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[30 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]

* From the Illinois Federation of Teachers’ website…
Rumor Mill: Lame Duck Lawmakers Could Vote to Remove Workers from Union Rolls in January
For the past couple of years, Governor Quinn has pushed for the legislature to pass legislation en…

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[30 Nov 2012 | One Comment | ]

The Pouting Pundits of Pessimism have been in a froth over the “fiscal cliff,” but US consumers seem to be ignoring them. Shoppers hit stores in droves over the past four days, both in person and, increasingly, on-line. It’s not an economic boom, but it sure isn’t a recession, either.

 
Sales for the full first weekend of holiday shopping – Thursday through Sunday – are up 13% versus a year ago according to the National Retail Federation. On average each customer spent 6.3% more than last year.
 
ComScore says online Black Friday …

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[30 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]

* Just in case you’re wondering, here is the weighted vote for the 2nd Congressional District. Refer to this whenever you see a news story about an endorsement…
* 5th Ward – Leslie Hairston – 2,981
* 7th Ward – Sandi Jackson – 6,298
* 8th…

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[30 Nov 2012 | One Comment | ]

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice is under fire for going on several Sunday talk shows five days after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and providing apparently erroneous information to the public. But President Obama’s own public statements about Benghazi, made in three separate nationally televised interviews in the days after Rice’s appearances, were equally misleading and have received scarcely any attention.

In defending Rice from criticism from an array of Republicans, including Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Obama said at a November 15 press conference, “If Sen. McCain …

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Lt. Aloysius MayWhy are you so into Pinot*? It’s like a thing with you.Col. James A. Mulligan ( Commanding Officer of Mulligan’s Brigade)I don’t know. It’s a hard grape to grow. As you know. It’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s …

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The reliable Michael Sneed of The Chicago Sun-Times reports:Sneed hears former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is now singing with the voice of an anxious canary. Sneed also hears rumbles the feds are very interested in a powerful dem femme, who is not an …

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* The reporting on yesterday’s PPP poll has been somewhat breathless…
Reports are coming out that Pat Quinn is the least popular governor in the country.
according to a survey that came out Thursday, only one in four Illinois voters approve…

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[30 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]

America Mag editorial: With creative proposals and determined diplomacy, President Assad may still be made to see reason. Didn’t the Jesuit-educated Voltaire have a character who would have come to this conclusion?