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[29 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

10th Congressional District Dem candidate Dan Seals likes to draw as many comparisons between Barack Obama and himself as possible. Who would have guessed that this goes as far as claiming to be a professor when he is not?
Turns out that our Illinois junior senator was billed as a law professor at University of Chicago when he was actually only a lecturer, according to Obama fan and frequent cheerleader/apologist Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times. See her article here. Sweet actually seems to imply that it was U of C’s …

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[28 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

Striving to eliminate the risk of occasional market blips risks eliminating the space within which creative entrepreneurs function. Think of a child so swaddled in protective gear that they cannot even play. Put another way, there is both an economic and ethical case to be made for a limited social safety net. Attempting to drape a safety net under the entire economy, however, turns the federal government into an insurer of the entire economy and, as such, carries a serious moral hazard problem.
So what does Obama propose?

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[28 Mar 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

If you ask the average man on the street, regardless of his religion, he’d probably tell you that anyone who would disrupt an Easter Mass with a political protest — complete with stage blood and attempted “die-in” — is a jerk with little if any reverence for God or the sanctity of a church as a place of worship.
But according to the Chicago Tribune’s Manya Brachear the so-called Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War are representative of a “frustrated faction” of Catholic faithful (emphasis mine):

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[28 Mar 2008 | One Comment | ]

Forty-second Ward alderman Brendan Reilly says he didn’t get very far when he sat down with officials from the Chicago Children’s Museum earlier this week to talk about potential sites for their new facility. They’re only interested in one: Grant Park.
“They’ve refused to consider any other locations, and they’ve defined their parameters so narrowly that it will be practically impossible to find a place for them anywhere but Grant Park,” he says.

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[27 Mar 2008 | 323 Comments | ]

For two years now nearly half the priests in the Southern Illinois diocese of Belleville have been in rebellion against their bishop, Edward K. Braxton. Among the priestly complaints against Braxton are that he does not consult them, has misappropriated funds, and is pretentious and arrogant. On Wednesday, March 12, the rebellion led to a letter signed by 46 of the diocesan priests (nearly half) calling for the bishop’s resignation. What is most peculiar – and perhaps most revealing – about the nature of this rebellion is that it began …

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[27 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

For obvious reasons, Todd Stroger is an easy target for critics of patronage hiring and public waste. But it’s not like he’s the only elected official who’s hired political allies and relatives for jobs that don’t always add up as necessary to outside observers.
Among the 220 employees on the staff of Cook County Recorder of Deeds Eugene Moore is his son, Eric, listed in payroll records as an administrative assistant paid about $53,000 a year. But according to other records and a spokesman for the recorder’s office, Eric Moore spends …

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[27 Mar 2008 | 13 Comments | ]

Here’s a likely presidential scenario:
Barack Obama goes to the Denver Democratic convention, beginning Aug. 25, with a few more delegates than Hillary Clinton. At present, Obama leads in the delegate hunt by 1,617-1,498. Amid much discord, and much controversy about the non-elected super-delegates, Obama is nominated. Blacks and white liberals are ecstatic. Obama proclaims the “end of racism.”
Critics, however, proclaim the end of the Democratic coalition. Huge numbers of Hispanics and working-class whites gasp and gag – and resolve to vote Republican. They will not back a black for president.
Likewise, …

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[26 Mar 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

I’d like to be able to feel Andrew Greeley’s pain, but he hurts in so many places, I wouldn’t know where to start.
It’s a darn shame Obama had to “defend his outspoken pastor,” says G. in his Sun-Times column. I would have said he had to defend himself for picking the guy, and not in a month of Sundays at Trinity UCC on 95th St. or in any other church would I let him off the hook with “outspoken.”
“There is no evidence at all that the senator identifies with …

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[26 Mar 2008 | One Comment | ]

David Axelrod has long been known for his political magic. Through his AKP&D Message & Media consultancy, the campaign veteran has advised a succession of Democratic candidates since 1985, and he’s now chief strategist for Senator Barack Obama’s bid for President. But on the down low, Axelrod moonlights in the private sector.
From the same River North address, Axelrod operates a second business, ASK Public Strategies, that discreetly plots strategy and advertising campaigns for corporate clients to tilt public opinion their way. He and his partners consider virtually everything about ASK …

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[26 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

Driving down the Dan Ryan one recent day we passed a Wal-Mart semi headed south on its way out of Chicago. It easily could have exited the expressway at 83rd Street, turned right and proceeded several blocks past the new Lowe’s store and a Potbelly Sandwich Works in the Chatham Market to deliver goods to what by now should have been Wal-Mart’s second Chicago store. But the semi stuck to the Ryan. And the lot at 83rd and Stewart on Chicago’s South Side? It’s a vast expanse of vacant land, …