Thursday, January 1, 2009

Another Burris Memorial in Chicago

Otto Kerner resume page 1

Otto Kerner resume page 2

Roland (the Trailblazer) Burris Mausoleum

Cross-posted by Gary Fouse

Yesterday, I posted a humorous (in my view) photo of some statue with a guy on a horse portraying it as a memorial to the "Great Leader", Roland Burris. I should get a job as a psychic. Today, CNN and the Chicago Tribune are reporting that Burris has already erected his own mausoleum in a Chicago cemetery which has his complete resume chiseled in it under the heading, "Trailblazer".

"First African-American Attorney General of Illinois"
"First African-American Comptroller for Illinois"
"First African-American exchange student to Germany from Southern Illinois University"
"First African-American Vice-President Continental Illinois National Bank"

You can't make this stuff up, folks. Check it out for yourselves then you'll understand why this man asked Rod Blagoyevich for the job of senator-a job Al Capone would have turned down under the circumstances.

It reminds me of the time back in 1998. We were preparing to move from Northern Virginia to California, and I decided to spend a day walking around Arlington National Cemetery. While walking aimlessly, I came across the grave of former Illinois Governor Otto Kerner. It was the first time I had ever seen a man's resume carved on a gravestone. Kerner's headstone was made of polished brown marble and must have stood 3-4 feet high. On both sides of the marker was carved every job Kerner had ever held from bagging groceries at the supermarket to his military service to DA to judge to Governor to head of the Kerner Commisssion and on and on and on. (The only thing missing was the time he spent in prison for corruption.)

You can't make this stuff up, folks. There is defintely something in the water in Illinois. If only the Cubs were this great.


  1. Corruption and politics go back a long ways in Chicago. Back before Capone, back before the fire, back to the beginning of the city.

    It is something one expects in Chicago and just lives with it.

  2. Yep, Just like the Cubs not winning pennants.