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[31 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

Read More from Fr. Barron at Word on Fire

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[30 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

When it comes to income inequality, conventional wisdom says that it’s been getting worse for a long time.  Productivity is going up, but middle-class incomes are stagnating.  The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.  You’ve heard it over and over again.  Many free market economists have argued against the conventional wisdom, only to be dismissed as out of touch.  But, an incredible new paper from Northwestern Professor Robert Gordon, a pillar of the “mainstream” academic establishment, says maybe they are right and have been for a …

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[30 Oct 2009 | 8 Comments | ]

Can Tyree Make the Shift?

Jim Tyree who heads the group that just bought the Sun-Times says he won’t change anything in its editorial content. God, what a shame. The question remains is Tyree stating this for public consumption while quietly making fixes, or is he sticking to an editorial strategy that has failed the Sun-Times in the past.
The problem is that the Sun-Times has a lot of great assets as a newspaper-and lamentably some huge defects. The assets are a great news-staff with a number of super-stars including Fran Spielman …

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[30 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

From Megan McCardle
So GDP grew at 3.5% in the third quarter?  Are we out of the woods yet?
Maybe.  But I wouldn’t bet on it.
I think we have bottomed out; I don’t foresee the economy starting to contract sharply again.  But I’m not overimpressed by the growth figures, for a couple of reasons.  First, we had a very sharp contraction, and as the traders like to say, even a dead cat will bounce if you drop it from a sufficiently large height.  Second, there’s the stimulus.
The things I think we really …

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[29 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]

NPR quoted liberal Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). Schakowsky said: “Comprehensive health care does include reproductive health care, prenatal and maternity care, screening for breast, cervical and other cancers or [sexually transmitted infections] abortion, contraceptive services. That these are basic health care for women [emphasis added] that we have a right to by virtue of our reproductive organs and our right to control our own bodies.”
Thank you, Rep. Schakowsky. You have dispelled most admirably the fog of confusion emanating from the White House fog machine. For liberals, life or death for …

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[29 Oct 2009 | 27 Comments | ]

President Obama isn’t taking kindly to a television ad that criticizes his opposition to a popular scholarship program for poor children, and his administration wants the ad pulled.
Former D.C. Councilmember Kevin Chavous of D.C. Children First said October 16 that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had recently approached him and told him to kill the ad.
The 30-second ad, which has been airing on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and News Channel 8 to viewers in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, urges the president to reauthorize the federally-funded D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program that …

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[29 Oct 2009 | 7 Comments | ]

The Chicago (Catholic) Way.

Ah, yes. Children, the lastest is that Chicago’s archdiocesan leadership sanctions and shuts its eyes to the conversion of Oak Park’s Ascension parish to a pro-Obama forum on health care…this news from the Blithe Spirit blog written by Jim Bowman who took it from a report by Susan Jordan on CatholicCitizens.org, the website of Catholic Citizens of Illinois. Jordan is a resident of Oak Park.
Ascension is a good word for this flaccid, evasive, continuingly parsing archdiocesan leadership notably soft on local, state and national Democrats. It will …

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[28 Oct 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

David Zurawik, TV critic for the Baltimore Sun, notes a revealing exchange between CNN’s Campbell Brown and White House consigliera Valerie Jarrett. (Note that neither Brown nor Jarrett is as fat as she appears in the video; CNN, for some reason, insists on presenting its online videos with the wrong aspect ratio.) Here’s the transcript:
Brown: So do you think FOX News is biased?
Jarrett: Well, of course they’re biased. Of course they are.
Brown: OK. Then do you also think that MSNBC is biased?
Jarrett: Well, you know what? This is the thing. …

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[28 Oct 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

The mayor was presented with a new revenue raising proposal: the water department would install additional meters sufficient to cover all existing accounts and all newly constructed buildings would be required to be metered. All city businesses and residents would be billed for their water usage. Flat rate water bills would be a thing of the past.
The mayor, however, promptly rejected the proposal. It offended him to think that all Chicagoans, including children, could no longer take a drink of cool tap water on a hot summer’s day without being …

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[28 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]

1. The Heartland Institute.

One of the nation’s finest think tanks is located right here in Chicago-but has exerted national influence. It is The Heartland Institute which has helped me in multifarious ways with innovative research and excellent speakers on current topics ranging from the economy through its superb discounting of the global warming baloney (now called by liberals “climate change” since lack of warming is so obvious). Heartland is celebrating its 25th anniversary tomorrow (Thursday) with its annual dinner at the Hilton downtown.
Here are just a few of the many-many …