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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Death and Crime: Solzhenitsyn and Troutman: One Hero, One Scum

Big news. Not exactly fresh, but it should be. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn died. A real man, and real writer, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970 because of books like One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, and later wrote The Gulag Archipelago.

To the punks who think they know what freedom is, read what not having freedom looks like.

The News
Two words: World Series. We dream it. Two teams, one city, one series. Let's duke it out. Might be. Could be. But will it be? Hopefully, if Harry Caray is in Heaven (and no one is taking bets on that one), I hope he whispers to God to let it happen.

Democrat Arenda Troutman. What Chicago be without a corrupt Democrat in the news? Speaking apparently of herself as well as others (Clients? -- I hope not), she was recorded on tape saying, "Most aldermen, most politicians are hos." The Chicago Sun-Times writes that she guilty, having "admitted to taking bribes and extorting developers seeking zoning preferences." The Sun-Times says, "Troutman's surprise guilty plea came just months after her reputed onetime boyfriend, Donnell "Scandalous" Jehan, surrendered after four years on the lam. Jehan reputedly is a high-ranking gang member charged in a drug conspiracy." Looks like she may have enjoyed the company of a loser gang member.

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