Monday, February 28, 2005

Liberalism: Can it survive?

Liberalism: Can it survive? A sign that things are looking up, in america!!

Thursday, February 24, 2005

A Daley Reader

A quick run down of who Mayor Daley is, where he has come from and what he has done to/for this great city. Mayor Daley's history

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Meet George Bush

It turn out that George Bush is just who we thought he was, I don't know why this would surprise anybody, but it sure surprised the reporters over at the NAT.

The New York Times > Washington > Glimpses of the Future President

This could make for a good little test. Check out the tapes and see for your self if you know W, if not you could have a career in journalism.

Meet the Bush's

After 4 years in office, the Chicago Tribune is finally writing a story about what the Bush' family is really like at home in the White House. They seem like they didn't believe that the first family like to read, suns bad TV and bad newspapers, and ever has an Ipod. If you look past the Tribunes disbelief that Bush has a life other than politics, you'll find a good little story.
First First Family of culture
I especially like the end about W's environmentally friendly house, I know all about it, but you never hear about it when the press goes to the Crawford. But this reporter gets it (if only a little)
"Maybe because it doesn't jibe with the conventional wisdom about George Bush, it is sort of ignored."

and who builds up the "conventional wisdom", maybe the reporters that tell the Bush story day-in and day-out. I'll stop now, my readers get it.

For the Love of Dogs

This park is a long time coming, dog lovers here on the south side have been fighting for, and donating for a new Chicago dog park for years. After many bad plan and locations, this one finally looks good. Now lets see if the mayor can build anything in Grant Park, that doesn't cost the taxpayers Millions. New Chicago Dog Park

For the Love of TIVO

This story is a long time coming, in fact its probly why I haven't been Bloging much recently. I want my TiVo

Monday, February 14, 2005

Keep up the good work

"At least 10 journalists have been killed by the U.S. military. And according to reports I believe to be true, journalists have been arrested and tortured by U.S. forces. -Easton Jordan
In November, Easton Jordan offered the above murderous assessment of America's military to a group of Portuguese journalists and got away with it.
On Jan. 27, he apparently made a nearly identical outrageous, unfounded accusation at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. This time he got caught, not by his colleagues in the so-called mainstream media but by 'bloggers' in attendance. "

It nearly impossible to find a news story on this firing. When you do it all about how "bloggers" 'took this reporter down'. Try finding the story about his comment or CNN's response to his outrageous comments over the course of this war. Luckily our very own Chicago Tribune has a good story, but can't leave out how Bloggers are Right-wing hacks. Sure you can find commentaries in the likes of
The Washington Times, but where are the journalist, why did it take bloggers at a forum full of journalist to hold this man accountable.
Anybody remember what they did to Trent Lott, lets hold them to the same standards

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Who's the Boss?

"Donald Trump knows what he likes, and he didn't like a spire on his Chicago building.

Mayor Richard Daley knows what he likes too. His tastes run toward the ornamental--concrete planters and wrought iron."

If you don't know who's the boss
click here!: (free sub req)

Trump Tower Chicago

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Super Bowl Hero Salute

I wasn't able to catch this live so it was very special for me to find this on the web. I hope Budwiser keeps it in its ad rotation throughout the rest of the Iraq war. Hero Salute

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

News Media Question Bush's Budget

Here we go again, one more year of the media and winy democrats complaining of every unique proposal to come out of the white house. But before all that here is a little sanity from the republicans of course.
"It's an act of fiscal courage in this town to do that, and with this budget, President Bush once again proves that he is ready to lead," said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas).

I won't credit any of them with links but I have read 20+ news stories the past few days, I was on vacation, all about some program the local nooses don't want cut. It seems all I have to do is call up my local Tribune office, tell them I need money and they will lobby the evil Bush administration for me. Where do they think this money comes from, not from some magical underground spring that finances the world governments.

Now this isn't isolated only to the democrats, of course the tribune puts it this way Both sides of aisle question Bush cuts. Not, Both Sides of aisle selfishly fight for millions. These politicians don't think these programs are worth a damn, they don't want local constituents calling them all day, because the government isn't subsidizing their way of life. I don't agree with every Budget decision this administration makes, in fact, I wish we didn't have to make cuts based on money, but on merit and quality, but that's not the case, for years local politicians have gotten fat and happy on federal dollars and now that money is scarce tough decisions have to be made. Once again it looks like only the President has the gumpsion to do what's right, not what's liked

"congress can write their own budget from scratch every year,' said Brian Riedl, an analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation. Some say presidents often send up budgets with an array of cuts in order to appear (to be) fiscally responsible, knowing that Congress will selfishly restore many of them. " Red words sugested by Red Chicago

Monday, February 07, 2005

Budget "cut" Example

If you care enough to look there are many ways the government can change for the better with out blindly increasing Budgets. I visit this site because I care deeply about education. House of Representatives - Committee on Education and the Workforce Home Page You can see from the head story that education has been over funded by 6 Billion Dollars. This isn't the whole story, only a brief paragraph in the never ending saga on what is best for the education of our children.

What it does show is that numbers can lie, what good does increasing the education Budget (for example) do if the money does do any educating. We could get a 6 Billion dollar improvement to the US educational system by just fixing the problem that hold that stop this money from going where it's needed. But that's not politically obvious, if President Bush didn't increase the dollar amount going to schools but instead improved education by delivering the 6 Billion Dollars, he would be hailed as "not funding education" that's why he has increased education spending by 51% since 2001, all the while trying to eliminate programs that eat up or hold up precise educational dollars by not performing. You see this money goes back to the federal piggy bank when money is allocated to specific programs that either don't work or nobody want to implementing. Theses type of programs need to be scaled back or cancelled, canceling a program is not popular, but it needs to be done to free up this much needed money.

see Respublica for more commentary

Install Democracy to Illinois - not Iraq

Here is some good commentary on making Illinois safe for Democracy. The democrats have been running the political machine around here for so long it is impossible for a contenders to get in the ring. RandomActOfKindness - Send Troops To Illinois To Install Democracy?
We need fresh ideas in Illinois, not this Daly monarchy that has spread to Springfield

Thursday, February 03, 2005

The Response

I could go on all day about how great the speech was or pick apart this or that about Bush's plans, but I think we get a better understanding of what is going on by looking at the Democrats right now, and the mess they have made of themselves and half of America The Disaster Response

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Illinois Senate Stops Smoking

All it took was for the press to shed a little red light on the subject. State Senate ends smoking Although I'd like to think I had a little something to do with it. Red Chicago: Height of arrogance