Monthly Archives: July 2014

A Marine not a Madigan for Attorney General

Paul Schimpf, GOP Candidate against Lisa Madigan, in Crystal Lake:

  1. “It’s between me and Lisa Madigan.”  On an ideological scale where Michael Moore is a one and Rush Limbaugh a 10, Schimpf said he would be “about a 7.”  “I’m a lot closer to the center than Lisa is.”  He pointed to a U.S. Supreme Court decision on which Madigan filed a brief that was decided 9-0 for the other side.  That meant liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg even disagreed with Madigan.
  2. The “kind of Attorney General’s Office we’re going to have.” Now, Schimpf said the office is on the “ABC Plan–Anything But Corruption.” Lisa Madigan concentrates on consumer protection, her opponent says. “Fighting corruption will be my number one priority.” He said the Attorney General’s Office for the last twelve years has been “just another cog in the governmental machine.”
  3. “A referendum on the political system and political family that has failed out state.” Schimpf touted his independence from “the political hacks of either political party.” He said he was not recruited by the Republican Party. “If elected, my loyalty will be to the people of the State of Illinois.”

Schimpfin Crystal Lake 7-28-14

Oak Park-area fund-raisers for this guy coming up. Stay tuned.

Jesuit priest defends Israel in pages of ‘America’ magazine | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views

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Jesuit priest defends Israel in pages of ‘America’ magazine | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views.

The Rev. John J. Conley, S.J., who holds the Knott Chair in Philosophy and Theology at Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, Md), has written a somewhat surprising—but welcome, in my estimation—piece, titled “For Israel”, in America about the constant, one-sided attacks on Israel. And by “attacks,” I’m not referring to Hamas rockets and bombs, but the typical MSM reports and Ivory Tower rants and rages.

He writes:

Several months ago I received an email marked urgent from one of the professional organizations to which I belong. Addressed to “Concerned Faculty Member,” the missive urged me to sign a statement promising that I would not teach, lecture or offer any other assistance to any school located in Israel. It instructed me to participate in the campaign to boycott, divest in and…

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The also-different individuals? What the heck are they?

In Chi Trib story about Republican money distribution, different strokes:

When Bruce Rauner’s campaign fund injected $750,000 to the Illinois Republican Party this month, it was another illustration of how the GOP governor candidate has become more than just a big name on the fall ballot.

The wealthy equity investor from Winnetka is a financial lifeline for Republicans throughout the state. All told, Rauner, wife Diana and Citizens for Rauner have contributed more than $1.3 million to Republican organizations in Illinois since he launched his first bid for public office more than 16 months ago.

The money has gone to 100 different individuals and groups, including state legislative candidates, county and township organizations, and a few county officials.

Not 100 same individuals?

Key question: When is an individual not different? You hear and read it all the time, but how about eliminating the “different”? Let “individual” mean separate from others, that is, not the same, that is, different?

Hillary, she’s quite the slugger

Made life dangerous for manchild Bill on several occasions.

Editorial wrapped around a puzzle

Conscientiously working my way through a Chi Trib editorial about the cost of a new “wonder” drug, I found myself working too hard.

There’s a new breakthrough hepatitis C drug treatment that cures — yes, cures — almost everyone who takes it. Unlike previous, far less effective treatments, patients suffer few if any side effects. The entire regimen takes only 12 weeks, much shorter than previous regimens.

The drug, Sovaldi, could save the lives of many of the estimated 80,000 people a year who die from the blood-borne liver disease. Eventually, Sovaldi could save the nation’s health system billions of dollars by preventing liver failure and liver cancer, not to mention curbing the huge costs of liver transplants.

And which blood-born liver disease is that? Oh sure, I can figure it out, hepatitis C, backtracking to solve the little puzzle the writer puts in my way. What do you think I am, stupid?

No, but I would rather move right along, In this wise:

“The drug could save the lives of many who die from hepatitis C, which is a blood-born liver disease.”

Better yet, I could have been informed at the start:

“There’s a breakthrough [not new: breakthroughs are never old] drug treatment for the blood-borne liver disease hepatitis-C,” etc.

Breakthrough is the point. A lot of us don’t know hepatitis-C from A or B, and of course we don’t like puzzles in editorials.

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.

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.

Also:

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

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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