From the July 3, 2010 Chicago Daily Observer
The Supreme Court ruling that limits enforcement of the “honest services” statute has renewed talk of releasing George Ryan from prison.
Efforts to spring Ryan from prison have been made on several occasions, and seem to come around as regular as clockwork. Only the circumstances of the pleas change. Sometimes it is because Ryan is ill. Or his wife is ill. Or because Ryan feels bad about what happened.
This time, Ryan will use the court ruling as his angle. But the ruling didn’t strike …
It is time for the politicians to finally do something to stop the gun violence in this country. The incidents of slaughter in recent years have been appalling. Twenty-six people shot dead at a school in Newtown, Connecticut,, on Dec. 14, 2012. Twelve killed in the shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, theatre on July 20, 2012. Six killed on Jan. 8, 2011, when Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was wounded. Thirty-two shot dead at Virginia Polytechnic on April 16, 2007. Thirteen shot dead at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. The list goes on.
In each incident, there has been …
The drumbeats are sounding again about making the “rich” pay their “fair share” in taxes.
Liberals want to know why anyone would be against fairness, and why those who have more should not have to pay more. Conservatives want to know why the money they worked hard to earn should be forcibly taken from them and given to those who did not, and will not, work for it.
It’s a debate that will not win converts from one side to the other.
With today’s liberals, it is not really about fairness. It is …
After the recent Democrat National Convention, I am once again left wondering why anyone would be a Democrat.
I used to think the two political parties were like opposing teams, like the Bears and the Packers – each party had different views on how to govern, but primarily they were just two rival teams looking to score the most points for themselves.
That much hasn’t changed. But a new element has been added, the “true believers,” the people who are fanatic in their ideology. Fanaticism for their beliefs almost is more important …
Cook County politicians are better experts than farmers when it comes to chicken poop.
Right now, a whole lot of them are stepping into it.
It started when Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told The Baptist Press he believed in the traditional definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman.
He didn’t say he was anti-gay. He didn’t say his company discriminated against gays, either as customers or employees.
All he gave was his personal opinion, a belief that has been the norm for thousands of years of Judeo-Christian civilization.
That’s when the …
President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder had a secret gun running operation called Fast and Furious, where guns were sold through Arizona gun shops to drug lords in Mexico. The purpose was to show how easy it is to get guns, in an effort by the Obama administration to outrage the American people about guns, and thereby overrule the Second Amendment of the Constitution.
Bypassing the Congress, the courts and the Constitution is the way Obama has chosen to rule, since he can’t get Congress to agree with his dictates …
As the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in approaches, the parade of heroes who brought down President Richard Nixon is being trotted out.
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are on the talk shows, saying that Nixon was even worse than we knew. And they are telling of the heroic efforts of two novice journalists in bringing down this evil empire.
With little else to brag about, the liberal media is going back 40 years to trumpet one of its greatest achievements.
But how great a journalistic achievement was it? …
When is a scandal not a scandal? And when is a story not a story?
When the gate-keepers of the media decide so.
There is no other explanation why Gov. Pat Quinn’s deal with Northstar is not front page news, and why Quinn is not being measured for an orange jump suit by Patrick Fitzgerald.
In case you missed it — and I’m sure you did — it was reported that Gov. Quinn gave a five-year contract worth …
The height of hubris — in a state where hubris is a bigger crop than corn or soybeans — was seen in rural Will County last week when Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. held a “people’s groundbreaking” for the proposed Peotone airport.
What is a “people’s groundbreaking?” It is the same as any other “people’s” movement event — sound and fury, signifying nothing, by people who have more ideals than brains. It was a groundbreaking for an airport that has not been approved, that does not have funding, and probably will never …
This election year, the biggest issue should be the economy — the recession, unemployment, gas prices, shrinking incomes, higher prices, the deficit, trade imbalances, and impending total financial collapse.
But it isn’t.
Barack Obama, David Axelrod, and the regime have shifted the focus of the debate. Now, the most pressing issue facing America is The Pill.
The birth control pill has been on …