OK I can’t help it. I’m happy. I’m finally online full speed again, and Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested earlier today on federal corruption charges. Can life get much better! Here’s a snip from CNN: Federal officers took Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris — also arrested on corruption charges — into custody at around 6:30 a.m. (7:30 a.m. ET) without incident, FBI spokesman Ross Rice told CNN. Each was charged with a count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and a count of solicitation of bribery, authorities said. The government says the two were “conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits” for the Illinois governor by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a U.S. senator to replace Obama… …The government also accuses Blagojevich and Harris of threatening to withhold state assistance to the Tribune Company — the company that owns the Chicago Tribune — in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field baseball stadium. The company also owns the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. In exchange for assistance, the governor and his chief of staff wanted the newspaper to fire Chicago Tribune editorial board members who were sharply critical of the governor, the government said. Continue Reading →
From today’s Chicago Sun-Times on Dawn Geras, “safe haven advocate” and founder of Illinois Save Abandoned Babies Foundation: It still happens, and it drives Dawn Geras out of her mind: Infants are abandoned on doorsteps, in alleys, in garbage bags, all places where they may not survive. I don’t know about you, but should somebody so easily driven out of her mind be teaching new mothers how to anonymously abandon their babies with no shame, no blame, no names?
An interesting tidbit came across in Friday’s Bloomington Pantagraph. In an editorial entitled “State’s safe haven law proven benefit for babies” the Pantagraph reveals that the safe haven advocacy group Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, is compiling baby abandonment stats for the State of Illinois. Huh? As a Beltway lobbyist friend of Bastardette’s pointed out, “Do you think the White House would let Planned Parenthood collect family planning data?” At this point, we can only go by what the editorial says, but this is not the first time this allegation has been made. An AP story in the May 17, 2005 edition of the Chicago Defender and other papers mentions that SABF “compiles information on the issue for state government.” If the merry band of amateurs at Save Abandoned Babies Foundation is collecting data for the state in an official capacity, it is a direct conflict of interest, since SABF is not only the leading advocate and “educator” for safe havens, but SABF gang banger, Chicago Fire Commissioner Cortez Trotter, has also been quoted as saying the safe haven law sunset needed to be repealed two years early, making the law permanent, so advocates could raise money for their organization. If Continue Reading →