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[22 Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

My goodness, the Hike Up Your Taxes rally at Springfield Wednesday where thousands of recipients of state largesse are shouting “more!” has Rich Miller of Capitol Fax blog in ecstasy. He streamed all the news and ordered his “interns” to follow it closely.  Oh, the Humanity! Capitol Fax both the newsletter and blog is known as the unalloyed cheerleader for expanded state services. Faithful to every murmur of the Madigans…almost lip-synch with the Democratic establishment… the letter and blog are nevertheless a rich compendium of information.  Everywhere I used to go …

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[22 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

From Steven Horowitz
The economic consequences of the volcanic ash cloud covering Europe have been the topic of much discussion in the last few days. The doom and gloom set has been totaling up the economic costs of disrupted travel and commerce and the media are reporting the various lengths to which people have gone to get where they need to go. I think they have missed the simple economics of it all. The ash cloud has been great for the economy. Let me swiftly explain.
Think of the stranded travelers in …

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[21 Apr 2010 | One Comment | ]

The American media is absolutely turgid with emotion over White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s ambitious plan to become mayor of Chicago once Mayor Richard Daley leaves office.

Just imagine, Emanuel on the fifth floor of City Hall, lording over his lands as King Shortshanks II, though I would be tempted to call him The Rahmfather.But not everyone is thrilled.
“What are you, some kind of chumbolone? You actually believe what Rahm’s saying?” asked the eminent political theorist, Louie the Barber. “Rahm’s just a boogeyman to help Daley get re-elected, get …

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[21 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Why is Antoin “Tony” Rezko under lock and key at an undisclosed location, like some sort of CIA-renditioned al Qaeda operative? And why hasn’t he been sentenced yet?

As the June 3 corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for allegedly trying to sell Obama’s former Illinois Senate seat approaches, the whereabouts of the former Blago and Obama fundraiser is literally a state secret.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Rezko was moved from Chicago’s downtown Metropolitan Correctional Center on December 16th, even though it’s right across the street from the federal courthouse …

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[20 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Emanuel says he’d like to be Chicago mayor one day – AP News headlines.
As Chicago’s courageous and beloved First Lady Maggie Daley helped unveil a new cancer treatment center, with her tearful husband Richard M. at her side, Rahm Emanuel was letting it be known that he planned to return to Chicago as mayor.

What a classy guy.
Most people might attribute Emanuel’s poor timing to mere coincidence. But not this guy, reputably the nastiest man in two cities—Washington and Chicago. The timing is both suspicious and right in character. Deliver Daley …

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[20 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

I don’t know where the week has gone, but it has been filled with great experiences. Yesterday I actually officially became a candidate for the U.S. Senate, filing in the office of the Secretary of the Senate. While not required, I also registered to vote from the State of New York in Speculator, New York; (actually from the next town over Lake Pleasant, the county seat) last Friday.

Hamilton County, which has the smallest population of ANY county in ANY state East of the Mississippi is bucolic to the …

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[20 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

The Chicago Daily Observer is proud to report that the Chairman of our Editorial Board, Tom Roeser has received the Jozsef Mindszenty Award from the The Mindszenty Foundation of St. Louis.  The aware is named for Hungarian Primate Jozsef Cardinal Mindszenty, the steadfast supporter of freedom and opponent of both Nazism and Communism.

Tom Roeser reflects here on the award
For those too young to remember , Jozsef Mindszenty [1892-1975] was the cardinal primate of Hungary. He became known as a steadfast supporter of Church freedom as well as an opponent …

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[19 Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

Last week we wrote of the cozy relationships between legislator lobbyists and other public officials who quite legally lobby various units of government—other than those to which they are elected. It gives the legislator-lobbyist quite an edge, because at some point the object of his or her lobbying will in all likely need to come hat in hand to the legislator for other favors.

Thus does one hand gild the other in the Illinois incest game—all quite legally.
For once we have a serious chance to toss a monkey wrench into the cycle—but …

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[19 Apr 2010 | One Comment | ]

The plane crash on April 10 at Smolensk, Russia that decimated most of the leadership of Poland including the president, the country’s First Lady and 86 other notables has struck Chicago’s big Polish community as a personal tragedy and almost irreparable loss.

Poles comprise the largest single white ethnic group here: 7.3% of the population.
The dignitaries were en-route to a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyn (pronounced “ka-teen) forest massacre in the USSR of more than 20,000 Polish soldiers and intellectuals by the Soviet army.
Chicago politics played a major …

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[18 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

The sudden death in a plane crash of President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria along with many other Polish government officials, military officers, and cultural and business leaders has been a very sad time for Chicago, the second city (in some regards) for people of Polish descent. For the last week throughout Chicago, the Polish flag has been decorated with black ribbons, respectfully mourning the tragedy while going on with daily life.

One only has to take a drive down the Edens (or better, Milwaukee Avenue) to see the vast …