Those who say theres no politics to cover (attention: Carol Marin who shows us shes one of the Springfield in-crowd by naming an Italian watering hole there) either purposely or by indisposition ignore one of the biggest unresolved mysteries in Illinoisthe voting procedure scandal of March 21. There still is no precinct-by-precinct tally from the screw-up that Langdon Neal of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners engineered with $28 million in federal money (thanks, GWB!) with a California firm, Sequoia, a firm which may well be a front to Venezuelas Hugo Chavez which was approved without the o.k. of the Cook county Board. The foul-up was one of the most egregious in the nation, easily topping the Florida 2000 which dealt with hanging chadswell known to anyone who could calculate what would happen in a hair-line presidential election.
Now behind closed-doors, the talk is that in the future the vote counting will not be done in the precincts but at a central point in the countydowntown. That should bring chills to anyones heartparticularly this Blog who ran Project LEAP during the bad old days of the first Boss Daley.
Why no stories from the Sun-Times or Trib? Remember all the angry editorials, particularly written by Chicagos Bright One during Florida? Why is it mum here?...
Who couldnt support Pat Quinns bill to bar protestersbe they the crazy God-will-get-you-if-youre-gay crazies or anti-Iraq war frenzies--at military funerals?
The Wanderer, the nations oldest, long-running national Catholic weekly gives front-page banner-line treatment to my story about how Illinois Catholic pastors are snubbing the proposed Marriage Amendment despite support of the amendment by all the states bishops including Francis Cardinal George, including some top-drawer wealthy suburban parishes where spine-less pastors worry they might offend somebody. Right: dont make waves, dont offend: just like Jesus Christ did. Ill post The Wanderer article soon. But Catholics who read this should break down and subscribe to the only Catholic paper with guts and heart to match.
At 8:30 a.m. Mass this morning (Thursday) at Park Ridges St. Paul of the Cross which I attend every day, the homilist simply noted that there are forces trying to challenge the traditional concept of marriageone man plus one woman
whereupon one guy in the pews shouted out, Dont try to politicize this! Politicize something mentioned by God in the first chapter of Genesis? They should have thrown him out. With requisite charity, of course
Anne Burke, scheduled to be named by the Illinois Supreme Court to its membership following the resignation of Justice Mary Anne McMorrow, deserves great credit for taking independent stands (in particular for calling the turn on ghastly priestly pedophilia)but she shouldnt kid us about how she made it on her own. Husband Alderman Eddie, the ace slater of judges in the Illinois Democratic party, so arrogant he surveys his own greatness, originally slated McMorrow who returns the favor by recommending
Burkes wife. Thats old patriarchal politics. Anne was slated for appellate by her husbands influence. In claiming shes got there on her own, slow-down. After hubby did the initial slating and grunt work. When you were coming up, Anne, age 62, few women made it on their own so dont try to fake it and dismiss super-aldermanic, if obnoxious, hubby. Still, youre a lot better than he
and you did especially well in an extra-judicial capacity by standing up to the bureaucratic bishops of your Church. But as for that idea of doing it all on your own? You cant con a con
What is thisbig, tough man stuff? Speaker Mike Madigan running out of words in the English vocabulary to deny he is not trying to politically wound Gov. Blagojevichso barren of vocabulary that he said Im not trying to [obscene expletive] the governor to a news source three times this week and then had his spokesman call back to be sure the writer used the word?