My turn to be a Chicago media critic

And why not? My experience as a Chicago journalist is long and varied. It dates back to 1965 when I was hired by the late lamented Chicago Daily News, starting out on the midnight shift (before women were allowed) writing about  crime. There I also was the urban affairs reporter and assistant financial editor. When the... Read more »

20,165,712,098,704

That’s the nation debt, in case you’re wondering. That’s more than $20 trillion. It’s not a static number either; the second-by-second increase would make your head spin. See the wheels whirl round and round here at the U.S. National Debt Clock in Real Time. There you’ll also find other interesting numbers such as Gross Debt to... Read more »

It's up to Congress to renew DACA

First principle in the DACA debate: Splitting up families and sending a child “back” to countries they have never known is cruel, bad policy and stupid politics. But the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy created by the Obama administration is constitutionally sound because  the former president had exceeded his... Read more »
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Hidden abuse of women: Forced abortions

Read about it here.

Should pregnant women be told that a chemical abortion can be reversed?

The “pro-choice” Planned Parenthood abortion providers doesn’t think that women should be informed by their doctors. They dispute that it can be done, although a physician claims that he has done it. Although Planned Parenthood and others in the abortion industry back laws that would force doctors to tell their pregnant patients that abortion is available... Read more »

Some states now require parents to take driver's ed

Parents of teenage drivers, how do like these apples? According to Stateline, a publication of Pew Charitable Trusts: For many teens, taking driver’s education has become a rite of passage in itself, just like getting a license. Now, some states are requiring their parents to take a class as well. Last month, Rhode Island became... Read more »
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Wait, global warming isn't killing the polar bears?

For all the sirens going off about how global warming (sorry, climate change) is threatening polar bears, it seems they have been thriving. So much so that they no longer are a ubiquitous symbol for atmospheric warming. Read about it in Fat polar bears [and lots of them] drive public confidence in future of the species in Polar Bear... Read more »

Okay, sensitivity police, defend ESPN for pulling Asian announcer because his name is Lee

ESPN pulled Robert Lee from announcing a University of Virginia football game because his name might cause him some embarrassment or other problems.  The real problem being that his name, Robert Lee, is too similar to the Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Stop it. Stop it now. (Hat tip to Zay Smith).

Chicago-style terrorists

The comparison has been made before and it has almost become a cliche–because it’s the truth. And it bears repeating: While the debate over how to fight terrorism of the Islamist extremist type the world over is underway, Chicago has its own form of terrorism: Armed gangster punks fighting over drug turf and vengeance. John Kass... Read more »
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Who's to blame for Charlottesville?

Vice News Tonight on HBO well documented the hatred that incited the violence between the neoNazis and antiNazis in Charlottesville. It’s worth watching–if you can stand some of the shocking and scary things said by one of the neoNazi leaders. I want to be careful here, because I can’t read what’s in the hearts and minds... Read more »
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