How Did Blagojevich Manage to Stay in Power so Long?

Guilty Rod BlagojevichWhat the whole world now knows about Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich comes as no surprise to Illinoisians and other observers. a quick search reveals that one of my earliest blog entries here, in Sept. 2005, mentions him as a criminal. Unbelievable?!? Hardly — Blagojevich is the fifth Illinois governor of the last nine to be indicted.

Of course, he got reelected, as Daley always does, because the machine wins — or else. And fortunately Obama made his run this year instead of waiting until the rest of the world got wind of the stench of corruption perennially consuming Springfield / Chicago politics. It always seemed Obama was careful to skirt the machine, with relationships that were chilly — at best — with Blago and Daley.

The real crime here may be at the hands of the Chicago Tribune. How long were they sitting on the story of Blagojevich’s jockeying to dump Tribune editorial board members who slammed him in exchange for working a sweet deal for the sale of the Cubs? Gotta love these quotes though:

“Unless I get something real good [for Senate candidate 1], shit, I’ll just send myself, you know what I’m saying,” Blagojevich was taped saying on November 3rd, the day before Election Day.

“[The Senate seat] is a fucking valuable thing, you just don’t give it away for nothing.”

Justice at last. Full coverage at Chicago Public Radio.

Click here for the full 76-page indictment (PDF).

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Twitter Updates for the week ending 2008-12-07

  • innovation: 1)must ensure net neutrality b4 investing in innovation/infrastructure/govt incentives 2) #
  • concensus for action: 1) make internet a public utility, distant 2) gov’t reform 3) education #ife #
  • Off to #IFE Internet for everyone interactive town hall. Will miss #HHill, #time4wine but will represent ur ideas and Q’s. Bring em on! #
  • Nice to see nic and everyone @theroxy. Now to Seven Grand. Hoping it’s not packed. Dey got jackalopes dere! Who’s downtown? Hit me! #
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Checkin’ Out Google FriendConnect

google friendconnect opensocialSeems like years since the announcement of OpenSocial, but finally invites went out today for Google FriendConnect and as you can see at left, I’m testing it out. Biggest complaint is that it can’t be constrained to <200px (I confine all sidebar elements to 160px or less, which is why the FriendConnect badge is a bit cut-off). Either way, let's be friends, dammit! Below are the other widgets available. (Actually, they won't render even with my inline.js WP plugin – so check out the widgets here). Play away!