June 13, 2006


Atlanta's former mayor sentenced to prison: Judge says Campbell has not accepted responsibility for crimes (CNN, June 13, 2006)

Former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, who presided over the city's 1990s economic renaissance, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison and fined more than $6,000 for racketeering and tax evasion.

U.S. District Judge Richard Story praised Campbell, 53, for two decades of public service but said he could not ignore his crimes.

Strangely enough, the mayor appears not to be a member of any political party.

Official convicted in travel deal (STEVE SCHULTZE, June 12, 2006, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

A federal jury on Monday convicted a state procurement official of fixing a travel contract for a contributor to Gov. Jim Doyle's campaign, adding a potentially explosive issue to the race for governor this fall.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 13, 2006 6:45 PM

If you follow similar stories, the DemoRat name is either never mentioned or buried beyond the first two paragraphs, so that the average reader who only skims the first section never realizes that the guilty are Rats.

But if it's a Republican, it's either in the headline or the first sentence.

My new bumper stickers arrived today:


Lots of thumbs-up on the roadways, and no shortage of middle fingers either. The latter get a smile and a wave from me - which maddens them even further.

Posted by: obc at June 13, 2006 8:35 PM

Bill Campbell was probably what Ray Nagin aspired to be. Slick, dressed in $1000 suits, connected in D.C., and a man who found money wherever he looked. It was apparent from about 1998 on that he was going to be charged for corruption. His shakedowns related the Olympics were kept quiet, so that they didn't make people think he was a post-colonial despot. And if Clinton had made Campbell a cabinet officer (HUD or HHS), there would have been another dirty legal struggle within his administration.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 13, 2006 9:54 PM

And since there was no mention of race, the odds are pretty good that Mr. Campbell's ancestors came to Georgia involuntarily.

(And after I wrote the above, I then went to the link provided to see if I'd have won the bet. Sure enough.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 13, 2006 10:32 PM

It's a game we've been playing for a long time. The liberal media has perfected it now.

A special election? It it's on the front page, the left won, if not, not. A brutal crime? If a non-protected minority is arrested, large picture of arrestee. If not, not. Plus Ça Change, Plus . . .

Too bad they're so dense, they don't understand that we can read them loud and clear.

Posted by: erp at June 14, 2006 9:06 AM