Category Archives: politics

Lining up vs. Rauner

Now you see concealed-carry, now you don’t:: D. Harmon’s proposal

Originally posted on Oak Park Newspapers:

A new twist on Sen. Harmon’s proposed twisting of concealed-carry to insert in the law the presumption of no-guns-allowed, as envisioned by a guns-fearing woman:

Nicole said she sees signs indicating gun-free zones are currently posted at her child’s pre-school, and finds them to be a frightening reminder of the tragic mass-shooting of young children in Newtown, Conn. in 2012.

She told FOX 32 news that Senate Bill 2669 would render gun-free zone signs redundant and unnecessary at places like her child’s school. She also said local businesses would benefit from posting positive signs as opposed to negative ones.

The positive sign would say guns allowed, presumption being not allowed. Progressive Dem sleight of hand, right?

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How Wisconsin did it

The miracle explained.

Political Diary: Christie Meets the Real Springsteen

The golden Dorothy Rabinowitz considers a lesson maybe learned by Gov. Christie in real politics, via his onetime fan, Bruce Springsteen.

Mr. Springsteen is as the world knows the object of much slobbering devotion among his fans, including, to put it mildly, the governor—Mr. Christie was moved to tears when Mr. Springsteen embraced him after Hurricane Sandy. Perhaps it was the tension of the emergency—one would prefer to think so.


Mr. Springsteen, a man marinated in the oils of left-liberal passion for as long as anyone can remember, delivered—along with the show’s host—a bellowing indictment, titled “Governor Christie Traffic Jam,” sung to the tune of a few of his more famous works. It was a crude job of an assault, nothing surprising.

Ah Christie, Bruce might have sung, we hardly knew ye . . .

Little as this moment may be, it should serve as a reminder to Mr. Christie that there is in life—especially the life of a political leader—no such thing as happy relations with everybody on every side, including those who want you and all your kind dead—politically and sometimes literally. So it ends up that the governor needn’t give up on that ardor for Mr. Springsteen. The singer did after all, if inadvertently, deliver a message that should be of considerable value to Mr. Christie as he begins his adventure in national politics.

Yes. Hope and change can be on their way.

Conservatives oppose Harry Reid just because he’s white

Conservatives oppose Harry Reid just because he’s white.

Finally someone with the guts to say it.

Good advice on how to rob the public

Freddie Bastiat’s wisdom on display here.

Ed Burke a social justice issue? Like Paula Deen?

Ald. Ed Burke was in the news again, 6/1 & 6/3/13 for making money for himself where the sun don’t shine, that is, in shady places, where civic virtue fades gradually into many kinds of gray. Social justice issue? I think so.

Ed votes on the one hand for taxes, raising money for gummint, on the other hand lowers it with tax breaks for clients who pay well for the help he gives them. With one hand he giveth (to clients), with another he taketh away (from taxpayers). Blessed be Burke.

He’s the lord of the money rings, a dandy dresser — at thousands a suit and hundreds for shirt and tie, the late Tom Roeser once said on his blog site now removed.

But R. Cooley has the goods on him, it seems, in Ed’s use of the N-word. Consider Paula Deen, called out by Mary Mitchell, who should look up Ed Burke in Robert Cooley’s book When Corruption Was King: How I Helped the Mob Rule Chicago, Then Brought the Outfit Down. Mary could set the ball rolling for a Burke ouster if she ran with pages 162 and 215, where Burke condones murders of two blacks, in each case saying, “It’s only a fucking nigger.”

Long time ago, yes. About the time Paula Deen was telling her husband, apparently in private, that a “nigger” had held her up at a bank where she worked. She said that in a deposition in answer to a generic question, also that she had recounted what some blacks had said.

There may be more to her alleged insensitivity than that, but you can’t tell from Mary Mitchell’s column, which with the howler, “Paula Deen is toast. Because when one white woman alleges that another white woman is calling black folks n

Did the IRS’s Tea Party suppression get Obama reelected?

Asterisk president.

Like he took performance-enhancing drugs or something.

Civil War in Venezuela? – Taki\’s Magazine

Rigged elections are commonplace in any banana republic. But a number of factors make this electoral outing and its aftermath noteworthy.

via Civil War in Venezuela? – Taki\’s Magazine.

We have known of this kind of republic for a long time. It may be replaced by “oil republic”? When oil riches come atop inadequate founding in how to be a republic.

Obama inaugural 2: Messianic reformer still, and constitutional expert!

Writing now, day after Inauguration 2 of the Black Messiah.  “We are made for this moment,” says Sun-Times pages 2 & 3 (hard-copy) head, quoting the Black M.  Egad. This, his 2nd  coming to the inaugural pulpit, is the sum of our existence, the Great Reckoning? I may vomit.*


* Opening line, “Man Who Came to Dinner, B’way play of ’40s, Monty Wooley in lead, his line.


Obama “pushes for unity,” says S-T hard-copy subhead. Phew. If this is how he sounds when pushing for unity, how does he sound when drawing line in sand?

It’s a Natasha Korecki story, typically good starting with lede ‘graf. However, O. “made it clear” his “progressive [far-left] agenda,” with its “reforms” in this and that, etc. No. Rather “changes,” as in “hope and change,” which some of you may remember. To say “reform” is to baptize it. It’s to editorialize. Shame on you, Korecki, except of course that’s how everyone talks, unfortunately.

Great quote toward end of story, Charles Smith of Milwaukee, i-d’d as Afr-Am, will “probably never see a black president again, not in my lifetime,” strongly implying belief in after life.

Then the unsinkable Mark Brown, who had to read speech over twice “to better appreciate” what he’d heard O. say. Personal Journalism 101 here — I, I, me, me, my, my — as in Roger Ebert’s reviews over the years, all variations on the easily parodied “It works for me.”

More Mark: O. is a “constitutional law expert.” Oh, senior lecturer, aka glorified adjunct prof, at U. of Chi, on special appointment never offered tenure? Writer of what articles in juried journals? Wrote anything, ever? Shined at Harvard Law? (We don’t know, do we?) It’s a measure of Mark Brown carelessness here.  Mark is a credit to his race when he does this.

The speech was “surprisingly brief,” says Steve Huntley, who knows how to hurt a guy without seeming to.


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