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Do You Think the Roland Burris Affair Is Fair?

We've all heard the tale by now: Illinois’s governor Roland Burris was appointed to replace President-elect Barack Obama as a US Senator, only he was appointed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was recently arrested by federal agents and accused of trying to sell the seat to raise campaign money. While most critics admit Burris is qualified, Democratic party leaders said they wouldn’t recognize anybody Blagojevich named.

Burris went on The Early Show yesterday and dismissed his critics, saying his appointment was valid and even showed up for the Senate later in the day, only to be refused. He then announced he was rejected for the seat while lawmakers waited the gaveling of the 111th Congress into session. Burris's lawyers were quick to say an "extraordinarily arbitrary and unlawful process is afoot." The news today is that Burris is sitting down with Senate leaders and may be granted a seat, despite all the hoopla.


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This is the United States of America, where you are "innocent until proven guilty." If they have such a great case against Blago, shouldn't they have made sure he was impeached or removed from office before he was able to appoint a replacement? Now, I don't know anything about Burris, except that he was appointed to fill Obama's vacant Senate seat, by the appropriate person who holds that responsibility. Besides the fact that he could've refused the appointment to save face, there is technically nothing wrong here. Blago was arrested, released, and allowed to remain the Governor. If they truly did not want him to replace Obama, they could've prevented it by having him removed from office. They knew they were on a time limit. I'm not defending, or taking Blago's side, but if he did not appoint someone in time to be seated, then what? They would just allow Illinois to be unrepresented? Maybe these people should've worked through the holidays to be sure their job was actually done, rather than crying foul after the fact.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Yeah something about that is just not right.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I agree innocent untill proven guilty, its why I defend our president to this day.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I have to admit I was not a fan of the windsurfing.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
And does anyone remember the pictures of Kerry windsurfing? Something about that struck me funny.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
"I personally think photo ops of W trimming the brush on his Texas ranch" I've been to the ranch adjacent to his, during the Sheehan protest, and I didn't see any brush to clear. That land is fairly barren.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Franky, I'm not joking this travesty runs in my family - there's an uncle that I do love dearly (he taught me to roller skate and used to give me new skates every year)BUT his name is Sylvie, he named his son Sylvie and his daughter...Sylvia! And there are others who done the same nutty in my family - the male ego knows no bounds with them. Tah dah family retardation. Then again my mom's dad was a freaky as my mom and all of her siblings except for one girl and her illegimate oldest brother have names that begin with the letter 'D'. I just thought of this but my granddaddy (my mom's dad) was the precursor to the Jim Bob Duggar!!!!!!!!!! Thank you to my parents from NOT doing that to us - well at least not first names. My brothers either have my dad's first name as their middle name or a variation and my sister has a variation of my mom's first name as her middle name. Me thankfully left out in the family name cold - named for a whacky artistic Nun in Rhode Island and a generic middle name from the 70s. That said my only beef with my parents choice is names has been echoed by my siblings - we all have the nicknames instead of a formal first name. So instead of Vincent we have Vinnie, instead of Jennifer we have Jenny, Suzy instead of Susan or Susannah - these are just examples not their real names. My parents thought informal was best since they both have formal names. Too kick back - no Vinnie is ever going to be CEO or President. At least no black guy named Vinnie. I didn't put the names of my parents because both parents are dead a simple google search yields both of their names, SSN, and all of their kids names including mine. Along with our freaking addresses and my mom's will and all sorts of crud.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I just don't like this guy because his kids names are Roland and Rolanda. But it's not as bad as George Foreman naming his kids George 2,3,4,5, Georgina, Georgette, etc.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
I know me too! :)
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
momma tikita ---I love that song.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
"Oh baby you, you got what I neeeeeeed. But you say Im just a friend..but you say im just a friend. OH BABY YOUUUUUUUUU!"
Myst Myst 8 years
lol hehe, I leave work and come back and you ladies are having a blast. Too funny :D
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I say Super-Felon or Plastic manufacturer.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Shoot, I'd be hysterical too.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
You know the patients were only hysterical because it took forever to get an appointment with Dr. Magic Hands.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I read that too Jude, so a little "spinning of the turntables" would supposedly take care of the hysteria. Well DUH!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Or a plastics tycoon.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
Plaxico was destined to be a successful pro-athlete OR a successful this point in time, he may be successful at both.
stephley stephley 8 years
Faye is so wonderfully generic! Plaxico sounds like a fictitious business name my boss would make up for a client's tax dodge.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:ROTFL: Well, whoever named him Plaxico pretty much predestined him to a career in pro football. Half those guys have bizarre names.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Again, my family is nuts. I SAY NUTS! My grandfather Mr. Burris for some random reason known only to his feeble mind decided to not only switch his middle name to be his first name but also to spell his last name Burris instead of the way his father had spelled it and listed on the public records as BURRESS. So half of my grandfather's sibling followed my grandfather ad spelled their last name Burris and some spelled it properly Burress and one drunk some really bad kool-aid or ripple or whatever and went with Burrus. WTF? You cannot randomly decide to ignore what is on your birth certificate and every other legal doc and go my name is (example) DonkeyKong Lawrence Burris Jr when your given and legal name is Lawrence DonkeyKong Burress with no junior. I think my grandfather was some criminal wanted to the coppers. So he changed his name. However he wasn't cleaver enough to change it significantly enough. Maybe he was illiterate but he went to University way back in the day until he started pumping out his own brood. My grandfather sits silently in his senior care facility holding the secret of why he changed his name. I'd love to venture into his brain and find out why he and his siblings decided to alter the family name. My grandma was no better - her first name was great it was Elizabeth she changed it to Faye. Why? Cause she felt like it. I also want to ask which ever Uncle is responsible for coming up with the monstrous name Plaxico? What the hell is that? At first I thought of my Art History education and thought maybe its the name of a Hellenistic or pre-Hellenistic sculptor - no. Kind of like my cousins T'shawn, D'shawn and L'shawn made up BS from the mind of a demented Burris.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I read on Cracked that doctors used to treat "hysterical depression" by massaging patients' lady parts. I think.
stephley stephley 8 years
"The Vapors is an old term for hypochondriasis or hysterical depression (from Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary 27th edition) These descriptions are from Stedman’s Medical Dictionary published by American Heritage: a. Exhalations within an organ, especially the stomach, supposed to affect the mental or physical condition. No longer in technical use b. A nervous disorder such as depression or hysteria. No longer in technical use"
stephley stephley 8 years
Biz Markie? I'll go google now...
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