Writer’s run-around: hedging a bet

“Though” when you mean “because”:

The company also cites data collected by a state air pollution monitor at Washington High School, about two-thirds of a mile southeast of the Burley Avenue terminal.

The monitor has recorded no violations of the federal standard for particulate matter since at least 1993, though prevailing winds typically don’t blow toward the monitor from the KCBX site.

This is common journalese. Writer wants to question something, tosses in oppositional clause, making it an argument against something. But there’s no opposition. Both things can happen. There’s nothing in one to prevent the other.

Both do happen, of course. So what? So the one may mean little, in view of the other. “Because” says more than the writer wants; he wants to hint at it, not say it outright.

Which leads to the question whether he should say it at all — unless he can fine-tune the refutational nature of the second, so that (a) it’s clear and (b) it does not ask or require the reader to supply more than he’d care to come up with on a nice July morning.

Passed without a second (or first) reading, it’s a lovely bill

You were maybe wondering just how bad was the process and attempted implementation of ObamaCare?

Well look here and laugh or weep as the spirit moves you.

Black people in the news

Chi Trib home delivery, Chicagoland, page 4:

* Teen dies, 6 hurt in shooting, w/heart-rending pic

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* No bail for suspect in girl’s death, w/head shot of suspect


* Ethics panel still looking into Rush, w/head shot of Rush

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* Former chief’s husband gets year for fraud ploy


*Two non-black stories:U.S. tries to extradite former Chicago comptroller (Pakistani), Christie treats Rauner to $2.5M, lunch (white pols making money)

Vote fraud ‘s ugly head raised by Election Day registration

How Adams County plans to save the day:

In Adams County, residents can only register on Election Day at the County Clerk’s office on 5th and Vermont [Quincy], not at any other polling places,

for starters. This is in the law: you can’t register in a polling place.


it’s very important residents who choose to register and vote on Election Day bring a government issued identification to their polling location. [Adams County Clerk Georgia Volm] says [this?] helps voting officials [verify?] a resident’s residence more quickly.

Statewide requirement? Not. She offers it as a suggestion. If voters do not, how is a residence verified? Also: how does the polling place clerk or judge verify registration?

Note that no photo-id is required for Election Day registration. Hasn’t been required for voting itself. So this is friendly advice from a county clerk, offered with presumption of caring a great deal about vote fraud.

Volm notes that the new law at this point applies only to the November election, but “expects the law to carry forward and be applied to future even-numbered voting years.”

The dreary state of Illinois: Quinn says keep the momentum

2014 jobs tracker Illinois

Keep the momentum?

(From Illinois Policy Institute)

Right to Work laws no way to save right to work, says libertarian

Nice point made by free-market-oriented Mises Institute blogger, on his way to disapproving Right to Work legislation:

Right-to-work laws are attractive to some because they help undercut the monopoly powers granted to labor unions by government.

They also appeal to the more pragmatic minded because of the distinct improvements in economic growth.

A recent study by the National Institute of Labor Relations Research found that, over a ten year period, states with right-to-work laws experience significant growth in manufacturing output and GDP compared to non-right-to-work states.

This is, of course, the result we would expect from diminishing the power of government-created monopolies such as those granted to labor unions.

But it’s using government to thwart government, and therefore objectionable:

As Murray Rothbard writes in The Case for Radical Idealism, “the libertarian must never allow himself to be trapped into any sort of proposal for ‘positive’ governmental action; in his perspective, the role of government should only be to remove itself from all spheres of society just as rapidly as it can be pressured to do so.

Stubborn lot, those libertarians.

More guns, less crime, says Detroit police chief

Originally posted on Oak Park Newspapers:

He’s quite explicit:

Statistics show that Detroit, Michigan is seeing a drop with regards to certain types of robberies, and the city’s top cop attributes that new trend to the Motown residents who are taking up arms.

The strength of the Detroit Police Department is only a fraction of what it was a decade ago, and high crime rates remain a very real problem in the Motor City. Nevertheless, Police Chief James Craig now says that would-be lawbreakers are becoming increasingly hesitant to commit crimes, and a well-armed citizenry is what he thinks is responsible.

Makes sense that it would work that way.

How much are robberies down? How much burglaries?

On Thursday this week, the Detroit News reported that robberies in the first half of 2014 are down 37 percent compared to statistics from the same time last year, and homes and businesses have experienced 22 percent fewer break…

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Yay for Gov. Quinn, same-day register and vote

Originally posted on Oak Park Newspapers:

This time at least, on time to work the ballots in November.

And he signs it in OP Village Hall, introduced by President Anan. Isn’t that nice.

No I-D or anything, just show up. Pick your precinct. It’s wild and woolly time in the great state of Madiganistan.

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Anan and the Governor Quinn fund-raisers . . .

My friend Jake is in a lather about two recent Oak Park incidents. One was the commencement-oration declaration (an occurence at OPRF stadium) by a high school board member who announced that we are progressive (Democrats) and “and it feels great to say it.” Depends what you mean by progressive, said Jake.

The other, a few days later, was the e-blasted invitation by the village president to a fundraiser for the progressive governor of our great state, who many of us know is running for re-election in November. The affair is big bucks by most standards, costing from $150 to a cool grand. The latter gets you a place in the serried ranks of co-sponsors.

These sponsors are a distinguished lot: village presidents, president of high school board, assorted mayors of adjacent municipalities, etc. Here, in fact, they are:

[OP] President Anan & [spouse] Margi Abu-Taleb, [private citizen] Paul Gearen, Senator Don Harmon, 200th [sic] Board District President John Phelan, [OP trustee] Bob & [spouse] Vicki Tucker, [River Forest] Mayor [sic] Catherine Adduci, [Forest Park] Mayor Anthony Calderone, [Bellwood] Mayor Frank Pasquale, [Northlake] Mayor Jeffrey Sherwin and [Hillside] Mayor Joseph Tamburino

Quite an assortment, to be sure, all but two of them elected nonpartisans. Jake congratulates them for coming out of the major-party closet, shedding burdensome nonpartisanship for the real thing.

You are now electors of Democrats, he tells their respective voting publics, including and especially Oak Park, which threw the rascals out in the early ’50s and swore off entangling alliances. This was the VMA revolution, which in a 1952 election managed to “wrest control of . . . government from alderman [sic] who seemed more beholden to outside interests than to our citizens.”

Thank God those concerns have faded away, Jake says with that whiff of irony which he gives off so neatly, adding his opinion that it’s a tribute to the growth of gummint. Now more than ever, it’s good to be connected. Gummint money helps buy lots of good things for local gummint. Buttering your bread on the right (left) side matters.

Thus endeth the VMA revolution and its bold statement of principle, “One of the cornerstones of the VMA [Village Mgr. Assn.] has been the belief that the village board can best function if it is independent of partisan influences–whether from local interest groups or from outside political parties and pressure groups.”

Forget. About. It.

We have a horse race for attorney general . . .

Originally posted on Oak Park Republicans:

From AG candidate Paul Schimpf in an email pitch this morning:

We have gotten to this point [ leading Lisa Madigan downstate and statistically tied in the collar counties.  Overall, only down 16 points, with four and a half months left in the race. ] because of the undeniable truth of our message:  Illinois desperately needs an Attorney General who is not beholden to the political insiders. 

We need an Attorney General who will defend our constitutional rights and freedoms; protect our medical and financial privacy under the Obamacare trainwreck; and prioritize anti-corruption efforts.  In short, we need a prosecutor, not a career politician.

Achievement so far, coming from nowhere:

we:  1) started this process with no name identification whatsoever, 2) have spent negligible amounts of money, and 3) have only now started getting our message out; the conclusion is clear.  This is a winnable race.


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