Ryan is Nailed!

Ah, justice is served…. Uber-corrupt ex-Illinois Gov. George Ryan is found guilty on all counts:

On their 11th day of deliberations, the six-woman, six-man jury found Ryan, 72, guilty on 18 counts of racketeering, mail fraud, false statements and tax violations.

Winston & Strawn and its disgruntled employees who lost out on numerous hours of pay for the pro-bono case (which may have cost the firm as much as $20 million) cannot be happy.

As Eric Zorn wrote last week, the guilty verdict is “[j]ust the beginning of a whole new process,” as former Gov. Ryan is now eligible for a considerable jail sentence.?
Full Coverage @ the Trib

U.S. Plans ‘Second Liberation’ of Baghdad

a carbomb Sunday left at least 10 deadToo over-the-top to be true? In fact its the most hilarious and disturbingly not-parodied headline story in Sunday’s Times UK (tip via Blairwatch).

THE American military is planning a ?second liberation of Baghdad? to be carried out with the Iraqi army when a new government is installed. […] Strategic and tactical plans are being laid by US commanders in Iraq and at the US army base in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, under Lieutenant- General David Petraeus. […] The battle for Baghdad is expected to entail a ?carrot-and-stick? approach…

This must be an extension of Bush’s infamous “Fool me once… can’t get fooled again” doctrine (video).

Iowa City Twisters

I was up late Thursday night and first heard mention of tornadoes in Iowa City on BBC radio of all places, piped in via KPCC. Immediately I checked for media coverage and was impressed to find a video report and slideshow already up on the Daily Iowan (university paper) website. Additionally, the Iowa City Press-Citizen had a collection sent in from readers and also from two staff photographers who apparently were out all night before getting aerial shots the next day that were inevitably re-printed nationwide.

There were even pictures of baseball-sized hail posted on flickr. Iowa City Public Access TV had already posted a video (unfortunately, without sound) of the storm passing overhead. This must be what the oft-erroneous phrase “citizen journalism” is all about.
But the greatest surprise came today, when I received an e-mail forward linking to a photo sent to the Daily Iowan, showing the century-old house on the corner of Governor and Jefferson in which I lived along with as many as eleven other friends during a two-year stint of intense debauchery education.

the house looks fine, but ah the symbolism of the twisted one-way signs