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[24 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

In late 2009, the credibility of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) took a serious hit when email exchanges between some of its senior authors and editors revealed deliberate efforts to falsify data and silence dissenting scientists. The IPCC’s reputation was already waning in the wake of scandals concerning Michael Mann’s “hockey stick” temperature diagram and the role of government officials and environmental activists in its so-called “peer review” process. The IPCC Email Scandal of November 2009 meant the IPCC could no longer claim to represent the …

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[24 Nov 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

OSWIECIM, Poland—Ever since I learned that our tour group would be visiting here, I had wondered how it would look, how it would feel. If all you know about Auschwitz is what you’ve read in history books and newspapers, you probably imagine it as being utterly different from anything else you’ve ever seen, totally unlike anything else on Planet Earth—as somehow having the poisonous atmosphere of some pestilential planet on the forgotten far side of the universe.
What you’re not prepared for is for anything around here to look normal. And …

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[24 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]

The chief executive officer won his post after raising campaign cash for disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The just-departed human resources director owed her job to a powerful state senator. Other top executives have long ties to Mayor Richard M. Daley’s political machine.
But the defection of two major trade shows this month and a deepening financial crisis raise questions about how well an agency run the Chicago Way can compete with more-efficient, warm-weather convention centers such as Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas.
Despite the high prices it charges trade groups to stage …

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[23 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

This morning, at 8 a.m. 150 or so gathered at Maggiano’s to launch the first annual “Father Mac” breakfast, honoring the co-founder of Haymarket Center, one of the nation’s finest refuges for those afflicted with addiction…of drugs, alcohol, gambling and other vices that wound and petrify the human spirit. He was, as many Chicagoans know, Msgr. Ignatius D. McDermott who died on New Year’s Eve, the date of so much alcoholic revelry, 2004. This year is his centennial (1909-2009) and the organization he founded gives the poor the highest level …

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[23 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]

The big news this past weekend was that the queasy filibuster-proof Democratic majority of 60 senators (including two “Independents”) held itself together long enough to permit debate on the health-care bill to come to the floor.
Should this have been a question in the first place?
Not, in comparable circumstances, if there had been 60 Republicans. They are smart enough to stick together despite their differences, hang on to power and exercise it. Power exerts a centrifugal force on the GOP—it pulls them all tightly together.
But Democrats are dumb. Too dumb to …

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[22 Nov 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

Please join chairman of the editorial board of the Chicago Daily Observer, Tom Roeser as he hosts State Senator Chris Lauzen (R-Aurora) and Cook County Board spokesman Gene Mullins tonight at 8PM on WLS-AM 890.
Listen live here
Call in here 1-312-591-8900

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[21 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner defended the Obama administration’s economic record and dismissed a call for his resignation from the senior House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee.
Geithner blamed the policies of the Republican party and President George W. Bush for the financial crisis that pushed the nation into the deepest recession since the 1930s.
Read more at Bloomberg
image Treasury at Petra

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[20 Nov 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

A veritable caravan of terrorist sympathizers trooping across the heartland to visit their al-Qaida brethren imprisoned near the small Illinois town of Thomson!
Jihadist guerrillas, attempting to spring their buddies with a raid on the remote supermax prison, deciding, while they’re in the neighborhood, to attack a nuclear power plant 22 miles away and bomb skyscrapers in Chicago 150 miles away!
Followers of Osama bin Laden recruiting American prisoners to their evil cause!
Radical Islamists attacking local jurors and prosecutors involved in the effort to bring their soldiers to justice!
Key leaders acquitted and …

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[20 Nov 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

If for no other reason, since the Trib is supporting bringing Gitmo to Illinois , then shouldn’t sensible people be questioning the sanity of importing terrorists to the Galena Territory?
Petition Here

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[20 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

Picking up on a story from ABC News about stimulus jobs created in phantom congressional districts, I sorted the Illinois job count spreadsheet from Recovery.gov by recipient congressional district, and I found jobs/awards reported for the following “districts”:
District “0”
20th District
21st District
22nd District
28th District
33rd District
34th District
42nd District
44th District
53rd District
59th District
Or as Stephen Colbert would say, “the fightin’ 59th.” Too bad he wouldn’t be able to “better know this district,” because NONE OF THEM EXIST. Illinois has 19 congressional districts.
Notes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “On its Web site, the federal government is …