Out of Wisconsin comes this masked man . . .

The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold
Here, with the great horse Silver. Hiyo!

What the . . . ???

. . . to rout the outlaws, shooting their pistols out of their hands. Public unions are anomalous, as FDR and George Meany said, and this guy knows it.


“All government employees should realize that the process of collective
bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public
service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to
public personnel management.”

New rector at Georgetown lunges into the job

Is this a joke?

Georgetown’s Jesuit community will receive a new leader on July 31, when Rev. Joseph Lingan, S.J., assumes the position of rector a position held by Fr. John Langan, S.J., for the past five years. [Italics added]

Typo? They are brothers?

My advice: Don’t linger, Lingan. Langan’s been there long enough.

Lots of luck to you both. LOL.

Yet another Pfleger hullabaloo-who?

Hullabaloo Soundtrack
Wuxtry, wuxtry, read all about it!

Manya Brachear in her blog, Chi Trib’s only coverage of the latest Pfleger episode:

Pfleger’s flock fears that a new priest handpicked by Cardinal Francis George will dismantle anything that doesn’t adhere to church guidelines, but enriches their worship and brings them closer to God.

Careless, I hope. She meant to write “enriches their worship and THEY SAY brings them closer to God.” As I say, I hope she meant that. Otherwise, you have an unseemly, un-journalistic identifying with a subject, unworthy of her calling.

Moreover, she argues a position:

The mere fact that Pfleger is still at St. Sabina after nearly 30 years illustrates an exception to the rule that permits priests to stay at one church for two six-year terms, or up to 12 years. By-the-book Catholics have frowned on Pflegers exemption for years.

Unless “illustrates an exception” is a laboring of the obvious, that Pfleger has plowed his own path. We know that.

However, she has a good news item that I have not read elsewhere, though I suspected it:

[President of Leo HS Dan] McGrath [Leo alum, ex-Trib sports editor] said progress also has been made repairing the schools relationship with Pfleger, which had soured in recent years. [Italics

It’s disconcerting, however, to read the lede:

The hullabaloo regarding whether the Rev. Michael Pfleger will stay at St. Sabina Catholic Church has become something of a traditional rite in Chicagos Roman Catholic Archdiocese, much like the 40 days of Lent. [Heh]

Here’s how it always unfolds: Rumors swirl with no one willing to confirm or deny them. His fans rally for him to stay. His foes rally for him to go. Non-statements are issued. The rumors are put to rest and everyone goes back to business as usual. Why do we care?

A blog is less formal, let-hair-down kind of writing, but no matter the venue, you don’t want to ask that question in the second paragraph article or item and then go on for many paragraphs more.

Flash: In a Breaking News story posted 20 minutes ago that draws heavily on the blogged one, Pfleger says he is writing a reponse to the archdiocese “but wouldn’t say to what he was responding.”

Stay tuned. Everyone loves a hullabaloo.

Oak Park’s Cabrini-Green on its way?

Coming up for Oak Park?

Oak Park is considering its first public-housing project.  CHA, eat your heart out.  It’s a do-over of a Madison Street building rented out by Comcast for many years until Comcast moved to greener pastures in DuPage County — taxes, you know, range of employees to choose from, security, etc., we presume.

That left a big empty building a block west of Oak Park Avenue, 6800–plus West, a low-hanging fruit to be picked by Catholic Charities and others on which to develop something for low-income people.  It’s to be a concentration of such, hence a good old-fashioned public-housing project such as was criticized in a 1996 report:

Although scattered-site public housing has been promoted as an alternative to large projects that concentrate poverty and problems, little systematic information is available about its characteristics and performance. However, Scattered-Site Housing: Characteristics and Consequences, by James Hogan, fills this gap with an important synthesis of survey data, secondary data, and case studies, describing scattered-site as “a demonstrably better housing choice for families than concentrated high-density projects.” [Italics added]

In fact, did not that experiment die quite a while ago, in favored of scattered site public housing for low-income people, otherwise known as Section 8?  Not in the minds of some advocates for low-income people, who see no problem in putting them in a building just for them.

The village plan commission has found no problem with it.  The two dissenters (of eight commissioners) had a problem with parking, a tried-and-true issue that says nothing about social engineering — “the murky tenant profile,” for instance — but a lot about traffic engineering.

It will come before the village board — for not quite half of which there’s an election coming up April 5 — on May 16.  Five of seven trustees have to approve overturning the Plan Commission. (Italics added)  None of the five candidates running for three trustee positions say how they would vote on the matter.

This is wild.  Election time, and they won’t say?  Love us or leave us, they are saying, regardless of this issue.

Madison bloggers threatened by union-supporters

Ann Althouse, 2008-06-01.
The brave lady in question

Oh to be in Madison, now the lefties are in heat.

We are at every coffee shop on State, open to close, all the time. We will hang up wanted posters of you everywhere you like to go. We will picket on public property as close to your house as we can every day. We will harass the ever-loving sh*t out of you all the time. Campus is OCCUPIED. State Street is OCCUPIED. The Square is OCCUPIED. Vilas, Schenks Corners, Atwood, WillyStreet Occupied, Occupied, Occupied, Occupied.

This is their warning to U. of Wis.-Madison law prof Ann Althouse, who with her husband Meade covered the recent teachers’ and other unions’ doings in detail as they happened.

The screed goes on to say that Althouse must be silent from now on and make a variety of payoffs to various left-wing causes. Otherwise, she and her husband must leave the state … though they werent quite so polite.

“So this is what democracy looks like?” asks Investors.com.

No. Those orange shirts they were wearing should have been brown.