Archive for June 2013

Horrible news for Illinois in the municipal bond market

Illinois has been borrowing to meet current expenses, pay down old bills and return what is owed to its vastly under-funded pension funds. The practice is whacky, causing Illinois to have the nation’s worst credit rating. Now comes some more bad news: the municipal bond market has suffered the biggest three-day plunge in more than... Read more »

Who are the 'progressives' that are targeted by the IRS?

Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee are trying to persuade us that the Internal Revenue Service did not exclusively target Tea Party, conservative and pro-life groups. Their statement opened. The Internal Revenue Service today provided Congressional investigators with new information that shows that the term “progressives” was included on the IRS “Be On... Read more »

For last five years our net immigration from Mexico has been zero.

If this surprises you as much as it surprised me, then read Jonathan Last in the Weekly Standard in which he argues for more illegal immigration:  if we were talking about reforming the immigration system in 1990—or 1995, or 2000—the conversation would make a lot of sense. Immigration was on the rise and something new... Read more »
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Cook County Property Taxes Increase to Pay Government Pension Millionaires

Fr0m Taxpayers United of America: Chicago—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of its study of the Cook County Pension Fund (CCPF) top government pensions. “There are 276 Crook County pensioners getting over $100,000 in annual pension payments taking the total for the state over 10,000”, according to TUA president, Jim Tobin. “The average... Read more »

Chicago should ban body wash

Environmentalists, with typical elan, are pushing the City Council to forbid Chicago stores from packing shoppers’ groceries or other purchases in plastic bags. The ban’s sponsor, Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno, 1st, says he might have enough votes to pass the ban if Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn’t oppose it — as if waiting for Daddy to... Read more »

Blackhawks beat Bruins in the greatest game ever played

There have been a lot of great games played in many different sports, but the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins might have been the greatest game I’ve ever seen in any sport. With the Blackhawks trailing 2 to 1 and less than two minutes left in the game, the Blackhawks scored two goals in... Read more »
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Please keep an open mind as you watch the George Zimmerman Trayvon Martin trial live on HLN

George Zimmerman, whose fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin has begun and you can watch the whole thing live on Headline News. Set your recorder or watch it unfold as it happens. The network puts its broadcast on “pause” during breaks, so you won’t miss a thing. However, allow me to ask you... Read more »

Wisdom for growing old

Nor would it hurt if younger people read this. If you wonder where the years went, just wait…. This is circulating on the internet and it arrived without attribution. Whoever wrote it knows wise. You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems... Read more »

Media bend over for same-sex marriage

A Pew Research Center study found that media coverage is heavily skewed (by 5-t0-1) in favor of same sex marriage marriage–to no one’s surprise except, of course, much of the media. In a fight of bashfulness, some media ignored the news. The Pew Researchers say the unbalanced coverage has “provided a strong sense of momentum... Read more »
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NBA should use NHL penalty box rule

The National Basketball League game has become so brutish that it ought to seriously think about incorporating a National Hockey League idea: The Penalty Box. The idea comes to me tonight while watching the Chicago Blackhawks play the Boston Bruins. Hockey is a physical, contact sport but has managed to keep some control over the... Read more »
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