Archive for September 2011

Congress: A year late and $1,052,062,224,099 short

You recall the idiom, “A day late and a dollar short,”  don’t you? Well, Congress is a year late and $1.05 trillion short. As it has become its habit, Congress this fiscal year failed to pass a budget well before the new fiscal year starts on Oct. 1. A fiscal year-end report by the Committee... Read more »

The Fouling of Walter Payton in an Age of Iagos: "I follow him to serve my turn upon him."

Here is brilliant commentary about  Jeff Pearlman’s smear of Walter Payton (in a book whose name will not be mentioned here) from the often brilliant Patrick Hickey. If you are a fan of William Shakespeare (and who isn’t?), you will enjoy this. If you are a fan of Walter Payton you will relish this. If... Read more »

The Palin Fetish: How Liberals Expose Themselves by Trying to Expose Sarah Palin

From PJTV:”First, they called Sarah Palin a racist. Now, they accuse her of having a ‘fetish’ for black men. Can Governor Palin ever win? “Sarah Palin” visits Zo Nation to talk about the crazy allegations directed at her by the left.” Go here to view video (registration needed)
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How Illinois public pensions compare with other states

Most observers agree that a good part of the states’ financial problems (aside from the recession) is the funding of public pensions. Here is a good analysis of what other states have been doing to address the problem, compared with Illinois. Among the steps that other states have taken are: Increased employee contribution requirements. Increased... Read more »

'The Chicago Way is bankrupting America'

Here is an interesting perspective on the consequences of electing a creature of Illinois political hackdom–Barack Obama–as president.

17 percent of Illinois budget goes to meet pension obligations

While social service agencies reel under Illinois budget cuts and state suppliers, including medical providers for the poor, are getting stiffed by the state to the tune of billions of dollars, the money poured down the rat hole of state pensions continues unabatted. A staggering 17.4 percent of Illinois general fund spending will go into... Read more »
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What's wrong with Ozzie making a pile of money?

Managing a professional sports team ought not be considered a form of indentured servitude. “Loyalty” to the club ought not mean that you should stay put even though the market says you can make more money elsewhere. So, I don’t understand the criticism of Ozzie Guillen for leaving the White Sox and signing on with... Read more »

Bighead Asian Carp could be big money for Illinois

Word of Illinois’ campaign to create a public taste for sauteed fillets and fried fish cakes made from bighead Asian carp has reached even the distant shores of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where we are vacationing with gracious friends. It was national news because Illinois seems to have lost its mind by asking people to, in... Read more »

Reliving the 1960s through retro TV shows

Living through the 1960s was weird enough for a lifetime, now television gives us a chance to relive it. Do we have to? Earlier, we were eased into the decade with “Mad Men,” the award-winning AMC show set in the 1960s. It is self-described as a “sexy, stylized and provocative . . . drama (that)... Read more »
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Those red light cameras DO work, in Elk Grove Village

We’ve been hearing a lot about how the photo-protected intersections are just a ruse to raise money for municipalities. We’ve heard a lot about how various studies have shown that they not only don’t increase safety, but worse, they make the intersections more dangerous. Studies, schmudies. Here’s a real life example of how the cameras... Read more »
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