Archive for January 2013

Obama criticized for name-dropping Chicago sports teams

You’re From Chicago. We Get It When Players Visit the White House, Obama Seldom Misses a Chance to Name-Drop His Favorite Teams That was the headline on a whine  from Jared Diamond in the Wall Street Journal. Said he: [Obama]  likes the Chicago teams so much that he will take any opportunity to pledge his... Read more »

If we amend Illinois constitution for graduated income tax, why not also for pension reform?

It takes special gall to raise taxes for some Illinoisans so soon after they were hit with a massive increase in state income tax rates. So, give an audacity award to any “progressive” trying to renew the ill-timed and perennial campaign to replace the decades-old flat tax with a graduated income tax. Rep. Naomi Jakobsso,... Read more »

Women in combat--take the polls

The Obama administration will open up combat assignments for women in the military. What does that mean? Take the poll. Should women be allowed to serve in combat? No Don’t know Yes Created on Jan 23, 2013 View Results poll by twiigs.com For women in the military, should they be required to serve in combat?... Read more »
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Abortion-rights champions at their creepiest. Not parody

There are times when some folks with a passionate cause goes overboard with their advocacy. Yes, sometimes the zeal of pro-lifers causes me some embarrassment. Especially when someone pulls a gun or a stick of dynamite thinking that violence is the way to end the violence of abortion. Now comes a video so goofy, tasteless... Read more »

40 years of Doe v Bolton, the ignored Supreme Court abortion case

Forty years ago Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided one of its most important cases: Doe v. Bolton. Never heard of it? Not surprising, but sad. That decision set the divisive tone of American political debate for the 20th century’s last quarter and probably far into this one. Upon it has rested the fate of... Read more »

What was America's worst war? Vote here

Iraq? Vietnam? Afghanistan? Wrong, wrong,wrong. It was the War of 1812. If you want to know why–and who doesn’t?–mark this Saturday, Jan. 26 to hear why. I’ll be at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore in Park Forest, to discuss, “America’s most screwed-up war.” You might think that you’d have to go a long way to beat... Read more »
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New takes on 17 old sayings

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it. 2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list. 3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak. 4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong. 5.... Read more »

Chicago and Illinois: America's armpit

I didn’t write this, so I can’t take credit (or blame) for it.  But it is kicking up dust on the Internet for some time. (It obviously was written some time ago because the body count numbers don’t compute.) Perhaps the U.S. should pull out of Chicago ? Body count: In the last six months... Read more »

Illinois Gay Titans of Industry - Fewer than the Manteno Chamber of Commerce

No let-up in the same sex marriage PR campaign. This post takes a closer look at the “business leaders” that support same-sex marriage.
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Massive protest in Paris (!) against same-sex marriage.

Who would have thought? PARIS (Reuters) – Several hundred thousand people massed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Sunday to protest against President Francois Hollande’s plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption by June. Three columns of protesters, waving pink and blue flags showing a father, mother and two children, converged on the landmark... Read more »
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