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[31 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

Why didn’t someone tell us sooner that we could free ourselves from the clutches of Cook County?
Yes, it’s legally possible, but practically impossible, for suburban townships to secede from the county and its oppressive taxes, bloated payrolls, insider dealings and pathetic leadership. Still, it might be worth the effort. After all, if you can’t beat them, leave them.
Several Palatine government officials, pushed to the limit by the county’s recent sales tax increase, which may send shoppers scooting across the county line into adjacent Lake County, are discussing secession as something …

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[31 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

Editors Note:
In multiple articles Saturday and Monday, The Chicago Tribune has at great length avoided the fundamental inquiry into Black Liberation Theology. Here is a clear, pointed description from Theology Professor, Anthony Bradley, sorely missed from the Tribune article.
Black Liberation Is Marxist Liberation
One of the pillars of Obama’s home church, Trinity United Church of Christ, is “economic parity.” On the website, Trinity claims that God is not pleased with “America’s economic mal-distribution.” Among all of controversial comments by Jeremiah Wright the idea of massive wealth redistribution is the most …

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[31 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama went after the “We’re not paying enough taxes to the government” vote today during a television interview in New York.
First, he said the Bush tax cuts ought to die. He likes that top marginal rate of 39%. Although the non-partisan National Journal recently declared him the most liberal of the 100 senators, Obama denied being a “wild-eyed liberal,” which wasn’t what the Journal called him, but it sounds good on TV where everything moves by so quickly.
Maria Bartiromo on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” asked, “Who should pay …

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[31 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

Now here’s my plan:
The Michigan and Florida delegations will be seated at the convention and Barack Obama wins the nomination. It’s all settled a month or more before the Democratic National convention in August.
Everybody’s happy except the Clintons. (You’re extra happy if you revel in a bit of schadenfreude over the Clintons.)
How do we reach this happy conclusion? A deal is likely to be struck with the superdelegates, who will in good conscience be following the will of da peepul.
I will outline the contours of the …

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[31 Mar 2008 | One Comment | ]

Plans for Al Gore to take the Democratic presidential nomination as the saviour of a bitterly divided party are being actively discussed by senior figures and aides to the former vice-president.
The bloody civil war between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has left many Democrats convinced that neither can deliver a knockout blow to the other and that both have been so damaged that they risk losing November’s election to the Republican nominee, John McCain.
Former Vice President Al Gore speaks at a news conference: Senior Democrats mull Al Gore’s nomination
Former aides …

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[31 Mar 2008 | One Comment | ]

Obama’s concerns:
“Three major doubts have been raised,” he said. The first is whether in today’s political environment–with its emphasis on media and money–a grass-roots movement can even be created. Will people still answer the call of participatory politics?
“Second,” Obama said, “many believe that the country is too racially polarized to build the kind of multiracial coalitions necessary to bring about massive economic change.
“Third, is it possible for those of us working through the Democratic Party to figure out ways to use the political process to create jobs for our communities?”
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[30 Mar 2008 | 5 Comments | ]

A year ago the New York Sun breathlessly reported that the Obama campaign “hinges on whether the uncharted power of the social networking sites on the Internet, such as MySpace and Facebook.com, can offset the organizational advantages of his strongest opponent”, while the New York Times announced that Rudy Guilliani’s daughter had- gasp-listed herself as a Friend of Sen. Obama on his Facebook site. Obama’s campaign sought to gather 1,000,000 Friends on Facebook, as sort of a showing of Web 2.0 support for the rookie Senator.
In a year I have …

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[29 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

Northwest Indiana needs jobs, and she is the presidential candidate who will fight for them, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton told an audience of 5,000 Friday in Hammond.
Against an American flag backdrop at the Hammond Civic Center, Clinton declared, “It is time we have a president who stood for a comeback for Northwest Indiana.”
Imposing tariffs on steel imports would help foster that comeback and boost region employment, she said.
“My campaign is about jobs, jobs, jobs, middle-class jobs,” Clinton said.

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[29 Mar 2008 | 8 Comments | ]

Sam Zell really has an object lesson for his next talk to the journalists that he employs at Tribune Company meetings around the country.
While the Sun Times New Group stands at a husky offering of under $.99 per share, The Chicago Tribune seems help bent on following it’s pulpy sibling down into the root cellar:
Chicago Sun-Times parent Sun-Times Media Group Inc. said Thursday that it has received notification from New York Stock Exchange authorities that the company is not in compliance with the Big Board’s listing requirements because the price …

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[29 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

Wirtz Beverage Group will form what be Illinois’ largest liquor and beer distributorship in a deal that with Glazer’s Distributors of Illinois that will result in the closing of Chicago’s Union Beverage Co. and its brands being folded in under a new Wirtz operation.
Under the agreement, Union, which distributes Brown Forman spirits, E&J Gallo and a number of smaller brands, will cease operations in the state effective June 30. The new company, Judge and Dolph, LLC, will open the next day and assume distribution of the former Union brands as …