As I reported earlier in the week, right-wing bloggers are outraged that anyone would dare question McCain's cross in the dirt story, but just a few years ago, when the right detested McCain, they ridiculed his story.
Today, the internet is abuzz with reports of right-wing bloggers and pundits who ridiculed John Kerry as a kept man in 2004.
In the 2004 presidential race, the Bush campaign and right-wing pundits
jumped all over the fact that Kerry had married an heiress (his second
wife), and that they had a (gasp) prenuptial agreement (Political irony).
Greenwald quotes many prominent right-wingers who dismissed Kerry as a gigolo.
Twelve minutes after off-duty Chicago police officer John Ardelean left a bar on Thanksgiving Day 2007, the officer broadsided a car, killing two men on Chicago's Northwest side. A judge dismissed DUI charges against Ardelean because of insufficient evidence. Prosecutors declined to bring any additional charges against the officer who is still employed by the department.
The problem was that the officer would not submit to a sobriety test until 7 hours after the accident when a superior ordered him to do so. Even with the 7-hour delay, Ardelean produced a reading of half the legal limit. Experts witnesses estimated that Ardelean's blood-alcohol
level was twice the legal limit at the time of the accident.
Now, a video from the bar where Ardelean was drinking has surfaced. It clearly shows Ardelean tossing back shot after shot and mixing-in other alcoholic beverages between shots. Ardelean makes the bizarre claim that he was doing shots of water. And the friendly bartender who did shots with Ardelean conveniently agrees. No mention in the stories I've seen of the fact that the bartender and the bar owner could face civil liability in the accident, unless of course, they were just doing shots of water.
What's got some people frosted is that the state's attorney had the video at the time of the trial but did not present it to the judge who dismissed the case for lack of evidence. Official spokesman for the state's attorney, Johnny Gorman, said that the
tape was not presented at the trial because it "does not show any
signs of drinking such as staggering or stumbling." You can watch the tape (below the fold) and see if it shows any signs of drinking.
The Cook County state's attorney's office announced that it has re-opened the Ardlean case after public airing of the video. "[First Ass't State's Att'y Bob Milan] had viewed previously an incomplete tape of the officer in the
bar," said state's attorney spokesman John Gorman. "Earlier this week, a TV news station aired this tape that shows
officer Ardelean having a drink poured down his throat by a female and
grabbing a beer, apparently on the way out the door. These were two
aspects that were not on the tape that Bob viewed."
Funny, because the tape that aired on TV news this week came from the attorney for the victims. He was given the video by the state's attorney's office.
This Chicago columnist, who usually knows what's going on behind the scenes in Chicago politics, suggests that the Chicago mayor is preventing Stanley Kurtz (writing for the National Review) from examining documents housed in the University of Illinois at Chicago library because the materials might contain evidence of a deeper relationship between Obama and former weather underground leader Bill Ayers. UIC is the institution where Ayers is an education professor.
My post of vintage Indiana photos a few days ago included a couple of images from the Indiana Dunes, a popular beach and park frequented by Chicagoans looking for a quick summer getaway. It looks like the park is about to experience a surge in popularity:
The National Park Service on Thursday announced the park
is home to another naturally soothing resource: marijuana plants.
Rangers and local law enforcement said the recently discovered plants
appear to be wild instead of cultivated, and are growing throughout the
park and on adjacent property. In a news release, the park service said
it was working with local law enforcement to find and destroy as many
of the plants as possible Thursday.
Officials said they aren't sure yet just how many plants are in the
15,000-acre park in northwest Indiana. And—in a straight-faced
move—they're asking for the public's help in finding it. -- Chicago Tribune
I've been reserved in my appreciation for the Olympic spectacle in China. It's wonderful that economic liberalization has lifted 300 million people out of material poverty, but the government is still run by thugs who do dastardly things to people who disagree with them.
BEIJING — Two elderly Chinese women have been sentenced to a year of
“re-education through labor” after they repeatedly sought a permit to
demonstrate in one of the official Olympic protest areas, according to
family members and human rights advocates.
The women, Wu Dianyuan, 79, and Wang Xiuying, 77, had made five
visits to the police this month in an effort to get permission to
protest what they contended was inadequate compensation for the
demolition of their homes in Beijing.
During their final visit on Monday, public security officials
informed them that they had been given administrative sentences for
“disturbing the public order,” according to Li Xuehui, Ms. Wu’s son.
Mr. Li said his mother and Ms. Wang, who used to be neighbors
before their homes were demolished to make way for a redevelopment
project, were allowed to return home but were told they could be sent
to a detention center at any moment. “Can you imagine two old ladies in
their 70s being re-educated through labor?” he asked. He said Ms. Wang
was nearly blind. Read the rest...
Magpies sing a
self-reflective tune to themselves that until now has gone unheard.
When placed in front of a mirror, these songbirds realize that they’re
looking at themselves, raising the possibility that they have
independently evolved the brain power to support a basic form of
self-recognition, a new study suggests.
are the first non-mammal to demonstrate a rudimentary affinity for
self-recognition, psychologist Helmut Prior of Goethe University of
Frankfurt in Germany and his colleagues report in the Aug. 19 PLoS Biology.
Members of the corvid family, which includes crows and ravens, magpies
join apes, bottlenose dolphins and elephants as the only animals other
than humans that have been observed to understand that a mirror image
belongs to their own body.
I almost posted something on this a couple of weeks ago after seeing a news item on television. A couple of clowns in Georgia were claiming that they found a dead Bigfoot and they had him in a freezer. What surprised me is that they actually convinced a bunch of reporters to attend a news conference where they announced their find. They showed a couple of completely unconvincing photos and told a thoroughly unconvincing story. Actually, the story stunk of deception because here they were trying to convince reporters that they had a Bigfoot when anyone with the intelligence of a stick would have invited reporters and a veterinarian to inspect the supposed Bigfoot corpse. Never mind anyone who stumbled across the corpse of 9-foot tall human-ape would have called the police or park rangers rather than load the thing into a truck and put it in a freezer for weeks.