Friday, August 26, 2005


It's been said that the Vice President is a heartbeat away from the Presidency. With Cheney's ticker, I guess that makes Denny Hastert something like, well, more or less a heartbeat away from the Presidency. And it's anybody's guess how good Denny's heart is.

An overweight, diabetic overeater? Hmmm. Probably lacks both the pump and the pipes to pass a rigorous physical with a clean bill of health.

Which is something, for a guy who today is saying former Gov. Jim Edgar should run for governor again against Blago-Boy... and make his announcement soon.

I'm no fan of Blagojevich, but I think prodding Edgar (who declined to run against Obama, based on concerns for his health, after the Illinois GOP dumped Jack Ryan) shows what a joke the Illlinois Republicans are. Is that the best they can do?

A second punch line in this joke is that, even if it were an option to have Hastert (the state's most powerful Republican) run, there's no way he'll win it. Both Hastert and the entire House have something less than a miserable approval rating.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

John Hiatt in Concert

Just realized last night's post is missing due to our power outage after the John Hiatt concert. What I wanted to say...

John Hiatt and Shawn Colvin at the little outdoor concert venue set up on Northerly Island (formerly known as Miegs Field).
Don't miss an opportunity to go to one of these shows. It was just outstanding.

We just got back. We're 50 miles out of the loop, you know.

Wow. What a show. Shawn's set was a little over an hour; her voice is so strong and piercing.

Hiatt just turned 53. You'd think he was 25 the way he plays that axe. It was an acoustic show. One man, one harmonica, a variety of guitars, and a keyboard. Did I mention no band? Just Hiatt. What an artist.

They almost finished the show with the second or third encore played as a folk duet. A very nice version of "This land is your land."

Picture this: If you hold out your hand, palm up, with your fingers together, imagine holding all of downtown Chicago in your hand. You're at this great concert--by the tip of your thumb--and all of the Loop is right there around you as you look at the stage.

From McCormick Place way down on your left to Hancock way up to the right. The whole skyline is all around. As you leave, the waves of Lake Michigan are lapping against the beach to the right of the exit-way.

Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway
Nobody living can make me turn back
This land is made for you and me.

Deep Stuff.

About as deep as a small drinking glass.

Unfortunately, parroting is about as good as it gets for Hastert.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

One of the Reasons

This "editorial" is one of the reasons why Congressmen like Denny Hastert happen in the first place, and then go back to session after session unchallenged.

Note to the "editorialist" (who has also contributed to the Hastert machine over the years, if it is who I think it is):

Editorials should take a position.

OK. Now it adds up...

It really is all about giving away other peoples' money.

Watch for Don Young's rise to chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.

Shouldn't it be hard to hate government so much when it makes you so rich and fat at the same time?

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Here's Our Boy, Denny, speaking at a crazy little gathering of 10,000 supporters of radical fundamentalist cleric Pat Robertson.

Will Hastert denounce Robertson's outlandish statement on television yesterday pressing for the assassination of Hugo Chavez?

Why does Dennis Hastert align himself with a radical fundamentalist cleric who wants to assassinate foreign leaders, says judges who oppose his viewpoint are worse than the 9/11 terrorists, and jokes about dropping a nuclear device on the State Department?

Why does Dennis Hastert hate freedom and the United States Constitution?

Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Local Coverage

Don't know how I missed this story in the Beacon News. Oh! Must be because I don't read the Beacon every day because it's such a useless, slanted, piece of crap.

Get a load of that subhead. Lordy.

Buy a Macintosh

Yet another reason to become a switcher.

Total Zero.

I should just point out that being raised a Baptist, I always had THIS image in my head whenever the pastor talked about Satan. Really. It's almost unbelievable (except pretty much everybody knows this asshole is the devil by now, whether they admit it or not).

Oh, how can one have a blog about Denny Hastert without throwing this schmuck's name in every now and then? Newtie is a pretty popular guy in the 14th District (even though he passed on a "Hastert for Congress" invitation around the time the blowjob scandal came to light).

Did anyone notice when this jerk (Gingrich) decided it was OK to come out from under his porch again? Just wondering. It's not on my calendar, but I know it happened a couple years ago.

Just curious. It seems that every weekend you can find new pontification from the famous friend of orphanages and various gummint haters. He's really become quite the... well, new guy to ignore. Because he's a zero.

No matter what anyone thinks of Hastert, he has one big anchor around his neck: he's friends (whatever that means in the GOP) with Gingrich. Any wonder why this Congress has about the same popularity rating as Gingrich did during his tenure as Speaker?

Here's something funny. Gingrich's initials are NG, which is slang for "No Good." There's a good reason NG's latest book's title is not being shortened to its initials. Yep. Winning The Future does not ring so solid when shortened to "WTF."

Although, "WTF" is always my reaction when I see this fleshy face on the tube on Sunday morning.