Archive for October 2013

My Halloween candy "tastes like poop!"

What would happen if Obamacare were put in charge of Halloween candy It’s a Crest toothpaste ad that has gone viral. Subscribe to the Barbershop.  Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time. America’s worst war? You... Read more »

Put speed cameras on Chicago-area expressways

I’ve got a surefire way to lift Illinois out of its near-broke wretchedness. It will enable all public employees to live like kings, on the payroll and in retirement. Illinois’ bondholders will be paid. So, too, will the doctors, hospitals and social service workers who are owed billions by the state. How? Put speed cameras... Read more »

How did this get past CBS censors?

CBS’ 60 minutes is about a year late exploring the “why” of the horrific raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, but the fact that it did it at all is remarkable. Still, the program left out the part about former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s unbelievably callous “what difference does it make?” statement before... Read more »

What was America’s worst war?

I’ll discuss what may have been America’s worst and most nearly ruinous war at the  North Shore Senior Center, at 10 a.m. Tuesday Oct. 29 Even worse than the Vietnam and Iraq wars? As I write in my historical novel, Madness: The War of 1812. Never in the history of American warfare has this nation... Read more »

Already deep in debt, Illinois must spend more

Reports the Illinois News Network Despite a backlog of more than six months in unpaid bills, having the worst credit rating in the nation and the worst-funded pensions of any state, Illinois lawmakers are feeling pressure to increase spending. See the list.

Illinois Obamacare grant goes to California

Reports Illinois News Network: A California group with a history of making political contributions to Illinois politicians and connections to the Obama administration was awarded a federal “navigator” grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, to help Illinoisans enroll in the Obamacare health insurance exchange. Read more Nice to see that... Read more »

Eights ways to avoid Obamacare scammers

The complexity of Obamacare and the confusion created by its bungled rollout has created vast opportunities for conmen. The Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Reports and news reports are warning Americans of the various scams; I’ve consolidated them here: Beware of unsolicited pitches. The government isn’t sending out unsolicited emails, nor is it calling or knocking... Read more »

A loving response to Deb Mell’s beautiful homage to her wife

UPDATE: Read additional thoughts on Illinois’ approval of same-sex marriage in a later post. Who could not be touched by Chicago Ald. Deb Mell’s moving essay (“Perspective: Make marriage equal,” Chicago Tribune, Oct. 21, 2013) describing the love she has for her wife, Christin Baker? In revealing the details of their life together, their marriage in Iowa... Read more »

Keep HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

We’re told that partisans (read: conservatives and Republicans) are demanding that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius be fired for botching the Obamacare rollout. I disagree. Keep her. What better symbol is there of the failed planned, the over-the-top promises and the inherent problems of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Even... Read more »

Jay Carney leaves even the mainstream media laughin' 'n' scratchin'

In what must have been one of the worst White House press conferences in memory, Barack Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, himself a former reporter, was cornered by the press corps and flopped miserably in his answers about the mounting failures of Obamacare. He kept telling reporters to ask the Department of Human Services because... Read more »
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