Monthly Archives: October 2016

A Halloween tale, sort of, from Oak Park in the long ago . . .

Garbage cans in the gloaming, crash-bang, run for your life. A recollection, sort of.


Hatch Act alert, Hatch Act alert, after NYT man came to call . . .

Guess who’s asking about you, said State Dept. to Hillary campaign:

State Dept. Tipped Clinton Campaign Off About NYT Reporter Working Email Story

The Daily Callerreports:

The State Department tipped the Hillary Clinton campaign off last year that a New York Times reporter was asking questions about Clinton’s emails.

The revelation undermines the State Department’s claims that it has not worked to help Clinton during the ongoing email scandal.

“State just called to tell me that Mike Schmidt seems to have what appear to be summaries of some of the exchanges in the 300 emails the committee has,” Nick Merrill wrote in a March 14, 2015 email.

What’s a State Department for, anyhow?

Sen. Lightford, Sen. Harmon at Oak Park’s Julian School in election-season 2013, on early-childhood ed . . .

. . .  quizzed by CLAIM (Committee for Legislative Action, Intervention and Monitoring) parents, as recounted in Chapter 8, “Legislators go to school,” of Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters.

The first CLAIM questioner sailed a softball, asking the legislators how they had supported President Obama’s program for education, without specifying any part of that program, which I must admit, I would have been hard pressed to elucidate. Were they up to snuff on what was directed by that man in the White House?

The first to respond was Kimberly A. Lightford, a senator from nearby Maywood since 1998, Democrat like the others, longtime member and currently vice-chair of the Senate’s education committee — a qualifying factor in the circumstance, she being the only one of the four who represented no street or alley of Oak Park.

She was clearly a senate heavyweight — assistant majority leader and member of at least five other committees: Labor, Education, Executive, Financial Institutions, and Redistricting, plus chair of the Senate’s Black Caucus.

She was also a special friend of public schools, having led a successful push to lower compulsory schooling age from seven to six and striving to reduce it to age five. Some parents objected to the six, she said, but it’s a “perfect time” for early-childhood schooling, she said. She also happily noted that there had been “no deep-freeze” in public-school funding in that year.

Harmon said nothing to contradict her but injected a caution: “We all like early-childhood education, but it’s a fight every year because of budget pressures.” He was sitting at a table with three legislators whose comments and records demonstrated no great concern for budget pressures.

Rep. LaShawn Ford was next. . . .

More more more to come  . . .

Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters is available in paperbackepub and Amazon Kindle formats.

How the Clintons got rich: traded cash for State Department visits and cash for government favors (like signing away 20% of American uranium reserves to oligarchic pals of Vladimir Putin). Let’s not forget those $450,000 speeches by Presi dent Clinton and those $250,000 speeches by Secretary Clinton herself.

Etc. It’s here in Kudlow’s

Reopening Email Case
Alters Election Atmosphere
With But Ten Days To Go

For Cub rooters, OMG, a ray of sunshine . . .

With Lester, Arrieta and Hendricks lined up, Cubs still have hope

Ya gotta believe.

Updated 29 minutes ago (7:37 a.m. Chi time Sunday) at the nation’s really really reliable newspaper: Hillary Clinton has a 91% chance to win


Chi Trib’s Kass dismantles Hillary and her campaign, giving chapter and verse of what makes her and Bill tick and how neither of them should come near the White House, whose influence they have peddled for hundreds of millions

Democrats should ask Clinton to step aside

Comey circumvented AG when he told Congress of reopening the Clinton investigation, “well-informed Administration official” tells New Yorker’s Jane Mayer

He took charge of the politico-prosecutorial extremely important development.

71 years later, Wrigley welcomes World tonight! |

Let us hear it for a great lede:

The ivy is beginning to change from green to red, an awesome autumnal attribute the public has rarely, if ever, seen. The corner of Clark and Addison is bustling with activity in the final days of October, some people simply gawking at the old yard that is still blissfully open for business, others lined up on the off chance an unclaimed ticket should rain down from the heavens or, less majestically but still successfully, from the ticket booths. Over at the Harry Caray statue at Sheffield and Waveland, they’ve placed green apples at the legs of the beloved broadcaster, a nod to his long-ago promise that “sure as God made green apples, someday the Cubs are going to be in the World Series.”

Play ball!

via 71 years later, Wrigley welcomes World tonight! |

Bright young leftists work hard for Hillary, get slapped by authories

Well they did bust a very important rule before they themselves were busted.

Leftists do have ideas about themselves and their causes. See selves as sort of aristocratic?

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