Archive for May 2012

Rep. Mike Bost speaks for all of Illinois

The Downstate Republican threw a fit on the Illinois House floor expressing his anger at being treated like a chump for the way that the Legislature works: Fart around for months until the last possible moment, have the “leadership” work out a deal, and then dump the entire mess on legislators’ desks without giving them... Read more »

The insanity of high-speed rail.

California voters approved $10 billion for high-speed rail, but they’re now facing the stark reality: That’ll only cover less than one-tenth of the cost. Despite that revelation, California is determined to proceed. I didn’t expect this report from CNN’s Anderson Cooper, but he lays out the gruesome facts. Now, if only Gov. Pat Quinn, the... Read more »

When war is worth fighting

Here is a post-Memorial Day thought–an eloquent explanation of why men and women have fought and died: We in America have learned bitter lessons from two World Wars: It is better to be here ready to protect the peace, than to take blind shelter across the sea, rushing to respond only after freedom is lost.... Read more »
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The fools running public pension funds

Reports the New York Times: While Americans are typically earning less than 1 percent interest on their savings accounts and watching their 401(k)balances yo-yo along with the stock market, most public pension funds are still betting they will earn annual returns of 7 to 8 percent over the long haul, a practice that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg recently... Read more »

Retired Illinois Judges Raking in Gluttonous Pensions

A press release from Taxpayers United of America deserving posting in its entirety: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jim Tobin (773) 354-­‐2076 May 29, 2012 (312) 427-­‐5128 Retired Illinois Judges Raking in Gluttonous Pensions CHICAGO-­‐-­‐Retired state and county Illinois judges are enjoying some of the most lavish, gold-­‐plated pensions of all Illinois government-­‐pensioners, according to Jim... Read more »

Roger Ebert--a 'bitchy' man hater?

Offense warning: Contains nasty descriptions Jim Good, whose name seems to be an antonym, has plenty to say (“We’re white, we’re male and we suck!”) about a recent Roger Ebert column in which he revealed that “women are better than men.” Here is some of Ebert’s reasoning: Women are not wired to see disagreement as a challenge... Read more »
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Memorial Day history lesson: 100s of black men victims of institutional racism in the military

This Memorial Day, author James Campbell reminded me that even the Greatest Generation had its dark shadows. In his new book, “The Color of War: How One Battle Broke Japan and Another Changed America,” Campbell lays out in stunning detail one of that generation’s most nightmarish events: the racism that caused the deaths of hundreds of African-Americans in... Read more »

Pat Fitzgerald for Illinois governor. Or Chicago mayor.

Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. attorney for Northern Illinois, blazed a trail right into the slammer for an entire catalogue of the state’s politically corrupt. Now that he is retiring after an unprecedented (for Illinois) decade of integrity, he said at a press conference on Thursday that he would like to remain in public service of some... Read more »

The left, including Obama, abandons women in Afghanistan

Want to see a real “war on women?” Wait until 2014 when U.S and NATO forces effectively leave Afghanistan to the whims of the bloodthirsty Taliban. The savagery will make the alleged Republican sins against women — as politically motivated Democrats have charged — pale in comparison. The Taliban’s strict enforcement of Sharia law, or Islamic law, has resulted in what can... Read more »
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Another statistical link between abortion and breast cancer disclosed

What better place is there to measure whether breast cancer and abortions are related than in China with its one-child-only policy? Some did just that and found evidence that induced abortions indeed are related to an increased risk of breast cancer—a risk that increases when a woman has more abortions. This finding was published in... Read more »
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