September 10, 2008
The Phantom Foursome: Obama, Rezko, Biden & CariBy Lee Cary
While the bloodhound reporters of the old big media busy themselves examining the circumstances surrounding the birth of a Down syndrome baby, hoping to make a career by digging up dirt on his mother, we're getting only bits and pieces of a much bigger story involving the Phantom Foursome.
American Thinker writer Rosslyn Smith noted that "Biden and Obama have friends in common in the Daley Machine." She cited the links between Joe Biden and Joseph Cari, Jr., and between Cari and Antoin "Tony" Rezko. We already know about Rezko's real estate association with Barack Obama, which Obama characterized as "a bone-headed mistake."
Meanwhile, Mayor Richard M. Daley says there's no "Daley Machine." My home town's humor about the nature of reality there goes back at least to Al Capone who printed his occupation on his business card as "Secondhand Furniture Dealer." Daley's brother and former Secretary of Commerce for Clinton, Bill Daley, is contemplating a run for Illinois Governor. But, hey, where's the machine in that?
If you want to understand just how much of a family business politics is in Chicago, check out this political genealogy offered on a Chicago Tribune website.
Anyway, Illinois leads the nation in sending former chief executives from the Governor's House to the Big House (Kerner, Walker, Ryan). And in Illinois, and particularly Chicago, the pols play fast-pitch, hardball politics. Just ask all the Chicago dead people who voted in the 1960 Presidential election.
So, we have these links between the Democratic National Ticket and two convicted felons in Chicago (Joe Cari pled out in September 2007).
The Chicago Sun Times links Biden and Cari this way:
You can read Cari's plea agreement here. He awaits sentencing. Patrick J. Fitzgerald, of Scooter Libby fame, was the tough prosecutor. In case you want to wade through it, here's the indictment against Cari, Stuart Levine and Steven Loren.
Now it's hard to get a grip on what this was all about. It's a complex prosecution of a complex scheme. But we can get a glimpse of what happened by reading this excerpt from the February 2005 Superseding Indictment against Stuart Levine and Antoin "Tony" Rezko.
(pages 8-9 of 65 total pages)
So they schemed to scam money belonging to school teachers. Honorable guys.
At the time of Cari's indictment, Joe Biden said,
Cari, though, is probably no longer a friend of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich who may be the next ex-Illinois state CEO to visit the Big House. According to the Chicago Tribune (April 16, 2008),
Not a good day for the Illinois governor. Hey, where's Nancy Pelosi and the "Culture of Corruption?"
The associations and complexities of this Chicago Rubik's Cube should have reporters across the nation salivating to explore possible connections between the dots by challenging Biden's and Obama's use of The Sergeant Hans Schultz of Hogan's Heroes Defense - "I know nothing."
Instead, they're focusing on a Down syndrome baby boy and his mother. What do we make of that?
I don't how they appear to the world, but to me they seem like little boys and girls playing on the sea-shore, diverting themselves in imagining they'll find something about Trig Palin and his mom that'll win them a Pulitzer, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before them. [Hat tip: Isaac Newton]
Postscript: On December 3, 2007, Joseph Cari's Lincoln Park home was highlighted as real estate "Sale of the Week" in Chicago Mag.com. It sold for 3 million dollar, $450K below asking. What a deal.