[ • 16 Jun 2017 • No Comment]
How to stop mentally ill political terrorists? For starters, stop giving them tenure, commencement speaking gigs, and parade floats — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 15, 2017 Please note I am not talking about people I disagree with, I mean literal terrorists. Ayers, Dohrn, Angela Davis, Oscar Lopez Rivera. — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 16, 2017 Read the full story »
[ • 14 Jun 2017 • No Comment]
If lies were bricks, Donald trump could already have built his wall along the Mexican border. He has now promised to testify “under oath” before the special counsel. The question is whether he will, under penalty of perjury, actually do so. If he does not–under claim of executive privilege–it will be among the worst of the promises he has broken. He also promised to divulge at some vague future date, whether he has tapes or other recordings of his meetings with James Comey....

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[ • 14 Jun 2017 • No Comment]
When the Federal Reserve raises rates by another quarter percentage point on Wednesday, you’re going to see many stories about monetary policy getting tight and the potential threat that poses for the economy in general and the bull market in stocks in particular. As usual, you should discount the conventional wisdom. What’s really going on is the Fed is getting “less loose,” not “tight” and there’s ample room for the Fed to stay along this path without risking...

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[ • 6 Jun 2017 • One Comment ]
I have never seen this country more dangerously divided and possibly at the brink of serious violence. Set the Civil War aside. I wasn’t around then, so I can only speak of the decades since World War II when I lived through the darkness of McCarthyism, blacklisting and the cold war–then the political and cultural divide brought on by the Civil Rights era and the Vietnam War. These times are worse. It’s difficult to say whether Trump is the cause or symptom of it all,  but he’s...


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[ • 2 Jun 2017 • No Comment ]
This 22-year-old thinks he has the solution to clean up plastics in our oceans. His company has raised $31.5 million since 2013 pic.twitter.com/WYf7jDGhLx — CNN International (@cnni) June 1, 2017
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[ • 31 May 2017 • 4 Comments ]
For progressives in Illinois the defeat of GOP Governor Bruce Rauner ranks almost as high as getting rid of Donald Trump. This governor is probably more genuinely mean-spirited than Trump and arguably has done proportionally  more damage–especially to our most vulnerable citizens. Narrowly elected in this very blue state in 2014 by spending untold millions against a decent but hapless incumbent caught up in a series of mini-scandals, this near-billionaire played the populist game, promising...


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[ • 31 May 2017 • No Comment ]
“Big pensions just tiny part of big pension mess” — that was the headline on a Better Government Association story widely republished across Illinois last week.   That’s an interesting if academic topic, but don’t look to that BGA article for any answers. It contained four whopping errors •   First, it repeated the common mistake of looking at “average pensions,” which might seem very modest — the median for general state workers is just $28,946, they concluded. The problem...


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[ • 29 May 2017 • One Comment ]
From the Free Beacon Nearly half of the campaign expenditures made by Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.) during the first quarter of 2017 went to his wife, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Soraida Gutierrez, Rep. Gutierrez’s wife, who was a registered lobbyist in the state of Illinois from 2003 to 2009, has been on the payroll of Gutierrez for Congress, the congressman’s campaign committee, since 2010. She has been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars since first...


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[ • 25 May 2017 • One Comment ]
Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art is opening a retrospective exhibit of Takashi Murakami’s works titled “The Octopus Eats its Own Leg”–a creepy variation on “the snake swallows its own tail”–but both images strike me as perfect metaphors for what Donald Trump is doing to himself .     Almost every Trump utterance since the firing of FBI Director James Comey seems to be contributing to a case against himself for obstruction of justice in the...


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