The Envelope, Please.
In my estimation, the winner of the most obnoxious Republican presidential candidate is and I was waiting for somebody to make it Jim Leahys suggestion: Chuck Hagel, the newest candidate for the John B. Anderson Gods Angry Man award to be conferred together with statuette of Anderson in flowing robe as Old Testament patriarch. Anderson started as Hagel did, as a conservative Republican, then, discovering its important to Stand Tall in Georgetown, moved leftward leftward leftward to Common Cause awardee and beyond that to full-fledged liberal-lefty Democrat after which he was totally forgotten. Hagel, a flame-throwing reverse-partisan who exceeds Democrats in anti-Bush vitriol, should be paired with the Democratic winner of obnoxiousness, Joe Bidenplagiarist, cribber from someone elses resume, unsurpassed boob who evidently thinks Obama is the first African-American presidential candidate who takes showers.
Muhammad Alis Name-Sake Origin.
Pat Hickey, gentleman that he is, declined the crown because in a weak moment he listed Muhammad Alis namesake origin as Cassius Lucius Clay and in a weaker moment I printed it. It is Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. My apologies.
I have admired Jill Stanek ever since she came to public attention, discovering as an Ob nurse a tiny, breathing infant, product of a botched abortion, and touched the public conscience with the news that she was forbidden to minister to the child at the woefully-misnamed Christ Hospital. I say she touched the public conscience for many of us, if not the highly-touted purported one of then state senator Barack Hussein Obama. The Messiah who touts hope-this and hope-that which boils down to the hope he gets elected whereupon he will then figure out what he believes just didnt feel he could support the Born Alive bill and his wife, also a lawyer, wrote a letter attacking it. Jills fight against this lean, tall, cool, Hollywood-funded fraudulent taste-of-the-month who has the audacity to propagate meaningless hope with no substance, has won my deepest admiration.
Now before I weigh in on Jills latest controversy, I ask your opinion. As you know, state Senate majority leader Debbie Halvorson has introduced a bill that makes mandatory school girls receiving the HPV vaccine regimen. It happens that Senator Halvorson has acknowledged she had HPV and uses it as a kind of sales pitch to argue the necessity for the vaccine. Stanek responds by saying it would be most helpful if Halvorson would discuss the health consequences of pre- or extra-marital sex. Stanek lists the following items of information that would be educative. Says Stanek Halvorson could
But no, writes Stanek, Halvorson does not advocate avoiding a risky behavior that leads not only to HPV but to 20+ other STDs and their strains, along with unplanned pregnancy. Halvorson merely advocates trying to avoid the consequences of risky behavior. Shame on her.
Staneks admonition to Halvorson, frankly, made my hair stand on end when I first heard of it. Now? Well, its blunt, non-diplomaticalmost brutal. But does she have a point? Whats your view? I know what mine is. First share your views on this topic.
Congratulations to the RoesersEspecially Tom.
Everybody knows that Jack Roeser is unrelated to me or mine, notwithstanding that we tend agree on certain fundamentals of public policy. Hes been praised and criticized somewhat but I have long appreciated that he has the courage and temerity to put his money where his mouth is on public issues. Weve agreed and agreed to disagree on some issues in the past. But what few people realize, however, is that he has supported a good many charities without seeking the slightest attention.
And fewer people understand that his son TomThomas J.the CEO of Otto Engineering, has a deep and abiding public spirited sense that is edifying. For that reason, Im calling attention to an article that appeared yesterday in the Tribune which outlines the generosity that has supplied private funds which, when intermingled with state and federal grants, has enabled Carpentersville to rehab 13 buildings along Highway 68 which were once eyesores but which now are sparkling additions to the community, offering excellent housing for lower-income people, many of whom work at Otto Engineering.
Tom bought seventeen of the town houses and is rehabbing them so they can be rented or sold to Otto employees. He bought the units for an average of $95,000 each, the rehabbing costing about $45,000 for each home. He rents the rehabbed units for $600 a month.. Eleven employees are in the complex. At some public meetings, Tom was criticized, the paper says, proof that no good deed goes unpunished. Village president Bill Sarto says at first he was skeptical of the project but now the guy is philanthropic and doing what he thinks is good for the community. Tom says Im doing this because I think its the right thing to do for the village. Again, dont get us confused. Im Thomas F., the poor Roeser. Hes Thomas J. with the big heart and he deserves the highest praise a community can extend.