[Full text of what readers say is on Readers Comments. These are my responses]
Batavia Bulldog liked the George Ryan analysis and says if I want to write Catholic stuff I should go ahead because its my Blog. So it is. Thanks, Batavia
Cal Skinner who has his own Blog and is a distinguished former state lawmaker in McHenryone of the most perceptive conservatives in the statewonders how many children Carla (the fervent pro-abort who wrote in the other day) has adopted
Jason A. who is a very good correspondent with a lot of fresh information makes the cogent point that I didnt tell the half of it with the column on WBEZ, the citys public radio station going all Talk, which, since its public radio were mentioning, means liberal talk. WBEZ petitioned to raise the frequency on its Chesterton, Indiana outlet using the plea that it supplies diverse programming. It sponsored two fund-raising subscription drives, in Fall 2005 and Spring 2006 based partially on the need to continue diverse programming, pointing specifically to jazz and blues. He agrees its a terrible decision
Jason posted another one pointing out, correctly, that people who criticize Israels foreign policy shouldnt be accused of being bigots (100 percent correct) and outlines a detailed criticism of our own foreign policy
goobs agrees on WBEZ and may write a letter to them. He wants some info on the nature of public funding. Right now I dont have any numbers and cant say anything beyond the fact that public funding started in the Great Society era of LBJ. Ronald Reagan wanted to get rid of itand should havebut didnt. The idea that programming like it cant exist without public funding is specious. Listen to 90.1 FM, the Moody station and you find 24-hour radio which is funded by private sources: the Moody Bible church. Theres no reason why liberals who come in several sizes, including some fabulously wealthy, cant fund the network without relying on the government. I dont know this for sure, but I think there is no direct federal money for the College of DuPage station, is there?. The key word is direct.
Jason A. again with a nifty compliment: all he reads is John Kass and me. Delighted. Despite the fact, he adds, that he has adjudged me to be a Neo-Con, especially on immigration
John F. Patton seconds my nomination of Naomi Watts (female lead in King Kong) as CBS anchor rather than Katie Couric. He gives a great deal of information: she wants to get pregnant but believes getting married in a rush leads to complications. [My comment: whats wrong the old fashioned way?] She thinks she has gone as far as she can in her career right now, likes film work but hates post-production promotion. She accepted everything before Mulholland Drive but is more choosy now. She thinks she can come back after age 40 (but Pattton disagrees saying Hollywood has all kinds of roles for 30-somethings but not 40-somethings (the nun role for Sarandon et al). Then he asks how do we think he has found out that much? He does research for five newspapers and had conversations with Watts mother in England. Thats the kind of high-class readership we have here, folks!