Archive for July 2011

Wall Street Journal Editorial Gets Phone Hacking Scandal Almost All Wrong

Wall Street Journal Editorial Gets Phone Hacking Scandal Almost All Wrong
Politico called The Wall Street Journal’s editorial defending its reputation against its sister newspapers phone hacking of celebrities, politicians, and murder victims “remarkable.” Politico described the editorial as remarkable because the Journal portrays News Corporation as the victim of “liberal politicians and media competition in the U.K. and the U.S.” The editorial by the Journal is... Read more »

Want to stop an investigation? Just short the investigators

Want to stop an investigation? Just short the investigators
The latest report from the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General is out and it’s not pretty. One would hope for reports that detail the ethical nature of city employees and compliance with policy and procedure. Maybe that’s utopian and unrealistic. However, what is realistic is continuing division between the mayoral administration and the IG’s office.... Read more »

Thur teachin' r kids!

Thur teachin' r kids!
Extraneous government websites exist. President Obama, along with his chief information officer, wants to get rid of them. Obama has pretty clear reasons for wanting to get rid of some of the extraneous websites. First, they are unnecessary, and second, they cost money to host, operate, and maintain. A prominent example of a government funded... Read more »
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Not Guilty is Not Innocent: The Casey Anthony Verdict

Not Guilty is Not Innocent: The Casey Anthony Verdict
Earlier today, a jury declared Casey Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee. Folks outside the courtroom and many legal analysts were stunned. Frankly, I was too. I also happened to be just as stunned by the amount of righteous indignation the television analysts and citizenry showed. It was... Read more »

Tax lies and the big business liars who tell them

In January, in the waning days of the 96th General Assembly, Democratic legislators in Illinois passed a massive tax increase: from 3% to 5% for the personal income tax and from 4.8% to 7% for corporate income taxes. Predictably, those against any and all tax hikes cried “businesses will leave Illinois” and screamed about how... Read more »