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[31 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

Phil called or emailed me around twice a day for the last 2 years or so.  When something prevented him from calling, I tended to breathe a bit easier, as Phil Krone was a real challenge in a conversation, but still would look at my phone when it rang late at night, to see if Krone was calling from Syria or London or Denmark or even the West Side with some jolly tale.   I will share three stories about Phil Krone, that start to describe his personality.  He had …

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[31 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]

I’ve known Phil Krone for nearly five decades, through which we began as political allies, became opponents, occasionally found common cause but remained good humored friends through it all, right up to the end.
He was never a man to underestimate himself—or me, fortunately, though our personalities were dramatically different. As different as our politics once Phil abandoned the reform coalition of independent Democrats and liberal Republicans that fought the old Daley Machine from the mid-60s onward.

He was around doing his thing in a successful campaign to elect Richard Ogilvie as …

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[31 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

Loyalty and the desire to help his friends are two of the qualities that best define Phil Krone. I’ve known Phil since I was a child. He was a friend of my father’s and always eager to lend his thoughts and ideas to him. After my father died, Phil was there for me, helping me navigate the many trials that lay ahead. I’d never know when Phil would call. Sometimes it would be in the wee hours of the morning as he traveled around the world. What I knew was …

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[31 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

This from Phil Krone six months ago
I’d like to do a variation on Tuesdays with Morrie (Tuesdays with Phil) which you will only have to pay me $5 a throw, self serving as it is, since I figure if I could entice Mr. Hickey into sending me $25 voluntarily, I have to have some pull.
A tough negotiator, Phil leveraged his his support from Pat Hickey to try and boost his commissions with the Chicago Daily Observer to 19th century level.  However, there really was no price to put on the type of profession that Phil …

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[30 Aug 2010 | 6 Comments | ]

Most of the time I look with a mixture if disdain and comic bemusement at the “birthers” who purport that Barack Obama was not born in America or that he is a Muslim or both. For many it’s a political tool used to help delegitimatize his presidency; for others it’s a way of expressing their dislike of either his blackness or “otherness” without quite admitting racism or bigotry.

There will always be a lunatic fringe on one or another side of American politics—including those on the left who still think 9/11 …

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[30 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]

Now that I’ve been writing this blog for five years, it’s time I…well not make a confession…but make an affirmative statement. I cuss. It’s a habit I got from my father who was an eloquent cusser. I think I know about as much theology as the average guy who took four straight years of theology and philosophy from Ernie…and I’ll tell you, I still can’t imagine anyone thinking use of swear words is a sin. I exempt denunciations that invoke the name of the Son of …

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[29 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]

Via Jim Bowman, the incumbent media is creepily unoriginal in it’s coverage of the Restoring Honor Rally.
From Google News search for “overwhelmingly white”:

At Beck rally, strong but vague feelings
Salon – Mark Benjamin – ‎3 hours ago‎

Tea parties “overwhelmingly white“? A term that a peculiar number of articles seem to be using … but no evidence of liberal collusion in the media here. …

Restore country’s values, rally told
The Spokesman Review – ‎5 hours ago‎

… Sarah Palin and other speakers at the “Restoring Honor” rally exhorted a …

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[29 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

Please join host Tom Roeser, the Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Chicago Daily Observer as he welcomes State Rep Jack Franks (D-63rd), and Russ Stewart, ace political correspondent and prognosticator for the Chicago Daily Observer, to Political Shootout tonight at 8PM on WLS AM-890.
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[28 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

What keeps our politicians busy these days?  Pensions..Who needs one? Deficits: Gotta buy those votes..don’t we? Two wars in West Asia and a lot of shooting on the West Side that can wait.  There is no issue is more critical to the fate of the Republic and the State of Illinois than Pet Registries.

Our august and serene State Legilature has put the pressing problems of the State to sleep, and taken a shot at regulating pet purchasing by passing the landmark House Bill 5772 amending The Animal Welfare Act to …

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[27 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]

Guess what? The Washington Post says Obama advisers are looking to Ronald Reagan for “comparison and inspiration.” The Post says both presidents had, “big and bold plans – Reagan with massive tax cuts, Obama with a massive stimulus package and national health care. Reagan’s goal was to shrink government. Obama’s efforts have enlarged government.”

A deep recession knocked Reagan’s approval rating down and Republicans took a beating in the 1982 mid-terms. But he won a landslide second election in 1984 anyway.
President Obama hopes to repeat this feat and …