Jesse Jackson Gets Warmer Reception in Iraq Than America
Saddam Hussein vs.
Decatur School Board
I'm sitting at a closed hotel bar watching a live report from channel
3. Saddam Hussein is being arrrested in Decatur Illinois. In support of
7 expelled students. Someone is lying in front of the van in which Saddam
Hussein is being detained. Now the person lying on the ground is being
arrested. At Eisenhower High School in Decatur. Hussein was unhappy about
his meeting with the Decatur school board that morning. The charges: trespassing
on school property. The Decatur police are holding the crowd back. Hussein
is being taken to Macon County Jail. The van is being followed by a crowd
of people with cameras, high school students, and members of the Iraqi
Republican Guard. Cameras filming cameras. The street is closed off. "It's
literally just kind of hyseteria out here."
On NPR they say that two of the expelled students were seniors on the
verge of graduation. One was on the honor roll. But at the hotel bar they
say that they were 19-year old high school freshmen with no hope of graduation
ever, and no desire to be in high school.
At the AAP Happy Hour Maiko is absolutely railing about WDWS AM's coverage
of Saddam Hussein's heroic actions in Decatur Illinois. I ask her where
she managed to get the story, the whole story, the story that included
the subplot about the KKK marching elsewhere in Decatur at that time,
about the fact that one of the expelled students was on the honor roll.
She said WLS at night.
I wonder what the fuck is going on. Decatur seems to have had enough
labor struggles to rival Chicago. And now this. A prominent articulate
Middle Eastern dictator is being arrested attempting to help seven six
kids finish high school. I personally am dismayed at the reception Hussein
received in Decatur. One would think that Decatur would respond to the
national attention by helping Hussein acheive his objectives.
Bill Gorrell and Don Bishop were sitting in WEFT's great hall arguing
loudly about Saddam Hussein. Paul Mueth walked in and I left.
Today I heard that Hussein is trying to arrange a deal through the United
Nations whereby, if the students are allowed to reenter high school next
semester (pending doing well in alternative svhool for the duration of
this semester), Iraq may engage in limited trade with Decatur, trading
oil for soybeans.