February 19, 2009

Ah, but remember that the city is a funny place
Something like a circus or a sewer

Krista Wortendyke, Remedia, 2007

* New York Times:

"Roland Burris’s appointment to the United States Senate is proving to be the grim parting prank that won’t end by Rod Blagojevich, the disgraced former governor of Illinois.

"Mr. Burris eagerly grasped at the job, even when nearly all around him were saying that Mr. Blagojevich didn’t have a shred of standing to do the choosing. Mr. Burris also testified at the governor’s impeachment hearing that his appointment in no way involved the notorious pay-for-play bidding that saw the governor arrested for allegedly trying to auction the seat about to be vacated by then President-elect Barack Obama.

"Now Mr. Burris has begun strategically amending that denial, remembering that, well, yes, he did try to raise campaign money for Mr. Blagojevich when the governor’s brother and other associates called after Mr. Burris made known his interest. With still more explaining promised, Senator Burris is now emphasizing that he failed to come across with any funds — as if that’s a virtue. The point is, he tried.

"As a former Illinois attorney general, how could Mr. Burris’s ethical alarms not have gone off when the Blagojevich bagmen began calling? By his latest account, Mr. Burris did finally suggest things might not look right when the governor’s brother called a third time. But he should have immediately alerted federal investigators already tracking corruption in the Statehouse.

"Originally, Senate Democratic leaders rejected the Burris appointment as tainted ipso facto by the Blagojevich scandal. They should have stood by their opposition. In relenting, they pinned Mr. Burris’s acceptability to the state impeachment hearing, which it now appears the nominee finessed. Still more inquiries are threatened. But Senator Burris should consider resigning for the good of his state, if that’s still an applicable standard in the toxic mess spawned by Mr. Blagojevich."

* I saw my first MLB game at Shea in 1974, and now it's gone.

* "Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves." -- Rudyard Kipling


Anonymous stavros said...

8 o'clock the lights are on at Shea....

4:23 PM  

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