Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Group complains not enough minorities are working at new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

There's a group, the Illinois Association of Minorities in Government, that strongly hints we need hiring quotas at presidential libraries. Or at least at Springfield's new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

From AP:

The head of a group representing minorities says the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum's hiring record is a disappointment to Lincoln's legacy.

Roy Williams of the Illinois Association of Minorities in Government wrote a letter to library officials this week in which he said it was unacceptable that only seven of the complex's 107 employees, or 6.5 percent, are minorities.

``I just think that makes it more appalling in that Lincoln stood for... equality for all,'' said Williams of the nation's 16th president.

``When you look at what the man stood for and what he was about, it just doesn't match,'' Williams said. ``I believe they should live up to the standard of Lincoln.''

Williams blamed Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office for dictating who should be hired, including people with family ties or other connections. He wants to meet with library officials to discuss ways to improve minority hiring.

Blagojevich spokeswoman Cheryle Jackson disputed the governor's office role in hiring, saying the state's personnel code largely determines employment.

The library's executive director, Richard Norton Smith, said officials had discretion in hiring about 50 library and museum employees, with the rest coming primarily from the state historic library and other state agencies.

Twelve African-Americans passed state tests for open positions, he said. Eight were asked to interview, and four turned down that chance. The remaining four were offered jobs and three accepted.

Chicago's Mayor Daley apologizes for corruption

From AP, Hat tip to Third Wave Dave:

Mayor Richard Daley has apologized for the state of scandal-plagued City Hall, saying he should have done more to prevent corruption in his administration.

Speaking to about 300 people at a budget hearing Tuesday night at the South Shore Cultural Center, the mayor said he should have worked harder to ensure good government.

"It's become clear to me that I should have done more to maintain higher ethical standards and prevent corruption," he said. "I let you down by not putting the same energy into fixing those problems that I have into moving our city forward."

Federal authorities have spent more than 18 months investigating bribes given in return for jobs in a city trucking program. Earlier this year, that probe expanded to alleged fraud in the city's hiring practices.

Behind that prosecutorial drive against Chicago's City Hall is US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. He's also the force behind the indictment (see earlier post from today) that led to the guilty plea of political consultant--and husband of Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky--Robert Creamer.

His office is also presenting the case against former Illinois Governor George Ryan.

In short, Patrick Fitzgerald is cleaning up at least some of the sleaze that pervades Illinois politics.

His aggressiveness as a prosecutor has not made Fitzgerald popular with the power brokers--Republican and Democratic--in Illinois.

Fitzgerald's four year term is up in October. Many of those power brokers don't want him back.

Courtesy of Cal Skinner, there is a web site dedicated to the cause of keeping Patrick Fitzgerald as US Attorney for Northeastern Illinois. Here is that site, and spread the good word about Fitzgerald around, even if you don't live in Illinois.

Phelps' Westboro cult praises Katrina, calls USA an "evil fag nation"

Here is the latest press release from that scumbag group, the Westboro Baptist Church.

Moron Fred Phelps: His miniscule congregation is scheduled to be in Constantine, Michigan tomorrow to picket the wake and funeral of Sgt. Brian Morris, who was killed in Iraq earlier this month, as this Marathon Pundit post explains.

To borrow from Herman Melville's Moby Dick:

From hell's heart I stab at thee...

Congresswoman Schakowsky's husband pleads guilty to fraud

Democrat Jan Schakowsky represents Marathon Pundit in Congress. She's a moonbat's moonbat, as you'll read here.

Schakowsky has not been accused of wrongdoing, as the below article correctly explains. However, while her husband, Robert Creamer, was the Executive Director of the Illinois Public Action Council (the vantage point from which Creamer was manipulating these schemes), Jan was on the group's board of directors.

Creamer is a political force in his own right, having worked as a political consultant for fellow Democrats Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago and Illinois' Governor Rod Blagojevich.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Political consultant Robert Creamer, the husband of U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, pleaded guilty Wednesday to writing rubber checks and failing to collect withholding tax from an employee so he could use the money to pay a bill.

Creamer, 58, could face four years in prison on the two felony counts when he is sentenced Dec. 21.

Schakowsky was by Creamer's side as he pleaded guilty.


"I still stand by him," the Democrat said after the hearing. "He's a wonderful man, and this doesn't define what he is."

Creamer pleaded guilty to one count each of bank fraud and failure to collect withholding tax. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped several other counts.

Prosecutors said they hope Judge James B. Moran will sentence Creamer to four years behind bars. His lawyer, Theodore Poulos, said he hopes his client can avoid prison and serve whatever sentence he receives in a halfway house or house arrest.

Schakowsky, who lives in the Chicago suburb of Evanston and represents a heavily Democratic district, said she didn't think Creamer's plea would prompt a primary challenge next year. She has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

UPDATE 3:00 PM CDT: Associated Press has a more detailed article here.

An excerpt:

Creamer admitted in his 18-page signed plea agreement that he wrote checks on accounts that lacked sufficient funds to cover them. He was able to do this repeatedly because he moved money from one account to another in three banks in 1997, playing what bankers describe as the float and thus making them believe that the accounts had more money in them than they actually did.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Katrina: A natural and man-made disaster

The storm itself was bad enough. That's the natural disaster. Reports are coming in of widespread looting, and now a prison riot where hostages have been taken.

A police officer in New Orleans was shot in the head by looter, the cop is expected to recover, thankfully.

I'm sure there are plenty of stories of person sacrifice and heroism, but these reports are quite depressing.

Michelle Malkin is working overtime on the developing Katrina story, and if there were Academy Awards for blogging, she'd win all of them for her work on the Hurricane Katrina and it's aftermath.

Saudi sheikh issues anti-soccer fatwa, some players quit & join the Iraqi jihad

From the Arab News:

An interesting article published in Al-Watan newspaper last week mentioned a fatwa (religious edict) from a sheikh here that had been published on the Internet. It said that playing soccer was sinful in Islam if it did not abide by certain rules. The rules it specified were as follows:

1. That players should not wear T-shirts with numbers on them, trousers, or shorts, and only play with their sleeping clothes, as wearing the previously mentioned items would be copying the infidels.

(My note: But they'd be copying the infidel Pajamahudeen!)

2. That there be three periods instead of two, so that it would not comply with the international standards of soccer set by the infidels.

3. That players should spit in the face of the striker if he rejoices in scoring a goal in the opposing team’s net, as the purpose of the game is to be fit only, not for rejoicing in scoring.

4. The utterance of all words such as “foul”, “penalty”, “out”, and others is sinful since they are made up by the infidels who set soccer rules. There should also not be a crowd watching or cheering the game.

The fatwa goes on, but I think I will stop here. According to press reports, three Saudi players of a local football club in Taif named “Al-Rasheed” left their team because of the fatwa, and also left the country to join the jihadists in Iraq.

And to think the sheikh left out of his fatwa the abhorent soccer curse: The scoreless tie!

Michelle Malkin on Katrina


Same as yesterday, Michelle Malkin is doing a fabulous job chronicling the ongoing disaster of Hurricane Katrina.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Chicago Reader on the Alan Dershowitz-Norman Finkelstein feud

The very liberal free-weekly, The Chicago Reader, as an article about the feud between Alan Dershowitz and DePaul University's Norman Finkelstein.

It's available here as an Adobe PDF file, you're going to have to magnify it to read the article.

The Reader, in my opinion, is overly sympathetic towards the Finkelstein side. Norman has been called a holocaust denier by the Anti-Defamation League.

Vietnam supports Iranian nuclear program

They deserve each other....from the Tehran Times.

Southern Illinois loses another orthopedic surgeon

From the Belleville News-Democrat:

Dr. Donald Serot's announcement that he was quitting medicine took everyone by surprise.

A mainstay of the area's shrinking pool of orthopedic surgeons, Serot, 58, was known as both an aggressive marketer and a surgical innovator.


As owner of the Center for Orthopedics in Belleville, Serot brought in hundreds of patients -- many of them from outside St. Clair County-- for knee and hip replacements.

Performing operations two days a week at Belleville's Memorial Hospital, Serot averaged about 500 surgeries a year and grossed at least $1.5 million in revenue, Illinois secretary of state records show.

But on July 27, Serot announced suddenly that he was leaving medicine for good.

"Despite all the rumors, I am merely leaving because the medical world has changed so drastically in my 28 years in practice," he wrote in a letter to Memorial Hospital colleagues.


Two weeks before his sudden announcement, though, Serot settled a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against him in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

The Metro East area (the Illinois side of the the St. Louis metropolitan area) is the lawsuit capital of America. Madison County (ironically, the home of the Downstate Pundit) is nationally known as a good place to file lucrative class-action suits.

Belleville is in neighboring St. Clair County. For years, doctors have been leaving St. Clair and the other Metro East counties because they can't afford the medical malpractice premiums insurers charge doctors practicing medicine there. Neuro-surgeons, oby-gyn doctors, and orthopedic surgeons are hard to find in Metro East. The John Edwards types have chased them away, compelling the residents of this area to travel far from home to find the medical services they need.

Of course, the Democratic Party, the "party of the little guy," has little to say about this problem, because of course trial lawyers are a massive source of political donations for the Dems.

Last week, Governor Blagojevich (yes, a Democrat) finally signed a tort-reform bill placing caps on medical-malpractice suits. But it was too late for Dr. Serot. Sure, he claims family considerations are the reason for his leaving medicine. Perhaps that's true, or maybe he's too much of a gentleman to tell the nasty truth.

Then again, maybe Dr. Serot knows that doctors in Metro East--and those in need of medical help from that area---aren't safe yet.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

At some point in the not-too-distant future -- perhaps it already happened Thursday after Gov. Blagojevich signed his new law limiting medical lawsuits -- a doctor somewhere in Illinois probably will make a mistake, causing his or her patient a catastrophic injury.

That will trigger not just a lawsuit against the doctor and/or the hospital, but a lawsuit seeking to have the new law Blagojevich just signed declared unconstitutional.

Illinois' trial lawyers say this law violates all the same parts of the state Constitution that are still in place from 10 years ago and 30 years ago when the state Supreme Court struck down laws limiting the amount of money juries can award victims of medical malpractice to $500,000 for non-economic damages.

Downstate Pundit has new domain

Another blogger has moved from Blogger.com Downstate Pundit has his own domain, and the revamped blog looks pretty darn good.

And besides the look, there are plenty of good posts there. Drop by.

SIU soldier hoax ripples continue

From the Chicago Tribune, free registration required:

The hoax that led the student newspaper at Southern Illinois University to chronicle the life of a non-existent soldier in Iraq and his young daughter also duped members of a southern Illinois fire department.

Stories about Kodee Kennings and her father, Army Sgt. Dan Kennings, and letters supposedly from Kodee ran for more than one year in the college's student newspaper, the Daily Egyptian. But a Tribune investigation last week revealed that Kodee and her father do not exist.

On Sunday, the chief of the West Frankfort Fire Department confirmed that Kodee and supposed guardian Colleen Hastings--in fact, a 10-year-old Indiana girl and Jaimie Reynolds of Marion, Ill., respectively--had spoken to firefighters at his department in September 2004."She was there one day," West Frankfort Fire Chief Lawrence Jamrozek said.

The young girl said Sunday that she remembers visiting a firehouse and meeting a man, with a name similar to that of a volunteer firefighter, who arranged for her and Reynolds--in their guises as Kodee and her guardian--to speak at the firehouse.

The 2004 appearance resulted in a short article in the Southern Illinoisan, written for the newspaper by a freelance reporter who said Sunday that he happened to be passing the firehouse the day of the visit.

The talk to firefighters made no plea for money, Jamrozek said. But the volunteer firefighter did have other contacts with Reynolds and later give Christmas presents to the young girl, Jamrozek said.

Jesse Jackon visits Venezuela

Jesse just loves to hobnob with leaders who oppose America. But it gets his name in the news.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

The Rev. Jesse Jackson offered support for President Hugo Chavez on Sunday, saying a call for his assassination by a U.S. religious broadcaster was a criminal act and that Washington and Venezuela should work out differences through diplomacy.

The U.S. civil rights leader condemned last week's suggestion by Pat Robertson that American agents should kill the leftist Venezuelan leader, calling the conservative commentator's statements "immoral" and "illegal." Jackson said the U.S. government must choose "diplomacy over any threats of sabotage or isolation or assassination."

"What we must work on is a good-neighbor policy," Jackson said Sunday in a telephone interview with the Chicago Sun-Times. "We and Venezuela need each other. We should focus on a mutually beneficial relationship and reduce the rhetoric that is putting anguish, anxiety and anger between us."

Chavez, a self-styled "revolutionary,'' has often accused President Bush's government of planning to overthrow him. He warned Friday that some American leaders have considered killing him. U.S. officials have repeatedly denied such claims.

Robertson's comments last week have increased already-tense relations between Caracas and Washington. He called for Chavez's assassination on his TV show "The 700 Club," saying the United States should "take him out" because the Venezuelan leader poses a danger to the region.

Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition of America and a supporter of Bush's re-election bid, later apologized.

Jackson arrived Saturday for a visit along with members of his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. In a speech to Venezuela's National Assembly, Jackson said every country has a right to self-determination, and touched on subjects from poverty to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s role in the civil rights struggle of American blacks.

Jackson later met and shook hands with Chavez during the Venezuelan leader's weekly radio and television program.

"Reverend Jackson, you can be sure that we will continue fighting for the ideas of Martin Luther King, for Christ the redeemer's idea of loving one another and building a society of equals through our peaceful and democratic revolution," said Chavez.

Katrina hitting Gulf Coast hard

Obviously still a developing story....our prayers our with those down there.

UPDATE 12:30 PM: Michelle Malkin, as always, is all over the story.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Phelps cult headed to Constantine, MI Thursday


On August 1 I blogged about the wonderful town of Constantine, Michigan while visiting my daughter at camp in nearby Three Rivers.

(If the first Constantine post doesn't show, click a second time on your browser's "Go" button. Blogspot is acting funny lately)

That picture (taken with my camera phone) is in the middle of a park off US 131--Washington St. in Constantine.

The caption reads: "Constantine: To Her Soldiers, 1861-1865."

Sgt. Brian Morris was a Constantine soldier. He was killed in Iraq earlier this month.

Morris' wake and funeral will take place on Thursday, Sept. 1 in picturesque Constantine. Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church cult, apparently undaunted after being driven out of Tennessee (see post from earlier today) , plan to be there to peddle their "God Hates America" bile at this sad occasion.

Here is Phelps' latest disgusting flier.

First anniversary of the Beslan terrorist atrocity this week


Hard to believe, but it's not been quite a year since the Beslan massacre. The terrorists seized the school in Beslan on Sept. 1, the slaughter of the innocents occurred three days after that.

As there should've been, there's been much blogging on the 7/7 London terrorist attacks. But let's not ever forget Beslan.

Via Michelle Malkin, here's a great post by Dan Darling on the Rantburg blog.

By the way, my style book says not to use the same word too many times in one post. But since Reuters and the BBC like NOT to use the word "terrorist," I have no problem using it as often as I feel it is appropriate.

Katrina vs. Cindy

Friend of the blog Third Wave Dave has an insightful post on Hurricane Katrina knocking Cindy Sheehan out of the news.

My opinion? When it's Nature vs. Man (or Woman), Nature wins. And the media is covering the Hurricane

Also, according to TWD, the Reverend Al Sharpton might be a Crawfordpalooza no-show.

Cindy, whatever your point was, you made it. Forget the bus tour. Go home.

Tennesseans run Phelps' Westboro cult out of town


"We'll run you out of town" is a line used a lot in a lot of films that are shown on American Movie Classics and Turner Classic Movies.

But I can't recall any time when that threat was followed up on in any of those movies.

Well, yesterday, in real life, Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist "Church" was run out of Smyrna, TN.
Meanwhile, Ashland City TN was equally non-hospitable to Phelps and his loons.

From AP:

So many counterdemonstrators were gathered in Ashland City that police, sheriff's deputies and state troopers were brought in to control traffic and protect the protesters.

More from the same article:

Members of a church say God is punishing American soldiers for defending a country that harbors gays, and they brought their anti-gay message to the funerals Saturday of two Tennessee soldiers killed in Iraq.

The church members were met with scorn from local residents. They chased the church members cars down a highway, waving flags and screaming "God bless America."

"My husband is over there, so I'm here to show my support," 41-year-old Connie Ditmore said as she waved and American flag and as tears came to her eyes. "To do this at a funeral is disrespectful of a family, no matter what your beliefs are."

And here is something on that Phelps' "church:"

The church, which is not affiliated with a larger denomination, is made up mostly of Phelps' children, grandchildren and in-laws.

The cult is probably in Indiana now, getting ready for their next bizarre protest. Well that is unless they've wised up and headed west on I-70 to their home base in Topeka, KS.

UPDATE 10:15 AM CDT: The Tennessean weighs in here with this article, Hundreds come to honor soldiers, drown out protesters.

UPDATE: 8:00 PM CDT: One more good Westboro article from a Volunteer State paper, the Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Cindy Sheehan funding: Ben "Ben & Jerry" Cohen is one of the moneymen

I've been wondering out loud on Marathon Pundit about who is funding Crawfordpalooza and the Cindy Sheehan extravaganza in Texas.

Via Andrew Walden of Moonbat Blog, who discovered this KGO ABC 7 San Francisco article, which looks into "Camp Casey" and it's organizers and funders

With the President back at his Crawford ranch, the anti-war protest right outside his ranch is getting a lot more media attention. ABC7 looks at who is financing the operation and who's providing on-the-ground support.

The camp at Crawford is full of Cindy Sheehan supporters, people from all walks of life, but off to the side are a small group of professionals skilled in politics and public relations who are marketing Cindy Sheehan's message.

Cindy Sheehan kneels before a cross with her son's name on it, touches his picture, wipes her tears. It's an outpouring of emotion that is part of a scheduled news event organized daily for the television, radio and print reporters who crowd in to capture a mother's grief.

Cindy Sheehan: "I'm never going to see him again, I'm never going to hold him again, I'm never going to hear his voice again."

Sheehan's message hasn't changed since she got here, but the support staff interested in getting that message out to the world has grown considerably.


Organizers are set up in a house trailer. Their meetings closed to reporters.

Leading the group is Fenton Communications employee, Michele Mulkey, based in San Francisco. Fenton specializes in public relations for liberal non-profits.


Their bills are being paid for by True Majority, a non-profit set up by Ben Cohen -- of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream fame.

Ben Cohen, True Majority: "People are willing to listen to her and we want to do as much as we can to make her voice heard."

Cohen's group has teamed up with Berkeley based MoveOn.org, an anti-Bush group co-founded by Joan Blades.

Earlier this month, MoveOn helped organize anti-war vigils in support of Cindy Sheehan.
Current Democratic National Party Chair Howard Dean's organization Democracy for America is also involved, as is the more radical anti-war group Code Pink organized by San Francisco's Medea Benjamin.


Money donated through these groups and others is helping to pay for Gold Star families whose children have been killed in Iraq to attend anti-Bush protests.

This week Simi Valley California Gold Star wife Melanie House flew to Idaho for a protest and then flew to Crawford.

ABC7's Mark Matthews: "Can you tell us if you're getting help in airfare to come down here?"
Melanie House: "What difference does that make?"


There is real reluctance to talk about who's paying, and the P.R. machine that's promoting Cindy Sheehan, but not everyone here is completely comfortable with it.

In summary, this is anything but a mainstream group of people down at Crawfordpalooza.

Meet Pamela Brown: A hero from Tennessee

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and perform all types of noble deeds.

In Smyrna, TN, mother of four Pamela Brown read in a local paper that the vile Westboro cult, led by Fred Phelps was coming to Middle Tennessee to picket two funerals of Army National Guardsman killed in Iraq.

From the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle:

Pamela Brown wants a wall of people to stand silently and peacefully between anti-gay protesters and participants in today's funeral for an Army National Guardsman killed in Iraq.

Brown, a Smyrna wife and mother of four children, said she was outraged after reading in newspapers Thursday that members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., would demonstrate against homosexuality at today's 2 p.m. funeral for Staff Sgt. Asbury Fred Hawn of Lebanon. The service will be at First United Methodist Church, 300 Sam Hager St., Smyrna.

Westboro Baptist members announced they also will protest outside the funeral of Spc. Gary Reese Jr. of Ashland City, who served in the Army National Guard's 278th Regimental Combat Team with Hawn. On Aug. 13, Hawn and Reese were killed while on patrol in Tuz, Iraq, when their vehicle was hit by rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.

Reese's funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at the National Guard Armory, 1935 state Highway 12 South, in Ashland City.

"I thought about the Hawn family's 12-year-old daughter," Brown said Friday afternoon. "I thought it would be awful that during this sad day, she would have to see them and read their signs. I felt I just had to do something. It came to me that we should build a wall of people to shield the family from the protesters."

Brown picked up the Yellow Pages and started calling churches in Smyrna. At Stones River Baptist Church, secretary Zanie Mullins, answered and immediately responded to Brown's plea. Mullins starting spreading the word through the church's prayer circle phone and e-mail lists. Other churches responded in kind, and the message was moving. She called Nashville daytime talk radio host Phil Valentine, who started talking about the idea.

Brown said her husband, Keith Brown, and Sgt. Hawn worked at the Nissan auto plant in Smyrna before Hawn was deployed to Iraq, but the families had never met. Mullins said Stones River Baptist had offered support for the 278th in the past.

By 4 p.m. Friday, Pamela Brown said she was confident a sizable crowd would assemble for the funeral today to shield the mourners from the Kansas zealots. She doesn't want any confrontations or verbal exchanges, and trusts her churchgoing neighbors will act with dignity.
"We want the family to know we support them, and we want to honor Sergeant Hawn for his bravery and sacrifice," she said.


Pamela Brown. Hero.

(Still awaiting word what happened in Tennessee today. Stay tuned.)

Tennessee paper lashes out at Phelps and Westboro

Bill Hobbs came across this editorial today, from the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle. An interesting excerpt:

Small, pitiful groups of perverse traitors cloaked in a warped, hate-filled and degraded version of Christianity are tirelessly traveling across America, cruelly protesting at the funerals of American soldiers killed in Iraq.

They are scheduled to stop in Middle Tennessee today, in Smyrna and Ashland City, to dishonor the solemn services and add to the horror and grief of those who mourn Staff Sgt. Asbury F. Hawn of Lebanon and Spc. Gary Reese Jr. of Ashland City. The Army National Guardsmen served together in the 278th Regimental Combat Team and died in an enemy attack Aug. 13 in Iraq.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., will be there, not to spread the comforting Gospel of Jesus Christ, but to spew a disgustingly vulgar and crude message of gay hatred while celebrating the death of U.S. soldiers.


This evil little congregation, led by Fred Phelps, gained infamy for showing up at the funerals of homosexuals to taunt family and friends and to promote their own unique brand of hatred. This summer they started picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in battle with placards that say, "We hate gays" and "Thank God for dead soldiers."

Their Web site, www.godhatesfags.com promotes the protests in crude press releases that say, "They turned America over to fags; they're coming home in body bags."

The editorial goes on to call the Wesboro group a "cult of losers."

AP runs Phelps' cult story

Yesterday, the Peoria Pundit, Bill Dennis, said the most underreported Illinois story in August was the Westboro Baptist "Church" anti-Gay protests at the funeral's of two Illinois soldiers killed in Iraq.

This afternoon, there are two of these protests scheduled by the God Hates Fags "preacher" in Tennessee. Tomorrow Fred Phelps and his jerks are headed to Indiana.

But the news black out may be lifting: AP has a story on today's Tennessee pickets. 'Bout time!

Thanks to Bill Hobbs for getting the word out in Tennessee.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Mayor Daley questioned by Feds

Even though it's stated he's not a target of the prosecutors, it's never a good situation to have the feds questioning you in your office.

From ABC 7 Chicago:

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says he met Friday with representatives of the US attorney who are investigating corruption at City Hall. The mayor said he answered all questions "fully and openly." He then talked about the troubled times for his administration.

The mayor was not under oath, and Daley made it clear he does not believe he is a target of federal investigators. Nonetheless, it certainly is significant that the mayor met with the feds.

Southern Illinois University in the news again for the wrong reasons

The Daily Egyptian, Southern Illinois University's student newspaper, found out it had a hoax-ster on it's hands this week.

This story is still gaining momentum. AP reports:

Kodee Kennings' story was pure gold. For nearly two years, the motherless 8-year-old spoke and wrote movingly of her struggle to deal with her soldier father being shipped off to fight in Iraq, and Southern Illinois University's student newspaper chronicled her thoughts in its pages.
But there was no Kodee Kennings, and the elaborate hoax exposed Friday left The Daily Egyptian embarrassed.


"Certainly for us it's a sad day," said Eric Fidler, Daily Egyptian faculty adviser for the past year. "Some good can come from this, but it doesn't help our reputation. All we can do is be upfront with what happened and what we know."

A 2004 SIU graduate who posed as Kodee's guardian says she and a former Daily Egyptian editor concocted the story to help his career. He denies that and says he was duped, too.
A 10-year-old girl who posed as Kodee in public appearances and a man who pretended to be her father say they were unwitting participants in the scam and believed they were acting in a film.


The tale began to unravel last week when the Daily Egyptian heard that the soldier had been killed in Iraq and subsequent investigations by the student newspaper and the Chicago Tribune exposed that he did not exist.

Earlier this year at Southern Illinois University, a popular professor was the target of a leftist witch-hunt. The professor, Jonathan Bean, is the only conservative on the faculty of the SIU History Department.

Common sense won out, and the lefties backed off.

Then last month, the SIU chapter of the Christian Legal Society filed suit in federal court to be reinstated at Southern as a sanctioned school organization. A student who never attended a Christian Legal Society event complained to the college's administration because members of the CLS are asked to follow Christian beliefs.

This membership requirement violated SIU's affirmative action policy, the educrats there discovered.

No student was ever denied membership into the Christian Legal Society for not following adhering to Christian beliefs, it's important to note.

There's been a lot of talk in the media and the blogosphere about college team nicknames and mascots. Southern Illinois University's teams are called the Salukis, an ancient breed of dog from Eqypt.

But perhaps SIU's nickname should be changed to the Moonbats?

Peoria Pundit on Eric Zorn's blog: Phelps' Westboro cult protests most underreported story of the month

Agree. Agree! Agree! Here is the entire article, free registration may be required.

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY

Bill Dennis (Peoria Pundit) --the anti-gay protests that Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church have held outside the services of at least two Illinois-based servicemen.

Krugman burned by Brainster blogging

New York Times' columnist Paul Krugman has been forced to issue a retraction of his column last week Free registration required. He tried to back off a bit Monday, but today he had to spill the beans on himself, but our good friend Pat Curley at Brainster had the goods on Krugman a week ago. Well done!

From Krugman:

Corrections: In my column last Friday, I cited an inaccurate number (given by the Conyers report) for turnout in Ohio's Miami County last year: 98.5 percent. I should have checked the official state site, which reports a reasonable 72.2 percent. Also, the public editor says, rightly, that I should acknowledge initially misstating the results of the 2000 Florida election study by a media consortium led by The Miami Herald. Unlike a more definitive study by a larger consortium that included The New York Times, an analysis that showed Al Gore winning all statewide manual recounts, the earlier study showed him winning two out of three.

Great, Paul, blame Congressman Conyers. You're a reporter, you doofus, research your story. Do your job.

No credit is given to Pat for his discovery by Krugman. Michelle Malkin's blog knows better.

Crawfordpalooza has caterers. Who is paying for this?

Cindy Sheehan, whose financial situation I've pondered, now has caterers at her encampment in Crawford, TX, according to her blog on Huffington Post.

By no means am I implying anything illegal is going on, but exactly who is financing this set-up?

Since Cindy is "so public" about everything in her life, including the channeling of her late son's thoughts about Bush (he says Bush is an idiot) from heaven, when is Cindy going to tell us about the funding arrangements for her "Camp Casey?"

Thursday, August 25, 2005

The food must be good at Crawfordpalooza....

Because Al Sharpton is on his way to the Sheehan enpampent in Crawford, TX.

PETA's annoying presence felt in Illinois this week

Yesterday in Peoria, two PETA idiots felt the need to strip down to their underwear and have themselves wrapped in plastic, as if the pair were steaks for sale.

No one pointed out to them that steaks don't wear undies.

In short, this stunt didn't "play in Peoria."

But it did bring the prompt attention of the Peoria Police, according to the Peoria Journal-Star. Hat tip (again) to Peoria Pundit.

A dozen police officers descended on the noon protest along the sidewalk in front of Caterpillar Inc. Headquarters at Main and Adams streets.

"This was quite surprising," said Chris Link, campaign coordinator for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "The officers didn't give us any warning or say we were doing anything wrong. They just started throwing blankets" (over the protesters), he said.

What a moron. Chris just may be the missing link.

Moving up to the northern part of the state, there's a move afoot to essentially ban elephants in Chicago, and hearings on this burning issue in Chicago took place in front of the Chicago City Council's Parks & Recreation committee today.

From NBC 5 Chicago:

Alderwoman Mary Ann Smith (48th Ward) has introduced legislation that would require any zoo or other stationary animal exhibit to provide a minimum of 10 acres of space -- five acres indoors and five outdoors -- per elephant. Meanwhile, circuses or other traveling exhibits would have to provide a minimum 1,800 square feet indoors and outdoors for a single elephant, with an additional 900 square feet indoors and outdoors per additional elephant.

Finding that kind of open space in a city like Chicago is impossible, which Ald. Smith surely knows.

And yes, PETA is involved in Smith's elephant ride, which this July press release trumpets.

PETA talks about the need for elephants in the wild to walk many miles a day for food and water, something they can't do in zoos or circuses.

But in zoos and circuses, food and water is brought to the elephants.

Drew Carey brings comedy to the troops in Afghanistan

Cleveland's favorite son Drew Carey is leading a troupe of comedians entertaining the troops in Afghanistan.

Drew Carey rocks!!

From the US Dept. of Defense web site:

After spending most of the last 24 hours meeting airmen at an air base in Southwest Asia, a group of comedians led by television star Drew Carey arrived here early today to entertain the troops.

Along with Carey, comedians Dave Mordal, Jimmy Shubert, Steve Byrne and Pedro Hernandez are on the tour.

On a whirlwind day Aug. 24, the comics met, signed autographs for and posed for pictures with hundreds of airmen assigned to the Air Force's 379th Expeditionary Wing before boarding a C-130 transport for the five-hour flight to Bagram.

Today, the comics are scheduled to perform at Methar, Jalalabad and Asadabad forward operating bases in Afghanistan before returning for a performance at Bagram's "clam shell" on Aug. 26.

The tour is the first partnership between Defense Department's Armed Forces Entertainment and DoD's America Supports You program. It's a way to bring the America Supports You message directly to the troops, said Brian Natwick of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, which oversees the ASY program.

Remember that program's name: America Supports You!

Sheehan back in Crawford, but will start bus tour to Washington


Well, Cindy Sheehan is back in Crawford, TX. She'll hang around her leftist encampment for about a week, then she'll kick off a bus tour to Washington DC.

As I've mentioned before, I greatly sympathize over the loss of her son in Iraq, but now she's turning out to be yet another self-absorbed baby boomer trying to re-live her 1960s moment, in this case, becoming Ken Kesey in Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

Bob Hope and zombies

This video clip has been bouncing around the blogosphere, Third Wave Dave sent it to me, but I haven't figured out how to put in on my blog. Flopping Aces has that expertise. Worth a look and pretty funny, too.

New Hamphshire woman complains after doctor tells her to lose weight

We've really sunk low as a society if stuff like this is allowed to happen. Maybe the doctor sounded sarcastic when he passed on his advice, but to me, it sounds like he was just doing his job. Fox & Friends was talking about this story this morning.

From AP:

As doctors warn more patients that they should lose weight, the advice has backfired on one doctor with a woman filing a complaint saying he was hurtful, not helpful.

Dr. Terry Bennett says he tells obese patients their weight is bad for their health and their love lives, but the lecture drove one patient to complain to the state.

"I tried to get her attention. I told her, 'You need to get on a program, join a group of like-minded people and peel off the weight that is going to kill you,'" he said.

Her complaint, filed about a year ago, was investigated by a panel of the New Hampshire Board of Medicine, which recommended that Bennett be sent a confidential letter of concern. The board rejected the suggestion and asked the attorney general's office to investigate.

Bennett rejected that office's proposal that he attend a medical education course and
acknowledge that he made a mistake.

Bruce Friedman, chairman of the board of medicine, said he could not discuss specific complaints.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Phelps "God hates fags" Westboro cult headed back to Indiana Sunday


Although I'd heard of Kansas loon Fred Phelps' and his Westboro Baptist "Church" many years before, it was this story from NBC 5 Chicago that caught my attention earlier this month.

The clearly disturbed "Rev." Phelps is operating under the delusion that God is killing our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan because of our tolerance of gay rights and because some hooligans torched his "church" in the 1990s.

Phelps' crew of crazies picketed the funeral of Army Spc. Adam Harding of Portage, IN on August 5. Harding, a true hero, was awarded a Bronze Star.

Alderman James Balcer, a Chicago Democrat, denounced the Westboro Portage protest in a press conference three days later. This act enraged Phelps, who has labeled the alderman a "fag enabler" and a future target for Westboro pickets, according to fliers available on God Hatesfags.com.

As posted here yesterday evening, Phelps has a Tennessee 2-fer of soldiers' funeral protests planned for Saturday.

They'll be heading up Interstate 65 almost immediately, as they hope to ruin the funeral of Army Sergeant Jeremy Doyle in Martinsville, IN, a town located halfway between Indianapolis and Bloomington.

High school nicknames revisited

Mr. Right of The Right Place did some research on a heavily reported story. Canton, Ohio's Timken High School has a very high pregnancy rate among its female student population. Of the 490 girls there, 65 are pregnant.

Read here to see what nickname the Timken High kids go by.

Another hat tip to Third Wave Dave.

Ramsey Clark and all lawyers but one canned by Saddam Hussein

It was announced today that Ramsey Clark, onetime US Attorney General, who became afflicted with Moonbat Disease shortly after leaving the Johnson White House, was fired, along with countless other attorneys, by Saddam Hussein.

From CNN:

Saddam Hussein met his lawyer and the chief judge investigating charges against him on Tuesday and confirmed that the rest of his legal team had been sacked.

"The judge asked president Saddam Hussein about his family's statement that his legal team had been fired and he confirmed it," Khalil Dulaimi, the only lawyer authorized to represent the toppled Iraqi leader, told Reuters.

Ramsey shouldn't feel bad. Those dismissed by Saddam Hussein while he was dictator of Iraq were treated far more harshly.

Sheehan heading back to Crawford

As I've commented before: Doesn't this woman have a job? She must have some income, because she's threatened not to pay taxes next year.

Anyway, she's headed back to Crawford. From her Huffington Post article:

I'm coming back to Crawford for my son. As long as the president, who sent him to die in a senseless war, is in Crawford, that is where I belong. I came here two and a half weeks ago for one reason, to try and see the president and get an answer to a very simple question: What is the noble cause that he says my son died for?

Cindy, the president met with you already. Your adult son volunteered for the Army. It was his choice.

I sincerley sympathize with your heartache, but please do what most parents who've lost children do: Mourn, remember, and try to make the best out of whatever time left you have on this planet. And stop calling those roadside bombers and suicide attackers "freedom fighters."

No nickname at Lemont High: Go you student athletes!!! Fight! Fight! Fight!

Lemont is a southwestern suburb of Chicago, near where I grew up. I found this article buried deep in the Chicago Tribune:

Lemont High School has avoided a nickname controversy by deciding to use no nickname for now.

The District 210 board has rescinded a decision made last school year to use the nickname Titans. That would have replaced Injuns."

We're just going to go out and play for Lemont High School," athletic director John Young said Tuesday. Young said it would cause no problem with athletic uniforms because none uses a nickname. The district is conducting a community survey to determine a mascot.

Go student athletes!!!!

My opinion? There used to be a lot of limestone quarries near Lemont. In a "tip of the hat" to the great film, "Breaking Away," if the school board insists on dumping the Injuns nickname, why not "the Cutters."

Oh, I almost forgot, there are two canals that converge near Lemont, the Sanitary Ship and the Calumet-Saganashkee. My late father told me--more than once--that one of my great grandfathers, Patrick Curran, helped dig, make that "cut the stone" of the Cal-Sag Canal. As a descendent of a cutter, Lemont High School has my permission to use the Cutters nickname.

I'll get this post notarized, if necessary.

Go Cutters!! Fight! Fight! Fight!

Cindy Sheehan: Iraq terrorists are freedom fighters

Shocking that she said that? Not really. But the real news, in my opinion, is that many of her supporters are Camp Sheehan agree that these roadside bombers really are freedom fighters.

From WorldNet Daily:

Cindy Sheehan, the so-called Peace Mom seeking a second meeting with President Bush in connection with the Iraq War death of her son, says terrorists killing Americans are "freedom fighters."

She made the remark during her trek earlier this month to Crawford, Texas; but her equating the enemy with freedom fighters has not been highlighted by the mainstream media, despite her telling it directly to a reporter for CBS News.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Welcome Bill Hobbs readers

Simply put, Bill Hobbs has a great blog. He did fantastic job keeping track of the many vote fraud schemes during Election 2004.

Unfortunately, as my next post shows, for some, there is still no stigma against vote fraud.

UPDATE Wed. Aug. 24 9:45 AM CDT: Phelps' has posted the sickening fliers on his web site created for the Tennessee soldiers' funerals. They're here and here.

East St. Louis Dem vote fraud update: Two of the convicted cheaters rehired by ESL

From the Belleville News-Democrat:

Two city workers who were fired in June after being convicted of vote fraud in federal court have been rehired.

But two other city workers who lost their city jobs in April after pleading guilty and later testifying for the prosecution during the same monthlong vote fraud trial in East St. Louis federal court have not gotten their City Hall jobs back.

Democratic precinct committeemen Sheila Thomas and Jesse Lewis, convicted in June, were back on the job Monday in the department of regulatory affairs.
Thomas is a clerk and Lewis is a housing inspector. Both were fired after their convictions and face sentencing in October.
Their rehiring has prompted City Councilman Eddie Jackson to call for a citywide hiring policy regarding job candidates who have felony records.


Several longtime city employees have felony records ranging from drug charges to homicide.

Last November, votes were bought by Democratic precint captains for $10.00 each.

Here's a good summary of this under-reported scandal.

Two Tennessee Phelps' Westboro cult pickets scheduled Saturday

The America hating, soldier-despising homo-phobe Fred Phelps-led Westboro cult, a so-called church, is headed to Tennessee on Saturday for separate protests of soldiers' funerals. Scroll down on Marathon Pundit for more on Phelps and his cult. The nut-jobs were last seen in Zion, IL.

California Moonbats trying to stop West Nile virus spraying

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease that kills people. Or cripples them. The former mayor of my town was afflicted, he was in the hospital for weeks--he's never going to fully recover, he can barely walk. City council meetings were moved from our village hall to a building without stairs.


Friend of the blog Steven Plaut at Moonbat Central has a post about a group in California that wants to stop insectide spraying, which the Cali moonbats call: urban adulticide mosquito spraying.

Wife beating: According the to Arab News, this is how to proceed

According to Saudi Arabia based Arab News, a man must not be hasty when beating his wife. Follow the necessary steps:

I find it unacceptable when some people twist the meaning of a particular verse in the Holy Qur’an — especially the one which permits a husband to beat his disobedient wife. Those who do the twisting must understand that the permission is only given under certain circumstances and that the beating is intended as a remedy for specific situations. It is unfortunate that some well-known and respected Muslim scholars have either willingly or unwillingly joined a campaign seeking to distort the meaning of that particular verse.

In many cases, they have given a different meaning from the one actually intended. The verse — number 34 in Surah IV — reads as follows: “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore, righteous women are devotedly obedient and guard in (the husband’s) absence what Allah would have them guard. And to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first) and (then) refuse to share their beds (and last) beat them (lightly), but if they return to obedience, seek not against them means of annoyance.”

It is quite obvious here that Islam adopts a gradual approach starting with verbal admonishment of the wife, then seeks a period of refraining from conjugal relations and, finally, if the husband finds the situation very serious, he may strike his disobedient wife.

No word on when it's okay for a wife to beat her husband.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Phelps' Westboro cult, "Pure and simple evil,"

Well, the goofs showed up Sunday in Zion, IL, a Chicago suburb on the shore of Lake Michigan just south of Kenosha, WI.

The goofs being the Fred Phelps Topeka, KS based Westboro cult, whose home page is God Hates Fags.com.

They were protesting the funeral of Army 1st Lt. David Giaimo, who was killed earlier this month in Iraq.

The mainstream media is afraid to report on this group, saying they don't want to give attention to Phelps' group, attention the disturbed individual surely craves.

I disagree with that mindset, and so does Bill Dennis, the Peoria Pundit:

More than once, I’ve read the opinion that the media shouldn’t give Phelps and his people any “publicity.”

Whether or not any particular groups gets publicity from news covering isn’t important. The news media needs to cover the news, whether or not it’s news we want to hear.

It’s not the media’s job to keep us from having to hear ugly messages. The people who work in the information business need to reject the notion that the public is better off when it is kept in the dark. We wouldn’t tolerate the government doing that to us. Why does the media think it has the right to keep unpleasant news away from us?

It’s the news media’s job to answer questions, not to turn their head and pretend they didn’t hear the question.

Back to Zion: The area's major newspapers (Chicago Tribune, the Sun-Times, as well as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) again ignored the story.

But Frank Abderholden of the Waukegan Sun reported on it:

In a bizarre sideshow, a small group of people from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. showed at the wake of the Waukegan serviceman who died in Iraq.

The six people to picketed for about an hour across the street from the Congdon Funeral Home protesting with signs that said "God Hates Fags," among other anti-gay slogans. The group had alerted the funeral home to the protest.

Group members believe that because their church was bombed by an improvised explosive device years ago, that now God is using IED's to punish the "rich fag nation" of the United States.

A small contingent of veterans on motorcycles also came to the wake of Army 1st Lt. David Giaimo to keep an eye on the group and make sure they didn't cross the street.

"I'm here because I don't want them to disrupt this," said Evan Breyn, an American Legion member from Crystal Lake.

Another motorcyclist was from the Combat Veterans Association.


"We're here to act as a barrier. This has happened across the country," he said, noting that the group, well known for brandishing anti-gay signs at the funeral of homosexuals, also attends other gay-related events.

"This is pure and simple evil," Breyn said of the group.

So there are people watching the Phelps' group. Good.

Special thanks to of course Peoria Pundit, but also Rich Miller of Capitol Fax, and Amy Allen of Obiter Dictum for posting news on Phelps and not kowtowing to the MSM groupthink.

Moron New York Times' Paul Krugman from the American Thinker

Last week, I commented on this American Thinker post from Ed Lasky about New York Times moonbat columnist Paul Krugman.

Friend of the blog Richard Baehr, also of the American Thinker weighs in here on Krugman.

And the same publication comments on Krugman here, courtesy of Thomas Lifson.

Brainster has been on the Krugman beat for a while, too.

Chicago North Shore Diners: Picking up the checks for sailors' meals

Great Lakes Naval Training Center in North Chicago is where all enlisted sailors start their navy careers.

And the residents of the North Shore are grateful, and showing via their wallets:

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Random acts of kindness are happening in Lake County.

Restaurants on the North Shore say their patrons are getting into the habit of picking up the tabs of fellow diners who happen to be military personnel as a gesture of goodwill.

At Egg Harbor Cafe, a cozy breakfast and lunch spot in Lake Forest, sailors from the Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago are treated to free meals several times a month. Diners started picking up the tab after Sept. 11, manager Michelle Rasmus said.

Most of the time, it's done anonymously. All of the time, the sailors are "very grateful," she said.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Joan Baez joins in at Sheehan's "Crawford-palooza"

Anachronistic folkie Joan Baez showed up at the Sheehan spread near Crawford, TX today. This ought to double her monthly CD sales to maybe, 10 a month.

When will Country Joe & the Fish show up?

Hat tip to Pat Curley of Brainster for coming up with the moniker "Crawford-palooza."

Chicago White Sox end 7 game losing streak, punish "Big Unit;" Royals finally win

Well, it's over, the Chicago White Sox in a big way ended their longest losing streak of the season, by pounding the New York Yankees' Randy "The Big Unit" Johnson with back-to-back-to-back homers in the fourth inning. The Sox ended up winning 6-2 on Chicago's South Side.

Last night another losing streak was broken. The Kansas City Royals had lost 19 straight games before winning last night against the Oakland Athletics.

As reported last week here, it's been a tough time for Royals' manager Buddy Bell. His nephew, Tim Bell, Jr., was killed in action in Iraq and Buddy missed a game against Seattle to attend his nephew's funeral.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Phelps' "God Hates Fags" Westboro cult heading to Zion, IL Sunday


Hmm....maybe they're feeling the pressure...it seems Rev. Fred Phelps' anti-Gay Westboro cult (I refuse to call them a church) is not giving as much advance notice of it's anti-American pickets of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Afraid of counter protests, Fred?

For the second day in a row, Phelps' and his God Hates Fags whackos are giving just 24-hour notice of it's next picket.

For the uninitiated, Kansan Fred Phelps' celebrates the death of each American soldier killed in action in the Middle East; he believes each combat death is actually divine punishment against the United States for our acceptance of gay rights.

The picture above is from Friday's last-minute protest of a soldier's funeral in Missouri.

This is what Zion, a modest suburb located just south of the Wisconsin border, can expect Sunday. That afternoon, the funeral of Army 1st Lt. David Giaimo will take place, and Phelps' cult hopes to ruin it.

Pro-war Fort Qualls set up to counter Sheehan protests in Crawford

Just breaking from AP:

A patriotic camp with a "God Bless Our President!" banner sprung up (in downtown Crawford) Saturday, countering the anti-war demonstration started by a fallen soldier's mother two weeks ago near President Bush's ranch.

The camp is named "Fort Qualls," in memory of Marine Lance Cpl. Louis Wayne Qualls, 20, who died in Iraq last fall.

(Qualls is pictured on the left.)

"If I have to sacrifice my whole family for the sake of our country and world, other countries that want freedom, I'll do that," said the soldier's father, Gary Qualls, a friend of the local business owner who started the pro-Bush camp. He said his 16-year-old son now wants to enlist, and he supports that decision.

Qualls' frustration with the anti-war demonstrators erupted last week when he removed a cross bearing his son's name that was among hundreds the group had put up along the road to Bush's ranch.

Saudis move to end polio spread, anti-vaccine paranoia the cause of the outbreak

On the surface, it seems like a sensible thing: Ensuring that people who enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have been vaccinated for polio.

From the Arab News:

Young pilgrims coming for Haj or Umrah from polio-hit countries will have to prove that they have been immunized against the crippling virus, according to an advisory issued by the Ministry of Health yesterday.

The new directive, which comes ahead of the high Umrah season of Ramadan in October and the Haj in January, covers visitors under the age of 15 from the 19 countries currently reporting polio cases.

Pilgrims in that age group must show valid proof of vaccination in order to obtain entry visas for the Kingdom. The regulation applies to visitors from Afghanistan, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen, a Health Ministry spokesman said.

But why the need?

Via Daniel Pipes' site, I found this information from an AP article this March:

In 2003, Islamic clerics claimed the United States was using polio vaccine to sterilize Muslims or contaminate them with the AIDS virus. They ordered a boycott in messages disseminated from mosques, in radio broadcasts and by door-to-door campaigning.

The U.S. Embassy called the claims "absolutely ridiculous."

But three powerful state governors in the north joined the polio boycott, and it dragged on 11 months before authorities persuaded the governors in July to accept vaccine bought from the predominantly Muslim nation of Indonesia.

By then the number of polio cases in Nigeria had risen fivefold, and the crippling disease had spread to nine other African countries where it previously had been eradicated.

Now there are fears the anti-vaccine sentiment could also affect (an ongoing) measles outbreak.

No mention of the anti-vaccine paranoia in that Arab News article.

New Hillary 2008 cartoon

In the spirit of Jib Jab, there is a "Hillary 2008" cartoon available on Grab.com. Click here.

Phelps' Westboro cult on Cindy Sheehan

Fred Phelps, the "God Hates Fags" guy is addressing the Cindy Sheehan phenomenon in another one of his cheaply printed flyers here.

The Kansas loon calls Bush a "hell-bound" hypocrite.

And he's got another picket scheduled, this time in Arkansas, this evening.

White Sox slump continues, but another Sox blogger found

No, I'm not panicking about the Chicago White Sox eight game losing streak. They suffered through a similar streak when they won the AL West in 1993.

As for good news, another conservative poliblogger and White Sox fan has come forward. Angry Jolietan.

AG has a good post about Ron Gidwitz, a Repuplican who's running for Illinois governor. Giddy has a tough climb, as he is part owner of an apartment complex in Joliet that can be called, without reservations, a slum. Gidwitz and is family own just a small part of Evergreen, but Giddy has been elusive on who the other owners are.

Angry Jolietan has been added to the Marathon Pundit blogroll.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Cindy Sheehan planning Crawford "Summer of Cindy" return


How long will this go on? Forget about her political stance. Does Cindy have bills to pay?

Yes, Cindy is planning to return to Crawford. What happens when President Bush goes back to Washington? Does she follow him? Will she replace that fishing hat with a wool cap after the first Washington frost?

Michelle Malkin has called this "The Summer of Cindy." Just as the summer of 2001 was the Summer of Chandra Levy, 2002 (I think) was the Summer of Shark Attacks, 2005 is indeed the Summer of Cindy.

In other words, it's the overplayed story that dominates MSM reports in summer, when news tends to be slow. People are on vacation, Congress and state legislatures are out of session. So is the US Supreme Court. Legal depositions are postponed for golf outings (Although lawyers will claim they're "working on other cases.")

Sports news drags. The baseball pennant races haven't peaked. Preseason football? Funny, by the second week, if not the first, who really talks about those exhibition games? MLS soccer? Well, the family members of the players are following the games closely.

Same in the business world. Slow. Pick up a newspaper and read the ads. Dominated by "Back to School Specials." Outside of sweaters and jackets, everything being advertised for those "specials" was available for the "Summer Heat" specials in June. The electronics industry, the toys and games sellers , book publishers, are all gearing up for the Christmas gift season.

Still, it's not a bad thing that it's the Summer of Cindy. Last year in Russia, the late summer terrorist attacks made it the Summer of Beslan there. Summer in Britain this year is the Summer of the 7/7 bombings.

Remember, Cindy and your followers, we're at war. Summer isn't over, and it still could end up being the Summer of the Minneapolis Nuke Attack. And if something like that happened, before long, it would be "Cindy who?"

And Cindy, those car payments of yours will still be due every month.

MEMRI: Al-Qaeda in Iraq: the drafters of the Iraqi Constitution and those who support them are infidels who must be killed

And another reminder we're at war...

From MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, an excerpt:

In an attempt to prevent the Iraqi constitution committee from submitting its draft, Al-Qaeda in Iraq has posted threats on Islamist forums warning to harm those involved in drafting the constitution, and those who support them. The constitution, it says, is an act of heresy, and those who act to implement it are infidels who must be killed.

As part of the campaign against the constitution, the information department of Al-Qaeda in Iraq also launched an anti-constitution and anti-election propaganda campaign, in the form of posters on Islamist forums.

The following are excerpts from statements and forum postings:
Al-Qaeda Court: We Will Kill Anyone Who Makes Himself Partner to Allah and Drafts a Constitution


On August 11, 2005, the Shari'a Court of Al-Qaeda in Iraq issued a communiqué threatening to kill the drafters of the Iraqi constitution, and those who promote it, and to strike at the polling places of the referendum on the constitution, which is scheduled for October 2005.

"The Shari'a Court of Al-Qaeda in Iraq will act in accordance with Allah's decree, and will kill anyone who appoints himself partner to Allah and drafts a constitution of falsehood by whose laws people will act in matters of livelihood, life and death, honor, and domestic and foreign policy.

"Allah said: ' Fight them until there is no more fitna [civil strife] and the religion is only Allah's; but if they desist, then surely Allah sees what they do ' [Koran 8:39]… The goal of our struggle is to eradicate the [danger] of fitna that liesin the heretical modern constitution. We will fight it by argument and by communiqués, and also by sword and spear – because the constitution is a false religion and its drafters and those who promote it are apostates [murtaddoon]…

Missiles fired at Navy ship off Jordan

Another reminder that we're at war...

From AP:

Attackers fired at least three rockets from Jordan early Friday, with one narrowly missing a docked U.S. Navy ship and killing a Jordanian soldier. It was the most serious militant attack on the Navy since the USS Cole was bombed in 2000.

Another rocket fell close to a nearby airport in neighboring Israel, officials said. Jordanian and Israeli authorities said militants fired the Katyusha rockets from a warehouse in the Jordanian Red Sea port of Aqaba.

A group linked to al-Qaida claimed responsibility in an Internet statement. The statement purportedly from the Abdullah Azzam Brigades could not immediately be verified.

Cindy Sheehan's mother suffers stroke

Cindy's gone back home, at least for now, to California. I hope Cindy's mother is better, she's suffered a stroke. And I also hope Cindy, well, stays in California.

Air America Scandal

There's so much to report at Air America: Misappropriation of charitiable funds, lawsuits from broadcasters, lies, spins...just go to Michelle Malkin's site and start scrolling.

Phelps' Westboro Kansas Kult to protest St. Louis-area funeral today!


Well, the gay-haters are back, this time coming to Florissant, MO in northern St. Louis County, protesting at the funeral of Army Specialist Christopher M. Katzenberger, who was killed in Iraq earlier this month. The protest is Friday, August 19.

Here is the latest vile flyer.

In an interesting writing style twist, the Catholic Church where the funeral will be held is not referred to by the Westboro cult as a "fag church." This time they call it a leper colony.

Phelps' Westboro cult celebrates each soldiers death "Pastor" Fred Phelps is a rabid homo-phobe who believes God is punishing America for it's acceptance of the gay lifestyle.

Expect a scene like this in Florissant this morning. That photo is from a similar protest held Monday in Oklahoma

Thursday, August 18, 2005

The friends of the New York Times' Paul Krugman

From the American Thinker's Ed Lasky:

Enron adviser and NYT columnist Paul Krugman has also been employed by ex-Malaysian strongman Mahathir Mohammed. Krugman absurdly defended him against charges of anti-Semitism and ignored his role in framing deputy Prime Minister Anwar as corrupt and homosexual, in order to deny Anwar the possibility of replacing Mahathir as leader.

A Malaysian court has just found that the charges were scurrilous, and has awarded a record sum to Anwar as damages. Nothing can compensate him for his ruined political career, six years in jail, and physical torture (the real kind, not Abu Ghraib panty-headgear)

Uber-liberal Krugman saw no problem in Mahathir's attacks against Anwar. While in jail for six years on trumped up charges, Anwar was beaten. No apology has been forthcoming from Mahathir OR KRUGMAN.

Of course, Krugman never had a mea culpa over his being on the payroll of Enron, either.

Back in 2003, CNN was kind enought to put together a Mahathir Mohammed quotebook. Here is what MM said about Jews:

"The Jews for example are not merely hook-nosed, but understand money instinctively." - Mahathir's book 'The Malay Dilemma' 1970

"We (Muslims) are actually very strong. 1.3 billion people cannot be simply wiped out. The Europeans killed 6 million Jews out of 12 million. But today the Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them." - October 2003.

One more, not from MM or Krugman:

By their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew vii. 20.

More Aussie troops to Afghanistan

News you won't find in the New York Times Friday morning. Never forget, the Australians have been with us in every war (sometimes they were there first) since World War I.

According to AFP:

(Afghan foreign minister) Abdullah said he was delighted that Australia had agreed to send troops to his country. "That's very good news for the people of Afghanistan," he told reporters.

MSM finally covers the Matt Barber story: Conservative writer fired by Allstate

This story has been bouncing around the blogosphere for a few months, a few online publications have written about it, as has at least one community paper (the Northbrook Star), but as is usually is the case, the mainstream media is behind the curve.

Matt Barber writes occasionally for various conservative journals such as The American Thinker. Last December, he wrote an essay critical of gay marriage. It was written at home on his own computer on his own time. But since Allstate supports "diversity," this, apparently, was too much for the insurance giant to handle. They fired him.

Allstate's side of the story, is of course different. But Matt's explanation passes the Occam's Razor test, or at least I think so.

This morning's Chicago Tribune has an article about the Matt Barber case. Here is an excerpt, free registration is required:

J. Matt Barber, a born-again Christian from Villa Park, hoped to get some reaction in December when he wrote a fiery online essay denouncing same-sex marriage and the "destructive nature ... of the homosexual lifestyle."

But the strongest response, Barber said, came from his employers at Allstate Corp. He said two supervisors slapped the article down in front of him, told him he was suspended without pay and had him escorted from the company grounds in Northbrook.

"I'm thinking, `What business is this of yours?'" said Barber, 36, who had worked for Allstate for five years, mostly in corporate security. "This is something I did on my own time. This was my own viewpoint. ... [One supervisor] said, `Well, you know, here at Allstate we have a very diverse community.'"

Allstate fired Barber three days later, setting off a dispute that shows signs of becoming the next legal cause celebre among religious conservatives. As the issue becomes a growing rallying point among conservatives, Christian groups have protested Barber's fate on Web sites and in newsletters, generating what they said are more than 240,000 e-mails and an unknown number of phone calls to Allstate.

Found: Another White Sox fan poliblogger

Respublica is a great conservative blog based in the Metro East (near St. Louis) part of Illinois. It's been added to the blogroll. Now the bad news, the White Sox have lost five straight, as Respublica reports. They're still up by eleven games, though.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Sailor gets her running in: On the deck of an aircraft carrier

Maggie DeLany claims to be a non-runner, but she must be hooked, since she tries to get in thirty minute run on the deck of the aircraft she's serving on.

Interesting excerpt from Maggie's Runner's World article:

Surrounded by the stunning blue water of the Pacific, I have unlimited scenery. I've been able to run overlooking Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima and Mt. Fuji near Tokyo. I've run overlooking the small, unnamed islands to the northeast of Australia and the hills around Dili, in East Timor.

To the untrained eye, the flight deck can appear easy, like a flat track. This is completely untrue. The winds and seas provide all the actual and perceived hills one could want, and the aircraft chained on the flight deck offers the hazards of a cross-country course. The Sailors and Marines who flock to be outside make the flight deck as crowded as Central Park.

But Maggie's favorite running scenery is the blue ocean itself.

On a personal note, the Chicago Marathon is less than two months away, so I'll be sneaking in a few running posts here and there.

Look for a post in the next few days on the Jeff Galloway method of training. What will I write? Let's just say that Jeff won't be linking back to Marathon Pundit.

Robb Kestner of Running at the Mouth has his insight on Galloway here.

Common sense ruling from a judge! Death Penalty Evidence Not Allowed In Gov. Ryan Trial

Now here is someone that President Bush should consider for the next Supreme Court vacancy: Rebecca R. Pallmeyer.

From AP:

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that former Gov. George Ryan (R-IL) cannot present evidence during his upcoming corruption trial about his efforts to change a flawed system that sent 13 wrongfully convicted men to death row.

"The court sees no meaningful relationship between Ryan's decisions regarding the death penalty and the offense conduct with which he is charged here," U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer wrote in her ruling. "Ryan's legitimate official acts, such as commuting death sentences, are not alleged to be part of the scheme or conspiracy to commit fraud."

The latest from our Saudi allies...

...this is an ongoing feature here on Marathon Pundit, reporting on our "allies" in the War on Terror, Saudi Arabia:

From the Tehran Times:

Five Saudi nationals have been killed while fighting against U.S. forces in Iraq over the past week, the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan reported Wednesday.

Al-Watan said among them was Ahmed al-Wazzan, 30, who had been a teacher in a village in Al-Qassim province, north of Riyadh, before heading to Iraq from a neighboring country.

Saudis who have infiltrated Iraq have been using satellite telephones to call on their relatives and friends to join the insurgency against U.S.-led forces in Iraq, it said.

Al-Watan said most Saudi combatants in Iraq were based in Al-Qaim, western Iraq, near the border with Syria.

(My note: Syria. Shocking! Syria!)

In May, Al-Watan reported the death in action of two Saudis who had entered Iraq from Syria. It also said 137 Saudis have been detained in Syria for attempting to infiltrate Iraqi territory.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saudi al-Faisal said in June that his country was exerting all efforts to prevent Saudis from heading to Iraq to join the insurgency, without giving figures or details.

Many Saudi veterans of the war in Afghanistan against the Soviet occupation during the 1980s have since joined the Al-Qaeda terror network of Saudi-born Osama bin Laden.

Oohie-poohie PC smell at IUPUI

In addition to consistent blogging on the Thomas Klocek scandal, I've been keeping an eye at other PC atrocities within American academia. There is no shortage of material, by the way.

Here's another one. Apparently the unhappy story of Professor William Bradford seems to be finally gaining some momentum. Bradford is a non-tenured law school professor Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. IUPUI for short, but students and faculty commonly refer to it as (no I'm not making this up) as "Oohie-Poohie." And there is a flow of ca-ca coming from there.

Non-tenured professor. Just like Klocek at DePaul.

In late June I came across this Volokh Conspiracy post, which brought me to this Indianapolis Star column by Ruth Holladay.

Here is an excerpt:

In March 2004, he said, he was told during a review that someone described him as "uncollegial."

That's the new kiss-of-death buzzword. "Faculty seeking to get rid of others claim they are not collegial," Bradford said.

Bradford wrote a defense of the flag after 9/11 -- one that hung in the school lobby until some faculty objected.

He refused to sign a letter sent by (Fellow IUPUI Professor of Law Florence) Roisman defending Ward Churchill. He's the Colorado professor who called victims of 9/11 "little Eichmanns."

Roisman would not comment specifically on Bradford's collegiality or lack thereof. She denied his politics was the issue.

Professor Henry Karlson, a respected senior faculty member, finds Bradford collegial and more. "He's perhaps the finest young man we have recruited."

But, yes, there is a problem. "Some members of the faculty, for reasons I cannot ascertain, are trying, for lack of a better term, to drive him away."

Students have voted Bradford their favorite teacher.

(Another IUPUI law professor Mary Harter) Mitchell long has been an anti-war activist. She did not return three calls on Friday.

Roisman said she is a proud member of the left. "I am a person of very progressive politics," she said. "Everybody there would tell you I am the most to-the-left person (on the faculty.)"

In winter 2003, Roisman made news for objecting to a tree with ornaments in the school lobby. After it was removed, she successfully lobbied against a new display -- an Indiana winter scene.

Then-Dean Tony Tarr weathered that storm, then resigned in 2004.

The new, interim dean is Susanah Mead, a longtime faculty member.

On Friday, Mitchell and Roisman threw a party for Mead. Only women faculty and staff were invited. Mead acknowledged she heard some rumblings about sexism.

Bradford laughed. "If a male dean came in, and only male faculty held such an event, can you imagine the outrage?"

There he goes again -- being uncollegial.

There's more: Bradford, who as noted before, refused to sign the Roisman "Oohie-Poohie" letter supporting Ward Churchill. Bradford, unlike Churchill, actually is a Native American. Professor Bradford is also an Army veteran who fought in Desert Storm and Bosnia.

"Professor X" has written two articles in the last week for FrontPage Magazine about the Bradford case. They are here and here. Yes, the PC pressure within academia is such that Professor X has to use a pseudonym.

One of the more chilling items in the articles is this: Professor Roisman has filed an ethics violations charge at "Oohie Poohie" with the school's vice chancellor, William Plater. Why? Because Bradford talked to Ruth Holladay of the Indianapolis Star.

This is why we need an Academic Bill of Rights.

Three words describe what I think about "Oohie Poohie" Stink. Stank. Stunk.

Professor Florence Roisman can be e-mailed at froisman@iupui.edu
Professor Mary Harter Mitchell can be e-mailed at macmitch@iupui.edu
Vice Chancellor William Plater can be e-mailed at wplater@iupui.edu

As always, please use such information with respect and responsibility.