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[30 Jun 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

It was, of course, inevitable. How could any politician rise so quickly on the legendarily corrupt Chicago political scene and be as pure as Obama’s devoted followers were purporting him to be? The question in the minds of skeptics was, “Who sent you?”
Well now we’re beginning to find out and it ain’t pretty. In a lengthy, and amazingly frank, Boston Globe article depicting the dismal results of Chicago’s attempt to develop and manage low income housing through private developers, we see that the candidate of change is nothing more than …

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[30 Jun 2008 | 7 Comments | ]

The local real estate market has been quiet as of late. The long term affects of the home mortgage crisis have reduced the number of sales in recent months. Imagine, everyone applying for a mortgage needs to have a complete and thorough credit check performed and the property must be appraised by a qualified professional before any funds can be loaned. A few months ago, before the real estate bubble burst,loan officers were handing out money left and right with little or no questioning whatsoever. Borrowers did not even have …

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[30 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

Backing a major-party candidate for president would have been anathema to Michael Klonsky 40 summers ago, when the organization he led, Students for a Democratic Society, urged young people to spurn elections. “By ’68, our line was ‘Vote in the Streets,’” Klonsky told me last spring. “We thought we had to fight with Eugene McCarthy and those people.” In August 1968, protesters clashed with police outside the Democratic Party’s national convention in Chicago—but far from being political innocents who took to the streets to protest Vietnam War hawks’ capture of …

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[30 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

Progress in Iraq: Is it enough?
In early 2005, three Iraqi army or security units out of 115 were considered by the Pentagon to be “Level 1” capable units, those able to plan and execute counterinsurgency operations on their own with no assistance from Americans.
A report this week by the Government Accountability Office estimates there are now possibly 10 percent of Iraqi forces that can operate on their own. But that apparent progress — from 2.5 percent ready to 10 percent ready — masks the real issue.

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[30 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

As Election Day approaches, we’re going to be working hard to elect Barack Obama. We also have an incredible opportunity to elect Daniel Biss, an exciting and young Progressive running for Change here at home, in Illinois, to the office of State Representative.
Recently, I had the honor of sitting down with Daniel and discussing our ideas for progressive change in Illinois and across the country. I hope you’ll take a moment to view it view it . I believe you’ll come to the same conclusion I have …

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[30 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

* Sub Currus Vobis – Under The Bus With You
* Genus Tabellae Victoria – Race Card Triumphant
* Purus Articulatus Arrogantis Potius- Clean, articulate, arrogant, elitist.
HT: Bill Baar

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[29 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

Barack Obama made one shrewd move this week, along with one risky one.
In talking with reporters after the Supreme Court ruled that criminals who rape children may not be executed, Mr. Obama moved smartly to the political center. “I think that the rape of a small child, six or eight years old, is a heinous crime and if a state makes a decision that under narrow, limited, well-defined circumstances, the death penalty is at least potentially applicable, that does not violate our Constitution,” he said, siding with conservative dissenters in …

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[28 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

It’s a fact: President Bush stated that the US will pull 30,000 surge troops out of Iraq in a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Bush at Foreign & Commonwealth Office Building at the Lacarno Treaty Room London, England on June 16, 2008.
Seems sort of newsworthy to me. I am in favor of the troops coming home, when their job is reasonably complete, and have relatives and an old roomate over there who I take a personal interest in coming home safely. So, I sort …

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[27 Jun 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented for eight years as a state senator, hold 504 apartments subsidized by the federal government for people who can’t afford to live anywhere else.
But it’s not safe to live here.
About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex …

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[27 Jun 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

It boggles the mind how a culture can lionize the recently departed comedian George Carlin while simultaneously consigning radio guy Don Imus to the lowest precincts of hell.
They both have made a raunchy career out of “offending,” yet one—Carlin—was revered and eulogized while the other—Imus—is despised. After Carlin, 71, died of heart failure last Sunday, the praise rolled in, about his genius and brilliance, his ground-breaking comedy and social commentary, his willingness to challenge the powerful, and his advocacy for free speech. He, indeed, was all of that.
Imus, in turn, …