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[13 Feb 2011 | One Comment | ]

Bravo, Southtown Star, for a brilliant editorial Sunday defending homeschoolers. We encourage you to visit their site and "like" the paper’s opinion: We’re in trouble here in Illinois.We can’t secure our teachers’ futures, pay our firefighters’ pensions or fix our…

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[17 Sep 2010 | One Comment | ]

The ability of voters to recall corrupt or ineffective governors was a hot topic in the days after the arrest of Rod Blagojevich. Voters will get the chance to adopt an amendment that purports to give citizens this right. I support recall. The public needs a means to fire public servants who no longer serve the public. However, I will be voting no on the recall amendment in November. The reason is simple; this amendment is a sham.
In order for citizens to initiate a recall election, they need to collect …

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[17 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

In any legal or constitutional showdown over whether a mosque can be built near Ground Zero, the mosque would win, hands down.

The First Amendment of the Constitution requires it. The amendment, perhaps the most cherished of the Bill of Rights, guarantees that government may not interfere with the practice of religion.
Not that Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf and his Cordoba House have earned such protections. The widespread feeling is that the imam is using our deeply rooted belief in liberty to shove his mosque down our throats, knowing full well that …

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[20 Jul 2010 | One Comment | ]

This is about deaf people.

The deaf politicians and the rest of the political class, who, oblivious to the tumult growing around them, continue to do the same stupid things that got the public so riled in the first place.
An exhibit: Cedra Crenshaw, the Republican candidate for the state Senate seat from the 43rd District in Will County. The Democratic-controlled county election commission threw her off the November election ballot because the language in her nominating petition contained a minor mistake. She had more than enough signatures, but the error, while …

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[13 Jul 2010 | 4 Comments | ]

July 12, 2010 – 10:15 AM
Ed Yohnka ACLU Spokes-guy could not get back to me about whether or not The American Civil Liberties Union will take up the cause of Professor Kenneth Howell, the religion professor and Roman Catholic, fired for making Hate Speech in an e-mail response to a student – “Natural Moral Law says that Morality must be a response to REALITY,” he wrote in the e-mail. “In other words, sexual acts are only appropriate for people who are complementary, not the same.”

According Professor Howell’s Department Head who …

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[30 Jun 2010 | One Comment | ]

Whatever you might think of the Supreme Court striking down Chicago’s handgun ban, it’s hard to argue that you don’t have a right to defend yourself in your own home.

If you agree, but think that government can forbid you from defending yourself with a handgun, then you have to say what weapon you can have. Sounds simple enough, but let’s try it as an exercise:
Landmines (or improvised explosive devices). Okay, a little extreme, but it meets the objections of anti-gun activists. Landmines are not portable. You can’t carry concealed landmines …

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[21 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

In the deadly game of politics your enemies often do you more good than your friends. No one understands this better than Barack Obama.

A week or two ago Obama appeared to be drowning in the oil-soiled waters of Gulf of Mexico. Today he is the beneficiary of unintended largesse from a string of gaffe-prone Republican candidates and office-holders who, one way or another, appear to be siding with BP against him. Poor, beleaguered BP.
With Obama’s stock apparently on the upswing, one cannot overlook the contributions of the best enemy of …

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[17 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

They entered swiftly and unannounced, like anybody on a surprise inspection. Point after point, everything checked out. But when the city inspectors reached the basement, they stumbled upon the hub of a painstakingly precise operation. The suspect in question was not some drug kingpin or organized-crime ringleader. It was Lula Cafe, a restaurant dealing in stuffed French toast and hand-cut pastas. And its offense? Canning.

The brigade of cooks was given no choice. They took turns lugging close to 200 quart-size glass jars from their subterranean pantry into the back alley, where …

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[17 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

Too often, government bureaucrats are terrified of anything that does not fit neatly into their lists. They treat an innovative business idea as a nuisance or—worse—a threat.

Case in point: During the past few years, several Chicago entrepreneurs noticed that some folks who prepared food for a living needed to use a commercial kitchen but could not afford a kitchen of their own. These creative entrepreneurs came up with a solution. They built big, shiny commercial kitchens with room for several enterprises to work at once. …

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[7 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

What do Helen Thomas, Bill Maher and Eric Zorn all have in common? Helen wants Jews to leave the homeland from whence they built civilization and were forced to leave in 670 BC by the Babylonians and then by the Romans in 70 AD only to return in 1947 AD. Bill Maher wants to use his detestation of religion (all religion because Bill Maher needs the field) to tell people to shut up other than those who fully agree with him in his HBO studio. Eric Zorn …