of thing) or by their own conscience when they wake up and look in the mirror at themselves everyday.  Aren't Conservatives the ones that are for less government?  So why should they be involved in this?

And to everyone - Since we are so far away from the original post's a great recipe for Banana Bread by Emeril Lagasse.  Enjoy!


  • 10 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup toasted, chopped walnuts


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Lightly grease a 9 1/4 by 5 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan with 1 teaspoon of the butter.

Puree the bananas, sour cream, eggs and vanilla in a food processor.

Sift the cake flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fixed with a whisk attachment. Add the remaining 10 tablespoons butter and mix on medium-low speed until blended, about 30 seconds. Add the banana mixture in 3 batches, scraping the sides of the bowl and mixing on medium speed between each addition. Fold in the nuts.

Pour into the loaf pan. Bake until lightly browned and bread bounces back to the touch, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto wire rack to cool completely.

Dec 19, 2008 12:13 PM
Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
Realtor, Sussex County NJ

Mike~Withdrawal in 16 months has now become go along with the present plan of 30 months

       Raising taxes on those makeing over 250,000 has become, just let the Bush tax cuts run out in 2010

For one of the most Liberal senators(which helped him win) he has a decidedly center right cabinet~Praise the Lord.

We shall see after he is actually in office and I do agree with all those positions but they are not the positions he was elected on.

I predict that by the end of four years he will do a decent job but the left will hate him as much as they currently hate Bush. Hate is what they do well anyway.

Dec 19, 2008 12:26 PM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

When will hard working Americans stand up and throw all these bums out. We talk and blog which amounts to doing nothing. But I think this country is headed to a revolution. I wish a newspaper reporter would take a look at all of em and disclose the truth and the other politicians need to turn the crooks in as well.

Dec 19, 2008 12:51 PM
Jay Allen
MovieVoice Production Co. - Paducah, KY

Charles, thanks for your comment.  Most newspaper reporters have blogs.  So, why does blogging "amount to doing nothing"?  No election in which I've cast a vote was decided by a single vote - so, my vote has literally never amounted to anything - but I vote anyway.

Dec 20, 2008 05:09 PM
Ricardo Cobos
SunTrust Mortgage - Raleigh, NC

Tchaka; The so Called "Economic Performance Index" might mean something if it didn't come from the Progressive Policy Institute and it's founder Al From who is a Democratic Strategist who served Jimmy Carter from 1979 - 1980 in of all things Deputy Advisor on Inflation From is  also is the Founder and CEO Democratic Leadership Council so how about something a less partisan and more reliable like something from say Pew.


Dec 22, 2008 06:35 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Hi Jay

It appears that many of our public officials have lost prospective and place themselves above the people who vote for them. In this case the governor if convicted needs to spend time in jail.

Good luck and success

Lou Ludwig

Dec 25, 2008 07:13 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Jay- After reviewing your blog and reading the comments that have & the number I have decided to feature it at:


Jay - I wasn't able to feature your blog because it may be to old or deleted!


Feb 27, 2009 05:52 PM
Jay Allen
MovieVoice Production Co. - Paducah, KY

Robert, thanks for the attempt!  It looks like AR might not like older material.

Feb 27, 2009 06:03 PM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Every now and again I like to stop here to read how ridiculous the far left and far right can be.  Both extremes can be very dangerous.  Read the comment thread folks... freaking amazing.  Even though a lot of this commentary is downright sad, it literally does make me LOL.


Mar 27, 2009 07:20 AM