[ • 23 Apr 2018 • No Comment]
From Reason Now Kleck has unearthed some lost CDC ( the federal Centers for Disease Control ) survey data on the question. The CDC essentially confirmed Kleck’s results. But Kleck didn’t know about that until now, because the CDC never reported what it found. Kleck’s new paper—”What Do CDC’s Surveys Say About the Frequency of Defensive Gun Uses?“**—finds that the agency had asked about DGUs in its Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 1996, 1997, and...

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[ • 18 Apr 2018 • 2 Comments]
I hadn’t intended to write anything midst the torrent of MLK remembrances on the 50th anniversary of his murder, but a friend showed me a series of photos the Tribune posted of his campaign in Chicago (1965-67) when I served as his local press secretary/speech writer/political advisor. Several of the images showed the Reverend Doctor in a West Side pool hall shooting a game with the late Al Raby (right), his co-chair of the Chicago Freedom Movement.     The  event made the front pages...

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[ • 16 Apr 2018 • No Comment]
When the report on international trade came out earlier this month, protectionists were up in arms. Through February, the US’ merchandise (goods only, not services) trade deficit with the rest of the world was the largest for any two-month period on record. “Economic nationalists” from both sides of the political aisle, think this situation is unsustainable. Meanwhile, some investors ran for the hills when President Trump started announcing tariffs on steel, aluminum, and other...

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[ • 13 Apr 2018 • No Comment ]
Ms. Miller, a former New York Times reporter, writes that Mr. Fitzgerald induced her to give what she now realizes was false testimony. By withholding critical information and manipulating her memory as he prepared her to testify, Ms. Miller relates, Mr. Fitzgerald “steered” her “in the wrong direction.” Ms. Miller’s inaccurate testimony helped Mr. Fitzgerald persuade a Washington, D.C., jury in 2007 to find Mr. Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, guilty of obstruction...


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[ • 11 Apr 2018 • One Comment ]
Some 3.5 million more people are registered to vote in the U.S. than are alive among America’s adult citizens. Such staggering inaccuracy is an engraved invitation to voter fraud. The Election Integrity Project of Judicial Watch — a Washington-based legal-watchdog group — analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011–2015 American Community Survey and last month’s statistics from the federal Election Assistance Commission. The latter included figures provided by 38 states. According...


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[ • 11 Apr 2018 • No Comment ]
He’s at it again, claiming “millions” of fraudulent votes were cast against him in the 2016 election–alleging mainly undocumented Latinos voted two and three times in California and elsewhere.     What’s really truly fraudulent is Trump’s claim, which he first made after his election, trying to justify having lost the popular count by nearly three million votes. It also plays into his anti-immigration rhetoric and helps Republicans pushing for voter-suppression...


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[ • 7 Apr 2018 • No Comment ]
From CWB Chicago Chicago police said they found a loaded handgun lying in the grass along Recreation Drive near the car where two gangbangers were hanging out late Friday night. But prosecutors refused to file weapons charges in the case because the gun couldn’t be tested for fingerprints on the weekend, police said. Instead, Alfonso Fierro and two friends are charged with being on park property after hours and other minor offenses. Fierro, known as “Little A,” is currently awaiting trial...


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[ • 3 Apr 2018 • One Comment ]
If you missed my column last week it was because I was away visiting son and family in Seattle–but what an amazing week to have been off, beginning with the Illinois primary election, wherein Cook County voters dumped Assessor Joe Berrios, one of the most corrupt of the old-line Machine hacks. Nationally came the good, the bad and the ugly–the best being the magnificent March For Our Lives, a possible inflection point I’ll get back to. But before that came Trump’s tariffs...


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[ • 21 Mar 2018 • 2 Comments ]
Rauner is fully aware of the noose he has placed around his own neck, as he acknowledged in this laughable attempt in his premature victory speech Tuesday night (he just had to time it to get on the 10 p.m. news shows) to united the Republican party. Saying he was “humbled” by the victory, he added: To those who of you around the state who wanted to send me a message, let me be clear. I have traveled around the state and I have listened to you. While we differ on some things, let’s...


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