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[ • 17 Apr 2015 • No Comment ]
Most people have heard the acronym ASPCA – the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Their goal is to prevent owner abuse. After the April 7 Chicago runoffs, rumors abound that there is a burgeoning movement to Create an APSCP – American Society to Prevent Cruelty to Politicians. Its goal would be to prevent voter abuse. In other words, salve the pain of defeat. The loser grouses: How dare the voters reject me? I’m special. I have feelings. I’m devastated. They’re...


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[ • 16 Apr 2015 • One Comment ]
Greetings, American humans! Hello, advanced mammalian friends! Welcome to the Week of Hillary! “Wait, wait, wait,” you might be thinking if you’re a normal American human. “It’s not the Week of Hillary. Last I checked, it was the Week the Government Steals All of My Money, Then Somehow Manages to Act Like It’s the Victim. Also, isn’t ISIS about to take over Ramadi? Also, didn’t Russian warships just enter the English Channel? And what about—” Read more at Real Clear Politics
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[ • 14 Apr 2015 • No Comment ]
I was shocked–shocked–to learn Sunday that Hillary Clinton decided to run for president. Who could have imagined? OK– there were rumors to that effect and I may even have opined on some. The very first column I wrote for the Chicago Daily Observer, back in mid-2007, she was running for president against a field of senators including an African American guy with a funny name. I was not exactly wild about the former first lady turned senator from New York because she voted to get...


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[ • 13 Apr 2015 • No Comment ]
From Wirepoints If you’re not from around Chicago, get ready for a perfect audio lesson on what we’re dealing with here, tough language and all. You locals will laugh and cry at what’s too familiar.   Denis Lawlor is a security officer at a the water reclamation plant in southwest suburban Stickney.  He accidentally left the microphone open on his radio as he showed the ropes to a new employee, and the conversation was recorded. It’s a perfect depiction of the cultural problem at the...


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[ • 7 Apr 2015 • No Comment ]
“Dread” is the perfect word for what many investors have felt in recent years. Some have experienced it daily since the bottom in March 2009. Some experience it whenever the stock market falls. But dread really sweeps the markets when there is weak data, a change in fiscal or monetary policy or during market volatility. This means it has cast a pall over markets once or twice a year during the past six years. Remember the feeling on September 2, 2011, when it was reported that payroll employment...


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[ • 6 Apr 2015 • One Comment ]
There is more than a bit of irony to the fact that the week-long run-up to two major religious holidays this past weekend, Easter and Passover, should be marked by debates about whether “freedom of religion ” legislation in Indiana and Arkansas is based on genuine belief or an excuse to discriminate. As a secular or “cultural” Jew I admit I spend more time admiring great Christian churches in Europe, Buddhist temples is Southeast Asia and an occasional Islamic mosque than...


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