Monthly Archives: January 2014

Trickle-down condemnation is what God told the Pope?

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Honduran cardinal defends Pope F’s anti-capitalism, says the Spirit moved him.

Really? Pope F is “led by the spirit” to trash “trickle-down” economics? That’s a stretch. Interesting that this cardinal would talk as if sober judgment of an economic system is to be made that way. There’s a sort of holy naivete operating here.

U.S. businessmen complained, he complains, but what do they know about, say, supply-side economics, which is what it’s also called? This spiel is embarrassing, even as his hopes for responsible church governance is heartening. Shoemakers’ best bet is to stick to their lasts.

It’s an ad hoc papacy that’s a-brewing, or so this cardinal thinks. Next thing we know, some other cardinal will be asking Francis who’s gonna win the Super Bowl. Further squandering cardinalatial authority, such as it is.

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Danny Davis turns back challenger, no votes are cast

Oak Park Newspapers

Danny Davis faced a challenger in the March primary, River Forester Dan Roche, 38, husband, father of two, experienced in counter-terrorism with the CIA, currently heading anti-terrorism worldwide for CME (formerly Chicago Mercantile Exchange), smart, fotogenic, a fourth-generation Oak Parker by birth, a Fenwick alum.

Chi Mag writer Carol Felsenthal thought he “seemed to have a pretty good campaign going” over three months, until Jan. 10, when he dropped out as a candidate, his nominating petititions unrelentingly challenged by a Davis worker until it became clear to Roche and his lawyers that he was running out of money.

“The process was becoming too costly,” Roche told Felsenthal. “They [even] challenged my wife’s signature.” The idea, he told supporters, “was to waste our time and money [at] hearing after hearing at the Board of Elections, requiring full preparation of election lawyers and paid staff.” He couldn’t afford it. Danny Davis won…

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Pete Seeger, Commie, gone to his reward

More wisdom from the South Side:

Famous Dead Reds and Past Pinks
Leon Despres (dec,) -99
Pete Seeger(dec,) – 94
Studs Terkel (dec.)- 95
Dawn Clark Netsch(dec.) -86
Frank Marshall Davis (dec.)-82
Clarence Darrow (dec.)- 80

Trend here: they live a long time.

Still around:

Living the Over Throw of Capitalism
Dr. Quentin Young – 91 and still plotting

Personal recollection re: Dr. Young: During my stint at Chi Daily News, 1968-78, a story about him had his free admission to being a Marxist. Next day, the writer, opening the paper, saw that this had been edited out by a sub-editor in charge of that particular big feature story. He, the late Bob Tamarkin, was surprised at this and left his chair to go and ask the sub-editor, who had clearly deemed the admission not to be news fit to print.

I don’t know what happened. I had other things to do that day, and never pursued the matter. But it was Bob and I for the first part. We happened to be sitting next to each other. The incident stayed with me as evidence of the leftist tilt of some at the paper, shown in this case to protect Quentin Young from his own candor.

Did Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch handle Media Day correctly?


Blithe Spirit: This guy do what he want to do. No problem, because: “Who he hurt?”
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Good Speech, Modest Agenda, Diminished Leader –

It was a good speech about a modest agenda delivered by a diminished leader, a man who famously promised to reject the politics of “small things” and aim big—to change the culture of Washington, to restore the public’s faith in government, and to tackle enduring national problems with bold solutions. The night he sealed the Democratic nomination in 2008, candidate Obama looked forward to a day when future generations might say “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

Tuesday night was no such moment.

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Illinois a stinking mess? Really?

Oak Park Republicans


[It’s a] steaming heap of suffocating debt, endless greed, blind self-interest and numbing incompetence. How we’ve been able to survive this long without plunging into the abyss is beyond me, and all reason.





No need here to document all of the state’s failures. Way behind on its bills. The nation’s worst credit rating. Higher unemployment than the nation. Business wanting to scram, fed up with an unfriendly entrepreneurial climate. Crushing pension obligations so far into the future that no one alive today, even if they ponied up every cent they made (after taxes, of course), will ever see the end of it.


Illinois is run by a self-renewing, power-hungry, piggish oligarchy so impervious to change (I hesitate to use the word reform, because true reform is as rare in Illinois as is the sight of Pike’s Peak) that it makes feudalism look good.

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St. Edmund-Oak Park-Reactions to no-guns-in-church signs

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From Wed. Journal Reader Comments:

joe from south oak park Posted: January 27th, 2014 5:27 AM
issues of religious dogma aside, this also interesting because concealed carry in Illinois came about as the result of a ruling by the 7th circuit court in Moore v. Madigan. One of the plaintiffs in this case is Mary Shepard who, along with two others, were savagely beaten by a man who robbed the church.

joe from south oak park Posted: January 27th, 2014 5:42 PM
It seems a bit odd to remind Fr. McGivern of the catechism, but i’ll ‘take a stab at it’. Legitimate defense 2263 The legitimate defense of persons and societies is not an exception to the prohibition against the murder of the innocent that constitutes intentional killing. “The act of self-defense can have a double effect: the preservation of one’s own life; and the killing of the aggressor……

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No-gun signs in church doorways: Oak Park’s St. Edmund has a proposal

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Gun control chickens are coming home to roost in churches. Rather, concealed-carry chickens. The law bans them from various places but not from churches. Sen. Dan Kotowski, Park Ridge Democrat, wants to change that, but various ministers of religion do not want it changed.

The issue has been raised in at least one Oak Park church, St. Edmund, where the peace and justice committee — “dedicated and passionate parishioners,” says Fr. John McGivern, pastor — wants the building posted with state police-approved no-gun signs. The committee already prays monthly after the 5:30 pm mass on Saturday, so that they can “in a visible way exercise [their] imperative to love one another,” according to the parish bulletin, Echoes, on Jan. 26.

They want to carry this exercise a step further with a sign at each entrance saying no guns are allowed.

Warned off by the signs would be the…

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Obama critic felon, Edwards-related donor misdemeanor

Obama’s people nails this conservative as felon, but . . .

Straw-donor cases have been brought against prominnent individuals from time to time. For example, in 2011, a prominent Los Angeles attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor chargest of making $20,000 in donations to the presidential campaign of former Sen. John Edwards and reimbursing straw donors.

His people have these lists . . .

To the question: Should Catholic cardinal resign in wake of abuse scandals?

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To the ChiTrib writer this morning, I said standards for expelling administrators involved in scandals are not very high. Now and then an impeachment but rarely. Rascals are re-elected even when all the newspapers have exposed them. Captains of industry are forgiven much if they do well otherwise. The long arm of the law manages most consistently, and then not always, to force the issue.

This I have come up with mostly after our interview, but I did make my main point, that current standards in politics and business are not violated when Catholic cardinals do not or are not forced to resign in the wake of scandals such as the current child-abuse scandal.

I should add that the possibility or advisability of same had not crossed my mind before the writer brought it up.

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