Monthly Archives: December 2008

Drew Peterson determined to get this marriage stuff right once and for all

Imagine being on the receiving end of this phone call from your 23-year-old daughter:

“Hello, Daddy? You won’t believe this. I’m engaged! Yes, I’m getting married! I’m so excited! His name is Drew, and he’s a former police officer. He’s 54 years old, and he has a few children by his previous marriages. Yes, I said marriages, plural. Well, he’s been married four times before.

“Now I know that sounds bad, but I don’t think his previous wives understood him like I do. He actually is still married to his fourth wife, but I’m sure he knows how to work around this. You see, his fourth wife left him, so I’m sure she’d agree to a divorce.

“But no one knows where she is. She just up and disappeared more than a year ago, and no one has heard from her since. She could have at least left a note.

“What’s that, Daddy? Why yes, it is that Drew, the guy you’ve been reading about in the newspapers from Bolingbrook. I know there have been all kinds of allegations against him, but he’s been nothing but sweet to me. He’s going to make me the happiest woman in the world, and I’m going to make him the happiest man in the world.

“You two will get along real well once you meet. OK, Daddy? Daddy, are you still on the phone? Hello?”

Which brings me to this question: Where do you suppose Drew Peterson and his blushing new bride-to-be are registered?

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House commission says Roskam didn’t violate pre-election mail rules

A complaint made against U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam prior to last month’s election appears to have been just what the lawmaker’s campaign said it was: political hype to smear his name.

In a letter dated Nov. 28, the Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards dismissed a complaint filed in October by the group Public Citizen against Roskam. Public Citizen claimed Roskam sent out mailings in violation of U.S. House of Representatives rules regarding pre-election mailings.

Matt Vriesema, Roskam’s press secretary, said at the time that Roskam had received the necessary authority to send the mailings in question. He said it looked as though the complaint was filed merely as a way of trying to raise controversy over Roskam just before the election, since the complaint had no merit.

Last month the commission ruled that Roskam didn’t violate any House rules regarding his franking privileges. Case closed.

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George Ryan should remain in jail for the rest of his sentence

If I had to put odds on it, I’d say that former Gov. George Ryan’s chances now of getting out of jail early are somewhere around nill. He can thank his successor, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, for this.

Blago’s tape-recorded blunders revealed last week turned public opinion against giving crooked politicians a break. Some people were making the case that due to Ryan’s age, he should either be let out on a pardon or have his sentence commuted to time already served. What good could possibly come from keeping an old man in prison away from his family in the twilight of his life?

Some people made the same argument before Ryan was sentenced, including former Gov. Dan Walker (another jail bird). Walker argued that we should consider the time and expense of a trial enough of a punishment for Ryan.

I was never in favor of such claims. Ryan was convicted of committing crimes. And like any other convict, he should serve his time.

Ryan abused the public trust that the people of Illinois put in him. The license-for-bribes scandal turned the Illinois secretary of state’s office into a campaign ATM for Ryan as he contemplated a run for governor. And giving a truck driver’s lixense to a man not qualified to hold it resulted in the death of six children.

I don’t want to sound overly harsh on Ryan, but it’s hard to work up any sympathy for someone who’s corruption led to the death of six children. And given that Ryan’s sentence serves as a reminder of why abusing the public trust like this is illegal, I say it’s best to keep things the way they are now.

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Story doesn’t promote socialism, merely reports how budget items allocated

My buddy Dave Diersen of Wheaton has once again created a mountain out of a molehill.

Diersen, editor of the Web site GOPUSA Illinois, took Suburban Life Publications to task today for a story we recently published titled “5 ways those in need are helped: DuPage County budget.” I can’t quite do justice to Diersen’s prose, so here are his comments in their entirety:

“Again, Suburban Life promotes dependency on government, promotes transfer of wealth and promotes socialism. Suburban Life wants DuPage County government to take more and more money from DuPage County taxpayers who have more money and give that money to those who have less money. The more money that DuPage County takes from taxpayers, the less money that taxpayers have to take care of their own families, to give to charities, to give to churches, etc. Where does it say that you get into HEAVEN by promoting dependency on government, by promoting transfer of wealth and promoting socialism? Where does it say you get into HEAVEN by playing Robin Hood, that is, by using government to force those who have more to give more to those who have less?”

Our story listed five DuPage County five approved budget items for things such as human service grants, food pantries and transportation. How Diersen concludes we are promoting increased dependency on government, transferring wealth and socialism is beyond me. All the story does is report on how specific funds were allocated by the DuPage County Board, made up (at the time the budget was passed) completely of Republicans.

If Diersen wants to get mad at those who promote dependency on government, transferring wealth and socialism (if indeed this is what these budget allocations do), he should yell at the Republican County Board members who approved these budget items. We’re just telling people what happened and how the board is spending taxpayer money.

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