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[29 Sep 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

The really marvelous thing about “The Dangerous Book for Boys” (HarperCollins 2007) isn’t that it is–in a word and as its British adherents might say of its British authors– “brilliant.”
It’s that in four months it has taken the American market by storm.
This in a market in which we seem routinely bent on turning our boys into. . . girls.
And let me be clear: Unlike what I suspect is my feminist sister’s predilection – I don’t think this is a good thing.
“Dangerous,” by British brothers Conn and …

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[28 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

Once again, Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the legislature provided the Chicago Transit Authority with an 11th hour financial reprieve that has forestalled the need for its planned “doomsday” budget. Although aid from the state is largely welcomed, it has again resulted in the sidetracking of an idea whose time is long overdue: a more rational fare structure that reflects costs incurred by the CTA.

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[27 Sep 2007 | One Comment | ]

U.S. lawmakers questioned whether Google Inc.’s $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc. will give the Internet search company a “stranglehold” in the online advertising market.
“Once these two companies have joined forces and combined their gigantic information resources, will the barriers to entry for a new entrant into the marketplace simply be too high?” Democratic Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin said at a hearing today in Washington.

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[27 Sep 2007 | One Comment | ]

Does this generation possess the gravitas to lead the world?
Considering the hysteria that greeted the request of Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to lay a wreath at Ground Zero, the answer is no.
What is it about this tiny man that induces such irrationality?
Answer: He is president of a nation that is a “state sponsor of terror,” that is seeking nuclear weapons, and is moving munitions to the Taliban and insurgents in Iraq.
But Libya was a “state sponsor of terror,” and Col. Gadhafi was responsible for Pan Am 103, the Lockerbie massacre of …

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[27 Sep 2007 | 3 Comments | ]

Just as the Chicago Bears are on the verge of a quarterback “controversy,” Chicago Mayor Daley is in the throes of a police superintendent controversy. He wants to replace Dana Starks, the mercurial interim superintendent—but he can’t find the right replacement.
In choosing a police superintendent, rank matters. Family history matters. Political connections matter. And, most importantly, being an “insider” matters. The so-called “culture” of the department decrees that a non-Chicagoan, somebody from another city, cannot win or earn the trust of rank-and-file police officers.
But, in the ongoing, fruitless search …

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[27 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

The really marvelous thing about “The Dangerous Book for Boys” (HarperCollins 2007) isn’t that it is–in a word and as its British adherents might say of its British authors– “brilliant.”
It’s that in four months it has taken the American market by storm.
This in a market in which we seem routinely bent on turning our boys into. . . girls.
And let me be clear: Unlike what I suspect is my feminist sister’s predilection – I don’t think this is a good thing.
“Dangerous,” by British brothers Conn and …

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[26 Sep 2007 | 4 Comments | ]

The GOP has one chance of winning back Congress and holding on to the Whitehouse, and that is to embrace the war on terror and not run from it. I know the conventional wisdom is to pretend that President Bush and the war don’t exist and to admit it was wrong, but that is the recipe for disaster. The American people are taking a second look at the war in Iraq, but if there is no alternative presented to the anti-war “mainstream media” bias, that bias will paint much of …

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[25 Sep 2007 | 6 Comments | ]

More bad news on Illinois school test scores (Prairie State Exams), and we lag the country (NAEP Exams). Tribune:
Four years ago, when all states began taking the exam, Illinois posted pass rates higher than the nation in every category.
This year, Illinois pupils are either equal to or behind their national counterparts on every exam, the data shows.

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[25 Sep 2007 | 32 Comments | ]

His forthright defense of freedom emboldens us all.
When Alan Keyes was running against Barack Obama for US Senate, a friend of mine from Indianapolis called me to ask if I was supporting Keyes. “No”, I replied, “He is too far out there”. “Too far out there?” my friend said “Barack Obama represents the worst school districts in the United States and campaigns against education reform, all the while sending his own kids to private school, are you sure it is Keyes who is ‘out there’”. It was …

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[25 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

CHICAGO BRIEFING
September 2007
Cook County’s struggling health-care system; death of a lobbyist; hybrid cars for Chicago, and more…