Green Party Candidate Plays in Peoria

Rich Whitney, Green Party candidate for Governor of Illinois did well in the heartland of Illinois. In Peoria county, home of the giant multinational corporation Caterpillar, Whtney was awarded 15% of a usually strong union Democratic vote. While just across the river in the industrial towns of Pekin and East Peoria 15% of those voters also approved of Mr. Whitney. In Woodford County, a traditional Republican stronghold, 16% of the voters there turned out for Green Party candidate Whitney. Just north of Woodford County sits Marshall County, a rural farming area of the state where 16% of the votes went to Mr. Whitney. For a Green party candidate to do so well in the heartland of Illinois in such disparate political arenas is an indication of the level of dissatisfaction ordinary Americans have with their government.

In a 2002 Columbia Law School Survey on the public perception of attorneys the only profession thought less honest than lawyers were politicians. It would seem Illinois politicians take pride in that fact. Three of the previous seven governors; George Ryan, Dan Walker and Otto Kerner have all been convicted of white-collar crime. Two of the previous seven were indicted (but not convicted) and the present governor is under investigation. He was reelected. If you are wondering how that could happen you need look no further than his opponent – Judy Topinka. She was a close associate of George Ryan, the previous governor who is now serving time in the Illinois State penitentiary. I think voters have had enough. I know I have.

God must not like old people

With hurricane season comes two things. One, every news and weather channel on TV will claim they are ‘hurricane central’. So If you really want to keep informed of the latest hurricane news you should tune in 24 hours a day. Which is a great help to the folks in Idaho.

Second, America will have to weather the storm of crackpot preachers telling us God is punishing America for (pick one or more) homosexuality, adultery, idolatry, greed, lust, jaywalking (ok, I threw that one in but you get the point)

What these guardians of the moral purity of America don’t get is God Hates Old People. Yes there are a lot of perverted disgusting people in Florida. And not just in the governors mansion but all over. The majority of Floridians however are old people, folks who have retired and moved there. If God doesn’t hate old people why then why does he send all the hurricanes to destroy their condos? I know you are thinking I may be a bit over the top but it makes about as much sense as God punishing (insert city, state, country here) for (insert deviant behavior here).

Kenneth Lay laid to rest

AP – Kenneth Lay, the founder of Enron Corp. who ascended to the pinnacle of American business only to tumble into disgrace, died of a heart attack on Wednesday. He was 64.

I know I should feel sad when someone dies. But I don’t feel anything. Had Mr. Lay not been wealthy and well connected he would have died in jail. Instead he died on vacation in Aspen Co. The closest many Americans will ever get to Aspen is watching Dumb And Dumber. Kenneth Lay was neither.

Kenneth Lay was a shrewd calculating ‘businessman’ who laid waste to the savings of thousands of hard working American citizens. While the people he conned struggled to get their lives back Mr. Lay, instead of sitting in a jail cell was vacationing in a ski resort.

He continued to protest his innocence, even after he was convicted of fraud and conspiracy for lying to employees and investors about Enron’s financial health. Ironically enough Lay was scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 23 – my birthday. I was going to have a party. I think I still will.