Character counts in Alabama, but still not in Chicago and Illinois

The defeat of Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama special U. S. Senate election by Democrat Doug Jones shows that character still counts in that deeply red, deeply conservative southern state.. As Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass eloquently explains, Republican voters were so repulsed by the widely believed sexual predator Moore that they sacrificed their own political... Read more »

Why SCOTUS must protect Jack Phillip's right to not bake a wedding cake for a gay couple

Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission helped to delineate the complex issues in one of the most important religious civil rights case in years. The case will determine whether a Colorado baker, Jack Phillips, can refuse, based on his constitutional right to be free of government interference in the practice... Read more »

Did the gropers and harassers cost Hillary Clinton the election?

You had to know that this was coming. In the wild search to find the real reason (as if we haven’t found it yet) for Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential bid, now comes this cockamamie assertion: The gropers and the sexual harassers did it. This preposterous assertion was made by Jill Filipovic in a New York Times op-ed,... Read more »
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Taxpayer lawsuit filed against new Illinois law that funds elective abortions

The following is a press release from the Thomas More Society. It cites a number of constitutional and fiscal problems with the law.  Controversial Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Bill Prompts Taxpayer Lawsuit Against Illinois Officials Thomas More Society Sues on Behalf of Coalition of Nonprofits and Legislators to Stop “HB 40” (November 30, 2017 – Springfield, IL)... Read more »

Rep. Gutierrez' rigged succession: it's the Chicago Way

“[There is] no quid pro quo,” — Rep. Luis Gutierrez’ denial that there was a secret, backroom deal behind his sudden, surprising retirement from  his congressional seat and endorsement of Jesus “Chuy” Garcia as his successor. Oh, sure. That’ll rank right up there in Chicago political lore with the late Mayor Richard J. Daley’s famously absurd assertion that, “There... Read more »

A timely behind-the-scenes look at “Chuy” Garcia's mayoral campaign

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is back in the news today as he is reportedly preparing to run for longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s seat in Congress.  The news came as Gutierrez, one of the House’s most vocal firebrands, has announced his retirement. Garcia, a Cook County Board commissioner,  lost in a rare run-off race for... Read more »
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Illinois' suffocating taxes

Illinois’ taxes are hurting home values and driving residents out of the state.

Another explanation for the melting of the West Antarctic's ice sheet

Before anyone goes haywire, accusing me of being a global warming denier, I’m posting this only because it illustrates how complex science is and that there are alternative explanations for natural phenomena. This comes from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory: A new NASA study adds evidence that a geothermal heat source called a mantle plume lies... Read more »

The Elgin-O'Hare tollroad (I-390) will never enter O'Hare

The Chicago Tribune editorial board has acknowledged what opponents of the expansion of O’Hare International Airport had long warned about: The extension of the Elgin-O’Hare tollroad (I-390) won’t for all practical purposes ever enter the airport itself to serve a western terminal that never will be built. The Chicago Tribune editorial wasn’t quite that certain,... Read more »
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The attack on the 'racist' National Anthem should provoke a history lesson

The California chapter of the NAACP’s call to remove “The Star-Spangled Banner” has ignited the usual alarms and condemnations, huffing and puffing from both sides. A history lesson is in order. To bring some sense to this highly emotional fray. The lyrics were composed by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812,... Read more »
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