Archive for September 2010

Sick of Rahm, already

Is anyone as sick as me from hearing about whether Rahm Emanuel will run for Chicago mayor? Jeez, let us alone, would ya? Some of my media colleagues have been so easily manipulated by this guy into doing a story at every turn that I’m embarrassed for them.  He’s supposed to announce on Friday, maybe... Read more »

Obama: Ahmadinejad's remarks 'hateful'

Yeah, and he’s also “offensive,” “outrageous” and “disgusting.” So there. Obama made the comments after Richard Drew, Associated Press / September 23, 2010 Ahmadinejad: A quack in the company of fatheads. Iranian president Mohmoud Ahmadinejad told the assembled fatheads (aka, the UN general assembly) that the U.S. orchestrated the 9-11 attacks to “save the Zionist... Read more »

Hand over your money

Here’s a trailer for “I want your money,” a political documentary film by award-winning Director Ray Griggs, slated for release in theatres in select markets nationwide on October 15.  Griggs has assembled an all-star cast of prominent voices from America’s broad-based conservative movement, in what critics everywhere are calling a “rousing” feature film documentary.
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Democrats' attitude fuels 'the party of no

Mindless of the din arising from the crowds of supposed hicks, reactionaries, bigots, dupes and dolts gathering to bring down their party, Democrats have coined what they believe is a nifty campaign slogan to describe the opposition: “the party of no.” No ideas, no platform, no positive affirmations, no help for the tired, poor and huddled masses.... Read more »

And Illinois Democrats think they deserve to be re-elected.

The Republican Party has a new campaign commercial out and it’s a good one. It harkens back to when top state Democrats–including now Gov. Pat Quinn, Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan, Treasurer and senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, and House Speaker Mike Madigan were arm and arm in support of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  In November, Illinois voters... Read more »

Why not just give them the money?

Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune / A downtown sign touts a stimulus-funded road construction project. An Illinois congressman has introduced a bill to ban the signs, which he calls taxpayer-funded political propaganda. Now comes news that Los Angeles Public Works Department spent $70 million in our stimulus money to create seven private sector jobs and... Read more »
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Tea Party started right here in Chicago

Did you think it started in some Alabama backwater or was conceived in the mind of a former Alaska governor? No, thank Chicago. The Sun-Times gives well-deserved recognition of the role that Rick Santelli, the CNBC reporter who reports from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile had in starting the Tea Party. A interesting and well-written story... Read more »

Are they insane?

Visitors at the Aircraft Interiors Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center try out the new SkyRider seats, which put passengers in a semi-standing position, with as little as 23 inches between rows. (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times / September 13, 2009) In a never-ending effort to muscle more money out of the traveling public,... Read more »

Brady widens lead over Quinn; Kirk and Giannoulias still neck and neck

A new Rasmussen poll is out and Bill Brady is extending his lead over incumbent Pat Quinn in the governors race: Republican Bill Brady earns his highest level of support yet against Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn in Illinois’ gubernatorial contest, moving this race from a Toss-Up to Solid GOP in theElection 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.  At the... Read more »
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Sunset Chicago government

Now that we’ve cleansed ourselves of all the why questions about Mayor Richard M. Daley’s retirement, we can get on to the serious stuff. No, not the question who will follow Daley, but what will be follow. The “who” question will certainly have something to do with the “what” question; just as surely as it... Read more »
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