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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 28, 2010 / 17 Menachem-Av, 5770

No verdict, but Blagojevich trial still has its winners, losers

By John Kass

John Kass


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | After closing arguments Monday, the fate of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will finally be in the hands of his jury.

If you're betting on what tape jurors would most like to hear during deliberations, go with the one where Blago expresses his feelings about the voters (who make up federal juries).

"I (bleeping) busted my ass. I gave your (bleeping) baby health care. … What do I get for that? Only 13 percent of you think I'm doing a good job, so (bleep) all of you," he said on federal tape.

Rewind. Play again. Rewind. Play again. Has the jury reached a verdict?

Though Dead Meat's fate is undecided, the least we can do is pick some winners and losers out of this.

President Barack Obama:

Big winner. Picture the leader of the Free World, walking the family dog, Bo, on the White House lawn, the plastic bag in the pocket, like some perfect TV dad.

He hears the news that Blagojevich has rested his case and won't testify or call any witnesses.

And that's when — in my purely fictional mental tableau of the president waiting for Bo to do business on the lawn — Obama fishes into his pocket for a smoke and lights up.

Our president takes a big drag, exhales with a satisfied sigh. Ahhhhh.

Why is our president satisfied?

Because with Blago cutting short his defense, Rahm Emanuel, Obama's chief of staff, won't be called as a defense witness to talk about how the Obama White House transcended the old broken politics of the past by haggling with Blago over the Obama Senate seat.

As a lawyer, Obama would know that without a defense case, there's no way that the president's old real estate fairy, Tony Rezko, would come up as a prosecution rebuttal witness.

"My man," he says, thinking of Dead Meat, as he looks to the west, toward Chicago, blowing smoke through that famous smile.

"My man."

Then he and Rahm enjoy some celebratory mojitos in the Rose Garden and toast Blago again.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley:

Daley is a winner, too. With reporters so consumed with the Blagojevich psychodrama, Daley didn't get enough credit for a singular accomplishment: His former Streets and Sanitation commissioner, Al Sanchez, was convicted for the second time for rigging hiring and promotions at City Hall.

Sanchez was the boss of the mayoral patronage army called the Hispanic Democratic Organization. But that's a misnomer. It was really the Hispanic Daley Organization, helping Daley control Latino areas.

After the verdict last week, prosecutors reportedly declared the federal investigations into City Hall patronage abuse to be over. That certainly must have put a smile on Daley's face. He's got a re-election coming up. He'll need precinct workers.

So if you're out of work, you might want to bring your job applications back downtown with a little note from some hack proving that you're not some nobody nobody sent.

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Bud Light:

Junior G-Man might not be a big winner, but he is the luckiest politician in town.

Jackson Jr. wanted the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Obama. As governor, Blagojevich had the power to appoint the successor. Blago wanted money. Jackson's Indian friends had lots of it.

When it was learned in 2008 that mysterious businessmen were willing to spend great amounts of moolah to persuade Dead Meat to appoint Jackson, the South Side congressman issued a stern statement saying he was "not a target of this investigation."

But just a couple of weeks ago, out of the jury's earshot, federal prosecutors told U.S. District Judge James Zagel an amazing tale: Jackson had met in a restaurant with several Indian supporters who discussed specifically how much they planned to offer to Gov. Dead Meat in exchange for the appointment.

Oops! Jackson once convinced a few gullible TV reporters that he was working undercover to help fight corruption as Junior G-Man. But after the restaurant story, he had some explaining to do.

Jackson revised his old "not a target" statement to the more nuanced, "I have never been advised that I am a target of this investigation."

Advised. Get it?

The way things look now, Jackson Jr. has skipped past the graveyard. He never had any sit-down with Blagojevich to talk about the Senate seat.

"He's a bad guy," Blagojevich said about Jackson on federal tape. "He's really not the guy I hoped or thought he was. He's really bad."

Weird. That's exactly what jurors might be saying about Blagojevich in a few days.

As far as Jackson goes, there's one thing you can say. He's lucky. Very lucky. He should leave politics and go to Vegas.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan:

When governors learn the truth, they either quiver like Jell-O or resign themselves to cutting ribbons. A few end up going to prison. Here's the truth: Power in Illinois isn't held by governors. Madigan and Daley run things.

Madigan controls tax policy and has a lucrative law practice reducing taxes for wealthy real estate interests. He's made fortunes while staying under the radar. So in the fetid world of Illinois politics, he is considered a big winner.

Madigan loathed Blago for years. Now he gets to watch Dead Meat twitch.

Journalists across the universe

We're not winners, we're big bleeping losers. Why? Blago didn't testify.

And we wanted to see some Dead Meat talking, under oath.

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John Kass is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Comments by clicking here.



Previously:



07/26/10: Obama's fall guy in Shirley Sherrod case is Vilsack the Pooh
07/21/10: Loathing of Steinbrenner softens after his death
07/19/10: Summertime, and the race cards are easy
06/28/10: Does Congress have the guts to fix what court gutted? Honestly, no
12/17/09: Belt-tightening presidential aspirant leaves room for Spam
09/27/09: ACORN can teach the GOP a thing or 2
09/03/09: Blago as author gets it wrong yet again 06/22/09: Obama's latest political play should shock no one
06/17/09: Presidential satire takes Hopium break
06/11/09: E-Verify works, so, of course, let's not use it
06/09/09: First Lady Macbeth's the man, so in your face, Eminem
06/02/09: Judge Sotomayor would think me most unwise
05/12/09: Parents, enjoy this time, in all its creepiness
03/18/09: Stem cell policy shift brings a sinking feeling
03/09/09: Name That Blago Book contest names its winner
03/05/09: Contest: Name Blagojevich's book
02/16/09: Dems undercut aid for U.S. workers
01/20/09: Let the carving begin on Tombstone's tomb
01/12/09: Obama serves Reid taste of Chicago Way
01/02/09: Jesters don't pick up the race card in a nationally televised news conference and slam it into the face of every Dem in the Senate, a palm heel strike to the tip of the nose, leaving all of them watery-eyed, their lips stinging
12/24/08: Governor waxes poetic, but Combine rolls on
12/23/08: Got corruption? Get Jesse Junior G-Man
12/18/08: Will ‘feditis’ spread to Obama and Daley?
12/15/08: Man behind curtain is wizard of Rod, Rahm

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