Archive for July 2014

Did Northwestern University's Innocence Project railroad an innocent man?

Freeing people who have been wrongfully convicted is a great public service, but what happens when a guilty man is set free and an innocent man, in his place, is sentenced to 37 years in prison for the double homicide. Such might be the case  in the exoneration of Anthony Porter and the wrongful conviction... Read more »

Would we be here if the dinosaurs survived?

Hardly. But the possibility that the dinosaurs might have survived a cataclysmic meteor strike 66 million years ago has been raised by scientists. This is the most interesting story of the year so far. The National Geographic informs us: Wrong place. Wrong time. Dinosaurs didn’t have to die off, but the space impact that blasted... Read more »

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Four reasons why Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan isn't looking into Gov. Pat Quinn's alleged political slush fund

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is Illinois’ top law enforcement office, so why isn’t she investigating Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program, which allegedly is a political slush fund that spread millions of dollars around just before his election? The use of taxpayers’ money for political purposes surely rates a close look-see. Well, there are the... Read more »

Blame Robin Ventura's mindless, slavish adherence to the 100-pitch dogma for humiliating White Sox loss

Ace White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale was four outs away from another great performance last night, on his way to a complete game and a 4-0 shut-out of the Boston Red Sox. But he had thrown more than 100 pitches–an arbitrary number–so Manager Robin Ventura benched Sale in favor of what everyone knows is... Read more »

My response to the nasty comments on my post about the Hobby Lobby decision

Seems that some of my correspondents are riled up because one of my posts linked to a site and a point of view with which I agreed. (See the comments below “Top 9 Things the Left Has Wrong About the Supreme Court’s Birth Control Ruling,” July 2.) They scolded me because I didn’t provide my... Read more »
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Top 9 Things the Left Has Wrong About the Supreme Court's Birth Control Ruling

A lot of ridiculous things are being said about what the Supreme Court said in the Hobby Lobby case. Here are the nine most goofy, according to Illinois Right to Life. (Click on the headline.) The wrong things: 1.  Supreme Court Decision cut (or reduced) women’s access to birth control. 2. Women’s lives are now in... Read more »
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