Articles Archive for February 2010
The clock is ticking, and the real estate deals gone south are piling up, at Broadway Bank, the lending institution owned by the family of U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias.
Many U.S. banks are struggling amid the worst financial crisis since the Depression. Almost monthly, at least one Illinois lender has collapsed, seized by the government because of poor performance, often due to real estate loans turned sour.
At once-successful Broadway, headquartered in a former car dealership in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, the situation has turned awful at an inopportune time …
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One of the first things handicappers use as they compare notes on viable candidates is the question: Can he raise dough? Up to now the answer on Bill Brady the all-but-declared-victor of the Republican gubernatorial nomination is decidedly no. All his primary campaigns were run on shoe-string budgets and this is no different from others. I’m not even sure he had a campaign manager during the primary although reportedly he has one now.
This is an important disadvantage for Brady. One of the first things that seasoned handicappers …
From James Tarranto in the WSJ
We’ve noticed a troubling trend in American politics. This is a Puffington Host post from October 2008:
A local station runs a disturbing story about a Ohio resident named Mike Lunsford who has hung an effigy of Barack Obama in his front yard. Lunsford freely admits that he is against Obama because of his race.
Here’s a CBS News story from last October:
Randall Terry, the anti-abortion rights activist and Operation Rescue founder, believes it’s time to “start drawing from our proud American tradition of burning people in effigy.”
And he’s …
Limbaugh Blasts Brown (Why?).
I don’t exactly know where Rush Limbaugh was during the Massachusetts senate race but Scott Brown said over and over again that he would be “independent” and be in the mould of maverick John McCain. I pointed this out after he was elected but a chorus of readers told me shhhhhhh because I was spoiling the celebratory occasion. Didn’t Rush hear that or did he hear it and not believe it? Anyhow there the Oracle was yesterday bellowing that Brown is …
Sometimes, a president has to adjust his priorities based upon current events. Carefully designed programs and plans have to be shelved, dreams deferred.
For better or worse, George W. Bush will always be evaluated by historians in terms of how his administration responded to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. While the memory of that terrible day is forever etched upon my memory, some people seem to have forgotten it as if it were simply another automobile collision along a crowded highway. To his credit, Bush recognized the threats posed …
The specter of a tall, lugubrious president with the ominous presence of Lurch (as in “you rang?” ), a wispy-voiced Senate majority leader (think of him as Uncle Fester) and a willowy, washed out female Speaker (Morticia) seeking to ram un-digestible massive health care castor oil down the unwilling, gagging throat of the American people is just about an historic first.
Probably only the since Kansas-Nebraska act which put slavery or abolitionism to a vote…which the North hated and even the South’s Sam Houston despised…has this spectacle been seen. Then …
Obama health reform is back, and Catholics have one more chance to prove what is more important to them: being pro-life or being pro-Democratic party.
As CVA explained earlier today, Catholic principles leave only one choice on this issue. The President’s health reform plan, in violation of his promise, funds abortion insurance. The US Bishops have forecully directed us that even their decades of support for health reform is decisively trumped by the extremely grave evil of public funding of abortion insurance, and they have told us that such plans must be …
Aside from Political Shootout on WLS AM-890 every Sunday at 8pm, I have gotten hooked on satellite radio, listening to the wide variety of music on Sirius, which plays a huge selection of music from around the world. My daughter’s choice has been a station which plays rock-and-roll from Denmark, with the Raveonettes being one of her favorite bands.
A few months ago, the Danish rock station announced that the Raveonettes would not be coming for a slated tour in the USA. Band members had work visa problems which prevented them …