Can We the People govern ourselves?

We take for granted that the democratic or republican forms of government are inevitable and natural, that they are the best way to govern, and certainly far ahead of whatever comes in second. If so, then, how do you explain: Illinois? Chicago? The federal government? All challenge the everyday assumption that We the People can... Read more »

The new progressive bromide: Militarization of police

As a favor to progressives who never want to be the last one to use the latest cliche, I give you this: Militarization of Police. We can thank the tragedy of  Ferguson, Missouri for the sudden appearance and flood of references to a police force that looks more like an army than, well, a police force. Broadly... Read more »

More hot air from the discredited Barack Obama about beheaded American journalist James Foley

Maybe President Barack Obama in his nationally televised statement that ended a few minutes ago didn’t want to disclose what he plans to do to carry out his threats to  ”do what is necessary to see that justice is done” regarding the death of American journalist Jim Foley because he doesn’t want the enemy to know... Read more »
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For lexophiles only

No, it’s not some kind of perversion that’ll get you on a life-long sex-offenders list. “Lexophile” is someone who loves to use words uniquely. e.g. “to write with a broken pencil is pointless. Someone recently sent me a list of 42 examples that were compiled without attribution. After a search, I’ve found that a lot... Read more »

Maybe the media should shut up about Ferguson

After all, so many in the media have been telling everyone else to shut up. And perhaps they should. There’s always an “activist,” “law enforcement official,” “commentator,” “social scientist” and an endless array of “experts” yet to be interviewed. Good God, this could go on forever. But who’s giving voice to all the these provocateurs,... Read more »

For moms and dads sadden by their kids going off to college

John Kass’ wonderful Chicago Tribune column (“Trip to becoming empty nesters went too fast,” Aug. 10) hurled me back to the time when my own kids left home for college. I wrote about it in my Chicago Sun-Times column back in 1992 when it happened: August 25, 1992 Departing Children Leave Quiet House By Dennis Byrne... Read more »
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President Blah Blah Obama

President Barack Obama’s “news” conference this evening was so bad, I was embarrassed for the man. If I had been a reporter, I would have been hard put to tell the boss what actual news this”news” conference produced. Everything he said was a reiteration, and that’s not a good thing. The problem is that Obama... Read more »

White Sox need a new pitching coach

In addition to a new manager. (See my earlier suggestion, rant actually, that Manager Robin Ventura be replaced.) Don Cooper is a much respected, and I dare say deservedly so, but it might be time for him to move on. You have to judge anyone’s job by the results, and the near-total collapse by the... Read more »

Did Northwestern University's Innocence Project railroad an innocent man?

Freeing people who have been wrongfully convicted is a great public service, but what happens when a guilty man is set free and an innocent man, in his place, is sentenced to 37 years in prison for the double homicide. Such might be the case  in the exoneration of Anthony Porter and the wrongful conviction... Read more »
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Would we be here if the dinosaurs survived?

Hardly. But the possibility that the dinosaurs might have survived a cataclysmic meteor strike 66 million years ago has been raised by scientists. This is the most interesting story of the year so far. The National Geographic informs us: Wrong place. Wrong time. Dinosaurs didn’t have to die off, but the space impact that blasted... Read more »
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