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Playing refugee in Davos

Posted at 5:05 PM on February 5, 2009 by Steve Mullis (1 Comments)
Filed under: News, People, Politics

There is something that just feels wrong about this Refugee Run that was held at the Davos conference. I understand the idea behind it, which is to give these rich and powerful folks an inside view of what life is like as a refugee so that they may be better able to sympathize with their plight. Here's Richard Branson participating in the run:


(Photos: PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)

FP: Passport has more photos here. Ooh, he looks really frightened doesn't he?

The thing that bothers me here is how it is advertised on the flier: EXPERIENCE LIFE AS A REFUGEE IN DAVOS! It's as if being a refugee is a fun rollercoaster ride that the Davos elite will get a chance to ride on.

"You must be this tall to ride this farce."

If they really wanted to do this effectively, there should have been no advertising and no signing up for the fun. Right in the middle of their banquet dinners or as they slurped down their gourmet soup in a hotel bathrobe, armed militants should storm in a take the place over. Storm the keep, string up the monarchs!

Now that would change some stations.

What do you think, useful exercise or not?

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Leggo my Blago-jevich

Posted at 5:00 PM on January 29, 2009 by Steve Mullis
Filed under: News, Politics

So that's it, that's all she wrote. Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois is out of a job. The Illinois State Senate voted to kick him to the curb.

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

You've got to admire the guys moxie though. They have taped conversations of him saying these things, the nation has heard them and they have witnesses to corroborate most of what is heard on the tapes. Yet, throughout this process Blagojevich has insisted that there has been no wrongdoing on his part.

Today in the hearing Blagojevich said:

"You haven't proved a crime, and you can't because it didn't happen. How can you throw a governor out of office with insufficient and incomplete evidence?"

To me, that's like Jack Ruby looking at the picture of him shooting Oswald and saying: "No way, that proves nothing. I didn't shoot him, you have no evidence."

On top of that, Blagojevich presented no real evidence to prove said innocence. He just repeated the line that he did nothing wrong (which I'm sure was coupled with plenty of clicking of the heels). I think he was basically counting on a Jedi mindtrick or other mystic intervention to allow him to skate by unscathed and with his governor seat intact.

The more interesting part here is, it seems Blagojevich does not even know what he is being impeached for. He claims there is no evidence that there was any wrongdoing or that he physically committed a crime. That he never actually did anything, so he is innocent. However, the crime he is guilty of is conspiring to committ another crime, like the way they get mobsters in those RICO things.

So what now for Blagojevich? What comes next? Perhaps a new job or maybe even a new haircut. If he keeps his excellent boyscout coif, he has an great future as a circa 1986 used car salesman.

Any current or former Illinois-ans out there want to weigh in?

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