Everything you need to know about North Riverside’s budget battle

Privatize the fire department? Otherwise, deep do-do for North Riverside.

Hank Williams Sr – Mind Your Own Business – YouTube

Happy birthday, Hank Williams, b. 1923, d. 1953. Here’s his “business song.”

(H/T Cafe Hayek)

Pope’s advisers start to overhaul the Vatican bureaucracy | Crux

This could be the signature achievement of his papacy.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ international Council of Cardinals has begun creating the first draft of a new apostolic constitution that would implement a major reform of the Vatican bureaucracy.

The so-called C9, a papally appointed group of nine cardinal members, held its sixth meeting Sept 15-17 with Pope Francis at the Vatican to help advise him on the reform of the Vatican’s organization and church governance.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters Sept. 17 that the series of discussions have now begun a more “concrete” phase with “putting ink on paper” in the form of a draft for the introduction to a new constitution.

Stay tuned.

Joe Biden’s gaffe hat trick in Iowa – The Washington Post

Joe Biden, in middle of three-gaffe day, commits one that was missed:

“Income inequity brings a drag on economic growth,” said Biden. “Even Wall Street is concerned about this growing gap between the middle class, the poor and the wealthy.”

Wall Street not overwhelmingly interested in profits? Say it ain’t so, Joe.

Unless he means excessive inequality (inequity? and who decides?), he’s so wrong about that drag-on-growth notion. Inequality is essential to growth, not to mention freedom. How so? Because some are better than others at wealth creation and possession, and gummint efforts to control it interfere with the process.

As for excessive, it applies to gummint control, of course. As for who decides that, we have wise statesman at the behest of wise citizenry, do we not?

Local Dems go to market, scrambling for votes

Columnist Hubbuch is obliquely half-serious in his rather well done column about Oak Park Dems and elicits some very good comments. This one I especially like:

Resigned from River Forest, Illinois

Posted: September 9th, 2014 3:52 PM

I will say this: I admire them for their dedication to their message. Taking the author’s point, maybe if they focused their energy on another suburb (say, Wheaton?) they might find some resistance, and a moderated message. Instead, here in OPRF they are singing to the choir. What’s the fun in that? The best hope for us all is divided government. Citizens who vote for Quinn thinking his policies are effective deserve what they get.

Another good one, moments later:

muntz

Posted: September 9th, 2014 4:18 PM

Can

I open a booth at the Farmers Market next to DPOP called “Not ‘Dem” with an arrow pointing at their booth? Our message will be “think for yourself”. Our logo will be an angry donkey wearing an SEIU sweater kicking IL with its hind legs.

And another, about the Dems’ local spokesman/pitchman:

muntz

Posted: September 9th, 2014 4:34 PM

I failed to mention that Bob Haisman, our illustrious DPOP messenger in question, retired in 2000 at age 55 and has raked in approx $1.5M in pension benefits so far. So $1.5M in retirement BEFORE we’re even eligible to collect SS…all not subject to IL income tax …$130K this year…retired a dozen years before the rest of us can. He, and the rest of his DPOP ilk, telling us how we should vote.

Well said, that. Sen. Don Harmon’s heart goes out to public-union pensioners when he’s on the stump. For Haisman?

Quotation of the Day…

. . . offered by the excellent Cafe Hayek, Don Boudreaux proprietor:

… is from pages 11-12 of Hayek’s 1948 collection, Individualism and Economic Order; in particular, it’s from one of Hayek’s most profound and important essays, namely, his December 1945 Finlay Lecture in Dublin, “Individualism: True and False”:

[Adam] Smith’s chief concern was not so much with what man might occasionally         achieve when he was at his best but that he should have as little opportunity as possible to do harm when he was at his worst.

. . . See the rest at Cafe H.

Just Who Is Bruce Rauner? | Chicago magazine | October 2014

Read this, my friend, it’s blowin’ in the wind of October and November. Felsenthal does very good work, this time on the Bruce Rauner we all should get to know.

The Just Say No party

Sounds good to me:

“Opposition, n. In politics the party that prevents the government
from running amuck by hamstringing it.”

– Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911

Obama as un-super man

From Edward Klein’s excellent book The Amateur:

With all of Obama’s rhetorical brilliance and flash, he went into the phone booth as Superman and came out as Clark Kent.

—Presidential historian Fred I. Greenstein

For which I gave a chuckle and a cheer.

On the day after 9/11 (13), cold water splashed . . .

. . . on our unwillingness to call a spade a spade:

What is so troubling is the ongoing insistence that there is no connection between the attacks of September 11, 2001 and Islam. It isn’t to say that every single Muslim in the world bears responsibility for 9/11.

But if we insist on pretending their [sic]  isn’t a critical mass of Muslims prepared to murder innocent civilians, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, in the name of Islam, then we only succeed in insulting our intelligence, thus ensuring that this will continue to happen.

Really now, what else can come of such root-level self-deception?

To be specific:

There is a problem within Islam and the consequences of this problem is the 9/11 attacks by al Qaeda and the beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff by ISIS and numerous incidents in between. According to the website, the Religion of Peace, there have been 23,795 acts of Islamic terrorism since September 11, 2001.

Which is a lot of terrorism to close your eyes to. Quite a problem for one religion.

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