Archive for February 2012

Time to scrutinize high salaries paid by some charities

No one more deserves sympathy in these troubled times than the nonprofit charities struggling to survive. In this recession, government subsidies are tight and in Illinois, the state is stiffing them. Contributions are off. Their staffs are shrinking … Wait, let me start again. No one more deserves sympathy in these troubled times than the... Read more »

The Chicago school system was not designed for the benefit of the kids.

That’s not me, a white suburbanite, saying it. That’s Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (about 4:24 into the video). “A Tale of Two Missions,” with Juan Williams, lays it on the line. It’s a school sysystem weighed down by federal and state mandates, union demands and a fat, unresponsive bureaucracy. It’s worth a watch

March 23 is Stand up for Religious Liberty Day in Chicago and the nation.

President Obama’s HHS Mandate Sparks Nationwide Demonstrations The controversy over President Obama’s HHS Mandate is now pouring out onto the streets. On March 23, concerned citizens in over 50 cities—including Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco—will gather at Federal Buildings for a rally with the theme “Stand Up for Religious Freedom—Stop the HHS... Read more »
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Thank these engineers for the Liquid Crystal Display

The LCD, as it is popularly called, is used in billions of consumer and professional devices. They range from TV sets and computer monitors to calculators and telephones. The LCD gave new meaning to the word ubiquitous. So, who do we thank? The National Academy of Engineering knows. It presented its 2012 Draper Prize, the... Read more »

Is a fetus a parasite?

Some folks got their noses out of joint when I wrote about the debate in my Chicago Tribune op-ed column. (View it here. And be sure to read the comments posted below the column to get the flavor of the wrath that I incurred.) What do you think? poll by twiigs.com

Lesbian judge refuses to perform heterosexual marriages

From Dallas Voice.com Using the example of turning young couples away who want the court to marry them quickly because they are often pregnant and desperate, Parker said she refers them to other judges because of the state’s marriage inequality, informing them that that is why she will not marry them. “I use it as... Read more »
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Fed workers go without a pay raise for 3 years--boo hoo!

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) warns that “recent attacks on federal pay and benefits, coupled with the permeating rhetoric casting the government as bloated and underperforming, could lead to a crisis among federal employees and have a crushing impact on morale,.” This is one of the most self-pitying whines I’ve ever seen, coming from federal workers who still don’t... Read more »

The claim that 98 percent of Catholic women use contraceptives? Wrong, says FactChecker.

The popular site called FactChecker.org looked into the assertion, made by the likes of Nancy Pelosi and repeated without qualification by liberal media acolytes and awarded it two Pinocchios*. The claim is a “media foul,” FactChecker said. Here’s what else FactChecker said in part: But while the study says that 98 percent of “sexually experienced... Read more »

Maybe we should stone our bankers and politicians too

Apparently we could learn from Iceland, according to Bloomberg News: Icelanders who pelted parliament with rocks in 2009 demanding their leaders and bankers answer for the country’s economic and financial collapse are reaping the benefits of their anger. Since the end of 2008, the island’s banks have forgiven loans equivalent to 13 percent of gross... Read more »
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What's more newsworthy: 300,000 marchers or a 'handful' of marchers?

If it is a handful of Catholic college students bitching about how they can’t afford contraception versus 300,000 pro-lifers marching in Washington, the hands-down decision goes to the handful. Check out the comments on the comparison here. One observation made in the article: But in so many news reports this handful of young women speaking... Read more »
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