Archive for April 2014

Barnes & Noble: Going out of business?

Best selling author Micael Levin speculates that Barnes & Noble could be gone by New Years, thanks to Internet competition, some poor business decisions, absent customer service and an outmoded business plan. Levin regards the closing of the chain store that helped put independent book stores out of business as lamentable news. I’m not so... Read more »

Nature's response to the Asian carp invasion

About half-million Asian carp found dead in Kentucky’s Cumberland River While environmentalists are fretting about Asian carp invading Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes, Mother Nature has dealt the fish a bad hand. Hundreds of thousands–perhaps a half million–died in 24 hours in a massive fish kill that now is being investigated by the Kentucky Department... Read more »

Bankrupt Detroit pensioners agree to cuts; is Chicago next?

Reports the Detroit News in a story that didn’t get much attention here in Chicago: Detroit— A committee representing retirees in Detroit’s bankruptcy said Friday it has reached “an agreement in principle” to support the city’s debt-cutting reorganization plan — a breakthrough that could speed the Motor City’s exit from bankruptcy court. Under the deal,... Read more »
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More Obama lies, this time on vote fraud

President Barack Obama on April 11 to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network echoed the progressive/liberal/Democratic line that there’s so little voter fraud in America that we don’t need to impose stricter voter identification laws or even be concerned about it. This usually brings about big yucks for people who have been around Chicago for any length... Read more »

She's a pro-life liberal

Elizabeth Stoker  in The Week argues that a genuine pro-life position supports the lives of mothers and children rather than simply their birth. This is a very well argued position and, indeed, captures the sentiment of many pro-lifers who not only support a child’s right to birth but also the welfare of their lives and... Read more »

I didn't notice that Al Sharpton wasn't in Chicago

But ace Chicago writer Carol Felsenthal did. She noted his absence in a recent post, “Where Have You Gone, Al Sharpton? Chicago Turns Its Frightened Eyes to You. Late last year, Rev. Sharpton announced a bold plan to set up shop in Chicago. What happened?” Turns out that Sharpton, himself, finally returned her call and gave this... Read more »
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The wreck that Democrats have made of their Illinois blue state

A Wall Street Journal editorial said it so well today: If the states are laboratories of democracy, then a great comparative policy experiment is taking place in America’s Great Lakes region. Democrats in Illinois have been pursuing their blue-state model of higher taxes and union-dominated government. Neighboring states since 2010 have gone for lower taxes... Read more »

More left wing fascism

Brandeis University has disinvited  Somalia-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary doctorate and speak at the university’s commencement exercises. None of her great achievements, in her fight for human rights, women’s rights and free speech, counted in her favor because she had expressed an opinion that some people found “offensive.” Her offense was going... Read more »

It's time for an independent, federal prosecutor to investigate the Anthony Porter case

Martin Preib makes a good argument for why an local investigation will fall short in the increasingly questionable and seemingly politicized decision to free Anthony Porter in the murder case that spurred the “wrongfully convicted” media mania.
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Support for Illinois term limits are far more than overwhelming

When up to 80 percent of any group can agree on something, you know that (1) it’s got to be right or (2) an awful lot of people are getting fooled. When it comes to imposing term limits on Illinois legislators and legislative leaders, I believe that it’s the former. Illinois voters are so fed... Read more »
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