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Benghazi -- No Mere 'October Surprise'

Esther28 Wrote: Oct 31, 2012 10:48 AM
Another "October Surprise" Why Does Abu Dhabi Own All of Chicago's Parking Meters? The city of Chicago has 36,000 parking meters. In 2008, it sold them on a 75 year lease for over one billion dollars. The buyers were led by Morgan Stanley. But as Matt Taibbi reports in his forthcoming book Griftopia, previewed in Rolling Stone, the state-owned investment arm of Abu Dhabi ended up owning a large share -- possibility a controlling majority -- in Chicago's parking meter system.
Jerome49 Wrote: Oct 31, 2012 12:13 PM
Don't blame Abu Dhabi, or Morgan Stanley. Put the blame right where it belongs, squarely on the shoulders of Richard M. Daley, former mayor of Chicago. In desparation, Daley sold the parking meter concession in an attempt to stave off the City going bankrupt. His administration of the City of Chicago was a fiscal disaster. He promised the unions whatever it took to get their votes, including putting 53 union bosses on the City's pension program based on their union salaries and the farce of "working for the City" for a day.
jsenner Wrote: Oct 31, 2012 2:52 PM
sounds like bidness as usual in Chicago. I grew up North of there and Chicago was always known for crooked cops, crooked pols and crooked elections. The TV series Boss will give you a primer in how things are done there.
If you want to understand why conservatives have lost faith in the so-called mainstream media, you need to ponder the question: Where is the Benghazi feeding frenzy?

Unlike some of my colleagues on the right, I don't think there's a conspiracy at work. Rather, I think journalists tend to act on their instincts (some even brag about this; you could look it up). And, collectively, the mainstream media's instincts run liberal, making groupthink inevitable.

In 2000, a Democratic operative orchestrated an "October surprise" attack on George W. Bush, revealing that 24 years earlier, he'd been arrested for drunk driving. The...