[ • 21 Apr 2015 • No Comment]
Remember the 2008 presidential primary when Sen. Hillary Clinton uncorked videos showing Sen. Barack Obama’s  minister and mentor Rev. Jeremiah Wright making explosive racial comments in his sermons including his notorious “God damn America”? The object was to contaminate Obama with the fiery clergyman. It was a low blow–guilt by association–but it eventually helped Obama. Things were unsettled for several weeks but then Obama gave his famed speech on race relations,...

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[ • 20 Apr 2015 • One Comment]
(T)o understand this great man, I think we have to go back in imagination to when he was a kid from St. Pascal’s parish on the Northwest side of Chicago, who liked to ride his bike and run around with his friends and who was an accomplished pianist and painter as well. At the age of thirteen, that young man was stricken with polio, a disease which nearly killed him and left him severely disabled. Running, bike riding, painting, and piano playing were forever behind him. I’m sure he was tempted...

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[ • 20 Apr 2015 • No Comment]
  Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me. Saint Patrick   No man lived for Christ like Francis Cardinal George, O.M. I., Archbishop of Chicago.  I witnessed this simple, but tough, priest. Cardinal George had a powerful intellect, but never allowed his gifts to smother questions, doubts, or take advantage of the follies of other people.  He was not a big shot and therefore never became a media darling. He was tasked by...

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[ • 19 Apr 2015 • No Comment ]
The Cardinal George image I can’t shake is an amazing shot of him with Leo Catholic High School boys, during a visit to the school in 2012. He’s in the middle of them, one with his arm over his shoulder. He’s beaming, and so are they. A close second is the sound bite at the news conference held jointly with his newly named successor, Archbishop Blase Cupich. George was telling reporters how much he had learned from them and singled out one of his long-time interrogators, CBS-Channel 2′s...


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[ • 17 Apr 2015 • No Comment ]
Most people have heard the acronym ASPCA – the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Their goal is to prevent owner abuse. After the April 7 Chicago runoffs, rumors abound that there is a burgeoning movement to Create an APSCP – American Society to Prevent Cruelty to Politicians. Its goal would be to prevent voter abuse. In other words, salve the pain of defeat. The loser grouses: How dare the voters reject me? I’m special. I have feelings. I’m devastated. They’re...


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[ • 16 Apr 2015 • One Comment ]
Greetings, American humans! Hello, advanced mammalian friends! Welcome to the Week of Hillary! “Wait, wait, wait,” you might be thinking if you’re a normal American human. “It’s not the Week of Hillary. Last I checked, it was the Week the Government Steals All of My Money, Then Somehow Manages to Act Like It’s the Victim. Also, isn’t ISIS about to take over Ramadi? Also, didn’t Russian warships just enter the English Channel? And what about—” Read more at Real Clear Politics
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[ • 14 Apr 2015 • No Comment ]
I was shocked–shocked–to learn Sunday that Hillary Clinton decided to run for president. Who could have imagined? OK– there were rumors to that effect and I may even have opined on some. The very first column I wrote for the Chicago Daily Observer, back in mid-2007, she was running for president against a field of senators including an African American guy with a funny name. I was not exactly wild about the former first lady turned senator from New York because she voted to get...


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[ • 13 Apr 2015 • No Comment ]
From Wirepoints If you’re not from around Chicago, get ready for a perfect audio lesson on what we’re dealing with here, tough language and all. You locals will laugh and cry at what’s too familiar.   Denis Lawlor is a security officer at a the water reclamation plant in southwest suburban Stickney.  He accidentally left the microphone open on his radio as he showed the ropes to a new employee, and the conversation was recorded. It’s a perfect depiction of the cultural problem at the...


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[ • 7 Apr 2015 • No Comment ]
“Dread” is the perfect word for what many investors have felt in recent years. Some have experienced it daily since the bottom in March 2009. Some experience it whenever the stock market falls. But dread really sweeps the markets when there is weak data, a change in fiscal or monetary policy or during market volatility. This means it has cast a pall over markets once or twice a year during the past six years. Remember the feeling on September 2, 2011, when it was reported that payroll employment...


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