Chris Cleveland tells it true?

Originally posted on Oak Park Republicans:

43rd Ward Committeeman who challenged Aaron Del Mar for GOP county chairman reacts to claim that county GOP’s fielding no candidates was a plan to thwart Dems:

“Democrats have infiltrated the Republican Party, and they’ve urged us to lay down and keep quiet. This is offensive beyond belief,” Cleveland said. “Any Republican who thinks we shouldn’t put Republicans on the ballot is either working for the Democrats, or has a basic misunderstanding of how electoral politics work.”

Oh, and if it had been a plan, why did Del Mar have people trying to get signatures for three presumed candidates right up to the last minute? Was he fooled too?

Meanwhile, Cleveland and his troops plow ahead with sophisticated Rauner campaign tactics session this Saturday:

Hint: it involves some very cool technology.

Saturday, June 14
8:30 am coffee and doughnuts
9:00 am presentation
2768 N Lincoln Ave

Later, stick around for…

View original 54 more words

Hillary Clinton on being ready for gay marriage

Hillary Clinton defending self on charge of coming late to gay “marriage” support, arriving only when politics demanded it:

“You know, somebody is always first,” Clinton said. “Somebody is always out front and thank goodness they are. But that doesn’t mean that those who join later, in being publicly supportive or even privately accepting that there needs to be change, are any less committed. You could not be having the sweep of marriage equality across the country if nobody changed their mind, and thank goodness so many of us have.”

Even privately accepting????

Oh Hill, we should have known what you were thinking!

Abelard and mashed potatoes, Fenwick’s Father Malone in the ’40s

Originally posted on Diary of a Catholic Reader:

Great time the other day among Golden Friars, each of whom has had his golden anniversary of graduation from Fenwick. Among them my classmates and I rank among the most golden, 65 years and counting since we walked the aisle and ascended the stage.


The gathering meant mass in the gym, sitting on folding chairs rather close to each other. (Note to arrangements committee: A little more knee and thigh room next time.) The principal celebrated, presided, whatever, with a nice mixture of aplomb and informality, assisted by a theology teacher who also coaches soccer.


Neither qualified as golden, the principal noted, looking to the other side of the altar at a half dozen Dominicans who did.


These included the personally golden Rev. William Bernacchi, whom I know from his coming often to our class’s luncheon reunions, which we’ve been having for 20 years or so.


View original 566 more words

Some questions on reading Dr. Gevinson’s commencement-address diagnosis . . .

Originally posted on Oak Park Newspapers:

. . .  of what ails or used to ail Oak Park::

1. If Oak Park in 1978 was the most conservative place he had lived in, where else had he lived?

2. If segregation and parochialism were bad then, why is it good for black students to have special programs now that encourage segregation and parochialism?

3. If a few incredibly, obscenely, super-wealthy Americans are trying  to distort, pervert, corrupt, and purchase the political system, what is the maximum one may be allowed before he can be identified as one who may try to distort, pervert, corrupt, and purchase the political system?

4. If a student listening to all voices decides he likes Fox News more than the New York Times, then what?

5. If a student decides to become a Republican, join the Tea Party movement, and enlist in the U.S. Army Special Forces so he can kill enemies of…

View original 23 more words

Feeling bad about how things go these days?

Have a look at three of fifteen (15!) signs the middle class is dying:

#5 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 36 percent of Americans under the age of 35 own a home.  That is the lowest level that has ever been measured.

#6 Right now, approximately one out of every six men in the United States that are in their prime working years (25 to 54) do not have a job.

#7 The labor force participation rate for Americans from the age of 25 to the age of 29 has fallen to an all-time record low.

From which you see that you are probably not alone.

(H/T Steve Bartin)

Chicago Republicans yes, Cook County Republicans not so much

Originally posted on Oak Park Republicans:

Cook County Republicans have fielded no candidates for the November election, but

. . . a city Republican organization, Chicago GOP, trumpeted the fact that they slated five candidates for U.S. Congress, state senator and state representative, according to a release from the group.

Signature requirements are different for each office and district. But those candidates — who are all running in districts that lay largely inside Chicago’s boundaries  — each managed to clear their signature requirements by significant margins, the release said.

The group is led by Chris Cleveland, who challenged Del Mar’s party chairmanship and lost in March.

Candidates wanting to run as an independents have still have until June 23 to file their nominating petitions . . . the clerk’s office said.

Chicago GOP:

CHICAGO — The Chicago Republican Party has wrapped up its recruiting season, filing five more candidates for seats in the City of Chicago…

View original 224 more words

Sunday in the park with Paul Schimpf . . . . . . candidate for attorney general of our great state . . .

. . . at Day in the Village #41, June 1, Scoville Park, where tables and booths lined the walkways and small groups dotted the meadow while bands played loud and clear and people strolled.

To the OP GOP table came Paul Schimpf from downstate Waterloo, near St. Louis, a former Marine Corps infantry officer and lawyer, answering an invitation to come and meet and greet and do a lot of handshaking on a bright, sunny, hot afternoon.

Retired a year ago from the Marine Corps after 21 years following Annapolis graduation in ’93, he returned to be a father-in-residence to his and his wife Lori’s two boys in Waterloo. As a Marine lawyer, among other things, he had helped in the prosecution of Saddam Hussein.

As a candidate, he opposes the well-connected and personally attractive if not similarly qualified Lisa Madigan. To voters on this Sunday at the park, one small group after another, he presented himself as an outsider prepared to contest Illinois corruption.

He did that a week ago in the State-Journal Register:

“Look, if your father is the most powerful politician in the state of Illinois, you just don’t have the independent perspective,” Schimpf said, referring to the fact that incumbent Democratic Attorney General LISA MADIGAN is daughter of House Speaker MICHAEL MADIGAN, D-Chicago. “You’re going to be inclined to give him and his political allies the benefit of the doubt.”

He continued, suggesting that Madigan plays favorites:

“Lisa Madigan cannot be a loving and loyal daughter to Mike Madigan and be the independent attorney general that the state of Illinois desperately needs,” added Schimpf, who lives in Waterloo and served 24 years in the Navy and Marine Corps. He was lead attorney-adviser to Iraqi prosecutors in the trial of SADDAM HUSSEIN.

He said Lisa Madigan is a “good person,” but being influenced by family connections is just part of being human.

Besides, she means well:

“Change is on the way!” [she said on election night 2002]. “Together we will fight corrupt corporations and corrupt public officials!”

And now running for her fourth term, Madigan lists battling corruption as a key issue on her campaign’s website.

It’s been hard:

But after nearly 12 years as Illinois’ attorney general, critics said Madigan’s only caught political minnows, while the U-S Attorney has been landing the big fish.

No fair, says Former Attorney General Roland Burris, citing “statutory limitations” of the office, which is mainly to defend the state. It’s a defense lawyer, not a prosecutor, says Burris.

So what’s she doing with all that corruption talk?

In any case, corruption-banging is attractive to most voters, so what’s Paul Schimpf got to offer that Lisa doesn’t? Those years as a Marine, for one thing.

His bio has it, offered here in reverse:

* . . . retired from Marine Corps May, 2013, returned to his home town of Waterloo . . . . is married to the former Lori Duffin from Glen Ellyn, IL. They have two boys, Ethan (7) and Garrett (5).

* . . . 2011, became Staff Judge Advocate for Marine Corps Installations Command, advising its commanding general on legal issues — from constitutionality of religious memorials on federal land to officer misconduct cases.

* . . . 2007, as Marine-appointed congressional fellow, he was Military Legislative Assistant for a Minnesota congressman, for whom he was primary advisor on defense and veteran issues. . . . then Strategist for Energy and Environment for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy . . . frequently represented the Defense department in interagency and international meetings on these issues, including as moderator of a panel discussion at UN climate change negotiations in Mexico, 2010.

* . . . 2005, as Deputy Counsel at an air station, working primarily on labor law and environmental law . . . was deployed to Iraq as lead American attorney advisor to the Iraqi prosecutors in the trial of Saddam Hussein, providing guidance enabling them to induce a remarkable courtroom confession where Saddam admitted culpability in the massacre of hundreds of civilians.

* . . . 2004, to the Army’s advanced attorney training, where he received Master of Law degree (LLM ) and wrote on how the military can improve its treatment of sexual assault victims.

* He’d got his law degree at Southern Illinois U after a stint as infantry officer at Guantanamo Bay in 2000, then served as a JAG attorney in a legal assistance clinic handling matters of family law and consumer protection law for service members. As head prosecutor for the San Diego Recruiting Region, he supervised other attorneys and personally litigated drug, sexual assault, and attempted murder cases.

You think that qualifies him to be attorney general for the great state of Illinois? Sure you do, and so do I.

My granddaughter the nun . . .

. . . in the Sound of Music chorus, 8th grade, for which, her mother reports,

voices were excellent, staging & direction well done, very well suited for the middle school cast. . . . . Here she is with the coreopsis we picked up for her at the farm stand.

At her grandmother’s urging, btw, per tradition .

Joseph Sobran Quote – Liberty Quotes Blog

Joseph Sobran Quote – Liberty Quotes Blog.

Greed in eyes of bolder.

Democrats Privately Calling Obama Detached, Flat Footed, Incompetent | The Weekly Standard

Democrats Privately Calling Obama Detached, Flat Footed, Incompetent | The Weekly Standard.

He’s out to lunch, except for big-bucks fund-raising . . .

And politicking in general. Great smile and all that, but empty.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 353 other followers