Saturday, June 03, 2006

Blonde on Blonde: Coulter v. Cornell

Ever heard of Lydia Cornell? Me neither, until the other day I was searching around to see if anyone was blogging about the new Ann Coulter book.

I came across a left-wing lady who was griping about Ann's difficulties in moving to Florida -- something about taxes and voter registration -- who said this: "Anyway, Lydia Cornell says a lot about how I feel about Ann Coulter far more eloquently than I could ever hope to."

OK, so who is Lydia Cornell? Short answer: An over-the-hill Hollywood starlet. Apparently, she once starred in a TV sitcom with Ted Knight, which obviously qualifies her to critique the work of Ann Coulter -- founder of the Cornell Review, graduate of Michigan Law and former Senate staffer.

Lydia Cornell appears to be one of those left-wingers who want to claim the word "Christian" without bothering to deal with things like the Ten Commandments: You know, the kind who always seem to forget what Jesus said after saving the woman caught in adultery: "Go thou and sin no more." Liberals have trouble with the concept of "sin," except when they use it to mean "voting Republican."

So Cornell's views are rather predictable:

It’s important to keep in mind that the Da Vinci Code in no way diminishes the beauty and reality of Christ’s ministry. ... The right-wing evangelicals have also mistakenly twisted Christ's message and have wrongly focused on the letter over the spirit of his teachings. Their obsession with sexual immorality tells a lot about them, not anyone else.
Perhaps, but what does "their obsession with sexual immorality" tell us about, say, Bill Maher or Hugh Hefner? So far as I'm aware, Jerry Falwell's not shacked up with three blondes and a case of Viagra. So how is Falwell "obsessed" in a way that Hef is not? We all stumble and stray -- some perhaps with the encouragement of Lydia Cornell posters from 20 years ago, when she was hot -- but why must Hollywood always celebrate sexual sin, and never righteousness?

Here's another doozy from Lydia:

Liberals are pro-life in the best sense of the word: they love all human life, the born and the unborn. They don't believe in the propaganda that the only valuable life is frozen fetal cells. Liberals are NOT pro-abortion; they are progressive the way Jesus Christ was: want equal rights for all, love America, love their neighbor and fellow man, love nature, love peace. Liberals want to save lives, not destroy them.
Hey, Lydia: Did you know that mobsters working for the Pendergast machine killed four people in Kansas City during the Democrats' campaign of political terror that resulted in Harry Truman being elected to the Senate? So much for that stuff about peace and love for one's fellow man, I guess.

Another Lydia-ism:

A good Christian would never consider ... using nuclear weapons to prevent nuclear war.
Uh, Lydia, about that Truman guy ...

But while Ann graduated from Cornell and Lydia is just named after Cornell, guess who deems themselves worthy to sit in judgment? (Why is it that liberals' famous "non-judgmentalism" is never extended to Republians?) Here's Lydia on Ann:

Sex is sort of losing its appeal. Death is sexier these days, at least that’s the impression I get from Ann Coulter, who makes a living calling for the "killing of Liberals" and repressing the free speech of Democrats.
Eh? I am not familiar with the "repressing" to which Lydia refers, but never mind the facts, she's a liberal:

And Coulter actually claims to be a Christian. Like Pat Robertson and George W, she seems to take perverse delight in defining Christianity as the opposite of itself, so I suspect she belongs to the Antichrist trinity or the Taliban sect of Christianity.
Two quick observations: Why is it that the only evangelical Christians that liberals can ever name are people like Pat Robertson? And doesn't Lydia know how cliched the whole Christian-fundamentalist/Taliban analogy has become? But she's a liberal:

I never mix religion with politics, but for Christ’s sake, don’t they know that Jesus was a Democrat? In fact, a bleeding heart liberal?!!
Yes, we all remember the Parable of the Good Senator: "Yea, verily was the campaign aide trapped in the Oldsmobile, yet the senator saved only himself. And proceeding straightway to the inn, he saith unto himself, 'I needeth an alibi,' and a neckbrace did he therefore seek." Also, the "Jesus was a Democrat" line doesn't quite square up with Clinton approving the death sentence of Ricky Ray Rector. And I don't remember Jesus soliciting sodomy or trying to beat the rap on a sexual-harassment suit with perjurious affidavits, but maybe I missed something in Sunday School when I was a kid.

Did I mention that Lydia is a liberal?

How the Christian right has twisted Christ’s peaceful message is one of the riddles of our times. I’ve been bewildered to the point of jaw-gnashing agony at how certain fundamentalists can call themselves Christian, when they do not follow the teachings of Christ! I feel I’m going insane.
Finally, we agree about something. As proof of Lydia's insanity, she's backing left-winger Marcy Winograd against Rep. Jane Harman (this is the MoveOn.org Moonbat position) in the Tuesday, June 6, Democratic primary. Sez Lydia:

Progressive Democrat Marcy Winograd is putting Jane Harmon (who voted for the war, and for the Patriot Act again) to shame. The hope for the future of America is absolutely in the hands of the progressive, enlightened thinkers. We will break free from this sluggish, archaic materialism which has a stranglehold on us today. Winograd is an amazingly optimistic spirit and her campaign is truly grass-roots. With more people like her in Congress, we stand a chance to become the great country our forefathers created.
Winograd wants the '06 Democratic campaign platform to be "Surrender in Iraq & Impeach the President" -- a position that I doubt will be very popular in suburban swing districts. But enough about politics, what about Lydia?

A children’s advocate, Ms. Cornell is passionate about helping orphans and underprivileged children. Her other passion is fighting drug and alcohol abuse.
One can surmise that she is personally familiar with drug and alcohol abuse:

[S]he describes her Hollywood experience as a crash-and-burn, then a “catastrophic” spiritual awakening. “It was supernatural,” says Lydia, “I now have tangible evidence of a force beyond anything in the material world. I believe that the purpose of suffering is to bring us closer to our spirit. Getting rid of the ego is a big part of it, and in Hollywood, which is run by massive egos, this is not easy — we reflect each other. Alcohol & drugs are just a cover for extreme insecurity.”

In other words: This is your brain in recovery. And where does a beautiful actress acquire such a load of "extreme insecurity"?

Ms. Cornell spent years as a single mother going through the horrors of the Hollywood dating scene.

In other words: Bill Maher. (That's a joke, Bill!)

But am I the only one who sees the misplaced wrath in Lydia Cornell's politics?

  • I'm sure being a single mom in Hollywood is no picnic -- for some reason, those TV and movie producers who give millions to liberal causes prefer their bimbos without stretch-marks and C-section scars.
  • Lydia went through "the horrors of the Hollywood dating scene" -- can anyone think of any place on earth where she was less likely to meet a Republican?
  • She had a "crash-and-burn" experience that seems to have involved drugs and alcohol. Well, I guess the extreme right-wing Christians are to blame for that, too.
In other words, judging from her own biographical sketch, Lydia's attempt to live like the liberal Hollywood elite tells us to live resulted in a "catastrophic" experience -- for which she now blames Pat Robertson and George W. Bush. Go figure.

Now, it seems, Lydia has conceived of herself as the anti-Coulter, as some kind of revenge against all those Christian conservatives who've never even heard of Lydia Cornell. I'm sure if Lydia ever would have asked Ann Coulter's advice, Ann would have told her to stay away from the drugs, the booze and the Hollywood sleaze which, in fact, seem to have caused all the misery in Lydia's life. But you just can't help some people.

-- McCAIN

Weekend roundup

Will Hinton, the Atlanta Republican blogger who once considered challenging Rep. Cynthia McKinney, notices that McKinney's Democratic primary challenger doesn't seem to be ready for prime time.

Nice selection of items at Basil's "picnic."

Vilmar notices that Jimmy Carter feels "lust in his heart" for the Bin Laden family's money.

Via one of those happy Google accidents, I found this thread by "Conservative Coulter Fan" at Free Republic. Standing firmly on the Rock ....

The Virginian finds that Free Republic's "John Huang 2" is ripping on the Democrats' "culture of corruption."

The former Democratic governor of Alabama, Don Siegelman, is trying to regain his old job in Tuesday's primary. Siegelman's also in the middle of a federal corruption trial. But the media in Alabama haven't been paying too much attention -- they're too excited about "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks:

For much of the campaign, Alabama media have been focused on Siegelman's trial and another race: Birmingham singer Taylor Hick's winning campaign for "American Idol." The gubernatorial contest received little attention on front pages and the evening news until the final week of the campaign.
"I would guarantee more people could name you the 'American Idol' than some of the highest ranking people in state government," said Secretary of State Nancy Worley, Alabama's top election official.


God bless 'em!

-- McCAIN

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Friday, June 02, 2006

Reid all about it!

The Republican National Committee's ace research department has another report on the astonishing hypocrisy of Harry Reid. That's a good compilation of the basic reporting on Reid's ethical issues.

-- McCAIN

The Conyers Tunnel?

You can't make this stuff up:
The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel should bear the name of veteran Michigan U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the City Council says., The council voted 8-0 Wednesday to rename the international crossing the John Conyers Jr. Tunnel. Among those backing the proposal was Councilwoman Monica Conyers, wife of the 77-year-old lawmaker. She introduced the resolution.
With their city circling the toilet bowl and the major automakers on the very of bankruptcy, the Democrats who run the city of Detroit have nothing better to do than to pay symbolic tribute to their fellow Democrat.

The story about the Conyers tunnel was a sidebar to the main story about a federal jury convicting a former Conyers aide for skipping out on an earlier sentencing hearing:
A federal jury convicted a former aide to U.S. Rep. John Conyers of failing to appear for his sentencing in a fraud case.

DeWayne Boyd, 49, was convicted of the charge Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy said Thursday.

Boyd, formerly of Detroit, had been convicted Dec. 15, 2004, of charges including mail fraud, making false declarations under oath, making false statements to investigators, bankruptcy fraud and theft of government property.

Boyd was released on bond pending a hearing scheduled for April 12, 2005, at which he was expected to be sentenced to 30 to 46 months in prison. But according to evidence produced at his latest trial, Boyd lied to the State Department to get a new passport to replace the one the government had confiscated while his fraud trial was pending.

The FBI eventually located Boyd in the African country of Ghana. He was arrested Dec. 30 in the capital city of Accra and was returned to the United States.

Former aide to Conyers? Well, if Boyd ever gets out of prison, maybe he can get a job babysitting. Probably got lots of experience at that ....

-- McCAIN


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Illegal babies?

In Massachusetts, all adoptions must be made through state-licensed agencies, and now the state says to Christian adoption agencies: Either place children in the homes of same-sex couples, or surrender your license. Thus, Maggie Gallagher explains:
The question in Boston is not whether gays are going to be allowed legally to adopt. It is whether religious people who morally object to gay adoption will be allowed to help children find homes. This is not about gay adoption—it is about our fundamental commitment to religious liberty in this country.
You can go to NovaTownHall to get the rest, with Joe's comments.

To me, this seems Orwellian. It's like a dystopian science fiction scenario -- the mirror-reverse of a Margaret Atwood novel.

I would bet dollars to donuts that the fertility rate in Massachusetts -- already one of the lowest in the nation -- will now decline still further, and that henceforth all population growth in the state will come from immigration, or births to immigrant women.

If the Supreme Judicial Court had wished to drive Christian young people out of Massachusetts, and to destroy the Democratic Party as a meaningful force in national politics, it could have done no better than its February 2004 decision. I suspect within a few years liberals who originally hailed the Massachusetts decision will look back and recognize it as a strategic blunder of monumental proportions. The unintended consequences already helped Bush win re-election in 2004, and who knows what the future may hold?

When will people learn? You cannot govern a democratic polity by fiat. Ultimately, the people will have their say.

-- McCAIN

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Wonder Years

Remember adorable Winnie, the sweet little brown-eyed girl at JFK Junior High who was always breaking Kevin's heart on "The Wonder Years"?

She grew up! (H/T: Dan Riehl, Agent Bedhead)

Danica's never gonna forgive Fred Savage, says A Concerned Fan. And now that I look around, that's just the funniest "celebrity news" site I've ever seen. I like the one about Katie Couric, and the one about Al Gore. Hey, Fan, why aren't you writing for "Saturday Night Live"? Oh. That's right. ... They don't hire funny writers anymore.

Attention, Vilmar: Chick of the Week nominee!

Eric, commenting at Agent Bedhead, says, "wow ... and I thought she was hot when she was 14." Uh, Eric, you actually hit the "send" button on that one, OK pal? It's going to be on the Internet forever. This is why friends don't let friends blog drunk.

I'm doing too much chick stuff on the blog lately: Judith Levine, "Killer Queen" Kosilek, Ann Coulter, Deidre McCloskey ...

-- McCAIN

Libertarian chicks & "silly stereotypes"

In a post yesterday about Robert "Michelle" Kosilek -- the convicted killer who strangled his wife in 1990 and now wants taxpayers to cover the cost of sex reassignment surgery (SRS) -- I said I would solicit the opinion of Dr. Deidre McCloskey, a free-market economist who underwent SRS several years ago.

Dr. McCloskey responded to my request, and has graciously given me her permission to publish her response:
I think the prisoner's demand for the government to pay for gender reassignment and associated procedures is wrong, on all sorts of counts---including the fundamental libertarian one. It's a free country, but that doesn't mean you get to be subsidized by the state. And the psychiatric claim---that she will commit suicide if her demand is not met---is a miserable argument. It encourages people to believe that someone who wants to change gender is simply crazy. Anyway, gender change has little to do with the genital surgery that gets so much attention. I mean, how many times a day is your plumbing witnessed by strangers? Zero, I hope. But your face and voice tone and demeanor and way of life are witnessed by strangers a hundred times a day. These can be changed without touching the genitals, at low expense. Talk to your local plastic surgeon about that nose job. Get some hormones. Practice your voice. Live a woman's life.

It makes more sense to get away from the medical model entirely. There's no public purpose served in subordinating to doctors a tiny group of people who wish to alter their gender presentation, right? As I said, it's a free country, yes? ...
Exactly. Thus far, you see, we're on solid libertarian turf. But then Dr. McCloskey leads me into disputed terrain:
But then I expect in consistency that people who oppose the prisoner's demand, at any rate if their grounds are libertarian and not simply instinctive fag bashing, will warmly support the rights of gender crossing people. Can I assume that you yourself, for example, warmly support my right to live as a woman, with all that entails? For example, you as a principled libertarian will support my right to marry as a woman. You will oppose fag-bashing regulations preventing gender crossers from getting driver's licences and other state-issued ID in their target gender. You will oppose silly stereotypes of gender crossing people as wannabe gays or madmen who will regret it.

In fact, you will march in the next gay rights parade in Washington, alongside the gender crossers' float, right? You may disagree with my presentation as a woman. . . whatever exactly "disagreeing" with a harmless choice of life may mean. . . but in a free country you will support to the death my right to presentation.

See you at the march!
LOL! If you see me at the march, Dr. McCloskey, please don't tell my wife.

As to "rights": Life, liberty and property -- these are rights. Everything else is up for debate.

Stereotypes: What a drag!

However, just because I'm not wearing Size 12E patent-leather pumps, Dr. McCloskey, does not make me immune to stereotypes and "bashing." Trust me when I say that being a heterosexual Southern white male can be a burden at times, even before you add such modifiers as "Christian" and "conservative."

Being free to act and speak is not the same as being free from criticism for one's words and actions. Michael Moore and Rush Limbaugh are equally free to say what they wish, and we are equally free to praise or denounce whatever either of them says.

I am willing to presume that, just because you might make a wisecrack about banjos and "Deliverance" when you see Pat Robertson on TV, doesn't mean you hate Southerners. And I'd hope that you'd be equally willing to presume that, just because I laugh at a "Larry the Cable Guy" joke about drag queens, doesn't mean I hate you or Dr. Conway or Calpernia Adams or anyone else.

"Silly stereotypes"? Well, it would be a "silly stereotype," perhaps, to say that guys are fools for pretty faces, which might explain Dr. Michael Bailey's decision to divide trans-women into two categories: (1) cute youngish chicks he wouldn't mind dating, and (2) sick freaks. It is an injustice that such subjective, aesthetic preferences should be stamped with the imprimatur of "science" at taxpayer expense.

Pretty is as pretty does, and if Dr. Conway's young friend Gabrielle is a supporter of the bureaucratic Welfare State, she would thus be far less attractive than you, Dr. McCloskey. Being pro-market is just so ... sexy. I am a happily married man, of course, but ....

See there? I start out debating libertarian ideology, next thing you know, I'm risking a sexual harassment lawsuit!

No, no, Dr. McCloskey -- please don't lead me on with your talk of marriage and being a woman "with all that entails." You're just toying with my emotions, you minx. I feel like Charles Hamilton offering to fetch Scarlett another plate of barbecue at Twelve Oaks.

I'm a happily married man, I tell you.

Libertarian chicks -- they're all home-wreckers. Or is that just another "silly stereotype"?

-- McCAIN

"GODLESS" is here (Pray for Ann)

* GREETINGS, FREEPERS! *
Madstrider called Sunday morning to tell me he'd linked here from FR and -- wow! what traffic! I've now created a link where you can learn a bit more about my old friend Madstrider.

Read an excerpt of Chapter One of "Godless" online here. You know she had to quote from Chapter 1 of Romans! Liberals HATE that chapter.

-- McCAIN


My advance copy of GODLESS: THE CHURCH OF LIBERALISM just arrived. If you think Ann was outrageous before, if you think she's been hated, denounced and reviled -- brother, you ain't seen nothing yet! I can promise you, if St. Ann of Coulter wanted to be crucified by the liberal mob, this book ought to do the trick.

It would probably be an ethics violation to quote anything from the book prior to its publication on 6-6-6, but let's just say this:

"The Church of Liberalism" has a martyr, who is the subject of Chapter 3.

The liberals will never forgive Coulter for this, and I suspect even some fainthearted Republicans will feel the same way.

She's going to need your prayers, people.

-- McCAIN
** UPDATES **
OK, it was probably unfair to tease you with that bit about "The Martyr," but understand that the contents of Coulter's new book are embargoed until Tuesday. Woe be unto ye who break the embargo!

But I think I will risk damnation -- for the sake of Ann's fans -- by sharing one sentence from Page 64:

"Needless to say, this was a lie."


HEH!

* * * * *
Quit begging. I cannot tell you the name of The Martyr of "The Church of Liberalism," nor even drop any hints. An embargo is an embargo. I just checked with Google, and no one has broken the embargo yet. If Drudge or somebody else starts dishing, I may follow suit, but breaking an embargo is punishable by death in this business, and I'm not going to stick my neck out.

However, risking damnation once more -- remember, Ann fans, I'm only doing this from the kindness of my heart -- this sentence is from Page 68:


"And you wonder why liberals have lost their minds over Fox News Channel, where it is now possible to hear something other than press releases from the Democratic National Committee."


* * * * *

Did I mention that liberals already hate Ann Coulter? Here's a typical liberal snark:
So, Ann Coulter has this new book coming out. I know this because every time I log onto Amazon, I have to see her horrible, smirking face. Apparently it's about how we liberals are not just wrong, but also Godless and probably about how we're all going to hell. Oh, well. ....

Apparently, she's in quite the bit of trouble in Florida where she lives for, get this, voter fraud. Yup. She knowingly voted in the wrong precinct. She could be headin to the big house for up to five years for this, plus all the fines. And taken off the voter roles. It's a third degree felony. She might also be up for charges with tax fraud. Apparently, she took a huge property tax exemption for homeowners that was only for permanent residents on a house that she publically claimed she didn't live in.
I'm sure the dear liberal has her facts all wrong -- I mean, besides misspelling "publicly" -- but if they hate Ann for goofing up her voter registration or her tax filings, imagine what they're going to say when they find out about Chapter 3.

One can almost picture Alan Colmes' face ... but who would ever want to do that?

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My old friend Lisa De Pasquale, formerly of CBLPI, reviews GODLESS:
The final chapters of GODLESS should be required reading for all science classes, much like Treason should be required for all American history classes. Coulter illustrates why evolution is so important to the church of liberalism, "Liberals' creation myth is Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, which is about one notch above Scientology in scientific rigor. It's a make-believe story, based on a theory that is a tautology, with no proof in the scientist's laboratory or the fossil record -- and that's after 150 years of very determined looking. We wouldn't still be talking about it but for the fact that liberals' think evolution disproves God."
I do indeed strongly recommend what Coulter writes about Darwinism. This book finishes with three consecutive chapters demonstrating why a Darwinian worldview (a) is unscientific, and (b) makes moral judgment impossible.

Much of what Coulter writes on this subject echoes Michael Behe and Phillip Johnson, but of course with the addition Ann's cutting sarcasm, this will especially appeal to smart high-school and college kids, who'll laugh as Coulter devastates those arrogant "expert" know-it-alls. I predict this will make her more popular than ever among College Republicans, especially those from conservative Christian backgrounds.

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UPDATE: 6-6-6
FINALLY ... 'The Martyr' is
REVEALED!

NEW: Blonde on Blonde -- Cornell v. Coulter

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Hey, Patrick, pass the Ambien!

Another Kennedy -- not the one currently sobering up at the Mayo Clinic -- goes wacko.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has written a cover story for Rolling Stone with the title "Did Bush Steal the 2004 Election?: How 350,000 Votes Disappeared in Ohio."

(Hat Tips: Confederate Yankee, Riehl World View)

Considering how the Daley machine and the Giancana mob stole Illinois for JFK in 1960 (a history chronicled on pp. 45-48, 70-72 in DONKEY CONS), I'm thinking Bobby Junior really needs to take his Ambien, put on his tinfoil hat, and shut up.

-- McCAIN

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Dirty Dems in Dixie

In Tennessee, the federal corruption trial of former Democratic state Sen. Roscoe Dixon began Wednesday:
His defense attorneys say he was entrapped, but prosecutors said Tennessee Waltz defendant Roscoe Dixon had previously extorted money from a business wanting to take part in TennCare.

A Memphis Democrat, the former state senator is the first of the original defendants from the Operation Tennessee Waltz bribery sting to go to trial. His case is being heard in federal court in Memphis.
Meanwhile, in Alabama, the federal corruption trial of former Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman completed its 21st day:
Prosecutors spent the day mostly presenting testimony concerning the decision by Siegelman's highway director, Mack Roberts, to use a road-striping material called Rainline. The material was promoted by toll bridge builder Jim Allen.
Allen told a federal jury last week that Siegelman, while running for governor in 1998, promised to let Allen pick the next highway director in exchange for a $40,000 campaign donation.
Louisiana, of course, has given us Democratic Rep. William "Cold Cash" Jefferson, who's prompting laughter as far north as New Jersey:
Freezer jokes will keep their freshness only until we see the videotapes.

That is, the videotapes of Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., allegedly taking a briefcase full of bills -- about $100,000 in all -- in what the FBI believes was a plot to enrich himself by promoting business ventures in Africa. ....

We will, no doubt, soon see leaked videotapes played constantly on those annoyingly repetitive cable news channels. And then, guess what?

The biggest congressional scandal in a generation -- that is, the one involving convicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, disgraced former Republican leader Tom DeLay, a still-unknown number of mostly Republican lawmakers and former Republican staffers -- will suddenly look like a Democratic scandal. Why? Because that's what will be on TV. Visuals are everything.

There is only one thing for Democrats to do now: Show that they really are different from Republicans.

They must demonstrate zero tolerance for corruption. ...

So far, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has failed to get Jefferson to relinquish his seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee by merely asking him to step aside. Not only did Jefferson refuse to budge, but Pelosi's tough talk angered the Congressional Black Caucus, which resents what some of its members say is an ethical double-standard being applied to an African-American lawmaker.

LOL! If Democrats had ever shown "zero tolerance for corruption" there wouldn't even be a Democratic Party!

-- McCAIN

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

"Hired Truck" scandal still rolling

Eighteen months in prison for an in-law of the outlaw mayor of Chicago:
The brother-in-law of Cook County Commissioner John Daley was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison, a lighter penalty than that sought by the prosecution, for taking about $4,500 in bribes in return for steering city business to a company enrolled in the Hired Truck Program.

One of the biggest municipal corruption cases in the history of a legendarily corrupt city, but you'll never see it on the national news. The media doesn't think corrupt big-city governments are newsworthy, and gee, those corrupt officials are all Democrats, aren't they?

Previous CHICAGO SCANDAL reports

5/17: Daley machine screws taxpayers
4/17: Chicago Scandal Keeps On Truckin'
3/22: Resurrection Day for Chicago Dems
3/21: Chicago Corruption Hall of Fame
3/21: "Hired Truck" update
2/18: Hire 'em all!
2/4: Rahm's "Culture of Corruption"

-- McCAIN

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ACLU sues Santorum

A year ago, some protesters got arrested for tresspassing at a book-signing for Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). So, the day, his Democratic opponent's campaign begins, Santorum gets sued. Dan Riehl smells a setup.

-- McCAIN

Your tax dollars at work?

In 1990, Robert Kosilek, 41, strangled his wife Cheryl, 36, and dumped her body in a parking lot. Three years later, he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.

This achievement, we are told, entitles Kosilek to a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation. And taxpayers who don't want to pay for "Michelle" Kosilek's surgery are infringing on her constitutional rights:
Not satisfied with his taxpayer-funded female hormones and laser hair removal, a convicted killer-turned-transsexual is again asking the state to pony up to complete his transformation into a woman.
Robert Kosilek, who is serving life in prison for strangling his wife, was back in federal court yesterday, again demanding that the state Department of Correction pay for his sex-change operation. ....
Kosilek, 57, claims he is suicidal and needs the sex change for “medical” reasons.
A psychiatrist testified in federal court that Kosilek - who is now known as Michelle - will kill himself if the surgery is not allowed.
Just a few questions about this case:
  • When a convicted murderer threatens to kill himself, is suicide prevention really in the taxpayers' best interest?
  • Why is a federal judge wasting his time hearing this ridiculous claim? Who granted killers the right to demand any such thing from the taxpayers? (Can you guess?)Robert/"Michelle" has "three hots and a cot" -- and, one might imagine, a very lively social life -- while the late Mrs. Kosilek has been dead for 16 years. Whatever happened to justice?
  • Does thinking that the Kosilek case is absurd make us hateful bigots? I don't think so.
Three years ago, Northwest University professor Michael Bailey angered many transgender activist with his federally-funded research. In writing news articles about that particular "your tax dollars at work" episode, I interviewed activist Dr. Lynn Conway and exchanged e-mails with free-market economist Dr. Deirdre McCloskey, both of whom have undergone what is known as sex-reassignment surgery (SRS). They both seemed like very nice people, and accused Bailey of engaging in unethical research -- using Chicago transsexuals as his unwitting guinea pigs and then violating their privacy -- at the expense of federal taxpayers.

I'll ask Dr. Conway and Dr. McCloskey what they think about about the Kosilek case, but I'm reasonably sure they will agree that it's absurd for taxpayers to be funding such treatment for a convicted killer. This is especially true given that there are probably hundreds, if not thousands of people who would dearly love to have such sex-change surgery if they could afford it (it's quite expensive).

What the ACLU wants in the Kosilek case is really quite dangerous: If you want taxpayers to pick up the tab for your hormone treatment, laser hair removal and SRS -- just murder your wife, and you're covered!

So it goes with the Killer Queen of Cellblock C ....

-- McCAIN

Also blogging Robert "Killer Queen" Kosilek: Snarky Bastards, Wizbang, Stop the ACLU ...

Don't know why I'm reminded of this (maybe the prison angle), but gay voters in Georgia are expected to turn out in droves to defeat Ralph Reed.

FBI arrests aides in Pa. Democrat probe

The feds have apparently been investigating a top Democrat in the Pennsylvania state Senate, and now two Democratic aides have been charged with obstruction of justice:
The FBI arrested two men who did computer work for a powerful state senator Wednesday on charges that they permanently deleted e-mails to thwart a federal investigation.
Leonard P. Luchko and Mark Eister performed electronic "wipes" of computers at Sen. Vincent J. Fumo's Senate offices, his home at the New Jersey shore and at a nonprofit with deep ties to Fumo, authorities allege.

"This was a deliberate, systematic and ultimately successful effort to interfere with a federal investigation," U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan said. "We have to assume that valuable information is lost forever." ...

Luchko and Eister, employees of a state Senate entity that provides computer services to its Democratic members, are charged with obstruction of justice.
The investigation centers on whether Fumo used his office to extort corporate donations for the Citizens' Alliance for Better Neighborhoods, which benefits Fumo's South Philadelphia district. Investigators are trying to find out if the senator "benefited both politically and personally from expenditures made" by the nonprofit, according to court documents.
Hmmm. That name sounds familiar so I searched and ... sure enough, we reported more than three months ago:
The pay-to-play scandal keeps making news regularly in Philadelphia. In just the past week, there was a plea deal in the Rick Mariano bribery case, and the U.S. Supreme Court turned down an appeal by powerful Democratic state Sen. Vincent J. Fumo:

The appeal was related to an FBI search last year of Fumo's offices and the offices of Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods. The nonprofit, its leaders and the senator have been the focus of a federal investigation into whether the charity illegally engaged in political activity. ...

This all goes back to the infamously corrupt Democratic government under Philadelphia Mayor John Street, where something like a dozen people have already been convicted in the "pay to play" scandal. The Philadelphia scandal is one of several instances of municipal corruption described in Chapter 8 of DONKEY CONS, which examines how crooked Democrats and their liberal policies have made urban America a nightmare for the poor.

Also blogging: Assorted Babble, Left Wing = Hate ....

-- McCAIN

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Tom, Dick & Harry

Liberal ambition proves incompatible with Democratic congressional leadership. Dick Gephardt got the presidential bug, and quit Congress. Tom Daschle lost touch with the South Dakota voters, and got un-elected. Now it's "Dingy Harry" Reid's turn:
It was only a matter of time that the perils of being in the nat'l party leadership would starting taking its toll on Harry Reid back home in NV. His job rating is under 50% ...

If Reid's tenure as Senate Dem leader ends the same way Daschle's tenure does, it could mean that a "red state" Dem won't be picked as leader for a long time. Being personally safe politically may become a necessary job requirement.
Go read the whole thing. (H/T: AmSpecBlog)

-- McCAIN

UPDATES:
Don Surber: "I would call Reid a lying sack of manure, but why insult manure, which serves a purpose."

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