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[21 Sep 2007 | 3 Comments | ]

Just when you think the world’s going to hell in a handbasket, along comes Buddy Charles.
In the unlikely setting of Niles, Illinois, just northwest of Chicago, in the comfortable sort of place that might once have been called a supper club, the singer/pianist Buddy Charles performs each Tuesday and Wednesday nights in an open run. The place is called The Chambers and it’s on the east side of Milwaukee Avenue, about a half mile south of that god-awful fake stone fountain at the intersection of Touhy and Milwaukee.
Why is Niles …

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[21 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

My 16-year-old son came to me looking for an answer to his Xbox 360 crisis. In recent weeks, Jonathan had described in detail as each one of his friend’s Xbox 360s succumbed to Microsoft’s manufacturing defects which caused them all to fail.
In case you just landed from Mars or as old as the ancient editorial board chairman of this newspaper who was a college classmate of my father 57 years ago) Xbox 360 is a game console that looks like an over-sized VCR. It plays interactive video games and allows …

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[21 Sep 2007 | 340 Comments | ]

Last May 2007, Andy Stern. President of the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) with 1.8 million low-skill or unskilled workers paying dues, takes Anna Burger, head of “Change to Win” to China to meet with the leadership there, spending a portion of union dues to help Chinese workers.
Here’s an excerpt from a Newsweek interview with the publicity addicted Stern:
Question: Why should your members pay dues to improve the condition of Chinese workers?
Stern: Workers who work for the same employers, whether they are in our country or …

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[20 Sep 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

Today, American families are working harder than they used to and making less. And, at the same time, even as they grow older, many Americans are socking less away in savings than they once did.
Both trends might keep us up at night. But with the baby boomers set to begin retiring next year, we cannot afford to ignore the second challenge. The problem is clear: This isn’t a nation of savers.
In the past two years, America’s personal savings rate reached its lowest level since the Great Depression. And in comparison …

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[20 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

How low can Rod go? That’s the question state legislators are gleefully pondering in Springfield, as they debate the depths to which Blagojevich’s poll numbers, political support, and moral credibility will plummet.
In a town where camaraderie and conviviality are the norm, the governor’s belligerence, recalcitrance, petulance, egotism and arrogance are deemed abhorrent – if not deviant. “The man (Blagojevich) has a character flaw,” Democratic State Senator Mike Jacobs is quoted as saying.
Blagojevich does not govern, which means to direct, lead or manage. Instead, he reacts, which means he responds to …

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[20 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

Laura Ingraham’s New Book “Must Reading”—And This from A Fellow Book-Writing Fan!
Full disclosure – I’ve known and liked top-rated radio host Laura Ingraham for about 20 years. In fact, I remember from decades ago what may have been the genesis of her new best-selling book, “Power to the People” (Regnery) maybe even better than she does. She used to talk sadly about her concern that Americans were “soft.” She worried that we wouldn’t be capable of winning a World War II today, because she felt our …

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[20 Sep 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

Phenomenon.
That’s the most overused description of Sen. Barack Obama, but still the most accurate. His skyrocketing from Hyde Park state senator to Democratic keynote speaker to U.S. Senator to presidential contender is, well, phenomenal.
The story needs no retelling here; it’s been splattered across the covers of every magazine in the country for the past year—though many storytellers do not realize how remarkable was his primary election victory in 2004, transcending race, ethnicity and the Chicago political machine in an historic sweep.
In an incredibly brief time the Obama team …

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[19 Sep 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

Chicago Sun-Times Publisher John Cruickshank has resigned to head Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s news division, sources said Wednesday.
Cruickshank also is chief operating officer of the Sun-Times Media Group’s Chicago portfolio of 100 area newspapers. He will replace Tony Burman, who retired as CBC News editor-in-chief on July 13.

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[19 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

After years of inactivity in regulating so-called greenhouse gases (GHGs), U.S. policy may be on the verge of doing so. In April 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government was authorized to regulate GHG emissions from human activity, which some believe accelerate warming of the earth’s atmosphere, causing disruptive and costly climate changes. Carbon dioxide is the major source of such GHG emissions, making up 75–80 percent of the total volume. This fall, the U.S. Congress is expected to consider bills to control GHGs. Regionally, state and …

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[19 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

Tracy Jan’s exposé on minority teachers failing certification exams, even in their designated fields, should be more than an eye-opener for those who continue to believe the blind can lead the blind.
The usual protectors of the dignity of non-performing minority teachers are quick to reassure us that the validity of the test is to be questioned due to potential for “cultural biases.” As education school deans ask for the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure to be redesigned, they also lament that we should determine “whether the quality of education that …