Archive for November 2009

Cabs, limos and O'Hare Airport

Here is an excellent article about the problems created by rogue (unlicensed) cab drivers at O’Hare Airport. For experienced travelers, getting solicited–which is against the law–for a cab ride is no problem. Just say no. But for inexperienced travelers and those new to town, it’s an awful scam that had gotten out of hand. Here’s... Read more »

Senate Report: Bin Laden Was 'Within Our Grasp'

What most of the people who comment on this story haven’t noticed is that the report was done by the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Democratic majority staff.  It was Osama bin Laden (AP file photo) done at the request of its chairman. Guess who is the chairman. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). As the story notes:... Read more »

Send the Salahis to Gitmo

Michaele and Tarek Salahi UPDATE: Some publicity-hunting congressman is planning a congressional committee hearing on how the jackasses sunk into the White House. Don’t do it, please. There are other ways to find out how they did than putting them in the spotlight again. Now comes word that the couple that crashed the White House... Read more »

Hey, lay off Tiger

PETER MUHLY, AFP/Getty Images Just what we need. With so few true unblemished American icons, it looks we’re about to lose another one. More than a million entries listed on the Google blog search. Speculation and unconfirmed reports flying left and right. Denials unending. Trash talking. Unremitting jokes about his “driving” (golf driving and car... Read more »

British and Canadian Health Care Problems

Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and candidate for U.S. senator from Illinois makes some interesting observations about problems with government-run health care:

FAA zaps soundproofing for O'Hare area high school

Here’s one more reason that everyone should just be thrilled–thrilled, thrilled, I say–by Mayor Richard Daley’s O’Hare Airport Expansion. The Federal Aviation Administration now says that it would not provide soundproofing money for the Elk Grove Village High School. According to the Daily Herald: Township High School District 214 officials say they will appeal a... Read more »

Diabetes May Double in 25 Years

According to ABC News, “One factor driving the soaring costs: the number of people living with diabetes for lengthy periods, the researchers said. Over time, the cost of caring for someone with diabetes tends to rise along with their risk for developing complications, such as end-stage renal disease, which requires dialysis.” Are you thinking what... Read more »

Obama Shatters Spending Record for First-Year Presidents

Second place is not even close. Details are here.

Stevenson High to j-students: publish or perish

Because I’ve been in the newspaper racket for decades, folks will assume that I’m on the side of the Stevenson High School students who are fighting with the administration over what they can publish in the school newspaper. I’m not. How can I say this with the obligatory amount of sensitivity so I don’t hurt... Read more »

New runway or fewer flights cut O'Hare delays?

The new tower that Chicago had to build at O’Hare Airport because controllers couldn’t see enough of the new northern runway from the old tower. The Federal Aviation Administration says flight delays at O’Hare Airport have declinedsince the new northern runway was built. Count on Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration to crow about how this... Read more »
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