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This is the personal weblog of Aakash Raut, established Sept. 2002. It will cover current affairs, worldwide & national topics, local & university events, and provide insight and commentary on contemporary issues and the news from his perspective. Enjoy!

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    Wednesday, December 31, 2008

    Happy New Year!!

    Update (11:12 PM CST): Like in 2003 (and probably last year... Though not as much in 2004 and 2005 and 2006, since I wasn't at home in Springfield*), I am in panic mode right now.

    This caught my eye from our new friend Jack Hunter (the Southern Avenger*), but I know I must immediately post it now, after reading that blog entry's opening:

    Taki Mag

    Watch “New Year’s Revolution” at

    I have never liked New Year’s Eve. Americans might have voted for “change” recently, but I’ve rarely desired it, always finding the same-old, same-old to be as bright or brighter than any new horizons... [Full entry]

    How does the Southern Avenger know me so well?! ;-)

    * In 2004 and 2006, not only was I not at home** on New Year's Eve, I was in Jack Hunter's region of the country! On December 31, 2004, my cousin got married, in West Palm Beach, Florida. And on December 31, 2006, I was visiting family in Georgia... And I called State Rep. Katie Dempsey (R) some time after 11:00 PM eastern (I think); she did call back!

    On the night of December 31, 2005, I was at home, but thought I shouldn't be, so I went to campus (to the previously-mentioned Marigold 22), from where I think a bunch of people had left, to go to the State Capitol, to watch the fireworks display (part of the annual "First Night" celebration here in Springfield). I had started watching a marathon of a past season of 24 on A & E... I hadn't been a watcher previously, but had started watching an earlier season (Season 3) on Christmas Day that year, and had then started watching this other Season (I think it was Season 1) on New Year's Eve, before going to campus. I used Mark Yakey's television, which was in their main townhouse living room, to continue watching, that night/morning; Mark did come in, during that time, and I could tell he was also a 24 viewer, as he asked about what Season that was.

    ** Despite having a bunch of things I had wanted to get done, before the year changed (like format and share more of those Roland Burris articles... See my entry below, which I did go ahead and publish this afternoon, but with only one article; I really want to follow through this time, unlike in the past! ;-), I am going to go ahead and go over to John Minick's house, to attend the West Side Christian Church Young Adult group's New Year Eve's party; the last time I went to this New Year Eve's party was on December 31, 2002 (and didn't end up leaving the Lashes house in Chatham till like 3 AM - because Patrick and I started a chess game! ;-) - that was when I was more active in the Young Adult group at West Side.

    Those were much happier times!

    Tuesday, December 30, 2008

    Who is Roland Burris?

    More Blast-the-Backlog, Blago [now Burris!] Blogging

    First off: I posted in my Facebook Status update, and latest "Tweet," that I was wondering if this blog was loading properly, as the hit total for the past 2 days had been unusually-low (even for this blog ;-), despite having a large amount of fresh content. After trying to IM people who weren't there/responsive, our old friend Ken Talton was kind enough to check this evening, and reported that this weblog was loading fine, in both AOL and Mozilla Firefox... which is a good thing, but also kind of negative, considering that now there is no excuse.

    So, if you will, please link to University Blog... I'm not going to try any of the other 102 approaches, as of now (though maybe I'll have to resort to that later, if y'all don't add this back to the blogrolls! ;-).

    Now, for the main purpose of this post: I wanted to, before any more time passed, provide some [quite-rare] newspaper articles, which I've retrieved tonight, and formatted for the web. These are full articles (provided under "fair use" principles), from my state's newspapers and wire services (including the excellent State Journal-Register daily, from right here in Springfield!).

    From the archives:
    Roland Burris

    03/21/2002: Roland Burris says he won't run again, Bernard Schoenburg, The Hotline (National Journal) & Chicago Tribune
    From The Hotline: Roland Burris "may have finished dead last" in the Dem primary, but "at least he's used to it." Burris has lost "six times in 10 attempts" since '76, and he said this was his last race. Burris: "I'm done, and it's very easy to say that." Burris said he was "relishing the thought of leaving the rigorous campaign trail." Burris: "It's unbelievable what you go through, what you put your family through ... I'm just going to go on with my life and enjoy what little life I have left" (Mihalopoulos/Becker, Chicago Tribune, 3/21).
    Update (1/4/08): Though it was one of those that I first came across (via Lexis-Nexis), I waited until this evening to put it up. Later tonight however, I just noticed this pertinent item (via 'Stop the ACLU')... It seems that Roland Burris was thinking of, and planning for, more than just retiring from elections.

    I also forgot to note that I remember, after she was [thankfully!] defeated by us 1998, outgoing U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun said that she was also finished with public office, for good. Before long though, she was in the spotlight again, being nominated for an Ambassadorship (I remember watching those hearings in my dorm... they were indeed ridiculous - I'm glad that at least one principled liberal exists; I guess Salon is better than The Octopus [at least in 1999]! ;-). And five years later, she decided to toss her hat in the ring, for the highest office in the land. (And tossed herself onto the Howard Dean bandwagon not long after... I guess there's more than one principled liberal; but we already knew that CounterPunch was strong, in that respect.)

    I guess when Chicago Democrats decide to retire from public servanthood, something just keeps drawing them back in!

    01/18/2007: Vegas probe casts doubt on county deal, Steve Patterson, Chicago Sun-Times, January 18, 2007

    06/16/2004: Roland Burris' consulting firm awarded $150,000 contract by IDOT, Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, June 16, 2004

    06/05/2003: Ex-attorney general Roland Burris to lobby for Indian casino, Eric Peterson, Chicago Daily Herald, June 5, 2003

    Article list via: "Burris' pay-to-play political history"

    03/03/1998: Burns: Burris part of problem, not solution, Bernard Schoenburg, State Journal-Register
    Note: The Hon. Jim Burns was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois in October 1993, by President Bill Clinton, at the recommendation of both of our state's U.S. Senators, Paul Simon (D) and Carol Moseley-Braun (D). [Slick Willie and his Attorney General had promptly fired all 93 U.S. Attorneys, upon assuming office (all at the same time, which was unprecedented) - something that should have been more of an issue, when President George W. Bush was criticized last year for the supposed "scandal."] Burns is a former star for Northwestern University's basketball team. [Chicago Sun-Times news article on his appointment]. Burns resigned from his position 4 years later, to run for Governor. Still in progress was the "Operation Silver Shovel" investigation of Chicago [Democrat] political corruption [yes, another one of those ;-] that Burns was leading. As might be expected however, certain people (like Jesse Jackson ;-) complained that the bribery investigation was racially-motivated, despite Burns have received praise from blacks and Latinos for his solid efforts against both gang violence and police corruption. In 1990, he was the Democrat nominee for Lt. Governor (with Neil Hartigan). He might have done better, for the 1998 Democrat gubernatorial nomination, if he had left his U.S. Attorney post sooner, rather than delaying, and letting the other candidates get support, in both downstate and the Chicago area. Contrary to earlier pronouncements by the Clinton administration, he was offered a second term (re-appointment) as U.S. Attorney, something that is exceptionally rare, for that District. (At least it was then; now, the great Patrick Fitzgerald - who I plan to deal with in another entry ("Fitzmas!") has been in that office since 2001.) In 2000, Secretary of State Jesse White [who is African-American], chose Burns to be his Inspector General (IG), so he could continue "to root out corruption."


    03/08/1998: Front-runner Burris no longer above the primary fray, Bernard Schoenburg, State Journal-Register

    03/08/1998: Burris failed his only major test in office as Attorney General, Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune (re: the Rolando Cruz case)

    ------> April 1993, Attorney General Roland Burris' letter to the editor, responding to UIS' very own Charlie Wheeler III, in which AG Burris defends his reaction to Mary Brigid Kenney's resignation and complaints, Illinois Issues April 4, 1993

    Rolando Cruz photo

    ------> Original article: March 1993, Justice bereft of common sense?, Prof. Charles Wheeler III, Illinois Issues, March 6, 1993

    02/02/1992: Burris borrowed $28,000 from campaign fund, Chuck Neubauer & Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times, February 2, 1992

    - - - - - [More archived press items will be added soon... Like the award-winning 1993 series from the State Journal-Register, discussed here at the Illinois Issues blog, and raised by rival Democrat, U.S. Attorney Jim Burns, which inspired the book Illinois for Sale - on the relationship between $tate contract$ and campaign contribution$ ]

    05/02/1985: Blacks concerned Democratic Party will leave them behind (Roland Burris selection a frustration factor), Luix Overbea, Christian Science Monitor

    03/19/1985: Burris selection creates controversy: Black Leaders Seek Candidate Control, Juan Williams, Washington Post

    02/11/1985: Jesse Jackson Rips Democratic Chiefs: Blacks Urged to Reassess Loyalty to the Party, Juan Williams, Washington Post

    "Immature* White Boys"

    [More Blast-the-Backlog, Blago Blogging]

    Note: Christian Hartsock has been home for the holidays, and may not be back yet... In any case, being a Springfield, Illinois blogger, and a [somewhat-] veteran politico in this state, this is something that I need to blog on.

    Breaking news [not-so-"breaking" anymore, since I was too tired (or eye-strained) to go to my keyboard; hopefully, the bigger bloggers are at the office still! ;-] - Blagojevich to appoint (now, has announced his appointment of), Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate seat vacancy of Barack Obama

    After catching the WICS ABC NewsChannel 20 news at noon, I learned that our Governor, Rod Blagojevich [sorry, unable to think of a pejorative right now], will be holding a press conference this afternoon; it wasn't known whether he would announce his resignation.

    When I logged into my Yahoo! Mail, to send an e-mail to the current Executive Board of the UIS College Republicans, regarding this, and other Blagojevich matters, I saw the Yahoo! News featured item, reporting that Governor Bolshevik was going to use that press conference to name former Illinois public official Roland Burris to Senator Obama's vacant seat.

    After flipping through some channels, and not knowing the time of the press conference, I tuned in to WICS NewsChannel 20, in time to catch the end of the press conference; I was relieved to have seen before that, on Fox News perhaps, that the Senate Dems were going to refuse to seat Governor Blagojevich's appointment. At the end-portion of the press conference that I saw, there was an African-American Democrat speaking (perhaps Emil Jones... I should know him from sight, at this point - it's quite a relief that he's retired as Illinois Senate President)**, with Governor Blagojevich on one side, and Roland Burris on the other, talking about how there are no African-Americans in the U.S. Senate, and how Roland Burris needed to be appointed, and how utterly horrible it would be if the U.S. Senate refused to seat an African-American. He said that he would be contacting the Congressional Black Caucus about this, and would also be in touch with his good friend, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) [who by the way, lives right here in Springfield, Illinois - unlike the Governor (whose house is here)!!*** ;-)].

    Update: It was former Black Panther, U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL) who made those race-bating remarks. [Hat tip: Michelle Malkin]

    *** I saw on the news last night that Blago's lawyer mentioned that (ha ha!) he isn't going to stay at the Governor's Mansion, here in Springfield, after all (like he said he would... but what's new?! ;-). He's going to commute, or something like that.

    They ought to make him serve his prison sentence here in the capital city! :-)

    Roland Burris at today's press conference with Governor Rod Blagojevich

    I remember that Roland Burris had to drop out of the 1998 Illinois Democrat gubernatorial primary (actually, I don't think he dropped out, he was just defeated), after he referred to his three Democrat primary competitors as "immature* white boys."

    * Update/Correction (10:26 PM): While I think I remember, from when it actually happened, hearing on the Illinois television news that he said it as I've quoted above, looking through the print news archives from that time (February 1998), quotes him as having said "non-qualified (or some say it was "unqualified...") white boys."

    I don't know if that makes it much better, though. Also, I have been using Lexis-Nexis to look up some of the newspaper articles and news wire stories, from the 2002 and 1998 elections, with respect to then-gubernatorial candidate Roland Burris. I will have a new entry started, which will be published right above, compiling some of that material; it will be published some time tonight/tomorrow morning... I need to go to the kitchen for some Red Bull (or at least Pepsi) at the moment, though.

    I remember the Illinois gubernatorial primaries of 2002, in which there were 3 candidates, on each side. I backed Patrick O'Malley [along with Erika Harold, who would later that year become Miss America - which would help me launch my blog!], but on the other side, Paul Vallas would have been the best option. If only he had prevailed, in that primary!! (Or if only the Democrat primary winner in the prior election, the pro-life, somewhat-pro-gun Glenn Poshard of southern Illinois, had beat our candidate, the currently-imprisoned ex-Governor George Ryan.) [Update (1/3/09): I still say that, despite the recent plagiarism controversy!]

    Roland Burris was the other Democrat candidate; he, Vallas, and Blago all finished close together. Earlier last decade, Burris served as the Illinois Comptroller, and Attorney General.

    Rolando Cruz photo from the Chicago Tribune I remember that, when the Rolando Cruz controversial conviction case arose as an issue, to be used against Jim Ryan in the Republican gubernatorial primary, against Attorney General candidate Joe Birkett - perhaps in the primary, by rival Republican Bob Coleman, but definitely in the general election, by party-boss daughter Lisa Madigan [Update (01/03/09): well as in the following (2006) elections, by rival Republicans in the primary, for Governor and Lt. Governor, and up through the present time, by others], it was also mentioned that Roland Burris was involved in that problematic prosecution.

    In the decade before the decade before last, Burris served as the Director of [Illinois] Central Management Services (CMS), based right here in Springfield. The Governor who appointed him, Democrat Dan Walker, also served time in prison [Update (1/3/09): See this, by our old friend Cal Skinner, and this topic was also featured (with a "graphic warning"!) on Chicago Public Radio]; he is one of 4 Illinois governors, in relatively-recent times, who's been sent to the slammer.

    Hopefully before long, our current Governor will be the 5th!!

    Thursday, December 25, 2008

    "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

    - Isaiah 9:6

    red arrow red arrow red arrow red arrow Update: Please check out the poem, 'Twas the Night Before Jesus Came (via Joel Comm)


    Christmas continued... (again!)

    I hereby declare that, in the Blogosphere at least (and perhaps the entire WWW, and beyond!), Christmas shall be continued through tomorrow (December 26th), and potentially for a little time after that as well.

    Whereas this year (as has been the case, in prior Christmastimes***), so many of those in the United States, and elsewhere, have been juggling various life (and life-altering/threatening/shaking/etc...) situations, while trying to remain sane and secure, and

    Whereas political and economic situations, domestically and worldwide, have created problems that exceed the normal amount of stress, anxiety, depression, and nostalgia that typically accompany this time of the year, and

    Whereas these unfortunate situations have affected those from Main Street to Wall Street, and

    Whereas only limited supplies of Lipitor, Lorazepam, Lithium, Valium, Anacin, antacid, aspirin, Tylenol, Tums, and Red Bull exist, and

    Whereas no method of turning back time currently exists...

    Be it resolved that, December 26, 2008 A.D. shall remain Christmas Day, And that:
    Christmas shall continue thereafter, for several [an indeterminate number, as of now] days to come.

    ***For more information see:

    December 31, 2003: Christmas continued...

    December 25, 2003: Merry Christmas!!

    January 6, 2005: Merry Christmas!!
    **** red arrow Explanation by Bill Federer, of "American Minute"

    January 2006: MERRY CHRISTMAS (2005-2006)

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    Please help out this blogger by doing your shopping at!

    [Or now, you can help out the College Republicans by doing your shopping at the most popular online stores.]

    [Or if you don't feel like buying anything right now, you can help out that organization, each time you simply search the internet!]

    Blast the Backlog
    Welcome back, Christian Hartsock

    It really sucks that, even with the Rod Blagojevich shenanigans - and the whole country focused on this state [and with the national news being right here, in the capital city] - that I have still been too busy/tired/indolent/undercaffeinated/etc..., to exploit this situation, through blogging here, and commenting/trackback pinging elsewhere in the Blogosphere, as I've been known to do. I do have one entry on Governor Blagojevich saved as a draft below - not to mention all the other bloggage that I've wanted to publish... Fortunately, I added the current leaders of the UIS College Republicans to that organization's blog, which is at, and as you can see, they have taken that up; I need to "open trackback"-ping Ryan's (one of the Ryans, at least) entries, from there.

    I was just thinking of Christian Hartsock's guest-blogging here, and his first entry here being published on Christmas Day, three years ago. I was on IM with him last night (actually, it was this morning here, but still Christmas Eve in Cully-Fone-Ya... wait, no - It was slightly past midnight there [slightly past 2 AM here], but still Christmas Eve, where Governor Sarah Palin or our President-elect are from); I have resumed IMing some, and re-added some people, who had been accidentally-deleted from my AIM Buddy List (that happened around this time of the year, two years ago, when I was out-of-state).

    Christian read my mind, as I was thinking of how it would be nice for him to resume posting here. I am thinking that perhaps this will give me an opportunity to go back, and publish some of those drafts - not only here, but at the UIS College Republicans blog as well. [Based on my track record though, don't count on it... ;-( ].

    Note: In doing a web search [using GoodSearch, of course, see below!], to obtain some Christian-Hartsock links, I was surprised to discover that Chris, like our friends Kyle Williams and Ben Shapiro (and Hans Zeiger, I think as well), has now written a book! [This is great, but it makes me feel even more behind... Then again, maybe when I was younger, I could've pulled this off! ;-) ]


    About the Author
    Christian Hartsock is a young filmmaker and political commentator. An affiliate of, he has written for several websites including Alan Keyes',, and among several others. Christian is the writer and director of a feature, The Ministry of Absence, a short, The Life & Love of Monte Callaghan as well as a political documentary entitled Separation, among others and is the cousin of Tom Nunan, executive producer of Oscar-winner Crash. He was born in 1986 in Oakland, California, where he grew up and currently resides in Los Angeles.

    Christian Hartsock

    I knew that Christian was attending film school, and must have created a few films by now... But I did not know about the book. I'm glad that Christian is back here.

    In addition to possibly-completing prior blog entry drafts, I will use this time to possibly-find some good ways of making money online, through the computer, or through work-at-home opportunities. (In addition to Christian's book, I need to purchase Twitter Power, which I just found is a new book by the amazing Adsense and internet expert Joel Comm.) I am still looking for a good full or part-time job position, something that may be achieved, once the new year begins.

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    To my (remaining ;-) readers: MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS!!



    Presents. Decorations. Cards. Family gatherings. Shopping. These are the modern signs of the Christmas season--and for all the happiness they might bring, they can also weigh us down with holiday stress and exhaustion.

    But there's a deeper meaning to Christmas, one that brings true joy and peace. On Christmas we ponder the most important event in all of history: the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Join us this Christmas season as we explore the glad tidings of Christmas.

    We need a little Christmas!! (Right this very minute... And later on, as well!!)

    Continuing my Facebook feed, from last night/this morning [i.e. - Christmas Eve/Christmas Day]:


    Mame- we need a little christmas 12:04am

    Lucille Ball is playing the role of "Mame" in this clip. She sings "we need a little christmas"

    This is something that I'll "need" - even after December 25th!!

    The last time Jeff Black's Christmas EXPLOOOOOSSSION!!! (sp? ? ?) was held at M22 (they should have an M22 on every college campus - and every year!), and they put on a "Muppets Christmas Carol" (I think it was)**, and this song came on, I mentioned to Jeff that I liked this song - because it mentioned growing "a little older" and growing "a little colder"... things that I could definitely relate to (and still very much can!!).

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    ** Update: Apparently, it was A Muppet Family Christmas (1987 - TV movie).

    My Christmas Eve Facebook feed (see the entry before the last one, for more), continued...

    I wanted to have this Facebook "Note" published, before midnight (though it was published before midnight, California time... see that entry, below the last one, for more on Pacific Standard Time ;-) - Actually, it would have been good to have had this published, like a month ago. WICS NewsChannel 20 did a story on this program, but most people are still unfortunately not aware of this... A lot of money that could have been easily given, to charities and political organizations, has not been contributed.

    This Facebook Note was started before midnight, but apparently wasn't published until 1:10 AM (that doesn't seem right... Maybe they're on Eastern time):

    Who did you GoodSearch/GoodShop for?? ;-)
    Today at 1:10am | Edit Note | Delete

    GoodSearch: You Search...We Give! Support the UIS College Republicans - or another organization/charity of your choice - every time you search the web, or shop online at many of the most popular stores!

    I should've posted a Note about this earlier... By now, it's too late to do your Christmas shopping (then again, for some people, that might not be the case - especially those of my gender, according to observations verified in this evening's Christmas Eve-ning TV 20 news - and I saw that our friend, Alderman Debbie Cimarossa, was one of the other gender's members who they interviewed).

    In any case, when you shop at, or (you can order online, and pick it up at the store, for FREE), or (same deal - free shipping), Circuit City, iTunes, or a TON of other stores, please DO NOT go to the website directly. Instead, please go through the GOODSHOP referral link for the charity or organization of your choice. I "GoodShop" for the organization I used to lead - the UIS College Republicans:

    Who do you GoodShop (or GoodSearch) for?


    Aside from the issue of buying something - every time you simply search the web, you can contribute a little, to an organization of your choice....

    ----> Note continued on Facebook:

    December 24th: Spurgeon's Evening Devotional

    As mentioned in my last entry, here is Pieter Friedrich's Christmas Eve 2003 entry from the now-retired 'Deux Ego' weblog:

    12/24/2003: "December 24th: Spurgeon's Evening Devotional"

    "'The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.'--Isaiah 40:5

    "We anticipate the happy day when the whole world shall be converted to Christ; when the gods of the heathen shall be cast to the moles and the bats; when Romanism shall be exploded, and the crescent of Mohammed shall wane, never again to cast its baleful rays upon the nations; when kings shall bow down before the Prince of Peace, and all nations shall call their Redeemer blessed. Some despair of this. They look upon the world as a vessel breaking up and going to pieces, never to float again. We know that the world and all that is therein is one day to be burnt up, and afterwards we look for new heavens and for a new earth; but we cannot read our Bibles without the conviction that-

    "'Jesus shall reign where'er the sun
    Does his successive journeys run.'

    "We are not discouraged by the length of his delays; we are not disheartened by the long period which he allots to the church in which to struggle with little success and much defeat. We believe that God will never suffer this world, which has once seen Christ's blood shed upon it, to be always the devil's stronghold. Christ came hither to deliver this world from the detested sway of the powers of darkness. What a shout shall that be when men and angels shall unite to cry 'Hallelujah, hallelujah, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth!' What a satisfaction will it be in that day to have had a share in the fight, to have helped to break the arrows of the bow, and to have aided in winning the victory for our Lord! Happy are they who trust themselves with this conquering Lord, and who fight side by side with him, doing their little in his name and by his strength! How unhappy are those on the side of evil! It is a losing side, and it is a matter wherein to lose is to lose and to be lost for ever. On whose side are you?"--Charles Spurgeon

    My Facebook Status, after arriving home Christmas Eve night:

    Aakash attended the Christmas Eve service at West Side, and then went to Denny's. Needs to update blog(s) quickly... 10:33 PM

    Twitter post: Attended Christmas Eve service at WestSide; then went to Denny's. Need to update blog(s) quickly...

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    Facebook posts from Christmas Eve:

    December 24, 2008, 10:57 PM CST (8:57 PM in Cully-Fone-Ya ;-), on Pieter Friedrich's "Wall":

    Pieter... I remember realizing, in the second-to-last post I ever did at 'Deux Ego,' that since you were two hours behind us (here in Illinois), I could do something, that I couldn't otherwise do (a.k.a. "The Little Frummer Boy" ;-) :-) ;-) . Calling you, when it's 10:45 PM here, is another of those things. I tried your home number as well, and no one answered. Oh well... I hope that you, your mom, and yours have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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    Weblog Entry - December 24, 2003 (Pacific time!! :-)

    "The Little Frummer Boy"

    In the following entry, I will post a pertinent Christmas Eve item, that preceded that guest-post of mine, at 'Deux Ego' in 2003. This one was done by Pieter himself, and features Charles Spurgeon.

    Tuesday, December 09, 2008

    Finally, it happens!!

    There is, once again, an ever-growing list of entries that need to be published here; I saved drafts for Thanksgiving, which weren't published (as of yet!), and nor was I able to publish anything, for Pearl Harbor. I have been exploring employment options, during the past few days as well... That is still ongoing.

    I just have to interrupt this life situation however, to post something on this; it would be wrong for someone like myself not to! ;-)

    Our GOVERNOR (Rod Blagojevich) has been arrested!!

    When I heard that Governor Blago was supporting clemency for his predecessor, George Ryan, I thought to myself - why alienate someone who could be your cellmate!*

    This is something that has been a long time coming; it was surprising though, how it just suddenly happened, triggered by a new issue (the filling of the vacancy of outgoing U.S. Senator Barack Obama).

    Blago is currently in federal custody, along with his Chief of Staff. The U.S. Attorney will be holding the press conference, regarding this, at the top of the hour (in about 10 minutes).

    This will be an interesting situation to watch (as Illinois politics oftentimes is! ;-)...

    *That line of thought was taken from Jay Leno, in reference to then-Congressman Gary Condit's (D-CA) vote against expelling Congressman James Traficant (D-OH). I am skeptical of those charges however; he was one of my favorite Democrats in Congress [the latter, that is]. No skepticism, of course, is warranted, in regard to this latest news.