Archive for October 2012

When historical fiction is superior to "real" history

Historians should stop holding their noses when they encounter historical novels Since beginning my historical novel six years ago, I could not help but notice a certain streak in the our community of imaginative writers and readers: A compelling need to defend of the idea that we can use history to tell a story. No... Read more »

Even the New York Times recognizes that Illinois is in the toilet, about to be flushed

Tammy Duckworth, a tool of the Chicago Way, trying to infiltrate suburban Chicago's 8th Congressional District

If you really want to have some fun, slide over to the Daily Kos, to see how this column sent eye-balls spinning among Duckworth’s supporters on the far left. The response to the post by someone called Markg8 is precious. Now for my column: Let’s see, the reasons that you’re supposed to vote for Democrat Tammy... Read more »

Da Bears or the presidential debate?

Or, as my daughter Kati, called the possible choice: Da Bate. That’s a tough choice for Chicago Bears fans who are political junkies. Watch one live and record the other? poll by

The Duckworth/Walsh debate in full is here.

Click on the headline to link the complete debate between Republican incumbent Rep. Joe Walsh and Democrat Tammy Duckworth before the Chicago Tribune editorial board.

Joe Walsh's "extreme" abortion view

Maybe you should listen to his explanation for his pro-life view on “abortion to save the mother’s life.”  Whether you agree or not, he deserves a complete airing of his view before you adopt the simpleminded rhetoric of Planned Parenthood, Tammy Duckworth and other pro-choice extremists.  

A fool and his argument

President Barack Obama at the Al Smith Dinner

Mitt Romney Jokes and One Liners at Al Smith dinner with President Barack Obama


Which is worse: Romney's 'binders' or Obama's 'optimal?'

Wow, you’d think that Republican presidential candidate Romney set fire to a battered women’s shelter when he said he had a “binder” of qualified women to appoint to his cabinet as Massachusetts governor. Makes me want to ask the Obama partisans: Is  “binders of women” the best ya got? Can there be a more idiotic reason... Read more »
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