Monthly Archives: March 2016

Baby suffers terribly, give him or her something to relieve the pain

Consider the victim, Utah says.

Utah has become the first state to enact a unique new law requiring that abortion clinics give anesthesia to unborn babies at 20 weeks or later before they are

Source: Utah Governor Signs Bill to Require Anesthesia Before Abortion Because Baby Can Feel Intense Pain


Trump could win NY in the general?

Thing is, he’s “a New York hero in those working-class boroughs.”

Hey, in working-class boroughs and neighborhoods all over the land. I heard it from my Chicago precinct door-knocker: She’s all in for local Dems, but presidentially speaking, forget about it.

All it took was a plain-talking son of a b—h to win  loyalty of people sick of parsers and articulators from the educated class. He makes them look so phony.

Source: Trump May Win New York, DESTROY Dems White House Hopes – Conservative Intelligence Briefing

#2 man in Chi Teachers Union a full-blown Marxist

Asked about it, he knows what to say: “McCarthyism” and “witchhunt.”

Source: Chicago Teachers Union VP Busted Participating in Midwest Marxism Conference – Breitbart

Unions eat their own sometimes . . . 

Usually it’s children first. This time not so much.

“I would submit that we have an obligation to side with the majority,” CTU vice president Jesse Sharkey said on a conference call with members before last week’s delegate vote.

“If you personally disagree, you have to stick with them … it’s something we all have to do together.”

I’d say he means “stick it to them.”

Source: Teachers Who Don’t Join CTU One-Day Strike Will Be Kicked Out Of Union – Englewood – Chicago

UNO “spending spree” revisited: An Illinois Blues moment


Mihalopoulos of Sun-Times back at it about the charter network with the mostest clout — an Illinois Blues moment.

Even as they ran a network of charter schools for thousands of students in low-income neighborhoods across Chicago, United Neighborhood Organization leader Juan Rangel and other UNO officials were piling up big bills at fancy restaurants and for travel on the taxpayers’ dime, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.

The records:

Despite being almost entirely government-funded, UNO leaders fought to keep the spending records secret, arguing that they didn’t have to comply with the state’s Freedom of Information Act because UNO is a private organization.

But they ultimately released the records in a recent legal settlement with the Sun-Times.

It’s an Illinois Blues moment in that UNO came up in a July, 2013 town hall meeting in Oak Park. Sen. Don Harmon was asked about UNO.

. . . with reference to a sizeable public-money grant for a charter school in Galewood in 2009. There had been much spending on a post-announcement celebration — all of it widely reported, especially in detailed Sun-Times accounts.

Harmon responded carefully: “I have no knowledge of money being wasted.” This in the face of major news stories, suspension of UNO funding, buck stopping at UNO’s top man (he was to resign later), and the rest, about which he apparently had not felt prompted to inquire.

He pleaded ignorance, said no more. No one questioned him further on the point.

It’s reported in my new book Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to VotersThe beat goes on.

Source: THE WATCHDOGS: UNO’s secret spending spree | Chicago Sun-Times


Illinois can’t win for losing. Stuck with “blue model”

First, state loses, now Chicago. Even modest reforms stand no chance.

The highest court in Illinois has ruled unconstitutional the City of Chicago’s last-ditch efforts to stabilize its woefully underfunded pension system.

Source: Illinois Supremes Scuttle Pension Reform – The American Interest

Bernie supporter: Trump yes, Hillary no, won’t be voting

Paglia rocks:

Trump may be raw, crude and uninformed, but he’s also smart, intuitive and a quick study who will presumably get up to passable speed as he assembles a brain trust over the coming months

Comes in middle of astute analysis by this Bernie supporter.

Source: Camille Paglia: This is why Trump’s winning, and why I won’t vote for Hillary –

Unite to Defeat Radical Jihadism – WSJ

You were thinking, it’s important not to look scared? About this Islamic gang? Our war against them?

It will not be effectively fought with guilt, ambivalence or double-mindedness. That, in the West, will have to change.

And more more more from the wonderful Peggy Noonan here: Unite to Defeat Radical Jihadism – WSJ

Finding the way, the truth, the life

The lady makes a good case: 

This way of being – life permeated by religious practice is what I hunger for; frankly, what I think most of us ravenously, endlessly pursue.

We want liturgy and ritual that transform. We want routine and rhythm that fill our days with meaning. We want our relationships, jobs, conversations, activities, choices, emotions, and sense of self to be sacred.

We want our life to have significance – not just when looked back on in eulogy, but our day-in-day-out experience of it. This is religious.

Farther down in this essay, she gives a sort of road map:

Religious, then religion. Ritual, then faith. Words, then creeds. Writing, then Writ. Beauty, then belief. Maybe this is the way home, the way over, the way through.

more more more where this came from: Maybe we can do better than “I’m spiritual but not religious.” | Ronna Detrick, M.Div.

This Observer observes the Sunday shows

I can’t do better than recommend this whole piece, analyzing and reporting on the Sunday talkies, droll, by writer distanced from his subject, readable.

Source: Trump Clobbers Stephanopoulos by Phone | Observer

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