Archive for February 2014

An homage to Chicago's greatest writer

That would be Joe Epstein, who recently retired from teaching at Northwestern University. The praise comes from Pat Hickey, one of Chicago’s most authentic writers. Epstein and I grew up in the same West Rogers Park (Nortown)  neighborhood a few blocks from each other but never met. He, I’m told, went to Boone, the public school... Read more »

The War of 1812: America's greatest come-from-behind win

Read about it in my historical novel, Madness: The War of 1812. Check it out at http://www.madness1812.com and order it at a big discount off the publisher’s price.

Its war on a woman costs Planned Parenthood $2 million

Remember Tonya Reaves, the woman who died in 2012 from a botched abortion in a downtown Chicago Planned Parenthood Clinic? It has taken several years, but her family finally got justice when Planned Parenthood, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation agreed to pay $2 million in a wrong death settlement to Ms. Reaves surviving... Read more »
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Ever hear of a "self-written search warrant?"

I hadn’t either until someone sent me this youtube video of Judge Andrew Napolitano speaking about it. He said a couple of FBI agents showed up at the 86-year-old librarians house with a search warrant they wrote themselves (as opposed to a judge, as the constitution requires, I thought). They said that she was forbidden... Read more »

Reasonable discourse on creationism versus evolution

I found Michael Brendan Dougherty ’s essay, “In defense of creationists: Sure, they’re misreading Genesis. But for all the right reasons“ in The Week most refreshing and enlightening about one of today’s most contentious topics: creationism vs. evolution. If we might put our biases aside and take a deep breath, maybe we could close the gap. I would especially... Read more »

Why aren't these Olympic events?

The Great Midwest Book Festival  named my historical novel, “Madness: The War of 1812,” the best general fiction book of 2013. The New York Book Festival gave it an honorable mention. Goodreads readers named it one of the best 25 books about the War of 1812. Check why out every American needs to know more about... Read more »
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For people who disagree with me

…you should read Zay Smith’s QT (Quick Takes). He’s one of Chicago’s best writers and most likely the best humorist. Zay began his column at the Chicago Sun-Times, and now conducts it here. Today’s column starts out:  News Headline: “Minnesota’s libraries rush to adapt to a post-book world.” The day’s news can include many chilling phrases.... Read more »

Mom who was pressured to abort her "severely brain damaged" baby gives birth to a perfectly healthy baby

Report LifeSite News.com BRISTOL, UK, November 27, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A British couple who refused to follow medical advice that they should abort their child after he was diagnosed with severe brain damage has revealed that doctors made a mistake, and their daughter, now two, was born perfectly healthy. Doctors at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol... Read more »

The Doctor who treated Mother Teresa

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This talk by Dr. George Lombardi holds one absolutely spell-bound from start to finish.
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Yet one more problem with Obamacare

Sign up for Medicaid under Obamacare (deceptively named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and you could end up losing your house, car, life savings and every other asset. Explained the Chicago Tribune: A little-known wrinkle in the federal health insurance expansion could put at risk the house and other assets of those ages... Read more »
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