Monthly Archives: September 2006

Govt. gone wild

Startling viewpoint:

Three New Deals: Reflections on Roosevelt’s America, Mussolini’s Italy, and Hitler’s Germany, 1933-1939. By Wolfgang Schivelbusch. Metropolitan Books, 2006. 242 pgs.

Critics of Roosevelt’s New Deal often liken it to fascism. Roosevelt’s numerous defenders dismiss this charge as reactionary propaganda; but as Wolfgang Schivelbusch makes clear, it is perfectly true. Moreover, it was recognized to be true during the 1930s, by the New Deal’s supporters as well as its opponents.

. . . .

Read more here

Meeting, anyone?

Jon Hale’s “One View” in the Wed. Journal could hardly have been said better. 

Doug and Charley losing me

How can we follow Sun-Times critic Doug Elfman’s lead on a new show he promotes after he said “Path to 9/11” was dull?  Henceforward, his judgment is suspect.  (I.e., we are suspicious.)  That’s the problem with bias: it damages credibility and loses readers.

Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh makes an extended argument today, running and re-running Rep. Charley Rangel’s cautious, polite criticism of Chavez’ anti-Bush rant and running and re-running Rangel’s anti-Bush rant a year ago for the black congressional caucus.  The argument is that Chavez took his cue from Democrats, and people will get that, and Rangel has to stem the damage somehow.


Rebutting S-T poll showing Baby Todd way ahead in the Cook County board presidency race, the Peraica campaign asks whether the “‘pollster’ surveyed Cook County, Minnesota, rather than Cook County, Illinois.” 
What the man does NOT say is that the Minnesota Cook has a (not) very strange referendum in the works to change its name if Baby Todd wins. 
How do I know that?  I just know, that’s all.  Having the only vote that counts on this blog, I can do anything I want.  Take that, Ald. Beaver!

Food for soul & body


1. Man behind me at mass sang:

* “To-ma-hah-row” and “Ah-hah-men,” twice inserting “hah,” which is not part of the liturgy.

* “Ho-ho-holy Lord,” inserting “ho” which is not part of the liturgy either.

* “Have mercy ah-hahn us,” inserting “hahn,” which is also not part of the liturgy.

2. Fr. L. substituted “God” for “father” at a key point in mass, free-lancing — apparently because he prefers “inclusive language” and does not approve of God as father. It happens at the close of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, where since 1975 the church’s powers that be have ordained this:

Through him,

with him,

and in him,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all glory and honor is yours,

almighty Father, for ever and ever. [Italics added]

I don’t like the idea of Fr. L. free-lancing in the first place (not fair), and I like it even less that he does so without explaining it every darn time. Truth in packaging and all that.

DIDN’T MEAN TO PRY: I called Muldoon’s Irish American Eatery in Wheaton, asked the young woman, “What are your hours tomorrow?”

“I don’t have any,” she replied. “I’m not working tomorrow.”

I explained that I had the restaurant in mind. She apologized and after asking around told me 11 a.m. to midnight, but bar would stay open later than that.

AFRAID OF “HIS”?: “With Commissioner Patrick Doolin’s announcement that he is running for the office of mayor of Forest Park next year, the election period is officially open. . . . Political newcomer John Plepel is the only other villager to announce their candidacy so far,” says Dave Goetz in the Forest Park Review.

Their candidacy? How many John Piepels are there?

Goetz is eloquent nonetheless with:

God help our country if there exists a more corrupt county than our own Cook County. I guess we’re supposed to believe that the son that almost no one had ever heard of is qualified to sit at the helm of a $3 billion budget. Try again. I don’t know much about Peraica except that he isn’t a Cook County Democrat. That’s enough for me this year.

Tell it, brother.

Pope speaks

What do we make of this from the Pope, except that you have to head off restless natives at the pass.  They go wild sometimes.  On the other hand, being “deeply sorry” you offended someone is not saying you were wrong, just that their taking offense is not what you had in mind. 

On the other hand, he said it’s not his opinion that some of Muhammed’s are “evil and inhuman.”  He was inviting them to “frank and sincere dialogue, with great mutual respect,” to which we must say, Lotsa luck.

He could take a tip from the Australians, as below

“We live in a world of terrorism where evil acts are being regularly perpetrated in the name of your faith,” Mr Robb said at the Sydney conference.

“And because it is your faith that is being invoked as justification for these evil acts, it is your problem.

“You can’t wish it away, or ignore it, just because it has been caused by others.”

On yet another hand, they burn churches, don’t they?  And shoot nuns.  And there are neither papal terrorists nor missiles nor surveillance drones. 

“You either have to say this ‘I’m sorry’ in a proper way or not say it at all,” complained the Turkish state minister.  “Are you sorry for saying such a thing or because of its consequences?”

If he would just grovel.

Aussies get it

Instapundit has this about Australian government putting it to imams in excellent fashion.  Down under they have the right idea:

AUSTRALIA’S Muslim leaders have been “read the riot act” over the need to denounce any links between Islam and terrorism. The Howard Government’s multicultural spokesman, Andrew Robb, yesterday told an audience of 100 imams who address Australia’s mosques that these were tough times requiring great personal resolve.

Mr Robb also called on them to shun a victim mentality that branded any criticism as discrimination.

“We live in a world of terrorism where evil acts are being regularly perpetrated in the name of your faith,” Mr Robb said at the Sydney conference.

“And because it is your faith that is being invoked as justification for these evil acts, it is your problem.

“You can’t wish it away, or ignore it, just because it has been caused by others.

“Instead, speak up and condemn terrorism, defend your role in the way of life that we all share here in Australia.”

It’s from the Herald Sun, “Australia’s biggest-selling daily newspaper.”


Benedict on hot seat

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended Benedict's comments, saying the pope intended only to promote dialogue between Christians and Muslims.

“What Benedict XVI emphasized was a decisive and uncompromising renunciation of all forms of violence in the name of religion,” Merkel told the newspaper Bild.

But she’s in the minority, in fact, is the only supporter of Benedict at this time, to judge by a Boston Globe summary.

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They will win?

Wow.  And this guy had a place of honor at the 2004 Dem convention.

What’s up with downtown?

Everybody and his brother and sister seems to be on board to discuss and explain Downtown OP (Marion St.) development tonight, 9/13:
Desman Associates [planning consultant, leading the meeting]; Ross, Barney & Jankowski, the architects designing the parking garage; The Lakota Group, which is responsible for area planning and streetscape; and Metro Transportation Group, working on transportation and parking issues.
I could be wrong, but it seems that this was already discussed and on the way to being done when the village board changed hands two years ago.  Are all bets off?  Some?
Later, from a well-placed source:
Tonight’s meeting is an extension of the Crandall-Arambula plan for downtown, which was not specific about downtown proper — Harlem-to-Forest, Lake-to-North Blvd.  Trustees have picked up where they left off a year ago, planning now for the North Blvd. garage and the streeting of Westgate and Marion.  The problem remains what to do with the Colt Building.  Trustees will decide that issue in their 9/21 meeting.
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