Category Archives: Blithe Spirit

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

Toddlin’ town where man may kiss his wife on State that great street, but . . .

. . . bad things are on the way. – www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/rahm-emanuel-reelection-chicago-mayor-20150327

Chicago is suffering from a severe fiscal crisis. Like plenty of other municipalities, Chicago lacks the revenue to pay its bills, particularly its pension obligations to city workers.

According to a 2013 Pew report, 61 other U.S. cities face similar difficulties, but Chicago’s situation is one of the worst. “Voters must realize we are facing the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression,” says Roosevelt University’s Paul Green, the doyen of Chicago political experts. “If something doesn’t happen, the city is beyond the abyss.”

Found this Natl. Journal story linked at the indispensible News Alert.– nalert.blogspot.com/2015/03/broken-city-rahm-emanuel-and-unraveling.html

Come on-a my state, Rahm tells Indiana firms . . .

Whoa, as if we don’t have what they just got, that bad old religious freedom thing:

Rahm Emanuel tries to lure firms from Indiana over law that Illinois already has

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WASHINGTON DC (Washington Times) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has engaged in some interstate payback by attempting to lure Indiana companies over the state’s newly signed religious-freedom bill, but what he doesn’t mention is that Illinois already has a similar law.
In a Friday letter, Mr. Emanuel cited the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as a reason to “look next door to an economy that is moving forward into the 21st century,” referring to Illinois.
Gov. Pence’s act is wrong. It’s wrong for the people of Indiana, wrong for the individuals who will face new discrimination, and wrong for a state seeking to grow its economy,” said the letter, a copy of which was posted on the Crain’s Chicago Business website.
Mr. Emanuel, a Democrat and former top aide to President Obama, failed to point out that the Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act became law in July 1998. What’s more, Indiana Republicans say Mr. Obama voted for the measure as an Illinois state senator.
More HERE

Maybe, hell, that was 1998, this is now?

Chaos, here we come

The nation’s community organizer is leading the way:

If you’re confused about the Saudi Arabia-led air attacks against Islamist rebels in Yemen and can’t tell one group of head-choppers in Iraq and Syria from another, don’t despair. All you need is imagination.

Close your eyes and imagine that those countries and terrorists have nuclear weapons. Imagine their barbarism going nuclear as they blow up cities, wipe out ethnic and religious groups and turn the region into cinders.

Now open your eyes and realize you’ve seen the future, thanks to President Obama’s policies. It is a future that will be defined by Obama’s Wars. Yes, plural.

David Axelrod sold us this bill of bads. The mayor of Chicago signed on a long time ago. Harry Reid did his bit. Lots of people pitched in.

Schock bids farewell: “I will work tirelessly to make it up to those I’ve let down” – Illinois Review

On his way out of office, the king of selfies Congr. Aaron Shock pulled at least a couple chestnuts out of the fire of of his vanities, here:

“I leave here with sadness and humility,” Schock said. “For those whom I’ve let down, I will work tirelessly to make it up to you. I know that God has a plan for my life. The good book says tells us that ‘before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.””

One was to self-congratulate by claiming humility, when it’s humiliation he’s feeling or ought to be feeling.

The other is pulling the God card out of his deck, as if we have learned to expect such talk from him. Is he known for his piety?

National Guardsman Arrested In ISIS Plot To Attack Military Facility | Truth Revolt

He was arrested at Midway!

Authorities report that Air Force veteran and member of the National Guard Hasan Edmonds was arrested, along with his cousin, Jonas Edmonds, on charges including supporting terrorism in Illinois on Wednesday night. The arrests were made by the Chicago FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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Ebony Editor Equates Country Music With ‘Killing Muslims’ | Truth Revolt

Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday, Senior Editor for Ebony.com and frequent MSNBC guest Jamilah Lemieux was criticizing Senator Ted Cruz over his music tastes when she made a comment that had host Ari Melber visibly uncomfortable and, later, apologetic.

She a twisted sistah.

Read it here.

U.S. food stamp dependency continues at unprecedented levels – Watchdog.org

Is there a more accurate indicator of a limping economy?

The “Progressive” Notion Seems To Be…

This reigning foolishness:

in Myths and Fallacies
… that if each individual can, on his or her own, choose which offerings of private businesses to accept and which to reject, and all without having to coordinate these choices with other individuals, people are slaves to corporations –

but that individuals regain their freedom and dignity only by voting to use government power to regulate businesses, with every individual forced to abide by the ‘will’ of the majority.

Instead, power to the people, a.k.a. consumers.

ISIS Club at Cornell? Wow!

Islamic State “freedom fighters” welcome at Cornell University, says this assistant dean, even to set up training camps.

Some of those Ivy League schools are far out.

The archaeologist nun “digs the past but lives in the church of today” — a Catholic New World story

First of a series by the excellent Dolores Madlener, “Conversations with the Consecrated” — that is, religious women, that is nuns. This one a Benedicting, living in community at St. Scholastica Monastery, 7430 N. Ridge Blvd.

“I grew up in a small town in New Jersey, and attended public school all the way through. I’m the middle of three sisters. My dad worked for the state of New Jersey and mom worked in our local libraries when I was in middle school.

As a child of the ’70s, I never thought of being a sister until my late 30s. Before then I had only known three nuns. “I dreamed of being an archeologist. I went on my first dig at 17. I did my B.A. at Boston University, my master’s at the University of Chicago and Ph.D. at Northwestern. I still work part-time as a research associate at U. of C.

I’ve also been cataloging books, photos, religious objects, as well as household items from the oldest Benedictine women’s monastery in the U.S., St. Joseph’s Monastery in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania, which is in the process of closing. Since many monasteries descended from it, including our own, we want to preserve its history — our shared history.”

And standing ovation for the writer of the headline, “She digs,” etc.

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