[ • 22 Jul 2014 • No Comment]
From Legal Insurrection Steven Salaita is one of the leaders of the anti-Israel academic boycott movement in the United States. He even has authored a guide for other faculty as to how to implement boycotts of Israel at their own universities. Salaita currently is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech and starting in August will join the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s American Indian Studies Dept. Salaita’s Twitter feed is crudely anti-Israel and has been since...

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[ • 21 Jul 2014 • No Comment]
Not many weeks ago Vladimir Putin was being lauded as a strong and decisive leader by the least likely cast of characters—Richard Cheney, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the Obama hate-fest.  The ovations came not out of love for Putin, but to contrast him with the “weak” Barack Obama.   Obama, in his worst foreign policy failure, drew his infamous “red line” against Syria’s chemical weapons, some of which were used on Assad’s own people, and seemed poised...

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[ • 18 Jul 2014 • No Comment]
Quincy radio station WTAD 930AM, which is owned by STARadio and Quincy Journal, has been running the ad for a week. According to Quincy Journal reporter Bob Gough, STARadio was contacted by someone representing Sen. Durbin. Gough writes: “WTAD received an email and phone call from a firm representing Senator Durbin earlier in the week,” said STARadio VP/GM Mike Moyers. “A letter attached to the email implied that the commercial being aired by Americas PAC contained false...

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[ • 18 Jul 2014 • No Comment ]
From Second City Cop Among the stupidest things we’ve heard an aldercreature utter – and we’ve been listening to them for more than a few decades: Meanwhile, Ald. James Cappleman, whose 46th Ward includes Montrose Beach, praised Sunday evening’s police response but expressed concern that nearby Chicago Park District parking lots allow large crowds to gather at Montrose Beach more easily than at other lakefront beaches. “Look at Oak Street Beach. Do you see this many parking...


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[ • 17 Jul 2014 • No Comment ]
A key ingredient of monetary policy is the estimate of “potential real GDP growth” – how fast the economy should expand. The Federal Reserve thinks potential is about 2¼% per year. Using this, the Fed estimates GDP is about 8.5% below potential and monetary policy should remain easy. But what if the Fed is wrong? What if bad policy (tax hikes, spending, and regulation), which started even before the Panic of 2008, but got worse afterward, cut potential to 1.5%?   To clarify, we’re...


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[ • 16 Jul 2014 • No Comment ]
Over the 41 years that I’ve been writing this column, I’ve been periodically asked, either in-person or on the Internet, who were the “most powerful” politicians on Chicago’s Northwest Side and adjacent suburbs.   I would reply that “power” is relative. It can be used to satisfy one’s ego or one’s agenda. Being Chicago’s mayor, CookCounty’s board president, or Illinois’ governor is perceived as the apex of “power,” a lifetime quest of every ambitious politician....


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[ • 16 Jul 2014 • No Comment ]
A cabal of state tax and local collectors is lobbying the Senate to hold the Internet Tax Freedom Act hostage. Their plan is to tie an extension of the longstanding ban on email taxes to their controversial plan to give states and municipalities new powers to collect sales taxes on transactions far outside their borders. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat, is mulling whether to lead the hostage-taking for these taxing interests.   Since this sales-tax scheme has been going...


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[ • 15 Jul 2014 • No Comment ]
Chicago’s toll of 82 shootings over the July 4 weekend, resulting in at least 17 deaths, made international news, reinforcing our reputation as the nation’s murder capital. It is even possible, as a Chicago Magazine investigation found recently, that the number of killings has been under-reported by reclassifying and even ignoring certain killings not due to gunfire. Police Chief Garry McCarthy vigorously denies the charge and both he and Mayor Rahm Emanuel constantly point to the fact that...


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[ • 15 Jul 2014 • One Comment ]
From Vote Vince, votevince.com Vince Kolber has called the 5th congressional district home for his entire adult life. Vince Kolber’s personal story matches the hopes, dreams and aspirations of his future constituents. Born of Polish immigrant stock, Vince learned the values of hard work and family that immigrants bring with them to America, home of the American Dream. The youngest of three brothers, Vince learned honesty and integrity at an early age. Vince was raised to be a good listener, to...


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