[ • 14 Dec 2017 • 2 Comments]
Have you figured out why Donald Trump chose just this moment to toss a grenade more dangerous than all of his diversionary tweets by announcing he was recognizing the partly-Palestinian Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and eventually would move the American embassy there from Tel Aviv?     In a typically Orwellian statement, the master of diversion said he was doing it to advance the peace process–which, if you believe there is still a peace process, would serve to wreck it.     The...

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[ • 14 Dec 2017 • One Comment]
  With filing having closed on Dec. 4, the 2018 political season is upon us. It can be classically characterized as this: It’s ALMOST ABOUT THE SAME.   That means it’s almost about the same kind of tiresome and irritating candidates who ran in the past, almost about the same kind of turgid rhetoric, illusions and delusions of previous campaigns, almost about the same deluge of pernicious television ads, and almost about the same outcomes. Wake me when it’s over, or hand me a beer.   Too...

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[ • 7 Dec 2017 • No Comment]
Hollywood, networks and other businesses acted swiftly to fire sexual abusers. Congress? Uh uh. Numerous Republicans (except Donald Trump) called for Roy Moore to drop out of the Alabama senate race after 9 women accused him of sexual abuse while teen-agers, one only 14 at the time. Democrats joined the chorus. Moore’s winning poll numbers dropped down to a tie with Democrat Doug Jones–some showing a good lead for Jones. Moore denied all improprieties, inconsistently recalling the names...

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[ • 6 Dec 2017 • 4 Comments ]
“Marginalization” is a word coined by political pundits. It means on the edge, the periphery – a political faction or movement which is inconsequential, irrelevant and/or ridiculously impotent. Like Republicans in Illinois, who are on the edge of the state’s overwhelmingly Democratic majority, which grows with every passing election.. Without Governor Bruce Rauner and his millions, there would be no Illinois Republican party. He, and he alone, has made the party less marginalized that...


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[ • 30 Nov 2017 • No Comment ]
The man I knew for forty years as “Uncle Henry” is gone. There will not be his like in the Congress again soon. Perhaps never. Some thoughts: I hope that Congressman Rahm Emanuel has retained some portion of the innate grace from his ballet dancing past not to attend Henry’s wake or funeral. But if he goes it will be typical. Typical because as everyone in Washington knows including the media that will not publish it, Emanuel, once President Bill Clinton’s assassin (felicitously called his...


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[ • 30 Nov 2017 • No Comment ]
Today is the tenth anniversary of the death of the greatest champion the pro-life cause has ever known, Representative Henry J. Hyde of Illinois. It is hard to believe that this physical and moral giant of a man is gone, much less that it has been a decade since he passed away. The soundtrack of his voice on the House floor plays easily in the mind — there have been few orators in his league, and even fewer who had his wit and genius of expression. But there is this comfort, always this comfort,...


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[ • 30 Nov 2017 • No Comment ]
Jeanne Ives has collected over 13,000 signatures on her petitions for governor. Those were collected in about 3 1/2 weeks. Ives for Illinois Governor here
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[ • 29 Nov 2017 • No Comment ]
Let’s face it–thousands of progressives were ready to impeach Donald Trump even before he was sworn in. Truth to tell, deep down I sympathized with them–silly as the idea was.    All through his first year in office you heard the word “impeach” more and more.  It reached a kind of crescendo in recent weeks with a heavy TV blitz by a progressive philanthropist and the introduction of articles of impeachment by six congressmen.     It is a lot less silly, but...


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[ • 29 Nov 2017 • No Comment ]
The (multiple shark jumping) Chicago Reader and Ben Joravsky,  have started a big story at Chicago’s Amazon Bid, claiming that Say Amazon hires someone at $100,000 to program computers at HQ2. Normally that employee would pay $4,950 to the state for things like road repaving, policing, education, and so forth. With the current tax rate of 4.95 percent, the hipster essentially pays up to $4,950 to his boss at Amazon. It was picked up nationally and internationally, where The Independent (UK)...


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