Friday, October 28, 2005

A couple of items for fun.

I forgot to mention my hometown team Chicago White Sox winning the world series on Wednesday. And I didn't expect a sweep, indeed I didn't expect them to go so far. Indeed they did and they won it all. Their first title since 1917. They effectively swept the NL champion Houston Astros. Since it took the White Sox over a century to win a world title perhaps it's time for the Cubs to step up to the plate and contend for it next year. Imagine this next year, the Cubs and White Sox meet for the first crosstown series in Chicago since 1906. It happened folks and the White Sox won that contest. In 1906 Wrigley Field and Old Comiskey Park had yet to be built, in fact the Cubs were based on Chicago's west side.

Oh by the way. I mentioned this on my other blogs which is a different animal than this one. I said that if there readership was there I'd get a paypal account or something and start a fund so I can get the cool equipment I so desire. So here are the possible funds I want to start if possible.
  • I need high speed internet access fund.
  • I need a digital camera with focus fund.
  • I need a tripod and other equipment fund.
  • I need my own webspace fund.
  • I need my own computer fund

If I come up with anymore I'll let you guys know OK.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Rosa Parks has died.

She was 92. I had just found this out from FOXNews.com.

Greenspan has a sucessor.

I just learned this from the Chicago Tribune. Alan Greenspan has been around a long time since 1987 and his term is to expire on January 31 of next year. His successor will be Ben Bernanke, Bush's chief economic advisor.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

GOP needs to step up to plate

Carol Marin wrote this column to discuss the issues within the Illinois GOP. Many have compared their disarray to the Democrats. Although I can point to a few minor differences. First off the Democrats seemed to be dominated by the far left right now and if there is a battle it's between the far left and the more moderate Democrats. So that is the same straight that the Illinois GOP is in. The conservative want to be more active in the party but there are the more moderate (or that could be interpreted as liberal) who wants to maintain their own control of the party.

Let me explain this further. The more moderate or liberal wing of the IL GOP have been dominant since James Thompson. This wing of the party withdrew its support for it's nominee, Jack Ryan and selected Alan Keyes as it's standard bearer and they quickly backed away from him. This wing of the party also includes George Ryan to a degree and he is currently on trial for corruption during his time as Illinois' secretary of state. There's also Judy Barr Topinka who was state party chair during the Jack Ryan fiasco who has marched twice in gay pride parades in Chicago (who would be a frontrunner for governor if she chose to run).

The issue here is that, there doesn't appear to be much difference between the Illinois GOP and the Democrats. I think by comparison the Democrats may prove to be more conservative than the Republicans. I've heard once that Chicago Democrats are some of the most fiscally conservative Democrats in the nation and I would believe that. I think that despite Mayor Daley current troubles which seemed to have died down a little, that he actually has a clue about what he is doing as a public offical and I may not like his views at all.

Well the main issue in Marin's column is the IL GOP inability to become a cohesive unit. She makes the analogy to baseball. In fact the Republican IL House leader Tom Cross says that the IL GOP, ''We are struggling to find the right candidate. One of the things we have not done a good job of as a party, that the Democrats have done a good job of, is building a farm team.''

So to close this post, here is another quote from Marin's colum about the state of the IL GOP and I take this from the Illinois Leader's quote of the day...


I probably shouldn't have dropped by the Cell to watch White Sox batting practice before sitting down to write this column on the Republican Party in Illinois.

The White Sox, after all, are a big-league team. The Illinois GOP is not even Class AA...

...Who speaks for the Republican Party in Illinois? Who is its leading voice? Moral force? Who's the coach of this team?

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Dead Meat: Canada's health care system takes a hit

Dead Meat is from Evan Coyne Maloney's (Brain Terminal) film company On The Fence Films. The film takes aim at Canada's government run health care system. Stories about the long wait for a surgery from necks, hips, cataracts, and so on are featured. It is also said that a human can't get health insurance but a pet can get health insurance in Canada.

I can't even imagine. You wait years for surgery that your very life depends on. You're unable to move, see, or it might be cancer or a heart bypass we're talking about here. You have to wait years for it. That system isn't as great as it is made out to be. Why should pets get better and faster care than humans? Why should pets have a diversity of options when it comes to treatment?

There will be a feature length film coming in 2006. This should prove to be interesting.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Million More or Less March

I was listening to the sound bite at Rush Limbaugh. Haven't gone to a soundbite from him for a while. Anyway he did a little segment on the Million More March that took place in DC last Saturday. Basically while one could refute Louis Farrakhan Calypso Louie, Rush's nickname for him) his assertion (which I'm skeptical about) that the levies in New Orleans were dynamited. He also took aim at the Democratic Party who may have an interest in continuing this assertion. Check this out...
CALYPSO LOUIE (Louis Farrakhan): We need to think about a new political party. I really want you to think about that. The Democrats have used us and abused us, and they look at the black and the brown and the poor like this is a plantation and our Democratic leaders are like the house Negroes on the plantation of Democratic politics.

Monday, October 17, 2005

The White Sox have won the pennant

The White Sox have won their first AL title since 1959. The have edged the Cubs and gone one step further. This is a first in my generation. I'm seriously thinking about becoming a Sox fan again. I was before the 1994 strike and then the Sox were ruined. Then ultimately I became a Cubs fan and followed their playoff run back in '03 in which the "curse of the goat" strarted to resurface. While the Cubs have fallen by the wayside, the Sox seems to be doing something. I hope the Sox can go all the way.

Lets Go Go Go WhiteSox from White Sox Interactive.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Let Africa Sink

I found this article on a message board. I don't have a link to it, but it's an interesting read. An African (supposedly) had this to say about his home continent. It's both harsh and hilarious but mostly harsh.

Let Africa Sink
By: The Gun Guy
May 26, 2002 03:40pm

When it comes to any analysis of the problems facing Africa, Western society, and particularly people from the United States, encounter a logical disconnect that makes clear analysis impossible. That disconnect is the way life is regarded in the West (it’s precious, must be protected at all costs etc.), compared to the way life, and death, are regarded in Africa. Let me try to quantify this statement.

In Africa, life is cheap. There are so many ways to die in Africa that death is far more commonplace than in the West. You can die from so many things--snakebite, insect bite, wild animal attack, disease, starvation, food poisoning… the list goes on and on. At one time, crocodiles accounted for more deaths in sub-Saharan Africa than gunfire, for example. Now add the usual human tragedy (murder, assault, warfare and the rest), and you can begin to understand why the life expectancy for an African is low--in fact, horrifyingly low, if you remove White Africans from the statistics (they tend to be more urbanized, and more Western in behavior and outlook). Finally, if you add the horrifying spread of AIDS into the equation, anyone born in sub-Saharan Africa this century will be lucky to reach age forty.

I lived in Africa for over thirty years. Growing up there, I was infused with several African traits--traits which are not common in Western civilization. The almost-casual attitude towards death
was one. (Another is a morbid fear of snakes.)

So because of my African background, I am seldom moved at the sight of death, unless it’s accidental, or it affects someone close to me. (Death which strikes at strangers, of course, is mostly ignored.) Of my circle of about eighteen or so friends with whom I grew up, and whom I would consider "close", only about ten survive today--and not one of the survivors is over the age of fifty. Two friends died from stepping on landmines while on Army duty in Namibia. Three died in horrific car accidents (and lest one thinks that this is not confined to Africa, one was caused by a kudu flying through a windshield and impaling the guy through the chest with its
hoof--not your everyday traffic accident in, say, Florida). One was bitten by a snake, and died from heart failure. Another also died of heart failure, but he was a hopeless drunkard. Two were shot by muggers. The last went out on his surfboard one day and was never seen again (did I mention that sharks are plentiful off the African coasts and in the major rivers?). My situation is not uncommon in South Africa--and north of the Limpopo River (the border with Zimbabwe), I suspect that others would show worse statistics.

The death toll wasn’t just confined to my friends. When I was still living in Johannesburg, the
newspaper carried daily stories of people mauled by lions, or attacked by rival tribesmen, or dying from some unspeakable disease (and this was pre-AIDS Africa too) and in general, succumbing to some of Africa’s many answers to the population explosion. Add to that the normal death toll from rampant crime, illness, poverty, flood, famine, traffic, and the police, and you’ll begin to get the idea.

My favorite African story actually happened after I left the country. An American executive took a job over there, and on his very first day, the newspaper headlines read: "Three Headless Bodies Found".

The next day: "Three Heads Found".

The third day: "Heads Don’t Match Bodies".

You can’t make this stuff up.

As a result of all this, death is treated more casually by Africans than by Westerners. I, and I suspect most Africans, am completely inured to reports of African suffering, for whatever cause. Drought causes crops to fail, thousands face starvation? Yup, that happened many times while I was growing up. Inter-tribal rivalry and warfare causes wholesale slaughter? Yep, been appening there for millennia, long before Whitey got there. Governments becoming rich and corrupt while their populations starved? Not more than nine or ten of those. In my lifetime, the following tragedies have occurred, causing untold millions of deaths: famine in Biafra, genocide in Rwanda, civil war in Angola, floods in South Africa, famine in Somalia, civil war in Sudan, famine in Ethiopia, floods in Mozambique, wholesale slaughter in Uganda, and tribal warfare in every single country. There are others, but you get the point.

Yes, all this was also true in Europe--maybe a thousand years ago. But not any more. And Europe doesn’t teem with crocodiles, ultra-venomous snakes and so on.

The Dutch controlled the floods. All of Europe controls famine--it’s non-existent now. Apart from a couple of examples of massive, state-sponsored slaughter (Nazi Germany, Communist Russia), Europe since 1700 doesn’t even begin to compare to Africa today. Casual slaughter is another thing altogether--rare in Europe, common in Africa.

More to the point, the West has evolved into a society with a stable system of government, which follows the rule of law, and has respect for the rights and life of the individual--none of which is true in Africa.

Among old Africa hands, we have a saying, usually accompanied by a shrug: "Africa wins
again." This is usually said after an incident such as:

a beloved missionary is butchered by his congregation, for no apparent reason

a tribal chief prefers to let his tribe starve to death rather than accepting food from the Red Cross (would mean he wasn’t all-powerful, you see)

an entire nation starves to death, while its ruler accumulates wealth in foreign banks

a new government comes into power, promising democracy, free elections etc., provided that the freedom doesn’t extend to the other tribe

the other tribe comes to power in a bloody coup, then promptly sets about slaughtering the first tribe etc, etc, etc, ad nauseam, ad infinitum.

The prognosis is bleak, because none of this mayhem shows any sign of ending. The conclusions are equally bleak, because, quite frankly, there is no answer to Africa’s problems, no solution that hasn’t been tried before, and failed.

Just go to the CIA World Fact Book, pick any of the African countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi etc.), and compare the statistics to any Western country (eg. Portugal, Italy, Spain, Ireland). The disparities are appalling--and it’s going to get worse, not better. It has certainly got worse since 1960, when most African countries achieved independence. We, and by this I mean the West, have tried many ways to help Africa. All such attempts have failed.

Charity is no answer. Money simply gets appropriated by the first, or second, or third person to touch it (17 countries saw a decline in real per capita GNP between 1970 and 1999, despite receiving well over $100 billion in World Bank assistance). Food isn’t distributed. This happens either because there is no transportation infrastructure (bad), or the local leader deliberately withholds the supplies to starve people into submission (worse). Materiel is broken, stolen or sold off for a fraction of its worth. The result of decades of "foreign aid" has resulted in a continental infrastructure which, if one excludes South Africa, couldn’t support Pittsburgh.

Add to this, as I mentioned above, the endless cycle of Nature’s little bag of tricks--persistent
drought followed by violent flooding, a plethora of animals, reptiles and insects so dangerous that life is already cheap before Man starts playing his little reindeer games with his fellow Man--and what you are left with is: catastrophe.

The inescapable conclusion is simply one of resignation. This goes against the grain of our humanity--we are accustomed to ridding the world of this or that problem (smallpox, polio, whatever), and accepting failure is anathema to us. But, to give a classic African scenario, a polio vaccine won’t work if the kids are prevented from getting the vaccine by a venal overlord, or
a frightened chieftain, or a lack of roads, or by criminals who steal the vaccine and sell it to someone else. If a cure for AIDS was found tomorrow, and offered to every African nation free of charge, the growth of the disease would scarcely be checked, let alone reversed. Basically, you’d have to try to inoculate as many two-year old children as possible, and write off the two older
generations.

So that is the only one response, and it’s a brutal one: accept that we are powerless to change Africa, and leave them to sink or swim, by themselves.

It sounds dreadful to say it, but if the entire African continent dissolves into a seething maelstrom of disease, famine and brutality, that’s just too damn bad. We have better things to do--sometimes, you just have to say, "Can’t do anything about it.

The viciousness, the cruelty, the corruption, the duplicity, the savagery, and the incompetence is endemic to the entire continent, and is so much of an anathema to any right-thinking person that the civilized imagination simply stalls when faced with its ubiquity, and with the enormity of trying to fix it. The Western media shouldn’t even bother reporting on it. All that does is arouse our feelings of horror, and the instinctive need to do something, anything--but everything has been tried before, and failed. Everything, of course, except self-reliance.

All we should do is make sure that none of Africa gets transplanted over to the U.S., because the danger to our society is dire if it does. I note that several U.S. churches are attempting to bring groups of African refugees over to the United States, European churches the same for Europe. Mistake. Mark my words, this misplaced charity will turn around and bite us, big time.

Even worse would be to think that the simplicity of Africa holds some kind of answers for Western society: remember Mrs. Clinton’s little book, "It Takes A Village"? Trust me on this: there is not one thing that Africa can give the West which hasn’t been tried before and failed, not one thing that isn’t a step backwards, and not one thing which is worse than, or that contradicts, what we have already.

So here’s my (tongue-in-cheek) solution for the African fiasco: a high wall around the whole continent, all the guns and bombs in the world for everyone inside, and at the end, the last one
alive should do us all a favor and kill himself.

Inevitably, some Kissingerian realpolitiker is going to argue in favor of intervention, because in the vacuum of Western aid, perhaps the Communist Chinese would step in and increase their
influence in the area. There are two reasons why this isn’t going to happen.

Firstly, the PRC doesn’t have that kind of money to throw around; and secondly, the result of any communist assistance will be precisely the same as if it were Western assistance. For the record, Mozambique and Angola are both communist countries--and both are economic disaster areas. The prognosis for both countries is disastrous--and would be the same for any other African country.

The West can’t help Africa. Nor should we. The record speaks for itself.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Bridgeport story from Channel 2 Chicago

CBS 2 Chicago has a story about the redevelopment of the Bridgeport neighborhood. And this is a timely story in light of the Chicago White Sox playoff run. According to the video this boom occurred before the White Sox run but it definitely helps.

I write about this only because of Bridgeport's significance in Chicago history. This was the home of the Daley dynasty from Richard J. Daley to his sons Richard M., John P. and Bill Daley. It also didn't exactly have a great history among African Americans. There are stories in which black activists would try to move into the neighborhood during the 60s only to have some trickery used to move them out. There were some racial hardfeelings in this white ethnic neighborhood.

But my how times have changed. It's changed for the better. New residents are moving in and they're not just white ethnic nor working class (as Bridgeport has been historically). Besides the near south side had been redeveloping as of late anyway from Bronzeville, Printer's Row, Dearborn Park, etc. I wonder if any black folks will wind up moving there.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

A story about George Ryan...

I was looking through blogs from the Chicago area and I found this from the blog of an Illinois State Rep. John Fritchey. He and the current Lt. Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn were attempting to get a bill passed known as Inspector Solicitation Misconduct Act. This bill is described by Rep. Fritchey in this way...

Without going into all of the details, suffice it to say that the bill prevented state inspectors from seeking campaign contributions from individuals or entities whom they oversee. The bill was borne of a series of news stories about car dealers being shaken down by inspectors on behalf of the Secretary of State. But when you realize that state inspectors oversee everything from driving schools to day care centers to nursing homes to nuclear facilities, the public safety and public health implications of cutting the ties between fundraising and inspection approval become clear.


Evvery attempt to get this bill passed in Springfield was fraught with frustration as it seemed people were out to give George Ryan a break...


Even though Democrats controlled the House, the bill was killed in committee after all of the Republicans voted against it, as did a couple Democrats wanting to 'help out George'


The frustration continues when Ryan ran for Governor and he still was a little flakey in support. In additon his Democratic challenger Glenn Poshard would have supported this bill unfortunately this was not to be since Mr. Poshard would lose his campaign for governor. Gov. Ryan never let this bill see the light of day even challenged the purpose of this bill. Ultimately it passed and is now law as Public Act 92-853. It was passed during the last regular session of the George Ryan administration.

Rep. Fritchey's posted his story George and Me on September 30, 2005. This is no doubt around the time of Ryan's corruption trial. To close my post, he had this to say of Gov. George Ryan on the issue of this bill...
When a couple of my colleagues went to see him the next day on an unrelated matter, Ryan held up the letter and stated, "Look what this c**ksu*ker sent me."
I don't know about you, but those words just didn't really strike me as the words of a guy wanting to 'get to the bottom of corruption', as he was fond of telling the press those days.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

New documentary on Emmett Till

There a video from CBS 2 Chicago with regards to a documentary on Emmett Till's lynching back in August 1955. Emmett's cousin, Simeon Wright is interviewed by Channel 2's entertainment reporter Bill Zwecker on a segment known as Zwecker's people. The Till case was back in the news earlier this year when in an effort to obtain justice for Emmett, who was 14 when he was murdered, when his body was exhumed.

UPDATE: I saw this on Vlog Soup.

UPDATED: This was more than a weird clip. I busted out laughing watching. The guy was even more of an eccentric before he put the CD in there. And the celebrating. What for? I was on the floor laughing. The only point I can decipher of burning a CD in a microwave was to just say "this guy sucks". But still entertaining.

This has got to be the most hilarious thing I have ever seen. There was a brief blurb of it on Vlog Soup. When I saw this brief clip of it toward the end of this episode I busted out laughing. I hope you find it funny. I've yet to watch the actual clip, when I do I'll get right back here.

Click here to see the video in Quicktime.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

I was browsing on ILGOP.org

One of the blogs I recently picked up Cirque du Democrat is apparently linked on the State Republican party website and so far it is the only blog on there. It's under Illinois Press on the links page and it is lumped together with the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. I've linked to other Illinois blogs some with more Republican material and some are more bipartisan. So Cirque is definitely not the only Illinois blog out there.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Gubernatorial Campaign '06

There are several candidates who were in before the announcement of Jim Edgar just about a week ago. I was watching a gubernatorial contender Ron Gidwitz on video. I have heard more from him in the media so far before I left home and perhaps even after than I have from anyone else. There is Steve Raushenberger who picked up the endorsement of former Senator Peter Fitzgerald, but I don't know as much about him as Gidwitz. Gidwitz already has two ads out there right there right now. You can look at his video section.

There is also Jim Oberweis who ran in second place for the Senate nomination last year to Jack Ryan. But he's had several campaigns that went bust so who knows if his time is now or not. He is generally known for his positions on immigration during his Senatorial campaign. He seems to have had a radio ad available in his media section.

Steve Rauschenberger has been considered the possible gubernatorial nomination in light of Jim Edgar's announcement a week ago. He an Oberweis are painting themselves as a reformer. As stated earlier he got the endorsement of former Senator Peter Fitzgerald who also stands for reform who appointed a federal attorney who is attempting to clean up the corruption in Illinois(BTW, if you get an opportunity look up Federal Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, he's been going after George Ryan and assorted characters in Illinois politics). Also like Oberweis he was in the senatorial election last year and I'm not sure how he placed but I do understand that he had trouble raising money. Can he overcome that?

Finally there is one more candidate. Unlike the other Chicago area residents he's actually down state. As a result I don't know much about Bill Brady except that he is actually a conservative Republican state senator from Bloomington Illinois. Of course he may be following in the footsteps of both Governor Jim Edgar and George Ryan who weren't from the Chicago area. But as to what he represents we'll have to see.

BTW, there are other possible contenders. We don't know where they stand and I have to find websites for them. Perhaps I can find them and make some notes on them. In the meanwhile I'll focus on those who have obvious campaigns and go from there. I'll definitely make sure I'm looking in the Illinois bloggosphere.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

August Wilson passed away this week.

He died this past Sunday. Honesty I didn't think much of him since about high school. We had this text called African American Literature. One of his plays was in it called The Piano Lesson. It was an intersting play about a man wanting his family's piano to sell it and get some cash for his purposes. His sister wants to keep it. And then there are some other characters who seem very real even though this play was set in about the Great Depression. I have a TV movie version on tape at home and I haven't seen it in years. Perhaps as soon as I get a new VCR I'll watch it again. Or at the very least I'd like to find a way to digitalize it.

BTW, I have to question if anyone in the black community know who he is. It's possible a majority of black Americans aren't exactly into the arts. The only art I've ever notice black folks taking an interest in is popular music. We don't seem to be interested in theater, paintings, and sculpture. It doesn' really change much once we get educated because in college you must take a class in the humanities.

Today the only black playright I can name off the top of my head is Tyler Perry. And he's doing very well if you read the pages of Ebony and Jet. He has a mansion and cars. If you really read you'd know that he was homeless for a time before he finally struck gold.

Honestly I don't care much for Mr. Perry's work. It frequently involves a charcter of an older black woman (Perry in drag) who seems to have a short temper, a cutting delivery, and a gun. But people watch it. BTW, I always see clips of his plays in advertisements. It always seems lively the quote burst out laughing all the time. I'm not used to that however there isn't a doubt in my mind that Perry's plays were meant for that.

Perhaps Perry's plays which are popular among black Americans can translate toward other black playwrights. Hopefully we'll know more about August Wilson. Hopefully more of us will recognize The Piano Lesson from our education in elementary and secondary school. Most importantly, hopefully there will be future black playwrights born from our current experiences today.

Friday, October 07, 2005

White Sox are in the ALCS!!!

They swept the defending world series champion in the ALDS in Boston after winning the first two games at home at US Cellular Field. Who they face is another question. Yankees and Angels are tied in their series 1-1 and they play tonight on ESPN. Other wise this is how the scores broke down...

Game 1: White Sox 14, Red Sox 2 in Chicago
Game 2: White Sox 5, Red Sox 4 in Chicago
Game 3: White Sox 5, Red Sox 3 in Boston

Fans hope that we'll take on the Yankees because the Angels have kicked the Sox pretty good during the season. We'll have to see. Also just like the Cubs, it has been emphasized that the Sox has won their first post season series since whenever they last won the world series. For the Cubs that was 1908 and for the White Sox 1917. In additon the last pennant titles for both teams were respectively 1945 (FYI, that was the year when the Curse of the Goat came into effect and as a result the Cubs have not won a pennant since 1945) and 1959 with the Go Go White Sox of Bill Veeck.

In additon both teams have made the playoffs since the playoffs formats was changed in the late 60s. The Sox made their first appearance in 1983 with Tony LaRussa as manager. This occured not too long after Jerry Reinsdorf took ownership of the White Sox. The Cubs made their first appearance (also after a change in ownership to the Tribune Company) in the baseball playoffs in 1984. Up until this year the Cubs had more playoff appearances and had actually advanced in the playoffs. Also the Sox has never once won a wild card all their recent playoff appearances have been as a result of division titles.

Here's hoping the Sox can continue to move forward in the playoffs.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Intersting quote...

John Kass had an interesting quote from his column from the Chicago Tribune on September 28, 2005. I found this in the Illinois Leader and I had to go back and find the original column. I don't regularly read the Tribune as often as I'd like. Here's the quote...

Kass on IL political corruption

Corruption was the theme of the last gubernatorial election. And it appears that corruption will be the theme of the next one, too, and of the next Chicago mayoral election. It should be the theme of every election in every part of this thoroughly corrupt state of ours.

The sleaze won't end until the fidgeting stops. And the fidgeting won't stop for years. It's not over. It's just getting started.

--John Kass, Chicago Tribune, 9/28/05
He's written extensively on this bi-partisan political combine. And on corruption in the state of Illinois. He even called Jim Edgar's bowing out of the race before it happened. I think it was in that very column too. If you want to see some of these columns you'll have to be registered for the Chicago Tribune.

A corrupt state of affairs might finally be ending
Aldermen? Ha! Feds today have bigger fish to fry

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The race for governor and Illinois Politics

UPDATE: Here's a story from Channel 7's Andy Shaw on the the gubernatorial contenders for governor. From Sunday after Edgar announced that he would not run for governor. And check out the video if possible.

As of last Friday speculation of Jim Edgar, former governor of Illinois jumping into the race was squashed. He is not entering the race and he may not even re-enter politics. This may still prove to be an interesting campaign. Looking at all the comments on this story from Friday we see what the possibilities are. His dancing on this issue some say helped the contenders for the GOP nomination for governor. The possibility that he might enter the race may have stopped the candidated from acting like crabs in a bucket.

If you've been following Illinois politics. The IL GOP has been struggling. The stench of corruption from George Ryan has hurt the party. But one could point to the faction running the party. The IL GOP is not a very conservative party many could call them liberal or moderate. In fact in the past 30 years or so Republican governors have raised income taxes or made them permanent. This includes Jim Edgar. On top of that another Republican governor instituted a state income tax. George Ryan was responsible for an extensive infrastructure program known as Illinois first. It no doubt increase the tax heart ache for many Illinois residents although we may be better transportation infrastructure to name one benefit.

In Illinois you can not tell much difference between Republicans and Democrats. I would often state that Democrats and Republicans would stake their territory. Sounds like in many ways gerrymandering right. The winners usually do that and it may take a backroom deal. Columnists have talked about this bi-partisan combine which are in tandem with the corruption around the state. So some funny business is going on from both sides.

I also want to add that Governor Blagojevich is the first Democrat elected governor since Dan Walker. He was in the Sun-Times on Sunday talking about George Ryan's trial. Blagojevich may face the exact same situation as Walker, which may Blagojevich (or Blago if you prefer) may wind up becoming a one-termer. For the record however, the odds was against Walker in the first place, he wasn't exatly the establishment choice (the establishment in the early 1970s being Mayor Richard J. Daley among others). Today Blago may very well benefit from some pols who seem to be begrudgingly behind him in his election campaign. Blago is definitely not the first choice of today's Democratic establishment.

Anyway, this will prove to be an interesting campaign. Edgar's out and there's a possibility that the other Republicans in the race can still beat Blagojevich. Hopefully they won't prove to be crabs pulling the front runner down. As long as there will be stories, I'll have more on the next Illinois elections.

Monday, October 03, 2005

White Sox are in the playoffs.

UPDATE:Channel 2 Chicago has some videos from a rally for the Central Division Champion Chicago White Sox today. There was a story about the rally itself and Mayor Daley's comments. I can't provide a direct link for Daley's comments but you should be able to find it at the Channel 2 link with an article.

Do you have the '59 Fever? The Chicago White Sox has clinched the Central Division title earlier this week. Who we'll face in the playoffs is another question but I want to see the Sox go further than than the Cubs did almost a couple of years ago. To see the Cubs melt down in about the two years since their playoff run is sad but there's always next year I hope.

BEST OF LUCK TO THE SOUTH SIDERS!!!