Sun-Times man Mark Brown has an attack of honesty

Mark Brown’s once-in-30-years experience, aldermanic vote not a sure thing, but at the end “bad guys” won again.


That’s admittedly an oversimplification, but also an honest assessment.

What? He’s not always honest? What an odd thing to say after 30 years. He apologizes for oversimplifying but says that’s how he feels. Honest. As if (a) sincerity covers simplifying and (b) he’s being sincere this time.

We readers are grateful. Honest.

Source: Brown: Rare drama in City Council, but final act is a letdown

Later: My note on language aside, the column itself has very good reporting of on-spot eyewitness nature, including Ald. Ed Burke never speaking from the floor but receiving visits at his desk of aldermen during the course of argument and deliberation. Clear picture there of Chicago at work.

So good work, I say, except for that needless apology for detailed reportage.

Cam Newton, a character lacking character

Can’t do better on the subject:


After his Carolina Panthers lost the Super Bowl on Sunday, NFL MVP Cam Newton pouted through the postgame news conference, giving petulant answers and walking out of the interview early.

Two days later, he doubled down, channeling his inner Donald Trump by saying, “Who likes to lose? You show me a good loser and I’m going to show you a loser.”

But losing this way makes you a loser.

Source: Cam Newton and the perils of being a sore loser – Chicago Tribune

Upon what meat doth this our Ezra Klein feed?

Is this guy sold on himself, or what?

Vox calls last night’s Trump win a terrifying moment in American politics. “This is the harshest thing I’ve ever written about a major presidential candidate. But it’s deserved,” insists Ezra Klein there.

He measures terrifying moments by what he’s written. We care what he’s written!

Ladies and gentlemen, he’s a BABY – EEEEE


This Super Bowl was not one for the ages, and after the game the quarterback appeared sour and petulant. [Because he was petulant!]

If he had won, he’d have been struttin’, of course.

Source: Cam Newton, Face of Panthers, Showed Zero Grace in Defeat – The New York Times

Slow growth is the root of our problems

Chi Trib’s Steve Chapman thinks this guy has it right:

Hoover Institution economist John Cochrane thinks [economic growth] is of paramount importance. “Once you start thinking about growth,” he says, “you have trouble thinking about anything else.”

Chapman is right. There seems to be not a problem that growth doesn’t solve or greatly lessen.

Germany’s Catholic Church calls for ‘reduction’ in refugees

Reason raises its ugly head:

The German Catholic Church called for a reduction in the influx of refugees arriving in Germany, saying the country cannot take in “all the world’s needy,” according to an interview published Saturday.

Germany has been struggling to cope with 1.1 million asylum seekers that arrived in 2015 and Berlin has not yet given an official estimate for how many it expects this year.

“As a church we say that we need a reduction in the number of refugees,” Cardinal Reinhard Marx, chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, told the Passauer Neue Presse daily.

Germany cannot “take in all the world’s needy,” Marx added.

The question of how to respond to the migrant crisis, he asserted, should not solely be a matter of “charity but also reason.”

Not cleared with the Pope, we presume.

Tell your drone to watch out. Eagles at four o’clock!!

One of man’s best friends in the bird kingdom.