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2016: The. Worst. Year. Ever? STFU

Is there anything that is more indicative of the self-absorption, egoism and narcissism that has enveloped this generation than the question: Is 2016 the worst year ever? Lord, the debate, pro and con, has taken over the Internet from where it has spawned even more debate in media that should know better. This tweet is typical:... Read more »

Am I the only one who wasn't pitched a story by Rahm Emanuel

Robert Feder does an excellent column on the disclosure of emails detailing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s dealings with the media: “Dear Rahm: Emails reveal how Emanuel works the media — and vice versa”  

What makes tronc (formerly Chicago Tribune) so valuable to Gannett?

Indeed, it’s a puzzle why Gannett is so interested in buying tronc, formerly Tribune Publishing, when the outlook for legacy, printed newspapers appears so dismal? Here’s as good of an explanation that I’ve seen. Disclosure: ChicagoNow is owned by tronc. Read why Americans need to learn about the nation’s most ignored war. Find out what freelance editorial... Read more »
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John Kerry's eloquent, yet deceptive defense of Obama's Israeli policy

U.S. Secretary John Kerry today gave an eloquent, yet deceptive defense of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy involving Israeli, including his decision not to use the administration’s veto of a UN Security Council anti-Israel resolution. In his state department speech, Kerry did an admirable job of laying out the pain of both Israelis and Palestinians... Read more »

Illinois, the incredibly shrinking state

Imagine if everyone in Peoria pick up and moved out of the state. Leaving no one behind. That would equal the number of people who fled Illinois in a year. Or if Illinois has lost the equivalent of the entire population of the state’s ten largest cities outside of Chicago: Gone are Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Springfield,... Read more »

The worst, mostly politically biased story I remember seeing is in the Chicago Tribune

I’ve worked for the Chicago Tribune (former contribution op-ed columnist) and I get no pleasure from pointing this out. The story in question is: “Did voter ID laws hurt election turnout? Look at Milwaukee” The story suggests, implies, concludes (whatever) that, “Yes. The poor and minorities were hurt by the Wisconsin law that requires some form... Read more »
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Many states are cutting their budgets, but not Illinois

Truth is, Illinois doesn’t have a legitimate, full-year budget to cut. But 19 other states are taking mid-year budget cuts because its prudent–a word that isn’t in the Illinois Madigan Democrats vocabulary. Reports the National Association of State Budget Officers: Nineteen states reported net mid-year budget reductions in fiscal 2016, a historically high number outside of a recessionary... Read more »

Older drivers are safer drivers

At least that’s what we older drivers like to think. And there is some (conflicting) evidence that it’s true, As reported by Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline: Seniors typically follow the rules and wear seat belts, observe the speed limit, and don’t drink and drive, auto safety analysts say. Their crash rates have continued to drop over the... Read more »

The Clinton Foundation questions ain't over until they're over

For those who thought that the Clinton email scandal and the questions about the pay-to-play questions about the Clinton Foundation have gone away with the election, consider this: Judicial Watch today announced it filed a motion that seeks to unseal the audiovisual recordings of the depositions of top Clinton aides and State Department officials. The depositions come... Read more »
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The big lie: Abortions are safe

We are forever told that abortions are safe. That abortion clinics do not need the same degree of regulation as other clinics that do outpatient procedures including invasive surgery. The assertion that abortions are safe is the central argument made by the abortion industry in legal challenges. Studies, often funded by the abortion industry or like-minded institutions, are constantly... Read more »
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