Famed Illinois Governor Hairdo was impeached today in a 114-1 vote in the Illinois House:

In a historic vote, the Illinois House has impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich, directing the Senate to put the state’s 40th chief executive on trial with the goal of removing him from office.

The vote by the House was 114-1 and marks the first time in the state’s 190-year history that a governor has been impeached, despite Illinois’ longstanding reputation for political corruption.

Good riddance to bad rubbish — I hope the Illinois Senate can get this guy out by next month.

Couple of side notes:

  1. How the heck did corruptsville Illinois go 190 years without impeaching a Governor?
  2. WTF is up with the one guy (Milt Paterson) who voted ‘No’?
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Famed Illinois Governor Hairdo was impeached today in a 114-1 vote in the Illinois House:

In a historic vote, the Illinois House has impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich, directing the Senate to put the state’s 40th chief executive on trial with the goal of removing him from office.

The vote by the House was 114-1 and marks the first time in the state’s 190-year history that a governor has been impeached, despite Illinois’ longstanding reputation for political corruption.

Good riddance to bad rubbish — I hope the Illinois Senate can get this guy out by next month.

Couple of side notes:

  1. How the heck did corruptsville Illinois go 190 years without impeaching a Governor?
  2. WTF is up with the one guy (Milt Paterson) who voted ‘No’?
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One of the best things about blogs is that they give someone with a tiny, compartmentalized axe to grind a forum to speak to fellow travelers.

One of my pet peeves over the years has been the odd habit of shopkeepers, office busybodies and other ne’er-do-wells to inappropriately use quotation marks in place of italics or boldface in order to express emphasis or draw one’s attention to a word or phrase.

I don’t know where someone in the annals of history got the idea that this is proper grammar.

It isn’t.

It just gives people the vague impression that you’re making some sort of sarcastic air quotes reference (e.g., John McCain mocking Obama on abortion with this doozy: “Barack Obama, on the other hand, stood up for ‘women’s health’.“)

Well, wouldn’t you know it, there is a blog devoted to the phenomenon: The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks. Enjoy!

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Obama came out with a speech on his new fiscal stimulus proposal and highlighted the plan by laying out the case that the current financial crisis was brought on by an “era of profound irresponsibility“.

This crisis did not happen solely by some accident of history or normal turn of the business cycle, and we won’t get out of it by simply waiting for a better day to come, or relying on the worn-out dogmas of the past. We arrived at this point due to an era of profound irresponsibility that stretched from corporate boardrooms to the halls of power in Washington, DC. For years, too many Wall Street executives made imprudent and dangerous decisions, seeking profits with too little regard for risk, too little regulatory scrutiny, and too little accountability. Banks made loans without concern for whether borrowers could repay them, and some borrowers took advantage of cheap credit to take on debt they couldn’t afford. Politicians spent taxpayer money without wisdom or discipline, and too often focused on scoring political points instead of the problems they were sent here to solve. The result has been a devastating loss of trust and confidence in our economy, our financial markets, and our government.

Sounds right to me.

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Just a quick note to relate how upset I am that I have to take another Bar Exam. I moved to Chicago from New York back in July and, because I’ve only been practicing law for a few years, Illinois requires me to take their exam even though I am already admitted in New York. It makes absolutely ZERO sense, especially since I’m a transactional lawyer dealing with drafting contracts all day long and will hopefully never step into a court in my life. It’s all the more infuriating considering that the only justification for the requirement is naked protectionism — it’s the state shielding its lawyers from out-of-state competition. All of my nights and weekends through January and February will be taken up with prep classes. Wish me luck!

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And people wonder why I’m suspicious of animals of the feline persuasion:

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Ok, so maybe this is a little cheeky but I have to say that robots creep me out in a major way. Maybe its because I’ve read a billion sci-fi novels in which robots inevitably enslave the human race…

As Matt Yglesias deftly observes:

Elliot Spitzer’s vision for improving education:

Provide funding for robotics teams at every school. If you ever want to see intellectual competition in the arena that matters today—technological wizardry—visit the robotics competitions that now exist in some schools. Make these competitions as universal as football. Make it cool to design the next cutting-edge video game or iPod.

Dana Goldstein is skeptical. I’m terrified…

After the human race is enslaved by robots, there are going to be small rebel groups hiding out somewhere and Elliot Spitzer’s going to be writing op-eds about how “no one could have predicted” that the robots would rebel and overthrow their masters. And it’ll be left to DFH bloggers to observe that this is in fact one of the most widely predicted scenarios in all of science fiction. From the proto-SF of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein through to Karel Capek’s R.U.R. and The War Against the Newts all the way up through Terminator and The Matrix. Yes, yes, yes eventually the Butlerian Jihad will allow us to re-overthrow the Thinking Machines and establish human rule but do we really want to fall into that trap?

Just say no to robots. And certainly say no to robots in our schools.

Stop the madness — no to robots! Yes to humanity!

Side Note: To protect your family against robot attack, sign up for Old Glory insurance:

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Time for a little myth busting. You know how you’ve heard over the last few months media talking heads and various frightened Republican congressional candidates repeatedly bringing up the old saw about how Americans give Congress (as a whole) such a low approval rating (generally as a way to shield Bush or other Republicans from well-deserved opprobrium)?

Well, as it turns out, Americans have a much higher opinion of Democrats in Congress than Republicans:
Funny how facts have a way of getting in the way of false narratives.

In other polling news, a majority of Americans — me among them — think Roland Burris should be blocked from being seated in the Senate:

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