[ • 13 Feb 2019 • One Comment]
The blackface scandal enveloping two Virginia Democrats calls to mind the fact that the most popular, imitated and revered entertainer of the first half of the 20th Century began his career in 1904 as “The blackface with the grand opera voice.”    Al Jolson’s voice may not have actually been grand-operatic, but it was distinctive and as instantly recognizable as his energetic, gesticulating delivery. He was an inspiration to many later vocalists, including Tony Bennett–obviously...

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Consider Illinois marijuana producers’ campaign for government aid. As my colleague Brigid Sweeney reported in this week’s issue of Crain’s, companies holding 21 licenses to produce medicinal marijuana want legislation legalizing recreational use to include a moratorium on new state licenses for commercial-scale production. In other words, they want a government-mandated oligopoly on a recreational-use market worth an estimated $1.6 billion annually. The moratorium likely would last a year...

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[ • 12 Feb 2019 • No Comment]
A bill introduced in Springfield last week takes the concept of opening up Illinois to rent control to a new level, laying out not only repeal of the state’s ban but the establishment of rent control boards statewide, tax incentives for landlords to improve rental property and other measures. “We tried to make something that would work for everyone including landlords, not only the renters,” said Illinois State Rep. Mary Flowers (31st), who introduced HB 2192 on Feb. 7. “People...

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[ • 11 Feb 2019 • No Comment ]
Whatever happened to the recession calls? Seems like just a few weeks ago that the correction in the stock market as well as the partial government shutdown had convinced many analysts and investors the US was about to enter a recession. Fortunately, the data haven’t cooperated. Ten days ago we got the employment report for January, which showed a payroll increase of 304,000 and the highest share of adults working since 2008. Yes, February has seen both initial and continuing unemployment claims...


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[ • 7 Feb 2019 • No Comment ]
Donald Trump tells us he will soon declare a national emergency to get the money to pay for his wall that Mexico was going to pay for. It is a national emergency, he says, because we are being “invaded” by hordes of undesirables including gang-bangers, rapists, terrorists, drug dealers and white-slavers soon to over-run our nation. Oddly enough, his national intelligence community–17 agencies led by the Director of National Intelligence  and the heads of the FBI and CIA–failed...


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[ • 29 Jan 2019 • 2 Comments ]
Nancy Pelosi returned to the highest national office ever held by a woman and proved herself again the equal or better of any predecessor, wielding all its inherent powers with consummate skill.   Her superior political skills helped defeat Donald Trump in his hostage-taking effort to get that wall Mexico was supposed to pay for. She is the indispensible Democrat–and her handful of critics within the party ought to know it by now.   In her first term she was responsible for passing all...


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[ • 29 Jan 2019 • No Comment ]
Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Manager Patti Solis Doyle The “boys will be boys” defense no longer holds. Let’s be as crystal clear to all of our sons as my husband and I are to our 16-year-old boy: If you sexually assault a woman, you are committing a crime, and it will affect the rest of your life. Isn’t that what we tell our sons will happen if they get behind the wheel while intoxicated? How is sexual assault less significant? In less than two years, the universe has...


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[ • 23 Jan 2019 • No Comment ]
Sister of Mercy January 20, 2019 “It is a glorious thing to be a Sister of Mercy!” ~~Mother Frances Warde Have you been discerning whether or not God is calling you to a life of Mercy? Learn how we live, pray and serve together. Sisters of Mercy January 19, 2019 ‘Let string up these little bastards.  They don’t look like our kind of people.   And one of them has a smirk on his face’
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[ • 17 Jan 2019 • No Comment ]
Tribune Twitter Tribune Article “In her lengthy ruling, Associate Judge Domenica Stephenson blasted the evidence presented by prosecutors as weak, speculative and totally lacking proof of any crime.”
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