I didn't notice that Al Sharpton wasn't in Chicago

But ace Chicago writer Carol Felsenthal did. She noted his absence in a recent post, “Where Have You Gone, Al Sharpton? Chicago Turns Its Frightened Eyes to You. Late last year, Rev. Sharpton announced a bold plan to set up shop in Chicago. What happened?” Turns out that Sharpton, himself, finally returned her call and gave this... Read more »

The wreck that Democrats have made of their Illinois blue state

A Wall Street Journal editorial said it so well today: If the states are laboratories of democracy, then a great comparative policy experiment is taking place in America’s Great Lakes region. Democrats in Illinois have been pursuing their blue-state model of higher taxes and union-dominated government. Neighboring states since 2010 have gone for lower taxes... Read more »

More left wing fascism

Brandeis University has disinvited  Somalia-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary doctorate and speak at the university’s commencement exercises. None of her great achievements, in her fight for human rights, women’s rights and free speech, counted in her favor because she had expressed an opinion that some people found “offensive.” Her offense was going... Read more »
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It's time for an independent, federal prosecutor to investigate the Anthony Porter case

Martin Preib makes a good argument for why an local investigation will fall short in the increasingly questionable and seemingly politicized decision to free Anthony Porter in the murder case that spurred the “wrongfully convicted” media mania.

Support for Illinois term limits are far more than overwhelming

When up to 80 percent of any group can agree on something, you know that (1) it’s got to be right or (2) an awful lot of people are getting fooled. When it comes to imposing term limits on Illinois legislators and legislative leaders, I believe that it’s the former. Illinois voters are so fed... Read more »

Did Northwestern University 'wrongful conviction' center railroad an innocent man?

That’s a question that increasingly deserves more attention in the wake of yet another Chicago Sun-Times story disclosing a memo calling the entire mess the result of politics. That follows a Sun-Times story last week that provides more evidence that an innocent man was sent to prison for a murder that increasingly appears to have... Read more »
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TOP 10 REASONS WHY PEOPLE FROM ILLINOIS ARE GRUMPY

Madison Bondi gives them to us in Reboot Illinois

Chicago media give Sen. Dick Durbin another pass

Why do Chicago readers have to turn to an out-of-town newspaper to nail Sen. Dick Durbin for another outrageous exaggeration? Here’s what he said Feb. 9 on CBS’s “Face the Nation: “Bob, let’s look at the bottom line. The bottom line is this: 10 million Americans have health insurance today who would not have had... Read more »

'Equal pay day' rubbish

April 8 is Equal Pay Day, marking the number of extra days into 2014 the average woman has to work to earn as much as her male counterpart did in 2013.–HuffPost Rubbish. Variations on the theme that women make 77 cents for every dollar their male counterpart makes are endlessly repeated, often by careless, biased... Read more »
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Liberal, left, gay and lesbian fascism

Maybe all the people who demanded, then got and then applauded the forced resignation of Mozilla Firefox CEO Brendan Eich aren’t old enough to remember Sen. Joe McCarthy, McCarthyism and witch hunts. Or maybe they remember, and they just don’t care about people getting bounced from their careers for what they believe, and say because what... Read more »
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