Monthly Archives: September 2016

Illinois Senate endorsements -13 contests

Of the 40 seats up for election this year in the Senate, 13 are contested:

Of 40 a mere 13. An Illinois Blues moment. Really?

As in a Democrat town hall meeting in Oak Park, July 17, 2013, reported in Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters.

A Certified Public Accountant shifted tone considerably, urging [Sen. Don] Harmon to “do something about corruption in our very corrupt state.” He specified “gerrymandering” and complained, “The way it’s set up, candidates know they will win,” continuing at length in this vein.

“Each of us is vulnerable in a primary,” Harmon said. When an opponent surfaces, he might have added. [Rep. Camille] Lilly, appointed in 2010, had run unopposed in primary and general elections in 2012 and would do so again in 2014. Harmon had run unopposed in the general every year but one since he was elected in 2002.


via Illinois Senate endorsements – Chicago Tribune

More about The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism

Presented as a service:

Global warming. Gun rights. Capitalism. War. Immigration.

These are just a few of the hot button issues of this year’s presidential campaign—and next Tuesday, when the vice presidential nominees take the debate stage, liberal Catholic Tim Kaine will be representing the wrong side of many issues. What’s the truth about Catholicism? Do the teachings of the Catholic Church really support the anti-business, pro-abortion positions of the Left?

In The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism, John Zmirak refutes misrepresentations and misconceptions about the Catholic Church and separates rumor from truth when it comes to Catholic traditions, faith, and controversial leaders. No, Zmirak says: the Catholic Church is not the Democratic Party at prayer—in fact, it’s one of the most conservative institutions in the world.

In The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism, you’ll discover:

• Why the Church defends private property as a natural right—and has always condemned socialism

• Why Catholic “social teaching” is more conservative than you think—and is based on limiting the power of the state

• How St. Thomas Aquinas discovered the free market before Adam Smith

• Why Catholics believe both in an inherent right to self-defense and a positive duty to defend others (maybe that’s why there are so many Catholic cops, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines)

• Why the pope can’t change Catholic Doctrine

The Reverend C. J. McCloskey calls The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism“a funny, readable, and convincing book that marks off faithful Catholicism from political attempts to hijack and distort it.”

What you call an unpaid ad. You’re welcome.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism

This book has everything for the sensible Catholic. For instance, 

CHAPTER 1 The Church: What It Says about Itself, the World, and What Will Happen to You When You Die

The Roman Catholic Church is like the weather: everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it. They can’t, not in the most fundamental sense, any more than they can change earth’s climate.

The truths that the Church teaches about God and man, right and wrong, and the purpose of human history are simply there. You can embrace them enthusiastically as liberating and beautiful. (What the saints do) You can reluctantly admit that they are probable, and obey them to be on the safe side. (What most of us “bad Catholics” do)

Or you can insist that some or all of them are false. (What non-Catholics do) What you can’t do is alter those truths. (What liberal Catholics try to do)

Not even a pope can manage that. Catholics believe that the Holy Spirit would intervene and prevent him, exercising the divine veto power that we call “infallibility.”

Zmirak, John (2016-09-26). The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism (Kindle Locations 267-269). Regnery Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Bring it to your next Tim Kaine rally.

via The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism: John Zmirak: 9781621575863: Books

Trump’s microphone WAS defective, as he said

Well, well, well.

Good morning, Chicago. Your daily mayhem report is ready . . .

. . .  courtesy Sun-Times, where the reporting is excellent and the customary liberal viewpoints are acted out with adequate geniality and occasional glimmers of right-wing light. 

              5 hours Man wanted in U of I shooting surrenders to police Sun-Times Wire

              6 hours 3 dead, 8 wounded in city shootings Thursday Sun-Times Wire

              6 hours Austin shooting leaves 1 woundedSun-Times Wire

              6 hours Woman wounded in Hermosa drive-by Sun-Times Wire

              8 hours 1 critically hurt in Roseland shootingSun-Times Wire

              9 hours 17-year-old boy shot in Grand Crossing Sun-Times Wire

              9 hours Man shot in Austin Sun-Times Wire

              10 hours Emergency pothole repair completed on Stevenson Expressway Sun-Times Wire

              11 hours Man in custody after Humboldt Park stabbing Sun-Times Wire

              11 hours Home invader points gun at person in driveway in Bristol Township Sun-Times Wire

Special attn. to be given to this Austin event:

A 25-year-old man was shot Thursday evening . . . about 8:20 p.m., in the leg, butt and arm in the 200 block of South Lotus Avenue.

This writer lived in the 300 block of North Lotus in 1968-69, until he and his wife emigrated to Oak Park in the wake of burglary and arson in their building, by the way.

Be (cautiously, as ever) consoled, ye Trumpsters

This UPI poll shows smooth sailing, unlikely to be reversed by the email lady with the cast-iron smile.

Comey and the Clintons: Thickened plot

On trail of Comey the fink:

The first thing to know about James Comey is that before he became the FBI Director in 2013, he was a top executive at Lockheed Martin from October, 2005 until July 2, 2010.

As former general counsel and vice president of Lockheed Martin, the defense contractor benefited under Comey’s leadership from a number of contracts awarded by Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

Lockheed Martin has been one of the top defense contributors to the Clinton Foundation:

Hillary’s state department approved:

. . . a $250,000 payment to Bill Clinton for a speech, just three days before a weapons-export contract was awarded to Lockheed:

Connecting the dots, in re Comey’s Lockheed M:

Hillary Clinton’s State Dept. would approve 215 speeches delivered by her husband Bill Clinton and a consulting deal worth a total of $48 million. In sum, 17 of 20 countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation saw an increase in arms exports authorized under Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

Comey’s Lockheed “would become a member of the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010.” Cozy, if also disgusting.

“But it’s not the only company that had extensive ties with the Clinton Foundation in Comey’s background.”

In 2013, the same year that he was appointed the FBI Director, James Comey became a board member, a director, and a member of the Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee for the controversial London-based bank HSBC.

HSBC is a bank with close ties to the Clinton Foundation that lists among its clients Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining magnate with ties to a Russian uranium deal approved under Clinton’s State Dept., and six other major foundation donors listed in a report by The Guardian.

Disgusting. He’s tied to the Clintons, maybe was installed at FBI with view to being of service.

more more more

BTW, go here for source of article, a very interesting startup, Independent Journal Review.

Comey making a point:

Why Clinton hasn’t put Trump away: She’s too tightly controlled.

In a very good piece, Matt Bai neatly observes the Clinton lack of affect, contrasting her with the ebullient Biden, whose pitch to students he also neatly dissects.

You get the feeling Clinton wakes up and consults her briefing books, concerned chiefly with avoiding anything off-key. She mentioned her father a few times in the debate, but the lines seemed as well ironed as the pantsuit.

She’s controlled. Has to be, while Trump’s ebullience jumps out. He’s more comfortable with it. I like that about him. He’s more genuine in that respect. And all in all, more trustworthy.

Bai continues:

What was stunning about watching Trump Monday was his complete and unapologetic lack of depth. Never have we seen a candidate make less pretense of knowing anything about policy or history. When it comes to actual governance, Trump, at this late date, is still just a guy in a bar, tossing out platitudes he’s heard on TV.

And yet he displayed the mastery of emotion that has gotten him this far. A pure entertainer, he channels better than any candidate who ran this year the cynicism of the white electorate, and not just those who are staunchly conservative.

We’ll see about the pure-entertainer part. He surely knows how to warm up a crowd, get them enthusiastic. But I love that “guy in a bar, tossing out platitudes he’s heard on TV.” So what? I say — mainly because he’s not that guy.

But that’s not Bai’s point, which is not to endorse Trump but to appreciate him as a natural in his newly chosen field. At 71, by the way, and that’s no small thing. Bespeaks lots of experience knocking about with a wide variety of people.


There are a couple of more debates coming up, and I’d guess that Clinton might win those too, on both the arguments and the atmospherics. But I’d also guess that, without a more emotional assault on his case for the presidency, Trump can remain viable, at least, straight through to Election Day.

But she cannot make such an assault. She has too much to hide and has to protect herself. She’s plastic, lacks the touch. Trump has the touch, say I.

Good morning, Chicago: Your mayhem report is ready

Business as usual in a long-time Democrat-run city. Hillary to make America safe again?


Ho-hum. (Compliments of Chicago Sun-Times)

What do Krauthammer and Will know about Comey to make them credit his “sincerity” that we don’t know?

. . . after Comey’s testimony today on the Clinton emails, granting of immunity leading to non-prosecution, etc., as each did on Fox News’ “Special Report” tonight?

They think he’s a nice guy, one of their own on the Washington scene? Very conservative stance by them meaning as to caution in making judgment. Very strange.

K. earlier had this on the Comey matter.



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