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Recall is to Reform What Amputation is to Weight Loss

Feb
04

I'm sorry but Don Rose lost my vote in his attempt to show why Tom Geoghegan is the best candidate for IL-05 the moment he laid the following egg:

Feigenholtz disappears when key reform votes come up, such as the bill to permit recall of public officials. (Fritchey voted "no.")

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Privatization of Public Assets

Feb
01

From the account in the Sun-Times of today's 5th Congressional Candidates Debate:

"Privatization of public assets is like selling off your furniture in order to pay your mortgage," Fritchey said to loud applause from the 500 observers who turned out on Super Bowl Sunday.

Actually it's more like selling off one of your bedrooms in order to pay your mortgage. Once you do it, it's kind of hard to get that bedroom back.

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Tribune's Freedom Museum to Close Down?

Jan
30

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The article says the museum will "vacate its location in the Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue and begin to operate a 'mobile museum' that will go to schools and Chicago neighborhoods".

It always seemed an unnatural mix.

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Putting an End to Chicago Tribune Moral Superiority Gloat Syndrome

Jan
29

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Reading the pathetic dribble from the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board is a painful exercise even on a good day. But what can you say about a piece that begins with this:

We write human history in red blood and raw courage.

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Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of War And Poverty Is Finally Over'

Jan
17

Bush says bye-bye. America says don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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GOP Marching Orders on Jr. Senator from Illinois

Jan
13

The GOP Marching Orders have already come down:

"Every time voters see Roland Burris, they'll think of that other notorious RB, Rod Blagojevich. Burris wants this Senate seat so desperately that he'll even accept it from a guy who allegedly tried to sell it....

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Seating Burris is an Embarrassment to the State of Illinois

Jan
07

I'm sorry but you cannot separate the person who got the seat from the utterly corrupt and probably criminal process that led him to getting it.

The fact that Burris accepted this is all you need to know about his moral character.

And if anyone is hoping to forget this, don't worry: we'll be reminded of it incessantly through the months and years of Blago's criminal trial.

This is an embarrassment to the State of Illinois.

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Letter to the Editor of 'The American Prospect'

Jan
03

Hi Mark,

Love the mention of me in the Jan/Feb 2009 edition of The American Prospect (p. 4):

"And on tapped, the Prospect's staff blog, commenter Leo wrote, "I didn't even have to know the guy's background to know he was a vegetarian." Sorry to disappoint, but Adler is, in fact, a meat-eater."

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The 'Lost Decade': 2008 and Beyond

Jan
01

It's hard to imagine anyone looking back at 2008 and feeling nostalgic. In fact, it's hard to imagine anyone looking back at this entire decade and feeling nostalgic. Talk about 'Lost Generation'? This one practically qualifies as a 'Lost Decade'.

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Obamamania Sweeps Walgreens (Chicago)

Dec
26

Even retailers are finding Obamamania irresistible if this section featuring Obama paraphernalia in the Walgreens on State and Walton is any indication. The sign says, "New Item: Obama Tshirts/Sweatshirts" and in addition to the hats and badges, you can also pick up a copy of Obama's autobiography and various "special editions" devoted to the incoming President.

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