Category Archives: Blithe Spirit

The good and the bad, emphasis on Trib and Sun-Times

Rauner a puzzle to Oak Park’s Sen. Harmon at Elmwood Park Town Hall

Continued from 4/20 post about Harmon/Lilly town hall meeting 4/6 in Elmwood Park:

The April 6 session had complaints a-plenty about proposed budget cuts, And also about the governor.

Complaints about Gov. Rauner multiplied. A woman told how hard it was to get through to his office. “I know it’s hard,” said Harmon. “Keep calling.”

“The next seven weeks [of budget struggle],” he predicted, “will be a slow, bloody slog.”

He added, and repeated later: “I don’t understand this governor. I don’t know what makes him tick.”

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As violence escalates, where is Mayor Emanuel? – Chicago Tribune

County commissioner for Oak Park and neighboring Austin knows where the community problem lies in “neighborhoods of color.”

Elected months ago, he’s looking remarkably good.

And the new alderman wants broken-windows policing.

Curiosity a balm to Cardinal in this life and the next

Eager to learn:

Days before he died, Cardinal George reportedly told seminary rector Father Robert Barron that his curiosity was awakened, he was “so eager” to see God.

Wow. Like St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, who rejoiced when she coughed blood, knowing that the end was near.

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Secret Service again, sloppy about security. Blame it on Bush?

Is this part of the Obama legacy, a general inattention to details and bad management?

The Secret Service took more than a year to replace a broken alarm system at former president George H.W. Bush’s home, raising concerns within the agency about the safety of the Houston residence and the Bush family, according to a government report scheduled to be released Thursday.

Or can he blame it on (GW) Bush?

How to get yourself labeled a bad apple

“One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation
as a dangerous citizen these days
is . . .

Thank you, Columbia U. prof Charles Austin Beard

Monument to Tastelessness, anyone? Try the biggest apple in the whole wide world

If you thought biting cultural criticism was dead, just in case you thought so anyhow, consider this about a new pride of the prideful Manhattan island:

On a recent visit to New York City, I had the opportunity to walk around the exterior of the new Whitney Museum, built at a cost of $442 million. It is a monument of a kind: to the vanity, egotism, and aesthetic incompetence of celebrity architects such as Renzo Piano, and to the complete loss of judgment and taste of modern patrons.

It’s by Theodore Dalrymple, in City Journal for April 22, 2015

Let’s hear it for fossil fuels . . .

. . . and how they have improved the environment for human life and flourishing

The Rauner-proposed budget cuts are trashed in a Harmon-Lilly town hall: Suffering is described by many people

Originally posted on Oak Park Newspapers:

The town hall meeting about budget cuts called by Sen. Don Harmon in Elmwood Park on April 6, had words of defense for the cuts from just one person, among scores of complaints.

About an hour into the meeting, in the main meeting room of the public library just off Grand Avenue a half-mile west of Harlem, a man asked about “the elephant in the room,” meaning the state’s fiscal crisis. “Don’t blame it all on [Gov.] Rauner,” he said. The stories of being harmed by the cuts are important, he continued, but so are the state’s financial problems.

When the man finished, after a slight pause Harmon announced the availability of water bottles “up here, which some might like, since it’s rather warm in here.” Then he gave the floor to Rep. Camille Lilly, who stood next to him in front of 100 or so people packed into the…

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‘Leave It to Beaver’ vs. ‘Modern Family’ | The Britany Elizabeth Blo g

Try this on for size:

Even though I am considered an “English” teacher, I would rather call myself a “thinking” teacher. In my opinion, it is more important to teach kids how to think than it is to teach them what a synechedoche or polysyndeton is

You hear it a lot among school people. She can teach about synecdoche, including how to spell it, but is seduced by the impossible dream of teaching “how to think.”

Embattled DEA chief to resign following ‘sex parties’ scandal – The Washingt on Post

Your tax dollars at work.

Michele Leonhart, administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, is seen here testifying on Capitol Hill in 2013. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Not what we think of when we hear drug enforcement.

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