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Scumbag of the Year makes the Chicago Tribune

Posted by mesablue on January 3, 2008

It took a few days, but the story of shitbird extraoardinaire, Jay R. Grodner, caught the attention of the press.

John Kass covered the story today in the Chicago Tribune.

I’m going way beyond fair use, I can’t find any part that I could leave out. Kass talked to more of the people involved than we’ve heard from before — except for the bad actor himself, who remains hidden.

As of this evening, this was the most viewed story on the Chicago Tribune web site.

Jay R. Grodner is officially — infamous.

Marine Sgt. Michael McNulty — now on his way to Iraq for his second tour of duty in the war — took meticulous care of his car.


It is a black two-door BMW, an expensive ride for a young Marine from Chicago, but then, McNulty didn’t exactly join up for the big paycheck and luxury vacations.


The 26-year-old McNulty was a trader at the exchange and enlisted in the Reserves after 9/11. He babied his car so much that he had military vanity plates along with a sticker in his window that let people know that a Marine or a Marine supporter drove that car.


But someone didn’t like the Marine sticker, or the pro-military plates, and decided to stage an anti-war protest, with a key or hard piece of metal, on the shiny black finish of Sgt. McNulty’s car that caused $2,400 in damage.


“It’s a really nice car. It’s in perfect condition. He keeps it meticulous. And he was going to sell it,” said Sgt. McNulty’s friend, Tom Sullivan, a college buddy from Loyola University.


The last time Sgt. McNulty was in Iraq, he worked a .50-caliber machine gun from a Humvee. Now that he’s going back, he really doesn’t need a shiny black BMW that shows dust.


“There wasn’t a scratch on his car,” Sullivan said.


But there is one now.


It is a big scratch, a particularly long scratch in that black paint, a scratch stretching from the rear driver’s side around the back, across the trunk, then up to the passenger’s side.


If you have a car, and parked it on the street, surely you’ve thought about what an angry key could do to it.


According to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, it wasn’t an accident, but a deliberate key job, not done by some kid or street thug, but by a Chicago lawyer who apparently can’t stand the military.


Private attorney Jay R. Grodner, 55, of Chicago has been charged with a class A misdemeanor — criminal damage to property — punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $2,500 fine, said Andy Conklin, spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office.


Late Wednesday, I reached Sgt. McNulty, who declined to comment for the paper but confirmed the facts in the police report.


And I wanted to get Grodner’s side of it because he’s been accused but not convicted of anything. So we called all the Grodner numbers we could find — home and business — including those on the police report and others in the suburbs and Chicago. Many were disconnected, and his cell phone voice mail was full.


I’d like to ask him two questions:


Why?


And, are you proud?


“McNulty was just coming to pick me up for breakfast, because he was going to training just before deployment,” Sullivan said of that morning on Dec. 1 in Rogers Park.


There are several one-way streets near Sullivan’s home, but McNulty missed the turn, and rather than drive two or three blocks around, he put the car in reverse and backed up a hundred or so feet. He pulled up in front of his friend’s house, rang the bell and Sullivan came downstairs. McNulty then turned around and saw Grodner’s hands on his black car.


“Mike says, ‘Hey, what are you doing to my car? Open up your hand!’” Sullivan told us. “And [Grodner] goes, ‘[Blank] you! Just because you’re in the military you don’t run the roost!’”


There were allegedly many more epithets and cuss words, some allegedly applied to the United States Marine Corps, to the U.S. armed forces and to Sgt. McNulty himself.


“Quite frankly, you don’t even look like a soldier. You’re a small little [blank],” Grodner said according to Sullivan.


This last bit really bothers William McNulty, who is Sgt. McNulty’s brother, and he called me.


“My brother should be commended for not just smashing that guy’s windpipe right there for all the stuff he said about our military, and the insults,” William McNulty said. “Instead, my brother called the police, as he should have.”


According to the police report I read, other investigative accounts and interviews, Grodner was upset to have been accused of purposely scratching the car. So upset, that he accused his accusers of being anti-Semitic.


The Chicago police officer responding to the call didn’t take the accusation seriously, according to the report, because he couldn’t justify it. And Sgt. McNulty’s brother and Sullivan say it is outrageous and nonsensical.


“The officer wasn’t going to hear this kind of talk. He put the kibosh on the whole thing,” Sullivan said. “So [Grodner] became apologetic.”


According to the police report, “The offender denied scratching the victim’s vehicle, but did admit to rubbing past it.”


Rubbing past it? I guess it all depends on what the definition of “rubbing” is.


That’s where it is now, awaiting another court date, set for Jan. 18, after Sgt. McNulty refused to back off and drop the charges in earlier court appearances.


Lawyers know how to drag things out, with continuance after continuance, stalling until complaining witnesses get tired and move on.


But Marines on their way to war don’t seek continuances.


And all Sgt. McNulty wanted was a little respect, and the chance to sell that car of his, without a scratch.

Wow, Grodner turns out to be an even bigger scumbag than it seemed originally. Pompous, arrogant, obnoxious and now obviously — pretty fucking stupid.

Grodner, if you haven’t figured it out yet, you are completely fucked. You screwed the pooch this time. The best part is — you did it to yourself.

Bluster and hubris are not your friend. This time, you get to bend over and grab your ankles. What is the correct term for a self-inflicted ass pounding?

BOHICA, baby!

I look forward to reporting your sentencing.

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Caucus Day!!!

Posted by mesablue on January 3, 2008

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Iowans are congregating by the tens of dozens today to kick of the primary season with their quasi-democratic caucus selection process.

Our buddy Russ from Winterset is caucusing for Fred! tonight and promises updates from the scene. The Des Moines Register has full online coverage — here.

Updates as the day goes on. Already Bill Clinton is spinning — “I didn’t win a primary until Georgia.”

Heh, first update from Russ over at AoS:

I went to the Rotary meeting today at noon, and had a good conversation with my “inside source” with the Madison County Republican party. He said that they only anticipate having five precinct captains speak up for their candidates, but that wasn’t the good part.


Guess who’s standing up to speak for Mike Huckabee?


No, God’s going to be busy watching the Virginia Tech/Kansas football game, and Jesus said something about trying to catch up on some NHL games he’s TiVo’d. Huck’s going to be handling this one with a mere mortal.


The Precinct Captain for Mike Huckabee will be: Mike Huckabee’s sister. I. Shit. You. Not. Mike Freakin’ Huckabee’s freakin’ sister. What are the odds of that happening?


Advice time, morons: Should I refrain from calling Mike Huckabee a pigf*&ker in front of his sister, or should I let ‘er rip?

I know what I’d do, but hey, that’s just me.

Update 8:30 pm: With 10 % of the dem vote reported CNN is saying 34 % Edwards, 32% Clinton, 31% Obama and 2% Richardson. The dems have that goofy second place rule in their caucus and it looks like that will come into play tonight for at least a few candidates.

On the Republican side, only 2% reporting: 33 % Huckabee, 24% Romney, 17% Thompson, 11% McCain.

Long night ahead. We’re also live blogging over at AoS.

Update 8:50 pm
:

Missed the dems, on the Republican side with 15% in: 36% Huckabee, 23% Romney, 15% Thompson, 12% McCain.

The larger precincts have yet to report and the dem caucuses are still going through their second round of voting.

Update 9:00 pm: Well, that didn’t take long. CNN and Fox just called it for Huckabee.

Huckabee 7,809 35% 0 25% reporting
Romney 5,355 24% 0
Thompson 3,178 14% 0
McCain 2,638 12% 0
Paul 2,425 11% 0
Giuliani 830 4% 0
Hunter 72 0% 0

On the dem side, things just took a turn for Obama.

Obama 206 33% 0 34%
reporting
Edwards 200 32% 0
Clinton 198 32% 0
Richardson 11 2% 0
Biden 6 1% 0
Dodd 0 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0

Update 9:15 pm: Obama moving up a little more.

Obama 373 34% 0 54%reporting
Edwards 345 32% 0
Clinton 340 31% 0
Richardson 19 2% 0
Biden 11 1% 0
Dodd 0 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0
Uncommitted 0 0% 0

Update 9:30 pm
: It’s a battle for second place in the dem primary with 2/3 of the vote in. Still too close to call, but it’s not turning out to be a good night for Team Hillary.

Obama 505 35% 0 66% reporting
Edwards 452 31% 0
Clinton 449 31% 0
Richardson 25 2% 0
Biden 14 1% 0
Uncommitted 2 0% 0
Dodd 0 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0

Update 9:31pm: CNN calls it for Obama.

Obama 580 35% 0 73% reporting
Edwards 511 31% 0
Clinton 507 31% 0
Richardson 30 2% 0
Biden 17 1% 0
Uncommitted 2 0% 0
Dodd 0 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0

Update 9:40
: Things are tightening up between Thompson and McCain with 65% in. On the dem side, second place is still too close to call.

Huckabee 25,510 34% 0 65% reporting
Romney 18,668 25% 0
Thompson 10,308 14% 0
McCain 9,891 13% 0
Paul 7,674 10% 0
Giuliani 2,708 4% 0
Hunter 324 0% 0

Obama 664 36% 0 78% reporting
Edwards 561 31% 0
Clinton 557 30% 0
Richardson 35 2% 0
Biden 18 1% 0
Uncommitted 2 0% 0
Dodd 1 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0

One thing I like about this caucus thing — stuff happens very quickly. Not that many votes to keep track of and get reported.

Update 10:00 pm: Very tight between Thompson and McCain. Almost dead even between Edwards and Clinton.

Huckabee 28,762 34% 0 72% reporting
Romney 21,213 25% 0
Thompson 11,522 14% 0
McCain 11,281 13% 0
Paul 8,549 10% 0
Giuliani 3,053 4% 0
Hunter 366 0% 0

Obama 816 37% 0 90% reporting
Edwards 663 30% 0
Clinton 656 30% 0
Richardson 48 2% 0
Biden 20 1% 0
Uncommitted 2 0% 0
Dodd 1 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0


Update 10:15 pm
: Thompson and McCain reaching near dead heat status. The dems are still too close between Edwards and Clinton. For some reason Edwards is on TV right now claiming victory. “The status quo lost and change won.” Heh, every democrat is running on a “change” platform. Obama crushed the two of them, I can’t see what Edwards thinks he has to celebrate.

Huckabee 30,852 34% 0 76% reporting
Romney 22,973 25% 0
Thompson 12,289 14% 0
McCain 12,109 13% 0
Paul 8,995 10% 0
Giuliani 3,246 4% 0
Hunter 392 0% 0

Obama 867 37% 0 94% reporting
Edwards 697 30% 0
Clinton 687 30% 0
Richardson 50 2% 0
Biden 22 1% 0
Uncommitted 3 0% 0
Dodd 1 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0


Update 10:30 pm
: Yikes! McCain just passed Thompson, still too close to call. On the dem side, Hillary is done. Edwards takes second.

Huckabee 31,508 34% 0 78% reporting
Romney 23,682 25% 0
McCain 12,520 14% 0
Thompson 12,484 13% 0
Paul 9,132 10% 0
Giuliani 3,321 4% 0
Hunter 395 0% 0

Obama 899 38% 14 96% reporting
Edwards 716 30% 12
Clinton 705 29% 13
Richardson 50 2% 0
Biden 22 1% 0
Uncommitted 3 0% 0
Dodd 1 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0

Update 11:00 pm
: Wow. Fred is back in third w/ 85% of the vote in.

Huckabee 35,257 34% 0 85% reporting
Romney 25,995 25% 0
Thompson 13,786 14% 0
McCain 13,473 13% 0
Paul 9,992 10% 0
Giuliani 3,571 4% 0
Hunter 452 0% 0

Update 12:00 am: Results coming in very slowly now.

Huckabee 35,621 34% 0 86% reporting
Romney 26,524 26% 0
Thompson 13,932 13% 0
McCain 13,693 13% 0
Paul 10,184 10% 0
Giuliani 3,613 4% 0
Hunter 458 0% 0

Update 12:30 am: The dem results are final and we’re at 93% on the Republican side. Looks like Fred may be safe in third.

Huckabee 38,605 34% 17 93% reporting
Romney 28,367 25% 12
Thompson 15,044 13% 3
McCain 14,749 13% 3
Paul 11,232 10% 2
Giuliani 3,853 4% 0
Hunter 499 1% 0

Obama 940 38% 16 100% reporting
Edwards 744 30% 14
Clinton 737 29% 15
Richardson 53 2% 0
Biden 23 1% 0
Uncommitted 3 0% 0
Dodd 1 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0

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