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[27 Oct 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

The official war of words is on.  Former Vice President Dick Cheney fired the first shot when he accused President Barack Obama of “dithering” while America’s armed forces wait for his decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan.  The President’s Press Secretary didn’t waste any time responding.  He accused Cheney of not paying attention to Afghanistan when he was in the White House.
Since then, pundits on both sides of the issue have joined in.
Obama backers say the President is being thoughtful and thorough.
Obama detractors say he is showing he’s indecisive …

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[27 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]

One of the penalties I  pay for living on the North Shore is having underemployed investment bankers as neighbors. Smart enough guys, only a few years ago capable of buying large houses with cash, now left to rake leaves and shuttle kids around. A neighboring bond trader wandered over to our house earlier this week with a family carload for a noisy dinner (beef, noodles, and beer if you must know).
I mentioned that he has been around home a lot assuming a lack of work in his trading …

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[26 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]

PARIS—There’s a major art exposition here nearing the end of a five-month run called “Born in the Streets: Graffiti.” It’s the second show this year devoted to “tag” art, but this one is huge, taking up the entire Fondation Cartier, home to cutting-edge art of many idioms, including in recent years the non-film works of David Lynch and non-musical work of Patti Smith.
The graffiti show is indeed fascinating, incorporating a half dozen films, major reconstitutions of several acknowledged masterworks, new efforts by perpetrators who have come to be recognized as …

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[26 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

read the accounts of the GOP gubernatorial candidates in the Chicago Tribune, early this morning.
Dan Proft is the only one making any sense and showing Illinois that he owns a pair of big brassy boys! Proft is unique on School Choice, Abortion, Tax-Reduction, Cost Cutting and Genuine Reform.
That means that Dan Proft might have a snowballs chance in Hell of winning the Republican Primary.  I may vote for this interesting man.
However, he will face the Democratic Challenger, Dan Hynes, in the General Election and the Democratic Machine will crank out …

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[25 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

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[25 Oct 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

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[24 Oct 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

Springfield is abuzz about how to spend our money. Gov. Pat Quinn and Comptroller Dan Hynes are locked in battle about what taxes to hike and which budgetary tricks to use in their effort to tame Illinois’ runaway spending and its crushing debt.
There is little doubt by either political party that something must be done. Since 2000, Illinois’ annual spending has grown by more than 20 percent while the economy has grown by only 12 percent. Illinois’ debt has grown by more than 57 percent over the same period. Every …

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[23 Oct 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

As of October 22nd, Mike Ditka is endorsing Patrick Hughes for U.S. Senate. This statement is being issued jointly by Mike Ditka’s organization and the U.S. Senate campaign of Patrick Hughes. We have no further comment on anything that has been discussed or reported in any media.

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[23 Oct 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

Mayor Richard M. Daley’s plans to pay for city services by dealing away city assets would be silly if it weren’t so ruinous.
Just how long can Daley hawk the city’s assets to pay for police, fire, garbage collection and other city services before he runs out? And what happens then? Don’t bother asking Daley; for all his fumbling around, he doesn’t know either.
Daley has made a lot of blunders, but financing the operation of the city by peddling the city’s valuables is perhaps the worst blunder yet. It is the …

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[23 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

On October 15, Mayor Richard M. Daley held a press conference to break some bad news: To erase a $500 million budget deficit for next year, he would probably have to eliminate jobs, cut services, and dip into reserve funds generated by leasing the Skyway and the parking meters.
But behind the scenes, the mayor and his chief aides were proposing to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on a rehab of Willis Tower, subsidies for privately run hospitals and Fortune 500 corporations, and pet neighborhood projects that won’t be included in …