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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 August 20, 2010 10 Elul, 5770

Four cheers for Blago!

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Way to go, Blago! I knew you could do it!

Rod Blagojevich, the impeached governor of Illinois, was found guilty Tuesday of lying to the FBI, a crime that carries up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Illinois is my home state, and Blago makes the fourth Illinois governor in my lifetime to be convicted of a felony.

Can you say that about your home state? I doubt it. In Illinois, we take pride in our felons the way some states take pride in their cheese or potatoes or oranges.

Blago’s predecessor as governor, George Ryan, is currently a prisoner at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Ind. If Blago joins him there, Illinois would have two former governors in the can at the same time, which must be some kind of record. (Illinois looks upon Indiana the way England once looked upon Australia: We send our miscreants there in the hopes they will never return.)

Still, Blago is treating his conviction as a victory because he skated on 23 other counts, especially the one that alleged he tried to sell the vacated Senate seat of Barack Obama. The vote was 11-1 to convict Blago on that, but it takes only one doofus to deadlock a jury and Blago’s defense team managed to find that doofus.

It is possible that the lone juror holdout fell victim to the same thing the O.J. Simpson jurors fell victim to: By the end of the trial, they liked the guy on trial.

Back in January 2009, I wrote: “Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has now twice called him 'cuckoo,' and I wish Blagojevich really were. But I think he is calculating, not crazy. He is trying to build public support in the hopes of getting a more sympathetic jury when his case proceeds to a criminal trial.”

Picking a jury has become a science, with actual experts analyzing every word, facial tic and body movement of potential jurors. The prosecution in Blago’s trial appears, however, to have flipped coins.

How do you blow a case in which you have a 76-page criminal complaint accusing Blago of conspiracy and soliciting bribes, with threatening to deny funding to a children’s hospital unless he got campaign kickbacks and with trying to sell a Senate seat?

And the prosecution even had tapes!

But after 39 days of trial and 14 days of jury deliberation, Blago evaded 23 counts. He was delighted, slapping people on the back and giving high-fives.

After all that time, trouble and expense, all the government could get Blago for was lying to the FBI.

On the other hand, all the government could get Al Capone for was tax evasion. 

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