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[30 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

President Barack Obama marks his first 100 days in office, occasioning approximately 5,000 articles about this historic milestone event. Watch for the following interpretations:
Refreshing Change Pundits cleaving to this point of view will extol the new “tone” that Mr Obama has set, saying how “welcome” it is to have a US president who is not a “cringe-making embarrassment”, etc.
The attractiveness of the new first lady will be adduced, as well as the general darlingness of the first daughters. The new sustainable vegetable garden on the White House lawn will also …

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[30 Apr 2009 | 14 Comments | ]

Its time to pass a simple constitutional amendment.  It should
state that any American who has been a citizen for at least twenty years
shall be eligible to be President or Vice-President.   It should be
written in a manner that would not only  allow Governor Schwarzenegger
to run, but also completely legitimate Barack Obama’s tenure who is being
accused of having been born in Kenya by part of the right wing. Frankly,
I have read more than I want about this subject and there are some
plausible arguments in favor of the African birth concept.  Certainly
Obama …

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[30 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

President Obama announces but fails to compute fractions
“So, you know, when you see — those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular and you see folks waving tea bags around, let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we’re going to stabilize Social Security.”
“But let’s not play games and pretend that the reason is because of the [$787 billion stimulus …

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[29 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

Get ready, first quarter gross domestic product data will be released on Wednesday and it will show the second sharp quarterly contraction in a row.  I expect an annualized 4.2% decline in Q1, after a 6.3% drop in the last quarter of 2008.
But judging this book by its cover will be a little misleading.  There is a stark difference between the economic pain of late 2008 and the economic pain in Q1.  A huge drop in the velocity of money pulled consumption down by 3.8% at an annual rate in …

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[29 Apr 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

The look on PBS’ Judy Woodruff’s “Vogue” magazine, angular, sharply chiseled face told it all last night. A professionally worried look. Her brow wrinkling with faux concern, she asked one of her numberless liberal stooge-guests on “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” (pronounced “la-rah” by the New Yawk nasal voiced announcer) how in the world can the Republican party survive if it cleaves to conservatism and discourages “moderate” leaders like Arlen Specter that they have no future within it? As if the hyper intense Judy wife of lefty Al Hunt (managing …

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[28 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

Sneed has learned Chris Kennedy, son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, may be this/close to entering the U.S. Senate sweepstakes from Illinois.
•  To wit: “Right now, it’s an 85 percent chance Chris is going to do it,” a top Kennedy source tells Sneed. Kennedy has commissioned a poll, which is expected at the end of the week and “will give him a better lay of the land in this ever-changing race,” the source said.
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[28 Apr 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Small wonder the “Tribune” is monetarily bankrupt given its proclivity to sell liberalism, backpedaling from its tradition…which makes it intellectually out of pocket as well. With the currently bankrupt “Sun-Times,” the general trend of big metropolitan dailies, the major newsmagazines, the broadcast networks: who needs yet another liberal house organ? You’d think the “Tribune” would try…out of desperation, anyhow…to be something different. But no: it’s liberal board of directors, its know nothing little Lucifer motorcyclist owner, its viscerally left-leaning editorial board are rooted in liberal cliché-dom. Here’s what the nebulous …

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[28 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

Limits on campaign contributions are the magic disinfectant for our dirty Illinois politics. Or so all the goo goos seem to believe.
As Scott Turow, former chair of the state Executive Ethics Commission, recently told a General Assembly reform committee: “Our state will continue to be perceived as an ethical swamp, both in Illinois and outside of it, unless we prohibit unlimited campaign donations.” Similar statements are heard from Gov. Quinn’s Illinois Reform Commission, the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, the Better Government Association, Change Illinois Now and, for all I …

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[27 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

Sen. Roland Burris is “Tombstone” to Chi Trib’s John Kass, and rightly so, but he made some sense in a South Side community meeting last week.  Pestered by former Chicago Housing Authority Director Phil Jackson (who complained mostly about Obama’s neglecting poor people), Burris
told Jackson there was little the government could do to solve the problems of broken African-American families.
“No government, no senator, no alderman, no representative is going to be in your family dealing with those kids that we’re raising,” he said.
And Burris, 71, said he found himself at a …