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[27 Apr 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

April 27, 2009
The Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
University of Notre Dame
Dear Father Jenkins,
When you informed me in December 2008 that I had been selected to receive Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal, I was profoundly moved. I treasure the memory of receiving an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 1996, and I have always felt honored that the commencement speech I gave that year was included in the anthology of Notre Dame’s most memorable commencement speeches. So I immediately began working on an acceptance speech that I hoped would be worthy of …

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[27 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

So, here’s my question: Are you angry enough about taxes to go to jail? Are you angry enough about taxes to forfeit some of the federal benefits you might collect, starting with Social Security and including Medicare (if that relates in your case) or any other benefits? Are you angry enough to go stand at the gates of Ft. Bragg and set fire to copies of your taxes to protest federal spending on the military? Are you angry enough to break into an IRS office and spill cow blood on …

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[27 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

PARIS—Come May Day I will take in an expected huge march and demonstration celebrating International Labor Day (a holiday that had its origins in Chicago) then later talk to a meeting of Democrats Abroad-France analyzing Obama’s first hundred days.
But there’s a gray cloud hanging over what should otherwise be a highly celebratory hundred-days media fest at home. It’s the debate over whether we as a nation should investigate and bring to justice those in the previous administration who were responsible for torture and other possible war crimes.
Opinion ranges all the …

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[25 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

Is the whole TARP plan a criminal enterprise? Sounds farfetched, I suppose. But after reading about Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky’s report, it may well be that TARP is just one big criminal problem.
Listen to this: Barofsky’s investigators reported Monday that they have opened 20 criminal probes into possible securities fraud, tax-law violations, insider-trading, and mortgage-modification fraud related to TARP. Yup, those are criminal probes. Barofsky is the special IG overseeing the bailout program. And for some reason the mainstream media refuses to report this on the front pages where …

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[24 Apr 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Almost a year ago, I was posting on what I called the “Supply-Side Stunner” (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog).
In April 2008, the US Treasury collected an all-time record $407.3 billion ($403.75 billion after subtracting the first $3.35 billion wave of stimulus checks, which really should have been treated as outlays, that went out just before month-end). It was an indication that, as I said at the time, “many (entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and investors) are thinking, in the face of relentless media harping to the contrary, that 2008 will be at least as …

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[23 Apr 2009 | 13 Comments | ]

She is fast becoming the albatross around the neck of the Obama administration.
Former Arizona governor, Janet Napolitano, has proven as unpopular an appointee as former US Attorney General Janet Reno and she has not even ordered a lethal attack on a commune occupied by members of a religious cult or authorized the use of an armed assault team to deport a child to Cuba yet.
How does she do it?
While Reno earned her spurs by acting as former President Clinton’s second greatest enabler (the First Lady narrowly managed to hold on …

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[23 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

Sometime in the coming months, the scandal-plagued, corruption-scarred, worse-than-useless Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board likely will cease to exist.
You can stop applauding. It’s not what you think: The board, which regulates hospital construction, isn’t being abolished, as this page has urged.
It’s just getting a new name — the Health Facilities and Services Review Board — if a proposal in the legislature passes and is signed by Gov. Pat Quinn. The board would add four more members (for a total of nine). And the board members, who have been unpaid, would …

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[23 Apr 2009 | One Comment | ]

Those of us who worked for Richard Nixon never had trouble acknowledging the character defects, the shriveled personality, the obsequious Uriah Heap nature of this character. As a matter of fact, I’ve benefited from being fired by him…its risen higher on my resume as the years go by. Despite being canned at age 41 with four kids to support, I landed a job at the Peace Corps and worked my way back to my old corporate job-a sadder but wiser man. I can still say, on reflection, that Nixon for …

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[22 Apr 2009 | 7 Comments | ]

What is it about Catholic universities and our current president? As everyone knows by now, Notre Dame, the flagship Catholic university in the United States is presenting an honorary degree (in law of all things) to the most radically pro-abortion president in history. And now we learn that Georgetown, the most prominent Jesuit university in the country, in order to satisfy the demands of the Obama White House, covered up all the religious symbols in its Gaston Hall when the President spoke there recently. Most egregiously, they placed black-painted wood …

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[22 Apr 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

If you’re tired of polls telling you what to think, you’re not alone.  It’s time to use your common sense and stop accepting what polls tell you people are doing, thinking, accepting, rejecting or otherwise planning.  We’ve been presented with polls on taxes, spending, corporations, immigration, global warming, oil drilling, health insurance, abortion and subjects ad infinitum.
The polls have become the “straw man” while government bloats itself in America.  We now not only have federal department heads, but we also have “czars” in each department – rivaling the number of …