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[27 Aug 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

There’s no publication that exceeds thecapitolfaxblog.com in touchy-touchy race sanctimony (it groaned in fear that the stonewalling juror in the Blago trial might just be black: she was and so what?). As a wondrously comprehensive publication (and I must salute it for candidly saying something Richard M. Daley does not want to hear: Chicago is bankrupt)

Yet it’s often marvelously blind-sided on political correctness. Seemingly, to it the mere mention of race being used as a political cudgel is a no-no. Certainly for Republicans. It went after …

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[26 Aug 2010 | 7 Comments | ]

It’s with a great deal of sadness that I note the death of a good friend of mine, Phil Krone. He died Sunday of liver cancer. I knew Phil for 46 years, when he was a young volunteer for Chuck Percy…through his colorful attempt as Republican ward committeeman to name himself to the state House to succeed Pete Granata…past his rejection for that post, his subsequent resignation and his turning to the Democratic party where he became an enduring friend of the original Mayor Daley, his son, Neil …

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[26 Aug 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

Philip S. Krone, 1941-2010, has died.  Phil was a regular correspondent for the Chicago Daily Observer, among other publications.  He recently began a series of columns titled “Tuesdays with Phil” for the Chicago Daily Observer, and was a candidate for US Senate in New York.

Tribune Obituary Here
Phil’s Chicago Daily Observer columns here
Our condolences to the Krone and Powell family.  Full obituary to follow.

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[25 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]

From Organizing for America
Since becoming Governor following the worst financial collapse since The Great Depression, Governor Quinn has implemented a plan that has put Illinois back on the road to recovery. By incentivizing private-sector investment in Illinois, and signing into law the first comprehensive infrastructure plan in Illinois in 10 years, Governor Quinn has made jobs the focus of his administration.

He signed Illinois first jobs bill in a decade. The Illinois Jobs Now! capital plan will create 439,000 jobs, while improving our state’s aging infrastructure, making it safer for everyone on …

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[25 Aug 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

A federal judge’s ruling this week blocking the federal government from funding embryonic stem cell research has ignited the usual flames of outrage among the political and scientific left.
“Criminal,” said Robert Lanza chief scientific officer of Advanced Cell Technology, which has a financial stake in continued funding. “We are talking about people going blind, people who area dying from a terrifying array of diseases.”

Let’s be courteous and call Lanza’s claim a bit of hyperbole.
Stem cells made from human embryos have not, to my knowledge, restored sight to a single blind …

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[25 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

By the time I went to bed…10:45 pm…there was mainly not entirely good news for conservatives in the primaries. In Florida the nomination of Marco Rubio for the GOP Senate was a given—and it happened. Charlie Crist as the independent nominee has a problem: if he should happen to win, who would he caucus with? If he says the Democrats, he is likely to lose the 20 plus percent of Republicans who have stuck with him. If he says the Republicans he can kiss goodbye any chance …

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[24 Aug 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Dwell on this: If Fitzgerald resigns or is fired, look at who would name his replacement: President Barack Obama. That would be the same Obama whose pal, Tony Rezko was a major player in the Blagojevich saga. And who was convicted of using political connections to demand kickbacks from businesses that wanted to do business with the state. The same Obama that Blago’s lawyers once threatened to call as a witness in support of Blago. Don’t the sages out East recognize a slight conflict of interest in Obama calling off …

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[24 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

When the news broke that the Blago jury was hung up on 23 counts and could only get agreement for conviction on one, I was talking on the phone with an old Harvard buddy who was on the faculty the same time I was a Kennedy Fellow in 1977 (he’s since retired). Since Kennedy Fellows are treated the same as faculty, we’d chow down frequently at a not too shabby place: the Harvard Faculty Club during January to June of that year.

What brought us together was this: …

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[24 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

The following are facts, based on the government’s own figures.

Obama’s stimulus, passed in his first month in office, will cost more than the entire Iraq War — more than $100 billion (15%) more.
Just the first two years of Obama’s stimulus cost more than the entire cost of the Iraq War under President Bush, or six years of that war.
Iraq War spending accounted for just 3.2% of all federal spending while it lasted.
Iraq War spending was not even one quarter of what we spent on Medicare in the same time frame.
Iraq …