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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 August 18, 2010 / 8 Elul, 5770

Dead Meat walking, but heat to be applied again

By John Kass

John Kass


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com |

You've got to be bleepin' kidding me.

If his tongues were a pair of hands, then Rod Blagojevich could have played three-card Monte with his mouth on Tuesday and made a few bucks.

Because he conned at least one member of his federal jury into cutting him a break in his corruption trial, Blagojevich was convicted of only one count out of 24.

And within minutes, Gov. Dead Meat was down in the lobby of the federal building, appealing to the next jury pool in the retrial sure to come. The man who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on his suits is reaching out to potential jurors from the inner city who live in high-crime areas.

He talked fast and he talked loud. But not under oath.

"This is a persecution!" he cried, his wife, Patti, at his side. "We have police officers who are being gunned down on the streets! We have children who can't play in front of their homes in the summertime because they might get gunned down!"

After using the recent murders of police officers and children as metaphoric shields, Dead Meat charged shamelessly forward.

"And we have a prosecutor who has wasted and wants to spend tens of millions of our taxpayer money to keep persecuting me, persecuting my family, take me away from my little girls," said Dead Meat.

The slain cops, the babies gunned down, the neighborhood people suffering in fear, all of them are his playthings now. The man will say anything (but not under oath) and expect you to buy it.

And why not?

Someone on that jury bought it, at least one, for the big racketeering count that caused all the deadlock. But it sounds like the majority of the jurors were ready to convict.

And they asked U.S. District Judge James Zagel to send them a copy of the jury oath they'd taken at the start of the trial, the one where they swore to "render a true verdict in accordance to the law and the evidence, so help me God."

Just picture them in the jury room in those last hours, waving that oath in the face of the holdouts, the bitterness in the room, with Dead Meat hanging with his lawyers, preening, planning future moves.

In court, waiting for the verdict to be announced, many jurors stared straight ahead, stone-faced, perhaps embarrassed. But since at least one bought the joy juice Dead Meat was selling and swallowed it whole, he has no reason to change his tactics now.

There is a temptation to think that whatever comes out of his mouth is spontaneous. But it isn't. It's calculated. It's political. And if the federal building were a barnyard, then he was the cock hopping up on the dunghill, crowing thunderously at the sun.

"Let me also point out that we didn't even put on a defense! And the government still couldn't prove its case," he said.

As the twice-elected former governor of Illinois left with what he probably thinks of as his dignity, I could only imagine other Illinois politicians with federal pressure on them, deciding that if they're ever indicted by a grand jury, they'll play it out the Blagojevich way.

They'll beg for their own radio talk show. They might even let TV personalities touch their hair, and send their wives off to some Costa Rican jungle to eat bugs for money.

It worked for Dead Meat, this politicking to the jury pool, appealing to the lowest common denominator. Come to think of it, isn't that what politicians do for a living anyway?

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who will take the blame for the failed prosecution, said his office would immediately seek a new trial on the other counts.

Fitzgerald offered his own appeal to the future Blago jury by praising the deadlocked jury's hard work and personal sacrifice.

It was in sharp contrast to the emotion Fitzgerald showed after Blagojevich was arrested on charges he tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama.

Back then, almost two years ago, Fitzgerald spoke forcefully of Abraham Lincoln rolling in his grave, and how the feds had been compelled to stop a "political crime spree" in progress.

On Tuesday, Fitzgerald was less lyrical. "We intend to retry those charges in the near future," he said, before walking away.

In the courtroom, it was Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar who expressed the emotion after Zagel suggested prosecutors decide whether to take another whack at Dead Meat.

"It is absolutely our intention to retry this," Schar said, growling. "Whether it's the next time or the time after."

But the next time or the next, they'll probably do things differently. You can bet that they'll call other sexy, forgotten witnesses, like Obama's convicted real estate fairy Tony Rezko.

And the Blagojevich criminal defense team will turn up the volume, especially the rascally Adam Family, crafty old Sam and son Junior.

They'll use reporters to reach out to the next jury while thumping those who have likened their client to a roast turning over coals.

"I'm not talking about you guys," old Sam told the TV cameras. "I'm talking about the columnists."

Nice try, Sam. But he's still Dead Meat.

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



Previously:



07/28/10: No verdict, but Blagojevich trial still has its winners, losers
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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